Town Column : Tisbury
Pause a moment now in memory of those lost on 9/11.
Did you know that the trash trucks were emptying the trash barrels on Main Street on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend? Of course, they were half empty. The only week they were overflowing was the week before the Fair. But Fred LaPiana and his DPW workers deserve our thanks for responding to complaints. How odd that there is a direct correlation between the overflowing traffic on our streets and the overflowing trash cans.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival has a number of events in addition to all the films being offered this weekend. Tonight at 5:30, you can enjoy rooftop cocktails and appetizers at the Mansion House. Toast the sunset with live acoustic music by Eric Johnson and Jeremy Berlin. The film is at 8 pm at the Capawock.
Friday begins with cocktails and local food served at Saltwater at the Tisbury Marketplace. Following international shorts, the party continues at Che's Lounge until 12 midnight. A forum of Island filmmakers' works at the Vineyard Playhouse is at 5 pm on Saturday. Sunday's special event runs from 5:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Marina. See the insert in last week's issue of The Times for times and prices.
The Fiber Folks will meet on Sunday at the Ag Hall from 1 to 4 pm. This informal group will gather on the second Sunday each month from September to May. Bring any handwork such as knitting, rug hooking, spinning, or embroidery. There is no instruction, but friendly advice is always available. For more information, call Anna Marie D'Addarie at 508-274-9696.
Next Monday you are invited to An Evening with Rose Styron at 7 pm. A poet, journalist, and human rights activist, she is the author of "By Vineyard Light," a collection of poems about our Island. She and her husband, William Styron, spent extended summers here for years. A founding member of Amnesty International USA, Rose Styron serves on their advisory board. She will read selections of her poetry at the Vineyard Haven Library.
Also at the Library this month, children ages 4 and up will enjoy popcorn and a movie next Wednesday at 3 pm. Ages 8 and up will have a movie and sing along concert at 3 pm a week from tomorrow. Wii Games for ages 8 to 11 are offered on Sept. 24 from 4 to 5 pm. Seventh-graders and up are Volunteens: Refreshments are provided at their meeting at 11 am on September 27.
Tisbury will hold a special town meeting on Sept. 30. That's the last day and the last Tuesday of the month. This will be at the school at 7:30 pm. The main purpose is to decide about a new fire station. The other hot topic is the possible purchase of property in Edgartown, which is necessary for Tisbury to have the option of rejoining the Regional Refuse District. This could reduce our costs for trash disposal. Another question is whether to change future meetings to 7 pm. Plan to be there. Mark your calendar now.
Is there anyone not registered to vote now? Saturday, Sept. 20, is the last time you can register to vote in the special town meeting. Of course, once you are registered, you are set to vote in November as well.
Anniversary congratulations go out today to Chuck and Anne Downing. Doris and Jerome Clark celebrate on Wednesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Susan Rice. Wish the best on Sunday to Joyce Stiles Tucker. Monday belongs to Kevin Olson. Lots of candles will appear on the cake for Donald Mayhew on Tuesday. Also partying on Tuesday is Stephen Hammond. Happy birthday to Samantha Valley on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.