Town Column : Edgartown
The National Election is now less than a month away and, unfortunately, seems to be getting uglier by the minute. Wouldn't it be nice if, for the rest of the time before the election, all candidates opted to run on their own strengths instead of the other side's weaknesses? I wonder if that will ever happen.
Sharkys in Edgartown was recently approved for a year-round liquor license so they will now be open all year. How nice to have another option in town come January and February. They will be available to host holiday parties, charity events, functions, etc., not to mention dinner seven days a week and lunch from Friday to Sunday.
While I'm not yet divulging any names, a little bird told me recently that members of the high school class of 1980 are starting to think about a 30-year reunion, but they need to track down former classmates. If you graduated that year and would be interested in being part of the reunion (either planning or just attending), let me know and I'll let the appropriate parties know you're out there.
The League of Women Voters will host a candidate's forum at the Whaling Church in Edgartown on October 16 from 7 to 9 pm, featuring those vying for the House seat being vacated by State Representative Eric Turkington. League member Joyce Rickson will moderate and a reception hosted by the Cape Cod Times and the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce will be begin the evening's events at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Happy anniversary to Rebecca Mayhew and Michael Hewitt, who celebrated 12 years together last Sunday, Oct. 5. And happy birthday wishes to Michael as well, on his 47th birthday on October 6.
Not registered to vote yet? Have I got the solution for you. In what is perhaps one of the best ideas to come down the Pike, the Edgartown School third grades are holding a voter registration drive in the lobby of the school every day for 15 minutes before school starts in the morning and 15 minutes after school lets out in the afternoon. If you need to register, or know someone who does, this is an easy way to do so and help the kids with their project.
In other Edgartown School news, the kindergarten through fourth grade Curriculum Night is Wednesday, Oct. 15. Classroom presentations are from 7 to 8 pm, with the specials teachers in the cafeteria from 8 to 8:30 pm. The following night will be the fifth through eighth grade Curriculum Night, again with classroom presentations at 7 pm and specials in the cafeteria at 8. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about the school curriculum.
Jessica Burnham will be traveling to Nevins Farm in Methuen on November 11 and is hoping to take a care package from Martha's Vineyard with her. Nevins Farm is the only MSPCA shelter that takes in large animals. As one who still fantasizing about acquiring a new horse, I visit their website often and know that they currently have a large number of horses at the shelter, as well as numerous other animals. As such, their wish list is always sizeable, including gift certificates to such places as Home Depot and Dover Saddlery. But other supplies that they can always use are bleach, paper towels, blankets (fleece), fly spray, vet wrap, heavy duty straw brooms, horse clippers, all natural sponges, plastic storage bins, thrush buster, long lines, and salt blocks. For a full list, you can visit their website. Any contributions to the care package can be dropped, with a note, at Sweetened Water Farm or you can call Jessica at 508-939-1646.
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Have a great week.