Town Column : Chilmark
I have heard speculation, but now I know the facts. The subject matter is the Cornerway Restaurant. My information comes straight from Frank and Judy LoRusso. Coming to us live from Chez Henri, I share with you renowned Cambridge restaurateur, Paul O'Connell. Paul is the new operator of what will, once again, reclaim the historic name Chilmark Tavern.
Paul is a Boston native and graduate of Johnson and Wales University. He opened his Cambridge restaurant, described as French with a Latin twist, in 1994 and it was shortly after named "Best New Restaurant" by both Esquire and Bon Appetite magazines. The Chilmark Tavern will be open for dinner, serving a menu of American cuisine. Paul is in the center of town this week getting things in order for a planned opening on Memorial Day weekend.
Not only is it the time to begin reopening businesses for the season, but it is the time for daffodils, pinkletinks, spring lambs, and our Annual Town Meeting. Monday, April 27, at 7:30 pm is when we all come together to listen to what is on the Annual Town Warrant. If you didn't have an opportunity to peruse the information in the paper, it can be found on the Chilmark town website (ci.chilmark.ma.us), or posted at the Town Hall, Menemsha Texaco and, I think, the library. Polls will be open from 12 noon until 8 pm on Wednesday, April 29, at the Chilmark Community Center. Unless there has been a massive write-in campaign that has managed to slip under my nose, all candidates up for re-election are running unopposed. Please, find the time in your day to stop by the center and cast your ballot.
Right about now, young Finnegan MacLeod is opening packages wrapped in bright paper adorned with heaps of fancy ribbon as he celebrates his second birthday. May Finn's day be filled with Bob the Builder, Thomas the Train, and perhaps the spinning wheels of a tricycle.
Cycling is what Sandy Mincone continues to prepare for over the next week in preparation for the upcoming Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard, being held on May 2. "The money we raise by pulling every muscle we have will help to further the research which, in turn, gets us closer to a cure for MS," says Sandy, captain of Team PMS (Pulled Muscle Sistas). "We will ride hard to make you proud. Every spin of the wheel is thanks to you." Sandy continues to look for team members and sponsors for this worthy cause. If you are interested in either participating with or donating to Sandy's endeavor, please visit nationalmssociety.org.
In its 85th year of awarding grants to artists, scientists, and scholars, the Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to Josh Gamson, a professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and the son of Bill and Zee. Josh, Recognized in the category of Humanities, Josh was one of 180 to be chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. This prestigious grant provides fellows with between 6 and 12 months of creative freedom to pursue their work. Congratulations.
A big thank you goes out to Rex Jarrell of the Yoga Barn for leading exercises at the Chilmark School's morning circle last week. Rex was kind enough to take time out of his birthday schedule to share his skills with the children. Happy belated, Rex. With the facilitation of parent Mary Ambulos, morning circle continues to be a calming and focused way to begin the day.