Town Column : Chilmark
His name comes up in conversation all the time but usually when I am chatting with a slightly older crowd. Not that 60, 70 or even 80 is old these days, but rather that they are older than me. Cardiologist Timothy Guiney is now a man I have met in person not for my mother or my father, both now in there seventies, but for me. He was kind enough to stay late in his office last Friday afternoon to go over my tests, discuss my symptoms and diagnose my, gulp, heart disease. I have been less social, less friendly and sleeping quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. Asleep I cannot feel the weird sensations going on in my chest. Atrial Fibrillation is the diagnosis. I was told I was an "interesting case." In this particular instance, I would prefer to be simple, run of the mill or, as they say, plain Jane. AF, for short, is something I will try to manage through medication and the support of my family, friends and my newest friend, Dr. Guiney.
Well, the kids are all back in school this week. Parent/Teacher conferences are taking place and the Chilmark School will continue its morning snack program from Orange Peel Bakery.
The Ambulos family has returned from Florida after having taken in all the sights, which included a Cardinals vs. Marlins game. The Glasgows are back from Turks and Caicos where the one day with rain did not dampen their spirits. The Flanders clan has returned from Hawaii. They were there during the tsunami warning and fortunately, through the modern technology referred to as text messaging, I knew where they were and that they were safe. The Olivers are back from Florida where they visited with Kevin's parents. They visited Busch Gardens, the Lowry Park Zoo, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise along with enjoying some quality family time.
There are cakes being baked and candles being blown out all over town this week. Patrick Ruel celebrates along with Todd Christy, Herschel West, Adam Miller, and Peggy Freydberg. Peggy was born in 1908 which was the year when the first ball dropped in Times Square signifying the New Year; postage stamps were issued in a roll; star forty-six was added to the U.S. flag for Oklahoma; and Henry Ford introduced the Model T.
Kim Cottrill shares a reminder regarding Craft Night at the Chilmark Church. Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 pm is the time to be crafty. So far, those who have attended have worked on a few things such as felt ornaments, potholders, wooden napkin holders, peg racks and wooden signs. The items being worked on will be donated to the Chilmark Church for their Holiday Table next December or maybe even sold at the Flea Market this summer. Kim, along with Linda Coutinho, is facilitating the evening projects and is always looking for fun new ideas. Craft Night will continue on through the month of March.
Starting March 9 at 6 pm, Pizza Night will be back in full swing at the church. Pizza Night is free family fun for all ages. Get out your dictionary and be prepared to be challenged to a game of Bananagrams. Pull up a seat and watch a slide show of someone's recent travels. Catch up with friends you haven't seen in a while. Put your sneakers on and kick a soccer ball around with the kids. It's even all right if you'd like to sit quietly, eat your meal, and just take in the social atmosphere.
Meg Orlando shares that the Census Bureau is holding a Job Fair from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, March 6, at the Oak Bluffs Library. Hiring has already begun for these part-time, flexible hours jobs that pay $16 per hour plus mileage. Meg will be there to answer questions and offer practice tests. Additionally, she will be administering the required test Tuesdays, at 2 and 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Center.
Thanks to Jenny Christy for clarifying some information regarding submission of nomination papers. Yes, papers are due by March 24, but they need to be submitted to her by March 10 in order for the Board of Registrars to verify all signatures and certify the papers prior to the March 24 deadline. So, long story short, if you are planning to run for office, submit your papers to town clerk Jenny Christy on or before March 10.
Next Wednesday at noon, the Chilmark Library's Chowder and a movie series will present Breakfast at Tiffany's. This 1961 classic romantic comedy stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard as a pair of scheming New Yorkers determined to marry into high society. As always, the event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library.