Edgartown April 15

Spring has sprung! The pinkletinks are peeping, the crocuses are peeking through the as-yet-unraked leaves, the smell of mulch is in the air, and I can’t stop sneezing. Best of all, the Sox are back! On the darker side, the dreaded Tax Day has arrived. I hope you all made it through unscathed.

Town is slowly emerging from its deep winter sleep, with several shops open for business, and restaurants extending their days and hours of operation. Town Meeting will have come and gone by the time this column goes to press, and I’ll be sure to report next week anything interesting that transpires. In years past, the Dredge Project has been a hot topic, so we took a ride over to State Beach to check out how those giant piles of sand we have seen all winter have turned into a beach. I was recently researching an article on how storms have affected the shape of the Island, and it’s amazing how far we’ve come in so little time — from not knowing whether a little rain might be the first sign of a hurricane to being able to use giant machines to move sand from one side of a barrier beach to another.

Our fellow Edgartonians are trickling back tan and relaxed from their winters away, while some are preparing for April fun. Cinnamon White and Amelia Ball traded their bunny ears for Mickey Mouse ears this Easter while on vacation in Florida. After enjoying some kid time at the Magic Kingdom, they headed to Key West for some grown-up fun.

I ran into Sean Murphy and daughter Hannah having a nice father/daughter dinner. Hannah proudly introduced me to her stuffed puppy, Kay, named after a dog she had fallen for on a recent trip to Florida. Hannah explained to her father, “Dad, if you weren’t there, we would have bought the dog.” Something tells me this wasn’t the first time he had heard these words. I’m sure Stuffed Kay will make quite an acceptable companion to Hannah, with less clean-up for Dad.

Jeffrey Donaroma is back in town after a fun, relaxing winter in San Diego. While in San Diego, Jeff learned about various water sports that are certain to put someone in traction by the end of the summer, but in the meantime, they will be exciting to watch. While his feet are on land, Jeff will be back at the family business, keeping our neighbors’ landscaping tidy and beautiful.

M.V. Youth Hockey had quite a turnout for their charity event at Sharky’s on April 7. At one point, there was a 90-minute wait to get into the restaurant in support of our young skaters. Sharky’s continues to offer their “Dine out to donate” campaign, in which they will donate a percentage of the proceeds of a particular night’s earnings to your organization. There are still a few spots left for spring, but it isn’t too early to plan an event for the fall. Contact JB for more information at 508-560-1932.

Happy birthday to niece Caroline Dolby, who turned four on Sunday, April 11. I am sad to report that Caroline was in bed with a fever and unable to enjoy her day, even though she has been looking forward to turning four since she was about three-and-five-minutes. Now we have five to look forward to, which promises new ice skates and a Youth Hockey signup. By then, the driver’s license won’t be far off.

Welcome to the world Miss Mabel Jeanne DeRoche, born Friday, April 9 at 8:02 pm, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Congratulations to Joanne and Joel, and to Big Sister Georgia. We can’t wait to meet your new addition!

School vacation starts Monday, April 19, so watch for little ones out and about. Hope you all have a fun, safe week off, whether you’re traveling or staying put.