At the time of my writing, Monday’s Town Meeting had yet to happen. By now, I am sure we have all discussed the highlights of the meeting and I hope that we continue to be a town united on all fronts. There were 32 articles on the warrant and I can only assume that Moderator Everett Poole maintained the high standards of decorum required to run a meeting of such significance.

And to quote the attested copy of said warrant posted by Constable Marshall Carroll III: And to meet again in the Chilmark Community Center, in said Chilmark on Tuesday, the thirtieth day of April in the year Two Thousand and Thirteen A. D. at 7:00 ante meridian, there and then to act on Article One of the Warrant by the election of Town Officers and action on Questions on the Official Ballot. The polls for voting on the Official Ballot will be open at 7 o’clock in the morning, and shall close at eight o’clock in the afternoon.

In other words, the annual town election is Tuesday the thirtieth. Town elections were shifted by a week in order to be consolidated with the Special Massachusetts State Primary to choose a candidate for the United States Senate seat. So bear in mind you will need to prepare yourself for this vote too.

Belated hugs, kisses, and warm birthday wishes to Westley Wlodyka. Westley now must count his years using two hands. The blonde, blue-eyed son of Jennifer and Lev was six years old on April 16. In Westley’s free time, outside of his job called school, he enjoys tennis, making things at his workbench and his favorite thing — fishing with his dad. His proud grandmother, Barbara Jamgochian, of Edgartown couldn’t be prouder.

A couple other of my favorite town residents also celebrated on the 16th. Susan Larsen and my blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy, Brooks, also enjoyed cake and ice cream that very same day.

Also celebrating around town either physically or in spirit: Scott McDowell, Martha Cottle, Sarah Kimber, Sophia Frank, Scott Smith, David Parker, Duane Lynch, Adelaide Shalhope, Judd Fuller, Jennifer Iacopino, and Nancy Aronie.

David White, the artist and executive director of The Yard, shares that its 41st summer season will bring in its biggest cache of artists ever. Check out their website at for the full line up of summertime events. Some of the performances look truly fascinating, not to mention they host workshops and camp. As they say, “Big Ideas. Serious Joy. Your Yard.”

It’s here. This Saturday, the 31st Women’s Symposium entitled The Power of Words will be held at the Chilmark Community Center from 9 am to 12 noon. Speakers, groups, and refreshments will fill your morning. For further information, please call Bonnie George at 645-3214.

Did any of you graduate from MVRHS in 1964? Yes? I’ve got some exciting news for you. According to Wendy Andrews, preparations have begun for the MVRHS class of 1964 50th reunion. The committee is looking for a great turnout, so be sure to get in touch with Wendy at or call 508-693-5175.

A final farewell was said this past weekend to Bette Carroll’s sister Hope Frances whose ashes were spread in Vineyard waters. She passed away on January 9 after living a full life that began on June 29, 1918. A gathering to celebrate her life, share stories and pay tribute to a life well lived was held at a family home.

Well, the new sign is up marking the way to a new chef at the Beach Plum Inn. Chris Fischer will have his pre-opening inspection this week to ensure his kitchen is up to snuff and ready to greet guests on opening day which is slated for May 3. Chris, with the help of the Beach Plum’s handyman Jonias, has been transforming the dining room to a place you would just love to call your own.

Welcome home to Dan, Meg, Clara, Zeb, and Penny Lou Athearn. Their vacation took them long and far over the hills, through the rain forests and to the sandy shores of Maui.