Tisbury: The best neighbor ever


Congratulations to the Tisbury School MathCounts team. The student Mathletes were Dougie Norton, David Krauthamer, Owen Porterfield, and Jason Davey, and also Isabelle Custer, Bryce Nightlinger, Reinaldo Dos Santos, Nathaniel Packer, Sam Cranston, Julia Kane, and Henry Hitchings, who acquitted themselves well in the Southeast Chapter MathCounts competition. Dougie Norton, who finished fifth among the 100 competitors, will go to the Massachusetts State Competition on March 7.

This Saturday at 2 pm is the Memorial Service for Mev Good at the Unitarian Church.

It’s not cabin fever anymore. In the words of a clever friend, it is now igloo fever. Our daughter in Colorado said their expected 18 inches of snow is ignored in favor of horror stories about Massachusetts. Our son took a trip to Canada, and reported that it is warmer there. Worse, the snow isn’t even pretty anymore.

We were again rescued by the best neighbor ever. Although we are scheduled for regular gas delivery, our propane gas ran out. Then I realized we needed to dig a path for the delivery. I was desperately trying to find someone to help when our neighbor simply offered. He had to dig from the front parking area, all around the side of the house, and halfway across the back. Most of it was untouched. You know what I mean, those deep snowdrifts with ice packed at the bottom. He has been more than a friend to us. I do not identify him because he prefers it that way. There seems no way to properly show our gratitude.

Want to see Birdman? It’s at the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Also called The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, this film is a black comedy about an actor, famous for his role as a superhero, now opening a Broadway play. In the days before opening night, he battles his ego and tries to recover his family, his career, and himself. Refreshments. Rated R.

Tisbury assistant tax assessor Ann Marie Cywinski will provide details for those 65 and older who want to know how to apply for a property tax exemption beginning at 1 pm, Monday, at the Tisbury Senior Center. Call (508) 696-4205 for more details.

This is your last chance to sign up for the spring classes offered by ACE MV, which start Tuesday. Walk-in registration is from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Tuesday at the high school lobby. ACE classes dedicated to Sustainability are offered by Northeastern University on five Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm through April 11. You can study issues ranging from the biodiversity of the oceans to fisheries and oceanography. Classes are half-price for high school students, and educators and seniors get a 10 percent discount. There are scholarships too. Go to acemv.org for more information.

Next Wednesday at the MV Film Center brings Double Indemnity, a film that seethes with lust and vengeance. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck devise “an unholy love and an almost perfect crime.” Richard Paradise says this crackles with witty dialogue as the sparks fly. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Where are you with your income tax? At least the storms have given us time to retrieve and review our records.

Big bunches of birthday-balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Susan Goldstein. Katie Kennedy will blow out the candles on her cake on Monday. Happy birthday to Polly McDowell on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: There is a lot of parking available in town. Has everyone gone to Florida?