Edgartown: Gardening on Chappy

I’m such a proud sister today, having watched my brother Chris sworn in as our town’s new police lieutenant, alongside our new chief, Dave Rossi. I remember riding my bike downtown some 25 or so years ago to hang out with my brother on the corner of Main and Summer while he directed traffic, feeling cool and important. Then, through my teens and early 20s, thinking having a cop for a brother was super lame and annoying, and I couldn’t get away with anything. Now, as an adult and a taxpaying citizen of Edgartown in my own right, it’s just awesome to see and appreciate the progression of his career, and know how lucky we are as a town to have people like Chris and Dave protecting and serving. Hats off, guys.

What a thrilling Mother’s Day for Janice Donaroma, as she paid witness to son Jeff tying the knot with his love, Gislaine Da Silva Barbosa. The two were married by the Rev. John Schule in his chapel, while Janice and Michael, and Gislaine’s brother Alex and his family, shared in this joyous occasion. All the best to the happy couple.

Max Sherman and Danielle Nalepa will be celebrating two weeks of wedded bliss this Saturday, as the two took the plunge May 2 at the Winnetu, surrounded by family and friends. It was fun to see so many familiar faces around town for the momentous occasion. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness.

Bob Avakian has been lauded for his photography from every direction lately. Several of his photos are featured on The Fence Boston, a specially curated exhibit along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway that will be on display until Sept. 15. Not to be tied to one continent for long, Bob’s Nobska Point photo has been selected for a group show and is headed to Switzerland for the Photo Basel Art Fair in June, and then will be shown at Photo LA in 2016. So very exciting. Check out Bob’s Facebook page, Bob Avakian Photography, for more info on his work.

The Nature Conservatory is seeking volunteers for sandplain grassland restoration,

Friday, May 15, from 1 to 4:30 pm, in Katama. The Nature Conservancy plans to spread native wildflower and grass seeds over six acres of their Bamford Preserve in Katama, so they need lots of help. Stay for the whole afternoon or just one hour; the work involves a lot of walking and can be tiring. Contact Liz Loucks at TNC for more information, 508-693-6287.

And if you can’t get enough of that spring gardening, head over to Mytoi on Chappy for their spring planting and garden cleanup, Saturday, May 16, from 9 am to noon. Celebrate spring by helping care for Mytoi Garden. Spend the morning with the Trustees of Reservations at the Island’s only public Japanese-style garden. Bring your own work gloves, rakes, and shovels. For more info, call 508-693-7662.

Attention fire-fighting enthusiasts, young and old: The Edgartown Fire Museum will open for the season this weekend, and you are invited for an open house, Sunday, May 17, from 11 am to 2 pm to celebrate. The event will include a bouncy house, a cookout, ice cream, fun activities, and of course, fire trucks. So get on down there and ring that bell. You might even see Sparky the Fire Dog sniffing around. This will be a fun event for the whole family.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Jessa Elsasser, who celebrates May 14; to Sara Moses, May 15; to Jamie Le Blond, May 17; and to Casey O’Connor, May 19.