Edgartown selectmen approve inaugural “Teddy Bear Trot” 5K

Selectmen chairman Michael Donaroma and selectman Margaret Serpa approved the inaugural Teddy Bear Trot 5k on Monday. — Photo by Monica Busch

Edgartown selectmen at their regular meeting Monday evening approved a “Teddy Bear Trot” fun run 5K to raise funds for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. The run will be a part of the monthlong Teddy Bear Suite event, based out of the Harbor View Hotel, to raise money for the nonprofit.

The race will take place at 10:30 am on Sunday, Dec. 20, with registration open at 9 am at the Harbor View Hotel. Contestants will run a route to the Katama General Store and return on the same route back to the Harbor View. According to the website, there will be prizes for first man, woman, and child finishers, and also for best holiday-dressed person and decorated stroller.

Selectmen Michael Donaroma and Margaret Serpa approved the event so long as Pete Lambos, the organizer, gets approval from the Edgartown Police.

In other business, selectmen approved a proposal by Eversource to replace a telephone pole on Mullen Way. Resident and retired clerk magistrate Tom Teller originally objected when Eversource proposed erecting a new pole on the street. Mr. Teller told selectmen he wholeheartedly agreed with the altered proposal.

Animal control officer (ACO) Barbara Prada received nothing but praise during her annual review by selectmen. Ms. Prada begins her 34th year as the town’s ACO on Dec. 9.

“All the animals love you, Barbara,” selectman Margaret Serpa said.