Edgartown: Screaming for spring


I was driving down the West Tisbury Road the other night, and the pinkletinks at Sweetened Water Pond were incredibly loud. I could hear them over the radio with the windows closed. It’s such a beautiful sound, and I couldn’t help but think they were so loud because they are screaming for spring to make up its mind and get here for real. It’s probably not the case, but I hate to think that I’m the only one screaming for spring.

The Edgartown Council on Aging, also known as the Anchors, is seeking Edgartown residents as new volunteer board members to advise and supervise the COA, which is a department of the town of Edgartown providing services, events, activities, and programs to Edgartown and Island elders. The board meets once a month, 10 months out of the year, to provide supervision, support, and guidance. The meetings are pleasant, fun, interesting, and no longer than an hour and a half. Pastries, coffee, and refreshments provided. Please call Paul Mohair, administrator, at 508-627-4368 for more information.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Holly Mercier on April 29, Liz Stobart on May 1, Amy Coffey on May 2, and Sue Costello on May 3.

On May 4th from 5:30 until 7:30, the Edgartown School PTA presents a Hero Art Event with Rob Surette, the real R2-D2, and a spaghetti dinner. The cost for the evening is $20 per family for dinner and tickets to the show, or $5 each for just the show. Check out amazingheroart.com for more details.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for a Dine to Donate night at Lucky Hank’s Restaurant in Edgartown. They will donate 10 percent of the food sales to the Friends of the Library on Friday, May 18, between 5 and 8 pm. Call 508-939-4082 for reservations. The Friends of the Library supports programs at the library. Get a great meal. Help a great cause.

The application deadline for the town administrator has passed, and applications are in. On Wednesday of this week, a committee made up of town clerk Wanda Williams, finance committee member Paulo DeOliveira, and personnel board member Marcel LaFlamme will go through the applications, along with the board of selectmen, and choose a handful of applicants to be interviewed for the job. The applicants will then be interviewed in a public forum, at an as yet undetermined date. With a budget in excess of $35,000,000 and so many town departments and committees to supervise, this job is super-important to our town. My hopes are that it will be at a time when the public can readily attend, not in the early afternoon, as was done with the police chief hiring. I think the committee is made up of great people, and I have the utmost respect for them, so I have high hopes for this process. I did inquire about adding a community member to the committee, but the selectmen were not inclined to do that. I’ll let you all know when I hear more news about this important hire.

In other town news, I had the opportunity to have a cup of coffee with our new police chief, Bruce McNamee, the other day. He is very gracious and straightforward, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to chat with him, after all the hiring hubbub. He is clearly smart and has seems to have the best interest of the department at heart. Welcome aboard, Bruce.

That’s about it for news this week. Let’s hope for some nice warm and sunny temps out there. We need that first beach day. Have a great week.