Tisbury: Town politics almost in full bloom

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Heard on Main Street: Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

My husband used to tell me I should understand how the car worked. Last week, for the first time, I sort of wished I had listened to him. I was just driving along the Edgartown Road, slowly because I was near the high school.

First my car made a loud noise, almost sounding like a drum band right there in the car. Then it sort of clanked. I turned off the radio and the sound continued. So I pulled to the side of the road. The sound stopped. And the engine sounded normal. So I started driving. Again the clanking sound began, though not as loud. I hoped the car was not going to blow up. But I had no clue what was happening.

I was almost at the Y, so I pulled in and parked, backed in a spot so the tow truck could work. Triple A came through, and the driver took the car to be fixed. The end remains to be seen.

There will be a memorial service for Elaine Eugster at the M.V. Hebrew Center on Sunday, March 31, at 11 am. Her loss is felt by many of us.

It is nearly April, and all those March showers mean that town politics will soon be in full bloom.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard will line up your local candidates and invite you to ask questions. Candidates for Tisbury will be presented on Monday, April 8, at 7 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center. This will be videotaped for MVTV.

The Tisbury annual and special town meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 9. You should be there just to find out what is happening.

And remember, if you don’t like the candidates, you must be registered so you can vote against them. Tomorrow is the last day you can register to vote in the Tisbury town election that will be held on Tuesday, April 23.

Margaret Penicaud plans to tell you about the Martha’s Vineyard Haiti Fish Farm Project at the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, April 2. The program begins at 11 am at Grace Church. Bring a sandwich; dessert and beverage will be provided.

You can find out how to protect and observe Island species one week from Saturday, on April 6 at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. Those species, including amphibians, odonates, breeding birds, and horseshoe crabs, are being monitored, and you can help. Learn more from Liz Dengenis from Felix Neck. She will explain how you can get involved.

I was curious, so I had to look it up. Odonates are also known as dragonflies and damselflies. I never met a damselfly but I understand they both prefer to eat flies. Amazing what you can learn when you want to.

Many of the films nominated for the Oscars will be shown at the library on Tuesday evenings at 7 through April and May. Next Tuesday you can see “Green Book.” And just so you can see the movie and still make the town meeting, the film on Tuesday, April 9, will be shown at 4 pm.

Other responsible citizens will be talking about many of the important issues facing our country. The Vineyard Haven library hosts the 2019 Great Decisions Discussion Group on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 for eight weeks, April 4 through May 23. The first topic is Refugees and Global Migration. I’m not sure if there is still room for you to join in; ask at the front desk.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Linda Unczur and Dale McClure. Wish the best tomorrow to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Saturday belongs to Larry Sylvia and Marco Daniels. Happy birthday to Tom Zinno on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: It’s not new, but still true — some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield.