Aquinnah: Plastic Free for all

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Congratulations to the children of the West Tisbury School who are a part of Plastic Free MV. With their hard work, knowledge, and commitment, they got the town of West Tisbury to be the first town in North America to ban single-use plastic water and soda bottles of 32 ounces and less. I saw their work firsthand, how they educated themselves on the subject, got answers to questions people asked, reached out to the community asking for support, and how they gave up their free time to show up for an issue that was important to them. They did great work, and it paid off. They also had an amazing and tireless leader in their teacher, Annemarie Ralph, who helped them every step of the way. Thank you, Annemarie, and thank you to the kids who got this done. Remember that this will be on our town meeting warrant as well, so come out and vote.

There will be a special town meeting on May 7 at 7 pm at the Aquinnah Town Hall to vote on whether to spend $350,000 on a design for a new MVRHS track and plastic game field. The total estimated cost of the proposed plan is $16.9 million. This is a plan that our school board members have voted against twice, and will cost the town of Aquinnah money that, as we know, is in short supply. Please come to the meeting so that this important issue can be heard and voted on.

At the library this week: The book group will meet on Thursday, April 18, at 3:30 pm to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. Story Time will be on Saturday at 10:30 am, and kids’ craft will be from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday as well. Once school is back in session next week, the afterschool club will meet on Tuesday at 4 pm.

This Saturday is the 27th annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup, sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society, from 10 am to noon. Come to Lobsterville, Philbin, or any of the tribal beaches to help gather trash. Bags and gloves will be provided. Afterward, join VCS from 12 to 2 pm at the Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp for lunch and to share your finds with fellow beach cleaners. Please note this is a zero-waste event; please bring your reusable water bottle with you.

Pathways Arts is getting ready to finish for the season. This Friday will be the final “We Dance” of the season. There will be a performance followed by DJ DC Rose spinning tracks so everyone can get on the dance floor. On Saturday there will be a solo concert with Ned Rothenberg, a composer and performer from New York City. He performs mainly on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi. Don’t know what a shakuhachi is? Come to the concert and find out. On Tuesday, April 23, Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth will present on the documentary about right whales they are working on. All events at Pathways begin at 7 pm, and refreshments are served. There is no admission fee.

This weekend we are doubly blessed to have both Passover and Easter. There will be a community Passover Seder at the M.V. Hebrew Center on Saturday at 5:30 pm. The schedule for the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury is as follows: Tenebrae service with Communion will be on April 18, at 7:30 pm, Easter traditional service at the church on April 21 at 9 am, and Easter community service at the Ag Hall, with Sunday School, followed by the Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 21, at 11 am. Remember that the Duck Inn is not hosting the egg hunt this year, so everyone who usually attends must make other plans. I know this leaves a hole in the hearts of many, myself included. Please continue to host it next year, Elise!

Research librarian Bow Van Riper hosts the Martha’s Vineyard Museum nonfiction book club every second Saturday of the month at 10 am in the Morgan Learning Center at the museum. The club is open to anyone. Books are available in the MVM gift shop, or at the local libraries. Upcoming books include: May 11, “Music on Martha’s Vineyard,” by Tom Dresser, and on June 8, “The Gay Head Light,” by William Waterway. Admission is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Reservations are not necessary.

ACE MV has two great upcoming classes that are relevant to many people on our Island:The first is “Understanding Medicare,” taught by Mary Leddy of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program. She is experienced with all state and federal programs that offer coverage for seniors and low-income residents. This is a one-day workshop on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 pm. The fee is $35, and the class will be held at the MVRHS. The second class is “Introduction to Finance,” and it will be held over five Thursdays starting on April 25, from 6:30 to 8:20 pm. You can go to acemv.org to register.

Happy Birthday to Riley Ignacio-Cameron, who turned 17 on Saturday. Ona, how is that even possible? I swear he was in fourth grade a minute ago.