Edgartown: Heavy hearts

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Today our community laid Ted Morgan to rest in a warm and loving service at the Old Whaling Church. It was a tribute to a man who was deserving of nothing less than the love and respect that was given in his honor on this gray, rainy morning. The thunder, lightning, and rain relented for the services at the church and the cemetery, though Mother Nature seemed to mirror our own sadness with her own tears for much of the day. The fact that the day came to a close with a magnificent, perfect double rainbow was a fitting sendoff for such a wonderful man.

I feel a little bit like Edgartown has lost its rudder. Ted was one of those people that you just thought, or I guess, hoped, would always be there. And for me, at least, although I didn’t realize it over the years, there was a safe feeling in town for having such a man in our lives. As Ron Rappaport said at the service, Ted always had our backs. It’s hard to lose the old statesmen and women in our town. Mike Donaroma commented on the worries he had about filling Ted’s shoes as selectman, only to realize that he didn’t have to worry because everyone knew that no one could fill those shoes. I think those words are true for the town at large as well. He was “ours.” He had our backs. He had the town of Edgartown’s back. And he leaves a big hole in our hearts. Godspeed, Ted.

With a heavy heart, I will do my best to share this week’s news.

The Martha’s Vineyard Community Greenhouse, formerly known as COMSOG, will be having its annual fundraiser soon. The Greenhouse annual Plant Sale begins May 11 at 10 am at 114 New York Ave., Oak Bluffs, and continues throughout the summer. Visit comsog.blogspot.com and mvgreenhouse.org for more information.

Please join the congregation of the Federated Church for Holy Week services and events. April 18 is Maundy Thursday, and they will reflect on the somber occasion of the Last Supper at 7 pm. Good Friday is on April 19, and from 1 pm until 3 pm, the Meetinghouse will be open to anyone who wishes to stop by for meditation, reflection, and silent prayer. Easter Sunday on April 21 will be celebrated with two services. The first is a 6:30 am Sunrise Service on the lawn of the Mayhew Parsonage at 75 South Water St., and the Easter Service is at 10:30 am at the Meetinghouse. In addition to these services, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at noon, at the Mayhew Parsonage. All are welcome! For more information call 508-627-4421, email admin@federatedchurchmv.org, or check out the website at federatedchurchmv.org.

As of today, the Stop & Shop strike is into its sixth day. The strike has led to some interesting discussions with my kids, my dad, and on social media. My kids have never really witnessed a strike before, so we had some discussions about why it was happening and the concept of crossing a picket line, mainly because I told them not to cross it, and to shop somewhere else if they need things. I voiced that they have minds of their own, but that it is important to support the striking workers, especially in our small community. But others pointed out on social media that some may have no other option but to shop there, due to lack of transportation, or disabilities, or just difficulties getting to another store. So I also explained that we also need to be understanding of the fact that sometimes, people cross the line out of necessity. I hope for everyone’s sake that the strike is short-lived and that the workers come out of the negotiations with a fair contract. They deserve it. The workers are the frontline faces at the store, and make or break the success of that business. They deserve a fair contract and also deserve to get back to work to support themselves and their families.

There is an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday at 9 am at St. Andrews’ Rectory at 10 Bold Meadow — 500 eggs, and all are welcome. And for a small fee, there are egg hunts and crafts at the FARM Institute from 10 am until noon on Saturday. There will be three separate egg hunts based on age: Under 5, 5 to 9, and 10 and up for the more advanced egg hunt participants, in a one-acre pasture. The under-5 egg hunt begins at 10:15 am, the 5 to 9 egg hunt begins at 10:30 am, and the 10 and up egg hunt begins at 11 am.

On Easter Sunday, Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury will host its annual egg hunt at 1 pm sharp. Bring your own baskets to the hunts!

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to my favorite sister-in-law, Meg Archer, on April 16. Other birthday wishes go out to Lindsey Mercier, also on April 16, Barbara Binder and former Edgartown girl Sam White on April 18, Jamie Craig and Jane Varkonda on April 19, and Laura Knight, an honorary Edgartown girl due to her magical and inspiring job at the Edgartown School, on April 20.

As if to add sadness to this week, news came of the dreadful fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The brave firefighters managed to get the fire under control, but not until the spire and roof had been destroyed. I’m sure I speak for many when I say our thoughts are with Paris during this heart-wrenching time.

That is all for this week. I wish everyone healing and peaceful hearts in the coming weeks.