Edgartown: A collective sigh


Ah, Labor Day. I think I heard the Island community take a collective sigh tonight, as our little spit of sand rose up a few more feet above sea level as our summer visitors made their way home this weekend. When I went for my run around 5 this evening, the Steamship Authority was quiet, with very few cars and even fewer people wandering around. 

As I write, we are on the eve of the first day of school. Tuesday morning will bring close to 400 kids through the doors of our school, and there will be much excitement as kids find their new classrooms and get to know their new teachers and make new friends or reconnect with old friends. I’m looking forward to seeing them all.

I will say there is definitely a sadness hanging over the new school year this week. Above and beyond the issues with the Tisbury School, the high school community lost one of their own this weekend, with the death of student Davin Tackabury. I didn’t know Davin personally, though I’ve heard him speak at meetings, and I’ve seen a lot of his amazing photography work. The high school community will struggle with this as they start their year. And though I didn’t know the family, I send my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I cannot imagine a greater pain than that of losing a child. I know I speak for our whole Island community when I say that all Davin’s family and friends have our full support during this sad time.

And of course, we are thinking of all of those in the Bahamas and friends and family who may be in the path of Hurricane Dorian. By the time this goes to print, hopefully it will have gone by and missed the U.S. completely. Please keep everyone in its path in your thoughts.

Summer services are over at the Edgartown Federated Church, and beginning Sunday morning, Sept. 8, the church will hold one regular service, from 10:30 am until 11:30 am., with the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Wright. Music is provided by the Federated Church Choir, under the direction of Peter R. Boak, minister of music. All are welcome. For information, please call 508-627-4421 or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.


Happy birthday wishes go out to the Edgartown School’s very own Ken Romero, who celebrated on Sept. 2, Kathryn Vieira on Sept. 3, Alison Enos on Sept. 4, Kathy Pogue on Sept. 5, and my brother-in-law, Phil Fleisher, on Sept. 6.

That’s about all for this week. I’m on the late side getting this in, and I’ve got an early alarm in the morning after a long summer of sleeping in a bit. It’s bittersweet this year for sure, as I hug and kiss my baby girl in the morning for her first day of senior year. Gulp. I already know it’s going to go too fast. Wish me luck. 

Have a great first week of school to the kids, and enjoy getting back into a more normal pattern and schedule for your families.