Tisbury: Voters are also part of the problem

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Heard on Main Street: Watch for little kids too excited to look both ways.

School is open. The first day of school for Tisbury is next Monday, Sept. 9. Kids in kindergarten through grade 4 will go to the Tisbury School, but grades 5 through 8 will go to the high school. The town leaders are partly responsible for this mess and the timing. But voters are also part of the problem. Now we will all have to pay more for less as we try to get our children back into a school where they are safe — not sickened by their surroundings.

Learn more about the CPA money. Perhaps we should nominate the Tisbury School as a beneficiary of the funding. The Tisbury Community Preservation committee will answer questions about this year’s funding at a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. Take part and bring ideas to discuss with the committee. Guidelines are on the town website at bit.ly/CPAguideline. 

At 7 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Sam Ducharme will tell you about his adventure hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. He backpacked over 2,000 miles through 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Join him at the Vineyard Haven library as he takes you over the mountaintops and through the backcountry, sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people. And admiration for his achievement as well.

Next Thursday, Sept. 12, learn how two screenwriters solved the 30-year-old art robbery at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (and why they had to turn this into a comedy). Arnie Reisman will tell the story of his screenplay, co-written with Nat Segaloff, “Rembrandt Has Left the Building.” They created a compelling solution to who stole the paintings, and why they will probably never be recovered. Based on interviews with suspects and a deathbed confession, it shows how the theft was committed and the dryly funny reasons the investigation ran aground almost from the beginning. 

Some churches are now changing from summer hours: The Federated Church wants you to know they return to their 10:30 am Sunday service on Sept. 8, and you are welcome. 

Why would anyone on a bicycle want to use Island bike paths? Try it. The paths can end with no warning. They are crowded with walkers as well as folks just standing and talking, paying no attention. Perhaps we need sidewalks as well as bike paths, especially along State Beach in Edgartown. State law says bicyclists have as much right as cars to use the road. I think bikers are safer doing that.

The Library Friends 5K on Sunday, Sept. 22, benefits our Vineyard Haven library. On race day, registration begins at 8:30 am. The 5K Run/Walk has runners start at the library at 10 am, and go to the West Chop lighthouse and back. The free Half-Mile Fun Run for Kids is at 9:45 am. Save $5 off the $25 race fee by registering in advance at vhlibrary.org, or in the library. Proceeds benefit children’s programs.

Ever wonder why the Garden Club announces beautification awards just about the time that the flower boxes on shops might begin to look a bit bedraggled? The best outside floral displays are being chosen now. Enjoy all that the businesses do to make our town more attractive. And you could say thank you.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is much more than movies. Check the M.V. Film Society website from now through Sunday, Sept. 8. 

Did you enjoy your day off? The NY Times says that a break literally makes us more creative and better at problem solving.

 Congratulations to Chuck and Anne Downing, who mark 20 happy years together next Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Melissa Gold. Happy birthday tomorrow to Mike Ciancio. Monday belongs to Craig Sias. Wish the best on Tuesday to Deborah Giuffre. 

Heard on Main Street: Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield.