Town Columns

Oak Bluffs: Change for all generations

“Summer comes with a bound, winter comes yawning.” So says the Old Farmer's Almanac about the summer solstice on June 20. It seems impossible that we are rapidly headed toward the longest day and...

Chilmark: More shops are open

Graduation may have been a couple of weeks ago, but I want to send congratulations out to all the graduating MVRHS seniors from Chilmark, including Dashiell Chris, Keith Healy, Kieran Karabees, Thea Keene, Adam...

Edgartown: Continue to stay safe

I’m finding myself without words today as I sit down and write. I have so many thoughts in my head these days with everything going on in the world, the good and the bad,...

Aquinnah: Community options for summer

There will be a Juneteenth celebration at the Aquinnah Circle this Friday, June 19, from 7 pm to sunset. There will be speakers, music, and songs organized by Sassafras and the M.V. Vegan Society....

West Tisbury: Looking to the future

If there is a more spectacular garden combination than orange Oriental poppies and dark purple Siberian iris, I don’t know what it is. That is what I am looking out at in my kitchen...

Oak Bluffs: Showing how much we care

As I look out onto the front yard at all the beauty, the flowers — purple lilacs, bright pink rhododendrons, the driveway lined with the yellow yarrow and purple iris, I can’t help but...

Tisbury: Stepping out into the world

Heard on Main Street: Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. Welcome home to Johanna Roses Robichau. She is slowly recovering from...

Chilmark: Support our local farms

Ticks. Need I say more? Did you know we have an M.V. Tick Program, where you can get your yard assessed? See dukescounty.org/mv-tick-program; also learn more from our board of health at bit.ly/2Uoepcq. Graduation processions...

Aquinnah: Plan ahead to enjoy beaches

Saskia and David Vanderhoop organized a vigil and protest in honor of George Floyd this past Friday at the Cliffs. I am sorry I could not attend; by all accounts it was a lovely...

Edgartown: Honoring students and teachers

Did you hear the parade for the MVRHS seniors on Sunday? Or see it? Wow. It was so much fun. I had a ton of homework to do, and had forgotten that it was...

Oak Bluffs: Learning from history

Flowers and people are increasing everywhere, and the sidewalks and streets are becoming for us, after a few months of staying-home instructions, pleasantly crowded. Most people seem to be social distancing, and for that...

West Tisbury: Next phase of the season

Where to start. Over 100,000 Americans dead, over a million infected with coronavirus. Our country ablaze in violence after the merciless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Yet I look out my window at...

Tisbury: Open to simplicity and kindness

Heard on Main Street: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. I am sure that you don’t need to be warned that a close friend’s email may ask you for money or to...

Edgartown: Coming together in strength

I find it almost impossible to write this column this week, as I find it almost impossible to do anything right now. I am so disheartened and dismayed by the state of our country....

Chilmark: New gallery of fine art

As some of you know, our dear Zero, a 15-plus-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, passed away a month ago. Zero so enjoyed his life on this Island, from the beaches to the Edgartown library,...

Aquinnah: Plans for area near Town Hall

It feels strange to be writing this from the peaceful confines of my kitchen while large parts of America are in tumult over years of systemic racism and police brutality. Again. The riots over...

West Tisbury: Decoration Day memories

I am writing this column on Monday morning, Memorial Day. The weekend brought heavy rain on Saturday, followed by bright sunshine on Sunday. Today the sky is rather gray, quiet and solemn like the...

Tisbury: Reach out to local businesses

Heard on Main Street: You did fly the flag on Monday, right? Last Friday morning I was thinking about the children in their Memorial Day parade taking flowers to the harbor. When those kids toss...

Oak Bluffs: Friendly while out and about

Now the iris and late-blooming azaleas have replaced the blossoms of lilacs and goldfinch, and many varieties of woodpeckers are flocking to the feeders. The oranges we put out for the birds who have...

Edgartown: Virtual ‘March to the Sea’

I have to start my column this week with telling you that if you haven’t gone to the Edgartown School’s webpage to view the video of the Virtual March to the Sea, you really...