Saturday, June 22, 2024

Town Columns

Edgartown: Chappy, Safe Boating, 4-H Club, Neighborhood Convention, and kids’ activities

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Welcome, May! I’m loving the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Sunshine just seems to make everything better. A couple of the cold mornings did wreak havoc on some of our plants, though, and I did...

Chilmark: Author Africa Brooke, town election, folk pottery trail, pizza night, and a poem

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There is nothing as engaging or comforting as the sensation of recognition when a much younger writer eloquently describes a perspective you have honed for decades. “I have a deep devotion to playing my part...

Aquinnah: Emergency response, town election, lighthouse, variety show, and writing workshops

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I attended two wonderful Aquinnah events last week. The first was a gathering of almost all of the core movers of the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team (Aquinnah CERT). We hadn’t met for a...

West Tisbury: Spring blossoms, tree planting, town visioning, falls prevention, and Paul Karasik

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It’s lovely to have the doors and windows wide open, to be outside with my coffee or a sandwich, walking around, looking at everything coming up, everyday changes in the landscape. One of our...

Tisbury: Movies, Rasa String Quartet, M.V. Ballroom, digital decluttering, and genealogy

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Heard on Main Street: The best things in life are not things. The M.V. Film Center offers “The Age of Adaline” tonight at 7:30 pm, with Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, and Ellen Burstyn. Free admission....

Oak Bluffs: Underground electricity, beach clean-up, seed planting, and Vera-Jean Clements

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.” —Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus Finch...

Edgartown: Earth Day, Arbor Day, Edgartown Books, Island Alpaca, and right whales

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April school break seems to have been the kickoff to the season here. Things are opening up. There were a lot of things to do last week, and hopefully, moving forward from here. And...

Chilmark: Pathways, ‘Critical Hope,’ Tending Our Grief, tennis courts, and North Tabor Farm

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How lucky are we that nature’s first golden greens have begun to drip like stars down branches of the willow? The sun heats the sand, and the still, cold water beckons. This past weekend was...

Aquinnah: Family and community, beach grass, Earth Day clean-up, and Conservation Festival

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Last week I found me riding the Peter Pan bus to and from Logan Airport all in one day. I took that trip in order to accompany my elder sister to her flight back...

West Tisbury: Town planning, Humphrey’s, oyster permits, family activities, and Gaston Vadasz

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Town meeting and elections have come and gone. Congratulations to everyone elected to serve on boards and committees in town. Thanks to Dan Waters for being our genial and thoughtful town meeting moderator over...

Tisbury: Community discussion, storyteller Motoko, home energy, Earth Day, and jazz film

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Heard on Main Street: Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and what's wrong. It is always interesting to see what the folks in other...

Oak Bluffs: Full moon, planting trees, Kathy Poehler, Featherstone, and Meals on Wheels

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“Shoot for the moon — even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” —Les Brown Where were you for the great eclipse of 2024? Although we did not experience totality, people seemed...

Edgartown: Family Center, Bird Club, Harbor Homes, painting class, and soil health

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Rain, rain, go away. Seriously. Go away. We’re tired of you. But maybe the benefit will be gorgeous hydrangea bushes this year, like we had a few years ago. I really have had enough...

Chilmark: Town polls, Kirk Safford, Ed Merck, Native Earth Teaching Farm, and Pathways

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I am still riding the lift of the eclipse and Tuesday evening pizza, conversation, and Bananagrams with friends and neighbors at the Chilmark Church where I invigorated my mind, filled my belly, and settled...

Aquinnah: Springtime birds, candidate forum, Island Grown Initiative, and solar eclipse

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As the impact of spring gets more and more apparent (leaves are showing!), and we have the occasionally truly sunny and warm day, I am reminded of the ditty my Dad used to tease...

West Tisbury: Income taxes, elder services, planting trees, library programs, and plant nurseries

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Our dining room table has finally been returned to its tranquil self after a week of serving as income tax preparation central. Mike and I signed and sealed and stamped our envelopes, then used...

Tisbury: ‘Wonka,’ book club, Ukraine discussion, home energy, poetry, and right whales

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Heard on Main Street: Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, you should sleep late. I was a very little girl when I saw my first eclipse, about 3 or 4....

Oak Bluffs: Clothing swap, marathon runners, spring sports, Minnesingers, and Tree Stewards

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“Snow in April is abominable,” said Anne. “Like a slap in the face when you were expecting a kiss.” —L.M. Montgomery, “Anne of Ingleside” Luckily, we did not get the April snow that many on...

Edgartown: Island beaches, Perry Garfinkel, Community Sing, and Animal Rescue League

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It seemed like it wasn’t very long ago that I was noting that March came in like a lamb. I won’t say it went out like a lion, but the end of March and...

Chilmark: Linda Fischer, League of Women Voters, First Light Cafe, and Christina Montoya

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Undeterred by the horrid wet, wind, and cold, vast patches of daffodils are blooming along the roads in Chilmark. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of my father’s death. I will no longer be able to...