JOHN S. ALLEY
Well, last weekend the weather was bright but on the cold side. It rained a lot on Monday, though that still was better than the seven inches of snow that fell in Boston. Winter is having a hard time leaving us this year. The flowers are budding out most everywhere and spring began on Wednesday, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature as it is projected to be on the cold side for the remainder of the month. As you may have noticed, the days are getting longer; we now have more than 12 hours of daylight each day. To make the first day of spring complete, my wife spotted several robins in the back yard last Sunday Just a year ago, on the first day of spring we had a temperature of 70 degrees!
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday in two days, followed by the Tenebrae service, one of the oldest traditions in the Christian religion. They hold this service on Holy or Maundy Thursday and incorporate a service of communion in remembrance of Jesus’s last supper with the disciples. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Henry Goethals returned to Washington, D.C. recently by train after a five-day visit with his son Alex at the Goethals home in Lambert’s Cove during which they discussed plans for the maintenance and improvement of the property. He also visited with his brother Tom and with long-time friend Riley Deeble, both Lambert’s Cove residents. While on vacation he dined at Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs with Tom and Joe Eldredge of Indian Hill and discussed research on books they are writing. The following day he sat in on an interesting conversation with son Alex, a member of the Vineyard senior swimmers group, and Peter Eldredge on the effects of salt, exercise and hypothermia on the human body.
Will Monast, of Waldron’s Bottom Road, returned home from Philadelphia on Monday after going down to visit his son Cal, who is now a doctor of biomolecular chemistry as he has been doing breast cancer research that led to the degree.
Tara Whiting, town clerk, reports that the absentee ballots for the annual town election have arrived, so if you are going to be out of town on Election Day you may cast your vote at the town hall during normal business hours until noon on April 10. The annual town election will be held on April 12 from noon to 8 p.m. at the public safety building. There are no contested offices, but the ballot will contain one debt exclusion question. If you are not sure if you are a registered voter, now is the time to contact Tara at 508-696-0148 as registration for the annual meeting closes on Friday, March 22.
Tara also reports that the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society will host its annual pot luck dinner and social hour tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m. at their hall on Panhandle Road. Music will be provided and all are welcome, just bring a covered dish for six to share along with you. Any questions, call 693-9549.
Harriet Bernstein, of Edgartown Road, reports that she will be in a dance concert at the Hebrew Center on Sunday. Some of the dancers from The Yard will perform, as well as her troupe.
Heidi Schultz, of State Road, reports that members of the Vineyard Sinfonietta will present an hour of music by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with some Irish tunes, on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Howes House. After the concert the audience is invited to stay for refreshments. For more information, call 693-9417.
The MV Dems are inviting all Island Democrats to attend a platform hearing tomorrow and present their recommendations for changes and/or additions to the state Democratic platform, a document written to guide elected officers on shared platforms and positions. The meeting will be held at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Oak Bluffs avenue from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Go to massdems.org/platform review the current platform and see what you think should be changed.
Kristen Buck reports that the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network will host an interactive workshop with Bonnie Marcus, founder and principal of Women’s Success Coaching, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown.
Dr. Jay Segel and Joan Walsh have collaborated on a new children’s book, Charky Clay. In his spare time he developed and patented the danaflag, a devise used in your shoe as a part of his podiatry work. Oh yeah, he also has a CD available of tunes he has sung.
Jack Oliver, Nathaniel Haynes and Brad Segel will be going to New England Institute of Technology as freshman students in the fall.
Happy birthday to Paul Jackson, Renee Metell, Beverly Wright and Lori Vanderlaske today; Madeline Becker, David Stanwood, Hal Child, Enid Haller, Nick Briggs, Ed Pierce and Carla Hutker tomorrow; John Nelson, Alexander Nagi and Trudy Russell on Sunday; Jessica Oliver, Wayne Embry and Lea Robinson on Monday; Lynne Silva, Laura Murphy, Jackie Flynn-Morgan, Brenda Hayden and Kevin Peters on Tuesday; Warren Mead, Holly Wayman, Ken Hurd and Jennifer Knight on Wednesday; and Katherine Sterling, Charles Deary, Arthur Marx, Clint Merill and Laurence Greenburg on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Anna Hill and Ernie Thomas.
Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. Please call or e-mail me with your news. Have a great week.