Circuit avenue is likely to look substantially different by the time the snowbirds return, with more changes since, well, probably the 1950s. The plywood construction adjacent to Ben & Bill’s (the old alley) is to enlarge Soft as a Grape. Across the street, (also plywood) what was Season’s is going to be new retail space. The former B Tru’s windows are covered with paper. There’s a storefront next to Lisa Lucier’s Anchor Realty and one or two others. So there are about a half dozen places under construction or available that many people on social media are hoping do not become T-shirt shops. I’m in that camp — how about some art galleries or a nice home furnishing store? Maybe a men’s shoes and clothes boutique or a real New York-type deli? Even better, how about almost anything open year round? It looks like the Beetlebung Café started something on Circuit avenue last year.

I don’t know how I missed the new(ish) street sign at Giordano’s (Lake & Circuit) letting people know where they are. By the way, Giordano’s pizza opens in 36 days, on April 23 for the poor pizza-deprived people like me.

Congratulations to Meadow View Farm’s Bob Crews who received the 2015 Candle Award in Entrepreneurship from Morehouse College on Feb. 28 in Atlanta. The Candle Award recognizes exemplary professionals in an array of fields who have demonstrated a commitment to service and achievement. Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Stevie Wonder, Sidney Poitier, and Ray Charles. Since the late 1960s Bob has built a company (Airport Retail Management/ARM) that has owned and operated bookstores, restaurants and other retail franchises in airports in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Orlando and Washington, D.C. Always a contributor, Bob (with his wife Debi) has continued to donate to Morehouse and Atlanta-based schools and organizations where they have businesses. Today the Crews operate 14 locations in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Rock & Brews Concert Bar and Grill (with KISS’s Gene Simmons) and lemonade restaurant in Los Angeles’s LAX. They are opening five newsstands and iTravel outlets (airport based Apple stores) at Washington’s Dulles and National airports and four new restaurants at LAX. Great golfers (each having won tournaments at the Island’s golf courses) Bob and Debi can’t wait to get back home.

Self servingly, congratulations to my son in law Timothy Brown whose first album, Help Me by Timopolis, is released today on services like iTunes. He produced, arranged and mixed the 15-song — ironically enough for a banker — rap and hip-hop album.

On Sunday Slow Food MV is hosting its annual Farmer’s Brunch from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chilmark Community Center — I know, Chilmark, right? The purpose of this is to have speakers, exhibits and displays about GMO’s (another new something scary) and organic foods. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers with information at The bonus part is that there will a raffle basket from our year-round, great-priced, Circuit avenue grocer, Reliable Market, filled with GMO free and organic products available at Reliable. I almost long for the days when we could eat what we wanted — although I feel sorry for folks who went to hell for eating meat on Fridays.

I recently learned that I had incorrectly attributed prior ownership of the Davenport house to Dr. Patterson, former president of Tuskegee University, in my Feb. 20 column. In fact it was Earl Patterson, a dentist from New Jersey who was the actual owner. Mea culpa!

Congratulations are due to the Niantic Park committee that has so far raised $54,725 for the new playground. Time is pressing for tax deductible contributions to the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation for restoration of the Strand. There are several different levels of giving that will be memorialized by plaques in the theatres, from Stage Hand to Director/Founder, but any amount is welcome. Let’s add to the past glory of our town and bring back our historic theatres. Visit the new website at Please send a contribution c/o Winnetu Oceanside Resort, 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown, MA 02539 today.

Thanks for the warm note from Michele Norris who wanted to know when enough snow would melt so that you could actually . . . .

Keep your foot on a rock.

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