Nice to have sunshine for the past few days after what seemed like a week of fog and rain. This weekend will be interesting as we wait to see if March comes in like a lion or a lamb. At mid-week, a northeaster is predicted for the weekend. School vacation is almost over.

Congratulations to my fellow Vineyard Gazette friends for winning 34 NENPA awards over the weekend at ceremonies in Boston.

The latest debate in the housing crunch: there are 25 people assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Station Menemsha. There are nine houses owned by the Coast Guard on the Vineyard and three leased houses, and only four rooms in the barracks for housing a total of 16 people. The remainder must be able to find room or apartment rentals, or leases of homes. The owned houses and the leased houses are all occupied by married people. The Vineyard has been designated as a critical housing area, meaning a higher housing allowance. The housing office on the Cape is doing their best to ensure married families obtain housing. Remember how hard Vineyarders fought to keep Station Menemsha open. Now it is in our best interest to assist the crew with housing. If you have a guest house, an apartment or a rental house available, please email me. Thank you.

Congratulations to Derrick Devine and Kaitlyn Seaton on the birth of their son Jackson Hill Devine, born Feb. 12 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Jackson is the grandson of Kevin and Tabitha Devine and great-grandson of Herbert Devine Jr.

Condolences to the family and friends of Ralph R. Devine Jr. who died in Colorado on Feb. 17.

Condolences to the family and friends of Robert Iadicicco who died at his Oak Bluffs home on Feb. 18.

Congratulations to Aquinnah police officer David Murphy who received a meritorious Public Service Award from USCG Commander Richard Schultz on Feb. 23 at USCG Station Menemsha.

Happy 65th anniversary wishes to Ted and Shirley Dewing on March 9.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Gloria Levitas, who observes her special day Friday. Kathie Noble Case and Norma Holmes share the day on March 3. March 4 is a day of celebration for my daughter Sharon Spiller, Diana (Dilly) DeBlase will observe a milestone on March 4, as will Robert Rosenberg and Jolene Holtham will be five years old. Lizzie Wallo and Christine Buckley will also party on the 4th. Wendy Andrews will celebrate on March 5 as will Helena Hall, celebrating a milestone. David and Douglas Seward will observe their special day on March 6. Shaquille Reed will party March 6. Vanessa Hartley and Aron Jackson share the day on March 7. Christian Santiago Ortega will party on March 8.

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