Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend - Sunday Night Downtown

It was on the cool side when I ventured downtown this evening, but that didn't stop the multitudes from going through the motions, acting as if summer is here, with an enthusiasm that belied the frigid air. But after this past horrific winter, who isn't eager for summer? Eventually the weather will catch up, I'm sure.


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Eric is from California and has been working at Scoops for one week. It's his first time on the island, and so far, so good.

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These siblings from Boston are 8, 6, 4, and 3. According to mom, most of her friends have four or five children, too. Maybe big families are coming back.

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Down at the docks I found a few members of the Jackson clan, including Dennis, holding court aboard the Alison Lee.

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Peter Jackson, fishing for squid.

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Cute fisherboy.

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It's Official: Summer 2014 has arrived.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Street Meeting

I met a few interesting people on my walk tonight as well as a car you don't see on the streets here every day. I love this time of year with its influx of people and culture.


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Tonika, Mary, and Tamar, from the Republic of Georgia, here for the summer to work.

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Russell is a carpenter from the Cape and is working on homes out at Cape Pogue. Susanna is from Austria. "Where did you meet?" "We met when I built her a house."

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Not only does this time of year bring us interesting people, but also interesting cars.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May Harbor

Edgartown Harbor, in her May glory.


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Andrew, crew member of F/V Tradition, a squidder laying over from Point Judith, Rhode Island.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bright as the Noonday Sun

So, apparently I missed the trial run of the LED street lamps. Not that I get out at night much during the winter months (who does, especially during a winter such as the one that just ended?). And even if I had, my night time travels would not have included a trip down Pease's Point Way (one of the test areas), and as for the Stop&Shop neighborhood (the other test area), how would they even have been noticed among the many lights in that commercial district?

But there was no missing the light shining through my kitchen window on a particular evening last week. As I stood at my sink, washing dishes and gazing out the window onto Green Avenue - daydreaming, taking in the peace of the evening and admiring the twilight sky - suddenly, a bright light pierced my eyes. My first thought was, "Ah, they've replaced the broken streetlamp, the one that was flickering all of last summer." (actually, that was my second thought, immediately following, "What the HELL is that?") I went out to get a better look and was struck by two things: one, the sheer, eye-piercing brightness, and two: the fact that there was no shade to direct the light downward, enabling this bright light to shine straight into my eyes. Ugh, I thought. Then I remembered the electric company trucks I had seen on Main Street that day with men working on the poles. I walked to the front of my house - yep, Main Street was now sporting new lights as well. It was then that I realized I had missed the "trial." The time, possibly, when the public would have had an opportunity to give feedback?

Okay, I guess it's too late now, but here's my take:

The lights are way too bright and they shine right in your eyes if you're out walking at night (if the desired end result is safety, how can having no night vision be safe?)

Not only are the lights too bright, they also cast a cold, stark light. The pleasant warm ambiance of our village is gone.

Obviously it is too late to remove the new lights, but I have heard they can be adjusted, so here's hoping they will be turned down a few notches. There's probably nothing that can be done about the color temperature, unfortunately. On some level, the change that these new lights brings to our town is subtle - probably not noticed by the majority and certainly of no concern to the vast numbers who rarely frequent downtown Edgartown at night - but on another, very real level, the new lights are a part of the chip, chip, chipping away of the quality of our life, specifically as pertains to what was once the pleasing and warm glow that permeated the streets of our village.

Edited to add (inspired by a Facebook comment): Why would it not be possible to filter these lights to warm the color temperature? Based on my photography background and the way I am able to manipulate the color of my flash, ought there not be a gel or lens that could change the appearance of these lights from harsh and cold to warm and cozy? Or at least warmer?



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The view from my kitchen window.

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In this view, from my upstairs window, you can see the difference between the warm glow of the older incandescent lights, below in the lanterns on the sidewalk, and the cold cast of the LED, above on the pole. In fact, the temperature - visually and actually - of LEDs is not warm enough to melt snow that falls on them - a problem in cities where traffic signals have been replaced with LEDs. This should prove to be interesting next winter.

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Main Street, looking towards town.

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Middle of the night, sole source of light.

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My formerly quaint, now lit up like a football field, Green Avenue. Am I on the moon?

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Main Street, looking towards town.

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Main Street, looking towards the jail.

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Edgartown's former warm incandescent glow,