Seeing that we are already into the second week of May I have to make some overdue announcements before they become long overdue. The first is that of a new baby girl named Lily Ann Martin. Lily Ann made her way into Angela Brown and Jeff Martin’s life at 11:39 a.m. on April 15 weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 18.5 inches long. The second package arrived 12 days later, on April 27, addressed to Gillian and Nick Thompson. The Thompson’s package carries the name Carlin Joan and weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 20.25 inches long. After these announcements, I was prepared to claim that the North Haven baby boom has ended but after a little thought I realized that there are a couple more to go.

All of these babies and new moms make me think of my wife becoming a mother not long ago. What is it about May and mothers? Oh, right, Mother's Day. Let’s not forget guys, Sunday, May 12 is the day to show your love and respect for the mothers in your life. I’m going to put it out there know, just in case, to Catherine and Diana, I love you and thank you.

Upon reading this North Haveners, and any adventurous souls from the mainland, will have a week to prepare themselves for an evening of short plays on the Waterman stage. On May 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. or May 19, at 1 p.m. you can catch the North Haven playwriting festival. The festival will feature seven original plays from citizens and summer residents of North Haven. I will be there one of those days and I hope to see some of you adventurous souls there as well.

The annual island clean-up took place this past Sunday, and with great success I might add. More than 30 eager men, women and children of all ages converged onto North Haven’s roads to reclaim the natural beauty seen from inside the car. The day featured a bright sun, clear sky, slight southwest breeze and lots of bags of trash and returnables. One stretch of road, only about a mile long, had a reported 200-plus bottles and cans. The 2013 malt beverage of choice was a toss-up (or out the window) between Budweiser and Twisted Tea. These two beverages have both been in the running for most popular since I first started taking part in island clean-up more than 6 years ago. While picking up discarded coffee cups, cans, bottles, paper, chip bags, etc. I asked myself why, what kinds of people do this? Then I realized that it does not really matter because it always happens and every spring there is always a larger and larger group willing and able to pick it all up. Clean-up is always worth it, if not for the exercise and doing a good deed but for the food, drinks and conversations that precede it. On behalf of all the volunteers a big thank you goes out to Harold Cooper and Danny Calderwood for preparing the burgers and dogs.

I am afraid that I will have to end this week on a sad note. North Haven said good-bye to two longtime residents this past week. Fred Popp passed away Jan. 9. Fred’s service was held May 4 at North Haven Baptist Church. Fred was laid to rest in a beautiful plot at the Seaview Cemetery overlooking a portion of southern harbor toward the home that he and his widow Helen shared for many years. Claire Brown passed away April 27. Claire’s service was held May 2 followed by her burial on Friday at Fuller Cemetery here on North Haven. Claire is survived by her husband of 56 years James, six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.