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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHES VINEYARD, MASS. SEVEN Liz and Kevin Oliver will be running the Menemsha Market again, opening Memorial Day weekend. Mark Lovewell New Faces, Familiar Faces in Menemsha From Page One "The penny candies that aren't a the building, they decided to keep it a best, Kevin said. During the offseason penny any more," Liz said. market by renting it to the Olivers. he ran a trash pick-up company (co- "Ten years into it, we went up to Menemsha will once again be a incidently started by Doug and David two cents on the Tootsie Rolls," Kevin Seward hub with the Olivers at the Seward in the 1970s) and worked as a agreed, market and Mr. Seward running Jane "This is high finance," Mr. Seward Slater's old antique shop around the caretaker. But as June approached, the observed, corner. Olivers would rent out their Chilmark This year the two oldest Oliver chil- "If [the kids] are not going to be here home on Tea Lane, move into the mar- dren, Solon (14) and Barrett (12) will or in the boat, they're going to be break- ket's upstairs apartment and embrace help run the store while 10-year-old ing things in the antique shop around another Menemsha summer. Delilah will pick up small tasks like shelf the corner," Kevin said. It started every morning with familiar dusting and organizing papers. Seven- Mr. Seward looks forward to the faces, year-old Hollis will run the lemonade grandkids reliving some of his own "The morning has a very loyal news- stand in front of the Market. experiences from childhood. Together paper and breakfast crowd," Kevin said. "Our biggest competition," Liz said. with Kevin's dad, Buddy Oliver, he There was a customer lull while deliv- The Olivers came back to the store bought Solon and Barrett an inflatable cries came in, before business swelled primarily for the kids, wanting their Zodiac boat, noting, "you got to have a up again as the beach crowd rolled children to experience Menemshaboat." through for snacks and souvenirs. Busi- summers like their grandfather did. But more than anything, he looks ness peaked twice more with a before- The chance came when Debbie Packer, forward to having the family gathered dinner crowd and then a sunset crowd Ralph and Dorothy Packer's daughter, together in Menemsha for another sum- (Liz's favorite), decided she didn't want to run the mer and to see his kin in the market. Over the years, not much has changed market this season. "My mother's passed away and my at the Menemsha Market. The Olivers "Liz heard from Doug," Kevin said. father's gone, and it just feels so good like to focus on the food side of the "Who works for Ralph," Liz added, to have Sewards back in the store," he business and the market continues to "It's a Vineyard thing," Mr. Seward said. "The Sewards are back." provide fresh produce, bread, meats, finished. The Menemsha Market opens on cheeses and specialty products. Times Though the Packers received a gen- Memorial Day weekend. Hours during do change, however, erous offer from Winds Up to lease the peak season are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Polls are open on May 9 from noon to 8 p.m. Mark LoveweU Slippery Slope or No Big Deal, Tisbury Tackles Spirits From Page One the difference in profit between a glass change in adding liquor sales, of wine and a glass of scotch as much of "It's a non-event," Mrs. Goldstein said. a factor on the bottom line and worries about what might come next. "It's the same amount of glasses, same amount of cleaning, there's just a little "The only way this step can make any bit more choice. As we decide where to sense is if they go for bars and package put our dining restaurant dollars, any stores later on," Mr. Gambino said. little part that gives restaurants a leg Mr. Gambino said he has had some up is appreciated." sharp exchanges with people who favor She said in 2010, when the townQuestion 1, and he feels it has created a decided to allow beer and wine at res- divide among Tisbury residents. taurants in the second of two hotly-con- "I think, sadly, yes it has," he said. tested referenda, opponents predicted "I've tried my best not to fall into that. it would change the town's reputation I don't hate anyone who is putting as a safe, quiet, family-friendly place, this forward. We have different ways "People said children wouldn't be to define success. We have issues we able to ride their bikes into town," Mrs. need to address before we change our Goldstein said. "None of those things town this drastically, I hate to see a lot have come true. Not all change is bad." of people's frustration with the stagna- Next door to the Mansion House tion go automatically to let's just change on Main street, Scott Mullin operates everything." Brickyard, a store filled with furniture Mary and Jackson Kenworth live in and home goods. He believes if Ques- Vineyard Haven and own Beach Road, a tion 1 is approved, it will give the town's restaurant in the Tisbury Marketplace. businesses a lift Mr. Kenworth said his conversations with "I'm all for it," said Mr. Mullin, a for- friends and neighbors have been respect- mer Oak Bluffs restaurant owner. "It's ful. He does not buy the slippery slope just another factor to add a little bit of argument, that adding spirits to menus life for all the other things that need to will lead to bars and package stores. happen." "I don't see that happening in my Mr. Mullin said the option to order time," Mr. Kenworth said. "That would liquor at a restaurant is a small part be a town vote. Our last call is 10 p.m. at of improving the business climate. He Beach Road. It's not going to become a cited sidewalk improvements and beau- bar scene with the granting of spirits. It tification projects in Oak Bluffs and Ed- doesn't make sense for me to stay open gartown as examples of town initiatives until 12 a.m. and keep a kitchen going to that might also help local restaurants try to sell a vodka tonic or a margarita." compete with establishments in other Mr. Kenworth said his restaurant has towns, lost business because people coming "Vineyard Haven fights everything, from off-Island expect to be able to or- We're doing what we can to make this der liquor as they do at home. His staff a viable option. The town should be makes a point of telling everyone who stepping in to help us." makes a reservation that only beer and Seth Gambino, who owns La Choza, wine sales are allowed in Tisbury, a take-out burrito restaurant on Main "We have lost reservations due to that street, takes a "No" perspective as both on the moment," Mr. Kenworth said. a Main street business owner and a resi- "People tend to go toward Edgartown. dent who has lived in a nearby neigh- We're just trying to level the playing borhoodmost of his life. He doesn't see field." The Kenworths also own State Road in West Tisbury. ~ He .~iieS,the performance of restau- rant owners over the six years that beer and wine sales have been allowed. "I woUld like to be able to offer my cli- entele full service, whether it's a glass of wine or a glass of beer or a vodka tonic," Mr. Kenworth said. "I think it's a good thing. The owners and the management will handle it. There haven't been any " issues, nobody's fallen off the pier and drowned. It's on us that we have to take control and be responsible." Pam and Nat Benjamin live in a resi- dential neighborhood close to Main street, and the couple is concerned about what they call "alcohol creep." Mr. Benjamin operates a wooden boatyard on the waterfront, and Ms. Benjamin runs a children's arts program called Sense of Wonder. "I just see the whole movement as so disingenuous," Mr. Benjamin said. "Six years ago they petitioned the town to sell beer and wine, all the time promis- ing that was as far as it would go. Well, the camel has got his nose in the tent and he's moving in." Ms. Benjamin added that she doesn't think liquor sales will help the town's general business climate. She said the retail establishments in Tisbury are having a tough time because of the national trend of online purchasing, the same as many other small towns across the country. "I think it's sending the wrong mes- sage to young people that alcohol is a solution to a problem," Ms. Benjamin said. "I would like to focus on the core strengths of the town. There are so many wonderful things that are happening now, and are going to happen that will be a big draw to Vineyard Haven. It would bring people for the right reasons." The couple sees the addition of hard alcohol sales as a threat to the character of Tisbury. "I think the residents need to take control of their destiny' put their foot down and say we like it the way it is," Mr. Benjamin said. "It certainly isn't go- ing to make the town better. How much worse, we don't know, but it won't make it better for living here." T' Tisbury approved beer and wine in 2010. Candidates Differ on Issues In Tisbury Selectman's Race By HEATHER HAMACEK Two candidates for Tisbury select- taurants here were twisting themselves man share passion for a public service into pretzels to make a mixed drink out and love for the character of the town, of wine or champagne. I don't think it but differ on the details, will really impact the nature of the town Incumbent selectman Melinda Loberg more than beer and wine has." is being challenged for her seat by James Serving as the selectmen's liaison to Rogers. The election is Tuesday' May 9. the planning board, Mrs. Loberg said Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. at the future plans to allow more affordable town emergency services facility' apartments and guest houses built on Mrs. Loberg, who recently turned private property may tackle the afford- 70, is running for her second term, a able housing issue without large new campaign promise she made her first constructions. time around. "I think it's really smart. The re- "The first term is a learning curve," sources are already there," she said. she said in an interview this week. "The 'And there are other reasons for doing town doesn't benefit until you serve the it -- there's an aging population who second term." will need home care." Over her first term, she worked on She is not enthusiastic about the the Lagoon Pond bridge project, initi- Kuehn's Way affordable housing project ated a parking committee, developed a because it is situated far away from the yearly planning strategy and helped to center of town, against the principals bring the Department of Public Works of smart growth. Her support for the under the purview of the selectmen, project is now contingent on the safety Prior to serving as selectman, Mrs. Lo- of the neighbors' wells. berg spent about 12 years on the finance "It boils down to can we find a vi- committee. She was an original member able wastewater treatment process that of the Tashmoo management committee guarantees that the neighborhood wells and the harbor management committee will not be contaminated," she said. and has served on the wastewater plan- "Thank goodness there is a permitting ning committee since it started. She has process in place that is equipped to also volunteered as an EMT. examine these things." Before devoting her retirement to She supports keeping the Tisbury public service, she was a family thera- School at the current location as the pist, mediator and crisis counselor, town looks to renovate or rebuild its She grew up as a summer kid on the aging school facility. Island, staying at her grandfather's small "Primarily because it is in a popula- shack on Lake Tashmoo. She counts tion center where there is a lot of kids," those summers toward her dedication she said. "I don't like the idea of putting to the waterways in Tisbury. it on the edge of town." As a selectman, Mrs. Loberg hasAs for school spending, she's inter- been involved with several initiatives ested in exploring alternative assess- to boost the health of coastal ponds, ment methods for the regionaldistricts including applying for grants for a new that will lower costs for Tisbury tax pilot septic system, exploring perme- payers able reactive barriers and expanding "It requires a shift in philosophy. the sewer system. We're all in this together as an Island, "The numbers people hear about try- educating the kids," she said. "I think ing to sewer our way out of this problem there's a wider conversation to be had." is so mind-boggling we have to look for alternatives that are affordable," she said. * "This is not an one-size-fits-all solution. James (Jimmy) Rogers, an electrician, We've known right from the very begin- is running with the belief that Tisbury ning sewering isn't the total answer, and needs to focus on long-term planning neither are any of the other things." and subsidizing the business districts. A Mrs. Loberg also sees the potential for third-generation Islander, Mr. Rogers has a vibrant downtown and said she thinks been a member of the town fire depart- the business districts are on the brink ment for 44 years. He's also served on the of great success, backed by an growing finance committee, the board of health, economic spirit. Vineyard Haven boasts the zoning board of appeals and the the Island's first cultural district, she personnel board. For eight years he was said. The center of town is walkable, executive director of the Massachusetts with everything from a grocery store Board of State Examiners of Electricians. to home goods, clothing and gifts. Mr. Rogers turns 65 in October and "I recognize that people are alarmed will be required by state law to step when they see empty store fronts ... down from the fire department, so he I'm only aware of one place in Tisbury decided to run for office. thatisn,t currenfiyunderMca~e,~tileast "I had thougbt~abot~t it :for a long on Main street;" she.said. Projects to time.~,I.-thirt~ I.h.ave a lot: to offer be- spruce up Beach Road; sewer the State tv~eenibeing inthe lown all myilife and Road business district and bring the my municipal experience at a local Martha's Vineyard Museum to Vineyard level and my municipal experience at Haven will all add to an invigorated a state level," he said. "I have a lot of business community, she said. ideas about how we can help commerce Mrs. Loberg supports allowing res- in Tisbury and ways of getting things taurants to serve liquor because of the done in the town with the least possible benefit to business owners, but draws impact on the taxpayer." the line at bars or package stores. He thinks the town should improve "I would really resist having bars in its appearance, but the burden cannot town. I support restaurants, because be placed on property owners. culturally people are drinking mixed "I'm very open to something like tax drinks," she said. "It seemed like res- incentives for property owners to fix Pictures by Mark Lovewell Incumbent selectman Melinda Loberg seeks a second term. James Rogers wants to trade firefighting for a selectman's seat. up their properties," he said. "To entice When it comes to affordable housing, new businesses into town, maybe tax Mr. Rogers said he remembers stand- incentives for new businesses. Give ing up at town meeting in the 1990s to them a structure tax rate that starts out back an effort to amend the Martha's less and over a period of two or three Vineyard Land Bank so that 50 per cent years builds up and give them time of the organization's money would go to build up their business. I think it's toward affordable housing important for the town to partner with "That motion failed miserably," he the business community." said. The selectmen could also be more A longtime supporter of affordable receptive to tour buses and other busi- housing, he said he is amazed at the nesses that bring people into town, he estimated cost for the Kuehn's Way said. He envisions cultural events and project. town-sponsored evening events to liven "I'd like to see affordable housing up the streets and attract visitors, done at a lower cost per square foot if When it comes to allowing restau- at all possible," he said. rants to serve liquor, Mr. Rogers said the He also supports the Tisbury School issue is out of his hands. If it passes at staying where it is, which limits the new the ballot box, he said strong enforce- infrastructure needed. 'At the exist- ment of the regulations should be key, ing location it's a developed property and that bars or package stores should already," he said. not be allowed. He said he liked that students can "I'm not certain that the sale of hard walk to school and reminisced fondly alcohol will have the total positive effect about spending his own formative years of bringing business to the restaurants, there. Turning an eye to school s~end- "he s'aid. "mr their }ake+i~h6pe i{'db~s!~ {fig," he:'is' sl~t"~chl about th~"ie~'ei of While'ME Rbgt~r~ W~fffsetb sed heal~h~'~ -' fi~eal +rgs166"ngibility'at the high' ~ehool ponds and waterways, he is skeptical of new nitrogen regulations written by the board of health. He worries they unfairly target new homeowners and will keep young people from building houses in town. 'A bigger concern I have is road run- off, I think that's a much bigger concern for our ponds than the residential septic systems are," he said. "There's no ques- tion that the road runoff goes directly into the waterways." and said he is interested in looking at the equitability of the town's share of high school expenses. Dedicating his time to public service just seemed obvious for Mr. Rogers, who is related by marriage to the late Cora Medeiros, a former selectman and unofficial toWn matriarch. "Thirty-seven years ago I married Cora Medeiros' daughter, and that didn't hurt my interest in town government," he said. 7::: Mark Lovewell Mollie Doyle (left) and Rebekah Thompson addressed school committee Monday. Plan Unveiled for Grass Fields From Page One with the high school facilities manager and others. "He listened and assessed," Ms. Thompson said. "He went to West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, the Boys & Girls Club in Edgartown, Veterans park in Vineyard Haven. He was so enthusiastic and positive. He said we have perfect soil here. He said none of our fields are overused, but they are all under main- tained." She continued: "I said, based Mark Lovewell on what we've seen if we raised a few million dollars could we fix it? He said I don't know if I could spend a million of your dollars. He gave us the hope and reality that grass can definitely work here and it's not going to break the bank. It does require some soil testing and thoughtful execution. That's when we decided to create an endowed position, a new job." She said the group plans to form a new entity called Grass for Life. A fund has already been set up with the Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard, and Ms. Thompson said the group already has donors lined up who intend to give money if the plan is ap- proved. "Donors appreciate the [Perma- nent] Endowment too because it has an additional level of oversight," she said. The total fundraising goal for the group is roughly $5 million, includ- ing the track and an endowment fund. Overall estimates for the MV@Play plan are much higher. Working with Gale Associates of Weymouth, the group had proposed a three-phase project to develop a modern athletic complex at the high school to serve the whole Island. Phase one, estimated to cost $3.5 million, called for replacing and reconfiguring the track and field, using plastic turf and plant-based infill. There are many details yet to flesh out Town Hall Turmoil Marks Aquinnah Annual Meeting From Page One sparked charges and counter-charges year after Edgartown threw a monkey between the two candidates. Mr. Wilson wrench into the works last year by vot- claims that Mr. Stutz no longer lives in ing it down. The plan won easy approval town full time and therefore cannot last month at the Edgartown annual properly fulfill his obligations as an town meeting, assessor. And Mr. Stutz has challenged By far the most controversial item whether Mr. Wilson could even run for on the warrant is article 42, a proposal office because he is town administrator. There was no letup in the heat at by the town selectmen to change the the selectmen's meeting Monday night board of assessors from elected to ap- when Mr. Newman had a sharp exchange pointed. Selectmen and their assessors with principal assessor Angela Cywin- have been feuding in recent months ski, who has said publicly she believes over matters of authority and control, the selectmen want to oust her. In yet causing ripples of tension in town hall another twist, Mr. Wilson announced and at the selectmen's meetings. If the Monday that he would resign as town article is approved, a second vote would administrator sometime in the next 60 be required in the ballot box, but that days. He plans to take another job as cannot happen until next year unless outreach coordinator with Bay State the selectmen call a special election. Wind, the Danish consortium develop- A corresponding question had been ing a wind farm south of the Vineyard. planned for the town ballot this year, Speaking to the Gazette by telephone but town administrator Adam Wilson after the meeting, selectman and board said this week that the question had to chairman Juli Vanderhoop said Mr. Wil- be removed because state law requires son had been an asset to the town and a minimum of 60 days between a vote she would be sorry to see him go. As at town meeting and on the ballot for for the assessors imbroglio, she said: this particular question. "We need to solve this and iron things The issue has been further com- out -- the taxpayers should be able to plicated by the fact that Mr. Wilson is count on the town to have a smoothly challenging longtime assessor Michael running government. And this is a bmu- Stutz for his elected seat. The race has haha." with the Grass for Life group plan, and will allow them time to bring their ideas numerous hurdles to clear with the high to fruition." school committee and also possibly the On Monday night school committee MVC.A more formal presentation of the members received the new plan with plan is expected at the meeting May 11, cautious optimism. Ms. Thompson said. And she expressed Committee chairman Robert Lionette gratitude to the leaders at MV@Play for called it "exciting and nerve wrack- their willingness to step back while the ing," stressing the need for community new plan is vetted. Among other things, involvement given heated opinions on the turf group has also offered to share both sides of the issue. its designs for the new track from Gale Committee member Theresa Man- Associates. "That's a gift -- so generous ning agreed. "Many members of our and we really appreciate it," she said. community are very concerned about In a phone conversation with the the turf project, but we weren't pre- Gazette mid-week, David Wallis, presi- sented with a feasible alternative [until dent of MV@Play, said the two groups now]," she said. share an obvious common goal, and he In a statement issued Tuesday after- praised the idea of a broad plan that noon, Vineyard schools superintendent reaches beyond the high school playing Matthew DAndrea struck a conciliatory fields. "That's an exciting thing," he said, note. "We appreciate the gesture of adding: "We're not going away, but we partnership that MV@Play has made," are not going to stand in their way, We he said.