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Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge v Island of Martha's Vineyard, seven miles off southeast coast of Massachusetts• Winter population, 16,535; in summer, 105,624. Twenty miles from city of New Bedford. 80 miles from Boston and. 150 miles from New York• • 5 • 5 so reform d, If there s another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he reade the best of this. . - Robert Burns GAZETTE t Devoted to the interest iof six towns on the Island 6f Martha's Vineyard, vizli Edrtown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbuy (Vineyard Haven), WeSt Tkbury, Chilmark and Aqu'in-,.. nah. These, with Gono, constitute Dukes tcSuy. a / ,' Volume 169, Number 1. Established 1846. 02014 Vineyard Gazette LLC. VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHS VINEYARD. MASS., FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 t ,_ P - " " R#m"" Welcome back! May the 2014 siimmer season begin. For Memorial Day events see page SixLA. , Peter Simon Twenty-Eight Nges (Ty'm Sections). $41 a Year, $1 a Copy. i MVC Review of Stop & Shop Marked by Many Twists, Turns By SARA BROWN The news came as a surprise two weeks ago, when after nearly a year of public hearings in front of the Martha's Vine- yard Commission, Stop & Shop withdrew a high-profile plan to expand its Vineyard Haven store. In many ways the 10-month review process followed a normal course for a large development project under review by the MVC as a development of regional impact (DR/). The plan began as one proposal and morphed along the way. sometimes in response to questions and criticism from commissioners, planners and citizens. Public hearings were held eight all together between July 2013 and May 2014. And discussion went back and forth between the applicant and MVC staffmembers, who were charged with critically reviewing every aspect of the plan from traffic impacts and stormwa- ter runoff to architectural aesthetics and economic impacts on the Island. But the process was unusual in other respects, complicated by lack of com- mon understanding about the town of Tisbury's role in approving changes to a town parking lot that directly abuts the store and marked by a series of procedural twists and turns resulting in meeting postponements and public confusion. Though separate discussions between Stop & Shop and town officials were clearly being held, few of those were public. As the MVC hearings neared the end, however Tisbury town officials, including the majority of the selectmen and the planning board, took a strong stand against the project. Then in early May the plan was abruptly withdrawn. Stop & Shop said at the time the grocery chain remained a "vested part of the community," but a spokesman contacted by the Gazette this week had no comment about Stop & Shop's next move. • A review ofcorrespondence between MVC staff and Stop & Shop representatives, including emails and other public documents obtained by the Gazettethrough a public records request, shows a more complete picture of the process that took place before the commission• As public hearings were being held, a large volume of emails were being logged be- tween Stop & Stop spokesmen and commission staff. The principal spokesman for Stop & Shop was Geoghan Coogan, a Tisbury attorney and former Tisbury selectman whobegan representing Stop & Shop some 10 months after be stepped down as selectman. and OLIVIA HULL The emails show that while hearings were being held, disagreements were taking place between commission staff and Stop & Shop over the specifics of the plan, how they, were being characterized publicly and the review process itself. At one poim, four months after the first hearing, Mr. Coogan complained in an email to MVC executive director Mark London that Paul,Foley, the commission's DRI coordinator and a senior staffmeraber, was not being impartial. Mr. Foley was removed from the public hearing portion of the project, and from then on Mr. London handled the coordination of the review himself. Emails obtained by the Gazette show that while public hearings were being held, disagreements were taking place between commission staff and Stop & Shop over the specifics of the plan, how they were being • characterized publicly and the review process itself. The Gazette has made a separate public records request to the town of Tisbury seeking correspondence, in- cluding emails, between town officials and Stop & Shop over the development project. The request was made in early April. The town has not responded fully and the newspaper formally appealed this week to the state Supervisor of Public Records. e Plans to expand the Water street Stop & Shop store began in 2011 as the gro- cery chain began assembling real estate on the same block as the existi0g store A 19th century house at 15 Cromwell Lane and an adjacent building that once housed a Chinese restaurant were bought by Stop & Shop. And the building that formerly housed Midnight Farm was vacated and taken over by the grocery chain, which owns it. A plan emerged to replace the three buildings and the existing store with a large complex that included a grocery store on the second story and an enclosed parking garage on the street level. In a February 2014 email to the commission, Mr. Coogan said the entire project was estimated at $15 million. "Or as Fd like to say, investment in the town of Tisbury." The commission DR/review began in July 2013 with the opening of the first public hearing. The plan raised problems from the start due to its location in the heart of the most congested area on the Island, across the street from the main Steamship Authority terminal and half a block from the busy Five Corners intersection. tn an interview this week, Mr. London said that from the To Page Eight WMVY Is Back On the Airwaves By SARA BROWN Vineyard radio station WMVY is back on the airwaves, about 15 months after losing its radio signal and chang- ing to an online-only format• The popular independent radio sta- tion began broadcasting on 88•7 at about 4 p.m. Wednesday• The return to the dial was preceded by about 20 minutes of the sound of ocean waves. "This is MVY and we're beginning our new broadcast," director of worldwide pro- gramming Barbara Dacey said. "We're very excited to be back on the FM dial on 88.7 WMEX Edgartown." This was followed by cheers and ap- plause in the studio and the opening of the song I Feel Good: "Wherever you're listening from, we would love to hear from you because we don't know how far the signal is going," program director PJ Finn said• "It was a long time coming and all the staff members of MVY are here," Ms. Dacey said. "It's been a long haul. Fifteen months• I still remember that sad day. Here we are and it certainly feels a little To Page Sbc 00508-693-3000 Fine Wines - Beers - Spirits ISL,ND q[DE DELIVERY IIII I I I Open daily from i0:50 - 5:50. Always by appointment. 57 & 42 Nain Street, Edqartown • 508-627-5992 Buyer Brokerage Luxury Rentals Premier Sales andVes00 Luxury Real Estate • Sales, Rentals, Buyer Brokerage www.mvlandvest.com • f>627-377 (;H I00,ISTI E'S .... ,,,:I:R 1,2e a I Estate 508 627 4330 www.hobknobrealty.com I IIU!!U!IU!!![IIII- RECYCLE o .... Forgotten Cemeteries Their StoriesStill Walk Among Us By IVY ASHE The headstone reads Mrs. Sarah Wil- bur. Born April 15, 1792. Died March 20, 1875. The eight is carved so it looks somewhat like an S; the circles don't join up entirely, either. The stone it- self is in great shape, though, largely unmarred by lichen. Just behind Mrs. Wilbur's headstone is a smaller stone -- the footstone. It is slightly askew, and bears the initials S.W. Mrs. Wilbur isn't buried in a cem- etery, though. Her gravesite is in the woods near Major's Cove, at what was once a farm. Mrs. Wilbur was born a Norton and is buried about 200 yards from the site of her home, according to Catherine Mayhew, genealogist for the Martha's Vineyard Museum. But there's no trace of farmland now, not anymore, •what with the considerable forest growth around the site. From Mrs. Wilbur's grave, you can also hear and see traffic now whooshing by on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. History is hidden all over the Vine- yard. Forgotten gravesites still turn up in backyards, Mrs. Mayhew said. In fact, in the earliest years after English settle- ment most people were buried on their own property. Their graves are often discovered when homeowners embark on renovations, or casually turn over a • stone that's always been on the property, finding on the other side a small record rTf00 TRACKER H O M IIDEcOR EDGARTOWN 508.627.8725 Middletown Cemetery lies off Rogers Path, a quiet cul de sac. of a life once lived. Sometimes there is just one stone. Other times, as in the case of Seth Daggett and Elizabeth West, buried near the Tashmoo Overlook, there are two, for a husband and wife. And in some cases, there are whole cemeteries hidden away or left behind when the landscape around them shifted. It took a three-year effort, led by retired Coast Guardsman Ted Coates, to clear the site of the old Marine Hos- pital cemetery in Vineyard Haven. The To Page Nine 508693,,4174 1 100 LAGOON POND RD• | VINEYARD HAVI I v V  iv , O v Iltd'-l=ll'-Fk'lld'lll:l ]uL'I=,iIL'Wo ]HI Ivy Ashe cemetery had its first burial in 1888 and has some 76 seamen interred there, all in graves marked with nothing but a number. The sailors were all from off- Island. They had died at the Marine Hospital and were buried well away from the site so their infections would not contaminate the living. Letters were sent to their families from the Seamen's Bethel chaplain in Vineyard Haven• Over time, their final resting place was PA8T PI008ENT8 Antiques & Gifts WELCOME TO LOCAL BANKING Martha's Vineyard Auditors Conclude Council's Funds Were Mismanaged By OLIVIA HULL The director of the Oak Bluffs Coun- cil on Aging mismanaged money in cort- nection with a charitable fund dating back to at least 2001, although not for personal gain, and he may have violated more than.one state.law in the process. This is the conclusion of a special auditors' report released this week by the Oak Bluffs selectmen on the activ- ity of Roger Wey, who remains on.paid leave as council on aging director. The report from auditors at Melan- son, Heath & Company, a certified pub- lic accounting firm hired by the select- men two months ago, was released to the public after a nearly three-hour executive session Tuesday evening. Mr. Wey and his attorney attended part of the executive session. Mr. Wey was placed on leave in Feb- ruary after questions surfaced about what is known as the Quilting Fund, a town. fund created to help citizens in need pay for fuel and other necessities. Mr. Wey played a role in connecting needy individuals with assistance from the fund, which was managed outside the town treasury. In February the selectmen called publicly for a police investigation into the fund, but the investigation resulted in fro criminal charges. The selectmen then called for a forensic audit, acting on the advice of their special labor counsel John M. (Jack) Collins. In a memorandum that accompanied the auditors' report this week, Mr. Collins To Page Six r Our confiner has arrivotll Lots of furniture, both painted and brown plus smalls to accessorize your home. Ivy Ashe E Patrick Gregory was town moderator for.23 years. Vineyard Grieves After Tragic Death Of.Beloved Islander By JULIA The Vineyard was flooded with ex- pressions of grief and mourning this • week over the loss of E Patrick Gregory, the longtime West Tisbury town mod- erator and Vineyard Haven business- man who was fatally shot on a remote • hiking trail in northern California a week ago today. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, May 28 at the Agricultural Hall. The service begins at 4 p.m. and those who wish may bring a dessert. Selectmen in Edgartown, Tisbury, Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury all took note of the tragedy at the out- set of their meetings with moments of WELLS silence and remarks. "Pat was a citizen of up-Island," said Chilmark selectman Warren Duty on Tuesday. "He taught my children and he taught lots of children of this com- munity. He was a.regular at Menemsha Beach every Memorial Day and Labor Day. He was a citizen of our town as well as West Tisbury. It's a very sad day for US." 'And the whole Island," added select- man Jonathan Mayhem At their meeting on Tuesday the Aquinnah selectmen moved to have the town flag lowered to half mast. To Page Seven MEMORIAL DAY ' on in o, national holiday. The office will reopen on[ 'a;08-:_;93-0:(:: ,. Tuesday at the usual time. '1 Island-Wide Delivery! Downtown Oak Bluffs d i M n TimeWillTell _ WWW.CONROYMV.COM, 5011-645-3533