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TWELVE VINEYARD GAZEITE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 Tisbury Wharf expects to reopen its fuel and pumpout facility by June 15, said owner Ralph Packer. Pictures by Mark Lovewell Charter School Graduates Find Solidarity in Freedom Ti b rfr Und Pep said. s ury Wate ont ergoes airs Mr. Smalley says he believes that the charter school's communiW-oriented From Page One Thompson said. Students also expressed an interest Mr. Chickering says he still has not in seeing more cooperation between finished the screenplay, which he began the charter school and the Martha's last August. The delay is not for lack of inspira- Vineyard Regional High School. They tion. Instead, Mr. Chickering has con- mentioned the fact that charter school tinued to solicit feedback from experi- students are not permitted to compete enced screenwriters and even from his on the regional high school athletic peers. He and his classmates agreed teams. that this process of peer review is one "It would be nice if there was a little of the charter school's defining features, more openness between the schools," "It let me take the time to steal people Mr. Chickering said. from their classes and force them to "Students are faced with the choice read my screenplay," Mr. Chickering of staying at the charter school and not said. playing their sports or moving," added The students say that the charter Maurice (Buck) Reidy, a member of the school's small size fosters an important charter school's board of trustees and sense of community. "We've known Teo's father. each other forever," Mr. Dupon said. In looking back and looking ahead, This sense of community has helped the students said they are feeling ex- students like Mr. Chickering to be more cited and a little nostalgic. The group's open with themselves and with their consensus was that they could hardly work. "The peer review process helped believe they were graduating. "It's like me to be more open to criticism," he a dream," Mr. Smalley said. "It's a special place," Miss Nelson added and the other students nodded in agreement. lohn Crocker. style of teaching is the reason he made "It's a home for me," Miss Brown said. From Page One it to high school graduation. "It's a more 1 can always ask for help when I need Tisbury Wharf has also been the personal experience," he said. "I didn't it." Miss Brown is the youngest of five main fuel facility for boats, and until think I'd be able to finish school at the children in her family to graduate from repairs are complete, small boats need- regional [high school]." the charter school. ing to fuel up in Vineyard Haven Can go The seniors agreed that they appreci- Teo Reidy described an experience to Maciel Marine, while larger boats are ate the mutual respect students share that he said gave him some perspective with their teachers. "We have so much on how far he had come. It is a charter left with the option of going to other harbors such as Falmouth. freedom -- we give them the respect school tradition that younger students they give us," Mr. Sullivan said. give personalized gifts to the graduating Mr. Packer said Thursday that the Although they love the charterseniors. Mr. Reidy was assigned to the docks at the Tisbury Wharf had been school, the graduating seniors identi- kindergarten class and spent some time partially repaired, and materials had fled a few areas where they feel the with the class so that they could get to been ordered to rebuild the facility. He school could improve. "We need a new know him. estimated the work would be completed gym," Mr. Dupon said. "I sat down and it felt like I was in the by ]tme 15. "We actually need to have a gym same classroom I was in 13 years ago," "We're replacing the new pipelines, before we can have a new one," Mr. Mr. Reidy said. "I was close to tears." the pump-out system and the water supply," Mr. Packer said. The dock had to be taken apart to figure out total damage to the systems, which was unprecedented and "considerable," he said. But Mr. Packer was optimistic about the future of the facility, noting that the new fuel pipelines were more en- vironmentally friendly. A system of secondary containment, where one pipe is within another, will better prevent against spillage. Repair work began on the town- owned Owen Park dock in early Mat: The dock was ready for use over the holiday weekend although not com- pletely fixed. The town will receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover the cost of repairs, Mr. Wilbur said, but repairs had to begin before those monies ar- rive due to demand for dock usage. At their annual town meeting last month, Tisbury voters appropriated $100,000 to cover costs until FEMA funding arrives. The full sum will likely not be used, Mr. Wilbur said. "We have high hopes, reason to be optimistic [about FEMA]," Mr. Wilbur said. The most exposed dock in the harbor, that of the Vineyard Haven Marina, was almost entirely destroyed during Sandy. Marina general manager Liz Wild said the entire structure had to be rebuilt. Construction began in February and is nearly complete, she said. "By the time the season actually starts, we should be ready," Ms. Wild said. Eli Dagostino, Oscar Thompson and Teo Reidy. Spencer de Langavant-Sahr and Zachary Dupon. Pictures by Ray Ewing ii;~!i!!!i!:::!i!i~ii;!i!.i!i!!ii;:~ Damaged during Sandy, town-owned Owen Park dock is rebuilt for summer. Zachary Dupon, Kaelin Nelson and Erin Brown. Zac Smalley says he benefitted from sense of community at school. Own the Vineyard's Most Coveted Address Now is your opportunity to join the many families who have already chosen to call the Island's most coveted address their home away from home. 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