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These are the days when skies put on The old, old sophistries of June,- A blue and gold mistake. - Emily Dickinson EYARD VIN ************************** 9Bl INC -L tts. Winter population, 15,007; in 5026 CALIFORNIA. A VESW aty miles from city of New Bedford, n and 150 miles from New York. SEATTLE, WA 9Bi'' L *..- Volume 165,  .... iiuu te4o. 2010 Vineyard Gazette Inc. GAZETTE Devoted to the interest of the six towns on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, viz.: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquin- nah. These, with Gosnold, constitute Dukes County. VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 Twenty Two Pages (Two Sections). I $41 a Year, 75 a Copy. Home Run League Baseball To Hit in a New Vineyard Team By REMY TUMIN There's nothing like a summer eve- ning of baseball. The thwack of the bat hitting the ball, the smell of freshly cut grass wafting over the stands -- this is the stuff of American tradition. Now summer league baseball, long a presence on Cape Cod, may finally come to the Vineyard. On Monday night, the Martha's Vine- yard Regional High School district com- mittee voted to grant a one-year license to the Carminucci Sports Group to be- gin a wooden-bat collegiate franchise team based at the high school's new ball field. The team would be part of a sum- mer collegiate league such as the New England Collegiate Baseball League or the Cape Cod League. Many of the best division one and two bageball players in the country spend their summers in these leagues, and some go on to play in the major leagues. The Vineyard has hosted three Cape Cod League games at the high school in recent summers, drawing huge crowds of fans every time, A franchise on the Vineyard would mean 25 to 30 games throughout the summer. The school committee will now enter into negotiations with CSG for a final li- cense.The committee wants to execute a license rather than a lease so it does not need to go to the state legislature for ap- proval. After it receives a license, CSG then has to apply for franchise standing, and with most .leagues organizing team schedules starting Nov. 1, the next few months are crucial. But a stunmer of 2011 start date has always been the goal, said high school varsity baseball coach Gary Simmons, who was first approached by CSG a year ago. If all goes according to plan, the team will play at the new baseball field tltt a comptt in 207 On Monday .... night Mr. Simmons told the committee he sees this not only as a chance for Vineyard baseball players to engage with preprofessional athletes, but also an opportunity to help care for the field that has an annual maintenance budget of $19,000. "I've asked for certain things from [CSG] that there will be things left here to continue to maintain the field," Mr. Simmons said. He said the plan calls for acquiring a field groomer, fairway mower and a maintenance building on site."That's what I need at this point," the coach said. Currently Vineyard Baseball, a nonprofit group, raises money through golf tournaments, Cape League games and advertisement banners to pay for maintenance on the field. Committee members greeted the plan with enthusiasm. "I had an opportu- nity to go to the [Cape League] game this past summer and this gentleman should get a standing ovation," commit- tee member Bob Tankard said pointing to Mr. Simmons. "When I turned the corner I thought I was walking into Fenway Park... this is nothing but a win-win for the high school." CSG is a baseball consulting company that recruits players, manages opera- tions and owns stakes in several minor league teams. "We're baseball people," president Chris Carminucci said at the To Page Six Buyer Brokerage Luxury Rentals Preinier Sales 508 627 4330 www.hobknobreally.com IIIIU!!U!II!!!!!IIII L-- RECYCLE 0 9 Mark Lovewell JOYFUL NOISE OF WVVY'S BEST FESF FILLED CIRCUIT AVENUE LAST SATURDAY; TOMORROW THE STREET HOSTS TIVOLI DAY. Mr. O'Leary Wins Island, But Still Loses Primary Vineyard voters bucked the trend inthe hottest contest of the Massa- chusetts primary on Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly for Robert O'Leary to be the Democratic candidate for Congress. Mr. O'Leary, the current Cape and Islands state senator, got more than 80 per cent of Democratic votes on the Island -- 1,478 of the 1,840 votes cast for 10th district candidate -- but that vote was swamped by strong main- land support for his opponent, Norfolk district attorney William R. Keating. District-wide, Mr. Keating scored 51 per cent of the vote. On the Republican side, Vineyard voters' preference accorded much more closely with the overall result. About 56 per cent of Island votes went to Jeffrey Davis Perry, a four- term state representative, lawyer and former police officer, compared with 62 per cent districtwide. Apart from a stronger recognition factor for Mr. O'Leary on the Island, one issue clearly separated him from Mr. Keating: he was the one who sup- ported the proposed Cape Wind devel- opment in Nantucket Sound, the only candidate among the four Republicans and two Democrats who did. The 10th district contest attracted widespread interest among the 13 races on Tuesday, because the district is seen by strategists for both parties as the Republicans' best chance to pick up a seat in Massachusetts in the Nov. 2 general election. The seat is without a strong incum- bent; after seven terms, Democrat Wil- liam Delahunt decided earlier this year not to run again. Massachusetts Republicans were buoyed -- and Democrats stunned -- by last year's race for the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, when Republican Scott Brown swept into of- FWa TRACKER H 0 M E] IDECOR EDGARTOWN c y. 508.627.872,00 rice over Democrat and state Attorney General Martha Coakley. An analysis of the turnout for Tues- day's primaries was ominous for Dem- ocrats. Statewide, they have a three to one advantage in registrations, but turnout was only about two to one. In the 10th district race, the number of registered Delnocrats wting barely exceeded Republicans. On the Island, turnout was three-to- one Democratic, but most voted for the losing candidate. Turnout on the Island, as elsewhere in the slate, was low: only about 20 per cent. In his victory speech, Mr. Perry f,iy MIKE SECCOMBE , proclaimed himself a "conservative Republican" and a "hardliner on' ira: migration reform' and promised to repeal the health care reform bill. After a close contest marked by considerable animosity near the end, Mr. Keating extended an olive branch to Scnalor O'Leary and his supporters, saying they shared similar concerns, and reciting a litany of voter concerns including unemployment, the export of jobs, and Washington politicians who had sold out to big oil. He also signaled a possible campaign of personal attack, refcrring again to an incident from Mr. Perry's police days, in which an officer improperly searched a young woman, allegedly for drugs. "You stood five steps away as your partner sexually assaulted a young girl," he said, his voice rising. "If you couldn't see something so despicable right under your nose, how can we depend on you in Washington?" he said. For his part, Mr. O'Leary pledged his support to Mr. Keating in advanc- ing their shared policy concerns. "'I believe our positive message -- end the war, invest at home; improve our schools and protect the environ- To Page Six Derby Begins; Big Bass Tips the Scale By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL Autumn is in the air and there is no better evidence than the sight of pickup trucks loaded with fishing rods and gear. The 65th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby opened on Sunday: so far there are 1,400 fishermen registered. The biggest striped bass weighed in at the Edgartown headquarters is a 32-pounder brought in Wednesday morning by Evan D. Metropoulous, a boat angler with a reputation for loving to be on the water and a per- sistence in catching big fish. Large bluefish weighing in the teens are already coming in. Sandy E. Fisher of Edgartown brought in a 13.74-pound bluefish he caught from a boat in the first hours of the derby. The two other boat leaders were brought in the same morning. Sunday morning is the Kids' Derby, when at least 200 young fishermen aged four to 14 will show up at the newly renovated Oak Bluffs Steam- ship Authority wharf for an early To Page Six T U ES DAYS 9AM- 1 "HL OCTOBI!R i44 BEACH ROAD VINEYARD HAVEN WWg' ,xl t Mark Lovewell CHIP BERGERON'S 18.22-POUND BASS LEADS FLYROD DIVISION. TERRAIN ARCHITECTS 508.693-2727 EST. 1976 TERRAINARCHITECTS.COM SUSHI AT THE SANDBAR (508-693-7111) 508-693-0236 Down Town Oak Bluffs Island-Wide Delivery! HousingFund Scraps Bradley Square Plan, As Coffers Run Empty By MIKE SECCOMBE Gazette Senior Writer The Island Affordable Housing Fund has decided after more than three years to cut its losses on the proposed Bradley Square redevelopment in Oak Bluffs and sell the property. The fund's executive director, T. Ewell Hopkins, confirmed the sale plan this week, saying the organization could no longer "responsibly" carry the mort- gage, given the remote prospects of raising sufficient money to begin work on the project.A price has not yet been set. "We feel, given the time frame it would take to raise the money, we can't justify the associated costs," Mr. Hopkins said this week. "We purchased it for $900,000 and change; we have about a $750,000 mort- gage on it right now. It costs us a little over $6,000 a month to service that debt and that makes it prohibitive for us to continue to try to raise the money to responsibly break ground. "We don't think it's prudent to ask people to contribute money just to service debt," he said. The move comes as the fund strug- gles to meet other financial obliga- tions. It has yet to pay some $40,000 to the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority for rent subsidies for May and June. And it remains unable to pay other commitments, including the administrative expenses of its sister body, the Island Housing Trust. ,The decision on Bradley Square had been postponed until the end of the summer fund-raising season. But after what Mr. Hopkins described as a "dis- mal" summer for all Island charitable causes, including his, there were no options left. Lead Editorial on Bradley Square Appears on Page Ten The last hope had been the NAACP, which he said had been optimistic that a late summer fundraiser they staged would raise enough to retire the mort- gage. "They had their CEO and president Ben Jealous there and he was a phe- nomenal motivator, speaking to the To Page Six State Commends Tisbury School As Island Students Meet Targets By LAUREN MARTIN Tisbury School principal Richie Smith can describe exactly the moment he learned how his students performed in the annual Massachusetts Compre- hensive Assessment System (MCAS) test: it was August 6, early morning, in his kitchen, on the telephone and he did cartwheels. "Well, it was more jumps," he revised. "But I react that way every year when I find out we made AYP." The test results were released pub- licly on Tuesday, when it became clear that the Tisbury School not only had made Adequate Yearly Progress, the federal benchmark of constant im- provement. Because of the school's success in closing the achievement gap -- that is, improving things for the lowest-performing students --Tisbury also had made Gov. Deval Patrick's new list of Commendation Schools. It was the only school on the Vineyard to do so. The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires annual increases in state standardized test scores; more than half of schools in Massachusetts failed to meet the required increase. But Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss said yesterday,"All our schools are really on the right path."An analysis by his assistant, Laurie Halt, shows that the students in every Vine- yard school overall performed well above the state average, earning high or very high performance ratings. The Edgartown School, which last year did not make AYP for all of its low-income and special education stu- dents, did this year. The Oak Bluffs School, where students in those same groups had failed to meet the target in English for three years, made it this year; in math, the Oak Bluffs subgroups met the target last year but not this year. It takes two consecutive years of improvement for a school to return to good standing. But at the Tisbury School, Mr. Smith was particularly proud. More than 90 students at his school are on free Or reduced lunch programs, meaning that 30 per cent of the school population is considered low-income. It was these students, whose scores are tracked in a discreet category of the MCAS results, who showed tremendous growth from 2009 to this year. In math, their scores improved more than 10 per cent, and in English and language arts, more than four per cent. The student body overall also improved by 2.3 per cent. Principal Smith attributes this "fan- tastic result" to "teachers' hard work and their dedication to .working with children who are in need of extra sup- port." He calls the MCAS tests "a huge stressor," but extremely useful. The tests are a true indicator of the state's curriculum frameworks, he said. "The MCAS data and results show us where we are in our frameworks so we can make sure a child is learning what is standard." And those standards are high, Mr. To Page Six Vineyard Power Sees Strength in Numbers By PETER BRANNEN In Vineyard Power's humble head- quarters just past the Grange Hall on State Road in West Tisbury hangs a dry erase board with a breakdown of the Island's energy meters. One number stands alone in bold: 824. It's the most important number to the fledgling en- ergy cooperative, the number of mem- bers who have signed up so far. "If those 824 members all get one person to join, we'd be up to 1,600," said Vineyard Power director Richard Andre, eyeing the board. Credibility, both in the community and among investors, depends on membership. Sporting an "Ask me about Vine- yard Power" T-shirt and the weary but relieved expression of a local summer survivor, Mr. Andre said the energy cooperative is entering the most crucial stage of its existence. Just coming off of the seasonal summer push, the organi- zation now boasts a complete board of nine directors, after the August election of Chilmark selectman Warren Doty, as well as two heavy hitters in the worlds of law and finance: Bill Lake, head law- yer for the Federal Communications Commission, and Ron Dagostino, vice president at State Street Global Advi- sors. It represents the organization's desire to be both of the community while possessing the corporate and legal firepower of a utility company when it goes to compete in the open market. In the coming weeks,Vineyard Power members will be sent an online survey to gauge their response to visual simu- lations of turbines at various distances. As early as January or February, Mr. Andre said, using that member feed- back, the cooperative is preparing to bid on lease blocks in federal waters south of the Vineyard where, by as early as 2015, it hopes to develop upwards of 17 turbines to supply enough energy to power the entire Island. The plan is to stabilize and even Jower energy prices for members, all the while keeping an additional $17 million on the Island that would have otherwise gone to off- Island energy suppliers. "We're entering into one of the most critical stages: picking sites," Mr. Andre said. "If that's not an incentive to join, I don't know what is." Another incentive is the price of a membership, which jumps from $100 to $150 on Oct. 1 (The price will reach $975 in 2015; by then Mr. Andre claims To Page Six _. (0WWTCONROYMV.CdM , ' , , i