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F. Charles “Chuck” Froelicher, of Denver, Colorado, and West Chop, an educator and conservationist who set an example of principal, integrity, and public service for all who knew him, died October 17, 2014, surrounded by his family in his Colorado home. He was 89.

A full obituary with service information will follow in a future edition of The Times.

To the Editor:

Red Stocking has been providing clothing, food, and toys for Vineyard children in need from birth through 8th grade since the 1930s. Red Stocking applications will be available by October 24 at various locations around the Island. We encourage families to apply early, preferably by November 17 in order to receive a food voucher before Thanksgiving.

Applications may be picked up at any elementary school, at most branches of Vineyard banks, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters, Martha’s Vineyard Insurance (Vineyard Haven office), Department of Families and Children, Early Childhood offices at MV Community Services and at the Food Pantry. Applications are also available at the Health Care Access Office in Oak Bluffs where assistance for Portuguese speaking families is available.

Red Stocking is now operating from the basement hall at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven. Many thanks to Father Nagle and the Good Shepherd Parish for welcoming Red Stocking to St. Augustine’s.

Wrapping will be done Monday through Wednesday, December 8–10. We begin at 9 am. Volunteer wrappers may call Patricia Carlet at 508-693-3187 to let her know when you are available.

Distribution will be on Friday, December 12, from 9 am to 12 noon. If there are any questions, you may call Susie Wallo at 508-776-6050 or Leslie Frizzell at 508-523-1373. Contributions may be sent to Susan Wallo at PO Box 600, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Susan Wallo


Red Stocking Fund

To the Editor:

My sister in the Lord and dear friend, Mrs. Helen Duarte of Havenside, Vineyard Haven, most gratefully thanks the EMTs and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital ER and ICU nurses and staff who continually provided for her recently. Hugs and tears of lifelong love expresses her gratitude for the sacrificed devotion of daughter Shirley and granddaughter Nancy. They make it possible for her to remain in the securing comforts of home. They also help host the daily supportive care of visitors, callers and community home care workers.

Psalm 11-7, “For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.’’

Andrea Engelman

Vineyard Haven

The Steamship Authority members Tuesday agreed to a management recommendation and hiked passenger fares, auto excursion fares, and Falmouth parking rates in order to close a $1,900,000 hole in the 2015 operating budget. Get used to it, because without some dramatic change in the boatline’s business model, increased costs can be expected to press on rates in the future.

There is a new Woods Hole terminal to pay for, estimated to cost between $40 and $60 million, and a new passenger/vehicle vessel, estimated cost $43 million. Add to that increases in employee compensation and you get the picture.

The SSA benefits from a business model that any private enterprise would envy. Keep doing what you are doing and when you run short charge your customers, who have no choice but to rely on your services, more for your services. And if there is an abundance of customers, well, they can always wait.

On October 14, the SSA reverted to its fall schedule. Only no one told the scores of people who still wanted to come and go that their lives needed to revert to a fall schedule. As a result, at the Vineyard Haven terminal several days last week it looked more like a day in August than October,  as lines of drivers in vehicles waited in standby for a chance to depart.

Presumably, the Authority can use its reservation system to gauge demand in advance and recognize the need to add additional capacity. More nimbleness is needed to meet the demand.

Tuesday, Wayne Lamson, the SSA’s genial general manager, said he would examine the schedule to see how the problem might be addressed. Islanders would welcome some relief.

Of course, Islanders want to have their cake and eat it too. They complain about traffic and want the SSA to limit (other people’s) cars — recall Tisbury pressing the SSA to limit the use of the Island Home’s lift decks — but want to be able to come and go when they want to come and go.

What is not clear is what if anything the SSA board intends to do to address the future, other than continue on the same course of rate hikes and more congestion at Five Corners. The more short-sighted among us will call for the burden of paying for SSA service to fall ever more heavily on seasonal visitors. But there is a breaking point, even for the golden geese, who may decide to fly elsewhere in the summer.

Tuesday, Island SSA member Marc Hanover expressed concern about budget shortfalls in the following years and what could be done to break the cycle of rate hikes, but he offered no guidance. It is time for the board to undertake some strategic planning and think big and think creatively.

In an OpEd published October 16, 2013, “Move the Steamship auto and traffic,” former Island SSA member J.B. Riggs Parker offered one approach. “Move the big boat car and truck traffic down Beach Road beyond the R. M. Packer Company complex so that cars and trucks would disembark in two possible directions — to Oak Bluffs or back to Tisbury. This would ameliorate the jam-up at Five Corners and facilitate travel for those heading to Oak Bluffs,” he said.

Mr. Parker recommended the existing SSA terminal in Tisbury be used to accommodate pure passenger vessels in a reconfigured fleet that would cease to rely on “birthday cake” giants like the Island Home. It is a fresh, though not new, concept.

What we have not heard is any discussion of any concepts, old or new, by the SSA members, who are responsible for setting the boatline’s future course. The time is right for a fresh look.

There are professional organizations that could examine the SSA’s business and operating models, analyze boatline strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for the future that could provide a set of new compass points. Now is the time to look for new strategies.

Cheers for the Derby

The 69th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby concluded Sunday with a dramatic and exciting awards ceremony under the big top at the Farm Neck Golf Club. It is no small accomplishment to keep any enterprise in business for almost seven decades.

Over the past five weeks, fresh fish was distributed to Island elderly — much of that bounty was caught by elder fishermen — prizes were distributed, and fishermen or all ages and backgrounds had a good time. And once again, at graduation time this spring the Derby will award four four-year scholarships to regional high school graduates. Not bad for a fishing tournament.

Registrations in the five-week fishing marathon set a new record of 3,282. Not all those fishermen walked into the weigh station, or even caught fish, but the Derby is about so much more than the many prizes distributed in a variety of categories. At its best it celebrates the natural bounty and beauty of the Island, the camaraderie of shared purpose and community. For fishermen and non-fishermen, the Derby is an event that has become a part of our Island culture. The all-volunteer committee that manages the whole affair is to be congratulated on a job well done.

To the Editor:

MV Sharks general manager Jerry Murphy and director of operations Bob Tankard are owed a huge debt of gratitude from the community for their tireless efforts in bringing us MV Sharks baseball.

Having been a host family member and ardent fan these past four years, I am acutely aware of the thousands of uncompensated hours both of them dedicated to ensure that our Sharks were able to take the field.

As with any start from scratch endeavor, the myriad tasks and problems that these gentleman faced was incredible. After the first several years feeling their way through the arduous travel schedule that the Sharks always face, a championship season unfolded. This summer followed with a divisional championship and overall second place finish.

I applaud all the efforts they and their many volunteers have made to bring us great family entertainment and a winning tradition.

May the new owner/management team bring us as much success.

John S. Moffett


To the Editor:

I would like to personally thank Oak Bluffs business owners Billy and Sonny Chhibber of the Island House and Bob Murphy and Jim Ryan, owners of the building that formerly housed Seasons Restaurant for their generosity, civic pride, and support of the arts for graciously allowing me to display my photographic artwork in their Circuit Ave. windows throughout summer/fall 2014. My Oak Bluffs themed displays titled “Our Oak Bluffs,” drew many enthusiastic viewers and garnered many warm compliments from tourists, Oak Bluffs business owners, and year-round residents. They also added appeal and value to the owners businesses. The displays allowed me to share images of this wonderful town’s many valuable natural, historic, and cultural icons, and perhaps create a point of positivity for all who love Oak Bluffs to rally around. Deep thanks and gratitude to these thoughtful business people for the opportunity to spotlight “Our Oak Bluffs.”

Michael Johnson

Oak Bluffs

Martha's Vineyard hospital has been preparing for Ebola since August. – File photo by Michael Cummo

The World Health Organization has called the recent Ebola outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

On Monday, results from a survey by National Nurses United of more than 2,100 registered nurses in 46 states reported that 85 percent of them said their hospitals have given them no specific training on dealing with the virus.

Such is not the case on Martha’s Vineyard. “We started looking into this in August, in conjunction with Partners HealthCare,” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital chief nurse executive Carol Bardwell told The Times. “We evaluated what we had for isolation facilities and protective gear. We’ve added more gear and we’ve had regular drills and information sessions for the staff, and we’ll continue to update our protocol per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.”

Under the current hospital plan, if a person checks in showing any symptoms of Ebola, they will be asked if they have traveled to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone. If they answer yes, they will be put into an isolation unit until a special ambulance from Mass General Hospital arrives on the Island.

Additionally, Ms. Bardwell said the hospital is bringing in a consultant from Sylvester Consultants in Hyannis on Monday to evaluate hospital housekeeping protocol. “We think it’s valuable to have a third party take a look at our procedures,” she said.

The first recorded Ebola fatality in United States occurred on October 8, when a man who’d recently returned from Liberia succumbed to the disease in a Dallas,Texas, hospital. Two attending nurses were infected with the virus, and one of them flew on a commercial flight to Ohio, unaware she had contracted the deadly disease. Both women are showing steady improvement, but the incident served as a reminder that no place is immune to a virulent virus in the jet-age.

“We hope it doesn’t happen here, but we’re doing everything we can to be prepared if it does,” Ms. Bardwell said, adding that the virus is not transmitted through the air, like the flu, but is spread only by direct exposure to an infected person’s bodily fluids.

September 29, 2014

Andreas Fazio, Framingham; DOB 12/17/89, operating motor vehicle with suspended license, negligent operation of motor vehicle.

Eric C. Soikkeli, Vineyard Haven; DOB 3/3/86, OUI-liquor or .08%: continued without finding for one year, the Defendant is to attend the driver alcohol education program and must pay a state fee of $250, loss of license for 45 days, must pay $250 HIF, $50 OUI, $50 VW and $65 PSF; negligent operation of motor vehicle: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; speeding in violation of special regulation: not responsible.

Patrick M. Whalen, Vineyard Haven; DOB 4/5/71, assault and battery: continued to pretrial conference.

Joseph E. Wilson, Oak Bluffs; DOB 4/13/55, assault and battery: six months pretrial probation, must pay $50 PSF.

Taylor Wilson, 3rd, Vineyard Haven; DOB 6/3/52, assault and battery: continued to pretrial conference.

October 10, 2014

Justin Clark, Edgartown; DOB 7/28/94, possession to distribute class A drug (heroin), possession of class B drug (ecstasy): continued to pretrial conference.

Marie I. Doebler, Vineyard Haven; DOB 4/29/36, OUI-liquor or .08%, leaving the scene of property damage, possession of open container of alcohol in motor vehicle: continued to pretrial conference.

Eric C. Fisher, Oak Bluffs; DOB 7/12/88, open and gross lewdness, a second charge of open and gross lewdness: continued to pretrial conference.

Brandon Francis, Edgartown; DOB 11/22/1991, possession of class C drug (mushrooms): continued to pretrial conference.

Wesley V. Wood, Edgartown; DOB 3/15/63, OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, 2nd offense, marked lanes violation, no inspection sticker: continued to pretrial conference.

October 17, 2014

Colin Brown, Oak Bluffs; DOB 5/20/86, assault and battery on a family/household member: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth.

Kyle E. Byrne, Edgartown; DOB 7/1/70, OUI-drugs (not identified), negligent operation of motor vehicle: continued to pretrial conference.

Jessica Elsasser, Vineyard Haven; DOB 5/14/84, OUI-liquor or .08%: continued without finding for one year, the Defendant is to attend the driver alcohol education program and must pay a state fee of $250, loss of license for 45 days, must pay $250 HIF, $50 OUI, $50 VW and $65 PSF; negligent operation of motor vehicle: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation: not responsible; marked lanes violation: not responsible.

Paula M. Rowe, Quincy; DOB 12/15/62, vandalizing property: continued to pretrial conference.

Andrew Saulnier, Worcester; DOB 2/17/90, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon: continued to pretrial conference.

Harry S. Smith, Edgartown; DOB 10/27/69, assault and battery: continued to pretrial conference.

Michael D. Tebeau, Oak Bluffs; DOB 4/6/82, disorderly conduct: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; resisting arrest: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth.

victor_herbert_copyVictor Herbert, husband of Barbara Morgan and a longtime Island summer resident, died suddenly on October 9, 2014, in the Bronx, N.Y. He was 65.

Victor was born on October 19, 1948, in Harlem Hospital, N.Y., to Victor Herbert Sr. and Pauline Chapelle. Victor spent his early childhood on Strivor’s Row, Harlem, N.Y. And then moved to the Bronx with his mother, father, and sister, Paula. He attended St. Jerome’s Elementary Catholic School where he was very sociable, athletic, and well-liked by his peers. His carefree love of life and friends made him smile the most. He attended Salesian High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In later years he attended New Rochelle Community College.

Victor and Barbara married in 1998 when they relocated to Yonkers, N.Y., and pursued a special relationship. They lived in a waterfront condo overlooking the Hudson River where Victor enjoyed relaxing, boat watching, reading his paper, and attending the Riverfest events. Victor had summered on Martha’s Vineyard since 2001.

Victor’s style, mannerism, flare, and uniqueness is what we will all remember about him. In his spare time he enjoyed attending various jazz concerts and performances with the N.Y. Jazz Mobile organization. In his career he was multi-faceted. He was an addiction counselor, Certified Care Manager, Certified HIV counselor, and housing specialist.

Victor never stopped being part of the Patterson Houses in the Bronx. He was one of the first to commit as an Alumni Committee member, and as one of the hardest members to work for Patterson, he will be greatly missed by all of the members.

Victor leaves his wife Barbara Morgan Herbert, RN, of Oak Bluffs, a Cottager and former manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital operating room. He also leaves his sister, Paula Spencer of New York; his daughter,Laiisha Thomas Herbert of Seattle, Wash.; stepsons Macio of Seattle and Mark of N.Y., stepdaughter Christina of Oak Bluffs, and grandchildren Lamont, Kyra, and Angel, nephew Ray, niece Tracy and grand nieces and nephews. Also longtime friends from the Jazz Mobile organization, Jazz Friends, Bill Broadmax, special friends Deborah, Pat, Akira, Leonard, Gregory, George, Roger, David, Reggie and Pat Callihan, godfather Pablo and a host of many loving family and Martha’s Vineyard friends.

A Memorial service was held on October 15 at the Mott Haven Reformed Church in the Bronx attended by 200-plus family and friends.

Dennis P. of Weymouth and formerly of South Dakota died on October 20, 2014. He was 66.

He was the beloved son of Rayona (Weber) Weron of Aberdeen, S.D., and the late Peter. He was the loving husband of Maureen A. (Megow) Weron of Weymouth and the beloved father of Scott Weron and Melania Dziedzic of Weymouth, and Erika Weron of Martha’s Vineyard.

He was the cherished grandfather of Colby Dennis Weron, Dominic Fuentes, and Vincent Fuentes, all of Martha’s Vineyard, and the dear brother of John L. Weron and his wife, Brenda, of Jamestown, N.D., and Richard A. Weron and his wife, Sharee, of Laramie, Wyoming.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam.

The family will receive visitors in the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St., Boston on Thursday, October 23, from 4 to 8 pm.  For online condolences and/or directions, please