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Flanders-Wedding1.jpgCarole L. Sylva & Matthew B. Flanders

Carole Lee Sylva and Matthew Flanders married on Saturday, September 13, at Farm Neck Golf Club. The father of the groom, Brian Flanders, performed the ceremony. Carole Lee is the daughter of Roger and Gloria Sylva of West Tisbury. Matthew is the son of Brian and Noreen Flanders of Vineyard Haven. The couple plans to reside on the Vineyard.


Nov. 13, Herbert N. Brown and Catherine A. Lager sold 55 Lighthouse Rd. to Stephen Trevor for $2,100,000.


Nov. 10, KZ Vineyard Land LLC sold 295 Katama Rd. to Adam M. Zaiger, trustee of 295 Katama Nominee Trust, for $15,000,000.

Nov. 12, Matthew A. Abelson, Ann A. Patrizio, and Ned Abelson, trustees of the Abelson Family 1997 Realty Trust, sold Lots U & V, 105 Edgartown Bay Rd., to Welch Real Estate Holding LLC for $3,850,000.

Nov. 14, Michael Marashio sold 54 Saddle Club Rd. to JP Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. for $402,998.04.


Nov. 10, Nina S. Brodeur sold 22 Broadway to James H. Lowell, 3rd, and Terri Ziegler Lowell for $900,000.

Oak Bluffs

Nov. 13, Donald J. and Cindy V. Sabella sold 3 Winemack St. to Tina Page for $400,000.


Nov. 12, John F. Kearns a/k/a John F. Kearns, 3rd, trustee of Lucille A. Calabrese Trust, sold 90 Canterbury Lane to Nathan Charles Viera for $360,000.

Nov. 14, Karen Johnson, trustee of 39 Look Street Nominee Trust, sold 39 Look St. to Peter B. and Lucy P. Cox for $550,000.

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finn and eric1.jpgTen-year-old Finn Lewis defeated 11-year-old Eric Reubens, 6-0, 6-1, in the Friday night exhibition held last week at Vineyard Youth Tennis. Finn played practically error-free in his match in front of the 50 or so people in attendance. The children enjoyed the match and enjoyed the free pizza offered by VYT. The next exhibition match will be offered Thursday, December 18, at 5 pm.

David C. Teagan of Hull and Oak Bluffs, died unexpectedly on November 15, 2014. He was 50.

David was born on June 27, 1964, and was raised and educated in Hingham. David was an avid outdoorsman and a world traveler. He loved to ski and be by the ocean, but most of all he loved being out on his Harley riding with his friends. A true craftsman with incredible skill and creativity, David loved working and creating with his hands. His friends and family meant the world to him.

David is survived by his beloved mother, “Saint” Hazel A. (Broderick) Teagan, his brother, John, from Martha’s Vineyard, his sister, Jennifer Clapp, and her husband, Chris, nephews CJ and Noah Clapp from Hanover. Not to be forgotten, his beloved dog and partner in crime, Rommel.

He was predeceased by his father, Jack Edward Teagan, who passed away in 1998.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, 4–8 pm, in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), Hingham. A memorial service on Martha’s Vineyard will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David may be made to the Vineyard House, 15 Church St., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Marie-Knox.jpgMarie J. Impaglia Knox of Marthas Vineyard; California; and Auburn, New York, died unexpectedly from a heart attack on October 8, 2014, at Auburn Community Hospital. She was 72.

Marie was born in Auburn on August 23, 1942, the daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret DiBagio Impaglia. Marie or “Mariee,” as she was affectionately known by family and friends, was a hair stylist for more than 50 years. Marie worked on several Caribbean cruise ships, owned and operated several salons, including Individual Salon & Spa on Martha’s Vineyard, all while raising her three children and a granddaughter. Marie became very involved in the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, and in her Faith Community Church communities during her time there. After selling her business on the Island, Marie moved to California to pursue her dream of becoming a stylist on the west coast. She spent her most recent time at Proper Hair in Newport Beach. Marie was an artistic and creative individual with an eye for beauty who inspired many in her field.

Marie had a very large heart, and was always finding ways to help others. She sponsored children in need as well as donating to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, and fundraising events for local battered women’s shelters. Marie loved self education, was still attending trade shows and classes to improve her techniques as a stylist, and became a part of Toastmasters International. Marie was also very much dedicated to her spiritual relationship with the Lord, and deeply involved in her church communities.

Marie had recently moved back to upstate New York from California to be closer to her family, old friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was enjoying getting back to her roots, reconnecting with family members and old friends. Marie was a very spiritual, kind, loving, gentle woman who would do just about anything for anyone. She will be sadly missed by all; she now is with her savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by three children, Richard, Gina, and Valerie Knox; three grandchildren, Britny, Sandra, and Nigel Knox; and two great-grandchildren, Keith and Kaya Hawkins.

In addition to her parents, Marie was predeceased by a brother, John  “Butch” Impaglia, and a sister-in-law, Dolores Rondina.

A Memorial Service to Celebrate Maries Life is being held on Island at the FOCUS Center 450 Lambert’s Cove Rd, West Tisbury at 2 pm on Sunday, November 30. For any information regarding the service, call 562-453-9344 or email

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—Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) is hosting a public meeting Thursday night, November 20, about smart wastewater management to address nitrogen pollution in the Island’s coastal ponds. The event starts at 5:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The Cape Cod Commission (CCC) recently completed the first phase of a multi-million dollar Water Quality Initiative. Guest speaker Paul Niedzwiecki, CCC Executive Director, will share the results, including needed regulatory reforms, alternative technologies for wastewater treatment, pilot projects, monitoring, adaptive management plans, ways to minimize costs, and financing sources. Information about the Cape’s Water Quality Plan can be found at

“Sooner or later, the nitrogen pollution threatening the health of Martha’s Vineyard coastal ponds will affect us all,” MVC executive director Mark London wrote in an op-ed piece, “Smart wastewater management needed,”published in The Times last week.

“In the next couple of years, discussion about this issue will be transitioning from concern and analysis, to making some pretty momentous decisions about what to do,” he said.

Offshore Ale Co. will host a dine to donate event for the Niantic Park Playground this Thursday. —Photo by Michael Cummo

A group of Island parents has established the Niantic Park Playground Project to help restore the Oak Bluffs playground, and this Thursday, November 20, Islanders can help them reach their goal by dining out at Offshore Ale Co., which will donate 20 percent of food proceeds from that evening to the Playground Project. So far, $46,000 has been allocated to the playground portion of the park. The project is working to match that amount through local business sponsors. Offshore Ale will be open for lunch at 12 noon, and seating dinner starting at 5 pm. For more information, call 508-693-2626 or visit

The second place team, which scored 15.3 seconds, Russell Shapiro, Tim Roberts and Eli Hanschka. —Photo courtesy of MVRHS

Each month, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students are given the opportunity to compete in an engineering challenge. The goal of the challenge, according to school officials, is to give students an opportunity to experience the work process of engineering a design challenge, and to collaborate with one another to get the job done well, in a different competition than the yearly science fair.

Third Place Team = 38.7 seconds David Packer, Elizabeth O'Brien, Emily Moore —Photo courtesy MVRHS
Third Place Team = 38.7 seconds
David Packer, Elizabeth O’Brien, Emily Moore —Photo courtesy MVRHS

The students are issued a design challenge at the meet. Working in teams of two or three, they have 45 minutes to complete the task. Then the designs are evaluated to determine the meet winners.

The November challenge was to create a device that could be used to unscrew an incandescent light bulb and replace it with a compact fluorescent light bulb. A light fixture was suspended from a 10-foot ceiling and the teams were timed to see how long it took them to exchange the bulbs using their devices. The fastest time determined the winners.

First place went to Chris Aring, Zach Bresnick, and Connor Downing (14.2 seconds); second place to Eli Hanschka, Tim Roberts, and Russell Shapiro (15.3 seconds); and third place to Emily Moore, Elizabeth O’Brien, and David Packer (38.7 seconds).

All members of winning teams accumulate points over the season and are eligible to become grand winners of the challenge at the end of the school year.

full moon shining

through the bedroom door

— the cat’s white throat!

cloudy morning-

unable to answer

the cat’s question …

staring back

at the cat

sitting in the rain

cat and i

both heard it

— that yowling outside

old cat curled

in a tiny patch

of winter sun

When Gary Paraboschi permanently retired to Martha’s Vineyard six years ago, he brought along his lifelong dabbling in poetry, especially haiku, for which he finds the lovely and abundant landscape of this Island endlessly inspirational.