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To the Editor:

Zeus and Apollo, the team of Jersey oxen raised and trained as working animals at the FARM Institute (TFI) have been ‘on tour’ off-Island for the past year, and they’re ready to come home.

The two oxen “washed ashore” on Martha’s Vineyard from northern Vermont in 2009 as week-old calves. They became the learning focus of TFI’s Whippersnappers educational summer program for children 10 to 15 years old. Participants spent three mornings each week learning to walk, groom, feed, and drive the cattle as an integral part of work on the farm. Zeus and Apollo grew from bottle-fed calves to working steers (the name for castrated bulls being trained for work) and finally became oxen when they reached the age of 4.

As working steers, and the only Island contestants, Zeus and Apollo entered the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair cattle show and won ribbons two years running with their apprentice drover, Edgartown student Jeremy Mercier, who had learned to drive the animals at the FARM Institute.

Taking a page from the history of Nomans Land fishing, the team of Jerseys hit the beach in the spring of 2013, and applied their increasing bulk and strength to haul out Mabel, the 28-foot wooden ketch built in the tradition of Nomans vessels for Vineyard Voyagers, Inc., to take young people on seafaring expeditions.

Reviving a longstanding Island tradition of employing oxen as draft power in parades, Zeus and Apollo joined the Christmas parade as sleigh-pulling reindeer look-alikes on top of a float when they were just calves, and then progressed to hauling a float on their own in the Christmas parade.

In the off-season at the FARM Institute, when there was no seasonal employee engaged to run the program and work the oxen, the TFI farm staff pitched in as default caretakers, trainers, and drovers for the animals. When I had to leave my position at the FARM for health reasons, the oxen program was discontinued, and the Jersey boys had to find a temporary home off-Island. Over the past year, they have been generously hosted at Spotted Dog Family Farm in Brandon, Vt.; FootLoose Farm in Granville, N.Y.; and are patiently awaiting “repatriation” to the Island from the Merck Forest and Farmland in Rupert, Vt.

I am earnestly looking for partners in the effort to bring Zeus and Apollo back to the Island. In order to continue the centuries-long tradition of working with oxen on Martha’s Vineyard, they need space to live, grass and hay to eat, work to do, and people who want to experience the satisfaction of learning to care for and work with animals. For more information and/or offers of partnership in the project, email, or call 774-563-0200.

Sidney Morris


To the Editor:

My name is Tara Nitardy, and I am recovering from an eating disorder. Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. Do you have a loved one who is suffering? Everyone knows someone. The big question is, How do you help? What can you do?

I am not a professional. I have no medical or psychiatric credentials. I can, however, share my experiences and what has helped me progress through my recovery. I would not be where I am now without the help and support of my friends and family. Support is key, but I have found that there are some things that help, while others can hurt.

I created a list, because lists are my thing. There are Do’s, and there are Don’ts.

These are suggestions based on my own experience. Honestly, the best way to find out how you can help your loved one is to talk to them and formulate your own plan. Every individual is different. These are just some of my rules that my friends and family use to help support me.

Do not comment on my weight, body, or size. Just don’t. If you tell me I am too skinny I take it as a compliment, if you tell me I have gained weight I just might slip into a dark depression, and God forbid you tell me I “look great!” Believe it or not, that remark has sent me backward more times than I can count. Just leave it alone. Don’t comment on my appearance. I focus on it enough for all of us, trust me. Show me you love me as a person, not as a body.

Do not talk about your own body, weight, diet, or exercise, or anyone else’s, please. The thoughts in my brain spin all day about these things. Let me have time with you where I can be distracted from those and brought back into the real world, where happiness and love exist. There are plenty of other things to talk about and do. Let’s do those instead.

Do not tell me how much I should/shouldn’t eat or exercise. Help me find a nutritionist. Help me find a therapist. Help me find trained professionals I can trust who will be objective with my recovery. Part of my disorder is wanting control. If you think you are going to tell me what to do and I am just going to do it, you, my friend, are sadly mistaken. Nutritionists and therapists do an excellent job of helping me find ways to feel like I am doing it by my own free will (sneaky!).

Do not expect anything you say or do to “zap” fix me. This is a disease. This is a mental disorder. It is not the common cold. It isn’t the 24-hour flu. There are no home remedies. This is going to take some time. There are going to be big leaps, baby steps, and fallbacks. Please be patient with me.

Do not set expectations for me. Please. When I meet them I feel great, but there is so much pressure to uphold them. When I fail to meet them, I cannot tell you how hard I am on myself … which for me sends me into depression. Let me set my own expectations and goals for my recovery. With the help of my therapist and nutritionist, I can set attainable goals and really feel like I am getting somewhere.

Do tell me how much you love me (but not in a way that makes me feel like there is something so very wrong with me and oh-how-you-wish-you-could-fix-it). My disorder can mask how I really feel from the people I love. Please know that I love you, even when I have a hard time showing it.

Do understand that there are types of social situations that I am afraid of. Usually those are related to food or my body. Banquet dinners, a beach party — those are not going to be events I am likely to feel excited about. Just getting myself to go can be hard enough. Give me a support system I can trust while I am there so that I can succeed.

Do recognize the progress I am making, big or small. Things that seem small to you may be huge to me. I need support through all of it, not just the big stuff.

Do understand that recovery takes many forms and is a long process. There are forward steps and backward steps. Backward steps are scary, I know. They scare me too, but no matter how many steps back I take, the important thing is that I step forward again.

Do realize that you cannot fix me. Nothing you say or do is going to instantly make me better. I have to do that work on my own. I have to want it, and it may seem, sometimes, like I don’t, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about that.

Do not take responsibility for anything that happens along the path of my recovery. This one is so very important and probably the hardest for loved ones to grasp. When my family finally allowed me to take my recovery into my own hands, I felt empowered, and trusted. I believed they were confident in me. I know now that they were all scared to death. But when they let me go, I learned everything I was meant to learn, and found ways to pick myself up. Let me do that. Let me pick myself up.

Tara Nitardy

Vineyard Haven

To the Editor:

Recently a developer submitted a plan to subdivide a 7.1-acre parcel of land off the narrow lane Mullen Way in Edgartown. The Edgartown planning board unanimously approved this plan on Jan. 19, despite a 10-lot statutory mandate to refer the plan to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. It is noteworthy that this was an 8-acre parcel as recently as September 2014, when unbeknownst to abutters, the planning board unanimously approved a division of the 8 acres to 7, creating a 2.5-acre subdivision. This additional subdivision is now considered “related ownership.”

In response to a strong letter from the MVC requesting this project be referred, the Edgartown town counsel wrote a harsh letter of admonishment to the planning board, and they reluctantly agreed to follow the law (Feb. 5, “Edgartown planning board rescinds Mullen Way approval”). When a similar plan had been submitted by the same developer in 2006, the planning board wrote a letter, dated June 22, 2006, signed by Alan Wilson, the chairman at that time, who still sits on the board today, referring the plan to the MVC, stating, “This is a proposed development of 9 additional house sites on 8 acres of land which is off a dead end road 12 feet to 14 feet wide within a 17 foot right of way which already has 16 houses on it. The development will have a very negative impact on this special old established neighborhood.”

The same selectmen who currently sit on the Edgartown Board of Selectmen also sounded the alarm, with a letter to the planning board dated June 20, 2006, stating, “This board shares some of the same concerns the abutters have. There will be significant impact on the road that is inadequate with limited access.

“This is a narrow village type road in a small scale neighborhood where any change could significantly impact the character of this neighborhood in a significant way. This will also add more traffic to Pease Point Way, which is a heavily traveled road with poor visibility.”

The Edgartown chief of police also wrote the commission a letter, dated June 26, 2006, stating, “I notified the Edgartown Planning Board that the proposed development should be denied or referred to the MVC for further study. I arrived at this conclusion after my assessment of the traffic impact study prepared by the proponents, and the review of that study conducted by a Transportation Planner for the MVC.”

Eventually the Edgartown Planning Board will have to reconsider this subdivision. My question to the planning board is this: What has changed on Mullen Way since 2006, when Mr. Wilson signed that June 22, 2006, letter in which the board stated that the development would have a “very negative impact,” and the same selectmen who now sit on the board and the 2006 chief of police echoed the same sentiments and concerns?

The only difference I can see is that the town allowed the developer to tear down one of the oldest houses in Edgartown to gain access to his new subdivision. Perhaps when the Mullen Way plan is submitted to the board, the members will be kind enough to specifically identify the reasons why the series of concerns of the planning board, selectmen and chief of police outlined in 2006 are no longer worthy of consideration.

Mike Zedalis


To the Editor:

An atmosphere of great celebration prevailed here at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services last week following the announcement of a $620,780 MVYouth expansion grant to finance the construction of a new building to house the IWYC! Needless to say, we were all blown away, not only by the sheer size of the grant award, but also with the realization that that the IWYC project will come to fruition this year.

At the heart of this incredible game changer stand Dan Stanton, Jim Swartz, and 38 families who sought to give back to the community that means so much to them. They took a good hard look at the challenges experienced by the year-round community, and decided that the best way to permanently strengthen and improve the lives of Island families was by raising the funds necessary to support nonprofits that are providing services and recreational activities for Island children and youth. For your vision, generosity, and commitment, we are truly grateful.

Our appreciation also goes out to Lindsey Scott, Ron Rappaport, and the MVYouth Advisory Committee, who put into motion the vision of MVYouth Trustees and established a seamless grant process. Their collective efficiency and the clarity and transparency of the process were remarkable, considering that this was their initial grant cycle.

Finally, many thanks to Bill Potter of Squash Meadow and Doug Hoehn of Schofield, Barbini & Hoehn, who took this fledgling enterprise under their wings and provided the advice and expertise necessary to site and design the IWYC Center.

On behalf of the board of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the members of the IWYC, we extend our sincere thanks to all who made this possible.

Victor Capoccia, MVCS president

Juliette Fay, MVCS

Amy Lilavois, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

Theresa Manning, Youth Task Force

Jill Robie, YMCA

Dr. Jeffrey Zack, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency room

To the Editor:

I would like to ask the The Times to follow up on two issues related to and touched upon by Barry Stringfellow in his reporting on the Vineyard housing shortage (Feb. 19, “Martha’s Vineyard housing shortage reaches critical mass”).

A little over halfway through the article, he cites an example of a tenant who was evicted from her rental for having asked the landlord to address a mold issue in the rental unit. I’d be willing to bet the landlord’s initial response to her complaint was on the order of: “Leave then. I can find plenty of people only too happy to rent the space the way it is.” She is not alone. The Island property owners include a growing element of slumlords, who see the housing crisis as an excuse to not maintain their properties to some reasonable level of livability. The Island needs some sort of oversight of rental properties to address this growing problem without jeopardizing the rental status of existing tenants.

Later in the article, Heather Goodwin is quoted as saying, “There’s not going to be anyone around to do the work that the rich people want done.” Ms. Goodwin is not entirely accurate; there will always be a workforce to service the Island, but it is becoming increasingly imported.

I myself, after 44 years on the Vineyard, moved to North Falmouth just over a year ago for financial reasons, while still maintaining a cabinet business on the Island. The 6 am and 7 am boats to the Vineyard and the afternoon boats back to the mainland are now nearly as crowded as summer boats, with not just tradesmen, but hospital staff, lawyers, a dentist, children commuting to the Charter School, pretty much every demographic you can name, and many, if not most of them, are former Vineyard residents.

All of them scramble for parking accommodations on both sides. Many have to park at the Palmer Avenue lot in Falmouth, adding as much as a half-hour to their commute, and/or the Park and Ride on the Island, adding another 15 to 20 minutes. As the commuter population swells, it’s high time planning authorities on the Vineyard and those associated with the Steamship Authority realize they need to provide adequate parking accommodation on both sides. There is still, for example, the Boch lot in Vineyard Haven, and I hope that the issue is being addressed in the new terminal design in Woods Hole.

I’ll put the question to Marc Hanover, Island SSA member, at the March 10 public meeting with boatline officials, as well as the ridiculous current commuter-ticket policy.

Not addressing commuters’ needs will only make the service class both more scarce and more expensive.

James L. Young

North Falmouth

To the Editor:

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse Theater Project staged four short plays, starring the fourth grade classes from the Charter School, at the newly rebuilt/refit/restored playhouse. This is a marvelous project by two local nonprofits, which gives about 30 10-year-old kids a chance to experience theater in every aspect. The kids participate in the production from helping with a script and making props to helping out in the refreshment stand, creating paintings of the themes of the plays for the lobby, welcoming patrons and taking tickets, and of course acting.

That weekend, under the guidance of MJ Munafo, Kate Hancock, and the Charter School teachers Karin, Cristina, Mandy, Ali, and Stacy, the kids performed four short but pithy plays on the themes of pollution, living local, food, and mutual understanding and tolerance — all worthy subjects — done with humor and insight with kid-friendly but thoughtful scripts.

The collaboration between the two organizations is longstanding (and to the benefit of both), but due to the restoration of the building, Friday was the first production in several years. The project gave the kids a showcase for their efforts, and it also gave many of us who had not yet seen the restored building a chance to admire the work.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this unusual and fruitful partnership. It works.

Virginia C. Jones

West Tisbury

The prospect that life might return to the Strand Theater in Oak Bluffs and the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven is good news. These stars, now dimmed, have been removed from the Island’s constellation of good times too long.

As so often happens on the Vineyard, someone had a good idea and decided to act on it — in this case, Mark Snider, co-owner of Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown, who picked up the phone and made a call months ago to Benjamin Hall Jr. of Edgartown, co-owner of the Strand and Capawock theaters and attorney for Lucky 7 Realty Trust, the family company, to talk about how the two buildings might be revived.

Mr. Snider has formed the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation (MVTF), and is embarked on a mission to raise $1 million in donations to renovate both buildings.

Martha’s Vineyard residents and Island visitors with good memories will remember the pleasurable sound of the clatter of the ancient film projector, and the smell of freshly cracked popcorn and melted butter in the lobby, of the iconic Capawock, built in 1913. Greeting friends outside and in the foyer of the movie theater was as much a part of the Island’s social fabric as a Sunday trip to the dump.

The newest member of the theater renovation board, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carly Simon, described her memories of the Capawock to reporter Barry Stringfellow: “I saw lots of teddy bear movies here. I saw lots of Disney movies here; I saw E.T. for the first time here. I also saw Heartburn here, which I wrote the soundtrack for, and Working Girl, too.”

Vineyarders have proven time and again they will generously support the arts. Look at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, which opened for its 32nd season last summer following a two-year, $2.5 million renovation project, or the state-of-the-art Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, just a glimmer in the eyes of film buffs back in 1999 when they formed the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society.

Of course, the details of the arrangement and Mr. Snider’s ability to convince Island residents and seasonal visitors to invest in this project will determine its ultimate success. Islander are right to ask tough questions. Why should the public invest in properties owned by the Halls when the Halls have not? It is reasonable to ask just how many movie theaters one Island can support. And it would be wrong to discount the potential effect on Entertainment Cinemas in Edgartown, the Island’s stalwart year-round commercial movie house, and a supportive member of the community.

Mr. Snider has a big job ahead of him. But he seems equal to the task, and it would be unfortunate if Islanders were to turn their backs on this endeavor at the outset, given its significant potential for the future.

“We want this to be more than just movie theaters,” Mr. Snider told reporter Barry Stringfellow. “We want to have lecture series, live performances, and school shows. We want it to have diversity so we can reach new audiences.”

The Island has big venues and small venues, but medium-size ones capable of hosting lectures and performances are scarce. The two newly renovated theaters could fill an important niche. They could also help smooth relations between the Halls and exasperated public officials.

The Hall family is one of the Vineyard’s largest private owners of commercial and residential properties, and hold a valuable real estate portfolio that includes anchor buildings in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven. In recent years, the Halls have attracted considerable criticism from town selectmen over their stewardship of downtown properties, most notably the long-vacant “yellow house” property on Summer Street in Edgartown, and the deteriorating Strand and Island theaters in Oak Bluffs. There has been talk of eminent domain in Edgartown and outright talk of demolition in Oak Bluffs.

It is long past time to look down the road past the lawsuits, the acrimony, and the excuses and accusations on both sides. We want to believe that the Halls want what is best for their family and the Island’s interests. Over the years, the continued operation and existence of the Capawock has been a labor of love for family patriarch Benjamin “Buzzy” Hall, at any given time the theater’s projectionist, ticket taker and concessions seller.

Thanks to Mr. Snider’s outreach, there is an opportunity not to be lost to forge a public-private partnership that will benefit the community as a whole and return the movie theaters to operation.

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The Denniston house has deteriorated over the years. – Photo by Michael Cummo

The Oak Bluffs historical commission (OBHC) voted unanimously to designate the Denniston house, the first African-American church on the Island, a “preferably preserved property,” thus sparing the long-vacant wood frame building from the wrecking ball for six months. The action was prompted by a demolition permit filed with the town in late December by carpenter Matt Viaggio, who said he is acting on behalf of the trustee. The OBHC can assign the “preferably preserved property” designation to any town property over 100 years old.
The question central to the proceedings was whether the location of the building or the actual structure is historically significant. The back and forth was brisk.

“I go by it every day, and I think It’s time to move on,” Amy Billings, a member of the community preservation committee, said. “I understand there’s historic significance, but it’s cost the town a lot of money.”

“I think everybody knows about the failed project of Bradley Square and the lack of resolution,” David Wilson said. “None of that undermines the the historic value.”

“I agree with David,” Barbara Baskin said. “Buildings can be fixed. It can be brought back to original condition.”

“It’s sat in disrepair for three decades,” Lori Perry said. “It’s not responsible to leave it like it is. It can be marked with a plaque; we don’t need the building.”

Commission Chairman Pamela Melrose said other than the demolition delay, the commission had little sway over the final result. Commissioner Renee Balter asked Mr. Viaggio what his plans are for the lot. “At this time I have no plans,” he said. “I’m just trying to clean it up.” Mr. Viaggio said the lot has become a public parking lot and a “free-for-all.”

Ms. Balter suggested giving Mr. Viaggio 30 days to formulate a plan that could include saving part of the building or moving the building. Mr. Viaggio said there was “not much building left,” and he said they would not know any more in 30 days.

The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Fund purchased the Bradley Square property at the corner of Dukes County Avenue and Masonic Avenue in 2007 for $905,000, with the intention of building affordable housing, retail space, and preserving the building. After a grueling permitting process before Oak Bluffs town regulatory boards and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, a national recession triggered severe declines in charitable donations.

In August 2009, Governor Deval Patrick helped turn the first shovelful of soil to break ground for the Bradley Square affordable-housing development. Unable to complete the project, the fund faltered.

The property was on the market for nearly a year, but no buyers emerged. Under the shadow of foreclosure proceedings, the lots sold at auction on Aug. 4, 2011, for $500,000.

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund with the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard, announced its grants for applications received during the final operating quarter of 2014. These include quarterly Charitable Fund Grants totaling almost $10,000 made to Island nonprofit groups, as well as annual Educational Mini-Grants totaling almost $8,000 made to teachers, according to a press release.

The six community nonprofit groups to receive a grant are Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, for dementia-certificate training; Island Children’s School, for an educational enrichment program; Island Grown Schools, for curriculum and resource toolkits; The Yard, for a youth program; Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, for an educational enrichment program; and the West Tisbury Free Public Library, for a teen room mobile display.

“At Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, we are committed to assisting great organizations that serve our community and contribute to the high quality of life that we all enjoy here,” Bank President Paul Falvey said in a press release.

The bank also awarded a total of 23 Educational Mini-Grants to Island teachers, an increase over previous years. “The number of funded Mini- Grants for each of the past four years since the program’s inception has averaged in the high teens,” said MV Savings Bank grant program coordinator Patti Leighton. “This year, because the bank was able to increase the Permanent Mini-Grant budget by more than 40 percent, we were able to fulfill more applications at the requested amounts, and answered nearly two dozen requests.”

More information about the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund and its community grants program is available online at Information about the Permanent Endowment is available at

Feb. 6, 2015

Adam Vincent Tucker, Vineyard Haven; DOB 5/16/88, possession to distribute class A drug (heroin), conspiracy to violate drug law: continued to pretrial conference.

Katrin Verclas, Washington, D.C.; DOB 7/18/67, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle: dismissed without prejudice; state highway-traffic violation: dismissed without prejudice.

Feb. 9, 2015

Jacob S. Bassett, Edgartown; DOB 3/7/74, violating abuse prevention order: continued to pretrial conference.

Emmett Cook, Edgartown; DOB 8/17/93, possession to distribute class A drug (heroin), possession of class C drug (clonazepam), conspiracy to violate drug law: continued to pretrial conference.

Nelson A.S. Dickson, Vineyard Haven; DOB 12/14/93, marked lanes violation, OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, speeding, unlawful possession of fireworks: continued to pretrial conference.

Patrick McHugh, Oak Bluffs; DOB 11/11/85, being present where heroin is kept, conspiracy to violate drug law: continued to pretrial conference.

Jennifer M. Nelson, Edgartown; DOB 6/4/70, shoplifting by asportation: guilty, must pay $50 fine; a second charge of shoplifting by asportation: guilty, must pay $50 fine.

Feb. 12, 2015

Amanda R. Berninger, Oak Bluffs; DOB 6/20/82, OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, speeding: continued to pretrial conference.

Scott C. Crawford, Chilmark; DOB 6/17/64, OUI-liquor or .08%: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; negligent operation of motor vehicle: guilty, one year probation, must pay $250 HIF, $50 VW and $50 PSF; motor vehicle lights violation: not responsible.

Anthony J. Deharo, Oak Bluffs; DOB 2/22/69, operating motor vehicle with suspended license: guilty, must pay $1,000 fine.

Kevin J. Leaf Jr., Vineyard Haven; DOB 3/22/84, assault and battery: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; resisting arrest: guilty — four months in the house of correction suspended, two years probation with alcohol screens, must pay $50 VW concurrent with another charge.

Timothy D. Mercier, Vineyard Haven; DOB 2/10/80, assault and battery: one year pretrial probation.

Timothy D. Mercier, Vineyard Haven; DOB 2/10/80, 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; improper operation of motor vehicle: not responsible; failure to stop/yield: not responsible.

Feb. 13, 2015

Christopher L. Derr, Cambridge; DOB 8/22/63, shoplifting by asportation: to be dismissed upon payment of $50 court cost.

Christopher L. Derr, Cambridge; DOB 8/22/63, shoplifting by asportation: to be dismissed upon payment of $50 court cost.

Cornelius B. Driscoll, Boston; DOB 11/27/89, affray (Common Law): one year pretrial probation; disorderly conduct: one year pretrial probation.

Eugene Paul Kelley 3rd, Milton; DOB 7/14/91, affray (Common Law): one year pretrial probation; disorderly conduct: one year pretrial probation.

Michael J. Luongo, Milton; DOB 9/14/91, affray (Common Law): one year pretrial probation; disorderly conduct: one year pretrial probation.

Harley L. Stowell, Manchester; DOB 8/1/63, boat OUI-liquor or .08%, 2nd offense: not guilty; unsafe operation of motorboat: guilty, one year probation, must pay $1,740 restitution and $50 VW; wanton destruction of property over $250: not guilty.

Wesley V. Wood, Edgartown; DOB 3/15/63, OUI-liquor or .08%, 2nd offense: 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; marked lanes violation: not responsible; no inspection sticker: not responsible.

Feb. 17, 2015

Gabriel Grasing, Vineyard Haven; DOB 11/26/75, violating an abuse prevention order: one year pretrial probation.

Joao Orcutt, Oak Bluffs; DOB 6/24/83, OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle; no inspection sticker; miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation, OUI-drugs (not identified): continued to pretrial conference.

John P. Murphy, Vineyard Haven; DOB 6/24/67, 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; marked lanes violation: not responsible.

Feb. 18, 2015

John D. Black, Edgartown; DOB 5/4/80, OUI-liquor or .08%: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; negligent operation of motor vehicle: 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; marked lanes violation: not responsible.

Feb. 20, 2015

Scott W. Dario, Oak Bluffs; DOB 9/24/68, marked lanes violation: not responsible; 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; no inspection sticker: not responsible.

Brandon Francis, Edgartown; DOB 11/22/91, possession of class C drug (mushrooms): to be dismissed upon payment of $100 court cost.

Cesar H. Garcia, Falls Church, Va.; DOB 3/21/72, OUI-liquor or .08%, 2nd offense: two years probation, must pay $250 HIF, $50 VW and $50 OUI; negligent operation of motor vehicle: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; marked lanes violation: not responsible.

Brett C. Geddis, Edgartown; DOB 9/6/90, shoplifting by asportation: continued to pretrial conference.

Brett C. Geddis, Edgartown; DOB 9/6/90, negligent operation of motor vehicle, number plate violation, motor vehicle lights violation, uninsured motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, no inspection sticker, possession of open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation, misuse of dealer/repair 540 commercial number plate: continued to pretrial conference.

Anna O. Power, Edgartown; DOB 12/11/95, marked lanes violation: not responsible.

Feb. 23, 2015

Abel T. Bishop, Edgartown; DOB 6/21/80, vandalizing property: continued to pretrial conference.

Justin Dodge, Vineyard Haven; DOB 2/22/82, strangulation or suffocation: continued to pretrial conference.

Omar S. Johnson, Edgartown; DOB 9/8/73, assault and battery on a family/household member: continued to pretrial conference.