Authors Posts by Nelson Sigelman

Nelson Sigelman

Nelson Sigelman

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This MH-65 Coast Guard helicopter waited in the SSA standby line Tuesday unable to fly away.

A United States Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at the start of an unglamorous trip back to its home base on the back of a trailer in the standby line at the Steamship Authority’s Vineyard Haven terminal Tuesday attracted a considerable amount of attention from travelers happy to get an up-close look at the versatile aircraft.

The helicopter is based at USCG Air Station Atlantic City, and was on the Vineyard as part of the Coast Guard security detail for President Obama, which included two small boats and one cutter stationed in Vineyard Sound off his vacation rental.

Under normal circumstances, the crew would have flown the helicopter back to its home base, but when the aircraft developed vibrations, the wiser course of action was to truck it to Air Station Cape Cod for further transport home.

The crew assigned to the helicopter happily answered questions from passersby as they waited in standby from about 6 pm, anticipating boarding an 8:30 pm ferry.

The H-65 helicopter is certified for operation in all-weather and nighttime operations, with the exception of icing conditions, according to the Coast Guard. The H-65 has a maximum speed of 175 knots and a range of 290 miles. It carries two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer.

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Fortunata P. ‘Nata’ Metell, 90, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at her home at Aidylberg Way in Oak Bluffs. Visiting hours will be held in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs on Friday, Aug 28 from 5 to 7pm. Her funeral mass will be celebrated Sat., Aug. 29 at 12 noon in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Massasoit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven. Donations may be made in her memory to the Good Shepherd Parish, PO Box 1058, or to Island Elderly Housing, 60-B Village Road both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

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The PWC is the latest in a string of donations Mr. Boch has made to the Island community.

In this file photo, Ernie Boch Jr. stands in the lot he owns and hopes to deveop on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Seasonal Edgartown resident and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., president and CEO of Subaru of New England, has donated the $8,300 the Aquinnah Fire Department needed to purchase a personal watercraft that can be used for water emergencies in Aquinnah and surrounding towns.

Fire Chief Simon Bollin said the versatility of the personal watercraft (PWC), which can be launched right from shore, is important when responding to emergencies off some of the town’s more secluded beaches on the Atlantic side of the Island.

The department had use of a Kawasaki PWC last summer under a company public-safety loan program, but was unable to secure funding to purchase the machine at the end of the season.

Chief Bollin said he was searching for funding and came across Mr. Boch’s email. He sent an email to Mr. Boch in which he described the department’s need and the purpose of the PWC. “Within two days after that, I had a check from him, and went and picked up the machine,” Chief Bollin said. “Now it’s a piece of equipment we have in our arsenal.”

Chief Bollin said the Environmental Police will conduct a joint PWC training exercise this fall with the up-Island fire departments.

“On behalf of Subaru of New England, I’m delighted to assist the town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah Fire Rescue Squad in the purchase of a personal watercraft,” Mr. Boch said in a press release. “This new machine will ensure the safety of Martha’s Vineyard residents and thousands of tourists for years to come. Growing up, I spent summers on the Vineyard swimming in these waters; I know how important water safety is.”

There will be a brief ceremony at the Aquinnah fire house Thursday at noon, where Mr. Boch will speak about his donation. 

Mr. Boch is well known for his generosity on Martha’s Vineyard, which has included funding a new rescue boat for the Edgartown Police Department, funding a new police vehicle for the Island K-9 officer, funding the Tisbury eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., and allowing the use of his property for a boat-building educational project for three years, two years longer than planned.


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Mary Louise Vancour, 64, died on Monday, August 24, 2015 at her home in Edgartown surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of Stephen A. Vancour and daughter of Frances (Prada) Resendes both of Edgartown.

Memorial visiting hours will be held in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs on Thursday, Aug 27 from 5 to 7pm.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Fri., Aug. 28 at 11am in the Federated Church, So. Summer St., Edgartown with a reception following in the parish house. Feel free to wear purple to the service on Friday as it was Mary’s favorite color.

Donations may be made in her memory to Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Drive Hyannis, MA 02601, Hospice of MV, PO Box 1748, or to Hope Health Hospice, PO Box 4188 both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Visit for online guest book and information.

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In this file photo, members of the Edgartown Croquet Club compete.

Jack Schott, a member of the Edgartown Croquet Club profiled in a story published August 13, “Croquet attracts devoted Island fans,” captured the championship of the United States Croquet Association (USCA) combined New England and Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament at Lenox on August 12 through 15.

Here is the play-by-play as described in the USCA newsletter: “In Championship Singles, after block play in two blocks, Patrick Little was seeded first from his block after going undefeated in four games. Little continued his winning ways until the final, beating Christophe Bergen and Chris Loat. The top seed from the other block, David Ekstrom, also undefeated in block play, beat Jim Turner in his first-round match, but lost to John Schott in the semifinal by 15-14 in 2 overtime rotations. The final match between Little and Schott, after some initial jockeying, saw Schott finding his groove as he handily won on time 20-7.”

“I had won twice previously, in 1982 and 2001,” Mr. Schott, 75, said in an email to The Times. “It is possible that I am the oldest winner in its 34-year history.”


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At the start: Hawksbill, Able, Blue Jay, Metaphor and Windfall. Photo by Barbara Veneri.

In only his second appearance, Rick Hamilton of Edgartown sailed Hawksbill to a third-place finish against rugged completion in the Stone Horse Builder’s Cup Regatta held Saturday, August 15, outside Padanaram Harbor.

Hawksbill, hull No. 82, is owned by Rick’s daughter, Becca Lamarche of Edgartown. Hawksbill is a storied Stone Horse; her original owner sailed her out of the Florida Keys, venturing into the Gulf Stream and to Cuba before it was fashionable or legal.

On a spectacular day on Buzzards Bay, Dave Kane of Newport sailed Able, hull No. 101, to a first place in the 2015 Builder’s Cup race. David Neumeyer, sailing Bob Gleason’s Metaphor, hull No. 002, out of Wareham, passed Able on the first leg and held the lead until the final leg, seriously challenging Able’s reign as Builder’s Cup champion. The course was 5.0 nautical miles over four legs.

After the race, skippers, crews, and guests gathered on the lawn of the New Bedford Yacht Club for a post-race barbecue, cocktails, presentations, and conversations with old and new friends. The Builder’s Cup is a “one design” race for the Crocker-designed Stone Horse, built by Edey & Duff of Mattapoisett. The race is hosted out of the New Bedford Yacht Club by Dartmouth resident Tom Kenney, owner of Windfall, hull No. 046.

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Tim Donald of Vineyard Haven won the Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club 2nd annual Rimfire Rifle Championship Competition, held Saturday and Sunday at the club range in Edgartown. Tim beat 11 other marksmen who fired at targets using .22 caliber rifles, taking five shots from a freestanding position and five shots from a controlled bench rest position.

The results were: 1. Tim Donald (Vineyard Haven) 2. Dick Carlson (Oak Bluffs) 3. Ray Sylvia (Vineyard Haven).

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club will be holding its annual Pistol championship on Saturday, Oct. 10.


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Sarah Harris and Larsen Shuster finished first in the 27th annual fundraiser for Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Runners start off in the 27th annual Sullivan 5k in Oak Bluffs Saturday.

Runners slogged through summer heat and humidity Saturday to raise money for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and endorse the benefits of exercise as part of the 27th annual Sullivan 5K Run/Walk Road Race for Health and Fitness in Oak Bluffs.

Sarah Harris, 40, of Oak Bluffs was the overall winner in the women’s division with a time of 20.59.

Larsen Shuster, 17, of Simsbury, Conn., finished with a time of 18.39.

Larsen Shuster, of Simsbury, CT, crossed the finish line first with a time of 18:39.
Larsen Shuster, of Simsbury, CT, crossed the finish line first with a time of 18:39.

The men’s age-80-to-99 category featured a head-to-head race in the walk category between three Island men.

Leon Haley, 81, of Oak Bluffs finished first (50:42). Justin Wyner, 90, of Edgartown (51:44), and Samuel Feldman, 86, of Chilmark (51:44) finished in a tie for second.

In the walker’s division, Jill Zamarro, 42, of Shrewsbury finished first in 34:43 minutes in the women’s division. Marston Clough, 72, of Southborough finished in a time of 34:42.

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and longtime Oak Bluffs seasonal resident Louis Sullivan co-founded the event with his wife, Ginger Sullivan.

 Jim Austin, 72, speed walks across the finish line in 38:55.
Jim Austin, 72, speed walks across the finish line in 38:55.

The event started in Washington Park with a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run for children 10 and under, followed by the 5K main event.

Results follow:

Overall Winners:

Runners: Women: 1. Sarah Harris, Oak Bluffs, age 40 (20:59); 2. Noortje Trienekens, Uganda, 30 (21:39); 3. Marines Rivera, Vineyard Haven, 38 (22:37).

Men: 1. Larsen Shuster, Simsbury, Conn, age 17 (18:39); 2. Steven Eick, New York, 51 (19:31); 3. Reaan Steenkamp, Vineyard Haven, 48 (19:37).

Walkers: Women: 1. Jill Zamarro, Shrewsbury, age 42 (34:43); 2. Louise Clough, Southborough, 67 (39:00); 3. Linda Grances, Union City, 63 (39:54).

Men: 1. Marston Clough, Southborough, age 72 (34:42); 2. Matthew Flathers, Southboro, 18 (34:44); 3. Jason Anesimi, River Edge, 19 (36:52).

Runners by age group:

Women, 14 and under

  1. Catherine Cherry, Edgartown, age 14 (23:36)
  2. Olivia Barboza, Cumberland, 14 (25:47)
  3. Katherine Lieberth, Glen Falls, 10 (30:43)

Male, 14 and under

  1. Daniel Hartman, Natick, age 13 (20:42)
  2. Peter Burke, Vineyard Haven, 13 (21:32)
  3. Owen Porterfield, Vineyard Haven, 14 (22:30)

Women, 15-19

  1. Caroline Murphy, Simsbury, age 19 (24:31)
  2. Alexandra Foster, Nutley, 19 (27:21)
  3. Rachel Blacker, Massachusetts, 19 (39:30)


Men, 15-19

  1. Patrick Murphy, Simsbury, age 17 (23:43)
  2. Nathaniel Hastings, Westborough, 15 (25:31)
  3. Noah Gear, Oak Bluffs, 17 (37:23)


Women, 20-29

  1. Lauren Spiegelhoff, Parlin, age 28 (25:08)
  2. Chelsea Harris, Sacramento, 21 (25:42)
  3. Rebeca Williams, Chestnut Hill, 20 (27:06)


Men, 20-29

  1. Matt Parker, Oak Bluffs, age 28 (24:12)
  2. Adedoyin Adewodu, Crofton, 29 (27:06)
  3. Nathan Davies, Oak Bluffs, 27 (29:17)


Women, 30-39

  1. Maria Stukey, Minneapolis, age 30 (23:45)
  2. Erin Wurtzbacher, Brookfield, 39 (27:02)
  3. Elizabeth Seidman, Needham, 38 (27:11)


Men, 30-39

  1. Joel Grancy, Edgartown, age 36 (20:37)
  2. Sam Rothberg, Edgartown, 30 (21:39)
  3. Shawn Wurtzbacher, Brookfield, 39 (25:22)


Women, 40-49

  1. Jo Gardner, Norwich, age 41 (22:44)
  2. Karen Burke, Vineyard Haven, 46 (25:00)
  3. Diane Perry, Bloomfield, 46 (26:18)


Men, 40-49

  1. Matthew Gilman, Newton, age 45 (21:22)
  2. Tim Gardner, Norwich, 41 (21:49)
  3. Peter Hatt, Edgartown, 49 (22:58)


Women, 50-59

  1. Cindy Woos, Bluejacket, age 52 (23:40)
  2. Marylee Schroeder, West Tisbury, 51 (23:54)
  3. Amy Shuster, Simsbury, 53 (26:12)


Men, 50-59

  1. Larrye Czaplewski, West Caldwell, age 53 (19:41)
  2. John Collins, Orrs Island, 53 (20:57)
  3. Lucas Kolm, New Castle, 52 (21:29)


Women, 60-69

  1. Karen Lobdell, Vineyard Haven, age 62 (26:34)
  2. Brenda Gerosa-Beal, Hingham, 64 (29:54)
  3. Kim Patterson, Oak Bluffs, 60 (30:41)


Men, 60-69

  1. Steven Katz, West Tisbury, age 65 (22:31)
  2. Chris Decker, Vineyard Haven, 61 (24:46)
  3. Walter Ricciardi, Aquinnah, 61 (24:50)


Women, 70-79

  1. Audrey Schneider, Pepper Pike, age 73 (44:03)
  2. Joan Eville, Oak Bluffs, 71 (44:23)


Men, 70-79

  1. Sandy Ray, Vineyard Haven, age 71 (34:01)
  2. Peter Smith, South Bend, 76 (35:00)
  3. Jim Guest, Oak Bluffs, 74 (38:37)


Men, 80-99

  1. Joseph Vera, Cambridge, age 87 (45:46)
  2. none

Walkers by age group:

Women, 14 and under

  1. Libby Flathers, Southboro, age 12 (46:07)
  2. Lillian Harris, Oak Bluffs, 9 (49:52)
  3. Alison Cheney, Bethesda, 10 (49:52)


Male, 14 and under

  1. Robert Hanjian, Oak Bluffs, age 14 (57:51)
  2. Ryan Murray, Edgartown, 12 (1:06.21)
  3. none


Women, 15-19

  1. Nicole Wright, Geneva, age 17 (42:02)
  2. Allison Foster, Nutley, 18 (45:38)
  3. Elinor Hanjian, Oak Bluffs, 15 (57:52)


Men, 15-19

  1. Ben Hartman, Natick, age 17 (38:35)
  2. Ben Smith, Lexington, 17 (52:41)


Women, 20-29

  1. Bethany Gabriel, Oregon, age 21 (42:09)
  2. Ilana Gabriel, Oregon, 23 (44:01)
  3. Michelle Holmberg, Oak Bluffs, 29 (52:40)


Men, 20-29

  1. William Jones, Hampstead, age 20 (46:37)


Women, 30-39

  1. Debbie Gantz, Norton, age 38 (50:18)
  2. Jacqui Estrada, Southboro, 35 (53:29)
  3. Lisa BenDavid, Oak Bluffs, 38 (54:38)


Women, 40-49

  1. Stacey Porterfield, Vineyard Haven, age 45 (40:51)
  2. Susan Dostal, Edgartown, 46 (46:21)
  3. Linda Wright, Geneva, 47 (47:14)


Men, 40-49

  1. Pieter Pil, Vineyard Haven, age 48 (38:36)
  2. Paul Smith, Lexington, 49 (48:45)


Women, 50-59

  1. Theresa Culletto, Vineyard Haven, age 52 (41:59)
  2. Angela Foster, Nutley, 53 (42:01)
  3. Cynthia Olivier, Vineyard Haven, 54 (48:02)


Men, 50-59

  1. Robert Pirozzi, Southboro, age 56 (44:43)
  2. David Jones, Hampstead, 52 (47:36)
  3. Kerry Armstrong, Bethesda, 50 (50:36)


Women, 60-69

  1. Linda Morgan-Giles, New Rochelle, age 60 (42:12)
  2. Minne Baylor-Henry, Chestnut Hill, 67 (45:17)
  3. Diane Spiegelhoff, Spotwood, 60 (48:41)


Men, 60-69

  1. Archie Norman, Enfield, age 68 (42:12)
  2. Ray Elliott, Sharon, 60 (44:43)
  3. Brent Henry, Chestnut Hill, 67 (45:17)


Women, 70-79

  1. Kathy Kauff, Chilmark, age 73 (42:48)
  2. Monina von Opel, Chilmark, 73 (42:48)
  3. Ellyn Stecker, Southbend, 70 (49:01)


Men, 70-79

  1. Jim Austin, Vineyard Haven, age 72 (38:55)
  2. Andre Mallegol, Edgartown, 75 (42:27)
  3. Edward Miller, Chilmark, 73 (48:00)


Women, 80-99

  1. Margaret Stewart, Vineyard Haven, age 83 (55:54)


Men, 80-99

  1. Leon Haley, Oak Bluffs, age 81 (50:42)
  2. Justin Wyner, Edgartown, 90 (51:44)
  3. Samuel Feldman, Chilmark, 86 (51:44)


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The cold and wet little girl told Officer Jeff Trudel she "couldn't find mommy."

Edgartown K-9 Officer Jeff Trudel and Buster pose for a photo.

A search by Oak Bluffs police for a missing 3-year-old girl named Amelia ended happily Saturday morning when Edgartown K-9 Officer Jeff Trudel and his partner, Buster, a 5-year old black Lab, found the child wet, cold, and shivering off an overgrown path near her house in the Bayes Hill section of Oak Bluffs.

At approximately 6:15 am Saturday, Oak Bluffs police responded to Bayes Hill for a report of a missing child. “Both parents told responding officers that they last saw their daughter at midnight, and when they woke up at 6 am, the front door to the residence was unlocked,” Oak Bluffs Detective Sergeant Nicholas Curelli said in a press release. “Her parents called police when they realized that she was not in the house, or the yard.”

The heavy rain at the time made exposure to the elements a crucial concern of officers, Sergeant Curelli said. Oak Bluffs police requested assistance from surrounding police agencies and began a search of the area. Edgartown Police Officer Jeffrey Trudel and Buster began to search the neighborhood.

“Approximately one hour later, Officer Trudel and K-9 Buster located the child lying in the fetal position shivering, several hundred yards off of the roadway in an overgrown path,” Sergeant Curelli said. “She was cold from the heavy rain and told Officer Trudel that she was OK and ‘couldn’t find Mommy.’ She then began to pet Buster.”

Edgartown K-9 Officer Jeff Trudel carries Amelia, wrapped in his rain coat, back to a waiting ambulance.
Edgartown K-9 Officer Jeff Trudel carries Amelia, wrapped in his rain coat, back to a waiting ambulance.

The little girl was soon reunited with her parents, who were visiting the Island. Oak Bluffs EMS later transported the child and her parents to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for evaluation, police said. She was fine.

The parents, who asked not to be identified, said they were grateful to the Island police officers and, of course, Buster.

Officer Trudel said Buster has helped find individuals in the past, but those searches ended with the discovery of suicides. “This is the first real happy ending,” he said.

Buster joined the force in 2011. In addition to finding lost children, he is trained for drug investigations. An Island-wide agreement makes him available to any department upon request. In December 2011, Edgartown seasonal resident Ernie Boch Jr., president and CEO of Subaru of New England, donated a specially equipped vehicle for the Island’s new K-9 unit worth $65,000.


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A police officer detoured drivers complicating a situation that even on the best of days needs no further complications.

Camp counselors examine the broken bus. Photo courtesy filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris.

The familiar red Camp Jabberwocky bus broke down on Main Street, Vineyard Haven about 5:30 pm, Friday evening gumming up traffic at the intersection of State Road and Main Street. Not that it needed any help on a night when it seemed one-third of the Island was heading for Oak Bluffs and the fireworks, one-third was heading to the fair and the remaining drivers were just trying to escape the traffic.

A tow truck was called but delayed by traffic on Beach Road. Police instructed the driver to circle around the knot of cars by turning onto Water Street and cutting through the Stop & Shop parking lot. The tow truck drove up Camp Street the wrong way to reach the stricken bus and tow it away.