We say goodbye to 2008 with a glance back and a look forward to the New Year
As has been its practice for several years, The Martha's Vineyard Times invited selected Island leaders to review some of the accomplishments and challenges of the year that is about to end and to consider what may lie ahead in 2009. In particular, we asked the writers to describe what they foresaw as opportunities that may present themselves, even in this time of economic distress.
James Lengyel is the long-time executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, Martha's Vineyard's only public land conservation organization. He is a dedicated champion of public access that mixes recreational use with conservation protection. The Martha's Vineyard Times has often recognized Mr. Lengyel and his organization as a public agency that is a model of accomplishment and faithful devotion to its mission.
Fielding Moore is the president and chief executive officer of the independent Edgartown National Bank, an institution owned and run by Islanders for a century.
Chris Scott is the executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization that preserves and manages many Island landmarks, including the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, and the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs.
John G. Early, president of John G. Early Construction, is a long-time Island contractor who has served in many public capacities including West Tisbury selectman, a member of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, and a member and officer of the West Tisbury Fire Department.
Nancy Gardella is the executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit professional organization devoted to the success of the Martha's Vineyard business community. The chamber also serves as the local visitor and convention bureau.
Sharon Purdy is the president of Sandpiper Realty in Edgartown and a member of the town housing committee. Sandpiper Realty was founded in 1969 and provides a full range of services.