Edgartown frustrated with unemployment rules
Edgartown selectmen agreed at their Monday meeting to seek more money to fund unemployment benefits for three town workers who left the town workforce, heard a proposal to utilize the town's old elementary school, and approved another plan to move and preserve an old schoolhouse on Chappaquiddick.
The board will meet with the finance advisory committee to request an additional $31,000 over the $10,000 budgeted for unemployment compensation.
Town administrator Pam Dolby said three people left the town's employ last year, all for job performance related issues. She said she had pursued every possible legal appeal, but could not prevail before state regulators. She was unable to provide more detailed information on individual cases because of privacy issues.
The selectmen also expressed support for a proposal to rehabilitate the old elementary school. The proposal, a detailed 15-page document submitted jointly by the Martha's Vineyard Center for the Arts, and the Office of the Superintendent of schools, envisions a 3,000-square-foot theater in the old cafeteria area of the school. The group proposed a "permanent home for theater, dance, film, and education, while creating a year-round draw to the businesses and historic sites of downtown Edgartown."
The superintendent of schools would use some of the old classrooms as office space.
In other action, the board approved a plan to move a private guesthouse on the former Haywood property off Jeffrey's Lane on Chappaquiddick, which was recently acquired by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank. The guest house was once the Chappaquiddick Elementary School, and has not been significantly changed over the years.
The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust plans to move the old schoolhouse along the roads to the Marshall Farm property it owns opposite the Chappy Community Center. The trust plans to restore the building, reincorporating some of the original school desks, and open the property for education and agricultural use.
Will she or won't she? Clinton rumors fly
The Boston Globe continues to generate Vineyard gossip that finds its way into newspapers and television broadcasts around the country. On May 1, the Globe reported in its Names section that Chelsea Clinton will marry boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in August at the home of Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in Chilmark.
The story, "Vineyard wedding bells for Chelsea Clinton," said "buzz is building" about the upcoming wedding and cited sources on Martha's Vineyard.
Only her hairdresser may know for sure, but a spokesman for Ms. Clinton's dad said, "Absolutely not true."