Letters to the Editor
Promise kept, with so much help
To the Editor:
As the former owner of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and owner of the building, I have kept my promise. The building is ready for occupancy 10 months after the devastating fire that almost destroyed the building. The credits for that almost impossible feat are due to those who surrounded me during the rebuilding process.
The major effort was lead by Leo DeSorcy of DeSorcy Construction Company. I have been fortunate to have a long-term building relation with the DeSorcys. Leo's dad, Donald, built the second story on the building, as well as my home in West Tisbury. Leo was present while the building was burning, reassuring me that he could and would rebuild the building.
John Dowling, general manager of East Coast Advanced Seamless Systems, and his great crew worked alongside Leo. They worked on the building for more than six months, often seven days a week, to meet the completion date of the month of May.
It was like a working family working together, as Berube Electric Company came aboard. Frank and Raymond have been serving the building for almost 40 years. Frank never thought he would be crawling between floors of the building again after the construction of the second floor in 1979.
The finishing job was the plumbing done by Kenny Sylvia of Midland Plumbing. I remember when Kenny's grandfather plumbed the first house I lived in, and Kenny's father, Gilbert, plumbed my house in West Tisbury.
I particularly want to thank the selectman, all town inspectors, firemen and policemen and the DPW. Gratefulness goes out to my business neighbors who tolerated the construction at the expense of their businesses.
I am so pleased that the building has been rented to Dawn Braash, the new owner of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. My dream has come true, to see the bookstore rebuilt and know that it will continue to serve the community of Martha's Vineyard.
About health insurance
To the Editor:
In light of the recent articles regarding insurance changes on the Vineyard, the Duke's County
Health Council has prepared answers to a few basic questions:
Q: I have heard that the contract between Martha's Vineyard Hospital and Boston Medical Center Health Net is being cancelled as of June 30, 2009. Is this true?