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Diligent police work led Edgartown police to the man who assaulted Stephen Caliri, 63, the owner of the Victorian Inn, late last Friday night in Edgartown, after Mr. Caliri confronted a man urinating in the parking lot of the elegant inn on South Water Street.

Edgartown Police Detective Sergeant Chris Dolby said police will seek charges of assault and battery, assault and battery on an elder and trespassing against Peter Mara, 33, of Hingham.

Mr. Mara was one of a group of intoxicated men in Edgartown that night for a bachelor party who went into the back parking lot of the inn, according to a police report, where the confrontation occurred that sent Mr. Caliri to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which included a fractured nose, cuts, and bruises. The men ran off when Karyn Caliri heard the commotion and ran to help her husband, who was on the ground and being pummeled by Mr. Mara, according to the police report.

The identification of Mr. Mara and his friends began with the discovery of a blue “Hurley” baseball cap and pair of “Havaianas” flip-flops one of the men left behind when he fled. Detective Dolby recognized the hat as the one worn by a man he had seen the night before in the Seafood Shanty restaurant. Based on the description provided by the Caliris, police viewed the restaurant security tape and identified a man paying his bill who was with a group that included the man wearing the hat. That man told police that another member of the group had gotten in trouble and been arrested. A check of police logs led police to William “Denny” Grant, one of the group, who was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police later learned that Mr. Mara had bailed Mr. Grant from jail. His photo on the Registry of Motor Vehicles database matched the description of the assailant, police said.

Police conversations with all three men in the parking lot that night described a night of drinking. Police reached Mr. Mara at his home in Hingham and asked him to return to the Vineyard for a conversation. “I showed Mara the blue hat and flip-flops and asked him if they belonged to him and he said yes they were his,” Detective Sergeant Dolby wrote in his report.

Linley-DolbyWow, we’ve really been having some awesome weather, which is much appreciated after a couple of wet weekends. Well, the ducks certainly enjoyed the wet days, but I am loving this sunshine. Sundays at Norton, backyard pig roasts, sipping cocktails on rocking chairs, ah…This is summer.

On the flip side, even now in the depths of summer, my father continues to garner harassment on his futile search for the snowy owl this past winter. He says he ran into Franny and Eddie Gentle at the barbershop the other day, and they gave him a couple of jabs. Well, Dad, I’ve just received a postcard from your winter nemesis that reads, “The Arctic Circle is beautiful this time of year. Tell Mike I said ‘See you next year. NOT.’” Kind of rude, if you ask me. Them’s fightin’ words.

Congratulations to one of my first ever babysitting charges, who tied the knot this weekend. Lindsay Smith and Matt Garcia exchanged their vows on Saturday, August 9, surrounded by family and friends, at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. A strong contingent of Vineyard folk made the cross-country trip to witness the nuptials. Best wishes to the two of you.

Alex and Maggie Morrison hosted their annual throwdown this past Saturday, complete with roast pig, live music, and an interpretive Celine Dion DJ set presented by Fitzroy. All were sent home with full bellies and smiles from ear to ear. Can’t wait until next year.

The Murrays took Edgartown by storm this summer, sailing, fishing, beaching, playing tennis, and adding new talents to their repertoires. For Hannah, this meant learning to dive, conquering the Beach Club water slide, and learning to fish — she was in fact declared by Captain Ed Jerome the “Queen of the Flukes.” Meanwhile, Zachary worked on his opti navigation, tossed out the first pitch at an MV Sharks game, and found success with rod and reel, catching both a bluefish and his first sand shark. These two will have a lot of stories for show and tell, come September.

Best of luck to blogger Marnely Murray, who has entered a recipe in the Make the Switch Whole Grains Month Contest. This national contest includes 18 chosen bloggers across the US who start with an old recipe made with refined grains, and then transform the dish into one featuring whole grains, all in an effort to encourage people to consume more whole grains. A substantial cash prize is at stake, as well as the opportunity to help people make healthier choices. Check out wholegrainscouncil.org for more info.

This Week In Pancakes: The Fire Department has you covered on August 24, from 8 am to 12 noon, so mark your pancake calendar, and drop by the station to get your fix. Don’t tell me you don’t have a pancake calendar, because that’s just nonsense.

Kids, grab your parents and head up to Felix Neck for some learning and crafting creature fun time. This program, which offers young naturalists a close-up look at native animals of Martha’s Vineyard, combining a story, craft, and a look at the “creature” of the day, will take place Tuesday and Thursday, August 12 sand 14, from 10 to 11 am. Tuesday, the topic is bugs in general, while Thursday will provide a closer look at our native caterpillars. For children aged three to five with a parent/guardian. Call 508-627-4850 for more info.

A special enormous bunch of balloons go out to birthday boy Bob Carroll this Friday, August 15, as he celebrates his 90th turn about the sun. Don’t tie all 90 balloons to your chair, Mr. Carroll, or you might end up on the moon. Happiest wishes to you!

Also, this week we bestow happiest of birthday wishes upon Lisa Sherman, who celebrates August 15; Braden Moriarty, August 16; Corrigan Mello and Patrice Brewer, August 18; and Mikey Rottman, August 19. Have a blast, guys!

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The Edgartown planning board cancelled its regular meeting Tuesday, rescheduling it to next Tuesday, August 12, at 5:30 pm. The board is considering an application for a special permit from developer Charles Hajjar, who wants to construct eight loft apartments in the Edgartown triangle business district. The rescheduled session will be the fifth meeting on the project since the hearing began July 1.

At the previous planning board meeting, the board closed the public hearing after testimony from many neighbors who opposed the construction. Board members began their debate by asking Mr. Hajjar and his attorney, Sean Murphy, questions from a three-page list of technical issues on setback waivers, parking lot redesign, and construction plans, among other topics.

Linley-DolbyNow that it is August, as I mentioned last week, I was beginning to wonder where all the pancakes are. Usually the moment August 1 hits, my inbox is just a flood of pancake breakfast invitations, but we seemed to be experiencing a pancake drought. So you must imagine how relieved I was last weekend to see someone hanging a banner for the Rotary Club’s annual breakfast. I must have sounded like a lunatic, audibly exclaiming, “I was WONDERING where all the pancakes were!” Well, that particular pancake breakfast has come and gone, no thanks to a report from me. Mea culpa!

In other pancake news, a belated birthday shoutout goes to Nick Prescott, who celebrated with a half stack July 24. A secret undisclosed location, where as a general rule, they do not sacrifice griddle space to surface hogging flapjacks during the crazy summer months, was kind enough to allow the birthday boy his favorite treat, provided that he make it an early, early, early bird special. That was one well-received worm.

Welcome to the Trish family, who will be in town for the next couple weeks. Cindy and Jim Trish will be accompanied by son Tyson and daughter-in-law Gina Trish, with their sons, Cameron and Weston, in tow. Their daughter, newly minted Dr. Erin Trish, will also be on hand. The littles will enjoy camp at the FARM Institute, while I’m sure the bigs will make their own fun. Enjoy!

Also in town for a spell was MVRHS golf legend Tom Medeiros, visiting from Clemson, South Carolina with his wife, Christy, and three girls, Disney (age 11), Alex (age 10), and Hadley (age 8). The kids enjoyed time with their cousins, including the obligatory trip to the Flying Horses, while Tom got to catch up with the fam.

The Edgartown Police honor guard took the field at Fenway Park this past Friday to participate in the opening ceremony of the Red Sox versus Yankees game. There to represent our town were Sgt. Kenny Johnson, Stephanie Immelt, Dayce Moore, David Rossi, Michael Gazaille, William Bishop, Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby, and Sgt. Jonathan Searle. What a cool honor. Hats off to you.

Congratulations to Kate Conde on completing her Firefighter I & II certification at the Barnstable County Fire Academy. Kate was one of three women in the graduating class of this 20-week program. Hopefully none of us will ever require her services!

The Island Theater Workshop will present a benefit performance of Peter Pan on Friday, August 15, at 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. The performance, directed by Kevin Ryan, will benefit The MV Center for Living and help support the following Center for Living programs and services for Island seniors: the Supportive Day Program (a social daycare program for elders), the Medical Taxi Program, the Emergency Food Program, and the Support Group for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia issues. Call 508-939-9440 for tickets and information.

A reception for the benefit of the development of an original Martha’s Vineyard abolitionist opera, 1854, will take place at the Anchors Sunday, August 10, 2014, from 4 to 6 pm. The opera is based on an abolitionist movement on the Vineyard in the mid-19th century. A presentation regarding the history, concept, and development of 1854 will be introduced at the reception. An authentic Moroccan buffet prepared by Gia Rae Winsryg will be served. Come learn about a little known part of Martha’s Vineyard history while enjoying a unique, delicious cuisine. 1854 is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP and the U.S. Slave Song Project, an Island-based spirituals choir. For more info, contact 1854opera@gmail.com.

Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield continue to shake hands and kiss babies to promote their book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II,” which is now in its second printing! The fellows will speak at the Edgartown Library on Wednesday, August 13, at 7 pm. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, the book is a composite of interviews with people who lived on the Vineyard during the war; archival research from the files of the

Museum and the Gazette; and descriptions of life on the homefront of

Martha’s Vineyard during the war, including accounts of military operations ranging from a bombing report and air raid shelters on Main Street to the mock invasion of paratroopers who were deemed “rowdy” once they landed in Katama. All are welcome, and books will be available for purchase.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Lizzy Ward and Grace O’Hanlon, who celebrate August 7; to Amelia Ball, August 10; and to Tim Bettencourt, August 13. Have a good one!

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Edgartown Independence Day parade impressed despite one-day postponement due to Hurricane Arthur.

The sun shone for the Fourth of July Parade, held on the fifth of July, due to Hurricane Arthur. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Hurricane Arthur pushed Edgartown’s Fourth of July parade back by one day, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants or the parade watchers who lined the route on a bright, sunny afternoon.

Parade marshall Joe Sollitto kicked off the parade at precisely 5 pm. The strains of bagpipes, courtesy of Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard pipers in the lead, announced the arrival of the parade to spectators anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first floats.


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Children waving flags lined the streets anxiously awaiting the passage of the floats and the opportunity to snag candy tossed their way. Parents snapped photos.

The floats rolled by in all shapes and sizes, representing a variety of organizations. Island elected officials rolled past in decorated cars, Vineyard Sound, an a cappella group, sang as they rolled by, costumed Jabberwocky campers waved, miniature horses trotted, and improvisational actors staged scenes as they swaggered by — all drawing applause from the crowd.

Members of the MV Peace Council marchers brought up the rear of the parade and invited onlookers to pick up a poster with a message endorsing peace and join the group. Emergency vehicles, sirens blaring, signaled the end of the parade.

“We’ve come every year for the 4th of July since before Molly was born,” said Marylou Sullivan of Acton, tugging her granddaughter Molly Martin away from an oncoming Vineyard Vines float. “She’s ten. We’ve been coming, what, 16 years? I’m loving this one. It’s excellent, you forget that it’s not actually the 4th.”

Molly interjected. “I like seeing the candy,” she shouted, “flying at my face!”

Candy was definitely the highlight, according to several kids. “The candy was the best,” said Bruce Beaulieu, here for the fourth time with his parents, Claudia and Bruce, and his sister, Peia, from Boca Raton, Florida. “The candy, and the old cars,” he said.

Kate Beauvais of Hopkinton was there with her brothers Marc and Matt and her parents, Ed and Jen, for a week-long beach trip. “4th of July candy corns,” she shouted, chomping on bubblegum.

Her mother beamed. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as July 4th candy corn,” she said. “We’re heading to the fireworks next. When you’re young, this is the highlight of the summer.”

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Extended parking ban, extra security for Fourth of July parade.

The Edgartown Fourth of July fireworks have been postponed, along with the parade, to Saturday, July 5. — Photo by Steve Myrick

The unwelcome predicted arrival of tropical storm Arthur on Friday has disrupted Fourth of July celebrations on Martha’s Vineyard.

Edgartown officials announced Wednesday that the town’s annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration would be moved from Friday to Saturday, July 5. Town administrator Pam Dolby said all parade times and parking requirements remain unchanged.

Edgartown police advise people planning to attend to expect heightened security measures and allow extra time to get to their destination. People should expect traffic delays and road closures beginning at 3 pm and lasting until approximately 11 pm.

For those unable to attend the fireworks, the Chappy ferry webcam, available at mvtimes.com, will be pointed toward the display.

Parking will be prohibited along the parade route beginning at 3 pm sharp. There will be no parking for any vehicles for one block on either side of the parade route. Police said they will tow any vehicle parked on the parade route or within a one-block perimeter, at the owner’s expense.

Bags, coolers, or personal belongings left unattended will be removed immediately by police. The increased security measures were put into effect last year because of concerns following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The parade route will be closed to traffic at 4:15 pm, 45 minutes before the start of the parade.

Public safety officials urge visitors to use public transportation to avoid traffic and parking congestion. Police urge those driving to the event to use the town parking lot off Dark Woods Road, near the triangle business area. Shuttle buses are available to take visitors downtown.

The Vineyard Transit Authority has added extra buses for the parade and fireworks.

For the parade, buses will pick up and drop off at the head of Cannonball Park.

For the fireworks, the bus stop and taxi parking will be located on Church Street, just off Main Street, beginning at 7 pm and lasting until after the show, which begins at dusk on the harbor.

Main Street will be reopened to traffic following the parade, but North Water Street, and the streets adjacent to it, will remain closed to traffic until after the fireworks.

For the parade, handicapped parking is available on Upper Main Street adjacent to Cannonball Park. A police officer located at the intersection of Upper Main Street and Cook Street will be available for assistance. Handicapped parking for the fireworks is available at the Dock Street lot at the foot of Main Street, beginning at 7 pm. Handicapped placards must be visible to officers at the North Main Street and North Water Street intersection.

Edgartown bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1:30 am, and must close by 2 am on July 4 and July 5

Police ask everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to an officer, call the police tip line at 774-310-1190, or call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

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The Edgartown July 4th parade and fireworks have been changed to Saturday, July 5, due to possible tropical storm conditions. The parade will begin at 5 pm and the fireworks will go off at dusk.

For those unable to attend the fireworks, the Chappy ferry webcam, available at mvtimes.com, will be pointed toward the display.

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AT&T Mobility plans to install a cellular antenna concealed inside one of the unused blue silos at Katama Farm. — Ralph Stewart

Edgartown selectmen voted Monday to send a letter to AT&T Mobility with a deadline for completing a lease contract for a multi-carrier wireless service facility capable of hosting multiple antennas inside a silo on Katama Farm. The town owns the property and has been negotiating a lease for the antenna, which is intended to expand and improve mobile phone service in the area.

“It has come to my attention that AT&T has been dragging their feet on signing the lease which was given to them on May 6,” Art Smadbeck, chairman of the board of selectmen, said. “I think we should vote to ask for them to have the signed lease back to us by Monday, June 9.”

The board voted unanimously to ask town counsel to draft a letter setting the deadline.

The contract calls for AT&T Mobility to pay $28,000 to rent the space from the town for the first year. Each succeeding year the rent will increase by three percent. Over the 10-year lease, the town would realize $321,000 in revenue.

Also at their Monday meeting, town manager Pam Dolby said Edgartown received six applications for the job of town procurement officer. A committee including highway superintendent Stuart Fuller, harbormaster Charlie Blair, police chief Tony Bettencourt, library director Jill Hughes, current procurement officer Jen O’Hanlon, and Ms. Dolby will interview the candidates on June 11.

Selectmen accepted two bids for town-owned land seized because the owners failed to pay taxes on the property.

The board accepted a bid of $23,570 from the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank for a one-tenth acre vacant lot on Webquish Avenue.

Selectmen also accepted a bid of $14,000 from the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation for a lot of less than one-tenth acre on 22nd Street North.

Selectmen rejected a bid of $5,750 from the Paatel Kamiesh Trust and J&K Realty for a lot of less than one-tenth acre on 14th Street North because it did not meet the minimum advertised price.

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Edgartown Police turned to the department’s Facebook page after a retail worker discovered a plastic bag that contained three grams of heroin at a small park Saturday in Edgartown’s downtown business district on Saturday. The worker reported the discovery to police.

The small park, near the corner of Main and South Summer streets, is known informally as the mini park. Police said the bag of white powder was laying on the ground in plain site. A field test showed the substance was heroin, police said.

Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby wrote a post on the department’s Facebook page. “To whoever left their bag of heroin in the Edgartown mini park, we have it at the station. C’mon by,” read the Facebook message. He said no one showed up to claim the illegal narcotics.

“I figured it was a way to get that out, to make people aware that we are facing these kind of things,” Det. Sgt. Dolby said in a phone interview Monday. “The chemicals that are in heroin these days are pretty dangerous.”

Det. Sgt. Dolby said the amount of heroin could have caused an overdose if ingested accidentally by a child or a pet.

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The driver of a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck who said she was experiencing pain from a finger injury veered across both lanes of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, hit a rock, damaged a sign, then hit a railing before coming to rest a few inches short of the Square Rigger restaurant at the Triangle in Edgartown at about 8:45 am on Sunday, according to Edgartown police.

Emily Solarazza, 41, of Tisbury, told police she shut her finger in a car door a few minutes earlier, and was driving back to Edgartown when the pain got worse.

“Her hand was bleeding,” Edgartown police officer Joel DeRoche said. “The pain became intense, so she thought about pulling into one of the businesses to get some ice. She passed out from the pain.”

Ms. Solarazza was taken by ambulance to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Police issued a written warning for negligent operation of a vehicle. There was no indication that speeding, drugs or alcohol were involved, police said.