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Catch a photo of President Obama on vacation and you could win a three-pound lobster for dinner.

President Obama walks to the podium for a statement on Libya at his vacation home on Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Massachusetts Monday, August 22, 2011. — Vince DeWitt - Pool via CNP
Jeffrey Maida of The Net Result has a lobster for one lucky presidential photographer.
Jeffrey Maida of The Net Result has a lobster for one lucky presidential photographer.

President Barack Obama and his family are scheduled to arrive Saturday, August 9, for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

It will be the Obamas’ fifth Island vacation during his presidency. There are no scheduled public appearances, and if past practice is a guide, the Obamas will spend much of their time out of sight of the press corps.

The Obamas will behave much like other summer vacationeers, albeit with the advantage of a motorcade. There will be outings to restaurants, golf courses, beaches and shops where their unexpected appearance will generate plenty of excitement and lots of photos.

The Times welcomes your photos of presidential encounters and will publish submissions in print and on mvtimes.com.

Please send photos to photos@mvtimes.com. Please include your name, a contact phone number, and the time and location of the photo.

All submissions will qualify for a drawing to win a three-pound lobster from The Net Result, a full service fish market open seven days located at The Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven (508-693-6071).

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Louie Larsen grew up working with his dad, "Big Louie." Now his son Andrew (shown getting a free ride about 20 years ago, top) works side by side (bottom) with him at The Net Result in Vineyard Haven. — Photo by Alison Shaw.

The Times recently spoke with fathers and their sons and daughters who work together in family businesses. The benefits, they unanimously report, far outweigh the challenges. One upside? Most of them will be spending Father’s Day together — working.

The Net Result

Louis Larsen grew working at the family business — Larsen’s Fish Market in Menemsha, and ran the store for a few summers in the early 1970s. He stuck with the business when he and his wife Beth opened the Net Result on Beach Road in 1985. Their son Andrew has been working full time for three years.

Andrew Larsen, left, and his dad, Louie Larsen work side by side at The Net Result.
Andrew Larsen, left, and his dad, Louie Larsen work side by side at The Net Result.

Louie Larsen: I grew up working with my father. It was great. Working with my son is awesome. I’m glad he’s here. You feel like you’re teaching somebody. He definitely has more patience than I do. When it’s your own child you’re proud that he takes an interest in your job.

My father just passed away this year. I used to make it a habit to have a cookout on Father’s Day and get all of the family together. Not sure what we’ll do this year.

Andrew Larsen: It’s going great. The family is the most important thing. When you boil it down there’s nothing else.

Giordano’s

Giordano’s has been a family-run business since 1930 when Edwardo and Mary Giordano founded the popular restaurant. Today, there are multiple family members involved, including the owners — brothers Richie and Buster (grandsons of the founders), Richie’s children Michael and Leanne, and Buster’s sons Billie, Carl, and Jason.

Michael Giordano (left) and his dad, Richie, work side by side making pizza.
Michael Giordano (left) and his dad, Richie, work side by side making pizza.

Richie Giordano: It’s really satisfying working with your son, but it is challenging, because you expect more. We’re not just in the building together, we’re in the pizza room side by side. That’s the challenging part. The family understands the nature of the business — it’s a seasonal business and there are long hours. There are times when there’s an event that they want to go to, but they just suck it up and do the job. With family you have that mesh where the gears are working together. It’s one happy family. Not all of the time but most of the time.

Winter to me is make-up time. What we can’t do in the summer time we try to make it up as a family in the winter.

Michael Giordano was an early pizza helper.
Michael Giordano was an early pizza helper.

Michael Giordano: Working for your family is a unique situation. It’s an experience that not many people get. It can be tough, but it’s really rewarding too. When I was a little kid I always begged my Dad to take me to work with him, and of course he would bring me along. I’d fold pizza boxes on the marble bench in front of the window with him. We’ve spent every summer working together on that very same marble bench, him composing the pizzas and me cooking them. My father is extremely insightful and knowledgable. He’s taught me many valuable life lessons while working together. He’s always preached to think twice before I act.

My dad and I both love hockey. We go to Bruins games when we can, but that’s few and far between.

Leanne Giordano started out folding pizza boxes.
Leanne Giordano started out folding pizza boxes.

Leanne Giordano: I was a box folder as a child. The only acceptable form of payment those days was multiple rides on the Flying Horses. I’ve been a busser, a pizza room cashier, host, and server before becoming the dining room manager. We continue to learn the ways of our great grandparents and grandparents through my dad and uncle in hopes of continuing the family tradition. Working with my dad is a privilege — he’s hard-working, kind, generous. However, we’re working on his jokes; they’re only funny the first ten times!

Reliable Market

Bob Pacheoc and his son, Ed.
Bob Pacheoc and his son, Ed.

The Reliable Market was founded in 1947 by Eddie and Helen Pacheco. For three generations, every immediate family member has worked in the store. Helen Pacheco worked in the store right up until 2005, when she passed away at age 91. Today Bob and his wife, Donna, are joined in the operation by their two children, Jennifer Lynn Freeman and Eddie Pacheco. The market closes on Sundays at 1 pm so that the entire family can get together outside of work, so Fathers Day won’t be quite all work and no play.

Bob Pacheco: It’s great working with family. It’s something we’ve done for so long. I’m proud to have my kids working for me and have the family tradition continue. When my mom was alive, Sunday afternoon was family time. It’s Just something we’d like to continue. We get to spend time with the grandchildren. I look forward to it every week. It’s a different dynamic outside of work. It’s a little more relaxed.

Eddie Pacheco: The work environment isn’t much different than any other boss/employee relationship. What’s challenging from time to time is keeping the store at the store and not bringing it home. We try not to talk about the store outside of work.

Jen (Pacheco) Freeman: I’ve never worked under anyone else except my grandmother. It’s very special working for family. You can’t be fired – but you can’t quit!

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Louie Larsen and Jeffrey Maida have been hard at work preparing to reopen. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Days to go before Good Friday, fish lovers had reason to celebrate. Net Result owner Louie Larsen said the fish market will open Wednesday. The take-out section will open Thursday.

“We have pieced it together,” Mr. Larsen told The Times in a telephone call Tuesday morning. “We just had the health inspection and got the okay to open both sides.”

Louie Larsen and Jeffrey Maida hang out the familiar sign.
Louie Larsen and Jeffrey Maida hang out the familiar sign.

Over the past week and half, Mr. Larsen, right-hand man and partner Jeffrey Maida, members of the extended Larsen family, employees and friends, and a crew from Oceanside Fire and Water Damage Repairs were hard at work repairing the damage that followed an early Saturday morning car crash on April 5 that left the interior of the market littered with debris from smashed walls and display cases.

Mr. Larsen said much of the equipment destroyed in the accident, including the lobster tank, counters and display case were custom made and will take months to replace.

The damage inside the Net Result was extensive. Left to right: Betsy Larsen, Jeffrey Maida and Louie Larsen survey the damage the morning of the accident.
The damage inside the Net Result was extensive. Left to right: Betsy Larsen, Jeffrey Maida and Louie Larsen survey the damage the morning of the accident.

“I have to wait for a new lobster system,” Mr. Larsen said, “I just happened to have a lobster tank in my backyard that will suffice for now, but it is definitely not a replacement.”

Mr. Larsen said the fish market crew did the best they can with what they had.  The end result — fresh lobsters, fish sandwiches, and fresh fish for sale — will remain the same.

“I don’t think the customers will notice it,” he said. “More like the workers and I will be the ones that notice the inconvenience.”

Mr. Larsen said he plans to post enlarged photos on the temporary wall that show the car imbedded in the building. “People that don’t know what happened, they’ll just have to go look at our wall of shame and find out,” he said.

According to Tisbury Police, Abraham Torres Rendon, 25, of Edgartown, was at the wheel of a 2004 Toyota 4Runner heading from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven when he drove the SUV into the exterior of the fish market about 1:40 am on the morning of April 5.

Mr. Rendon was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, marked lanes violations, speeding, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, destruction of property, and resisting arrest. He also offered the arresting officer $200 to let him go free. That netted him an additional charge of attempted bribery.

Mr. Rendon was released from the Dukes County Jail that same day, April 5, on $500 bail.

The Saturday morning accident caught The Net Result fully stocked for the busy weekend and Lent.

The bright and shiny Net Result.
The bright and shiny Net Result.

Insulation, shattered glass, wood framing and vehicle parts littered the floor when Mr. Larsen arrived. The car struck a fiberglass lobster tank weighing thousands of pounds filled with lobsters for the weekend and pushed it into a stainless steel counter, bending the counter. The counter crushed the end of a 12-foot custom fish case and shattered the display glass. The impact sent the case into a wall freezer, breaking the glass door.

Unfortunately, lobsters rescued from the damaged holding tank, which amounted to about 700 pounds, had to be thrown out. The tank was found to be full of broken glass from the windows and front display case, which made them unsafe for consumption.

Damage from the accident was estimated at more than $250,000.

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Abraham T. Rendon, the driver of the Toyota that smashed through the fish market wall, causing a chain of destruction, was drunk, police said.

The damage inside the Net Result was extensive. Left to right: Betsy Larsen, Jeffrey Maida and Louie Larsen survey the wreckage. — Photo by Nelson Sigelman

Updated 5 pm, Tuesday, April 8

The clean-up continued at The Net Result this week, following an early Saturday morning car accident that left the interior of the market littered with debris from smashed walls and display cases.

A car traveling from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven crashed through the east wall of the Net Result early Saturday morning.
A car traveling from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven crashed through the east wall of the Net Result early Saturday morning.

“We’ll try to open as soon as possible, but at this point, I have no idea when that will be,” owner Louis Larsen said. Mr. Larsen said he had considered reopening only a portion of the market where the take-out counter is located, but he must first be certain that a partial opening will not jeopardize his insurance claims.

Tisbury Police Lieutenant Eerik Meisner told The Times Monday morning that Abraham Torres Rendon, 25, of Edgartown, was at the wheel of a 2004 Toyota 4Runner heading from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven when he drove the SUV into the exterior of the fish market about 1:40 am, Saturday morning.

Mr. Rendon and his female passenger, who was not charged with any crime, left the scene of the accident and fled to a nearby motel where police found them. Lieutenant Meisner said Mr. Rendon was charged with operating under the influence, marked lanes violations, speeding, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, destruction of property, and resisting arrest.

Lieutenant Meisner said that Mr. Rendon offered the arresting officer $200 to let him go free. That netted him an additional charge of attempted bribery.

The couple did not sustain any injuries in the crash, police said.

Mr. Rendon refused to take a breathalyzer test at the State Police headquarters.

Mr. Rendon was released from the Dukes County Jail that same day, April 5, on $500 bail.

The Saturday morning accident caught The Net Result fully stocked for the busy weekend and Lent.

Tisbury fire chief John Schilling watched as the Toyota was pulled from the interior of the market.
Tisbury fire chief John Schilling watched as the Toyota was pulled from the interior of the market.

Inside the Net Result Saturday morning, owner Louie Larsen, employees and family members surveyed the extensive damage. Mr. Larsen said it appeared that the driver of the 4Runner barely hit the brakes before the vehicle hit the building. Once inside the building, it appeared the driver attempted to back out, he said.

Insulation, shattered glass, wood framing and vehicle parts littered the floor Saturday. The car struck a fiberglass lobster tank weighing thousands of pounds filled with lobsters for the weekend and pushed it into a stainless steel counter, bending the counter. The counter crushed the end of a 12-foot custom fish case and shattered the display glass. The impact sent the case into a wall freezer, breaking the glass door.

“None of this stuff is light,” Mr. Larsen said. He estimated the damage at more than $250,000.

The tank lost all its water. Early Saturday morning, employees moved the lobsters to a refrigerator

The accident left a gaping hole in the building.
The accident left a gaping hole in the building.

Unfortunately, Mr. Larsen said, the lobsters rescued from the damaged holding tank, which amounted to about 700 pounds, had to be thrown out. The tank was found to be full of broken glass from the windows and front display case, which made them unsafe for consumption.

Mr. Larsen said he was grateful for the quick response from police and firefighters. He said the store was fully stocked Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. As Mr. Larsen made plans to begin the cleanup he said he was happy no one was hurt.

On Tuesday afternoon, a crew from Oceanside Fire and Water Damage Repairs worked in the shop, alongside Mr. Larsen.

Mr. Larsen said he has hired an insurance adjuster and is still trying to figure out what equipment is broken and what has to be completely replaced. He plans to turn the disaster into an opportunity to make some upgrades when he has to purchase new fixtures and equipment. “We’ll come back better,” he vowed.

“We might have to park a food truck outside,” Mr. Larsen said with a smile, adding that he hopes to have some kind of fish available for Good Friday.

Repeat violator

Mr. Rendon is no stranger to motor vehicle charges.

On April 3, 2008, a charge of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle was dismissed upon payment of $100 court costs and completion of 16 hours of community service, according to The MV Times court report.

Abraham T. Rendon is accused of driving into The Net Result.
Abraham T. Rendon is accused of driving into The Net Result.

On June 12, 2013, Mr. Rendon was found guilty of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine. A charge of operating under the influence (drugs) was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth. He was found not responsible for a failure to signal.

He was found guilty on a second charge of negligent operation of motor vehicle and received one year’s probation. He was ordered to pay $100 in fees and complete 28 hours of community service.

On September 4, 2013, Mr. Rendon appeared in court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and no inspection sticker.

On November 4, 2013 a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; he was found not responsible on a charge of speeding.

On November 7, 2013 a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was continued without a finding for six months. A charge of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth. He was found not responsible on a charge of no inspection sticker.