Oak Bluffs adds police officer, sergeant to ranks


Oak Bluffs selectmen voted unanimously at their regular Tuesday night meeting to appoint former Tisbury police officer Jason Marathas to the Oak Bluffs Police Department. Officer Marathas, a seven-year veteran in Tisbury received the Red Cross Professional Hero Award this year for jumping into Oak Bluffs harbor to help rescue a man who had fallen into the water and was struggling in the darkness to stay afloat. The board also unanimously voted to promote Oak Bluffs police detective Nicholas Curelli to the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Curelli has been an Oak Bluffs police officer since 1999 and a detective since 2004. “He’s the best detective on Martha’s Vineyard,” Chief Erik Blake said. “The rank of sergeant is the hardest promotion to attain. An outside company said he received some of the highest scores they have ever given.” Mr. Curelli and Mr. Marathas will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday at 12:30, in the library meeting room.

The selectmen also approved expansion plans and an additional liquor license for Coop de Ville. A 17-foot by 14-foot self-contained space will be built adjacent to the current restaurant, at the site of the former hot dog stand.

Shellfish constable David Grunden announced a pilot program that will enable non-residents to obtain shellfishing permits on weekends by making the permits available for purchase at local tackle shops. The program will start sometime before the 4th of July, Mr. Grunden said.