Vandals tip over Vineyard Haven library granite bench

Vandals tipped over a granite bench in front of the Vineyard Haven Public Library over the weekend. — Photo by George Balco

A granite memorial bench in front of the Vineyard Haven Public Library was tipped over sometime between 8:30 pm Saturday and 7 am Sunday. Library Director Amy Ryan said she suspects it was a random act of vandalism.

“It looks like someone tried to tip it over; well, they did tip it over,” she said. “When it fell, both the back and seat, the large pieces, cracked in half.”

She said it may be connected to other vandalism incidents that happened in the same area. A rainbow flag was also stolen from the Unitarian Universalist Society church.

“They seemed to have happened around the same time,” Ms. Ryan said. “I don’t think anyone targeted the library. I feel like it was random and unconsidered.”

She said the incident was very unfortunate, because the heavy granite bench will be expensive to replace. She said it may also cause distress to the family of Martha Hartman. The memorial bench was placed in her memory.

Ms. Ryan said she did not believe it happened from natural causes.

“It was very sturdy,” she said. “It had to have taken some effort to turn it over. I’m certain it wasn’t natural.”

Tisbury Police Detective Kindia Roman said she did not know if the vandalism incidents were related.

“We’re probably going to add more patrols to that area at night, and continue to see if anybody else has any information,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tisbury police at 508-696-4240.