Edgartown officer recognized for community service

William Bishop

Officer William “Willy” Bishop received an official commendation from the Edgartown selectmen on Monday night, Nov. 7. According to Edgartown Police Chief David Rossi, Officer Bishop does “a lot of public engagement,” such as overseeing the department’s Facebook page and organizing the annual golf tournament.

However, Chief Rossi wanted to talk about a particular act of community service. Through the local Council on Aging, an elderly couple had gotten a grant to get their roof fixed. “But,” said Chief Rossi, “what they really needed was a ramp put on their house.” Officer Bishop went to the fire department for help, and on one of his Saturdays off, he and a firefighter installed a handicap-access ramp on the couple’s house.

“I just want him to be appreciated for what he does,” Chief Rossi said.

Selectman Margaret Serpa told Officer Bishop, “We’ve heard about a lot of things you’ve done that haven’t been as public.”

Officer Bishop was modest about the accolades. “I’m just a guy who’s not afraid to ask for help,” he said.

In other business, the selectmen granted a fireworks permit to the Harbor View Hotel for its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, and granted permission to the Square Rigger restaurant to close from mid-November through April. “They have extensive repairs they would like to do,” explained town administrator Pam Dolby, who had looked at the plans. “They’re replacing floors, and other work that is pretty major.”

In July, selectmen had approved a full liquor-license transfer from Flatbread MV Inc., (formerly Flatbread Co.) to Brion and Jack McGroarty, the father and son owners of the Tin Hangar. The McGroartys also own and operate MV Wine and Spirits, located next to their planned restaurant at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

On Monday, the McGroartys appeared before the board to request a beer and wine license for the winter. (Due to a limit on the number of licenses, the selectmen had been unable to grant an all-alcohol annual license.) Selectmen approved an all-alcohol license for summer, and beer and wine for winter.