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Martha’s Vineyard Bank announces its 2019 Essay Contest winners

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“If you have a problem with me sitting for a particular reason, you don’t think I can be impartial, then you can state that.”

–O.B. selectman Gail Barmakian to Fat Ronnie’s owner Reynaldo Faust, prior to the hearing to decide if Fat Ronnie’s should get a new wine and malt license

“We’ve righted our financial ship.”

—Brian Athearn, newly elected president of Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society.

“This is an industry killer; we’re not playing by the same rules.”

—Califfe Singh, owner of Adam Cab, regarding the fact that unlike Island cab companies, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are unregulated.

“People who don’t need it, have it. That comes out of my hide.”

—Steve Bernier,  owner of Cronig’s Market, regarding people of means who currently are using The Island Card.

“My work is roughly a third masonry, a third music, and a third fishing — a really nice balance.”

—Johnny Hoy, mason, musician, fisherman

“Deciding to take the plunge and become a self-employed metalworker has worked out pretty well here on the Vineyard. I don’t know that I’ve gotten rich at it, but I’m certainly kept busy, and I enjoy the work. I’m seldom doing the same thing twice.”

   —Whit Hanschka, metalsmith, in business on Martha’s Vineyard for 20 years, from an article in July 13’s The Local, “The Artisans” (

“We have to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Returning guests should be greeted by first name. The idea is not to make food as fast as possible.”

—Joe DaSilva, who returned this year as chef at the Lambert’s Cove Inn, Farm and Restaurant.

“We’re excited to take on the responsibility, and look forward to continuing it in the same manner that we’ve handled it for the past six years.”

J.B. Blau, owner of Copper Wok, on the occasion of serving alcoholic drinks in Tisbury for the first time since Prohibition

“After so many years working with computers in an office environment, I needed something that was real … But our land is not suited to farming; it’s sand and clay. We knew our limitations.”

—Heidi Feldman, who with Curtis Friedman has operated Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt for the past four years.

“Our dad was renowned as a worker and a man that loved to talk to our customers. He was a one-man band until he could afford to hire us … Our reputation of being loyal to local businesses and customers keeps us viable, by impressing upon our customers that we care.”

—Dennis daRosa, of daRosa’s in Oak Bluffs, in business on Circuit Avenue since 1935

“I have it: town signs! I’m going to make miniature town signs, you know, ‘Welcome to Edgartown,’ and make them out of gold.”

—Margery Meltzer of CB Stark, remembering partner Cheryl Stark’s idea for the iconic charms.

“To the town of Vineyard Haven, with the incredibly tireless and hardest-working shop owners I know, thank you for being there, being you, staying strong, and remaining open for business.”

—Tamara Weiss, owner of Midnight Farm, which closed last week after nearly 20 years in business.

“Back in the ’60s, Jeanne and I were asked by Clarissa Allen’s mother to open the Chilmark Store, which hadn’t been open for almost 15 years. It had been run by her uncle. People were asking us all the time, “Where can we stay up-Island?” And there weren’t many places to stay. So we thought it might be a fun idea to have an inn up here.”

—Jeanne and Hugh Taylor, proprietors of the Outermost Inn for 27 years.

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