Jesse Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at the Rockefeller University in New York city, will deliver a lecture at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The decision ends a bitter dispute over ownership of a three-acre parcel of land in Chilmark. Nisa Counter and Benjamin Ramsey bought the lot on Blue Barque Road in 2010 from a family member. Sheriff’s Meadow said the land was part of a 10-acre parcel gifted by the late C. Russell Walton.
In Massachusetts, land used by a charitable organization qualifies for a tax exemption under state law. But a recent case in the town of Hawley, now going before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, could have wide implications.
The foundation bought the 1.7-acre property on Nov. 19 for $35,416, a press statement said. The seller was the family of Josephine Smalley Vanderhoop. The purchase will help conserve rare habitat, Sheriff's Meadow said.