Report Issued on Tisbury Police

"The Tisbury Police Department environment is dysfunctional, at best, with continual tension between police officers and management," declares a new report made public at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Tisbury board of selectmen. The 22-page report is the product of a four-month study commissioned by selectmen and undertaken by seasonal Island resident Robert Wasserman of the consulting firm PSComm LLC.

Hockey Coach Reinstated

Hockey Coach Reinstated


Mike Jackson was reinstated as head coach of the hockey team Monday after serving a week-long suspension for destroying a second-place trophy following a tournament game against rival Shrewsbury on Feb. 18.

"I made a mistake," Mr. Jackson told the Gazette. "And I learned from it, there's no doubt about that."

Mr. Jackson met with principal Peg Regan on Feb. 20 and admitted to smashing a tournament trophy with a hammer, the action for which he was suspended.

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates

Officials from the Martha's Vineyard chapter of Habitat for Humanity announced this week that they have signed a purchase and sales agreement to buy two acres of land in Edgartown.

The land is located off the West Tisbury Road near Bennett Way and, if all goes as planned, the group hopes to begin constructing two houses there late this spring.

It's apt that this news comes now, since this week also marks the completion of the chapter's first house on the Island.

Basketball Team Wins

Basketball Team Wins


Tuesday afternoon, the Martha's Vineyard boys' varsity basketball team showed what a burst of energy, a dose of teamwork and a foundation of hard work can do. It can get you a win in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 basketball tournament.

The Vineyarders kept the fans on the edge of their seats, overcoming a large deficit and beating 19t-seeded Old Rochester 55-51 in a hard-fought game at the Vineyard's regional high school.

Chilmark Actor Joins TV Cast

Lenny Clarke steals doughnuts from co-workers' desks, sleeps in the office when his sister in law is visiting and would rather nap than watch for crooks. At least that's the case when he's playing detective Frank Harrigan on the new comedy, The Job, that debuts Wednesday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. In real life, Mr. Clarke drinks tea, enjoys a daily swim in the summer and is a year-round Chilmark resident.

Tribe, Town Collide

In the view of Aquinnah police chief Doug Fortes, the turning point came in the fall of 1999, when rangers from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) came back from a trip to the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York, packing a half dozen Glock nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistols.

Hockey Coach Suspended

Head varsity hockey coach Mike Jackson is serving a five-day suspension after an incident following Sunday's Fairleigh Dickinson tournament at the Martha's Vineyard Arena that left the team's trophy in pieces and the hockey community sharply divided.

Tularemia Forum Held

Tissue samples taken last September from a Chilmark skunk and a Katama rat tested positive for tularemia, the rare disease that infected 15 people on the Island last year, killing one man who did not seek medical attention in time.

Vineyard Addresses Task Force

Vineyard Addresses Task Force


The governor's ferry task force had a three-and-a-half hour lesson in local politics, economics, transit systems, self-governance and the cost of butter last night when some 300 Vineyard residents turned out for the final public hearing of the now-celebrated fact-finding committee.

"Most of our year-round constituents are middle-class working families, and the Steamship Authority is their lifeline to the mainland," declared West Tisbury selectman Cynthia Mitchell.

Sales Set Land Bank Record

A pair of hefty private property sales in Edgartown boosted revenues at the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank to a new record this week.