Governor's Task Force Hears Nantucket Plea to Protect SSA Services

NANTUCKET - - The people of Nantucket had their crack at the podium this week, turning out more than 150 strong to urge a special governor's ferry task force to protect the Steamship Authority and their lifeline.

"The rate-payers of the Islands are not responsible for reviving the economy of New Bedford. Folks, the Steamship Authority is not an entitlement program," declared Steve Tornovish, a member of the SSA financial advisory board from Nantucket.

Policy on Rules for High School Athletes Sparks Hot Debate at Committee Meeting

School superintendent Kriner Cash this week blasted a proposed zero-tolerance policy for high school athletes caught using drugs or alcohol, calling it an "ignorant" response to the problem and demanding new consideration of the draft policy.

Fire Destroys a Community Treasure; Corbin-Norton House will be Rebuilt

One of the Island's most historic mansions, the Corbin-Norton house on Ocean Park burned to the ground in the midst of a heavy gale Monday night.

By the time firemen arrived, the house was fully involved, fanned by northeast winds as high as 40 miles per hour. Oak Bluffs fire chief Dennis P. Alley said it took firemen from three towns more than four hours to gain control of the fire and prevent it from spreading into the neighborhood. Mr. Alley said he determined the cause of the fire to be electrical wiring in an outlet behind the wall in the first-floor living room.

Officials Urged to Address Task Force

The all-Island selectmen discussed both the near and distant future at their monthly meeting Wednesday night, examining educational finances and planning for the Vineyard meeting of the governor's ferry task force.

Though he was not in attendance, Dan Flynn, the Island's ferry task force representative, sent a letter urging the all-Island selectmen to send a representative to the Feb. 22 meeting at the Performing Arts Center.

Airplane Crash Data Released

An investigator into the Jan. 30 crash of a Cape Air plane in the state forest this week released the transcript of the dialogue between the pilot and air traffic controllers. It is still unknown what caused the airplane crash that seriously injured both the pilot and passenger.

Tom Dresser Is New Leader of Nursing Facility

He has been on the job two months now, and no one calls him Mr. Dresser anymore.

Task Force Holds Hearing

NEW BEDFORD - Encouraged by hundreds of applauding onlookers, New Bedford political leaders, transportation planners and tourism promoters last night issued their demand for full ferry service to the two Islands - and for a place on the Steamship Authority governing board, all in the name of commerce and progress.

SSA Expects Big Financial Loss on Schamonchi Ferry Operation

The surprise decision by the Steamship Authority governors last month to buy the New Bedford passenger ferry Schamonchi was pitched as a sound business decision for the public boat line, but an internal financial analysis done by the SSA shows that in fact the ferry is expected to lose large amounts of money.

The boat line board of governors voted last month to buy the Schamonchi for $1.75 million.

North Shore Nominated for Protection

The Martha's Vineyard Commission acted swiftly last night to set in motion a plan that could preserve the north shore between the West Chop and Gay Head lighthouses as it is today - pristine and virtually free of any piers, docks or groins.

Herring Creek Farm Private Sale Raised

A 32-lot luxury home subdivision plan for the Herring Creek Farm in Edgartown cleared the final hurdle for approval this week, but if a complicated private agreement for the sale of the farm is completed in the months ahead, the subdivision may never be developed.