Hot Tin Roof Under Agreement for Sale to Rosenthal Brothers
Julia Wells

Hot Tin Roof Under Agreement for Sale to Rosenthal Brothers

By JULIA WELLS

The Hot Tin Roof, the 26-year-old Vineyard nightclub that has weathered the bumps of age alongside the baby-boomers who were its first patrons in 1979, is slated to be sold to new owners before the end of the year.

Barry Rosenthal, a West Tisbury resident and marketing and communications executive who is president of B/R Creative, has signed an agreement to buy the Roof along with his brother, Dr. Arthur Rosenthal, a Ph.D. scientist who lives in the Boston area.

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Record Herring Creek Farm Sale Investigated by Senate Committee
Julia Wells

An investigation by the Committee on Finance for the United States Senate has thrust The Nature Conservancy and its conservation buyer program under a spotlight, and along with it the record $64 million sale of the Herring Creek Farm in Edgartown.

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State High Court Upholds Edgartown
Julia Wells

State High Court Upholds Edgartown

By JULIA WELLS

In an Edgartown case which is esoteric but has application for small towns across the commonwealth, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a house on an undersized lot cannot be expanded without a special permit - even if the expansion itself conforms to the requirements under zoning.

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Musical Memories: David Crohan Marks 40 Years with Tabernacle
Julia Wells

He is the Vineyard's own piano man and his story has been told dozens of times, but even in the retelling it is remarkable and ordinary and gifted and funny - all words that describe David Crohan himself. Above all else he is funny, with a relaxed, deadpan humor that spills out unexpectedly and uproariously, some of it quite unprintable.

And suddenly you are laughing along with him and rocking back in your chair and laughing some more.

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Steamship Authority Sues to Block Fees
Julia Wells

Steamship Authority Sues to Block Fees: Boat Line Seeks Superior Court Ruling Over Hefty Falmouth Parking Fees; Hearing Monday on Injunction

By JULIA WELLS

In a legal standoff with the town of Falmouth, the Steamship Authority went to court this week to try to block the Upper Cape town from imposing a set of hefty licensing fees on boat line parking lots.

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State High Court Denies Wampanoags New Trial; Federal Petition Readied
Julia Wells

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has denied a petition by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to hold a new hearing on the much-watched sovereignty case, closing the door on the last option for the Wampanoags at the state level.

In a one-sentence ruling issued late in the day on Wednesday, the state supreme court denied the motion by the tribe to rehear the case.

The tribe will now pursue an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

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Visiting Nurse Merger Stalls
Julia Wells

Visiting Nurse Merger Stalls

Talks Between Two Key Agencies to Form One Nursing Service Approach Time of Decision After Thirteen Months

By JULIA WELLS

Talks about a potential merger between the Island's two visiting nurse agencies have reached a critical juncture, and the next few weeks will determine whether the merger becomes reality or falls apart, leaders from both agencies said this week.

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Author William C. Styron Dies at 81
Julia Wells
William Styron, the acclaimed novelist and leading literary figure of his generation whose summer home on the Vineyard Haven harbor has long been the hub of the area known colloquially as writer's row, died Wednesday at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 81.

The cause of death was pneumonia. Mr. Styron had been in failing health for a number of years.

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Dan Larkosh Advocates Reform in Workings of Superior Court
Julia Wells

SSA Set to Vote on Fare Hikes Thursday at Cornell Theatre

By JAMES KINSELLA

When the Steamship Authority board of governors convenes next Thursday morning at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, Vineyard governor Marc Hanover anticipates voting for across-the-board rate increases to fund next year\\\'s $78.3 million budget.

But he said it will be the last time.

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Mr. Sollitto Emphasizes Court Expertise
Julia Wells

And this year, for the first time since he took the job in 1976, superior court clerk Joseph E. Sollitto Jr. faces a challenge for his seat. The court clerk is elected every six years in Dukes County.

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