A West Tisbury couple rebounds and rebuilds after fire destroys their retirement home.
Anne McCarthy Strauss
Near Lambert’s Cove, a band of marauders storms the hill leading to the Bresnick home. Annie Bresnick stands at ground zero, observing the advance from her window. She’s no damsel in distress. It’s ten minutes to three, and her boys Zach, Sam, and Owen – ages eleven, ten, and eight, respectively – are predictably on time, fresh off the school bus. They’ve widened their flank on this winter afternoon, as their buddy Nate D’Angelo ascends the hill alongside his comrades.
Tucked back from Barnes Road at the edge of Lagoon Pond, Jim and Pam Buttericks’ house in Oak Bluffs is a year-round delight – whether on a winter morning with a steaming cup of coffee indoors or for a summer sunset with a glass of wine on the deck: “I feel like I’m looking at a Monet painting,” Pam says.
On a muggy summer night, reminiscent perhaps of Havana or Key West, Tom O’Hanlon stands in what one could easily assume is the Island’s only Hemingway-themed bathroom. He’s pointing out some of the memorabilia that line the shelves of the small space in the modest house on Jernegan Avenue in Edgartown that he shares with his wife, Jen. It’s actually only a half-bath, but the term “powder room” hardly seems applicable to a space that is nearly filled with the accoutrements of sport fishing.
Not many labs have a pool, fewer still include a sauna, and it’s safe to say none include Anna Edey’s mix of pool, sauna, and chickens. Anna’s innovative, green- designed building at Solviva, her farm in West Tisbury, looks like a nicely finished, twenty-four-by-eighteen-foot cottage nestled amid the greenery not far from her main house. It faces south, and was built from the bottom up to embody her environmental ways.
Richard C. Skidmore
Slapping some solar panels on a McMansion to offset the energy use of a walk-in humidor and calling it “green” is something of a canard. To be truly “green” or “sustainable” or “environmentally friendly,” or any number of loosely defined terms, a home needs to be thought-through and accordingly designed from slab to stud to ceiling fan. It should be well insulated and generate as much power as it uses, just for starters.
A seasonal resident of Martha’s Vineyard since 1981, John Ferguson retired July 1 as CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center in Bergen County, New Jersey, a position he had held since 1986. He has been selected by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the most powerful people in the industry each year since 2004.
Anne McCarthy Strauss
A hand-written sign on your right says, “15 mph, please.” The fields on your left stretch farther than you might imagine an island could. The sky overhead seems to sing from some church on-high, and when the quiet road gets even quieter, a clump of trees swallows you behind a colorful sign that reads: “forever wild.” A shaded Buddha greets you, as does an artful crop of large stones.