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Photo by Bill Hoenk @photohoenk
GOOD MORNING NANTUCKET: This holiday weekend is an opportunity to get out and enjoy some beautiful views around the island while the weather is still warm. We recommend the new Coast to Coast Trail - take on a section or do the whole thing!
Largest Private Home Sale
In Island History

In the largest private home sale in island history, 42 Easton Street on Brant Point sold this week for a whopping $32.5 million. The waterfront estate is known as The Breakers and is located along the southern shore of Brant Point overlooking Nantucket Harbor. The property features 20,000 square feet of living space, 17 bedrooms, 19 full bathrooms, two carriage houses, and a 50-foot dock with the capacity for two boats. The property was sold as two units, each at $16.25 million. The buyer is rumored to be Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm that is considered the world’s largest buyout firm. Beyond his business life, Schwarzman is an active philanthropist, having signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away the majority of his wealth to charitable causes. His philanthropy has focused on supporting educational institutions, ranging from major gifts to Yale and MIT, to scholarships for underprivileged children attending Catholic schools in New York City, among others.

On Trailer Removal,
Counsel Says Not So Fast

The so-called “ugliest building on Nantucket” – the town’s temporary trailer next to the old fire station at 131 Pleasant Street – had its permit rescinded by the Historic District Commission late last month. But while the HDC wants to see it gone – as  do many community members – it likely is not moving anytime soon. Nantucket’s Town Counsel from KP Law has weighed in with an opinion that the original permit granted by the HDC to the town to move the trailer to the Pleasant Street property falls under Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 related legislation. That bill allows local permits issued prior to the state of emergency to be tolled until it was lifted.

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Island Woman Pleads
Guilty In Fraud Schemes

Rushell Harris, 32, of Nantucket and a former Nantucket Bank employee, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Friday in Federal District Court. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for January 27, 2022. Harris was charged on September 16. The charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a Federal District Court Judge. According to the District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harris engaged in two separate wire fraud conspiracies in the approximate time period of June 2014 and November 2018.

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Town Urges Caution After
Slight Uptick In COVID-19
After an uptick in the concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in island sewage, along with six new positive COVID-19 tests on Monday and Tuesday, the town is asking residents to stay vigilant in their prevention efforts. "Now is not the time to let our guard down," town officials said. "Practice safe gathering. Not vaccinated? The town COVID vaccine clinic is open on Sundays from 12-3 p.m." The town is still waiting on 47 pending test results from Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. The wastewater viral load testing results, which the town considers a relative measuring stick of the prevalence of COVID-19, in the community, climbed to its highest level since mid-July in the sampling collected on Oct. 5
Hospital To Begin Offering
COVID-19 Booster Shots
The Nantucket Cottage Hospital will begin offering booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on October 18 to anyone who meets the following requirements: individuals over 65, individuals over the age of 18 living in long-term care settings, individuals over the age of 18 with underlying medical conditions, and any individual over the age of 18 who is at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure due to an occupational or institutional setting. Booster shots are being administered by appointment only, and you can schedule online by clicking here. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has only authorized the Pfizer booster shots for people who completed the primary series of Pfizer shots at least six months prior. COVID-19 booster shots remain unavailable for anyone who received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Island Pharmacy To
Become "Island Value"
Island Pharmacy on Pleasant Street is in the process of renaming itself and reinventing the store following the closure of its pharmacy operation, which was transitioned to the new Nantucket Cottage Pharmacy run by the hospital. The name will soon change from Island Pharmacy to “Island Value,” and owner Allan Bell told the Current what he plans to change inside and outside the establishment. “Island Value was the original name that was used in 1983 when the store began in the old Sears next to the First National,” Bell said. “The pharmacy department opened in 1986 under Island Value Pharmacy, and continued under the full name until the late 90's when we shortened it to Island Pharmacy. Back to the present - Island Pharmacy remains open without the prescription department, under the new name of Island Value. In January we will be renovating the pharmacy area and begin carrying a more natural line of supplements and herbals. Hopefully, this will fill the void left by Annye's (Whole Foods). In fact, Annye has agreed to help us with product selection.

No rain but mostly cloudy and blustery for today and tomorrow. East winds 15 to 25 mph both days. For today:

  • High temp: 67º 
  • Low temp: 59º
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Water temp: 65º
  • High tide: 2:59 p.m.
  • Low tide: 8:21 a.m.
  • Sunset: 6:10 p.m.

Captain Blair Perkins is an avid weatherman who has spent his life on the waterfront as a commercial fisherman, boat captain, naturalist, and surfer. His family business, Shearwater Excursions, offers oyster tours, cocktail cruises, eco tours, whale watches, kid’s fishing trips and more. 
Stunning new build by Harris Construction, designed by Emeritus Development, the 6 bedroom house with open layout, and over 5,500 sf of living space on three finished floors has sweeping first floor, unobstructed ocean views. Private pool and spa with surrounding bluestone patio and cabana. Path directly to Nobadeer Beach.
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Cyrus Peirce Football
Off To Blazing Start
Photo by Brandon Falconer

“These kids are gonna be dawgs,” Whaler football alum Tyler Anderson commented on The Nantucket Current Sports Page yesterday. That just about sums up how the Cyrus Peirce Middle School football team has football fans on the island, Nantucket football alumni, and varsity football coaches feeling after a very strong start to their season, beginning their year 3-0. Eighth grade quarterback Brock Beamish has led the way for the Whalers along with eighth grade running back Amare Bramwell.

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Field Hockey Wins Another
Against Sturgis West
Photo by Sue Belanger

The Whaler field hockey team took care of business Friday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the Sturgis West Navigators. They improved their record to 4-5-1 this season and are 4-1-1 in their last six games. “We are playing well and it is nice to see some consistency in our play,” head coach Dan Weber said. “That hasn’t always been our thing. We have been really consistent. Even in the games we haven’t won it’s not like we have gone out there and laid an egg. The effort and the intensity has been there every game. I’m proud of them.” Lily Remick scored the first goal for Nantucket in the first half, her third goal of the season. Quincy Sullivan added an insurance goal in the second half. Goalie Maclaine Willett didn’t face a shot thanks to strong defense and persistent offensive pressure by Nantucket all game long. The Whalers will have a chance to improve their record to 5-5-1 on Tuesday when they travel to Nauset to take on the Warriors at 3:30 pm.

"Wet Paint" Auction
Viewing At Bartlett's Farm
Photo via Artists Association of Nantucket
An in-person viewing of items available during The Artists Association of Nantucket's annual Wet Paint Auction will be held tomorrow, October 10, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bartlett's Farm. Over 70 artists are participating and the online auction will run from Sunday at 10 a.m. through Wednesday, October 13, until 5 p.m. “All of the art in the auction will be recently finished pieces and the preview will consist of paintings, mixed media, ceramics, woodcarvings, and some photography," AAN Executive Director Courtney Bridges said. "While there will not be in-person bidding accepted at Bartlett’s Farm, there will be QR codes to direct patrons to the auction site.” AAN Artistic Director Robert Frazier added that there will be a buy-it-now component for guests participating in the online auction.
Ribbon Cutting At
Lighthouse School
Photo via the Nantucket Lighthouse School
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nantucket Lighthouse School on 1 Rugged Road to celebrate the addition of the Starbuck Cottage to its campus. The new building will be used primarily as space for upper grade students. The cottage includes several classrooms, a music room, and administrative offices. “We have successfully completed our dream of converting a residential cottage to a commercial school building to accommodate the growing demand for the school on our special Island,” said Nantucket Lighthouse Head of School Christine Braunohler Hanson. The Lighthouse School is in its 22nd year as a private preschool and elementary school on the island.
Nantucket restaurants: A complete list of restaurants by our friends at Mahon About Town.
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