Chris Hathaway and Michael Sellitti Jr. stood at the ready on the slab at Up-Island Automotive this week, waiting for the next customer to pull in. The slab is home base for the gas attendants at the West Tisbury station, bouncing off the center aisle from pump to pump attending to customers.


West Tisbury selectmen decided this week they will continue to purchase fuel for town vehicles from the Vineyard Transit Authority, despite complaints from the owners of Up-Island Automotive who told the selectmen last week the switch to discounted gasoline has hurt their business.

A decision by West Tisbury to buy discounted gasoline from the Vineyard Transit Authority for town vehicles has upset the owners of Up-Island Automotive, who told the town selectmen this week the move has both hurt their business and wounded their pride as longtime business owners in the heart of the village.