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State of housing: Martha’s Vineyard non-profits look forward

Three housing organizations on Martha's Vineyard are optimistic about the future, as they emerge from a very difficult fundraising environment with dramatic changes in the way they are funded, the way they operate, and the responsibilities they take on.

Chilmark selectmen agree to pay hike for fire chief

Chilmark selectmen Tuesday approved a warrant for the upcoming annual town meeting that includes a substantial pay increase for fire chief David Norton.

West Tisbury School repair bill is $1.6 million

It will cost $1,557,000 million to renovate and repair the West Tisbury School according to a professional estimate provided by school business administrator Amy Tierney to the West Tisbury selectmen and Up-Island Regional School District (UIRSD) school committee Monday.

Work begins on Chappy electrical conduit do-over

Tunnel-drilling crews returned to Edgartown Harbor Monday to begin replacing four conduits that now run under the channel that separates Chappaquiddick from Edgartown.

Edgartown selectmen unhappy with hike in MVC costs

Edgartown selectmen were unhappy to learn at their Monday night meeting that the Martha's Vineyard Commission's (MVC) assessment to the town will increase by 1.

Young musicians play off-Island jamboree

On Monday, 33 members of Martha's Vineyard Public Schools Elementary String Program took their instruments, music, and music stands on the road, off-Island, to participate in the All-Cape & Island String Jamboree at the Barnstable Intermediate School.

Therese Marie McKinnon Hall

Therese Marie McKinnon Hall, wife of Benjamin Lambert "Buzz" Hall, of Edgartown, died peacefully while under hospice care at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital on March 4, 2011, finally succumbing to a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Martha’s Vineyard District Court Report

Rondinelle Alves, Edgartown; DOB 2/23/79, uninsured motor vehicle, operating motor vehicle with suspended registration, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle: continued to pretrial conference.

MVC water expert Bill Wilcox will retire

Bill Wilcox, Martha's Vineyard Commission water resources planner, announced he plans to retire in June after a 37-year Island career in teaching, science, and public service.

A birthday wish raises $11,000 for charity

Edgartown 4th-grader Jake Pendergraft traveled to Houston last weekend to deliver a check for $7,000 to a YMCA facility in Houston where the money will help about 80 kids take part in a flag football program.

It’s time to get the deal done and build the DAS system

You'll find in the news columns today an update on the effort to build a distributed antenna system (DAS) to improve cell service in two of the up-Island towns.

Noteworthy events

The remarkable new Mike Leigh film "Another Year" plays Saturday, March 19, at 4 and 7 pm at the Capawock Theatre.

Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks to donate profits to Japan

Now through March 31, Martha's Vineyard Glassworks is donating 10 percent of all online sales to the Japanese Red Cross Society, specifically the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Tsumani Relief Fund.

The jury’s still out

The library staff would like to express a heartfelt thanks to our mistress of rhymes, Susanna Sturgis, for presiding over this event; our jury members, Joe Eldredge, and Jonathan Revere, for keeping us in order; and our musical guests, Gregg Harcourt, Mary Wolverton, Mattie and Sunny, for graciously providing Irish music for inspiration.


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Endowment fund announces spring grants

The Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard announced the award of $15,000 in grants to five Island organizations this spring.

Lesley Segal of Vineyard Audiology receives advanced degree

Lesley Segal of Vineyard Audiology in Vineyard Haven received a Doctor of Audiology degree from the A.

They need your help

A friend of mine runs a nonprofit dog rescue in Eastern Kentucky.

Up-Island waits and waits for wireless service

A medical emergency in Menemsha last month highlighted the urgency of a two-town project to bring reliable wireless service to Chilmark and Aquinnah.