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The beer/wine question, again

The debate raged for years over whether Tisbury would allow the sale of beer and wine with meals in restaurants.

West Tisbury school repair planning needs town reps

West Tisbury selectmen considered a request from school superintendent James Weiss that selectmen appoint a representative to work with the Up-Island Regional School Committee, to oversee the repair work required at the West Tisbury School.

Twelve years in the same place, some lessons learned

I began writing At Large in November 1998, nearly 600 weeks ago.

Martha’s Vineyard District Court Report

Jason Richard Willoughby, Vineyard Haven; DOB 8/19/85, distribution of Class E drug (xanax): guilty — 90 days in the house of correction suspended, two years probation, must pay $50 VW and $65 PSF; possession to distribute Class E drug (xanax): dismissed at the request of the commonwealth; conspiracy to violate drug law: dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth.

Noteworthy events

Artists Marshall Pratt and Inas Al-soqi are displaying their work at the Vineyard Haven Library through April 1, part of the Friends of the Library's Art in the Stacks initiative.

Reel Picks

Crazy plot that never reaches fifth gear: Nicolas Cage teams with waitress (Amber Heard) on his way to rescue his granddaughter and avenge his daughter's murderer — the leader of a satanic cult (Billy Burke).

Lottery winners will get Oak Bluffs Harbor slip

With a little luck, six Oak Bluffs residents will get a chance again this year to rent one of the coveted slips in the town's harbor for the season.


The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network (MVWN) will offer a $2,500 grant to a business person based on Martha's Vineyard who wishes to improve their business skills, grow or improve an existing business, or start a new one.

Boneyard moves to new Main Street location

The owner of the Boneyard surf shop plans to consolidate two existing shops in the Main Street building formerly occupied by Edgartown Hardware for 64 years in the heart of the town.

Tisbury’s Capawock Theatre screens “Made in Dagenham”

As Republican governors push to cripple unions in some states, "Made in Dagenham," coming to the Capawock Theatre on March 12, will remind moviegoers of how a small group of women union workers in England called Ford Motor Company to account in a 1968 strike for equal pay.

Willy Mason headlines sold-out show

Willy Mason headlined a sold-out, standing room only show with Island musicians at the Katharine Cornell Theatre Saturday night, March 5.

West Tisbury must halt wine and beer service at fundraisers

West Tisbury, one of the nine remaining dry towns in Massachusetts, just got a lot dryer.

Annie Palches “” a career advocate for young students

After 33 years of devoting herself to special education for young students on the Island, Annie Palches is retiring. Her impact has been deeply felt.


A news brief published March 3, "Lively races set for selectman, fincom, in Oak Bluffs," incorrectly reported that Erik Chvatal and incumbent Erik Albert were unopposed in the upcoming election for planning board.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s permanent art collection

Visitors to the new Martha's Vineyard Hospital will find Island art, worthy of any gallery, on walls throughout the medical building.

Animals Sleep in at O.B. Library

They ranged from Heidi, a full-sized collie, to bears, cats, more dogs, horses, and a doll — tiny creatures with names like Knut, Buck, Grinchie, Christopher, Coco, Amelia, Pooh, Kitty, and Tony — all of them stuffed animals belonging to Oak Bluffs children between three and nine years old.

A Real Head-and-Shoulders Shot

I usually witness quite a lot.

The challenge of choosing and naming pets

Veterinary Pet Insurance company just released their list of top pet names for 2010.

Garden Notes

Homegrown, the vegetable gardeners' forum, meets March 20 from 4 to 6 pm at Agricultural Hall. Please finalize payment for seed potatoes, onion and leek plants now.

Alan Cottle “” the eyes have it

Alan Cottle, a glass blower, has been a carpenter, horse trainer, equipment operator, mason, boat builder, cattle breeder, farmer, and who knows what all else.