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A traditional New England church connects then with now

The Congregational church on Martha's Vineyard goes all the way back to the first English settlers under the leadership of Governor Thomas Mayhew.

Chilmark dedicates Middle Line Road affordable housing complex

It marks the completion of a multi-million dollar project composed of three duplex apartment buildings and six one-acre home sites on 21 acres.

Dukes County towns can recoup Irene storm costs

Federal and state emergency agency officials briefed Dukes County town representatives last week on how to recoup costs associated with Tropical Storm Irene.

Jaws Fest to return to Martha’s Vineyard in 2012

Organizers said that while the 2005 event went over well, they expect "Jawsfest: The Tribute," to be even better because there is more time to plan.

Tisbury selectmen dogged by tax bill delays and animal control

The Tisbury selectmen tackled tax bill delays and heard about a proposal to share animal control costs with Oak Bluffs.

SMF tells judge couple’s online comments scuttled settlement talk

Sheriff's Meadow withdrew an offer to pay Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter $10,000 for land the Island couple bought for $9,000 in Chilmark.

Bathroom project $200K over budget, Oak Bluffs asks for more

Cost overruns beset a project funded by state grants and Community Preservation Act money.

Budget cuts, new priorities top Oak Bluffs special town meeting

Oak Bluffs voters must decide a range of controversial financial issues, including reductions to the current year's budget.

Martha’s Vineyard Commissioners advised to avoid roundabout talk

Martha's Vineyard Commission executive director Mark London issued his version of a gag order to the commissioners regarding the Oak Bluffs roundabout.

Caroline Taylor joins Island Real Estate

Caroline Taylor of Edgartown, owner of Caroline Taylor Properties and an Island broker with almost 30 years of experience, has joined Island Real Estate in Tisbury, according to a press release.

Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop remains open, with new owner

Unlike the bird that inspired its name, the Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop located at Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven has escaped extinction.

Vineyard Grocer would be your Thanksgiving chef

The Vineyard Grocer market on State Road in Vineyard Haven will do your holiday cooking.

A fresh look at holiday parties

Hosting a holiday fete is a lovely way to connect with friends and neighbors, say thank you to employees, and brighten up the dark, cold days of a New England winter.

Marcia K. Haley

Marcia Kane Haley died on October 13, 2011, in Sarasota, Florida, after a brief illness.

Raising money the wrong way

Last month I devoted this column to the fundraising practices of the Dukes County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Semi-, hemi-, meta-, quasi-nonsense

In the mid-1970s, an early counsel to the newly created Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) used the compound "quasi-judicial" as he described for commission members, in general terms, the way in which they should conduct their business.

In service to a great idea

The New York Times published a photograph during the Iraq war of an American soldier hurrying out of an Iraqi house with a child under his arm.

A resonant experience in healing

I wake up in the morning to the clucking of chickens.