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Oak Bluffs bedeviled by theater eyesores

We are getting good feedback on how everything on Circuit Ave. is being dressed up, and I am hoping you can also give me an update on your plans for the Island theater. It still looks as awful as it has for years!

Oak Bluffs selectmen strike compromise between bowling alley builder and abutters

Construction will be limited to four days a week until September 1.

Oak Bluffs public hearing on water fluoridation draws few takers

Citing sparse attendance at the Tuesday morning hearing, the board of health agreed to schedule an evening hearing.

Section 35: When addiction calls for drastic action

There’s no rehabilitation on this Island. It’s ridiculous that someone has to go to Falmouth to be evaluated. Addiction is a huge problem here. I see how frustrating it is for the addicts and the families of addicts. New Paths and Vineyard House do good work, but they’re just putting a finger in the dike.”

Oak Bluffs selectmen delay final decision on COA director

Per advice of town counsel, the board will allow Roger Wey and his attorney time to deliberate their options.

Benito’s gets a makeover

An Oak Bluffs barber shop gets a new look but stays true to its old-school roots.

Driver plunges off Chappy ferry ramp into Edgartown Harbor

Police said Benjamin Knight intentionally drove his Toyota pickup truck into the harbor. Quick action by the assistant harbormaster saved the day.

A girl named Johnny

The only box turtle in captivity on the Island is at Felix Neck...It’s been there 40 years. We had to book the turtle through Susan Bellincampi, and it had a pretty busy schedule.

Oak Bluffs council on aging director remains on paid leave

On Tuesday night, Oak Bluffs selectmen excused themselves from a standing room only crowd at the library meeting room to meet with suspended Council...

Beaches and bottom line pose challenges for Oak Bluffs officials

In a marathon session Tuesday, Oak Bluffs selectmen received a middling report card on town finances and fielded citizen ire over the condition of...

Tisbury solar project nears completion

The 5,500 photovoltaic cells are expected to save the town $74,000.

Angry protest spurs action on Inkwell Beach sand

Oak Bluffs officials said they plan to remove dredge spoils from the popular beach and look for more acceptable sand.

Oak Bluffs is one step closer to a bowling alley

The new complex will feature 10 lanes and a bar.

Deteriorating East Chop bluff qualifies for FEMA funding

At Tuesday night’s selectmen’s meeting, Oak Bluffs town administrator Robert Whritenour announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reversed its initial rejection...

Oak Bluffs officials say town beach improvements imminent

The stuff contains more clay than we were led to believe by the bridge contractor...it’s not what we had hoped we were getting. If we get down to June 1 and it hasn’t bleached down we’d consider moving it.

New Vineyard House breaks ground

Charlie called and said, ‘Do we need a halfway house?’ and I shouted ‘Yes!’ so loudly I think they probably heard me on the Vineyard.

Battling addiction on Martha’s Vineyard

We get in-kind donations from businesses and from individuals and that sends the message that the community cares, which is very powerful. The support from the community means people want them to be healthy and want them back.

Spring means tick season has begun on Martha’s Vineyard

Because they’re so small, roughly the size of a poppy seed, and because they excrete a natural anesthetic when they bite, deer tick nymphs are masters at avoiding detection. By the time these terrible teens reach adulthood in late summer, they will be responsible for about 90 percent of the Lyme disease contracted by humans.

Martha’s Vineyard trout tradition turns 40

A new generation of Island anglers enjoyed a picture-perfect day at the 40th annual trout derby Saturday.

Results from the 40th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Kids Trout Derby

It was a picture perfect spring morning as over 100 children, ages 3 to 14, cast their lines into Duarte’s Pond in West Tisbury...