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Cape benchmark wastewater study provides a sobering view of the future

The head of the Cape Cod Commission told an overflow Island crowd that nitrogen is poisoning our groundwater and the solutions will not be inexpensive.

Oak Bluffs breaks ground for new $8 million fire station

The crunch of ceremonial shovels ushered in a new era for emergency responders and for public safety in the Island’s most populated town.

Oak Bluffs selectmen recalibrate stance on sand mining

Citing issues that surfaced at Island-wide meeting with state officials, the board amends official comment on 2014 ocean plan.

Oak Bluffs to break ground for fire/EMS station Monday

Last-minute discovery of non-compliance with town zoning by-laws required quick action by town officials.

Baby wipes bedevil Edgartown wastewater facility

Non-dispersing materials used in personal hygiene products are damaging septic and sewer systems with increasing regularity.

Homeowners advised to invest in elevation certificates

The survey can be an insurance policy against surging insurance premiums and costly miscalculations.

Land Bank seeks to curb dog walkers at Trade Wind Fields Preserve

The Land Bank has encountered dogged resistance in its attempt to restrict pet owners to the original trail system.

Oak Bluffs business owners question wastewater department policies

Discontent over high rates and unapproved appropriations have bubbled to the surface.

Massachusetts Health Connector open enrollment begins November 15

Vineyard Health Care Access urges Islanders to sign up now for a free health insurance consultation.

State officials present revised Ocean Plan to Islanders

Offshore sand mining for beach nourishment has strong Island support and strong opposition.

New ocean management plan will be the focus of Vineyard hearing

State officials will discuss a pilot project to mine beach nourishment off Vineyard shores at the October 22 hearing.

Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby drama doesn’t disappoint

Boat and shore bluefish winners collected the grand prizes at the 69th Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Oak Bluffs signs off on builder for new town fire/EMS station

Selectmen endorsed the selection of J.K. Scanlan of East Falmouth.

Island Wide Youth Collaborative receives a major cash boost

The Tower Foundation will award up to $300,000 to bolster care for Vineyard adolescents and young adults.

Island experts will address addiction in a movie panel discussion

Leaders in the Vineyard recovery community will join “The Hungry Heart” director for a question and answer session Friday.

Community Rating System doesn’t rate on Martha’s Vineyard

None of the six Island towns participate in the FEMA-sponsored program that can reduce flood insurance premiums.

Oak Bluffs board of health weighs ending fluoridation

One veteran Island dentist said a vote to remove fluoride from the town water supply would be a huge mistake.

Oak Bluffs bond rating gets a big boost

A recent Standard and Poor’s review gives town finances a grade of AA+.

Community Services will open the Island’s first crisis-intervention center

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital donated a house that will be used to fill a critical gap in addiction and mental health treatment on the Island.

Oak Bluffs selectmen approve oyster farm

Brothers Dan and Greg Martino plan to farm oysters off Eastville Beach despite strong abutter opposition.