MVC continues hearing on new Alliance Community Church plans

Public testimony grew heated at a Martha’s Vineyard Commission public hearing on Thursday, July 10, to review the latest proposal by the Alliance Community Church, formerly known as Assembleia de Deus Nova Vida (Assembly of God), to expand its church. The MVC reviewed the project as a development of regional impact (DRI). Church supporters were […]

Edgartown planning board extends triangle loft hearing

The Edgartown planning board continued the public hearing on a proposal to build loft apartments in the triangle business area to a third session, following nearly two hours of testimony, almost all of it read, before a packed meeting room, at its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Nearly the entire session consisted of the planning board […]

MVC election deadline nears with few candidates

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC), the Island’s powerful regional permitting body, exerts a strong influence on the Island economy and infrastructure. It does this by shaping and permitting, or denying, projects referred to the commission as developments of regional impact (DRIs), and in the creation of districts of critical planning concern (DCPCs), which towns can […]

Sengekontacket Pond temporary shellfishing ban extended

A brief rainstorm in the early hours of Thursday morning, July 10, was just enough for shellfish wardens to extend the temporary ban on shellfishing in Sengekontacket Pond, until at least Tuesday, July 15. Rainfall measured 0.28 percent overnight, according to Edgartown shellfish warden Paul Bagnall. Sengekontacket Pond was closed on July 5, when Hurricane […]

MVC poised to approve Water Street affordable housing

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) wrapped up a public hearing in one session last Thursday night on a proposal by the Island Housing Trust (IHT) to build a six-unit affordable housing rental apartment building at 6 Water Street in Vineyard Haven. But not before the commissioners put IHT executive director Philippe Jordi, accompanied by IHT […]

Heath hen’s boom could echo again on Martha’s Vineyard

The last heath hen on Earth, nicknamed “Booming Ben” by conservationists struggling to save the species, died on Martha’s Vineyard in 1932. He roamed the State Forest, established as a heath hen preserve, for years before he disappeared forever. Revive & Restore, an offshoot of the San Francisco-based Long Now Foundation that proposes to use […]

Islanders Write

When: Monday, August 11, 2011 Where: The Grange Hall in West Tisbury Admission: Free Schedule 8:00-8:45  Morning Edition: Writing for Radio They say radio is the most visual medium. Find out how it’s done. Sean Corcoran, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Rob Rosenthal and Mindy Todd 9:00-9:45 Writing Children’s Books Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, childrens book authors and illustrators often wonder, […]