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In Edgartown library struggle, dynamic tension is important

In any civic endeavor, dynamic tension is an important component of a successful project.

John L. Henley

John Lowell Henley, 81, of Edgartown died unexpectedly on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

A link of healing kindness forged across the continent

It did not take long for Bruce Bailey of San Diego to learn the identity of the mother and two children from Martha's Vineyard that he met in a departure terminal at Logan Airport in Boston the Sunday following Christmas.

Tisbury selectmen approve RFP for Comcast, MVTV

In executive session Tuesday, selectmen reviewed a request for proposals intended to pave the way for a new contract with Comcast, the Island's cable television provider and likely the only bidder for a new contract.

Finances top Oak Bluffs agenda, action promised

Oak Bluffs selectmen got an update from town administrator Michael Dutton on town finances Tuesday, and a proposal from the town's community development committee (CDC) to form a new committee to study budget issues and recommend ways to avoid the revenue gap that has forced service cuts over the last two years.

Grievance hearing reveals Tisbury police contract issues

Tisbury selectmen held a grievance hearing in public Tuesday, at the request of police officer Kelly Kershaw, who complained that town administrators had enforced pay rules against her but not other officers.

Oak Bluffs talks of preserving, buying Bradley Square site

Nearly a year after the Island Affordable Housing Fund (IAHF) abandoned the controversial Bradley Square mixed-use development in Oak Bluffs, town officials have taken steps that may lead to the town gaining control over the land and the historic building at the Masonic Avenue site.

Reel Picks

There's innocence and madness as the dance-obsessed ballerina Nina (a brilliant Natalie Portman), competes with Lily (Mila Kunis) for the principle role in "Swan Lake," a duel role that represents good and evil.

Notes of kindness span generations and the nation

It was a chance conversation between strangers in the departure terminal of Logan Airport in Boston the Sunday following Christmas.

Noteworthy events

The Board of Directors and artistic staff for Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) are accepting play submissions for the 2011 One Act Play Festival, which will be held in March at both the Katharine Cornell and Grange Theatres.

When topical irritations indicate real problems

Who can resist a basset hound? Those outrageous floppy ears, plaintive eyes, and soft, droopy lips? Holden was just such a pup that I had seen recently for a routine physical and vaccinations.

The Newes from America: An Edgartown classic

The Newes From America, with its exposed beams, low ceiling and dim lighting, is just the place for a cozy dinner on a cold winter night.

Permanent Endowment funds Island charities

Giving is not one size fits all.

Favorite finds on the Vineyard

As my husband Rob and I entrenched ourselves inside this weekend, I began to take notice of how many things in our house came from Island businesses.

Some gardeners even find winter fertile

Whether under limpid or lowering (rhymes with glowering) skies, winter landscapes are often black and white, with snow-covered ground and evergreens blackened by cold.

Meals on Wheels provides for house-bound Vineyarders

Meals on Wheels (MOW) is looking for a few volunteer drivers.

Photos: Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School fundraiser

The VFW Hall in Oak Bluffs was filled to capacity Friday night, when up to 100 hungry supporters of the Charter School high school's upcoming trip to Guatemala feasted on tacos — beef, chicken, or vegetarian — and all the fixings.

Photos: Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard’s Burns Nicht

More than 100 Scots and associated pretenders and wannabes lit up the Harbor View Hotel on Saturday night with song and good cheer and plenty of food.