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Edgartown Books owners turn a new page, decide to close

David and Ann LeBreton will leave behind what is actually a 30-year legacy.

Legislative committee buries wind siting bill

Less than two years after it won overwhelming passage in the House and Senate, a bill intended to streamline the permitting process for land-based wind turbines was buried in study Tuesday by a legislative committee, likely denying the Patrick administration a long-held priority in its effort to increase renewable energy production.

Martha’s Vineyard Commission to review revised grocery store plan

Grocery store owner Elio Silva's revised plans for a new store didn't make it through the quick checkout line with the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

Martha’s Vineyard Commission considers Cronig’s solar project

The height of the canopies would range from 13 feet on the low side to 18 feet high at their tallest point.

Meals, room tax hikes give Oak Bluffs budget breathing room

Increases in local meals and room taxes have pushed Oak Bluffs local revenue well above projections in the first half of the fiscal year, according to interim town administrator Bob Whritenour.

Martha’s Vineyard Commission approves $1.2 million budget

The Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) met on Thursday, January 19, and approved a $1,203,266 budget for fiscal year 2013 (FY13) that begins on July 1.

Chappy ferry goes green in refit

On Time III, one of the two ferries that carry cars and passengers across Edgartown Harbor between Chappaquiddick and downtown Edgartown, is due back in service this week, after three months of repair and maintenance.

Drug task force nabs two at ferry

The Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested two men and seized more than three grams of crack cocaine when the pair stepped off a Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven on January 20.

Grand jury indicts Gromashak, Garcia, in theft of cash, drugs

A Dukes County Superior Court grand jury has returned indictments against two men for the knifepoint robbery of drugs and cash from an Edgartown house on October 19, 2011.

Tisbury fire chief briefs selectmen about boat vandalism

Tisbury selectmen met Tuesday night for slightly more than two hours, all but 15 minutes of which was in executive session.

Edward Vincent offers to resign bar, as disbarment considered

Edgartown attorney Edward "Pete" Vincent Jr.

Fuel Assistance program offers increased benefits

Benefit levels are increased this year for a Fuel Assistance program run by the South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC).

Mass home sales slump to lowest level in 21 years

Home sales in Massachusetts in 2011 hit their lowest levels since 1990, despite low interest rates and "soft" median sales prices that dropped 3 percent last year, real estate market analysts reported Tuesday, according top the State House News Service.

Coast Guard says 2011 stats emphasize importance of PFDs

The 1st Coast Guard District recorded 51 recreational boating and paddling fatalities in New England waters in 2011.


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Moveable feast of Martha’s Vineyard community dinners warms winter

For good home cooking and warm fellowship at a truly amazing price, nothing beats one of the four weekly Community Suppers held in Island churches.

When vets have to treat unexpected pets

Every now and again, a truly unusual pet is brought into a vet's office "” like a tarantula.

Maximixing onions, controlling voles challenge Island gardeners

Starting about now, stored vegetables are likely to start sprouting.

Tick-borne babesiosis is a less well known but potent disease

Doctors outside of tick hotspots may not know much about it or know when to look for it.