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Barbara F. Seward

Barbara Flanders Seward, 87, of Menemsha died on Monday, January 3, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham after a long illness.

Barbara Lipke

Storyteller, teacher, great-grandmother, activist, and kibitzer, Barbara Stix Lipke died on the morning of January 3 of complications of old age (85 years).

Helen P. White

Helen P (Benefit) White, 85, died peacefully with her family at her side, December 29 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

Anita Marie Ciancio

Anita Marie (Labelle) Ciancio, 87, of Oak Bluffs died Monday evening, January 3, 2011 at Windemere Nursing Home.

Anne W. Gordon

Anne Welch Gordon, a resident on Eastville Avenue in Oak Bluffs for 27 full years of retirement and for summers since 1942, died on November 23 in Oakland, California, where she was living near her daughter.

Real estate prices here still forbiddingly high

Before the economy took a tumble, homeowners checked the weekly sales of nearby real estate rather than the Dow Jones Averages, to see how much their net worth had increased.

MVC proposes rules for wind turbines

Enclosed with this letter to Island planning boards are model regulations prepared for the Island Wind District of Critical Planning Concern.

Marjorie G. Masek

Marjorie Gibbon Masek, age 70, died on December 10 at her home in Vineyard Haven, with her family gathered to her bedside, and supported by Dyan Espindle, RN of Island Hospice.

Alma P. Barvenik

Alma Pjura Barvenik, 92, of Stratford, Connecticut, the widow of Frank X.

State hikes penalties for higher income uninsured

Uninsured residents of Massachusetts who are deemed able to afford health insurance but fail to obtain coverage will face higher penalties this year under a plan quietly approved by the Patrick administration last week.

Parking ticket zeal helps no one in Tisbury

I thought it important and helpful to convey my thoughts regarding a recent experience that clearly is not pro MV business.

Between a rock and a rooster

For almost three years I have remained silent about a situation that has finally become intolerable.

Doreen P. Clauson

Doreen ("Dory") P.

That holiday knock on the door

It's the day after Christmas and all through the house, no one was moving, not even the mouse.

Equalized valuation is the fair funding mechanism

From the discussions leading up to Edgartown's decision to stay in the Martha's Vineyard Commission there came a nice side effect — a clarification of taxation based on equalized evaluation.

Allendorf letter

What does it take to turn a page? In Edgartown, it appears to be $15 million.

Better one than six libraries

With two towns looking at replacing their libraries or building major expansions, it's time the Island towns pooled their resources to build a Martha's Vineyard Library.

Wind turbine proliferation

Though we are living in one of the most conservation-regulated areas of the world, including a high priced six-town sponsored commission (MVC), I have yet to see any intelligent planning or foresight relative to wind towers.