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Chilmark raises building permit fees

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The Chilmark Select Board approved a recommendation from the building department to charge more for permit fees. Town building inspector Adam Petkus proposed the higher fee during a public hearing on Tuesday. Without the increase,...

Hospital names new board member

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Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has announced that John M. Denson Jr. has been named the newest member of its board of trustees, which also covers Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Denson fills a final vacancy...

Museum to host housing panel

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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will be hosting a discussion next week titled “Off-Island Perspectives on the Island Housing Crisis,” where panelists will be exploring the intricacies of the Martha’s Vineyard housing problem. Panelists will include...

Menorah display coming to Oak Bluffs

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A Jewish symbol will be joining the holiday decorations in Oak Bluffs. The Oak Bluffs Select Board unanimously approved a menorah display in Ocean Park during its Tuesday, Nov. 28, meeting, after hearing from its...

Whelan attacked by Russian inmate

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The family of Paul Whelan, who has been imprisoned in a Russian jail on what federal officials classify as wrongfully detained on espionage charges, say that he was attacked by a fellow inmate last...

AgSociety secures Buy Local grant

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The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society received a more than $60,000 grant to promote and assist Island farmers and fishers. The $61,882 in state funding is through the Healey administration’s Buy Local program, and Vineyard funding...

EMT open house planned

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Martha's Vineyard will hold an EMT open house on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, in the culinary arts dining...

Oak Bluffs limits overnight harbor use

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The Oak Bluffs Select Board implemented changes to its harbor during its meeting on Tuesday, both limiting overnight harbor slip and mooring use during the off-season and amending its residential slip lottery program.  These changes...

VTA buses free through March

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Through March of next year, the state legislature has prepaid your fees for Vineyard Transit Authority bus rides, as well as other VTA offerings. The free rides, which began last week, are courtesy of the...

Vaccine bus returning in December

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The Island Boards of Health will hold a flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The vaccines will be given...

West Tisbury mulls short-term rental restrictions

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At a joint meeting with the West Tisbury planning board this week, the town’s short-term rental committee shared a draft proposal for a bylaw focused on managing and regulating short-term rentals.  West Tisbury officials are...

Cape Poge trail restoration project commences

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The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) announced this week that in collaboration with the town of Edgartown, the conservation organization is beginning its first phase of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge nourishment and restoration project. The...

SSA board split over Sankaty handling

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Steamship Authority (SSA) board members had varying responses following new details released on the untethering of the freight vessel Sankaty, reported earlier this month.  While some members said they felt misled by management following the...

Tick warning signs coming to Chappaquiddick

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Next month, the Chappaquiddick Island Association will be posting signs warning of the presence of ticks at trailheads on Chappaquiddick.  The association will be placing signs at Martha's Vineyard Land Bank trails. Also, by next summer,...

Pushback voiced on turf moratorium 

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Some 50 people were in attendance for an Oak Bluffs board of health discussion on a proposed moratorium on the construction of synthetic turf fields in Oak Bluffs that contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances...

SSA slip under repair

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A broken transfer bridge in Vineyard Haven operated by the Steamship Authority was under repair Tuesday, and could lead to service disruptions on the Martha’s Vineyard route.  “Due to repairs to a slip in Vineyard...

$2.5 million settlement reached in Menemsha tree cutting

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A Menemsha resident who sued her neighbors for alleged illegal tree cutting on her property has agreed upon a $2.5 million settlement. In the original complaint, filed with the Dukes County Superior Court in February...

Oak Bluffs kicks off holiday season

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Big crowds came out for the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Oak Bluffs over the weekend. Activities included a scavenger hunt, caroling, reindeer games, and sleigh rides for the kids, and live music in Healey...

Edgartown board supports turf moratorium 

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The Edgartown board of health solidified its support for a potential three-year moratorium on turf athletic fields in Oak Bluffs. During a meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved sending a letter of support to the...

Shotgun hunting season underway

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If you’re planning to take a walk on a property where hunting is allowed, remember to wear blaze orange apparel.  Archery season ended on Saturday, and shotgun season for deer kicked off on Monday. The...