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Up Island Council on Aging provides varied activities

Martha's Vineyard's four Council on Aging senior centers offer elderly Islanders, and the not-so-elderly, a rich variety of activities.

Anesthesiology link set between MGH and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

The Martha's Vineyard Hospital has signed an agreement under which the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) will provide anesthesia coverage for its Island affiliate.

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank awards charitible grants

The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund with the Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard, has awarded seven grants totaling $13,800 in support of local nonprofits.

West Tisbury fin com questions school budget increase

At a joint meeting of the West Tisbury selectmen, the town finance committee (fincom), and representatives of the Up-Island school committee last week, fincom members pressed the school committee to explain why the town's district assessment will increase, even as enrollment at the West Tisbury School continues to decline.

Island Elderly Housing appoints finance director

Island Elderly Housing (IEH) announced that David M.

Business confidence lags among small employers

The State House News Service reported that business confidence declined in February but remains up substantially from its low point in February 2009, according to confidence index results released Tuesday morning.

Consumer confidence rose, but doubts remain

Consumer confidence rose in early 2011, largely due to more optimistic expectations about future economic conditions, but confidence levels remain more negative than positive, according to a phone survey of 500 adult residents in Massachusetts, the State House News Service reported.

Hunter education class is expected to fill fast

Mass Wildlife will sponsor a free hunter education class in April.

Lagoon Pond is sick, healing will be costly

A draft scientific study released this week calculates that Oak Bluffs and Tisbury would have to reduce the amount of nitrogen from septic systems reaching Lagoon Pond by 34.

Gas prices top $4 on Martha’s Vineyard

A spike in crude oil prices has in turn pushed gasoline prices upwards, so that the price of unleaded gasoline is well north of the $4 level this week at two gas stations in Edgartown, and prices were pressing toward that level at the rest of the down-Island stations.

Edgartown man facing federal charges is busted with heroin

Edgartown Police arrested David Herrmann of Edgartown Friday, on drug dealing charges following a search of the room where he lives in the house of his parents.

SSA prepares to install switchback ramps to meet accessibility rules

The Steamship Authority is preparing to install new passenger loading ramps at its four main terminals.

Innovative health project looks for participants

The Let's Move Martha's Vineyard Project invites persons who are concerned about health and weight to consider participating in an innovative project that will most likely increase their chances of success.

West Tisbury police charge alcohol use in two separate accidents

West Tisbury police will seek drunk-driving charges against two people, after separate single car accidents last week.

Oak Bluffs fincom slices draft budget

The Oak Bluffs finance and advisory committee (fincom) produced a $24.

Taxing questions for Edgartown solar project

Edgartown assessors asked questions of the selectmen Tuesday about whether a proposed solar power development on town land is taxable.

Mass median home sale price below $300K

Nearly 2,200 homes were sold in Massachusetts last month, a 5 percent increase over January 2010, according to data released Tuesday morning, the State House News Service reported.

Federal appeals court finds no conspiracy to inflate gas prices

A panel of judges sitting in the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that gasoline prices on Martha's Vineyard have not been illegally inflated by a conspiracy among retailers, according to a report by "The Docket," the news blog of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.