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Senate election is Tuesday

On Tuesday voters on Martha's Vineyard and across Massachusetts will go to the polls to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward M. Kennedy on August 25. The winner...

MVC approves Morning Glory expansion

Morning Glory Farm won approval from the Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) for an ambitious plan to expand the well-known farm store on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road last Thursday evening. The process was unusual because until...

WT principal, a Marine, to Afghanistan

Once again, Michael Halt, West Tisbury School principal and Marine Reserve colonel, will answer his country's call to duty. Mr. Halt has left Martha's Vineyard in preparation for his deployment to Afghanistan. Mr. Halt breakfasted...

Finishing touches delay MVH opening

Islanders will have to wait a few more months for an inside look at the new Martha's Vineyard Hospital. A private reception for donors and a public open house planned for the weekend of...

Feds: new evidence may put Nantucket Sound on Historic Register

Nantucket Sound is eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, a determination that Cape Wind opponents say should prompt the denial or relocation of the wind turbine project. The National Park...

Partners secures $ for MGH campus expansion, debt refinancing

Massachusetts General Hospital will build a 500,000 square foot health care facility at its Boston campus as part of a $500 million bond issue that will also enable Partners HealthCare to refinance $425 million...

Heating oil up 11 cents a gallon in last week

The average price of heating oil in Massachusetts rose to $2.88 per gallon Tuesday, up from $2.77 a week ago. Prices have risen steadily since March 2009, when the average cost of a gallon...

Edgartown selectmen cancel hearing over taxes

On Monday, Edgartown selectmen agreed to schedule a public hearing on January 19, to decide whether to revoke the liquor license of David Ryan's, a popular bar and eatery at 11 North Water Street,...

H1N1 vaccinations scheduled in Island towns

The Martha's Vineyard Public Health Coalition, a consortium of Island health agencies, has scheduled a series of H1N1 vaccinations in Island towns for the general public. Those who wish to be vaccinated are asked...

Setting Oak Bluffs budget priorities, public invited

Facing an estimated $1.5-million budget shortfall next year, the Oak Bluffs finance and advisory committee will ask taxpayers to help set priorities for the town's fiscal 2011 budget. The committee has scheduled a public...

Local officers take on fitness challenge

Members of the Martha's Vineyard Tactical Response Team will compete against other first responders throughout the Northeast in a fitness contest. The 911 Fitness Challenge encourages military, EMS, law enforcement and firefighting personnel to improve...

Island businesses invited

The Martha's Vineyard Times has invited Island businesses to a presentation of the newspaper's new online directory features. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6:30 pm, in the conference...

Chilmark sets Middle Line Road lottery for Jan. 19

Chilmark selectmen have set January 19 for a lottery to award six affordable homesites in the Middle Line Road housing project. There are 14 qualified applicants for the one-acre lots, but six have a...

Chilmark approves tour bus, interviews candidates

Chilmark selectmen Tuesday approved a one-year license for a locally operated bus tour company to run Island tours with four buses during the 2010 season. Selectmen expressed concern about growing numbers of tour buses, but...

Christmas kindness continues

Allison Bartlett, the recipient of an act of Christmas kindness when an anonymous shopper quietly paid for her Christmas tree at the Thrift Shop last month, said this week that generous Islanders have multiplied...

New, temporary drawbridge opens; new, permanent bridge to come

With little fanfare, and even less ceremony, the temporary Lagoon Pond drawbridge opened to traffic yesterday afternoon. Police officers stopped traffic at both ends of the bridge. Mass Highway workers moved the orange safety...

Wild striper bill coming next week

A bill that would prohibit the harvest and sale of wild striped bass in Massachusetts begins its upstream legislative journey next week in the State House. The joint committee on environment, natural resources, and...

When snow has to go, towns plow, push, and blow

Island towns are grappling with sizable snowstorms this winter, putting a strain on local budgets. Most towns have mobilized all of their snow removal equipment twice this year, and in some cases, called in...

Final Ocean Act plan set

Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles released the final version of the ocean management plan Monday. He and other state officials described it as the nation's first comprehensive plan to protect critical...

Home rehab grant totals $1 M

It is a cold, clear, sunny morning on Hitchings Circle in Oak Bluffs. Scattered around Laura Lee DeGregorio's yard are a half dozen trucks with the names of contractors painted on the sides. The...