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Oak Bluffs fire department receives $66,500 grant

The Oak Bluffs Fire Department this week learned that it will receive a $66,500 federal grant under the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The money will be allocated to purchase...

Hospital chairman named trustee of the year

Seasonal West Tisbury resident John P. Ferguson last month received New England Healthcare Assembly's (NEHA) prestigious 2008 Trustee Leadership Award, which recognizes the "significant contributions of a hospital trustee whose personal courage and achievements...

West Tisbury unearths unused scholarship

West Tisbury selectmen last week deeded a long-forgotten $3,600 scholarship trust fund to the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Scholarship Fund. Residents established the fund as a gift to the town 25 years ago as a...

Tisbury annual report wins award

Tisbury's 2007 annual town report won second place in a statewide contest held by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), in the category for towns with populations less than 5,000. Judges considered layout and design, quantity...

Sail Martha’s Vineyard offers captain’s course

Sail Martha's Vineyard is offering instruction geared toward getting a commercial captain's license once again this winter. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 15, at the Sail Martha's Vineyard headquarters, 110 Main Street...

Shedding light on electric co-op and Island concerns

Cape Light Compact (CLC) administrator Maggie Downey will provide a power-point presentation and answer questions about the recently formed Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) at the All-Island Selectmen's meeting at 5 pm on...

Tisbury officials wrestle with Vineyard Haven harbor issues

The Tisbury selectmen encountered marine turbulence while navigating issues related to wooden boats, sailing ships, and the Steamship Authority (SSA) Tuesday. Controversy over the use of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for a wooden boat...

Many causes of soggy Ocean Park

A draft report by the engineering firm hired to evaluate soggy areas of Ocean Park concludes that while several wastewater treatment beds under the park are failing, "there is a strong likelihood" that the...

Caretaker helps accidental houseguest take wing

A red-tailed hawk's miscalculated flight path landed him as an unwilling houseguest in Chilmark for a few days. The presence of the bird caught Scott Graupner by surprise last Sunday. Stopping by to check on...

Oak Bluffs faces revenue shortfall

Oak Bluffs selectmen learned Tuesday that their town now expects to fall $336,607 short of its revenue projections at the end of the current fiscal year, on June 30, this year. In their first meeting...

Tactical response? Island force now ready to react

A Miami convenience store robber and his criminal friends carjack a vehicle, flee to Martha's Vineyard, break into an empty Katama summer home, and begin shooting up the neighborhood. An armed Boston bank robber hiding...

Martha’s Vineyard stimulus wish list totals $58 Million

Around Martha's Vineyard last week, town leaders paused in their attempts to find savings in their fiscal 2010 budgets to quickly put together lists of so-called shovel-ready projects that could be funded once Congress...

County jail occupancy rose in calendar ’08

An increase in the number of days inmates spent in the Dukes County Jail and House of Correction last year suggests more arrests and convictions for serious crimes on Martha's Vineyard, according to Sheriff...

Deer carcasses dumped in Edgartown

The deer hunting season ended on the last day of December, but the remnants of butchered deer now pose a dilemma for Edgartown officials. Off Meshacket Road, just past the old landfill, a dirt road...

DMF proposes new regulations for netters, in inshore waters, even ponds

The state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has proposed new regulations that would affect the use of purse seines, surface gillnets, and cast nets in Massachusetts waters for harvesting menhaden, sea herring, and mackerel. The...

Martha’s Vineyard District Court Report

December 18, 2008 Tucker C. Smith, Chilmark; DOB 9/5/84, operating motor vehicle with suspended license and possession of Class D drug (marijuana): continued to pretrial conference. December 22, 2008 Paul J. Sergi, Brockton; DOB 9/22/68, negligent operation...

Issue resolved with state, Sheriff’s Meadow finds issues remain over Gazette coverage

During the past six months Sheriff's Meadow found itself in the unusual position of claiming that it was the victim of unfair and inaccurate press coverage by the Vineyard Gazette. Henry Beetle Hough, the...

Sheriff’s Meadow resolves habitat issues with state

The Sheriff's Meadow Foundation (SMF) yesterday announced that the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program has approved a plan to mitigate the effects of the nonprofit organization's removal of trees and plants from...

Slavins win Chilmark homesite in lottery

Perhaps the firm kisses Dardanella (Muldaur) Slavin planted on each of her two lottery tickets before depositing them in the Chilmark affordable homesite lottery box Tuesday did the trick. Or it might have been...

DCR to clear 110 acres of pines in State Forest

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced that work would begin next week to remove dead and dying red pines from about 110 acres of the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. The work...