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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...

Hospital dollars to fund $1.1 M in health projects

The Martha's Vineyard Hospital must provide $1,140,000 for community health projects in order to comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) process under which its new, nearly completed $42 million hospital building...

Martha’s Vineyard District Court Report

December 11, 2009 Ernest P. McFarlane, Brookline; DOB 4/3/64, larceny by check over $250: to be dismissed upon payment of $700 restitution and $100 court cost. December 14, 2009 William T. Brielle, Oak Bluffs; DOB 11/1/47, assault...

Shot in throat, Cape man recovers

Dr. Joseph Asiaf, a 73-year-old pediatrician from Centerville who was struck in the neck by one buckshot pellet fired by an unidentified deer hunter on November 30, has recovered from his injury. Nevertheless, the scars...

West Tisbury selectmen add Anna Alley to pond panel

The West Tisbury selectmen last week appointed Anna Alley to the Mill Pond Committee, bringing that panel's membership to four. The pond and how best to protect it from choking growth has been the...

On the trail of those grants: Alice Boyd’s interest and need led to career

Alice Boyd began her extraordinarily successful career securing federal dollars for Cape and Island towns out of instinct. The instinct was self-preservation. "I was working for a program that was running out of money," Ms....

A scrapbook’s tale – a brother, an Islander, and death far from home

On the cover of a large blue scrapbook, there is a piece of tape, on which Yvonne (Berube) Sylvia wrote: "Brother Edmund J. Berube. Born August 18, 1918. Killed March 3, 1945." On the inside...

College award honors WW II sacrifice

Mrs. Yvonne Sylvia of Edgartown traveled with members of her family to John Hancock Hall in Boston on May 14. She was there at the invitation of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health...

Center to assist nonprofits seeking grants

The Donors Collaborative will join the Associated Grant Makers (AGM) and the Oak Bluffs Public Library to create a grant resource center, whose aim is to help nonprofits and their members with the difficult...

Democratic Council elects new officers

At its monthly meeting on January 10, the Democratic Council of Martha's Vineyard elected new officers. Mas Kimball of Oak Bluffs, who first became politically active working on the George McGovern presidential campaign, was elected...

Falmouth Academy hosts exam and open house

Falmouth Academy will host its annual scholarship exam, faculty forum, and open house on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. All students interested in applying to the school for the 2009-10 school...

Coast Guard advises, check emergency beacons

The U.S. Coast Guard advises all mariners to make sure Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) aboard their vessels are up to date. An EPIRB can send a distress signal that can be received...

Tashmoo Spring Building listed on National Register

Tisbury's Tashmoo Springs Pumping Station, also known as the Spring Building, is now included on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a letter received by the town on January 2 from the...

Martha’s Vineyard Commission hearings rescheduled

The Martha's Vineyard Commission rescheduled a public hearing on the revised Bradley Square proposal and a concurrence review regarding the rebuilding of Café Moxie in Vineyard Haven, after canceling its January 15 meeting due...

Oak Bluffs says whoa on Martha’s Vineyard Commission budget action

Oak Bluffs town administrator Michael Dutton asked the Martha's Vineyard Commission yesterday to delay approval of its 2010 fiscal year budget, so that selectmen may have more of an opportunity to review it. The Martha's...

Three-car crack-up in Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs police are investigating an accident involving three vehicles on Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road Wednesday afternoon. One vehicle rear-ended another vehicle, which then rear-ended a third. The accident happened near Sea Glen Road. Police...

Windemere ends year in the black

The Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center ended 2008 with a profit. The good news is tempered by uncertainty over the extent to which expected state cutbacks will affect Martha's Vineyard's only nursing home. Windemere's 2008...

Flames damage home, but not family heirloom

Tisbury firefighters responded to a house fire at 87 Spring Hill Road Friday afternoon. They arrived at the one and three-quarter story wood shingled and clapboarded Cape Cod style home to find the roof...