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Why we said no to the West Tisbury budget

In an unprecedented decision, we, the members of the West Tisbury Finance Committee, voted to “not recommend” the warrant article enabling the town to spend money on its budget. The reasons are simple. By current...

Commentary: MVC planner, not climate czar needed

Having lived for better than 80 years (40 full-time on this Island) I know climate changes. I was here for the blizzard of ’78, and plenty of hot humid days since. And I was...

Smart wastewater management needed

Sooner or later, the nitrogen pollution threatening the health of Martha's Vineyard coastal ponds will affect us all. Some, because we swim, fish, kayak, or sail in the Island’s 27 saltwater or brackish ponds,...

No sense in solar mediocrity

A client of ours recently asked, "What's the story with this noisy solar installation in Edgartown?"  (MVTimes, Sept. 25, “Solar array generates electricity, contractor generates complaints”). We will tell you what we told her,...

The automatic association of Lyme disease with deer may be flawed

Although last winter was particularly severe both in its cold and snow cover, many Vineyarders complained early this summer that there were more ticks than ever. This is intriguing because the proliferation of these...

The promise of Cape Wind

This winter found many of us trying to get inside from the cold, where the comforts of modern life awaited — warmth, lights, electronics, appliances, and a hot meal. You may not have realized it,...

Meeting the needs of our Vineyard Haven customers

For many years, Stop & Shop has been a local employer and member of the Martha's Vineyard community. We have worked diligently to provide quality products and friendly customer service at our Edgartown and...

What we will miss

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," as the saying goes, really captures the essence of what is about to happen to WMVY, the Island's radio station.

Revised development of regional impact checklist awaits comment

Editor's Note: This Essay was revised and updated by the writers, as of 5:30 pm, October 28, 2012.

West Tisbury Library renovation – a long journey, time to vote

At town meeting on April 10, and again at the polls on April 12, West Tisbury voters will be asked to fund 25 percent of the cost of renovating and expanding the West Tisbury Free Public Library.

Roundabout – a moment of truth for the MVC

The roundabout application for the Blinker intersection in Oak Bluffs is not the first controversial issue the Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) has faced in its existence, but it is surely a seminal one that could fix public attitudes, for better or worse, toward the regional planning agency for a long time to come.

Proposed wind energy rules no available for review

The draft Wind Energy Plan for Dukes County, released for public comment last week, looks at the wide range of issues related to wind energy development on land and off shore in state and federal waters.

What philanthropy is all about on Martha’s Vineyard

July 8 was Philanthropy Day on Martha's Vineyard.

Another blow to Massachusetts fishermen

No one needs to be told how the fishing industry, once an economic mainstay of the Massachusetts economy, has been declining in recent years.

MVC chairman, an Edgartonian, describes agency’s value

As a longtime Edgartown resident, I was surprised to hear news reports that I might be paying more than my share to support the Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC).

For philanthropy, it’s time to find a better way

Friday was Philanthropy Day on Martha's Vineyard.

Tisbury officials and police ask voters to fund contract settlement

Geoghan Coogan, Jeff Kristal, and Tristan Israel, Tisbury selectmen, and Sergeant Robert Fiske for the Tisbury Police Union jointly prepared this essay.
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