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Chilmark: Don’t bank on us

Chilmark has low expectations for the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank heading into town meeting next week. “As a town, we want to say we support affordable housing, we just don’t support the Housing Bank...

Chilmark to vote on fire station land buy, decide fate of Housing Bank

Chilmark voters will be asked on April 22 if they’re game to pony up $900,000 to buy land near town hall for a new fire station and a Tri-Town Ambulance building through a Proposition...

Tisbury voters headed to the polls

Tisbury voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, April 23, to decide on a two-way race for selectman between Seth Gambino and Jeff Kristal. Polls are open between 12 noon and 8 pm at...

Kristal, Gambino seek Tisbury selectman’s seat

The departure of Tristan Israel from town government has left a void that Jeff Kristal and Seth Gambino are trying to fill. Kristal, 53, is the owner of Crocker House Inn, and lives there with...

West Tisbury approves recreational cannabis zoning

Updated April 12 In back-to-back votes on night two of West Tisbury’s annual town meeting, voters said yes to the sale and propagation of recreational marijuana in certain districts, and yes to regulations for withdrawing...

Housing Bank defeated in Tisbury

Updated April 12 On the third night of town meeting, Tisbury voters debated for several more hours before rejecting the article to create an Islandwide Housing bank, 75 to 115. It took three full nights and...

Edgartown indefinitely postpones Housing Bank

Updated April 18 After a lengthy discussion on the proposed Housing Bank article, which would take a percentage from the newly expanded room-occupancy tax, Edgartown voters approved a motion by board of selectmen chairman Michael...

West Tisbury approves Housing Bank

West Tisbury voters approved two major pieces of legislation Tuesday night in the first leg of annual town meeting. By a unanimous vote, the blue-shirted fifth and sixth graders of Plastic Free MV achieved...

Oak Bluffs strikes down Housing Bank

Oak Bluffs voters denied two controversial articles, one concerning the creation of a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank and the other funding the town’s share of a feasibility study for the regional high school, at...

Town clerk will remain an elected post

Voters rejected the idea of appointing rather than electing the town clerk during Tuesday’s first night of town meeting inside the Tisbury School gymnasium. Town Clerk Hillary Conklin spoke out against the article, which was...

Two-way race for Edgartown selectmen

The Edgartown selectmen’s race will pit longtime incumbent Mike Donaroma against newcomer Jack Krowski. Donaroma is the current selectmen chair and owner and founder of Donaroma’s Nursery in Edgartown. He’s a fourth generation Islander....

Sylvia, Reimann vie for O.B. Land Bank seat

Two Oak Bluffs residents are vying for a spot as the town’s representative on the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission. Incumbent Priscilla Sylvia, who has been the Oak Bluffs representative since 1986, is running against...

Tisbury town meeting picks up speed

Voters got off to a fast start in Tisbury at night two of town meeting. With a little more than 100 voters at the school gymnasium, Tisbury became the fifth Island town to endorse...

Tisbury selectman Melinda Loberg faces challenge

Incumbent Melinda Loberg faces a challenge from Jim Rogers for one seat on the Tisbury board of selectmen in the May 9 town election. This week The Times asked each candidate to describe his or...

Tisbury debates funds for Kuehn’s Way housing, and approves it

Kuehn’s Way affordable housing project was in the spotlight at the first night of Tisbury town meeting Monday. Voters approved $1.1 million in Community Preservation Act projects, including $570,000 for Kuehn’s Way, a 20-unit,...

Chilmark chooses character over restaurant beer and wine

Chilmark will remain a bring-your-own-bottle town, as voters overwhelmingly rejected a petitioned article that would have allowed town leaders to issue up to five licenses for beer and wine. At the height of Monday’s town...

Chilmark to ask voters to approve 5.67 percent budget increase

Chilmark voters will head to the Chilmark Community Center at 7 pm on Monday, April 24, to consider 34 warrant articles, including a $9.57 million operating budget. The town’s spending plan is up 5.67 percent...

Oak Bluffs voters endorse plastic bag ban

On Wednesday night it took Oak Bluffs voters took two hours to decide on 13 remaining warrant articles on the annual town meeting warrant that they didn’t claw through on Tuesday night. A good number...

Small town, big budget in Tisbury

Tisbury’s is a big budget for a small town. The net increase in the fiscal 2018 (FY2018) budget for Tisbury is 6.3 percent, according to Jon Snyder, Tisbury finance director. The overall increase is...

West Tisbury voters fund affordable housing

Updated: At 11 pm Tuesday, West Tisbury town moderator Dan Waters hunkered down at the edge of the stage at the West Tisbury School after wrapping up a classic New England town meeting that...