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Well more than 100 fishermen and their supporters turned out at the Portuguese-American Club Saturday night for the first Fishermen's Night Out, a chance to socialize and compare notes about how to protect the rights of commercial fishermen in nearby waters.
Many years ago, when the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was in its infancy and the Island was a simpler place, Steve Amaral of Oak Bluffs was one of a group of Island kids who dove for coins tossed into the water by ferry passengers who arrived at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority pier.
Oak Bluffs selectmen approved a long list of reappointments to town boards and committees at their Tuesday meeting, but it was the appointments they postponed that sparked friction.
For about two years, representatives of the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation (SMF) and the leadership of the Quansoo Beach Association (QBA) have wrangled over the location of a gate long maintained by the private landowners group to control access to an exclusive stretch of south shore barrier beach.
The West Tisbury selectmen last week asked the Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) to ask the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a road safety audit of the intersection of Old County and State Road.
The Tisbury Department of Public Works is in the final stages of establishing a certified water testing laboratory at the Tisbury Wastewater Facility.
Oak Bluffs selectmen, each acting independently, agreed on several goals – or at least – themes that deserve priority attention this year.