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New Signage May Be on Tap for Chappy

May 18, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard – Chappy ferry co-owner Peter Wells alerted Edgartown selectmen this week that a new movie about the 1969 Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne has caused an uptick in tourist traffic to the Edgartown island. In response, he proposed new signage to steer traffic in the proper direction. Currently those seeking […]

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Vanderhoop Homestead Restoration Wins Grants

May 18, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard – The Aquinnah Cultural Center is the recipient of the grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council totaling $71,000 to be applied to restoration of the historic Vanderhoop Homestead in Aquinnah, a 19th century Wampanoag farmstead that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A $64,000 capital grant is specifically earmarked for […]

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Tower Hill Cemetery Restoration Completed

May 18, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard – The Edgartown Cemetery Commission recently celebrated the documentation of all the gravestones in the Tower Hill Cemetery and the restoration of those dating from the 17th and 18th century. The restored stones include those of Robart Stone who died in 1689 and John Coffin who built the house on North Water Street […]

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African American Heritage Trail Welcomes Grace Church

May 11, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  – A dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 20 at 11:30 am making Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven the newest site on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard. The dedication will honor Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church, Right Rev. John Melville […]

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Moped Rental Applications Approved

May 11, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  – Despite a recent bid for a home rule petition to ban rental mopeds Oak Bluffs selectmen voted unanimously on Tuesday to renew the operating licenses of three moped rental companies under a new management structure. Penny Wong, the wife of Ride on Mopeds applicant Aguimar Carlos, offered to reduce the number of […]

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Towns Seek to Control Herbicide Use

May 11, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  – Voters in Tisbury, West Tisbury and Aquinnah have agreed to back a home-rule petition to regulate herbicide use. The initiative follows years of concern over the longstanding practice of spraying beneath power lines by the utility giant Eversource. If approved by the state legislature, any group seeking to apply herbicides in the […]

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Old Whaling Church Accessibility Issues Raised

May 4, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  –  Kathleen Samways, a physical therapist and the former Dukes County associate commissioner on disability affairs, told selectmen at their Monday meeting that the 19th-century Old Whaling Church belonging to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust poses accessibility barriers, including steep stairs going into the sanctuary, an unreliable elevator and poor lighting. In the […]

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Airfield Recount Ends in Tie

May 4, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  –  A hand recount of votes, requested by members of the airport commission and supporters, on a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion question for the $1.2 million plan to rebuild the old airplane hangar at the town-owned airfield Monday resulted in a 468 to 468 tie. Much like what occurred with the override […]

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MV Preservation Trust Acquires Name Change & Flagship Property

May 4, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard  – A name change for the The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, now to be known as the Vineyard Trust, accompanied the announcement that the organization’s new flagship property, the Carnegie library on North Water Street in Edgartown, will open to the public on June 23. Established in 1975, The Trust owns 20 historic […]

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VH Voters Reject Prop 2 1/2 Override

April 27, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard – Following its annual town election Tuesday, Tisbury voters narrowly rejected the $46.6 million new school project, throwing future plans for the school into limbo. The hotly-debated school project had won approval by a wide margin at the annual town meeting in the second week of April. But in the end it failed […]

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