The Vineyard may seem far removed from racial violence, but it has not been a silent observer in the struggle for equality. Every summer people from around the country gather here to continue the civil rights discussion.
With the Fourth of July holiday and peak summer boating season under way, the U.S. Coast Guard, local police departments, and town harbor masters are pledging extra vigilance on the water, enforcing state laws to prevent life-threatening accidents.
The chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced that work will begin soon to convert a tribal community center into a gambling hall. Selectmen will hold a special executive session Monday.
Barbecues, road races, and lobster rolls are on the agenda and parades are planned at both ends of the Island as the Vineyard welcomes one of the busiest days of the year. All eyes will turn to Edgartown tonight for the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks.
The decline of the Vineyard's fisheries has little to do with a lack of fish and more to do with lack of access, Island fishermen say. A new regulatory system tends to favor larger companies that can afford to purchase quota from other fishermen and reinvest in equipment.
A partnership led by a South Boston bar owner and condominium developer will pay $5.15 million for 51 acres in Oak Bluffs once planned as a luxury home development. Paul Adamson, a real estate developer who also owns Shenannigans, a South Boston pub, was the high bidder at a foreclosure auction June 26, held on the property off County Road formerly owned by Corey Kupersmith.
Oak Bluffs selectmen agreed this week to sign an intermunicipal agreement that will allow the county to buy a building to house the Center for Living, but they balked at a second agreement that would establish oversight of the nonprofit organization’s programs for elderly Islanders.
A recent incident involving a vicious dog attack came to a swift end this week with the announcement by the Tisbury selectmen that the three dogs involved in the attack have been euthanized.
Dean Bragonier nimbly hopped down the rocks on the Sengekontacket Pond side of State Beach in the morning sunlight this week. Starting July 11, the 42-year-old will embark on a 27-leg swim around Martha's Vineyard to bring awareness to dyslexia.

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