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Day One for Gay Head Light Move: 1856 Brick Tower Travels 52 Feet

Just before noon on Thursday the Gay Head Light departed the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island’s oldest lighthouse is now headed for its new home about 175 feet from the eroding clay cliffs, rolling slowly along a 100-ton steel frame.

History Moves Very Slowly as Lighthouse Heads to Safety

Lighthouse buffs, government officials, Aquinnah residents, photographers, journalists and videographers, and even students from the Chilmark school gathered Thursday to watch the Gay Head Light move slowly away from eroding cliffs.

Ahead of Schedule, Gay Head Light Move Set to Begin Thursday

The Gay Head Light move is now expected to begin around mid-day Thursday, project managers for the relocation project said today. Favorable soil and weather conditions and the fine-tuned coordination of contractors working at the site has put the project well ahead of schedule.

Legacy of Words: Friends and Admirers Celebrate Life and Work of Peggy Freydberg

Friends and relatives of the late Peggy Freydberg gathered in Chilmark Sunday to celebrate her life, and the launching of a new collection of her poetry: Poems from the Pond: 107 Years of Words and Wisdom; The Writings of Peggy Freydberg.

Walking in the Envelopes of His Forefathers

Chilmark has a new postmaster. But to call Leigh Vanderhoop new may be misleading, as he’s worked for the post office for 27 years.

How to Move a Lighthouse? Step One: Dig a Really Big Hole

About 3,500 tons of soil, boulders and clay have been removed from around the Gay Head Light and its new location 129 feet to the east. Contractors are now working to install steel beams underneath the lighthouse. The move is expected to begin in early June.

Aging Disgracefully in Witness Protection

The idea for Arnie Reisman’s new play was hatched 10 years ago when he read a New York Times article about a couple living in a witness protection program in a gated Florida community. The result was Not Constantinople, a dark comedy that will have its world premiere next weekend at the Vineyard Playhouse.

A Writer's Life Needs Quiet and Community

A group of writers recently landed on Martha’s Vineyard to commit the remainder of May to honing their craft. Nine writers will live together and work on their poems, novels and other writing projects for two weeks as part of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts writer’s residency program.

Sitting Down at the Table for Change

Ali Berlow founded the Island Grown Initiative a decade ago, wrote The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse and was the founding editor and is still the co-publisher of Edible Vineyard. Her most recent book, The Food Activist’s Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community, was published earlier this month.

Respect and Balance Are Core Principles for New Police Chief

One day after his appointment as Edgartown police chief, David Rossi was already in full stride. On his first morning in the corner office, he had updated the department’s post office information, ordered new business cards and organized his desk.

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