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Aquinnah Takes Ownership of Gay Head Light

Marking the end of a year-long process involving state, federal and local authorities, the town of Aquinnah officially took ownership of the Gay Head Light on Friday. The transfer clears the way for the lighthouse to be moved away from the eroding Gay Head cliffs this spring.

Commission Takes Steps to Protect Historic West Tisbury Roads

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has taken steps to preserve the historic character of several West Tisbury roadways. Commissioners voted to designate Pine Hill, Red Coat Hill, Mott’s Hill and Shubael Weeks roads as special ways, affording them protections against future development.

Theatre Campaign Sees Pledges Mount Quickly

A campaign to revive two historic movie theatres has raised more than a third of its $1 million goal. Mark Snider, who created a nonprofit to renovate and lease the Strand and Capawock cinemas, said he has collected $350,000 in pledges in one week.

Blizzards Give Pause But Can't Stop Beauty of Into the Woods

After the curtain fell Friday night on the second performance of Into the Woods, friends and family rushed to the stage offering flowers and hugs to the 25 members of the cast of this year’s musical.

Demolition Delayed for Denniston House

The Denniston House will remain standing for now, after a vote by the Oak Bluffs historical commission stalled a request to demolish the former African American church. The commission hopes to negotiate a compromise with the property owner.

Gazette Launches Redesigned Monthly Publication

A new publication from the Vineyard Gazette Media Group makes its debut this week. The Vine, a full-color tabloid, brings original stories and a fresh, contemporary look to the special topical sections the company has produced for many years.

High School Musical Goes Into the Woods

The high school theatre department is putting on Into the Woods this weekend. Performances are Thursday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 15, and the production is a true community affair. The play was written by a Vineyarder - Tony award winner James Lapine.

Land Bank Fees Reach New High

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank broke its own record for fees last week, collecting more than $1 million in a single five-day period. Several large property sales contributed to the windfall, including a $22 million sale down harbor in Edgartown.

Everybody Loves Ewe at Sheep Art Show

Featherstone’s first opening reception of 2015 features an Island favorite: sheep. All things woolly are included in the I Love Ewe: The Year of the Sheep Show.

Rough Winter Claims Historic Landmark at Cape Pogue

The January storm that brought near-record snowfall and powerful wind gusts to the Vineyard also toppled one of two historic stone chimneys at remote Cape Pogue on Chappaquiddick. On a walk last week Rachel Self found the iconic structure in pieces on the beach.