Aquinnah Elects Gary Haley to Board of Selectmen

In the only contested race during Wednesday's town election, Aquinnah voters elected Gary Haley to a three-year term as selectman.

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Aquinnah Debates the Night Away at Last Annual Town Meeting

Town meeting season came to a lively end Tuesday when voters in Aquinnah dug in and debated a wide range of issues. Many votes required a standing tally.

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Report Describes Grass Roots Vision for Aquinnah Circle

A report by students at the Conway School of Landscape Design describes ways to create a tourist-friendly experience and stronger sense of community at the Aquinnah Circle, which attracts some 100,000 visitors each year.

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Aquinnah Annual Town Meeting Wraps Up Political Season

Town meeting season wraps up today as Aquinnah voters gather to take up requests related to the Aquinnah Circle, zoning changes to create more affordable housing and a $4.2 million budget.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Declares Gay Head Light Endangered

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced in a ceremony at the Gay Head Cliffs Wednesday morning that it had named the Gay Head Light to its 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Banner Scallop Year in Aquinnah Comes to Close

The Aquinnah bay scallop season ends Friday, marking what is believed to be the latest date for a bay scallop season closing in the commonwealth.

The scallop season usually runs from fall until the last day of March, but Aquinnah shellfish constable Brian (Chip) Vanderhoop said unusual circumstances led to the extension of the fishery this year.

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Voters in Aquinnah Back Budget, Nix Marijuana Bylaw

Aquinnah voters approved a hefty hike in the town operating budget for the coming year and backed a spending package to help restore and ready the Gay Head Light for moving at their annual town meeting Tuesday, but balked at a town bylaw to ban public consumption of marijuana.

“Isn’t there a no smoking law in any public place?” said Juli Vanderhoop, who questioned the need for the bylaw. “Smoke is smoke.”

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Aquinnah Approves Budget Hike, Nixes Marijuana Public Consumption Bylaw

Aquinnah voters wrapped up the annual town meeting season on Tuesday night, approving nearly all 30 warrant articles but stopping short at the final item of the night to defeat a measure that would have prohibited public consumption of marijuana.

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Project Aims to Open Moshup Trail Vista

The first time Carlos Montoya came to the Vineyard, he took a ride up-Island and turned onto Moshup Trail - the unmistakable three-mile length of road that hugs the western edge of the Island.

"Oh my god," Mr. Montoya said this month, recalling his impression from that 1970 visit. "It was unbelievable."

Now a 10-year resident of Moshup Trail, he characterizes it as the single most important stretch of land in Aquinnah. "It is simply one of the most magical places," Mr. Montoya said.

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Moshup’s Treasure Needs Protection

The Legend of Moshup is an ancient creation story from the Wampanoag oral tradition. It tells of the giant Moshup, the personification of the immense forces of nature, deciding to settle here after a long journey, and dragging his foot to separate Martha’s Vineyard from the mainland and plow up the Cliffs of Gay Head. Scraps from his dinner table are the fossilized bones and teeth of ancient life forms found there.

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