For Gay Head Light, New Location Brings New Responsibilities
Alex Elvin

The Aquinnah selectmen continued charting a future course for the Gay Head Light, discussing a possible revision of the lightkeeper’s job description.

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Aquinnah Revives Parks and Recreation Committee
Alex Elvin

Aquinnah selectmen on Tuesday voted to reestablish a town parks and recreation commission — the first in several years — to help oversee the Gay Head Light and other key properties in town.

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Aquinnah Selectman Back Plastic Bag Ban
Alex Elvin

The selectmen on Tuesday strongly backed a proposed bylaw to ban the use of single-use plastic bags in town. The idea will be voted on at the annual town meeting.

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Pizza, Baseball, Selectmen's Meeting: All in a Day for New Town Leader
Remy Tumin

Juli Vanderhoop runs the Orange Peel Bakery, her home business in Aquinnah, and is a busy single mom. And last week she took her place in as the newest member of the Aquinnah board of selectman.

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Julianne Vanderhoop Wins Aquinnah Selectman's Race
Remy Tumin
Julianne Vanderhoop unseated incumbent Aquinnah selectman Beverly Wright in the annual town election Wednesday. The vote was 93 to 69.
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Aquinnah Selectmen Will Seek Bylaw to Regulate Energy Use
Ian Fein

Aquinnah Selectmen Will Seek Bylaw to Regulate Energy Use

By IAN FEIN

With the energy demands of large homes a growing concern across the Island, Aquinnah selectmen this week unanimously endorsed a regulation that would require new homes over a certain size to include renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines.

"This is an important measure," selectman James Newman said at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, after proposing the energy requirement. "And I think that this community should be a leader on the issue."

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Aquinnah Tests Energy DCPC
Jack Shea

The town of Aquinnah, known for being progressive in planning, this week moved a step closer to adopting a townwide energy conservation district.

Town selectmen on Wednesday submitted a nomination to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to designate Aquinnah as an energy district of critical planning concern (DCPC). The nomination was filed by Camille Rose, chairman of the selectmen.

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Feeling Derby Fever, Aquinnah Selectmen Vote to Open Parking Lots to Fishermen
Jack Shea

Aquinnah has opened its heart and its parking spots to derby fishermen.

The Aquinnah selectmen on Friday voted at a hastily called special meeting to open resident-only parking lots to derby fisherman for the duration of the derby after learning that contestants have been avoiding Aquinnah fishing spots for several years because they feared tickets or tows.

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Aquinnah Selectmen Pull Plug On Pioneering Energy District
Sam Bungey

In a move which acknowledges almost a year of bureaucratic missteps, Aquinnah selectmen have announced their plan to scrap an energy district of critical planning concern, created to help push through a pioneering bylaw on wind turbines.

But those involved have voiced a determination not to give up on an initiative praised as much for its concept as it was damned for its presentation during multiple appearances on the town meeting floor over the past year.

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Aquinnah Selectmen Work on Regulations for Wind Turbines
Jack Shea

Aquinnah selectmen this week raced to prepare language for a new bylaw aimed at regulating wind turbines that is due for review by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission early next month and for voters at the annual town meeting on May 13.

A public hearing is scheduled before the town planning board on May 5; the commission will hold its own public hearing on May 8.

The draft bylaw is aimed at creating regulations for a townwide energy district of critical planning concern (DCPC) which went into effect last December.

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