Nature Means Millions to Oak Bluffs Economy
Louisa Hufstader

Coastal resources contribute roughly $1.5 million a year to the Oak Bluffs economy, according to a town-commissioned study unveiled last week.

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Spring Cleaning at the Beach: VCS Hosts Annual Earth Day Clean-Up
Alison L. Mead

Volunteers carrying large feed bags dotted the Island’s beaches Saturday as they collected trash for the Vineyard Conservation Society’s 24th annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup.

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Earth Day Continues with Volunteer Beach Clean-Up

On Saturday, April 30, the Vineyard Conservation Society hosts a cleanup day held at beaches all over the Island.

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Chappy Beaches Closed to Vehicles After Storm

An early November storm last weekend left behind severe erosion on Chappaquiddick beaches. The Trustees of Reservations have temporarily closed all beaches on the Island to over-sand vehicle traffic.

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High Surf, Rip Current Warning in Effect Wednesday
Sara Brown

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory Wednesday for high surf and a high risk of dangerous rip currents along ocean beaches on the south coast of the Vineyard.

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Concern About Emergency Access to Private Beaches in Aquinnah
Remy Tumin

With the summer season approaching, the town of Aquinnah is looking to better emergency access to Squibnocket Pond after a recent incident left responders with few options.

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New State Regulations Could Mean Fewer Beach Closures
Olivia Hull

Fewer beach closures are expected this summer due to changes in state regulations governing swimming safety. Under the new rules, water samples will have to show high bacteria counts on two consecutive days before a beach is closed.

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Riptide Warning for South Shore Has Expired

South-facing beaches along Martha’s Vineyard are under high risk for rip currents today, the National Weather Service has announced. The warning will remain in effect through Monday evening.

In response to the warning, The Trustees of Reservations has closed the beach at Long Point Wildlife Refuge. Swimmers are encouraged to use the pond for swimming.

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County Awarded Grant for Beach Rehabilitation
Ivy Ashe
The Department of Conservation and Recreation has awarded the county a $75,000 grant to help finance a beach rehabilitation project, Dukes County manager Martina Thornton informed the county commissioners last week. The money will be used to move sand from Eastville Beach in Oak Bluffs to Joseph Sylvia State Beach, which lost a considerable amount of sand during Hurricane Sandy.

The grant will not completely cover the sand transport, but would give the county “starting seed money,” Ms. Thornton said.

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Getting Personal With Weather, Cloudmaker Washes Ashore
Ivy Ashe
Just about everything washes up on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard at some point, from seaglass to messages in bottles. And last December, a few lucky beachcombers up-Island encountered a first: Pieces of a personal weather modification device.
 That’s the formal name. Informally, it’s simply a cloudmaker, a combination science experiment/art project created by Karolina Sobecka, 35, of New York city. Ms. Sobecka designed the cloudmaker as part of her Amateur Human project, which seeks to personalize human relationships with the environment.
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