Oak Bluffs Leads the Way on Eliminating Library Fines
Will Sennott

Starting in January, library fines are expected to be a thing of the past in Oak Bluffs after the town selectmen agreed to eliminate fines for overdue books.

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Future of Vineyard Haven Harbor Inspires Public Debate
Peter Savodnik

Carmel Gamble glared at the chain-link fence surrounding the beachfront lot next door to her Vineyard Haven cottage. “This is not the Vineyard Haven I knew,” said Miss Gamble, a veterinary technician and self-described “clown on sabbatical” who returned to Martha’s Vineyard two years ago after five years in Hawaii. “But this ugly steel chain-link fence, I mean, what we love about the Vineyard is that it’s beautiful. That’s why people come here,” she said.

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R.M. Packer Ordered to Pay Hefty Fines for Environmental Violations
Will Sennott and Julia Wells
Two waterfront Vineyard Haven companies owned by Ralph M. Packer have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.3 million in fines.
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Conroy Apothecary in Oak Bluffs Will Close
Will Sennott
Conroy Apothecary will close its Oak Bluffs location on Nov. 1 after 10 years of filling prescriptions and providing over-the-counter medicines in the down-Island community.
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Metropolitan Sold
Vineyard Gazette
Sale of the Metropolitan Hotel property, Oak Bluffs, which was largely destroyed by fire some weeks ago, was announced on Tuesday by Rodney D. Marks, former owner, who said that the property has been purchased by Krikor (Jerry) Barmakian, former restaurant proprietor, also of Oak Bluffs. Mr. Barmakian left the Island on Tuesday morning, to be gone for several days, and thus cou1d not be located, but Mr.
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Summer Refrain: Help Wanted; Housing Needed
Will Sennott

Mike McCourt, the owner of Murdick’s Fudge, has taken down the Help Wanted signs that hung in the window of his shop. But he’s one of the lucky ones.

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Chowing Down on Sports Fever and More at Town MV
Noah Asimow
For thirsty sports fans of the New England variety the opening of Town MV came at the right moment — Red Sox in season, and Celtics and Bruins in the playoffs.
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Sophia's, Popular Brazilian Eatery, Will Relocate
Holly Pretsky

The popular Edgartown Brazilian food buffet and convenience store, is moving from its location on Main street in Edgartown, business owner Ademir Silva confirmed this week.

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End of an Era as Curtain Falls on Vineyard's Last Video Store
Landry Harlan
After 32 years in business, Island Entertainment is closing its doors. It is one of the last stores of its kind nationwide.
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Mansion House Sold
Vineyard Gazette
The Mansion House, Vineyard Haven, has been sold to George H. Heeley of Providence, R. I., through the real estate office of Henry V. Sanders of New Bedford.
 
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