Interesting Vineyarders: Joseph E. T. West

This is the story of one who has lived always in the eternal silence, nearly three-quarters of a century without ever hearing the sound of human voice or the song of a bird, and who has never been able to voice a greeting to a friend, for Joseph E. T. West of Chilmark is a deaf mute, the last man of that town to be so afflicted.
Born deaf, he could not learn to speak, having no idea of the sound of words, and thus he has lived in silence.

Chilmark Elects New Library Trustee, New Selectman

Chilmark voters elected Carol (Candy) Shweder to the library board of trustees in the only contested race on the ballot for Wednesday’s annual town election.

Chilmark Says No to Beer and Wine, Yes to Plastic Bag Ban

Chilmark has become the fourth Island town to adopt a ban on single-use plastic bags, and will remain the last town on the Island not to allow beer and wine to be sold in restaurants.

Listening to the Heartbeat of an Old Chilmark House

One of the more interesting houses up-Island is 231 State Road in Chilmark. It is an unusual house for Chilmark: a Queen Anne style Victorian, painted yellow, with a turret.

I don’t know of any other such houses in Chilmark, whose charm lies in its serene and lovely rolling hills, hidden houses and beaches. It is a very common type of house elsewhere in the United States, the reflection of the prosperity of the late 19th century. Prosperity that had passed Chilmark by and which it was not to achieve until well past the midpoint of the 20th century.

Harbor Improvements Top Chilmark Special Town Meeting Tonight

New pilings for Menemsha harbor, a new office for the harbor master and a new wood floor for the Chilmark Community Center are all decisions for voters. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center.

Tabor House Road Closed for Paving

A large portion of Tabor House Road in Chilmark will be closed for several days this week due to a repaving project.

The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday from the North Road intersection to the town landfill. Residents will be able to access Tiercel Lane and Middle Line Road from Middle Road until the paving reaches those roads.

Chilmark Children Protest Idea of Closing Menemsha's Crab Corner

Some came straight from the beach with sandy feet, while others had just emerged from a nighttime bath, but the children who attended the Chilmark selectmen’s meeting Tuesday had a single message: don’t close Crab Corner.

Unfair Advantage

The following letter was sent to the Chilmark selectmen: The request for allowing eating establishments to obtain liquor licenses is troubling. The fact that Chilmark remains dry while others have not should never be a reason to change the character of the Menemsha village. How it could impact the town and its future should be thoroughly examined before a decision is made in favor of one request.

Judge to Decide Whether Chilmark Affordable Housing Deal Still Valid

In 2007 the town of Chilmark, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank and the Howard Hillman family announced a three-way land swap that was designed to save a historic house, open up a new conservation corridor and create more affordable housing up-Island.

Chilmark Will Consider Allowing Alcohol Sales at Restaurants

The last dry town on the Vineyard could be turning wet. The Chilmark selectmen have set a public hearing for August 27 to explore the idea of allowing alcohol sales at restaurants in the up-Island town.