Straight Talk, No Chaser: Everett Poole Tells Town Meeting Tales

The 88-year-old Chilmark moderator is nearly as storied as the institution of the New England town meeting itself.

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Chilmark Speeds Through Annual Town Meeting
Landry Harlan

Chilmark voters zipped through their annual town meeting Monday night, approving a $10 million annual budget and spending for school repairs.

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Chilmark Rejects Beer and Wine, Backs Squibnocket Bylaw
Alex Elvin

At a marathon annual town meeting in Chilmark Monday, voters reaffirmed support for the Squibnocket Beach project and decided again not to allow the sale of beer and wine in restaurants.

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Chilmark Town Meeting Considers Beer and Wine Sales, $9 Million Budget
Alex Elvin
A $9 million budget, a petition to allow sales of beer and wine in restaurants, and a new bylaw aimed at protecting pre-Civil War houses will come before voters Monday night.
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Chilmark Approves Regional Spending, Turns Down School Resource Officer
Alex Elvin

Chilmark’s annual town meeting this year swung between unanimous agreement and fervent debate. All but seven of the 37 articles passed unanimously.

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Chilmark Voters Take Up Islandwide Questions at Town Meeting Monday
Alex Elvin

Chilmark voters will weigh in on whether to fund a new Center for Living building for Island seniors at their annual town meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center, which also is the subject of funding requests this year.

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Chilmark Rejects Squibnocket Plan, Favoring More Study
Remy Tumin
Chilmark voters rejected the much-discussed public-private improvement project at Squibnocket beach by a slim margin at the annual town meeting Monday night, deciding instead to study alternatives under a newly appointed committee.
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Chilmark Overwhelmingly Passes Bylaw To Limit Home Size
Remy Tumin

After a passionate and at times emotional debate around preserving the character of Chilmark, voters readily approved a zoning bylaw to regulate house size in town at the annual town meeting Monday night.

The measure carried 162 to 51.

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Chilmark Residents Postpone Library, Town Hall Project
Mark Alan Lovewell
Chilmark voters, at a special town meeting on Tuesday, indefinitely postponed requests to fund major expansion projects at both the town hall and the public library.
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Town Meeting Time: Chilmark Grapples with School Costs
Chris Burrell

School costs are driving budget increases across the Island, but in Chilmark, one expense forcing voters to dig into their wallets for education spending may come as a shock.

The Menemsha School, barely four years old, already needs $100,000 in repairs that include replacing moldy floors and rotten doors. Voters will be asked Monday night at annual town meeting to foot the bill. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center.

The annual town election takes place Wednesday and will feature five override questions, but no contested races.

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