Wind Power’s Strongest Critics Air Their Views At Forum in Chilmark
Peter Brannen

On Sunday night opponents of wind development off Vineyard shores — including selectmen, fishermen, Wampanoags and a Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor — were given a megaphone to voice their views.

Hosted by POINT (Protect Our Islands Now for Tomorrow), a group led by Andrew Goldman of Chilmark, the forum drew a large crowd to the Chilmark Community Center.

“We will have the largest concentration of turbines anywhere in the world,” declared Mr. Goldman, who moderated the forum.

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Chilmark Okays Home Port Lunch Hours, Not New Fuel
Megan Dooley

Menemsha may have a new lunch option this summer, after the Chilmark selectmen approved an innkeeper and common victualler’s license for Dennis Barquinero, the new general manager of the Home Port, Beach Plum Inn and Menemsha Inn, with the understanding that Mr. Barquinero may open the Home Port’s take-out window for lunch.

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Chilmark Looks to Plan C for Tea Lane Farm House
Remy Tumin

Chilmark selectmen are now rethinking the future of the house at Tea Lane Farm after voters rejected a second plan at a special town meeting on Monday. The plan would have have renovated the 18th century house at a cost of $550,000 to prepare it for leasing to a tenant farmer.

With little discussion voters defeated the article by indefinite postponement.

Former town treasurer Judy Jardin led the move.

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Chilmark Voters Argue Little, Finish Annual Town Meeting
Remy Tumin

Chilmark voters made speedy work of their annual town meeting on Monday night at the Chilmark Community Center, approving an overhaul of the town personnel bylaw, a new set of rules for swimming pools and tennis courts and a $7 million budget in two hours flat.

A total of 107 voters attended; longtime moderator Everett Poole presided over the session.

The budget, up $238,000 over last year, includes a 2.6 per cent cost of living increase for town employees, the highest on the Island. Chilmark town employees received no increase last year.

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Chilmark Voters Readily Back Lease Plan for Tea Lane Farm
Remy Tumin

Chilmark is now accepting proposals for Tea Lane Farm after town voters agreed, with sweeping support this week, to lease out the historic farm on a long-term basis.

Applications are due by next month; the Tea Lane Farm committee is still finishing a timetable and rubric for the project. The farm committee will review proposals and conduct interviews with applicants and then make recommendations to a joint committee of the selectmen and land bank advisory board, which will make a final decision.

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Chilmark Special Town Meeting Tackles Future of Tea Lane Farm
Remy Tumin

The fate of the historic Tea Lane Farm will come before Chilmark voters for a fourth time at a special town meeting on Monday. Voters are being asked to decide whether the town should enter into a long-term lease with a tenant farmer.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Moderator Everett Poole will preside over the special session.

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