Wider Sidewalks, Parallel Parking: Circuit Avenue Debuts New Streetscape
Just in time for the 2022 summer season, the $1.64 million Circuit avenue portion of the Oak Bluffs streetscape project is open for business.
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The Name Phillips Means Hardware
When John E. Phillips opened his store in 1928, penny nails were four cents a handful, a pound of putty was about a dime and every face that passed through the door was a familiar one.
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Oak Bluffs Voters Vent Their Frustration Over Streetscape Plan
A home rule petition to ban rental mopeds and a complicated land swap to create an affordable housing project easily passed muster with Oak Bluffs voters, but a controversial downtown streetscape plan took center stage.
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Mopeds, Streetscape Project Top Oak Bluffs Town Meeting
Mopeds top the warrant for Tuesday’s special town meeting in Oak Bluffs, where voters will again weigh in on a home-rule petition asking state legislators to ban moped rentals in town.
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Proposed Parking Changes on Circuit Avenue Prove Contentious
Plans to revamp downtown Oak Bluffs which include changing the angled parking on the upper part of Circuit avenue to parallel parking drew a mixed response Monday evening.
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No Cars for a Day, and Circuit Avenue Belonged to Pedestrians
Aaron Wilson
Strollers, shoppers and out-for-Sunday-brunchers had Circuit avenue and the lower half of Kennebec in Oak Bluffs all to themselves Sunday afternoon, in the first of what is planned as a weekly summer-long street closure to vehicles.
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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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Oak Bluffs Streetscape Initiative Aims to Draw a Crowd
Olivia Hull

The health of the historic resort community is not in doubt. But a streetscape master plan project begun in January wants to identify parts of the downtown that can be improved. And planners want more public opinion.

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New Brew: Expanding Business Gives Oak Bluffs Coffee Cred
Olivia Hull
Beetlebung owners Renee and John Molinari, the newest holders of a seasonal all-alcohol license in Oak Bluffs, plan to cater to a different audience than the typical bar. The Menemsha-based business will fill one of several vacancies on Circuit avenue with a hybrid coffeehouse and bar, to open in May.
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Brick and Mortar Plan Supported for Oak Bluffs Lot
Olivia Hull

An Oak Bluffs business owner’s months-long battle with the town to generate income on his property may be nearing resolution.

At meetings spanning the spring and summer, Bill Coggins asked selectmen to support various plans for a Circuit avenue lot he purchased in April. The board discouraged him from pursuing options that included food trucks and retail cars, saying they would compete with brick and mortar businesses and violate a town bylaw that prohibits the exhibition of wares on the street.

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