Selectmen Decide Against Housing Referendum

Edgartown selectmen declined to add a non-binding referendum to the ballot asking voters if they wanted Community Preservation Act funds to be earmarked for housing.

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Habitat for Humanity Applications Due

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is accepting applications for an affordable two-bedroom home that will be built in Oak Bluffs.

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Chilmark Hears Affordable Housing Options, Narrows Police Chief Search
Alex Elvin

The Chilmark selectmen responded cautiously to efforts by an ad-hoc citizen’s committee to revisit the idea of an Island housing bank.

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Chilmark Takes Aim at Short-Term Rentals
Alex Elvin

On the heels of a planning effort aimed at expanding Island housing opportunities, the Chilmark planning board has begun investigating short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb.

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Tensions Rise as Vote Nears on Loft Apartments
Olivia Hull

The Edgartown planning board has closed a public hearing but has yet to vote on whether to approve plans for eight loft apartments in the busy B-2 business district off Upper Main street. Residents of the Dark Woods neighborhood are up in arms over the plan.

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Housing Needs Study Presentation

The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment Study Committee will present the findings of its latest study at a public meeting on Wednesday, January 19. The informational session will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center.

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Growing Class Divide Cause for Worry
Ian Fein

The greatest thing about the Vineyard for the Rev. Alden Besse is
not the natural beauty - as much as he appreciates it - but
the intimacy of the Island community.

As a longtime minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven,
and someone who is involved in numerous nonprofit organizations, he
believes that people on the Vineyard have always taken care of one

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Economy Faces New Pressures
Julia Rappaport

The boom years are over, the Island population is aging at a rapid rate and an underground economy — conservatively estimated at $34 million in unreported wages — threatens to undermine the stability of the Island community.

This is the conclusion of a recent study prepared for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission by John J. Ryan, a consultant with Development Cycles in Amherst.

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The Vineyard Shuffle: Twice a Year Move Is Way of Life
Remy Tumin

Only carry from place to place what can fit in your car, or if you’re lucky, a friend’s pickup truck. Pack your clothes in garbage bags and carefully stack them so they don’t tumble over on the drive. Leave the cabinets completely empty, tuck the plates and dishes in between your clothes, and lock the door behind you as though you were never there.

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