High Cost of In-House Attorneys Questioned at Airport
Olivia Hull

Ongoing internal clashes at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport are now focusing on an unseen, but costly presence at meetings of the airport commission: legal counsel. Two Boston attorneys routinely participate by phone at a cost of $525 an hour.

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Earning His Wings Under the Hood
Meg Robbins
A mechanic by trade but a pilot by passion, Dan Wilson can be found roaming the skies when he’s not busy taking a wrench to a faulty airplane engine, or completing annual inspections.
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Executive Session Set Following Domestic Incident Involving Airport Manager
Olivia Hull

The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission has called a special meeting in executive session for next Wednesday following a domestic disburbance involving the airport manager.

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Two Airport Commissioners Ousted
Olivia Hull
The Dukes County commission voted Wednesday to appoint two new airport commissioners, ousting longtime commissioner John S. Alley and Benjamin L. Hall Jr.
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Workplace Dispute Puts Airport in Spotlight
Olivia Hull
A Martha's Vineyard Airport employee is at the center of a tangled web of charges and countercharges, including a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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Trains, Planes, Automobiles: Summer Transit Options Expand
Olivia Hull

Expanding transportation services among airlines, ferries, buses and trains have made the Vineyard more accessible than ever this summer.

Four airlines are now operating summer service between the Island and three major metropolitan areas. And two months ago train service began between Boston and the Cape that connects with a shuttle to the Steamship Authority.

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Attorney Rules on County Airport Wage Discrepancy
Katie Ruppel
The Martha’s Vineyard airport commission has the authority to establish salaries for its employees independently of other county employees salaries, an attorney for the Dukes County commission said. In a letter sent by email to county manager Martina Thornton on Dec. 11, Darren Klein, an attorney with Kopelman and Paige wrote: “In my opinion, as long as the airport commission has sufficient funds appropriated through the enterprise fund or otherwise, the airport commission has the authority . . . to fix salaries as it sees fit.”
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County Commission Postpones Discussion on the Airport Case
James Kinsella

The sword of Damocles apparently will dangle a while longer over the finances of Dukes County government.

The county commission tentatively had slated a meeting for tomorrow with the finance advisory board to discuss strategy in what could be a major legal judgment against the county. But county manager E. Winn Davis said yesterday the meeting had been canceled.

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Commission Names Manager of Airport
James Kinsella

Island residency proved the trump card for Sean Flynn, who was selected as manager of Martha's Vineyard Airport on Wednesday night in a 4-3 vote of the airport commission.

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Airlines Say Summer Numbers Steady Despite Cost of Fuel, Dipping Economy
Julia Rappaport

Despite sky-high fuel prices and a slumping economy, early numbers released by the Martha’s Vineyard Airport this week show a summer season only slightly slower than last year. “We’re staying encouraged here,” said airport manager Sean Flynn this week.

Mr. Flynn reported a 6.4 per cent drop over last year in the number of commercial passengers leaving the Vineyard in May, June and July.

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