Oak Bluffs Selectmen Dismiss Council on Aging Director
Olivia Hull

Ending a four-month controversy, the Oak Bluffs selectmen voted Tuesday to lay off council on aging director Roger Wey.

The decision will be effective June 30.

Mr. Wey has been on paid administrative leave since February.

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East Chop Drive Limited to One Lane for Summer
Olivia Hull
The seaward side of East Chop Drive will remain closed until further notice, as the bluff beneath continues to experience erosion. Selectmen voted this week to restrict traffic on the scenic drive, making this the first time the road has been limited to one lane during the summer.
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Senior Center Reorganization Possible
Olivia Hull

The Oak Bluffs Council on Aging is facing possible reorganization of personnel following a months-long investigation that found mismanagement of a fund operated in connection with the senior center.

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Town Will Remove Poor-Quality Sand from Inkwell Beach
Olivia Hull

Following an outpouring of criticism, selectmen announced Tuesday that the dredge spoils deposited at Inkwell this spring will come off before summer. A small group of protesters had picketed at the site one day earlier.

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Dredged Sand Is Cause For Concern
Olivia Hull
With Memorial Day close at hand, town officials in Oak Bluffs are scrambling to remedy a situation at Inkwell Beach where dark sediment has been deposited as part of a beach nourishment project.
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Selectmen Hear Concerns Over Quality of Sand at Inkwell Beach
Olivia Hull
Citizens voiced concerns surrounding the sand deposits from a beach nourishment project at Pay and Inkwell beaches to Oak Bluffs selectmen this week.
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Mobile Food Will Not Roll Into Heart of Oak Bluffs
Olivia Hull
Revisiting a controversial issue that has been dormant since summer, the Oak Bluffs selectmen voted Tuesday to approve a set of regulations that prohibit food trucks in the heart of downtown.
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Town Selectmen Release Executive Session Record
Jim Hickey

The Oak Bluffs selectmen have released the minutes of a May 9 executive session during which the board voted to terminate town administrator Casey Sharpe without cause, triggering a clause in her contract to pay her more than $76,000 in salary, sick time and vacation pay.


After leaving her post July 15, Ms. Sharpe received $45,427 for six months’ salary and $31,449 in unused sick days, for a total payout of $76,876.

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Selectmen Approve Blacksmith Shop
Jim Hickey

Not so long ago, it was commonplace for Vineyard towns to have multiple blacksmith shops: thriving places of commerce that sold items such as bolts, hinges, horseshoes, cooking utensils and iron gates.

But as the all-consuming age of the machine took hold, the old village smithy went the way of the horse and buggy. The last blacksmith on the Island was Orin Norton, who operated a shop in Edgartown for sixty years until his death in 1961.

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Oak Bluffs Selectmen Approve Changes for Dreamland Space
Jim Hickey

Oak Bluffs selectmen unanimously approved an application to alter the premises over Danny Quinn’s Pub, allowing Mark Wallace to move forward with plans to create a banquet hall facility that could accommodate large events such as weddings, dances and balls.

Selectmen agreed to sign off on an application that will be sent to the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC). Under state law any establishment that serves alcohol is required to make an application to the ABCC any time they make substantive changes to the premises.

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