Oak Bluffs Town Column: August 25
Richard L. Taylor
In the middle of one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent American history, as we all try to comprehend the fallout from the tragedies of Charlottesville, a forum on the life and legacy of Edward W. Brooke was held at Lola’s.
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Oak Bluffs Town Column: August 18
Richard L. Taylor
The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts is senior pastor at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York city. His presence at Union Chapel on Sunday, August 20 at 10 a.m. connects several important dots that tell a historical narrative about life in Oak Bluffs.
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Oak Bluffs Town Column: August 11
Richard L. Taylor

Today is Prof. Charles Ogletree Day on Martha’s Vineyard as declared by Morehouse College. On Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the home of Lou Sullivan, he will receive the 2017 Lux Award on the occasion of their 150th anniversary.

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Oak Bluffs Town Column: August 4
Richard L. Taylor
Surprisingly, neither WEB DuBois nor James Baldwin spent time on Martha’s Vineyard although both had close connections.
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Oak Bluffs Town Column: July 28
Richard L. Taylor

Kudos and gratitude to our very own Skip Finley who is responding to the call of books, movies and plays.

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Oak Bluffs Town Column: June 16
Skip Finley
It’s been a blast penning the Town of Oak Bluffs column since my first on June 22, 2012.
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Oak Bluffs Town Column: June 9
Skip Finley

It seems as the season starts we take a lot for granted. Perhaps too much time spent thinking about the person driving too slow or too fast causes folks to lose focus on things that matter in Oak Bluffs. The bunting on the bandstand in Ocean Park last week added even more color to one of our more colorful settings. And did you notice there’s a new rock with a plaque thanking the community for the support in building Niantic Park? The park looks especially more appealing filled with children as the weather has turned.

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Oak Bluffs Town Column: June 2
Skip Finley
About a week ago Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, made some heartfelt and interesting remarks about the removal of the city’s insulting Confederate monuments.
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Oak Bluffs Town Column: May 26
Skip Finley

Nostalgia is bitter sweet by definition and a burden one would just as soon not experience like last week when I found that Mary’s Linen is no more, replaced by a T-shirt shop some other nice ladies have opened in its place.

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Oak Bluffs Town Column: May 19
Skip Finley
It’s charming working at a place like the Vineyard Gazette where someone on staff, apparently researching a story, left a page behind from the Sunday, May 20, 1883 Boston Sunday Herald.
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