The Early Days of the Chapel on the Bluffs
Mabel Gillespie
The story of the building of Union Chapel just 100 years ago was told in the Invitation edition of the Gazette. Never in recorded history has there been so much change during a century as has occurred during the existence of this chapel.
 
During the eventful year of 1871 there had been bi-centennial celebrations for both Edgartown and Tisbury, a new post office had been established on the Methodist camp ground, and a new steamboat - the first Martha’s Vineyard - plied the sounds. Also, in that year, the Vineyard Gazette celebrated its first quarter century.
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Union Chapel is Celebrating Its 100th Birthday This Year
Mabel Gillespie
It was just 100 years ago that Union Chapel raised a spire 96 feet into the air. There was nothing else higher in the rapidly growing community of Oak Bluffs at the time, but a year later the Sea View Hotel was built opposite the new steamboat wharf, and one of its towers was 100 feet high with a flagstaff on its peak adding an additional 16 feet to the overall height. It stood on the bluffs, while the Union Chapel was built on lower ground. The Chapel Hill on which it was built was little more than a mound of slight elevation.
 
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Oak Bluffs
Vineyard Gazette
The plank walk along the edge of the Bluff has been extended 2600 feet from the wharf. About 250 yards south of the wharf the restaurant and pagoda or pavilion is to be built. Workmen are now engaged in excavating a place for the lower story. The pagoda will be large, octagonal in form, with glass sides, arranged so as to be raised or lowered. In the pagoda, through which the plank walk will run, will be seats and tables where the visitors may eat ice cream, and articles of light diet, or have a substantial meal. 200 yards further south, a bath arbor will be erected 33 by 22 feet.
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Improvements at Oak Bluffs
Vineyard Gazette
We learn, from undoubted authority, that contracts have been made this week by E. P. Carpenter, president of the Oak Bluffs Land & Warf Co., for a Chapel and first class cottages to the amount of over forty thousand dollars.
 
Mr. Butts, the well-known paver of New Bedford, is engaged in paving a dry walk from Oak Bluffs wharf to Cleavland & Bradley’s store.
 
Messrs. White Brothers have a contract for concrete walks on the Bluffs, and will commence work on the first of April.
 
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Water District Eyes Future Needs
Alex Elvin

Oak Bluffs town officials are bracing for a time when the five municipal wellls can no longer satisfy the summer demand.

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Nature Means Millions to Oak Bluffs Economy
Louisa Hufstader

Coastal resources contribute roughly $1.5 million a year to the Oak Bluffs economy, according to a town-commissioned study unveiled last week.

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Tivoli Day Turns Forty; From Bicycle Race to Block Party
Steve Myrick

It began as a bicycle race. Forty years later Tivoli Day is the end-of-summer celebration of Oak Bluffs. There are no bike races any more, but there is just about everything else.

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Temporary Quarters Located as Oak Bluffs Prepares for New Town Hall
Alex Elvin

For about a year and a half starting in October, the town of Oak Bluffs will be run out of three trailers on School street to make way for a new town hall.

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Oak Bluffs Says Yes to New Town Hall
Alex Elvin
A sprawling annual town meeting in Oak Bluffs drew debate over two nights this week, with voters grappling with issues related to moped safety, the crumbling Island Theatre and a new town hall.
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Oak Bluffs Backs Plastic Bag Ban, Concludes Town Meeting
Alex Elvin

On the second and final night of annual town meeting Wednesday, Oak Bluffs followed in the footsteps of other Island towns in adopting a ban on single-use plastic bags in checkout lines.

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