Judge Dismisses Dispute Over Shade Tree in Edgartown's Historic Downtown
Sara Brown
A superior court case revolving around an old Linden tree on Main street Edgartown was dismissed Tuesday. But after the dust had settled, both sides in the case agreed to go to work on the issue that reaches beyond a legal dispute over tree roots — the need to restore the decrepit building known as the Yellow House which sits in the center of the village.
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Dispute Over View at Tashmoo Overlook Could Be Getting Clearer
Ivy Ashe
A long-running dispute between the town of Tisbury and a pair of private landowners over maintaining views across the Tashmoo Overlook is closer to being resolved, the town selectmen said this week. At their meeting Tuesday the Tisbury selectmen worked to finalize wording on a memorandum of understanding between the town and the Payette family.
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The Gall of Wasps
Suzan Bellincampi

It was truly a tree-mendous mystery.

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Magnolia Magic
Suzan Bellincampi

Magnolia trees would do well to befriend beetles but leave bees behind.

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Selectmen Deny Library Tree Removal Request
Remy Tumin
The West Tisbury selectmen this week denied a request to remove more trees to accommodate construction of the new West Tisbury library and adjacent parking lot. Building committee chairman Linda Hearn told the selectmen Wednesday that her group recently learned from NStar that the company needs to build an underground electrical vault near the road. Three additional trees need to be removed to make way for the vault, Mrs. Hearn said. “I have to say I find this totally unacceptable. We went through an agonizing process,” selectman and board chairman Richard Knabel said.
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Tough Nut
Suzan Bellincampi

I’ve got “nutting” bad to say about hickory trees.

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Forbidden Fruit
Suzan Bellincampi
Spruce it up. That is what Islanders did when they planted spruce trees in their yards. Fairly common on the Island, spruce found its way here because of its usefulness and beauty. These conifers prefer more northern climes, thriving in boreal forests.
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New Effort Aims to Restore Once Prevalent Atlantic White Cedars
Katie Ruppel
Tucked among the red cedars, black oaks and white oaks at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary stand six Atlantic white cedars, barely two feet tall.

Last year Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation planted 12 of these cedars at the sanctuary as part of a restoration project; the tree is said to be native to the Vineyard, according to executive director Adam Moore.

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At Least Two Trees Will Fall for West Tisbury Library Restoration
Remy Tumin

As ground breaking nears for construction of the new West Tisbury library, the town selectmen this week reviewed a tree-cutting plan to accommodate the larger design.

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Library Tree Cutting Request Weights Heavily on Selectmen
Remy Tumin
A plan to cut down 11 trees, some more than half a century old, to make way for the new West Tisbury Library, came under close inspection by the town selectmen, tree warden and others this week.
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