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Restored Film Shows 1972 Holiday Horse Races
Tom Dunlop
It was Thanksgiving weekend 1972, the second year John and Kappy Hall ran a series of races with horses of wildly mismatched breeding and ages, and riders with little racing experience.
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Coastal Ponds Under Pressure: Balancing People and the Environment
Alex Elvin
Island ponds are a connection to cultural heritage and a livelihood for fishermen. But housing booms and land-use changes threaten to undo a delicate balance.
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Martha's Vineyard Measles Case Was Misidentified; Hospital to Review Protocols
Steve Myrick
The determination that a case of measles, diagnosed at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and later confirmed by state public health epidemiologists was not measles has raised questions about how state and local public health officials work with the hospital and Island doctors.
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Wampanoag Tribe Puts Martha's Vineyard Casino on Fast Track; Aquinnah Selectmen Call Closed-Door Meeting
John H. Kennedy

The chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) announced that work will begin soon to convert a tribal community center into a gambling hall. Selectmen will hold a special executive session Monday.

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Hospital Alerts Vineyard Community After Confirmed Case of Measles
Steve Myrick
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will hold two free vaccination clinics today and tomorrow following a diagnosis of measles in an unvaccinated child visiting the Island from another state last week. Health officials report public exposures occurred in West Tisbury, Chilmark and Oak Bluffs.
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Gazette Recognized for Excellence with Top Journalism Prizes

The Vineyard Gazette won 35 awards for excellence in journalism in an annual competition for newspapers in New England, including first place awards for the newspaper’s website and several awards for its special coverage of coastal erosion and the visit last summer by the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

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Low Vaccination Rate Prevalent on Island
Alex Elvin

Vineyard elementary schools have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the state, according to a list of vaccination rates released by the state Department of Public Health. The West Tisbury and Tisbury schools are among the lowest.

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Businessman Aims to Revive Two Historic Movie Theatres
Olivia Hull

Mark Snider, owner of the Winnetu Oceanside Resort and the founder of a new nonprofit, is finalizing an agreement with Benjamin Hall Jr. to lease the Capawock and Strand theatres for 10 years, and reopen them beginning this summer.

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Sixty Years Later, Film Relives Ferocity of Hurricane Carol
Tom Dunlop
Footage from home movies shows Hurricane Carol as she howled her way across Martha's Vineyard 60 years ago this week. Longtime Islanders recall that summer morning in 1954 when forecasters said Carol would weaken and turn out to sea, but the hurricane had other plans.
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Stop & Shop Review Had Two Tracks: One Public, One Private
Julia Wells
Four months after the Vineyard Gazette asked the town of Tisbury for public records surrounding the Stop & Shop expansion proposal, the town has complied. Executive session minutes and emails document private talks that went on for months among the selectmen, town administrator and Island attorney for the grocery chain.
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