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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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Similar Yet Different, Old Footage is Portal to Past
Tom Dunlop
The film was shot at the Edgartown bathing beach on Chappaquiddick back in the summer of 1927. And it turns out that people swam, splashed, sunbathed, smiled at one another and flirted with the camera exactly the same way they do now, nearly 90 years later.
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Summer Crush Equals Housing Shortage
Olivia Hull and Alex Elvin
The lack of affordable housing, both summer and year-round, is by now a well-entrenched Island problem, but many believe that this year the shortage is unusually severe.
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Heath Hen Debate Contains Vineyard DNA
Ivy Ashe

Bringing back an extinct species raises a whirlwind of questions — technical, ethical and financial. Would it be possible? Should it be done?

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