Black Hole in Virgo

The photographed black hole that received world-wide attention last week resides in the constellation Virgo. While the celestial object and the galaxy it resides in can't be viewed with the naked eye, you can have some satisfaction tonight when you look up at the full moon.

The full moon (the Daffodil Moo), is in Virgo. While the moon is slightly east of the black hole's location, the moon identifies a key area of the sky where there are hundreds of thousands of galaxies.

Former Hospital CEO Resigns Post in Alaska

The former chief executive officer of the Martha’s Vineyard hospital has left a post he took at a community hospital in Alaska.

After 25 Years, Selectman Tristan Israel Bids Fond Farewell

The veteran selectman will not appear on the ballot next week after 25 years in office. Elected leaders say he takes with him a wealth of knowledge.

Housing Bank Campaign Shifts Up-Island

After strong defeats in the three down-Island annual town meetings and a victory in West Tisbury last week, proponents of the controversial housing bank are turning their attention up-Island, where two more town meetings and a vote on the bank’s funding mechanism remain.

Chilmark Voters Take Up Housing Bank, Strategic Property Purchase

Chilmark voters will decide a range of issues at their annual town meeting next week, including whether to back the widely-debated Islandwide housing bank.

Tisbury Voters Head to the Polls Tuesday

Tisbury voters go to the polls next week to elect a new selectman and have a final say on spending for wastewater and school improvement projects.

Candidates for Tisbury Selectman Air Views on School, Rising Taxes

A former town selectman and a newcomer to politics are vying for a single seat on the board of selectmen in the Tisbury annual town election Tuesday. The two candidates are running for the seat vacated by longtime selectman Tristan Israel.

Land Bank Revenues Week Ending April 12

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank reported revenues of $116,849 for the business week ending on Friday, April 12, 2019. The land bank receives its funds from a two per cent fee charged on many Vineyard real estate transactions.

False Start for the Housing Bank

Now that the three largest Island towns have defeated a plan to create an Islandwide housing bank designed to provide more housing for year-round residents, the next step seems obvious: go back to the drawing board.

Big Shoes to Fill

I would like to publicly and emphatically thank Priscilla Sylvia for her decades of service representing Oak Bluffs on the land bank commission. We all owe her a debt of gratitude. 

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