Noah Asimow
The towns of Edgartown and Tisbury were born as part of New York Colony, fraternal twins that on Thursday this week celebrated their sesquarcentennial anniversaries.
Edgartown
Tisbury

2018

Edgartown sped through a lengthy town meeting agenda Tuesday, approving spending and a $36.8 million budget. Voters chose moments for discussion, including tributes to the moderator.

Edgartown voters said no to fluoride in town water and a new airplane hangar and re-elected Arthur Smadbeck as selectman Thursday. Greg Coogan and Jason Balboni were elected to two seats on the Oak Bluffs board of selectmen and West Tisbury passed a $400,00 budget override.

Voters took the first steps to ban rental mopeds and paid heartfelt tribute to a retiring moderator at annual town meetings Tuesday night.

A hotly-debated proposal to build a new Tisbury school, a first step toward banning mopeds, and lots of spending is on the agenda tonight as annual town meetings convene in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.

If annual town town meetings are the heartbeat of Edgartown, moderator Jeff Norton has set the rhythm for as long as most people can remember.

A growing budget, a lengthy agenda featuring nearly $6 million in budget overrides and the end of an era await Edgartown voters when they gather next week for special and annual town meetings.

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