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.


Emotions ran high in Edgartown this week over a recent board of health decision to move forward with a plan to add fluoride to town water.

Edgartown voters swiftly approved a new affordable housing development off Meshacket Road and a temporary moratorium on retail marijuana sales at a special town meeting Tuesday. But they balked before approving a ban on public marijuana consumption.

Special town meetings in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Tuesday night will have a common theme: promoting more affordable housing and grappling with the legal sale of recreational marijuana.

The Edgartown board of health’s decision to pursue adding fluoride to the town water supply has sparked outrage among some town residents and officials..

Pay raises for town workers, a long-planned affordable housing project and a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana sales are all issues for Edgartown voters to consider when they convene for a special town meeting Tuesday night.

More than 15 years ago, Fred B. Morgan Jr. drove out to Ocean Heights in Edgartown. What he saw helped set in motion the Island’s largest affordable housing development to date.