Surfcasters Abandon Patrols Over Chappy Access

The Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association has run a courtesy patrol for more than 30 years on the island’s beaches, lending a hand to beachgoers, fishermen and the Trustees staff.

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Officials to Consider New Island Drug Court

Law enforcement and court officials plan to meet in the coming weeks to look into the potential of starting a new Island court system to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

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Stone Bank Changes Largely Approved By MVC

The developer of the old stone bank property in Vineyard Haven secured approvals this week for several changes he made without prior permission from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but not before receiving a dressing down from the regional board.

Several members of the commission chastised Reid “Sam” Dunn at their meeting Thursday for making alterations to the development at the former downtown bank site. The development is planned to include condominiums, commercial units and a restaurant.

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Offshore Wind Energy Takes Root in Local Waters

An entirely new energy industry in the U.S. took a step forward earlier this month when, just 14 miles south of the Vineyard, construction started on the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind energy farm.

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New Tick Discovered on the Vineyard

Three Asian longhorned ticks were found during yard surveys in Aquinnah and Chilmark earlier in June.

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New Agreement Adds on-Island Services for Child Assault Victims

Island children who are victims of sexual and physical assault will be able to conduct interviews with trained experts on the Island for the first time under a new agreement between Vineyard and mainland organizations.

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Seaman Sues SSA After Injury

Keith Maxwell filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Steamship Authority on June 9, saying he fractured his right fibula due to the unseaworthiness of the M/V Nantucket.

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SSA Ferry Back in Service After Mechanical Problem

A Steamship Authority ferry on the Nantucket route was sidelined for a few hours Monday after crew members found smoke coming from its bow thruster compartment.

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Bus Driver Union Threatens VTA with Legal Action

The Vineyard Transit Authority’s bus driver union claims the VTA administrator is wrongly been involved in the day-to-day operations of the authority and union’s ongoing contract negotiations.

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Oak Bluffs Man Indicted on Rape Charges

Chad Atkinson, 31, was indicted on charges of aggravated rape of a child with force, and kidnapping, according to court documents.

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