MVC Mulls New Demolition Policy
With requests for demolitions and teardowns at an all-time high on the Vineyard, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission is in the throes of redrafting its policy for reviewing demolition projects.
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Vineyard Schools Superintendent Chosen for Top Job in Wareham
Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. Matthew D’Andrea has been offered the job as the next superintendent of schools in Wareham.
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Housing Bank Question Sails Through Elections
Incumbent Oak Bluffs select board member Gail Barmakian squeaked back into office Thursday, edging out challenger Dion Alley by just two votes.
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Three Town Elections Thursday; Jim Bishop Drops Out of Running in Oak Bluffs
Voters go to the polls today in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury to decide on new select board members and cast ballots on the question of whether to create a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank. In Oak Bluffs, one of three candidates for select board has dropped out.
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Study of Global Warming Predicts the Island Faces Flooding in Near Future

A startling new national report that uses computer imaging to flag the effects of global warming on the Massachusetts coast shows that the south shore of the Vineyard will be washed away and downtown Edgartown will be a swamp in 50 years — even if the most conservative projections about rising sea levels are correct.

The report was issued yesterday by the National Environmental Trust (NET), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C.

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After Key Win at Town Meetings, Housing Bank Coalition Turns to Elections
Buoyed by the outcome Tuesday night, on Wednesday the coalition to create a housing bank for the Vineyard was looking to the next steps.
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Super Tuesday: Four Town Meetings Convene Tonight
The Martha’s Vineyard political season kicks off tonight with four annual town meetings, marking a return to a schedule that has been disrupted by the pandemic for two straight years. Voters will gather in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.
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Housing Bank Takes Center Stage at Town Meetings
Four of the six Island towns will take the first steps next week in deciding the pivotal question of whether to ask the state legislature to allow creation of a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank.
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Land Bank Buys Meetinghouse Way Farm for $9.5 Million
Open space conservation, winterized housing for employees and generous assistance from a community bank are all factors in an out-of-the-ordinary purchase by the land bank.
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State Takes Leland Beach Area In Bold Eminent Domain Move

The state department of Fishers, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement announced yesterday that it has taken ownership of the Leland beach - 100 acres of virtually unspoiled barrier beach stretching from Wasque to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick.

Purchase price is just under $1 million; the beach, which has been owned by the family of the late Oliver and Edmund Leland since 1907, was purchased through land-taking measures under the state’s eminent domain laws.

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