Gazette Wins 17 Awards, Nine First Place
Julia Wells

The Vineyard Gazette won 17 awards in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association contest this year, including nine first-place awards for excellence in journalism and advertising. The awards were announced at the annual banquet held by the small newspaper press association in Boston last weekend. The contest saw nearly 3,000 entries from small daily, weekly and biweekly/monthly newspapers in the six-state region of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Newspapers are judged in daily and weekly categories by circulation.

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Lobster Boat Rescue Averts Large Oil Spill
Julia Wells

After nearly two days of foundering in the surf near a remote coastline in Aquinnah with hundreds of gallons of fuel on board, the Sherry Ann, a 46-foot offshore lobster boat out of Westport, was freed from her unwanted rocky berth and towed to a nearby salvage barge Thursday afternoon.

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Possible Dreams Auction Looks To Make Night Impossible to Miss
Julia Wells

Two high rollers in a bidding war to share a peanut butter sandwich with Carly Simon?

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Iconic Newsman Mike Wallace Found Peace on the Vineyard
Julia Wells

Mike Wallace, the CBS newsman who was a household name across America and a longtime summer resident of the Vineyard, died on April 7 at the age of 93. The familiar television anchorman for the CBS Sunday evening show 60 Minutes was also a familiar figure on the Island, where he had visited since boyhood and later owned a home on Hatch Road in Vineyard Haven. The house was sold late last year after Mr. Wallace’s health had declined to the point where he no longer came here.

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Bunch of Grapes Turns the Page, Will Move to Bowl and Board
Julia Wells

The Bunch of Grapes, the landmark Vineyard Haven bookstore that has been the go-to place for Islanders and summer visitors alike — including sitting U.S. presidents — to buy their books for more than 40 years, will relocate, owner Dawn Braasch announced last week.

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News Update: Saturday, April 7 - Bunch of Grapes Will Relocate
Julia Wells

The Bunch of Grapes, the landmark Vineyard Haven bookstore that has been the go-to place for Islanders and summer visitors alike — including sitting U.S. presidents — to buy their books for more than 40 years, will relocate, owner Dawn Braasch said.

Ms. Braasch has signed a lease with the Hall family to take over the Bowl and Board building across the street from the bookstore. The move will be complete by Memorial Day or at the latest mid-June, she said.

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Three Towns See Big Election Wins; Beer and Wine Allowed
Julia Wells

West Tisbury will allow the sale of beer and wine in restaurants for the first time in modern history, Oak Bluffs saw a vote of confidence in town government, with two incumbent selectmen reelected, and spending was approved for two major public library construction projects, one in West Tisbury, the other in Edgartown.

And public opinion is running strongly against the roundabout in at least two towns.

These were the highlights of the annual town elections held yesterday in three Island towns.

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Island Conservation Leaders Look to Future
Julia Wells

The place names are familiar and unchanging: Wasque, Cape Pogue and Long Point, Herring Creek Farm, Cedar Tree Neck and Fulling Mill Brook, Waskosim’s Rock and Pecoy Point, to name a few.

But the people who admire, use and could potentially contribute to the thousands of acres of land in conservation on the Vineyard have changed, and Island conservation leaders say this is what frames their biggest challenge today.

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Tisbury's Denial of Lagoon Pier Upheld by Superior Court Judge
Julia Wells

A Tisbury homeowner’s effort to build a 100-foot private pier in the Lagoon Pond has been rebuffed again by a superior court judge.

The ruling in a dispute that has been going on for five years is seen as a victory for the town’s ability to impose environmental restrictions that are stricter than those established by the state.

The case involved a challenge to the Tisbury wetlands protection bylaw that was designed, among other things, to protect valuable shellfish resources in town waters.

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