Hospital Ends Year Flush with Cash
Julia Wells

Hospital Ends Year Flush with Cash

By JULIA WELLS

The Martha's Vineyard Community Hospital ended its fiscal year on a high note drenched in black ink, posting a net operating gain of just over $1.5 million, more than double the gain posted last year before gifts and other income. Cash reserves are also at an all-time high at the Island's only hospital, thanks in part to a surge in volume.

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Museum Director Resigns; Building Campaign Silent
Julia Wells

The sudden resignation of Martha’s Vineyard Museum executive director Matthew Stackpole has shaken the 85-year-old county historical society as it plots a move from its home base in Edgartown to West Tisbury.

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Court Ruling Favors Aquinnah, Upholding Townwide DCPC
Julia Wells

Marking a key win for the town of Aquinnah in its long-running legal battle with James J. Decoulos and Maria Kitris, who want to open up Moshup Trail for development, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled yesterday on two separate fronts, finding:

• Mr. Decoulos has not won the right to subdivide two lots he owns off Moshup trail.

• The Aquinnah townwide district of critical planning concern is valid.

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High School Budget Must Be Redone
Julia Wells

High School Budget Must Be Redone

By JULIA WELLS

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School budget now goes back to the drawing board.

This is the next step following the vote in Oak Bluffs this week to reduce its high school assessment by some $400,000. The vote capped months of debate among Island towns over regional school assessments, which were thrown into a state of widespread confusion because of a 14-year-old state law that for unknown reasons had never been enforced on the Vineyard until this year.

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Humorist Art Buchwald Dies at Home at Age 81
Julia Wells

Art Buchwald, the familiar, funny and irreverent Pulitzer-Prize winning newspaper columnist whose decision to refuse kidney dialysis and end his life earned him international acclaim early last year, died peacefully at home late Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. He was 81.

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Martha's Vineyard Community Services Founder Dr. Milton Mazer Dies at 95
Julia Wells

Dr. Milton Mazer, the Vineyard's first psychiatrist whose pioneering work in the field of rural mental health led to the establishment of Martha's Vineyard Community Services more than four decades ago, died Jan. 7 at the Long Hill assisted living home in Edgartown, where he had been a resident for the past six years. The cause of death was renal failure; he was 95.

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Dukes County and Cooperative Banks Will Announce Merger
Julia Wells

Dukes County and Cooperative Banks Will Announce Merger

By JULIA WELLS

The Dukes County Savings Bank and Martha's Vineyard Cooperative Bank - two respected community banks whose presence on the Vineyard reaches back for more than 50 and nearly 100 years respectively - plan to announce this week that they will merge, the Gazette has learned.

It is understood that employees and corporators at both banks were informed yesterday about the planned merger, which is still subject to approval by state and federal regulators.

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Mystery Writer Philip R. Craig Penned Popular Fiction Series
Julia Wells
Philip R. Craig, the salty Edgartown author who earned national and local celebrity status for his popular Vineyard mystery series, died on May 8 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness. He was 74 and had lived year-round in a renovated Ocean Heights camp with his wife Shirley.
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Former First Lady Visited Vineyard
Julia Wells

Lady Bird Johnson, the gracious widow of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was credited for her steadying influence on his volatile personality, died Wednesday at her home in Austin, Tex., of natural causes. She was 94.

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Court Decision Might Affect CPA Spending
Julia Wells

A Middlesex superior court judge ruled late last month that the town of Newton may not renovate two large recreational parks using funds from the Community Preservation Act (CPA) because the parklands were not acquired with CPA funds.

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