Visiting Nurse Merger Stalls

Visiting Nurse Merger Stalls

Talks Between Two Key Agencies to Form One Nursing Service Approach
Time of Decision After Thirteen Months

By JULIA WELLS

Talks about a potential merger between the Island's two
visiting nurse agencies have reached a critical juncture, and the next
few weeks will determine whether the merger becomes reality or falls
apart, leaders from both agencies said this week.

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Vineyard and Nantucket Hospitals Move to Join Massachusetts General

Trustees at the Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket hospitals this week announced their intention to join Massachusetts General Hospital and its parent company, Partners Health Care, as affiliates by the end of the year.

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Author William C. Styron Dies at 81

William Styron, the acclaimed novelist and leading literary figure of his generation whose summer home on the Vineyard Haven harbor has long been the hub of the area known colloquially as writer's row, died Wednesday at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 81.

The cause of death was pneumonia. Mr. Styron had been in failing
health for a number of years.

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Dan Larkosh Advocates Reform in Workings of Superior Court

SSA Set to Vote on Fare Hikes Thursday at Cornell Theatre

By JAMES KINSELLA

When the Steamship Authority board of governors convenes next
Thursday morning at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, Vineyard governor
Marc Hanover anticipates voting for across-the-board rate increases to
fund next year\\\'s $78.3 million budget.

But he said it will be the last time.

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Mr. Sollitto Emphasizes Court Expertise

And this year, for the first time since he took the job in 1976,
superior court clerk Joseph E. Sollitto Jr. faces a challenge for his
seat. The court clerk is elected every six years in Dukes County.

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Museum Director Resigns; Building Campaign Silent

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

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

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

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

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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