Land Bank Buys Bucolic Parcel
Julia Wells

By JULIA WELLS

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Supreme Court Arguments Set
Julia Wells

As public attention ratchets up surrounding the controversial Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear arguments next week in a case that will decide whether the wind farm developers can sidestep review by the Cape Cod Commission.

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Hospital Doubles Down to Move, Opening New Rooms on Tuesday
Julia Wells

If you wake up seeing double in the wee hours Tuesday morning you will no doubt want to go to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to be seen by a doctor. But once there, you may find yourself seeing double all over again. For a brief few hours before dawn on Tuesday, the hospital will finally make the big move — from the old 1972 building to the new, $52 million 2010 building that was just completed two months ago.

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Court Backs Public Right to Ancient Way
Julia Wells

In a decision that helps cement the ongoing efforts of Island towns and conservation groups to protect the ancient ways that crisscross the Vineyard like so many strands of history, a superior court judge ruled yesterday that Rogers Path in West Tisbury is open for public use.

“The public has the right to use the entire length and width of the way,” wrote the Hon. C. Brian McDonald, an associate justice of the superior court.

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Wampanoags Pitch Their Casino Plan
Julia Wells

As the Massachusetts legislature moves closer to opening up casino gambling in the commonwealth, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) suddenly vaulted into the spotlight this week, its leaders claiming that they have a better plan than their sister tribe in Mashpee for building a Fall River casino.

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James Athearn Leaves Commission
Julia Wells

Citing a desire to pursue other interests including the Island Plan and his business at Morning Glory Farm, James Athearn, Edgartown’s representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission for the past 10 years, quietly resigned his post last month.

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Furloughs Ordered At Family Planning
Julia Wells

The latest victim of an economy that is increasingly running on empty, Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard will close its Vineyard Haven clinic for two days this month in order to meet a mandatory work furlough before the end of the fiscal year.

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A Gentle Mentor, Remembered
Julia Wells

He was the quiet Islander, the longtime town attorney who had seen it all. I was the cub reporter stomping up the stairs to my office, shoulder bag stuffed with soft-lead pencils and notebooks filled with scribbles from some selectmen’s meeting, ready to be banged into a short story that the editors at the Cape Cod Times would inevitably make shorter by the time it appeared in print.

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Cape Air Owner Runs for State Senate
Julia Wells

He is a pilot who became the owner of an airline that became one of the best small business success stories in the country. And now Dan Wolf, the owner of Cape Air, has decided to add politics to his CV. Mr. Wolf has announced he will run for the Cape and Islands seat in the Massachusetts senate that Rob O’Leary will vacate this year, when he makes his own bid for the seat in U.S. Congress that will be vacated by Rep. William Delahunt, who is stepping down.

Wait a minute, who’s on first?

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Director of the E.R. Leaves Unexpectedly
Julia Wells

A spokesman for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital confirmed yesterday that Dr. Timothy Tsai is no longer director of the hospital emergency room, although the hospital could not provide further details about the circumstances that led to his abrupt departure this week.

“Dr. Tsai is on leave from his position as director of emergency medical services,” said hospital spokesman Rachel Vanderhoop. “That is the only statement we are making right now,” she added.

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