Louisa Hufstader

MVC Hears Plans for Meshacket Commons Housing Development
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission opened a public hearing on the the first major affordable housing project planned in decades for the town of Edgartown.
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As Mental Health Issues Grow, So Does Scarcity of Counselors
As the pandemic, housing insecurity and the high cost of living have intensified the need for mental health care on Martha's Vineyard, a growing shortage of trained professionals to help people in crisis has exacerbated the issue.
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Tisbury Fincom Backs $26 Million Ask for School Project
The Tisbury finance and advisory committee has voted 7-1 to recommend borrowing nearly $26 million in additional funds for the Tisbury school renovation and addition project. Voters will decide whether to approve the borrowing at a Sept. 20 special town meeting.
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Assistant School Superintendent Could Be Retiree
The next assistant superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard public schools could be a retired educator or other Island resident, according to the man who held the job for seven years before becoming the school system’s top administrator in July.
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Tisbury Restaurants Move Closer to Alcohol Without Meals
Tisbury voters are getting something extra in their ballots for the midterm election in November: a yes/no question on whether restaurants with liquor licenses may legally serve alcohol without requiring the purchase of a meal.
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Federated Church Readies Historic Mayhew Parsonage for Sale
After 65 years as a home for ministers from the Federated Church of Martha’s Vineyard, the Mayhew Parsonage on Edgartown Harbor is expected to pass into new hands within the next few months.
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Wind Farms’ Helicopter Hangar, Undersea Cable Approved by MVC

Two offshore wind farms planned for waters south of Vineyard cleared key hurdles last week when the Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted to approve a helicopter hangar for Vineyard Wind 1, and separately, an undersea cable connector for New England Wind 1.

Both projects are being developed by conglomerates that have secured federal lease blocks some 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, as the race to develop offshore wind power heats up in Massachusetts.

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MVC Continues Hearings on Marina and Nursing Home Projects
The MVC continued hearings on the Navigator Homes workforce housing complex, and a plan by Safe Harbor Marinas to build two new boat racks.
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Drydock Uncovers Costly Surprise for SSA
The cost of overhauling the Steamship Authority freight ferry M/V Katama, originally estimated at $1.1 million, has ballooned by more than 40 per cent after drydock workers found deteriorating structural steel deep inside the vessel.
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Back to School - and Back to Normal for Island Students
Whatever feelings the Island's children may have about returning to school next Tuesday, Sept. 6, their principals, teachers, coaches and other campus leaders are eager to welcome them back for a school year with a return of cherished traditions.
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