After Delays, New Edgartown Library on Track to Open Next Year

The new Edgartown Library, scheduled to open in June, will most likely welcome its first patrons sometime next spring because of construction delays and a struggle to stay within the original $11 million budget.

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Summer Business Report: Like the Weather, Good
Traffic was up on SSA ferries in July and August and most Island businesses in the tourism sector said spending was up this summer. An improving national economy, lower gas prices and an unbroken stretch of hot, sunny beach days were all factors.
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Edgartown Selectmen Approve Brief Closure of Roberts Way

Roberts Way in Edgartown will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, to accommodate construction crews working on the new library.

The closure will allow work crews to replace some concrete on the site. The sidewalk along Roberts Way will be closed around the clock from Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 18. Selectmen approved the temporary changes at their meeting Tuesday.

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California Man Arraigned in Edgartown District Court on Rape Charges

Adam M. Smith, a 27-year-old Berkeley, Calif. man visiting Martha’s Vineyard as part of a bachelor party weekend, was arraigned Tuesday in Edgartown district court on three counts of rape, threatening to commit a crime, and intimidating a victim.

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Radio Upgrades Cause Headaches for Emergency Responders

A mandate from the federal government to reduce bandwidth on police, fire and other communication devices has left Island emergency responders struggling with spotty coverage at times this summer.

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Drawbridge Must Stay Down During Final Phase of Project

As the years-long, hugely expensive Lagoon Pond drawbridge project enters its final phase, state contractors confirmed this week that the bridge must stay in the down position from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31.

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Summer Taxpayers Air Concerns With Oak Bluffs Selectmen

Issues included parking in residential neighborhoods, beginning with an increase in commercial vehicles parked off Pacific avenue. Selectmen listened and responded.

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Downed Tree Limb Blocks Circuit Avenue Traffic

Traffic on Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs came to a halt Tuesday evening when a large tree limb fell across the busy street. There appeared to be little damage to vehicles, and no power outages were reported.

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President Obama, Family Arrive on Vineyard for Vacation

President Barack Obama and his family stepped off Marine One at 6:26 p.m. Friday at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport to begin a 16-day summer vacation on the Island.

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President Obama Scheduled to Arrive Friday for Vineyard Vacation

In a late change of plans, President Obama and his family are scheduled to arrive on Martha’s Vineyard Friday evening for a 16-day vacation, the sixth time the first family has chosen the Island for a summer break.

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