School enrollment down again, Regional school discussions, Illegal tear-down fined

gazette1Martha's Vineyard news, October 14, 2006

Public School Enrollment Continues Steady Decline for Sixth Straight Year
Enrollment in the Vineyard public schools has dropped for the sixth year in a row, according to school census figures released this week.
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Regional Formula Set for Discussion
State Education Officials Travel Here for Public Meeting on Anticipated Changes in District Assessments

With selectmen across the Vineyard weighing in on expected changes to the way their towns pay for the regional school districts, education officials from Boston will travel to the Island next week to field questions about the state-driven shift.

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Illegal Tear-Down Leads to $10,000 Fine
Two Edgartown homeowners who tore down a historic backyard barn on their property at the corner of Cooke and Summer streets in March of 2005 without town approval have agreed to pay the town $10,000.
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Monthlong Bass, Bluefish Derby Will Come to an End Tomorrow
The water is swirling in the narrow channel connecting Cape Pogue Pond to the Edgartown outer harbor. Minutes before the tide hit bottom, the pond was as low as gets, and now the waters of the ocean are running back in.
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Oak Bluffs Innkeeper Challenges Commission Decision in Court
A Dukes County superior court judge yesterday heard arguments in a one-day trial that explored the limits of commercial expansion in an eclectic residential neighborhood of Oak Bluffs.
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Boys' Soccer Is Main Attraction at High School
In many ways, this year's Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys' soccer team is a study in contradictions.
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