West Tisbury principal called up; Oak Bluffs building inventory

The Wesley Hotel as seen from the Oak Bluffs harbor on Martha's Vineyard.  cctoday photo.

mvtimesMARTHA'S VINEYARD News, January 4, 2007

West Tisbury principal called up
By Janet Hefler
West Tisbury School principal Michael Halt, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR), has been called up for active duty and will be posted to Port Hueneme, Calif., on Jan. 15, and then to a tour in Iraq.  [more]

Oak Bluffs plans year of improvements
By Aubrey Gibavic
It's the time of year when people cross their fingers and hope for the best in the New Year. Perhaps the past 12 months were intolerable - or incredible. Either way, January offers a fresh start for individuals and towns alike.   [more]

Time expires on Chappy affordable lot
By Susan Vaughn
A Marblehead husband and wife, part of a group of 10 plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit to block the development of three affordable one-acre housing lots on Chappaquiddick, found an opportunity in the delay caused by the legal action.   [more]

New school committee members go to school too
By Dan Cabot
Congratulations, you've won the election. But now what?
     If you're Deval Patrick, you headed off to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where the National Governors Association runs a crash course in how to be a state governor. Newly-elected members of congress had a two-week course in Washington, starting with how to navigate the miles of corridors and tunnels of Capitol Hill. Freshman members of Massachusetts school committees get an orientation program, too.   [more]

Seaport Council grants awarded to two towns
By Susan Vaughn
The Massachusetts Seaport Council last month approved grants totaling $57,500 to fund feasibility studies and harbor projects in Tisbury and Edgartown.
     Edgartown will receive $7,500 to pay for a feasibility assessment of the beach area around Edgartown Light at the entrance to Edgartown Harbor, which is encroaching into the harbor.

More to be done, but Chilmark housing project is moving ahead
By Susan Vaughn
The process for the affordable housing development on Middle Line Road in Chilmark is "moving along and being fine-tuned" by surveyors and engineers, selectman Warren Doty, a member of the housing implementation committee, told the board of selectmen Tuesday night.

Chilmark presents ownership guidelines for rental and ownership housing
By Nelson Sigelman
The Chilmark affordable housing committee will hold a public hearing this evening to discuss a set of draft guidelines under which applicants would qualify for the Middle Line Road affordable housing project.   [more]

Island legislators oppose putting marriage amendment to vote
By Aubrey Gibavic
A proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts is one step closer to being put to a statewide vote next year. Sixty-two legislators voted Tuesday to move the petition forward, 12 more than required. Senator Robert O'Leary and Representative Eric Turkington, who represent the Island, both voted to defeat the petition.   [more]

Oak Bluffs inventories its buildings
By Aubrey Gibavic
Stretches of valuable oceanfront property and beloved landmarks such the Flying Horses Carousel often take center stage in Oak Bluffs. But there are also a handful of buildings whose usefulness and importance to town residents far outweigh their market value.   [more]

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