Nantucket loses homes, Man arraigned for kidnapping, assault.

Click to see Nantucket Break
    The breakthrough on the lower left severig Smoth's Point, Nantucket, occured on April 16. Click this image to see full sized. The rest of the Independent's superior coverage and photo can be seen here.

Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard headlines, April 20,2009

 Both our neighboring islands have handsome, well-edited and locally-owner newspapers, the Nantucket Independent and the Vineyard Gazette.

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Powerful storm rips across island
Click to see largerHouse tumbles onto beach; 'Sconset erosion control structure is decimated; 75-year-old elm falls against J.C. House; Esther Island is, once again, an island
Though technically not a nor'easter for Nantucket, a powerful storm packing southeast wind gusts up to 64 mph and 18- to 20-foot waves re-severed Esther Island from Smith's Point, knocked a Sheep Pond Road house onto the Madaket beach, toppled a massive elm on Broad Street and decimated erosion control structures on Baxter Road.

Polpis Road man arraigned on kidnapping and assault charges
APolpis area resident was arraigned in District Court yesterday on charges of kidnapping and assault after his alleged victim reported to police that he had been held overnight against his will by Paul D. Waggoner, who allegedly beat, drugged and threatened him during the incident.

Airport Commission optimistic about new terminal funding from the state
When the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission meets today, it will take a highly anticipated vote on whether to give Nantucket Memorial Airport the $12 million it needs to build its new terminal. "For the first time in three years, the airport feels quite good about the prospects about confirming this money," said Airport Operations Manager Al Peterson.

ENVIRONMENT  Island celebrates Earth Day
The 38th annual Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. As part of observances held world-wide, Earth Day Nantucket will sponsor informational programs and activities throughout the day and multi-media presentations from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on Orange Street.

Town Meeting 2007
Voters ax six of nine government study articles, approve sewer commission, support noise bylaw amendment
 Voters at last week's Town Meeting nixed six of nine Town Government Study Committee warrant articles - including a controversial proposal to have the Planning Board, Historic District Commission and Shellfish and Harbor Advisory Board changed from elected to appointed bodies, agreed that a sewer commission should be established and amended the town's noise bylaw.

Life-Saving Museum expansion to enhance visitors' experience
Additional space will house children's gallery
Fifteen miles off Sankaty Head, the cargo vessel H.P. Kirkham caught up on the Rose and Crown shoal on Jan. 19, 1892, but the surfmen of the Coskata U.S. Life-Saving Service Station rescued all on board in 24 hours.

Airport, Shaw find common ground
 In the hours leading to the start of last Wednesday night's Town Meeting session, Eric Shaw, his attorney, Airport Manager Al Peterson and Airport Commission chairman Foley Vaughan reached common ground, allowing the commission to support Shaw's Article 71 that sought a settlement with the town to grant him ownership of the land beneath his home.

Hutch's to become Alice's Restaurant
"You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant." Those are words from the famous Arlo Guthrie song of the 1960s, and it is the sentiment the new managers of the airport eatery hope their customers will feel when Nantucket Restaurant Group opens Alice's Restaurant there this spring.

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Spring Gale Roars Through Island; Norton Point Beach Is Breached
A powerful spring storm that inundated the entire East Coast pounded the Vineyard south shore with heavy seas this week, marrying with extreme tides to carve a substantial breach through Norton Point Beach at Katama at the extreme southeastern end of Edgartown.

Geology of Vineyard Coastline Written in Cliffs and Boulders, From Lucy Vincent to Katama
Geological time mostly runs incredibly slowly, in measures of hundreds of thousands, if not millions or billions of years. No wonder Bob Woodruff was excited about what happened over the weekend.

Chilmark Voters Address Fishing Concerns At Annual Town Meeting on Monday Night
The Island’s troubled fishing industry will be a major focus of the Chilmark annual town meeting on Monday night.

Tisbury Voters Go to the Polls Tuesday; Selectman’s Race Is Sole Ballot Contest
The loose ends of Tisbury’s three-day-long town meeting last week will be tied in the ballot box next Tuesday, as voters revisit eight Proposition 2 1/2 override requests. The selectmen put all non-emergency expenditures over $10,000 on override questions this year, but because the bulk of the spending and borrowing items failed on town meeting floor, the main focus for voters next week will be a single contested race for town selectman.

Body Washes Ashore in Edgartown Harbor
A fisherman checking on his boat in Edgartown Harbor made a grisly discovery Monday when he found a dead body on a small stretch of beach at the end of Morse street.

Chappaquiddick Ferry Owner Contemplates Sale of Business
Ownership of the Chappaquiddick ferry clearly seems a good deal to a lot of people, judging by the offers Roy Hayes has received since he revealed that he is looking to sell after 19 years.

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