Lawsuit Filed on Cape Wind; County Seeks Disaster Funds;

gazette1Martha's Vineyard headlines, April 26, 2007

Notice of Lawsuit Filed on Cape Wind
vghillquote_01Town of Barnstable and Citizen Groups Take Formal Steps, Preparing to Sue State Environmental Secretary. 
Setting up another potential roadblock for the offshore wind farm proposed in Nantucket Sound, the town of Barnstable and two groups of Cape Cod citizens last week filed notices of intent to sue the state’s top environmental official for his endorsement of the project.  The three separate notices serve as formal appeals of the certificate signed last month by Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles, who found that developers of the Cape Wind project had fulfilled their environmental review requirements on the state level.

County Seeks Disaster Funds Following Breach at Katama, County Manager Joins Rush For State, Federal Money, And Takes Heat for It
Dukes County is in line to receive more than half a million dollars in federal disaster relief for erosion at Norton Point beach caused by last week's storm, but may spend little or none of it on repairing storm damage, county manager Winn Davis said yesterday.

Horticulturist Polly Hill Dies at Age 100
Polly Hill, the pioneering horticulturist whose internationally acclaimed work raising trees and shrubs from seed began 50 years ago on a former sheep farm in North Tisbury, died Wednesday morning at Cokesbury Village, her home in Hockessin, Del. She had turned 100 in January.

Journalists Collaborate on Book Exposing Politics of Wind Farm
A new book set for release early next month paints a picture of the Cape and Islands that will likely be unsettling for seasonal and year-round residents of Martha's Vineyard. It chronicles the influence that money and politics in the region have played in obstructing the nation's first offshore wind farm, proposed for the waters of Nantucket Sound.

J.B. Riggs Parker Prevails
Nearly half the registered voters in Chilmark turned out for the annual town election on Wednesday to reelect incumbent selectman J.B. Riggs Parker to a second three-year term.

Tristan Israel Reelected
Tisbury voters returned incumbent selectman Tristan Israel to another three-year term in the annual town election Tuesday. Both candidates won congratulations after the election — Mr. Israel for his win and challenger Jeffrey C. Kristal for making a good showing against a 12-year veteran of the board. The final count was 498 to 372.

School Committee Adopts New Budget; Town Votes Needed
At least four Island towns must call a special town meeting by early June in order to establish a budget for the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for the fiscal year beginning July 1 — or risk having a school budget imposed by the state. 

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