SSA may lose local control; Mystery author Phlip Craid dies; Wash ashore body declared homicide

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May 11, 2007  

Boat Line Bill Set for Hearing
Sleeper Legislation Would Dilute Island Control of SSA Board; Unions Back the Measure, Management Does Not
The Steamship Authority is facing a fresh fight for its independence over union-backed attempts to change the composition of its board to dilute local representation and impose an increasing degree of state control.
 
To that end, a sleeper bill which would put the boat line under control of the Executive Office of Transportation and add another member to the board and to the port council is set for a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Transportation next week.  The hearing begins on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Room B1 at the state house in Boston.

Voter Conduct Is Neighborly
Aquinnah Annual Town Meeting Rejects Notion of Shifting Regional School Costs Over to Chilmark
In a magnanimous sign of regional good will, Aquinnah voters at their annual town meeting this week turned down an opportunity to pass on some $74,000 in Up-Island Regional School District costs to their neighbors in Chilmark.


Plovers Abound, Stripers Are In: Katama Breach Boosts Ecology
The forces which punched a hole in Norton Point and opened Edgartown harbor to the Atlantic Ocean might present a headache for town officials, but from an ecological viewpoint, they have all the benefits of a big natural spring cleaning.

Mystery Writer Philip R. Craig Penned Popular Fiction Series
PhilCraigPhilip R. Craig, the salty Edgartown author who earned national and local celebrity status for his popular Vineyard mystery series, died on May 8 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness. He was 74 and had lived year-round in a renovated Ocean Heights camp with his wife Shirley.

Still Unidentified, Recovered Dead Body Ruled as Homicide by Medical Examiner
A dead man whose body washed up along the shore of the inner Edgartown harbor in the storm last month was the victim of homicide, the state chief medical examiner's office confirmed this week.

Playhouse Hosts Spring Festival of Short Works
About a week ago, Trudy Russell was sitting at her Olivetti Lettera 25 typewriter with her morning cup of coffee when the phone rang. The woman on the other line introduced herself as M.J. Munafo and told Mrs. Russell that her play, Closure, had been selected for the Vineyard Playhouse spring festival, Island Interludes.

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