Headlines, July 6, 2007
Energy Zone Raises Doubts
Feasibility of Proposed Area Close to Tuckernuck May Be Years Away; Need Grows for Clean Energy
But they also warned against approaching the idea as a viable alternative to Cape Wind, which is years into permitting and would use proven technology already in wide use throughout EuropeSelectmen across the Island this spring hailed a proposal to designate an area southeast of Chappaquiddick as a renewable energy zone, where they would promote offshore projects to supply the Vineyard and Nantucket with clean electric power.
Given the lure of federal funding, the concept was openly embraced by town officials and other groups who are opposed to the offshore wind farm proposed in Nantucket Sound. They presented the publicly sited area as a better alternative to the Cape Wind project, which a private developer has proposed on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound.
But more than two months after extolling the idea, town officials acknowledged this week that they know virtually nothing about the details of the proposed zone.
At present, the zone exists only as a mention in a few letters sent to various federal officials. No funds have been secured, no legislation has been filed, nor have any new studies been conducted to determine whether potential projects south of Tuckernuck island are as yet economically feasible...
Sengekontacket Closed Again
Plagued by High Bacteria Counts, Pond Will Now Remain Closed Indefinitely to Shellfishing; Constables Concerned
For the second time in less than a month, Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing, and will remain closed indefinitely while fisheries experts consider what to do about bacterial contamination.
Rain Fails to Dampen Parade, Fireworks
All it takes to start a parade are some pots and pans and a couple of kids.
Island Towns Found Lacking on Flouride in Water Supplies
The town that is home to the largest number of nonprofit institutions may also have the fewest cavities.
American Diva Beverly Sills Dies at 78
Beverly Sills, coloratura soprano, devoted supporter of the arts and longtime Vineyard seasonal resident, died on Monday at her home in New York city of lung cancer. Ms. Sills, who was 78, was the wife of the late Peter B. Greenough, a retired financial writer for the Boston Globe, who died last September.
Historic Preservation Commissions Doubt Rune Rock Credibility
A planned expedition to recover a mysterious rune stone on Noman's Land reportedly inscribed with the name of famous Viking Leif Eriksson has hit a snag. The state historical commission questions the plan and the Chilmark historical commission has recommended against removal of the stone.
Betsy Sheerr Leads Hebrew Center Institute
The summer speaker series put on by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, explained Betsy Sheerr, is not a Jewish thing, although she explained its motivation - and her own - in distinctly Jewish terms.
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