VINEYARD - Chappy ferry ready for sale; Pondfront owners shocked at tax bills; No winter blues on the busy waterfront. NANTUCKET - The shingle explained; Madaket residents unite against Nantucket Sporting Club plan; Seek answers in student's death

Martha's Vineyard Headlines, January 18, 2008

vg18_275Cape Wind Clears Key Federal Hurdle in Draft Environmental Report
America’s first major offshore wind power generation project, Cape Wind, has cleared a key hurdle after a comprehensive federal environmental study found it would have no lasting major adverse impacts on wildlife, navigation, fishing, tourism or recreation...

Pondfront Owners Shocked at Tax Bills
Residents from the Tisbury Great Pond Area Question West Tisbury Assessors About Huge Increase in Violations

A dozen stunned West Tisbury property owners crowded the normally quiet town assessors meeting this week to question their assessments and tax bills, which have more than doubled this year...

Other Headlines;
Vera Shorter Is An Artist of All Things Possible
Amahl and the Night Visitors Revives Spirits With Music, Comedy, Kindness
House Foreclosure Petitions Increased Last Year on Island
Puffback Saga Pins Library in Town Hall
Sheriff’s Meadow to Name New Executive Director
Court Ruling Backs Review Of Mansions on Little Lots
West Tisbury Tract Sells for $15 Million
West Tisbury Will Rework  Affordable Covenants
Strawberry Plants Lie Dormant; Pick a Trail Instead at Thimble
Possible Dreams Auction Will Move to Outerland
Agricultural Society Invites Farm Grant Applications
Chappaquiddick Ferry Ready for Sale
The Chappaquiddick ferry, a singular enterprise and sole transportation link for the residents of this tiny island situated off the extreme eastern end of Edgartown, is set to be sold to Peter Wells, a seasoned captain who is a familiar face at the helm of the three-car ferry...

School Enrollment Is Expected To See Steady, Steep Declines
Enrollment at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is expected to drop by 150 students — or about 20 per cent — over the next 10 years, according to a report from the New England School Development Council...

No Winter Blues on the Busy Waterfront
Winter is the ideal season when wood shavings fly, drills and sanders sing and Vineyard boat builders assemble and repair boats...

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Nantucket Headlines, January 16, 2008

The Shingle
Equal parts function and recognizable form

Grey, in several dimensions, is a virtue on Nantucket. It is the color of the sky for most of the winter; it matches the hues of island vegetation in the off season and it is the lasting color of the wooden siding that protects most of the buildings on the Grey Lady from wind, rain and salt air.

ni16_312Madaket residents unite against Nantucket Sporting Club plan
Unified in their opposition, residents of Madaket turned out in force Monday night to tell the Planning Board why the proposed Nantucket Sporting Club should not be permitted at 324 and 326 Madaket Road.

Island seeks solace, answers in wake of student death
As the island comes to grips with the third death of a Nantucket High School student since last February, the schools, town government and island health officials have pledged to work together in hopes of averting future tragedies.

Albert Brock dies at 88
Businessman, community leader, devoted husband and father

When his striking white hair was not tousled by ocean breezes during his frequent fishing and sailing excursions it was combed to perfection, part of the dapper professional image Albert Brock presented as one of the island's most respected businessmen.

Federal agency finds little fault with Cape Wind plan
Cape Wind Associates' wind turbine plan for Nantucket Sound got a major lift with the release of a Minerals Management Service report that said the project would have negligible to minor impacts on the environment. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued by the federal agency on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.

Toole takes over as Interm CPS Principal
Caryl Toole began work yesterday as interim principal of the Cyrus Peirce School. A former school director and elementary school principal, Toole worked for the state department of education before coming to the island.

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