H2B Visas Vex Businessmen; Sale of Homes Fell Last Year; Technology boom has bred isolation; Madaket Marine plans 66 new slips and three new boat storage racks

Nantucket Headlines
January 24, 2008

Technology boom has bred isolation
Core issues remain unchanged, but greater demands challenge ability to cope
First in a Series It has never been easy to be a teenager. Adolescence is a period when sensitivities and hormones run high. It is a time when youth are trying to find their own individuality while also needing to fit in with their peers.

Madaket Marine plans 66 new slips and three new boat storage racks
Madaket Marine has filed plans with the Planning Board and Conservation Commission that include adding 66 slips to its existing 60, and adding three rack systems to store an additional 127 boats.

Great Point Properties and Sanford Real Estate merge
Two well-established island real estate firms will become one when Sanford Real Estate and Great Point Properties merge into a single business. Edward Sanford, whose company opened in April 2003, said the combined firm will retain the Great Point Properties name and is in the process of buying 1 North Beach St.

Interim ministers ease transition at island churches
New clergy search underway at Episcopal, Congregational churches
There are similarities in the search processes to find new clergy at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the First Congregational Church; the primary difference being that one search may be finalized by the end of the summer, while the other is just beginning.

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Martha's Vineyard Headlines
gazette1January 25, 2008

Sale of Homes Fell Last Year
Real Estate Transactions Were Off In 2007 on Island Over 2006, But Fourth Quarter Report Shows Median Prices Up
Fewer Island houses sold in 2007 for slightly more money than in 2006...

H2B Visas Vex Businessmen
Vineyard Seasonal Merchants Worry About Getting Workers With Tourniquet on Visas; Mr. Delahunt Steps In
Moves are afoot to use the economic stimulus package being planned by President Bush and Congress to deal with the national economic crisis, to also resolve an immigration problem which threatens to leave Island businesses without their usual supply of foreign seasonal workers...

Retirement Obligations Figure In Changed Accounting Rules
Although it sounds more like a brand of malt liquor or a famous title from F. Scott Fitzgerald, a new government accounting standard called GASB 45 could force Island towns to open their books and set aside tens of millions of dollars in the coming years for post-retirement benefits for employees...

With a Practiced Hand, Mr. Wells Takes Helm of the Chappy Ferry
Peter Wells stands in the sun between Chappaquiddick and Edgartown on the On Time III, the Chappaquiddick ferry, which come Monday he will own, after a third of a century spent behind its wheel as captain...

Access Program Helps Islanders Navigate Complicated Maze of Health Care World
On a recent Wednesday morning, Michelle Nepton, enrollment specialist at Vineyard Health Care Access, took a quick moment in between clients to put on a pot of coffee. It was the second full pot of the day. It was only 10:30...

Peter M. Williamson, Former Oak Bluffs Police Chief, Dies
Peter M. Williamson, the former Oak Bluffs chief of police who served on the town force for 32 years, 28 of them as chief, died Wednesday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was 70 and had suffered a brain hemorrhage...

Island’s Living Room Awaits At the PA Club
There is nothing sleepy at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs this winter, or any winter...

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