Sunny Skies for Blessing of the Fleet in Menemsha

Reverend Arlene Bodge of Chilmark Community Church opened the start of the summer boating season with the annual blessing of the fleet ceremony on the Menemsha waterfront.

Vineyard Haven Waterfront Still Rebuilding After Sandy

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt on the Vineyard Haven harborfront, but marina owners say they are recovering on schedule for the influx of summer boats in coming months.

The October 2012 hurricane destroyed a portion of the town-owned Owen Park dock and severely damaged the dock of the private Vineyard Haven Marina, washing away its replica pilot house.

Vineyard Haven Dredging Will Begin June 1

The town of Tisbury will be able to start one of its planned dredging projects ahead of schedule. Dredging on the small harbor entrance will begin June 1. The projects, approved at town meeting earlier this month, were not scheduled to begin until after fiscal year 2014 began on July 1. Voters approved a $500,000 borrowing item at the April 9 annual town meeting to approve the dredging of the harbor and Lake Tashmoo. Town treasurer Tim McLean said the town will borrow $260,000 at this time to dredge the harbor, the more pressing of the two projects.

Menemsha Dock Plan Set for a Vote

The character of Menemsha is expected to be a topic for debate at a Chilmark special town meeting on Monday, when voters will be asked to approve an extensive new dock and pier system in the historic fishing village.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Longtime moderator Everett Poole will preside over the two-article warrant.

It Takes a Village to Shore Up Town’s Collapsing Waterfront

Fittingly, Tuesday’s meeting on plans to repair the crumbing town waterfront in Oak Bluffs took place at the same time as the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., when Barack Obama spoke of the importance of rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and infrastructure.

The parallels were literal and figurative. Earlier this month the town applied for $4 million in federal assistance through Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus plan, aimed at providing a boost to the sagging economy while creating new jobs.

Chaos in Menemsha as Fire Destroys Coast Guard Boathouse

A huge fire erupted in the U.S. Coast Guard boathouse in Menemsha yesterday afternoon, completely destroying the 68-year-old building along with an extended wooden pier that leads to the west dock on the Menemsha harbor. Also destroyed in the blaze were at least one truck and an unknown number of small boats nearby. Miraculously there were no injuries save one minor injury to a volunteer fireman, a Coast Guard public affairs spokesman confirmed last night.

Dock Destroyed in Fire Rebuilt, Fishing Village Honors Success

The view over Menemsha harbor may be forever changed after last year’s fire destroyed the historic Coast Guard boathouse and town pier, but one thing remains unchanged: the heart and soul of the picturesque fishing village that is Chilmark’s downtown.

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the July 12 fire, a fitting day for the dedication of the rebuilt drive-on dock. A large group of Chilmark elected leaders, emergency service chiefs and residents gathered in Menemsha to mark the occasion.

Rewards of Oyster Farming Tame Wild Fishermen

Out on Katama Bay, with osprey circling overhead and water lapping at the edges of his floating nursery, Jack Blake opens a box of precious cargo.