President Obama will return to Martha’s Vineyard early next month for a 16-day family vacation, the White House confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The Obamas are scheduled to arrive August 9 and leave August 24. As in past trips, they will stay in Chilmark, but this time in a new location.
Legal and personnel troubles at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport continued this week as a former airport employee filed a lawsuit against members of the airport commission, county, and airport management claiming that she faced retaliation for reporting concerns about the airport manager over his alleged drug use.
Among the mounds of lettuce heads, cartons of fresh fruit, herb displays and coolers of local meat, vendors at the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market are offering something new this summer: acceptance of government-issued food coupons. This season, three separate government-run food aid program benefits will be accepted at the local farmers’ market held on Saturdays and Wednesdays at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.
An energetic Portuguese water dog named Ruby greets all visitors as if they were longtime friends. In the vegetable garden, sugar snap peas are ripe and tasty. But owner Joanne Hubschman’s favorite part of her house is the outdoor shower. The water pressure is perfect and the location next to the tennis/basketball court combination ideal.
As the summer season gains momentum, Vineyard emergency medical crews are working overtime and drawing from off-Island resources in order to meet an increased demand for service. And with fewer paramedics available this summer for ambulance calls, the current group of staffers have also increased cross-town efforts to maintain the highest standard of care possible.
It’s been a record-breaking year for Vineyard osprey, the majestic raptor that now nests on the Island in greater numbers than ever before. Home to only two breeding pairs in 1970, the Island can now count 83 nesting pairs of osprey among its avian residents.
Tisbury’s 343rd birthday party was a hit for all those invited, and that included the whole Island.
What to do with the old West Tisbury police station building was a topic for discussion before the town selectmen this week. Situated on the Mill Pond at the entrance to town, the building has been vacant since April when the police department moved into new headquarters behind the public safety building in North Tisbury.
Oak Bluffs is working to recover payments owed to the town for parking mitigation following the discovery of lapse in collections for the account. A town bylaw in effect since 2004 allows B1 businesses to pay into an account in lieu of providing the required off-street parking spaces for their customers.

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