Goodale Construction can continue to mine for sand and gravel without special permitting from the town, following a vote of the Oak Bluffs board of appeals. The vote overrules the building inspector who said the company had exceeded its nonconforming use which dates to 1948.
Patricia A. Costa died at her Oak Bluffs home on Wednesday, July 16. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Massasoit avenue, Oak Bluffs on Wednesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. followed by interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs.
Heath Hen video
In the cold and snowy early spring of 1926 or 1927, a filmmaker and at least two other men hiked into the scrubby barrens at the center of the Island to capture the courtship rituals of the heath hen for what would turn out to be the final time.
The heath hen’s story of decline and extinction has become inextricably linked to Martha’s Vineyard — so much so that discussions about de-extinction have centered on whether the heath hen could be brought back to the Island. The last heath hen died on the Vineyard around 1932.
The heath hen is at the center of a new effort and a new debate on the Island, as scientific advances have made de-extinction a possibility. The conservation community is divided on the issue.
More than three months after the Vineyard Gazette formally asked for public records from the town of Tisbury relating to the Stop & Shop expansion proposal, the town has provided only a portion of what was requested.
He was remembered this week by friends and colleagues as a distinguished Italian scholar and a man who loved the sea, where he fished, swam and walked the beach. And he felt deeply rooted on the Vineyard, where he had been coming summers with his family for some half a century.
On Island to attend a screening of the documentary about him, Barney Frank speaks about his life as a gay congressman and married man, in a conversation with the Gazette at the Chilmark Community Center.
It’s hard to imagine what justification the town of Tisbury might claim for withholding minutes of selectmen’s meetings from the public. Yet more than a hundred days after the Gazette formally requested copies of minutes that mention Stop & Shop between the dates of January 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014, we have received neither the documents nor an explanation why they have not been released.

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