• Coast Guard color guard kicks off march down Main street.
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  • Vineyard veterans enter the park.
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  • The Northeast Navy Band anchored the parade.
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  • Daniel Garcia, 3, joins the Boy Scouts in the parade.
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  • Veterans agent and former American Legion post 257 commander Jo Ann Murphy speaks at dedication ceremony.
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  • Veteran and former American Legion post 257 commander Fred Thifault, who helped build Veterans Park 50 years ago, speaks at dedication ceremony.
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  • Flag Day and park dedication ceremony held under clearing skies.
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  • Tisbury town administrator John (Jay) Grande shakes hands with veteran Fred Thifault.
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  • Old Glory celebrated as Northeast Navy Band plays on.
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News

Perhaps a slight rise in property taxes on Chilmark residents might be a preferable method to raise funds rather than bleeding our finest up-Island artistic and cultural organizations dry.
The following letter was sent to Oak Bluffs police chief Erik Blake. My husband and I wish to commend the four officers of your department who were so responsive to our needs on Sunday, July 13.
Infrequently, I listen to network television and feel I’m watching Cliff Notes — a dumbed-down version of something poignant. Instead, I choose to watch and listen to Democracy Now! with host Amy...

Celebrations

Fernanda Barcelar and Regiuan Oliveira of Vineyard Haven announce the birth of a son, Joao Barcelar Oliveira, born on July 25 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Koren Allyn Boyd and Jesse James Smith of Vineyard Haven announce the birth of a daughter, Kathryn Allyn Smith, born on July 22 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Obituaries

Violet M. Cleveland Waters died peacefully with family at her side on Friday, July 18, after a long and hard-fought battle, suffering from two major strokes a number of years ago. She was 85.
Paul Kerns died peacefully after a lengthy illness surrounded by his family on Friday, July 18. He was 57 years old.