Selectmen Shift Stance on Pledge of Support for Stop & Shop
Sara Brown

At the urging of Tristan Israel who was not present last week, Tisbury selectmen voted Tuesday to remove language from an agreement with Stop & Shop pledging their support for the grocery chain’s expansion plans.

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Tisbury Property Insurance Rates May Drop; Copper Wok Restaurant Progresses
Ivy Ashe

Property owners in Tisbury may see a reduction in their insurance rates soon. Fire chief John Schilling told the Tisbury selectmen Tuesday that the town had received a rating of three from Insurance Services Offices, a risk assessment company. Insurance providers use data from the company to set rates.

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Building To Be Demolished
Ivy Ashe

Demolition of the old public works building, a new beer and wine license for Cafe Moxie and three signatures on a new cable contract for the town were all in a day’s work for the Tisbury selectmen at their meeting Tuesday.

At the request of town building inspector Ken Barwick, selectmen voted to approve the demolition of the old DPW building on Spring street “at the earliest reasonable time.”

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Ray LaPorte Is New Leader in Tisbury Politics
Joshua Sabatini

By an overwhelming margin, Raymond LaPorte was elected to the Tisbury board of selectmen Tuesday. He welcomes the challenge and speaks confidently, not arrogantly, about the role he looks forward to playing in the highest elected position he has ever held on the Island. His strength stems in part from his years of volunteer work and his active lifestyle.

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Tisbury Selectmen Reject Bid to Bring Fox Ferries Into Harbor

Tisbury Selectmen Reject Bid to Bring Fox Ferries Into Harbor


Fox Navigation, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in
Connecticut, wants to resume high-speed ferry service to Vineyard Haven
harbor next season, but Tisbury selectmen denied the company a harbor
use permit at a public hearing Tuesday night.

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Selectmen Persist in Protesting Schedule Changes for Ferries
Max Hart

Striking a far more conciliatory tone, the Tisbury selectmen stood
their ground this week in opposing a set of proposed Steamship Authority
schedule changes for next year, also calling on boat line leaders to
play a role in creating a better traffic layout at the Vineyard Haven

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Tisbury Selectmen Carry Gripes About Schedules to Boat Line Port Council
James Kinsella

HYANNIS - In the latest skirmish in the continuing battle between the Tisbury board of selectmen and the Steamship Authority, the port council yesterday backed a boat line plan to shift three summer trips from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs.

The decision by the council, which advises the SSA board of governors, came over the bitter protests of council member and Tisbury selectman Thomas W. Pachico and fellow selectman Tristan Israel. The council voted 5-1, with Mr. Pachico dissenting and Nantucket member Nathaniel Lowell absent, to back the SSA plan.

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Tisbury Selectmen End Closed-Door Talks on Boch Park
Rachel Nava Rohr

After nearly four years of negotiations between attorneys representing the town of Tisbury and Ernest Boch Jr. about the so-called Boch Park, no progress has been made, Tisbury selectman Tristan R. Israel announced last week.

Mr. Israel said at last Tuesday's meeting of the board that the town is closing the door on the saga surrounding the waterfront land and building near the Five Corners intersection that have been vacant for most of the last two decades.

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