Mark Alan Lovewell
One of the rarest creatures on the earth, the endangered right whale, was seen near the Vineyard Tuesday.
Right whales
National Marine Fisheries Service


A lawsuit pits the town of Aquinnah’s efforts to improve the Gay Head Lighthouse against the rights of nearby condominium residents to enjoy their homes in peace and privacy.


A federal appeals court this week temporarily froze the effect of its ruling that the Aquinnah tribe has the legal authority to operate a gambling hall on the Vineyard.

Outgoing town administrator Adam Wilson was elected to a seat on the board of assessors and a $110,000 budget override passed by one vote at the Aquinnah town election Wednesday.

Town meeting season came to a rowdy end on Tuesday, with voters in Aquinnah sparring over everything from salaries to the rising tax rate. Ongoing tensions in town hall set the pace for the meeting, which spanned more than three and a half hours.

Budget overflow and simmering tensions in town hall are expected to thread the agenda next week when Aquinnah voters gather for their annual town meeting and election.

Town administrator Adam Wilson will resign his post to take another job. Announced at the selectmen’s meeting Monday night, the resignation comes during a time of internal turmoil and tension at town hall.