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


Aquinnah voters on Tuesday sped through a 10-article special town meeting warrant — the first of the season on the Island — approving $111,200 in spending proposals.

Town meeting season comes to an end as Aquinnah gathers for its meeting Tuesday; the town will have the final say in whether to pay for the purchase of a new Center for Living for Island seniors. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, following a special town meeting at 6:45 p.m.

A federal court case that could decide whether the Wampanoag tribe has the right to open a gaming facility in Aquinnah has inched forward with an interim ruling that allows a group of taxpayers to remain a party.


The annual town meeting and election season came to a close this week as Aquinnah voters approved a major spending request for the relocation of the Gay Head Light and ushered in a new selectman for the next three years.

A level-funded budget, a possible name change for State Road and a major spending request for the relocation of the Gay Head Light will come before Aquinnah voters at their annual town meeting Tuesday night.

It will mark the last annual town meeting on the Vineyard this year.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced in a ceremony at the Gay Head Cliffs Wednesday morning that it had named the Gay Head Light to its 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.