Noah Asimow
The towns of Edgartown and Tisbury were born as part of New York Colony, fraternal twins that on Thursday this week celebrated their sesquarcentennial anniversaries.


A hotly-debated proposal to build a new Tisbury school, a first step toward banning mopeds, and lots of spending is on the agenda tonight as annual town meetings convene in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.

If annual town town meetings are the heartbeat of Edgartown, moderator Jeff Norton has set the rhythm for as long as most people can remember.

A growing budget, a lengthy agenda featuring nearly $6 million in budget overrides and the end of an era await Edgartown voters when they gather next week for special and annual town meetings.


Emotions ran high in Edgartown this week over a recent board of health decision to move forward with a plan to add fluoride to town water.

Edgartown voters swiftly approved a new affordable housing development off Meshacket Road and a temporary moratorium on retail marijuana sales at a special town meeting Tuesday. But they balked before approving a ban on public marijuana consumption.

Special town meetings in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Tuesday night will have a common theme: promoting more affordable housing and grappling with the legal sale of recreational marijuana.