Louisa Hufstader

High School Picks Manager for Building Overhaul

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School building project took a significant step forward Wednesday on the path toward a new or substantially-rebuilt school, as the building committee named its top choices for owner’s project manager.

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Community Foundation Donates $421,000 in Grants

Worker training, bereavement counseling for youths and a seafood donation program are among dozens of Island causes receiving grants from the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation. The foundation saw a record high number of applications this cycle.

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Tisbury Grapples with Town Office Crisis

Officials in Tisbury are stepping up the hunt for new office space, as building conditions at both town hall and the town hall annex have deteriorated to the point where worker safety may be at risk. 

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Tisbury Ponders Hike in Harbor Fees

A town policy calls for a 10 per cent increase in the mooring permit fees every other year and the harbor master is asking for higher docking and dinghy fees.

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Kidney Donation Bonds Two New Island Friends

Mark Rasmussen of West Tisbury had two good kidneys, and wanted to give one away. Brad Hill of Edgartown was facing death without a kidney transplant. Near-strangers a year ago, the two men are now recovering from surgery, with one of Mr. Rasmussen’s healthy kidneys on the job for each of them.

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When Granger Things Calls, Do You Dare to Answer?

Dancers, actors, musicians and visual artists have turned the Grange Hall in West Tisbury into an all-ages haunted house for the next two weekends, with a new performance piece titled Granger Things.

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Steamship Approves Budget, Raises Some Rates

The Steamship Authority board of governors Tuesday approved next year’s $137.7 million operating budget, raising fares for some travelers, but mostly protecting rates for Island residents.

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Tisbury Halloween Parade Returns, ArtCliff Gets Alcohol License

Chilmark the ox, Bella the puppeteer and an assembly of costumed children will lead this year’s Halloween parade in Vineyard Haven, organizers told the Tisbury select board earlier this month.

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District Approves Keeping Chilmark Principal Position

The Up-Island Regional School District committee last week agreed to hire a principal for Chilmark School to replace school head Susan Stevens, who retires at the end of the school year.

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Billy Baloo Show Extended at Playhouse

The new musical Billy Baloo has quickly become a hit for the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, which is adding five more performances Oct. 23 through Oct. 28.

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