Thursday, May 2, 2013
"I don't know why anybody gives you any money at all. I wouldn't give you a dime," Edgartown selectman Michael Donaroma tells Edgartown Library Foundation president Susan Cahoon in this MVTV video from Monday's meeting.
An unfulfilled $175,000 pledge to the Edgartown Public Library building fund raised the ire of Edgartown selectman Michael Donaroma at Monday's board of selectmen's meeting. In this MVTV video of the proceedings, Donaroma blasts Edgartown Library Foundation president Susan Cahoon after she tells him there are "a couple of conditions that have to be met" before the donation, currently in a bank account, is transferred to the library building fund. "I don't know why anybody gives you any money at all. I wouldn't give you a dime," Donaroma said. "If that's the way you do, I think that's absurd, just absurd. What a way to run a nonprofit," he continues. "Condition on top of condition on top of condition. Smoke and mirror, smoke and mirror, …
This morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., you can visit with Congressman Bill Keating at Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven.
Martha's Vineyard is getting a visit from Ninth District Congressman Bill Keating today. According to Keating's website, he will be holding a "Coffee with Bill" constituent get-together at Waterside Market, 76 Main St. in Vineyard Haven from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Keating will also tour the storm-damaged Oak Bluffs waterfront and the erosion-compromised Gay Head Light in Aquinnah during his day on the Island, reports the Vineyard Gazette. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start a blog and share your views.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Massachusetts voters go to the polls today to make their primary choices for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry when he became Secretary of State. Who gets your vote, and why? Tell us in the comments.
Are you still undecided about whom to choose? Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in today's special election primary. We gathered questions from editors across our coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked broad questions about policy, as well as opinions on more local, regional issues. Click on the links below to read the questions and answers with each candidate: Stephen Lynch Edward Markey Brett Rhyne (write-in candidate) Gabriel Gomez Michael Sullivan Daniel Winslow Who gets your vote today? Why do you choose him? Tell us in the comments. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Think you've seen the last of traffic blinkers on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road? Maybe not.
The blinking traffic lights are gone for good from the Barnes Road/Airport Road intersection with Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, superseded by the new roundabout. But one of the blinkers may be coming back to the main road in a new spot, at the County Road intersection by Jardin Mahoney. Oak Buffs Highway Superintendent Richard Combra told town selectmen last week that the County Road intersection has seen several serious accidents, including fatalities, in recent years. Combra suggested that one of the blinkers removed from the roundabout intersection could be reinstalled at County Road to help calm traffic there. The other blinker, which Combra described as "vintage," may be donated to the Possible Dreams charity benefit: Oak Bluffs …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Emotionally drained by last week's marathon bombings, House lawmakers raced through budget week, shortening it to a three-day affair that averaged out to about a billion dollars in spending for every hour in session. The only thing left to do by Friday was figure out where that money was going. It was an impressive display of efficiency and trust or acquiescence, depending on your vantage point. House lawmakers sprinted through deliberations over how to best allocate $33.8 billion, agreeing to bump up the bottom line closer to $34 billion between Monday and Wednesday night. After 37 hours in session - many spent in idle chatter awaiting a thumb's up or down on legislators' preferred earmarks, policy goals and spending priorities from …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's still a construction site, but it's also a functioning roundabout that can handle the largest 18-wheeler on the Island, said Oak Bluffs Highway Department Superintendent Richard Combra, Jr.
After weeks of construction and sometimes lengthy backups, the Oak Bluffs roundabout at Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and Barnes Road began circling traffic as designed this week, the town's highway superintendent told selectmen. "It's a functioning roundabout now," Richard Combra, Jr. said during Tuesday's board of selectmen meeting at the library. "Yesterday was probably the worst day," Combra continued. "Hopefully that was the hardest part of the construction." Not only is the roundabout carrying passenger-vehicle traffic without a hitch, Combra told selectmen: Tuesday, the largest 18-wheel tractor-trailer operating on Island roads went through it with no problems. Big-rigs' rear wheels may encounter dirt as they circle the roundabout, …
We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts.
Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in the April 30 special election. We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked both broad questions about policy, as well as opinions on more local, regional issues. Click on the links below to read the questions and answers with each candidate… Stephen Lynch Edward Markey Brett Rhyne (write-in candidate) Gabriel Gomez Michael Sullivan Daniel Winslow
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
If unchallenged by the Massachusetts Secretary of State, the final rules for medical marijuana clinics go into effect in late May, said the man who hopes to earn the right to dispense medical pot on Martha's Vineyard.
Either Oak Bluffs or Tisbury appears likely to wind up as the home of the Island's first marijuana dispensary, no matter who wins the right to operate it. Voters in those two towns this month defeated a town meeting article seeking a year-long moratorium on marijuana pharmacies, while Edgartown passed a similar article and will not allow the operations for the next year. However, medical marijuana patients with valid prescriptions will be able to smoke and/or swallow their pot in Edgartown's public places, but not in Oak Bluffs' or Tisbury's: Edgartown voted down a pot-smoking ban that passed in the other two towns. West Tisbury and Aquinnah voters take up their moratorium and smoking ban articles next month, while Chilmark — which has no …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
By nearly three to one, Chilmark voters Monday passed a bylaw restricting the construction of homes larger than 3,500 square feet per three-acre lot.
Chilmark voters marked Earth Day, 2013 by approving a long-sought bylaw aimed at preserving the town's rural character by limiting the size of new houses and additions. After much discussion and two proposed amendments — one approved, one defeated — voters at the Chilmark annual town meeting overwhelmingly approved Article 31, the bylaw that requires planning board review for homes larger than 3,500 square feet of living space on a minimum three-acre lot. After the secret ballot was counted, the vote was 162 in favor of the bylaw to 51 opposed. Four voters cast blank ballots, said town planning board chair Janet Weidner after the meeting. The amendment that passed requires biennial review of the bylaw by a joint session of the planning …