Nantucket, MA Government

Harbor View Hotel Sues MVC Over Strict Conditions on Spa Expansion

The Harbor View Hotel has sued the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, challenging the conditions attached to the recent approval of an expansion to the hotel’s spa, calling them unduly onerous, irrelevant and even illegal. The commission approved the spa expansion in a 9-5 vote on July 22, with more than a...
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Patriot Ledger

State Sen. Susan Moran on proposed gun range plan: "Start over and do it right"

FALMOUTH – State Sen. Susan Moran on Thursday voiced quick support for the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners' strong opposition to a controversial machine gun range on Cape Cod. Calling it "unacceptable and irresponsible to push this plan," Moran reacted after the executive-branch county body sent two letters to...
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Inquirer and Mirror

Planning Board approves seven-lot Rugged Road subdivision

(Sept. 16, 2021) The Planning Board on Monday approved a seven-lot residential subdivision on just over four acres off Rugged Road near Seikinnow Place and Cachalot Lane. The subdivision, on a cul de sac called Maple Lane, will be served by underground utilities, town sewer and water, with a sidewalk connecting to the Rugged Road bike path, and a paved pedestrian and bicycle easement from the rear of the property to Cachalot Lane.

Sandwich's COVID Infection Rate Highest On Cape

Sandwich’s health director is strongly urging residents to resume wearing face mask indoors in public places now that the the town’s COVID-19 infection rate has surpassed 5 percent, which is currently the highest infection rate of all towns within Barnstable County. Sandwich Health Director David Mason said previously if the...

COVID-19 update: Cape Cod reaches a sad milestone-500 deaths in Barnstable County

CAPE COD – According to data released by the state and tabulated by CWN, Barnstable County has reached a sad milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. Two deaths on Wednesday have brought the death toll on Cape Cod to 500 people who have died from COVID, or COVID related illness across this peninsula. No patient specifics […] The post COVID-19 update: Cape Cod reaches a sad milestone-500 deaths in Barnstable County appeared first on

53 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths on Cape and Islands

The state Department of Public Health said in its daily report Thursday that Massachusetts had 1,999 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 53 on the Cape and Islands. Since the pandemic began, the state has had 736,279 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There were four new deaths caused by COVID-19 in Barnstable...

Coming soon: Nantucket events

1. Beyond Breath - An Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation - Nantucket; 2. Femme Fatales of Opera with Nick Davies: Ades’ Powder Her Face; 3. Women of Science Symposium; 4. Club Car — Klipper Music; 5. An Evening with Sarah Leah Chase - Culinary Demonstration & Dinner;

Air Force To Fund Cleanup Of PFAS Contaminated Wells In Mashpee, Falmouth

US Representative William R. Keating (D-Bourne) announced on Friday, September 17 that the Air Force will pay to clean up wells in Mashpee and Falmouth contaminated by PFAS from military activities on Joint Base Cape Cod. The agreement with the Air Force means Mashpee Water District taxpayers will be off...
Inquirer and Mirror

Fourth of July water fight on Main Street looks to be history

(Sept. 16, 2021) One month after Nantucket’s police and fire chiefs urged town officials to reconsider large-scale events out of a growing public- safety concern, the town’s Visitor Services Advisory Committee is considering its own limitations, starting with the Fourth of July water fight on Main Street. “I don’t think...

Barnstable County Highlights New Outer Cape COVID Testing Clinic

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment has opened its second free COVID-19 testing clinic, expanding testing options on the Outer Cape. The clinic, hosted at the Eastham Police Department, provides in-person PCR testing every Tuesday from 2 pm to 4 pm. Participants are instructed to enter...
Martha's Vineyard Times

Port council approves SSA’s 2022 schedule

The Steamship Authority port council voted 3-1 to approve the proposed 2022 Martha’s Vineyard ferry schedule during a Zoom meeting on Thursday morning. The schedule includes a seasonal 5:30 am freight boat that continues to be a source of division between the ferry line and Woods Hole residents. The one dissenting vote was from council member Rob Munier, who was concerned about how Falmouth would be affected, and Mark Rees abstained from voting, saying it was appropriate to stay neutral since he is a representative from Fairhaven.
Martha's Vineyard Times

No charges sought against Vineyard Trust

The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office is not pursuing criminal charges against the Vineyard Trust. Assistant District Attorney Tara Miltimore confirmed criminal charges were not being pursued in an email to The Times Thursday. “After a complete review of all investigatory materials submitted to date, we have determined that...
Barnstable Patriot

Hyannis Main Street stages Open Streets, Love Local Fest

HYANNIS – No more barriers on Hyannis Main Street next week, but the draw continues with Hyannis Open Streets on Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon to 5 p.m., and the Love Local Fest next Saturday, Sept. 25. The village’s central strand will be vehicle-free for Open Streets, so all ages...
Martha's Vineyard Times

Oak Bluffs lambastes state delegation on moped bylaw

At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Oak Bluffs select board vented their frustration and criticism about comments concerning a moped rental ban made by state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and state Rep Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, in a Times article last month, following a fatal moped crash in Chilmark. In response,...

Glass, art, Tom Rush & Donna Byrne: 8 top things to do on Cape Cod Sept. 17-23

There's a lot of music happening this week, with performers who got their start in some way on Cape Cod or are favorite among the music fans here. Folk legend Tom Rush is back, after beating COVID-19 and playing virtual concerts in his kitchen, and jazz vocalist Donna Byrne returns to Falmouth, where she played her first professional gig.

Guest Commentary: Where I Stand On The Commons Project

The discussion of the intensification of future development at Mashpee Commons has become one of the central issues confronting Mashpee. It has also become a source of divisive acrimony, confusion and polarization as people break themselves into pro- and anti-Commons factions. What both sides have in common is a lack of understanding of what is actually on the table. I was among those who did not have a clear understanding of the developer’s proposal. Seeking more information, I asked the Commons what they were asking for. Their answer is summarized below: