Martha's Vineyard casino issue becomes a question of character - AP

Aquinnah, Massachusetts – On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook.

But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination.

They’ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled

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Aquinnah, community group seek to join state suit against tribe casino

Erected by Air Force reservists in 2004, the unfinished community center will be converted into a class II gaming facility, if the tribe's current plan is executed.

The case, now in federal court, could determine if the Wampanoag Tribe may build a casino in Aquinnah.

The town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association Inc. (AGHCA) filed court documents last Thursday, July 10, in U.S. Federal District Court in Boston in which they asked to intervene in a lawsuit Governor Deval Patrick filed to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from building what the tribe has described as boutique casino on tribal lands.

Governor

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Vineyarders want to relocate historic lighthouse – Boston Globe

Endangered Gay Head Light

Endangered Gay Head Light

For more than 150 years, Gay Head Light has stood high atop the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, its guiding light sweeping out to sea. But time has steadily chipped away the clay bluffs, threatening to send the iconic landmark to a watery demise.

Now, residents are racing against the clock to save the historic lighthouse, seeking to move the 400-ton structure to safer ground.

On Tuesday, selectmen in

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State hopeful that it will prevail over tribe

t’s now up to a federal judge to rule if the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) can offer gambling on its reservation, but state officials are still holding out hope that the decision will be in the commonwealth’s favor.

A ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV did not consider the merits of a long-standing conflict between the tribe and the state over gaming but did deal a significant blow to the contention by Gov. Deval

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Mass. Casinos Have Majority Support, WBUR Poll Finds

BOSTON — A week after the state’s highest court cleared the way for a repeal of the casino law to go on the November ballot, a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) suggests that gambling proponents would begin such a highly anticipated voter initiative with clear popular support.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said they approve of locating casinos in Massachusetts, while 38 percent said they disapprove. Six percent said they don’t know, or refused to answer.

The 18-percentage-point margin of support

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Menemsha Pond hosts birthday party for Herreshoff 12-1/2

Diana Dozier (left) skippers 'Twas Brillig, with crew Dianne Durawa

Diana Dozier (left) skippers ‘Twas Brillig, with crew Dianne Durawa

Legendary boat designer Nathanael Herreshoff was never much of a “people person,” according to historical accounts. But even the gruff old Captain might have smiled if he happened upon sparkling Menemsha Pond over the weekend, where local sailors gathered for friendly competition and a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Herreshoff 12-1/2.

The fleet reaches toward

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