New pot law poses questions on enforcement

Island police officers and courts are proceeding slowly this week to enforce a new law that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana. In the view of some local law enforcement agencies, the new law creates inconsistencies in substance abuse penalties, adds unnecessary paperwork, and weakens their efforts to keep drugs out of Vineyard communities. While there […]

Hospital acts quickly to stop “stomach flu” spread

A highly infectious and very unpleasant intestinal viral infection struck Martha’s Vineyard like a winter blizzard over Christmas. The prevalence of the infection was severe enough that Martha’s Vineyard Hospital officials, concerned about elderly patients who might come to the hospital for treatment of unrelated illnesses, made plans to divert such incoming patients to mainland […]

Home Port restaurant sale nears

The sale of the Home Port Restaurant in Menemsha will be completed in the first week of February, and the well known Island seafood restaurant, complete with its popular "back door" take out window, will be open for business next summer, as it has for the past 85 years, prospective owner Bob Nixon said this […]

At Large: Change on the way

In the bowels of The Martha’s Vineyard Times’ techno center, things are humming. Change is on the way at In the nearly two decades that the newspaper has published a web site, it’s been changed, and changed, and changed again. I’ve lost count. Each edition of has won awards from our newspaper peers, […]

Editorial: Our 2009 to-do, no, must-do list

For several years, in the last newspaper of each year, we’ve asked Island leaders to write about the year ending and the one impending. This year, Nelson Sigelman, The Martha’s Vineyard Times managing editor, enlisted as essayists several Island leaders who work in the trenches: in business, in nonprofits, in construction, in real estate, in […]

Bowling stones

The Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth will host a “Learn to Curl” opportunity this weekend at its home at 37 Highfield Drive in Falmouth, tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. All required equipment is provided at no charge. Visitors should bring soft-soled sneakers for their time […]

VYT annual tourney

The Vineyard Youth Tennis’s annual Round Robin Extravaganza will begin Thursday, Feb. 5, with a silent auction at the bubble near the blinker. The event supports the center’s scholarship fund, which sends youngsters to Florida tennis camps, and helps with expenses incurred by participation in off-Island tournaments. Men’s and ladies’ doubles will be offered at […]