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Vineyard bridge is a rich island tradition

                                   Card games attract players at all skill levels

Chamber announces Island Book cover art contest winners

This year’s theme was Island art or food.

Mother’s Day essay winners honor moms

My mom writes notes every day for me and puts them in my lunch,” wrote Matthew Fontaine, an Oak Bluffs first grader writing about Becki Fontaine.

New season brings new offerings from Chilmark Store

On Monday, May 12, the up-Island oasis that’s evolving into as much an institution for Chilmark as Alley’s General Store has long been for...

Martha’s Vineyard court report

April 25, 2014 Kevin J. Leaf, Jr., Vineyard Haven; DOB 3/22/84, assault and battery, intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official: continued to pretrial conference. May 2, 2014 Brian Keith...

This was then: Oak Bluffs, early summer

Fred Metell, whose sign appears in the background, was a popular Oak Bluffs plumber who later sold the Island’s first electric refrigerators. His father, José Pimental, arrived on the Vineyard in the 1870s from Flores Island in the Azores; his name was corrupted to “Joseph P. Metell” and he became the progenitor of the Island’s Metell family.

When all four legs are compromised

Stormy was bright, alert, and responsive. She’d pull herself to her feet and walk willingly, but then her caboose would start swaying and finally she’d drop to the floor. Her temperature was normal and other than the gait abnormality everything looked fine.

Will herring spawn again in the Mill Brook?

The Mill Brook in West Tisbury is a tiny facsimile of the major rivers along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but it was once an open waterway used by migrants like herring, eels, and sea-run brook trout. The dam at the foot of the Mill Pond is one of several manmade obstructions along the brook, but it is the most important one in terms of extending the spawning grounds of herring and the living grounds of American eels, which spawn at sea.

Real Estate Transactions: May 5 – May 9, 2014


Land Bank buys 25 acres on Chappy

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Wednesday has announced that it has signed a contract to purchase 25 acres off Dike Bridge Road in Edgartown...

Ask the Dogfather: Advice for the owner of Billy the digger

Did I mention that they also had an African Grey parrot? African Greys are smarter than dogs. The tape recorder picked up the parrot imitating the the sound of the bell and then, sounding like the husband, screaming at the poor dog for responding to the bell. The bird was having a great time manipulating and terrorizing the dog.

Romance of travel reflected in latest Studioshop line from young Martha’s Vineyard designer

Check out the small boutique Studioshop in the Arts District of Oak Bluffs and you'll find an eclectic mix of designer clothing, jewelry, leather...

Memories mingled with tears at bench dedication for K.J. and Deebo

A black granite bench that bears the inscription, “In loving memory of David D. Furino & Kevin H. Johnson II, Class of 2005,” now...

‘Like Father, Like Son’ and ‘Freedom Summer’ both exceptional

Two exceptionally accomplished films play this weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Opening Friday, May 16, is Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda wise and...

Aquinnah annual concludes with vote of thanks

Voters applauded the willingness of Island towns to chip in to save the endangered Gay Head lighthouse, and added $145,000 for the project.

Martha’s Vineyard sailors make first ever Mark Trophy

It’s a huge, huge deal for the guys to qualify for this,' Vineyard coach Andrew Burr said. 'It’s absolutely unbelieveable to make it into Mark. They’re pretty damn good. It’s quite an accomplishment.

Tisbury voters approve $1.3 million override, elect Hillary Conklin clerk

Tisbury voters went to the polls Tuesday and said yes to a $1,296,084 Proposition 2.5 general override. In the town's only contested race, Hillary...

Chilmark: store is open, farms full of greens

On my way home I thought I could catch the end of opening day at the Chilmark General Store, but missed it only to find a couple of mothers minding their young kids toddling and crawling on the front porch. I heard that the porch was full at lunchtime and an opening day crowd enjoyed themselves.

Highly regarded Buddhist teacher to speak

A YouTube introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche inspires the viewer to think, “He looks so young!” at which point the realization hits,...

Student show at Martha’s Vineyard Museum focuses on women and crime

Students from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School are the latest guest curators to open an exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery at the Martha’s...