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Let’s be a beacon

My dream for the Island I love is that we all embrace in word, and most especially in deed, the ever-growing diversity on the...

Advice for the New Year

In 2017let’s climb a treetake a swimdo something unexpected on a whimwalk a dogride a horseand have a lot of intercourse.   —Anonymous

John Hilton

John Hilton, 54, died unexpectedly at Morton Hospital in Taunton on Dec. 25, 2016. He was born in Oak Bluffs, the son of Spencer...

Shellfish suspension and cruise ship news top slim Edgartown agenda

Edgartown selectmen zipped through their scheduled meeting in under 10 minutes Tuesday night, Dec. 27. Selectman Arthur Smadbeck and chairman Margaret Serpa were the...

State lawmakers vote to delay opening of pot shops

The legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts will be pushed back well into 2018, according to a press release from the State House News...

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank names Tom Sharkey as interim president and CEO

The chairman of Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank’s board of trustees, Frank Fenner, announced in a Dec. 22 press release that Thomas J. Sharkey will...

A year in the life of an Island (newspaper)

On Wednesdays at the Martha’s Vineyard Times office, we figure out what stories should go on the front page. Typically, there are two or...

Sports in 2016 brought lots of thrills, occasional agony

This past year was full of uncommon occurrences in Island sports, momentous wins and losses, some sea changes and a contretemps over much-needed repairs...

Angels in the ambulance

I managed to wrangle my winter-clad, overheated self over to the church bazaar table selling the eclectic, only to spy a smug face that...

A role model?

To the Editor:Well, didn't Mark Morris (Dec. 22, “Edgartown bans shellfisherman”) set a fine example!James Young North Falmouth

MVRHS reached state finals in national problem-solving competition

The MVironment Club at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is at work on a project that was selected as one of five state finalists...

Brazilian Day lunch goes beyond the cafeteria and into the classroom

Last Thursday, Dec. 22, students enjoyed traditional Brazilian food during their first Brazilian Day at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The lunch-period program aims...

2016: A great year for the arts

I've seen far too many articles in the past month purporting that 2016 was "the worst year." I won't dispute that the majority of...

Year in Review: Food and dining

Oh 2016, what a year it’s been. I can honestly say I’ve consumed more food this year than any other in my life. Not...

Year in Review: Music

Though Vineyard events are more prominent in the summer, 2016 proved that the music scene on Martha’s Vineyard is strong and agile enough to...

Year in Review: Books and Writing

2016 was brimming with robust, quality offerings from Island-related authors and a burgeoning community support system that has made the Island literary life an...

Year in Review: Art and Galleries

With over 40 galleries and other exhibit spaces, the Vineyard is a veritable art lover’s haven. Every weekend during the summer, there are at...

Year in Review: Film

Martha’s Vineyard is lucky to have so many wonderful film venues. Edgartown Cinemas is a state-of-the-art facility that screens films year-round; Chilmark’s TMVFF and...

Year in Review: Performance

So much to do, so little time. Every year performers of all sorts visit the Vineyard from New York, Boston, and all over. Unfortunately,...

Island homeless initiative receives $83K grant for new facility

A five-month-old Island homeless housing coalition was awarded an $83,000 grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this month, which...