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State officials hear first-responder communications concerns

MEMA communications specialists hold Island-wide meeting to hear of radio shortcomings.

Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force drug use study yields mostly promising results

The results of a newly released survey show a drop in drug and alcohol use among Island youth, with a few exceptions, notably in prescription drug use.

Rising education costs bedevil Oak Bluffs budget

For a second consecutive year, rising education costs will press the budget.

Island exterminator takes on litterbugs

Dismayed by debris despoiling Vineyard vistas, Tim Hanjian takes a stand.

Oak Bluffs planning board members chart a new course

Officials vow increased outreach, greater transparency, and a stronger presence in town hall.

Downtown Oak Bluffs fire drill yields valuable lessons, highlights radio shortcomings

Three Island departments responded to a simulated fire at the Lampost on Circuit Avenue Sunday morning.

Chilmark police nab Mermaid Farm thief

Minutes after police distributed his photo, the suspect unwittingly crossed paths with an alert town police chief.

Island fire departments will simulate a fire on Circuit Avenue Sunday morning

A three-company exercise will prepare firefighters and EMTs for a fire in the vulnerable Oak Bluffs downtown district.

The sobering reality of an OUI arrest

An arrest for driving under the influence is costly financially and personally say those who have lived through the experience.

Eastville beach homeowner sues Oak Bluffs over oyster farm approval

Jacob Ludwig contends his family was steamrolled by town selectmen and has taken the matter to court.

An Oak Bluffs Christmas tradition shines on

The Gatchell family’s Christmas light extravaganza is bigger than ever but donations for the Food Pantry lag far behind last year’s haul.

Martha’s Vineyard has a new sober-living facility

After eight years of fundraising and eight months of construction, a new Vineyard House opens its doors.

New program seeks to short-circuit addiction before it starts

Clinicians focus on outreach and early education to thwart addiction before it takes its inevitable toll.

Oak Bluffs selectmen reward town administrator with salary increase

Citing the dramatic turnaround in town fortunes since Robert Whritenour took office, the board unanimously approved a pay hike.

Oak Bluffs planning board shelves blight by-law

Citing concern about problematic precedent, town officials declined to amend current regulations.

Islanders connect via social media to rescue a screech owl

The chain of events that led to help began with a post on a Facebook page about a badly wounded owl.

Oak Bluffs property owners will see minimal tax rate increase

The rate will rise from $7.81 to $7.96, and a residential exemption was deemed worth further study by selectmen.

Oak Bluffs selectmen weigh dredging options at Little Bridge

Although long-awaited FEMA funds may be released next week, wary town officials discuss contingency plans.

Health Connector connecting with Islanders

State website overhaul and advanced training for Vineyard Healthcare Access staff show positive early results.

Oak Bluffs first responders will do double duty

Paramedics and EMTs will be answer minor calls to ease the burden on volunteer firefighters.