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Mansion House offers Vineyard residents low-cost getaway

The Mansion House Inn in Vineyard Haven announces its Slumber Party January special to Island residents looking for an affordable local winter vacation.

The new Edgartown Hardware “” more product, more parking

Edgartown Hardware will open at 7:30 am on Monday and will close at 4 pm just as it does every day in winter.

Homeowner’s mistaken town identity is corrected

Last April, Chilmark resident Elizabeth Pickett Gray switched her telephone service from Verizon to Comcast.

Christmas Eve pageant at West Tisbury Ag Hall

We came again on Christmas Eve, as we have for nearly 20 years, to feel the spirit of the holidays through the holiday pageant at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury.

Towns look for upgrades in Comcast license renewal

The Cable Advisory Board (CAB), representing all six Island towns, is preparing to negotiate a 10-year license renewal with Comcast Corp, the Philadelphia-based cable and Internet giant.

Comcast negotiations provide new directions

Martha's Vineyard Community Television (MVTV) recently held a series of public forums designed to request input from Island residents about Comcast, the Vineyard's cable television provider as the six towns prepare to renew the existing contract (see related story).

Best Vineyard reads of 2010

Seems to me that Island writers had a good literary year.

“A Kingdom of Madness” by Linda Levy

"A Kingdom of Madness," a first novel self-published by Linda Levy.

Joel and Nancy Aronie reprise unusual tissue dispenser

Joel and Nancy Aronie made 350,000 of these goofy, playful tissue holders 25 years ago. Now they're back.

Hutker Architects’ “Heirlooms to Live in”

Books that celebrate 25 years of a company's history tend to be paeans of self-praise. This one isn't. It's about what Hutker believes in.

Lisa Lucier “” surviving, thriving on Martha’s Vineyard

At Work is about our neighbors and what they do to earn their livings.

Leslie Wheeler reads “Dead Man’s Shoes” in West Tisbury

"Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers," paperback fiction anthology.

Scallop season is solid, not great

Commercial scalloping has been a dicey proposition since the East Coast scallop population inexplicably crashed between 1984 and 1987.

Edible gifts from Martha’s Vineyard

We've all done it.

Welcome to the man cave

Man caves have been around for a long time. Andrew Carnegie had one, so did Mark Twain. You could even argue that Thoreau's cabin in Concord was a man cave.

Ken Lay: The frame is the game

Ken Lay has been poking and prodding the physics of the human body to promote wellness for 35 years.

How they do the things they do. A professional assessor explains

The amounts that Island property owners pay in annual real estate taxes result from the workings of a tax assessment process that results in a sum of all town real estate value.

By the numbers – the real estate market

Positive trends in Island home sales continued in the third quarter, as home sales increased dramatically in the quarter ending September 30, 2010, while median home prices declined in four of five Island communities.

Edgartown Police work in the school to forge early bonds

Telling kids that the police officer is their friend is an American tradition. Showing kids that policemen are their friends is less common in many communities.

Karen Kukolich, healer and angler

If life is a series of choices that define us, then Karen Kukolich has been and is known as a caregiver, an active participant in her community, and a sportswoman.