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The Massachusetts two-week shotgun season for deer begins one-half hour before sunrise Monday, December 1, and ends one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, December 13.

While risk to non-hunters is minimal, public safety officials advise people entering wooded areas to exercise caution and wear bright colors, preferably blaze orange, particularly at dawn and dusk, when deer and hunters are most active.

Hunting is prohibited within 500 feet of any occupied dwelling or building, without the authorization of the occupant or owner, and 150 feet from hard-surfaced roadways. Hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of blaze orange on the back, chest, and head.

In past comments, Environmental Police said that while walkers and hikers are not required to wear orange they should be aware that it is hunting season and dress appropriately.

With the exception of of shotgun season, hunters now have the option to check in deer online. The one exception is to allow the division to collect biological data about the health of the herd.

All deer taken during the Vineyard shotgun season must be appropriately tagged and taken to official deer-checking stations in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest or the Wampanoag tribal headquarters building in Aquinnah. Larry’s Tackle shop on Upper Main Street in Edgartown will also be checking deer the second week of shotgun season on a limited basis. Call for hours.

In 2013, Island hunters took 726 deer, the majority of them with shotguns. By season, Island hunters took 257 deer during the six-week archery season; 368 deer during the two-week shotgun season; and 101 deer during the approximately three-week primitive firearms season.

The six-week archery season ends this Saturday. The primitive firearms deer season begins Monday, December 15, and ends Saturday, December 31.

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun club on Third Street in Edgartown will host a shotgun deer shoot competition from 10 am to 2:30 pm, this Sunday, November 30. The public is invited.

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The West Tisbury Police Department will collect coats and jackets in good condition during the first week of December for distribution to those in need. Unwanted coats or jackets may be dropped off from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday, December 1 to Saturday, December 6. Those in need of a coat or jacket may stop by from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 13, according to a press release. All coats and jackets not picked up will be donated to local organizations. For more information, call 508-989-3238 or the station house, 508-693-0020.

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On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick swore in 28 members of the 2014-2016 Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. The group included.

Zachary Bresnick of West Tisbury and Elijah LaRue of Vineyard Haven.

Members of the council were chosen based on their demonstrated leadership skills and potential to create change in their communities, according to a press release.

The swearing-in ceremony held at the State House included speeches from Governor Patrick, Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, as well as past council members who offered words of advice and encouragement to the incoming members. The new council members were joined at the ceremony by their families. Rep. Tim Madden presented them with citations from the House of Representatives.

Governor Patrick created the council in 2008 to give young people across the Commonwealth a voice in policy and decision making. In addition to meeting with the governor and policy makers, council members meet bi-monthly with their peers from across the state to discuss issues important to the youth in their communities, ranging from education reform to violence prevention.

A memorial service for Natalie Hoxsie Bailey Perry will be held at 11 am, Saturday, December 6 at the Barrington Congregational (White) Church, 461 County Road, Barrington, R.I., with private interment in Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, R.I.

Natalie died on July 27 at the age of 85.

For years, the Perry family summered on their wooden boat Bec-Mar II, docked at the Coastwise Wharf in Vineyard Haven.

Jaslyn E.P. Oliveira

Mariza and Samuel Oliveira of Edgartown announce the birth of their daughter, Jaslyn Eli Paim Oliveira, on November 18 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Jaslyn weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and she joins big brother Reellan.

The SSA is adding trips in anticipation of storm disruptions. — File photo by Steve Myrick

The Steamship Authority Tuesday announced that is adding extra service to its Tuesday schedule in anticipation of service disruptions late Wednesday on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch from 2 pm, Wednesday until 1 am, Thursday, the SSA said in an email alert sent out Tuesday morning.

“Based on the current forecast, the Steamship Authority anticipates service disruptions Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Steamship Authority has added extra service for Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday afternoon starting at 3 pm.

To make or modify a reservation call 508-477-8600, go online, or visit one of the terminals.

The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check the Authority’s website for further updates at

Current Conditions may be viewed at

In a press release issued Tuesday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said snow is now expected to overspread areas of Massachusetts earlier Wednesday morning, 9-11 am in Western Massachusetts and 10-12 am in Eastern Massachusetts.

Colder temperatures with more significant snowfall are expected in Eastern and Southeastern Massachusetts.

The heaviest snow expected in the 1 pm to 8 pm timeframe with the potential for six or more inches of snowfall across interior Boston and immediate suburbs, higher amounts west.

Slightly stronger winds are expected, with high winds expected Wednesday night particularly across Southern Bristol County, and the Cape and Islands. There is the potential for 50-60 mph wind gusts along the immediate coast.

From National Weather Service Taunton and Albany:

A mix of precipitation will begin to overspread the state from south to north on Wednesday morning through midday. Interior southern New England will see snow beginning at daybreak on Wednesday reaching the heaviest point Wednesday afternoon and evening. This may result in snow accumulations on roadways, poor visibility, and some downed tree branches.

Along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Providence and points east remain the greatest amount of uncertainty for precipitation type but there is a potential for low amounts of slushy snow beginning around daybreak Wednesday reaching the heaviest point Wednesday afternoon into evening. Snow is expected to begin to taper into Thanksgiving morning. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible west of I-95.

Total snowfall accumulations are forecast to be 6 to 8 inches north and west of the rain/snow line, with totals of up to 10-14 inches possible at higher elevations such as the Berkshires and Worcester Hills. Areas to the south and east may receive 1 to 2 inches, and no accumulation will occur on the Cape and Islands. Boston could see 1” to 2” of slushy snow along the coast, and up to 5” or 6” away from the immediate coastline.

While the chief impact of this storm is expected to be heavy snow, northeast to north winds gusting up to 50 mph along the coast are possible, with gusts up to 60 mph across the Cape and Islands. The concern for high winds is primarily between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Wednesday.  Some minor splash over and beach erosion along north- and northeast-facing shores may occur during the 2:00 AM high tide Thanksgiving morning.

Marney Toole, of the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, was honored by the Children’s Trust, Massachusetts’ leading family support organization. The Children’s Trust funds the Family Center and Healthy Families Cape Cod and Islands, an in-home parenting support and coaching program.

The Children’s Trust, the state’s leading family support organization, recently honored Marney Toole, Family Network/Family Services Coordinator at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, in recognition of her exemplary work in family support, according to a press release.

Ms. Toole received the third annual Frances Litman Leadership Award. It is named for the late member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Trust who was an advocate for children and families and a professor at Wheelock College.

Ms. Toole has worked for over 11 years at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, which has been funded by the Children’s Trust for nearly 20 years. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services operates the Family Center.

From left, Tina Miller, Tilma Zyla (EBT Board of Director), Melanie Rankow Prescott (EBT Board of Director), Claire Lafave, School Coordinator Island Grown Schools, Stephanie Burke, Erin Ready and Julia Celeste.

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVF&WF) closed its four-day run with check presentations to its beneficiaries, Island Grown Schools (IGS) and the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s (MVAS) Farmers Program. The Festival presented the IGS program with $3,500 and the Agricultural Society with $2,500.

IGS comes under the Island Grown Initiative umbrella and is the Vineyard’s farm-to-school program, which seeks to raise a new generation of Vineyarders who are connected to local farms and farmers, empowered to make healthy eating choices, informed about the food system, and engaged in growing food for themselves and their families.

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society was established in 1859 and the purpose of their Farmers Program is to assist and provide funding to Island farmers and to preserve agriculture on Martha’s Vineyard.

“This year’s festival was extremely successful,” said Christina Cook, former president of the Edgartown Board of Trade and MVF&WF Committee Chair, in a press release. “It was a proud moment to be part of a true community initiative and partnering with IGS and MVAS was the real substance behind what this is all about. We are most grateful to the business communities here on the Island and to our sponsors.”

The MVF&WF was created by the Edgartown Board of Trade to enhance tourism on the Island and to support and promote Island initiatives through broad- based community involvement.

For more information go to

Sam Hart, the executive director of Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV), recently announced the launch of the nonprofit’s first-ever annual appeal for donations.

“The Island town governments and the residents of Martha’s Vineyard have very generously granted us $90,000 to cover the ACE administration costs,” Mr. Hart wrote in a press release. “Now it is imperative that we also raise the funding we need to continue to offer the courses that Islanders have told us they want and need.”

ACE MV offers courses that prepare Islanders for career advancement as well as enrichment classes that enhance the quality of life on the Island. The organization is focusing its attention on providing a number of health care, information technology, and landscaping certificate courses that are presently only available off island.

The annual appeal campaign aims to collect $45,000 in donations large and small, as well as through grants and corporation underwriting.

For more information and to register online, go to or call 508-693-9222 or email

Heather Neal, co-owner of the B-Strong gym, and Gary Simmons, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School physical education teacher, personal trainer and coach, recently completed Poliquin Performance Olympic Lifting certification.

They now offer personal training sessions on the weightlifting technique at B-Strong, by appointment. For more information, contact Heather or Gary at or stop by B-Strong, located at 29 Kennebec Ave. in Oak Bluffs. Information about Poliquin Performance is available online at