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MV Ps and Qs: Do you have papers?

Dear Nicole: I am a teenager, Vineyard-born, of Mexican parents; I am bilingual (no accent in either language), and have lived and gone to school...

MV Ps & Qs: About that free stuff by the road

Dear Nicole,While I am a believer in the sharing economy, I don't think people should be leaving their old mattresses, even if they're not...

Bridget Tobin: The Island’s lifeline

Ways to spot real Vineyarders: They drive “Island cars.”When traveling off-Island, they need to get their Island car to the mainland, and back again.Therefore,...

MV Ps & Qs: No thanks for that gift

Dear Nicole,A houseguest who visits annually gave me a host gift this year straight out of Baby's First Beach Cottage Collection. It's the kind...

MV Ps & Qs: Pocket money for the Paint Bar?

Dear Nicole,A few months ago, I gave a coworker $25 to hold for me until we had a chance to go to a Paint...

MV Ps and Qs: The cocktail party is over

Dear Nicole,I have attended numerous cocktail and dinner parties on the Vineyard this summer (as a caterer, that is) and have noticed a troubling...

Ps and Qs: Summer Traffic Rules

Dear Nicole,Yesterday after disembarking the ferry in O.B., we drove past the Flying Horses and headed toward V.H. on Lake Avenue and saw,...

Ps and Qs: Seasonal Shutdown

Please enjoy this recycled and yet timely piece. Dear Nicole,I am a seasonal resident who has had it with the entitled attitudes of the ever-so-holy...

Ps and Qs: Renting a friend’s cottage

Dear Nicole,I have a friend with a cottage she rents out for the summer. Months ago, I asked her if my family could rent...

MV Ps & Qs: Restroom or reading room?

Dear Nicole,My husband, son, and I had breakfast at the Black Dog yesterday. While there, a man got up from his table and took...

Ps and Qs: Woods Hole friends

Dear Nicole,We are lucky to have a friend who lives in Woods Hole whom we stay with when the ferry gets canceled. Now that...

P’s and Q’s: Why can’t I be your caretaker?

Please enjoy this encore column from Nicole Galland.Dear Nicole, I have a friend who has a very lovely home on the Vineyard in which she...

You’re wearing that?

Please enjoy this encore column from Nicole Galland. Dear Nicole,I recall a time around here when I could head out to a dinner party...

Ps and Qs: Don’t leave, please!

Dear Nicole,It's March, we've been battered by the weather, and like so many of us on the Island, the ferries have Lyme disease. Tack...

P’s and Q’s: Nor’easter

Dear Nicole,Another week, another nor'easter to look forward to. Among the issues that these nor'easters have wrought, I’d like to ask you about one...

Ps and Qs: But I don’t support your cause

Dear Nicole,I have a friend who gets fired up about certain causes and issues, and tends to take it personally if someone takes an...

MV Ps & Qs: Checkout line

Dear Nicole,We are formerly seasonal residents, now retired year-rounders who, for the first time in our lives, do our grocery shopping together. My husband...

Bedside Table: Nicole Galland

First off, I have to fess up to owning an (early-generation) Kindle, which you can see poking out of the bottom of the pile;...

MV Ps & Qs: May I have a ride?

Please enjoy this rerun of an older column. Nicole is on hiatus while she is finishing up a novel that is set, strangely enough,...

MV Ps & Qs: Paying the late plumber

Dear Nicole,My plumber takes six months to send me a bill after the work is complete. Can I wait six months until I pay him? ...