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What makes West Tisbury tick?

This past Saturday morning, West Tisbury residents and voters collected in the community room of the West Tisbury Public Library to learn about “What...

John Sundman illuminates the world of sci-fi

“People deprecate science fiction as being a literature of ideas. But so is ‘Moby Dick,’” said John Sundman, who will lead the next Islanders...

Thank-you gifts

Dear Nicole: 
I have a question about gift giving … for thank-you gifts, not Christmas. During a recent severe illness, I was helped out by...

Your smoke is in my car

Dear Nicole, It is early in the morning, and I am groggy and annoyed. I am sitting in my car in Vineyard Haven, waiting to...

Can you be more sensitive?

Dear Nicole,Most Vineyarders voted for Clinton, which means that many of us are feeling resigned, sad, or on the verge of a nervous breakdown....

Should I protest?

Dear Nicole,For us it's personal. Hillary Clinton is a Vineyard person, after all. It's not much of a consolation prize, but let's at least...

Did my neighbors plant poison ivy?

Dear Nicole,The neighborly thing to do is not to plant poison ivy across a walking trail that encroaches on your property, right? I get...

I am not your server

Before we get to this week’s questions, last week’s column (Seasonal Shutdown) received an overwhelming response from readers on social media, via comments, and...

Seasonal Shutdown

Dear Nicole,I am a seasonal resident who has had it with the entitled attitudes of the ever so holy year-rounders who tend to treat...

Zenned out

Dear Nicole,I’m a year-round Islander who managed to avoid the hectic pace of the past few months. When other Vineyarders ask me how my...

Facebook Fracas

Dear Nicole, I am a member of a large Vineyard-based Facebook group, which by default means there are a lot of people expressing a lot...

Dems at dinner

Dear Nicole:I hosted a dinner party recently, and one of my guests said he was going to vote for a third-party candidate, because as...

Women and Will: Female trio combine forces for Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Imagine yourself in the Tisbury Amphitheatre on a summer afternoon. On the earthen stage before you, a comedy unfolds. As is common in Shakespeare,...

The birthday gift

Dear Nicole,We’re invited to an acquaintance’s Significant-Age Birthday Party next week, catered dinner and drinks … and the invitation expressly told us not to...

Brexit

Dear Nicole,Will you field a question on local politics from an opinionated foreigner? I’m from England, and upset that the U.K. just voted to...

Is Barking OK?

Dear Nicole:I know that my dogs’ voices carry over the pond, and I try to curb their barking, but if a neighbor is playing...

Trash talk

Dear Nicole,A few days ago, I was walking on the beach, and there was a ton of plastic jetsam trashing up the place. I...

My houseguests’ houseguests

Dear Nicole,What do you do when your houseguests ask if they can bring houseguests? Let me explain. We have houseguests, a couple, scheduled to...

Tipping the Plumber

Dear Nicole,Getting a plumber to your house sometimes feels like a bloodsport here. I've heard rumors that if you "tip" the plumber, you will...

Badmouthing a 3-year-old

Dear Nicole,I have a feisty 3-year-old daughter, and a friend recently confided in me — although I know she felt terrible about telling me...