This March, when the Patrick Administration awarded $3 million in tax credits to community development corporations across Massachusetts, 38 recipients were on the list. Just 10 organizations were funded at the highest level of $110,000 for the first year of this three-year program. Among the 10 was IHT, the Island Housing Trust. This was a […]
The Island Community Chorus tackles, with grace, the St. Paul Oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn.
When Peter and Nancy Shemeth were wed in 1975, he married not just into a family but also into an important piece of Edgartown’s civic life. Nancy’s father, Alfred Doyle, was fire chief. So it seemed only natural for young Peter, then 23 years old, to join the Edgartown Volunteer Fire Department in 1976. “A […]
In 2011, with an Edgartown Library building project on the town meeting warrant, I was hired to help prepare an informational brochure for voters. For the back cover, I asked several town leaders for endorsements of the library plan. They were universally willing to help — well, almost universally. The only person to turn me […]
All across the country, this shifting of costs from the private to the public sector is the Wal-Mart way.
Let’s try to connect the dots between a new book on public health policy, a promising new program at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and some numbers from a century-old Edgartown annual town report. First, the book. In “The American Health Care Paradox,” by Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, director of the Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University, […]
The Island Community Chorus performs at the Old Whaling Church Dec. 7 and 8.
Peg Regan’s efforts to advance local adoption of Complete Streets bylaws were not well received in town halls across the Island, which is too bad.
Tax subsidies are a wildly popular way for Congress to dish out money, because they have an indirect, backdoor quality.
The bright idea in economic circles, for more than half a century, has been to build up the Island’s shoulder seasons.