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Transit Into summer

Imagine running a service that sees demand double each year from February to April, double again from April to May, again from May to June and again from June to July.

A library moment for an Island that loves its libraries

In the season of annual town meetings that opens this Tuesday, public libraries are making headlines in four of the six Island towns.

Beethoven has friends in the Island Community Chorus

This weekend's concerts will feature the dramatic centerpiece of Cherubini's Requiem, the "Dies Irae" (Day of Wrath).

Sorely tested

The MCAS tests were born out of the Commonwealth's Education Reform Act of 1993, years before the No Child Left Behind Act came along and co-opted them as part of our national high-stakes testing system.

Martha’s Vineyard science fair generated plenty of interest

The new emphasis on engineering was a great success for the science fair this year, said Elliott Bennett, who chairs the high school science department.

Edgartown Library welcomes in the year of the water dragon

The annual dragon parade bumped and wound merrily through the aisles of the Edgartown Library children's department on Saturday, as traditional Chinese music played from a boombox.

Accidental addicts

It was about a year ago, after a broken leg and a couple of surgeries at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, that I first became aware of the connection between prescription painkillers and crime on the Island.

A small step backward

Back in the 1970s and 80s, when land was more affordable and it seemed there would always be buildable lots for new families, Island towns offered "youth lots" and "resident homesites" at bargain prices, allowing recipients to cash them in at full market value after as little as a decade.

Santa Claus is the real deal for Martha’s Vineyard youngsters

Magic or myth, or maybe both, Santa Claus means many things to many people. But everyone loves him at some time in their life.

Cross-town referral

The irony of this situation is almost too rich.

Raising money the wrong way

Last month I devoted this column to the fundraising practices of the Dukes County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Charity navigating

Heather, one of our young patrons at the Edgartown library, approached me last week to say she was raising money for her school band's trip, and could I help? When I said yes, she led me to a table and pulled a fat envelope from her backpack.

Traffic and tuition

Labor Day, each year, concludes the season when we're apt to grow most resentful of the Vineyard's summer people and begins the season when we should be most grateful for them.

Martha’s VIneyard Summer Institute program ends on a high note

The Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute concludes its regular season this weekend with a pair of musical programs.

Telling our story

This summer's new publication from the Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative (MVDC) could hardly have a more ambitious title: "Understanding the Vineyard.

Isabel Wilkerson on deck for Summer Institute

Pulitzer-winning journalist to speak at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center on Thursday.

Housing: we get this

Six years ago, the agencies working from the Vineyard Housing Office in Tisbury had a ready answer to the criticism that the Island's housing soup has too many cooks.

Island Community Chorus readies for summer concert

When the Island Community Chorus opens another season on the Campground this Sunday, July 3, a rich variety of great American music will be heard.

Growing our own

Fewer than 1,000 of this Island's 60,000 acres are farmland producing food for human consumption — and yet, agriculture is cited again and again as essential to the character of Martha's Vineyard.

Look left, and yield

Once upon a time, the traffic planner's toolbox for designing an intersection was simple.