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, […]
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.
August on the Vineyard is the peak season for the vehicular misery we endure for two months because relieving it involves a trade-off we’re unwilling to make: changes to the Island road system that would damage the rural character of this place all year.
Each July and August, the Island’s leading nonprofits pack the calendar with the fundraising events that will make or break their budgets for another year.
One of the Island’s great seasonal traditions, the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market, opens for its 39th year this Saturday morning, June 8.