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Warming trend heats up in Dukes County

Martha’s Vineyard is a hot spot — literally.  Early last month, the Washington Post published a climate change report disclosing the fastest-warming states and counties...

Can we take a peek?

Pascal Albanese and Jeanie Hay Sternbach pay particular attention to the weather. They pay attention to the currents, the tides, the ebb and flow...

What Ails You? Lower back pain

As the bittersweet days of an ending summer near, we prepare for what’s ahead. Fall projects. The Vineyard shuffle. Back to school. Yardwork. The...

Pushing Project Outreach: ‘It’s going to save lives’

Police summoned to the scene of a reported overdose blare wailing sirens and blue flashing lights, entering an arena of high emotion, adrenaline, and...

‘Amazing, badass women’

Updated August 15 Jessica González-Rojas, the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), watched two colleagues face detainment by U.S. Immigration...

Beach Road Weekend finishes with a flourish

Sunday at Beach Road Weekend brought a larger crowd than Saturday, with Phil Lesh & Friends and Grace Potter headlining the day’s lineup.  The Original...

Heart and soil

Like any industry in the modern world, farming and agriculture embraced technology like a long-lost friend. Suddenly, tilling — a centuries-old practice of loosening...

Inside Oyster Bar 02557

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who say, “Good God, get those fries away from me.” And those who say,...

A kinda-sorta bar in a kinda-sorta dry town

It starts with a lime wedge and a handful of fresh basil — as fresh as you can get, Jenna Petersiel tells me. She...

Loon Farm: An up-Island epicenter for three down-Island restaurants

I remember the first time I tried the Island Fresca at Red Cat Kitchen — it was like tasting a tomato-basil blend for the...

Orange is the new blech

Chelsea Handler held an orange in her hand onstage at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center Friday night. “The orange,” she said to a...

State study: Opioid hospital visits down in 2017

The State House News Service reported Wednesday that opioid-related deaths and hospital visits in Massachusetts decreased slightly between 2016 and 2017 — the first...

Takeaway 2.0

Updated August 2 On May 11, Everett Whiting signed on the dotted lines finalizing his part-ownership of the Fish House — a meat and fish...

Island embraces Food Is Medicine state plan

If nutritious food prevents chronic disease and promotes long-term health, why shouldn’t it be included in our healthcare plans? That’s the notion behind Food...

What Islanders wear to work

When people think style on Martha’s VIneyard, a certain vision sweeps over the minds of the unknowing. Salmon-colored shorts with tiny smiling whales. Pastel-pink...

Can we take a peek?

After a few missed turns down wrong dirt roads, I found Jamie Curtis’ and Jason Colin’s Chilmark home. It was around 4 o’clock, when...

Coming together

Alan and Devin Slatas, longtime seasonal Islanders, invite the Island community to rally together to fight the fight against opioid addiction in memory of...

‘Lighting by Jean Rosenthal’

A collection of original Broadway posters line the walls of a weathered West Tisbury studio. John Gielgud’s “Hamlet” hangs next to Harold Prince’s “Cabaret,”...

You’ll never look at hair the same

Some books, films, and documentaries offer a narrative that changes the way audiences perceive a topic. Take “Jaws,” for example — the 1975 film...

A guide to Beach Road Weekend

Updated August 6 I have a group of off-Island friends with a summer radar for anything Dispatch — an indie/roots rock band from Middlebury, Vt....