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MV Ps and Qs: Going Viral

Dear Nicole,  I split my time between New York and Chilmark and wanted to come to the Island during this challenging and scary time, but...

MV Ps and Qs: Who gets to be called an ‘Islander’?

Dear Nicole, Help us resolve a long-standing disagreement between a friend and me. What’s the definition of an Islander? Who exactly gets to be called...

Ps & Qs: 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 us like...

Chocolate joyride

Chilmark Chocolates was formed the year I graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and set off for America. Here are three random thoughts...

Ps & Qs: Ticks in private places

Dear Nicole, Holy cleavage! Guess where I found an embedded deer tick? Unable to disengage the tick from its private perch, I needed to enlist...

Ferry greeting

Please enjoy this recycled and yet timely piece.   Dear Nicole, "Where are you off to?" If I could count the number of times I've been asked...

Tony the pony

To elicit a smile from every person you pass by in the hospital parking lot, it helps to walk alongside Tony Smalls. Tony is a...

Betty Burton: ‘Understanding the struggles of others just makes you walk differently’

Updated Jan. 2 What does it mean to be a real Islander? Some folks insist you have to be born here. The thinking goes that...

MV Ps & Qs: Is it OK to insult?

Dear Nicole, Thanksgiving weekend is over, and predictably I am Monday-morning quarterbacking. Whom did I insult? And should I apologize? If the discussion around the...

MV Ps and Qs: Do you have papers?

Dear Nicole: I am a teenager, Vineyard-born, of Mexican parents; I am bilingual (no accent in either language), and have lived and gone to school...

MV Ps & Qs: About that free stuff by the road

Dear Nicole, While I am a believer in the sharing economy, I don't think people should be leaving their old mattresses, even if they're not...

Bridget Tobin: The Island’s lifeline

Ways to spot real Vineyarders: They drive “Island cars.” When traveling off-Island, they need to get their Island car to the mainland, and back again. Therefore,...

MV Ps & Qs: No thanks for that gift

Dear Nicole, A houseguest who visits annually gave me a host gift this year straight out of Baby's First Beach Cottage Collection. It's the kind...

MV Ps & Qs: Pocket money for the Paint Bar?

Dear Nicole, A few months ago, I gave a coworker $25 to hold for me until we had a chance to go to a Paint...

MV Ps and Qs: The cocktail party is over

Dear Nicole, I have attended numerous cocktail and dinner parties on the Vineyard this summer (as a caterer, that is) and have noticed a troubling...

Ps and Qs: Summer Traffic Rules

Dear Nicole, Yesterday after disembarking the ferry in O.B., we drove past the Flying Horses and headed toward V.H. on Lake Avenue and saw,...

Ps and Qs: Seasonal Shutdown

Please enjoy this recycled and yet timely piece.   Dear Nicole, I am a seasonal resident who has had it with the entitled attitudes of the ever-so-holy...

Ps and Qs: Renting a friend’s cottage

Dear Nicole, I have a friend with a cottage she rents out for the summer. Months ago, I asked her if my family could rent...

MV Ps & Qs: Restroom or reading room?

Dear Nicole, My husband, son, and I had breakfast at the Black Dog yesterday. While there, a man got up from his table and took...

Ps and Qs: Woods Hole friends

Dear Nicole, We are lucky to have a friend who lives in Woods Hole whom we stay with when the ferry gets canceled. Now that...