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Change for the better

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.

Housing gap

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.

Cultivating farmland

One of the Island's great seasonal traditions, the West Tisbury Farmers' Market, opens for its 39th year this Saturday morning, June 8.

The unkindest cut

There's been a lot of noise lately about how the federal budget sequestration has created backups at airports across the nation.

Island Community Chorus sings in spring

The chorus performs twice this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, at the M.V. Regional High School Performing Arts Center.

The high cost of cheap

West Tisbury just went through a $1.

Regional taxes and the MVC

Computing the rate would be easy enough.

Margot Datz recreates an illusion in Old Whaling Church mural

The story begins in 1840, when the wealthy whaling captains of Edgartown planned the grandest church ever built on the Island.

Housing affordability is only one of the Island’s issues

Lately, the Martha's Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment Study Committee — don't worry, there's no acronym quiz later — has been batting around an early draft of the preliminary report prepared by their consultant, Karen Sonnarborg.

Maples, monocultures, and arboreal courage

West Tisbury has had a spirited conversation this fall about the trees around the parking lot between the Howes House, the Field Gallery and the new public library.

Island Community Chorus takes the stage

This weekend, the Island Community Chorus will sing compositions in Latin, German, Hebrew, and English at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The art of regionalism

Being called to a marathon government meeting of representatives from the six Island towns might sound like a fitting punishment for something you did that wasn't terribly nice.

Scalable solution

Consultant Karen Sunnarborg is at work now preparing an Island housing needs assessment, a much-needed update to the reports prepared in 2001 and 2005 for the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

Change, from the grassroots

The school year that begins today across the Island is one of important firsts for public education here.

The view from the saddle

The Vineyard, with its bike-friendly scale, has tantalizing possibilities as a model community for encouraging alternatives to the automobile.

Summer Institute returns with a stellar lineup

This year's Summer Institute presents eight Sunday evening movies and seven speakers from the front lines of politics and economics, beginning July 5.

Island Community Chorus sings at Tabernacle

The concert promises a mix of music familiar & new, patriotic & just plain fun – from Gilbert & Sullivan to Irish folksongs and even a gospel number.

Happy trails

Last month, after my column on the Vineyard Transit Authority was published here, I was struck by the vehemence of one online poster who lambasted our regional bus service as a source of traffic congestion and air pollution and an assault on American free enterprise.

Martha’s Vineyard Minnesingers celebrate 45th anniversary

"Saints & Sinners:" It's the perfect title for the 45th anniversary program of the Minnesingers, this Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.