Wednesday, July 24, 2024

The Business Page

Presidential vacations good or bad?

Overall, was having two presidents vacation here a good or a bad thing for the Island? Send your answers to with the subject line “MVSB Big Question.”

Quote of the week

“We’re spending money we don’t have, and, unfortunately, taxpayers of the town and Massachusetts are paying to fight us.” —Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, the Aquinnah tribe’s chairman, on casino appeals

Modular housing goes upmarket

Updated Saturday, April 29, 12 pm* It was 2008, and the housing market had tanked, along with the rest of the economy. Bill Potter, a traditional builder on the Island, needed a good idea. He...

The Tisbury School

If the Tisbury School relocates, what should be done with the old building? Response: Turn the old building into the Town Hall relocating both the existing Town Hall and Annex to the site. —

Real tax reform

If there were ever a time for Congress to undertake comprehensive tax reform, it is around the April 15 income-tax filing deadline (April 18 this year, because the 15th falls on Saturday). That's when...

Ask the Geek: Changing a Wi-Fi password

Dear Geek, I have Comcast for Internet service at my house, but would like to change the wireless network password. It’s so long and hard to remember I had to write it down, and it...

Wills and trusts demystified

Trust, wills, and other components of estate planning can seem arcane to the uninitiated. Nevertheless, they concern aspects of law and finance that are essential knowledge for planning for the future. Tim Madigan, vice president...

Adam Rebello joins Ocean Park Realty

Adam Rebello, a lifelong resident of Oak Bluffs, has joined Ocean Park Realty as a sales agent. A graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, he has been in the restaurant business on the Island...

“On any given night, we will know everybody’s name in here. If some of our people don’t come in, Rachel will call them up and say, ‘Is everything OK? You are missing the spaghetti...

Prime Marina Group sails toward first complete season

Prime Marina Group, a Miami company that purchased two Island marinas from George and Sheryl Rogers last year, renamed both those marinas for the upcoming season. Edgartown Marina and Vineyard Island Marina are now...

Typo help

Dear Geek, I hate typing on my Android phone, but with the amount of texting I do, I quite often have to. No matter what, autocorrect changes my words, and if I shut autocorrect off,...

Perfect Pitch is a home run

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, the Martha’s Vineyard Donor’s Collaborative, Cape and Islands SCORE, Edgartown National Bank, and Seidman Investment Portfolios collaborated to support the Island’s entrepreneurial spirit with an event called Perfect...

A spirited undertaking

In June 2016, native islanders Nick Peters of Oak Bluffs and Ryan Shea of Vineyard Haven launched their new enterprise, Martha’s Vineyard Distillery Co., to positive reviews. After two years of toil and study,...

Airport Fitness & Tennis goes solar

Updated Feb. 2, 4:40 pm Soon Eversource will dig a trench from the road to the Airport Fitness & Tennis center to tie 341 newly installed solar panels into the grid. It’s been a long...

Banning mopeds

Updated Jan. 23, 9:55 am Will banning mopeds have a serious impact on Island business? Responses: I guess my question for you is "What do you mean by serious impact?" If you are asking whether banning mopeds will...

Roberts Lures makes global splash

Peter Johnson of West Tisbury, owner and CEO of Roberts Lures, was the subject of a Times profile,, in October 2013. A lifetime New England fisherman, Mr. Johnson bought the small business in...

Quote of the week

“I have it: town signs! I’m going to make miniature town signs, you know, ‘Welcome to Edgartown,’ and make them out of gold.” —Margery Meltzer of CB Stark, remembering partner Cheryl Stark's idea for th


Will you continue to work past retirement age? Response: My retirement date and my expiration date are the same. - E. Gaskill Send your answers to with the subject line “MVSB Big Question.”

The state of the state economy

On Dec. 1, Michael Goodman, chairman of the Department of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, spoke at the Harbor View Hotel on the state of the state economy, with special attention to the...

Crazy schedules; is there an app for that?

Hi Geek, My kids play hockey, tennis, baseball, and soccer. I need to either hire a professional scheduler or find some easier way to manage things in a way so that I can share their...