Wednesday, June 3, 2020

55Plus: Elder Law – Nursing home alternative during COVID-19

What is the alternative to being in a nursing home? That question is top of mind for many seniors now, due to the high risk factors of coronavirus. Those who are wondering how they...

Seniors reconsider post-secondary plans amid pandemic

Martha’s Regional High School’s (MVRHS) seniors are making decisions about post-secondary plans amid a pandemic, something a graduating class has never before experienced. While increased uncertainty has caused some seniors to cancel travel plans...

Ms. Cowan to retire after 24 years

After 24 years of teaching, English teacher and department chair Cynthia Cowan is retiring. Known for her dedication to engaging students in classic literature as well as the news of the day, her legacy...

Access state virtual library events

While library buildings are closed, librarians across the commonwealth are turning to virtual community programming to ensure that residents can still participate in educational and entertaining library programs while the stay-at-home order and social...

Births

Coleman Patrick Cosgrave Suzy Cosgrave and Mike Cosgrave of Vineyard Haven announce the birth of a son, Coleman Patrick Cosgrave, on May 18, 2020, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Coleman weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Adelaide Maggie...

Academic honors

Graduation Elliot Ferland of Edgartown, from the University of New Hampshire. Alexander Trotter of Vineyard Haven, from Ashland University. Peter Cosmo Engley of West Tisbury, from Keene State College, where he was on the dean’s list. Dean’s list Katherine...

Have Faith: Finding community

Worship services look very different these days. Pastors are recording services and daily messages to view on YouTube or Facebook or Zoom, and during the coronavirus pandemic they reach out to parishioners more often...

Can you help solve a mystery?

My grandfather, Vineyard Haven plumber Stan Lair (1902–87), collected a lot of images. He had a copy stand set up in his bedroom command center in my childhood home, where he would rephotograph prints...

Everyday Teaching: How to teach through questions

Teachers stress that knowing facts, dates, and precise answers is fundamental to education. Many argue that the memorization of dates, names and formulas is the foundation of all knowledge. They are not wrong! But...

West Tisbury: Decoration Day memories

I am writing this column on Monday morning, Memorial Day. The weekend brought heavy rain on Saturday, followed by bright sunshine on Sunday. Today the sky is rather gray, quiet and solemn like the...

Tisbury: Reach out to local businesses

Heard on Main Street: You did fly the flag on Monday, right? Last Friday morning I was thinking about the children in their Memorial Day parade taking flowers to the harbor. When those kids toss...

Oak Bluffs: Friendly while out and about

Now the iris and late-blooming azaleas have replaced the blossoms of lilacs and goldfinch, and many varieties of woodpeckers are flocking to the feeders. The oranges we put out for the birds who have...

Edgartown: Virtual ‘March to the Sea’

I have to start my column this week with telling you that if you haven’t gone to the Edgartown School’s webpage to view the video of the Virtual March to the Sea, you really...

Chilmark: Online menus for local goods

It was Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend. After the rain, I drove to Menemsha to walk my dogs. There was a steady stream of cars heading to the beach lot for sunset, filling all...

Aquinnah: More shops are open

The end of May finds Martha’s Vineyard cautiously reopening, and what feels like droves of people gathering outside. The weather this past Sunday was glorious, and that brought many people outside, where it feels...

The history sleuth

“All eyes were on Martha’s Vineyard in the spring of 1932. Charles Lindbergh Jr., 20-month-old son of the famed transatlantic pilot, had been kidnapped in what would be called the ‘crime of the century.’...

West Tisbury: Flowering trees and bushes

The windows are wide open, sun pouring in, and the fragrance of new-mown grass. Mike is mowing for the first time this spring. The past few days have really felt like spring, and I...

Tisbury: Shared around the world

Heard on Main Street: You are too blessed to be stressed. My friend, Joan Druett, is a maritime historian and well-known writer who lives in New Zealand. Like all of us, she is in lockdown....

Oak Bluffs: Holiday weekend

Gifts to me this past Monday morning were the cardinals, chickadees, flickers, and hummingbirds who paid me visits off and on throughout the day. They loved the hanging baskets of flowers overflowing with their...

Edgartown: Glimpse of summer

I don’t know about everyone else, but I sure am grateful for the calendar and reminder features on my calendar, so I have some knowledge of what day it is. Since most every day...