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Special deliveries

Imagine being home alone, and answering the door to find a smiling neighbor offering a hearty, warm meal. Even for an active and able-bodied Islander, that would be a welcome sight. But for homebound...

Stocking up

When the early October nor’easter canceled ferry service two days in a row, the Island Food Pantry panicked.  “We usually get a mountain of produce from Elio at Vineyard Grocer,” Island Food Pantry executive...

Community Works: A chat with Beth Wike of the Island Disability Coalition

The Island Disability Coalition (IDC) is entering its third year, and program director and coordinator Beth Wike sat down with The Times to highlight the program’s origins and where it’s headed. The coalition’s mission...

Bad Martha’s locally made oyster stout

You’ve heard of milk stout, oatmeal stout, dry stout, and even chocolate stout, but how about oyster stout? Oyster stout now exists on the Island due to the communal efforts of Bad Martha’s Brewing Co....

BYO to the Ag Fair!

The fair screams summertime. Icy treats to slurp through a bendy straw, award ribbons of all colors, food truck fare, posters, and plush toy prizes. But have you ever seen the fairgrounds the day...

Oyster seed from Maine to M.V.

(Editor’s note: The writer’s father, Paul L. Bagnall, has been the Edgartown shellfish constable for 35 years.) The rain came down on Muscongus Bay Hatchery in Bremen, Maine, at around 7 am as shellfish constable...

Garden variety

“June is bustin’ out all over,” in the words of the hit “Carousel” tune, and hardly anywhere is it more lush than at the Greenhouse of Martha’s Vineyard. The community-based Oak Bluffs greenhouse is...

Applications available for environmental studies scholarship

Tisbury Waterways Inc. announces the due date for its second annual Environmental Studies Scholarship application. The TWI Environmental Studies Scholarship is an award established in honor of the founders and the key contributors to...

Meet Melisande Knowles

Blended voices echo generations of sound off the white walls and hardwood floors at Windemere’s Unit 3 Nursing and Rehabilitation Center every Monday afternoon. “What should we sing next?” Melisande (“Melissa”) Knowles asked the group...

Noshing with neighbors

Grace Episcopal Church parish hall was welcoming last Friday on a chilly evening as guests arrived for the community supper. Round tables were set, and volunteers bustled in the kitchen, calling out greetings. At...

Giving back comes in many forms

The week before Christmas, reindeer antlers bobbed up and down the halls of Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as students from Debra Silva's health assistance class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School filled the...

In the business of winning

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, Island business members gathered at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort for the presentation of the 2018 Martha’s Business Awards given by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. “It’s our 10th year,”...

Financial aid workshop with Nancy Sinsabaugh

Confused by the process of applying for financial aid to help pay for education after high school? Looking for tips and techniques to maximize the amount of grant and scholarship funds that you or...

Building leaders

Last Friday night, my daughter and I joined fellow Girl Scouts to celebrate a group of girls who were moving up from the Junior troop to the Cadettes. The girls laughed together, goofed off,...

Field day

Driving through the morning fog onto the FARM Institute was cinematic. There were expansive pastures in all directions; 23 grazing cows; 300 laying hens in and around their houses with children gathering eggs in...

Helping hands help hearts

In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with its terrifying 155-mph winds, leaving devastation in its wake. It was the worst natural disaster in the island’s history. As we on Martha’s Vineyard...

Little life lessons

A few years ago, having recently moved to the Vineyard, I was looking for volunteer opportunities. I was finally settled into my Island home, was steadily employed, and wanted to carve out some extra...

Breaking free from plastic

Last Tuesday evening 30 community members met at Island co-housing in West Tisbury to figure out ways to reduce their use of plastic packaging, as well as plastics from shops, restaurants, and disposables. Spearheaded by...

Beacon works on the Vineyard

For the second year, Mary Gosselin of Island Cove Mini Golf and the Climbing Wall in Vineyard Haven has included Beacon Academy graduates in her roster of summer employees. But Ms. Gosselin’s relationship with...

Hate has no business here

While visiting her children in Takoma Park, Md., Chilmark resident Bonnie George noticed that store after store had the identical poster prominently displayed in their windows. The sheer number of posters caught Bonnie’s attention....