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Voices from the Pandemic

The travelers

Nicole Galland — stranded off-Island On March 8, I arrived in New York City to begin directing actor Scott Barrow in a one-man play, “Every Brilliant Thing.” We were scheduled to bring it back to...

Russell Maloney — real estate agent

I own Russell Maloney Real Estate; we’re located in Chilmark, and in 14 years in the business, I’ve never seen anything like this. The market took off last spring and summer, and then the...

Abigail McGrath — doubts about the pandemic

I have been wrong a lot of times in my life. I have been cynical and closed-minded and all of that. But NEVER have I been as wrong as I was about March 2020....

Chris Petro — curbside pickup

At the outset, the first big decision was, Do we close, or do we try to go takeout-only at the Barn? We decided to go for it. My boss was like, “Let’s give it...

Harriet Bernstein — sheltering (and dancing) in place in West Tisbury

It started out as a month of Sundays. Kind of a treat. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one to be. I’d been a bit further into my social self before the pandemic,...

Alessandra Hagerty — mom working from home

When COVID first happened, everybody was immediately told, “Hey, you have to go home, and your kids are going to be home.” My son, William, was 3 at the time. My daughter, Julianna, was...

Lucy Hackney — COVID tester

I graduated from college in May of 2019. After I graduated, I traveled a bit that summer on a big road trip with my boyfriend, Owen, all over the U.S. I came back to...

Jeremy Driesen — leaving New York

We sold our house in the New York City suburbs and rented an apartment in Manhattan. A few months later, COVID struck. As the situation quickly deteriorated, we decided it would be safest for...

Andrea Guyther — college student

I’m Andrea Guyther; I’m a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), where I’m studying early childhood education and developmental psychology. When ECSU first sent us home last March, it was just supposed to...

Joe Capobianco and Janay Dlabaj — feeding M.V.

Joe Capobianco has been a busy guy during the pandemic. Lockdowns and government restrictions have forced people out of work, and food insecurity — already a big issue on the Island — has been exacerbated. Capobianco is...

Steve Bernier — COVID patient

Yes, it was hair-raising. Yes, it was scary. Yes, it’s gone on for a long time ... I’ve been doing retail foods for 56 years, and I’ve never experienced anything like that in my...
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