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How lucky are we?

This Thursday we will celebrate National Intern Day, and at The Times there is plenty of reason for celebration this year. We already had intern applications before the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing by...

Make it a day to remember

On the night Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School officials met with executives of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society to talk about using the venue as a backup graduation site, we received an email from...

Unmasking selfishness

A friend posted this on Facebook: “It's ironic the issue of wearing face coverings has unmasked the selfishness of so many people in this country.” That boils down the whole mask debate into one sentence....

Finishing on top

It was a telling scene on the night of June 29. Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling, working his last day on the job, got a call on his pager for an illegal fire at...

Reflecting on voters’ choices

Election season is finally over. After being delayed for more than two months because of the pandemic, the last voters from West Tisbury cast their ballots on Thursday, with hand sanitizer in high demand. Elections...

Spread cheer, not the virus

Hello Martha’s Vineyard visitors, we’ve been expecting you. We welcome you every year through our ferry terminals, our public docks, and our airport. We embrace the additional traffic at Five Corners and the Triangle....

Shift the focus

Food trucks and where they can — mostly can’t — be located is the issue that has grabbed the attention of Tisbury’s select board.  While Edgartown has been meeting and working with the town’s restaurant owners...

Meeting the needs

Last Thursday night, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission heard the latest iteration of Meeting House Place, a large-scale development on Meetinghouse Way in Edgartown that has become the latest NIMBY proposal on Martha’s Vineyard. It promises...

Refuse to look away

You are used to seeing our staff editorials in this space. In light of the events in Minneapolis and around the country over the last week, we felt it was appropriate to use this...

Healthy appreciation

This week, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital began accepting patients for some elective procedures, a return to a bit of normalcy in a place that’s been thrust into the frontline of a worldwide pandemic. As confirmed cases...

There when we need them

The Steamship Authority likes to use the moniker “lifeline to the islands,” and with good reason — the ferry service was created by legislation for just that purpose. It’s the only way to get...

Memorial Day paradox

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the Vineyard is observing this national holiday which asks us to remember the deaths of fallen American soldiers. In an odd coupling, this is also the weekend when we...

Misplaced outrage

Jim Malkin, the Vineyard’s new representative to the Steamship Authority board for a little more than two months, has already made some waves — and for that the entire Island should be grateful. Yes, Malkin misspoke...

Back to print

Today’s edition of The MV Times follows a six-week suspension of print publication. In mid-March (seems like five years ago), faced with the almost unfathomable uncertainties of Island life following the arrival of COVID-19,...

We’re in this together

A letter to the Martha’s Vineyard Times family of readers: Community newspapers like The Martha’s Vineyard Times have an unusual bond with readers. We take our charge — to provide essential information about events, people,...

Let the sunshine in

This week is National Sunshine Week, which was created by the American Society of News Editors “to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.” Today...

The worst of times bring out our best

These are strange and somewhat haunting times we’re in. Schools closed. Gyms locked tight. Movie theater screens gone blank. You can’t check out a book at the library (though they have some great online...

Power to the little people

They’re still years away from voting themselves, but the kids from Plastic Free MV are making a difference, and demonstrated over the past week that they wield powerful clout. After the Tisbury board of selectmen...

Issues in passing

A few things to think about while we wait for the decision on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Will he stay or will he go? Coronavirus is a very real threat, and it’s...

Board process is flawed

The county commission is considering 10 candidates to represent Martha’s Vineyard on the Steamship Authority board. To say this is an important decision is an understatement: The person will be the Island’s voice to...