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What I learned from A-Train

He called himself A-Train. He was an overweight, 18-year-old immigrant Vietnamese from Manhattan named Aaron; not the average candidate one expected to meet on a month-long expedition through the vast Denali National Park in...

So long, Brad Moore

Brad "Buster" Moore was discovered dead on April 17. Following his death, Chris Baer of Oak Bluffs emailed The Times. “He was a unique sort of genius, a real character, and it would be a...

Andris Boass — his own man to the end

Andy Boass died last week. I’ve been thinking about what a remarkable man he was. We both married into the same extended family by marrying two of what John Alley liked to call “the Glimmerglass...

Collaboration, but on a larger scale, needed

At a recent Donors Collaborative meeting of nonprofit executive directors, Betty Burton, who runs the Family to Family Holiday Meal Program, told the group that if they wanted to see a great example of...

A November foray produced an unexpected catch

In mid-November of this year, a series of sunny days with light southwest winds moved my partner Ruth Kirchmeier and me to extend the fishing season by going forth for white perch in Tisbury...

Hospitalist system is a change for the better

This system in which patients have different doctors for hospital care than for office care started about 15 years ago and is now a usual practice across the United States. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is one of the last hospitals in New England to adopt this system.

MVC chairman says Islanders are ‘bashing’ the commission and are ‘misinformed’

I would like to respond to a recent spate of Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) bashing, particularly as it relates to the current review of some developments of regional impact and to the commission’s budget....

Combating substance abuse requires long-term coordination and funding

The MV Times addiction series, which began on January 2 with“Opiate addiction on Martha’s Vineyard hits home” and the on-target Editorial of February 27 bring home the base reality and attendant consequences of substance abuse....

The benefits of a new Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop has proposed to replace its current tired and inadequate Water Street store with a beautiful new store that, beyond all measure, will meet the needs of the community, benefit the town...

Mediation can help tame difficult family issues

'Tis the season for gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, attending concerts and worship services, and sitting down together for a big holiday meal, but as you pack the car to go off Island or prepare your home to receive extended family, your anticipation is mixed with apprehension.

Thunder, a rock star of a boar

One in a long line of of celebrated pigs – think Wilbur – Thunder will be missed by many.

He wants, no, he doesn’t want, an iPhone vacation

Each summer, my family journeys to Martha's Vineyard from our middle class New Jersey suburb for our annual vacation.

Manny called me, and I came out – that explains it

Monday night, the last one in May, the Sox were laying a thumping on the Phillies, and the Blackhawks were pounding the Redwings, forcing Game 7 — more than enough to keep me up past 10:30.

Back from the Bee, an eye-opening experience

I am writing to thank you for providing me with a once-in-a-lifetime experience — the chance to go to the National Scripps Spelling Bee.

Looking for the core of violence, and treating it

While the country mourns the loss of 20 innocent children and six of their teachers and the school principal, the debate seeking solutions focuses on two areas, gun control and mental health.

Disaster cannot always be prevented

On December 14, a 20-year-old man named Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School with an assault rifle and killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

A Red Stocking thankyou

'Twas the week before Christmas, the elves worked in shiftsAt generous Grace Church wrapping thousands of gifts.

He gives Santa the day off

I turned 60 a couple of years ago and to be honest, I haven't even thought about writing to you for decades.

A walk in winter

Finally, I was alone at my desk, ready to write.