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2023 by the numbers

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Here are some of the top news stories in 2023 on Martha’s Vineyard, by the numbers: First: On March 28, the Oak Bluffs select board appointed Emily deBettencourt to the position of town harbormaster, making...

Land court sides with high school committee on turf appeal

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A land court judge has ruled against the Oak Bluffs planning board for rejecting a request for a special permit from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional School District to build a synthetic turf athletic field.  The...

Obama family chef dies while paddleboarding in Edgartown pond

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The body of a 45-year-old Virginia man was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond Monday morning, following an exhaustive multiagency search after he was reported missing while paddleboarding. The deceased has been identified as Virginia native...

Two dead humpback whales wash ashore on Martha’s Vineyard

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Two dead whales have been found on Edgartown beaches this week.  Both have been identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as humpback whales. On Monday, a partially decomposed humpback was found in Edgartown...

Controversial Edgartown house heads to public hearing

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The architect for the controversial renovation of 81 South Water St., which would be a residence of investor David Malm, is still finalizing plans for the project. On Thursday, the Edgartown Historic District Commission unanimously...

Edgartown resident facing nearly a dozen charges in connection with Falmouth bank robbery

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Federal agents arrested an Edgartown resident for his connection to an armed bank robbery in Falmouth on April 8 after a weeks-long investigation involving multiple agencies. Cape and Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois' office...

MVRHS sports wrap-up

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Baseball takes two in a row This week, the Vineyarders put two comeback wins in the books, 9-6 over St. John Paul II away, and then 8-3 against Monomoy at home. Against St. John Paul II...

MVRHS Sports Wrap-up

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Boys’ tennis cleans up against a seasoned Dover-Sherborn team On Sunday, the Vineyarders hosted the Dover-Sherborn Raiders for their first match of the season. According to Coach Nicole Macy, MVRHS saw their opener as a...

Masters bring home the bronze

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This past weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Masters swim team competed in the 2023 New England Short Course Championships, a premier event held annually at Worcester Polytechnic University. According to Jonathan Chatinover of the Martha’s...

The voices of MVRHS sports

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This winter, hundreds of Islanders tuned in every week to follow the varsity MVRHS boys and girls hockey and basketball teams, live, on Facebook and YouTube. On the ice, the boys made it all the...

MVRHS Sports Wrap-up – Mar 29 – Spring Week #1

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Season preview This week, the spring season will officially kick off for MVRHS athletes and coaches, taking part in their first games, matches, and meets. Things began yesterday, when the boys lacrosse team traveled to...

Oak Bluffs appoints Island’s first woman harbormaster

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Updated March 29 The Oak Bluffs Select Board voted to appoint Emily deBettencourt to the position of harbormaster on Tuesday, making her the first woman harbormaster in Oak Bluffs.  According to Island town officials, deBettencourt is...

Sowing the seeds of a wrestling renaissance

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Up until very recently, there hadn’t been a wrestling program at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for more than 40 years. But everything changed last school year when Coach Jerry Kadien and then-sophomore M.J....

Adults win third straight Island Cup

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On Sunday afternoon, the Vineyard’s tennis community took part in its third annual Island Cup, featuring a series of doubles matches between MVRHS tennis players and longtime students of the game. It was the first...

24 right whales sighted south of Martha’s Vineyard

An aerial survey team from the New England Aquarium has detected a number of North Atlantic right whales south of Martha’s Vineyard, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enact “slow zones"...

Bids out for Oak Bluffs’ new roundabout

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The Oak Bluffs Select Board approved the issuing of a request for proposals for the construction of the North Bluff/Seaview Avenue project, which will include a new roundabout.  The project will feature a landscaped rotary...

Contested select board races for Island town elections

With the annual town elections right around the corner, voters will soon be tasked with choosing new members to represent them in local government. In Oak Bluffs, two of the five select board members, Ryan...

Back Door Donuts goes to Fenway Park

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Updated March 4 Owners of the iconic Oak Bluffs eatery Back Door Donuts have announced a new pop-up bakery slated to open this month at Fenway Park’s historic Lansdowne Street in Boston: “BDD stans asked...

DeSantis seeks to dismiss migrant flight lawsuit

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Florida officials responsible for the Sept. 14, 2022, flights carrying nearly 50 Venezuelan and Peruvian migrants to Martha’s Vineyard are seeking dismissal of a class action filed against them last year.  Largely considered a “political...

Eighth grade travel team crowned champions of Cape Cod

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On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Martha’s Vineyard eighth grade boys’ travel basketball team faced Barnstable for the Cape Cod championship crown. With an intense 57-48 victory over their rivals, Coach Jeremy Light’s team officially...