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Fire damages abandoned house

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Oak Bluffs firefighters extinguished a fire Tuesday evening in a small abandoned house near the intersection of Tradewinds Road and Wing Road. The house was hidden in an overgrown yard with no apparent entrance....

Steamship expects Gay Head service on Thursday

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The Steamship Authority expects the freight ferry Gay Head to return to service on Thursday after repairs in Connecticut. The vessel went out of service with what SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll described as a...

Shark sightings at South Beach

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An increase in shark sightings within the last week on South Beach has led to closing the waters for swimmers numerous days in a row. Early Tuesday morning, a shark seen five to 10 yards...

State to review MVRHS regional agreement

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) is submitting a draft of the updated regional agreement to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for review.  For months, school committee members and other...

Wareham cop pleads to punching senior 

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A Wareham Police officer on suspension admitted to sufficient facts Monday in Edgartown District Court on a charge of assault and battery, amended down from assault and battery on an elder or disabled person.  Ryan...

Edgartown gets ready to vote

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The Edgartown select board unanimously approved the warrant for the 2022 state primary from Massachusetts Secretary of State William Francis Glavin during a Monday afternoon meeting. The board also unanimously approved the in-person early...

Inkwell Yoga welcomed back to the beach

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With the Town Hall packed to the brim as supporters of the Inkwell Yoga group enveloped the conference hall Monday afternoon, the Oak Bluffs Parks Commission agreed to allow yoga to return to the...

Another drop in COVID cases

There was another significant drop in the number of reported COVID-19 cases; it dropped to 58 for the period between Sunday, July 24, and Saturday, July 30. That’s down from 73 the previous week,...

NOAA proposes expansion to vessel speed restriction

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations to protect the North Atlantic right whale, an endangered species with “fewer than 350 individuals and fewer than 100 reproductively...

‘Our voice here is a moral voice’

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The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center recently held a forum to discuss how to mitigate the fallout from the recently overturned Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court, and to highlight the chief notion...

Manter retires from West Tisbury PD

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On Sunday, Lt. Jeffrey (“Skipper”) Manter ceremoniously retired from the West Tisbury Police Department after 47 years of service. The thank-yous given to Manter by the town included a parade of law enforcement, fire,...

Rifle minutes deemed insufficient

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Following a complaint filed by The Martha’s Vineyard Times, the state attorney general’s office found that five sets of the Oak Bluffs select board executive session minutes violated Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.  Specifically, the office’s...

‘It’s going to be a long war’

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The video showed a woman who looked like she could be a grandmother. Instead of knitting a baby bonnet, she was crafting a cover for a grenade. In the next scene, she showed off...

Det. Duquette leads drug seizure, arrest

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Tisbury Police Det. Charles Duquette led members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force in the execution of a search warrant on New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs Friday. As result, Beau Sander Henderson...

Travel alert: Ferry schedules altered

A problem with the MV Gay Head is forcing the Steamship Authority to play musical ferries just ahead of a busy summer weekend.  “Following the discovery of a small amount of water in the steering...

O.B. to take up Inkwell yoga permit Monday

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A meeting has been posted for the Oak Bluffs Parks Commission Monday with just one item on the agenda — discussion regarding a special event permit application submitted by Inkwell Yoga. Following backlash over having ejected...

‘It is completely treatable’

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At Francine Sohn’s home in Edgartown on Thursday, a small group gathered for the Support Ukrainian Newborns (SUN) Project’s fundraiser, which brings “vital medical equipment to providers in Ukraine to help save newborns.” In...

Dukes County Jail has COVID outbreak

Four inmates at the Dukes County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, which amounts to one-quarter of the inmate population that was housed at the facility at the time, Heather Arpin, a spokesperson for...

Teachers’ contract negotiations move to fact-finding

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Contract negotiations between the All-Island School Committee and the Martha’s Vineyard Education Association (MVEA) have moved to fact-finding with the state’s Department of Labor Relations, according to an update at Thursday’s school committee meeting....

SSA board extols Davis, renews contract

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Updated 2:37pm At a special Friday morning meeting, the Steamship Authority board gave high marks to general manager Robert Davis as part of his annual review, and later, in executive session, bumped his salary from...