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The Katama strawberry heist

A Katama farm may have been hit by strawberry bandits.  Old Town Gardens owner Lynne Daniels reported to Edgartown police that there was a “possible theft of strawberries from her farm.”  Daniels alleged that someone entered...

Iconic Aquinnah restaurant up for sale

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Updated June 1 The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant — An iconic, seasonal up-Island eatery — is up for sale  The restaurant’s website states there are “new things coming for summer 2023!” and asks people to “stay tuned.”...

Students gather for the climate

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On Thursday, May 25, more than 200 Island students from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School gathered at Felix Neck to rally around taking climate action and...

Nesting birds keep Norton Point off-limits for vehicles

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Edgartown officials announced last week that the town’s management plan for Norton Point Beach has received approval from the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).  That approval allows the town to begin sticker sales...

Oak Bluffs pursuing new compost facility

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Oak Bluffs is pursuing funding to build a commercial composting facility, but even if the town is successful, the Island may still need to ramp up its efforts to meet state composting requirements. Potentially,...

State Senate proposes lifting Steamship borrowing limit

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The Massachusetts Senate advanced a proposal that would raise the Steamship Authority’s borrowing limit, which could better help the transportation agency electrify its fleet. During the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget debate last week, the...

Regional authorities push for ferry electrification

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Calls to add an electric ferry to the Steamship Authority fleet intensified this past week. Three regional bodies — the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Dukes County Commissioners, and the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee — all signed...

Housing, nursing shortage impacts on-Island healthcare staffing.

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Although the pandemic is considered over, some Island healthcare providers are still feeling its effects on employment. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has nearly 200 openings, and a local hospice group has been looking for nurses for...

Alan Dershowitz to return to Chilmark library

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The Chilmark board of library trustees has agreed to allow attorney Alan Dershowitz back to the town’s library to promote his latest book, “Dershowitz on Killing: How the Law Decides Who Shall Live and...

Edgartown linguist helping to restore indigenous Californian language

Edgartown resident Bruce Nevin has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The grant supports his work as a scientific linguist describing Achumawi,...

Philbin Beach parking fee increases for renters

Parking at Philbin Beach will be pricier for renters this summer.  During the Aquinnah Select Board meeting on Tuesday, May 23, the board unanimously approved increasing the Philbin Beach parking fees for renters. Aquinnah town administrator...

Vineyard Wind parts begin to arrive in New Bedford

Vineyard Wind received the first shipment of turbine components for its planned, 62-turbine offshore wind farm at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal last week.  The first shipment arrived Thursday, May 25. The tower sections —...

Island air quality impacted by Canadian wildfires

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Smoke from wildfires that prompted mass evacuations throughout Nova Scotia, Canada, this weekend has made its way to New England, where Islanders have been notified of possible air-quality issues. On Monday, towns notified residents through...

Edgartown Democrats electing new delegates

On Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 am, Edgartown Democrats will convene to elect four delegates and four alternates to represent Edgartown at the 2023 State Democratic Convention. This caucus will take place remotely.  Registered and...

Chilmark to vote on high school budget, marijuana delivery

Chilmark will be the first among the up-Island towns to vote on the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) budget when it convenes next week. The Chilmark Special Town Meeting will be held at the...

Memorial Day: ‘May we be worthy of their sacrifice’

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Vineyarders applauded and shouted words of gratitude as the procession of veterans, emergency response personnel, and young Scouts marched down Pine Tree Road for the 29th annual Memorial Day Parade in Tisbury.  Hosted by American...

Marching for Memorial Day

Tisbury School students took place in the annual March to the Sea parade in recognition of Memorial Day on Friday, May 26.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade carried flowers and tossed them into the...

Tisbury considering police patrol boat 

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The Tisbury Police Department is looking to add a patrol boat to its inventory, but town officials are split on a proposed pilot program.  On Wednesday, May 24, the Tisbury Select Board did not make...

Vineyard businesses readying for the Memorial Day masses

 Local businesses on Martha’s Vineyard have been gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer on the Island. As Tony Breth, owner of Porto Pizza in Vineyard Haven tells us, it’s...

Honors Night for MVRHS students

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) hosted its Honors Night at the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 25.  The event was a night celebrating the students’ hard work throughout the year, and also showcased...