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Vineyard women assemble for reproductive rights

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On the anniversary of the Dobbs decision, a collection of Islanders — in unison with organizations and women across the country — made a call for the protection of women’s rights.  A group of 20...

Non–union SSA workers getting a pay bump

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As negotiations continue between the Steamship Authority (SSA) and multiple labor unions, the ferry line’s board approved a pay bump for non-union workers.  On June 20, The SSA board unanimously approved a five percent increase...

Frustration over Tisbury harbormaster hiring process

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In the coming weeks, Tisbury will likely have a new harbormaster. John Crocker, who has been the lead on the town’s waterfront, is retiring on July 2 after nearly a decade leading the waterfront. Crocker...

Rep. Pressley addresses threats to democracy at Juneteenth celebration

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Vineyarders filled Union Chapel Saturday afternoon for the third annual Juneteenth Jubilee Cultural Festival, attending conversations with Representative Ayanna Pressley and former NASA Administrator Charles Boden, as well as artists and a culinary historian. Kahina...

Absent permit latest setback in Chappy access

Updated 8:19 pm For Holly Mercier — like many Islanders and visitors alike — East Beach on Chappaquiddick is a sanctuary, a beautiful place where friends, family, fishermen and beachgoers can gather, meet and appreciate...

New port captain named for Steamship Authority

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The Steamship Authority has named Capt. Paul F. Hennessy as the new port captain. In his new role, Hennessy will ensure that Steamship Authority vessels conform to U.S. Coast Guard requirements. He will also ensure...

Branch falls onto car on Temahigan Ave.

Oak Bluffs Police responded to a call Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer hit a low-hanging branch on Temahigan Ave. The branch fell onto the Toyota Highlander driving behind the tractor-trailer.  There was some damage to...

Chilmark frustrations resurface with tennis pro let go

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Eddie Stahl, the long-serving Chilmark tennis professional, will not be heading the summer tennis programs this year at the town Community Center.  The hiring decision was announced just months after a rancorous debate over tennis...

Shenandoah looks to partner on harborfront proposal

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A new nonprofit unveiled ambitious plans last week for the redevelopment of several significant waterfront properties in downtown Vineyard Haven, and already Islanders and visitors have shared their excitement — along with some pointed...

Raising Juneteenth: A day of remembrance and freedom

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Residents and Island visitors gathered Wednesday around the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs to recognize the raising of the Juneteenth flag. A crowd of at least 50 gathered to hear from prominent Black leaders on the...

Michael Colaneri receives Spirit award

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Honored for his extensive service within the Island community, this year’s recipient of the Spirit of the Vineyard Award is Islander Michael Colaneri.  Colaneri has most notably aided in the Island’s affordable housing crisis, has...

Hello summer: School ends for the year

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The Tisbury School — along with elementary schools across the Island — celebrated its final day of the year Tuesday, ringing in summer around noon with a sea of smiling faces.  Children from kindergarten to...

Bob Tankard wins Buchwald Award

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Vineyard educator Bob Tankard has won the Martha's Vineyard Community Services' 2024 Buchwald Award, the organization announced on Monday. Tankard, in his fifth year as the veterans outreach coordinator at Community Services, has had a...

911 system working again

The 911 emergency number is back in service statewide after being down for over an hour today. Anyone having an emergency can now call the typical 911 number. A public safety alert announced the statewide...

SSA captains: Tough hours hampering recruitment

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The signs of strife between the Steamship Authority (SSA) administration and workers have been incrementally rising in Woods Hole and on Martha’s Vineyard in recent weeks.  Some parked cars at the Woods Hole ferry terminal...

Vineyard faithful celebrate Celtics’ championship

Celtics fans may have had to wait a little longer for banner 18 than they may have liked, but that made the victory over the Dallas Mavericks Monday night even sweeter. And maybe it...

Stabbing suspect’s hearing moved to July 

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The question of whether the man with Vineyard ties accused of stabbing multiple people in Braintree is mentally fit enough to stand trial will have to wait. Plymouth District Court Judge Shelby Smith approved extending...

Vineyarders still succumbing to opiate overdoses

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The number of fatal, opiate-related overdoses on Martha’s Vineyard has not let up, despite a decrease seen in fatalities around the state. There were six fatalities reported on the Island in 2023, according to a...

Large concentration of sei spotted near the Vineyard

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Over 160 whales were spotted just south of the Vineyard and Nantucket and 7 different whale species were identified during a single survey as reported by marine observers last week. Of these species spotted was...

First year for Brazil Fest

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Blue skies and a warm sun welcomed the Island’s first Brazil Fest at the Agricultural Hall Sunday. Triangular rainbow pennant banners hung from the hall’s rafters and cascaded down between trees in one of...