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Inns and hotels cleared to reopen

During a press conference Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that phase two, labeled “cautious” of the state’s phased reopening plan will begin Monday, June 8 — an announcement that paves the way for some important...

Aquinnah answers the call for solidarity

About 30 people gathered at the Aquinnah Circle Friday evening to acknowledge and stand behind the fight against racial inequity and oppression. The ceremony, which was organized by Sassafras Earth Education, sought to bring people...

Stop & Shop employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop employee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the grocery chain’s manager of external communications and community relations Maria Fruci. In an email to The Times, Fruci wrote that...

No new positives on Island

Updated 4:30 pm In its first week of mass testing, Island Health Care (IHC) has tested 319 patients with zero positives as of Thursday. The community health center, in cooperation with Quest Diagnostics, town health agents,...

Hospital holds kneel-in against racial injustice

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital staff and patients along with all six of the Island’s police chiefs gathered outside at the hospital’s healing garden...

Dining in the park?

The person who brought Beach Road Weekend to the Island last summer is looking at an innovative idea he thinks might help the Island’s struggling restaurant industry. In an email blast sent out Friday, Adam...

Public criticizes Meeting House Place project

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission public hearing for the latest iteration of the 54-acre Meeting House Place development in Edgartown Thursday night ended with only three members of the public voicing criticism of the project. The...

Aquinnah vigil will stand for equality

An event organized by Sassafras Earth Education will honor fallen ancestors and take a stand for racial equity and social justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Starting on Friday, June 5,...

High honor for a Menemsha Coastie

On Friday morning a Menemsha Coastie was decorated with the U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medal for rescuing and resuscitating a shipmate after he fell from a pier.  Prior to receiving the award, Petty Officer Tanner...

Six new probable cases of COVID-19

There were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, but the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported six new probable cases to be in line with state reporting.  The six new probable cases consisted of...

Edgartown looking at ‘hybrid model’ for outdoor dining

Outdoor dining in Edgartown took another step toward reality Wednesday after selectmen asked town administrator James Hagerty to work with town department heads to put together a “hybrid model” that could be discussed and...

Don Leopold appointed to replace the late John Alley

Dukes County commissioners voted 5-0-0 to appoint Chilmark finance committee member Don Leopold to replace the late John Alley. Discussion was short ahead of the vote. Commissioner Leon Brathwaite noted Leopold has filed papers...

Island schools deliver food to families

Martha’s Vineyard schools have continued to provide food to students and families despite statewide closures.  School bus drivers who would normally be shuttling students to and from school every day during the week are putting...

R.I. Fast Ferry cancels 2020 season

The Rhode Island Fast Ferry, which provides high-speed ferry service between Rhode Island and Oak Bluffs, is canceling its 2020 season. In a statement Thursday, the family-owned ferry company said its top priority was the...

West Tisbury talks budget and town meeting

West Tisbury officials have postponed the annual town meeting to June 23 at 4 pm. At a selectmen’s meeting Wednesday, the board decided to set up a backup plan for if they are unable...

O.B. pier ready by June 15

Repairs to the Oak Bluffs terminal pier are expected to be complete ahead of the contractual finish date of June 22, allowing for the facility to be ready a week earlier than expected. “Right now...

Island Grown Initiative offers free drop-off

As part of Island Grown Initiative’s M.V. Food Waste Challenge, food waste drop-off will be free at all six Island transfer stations for the month of June. Drop-off (for up to a five-gallon bucket)...

New site offers reopening info

The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force has launched a new website, reopeningcapecod.org, to help inform businesses and support economic recovery as Massachusetts moves through its phased reopening plan. The task force is led by the...

Chilmark readies for Monday town meeting

On Monday at 5:30 pm, Chilmark voters will be the first Vineyarders to hold their annual town meeting during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Barring foul weather, the meeting will take place under open skies,...

Not your usual National Trails Day

Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day, an event usually commemorated with a daylong hike across the Island to emphasize the beauty of the many trails and conservation lands hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard...