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Martha’s Vineyard ‘high risk’ for COVID

On the same day the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital issued a warning about an uptick in Island COVID-19 cases spurred by new subvariants, the Island boards of health reported the Vineyard is back at “high...

Ferry crossings canceled due to ‘generator issue’

The MV Nantucket remained in a slip in Woods Hole Thursday morning for its early morning crossings due to what Steamship Authority spokesman Sean Driscoll described as a “generator issue.” Initially, an email blast went...

‘The best job I’ve ever had’

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Danielle Charbonneau, an English teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) who runs the Project Vine program, is a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award.  According to the Massachusetts Department of...

Martha’s Vineyard is losing teachers

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Madison Straus was excited when she was offered a position teaching health and physical education at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School last year. The former MVRHS graduate had just completed her master’s degree,...

Ferry diversions: SSA begins to strategize 

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Jim Malkin, the Vineyard’s representative to the Steamship Authority board, briefly updated the Oak Bluffs select board on Tuesday regarding SSA scheduling and passenger traffic. Malkin said discussions were underway to increase fall trips and...

Supreme Court denies Zarbas’ petition

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition by John and Susan Zarba. The Zarbas filed John Zarba, et ux., Petitioners v. Town of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, et al. following a pro se legal...

First all-women firefighter lineup joins July Fourth parade

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For the first time, an all-women firefighter lineup will be marching down the streets of Edgartown with the 1855 Lysander Button Company fire engine during the Fourth of July parade, which is coming back...

Chief Searle’s promotion appointments approved

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The Oak Bluffs select board voted to appoint acting Lt. Nicholas Curelli to lieutenant, in addition to approving the promotions of Officers Christopher Wiggin and Jeffrey LaBell to sergeant Tuesday. In his first appointments...

Annual Creative Living Award nominations open 

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The Martha’s Vineyard Foundation is now seeking nominees for its annual Creative Living Award. The foundation supports the community by turning charitable contributions into grants that public and nonprofit organizations on the Island can...

High school’s planning board appeal progresses 

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An appeal of the denial by Oak Bluffs planning board of a synthetic turf field at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is progressing in Massachusetts Land Court. The planning board denied a special permit...

New superintendent contract approved

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Incoming Superintendent Richie Smith had his terms of employment finalized and his final contract with Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools approved by the All-Island School Committee (AISC) Tuesday.  Smith is taking over for outgoing Superintendent Matt...

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital staff hit by COVID surge

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During a press briefing Wednesday morning, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital officials revealed that between April and June, staff members were infected by COVID 79 times, including hospital CEO Denise Schepici, who just came off a...

Navigator Homes gets $25,000 grant

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Navigator Homes, a proposed Green House elderly housing complex planned for Edgartown, was given a $25,000 grant from the West Chop Community Foundation, according to a press release. This May, the West Chop Community Fund...

Chicken Alley surpasses $1 million in sales

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Martha’s Vineyard Community Services announced in a press release that Chicken Alley, the thrift shop in Vineyard Haven that benefits the nonprofit, surpassed a milestone of $1 million in sales for the fiscal year...

BPAC encourages cyclists to be SMART 

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  The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) issued a public service announcement around the Island to encourage cyclists to ride SMART, and create awareness among the biking and motorist community of the Island as...

W.T.’s Jennelle Gadowski is a Commonwealth Heroine

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The women regularly working to make a difference in their community “don’t always make the news,” but Jennelle Gadowski sure did.  A 23-year-old Martha’s Vineyard activist and third-generation West Tisbury resident, Gadowski was announced as...

Tisbury’s new patrol boat arrives

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On Friday, Tisbury received its new harbor patrol boat from Eastern Boats of Milton, N.H. The delivery comes two years and eight months after the previous harbor patrol boat, Rock Salt, sank at the...

MVRHS explores vaping infractions

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Following a visit to several Cape Cod schools, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) administration is considering ways to stem the surge of vaping addiction among students.  During a Monday MVRHS school committee meeting,...

Fourth of July parade and fireworks to return in Edgartown 

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The Edgartown select board has been tasked with judging floats at this years’ Fourth of July Parade. The annual parade, which has been on hiatus for two years due to COVID-19, will begin promptly...

COVID cases surge

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The Island remains at medium risk for the spread of COVID-19, even as cases have increased over the past week. The number of positive test results was 152 from Sunday, June 19, through Saturday,...