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Three Island towns are now in state’s ‘red zone’

Oak Bluffs has joined Tisbury and Edgartown as communities with the highest risk of community spread, according to new data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. According to the state data, Oak Bluffs...

Lighting up for the holiday

Rob Gatchell flipped the switch on this annual holiday light display at 148 County Road in Oak Bluffs on Thanksgiving night. Gatchell collects donations for the Island Food Pantry.  

Tisbury, Chilmark approve COVID construction regulations

Tisbury and Chilmark joined Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury in approving revised construction site health protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19 among Vineyard workers. The guidelines, which are being presented to town boards...

Eight new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

There were eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday as the Island heads into its fourth week in a surge of cases and the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As of Wednesday, the...

Oak Bluffs wary of reducing restaurant hours

Oak Bluffs selectmen denied a request from Seaweed’s to reduce their open days to one day a week on Saturdays, fearing it could set a precedent for other restaurants in town to close their...

Back Door gives back

While known for its doughnuts and apple fritters, it turns out Back Door Donuts is pretty darn good at making pies too. Wanting to give back to the Island community, Back Door Donuts donated 150...

Art and rug sale canceled due to virus spike

An art and rug sale slated for Nov. 28-29 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury has been canceled by order of the Health Agent Omar Johnson. Assistant Health Agent William Droheim confirmed the...

IFP plans to purchase Tony’s Market

Tony’s Market will likely have new owners by the end of the year, as owner David Richardson works out a deal with local wholesaler Island Food Products (IFP). Speaking to The Times by phone, Richardson...

Klingensmith joins Edgartown PD

On the recommendation of Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee, Edgartown selectmen unanimously appointed Doron Klingensmith as a year-round special police officer.  Chief McNamee said Klingensmith was presently a corrections officer for the Dukes County Sheriff’s...

Climate Solution: Air-Source Heat Pumps Are THE Way!

You have seen them: metal boxes sitting outside houses with a grill on the front, and "mini-splits" inside houses that deliver heat or cool. Now that there are cold-climate units available, this is the...

Police chief, sergeant hit with federal lawsuit

A former Tisbury police sergeant says she was discriminated against by fellow police officers because she is a hispanic gay woman, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston. Kindia...

Turkey Express donates thousands of Thanksgiving dinners

In collaboration with the Island Grown Initiative (IGI) and the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, Stop & Shop will be donating turkeys and sides to Island seniors and families this Thanksgiving, according to a...

SSA announces ‘Sail into Imagination’ winners

The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (SSA) has announced the winners of its fifth annual “Sail into Imagination” art contest for students in grades kindergarten through 12. The winning artwork will...

MVCS holds final license plate auction 

M.V. Community Services (MVCS) will hold its final low-number license plate online auction. Bidding will start at 9 am on Dec. 9, and close at 9 pm on Dec. 13.  In-demand plates up for bid...

Gatchell lights will shine

Though Rob Gatchell lost his beloved wife Lynn last month, he intends to continue with a tradition he began with her more than 35 years ago — a large Christmas light display. What has...

Island legislators hope for police reform bill

In a Zoom call Monday night hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP, state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, and state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said it would be a failure if the...

West Tisbury revives Housing Bank idea

The West Tisbury Housing Bank committee is proposing a warrant article for the town’s annual town meeting next spring that will focus on establishing community and workforce housing in town. The committee is made up...

8-year-old finds fossilized shark tooth

The beautiful beaches of Martha’s Vineyard are almost like one big scavenger hunt. There are so many wonders to find rolling in the beach break, or mixed in with multicolored pebbles: a rainbow of...

Job sites now require COVID safety officers

Updated 11:15 am Early Tuesday morning, the Oak Bluffs board of health approved the phase three COVID-19 guidelines for work sites, and a highway department official said he will suspend employees who don’t wear masks. The...

Updated: Troubling COVID trend continues

Updated Nov. 24 There were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Tuesday, continuing the Island’s surge in cases, which has now stretched into its fourth week. While the hospital reported seven...
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