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Breaker issue impairs Island Home again

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A problem with a breaker connected to the steering system of the Steamship Authority’s largest ferry, the Island Home, delayed the vessel by 45 minutes Wednesday morning on the 6 am run, according to...

Museum to honor three medal recipients

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum plans to honor three recipients at its 99thh annual meeting this year with the Martha’s Vineyard Medal. This year’s recipients are Richard (“Dick”) Burt, Vernon Jordan (posthumously), and Nancy Vietor.  Since...

Nate Luce leaves Island and Martha’s Vineyard Big Brother Big Sister

Martha’s Vineyard program director of the Big Brother Big Sister, or BBBS, Nate (“Skip”) Luce, will vacate the position following a permanent move off-Island.  “It’s a bittersweet announcement for our program,” J.R. Mell, regional director...

Hospital reports cases of Delta variant

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Updated July 22  The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has confirmed that two cases of the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant have been detected on the Island. Hospital communications specialist Marissa Lefevbre told The Times in an email...

Chilmark to hold second Peaked Hill Pastures meeting

On July 26 at 6 pm, the town of Chilmark will be holding a Zoom community meeting to “discuss the development opportunities” of Peaked Hill Pastures. This property is owned by the town.  In this...

Mystery disease found in birds

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On July 14, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reported that an unknown disease is circulating among birds in the U.S. The cause of the illness or deaths are not known at this...

Edey criticizes officials over Tisbury School

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Energy efficiency advocate Anna Edey leveled criticism at Tisbury officials Tuesday afternoon about the planned renovation and addition of the Tisbury School.  Up to $55 million in bonds was authorized by Tisbury voters at both...

Two Island organizations get grants from AG

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Two Martha’s Vineyard organizations are among 74 statewide that will share nearly $300,000 in grant funding to help pay for summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness, according...

Tisbury boards seek more cooperation

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On Monday, during a joint Zoom meeting, the Tisbury select and planning boards discussed the need for more cooperation and communication among the town’s boards. This would ideally lead to more effective and efficient...

Swimming for a cause 

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On Monday, Doug McConnell attempted to swim from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard for the second time in three years. Despite falling short on his attempt Monday due to extreme currents, McConnell was greeted at a...

Planning for a renewable energy future

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Edgartown energy committee chair Alan Stahler informed the town’s select board Monday that the Island needs to increase its efforts to meet renewable energy resolution goals approved at town meeting. Strahler presented the board with...

SSA tries to give more access to Islanders

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The Steamship Authority is looking at ways to provide more last-minute trips for preferred customers from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, general manager Robert Davis told the SSA board Tuesday. Davis said one of the initiatives...

One of four Vineyard undersea cables compromised

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Updated July 21 One of four undersea electrical distribution cables that serve Martha’s Vineyard failed on Friday, July 16, causing a spate of brownouts across the Island. In a release limited to Island officials, Eversource...

Fine Fettle finally about to sell marijuana

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  After years of permitting and regulatory hurdles, Islanders will soon be able to purchase medical marijuana, tinctures, concentrates, and edibles in a cozy shop environment.  Fine Fettle Dispensaries, which purchased the majority of contracts and...

Labor deal forged for Vineyard Wind 1

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In a ceremony on July 16, Vineyard Wind signed a labor agreement with the Southeastern Massachusetts Building Trades Council to erect America’s first industrial scale offshore wind farm.  The wind farm will feature 62 GE...

Incentives offered for 2022 Beach Road Weekend

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With a three-day music festival just days away, Beach Road Weekend is already talking about what’s in the works for 2022, according to a press release. The 2022 festival is planned for August 26-28 in...

Man attempts swim between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard

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Updated 3 pm On Monday, Doug McConnell, 63, attempted to swim from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, according to a story in the Inquirer and Mirror.  It’s the second time McConnell has attempted the approximately 20-mile crossing....

Fully vaccinated and symptomatic cases reported

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There were 16 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Martha’s Vineyard last week, including several individuals who were symptomatic even though they are fully vaccinated. The new cases are the biggest rise in cases the...

Sharks step up for Keyshawn

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The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks collegiate summer baseball league is sending love and support to 9-year-old Keyshawn Devine, who loves baseball. Keyshawn was struck and injured by a pickup truck on July 14.  Keyshawn is recuperating...

Power outages reported in several Martha’s Vineyard towns

Power outages were reported across Martha's Vineyard Friday afternoon. An Eversource outage map showed scattered outages in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown at about 5:30 pm. Earlier, electricity went out in Vineyard Haven, including The Times...
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