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Update: Island first responders start getting vaccine

Several of the Island’s first responders got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Friday. Speaking to The Times after getting his vaccine Friday, Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said...

Dupon changes lawyers

For reasons that weren’t described in court, Zachary Dupon has switched to a new attorney. Dupon, the 25-year-old Oak Bluffs man charged with motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation in the head-on collision death...

Trustees get $50,000 for Long Point restoration

The Baker-Polito administration recently awarded $50,000 to the town of West Tisbury for The Trustees of Reservations to conduct savanna and scrub oak-heath shrubland restoration at Long Point Wildlife Refuge, according to a press...

Housing Assistance offers rental assistance

Winter on the Island for the local workforce is difficult, due to the nature of a seasonal economy, but the hardships of the ordinary winter season have been exacerbated by the current pandemic. Local...

Vaccines for general public expected in spring

Updated 4:35 pm  Plans for vaccinating the Martha’s Vineyard community are underway at the hospital, with an estimated rollout for the general public in the spring and throughout the summer. Speaking to reporters during a conference...

Tisbury advances funding to educate voters

Tuesday night, Tisbury’s select board voted unanimously to authorize town administrator Jay Grande to request $25,000 from the finance committee. The request was on behalf of the Tisbury School Building Committee (TSBC), for what...

Oak Bluffs begins search for new fire chief

A year after the departure of the former fire chief, Oak Bluffs selectmen voted unanimously to begin recruiting a new top administrator for the department. At a meeting Tuesday night, selectmen heard from Public Safety...

MV Bank offers second round of PPP loans

Martha’s Vineyard Bank is now accepting applications for its second round of the 2021 Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to a press release. In the first round of lending in 2020,...

Beach Road Weekend scheduled

On Tuesday night, Tisbury’s select board unanimously approved August 27-29 as Beach Road Weekend dates for 2021 at Veterans Memorial Park.  Adam Epstein, promoter of the event, told the board he expects to begin moving...

Six new COVID cases Tuesday

The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday — four from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and two from the TestMV site. Also Tuesday, the boards of health reported on...

Stormtide study will map Island inundation pathways

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is working with the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) and the town of Oak Bluffs to identify stormtide pathways on-Island caused by sea level rise and storm surge. The project...

Surveillance testing underway at Island schools

Updated Jan. 13 Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools (MVPS) are testing students and staff on a regular basis, using a minimally invasive saliva test they can administer at home. The tests, provided by Mirimus Clinical Labs, come...

Shellfish Group poised to govern shellfish hatchery

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, to provide greater autonomy to the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group with a 15-year lease at the John T. Hughes Hatchery and Research Station in Oak...

Gatchell gives big

Rob Gatchell, a woodworker and photographer who for years has delighted Islanders with a spectacular holiday light display at his County Road home in Oak Bluffs, outdid himself this year. Not only was the...

Edgartown lowers Clevelandtown Road speed limit

Edgartown selectmen unanimously voted to lower the speed limit on Clevelandtown Road from 30 mph to 25 mph. Clevelandtown Road resident George Pimpentel made the request for the speed change for the “safety of residents...

The lives they led: July – Sep. 2020

In celebrating the lives of Islanders who died in 2020, we have included those who lived for at least some time on Martha’s Vineyard, and for whom information about their life here was available...

Island Home employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Steamship Authority employee assigned to the MV Island Home has tested positive for COVID-19, the authority was informed Monday. As a result, the SSA is taking additional preventive steps to ensure the safety...

M.V. Bank Charitable Foundation awards grants

The Martha’s Vineyard Bank’s Charitable Foundation gave $30,450 through grants and donations to local nonprofits in the final quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. The foundation’s grants committee meets quarterly, and is dedicated to...

MVC provides climate resilience update

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) climate resilience committee (CRC) provided an update to the community about its current initiatives during a Zoom presentation hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was led by...

Update: 31 new cases from over the weekend

Updated at 4:50 pm The Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 Monday — 20 on Saturday, four on Saturday, and seven on Monday. The weekend’s new cases come after the Island...
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