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Leaking Eagle leads to ferry cancellations

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Updated May 7 An issue on a Nantucket-route passenger ferry, the Eagle, is leading to cancellations on the Vineyard route.  The Steamship Authority (SSA) announced that the Eagle’s bow thruster was found to be leaking gear...

Times publisher receives journalism award

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Martha's Vineyard Times publisher Charles Sennott received a James F. Foley Foundation World Press Freedom Award on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for his work in founding the GroundTruth Project. GroundTruth, along with its programs Report...

EduComp redevelopment passes commission review 

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The redevelopment of the former EduComp building in Vineyard Haven into housing took a step forward.  The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) voted 9-2 in favor of the proposed 4 State Road housing project during a...

Kids trout tournament celebrating 50 years

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Tomorrow, hordes of kids will descend upon Duarte's Pond in Vineyard Haven to participate in the 50th Annual Kids Trout Tournament, hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club. They’ll be there before the...

Vineyard marijuana dispensary to close

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Fine Fettle, a medical and recreational dispensary in West Tisbury — as well as the Island’s only licensed growing facility — announced that it will be closing in September. Benjamin Zachs, chief operating officer of...

Study looking at climate impacts to local whelk fishery

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A research professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Marine Laboratory (CML) is investigating how changing water temperatures off the coast of Massachusetts — and particularly Martha’s Vineyard — impact the offspring of...

West Tisbury residents push for better town communication

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Among the various topics townsfolk wanted addressed by West Tisbury government officials, a surprise top contender emerged: better communication from the town.  West Tisbury hosted a visioning session on April 26 and April 27 at...

Island graduates partake in countrywide protests

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The nation’s attention has been tuned to college campuses as masses of students gather, occupy, and call for a ceasefire in Gaza. And graduates from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School have been among those...

State housing secretary planning Island visit

The head of the state’s housing department will make his first official visit to the Island in the coming months, to gather input from the public on housing. Sec. Ed Augustus, as part of a...

Tappé tapped for HS project

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Tappé Architects of Boston has been chosen for the construction project planned for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. A 16-member design selection panel, with school officials, school committee members, and members of the Massachusetts...

Nip sales end on the Vineyard

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The last chance to buy nips on the Island was on Tuesday, and up to the deadline, liquor stores were trying to sell off their stock of nips before the ban went into effect.  At...

Keeping Island Dairy Queen ‘iconic’

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Last summer, Island landscaper Paul Beeson came home from work upset, with a cold Dairy Queen Blizzard in hand, expressing his want for a career change.  That was when his partner, Kirsten Anderson, told him...

District Attorney fined for conflict-of-interest violations

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The local district attorney has been ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for violating the state’s conflict-of-interest law. The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, in a decision announced Wednesday, found that Robert Galibois, district attorney...

Tisbury unveils master plan

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Tisbury presented a long-awaited master plan to residents and officials at town hall on Monday. The document was unanimously adopted that evening by the town planning board. The 300-page plan would help guide the town...

Crew shortage cancels ferries on both SSA routes

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A batch of crew shortages has caused ferry cancellations for the Steamship Authority (SSA) on Tuesday afternoon.  The passenger ferry Island Home’s 1:15 pm departure from Woods Hole and its 2:30 pm trip from Vineyard...

House rep. eyes funding for Island fisheries

Massachusetts State Rep. Dylan Fernandes has earmarked $935,000 in state funding for Cape Cod and the Islands in the House’s 2025 budget.  Part of the funding is $50,000 reserved for the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation...

New director named for Up-Island Council on Aging

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The Up-Island Council on Aging has a new director, starting in the coming weeks. Bethany Hammond, who has been the assistant director, will take over for Joyce Albertine, who is retiring after nearly four decades...

Bringing sexual violence out of the shadows

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Several dozen Vineyarders carried signs through Oak Bluffs' downtown on Saturday morning, showing solidarity with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Marchers, some themselves survivors, said they came to Ocean Park to advocate for...

Spring turkey season kicks off

It’s not Thanksgiving, but wild turkeys are now fair game for hunting. The spring wild turkey season lasts from Monday, April 29, to Saturday, May 25, in Massachusetts.  Hunting is allowed from a half-hour before...

Trash and treasure at Earth Day Fest

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Hundreds of volunteers, dozens of environmental organizations and several aquatic fauna made a lively Earth Day Festival at the Martha's Vineyard Museum over the weekend. The second annual event kicked off on Saturday afternoon with...