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Dolphins found washed ashore on Island beaches 

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Common dolphins were found washed up on beaches Monday night and late Tuesday morning on Martha’s Vineyard. According to Ainsley Smith, regional marine mammal stranding coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries,...

Single condition carries in MVRHS fields site plan review

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Updated Oct. 6 After a choppy deliberation Tuesday between members of the Oak Bluffs planning board for the site-plan review of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) field project, the application was moved ahead...

Running and swimming for a cause

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Beginning a little before midnight on Thursday, Oak Bluffs resident Lou D’Agostino will start his run and swim around the entire perimeter of Martha’s Vineyard, which he intends to complete within 24 hours. His...

Changing beach access with ‘recreation’

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A new bill on Beacon Hill wants to add one new word to a colonial ordinance from the 1600s to open up public access to Massachusetts’ extensive beaches. The Senate bill, S.511, and its House...

Tisbury select board disobeys mask mandate

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The Tisbury select board convened for a special meeting in the Emergency Services Building Monday afternoon. The event was a departure from the Zoom meetings that have dominated Tisbury and other local governments since...

Walking to fight hunger 

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The 31st annual Martha’s Vineyard Crop Hunger Walk is underway. In order to keep people safe from COVID, the event is planned as individual walks, as participants did in 2020. The event flyer invites...

Arnie Reisman remembered for his wit and community leadership

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Vineyard Haven resident Arnold (“Arnie”) Reisman, active in Island nonprofits such as Vineyard Conservation Society, the Martha’s Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation, and the Vineyard Playhouse, died unexpectedly on Oct. 4. Reisman’s wife, Paula...

11 new COVID cases

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COVID cases remain low with the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reporting only 11 new cases. According to a weekly report, of the 11 positive cases, 10 are being monitored by public health officials and...

Bivalve bash

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The first-ever Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Fest brought hundreds of shellfish lovers to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and several other venues during a three-day celebration of sustainable seafood. There were more than enough oysters (and bottles...

Vineyarders rally to protect reproductive rights 

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Vineyarders young and old gathered to rally against legislation restricting reproductive rights being passed across the country. Signs stating “Support Roe vs. Wade,” “Abortion Rrights Are Human Rights,” and other similar messages were waved by...

MVC rethinks benefits and detriments

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Amidst a desire for change, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission held a long discussion Thursday night on how to streamline their decisionmaking process for developments of regional impact (DRI), when determining the benefits...

No SSA rate hikes proposed for 2022

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There are no rate adjustments being proposed for the Steamship Authority’s (SSA) 2022 budget. Mark Rozum, treasurer and comptroller for the SSA, said during a public information session Friday morning on the proposed 2022 budget...

Vineyard Wind secures vast Salem site

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In a cooperative arrangement with the city of Salem and Crowley Maritime Corp., Vineyard Wind has secured a large parcel of land on Salem Harbor for use as an offshore wind port. The main...

SSA sails ahead with 5:30 am freight boat

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The Steamship Authority will continue to operate a seasonal 5:30 am freight boat out of Woods Hole in 2022, but will also seek bids on companies willing to ship freight to Martha’s Vineyard from...

Hospital opens booster shot appointments 

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Updated 11:55 am  Appointments for third dose Pfizer booster shots will be available tonight at 5 through the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital website. Speaking to reporters on a conference call Friday morning, hospital chief nurse and chief...

Lt. Williamson retires from Oak Bluffs Police

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Longtime Oak Bluffs Police Lt. Tim Williamson retired Thursday after a 25-year career with the town. Williamson, the son of former Oak Bluffs Police Chief Peter Williamson, is an Army veteran, graduate of Northeastern University,...

Tennis players free to use Reade courts

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The Vineyard Haven Tennis Foundation invites Islanders to play on the Reade courts at the end of Boxberry Avenue, off Franklin Street in Tisbury, free of charge, according to a press release. The courts...

Vineyard Haven library issued a challenge

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The Vineyard Haven library has received a challenge grant from the Sibbri Foundation, a New York–based private philanthropic organization, according to a press release. The Sibbri Foundation has challenged the Vineyard Haven Public Library...

‘He gives so much more than he takes’

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Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society president Brian Athearn — a hunter, farmer, tech professional, and game butcher — was given the Spirit of the Vineyard Award Wednesday afternoon in West Tisbury.  Among those who spoke in praise...

Pheasant hunting sees changes

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The Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board unanimously approved changes to pheasant and quail hunting regulations after holding a public comment session during a Zoom meeting on Tuesday.  Mark S. Tisa, the director of the Massachusetts...
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