The Island is preparing for a severe winter storm expected to hit late Monday. The governor has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and a state-wide driving ban starts at midnight tonight. An emergency shelter will be opening at the Tisbury School at 6 p.m. Monday.
It’s unclear what the powerful coastal storm due to hit the Island late Monday will do to the Norton Point breach. But the lengthening spit end of the point is making every effort to connect with Chappaquiddick for the first time in nearly eight years.
The commission late last week quickly approved a $1.42 million budget for fiscal year 2016, marking a 2.4 per cent decrease from last year. Modest increases in salaries and employee benefits were offset by a $52,000 reduction in legal spending.
In the first stop on a road show to promote tuition-free preschool, superintendent Brian Hyde paid a visit to the Vineyard late last week. The Cape educator piloted one of the state’s only universal preschool programs last fall.
While it may feel like more cars flood Martha’s Vineyard each year, new data released by the Steamship Authority tell a different story. Graphs released this week show that over the past five years, Vineyard ferry traffic has seen slight annual gains.