At nightfall Monday most Islanders were indoors as a severe winter storm began to swirl up the coast bringing heavy snow and high winds. Gov. Charlie Baker had declared a state of emergency and a shelter was open at the Tisbury School. The storm was expected to intensify overnight.
Batteries, bread, shovels and gas were in hot demand Monday as Islanders prepared for the winter storm expected to hit the Island Monday evening. "It's like a summer day," said Shirley's Hardware employee Debbie Healy.
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.
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.