Vineyarders joined countless others this week in mourning the loss of Mike Nichols, the noted film director who died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. The cause was cardiac arrest. Mr. Nichols and his wife, broadcast journalist Diane Sawyer, were longtime seasonal residents of Vineyard Haven. They were married in 1988 at the Federated Church in Edgartown.
During a tour of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School early Tuesday morning, new principal Gilbert Traverso outline several building maintenance concerns. The schools superintendent said a revenue shortfall meant money was not put aside for maintenance.
Sand mining was the talk of the town in at least four Island communities this week, as officials lined up on both sides of whether to support dredging for sand in waters off the Vineyard.
The average gas price nationwide has declined steadily for almost 50 days — the longest decline since 2008 — and has reached its lowest point since 2010. But Island gas prices are still among the highest in the state.
Call it Clean Slate Saturday. Anyone who has seen the Vineyard football team face off against rival Nantucket will say the same thing. Win-loss records don’t matter. It’s the Island Cup. The teams face off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the regional high school.
Victory, to Martha’s Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss, tastes like chocolate-covered cranberries.
Citing a clear demand for affordable housing in their town, the Chilmark selectmen are discussing making more town land available for homesites.
Of course we don’t hail cabs on the Vineyard the way it’s done in the big city; like almost everything else on the Island, we’re a little more laid back when it comes to finding a taxicab.
As part of its upcoming fiftieth anniversary, the Vineyard Conservation Society begins its winter walks series on Saturday afternoon this weekend with a walk back in time — to the Gay Head Cliffs.

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