I am sure we all parsed the jokes, the dresses, the performances, the attitudes, and the acceptance speeches for last Sunday’s Oscars. Nonna’s favorite comment on the couture is “Didn’t they have enough money to pay for the other sleeve of the dress?” or “Why did she bother to put anything on?”
Nashaquitsa Pond is mostly frozen over except around the private docks with bubblers. It has been too cold for shellfishing. Spring is just three weeks away!
Will Monast died at home in West Tisbury on Feb. 18, surrounded by his family. He had been battling bladder cancer.
Frigid temperatures and snow cover have put Island birds to the test this winter. Many species are getting by with the help of bird feeders. The barn owl population has been especially hard-hit.
As opiate addiction continues to devastate communities across the commonwealth, the state has released data showing prescription rates and overdose deaths for Dukes County.
Scattered throughout the six Vineyard towns is a cross section of nearly every type of American residential architecture.
A group of volunteers has fanned out across the Island this week, looking for people without homes who they hope to include in this year’s point-in-time homeless person count. Part of a national effort by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Vineyard count is organized by Dukes County in collaboration with the Cape and Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness.
More than 10 years after the state began studying Tashmoo Pond as part of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, a final report on the pond’s declining health is expected to be released this week.
He began writing for the Gazette only three years ago although it seemed like Will Monast had been around forever. Quietly competent, he was self-taught in all things, from carpentry to fishing to writing.

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