After Long Careet, Coast Guard Veteran Sales Back to Mainland

Paul Sullivan’s last day in the Coast Guard and last day at Menemsha Coast Guard Station coincided on Wednesday. Mr. Sullivan, who had spent 22 years in the Coast Guard, and two years in Menemsha, departed with subdued fanfare at about 9 a.m. He took his car and headed home to his family, South of Boston.

Same Red Stocking Fun, New Donation Destination

Due to unexpected illness, the mailing address for the Red Stocking Fund has temporarily been changed to Box 600, Edgartown, MA 02539. All donations and communications should go to this address until further notice. Inquiries can be directed via e-mail to or phone calls to 508-693-2324. Donations also may be dropped off at any Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank location.

Cup Talk

Cup Talk

There are no bookmakers for this game whose storied rivalry goes back for more than six decades, and while we’ve got plenty of swagger in our walk this week, we can be big about it and admit that the odds are stacked against us.

The Vineyard team (Our Team) is four and six going into the Big Game while Nantucket (you know, that other island?) team is nine and one.

Tivoli Day is Saturday in Oak Bluffs; Festival Atmosphere Takes Over Circuit avenue

Tivoli Day is tomorrow. Sept. 17 from 9 to 6 p.m. in downtown Oak Bluffs. Circuit avenue becomes a walkway throughout the festival and plays host to music, outdoor dining, arts, a climbing wall, mini horse rides, raffles, and summer specials. Essentially, it showcases Oak Bluffs at its very best, with just the right amount of shoulder season elbow room.

Benefit Concert at Nectar’s to Support WMVY radio

Back to the Island - An Evening For Friends of WMVY radio begins at 8 p.m. Thursday at Nectar’s by the airport with performances by Livingston Taylor, Mike Benjamin, Sabrina and Groover, Jason Spooner Trio, The Daytrippers and Jemima James and Dan Waters.

There is no set admission fee for the benefit, but attendees are being asked to pay what they can. Proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit arm of WMVY that supports free streaming of all programming online at

For details, call 508-221-5778 or visit

Aquinnah To Hold Special Town Meeting

Aquinnah selectmen have called a one-article special town meeting for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. for approval of a solar array at the town landfill.

Voters will decide whether the town can enter into a 10-year lease with Vineyard Power. The energy cooperative would build a 50 kilowatt system of about 200 panels, which would produce enough energy to power all of the municipal buildings.

The lease comes at no cost to the town.

Remember To Wear Orange!

Shotgun deer-hunting season began Monday morning and will continue for two weeks.

Hunting is allowed daily, except for Sunday, from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.

Both hunters and those who plan to enter the woods should wear bright orange to make themselves visible.

Burn That Turkey!

The YMCA feels the pain of your extended stomach. So much turkey, potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts (maybe?) and on and on. So what’s a beached whale supposed to do? Burn turkey, burn.

Free of charge, the Y is celebrating its second annual Turkey Burner Day on Friday, Nov. 25. What this means is you can sample all the Y has to offer, from the pool to exercise equipment and exercise classes, for free. The free child watch is also available.

Yes, there is no excuse.

Holiday Update

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Vineyard Gazette office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 in observance of the holiday. The office will reopen on Friday, Nov. 25.

Fishing Vessel Lands in Hot Water

The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of an Edgartown-based fishing vessel on Tuesday after multiple safety violations were discovered.

According to Coast Guard officials, the 40-foot fishing vessel Sea Raven did not have enough safety gear required to operate the vessel outside a three-nautical-mile line bordering federal waters. The violations included insufficient immersion suits and an unserviceable life ring.

At the time the Sea Raven was boarded, it was located four miles east of Cape Pogue.