4:35pm, May 29, 2020

Governor Sketches Preliminary Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

Governor Sketches Preliminary Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

With Covid-19 cases holding steady on the Island and trending downward throughout the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced preliminary guidelines on Friday for shuttered restaurant and lodging services that could allow the beleaguered Island industries to expand service as soon as June 8.

May 10, 2020, 5:44pm

One New Coronavirus Case Reported on the Vineyard Sunday, Bringing Total to 25

One New Coronavirus Case Reported on the Vineyard Sunday, Bringing Total to 25

The Island boards of health reported one new confirmed coronavirus case Sunday, bringing the Vineyard total to 25. As with the last confirmed case, the new case, a female in her 40s, had an antibody test that came back positive.

May 9, 2020, 5:59pm

No New Confirmed Cases Reported on the Vineyard Saturday

No New Confirmed Cases Reported on the Vineyard Saturday

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 stayed at 24 Saturday, with no new cases reported for a second straight day. Statewide, there were positive trends as new cases dropped slightly.

May 8, 2020, 5:47pm

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Stay at 24 on the Vineyard

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Stay at 24 on the Vineyard

No new coronavirus cases were reported on the Vineyard Friday, leaving the number of positive test results at 24 on the Island. Statewide, there were 1,612 new cases.

May 8, 2020, 4:43pm

Markey, Warren, Keating Seek Federal Aid for Steamship Authority

Markey, Warren, Keating Seek Federal Aid for Steamship Authority

With the financially strapped Steamship Authority in mind, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation is requesting $3 billion in aid to keep the country’s ferry industry afloat. A letter was sent to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer May 7.

May 8, 2020, 4:28pm

Oak Bluffs Restaurant Owner Plans for Summer of Uncertainty

Oak Bluffs Restaurant Owner Plans for Summer of Uncertainty

This summer Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs will mark its 60th year in business. For co-owner Doug Abdelnour it will be an uncertain anniversary.

May 8, 2020, 1:32pm

Virtual Home Tours Begin for Real Estate Brokers

Virtual Home Tours Begin for Real Estate Brokers

Real estate brokers and prospective buyers will be able to take live, interactive tours of Martha’s Vineyard homes on Zoom starting Tuesday.

May 8, 2020, 1:25pm

IGI Launches Food Recovery Challenge

IGI Launches Food Recovery Challenge

A six-week, interactive social media campaign begins next week designed to encourage Vineyard households to limit the amount of food they throw away.

May 8, 2020, 1:22pm

Online Learning Goes On

Online Learning Goes On

Martha’s Vineyard public schools will continue with remote learning plans through the end of the school year.

May 7, 2020, 4:15pm

One New Coronavirus Case Reported Thursday

One New Coronavirus Case Reported Thursday

The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported one new coronavirus case in their daily demographic update Thursday, bringing the Islandwide total to 24 positive cases since the outbreak began.

May 7, 2020, 2:32pm

For Hospital, Pandemic Forges New Community Partnerships Across Language Barriers

For Hospital, Pandemic Forges New Community Partnerships Across Language Barriers

The hospital has partnered with community organizations throughout the Island to make sure that crucial information and guidelines regarding the coronavirus outbreak are communicated to the Vineyard’s most at-risk populations.

May 7, 2020, 11:22am

Island Innkeepers Join Forces in Appeal to the Governor

Island Innkeepers Join Forces in Appeal to the Governor

Reeling from the devastating economic impacts of the pandemic, innkeepers from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have joined forces to write a letter Gov. Charlie Baker seeking guidance.

May 7, 2020, 11:05am

Lambert’s Cove Beach Stays Open, Parking Reduced

Lambert’s Cove Beach Stays Open, Parking Reduced

Lambert’s Cove Beach will open to sticker holders this summer, but parking capacity will be cut in half, the West Tisbury parks and recreation committee decided Tuesday.

May 7, 2020, 7:16am

Oak Bluffs Relocates Its Town Meeting

Oak Bluffs Relocates Its Town Meeting

The Oak Bluffs annual town meeting will move outdoors, but the place has not been determined yet.

May 7, 2020, 7:08am

Farmers’ Market Moves

Farmers’ Market Moves

The West Tisbury Farmers’ Market will move to the Agricultural Society fairgrounds this summer.

May 7, 2020, 7:02am

Signature August Events Canceled in Oak Bluffs

Signature August Events Canceled in Oak Bluffs

The Oak Bluffs fireworks will be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the town firemen’s civic association said late Wednesday.

May 6, 2020, 5:34pm

No New Coronavirus Cases on Island Wednesday

No New Coronavirus Cases on Island Wednesday

Confirmed cases of coronavirus stayed at 23 Wednesday on the Vineyard, and a lone patient who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 was discharged and home in stable condition.

May 6, 2020, 4:01pm

Mirroring National Trend, Routine Hospital Business Plummets

Mirroring National Trend, Routine Hospital Business Plummets

Emergency room and other non-Covid related visits to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital have plummeted over the past month and a half, mirroring a nationwide trend.

May 6, 2020, 3:21pm

Pandemic Disrupts Chilmark Road Race

Pandemic Disrupts Chilmark Road Race

Adding to a long list of summer cancellations due to the pandemic, road race organizers announced Wednesday that the race will not be held as usual this year.

May 6, 2020, 11:00am

MVC Surveys Island Businesses

MVC Surveys Island Businesses

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission invites all Island businesses and non-profits to participate in the MVC’s Covid-19 business survey.

May 5, 2020, 5:27pm

One New Case Confirmed, Plus One Hospitalized

One New Case Confirmed, Plus One Hospitalized

One person was hospitalized and one new confirmed case of coronavirus was reported on the Vineyard Tuesday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases on Island to 23.

May 5, 2020, 3:14pm

SSA Traffic Sputters Back to Life, Oak Bluffs Pier Repairs Snag

SSA Traffic Sputters Back to Life, Oak Bluffs Pier Repairs Snag

After a historically bad April for both ridership and revenue, the Steamship Authority continued to take steps to buoy its operation Tuesday.

May 5, 2020, 3:02pm

Gazette Launches Community Survey on Coming Summer

Gazette Launches Community Survey on Coming Summer

The Gazette is conducting an online survey to gain insight about how residents and visitors are thinking about summer in light of the pandemic.

May 5, 2020, 1:45pm

Island Towns Loosen Reins Slightly on Construction Rules

Island Towns Loosen Reins Slightly on Construction Rules

Selectmen and boards of health in six towns have agreed to further loosen restrictions on construction and other trades effective May 11.

May 4, 2020, 8:34pm

Edgartown Town Meeting Moves to a Saturday in June

Edgartown Town Meeting Moves to a Saturday in June

The Edgartown annual town meeting has been moved to Saturday, June 13.

May 4, 2020, 6:57pm

Edgartown Ponders New Look for Downtown

Edgartown Ponders New Look for Downtown

Selectmen are exploring a European model for Main street this summer, with an eye on shutting down portions of the town’s narrow sidewalks, roads and parking lots.

May 4, 2020, 2:55pm

No New Coronavirus Cases Monday on the Vineyard, As Testing Expands

No New Coronavirus Cases Monday on the Vineyard, As Testing Expands

After a three-case jump over the weekend, the number of Covid-19 patients on the Island who have tested positive held steady at 22 for the second day in a row on Monday, despite an expansion of testing at both the local and state level.

May 4, 2020, 7:22am

VTA Will Reduce Schedule for Summer

VTA Will Reduce Schedule for Summer

The Vineyard Transit Authority will maintain reduced service through the summer, VTA administrator Angie told the advisory board late last week.

May 3, 2020, 5:21pm

Sharks Cancel Summer League Baseball for 2020

Sharks Cancel Summer League Baseball for 2020

The boys of summer will be missing this year, as the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks confirmed Sunday that they will cancel the 2020 collegiate baseball league season.

May 3, 2020, 5:05pm

Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 Remain at 22 Sunday

Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 Remain at 22 Sunday

The Martha's Vineyard Hospital reported no new cases of Covid-19 Sunday, after reporting three new positive tests the day before.

May 1, 2020, 5:03pm

As May Arrives, No New Cases on Island; Governor Requires Face Coverings Statewide

As May Arrives, No New Cases on Island; Governor Requires Face Coverings Statewide

The arrival of May was greeted with no new coronavirus cases on the Vineyard Friday. Gov. Charlie Baker instituted new statewide face-covering rules to limit the spread of the virus and local officials strengthened their messaging to seasonal residents as stay-at-home orders continue.

May 1, 2020, 1:16pm

With Hunger on the Rise, Food Distribution Expands

With Hunger on the Rise, Food Distribution Expands

Martha’s Vineyard is getting hungrier, say organizers and volunteers with agencies providing food to those in need.

May 1, 2020, 12:50pm

Pandemic Puts Question Marks Around Summer Rental Market

Pandemic Puts Question Marks Around Summer Rental Market

As summer rental deposits come due, the 2020 season is a landscape of question marks for Vineyard vacationers and homeowners alike.

April 30, 2020, 8:07pm

Oak Bluffs Mandates Masks

Oak Bluffs Mandates Masks

The town of Oak Bluffs is now requiring face coverings inside essential businesses, aboard buses and in cabs and rideshare vehicles.

April 30, 2020, 5:22pm

Confirmed Cases at 19 on Island; SSA Begins Requiring Face Coverings

Confirmed Cases at 19 on Island; SSA Begins Requiring Face Coverings

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital marked its third day in a row reporting a new case of Covid-19, bringing the Islandwide total to 19 positives.

April 30, 2020, 3:00pm

Cape Air Requires Masks

Cape Air Requires Masks

Starting Monday, Cape Air passengers must wear masks or other face coverings from check-in to deplaning.

April 30, 2020, 2:28pm

Capawock, Strand Theatres Go Dark for the Summer

Capawock, Strand Theatres Go Dark for the Summer

Given the current circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the Capawock and Strand theatres will go dark this summer, owner Mark Snider said Thursday.

April 30, 2020, 1:59pm

Banks Field Fresh Flurry for Small Business Relief

Banks Field Fresh Flurry for Small Business Relief

With a rush of applicants overloading servers, the second round of the federal small business relief program was off to a rocky start.

April 30, 2020, 7:29am

Rent Relief Program Aids Struggling Islanders

Rent Relief Program Aids Struggling Islanders

Islanders needing help with the rent during the pandemic emergency are getting some relief, thanks to a joint program begun this month.

April 30, 2020, 7:19am

West Tisbury Moves Town Meeting to Tabernacle

West Tisbury Moves Town Meeting to Tabernacle

West Tisbury selectmen have set June 23 at the date for the annual town meeting, which will be held this year in the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle.

April 30, 2020, 12:17am

Free Lasagna for Front Liners

Free Lasagna for Front Liners

The Wharf in Edgartown is offering up to 40 free carry-out meals of lasagna and salad for two to hospital workers and paramedics this Saturday.

April 29, 2020, 5:33pm

SSA Is Not Requiring Face Coverings on Board Ferries

SSA Is Not Requiring Face Coverings on Board Ferries

Masks or face coverings are now required in most public places indoors and out on the Vineyard. But there is one place where they are conspicuously not required.

April 29, 2020, 4:48pm

Hospital Reports Another New Coronavirus Case, Bringing Total to 18

Hospital Reports Another New Coronavirus Case, Bringing Total to 18

Covid-19 cases continued to climb on the Island Wednesday, with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reporting the third positive coronavirus case in just as many days, bringing the Islandwide total to 18.

April 29, 2020, 12:46pm

Hospital, Chamber Retract Message to Summer Residents

Hospital, Chamber Retract Message to Summer Residents

In a quick reversal, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital retracted an open letter to seasonal homeowners after seeing backlash Tuesday.

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