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May 27, 2020

Edgartown Airs Details for Transforming Downtown Streets This Summer

Edgartown Airs Details for Transforming Downtown Streets This Summer

Edgartown’s inchoate European model for downtown avenues and restaurants came into focus on Tuesday, as town administrator James Hagerty aired various proposals that would close off streets, limit parking and allow for outdoor dining in the summer during the pandemic.

May 26, 2020

One New Case Confimed Tuesday, Ending Nine-Day Lull

One New Case Confimed Tuesday, Ending Nine-Day Lull

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new coronavirus case on the Island Tuesday, ending a nine-day stretch with no new cases.

May 26, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sees Soft Opening

Memorial Day Weekend Sees Soft Opening

Sparse ferry traffic, sleepy harbors, quiet streets and an unprecedented pandemic: the Vineyard experienced its slowest Memorial Day in recent memory.

May 25, 2020

No New Cases; Island Health Officials Remain Vigilant

No New Cases; Island Health Officials Remain Vigilant

Martha’s Vineyard health officials reported no new coronavirus cases for the ninth straight day Monday

May 25, 2020

Martha’s Vineyard Celebrates Memorial Day With Flags Flying, Quiet Solemnity

Martha’s Vineyard Celebrates Memorial Day With Flags Flying, Quiet Solemnity

Light crowds and every kind of weather were the hallmarks of the holiday weekend on the Vineyard this year, with fishermen hitting the shorelines from Menemsha to Chapaquiddick, day sailors tacking about out in protected harbors and small groups strolling downtown streets. Today is Memorial Day.

May 23, 2020

Windemere Testing Turns Up No Positive Cases Among Residents, Staff

Windemere Testing Turns Up No Positive Cases Among Residents, Staff

A comprehensive coronavirus testing program for about 100 residents and staff at Windemere has returned nearly perfect results.

May 23, 2020

MVYouth Grants $150,000 to Child Care Providers

MVYouth Grants $150,000 to Child Care Providers

An emergency fund established by MVYouth to support early childcare providers on the Vineyard has awarded $150,000, the organization announced.

May 22, 2020

SSA Closes Oak Bluffs Terminal After Seastreak Employee Reports Covid Contact

SSA Closes Oak Bluffs Terminal After Seastreak Employee Reports Covid Contact

The Oak Bluffs terminal building was abruptly closed Friday afternoon after the report from a shoreside employee for the ferry Seastreak.

May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Testing Project Ramps Up on the Vineyard

Coronavirus Testing Project Ramps Up on the Vineyard

Quest Diagnostics, Island Health Care, the six Vineyard boards of health and a bevy of volunteers are working tirelessly to put the Vineyard testing project in motion.

May 22, 2020

Strict Rules Prevail in Menemsha for Holiday Weekend

Strict Rules Prevail in Menemsha for Holiday Weekend

Bracing for a possibly bustling Memorial Day weekend, Chilmark selectmen have taken steps to deter crowds from gathering in Menemsha.

May 21, 2020

Pandemic Strands Foreign Workers, Amid Mounting Summer Worries

Pandemic Strands Foreign Workers, Amid Mounting Summer Worries

Travel delays and bureaucratic obstacles caused by the coronavirus are disrupting the influx of seasonal workers who typically begin arriving on the Island around now.

May 21, 2020

Downtown Business Leader Looks to Build Community Voice

Downtown Business Leader Looks to Build Community Voice

Second-generation entrepreneur Julia Tarka has worked her way from summer jobs in Edgartown shops and restaurants to running three family establishments of her own.

May 21, 2020

Two Health Agents, One Pandemic, Lots of Sleepless Nights

Two Health Agents, One Pandemic, Lots of Sleepless Nights

Tisbury health agent Maura Valley, Edgartown health agent Matt Poole and their colleagues in Oak Bluffs, Chilmark and West Tisbury are working around the clock.

May 21, 2020

Air Traffic Drops Dramatically; JetBlue Delays Summer Service

Air Traffic Drops Dramatically; JetBlue Delays Summer Service

Some of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport’s largest commercial carriers are now delaying or curtailing their summer service to the Island.

May 20, 2020

Nantucket SSA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Nantucket SSA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An employee who works at the Nantucket Steamship Authority terminal has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a press release that went out late Tuesday night.

May 20, 2020

Hospital Leaders Announce Gradual Reopening of Medical Facility

Hospital Leaders Announce Gradual Reopening of Medical Facility

With Covid-19 cases on the Island holding firm, leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced their own first steps for reopening the facility at a press briefing Wednesday.

May 19, 2020

Towns Slash Budgets, Give Up Pay Raises, as Belt Tightening Begins

Towns Slash Budgets, Give Up Pay Raises, as Belt Tightening Begins

Faced with the prospect of declining revenues and tax shortfalls, Island towns are putting long-term capital projects on hold and giving up salary increases nearly across the board.

May 19, 2020

Business Community Calls for All-Island Action

Business Community Calls for All-Island Action

As a truncated summer season looms, more than a dozen Vineyard business owners have issued an open letter calling for a public summit meeting with the all-Island selectmen and boards of health.

May 19, 2020

High School Committee Eyes $1 Million in Budget Cuts

High School Committee Eyes $1 Million in Budget Cuts

The regional high school district committee voted Monday to cut at least $1 million from the 2021 budget, although where the cuts will come from is yet to be determined.

May 18, 2020

Governor Outlines Slow-Motion Approach for State Reopening

Governor Outlines Slow-Motion Approach for State Reopening

Island restaurant and hotel owners reacted with frustration Monday after Gov. Charlie Baker announced his ultra-slow reopening plan for the commonwealth.

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