May 28, 2020

Summer Lunch Program Gears Up for Island Children

Summer Lunch Program Gears Up for Island Children

Island Grown Initiative is preparing to serve up to 800 free lunches a day to Martha’s Vineyard children this summer.

May 27, 2020

Feast of the Holy Ghost Will Pause

Feast of the Holy Ghost Will Pause

The richly historic Feast of the Holy Ghost, a 100-year summer tradition in Oak Bluffs, will pause this summer, the Portuguese-American Club said.

May 27, 2020

Hospital Begins Slow Reopening for Non-Covid Patient Care

Hospital Begins Slow Reopening for Non-Covid Patient Care

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is reporting a recent uptick in non-Covid patients as it begins to reopen for the summer.

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.

May 17, 2020

No New Cases Sunday; Governor Baker Expected to Roll Out State Reopening Plan Monday

No New Cases Sunday; Governor Baker Expected to Roll Out State Reopening Plan Monday

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health reported no new coronavirus cases Sunday. On Monday Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to announce the much-anticipated details of a four-phase reopening plan for the commonwealth.

May 16, 2020

One New Case Saturday; Hospital Recognizes Employees

One New Case Saturday; Hospital Recognizes Employees

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health reported one new confirmed coronavirus case on the Vineyard Saturday.

May 16, 2020

Great Oyster Giveaway Attracts Throngs

Great Oyster Giveaway Attracts Throngs

Hundreds turned out Saturday morning for the free oyster giveaway at the Agricultural Society fairgrounds.

May 16, 2020

Community Block Grants Set to Funnel Coronavirus Aid to Island Towns

Community Block Grants Set to Funnel Coronavirus Aid to Island Towns

Island towns are set to apply for approximately $1 million in federal pandemic relief funds to help with rental assistance, forgivable small business loans and homelessness prevention.

May 15, 2020

One New Case Friday; Boards of Health Release More Demographics

One New Case Friday; Boards of Health Release More Demographics

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new case of Covid-19 on the Island Friday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 26 positive tests and four antibody tests.

May 15, 2020

Under New Partnership, Comprehensive Testing Set to Begin at End of May

Under New Partnership, Comprehensive Testing Set to Begin at End of May

Island health officials have announced a unique, public-private partnership with Quest Diagnostics to make coronavirus testing available for all Vineyard residents.

May 15, 2020

Casual Conversation in the Yard Led to Innovative Partnership

Casual Conversation in the Yard Led to Innovative Partnership

Three weeks ago, Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Quest Diagnostics had an idea. He shared it with his longtime landscaper and friend Michael Donaroma.

May 14, 2020

Gazette Survey Sees Huge Response; Health Worries, Confusion Top Concerns

Gazette Survey Sees Huge Response; Health Worries, Confusion Top Concerns

A Vineyard Gazette survey about the upcoming summer on Martha’s Vineyard tapped a torrent of health worries and confusion.

May 14, 2020

One New Case Thursday; State Revises Testing Criteria

One New Case Thursday; State Revises Testing Criteria

The Vineyard reported one new positive coronavirus case on Thursday, bringing the Island’s total caseload to just shy of 30, nearly two months into the outbreak.

May 14, 2020

Summer Rules for Beaches Down-Island Still Unsettled

Summer Rules for Beaches Down-Island Still Unsettled

As summer approaches, one of the big questions surrounding the Island also happens to surround it literally — the beaches.

May 14, 2020

Grand Oyster Giveaway Saturday

Grand Oyster Giveaway Saturday

Thousands of fresh oysters will be distributed to Island families and school children this weekend, thanks to an anonymous benefactor who donated funds to help Island oyster farmers.

May 14, 2020

Aquinnah Tightens Parking Rules for Town Beaches This Summer

Aquinnah Tightens Parking Rules for Town Beaches This Summer

Aquinnah beaches will be open this summer, but parking will be strictly limited, and town leaders are considering additional rules.

May 13, 2020

High School Graduation Eyes Move to Fairgrounds

High School Graduation Eyes Move to Fairgrounds

The class of 2020 will graduate at the Agricultural Society fairgrounds this summer, pending approvals from health authorities.

May 13, 2020

Two New Cases Are Reported; Island Boards of Health Change Methods for Counting

Two New Cases Are Reported; Island Boards of Health Change Methods for Counting

Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported one new positive coronavirus test and one new positive antibody test among Island residents on Wednesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases on-Island to 28.

May 13, 2020

Green Room Rides Wave of Cautious Optimism

Green Room Rides Wave of Cautious Optimism

The Green Room — the Main street Vineyard Haven store that’s become something of an Island institution — is adapting to the new normal.

May 13, 2020

Bid Approved for Partial Repairs to Oak Bluffs Ferry Pier

Bid Approved for Partial Repairs to Oak Bluffs Ferry Pier

Expedited repairs to the Oak Bluffs ferry pier will begin soon, after Steamship Authority governors approved a $267,000 bid Tuesday for the work, with a June 22 completion date.

May 12, 2020

Parade of Thanks for Front Line Workers Stirs Joy

Parade of Thanks for Front Line Workers Stirs Joy

The sound of blaring sirens and horns echoed from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven Tuesday afternoon as a long line of police, fire and rescue vehicles wound through the mostly empty streets. But this was no emergency — it was parade to pay tribute to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

May 12, 2020

Windemere Will Undergo Comprehensive Testing for Covid-19

Windemere Will Undergo Comprehensive Testing for Covid-19

Comprehensive coronavirus testing will take place soon for staff and residents at the Windemere nursing home facility, hospital leaders said Tuesday.

May 11, 2020

Antibody Tests Up Case Count on the Vineyard; Governor Outlines Reopening

Antibody Tests Up Case Count on the Vineyard; Governor Outlines Reopening

Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported their third positive antibody test on Monday, bringing the positive Covid-19 case total on Island to 26. Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Baker presented the bare bones of a reopening plan as cases continued to trend downward statewide.

May 11, 2020

Edgartown Cancels Fourth of July Parade

Edgartown Cancels Fourth of July Parade

The Edgartown Fourth of July parade — one of the Island’s premier summer events — has been canceled, the last in a long line of signature festivities to be cut from the summer calendar.

May 11, 2020

Police Organize Parade for Front Line Workers

Police Organize Parade for Front Line Workers

As a gesture to honor medical professionals and grocery store workers on the front lines of the pandemic, Island police, fire and others plan to stage a parade from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven .

May 11, 2020

Using 3-D Printers to Help Keep Pandemic at Bay

Using 3-D Printers to Help Keep Pandemic at Bay

Islanders with 3-D printers have been manufacturing frames for face shields to protect wearers from infection.

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