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.

May 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Market Moves

Farmers’ Market Moves

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

May 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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