April 28, 2020, 7:38am

Mental Health Counseling Needs See a Spike on Island

Mental Health Counseling Needs See a Spike on Island

The need for mental health counseling has been on the rise during the pandemic, said Jennifer Vogel, program director for the Island Counseling Center at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

April 27, 2020, 4:57pm

Governor Demurs on Steamship Authority Bailout

Governor Demurs on Steamship Authority Bailout

In his daily press briefing Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker was vague about whether the state would help rescue the financially struggling Steamship Authority.

April 27, 2020, 3:55pm

Chilmark Beaches Stay Open, With Limits

Chilmark Beaches Stay Open, With Limits

Chilmark beaches will open on schedule this summer, but with new safety precautions including limited parking.

April 27, 2020, 7:27am

Extra Funding Helps Shelter Island Homeless

Extra Funding Helps Shelter Island Homeless

The problem of homelessness on Martha’s Vineyard is getting extra attention, and resources, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 26, 2020, 7:53pm

Habitat Postpones Mortgage Payments

Habitat Postpones Mortgage Payments

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is deferring homeowners’ mortgage payments and absorbing their escrow payments.

April 26, 2020, 5:00pm

A Month Into State Stay-at-Home Order, 16 Covid-19 Cases Here

A Month Into State Stay-at-Home Order, 16 Covid-19 Cases Here

As a statewide stay-at-home order ended its first month, Gov. Charlie Baker said it was too soon to say when reopening could begin.

April 26, 2020, 2:02pm

Testing Follows Strict Protocols, But Picture Remains Incomplete

Testing Follows Strict Protocols, But Picture Remains Incomplete

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has tested more than 350 people for the coronavirus since the outbreak began over a month ago.

April 25, 2020, 11:45am

Sober House Waives Rent

Sober House Waives Rent

Vineyard House is waiving rent for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic and seeking online donations to make up the shortfall.

April 25, 2020, 11:35am

SSA Funded Through July

SSA Funded Through July

A $12 million injection of federal funding will keep the Steamship Authority going until August 1.

April 24, 2020, 12:23pm

Camp Jabberwocky Cancels Summer Programs

Camp Jabberwocky Cancels Summer Programs

Camp Jabberwocky is canceling its summer camp programs, executive director Liza Gallagher announced Friday morning.

April 23, 2020, 5:09pm

Coronavirus Cases Climb to 16 on Island, While State Figures Soar

Coronavirus Cases Climb to 16 on Island, While State Figures Soar

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new confirmed coronavirus case Thursday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the Vineyard to 16. The state reported the most new cases yet.

April 23, 2020, 10:04am

Five Corners Protest Puts Spotlight on Unemployment

Five Corners Protest Puts Spotlight on Unemployment

A small group of protesters gathered at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven Wednesday to speak out against state and local pandemic restrictions that have temporarily put them and others out of work.

April 22, 2020, 6:54pm

Cuttyhunk, Menemsha Harbors Delay Opening As Boating Season Looms

Cuttyhunk, Menemsha Harbors Delay Opening As Boating Season Looms

With shipyards prohibited under the state stay-at-home order from launching boats, at least two harbors have delayed opening for the upcoming boating season.

April 22, 2020, 6:00pm

Hospital Reports No New Cases of Covid-19; Aquinnah Announces its First Case

Hospital Reports No New Cases of Covid-19; Aquinnah Announces its First Case

Cases of Covid-19 confirmed by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital held steady at 15 on the Island Wednesday. Health officials from tiny Aquinnah separately reported that it had its first case.

April 22, 2020, 3:45pm

Back-to-Work Phase One Begins Monday

Back-to-Work Phase One Begins Monday

Following a monthlong moratorium on construction and other trades, one and two-person crews will be allowed back to work Monday under strict new guidelines.

April 22, 2020, 7:08am

Oyster Farmers Ready to Harvest, But Have No Place to Sell

Oyster Farmers Ready to Harvest, But Have No Place to Sell

On Katama Bay, oyster farmers are still working, tending their mesh cages. But due to dramatically depressed demand, most oysters maturing this spring will not be harvested.

April 21, 2020, 6:42pm

SSA Governors Wrestle With Financial Crisis

SSA Governors Wrestle With Financial Crisis

Steamship Authority governors took up a laundry list of measures to help the boat line stay afloat on Tuesday, extending the reduced ferry schedule to May 14.

April 21, 2020, 6:28pm

Hospital Reiterates Surge Concerns

Hospital Reiterates Surge Concerns

With a small bump in the Island’s positive Covid-19 cases and Boston’s emergence as a hot spot, hospital officials continued to reiterate their worry.

April 21, 2020, 6:02pm

Contractor Guidelines Posted

Contractor Guidelines Posted

The guidelines under which construction and landscape workers may return to work April 27 have been posted online.

April 21, 2020, 2:16pm

Schools Stay Closed for Remainder of Academic Year

Schools Stay Closed for Remainder of Academic Year

Martha’s Vineyard public schools will stay closed, along with their counterparts around the commonwealth.

April 21, 2020, 12:49pm

Free Meals for Hospital Heroes

Free Meals for Hospital Heroes

The Barn in Oak Bluffs is offering free fried chicken dinners to go for front-line Martha’s Vineyard Hospital workers Friday.

April 20, 2020, 4:20pm

Vineyard Coronavirus Cases Climb to 15 as State Surge Continues

Vineyard Coronavirus Cases Climb to 15 as State Surge Continues

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health reported one more confirmed case of Covid-19 on the Vineyard Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 15.

April 19, 2020, 9:38pm

SSA Leaders Say Financial Crisis Snowballed Quickly

SSA Leaders Say Financial Crisis Snowballed Quickly

The decision by the Steamship Authority to seek a financial bailout from the state came together hastily in the span of a few short days.

April 19, 2020, 12:01pm

Community Heroes Keep the Island Running

Community Heroes Keep the Island Running

There are many unsung heroes around the Island, still working and out in the community, virtually and otherwise. Here are a few of them.

April 18, 2020, 9:35am

Banks Scramble to Help Small Businesses Apply for Federal Relief

Banks Scramble to Help Small Businesses Apply for Federal Relief

Community banks on Martha’s Vineyard worked at a furious pace last week to process hundreds of loan applications for small businesses seeking financial relief before funding ran out.

April 17, 2020, 4:55pm

Hospital Confirms Two New Cases of Covid-19, First Increase in Nine Days

Hospital Confirms Two New Cases of Covid-19, First Increase in Nine Days

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported two more positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, ending a nine-day caseless streak.

April 17, 2020, 4:46pm

Five Towns Extend Construction Bans to April 27

Five Towns Extend Construction Bans to April 27

Five of the six Vineyard towns have settled on April 27 as the date to phase in limited construction work, voting to extend strict building moratoriums for an another 10 days.

April 17, 2020, 12:47pm

Steamship Authority Seeks Unprecedented State Bailout

Steamship Authority Seeks Unprecedented State Bailout

With cash running low the SSA is urgently seeking a financial bailout from the commonwealth, marking a first.

April 16, 2020, 4:57pm

Vineyard Trust Cancels Summer Events

Vineyard Trust Cancels Summer Events

The Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll and Patron’s Party and Auction in June and the Generations Picnic in July have been called off this year.

April 16, 2020, 4:23pm

No Increase in Covid-19 Cases for Ninth Straight Day

No Increase in Covid-19 Cases for Ninth Straight Day

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 remained unchanged on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday, even as the statewide numbers continued to surge.

April 16, 2020, 1:02pm

Gift Certificates Boost Businesses

Gift Certificates Boost Businesses

Discounted gift certificates are now available to help Island businesses get through the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 16, 2020, 6:59am

With Domestic Disputes on the Rise, Police, Advocates Work to Foster Awareness

With Domestic Disputes on the Rise, Police, Advocates Work to Foster Awareness

Stay-at-home orders now in effect Islandwide are posing are new risks for people stuck at home with a physically or emotionally abusive partner.

April 15, 2020, 11:27am

Selectmen Lambaste SSA Over Proposal to Close Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal

Selectmen Lambaste SSA Over Proposal to Close Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal

Oak Bluffs selectmen had strong words of criticism for the Steamship Authority Tuesday after learning that the boat line terminal in their town might not be ready to open in time for summer.

April 15, 2020, 9:49am

Towns Mull Guidelines Aimed at Allowing Limited Construction to Resume; Hospital Objects

Towns Mull Guidelines Aimed at Allowing Limited Construction to Resume; Hospital Objects

Three Island towns were presented with a plan Tuesday to take steps to get some construction workers back on the job, but there were mixed reviews, and all paused after hearing strong objection from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital president and chief executive officer Denise Schepici.

April 15, 2020, 9:41am

Masks, Gas and Trash: Stay at Home Questions and Answers

Masks, Gas and Trash: Stay at Home Questions and Answers

What follows is an updated list of answers to questions that Islanders may have about the stay-at-home order.

April 15, 2020, 6:01am

Open Letter from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

Open Letter from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

It takes only one. One person who is Covid-19 positive.

April 14, 2020, 5:17pm

Tisbury Annual Postponed

Tisbury Annual Postponed

Tisbury selectmen voted Tuesday to postpone, for a second time, the annual town meeting, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 13, 2020, 5:19pm

Coronavirus Cases Stay at 12 for Sixth Day; Hospital Warns Islanders to Stay Home

Coronavirus Cases Stay at 12 for Sixth Day; Hospital Warns Islanders to Stay Home

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Martha’s Vineyard held steady at 12 for a sixth straight day Monday, but hospital leaders warned Islanders to not become complacent.

April 13, 2020, 12:36pm

Rental Relief Available

Rental Relief Available

A new rental relief fund aims to assist Island tenants who are suddenly unable to meet their rent payments due to Covid-19.

April 12, 2020, 5:00pm

Easter Brings No New Cases of Covid-19, As Total Holds at 12 for the Fifth Day

Easter Brings No New Cases of Covid-19, As Total Holds at 12 for the Fifth Day

Easter Sunday marked the fifth day of no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Martha's Vineyard. The Island hospital reported only three tests were still outstanding, and no one is hospitalized with the coronavirus.

April 12, 2020, 9:24am

Hearing Is Believing: An Easter Sunday Sermon

Hearing Is Believing: An Easter Sunday Sermon

A transcript of the Easter Sunday sermon delivered by podcast from the pastor of the Federated Church in Edgartown.

April 11, 2020, 3:01pm

MVYouth Adds $500,000 to Coronavirus Relief Effort

MVYouth Adds $500,000 to Coronavirus Relief Effort

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Island Food Pantry, Island Grown Initiative and the YMCA of MV are among those receiving relief from the community fund.

April 11, 2020, 1:41pm

On Day Before Easter, Catholic Charity Overflows in Oak Bluffs

On Day Before Easter, Catholic Charity Overflows in Oak Bluffs

As the coronavirus pandemic gripped the Island, the Good Shepherd Parish in Oak Bluffs doled out hundreds of food baskets Saturday morning to Island families in need.

April 11, 2020, 8:18am

Island Inn Provides Emergency Housing During Pandemic

Island Inn Provides Emergency Housing During Pandemic

The Island Inn in Oak Bluffs opened this week to provide emergency residence for Islanders who are at high risk of exposure during the pandemic and may need to be isolated from family or other household members.

April 9, 2020, 5:27pm

Numbers Show Unusual Late-Winter Population Swell

Numbers Show Unusual Late-Winter Population Swell

Martha’s Vineyard has experienced an unusual late-winter population swell since the beginning of March, an analysis of traffic statistics shows.

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