May 4, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

April 29, 2020

Tisbury Settles on Place for Annual Town Meeting

Tisbury Settles on Place for Annual Town Meeting

Barring the unforeseen, the Tisbury annual and special town meetings will take place Saturday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m., on the Tisbury school playground to provide for social distancing among voters.

April 29, 2020

Selectmen Blast Boatline, Press for Speedy Pier Repairs

Selectmen Blast Boatline, Press for Speedy Pier Repairs

In a forceful letter, the Oak Bluffs selectmen this week called on the Steamship Authority to make immediate repairs to the summer ferry terminal on the North Bluff.

April 28, 2020

Steamship Authority Steadies Its Financial Ship

Steamship Authority Steadies Its Financial Ship

The financially woe-begotten Steamship Authority has seen a short-term jump in traffic, general manager Bob Davis announced at the weekly board meeting Tuesday, although he said the long-term picture remains a question mark. Ferry traffic is trending upward again.

April 28, 2020

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to May 18

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to May 18

Hospital officials confirm the 17th case of coronavirus on Martha's Vineyard, as Gov. Charlie Baker tells non-essential businesses to remain closed until May 18, saying it is too early to let up on restrictions.

April 28, 2020

Hy-Line Requires Face Coverings

Hy-Line Requires Face Coverings

Face coverings are now required aboard the Hy-Line passenger ferry service between Hyannis and the Islands.

April 28, 2020

Tisbury Requires Face Masks on Public Buses, Mulls Same for SSA

Tisbury Requires Face Masks on Public Buses, Mulls Same for SSA

Both riders and drivers aboard Vineyard Transit Authority buses in Tisbury will be required to wear face coverings, following a vote by the town board of health Tuesday.

April 28, 2020

Surplus Scallops to Feed Hungry Islanders

Surplus Scallops to Feed Hungry Islanders

Sea scallops are coming to Island food relief agencies this spring through the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust.

April 28, 2020

Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution

Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution

Building and landscaping projects stuttered back into gear for the first time in more than a month, as one and two-person crews returned to work under strict guidelines.

April 28, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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