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.

April 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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