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.

April 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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.

April 9, 2020

Contact Tracing Is Key Part of Public Health Effort

Contact Tracing Is Key Part of Public Health Effort

Six Island health agents and public health nurses with Island Health Care are hard at work identifying and monitoring every confirmed case of Covid-19 on the Vineyard.

April 9, 2020

Playhouse Cancels Summer Shows

Playhouse Cancels Summer Shows

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse announced today it has canceled its summer season of live productions, children’s programs and other events.

April 9, 2020

Longtime Oak Bluffs Summer Resident Dies from Covid-19

Longtime Oak Bluffs Summer Resident Dies from Covid-19

Gary A. Jenkins, an entertainment attorney who lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., died March 29 after contracting the virus. Mr. Jenkins had summered on the Vineyard for more than half a century.

April 9, 2020

Looking to Fellowship and Compassion to Ease the Pain

Looking to Fellowship and Compassion to Ease the Pain

Today I have been in self-quarantine for almost nine weeks, parallel but completely separate from the pandemic.

April 8, 2020

Hospital Confirms 12th Case of Coronavirus; Island Health Care Receives Federal Grant

Hospital Confirms 12th Case of Coronavirus; Island Health Care Receives Federal Grant

The latest confirmed case of Covid-19 is a man in his thirties, public health officials said Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases on the Island to 12. In related news, Cong. Bill Keating announced a $513,830 federal grant to Island Health Care.

April 8, 2020

Tisbury Shoppers Must Mask Up

Tisbury Shoppers Must Mask Up

Anyone entering a grocery store within the town of Tisbury must go alone and wear a face covering, starting Thursday.

April 8, 2020

Trustees Properties Reopen

Trustees Properties Reopen

All but one of the Trustees of Reservations properties on Martha’s Vineyard will reopen Thursday. The Farm Institute remains closed to visitors.

April 8, 2020

Tisbury Postpones Due Dates for Property Tax Bills to June 1

Tisbury Postpones Due Dates for Property Tax Bills to June 1

Tisbury property owners will have an extra month to pay their real estate and personal property taxes, following a vote by town selectmen Tuesday that moves the due date from May 1 to June 1.

April 8, 2020

Selectmen Adopt Strict Parking Limits at Menemsha

Selectmen Adopt Strict Parking Limits at Menemsha

Signs will go up, picnic tables will be removed and a 15-minute parking rule will go into effect in Menemsha this week after Chilmark selectmen heard concerns Tuesday about people congregating at scenic spots.

April 7, 2020

No New Cases for Third Straight Day, Hospital Confirms One Staffer Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

No New Cases for Third Straight Day, Hospital Confirms One Staffer Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

No new coronavirus cases were reported on the Vineyard Tuesday, while statewide confirmed cases continued to soar, along with the death toll from the disease.

April 7, 2020

Beach Road Weekend Canceled

Beach Road Weekend Canceled

The multi-day music festival, scheduled for late July, was canceled by the Tisbury selectmen Tuesday afternoon.

April 7, 2020

SSA Begins Further Service Reductions, As Traffic Continues Its Freefall

SSA Begins Further Service Reductions, As Traffic Continues Its Freefall

The Steamship Authority has announced further service reductions on the Vineyard route, beginning this week. The ferry Martha’s Vineyard will go off line on weekends.

April 7, 2020

Island Churches Lift Up the Message of Palm Sunday

Island Churches Lift Up the Message of Palm Sunday

Worshipers across Martha’s Vineyard prayed and lighted candles during Palm Sunday services that were held online or pre-recorded by Island ministers.

April 6, 2020

Yard Cancels Performances

Yard Cancels Performances

The Yard has cancelled all programming at its Chilmark campus through June, according to an announcement from the performing arts nonprofit.

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