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.

April 6, 2020

Emergency Fund Gets $100,000 Boost

Emergency Fund Gets $100,000 Boost

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard has announced a $100,000 gift to its Emergency Response Fund.

April 6, 2020

Boards of Health, Hospital Reconcile Numbers on Coronavirus Cases; Nantucket Reports First Death

Boards of Health, Hospital Reconcile Numbers on Coronavirus Cases; Nantucket Reports First Death

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island held steady Monday, after case reporting discrepancies among the hospital, boards of health and state led to a one-case overcount.

April 6, 2020

Island Police, EMS Take Extra Precautions

Island Police, EMS Take Extra Precautions

Staggered shifts and scaling back on arrests are among the new protocols that have been adopted by Island police and emergency responders during the pandemic.

April 5, 2020

Island Coronavirus Cases Stay Steady; New Field Hospital Planned on Cape Cod

Island Coronavirus Cases Stay Steady; New Field Hospital Planned on Cape Cod

No new coronavirus cases were reported on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday, while statewide cases continued to rise and a new field hospital on Cape Cod was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker.

April 4, 2020

Disc Golf Closes

Disc Golf Closes

The Riverhead Disc Golf Course off Barnes Road is closed until further notice by order of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

April 4, 2020

Hospital Reports Two More Cases of Covid-19, Bringing Island Total to Twelve

Hospital Reports Two More Cases of Covid-19, Bringing Island Total to Twelve

Two more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed cases on the Island to 12. No one with the virus is hospitalized at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

April 4, 2020

Help for Homebound Up-Island

Help for Homebound Up-Island

The Chilmark Neighbors to Neighbors hot line is available for residents who need help with errands while they are in isolation due to Covid-19.

April 4, 2020

Islanders, Make History

Islanders, Make History

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum invites Islanders to share their stories of history in the making so that future generations will know what it was like to be here during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 4, 2020

Utilities, Banks Offer Hardship Relief

Utilities, Banks Offer Hardship Relief

Islanders out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic are facing tough choices as the monthly bills come in. Local banks and utilities are responding.

April 3, 2020

Martha’s Vineyard Bank Contributes $625,000 to Pandemic Relief Effort

Martha’s Vineyard Bank Contributes $625,000 to Pandemic Relief Effort

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank has announced a $625,000 charitable initiative for coronavirus relief through the month of April.

April 2, 2020

Cronig's Closes Sundays

Cronig's Closes Sundays

Cronig’s Market will be closed on Sundays until further notice, owner Steve Bernier said today. The store is not staffed for delivery or curbside pickup.

April 1, 2020

Flurry of Activity as Vineyard Prepares for Surge in Covid-19 Cases

Flurry of Activity as Vineyard Prepares for Surge in Covid-19 Cases

No new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, but with nine confirmed cases and counting, a flurry of preparations continued around the Island.

April 1, 2020

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

A convoy of National Guard trucks arrived on the Island Wednesday morning to deliver a staff isolation tent to the Edgartown house of correction, and other supplies Islandwide.

April 1, 2020

Emergency Grants Begin

Emergency Grants Begin

Seven Island nonprofits will share nearly $54,000 in emergency grants announced today by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.

April 1, 2020

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

With protective masks in short supply on Martha’s Vineyard, a new Island network has formed with the mission of providing masks for everyone who needs them.

April 1, 2020

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

With ridership cratering on the Vineyard route and financial losses looming, SSA general manager Robert Davis said the reduced ferry schedule will remain in effect through May 5.

March 31, 2020

Ninth Case of Covid-19 Reported on the Vineyard; Governor Extends State Stay-at-Home Advisory

Ninth Case of Covid-19 Reported on the Vineyard; Governor Extends State Stay-at-Home Advisory

Amid rising numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19, Gov. Charlie Baker extended a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 Tuesday, and a ninth confirmed case was reported on Martha’s Vineyard.

March 31, 2020

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

No new coronavirus cases were reported as of Tuesday, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said. In a morning briefing, hospital spokesman Katrina Delgadillo said the hosital had performed 101 tests to date. There are currently eight confirmed cases on the Island.

March 31, 2020

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is receiving a $25,000 donation from Cape Cod 5, according to a bank announcement.

March 30, 2020

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

More than 100 Island contractors and tradesmen who have been affected by the construction moratorium joined a conference call Monday.

March 30, 2020

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

Construction bans enacted on the Vineyard and Nantucket will remain in place, following a conference call Sunday with officials from both Islands and spokesmen for Governor Baker.

March 30, 2020

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

An employee at the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole terminal was reportedly exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

March 30, 2020

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Monday there are now eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island, five more than as of Saturday. And public officials said construction bans on both Islands will remain in place, following a Sunday conference call with spokesmen for Governor Baker.

March 29, 2020

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

As coronavirus numbers continue to skyrocket statewide, Vineyarders are bracing for the pandemic spread on Island. The Vineyard confirmed a third positive Covid-19 test in Dukes County Saturday.

March 28, 2020

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

A new group called Thank You Workers at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is gaining hundreds of members on the Facebook social network.

March 28, 2020

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

According to mental health professionals, a useful coping mechanism in these difficult times is to look for the positives and to write them down.

March 27, 2020

Troopers Staff Up

Troopers Staff Up

The Massachusetts State Police is deploying additional troopers to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket during the coronavirus emergency.

March 27, 2020

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

The Menemsha waterfront traditionally begins to stir at this time of year. Fishermen mend their gear, sturdy work boats are back in the slips, ready for the early-season haul. With the pandemic, all that has changed.

March 26, 2020

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

As the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital prepares for a potential influx of coronavirus cases, staff have been training tirelessly with infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner .

March 26, 2020

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Wednesday was a historically grim day on Martha’s Vineyard. Just after noon, an ominous stay-at-home order chimed on cell phones all over the Island. Still, there were flickers of hope. The Art Cliff diner was one of them.

March 26, 2020

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Automobile and passenger traffic on Steamship Authority ferries plunged into steep decline this month, just as the coronavirus pandemic began its spread into Massachusetts.

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