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From Juilliard to the Vineyard, Young Organist Makes Connections
Griffin McMahon, the new organist at St. Andrew's Church, has a degree from Juilliard and a desire to get involved in the larger music scene on the Island.
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Vineyard Sailors Get Deeply Involved in Ocean Science

Brock Callen Jr. and his father, Sail Martha’s Vineyard executive director and maritime instructor Brock Callen Sr. recently spent two and a half weeks steaming across the Pacific aboard a research vessel.

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A Lunchtime Oasis Rolls to the Rescue Each Winter
The Food Truck anchors one of the furthest outposts up-Island for a hot lunch in the dead of a Vineyard winter. Josh and Angela Aronie have been operating the truck for four years now, never straying far from simple, handheld, comfort food served rain, snow or shine.
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Study Bolsters Theory That Shellfish Remove Nitrogen from Ponds
As communities on the Island and across the region look to shellfish as a possible strategy to restore the health of coastal ponds, a study on the Cape provides numbers to back up their work.
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Vineyard Dogs Will Compete at Westminster
An Edgartown rottweiler and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Vineyard Haven will be among 3,000 dogs competing next week in the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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High School Musical Rolls the Dice With Guys and Dolls
Cast and crew at the regional high school are busy transforming the performing arts center into a sultry Havana nightclub for next week's production of Guys and Dolls. The show opens Feb. 16.
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Island Light

I found myself knocking on an unlikely door recently. I’m not a religious person, but I arrived at the door of St. Augustine’s church to light a candle for a friend. As I struggled with the key code, a woman appeared next to me and let me in. After lighting the candle I turned around to see the late afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass windows, projecting disco-ball-like colored spots of light on the pews. Beautiful, delicate light. And I started to cry.

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Love, Oysterly
February can be bleak and so when pink and red hearts start appearing in storefronts, I appreciate the splash of color. I like Valentine’s Day and its over-the-top gaudiness: stuffed animals clutching red satin hearts with “I love you” written in script; cheap chocolates, red wine, those gross, powdery heart candies. I think it’s a little easy to dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday- even if it largely is one.
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Staying Fit with Ray Whitaker
Ray Whitaker, director of elder fitness at the YMCA, sees the link between physical fitness and mental well-being as inextricable.
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A Place For Us: Growing Older, Better

Beth Kehoe, a lively 86 year old, lives in the Oak Bluffs house built by her late husband. She relies on a variety of local services to assist her each day, from Meals on Wheels lunches to the Vineyard Village volunteers who bring her grocery shopping and to the YMCA, where she swims laps in the pool. Her backstroke is the envy of far younger swimmers.

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