Language of Assimilation
Although now in its second generation, the Brazilian community is still largely perceived as an island unto itself, isolated from the mainstream Vineyard community.
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Brazilian Store Has New Look
Felipe Cabrera

A Vineyard Haven store that caters to the Island Brazilian community is getting a makeover.

Mara Santos, a West Tisbury resident, is the new manager of Island Star, a convenience store located at 25 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

“I hope to have everything ready for a grand opening on May 26,” she said. “I want to earn the trust of new customers.”

Mrs. Santos has lived on the Vineyard since 1999. She has worked as a caregiver, raised a daughter and ran a cleaning business.

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Brazilians Flock to the Churches of the Vineyard
Chris Burrell
The women wear dresses and high heels. The men are decked out in dark slacks or double-breasted suits. The parking lot is so full that cars are lining the driveway to the Masonic Hall and pulled up on the grassy shoulders of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.
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Island Hospital Cuts Portuguese Translator; Brazilians Face Communication Problems
Chris Burrell
For members of the Island's Brazilian population, one of the most frightening prospects is a visit to the hospital. Rather than a lack of health insurance, what keeps many away is the fear of not being understood.
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Brazilians Carry Joy to Streets After World Cup Championship
Brett Ferry

At 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown, more than 100 people had their eyes set on a 20-inch TV screen in the corner of the room. Brazil was playing Germany in the final game of the World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. In the room, yellow, green and blue flags and soccer jerseys to match made it clear this was not the place to cheer for Germany.

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Schools Failing Needs of Brazilian Students, U.S. Investigation Finds
Chris Burrell

A federal civil rights investigation of the Oak Bluffs and Tisbury schools has cited both for failing to meet the instructional needs of their growing population of Brazilian students.

The investigation was triggered by a parent complaint in November which alleged that the schools' lack of trained teachers, interpreters and appropriate materials was shortchanging Brazilian students.

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Brazilian Influx Reshapes Contours of Community; Impact Difficult to Gauge
Chris Burrell
Danubia Campos can remember back six or seven years ago when she knew every Brazilian on Martha's Vineyard.
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Groundbreaking Report Opens Discussion About Health Care in Brazilian Community
Chris Burrell
The Island's growing population of Brazilian immigrants came here in large part to better their economic condition, but a study released last week shows that in many cases the endeavor is taking a serious toll on their health.
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American Dream: Young Brazilian Finds Vineyard Is Pure Home
Mike Seccombe

Danubia Campos dreams big. A law degree, or maybe one in international relations. Possibly a career with the United Nations or even one as a Supreme Court Justice.

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Oak Bluffs School to Host Talk on Brazilian Students

Oak Bluffs School principal Laury Binney will be showing a short film and speaking about his recent travels to Brazil on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to all.

Mr. Binney, who took an unpaid sabbatical last year, and his wife Marcy, a reading teacher, spent six months visiting elementary schools in Brazil in an effort to gain insights into addressing the needs of Brazilian-born students on the Vineyard. The talk takes place at the Oak Bluffs School.

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