A Home Run Journey from the Vineyard to Brazilian National Team

Bryan Sornas of Chilmark is one of two American players on the Brazilian national baseball team. He got his start on the Vineyard with the Little League Sea Dogs.

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Pharmacy Director Looks to Inspire Other Islanders

When Valci Carvalho was a teenager, newly moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he took a job at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Twenty years later, he's running his own department there.

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Brazilian Trio’s Return Delights Island Crowd

Brazilian trio Choro das 3’s first Island concert since 2019 filled every seat at the West Tisbury Library Saturday and had more people listening from the doorway.

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Brazilian Culture Showcased at High School Festival

With the help of rhythmic samba, Brazilian treats and colorful decorations, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School transformed into a bustling Festa Junina Thursday.

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ELL Students on the Rise, Painting Picture of a Changing Vineyard

English language learners in the Martha’s Vineyard public schools have increased almost sixfold over the past decade and now make up more than 19 per cent of the total student body.

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Community Ambassador Program Opens Bridges of Communication

The Community Ambassador Partnership is an interagency group that formed in the wake of the pandemic to coordinate communication with the Island’s substantial Brazilian community.

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Island Contractors Build Bridges of Communication

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Brazilian contractors, health agents and translators have begun working together to get the word out about new rules on job sites.

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Adult ESL Students Celebrate Graduation
Will Sennott

For the past eight weeks, a group of 15 Brazilian natives have been meeting at the Oak Bluffs Public Library to learn beginners level English language skills.

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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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