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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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

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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

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