Spring, Cautiously

The Island is waking up early this year. A streak of splendid weather — most unusual for March — has lured folks out of their homes and created an almost giddy anticipation for the approaching season.

On April Fool’s day, shoppers were lined up before 9 a.m. for the reopening of Morning Glory Farm. A traffic jam on the Vineyard Haven road presaged the Triangle tie-ups of mid-summer.

After a year of forced isolation, the eagerness for freedom and social contact is understandable and hard to contain.

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Rights and Wrongs
With the federal appeals court decision last week requiring the Wampanoag tribe to obtain local permits before starting construction of a bingo hall in Aquinnah, tribal leaders have two choices.
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March Roars In
Islanders needed no reminder this week about the fickle ways of March.
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Shot in the Arm
More than 1,200 people, mostly 65 and older, received their first Covid-19 vaccines from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this week in a remarkably smooth rollout after what seemed an interminable wait.
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Beach Road Little Dig
The long-debated, state-funded $6 million Vineyard Haven Beach Road improvement project is starting to seem like a mini version of the infamous Big Dig in Boston, as it drags on for years with no clear blueprint for the future.
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Thin Ice
On Tuesday, not long after dawn, a group of skaters converged on Parsonage Pond in West Tisbury.
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New Guard at the MVC
Selectmen in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are within their rights to make new appointments to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but their process and choices suggest special interests are at play.
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January Busybodies
Deep winter has settled over the Vineyard with its pale colors and subtle shifts.
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To Have and to Give
If the coronavirus pandemic has made life more difficult for many Islanders, it has also illuminated the extraordinary generosity of the larger community.
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Swiss Cheese Strategy
Martha’s Vineyard has done a lot of things right to keep the coronavirus at bay, but the alarming increase in Covid cases in recent weeks proves there is more to be done.
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