Forty Years Later, Jaws Is Sharp as Ever

Forty years after its release, Jaws remains a treasured part of Island history. A look back on the summer Hollywood filmmakers descended on the Island and struggled against all odds to make a realistic-looking movie about a giant shark with a taste for human flesh.

Star Light, Star Bright

The sky was clear, and the waxing moon was in competition with the stars of the sky, the stars of the screen, and the stars of the Island, and into this perfect setting (or set) went Islanders in best bib and tucker to see the premiere of their very own movie, Jaws.

Selectmen Tax White Shark Merchandise

Amity selectmen announced Thursday a new tax will be imposed on all paraphernalia bearing the image The White Shark. Beginning July 1, all merchants will be required to pay an additional 2 per cent to the town for all items sold with the shark.

Real Estate Agents Report Rise in Waterfront Rentals

It looks like real estate agents on Amity will have reason to smile again this summer: rentals for July and August are on pace to top last year's total of 16 — the highest in almost 30 years.

Marine Biologist Recalls Loss and Life Changes

When Dr. Matt Hooper last saw Amity, it was from the deck of the ferry as it sailed toward the mainland. As he remembers it, the day was cloudy and unusually cold for late July.

Of Editorial Lessons and Legacies

It is plain to me that I, Harry Meadows, will be recalled as the newspaper editor who, having learned of the killing of a woman swimmer a week before the start of the summer season, told the chief of police: "There won't be any story about the attack in the Gazette."

Biting Back

On Monday Jaws 2 was back cluttering up Edgartown with cables, trucks, extras and all the wonderful paraphernalia used in the world of illusion.

Conservation, Celebration Are the Theme at JawsFest

In the winter of 1973 Joe Alves, production director for Jaws, began his quest to find the perfect setting for Amity Island.

From Montauk to Marblehead, Martha’s Vineyard was the place that met Mr. Alves’s criteria.

“Edgartown was so pristine with the white picket fences and white buildings,” he said. “It was a wonderful place to be terrified by a shark. Then when I got to Menemsha it was a great fishing village with all the little shacks. It was absolutely perfect.”

Jaws Screening at Ocean Park Rescheduled

JawsFest's planned outdoor screening of Jaws on Ocean Park Saturday night has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 12 at 8 p.m. due to rain.

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Jawsfest Cruise

Jawsfest Cruise

Jawsfest should not be limited to land — that’s for wimps. Better to get out on the water; after all that’s where the sharks live. On Sunday, August 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. Seastreak’s 141-foot catamaran will be heading out to sea to view scenes from the movie including East Chop, Harthaven, State Beach and Big Bridge, Cow Bay, Edgartown and Cape Pogue.