New England Newspaper & Press Association

Heath Hen Raises Bar on De-Extinction Debate
Sara Brown
The heath hen is at the center of a new effort and a new debate on the Island, as scientific advances have made de-extinction a possibility.
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Tisbury Shuns Records Request Over Stop & Shop
Julia Wells

More than three months after the Vineyard Gazette formally asked for public records from the town of Tisbury relating to the Stop & Shop expansion proposal, the town has provided only a portion of what was requested.

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Not Another Cat Call, Film Shows Whistling Can be High Art
Meg Robbins
Filmmakers explore the serious and whimsical world of whistling in their film Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling.
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Last of Her Kind, Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Has Strong Ties to the Vineyard
Sara Brown
The Charles W. Morgan came back to life this spring. The last American wooden whaling ship once again had saltwater under her 173-year-old keel. Ocean winds buffeted her new suit of sails. She has another captain and a new crew occupying bunks and climbing the rigging.
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Pat Gregory Remembered for His Kindness, Gentle Spirit
Remy Tumin

A crowd of nearly 1,000 people filled the West Tisbury Agricultural Hall Wednesday afternoon for the memorial service for F. Patrick Gregory. Son Tim Gregory called his father a whistler and believer in the human spirit.

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MVC Review of Stop & Shop Marked by Many Twists, Turns
Sara Brown and Olivia Hull

In many ways the 10-month review of the grocery chain's expansion plan followed a normal course for a development project in front of the MVC. But emails obtained by the Gazette show the process was unusual in other respects.

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Island Stunned by News of Death of Pat Gregory
Julia Wells

Throughout the weekend the Vineyard mourned the loss of the longtime West Tisbury moderator and well-known Islander, who was the victim of a robbery and homicide on a remote hiking trail in northern California Friday. Mr. Gregory was 69.

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Never Say Never; Heath Hen May Get Its Boom Back
Sara Brown
The heath hen is currently being proposed as a possibility for de-extinction by an organization that aims to coordinate projects that use genetics to rescue endangered and extinct species.
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Ahead of the Curve: English Language Learner Program Thrives
Olivia Hull
There are 140 nonnative English speakers in the public schools across the Island, the highest count in recent memory. Most are second generation U.S. residents. Educators are responding by setting a standard for excellence in learning.
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John Varkonda Was Faithful Steward of State Forest
Olivia Hull
John J. Varkonda, who served as superintendent of the state forest for 26 years, died suddenly at age 55. The cause was abdominal aortic aneurysm. Mr. Varkonda was 29 when he assumed the superintendency of the state forest, only the second person to oversee the property.
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