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Edgartown Adopts Policy for Outdoor Dining Downtown

Edgartown restaurants can now officially apply to expand their outdoor dining capacity, after selectmen approved a policy Monday to allow seating areas on downtown sidewalks.

Restaurants, Retail Open for Business, Cautiously

Closed to the public for months, the Vineyard restaurants, retailers and hotels excitedly — but cautiously — re-opened their doors to customers on Monday.

Historic Jobless Rates Hit Islanders Hardest

Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics show double-digit unemployment across the state in April, and Dukes County is one of the hardest hit.

Quiet Island Equals Busy Bike Stores as Demand Skyrockets

Vineyard bike shop owners report rentals are down, but sales are booming during the pandemic.

Hop to It! Having Fun Like a Lazy Frog

For Jake and Sarah Gifford, owners of the Lazy Frog store in Oak Bluffs, it's a life dedicated to leisure.

Edgartown Airs Details for Transforming Downtown Streets This Summer

Edgartown’s inchoate European model for downtown avenues and restaurants came into focus on Tuesday, as town administrator James Hagerty aired various proposals that would close off streets, limit parking and allow for outdoor dining in the summer during the pandemic.

Pandemic Strands Foreign Workers, Amid Mounting Summer Worries

Travel delays and bureaucratic obstacles caused by the coronavirus are disrupting the influx of seasonal workers who typically begin arriving on the Island around now.

Business Community Calls for All-Island Action

As a truncated summer season looms, more than a dozen Vineyard business owners have issued an open letter calling for a public summit meeting with the all-Island selectmen and boards of health.

Governor Outlines Slow-Motion Approach for State Reopening

Island restaurant and hotel owners reacted with frustration Monday after Gov. Charlie Baker announced his ultra-slow reopening plan for the commonwealth.

Green Room Rides Wave of Cautious Optimism

The Green Room — the Main street Vineyard Haven store that’s become something of an Island institution — is adapting to the new normal.

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