Cuttyhunk Says No Thanks to Vineyard Offer of Resort Hotel

A Vineyard hotelier with plans to convert a historic Cuttyhunk house into a resort has halted the process amid vocal objections from residents on the tiny island.

Bandwidth Blues, Cuttyhunk Seeks to Connect for Future's Sake

With a dwindling year-round population, town officials and the MVC are making a concerted push to make sure Cuttyhunk remains a viable year-round community.

Tiny Cuttyhunk Looks to Boost Year-Round Population

Some of 20 or so year-round residents are now working to expand Cuttyhunk's population by improving services and offering more housing on the small island.

Governor's Grants Bolster Coastal Restoration on Vineyard, Gosnold

Funding was announced Friday for three key projects: the restoration initiative at Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark; a pilot by the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group to sow marshlands with ribbed mussels; and a project at Barges Beach on Cuttyhunk.

Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Was Prominent Cuttyhunk Resident

Allen P. Spaulding Jr., 70, was the sole occupant of the 1965 fixed-wing Maule Bee Dee M-4-210 that crashed Wednesday morning on Cuttyhunk, state police said. The pilot was determined to be dead at the scene.

Pilot Identified in Fatal Cuttyhunk Plane Crash

State police late Wednesday identified the pilot in a fatal morning plane crash on Cuttyhunk as Allen P. Spaulding Jr., 70, of Wilmington De.

Police said the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation.

Mr. Spaulding, a longtime resident of Cuttyhunk, was the sole occupant of a 1965 fixed-wing Maule Bee Dee M-4-210 aircraft that crashed on a remote strip of land at the west end of the island. Cuttyhunk lies at the tip of the Elizabeth islands chain, to the west of Martha's Vineyard.

Vineyard Notebook: Cuttyhunk Calls and Only a Fortunate Few Listen

Leave your credit cards and your worries behind and hop a ferry over to Cuttyhunk, our little sister to the west. It’s an undiscovered island filled with 400 friendly summer people, beautiful wooded walks, welcoming beaches and a sense of peace and tranquility reminiscent of life in the 1950s. Or even earlier.

Bruce lobster trap fishing Borges

The Last Lobsterman of Cuttyhunk

Menhaden were back in Cuttyhunk harbor this summer, and that was good news to Capt. Bruce Borges. Pogies, as they are called, make great bait for catching striped bass. As a lobsterman, Captain Borges, 74, hasn’t seen much good news along the waterfront in recent years. There are fish out there but it’s a different story for lobsters, and that has made this summer especially challenging for Mr. Borges, who calls himself the last lobsterman on Cuttyhunk.


A Movable Mass, Island Priest Crosses Channel to Cuttyhunk

Father Thomas C. Lopes had never been to Cuttyhunk until last Sunday morning.

Traveling on a 26-foot patrol boat owned by the Dukes County Sheriff’s department, Father Lopes crossed the water to the small chain of Elizabeth Islands to offer a Mass in the Union Methodist Church on Cuttyhunk.

A Vineyard native, the 72-year-old priest had served on Nantucket from 1991 to 2000, an Island hop of a different nature. He is now retired.

post office

Return to Sender, Address Erased

For 134 years the modest cedar-shingled post office of Cuttyhunk has served as a lifeline to the mainland for this isolated community. Now with the U.S. Postal Service facing declining revenues and cutbacks, the Cuttyhunk branch faces the prospect of closure, along with 43 other post offices in Massachusetts identified in a nationwide review.