Nantucket to Vineyard Swim Gets Underway

At 7:59 this morning, Doug McConnell set off from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, looking to complete the long distance swim he just barely failed to finish in 2019. The swim is a fundraiser for ALS research.

Islanders Urged to Remove Feeders, Birdbaths

State wildlife officials and the Mass Audubon bird conservation group are advising residents to bring in their bird feeders and birdbaths until more is known about a mysterious avian ailment.

Star Clusters

This is a wonderful time of year to be looking up at the stars.

Gazette Podcast Adds Voice to Conversations About Race

The Vineyard Gazette today released the first episode in a new nine-part podcast called Shed: Conversations about Race. Hosted by Island therapist Eric Adams, the podcast will unfold in interviews released weekly.

Red Meat Allergy Joins Growing List of Tick-Borne Illnesses

Vineyard doctors, allergists and biologists have identified at least a dozen Islanders who have been formally diagnosed with alpha gal syndrome, a largely unstudied new syndrome.

From Bystander to Action, for Podcast Host Eric Adams Change Matters

Shed host Eric Adams shapes each discussion through the lens of his profession, working with couples and people suffering from addiction issues. He likens racism to a social illness.

Forest for the Trees

The perennial friction between those who cherish the Old Martha’s Vineyard and those who want to fix it up has reached a new peak of intensity as the Island experiences another wave of migration and building pressure.

Swamp Perfume

The wildflowers have been muted in this year of weather extremes — dry, dry spring followed by a midsummer drenched with intermittent showers.

Dewey Decimal System Points the Way

Within recent memory, West Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Chilmark have all added event rooms to their libraries. Now Vineyard Haven hopes to do the same.

In Praise of the School Community

When school closed in March of 2020, those of us who work in schools entered an educational landscape that challenged us to our core as educators.