Covid Cases Continue to Climb, Among Vaccinated and Unvaccinated
Island health agents reported 24 positive Covid-19 tests last week — the largest number since late May, with a significant percentage coming among fully vaccinated residents.
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Right Whales Increase Activity in Ocean Waters Slated for Offshore Wind Farms
Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are increasing their presence in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, according to a recent study, including large swaths of ocean slated for wind energy development.
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Hospital Buys Land for New Nursing Home
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has closed on a 26-acre property, paving the way for a long-awaited new nursing home. The project still must clear a host of tangled wastewater issues.
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Aquinnah Property Owner Fined for Tree Cutting
A former Aquinnah homeowner has been fined $15,000 for topping approximately 20 large-growth trees in and around his property, including four on town land, without a permit.
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Boards of Health Issue Mask Advisory for Indoor Public Spaces
In a significant shift, Island boards of health have issued a mask advisory for indoor public spaces on the Vineyard, regardless of vaccination status, the contagious Delta variant continues to spread.
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Mad Martha’s Sale Leads to Triple-Scoop of Donations

Three different charities are set to receive a combined $32,000 from Feiner Real Estate after the sale of the Mad Martha’s ice cream locations in downtown Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

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Island Continues to See Breakthrough Covid Cases
Covid-19 case counts declined slightly, but fully vaccinated residents continue to test positive on Martha’s Vineyard according to a weekly case update released by Island boards of health.
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Cyanobacteria Blooms Close Parts of Squibnocket Pond
Health agents and water quality experts have identified cyanobacteria blooms across Martha’s Vineyard, closing parts of Squibnocket Pond and issuing warnings about the toxic blue-green algae.
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MVC Approves Controversial Harbor View Hotel Expansion, 9-5
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted 9-5 late Thursday to allow the Harbor View Hotel to expand its Bradley Cottage into a 4,000-square-foot spa. But the approval came with a clear message from the MVC to the hotel, as commissioners tacked on a pile of strict conditions.
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Undersea Cable Failure Highlights Stress on Vineyard Energy Grid
Eversource has canceled a long-awaited battery energy storage project planned for Martha’s Vineyard, complicating a plan to achieve ambitious green energy goals on the Vineyard.
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