Two downtown beaches in Oak Bluffs are closed to swimming due to high counts of bacteria found in the water, the health agent said Tuesday.
Inkwell and Pay Beaches were closed around 2 p.m. Tuesday and will not reopen until Thursday at the earliest.
Vineyard beach managers are reporting sightings of Portuguese man-of-war on south-facing beaches this month, with one report of a person stung.
The jellyfish-like creatures have washed up in Chilmark and Edgartown, with the most reported on Norton Point Beach off Katama.
On Friday, Katie Couric will present the film Fed Up at the Performing Arts Center at the regional high school alongside director Stephanie Soechtig and producer Laurie David. While Ms. Couric has covered the issue for years, the film exposed even more areas of concern, she told the Gazette.
Charlie Baker’s resume includes stints as former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and state secretary of finance and administration. But visiting the Vineyard this weekend, the Republican candidate for governor told the Gazette he learned important political lessons as a selectman in Swampscott.