April 29, 2020

Hospital, Chamber Retract Message to Summer Residents

Hospital, Chamber Retract Message to Summer Residents

In a quick reversal, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital retracted an open letter to seasonal homeowners after seeing backlash Tuesday.
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April 29, 2020

Tisbury Settles on Place for Annual Town Meeting

Tisbury Settles on Place for Annual Town Meeting

Barring the unforeseen, the Tisbury annual and special town meetings will take place Saturday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m., on the Tisbury school playground to provide for social distancing among voters.

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April 29, 2020

Selectmen Blast Boatline, Press for Speedy Pier Repairs

Selectmen Blast Boatline, Press for Speedy Pier Repairs

In a forceful letter, the Oak Bluffs selectmen this week called on the Steamship Authority to make immediate repairs to the summer ferry terminal on the North Bluff.
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April 28, 2020

Steamship Authority Steadies Its Financial Ship

Steamship Authority Steadies Its Financial Ship

The financially woe-begotten Steamship Authority has seen a short-term jump in traffic, general manager Bob Davis announced at the weekly board meeting Tuesday, although he said the long-term picture remains a question mark. Ferry traffic is trending upward again.

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April 28, 2020

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to May 18

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to May 18

Hospital officials confirm the 17th case of coronavirus on Martha's Vineyard, as Gov. Charlie Baker tells non-essential businesses to remain closed until May 18, saying it is too early to let up on restrictions.
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April 28, 2020

Hy-Line Requires Face Coverings

Hy-Line Requires Face Coverings

Face coverings are now required aboard the Hy-Line passenger ferry service between Hyannis and the Islands.
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April 28, 2020

Tisbury Requires Face Masks on Public Buses, Mulls Same for SSA

Tisbury Requires Face Masks on Public Buses, Mulls Same for SSA

Both riders and drivers aboard Vineyard Transit Authority buses in Tisbury will be required to wear face coverings, following a vote by the town board of health Tuesday.
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April 28, 2020

Surplus Scallops to Feed Hungry Islanders

Surplus Scallops to Feed Hungry Islanders

Sea scallops are coming to Island food relief agencies this spring through the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust.
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April 28, 2020

Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution

Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution

Building and landscaping projects stuttered back into gear for the first time in more than a month, as one and two-person crews returned to work under strict guidelines.
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April 28, 2020

Mental Health Counseling Needs See a Spike on Island

Mental Health Counseling Needs See a Spike on Island

The need for mental health counseling has been on the rise during the pandemic, said Jennifer Vogel, program director for the Island Counseling Center at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

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April 27, 2020

Governor Demurs on Steamship Authority Bailout

Governor Demurs on Steamship Authority Bailout

In his daily press briefing Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker was vague about whether the state would help rescue the financially struggling Steamship Authority.

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April 27, 2020

Chilmark Beaches Stay Open, With Limits

Chilmark Beaches Stay Open, With Limits

Chilmark beaches will open on schedule this summer, but with new safety precautions including limited parking.
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April 27, 2020

Extra Funding Helps Shelter Island Homeless

Extra Funding Helps Shelter Island Homeless

The problem of homelessness on Martha’s Vineyard is getting extra attention, and resources, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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April 26, 2020

Habitat Postpones Mortgage Payments

Habitat Postpones Mortgage Payments

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is deferring homeowners’ mortgage payments and absorbing their escrow payments.
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April 26, 2020

A Month Into State Stay-at-Home Order, 16 Covid-19 Cases Here

A Month Into State Stay-at-Home Order, 16 Covid-19 Cases Here

As a statewide stay-at-home order ended its first month, Gov. Charlie Baker said it was too soon to say when reopening could begin.

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April 26, 2020

Testing Follows Strict Protocols, But Picture Remains Incomplete

Testing Follows Strict Protocols, But Picture Remains Incomplete

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has tested more than 350 people for the coronavirus since the outbreak began over a month ago.
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April 25, 2020

Sober House Waives Rent

Sober House Waives Rent

Vineyard House is waiving rent for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic and seeking online donations to make up the shortfall.
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April 25, 2020

SSA Funded Through July

SSA Funded Through July

A $12 million injection of federal funding will keep the Steamship Authority going until August 1.
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April 24, 2020

Camp Jabberwocky Cancels Summer Programs

Camp Jabberwocky Cancels Summer Programs

Camp Jabberwocky is canceling its summer camp programs, executive director Liza Gallagher announced Friday morning.

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April 23, 2020

Coronavirus Cases Climb to 16 on Island, While State Figures Soar

Coronavirus Cases Climb to 16 on Island, While State Figures Soar

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new confirmed coronavirus case Thursday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the Vineyard to 16. The state reported the most new cases yet.

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