Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks
Louisa Hufstader
With protective masks in short supply on Martha’s Vineyard, a new Island network has formed with the mission of providing masks for everyone who needs them.
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What’s Open on Martha's Vineyard
With the change of seasons, many Island businesses — from restaurants and retail shops to pharmacies and farm stands — have begun to alter their hours. Some may be closing temporarily, while others may be reducing services or hours. To stay abreast of changes, visit our regularly updated business directory.
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Yellow House Construction Stretches to the Finish Line
The historic Yellow House in downtown Edgartown is set to have a dash of red on its awning this summer, with the athleisure company Lululemon signing a multi-year rental deal.
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Vineyard Grocer Expands Food Reach
Island grocer and entrepreneur Elio Silva has purchased Bobby B’s Seafood & Pizza and Bernie’s Ice Cream, adding the two Main street Vineyard Haven storefronts to his growing family of business enterprises.
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Oak Bluffs Leads the Way on Eliminating Library Fines
Will Sennott

Starting in January, library fines are expected to be a thing of the past in Oak Bluffs after the town selectmen agreed to eliminate fines for overdue books.

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Future of Vineyard Haven Harbor Inspires Public Debate
Peter Savodnik

Carmel Gamble glared at the chain-link fence surrounding the beachfront lot next door to her Vineyard Haven cottage. “This is not the Vineyard Haven I knew,” said Miss Gamble, a veterinary technician and self-described “clown on sabbatical” who returned to Martha’s Vineyard two years ago after five years in Hawaii. “But this ugly steel chain-link fence, I mean, what we love about the Vineyard is that it’s beautiful. That’s why people come here,” she said.

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R.M. Packer Ordered to Pay Hefty Fines for Environmental Violations
Will Sennott and Julia Wells
Two waterfront Vineyard Haven companies owned by Ralph M. Packer have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.3 million in fines.
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Conroy Apothecary in Oak Bluffs Will Close
Will Sennott
Conroy Apothecary will close its Oak Bluffs location on Nov. 1 after 10 years of filling prescriptions and providing over-the-counter medicines in the down-Island community.
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Metropolitan Sold
Vineyard Gazette
Sale of the Metropolitan Hotel property, Oak Bluffs, which was largely destroyed by fire some weeks ago, was announced on Tuesday by Rodney D. Marks, former owner, who said that the property has been purchased by Krikor (Jerry) Barmakian, former restaurant proprietor, also of Oak Bluffs. Mr. Barmakian left the Island on Tuesday morning, to be gone for several days, and thus cou1d not be located, but Mr.
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Summer Refrain: Help Wanted; Housing Needed
Will Sennott

Mike McCourt, the owner of Murdick’s Fudge, has taken down the Help Wanted signs that hung in the window of his shop. But he’s one of the lucky ones.

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