For Mike Cassidy, Derby Days Are an Ever Evolving Family

Recognized by his brown, leather hat, worn smooth by decades of fishing in salt air on Island shores, Mike Cassidy is an anchor of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

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Hat Whisperer Focuses on the Fundamentals

Jim (Brooksie) Brooks opened his hat store in Oak Bluffs 48 years ago. His sales style is fast paced — filled with motion, enthusiasm and profanity.

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Stina Sayre to Embrace Winds of Change

Fashion designer Stina Sayre, long known for her elegantly-draped, easy to wear women’s clothing, is preparing to close her Vineyard Haven showroom and studio later this fall.

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Still Feeling Spry at the Century Mark

At 100 years old, Bob Penney likes to spend his days relaxing , listening to audiobooks at the East Chop home he bought in 1952.

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A Force for Change in the Financial Sector

Priscilla Sims Brown, a seasonal Vineyard resident, is the chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank, the largest union-owned bank in the country. She is one of few women of color leaders in the financial sector.

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For Carly Simon, Hometown Crowd Feels Just Fine

Something happened to Carly Simon the moment she stepped onstage at the Chilmark concert. The performance she worried so about was riveting; the crowds she expected to be rowdy welcomed her warmly.

Backstage, she had mingled among the carefully screened (and tagged) collection of people, accepting hugs of encouragement, words of support.

“There was so much paranoia before the event, about what might happen, what it might turn into that I was really quite scared,” she recalled some days later.

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Pharmacy Director Looks to Inspire Other Islanders

When Valci Carvalho was a teenager, newly moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he took a job at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Twenty years later, he's running his own department there.

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From Inventor to Hotel Owner

Bernard Chiu, investor, inventor and owner of the Harbor View Hotel, has spent many nights dreaming about dehumidifier technology.

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A Math Mind Turns to Sculpture Art for His Life's Mission

While studying at Princeton University, Jay Lagemann squeezed in every art history class he could between his load of mathematics courses.

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Island Firefighter Returns After Assisting With Canadian Wildfires

Oak Bluffs resident Charles (Adi) Uchendu was one of several Massachusetts firefighters who went to Quebec to help Canada with the out-of-control wildfires.

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