The Vineyard Gazette

The Vineyard Gazette The Journal of Island Life for Martha's Vineyard since 1846, the Vineyard Gazette covers news, issues and events of the island. Find us online at vineyardgazette.com, call us at (508) 627-4311 or visit us at our historic home in Edgartown.
The Vineyard Gazette Media Group is multiplatform news and information company serving the interests of people near and far who love Martha's Vineyard. The company was acquired in 2010 by Island philanthropists Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg from the Reston family, who had owned it for more than 40 years. In addition to the weekly print version of Vineyard Gazette, the company maintains a continuously updated news website, vineyardgazette.com. Its other publications include Martha's Vineyard Magazine, bringing out the best in the Vineyard for 30 years; Welcome to Martha's Vineyard tourist guide and mvol.com, the pre-eminent visitor publication in print and online on the island; and Island Weddings, the only magazine on the Vineyard directed to prospective brides and grooms.
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Serving the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, seven miles off southeast coast of Massachusetts, the independent Vineyard Gazette has been in continuous publication since 1846. The newspaper is still printed weekly in its historic home in Edgartown; its website at vineyardgazette.com is updated daily with news, features, commentary and award winning photography.

Juneteenth. Celebrate freedom.Picture by Ray Ewing
06/19/2020

Juneteenth. Celebrate freedom.

Picture by Ray Ewing

Second new case reported from TestMV.
06/18/2020
TestMV Reports Second Positive Case Thursday

Second new case reported from TestMV.

Island boards of health reported another new positive Covid-19 test Thursday from TestMV, the high school coronavirus testing site, marking the second positive test in as many days.

Nothing ever stops; it divides and multiplies, and I guess sometimes it gets ground down superfine, but it doesn’t just ...
06/18/2020

Nothing ever stops; it divides and multiplies, and I guess sometimes it gets ground down superfine, but it doesn’t just blow away.
– Ralph Ellison

Picture by Jeanna Shepard

Annual town elections will be held in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown today. Please wear your mask, and remember to vote!
06/18/2020
Two Town Elections Today; Contests for Selectman in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown

Annual town elections will be held in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown today. Please wear your mask, and remember to vote!

Voters in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown go to the polls today to choose among candidates for selectman and decide on funding for major town projects. Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both towns. Polling is at the Edgartown town hall, and Oak Bluffs library meeting room. Masks are required.

TestMV reports first positive case.
06/18/2020
TestMV Reports First Positive Case

TestMV reports first positive case.

TestMV, the comprehensive coronavirus testing site at Martha’s Vineyard High School, saw its first positive Covid-19 result on Wednesday.

Opening day at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority terminal was busy.
06/18/2020
Oak Bluffs Terminal Sees Busy Opening Day

Opening day at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority terminal was busy.

On a sun-splashed day with calm seas, the M/V Nantucket sailed into the newly-repaired wharf, the first SSA vessel of the summer season in Oak Bluffs waters Wednesday. It was also a day for delays, as a construction project in Woods Hole wrapped up for the summer.

Oak Bluffs town hall project gets a third chance.
06/17/2020
Oak Bluffs Voters Strongly Back New Town Hall Project

Oak Bluffs town hall project gets a third chance.

A plan to renovate the ailing Oak Bluffs town hall will get a third chance after voters voiced strong approval for the plan at their annual town meeting Tuesday night. Held outdoors beneath the canopy of the Tabernacle, the meeting saw a strong turnout with 239 voters in a historic year.

Begun as a cottage industry, Chrissy Kinsman's popular Pie Chicks will open a storefront this summer.
06/17/2020
Pie Chicks Bakery Shifts From Home Business to Retail

Begun as a cottage industry, Chrissy Kinsman's popular Pie Chicks will open a storefront this summer.

The popular bakery owned by Chrissie Kinsman will open a retail shop in Vineyard Haven later this summer.

One probable case Tuesday.
06/16/2020
One Presumed Positive Case Reported Tuesday

One probable case Tuesday.

Island health officials reported one new probable antibody positive case on Tuesday, bringing the Island’s total coronavirus caseload to 46.

Oak Bluffs terminal opens Wednesday for the summer.
06/16/2020
SSA Opens Oak Bluffs Terminal Wednesday

Oak Bluffs terminal opens Wednesday for the summer.

In the wake of its busiest weekend this year, the Steamship Authority is set to open the Oak Bluffs terminal Wednesday and reintroduce its full summer fleet.

It's a busy year for nesting shorebirds.
06/16/2020
In Flush Year for Nesting Shorebirds, Some Oversand Vehicle Trails Are Closed

It's a busy year for nesting shorebirds.

As an especially active shorebird nesting season shapes up this year, the Trustees of Reservations has closed a wide swath of beach trails to over-sand vehicles from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick. Little Beach in Edgartown — where there is no driving on the beach — is a particular hotspot.

In love with the light in June.
06/14/2020
Island Light: Rainbow of Farewell

In love with the light in June.

It is early in June that we again become besotted with light, the longer into the evening the better. The red ball that rises earlier each crisp morning turns golden and gilds the Island, then suffuses the day with piercing clarity until it departs in a rainbow of farewell beyond Gay Head.

Tisbury voters make long work of a shortened annual town meeting warrant Saturday.
06/14/2020
Tisbury Voters Laud Their Retiring Fire Chief

Tisbury voters make long work of a shortened annual town meeting warrant Saturday.

At the annual town meeting Saturday, Tisbury voters backed borrowing $6.4 million for sewer expansion and gave a standing ovation to their retiring fire chief.

Edgartown annual town meeting is one for the history books.
06/13/2020
Edgartown Voters Breeze Through Historic Annual Town Meeting on the Lawn

Edgartown annual town meeting is one for the history books.

Gathering in unprecedented times, Edgartown voters took their seats beneath two tents and breezed through an outdoor annual town meeting Saturday, quickly approving a complex land deal involving the Boys and Girls Club, and sending a controversial VTA project back for further review.

Outdoor dining, Sunday street closures, a drive-in movie theatre — Oak Bluffs will have a new look this summer too.
06/13/2020
Oak Bluffs Designs Its Own New Look for Downtown This Summer

Outdoor dining, Sunday street closures, a drive-in movie theatre — Oak Bluffs will have a new look this summer too.

In an effort to help downtown business get a leg up this summer, Oak Bluffs selectmen took action on a number of fronts Friday, approving Sunday street closures, expanded outdoor dining and a drive-in movie theatre at the Y.

Happy Friday! Here's hoping for sunny skies this weekend.Picture by Tim Johnson
06/12/2020

Happy Friday! Here's hoping for sunny skies this weekend.

Picture by Tim Johnson

O Day after day we can’t help growing older. Year after year spring can’t help seeming younger. Come let’s enjoy our win...
06/11/2020

O Day after day we can’t help growing older. Year after year spring can’t help seeming younger. Come let’s enjoy our winecup today, Nor pity the flowers fallen.
– Wang Wei

Picture by Tim Johnson

Farmers' Market reopens Saturday. Wear your mask and shop one at a time, please!
06/11/2020
West Tisbury Farmers’ Market Reopens Saturday

Farmers' Market reopens Saturday. Wear your mask and shop one at a time, please!

The twice-a-week West Tisbury Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, relocated this year to the Agricultural Society fairgrounds. It will be a different event this year, with a hands-off policy for customers.

Vineyard businesses across the spectrum are hurting from the pandemic, a survey by the Martha's Vineyard Commission show...
06/11/2020
Pandemic Hits Martha’s Vineyard Business Community Hard, Survey Finds

Vineyard businesses across the spectrum are hurting from the pandemic, a survey by the Martha's Vineyard Commission shows.

A survey of nearly 200 year-round and seasonal business owners on the Island found that the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the Vineyard business community hard, with a large majority of respondents saying they believed the pandemic would have a long-lasting, negative impact on the Island economy.

Best of the Vineyard is ready to begin. Martha's Vineyard Magazine will announce its popular readers' choice winners in ...
06/10/2020
Best of the Vineyard Winners Roll Out Starting Next Week

Best of the Vineyard is ready to begin. Martha's Vineyard Magazine will announce its popular readers' choice winners in a series of online events that begin June 15.

In lieu of its Best of the Vineyard Awards party, which was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine will announce the winners in a series of online events.

Chilmark voters go to the polls today.
06/10/2020
Chilmark Annual Town Election Is Wednesday

Chilmark voters go to the polls today.

Chilmark voters go the polls today to take action on two school spending questions and re-elect a selectman. Polls opened at noon and will close at 6 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.

Pandemic caused financial losses at the Island hospital too.
06/10/2020
Hospital Suffered Steep Financial Losses During Pandemic

Pandemic caused financial losses at the Island hospital too.

As key coronavirus public health metrics continue to decline, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has entered the second phase of its reopening plan, resuming most elective procedures and in-person critical care after a nearly three-month hiatus that caused deep financial losses for the facility.

A Vineyard Haven garage is a total loss after a fire Tuesday night.
06/10/2020
Fire Destroys Garage on West Spring Street Vineyard Haven

A Vineyard Haven garage is a total loss after a fire Tuesday night.

Tisbury firefighters quickly contained a fully involved garage fire in the West Spring street neighborhood Tuesday night. No one was injured and two dogs were safe.

Edgartown brings its outdoor dining policy to the finish line.
06/09/2020
Edgartown Adopts Policy for Outdoor Dining Downtown

Edgartown brings its outdoor dining policy to the finish line.

Edgartown restaurants can now officially apply to expand their outdoor dining capacity, after selectmen approved a policy Monday to allow seating areas on downtown sidewalks.

Unemployment hit an all-time high in Dukes County in April.
06/08/2020
Historic Jobless Rates Hit Islanders Hardest

Unemployment hit an all-time high in Dukes County in April.

Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics show double-digit unemployment across the state in April, and Dukes County is one of the hardest hit.

Foot traffic on summer passenger ferries is way down so far this year.
06/08/2020
Summer Passenger Ferries to the Vineyard Are Feeling the Pinch from Pandemic

Foot traffic on summer passenger ferries is way down so far this year.

Passenger ferries to Martha’s Vineyard have either delayed or curtailed summer service, cutting trips, limiting passengers, mothballing boats — and in one instance canceling the entire summer season — all as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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I have seen nothing in the Gazette about the “order and guidance” from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue stating that “short term [vacation] rentals” (31 days or less), as well as hotels/motels,guest houses, etc. may only rent to Covid-19 related renters (defined in the order), such as emergency personnel until the Massachusetts State of Emergency is lifted or the order is rescinded. This, as well as the current limitations on contractors, etc. seems to me an important news story for the Island in protecting itself And complying with state and local guidance.
We've subscribed to the print for years and it's by far our favorite newspaper. The literary quote at top of masthead is a joy. The Apr.3rd from Van Morrison made me cry because I picked the song for the mother son dance at their wedding. I was thinking of the Vineyard and all it's special memories for us. "Into the Mystic".
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Emergency housing need,, Town worker, male studio, 1 bedroom or just rent a room. Essential worker maybe for 😄ced to leave island.
Looking fro full time rental in Edgartown or Oak Bluff. Studio or room . ASAP working on Island