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A Writer's Life Needs Quiet and Community

A group of writers recently landed on Martha’s Vineyard to commit the remainder of May to honing their craft. Nine writers will live together and work on their poems, novels and other writing projects for two weeks as part of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts writer’s residency program.

Sitting Down at the Table for Change

Ali Berlow founded the Island Grown Initiative a decade ago, wrote The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse and was the founding editor and is still the co-publisher of Edible Vineyard. Her most recent book, The Food Activist’s Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community, was published earlier this month.

Respect and Balance Are Core Principles for New Police Chief

One day after his appointment as Edgartown police chief, David Rossi was already in full stride. On his first morning in the corner office, he had updated the department’s post office information, ordered new business cards and organized his desk.

Moving With the Flow, New Dance Studio Embraces Art of Free Expression

Sandy Stone-Benjamin fell in love with dance in the third grade, and later went on to perform with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Recently, she opened the Spindrift dance studio where she teaches modern dance, jazz, ballet and tap.

Songbirds of Spring: Minnesingers Are Back!

The high school Minnesingers have been busy preparing for this weekend’s spring concert, which features choreography set to music from Oscar nominated and winning films. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Gannon and Benjamin Launches Sleek New Design

The Gannon and Benjamin boatyard on the Vineyard Haven harbor was the scene of a festive launch Monday for a new design created by the venerable wooden boat yard. The Sheldrake is a gaff sloop daysailer and Nat Benjamin’s 85th original design.

Following Discovery of Rare Plant, Lead in Soil, Lighthouse Move Begins

After more than two years of planning, the Gay Head Light relocation project got under way early this week — and then encountered a new hurdle with the discovery of soil contaminated by lead. Permanently removing the contaminated soil is expected to cost about $600,000, but most of the soil is expected to be removed only temporarily.

Gallery Show Perfect Image of Artistic Collaboration

Photographer Alison Shaw and her wife and business partner have been guiding students through a nine-month advanced mentorship program.

David McCullough Flies Deep into Wright Brothers' Story

David McCullough, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and longtime resident of West Tisbury, has long been fascinated with mechanical flight. His newest book, to be released Tuesday, tells the story of Wright Brothers, a lesson in self-reliance, perseverance, family values and hard work.

Four-Day Wine Festival Takes Place This Weekend

The third annual Martha's Vineyard Wine Fest has events in downtown Edgartown for four days, May 7 through 10.