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New Energy for Vineyard Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program started on the Island in 1974 and has ranged in size over the years, pairing as many as 60 children with adult mentors. But the national organization was hit hard by the recession and seemed to fade from Vineyard consciousness.

Norton Point Breach Closing Benefits Birds, Shellfish

The closure of the Norton Point breach on Chappaquiddick after eight years will likely benefit oyster farms and shorebirds in one of the Island’s most pristine natural environments, several experts said this week.

Landmark Collaboration Helps Preserve Historic Tom's Neck Farm

The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank recently bought 31 acres of rare land at Tom's Neck Farm, the culmination of a complicated deal involving multiple sellers, local donors and a financing model that marks a first for the land bank.

Flipping the Switch: Gay Head Light Dimmed to Prepare for Move

At 10:33 a.m. Thursday, the automated double-cannon beacon installed in the Gay Head Light in 1989 stopped spinning and the iconic red-and-white signal went out. A temporary beacon has been installed nearby while the lighthouse is moved.

Island to Iditarod: Musher's Journey Began on the Vineyard

Jodi Bailey was born and raised in Vineyard Haven but now lives a continent away from her Island roots. She’s a professional dog musher based out of Chatanika, Alaska, about an hour north of Fairbanks, and completed her fourth Iditarod race last month — a race of more than 1,000 miles.

Crowds Turn Out to Say Bon Voyage to Gay Head Light

A steady stream of visitors on Saturday made one last visit to the Gay Head Light, which will soon be moved 190 feet from the eroding cliffs looking out toward Cuttyhunk and Rhode Island in the distance.

Menemsha Boathouse Is Dedicated

The U.S. Coast Guard formally opened its new boathouse in Menemsha Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Thar She Costs; Whaling History Preservation Is on Town Agenda

When Edgartown voters gather next week for their annual town meeting, preserving town history will be among the items on the agenda.

Chilmark Debates Whether to Allow Accessory Apartments

A zoning bylaw amendment that aims to allow strictly controlled accessory apartments for use as caregiver and affordable housing has begun to spark debate in Chilmark. The bylaw comes before voters at their annual town meeting April 27.

From Pauper to Penthouse, Bob Carroll Charged Through Life

Robert J. Carroll, the prominent Edgartown businessman, conservationist, raconteur and longtime Vineyard power player who was sometimes a lightning rod for controversy, died on March 31 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 90. A celebration of his life will be held at the Harbor View Hotel on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 4 p.m.