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Island Time, Feb. 14-17: Opportunity Knocking

February 14, 2019

There’s a breed of Vineyarder who prefers the winter over the summer. In fact, this species is quite populous. Sometimes it’s hard to identify one, as he or she may be covered in neoprene head to toe or swathed in fleece and wool. But they’re out there, enjoying the ocean and beach which, ironically, people […]

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Island Time, Feb. 7-10: Hope for the Flowers

February 7, 2019

Things are looking up. We have 10 hours of daylight. We hear a lot of garden-planning and seed-swapping talk on the street. (Yes, we hear other talk on the street, but we steer away from controversy.) We took advantage of the little warm-up this week to walk around the backyard, imagining where the new garden […]

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Island Time, January 31-Feb. 2: Catch a Boat

January 31, 2019

Around here we refer to our ferries as boats. As in, “I’m running late to get to the boat.” “I missed the boat.” And the always popular “The boats are not running.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the M/V Woods Hole, the M/V Island Home, the M/V Martha’s Vineyard or even the M/V Katama or […]

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Island Time, January 24-27: Winter or Not

January 24, 2019

Single-digit weather is nifty. Sea smoke hovers over breaking surf. Icicles the size of dinosaur teeth dangle from docks. But here’s the thing: It’s hard to do just about anything when the temperature is as low as five degrees and the windspeed as high as 30 mph as it was this past Monday. Even a glassy […]

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Island Time, January 17-20: Who’s There?

January 17, 2019

One day last year, naturalist Gus Ben David dropped by the Gazette office with an owlet in a pink plastic tub. It was a three-week-old great horned owl that had fallen out of a nest. Gus was charged with caring for it until it reached 16 weeks of age and could be released back into […]

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Island Time, January 10-12: Counting the Days

January 10, 2019

Lately, the evening light show has been fantastic. There is a moment when you look out the window and notice that the sky has turned a rather eerie yellow color. But soon it softens to a ripe peachy glow. You walk out into the street, or if you can, hop in your car and zip […]

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January 3: A Clean Slate

January 3, 2019

And so the story begins: Life on an island seven miles out to sea, circa 2019. At 12:00 a.m. Monday night, nothing changed and everything changed. That is the good news. We still have this beautiful, quirky, unique place we call home (whether we live here all year or for only part of it), and […]

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December 27 – 31: Six Things To Do This Holiday Weekend

December 30, 2018

Here we are at the bottom of 2018, with five days left until we reboot. While most of us may welcome 2019 with open arms, it’s nice to suspend real life for a few days during this extended holiday. We can think about goals and resolutions next week.   It will be a quiet weekend […]

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December 20: May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

December 20, 2018

At this point, every Who in Whoville is ready for some of those mocha eggnog breakfast buns at the ArtCliff Diner. Move over, Mr. Grinch. We need a break from the shopping and ugly sweater parties. Actually, we’d like a little more sunlight, too. But that’s coming; tomorrow is the shortest day of the year, […]

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December 13: Favorite Things

December 13, 2018

There are good things (thank you Martha Stewart) and favorite things (thank you Maria von Trapp), but no matter what you call them, we’ve got them. Last weekend’s parade and all of the Christmas in Edgartown festivities were only the start of a list of reasons why December is a wonderful time on the Vineyard. […]

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