The Island Food Pantry errs on the side of generosity

When the early October nor’easter canceled ferry service two days in a row, the Island Food Pantry panicked.  “We usually get a mountain of produce from Elio [Silva] at Vineyard Grocer,” Island Food Pantry executive director Kayte Morris told The Times. “They go [off-Island] to pick up produce from their distributor every Friday, and they […]

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State study: Opioid hospital visits down in 2017

The State House News Service reported Wednesday that opioid-related deaths and hospital visits in Massachusetts decreased slightly between 2016 and 2017 — the first decline since numbers were first tracked in 2010. Martha’s Vineyard also saw a decline in opioid-related deaths and hospital visits between those years, according to data gathered by Karen Casper, affiliated […]

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Island embraces Food Is Medicine state plan

If nutritious food prevents chronic disease and promotes long-term health, why shouldn’t it be included in our healthcare plans? That’s the notion behind Food Is Medicine, a Massachusetts coalition dedicated to increasing access to vital nutrition services for every community in the commonwealth.  The coalition, which stems from a team at the Center for Health […]

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From pain, dad starts addiction nonprofit

Alan Slatas doesn’t like the word “clean” to describe a person who’s battling addiction. “They’re not dirty if they’re using,” he said in an interview with The Times. “They’re human.” Alan’s daughter, Jillian Slatas, died from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl on Nov. 12, 2017. She was 26 years old. Slatas was halfway […]

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Marijuana shop faces pushback

It was all eyes on Patient Centric CEO Geoff Rose Thursday evening during a community outreach meeting at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Tisbury — the town where Rose is moving forward in his quest to obtain adult-use marijuana licensure on Martha’s Vineyard. The meeting fulfilled one of the many requirements set by the Cannabis […]

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Islanders rally against abortion bans

Islanders took to Five Corners Tuesday evening, joining thousands of Americans in protest of the restrictive abortion laws in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri. “I did this in the ’70s,” said Ellen O’Brien of Oak Bluffs. So did Maggie and Gene Shreve of Vineyard Haven. “This was the most important thing for […]

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Island Intervention Center releases pilot-year review

Islanders in crisis — be it mental health or substance use — have a safe, quiet, private, and professional place to call home on Martha’s Vineyard. The Island Intervention Center (IIC), a subgroup of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), funded by the state Department of Mental Health, opened its doors in July 2017. Nearly two […]

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