Students pitch in for Zero Waste Week

Clothing designer Angela Sison offered multicolor threads, buttons, and slender needles from a flower pincushion to students at the West Tisbury School during their half-hour WIN (What I Need) period. She taught them how to sew buttons onto fabric, how to mend a tear, and how to sew a running stitch. The workshop was one […]

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Marijuana host agreements under federal review

A number of Massachusetts municipalities received subpoenas from the state seeking information about the marijuana companies they host, according to a Boston Globe report. The federal investigation, led by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, aims to crack down on local corruption within the nascent industry. While West Tisbury and Tisbury are in talks with marijuana […]

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Emergency preparedness talk kicks off climate solutions library series

West Tisbury emergency management director Russell Hartenstine posed four questions to a group of about 30 people at the Oak Bluffs library Saturday afternoon:    Are you registered to receive emergency alerts from your town? What is your shelter plan? Do you have an evacuation route? And what is your communication plan?   Hartenstine took […]

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Michelle Obama surprises students at the Edgartown library

Every day after school, a group of students from the Edgartown School walk next door to the town library for afterschool programming. But Friday was an afternoon for the books. At around 4 pm, Michelle Obama showed up. “We were going about our normal business, and then a woman walked in and said, ‘Who would […]

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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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Patient Centric partners with cannabis giant Acreage Holdings

Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, the Island’s first and only licensed marijuana establishment, has ties to one of the largest cannabis operators in the U.S. — New York–based Acreage Holdings. The partnership went into effect November 2018. “When I first started this effort, I did have local individuals who were lenders to Patient Centric,” CEO […]

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