05.01.10

1985:- Bass were excluded from the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby (continued for seven years).- Cable TV came to the Vineyard.

1986- Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission was created.

1987- Wampanoag Tribe gained federal recognition.

1988- Tisbury didn’t renew moped rental licenses for businesses in Vineyard Haven; Oak Bluffs renewed theirs without public discussion.

09.01.09

Every September and October, thousands of fishermen descend on the Island to participate in the annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. You pay your fee and are handed a baseball cap and a badge with a registration number. Many of us who fish the Derby have hats that are strewn with badges from prior years, with anything more than a handful representing a respectable commitment to the event – a badge in and of itself.

Kathleen F. Wright

08.01.09

The history of first families on Martha’s Vineyard.

08.01.08

It’s sunny, it’s dry, it’s summer, and anyone who is not on a beach, in a boat, or regrettably, at work this afternoon is here at the harborfront. The quiet, gray harbor of the winter past is ancient history. No snow beanies sit atop the pier posts. No ice chunks corral the ducks into scant pools of bathwater. We’re sporting our skimpy clothes and celebrity shades. We’re cramming the open-air drinking holes and eateries, sucking in salt air, shellfish, and beer.

Shelley Christiansen

08.01.08

One hundred and forty-five years ago, the toughest crewman aboard the Holmes Hole whaling ship America attacked the mate with a knife. But this confrontation led to an even more shocking incident, as the crewman revealed that he was a she.

Tom Dunlop

05.01.08

I do not ask for much in life (and friends of mine say that sometimes it shows), but this springtime I do ask why the Vineyard staged Jaws Fest, the all-Island hullabaloo over the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Jaws three summers ago, but – at press time anyway – shows no sign whatsoever that it’s going to hold a Jaws 2 Fest to honor the 1978 release of the first of the three sequels to follow it.

Tom Dunlop

04.01.08

Matt Taylor knew he wanted to be a filmmaker from the start. “I could have told you that when I was eight,” he says. He was a decent student and a pretty fair athlete growing up – he played baseball, basketball, and he swam. But “people in the Boston area are so rabid about sports,” even high-school sports, he says. “It wasn’t fun for me.” All he wanted to do was tell stories and make movies. But in Bridgewater back in the early 1980s, there was no one to show him how.

Tom Dunlop

09.01.07

Just thirty years ago, the Vineyard and neighboring islands voted to secede from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mike Seccombe

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