Thursday, March 7, 2013
The first of three high tides in this ocean storm forced the cancellation of the Chappy Ferry and swamped parts of downtown Edgartown.
Chappy Ferry service was suspended Thursday morning as the first of three stormy high tides battered the coastline with waves and wind. Rain became heavy as the tide ebbed, and by midmorning the precipitation appeared to be changing to wet snow in Edgartown. For updates on Chappy and Steamship Authority ferry service and other storm-related news, please see our Martha's Vineyard Storm Center: March 7-8, 2013. In this video recorded shortly after high tide Thursday morning, you can see the Memorial Wharf and Edgartown Yacht Club public parking lots under water as waves lap against the side of the Seafood Shanty. Click here to see a video of the approaching storm in Menemsha, East Chop and Oak Bluffs Wednesday afternoon. Two more high tides …
Cancellations, road closures and other storm-related information: As news becomes available, we post it here. Add your observations in the comments section and feel free to share photos and videos from this ocean storm.
Updated 1:15 p.m. - The Chappy Ferry is running and according to a Facebook update, "Ferry co-owner Peter Wells does NOT anticipate having to shut down again at the time of the evening high tide." As expected, Beach Road has been closed between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. The Steamship Authority reports on its website that all Martha's Vineyard-Woods Hole trips are operating as scheduled. Updated 8:45 a.m. - The Steamship Authority has canceled the following freight trips this morning: M/V SANKATY 8:30AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven M/V SANKATY 9:45AM Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole Updated 7:30 a.m. with this status update from Chappy Ferry on Facebook: Because of flooding around the slips, the Chappy ferry has stopped running -- except for …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Vineyard Gazette's Mark Alan Lovewell reports the discovery of a dead dolphin on Chappaquiddick that, according to a marine expert from the New England Aquarium, is not one of the two common dolphins spotted swimming in Chappy waters last week.
"It's nature's way, of course. Still, we're glad this poor fellow isn't one of the two we got to know last week down at the Dike Bridge," commented the Chappy Ferry Facebook page Monday, referring to a report by the Vineyard Gazette's Mark Alan Lovewell. Click here to read Lovewell's Gazette story, Dead Dolphin Washes Ashore, Unrelated to Chappy Pair. You may also be interested in Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start a blog and share your views.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Celebrating his new CD, West Tisbury singer-songwriter Alex Karalekas headlined an evening of Island talent at the Chilmark Community Center Friday. How many local musicians can you recognize in our 30-second video?
More than 50 music lovers young and old turned out for Friday night's "Pot Luck Jam" at the Chilmark Community Center. Organized by West Tisbury singer-songwriter Alex Karalekas, who released a new CD as part of the event, the evening began with Kevin Keaty of Chappaquiddick reciting a Robert Frost poem and performing his Chappy Ferry theme song. Other performers who came out for the event included the duos of Dan Waters and Al Shackman and Anthony Esposito and Katrina Nevin, pianist David Stanwood — who brought an upright around the corner from the Chilmark Tavern to the Community Center, where he touched up the tuning before the evening began — and Karalekas himself. Pot luck dishes on the long table in the lobby offered something for …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Did you see how far the tide went out on Sunday and Monday? Have you ever seen it so low on Martha's Vineyard?
The Cape and Islands saw midday tides fall to what the Chappy Ferry Facebook page called "nearly historic lows" Sunday and Monday. In Edgartown Monday afternoon, Fuller and Lighthouse beaches were high and dry, with a bathtub ring of rocks and a string of sandbars. "The tide went out and stayed out," posted Woods Hole radio station WCAI on its Facebook page, along with a NOAA chart showing the dramatic change between Saturday's ebb and that of the following two days. Posting on its Facebook page, the Woods Hole Inn called it "an epic low tide." Chappy Ferry had no explanation: "This was supposed to be a regular half-moon low tide. We didn't really have a storm surge during the gale of the previous day." Can anyone answer the question: What…