Monday, April 29, 2013
A 45-year-old Connecticut man who allegedly told Steamship Authority workers he had a bomb in his car was arrested last night and held with no bail, according to Falmouth police.
Updated 10:10 a.m.: Falmouth police now say the suspect's name was misspelled in the initial report. His name is Krzysztof Malz. A Connecticut motorist headed for Martha's Vineyard Sunday night wound up in jail on the Cape instead after allegedly telling Steamship Authority workers he had a bomb in his car, according to an announcement released this morning by Falmouth Police Capt. Douglas DeCosta: On Sunday night (April 28) a male subject preparing to board the 9:45 pm Steamship Authority vessel to Martha's Vineyard claimed he had a bomb in his vehicle during a security screening. The vehicle was searched and no bomb was located. The operator was then placed under arrest for the bomb threat. At about 9:30 pm on Sunday, personnel from the …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The mystery of red tide has been unlocked by recent research funded by NOAA.
Sunday, April 14
New research on harmful algal blooms or “red tide” and at-sea and dockside testing protocols funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will allow for fishermen to harvest ocean quahogs and surf clams on Georges Bank for the first time in more than 20 years, announced the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Wednesday. It is estimated the Georges Bank fishery can produce up to 1 million bushels of surf clams and ocean quahogs a year, valued $10 - 15 million annually. “There is a billion dollars’ worth of shellfish product on Georges Bank that is property of the United States but that can't be harvested because of the threat of toxicity, and 99.9% of the time, it is good wholesome product,” said Dave Wallace of North …
Friday, March 15, 2013
"Visitors can expect a train leaving South Station on Friday nights and round-trip trains leaving Saturday and Sunday mornings and returning at the end of each day," according to the website for the new CapeFlyer service between Boston and Hyannis.
Memorial Day weekend will see the return of Boston-Cape Cod rail service after more than 20 years, according to an announcement from the Steamship Authority. The new CapeFlyer train, an extension of the MBTA, will make a stop at Buzzards Bay, where Steamship Authority passengers can board a connecting bus to Woods Hole. The final stop is downtown Hyannis, where Hy-Line passengers can catch their boats to the Vineyard (beginning May 4) and Nantucket. According to the website capeflyer.com, the schedule and fares will be posted "soon" for weekend service through Labor Day: "Visitors can expect a train leaving South Station on Friday nights and round-trip trains leaving Saturday and Sunday mornings and returning at the end of each day." …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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 …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The ferry Nantucket is expected to return to service tonight at 8 p.m., according to the Steamship Authority.
Friday, February 22
A travel advisory from the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority: The M/V Nantucket is out of service due to repairs requiring the vessel to be dry docked. The freight vessel M/V Sankaty will be replacing the M/V Nantucket for its scheduled trips until Friday February 22 at 8:00pm. During this time period there will be limited passenger capacity and amenities on these trips. The M/V Nantucket is scheduled to resume service on Friday, February 22 at 8:00pm. 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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The freight boat is taking over scheduled trips for the M/V Nantucket through Friday at the earliest, according to the Steamship Authority. The 10:45 a.m. trips from Vineyard Haven on Thursday and Friday will be freight only.
Wednesday, February 20
The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority issued the following announcement at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday: The M/V Nantucket will be out of service due to repairs requiring the vessel to be dry docked through at least Friday. The freight vessel M/V Sankaty will be replacing the M/V Nantucket for its scheduled trips starting on Wednesday February 20th at 2:45pm. There will be limited passenger capacity and amenities on these trips. As a result of the vessel switch, the 10:45am Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole trips for Thursday February 21st and Friday February 22nd will be designated as “Hazardous” trips and will not be available for vehicle or walk on passengers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. …
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…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket is expected to resume Sunday morning, according to the Steamship Authority.
The Steamship AUthority issued the following bulletin by email and on its website at 7:57 p.m. Saturday: Based on the latest forecast, the Steamship Authority expects service to resume on Sunday for Martha's Vineyard at 6:00am and at 9:15am for Nantucket. The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check the Authority’s website for further updates. Our web site is at http://www.steamshipauthority.com Current Conditions may be viewed at http://www.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/OpsInfo.cfm Source: Steamship Authority Related coverage: Stay Patched in this winter! 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 …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The cutting-edge expedition will contribute to the study of the earth's climate.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
By WHOI Media Office - A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers and how these variations are related to shifts in rainfall patterns around the planet. The research voyage is part of a multi-year mission, dubbed the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS), which will deploy multiple instruments in different regions of the ocean. The new data also will help calibrate the salinity measurements NASA's Aquarius instrument has been collecting from space since August 2011. SPURS scientists aboard the research vessel Knorr leave Sept. 6 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The first one in the written record was spotted by a white man, a sailor named John Josselyn, in 1641: a “sea serpent or snake that lay quoiled up like a cable upon a rock at Cape Ann”. Indians on the spot advised him and his mates not to kill it.
Listen, I know it’s improbable, just like sightings of old Nessie in Loch Ness sound absurd to those who’ve never seen her. Sea serpents, if they exist, apparently live so submerged and so sensitive to man-made machinery, they only reveal themselves on the rarest of occasions. When one does, however, surface, and the chance bystander spies it, that poor schmegeggie of an eye-witness is so shocked when he tells us about it, we believe him just because he’s ripped out of his skull with honest disbelief. . . . wouldn't you be? Consider this dispatch from the editor of the Vineyard Gazette, in 1860, vouching for a certain captain’s “truthfulness and aversion to exaggeration” (we well know this kind of acerbic Yankee: “It was about seventy …