January 2022

January 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Footage shows Nantucket underwater as winter storm lashes New England
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Dramatic footage taken from the Nantucket Dreamland Theatre shows most of downtown Nantucket underwater while Keenan, the latest northeaster, battered the island this January.

Kayakers could be seen in front of Young's Bycicle shop, while dramatic footage of Broad Street shoiwed most buildings under water....

February 2022

February 2022 by Aheb Ceely

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The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will reopen their Whaling Museum on Broad Street this Tuesday, February 1. On that date, the Whaling Museum will be offering free admission for the year-round community and visitors.

Daily in-person interpretive programming will return to the Whaling Museum this year after a hiatus during the pandemic. Interpretive programming includes The Essex Gam, which retells the tragedy of the whale ship Essex that was stove by a whale in 1820 in the Pacific Ocean, and The Hunt a program that explores what it was like to live aboard a whale ship and hunt for whales during the 19th century. The Perkin Fund generously supports museum interpretive programming.

March 2022

March 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Steamship Fast Ferry Returns March 30, 2023
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The Steamship Authority's fast ferry, the Iyanough, is set to return to service next Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

The boat line intends to celebrate by offering complimentary food and beverages to anyone who rides aboard the Iyanough that day, and passengers will also have a chance to win a high-speed ferry round-trip ticket for two on each trip...

April 2022

April 27th, 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Red Sox Owner John Henry Buys Waterfront Estate On Nantucket
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Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry bought a $25 million waterfront estate on Nantucket in the Shimmo neighborhood.

Henry, who is also the principal owner of The Boston Globe and the Liverpool Football Club, is expected to close on an abutting property at 48 Shimmo Pond Road that could bring the total value of the two acquisitions to approximately $35 to $38 million, according to public records...

April 2022

April 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2022
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The 46th Annual Daffodil Show by the Nantucket Garden Club was held in the greenhouses at Bartlett’s Farm on Saturday, April 23 from 2-5pm & Sunday, April 24 from 10am to 4pm. This year’s theme is “Island Treasures.”

Fiurther events during the festival included the Antique Cars & Motorcycles parade on Saturday, April 23. The Tailgate Picnic in Sconset is from 12 noon to 3pm., and the Dog Parade at Children's beach...

May 2022

May 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Nantucket Wine Festival, May 18-22, 2022
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The Nantucket Wine Festival returned to the island for the first time in three years on May 18-22, 2022. One of the highlights was the Harbor Gala, held on Thursday at the White Elephant hotel, featuring wines from around the world and food from restaurants on Nantucket and across the region.

Some of the most memorable events were "the James Bond Collection", where attendees were encouraged to pair a particular James Bond actor with the wine. Further, the sold out event "Dammes Dejeuner" feature pretigious femal vintners and chefs from around the world. Truly spectacular...

June 2022

June 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Nantucket Book Festival, June 16-19, 2022
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The 10th anniversary Nantucket Book Festival took place June 16-19, 2022 where for four days authors interacted with the audience, special events highlighted distinguished authors, and in the "local author tent", locals interacted with the attendees. Sponsored by the Nantucket Book Foundation.

Authors participating in the festival included Louise Penny, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Alice Hoffman, James McBride, Azar Nafisi, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow and local authors including Steve Sheppard, Jim Sulzer and Nancy Thayer...

July 2022

July 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Historic Hotel, the Veranda House, totally destroyed by Fire.
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A trash fire under the porch of the hotel, burned down the historic Veranda House inn on Nantucket in July 2022, firefighters said Monday.

The massive fire at the iconic hotel, which was built in 1684, was most likely caused by “improper disposal of smoking materials,” officials said in a news release...

A joint investigation by the Nantucket Fire Department, Nantucket Police Department, and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit determined that the fire began under the front porch where hotel trash was stored, the release said.

August 2022

August 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Dozen of Sharks sighted in Nantucket Sound
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Nantucket's harbormaster said the number of shark sightings around the popular vacation destination have "just exploded" in recent days.

In the last week, Harbormaster Shelia Lucey said the island has seen 43 shark sightings. That includes a rare sighting of a hammerhead shark off Ladies Beach on the island's southern shore.

September 2022

September 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Nantucket Coast Guard rescues passenger from Queen Mary
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The Coast Guard airlifted an 82-year-old passenger from the cruise ship Queen Mary II 85 miles southeast of Nantucket this week.

A Coast Guard Air MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Station in Cape Cod crew launched, safely hoisted and transferred the passenger to Hanscom Air Force Base to be taken by ambulance to Mass General Hospital in Boston....

October 2022

October 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Nantucket Scallop Harvest hits new lows, 3,500 bushels
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Nantucket bay scalloping, once a thriving industry, seems to be in a continue decline according to J.C. Johnson, town shellfish constable. Just days after commercial scalloping season came to a close, it was reported that fishermen brought inaround 3,500 bushels of scallops last season, making the season’s harvest one of the lowest ever...

November 2022

November 2022 by Aheb Ceely

Presiden Biden & Jill Biden Thanksgiving Weelkend
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In 2022, for the second straight year, President Biden and his family will spent Thanksgiving in Nantucket at the home of private-equity billionaire David Rubenstein.

Joe Biden, his wife Jill, and other family members were set to fly to the upscale Massachusetts island on Air Force One later Tuesday and remain there until Sunday, the White House confirmed over the weekend....

December 2022 - Stroll

December 2022 Aheb Ceely

48th Nantucket Christmas Stroll
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On a rainy Nantucket December weekend, and in spite of the high winds that threaten the traditional Nantucket Christmas Stroll, thousands of visitors could not stay away from the island to celebrate the 48th annual Christmas Stroll.

Visitors were on hand to watch Santa's arrival by fire truck, listen to carolers and other entertainment on Main Street, while browsing for keepsakes at two craft shows and a Christmas marketplace. This annual tradition, with the spectacular Nantucket Historical Society Festival of Trees at the whaling museum, proved to be a truly wonderful experience for children and adults alike...

December 2022

December 9th, 2022 Aheb Ceely

Town Leaders React To AG's Approval Of Topless Beaches Bylaw
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Just 24 hours after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved Nantucket's bylaw to allow anyone to go topless on island beaches, the Select Board discussed the new bylaw that hasshaken the Nantucket community.

Many town residents commented atthe open Town meeting about the new regulations. The concensus was that the enw regulations will have little or no impoact on the island. As it was pointed out by one resident, "We have had a naked beach for years, and frankly hardly anyone has noticed".

The town release a statement hours after Haely's decision stating "residents and visitors, when exercising their rights under the new bylaw, to abide by stipulations in the amendment. We ask everyone to be patient and respectful as the island adapts to this first-of-its-kind bylaw in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."...

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