December 17, 2014
Hours changed to accommodate training of new staff

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced new hours for the months of December and January at the Nantucket Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). 

During December 2014 and January 2014, the Nantucket Branch at 16 Broad Street will open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, weather-permitting. In December the hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in January the hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nantucket branch will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24.

December 15, 2014
2007: CG medevacs sub crewman. 2007: Erica Chase catches a break

1976: The 641-foot oil tanker runs aground, sinks on Nantucket Shoals

Miles off course, it dumped 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil in the sea

December 9, 2014
95 mph wind gusts in Nantucket Sound

2005: Wind gusts regularly hit 50 to 60 miles per hour

Gusts at Cape Wind site registered 95 mph

On this day in 2005, thousands remained without power on Cape Cod after an epic blizzard swept up the East Coast 24 hours earlier.

November 19, 2014
1994: Two planes crash on Cape Cod, killing both pilots

1820: Moby Dick and the White Whale REALLY happened

And it happened to a Nantucket whaling ship named the Essex

On this day in 1820, the whaling ship Essex on a two-and-a-half year voyage out of Nantucket was repeatedly rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific.

November 18, 2014
2006: Martha's Vineyard tops Nantucket for Island Cup fourth year straight. 2009: The game canceled for lack of funds

1914: Mysterious Warship refused to answer signals

On this day in 1914 only three months after the start of World War I, which began after the assassination in Sarajevo in June of 1914 of  Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Bosnian Serb, a strange unidentified warship was cruising off the Lower Cape coast.

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November 17, 2014
1851: "Moby-Dick" published. 2003: Favorable SJC ruling on gay marriage for Orleans couple

1851: "Moby-Dick", the White Whale, published

Novel was based on a true Nantucket whaling ship rammed by a whale

November 15, 2014
2006: Christopher McCowen found guilty

1676 - 1st colonial prison organized

Introduction of whaling brought crime to Nantucket

On this day in 1676 Nantucket Island's local authorities hired William Bunker to establish the first prison in the America colonies. For every year Bunker serves as a prison warden for Nantucket's rowdiest citizens, the court agrees to pay him "foeur pounds, halfe in wheat, the other in other graine."

November 9, 2014
71-foot fishing vessel Olivia Catherine safely reaches New Bedford

Coast Guard saves fishing boat from sinking near Nantucket

The Coast Guard reports that it helped four fishermen, Saturday, when their boat started flooding about 25 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

November 9, 2014
Marijuana and more than $14,000 in cash seized

NANTUCKET - A 24-year-old Nantucket man faces marijuana distribution charges following his arrest Friday night. According to a Massachusetts State Police (MSP) release, Trooper Kevin Bates pulled over a driver in a 2014 GMC 1500 pickup truck on Sparks Avenue for operating without lights.

The driver, Matthew Fry of Nantucket, was arrested following the discovery of an undisclosed quantity of marijuana. Trooper Bates also seized $14,000 in cash, according to the release.

October 31, 2014
1960: Nixon optimistic on Election day

1960: "Country to 'start moving again' Kennedy says, defense advances supersonic bomber, Nixon optimism"

On this day in 1960, a New York Times story began:

"Senator John F. Kennedy called on Americans [yesterday] to tell the world in the election on Nov. 8 that 'this country is going to start moving again.'"

October 26, 2014
Whaling made Provincetown the richest town per capita in Massachusetts

1660: Our Early Whaling Industry

It made Provincetown the richest town per capita in Massachusetts

The New York Times in October of 1894 reported on the first whaler from Cape Cod.

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September 25, 2014
Twenty-year-old in the spotlight with a Billboard #1, Ellen appearance and Dancing with the Stars feature

If you turned on the radio or walked into any shop or restaurant this summer you heard it pulsing from the speakers.  "All About That Bass"--one of those songs with a killer hook that worms its way into your head, wasn't only this summer's anthem of sorts--it was the creation of a very talented Cape Codder.

This catchy tune about curvy girls, jetted its way to the top of the iTunes Charts this summer and held steady alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

September 19, 2014
Nobody saw it coming, and Hitler blew it off the front page

1938: The surprise hurricane

New England's worst and America's fifth worst

On this day in 1938, I was looking out the front window of my parent's home on Route 6 in Woodbury, Conn. as one by one the eight giant elm trees in front of our yard were blown over like twigs by the worst hurricane New England ever experienced.

And my home was 22 miles from the nearest salt water in Long Island Sound.

September 13, 2014
Albi crewman rescued, transported to Cape Cod Hospital

Coast Guard rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a 64-year-old man 90 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Friday.

Watchstanders at the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received notification at 10:36 a.m. from a crewmember on the fishing vessel Albi that a man onboard was suffering from chest pains, numb limbs, and dizziness. He did not have his prescribed blood pressure medication.

Due to the fishing vessel's distance from a hospital, the 1st Coast Guard District Flight Surgeon recommended a medevac.

August 14, 2014
1971: Where the tennis buffs roam

1971: Truro and the Kahns of Cape Cod

August 12, 2014
1983: Twenty Spanish sailors rescued

1635: Mammoth hurricane pounded colonial villages, swept Cape

Pilgrims are nearly wiped out, seventeen Indians drown

he winds whipped up to 130 mph, snapping pine trees like Pick-up- Stix and blowing houses into oblivion. A surge of water, 21 feet high at its crest, engulfed victims as they desperately scurried for higher ground.

The merciless storm, pounding the coast for hours with torrential sheets of rain, was like nothing ever seen before. One observer predicted the damage would linger for decades.

August 9, 2014
40' sailboat sank after taking on water Friday morning

A Coast Guard Station Brant Point crew rescued four sailors from the water after their 40-foot sailing vessel sank in Nantucket Harbor, Massachusetts, Friday.

The sailors notified the Nantucket harbormaster via VHF radio that they had come into contact with another vessel and were taking on water in Nantucket Harbor at about 10:50 a.m.

A Station Brant Point 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew already underway, immediately diverted, rescued the four sailors from the water, and safely returned them to Station Brant Point.

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July 31, 2014
1818: Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, born today on Nantucket

1990: The Tom Sawyer of the animal world

New York Times extols Sandwich and its famous varmint

This week in 1990, the New York Times wrote a glowing report on our oldest town;

July 24, 2014
1956: The Andrea Doria sinks off Nantucket. 1969: Four hundred disadvantaged children heading for a Cape holiday

1914: High winds cause Cape Cod's sand dunes to be compared to a desert sand storm

On this day in 1914, a wire service story read across America, touted the Cape's sand dunes.

Curiously, the same story goes on to tell readers about a performance of the opera Faust in Hyannis by players from the Imperial Italian Grand Opera Company. And you thought your Cape Cod great-grandparents weren't sophisticated. A copy of the wire story is below.

July 16, 2014
1937: Steamship strike ends as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard threaten to secede. 1988: Park may remove dune shacks

1988: Removal of Cape Cod Shacks Is Considered

18 of the structures are in serious disrepair

On this date in 1988, the AP reported that the National Park Service says it may remove rustic cottages it owns on the windswept dunes of outer Cape Cod between Provincetown and Truro. In the warm-weather months, the park service rents the shacks to people who do not mind doing without electricity, indoor plumbing and other modern conveniences.

July 12, 2014
1962: JFK here for a long weekend with Jackie and the children. 1963: John-John greets dad at Otis

1846: Fire nearly destroys Nantucket Town

Burning whale oil created "a sea of fire."

On this day in 1846, a fire began in a hat store on Nantucket's Main Street. In no time, it raced through town, consuming everything in its path. Barrels of whale oil were stored on the wharves; when the fire reached them, they burst into flames.

July 3, 2014
It's like sailing on a private yacht

Visiting New England islands in a Blount small ship

It's like sailing on a private yacht

If you're tired of being one of the herd on the big traditional cruise ships, we recommend you check out Blount small ship adventures and get a taste of being treated like one of the family.

We just returned from a week-long cruise of New England islands with Blount, and discovered that it's a great way to visit a half-dozen islands and seaports with this local, Rhode Island cruise line.

June 23, 2014
Featuring Ben Taylor, Entrain, Ayla Brown and many more!

The inaugural Nantucket Music Festival is set for August 2-3 at Tom Nevers Field.

Come see acts including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Guster, Steel Pulse, Donovan Frankenreiter, Chadwick Stokes, Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R., Ayla Brown, Ben Taylor, Entrain, Freddy Clarke and many local Nantucket bands!

To purchase tickets visit nantucketmusicfestival.com.

For VIP and sponsor information contact info@nantucketmusicfestival.com

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June 21, 2014
1912: "Old Home Week' celebrated in Harwich. 2007: Feds arrest 18 Nantucket migrant workers

1912: When tourism was a much simpler matter

Cottages and hotels filling up - Harwich Old-Home Week

On this day in 1912 the newspapers carried a story about how Harwich was preparing to attract and greet that summer's visitors.

The wire story below reveals the plans for that year's festivities and describes the Pleasant Lake area of Harwich as most popular with a resort and five "lakes" (we call them ponds) with plentiful perch, black bass and pickerel fishing.