A Letter from the Editor of Bluedot Living


Hello Readers,

Do you have a favorite tree on the Vineyard? New contributor Tessa Permar introduces us to Brian Kelley, who photographs “Champion” trees around the country (including several here on the Island) in order to raise awareness about protecting them. (And should they have the same legal rights as people? Constitutional law professor Jack Fruchtman weighs in.) 

With spring, we celebrate Earth Day — Saturday, April 27 — with an Island-wide beach cleanup and party at the Museum, organized by Vineyard Conservation Society. On Sunday, May 19, the Island’s Climate Action Plan folks host the annual Climate Action Fair at the Ag Hall from noon to 4 pm. Stop by the Bluedot Living table and say hi!

Do you find yourself confused about what distinguishes Vineyard Power from Vineyard Wind? Check out our sponsored article from Vineyard Power about what this Island organization dedicated to a renewable energy future is all about. 

It’s Bluedot’s third birthday! We just got some very welcome gifts from the New England Newspaper Publishers Association (NENPA): We were named finalists for two Sam Moore stories — Social Issues Features (What’s So Bad About Coffee?), and Environmental Reporting (Secrets of the Salt Marshes); Serious Columnist (Laura Roosevelt’s Garden to Table series). Our website (produced by Kelsey Perrett and Alison L. Mead) came in second in New England for Best Overall Website. And we won the top prizes for Tara Kenny’s illustration of seasonal wild fish in our waters that accompanied our Wild Caught story. That Bluedot Kitchen story, by Catherine Walthers (with photos by Sheny Leon), won first place for “Best Food Section.” 

Our inaugural issue of Martha’s Vineyard Green Guide won first place for Overall Design and Presentation (Tara Kenny and Whitney Multari). And Bluedot Living Martha’s Vineyard won the overall top prize (General Excellence), a product of hard work by the staff above, all our regular contributors, and other staff (senior writer Leslie Garrett, associate editors Lucas Thors and Julia Cooper, copy editor Laura Roosevelt,  director of sales Josh Katz, CEO Ray Pearce, and founder and president Victoria Riskin.)

We appreciate all your support and ideas and contributions over the last three years. 

Thank you!

Jamie Kageleiry

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Jamie Kageleiry
Jamie Kageleiry
Jamie Kageleiry, vice president of publishing operations at Bluedot Living, LLC, is the former associate publisher of the MVTimes Company (and an editor at Edible Vineyard and Arts & Ideas Magazines), and the former editor in chief of Martha's Vineyard Magazine. She has written on subjects ranging from baseball to brain science; car-free travel, and tree climbing for various regional and national publications, including Yankee Magazine and the Boston Globe.
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