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Dear Dot: Where should I donate?

Dear Dot, One of my New Year’s resolutions is to donate to environmental causes. But where is my money best spent?  —Les, Tisbury Dear Les, When I was just a little Dot, McDonald’s restaurants offered a kit to host...

Dear Dot: Are carbon offsets a flight of fancy?

Dear Dot After almost two years of staying put during COVID, I flew to California to see friends and family on JetBlue. The captain proudly announced that Jet Blue had a carbon offset program so that...

Dear Dot: What’s the greenest Christmas Tree?

Dear Dot, I know the old fake Christmas trees are awful, made of petroleum products and the souls of children. But what about the new fakes, made of recycled plastic bottles? They’re good, right? —Max, Vineyard Haven Dear...

Dear Dot: Should I bother with solar panels?

Dear Dot, I was considering getting solar panels on my roof but with the approval of Vineyard Wind, should I bother? And how will Vineyard Wind affect my power bill?  Charlotte Duncan, Edgartown Dear Charlotte, Seems a number of...

Dear Dot: What to do about all our damn packaging?

Dear Dot, Is there any service on the island for recycling soft plastics? We get a lot of packages in the mail, and it would be an excellent thing to have somewhere to process all the...

Dear Dot: Can we give the leaf-blowers a vacation?

Dear Dot, My wife hates leaf blowers. I love them. Is there a solution that doesn’t involve divorce lawyers? DK, Vineyard Haven Dear DK, Ah the sounds of fall, when the squeals of osprey give way to the whine...

Dear Dot: Is there a wildlife-friendly way to get rid of mice?

Dear Dot, About 15 years ago my house sitter threw away all the mouse poison I had left around our barn and the outside of our home. She rightly pointed out that I was potentially killing...

Dear Dot: Can I assist migrating birds?

Dear Dot,  I’ve been enjoying the birds that are making their way south. Is there anything I can do to help make their trip better? Elle G., Vineyard Haven Dear Elle, Though the Vineyard tends to miss a lot...

Dear Dot: How should I clean my veggies?

Dear Dot, Do I need to purchase a special wash for fruits and vegetables, or is it enough to give them a good rinse with water?  Will Chilmark Dear Will, For many years, I made my own fruit and veggie...

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A Letter from the Editors of Bluedot Living

For a relative newcomer to Martha’s Vineyard it’s the ocean that dazzles. But spend any time here and you’ll realize that, to longtime Islanders,...

SLIDESHOW: The Art of The Great Ponds

For more great ponds art, join us at Bluedot's event: "The Art of Martha's Vineyard's Great Ponds."

What’s So Bad About … Pavement?

It’s easy to overlook that stuff beneath our feet and our vehicles. But reimagining our paved spaces can go a long way toward not...

Right at Home: The Sun People of Vineyard Haven

Emily and Steve Solarazza are really committed to solar power.  When I walk up to Steve and Emily Solarazza’s 600-square foot Vineyard Haven home on...