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January 22, 2012 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's almost a rule of screwball comedy: The person you can't stand at first inevitably grows into a confidant or even a mate. Though they didn't become quite that friendly, playwright Molly Smith Metzler and one Martha's Vineyard trophy wife got close enough for comfort — and so simpatico that the woman became a major character in Smith Metzler's play, "Elemeno Pea," which opens Feb. 3 at South Coast Repertory. Smith Metzler, a middle-class native of sleepy Kingston, N.Y., had traveled to the Vineyard on a post-collegiate lark in the early aughts with the vague notion of gathering material for a newly hatched playwriting career.
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August 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
  This was the moment Matt Connelly had waited years for: the sudden yank on the line, the violent tug that dragged him to the edge of the boat and nearly into the cold Atlantic. After 90 exhausting minutes, the battle was over. Connelly and his crew mates peered down at the massive fish beside their 29-foot boat, Rogue Angel. They pulled out a tape measure to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them. Finally, convinced the fish was big enough to haul in, they gaffed it, guessing its weight at 275 pounds.
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July 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama won't be spending his summer vacation in the well-heeled haven of Martha's Vineyard as he has done for the last three years, according to sources familiar with the White House decision. The Obama team isn't supplying a reason for the decision not to go to the island -- a convenient and security-friendly place for presidents to visit that is better known by the rest of the country as a playground for the privileged. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2012 | By Tina Susman
EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- A gander through Chappaquiddick - "Chappy" to locals - speaks to the island's bucolic flavor. The sign outside a tiny market reads, "The only store on Chappy," and it isn't kidding. A "Lost peacocks" notice is tacked to the board outside the community center, posted by a woman whose birds wandered off. A small ferry with limited hours is the only regular link to the rest of Edgartown, with its big-aisle grocery stores, pricey restaurants and tourists crowding the narrow streets.
NEWS
July 18, 1999 | RONALD J. OSTROW and JOHN J. GOLDMAN and PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rescuers desperately scoured the ocean off Martha's Vineyard into the night Saturday in the fading hope that they might find John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister after the single-engine plane he was piloting disappeared and plunged into the Atlantic en route here. The son of the slain 35th president of the United States, a relatively inexperienced pilot, had planned to stop briefly on the island before heading on to nearby Cape Cod for a family wedding scheduled for Saturday.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2012 | By Tina Susman
EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- A gander through Chappaquiddick - "Chappy" to locals - speaks to the island's bucolic flavor. The sign outside a tiny market reads, "The only store on Chappy," and it isn't kidding. A "Lost peacocks" notice is tacked to the board outside the community center, posted by a woman whose birds wandered off. A small ferry with limited hours is the only regular link to the rest of Edgartown, with its big-aisle grocery stores, pricey restaurants and tourists crowding the narrow streets.
NATIONAL
August 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
  This was the moment Matt Connelly had waited years for: the sudden yank on the line, the violent tug that dragged him to the edge of the boat and nearly into the cold Atlantic. After 90 exhausting minutes, the battle was over. Connelly and his crew mates peered down at the massive fish beside their 29-foot boat, Rogue Angel. They pulled out a tape measure to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them. Finally, convinced the fish was big enough to haul in, they gaffed it, guessing its weight at 275 pounds.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | ART BUCHWALD
It seems almost certain that Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for senator from New York. What is not certain is where she will spend the summer with her family. It is a rule of national politics that you are judged not by where you spent your life, but where you take your vacation. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Hillary will have to sunbathe in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993
Didn't we all have a wonderful vacation in August--when Congress was adjourned and President Clinton was at Martha's Vineyard? BILL MILES Mission Viejo
NEWS
August 28, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton bet on a golf game Friday, but a sudden rainstorm mitigated his gamble. As a result, Martha's Vineyard remains U.S. territory. The president, who has played golf this week with bankers and college friends, was joined by royalty Friday. The competition was Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was visiting friends in New England.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama won't be spending his summer vacation in the well-heeled haven of Martha's Vineyard as he has done for the last three years, according to sources familiar with the White House decision. The Obama team isn't supplying a reason for the decision not to go to the island -- a convenient and security-friendly place for presidents to visit that is better known by the rest of the country as a playground for the privileged. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's almost a rule of screwball comedy: The person you can't stand at first inevitably grows into a confidant or even a mate. Though they didn't become quite that friendly, playwright Molly Smith Metzler and one Martha's Vineyard trophy wife got close enough for comfort — and so simpatico that the woman became a major character in Smith Metzler's play, "Elemeno Pea," which opens Feb. 3 at South Coast Repertory. Smith Metzler, a middle-class native of sleepy Kingston, N.Y., had traveled to the Vineyard on a post-collegiate lark in the early aughts with the vague notion of gathering material for a newly hatched playwriting career.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Jim Tankersley
President Obama heads to the island resort of Martha's Vineyard today for a family vacation likely to be interspersed with talk of -- and work on -- his drive to pass a healthcare overhaul this fall. The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters are set to spend the week at the well-appointed Blue Heron Farm, a private estate they are renting from a family of Republican political donors. The 28-acre spread affords the Obamas access to the sand and surf, along with something else they don't get much of when they travel as a foursome: privacy.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers on the Eastern Seaboard, including President Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard. The Category 1 hurricane was expected to pass the mainland well off New England, but was still packing high winds and waves. By the evening, Bill had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph and was about 250 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., according to the National Hurricane Center.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
Before he leaves for his summer break in tony Martha's Vineyard, President Obama will spend a weekend in the decidedly more populist, middle-American terrain of the national park system. No president can afford to look elitist amid an economic downturn, which makes the business of choosing a vacation spot a delicate one. Obama will be splitting the difference, in essence. He'll spend the last week in August at a $20-million estate in one of the most private spots on the Vineyard.
TRAVEL
July 14, 2002 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Planning a reunion for a family whose coat of arms could bear the motto "Born to Bicker" is not a simple task. So when the Boston-bred Feldman clan agreed--for our matriarch's 75th birthday last summer--to head en masse to Martha's Vineyard, questions arose on just what kind of accommodations to book. My mom posed the first question to my brother Steve, the lawyer: "Should we rent one big house for all of us?" The cross-examination was swift: "Why would we want to do that?"
NEWS
August 24, 1998 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago this week, President Clinton was visibly enjoying himself on picturesque Martha's Vineyard island--with a seemingly endless diet of golfing, jogging, going to parties and even sailing. He and his wife, Hillary, were everywhere, smiling broadly, obviously having fun. This year, the setting is the same, but the mood and the Clintons' visibility are dramatically altered. Apart from his sudden one-day return Thursday to Washington after the U.S.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis agreed to give a group of Wampanoag Indians a plot of land and $100,000 in exchange for a tiny beachfront site, ending an acrimonious 10-year dispute over the property. The case pitted Onassis' desire for privacy against the Indians' belief that they should retain tribal lands on Martha's Vineyard.
HEALTH
July 2, 2001 | JANE E. ALLEN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
They're largely invisible, these disease detectives, working without the recognition of their scientific peers who win prizes and publish articles in prestigious journals. And yet they often are the first line of defense to prevent the spread of disease lurking in food, water, air or blood. While their searches often start with hunches, their training teaches them not to rely too much on this. Suspicions are to be tested through statistics, fieldwork and investigation.
NEWS
August 28, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton bet on a golf game Friday, but a sudden rainstorm mitigated his gamble. As a result, Martha's Vineyard remains U.S. territory. The president, who has played golf this week with bankers and college friends, was joined by royalty Friday. The competition was Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was visiting friends in New England.
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