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Oak Bluffs files field litigation
The Oak Bluffs planning board and town officials submitted its much anticipated legal argument in the synthetic turf field lawsuit today. The school had tried to argue the field is for education, and was exempt from some local bylaws. But the town fired back today, arguing the school’s argument is outdated, and that it does not take safe drinking-water regulations into consideration. Read Abigail Rosen’s story here.

Hottest January on record
The National Weather Service says that the average temperature on Martha’s Vineyard in January was just over 40 degrees. That’s the hottest since the weather service tracked data on the Island, dating back to 1946. Read more here.

Home on the Vineyard?
Four pups named Bacon, Bits, Wendy, and Peter Pan are making their way north after being rescued from a hoarding situation in Killeen, Texas. Sandy Paws Rescue worked with Our Best Friends Rescue and Texas Humane Heroes to save 57 dogs from an unclean, unhealthy environment. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.

The Oak Bluffs select board meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the

The Chilmark select board meets at 5:30 pm Tuesday. In person at Chilmark town hall. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
Martha’s Vineyard Commissioner Trip Barnes on the Stillpoint Meadow hearings: "Nobody knows what the hell’s going to happen here. But I think we’ve got pretty good control on it, and I think the people at hand want to do the right thing, and they’ve gone to great lengths to do it."

Hot Topic Letter
Deborah LeFalle responds to Abigail McGrath’s essay in last week’s paper titled Three Holidays in January: "Her words needed to be said, heard, and absorbed … words that we as human beings can act upon to work toward righting the blatantly racist wrongs that have plagued our country far too long."
Today: I had a little crush on Gene Kelly when I was a kid. Much better looking than Fred Astaire. These are the things I think about. Anyway, "Singin’ in the Rain" plays at Monday Night at the Movies at the M.V. Playhouse. $5. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Learn all about the Harlem Renaissance with Janet Mandel via the Edgartown library. It was an explosion of Black expression in art, literature, music, dance, and theater and we are lucky enough to have connections to it here. 6:30 pm. –C.B.

Featherstone is open in February again. Woohoo. And they’re opening with an exhibit called "Love Lives Here." I love it already. Open noon to 4 pm. –C.B.

Movies! Check out what's playing at Island theaters here.

Work out?
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Dining out?

The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Sweet Life Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays. @sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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Staying in?

Straight from the heart of Rome, Italy, comes a recipe for Malloreddus Pasta, also called gnocchetti sardi. Gavin Smith acquired it from chefs who work at an artisanal pasta shop. All you need is love... and a bit of flour and water.

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Meet the Cottagers
The Cottagers have been supporting the Island community for almost 70 years, looking to enhance the quality of life on Martha’s Vineyard and to promote education, a sense of cultural pride, and the value of service. Over on Pequot Avenue in Oak Bluffs, the old Cottagers’ Corner building still stands proudly, and the organization continues their mission today. Read Elaine Cawley Weintraub’s story on the history of the group, and how they’re working hard today.

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