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Can we really be at the end of July? Today we say goodbye to one of our two summer interns, Anna Nesser, leaving us on National Intern Day. Anna has been a great addition to our staff. You’ve seen some of her writing in our Community and Calendar sections, and she even went out on a couple of news assignments. Wishing her a successful final year at Northeastern University. You'll continue to see our news intern Natalie Aymond's great work through the next month. It’s National Chicken Wing Day. We’ll see you at the Coop. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Praise and a raise
The Steamship Authority board held a rare Friday morning meeting with just one agenda item — the performance review of general manager Robert Davis. Davis got glowing reviews from a majority of the board and some room for improvement from Falmouth’s representative, the newest member of the five-member board. Davis also negotiated a 11.8 percent raise and will be eligible for unspecified bonuses. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Teachers waiting
Unlike Robert Davis, the Martha’s Vineyard Education Association has the potential to start the school year without a contract. At a school committee meeting Thursday, the board received an update that the contract negotiations have reached an impasse and are now headed to the state Department of Labor Relations for "fact finding." Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.

Here comes the SUN
On a sunny summer afternoon, a group of people on the Island gathered to add some sunshine of their own. The Support Ukrainian Newborns (SUN) Project’s fundraiser, which brings "vital medical equipment to providers in Ukraine to help save newborns," was held in Edgartown. In particular, the SUN project helps babies who have jaundice. A busy Eunki has this story, too.
The Oak Bluffs Parks & Recreation Commission meets at 4 pm Monday at the town hall conference room. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The MVRHS school committee meets at 6 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Some members of the community have expressed that they would like to have even more voice and input into our planning process. With that in mind, effective immediately, we are rescinding our draft beach management plan and expanding our process to allow for more discussion on these complex issues through local collaboration."
–John Judge, The Trustees of Reservations CEO and president, on the draft management plan the Trustees introduced and now have pulled back after significant pushback

Hot Topic Comment
Garrick Spears commented on our editorial about Alan Dershowitz and the Chilmark library. "If Mr. Dershowitz cannot accept the repercussions of his chosen profession and, more specifically, of the clients he chooses to represent, then he should do what he tells others to do: get a different job. Clearly, he has the resources to do so. Instead, he chooses to bully others — calling them out by name on national pulpits."

Hot Topic Letter
Steve Levine offers a tongue-in-cheek response to the Dershowitz dustup. "The objection that Ms Hierta has made concerning the limited capacity of the meeting room could easily be responded to by expanding that section of the library, at the expense of the town, so that it could house up to 1,000 individuals. It is also simply not true that there is not 'one person in Chilmark who is upset about him not being allowed time at the library.' That person, of course, is Mr. Dershowitz himself. I for one wish him much success in delivering his talk to himself in the expanded Meeting Room."
Today: Join fellow poetry lovers at this Beach Sunset Community Poetry Reading at Lambert’s Cove. Bring your own work to share or a piece you enjoy. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Blue Yonder with Rick O'Gorman, Jessie Leaman, George Davis, and Jim Orr play eclectic oldies at the P.A. Club. Stuff you can dance to. Let’s go. 8 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: Start your Saturday with the Chilmark Flea Market. There’s tons of stuff to browse and you’ll find something you never thought you needed. 9 am to 2 pm. Take a closeup look at Beekeeping at Norton Farmstand. Pull on one of those special suits and learn all about bees and honey. 9:30 am. Take the family to see The Fabulists: Theater for Children at the Tisbury Amphitheater. It’s terrific and a lot of fun. 10 am. Bestselling author Gregory Mone talks about his latest books, "Atlantis: The Brink of War," the second book in his Atlantis Series, and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Hunt for Moss Man." And he’s one of the writers at Islanders Write (more about that later). Bunch of Grapes. 10 am. I know what I’m doing for lunch on Saturday. Aquinnah library hosts a Community Barbecue. Free and open to everyone. 1:30 pm. "Uncertain Terms," a new collection of works from local artist Walker T. Roman, will be on display at the Workshop Gallery right next to the Times’ office. Saturday and Sunday, 3 to 6 pm. Join the M.V. Museum and The Yard at the opening of the latest exhibit: "Let’s Dance!" I’ve heard a lot about this one. 5:30 pm. Islanders Write at Featherstone opens Saturday at 7:30 pm with Bob Drogin, Joshua Hammer, and Doug Liman talking about "Covering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine." You’ve got all day Sunday and all day Monday to spend with writers who have a connection to the Island. If you enjoy writing, reading, civil discourse, and a wonderful atmosphere with air conditioning, get yourself to the beautiful Featherstone campus and enjoy this free event. We love putting it together for you!

On Sunday, Islanders Write begins at 11 am and runs through around 3:30 pm. Catch Nicole Galland, Gregory Mone, a Pitch Panel for manuscripts with John Hough, Jr., Torrey Oberfest, Rosemary Stimola, and Gretchen Young. And Marc Brown and Richard Michelson. Monday is filled with more Islanders Write panel discussions and workshops on the art and craft of writing. I’m looking forward to "A Conversation about Food Writing" with Dr. Jessica Harris and Dawn Davis, and a panel about writing historical fiction with Geraldine Brooks and friends. There’s much more throughout the event, so view the entire schedule here. Remember, it’s a free event. How often does that happen? You could also go to the Open Market in Oak Bluffs on Sunday, where you’ll find Island-grown produce, original artwork, handmade jewelry, fine crafts, summer flowers, specialty foods, and vintage finds. 9 am to 1 pm. Vineyard Artisans Festival is up-Island at the Grange from 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoy an Open House for "The Color of Love," works by Gretchen V. Feldman at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center. 5 to 6:30 pm. If you’ve been waiting to see the Dock Dance Band, here’s your chance. Enjoy a concert at the Milokan Cultural Center in Chilmark. 7 to 9 pm. Hope to see you at Islanders Write! –C.B.

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Dining out?

The Barn Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Bowling available Tuesday through Saturday at 5 pm. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
This weekend recipe is a sure hit. Kyra Steck came up with the best Island Charcuterie Board ever in this story. She tells you where to get all the ingredients and how to put it together. Enjoy!

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The American oystercatchers, with their long, bright orange beaks, and round, yellow-rimmed eyes, voyaged back to the Vineyard in 1969, after being driven away from the Northeast due to excessive hunting. These unique shorebirds have specific breeding and foraging habits that have led to protective measures being put in place. These measures are used by programs such as Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program, and include symbolic fencing, signage, electric fencing, and exclosures to protect nest activity and improve the birds’ reproductive success. Read Katherine Scott’s story here to learn more about how these loud, quirky shorebirds reclaimed the Vineyard as their home.

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