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Grape expectations
There’s a new owner at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, but it’s also a familiar face. Molly Coogan, the Main Street shop’s longtime manager, has purchased the business from her mentor, Dawn Braasch. Coogan said she plans to keep the store’s important book stock and other items, but may make a few changes as well. Coogan said she has benefited from serving alongside Braasch for many years. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
Moving forward
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School committee approved an amended regional agreement that will set the ball in motion for the district to be considered for state funds for a high school building project. At the same meeting, the committee agreed to create a five-member subcommittee to deal with issues involving the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which is the agency that grants funds to school districts for projects. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.

Going, going, gone
An auction that was approved for the Grange Hall was then suddenly revoked by the West Tisbury building inspector after he learned that the Vineyard Preservation Trust property was at its limit for such events. In the process, Sue Whiting was put in a tough spot, but ultimately the select board came up with a venue where she could hold her auction. But the issues with the Grange remain. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
The Chilmark select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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

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Quote of the Day
"We’re authorizing $300,000 so we don’t lose $1.1 million to have a scrap. That simplifies the decision for me."
–Peter Jeffrey, Falmouth representative on the Steamship Authority board, on spending additional money to fix the Katama

Hot Topic Comment
George Douglas responded to the story on West Tisbury reversing its decision on use of the Grange Hall. "This is clear collective punishment against the people of West Tisbury by town officials as a result of their war on the historical and cultural use of the Grange."

Hot Topic Letter
James Sepanara wrote to say that West Tisbury officials don’t listen in response to a recent request for a noise bylaw. "Steamship Authority vessels have a large poster stating "All towns have strictly enforced noise regulations. Please respect your neighbors." It says nothing about the laissez faire W.T. town boards."
Today: The big Vineyard Artisans Labor Day weekend shebang is here. Head to the Ag Hall to browse handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, fine art and more. 4:30 to 6:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Down-Island it’s First Friday and the Outskirts are playing live at Owen Park. Head down there at 5 pm or so and grab something to eat and visit the booths. Outskirts play at 8 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: The M.V. Surfcasters Association has its annual Used Tackle Sale at MVRHS on Saturday. I think I’ll head over there on the fly. 8 am to 1 pm. Then, you can go to the Edgartown library where Tim Sheran will teach you Fly Tying. See how I tied that in? 10:30 am. The Pinkletinks play classics for kids but with a rock-band sound. West Tisbury library. 11 am. The Arts District Stroll in Oak Bluffs takes place along Dukes County Ave. Artists will also be selling their work on the street, plus live music and light refreshments. 4 pm. It’s a great weekend for the Drive-in at the YMCA, where "Spider Man: No Way Home" will be playing. Pack some snacks and get there around 6:30 for a good spot. –C.B.
On Sunday, the Open Market in Oak Bluffs will be up and running with Island-grown produce, original artwork, handmade jewelry, fine crafts, summer flowers and more. 10 am to 2 pm. The Federated Church celebrates the past, present, and future of the Mayhew Parsonage. Visitors are invited to visit the historic building from 12:30 to 2 pm. Old Sculpin Gallery hosts its Final Sunday Reception with Island artists Debra Gaines, Warren Gaines, Barbara du Bois. Martha's Vineyard Art Association members exhibit new work. 5 pm. There are a thousand more things to do this weekend, but I’m focused on taking a nap right now so I’m ready for it all. –C.B.

Movies! Check out what’s playing this weekend at Island theaters here.

Real Estate Confidential: Move into a brand new home Sponsored
Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider information on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

As you travel around the Island these days, you can see new construction everywhere you look. Nothing compares to the look and feel of a new home with the quality construction you expect. As I review prices over the years and compare the current market, I do not see a way a three-bedroom, two-bath home can be built here for under $1,350,000. Even at the lower end of the price range, you will find quality finishes, and in many cases of late, with air-conditioning or mini-splits at a minimum. You are never far from a beach or boat landing, and at the upper end of the price curve, you can find large waterfront homes that include swimming pools.

With the median price of recent land sales at $725,000, and the median price of building lots currently for sale at $800,000, the price of a new home, with ever increasing materials cost, is only going in one direction. We may see some moderation of prices for existing homes as inventory increases and mortgage rates increase. If you like the idea of making design changes to fit your lifestyle, and walking into that fresh, new home smell which can last for years to come, this may just be a perfect time to buy brand-new construction. You can buy now, and most homes under construction can be ready for summer 2023.

I’ve noticed when I write descriptions of properties for sale, I most consider location on the Island and the amenities available. As examples, how close to beaches, hiking trails, bike paths, and most important, bakeries and breakfast spots. With the new reality of prices for new construction, you can assume you are getting top-of-the-line quality from the many reputable architects and builders on the Island. In many cases, builders are moving to luxury homes with a pool, pool house, private beach, home office, Viking, Subzero, Wolf, Bosch, views, sunsets, first-floor bedrooms, and the list goes on, so no point in repeating them over and over.

Come summer of 2023, you can move into 14 Mill Hill Road with a pool and spa and a short stroll to Edgartown village. The open floor plan encompasses a Great Room with a gourmet kitchen, and a dining and lounge area with a wall of sliders that lead to a bluestone terrace with a pergola, while overlooking the 16 x 34 ft., custom, heated, saltwater gunite pool, a 7 x 7 ft., custom built-in spa, and a professionally landscaped backyard. The second floor offers an open family/game room area, and the lower level offers a finished space with a half bath. And, there is plenty of room for a guest house or expansion if you need more space . . .

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Island inspiration
Martha’s Vineyard has been known for inspiring creative minds for centuries, whether it’s the natural beauty of the shimmering water and the sprawling forests, or the network of artists and makers that form the vibrant community. A major part of that community are poets, and Second Acts columnist James Dale can name quite a few. He writes in his most recent column about how the Vineyard has helped poets and wordsmiths access their creativity and bring out their best work.

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