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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Happy Friday! It’s Take a Monkey to Lunch Day, a celebration of the world’s monkeys and other primates. If you find one, maybe they’ll want to head over to Nancy’s for a frozen banana? If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

In this film, IHT staff members got together to discuss what their work building year-round housing means to them. If you'd like help, please click this link to donate.
Private funding
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School committee has voted to use private donations to fund an appeal against the Oak Bluffs planning board and town. The committee had pledged not to use funding in this year’s budget on the lawsuit, and they received two donations, one from an anonymous donor, the other from Regis Nepomuceno. Read more here.
ACK joint meeting
The Nantucket and Vineyard select boards met yesterday to discuss issues of mutual concern. Housing, short-term rentals, staffing, Title 5, and sharks were all on the agenda. The islands prioritized talking about affordable housing, especially for year-rounders and municipal employees. Get more details here.
Housing for teachers
The All-Island School Committee endorsed a proposal to try to develop a property in West Tisbury to be used for staff housing. There are still questions to be answered, like who will manage the property, but the Island Housing Trust will help the schools develop it. Part of the proposal calls for getting financial support from Island towns. Read more here.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank meets at 3 pm Monday. Here is the agenda.

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

The West Tisbury planning board meets at 5:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"My only interest is in providing greater security and solutions to the housing crisis that our children, friends, neighbors and vital community members face. . . Although I genuinely did not think I had acted inappropriately, I was wrong to participate and did not think. I have spoken with and self reported to the State Ethics Committee and will accept any actions that they and the West Tisbury Select Board choose to take. Both the West Tisbury Affordable Housing Committee and Island Housing Trust are vital and honorable organizations. I hope this will not reflect on any of the great and life changing work that they each do. It is a privilege and great responsibility to serve."
—Jeffrey DuBard in response to conflict of interest accusations.

Hot Topic Comment
Island Alpaca Farm owner Barbara Ronchetti commented on our coverage of the first Alpaca baby born this season.
"Many thanks to Mia Vittimberga and Adarsh Bhat of The Martha’s Vineyard Times for coming out to the farm today to meet ‘baby A,’ just a short time after birth. We were wondering when he was going to enter the world. . . 2 days shy of one year's gestation! (the national average is 11 months, 11 days!) And to let any paca fan get a closer look, visit or just go to our website and click on the PacaCam link to see live streaming of Baby ‘A’.
‘A’ – Name suggestions are welcome, with ‘A’ names as the preference. – Send via Instagram, Facebook or Thank you!!"

Hot Topic Letter
Cindy Starbuck writes to us in response to Island Alpaca’s search for the perfect name for the new baby alpaca: "I heard you were looking for names? Of course the alpaca needs to be named ‘Sweet Baby James,’ or SBJ."
Today: Miss the Dock Dance last Tuesday? Better get yourself to the Tabernacle tonight where the Dock Dance Band plays at the Sunset Concert. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

The M.V. Playhouse presents "Twelfth Night" at the Tisbury amphitheater. Great for the whole family. 6 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: Up-Island Pottery hosts a Show and Sale with bright and colorful pottery. I love this stuff. 9 am to 1 pm. Check out the African Crafts Porch Sale in West Tisbury from 10 am to 4 pm. Dharma teacher Khaydroup will teach a one-day course from 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm at Bodhi Path Buddhist Center and Zoom. The topic is "Mind, the Foundation of Everything." The American Legion Auxiliary's Christmas in July event happens from 10 am to 1 pm in Vineyard Haven. Maggie Benoit leads a Workshop on Felting at the Aquinnah library. 11 am. Everyone is welcome to the Truth and Joy cultural shindig at the Tabernacle, happening from noon to 8 pm. The M.V. Public Charter School presents "The Quest to Save Neverland" at the Katharine Cornell Theater. It will be spectacular. 2 pm. Vineyard-based artist Mick Stevens’ illustrations are on exhibit at the M.V. Playhouse art space. 2 to 5 pm. The Galaxy Gallery in Oak Bluffs hosts an artists' reception featuring art focused on the shape of a square, with Island artists working in all mediums. 4 to 6 pm. The M.V. Sharks take on Mystic Schooners at home with a game that benefits Island Autism. Game jerseys with Island Autism designs will be up for silent auction. Come on out! 7 pm. Silent Disco with three DJs spinning dance music on three channels in all genres. Free headset with ID. First come, first served for headsets. Free admission. Pizza and beverages by Orange Peel Bakery. At Orange Peel Bakery. 7 pm. –C.B.

Sunday kicks off Legacy Week on the Vineyard. The event was created to engage, empower, and highlight the bond and value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Relax and connect with fellow HBCU alumni and their families. There are tons of events, so click here for their complete list. My old pal Rich Salzberg presents Putting the Public in Public Records at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Live and on Zoom. 10 am. Vineyard Artisans are up and running at the Grange Hall. Great food, free, except for all the stuff you’ll want to buy. 10 am to 2 pm. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will be at Edgartown Books signing copies of "My People." 2 pm. Pianist Frederic Chiu presents the music of Mendelssohn and Chopin at the Old Whaling Church at 4 pm. My head is spinning from activities overload. I’ll probably stay home and complain about all the traffic I’m not even driving in. –C.B.

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

Rein it in
"BABY GATE Expandable portable baby gate. $5. Pick up in OB. 724-986-4040."

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
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 at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.


The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

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Staying in?
Enjoy a dinner bouquet with the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Flowers, by Catherine Walthers for the In Season issue of Edible Vineyard, which is now available on newsstands and online.

If you'd like to share a recipe with the community, send it to us at, and include a photo of the dish and a brief backstory.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this woman? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.

Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about. For previous Do You Knows? see our archive.

Thursday's contest answer:
Erica Davies

Dancing on the dock
Dock Dance Band’s weekly concerts are back after a four-year hiatus. The band will play every Tuesday through August 8 at Memorial Wharf. Live music has been at the dock since 1962, when the town tapped a high school band to play weekly shows. Dock Dance Band’s six musicians are keeping that tradition alive. Read more about the event here.
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