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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1954, movie star and martial artist Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong. He’s been in plenty of movies that people enjoyed, like "Rush Hour," and maybe someone will end up reviewing one of these for The MV Times. In fact, we have a series of short reviews of movies and shows called "What Are You Watching?" so maybe you’ll find your next movie night showing here.

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The Steamship Authority has a contract to convert two of the three ferries: the Aquinnah and the Barnstable. Converting the vessels will cost $13.6 million, which is higher than the originally planned $9 million per vessel, but lower than the $20 million per vessel bid. One freight ferry, the Monomoy, will need to undergo further negotiations. The freight ferries are expected to be ready for the summer season in 2024. Get the details here.
Meeting in person
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission is going to return to meeting in person, after nearly three years meeting over Zoom. Meetings will still incorporate a hybrid option for members of the public, but commissioner attendance is mandatory, and applicants with projects under review are also encouraged to be present. Not all commissioners were in favor of the return, with some referring to mandatory in-person meetings as outdated and "retro." Here’s that story.

The driver of a fatal crash that killed a 20-year-old from Aquinnah has been indicted by a grand jury on several charges, including four counts of manslaughter. The indictment was issued yesterday. The December crash shook the Martha’s Vineyard community, as well as the Maine Maritime Academy. Read our coverage here.
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission meets at 3 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda

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

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Quote of the Day
"The world has changed. . . Going back just because we’ve got an elderly group of commissioners is not a good solution."
–Martha’s Vineyard Commissioner Kate Putnam on the MVC’s decision to return to in-person meetings.

Hot Topic Comment
John Abrams commented on the lack of affordable housing warrants at town meetings this year"The Housing Bank is essential to our long-term future, but we can’t expect it to do all that we need. We need to show the legislature (and ourselves) how great our need is by stepping up to apply the accumulating short term rental fees to serve their best purpose: funding community housing initiatives. Yes, there’s little on the town meeting warrants, but it’s not too early to make sure there’s plenty next year – by doing effective planning and organizing."

Hot Topic Letter
Falmouth resident Maddy Bedard wrote to us about the anchoring moratorium at Tashmoo: "So the day has come when boaters can no longer enjoy a day anchored in Lake Tashmoo. How awful it must be to see people having fun with family, friends, kids, and grandkids. With so much sadness and anger in the world right now, this should help a lot. All the money we all bring to Martha’s Vineyard isn’t enough either, I guess. What’s next? A gate?"
Today: The Red House Peer Recovery Support Center hosts an adult children of alcoholics/dysfunctional families meeting from 5 to 6 pm. This one is hybrid — Zoom and in-person at the center.

Marianne Goldberg, founder of PathwaysArts, created the
"Imagined Gardens & Landscapes" themed event to provide a platform for creative expression in the natural world in all its forms. Regenerative gardener and permaculture enthusiast, Roxanne Kapitan, will showcase her seaside octagonal garden, and Rebecca Gilbert and Rebecca Saunders will be there to discuss their work. Head to Pathways from 7 to 9 pm and get a comprehensive look at gardens and landscapes of the future.
This weekend: We can’t believe it’s already here. The Kids Trout Derby at Duarte’s Pond in West Tisbury is one of the most exciting events of the year, especially for kids and families that are looking to win big and get some early-season fishing in. It’s gonna be an early morning Saturday— folks will start to arrive at 5 am, just before dawn, and the event goes until 8 am. The derby is free for kids 0-14 and includes hot dogs, donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate, along with lots of prizes.

Are you craving some great jazz tunes performed live? The West Tisbury library is inviting the community to a
Second Sunday jazz performance with Rose Guerin, Jeremy Berlin, Tauras Biskis, and Eric Johnson. Head to the library on Sunday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm to enjoy this special presentation.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: The joy of a Vineyard screened porch

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.

It’s a bit too soon to worry about mosquitos at dusk, but not too soon to prepare. You can be in a Vineyard home in plenty of time to enjoy a home with a screened porch this summer. Relaxing in the fresh, cooling air at sunset is a joy, and most enjoyable when you are relaxing or dining on your screened porch.

You can’t beat the undeniable sanctuary of a screened porch. There is real joy in simple pleasures, and that is what screened porches are. You get to experience the positive aspects of sitting outside and relaxing without having to experience the negative aspects of it, like high winds, bugs, or scorching sun. Before air conditioning became widely available, screened porches were the sought-after place to escape summer heat. Now they are extensions of the home, with stone fireplaces, pizza ovens, and flat-screen televisions, plus plenty of comfy chairs and sofas to enjoy it all.

The screened porch is a place to enjoy nature — and not just its sights, but also its smells, sounds, and tastes — while protected from mosquitoes and other annoying bugs, especially at night when lights glow at sunset. When the weather cooperates, spending a night sleeping on a screened-in porch can be the perfect escape, waking refreshed and ready to enjoy another day in paradise.

If you find yourself in need of four screened porches and a two-story stone fireplace, 7 Chapel Avenue is the place for you. It is impossible to discuss a home on Chappy without a discussion of Chappy. There certainly is a tradeoff. You will be getting every amenity imaginable, including the aforementioned screened porches, as well as a large luxury home designed with summer living in mind. The property features a heated pool and is professionally landscaped. So, the tradeoff: for a lower price on your purchase, you have the solitude of some of the most beautiful beaches, vistas, and hiking on Martha’s Vineyard, and sometimes when you must take a car to the mainland, you might have to wait for the On Time Ferry . . .

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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.
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Staying in?
If you are celebrating spring or Easter this weekend, try the recipe for Herbed Yogurt Dressing, shared by Island Grown Schools many Aprils ago. It makes a great dip for carrot sticks and other vegetables, or it can be a topping for salads and sandwiches. Little bunnies everywhere may hop over for this one.

For more stories that celebrate local food, farming, and the community, visit Edible Vineyard, and look out for the next issue on newsstands in May.

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Island churches have put together an impressive lineup of events to celebrate Easter, including a united Good Friday service at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven today at 7 pm, along with their Easter sunrise service at Owen Park this weekend. There are also a number of worship services happening at churches that community members can attend. Check out the myriad of offerings for Easter here.
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