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Beach Road Weekend was on the select board agenda Wednesday and what the board heard from those in attendance was a far cry from the emails they received in the days after the three-day music festival. Concert promoter Adam Epstein rallied supporters to Wednesday’s meeting. A special meeting is being set up for next month to get public feedback on the festival. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. Meanwhile, the board also approved a special election to fill a vacancy by select board member Larry Gomez. Rich has those details, too.

Public records provide more insight into an FBI probe of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department and specifically its handling of ambulance billing for off-Island transports from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. According to the records, the town provided legal counsel for two paramedics who were interviewed as part of the investigation into former Fire Chief John Rose. Reporter Rich Saltzberg, who is still waiting on even more records, has this update.
It seems that by allegedly luring the Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard under false pretenses, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis actually protected them from deportation. This week, attorney Rachel Self traveled to Texas to certify that the migrants were the victims of a crime and a Texas sheriff did just that. Under the so-called U visa program, the migrants are not protected and have a path toward residency. Editor George Brennan has the latest.
There are no meetings scheduled for Friday. We hear the high school building may meet on Fridays once it’s formed and hope that this is just a vicious rumor.
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Quote of the Day
"To be real honest, we’re not real clear about the path, so what we’re doing on the backend is talking with our neighbors, talking to our different partners of the Preservation Trust, getting it all on paper, and kind of creating a clear path for ourselves to best represent what the community wants. And then, I suppose we’ll be invited to a meeting to discuss. I hope we can get to a mutually reachable place sooner rather than later."–Nevette Previd, executive director of the Vineyard Preservation Trust, on the future of the Grange Hall in West Tisbury

Hot Topic Comment
Susan Desmarais commented on the ongoing turf vs. natural grass field debate. "Fields don’t need to be maintained by harmful chemicals. So yes, the choice is clear — natural grass only."

Hot Topic Letter
Cindy Trish, executive director of Healthy Aging MV, wrote about the Island’s challenges when it comes to transportation for seniors. "Currently, there are four pilot programs underway helping to alleviate the situation: the Taxi Program at Island Elder Housing, which transports older adults to medical appointments and weekly trips to the Food Pantry; the Council on Aging Van Sharing shopping shuttles, on a fixed loop of Post Office, pharmacy, and grocery store, the MV Center for Living program, which provides rides to and from the Center for Living; and GoGoGrandparent, an on-demand concierge service connecting older adults with Uber and Lyft drivers on the Island."
Circuit Arts presents "Triangle of Sadness," a film sendup of modern elitism, you might enjoy this visual sign of the times. And Woody Harrelson is in it so I know I’d like it. Grange Hall. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Join the discussion about Western Esoteric Tradition Today at the Masonic Lodge. You’ll talk about Qabalah, Tarot, spiritual disciplines, personal alchemy and more. Besides, who doesn’t like the word "esoteric." 7 pm. –C.B

Raise your hand if you’re interested in learning how to play Pickleball at Niantic Park. I can’t figure out if I just love the name of the sport because I love a good pickle, or if I really would like to learn how to play. 9 am. –C.B.

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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 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 through October 22. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

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Staying in?
If you get them started tonight, you can have Boston Baked Beans tomorrow. And we can’t give you a baked beans recipe without sharing literary character Victoria Trumbull's recipe. That’s Victoria’s creator, author Cynthia Riggs, in her kitchen at Cleaveland House. It’s a delightful story.

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Fall is here
It’s that time of year — the leaves are changing, fireplaces are being cleaned and stoked, and Islanders are settling in for the off-season. There are a number of fun events that signify the start of fall, including Vineyard Gardens’ Harvest Festival. Times art director Dave Plath attended the event this past weekend, and got some great pictures of folks crafting pinecone bird feeders and pumpkin bouquets, and enjoying some tasty refreshments. Check out the photo gallery here, and bundle up for that cooler weather.

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