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‘Six wonderful years’
That is how West Tisbury health agent Omar Johnson, who is retiring from his position, described his time with the town. Johnson served the community during the height of the COVID pandemic, and West Tisbury officials only had praise for him when his retirement was announced during a select board meeting. Johnson will continue his public health career in Connecticut. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Talking out Tisbury taqueria
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission continued its public hearing Thursday on the proposed "fast food" restaurant slated for Tisbury. While some abutters are concerned about the impact it would have on the neighborhood, project developers say that the seasonal taqueria will be a huge plus for the town. Also on Thursday, commissioners agreed to temporarily reopen the written record for Stillpoint Meadows, in order to be able to review, in full, what’s proposed for the West Tisbury community space. Reporter Abigail Rosen has those updates.

Tisbury’s select board had a chance to part ways with a problem cop after an incident with a prisoner. However, the board didn’t buy into the findings of the private investigator the town hired to look into the incident. After the investigator was hired for another incident, the board changed its disposition. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has the story.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs affordable housing committee meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury zoning amendment committee meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island Regional School District committee meets at 6:15 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"You have to be really careful to put your honesty into your music. Because as important as formal music education can be, it can contradict soul-inspired inspiration." –Musician Lucas Ostinato talks about his craft in Ray Whitaker’s story, "A passionate player."

Hot Topic Comment
Katherine Scott commented on our story about use of the Katharine Cornell Theater in Tisbury: "Each selectboard member and all current candidates must be obliged to clarify their positions on this issue. Now, before the special election."

Hot Topic Letter
Nicie Panetta, interim president and CEO of The Trustees of Reservations, wrote about TTOR’s stewardship of Norton Point Beach before the town of Edgartown takes over duties: "Our staff cares deeply about Norton Point Beach, and we are committed to doing our part to successfully transition management responsibilities and support continued dune and habitat resilience."
Today: Check out We Dance at Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern. This is a collaboration with some of the best Island movers, followed by open-floor dancing. I am not in the professional group, in case you were wondering. Doors open at 6:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Down-Island, you also get the chance to dance like nobody’s watching at the P.A. Club with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: On Saturday morning, the Vineyard Conservation Society takes us on a Winter Walk to check out some true Island treasures. 10 am. The folks over at Polly Hill Arboretum also offer a Winter Walk at 10 am. I bet you really can’t go wrong with either one. Garden guru Roxanne Kapitan takes you through a fully perennial edible food forest from conceptual spark to manifestation with My Octagonal Seaside Garden via the Oak Bluffs library. 10:30 am. Bring your babies (and toddlers) to the Chilmark library for Caroline Drogin’s Hands-on Storytime. Wish I could bring my babies but they’re in their 30s. 11 am. Met Opera Live at the Film Center brings us "Fedora." I know nothing about opera so maybe it’s about time I learned. 12:55 pm. Miss Lani has the kids covered with her Winter Children’s Art Workshops focused on wildlife. 1:30 pm. The Oak Bluffs library hosts the Chess Club beginning at 2 pm, all ages and abilities welcome. Go deeper into the M.V. Museum’s exhibit "Unfreedom" with this presentation on its three forms of restriction: enslavement, indentured servitude, and incarceration. Three interesting presenters on a fascinating topic. 3 pm. Pathways brings us the annual live listening room with a full two-hour performance with four solo musicians: Mike Benjamin, Jodie Treloar, Anthony Loffredio, and Casey Hayward. 7 pm. –C.B.

Sunday brings the joy of ice skating with a public session at the M.V. Ice Arena — all ages and abilities. Bring a pair of figure or hockey skates, or rent them at the rink. 3 pm. There is a spectacular Musical Benefit for Navigator Homes at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. Accomplished musicians will perform using instruments made decades before the music was written. A really special event. 3 pm. The M.V. Film Center screens "Retrograde," about the last nine months of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. 7:30 pm. I have to go off-Island this weekend, so McDonald’s better heat up the griddle. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
If you're missing the holiday desserts, but want to have something a wee bit healthier, check the recipe for Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies from Paul W. Bagnall. You can make your own substitutions to create a soft, sweet treat.

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This Was Then
James Athearn Jones was perhaps one of the most eccentric and prolific writers to grow up and live on Martha’s Vineyard. Born in his grandparents’ home on Watcha Neck, he traveled all around the world, had many adventures, wrote poetry and other dispatches, and was at one point the editor of a short-lived newspaper in Philadelphia. Read the first segment of This Was Then columnist Chris Baer’s two-part piece on Jones’ fascinating and somewhat tragic life here, and keep an eye out for the second segment.

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