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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Today is National Hug a Newsperson Day. We could use a hug, but just ask first - ok? Meanwhile, proofreader and FOT  (Friend of The Times), Irene Ziebarth shared a photo that she calls "Spring on North Road" in Chilmark. If you look closely,  those are the best gas prices you’re going to see. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

IHT supports the efforts to create the MV Housing Bank which will help us secure the affordable housing our Island community needs. Please watch this film about our friends and neighbors who live here year-round and are in need of housing they can afford. Please vote twice, once at your annual town meeting and again at town election this spring. Remember your vote counts and will help determine the future of our Island.
House call
Daniel O’Connell became a full-time West Tisbury resident in 2019, just in time to be tapped to help the Coalition to Create the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank’s steering committee. O’Connell is the former secretary of housing and economic development for then-Gov. Deval Patrick. In a conversation with Times editor George Brennan, O’Connell talks about the need on the Island and how a transfer fee will allow the Vineyard to meet those needs.
Apology offered
It took a couple of days, but Terry Donahue, a proponent of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School field project, issued an apology for the vulgar obscenities he uttered during a Zoom meeting before the Oak Bluffs planning board. Donahue’s comments interrupted speaker Susan Desmarais, who accepted Donahue’s apology. Editor George Brennan has this update.

Community lessons
Martha’s Vineyard teachers took their lessons out of the classroom and out into the community on Saturday. At a rally Saturday at Five Corners, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Educators Association held signs for passing motorists to let them know they are in an ongoing contract squabble with the school committee — wages and changes to their healthcare plan are at issue. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
The Aquinnah select board meets on Monday at 5 pm at the town hall. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board meets Tuesday at 5 pm. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"If  people think I’m a bad guy, so be it and don’t vote for me."–James Bishop, a candidate for Oak Bluffs select board, answering questions about memes posted on his Facebook that he acknowledges some find offensive

Hot Topic Comment
Carla Cooper commented on U.S. Rep. Bill Keating advocating for worker visas. "Many people don’t know how hard Bill Keating works for our district because he’s not out there on cable news grandstanding or stoking division. He does what Congressmen and women SHOULD be doing, advocating for the needs of their constituents."

Hot Topic Letter
School officials have denounced a comment made by Terry Donahue at Thursday’s planning board meeting in Oak Bluffs. "The comment was offensive, demeaning, and misogynistic, and an affront to the community member, an insult to all who were in attendance, and disrespectful to the planning board and the process our community put in place to allow for thorough review of the project."
Today: It’s Monday Night at the Movies at the M.V. Playhouse. "Bright Road" is playing and it’s one I haven’t seen. Cheap date night: $5 cash. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

After gray days, I think it’s time to pay a visit to Felix Neck. There’s always something going on at the Mass. Audubon location and the place is inspiring. Anytime. –C.B.

Tomorrow: Check out the reception for Liz Dolan Durkee’s new Photography Exhibit at the Oak Bluffs library. We look to her for wisdom about climate change and she finds time to take gorgeous photos. Makes me want to revisit what I do in my spare time. My exhibit would be titled "The View from My Chair." 4 pm. –C.B.

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Staying in?

Try this delicious Egg Drop Soup that comes from our friends at IGI via a March 2015 Harvest of the Month. This is one of those soups that you may think is more complicated to make than it really is. Put those worries behind you and cook on.

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Novel approach
Jennifer Smith Turner speaks about her process of writing her debut novel, "Child Bride," with Kate Feiffer. "A lot of my writing happens in my head. I will see scenes in my mind, and those scenes will start to play out, and then I realize I want to capture those scenes on paper, and I want to capture the dialogue and the action of what was going on in those particular scenes." Read more of the interview here.

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