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Norton Point plan approved
In a unanimous decision Wednesday, the Dukes County Commission approved a contract agreement with the town of Edgartown for the management of Norton Point Beach on Chappaquiddick. With limited time to prepare for their new stewardship, which will begin April 1, Edgartown’s parks commissioners have been hard at work, crafting a comprehensive beach management plan, hiring staff, and securing authorization to begin selling over-sand vehicle permits. Here’s that story.
Another shot for EduComp
The EduComp building project is headed back to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and it has support from the Tisbury select board. The plan is to provide housing to fill a need on the Island. However, the size of the project still seems to be a concern for some town residents. Get the update here.

HVAC costs up for Chilmark School
The HVAC project for Chilmark School is headed to voters, but it will not have a generator in tow. The project cost has nearly doubled since the budget was first set. The Chilmark select board agreed that fixing the HVAC system was necessary, but they were uncomfortable with the spiked costs and the generator would be too much. Get the details here.
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Quote of the Day
"We definitely have to do something. I know last week parents wound up bringing plug-in heaters into the school to heat the school on a very cold day, which I think is an unfortunate situation for the town to be in."
—Chilmark select board member Jim Malkin on an HVAC project for the Chilmark School.

Hot Topic Comment
Peter Jones asks, following our coverage of the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards: "Again, a question: when the island fire departments use foam to put out a car fire, does that foam contain PFAS? The airport said their foam does not contain PFAS "unless they are dealing with a fuel fire."

Hot Topic Letter
In his essay, author Jack Fruchtman discusses a legal question before the Supreme Court on student loan debt: "Today, the total amount of higher education debt owed by Americans is $1.757 trillion, most of it to the United States government through its Pell Grants. During the 2020 campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to help people burdened by these debts. Last August, he announced a $400 billion program to relieve millions of Americans of their heavy student debt."
Tonight: The Oak Bluffs library hosts a Community Climate Discussion, with this first in the series focusing on how to get folks engaged in conversation about climate change and its impact. Sounds like time well spent. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Up-Island at the West Tisbury library, there is a Roundtable Discussion on Positive Sexuality geared towards caretakers of teens and tweens. Trust me, the more you know, the better prepared you’ll be. 6:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Featherstone hosts an awesome Online and In-person Art Auction Fundraiser for the Charter School’s 8th grade trip to Italy. Join them at the live portion, where you can check out the art collection and sip some bubbly in the Art Barn. 5 to 7 pm. –C.B.

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Staying in?
To get some ideas for your next soup or stew, check the recipes for Balsamic Roast Beef and Kitchen Sink Jambalaya, shared by Kaylea Moore. In the Times kitchen, if we put everything we had into one pot and called it a meal, it might turn out like something from the Wizarding World.

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Wednesday’s contest answer:
Hannah Marlin
The West Tisbury School’s production of "Matilda the Musical Jr." received rave reviews from everyone who witnessed the epic performance. The cast was made up of 40 students in grades 4 through 8, with fifth grader Izzy Nelligan playing Matilda. The cast, crew, and audience got a special surprise when Lucy Dahl, Roald Dahl’s daughter, came to speak and watch the show. Read the story here.
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