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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Housing for Aquinnah
The Town of Aquinnah held a groundbreaking ceremony for four apartments yesterday. The plan is to provide housing for residents of Aquinnah, what officials said at the event was badly needed for the Island. There were also musical performances, and praise for housing advocate Carl Widdiss, who was said to have spearheaded the project a decade ago. Read our coverage here.
Anchoring in the Lagoon
Much of the attention about anchoring in Tisbury waterways has been focused on Tashmoo. But the state is now requiring an anchorage area in the Lagoon because of regulations aimed at protecting shellfish. Town officials say it is needed to keep shellfishing open in the Tisbury side of the Lagoon. Read more here.
Car crashes into local business
A Toyota SUV crashed through the window of Edgartown Meat and Fish Market Thursday afternoon. The driver was transferred to the hospital after the incident, but thankfully did not sustain serious injury. This is the third time in five years that a vehicle has crashed into the establishment. Back in 2020, another SUV went through the same window. Here’s that story.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission meets at 3 pm Monday. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown Select Board meets at Town Hall at 4 pm Monday. Remote access is available. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"There are many people whose insurance has run out for mental health, or their copays are untenable … I can’t let them down. They’re counting on me right now, at this very moment."
— Long-distance paddleboarder Adam Nagler on why he chose to raise money for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Hot Topic Comment
Robyne Brown comments on the filming of a reality show in Oak Bluffs: "My fear (as a taxpayer not a vacationer) is that each year or each show that films on the Vineyard will take more and more liberties. The best thing to do is to set a precedent for shows like this to film at another location… just like the movie ‘The Inkwell’ had to…."

Hot Topic Letter
Susan Desmarais writes to us about accepting a court ruling on the high school’s turf field litigation with the town of Oak Bluffs: "As health and environmental consequences — based on scientific data — come forth, haven’t you listened? The data and the science are strong enough that laws are being changed; professional athletes speak of injuries, and concern about long-term health issues. You call out to the Field Fund to join you. Why aren’t you calling out the MVRHS School Committee to withdraw the lawsuit?"
Today: It’s hard to plan when you’re looking at a weather map that spells out rain for the foreseeable future, but we try. How about catching the play "The Outcasts of Penikese Island" at the M.V. Playhouse? 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Circuit Arts at the Grange Hall screens "Fashion Reimagined," a documentary about a British designer who creates sustainable clothing. I’m intrigued because the designer was "raised on a remote homestead in England." 7 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: Join your friends and neighbors at South Beach for Beach Befrienders Beach Cleanup. 8 to 10 am. The M.V. Boys and Girls Club presents its Back to School Jamboree at Niantic Park. It’s a combo of basketball and community. 9 am to 6 pm. Martha's Vineyard Art Association members Sharon McCann Daly, David Joseph, Larry Glick, and AIRE MV show their latest works at the historic Old Sculpin Gallery. 10 am to 6 pm. Bring the kids to Storytime at the Chilmark library. There’s singing and playing involved too. 11 am. I don’t think there’s singing at the Oak Bluffs library’s Chess Club gathering though. If you love chess or want to know more, this is for you. 2 pm. The West Tisbury library hosts a presentation about the making of the film "Eskawata Kayawai." The director, Lara Jacoski, shares her knowledge about the Huni Kuin people. 2:30 pm. New to recovery? Drop by the Red House for support, fellowship, and good convo. 4 pm. The final Art Premiere of the season at the Field Gallery features work by photographer Michael Stimola and painter Benjamin M. Johnson. 4 pm. The Film Center screens "A Compassionate Spy," the story of Manhattan Project scientist Ted Hall, who shared classified nuclear secrets with Russia. Interesting follow up to "Oppenheimer." 7:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, here’s something new to me: The Edgartown Croquet Club hosts Introduction and Free Lessons for American 6 Wicket Croquet. Robinson Road recreation area. 9 am. Island Spirit Kayak helps host the Martha's Vineyard Oar and Paddle Regatta at Sengekontacket Pond. Swimmers and paddlers of all kinds come together to race 2.4 miles and raise money for cleaner waters. Little Bridge. 9 am. Gather at the Chilmark Community Church for a short memorial service for those beloved pets that we have had to say goodbye to. God bless ‘em. 10 am. Awakening Souls Festival of Music and Art happens at the Milokan Cultural Center on North Road in Chilmark. Festivities begin at 11 am. Edgartown Books hosts a book signing for Antonia Deignan’s "Underwater Daughter" at 2 pm. The Turpentine Gallery in West Tisbury hosts a reception for new works in steel and wire by Island artist Steve Lohman. 4 pm. Wrap up the weekend with a Concert at the Ocean Park Bandstand in Oak Bluffs. 5:30 pm. I didn’t state the obvious: Beach Road Weekend is happening, and I hope my kids have a blast. –C.B.

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

Real Estate Confidential: The new homes on Martha’s Vineyard

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.

As you travel around the Island these days, you can see new construction everywhere you look. Nothing compares to the look and feel of a new home with the quality construction you expect. As I review costs over the years and compare the current market, new construction can come at a price. Even at the lower end, you will find quality finishes, and in many cases of late, with air-conditioning or mini-splits at a minimum. You are never far from a beach or a boat landing, and at the upper end of the price curve, you can find large waterfront homes that include swimming pools.
Incredible beaches, gorgeous architecture, and welcoming neighbors are all big selling points for Martha’s Vineyard. It consists of six towns—Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Vineyard Haven, Chilmark, and Aquinnah—where you can find contemporary homes that are as breathtaking as the landscaping and the natural features that surround them.
The new homes you’ll discover on Martha’s Vineyard are as unique and stylish as the area’s residents. Typically featuring styling touches from postmodernism and deconstructivism, the Island’s new homes are also as diverse as the personalities of the people who live in them.
For many buyers, Katama is the place to be for proximity to South Beach and easy access to town. Somerset is an exclusive five-home luxury enclave perfectly located between Edgartown Village and South Beach, and developed by Stanmar, owners of the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Thoughtfully designed by noted architect Dudley Cannada, each home will be perfectly designed for indoor-outdoor summer living and entertaining, peaceful relaxation, working from home, and comfortable spaces conducive to hosting and entertaining family and friends. The beautifully designed interiors will feature a fresh coastal style and will evoke a sense of casual Island living and barefoot elegance . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

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Staying in?
If you have kids going back to school soon, stay connected through meals with the tips and recipes in "The Family Dinner," by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt. A couple of dishes are Vegetable Enchilada Pie and Butterfly Pasta with Kale.

To share your own family recipe with the community, send it to us, along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory if you have one, to

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Do you know these kids? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.

Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about. For previous Do You Knows? see our archive.

Thursday's contest answer:
Gretchen Baer
Codes for cures
The Martha’s Vineyard Substance Use Disorder Coalition (MV SUDC) is launching an advertising campaign to raise awareness of Island resources for those with the disorder.
The campaign, with a year of funding from the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health, is meant to direct those in need — or those who know anyone in need — to MV SUDC’s informational web page. Read that story here.

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