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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 2022, Island boards of health voted to suspend their indoor mask mandate brought about by the COVID pandemic. The board of health Zoom meeting in which the vote took place was attended by more than 150 participants, and The Times story on the development garnered more than 70 comments. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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DeSantis tries dismissing migrant suit
Parties–including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis– named in a class action lawsuit for the controversial transportation of 49 migrants to the Island last September have filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. But local immigration attorney Rachel Self says she’s "confident that our judicial system will see through these smoke and mirror attempts and the case will proceed toward trial and that justice will ultimately prevail." Here’s that story.
Oak Bluffs balks at MVC withdrawal
The town’s select board chair proposed an article for town meeting that would ask voters to withdraw Oak Bluffs from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the Island’s largest regional planning authority. His idea was to bring Commission representatives to the table to talk about their rising budget, and he was successful. Read our coverage here.

Boys hockey heading to Sweet 16
On the wings of senior co-captains Nick BenDavid and Nick Rego, the boys’ hockey team crushed Fitchburg/Montachusett Tech Red Raiders, 5 - 1 yesterday. The Vineyarders will host Stoningham on Sunday in the Sweet 16. In other tournament action, the girls hockey team takes on Norwood tonight at home. Catch the details here.
No meetings this Friday. Go enjoy the weekend!
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Quote of the Day
Select board member Brian Packish stood firm on his position regarding the Town of Oak Bluffs backing out of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission: "Financially, regulatory wise, in many different ways, I’d happily vote yes to get out, as an individual person … I think it’s too soon."

Hot Topic Comment
"Having worked many years ago in what was then the MV Hospital’s Long Term Care (long before Windermere!), I can tell you that the folks who lived there never quite felt at home in the double occupancy hospital type rooms. These new housing units sound great and will provide lovely living spaces for the ever-aging Island population in the future!"–Donna M. Blackburn on our story about Navigator Homes setting an August start date for construction of their new Greenhouse Model elder housing in Edgartown

Hot Topic Letter
Multi-generational Oak Bluffs resident, Lynn Vera, writes a letter to the editor voicing her thoughts around potentially setting an earlier last call and closing bars earlier in town: "Yes, the ‘late night entertainment identity’ is part of what makes Oak Bluffs so attractive. But I’m not willing for that to be the main characterization. Let’s not forget about balance. For many, it is not late night bar action that is fun and attractive, or perhaps even important."
Today: The P2 Fiber Group meets at the Ag Hall. Bring a project and maybe a snack to share. Does the snack have to contain fiber? All ages and skill levels are welcome. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

"Women Talking" screens at the Film Center and stars Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, and Claire Foy — all terrific in my book. Isolated in a religious community, the women grapple with their reality and their faith. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: The Red House hosts a SMART Recovery Meeting, free to those looking for a safe place to talk about recovery. 11 am. –C.B.

Movies! Check out what's playing at Island theaters here.

Put your cards on the table
"Wall-mounted RV table 24"x40", Formica great, leg rusted but easily sprayed, hardware included, can deliver - extra, great deck space-saver, $50."

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Dining out?

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 Sweet Life Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
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Staying in?
Dip into a plant-based snack with the innovative recipe for Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, adapted by Connie Berry. With all that baked-on, hot-and-spicy, delicious coating, these veggie nuggets may disappear faster than you can say, "Tastes like chicken."

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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Sandra Lippens
On aging
In her most recent Writing from the Heart column, Nancy Slonim Aronie provides her personal commentary on aging, and how she has grappled with the concept. As we age, we notice that abilities we took for granted in the past become more tasking: taking the scenic route home on your bike, for instance, or even going up the stairs. Aronie asks us to wipe away the negative connotations American society places on aging, and appreciate the inevitable process. Read the piece here.

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