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A win for the workforce
An Oak Bluffs apartment owner will have to stop renting some of his apartments on Airbnb and other short-term rental sites. On Thursday, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted unanimously to reject a request by the ‘Lampost’ owner to modify his agreement with the commission to have all of his units rented to those in the workforce. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the details.
From Brazil with books
The Island schools are looking to hire more Brazilian teachers as the population of students who are English language learners has never been larger. Island schools are looking to use a H1B visa program that allows teachers from Brazil to come to the United States to teach and eventually get a green card. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story, which includes a chart that shows the growth of students.

Anticipation is over
Carly Simon was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week. That had lots of us on the Vineyard asking the same question: What took so long? On Friday during a phone interview, Simon talked about her induction and let us in on a story that she made up to explain the previous snub. Spoiler alert: It has to do with a movie cameo. Editor George Brennan had the privilege of speaking to the Island icon and got an assist connecting with her from former associate publisher Jamie Kageleiry. Here’s the story.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.
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Quote of the Day
"I am not a disconnected, black-robe-wearing judicial person. Do I care about the environment? Yes. Am I an environmentalist? Yes. Am I a conservationist? Yes. Do I go to Vineyard Conservation Society’s Earth Day celebration and invest my Saturday cleaning up nip bottles from people who indiscriminately throw them on the side of the road? Yes. Does that mean I can’t review the high school application? No. I am not embarrassed or ashamed or apologetic of my admiration for the work of the Field Fund in the town of Oak Bluffs."–Ewell Hopkins responding to criticism he should have recused himself from the vote on a synthetic turf field at the high school

Hot Topic Comment
Harrison Holmes responded to some of the comments on the planning board’s field vote. "People need to learn how to take a loss. Sometimes your side doesn’t win. Take your lumps, shake it off and think about the future. The pro turf crowd’s tone has been childish and yet condescending during this whole debate. Usually the tears of the defeated taste sweet. In this case they are just stale."

Hot Topic Letter
Gerry Yukevich wrote about the return of live theater in Vineyard Haven. "Hurray! This past weekend the heartbeat of the M.V. Playhouse pounded loudly and triumphantly again."
Today: The Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library continues to invite Island folks to donate seeds and take some seeds for their own garden. Head to the West Tisbury library to see what varieties are available, and get started! From 10 am to 5 pm. –Lucas Thors

Writing guru Nancy Slonim Aronie teaches folks how to craft compelling memoirs using her latest novel, "Memoir as Medicine," from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Explore the ways writing about grief and living life can reshape your own relationship with loss. Museum member admission is $20 and nonmember admission is $30. –L.T.
This weekend: Kick off the Mother’s Day festivities with the Grey Barn and Farm as they host their second annual Mother’s Day plant sale Saturday, from 8 am to 3 pm. There’ll be a broad selection of plants and herbs available. Another plant sale will be happening at the Martha’s Vineyard Community Greenhouse on New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs from 10 am to 4 pm. Members receive discounts and can pick up produce all year long. Learn how to turn flowers into a beautiful bouquet with the Edgartown library from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Floral arrangement professional Louise Sweet has been in the business for over 30 years — she’ll show you the ropes. Students in the Oak Bluffs school art program, run by Jessica Johns, will be exhibiting their work at the Galaxy Gallery on Dukes County Avenue from noon to 4 pm. Go support the kiddos!

It’s Sunday — Mother’s Day, and the Edgartown Board of Trade is again turning downtown Edgartown into one big party for mom and family for their Mother’s Day celebration. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, pop-up shops, brunches and luncheons, goodie bags, store specials, snacks and refreshments, raffles, and more. The fun starts at 9 am. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center screens "The Summer of 85" as part of their Spectrum Film Festival at 1 pm. Don’t miss the adventure-filled love story by French filmmaker François Ozon. –L.T.

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

Real Estate Confidential: So you want to invest in real estate Sponsored
Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider info 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.
Investment properties on Martha’s Vineyard come in all shapes and sizes. I normally would recommend looking for at least 3 bedrooms and ideally a guest house or studio. The type of use might help determine the location. For vacation use with an occasional rental, the Katama area of Edgartown and downtown Oak Bluffs will be the first places to look. For year-round rental investment, more central locations will be the place to begin your search.
The Vineyard is in desperate need of investment buyers of long-term rentals to house a growing workforce with diminishing living opportunities. Every visitor to the Vineyard the past few years has experienced long shopping and dining out delays. This year we expect some improvement as work visas are again available. As difficult as it is for those workers to find places to live, fall comes and our growing year-round population needs places to live so we have the workers to depend on to keep the Island running smoothly. So, you get to help the Vineyard survive as it is and enjoy a profit for your efforts.
Data from the National Association of Realtors show that half of investment buyers purchased for rental income and about a third were diversifying their investments. On Martha’s Vineyard, like other destination vacation markets, one lure for investors is the large vacation rental market.
Many buyers ask me if it is a good time to buy on Martha’s Vineyard. You will see from the following homes that there still are many opportunities for investment, whether for vacation income or as a year-round rental property. It remains to be seen if the expected mortgage rate increases will affect your projections.
The beautiful, natural property at 41 Paula Avenue in Vineyard Haven is on an acre and a half and evokes the feel of up-Island with a park-like setting. The house sits high over its surroundings, set back from the road, and at the top of the circular driveway. The extensive yard includes stone walls, evergreens, a gazebo (with electricity), a slate patio that runs the length of the house, and open lawn areas. There are three bedrooms on the main level, and the lower level has been finished for additional living and includes another bedroom. There is a five-bedroom septic system in the ground, and a guesthouse (up to 800 ft.) would be allowed on this property . . .

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Staying in?
Sometimes you just need to put everything in one bowl and call it a supper. Well, you can do that with Catherine Walthers' Wheat Berry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette. Sweet blueberries, a tasty grain, and fresh greens are tossed with a fruity dressing. That does it – we need to stock up at the local greenhouse for the Times kitchen. Now where did we put that salad spinner?

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Hanging on for deer life
The Island certainly has no shortage of deer, but have they always been this ubiquitous? We always see white-tail deer bounding through the woods (or road) nowadays, but were there other species living here in the past? It’s a good thing we have Chris Baer and his This Was Then column to explain this stag-gering amount of deer history. Read the column here.

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