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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: The Field Gallery

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard added a new stop, honoring an old Oak Bluffs business. The Trail commemorated Robert and Shirley Graves’ machine & tool business with a plaque and ceremony. While this is the 37th Trail site, it’s the first of the Black Business Trail section. Get more details about the event here.
Uncas Ave.
The owner of a building dating back to the 1800s in Oak Bluffs wants to demolish the property and build 8 units of workforce housing. There’s been some pushback from some historic preservationists, but now the project is headed to the review of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Read more here.

Closing time
The M.V. Sharks didn’t have the best start to the season, but they’re closing in on a playoff spot. And no one is more integral to the pitching staff than Oak Bluffs native James Sashin. He's had an excellent season, a fireballer who just starred as a closer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s 2023 All-Star Game. Read more about Sashin here.

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Quote of the Day
"We encourage all residents to take time to understand mental health and education, and recognize that we need to take care of our mental health while we take care of each other."
— Oak Bluffs select board chair Emma Green-Beach declaring September as the town’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Hot Topic Comment
Fred J. Hancock comments on the SSA’s plan to deal with no-shows: "I would like to suggest that the SSA might alter their reservation website to make it possible to cancel a reservation without changing it to another date. When plans change, sometimes you do not know when you will need to travel. Yes, you can call the reservation number and talk to an agent but that decreases the number of people who would make the notification."

Hot Topic Letter
Maura McGroarty writes to us about low turnout for turf voting: "At annual Town Meetings in Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, voters acted to zero out the high school’s budget, thus nullifying its passage at the time. Aquinnah’s 97 registered voter attendees (out of a total of 413) voted 50-47 in favor. Chilmark’s 217 attendees (out of a total of 1,131) voted 114-71 in favor. West Tisbury’s 142 registered voter attendees (out of a total of 2,796) voted unanimously in favor. Interesting. And, separately, a sad commentary on voter participation in government, and an example of how public discourse is so influenced by loud and repetitious voices."
Today: Dance in the Square to tunes by the Dukes of Circuit Avenue, near Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown. Music outdoors always makes me feel good. It’s a little cloudy as I type, but I hope it happens because I'm ready. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Reiki Healing Class at the Oak Bluffs library. I could use a little manipulation of my life force energy. They don’t mind if you drop-in to check out a class, so give it a try. The world could use more healing. 7 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: This event needs no introduction: West Tisbury library’s Book Sale happens under the big tents at the West Tisbury School. This is a don’t-miss, even for me. I love books. Real books. 9 am to 3 pm. –C.B.

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

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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 at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.

The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

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Staying in?
Fire it up for flavor-loaded Grilled Chicken Kabobs, a recipe from the In Season issue of Edible Vineyard. These tasty bites have everything from Aminos to Zucchini.

Do you have a recipe for a main meal, side dish, snack, dessert, or beverage? We would love to share it with the community. Email it to, and include a photo of your final creation and a brief backstory if you have one.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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

Wednesday's contest answer:
Gus Ben David

Bridging the gaps
Brian Morris of Island Health Care and Robert Cropper of the Red House spoke about substance abuse on the Island. The Red House and Vineyard House are the Island’s two recovery houses, which support people struggling with addiction. Morris and Cropper also talked about how stigma can cause the Island community to dismiss addicts. Read more of the conversation here.

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