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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Since we’re off Saturday, we’re telling you what happened three years ago tomorrow. The Island was under the threat of a tornado. It was a scary few minutes for all. Today is National Hammock Day, which is where you’ll catch reporter Rich Saltzberg after he meets his deadline today. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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More tick talk
There are two big developments related to Lyme disease today. One involves research being done by what can only be described as an all-star team of tick researchers from various New England universities funded with a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. And Pfizer has finally responded to our request for information on the Lyme vaccine trials. Rich has that update as well.
Knocked about
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission heard public testimony on a proposal to demolish a house at 1133 Main Street in West Chop. The commissioners asked questions about why the house could not be renovated instead of being demolished. Meanwhile, the MVC gave enthusiastic support for the Island Autism proposal in West Tisbury. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

Housing on hold
Martha’s Vineyard affordable housing advocates were watching the state legislature closely this week hoping that a home rule petition for a transfer fee on Nantucket would win approval. But seeing that he didn’t have the votes, Sen. Julian Cyr pulled the amendment and will instead reintroduce it in the next session. He’s rolling the dice that voters will elect Democratic candidate Maura Healey as governor. Editor George Brennan has this update.
Pedaling transplant donors
Wednesday was one of the hottest days of the summer on the Island, but that didn’t stop some enthusiastic supporters of Be The Match from taking to their bicycles and touring the Island to raise awareness and money for stem cell donations. The Island visit was just one stop on what is a month-long tour of the East Coast to promote the organization that registers potential donors. News intern Natalie Aymond got herself fully hydrated and went out to speak with the group. Here’s her story, which includes how you can register to be a donor.
The Tisbury School Building Committee meets at 3:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Dukes County Commission meets at 5 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Tisbury select board meets at 4:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"The center itself has three legs. It has a research component, so we’ll continue to figure out ways to reduce the numbers of ticks and the exposure of human-biting ticks, test repellents and all those kinds of things. But we’re also training the next generation of folks who will be working on these kinds of challenges…But the third leg of it is the thing I’m most excited about, which is building communities of practice. Rather than having researchers work in the lab and in the field like we usually do and sort of come up with our solutions, there will be more of a communication between the stakeholders — public health agencies but also the public, the people who are using these modalities that are being developed." –Stephen Rich, a tick researcher, on a $10 million grant that’s bringing together a dream team of researchers

Hot Topic Comment
Our editorial on traffic has gotten a lot of attention from commenters. Here’s what Maureen Fischer had to say: "It doesn’t help matters when traffic is merging on to State Road from Look Street-dangerous, at any time of the year. Im not a traffic engineer, but that seems like a logical place to begin."

Hot Topic Letter
In an op-ed column, resident Supreme Court expert Jack Fruchtman gives a preview of what’s to come next from this conservative-dominated court. "If last year’s Supreme Court term was full of blockbuster landmark rulings, next year promises more to come. To date, the justices have accepted 30 cases for full argument. They will add more over the summer and into the fall, as the justices review appeals. Four of those cases promise new activism by a resolute conservative bloc, which consists of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. Left on the periphery are three liberal justices, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, who replaced Stephen G. Breyer in June."
Today: Ah, to be back at a live show at the M.V. Playhouse. Watch Kevin Flynn’s "Fear of Heights" tonight or tomorrow night. 7:30 pm. –Connie Berry

The Omnium Circus has come to town. Watch the film Omnium Circus: A Celebration of Diversity at Circuit Art's drive-in at the YMCA. 8:15 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: Interested in trying yoga? Me too. Colleen Macsuga leads All Levels Vinyasa Power Yoga at the Edgartown library. 9 am. If reading is more up your alley (it’s definitely up mine), there’s a Used Book Sale at the Oak Bluffs library. 10 am to 4 pm. Premier seaweed artist Kathy Poehler exhibits her latest Seaweed Collage Works, including abstracts, floral, fauna and fanciful human representations. Old Sculpin Gallery. 11 am to 8 pm. The Red House rescheduled its July Fourth Barbecue to tomorrow. Join the recovery community for potluck barbecue, music, and games. 12 to 2 pm. An exhibit of photographer Allan Gerson’s work is hanging in the M.V. Playhouse Art Space. Beautiful stuff. You should drop by and take a look. 1 to 4 pm. Stroll through West Chop and hear stories of the Great American Writers: William Styron, Lillian Hellman, John Hersey, and Art Buchwald, with a sprinkling of neighbor Mike Wallace. Tour begins in front of the bandstand in Owen Park. 4 pm. M.V. Playhouse's outdoor production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be at the Tisbury Amphitheater. There’s a cast of many local performers and they’re excellent. 6 pm. EVIDENCE will present "The Equality of Night and Day (TEND)" at the Performing Arts Center, thanks to a residency at the Yard. Bring a mask. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

On Sunday, learn the basics of Nature Journaling with artist Elizabeth Whelan. Sketch in nature on the grounds of Polly Hill Arboretum. Free. 8:30 am. It’s not summer for this church lady without a trip to the Tabernacle for Sunday Service. Interdenominational and all are welcome. 9:30 am. Vineyard Artisans Festival at the Grange. Over 70 Island artisans with handmade fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, quilts, handmade books, and much more. 10 am to 2 pm. The big Possible Dreams fundraiser for M.V. Community Services, hosted by Seth Meyers, happens at 4 pm at Winnetu. The tickets are sold out, but you can watch the live stream by following directions. The Borealis Wind Quintet performs at the Old Whaling Church. They’re Grammy nominees and pretty darn awesome. 4 pm. Whatever you do this weekend, be sure to hug your loved ones tight. And if they aren’t with you, hug them tight in your mind. –C.B.

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Dining out?

The Barn Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Bowling available Tuesday through Saturday at 5 pm. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
‘Tis the season for summer squash. The great thing about it is that you can literally do anything with it. But we recommend this Harvest of the Month recipe from the folks at Mo’s Lunch: Raw and Roasted Squash Salad. Try it this weekend.

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‘Fire of Love’
The age-old battle between curiosity and fear is ever-present in the National Geographic film, "Fire of Love." The love story follows the lives of two French volcanologists, Maurice and Katia Krafft. The two spend their lives exploring the mysteries of the natural world together, focusing on volcanoes, earning them the title of freelance volcano runners. The Kraffts investigate rocks emitted from exploding volcanoes, the destruction volcanoes cause, tectonic plates, volcanic triggers and fuses, and everything else you could possibly think of when it comes to volcanoes. Check out Brooks Robards’ fascinating story here to learn more about this film.

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