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Our office will be closed on Monday as we ring in the New Year. There won’t be a Minute either, but we’ll return on Tuesday. Thank you for a great 2022 and we look forward to being your go-to news source for all things Martha’s Vineyard in 2023. Today is Bacon Day. We plan to celebrate with bacon and eggs for breakfast, a BLT for lunch, and a bacon burger for dinner. Please don’t tell our doctor. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Fired up
John O’Donnell works for the Edgartown Highway Department by day and volunteers for the Oak Bluffs Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services in his "spare" time. O’Donnell is a fire captain and last year when there was a fire at Ocean View Restaurant and the Island’s fire chiefs were off at an off-Island conference, O’Donnell stepped in and led the command of that fire scene. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Farm life
Is there anything cuter than an alpaca? That’s likely what drew Sandy D’Amico and Pam Harwood to work on Barbara Ronchetti’s Island Alpaca Farm. The two women help out with all kinds of chores having to do with the alpacas and tell our freelance writer Abby Remer that it’s been a rewarding experience. Here’s her story.
Tuned in
Speak to WMVY radio host Laurel Reddington about Deb Dolliver and you’re likely to get an earful about just how valuable she is to Reddington and the radio station. Dolliver is a volunteer extraordinaire and has helped out the station in many ways. But her volunteer work doesn’t stop there. Dolliver has also put her nursing skills to use as a volunteer and has also pitched in to help the Big Brothers Big Sisters as well. Writer Geoff Currier has this story.

The Steamship Authority Port Council meets at 9 am Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Look for the agenda on the town’s website.

The Oak Bluffs affordable housing committee meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"To be able to be that person to help, or one of the people to be able to help people in need, that’s my biggest thing."
–John O’Donnell on why he decided to volunteer for the Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS departments.

Hot Topic Comment
As expected, the story that a local clinic will begin offering abortions has prompted a lot of comments. Here’s what Barbara Leonard wrote reacting to another commenter: "You are very quick to make a decision about someone else’s body and their lives for the next 18 years. Yes not getting pregnant would have been perfect except it is not always what happens, rape, molestation and birth control may not work. Conveniently YOU don’t ever have to worry about that."

Hot Topic Letter
Richard Knabel writes about the flooding the Island saw during a recent storm. "Anyone driving through Five Corners, or attempting to that day, was treated to hubcap-deep water, or found it and Beach Road, once again, closed to traffic altogether. By around 2:00 the road was open, but there was still enough water sloshing around the intersection to require a very slow left turn towards the SSA terminal. This is now happening with monotonous regularity. And the flooding will become more frequent, and worse, as sea level continues to rise, and storms become more frequent and intense."
Today: Sometimes I forget that the Film Center contains an art space. Richard Paradise has made the place into a great community venue, besides a great place to view movies. I digress. Check out Gloria Burkin’s Landscape Paintings whenever you’re there to watch a fine film. –Connie Berry

I could definitely use this: Online Yoga Nidra Sleep and Dream Yoga. If you practice this before bed, it calms your mind and nervous system. I bet it beats counting sheep. Sliding scale payment. 8 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: We don’t have a whole lot going on this weekend but I think we all deserve a little breather, don’t you? You can join the kids at the Family Craft Table at the West Tisbury library from 10:30 am to 3 pm. I used to love working on Saturdays in the children’s room when I was there. Stop by the Red House for Coffee and Recovery Talk. That is such a great place for the recovery community to relax and chat. Noon to 2 pm. Richard Paradise invites you to the Film Center for a Bubbly New Year’s Eve Celebration with champagne and David Hannon on piano. They’ll screen the rom com "Love Actually" afterwards. I finally got to use rom com in a sentence. Once it’s dark, take a drive to Ocean Park and check out the Crossland Holiday Light Display before it’s gone. Ring in the New Year at the P.A. Club with friends and dance the night away to Serendipity, with special guest Pat Law. Hors d'Oeuvres and champagne at midnight. 7 pm-ish. –C.B.

On Sunday, I suggest you visit some of the
Sheriff's Meadow Properties for a lovely walk, either alone or with friends and family. It’s a great way to kick off the New Year, besides I need to whip myself into shape somehow and I’m too old to hula-hoop or take up pole dancing. Happy New Year! –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Let’s get ready for the New Year with these cocktail recipes from MVT director of sales and marketing, Jenna Lambert. She’ll take you through her Holiday Sangria recipe and some others that you will want to try in 2023. Cheers!

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Onto the next
The Island was blessed with some amazing music, art, shopping, and much more in 2022. The Loft hosted a lot of great tunes, like the Dock Dance Band, the Jaywalkers, Phil daRosa, and Crooked Coast. And the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center certainly delivered this past year, with their Spectrum, Environmental, FilMusic, and Women in Film festivals. The Times wrote about some pretty tasty recipes, too, like Marry Me Chicken, and a sweet and refreshing lime freeze. Read Connie Berry’s writeup on what the Calendar section saw for 2022, and let’s look forward to a lot more music, food, and art in the new year.
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