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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1808, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony made its premiere in Vienna. It is also Forefathers’ Day, which commemorates the day the Pilgrims landed in what they renamed Plymouth in 1620. So why is it on the 22nd and not the 21st? According to "When adjusting the date to the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary of the landing was mistakenly calculated to be December 22nd instead of December 21st." Today is National Regifting Day. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Ferry fees
It could soon cost you a lot more to take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. The two port towns — Oak Bluffs and Tisbury — are conspiring to have the embarkation fees raised on ferry tickets. The embarkation fees are given to the two communities and are often spent on public safety. Tisbury approved an increase to $1.50 and Oak Bluffs approved having their town administrator work out an agreed upon amount with Tisbury. The two towns will be sending the request to state legislators because the increase has to be approved at the state level. Reporters Abigail Rosen and Rich Saltzberg have this story.
Last call
There’s no longer a requirement to purchase food in order to get an alcoholic beverage in Tisbury. The change went through town meeting, the legislature, a town wide vote, but ultimately did not go into effect until Wednesday evening after the select board held a public hearing (only a former select board member showed) and took a 2-0 vote in support. Here’s the story.

Pointed discussion
Dukes County commissioners will begin negotiating a contract with the Town of Edgartown for the management of Norton Point Beach. This comes as The Trustees of Reservations have pulled back and decided not to seek renewal of their lease on the barrier beach. Meanwhile, you won’t believe who sent a public records request to the county. Assistant Editor Lucas Thors, diving into the news fray because of the number of meetings Wednesday, has this story.
No meetings are scheduled for Friday, which gives you plenty of time to batten down the hatches and meet at Copper Anchor for a beer.
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Quote of the Day
"After a review of the multiple findings that bear directly on Sgt. Day’s credibility and the court’s order holding that the internal affairs reports are admissible at an evidentiary hearing, our office has determined that it will not be utilizing Sgt. Day as a witness in any capacity at future hearings in any criminal matters. I will be drafting a more formal letter to that effect, and will forward it to you."
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Hot Topic Comment
Holly Wayman responded to the obituary of David Joseph Duarte. "David was such a kind man. What an interesting life he led. RIP."

Hot Topic Letter
Nathaniel Trumbull wrote to say that he doesn’t believe the Steamship Authority is doing all it can to find an alternative place to ship freight to Martha’s Vineyard. "The SSA’s first effort on an RFP consisted of more than 70 pages of conditions and stipulations. Its complexity and inflexibility guaranteed that it would go over like a lead balloon. Poor publicity added to problems with the RFP. There was no public information session for prospective RFP applicants, and minimal outreach to transport companies or municipal authorities."
Vineyard Chabad and the Town of Tisbury are offering a family-friendly Chanukah Celebration at Owen Park with music, hot food and drinks, and a menorah lighting. 6 pm.

The M.V. Film Center is screening "Every Day," a drama starring Vivica A. Fox and Island native Sofia Masson. Followed by Q&A. You can read Brooks Robards' review here. 7:30 pm.

In Chilmark, Simon Gallery is open for last-minute gifts, including photos signed by Peter Simon, cozy blankets, Ronni Simon jewelry, and the Vineyard Calendar 2023. 12 to 4 pm.

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

Luxury of leather
"Men’s Black Leather jacket 3/4 Length 4 pockets; zipper front: full, warm lining; Size L; gently used. $30. Call: 508-939-0349."

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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 Lookout Come celebrate New Years Eve! Dinner, party favors, champagne & Times Square countdown.
Weekly Specials:
Tuesday $10 Burger Night *surf & turf $12
Thursday $10 Taco Night *lobster $14
Sunday 25% off all sushi items
Gift Card Promotion:
Purchase $100 gift card for $80.
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Staying in?
For a tasty twist on a holiday classic, check the story and recipe shared by Holly Nadler for Sweet Potato Pancakes. These innovative latkes won a grand prize awarded by a top chef. Let's just say that in the Times kitchen, we'll no longer resort to frozen tater tots.

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Bernadette Cormie
Hero remembered
Sometimes you find stories in unique places. While he was at a Wreaths Across America ceremony last week, reporter Rich Saltzberg was looking at some of the memorabilia on the walls. He notices a man from Vineyard Haven was awarded the Silver Star during World War II. Rich started poking around to find out who this man was and why he was given this award, which is one of the highest in all of the military. Without further adieu, here’s his story.
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