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Spook the coyotes
Coyotes are on the Island, but that doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of them. In fact, it is in the people’s best interest to make coyotes afraid of humans. Naturalists and animal control officers have an eye on the on-Island coyote situation, and there are ways to coexist with the carnivores. However, they are still wild animals so people should be aware of them. More study is likely needed to really know how many coyotes are on the Island. Here’s the update on coyotes on Martha’s Vineyard.

Oak Bluffs revisits flag policy
The Oak Bluffs select board was presented with a revised flag policy on Tuesday, which seeks to be more inclusive than the current one. But concerns prevailed, and the board opted not to entertain a vote. Here’s the latest update on the town’s flag policy saga.
Tisbury envisions future
Tisbury is developing a master plan to guide the town’s future development, and residents provided their input about what they want to consultants. Several options are available to consider for the different business districts in town, and not everyone sees eye to eye. There is another workshop scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16. Here is the update.

The Dukes County Commission meets at 3:30 pm on Thursday. Remote access. Here is the

The Oak Bluffs Finance and Advisory Committee meets at 4 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

West Tisbury ZBA meets at 5 pm Thursday. In person. Here’s the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Coyotes are opportunistic. That means when they’re traveling, if they run into something and they can eat it, they’ll eat it … they’re not stalkers or hunters."
–Dan Proulx, Marblehead assistant animal control officer and wildlife rehabilitator at Dan’s Wildlife Rescue,
on coyotes on Martha’s Vineyard

Hot Topic Letter
Carolyn O’Daly wrote a letter to the editor voicing her concern about bringing rescue animals to the Vineyard without adequate veterinary care available here: "I don’t believe that importing animals to an Island where none of the vets take new patients is the best thing to do. I would love to adopt a dog, but there is no way I could afford to go off-Island for medical care for a pet. Seems to me bringing a new vet here should take precedence."
Today: Millennial Pickleball Drop-in at Airport Fitness tonight. When did they start naming all these generations anyway? I’m in between Gen X and Baby Boomers and I’m not sure what that means other than I’m old. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

Looking for something soothing and relaxing before falling asleep? Try Online Sleep and Dream Yoga. I’m guessing it’s more effective than staring at your iPhone while you’re in bed. Not that I ever do that. 8:30 pm. –C.B.

The Oak Bluffs library gives us an Indoor Storywalk that celebrates Black History Month. The book is a true story titled "When the Schools Shut Down," good for kids 4 to 9, but good for the rest of us too. 10 am to 4 pm. –C.B.

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

Found your keys
"FREE! Nice little spinet piano free to whomever wants to come pick it up at my home in Oak Bluffs. Text 508-801-6435."

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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 Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
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Staying in?

Here's something fun and quick to try, and it's straight from Connie Berry's test kitchen: Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Sound tasty? We can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Elaine Barse
Welcome to ‘Chicago’
The hit musical production "Chicago" is coming to the Vineyard, with students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School gearing up to host the gig at the Performing Arts Center. Led by director Brooke Ditchfield and musical director Abigail Chandler, the young cast and crew are excited to wow the crowd with another dazzling annual show. Read Abby Remer’s story on the upcoming show here.

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