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Today is National Actors’ Day, which celebrates how actors bring characters and stories to life in whatever medium they perform in. With the school year having begun on the Vineyard, we’re sure there’ll be plenty of wonderful student actors ready to perform their hearts out on the stage soon! Of course, we can’t forget the performers from the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and all of the shows they put on this summer. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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A disease is withering the Island’s beautiful beech trees, and we’re not alone. Beech tree forests across the Northeast are being impacted by beech leaf disease (BLD), which leads to damaged leaves, loss of leaves, and even tree mortality. Experts say to appreciate them while they’re here. Read more here.
Retroactive review
Martha’s Vineyard Commissioners reached a breaking point Thursday, after being charged with reviewing modifications to a project that had already been approved. The regional planning and permitting agency told the developer of a mixed-use condominium project that he’s going to have to come up with alternative solutions to multiple chimneys and fireplaces — even though they’ve already been installed. Here’s that story.

Edgartown EMT Dylan Keusch suffered a brain injury when he was a teenager. Now, after a lengthy recovery, he’s on the road to helping others. He’s currently a student at Cornell University, and arrives in Edgartown on the weekends to work. His plan is to eventually study public health policy. Read about Keusch’s journey here.
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank meets at 3 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown Select Board meets at 4 pm on Monday. In-person at Edgartown Town Hall with remote access. Here is the agenda.

The All-Island School Committee meets at 5:30 pm on Monday. In-person at MVRHS Library with remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Committee meets at 6:30 pm on Monday. In-person at MVRHS Library with remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"When the building opens up, you’ll see a difference. What people don’t think about with the Tisbury School is that the soul of that school is the amazing staff."
— Martha’s Vineyard school superintendent Richie Smith on the Tisbury School, currently undergoing renovations, and the upcoming school year

Hot Topic Comment
"...if you have a problem with some tourist getting off an 'ugly' ship, and dropping tens of thousands of dollars into our tourist driven economy, move to one of those very nice quiet little towns in the rural heartland of America and complain that the farmers let their corn crops grow so high that you can’t even see the cornfield."
— Don Keller, on the arrival of a large cruise ship in Oak Bluffs

Hot Topic Letter
"Now a bit of advice, and we all have some, here's a touch of mine: Try to live your life well, try to help others, try to understand others, try to be as kind as you can, to people and animals. We all have our awful moments. We all have tempers. Those of us living and working here, in the summer and year-round, can get utterly exhausted by August. But everyone has a right to a vacation!"
— Scott Hershowitz from Oak Bluffs writes to us with a thank you for local businesses and some life advice for Islanders.

Sherry Sidoti talks about her book "A Smoke and a Song" at the Oak Bluffs library. I’ve heard good things, and this one is on my off-season reading list. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

The International Film Festival screens the Short Film Juried Competition tonight. There are nine finalists and you get to vote. Oh, the power. 7:30 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: Let’s kick Saturday off with a little Peace Yoga in the Field. The Field Gallery is a magical place and I would need a little magic to do yoga. 8:30 am. In Edgartown at the Robison Road rec area, try your hand(s) at American 6 Wicket Croquet. Free. 9 am. The Farmers Market is still going on at the Ag Hall, 9 am to noon. There’s a Garden Chair Building Workshop at Polly Hill this weekend. If you like the chairs outside the visitor center there, try building your own. 10 am Saturday and Sunday. The lovely Wind Festival blows around Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs all day Saturday. Bring a kite or make a kite. Starting at 10:30 am. The M.V. Cross Country Invitational happens most of the day too. More than 700 athletes will be competing from 22 schools throughout New England. Takes place mostly in the State Forest. 11 am start time. Multi-talented Gerry Yukevich (writing as Ivan Cox) talks about his book "Blood Pudding" and signs copies at Edgartown Books from 2 to 4 pm. Join the Chess Club at its new home at the Oak Bluffs library. Play starts at 2 pm. Author Gwendolyn Esco Davis speaks about her new book, "Tenacity of the Soul," at the West Tisbury library. 3:30 pm. At the Chilmark library, learn Ten Tips to Help Your Children’s Reading Bloom with Deb Dunn. 4 pm. Come to a benefit for Angels Helping Animals at Nomans from 5 to 9 pm. There will be a silent auction from 5 to 8 pm, and live music from the Black Eyed Susans from 6 to 9 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, check out the Vineyard Artisans at the Grange while you can. Think about what you might pick up for gifts, because everyone loves handcrafted items best. 10 am to 2 pm. In fact, maybe Meditate on the topic at Bodhi Path Buddhist Center before you go. There’s not enough space here to list all the benefits that come from the practice. 10 am. It’s last days to see the Kara Taylor-curated exhibit "Collide" at Featherstone, so go see it if you haven’t already. 12 to 4 pm. Stroll through West Chop and hear stories of the great American writers in the neighborhood — William Styron, Lillian Hellman, John Hersey, Art Buchwald, and more. Meet at 4:30 pm at Owen Park. I’m thinking I’ll head to all the places I didn’t go this summer. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
From our wayback machine comes a recipe shared by Garden Notes columnist Abigail Higgins: Quince Cheese. It is a confection or spread made with just fruit and sugar. Find more cooking tips in "Catching up with Quince." Apparently the trees bearing this high-pectin fruit used to be more common on the Island and the rest of New England. Find out what happened to them.

For more stories that celebrate local food, farming, and the community, visit Edible Vineyard.

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Ackee Tree Caribbean American Grocer on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven is a newsroom favorite. Their traditional Jamaican patties — with salt cod, jerk chicken, beef, or veggie — are a delight. They also have things you wouldn’t find anywhere else, like tamarind to coco bread to chicken feet. Check our write-up of this hidden gem here.
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