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SWEARing in school
Typically, the use of profanity in schools is frowned upon. But this isn’t that type of SWEAR. Instead it’s students who are willing to Stand With Everyone Against Rape (SWEAR). The program is aimed at getting students to take action when they see something rather than being passive. Forums were held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School this week. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Budget busters
The Up-Island School District is looking at a significant increase in its proposed annual budget and whether that’s palatable for the member towns or not. At a school committee meeting, board members heard a presentation that showed a nearly 9% increase. What’s driving the projected budget? Salary costs, fuel costs, and health insurance among other things are responsible for the projected budget hike. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has the details. Meanwhile, in Tisbury, school and town officials will break ground symbolically on the school renovation and addition project. The project is already well underway. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this update.
The eyes have it
As many of you know, the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown is the place where town meetings are held. Well, this spring voters are in for a feast for the eyes. Muralist Margot Datz has just wrapped up her trompe-l'œil in the church as commissioned by the Vineyard Preservation Trust. Datz talks about the technique, the research that went into mastering it, and shares how she came to be a muralist in the first place. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

The Edgartown select board meets for a public hearing at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the

The Up-Island School District meets at 6:15 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"When Edgartown does well, the county does well. When the county does well, Edgartown does well. . . If we can offer a higher price point than currently is being offered, then in turn, we can ensure that every dollar goes back into the community."
–James Hagerty, Edgartown town administrator, on the possible take over by the town of Norton Point

Hot Topic Comment
Add Katherine Scott to the growing chorus of commenters unhappy with the decision by the town to use the Katharine Cornell as office space. "It is outrageous that the Katharine Cornell Theatre has been taken over for offices. I am totally speechless at the chutzpah of this stunt.
Every single commenter here and probably every resident of Tisbury can add pieces to the mosaic of wonderful theatrical, musical, and educational experiences and memories whose locus was the inspirational space of the ‘KC.’ This was the intent of Katharine Cornell."

Hot Topic Letter
Oak Bluffs had a festive opening to the holiday season and the Oak Bluffs Business Association executive director Billie Jean Sullivan is appreciative. "Thank you ALL so much, we look forward to an even bigger and better ‘Light Up Oak Bluffs’ next year. Apologies to anyone not mentioned above. Just know you are appreciated by the OBA. It takes a village, and we have a great one!"
Today: I don’t know about you, but I’m starting the weekend tonight by going to see the Gatchell Holiday Lights. I’m hoping that will motivate me to get our Christmas tree up this weekend. Anytime after dark. Don't forget to bring a donation for Island Food Pantry. –Connie Berry

This film sounds like a drama/mystery that I’d enjoy. Tilda Swinton stars in "The Eternal Daughter," playing at the Film Center. Sort of haunting and scary but still a good story. 7:30 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: On Saturday, the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury hosts its annual Christmas Faire with beautiful wreaths, swags, and centerpieces for sale, vintage jewelry, and a bake sale. on Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
It also happens to be Christmas in Edgartown all weekend, basically everywhere you look there will be something going on. Donaroma’s offers
Wreath-making Workshops from 10 am to 4 pm. The Handmade from the Heart fundraiser for Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha's Vineyard happens at the Daniel Fisher House. 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy a Christmas in Edgartown shopping event at the Old Sculpin Gallery. Definitely one-of-a-kind gifts. 11 am to 4 pm. At the Federated Church, take some time to see the more than 30 Miniature Nativity Scenes from around the world. 12 to 4 pm. Here’s something really worthwhile to consider while you’re at Christmas in Edgartown: Learn about Foster Care at the Edgartown library. 11 am to 2 pm.
Up-Island, shop for gifts at the
Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Fair at Aquinnah Town Hall. Do not miss Goldie’s Food Truck and Orange Peel Bakery while you’re there. 10 am to 4 pm. Visit the Simon Gallery, featuring Peter Simon photography and Ronni Simon Designs, up in Chilmark. Peter’s calendars are ready and available. 11 am to 4 pm.
Also up-Island, see authentic
Handmade African Crafts on display at an enclosed porch sale. 12 to 4 pm. Don’t forget Featherstone’s Holiday Gift Show is open 12 to 4 pm. Mathew over at Edgartown Books has two author book signings going on during Christmas in Edgartown: Cathryn Newton’s "Home Sweet Island" from 10 am to noon, and Susan Branch’s "Distilled Genius" from 2 to 4 pm. Circuit Arts brings us a (free) treat: Watch the classic "A Christmas Story" at Edgartown Cinemas at 1 pm. Minnesingers Annual Holiday Concert in the historic Old Whaling Church at 8 pm.

On Sunday, Decorate a Plate at Merry Farm Pottery. I may have to do this. What a great gift. 10 am to 2 pm. You’ll have two chances to catch Season’s Greetings!, Rise Dance’s annual show at the PAC: 11 am and 4 pm. Come to my town for a Winter Wonderland in downtown Vineyard Haven. 12 to 2 pm. The Tisbury Senior Center hosts a Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 pm. Come to a Jazz Concert featuring Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, and Taurus Biskis. Free. West Tisbury library. 2:30 pm. Check out Crossland Landscape's annual Lighting of Decorations in Ocean Park. Every weekend after dark. Well, I’m exhausted just from typing all of that. See you out there. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Looking for something a little lighter in the cookie department? We were until we found this recipe for Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies. We love our sweet treats with a little less guilt.

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Pet-friendly holidays
Planning ahead for the holidays is a great way to make your celebration a little less stressful, and that planning process should also apply to your pets. Michelle Gerhard Jasny, V.M.D., says in her latest Visiting Vet column that keeping your pets safe and happy can be as simple as making sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations, are wearing proper identification tags in case they escape during travel, and don’t ingest any dangerous food or decorations (think cats and tinsel). Also, keep your vet apprised of your plans so they are prepared.
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