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Potential conflict
Just days after one of the Aquinnah select board members was found to have violated the state’s conflict of interest laws, another board member supported a shared use agreement that involves an organization where she’s a board officer. Vern Welch asked for and received permission to share his Menemsha Dock space with Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. During the meeting, select board member Juli Vanderhoop consulted town administrator Jeffrey Madison. See what he had to say. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Courting more funds
Because of a growing number of legal challenges, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has sent letters to the Island select boards and finance committees putting them on notice that they’ll need a budget adjustment. MVC executive director Adam Turner cites a growing number of appeals to commission decisions, including one legal case that cost $400,000 to defend. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

Thinking big
When they’re not figuring out what to do with MVRHS, the new school building committee can double as a Major League Baseball team. On Thursday, the school committee, after some haggling that included whether the size would be unwieldy, approved a 25-member school building committee to work with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Reporter Lucas Thors has this story, including the members who have been named at this point.
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Quote of the Day
"The people I’ve talked to said those two days would be subject to weather, to tide, and there’s a possibility that they won’t be able to enjoy those two days of scalloping. Is there a possibility of opening this up for another two days or another weekend for the recreational/family permits?"
–Tisbury select board Roy Cutrer on limiting the scallop season in Lagoon Pond to two days

Hot Topic Comment
Not everyone thinks what Aquinnah select board member Gary Haley did was wrong. Commenter Jim Higgins said: "This public servant performed above and beyond with the summer season set to start. Without the ‘end run’ to cover for Eversource, Haley saved half a summer of red tape headaches!"

Hot Topic Letter
This time last year, John Merrow wrote about outrage fatigue. "COVID fatigue is easy to define and understand, because we have been locked down for nearly 20 months. Ennui is the most common sign. As for outrage fatigue, I suspect that it is confined to active Democrats, Independents, and old-style (i.e., pre-Trump) Republicans."
Today: Circuit Arts at the Grange hosts a screening of "Bodies, Bodies, Bodies." It’s going to be scary and funny. If I went I’d scream, and that usually scares everyone else. You go ahead. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

This weekend in Oak Bluffs sounds pretty darn stellar. Kick it off tonight with a Zombie Bar Crawl in Post Office Square. Hopefully there won’t be actual crawling. 7 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: Start Saturday off right with a Vinyasa Power Yoga Class at the Edgartown library. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, but the library has a few available as well so don’t let that hold you back. 9 am. Get to the West Tisbury Farmers Market while it’s still happening at the Ag Hall. 9 am to noon. Take the kids to the Farm Institute for Barnyard Boo with treats, boos, and baas. 9:30 to 11:30 am. Trick or treat a little early at the Aquinnah library and be sure to wear your costume. 12 to 3 pm. Come celebrate the season at Enchanted Chocolates in Oak Bluffs. They will have free magic crystals, witches brew, spooky s’mores, and treats at its Open House. I wonder if they realize how much chocolate I can eat? 12 to 4 pm. The West Tisbury library hosts Halloween fun for the whole family. Wear your costume, hop on a hayride, play some games, paint a pumpkin, and munch on some spooky refreshments. Free. 1 to 3 pm. Goldie's has a Pop-up at the Grey Barn & Farm from 2 to 5 pm. I’ve heard fantastic things about Goldie’s and it’s high time I try it. Tom Dresser talks about his book "Ghosts of Martha's Vineyard" from 2 to 4 pm at Edgartown Books. Milokan Cultural Center hosts an open house Community Drum and Dance Halloween Party from 7 to 9 pm. Drum and dance, baby. –C.B.

On Sunday, Rebecca Gilbert talks about Honoring Ancestors at the Unitarian Universalist Society. The service is online and in person. 10 am. A group exhibit titled "Fall" is up at Featherstone. Twenty artists and it’s a real mix of representations about what fall means. 11 am to 4 pm. Lace up your ice skates at the M.V. Ice Arena for an open public skate session. Do some skating for me. I’m what you’d call chicken when it comes to sliding around on ice. 3 pm. Here’s something that doesn’t happen every day. Circuit Arts is showing "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," but they’re screening it at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, and Bill Peek will perform organ music to accompany the silent film. 7 pm. You’ve got lots to choose from this weekend. I’ll be busy telling all the men in my family how to paint our basement. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
If you're cleaning out pumpkins this weekend to make jack-o'-lanterns, pick up some tips from Island Grown Initiative's article about Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It has a kid-friendly recipe that's fun to make, and you can toss in herbs or spices. Now go embrace the mush.

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Fall colors
As we move into fall, gardeners and landscape lovers may be looking for ways to bolster the resilience or staying power of certain plants, find the best methods of enhancing and prolonging storage of produce, or give newly planted trees and shrubs a boost of color to their foliage. Garden Notes columnist and fall garden aficionado Abigail Higgins provides us with a wealth of knowledge on ways to continue moving your garden or woody perennial plants through the colder months. Read her latest piece here.

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