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Don’t let your guard down
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital officials held a briefing on Wednesday morning and their message was clear: Don’t let that guard down. The hospital and the Island has been seeing a surge in cases, most of them from variants of COVID-19. Even hospital CEO Denise Schepici is just getting over a bout with the disease. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Changing of the guards
The courting of Richie Smith is over. On Tuesday, the All Island School Committee made it official, agreeing to a contract with Smith for the next two years. There was some squabbling over the pay, particularly the inclusion of some travel expenses and reimbursements in the salary line, but ultimately Smith’s deal was approved. Reporter Lucas Thors has this update. Smith wasn’t the only one rising in the ranks on the Island on Tuesday. Several members of the Oak Bluffs Police Department have new roles, promoted by Police Chief Jonathan Searle. Meanwhile the board also had a strong message for anyone planning to come to them with a request for outdoor entertainment. "This isn’t the Jersey Shore." Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

Joining the fight
In recent years women have been joining the ranks of the Island’s fire departments. This year, to celebrate the number of women who have joined as firefighters, they’re going to all be marching proudly together in the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown with an antique fire engine. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo got a chance to meet some of the women and talk to them about the welcoming atmosphere here on the Vineyard. Here’s his story.
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Quote of the Day
"I was just so taken aback. I thought it was a mistake or something. But, no, it seemed like a great honor and a privilege and I was so grateful to have been even nominated or considered."–Jennelle Gadowski on her nomination as a Commonwealth Heroine

Hot Topic Comment
Jonathan Chatinover commented on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion. "Civil rights should not be subject to a democratic vote. Slavery was ok in the South and would have continued without its prohibition by the federal government. The right to control your own body is the most basic of civil rights."

Hot Topic Letter
Islanders continue to react to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. Here’s what Tom Dresser wrote: "We are fortunate to live in a state where our (Republican) governor supports women from other states accessing abortions here."
Today: Jim Thomas and the U.S. Slave Song Project Spirituals Choir come to the Chilmark library. The experience brings history alive in a powerful way. If you haven’t heard this yet, now’s the perfect time. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

Any event that has the word "tasting" in it interests me. Beetlebung Farm hosts this Pea Variety Tasting Class. Their farmers will talk about all the varieties and their differences. The only thing better would be if they were growing chocolate truffles. 5 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Edgartown Books hosts a book signing with author Dan Perdios and his book "A Golden Retriever and His Two Dads." This golden happens to be a matchmaker. Very sweet premise, and I think it’s pretty much a true story. 2 to 4 pm. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
We love our interns. Anna Nesser writes about learning how to make Pasta with Clam Sauce from her mom who learned from her mom. It’s a sweet story about tradition with a side of really tasty pasta.

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A bittersweet melody
Peter Boak is retiring from the Island Community Chorus after 25 years of service as the founder and director — it will be tough to fill his shoes (and his fancy socks). Several planned concerts had to be canceled or postponed in recent years due to COVID, but this year’s July show must go on. It’s all to say farewell to Boak as the beloved leader of the group, and to think back to the many memorable practices and performances that have made the chorus such a mainstay of the Vineyard community. Mary-Jean Miner, a longtime member of the chorus, writes this piece dedicated to Boak and the group of singers.

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