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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1991, Martha’s Vineyard and the rest of Massachusetts were dealing with Hurricane Bob. Last year, on the 40th anniversary, we had reporter Rich Saltzberg look back on Bob’s end of summer visit. Today is National Potato Day and National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day. If we had to pick one, we’d scream for ice cream. Meanwhile, the Ag Fair is in full swing. Check out Jeremy Driesen’s photos from opening day. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Shots fired
Lyme vaccine shots, that is. On Thursday, Vineyard Haven resident Kate O’Brian became the first recipient of a shot in the clinical trials for Pfizer’s Lyme vaccine. Care Access is conducting the clinical trials in conjunction with Vineyard Medical Care in Vineyard Haven. There was palpable excitement in the air as the actual trials got underway. Editor George Brennan was there as it began and then reporter Eunki Seonwoo spoke to O’Brian after she got the shot. Here’s the story.
More virus buzz
Ticks aren’t the only pests you’ll need to stay away from. The Massachusetts Department of Health and the Edgartown board of health have confirmed that a mosquito with West Nile virus was detected in that town. West Nile has some of the same symptoms as Lyme. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.
Unhappy campers
The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association has filed another lawsuit seeking to ease some of the conditions put on a project at the Tabernacle. In the complaint, the association alleges that the conditions are essentially a non-approval of the project because they are too cumbersome. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.

A town boat known as "Red, White, and Blue" patrols the fireworks barge ahead of Friday night's display. Reporter Rich Saltzberg was down near the harbor in Oak Bluffs checking out the pregame action.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs parks commission meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island Regional School Committee meets at 5 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the

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Quote of the Day
"I don’t know if there is a sign big enough that we could [put up] to make people more alert and aware of the dangers that happen there."–Dukes County Commissioner Peter Wharton on people jumping off Big Bridge

Hot Topic Comment
Daniel Schlozman commented on our story about the compromise between the Chilmark library and Alan Dershowitz. "I enjoyed a talk at the library several years ago about whaling and Martha’s Vineyard, which strikes me as just the sort of thing the library should be promoting. I am a professor and Chilmark author, as well and see no reason that a small-town library needs to hear from me. But then again, I may just not have Mr. Dershowitz’s ego."

Hot Topic Letter
In an op-ed Meghan FitzGerald wrote about people making career pivots. "During the pandemic, I felt inspired to volunteer at my local hospital and get another degree, which required a pivot in the way of additional education and training. I did this part-time on the weekends, and online. Like many who pivot successfully, my new side gig was a complementary addition to my current job, as it was rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and ironically, gave me an edge as an investor since being closer to the patient is ground zero for healthcare innovation."
Today: If you haven’t gone to see the Fireworks in Oak Bluffs, this is the one thing this week that I very highly recommend. Sort of awe-inspiring. Music begins after 7:30, fireworks after dark. –Connie Berry

And if you’ve gone to the fireworks before, then definitely head to the P.A. Club to hear live music with Willy Mason and Lucy Mayhew. Go a little early and you might grab a bite at Mo’s. They play at 9 pm. –C.B.
This weekend:
You’ve got to make it to the Ag Fair this weekend, even if it’s only for the espresso float. Maybe that’s just me? 10 am to 11 pm on Saturday, 9:30 am to 7 pm on Sunday. The Yard hosts Ecstatic Dance with DJ FlavYa at 10 am Saturday morning. That sounds like fun. The West Tisbury library brings us Coast Guard Storytime with members of the Menemsha station. Sweet. 10:30 am. Artist Max Decker has a pop-up exhibit at the Field Gallery. Noon.
Howard University alumni, Bison on the Vineyard, present a
Panel Discussion on Voter Suppression. Some heavy hitters come together to discuss this troubling topic. Oak Bluffs library. 1 pm. Edgartown Books hosts award winning author and journalist Jan Brogan with her book, "The Combat Zone," — "a true account of a brutal murder, two flawed trials and the not-so-delicate balance between justice and revenge." 2 pm. Songbird Nanauwe from the Wôpanâak tribe, People of the First Light, performs at the West Tisbury library. She’s awesome. 3:30 pm. The Knowhere Art Gallery in Oak Bluffs hosts a conversation with D.C.-based artist Maria-Lana Queen. Free. 6 pm. –C.B.
On Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey is a special guest preacher, talking about her recently published book, "Messages of Hope: Preaching Peace and Justice for All." We can all use some of that. Federated Church. 9:30 am. I’ve probably already told you this, but Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz mentioned my son Danny at their MVRHS graduation ceremony and I have loved him ever since. Anyway, I digress, Nathaniel is speaking on "Mayday in America" at the Unitarian Universalist Society at 10 am. (You have to read this listing just to see all of his accomplishments.) I’m also glad to mention that the wonderful Nicole Galland is talking about and signing copies of her Island-inspired novel "On the Same Page" at Edgartown Books. 2 pm. "Uncertain Terms," a new collection of works from local artist Walker T. Roman, will be on display at the Workshop Gallery, right next to the MVT. 3 to 6 pm. Let’s wrap up the weekend with a great experience: The Blind Boys of Alabama play at the Loft at 7 pm. I’m here to say that I went to the Loft last week to hear Jim Kweskin and Kate Taylor and it was a great place to hear live music. Have a great weekend. –C.B.

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Real Estate Confidential: These have not sold yet because…Sponsored
Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider information on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

Every once in a while I like to go through the entire list of homes currently for sale that have been on the market for longer than the current average of days on the market to get an understanding of why they haven’t sold. Some are just priced too high even for this market, they may have some quirks that are difficult to appreciate, and many need some vision. Assuming every house sells for the right price at that moment in time, maybe the market is sending a message to sellers that they are reaching way too high.

I encourage everyone looking for a home in this market to take another look at those properties that you keep seeing, think about what you would be willing to spend for that house, and make an offer accordingly. After several months on the market, the seller’s broker is making an effort to explain the price issue to their clients and could be a help in encouraging a sale at a more accurate price.

And you need to expand your thinking to see the potential where others have not. There are several opportunities in today’s group that will take some vision to appreciate, and what the true value is based on the renovation dollars needed. Don’t be afraid of a significant renovation and think about the end result. And make your offer accordingly.

After looking at median prices and average days on market, these and a few others popped out as just needing a bit lower price from the seller and a bit more vision from the buyer, and then both sides will end up pleased with the agreement.

The year-round East Chop home and guest cottage at 90 Meadow Avenue with its Vineyard charm has been updated and renovated with all the must-have creature comforts. The beadboard wainscoting and beach stone fireplace with stove insert still gives the home the "cottage" feel, and the sparkling kitchen and air conditioning dispels any thoughts of old. A plus for any Island home is the bright, spacious, and air conditioned detached one-bedroom, one-bath guest cottage. Your tour will end at a renovated garden shed that provides extra "flex" space. All this and a "turn-key" opportunity . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

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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 Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
Sometimes you see a recipe and you think, "Why didn’t I think of that?" This is one of those: Summer Squash Noodles from Island Grown’s Harvest of the Month. We bet you can do the same thing with zucchini. A few fresh herbs, a little olive oil and you’ve got summer on a fork.
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Extraordinary moments
The MVY Radio Summer Youth Performance Series provides a unique and important opportunity for young performers looking to bolster their stage presence and their confidence in front of an audience. For its 10th year, the series returns with a new venue and a new format. Everyone will gather near the West Tisbury library porch on Wednesday, August 24, and any young person looking to show their stuff can step up to the mic. Read summer intern Anna Nesser’s piece on the continuation of the series here.
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