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Who remembers Studio 54? It’s all a blur isn’t it? Considered the epicenter of the disco craze, it opened on West 54th St. in Midtown Manhattan on this day in 1977. Happy Birthday to Giancarlo Esposito, better known as Gus on "Breaking Bad." As of today, he’s qualified to apply for Medicare. It’s a busy time for town government, folks, so be sure to catch up with the latest by clicking the links below. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: MV Film Society

At home you are surrounded by life’s distractions, inclined to pick up the phone or do the dishes. Escape reality for a few hours with a screening at The Film Center.
Enjoy cinema snacks and relax in one of our reclining chairs in front of the big screen.
Simply sit and immerse yourself. You’ve earned it.

Tisbury supports school budget
But not the turf field. While Chilmark and West Tisbury have rejected the high school budget on town meeting floors — both in protest of the ongoing turf lawsuit — Tisbury approved the high school budget; but voters at town meeting last night passed an amendment that challenged the school committee to stop using taxpayer money to fund its lawsuit against the town of Oak Bluffs. Read our coverage here.
Flag policy back under debate
The Oak Bluffs select board is once again discussing how to proceed with non-federally recognized flags on town flagpoles. After having adopted a flag policy last year, some board members are hoping to ease up on the policy restrictions to allow the raising of third-party flags, even if that means installing a whole new flagpole. Here’s that story.

Replacing Doty
Chilmark voters go to the polls today for a number of ballot questions. But there is a two-way race to replace Warren Doty on the select board. Polls are open until 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center if you haven’t gotten out yet. Here’s a look at the candidates, in their own words.

The Chilmark zoning board of appeals meets at 9 am Thursday. Remote access. Here is the

The Edgartown select board meets at 10 am Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.  

The Oak Bluffs planning board meets at 5 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury zoning board of appeals meets at 5 pm Thursday. In-person. Here is the agenda.

The Chappy Ferry steering committee meets at 5 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I am sympathetic to the grievance that inspired Meeting House to file this appeal. . . [it] found itself before a regional planning agency that disliked the size and style of its planned subdivision and the likely audience for the proposed lots, and therefore prevented it from seeking permits — permits that it believes it would have successfully obtained — from the town of Edgartown."
— Superior Court Judge Paul Wilson on his
ruling to uphold a decision by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

Hot Topic Comment
Mark Acker commented on our story about the court’s decision on the proposed Meeting House development: "It appears the Meetinghouse Trust attorney did not have the capability to educate the Judge. I watched one session and I felt the attorney missed the mark on everything he tried. Before the trial he did not listen to any advice. Be ready Edgartown, expect another round of appeals and lots more of legal money. So wasteful."

Hot Topic Letter
Nat Trumball writes to us about his concerns regarding the Steamship Authority’s freight schedule: "The SSA has purchased three new freight vessels in the past year with larger capacity than the current freight vessels they will replace; the SSA has stated that it expects one or more of the newly acquired vessels to be in service by summer 2024; yet the SSA has not proposed to consolidate any of its freight schedules in 2024 in order to reflect the larger size of those newly acquired freight vessels; as impacted port communities, we demand that the Steamship Authority consolidate its freight schedules to the Islands, given that the SSA will be using larger freight boats on its existing routes."
Today: We all love Arnie. And poetry. Okay, well, many of us do anyway, and what better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than attending a special edition of Arnie's Poetry Cafe? The evening is hosted by Jennifer Smith Turner and features local young poets. Co-sponsored by M.V. Playhouse and Literary Arts at Featherstone. Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. 4 pm. Allison Roberts

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open its magnificent arched doors to the largest Vermeer exhibition in history. This retrospective brings together Vermeer’s most renowned masterpieces, including "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Can’t make it to Amsterdam? You’re in luck. This new Exhibition on Screen film allows you access to the exhibition. M.V. Film Center. 7:30 pm. –A.R.
Tomorrow: There’s nothing quite like a walk in an enchanted forest. You never know who (or what) you’ll meet. Though fairies are adept at hiding, there are plenty of other whimsical creatures to greet you as you stroll through artists Bill O’Callahan and Heather Goff’s Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail. 9 am to 5 pm. A.R.

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

Scent of a man
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Staying in?
She sells seashells by the seashore, but fresh, flaky, fish filets can fill up your family. Just check Island Grown Initiative's recipe for Simple Fish Ceviche. It has a tangy, tropical twist that will tantalize your taste buds. Serve the succulent seafood with scrumptious sides.

If you relish a recipe to relay, we would love to receive it, along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory. Email

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Tuesday’s contest answer:
Kaf Warman
The legendary Laura Johnson
She remains in the history books as Vineyard Haven’s best-known agent at the Adam’s Express office, first on Main Street and then on Union Street. Journalists, colleagues, and townspeople who knew her recall her being incredibly professional and strict, but also incredibly kind and courteous. She was a playwright, a volunteer, and a devoted Vineyard Haven resident. On top of all her benevolent community work, Johnson was also known for breaking the societal norms of the time — she dressed in men’s clothing, she was openly gay, and she ran Vineyard Haven during the 1930s and ’40s. Read all about Johnson and her history here.

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