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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Inn for the win
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission approved an application Thursday for the construction of a new Oak Bluffs inn, to be located in the heart of town. The three-story building is set to accommodate just eight guests, but will add to the Island’s year-round traditional lodging stock. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
Meet Chilmark’s future police chief
Rather, the candidates who made it to the finalists’ stage will be interviewing with the Chilmark select board. The preliminary screening committee narrowed down the pool of applicants to three individuals, each of them a police officer on the Island. The interviews will be held in person and are open to the public. The date and location will be announced soon. Read the story here.
A boatload solved
The Steamship Authority (SSA) revealed its servers were not ready to handle the massive volume of customers when issues arose online on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when summer reservations opened up. However, things are back to normal and the summer reservation schedules are undeterred. SSA spokesperson Sean Driscoll said the online issues were unrelated to the improvements being implemented to the website. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.

The Aquinnah select board meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs select board meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board and finance advisory committees meet jointly in-person at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs board of health meets at 10 am Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"This interest is incredible. It’s a wonderful, beautiful scene. . . We’re so happy to be able to steer tickets to Islanders."
-Beach Road Weekend founder Adam Epstein on the hours-long line to purchase festival tickets on Sunday.

Hot Topic Comment
Jessica Burhman on Edgartown’s proposed nip ban: "Only spring through fall? I feel like there must be plenty of year rounders throwing nip bottles out even in winter."

Hot Topic Letter
Vineyard Haven resident Frank Brunelle writes about Beach Road Weekend: "What will we do about the loud noise from the concert? Is moving the only answer?"
Today: St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown is putting the community back into its Community Suppers. It’s live folks. You’ll go, sit down, and enjoy a meal with friends and neighbors. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, true Hollywood glamor back in the day, star in this Monday Night at the Movies offering at the M.V. Playhouse. "Roman Holiday." $5 cash. 6 pm. –C.B.

Tomorrow: Join Donna Jancsy for a beginner's introduction to American Sign Language. Each week participants will learn new skills, and hear the history of ASL on Martha's Vineyard. Oak Bluffs library. 1 pm. –C.B.

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Staying in?

This recipe from George Brennan gives a whole new meaning to the Souper Bowl. Try this One-Pot Spinach Beef Soup. It’s a winner. (We had to say it.)

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Healing with the herd
Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center has all sorts of programs for every age, but did you know they offer opportunities for veterans who are struggling? One such program encourages veterans to study, spend time with, and try to connect with the entire herd of horses. Animal therapy is already an established therapy practice, especially for those suffering from PTSD or other psychiatric disorders. Read Abby Remer’s story about the programs for veterans at Misty Meadows, and how observing and interacting with horses can be so healing for so many people.
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