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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
It’s Friday, so we’re going with music. American pianist and singer Nat King Cole’s "King Cole Trio" became the first record album to appear at No. 1 on this day in 1945. That’s with the debut of Billboard magazine’s pop album chart. The top selling album today, according to Billboard, is "Ready to Be" by TWICE, featuring songs "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Moonlight Sunrise."

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More than 200 Vineyarders rallied on the steps of the state house on Thursday, calling for lawmakers to pass legislation that would raise revenue for housing initiatives. Attendees were in good spirits as they walked the halls of the state capitol lobbying for the transfer fee. The day culminated with drums, chanting, and speeches from Vineyarders, lawmakers, and even an Island student. Read our coverage here.
Not guilty plea filed
The three suspects in last year’s Rockland Trust bank robbery pleaded not guilty to charges today at a Boston court. Two of the suspects are facing charges of armed bank robbery, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. The third is charged with accessory, which carries up to 150 months in prison. Get the update here.

At a graduation ceremony for students who’ve completed the Firefighter 1/II curriculum Tuesday, one Island fire chief took a moment to address what he says is an unfair process in how tests are distributed to Island firefighters. He says that his department’s captain was unable to complete the necessary course requirements, after not being availed of a test in his native language. Other chiefs aren’t buying it. Check out that story here.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission meets 3 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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

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Quote of the Day
"Now, this renewed effort has got far better legs under it, a much better political situation ... It’s going to succeed this time. We are just psyched. I’ve been working on affordable housing for 40 years and as much as we’ve done, it’s only gotten worse. In my view, this is the ultimate solution. It’s the nature of the long-term funding year after year … that will make all the difference."
John Abrams, Coalition to Create the MV Housing Bank member, on our story about Vineyarders rallying for affordable housing at the state house

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Sarah Mayhew commented on Chris Baer’s story about New Vineyard in Maine. "Thanks Chris for sharing this! I had never heard about this part of our Island's history. Sounds like a road trip is in order."
Today: The Oak Bluffs library hosts a pretty unique and fun event tonight — Putts and Pints mini golf — from 6 to 9 pm. There’ll be 18 holes and plenty of libations available for purchase, along with snacks and food trucks on-site. Who would pass up a chance to drink and play mini golf at the library? All proceeds will benefit the library. –Lucas Thors

The Wicked Good Musical Revue starts tonight at 7 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Enjoy another high-spirited performance with David Behnke, Molly Sturges, Rachel Cook, Katherine Reid, Jenny Friedman, and more. –L.T.
This weekend: Start your weekend off with a women’s self defense course at Strong Martha in West Tisbury on Saturday. Eric Cady of Island Jiu Jitsu will show women how to protect themselves in case of an attack — 10 to 11:30 am. And if you went to the boozy mini golf at the Oak Bluffs library Friday night, you can follow up the next morning and bring the whole family to the library for some putt-putt starting at 10 am. The United Methodist Church of MV is providing free clothes to community members. Head to the stone church from 11 am to 1 pm, or set up a private appointment. Clothing donations will be accepted during operating hours. For anyone in recovery, members of the Red House Peer Recovery Support Center will be at Thimble Farm on Saturday, from 1 to 3 pm, for their spring gardening time. Enjoy some outdoor time with friends and neighbors. Folks on-Island will have a unique chance to meet and chat with legendary oil painter, Christie Scheele, at the Louisa Gould Gallery from 4 to 5 pm. She will present and discuss her Vineyard landscapes and seascapes. –L.T.

Sunday caps off the 23rd annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival with the final showing of handpicked films from 10 am to 9:30 pm — it’s a variable bash of fantastic cinema at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The Federated Church of Martha’s Vineyard hosts the final Joyful Eatings event to benefit Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard. Chef Kyleen Keenan, legendary vegan guru, will help volunteers prepare some delicious and nutritious meals for Harbor Homes guests. –L.T.

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

Real Estate Confidential: Sponsored: This week's new-to-market homes

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. There is some good news in the local market this week.

The 15 properties that are new to the market are hopefully a sign of more to come. I was pleased to see a few that are ideal for that growing year-round family. One surprise were a few commercial properties in high-foot traffic locations ideal for that Island business you have always wanted. One family estate is in Squibnocket Farm, an enclave of 11 homes on 300 acres of one of the most pristine dune-protected beaches on the East Coast, plus an additional 200 acres of conservation land.

I was encouraged to see the 74 average days on market this winter was comparable to last winter's 68. With fewer listings this year, it is not surprising that the number of sales dropped from 81 to 66, but the median price for single-family homes continued its growth from $1,300,000 to $1,800,000. The upper end of the market continues its climb also with  $14,000,000 on Sheriffs Pond in Edgartown.

Although my crystal ball is out of service this week, experts nationwide are predicting a three percent average increase in prices, and my expectation is a somewhat higher number for the Vineyard. My hope is for at least a small drop in mortgage rates, pushing homeowners to consider a move and bringing more homes to market.

The newly renovated ranch-style home at 496 Lamberts Cove Road is privately sited on 2 secluded acres overlooking a private pond and an expanse of woodlands. This open-floor-plan home is surrounded by a wraparound deck and porch overlooking a small pond and a wooded setting. The partially finished, walkout, full basement has one bedroom with a half bath. The property provides easy access to Lambert's Cove beach, Focus tennis courts, Land Bank walking trails, and West Tisbury village. Enjoy that peaceful, up-Island feeling just ten minutes to Vineyard Haven and the Steamship Authority dock ...

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

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Staying in?
If ever there was a pick-me-up drink, it might be F. Scott Fitzgerald's Bloody Bull, shared by Connie Berry after she received "The Great American Writers' Cookbook." This concoction can be prepared without alcohol, and it has an interesting backstory. A few sips and you may find yourself running around checking off everything on your to-do list...and then reaching for a glass of water.

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Thursday’s contest answer:
Dan Meaney
Debbie Hale worked in the business sector for decades before finding her second act on Martha’s Vineyard. It all started with taking a ceramics class at Featherstone Center for the Arts with her friend, and Hale was immediately hooked on this new passion. Eventually, Hale used her extensive business knowledge to start selling her own pottery, and she hasn’t looked back since. Read the story here.
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