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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 2013, the Boston Marathon was thrown into chaos after bombs were set off at the finish line. Today is also the first day of Passover and Good Friday. We’ll be off on Monday in observance of Patriots Day. We had to assure some of our New York transplants that it’s about the "shot heard round the world" and not a certain football team. It’s also the reason why Massachusetts residents have until April 19 to file their taxes. The Minute will return on Tuesday. Have a great weekend.
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Election wrapup
What a night for the housing bank. It was another clean sweep by some significant margins for the affordable and workforce housing initiative. It just needs a positive vote at Tisbury polls to move forward to the legislature, but Chilmark and Aquinnah have also yet to weigh in. Meanwhile, there was some drama in Oak Bluffs as Gail Barmakian eked out a victory over Dion Alley in the select board race. Reporters Rich Saltzberg, Eunki Seonwoo, and Abigail Rosen have all the details.
Rental agreements
Hot off their complicated talks with Lampost in Oak Bluffs over short-term rentals, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission appears to be trying to avoid a similar situation with the EduComp building under consideration in Vineyard Haven. The owner is proposing workforce housing and says he has agreements with the hospital and Vineyard Wind. But what happens if they don’t take the units is what has MVC commissioners concerned. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the details. Meanwhile, the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission is seeking to rent four properties in its business park. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has that story.

Welcome, Matt
That’s what they’re saying in Wareham where Matt D’Andrea has been selected as the new superintendent of schools. D’Andrea still has to negotiate a contract, but it appears he is leaving the Island at a time when the Tisbury School project is about to get underway and there are a lot of questions about how to fund a potential high school building project, among other things. Editor George Brennan has this story.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda. At 5 pm the board is holding a drawing for affordable housing.

The Chilmark select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"The margins are reflective of what we saw at town meetings, which is great. It’s a momentous night for Martha’s Vineyard. For three different towns to vote on that issue is definitive. Those are numbers we can take to the Legislature and say, ‘Look, this is not a small margin. This is a landslide and you can give us the right to do this’."–Laura Silber, coalition coordinator for the housing bank, on the big victories in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury Thursday

Hot Topic Comment
Our story on an abused puppy has generated some reaction like this from Gail Wilson. "I’m so happy the pup was adopted by one of the workers! Thank you to whomever adopted this precious pup."

Hot Topic Letter
Frederick Rundlet wrote about the short-term rental problem on the Island. "The proliferation of over a thousand short-term rentals on Martha’s Vineyard over the past three years has created the major impact on the shortage of seasonal or annual affordable rental housing."
Today: It’s that time of year when the air tastes sweet and the sun beckons us outside to rejuvenate our Vitamin D-deprived bodies. Luckily for Martha’s Vineyard folk, there are endless opportunities for adventure out in the State Forest, the Land Bank, Sheriff’s Meadow, and the Trustees properties. —Lucas Thors

Douglas Brush and Lake of Autumn are heading to Pathways Arts for a music concert on Friday, April 15, from 7 to 9 pm. It’s all part of the Pathways music series that brings local artists on stage and into the spotlight. Douglas Brush is a classical guitarist, and Lake of Autumn is a small ensemble that composes, records, and performs original tunes. —L.T.

This weekend: Get a head start on Easter egg hunting Saturday with a gathering at the Rev. Chip Seadale’s home on Saturday, April 16, from 9 to 10 am. There will be 500 eggs to find, and kids of all ages are welcome to participate. The West Tisbury Dumptique at the transfer station accepts clean and usable clothing for adults: shoes, jackets, boots, books, household items. You can also find some pretty sweet gems there, if you know where to look. The Dumptique will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday. Jesse Keller Jason makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable in her adult community dance class at the West Tisbury library, starting at 10:30 am. The class kicks off with a guided warm-up session and then transitions to upbeat movements that bring participants together. Masks required — there will be breaks out on the porch. —L.T.

There’s a special Easter service happening on Sunday with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard. From 11 am to 12:30 pm, the Rev. Rob Hardies invites the community to discuss the lessons of Easter and the resurrection, and enjoy music, stories for children, and an Easter egg hunt for all ages. Cap your Sunday with some free-draw at Featherstone Center for the Arts from 1 to 4 pm. Work on portrait or figure drawing, and receive support from supervisor Sean Roach. Each week there will be a clothed model featuring different character types. Pre-registration is required. —L.T.

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

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Staying in?
If you are gathering for a spring or Easter celebration this weekend, check the recipes for Vegetable Dips and Lemon Loaf from Marnely Murray. All of them use creamy yogurt as a key ingredient. The Easter bunny will probably like the Carrot Dip the best. For other creative dishes, visit Marnely's blog: Cooking with Books.

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Celebrating Easter
There are all kinds of Easter services and events happening in the next few days, including celebrations for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. On Good Friday, the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven will host four congregations for their evening services at 7 pm. On Easter, The Federated Church in Edgartown will be holding a sunrise service at 6:30 am on the Mayhew Parsonage lawn, and a 10 am service to follow. Check out the comprehensive listing of services, and don’t miss the egg hunts.

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