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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Bayer patented aspirin on this day in 1899, which seems very fitting for a Monday. It’s also Michelangelo’s birthday. If he were here, we’d make him a handcrafted birthday card with balloons and smiley faces on it. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Fire engulfs Oak Bluffs home
An Oak Bluffs home was destroyed after being engulfed in flames Saturday night. Emergency responders were able to eventually extinguish the massive blaze, but one resident sustained injuries that required immediate transportation to Mass General Hospital. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Here’s that story.
No more plastic bottles in Edgartown
The sale of plastic bottles of a certain size will be banned. In case you needed a reminder, Stop & Shop displayed signs letting Edgartown residents know that the sale of beverages in plastic bottles 34 oz or smaller is coming to an end on April 1. The decision was made last April during the annual town meeting, making Edgartown the last town to undertake an initiative pushed by Plastic Free MV. Get the details here.

Boys hockey skates to Elite 8
The boys varsity hockey team is rolling. They beat Stoneham yesterday in a physical game, advancing to the state quarterfinals. The boys basketball team also had a big win yesterday, against Norton. They move on to the Sweet 16. For basketball coverage, check our reporting here; for hockey, give a read here.

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

The Edgartown Shellfish committee meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown School committee meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Here is the agenda.

The Aquinnah select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. In-person meeting. Here is the agenda.

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

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Quote of the Day
"The vast majority of cities and towns lack the technology, staffing, and capacity to implement a mandated approach, since hybrid meetings (simultaneous in-person and remote participation) are much more complicated than all-in-person or all-remote sessions."
–Massachusetts Municipal Association executive director and CEO, Geoffrey Beckwith on a possible
requirement to offer remote meetings for all local boards and committees.

Hot Topic Comment
John Axel commented on Back Door Donuts shipping up to Boston: "Remember when Back Door was kind of cool and you only heard about it by word of mouth amongst the late night bar patrons of OB?"

Hot Topic Letter
"Let’s not forget that many people choose to live and vacation in Oak Bluffs because it is fun, engaging and vibrant, and that has nothing to do with the late night bar and entertainment  identity." –writes Lynn Vera from Oak Bluffs about closing bars earlier.
Today: Rabbi Caryn Broitman leads Purim Schpiel and Reading of the Megillah tonight. Amy and Ted Gavin and Rob Feinstein wrote the schpiel and there will be musical accompaniment. In person and online. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

It’s Bingo Night, cause for excitement around these parts. American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven. Good luck! 6 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Featherstone hosts "An Abundance of Color" through the end of the month. This one covers all mediums and is just what it says — works that include colors that inspire the artist. I bet it’s beautiful. Noon to 4 pm. –C.B.

Check out what’s playing at Island theaters here.

Sittin’ pretty
"FREE. Leather loveseat double recliner. One side reclines. Other is repairable. Will text photo. 508-221-0154."

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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 Sweet Life Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays. @sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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For creative ideas on preparing a warm, hearty meal, check the recipes for Mushroom Ravioli and Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Lentils, shared by Ione Bissonnette. They are great served with a tossed salad and fresh bread.

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Friday’s contest answer:
Jamie Norton
Getting a jump on spring … or not
There are a number of steps one can take to get an early start on spring blooms, and Garden Notes columnist Abigail Higgins brings us all the tips and tricks: pruning viburnum forsythia, flowering quince, and peach branches, or taking the hands-off approach and avoiding lost growth and bloom when cold-shock and sharply plummeting temperatures occur. Read the story here.

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