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On this day in 1914, the first traffic light was installed. Martha’s Vineyard is still waiting to see how this new-fangled technology works out. Meanwhile, several members of The Times staff will be at First Friday at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven today with a table set up from 4 to 8 pm. Stop by and say hello. That’s Lucas Thors and Connie Berry in the photo. They’ll be joined by George Brennan and Jenna Lambert. C’mon down! If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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You be the judge
Anyone who has spent time inside the Dukes County courthouse won’t be surprised to find out that there are a myriad of problems with it — not the least of which it has a leak from its AC units that has to be captured in a barrel. That has county commissioners starting a serious conversation about unloading its money pit. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. Rich also has a story about a man charged with threatening a police officer and the not so funny story of a comedian alleging he’s been harassed.

Freight not
Woods Hole residents have been begging the Steamship Authority to seek an off-Cape freight service. The SSA put out a request for proposals, but on Friday said that there have been no bids received despite 47 interested parties taking a look at the RFP. The SSA is looking to talk to some of those folks to find out why they didn’t decide to bid, and already Woods Hole residents are saying they’re not surprised because of the way the bid documents were worded. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.

Meet, fleet and eat
It’s been a long two years. On Thursday, the Meet the Fleet event was back in action at the docks in Menemsha. There were oysters, lobster rolls, and there were even crab races. And there were lots and lots of people. The annual event puts a focus on maritime jobs. News intern Natalie Aymond has this story.

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Quote of the Day
"I do know there are some pretty strong emotions and opinions out there and I wouldn’t want someone to come in with a chip on their shoulder ready to engage in that kind of conversation during the elections. I want to just keep it safe and secure … basically the whole state is getting ready for some negative backlash."
–Gabriella Camilleri, Aquinnah town clerk, on why she requested a police officer be stationed at the poll during the primary and general elections

Hot Topic Comment
People are commenting on the visit to the Island by Vice President Kamala Harris. Jim Ventry says he wasn’t surprised that some of the comments are unkind. "I knew this article would bring out some ignorant comments."

Hot Topic Letter
Erik Albert with his semi-annual attack on The Times editorials and West Tisbury. "As far as the West Tisbury diversity task force, which is supposed to help the town with its goal of equality, that board is a joke. If I have this wrong, let me know when I can park my car at Lambert’s Cove Beach."
Today: Hometown favorite Willy Mason performs songs from his latest album, "Already Dead," along with other favorites. Did you know you can get the Willy Mason channel on Pandora? Well you can. Grange Hall. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

I’ve heard some stellar reviews about this year’s M.V. Comedy Fest at the Strand Theater. Fantastic lineup. You know you need a laugh. 9 pm. –C.B.

This weekend: It’s time for the 20th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. This event just gets better and better. Films and conversations with some of the biggest names in the industry. And they’re a great organization to work with, says me. Check out the list of events because they happen all day and into the night. The annual MVCMA Craft and Artisan Fair happens at the Tabernacle Saturday. You’ll find all kinds of treasures there. 9 to 2. Take the kids to Misty Meadows for Summer Pony Rides. 10 am to noon. The Pinkletinks play kids’ rock on the children’s porch at the West Tisbury library. 11 am. Artist Pop-up with Traeger di Pietro at the Field Gallery. I wish I saw the world like Traeger does. Love and kindness everywhere, and he shares it with us through his art. 12 to 1 pm. Fourth Annual Dionis Coffin Riggs Day of Poetry is celebrated at the West Tisbury library with the Cleaveland House Poets. 3:30 pm. There’s an Arts District Stroll in Oak Bluffs, hosted by galleries and art studios along Dukes County Ave. Artists will be selling their work on the street, plus live music and light refreshments. 4 to 7 pm. Margot Datz's "OtherWorldly" Art Show is at the Grange Hall for one night only. We look forward to it every year. 4 to 8 pm. The Moth Storytellers take the stage at the Tabernacle. 7:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, join the Amity Island Running Club for their annual 5K and Fun Run starting at 8:45 am at the Farm Institute. Vineyard Artisans at the Grange Hall with all their lovely wares. 10 am to 2 pm. Another of my favorite Island artists, Jeanne Staples, has an exhibit at the Granary Gallery. 11 am to 4 pm. And here’s one more cool thing the MVAAFF is doing: Free passes for ages 18 to 23 to attend the Prime Video presentation of "Visionary Women: A Conversation with the New Wave of Filmmaking Voices" with Yara Shahidi, Nikyatu Jusu, and Mariama Diallo. 3 pm at the PAC. M.V. Chamber Music Society brings us the Verona Quartet at the Old Whaling Church. 4 pm. Check out AdaChic Designs at Eisenhauer Gallery for Fashion in the Art. Support a Black-owned business that provides jobs for African artisans. 6 to 8 pm. Imagine how you could run yourself ragged this weekend. Whew. –C.B.

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Real Estate Confidential: Twenty-four homes reduced in price

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.

It’s hard to remember if I have mentioned multiple price reductions recently, and here we are again with twenty-four newly reduced property prices. This is nowhere near a flood and I do not believe it is a sign of a lower median sale price; just an indication that some recent list prices are just too high. I have mentioned before that we will see a slight reduction in median prices, but the biggest change will be noticed by lower median list prices. As always for the Vineyard, the upper end of pricing just keeps going in one direction, pushing average prices to higher and higher levels.

The good news is, sellers and seller brokers are making changes quickly so as not to miss the summer influx of ready, willing, and able buyers. These buyers are quite sophisticated and are not going to be paying over market value, but are ready to purchase a turnkey property for the right price. Some of the recent price reductions are being noticed quickly by buyers who have been following the market carefully, and they do jump to action and are getting a property to love on Martha’s Vineyard at a price point they see as "right" for the market.

There are reductions in every price range, from a $449,000 M.V. Campground cottage to a spectacular ten-million dollar oceanfront mansion in West Chop. There are a few oceanfront properties, several properties with large swimming pools, and one with a pool and sunset views is coming up first below. This particular property is my current favorite and I want to sell it! So thanks to the listing broker for a not insignificant 5% price reduction.

Properties are often described as "must be seen to be appreciated." 394 Lighthouse Road in Aquinnah with views of Vineyard Sound, Naushon, and the Elizabeth Islands is certainly one of those properties. With several individual living areas surrounding the pool, you will not want to leave this spacious villa on seven rolling acres except possibly to visit some of the Island's finest beaches, including parking on Dogfish Bar and parking to fish on Lobsterville Beach. You can enjoy endless sunsets from the comfort of your home, and how do you decide from there  —  the pool, the guest house, the studio — you get the idea . . .

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A new wrinkle
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Dining out?

The Barn Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Bowling available Tuesday through Saturday at 5 pm. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
Here’s a lovely cocktail recipe to make an Island get together even better. Try this recipe for a Vineyard Rose and see if it doesn’t make you say "Ahhhhh" when you’re all done. Thank you, Catherine Walthers, for sharing this one with us.

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What can we do?
The Island faith community has a longstanding history of raising money and garnering support for relief during military conflicts, natural disasters, and other destructive events that displace people and cause turmoil. Andrea Bolling and the Rev. Cynthia Hubbard, along with a small group at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, are leading efforts behind Help Ukraine!, a small business campaign going around the Island to help support those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. Read Connie Berry’s recent Have Faith column on the initiative that’s gathering momentum on the Vineyard.

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