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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Martha's Vineyard Bank

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Barging past M.V.
A barge company is requesting to ship freight to an Island, but it’s not Martha’s Vineyard. In order to fix an issue with UPS failing to get Steamship Authority reservations for Nantucket, a company is looking to be licensed to ship freight from New Bedford to the other island. The issue went before the port council today and is headed for the SSA board later this month. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has the details.
Budget recertified
At a meeting on Monday, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional School Committee recertified its budget after getting exact amounts of excess and deficiency funds from the state. Meanwhile, some board members expressed concern that they weren’t consulted before a statement was sent to the newspaper about an incident that occurred during a planning board meeting last week. Reporter Lucas Thors has this update.
Clear cut
The clear-cutting of bramble near a wetland in Chilmark provided a clear-cut decision by the conservation commission. The vegetation needs to be restored on the property and a trench that was dug needs to be filled in. The property owner was apologetic during a meeting Tuesday morning, but nonetheless is likely to face fines for the illegal work. Editor George Brennan has the story.
The Dukes County Commission meets at 4 pm Wednesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury select board meets at 4:30 pm Wednesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"It was a pressing situation prior to the COVID health situation, and I think it became — I don’t use the word crisis lightly, there are too many crises in the world today, but I believe we have an Island housing crisis."–Dan O’Connell, former secretary of housing and economic development and West Tisbury resident, on the need for a housing bank

Hot Topic Comment
Harrison Holmes commented on the apology by Terry Donahue for his vulgar language during a Zoom meeting. "It is refreshing to see a public apology that explicitly takes responsibility for the actions taken. Good on Mr Donahue for not using weasel words or trying to make excuses."

Hot Topic Letter
Allan Dutton wonders if empty school buildings could be part of the the solution to the Island’s workforce housing problems. "The housing problem for workers is urgent. The towns need to act soon. The quality of life here will certainly go down without needed summer (and year-round) workers."
Today: The Edgartown library offers Gustav Klimt: Vienna’s Golden Age with Janet Mandel. The description says "ravishing portraits," and that is what I love best. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Pathways is still keeping us company throughout our shrinking off-season with the Open Writing/Poetry Series, this time with guest writer Boris Dralyuk, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. 7 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Happy Hour at the P.A. Club, with live music and Mo’s Lunch. Rose Guerin and friends kick it off tomorrow. Maybe George Brennan will find that key to unlock the chain on my desk and I can go. Get there around 4:30 or 5 pm. –C.B.

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

Pump up the volume
"Bose acoustic wave music system w/5 disc CD player, $100. Oak veneer desk. 60" wide. 70" tall, $100. Black desk chair, $25. 508-693-8827."

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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 Sweet Life Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Featuring a pre-fixe 3 course dinner for $50 on Wednesdays!
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Coop De Ville Opening for the season on April 21st!

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Staying in?
Cannellini Beans and Kale come together in this tasty one-pan meal. You probably already have everything you need for this hearty dinner. And if you don’t, well, that’s what neighbors are for. Besides, you can share it with them when it’s done.

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Monday’s answer: Janice Frame
A historical count
If you think it’s boring and slow here during the winter now, just take a look back to April, 1950, when 5,557 residents were counted in total on the Island as part of an annual census. At 53 residents per square mile, it was the commonwealth’s least densely populated county. This Was Then columnist Chris Baer tells us the story of seven dedicated enumerators that scoured the Vineyard to determine just how many (and who) lived here way back then.

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