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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency due to the number of confirmed cases of COVID statewide. That number at the time was 92 total cases — the Vineyard hadn’t yet seen a confirmed case. The previous time a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts before COVID was in 2018, during the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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No mail-in vote for Tisbury
Tisbury will continue its practice of not having a vote by mail for its annual town election. The town clerk said there wasn’t a high demand for the option during town elections. While select board members questioned why the option should not be used, they eventually approved the request. Get the details here.
West Tisbury recouping PFAS losses?
The town is hiring a Florida law firm for representation in a multidistrict lawsuit against the manufacturers of PFAS. That’s believed to be from firefighting foam. The law firm is also representing the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in the lawsuit. Read the story here.

No one injured in terminal fire
A fire most likely caused by a discarded cigarette climbed up the outside wall of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport terminal building and was extinguished by firefighters Friday morning. Despite fire personnel quashing the blaze quickly, there was a small portion of the building that was charred, and a major mutual aid response was initiated. Airport officials thank airport first responders, Island police, fire departments, and emergency medical services for their rapid and thorough response. Read the story here.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School land use subcommittee meets at 4:30 pm Monday. In person at the YMCA. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark Planning Board will meet at 4:30 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island Regional School Committee jointly meets with the West Tisbury Capital Improvement Committee at 5:30 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"If we do this, we will see a reduction in boats overall in the pond, we will eliminate the amount of eelgrass being pulled up by anchors, and we’ll see efforts to reduce the boats, people, the amount of urine, noise, and partying that happens on Tashmoo currently."
—Tisbury shellfish constable Danielle Ewart on the
proposed anchor moratorium in Tashmoo Lake.

Hot Topic Comment
"It sounds like the town just doesn’t want to be bothered. Perhaps when they hear about how Vineyard Haven is doing with their district it might change a few minds. There’s already an arts district, why not a cultural district? Plus it comes with some money!"
—Gayle Still comments on the
cultural district designation proposed for Oak Bluffs.

Hot Topic Letter
Nine years ago, Bruce Doten wrote to The Times about a scary moment: "Praise and thanks to two women administering CPR and telephoning for help when I fell unconscious on a walk near Ripley’s Field in Tisbury. Grateful thanks as well to Tisbury police and fire departments, and EMTs, who carried me out of the woods to safety at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital."
Today: Get your curbside pickup from Grace Church’s Community Supper program beginning at 5 pm today. Friday night dinners at the church continue through this month. Get it while it’s hot!

Today is the first day folks on-Island can see the
legendary musical "Matilda," put on by the West Tisbury School performing arts department. The performance starts at 7 pm at the school and goes until 9 pm.
This weekend: Gannon & Benjamin hosts a boatbuilding tour Saturday where members of the public can stop by at 9:30 am to see the shop, talk with boatbuilders about projects, and more. Totally free. Celebrate Heath Hen Day with the Martha’s Vineyard Museum from 10 am to 4 pm — learn about Booming Ben and the extinction of the heath hen (the last hen was seen on Martha’s Vineyard on this day in 1932). Head on over to the Chilmark library for a Harvest of the Month-themed storytime for kids. The event starts at 11 am, and is organized in collaboration with Island Grown Initiative. Chef Look cooks at the Edgartown library from 2 to 4 pm, and guess what — he’s making scallion pancakes. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to make this delicious Asian snack? I know you’ve probably already heard, but the M.V. Ag Society hosts the 7th annual Meat Ball at the Ag Hall from 5:30 to 10 pm. Delicious food (with vegetarian options) along with dancing and live music. Just a plain old good time with friends and family.

On Sunday, get your blood pumping early with a pickleball tournament at Airport Fitness, from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Nonmember cost to play is $50, pickleball member cost to play is $35. All proceeds go to the Island Food Pantry. Kids and teens can meet at the Ag Hall for a 4-H program official meeting from 10:30 am to noon. A great opportunity for children to get engaged with their communities and learn valuable life skills. Finish off the evening with an Afro Jazz Jam at the Milokan Cultural Center in Chilmark. The center invites folks to participate in a live drumming performance featuring Rick Bausman alongside Haitian drummer Cesar Jean Rony.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: This week's move-right-in 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.

I had a conversation this week with a client who was purchasing a home that they felt needed some renovations and repairs. One of the issues facing buyers, possibly more for Island buyers, is once you have a mortgage that provides the opportunity to buy, you might be faced with renovation costs that need to be "out of pocket." If you have already stretched your monthly carrying costs, the prospects might be daunting. A home with a recent renovation and possibly "turnkey" allows you to move right in without any need for immediate extra expenses.

The number of homes listed in the past few weeks has started its slow climb back to a point that, at least, gives you a reasonable selection to choose from. In all categories, you can see an improving real estate market. This winter, we’ve had 83 sales at a median price of $1,525,000 with 82 days on market. Last winter, there were 128 sales with a median price of $1,225,000 and an average 66 days on market. No question a "soft" winter, yet those prices just keep moving in one direction.

Many homes tout recent renovations and, of course, there can also be surprises in the so important home inspection. I found quite a few homes that fit this criteria and have three bedrooms and 2 baths which are on many buyers' must-have lists. The selections this week fit these requirements, and many have been on the market for much more than the average number of days, and may provide an opportunity for added negotiation room.

In West Chop, at 11 Pine Tree Lane, is a classic, four-bedroom, ranch-style home with a finished lower level and large private yard with mature trees and plantings. You are just steps to Grove Street town beach. The home has had many renovations, including hardwood floors throughout and central A/C. Conveniently located just one mile from town, it is an easy walk to the yacht club, library, and all that Vineyard Haven has to offer . . .

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Staying in?
You can give your can opener a rest and try making your own Boston Baked Beans with a recipe from Island Grown Initiative. This classic dish is great with eggs, toast, or cornbread. While the tasty beans are simmering, check out Laura Roosevelt's article from a decade ago about the Favorite Kitchen Gadgets of Island Cooks, including one that's expressed as a poem. What culinary tool do you love having in your kitchen?

If you'd like to share your own recipe with the Island community, send it to us along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory to

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this man? Submit your best guess to within 24 hours and check the next Minute for the correct answer. We’ll throw all winning guesses into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 Lift certificate to an Island business or $100 to go toward an Island charity of their choice. For previous Do You Knows, see our archive.

Thursday’s contest answer:
Gina Hayes
Tango takeover
This upcoming week, from March 13 to March 17, tango music and dance will take over the Vineyard. Through the combined efforts of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and the Yard, a world-renowned group of Argentine tango experts — QuinTango — will come to the Island and work with young students, members of the public, and performance venues to provide tango lessons and instruction to student performers. Ready the story about the fun week of tango here.

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