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On this day in 1973, George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees for $10 million. The estimated worth of the baseball franchise now is $6 billion. Not a bad return on investment. Today is National Straw Day, which commemorates the invention of the paper straw in 1888 — a good reminder to use paper over plastic. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Steel yourselves
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, the cost of a project is going up. The Steamship Authority administration announced during a Port Council meeting Tuesday that the anticipated costs of converting offshore vessels into ferries is going up because of the increase in the price of steel. Meanwhile, the Port Council narrowed down names for a third new ferry that will be purchased and retrofitted. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Housing guru
Laura Silber may be changing organizations, but her role in housing on the Island remains. Silber, who was coordinator for the Coalition to Create the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank, will join the Martha’s Vineyard Commission as Island housing planner. This comes as the Housing Bank legislation is headed to Beacon Hill for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.

Clawing back
A while ago, we talked about a decision by Seafood Watch to red-list retailers who sell lobsters, citing the impact the fishery has on the North Atlantic Right Whale population. Now, a state official is condemning that red-listing as "counterproductive" and sticking up for the lobster industry, which has implemented a lot of initiatives in an attempt to prevent whales from getting tangled in lobster trap lines. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
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

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Quote of the Day
"Independent family fishing businesses contort to each new demanding rule required in the name of doing our part to be sure our gear is safe for right whales, and yet it seems to be never enough."
–Wes Brighton, lobster fisherman, on regulations imposed to protect right whales

Hot Topic Comment
Amy Upton commented on the departure of Ross Seavey as the building commissioner in Tisbury. "Along with my predecessor Pat Harris, Ross was instrumental in helping me to get up and running at the Tisbury Planning Board. He did a lot of important work during his time with the Town, including overhauling the permitting process. He will certainly be missed but rest assured that he is leaving the Town in pretty decent shape for whomever turns out to be his successor."

Hot Topic Letter
Dorothy Young wrote with thanks about those who contributed to the holiday festivities at Island Elderly Housing. "A special thank-you to Peter, who drove the bus, ensuring that a viewing of the Gatchell residence in Oak Bluffs was included."
Today: I keep toying with the idea of joining the M.V. Table Tennis Club, although I’m not sure how they’d feel about it. I’m pretty sure it’s the only athletic endeavor I could handle these days. MVRHS cafeteria. Free. 5 to 8 pm. –Connie Berry

The Chilmark Community Church hosts a Community Meal every Tuesday throughout the winter. Everyone is welcome, and they play games after the meal. Free. 5:30 pm. –C.B.

Tomorrow: Join your friends and neighbors for Coffee and Conversation about the joys and challenges of parenthood. I would love to hear a 90-year-old mother’s perspective. Edgartown library. 10:30 am. –C.B.

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Staying in?
Connie Berry wrote about the "Allure of Alliums" in a 2019 Edible Vineyard article. Even though she went on and on about onions and garlic, the golden nugget is her recipe for Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew.

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On My Way
Jonathan Burke never fails to remind us with his On My Way column just how beautiful and special our Island home is. In his most recent piece, Burke heads out into Lagoon Pond with his trusty kayak on a windy but sunny day. Despite the persistent gusts, Burke had quite a time playing around amid chilly seaspray — he was even able to work on his oar stroke. Read about Burke’s latest adventure out on the water here.

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