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Not so sunny
Martha's Vineyard feels the impacts of climate change like the rest of the world, and Islanders have been looking toward reducing carbon emissions through solar energy. However, costs, regulations, and murky requirements caused roadblocks for some, like Edgartown resident Michael Benjamin. Eversource and applicants are currently waiting on a decision by the Department of Public Utilities to see whether they will be able to install the larger solar systems some homes need to replace fossil fuels. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Marina expansion approved
After months of public hearings and lengthy deliberations, a proposed expansion of Tisbury’s Safe Harbor Marina was approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday night. Commissioners were charged with weighing the pros and cons of the project, and finding a balance between environmental safeguarding and upgrading an increasingly busy boatyard. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

MVC gets Rich
Senior MV Times reporter Rich Saltzberg is leaving his accomplished career in journalism and heading to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to replace Alex Elvin as Development of Regional Impact coordinator. Saltzberg was recognized by MVC executive director Adam Turner at a meeting Thursday night, and was praised for his writing and communication skills. Check out this brief update on Saltzberg’s career transition here.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs parks commission meets at 2 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"It would be nice to know that there was a policy we could stand on that says you can’t be doing that and serving the community, you can’t be going out in this fashion and serving the community, you have to understand that people will think that you are speaking as a board member even if you say you are not."
West Tisbury town administrator Jennifer Rand on a new Facebook policy for the town.

Hot Topic Comment
Dana Nunes wishes Editor George Brennan the best as he leaves the MVT: "Thank-you, George. For keeping it local without it feeling provincial. I’ve also appreciated the fact that when I had a question, you were there with the answer; as long as you knew the answer, you never handed me off to an intern. I hope that whoever takes your place has been paying attention. Happy trails."

Hot Topic Letter
The folks at Island Elderly Housing want to thank all those who helped out around the holidays, including "Judy Thomas and the lobster class from MVCS Early Childhood made holiday cards as well as artwork, and brought their amazing, lighthearted spirit to share a holiday greeting with residents."
Today: I feel like I read so many of Brooks Robards’ film stories that I know all about everything that’s playing. "Corsage" is screening at the Film Center and I love those big, comfy seats. 7:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Try a hike at Felix Neck. The trails are open and calling your name, maybe not my name but I definitely hear them calling yours. We’ve just updated our Winter Trails information (thank you, Nancy Tutko) and it’s a wonderful time to bundle up and get outside. Anytime. –C.B.
This weekend: Join Island fermenters Laurisa Rich and Katie Ruppel at a Fermentation Workshop at the FARM Institute on Saturday. Fire cider sounds interesting. 10 am. Take the little ones to Storytime at the Chilmark library. It’s held outdoors if the weather is nice. 11 am. Chat at Coffee and Recovery at the Red House from noon until 2 pm. Very nice folks and they usually have snacks. The Oak Bluffs library does us all a favor in hosting a Fix-it Clinic. They’re encouraging everyone to try to fix things rather than buy new. 1 to 3:30 pm. Miss Lani offers Winter Children’s Art Workshops focused on wildlife with drawing and painting with acrylic and watercolors. 1:30 pm. Board Game Club for Fourth and Fifth Graders happens at the Oak Bluffs library at 2 pm. Come on your own or with a friend. Paint Nights, a popular new event hosted at the Barn Bowl & Bistro by the Oak Bluffs library, is on tap at 7:30 pm. I like to call them paint parties. You’ll listen to awesome tunes and learn how to paint a masterpiece. Free.

On Sunday, gather for a coffee and student-led community conversations about local environmental issues and climate-related topics at the Climate Cafe at Rosewater. Bring your own mug. 10 am. The Vineyard Haven library hosts Online Replay: Drawing with Elizabeth Whelan. I love how she shares her art with the rest of us. 11 am. Fiber Folks meet at the Ag Hall. Bring a work-in-progress or just hang out and visit. 1 to 3 pm. The West Tisbury library hosts Sunday Jazz Concert with the Lucas Ostinato Trio. Free. 2:30 pm. The Film Center hosts a special fundraiser for the Vineyard Haven library with Peter Luce Playreaders Jackie Stallings and John Brannen performing "I and You." 4 pm. I love winter here. There’s still a lot to do and you can drive anyplace without waiting in traffic. And it’s beautiful. Get out there. –C.B.

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

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Dining out?

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Staying in?
For a warm winter treat, try the creative recipe for Morning Glory Muffins, shared by Jim Osborn. It can be modified to suit your taste, whether you like it spicy or sweet. In the Times kitchen, we like to keep things a little nutty.

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Ferry tales
One day, when writer Geoff Currier was taking the boat to embark on a trip, he noticed about 40 Vineyard kids clustered together on the second floor with laptops and textbooks in-hand. Turns out that these kids attend Falmouth Academy, and they commute on the boat back and forth every day. Currier got a chance to talk to some of the students about why they attend FA, what it’s like having to commute, and why they enjoy going to the off-Island high school. Read his story here.

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