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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Creating a buzz
Could the Steamship Authority ferries be run by electricity? Yes, according to a study done on various propulsion systems, particularly on the Martha’s Vineyard crossings. At a meeting on Thursday, the SSA board heard a report on various types of propulsion systems. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Meals on wheels
The West Tisbury zoning board of appeals has approved special permits for two food trucks to continue to operate in town. One of those approvals came just in the nick of time as it’s for the Artisans Festival planned for this weekend. The special permits come as building inspector Joe Tierney had denied their permits to operate in town. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.

Pack your patience
This is a special note for all those visitors arriving today for the holiday weekend. Hopefully, you’ve packed some patience. Island businesses are having a tough time hiring and retaining employees for the busy season — mostly because of the ongoing housing crisis. Abigail Rosen spoke to several local businesses about the shortage of workers. Here’s her story.

The Oak Bluffs select board meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday at town hall. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I just think that it’s time people in our community and our country recognize it’s an issue anyone can face. Just because it didn’t happen here doesn’t mean it can’t happen here … As students, we just want to feel safe." –MVRHS senior Lila Mikos during a walkout held Thursday to honor the lives lost in Uvalde, Texas

Hot Topic Comment
Kate Feiffer commented on the possibility of the school committee offering Richie Smith the superintendent’s job. "Richie Smith is widely admired and highly respected as an educator and administrator. He has experience as principal at two of our elementary schools and as assistant superintendent. This one should be easy. Offer him the position of superintendent and let’s move on and focus on all the things that need taking care of that aren’t so easy."

Hot Topic Letter
Margaret Van Sciver wrote that there are other options for women besides having an abortion. "Many women resort to abortion as a quick solution. But is it? So many women suffer from the aftermath of abortion. (You can’t bring the child back.) Grief comes, not always immediately and sometimes years afterwards, but it will come."
Today: Wander the picturesque and ecologically unique trails of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on this foggy day. Traverse through several different diverse biomes: woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marsh, and sandy shoreline. Trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. –Lucas Thors

The 8th annual Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival returns on Friday, May 27, at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. In concert with the Vineyard Conservation Society, the festival presents "River," a film about the wild beauty of rivers, and how vulnerable they are to environmental degradation. –L.T.
This weekend: The West Tisbury Dumptique could have some amazing hidden gems scattered about inside the unassuming old building. Head on over to the West Tisbury transfer station on Saturday and pick through shoes, clothing, books, household items, and much more. You never know what you’re going to find. Open from 9 am to 3 pm. Don’t miss out on the plant sale opening day at Polly Hill Arboretum, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Staff will be around until 2 pm to answer questions and assist with plant selection. Choose from plants propagated from Arboretum grounds, grown from seeds collected on expeditions, or selected as special and Island-appropriate by staff.

Over 70 local artists and craftspeople will be featured at the
Vineyard Artisans Festival this year, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Grange Hall. Check out handmade furniture, pottery, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, quilts, handmade books, and more. The Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders will make their annual Frenchy Run from 10 am to 1 pm, starting at the Portuguese-American Club and going around to various Island stops. Prior to the ride, Brian Patrick Hall will bless the bikes and their riders. It’s a roaring good time. Auditions are open for the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s outdoor production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," written by William Shakespeare. The production will be directed by Playhouse executive director MJ Bruder Munafo. Live auditions go from 10 am to noon. Artists will gather at the Galaxy Gallery in Oak Bluffs for the opening reception of a new photography show featuring photographs from Dena Porter, LA Brown, Anthony Austin, Nancy Cramer, Gabrielle Silva, and many more. From 4 to 6 pm at the gallery.

Haven’t gotten your plant fix for the season yet? The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club hosts their
annual plant sale on Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm. Plants are all grown from cuttings the greenhouse team cultivates at the Wakeman Conservation Center. Head to the Old Mill in West Tisbury to take advantage of the sale. Runners, walkers, and everyone in between are gearing up for the 28th annual Hospice and Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard Memorial 5k. The starting gun fires at 10 am, and this year, runners have the option to select a virtual or in-person race. Bib up and get warmed up at the Summercamp Hotel. –L.T.

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

Step on it
"6 unopened packages of Bruce Oak Flooring. 22 square feet in each box. Free! 508-360-3498."

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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!
@sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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

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Staying in?
Erin Haggerty takes us to school in this story about Guilt-free Grilling. We learn how to grill all manner of veggies and to dress them with some delicious avocado dressing, exactly what we need for this weekend.

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Happy Birthday Capt. Douglas
Black Dog founder Capt. Robert ("Bob") Douglas recently celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 100 friends, family, and community members under a decorated tent in a field at Arrowhead Farm — Douglas’ home in West Tisbury. Those in attendance honored Douglas’ boundless dedication to the community, in particular to the youth of Martha’s Vineyard since he provided them with memorable experiences through his passion for sailing. Read the story here.

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