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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: The Committee to Elect Bob Ogden for Sheriff

Boats over buildings
The Steamship Authority has pulled the trigger to purchase two used vessels and will retrofit them to become freight ferries. The two vessels have been used as offshore supply boats, but once they’re here, they will replace the Katama and the Gay Head. Between the purchase price and the work, the SSA will spend about $32 million. The SSA also approved Adam Epstein’s plan to use charter ferries for Beach Road Weekend. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. Meanwhile, the SSA has had a tough go of it lately with its existing fleet. Here’s the update on what happened today.
Bird mystery solved?
Remember back in June, there were suddenly a lot of dead birds and waterfowl being found on Vineyard beaches? Well, it turns out they weren't cormorants and it wasn’t avian flu affecting most of them. Officials told reporter Eunki Seonwoo that the birds were actually great shearwaters and likely died of starvation. You can check out his update here.
Kitchen’s closed
After requesting a schedule change from the Land Use Planning Committee for the Menotomy building in Oak Bluffs, Brian Packish abruptly withdrew his request when commissioners said it would have to go to a public hearing. The building is on Kennebec Avenue in Oak Bluffs and it’s where the popular Red Cat Kitchen is housed. Packish said the delay would likely shutter the restaurant for a couple of years. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

The Dukes County Commission meets at 4:30 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
"We’re losing ground to this."–Philippe Jordi of Island Housing Trust on the proliferation of short-term rentals on the Island

Hot Topic Comment
Rhonda Sprague used the b-word when it comes to traveling between the Island and the mainland. "I vote for a bridge. It works on Sanibel Island, FL. The traffic is similar to MV but you can get on and off the island 24 hours a day. In fact, bridges move traffic all over Florida. At least have boats that cater to Islanders ONLY several times a day. Also freight only boats. Semi trucks are dangerous when they hem in passenger cars."

Hot Topic Letter
Shirley Kennedy wrote to criticize Beach Road Weekend and the impact it has on her neighborhood. "The abutters to Veterans Memorial Park are made to endure the noise and the light pollution for three days — every year in the very busiest of our summer season"
Today: Rick Bausman and his gang will be at State Beach at the Jabberwocky spot for Drumming on the Beach. It’s a great thing to see and hear and it will bring joy to your heart. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Great show at the Loft tonight. First Medicine Show with special guest Kate Taylor, followed by Jim Kweskin of Jug Band fame. I talked to him for this story and you can expect to be part of the action. He’ll be accompanied by his longtime pals Rose Guerin and her dad Richie, along with Miguel Samuel. 7 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: I’m not sure how many Chilmark Flea Markets are left, so you better make it out there for this one. Arts and crafts and generally awesome goods for sale. Free to get in and free to park. Can’t beat that with a stick. 9 am to 2 pm. –C.B.

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

Eat it up
"Solid Maple Dining Table. 4 feet by 3 feet 2 inches. Drop leaf. $20. Please call 203-434-1126."

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Dining out?

The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

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

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
This salad recipe for Red Cabbage Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Oranges by Edible Vineyard’s Tina Miller works great any time of year. We like it because it’s really colorful and looks pretty on your plate and tastes great to boot.

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Jonah Maidoff, Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

A rollicking good time
The M.V. Comedy Fest is part of Black Comedy Month, a national initiative to spotlight the role of humor in Black culture during August. There are still a number of performances to catch before the festival wraps up, so go and read freelance writer Roger House’s story on this year’s celebration of African American comedy and culture.
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