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Bridge breakdown
The Lagoon Pond drawbridge was stuck open Friday afternoon, causing major traffic congestion throughout Tisbury. As of the release of today's Minute, the bridge has not come down. It’s recommended that you seek alternative routes. It’s unclear at this time what caused the failure. Police on the scene say that the bridge went up to let a boat through, but couldn’t go down. Read more here.
Edgartown house heads to public hearing
81 South Water Street sparked controversy when neighbors expressed concern over the proposed plans. The applicants came back with a set of new plans, with different variations, that seem to address concerns. However, a single plan will be needed for the public hearing with the Edgartown Historic District Commission. Get the details here.
The employment struggle
Healthcare providers on the Island are looking to fill positions, although to what extent varies depending on the organization. Among the factors impacting healthcare staff numbers, the cost and availability of housing was a common theme. Read more here.
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank commission meets at 3 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark Special Town Meeting will be held at 7 pm Monday at the Chilmark Community Center. Find the warrant here.

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Quote of the Day
"Many factors over the last few years have led us to this decision including the COVID pandemic, staffing shortages, housing shortages and other outside factors. We would like to thank the many customers who have frequented our establishment over the last 75+ years. Without you we wouldn’t have made it this far. To the new owners we wish you the best of luck and hope you find nothing but success. We kindly ask that you treat the property and community with the respect we did for many years."
Aquinnah Shop owners on their decision to sell the well-known eatery and property

Hot Topic Comment
Alan Dershowitz responds to Islander reactions to our story about the Chilmark library allowing him back to speak on his latest book: "It’s distressing to see how many readers favor a taxpayer funded library banning a speaker because of who he represented as a lawyer. If that’s not McCarthyism, I don't know what is. Imagine how these same readers would react if an Alabama public library banned a lawyer for representing a woman who sought an abortion."

Hot Topic Letter
Melanie Dunn appreciates the road work completed prior to this past weekend: "I’m so thankful for all of the men and women who worked so hard to get Main Street in Vineyard Haven and the drawbridge finished before Memorial Day weekend. What a job well done."
Today: I swear I’ve missed my calling. Island Theatre Workshop hosts auditions for their fall production, "Little Shop of Horrors," tonight at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. 6 to 8 pm tonight and again on Sunday, 3 to 5 pm. Show us what you’ve got. –Connie Berry

There’s a Community Shabbat Dinner featuring "A Conversation on Strategic Philanthropy" by Terry Kassel as well. Cocktails at 6:30 then dinner at 7 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: Get started Saturday morning with YogiJay at Yoga at the Museum, outdoors I’m thinking. 9 am. You could also bring the kids to explore the FARM Institute with Barnyard Buddies. Maybe collect some eggs, feed some goats. You get the picture. 9:30 am. The Family Center, a M.V. Community Service entity, hosts an Open House from 11 am to 1 pm. Drop in anytime. Kids and families are invited to join Hugh Phear at the West Tisbury library to build a Rube Goldbergesque-contraption. All ages are welcome. Sounds like fun. 12 pm. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and Queer Hub M.V. invite us to "take a walk on the wild side." It’s a way to gather together and celebrate the natural world in all of its rainbow of colors. Two events: 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. And afterwards, head to my personal "Cheers," the P.A. Club, for a dance party, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to Queer Hub M.V. The West Tisbury library hosts its annual Remembering the Rosenthals concert with the Music Street Musicians at 4 pm. The Yard kicks off summer with a free Open House Picnic. Join them in the shell garden for an evening of great community. Bring a picnic, they’ll provide drinks and refreshments. 5:30 pm.

On Sunday, visit the Public Plant Sale at the M.V. Community Greenhouse. They’ve got tomatoes and vegetable plants ready for your garden. 10 am to 3 pm. Want more plant-focused time? Head to Native Earth Teaching Farm for Meet the Plants: Experiential Herb Workshop. Featuring violet greens, stinging nettle, and raspberry leaf. 10 am to noon. Down-Island, hit up the Open Market in the park next to Our Market. Crafts, art, live music, food, and more. 10 am to 2 pm. 4‑H for kids and teens meets at the Ag Hall. It’s a great organization, so check it out. 1 pm. All registered Chilmark Democratic voters are encouraged to attend the caucus, as the town committee elects a delegate to attend the 2023 State Democratic Convention. Chilmark library patio at 4 pm. Time for Sundays in the Park Concerts at the Ocean Park Bandstand in Oak Bluffs. This one depends on the weather, but they’re great. 5:30 pm. Once again, I’m tired just looking this over. Have a great weekend! –C.B.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: The Chops of Martha’s Vineyard

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.

A chop is defined as the entrance to a harbor; in the case of East and West Chop, this is the entrance from Vineyard Sound to Vineyard Haven harbor on through the drawbridge to the Lagoon. This week, there are homes of all types and price ranges. From a three-bedroom, two-bath contemporary on the outer border of West Chop priced at $995,000, to a waterfront commercial investment property on East Chop that includes multiple boat slips, docks, and apartments priced at $11,000,000.

East Chop, also known as the Vineyard Highlands, is a residential area on the north end of the Island. It is a peninsula that features the high, prominent bluffs that gave Oak Bluffs its name. A lighthouse, East Chop Light, stands at the north end of the chop on Telegraph Hill. East Chop became a popular summer resort in the late 19th century with regular ferry traffic from the mainland, and a horse railroad connected it to the village of Cottage City, later renamed Oak Bluffs.

Across Vineyard Haven harbor is West Chop, a residential area located in Vineyard Haven on the north end of the Island. It is a peninsula surrounded on the north and west by Vineyard Sound and on the east by Vineyard Haven harbor. A lighthouse, West Chop Light, stands at the north end of the chop. West Chop is about a mile stroll to town, with its many restaurants, movies, shopping, and parkland. The West Chop historic district represents a well-preserved, planned, summer resort community of the late 19th century, with many rambling waterfront mansions with spectacular views.

The contemporary home at 73 Leonard Circle on the outskirts of West Chop is perfect for residents and vacationers alike. It has been thoughtfully renovated over the years, and it's the perfect space for entertaining guests, hosting barbecues, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee while soaking in the serene surroundings. The fully fenced-in yard provides the ideal backdrop for outdoor activities, offering both privacy and security. The property has potential for up to four bedrooms, it's a short distance to the town beach, and it has easy access to downtown Tisbury shopping and dining . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

Hot stuff
"Weber gas-grill with stand and cover. Great shape. Best-offer. Call 508-696-3108 and leave a message. Don’t forget to leave your return telephone # or email."

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Staying in?
Fruity, colorful, nutty, and sweet ... but that's enough about the Times staff ... what we're really talking about is a superfood recipe for Roasted Beets with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans, from Susie Middleton's cookbook and memoir "Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories."

Do you have a recipe for a main meal, side dish, snack, dessert, or beverage? We would love to share it with the community. Email it to, and include a brief backstory and a photo of your final creation.

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Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about. For previous Do You Knows? see our archive.

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‘All about signs’
The Chilmark Store, Net Result, the Bug & Bus van, Tivoli Inn: What do all these have in common? Islander Melissa Patterson made their signs, created decals, and sometimes painted whole vehicles. Some iconic signs in that mix. We particularly enjoy the zebra-colored Bug & Bus van that she hand-painted. Check out a profile of this signmaker here.

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