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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Tashmoo planning
Tisbury is working on how to lower the nitrogen loads in Lake Tashmoo. Although nothing is set in stone yet, the town looked at innovative and alternative septic systems, among other options. The plan targeting Lake Tashmoo is working in concert with the town-wide, comprehensive water management plan. Get the details here.
Meshacket gets boost
The affordable housing development in Edgartown landed about $6 million in state and federal funding, announced yesterday by the Healey Administration. The project consists of 40 affordable, deed-restricted housing units. Meshacket was one of a dozen projects receiving some $246 million that will go to preserving roughly 1,600 affordable and mixed-income housing units in Massachusetts. Read the story here.

Cruise Visits O.B.
A giant cruise ship called the Celebrity Summit made a stop at Oak Bluffs on its way south. This brought in a crowd of people in May that the Vineyard would expect during the peaks of July or August. Cruise ships came earlier than usual this year, but the Island is ready to welcome guests when they do come. Read more here.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank meets at 3 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the

The Edgartown Select Board meets at 4 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Tisbury Select Board jointly meets with the Tisbury Planning Board at 4:30 pm on Monday. In-person meeting at Katharine Cornell Theatre. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Committee meets at 6 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"We remain committed to working with all stakeholders so that we can continue to set the highest possible standards on this first in the nation project."
—Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus Moeller after a federal judge ruling in the offshore wind company’s favor.

Hot Topic Comment
Scott Terry comments about fighter jets recently flying over the Vineyard: "How soon they forget the bombs and mini-guns constantly barraging Nomans through the 80’s. Now 2 jets fly over and everyone is horrified. What is going on?"

Hot Topic Letter
In our latest editorial, we turned to Chat-GPT to answer the question of how to staff the Vineyard during the summer. It gave us … well, an answer: "Martha’s Vineyard, with its breathtaking landscapes and idyllic charm, has long been a beloved vacation destination. However, beyond its allure as a seasonal paradise lies a significant challenge for small businesses that cater to the influx of visitors during peak seasons."
Today: We’ve got a theatrical evening for you tonight! The first night of auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors" will be taking place at First Congregational Church of West Tisbury from 6 to 8 pm. Good luck folks!

If you prefer watching performances, "Miss Maybelline's Nocturnal Flights Of Fancy" will be showing at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse tonight at 7 pm. Get your tickets and enjoy the show.
This weekend: On Saturday, recycle some old and used electronics in an environmentally friendly way at the MVRHS parking lot. 9 am to 12 pm. All proceeds go to the student government and M.V. Community Services. From 10 am to 12 pm, head over to the West Tisbury library for the M.V. Community Seed Library’s annual Seedling Swap. Sample different varieties of olive oil at the Porch Sale and Olive Oil Tastings at Olive Branch Fair Trade in Tisbury. 10 am to 2 pm. Want to save your favorite denim jacket or replace buttons on your best sweater? Try joining the folks at the Edgartown library’s mending club. All experience levels welcome. 10 am to 12 pm. Working on your own children’s picture book or a nonfiction novel? Check in virtually to "Writing for Young People." 1 pm. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will be featuring another performance of ‘Miss Maybelline’s Nocturnal Flights of Fancy’ at 7 pm.

On Sunday, start out your morning seeing some great artwork at the Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail in Chilmark. It’s free and open from 9 am to 5 pm. Later in the evening, why not mosey on over to the M.V. Film Center to catch a showing of "Polite Society" at 7 pm for an action comedy flick.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: So you want a home with a pool

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.

With 15 new properties on the market this week, I thought for sure we would break through the 100 count for single family homes on the market, but with new contracts and sales, we have dropped back down to 93.

Usually at this time of year, as we have more and more warm days, I think about homes with pools, and this week is no different. The trees are beginning to sprout, and signs of summer blossoms are peeking through the ground. We even had the occasional warm day for a reminder of how refreshing a dip in a cool pool will be on those hot summer days.

More and more often, Martha’s Vineyard home buyers and visitors are asking for pools. One reason for buyers, certainly, is the unexpectedly large increase a pool can add to your rental income bottom line. The advantages of owning a home with a pool are varied, and only limited by your imagination. The relaxation and fun activities your family can enjoy in the summertime are the appeal. Swimming pools are a luxury for some, and a necessity for others. Just imagine yourself floating in a pool on Martha’s Vineyard or that late-night swim before sleep.

With 7,000 square feet of living space, 52 South Summer Street in Edgartown is a perfect example of in-town luxury living. Known as the Captain Ellsworth West House, this renovated Greek Revival captain's home is steeped in history, and it was beautifully renovated inside and out by Hutker Architects. The property features a main house with four floors of living space, plus a private porch with a wood burning fireplace. Also, it has a detached, two-story Carriage House with a pool cabana facing a private, outdoor living area that has a gunite pool and a built-in whirlpool spa . . .

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

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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 Sweet Life Open year-round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
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The Dunes Opening today! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

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Staying in?
The current issue of Edible Vineyard is full of stories about local food, farming, and the community, including recipes such as Watercress Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, shared by Tina Miller. The star of this tasty dish is an aquatic green with a crunchy texture and lots of flavor, so it's a great compliment in a variety of meals.

If you have a recipe to share, send it along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory to

Do you know this man? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.
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Thursday’s contest answer:
Stephen Petruska
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Have you ever wondered what salt looks like up close, but alas, you don’t own a microscope? Perhaps your daughter heard Prince on the radio, and suddenly wants guitar lessons, but this is the fifth thing she’s tried this year, and it’s getting pricey. Well, you’re in luck. Library of Things offers a broad range of items, without having to make expensive purchases and commitments. From pickleball sets and radon detectors to musical instruments and paper shredders, the Library of Things at each town's public library may surprise you. Read more about this perk of having a CLAMS library card here.

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