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On this day a year ago, Eloise Boales spent her last day directing traffic at the Steamship Authority in Vineyard Haven. No offense to the officers who have filled in since, but it just hasn’t been the same. Today is also Friday and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with National Lobster Newburg Day. Paul W. Bagnall wrote about this seafood-style shepherd’s pie. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

Bee-lieve in yourself
If you see Kalleb Oliveira today, you’ll have to excuse him if he can’t ‘extinguish’ his enthusiasm. At Friday’s Islandwide spelling bee, back from its COVID hiatus, Kalleb wowed the audience by finishing first in the spelling bee. Kalleb is a fifth grader at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. The event was sponsored by The Times and Kalleb is headed to Washington to compete in the Scripps national competition. Reporter Lucas Thors, who is a decent speller himself, has this story.
COVID care
Yes, the mask mandates are gone. And the number of cases on the Island has dropped since January’s surge. But the Island boards of health are urging Islanders to take precautions, particularly if they are exposed to someone who is COVID-positive or if they are experiencing symptoms. The boards have issued a fact sheet they hope Islanders will follow. Editor George Brennan has the details.

Dear Dylan
The Dukes County Commission plans to send a letter to state Rep. Dylan Fernandes and state Sen. Julian Cyr letting them know that they’re still not pleased about the process used to file legislation concerning the Steamship Authority. One week after Fernandes appeared before commissioners to face the music, they remained upset at the way the bill filing was handled and the lack of input from Islanders. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has the update. Meanwhile, Fernandes was on the Island where he passed a big check over to Harbor Homes. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Chilmark special town meeting is at 1 pm Saturday at Chilmark Community Center. Here is the preview.

The Chilmark select board meets at 9:45 am Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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

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Quote of the Day
"I don’t think anyone on the Vineyard knew about it, or Nantucket for that matter, until after the bill was filed. I think there many have been some phone calls made the night before trying to tell some county commissioners what was going on, but certainly I don’t feel, and I think a lot of other people don’t feel this is any way for our representatives or senators to conduct business that involves something like the SSA, without consulting the two islands ahead of time and getting their input to see what they think is best."–West Tisbury select board chair Skipper Manter on a bill filed regarding the Steamship Authority

Hot Topic Comment
Paul Schulz is one of many people commenting on our story about Island Housing Trust seeking affordable housing for a staff member. "It doesn’t look like the private market can solve our current housing shortage unless you make tons of money. The Housing Bank is a good way to provide more affordable housing options. Let’s try this!"

Hot Topic Letter
Leigh Smith is appreciative of our Oscar preview. "There isn’t enough time in the theater to mark one’s choices, but having the paper with Robards’ descriptions of each is a tremendous help always."
Today: Head to Pathways for Women Live: Dance, Music, Spoken Word at the Chilmark Tavern. Celebrate women everywhere with Jesse Keller Jason, Abby Bender, Barbara Dacey, Darby Patterson, Hannah Zaheer and more. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

"Belfast," up for big awards this weekend, is playing at the M.V. Film Center. And finally I can say I saw it. And I loved it. So much Van Morrison. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: I'm very excited to check this out: Washington Ledesma Gallery Spring Clearance Sale. His stuff is so colorful and whimsical that it makes you feel good just looking at it. 10 am to 5 pm. The Edgartown library screens Great Italian Cinema: La Dolce Vita. I feel like that might be an ice cream flavor? 1 pm. Check out Tea and CBD with Amad Elia at Vineyard Complementary Medicine. 2 pm. Two of my favorites, Jeremy Berlin and Rose Guerin, play a Jazz Concert at the West Tisbury library. 3 pm. Follow that up with another of my favorite things: Vineyard Bingo with the Chilmark library. 6 pm. The long-awaited Spring Concert with the Island Community Chorus happens at the Old Whaling Church Saturday at 7:30 pm and again on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. Come watch Peter Boak and friends do their magic.

On Sunday, join IGI, Allen Farm, and farmer and researcher Charles Benbook for a presentation and discussion about the effects of the herbicide Roundup. This should be interesting. 11 am at the Ag Hall. Recovery community members are invited to gather for an Art Party that will spruce up the Red House. 1 pm. The West Tisbury Energy Committee meets on Zoom. You’re invited to learn about and discuss the '100% Electric' town meeting warrant articles for new construction and major renovations. 3 pm. Free. I feel like this might be one of those weekends where I stay in my pajama pants all day and watch the "The Gilded Age" episodes I’ve missed. –C.B.

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

Cooling off period
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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.

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Staying in?
Chef Gavin Smith tells the Tale of Two Shortbreads in this story from 2019. It’s the weekend so we’re sure we’ll have time to whip some up in our state-of-the-art kitchen. We’re planning to eat some while it’s still warm.

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Page turner
Want to know what it’s like when you’re penning a memoir and the computer you’re using crashes and you lose "the first 68 pages of … the best piece of writing" you’ve ever done? Writer Kate Feiffer sat down with Nancy Slonim Aronie to discuss her memoir, which is in bookstores this week, and the process of writing it. You can read about it here.
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