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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Michael J. Fox’s "Back to the Future" was released on this date in 1985. Who doesn’t love Marty McFly? And it’s Tom Cruise’s birthday today. He’s 61. There’s your Hollywood minute within your MVT Minute. We hope everyone enjoys a safe day off tomorrow! If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Moped refusal
The Tisbury Select Board shot down a request by a local business owner to rent out mopeds again. The town officials cited safety concerns, such as tourists not being trained at length before renting the vehicles, and the many accidents mopeds have been involved in. Get the details here.
Nitrogen solutions
As part of its water quality management plans for Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has compiled a comprehensive inventory of potential solutions for mitigating nutrient loading throughout up-Island watersheds. Although the commission will be recommending certain technologies and methods, the decisions will ultimately be up to the towns. Here’s that update.

Studio North
Architects-in-the-making were on the Island last week building a ‘tool temple’ for Island Grown Initiative in Tisbury. These are students from across the country for the Studio North program. They were there to design and then build the shed, which was inspired by what’s called a cover crop. Watch the video here.

The Dukes County Commission meets at 4 pm Wednesday. Remote access. Here is the

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
"This project is dragging out and costing considerably more money every time we turn around."
— Steamship Authority board member Jim Malkin on the
redesign of the Steamship’s website

Hot Topic Comment
R. Scott Patterson comments on a story that Tisbury rejected a request to rent mopeds:
"Great job Tisbury, now we need to ban all moped rentals!"

Hot Topic Letter
"We would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the governor for her background research and for our in-depth conversation. The governor shared her clear understanding that the Cape and Islands are very different from the rest of the commonwealth, and that Island challenges are even more extreme when it comes to the housing crisis facing Massachusetts."
— A letter
signed by several local organizations, including the Island Housing Trust and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

Today: I was going to pretend that I could predict the weather and therefore stick to indoor events, but then I decided I’m lousy at predicting the weather here. So, I’d say head to Long Point for Yoga on the Pond right after work. It’ll be beautiful. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

I’ve heard good things about "Asteroid City," playing at the Film Center. It’s directed by Wes Anderson, so you know it’ll be interesting. Stars Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston (my personal favorite), Edward Norton, and lots more. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Murdick’s Run the Chop Challenge happens tomorrow. It’s a July 4 tradition, unlike my tradition of eating plates full of barbecue ribs and potato salad. It’s a 4-mile loop that begins at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. And it raises funds for the community. 8:45 am. –C.B.

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

Chill out
"Free: Frigidaire 10,000 BTU AC unit. Works well — too cool for our little room. Text or call 774-563-0951."

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
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 at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.

The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

Restaurant owners: Are you open? Let our readers know, and support local journalism while doing so!

Contact to discuss promoting your dining specials with the MV Times.

Staying in?
If you're firing up the grill this July Fourth holiday, check the recipe for Dry Barbecue Rub, from BBQ expert Steven Raichlen's "Project Smoke." If you can stand the heat, you can still get out of the kitchen.

Calling all cooks and bakers: we would love to share your recipe with the community. Email it to, and include a brief backstory and a photo of your final creation.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this smiling person? 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.

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

Friday's contest answer:
Maryl Malloy
Searching for Steamers
In her essay, Anne Ryall Sylvester talks about growing up learning to shellfish and how times have changed over the decades. While the alewife roe are no longer free to catch, the bivalves are. As she writes: "You don’t need to visit Net Result with a fat wallet. Just a shellfish license." Read the story here.
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