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Six-cess for Housing Bank
The road to a Housing Bank on Martha’s Vineyard took a major step on Wednesday afternoon with the Tisbury select board being the sixth and final town to approve sending the legislation to Beacon Hill. The vote came during a select board meeting and while it was rather brief, it is a big moment for the future of workforce and affordable housing on the Island. With a Democratic governor taking office in January, the table is potentially set for a transfer fee to be approved. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Fueling the debate
Island towns are on board with reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, but how is it that we’re going to accomplish this? That conversation took place at West Tisbury’s select board meeting on Wednesday where select board members said that the town needs a list of necessary capital projects so that they can go ahead and begin to prioritize. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update. Meanwhile, West Tisbury also had a discussion this week on zoning amendments that could be coming. Eunki has that update as well.

Short on solutions
What to do about short-term rentals and the impact they’re having on the Vineyard’s year round population? That was the question under consideration when the Island’s planning boards got together for a meeting on Wednesday. Some resort communities have put restrictions on short term rentals and that may be a way for the Island to deal with the issue as well. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
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Quote of the Day
"As an applicant, you have no idea in what arbitrary or capricious manner you’re going to be treated — there’s no baseline."
–Oak Bluffs select board member Brian Packish on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission

Hot Topic Comment
Louise Olson commented on our story about five towns having ratified the Housing Bank legislation. "This is great news! It is so important to create affordable housing and to improve the balance between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’!"

Hot Topic Letter
Rabbi Tzvi Alperowitz,  the leader of Chabad of Martha’s Vineyard, wrote an essay about an unfortunate uptick in anti-Semitism and an upcoming lighting of a Menorah at Owen Park. "Thankfully, Martha’s Vineyard is a lighthouse of kindness and diversity, and is well-known for being an Island where many different cultures and communities come together. Our country would be a better place if it learned from the inclusion exhibited on M.V."
Tonight: Chef Look outdoes himself with this nod to the late Queen Elizabeth: Chef Look Cooks Gaelic Steaks. Venison loin, potatoes and parsnips, gravy, and poached carrots fit for a queen. Edgartown library. Virtual. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

I love being around children before they develop that filtered outlook we give them. Check out this
Early Childhood Education Information Session to see if it might be a good career path for you. 6 pm. –C.B.

Tomorrow: I’ve seen some of the work filmmaker Len Morris and crew have done with global children’s human rights, so I know this is important viewing. Circuit Arts presents the documentary "Butterfly, Butterfly" at the Grange Hall. The event is free, but you can donate. 7 pm. –C.B.

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

Stay warm
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Staying in?
Really, doesn’t this picture speak a thousand words? Two-ingredient Fudge, three if you count the walnuts. Thank you, Nicole Jackson, for fulfilling our dreams.

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Bette Carroll
A fateful ferry ride
Leigh Cormie, the Steamship Authority terminal manager in Vineyard Haven, might not have anticipated when he was working at a brewery in Czechoslovakia that he would be spending his life on Martha’s Vineyard with the love of his life. Whether it was fate, or just serendipitous random chance, Cormie found his second act here on the Island. Read Jim Dale’s story on Leigh and the fascinating journey to his longtime home here.
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