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Revolving door
Just when you thought things might be calming down on the affordable housing front in West Tisbury, one board member is on an unspecified hiatus and another quit abruptly during Tuesday’s affordable housing committee meeting. Mike Colaneri, the board’s chair, wasn’t at the meeting and made it known that he won’t be back for a while. But when the committee appointed a new chair, that’s when another member quit. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
Rut roh
Oak Bluffs select board is looking to get out its ruts. After a road trip with highway superintendent Richie Combra, Police Chief Jon Searle, and members of the business association, the select board discussed taking care of pavement at Farland Square. The ruts have likely been caused by heavy truck traffic, particularly in summer months. Meanwhile, the board also discussed its rates for inspection fees and how they compare with other Island towns. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the details.

SSA answers to FBI
Public records continue to provide a window into an FBI investigation that involved looking at the off-Island transport of patients by the Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS. The FBI asked for, and was given records by the Steamship Authority, though the SSA has refused to release those records to The Times citing the enabling act for the ferry service. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this update. Meanwhile, the SSA continues to stonewall the newspaper’s efforts to get video from some of their Vineyard Haven mishaps. Here’s that story.
The Aquinnah select board meets at 3 pm Thursday at town hall. Here is the agenda.

The MVRHS school committee meets at 5 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"This matter has been pending for over four years and Gary will accept the decision and put it behind him."
–Part of a statement issued on behalf of Aquinnah select board member Gary Haley by his attorney after he was found in violation of the state’s conflict of interest laws

Hot Topic Comment
Carolyn O’Daly commented on the new contract for teachers. "Teachers couldn’t possibly be paid what they are worth, but shouldn’t they be paid enough so they can own their own home and be able to put enough aside for a comfortable retirement? All public servants deserve that."

Hot Topic Letter
One year ago, Chip Coblyn, chair of the On-Island Public Health Subcommittee of the Martha’s Vineyard Substance Use Disorder Coalition, weighed in on the need for a housing bank. "The housing shortage on Martha’s Vineyard has worsened as more families moved here, with the pandemic being a major contributing factor. The recent population influx has driven the average home price well above one million dollars, inadvertently but definitively blocking middle class Islanders from home ownership. Those in our community who suffer from substance use disorder or mental health issues are more than ever at severe risk for being un-homed."

Today: The history of quilting takes us back centuries and it’s one of those things that remains after all the others drop by the wayside. Join the M.V. Modern Quilt Guild at the West Tisbury library where you can learn from your friends and neighbors. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

I missed the David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust train in 1972. I was busy singing "Lean on Me" into my hairbrush. This film "Moonage Daydream" playing at the Film Center tells us all about the life of David Bowie, so we can still discover his genius. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: I love a good tote bag in my old age, and that is why I’d like to join the children at the Vineyard Haven library who are Decorating Halloween Tote Bags after school. 3:30 to 5 pm, while supplies last. –C.B.

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You never know what Nicole Jackson is going to create with her brave little toaster oven. She’s tried everything from chocolate chip cookies to baked chicken to her latest masterpiece — Toaster Oven Meatloaf. A little ingenuity goes a long way in the kitchen.

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A new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum illustrates the strong presence of enslavement, indenture, and incarceration on the Island in the late 1700s. The historical presentation is shocking, and the multiple documents taken from the museum archive show evidence of slavery, even after it was effectively outlawed in Massachusetts. Read writer Abby Remer’s story on the powerful and disturbing exploration of Vineyard history here.

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