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On this day in 1989, "Do the Right Thing," a Spike Lee joint, was released. You might see Lee on the Island, but if you do, don't be like assistant features editor Lucas Thors and call out to him. Today is National Handshake Day, which seems like it should be changed to National Elbow Touch Day in these days of COVID. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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‘A real crisis’
As the Island works to create a housing bank to assist with affordable housing, it’s already too late for some. Teachers in particular are struggling to stay on the Island, some of them seasoned veterans, because their rentals are being sold out from under them. Meanwhile, administrators struggle to fill positions because when housing comes up, candidates look elsewhere. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
COVID update
If you’re coming to the Island or are already here, it’s worth noting that COVID-19 is also very much here. In recent days, there has been an uptick in cases that puts the Island back in the "high risk" category for community spread. Despite the recent surge, Aquinnah health officials have eased their mask advisory to "optional." Here’s that update.
Fruit of the Vine
Martha’s Vineyard has some terrific educators and if you need proof, we present Danielle Charbonneau. Charbonneau is a finalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. She is an English teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and runs the Project Vine program at the high school — an alternative program for the Island’s students. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo got a chance to speak with this inspirational educator. Here’s his story.
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Quote of the Day
"Even though we thought COVID was starting to give us a break, it has not. We’re seen a rise in cases on the Island and among our staff."
–Martha’s Vineyard Hospital CEO Denise Schepici, who recently had a bout of her own with COVID, providing an update on Island infections

Hot Topic Comment
Amy Billings commented on the passing of Sharon Rzemien. "Very sorry to hear about Sharon’s passing. She was a great animal control officer in Oak Bluffs, unfortunately she worked harder than the town could afford, always there when the animal world needed her. Condolences to her family."

Hot Topic Letter
Mike Bellissimo wrote to express concerns with the abortion rulings made by the Supreme Court. "Most Catholics, like me, believe that their faith should not infringe on others’ rights. Women have an inalienable right to choose how to care for their bodies. This reversal of settled law will not go down in history as Roe v. Wade did but, instead, will go down in infamy as other cases like Plessy did, which infringed on the rights of all people to live in the U.S. with freedom and liberty."
Tonight: Join elders from the Island’s LGBTQIA+ community for this Progress Pride Forum: Queer on Martha’s Vineyard. Learn about the early days of building a queer community here. M.V. Museum. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Oh, yes, tonight’s the night for Music in the Square, this time with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. You’ll definitely be dancing in the streets. 6 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: I’ll add this to my list of things I really want to do: Grange Exchange Antiques and Fine Collectibles. You can find artwork, vintage clothing, furniture, tools, and more. I may start an office petition to see if we can get off on Fridays. 9 am to 3 pm. –C.B.

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Dining out?

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.

The Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
Here’s an Island Grown recipe for Clam Fritters. Fritters are fun aren’t they? We’re going to make them tomorrow in the Times’ kitchen for TGIF. We’d invite you but we’ll probably eat them all.

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Three photographers with three perspectives in new exhibit
The July exhibition at the West Tisbury library, "New Works: The Photography of Reggie Forster, Dena Porter, and Rob Skinnon," houses a collection of unique, beautiful pieces of art. Forster, Porter, and Skinnon each created work that captures some aspect of existence — the complexity of it, the tranquility of it, or the colors behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. While the photographers capture vastly different scenes, they all get their inspiration from life’s beauty, guiding people to direct their attention to simple moments in time. Check out Abby Remer’s story here to gain more insight into the photographers’ work.

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