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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Obama family chef
The personal chef of the Obama family has been identified as the 45-year-old man found dead after going missing from his paddle board Sunday night. Tafari Campbell, a Virginia native, and father of two, had worked as White House sous chef until the former president asked him to stay on with the family post-presidency. He was on the Vineyard visiting with the former First Family at the time of his tragic death. More details here.
Teaching belonging
The English Language Learners summer program wrapped up earlier this month. Students take the summer classes as they gear up for the school year ahead. Officials with the program say that it teaches students language skills, but it also creates a sense of belonging to students that might be new to the school district. Read our story here.

There she blows
A photographer captured the presence of three humpback whales off Nomans Land this past weekend. Scientists say that’s not uncommon as the whales are here for feeding during the summer season. But it was nonetheless a sight to behold. Read more here.

The Tisbury Select Board meets at the Tisbury Emergency Services Facility. Remote access available. Here is the

The West Tisbury Select Board meets at West Tisbury Town Hall at 4:30 pm Wednesday. Remote access available. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Tafari was a beloved part of our family. When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House – creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together. In the years that followed, we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter. That’s why, when we were getting ready to leave the White House, we asked Tafari to stay with us, and he generously agreed. He’s been part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are broken that he’s gone. Today we join everyone who knew and loved Tafari – especially his wife Sherise and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin – in grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man."
— Former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama on the tragic death of Tafari Campbell

Hot Topic Comment
Susannah Sturgis commented on our story about the MVRHS committee accepting private donations to help fund the ongoing turf lawsuit: "One publicly funded body accepting private donations to fund its suit against another publicly funded body (or two)? This is unsettling. Is there any statewide ethics watchdog that might have an opinion about this? It’s not hard to imagine donors with deep pockets making it unnecessary to obtain public support for possibly controversial programs."

Hot Topic Letter
Maura McGroarty writes to us about the recent votes at town meetings regarding the turf field: "For quite a while, some responses to stories about the high school’s athletic field undertaking refer to ‘overwhelming support’ or ‘we should vote’ or ‘the towns have voted.’"
Today: Luke Diorio is the speaker at the Photographers’ Salon at Featherstone. He’ll present his work and then talk about his process. Stellar photos. This one is from a sail on the Alabama a couple of weeks ago. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Break out your boogie shoes because it’s CnC's Ole Skool Dance Cafe featuring DJ SmoothB at the P.A. Club tonight. I’m going to ask my physical therapist if it’s OK to bust a move. 8:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Here’s a sweet event for the little ones: Storytime on the Beach. Meet at Eastville Point Beach near the drawbridge in Oak Bluffs for songs and stories. If it rains, head to the Oak Bluffs library instead. 10:15 am. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Reel in coated slices of fresh summer flounder with the recipe for Fluke Crudo, shared by Edible Vineyard co-editor Tina Miller. For a chef's guide to all things fish, download this free, 32-page e-book from the M.V. Fishermen's Preservation Trust: "Seasonal Seafood of Martha's Vineyard."

Do you have a recipe to share with the community? Send it to us, along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory if you have one, to

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this hurdler? 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.

Monday's contest answer:
Travis Tuck
Spotlight on illustrators
Featherstone Center for the Arts’ newest exhibition showcases Latinx children’s book illustrators. Notably, the "El Barrio and Beyond: A Celebration of Latinx Culture" exhibit features Raúl Colón’s book, which was recently banned by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Featherstone has included copies of the featured books next door, so guests can compare the original works to the final product. Get more details here.

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