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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1974, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record. Today is National Empanada Day. Anyone know where we can get one? Happy Friday!
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

IHT supports the efforts to create the MV Housing Bank which will help us secure the affordable housing our Island community needs. Please watch this film about our friends and neighbors who live here year-round and are in need of housing they can afford. Please vote twice, once at your annual town meeting and again at town election this spring. Remember your vote counts and will help determine the future of our Island.
Blown away
The operations center for Vineyard Wind is moving from the Packer property to the former Hinckley Hardware site. Sam Dunn, the developer of the Hinckley site, confirmed that he is looking to have the Vineyard Wind operations and maintenance facility on his Beach Road property. Dunn had been seeking a Chapter 40B permit for a mixed use development at the site. Packer will still have a marine terminal associated with offshore wind at his property. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
A proposal by an Oak Bluffs property owner to make his rental apartments legal for short-term rentals got significant pushback from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. The Lampost apartments were already being rented on Airbnb even though the original agreement with the MVC was for all of the apartments to be used for workforce housing. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.

On the mend
The woman struck and nearly killed by a pickup truck while she was crossing near Five Corners in Vineyard Haven is on the mend. Gayle Touchstone suffered broken ribs, a fractured vertebrae, and a brain bleed when she was struck. It’s been months of surgery and rehabilitation, but she’s finally home in Vineyard Haven. Her family is praising the work of the first responders and hospital. Editor George Brennan has this story.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the

Nantucket and Dukes County meet jointly at 6 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I would like to bring about more collaboration — more committees’ involvement during decision making. Change is inevitable but at what expense to our character and uniqueness?"–John Cahill, the lone candidate for Tisbury select board

Hot Topic Comment
Paul Mendelson commented on the story about Aquinnah select board’s decision to seek new bids for an Aquinnah Circle shop. "Let us not forget to whom this Island originally belonged. Yes, the Commonwealth has its laws, as does the Wampanoag has its laws and traditions. The past history of these entities has been plagued with incorrect assumptions, religious fervor, superior attitudes, lies and broken treaties, domination and bloodshed, mostly by the European invaders."

Hot Topic Letter
Richard Leonard is calling on the community to step up to the plate and support the housing bank. "Stable, affordable housing options are critical to our future … to our economy and our community. In the absence of a new revenue stream which is independent of town budgets, our property taxes will increasingly feel the burden of ongoing destabilization. The transfer fee revenue stream relieves the burden — it was the answer in 2005 and 2006 when all six Island towns voted yes on a housing bank, and sent myself and other Island representatives to the State House to advocate for it. It is still the answer now."
Today: The Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club’s 33rd annual ice show is coming to the ice arena at 6 pm, and it’s sure to be a spectacular performance. Make sure to dress warmly!
–Lucas Thors

Peaked Hill Studio offers a restorative sound journey with owner Valerie Sonnenthal. Using crystal singing bowls, monochords, chimes, and other instruments, folks can get some healing and relaxation. From 7 to 8 pm at the studio.

This weekend: The early bird gets the trout on Saturday morning, as Island kids head to Duarte’s Pond with their fishing families to compete in the annual Kids Trout Derby. Folks will start to gather at first light, and the event normally goes until around 9 am. Gather in Washington Park in Oak Bluffs at 10 am for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School track and field team’s April Fools Day-ish 5k run or walk. Runners will experience stunning ocean views as they wind their way around East Chop. Make sure to register before the race. It’s that time of year. The West Tisbury library invites the community to a spring egg hunt at 10:30 am. After the hunt, head to the library children’s room for some fun crafts. From 3 to 4 pm, the Oak Bluffs library hosts pianist Margin Alexander in the foyer. Alexander plays in a Neo-classical, Neo-romantic style, with cinematic nuances. –L.T.

Island beaches need all the support they can get. On Sunday, Island Spirit Kayak is hosting a beach grass planting party from 1 to 3 pm at State Beach. Simply head on over with your kids, neighbors, or friends and get planting. Rise Dance Company shows their stuff with their annual showcase at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center. Starting at 3 pm, the students will demonstrate their commitment to and passion for dance at a pre-professional level. –L.T.

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

Real Estate Confidential:
Step one, dig a hole

Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider info on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

If you’re ready to make the move to a home on Martha’s Vineyard, you will be deciding whether you want to buy a home that’s already on the market or to build a new one. Since the supply of homes available for sale today is low, you’re willing to consider either avenue. While home builders are doing everything they can to construct more houses and help narrow the supply shortage, they’re also facing delays due to factors outside of their control, including supply chain issues and a skilled labor shortage, although March economic reports show some good news in both areas.

And what about where? Each town has its own character and each has different building bylaws to consider. Some of the rules to consider based on your wants and needs include the number of bedrooms on a lot. Because Martha’s Vineyard has a single-source aquifer, the bedroom counts are a big concern. They are based on lot size and often on location, particularly for waterfront land.

Martha's Vineyard has two very distinctive areas, each with three towns. The up-Island and more rural towns are Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury. The down-Island, more commercial, towns are Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. Aquinnah is widely known for its peaceful beauty, stunning clay cliffs, and pristine beaches. The visual trademark of Chilmark might well be the stone walls that wind their way through rolling fields and forests. West Tisbury is rural and unspoiled, with stone walls, farms, and horses. Edgartown is full of waterfront vistas, beautiful homes on the forest’s edge, and spacious inland properties, including grand, nineteenth century, whaling captains’ homes. Oak Bluffs is known for grand Victorians and small "gingerbread" cottages, plus incredible ocean vistas and an active nightlife. Vineyard Haven offers inland property with lots of backyard space, or waterfront homes complete with an ocean breeze, as well as the Island’s year-round business community.

Dudley Street in West Chop offers a rare opportunity to build in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods on Martha’s Vineyard. Tucked away just off of Franklin Street is this newly formed lot. All of the engineering work has been completed. The lot has been cleared and staked. Electric, water, and cable have been brought to the property. The current septic design, when approved, will allow for a home with up to 6 bedrooms. A quiet, peaceful location in a wooded area while still close to the ferry, town, and more. Take a morning stroll around the "chop" to the West Chop Lighthouse, through West Chop Woods, over to Mink Meadows Golf Club, or a half-mile to the beaches on Vineyard Sound . . .

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Staying in?
Many years ago while at a midwestern restaurant, Connie Berry tried a salad dressing so delicious that she recreated it when she returned home. Lucky for us that she shared the recipe for this tasty creation. With shredded cabbage and fresh herbs in the mix, your taste buds will be tantalized from just reading the ingredients for Thai Slaw.

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Roped in
If you haven’t gotten on the Ted Lasso bandwagon, what are you waiting for? The show is comic genius. You’ll fall in love with the characters on this show and you’ll catch yourself watching episode after episode after episode. It’s the bingiest of binge-watching shows. Dave Plath gives it 4½ stars. He’s a tough grader. Read his review here.

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