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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Coming out on top
It took two days, a massive crane, and it drew a crowd of spectators, but the Katharine Cornell Theater and Tisbury Town Hall now have their top back. A steeple made with aluminum to cut back on the weight was hoisted up on Saturday and the steeple and weather vane were added on Sunday. Reporter Rich Saltzberg brought his sleeping bag to the scene to capture every moment. Well, maybe not every moment. Here’s the story.
Spouting off
Hey, it’s not everyday you get to celebrate the birth of a whale. Of course, there is a lot of concern about the shrinking population of the North Atlantic Right Whale, but for today we can celebrate the fact that there is one more of them in the world. Those who are watching the whales closely reported the birth of a calf earlier this month. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.

New spot for Taco Tuesday?
A proposal for a new Mexican restaurant and taqueria was presented before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. The developer of the project calls it a "game-changer" for Vineyard Haven, but there was immediate pushback on traffic, parking and noise. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story. Meanwhile, the MVC also held the election of its officers and Joan Malkin will once again be the chair. Here is that update.
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s finance committee meets at 1 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Advisory Committee holds a public hearing at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"After careful consideration, the decision not to pursue renewal of this contract was made in order to focus more on the wide and exciting variety of other programs and properties on Martha’s Vineyard that The Trustees owns outright."
–A press release from The Trustees of Reservations announcing that they are not going to seek to continue managing Norton Point Beach in Edgartown

Hot Topic Comment
Katie Lane commented on a column by Jack Fruchtman about a Supreme Court. "A more honest discussion would be about whether discrimination is ever justifiable when stacked up against religious freedoms. But to continually state that it’s not discriminatory to do something that meets the very definition is illogical."

Hot Topic Letter
Thomas Hodgson floats the idea of allowing Islanders to buy bonds issued by the Steamship Authority. "If such a bonds issue were to not sell out locally, they could then be made available to residents of other Massachusetts communities. Doesn't it make sense to keep at 'home' the money the SSA pays in interest?"
Today: The M.V. Playhouse screens the 1954 classic "White Christmas," with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. Grab a fiver and head over to Church Street for a shot of holiday fun. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Enjoy the Gatchell Holiday Lights either before you go to the movie or after. We finally put our tree up and it’s got a little Leaning Tower of Pisa going on, but other than that, it’s a beauty. Anytime after dark. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Aquinnah seaweed artist Corinna Kaufman hosts a Festive Holiday Reception at her home on Mariner's View Lane. You won’t believe how beautiful her creations are, all made from the sea. 11 am to 5 pm. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
What we have in the photo are a couple of paleo treats. You’ll find a recipe for Flourless Mocha-Bacon Brownies in this story from 2014, another paleo treat. If you have a paleo treat, you can send a photo and recipe to and we’ll share it in The Minute.

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Ask the Dogcharmer
Duncan the Chesapeake Bay retriever always wants to be the center of attention, which can be a problem when guests arrive for a holiday gathering. It’s not entirely uncommon for good dogs to act up when company is over — just a few key tricks can help calm any pup and allow them to remain composed and polite hosts during visits with family and friends. Dogcharmer Tom Shelby knows the ins and outs of training your dog to be mannerly and relaxed.

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