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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
It’s Earth Day today, which means it’s time to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of Martha’s Vineyard by taking care of its natural spaces. Head to your favorite beach tomorrow, from 10 am to 12 pm, and help the Vineyard Conservation Society pick up litter. Volunteers will be there with trash bags and gloves, then folks will head to the Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp for an after party. Enjoy your weekend.
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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.
PFAS talk
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is before the Oak Bluffs planning board in their final stage of town permitting. Deliberation throughout the special permit review process has surrounded per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their potential to leach into groundwater. The proposed field is to be located above the Island’s sole source aquifer, but independent consultants have found that PFAS levels in turf materials are negligible. Read reporter Lucas Thors’ update on the process.

Taking action
There are a number of events being planned for this year’s Climate Action Week, which will take place from May 8 to May 14. There’ll be a variety of events, presentations, and tours, with the aim of highlighting local efforts of mitigating climate change-related impacts to the Island. Until then, everyone can do their part to steward the environment here on the Vineyard. Read reporter Abigail Rosen’s story here.
Bigs still needed
Vineyard Haven resident Mike Whittemore plans to complete a 100K run on the Island to raise awareness and funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) programming on the Island. Although Island folks are doing what they can for the organization, three boys are still looking for mentors. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo brings us the news.
The Tisbury School Building Committee meets at 3:30 pm Monday via Zoom. Here is the agenda.

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

Chilmark voters head to their
annual town meeting at 7 pm Monday. Held at the Chilmark Community Center.

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Quote of the Day
"The Island has shown its support for the incredibly brave men and women of Ukraine who are resisting tyranny and laying down their lives in the fight against this horrific and unprovoked war of aggression and genocide being perpetrated on a peace-loving people who just want to live normally in their democratically elected sovereign nation," —Ukrainian American Iya Labunka, coordinator of the rally at Five Corners to support the people of Ukraine, on the hospital joining in the Ukraine aid effort.

Hot Topic Comment
Our editorial on the housing bank garnered a comment from Coalition to Create the Martha’s Vineyard Housing bank member Caitlin Burbidge. "I (a member of the coalition) agree that our housing crisis will not be solved by a single effort and there is more work for us in the future (zoning, how right you are!).

Hot Topic Letter
Susan Desmarais wrote a letter to the editor asking Islanders to reject synthetic turf due to the developing science of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). "I am living proof of what happens when early warnings about forever chemicals are dismissed and ignored. And more importantly, I don’t want to see anyone go through any or all that I’ve had to in order to stay alive."
Today: It’s the first time ever for this Island History Trivia Night at the M.V. Museum. Take a look at the exhibits, grab a glass of wine and then see how much you know (or maybe don’t grab the wine?) 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Pathways hosts a musical weekend beginning with the Martha’s Vineyard Medicine Show tonight, and then the Convertibles play on Saturday. Either way, it’s live music and tons of fun. Mingle at 6:30 and the music starts at 7 pm. –C.B .
This weekend: Start the weekend off with a gentle experience at Peaked Hill Studio Yoga Class. It’s a great way to unwind and it’s open to everyone, meaning even someone like me could give it a try. 9 am. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a Safe Boating Course at the West Tisbury fire station. 9 am to 5 pm. Vineyard Conservation Society hosts the 30th Annual Beach Cleanup Day, so join your friends and neighbors at any of 25 Island beaches from 10 am to noon. Bring the kids. Paula Peters, founder of the Native American creative agency SmokeSygnals, will talk about the history and cultural significance of Wampum in the Wampanoag community at the M.V. Museum. (Read the whole description, because this sounds like a great presentation.) 2 pm. The Edgartown library celebrates spring with a concert with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. 3 pm. A group of awesome Islanders put together this Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help feed Ukraine. Soup in handmade bowls that you can take home, music by the Dock Dance Band, and piano before that. 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The recovery community celebrates Earth Day with a screening of "Fantastic Fungi" at the Red House, complete with mushroom hors-d'oeuvres. Free. 6 pm.

On Sunday, a trip to the Dumptique to find buried treasure is always a great time. It’s open from 9 to 11:30 am at the West Tisbury Transfer Station. Foraging and Gathering with Kristina Hook, an Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Elder, is on tap at Felix Neck. 11 am. The M.V. UU Church (lots of letters there) re-dedicates the Stevens Chapel after more than two years of being closed. 11 am. The West Tisbury library hosts its biannual Community Poetry Reading featuring community members reading their own poems and/or the poems of others. In-person. 2 pm. Take the kids to the Ag Hall for Barn Buddies with the Family Center. Lots of stuff to play with, including bikes and trikes. Free. 3:30 pm. I’ve been thrilled with all this sunshine. It looks really nice out my Times’ office windows. Enjoy! –C.B.

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

Real Estate Confidential: An unheard of middle-of-the-market

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.

The New Year brought with it a then-high median sale price of $1,350,000, now at $1,500,000 for the 12 months through the first quarter of 2022. I know I keep saying we are not in a bubble and I still believe prices will level off with increased mortgage rates and an increase in inventory (Please!). The median price of current inventory is dramatically higher than the current median sale price because of inventory heavy in higher prices spread over a wider range. (Think a see-saw with most of the weight on one longer end.)

If you are planning to buy or sell a home today, it is important to be aware of some common misconceptions. Several buyer myths are: You should wait to buy until home prices and mortgage rates fall, and waiving the home inspection is a good idea to have your offer stand out. The reality is, experts say prices and rates will continue to rise this year and it will cost more the longer you wait. And, an inspection tells you the condition of the home and can prevent unpleasant surprises.

Some seller myths are you can set the asking price at whatever you want, and you have to renovate your house before putting it on the market. The reality is, you cannot just pick any price, and some renovations may not be worth it in today’s market. Your broker’s expertise will give you the best advice in these areas.

So, what does the middle-of-the-market look like? The lowest priced, three-bedroom, two-bath home on the Vineyard is close to town in Oak Bluffs and priced at $995,000. There are quite a few good opportunities above the median, and a few have guest houses and in-law suites, which has helped satisfy that multi-family need.

If you want to be on the waterfront and have a private dock with water and power, mooring in a safe harbor, and access to open ocean, 242 Herring Creek Road is the place to be. The house sits on over four acres of Lake Tashmoo waterfront. You can take the beautiful stroll to your dock or take the mile walk on the newly created path to the Tashmoo Town Beach, Wilfred’s Pond for beach walks, or nearby Mink Meadows Golf Course. This property is about a 5-minute drive or 10-minute bike to downtown Vineyard Haven – the SSA, restaurants, and shopping. A boater’s paradise with superb potential . . .
For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

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Staying in?
Salad greens are plentiful at local farms this season, so for culinary inspiration, check all of the Spring Bounty Recipes shared by local farmers and cooks back in 2014. They include Poached Eggs over Greens and Shiitakes, Swiss Chard Quesadillas, Roasted Asparagus, Potato Kale Latkes, and Green Goddess Salad and Dressing. Maybe it's easy being green after all.

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Sweet stroll
They’re some of the most unique homes on the Vineyard — intricate architecture adorned with ornately carved trim. The gingerbread houses are an Oak Bluffs gem, and there’s a lot more to the tiny, toy-like buildings than meets the eye. Writer Amelia Smith provides some historical context in her recent piece, and describes some of the quirks of living in the cottages that make them so special.
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