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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Covert operation
Raider, a historic British sailboat, was moved on Friday night and eventually was loaded onto a waiting vessel on Saturday where it will head to its new home in Rhode Island for restoration. The boat, which had been stored by Capt. Bob Douglas in his Vineyard Haven warehouse, was purchased by a former mate of the Shenandoah. Reporter Rich Saltzberg was there for the move and back on Saturday for the boat to be loaded and shipped to Rhode Island. Here’s his story, photos, and a video.
Senate challenge
State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, is facing a challenge from Republican Christopher Lauzon of Barnstable. Both candidates answered questions posed by Times reporter Abigail Rosen about some of the key issues facing the Cape and Islands. You can read their responses here. Early voting is underway across the Island, but so far it’s more of a trickle. Here’s that update.
Thrill of victory
The Island Cup is back on-Island. In his first year as head coach of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team, Tony Mottola helped orchestrate a win against the rival Nantucket Whalers. Nantucket had one last chance to take the lead in the closing minutes, but a field goal attempt missed and the Vineyarders were able to secure the win by taking a knee. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo was there and photographer Dena Porter captured the euphoria. Here’s the story.
The Aquinnah select board meets at 3 pm Tuesday at town hall. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

Oak Bluffs voters will hold a special town meeting at 7 pm Tuesday at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Here is a preview.

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Quote of the Day
"No. My opinion would be that you do not. It’s not your enterprise. The shellfish group …  it’s not directly affected by Vern’s situation. I don’t think there’s any problem."
–Aquinnah town administrator Jeffrey Madison answering for select board member Juli Vanderhoop on whether she should disclose her board position with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group during a discussion of allowing a leaseholder to share space with the nonprofit organization

Hot Topic Comment
Commenters are responding to the size of the MVRHS school building committee. Here’s what Gayle Dabal Potter had to say: "A committee of 25 spells disastrous disagreements, not exactly an efficient way to reach a favorable outcome."

Hot Topic Letter
Ginny Jones wrote to suggest a shopping trip up-Island and in the process announces that her shop is closing. "Now to The Foc’s’le Locker, well, as most of you know, that is my shop. This will be the last year and I will close at Christmastime. Thus, everything has to be sold. There will be the usual generous discounts (as always) for Islanders plus volume sales — bags of fine old paperback British mysteries or several vintage sweaters. Come and make a deal."
Today: It’s party time for the kids (and probably some adults too) since tonight is Halloween. This Island takes it seriously. The M.V. Museum hosts Halloween on the Hill, with tricks and treats, spooky stories, and a movie. 4:30 to 7:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Up-Island, there’s a Halloween Party at the Ag Hall with games and a spooky hayride. I’m not a huge fan of being scared, so I’ll be hiding indoors under the covers all night. 6 to 8 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: This is more my speed: Chilmark Church Pizza Night. Meet your friends and neighbors for games, gooey cheese, and conversation. 6 to 7:30 pm. –C.B.

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

Pining away
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Dining out?

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Staying in?
Want to make your little goblins really happy? Try this recipe for Sugar Cookies shared by Amelia Smith in this story from 2019. You can make them any shape or size and frost them with fun colored frosting. For goblins of all ages.

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Visiting Vet: Heartworms
Heartworm isn’t overly common in the Northeast, but some dogs do get it. The parasites are carried by mosquitoes, and very few types of heartworm are avoided through preventive medications. Treatment protocols include doses of doxycycline and a series of injections, along with limiting your pet’s exercise. Michelle Gerhard Jasny, V.M.D., focuses on heartworms in her latest Visiting Vet column. Read the informative piece here.
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