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Pursuit, then crash
A Tisbury man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges on Friday morning after a Thursday night chase that saw his vehicle allegedly hit speeds of 100 mph before eventually hitting a utility pole. Zander Amaral was arraigned in Edgartown District Court Friday. Officials say it’s a miracle that he was not more seriously injured in the crash considering the speed. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Pilot program
When you hear that Martha’s Vineyard Airport is involved in a pilot program, you may think of the people who fly the planes. But that’s not it at all. The airport, which has been at the forefront of remediating PFAS contamination, has approved a plan to attempt to stop the plumes from migrating off the airport property. PFAS, of course, are the forever chemicals that are a growing concern because of the potential health effects. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has the update.

Circle time
There was a lot of spin at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission on Thursday night, but it had to do with the topic on the table. A roundabout is being proposed for a high traffic area near the Island Queen and HyLine ferries. The proposal, which is part of the overall streetscape plan in Oak Bluffs, would create a better traffic flow rather than the "dumpster fire" that exists now, according to proponents. However, there was some pushback about the lack of shelters for ferry customers. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story. Meanwhile, in West Tisbury the owners of Lambert’s Cove Inn withdrew an application for outdoor dining after it was clear they couldn’t appease neighbors. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury select board jointly meets with the West Tisbury affordable housing committee at 5 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island Regional School Committee meets at 6:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I’m a resident and taxpayer of Tisbury and I feel like this is just the shot in the arm that our town has needed for years and it exceeded my expectations; the people were great; the help was great; the food was great; the music was stupendous."–Idalyn Macchia-Gilstad at a meeting of the Tisbury select board discussing Beach Road Weekend

Hot Topic Comment
James Kozak commented on the efforts of attorney Rachel Self on behalf of the migrants. "Attorney Self, and all her colleagues assisting in this effort to uphold the rule of law on the southern border, ought to be commended for their rational response to the anarchy DeSantis has unleashed."

Hot Topic Letter
John Merrow wrote an essay imploring parents to stop giving too much information about their children away on social media and on their backpacks. "That interview with that (probable) predator took place in the 1980s, long before Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Today those apps are a gift to those who are attracted to children. And again, it’s the adults who are creating the problem, because millions of parents post photos with the names of their children on their Facebook page, and those pages are often open to anyone surfing the web."
Today: The M.V. Film Society gives us the Women in Film Festival this weekend. It’s a total celebration of women filmmakers, behind and in front of the cameras. 4 to 10 pm. –Connie Berry

Tom Dresser leads an Eerie and Ghostly Self-guided Haunted Tour. We’re not far from Halloween and this seems like the perfect pick. I remember when I was a kid my older brother and sister scared me crazy with their "ghost stories." They still do. Anytime. –C.B.
This weekend: On Saturday, The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library hold a Fiber and Fabric Sale to benefit the library. Yarns, fabrics, and needles available at bargain prices. I need to go to this. 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. There’s a Harvest Festival at the Oak Bluffs library outdoors on the lawn. Bring the kids. And the adults. 10:30 am to noon. Stop by Featherstone’s "The Fall" exhibit, brought together by the talented Tanya Augoustinos. 11 am to 4 pm. You can browse Seaweed Art at this exhibit at the old Gay Head Inn. 12 to 5 pm. Sign the kids up for a Cartooning Workshop and I bet they’ll thank you. For kids 8 to 10. Check with the Chilmark library. 3 pm. Members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe and collaborators share their stories through dance, music, storytelling, installation, and mixed media. At the PAC. 3 pm. New to recovery? Stop by the Red House for a little conversation and support. 4 to 5 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, join friends and neighbors for the MV BLM Vigil at 10:30 am. Gather at the Chilmark library. "Fresh for Fall" show with new works by Jennifer C. McCurdy, Ralph Frisina, Nick Paciorek, Wooley Dutton, and more. Louisa Gould Gallery. 11 am to 5 pm. In recognition of World Mental Health Month, Writing Through hosts a free online workshop on Creative Thinking Through Poetry, 12 to 2 pm. Mentalist and mind reader Jon Stetson invites you to his very special 100-year-old family tradition, the Ladies Only Psychic Party at the M.V. Film Center. 1 to 3 pm. I’ve gone and it’s pretty amazing. For three decades, the MV CROP Hunger Walks have raised tens of thousands of dollars each year to benefit the poor and hungry worldwide and on the Island. Join them at 1:30 pm at St. Augustine’s Church for a 3-mile walk followed by a celebration. Ice Skating public session at the M.V. Ice Arena — all ages and abilities. Bring a pair of figure or hockey skates, or rent them at the rink. 3 pm. Here’s hoping the sun beats the rain clouds in an arm-wrestling match this weekend. –C.B.

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

Real Estate Confidential: The Lagoon Sponsored

Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider information 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.

One of the most surprising areas to clients is The Lagoon, which stretches from East Chop and West Chop to the Madeiras Herring Creek. The Lagoon is a place for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboards, and sailing lessons at the famous Sailing Camp. In the fall, scallopers can be seen from your soon-to-love Lagoon waterfront home. "The pond is a picture of ecological health and beauty. For many people, it is a reminder of why they came to the Vineyard in the first place." –Alex Elvin

Sailors will appreciate access through the drawbridge to the safe harbor, and their crafts dot The Lagoon, attached to their own mooring or pulled up to a private dock, plus easy storage access come winter. The Martha’s Vineyard Commission describes a 3,968-acre watershed located in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, and Edgartown. The Lagoon has an area of 544 acres, a mean depth of over 9 feet, and a tidal range of 1.8 feet.

I have enjoyed many nights of cocktails at a friend's home overlooking The Lagoon, and the views across the drawbridge to sunsets that seem to bring new and different sky colors every evening. Even those rainy nights with negative ions pouring in bring needed relief at the end of a tiring day in your own Island playground. If you need further proof of the beauty any time of day or year, follow the webcam at

The beach cottage at 34 Windemere Road has incredible water views and direct access to The Lagoon. The home was totally renovated in 2019 with a design perfect for relaxed living. The Lagoon access is via a boardwalk to reach the beach and to swim, kayak, canoe, and sunbathe. You can sit on one of three waterview deck seating areas while enjoying the surprising solitude, all within an easy bike ride or drive to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

Table top
"Cafeteria table: 6-ft x 30-x-29-inches folding legs, scratch resistant melamine top, brown, sturdy, good-condition, $75. Standard 30x30 card table, brown, good condition $25. 508-693-4020."

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Dining out?

The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner through October 22. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

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Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
The beauty of today’s recipe is that you can have it with or without vodka. Try F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bloody Bull this weekend. It comes from a book filled with writers’ recipes, some of which include canned soup and other delicacies.

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Reel history
You never know what you might find in a dusty box in your basement. With such a long family history on the Island, it’s no surprise that This Was Then columnist Chris Baer recently uncovered something fascinating — old 8mm film reels taken by Obie Tower and Fred Gaskill in the 30s and 40s. Some reels contain videos of devastating storms that struck the Vineyard, and others are filled with family portraits. Read Baer’s latest column on the film he found, and some of the local history each reel holds.

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