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Farewell, friends
Volunteers, public safety officials, and new friends said farewell Friday to the 50 migrants and refugees who were dropped off via planes earlier this week. They were taken by bus from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven, where they boarded the freight ferry MV Governor on their journey to Joint Base Cape Cod. We had a team of reporters out there in Edgartown, in Vineyard Haven, and even on the ferry. You can read the story and see the photos and video here. Meanwhile, the story we broke yesterday has some new developments, including mounting pressure for the Department of Justice to investigate possible crimes against these migrants. Here’s that updated story.
Presidential connections
It’s been a week of connections to President Joe Biden. Early this week, Aquinnah Wampanoag Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais met with the president on two occasions. Editor George Brennan touched base with the chairwoman about her interactions with Biden. Then there was the migrant issue with federal implications for the past three days. The week ends with Elizabeth Whelan scheduled to meet with Biden about her brother’s plight in Russia. Reporter Lucas Thors has that update.

Not this old house
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission denied an application to demolish a house at 7 Arlington Ave. in Oak Bluffs. The proposal was to remove the house and replace it with a larger one, but the commissioners ultimately decided that the house had historic relevance because of its location in East Chop. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the story.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island School Committee meets at 5 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"We are grateful to the providers, volunteers, and local officials that stepped up on Martha’s Vineyard over the past few days to provide immediate services to these individuals."
–Gov. Charlie Baker in announcing that the migrants and refugees were being moved to Joint Base Cape Cod

Hot Topic Comment
Trey Williamson commented on the departure of the 50 migrants and refugees. "Thank you Cape Cod for stepping up and providing a longer term solution! Martha’s Vineyard, our work isn’t over yet. Let’s continue to support these friends and expend some political capital to create long-term changes and solutions to our nation’s immigration laws. We can go this, let’s go!"

Hot Topic Letter
Amy Houghton, chair of the Tisbury School Committee, makes her case for voters to approve the additional school funds. "The School Committee, the School Building Committee, and the Select Board have received and considered building concepts from qualified and unqualified critics. To be clear, we have not received any concrete proposals that give voters an opportunity to truly evaluate the costs, regulatory compliance, understanding of the educational plan or realistic timeframe for completion of an alternate design."
Today: This film is generating a lot of buzz: "Vengeance is Mine," starring our own Brooke Adams. The NYT review says "She was a gentleman’s idea of a sexpot …" Lucas Thors reviews it here. Circuit Arts brings it to the Grange Hall, with a discussion with Brooke after. And if you miss it, you can go Saturday. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Because it’s cooling down a bit and I don’t like to sweat, now is my favorite time for a walk or hike. Check out Sheriff’s Meadow Trails and Beaches anytime you like. Try after work while we still have light. –C.B.
This weekend: The 77th Annual M.V. Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is underway. You’ll see a lot of trucks with fishing gear attached these days. Catching fish and making memories. All day, all night. The West Tisbury Farmers Market carries on at the Ag Hall. 9 am to noon. One of my favorites is back, Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs. We missed it for a couple of years thanks to COVID. Head to Circuit Ave. for family fun, artisans, and bargains. 10 am to 6 pm. Rebecca Gilbert, from Native Earth Teaching Farm and author of "Weedy Wisdom for the Curious Forager: Common Wild Plants to Nourish Your Body and Soul," gives a talk at the Edgartown library. 10:30 am. Eat Your Veggies is happening at the West Tisbury library. It’s a free salad-making workshop, including those tempting salads in a Mason jar. Noon. The 21st Annual Ceremony of Remembrance happens at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children’s Memorial. 1 pm. Open Ice Skating at the Ice Arena is happening Saturday afternoon. I’ll be the one holding on to the side of the rink with sweat pouring down my face. 3:00 pm. I love this weekend. It’s got some of my favorites. Featherstone's Annual Potters Bowl with local potters’ beautiful bowls filled with locally made soup happens from 4 to 6 pm. Fantastic idea. There’s a Writers Row Walking Tour in Vineyard Haven. Illuminating stories of the great American writers: William Styron, Lillian Hellman, John Hersey, and Art Buchwald, with a sprinkling of neighbor Mike Wallace. Meet at Owen Park at 4:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, the Rev. Charlotte Wright comes to the Chilmark Church with a message to share. 9 am. Join M.V. Museum for a special event with celebrated cookbook author and food historian Joan Nathan. She’ll talk about the importance of food in honoring our past and the connections it brings. Bring your own recipes to share, and there are refreshments involved. 10 am to noon. Come to WoodBe Farm in West Tisbury for the relaunch of the Vineyard Equestrian. Apparel and accessories include shirts, polos, jackets, hats, beanies, and bags. Plus food, drinks, music, and horses. 3 to 5 pm. Sundays are a day of big dinners, sweatpants, and movies at my house, so might I suggest you try that after a busy weekend. –C.B.

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

Real Estate Confidential: Room to roam on Martha’s Vineyard

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.

When the times demand it, I go back to the introduction to my mother's favorite poem, "When you can keep your head when all about are losing theirs…." How fortunate we had a clear, cooler day today. A beautiful day for a long walk with Nico, finally a day for a perfect brunch without waiting in a long line, and lots of time to take pride in who and what we are as Vineyarders. Bravo to one and all lending a hand in the current opportunity.

We are so fortunate to have large lots close to conservation and hiking trails to add peace and quiet to a stressful day. Homes with conservation land close by allow more freedom and certainly good access points for swimming, hiking, and biking. Not surprisingly, these homes, although luxurious in their own way, tend to be more casual, possibly post-and-beam, and most are up-Island or on Chappy rather than close to a town center. These homes tend to have more wood and less paint than is common in a down-Island luxury home.

Many of these homes have direct access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails over much of Martha’s Vineyard, and access to the 100 miles of beaches that surround the Island (although I think you have to add Chappy to that number). Each year we get closer and closer to uninterrupted hiking from east to west and north to south, as is already the case on Chappy. I treasure the joy my dog exhibits whenever we show homes on large tracts of land (he is my assistant), and that joy continues as we cross over from private property to those miles of conservation trails.

Located off of beautiful Indian Hill Road, 28 Hillbrook Lane offers the ultimate in privacy with its 20 acres of land. The driveway winds past weathered stone walls and mature trees, and down gently sloped terrain, with all rooms enjoying water views across the open pastures and surrounding treescapes to the Elizabeth Islands. There is a 60’ swimming pool, a jacuzzi, pool house, one-bedroom guest cottage, and tennis court. A second property down a wooded connecting path offers a small pond and a beautifully restored 3-bedroom Cape, built in the 1700’s. Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary is within a short walking distance, and Cronig's, a post office, and Conroy Apothecary are a 5-minute drive . . .

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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 22nd. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

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Boning up for Fossil Day
Hundreds of fossil-lovers of all ages showed up for the National Fossil Day celebration at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. The annual event, sponsored by the Oak Bluffs library and the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute, included educational assistance from exhibitors Bart Jarek and Fred Hotchkiss, along with some pretty amazing fossils. Read Claire Ganz’s piece on the well-attended event here.

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