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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1896, the Olympics was reborn in Athens. While we may not have events as grand as this international sporting competition, we know the warming weather means the Island’s student athletes are hard at work competing against other youngsters in the state. We’ll make sure you know how these Vineyarders do in our weekly MVRHS sports wrap-up. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.

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Today's Minute is sponsored by: The Field Gallery

New Art arriving daily. Reopening May 5. A warm welcome awaits you.
English booster
Vineyard schools received a $100,000 grant to bolster English Language Learner and special education programming. That will likely grow to $1.5 million over the next few years. The grant will help the school introduce a "co-teaching" model where ELL and other students that might need extra attention aren’t necessarily pulled from the classroom. The grant will help the schools hire more teachers, and offer more professional development. Read our story here.
Free Whalen
Paul Whelan has family on the Vineyard, but he’s been held captive in Russia going on five years. With the recent arrest of an American journalist, the state department called for Russia to release Whelan. We talked with his family about what this means for his chances of coming home, and why lower-profile detainees can sometimes have a harder time getting home. Read more here.

West Tisbury warrant
Next week, there are three town meetings on the Island: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury. Today, we have a preview of the West Tisbury warrant, where, among other articles, voters will be asked to ban the use of heavy machinery on Sundays, or at least the use of tools that make a lot of noise. There’s also a big request to upgrade the library’s HVAC system. Get the details here.
Guess what? No meetings this Friday. Enjoy the weekend!
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Quote of the Day
"There’s a lot more that we can be doing. It’s very important to look at Nantucket and Provincetown and the aggressive steps they are taking to tackle this issue."
— Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s Island housing planner, Laura Silber, said in our coverage of town meeting about a shortage of articles dealing with housing issues.

Hot Topic Comment
"If you eliminate trees you eliminate all life on earth. Here’s what Trees do for us as humans and animals. Trees give us air to breath. Trees absorb air pollution by burning fossil fuels. Trees help to shade the ground to keep earth’s temperature in check. Trees also absorb water from the ground and after it rains during storms. It’s based on science."
— Aaron Jackson comments on our coverage of the Edgartown town meeting warrant.

Hot Topic Letter
"All the money we all bring to Martha’s Vineyard isn’t enough either, I guess. What’s next? A gate?"
— Maddy Bedard from Falmouth writes to us about a decision in Tisbury to drop an anchor moratorium in Tashmoo.

Today: Gather your needlework project and a snack to share to meet with the fun and supportive P2 Fiber Group at the Ag Hall. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 6 pm.

The stars are aligned for you to attend this insightful workshop via Zoom: Introduction to Astrology with Jenna Bernstein, through the West Tisbury library. 7:30 pm.
Tomorrow: Celebrate the season with a Naturally Dyed Egg Kit at the Trustees' FARM Institute. Each kit has a dozen farm-fresh eggs and four do-it-yourself dyes to mix and match. Purchase ahead of time and pick up on Friday between 10 am - 4 pm, or on Saturday during the annual egg hunt.

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

Living on the edge
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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 Sweet Life Open year-round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
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Staying in?
With only three ingredients and a few steps, you can prepare Matzoh Balls for Soup. It's a recipe that Ruth Cronig Stiller shared almost ten years ago, along with tips to make the balls light and fluffy, a bit of family history, and stories about Passover meals.

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Wednesday’s contest answer:
Roy Anderson
Living off the sea
For members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, and the entirety of the Aquinnah community, shellfishing has remained an essential cultural and economic asset. Folks like the Vanderhoop family have been gathering scallops from the sandy bottom of Menemsha Pond for many generations, but it has become increasingly difficult to pull up a sizable haul over the years. Luckily, there are ongoing initiatives to nourish the waters of Menemsha Pond, seed scallops by the bushel, and protect the delicate ecosystem that bolsters the shellfish population. All the hard work is worth it in order to ensure that generations of Wampanoags and Aquinnah residents can continue to live off the sea and maintain that important connection. Check out the story here.

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