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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Pouring it on
Ferries were canceled, streets were flooded, but for the most part the power stayed on. That’s the early returns from a massive winter storm that blew onto the Island late Thursday and into Friday. While some off-Island schools canceled classes on Friday, Martha’s Vineyard students were in class. Our reporting staff was out getting lots of photos and videos to keep you informed about the storm. Here are the details.
Phone a friend
When it came time to certify the Up-Island school budget, the school committee had a problem. With one member (Skipper Manter) opposed, they had only three votes to certify when they needed four. So they reached out by phone to school committee member Jim Newman who was absent and he agreed to vote to certify the spending plan. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
Getting to the Point
Now that it’s official that the Trustees of Reservations will not be renewing their lease to manage Norton Point, the Edgartown Parks Commission began discussing in earnest how to go about making the switch to having the barrier beach under town control. The parks department will negotiate a management lease with the Dukes County Commission, but a sticking point is how to fund what’s needed for the beach ahead of town meeting. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

The Oak Bluffs select board meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.
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Quote of the Day
"Things go sideways so quickly."
–West Tisbury town administrator Jennifer Rand during a discussion of adding a town Facebook page

Hot Topic Comment
Don Keller commented on the change to liquor laws in Tisbury. "It only took Tisbury 89 years and 2 weeks to catch up to the rest of the country."

Hot Topic Letter
Robert Tankard and Tom Bennett express their appreciation for veterans housing that’s planned in Oak Bluffs. "The Martha’s Vineyard Veterans Transitional and Affordable Housing Committee met for two years as they planned and advocated, with cooperation from the town of Oak Bluffs, to bring the purchase of land for the veterans housing project to fruition."
Today: In Vineyard Haven, the M.V. Film Center is showing "The Fabelmans," a drama directed and co-written by Steven Spielberg that is set in post-WWII Arizona. 7:30 pm.

Devata Life Yoga is offering a class on Sleep and Dream Yoga to learn how to consciously shift your awareness while the physical body relaxes. Virtual. 8 pm.
This weekend: If you need last-minute gifts on Saturday, head over to the World Market Holiday Pop-up at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven. 10 am to 6 pm. You can also visit the gift shop at Island Alpaca in Oak Bluffs for all things soft and cute. 10 am to 4 pm. For family activities, head to West Tisbury library's Craft Table in the children's room. 10:30 am to 3 pm. And don't forget Chilmark library's Big Book Sale, which is now two for one. 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Discover more gift items at the African Crafts Porch Sale in West Tisbury. 12 to 4 pm. You can then wind down your busy day with a Christmas Pageant at the Ag Hall. 5 to 6 pm. At Edgartown Cinemas, there is a 3D film showing of "Avatar: The Way of Water." 5:30 pm. Or a documentary on Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." 5:45 pm.

On Sunday, you can start your day by listening to seasonal songs on MVYRadio's Holiday Music Channel. Any time. There are also Holiday Religious Services around the Island that are held in-person or online. Various times. If the weather permits, this weekend may be a good time for a mindful walk on Island Trails. Dawn to dusk. For a last-minute present that can be bought online, you can give a membership to the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, which has lots of programs and events scheduled for the new year. Any time. For a festive way to wrap up the weekend, you can take a drive to see holiday lights, including Crossland's Lights Display in Ocean Park and the Gatchell Holiday Lights on County Road, where you can make a food or monetary donation to the Island Food Pantry. After 5 pm. Enjoy the weekend!

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

"Pride Recliner and Lift Chair. Grey fabric. New remote. Excellent shape. $99. Must be able to pick up. Call 508-560-1470 for more information."

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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 Lookout Come celebrate New Years Eve! Dinner, party favors, champagne & Times Square countdown.
Weekly Specials:
Tuesday $10 Burger Night *surf & turf $12
Thursday $10 Taco Night *lobster $14
Sunday 25% off all sushi items
Gift Card Promotion:
Purchase $100 gift card for $80.
8 Seaview Ave. Ext. 508/696/9844

The Net Result Holiday shrimp and sushi platters, our famous smoked bluefish and seafood pate, cooked lobsters to go, clam chowder and lobster bisque available now! Please pre-order before our Jan 3 week closure. Net Result gift cards make great stocking stuffers! During the week of 12/19 through 12/23 only, buy a $100 gift card for $80. 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven 508/693/6071

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Staying in?
For sweet holiday desserts, check all of the recipes shared by Joyce Wagner, including Painted Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Chip Meringues, and Gluten-free Cut-out Cookies. If you are like us at the Times, you may find yourself making two or three batches of everything. At least for starters.

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Thursday’s contest answer:
Sandra Lippens

Not so quiet
You know you need something to watch other than another Hallmark Christmas movie. (Trust us, you already know how it ends: Woman goes to her childhood home for Christmas, meets man who wasn’t nice to her, somehow he romances her, and they live happily ever after in the family’s country farmhouse.) Well, reporter Eunki Seonwoo gives us the antidote to those unrealistic made-for-Hallmark stories with the latest iteration of "All Quiet on the Western Front." Not a holiday movie, for sure, but a dose of reality. See his review here.
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