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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Happy spring everyone. Ssssshhhh. It hasn’t been our typical March here on the Island. We’ve actually had some really pleasant days and have been spared our typical barrage of nor’easters. Today is National Countdown Day and National Common Courtesy Day. So we are counting down until we see some common courtesy. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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With IHT’s help a year-round homeowner downsized and stayed on the Island and two Vineyard families purchased year-round affordable homes. Watch to see how we did it! You can help build more urgently needed affordable housing on Martha’s Vineyard. Click here to donate now.
Ferry down
It’s the Steamship Authority’s newest ferry, but it has not been immune to problems. The MV Woods Hole was pulled from making its crossings between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven after a leak was detected on Saturday. In its place, the MV Governor, which typically only runs during the summer and shoulder seasons, has been called into duty. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
COVID creeps up
The number of cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again, doubling over the previous week. It comes as the Island has eased mask mandates, and health officials say it’s a reminder that while they have eased restrictions, that people who are sick should stay home and that mask-wearing is still a good idea. Editor George Brennan has this update.

Courting voters
A candidate for a one-year term on the West Tisbury select board was charged with assault and battery domestic in an incident that happened in a Tisbury rooming house in October. James Klingensmith told The Times he decided to run for the board, expecting the charges will ultimately get dismissed. Klingensmith disputes the woman’s version of what happened that day. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this story.
The Oak Bluffs select board meets at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark Harbor Advisory Committee and Parks & Recreation Committee meet jointly at 5 pm Tuesday about the tower in Menemsha. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Aquinnah select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday at town hall. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Based on the information given and the wide timeline of events I have found no leads, or suspects at this time. I have informed Lancaster of the same. Lancaster agreed and thanked me for my efforts."–Oak Bluffs Det. Timothy Millerick on his investigation into shell casings found inside a tote bag belonging to former health agent Meegan Lancaster

Hot Topic Comment
Katie Lane commented on the investigation into those shell casings. "An inconclusive investigation and a false alarm are two very different animals. These were casings, not some harmless, commonplace item that you might expect to fall into a tote bag. Meegan Lancaster absolutely did the right thing by reporting them to the police. It’s a terrible shame that she was made to feel unsafe and that she has to deal with unreasonable levels of criticism simply for doing her job."

Hot Topic Letter
Cynthia Mitchell, CEO of Island Health Care, wrote to support legislation that would allow a transfer fee on property transactions to fund a housing bank. "Beyond community health concerns, a lack of housing on the Island has been a significant hurdle in maintaining a workforce. Our year-round staff has found it increasingly difficult to secure affordable options on the Vineyard and, because of this, we have struggled to recruit new staff, especially clinical providers."
Today: I remember watching this with my big sister whilst gobbling down cheese puffs. Those were the days. "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner plays at the Monday Night at the Movies at the M.V. Playhouse. $5 cash. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

It must be my lucky night. I can go watch an old movie or . . . go to Bingo. It doesn’t get any better than this. And it’s Monday even. 6:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: I love the idea of having coffee with Elizabeth Whelan while she teaches me how to draw. Grab a Pencil Breakfast Club happens first thing in the morning via Zoom and the Vineyard Haven library. 6:30 am. –C.B.

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

This sucks, in a good way
"Hoover upright steamvac deluxe, with attached tools. Deep-cleaning model. $100. 508-627-5950."

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Dining out?

The Barn Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Bowling available Tuesday through Saturday at 5 pm. 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. Featuring a pre-fixe 3 course dinner for $50 on Wednesdays!
@sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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Staying in?
Working on implementing Meatless Mondays? Try this IGI recipe for Black Bean Hummus. The garlic and cumin give it a nice smoky kick, and you can eat it on practically anything. We like to pack ours for lunch the next day.

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Bjorn a viking
Vikings seem to be all the rage in modern television. For last week’s What Are You Watching? Irene Ziebarth wrote about one beard- and battle-themed show "Vikings: Valhalla" that she is enjoying. It’s a continuation of the popular History Channel show "Vikings," and although it’s pretty gory at times, Ziebarth said the new spinoff connects her with her familial heritage from Denmark. Add some good looking actors clad in rough animal furs holding big swords and axes, and you’ve got my viewing attention.

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