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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 2020, the legendary Lee Fierro, known on the Island for her devotion and passion for theater, and worldwide for lifting her mourning veil and slapping Chief Brody across the face in Steven Spielberg’s "Jaws," died in Ohio from complications due to COVID. During her 40-plus years on Martha’s Vineyard, Fierro is estimated to have mentored more than 1,000 children in theater. The community still feels her absence, but her legacy lives on through the impact she’s had on so many. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: MV Film Society

At home you are surrounded by life’s distractions, inclined to pick up the phone or do the dishes. Escape reality for a few hours with a screening at The Film Center.
Enjoy cinema snacks and relax in one of our reclining chairs in front of the big screen.
Simply sit and immerse yourself. You’ve earned it.

'Last call!'
The select board in Oak Bluffs has been considering an earlier last call for months, and they finally did it. Bars will close a half-hour earlier in the Vineyard’s - arguably - liveliest night scenes. It was a split decision by the board, and comes after a large amount of testimony from local bar and restaurant owners objecting. Here’s our story.
Housing to consider
With annual town meetings around the corner, few Island towns will be presenting their voters with warrant articles that propose notable measures to combat the housing crisis, despite the overwhelming approval of the housing bank act last year. Find out about current community housing initiatives here.

Ethics violation
The West Tisbury finance management team was accused of an ethics violation, but the issue was resolved without action on the select board’s part during last Wednesday’s meeting. The allegation was brought up by West Tisbury select board member Skipper Manter, who felt that a discussion about the budget, which includes wages, by team members who were also town employees could be a financial conflict of interest. Get the details here.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 7 pm on Thursday. Remote access. Here is the

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Quote of the Day
"They decided they would vote first and call the ethics commission to see if what they did was OK or not. I didn’t say any more, but I was extremely uncomfortable with that."
— West Tisbury select board member Skipper Manter on a
possible ethics violation.

Hot Topic Comment
"And why is there no plan to electrify these vessels while doing the conversion, and have them ready to go whenever shoreside power is available?"
— Hugh Weisman comments on the Steamship wrapping up negotiations on the conversion of three new freight boats.

Hot Topic Letter
"Please help our students and community by showing your support for the school district’s Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) building project at the high school by attending your Town Meeting and voting to approve the warrant articles approving the revised regional agreement, and your town’s share of the cost of a $2 million feasibility study for the building project."
Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High school committee asking voters for support at town meeting.

Today: Are you in need of a rest? Feeling a little tense as we move past hump day? The Edgartown library offers a restorative Yin yoga course at no charge to the community. No need to be a yoga expert — although there are limited yoga mats (good idea to bring your own). From 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Gardeners can enjoy a serious treat at the Vineyard Haven library starting at 6 pm. Author and veteran gardener Deborah Chud will present her discussion "Not your mother’s garden," and will guide the audience through her unusual style of "New Perennial" principles.
Tomorrow: The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is holding their annual Second Night Passover Seder with Rabbi Caryn Broitman, and it’s sure to be a powerful and enjoyable ceremony. In-person attendance is closed, but folks can still participate via Zoom. Starting at 5:30 pm, Broitman will lead the group through the Haggadah with stories, participation, and star-studded musical accompaniment.

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

Go with the flow
"Mobile hose cart with 125-foot hose. Almost new. $50. 774-836-4874."

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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.
@sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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Staying in?
For a fresh, local seafood dish, try the recipe for Grilled Littleneck Clams, shared by Island Grown Initiative. You can also download a free, 22-page ebook from the M.V. Fishermen's Preservation Trust: "A Chef's Guide to the Seasonal Seafood of Martha's Vineyard," complete with full-color images of 20 species and their characteristics, preparation, nutrition, and much more.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this runner? Submit your best guess to within 24 hours and check the next Minute for the correct answer. We’ll throw all winning guesses into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 Lift certificate to an Island business or $100 to go toward an Island charity of their choice. For previous Do You Knows, see our archive.

Tuesday’s contest answer:
Rose Abrahamson
A round of applause for these Island authors
It’s no question that there are some seriously talented authors on Martha’s Vineyard who have attained accolades of all kinds for their written works over the years. Now, local authors Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Geraldine Brooks are being recognized by The Cleveland Foundation and presented with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The award is given to writers who confront racism and explore diversity. Hunter-Gault received the lifetime achievement award, and Brooks won for her bestselling novel "Horse." Read the writeup about these honors here.

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