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On this day in 2021, a 2014 Piper PA-46 with three occupants crashed in Leicester after it departed from Martha’s Vineyard Airport and was en route to Worcester Regional Airport. Miraculously, all three of the people walked away with non-life-threatening injuries. A small dog was on board as well — the furry passenger was pulled from the wreck unscathed. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Win for affordable housing
The proposed Southern Tier development in Oak Bluffs was granted approval by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission on Thursday. After numerous public hearings and a lengthy project review, Southern Tier’s 11 buildings and at least 45 rental units aim to alleviate some of the impacts of the Island’s ubiquitous housing crisis. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
ARPA for PFAS, not Howes House
The West Tisbury select board decided to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward its PFAS issues instead of Howes House. This will let the town meet requirements set by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which pointed to West Tisbury Fire Station One as a possible PFAS epicenter. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
Deep freeze
Climb into your nice cozy pajamas and stoke those fires — it’s gonna be a cold one. Meteorologists are warning of an intense cold wave tonight into Saturday morning, with the real feel reaching temps of between -10º and -20º on Martha’s Vineyard. Warming shelters are available for both humans and animals, and support services like clothing drives and the food pantry will be active. Stay inside and keep your skin covered to avoid frostbite. Read the weather update here.

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank commission meets at 3 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board meets in-person at the town hall at 7 pm Monday. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School committee meets at 6 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"She clearly has the background and the skills [for the role]."
–County commissioner vice chair Don Leopold on
Judy Soules’ appointment as Dukes County treasurer

Hot Topic Comment
Theodore Murphy on banning nips: "I will vote for banning nips because they seem to be everywhere, but I would not support a large increase in the deposit rates unless there is evidence people are not recycling. Otherwise, it's just a tax."

Hot Topic Letter
Jane Edmonds from Jane’s Way writes about systemic racism: "We advocate for a molecular commitment to historical literacy necessary to build the shared understanding we need as a people — as We the People — to stop this traumatic habit of disregarding the value of Black human life."
Today: You know, dancing can work up some heat. Try the DJ Dance Party at the P.A. Club. These tunes will make you move. Order some food at Mo’s and grab a spot on the dance floor. Open to everyone. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Maybe more of a listening experience, but PathwaysArts at the Chilmark Tavern hosts Jazz Night with Island All Stars: Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, Tauras Biskis, Johnny Hoy, Rose Guerin, Peter Halperin, Delanie Pickering, Allison Roberts, and Lucas Ostinato. Free. 7 pm.  –C.B.

This weekend: On Saturday, there is a Panel Discussion on Black Resistance with keynote speaker Carole Copeland Thomas online via Zoom. 10 am to noon. The kids can shake their sillies out at Tumble Time Storytime at the Vineyard Haven library. I’d like to shake my sillies out. Why is this just for children? 10:30 am. Here’s something for us grownups: Pickleball Drop-in at Airport Fitness. Hopefully there will be no tumbles involved. 11 am. The Red House hosts Coffee and Recovery Conversation at noon, and then for those new to recovery at 4 pm. The great annual Community Seed Library's Seed Swap happens at the West Tisbury library. Bring any open-pollinated/heirloom  seed packets or saved seed to swap and share or donate to the seed cabinet. 1 pm. Everybody plays chess these days. Join the Chess Club at the Oak Bluffs library for play. 2 to 3:30 pm. Pianist Peter Halperin will perform a set of selected original songs written over the past 52 years to the present at the West Tisbury library. 3:30 pm. Join the Friends of the Edgartown Library to celebrate at the Herb Foster Memorial Fundraiser at the Edgartown library. I loved Herb and I think he’d love this. Socialize, reminisce, celebrate, eat hot dogs, and donate. Bring a dessert to share. Music by Missis Biskis. 4 to 6 pm. Auditions for Island Theatre Workshop’s production of Trey Parker’s "Cannibal: The Musical" take place at the Federated Church on Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm both days.

On Sunday, the topic at the Unitarian Universalist Society is "The Exponential Power of Love and Justice: Growing Beyond Shallow Spirituality, Impotent Sentimentality, and Cycles of Revenge." It’s about exposing and responding to injustice. 10 am. Bodhi Path Buddhist Center offers group meditation in-person and online. 10 am. Join the Land Bank staff on a guided natural history walk of Pecoy Point Preserve in Oak Bluffs. Meet at the upper trailhead off Pulpit Rock Road. 1 pm. The Hebrew Center hosts Robert Perschel's talk on a Forest Restoration Initiative that has the potential to offset 30 percent of our regional climate mitigation needs. Sounds pretty important. 11 am. Bring the family for indoor activities, bikes, trikes, scooters, and more in the indoor space at the Ag Hall for Barn Buddies. Dress warm. 3 to 4:30 pm. M.V. Film Center screens "The Fabelmans," I think loosely based on director/writer Steven Spielberg’s life. 7:30 pm. Are you warm yet? I’m not even going to joke about the weather when it falls into the life-threatening category. Keep yourself covered this weekend. –C.B.

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

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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?
Try an old Vineyard recipe for Hot Milk Cake from Virginia Crowell Jones' cookbook "Fresh from the Vineyard." This guide to local eating and a simple way of life includes recipes for every meal, including dessert. In the Times kitchen, we'd probably start out with Squash Muffins and Boatyard Soup.

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An extended hike
On his most recent outdoor excursion, On My Way columnist Jonathan Burke went for a double hat trick and hiked the South Road, Middle Road, North Road, Fulling Mill Brook, Peaked Hill, and Ocean View Farm trails. On these long hikes with his terrier mix companion, Becham, Burke says he finds a sense of euphoria, especially on sunny days when he walks along the water. Read about Burke’s latest adventure here.
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