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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Today is National Doughnut Day — a rather serendipitous coincidence considering director of publications Connie Berry brought in a big box of Back Door Donuts for the office this morning. Why not celebrate the end of the week with some sugary goodness? Enjoy the weekend. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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It’s official
Former assistant superintendent Richie Smith is the new full-fledged superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. Smith’s contract, which starts at the beginning of the next budget year, is for two years. This period will fulfill the remainder of outgoing superintendent Matt D’Andrea’s contract, and will allow school officials to review Smith’s progress at the end of the first year of his tenure. Read reporter Lucas Thors’ update here.
Banking on relief
One of the roles of the Dukes County Commission is to allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds they receive from the federal government. Commissioners have wrestled with the management of ARPA money for a while now, but finalized documents have been sent out to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and Martha’s Vineyard Airport regarding their requests for significant wastewater management cost relief. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the story on how the county is looking at these resources.

"Knocked down quickly"
A fully involved car fire in West Tisbury was extinguished early Thursday morning after it appeared to have sideswiped a tree and flipped more than once, according to police and fire officials. The blaze was snuffed rapidly by West Tisbury firefighters, and the motorist was able to escape the vehicle. One person was transported by ambulance, and the accident remains under investigation. Read reporter Rich Saltzberg’s brief summary of the crash here.

The West Tisbury planning board meets at 5:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the

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

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Quote of the Day
"Allowing for a one-year evaluation period gives us the opportunity to see if Richie achieves the goals he sets out to." –All-Island School Committee member Amy Houghton on the reasoning behind a one-year evaluation period for incoming superintendent Richie Smith.

Hot Topic Comment
Tom Hallahan commented on the story about the Progress Pride flag being raised in Oak Bluffs. "Thank you to my town for raising this symbolic flag to recognize our LGBTQ+ community and to honor the individuals who fought for the rights that I and others enjoy today."

Hot Topic Letter
Duncan Ross, president of the Friends of Oak Bluffs, wrote a letter to the editor thanking all those who donated money and time toward the hanging flower baskets that decorate the town. "We also recognize and thank Crossland Landscaping for planting and putting up the flower baskets, and maintaining them throughout the summer and fall. It is due to the cooperative effort that this program adds beauty and pride to our town of Oak Bluffs."
Today: First Fridays are back in Vineyard Haven. I don’t know if you’ve gone, but it comes with a really great vibe. Live music, shopping, food — that’s about all I need on a Friday night. Starts at 4 pm. –Connie Berry

My friend Lisa Belcastro is beyond enthusiastic about all kinds of things, but the
Grand Opening of Action Karate MV is definitely at the top of her list. Try a little board breaking at the event. I’ve done this and I have to tell you, it’s pretty darn cool. 5 to 8 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: Saturday Stitchers gather at the Oak Bluffs library for sewing, knitting, embroidery, crocheting and more. 10 am to 2 pm. Old Sculpin Gallery hosts Colors for Ukraine exhibit with proceeds benefiting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. 10 am to 6 pm. Louisa Gould Gallery features the solo exhibit Linda Besse: Wildlife and I have to say it’s pretty extraordinary. 11 am to 5 pm. The Red House hosts Art Class for the Recovery Community from noon to 2 pm. (Spoiler alert: get there early because there’s also a brunch Saturday.) The West Tisbury library offers a free afternoon of music with Willy Mason at 3:30 pm. He’s one of my favorites, so I highly recommend this one. The M.V. Playhouse Art Space showcases Paintings by Ukrainian Artists from the collection of Grace Kennan Warnecke with a reception from 5 to 6:30 pm.

On Sunday enjoy the
Open Market in the park next to Our Market in Oak Bluffs. Tons to browse and live music. 10 am to 2 pm. Join MV BLM at 10:30 am for a vigil honoring Black and Indigenous people harmed by police and/or the criminal justice system. Gather at the Chilmark library. 10:30 am. Ed Merck speaks at the Unitarian Universalist Society on how we keep ourselves positive in the face of all that’s going on in the world. Sounds like something worth listening to. 11 am. Island resident and eco-entrepreneur Lisa D. Foster talks about her new book, "Bag Lady: How I Started a Business for a Greener World and Changed the Way America Shops," about her efforts to replace plastic with reusable bags. Bunch of Grapes bookstore. 4 pm. Sounds like a great weekend. As the "Step Brothers" say, so many activities. –C.B.

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

Real Estate Confidential: New-to-market redux

Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider info on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

With the pace of sales slowing a bit, there are enough new-to-market offerings to allow you a bit of time to think. Quite a broad range with prices starting at $750,000. Finally, a couple of properties providing investment opportunities, one of which is a two-family home priced at $800,000 that could be an investment property or perfect for an Island family looking for added income to offset financing costs and other monthly expenses.

The median price has been holding pretty steady all year at just below $1,500,000. The days-on-market showing average at 45 days may not paint a true picture, as most properties that were not selling for one reason or another have sold over the winter, showing longer than average days to sell. As more and more properties come on the market, I expect to see slight increases in time to sell, and hopefully not drop dramatically as happened last year.

In addition to those properties with investment potential are new homes on the water or with water views, building lots with good water access, and multiple, long-awaited, grand, East Chop homes.

I came across two descriptions this week of what buyers are looking for in a home. One was Biophilic Design, briefly described as connecting people with nature. The other was a Filipino word, maaliwalas, translated as a generous open and bright space with a good flow of light and air. Watch for examples in future columns.

36 Park Avenue in Vineyard Haven is a property new to market that has the makings of a great investment property or for an Island family. The home is set in a quiet residential neighborhood close to bus routes and the bike path on a paved town road, only a few blocks from deeded Lagoon access and Land Bank trails. The enclosed four-season breezeway provides extra living space with sliding doors (front and back) to two decks and a door to the attached two-car garage. The spacious yard leaves you plenty of room to expand . . .

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Fired up
"Fire pit for sale. Outdoors propane, seldom used, like new, with glass chips, cover. $95. Call or text. 561-654-6118."

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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 Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Join us for your next dining outing at our newly renovated bar and café. We have beautiful scenic views from our indoor, and outdoor patio – exquisite menu options including daily seasonal specials, and an abundance of free parking. Lunch daily from 11 am to 5 pm, Dinner Thursday to Sunday 5 pm to 9 pm. Reservations accepted through Open Table or by phone 508-693-3560 ext 1

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Staying in?
How about trying your own hand at Fish Tacos tonight? We love them and we think you will too. Thank you, IGI, for this Harvest of the Month recipe from The Times’ wayback machine.

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Galleries and gift shops and studios, oh my!
Oak Bluffs has a vibrant and extensive art scene, with multiple galleries, artists’ studios, and gift shops featuring work by local artists and artisans. A new initiative called "Arts in OB" seeks to raise awareness and consolidate the efforts of a number of the Oak Bluffs arts-related businesses. Read writer Gwyn McAllister’s story about the arts showcase and all the participants here.

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