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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Welcome to September. It’s time to take a deep breath and let the stress of another busy summer out. Today is also National No Rhyme or Reason Day, which feels like yesterday and the day before that. And, good news, after getting hacked, and weeks of working on regaining access, @marthasvineyardtimes is finally back on Instagram and under our control. Thank you to all of our loyal followers and advertisers for sticking with us through this. If you haven't already, follow us, and stay tuned for a celebratory give away. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Such a steel
Imagine you’re about to pull the trigger on a new car, but it won’t be ready for about nine months. You still need the old car because you have to get around and that vehicle needs some costly repairs. What to do? Well if you’re the SSA, you authorize spending nearly $1.5 million ($461,000 in new costs) to get it done. Editor George Brennan has the story about the MV Katama and its need for steel repairs.
Old news
The Howes House and the potential renovation for $7 million was a hot topic of conversation at the West Tisbury select board meeting on Wednesday. Lots of folks showed up with thoughts about making the building more of an asset for everyone over 55 years old and not just the "old folks" who use it now. The town is in the process of getting feedback on how to proceed. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
No more testing
COVID pool testing is out as the school year is about to get underway for Martha’s Vineyard. At a meeting on Wednesday night, school officials took the first step to end the process of testing for the virus. Student athletes and those involved in organizations will no longer be required to do testing to compete. Reporter Lucas Thors has this story.

The Tisbury select board meets Friday at 9 am at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Here is the agenda.

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Beautiful private 1.88 acre lot in the North Abel's Hill neighborhood, amidst rolling meadows, lush trees and old stone walls. There is an existing charming 1 bedroom cottage built in 1999. The property has a three bedroom septic that has recently passed Title V, the Chilmark Board of Health has approved the system to serve a two bedroom home with the possibility of approval for a third bedroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to realize your Chilmark dream, by either working with the existing structure or designing a new home. The Chilmark Town Building Inspector has indicated that there can be interior renovations by right, and expansion beyond 800 square feet with a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. An Accessory Structure could also be built by right, providing it meets the setback requirements.
Quote of the Day
"It was Venice backstage. The ground cover was floating. We did not know if we were going to be able to open Saturday. Rain kept coming down. Just never stopped. We knew we couldn’t do anything until the morning, until we could see."
–Adam Epstein, Beach Road Weekend promoter, on the thunderstorm that flooded Veterans Memorial Park and added to the damage done to the field.

Hot Topic Comment
Katie Dawson commented on the music festival. "Congratulations to Adam and everyone who worked SO HARD to make this weekend a gigantic, extraordinary success! Hiccups, you bet! Weather, the worst possible one night but the dedicated and professional crews from ticketing to security to clean up never skipped a beat. I was very fortunate to be there all weekend and my guests never saw anything except the incredible, World Class, music. What I witnessed from my perspective was PURE JOY, after some very hard years."

Hot Topic Letter
Betsy Burmeister wrote a call to action for folks about circus animals. "The animals that are forced to travel in circuses from town to town live a horrific life. They are made to do unnatural ‘tricks’ to entertain the audience. They are brought under bright lights, surrounded by screaming and clapping crowds, threatened with whips and hooks to ‘perform.’ When the show is over, the animals are forced into trucks to travel in extreme weather from town to town, chained 23 hours a day, and are never able to be free. They live in a constant state of terror under the threat of physical abuse every single day."
Today: Don’t you love it when you wander around one of our lovely towns and happen upon a treat? That’s the way I think of this Open Art Studio at the Rosenfeld studio in Edgartown. 5 to 7 pm. –Connie Berry

For all of you Dock Dance fans who didn’t get a chance to dance by the dock this summer, come to the Loft because they play there tonight. 8 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Join your friends and neighbors and support local businesses at Vineyard Haven’s First Friday in Owen Park. We all loved the last one, and it’s always great to run into old friends. And there are food trucks and live music. And there are food trucks. 4 pm.   –C.B.

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

Warm it up
"Free six 4x8 sheets of rigid insulation. Vineyard Haven. 267-259-4673."

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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 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 until October 22nd. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
We miss our interns this time of year, and this recipe for No Rules Aubergine Spread comes from Annalivia Balaban. Even though it may not be the most structured recipe you’ve tried, it still sounds like a delicious topper for your favorite toast, cracker, raw veggies, or maybe just a spoon.

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Wednesday’s contest answer:
Milo Silva
Top flight
If you spent your summer flipping burgers on the Island and wonder if there’s ever anything better down the road, meet Bart Barthelemy, who fondly recalls his days flipping burgers in the summertime in Oak Bluffs and who went on to become a rocket scientist. He actually did do some work in the early days of NASA. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has the story of this fascinating and inspiring individual.
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