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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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What to do about the Tisbury School?
The Tisbury select board recently made it clear at a meeting that it had no appetite to hold a special town election for $26 million in extra funds to pay for the Tisbury School renovation and addition project. Select board members voiced concerns over further delaying the project, which is already racking up significant costs related to the use of temporary classrooms that cost $85,000 per month. Read reporter Rich Saltzberg’s piece on the recent development in the process.
Drying up
Martha’s Vineyard is experiencing serious drought conditions due to the lack of rain, with the whole state getting only between a half-inch to one inch of rain between August 1 and August 22. Farms, environmental organizations, and local government entities are receiving guidance from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on how to proceed. Read reporter Eunki Seonwoo’s story on this hot topic.
Tipping the scales
Members of the Wampanoag Tribe will be receiving fresh fish as part of a 700-pound donation of haddock that was purchased at auction by the Massachusetts Environmental Police. The environmental police have a history of supporting tribal communities in advocating for their sustenance and harvesting rights, along with making sure every tribal member receives the food they need. Read assistant features editor Lucas Thors’ report on the significant donation.
The Edgartown select board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote participation only. Here is the agenda.
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Quote of the Day
"I’m going to say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. And we need to remember the history that created this situation."
–Tisbury select board vice chair Roy Cutrer on efforts to defeat $26 million in funding for a Tisbury School renovation and addition project.

Hot Topic Comment
Mike Zoll commented on our story about Island boards of health discontinuing the public reporting of COVID case counts. "Forty-four positive cases reported this past week plus the unreported home test kit cases sounds like many too many for the public to be unaware of on a daily basis. Doing away with such timely public health information does not help us continue to protect those who are at greatest risk."

Hot Topic Letter
Marilyn Miller wrote a letter to The Times thanking the community for the monumentally successful Library Friends of Oak Bluffs summer book sale. "Thanks to year-round community support, and the success of the summer Book Sale, the Friends help fund the programs, services, and collections of the Oak Bluffs Public Library."
Today: The Yard brings us Ephrat Asherie Dance and their new work "Underscored" with special guest artists. Let’s get out there and support them. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

This inspires me: "Of Medicine and Miracles," a documentary about a family’s efforts to save their young daughter. Circuit Arts at the Grange Hall. 7 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: The Chilmark Flea is ready to welcome you on Saturday. So much fun there. 9 am to 2 pm. Stay up-Island for the West Tisbury Farmers Market at the Ag Hall, 9 to noon. The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk takes place starting at Washington Park in Oak Bluffs. 9 am. And I don’t have to tell you that it’s Beach Road Weekend, but I will anyway. Lots of fantastic national musicians — and let’s not forget our local musicians — playing from 10:45 am to 8 pm. Artist Charly Palmer and sculptural pieces by Basil Watson at Center of Knowhere Gallery on Circuit Ave. We’ve got a window for our summer galleries remaining open. Let’s go. 11 am. Say so long to summer with a Bubble Party at the West Tisbury library. Who doesn’t love bubbles? 11 am to 1 pm. Come to the Aquinnah library outdoor deck for Henna with Bridgette of Maple Mehndi. 3 pm. Join Red House sober living members for fun and community service as they clean up Bend in the Road Beach. 4 pm. Opening reception at Kara Taylor Gallery in Chilmark, with stone carvings by Adrian Smith and steel sculptures by Brian Abbott. 5 pm. The M.V. Playhouse has a new production on stage: "Burning Patience." I love live theater and the playhouse, so I’ll get there sometime. 7:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, join my friend Lucas Thors at the Annual Oar and Paddle Regatta at Senge. He’s not in it actually, because it’s hard to paddle and carry a notepad at the same time. 8:30 am. The Federated Church welcomes the Rev. Cynthia Hubbard from St. Andrew’s Church for a talk about the Navigator Homes project. 9:30 am. Vineyard Artisans at the Grange Hall, with free parking and plenty of handmade crafts, jewelry, and more to browse. 10 am to 2 pm. Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown has an exhibit of work by plein-air painters, as well as artists Gail Rodney, Marston Clough, and June Schoppe. 12 pm. "Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song" screens at the M.V. Film Center. I like to think that I sing that particular song very well, however, not many people agree with me. 7:30 pm. That’s it folks. Hug your friends and family. –C.B.

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

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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 22. 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?
Sometimes we plant too many tomatoes in the MVT garden, and when we do it’s best to preserve them so we taste some sunshine a few months from now. Edible Vineyard, or EV as we call it around here, offers a great recipe for Tomato Puree, courtesy Ned Casey and Tina Parisi.

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Spreading the word
Rick Bausman and his team at the Milokan Cultural Center are doing some amazing things — bringing together different cultures to celebrate the power of unity through song, dance, and creativity. International Haitian touring artist James Germain made an appearance at the cultural center in Chilmark and treated a small audience to a very special performance. Read assistant features editor Lucas Thors’ story on the performance, and go deeper into Bausman’s ambition to enrich Haitian culture and support Haitian people by coming together.
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