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It is a big day for "Star Wars" fans. It’s also not the best weather here on the Island, so it could be fun to binge a few movies. We’re going with "A New Hope" through "The Return of the Jedi." As our favorite Jedi says,"May the fourth be with you." If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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South Water Street expansion
Some folks in Edgartown are not thrilled about proposed changes to 81 South Water Street, and they are mustering opposition to it. Among various concerns, a particular one voiced was that if the plans were implemented, the view of Edgartown Harbor would be gone from South Water Street. The Edgartown Historic District Commission will be holding a public hearing on the property on May 18. Read the story here.
Electrify ferries
Dukes County Commissioners heard a request from fellow commissioner Tristan Israel at their meeting Wednesday to keep the ball rolling regarding a particular climate action initiative. The topic? Electric ferries. With the Steamship Authority bringing in new vessels to join the fleet, Israel says now's the time to look into electrification — not later. Here's that story.

$1 million in support
Nearly $1 million dollars was provided to Island high school students to support furthering their education. The scholarships are from MVYouth, a non-profit, charitable organization. They’ve been offering scholarships since 2014. MVYouth's newest program will help respond to the shortage of nurses and teachers on the Island. Find out which students received scholarships here.

The MVRHS committee meets at 8:30 am Friday. Remote access available. Here is the

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Quote of the Day
"The frustration in the audience is that we are so far behind in actually planning and implementing plans to get closer to the goal of electrification . . . There was a pretty high level of disappointment that the Steamship Authority had not acted in a much more tangible way up until now."
— County Commissioner Christine Todd on public reaction to the SSA’s reluctance to electrify its ferries in the near future.

Hot Topic Comment
"As someone who has been engaged in this issue since the beginning I need to once again refute the accusation that those of us against the artificial turf don’t care about our island kids. The truth is we care deeply…about all of them. It’s because of health concerns and data we are fighting this issue. We are safeguarding their immediate and long term health as well as their water and environment."
— Susan Desmarais comments on the high school committee engaging in talks with the Town of Oak Bluffs over the turf lawsuit.

Hot Topic Letter
James Sepanara of West Tisbury writes to us about the loud noises from leaf blowers and the town’s failure to pass an ordinance against their use on Sundays: "In the 1950s, mowers were 1.5 hp. Blowers didn’t exist, ride-on mowers were almost nonexistent, and were nowhere near what they are now. More than 100 cities and towns have banned or restricted leaf blowers as of last fall. I am puzzled by the W.T. police notion of ‘working people’s ability to improve their property.’ This I see as an excuse to do nothing."
Today: Get ready for Cinco de Mayo at the Farm Institute with Tacos, Tortillas, and Mocktail Margaritas. Chef Granquist will teach you some tricks you can use the rest of the year as well. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

I haven’t seen it yet, but I think I’d love this film:
"Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret" screens at the Film Center. Margaret’s only 11, but she’s got some big questions for the adults in her life. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Drop by the Red House for the Recovery Cafe today. Good food, good convo, good vibes. 12 to 2 pm. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Although some recipes can be quite a mystery, even after the dish is prepared, that's not the case with Sweet & Sour Chicken and Grapes with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar, which are from the cookbook "Delish! The J.W. Jackson Recipes," published in 2006 by Philip R. Craig and Shirley Prada Craig. The only whodunit might be finding out who borrowed your copy.
Coming soon to a newsstand near you: the early season issue of Edible Vineyard.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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Wednesday’s contest answer:
Jennifer Irizarry

Friends and families came together last weekend at Island Alpaca to watch some local camelids get their spring haircuts. Thirty alpacas (and one llama) were sheared, providing some of the warmest and softest fleece around. Check out more photos of the alpaca haircut day here.
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