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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Strategy session
On Tuesday, the Steamship Authority board and the Port Council met jointly in what is likely to be their last meetings of 2022. The main topic of discussion was what to do about the future and how to do a better job of strategic planning. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. The SSA also released a dramatic video that shows the snapping of a cable on the transfer bridge in Vineyard Haven. Rich has that update as well.
What’s up?
Taxes, that’s what. As other towns are doing, Aquinnah held its tax classification hearing on Tuesday and heard from assessors on what the town’s residential taxpayers can expect. While the tax rate will be lower, the overall tax bills are going up because property values in Aquinnah, on the Island, and throughout the commonwealth are up. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has this update.
Raking them in
The select board in Oak Bluffs, on the recommendation of their shellfish constable, will not enforce stricter restrictions on the number of scallops that can be taken this year. The issue has been a contentious one over several meetings, but ultimately the board decided to keep the limits on the number of bushels that was in place the previous year. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story. Meanwhile, the board slammed the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and talked about the possibility of the town moving on from the regional planning agency. Abigail also has this story.

Oak Bluffs select board continues its tax classification hearing at 3 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 7 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I don’t necessarily see the expenses being through the roof."
–Rob Strayton during a hearing about rate increases for the Chappy Ferry before the Edgartown select board

Hot Topic Comment
Louise Sweet commented on the work of muralist Margot Datz at Old Whaling Church. "As always Margot, this (and you) leave me speechless. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Amazing. Truly."

Hot Topic Letter
Dorothy Dropick would like an independent review of the Chappy Ferry books. "As a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society, I have been dismayed that over the past 20 years, the select board has not scrutinized the financial records of licensees of the ferry service as part of the rate review process."
Today: I love jewelry but I’ve never made my own. Featherstone hosts a Hand-stamped Cuff Bracelet Workshop. Wouldn’t that be a cool gift? Make one for your best friend. Or for yourself. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

They’re baaaack. Jenny Allen and Mona Hennessy host a holiday-themed Online Show Biz Trivia Night from the M.V. Playhouse. Free. 6 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Vineyard Haven keeps the lights on for Holiday Shopping Nights. It’s fun to see Main Street all lit up past 6 pm. Thankfully they’re staying open so I can grab any last-minute gifts I’ve forgotten. –C.B.

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Staying in?
One of the wonders of modern civilization is that we can get tomatoes year-round. In 2016, IGI’s Harvest of the Month gave us this gem: Tomato Panzanella Salad. We love anything with homemade croutons.

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Changing seasons
James Langlois and Wendy Weldon have always cherished their massive garden at their property on Squibnocket Pond. But now they are moving to a new property with new opportunities, new soil to grow all their plants and trees, and a whole new home to make many more fond memories. There’s a lot of work to be done in their current garden, including taking down dozens of massive oak trees that will be milled into wood, and digging up their beloved dahlias that will be given away (a few will be kept for their new plot). Read Valerie Sonnenthal’s recent Gardens of Love story here.
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