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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1974, the House began impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon. (An 11-year-old George Brennan took time out from his busy summer of baseball and swimming to watch the hearings. Should have known then he’d get into journalism.) Today is National Love is Kind Day. Words to live by. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Martha's Vineyard Concert Series

Sticker shock
The Tisbury School renovation and addition project is nearly $26 million over budget, a number that’s bound to give taxpayers a bit of agita. It’s been known for a while that the project would come in higher than the $55 million approved by voters in 2021, but inflation and supply chain issues have driven the price up substantially. The select board is scheduled to discuss the project and the implications of the new dollar amount later today. Editor George Brennan has this story. Meanwhile, in another Tisbury story, the water department and health departments have said they’ll test the water near Vineyard Montessori again after there was a high level of lead found in a recent sample. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Looks like Beach Road Weekend will be loading up the shuttle buses and shipping customers to Oak Bluffs after three nights of concerts next month. The Oak Bluffs select board declined to jump into the fray saying they were put in an awkward position and, instead, said they would leave it in the hands of the SSA. The SSA board has already pretty much said they won’t divert the boats those nights, despite being asked to do so by Tisbury public safety chiefs. Reporter Abigail Rosen has the update.

History retold
Sometimes history gets tangled and such was the case of Eunice Rocker. In 1886, she fought a legal battle to block her removal from her Oak Bluffs home. Rocker was of Chappaquiddick Wampanoag and African American descent. Her true story, using her journals, is being told in a plaque that was recently added to the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard. News intern Natalie Aymond has the details.
The West Tisbury board of health meets at 5 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The All-Island School Committee meets at 6 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"I’m concerned about the interest of the town in trying to monetize healthy, productive activities that contribute to the larger sense of the community. Whether it is yoga, group swimming, water aerobics [it is necessary to have] free public usage of the beach and parks."–Caroline Hunter on a yoga group being removed from Inkwell Beach because there was no permit obtained

Hot Topic Comment
Joanne Lambert reacted to the story about the yoga group being told to leave the beach in Oak Bluffs. "The way this was handled was disgusting, and frankly embarrassing as a town citizen. That our town officials would treat people like that – shooing them off a public beach like they were doing something terrible. These are town residents and regular visitors who come because they love the island and our town beach. Certainly if the town has decided to clarify what kind of activities need permits, then do so and communicate with us, the people."

Hot Topic Letter
Nicholas W. Puner reacted to our editorial suggesting the need for traffic solutions. "Your July 21 editorial, while grudgingly agreeing that seasonal traffic lights at key intersections would "bring some order," goes on to throw cold water on them by continuing, ‘but they’re unlikely to do much to improve the flow.’ I respectfully, if frustratedly, disagree. As I wrote in 2000, ‘At least traffic lights are objective, not subjective. They are set for so much time, and drivers understand they have to accommodate themselves to a certain amount of waiting time. But that waiting time is just that: certain, and in the bargain, calculable and finite, compared with what we now have.’"
Today: Summer on the Island is pretty amazing. All the opportunities to learn more about a variety of topics are there for the taking. The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Growing Danger of Nuclear War is discussed with Dr. Ira Helfand at the Chilmark library. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

On a little lighter note, two local favorites — the Outskirts and Kahoots — play at the Loft. Get your groove on, as some of us used to say. Starts at 8 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Wine 101: Tasting and History Fundraiser for HBCUs. Learn everything about climate impact on wine, harvesting, fermentation, barrels, how to read labels. You get the picture. And it’s for a good cause. Sailing Camp Park. 3 pm. –C.B.

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

Don’t get overheated
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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 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?

Shelby Regan, an intern from a couple years back, left us with this lovely recipe for Vegan Pasta Salad, reminding us that you can eat vegan and still enjoy a ton of flavor. It’s all in the recipe. You read it here first.

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'Great Ponds'
The 16 great ponds that make up the Island are some of the most unique ecosystems in the world. These ponds are facing dangerous futures, with algae blooms harming shellfish, cyanobacteria creating unsafe water for pets and humans, and high nitrogen levels destroying the balance of the ecosystem. Ollie Becker, director of Circuit Films, partnered with the Vineyard Conservation Society to produce the first of a three-part series, "Great Ponds, Episode 1: On Our Watch," documenting the health of these rare great ponds and possible solutions to save these Vineyard treasures. Read Abby Remer’s story here to learn more about this important, fascinating series.

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