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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 1973, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law and we’ve been debating piping plovers ever since, it seems. Today is National Short Film Day and National Chocolate Candy Day. What better place to watch a short film with chocolates than MV Film Center? If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Coming soon
It’s been talked about for years — the lack of abortion services for women on Martha’s Vineyard. In a story three years ago, it was noted that the closest place to the Island for a woman to go is in Rhode Island. Well, on Wednesday that all changed with an announcement from Beacon Hill. Health Imperatives in Vineyard Haven is one of 11 places across the commonwealth receiving funds to provide abortion services. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

The Patriot Way
While the Steamship Authority’s cancellations threatened to leave some folks stranded on either side of the Sound, the Patriot’s Quickwater ferry sprung into action to provide a bit of a Christmas miracle for commuters, including a group of UPS and postal workers who were out delivering last-minute holiday packages, on both sides. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.

Decked halls?
Oak Bluffs has created a new policy for holiday decorations that it hopes will "ensure that each town owned facility or property has a welcoming atmosphere and does not result in the town advancing or inhibiting any particular religion, culture, group, or ethnicity." Though they never said what the impetus was for the policy, the select board approved it without much deliberation. Meanwhile, the town does not have enough money to complete its streetscape vision. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
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Quote of the Day
"We were very happy to see that we were eligible for loan forgiveness on our state revolving fund grant. Any help in the grant department is very helpful to us to offset the costs of the project."
–Airport director Geoff Freeman on a state grant the airport received

Hot Topic Comment
Shelly Jones commented on Tisbury setting its exemption for town residents. "Commercial property in residentially zoned areas should have a higher rate of property tax. All of the houses owned only for rental fall into this category."

Hot Topic Letter
Jack Fruchtman wrote about equal rights, fair elections and the court. "After the 2020 presidential election, some state legislators tried, and failed, to appoint electors of their own liking, not those of the winning candidate. Seven states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, sent bogus electors to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 14, 2020, when the votes were counted. Even though Joe Biden won the popular vote in their states, these fake electors argued that their state legislatures could overturn the will of the people and elect Donald Trump instead."
Today: Edgartown library hosts its monthly Open Mic Night for Performing Arts. This is a chance to shine for performance artists, musicians, poets, and writers. Maybe you’ve got a new song or a monologue or a story to tell. Tonight’s your night. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

I’m pretty sure I read recently that "The Fabelmans" is on President Barack Obama’s best movies of 2022 list. That’s good enough for me. It’s playing at the Film Center. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Join your friends at the West Tisbury library for a Free Soup and Bread Lunch. Chef Deon makes the soup and you get to fill your bowl. 11:30 am to 1 pm at the library. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Connie Berry regales us with another one of her bean recipes, Black Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing, this week. This one makes a great work lunch or a dish to share at your next potluck.

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Rolling into 2023
The past year was an exciting time for the Island community, and for the Community section of The Martha’s Vineyard Times. We covered everything from music and film festivals, student-led performances at the PAC, and community dances, to spearfishing, beekeeping, and paddleboarding. Our talented columnists, freelancers, writers, and production staff worked hard to help highlight the most interesting and important events and stories of the Vineyard. Check out a brief recap of all the fun we had in 2022 here, and get ready for more adventures in the New Year.

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