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How sweep it is
West Tisbury was the first town meeting to approve the housing bank proposal and it was a positive omen for the affordable housing initiative. Both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs passed the article with ease. In Tisbury, there was a movement to amend the article, but that failed and that town followed the lead of the other three towns. While it was a big first step, the article also needs to pass at town elections. Editor George Brennan has the details, along with his team of reporters. We also have other coverage of Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury town meetings.

More voting
Three towns go to the polls on Thursday on the Island. West Tisbury has a three-way race for a one-year term on the select board. Oak Bluffs has a three-way race for a three-year term on the select board. And Edgartown has no races, but of course will be voting on the housing bank question.

Back in court
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from assistant district attorney Laura Marshard, the former disgraced prosecutor from Edgartown District Court. For her first court appearance, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe had her appear in court for a case that was being defended by Rob Galibois — a Democratic candidate seeking to replace O’Keefe. Was politics at play? Reporter Rich Saltzberg has the details.
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 7 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission meets at 2 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
“Nobody’s being held responsible. All of you who are speaking about process today, where’s your process in holding the Steamship Authority responsible?”–Joy Robinson-Lynch speaking at a summit between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard over a bill filed by legislators regarding the Steamship Authority

Hot Topic Comment
Harriet Barrow commented on the death of George Balco. “George Balco was one of the most knowledgeable, committed people ever to represent Vineyard Haven. He had a deep grasp of the town issues and was patient with others less informed Whether it was by participating in Steamship Authority matters, the Seaport Council, Fin Com, the DPW, or the library, he never stopped sharing his expertise or volunteering to help when the Town needed a strong hand. And he was a warm and giving father and grandfather to his family. And we will miss him terribly.”

Hot Topic Letter
Jim Osborn weighs in on the housing bank legislation. “The Land Bank has been around for decades, sequestering land from development. So, should it persist? Or should we replace it with the housing bank? Should we have both, so land for either purpose will become even more expensive for the purpose that we desire?”
Today: Get ready for happy hour at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Don’t limit yourself to just one joyous hour (or drink)— you’re sure to see at least a few faces you recognize. Add in some yummy food from Mo’s Lunch, and you’ve got yourself a good time. —Lucas Thors

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is continuing Arnie Reisman’s poetic legacy with Arnie’s Poetry Cafe — an event he started many years ago at the Playhouse. Starting at 6 pm, Fan Ogilvie will host the cafe alongside fellow poets Peter Ledermann, Christopher Legge, Georgia Morris, and Susan Puciul. —L.T.
Tomorrow: The School Advisory Council at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is sponsoring a Brazilian Culture Night to celebrate the food, music, dancing, and achievements of Brazilian people. Join the community for a fun and enriching event in the high school cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. —L.T.

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Staying in?
For an innovative spin on a traditional Japanese soup, try the recipe shared by reporter Lucas Thors for Homemade Ramen. It even has lots of tips for preparing marinated eggs, which are a great addition to other meals. Maybe we should get a stock pot for the Times kitchen.

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Colorful views
You probably know her best as the climate change guru for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but Elizabeth Dolan Durkee is showing another side. Durkee has been taking closeups of the architectural details at the Campground cottages. “The dynamic photos, now on display at the Oak Bluffs library, spotlight various nooks and crannies of the famed gingerbread cottages in super-saturated colors,” wrote Gwyn McAllister. You can read more here.
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