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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
We hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July festivities! Now, we’re back at work on National Workaholics Day, a day meant to remind people to balance their home and work life. We all know someone who seems to be constantly working and may need a nudge to find that healthy medium. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: MV Film Society

At home you are surrounded by life’s distractions, inclined to pick up the phone or do the dishes. Escape reality for a few hours with a screening at The Film Center.
Enjoy cinema snacks and relax in one of our reclining chairs in front of the big screen.
Simply sit and immerse yourself. You’ve earned it.

No rain, no gain
It wasn’t the best weather for Independence Day, but that didn’t stop three parades from going forward in Oak Bluffs, Aquinnah, and Edgartown. The fireworks were briefly delayed last night, but they were also a usual big hit. See the photos and the story here.
SSA internal review
The Steamship is looking to change up how they evaluate cost estimates for future projects. This follows the significant underestimation of the ferry conversion costs for the Barnstable and the Aquinnah. The SSA listed several reasons for the mishap, and are looking to improve their ways. Get the details here.

’Missing kayaker’ is okay
The U.S. Coast Guard and local emergency responders had been searching for what they thought could be a missing person off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. After finding an unmanned kayak adrift roughly a quarter mile off Gay Head shores Wednesday morning, officials worked to quickly identify and locate the owner. As of Wednesday afternoon, the boat’s owner reached out to The Times to confirm their safety, and are now looking to have the kayak returned. Here’s that story.

The Edgartown Historic District Commission meets at 4 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the

The West Tisbury Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 5 pm Thursday. In-person at West Tisbury Town Hall. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 6:30 pm Thursday. In-person at the Stone Building. Remote access is available. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"People have asked, ‘Why don’t you celebrate Juneteenth or July Fourth?’ as if we have to choose one or the other. Neither one of which have been particularly good for people of color; however, there is hope."
— Abigail McGrath, writer and founder of Renaissance House and organizer of the annual reading of
"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

Hot Topic Comment
Katie Lane comments on the difference between mopeds and cigarettes: "I think the difference between mopeds and cigarettes is the level of public awareness. The dangers of tobacco have been heavily discussed for a long time. I would assume anyone who picks up smoking nowadays is at least making an informed choice. There are blunt warnings on the product. With mopeds, I truly don’t believe that people—especially tourists who are unfamiliar with our roads—understand the degree of risk or the Island’s history of accidents."

Hot Topic Letter
Mary Ellen Larsen writes that there is room for improvement in transferring patients on ambulances: "Massachusetts General Hospital has brought to our once "Island hospital" increases in healthcare services, yet access to a physician is almost nonexistent, and timely transfers cannot happen if the ambulance has to come from the mainland to our emergency room. That is a delay from one to two hours."
Today: The Yard partners with Queer Hub MV and the West Tisbury library to host a conversation on Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project, "The Lost Art of Dreaming." I’ve had a peek at this one and it’s a pretty amazing project. Grange Hall. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

It’s time for one of my favorite things. The M.V. Camp Meeting Association hosts a Community Sing at the Tabernacle. I like to sing loud and proud. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Bunch of Grapes hosts a Book Talk and Signing with awardwinning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s "My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives." It’s a life’s work of ground-breaking journalism. 7 pm.

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

Big wheels rollin’
"4 Goodyear 225/75 R16 radials on Jeep 5 lug steel wheels. Good condition. $100. 774-563-0856."

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
Dining out?

The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Sweet Life Open year-round! Serving dinner at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.


The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

Restaurant owners: Are you open? Let our readers know, and support local journalism while doing so!

Contact to discuss promoting your dining specials with the MV Times.

Staying in?
With Island Grown Initiative's recipe for Strawberry Vinaigrette, your next summer salad is sure to be bright and fruity. Now if only brilliant and fabulous could be put in a jar.

For more stories that celebrate local food, farming, and the community, visit Edible Vineyard, and look out for the next issue on newsstands later this month.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this person? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.

Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about.

For previous Do You Knows?
see our archive.

Monday's contest answer:
Leah Jampel
Horses are good for the soul
Abby Remer writes about Arrowhead Farm, a horse stable in West Tisbury. Since the 1980s, the farm has taught both the young and old how to ride. In the words of owner Charlene Douglas, "It’s a sport where you’re dealing with a soul. It’s like a ballroom dance." Read more here.

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