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‘A white elephant’
The proposed renovations for Howes House were met with some opposition from the West Tisbury Historic District Commission. The commission thinks the plan is too big, but the building does need to expand to comply with ADA regulations. A consensus has yet to be reached. Read more here.
Sticker shock
Tisbury town officials agreed to up the prices for the town’s transfer station another $10. This is with trash disposal costs going up around the state. The town’s public works department is also considering limiting some items at the transfer station, like large, bulky items and scrap metal. Read more here.

‘Management failure’
Another delay, another spike in costs. The SSA website redesign and mobile app project experienced a delay, raising costs to $2.8 million. The new launch is expected to take place in September. Read the story here.

The Edgartown Select Board meets Monday at 4 pm. Hybrid meeting with in-person location at Edgartown Town Hall. Here is the

The West Tisbury Planning Board meets Monday at 5:30 pm. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Interacting with some tribal folk, I think they have a little bit more comfort speaking with us than they would otherwise."
— Tyler Moreis, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), on serving in the Edgartown Police Department.

Hot Topic Comment
Tom Murphy comments on the Town of Oak Bluffs moving forward with a veterans housing development: "Congratulations to Oak Bluffs for donating the land and providing the strong support for this much needed housing. Every resident of this Island has benefited from the Liberty provided by the sacrifice of our Veterans."

Hot Topic Letter
"Whether it be a town in antebellum Texas or in Nazi Germany, or whether it be surviving slavery or the Holocaust, freedom is good, and this was a really Good Morning."
— William (Doc) McLaurin of Vineyard Haven writes to us about his interactions with visitors and locals on the Vineyard.

Today: I’m not sure if there are tickets left, but if there are, you should get one. Ben Taylor, John Fortè, Chadwick Stokes, Kate Taylor, Willy Mason, Rose Guerin, Isaac Taylor, Lexie Roth, and Jemima James perform in the round at the Tabernacle. And it benefits Island Elderly Housing. 7:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Abigail McGrath from the Renaissance House interviews Len Morris about Juneteenth and Principles on MVTV at 9 pm. You don’t want to miss it. She’s awesome, and Len does fantastic film work. –C.B.
This weekend: It would be nice to start every weekend with an event that includes the word "peace." Try in-person Peace Yoga in the field at the Field Gallery. 8:30 am. I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it to the Chilmark Flea Market this weekend. I haven’t poked around a flea market in a long time. 9 am to 2 pm. Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center in West Tisbury hosts an Open House where you can see their great facility, and you’ll meet some beautiful new four-legged friends. 10 am to noon. If you’ve never seen Corinna Kaufman’s Seaweed Art, it’s time you made the trip up to Aquinnah. It’s pretty amazing and a great trip to make with the kids. 11 am to 5 pm. The Playhouse Art Space is filled with beautiful work by Allison Roberts, who happens to be part of the MVT gang. What more can this lady do? 1 to 4 pm. You can try your hand at creating a masterpiece at this Watercolor Workshop with artist Julie Brand at the Edgartown library. Registration is required, so follow the prompts to sign up. 2 to 4 pm. Boston-based musician Andrew Sue Wing plays at the West Tisbury library. It's a great place to hear a free concert. 3 pm. Japanese-born Glass Artist Michiko Sakano visits M.V. Glassworks with an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm. Beautiful work. Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs hosts an Art Music Reception with author-journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. That gallery hosts some of the most interesting events you’ll find on the Island. 5 to 7 pm. The M.V. Playhouse brings us "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" — with humor and compassion, an Arab-American woman and her nephew, an Army soldier, debate the morality of going to war while trying to navigate the currents of the Pacific. Sounds good. 7 pm. (If you miss it, there are more dates for you to check it out.) Do not miss the Island Community Chorus’ Annual Summer Concert at the Tabernacle. The program is called "America in Song." It’s a tradition you can continue or a good one to start now. 8 pm. –C.B.

Summer brings all sorts of Sunday services. At Trinity Episcopal Church, the Very Reverend Jep Streit preaches and celebrates the service. 9 am. The Unitarian Universalist Society hosts the M.V. Slave Song Choir with leader Jim Thomas. 10 am. Trinlay Rinpoche visits Bodhi Path Buddhist Center and leads meditation, on Zoom and live. 10 am. It’s your last chance to see the remarkable exhibit "The Timeless Show" at Featherstone. All Island women artists over the age of 80. Noon to 4 pm. Meet Martha's Vineyard Art Association artists at a reception at the Old Sculpin Gallery: Eva Cincotta, Anna L. Finnerty, Judith Howells, Steve London, Brian Kirkpatrick, Nancy Beams, and Jon Cohan. 5 to 7 pm. Peaked Hill Studio’s Valerie Sonnenthal offers Restorative Sound Journeys using Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, monochords, chimes, and other instruments. The sounds literally calm and uplift you at the same time. Try it. 5 pm. It’s Vineyard Veterans Night with the M.V. Sharks playing the Ocean State Waves. A lot of fun and a good cause. 7 pm. That ought to fill your day planner. –C.B.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: July price reductions

Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider information on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

I hadn’t checked in a few weeks, but we finally broke through the one hundred count for single family homes. There are 140 homes on the market, and 13 are still being shown, but they already have accepted offers. Homes that come on the market in the most desirable locations, and are priced right, still get offers quickly.

We are seeing more and more price reductions on homes that have not had enough activity at the offered price and have considerable room to negotiate. One can almost feel the prices tugging higher and lower by the limited inventory and increased financing costs. Many of these properties have not sold in reasonable days on the market, which is the primary reason for lowering prices. If a property is priced correctly for the current market, it will still sell in a reasonable time.

We haven’t seen the decline in overall averages that much like the country is experiencing, and there are still good values to be found, so why not start looking at those reduced in price. This week, those homes went from a cute ranch in Vineyard Haven priced at $829,000 to a waterview contemporary in Chilmark at $4,200,000.

Driving past Beetlebung Corner and heading down-Island, you soon pass one of my favorite views on the entire Island. 1 Pondmark enjoys that view everyday across farmland: a cute pond and massive Atlantic Ocean views. This three-bedroom contemporary has 120-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean over Keith Farm. The property is just one mile to the entrance of Lucy Vincent Beach, half a mile to Beetlebung Corner, and a mile and a half to Menemsha. The property is criss-crossed with ancient lichen-covered stone walls and has a feeling of having stepped back in time . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

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Staying in?
At your next cookout, fill up skewers with a creative flare using the tips and recipe for Seasoned Vegetable and Steak Kebabs, shared by Paul W. Bagnall. In The Times' grill pit, we'd go all out and make them very colorful. What would you use for a blue food item?

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Climate Change Connections
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