Nominations, please, for the Spirit award

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is asking for nominations for the annual Spirit of the Vineyard Award. “The award honors those who have served for one of more nonprofit organizations on the Island, and whose work has made a difference to individuals and to the whole community,” according to a press release. “The criteria for selection include selflessness, the range and depth of service performed, the length of volunteer service and the effect on the quality of life of the individuals who received help and for the Island community as a whole.”

Past recipients are Jack Ware, Estelle Surprenant, Ron Rappaport, the Possible Dreams Auction Committees Past and Present, Nellie Mendenhall, Dorothy Bangs, Judy Williamson, the MV Harley Riders, Polly Brown, Melinda Loberg, and Denys and Marilyn Wortman.

Nominations must be submitted by November 6, either by email to or by mail to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Cultural organizations receive state grants

Grants totaling more than $16,000 have been awarded to four cultural organizations on the Island, Representative Timothy R. Madden announced last month. “I’m proud to support these organizations and community groups in their work to enrich our lives and improve our communities through the arts, humanities, and sciences,” Mr. Madden said.

The local groups receiving awards are the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, the Silver Screen Film Society, the Vineyard Playhouse, and the Yard.

A holiday meal for those in need

Again this year the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, Serving Hands, and Family to Family are working together with Reliable Market to ensure that Island families in need will have a great Thanksgiving meal and December holiday meal. Last year more than 120 meals were provided over the Thanksgiving and December holidays, but more were needed.

For $25, Reliable is putting together a special Thanksgiving basket that includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, onions, carrots, apples, oranges, fresh butternut squash, canned pumpkin, and gravy.

Serving Hands distribute the meals on November 10 and December 15. Islanders are encouraged to donate whatever they can to make more of these meals possible. Checks should be made out to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger (Family-to-Family Program) and sent to the VCOH, PO Box 4685, VH 02568. For more information call 508-693-5339 or email