Matheo D. Gomes

Nataly and Ramon Gomes of Vineyard Haven announce the birth of their son, Matheo David Gomes, on March 31 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Matheo weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

Dean’s List

Micah Agnoli of Edgartown at Tufts University in Medford.

Matthew Fisher of Vineyard Haven at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

Andrew McHugh of Edgartown at Tufts University in Medford.

Justin Patrick Mercier at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Nicole Grace Mercier at Salem State University in Salem, Mass.

Taylor Pierce of Edgartown at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.


Brien P. Hefler of Vineyard Haven received a B.A. degree in writing from the University of Baltimore on January 9. Brien is the son of Peter and Janet Hefler of Vineyard Haven.


Shawna Medeiros of New Bedford and John O’Donnell of Oak Bluffs married on March 19 at the United Methodist Church. Ms. Medeiros is the daughter of Tracy and Patricia Medeiros of New Bedford. Mr. O’Donnell is the son of Bruce and Valerie O’Donnell of Oak Bluffs.


Megan Klein and Joao Paulo Vasconcelos

Megan Klein and Joao Paulo Vasconcelos, both of Oak Bluffs have announced their engagement. Ms. Klein is the daughter of Ronald and Roxanne Klein of Oak Bluffs, and Mr. Vasconcelos is the son of Marcos and Adneuza Vasconcelos, also of Oak Bluffs. A wedding is planned for the end of this month.

Diana Woods and Andrew Braillard

Diana Woods of Vineyard Haven and Andrew Braillard of Oak Bluffs have announced their engagement. Ms. Woods is the daughter of Walter and Linda Woods of Vineyard Haven, and Mr. Braillard is the son of George and Betty Braillard of Oak Bluffs. A wedding on May 19, 2012, is planned.


Nica Sylvia of West Tisbury, a junior majoring in Civil Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Melbourne, Australia, titled Building Sustainable Behaviour: Interactive Displays for Youth Empowerment.

A. Bowdoin “Bow” Van Riper, a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., and long-time summer resident, is the editor of a recently published book, “Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt,” a collection of essays about Disney’s edutainment films, which includes two written by Mr. Van Riper.Mr. Van Riper is the son of Janice Van Riper of Vineyard Haven.

Katharine Kavanagh, director of the Rebecca Amos Institute at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, was invited to present at the National Alternative Education Association’s conference in Nashville, Tennessee last month. At What Cost? is an analysis of the struggle inherent in alternative education; how to provide quality education while maintaining the same per-pupil costs as in public schools.

Cullen Reeve Paradise, formerly of Vineyard Haven, won a gold medal in design in the 11-state Northeast region of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.