Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Former Island minister takes new post

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Winter recently became the Interim Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Haines City, Florida. For five years Dr. Winter was the pastor of FaithMV Church in Edgartown.

He was also the coordinator of the Annual Christmas Parade in Edgartown and was the director of entertainment for the new Martha’s Vineyard Sharks baseball team. Dr. Winter’s wife Judy worked as a nurse for Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, and at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Edgartown on Broadway

Edgartown 8th grader Alley Ellis made her Carnegie Hall Debut on Monday night as a performer in the NY POPS 29th Birthday Gala. Alley appeared as a member of Camp Broadway® Kids. The young performers appeared with the NY Pops along side Broadway stars in a tribute performance for Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

The cast, selected from a nationwide pool of over 500 who auditioned, performed with Broadway stars during musical numbers honoring the work of the Tony Award winning and Oscar nominated songwriting team.

MVYLI Announces Nominees for Youth Leadership Summit

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative announced the list of nominees for its 2012 Youth Leadership Summit June 23 to 29.

Youth Nominees are: Shavanae Anderson, Sivana Brown, Kevin Joseph Burchill, Alexandra Clark, Julia Cooper, Je’Vaughn Crooks, Katherine Donegan, Bella El-Deiry, Sam Entner, Naomi Felix, Imani Foster, Elizabeth Francis, Avery Hazell, Micheli Lynn, Benjamin Lukowitz, Ella Mahoney, Lilly Neville, Lucy Norris, Olivia Ogden, Mary Ollen, Sam Oslyn, Charlie Pikor, Marcanthony Piland, Kendall Robinson, James Roddy, Raz Sayre, Shivonne Schofield, Zana Van Rooyen, Isabelle Wadleigh and Colby Weron.

Young people are nominated by non-profit organizations, schools and community leaders to serve as delegates. Nominations may be made at:

Food Revolution Day becomes a week

Inspired by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, an international event intended to give voice to the need for real food education in the midst of public health crises such as type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity, Island grown Schools will partner with local Island businesses for a Food Revolution week of news, information and resources, according to a press release.

The week begins on May 13 and ends on May 19, Food Revolution Day. As part of the effort, fans, friends and their friends, of partnering businesses will be encouraged to go to to the IGS Facebook page. For more information go to

May Day Spring Festival at Plum Hill School

Morning Glory Farm and the Plum Hill School will collaborate for a “May Day Spring Festival” fundraiser Saturday, May 12 from 11 am to 2 pm at the farm off Edgartown Road.

Activities will include face painting, tie-dying, ribbon crowns, an obstacle course, hay rides, and more. Members of the Day Trippers Beatles tribute band, will be playing on the porch of the Farm Stand.

The Plum Hill School off New Lane in West Tisbury, offers an experience based on Rudolf Steiner’s principles of Waldorf education, according to a press release.

James Harrison named volunteer of the year

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands (ESCCI) recently honored James L. Harrison of Edgartown as a “Volunteer of the Year” at the organization’s annual meeting. Mr. Harrison received recognition for his 23 years of service in running the Edgartown Meals on Wheels route since 1989. He and a small group of volunteers chosen for the award received an official citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for their outstanding service and commitment to ESCCI.