Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Scarecrows builders wanted

The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School is sponsoring its annual Scarecrow Festival.

Scarecrow builders have an opportunity to win gift certificates and the grand prize of a new ipad. Merchants from across the Island donate $75 to the school and in return get a scarecrow erected in front of their businesses from Sunday, Oct. 21 to Thursday, Nov. 1.

There is no fee to build a scarecrow. For details and an application form go to

Falmouth Academy Open House

Falmouth Academy will host an Admissions Open House on Saturday, October 20, from 2 to 4 pm.

Student guides will conduct tours of the campus, and Falmouth Academy teachers and current parents will be available to meet with visitors. The Open House will include information sessions on athletics, college guidance, and financial aid at FA.

The school van will pick up Vineyard families at the Woods Hole terminal at 2 pm, and will leave the school at 4:15 pm in time for the 5 pm ferry.

Details on the day’s schedule are available on the school’s website For more information, call Mike Earley, Assistant Headmaster and Director of Admissions, at 508-457-9696, ext. 224.

West Tisbury Library exceeds $35,000 challenge grant

Shortly before Labor Day, a family of enthusiastic West Tisbury Library supporters offered to match every donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. up to the amount of $35,000 before October 1.

Foundation chairman Hunter Moorman announced this week that the challenge grant has more than met its fundraising goal.

“Thanks to a quick and generous response from the community, we were able to meet the challenge and can now add some important environmental enhancements to the library expansion and renovation that’s about to begin,” Mr. Moorman said.

The additional private funding will allow the project to proceed with features not included in the original budget, according to a press release. These include a semi-pervious parking lot infrastructure to help protect the water supply and wetlands; and hardwood flooring.

The Foundation continues to raise funds for landscaping, an expense that was not covered by the state construction grant. Donations may be sent through the Foundation’s website,, or by mail to P.O. Box 1238, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Further information is available from Mr. Moorman at 202-309-4896.

The West Tisbury Free Public Library is now operating out of temporary quarters in the Middletown Village office complex while the town facility is being prepared for the ground-breaking in November.

Permanent Endowment has new board members

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard announced the addition of Carlene Gatting of Edgartown and Paul Karasik of West Tisbury to its governing board.

“We are so pleased to have Carlene and Paul join our team,” Anne Williamson, chairman of the Permanent Endowment Fund Board said. “Their combined talents are a tremendous gift to our board and the Island.”

While working as a Registered Nurse, Ms. Gatting returned to her studies and earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. After graduation she moved to New York City and worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for 13 years.

She moved to the Vineyard full-time in 2001 after the birth of her twin girls. She has served on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and is an elected member of the Dukes County Commission.

Paul Karasik is a cartoonist and educator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker as well as many Island publications. He co-created, with David Mazzuchelli, “City of Glass,” the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s book that has now been published in 15 languages.

He is one of the founding members of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School where he has served as board president and development director.

More information on the Permanent Endowment Fund is available at or at 508-338-4665.