Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Big equipment at Montessori fundraiser

Sirens blared and public address systems resounded with little voices at big volume as the Vineyard Montessori School hosted the Truckin’ MV Fundraiser Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The fundraiser was made possible with the help of dozens of Vineyard businesses and emergency services that offered Island children a unique opportunity to climb on, touch, marvel at a variety of trucks, cranes and even the Edgartown Police Department’s Mobile Command Center.

Little was off limits. The volunteers who donated their time and their vehicles allowed the children to scamper over the vehicles making contact with equipment that they ordinarily can only see at a distance. Oak Bluffs police officer Chris Wiggins gave children a seat on his official police Harley Davidson, while Edgartown Detective Mike Snowden showed off his cruiser. Jack D’Arcy from Contemporary Landscapes demonstrated his dump truck’s capabilities. Atria, Sharky’s, and MV Chowder House were among the restaurants that provided food for the event.

High schools fundraise for Thanksgiving benefit

The high school group Young Brothers to Men will host a Thanksgiving basket drive at Cronig’s State Road Market this weekend. For the second year in a row, the teenagers will provide complete Thanksgiving meals for from 50 to 100 families in need. On Friday, from 3 pm on, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm, they will be at Cronig’s soliciting donations of food or cash. The Young Brothers rerouted money donated by Steve Bernier of Cronig’s for the group’s monthly lunches to buy 50 turkeys. Last year, thanks to this donation and the group’s fundraising efforts, Young Brothers supplied 50 families with baskets.

Medicare enrollment period is on now

Medicare open enrollment, officially called the Annual Election Period, ends in less than a month, on December 7. Whether you have original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or a prescription drug plan through Medicare Part D, now is the time to make sure you or your loved one has the right plan for the year ahead.

About one million Massachusetts residents rely on Medicare, the federal program that helps people age 65 and older, as well as some younger persons with disabilities, pay for health care. The program has several components:

During Medicare open enrollment, the Annual Election Period, people in Medicare now should check their current Medicare plan, and, if necessary, switch to another plan. For example, a person might change from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare, switch Medicare Advantage plans, or join a prescription drug plan. Reach Medicare online at