Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Meditation meetings

A group meditation practice meets from 6 to 8 pm every Thursday at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Southside Conference Room, in the Cardiac Rehab/Physical Therapy wing.

Meetings include meditation and discussion and are open to both practicing meditators and those with no experience. Meetings are free and drop-ins are welcome.

Participants are currently reading and discussing “Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill” by Matthieu Ricard. The author, a Buddhist monk who began studying Buddhism in the Himalayas 35 years ago, is actively involved in scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain.

For more information call Michael West, 774-563-1231 or email

James T. Morse rise in Masons ranks

James Tappan Morse of Oak Bluffs was installed as Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts for 2013 in a ceremony performed at the fraternity’s Boston headquarters. The Deputy Grand Master is the second-highest ranking officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, comprised of 35,000 members in 232 lodges throughout the state, according to a press release.

The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is the oldest Grand Lodge in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world. It was chartered in 1733, following the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717, and Ireland in 1725.

Mr. Morse is a member of the Oak Bluffs police department. For more information visit