Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Running for a cause

Each year, Greg Rollins picks a cause to support by running the MV-20-miler road race in February. He does this by asking people to sponsor him. “Any denomination, none too small,” Greg said.

In the past he has raised money for the Boys and Girls Club. This year, he is running to raise money to help families pay to have their kids go on the Edgartown School seventh grade ski trip in February. Most of the Islands’ 7th graders go on this trip.

Greg said that even with discounts from Gunstock Mountain and the hotel, it still costs each kid between $300 and $400 dollars. “This is a tough time of year for many families to come up with that kind of money,” he said. “Any money I can raise this year will be turned over to Principal John Stevens who will than divide it however he sees fit amongst the people who come to him for assistance. This is a completely confidential process and even the kids who receive assistance will not realize this has happened behind the scenes.”

Greg will be in the Edgartown Stop and Shop lobby from 11am to 3 pm Sunday, January 27, to collect money toward this fund. For more information e-mail

ACE MV winter credit courses begin

This winter Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is offering PSY 101-67: General Psychology, through ACE MV on-Island. This 3-credit course is required for nursing and many health programs and meets the social /behavioral science requirement for Associate Degree concentrations. The class begins Thursday, January 31, and students should preregister through ACE MV (email: or call 774-310-1131).

Fitchburg State University (FSU) will offer a course for graduate and undergraduate credit titled Arts, Inquiry, Media, and Culture in Education with registration on Sat., January 26, at MVRHS at 9 am. The FSU course is transferable as elective in education. Both college credit courses are open as Dual Enrollment to juniors and seniors in high school with a recommendation from a guidance counselor.

Also among these professional development courses are ACE courses to prepare students for successful college entry including GED (General Educational Development) and College Skills Prep and CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Prep for the CLEP Math Exam. Courses for CEU’s available to Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Nurses include Introduction to Internal Systems Therapy for Healthcare Providers, scheduled for Feb. 5 and 12 at MVRHS. Several Business and Computer courses are also offered by ACE MV to improve or start a business, and dozens of enrichment classes are still open.

For more information go to or call ACE MV at 774-310-1131 or e-mail