Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Benefit for Liam

The Friends of Liam Committee will hold a benefit chicken dinner for Liam McCarthy on Saturday, March 23, at the P-A Club off Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

“Liam is in desperate need of a walk aide device that his insurance will not cover and it is very expensive,” committee member Olivia Law-Butler said in an email to The Times.

Liam and his four brothers and sister are all Island students. They live with their mother, Kelly McGuiggin, a hard-working single mother who is the Sysco Rep for the Island.

“Everyone says he is the sweetest boy you will meet. You cannot help but to adore him, so full of life, love and determination. Help us get Liam the walk aide he needs to become more independent and mobile,” Ms. Law-Butler said. “He also would love a bicycle. The same company makes an adaptive one that would allow Liam to ride with his siblings and his friends. I know that this Island is amazing at helping our own, especially our children. We hope to see you there so you can meet this wonderful young man and his amazing family and see what a difference you can make by just having dinner.”

For more information, call 1-508-326-9430. Donations may be sent to Liam McCarthy, 101 Pond View Drive, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Healthy eating is on the menu

The county’s Vineyard Health Care Access Program will team up with Tropical Restaurant located at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven to sponsor a night of healthy eating on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8 pm.

The restaurant, which specializes in Brazilian fare served buffet style and priced according to plate weight, will highlight healthy food options. Guests will be able to choose from a buffet that includes hot dishes, vegetables, salads, and fruit at a discounted price of $4.99 per pound, according to a press release. Nutrition information will be provided. For more information, visit or call 508-696-0020.

Dems will meet to discuss platform

The Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard will host a public hearing about the state Democratic platform at 9:30 am, Saturday, March 23, at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center at 21 Wamsutta Avenue. The hearing will be an opportunity for all Democrats to express their opinions about what should be in the 2013 state platform.

Democrats interested in proposing platform changes should review the 2009 state platform on the MassDems website ( and bring at least two written copies of the proposed changes to the hearing, according to a press release.

Massachusetts Democrats adopt a new platform every four years at their annual convention. The 2013 Democratic platform convention will be held in Lowell on July 13. For more information, contact MVDems at, or telephone 508-696-1075.

Vineyard Toastmasters hosts open house

Vineyard Toastmasters invites Island residents to sample a Toastmaster meeting and to meet the chapter’s charter members at an open house on Wednesday, March 27, from 7 to 8:30 pm at American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven.

“Vineyard Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” said chapter president Kim Burke.

The meeting will include prepared speeches, Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches) and evaluations. For more information, email

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.