Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes

State Representative Timothy R. Madden with Martha's VIneyard Regional High School student Mary Ollen in spring of 2013. — Photo courtesy of Kaylea Moore

Women’s Network awards 2013 Grant

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network (MVWN) will award its fourth annual small business grant to Heidi Feldman and Curtis Friedman, owners of Down Island Farm and the producers of MV Sea Salt.

The $2,500 grant is given to a Vineyard business that wants to improve, grow, or start a new business on the Vineyard or to build the skill to do this, according to a MVWN press release.

A grant committee composed of MVWN board members and Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, chose Down Island Farm out of almost 20 applicants.

Down Island Farm was founded in 2003. MV Sea Salt will be available in June. The couple “harvest” water in Katama and then dry it and package the end result on their farm in West Tisbury. They will use the grant money for branding, marketing, and website enhancements.

The grant will be awarded Thursday, May 9, at the MVWN’s final program of the year “Kick Off, Survive and Thrive Summer 2013” at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.

For more information visit MVWN programs and membership are open to men and women.

Train to be a lifeguard

Mansion House Health Club will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course in the month of May taught by Aquatics Director Jennifer Fragosa.

The course is 31 hours and costs $350. Prerequisites include the ability to swim 550 yards, retrieve a 10 pound diving brick, swim under water 45 feet and tread water for 2 minutes.

For more information on pretest and class times and dates, call 508-693-2200.

Mary Ollen joined Senate for a day

State Representative Timothy R. Madden congratulated Mary Ollen for being selected to represent Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in the 66th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston on April 5.

Student Government Day provides students from across the Commonwealth with an opportunity to take on the roles of governor, constitutional officers, legislators and court justices to experience what it is like to “run” the state government for a day. Ms. Ollen was assigned to serve as a member of the Senate.

“Mary was treated to a unique experience, spending the day with government officials, and observing the process of government up here in Boston,” Representative Madden said. “I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet this great student, and to have her join in the celebration of Student Government Day.”

Circuit Style Salon joins Cut-A-Thon

In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition has organized a statewide Cut-A-Thon event on the weekend of May 4 to benefit their work toward breast cancer prevention for future generations.

Each salon will devote one day to donate all proceeds from haircuts to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Salons will charge $15 per haircut.

Circuit Style Salon on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs is one of many salons across the Cape and islands that will join the event on Sunday. For more information, contact Seniel Hannagan at or 508-693-7542.

“I am so pleased that these salons are participating in this statewide Cut-A-Thon to help us toward our goal of breast cancer prevention,” Cheryl Osimo, MBCC Executive Director said. “Their leadership is sending a message not only to the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard communities but throughout the country that we must stop breast cancer before it starts. I hope that residents in these caring communities will support MBCC and participate in this important statewide event at their local salon.”

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