Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Chilmark landscape architect had a hand in Bush presidential library

Michael Van Valkenburgh of Chilmark, head of the landscape architecture company that bears his name with offices in Cambridge and New York City, has won plaudits for his design of the 15-acre park at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, dedicated April 25.

The garden is a unique feature among presidential libraries and “reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s love of the native Texas landscape and their belief that the Center should contribute to the everyday life of nearby communities,” according to a press statement.

“The landscape also contributes to the Presidential Center’s ambitious sustainability objectives by increasing biodiversity, restoring native habitat, reducing the need for irrigation, and employing an organic maintenance program.”

Falmouth Academy hosts open house

Falmouth Academy will host an admissions open house on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 3 pm for families interested in learning more about the school. Falmouth Academy students, teachers, and parents will be on hand to discuss their experiences at the school.

A van will pick up Vineyard families at 12:45 pm in Woods Hole to transport them to the school, and will return to Woods Hole in time for the 3:45 pm ferry, according to a press release.

Falmouth Academy is an academically rigorous, independent day school for college-bound students in grades 7 to 12. More than 20 students from Martha’s Vineyard will attend the school next year. For more information, call the FA Admissions Office at 508-457-9696 or visit

Financial planning for families with children with special needs

The Island Autism Group will host a financial planning seminar for families with children with special needs on from 1 to 3 pm, Saturday, May 11, at the Edgartown School Library.

A New York Life financial advisor and attorney, Fred Misilo (who helped produce the PBS documentary Autism: Coming of Age), will lead the seminar. For more information, contact Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.

Tisbury town news by email

Tisbury recently added a new feature to the town website, inviting members of the public to subscribe to an email news and information distribution list.

Subscribers will receive news and announcements by email, as soon as the information is posted on the town website. The content list includes town news, including emergency notices, DPW bid subscription lists, Council on Aging news, selectmen agendas, and planning board minutes.

To subscribe, go to At the left on the home page, under “On Our Site” in the blue box, click on “Subscribe to News.” The form requires a name, selection of mail lists, and an email address. An email confirmation will be sent that requires a reply to complete the process. The same form can be used to unsubscribe from the service.

Workshop on landlord-tenant law

The Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program will sponsor a free workshop on landlord-tenant law from 10 am to noon on Friday, May 17 in the Fred. B. Morgan meeting room in the Edgartown Town Hall.

Lawyer Ben Hall Jr. and Edgartown Health Agent Matt Poole will present an overview of current Massachusetts laws governing landlord–tenant rentals, with a special focus on summer rentals, according to a press release.

Construction courses

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod is offering two-days of required continuing education for Construction Supervisor License (CSL) holders on May 9 and May 16. All CSL holders need 12 credits to renew their licenses with the State. Credits must be earned in the following subjects: code review, workplace safety, lead safe, energy, and business practices.

For more information or to register go to or call 508-398-3900.