Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes

Laura Hearn Caruso has joined Mass Audubon at Felix Neck where she is the new development assistant. — Photo courtesy of Massachusetts

Felix neck welcomes new development assistant Laura Hearn Caruso has joined Mass Audubon at Felix Neck where she is the new development assistant. She has a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and has worked for eight years in the nonprofit world as branch manager of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, according to a press release. “Along with managing veterinary hospitals and being a professional dog trainer for 27 years, Laura has devoted her career to animals of all shapes and sizes.” Her history at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary began in the early 1980s when she was a Fern and Feather camper. Laura will be working closely with Suzan Bellincampi on the upcoming events to celebrate Fern and Feather’s 50th anniversary in 2014. For more information call 508-627-4860, ext. 103.

Fund will assist Walter and Connie Ashley

Walter Ashley, proprietor of the well-known, one-man, fix-anything shop known as C & W repair, is battling a serious illness. The board of You’ve Got a Friend (YGAF) recently agreed to set up a fund to assist Walter and his wife, Connie, with the many expenses not covered by insurance, including repeated trips to Boston, all while he is unable to work.

YGAF maintains a low profile while going about the important business of helping Islanders who have suffered devastating blows manage funds that have been donated in their behalf. Services range from making certain the monies are in a non-profit account for paying bills, reimbursing beneficiaries for expenditures, and many other bookkeeping and administrative procedures.

The fund is tax deductible, but checks must be made out to You’ve Got a Friend and the Ashley name written into the memo line c/o Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, P.O. Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Deposits may also be made directly through the bank. For more information, call Scott McArthur at 508-693-6112.

Stuff an emergency vehicle to help the hungry

The West Tisbury Police Department, the West Tisbury Fire Department, and Tri-Town Ambulance invite the public to donate non-perishable packaged food items for the Island Food Pantry and support Island families in need this winter. Department members will be accepting donations at the Public Safety Building (across from Conroy’s) from 4 to 8 pm, Friday, and noon to 8 pm, Saturday, this weekend. For more information, go to