Martha’s Vineyard community notes


SNAP/food assistance sign up

Beginning January 10, every Friday, 9 am to noon, Serving Hands partnering with the Vineyard Health Care Access Program will offer one on one appointments to help guide people through the application process for SNAP/food assistance.

Call 508-696-3843 to make an appointment.

Two receive Robert Kuehn Award

Good friends and like-minded community activists Philippe Jordi of West Tisbury and Derrill Bazzy of Aquinnah have each been named to receive the Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Award from the Community Preservation Coalition, according to a press release. Though nominated independently, they will be honored simultaneously for their use of the Community Preservation Act to enrich and preserve their respective communities.

Named after Bob Kuehn, one of the primary forces behind the creation of Massachusetts’s Community Preservation Act (CPA), and someone who also cared deeply about Martha’s Vineyard, the Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Award is given to individuals who embody the spirit of the Act by turning ideas into action.

Mr. Jordi is executive director of the Island Housing Trust, a community land trust and community development corporation that has helped provide hope and opportunity to hundreds of Island residents seeking a dignified solution to their affordable needs over the past eight years. Mr. Bazzy, a designer with South Mountain Co., has been chairman of Aquinnah’s Community Preservation Committee since its inception 11 years ago. He has been an active participant in generating and designing affordable housing Island-wide, and he is the former chair of the Aquinnah Affordable Housing Committee. Mr. Bazzy also co-chaired the committee that oversaw the historic restoration of the Vanderhoop Homestead overlooking the clay cliffs at Gay Head.

The awards ceremony will take place at the State House in Boston on January 14.

Lifeguard certification course

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is offering a lifeguard certification course through the American Red Cross. The course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Passing participants will earn a certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years (Waterfront Skills not included). Employment opportunities at the Y may be available upon successful completion of the course.

The course fee is $250. Scholarship opportunities are available and payment plans can be arranged.

All levels of swimmers are welcome. Prerequisites for the course are: 15 years old on or before the last day of class, able to swim 300 yards continuously, using front crawl or breaststroke, able to tread water for two minutes using only legs, and must complete a timed event.

Pre-test: Fri., Dec. 20, 5–6 pm; Course: Sat./Sun., Dec. 21/22, 9 am–5 pm; Sat., Dec. 28, 9 am–5 pm; Sun., Dec. 29, 9 am–1 pm.

Register at the Y Member Service Desk. For more information, contact Meghann Michalski at 508-696-7171, ext. 129 or

Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council awards $43,000

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) announced the recent award of a total of $43,217 to 41 applicants for the fiscal year 2014 grant cycle. The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, according to a press release. The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall of 2014 for the next grant cycle. Information and forms are available online.