Martha’s Vineyard community notes


Hebrew Center will honor Martin Luther King

At 5:30 pm, Friday, January 17, Shabbat Service at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will pay homage to the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and his friend and colleague Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This is the 16th year that the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will co-cosponsor the tribute to Reverend King and Rabbi Heschel, according to a press release. Rabbi Caryn Broitman will lead the service.

Caroline Hunter, a long-time social justice activist and recipient of the 2012 NEA Rosa Parks Memorial Award, will speak about her experiences during the anti-apartheid movement and her involvement fighting Polaroid’s complicity with apartheid in South Africa.

The singing of a number of freedom songs from the civil rights movement and from Jewish tradition will also take place. Members of the Martha’s Vineyard community are invited to attend and participate in the service.

An Oneg Shabbat light dinner will follow the service and tribute. For more information, call Herb Foster at 508-627-7456, or email

Gay Head Lighthouse Committee receives grants

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee announced Monday that it has received two new grants totaling $10,000. The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded one $5,000 grant and the Farm Neck Foundation awarded another. The money will help fund the Geotechnical Engineering Project at the lighthouse site, according to a press release.

GEI Consultants of Woburn have been hired to undertake geotechnical testing at the three sites identified as potentially viable for the relocation of Gay Head Light. The testing, currently underway, will provide information on ground stability both on the sites themselves and the move path for the lighthouse, the committee said.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity of both the National Trust and the Farm Neck Foundation,” Beverly Wright, chairman of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee said. “Competition for these awards is stiff and it’s very gratifying to know that these organizations recognize the importance of what we are trying to accomplish.”

The committee has raised more than $500,000 toward a fundraising goal of $3 million. While the new grants are the most recent awards, the committee also has received $250 from the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund and an in-kind donation, valued at $20,000, from Meridian Associates for 3-D scanning.

Nauset Garden Club scholarships

The Nauset Garden Club will award two $5,000 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year, according to a press release. Students must be full-time residents of Cape Cod or the Islands and entering their junior or senior year, or enrolled in a graduate program of an accredited college or university. Applicants must be majoring in horticulture, landscape design, environmental studies, oceanography, botany, plant biology, land use planning, environmental engineering, or sustainable food and farming. Students are selected based on financial need and academic qualifications, according to the Nauset Garden Club. The deadline for submitting applications is April 9, 2014. For more information, call 508-240-2827 or email