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“The Hungry Heart,” a new documentary film on prescription drug addiction and recovery in Vermont, will be screened at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4pm. Director Bess O’Brien will run a Q and A session after the screenings. The Martha’s Vineyard community is welcome to be a part of the conversation about this issue. The Martha’s Vineyard Times, a media sponsor of the event, has covered the prevalence of opiate addiction on Martha’s Vineyard in an ongoing series.

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According to a press release from Kingdom County Productions:

“The Hungry Heart” has toured across New England to more than 100 towns and was presented in Washington, D.C., by Senator Patrick Leahy and Michael Botticelli, the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Produced by Kingdom County Productions, “The Hungry Heart” provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the work of Vermont pediatrician Fred Holmes, whose patients struggle with this disease.

Dr. Holmes works closely with his patients to provide them with therapy and outpatient programs. In addition, Dr. Holmes is part of the Suboxone treatment program. Much like methadone, Suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process. For some, taking Suboxone is a crucial steppingstone to long-term recovery. For others, Suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film, Dr. Holmes struggles with these challenges, trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

The film is not ultimately about Suboxone, or the medical treatment these young people receive from Dr. Holmes. It is about the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient, and how important listening and respect is for these young addicts as part of their recovery process. The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation, and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts and family members who share their stories of struggle and redemption. The road to recovery is paved with success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls, and tragic losses. However, throughout the movie the viewer meets the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Best-selling author David Sheff, who wrote the book “Beautiful Boy” about his own son’s addiction, called “The Hungry Heart” “a brilliant and beautiful film that captures the true lives of people in recovery.” MSNBC called the film “deeply moving.”

Geoff Kane, M.D., chief of addiction services at Brattleboro Retreat, raves, “‘The Hungry Heart’ displays the unflinching honesty necessary for addiction recovery. Dr. Fred Holmes displays the unwavering respect, hope, and accountability that people need to get there.”

“The Hungry Heart” opens up dialogue around many issues connected to addiction and recovery, and serves as a jumping-off point for discussion and action steps that many of our communities need.

To watch a trailer of the film or for more information, visit or call 802-357-4616.

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Elizabeth Blaydes and James Hannah of Edgartown announce the birth of their son, Colt James Hannah, on Sept. 30, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Colt weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and joins big sister, Harlow.

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In a decision filed in Dukes County Superior Court on Sept. 22,

Associate Justice of the Superior Court Associate Justice Richard J. Chin has upheld a 2013 decision by the Oak Bluffs conservation commission to deny homeowner Nancy Perkins permission to build a pier on Lagoon Pond.

In court filings, Ms. Perkins, a seasonal resident from Needham, contended her four knee surgeries and eight hip surgeries had left her physically unable to access her boat by the mooring currently permitted by the harbormaster. Ms. Perkins requested a variance from zoning regulations so she could build a 63.2-foot-long pier.

The conservation commission denied the plan, citing Oak Bluffs wetlands bylaws that do not allow piers in significant shellfish habitat, and the fact that the pier would obstruct recreational shellfishing. At a public hearing in August 2013,Oak Bluffs shellfish constable David Grunden told the commission he found juvenile soft-shell clams as well as juvenile and adult quahogs at the site. Additionally, he said, the site was excellent habitat for a stable population of adult soft-shell clams in the future.

Woods Hole Group senior marine biologist John Brawley presented a contradictory opinion. “The shellfish impacts of the project are temporary and limited, with negligible long-term harm,” he said. Mr Brawley added that the proposed pier could ultimately enhance the blue mussel and clam population in the pond.

After extensive legal wrangling, the conservation commission decision prevailed. “This [decision] is great news,” conservation agent Elizabeth Durkee wrote in an email to The Times. “The court upheld the conservation commission’s regulations protecting shellfish and shellfish habitat in a salt pond. We’re grateful to town counsel Michael Goldsmith for his excellent work on this case.”

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Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is sponsoring a design contest for a new Island license plate. —Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Community Services

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is sponsoring a campaign to create a Martha’s Vineyard specialty Massachusetts license plate. The Registry of Motor Vehicles sponsors a program through which nonprofit organizations can raise money when drivers purchase specialty license plates, for example the Cape and Island license plates.

To begin the campaign, MVCS is sponsoring a design contest open to all ages, Island residents and visitors, and to professional and amateur artists and graphic designers.

State law requires MVCS to collect 1,500 applications in order for the plates to be manufactured. Drivers would pay the standard registration cost of $60 plus a $40 special-plate fee. Revenue generated from the Island plate will help fund the five MVCS programs that serve 6,000 Islanders every year, according to a press release.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to generate a new source of funding,” Julie Fay, executive director of MVCS, said in a press release. “If we’re able to build enough interest and obtain the required number of applications, this plate could have a lasting effect on the Vineyard community.”

The deadline for submitting a design is noon, Oct. 31. Submission instructions are available at the MVCS web site. The winning design will be announced by late November. The winning designer will win a $200 gift certificate from the MVCS Thrift Shop, and will be issued one of the first Island license plates.
For more information, contact Mary Korba at

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The Farm Neck Foundation is now accepting grant applications from Island nonprofit organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the Martha’s Vineyard community, according to a press release.

The Farm Neck Foundation is a charitable organization created in 1989 and funded by contributions from the membership and supporters of Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The aim of the foundation, according to a press statement, is to provide charitable assistance to the Island community in the form of donations and grants to civic-minded organizations in need of funding.

Traditionally, the foundation board does not award grants to fund salaries, or fund the same organization two years in a row. The foundation said it gives “special consideration to innovative approaches to problems or needs that cannot get funding through traditional sources.”

Island nonprofit organizations are invited to submit a concise proposal describing their specific project, its potential benefits, budgetary requirements, and grant amount requested, along with two letters of support from sources outside the organization. Proposals must be received by Nov. 1, and may be sent to the Farm Neck Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Kendall Willoughby died on Sept. 14, 2014, due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 73.

Ken worked on the Vineyard driving tour buses, and as a taxi dispatcher, a shuttle-bus driver, and a crewman for the Steamship Authority.  He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and served in several capacities on merchant marine ships for 10 years. He resided with his mother in their home in Oak Bluffs until she died in 1999.  He loved working in the garden, and was known for the many flowers blooming in the small backyard.

Ken then moved to Hyannis, and worked as a homemaker for the VNA of Cape Cod for five years.  He was a member of the Mid-Cape Assembly of God Church, and was known for his generosity and kindness. He developed a Jamaican connection, giving rides to many who needed transportation to their jobs, buying and giving Bibles and food to those who did not have any, even buying dog food in one instance.

During winter storms, Ken would get up every two hours to make sure his car was clear to be able to get people to work on time. He volunteered at Diamonds in the Rough Ministry, buying ingredients and making sandwiches for the homeless.

He is survived by his sister Frances (Willoughby) Derrick of Hyannis and his brother Shawn Willoughby of Tisbury.  His sister Marilyn (Willoughby) Damon predeceased him.

A burial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4at 11 am at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs. A celebration of his life will be held on Oct. 7 at Mid-Cape Assembly of God, 142 Depot St., Dennisport, at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the church or to the American Legion.

duart,_francisFrancis John Duart, affectionately known as “Frankie,” died peacefully at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River after a brief illness. He was 73.

Frankie was born 73 years ago in Oak Bluffs, the eldest son of Hilda M. and Francis M. Duart of Vineyard Haven. Frank graduated from the Tisbury Elementary and High School in 1959, from Stonehill College in 1963, and earned his master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State in 1966. He taught high school English for 34 years in the Dighton-Rehoboth School system, and was, for a number of years, the English department head before his retirement in 1998.

Frank was also a reserve police officer for the Dighton Police Department, and longtime member of the Dighton Police Association. He was an avid reader of history and biographies.  He also loved animals, especially cats, his favorite being Amos.

Frank was a gentle, dignified, scholarly person, with a quiet, unassuming nature, who found humor in all things. He was nice to everyone, and his humble spirit will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Shortly before he died, he said, “You are all under strict instructions to be cheerful.”

Frank is survived by his sisters, Martha Post and her husband Michael of West Tisbury, and Delia Duart of West Roxbury; brothers Leo Duart and his wife Margo of West Virginia, and Patrick Duart of Dighton, youngest brother and loving caregiver; and two nephews, Christopher and Benjamin Post, of Portland, Ore.

A visiting and brief memorial service will be held at the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave. (Route 138 South), Taunton, from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 2.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Dighton-Rehoboth Teachers Association Citizen Scholarship Fund, or to the ASPCA. A private interment will be held at a later date. To light a candle, get directions, or access the memorial register, go to

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The Martha’s Vineyard varsity boys soccer team had a highly anticipated contest with division 1 Barnstable on Saturday afternoon, and won 2-0. This was the Vineyarders’ second victory against a top-20 opponent this season.

The boys in purple and white dominated possession, constantly keeping Barnstable on their back heels. The Red Raiders brought physicality to the game that took the Vineyarders time to adjust to, but once they did, the match was theirs. The game was primed for a Vineyard goal after the visitors dictated the pace of play, and finally after halftime Jason Lages broke through to put MV up 1-0; Brandon Dwane was fouled in the box, and Lages stepped up to put a penalty kick in the back of the net.

Riding the energy of the first goal, the Vineyarders scored a second in dramatic fashion. Alex Gordon-Beck fed a pass to Jason Lages, who dribbled past the opposing keeper and finished with confidence, putting the match away and giving the Vineyarders breathing room.

The coaching staff entered the game wanting to make a name for Vineyard soccer, and this resounding victory has sent a message to other top teams in Massachusetts.

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On Sunday the Vineyard entrants in the Gateway Babe Ruth Regional League, the largest league in southeastern Massachusetts, continued their winning ways. The 14/15-year-old team defeated Gateway Black 6-2, then handed Lower Cape White a 13-0 defeat. Meanwhile, the 12/13-year-old team, competing on a full-size diamond for only their fifth and sixth time, increased their record to 6-0 by shutting out Gateway Black 12-0 and Sandwich 4-0. First-year pitchers Jake Howell, Owen Bresnick, Harold Lawry, and Jeremy Regan combined on the doubleheader shutout.

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Rob Douglas on his way to victory at the National French Kitesurfing Speed Championships at La Franqui, France. —Photo by Arnone/

The National French Kitesurfing Speed Championships were held at the world-famous speed course at La Franqui, France, where Rob Douglas of Vineyard Haven won 3 out of 4 races and Best Speed for the event. Rob founded the North American Speed Sailing Project, and is sponsored by Cabrinha Kites, Lynch Associates, and the Black Dog, his family’s business.

In wind speeds averaging between 15 and 30 knots, Mr. Douglas sailed his new Cabrinha Velocity prototype to victory in France, and continues to remain undefeated in all kite speed events since October 2011, according to a press release.

On the second day of the event, Rob sailed the best speed of the event, with an average speed of 42.5 knots over the 500-meter course and a maximum speed of 47.8 knots.