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Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey’s Peewees defeated Gateway, 8-5, in the first round of the state Playdown Tournament at Tabor Academy on Saturday. The offense was led by Hunter Meader and Hoffman Hearn, each with two goals and one assist. Pete Gillis had two goals and two assists, Will Bruguiere one goal and three assists, and Alexa Pil two assists. Kenny Hatt, Lauren Boyd, Eli Gunderson, and Josh Dix put up a strong defense anchored by Oliver Lively in goal.

Disaster preparedness for pets.

Illustration by Kate Feiffer

As we edit this story, the wind is whipping off Vineyard Haven harbor, the waves are crashing and the word “northeaster” is blinking on and off in news updates.

If you had to evacuate your house because of  a storm, would you know what to do with your pets? Rita Brown (most of you know her from Back Door Donuts) and the Martha’s Vineyard Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) sent us these helpful guidelines.

Take Fido along

The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets when you evacuate is to take them with you. Pets left behind during a disaster can easily be injured, lost, or killed; if left inside your home they can escape through broken windows, etc. Outside, they are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, contaminated food or water, or accidents. Even if you think you’ll be gone for only a few hours, take your pets. Once you leave, you will have no idea how long you’ll be kept out of the area and you may not be able to go back to get them.

Until recently, Island shelters had various policies regarding pets. Last spring, the state mandated that all emergency shelters must also take pets. Once you’ve arrived at the designated shelter (in a disaster, these will be broadcast — the high school, or one of the elementary schools), MV DART will be there with vets to check your pet in.

Prepare a pet emergency supply kit

Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food, water, and medicine. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you and your pet will need to stay where you are. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you. Remember to bring extra cash in case your pet needs emergency veterinary care. Along with the following items, it’s good to keep a record of any your pet’s behavioral problems, a medication schedule, and the name and number of your veterinarian.

– First aid kit. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves; isopropyl alcohol and saline solution, along with your animal’s medications.

– Collar with ID tag and leashes. Your pet should wear a collar with up-to-date identification tags attached at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet’s registration information, vaccination documents and medical records, and the name and phone number of a relative or friend who is outside the disaster area in a waterproof container. You should also talk with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as implanting your pet with a microchip, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

– Crate or other pet carrier. If you need to evacuate in an emergency, the emergency shelter on Martha’s Vineyard will welcome you and your pet; M.V. Disaster Animal Response Team and the Red Cross will take your pet in the same shelter, but in a separate area. Dog owners should have a crate large enough for your dog to be able to stand, turn around and lie down in comfortably. Cat owners should have a crate large enough to put your cat in it with a carrier (as a hidey hole) and a litter box and bowls. You will be asked to feed, walk and visit with your pet at the shelter.

– Sanitation. Include pet litter and litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute 9 parts water to 1 part bleach). Do not use scented or color-safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

– A photograph of you and your pet together. If you become separated during an emergency, a photograph will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color, and any distinguishing marks or characteristics.

– Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats, bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet. Plan what you will do in an Emergency.

Plan ahead for an emergency

– Create a plan to get away and be ready to assess the situation at hand. Use whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Check TV, radio or the Internet for instructions. If you’re told to evacuate, shelter in place,   or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

– Are there safer places for you to go to? Consider staying with family or friends who are willing to take in you and your pet in an emergency. On the Vineyard, some areas (low-lying flood zones) are more apt to be evacuated than others. Determine if some hotels or inns can take pets. Find viable options before an emergency.

– Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pet if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show your pet care buddy where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you can meet in an emergency.

–Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things that you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY (237-3239). MVDART, which works with the state of Massachusetts animal response team (SMART), is looking for volunteers. Email Rita Brown at

Benjamin Mayhew III (left), Juliette Fay, and Nat Benjamin enjoyed a sail aboard Charlotte, donated by Nat with lunch donated by Jaime Hamlin. —Photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) recently announced the launch of a Veterans Outreach Program as part of a new state contract awarded to the agency in July. The program will provide services to the Island’s more than 400 veterans and their extended families, with a particular focus on veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

As part of the new program, the Island Counseling Center (ICC) recently began offering a Spouses/Significant Others support group. The focus of this group is to provide a safe, supportive, and empathic environment where spouses can share their thoughts and feelings about common experiences and learn healthy coping skills.

“This new biweekly support group is a great complement to the weekly Combat Veterans group we currently have in place at ICC,” said Tom Bennett in a press release. Mr. Bennett is the associate executive director/senior clinical adviser at MVCS and has devoted much of his time and energy as a mental health counselor to helping fellow Islanders who have served their country in combat roles. “While it’s vital to have treatment in place for veterans, supports for spouses and families are very important as well.”

In addition to the spouses support group, MVCS will also be offering an informational M.V. Veterans Support Series, which will include presentations and panelsfocusing on topics specially designed to meet the needs of Martha’s Vineyard veterans and their families. To kick off the series on October 18,  Dr. Dominic Maxwell, ICC’s medical director, spoke on the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The next session in the series will take place in December (date TBD) and will focus on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. The presentation and discussion will focus on care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition and the latest research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

“We are enthusiastic about the progress we’ve made so far with this initiative,” said Juliette Fay, MVCS executive director, who recently joined three Vineyard veterans and their spouses for a sail aboard Nat Benjamin’s boat, Charlotte. “This is just the beginning and we are eager to initiate some new ventures, thanks to collaborative efforts with Jo Ann Murphy and the Dukes County Veterans Services.” Among these upcoming ventures in the planning stages are a yoga series for veterans and spouses, a veterans potluck dinner and thank you ceremony, and a parents support group.

Veterans are encouraged to join the new M.V. Veterans Facebook group whose mission is to provide a network of resources for our local veterans and their families.

For further information contact Julie Meader at


Oct. 20, Olivia Miles, widow and one of the beneficiaries of the estate Quentin Miles, sold her share in a lot on West Basin Rd. to the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission for $853.92.

Oct. 22, Diane McManus Jensen sold Unit 2, 3 Aquinnah Circle, to Bruce Levkoff and Joan Goodman, trustees of JSST Realty Trust, for $445,000.


Oct. 23, Vineyard QPRT LLC sold 5 Redwing Lane to Keith L. and Deborah A. Tully for $595,000.


Oct. 20, Off Center Theatre Inc. sold 101 Fourth St. North to Justin C. Lavigne for $175,001.

Oct. 22, Thomas F. Prendergast and Ann Heron sold 13 Martha’s Rd. to Melanie Rankow Prescott for $660,000.

Oct. 24, Peter K. Behnke sold 8 Pierce Lane to Jeffrey S. and Jennifer Blecher for $1,700,000.

Oct. 24, Douglas J. Wilds sold 48 West Tisbury Rd. to Ralston Francis and Mavis Hutchinson Sinclair for $355,000.

Oak Bluffs

Oct. 21, Earl W. and Rosemary S. Finley sold Lot 8, Tia Anna Lane to Piotr Kornalski for $265,000.


Oct. 22, Sheila A. Decosta and Diane M. Estrella sold 48 Hvoslef Way to Kim M. Baptiste for $333,333.33.

West Tisbury

Oct. 23, Mason T. Peltz, trustee of Lambert’s Cove Realty Trust, sold 285A, 279, 281 and 283 Lambert’s Cove Rd. to Sandhurst MV LLC for $3,100,000.

Oct. 24, Craig Elkind and Christine Lai sold 18 South Pond Rd. to John P. and Una M. Doddy for $1,600,000.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital uses a variety of resources, tools, and surveys to help understand and improve the experience of its patients. Among those resources are the Patient and Family Council (PFAC). The group, which includes community and staff members, meets quarterly. The council’s focus is to share information about community-wide health issues and have input into patient-education initiatives and efforts to enhance patient and family-centered care. The Hospital reports annually on the Council’s progress, and makes these reports available to the public and to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health upon request.

David Burns Corfield, 75, a longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard and former longtime resident of Chelmsford died Friday, October 24, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, surrounded by his family. He was 75.

David was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Peters) Corfield, to whom he was married for 49 years.

He was born in Lowell on May 1, 1939, a son of the late Fred and Alice (Burns) Corfield.  Dave attended schools in Chelmsford and graduated from Chelmsford High School with the Class of 1958. He then went on to receive his engineering degree from Lowell Tech. He was employed as a mechanical engineer at Natick Labs until he retired, moved to Martha’s Vineyard, and opened the Vineyard Vines Bed and Breakfast with Eleanor.

A man of many talents, Dave never met a home improvement or automotive project he couldn’t handle. So he got creative, building stone walls and outdoor showers, weaving chair seats and Nantucket baskets, creating stained glass, and making jewelry that Eleanor designed. He combined two of his passions — building and skiing — when he built a ski chalet for his family at Gunstock Mountain in New Hampshire.

He loved gardening, but not the deer who ate the fruits of his labors, and he was a lifelong antique car enthusiast and a member of the Klaxon Club while living in Chelmsford. Dave reveled in the holidays and couldn’t wait to put up the decorations to welcome friends and family into his and Eleanor’s home. Because that’s what mattered most to Dave: his family. He loved traveling the world with Eleanor and surprising her with trips for her birthday, seeing his children, Sandra and Eric, succeed, and building things for his grandchildren. He built a backyard playhouse for them and, when they started to outgrow it, transformed part of the basement into a wonderful kids’ hideaway.

In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by his two children, Sandra Corfield of Boston and Eric Corfield and his wife, Linda, of Chelmsford; four grandchildren, Grace, Hannah, Christopher, and Cole Corfield, all of Chelmsford, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, October 29, from 4 to 7 pm at the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St. Chelmsford.  A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 11 am at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. In addition to the funeral services in Chelmsford, a Memorial Service for Dave will be held on Martha’s Vineyard at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, 44 Robinson Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539 or to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, 1 Hospital Rd., Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. For online condolences, please visit

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—Photo courtesy Refabulous

If you’ve never heard of Chalk Paint, or gotten the chance to use it, drop by Refabulous in Vineyard Haven for a Chalk Paint 101 demonstration and lesson. The decorative paint, by Annie Sloan, can be used on furniture and other surfaces to create a colorful antique look. Workshops will be held at Refabulous, in Vineyard Haven, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 11:30 am–1:30 pm and on Thursday, Nov. 13, 11 am–1:30pm. If you’re ready to take your Chalk Painting to the next level, come by on Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30–8 pm, for Chalk Paint 102, which will include lessons in decoupage, stenciling, and mixed media. Private or small group lessons can be scheduled through Refabulous at any time. Cost is $60 per class or two for one. For more information, call 508-560-0960 or visit

February 2013: (Left to right) Delores Valeriano of Oak Bluffs, Linda Andrews of Oak Bluffs, and Brenda Piland of Tisbury enjoy the sense of community and the good food. —Photo by Nathaniel Horowitz

Community suppers have resumed for the season in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. Every Monday at 5:30 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, community members are invited to participate in free dinner and conversation. Oak Bluffs community suppers begin this Saturday, November 1, at 5:30 pm at the Trinity Parish House in the Oak Bluffs Campground. For more information on either supper, contact the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard at 508-693-4424. Pizza nights continue at Chilmark Community Church every Tuesday at 6 pm through November 27. For more information, call 508-645-3100. Other community suppers are expected to resume later in the season.

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—Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Center in Oak Bluffs will offer a series of special classes called “Unveil the Heart” this weekend. Guest Anusara instructors Sundari Lucey and Peter Goodman will visit the Circuit Ave. studio for “Light The Flames” from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, October 31, ($30); “Breath of the Heart” from 2 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 1, and “The Awakened Heart” from 9 to 11:30 am on Sunday, November 2. The cost of the full workshop (all three days) is $90, and Saturday and Sunday sessions are priced at $35 each. Classes are expected to fill quickly, so pre-registration is suggested. For more information, call 508-237-1861 or visit

At the Edgartown Bridge Club on Monday October 20, 10 pairs competed. Finishing first overall were were Mollie Whalen and Joe Ashcroft, followed by Jane Haley and Vicki Bologna in second, Deirdre Ling and Anita Persson in third, and Gerry Averill and Diana Dozier in fourth.

At the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club on Tuesday October 21, 10 pairs competed. Finishing in first place overall were Joe Ashcroft and Mollie Whalen. Nancy Neil and Bea Phear tied for second place with Gail Farrish and Warren Morse. Fourth place went to David Donald and Michel Riel.

At the Island Bridge Club in West Tisbury on Thursday October 23, 10 pairs competed. Barbara Silk and Bea Phear tied with Dave Donald and Rich Colter for first place overall.  Third place went to Joe Ashcroft and Mollie Whalen, while Barbara Besse and Charlie Harff finished fourth.

Looking for a partner?  Contact Sue Collinson at