Community Shorts

Posted April 27, 2006

Women veterans unite
The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services Women Veterans' Network (WVN) is hoping more women will take advantage of the resources and online database available to them. WVN provides information on benefits, programs, resources, and events of interest to women veterans.

The Dukes County veterans' agent, Jo Ann Murphy, has more information about WVN and other programs for women veterans. Call her at 508-693-6887 or visit

Teaching children to save
The Martha's Vineyard Cooperative Bank is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of National Teach Children to Save Day. The contest is open to all Island students in grades 5, 6, or 7. The essay should answer the question, "What does good credit mean, how do you get it, and how will it help you in your future?"

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 12. The essays will be judged by a member of the board of directors of the bank, a school principal, a teacher, a town official, and someone from the chamber of commerce. First prize is a $200 savings bond, second prize is a $100 bond, and a $50 bond for third prize.

Entry forms can be found at the schools or call 508-693-0161. The contest is part of the bank's Economic Literacy Campaign.

Red Cross training sessions begin
The Red Cross Adult CPR/AED and First Aid training will be offered on Saturday, May 13. Classes will be held at the YMCA offices at Cottagers' Corner, Pequot Avenue, Oak Bluffs.

The Adult CPR/AED, First Aid, and Infant/Child CPR will be held on May 23, 24, and 25 at the American Legion Hall, across from the Tisbury School, on W. William Street.

People interested in becoming certified Red Cross instructors in CPR and First Aid can attend the course offered on May 20, 27, and June 3. Tuition for the 18-hour course is $125.

Call the Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the Red Cross at 508-696-0092 to register for the courses or for more information.

College open house
On Tuesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 pm, representatives from the Cape Cod Community College will be at the Oak Bluffs School library to help you earn your college degree. The emphasis will be on early childhood education but other fields of study and career options may be discussed.

Mary Olenick, transfer advisor and counselor and Jayne Cedeno, a professor of early childhood education will be available to meet with you. Don't put off earning your degree. The open house is free. Call Pat Ingalls at 508-693-2007, ext. 18 for more information.