Community Shorts

Posted May 11, 2006

Fresh Air hosts needed

Would you like to help a child this summer? Become a host family for the Fresh Air Fund and invite a New York City child to your home for two weeks. Hosting is a fun way to make summer special for an inner-city child and for your own family. Families may choose the gender and approximate age of their Fresh Air visitor, and some children return year after year to the same home. To learn more, call 1-800-367-0003 or visit

Skill-building at the Edgartown Library

Are you interested in becoming a nurse's aide? U.S. citizen? College student? The Edgartown Free Public Library provides unlimited access to job and career help, including business writing; skill-building courses; and practice tests based on official exams such as the GED, ACT, GRE, and those for postal workers and real estate agents. The practice tests include instant score reports that help you target those skill areas that need the most attention. Complete answer explanations accompany each test question so that you understand why a particular answer is right or wrong.

You can get access to the Learning Express Library service with just your library card and an Internet-enabled computer. To find out more, call the Edgartown library at 508-627-4221.

Participants stand on the finish line at last year's "MV Goes Pink" Walk. File photo by Susan Safford

Support cancer awareness three ways

With one in seven women affected by breast cancer, Islanders are getting involved in increasing awareness and offering support for treatment and cure.

On Mother's Day, this Sunday, May 14, the second annual "MV Goes Pink" Walk for Breast Cancer will take place. Meet at 9 am to register at the little bridge on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs. The nine-mile walk loops to the Edgartown Lighthouse and back. Gather pledges and/or make a donation yourself. For forms and info, see or call 1-508-942-8704 or 508-645-5012.

But going pink means more than donning your sneakers. Visit any of the many Island businesses that have signed on to sell special pink items to benefit the cause or to donate a percentage of their sales for May 13 and 14. Funds raised will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

On Friday, May 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven will host a showing of Cynthia McKeown's award winning film, "One in Eight: Janice's Journey." The film, which received the Best Documentary award at the New England Film and Video Festival, documents one woman's experience with breast cancer. Producer/director McKeown filmed the experience of an acquaintance diagnosed with breast cancer. The cinema verité film covers a nine-year period in the struggle of Janice Fine, who watched her own mother die of uterine cancer. The very moving and personal documentary follows Ms. Fine from her diagnosis, to her adjustment and treatment. Ms. Fine expressed her hopes that making this film would be... "concrete and hopeful and supporting for other women." In addition to the personal issues, the film addresses issues surrounding the health industry and environmental issues.

The nonprofit group, Cure Breast Cancer License Plate Initiative, is trying to initiate a fund for cancer research by getting 200 applications for a special breast cancer license plate. The applications must be accompanied with a check for $40, payable to the RMV. Seventy percent of each $40 tax deductible fee, (at renewal, 100% of that fee) would go to cancer research.

For more information or to obtain an application, go to or call Deb McNeill at 781-820-0199.

Vern on "Victory Garden"

Vern Laux, author and Times bird columnist, is a guest on this Saturday's "Victory Garden," on WGBH channel 2 (PBS), at noon. The segment, which was filmed at the Polly Hill Arboretum, is about making your garden more bird friendly.