Community Shorts

Posted February 8, 2007

On the auction block

The Edgartown School eighth grade class is in the midst of fundraising for their annual trip to Washington, D.C., and will hold their first auction benefit. The silent and live auction, to be held at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, boasts over 50 items up for bid. Join auctioneer Ed Jerome and enjoy live music by Nancy Jephcote on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 pm in the Edgartown Room.

Written in stone

The Martha's Vineyard MSPCA has launched "Lasting Impressions," the chance to have an engraved message honoring a special person or family pet. The four-inch-by-eight-inch commemorative bricks will be used to create the new walkway to the MSPCA facility on the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road. Each brick is $100 (tax deductible), and can contain three lines, each with 21 characters.

The MSPCA also invites you to show a little heart. For a one-dollar contribution, they will post a Valentine at the shelter with whatever name you would like displayed. Proceeds benefit the MSPCA. For more information, contact 508-627-8662.


Breathe easy, Rover

A life saving idea originated by Betsy Burmeister, director of activity at Windemere, just might save your animal's life. She has begun a fund to supply fire trucks and ambulances with oxygen masks for family pets, frequent victims of house fires. The masks come in sets of three sizes, and cost $55. Donations cans can be found at Cronigs and Island veterinarians. Contact Betsy at 508-696-6465.

Language course offered

The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard is offering Portuguese as a second language. The class meets on Tuesday at Cottagers Corner, 57 Pequot Avenue, Oak Bluffs, from 6 to 8 pm.

The eight-week class began on Feb. 6 and costs $150. For more information, call 508-560-2052.

Something to think about

The Vineyard Haven Library Evening Lecture Series begins with "Politics and Terrorism in South Asia," led by Dr. Jim Norton, author of Global Studies: India and South Asia. The first in the winter series of six programs will be held in the program room of the Vineyard Haven Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday. The series continues through Feb. 22. Admission is free. Contact Betty Burton, 508-696-4211, ext. 16.

Children welcome

The FARM Institute announces the availability of the Island Scholarship funds for all Island families whose children are interested in attending their summer camp. Regardless of the level of need, the scholarships will provide assistance to any child who wants to participate in camp or in the WISP (Work, Income Sharing Project), but lacks funding. Contact Rob Goldfarb, 508-627-7007, All queries are confidential.

Wind turbine

Our own inconvenient truth

"Home Energy Solutions," an environmental film by Island engineer Chris Fried, is being aired on MVTV channel 13 on Feb. 3, 7, and 8 at 7 pm, and is also available at Island libraries. The film, considered a follow-up to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," brings you through Island homes with "energy leaks." The leaks are common in most homes and are associated with missing insulation, cracks, and inefficient heating systems.

Like Mr. Gore's film, Mr. Fried's is optimistic, and he shows ways to plug the leaks. He claims most people can cut their annual fuel, electricity, and gasoline costs, which on average amount to $6,300, by at least 10% by fixing small problems. Alternative energy sources are also discussed, such as solar water heaters, solar electric panels, wind turbines, and wood stoves. Also, look for Mr. Fried's brochure called "Stop Global Warming," at libraries, Cronig's, Stop & Shop, and from Chris.

For more information, call Chris at 508-693-7741.