Posted May 31, 2007

Connie McHugh recently received an honor at the 2007 United States Professional Tennis Association New England Division spring convention. Connie is the director at the Vineyard Tennis Center.

The Granary Gallery in West Tisbury was recently awarded Best Contemporary Art Gallery in New England by Boston Magazine's New England Travel and Life Magazine. The gallery is owned by Chris and Sheila Morse.

The All-Island Jr. High Band was awarded the platinum award at the Great East Music Festival in Palmer, Friday, May 4. The award is the highest possible award given.

Gwendolyn Mayhew of Chilmark was accepted into the United States Navy Nurse Candidate program in December. She was sworn in on May 11 in Boston.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women honored three Island residents at the State House on May 16. Patricia Begley was named Unsung Heroine of Tisbury. Marney Toole was named Unsung Heroine of Oak Bluffs. Berta Welch was named Unsung Heroine of Aquinnah.

Beth McElhiney has been selected as one of seven Rising Stars to be featured at the Design Center pavilion at the annual jewelry design show, JCK Las Vegas.

Marie Allen of Oak Bluffs was the recipient of the NAACP Northeast Region's 2007 Living Legends Award. Under her leadership from 2004-2006, the MV NAACP branch was cited as the most outstanding of the 18 branches in the New England Area Conference.

Rose Treat was awarded the Friend of Phycology Award by the Northeast Algal Society at its 46th annual meeting in April. The award is given to a non-professional individual or organization that furthers understanding of the biological and social significance of algae.

Maggie Lindland of Edgartown was named Miss Massachusetts Jr. Teen at the Miss Teen Massachusetts Pageant in May.

Nancy Caraboolad recently returned from a week in Sambava, Madagascar, to administer doses of vitamin A to mothers and children during UNICEF's Mother Child Health Week. Nancy is a board member for U.S. Fund for UNICEF New England.