Community Shorts

Posted July 19, 2007

Gone fishin'

Get your gear ready to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay at their 4th annual fishing tournament on Friday, July 27. You'll have to run your boat to Hyannis, but once there, enjoy fishing, an awards dinner, auction, and prizes. Leerink Swann & Company, as well as the Hyannis and the Osterville Anglers Clubs, sponsor the tournament. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 508-771-5150 ext. 104, or e-mail

Global issues, locally

Husband and wife Nafez and Laila Nazzal, Palestinian-Americans who are visiting professors at Harvard, will speak this Friday on "the current situation in the Palestinian territories and the prospects for peace."

Mr. and Ms. reside in Ramallah, on the West Bank, and in Jerusalem. Mr. Nazzal is the author of "The Palestinian Exodus from the Galilee" and co-author, with his wife, of "The Historical Dictionary of Palestine." Ms. Nazzal is the author of "Women, Families and Politics in Palestinian Society" which will be published next year. The talk is on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven. Admission is free, but donations are accepted for the Nazzal's Children's Cultural Center for Education, Ethics and Courage. For more information, call 508-274-2044.

Water pipe
Photo by Tim Johnson

Our water, our lives

Not long ago, most Islanders would pour themselves a glass of drinking water from the sink faucet and not think twice. Now, with concerns about nitrogen and other pollutant levels in and around our water sources, there is reason for caution. This week, the Island Plan will hold a water resources forum, discussing land protection, wastewater treatment, reducing and eliminating storm water runoff into sensitive water resources, and the management of coastal ponds and watersheds. Tisbury selectman Denys Wortman will introduce the topic, and members of the Island Plan Water Resources Work Group will present a summary of the group's findings. Feedback from the community is appreciated. The meeting is on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church Baylies Room, on Main Street in Edgartown. Documents about the group's preliminary conclusions are available at, by calling the Martha's Vineyard Commission at 508-693-3453, or at all town libraries.

A Wellesley gathering

For alumnae and students of Wellesley College, there will be an Island get-together on Thursday, August 16. Linda Wertheimer '65, an NPR senior national correspondent, will be the guest speaker for the event. For more information, call 508-693-7318 or 617-413-4962.

Photo by Ralph Stewart

Clambake for VNA

The Vineyard Nursing Association's (VNA) annual clambake and auction is on Wednesday, July 25, and they are taking reservations now. Held at the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, you will enjoy a summer feast by the Martha's Vineyard Clambake Company, and libations compliments of Our Market. The Dukes County Jazz Band and the Vineyard Sound will entertain, as well as Kenny Goldberg and friends during the live and silent auctions. Bid on lunch with Walter Cronkite, golf at Island courses, and a weekend stay at an Edgartown harbor house. The event will raise money to help compensate the cost of professional medical services in the home and the reimbursement rate from Medicare and other insurers. Tickets are $125, or $900 for a table of eight. For tickets or for more information, call the VNA at 508-696-0785, or visit

Run away to the circus

Circus Smirkus, the exciting family show, is coming to the Island on July 27, 28, and 29, for two shows each day, 12 noon and 5 pm. The show is sponsored by the Edgartown School class of 2009 and will benefit the class trip to Washington, D.C., a school theatre expansion project, and other programs for Arts in Education.

The big top will be set up in the newly renamed Dennis Alley Community Park (formerly Waban Park) in Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $20 or $18 for seniors and children under 12.