Senior tax help
This Monday, Feb. 25, Island elders and others can meet with certified tax assistance volunteers at the Tisbury senior center. The volunteers are trained under the AARP and IRS Tax Assistance Program, and will hold consecutive assistance sessions on the Island through March 26. You must bring all tax forms (W-2, SSA-1099, and other 1099 forms) and last year's tax return. The sessions are hosted by Island senior centers, but may be held at various locations. Call respective center for appointments. For more information on this Monday's event, call 508-696-4205.
The other session dates and locations are as follows:
March 3 - Tisbury senior center, 508-696-4205.
March 10 and 17 - West Tisbury, Howes House, 508-693-2896
March 14 and 19 - Oak Bluffs library, 693-4509
March 25 and 26 - Edgartown library, 627-4368
Lacrosse girls take on England
The regional high school's varsity girls' lacrosse team is traveling to England this year to compete against five teams that have visited and competed on the Island in past years. In addition to playing matches, the girls will have an opportunity to tour some of England's famous landmarks, such as Windsor Castle and the Roman Baths. The team has been raising money since this past summer, and would appreciate donations to help pay for airfare and other expenses. To make a donation, send a check, made out to Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Girls' Lacrosse Booster's Club, to Betsy Dripps, Head Girls' Lacrosse coach, MVRHS, P.O. Box 1385, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
"This is indeed a wonderful opportunity for our girls and they hope to do well against some tough competition abroad," says Ms. Dripps. "But regardless of the game outcomes, we all know that our girls' lacrosse team will make the Vineyard very proud."
Maggie's on the move
Though not operating in her new locale yet, Maggie Mae and her staff at Maggie's Salon celebrated their soon-to-be new location on Feb. 10. The new salon? Right across the street, at 31 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. According to Maggie, the new salon will be open by March 1. For more information, call 508-693-CURL(2875).
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School will have an annual student job fair on Thursday, April 17. The committee is looking for employers who wish to participate. Approximately 400 students will be ready to interview with applications in hand. Registration is free, and a complimentary employer breakfast will be served. To reserve a table, call Sherri Church, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Career and Work-Study Coordinator, at 508-693-1033 ext. 223.
Planning the future
The Tashmoo Spring Building Preservation Committee is having a public meeting to brainstorm about the future of the building, located at the head of Lake Tashmoo in Vineyard Haven. Suggestions already made have included an aquarium, waterworks history exhibit, summer theater camp, and a non-profit organization office building. The meeting is at the Tisbury senior center on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 508-696-4202, or email JJL@gis.net.
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club is looking for new members to join them for their 2008 season and on. The Club, over 130 years old, meets monthly during the winter at the Wakeman Center in Vineyard Haven. In the summer and early fall months, they meet at the historic Old Mill building in West Tisbury. Members participate in Island-wide projects, lectures, and have the opportunity to participate in propagating cuttings and seedlings in the Wakeman Center's greenhouse.
The Club's next meeting is on March 18 at 1 pm. The topic is Sustainable Gardening, by Paul Mahoney. The Wakeman Center is located on Lambert's Cove Road. For more information, call Wiet Bacheller at 508-693-0927.
Give daffodils, give hope
Daffodil days are back. The bright blasts of yellow will be delivered to your doorstep on Tuesday, March 18, as long as you order by Friday, Feb. 29. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, daffodils can be ordered by calling Debbie Magnuson at 508-693-0081, or Susie Wallo at 508-776-6050, by Feb. 29. You may also order your daffodils at Island schools by Feb. 22, or purchase them in several locations on March 19. Participating locations are: Cronig's in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard Hospital lobby, Stop & Shop in Edgartown, Alley's, and Fella's.
Care to teach?
The Martha's Vineyard Public Schools Adult Education Program seeks instructors and proposals for courses. The program offers a $500 stipend for teaching a five-week course, which begins the first week of March. Visit mvrhs.org/eae/proposal.htm to submit your proposal. For more information, call Laurie Halt at 508-693-2007 ext. 19, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic disposal day
Save the date for the next electronic collection day, a fundraiser for Martha's Vineyard Community Services (MVCS). Similar to the past two events held on the Island, it is a time to dispose of your old electronics correctly and inexpensively. Fees range from $1 for cell phones and PDA's to $20 for televisions, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. All cell phones are donated to "Cell Phones for Soldiers," a group that raises money to pay for phone calls home for soldiers stationed overseas.
A limited number of pickups are available for a fee of $9. Pickups exclude washers, dryers, and large refrigerators. The date is March 29, from 9 am to 2 pm, at MVCS, located on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs. For more information, call Mary Jean Connelly at 508-693-7900 ext. 267.
Beginning in March, SailMV and Confident Captain/Ocean Pros will hold a Master 100 Ton Captains License Course at SailMV in Vineyard Haven. The course is a total of 80 hours, and costs $1,250, which includes all books and materials. In addition to the Captains course will be a Launch Tender License Course on June 7 and 8. This class is a total of 16 hours and costs $325 (including course materials). The classes are taught by Captain Andy Hammond of Edgartown. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call SailMV at 508-696-7644, or Confident Captain/Ocean Pros at 401-849-1257.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower foundation seeks education proposals in which they offer funds for implementing. The first of two is for the execution or expansion of data-driven instruction. The second calls for promotion of technology-based remediation programs for students performing below grade level in one or many areas. An application workshop is on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Cape Codder Resort. For more information, visit thetowerfoundation.org.