Community Notes


Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced that Rosemary Silvia, RN, MS has joined the hospital’s senior management team as chief quality and compliance officer.

Ms. Silvia has extensive experience in the field of quality and risk management, having served as director of quality, risk and medical staff offices at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, and as executive director of quality and risk at Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island, according to a press release.

Ms. Silvia received a bachelor of science in social and health services from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and a master’s of science in healthcare risk management from Finch University in Chicago.

She began her career in healthcare as a staff nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas and quickly moved up to charge nurse and then head nurse where she supervised a 48-bed critical care unit.

Ms. Silvia will work with the entire hospital staff on quality improvement education and development. Her other responsibilities include acting as the hospital’s liaison with the Patient and Family Council and the Dukes County Health Council.


The Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health will kick off a free six-week workshop series next month to help people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Beginning April 5, sessions will be held weekly on Saturdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (My Life, My Health) was developed by Stanford University. The program’s goals are to empower people affected by chronic diseases to self-manage their care, become self-managers of their care team to help them live a more healthful, active, and independent life through lifestyle and behavior changes.

Participants will learn techniques to help them deal with the problems, frustrations, fatigue, pain and isolation that sometimes accompany a chronic health condition, according to the workshop teachers, Rebecca Kline, a registered nurse, and Doreen Anderson, a health coach.

The sessions offer simple tools and interventions to help people better manage their health conditions, reduce the risk of falling, and improve nutrition and physical and mental health.

Participants will learn appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Medication use and skills for communication between family, friends, and medical professionals also are addressed.

Pre-registration is required. Call 508-269-9044 to register by phone, or leave a message to request a registration form by mail or email.

MV Partnership for Health is a chronic disease management program run by the Vineyard Nursing Association, Island Health Care and the Vineyard Health Care Access Program. The Partnership is funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Community Health Initiative.


Oak Bluffs candidate night

There will be a candidate forum sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters, at 7 pm, Thursday, March 27, at the Oak Bluffs Library.  There are contested races for the board of selectmen, school committee, finance committee, and planning board. Candidates for other offices, even if not contested, are also invited to make a presentation to the public, according to a press release.

Oak Bluffs resident begins Peace Corps service

James Todd, 23, of Oak Bluffs was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Indonesia March 15, to begin training as an English education and teacher trainer volunteer. James will live and work at the community level to make a difference by increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills, according to a press release. Ultimately, James will help to create sustainable improvements in teaching that will impact generations of future students, the Peace Corps said.

James Todd is the son of Christine Todd and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education.

During the first three months of his service, James will live with a host family in Indonesia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help him make a lasting difference, Todd will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Indonesia where he will serve for two years.

For more information on the Peace Corps go to

Vineyard Montessori summer program sign-up.

Vineyard Montessori is now accepting enrollment for the Vineyard Montessori Summer Program, for ages 2.9 to 9. A weekly theme based program full of creativity and fun, the first session begins on June 30. Activities include movement and music, visual and theatre arts, scientific exploration, water play, cooking, field trips, exploring, and walks to the beach, according to a press release. For more information contact Debbie Jernegan at 508-693-4090, or


West Tisbury’s new library grand opening March 22

Nelia Decker and Beth Kramer, brimming with excitement, have issued an invitation.

“It may be hard to believe but the new library is almost finished. You are warmly invited to attend our grand opening celebration Saturday, March 22, from 10-5 pm.

“Behold the majestic skylights. Marvel at the purple shelves and chartreuse kitchen cabinets. Gaze out the many windows. Revel in the voluminous space and feel proud of your efforts.”

Who can resist?

Docents will distribute maps and give tours. There will be live music and events for all ages, plus refreshments, according to the library press statement, and the event is free and open to all.

“Words can’t quite express how grateful we are to everyone for their patience, hard work, and perseverance,” Ms. Decker and Ms. Kramer wrote. “We thank the town of West Tisbury, the West Tisbury Library Building Committee, the Friends of the West Tisbury Library, the West Tisbury Library Foundation, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and so many, many, more. The project has truly been a team effort – we couldn’t have done it without your help and cooperation. Thank you.”

Islanders score at Falmouth Academy science fair

Twelve Martha’s Vineyard students won prizes at Falmouth Academy’s 26th annual science held February 13. More than 170 students in grades 7 – 12 presented projects to volunteer judges pulled primarily from Woods Hole and Falmouth scientific and engineering communities. The judges based their choices on the students’ research and data as well as their ability to articulate the details, processes, and results of their independent research, according to a press release.

Vineyard Haven residents Alec Cobban and Samuel Graber-Hahn earned fourth places. Alec’s project was titled “Isolation of endospores with properties conducive to survival and habitation of extra-terrestrial environments.” A junior, he is the son of Michael Cobban of Vineyard Haven and Rhea Cobban of East Falmouth.

Sam, a freshman, earned the Falmouth Association’s Concerned with Estuaries and Saltponds (FACES) Award for his research, “How do algae from different environments react to chemicals commonly used in fertilizers?” Sam is the son of Rachel Graber and Mark Hahn.

Freshman Shawn Trieschmann earned an honorable mention for his project, “Do different bedrock conditions and different slopes affect the flow speed of a glacier?” His parents are Beth and Stephen Trieschmann of Vineyard Haven.

Seventh grader Anna Nitardy, the daughter of Jill Robie of Vineyard Haven, won a fourth prize in the middle school for her research and presentation of “The effect of caffeine on gypsy moths.”

Middle schoolers earning honorable mention were eighth-grader Kiric Hallahan, the son of Thomas Hallahan of Oak Bluffs; and seventh-graders Jake Howell, the son of Nina and Bill Howell of Oak Bluffs; Kayla Eddy, the daughter of Anne-Marie and James Eddy of Oak Bluffs; and Spencer Dario, the son of Laura Dario of West Tisbury and Scott Dario of Oak Bluffs; and Edgartown residents Alexis Condon and Mackenzie Condon, the daughters of Carlene Gatting and Fred Condon; Camden Emery, the son of Stephen Emery and Triva Coffin-Taylor Emery; and Addy Hayman, the daughter of Lucia and Bob Hayman.

Citizen Police participants will have the opportunity to ride along in police cars. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Oak Bluffs, Edgartown police will host police academy

The Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Police Departments will sponsor a Citizens Police Academy. “The objective of this program is to allow citizens to learn about and observe firsthand the workings of their police departments,” according to a press release. “Participants will be instructed by members of the departments in a variety of subjects and will include hands-on experience.”

The Citizen Police Academy will be held at the Edgartown or Oak Bluffs Police Departments once a week for 12 weeks from 6:30 to 10 pm each Wednesday starting March 19. Each student will participate in a ride-along with an officer during their patrol.

In order for students to graduate, they must not miss more than two classes. Application packets are available at the Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Police stations or at the departments’ websites. For additional information, contact Ofc. Ryan Ruley, Edgartown Police Department (508-627-4343) or Ofc. James Morse (508-693-0750).

ACE MV spring program registration begins

Registration is open for all ACE MV spring classes. Students may register from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School lobby on Tuesday, March 4, online at or by mail two weeks prior to the start of class. Class sizes are limited.

Spring classes include enrichment classes, for example Auto Maintenance for Women, iPad Basics, Writing and Publishing Your Book), and  ServSafe Food Sanitation Training.

New classes and cosponsors for the spring include Italian Cooking, sponsored by the Beach Plum Inn and Sculpture, co-sponsored by Featherstone.

Also this spring, ACE MV continues to offer public events. These include author readings April 5 and April 12 with readers from John Hough’s and Cynthia Riggs’s writing groups.

Check the website for more details or call ACE MV at 774-310-1131 or e-mail or see the widely distributed catalogs in all libraries and schools.

AARP offers tax help for the elderly

Volunteers with the AARP Tax Aide  Program will again offer free tax assistance for the elderly. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the local Councils for Aging.

The schedule is: Wednesday, March 5, West Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Bowker, 508-693-2896); Tuesday, March 11, Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext. 3); Thursday, March 13, Whaling Church basement, Edgartown, (Edgartown Senior Center, 508-627-4368); Tuesday, March 18, Daniel Fisher House, Main Street, (Edgartown Senior Center, 508-627-4368); Thursday, March 20, Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Stiles-Tucker, 508-696-4205); Monday, March 24, Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Stiles-Tucker, 508-696-4205); Wednesday, March 26, West Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Bowker, 508-693-2896); Tuesday, April 1,  Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext: 3) Wednesday, April 9, Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext:3).


The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2014 Jim Lambert Scholarship. The three Island students who will receive scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are: Korrine Altieri of      Edgartown, studying Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Science at the University of Vermont; Shaelah Huntington of West Tisbury, studying BioChemistry at Connecticut College; and Gabriella Lawson of Vineyard Haven, studying Organizational Communications at Northeastern University. Scholarships are awarded through the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce Charitable Fund.


The Martha’s Vineyard Museum announced it has placed a live streaming webcam on the second floor of its soon to be new home, the former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre School overlooking Lagoon Pond, Hines Point, and Vineyard Haven harbor.

To access the webcam, visit and scroll to the bottom right and click on a link to the streaming video.

The Museum purchased the Marine Hospital property in the fall of 2011 with plans to provide for greater public access, more public programming space, and the capacity to preserve collections according to the highest museum standards, according to a press release.



Martha’s Vineyard Toastmasters announced it will receive its official club charter membership at 7 pm, Wednesday, February 19.

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere, according to a press release. Toastmasters has 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up a global network of meeting locations.

All are invited and welcome to attend. For more information, contact Alysha Norbury at 508-560-0802, or e-mail


The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is now accepting inquiries for its 2014 Small Grants Program which allows the Foundation to respond to the short-term organizational needs of nonprofits, according to a press release. Organizations located in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket Counties that provide services in one of our main four funding categories, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Intellectual Disabilities or Learning Disabilities, may be eligible for funds. To ensure timely processing, applicants should create an online account no later than February 19 and submit a grant application no later than February 26, 2014. Visit their website at for more information and how to apply.


The Friends of Chatham Waterways is now accepting scholarship applications from students majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Management or a related subject. Applicants should be entering graduate school or their junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2014. The scholarships are for residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, or those who have graduated from a secondary school there. For an application, contact Nell Pinckert 314-956-3295; 155 Carondelet Plaza, Unit 400, Clayton, MO 63105 or by email at The deadline for applications is March 31.