And many other literary delights.

When: Monday, August 11, 2014
Where: Grange Hall in West Tisbury

Panel discussions upstairs at the Grange

Morning Edition: Writing for Radio
They say radio is the most visual medium. Find out how it’s done.
Sean Corcoran, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Rob Rosenthal and Mindy Todd

Writing Children’s Books
Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, children’s book authors and illustrators often wonder, What’s the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
Richard Michelson, Florence Friedman Minor, Wendell Minor and Kate Feiffer

Writing in a New Media World
Have digital books, video gaming and self-publishing helped or hurt writers?
Susan Branch, Tony Horwitz, Nicole Galland and Jan Pogue

Narrative Non-fiction
When truth is stranger than fiction, write the truth and let it read like fiction.
Meryl Gordon, Joshua Horwitz, Alexandra Styron and Tony Horwitz

The Recipe for Cookbook Writing
It takes more than adding a pinch of salt.
Jessica Harris, Susie Middleton, Catherine Walthers and Tina Miller

Writing Workshops
Tough love or loving support. What works?
John Hough, Jr., Nancy Slonim Aronie and Lara O’Brien

From Journalism to Fiction
When journalists turn into novelists
Geraldine Brooks and Ward Just

Closing Thoughts
Peter Oberfest
David McCullough

Downstairs at the Grange
Author signings with the Bunch of Grapes and Edgartown Books, informational booths, The Journal Project with Barbara Parker’s journals, writing workshops sponsored by Noepe Center for Literary Arts and more.

Free Writing Workshops at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts will feature writing workshops. Taught by poets and writers Justen Ahren and Michael G. West, the sessions are free to anyone with any level of writing experience. The workshops are designed to foster and encourage people to write and explore “the images imprisoned within them (Rilke).” noepecenter.org

IW-Justen-Ahren-credit-Rob-Berkley-web Justen Ahren is the author of A Strange Catechism, his acclaimed new collection of poems, the West Tisbury Poet Laureate, and founder and director of the Noepe Center for Literary
Arts in Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.

IW-Michael-WestMichael G. West is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and several new ones scheduled to appear next month from Sepiessa Press. He has published recently in Samizdat Literary Journal and Chrysanthemum and has also published three novels, Dutch Reckoning, XOC – The White Shark Murders and BUZZD – The Bee Kill Conspiracy.

The Flatbread Mobile Pizza Oven and the self-published authors tent.

Indy Authors Book Tent
Amelia Smith, Jib Ellis, Tom Dresser and more will sell their books and dispense advice on how to self-publish.

Panelist bios:

Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing From the Heart: Finding your Inner Voice (Hyperion/Little Brown) and the founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop. She was the recipient of the Eye of the Beholder award at The Isabella Stewart Gardener museum and she received The Teacher of the Year Award at Harvard University the three years she taught there. She is a commentator for NPR ‘s All Things Considered. chilmarkwritingworkshop.com.

Susan Branch is the author of twelve  Heart of the Home lifestyle books published by Little Brown and Company since 1986.  Her thirteenth book, A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English Countryside, was published last year by Vineyard Stories.  It has been a best-seller in English Travel books on Amazon.  She and her partner Joe Hall recently launched Spring Street Publishing, dedicated to the publication of Susan’s future books. Susan sends her popular Newsletter, WILLARD to over 52,000 subscribers a month; approximately 400,000 people from all over the world follow her blog at susanbranch.com  and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

Geraldine Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, March (winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), and Year of Wonders, and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons. geraldinebrooks.com.

Sean Corcoran is the managing editor for news at WCAI and WGBH Radio. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and the Columbia University School of Journalism. After nine years of newspaper and magazine reporting, Corcoran moved to public radio in 2005. The following year he received the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award — the highest award in broadcast journalism — for a 20-part series about hidden poverty. Since then, Corcoran has received a Gabriel Award, and numerous other national awards for his investigative series. Corcoran’s radio stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and BBC iAmerica. capeandislands.org.

Nicole Galland, who hails from West Tisbury, is an award-winning performer and screenwriter who swore off the performing arts* to write historical fiction. (*Despite this oath, she co-founded the Vineyard Playhouse’s Shakespeare for the Masses.) Her novels include The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade; I, Iago; and Godiva. With six collaborators, she co-created the Mongoliad, originally a serialized, interactive narrative project (and now a popular print-book trilogy). She is currently working with people geekier and smarter than herself to create ungodly chimerical hybrids of literature (yes, actual literature) and online games. nicolegalland.com

Kate Feiffer is the author of eleven books for children, including Double Pink, Henry The Dog with No Tail and The Problem with The Puddles. Kate is collaborating with MJ Bruder Munafo and the composer/lyricist team of Paul Jacobs and Sarah Durkee to turn her book My Mom is Trying To Ruin My Life into a staged musical, which is scheduled to have its world premiere on the Vineyard in 2015. An editor of MV Arts & Ideas magazine, Kate is one of the organizers of this event, so if you have nice things to say about it, tell her. katefeiffer.com.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry extending her work  to  all media at various times. Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker, then worked as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times. In 2005, she returned to NPR as a Special Correspondent after six years as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards. Her most recent book is To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the  Civil rights Movement  for young readers.

Meryl Gordon is the author of “The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark,” and “Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach.” She is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times and New York Magazine. She is the director of magazine writing at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A native of Rochester, N.Y., and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives in Manhattan but has been spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard since 1994. She is married to the political journalist Walter Shapiro. merylgordon.com.

Jessica B. Harris is the author or editor of seventeen books, including twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad and has written extensively for scholarly and popular publications. Harris consults internationally, most recently for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on their new cafeteria. Dr. Harris holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Queens College, The Université de Nancy, France, and New York University. Dr. Harris is a professor at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. in New York and at work on several new projects. Africooks.com.

Joshua Horwitz is the founder and publisher of Living Planet Books, which specializes in works by thought leaders in science, medicine and psychology. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three daughters. warofthewhales.com.

Tony Horwitz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has worked for the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, and A Voyage Long and Strange. His latest work is Boom: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush that Could Change America Forever. Tony is a native of Washington D.C. and a graduate of Brown University. He has also been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Tony lives year-round in West Tisbury with his wife, novelist Geraldine Brooks, and their sons Nathaniel and Bizu. tonyhorwitz.com.

John Hough, Jr. grew up in Falmouth and now lives on Martha’s Vineyard. He is a graduate of Haverford College, a former VISTA volunteer and speech writer. He is the author of six novels, including Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg. His most recent book is Little Bighorn. He teaches creative writing in his living room in West Tisbury. johnhoughjr.com.

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.”  He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. His books include: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, John Adams, 1776, and Truman. Mr. McCullough is presently working on a biography of the Wright brothers.

Richard Michelson’s many books for children, teens, and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker. He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award (2X), the National Jewish Book Award (3X) and is the only author ever awarded both the Sydney Taylor Gold and Silver Medals from the Association of Jewish Librarians. His most recent book for children, S is for Sea Glass, was written on the porch of his Oak Bluffs gingerbread cottage, and his next adult collection, More Money than God is forthcoming in the Pitt Poetry Series. Michelson is the current Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. RichardMichelson.com.

Chef/writer/farmer Susie Middleton is the author of Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories (The Taunton Press, 2014), as well as the best-selling Fast, Fresh & Green (Chronicle Books 2010) and The Fresh & Green Table (Chronicle Books 2012). The former editor and current editor-at-large for Fine Cooking magazine, Susie writes for many national and regional magazines and blogs regularly about cooking and growing vegetables — as well as life on the farm — at sixburnersue.com. Susie and her partner, Roy Riley, founded Green Island Farm in West Tisbury in 2010.

Tina Miller was born on the Vineyard, studied cooking in France and opened her first restaurant at age 24 in the location where State Road is today. She is also a cookbook author of Vineyard Harvest and has written for Bon Appetit, Edible Vineyard, MV Magazine and Vineyard Style. She lives with her two sons and husband in West Tisbury.

Florence Friedman Minor is former film editor for ABC News. Florence works with her husband, Wendell Minor, creating books that entertain, teach and inspire children. She manages the business aspects of their studio and also  writes books that Wendell illustrates. If You Were a Penguin, her second collaboration with Wendell, was chosen by the state of Pennsylvania for their “One Book” Literacy Program, and If You Were a Panda Bear, celebrating the eight species of bears, was a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indies Next List selection. Florence currently has a book about rabbits under contract, and is working on several other book concepts; minorart.com.

Wendell Minor is nationally known for the cover artwork he has created for books by Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg and David McCullough, among others. He has illustrated 54 children’s books, collaborating with Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.  He has authored six books of his own. Reviewers are raving over Wendell’s brand new book, Edward Hopper Paints His World,  which is being sold for the first time at this event; minorart.com.

Joan Nathan considers food through the lenses of history, culture, and tradition. She regularly contributes to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine and is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks; six focus on Jewish cooking, two highlight Israeli cuisine, and two focus on American cooking. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, which made both the New York Times’ and NPR’s lists of the best cookbooks of 2010; joannathan.com.

Peter Oberfest and his wife Barbara became partners in owning and publishing the Martha’s Vineyard Times in 1995. In a remarkable example of magical thinking, they became sole owners of The Times and its web and print publications this past May. Peter also maintained a strategy and organization consulting practice for more than 40 years. Peter was educated in the New York City public school system, the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research; mvtimes.com.

Lara O’Brien Lara O’Brien was born in Dublin and raised on the wild and wondrous hill of Howth. She now lives on the sister Island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, four children and writing companion Tukka Rex, a great golden, and talking dog. Lara published her first book, a novel for middle grade readers,  Chesca and The Spirit of Grace last  fall; laraobrien.com.

Jan Pogue is the founder and owner of Vineyard Stories, which has published more than 40 Island books since 2005. She has a long history in publishing, writing, and editing. She authored twelve corporate histories, including the story of the founding of the American Cancer Society. Previous to becoming a publisher, she was a journalist at several newspapers, among them USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered topics as disparate as hunting alligators in Louisiana and the real story behind the founding of Atlantic City as a gambling center. She has lived on the Vineyard since 2003 and is proud of the fact that although she lives in Edgartown, she has friends all over the Island; vineyardstories.com.

Mindy Todd is the host and executive producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for the Cape, Islands and Southcoast. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to the job. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting.  She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter.She has received numerous awards, most recently another National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) and an Associated Press award. In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial; capeandislands.org.

Rob Rosenthal is the lead instructor at the Transom Story Workshop, an eight-week intensive for new radio producers in Woods Hole. He’s taught documentary radio for 14 years. Rob’s also a producer of documentaries, features, audio tours, and multi-media. For several years he’s produced a podcast on audio storytelling called HowSound; capeandislands.org.

Alexandra Styron is the author of the 2011 best-selling memoir Reading My Father and All The Finest Girls, a novel. Her work has appeared in several anthologies as well as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair. A graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University, Alexandra currently teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York, and has spent every summer of her life on Martha’s Vineyard; alexandrastyron.com.

Catherine Walthers is a food writer and author of four cookbooks, including Raising the Salad Bar, Soups + Sides and her newest, Kale, Glorious Kale, being released this August. She also works as a private chef and offers cooking classes for groups in her West Tisbury “Kitchen Lab.”

Islanders Write is sponsored by The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine and co-sponsored by WCAI, The Bunch of Grapes and Edgartown Books.


Edgartown selectmen granted two entertainment licenses at their regular Monday meeting.

The first was for Bad Martha, a new brew pub on Upper Main Street. The establishment plans to have acoustic music inside the building on weekends, until 7 pm.

Chairman Art Smadbeck and Margaret Serpa voted in favor of the license. Selectman Michael Donaroma recused himself from the vote and the deliberation, because he leases the property to Bad Martha.

Selectmen unanimously voted an entertainment license for the Kelley House, which plans to feature acoustic music by the hotel pool. The pool is entirely enclosed by the building.

Also, town administrator Pam Dolby said Verizon has notified the town that it will not move forward with a distributed antenna system (DAS) on Chappaquiddick. Ms. Dolby said she will schedule a public hearing on Chappaquiddick on August 11, to ask residents how they want to proceed, after several failed attempts to establish mobile phone service on the island.

Ms. Dolby also announced that the Edgartown Police color guard and officers have been invited to participate in pregame festivities at Fenway Park on August 1 when the Red Sox start a three-game series against the New York Yankees.

Oak Bluffs selectmen and the town finance and advisory committee (FINCOM) met on Tuesday to deliberate year-end transfers to cover department shortfalls for the 2014 fiscal year (FY14). The combined boards unanimously approved $99,868 in transfers, which will be paid from the town general fund, the town reserve fund and by inter-department transfers.

The police department ($14,342), building inspector ($23,624), and highway department ($44,755) carried the largest shortfalls. The police department deficit is due largely to military leave and sick leave and should be substantially reduced in FY15 with the recent hiring of a new full-time officer, according to town officials. The building inspector shortfall reflects a change in budgeting procedures, not a loss in revenue.

The highway department overages were due to snow removal costs from the unusually stormy winter.
“These are routine, year-end cleanup items,” town administrator Robert Whritenour said in an email to The Times. “We’re very pleased that the amounts are far smaller than in previous years, although budgets remain very tight. This shows good stewardship of funds by department heads.”

In other business, the selectmen voted unanimously to hire West Tisbury building inspector Ernest Mendenhall on a part-time basis until a new full-time inspector is hired to replace retiring Oak Bluffs inspector James Dunn. Mr. Whritenour said the search for a new inspector, which began in June, has yielded few qualified candidates and that he has asked state officials to assist with the search.

Mr. Whritenour said the move to the Island has deterred several qualified off-Island candidates. “If anyone out there is a certified building inspector or knows a certified inspector, we have full-time or part-time work available,” Mr. Whritenour said to the MVTV camera. To the agreement of the board, selectman Michael Santoro suggested that the town consider increasing the building inspector’s salary, currently around $68,000, to attract highly qualified candidates.

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Matthew Tucci was arrested Tuesday after after a drug task force investigation.

For the second time this year, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force have arrested Matthew P. Tucci on charges that include dealing heroin. The latest arrest of Mr. Tucci, a convicted sex offender and drug dealer, was Tuesday on Seaview Avenue Extension in Oak Bluffs.

Matthew Tucci.
Matthew Tucci.

Drug task force officers that included Edgartown Detective Sgt. Chris Dolby were watching as Mr. Tucci walked toward the Island Queen ferry. “I started jogging towards Tucci and observed Det. Sgt. Dolby call Tucci’s name and take control of this right wrist,” wrote Oak Bluffs police Det. Jeff LaBell, lead investigator, in his police report. “I observed Tucci was attempting to swallow something and was gagging as he was doing so. Tucci continued to gag and attempted to swallow an object in his mouth, which officers believed to be drugs. I continuously told Tucci he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. He refused and was attempting to pull his left arm under his body. After a brief struggle, I was able to get his left wrist into a handcuff, followed by his right wrist.”

Mr. Tucci did eventually swallow the object in his mouth according to the police report. Police later recovered a backpack they believed belongs to Mr. Tucci. Inside police found 11 individually wrapped bags of a tan powder they believe was heroin. Police arrested Mr. Tucci on a subsequent offense of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, failure to register as a sex offender, and resisting arrest. In 2002, Mr. Tucci was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl on Martha’s Vineyard, and ordered to register as a level 3 sex offender. He served a five-year prison term for that crime. He lists his address as Boylston, but police said he lives on the Island for extended periods of time, which would require him to notify police of his whereabouts, under the sex offender law. On March 19, police arrested Mr. Tucci in Oak Bluffs, and charged him with dealing heroin. On March 6, Mr. Tucci walked out of the Dukes County House of Correction. A little more than one year earlier, on January 23, 2013, Edgartown District Court Presiding Justice H. Gregory Williamsrevoked bail for Mr. Tucci following his arraignment on charges of dealing heroin and failing to register as a level 3 sex offender. At the time, Mr. Tucci was also free on bail from Worcester District Court, where he also faced heroin dealing charges. Mr. Tucci was sentenced to 2.5 years in the house of correction, 18 months committed. The Worcester charge netted him a one year sentence.

An earlier online version of this story incorrectly reported Mr. Tucci was arrested as he stepped off the Island Queen. He was arrested as he walked toward the ferry landing. Also, the rank of Mr. LaBell was incorrectly reported as officer. He is a detective on the Oak Bluffs police department.

Sengekontacket pond. — Photo by Steve Myrick

A brief rainstorm in the early hours of Thursday morning, July 10, was just enough for shellfish wardens to extend the temporary ban on shellfishing in Sengekontacket Pond, until at least Tuesday, July 15.

Rainfall measured 0.28 percent overnight, according to Edgartown shellfish warden Paul Bagnall.

Sengekontacket Pond was closed on July 5, when Hurricane Arthur delivered heavy rainfall across the Island.

Under an agreement with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), shellfish wardens are required to close the pond to shellfishing in July when rainfall exceeds 0.2 inches. In August, the standard is more lenient: the pond must be closed when rainfall exceeds one inch. In each case, the pond must remain closed to shellfishing for a minimum of five days.

Information about Sengekontacket closings and reopenings is available on the Oak Bluffs web site, by calling the Oak Bluffs Shellfish Department (508) 693-0072, or the Edgartown Shellfish Department (508-627-7570).

Shellfish wardens post red flags and signs at both big bridge and little bridge when the pond is closed.

The Oak Bluffs Downtown Streetscape Master Plan Committee (DSMPC) will hold the first in a series of outreach events designed to give the public a voice in the ongoing efforts to revitalize the Oak Bluffs business district on Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24. On Wednesday, from 7 to 9 pm, there will be a public visioning meeting at the Oak Bluffs Library. Consultants and DSMPC members will again be on hand to give an overview of the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan and to hear ideas from the public. Topics of discussion will include, but not be limited to, ways to improve streets, sidewalks, lighting, parking, vehicle /pedestrian/bicycle circulation, landscaping, and wayfinding, according to a press release.

On Thursday, the DSMPC will hold an informal open house at Union Chapel from 9 am to 12 noon to gain more input from the public and to discuss the suggestions presented at the public visioning meeting. Attendees can drop in at any time.

In addition to physical improvements, the DSMC will conduct market analysis to determine ways to increase business, enhance commercial development and to embrace the distinctive natural character of the town. Public opinion on these topics is also invited.

Meeting updates will be posted on the DSMPC website, www.OBdowntown.com.  People can also weigh in by taking a five-minute survey, also available on the website. For more information, contact Brian Packish at OBDowntown@gmail.com.

NSTAR renewed its warning this week about scammers who call residents and businesses owners to say the utility company will shut off their power unless payment is made immediately after two Martha’s Vineyard residents reported attempts by a man named Donald to cheat NSTAR customers.

“While the scammers keep changing the scenario they use to pressure customers into making hasty, often large payments to keep the power on, the scheme to get the money remains basically the same,” NSTAR spokesman Michael Durand said in a press release. “A caller tells the targeted customer the only way to keep the power on is to pay quickly using a card or, in the case of some customers, a money transfer.”

Penni Conner, senior vice president and chief customer officer at Northeast Utilities, NSTAR’s parent company, advised customers not to divulge any personal information or make payments by phone. “If any of our customers suspect someone is making a false claim about being a representative of NSTAR, they should end the call immediately and notify us at 1-800-592-2000,” she said.

NSTAR representatives do not demand instant payment over the phone. Customers can verify they are speaking with an NSTAR representative, who will always be able to confirm the name of the account, the address, and the exact past balance due, by asking for some basic information about their account. “This is a nationwide scam that has been going on for years now,” said Mr. Durand.

CONNECT to End Violence stages an annual event at the sea wall on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. — MVTimes File photo

Updated 10 pm, Wednesday

CONNECT to End Violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, invites men to stand on the seawall between Vineyard Haven and the Lagoon Pond drawbridge Sunday to demonstrate against domestic violence.

“Any men who care about a woman and oppose violence against women are invited to stand on the seawall from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 19, in honor of that woman and as a demonstration against domestic violence,” CONNECT to End Violence program director Jennifer Neary said in a press release to The Times. “Domestic violence is commonly thought of as a women’s issue when in fact it is a human issue that impacts both men and women. The majority of batterers are men, however, the majority of men do not batter. The Seawall Event serves as a powerful visual display of good, like-minded men taking a stand against violence towards women.”

There is no registration. “Men can show up at any time and stand for 15 minutes or the full three hours,” Ms. Neary said in a telephone conversation with The Times. CONNECT will sell Seawall Event tee-shirts at the event for $10 each to raise money for counseling and advocacy services. This is the third year in a row Connect has sponsored the seawall event.

Connect to End Violence served 202 clients and provided court advocacy for 99 at the Edgartown district court in fiscal year 2014, according to CONNECT counselor and court advocate Heather Arpin. “Many of these clients were provided court advocacy services on various occasions,” she wrote in an email to The Times. “Every person’s needs look a little different depending on their circumstances.”

In a telephone conversation with The Times, Ms. Arpin said that one in four women living in Massachusetts will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. “From what I’ve seen working on Martha’s Vineyard, that is definitely true here,” she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the demonstration would take place on Sunday. The demonstration is Saturday.

Edgartown police said a Falmouth man arrested on two separate charges of operating under the influence of alcohol in the past two months struck a utility pole Monday evening, then fled the scene.

Police Tuesday issued a summons to Daniel Moraga, 32, of East Falmouth for leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

At about 7 pm, Monday, police responded to a report of an accident on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, where they found a heavily damaged late model Dodge Challenger off the roadway at the corner of 9th Street. Witnesses told police the driver entered Edgartown-Vineyard Haven road from a side street, accelerated quickly and lost control of the vehicle.

“The vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage, the front airbags had been deployed and the windshield had a spider fracture on the passenger side,” Officer Jeff Trudell wrote in his report. “The force of the impact had caused the telephone pole to fracture in half.”

Witnesses said the driver fled into the nearby woods.

Officer Trudel checked a home on 18th Street where he knew Mr. Moraga was staying with his girlfriend, but could not locate him. He then began a search of the wooded areas with Buster, his K-9 partner, but still could not find Mr. Moraga.

At 2:30 am, Tuesday morning, Mr. Moraga phoned Edgartown police and admitted he crashed the vehicle after he had a fight with his girlfriend, and fled because he was nervous about the two open cases in Edgartown District Court. According to police, Mr. Moraga was arrested in May and again in June for driving under the influence of alcohol.