Animal shelter needs volunteers
Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard, the new group formed to take over the former MSPCA shelter building in Edgartown, needs volunteers to help paint and repair the building. Shelter manager Lynn Hayes said she needs painters, carpenters, and anyone with a strong back who is willing to help.
Organizers hope to have the shelter ready to offer services by May 15.
The shelter has offered no services since taking over the facility on May 1. A closed sign is posted on the door, along with a number for animal emergencies.
"Animal control officers in the towns have offered to keep any animals that need homes until we open," said Ms. Hayes. "All the towns have their own facilities for animals."
Ms. Hayes also said the remains of several pets, brought in for cremation before May 1, are still being held at the shelter. She said pet owners are welcome to pick up the remains during business hours.
Edgartown junk complaint dismissed
A civil complaint against Robert Sequeira of Edgartown was dismissed in Dukes County Superior Court March 30.
In January, Edgartown building inspector Leonard Jason Jr. took action against Mr. Sequeira, of 9 Slough Cove Road. The complaint cited numerous violations involving trash, unregistered vehicles, and building materials surrounding his home and garage. The court ordered him to clean up the property.
Last month, the town attorney asked the judge to dismiss the complaint. In the motion, building inspector Leonard Jason Jr. said Mr. Sequeira is now in compliance with all zoning bylaws.
"The place has been all cleaned up," said Mr. Sequeira in a phone conversation with The Martha's Vineyard Times Tuesday. "I'm back to running my plumbing and well drilling business."
Student newspaper earns major awards
For the first time in Martha's Vineyard Regional High School history, the student newspaper, The High School View, took top honors with in the All-New England category in Division II, from the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA). The High School View tied for first place in 2007. Helen F. Smith, NESPA executive director, announced the first place award, on May 1, during the organization's annual conference at Boston University.