Chamber of Commerce Island Books now available
The latest edition of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce Island Book, which features telephone listings and municipal information, is now available at a variety of outlets.
Nancy Gardella, Chamber executive director, said that the Island Book will not be delivered to Island residents through the post office, as it has been in the past. Instead, books will be available at 19 distribution centers that include local banks and businesses and at the chamber.
This year's cover features drawings of Martha's Vineyard lighthouses by students Erik Faber, Bella Maidoff, Franklin Pilcher, Derek Rogers, Jack Slayton, and Peter Tennant.
Women Empowered launches grant program
Women Empowered (WE), an Island nonprofit that provides life skills coaching services for women, men and families struggling with financial challenges, presented a $3,000 grant to Mass Audubon Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. It was the organization's first grant.
Felix Neck plans to use the award to provide on-the-job training in the skills needed to become a visitor service assistant at Felix Neck. There will be a small salary for the trainee, who will be selected from applicants supplied by Women Empowered, according to a press release.
The grant is made possible by a donation to WE from Malcolm Jones of West Tisbury.
"We clearly stated that we wanted to see our first grant going to an organization that, like Women Empowered, wanted to help women and families trying to improve their lives and trying to transition to stability. The Mass Audubon at Felix Neck grant request was a perfect match," WE executive director Sheila Bracy said.
Police, restaurateur warn of scams
State Police sergeant Neal Maciel told The Times that a telephone scam intended to trick Island residents into transmitting sensitive information about their bank accounts has reappeared.
He said the recorded call purports to be from the Bank of Martha's Vineyard alerting the customer that is a problem with a mortgage account and provides an 800 number that claims to connect the caller to Sovereign, the parent company. The person who answers the phone requests the account holder to key in personal account information.
Bank officials advise customers to never provide account information over the phone unless they initiate the call. To verify whether a call is legitimate, call your bank or visit its website, using phone numbers or Internet addresses from your bank statement or account documentation. Do not call back a number provided over the phone, or click on a link in email.
Another scam targets restaurants. J.B. Blau, owner of Sharky's Restaurant, the popular Mexican eatery located in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, said that a recent experience provides a warning to other Island business people.