Noteworthy April 15


MVCS names new Director of Development w/photo

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has named Angela Wheeler as its new Director of Development. Ms. Wheeler will provide strategic direction and management for the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts.

“After a long period without a director, we are very excited that Angela has joined our management team,” MVCS executive director Julia Burgess said. “She brings high energy, organizing skills, a wealth of new ideas, and a history of and commitment to working with the community.”

Ms. Wheeler is from from Baltimore, MD where she was the Director of Development at AIDS Interfaith Residential Services. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is currently working on a Masters of Business Administration in Project Management from Aspen University.

Health care: critical choices

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Island Hospice, Vineyard Nursing Association, and Grace Episcopal Church, along with other national, state, and community organizations, lead a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making. This effort has culminated into the formal designation of Friday, April 16, 2010, as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

This Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital welcomes the public throughout the day in the doctor’s wing with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. A workshop, introduced by Nell Coogan from Edmund Coogan Law Office, will also be held in the Windemere dining room at 1 pm.

And the winning poets are…

Island Voices, together with the West Tisbury poet laureate, the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council and Pathways Projects Institute announce the 2010 award winners and honorable mentions of Promising Young Poets, a project to recognize young poets of high school age on the Vineyard. The Promising Young Poets 2010 award winners are: Domonique Aaron, Lily Bick, Jess Dupon, Zen Hughes, and Jordan Wallace. Honorable mention goes to Joe Aguilar, Annabelle Hackney, Chelsea Phaneuf, Tonya Sequeira, and Oscar Thompson. Manuscripts were read by judges Linda Black and Michael West of Island Voices, West Tisbury poet laureate Fan Ogilvie, Justen Ahren of Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency, and Fanny Howe, winner of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

WHOI exhibits open next week

Discover the world of ocean science at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Exhibit Center, which will be open during the upcoming school vacation week. Featured exhibits include the submersible Alvin, discovery and exploration of the Titanic, whale and dolphin research, and many videos and interactive exhibits. For more information, visit