(From left) Steven W. Atwood, John R. Herbold, chairman of the Veterinary Medicine Academy, and Mary E. Costanza, President, National Academies of Practice.

MVCS early childhood program wins state recognition

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Early Childhood Program (ECP) was selected as one of the top 10 high-performing school readiness organizations in Massachusetts by Social Impact Research (SIR). SIR is the independent research department of Root Cause, a research and consulting firm dedicated to mobilizing the nonprofit, public, and business sectors to work together for social impact, according to a press release.

“We are extremely proud of Debbie Milne, program director, and Judy Thomas, child care program coordinator, and all of the teachers and staff in ECP,” Community Service executive director, Julia Burgess said. “They consistently go above and beyond to make sure our children have access to an excellent education and resources, as well as playing a leadership role in early education on the Island.”

Reports on 21 early childhood programs that are considered high-performing and more information is available at

Dr. Atwood honored

Dr. Steven Atwood of Animal Heath Care Associates in West Tisbury was installed as a distinguished practitioner-member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Arlington, Va., on March 20.

University of Colorado honors Bruce Doten

University of Colorado alumni have elected Bruce Ellis Doten of Vineyard Haven as Class of 1960 Golden Anniversary Reunion Chairman. Mr. Doten, who also served as 45th Class Reunion Chairman, will conduct two days of 50th Anniversary alumni activities on the Boulder campus, May 6 and 7, and will lead the university’s 120th commencement procession. He holds a lifetime membership in the Colorado University Alumni Association and has actively supported alumni affairs during the half-century since his graduation.

Mr. Doten, who retired to the Island in1993 from American Marketing Corporation, is an active volunteer and is currently development director of the conservationist group “Friends Of Tuckerman Ravine” in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire.

Rotarians present life saving gifts

The Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard presented two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services on April 14. The cost for each life-saving device that can be used by untrained people to revive a heart attack victim was $1,245.