Help for eating disorders

A local chapter of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous offers help and support for people suffering from various eating disorders. Weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 6:45 pm at the Baptist Church parish house at 66 William Street in Vineyard Haven. “There are no dues or fees, no weigh-ins or products to buy. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating addictively,” according to a press release. “Anyone, from any walk of life, who seeks recovery from food addiction, is welcome.”

For more information, visit Questions may be addressed to, or call 781-932-6300.

The best big brother

Ted Collins of Vineyard Haven was named Big Brother of the Year at the annual meeting of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands held last month. Since August 2005, Mr. Collins has been Big Brother to Arthur. They have fished and taken care of pets together. They have performed community service together. Accompanying Ted to the meeting in Hyannis were Connie Alexander, Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, and case director Betsy Hauck.

Slow down, eat up

Tonight, May 20, from 6 to 9 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury, Slow Food M.V.’s potluck dinner will focus on the M.V. Permaculture Guild, which was formed last year.

“Permaculture is the harmonious integration of humans, plants, and animals into agriculturally productive ecosystems and socially just environments,” according to a press release.

Bring a potluck dish to share, your own place setting and drinks. Free for Slow Food members; a $5 donation is suggested for others. For more information, contact

Duplicate Bridge results

On Thursday last week in West Tisbury there were seven tables in play at the Howes House. North-South, Duncan and Jocelyn Walton, led the field with Bob Iadiciccio and Richard Williams second; and Bill Blakesley and Diana Dozier third. East-West, it was Baraba Besse and Hugh Knipmeyer first; Ency Fokos and Dottie Arnold, second; and Carol Whitmarsh and Sari Lipkin, third.

On Tuesday this week in Vineyard Haven at the Stone Church there were also seven tables in play. First North-South were David Donald and Michele Riel. Anita Persson and Patsy McCornack were second; and Duncan and Jocelyn Walton, third. East-West: Dan and Nancy Cabot first; Bill Blakesley and Hugh Knipmeyer second; and Bob Iadiciccio and Richard Williams third.

Tower Foundation grants available

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting inquiries for its 2010 developmental disabilities grant cycle. Organizations on Martha’s Vineyard serving children, adolescents, and young adults to age 26 with developmental disabilities may be eligible for funds, according to a press release. The due date for the letter of inquiry is July 21. For more information visit