Community Notes


Arboretum welcomes new staff

The Polly Hill Arboretum has announced the addition of two new staff members, Ian Jochems, a new full-time horticulturist, and Jaime Morin, who begins a nine month collections management internship.

Mr. Jochems arrived from Ft. Collins, Colo., where he has had extensive experience in various residential and commercial horticultural endeavors, including his recent work at The Gardens on Spring Creek, which is in the process of becoming the Northern Colorado Botanical Garden, according to a press release.

Ms. Morin recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from Clemson University. She has worked extensively in the horticulture field, most recently as a 2011 summer intern at the Arnold Arboretum.

Women’s Network offers business grant

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network (MVWN) will award a $2,500 grant to a Vineyard-based small business person who plans to improve, grow, or start a new business.

“The project or program should be consistent with MVWN’s mission to promote economic development on Martha’s Vineyard,” according to a press release.

The grant is open to men and women and MVWN members and non-members, however non-members must pay a $110 application fee, which includes a one- year membership. The application and instructions can be found at

Impromptu fundraiser nets over $1,000

The Island premiere of “Act of Valor,” a newly released movie that portrays the real life challenges of Navy SEALs prompted an idea that will benefit the Navy Seal Foundation (NSF), which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.

Island resident Tom Rancich, a former Navy SEAL and Elliott Adler, a former Navy bomb technician, co-owners of VRHabilis, a company that specializes in cleaning former munitions sites, collected money at the movie opening for NSF. The men raised more than $1,000. They said their company will match that amount. For more information go to