Martha’s Vineyard community notes


A masterly achievement

Meredith Curtis of Edgartown has been accepted into the Mass General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions direct-entry Master’s of Science in Adult/Gerontological Nursing Program.

She is the daughter of Celeste and Norman Stickney of Edgartown. The program begins September 2012.

Elaine Cawley Weintraub appointed

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education appointed Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School history teacher Elaine Cawley Weintraub co-chairman of the High Expertise Teaching Project History subcommittee. The role of the committee is to establish guidelines on how to evaluate history teachers using 21st century skills and emphasis on community and culture guidelines accepted by the state for teacher evaluation throughout Massachusetts. Ms. Weintraub is the chairman of the Social Studies Department at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Venue change

The Women’s Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous on Wednesday nights has moved its meeting place from the Howes House in West Tisbury back to its usual meeting place in the parish hall of the West Tisbury Congregational Church. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm.

Teens and AIDS

Island teenagers ages 13 to 18 are invited to the YMCA of MV Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center in Oak Bluffs to attend a two and a half hour interactive learning session on HIV/AIDS to be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, April 6.

The presentation is sponsored by the Minority AIDS Initiative of the New England AIDS Education & Training Center through Durrell Fox, the MAI-NEHEC Project Director, according to a press release. Presenters will include Tony Lombardi, teen center director, Joyce Rickson, NAACP AIDS outreach worker and former director of AIDS Alliance of MV, and Catherine Coogan, MV Family Planning.

A youth living with HIV will talk about her experiences growing up with HIV in Massachusetts and some of her current work supporting others living with HIV. Refreshments will be served.

Bunch of Grapes school book fair

The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven will kick off an In-store School Book Fair with a party for students, their families and faculty from 6 to 8 pm tonight, Thursday, April 5. The fair will run until April 15 and include several author events.

The fair is intended to help Island schools build their permanent library collections, according to a press release. For the duration of the book fair, a customer who purchases a title in the children’s section of the store may designate a school to receive ‘credit’ for that book. At the end of the fair, the credits will enable schools to purchase books at a discounted price.

Each school has provided a wish-list of books they would like to add to their collection. These lists are available at the bookstore website.

For more information call 508-693-2291 or go to

Sail MV offers navigation class

Sail MV will offer a coastal navigation course on Monday and Wednesday evenings, April 9, 11, 16, 18 from 7 to 9 pm. The course will focus on introducing students to basic chart work, including determining a vessel’s position, course plotting, coastal piloting, familiarization with aids to navigation and allowing for tides and currents.

The cost is $150. Sail MV members receive a 20-percent discount. The course is limited to 12 students and pre-registration required. Call 508-696-7644 for more information.

Chilmarkers will discuss estuary projects

The Squibnocket Pond District Advisory committee will hold a public meeting at 5 pm, Tuesday, April 10, in Chilmark Town Hall to discuss Massachusetts Estuary Project (MEP) Squibnocket/Menemsha/Nashaquitsa and Stonewall Ponds study and the Chilmark Pond study in anticipation of funding votes at the Chilmark annual town meeting on April 23 and town election on April 25.

Brian L. Howes and Roland Samimy from the Massachusetts Estuaries Project will be available to answer questions and provide details about both pond studies. For more information go to

Daybreak Clubhouse honors Brickman’s

On Tuesday, April 10, state legislators and new Department of Mental Health Commissioner Marcia Fowler will honor more than 40 of the companies that employed over 1,900 people last year during a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Statehouse in Boston. One of these companies is Brickman’s.

The awards are to recognize companies for being outstanding corporate citizens and to acknowledge the success of those who are working their way to recovery from the effects of mental illness, according to a press release.

For 18 years, Brickman’s on Main Street in Vineyard Haven has employed Rebecca Perkalis, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Daybreak Clubhouse program, part of the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, a non-profit organization that brings together the members and staff of 32 Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, in an effort to improve the lives of the more than 8,300 citizens who utilize these support services each year.

For more information on the Daybreak Clubhouse, call director Carolyn Eddy at 508-696-1992.

Course offers help for families of mentally ill

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will sponsor a free 12-week educational course for families of people diagnosed with a serious mental illness that begins Wednesday, April 11. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, affective disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Coping skills, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care around worry and stress are also covered.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenaged and adult children, and significant others of persons with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities, according to a press release. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call or email or call 508-778-4277, or Daryl at 508-627-5249.