Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Seasonal resident honored

The American Nurses Association Board of Directors awarded Mary Jane Mongillo-Williams the 2012 Barbara Thoman Curtis Award on June 16. This award was established in 1991 to honor a nurse who has made significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity, according to a press release.

Mr. Leo A. Le Bel, president of the Connecticut Nurses Association, said, “I’ve expressed on many occasions, Mary Jane Williams is the ‘face’ of professional nursing in Connecticut and has been for decades.”

Dr. Mary Jane Mongillo-Williams is the daughter of Lincoln and Alexandrina (Coutinho) Mongillo of the Vineyard. She and her husband Dr. Michael J. Williams have a seasonal home in Oak Bluffs.

Ring in the Fourth

A proclamation by President Kennedy in 1963 urged that Americans mark Independence Day “this year and every year following by the ringing of bells.”

Tisbury shop keepers will do just that. They will step out at 2 pm on the Fourth and ring bells for 2 minutes.

More flounders

Marine biologists have 15,000 little baby flounders growing in tanks in at the Aquinnah Wampanoag Fish Hatchery in Aquinnah. What is it all about? Where are these little fish going? Who is going to tag all 15,000 of these little critters? Does this kind of stock enhancement make sense? Who is paying for it? Is it worth the money?

Marine biologist Elizabeth Fairchild, a research professor from the University of New Hampshire, will speak to these questions on Thursday, June 28, at 5 pm in the Chilmark Library in a talk sponsored by the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund.