Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Men against abuse

V-MAP (Vineyard Men for Abuse Prevention) will stand on the seawall adjacent to the Lagoon Pond drawbridge from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, July 28, to take a stand against abuse of women.

“Men will stand on the wall holding a sign saying which woman in their life they are standing up against abuse for,” said Christina M. Costello, program director for CONNECT to End Violence. “The goal is to show that abusers are the minority on this Island, not the majority.”

CONNECT is a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services that provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, short-term counseling, court advocacy, medical accompaniment, and referral services to victims/survivors and significant others of domestic and/or sexual violence.

For more information, call 508-684-8074, ext. 103.

Pancakes for a good cause

The Federated Church of Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group will hold their 8th annual blueberry pancake breakfast on August 12 at the Federated Church Parish House on 45 South Summer Street, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Support Group of Martha’s Vineyard, according to a press release. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children and there is a $25 cap for parents with children.

For more information about the Cancer Support Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Islanders shoulder the burdens of cancer, contact Myra or Leslie Stark at 508-693-8296.

Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society names laureate

The Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society last week named Lee H. McCormack the group’s first Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate.

The ten judges selected from a pool of 17 poets that submitted five works. The MV Poet Laureate is responsible for promoting poetry and educating the public about the merits of this high-art form through the Island’s schools, libraries, social institutions, churches and media, according to a press release, and address appropriate public functions.

The judges named Rachel Baird “seasonal poet laureate.” For more information, email

Mytoi Garden volunteers needed

The Trustees of Reservations invite volunteers to help out at Mytoi Garden on Chappaquiddick every Wednesday morning from 9 am to noon. “No skills needed,” said Bob Mill, Trustees administrative assistant. For more information, call 508-693-7662.