Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes

Havenside hosts annual summer soirée

Havenside, a nonprofit rental apartment complex for elderly Islanders located off Main Street in Vineyard Haven, will host its annual summer soirée for residents from 3 to 5 pm on Thursday, August 9.

The event will feature dedication ceremonies for two of the four buildings in the complex. “A” building will be named in honor and memory of Havenside’s founder, Margaret Love, “whose bequest and vision made the four building complex a reality,” according to a press release.

“B” building will be named in honor of past president Reverend Robert Hammett of Oak Bluffs, “whose unselfish and untiring labor brought the complex through several crises in its early years and established the solid foundation upon which it now stands.”

For more information, call property manager Erin Kokoszka at 508-693-2280.

Sunrise service marks Hiroshima bombing

The Vineyard Peace Council will hold a sunrise service at 6 am, Monday, August 6, at the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah to mark the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.

“The purpose is not to assign blame for this terrible event but rather with words, readings, songs, prayers and silence to remember the horror of nuclear war, of all war and violence, and to be moved toward peace based on justice and sustained by good will,” Alden Besse of the Peace Council said in a press release.

transportation will be provided from Cronig’s Vineyard Haven (5:15 am) and Alley’s, West Tisbury (5:30 am). For more information, call Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.

Habitat for Humanity announces new leadership

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard (Habitat) announced the appointment of Jessica Burgoyne as the organization’s new executive director, effective September 1.

Ms. Burgoyne has previously served as the on-site property manager of Morgan Woods, an affordable housing project in Edgartown. The former director, Neal Sullivan, has taken another position on the Island, but is expected to continue to serve on Habitat’s board.

Established in 1996, Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is supported by private donations, grant funding, and volunteer labor.