Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Broadway in Tisbury

The Tisbury Senior Center will sponsor a music appreciation hour Monday with Charles Blank, musicologist, who will describe how 20th-century social and cultural changes influenced the music of the Broadway musical.

The program begins at 1:30 pm and will feature favorite Broadway tunes and refreshments afterward. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Call 508-696-4205 for more information.

West Tisbury Library’s “Dollar Tree” reaches goal

The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. announced last week that their “Dollar Tree” campaign had reached its thousand-dollar goal in less than a year.

In November of 2011, an anonymous donor offered to match every $1 donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., up to the amount of $1,000. Each donation added a leaf, inscribed with the donor’s name, to a tree on the library wall. The challenge was inspired by the campaign to renovate and expand the West Tisbury Free Public Library, and the “dollar tree” was to benefit the new Children’s Room.

“The Dollar Tree has flourished and borne fruit,” said Foundation chair Hunter Moorman. “Dollar by dollar, we’ve more than reached our target. It’s living proof that even the smallest donations count.”

“The original donor’s intention was to encourage the participation of families with children,” said library director Beth Kramer. “The hope was that they could feel excited about the library, and about giving to the library. But even families with grown children were encouraged to participate. There are whole generations of people on the Island who have fond memories of the West Tisbury Library as children.”

The West Tisbury Library is on schedule to break ground in November, according to a press release. The start of the project will be celebrated at a party at the Grange on November 17, to thank the community for its support. Construction should last about a year, during which the library will be open in temporary quarters across from Conroy Apothecary.

Amy Tierney gets certified

Amy Tierney, business administrator for Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools (MVPS), recently achieved accreditation as a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) from the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO).

Superintendent of Schools James Weiss announced the news at the All-Island School Committee’s September 18 meeting. “SFO certification demonstrates a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management,” ABSO certification chairman John Crafton said in a letter read at the meeting.

School business officials certified as SFOs commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification every year, and undergo re-certification every three years, according to Mr. Crafton’s letter.

Ms. Tierney was hired as the MVPS assistant to the superintendent for business affairs in 2002. Mr. Weiss changed her title to school business administrator when she received her professional license from the state’s Department of Education in 2006.

Ms. Tierney formerly served as Chilmark’s town accountant from 1995-2002, after she worked as the assistant to the Tisbury town accountant for two years. She also was elected to the Tisbury School Committee and served from 1999 to 2002.