Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Edgartown police, school team up

The Edgartown Police and Edgartown School have teamed up for a presentation on the role of the school resource officer that will be followed by a question and answer session with school and police officials.

The program begins at 7 pm, Tuesday, February 12, in the Edgartown School cafeteria. Everyone is welcome.

Two win Falmouth Academy merit scholarship

Sam Cranston of Vineyard Haven, a student at Tisbury School, and Devin Waite of Edgartown, a student at the Oak Bluffs School, have been offered $3,000 merit scholarships/grants to Falmouth Academy after scoring highly on the school’s annual scholarship exam, according to a press release.

Rotary Club creates scholarship

The Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club in conjunction with the Douglas Bardwell family announced the creation of a $2,000 Rotary Grant/DianaBardwell Memorial Scholarship.

The award is open to any Island resident whois a junior or senior at any accredited secondary program, for example Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School and Falmouth Academy. The student must be in good academic standing, have demonstrated experience in service to the community and or have an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in history, political science, or law, according to a press release.

For more information and an application contact the MVRHS guidance office or Dr. Rolfe Wenner at

Credit course offered

Fitchburg State University (FSU) will offer a course for graduate and undergraduate credit through ACE MV titled Arts, Inquiry, Media and Culture in Education. The class begins at 9 am, February 9, at Martha’s Vineyard regional High School. Candidates must preregister through ACE MV (email: or call 774-310-1131).

FSU courses are transferable to other college programs, and open to gifted juniors and seniors in high school as Dual Enrollment with a recommendation from a guidance counselor. For more information, go to

Library displays highlight environment

Beginning this month and continuing through the year, ten or more poster exhibits that describe current wildlife research, monitoring, and restoration projects will rotate among the libraries of Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven.

The first display to be featured at the Vineyard Haven Public Library will provide information on otter mapping and monitoring activities by BiodiversityWorks. The Oak Bluffs Library will display information on Quahog Culture from the MV Shellfish Group. Edgartown Library willfeature information on prescribed fires from the TNC Fire Program, and the Chilmark Library will feature a display on osprey migration by Rob Bierregard, according to a press release.

Future displays will be produced by The NatureConservancy, Vineyard Conservation Society, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, and others.

Wildlife biologist Luanne Johnson, director of the nonprofit BiodiversityWorks conceived of the project and presented it to the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association. The ongoing displays will be an opportunity for library visitors to keep up with these projects, and will introduce new projects and conservation issues to the public. For more information, contact your local library, or visit BiodiversityWorks at