Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Lagoon Pond Association will meet Saturday

The Lagoon Pond Association (LPA) will hold its annual membership meeting at 10 am, Saturday, July 13, at the Sailing Camp Park off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs.

Guest speaker Cormac Collier, director of the Nantucket Land Council, will speak about fertilizer use regulations which Nantucket adopted to reduce the amount of pollution from nitrogren-containing fertilizers in the island’s harbor and estuarial ponds.

The LPA’s current focus is on ways to reduce nitrogen pollution in Lagoon Pond. Mr. Collier’s presentation dovetails with the LPA’s efforts to inform residents who live near the pond, as well as the general public, about the nitrogen issues. One of the contributing factors, according to recent water quality studies, is run-off from lawns and grounds treated with nitrogen-containing fertilizers. For more information call 508-693-6871.

Edgartown Wastewater Department receives federal grant

The Edgartown Wastewater Department led by Facilities Manager David Thompson was the recent recipient of a $393,570 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant that will pay 75 percent of the cost associated with tropical storm Irene in September 2011.

Following the major disaster declaration, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) sought applications for preventative pre-disaster mitigation projects. The Wastewater Dept. compiled historical, documentary, and economic information to show that the Dock Street pumping station, an underground installation which serves the entire downtown area, was vulnerable to high sea levels, according to a press release.

On the merits of the application, MEMA forwarded the project to FEMA, which reviewed it and approved funding conditional on the town approving and funding its match of $131,190.

Alex’s Place announces music project workshop for teens

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, home to Alex’s Place, has organized a summer Adrenaline Music Project (AMP), a five-day intensive workshop from August 5 to 9 for teens 13 to18 years, focused on helping teens discover if a career in the music industry is for them.

“By working directly with industry professionals to fine tune performance and presentation skills, students will be given the tools to find their unique artistic rhythm while gaining an understanding of how to start and grow a successful career in the music industry,” according to a press release.

Tuition is $250. The program is limited to 20 students. Register online by visiting or by calling 508-696-7171, ext 0.