Martha’s Vineyard community notes

File photo by Ralph Stewart

Oak Bluffs, Edgartown police will host police academy

The Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Police Departments will sponsor a Citizens Police Academy. “The objective of this program is to allow citizens to learn about and observe firsthand the workings of their police departments,” according to a press release. “Participants will be instructed by members of the departments in a variety of subjects and will include hands-on experience.”

The Citizen Police Academy will be held at the Edgartown or Oak Bluffs Police Departments once a week for 12 weeks from 6:30 to 10 pm each Wednesday starting March 19. Each student will participate in a ride-along with an officer during their patrol.

In order for students to graduate, they must not miss more than two classes. Application packets are available at the Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Police stations or at the departments’ websites. For additional information, contact Ofc. Ryan Ruley, Edgartown Police Department (508-627-4343) or Ofc. James Morse (508-693-0750).

ACE MV spring program registration begins

Registration is open for all ACE MV spring classes. Students may register from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School lobby on Tuesday, March 4, online at or by mail two weeks prior to the start of class. Class sizes are limited.

Spring classes include enrichment classes, for example Auto Maintenance for Women, iPad Basics, Writing and Publishing Your Book), and  ServSafe Food Sanitation Training.

New classes and cosponsors for the spring include Italian Cooking, sponsored by the Beach Plum Inn and Sculpture, co-sponsored by Featherstone.

Also this spring, ACE MV continues to offer public events. These include author readings April 5 and April 12 with readers from John Hough’s and Cynthia Riggs’s writing groups.

Check the website for more details or call ACE MV at 774-310-1131 or e-mail or see the widely distributed catalogs in all libraries and schools.

AARP offers tax help for the elderly

Volunteers with the AARP Tax Aide  Program will again offer free tax assistance for the elderly. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the local Councils for Aging.

The schedule is: Wednesday, March 5, West Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Bowker, 508-693-2896); Tuesday, March 11, Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext. 3); Thursday, March 13, Whaling Church basement, Edgartown, (Edgartown Senior Center, 508-627-4368); Tuesday, March 18, Daniel Fisher House, Main Street, (Edgartown Senior Center, 508-627-4368); Thursday, March 20, Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Stiles-Tucker, 508-696-4205); Monday, March 24, Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Stiles-Tucker, 508-696-4205); Wednesday, March 26, West Tisbury Senior Center (Joyce Bowker, 508-693-2896); Tuesday, April 1,  Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext: 3) Wednesday, April 9, Oak Bluffs Library (Rose Cogliano, 508-693-4509, ext:3).