Martha’s Vineyard community notes


Oak Bluffs candidate night

There will be a candidate forum sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters, at 7 pm, Thursday, March 27, at the Oak Bluffs Library.  There are contested races for the board of selectmen, school committee, finance committee, and planning board. Candidates for other offices, even if not contested, are also invited to make a presentation to the public, according to a press release.

Oak Bluffs resident begins Peace Corps service

James Todd, 23, of Oak Bluffs was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Indonesia March 15, to begin training as an English education and teacher trainer volunteer. James will live and work at the community level to make a difference by increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills, according to a press release. Ultimately, James will help to create sustainable improvements in teaching that will impact generations of future students, the Peace Corps said.

James Todd is the son of Christine Todd and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education.

During the first three months of his service, James will live with a host family in Indonesia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help him make a lasting difference, Todd will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Indonesia where he will serve for two years.

For more information on the Peace Corps go to

Vineyard Montessori summer program sign-up.

Vineyard Montessori is now accepting enrollment for the Vineyard Montessori Summer Program, for ages 2.9 to 9. A weekly theme based program full of creativity and fun, the first session begins on June 30. Activities include movement and music, visual and theatre arts, scientific exploration, water play, cooking, field trips, exploring, and walks to the beach, according to a press release. For more information contact Debbie Jernegan at 508-693-4090, or