Electronics Disposal Day
Following the successful event this past winter, there will be another Electronics Disposal Day at M.V. Community Services on Saturday, Oct. 13. Between 9 am and 2 pm, dispose of your unwanted computers, cell phones, televisions, and other electronic waste, for a small, tax-deductible fee. Island charities, such as Community Services, will receive a portion of the fees collected. According to event developer Steven Beck, approximately $270,000 has been raised in 2007 for charities across the state. Community Services is located at 111 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs, across from the high school. Home pick-ups are available but limited. To schedule, call Mary Jean Connelly at 508-693-7900 ext. 267.
ServSafe class offered
The Public Health Network Services is hosting ServSafe food service classes this month. Cynthia Barletta and Alice Robinson of the host service will teach the classes, sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Association (OBA). Classes begin Oct. 9 and will run on three consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5 to 9 pm at M.V. Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. You must pre-register for materials, which cost $250. Discounts are available for additional employees of the same establishment and OBA members. To register, contact Ms. Barletta at 508-624-4808 or Ms. Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Searle awarded Bryant scholarship
Ryan Searle has received the Betty Ann Lima Bryant Scholarship for 2007. Established by friends and family of Ms. Bryant shortly after her death in 1994, the scholarship is awarded annually "To further the education of a Vineyard resident who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and human rights."
Hone your computer skills
Want to learn about a specific computer topic? Make an appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian at the Oak Bluffs Pubic Library and learn how to use e-mail, the Internet, and the Library's online catalog to find books, DVDs, CDs and more. Call the library to make an appointment today at 508-693-9433.
Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the Farm Neck Foundation grants available for next year. The Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1989 that is funded by members and supporters of Farm Neck Golf Club. The Board of Directors looks to award grants to Island organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of life on the Vineyard. The Foundation also gives special consideration to organizations that cannot get funding through other, traditional sources. To apply, organizations must submit a proposal detailing their specific project, the benefits, budgetary requirements, and grant amount requested. Proposals must be received by Nov. 1. Send proposals to Farm Neck Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Knowledge going digital
Come to the next installation of the Vineyard Haven Evening Lecture Series on Oct. 11 at 7 pm. Kenneth Peterson, of the Boston Public Library, will introduce "SchoolRooms," a new online tool that will make high quality content designed by teachers and librarians available to all residents of Massachusetts at no cost. This information-packed discussion will offer a glimpse of where libraries are headed in the age of the Web. You can investigate SchoolRooms for yourself online at www.bpl.schoolrooms.net
This Saturday, Oct. 6, all are invited to the fourth annual Justin Lord Coleman Memorial Hike-a-thon in Chilmark. Justin died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Australia in October 2003. The ten-mile hike will start at the Coleman's house at 150 South Road in Chilmark and head down to Hancock Beach, then along the shore to Lucy Vincent Beach and back again. This year the hike will also be in memory of Alex Cohen, a friend of Justin's who died in 1991 in an automobile accident at the age of 19. Barbara and Tom Furino, whose son, David, died in a car accident in 2004, will speak to the walkers at 12 pm, before the hike commences at 12:30 pm. The event, which in the past years has raised $26,000 for charity, is free for all hikers. For more information, visit justincoleman.org or call Evie Coleman at 508-645-2261.