LadyFest Rocks With the Beat of Solidarity
Vineyard Gazette | 10.22.2018
LadyFest had them dancing in the street. Or, more accurately, the avenue. Read more.
LadyFest was a night of female-fueled fun
MV Times | 10.21.18
On an unseasonably mild October Saturday night, Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs slowly came back to life as the second annual Ladyfest ramped up. Read more.
Women Take Center Stage at LadyFest Music Festival
Vineyard Gazette | 10.18.2018
LadyFest might be the only music festival born out of a redecorating project. Read more.
Get ready for Ladyfest
MV Times | 10.17.2018
We love our music here on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Ritz , a year-round bar and live music venue, celebrates that almost every night. This Saturday, Oct. 20, they’re taking that love to the next level. The second annual Ladyfest will hit the town hard. Read more.
Domestic Violence March Builds Awareness Step by Step
Vineyard Gazette | 10.14.2018
About 30 people gathered at the Edgartown Park and Ride on a rainy Saturday morning for the 11th annual Walk to End Domestic Violence. CONNECT to End Violence, the Island’s domestic violence and rape crisis center and a division of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, hosted the event. Read more.
Vineyarders Walk From Darkness Into Light for Suicide Awareness
Vineyard Gazette | 9.29.2018
In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning at Bend in the Road Beach, a beacon of LED candles carried by more than 200 people shined through the darkness. So did a small bonfire and a Banner of Hope displaying messages of support: “I am here for you,” “We miss you,” “Shine on, you are loved.” Read more.
Islanders emerge from the darkness
MV Times | 9.29.2018
Before the sun emerged above the horizon Saturday morning, more than 200 members of the Island community came together to walk along State Beach in a show of support and remembrance for victims of suicide. Read more.
Bringing suicide prevention into light
MV Times | 9.26.2018
Members of the community will gather at Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the Darkness Into Vineyard Light suicide prevention and awareness walk. Read more.
Walking Out of the Darkness for Suicide Prevention
Vineyard Gazette | 9.26.2018
During a visit to Ireland earlier this year, John Murray joined in a gathering of 200,000 people across the country for the Darkness Into Light Walk, an annual event to promote suicide prevention. He was so moved by the experience that when he returned to Martha’s Vineyard he set out to organize a similar event. Read more.
Max Lane on football and life
MV Times | 9.26.2018
Growing up 60 miles northeast of Kansas City in Norborne, Mo. (population 900), which self-styled itself as the Soybean Capital of the World, Max Lane could not have been farther away from a seagoing Island culture like ours. Read more.
Patriots Lineman Huddles Up With High School Team
Vineyard Gazette | 9.25.2018
Former New England Patriots lineman Max Lane brought an inspirational message to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team Monday. Read more.
About 60 people gathered Friday evening at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Islanders lost to heroin and opioid overdoses. Read more.
Raising awareness, remembering loved ones
MV Times | 8.29.2018
On Friday from 6 to 8:30 pm, members of the community who have been afflicted with drug addiction, whether directly or indirectly, will gather at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness for those still struggling, and to remember lost loved ones. Read more.
Thrift Shop Heaven at Chicken Alley Sale
Vineyard Gazette | 8.9.2018
All year long the staff at the Chicken Alley thrift shop sorts through donations, putting most out on the floor for sale, but keeping a few back, here and there, that exhibit a special value. These items are tagged, stored and saved for a one-day only sale in the height of summer. Read more.
Staying Vigilant for Suicide Prevention, All Day Every day
Vineyard Gazette | 8.9.2018
Late last month at the Possible Dreams auction for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, David Araujo, head of the Island Intervention Center, spoke passionately about efforts to combat suicide, drug, and mental health issues on the Island.
Chicken Alley turns into a secondhand wonderland
MV Times | 8.8.2018
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ (MVCS) Chicken Alley thrift shop will host its annual Fashion, Art, and Collectibles Weekend Sale on August 10 and 12 in Tisbury, according to a press release from MVCS. Read more.
Possible Dreams Auction Is Lifeline for Essential Social Services
Vineyard Gazette | 7.25.18
Martha’s Vineyard Community Service’s annual Possible Dreams auction celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama. Auction chairman Liza May and Community Services development coordinator Jess Rogers are painting the festivities red. Ruby red to be exact. Read more.
Dreams coming true
MV Times | 7.25.18
On Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) will hold its Ruby Anniversary [40th] Possible Dreams Auction at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama. After the auction, there will be a party at the Dunes from 7:30 pm to 10 pm, featuring delicious themed food by Chef Scott Ehrlich, with music by Jeremy Berlin. Read more.
The plates won’t wait
MV Times | 7.18.2018
The first auction of low-number MV license plates closed ahead of its July 19 deadline, after all 10 available plates were sold at their “buy it now” prices. Read more.
The Vine | July 2018
Behind the ongoing success of the Possible Dreams Auction are two hard-working women who have become, in their own words, “joined at the hip.” Read more.
Vineyard Men Stand Tall Against Domestic Violence
Vineyard Gazette | 7.14.2018
Island men stood tall on the Beach Road sea wall in Vineyard Haven Saturday morning for the seventh annual demonstration against domestic violence. Read more.
Community Services Auctions off Low-Numbered Plates
Vineyard Gazette | 7.9.2018
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Gears up for 40th Annual Possible Dreams Auction – CapeCod.com | 7.9.2018
OAK BLUFFS – The Possible Dreams Auction to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Read more.
Community Services makes the impossible possible
MV Times | 6.20.18
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Possible Dreams auction at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 pm. They have already raised $125,480 of their $500,000 goal, and will be auctioning off some great packages this year. Read more.
Low-number M.V. license plates to be auctioned
MV Times | 6.12.18
The first Martha’s Vineyard charitable online auction of low-numbered license plates is just around the corner. Plate numbers 1-100 (MV1, MV2, MV3, etc.) have been reserved for auction, and will be available to the highest bidder in a series of online auctions. Read more.
Community Services Opens New Clinic
Vineyard Gazette | 5.23.2018
In a dedication ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services opened a new space to house its Island Intervention Center. The center has been operating as a unit for nearly a year, but had been housed in offices scattered throughout the Community Services campus in Oak Bluffs. Read more.
MVCS celebrates new treatment facility
MV Times | 5.22.2018
“They say it takes a village,” Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) director Julie Fay said. “I say it takes an Island.”A crowd gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the new headquarters for the MVCS Island Intervention Center and the suboxone program. Read more.
Drug Detox Center in Martha’s Vineyard to Open This Month
AddictionNow.com | 5.3.2018
The touristic island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts will be getting a new drug detox center this month. Read more.
MVCS to expand addiction treatment services
MV Times | 5.2.2018
On Tuesday, May 22, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) will broaden its continuum of care for addiction treatment with the opening of the Island Intervention Center and Suboxone Clinic. Read more.
Student Group Aims to Educate Young Men Around Sexual Assault
Vineyard Gazette | 4.27.2018
Months ago, JP Alves, a junior at the regional high school, wouldn’t have intervened when a track teammate said, “That race raped me.” Read more.
Community Services Opens Clinic to Help Treat Drug Addiction
Vineyard Gazette | 4.26.2018
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will open a new clinic on May 22 to dispense a drug that has helped many people escape the grip of addiction to heroin and other opioids. Read more.
‘I walk because I care’
MV Times | 4.21.2018
She was sad. She was confident. She was defiant.
Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Has Added Emphasis
Vineyard Gazette | 4.21.2018
The sexual assault awareness walk in Oak Bluffs Saturday morning was about visibility.
“People think that sexual assault doesn’t happen on the Vineyard, and it does. From sexual harassment, to rape,” said Jennifer Neary, program director for Connect to end violence, the group that organized the event. “With events like this, with this visual presence, that lets survivors know there is support and hope for healing,” Ms. Neary said. Read more.
Julie Fay joins hospital board
MV Times | 3.28.2018
Julie Fay has been elected to the board of trustees for Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, according to a press release. Read more.
High School Agrees to Lease Land for Early Childhood Center
Vineyard Gazette | 3.6.2018
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services got another major boost for its new early childhood center Monday night, when the regional high school committee voted to approve an expanded long-term lease for 1.9 acres of land. Read more.
State Money Boosts Shellfish Propagation, Community
Vineyard Gazette | 2.26.2018
State Rep. Dylan Fernandes and state Sen. Julian Cyr visited the Island late last week to dole out some overdue state funds for local programs. Read more.
State legislators hand-deliver state funds to Martha’s Vineyard
MV Times | 2.23.2018
Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) had a busy day on Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, including back-to-back events to mark the release of funds earmarked for the Island from the FY 2018 state budget. Read more.
MVYouth announces $1,219,138 in expansion grants
MV Times | 2.22.2018
MVYouth, a community fund founded in 2014, has awarded Martha’s Vineyard Museum a $219,138 grant and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Early Childhood Programs a provisional grant of $1,000,000. Read more.
MVYouth Awards Over $1.2 Million to Museum and Community Services
Vineyard Gazette | 2.21.2018
MVYouth, a community fund founded in 2014, announced over $1.2 million in expansion grants for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Early Childhood Programs Wednesday evening at an award ceremony in the West Tisbury library. Read more.
Finding your passion is job one
MV Times | 2.7.2018
On a brisk Tuesday morning, students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and Island employers gathered for an hour-long discussion panel to talk about careers, internships, and plans after high school. Read more.
Vineyard Gazette | 1.18.2018
For people suffering from addiction and seeking help, traveling to the mainland for detox can be a journey full of pitfalls, strewn with points of possible failure along the way. There is the ferry ride with fellow Islanders interested in your business. There is the need to pass by liquor stores on the way to the detox facility. And finally, when you do get to a detox facility, a bed may or may not be available. Read more.
Islanders Living With Disabilities: Navigate Barriers
Vineyard Gazette | 1.18.2018
Celeste Ewing keeps a busy schedule. Four days a week, the Vineyard native volunteers as an office assistant at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, where she graduated from the special education program in 2008. Read more.
Jean Lewellyn Honored for Outstanding Volunteerism
Vineyard Gazette | 1.17.2018
Snow and rain didn’t stop more than 50 people from gathering in the parish house of the Federated Church in Edgartown Wednesday morning to honor Jean Lewellyn of Vineyard Haven with the Spirit of the Vineyard award. Read more.
Pilot Detox Program a Success;Alcohol Still number One Issue
Vineyard Gazette | 1.11.2018
A pilot program begun 14 months ago by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to combat substance use disorder has helped steer 111 Vineyard residents onto the road to recovery, according to an evaluation released this week by Community Services. Read more.
Healthy Aging Joins Forces with Community Services, MVC
MV Times | 12.11.2017
Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, an Island senior advocate group, rolled out sweeping plans to change itself and to encourage construction of shared group-living housing as part of its 2018-20 plan last week. Read more.
MV Times | 12.8.2017
Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, an all-volunteer coalition founded in 2013 to tackle the needs of the Island’s aging population, announced last week a new collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Read more.