Island Community Services Marks Historic Milestone
Mandy Locke

Island Community Services Marks Historic Milestone

By MANDY LOCKE

Yellowing newspaper clips fill the pages of the Martha's Vineyard Community Services scrapbook, tracing each program addition through its 40-year history. Its history is one of growth - the evolution of a single program in 1961 to an essential Island institution in 2001. But the falls and flights that capture the organization's resilience and commitment won't all be found in the newspaper archives.

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Community Services Agency Scrambles to Blunt Effects of State Budget Cutbacks
Mandy Locke

Community Services Agency Scrambles to Blunt Effects of State Budget Cutbacks

By MANDY LOCKE

As the reality of state budget cuts trickles down to communities across the commonwealth, Martha's Vineyard Community Services is taking its share of hits.

"This is devastating across the board to this Island. It shakes the foundation of the support network we've created," said Ned Robinson-Lynch, executive director of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, in a conversation with the Gazette this week.

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National Labor Board Sets Stage for Vote on Union in Community Services Dispute
Mandy Locke

National Labor Board Sets Stage for Vote on Union in Community Services Dispute

By MANDY LOCKE

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set the stage for a vote on union status in the labor dispute at Martha's Vineyard Community Services with a May 24 ruling that expanded the pool of eligible voters in the Island Counseling Center.

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Community Services Management Appeals Designation of Voters in Union Dispute
Mandy Locke

Community Services Management Appeals Designation of Voters in Union Dispute

By MANDY LOCKE

The Martha's Vineyard Community Services labor dispute, now almost three months old, faced the potential of further delays today when management appealed a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to expand the pool of eligible voters for a June 20 union election.

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Annual Auction of Dreams Generates Over $376,000 for Community Services
Chris Burrell
Laughter and money seemed to go hand in hand at last night's Possible Dreams auction in Edgartown. The better the one-liners, the higher the bids.

Fortunately, there were some pretty glib celebrities willing to stoke the fire, and in the end, the 24th annual auction of 53 dreams had pulled in more than $376,000. That figure fell short of last year's take of just over $400,000.

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Community Services Marks Anniversary with Tributes to Volunteers and Staff
MANDY LOCKE

Community Services Marks Anniversary with Tributes to Volunteers and Staff

By MANDY LOCKE

The staff, volunteers and supporters of Martha's Vineyard Community Services gathered together Saturday night to offer one last happy birthday to the 40-year-old health and human services agency.

Community Services embraced middle age in style this year, and the evening's tribute to volunteers and employees was no exception.

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Community Services Employees Receive Carly Simon's Bonus
Mark Alan Lovewell

Just in time for the holidays, there is closure to the long-standing discussion over how to dispense a $16,500 gift to Martha's Vineyard Community Services workers.

The gift - from singer Carly Simon and author Norman Bridwell - funded a one-time bonus to nonmanagerial employees of the health service agency; the money was divided equally among more than 100 of them, amounting to something above $100 each.

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Community Services Hit with Complaint
Julia Wells

Community Services Hit with Complaint

Federal Labor Board Charges Agency with Poor Treatment of Employees During Union Organizing Effort

By JULIA WELLS

A dormant labor dispute at Martha's Vineyard Community Services bubbled to life again yesterday when a newly formed union announced that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against the umbrella social service agency.

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Community Services and Union Far Apart on Economic Issues
MANDY LOCKE

Community Services and Union Far Apart on Economic Issues

By MANDY LOCKE

Three weeks shy of the anniversary of the landmark vote which brought a union into Martha's Vineyard Community Services, the health and human services agency and 35 of its employees have yet to nail down a first contract.

"The more difficult issues have been left for now. It's going to be arduous," said Rob Doyle, an employe of Island Counseling Center, one of Community Services' five programs, two of which are unionized.

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Community Services Launches Self-Study with Heller School
C.K. WOLFSON

Community Services Launches Self-Study with Heller School

By C.K. WOLFSON

Martha's Vineyard Community Services announced this week that it has launched a comprehensive internal management study with the prestigious Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

The seven-month, privately funded study is aimed at developing a strategic plan for the unique umbrella human services agency that was founded in 1961.

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