The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library & the Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program’s Restorative Justice Initiative present

"Face to Face" by David Williamson

Performed by the Peter H. Luce Play Readers
Directed by John Brannen
5 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Vineyard Haven Public Library

“FACE TO FACE” takes place at a session of a Restorative Justice Circle, where the victim of criminal action is sitting face-to- face with the person who admitted the crime. Guided by a trained facilitator, each tells his story, describing how he has been affected, and how he feels. Other people who have been affected describe the impact of the action. Talking and listening. No interruptions. It is a process of compromise and agreement that does not involve lawyers or the criminal courts. The play demonstrates the RJ process that transforms conflict into cooperation for resolution.

For more information about this project, please contact MVMP Restorative Justice Initiative co-director Peter Meleney,

Family Property Issues

Date:     Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time:    6:00pm to 8:00pm

Place:    Edgartown Library – 26 Edgartown Road, Edgartown

Disputes between family members that involve family property, estates, trusts and businesses can be very challenging.  When a patriarch or matriarch of a family gives up control or has passed away, the adult children are often left with uncertainty or, worse, contrary beliefs about their rightful role. Disputes surface that are usually less about ill will than about conflicting feelings, misunderstandings of intent, conflicting expectations, and resistance to change or unspoken fears.

Along with our Co-Sponsor, the Edgartown Library, we invite you to come join us and our panel guests – John “Jack” Wofford, Esq. and Martin V. Tomassian, Jr., Esq. as we discuss these conflicts many families encounter and how mediation can help.

Landlord and Tenant Workshop

Date:     Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time:    7:00pm to 9:00pm

Place:    Vineyard Haven Library – 200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven

Please plan to join us for our annual workshop where a guest panel will help us present an overview of current Massachusetts laws governing landlord–tenant residential rentals. Our guest panel will be comprised of four individuals: a local attorney, a health agent, a local realtor and an individual from the Dukes County Housing Authority.

Restorative Justice Initiative

Friday, February 17, 2017 & Saturday February 18, 2017

Interested in being trained as a facilitator of the circle dialogue process, where community members are trained to work with victims, offenders, and law enforcement? Contact us at 508-693-2999 for more details on the free training!

Restorative Justice Initiative: Friday, January 27, 2017

Landlords and Tenants: May 3, 2016

Family MattersFamily Matters

Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 7:00pm

Vineyard Haven Public Library 200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven

Learn how the Island’s trained mediators can help your family have difficult conversations concerning relationships, conflicts, and hard decisions about marriage, children, finances, living arrangements, and other challenging issues.

Speakers include Dr. Richard Barbieri, President, Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program and Katherine Triantafillou, Esq., Mediator and Attorney.