Joseph A. Fontaine

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Joseph A. Fontaine, 89, of Rochester, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was the husband of Ida E. (Poirier) Fontaine; they had been happily married for 70 years. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Ovila and Emerilda (Dion) Fontaine, he had lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester in 1967. Mr. […] Read more »

Beverly J. Mello (Sylvia)

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Beverly J. Mello (Sylvia), 79, of Rochester, MA died Monday, January 21, 2013 after a long illness at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. She was the companion of the late Joseph Carvalho of Westport. Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Manuel J. and Doris M. (Chace) Sylvia, she had lived in Rochester for over […] Read more »

Joyce N. “Nonnie” Grassi

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Joyce N. “Nonnie” Grassi, 91, of Marion, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. She was the wife of the late Nildo E. Grassi. Born in Cambridgeshire, England, she was the daughter of the late Samuel & Margaret Louisa (Tack) Chandler. She came to the United States in 1946, settling in Wareham […] Read more »

Marion Offers Emergency Cold Weather Tips

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With the current frigid temperatures and snow on the horizon, Marion Emergency Management is offering up the following cold weather safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe for the next few days: •Continue to be aware of the timing of extreme weather conditions by monitoring Media reports. •Make sure you always have […] Read more »

Marinus Vander Pol, Jr.

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Marinus Vander Pol, Jr. “Butch,” age 69, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.  He was a loving husband and father.  He is loved by his wife, Mary D. Vander Pol of 45 years.  He leaves behind five children: Melissa, Marinus, Melodie, Matthew and Marijka as well as 11 grandchildren. Butch enjoyed spending time with […] Read more »

Drumming up the Fun

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What do plastic bags, empty tubes, and crumpled up newspapers have in common?  (Hint: the answer isn’t garbage.)  Give up?  They can all be used as percussion instruments. On Wednesday, January 23, students at Center School in Mattapoisett were treated to a special assembly by members of the New England Percussion Ensemble, who strive to […] Read more »

Unpermitted Footpath Causes Frustration

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A footpath that was cut without official authorization caused some annoyance among members of the Marion Conservation Commission during its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 23. The Commission held a public hearing regarding a Notice of Intent filed by Copper Metal, LLC. for an after-the-fact filing for the cutting of a footpath on property at […] Read more »

Bridging Racial Divides

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It was the early 1960s and the Civil Rights movement in the United States was in a state of fiery turmoil. Protests, marches, sit-ins and riots were commonplace on TV and in the newspapers. At times, people questioned whether or not black and white Americans could live peacefully with one another or if this social […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library February Events

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• Join Dr. Alan Powers when he discusses his well-researched book The Worlds of Giordano Bruno: The Man Galileo Plagiarized on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm. Bruno was burned at the stake in the year 1600 for his belief that the sun was the center of the universe and that “there are an infinite […] Read more »

Marion Natural History Afterschool Programs

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• January 30 – Our Backyard Birds – Let’s learn a little something about our most colorful winter residents. We’ll be looking at the beaks and feet of our various winter avian residents. • February 13 – Animals in Winter – Sarah Porter, naturalist with the City of New Bedford, will be helping us discover […] Read more »