Gateway Youth Hockey

PeeWees: Gateway Gladiator PeeWees dominated the Coastal Stars on Sunday, winning 6-0 last weekend. In the first period, Matthew Paling started the scoring for Gateway with assist from Jacob Hebbel. Paling came back to add another with assists from Lucy Murphy and Sean Pollock. In the second period, Ty Rebeiro put in an unassisted goal. Nathan Ribeiro got one past the goalie with an assist from Paling. Paling then secured the hat trick with assist by Pollock. In the third, Paling scored his fourth of the night with an assist from Ribeiro. Ryker King made some key saves to secure the shut-out.

The Gateway Gladiators PeeWees faced Duxbury on Saturday, securing a 5-1 win. In the first period, Rebeiro started the scoring with an unassisted goal. Paling would also score with assists from Rebeiro and Hebbel. In the second period, Gateway, with excellent passing, struck again with a second goal by Rebeiro with assist by Thomas Leger. Rebeiro secured a hat trick later in the second with assist from Paling and Joe Urnek. In the third, Rebeiro added his fourth goal of the night with assists from Brady Kidney and Paling.

On Sunday, Gateway Gladiators then played against the Seahawks, earning their second win of the weekend 7-1. In the first period, Rebeiro put in an unassisted goal, and Paling added one assisted by Rebeiro. In the second, Ribeiro got an unassisted goal and Paling put in another assisted by Rebeiro. Paling would complete the hat trick by the end of the second period. In the third period, Rebeiro scored another unassisted goal and Urnek added the final goal with an assist from Matthew Stone. King had a great game, making some impressive glove saves.

Bantams: The Gateway Gladiators Bantam team traveled to Foxboro this weekend for the Goblet Tournament. They played up a division and certainly held their own against their competition; however, they lost the first game of the tournament to Walpole Express. They couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead late in the third period, eventually losing on a shot that trickled in after the referee blew his whistle. The Gladiators turned the tables around in their second game, beating Franklin 8-5. They then won their third game 5-2 over the Ice Cats Hockey Club. In the semi-final game, it seemed as though the Gladiators had spent all of their energy in their two wins. The fell behind early in the first, and never could quite get it going, losing again to Walpole Express 4-2. Overall in the tournament for scoring, Quirino doCanto led the way with 12 goals and 3 assists, Tyler Lovendale had 2 goals and 8 assists, Robert Maloney had 1 goal and 7 assists, Jack Martins had 1 goal and 2 assists, and Christian Araujo had 1 goal & 1 assist. Mike Parker also scored his first goal of the season during the tournament. The real story of the tournament was goal-tender Alex DeMarco, who played remarkably well, facing 164 shots and only allowing 15 goals, finishing with a staggering 149 saves over four games.

Knights Teen Dance

The next Knights Teen Dance is on Friday, December 9 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett for $8. Teen dances provide a safe place for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to have a good time socializing, dancing and listening to their favorite music on a Friday night. Knights of Columbus chaperones and a uniformed police officer are on site at all of our dances.

Holiday Happenings in Tri-Town

There is a ton of holiday-themed stuff going on in the Tri-Town area – from Santa sightings to performances, fairs, tree lightings, and other community events.

We have compiled one great go-to list of all the Christmas season events so that our readers can plan ahead for December and make sure all Tri-Town kids get a chance to see Santa and tell him what they most wish to find under the Christmas tree this year.

The biggest events are, by far, the town-sponsored ones in each of the three towns: the Rochester Tree Lighting, the Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park, and the Marion Christmas Stroll.

Rochester will lead us into the holiday season with the annual tree lighting in front of Town Hall on Monday, December 5, beginning at 6:30 pm. Santa Claus will ride in atop Rochester’s shiniest fire engine and greet all the kids before the tree lights are turned on and refreshments of cider and cookies are served in the meeting room inside town hall. The Rochester Memorial School Chorus and band will also perform Christmas songs to muster up the Christmas spirit nice and early in December.

The Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park follows on Saturday, December 10, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Shipyard Park on Water Street. You’ll want to watch out for a whole host of Christmas characters wandering around the park, including Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The tree lighting is at dusk, and event-goers will also enjoy refreshments, crafts, and holiday music.

The annual Marion Christmas Stroll is Sunday, December 11, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the village, with Santa ushering in the big event from the Town Wharf, coming in from the North Pole on his motor boat. From there, he will proceed down Front Street aboard his horse-drawn carriage.

During the event, the Sippican Woman’s Club will welcome visitors into “Handy’s Tavern” at the clubhouse at 152 Front Street, serving hot apple cider.

As for Santa sightings, kids in Marion can get in line this Sunday, December 4, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and have pizza with Santa at the Marion Music Hall, sponsored by the Marion Police Brotherhood. The Marion Police Brotherhood will be accepting donations of new unwrapped presents for The Justice Resources Institute, a local nonprofit that provides intensive foster care and adoption programs for area children.

On Sunday, December 12, Santa will be at the Rochester Council on Aging Senior Center at 67 Dexter Lane for the annual Pancakes with Santa from 8:00 – 11:00 am.

As of press time, the Rochester Post Office had not scheduled any visits from Santa as they have in the past, and the Mattapoisett Knights of Columbus had not yet returned our call requesting the event information, but once we find out we will post it to our Facebook page, so be sure to ‘Like’ The Wanderer on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Tri-Town news and events.

There are always plenty of Christmas fairs that pop up around this time of year, and the bulk of them are on Saturday, December 3. The Mattapoisett Congregational Church’s annual Holiday Fair starts at 9:00 am and finishes at 12:00 pm. The church boasts “a host of holiday ‘shops’” this year at Reynaud Hall at 27 Church Street. You’ll encounter handmade gifts such as knitted items, jewelry, chinaware, as well as other “never-been-used” gifts and decorations.

“Make your list and check it twice,” says the church. “Get all your holiday shopping done in one day and enjoy this most beautiful season amidst a quaint, seaside village.”

Also on December 3, the Friends of the Plumb Library Holiday Fair will happen from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm at the library located at 17 Constitution Way in the center of Rochester.

The event features a silent auction, gift baskets, handmade items and goodies, and local business gift certificates. Santa will even stop by for a spell at some point in the day.

The Saint Anthony’s and Saint Rita’s Church annual Christmas Fair by the Sea is on Saturday, December 3, as well with doors to the Church Hall at 22 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett opening at 9:00 am.

There are a couple of holiday lunches slated for the season in Marion on Saturday, December 10. A Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk at the First Congregational Church of Marion will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm located at 144 Front Street. Hot chicken salad with cranberry gelatin salad, along with homemade bread and cheesecake, is on the menu for $11, with tickets available at the door. New this year is the Cookie Walk, which features local bakers offering their best holiday cookies. You get to fill a box with a dozen cookies for $10.

Also in Marion on Saturday, December 10, is the Sippican Woman’s Club Holiday House Tour and Tea from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The house tour to five different Marion homes decorated for the holidays, along with tea served afterwards at the clubhouse, is available to ticketholders for $20 pre-purchased at various local shops or $25 the day of the tour that starts at 152 Front Street.

There are also a number of Christmas and holiday concerts and performances, beginning with the Sippican Choral Society Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 pm at Wickenden Chapel at Tabor Academy. Tickets are $15, $10 ages 13-17, $7 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, available at the door. The SouthCoast Children’s Chorus will join in the performance too, and works performed include those of Pergolesi, Vaughn Williams, and Rutter and Lauridsen with orchestral accompaniment.

The Occasion Singers will perform a holiday concert on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street. Tickets are $15 for MAC members, $18 for non-members. The MAC Holiday Shop will be open as well, offering holiday gifts including paintings, ceramics, and jewelry.

The Wanderer calendar of events is updated often throughout the week, so visit for later events that could pop up in the season. And if you attend any of these events, be sure to smile for the camera and read The Wanderer – you might be in it! Happy Holidays everybody!

By Jean Perry


Catherine Foye Hassey

Catherine Foye Hassey, 76, of Mattapoisett died at home on Sunday November 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Thomas F. Foye and Anna K. [Manley] Foye.

Catherine attended Holy Family High School, received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in history from Salve Regina College, and a Master’s Degree from Boston College. She taught history and psychology at New Bedford High School where she was an active member of the Curriculum Club.

Catherine had a great love of learning and education, taking joy in passing on to her students her vast knowledge. She was an avid reader and traveler, often attracting friends to join in these endeavors. One of her favorite trips was to County Mayo where she was able to visit relatives and enjoy the beauty of her Irish heritage.

In retirement she volunteered as a docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Catherine is survived by many cousins and friends, who will each miss her. Her cousin Donny MacMullen was her constant caretaker and companion in during her last year and provided her much comfort throughout those difficult days.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 9 AM at St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Bedford, where her parents are laid to rest. Visiting hours are omitted. In Catherine’s memory, please donate to the General Scholarship Fund at New Bedford High School or to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit


Elks Student of the Month

The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.

The Old Rochester Student of the Month for October is Maxxon Wolski. Max has been a four-year member of the jazz band, student who challenges himself with the most rigorous curriculum, student ambassador, and member of the ORR tennis team. Max contributes to a positive school culture every day through his actions. Most recently, when the jazz band could not perform at open house, Max volunteered to demonstrate his talents on the piano for the entire night. Thanks, Max, for all you do for ORR.

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 11 at 7:30 pm, the Tabor Academy choirs and student and faculty readers will present their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols in Wickenden Chapel, 81 Spring Street, Marion. The six choral ensembles, 60 choristers in all, will lead the congregation in seasonal carols and perform choruses, recitatives, and arias from Handel’s Messiah. Additionally featured in this annual celebration of the return of light are choral arrangements by Pentatonix, Chanticleer and David Horne, culminating in Handel’s magnificent chorus Hallelujah! The congregation is invited to join in the singing of the Hallelujah chorus and copies will be available at the door.

Tabor Academy’s venerable Festival of Lessons and Carols tradition follows the popular Marion Stroll (starting at 3:00 pm and hosted by the Marion Business Association). The Wickenden Chapel doors will be open at 7:00 pm and admission is free to the public. The event will also be live-streamed on Tabor Academy’s Facebook page.

ORR Drama Presents A Christmas Carol

The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is back once again to perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, just in time for the start of the holiday season.

The familiar yuletide tale will unravel on stage as Ebeneezer Scrooge, performed by John Roussell, is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, played by Paul Kippenberger, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, played by Grace Stephens, Alice Bednarczyk, and Michaela Mattson, respectively, to receive one final chance to become a better person.

The high school drama club gives this same opportunity of personal development to its student members.

“I do drama because it has become an essential part of my life,” says Christopher Savino, who plays Bob Cratchit. “But I also love the thrill of being up on stage and entertaining people and giving them a time where they can forget about their issues and just focus on something else.”

Stephens, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past, agreed with the sentiment.

“You are creating productions for others’ enjoyment,” Stephens said, “and being able to share it is such a privilege.”

Being a part of productions is something many students choose to continue after their first play, with a good majority contributing for all four years of high school. Both Savino and Stephens, already juniors, follow this practice.

Speaking of the holiday production, Savino commented on how his favorite scenes were those involving the Ghost of Christmas Future.

“I love these scenes because it goes from happy to sad really quickly,” said Savino. “Also, as an actor, I love to tap into sad emotions.”

For Stephens, there is no particular favorite scene in the play; rather, she enjoys them all equally.

“The sets and costumes are all beautiful and everyone is so energetic,” Stephens said. “I have never been so proud of what the drama club has produced.”

The holiday production stars Paul Kippenberger, John Roussell, Sarah Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Camryn Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

With Director Paul Sardinha, costumes by Helen Blake, sound by John Farrell, and over 100 students to aid in telling the classic tale, A Christmas Carol is one production not to miss.

The production runs on December 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 pm, and December 4 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for general admission and can be purchased at Plumb Corner Market (Rochester), The Pen & Pendulum (Mattapoisett), and The Marion General Store (Marion). Tickets will also be sold at the door.

By Jo Caynon


December Programs at Plumb Library

On Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm at the Plumb Memorial Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester, come meet Mrs. Chris Williamson, Instrumental Music Teacher from Rochester Memorial School, and learn about brass instruments like the trombone and trumpet. You will be given a chance to hold, and try playing, one of these instruments. (No worries, special sanitizing spray provided.) Best for children ages 5 and up, but families are welcome. Please register so we know how many children to expect! Space is limited! Register on the Plumb Library’s Event Calendar found on our website,, or call 508-763-8600.

Food for Fines will take place at the Plumb Library from December 1 to 27. Patrons can donate non-perishable food items that will be taken to Damien’s Pantry in Wareham, or pet food, toys, or cat litter for local animal shelters. Donations will cover overdue fines only; not copying or faxing fees, or payments for lost cards or books. Please call the library for more information.

The Friends of Plumb Library will hold their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Plumb Library. Featured will be the Silent Auction, offering handmade items, gift baskets of many types, and gift certificates from local businesses; the famous Bake Sale; the Rochester Historical Society, with T-shirts and books on local history; Essential Oils make-and-take; Pampered Chef; Avon; and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, and a visit from Santa from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

For their December book, “Just the Facts” Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades, his followers would call him God. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical record, Aslan describes the many contradictions of the story of Jesus. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30 pm.

The Café Parlez’ selection for December is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Enzo, the dog, is so sure that he will come back as a human that he prepares by watching television and observing the humans around him. Fiercely protective of his owner, Dennie, a race car driver, and his daughter Zoe, he reflects on his life on the eve of his death. In his observations, he folds thrilling car races and driving lessons into family drama. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 29 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.

Please note that Plumb Library will be closed on Saturday, December 24, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2.

Tax Rate Down, Property Values Up

“People want to be here,” said Kathleen Costello, principal assessor for Mattapoisett in a lead up to meeting with the Board of Selectmen for a public hearing to set the tax rate during the November 29 meeting.

Earlier in the day, Costello explained that in spite of level spending and a projected lower tax rate, many homeowners would still see an increase in their property tax bills starting in January. She said that even though there has been a decrease in buyers seeking properties in flood zones, cash sales have continued to keep that segment strong. The bigger surprises came in neighborhoods with proximity to waterfront locations and views.

Costello noted that nearly all neighborhoods in town saw strong home sales driving up the values, some as much as 35 percent. Using real estate sales between January 2015 and December 2015 coupled with on-site evaluations, the head assessor said, “It’s all about being consistent,” adding, “…for a little town, we have a lot going on.”

At the public meeting with the selectmen, Costello stated, “Values are going up dramatically.” She reported that the average home value is now an impressive $466,640, an increase of 4.7 percent over FY16. Costello calculates that the average single-family dwelling tax bill is projected to be $6,108.32, an increase of 3.5 percent.

Costello said that no single style of home saw greater demand than another, translating to higher values that in turn translate to higher assessed value.

But Costello also confirmed, “The tax rate is going down.” This good news is directly related to new growth in the community.

In a handout, Costello wrote, “The assessed value of the new construction and personal property new growth that took place during the 12 month period from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2015 is $16,954,857. This translates into $212,438 of increased tax levy capacity over the basic limits of Proposition 2.5 and is a 28 percent decrease over last year’s figure.”

            The new tax rate will be set at $13.09 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The previous rate was $13.20. The board also elected to keep a single tax rate, since to do otherwise, “would really hurt our businesses,” Costello said. The town runs on the 96 percent of tax income it receives from non-commercial property owners.

Earlier in the day, Costello pointed to another area of good news. She explained that the impact of solar projects is positive cash flow into the town coffers. Costello said that due to the PILOT programs established with the owners of these projects, the town benefits from structured payments made over a long period of time. The sum paid is greater than that which the town would have received from land classified as undeveloped.

In other news, Town Administrator Michael Gagne said that he has received quotes from engineering firms for the village road design work approved at town meeting recently. He said a decision would be forthcoming on which firm won the bidding and that once 10 percent of design is achieved, there will be a public meeting to get input. He thanked the people who attended town meeting for supporting this critical expenditure.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is scheduled for December 13 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


White Gifts Pageant Service

Mattapoisett Congregational Church’s White Gifts Pageant Service is Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 pm in Reynard Hall, 27 Church Street. For over 80 years, children have shared the Christmas message of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love with a creative combination of hymns, storytelling, and stewardship. This year, the Christmas Story will be presented in a “Pageant in the Round” style format. If you know a child who would to like to participate in a Christmas pageant, there is always room in the manger. All children are welcome. Only commitment is to attend practices from 10:00 – 11:00 am on Sunday, December 4, and Sunday, December 11, and participate in the evening Pageant. Gifts of children’s clothing wrapped in white paper appreciated to help support local families in need. Contact Patricia Berry at 508-758-2671 or email with questions or to sign up to participate. All are welcome.