ORCTV’s Marion Town Hall Feed Restored

Old Rochester Community Television is pleased to announce that the live feed, allowing government meetings held at the Marion Town House Conference Room to be broadcast live, has been restored.

ORCTV had not been able to broadcast live coverage of government meetings from the Town House since late in the year 2015. Poor weather contributed to an interruption of the signal from Marion to the ORCTV studio in Mattapoisett. Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson and ORCTV staff worked with Comcast technicians over the past several weeks, resulting in the cable lines being repaired and the live feed from the Marion Town House to the cable access station being restored. ORCTV is pleased to once again provide the service of live coverage of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board and Conservation Commission meetings originating from the Marion Town House.

Drought Watch Issued for Tri-Town Region

As part of the Southeast of Massachusetts, Tri-Town is one of the areas hit hard by the dry summer the region has been experiencing, as evidenced by escalating water restrictions and extremely low water marks, most notably the Mattapoisett River.

After five straight months of dry conditions all throughout the Commonwealth, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton declared a number of drought levels in the state, with Southeast Massachusetts declared first a Drought Advisory and now a Drought Watch. A Drought Watch was issued for Central and Northeast Massachusetts.

“The declaration … represents the lasting agricultural, environmental, economic, and public safety impacts associated with prolonged drought conditions,” said Beaton in a press release. “The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work with the Drought Management Task Force, government officials, and stakeholders to ensure appropriate actions are taken to minimize any harmful effects of the drought. The public is strongly encouraged to limit outdoor water usage, and integrate water-saving techniques into their daily routines.”

Groundwater levels and stream levels are also excessively low, with seasonal rainfall levels five to eight inches below the norm. A shortfall in winter precipitation preceded the summer dry spell, further affecting water levels.

With this comes the increased threat of brush and wildfires, so the public is encouraged to use extreme caution with matches, cigarette butts, and charcoal grills.

Mattapoisett Water & Sewer Superintendent Henri Renauld said the water supply for Mattapoisett as well as Fairhaven is relatively stable, but a meeting on Wednesday will determine if the two towns wish to move forward with a voluntary water ban.

“I think we need rain,” said Renault on Tuesday during a phone interview. “We may hopefully get the residents more aware so that we can be a little more careful with our water use in a time that’s so dry.”

With the Drought Watch, the state recommends that outdoor watering be limited to handheld hose use and watering cans after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am to avoid evaporation loss. The filling of swimming pools, and washing vehicles and buildings should also be prohibited, recommends the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“We are asking people to heed the restrictions put on non-essential outdoor water use – especially when lawn-watering – that local water suppliers are putting in place to conserve important resources under these adverse conditions,” stated Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “MassDEP will continue to provide technical assistance to water suppliers.”

By Jean Perry

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The Wanderer Seeks Student Journalists

Are you a student at Old Rochester Regional or Old Colony who enjoys writing, finding a good scoop, and telling everybody about it? How about getting paid for doing something you enjoy anyway? There’s that, and the thrill of seeing your name in print, which never really gets old, in our opinion.

Writing as a student correspondent for The Wanderer is a great way to gain writing experience under the guidance of an experienced editor, is an attractive skill for prospective colleges, and can be a reference source for your future should you consider a career in journalism or writing.

We are looking for enthusiastic students who have creative pens, noses for news, and who can commit to meeting a deadline each week to join The Wanderer team for the 2016/2017 school year. Each Monday, you will submit one story about the happenings, hot topics, and school events with at least one photo to the news editor. In exchange, you will receive $40 and constructive criticism from the news editor on how to tighten your journalism skills and learn proper formatting for newspaper writing.

We need one correspondent from ORR and one from Old Colony, and a writer for ORR sports updates. Please email a message of interest or any questions about the positions to News Editor Jean Perry at jean@wanderer.com.

Darleen S. (Allemao) Hall

Darleen S. (Allemao) Hall, 66, of Rochester passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late John and Lillian (Lima) Allemao she grew up in New Bedford and lived most her life in Wareham before moving to Rochester 12 years ago.

Ms. Hall graduated from the Greater New Bedford Vocational High School in 1968. She worked as a CNA Cape Cod Nursing Home for over 20 years. Darleen was an avid reader who was fun loving and outgoing.

The family would like to thank the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital for their care and support during this difficult time. They will be eternally grateful.

Darleen is survived by a daughter, Bethany Ripley of Rochester; three sons Todd Hicks of Quincy, John Hicks and his wife Cynthia of Wareham and Stephen Hicks and his wife Nia of Assonet; two sisters, Rita Vipon and her husband Robert and Genevieve Florent and her husband Bruce all of New Bedford; grandchildren, Michael, Jr., and Noah Ripley, London, Grayson, Malekai, Stephen, and Jessica Hicks and Jon Coty Tavares; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her visitation will be Friday, August 26, 2016 4-8 pm in Rock Funeral Home 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or giving.massgeneral.org/donate. www.rock-funeralhome.com for online tribute/directions.

 

MYC Holds Ensign National Championship

Perhaps you noticed a little more activity just outside Mattapoisett harbor last week as 30 Ensigns, a 22’ keelboat, raced off Strawberry Point to determine who would be the 2016 Ensign National Champion. One hundred and twenty sailors travelled from as far away as Texas and Michigan to compete in the four-day event. Ten races were sailed in various conditions with winds from 10 mph to 30 mph giving sailors a true taste of Buzzards Bay racing. The eventual winner, Bud Brown and his crew from Tom’s River YC sailing on Lorelei, bested the competition by eight points over Thom Hering in CanAm Express from Centerport YC. Seven MYC boats participated, placing two boats in the top 10 as Steve Clark placed eighth in Brou Ha Ha and Rick Warren placed 10th in Odyssey. Olivia Silva, sailing in her first national championship, raced the MattSail Ensign Slicker with her crew all under 24 years old.

MYC commodore, Bob Warren, who raced with his brother Rick in Odyssey, said “the racing was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions.” He went on to thank the entire race staff headed by Mike Dahill, the PRO for the regatta, the 50 volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout and the Mattapoisett Boatyard for exceptional work launching and hauling all the boats and providing such a great atmosphere during the week-long event. Nightly events were catered by Joe Sauro from The Gateway Restaurant in Wareham and John Mello’s Sail Loft in New Bedford. Lunches for sailors were provided by Oxford Creamery, On The Go, Shipyard Galley and How on Earth. “Mattapoisett is certainly a special place,” and he went on to say, “With the help of the townspeople, the local vendors, and our town officials, we were able to put together an event that people will talk about for a long time. Everybody who came from out of state loves it here and will be back.”

The Awards dinner took place at Shining Tides on August 18 with over 150 people in attendance. Next year’s Championship will be held in Michigan and Commodore Warren expects some of the Mattapoisett fleet will travel out there to compete.

The next big event for MYC is the Hurricane Cup on September 14 in which everybody is welcome to compete, member or not. Boats as small as Bullseyes all the way up to 50 footers race together in a one-race free for all. For more information on all MYC events and for a complete rundown of all the scores of the Ensign Championship, visit the Mattapoisett YC website at www.mattapoisettyc.org.

Rochester Historical Society Essay Winners

The Rochester Historical Society would like to thank those individuals who entered our essay contest. The winners were announced on Saturday at the Rochester Country Fair. First Place went to Delaney Shaw (age 13) – $100; Second Place to Colin Kulak (age 13) – $75; and Third Place to Lukas Michaelis (age 12) – $50.

All remaining participants received a gift certificate to Captain Bonny’s. Congratulations to all.

BOH Risks Lawsuit With Menthol Cig Ban

The Marion Board of Health wasn’t aware of just how controversial its decision was to classify menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco and ban them from sale in Marion, but on August 23 Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, told the board members that the tobacco industry would likely sue the Town should they move to ban menthol cigarettes.

According to Sbarra, the Marion Board of Health’s action to amend regulations to classify menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco products and ban them from sale would make Marion only the third municipality in the entire country to do so.

Although there is no legislation that prohibits the Board of Health from banning menthol cigarettes, she cautioned board members that Big Tobacco, once the smoke clears, will probably come after the Town with legal action.

“I just want you to be aware of that,” said Sbarra. “You might want your town counsel to be aware of that.”

Sbarra said the City of Chicago moved to ban menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco products but, in order to circumvent significant legal issues, used language restricting the sale of menthol cigarettes only to stores outside of 500 feet of a school.

“They were sued,” said Sbarra. “I think they won in the lower court, but they’re having a problem enforcing it now because of how they defined ‘schools’.

Sbarra said the robust tobacco lobby has managed to keep menthol cigarettes from being classified as flavored tobacco, so far.

“I think that they will probably sue you because this (menthol cigarettes) is such a huge part of their business,” Sbarra stated.

Having said that, Sbarra indicated that if the Board of Health chooses to move forward with the ban, then various anti-tobacco entities in the United States might reach out to provide legal representation and assistance in the event of a lawsuit.

“I think there would be a lot of legal support for you if you did,” Sbarra said.

The board has two options, said Sbarra.

One is to go ahead with the reclassification of menthol cigarettes to be included in the town tobacco regulations and banned from sale in town and risk a lawsuit.

The second option would be to amend the regulation language to classify menthol tobacco as flavored tobacco products and restrict the sale of them to adult-only tobacco retail stores, of which there are none in Marion.

“It would still be very controversial because it’s menthol,” said Sbarra. She recommended that the board follow the language in the City of Providence’s tobacco ordinance, which restricts menthol cigarette sale to adult-only retail stores, because it has been upheld in both the First and Second Circuit Courts. The tobacco industry lost both times and did not appeal to the Supreme Court.

“We can try,” said Board of Health Chairman Betsy Dunn. “If they sue us, then we’ll decide.”

Board of Health member Jason Reynolds, who first proposed banning menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco products, agreed with Dunn.

“I say we hold the hearing, and we can always alter it afterward,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds looked over a list of other towns and cities in Massachusetts that have banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, but which did not classify menthol cigarettes as ‘flavored.’

“Wimps,” said Reynolds defiantly.

Sbarra also warned the board that it might need to hold the public hearing for the ban of menthol cigarettes at a larger venue because attendance for controversial public hearings such as these can attract a significant turnout from the public, as well as legal representatives of interested parties.

The board is looking at September 27 as a tentative public hearing date for the new menthol cigarette and flavored tobacco product regulation.

Also during the meeting, the board discussed its proposed synthetic marijuana sale ban regulation, which it hopes to pass after a public hearing on September 13, tentatively.

The board received feedback from Town Counsel Jon Whitten about naming the Marion Police Department in the regulation as the enforcing body of the new law without Town Meeting approving the motion, but Sbarra told the board otherwise.

Sbarra said that as long as the Board of Health uses language designating itself and the Marion Police Department as enforcing agents, the new regulation could be approved by the board with only a public hearing on the matter.

The next meeting of the Marion Board of Health is scheduled for September 13 at 4:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry

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Ryan C. Adams

Ryan C. Adams 32, of Rochester passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday August 6, 2016.

Born in New Bedford, Ryan grew up in Rochester and attended Rochester Schools. He was the beloved and cherished son of the late Russell Adams and Crystal A. (Westgate) Adams.

Ryan leaves behind his mother Crystal & her companion Bill Bailey. Ryan is survived by his siblings, his brother, Patrick R. Adams and his sister, Faith Adams. Ryan is also survived by his grandmother, Yvonne Adams of Acushnet and his many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents; Abiel and Christine Westgate and Russell C. Adams.

Ryan was a computer guy and he like to play computer games. He also enjoyed reading and was an avid photographer. Mostly Ryan was a home body and he loved his family and was happiest when with them, especially during a family clam boil. Ryan was a sweet soul and never complained, he always had a beautiful smile on his precious face.    He is and will be terribly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Ryan services will be held at South Coast Chapel Mortuary, 158 Middleboro Rd.(Rt.18) East Freetown, Ma. 02717. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend on Saturday Sept. 10, 2016 for a Memorial Service at 11:00 am with a Gathering of Family & Friends to follow.

Ryan’s family would like to thank Dr. Eric Wong and his team at the Brain Tumor Program, in the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston.

A very heartfelt thanks from Ryan and his family to the staff of the Cape Cod VNA / Hospice for the love and compassionate care they provided during this trying time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ryan’s memory can be made to : Brain Tumor Program, Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, please visit their website at bidmc.org

York Steps Down From Rochester ConCom

The August 17 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission proved to be a tame affair with several uncomplicated hearings handled.

At the end of the meeting, Chairman Rosemary Smith announced that longtime Conservation Commission member Christopher York was stepping down from his seat. Smith said that due to relocating out of the area, York would be leaving the commission effective immediately.

Associate member Daniel Gagne, who has been monitoring commission hearings and learning the wetlands rules and regulations for nearly a year, was accepted to fill the slot vacated by York.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon said, “It has been a real pleasure to work with Chris.” Smith added, “You will be missed.

York smiled and said, “I had a great time.”

Smith asked York to submit a letter of resignation. The letter will be forwarded on to the selectmen.

A Notice of Intent filed by Joseph Rocha, 237 Walnut Plain Road, and a Request for Determination of Applicability from Don Collasius, 172 Braley Hill Road, both received approval to move forward with septic improvements and construction. Rocha’s NOI was needed, Farinon explained, versus a simple RDA filing due the location of Rocha’s septic system in relation to Doggett’s Brook.

A continued hearing from August 3 for the NOI filing by James Fraser and Katherine Hanson, 361 Snows Pond Road, for construction of a studio structure and repair of bordering vegetated wetlands previously disturbed received an Order of Conditions after its third and final hearing on this night.

The RDA filing by Center Village Condominiums represented by Carol Hardy, 7 Benjaman Drive, received a negative determination with standard conditions. The association sought and received permission to expand a driveway area and install outside lighting within a 100-foot buffer zone.

Lastly, Hipolita Almeida, 464 Walnut Plain Road, represented by engineer Rick Charon, received a negative determination of applicability for grading work to improve his driveway area and prepare the site for future garage construction.

The next meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission is scheduled for September 7 at 7:00 pm in the Rochester Town Hall meeting room.

By Marilou Newell

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A Salute to John Williams and the Boston Pops

On Friday, August 26, the Marion Concert Band will close its 2016 season with a concert featuring the music of film composer John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra. The program, which includes a clarinet soloist as well as several pieces performed by the Pops, is as follows:

Them Basses – G. H. Huffine

Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna – F. von Suppé

Strike Up the Band – G. Gershwin

Second Concerto for Clarinet (move 1) – C. M. von Weber

Daniel Moniz, clarinet

Olympic Fanfare and Theme – J. Williams

Belle of the Ball – L. Anderson

Star Wars Medley – J. Williams

Clarinet Escapade – R. Ward

Raiders of the Lost Ark Medley – J. Williams

Mancini! – H. Mancini

Theme from E.T. – J. Williams

The Stars and Stripes Forever – J. P. Sousa

Daniel Moniz, clarinet soloist, performs regularly with several local ensembles. He is the principal clarinetist of the UMass Dartmouth Wind Ensemble and a member of the Swansea Community Musicians. He performs regularly with the St. Cecilia Band from Fall River and has been a member of the Marion Concert Band since 2005.

The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. The concert is free and open to the public. “Like” us on Facebook at “Marion Town Band” for up-to-date announcements and rain cancellation notices.