Saccone Wins All-State Championship

Here is a look at the eleventh week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.

            Boys’ Basketball: The boys finished their regular season this week playing two of the toughest teams in the area. The Bulldogs started off their week with a tough 76-64 loss to non-conference Bishop Stang, to whom they previously lost earlier this season. Though the Bulldogs managed to make a strong comeback in the fourth quarter, they were simply unable to match the accuracy of the Spartans, whose shots could not seem to miss. On a brighter note, however, the Bulldogs finished off their regular season with an exciting 66-62 victory over Wareham, which kept them undefeated in the conference and gave them the No. 1 seed in the state tournament. The game was a close one, as it was tied 59-59 with 1:07 left to play, until senior captain Jordan Menard hit a clutch three-pointer to all but secure the win for the Bulldogs. Freshman Noah Fernandes played very well, recording a team-high 23 points. With the win, the Bulldogs finish their season with a 17-3 record. Their first state tournament game will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm at ORR against the winner of the Apponequet/Mashpee game.

Girls’ Basketball: The Lady Bulldogs closed out their regular season in a less than desirable fashion, losing tough games to both Bishop Stang and Wareham. The girls suffered a 59-34 loss to non-conference Bishop Stang, and then proceeded to lose to Wareham in a 39-38 nail-biter. With just seconds left in the game, Wareham was ahead by four points, but sophomore Sophie Church hit a clutch three-pointer to cut the lead down to one. However, it would not prove enough, as the Lady Vikings managed to inbound the ball and run down the clock to defeat the Lady Bulldogs. Though their regular season did not end on a high note, the ORR girls have the opportunity to make a run in the state tournament, where they received the No. 9 seed, where coincidentally they will face off against No. 8 seeded Wareham in the opening round Wednesday night.

Boys’ Track: This week, a select few athletes from the ORR track teams competed in the All-State Meet, where the best athletes from all divisions compete for the title of state champion. The boys had one lone representative in senior Kevin Saccone, who had an incredible day at the Reggie Lewis Center. Saccone won the long jump with a leap of 22’1.25”, claiming his first indoor state championship and subsequently qualifying for the New England Championship Meet. Saccone also placed second in the 55-meter hurdles, narrowly missing the gold by just .05 seconds. On the day, Saccone earned 18 points, which was enough for the ORR team, comprised of only Saccone, to place 7th overall among teams with incredible talent and depth.

Girls’ Track: The girls’ track team also had several talented athletes compete in the All-State Meet. Junior Zoe Smith had a great day, placing tenth overall in the high-jump (5’2”) and twelfth in the competitive hurdles field (9.03 seconds). Teammates Elexus Afonso and Morgan Middleton both competed in the long jump, with Middleton placing 17th overall (16’2”) and Afonso placing 19th (15’11.75”). The girls’ 4×800-meter relay, comprised of Shannon O’Malley, Haily Saccone, Nina Bourgeois, and Sam Ball, placed 30th overall.

Ice Hockey: The ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs started their week out strong with an 8-4 blowout over Somerset Berkley. The 1-2 combo of Jeremy Lawton and Sam Henrie provided most of the offensive manpower for the Bulldogs, with Lawton scoring four goals and Henrie recording a hat trick. The Bulldogs then unfortunately suffered two tough losses to Plymouth South on both Wednesday and Friday to break a 10-game winning streak and close out their regular season. Luckily, the losses don’t count towards the Bulldogs’ conference record, which remains at 8-1, good enough to secure the SCC title.

Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of February 22.

Boys’ Basketball: (17-3-0) (16-0-0); Girls’ Basketball: (12-8-0) (10-6-0); Boys’ Track: (8-1-0) (7-1-0); Girls’ Track: (9-0-0) (8-0-0); Boys’ Swimming: (1-5-0) (0-5-0); Girls’ Swimming: (2-4-0) (1-3-0); Ice Hockey: (15-5-1) (8-1-0).


By Michael Kassabian


22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim

New Bedford Harbor may be icy and covered with snow right now, but the warmth of summer will be here before we know it! If you love to swim and want to make a difference for our local environment, then sign up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20. Swimmers who sign up through April 1 at will enjoy free registration.

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.

Now in its 22nd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members. Over 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year’s Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States.

All funds raised from the Buzzards Bay Swim support the Coalition’s work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay region, from Westport to Woods Hole.

To register and learn more about the Swim, visit

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. The SPLASH Series engages local citizens in recreational use of our waterways to celebrate access to clean water with activities that the whole community can enjoy as they raise critical funds to support their local Waterkeeper organization. For more information, please visit

Marion Republican Town Committee

The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. The public and new members are welcome.

Three Candidates Run for Selectman

Incumbent Selectman of six years Naida Parker will vie for reelection against two other candidates in the Town’s biggest contested race this year – the seat on the Rochester Board of Selectmen.

“I’ve been doing it for six years,” said Parker. “There are some things that we are working on that I’d like to continue to be part of.” At the top of her list, Parker said the alliance of the three towns taking a “firm position” regarding the Old Rochester Regional School District during this fiscal year 2016 budget season is one of such things.

Parker said budgets are tight in each of the three towns, limiting their ability to fund ORR’s “better schools” budget over a level-service budget for next year.

“We’re finally in a position where we’re united as a front,” Parker said. “As long as I’ve been in this town, it’s never happened.”

As the Town looks to fiscal year 2016 budgeting, Rochester is facing conservative estimates of its FY15 town revenue; there is not enough to cover the projected contribution Rochester is expected to make towards the ORR schools, as the town administrator reported to selectmen on February 11.

Candidate for selectman and current Town Moderator Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III said, in light of conservative estimates of revenue, he was disappointed that he heard no talk amongst selectmen of setting any goals to increase revenue in the future.

“We have no money,” said Hartley. “That’s the message that is going out to every department head.”

Hartley said that with the new year, the board should have started off with new goals for the Town, and he is disappointed.

“I’ve been let down as a citizen by the leadership of the board over the last few years,” said Hartley, which is why he said he is running for selectman.

Current Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman and former selectman Richard Cutler said there is so much the Town needs to get done that the current board’s habit of meeting every other week is not enough to get the work done.

“When I was a selectman, we would meet three, even four times a week,” said Cutler. “It’s obvious to me that there needs to be some changes at the top to get things moving again.”

Cutler said a significant issue that still needs resolution is the codification of the Town’s zoning and general bylaws, a project that Cutler has been addressing in a subcommittee formed to assess the bylaws and propose the changes in their format.

“They’re the Town leadership,” said Cutler. “They should be setting an example of that…. Spend time with the other boards.”

Parker emphasized that at the last selectmen’s meeting the board voted to meet weekly during the remainder of the budget season. She added that her role as town clerk, a position she has held since 1984, gives her an edge on town government and the inner workings of the Town.

“It gives me a general knowledge of town government. I think that gives me a different perspective,” said Parker. “There’s a degree of institutional memory that I bring to the Board of Selectmen.”

Hartley thinks the Town has been run pretty much the same over the past 50 years and many things need to be “evolving and moving forward.”

“My run is … less of a statement about Naida and more about the leadership of the board as a whole,” said Hartley, who added that part of his work in his career was “teaching people to work together … which is something the board can improve upon.”

Cutler thinks fostering change among the Board of Selectmen is not necessarily about one person.

“It’s the attitude as a whole,” said Cutler. “It’s probably time the selectmen took a break and let someone else have a chance.”

The Rochester Annual Election is April 8.

By Jean Perry


Mary Beatty Muse

Mary Beatty Muse, Ret. Justice Suffolk County Probate and Family Court, of Brookline and Marion, February 20, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Robert Francis Muse, Esq. Loving daughter of the late John F. and Dr. Mary Moore Beatty.   Devoted mother of Michael J. Esq. and his wife Jane of Wellesley, Robert F. Jr. Esq. of Washington DC, Honorable Christopher J. and his wife Karen of Boston, Honorable Mary T. Muse and her husband William Fisher of El Dorado Hills, CA, Stephen P. of Paris France, Dr. John P. and his wife Dr. Victorine of Milton, Dr. Daniel A. and his wife Dr. Ann McLean-Muse of Canton, James A. and his wife Kathleen of Mattapoisett, Julie A. Stanley Esq. and her husband Dr. John of Hingham, and Patricia E. Muse Esq. and her spouse Jane Benjamin of Boston and the late Peter J. Muse Esq. Mother-in-law of Deborah Muse of Milton. Sister of Patricia Delaney of Westwood and the late Bernadette Leber and John Beatty. Also survived by 36 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, February 28th . Interment Evergreen Cemetery Brighton. Navy Veteran WWII. Graduate of Girls Latin 1937, Emmanuel College 1941, Boston College Law School 1950. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Judge Muse may be made to the Mary B. Muse Scholarship at Emmanuel College 400 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115. For directions and guestbook please visit   Arrangements by Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home Brighton 617 782 1000

Scholarships Available for Tri-Town Seniors

Graduating high school seniors from the Tri-Town area are urged to apply for a several scholarships now available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).

The following scholarships can be applied for online at by April 30, unless otherwise noted:

The George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund provides several scholarships of at least $1,000 annually for tuition assistance to students pursuing an LPN, RN or BSN Nursing Degree while attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Acushnet, Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett who are graduating from either Fairhaven, New Bedford, Bishop Stang, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical or Old Rochester Regional high schools or a graduating senior from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics.

The Charles J. Lewin Interfaith Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to returning students and graduating high school seniors of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Plymouth counties. The Fund provides several scholarships ranging from $700 to $2,000. Scholarships are granted for one year only, although recipients may reapply annually. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 30% on academics and 20% on personal circumstances. Students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) above $16,000 are very unlikely to be selected for this scholarship.

The Thomas S. Hathaway Scholarship is awarded to students residing in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled at Harvard University. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. The total amount to be awarded is $4,200 to one or two recipients.

The Ladies’ Branch of the New Bedford Port Society Scholarship provides scholarships for high school seniors and current undergraduates who have one or more of the following: documented family ties to the sea, have received an acceptance letter from a Maritime Academy, or will major in maritime science. First consideration is given to families of descendants of seamen. Applicants must be residents of the Greater New Bedford area, defined as of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics. Please contact the school’s guidance office for details and an application.

Classic Film Friday

On Friday, March 6 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for the month’s Classic Film Friday presentation, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public free of charge. Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the 1964 black comedy/fantasy examines doomsday scenarios and Cold War politics via a pre-emptive nuclear attack by a paranoid brigadier general, which a war room full of politicians, military men and the eccentric Dr. Strangelove try desperately to stop. The film has been described as “a cynically objective, Monty Python-esque, humorous, biting response to the apocalyptic fears of the 1950s.” It was included among the first group of films chosen for the National Film Registry as culturally, historically or aesthetically important.

Dr. Strangelove features Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Running time for the film is 95 minutes, and it will be followed by a brief talk-back session by David Pierce. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.

Monthly Travel Talk at the ETL

Come join us on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm for a tour of three undiscovered gems of Germany and Austria: Münster and Marburg in Germany, and Ladis, Austria. Christine Watt, a German native, grew up in the Münsterland, an area of Water Castles and stately farmsteads in the Northwest of Germany. Her husband, Stephen, has traveled extensively in Germany, including a year-abroad at the University of Marburg in central Germany. Marburg has played host to many famous German visitors, including Martin Luther and the Brothers Grimm, and its narrow streets, lined with half-timber houses, offer a glimpse into what Germany may have looked like several hundred years ago. Over the past ten years, Tine and Stephen have regularly visited the Oberinntal in the Alps of Austria. This is an area of not only breath-taking scenery, but also centuries-old traditions that still play a dominant role in the daily lives of local residents. We invite you to marvel at their natural beauty of these three areas of Germany and Austria, and learn more about their culture and history.

Committee Cuts Back Capital Improvement

Thursday evening the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee met to discuss revisions to the fiscal year 2016 report ahead of the March 3 Board of Selectmen meeting. The report details the plans of the CIPC for the next 10 years.

A major change to the report from the last meeting was the removal of three projects from the FY16 plan to compensate for the adjustments requested by the EPA for renewing the license, or National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, for the Town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The projects removed include $150,000 for the design and engineering of a new Department of Public Works building; $4.77 million for Phase 1B construction of Village Area CIP improvements; and $270,000 for Phase 2 designs, totaling $5.19 million worth of projects put on hold.

Casey Barros expressed that he was happy to see the changes made to the proposed projects list.

Allocated for permit negotiations and lagoon analysis is a $450,000 placeholder amount to present to the selectmen.

“It’s a placeholder for engineering services for what we need to do to respond to the EPA,” said CIPC Chairman Norman Hills.

According to the report, the resultant financial impact of the changes is unknown. During the February 5 meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen, engineers determined that costs could exceed $20 million.

One of the major changes the EPA requests is the elimination of unlined lagoon use, as well as the prohibition of letting biosolids degrade naturally in the lagoons. This requires the elimination of three unlined lagoons off Benson Brook Road, which were built in the 1970s to store excess wastewater and treat biosolids. This would require the Town to export the sludge, line the lagoons, and expand filtration amongst other costs.

Other changes to the report include adding a detailed description of Item 2 listed in the proposed projects road repair for sections of Point Road and Front Street. Those repairs include grind, overlay and crack seal.

The cost of this project will be $273,000 and is funded by Chapter 90, a MassDOT program that entitles municipalities to reimbursement for certain projects.

The CIPC report suggests the funding of 20 FY16 capital projects, down from the originally suggested 23, totaling $2,162,065. The report also provides information detailing where the funding would come from for each project.

The changes were accepted unanimously by the committee following a brief discussion about more changes to grammar, capitalization, and spelling suggested by Barros.

The next meeting of the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee is scheduled for March 5 at 7:00 pm in the Marion Police Station conference room.

By Andrew Roiter


Academic Achievements

Kiernan M. Reynolds, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jason Reynolds of Marion, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kiernan is a junior majoring in Political Science.

Megan Psyhojos, a member of the class of 2016 from Marion, has been named to the fall 2014 Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List at Loyola, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 15 credits.

Abigail Adams of Mattapoisett and Laura Morse of Mattapoisett were named to the Merrimack College Dean’s List for fall 2014. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a 3.25 GPA out of a 4.0 grading system.