WPI Athlete of the Week

Mary-Lee Barboza of Rochester from the field hockey team has been selected as the WPI Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 26.

Barboza made her senior day a memorable one on Saturday as she netted a pair of second-half goals to help WPI defeat Wheaton 4-1 and take a big step to securing a spot in the NEWMAC postseason tournament. The two goals give Barboza three this season and nine in her standout career.

Upper Cape Tech Craft Fair

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will hold their 20th annual American Made Professional Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. The Craft Fair is sponsored by Upper Cape Tech’s Parent Teacher Organization, which funds student activities, scholarships, and other school events. For additional information, please call 508 759-7711 ext. 117.

Are Fireworks Contaminating Rochester Water?

They only gather once a year to discuss inter-town water interests, voice their concerns, and share their visions for their respective towns, so members of the Rochester, Marion, and Wareham Water Boards sat and chatted like old friends on October 23 and updated each other on the status and progress of their towns – water-wise.

Perchlorate levels are high in the Mary’s Pond/Route 152 area wells that provide water to Marion, and Marion Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Zora said three wells in that area are currently not in use due to the problem.

“It’s coming from somewhere,” said Zora, saying he will continue to search for the source of the chemical in order to avoid spending roughly $3 million for a filtration plant.

Perchlorate is commonly found in fireworks and other explosives, leading Zora to speculate that the source may indeed be fireworks that residents have been shooting off from the Mary’s Pond ball field. Perchlorate is also found in some fertilizers. So far, only that one area is affected.

The Town of Marion imports about 95 percent of its water supply from Rochester, having only one well of its own within the Marion borders and no prospect of finding another.

“We’ve searched left and right,” said Marion Water Committee Chairman David Pierce.

The Town continues to replace its outdated water infrastructure, spending around $1 to $1.5 million per year replacing old under-sized pipes with new wider ones, as per the Town’s 10-year Capital Plan.

Rochester Water Commissioner Fred Underhill focused mainly on his “number one nemesis,” the City of New Bedford, which draws about 13.14 million gallons a day from Great Quittacas and Little Quittacas Ponds, located in Rochester.

Underhill’s concern is New Bedford’s request to increase its allocation to 25.8 million gallons per day. With Rochester’s allocation at 5.96 million gallons, the increase would exceed the recommended safe yield limit of 27.4 million total gallons drawn per day. Underhill said Rochester plans to oppose the request.

Wareham Water Department Operations Supervisor Andy Cunningham invited those in attendance to observe a new pigging technique his Town is employing to scrape the pipes of a thick manganese layer affecting the Wareham water supply.

Ice pigging is a new technology for water pipe cleaning that involves flushing the pipes with ice slurry, which uses less water in the process and less cleanup.

The group will not meet again until the fall of 2015.

By Jean Perry


Halloween at the Mattapoisett YMCA

It was an adventurous evening at the Mattapoisett YMCA on October 24 for families looking for some Halloween fun. A family hayride, Halloween party, and the spooky zipline, along with a costume contest gave local children a heaping dose of early Halloween excitement. Photos by Jean Perry

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Wicked Scary Haunted Forest Walk

This Halloween, The Trustees of Reservations will host our own Wicked Scary Haunted Forest Walk. Join us at The Lyman Reserve – located at 1009 Head of the Bay Rd. in Buzzards Bay – on October 31 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Dare to see what lives in the woods once the sun goes down! You never know what might be lurking in the woods at Lyman. The cold, dark woods are not for the faint of heart, so this walk is recommended for ages 10 and above. Free to the public. Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear; you might need to run!

Hockey Unlimited Prepares for 50th Season

Hockey Unlimited is entering its 50th year teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of ice hockey. The program also offers certain parents and grandparents the opportunity to coach and play alongside offspring.

For most of those 50 years, the organization has had one person at the helm. This year marks the 44th season Tim Dyer has been coaching for Hockey Unlimited. He began this “labor of love” when he was just out of college. After the organization’s head coach moved to Florida two years later, Mr. Dyer was offered the reins. He accepted and says he has never regretted it. He has served as Managing Director and Head Coach for nearly 42 years now. Along the way, he has been fortunate to have coached several relatives, including his two children, six nephews, one niece and a grandnephew. “In fact, almost every year, I’ve had at least one relative on the ice with me … either playing or coaching.” His son, TJ, still serves as an Assistant Coach when home from Northeastern University.

Hockey Unlimited holds all its sessions at Tabor Academy – and is believed to be the rink’s longest, continuous paying customer. Mr. Dyer credits Tabor for its outstanding cooperation and support over the years. For all 50 years, Tabor has allotted favorable ice time for this community non-profit organization. “Without Tabor and its rink, there would be no Hockey Unlimited. The School treats us like family. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate Tabor’s help … for 5 decades. As a Tabor alum, I truly agree with and experience first-hand the School’s community outreach.” Dyer also noted that, for years, Tabor has donated ice time for family-oriented public skating sessions on Sundays and other vacation days. Coach Dyer recalls when Hockey Unlimited would hold its sessions at Tabor’s outside ice rink (with no roof) in windy, sub-freezing temperatures: “We had some frigid playing conditions in the early years – not to mention snow and freezing rain on other occasions; for some time now, we have been very grateful for the new indoor rink.”

When asked about the future of Hockey Unlimited, Mr. Dyer is realistic. “As long as my body holds up, I’m out there. When the time comes that I can’t continue, I’m confident one of the other younger coaches will step up to keep the tradition alive. We have a deep bench of assistant coaches, led by Jim Hutchinson.”

Mr. Dyer resides in Marion. He and his two children all graduated from Tabor Academy. Dyer owns and operates the Marion investment firm Dyer Capital Management.

Hockey Unlimited is planning a small ceremony Saturday, November 8 at 8:30 am to formally commemorate the start of its 50th season. Tabor’s Head of School, John Quirk, is expected to attend.

Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree

Dunseith Gardens in Mattapoisett was lit up the night of October 25 with fire and imagination at the 8th annual Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree, hosted by the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Photos by Felix Perez


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Cottage Street Application Withdrawn

As the Town House conference room filled with families and residents from the neighborhood of 16 Cottage Street, no one noticed a significant absence: No one from Sippican Preservation LLC was present.

Marion Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Eric Pierce opened the meeting with the full room quietly waiting for the hearing for the proposed condominium project to begin. Instead, Pierce read a letter from Christian Loranger and Albert Meninno Jr., stating that they wanted to withdraw their application without prejudice and thanked the board for their time and attention in this matter.

The board comprised of Bob Alves, John Sylvia, Tom Cooper and Pierce voted unanimously to approve the withdrawal.

The assembled let out a collective gasp of disbelief, and then sighs of relief and laughter mingled as the people stood and congratulated one another for stopping the project.

“You did it,” said Pierce to the residents in attendance, “because they listened to you.”

And what they had done was voice concerns that the proposed re-development of the four-unit building into six or more condominiums was too large for the neighborhood. Their expressed fears were that the family-friendly neighborhood would be changed into a busy dangerous place for their children. They wrote letters to various Town boards, attended meetings, and urged officials to consider their concerns and deny the project.

At the previously scheduled hearing, which had to be postponed due to a lack of quorum, Meninno stated, “…We want to be good neighbors…” But clearly, the issues of bedroom count and increased traffic, lack of parking, and changing the character of the area were too much with the plan as submitted.

Several residents asked the board if the developers could return. Pierce explained that they could return with a new plan, as it was their right to do so. He said the cycle would begin again and abutters would be notified as required.

With no other business on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned. Presently the ZBA does not have a meeting scheduled for November.

By Marilou Newell


Steven D. Robbins

Steven D. Robbins, 74, of Marion, died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at his home after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Elaine P. (Morss) Robbins.

Born in Wareham, the son of the late Emery & Delia (Bourgault) Robbins, he was a longtime resident of Marion. Mr. Robbins was a member of Laborers Local # 385 in Fairhaven and worked for Bay State Piping in Middleboro for many years.

Mr. Robbins formerly served on the Marion Fire Department and was a former member of the Marion Firefighters Assoc., Marion Social Club, Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed being with his family and friends.

The Robbins family would also like to extend their deepest thanks and gratitude to the caring staff at Southcoast Center for Cancer Care in Fairhaven.

He is survived by his children, Thomas Morss and his wife Maureen of Mattapoisett, Steven Robbins and his wife June, Jody Robbins and Holly D. Robbins and her companion James Collins all of Marion and Sherry Robbins of FL, two sisters, Norma Thompson of TX and Patty Caswell of KY; his brother, Kevin Robbins of KY; his sister in-law, Janet Lacroix and her husband Robert of Rochester; his niece, Kristen Harris of TX; his nephew Carter Thompson and his wife Linda of TX; 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many dear friends and loved ones. He was predeceased by his daughter, the late Stacey Maxim and his brother, the late Emery Alan Robbins.

Graveside services at Old Landing Cemetery in Marion will be private.

Donations in his memory may be made to Southcoast Center for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Chowder/Kale Soup Tasting Cook-Off

The fourth annual Chowder and Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 pm for hors d’oeuvres and 6:30 pm for the Cook-Off at the First Congregational Church of Marion’s Community Center on Front Street, next to the General Store. Tickets are $10. Admission is free for those who prepare their special chowder or kale soup. Prizes will be awarded for both categories: chowder and kale. Hors d’oeuvres, oyster crackers, wine, dessert and coffee provided. For tickets or to tell us you will attend or cook, call 508-748-2776 or 508-748-2428. Come taste and vote for your favorite!