Field Hockey Defeats Rival Apponequet

Here is a look at the second week of results in scheduled games for all ORR athletic teams.

Football: This week, the Bulldogs competed in their first conference game for the season against Case, in which they dominated 46-0 and proved that they could still compete in the SCC even after a tough graduation. Old Rochester steamrolled over the Case Cardinals even in rainy weather, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Running-back Darien Dumond led the team with three touchdowns and accounted for 175 offensive yards in the first half alone. Junior Sean Hopkins also played well, scoring two touchdowns, and senior Quarterback Alex Aruri and sophomore Mike Morris each added single scores for the 2-0 Bulldogs. The ORR defense also played well, holding Case to just 92 yards and continually capitalizing on turnovers from the Case offense, which could not seem to keep their hands on the ball. The boys’ next game will be home against Bourne on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm.

Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs had a strong opening to their week with an easy 2-0 shutout over Fairhaven, but the real story of ORR athletics was the girls’ impressive 3-0 victory over SCC powerhouse Apponequet. The Apponequet field hockey program has been extremely successful the past few years, stealing the SCC crown from Old Rochester for the past two years. Though the Lady Lakers lost a significant portion of their team, they were still expected to be a strong contender for the SCC and possibly state title. But thanks to strong performances by senior Devyn O’Connor and Goalie Mya Lunn, the girls not only defeated their conference rival, but held them to no goals. After a scoreless first half, O’Connor scored twice for ORR and Darby Nolet added a single score to give the Lady Bulldogs the upper edge. Lunn made five saves in net, and sophomore Midfielder Hannah Guard made an impressive stop in the backfield on a pivotal Apponequet drive. The win over Apponequet was even more impressive considering that it marked the first time since 2012 that the Lady Lakers had lost a regular-season game.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team suffered their first loss of the season this week to conference rival GNB Voc-Tech in a 3-0 shutout. The rest of their week was a little more positive, as they easily defeated both Fairhaven and Wareham in shutouts. Against Fairhaven, the boys won 1-0, with Alex Sousa providing the lone goal of the game and Melvin Vincent stopping eight shots in net. The boys followed the victory up with a 6-0 blowout over the Wareham Vikings. Sophomores Mason DaSilva and Tim Dix combined for three goals, with DaSilva notching two and Dix adding one. Four Old Rochester boys played goalie for the game and shared the shutout: Vincent, Stephen Burke, Theo Assing, and Evan Santos.

Girls’ Soccer: The Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated this week, defeating GNB Voc-Tech, Wareham, and Fairhaven. The girls defeated GNB Voc-Tech 2-0 thanks to goals from Camille Filloramo and Amy Bichajian, and handily beat Wareham 6-0, this time with Kaleigh Goulart leading the team with a hat trick. The girls finished off their week with 2-1 victory over Fairhaven. The fact that the Lady Bulldogs have only allowed one goal in the past five games serves as a testament to how impenetrable the ORR defense is, led by Mikayla Demanche, Arden Goguen, and Nicole Gifford.

Golf: Like the girls’ soccer team, the Old Rochester golf team also remained undefeated this week, defeating two important SCC title contenders in Fairhaven and Dighton-Rehoboth. In both games, Jacob Durocher led the way, scoring a 38 to lead the Bulldogs to a 133-94 victory over Fairhaven, and a 36 in a 166-135 victory over DR. Collin Fitzpatrick, Jackson Mitchell, and Zach Peterson also shot well in both games. The win over DR was especially important, as they are usually one of the teams to beat on the road to the conference championship.

Volleyball: The Lady Bulldogs continued their early season struggles this week, losing all three of their games to conference teams. The girls were shut out 3-0 both against GNB Voc-Tech and Fairhaven, but did manage to get on the board in a tight 3-2 loss to Wareham. Old Rochester won the first and third games (25-18 and 29-27, respectively), but were not able to hold on. Hopefully the girls will be able to shake off the early losses and claim their first victory of the season.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 7.

Football: (2-0-0) (1-0-0); Field Hockey: (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Girls’ Soccer: ( 5-0-0) (5-0-0); Boys’ Soccer: (4-1-0) (4-1-0); Golf: (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Volleyball: (0-5-0) (0-5-0); Boys’ Cross Country: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (0-0-0) (0-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian

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Mattapoisett Historical Society Annual Meeting

The public is invited to join the Mattapoisett Historical Society at its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 pm at 5 Church Street. At this meeting, treasury and curatorial reports will be given, and Officers and Board Members will be elected. Seth Mendell will provide the entertainment with tales of Mattapoisett during the depression of 1848, the Gold Rush and the Clipper Ship era. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations are welcomed. For more information, please contact us at 508-758-2844 or at mattapoisett.museum@verizon.net.

Board Prepares for CVS Crowd

Expecting a high turnout for its next meeting that will feature a proposed CVS location at the northeast corner of Front Street and Route 6, Marion Planning Board members on September 15 voted 5-1 to hold its October 6 meeting at the Marion Music Hall to accommodate anywhere from 50 to 100 residents who may turn out for the public hearing to voice their concerns.

Planning Board member Eileen Marum made the suggestion to hold the meeting at the music hall, to which all board members concurred, with the exception of one member – Jerry “Rico” Ferrari.

“There was a great deal of interest generated,” said Marum during a follow-up interview about the CVS plan. “Not everybody concerned could be accommodated in that [Town House] hall.”

A number of residents attended the September 2 meeting when representatives of Mark Investments LLC, the developers of the proposed 14,000 square-foot CVS location, first appeared on the Planning Board agenda.

“There was a real reaction from voters,” said Marum. The initial discussion raised more questions than answers, and Marum felt strongly that a larger space would be necessary to accommodate a possibly larger-than-average turnout

Marum’s three concerns, she said, were the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in attendance, pointing out that, should there be a fire or some other emergency, the Town House conference room could pose a hazard to a large group attempting to evacuate the room.

“And I said, ‘people would be crammed in here,’” said Marum. “Are we going to be able to get all these people out?”

Board member Steve Gonsalves said he would support holding the meeting at the music hall, provided it was televised live for those at home to watch in real time, which the Town House is equipped to do, unlike the Marion Music Hall. Gonsalves ultimately voted in favor of Marum’s motion to hold the meeting at the music hall, seconded by board member Norman Hills.

We are elected officials, said Marum. “And this is a democracy. Everyone should have the right to express their point of view … and we should be able to listen to them.”

Marum said Marion Planning Assistant Terri Santos confirmed that the Marion Music Hall was available the evening of October 6, but final confirmation of the meeting’s location could not be made by publication deadline.

There were no public hearings listed on the agenda, only items listed for discussion.

The next meeting of the Marion Planning Board is scheduled for October 6 at 7:00 pm, tentatively to be held at the Marion Music Hall.

By Jean Perry

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Thank You COA Drivers

To the Editor:

I wish to publicly praise and thank two of the drivers of the COA buses on the shopping runs that occur during the week, namely, Penny and John. Also, I wish to thank the COA directly for their concerns and help they provide to the seniors at Village Court.

Having lost my vehicle last January, I have come to depend upon these trips. They have truly been a blessing. Both of these folks are not only courteous, but often will go out of their way for some of the Village Court residents who ride these buses on a regular basis. Both Penny and John always arrive with smiles on their faces, and the patience that even Job would appreciate. We also manage to have a few laughs on these trips.

I realize that Mattapoisett no longer has access to public transportation from SRTA and that the COA is trying to make up for the lack of the services that were once provided by SRTA. The COA has done its best to make up for this lack of SRTA services and they are doing a fantastic job.

Also, I would like to point out to other Town residents who do not take advantage of these services that they should look into taking advantage of this service. Why spend time and effort (and gas) when you can “take the bus.” Not only do they go to Fairhaven and New Bedford … they offer a ride to Dartmouth locations also twice a month, i.e., the Mall and Christmas Tree Shop.

So, once again thank you Penny and John, and to all at the COA for their kindness and help.

Cordially,

Stephanie Mitchell, Village Court

 

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Dennis “Yuen” Wong

Dennis “Yuen” Wong, born on December 22, 1933, the son of the late Charlie and Jade (Woo) Wong, has gone to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ and his beloved wife, Ann Claire (Foley) Wong who passed away in February 2014. Dennis departed this world suddenly and totally unexpectedly during his nap on Friday, September 12, 2014. We rejoice in knowing that he is now living in the Kingdom of God, in His love and glory, but he will be deeply missed by his children, relative and friends.

Dennis graduated from Tabor Academy and then served in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged, he came back to Mattapoisett and worked in the family business, Cathay Temple,as chef and part-owner. In 1963, at his brother Stephen’s wedding, he met the love of his life and married Ann Claire Foley in 1964.

Dennis continued working in the family business until it closed in 2000. He then joined his daughter in Downtown New Bedford when she opened Daffodil’s Restaurant. He would often be seen sitting outside of the restaurant in a comfortable chair, smoking and having an iced coffee with one of the customers. He enjoyed talking with people.

As we look back and think about Dad, we realize how much he loved us unconditionally and enjoyed being a Dad. He nurtured us, encouraged us and listened attentively, but not always understanding because we drove him crazy. He taught us to forgive unconditionally and let things go. He was a loving, kind, compassionate and gentle man who loved to take care of his family. He was the type of Dad who on his day off would pile his children, nieces and nephews into the station wagon and off we would go for a day of FUN! In the summertime, he loved to wake us up when he came home from work, around 1 AM, to go swimming, cook cheeseburgers on the grill and eat cold, sliced watermelon. We again ask for your prayers as we begin another grieving process, this time for our Dad, because it is so difficult.

Dennis has joined his wife of 49 years, but is survived by his three children, Lisa Wong of Dartmouth, Jade Wong and her spouse Jessica Oliver of New Bedford, and Dennis Wong of New York; his grandchildren, Joseph and Grace; his sisters, May Moy and her husband Phillip, Debbie Holt, and Sue Van Wiggeren; and his sister-in-law, Margaret (Foley) Wong.

He was the brother of the late Stephen Wong, Claudia Wong, Meline Loo and Louie Wong.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 11 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 4-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Elizabeth A. (Anderson) Durfee

Elizabeth A. (Anderson) Durfee, 88, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion. She was the wife of the late Donal K. Durfee.

Born in Sandusky, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Nelson & Esther (Metzgar) Anderson. A previous resident of Michigan, she has lived in Marion for 59 years.

Mrs. Durfee graduated from Rhode Island School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for Tabor Academy in Marion for over 40 years. A longtime resident of Marion, she enjoyed spending time at Silvershell Beach.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally Durfee and her husband Jerry Atkinson of W. Bloomfield, MI; two sons, Scott Durfee and his wife Nancy and D. Christopher Durfee and his wife Joselyn all of W. Olive, MI; two brothers, Robert Anderson of The Villages, FL and James Anderson of Streator, IL; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Durfee, Jacob Durfee and his wife Audra, Rebecca Durfee, Sarah Atkinson, Paige Atkinson, Emily Atkinson and Christine Durfee; two great grandchildren, Austin and Amber Durfee.

Relatives and friends were invited visit on Fri., Sept. 19th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham. A memorial service was held on Sat., Sept. 20th at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Burial was private.

Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 545, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com

Fingerprinting Policy Raises Discussion

In light of the State’s new policy mandating fingerprinting of all school employees, members of “The Joint” must now figure out its own policy regarding how to fingerprint others, such as parent volunteers, who take part in school activities.

“The CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check) is still there,” said Superintendent Doug White. “And CORIs are done on a regular basis.”

CORI checks, however, only report on criminal activity documented within the State of Massachusetts. The new fingerprinting law extends that search nationwide.

During the September 11 meeting, White suggested that anyone who is responsible for taking a student off on their own – that is, any individual tasked with one-on-one supervision of students and/or anyone tasked with supervising a group of students – should be fingerprinted.

Then there are parents volunteering on field trips. The policy could require that parent volunteers pay for their one-time fingerprinting at a cost of $35.

“I want the parents to want to volunteer,” said Rochester School Committee member Jennifer Kulak. “I’m not too sure I’m comfortable with that level.” She said parents who would supervise a group of students overnight should be required to undergo fingerprinting, but classroom volunteers? “I’m not sure we have to set the bar that high.”

Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins agreed.

“I don’t think we should charge for volunteering,” said Higgins.

Marion School Committee Chairman Joseph Scott concurred and expressed concern that the move might inhibit volunteerism at the schools. He wondered if the funds from student accounts might cover the cost.

Marion School Committee member Christine Winters, who also sits on the Budget Subcommittee, said it is important the committee brainstorm now and get the first read of the initial draft done, so the subcommittee can revise it and send it back to The Joint for approval as soon as possible.

“We always say they’re living, breathing policies,” said Winters. “But it’s good to have something in place.” She added that the policy could always be revisited further in the coming months.

Also during the meeting, The Joint considered consolidating school committee meetings in order to more efficiently relay information to all school committees while reducing the number of meetings key central administrative staff had to attend.

White, who attends all five times the five school committees meet every month, often gives the same presentation multiple times to all the multiple school committees. He suggested banding together two school committees during one evening to attend White’s presentation and then convene their own individual meetings.

“I would be in favor of minimizing the number of meetings that we have to go to,” said Higgins.

White suggested that certain topics, such as reporting MCAS scores, could be delivered to multiple school committees all at once instead of four times individually, referring to the concept as “an economy of words.” This would eliminate two meetings per month for some admin staff.

“I don’t know if that alleviates the problem,” said Higgins. “I don’t think two meetings goes that far.”

Marion School Committee member Christine Marcolini said she would support admin staff, like the facilities director, food service director, and director of student services attending meetings on an as-needed basis rather than attending every meeting.

“I think that’s appropriate,” said Mattapoisett School Committee member James Muse, adding that a combination of the two ideas might offer a solution.

The committee discussed having back-to-back meetings of two school committees one evening each month, with one convening first, then White addressing both committees, followed by the convening of the second committee.

“I’d love to only do twice instead of four,” said White. He said two is better than four when it comes to school committee meetings.

In other matters, White gave a slide presentation outlining his individual professional evaluation goals for the school year.

Some highlights included supervision and use of the superintendent rubric to score White’s performance.

“Now that I have Patrick (new Business Administrator Patrick Spencer),” said White, “I’d rather be in the schools than in my office communicating through email.”

White called his presentation “a conversation on where we want to be.” Much of the information the committee will use to score White’s performance will be based on self-assessment and White’s own data. Higgins said he found difficulty in this type of set-up, with White reporting to the committee on how he has been performing.

“It’s one source,” said Higgins. “I think it’s hard to ask committee members to give him status, to give him feedback, when the only source is him.” Higgins said the situation calls for more of a “board of directors scenario.”

“If the numbers are good and the progress is good, you give them the thumbs up,” said Higgins. If progress is poor, he continued, then you get further information from other sources.

The next meeting of the Joint School Committees is scheduled for November 13 at 6:30 pm at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School media room.

By Jean Perry

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Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association

To the Editor:

The Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association would like to honor Robert Magee and Mckensie Roderiques as recipients of the MPOA 2014 Educational Scholarship, a $1,000 award.

I am delighted for our association to afford the opportunity to help students fulfill a financial burden often incurred in obtaining a higher level of education. Both Robbie and Mckensie are entering the next chapter in their lives, and we hope this small gift will help them achieve their long-term goals.

Robbie is currently attending Wingate University, North Carolina, pursing a major in Pharmaceuticals, while Mckensie is attending University of Rhode Island, pursing a major in Human Science & Services. We wish both Robbie and Mckensie the best of luck. We would also like to thank the community for their continued support and contributions to the Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association.

President Nicholas Lorenco

Kids Ocean Mile Fun Run

Drew Weaver, #102, aged 12 of Mattapoisett and Matt Castro, #101, age 12 of Westport, were guaranteed winners September 13 at the Kids Ocean Mile Fun Run put on by the Mattapoisett YMCA. The only ones who signed up to compete, Castro took first place and Weaver took second in a close race. YMCA Executive Director Joe Marciszyn said next year the Y would promote the race more to increase entries. Photos by Jean Perry

 

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Selectmen Place Restrictions on Dog Kennel

The owners of a dog kennel at 368 North Avenue will have to reduce the number of dogs at their kennel until they construct a proper building in which to house their breeding dogs after the Rochester Board of Selectmen decided September 15 how to handle the complaints of incessant barking that has created a nuisance within the neighborhood.

Liberal and Melinda Teixeira were ordered to reduce the number of dogs on their property from 16 to no more than six at a time within two weeks, while they comply with the board’s requirement that the dogs be fully housed in an enclosed building within 90 days.

The Teixeras were not present at the meeting, but their attorney Robert Moore advocated to no avail on their behalf.

Town Counsel Blair Bailey, before a roomful of the Teixeras’ neighbors, offered several options from which the board could choose to rectify the nuisance, with the board opting to reduce the number of dogs, demand a properly ventilated structure to house the dogs, limit the number of dogs outside at one time, and construct a solid fence for when the dogs go outside to control the noise and limit exposure to outside stimulants that can trigger the dogs to bark.

“They have to be kennel buildings,” said Bailey. “These dogs are housed, and I use the word ‘housed’ loosely.” He likened the existing kennel structure to a greenhouse of sorts. “Which, in my mind, is an echo chamber.”

Bailey said he came up with his proposed solutions by looking into what other municipalities have imposed upon kennel owners under Massachusetts General Laws and existing case law.

Moore argued that the Teixeiras would need ample time to figure out the size of the mandated kennel structure, and he opposed the restriction on the number of dogs in the meantime.

When asked how many dogs are currently housed on the property, Moore said that while the Teixeiras had recently told him there were 16, he was unsure at that time.

“Where is she now?” asked one neighbor aloud about Ms. Teixeira’s inability to answer the board’s questions due to her absence from the meeting.

Moore requested another month to assess the building needs before selectmen placed any restrictions on the Teixeiras’ kennel, but that request was denied.

“It doesn’t make any sense for this board to do nothing,” stated Bailey. “That’s not fair. That’s not fair to the neighbors.” Bailey later said there have been further complaints about the dogs barking since the public hearing opened on August 25.

Blair told Moore that the Teixeiras could have all their dogs back on the property once the noise is mitigated, the structure is built, and the nuisance eradicated.

“They’re certainly free to come back and amend the decision,” Blair told Moore. “Because right now there’s 16 and the situation is not good.” Blair acknowledged the Teixeiras would likely appeal the board’s decision and the matter could move forward to litigation.

Also during the meeting, Southeastern Regional Planning & Economical Development District (SRPEDD) Director of Municipal Management Ross Perry asked the Town of Rochester to join 14 other communities in an aggregation program to lower the cost of electricity while choosing the sources of electricity, green or otherwise.

Perry said the concept was three-pronged: to save money, stabilize energy prices long-term, and designate a percentage of green energy sources.

According to Perry, the aggregation program so far represents over 140,000 households from other towns, roughly 1.7 billion kilowatt hours.

“That makes us bigger than any large business in the area,” stated Perry. He said residents could opt out of the agreement if they wanted to maintain their energy-purchasing status quo, which did not appear to fly with Selectman Naida Parker.

“Why would they have to opt out rather than opt in” asked Parker.

Perry explained that Town Meeting would vote on whether or not to join the aggregation program, which would include the whole town in the deal unless individual households wanted to opt out.

“I don’t like to be told I have to get out of [something],” said Parker. She said she would like to see it be the other way around.

Perry explained, though, that consumers are already automatically “opted-in” with their energy sources through NSTAR. The aggregation program would, essentially, be a way for consumers to opt out of the price rate for the energy they receive today and seek a lower price rate through other sources.

“Nothing will change,” said Perry, “other than the name on the [NSTAR] bill that says ‘supplied by.’” NSTAR would continue to be the energy distributor and only the negotiated power supplier would change – along with, hopefully, cheaper electricity rates.

SRPEDD is close to narrowing down the contractor it will select to do the negotiating for the towns represented in the aggregation program, and John O’Rourke of Good Energy was on hand to explain his role further.

“We sit on your side of the table when it comes to putting out the RFP,” said O’Rourke. He said this way, consumers in each town can get a better rate on their electricity and the company does all the outreach and education on behalf of the towns. “We take care of all that necessary work,” said O’Rourke. “There’s no cost to the Town.” No cost, that is, except for a fraction of a cent per kWh per customer that would appear on electricity bills.

“We are the largest, most successful aggregation company in the country,” said O’Rourke. He said each town would negotiate their own contract length from a “matrix of bids” the company would provide the towns, by term, and towns would decide on their own specific percentage of green energy sources.

“The larger the buying group, the better your negotiating power,” said Perry.

The board considered an article for the Fall Special Town Meeting, but held off on making a decision until a special BOS meeting scheduled for September 22 to approve the Special Town Meeting warrant.

In a follow-up interview, Town Administrator Michael McCue said the aggregation plan did not appeal very much to selectmen because the Town has already entered into a contract to purchase some of its electricity from the a local wind energy source slated to be online in the coming months. The board will decide at its next meeting on September 22 at 6:30 pm in the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry

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