Tri-County Symphonic Band

The Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, will begin its 56th season with a program entitled “Cowboys, Giants and Patriots” on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 pm in the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Hoyt Hall on the campus of Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street, Marion. Euphonium virtuoso Adam Frey will be the soloist in a program that is not football related but instead evokes the images of Cowboys, Giants and Patriots.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $5 for students, with children 12 and under admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth and the Bookstall in Marion. They can also be purchased online at Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree

Join the Mattapoisett Land Trust on Saturday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual Soiree at Dunseith Gardens, home of Salty the Seahorse. There will be music, storytelling by Big Ryan of Big Ryan’s Tall Tales, and a fire to make your own s’mores.

This is a free event, open to the public and always provides an evening of fun for all ages.

There is no parking at Dunseith, so bring a flashlight to find your way home or back to your car. For more information see our website or email us at

The Fees Are Coming, the Fees Are Coming

On October 17, the Rochester Conservation Commission resumed discussion and debate regarding the establishment of fees for filings.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon distributed a spreadsheet and other supporting documentation that detailed what other cities and towns charge for filings such as Determination of Acceptability applications and Notices of Intent.

Unlike surrounding communities, Rochester had not instituted a filing fee structure, until now. The commission also considered further ‘after-the-fact’ filing fees as a penalty for performing activities in jurisdictional areas without prior approval.

Commission member Daniel Gagne suggested a step system for Notice of Intent filings that included six categories each with a fee. Those categories are: site work only, homes, commercial, wetland crossings, docks and piers, and wetland delineations.

Fees would run around $100 for each category.

The commissioners reasoned that these types of filings are complex, requiring more assistance from the conservation office and therefore should carry a heftier fee. Gagne said that the categories noted are recognized by the Department of Environmental Protection.

For Requests of Determination of Applicability, a flat fee of $50 was settled on by the commissioners, with a doubling of that fee for after-the-fact filings.

Timing for implementation of fees will follow after discussions have concluded.

In other business, Ryan Motta’s RDA filing received a Negative Determination. Motta’s property is located at 229 Neck Road, the site of a former farm. Motta plans to return some portions of his property to farming activities and sought permission to clear land up to a 25-foot No Disturb Zone for raising alpacas, pasture lands, and blueberry cultivation.

The commissioners are unanimously pleased that former farmland was being returned to this historic endeavor.

Also coming before the commission was Bruce Ouellette, 245 Hartley Road, for a septic upgrade. The project was swiftly approved, with Farinon commenting, “We love septic repair projects, especially near cranberry bogs.”

Farinon also began the process of informing applicants during the hearing process that any changes to the plan of record required the pre-approval of the commission.

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

Rochester Conservation Commission

By Marilou Newell


Lt. Gov, BOS Sign Community Compact

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined the Marion Board of Selectmen on Friday afternoon, October 13, in Marion to sign the 307th Community Compact in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Community Compact, an initiative by the Governor Charlie Baker-Polito Administration in 2015, is a voluntary agreement between a municipality and the state, and the city or town agrees to implement at least one ‘best practice’ selected from a variety of areas. The best practices chosen are unique to each town and reflect an area in which improvement would be beneficial.

“Today, the Town of Marion joins the growing list of Community Compact communities by entering the focus of human resources best practice areas,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson. “Specifically, the agreement with enable to the Town to develop standardized job descriptions for all employees, and develop a thoughtful and well-reasoned classification plan for all non-union employees.

In addition, said Dickerson, “Marion will also commit to studying the Public Works activities with an eye towards making all of its component operations run more effectively to better serve the residents of our community.”

“It really is driven by the community,” said Polito. “Every compact is unique because every community is deciding what it wants to work on. And in particular, your compact is very unique because this is the first community that is studying how to reorganize its Department of Public Works in anticipation of a new superintendent coming in…and of course, to think about the job descriptions in the local government. It’s so important…”

With the Community comes grant monies available to Community Compact towns, as well as information and technology assistance with priority granted to Community Compact towns.

“Cities are critical, but a lot of the surrounding towns are, and there’s sometimes different ways that they interact with state government,” said State Representative Bill Straus. “These compacts I think are important because these agreements reflect what you say is, maybe unlike other levels of government elsewhere, we like to work together! And that’s what’s expected of us.”

“I think the true measure of our success is when the next generation sees this community as a vibrant place,” said Polito. With great schools, jobs and opportunities, and a secure environment, she said, “When you have all that together in a strong community, through that we’ll knit together a stronger state.”

By Jean Perry

Selectmen Pick New Police Chief

The Marion Board of Selectmen on October 17 voted to appoint Marion Police Lieutenant John Garcia as the next police chief for the Town of Marion.

The board held public interviews with Garcia and Sergeant Richard Nighelli last month, choosing to open up the position internally to department veterans holding rank of lieutenant or sergeant; four were eligible, but only Garcia and Nighelli applied.

“This is a tough decision and I’m glad we’re in this tough decision because no matter who we decide to pick, both of these candidates would be an asset to the Town of Marion,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson just before taking a vote.

Selectman Steve Gonsalves agreed, saying, “Both men are extremely qualified. They’re just…like you said, either one is a win for the town and this is one of the tougher decisions in this chair that I’m going to make this evening.”

After the vote, Town Administrator Paul Dawson was able to reach the two gentlemen via phone before adjourning, saying, “Obviously Lt. Garcia is ecstatic.” Dawson added that Sgt. Nighelli thanked the selectmen, “…not only for the kind words, but also your willingness to consider him for the position.”

“This was both a win-win for the town,” said Dawson. “I think Sgt. Nighelli represents the bright future [of this department].”

Current Police Chief Lincoln Miller announced back in May his intent to retire come the end of 2017.

In other news, the Subcommittee of the Town House Building Committee will be joined by Finance Director Judith Mooney and Dawson when it comes the time to review submitted RFQs for the design services for the exploration of a town hall at the Senior/Community Center site on Mill Street, with the capacity to vote on a preferred RFQ along with the seven subcommittee members.

Subcommittee member Robert Lane voiced his preference for allowing Mooney and Dawson to advise the committee, but without voting privileges, saying the subcommittee has a very specific goal with a maximum of $34,000, an amount Lane deemed “a very small amount of money.”

Selectman Norm Hills argued that, since in the past RFQ review committees have always included Mooney and Dawson as voting members, the Town should continue that tradition.

Gonsalves voiced his inclination to grant Lane his request, but ultimately went along with Hills’ motion to allow Mooney and Dawson to join the subcommittee to review the RFQs as voting members.

“I’ll vote ‘aye’, but I’m still not feeling it, but I respect it,” said Gonsalves.

Also during the meeting, the selectmen accepted Chief Miller’s recommendation to appoint Sean Day as a full-time officer. Day has been employed as a part-time special officer for one year. “He’s been a fine officer,” Miller said. “He’s been an asset to the department. He goes the extra mile…and I think he will be a great addition to the department.”

The selectmen also appointed Christian Ingerslev to the Marion Energy Management Committee in a 2-1 vote. Hills made the motion, which was seconded by Dickerson. Gonsalves voted ‘nay,’ saying, “I like Dale [Jones’] thinking,” who was one of three candidates. The third candidate was Mary Endsley.

Also appointed that evening was James Verni to the Conservation Commission, Stephen Cushing to the Carver/Marion/Wareham Regional Refuse Discharge District, and Joseph Guard to the Marine Resources Commission as an alternate member.

The board approved the Marion Music Hall Advisory Board’s request to spend $12,000 from the endowment fund for acoustical ceiling tile in main room of the music hall.

Council on Aging Director Heather Silvia has resigned from her position effective immediately, and will be taking another position in the Town of Acushnet. In the interim, COA Activities Director Karen Gregory will fill Silvia’s position until a new COA director can be hired.

“[Heather] connected with the people that really needed the services and she should be commended,” said Dickerson. “She’s done a great job. I’ve never had a more enjoyable time working with somebody than Heather Silvia. Acushnet’s gain is Marion’s loss.”

The position will be posted and interviews conducted before a hiring subcommittee.

The board set the holiday schedule for the Town House, with the Town House closing for Thanksgiving at noon on Wednesday, November 22, to re-open on Monday, November 27. The Town House will be closed for Christmas on Monday, December 25, and also on January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

The next meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen is scheduled for November 7 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

Marion Board of Selectmen

By Jean Perry


Kenneth R. “Shank” Cacilhas

Kenneth R. “Shank” Cacilhas, 66, of Mattapoisett passed Friday, October 13, 2017 after a sudden illness in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the former husband of Cheryl (Oliveira) Cacilhas.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Edward C. and Dorothy R. (Serpa) Cacilhas he lived in Dartmouth and spent most his life in Mattapoisett.

Shank graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School. He worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Kyler’s Seafood and Roadway Express for many years. He loved working and driving trucks. Shank will be remembered as a hard worker who loved country music, cross word puzzles and cooking up his “new concoction”. In most recent years, he fell in love with being a grandfather to his two young grandsons.

In addition to Cheryl, he is survived by a son, Kenneth G. Cacilhas and his fiancé Desiree Penman of Rochester; a daughter, Kaitlyn R. Cacilhas of Dartmouth; two grandsons, Jack Holden Cacilhas and Tate Oliver Cacilhas; his cat, Buddy; and many cousins.

His memorial visitation will be Saturday, October 28, 2017 3-7 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Burial will be private. For online tribute/directions


Bertha S. “Beth” (Salvucci) Kelley

Bertha S. “Beth” (Salvucci) Kelley, of Mattapoisett died October 16, 2017 at home.

She was the wife of the late Roger E. Kelley.

Born in Waltham, MA the daughter of the late Peter and Bertha (Pazzano) Salvucci, she lived in Weston, MA before moving to Mattapoisett in 1965.

Mrs. Kelley graduated with honors from Fisher College and attended the Bishop Lee School of Drama in Boston. She was formerly employed at M.I.T. as an administrative assistant and was a real estate broker.

She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church.

Mrs. Kelley was a member of Manconchu Club, the Mattapoisett Women’s Club, Friends of the Elderly and the Senior Bowling League at Bowlmor.

The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice and her caregivers, Wendy, Denise, Kate, Tammy, Miranda and Crystal for their help in keeping Bertha at home.

Survivors include her three children, Susan Akin of Mattapoisett, Dr. Roger Kelley, Jr. and his wife Susan of New Orleans, LA and David Kelley of Arlington, VA; four grandchildren, Kimberly Watrous of Stonington, CT, Barbara Tillman of Shreveport, LA, Bradford Kelley of Arlington, VA and Brian Kelley of New Orleans, LA; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Watrous, Julia Tillman and Foster Tillman.

She was the sister of the late Peter Salvucci, Ralph Salvucci, Francis Salvucci and Joseph Salvucci.

Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 4th at 10 am in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. For on-line guestbook, please visit


Friends Academy Open House

Friends Academy, located at 1088 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, will hold an Open House on Sunday, November 5 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Families who are interested in learning more about the school’s programs, including the Sally Borden Program for children with language-based learning differences, are invited to tour the school with student guides, visit classrooms, and speak with teachers, alums, and current and past parents. Parents and their children are also invited to hike Friends Academy’s 5 kilometers of trails. There will be a StoryWalk® available for younger students to enjoy with refreshments to follow.

Friends Academy serves students from early childhood through grade 8. This event is designed to allow families to explore Friends Academy in depth and to better understand the value of the dynamic and meaningful educational experience the school provides children in the South Coast, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island areas.

The Sally Borden Program offers a unique educational opportunity for children with language-based learning differences, including difficulty acquiring reading, spelling, written expression, math, organizational and/or study skills due to dyslexia or a specific learning disability. An informational session about The Sally Borden School will be held at 2:30 pm.

Founded in 1810, Friends Academy is an independent non-profit day school serving boys and girls. For more information call Katherine Gaudet, assistant head of school for admissions and community engagement, at 508-999-1356.

Old Rochester Travel Basketball Association

Old Rochester Travel Basketball Association is announcing their tryouts for the 2017-18 basketball season on Saturday, October 21. This is open to boys 4th – 8th grade and girls 5th – 8th grade from Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, as well as School Choice students. The tryout schedule is as follows:

All boys’ tryouts will be held at the ORR High School on October 21;

4th grade boys 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 5th boys 5:00 – 6:00 pm, 6th boys 6:00 – 7:00 pm,

7th boys 7:00 – 8:00 pm, 8th boys 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

All girls’ tryouts will be held at the ORR Junior High on October 21;

5th grade girls 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 6th girls 5:00 – 6:00 pm, 7th girls 6:00 – 7:00 pm, 8th girls 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

All new and returning players must tryout to be considered and properly evaluated. All players must register in advance for tryouts. If you cannot attend tryouts but wish to still be considered you still need to register. To register and get more information visit

Women’s Guild Christmas Fair

The First Congregational Church of Rochester Women’s Guild will hold its annual Christmas fair on Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at the Church on 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. There will be many tables with handmade items, silent auction, baked goods, jewelry, plants, hand carved birds, quilted items, indoor yard sale, knitted items, and special occasion cards. Delicious chicken soup and sandwiches will be served for lunch.