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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

ORRJH Students of the Month
Kevin T. Brogioli, principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for September 2017:
Green Team: Jennifer Williams & Ethan Perez-Dormitzer
Orange Team: Alexandra Macallister & Stephen Old
Blue Team: Faileen Fitzpatrick & Rudy Arsenault
Red Team: Julia Downey & Walter Rosher, III
Purple Team: Amelia Joseph& Ethan Scully
Special Areas: Ava Barrows & Makenzi DeMello

Ticks Are Here to Stay and Multiplying
Did you know that ticks are active the entire year? Have you read about the Lone Star Tick as well as the other ticks? On Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 am at the Mattapoisett Library Meeting Room, Entomologist Blake Dinius, who was recently hired by Plymouth County, will talk about ticks in the South Coast. Mr. Dinius will discuss the facts on ticks, the diseases they carry, and proven methods of protection.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Mattapoisett Woman's Club. If you would like more information, please contact Mike Huguenin or Barb Van Inwegen.

Immigration Today
Please join us for an immigration discussion forum with Helena DaSilva Hughes, executive director of the Immigrants' Assistance Center, and Corinn Williams, executive director of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street).
Helena DaSilva Hughes immigrated with her family to the United States from Madeira Islands, Portugal when she was 10 years old. She is a graduate of New Bedford High School and holds a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Law from Newbury College, and a graduate of UMD Leadership SouthCoast. Ms. DaSilva Hughes has been working at the Immigrants' Assistance Center, Inc. (IAC) since 1984 where she started as an executive secretary/case manager, and in 1996 was promoted to executive director of the IAC. She has developed and implemented numerous programs throughout her leadership based on the needs of the immigrant community. She is bilingual/bicultural in Portuguese and has a strong knowledge of the Spanish language. She has been a keynote speaker at several universities at the state, national, and international level on the topics of immigration and the impact of deportation. She has won many awards throughout her career for her dedication, commitment, and passion on working with the immigrant community. In 2015 she was awarded Order of Merit, Commander Level by the President of Portugal, Cavaca Silva.
Corinn Williams is the co-founder of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC) and has been executive director since 2002. She has successfully designed start-up and implementation of several programs to provide support to immigrant newcomers in New Bedford. She was a first responder during the Bianco Raid in 2007, and has been a tireless advocate for immigrant rights in our region.
This is not a political program. The intention of this forum is for the community to develop a better understanding of the complex issue of immigration in the Greater New Bedford area.
This program is free to the public and co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Taber Library and the League of Women Voters - Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester. For more information, please contact the library at 508-748-1252.

Driver Safety Course
On Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00: pm, the Mattapoisett COA is hosting the AARP Driver Safety Course for licensed drivers of any age. Pre-registration is required no later than November 7 at noon.
Why take a driver safety course? Because driving has changed since you first got your license, and doing so could save you money.
By taking a driver safety course, you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. You'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. There is no test to pass.
You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your agent for details. You might also be eligible to receive a discount on roadside assistance plans. After attending the course you'll receive a certificate of completion that can be presented to your insurance agent for a possible reduction in your auto insurance premiums.
Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP.
There will be a lunch break. You may bring your own lunch or pay a separate $3 fee for pizza at the COA.
Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging director, at 508-758-4110.

Dementia/Alzheimer's Effective Communication
Do you know someone experiencing dementia or Alzheimer's? Changes in communication and relationships can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. Learn effective communication strategies. Communication is more than talking and listening; it is a way to express who we are and how we relate to each other. This workshop will explore communication changes throughout the course of the disease, understanding and decoding verbal and behavioral messages, and identifying ways to connect and communicate through the stages of dementia. The event is free. All ages welcome and encouraged to attend.
The event takes place on Tuesday, November 7 at 10:00 am at 17 Barstow Street (enter at COA walkway). The speaker is Jennifer Hoadley of the Alzheimer's Association. For more information, contact Jacqueline Coucci, COA director, at 508-758-4110.

Medicare And Prescription Advantage
From $0 to $48 a month, just like that! This is what someone just realized they would have had to pay with the changes to their stand-alone drug plan. Luckily, that person was able to find a better plan to keep their costs down. How? They met with a SHINE counselor at the COA, and so should you! Chances are, you may not really know if you need your insurance changed unless you have a review of your current plan, and there is only a small window of time to check on it. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is October 15 - December 7 (Changes will take effect on January 1).
On Thursday, October 26 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, there will be a comprehensive insurance presentation by regional representatives from SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) at 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett (COA entrance). It is highly recommended that anyone 65+ (or who will be) attend this session. Call the Mattapoisett COA at 508-758-4110 to reserve your spot at this session.
If you cannot make this session, you may also contact your local COA and ask for a trained SHINE Counselor who will call you back to assist you with any of the following:
. Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan and vice-versa.
. Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
. Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage or vice-versa.
. Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
. Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
. Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

Rochester Women's Club is hosting CPR
Come and join us for an evening of learning how to save someone's life. We will be having a class on how to perform CPR and how to us an automated external defibrillator (AED). It is very easy to learn. Cost for the program is $35 per student. Cost includes instruction and certification card. Call 401-603-8876 to register. Class size is limited. Please reserve your spot by October 29.
The Rochester Women's Club is at located at 37 Marion Road (Route 105) in Rochester.
This course is taught by Dick Torrey of Coventry, Rhode Island.

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.

The Great Hamilton
The public is invited to the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, October 29 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm to hear New England native Charles W. Stockbridge present a free short lecture on Alexander Hamilton followed by his abbreviated performance from a play he wrote on Alexander Hamilton entitled "The Great Hamilton." Learn about one of our founding fathers and America's first Treasury Secretary as Mr. Stockbridge reenacts some highlights of Hamilton's life.
The Mattapoisett Library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Climate Change and You
The Plumb Library, in partnership with the Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion and the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, presents the third in the Community Engagement Series, "Climate Change and You" on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester. Join a discussion of local effects of climate change with experts Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, and Robert Macedo, volunteer regional coordinator of SkyWarn, a National Weather Service project. Register at the Events Calendar at the Plumb Library website, Space is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Rochester Halloween Festival
Plumb Corner Mall is hosting a Halloween Festival Saturday October 28 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Plumb Corner Mall. There will be a haunted house, dancing with DJ Howie, a costume contest at 2:00, a pumpkin pie bakeoff judged by local chefs, trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, a reptile exhibit, creepy experiments with the Friendkenstiens, spooky story time with Amos, Plumb Library's reading dog, and most importantly a food drive for local seniors sponsored by the Rochester Police Brotherhood.

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

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.

Rochester Council On Aging
October Day Trip: October 26 - Day Trip to Salem Witch Museum and Pickering Wharf. Admission to the museum is $9. Bus leaves at 8:30 am and returns at 5:00 pm. Call the Rochester COA at 508-763-8723 for more information. If you need transportation, please call the Senior Center at least 24 - 48 hours in advance. Thank you.
October Events: Soup and Sandwich Mondays -- Join us for Soup & Sandwich lunch on Mondays at noon. A different menu offering will be served each week along with chips, salad, and always a dessert to top it off! All are welcome. We ask that you call us in advance to give us a head count of attendees. We need an accurate count to prepare enough for everyone. A suggested donation for the meal is $4.
Ongoing Programs At The Center:
Fitness: Chair Yoga, Zumba GOLD, Cardio Dance-Fit, Stepping & Stretching
Dance: Line Dancing and Ballroom Dance Classes
Games: Bingo, Scrabble
Creative: Art Group, Happy Hookers, Senior Book Club
Grocery Shopping at Market Basket every Wednesday
Friday Movies at 1:30 pm (call the center by Wednesday for title of Friday movie)
Call the center at 508-763-8723 for times and days.

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(R) 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.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Mite House - The Gateway Mite House team faced off with the Canal Sharks on Saturday morning in Falmouth. In the end the Sharks skated away with a 6-1 win, but not without a hard fought battle from the Gladiators. In net, Brodie Yeaw saw plenty of action and turned away more shots than could be tracked. On offense, Brooke Whiteley scored the lone goal for the Gladiators. The entire team played great and all left with smiles after another great team effort.
Mite C - The Gladiators Mite C team suited up for their second game of the season Saturday, showing a great deal of progress. The Gladiators had a slow start, but started scoring late in the first half. Scoring goals on the day, Kaden Silva (5), Tomas doCanto (3), Caden Kosboski (2), Desmond Murphy, Will Manning, and Keegan Heewak (1). It was definitely a step up from their lone goal in their first game just a week ago. Playing solid in net in his goaltending debut was Jake Lovendale, who made a good amount of saves and stood solid in net.
Pee Wees - The Gateway Pee Wees had a rematch with Nantucket on Sunday afternoon in hopes of avenging and early season loss. After a slow start falling behind 4-0, the Gladiators got going on two unassisted goals by Matt Paling midway through the second period. Will Harrop continued the offensive attack with several great opportunities, but was unable to beat the stellar goaltending of Nantucket. In net, Ryan Killion played great but was beat by some great passing and shooting by Nantucket's offense. The final score was 9-2.
Bantams - The Gateway Gladiator Bantams (5-0) faced off against a tough S.W.S. Chiefs team Sunday afternoon at Tabor Academy. The Chiefs scored late in the first period to give them a 1-0 lead. In the second they would add to that lead with two more goals to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Gateway looked tired throughout the first two periods, but with some inspiring words from Head Coach Dave Rebeiro, the third period was a different story. With renewed energy, Gateway got on the board with a goal from William Harrop assisted by Matt Paling and Chase Coture. Next Coture would score an unassisted goal to make it 3-2 midway through the third. With momentum turning, Matt Paling scored the tying goal assisted by Ace Crowell late in the third. However, that would be the end of the comeback and the scoring, as the teams remained tied 3-3.
Midgets - On Friday night, the two Gladiators Midget teams matched up for Gateway Youth Hockey Night. It was the Blue team that skated away with a 7-2 victory at the end of the night. The Blue team jumped on the board a little over a minute into the game, when Robert Maloney deflected a bouncing puck past the goaltender, with Coleby Paling getting the assist. The teams continued battling and keeping the score close when Bryan Gallagher found the back of the net for his first goal of the game, assisted by Tyler Lovendale and Quirino doCanto. A few minutes later, Lovendale and doCanto found Zack Lovendale open and he put in a goal. Gallagher finished off the first period scoring, taking a feed from doCanto. The White team started the scoring in the second half, when a shot by Jackson St. Don, deflected off a defensemen and sneaked by the Blue goaltender. The game remained pretty even, with Jack Martins stealing a puck and beating the Blue goalie unassisted, and Jared Robbins assisted by doCanto, and doCanto assisted by Gallagher, adding their own goals. It was a good battle with all the goaltenders playing great -- Steven Strachan (White), Ethan Allegrini and Alex DeMarco (Blue).
In their second game of the weekend, the Gladiators Blue team beat the North Stars White team 4-2. The North Stars jumped on the board first, but the Gladiators evened it up two minutes later when Tyler Lovendale took the feed from Quirino doCanto and Jared Robbins, beating the goalie. The next goal came a few minutes later when Lovendale returned the favor to doCanto, sending him in on a breakaway, and doCanto finished with a goal over the goaltender's shoulder. Ethan Harrop scored the next two goals for the Gladiators, with doCanto and Robbins getting an assist on the first goal. The Gladiator goaltenders played well in net, Alex DeMarco (11 Saves), Ethan Allegrini (12 Saves). The Blue team travels to the Vineyard next Saturday for their next game.

Fall Learn to Skate
Gateway Youth Hockey will be conducting its Fall Learn to Skate/Learn to
Play Session 2 starting on Sunday, November 5. Cost is $99 and will be located at Tabor Academy in Marion. The Session will run Sundays 10:00 -11:00 am from 11/5 to 11/19, 12/3 to 12/17, and 1/7 to 1/14). Participants will learn the fundamentals of skating while having fun at the same time. Participants in the Learn to Play Hockey group will learn the basics of hockey while skating with one of our teams. Equipment needed includes helmet (face cage recommended), gloves or mittens, knee & elbow pads (bicycle pads are fine), and single blade skates are needed for Learn to Skate. Helmet with face cage, hockey gloves, chest protector, hockey elbow pads, hockey shorts, hockey shin guards, hockey skates, and hockey stick are needed for Learn to Play. For more information, go to

Mattapoisett Halloween Parade
It's that time of year again. Thanks to the generosity of local business owners and residents like you, the Mattapoisett Police has been able to continue presenting the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade for over 65 years. This year the parade will be held at Center School on Tuesday, October 31 at 6:00 pm.
Your continued support enables us to provide a multitude of unique prizes for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to senior citizen. Through your support, our officers also provide over 600 generous bags of candy for children to take home. We talk to the children about Halloween safety tips at their all-school meetings, and provide them with glow sticks the night of the parade. With your partnership, we make Halloween a safe, positive, and unique experience that only a community like Mattapoisett can provide.
If you would like to help us continue to provide this one-of-a-kind event, please feel free to mail your donation to The Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, PO box 436, Mattapoisett, MA, 02739. If you have any questions regarding the parade, please contact Captain Anthony Days at 508-758-4141, or at
Feel free to come and join us on October 31. Thank you for your continued support of the Mattapoisett Police Department.

Mattapoisett Woman's Club
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is meeting on Thursday, October 19 in Reynald Hall at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, located at 27 Church Street. Come join us at 11:00 a.m. to socialize with or meet our members, for a luncheon followed by a guest speaker, and then a brief meeting. New people are always welcome. If you are interested in attending or want more information, please contact Christine Voss at 508-758-3348.
This month our program is Daniel Ricketson and Brooklawn Park presented by Peggi Medeiros. Ms. Medeiros is a research historian currently writing a column for the New Bedford Standard Times. Ms. Medeiros is going to talk about Daniel Ricketson (1813-1896), his wives and children. Mr. Ricketson grew up in a prominent New Bedford Quaker family and was a lawyer, philanthropist, poet, author, benefactor, and abolitionist. He built an estate that he called Brooklawn which is now a park.

One Big Home
Please join the Elizabeth Taber Library on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm at Tabor Academy's Lyndon South for a film screening of One Big Home.
Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter's journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When Thomas Bena feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. He struggles to find a balance between the rights of homeowners and a desire to protect the character of their small rural town. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, Mr. Bena works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.
This film was directed and produced by Thomas Bena who earned a degree in marketing from UMass Amherst in 1989. After he decided working in the business world wasn't for him, he grabbed a backpack and a surfboard and headed to Australia to "find himself." Almost a decade later, he discovered Martha's Vineyard. In 2001, he founded the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. His film directing, editing, and producing credits include Casa del Soul, a short surfing film, Jumpstart My Vega, a travelogue/surf film, and Capawock, a short film starring Wampanoag medicine man Luther Madison. One Big Home is his first feature-length documentary film.
This event is open to the public at no charge, although a $5 donation ($10/family) is appreciated at the door. Parking is available at Tabor Academy in the Fish Center parking lot and the Academic Center oval both on Front Street and along Spring Street.

Mattapoisett Friends Meeting Fall Sale
The annual Fall Sale at the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting will feature special tables for antiques, stamps, and other paper collectibles, and items from the estate of Gene and Evelyn (Silveira) Pursley.
Sale hours are scheduled for 8:00 am to Noon on Saturday, October 21 at the meeting hall located at 103 Marion Rd. (Rte. 6), East Mattapoisett.
Estate items include paintings by Mrs. Pursley's mother, Carolinda Silveira, and signed carvings by Mr. Pursley, including five canes and two whales.
Featured antiques include a bed warmer, carriage warmer, Paris of Maine child's table with two chairs, brass cannonball andirons, Victorian doll carriage, large splint wood basket, and golf bag.
Vendor space is available inside for $20 a table, or space outside for $10 by calling Alan Harris at 508-317-3601.
Donations of sale items are welcome by calling Brad Hathaway at 508-758-3579. No electronics or clothing can be accepted.

Rochester Historical Society
The October 18 meeting of the Rochester Historical Society will feature a program by Sharon and Woody Hartley about their cranberry business in Rochester. The meeting is at 7:00 pm at the East Rochester Church Museum, 355 County Road. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow the program.
Come early and visit our "Farming in Rochester: Past and Present" display, the history of farming told in stories and pictures.
The Museum will also be open each Sunday in October from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Visit our gift shop for all things Rochester from T-shirts and sweatshirts to Rochester books and cards.

Marion Veterans Day Ceremony
The Town of Marion will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Park at Old Landing on Front Street on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am. In the event of inclement weather, the Veterans Day Ceremony will be moved to the Sippican School Multipurpose Room. The Sippican School Band led by Mrs. Hannah Moore will perform a few selections of patriotic music. The community is invited to join the Town of Marion as we honor our Veterans.
The keynote speaker is LT Heather Hutchinson of Germantown, Tennessee. She served in 2003 on board the USS Frank Cable in Guam as an Information Systems Technician Second. Upon returning to Germantown, Hutchison completed the Navy's Bachelor Degree Completion Program and then reported to Officer Candidate School of Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island where she commissioned as a Supply Corps Officer. She returned to the USS Frank Cable in Guam to serve as the Services Officer. When she returned from Guam in 2013, Hutchison was an instructor at the Navy Supply Corps School. In 2015, she was selected as a Special Duty Officer, Human Resource Professional. LT Hutchison is currently the Deputy Director of Military Personnel and the Equal Opportunity Manager for the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
LT Hutchison comes from a rich military heritage. Both of her parents served together in the Navy. Her older brother, Scott, served with the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq and Africa. Her younger sister, Mhairi, was a Hospital Corpsman deployed to Germany to assist in the efforts against the War on Terror. Her younger brother, EMN1 (SS) Ronnie Hutchison, has served 10 years with the Navy's Submarine Forces, whose travels have spanned the globe.

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
The Town of Mattapoisett is holding a Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 27 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium. The last day to register to vote in order to be eligible for this meeting is Friday, November 17. The Town Clerk's Office will be open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm on this day. If you are already registered to vote, no action is required. This pertains to new voters in Mattapoisett only.

Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee
The Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee will host a meet and greet with Setti Warren on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 am at the Mattapoisett Public Library. Setti, currently the mayor of Newton, is a Democratic candidate for the Massachusetts Governor race in 2018. As governor, he plans to tackle economic inequality in Massachusetts. The mayor plans to address the group and hold a question and answer session. This is a public event and all are invited to attend.

Photography Seminar Series
The Mattapoisett Historical Society presents Photography Seminar Series. Three local photographers will share their work at 5 Church Street in Mattapoisett.
Deb Fraine, Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 pm: Deb is an occupational therapist and yoga instructor with a passion for photography. She enjoys exploring a variety of settings and lighting conditions through her photographs.
Corinna Raznikov, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm: Corinna is a professional photographer. Her photography is about the joy of the human spirit or healing the human spirit. She takes on new challenges, most recently photographing shelter cats with her daughter.
Peter Mello, Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm: Peter is the managing director of WaterFire Providence. He believes in the power of art to change people's lives. Through his #shipyardparkproject started in January 2011, and #tinyfilm project launched in May 2016, he practices his creative habit every day.
For more information please call 508-758-2844 or email

Rochester Democratic Town Committee
The Rochester Democratic Town Committee will be holding an organizational meeting of the town committee pursuant to the charter and bylaws of the MA Democratic Committee. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm in the Rochester Town Hall Conference Room, 1 Constitution Way, to elect officers to the Democratic Town Committee. All registered Democrats are invited.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale
The Rochester Women's Club is again holding their annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale. Members will be making 9-inch homemade apple, pumpkin and squash pies that will be sold for $15. Order ahead by calling Marsha at 508-322-0998 no later than Friday, November 17. Pies must be picked up at the 37 Marion Road Clubhouse on Tuesday, November 21 between 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Mattapoisett Lions Club Family Fun Festival
The Mattapoisett Lions Club proudly presents the second annual (Free!) Family Fun Festival on Saturday, October 21 from noon to 4:00 at Shipyard Park (rain date is October 22). Bring the family down for hayrides, pin the nose on the pumpkin, coloring station, corn hole toss, pumpkin patch, goody bags, apple cider, hot chocolate and more. All ages welcome.

Marion Board of Health Flu Clinic
The faith communities of Community Baptist, First Congregational, St. Gabriel's, and St. Rita's are co-sponsoring a flu clinic with the Marion Board of Health on Sunday, October 22 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the First Congregational Church's community center meeting room behind the General Store at 144 Front Street, Marion. Please remember to wear short sleeves and to bring your insurance cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status.
All are welcome!

Knights Antique & Flea Market
The Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett, holds an Antique & Flea Market on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
This is a new event on the South Coast. Many interesting items at all price ranges. Antiques, tools, musical instruments including guitars, banjos and various horns, signed paintings and prints, signs, art and cut glass, costume jewelry, many small items, books, fishing gear and much more. Outside every Tuesday, weather permitting, through the fall season.

MHS Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair
It's that time again. The Mattapoisett Historical Society's Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair will be held this year on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Space is limited and is on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Experience has shown that smaller items sell well and children as well as adults come to the Fair. Participants, or their representative, must be present for all hours of the Fair to handle their own sales. Each participant will pay a non-refundable $25 space rental fee to the Mattapoisett Historical Society in lieu of a percentage from sales by November 9, 2017 (Please make check payable to the Mattapoisett Historical Society). Each participant will receive an approximately 3' x 3' counter or table space assigned to them by the Mattapoisett Historical Society. Please make sure to bring your own supplies for displaying your merchandise. Participants are asked to arrive at the Museum at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 9 in order to set up their displays and are asked to take down their displays immediately following the Fair as the Museum will close at 2:00 pm. Items may NOT be left at the museum for future pickup. Please contact the Mattapoisett Historical Society at 508-758-2844 or by email at

Autumn Story Times at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Autumn Storytime, for children between the ages of 3 and 5, continues through November 27 in the Children's Room at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Children are invited to enjoy stories, finger plays and crafts on Monday mornings at 10:30 am. Sign-up is required.
Lapsit Time is a nine-week series exploring language and literature through rhythm and rhyme, finger plays and action games, and very simple stories and books for very young children (birth through 23 months) accompanied by their enthusiastic adult companions (one child per lap, please!). It is never too soon to share the wonderful world of literature with children. Each program will last about 20 minutes, with time for parents and children to enjoy one another's company and the library's resources afterwards. The series will be held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am through November 28. Sign-up is required.
Tales for Twos, an eight-week series of story times for children between the ages of 24 and 39 months, begins October 11 and runs through November 29. The half-hour session of stories, finger plays and crafts will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am. Children must be two years old by October 1, 2017 to attend and must be accompanied by enthusiastic adult companions. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to sign up for story times, please stop by the library or call 508-748-1252. The library is located at 8 Spring Street in Marion. Information about library programs is also available on the library's website at

Marion Cultural Council
The Marion Cultural Council has set an October 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities and proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs in the community.
According to Council spokesperson Kristen Saint Don-Campbell, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Marion - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
The Marion Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
For local guidelines and complete information on the Marion Cultural Council, contact Kristen Saint Don-Campbell at 508-254-3605 or Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Mattapoisett Cultural Council
Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs until October 16. These grants are available to support a variety of cultural projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: theatrical and science programs for children and adults at Mattapoisett Free Public Library, concerts by SouthCoast Children's Chorus and Seaglass Theatre Company, youth concerts and music education by New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, programs and exhibits at Mattapoisett Historical Society and in-school arts and science programs sponsored by the Mattapoisett PTA and Friends of ORR Drama, among others.
Mattapoisett Cultural Council is now accepting online applications at Paper applications will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to review local funding priorities at Questions may be addressed to
Mattapoisett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year, awarding more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for all Massachusetts residents.

Marion & Rochester Flu Clinics
The Marion & Rochester Boards of Health will sponsor 2017 seasonal flu clinics for all residents. The flu vaccine will be available in the injectable form for ages 3 years old and over and the high dose vaccine for ages 65 years and over.
Those attending the flu clinics are reminded to wear a short sleeve shirt and to bring all insurance and Medicare cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
Clinics are scheduled for the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Marion Town House
Monday, October 23, 5:30 - 6:45 pm at Marion Sippican School (before Town meeting)
Thursday, October 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Marion Town House
Monday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Marion Town House
Friday, November 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Rochester Council on Aging
Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 or the Rochester Council on Aging at 508-763-8723.
Homebound residents may schedule an appointment for a home visit by calling the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.
For more information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

Rochester Cultural Council
The Rochester Cultural Council is seeking proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 16.
The Rochester Cultural Council is accepting online applications from organizations, schools, and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Online applications will be accepted until October 16, 2017 at
The Rochester Cultural Council is a local agency funded by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Rochester Cultural Council will accept online applications ONLY. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. The application has a responsive design and is easily accessed by a phone, tablet, or computer. Before submitting an application, applicants should read the RCC's priorities. Applications and priorities can be found at
According to Council Members, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Rochester and surrounding areas - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
Please note, schools requesting funding for field trips and transportation costs should use this online application as well.
Once an application is approved, the grantee should complete the project as outlined in their original application, acknowledge their funding from the LCC and MCC, advertise their project locally and then request reimbursement. Grant recipients have one year from the date of their approval letter to request reimbursement. Approval and denial letters will be communicated via email by the Rochester Cultural Council.
This year, the Rochester Cultural Council expects to distribute about $4000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: author visits at Rochester Memorial School, the Rochester COA's Community Thank You Event, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's school assemblies, and the Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Festival.
For local guidelines, complete information on the Rochester Cultural Council and application forms visit online at
To contact the RCC directly, please email at

Marion Music Hall
As part of the on-going effort to upgrade the Marion Music Hall, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved new Guidelines and Rental Fees. With the Council on Aging having now moved to the renovated Veteran's Hall on Route 6, there are increased rental opportunities at the Hall as well.
This historic masterpiece was the gift of Elizabeth Sprague Pitcher Taber whose vision was that Marion and surrounding communities have a hall for lectures, concerts, and performances. It was constructed in 1891 for $23,000. Through the years, it has been a favored venue for town committee meetings and parties, for concerts and musicals, and for private events including weddings and parties. Mrs. Taber also had the vision to build the Town Library and Natural History Museum, the Stone Chapel at the Congregational Church, and Tabor Academy, originally founded to educate girls and boys of Marion.
The Music Hall is available free of charge to all Town of Marion committees and organizations such as the Elizabeth Taber Library, the Council on Aging, and the Police and Fire Departments. In honoring Elizabeth Taber's wishes, it remains accessible to all Marion citizens according to the new fee schedule, which helps defray the costs to taxpayers while covering maintenance and utility expenses. While the rate structure has changed, the rates remain among the most competitive in Marion and surrounding towns. Local couples will be hard pressed to find such a great wedding venue on a weekend for as low as $600. (Bookings made before September 1, 2017 will honor the original rental fees.)
For inquiries and further information, please contact Tami Daniel, Music Hall Coordinator, at or 508-748-9556.

The 2017-18 Blue Books Have Arrived
The latest edition of the Blue Book - the popular Tri-Town telephone directory - has recently been mailed to 8275 postal addresses in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Check your post box for your book. If you haven't received one yet, contact your local post office for your free copy.
The directory, published by the League of Women Voters of Marion-Mattapoisett-Rochester, contains the names, addresses and phone numbers of Tri-Town residents as well as community pages that provide contact information for community services. Advertisements by local and area businesses and professionals are found in the yellow pages and make the book a useful shopping service. Please support our advertisers who have made this directory possible.
Every effort has been made for accuracy in the book. Any corrections, additions or deletions should be sent by email to or by postal mail to LWV Phone Book, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738. New information or changes will be added to the online version of the book found at
Extra copies of the new directory are available while they last at The Bookstall in Marion, The Wanderer in Mattapoisett, and at the Plumb Library in Rochester. While a resident's delivered book is free, the League would welcome a donation of any amount for an extra copy.
The League of Women Voters is proud of this community service and is grateful to our advertisers for their support.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
Old Rochester Farmers' Market is held every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. There is live entertainment, and every week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm your children can enjoy a mix of interactive book read-a-louds and activities, best for ages 2 and up, but all families are welcome free of charge, presented by Plumb Memorial Library of Rochester.

Mattapoisett Enhanced Online Bill Pay Service
Mattapoisett residents and taxpayers are now able to pay their Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise taxes and Water/Sewer bills with greater flexibility. The new system is secure, easy to use and allows customers the option of paying their bills via their checking account with ACH or by using a credit/debit card. Customers are able to view their bills and make a one-time payment without registering, or, by registering, they can enjoy 24/7 access to payment history and bills. By registering, customers will also be able to pay anytime, anywhere with a mobile optimized experience, either online, on their mobile device or by text message. Other enhanced features include the ability to schedule a payment, either for the same day or a future date, or to establish an automatic payment schedule.
Paying electronically is faster and more convenient than paying with personal online banking. Paying with personal online banking results in an actual bank check mailed to the Town. Many times incorrect or missing information causes delays in payment posting. EFT/ACH payments are received and cleared faster than checks issued by banks. The Collector's Office uploads electronic payment files, therefore, improving the accuracy and timeliness of payment posting for customers. In addition to receiving email reminders when a payment is due and a confirmation email after making a payment, customers can sign up for courtesy email reminders.
Advantages of e-Billing and Payment:
- Paying online is faster than mailing a check
- Bills and payment history are kept securely in one place
- No worries about a bill or check getting lost in the mail
- Paying online saves stamps, envelopes and gas
- Pay your bill from wherever you have Internet access
- Late fees can be avoided with scheduled or automatic payments
Please go to to learn more and begin paying online!

Tri-Town Early Childhood Program
The Tri-Town Early Childhood Program, located at Old Rochester Regional High School, is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The preschool program serves 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and follows the school calendar. It is unique in that it provides a high quality early childhood education opportunity to preschoolers, while also offering high school students a chance to learn about working in the field of early childhood education. A licensed early childhood teacher and a rotation of high school students staff the classroom.
A limited number of spaces are available. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The enrollment policy is based on a balance of 3- and 4-year-olds, a balance of boys and girls, and a balance among residents of the three member towns.
For an application or for more information, visit our website at or contact Aimee Fox at 508-758-3745, ext. 1612.

Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide
The Mattapoisett Historical Commission is pleased to announce that the "Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide" is now available online. The 19-page guide is packed with historical perspectives, photographs, recreational opportunities, places to eat and shop, as well as information on boating and shellfishing in location waters. Copies of the guide are limited and will be available at Mattapoisett Town Hall, library and several other venues. To view a virtual copy or downtown and print your personal copy, visit

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