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To the Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Marion Communities:
On behalf of the Old Rochester Regional High School Boys Basketball Team and its coaching staff, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all three towns for the tremendous support they displayed through the 2014-2015 basketball season and especially during the state tournament culminating with a state championship. This was a great adventure for the team, school, and the Tri-Town community. Your kindness, good wishes, and support as you rallied around us made the experience extra special for all.
We would like to open up our yearly banquet to any community members that would like to attend and celebrate this outstanding season with us. The banquet will be held on April 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Old Rochester Regional High School Cafeteria, and it will be a dinner catered by Riccardi's Restaurant. Tickets will be on sale at the Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester Town Halls and are $15 each.
Due to space limitations, only 300 tickets will be sold so they will be first come, first serve and tickets will not be sold at the door.
Thank you, much appreciated! The memories of this season will last a lifetime.
Head Coach ORR Boy's Basketball Team Div. 3 State Champions
To the Editor:
Thank You Mattapoisett!
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging wish to thank everyone who participated in our Annual Easter Pie and Dessert Sale on April 4. You made our sale a great success.
Volunteer bakers brought in their favorite desserts and native specialties. We had such a grand variety that enhanced the presentation and made it look delicious!
The Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA hopes to see you again next year ... both bakers and buyers. This year was our most successful sale ever.
Bob Kelley, Publicity, FMCoA
Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, April 20: Patriot's Day
Tuesday, April 21: American chop suey, green & wax beans, wheat roll, peaches
Wednesday, April 22: Roast pork with plum sauce, red bliss potato, California blend, oatmeal bread, butterscotch pudding, diet: SF pudding
Thursday, April 23: Meatloaf with rosemary gravy, whipped potato, mixed veggies, snowflake roll, hermit cookie, diet: graham wafer
Friday, April 24: Chicken a la King, rice pilaf, peas & mushrooms, fruit, muffin, Mandarin oranges, banana
Rochester Tax Notice
Rochester's 2016 tax bills were mailed March 25 and are due May 1.
If paying by personal online banking allow sufficient time for the bank to generate a check and mail it to the Town. Please supply sufficient information on the check identifying which bill should be credited.
If you have not received your tax bill in the mail, please contact the Collector's Office at 508-763-3871 ext. 16 or 10. If you have questions regarding property values and abatements, please contact the Assessor's office at 508-763-5250.
RLT to Hold Electronics Recycling Event
The RLT will hold an Electronics Recycling Event in conjunction with the Woman's Club at the Town Hall Annex parking lot, 37 Marion Road on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
There will be a $15 charge for TVs and $5 charge for monitors, but all other household items, computers, computer components, metal items and appliances are free with donations accepted. The company that does the recycling assesses these fees.
So take the time to clean out the sheds, the cellars and attics and bring those broken and unwanted items that have been weighing you down and get rid of them in an environmentally sound way. Consider this your Earth Day (or month) good deed. For questions, please call 508-763-4223. See you and your unwanted items on April 25.
Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
The Judge (R, 2hr. 22min.) is being shown at the Mattapoisett CoA Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow St., on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 noon. The free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA.
The Judge is a film about a big city lawyer, Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home. His estranged father is the town's judge who is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth. Along the way, he reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the CoA Senior Center by Monday, April 27. Also call the Senior Center at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat - we need to know how many chairs to set up.
Public Land Auction
The Town of Mattapoisett will hold a public land auction at the Library on Barstow Street at 11:00 am on Wednesday April 22. For more information, please go to the Town's website, www.mattapoisett.net.
Rummage Sale at Mattapoisett Congregational Church
On Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, the Parish Hall at the church, 27 Church Street, will be open with gently used men's, women's and children's clothing for sale at bargain prices. Also available will be shoes, sweaters, coats, jackets and men's and women's suits. In addition, linens are featured - sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels - and also pocket books, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and ties. Come early for a good selection.
Champion Tree Challenge for Families
Spring is finally here and vacation is around the corner! If you are looking for a fun outdoor activity for your family over break, the Elizabeth Taber Library and the Sippican Lands Trust have the perfect challenge for you. How about trying to locate some "Champion Tree" species found in Marion's open spaces?!
The Elizabeth Taber Library, through federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is offering a program called "My Own Backyard" or "MOBY." This is an outdoor science program for children and their families. The challenge to locate "Champion Tree" species is one offering within this program.
You simply head to the library, grab a pre-stocked loaner backpack and head out into the woods with your Sippican Lands Trust property map and the form explaining how to measure trees in order to nominate them as "Champions." Please send all results to the Sippican Lands Trust office at 354 Front Street Marion, MA 02738. The data will be recorded and over time we will see how many champion trees of different species can be found and identified. Good luck hunting!
For more information, please contact Rosemary Grey, the Children's Librarian at the Elizabeth Taber Library, at 508-748-1252 or Robin Shields, the Executive Director of the Sippican Lands Trust, at 508-748-3080 or email@example.com.
Alewives Anonymous Chowder Supper
Alewives Anonymous, Inc. (AA) will host its annual meeting and quahog chowder supper for members, guests and others interested in the world of alewives (herring) on Sunday, April 26 at 5:00 pm to be held at the Rochester Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, Rochester. Guest speakers will be Mr. David Lawrence and Mr. Gifford Lawrence, who will present a program about The Searching for Dropped Deer Antlers and all about them.
Reservations are required. Please make your reservations with Arthur F. Benner, 319 Cushman Road, Rochester MA 02770, telephone 508-763-2024. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 22.
There is no charge for the supper for members whose dues are paid up, members who re-new their annual dues ($10) or new members joining ($10); otherwise, the charge is $5 per person. New members are always welcome.
AA, The Herring Helpers, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and increase of the alewife fishery resources in the Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River in the towns of Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett. Alewives Anonymous, Inc is also involved with monitoring the alewives population using electronic fish counting equipment and other efforts and projects to enhance their numbers and to improve their environment.
We invite you to PLEASE join and help support our efforts.
Sea Chantey Concert at the MHS
Celebrate our maritime history with a spring concert full of melodic fun as The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus performs at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm. The 40 plus member chorus' repertoire includes rousing chanteys, amusing ditties and soothing ballads. Enjoy a spring afternoon with a delightful concert. $5 donation; members free. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mattapoisett Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rochester Country Fair Announces Theme
The Rochester Country Fair Committee is excited to announce this year's fair is centered around a "Prehistoric" theme. For the past 16 years, families in our local area come together each summer to celebrate our rural and rich farming history with some old-fashioned, unique, and entertaining events. This year's festivities will take place from August 13 to August 16 on the newly-renovated Fair Grounds located on Pine Street.
Make no bones about it, this year's fair will feature fun events, such as Tractor Pulling, Woodsman Show Competitions, Pie Eating and Pie Bake Off Contests, dinosaur dig hunt, Pebbles & Bam Bam Contest, and the return of the Buana Iguana Reptile Show. The Fair Committee is also working to bring a Highland Games Exhibition as well as Vyntyge Skynyrd, New England's Tribute band that captures the musical fire and soul of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
"We're all excited to continue to bring new and entertaining events to the fair and are incredibly thankful for all of the support we've received," said Julie Koczera, co-chair of the Rochester Country Fair Committee.
Co-Chair David Souza added, "I am looking forward to bringing together the community and offering exciting new events."
The Rochester Country Fair is completely funded through the generous donations of local residents and businesses, advertising through ad and banner placements, and fundraising events throughout the year.
Requests for advertisements must be received by May 22 for inclusion in the fair program book. There are several tiers of budget-friendly advertising placement available to purchase. Email the Rochester Country Fair Committee at email@example.com for further information.
About Rochester Country Fair: The Rochester Country Fair Committee was founded in 1999 by a small group of Rochester residents - Dianne Wood, Julie Koczera, Arthur Westgate, Chris Faustino, Duffy Clapp, Pat Lafleur, Slim Bernier, and John Lafleur - to celebrate a Millennium Celebration. Completely funded by fundraising events and donations, the Rochester Country Fair has since flourished into an annual, family celebration held at the Pine Street Fairgrounds in Rochester, Mass.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
On Saturday, May 9 the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra concludes its spellbinding 2014-2015 season with "Enchanted Places" at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. From Tuesday, April 14, through Saturday, April 18 only, the NBSO is offering $10 off the price of any regular ticket price of $25-$60 (offer does not apply to $10 student tickets). Discounted tickets may be purchased online at nbsymphony.org or through The Z Box Office: 508-994-2900, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Don't miss this opportunity to save on concert tickets, because this concert-journey will be unforgettable! Four blockbusters in one night: the biggest cello concerto of all time, a wild Roman Carnival, an exotic caravan ride through the steppe lands of Asia, and a musical visit to the towering pine trees of the Eternal City. Internationally acclaimed cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi will perform Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor with the NBSO, and the orchestra will also perform Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, and Respighi's Pines of Rome.
The season finale concert will take place at 7:30 pm at The Z in downtown New Bedford. Free and convenient concert parking is available in the Zeiterion garage. Please join us before the performance for Dr. David MacKenzie's pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in the Penler Space (adjoining The Z), free and open to the public.
For more information about the concert, please visit nbsymphony.org.
Tarot for Tabbies
Habitat for Cats will present a Psychic Fair called "Tarot for Tabbies" on Friday evening, May 1 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm at III Suns on 665 Orchard Street, New Bedford, MA.
Tarot card readers at the Fair will be The Loon Witch, Lionheart, Cricket Song and Lady Morgandy. Angel and Crystal readings are also available. The renowned Medium is Ron O'Berry. Chris Tarini will be offering Reiki.
The admission fee is $10 and readings will be $25 for a 15-minute reading (includes admission). Beverages and refreshments will be available along with some beautiful raffle prizes. All donations will go directly to helping homeless cats in the New Bedford area. For more information, visit HFC's website at habitatforcats.org.
ORRJH Students of the Month
Kevin T. Brogioli, Principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for March 2015.
Green Team: Lily Poirier and John Burke
Orange Team: Julia Cabral and Ryan Farias
Blue Team: Hannah Smith and Noah Maxwell
Red Team: Emma Quirk and Liam Stuart
Special Areas: Madeleine Root and Cole Ashley
Christopher Parisi, Grade 9, of Marion received Honors for the 3rd Quarter Honor Roll at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School.
Kids Equipment Day
Marion Recreation is proud to host our Third Annual Kids Equipment Day! Join us for a fun-filled time to climb on, take pictures in, and visit fire trucks, dump trucks, bulldozers, mowers and police cars. This great family event for all ages takes place on Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Washburn Park. Please note the new location. Attendance is free. Plastic hats given to the first 100 kids under 13 who attend!
For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com or contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Reuter Achieves Athletic Honors
Lawrence Academy junior Gabrielle Reuter, completing her second season as a forward for the Spartans' basketball team, was named for a second year as both All-ISL and NEPSAC Class B All-Star. With a 15.0 ppg average, she ranked 3rd in scoring in the Independent School League this year and has accumulated 804 points during her time on the team.
Her efforts were crucial to a successful season that included winning the annual Groton School/Lawrence Academy Holiday Tournament, for which Gabby was named an All-Star; ranking 3rd in the ISL with a 10-2 record; and ranking 3rd in NEPSAC Class B, competing in the semifinals of the championship and achieving an overall record of 22-4.
On January 19, Gabby's Spartans competed against Thayer Academy during an invitational fundraising event at Boston Garden that featured eight independent school match-ups and benefitted The Arc of Massachusetts, which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state.
Coach Donna Mastrangelo notes Gabby's abilities both as an effective scorer and consistent rebounder and says, "Her increased leadership on the court, tremendous hustle, concern for team achievement, and overall vital play were certainly the keys to our success. She led by example during practices and pushed herself to improve upon her own personal performance."
The daughter of Robert Reuter of Mattapoisett and Denise Reuter of Marion, Gabby also earns ISL recognition as a member of the varsity volleyball team.
Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The transfer hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm beginning April 7.
Rochester Women's Club
The Rochester Women's Club is having a paint party for children ages five and up on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 am - 12:15 pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Raymond C. Hartley Scholarship Fund. Juice and pastries will be served, followed by a painting party with Amy King of King Designs. Amy will take the children step by step through to the finished product. They will bring home their own personally-painted canvas just in time for Mother's Day. The cost of this event is $35; everything is included. Space and tickets are limited. Payment is required with reservations. Please call Marsha at 508-322-0998 to reserve your child's space.
50th Anniversary Spring Concert
The Sippican Choral Society, in conjunction with the Tri-County Symphonic Band, presents "Golden Anniversary Memories" for its 50th Anniversary Spring Concert. The concert will be in the Fireman Performing Arts Center in Hoyt Hall at Tabor Academy on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 pm.
It is fitting that the chorus is singing with the Tri-County Symphonic Band because in 1965, John Pandolfi, the band's director and founder, invited 35 singers from Marion and surrounding towns to sing with the band, with the understanding that the group form its own chorus and continue on its own.
The "Regional Civic Chorus," as it was first known, was directed by Xavan Mazmanian, a music teacher at Old Rochester Regional, with Thelma Ostenfeld as accompanist. Shirley Cowell was its first President. Much credit goes to those two women for the chorus's beginnings and early success.
One of the songs the chorus sang in that first concert was the spiritual "Ride the Chariot," and this year, the audience will hear it again - along with 10 other of the chorus's favorite and most popular pieces from past concerts. Among those are "The Heavens are Telling" from Haydn's The Creation; "How Can I Keep from Singing," the Quaker hymn arranged by Bradley Ellington; Felix Mendelssohn's "Da Nobis Pacem"; a beautiful arrangement of the spiritual "Kumbaya," arranged by Paul Sjolund; and John Newton's "Amazing Grace," exquisitely arranged by Keith McCutchen.
The chorus will be joined with the Tri-County Band on several pieces as well, including the Chorus of the Gypsies' "Anvil Chorus," from Verdi's Il Trovatore; "Lacrymosa," from Mozart's Requiem (K.626); and the "Triumphal March" from Verdi's Aida.
Tickets for the concert are $15 each ($7 for children under 18), and are available at The Bookstall in Marion, the Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, Euro in Fairhaven, No Kidding at The Ropewalk in Mattapoisett, and from chorus and band members.
The Sippican Choral Society has been performing at least two concerts every year for over 50 years. Under the direction of Brian Roderick for the past 11 years, and with Michelle Gordon of Mattapoisett as the chorus's brilliant accompanist, the chorus has presented well over 150 concerts of classical and popular music throughout the Southcoast, Plymouth, and the Boston area.
Doors will open at 2:30 pm for the 3:00 pm concert, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. A special 50th Anniversary reception will follow the concert in the lobby of Hoyt Hall, to which all are invited to attend.
For further information about this concert, please contact Peter McDonald at 508-748-0286.
Tabor Academy to Conduct Morning of Service
On April 22, Tabor Academy students and faculty - about 600 strong - will fan out across the Southcoast for their second Morning of Service of the year. The school organizes this event each fall and spring to assist local organizations with special projects that can be accomplished in 2-3 hours. Many of the organizations Tabor students will be working with on April 22 are ongoing service partners for the school's afternoon, evening and weekend service program, partnering on projects on a weekly or monthly basis, allowing students to build stronger relationships and skills that become really valuable over time for both the organization and the students.
During the Morning of Service, students work together within their advisor groups to serve their chosen organization, often one that has a personal connection to a member of the group. For example, Marion resident Connie Pierce, a teacher at Tabor, introduced her students to the First Congregational Church in Marion several years ago. The students now occasionally help serve a monthly Friendship Table meal for the church. On the Morning of Service, her advisor group has been entrusted with a list of special clean-up projects to accomplish, widening the students understanding of the church's mission.
Some of the tasks students will perform during the Morning of Service include painting fences and spreading mulch at Marion's Sippican School; painting bathrooms and spreading wood chips for the YMCA preschool program at Sippican School; making blankets for Project Linus; conducting Earth Day road cleanup for the Marion Tree Committee; tree planting with Grow Education in New Bedford; trail clean-up at the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth; springtime garden prep at the Sharing the Harvest Community Farm in Dartmouth; cleaning church pews at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church of Marion; and start-up work at Community Boating Center, New Bedford.
The Morning of Service is a time when Tabor students give back to the community and have the opportunity to learn about the needs of a new organization and the population they serve. Some of these will be one-time projects, while others have or will blossom into real partnerships for progress.
The action starts at 5:00 am on April 22 when the first advisor group will head off for their Morning of Service to cook and serve breakfast at Mercy Meals in New Bedford. Vans and busses will continue departures from Tabor all morning, fanning out across the Southcoast to learn and serve in partnership with our community.
Free Earth Day Event Features Live Animals
The Buzzards Bay Action Committee is pleased to sponsor its third annual Earth Day for Buzzards Bay Expo event in Fairhaven on April 25 - the last day of April school vacation. The Expo is free admission to all. Bring the family and find out what you can do to enjoy your spring and lighten your impact on the environment at the same time.
This year's highlights include the "Turtle Guy," Don Lewis of Marion, with some of the live turtles he's rescued from the wild. Lewis has been working with turtles and other endangered wildlife for more than 12 years. There will also be a live honeybees exhibit with Wayne Andrews of the Bristol County Beekeepers Association. The beehive will be under glass so you can watch all their activities without disturbing them or being disturbed by them.
The Expo is also the place to learn about pollinators - especially monarch butterflies and their plight, and pick up a free milkweed plant for your home butterfly garden - and about composting - what can and cannot be composted - and where you can get a compost bin for your backyard and a pail for your kitchen (right at the Expo!).
There will be displays and activities for kids; exhibits and talks about garden design, land trusts, native plants, and new biodegradable packaging materials; and the Fairhaven Bikeways and Sustainability Committees will be there as well as the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Buzzards Bay Action Committee. Food will be available from How on Earth, the natural foods store and restaurant located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett, and other vendors will be selling native plants, natural soaps, aromatherapy, etc.
The Earth Day Expo will feature a wide variety of eco-friendly options for a lifestyle with low impact on the environment, especially Buzzards Bay. A number of exhibitors will present their products and ideas to help residents learn how to reduce their water bills, keep lawns and yards healthy and attractive, and cut back on the use of potentially harmful chemicals inside the home and out. It begins at 10:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm at the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue (Route 6), Fairhaven, on April 25. Admission is free.
Earth Day at the Rochester Women's Club
On Saturday, April 25 the Rochester Women's Club will sponsor its annual town-wide, roadside clean-up. Local civic organizations, as well as all residents, are encouraged to join in this event. The Women's Club will supply large trash bags and rubber gloves for everyone who wants to help. Our event takes place from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Stop by the clubhouse at 37 Marion Road to pick up your supplies and your street assignments. Everyone is welcome to clean their own street if they prefer. We are keeping a tally of the roads that need our attention most. Filled bags can be left on the side of the road, and the Rochester Highway Department will pick up the bags during the following week. Children must be supervised.
The Rochester Lands Trust will be on hand at our clubhouse in our parking lot to receive electronics. Free coffee and donuts will be offered by the club as long as they last. If you have questions, you can call 508-322-0998.
One Bite Can Change Your Life...
The Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Boards of Health are pleased to announce that they will sponsor a talk on deer ticks: "One Bite Can Change Your Life..." with Larry Dapsis, Entomologist. Mr. Dapsis joined the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.
The event will be held Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm at Marion's Sippican School, 16 Spring Street. Parking is available at rear of school in Park Street lot.
Lyme disease is the most prevalent, infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis. Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis are serious tick-borne illnesses. Marion and Rochester have seen a significant increase in the number of cases of Babesiosis in the last two years. Prevention is the key to stopping this progression of serious tick-borne illnesses.
This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks.
A three-point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard, and Protect Your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable!
Sponsored by Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Boards of Health.
American Birds and Climate Change
The Nasketucket Bird Club will present a program on climate change and birds.
Recent research by the National Audubon Society science team indicates that North American birds may suffer significant losses due to climate change. Over half of North American species (314 of 588 species studied) are considered to be threatened or endangered by climate change, as they may face a loss of over 50% of their current ranges.
Conservation data specialist Tom Auer will explain how Audubon's science team made their findings and what we can all do to help birds through an uncertain future.
The program will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 23 at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at email@example.com.
Marion Candidates' Night
The Tri-Town League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Candidates' Night this year on Wednesday evening, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the Music Hall at 164 Front Street. It promises to include presentations by all contested candidates with a chance to hear their views on major issues as well as a brief overview of warrant and budget items.
There are going to be four contested races this year: Selectman, Moderator, Planning Board, and Marion School Committee. For the Select Board, challenger William Dale Jones will face incumbent Jonathan "Jody" Dickerson. After 35 years of service as Moderator, David Titus will step down following this year's town meeting. Patricia A. McCardle and Matthew William Nowick will be vying for the gavel. The Planning Board race will have two openings on the ballot. Contestants will include two incumbents, Stephen Kokkins and Stephen Gonsalves, and two challengers, Jennifer Francis and Todd Richins. The Marion School Committee has two open positions on the ballot this year. Three candidates will seek to serve, including Michelle Ouellette, Jessica Harris, and David McDonald.
Two positions are unopposed: Assessor and Board of Health. Ray Pickles will seek a new three-year term on the Board of Assessors and John Howard wishes to serve on the Board of Health for another three-year term. There are no contestants for the Open Space Acquisition Commission's available seat.
All contestants who have stepped up to run are to be congratulated for their willingness to serve in town government.
Key Dates to Remember:
Candidates' Night - April 29
Town Meeting - May 11
Town Elections - May 15
For further information, please contact Nan Johnson at 508-748-0046. Sponsored by the MMR League of Women Voters.
Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Those interested in pursuing a career in nursing are invited to apply for a scholarship through the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses, a nonprofit organization that awards annual scholarships to local high school seniors.
Recipients must be residents of Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester, and are chosen on the basis of academic ability, community service, and financial need.
The application and accompanying materials are due by May 15, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the scholarship application, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion Scholarship Committee
The Marion Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from Marion residents who would like to be considered for a need-based college scholarship. The applications are now available in the Guidance/College Counseling offices at Old Rochester Regional High School, Tabor Academy and Bishop Stang High School. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 and the deadline to apply is April 20.
Rochester Police Schedule Entrance Exam
The Rochester Police Department, in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions, has scheduled an Entrance Exam for the Rochester Police Department on May 30.
The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full-time officers, five part-time officers and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,400 residents. The department will hold an entrance exam to fill part-time openings now and full-time positions in the future.
Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work.
Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate in a number of the department's specialized units such as bike patrol and ATV patrol as well as being able to join specialized units such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search and rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).
Details and eligibility requirements are provided on the Police Exam Solutions website www.policeexamsolutions.com. Any questions are to be directed to the testing company through the "contact us" section of their website. Any calls made directly to the police department or Police Exam Solutions may disqualify you from being hired.
Perhaps you know someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement. This is a great opportunity for them to participate in the entry level testing process and possibly earn a career in law enforcement.
If you or anyone you know would like further information on this upcoming exam, please visit www.policeexamsolutions.com. All registrations must be done online.
Cape Verdeans on the South Coast
The Sippican Historical Society's 2015 lecture series continues on Thursday, April 16 with the topic "From the Archipelago to America: Cape Verdeans on the South Coast," featuring speaker Marilyn Halter. To truly appreciate the history of Marion and the surrounding area, it's critical to explore the Cape Verdean experience here. Immigration to the South Coast area began when whalers from New Bedford first began travelling to the Cape Verdean islands in the 1790s, returning with crewmen to work on the whaling ships. Once on the South Coast, in addition to working - and excelling - in the maritime industry, many Cape Verdeans found work as shore side laborers, textile and cordage factory workers and agricultural workers, particularly in the cranberry industry. As employment opportunities and communities continued to expand, so did the local Cape Verdean population. Today, Massachusetts enjoys - by far - the largest population of Cape Verdeans in the United States.
The evening's lecture will explore the important connections between the South Coast and Cape Verde, the unique characteristics of Cape Verdean culture, and its history and legacy here on the South Coast. A professor at Boston University, Ms. Halter's scholarship spans the fields of history, sociology and anthropology. Her published works on the Cape Verdean experience include Between Race and Ethnicity: Cape Verdean American Immigrants, 1860-1965 and The Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cape Verde (with Richard Lobban). Areas of specialization include the study of immigrants of African descent, New England and Boston immigrant and ethnic history, as well as the relationship of commerce and culture.
The presentation, to be held at the Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street) at 7:00 pm, is offered free to the public, with no reservations required. Ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the Sippican Historical Society at 508-748-1116.
Tai Chi in Marion
Tai Chi classes will be offered to Marion residents starting May 5. Marion native Kyle Marston will be the instructor. Kyle has over 11 years of training in Tai Chi as well as Qigong and Kung Fu.
"I was still in high school when I went with a friend to a tai chi class. I was drawn to it immediately. It is based on the universal laws of life, such as day and night, hot and cold, yin and yang....what this means is that breathing is like that .. .in and out and striking a balance in all things. We have a left and right brain hemisphere ... there is a duality in all things," says Kyle.
Tai Chi is a slow movement exercise that focuses on breathing and stretching. You may have seen photos of hundreds of Chinese citizens doing this exercise outside in a park or on a beach. Google Tai Chi to see impressive photos of the large number of people who practice this ancient health promoting exercise.
According to Kyle, one of the benefits of doing slow movement exercise is that it improves resistance to disease and infection by accelerating the elimination of toxins from the tissues, organs and glands through the lymphatic system.
"In our culture, many people do not pay attention to their bodies. When was the last time you just sat and listened to your heart beat? We have too many distractions and external things going on with smart phones, computers, television and sounds everywhere," says Kyle.
"If you didn't feel well and went to a doctor in China, he'd probably tell you to go home and do some Tai Chi," says Kyle.
Classes will be held at 13 Atlantis Drive in Marion. There will be classes on Tuesdays, beginning May 5 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm and Thursdays, beginning May 7 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. The cost for eight lessons is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Space is limited. Register by calling the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570, Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walt Whitman at the Mattapoisett Library
Actor Stephen Collins will perform "Unlaunch'd Voices: An Afternoon with Walt Whitman" at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm. The public is invited to attend this free performance, supported in part by a grant from the Mattapoisett Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The play, written and directed by Michael Keamy, was conceived and has been performed by Stephen Collins since 1998 in libraries, schools, museums, and community centers across New England. "Unlaunch'd Voices" opens with the elderly poet Whitman on the eve of his birthday celebration. He begins to reminisce about his life and his success as a poet. He recalls his most famous work 'Leaves of Grass' and recites some of the poetry and letters that he received about his work.
In the second part of the performance, Collins depicts Whitman during and after the Civil War, during which the poet nursed wounded soldiers in hospitals and on the battlefield. The audience experiences Whitman's growth into a mature artist more concerned now with his fellow man and with nature.
Collins' performance has received noted reviews since the play premiered. He not only resembles Whitman, but it is said he captures the poet's sensibility and his empathy and concern for the every day American.
Everyone is welcome to attend this engaging performance, followed by a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library. The event is free, and seating is available on a first come basis. Please make a reservation by calling the library at 508-758-4171 or emailing email@example.com.
Marion Town Election Information
Late voter registration will take place in the Town Clerk's office on April 21. The Town Clerk's office will remain open until 8:00 pm for anyone who wishes to register to vote. If you aren't registered to vote and wish to vote in the May 15 Annual Town Election, you must register by April 21.
The Marion Annual Town Election will be on May 15 at the VFW, 465 Mill Street (Route 6), Marion. Polls will open at 8:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.
From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Annual Census Forms have been mailed out to all households in Mattapoisett. If you did not receive one, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2. Please return them as promptly as possible. Failure to respond to the census may result in removal from the voting list. Dog license applications are on the back page of the census form. If you send in a check for the appropriate fee, we would be happy to mail the license out to you. Dog licenses are $12 or $9 if your pet is spayed or neutered. Remember, we must have a copy of a current rabies certificate on file in order to issue a 2015 license. Also, as a new option, payments may be made online through our town website www.mattapoisett.net.
Our Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11 at Old Rochester Regional High School. Please mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!
Inflammation & Women's Health
Inflammation drives many disease processes and greatly affects women's health. In fact, 80% of patients with autoimmune disorders are women. An underlying factor in many diseases, inflammation plays a role in the development and progression of many diseases and ailments including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and allergies. Inflammation & Women's Health, a Connector Series Event, will feature dynamic and multi-faceted presentations on inflammation and how to treat it on Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 am-12:15 pm in downtown New Bedford.
Hosted by the Biological Medicine Network and Connecting for Change Conference, this event is part of the new "Connector Series" initiative to connect Marion Institute programs, conference topics, and local interest and ideas into a workshop and lecture series throughout the year.
Keynote speaker John McGonigle, M.D., will explore the genetic, environmental, hormonal and psychoneuroimmunological reasons for chronic inflammation and auto-immune diseases, a silent epidemic in the United States. Dr. McGonigle is a board-certified Family Doctor who practices and teaches Family and Integrative Medicine at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI.
Breakout workshop sessions will dive deeper into this topic with solution-based conversation about the dietary, musculoskeletal and herbal techniques of reducing inflammation and supporting the body's natural healing abilities.
Mary G. Brackett, Nutrition Consultant and author of The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet will lead a small workshop in understanding the role of nutrition in quelling inflammation. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, stemming from or exacerbated by leaky gut and dysbiosis. GAPS also refers to chronic gut-related physical conditions, including celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type one, and Crohn's disease, as well as asthma, eczema, allergies, thyroid disorders, and more.
Dr. Athina Giovanis owner of Ocean State Osteopathic Medicine in Providence will guide workshop attendees through the philosophy and science of osteopathy and explore how understanding the body's neuromusculoskeletal system, drainage and exercise influence inflammation.
Herbalist and Ethnobotonist Kerry Hughes will present on the use of herbs for inflammation. She will include clinical substantiation of the use of herbs in her presentation and also guiding theories in which herbs are used ultimately to address the same issue; i.e., constitutional theory supporting organ systems which also addresses inflammation. Hughes, a teacher at the Herbal Academy of New England, has authored several books including The Incense Bible, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements.
Inflammation & Women's Health is open to practitioners, patients and interested individuals. The event will be held at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center at 874 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740 from 8:30 am - 12:15 pm and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.biologicalmedicinenetwork.org or via phone at 508-748-0816. Seating is very limited and the event is expected to sell out. Please contact Brooke Baptiste, Connecting for Change Conference Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Abby Smith, Biological Medicine Network Manager, at email@example.com or call 508-748-0816 with any questions.
A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley
Hold onto your hats, the Dixie Diehards are back in town and the joint will be jumpin' at the corner of Main and Pleasant Street in Marion. The Dixie Diehards Jazz Band will make its 10th appearance at the Marion Art Center at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 25 with a concert titled "A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley!" The theater will be set up cabaret style with tables available for reserved parties of four. Audience members are invited to bring their own refreshments. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.
To make a reservation - highly recommended as the Dixie Diehards always sell out! - please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of the email please write "Dixie Diehard Tickets." In the body of the email include your last name, MAC membership status, a telephone number for confirmation and number of tickets needed. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for non-members.
Or call 508-748-1266 and leave a voice message that includes last name, MAC membership status, telephone number for confirmation, and how many tickets needed. The theater will be set up with cabaret tables available for reserved parties of four and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.
Tin Pan Alley appeared on the music scene in the late 1800s. This is when a number of music publishers set up shop in the same district of Manhattan. The Diehards' stroll will cover some of the hit or "pop" tunes that appeared from the early 1900s until its eventual demise in the 1950s with the rise of Rock & Roll. The program will include tunes from many of the most prolific composers of that period, including Irving Berlin, Walter Donaldson, Duke Ellington and many others. Jazz lovers will recognize just about every tune, and many they'll be able to sing along to with the band. This musical journey will include some early jazz hits, the Great Depression and Roarin' 20s, and swing tunes from the 30s & 40s.
SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club, is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and bring your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at
BBAHFH Home & Garden Show
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity (BBAHFH) will host a Home & Garden Show at Old Rochester Regional School on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The show will be held inside the cafeteria at Old Rochester Regional School, located at 135 Marion Road in Mattapoisett. Join us in support of our newest upcoming build in Marion.
BBAHFH is currently seeking exhibitors for the event. The show offers opportunities for contractors, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage companies, and other homecare experts to promote products and services to the public. The exhibit booth donation is $200 for an 8-foot by 8-foot space. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Businesses and suppliers interested in exhibiting at the show or sponsoring the event can contact Christine Lacourse, Executive Director at BBAHFH, at 508-758-4517 or BuzzardsBayAreaHabitat@yahoo.com.
Admission into the Habitat Home & Garden Show will be FREE to the public with donations accepted. The event is in support of the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. BBAHFH will hold raffles throughout the show. The Home & Garden show will feature a variety of home improvement vendors, including contractors, window and door suppliers, energy efficiency experts, kitchen designers, architects, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage and insurance companies. The event will also include activities for children. Complimentary BBAHFH tote bags will be distributed to the first 50 attendees.
BBAHFH would like to thank Old Rochester Regional School for the use of their facility.
SLT & MAC Announce Joint Art Exhibition
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) and the Marion Art Center are partnering to sponsor a non-juried exhibition by local artists to highlight the many scenic sites that comprise the Lands Trust's forests and marshes. This is one of several initiatives undertaken by the SLT to encourage visitation and enjoyment of the properties protected by the Trust. Local artists are invited to submit up to three works, in any media, for a non-juried exhibition to be held at the Marion Art Center, October 2 through November 14, 2015.
All submitted works must depict scenes of or from SLT properties.
Registration by September 1 is required. Register online at http://www.marionartcenter.org/call-artists/.
The Marion Art Center will receive a 30% commission on the sale of each piece.
There will be a special "Young Artists" division within this exhibition. Young artists in elementary school, middle school and high school are invited to submit one piece for the exhibition.
Artists wishing to exhibit should submit original pieces (no more than three), matted and framed with title, medium and price. Sculpture should be presented exhibition ready.
All pieces must be for sale, must be originals and have been executed within the last three years, and must not have been previously exhibited at the Marion Art Center.
All paintings and photographs must be framed, preferably matted (in white or neutrals) and ready to hang (i.e., secured with heavy picture wire and wrapped in tape, affixed to eye-hooks that have been attached securely to the frame).
Dates for dropping off artwork at the Marion Art Center are Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Trail maps of the Lands Trust properties are available at the SLT offices, 354 Front Street, Marion (next to Uncle Jon's) or on-line at www.sippicanlandstrust.org. Walking tours of SLT properties will be conducted for interested artists in June, July and August (dates to be determined). Complete registration packets are also available at the Marion Art Center at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.
Showstoppers Performing Arts Camp
Registrations are now being accepted for Showstoppers' 11th Annual Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls in Grades 2-8, April 20-24, 9:00 - 3:00 daily, at the Knights of Columbus in Mattapoisett. A musical theater showcase will be presented to the public at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 25 at the Music Hall in Marion. The camp costs $175 per child and includes performance CD, T-shirt, gift pack and certificate of completion. Don't delay! Reserve your spot today! For more information or to register, call 508-758-4525 or email email@example.com.
Tri-Town Early Childhood Program
The Tri-Town Early Childhood Program, located at Old Rochester Regional High School, is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The preschool program serves three- and four-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 three- and four-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 wwworrhsprek.weebly.com or contact Aimee Fox at 508-758-3745, extension 1612.
ORR Class of 1970
ORR's class of 1970 is planning our 45th reunion for sometime this summer and would like to update as many email addresses as possible to keep everyone informed of the event. Please contact Dede Pangaro Smith at Dsmithlil@comcast.net or Cindy Haskell at Molly5971@gmail.com with your new or updated email address.
Marion Fireworks Fundraising
It may be winter weather outside, but it is time to think ahead to summer! Think Fireworks!
Our fundraising efforts for 2014 fell short of our goal. We are confident that we will be able to bring the fireworks back this year! The fireworks are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 4.
The Marion Fireworks Committee will again be under the direction of the Marion Recreation Department.
As you may know, all costs associated with the fireworks are paid for from the money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Marion Fireworks Committee.
Please consider making a donation to help bring the fireworks back to Marion again for 2015. All amounts are welcome. All donations are tax deductible.
The Fireworks are enjoyed by Marion and surrounding communities. Donations from residents in communities other than Marion are greatly appreciated also. If you and your family have come to Silvershell Beach for the fireworks in the past, please consider donating so we can continue this tradition.
Donations may be mailed to the Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts 02738. Any questions, feel free to contact us at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Marion Independence Day Fireworks in 2015!
22nd Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
If you love to swim and want to make a difference for our local environment, then sign up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.
Now in its 22nd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members. Over 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year's Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States.
All funds raised from the Buzzards Bay Swim support the Coalition's work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay region, from Westport to Woods Hole.
To register and learn more about the Swim, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. The SPLASH Series engages local citizens in recreational use of our waterways to celebrate access to clean water with activities that the whole community can enjoy as they raise critical funds to support their local Waterkeeper organization. For more information, please visit splashseries.org.
Helen A. Arthur Scholarship
The Sippican Lands Trust is seeking applicants for its "Helen A. Arthur Scholarship." A monetary award of up to $1000 is available to a Marion resident who is a graduating senior from any secondary school by June 2015 and is preferably pursing an education in environmental studies or a related field. Please postmark a completed application by May 1 and mail to: Sippican Lands Trust, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 354 Front Street Marion, MA 02738.
The scholarship is made available through the Sippican Lands Trust Scholarship Fund. This fund was created and named after Helen Adams Arthur (1940-2008). Helen was a beloved resident of Marion who had a deep interest in the preservation of the beautiful open spaces in town, reflecting the mission of the lands trust.
Those interested in applying should visit the Sippican Lands Trust website, www.sippicanlandstrust.org, to download the application. Applications will also be available at the SLT office located at 354 Front Street, Marion next to Uncle Jon's Coffee. Call 508-748-3080 or email email@example.com for more information.
Scholarships Available for Tri-Town Seniors
Graduating high school seniors from the Tri-Town area are urged to apply for a several scholarships now available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
The following scholarships can be applied for online at www.cfsema.org/scholarships by April 30, unless otherwise noted:
The George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund provides several scholarships of at least $1,000 annually for tuition assistance to students pursuing an LPN, RN or BSN Nursing Degree while attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Acushnet, Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett who are graduating from Fairhaven, New Bedford, Bishop Stang, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical or Old Rochester Regional high schools or a graduating senior from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics.
The Charles J. Lewin Interfaith Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to returning students and graduating high school seniors of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Plymouth counties. The Fund provides several scholarships ranging from $700 to $2,000. Scholarships are granted for one year only, although recipients may reapply annually. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 30% on academics and 20% on personal circumstances. Students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) above $16,000 are very unlikely to be selected for this scholarship.
The Thomas S. Hathaway Scholarship is awarded to students residing in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled at Harvard University. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. The total amount to be awarded is $4,200 to one or two recipients.
The Ladies' Branch of the New Bedford Port Society Scholarship provides scholarships for high school seniors and current undergraduates who have one or more of the following: documented family ties to the sea, have received an acceptance letter from a Maritime Academy, or will major in maritime science. First consideration is given to families of descendants of seamen. Applicants must be residents of the Greater New Bedford area, defined as of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.
Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarships
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is pleased to offer four $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors graduating June 2015. Those who are re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2015, and are in pursuit of a post secondary degree program, will also be considered for one of these awards.
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization that plans and executes fundraising events to help generate the revenue for these scholarships and other charitable donations. In offering these scholarships, the club supports educational leadership and helps to give back to the community that has partnered with the club in its fundraising efforts.
To apply and obtain the scholarship applications, contact the Guidance offices at the local high schools or preparatory schools. Both applications will be available. You must be a Mattapoisett resident. Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30.
The following schools will be participating: ORRHS, Bishop Stang High School, Old Colony Vocational Tech High School, Tabor Academy, Bristol County Agricultural High School.
The scholarship winners will be announced at each school's awards night prior to graduation.
The actual money from the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30. No one will be considered after this date.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Blanche B. Perry Scholarship
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is seeking applicants for their $1,000 "Blanche B. Perry Scholarship." This award is available to a Mattapoisett resident interested in the field of Environmental Studies, Sciences, Technology or a related field, and is a graduating senior from a secondary school by June 2015. The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to provide support for children in the community. Offering this scholarship is consistent with the mission "of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors and of furthering environmental education in the community."
Along with the application, the following additional information is required:
1. A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2. A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3. A Professional letter of reference (teacher or guidance counselor).
4. A Character letter of reference from an employer, scout or community leader and/or neighbor is required.
5. Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, personal statement, professional and personal references, community service, and financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.
Participating School are:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett 02739.
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd, N. Dartmouth 02747.
3. OCRVT High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester 02770.
4. Tabor Academy, Front St, Marion 02738.
The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 30.
The recipient will be selected by May 20 and will be notified by mail. The recipient will be recognized at his or her school's awards ceremony. The award will be disbursed after the student submits an official college transcript documenting a successful completion of his or her first semester in college to the President of the Mattapoisett Land Trust.
The application forms will be found in the guidance offices at the local public and private schools and at the Mattapoisett Land Trust website: www.mattlandtrust.org/education/.
Greater New Bedford Garden Club Scholarship
The Greater New Bedford Garden Club is accepting applications for the $1,000 Rose L. Murphy Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in a full-time college program in 2015-2016. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation, environmental sciences, or related fields. Student must have been a legal Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to June 1 of their high school graduation.
Applications and required paperwork must be received before May 1.
For more information, call 508-995-9386.
Marion COA Trips
The Marion Council on Aging has the following trips scheduled for 2015. Call to reserve your spot on the van. These trips fill up quickly.
April 20 - JFK Memorial, Hyannis
May 18 - Wrentham Mall
June 15 - Glass Museum in Sandwich
July 20 - Butterflies of Cape Cod, Bourne
August 17 - Canal Boat trip
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum
Marion COA Information
Tax Help: Income tax preparation for simple returns will be available by appointment only on Wednesday afternoons.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
Donations are appreciated.
Outreach Worker: Outreach worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Health & Wellness:
YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home-bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday to the Fairhaven social day program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's church in Marion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.
ORR Class of 1965
The Old Rochester Regional High School Class of 1965 has planned a 50-year reunion on September 19, 2015 and is searching for classmates. Graduates of ORRHS Class of 1965, please email your current address to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as any current addresses of classmates and teachers you have contact with. Visit our Facebook page, "Orrhs1965 Reunion". Like and Share to get the word out.
Marion Council on Aging
Applications for the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available at the Marion Council on Aging. This program allows Marion seniors, 62 and older, to perform services for the town in exchange for a maximum of $750 reduction on their real estate taxes. Please call the COA for more information or to register for this program at 508-748-3570.
FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free
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