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Dear Mattapoisett Water Commissioners:
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Angelica Point Improvement Association, Cove Street, Mattapoisett, MA. As you are aware, the Water/Sewer Department has just finished a new sewer installation and a water main replacement project on Cove Street. This letter pertains to Nick Nicholson and the superb job he did as Superintendent of the Water/Sewer Department representing the Town of Mattapoisett.
I started working with Nick about seven years ago when I approached him regarding the desire of our association to have sewer installed on Cove Street. Nick knew the Cove Street environment would be a challenge for sewer installation approval; however, he understood the benefits to the town and the residents in doing so.
During the following years, Nick worked closely with all the regulatory commissions and state departments to push the project forward towards approval. He was diligent and steadfast in his efforts to work on our behalf. If Nick encountered a road block, he used his extensive background knowledge to address any concerns so they were allayed.
Once the project obtained all necessary approvals, Nick worked to obtain the necessary funding. His warrant articles at Town Meeting were clear, concise, and well presented which resulted in his obtaining the necessary funding we needed for the next step.
Nick was instrumental in organizing and preparing two "Informational Sessions" for the residents of Cove Street. He worked with us to obtain any questions we may have had regarding the sewer installation and he ensured our questions were answered by the appropriate person at the meeting. It was of great comfort to all of us to know Nick took an interest in our issues and they were not ignored.
When the project started, Nick would be seen walking Cove Street along side Pat Sheridan and KRR, the contractors. He remained an integral part of the team even during the implementation and installation phase of the project.
Nick is the consummate professional. He has the right temperament to handle a job that is complex and to handle people whose personalities are complex.
Thank you, Nick, for your commitment to your job and your commitment to getting us sewer and a new water main.
Sincerely yours,
Alice McGrath
Vice President, Angelica Point Improvement Association

To the Editor:
I want to voice my concerns about the condition of the grounds at Old Rochester Regional High School. It is deplorable! Everything is overgrown, the four ponds are not being taken care of, and bushes, trees and plants need to be replaced. This is not a good representation of Mattapoisett when people visit or attend activities and events.
Looks like more manpower is needed to care for the grounds; it is more than one person can handle.
Let's get it back to what it should be and used to be!
James Dexter, Jr., Mattapoisett

2015 Mattapoisett Street List Books
The new 2015 Street List Books are now available at the Mattapoisett Town Clerk's Office. The cost for a copy of this newly redesigned book is $10. Stop by during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) and pick up one of these handy reference books. While you are at Town Hall, don't forget to grab a free copy of the new color street map of Mattapoisett that was published by a company called Mail a Map with the cooperation of the Town Clerk's Office. A link to the map is also available on the Town of Mattapoisett's website,

The Call of the Sea
On Friday, August 28, the Marion Concert Band will close its 2015 season with a concert featuring a nautical theme. The program is as follows:
National Anthem
Hands Across the Sea - J. P. Sousa
Seagate Overture - J. Swearingen
Fantasy on American Sailing Songs - C. Grundman
Under the Sea (from "The Little Mermaid") - A. Menken
Sea Songs - R. Vaughan Williams
Variants on a Nautical Hymn - M. Williams
Montego Bay (samba) - S. Nestico
Highlights from Victory at Sea - R. Rodgers
Martinique - R. Washburn
Parade of the Tall Ships - J. Chattaway
The Stars and Stripes Forever - J. P. Sousa
Guest conductor Bill Brown is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and a music specialist in the Fall River Public Schools. As a trumpeter, Mr. Brown has performed with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, the Nightlife Orchestra and the DownCity Band. He is also the conductor of the Swansea Community Musicians concert band.
The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. The concert is free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Adam Bomb Motorcycle Run
On August 30, area motorcyclists will gather in a fundraising run to honor the memory of Adam Taylor with the proceeds going toward children and teens in the local area. Taylor was a resident of Acushnet who lost his life in November 2013 after he was involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver on Route 140 in New Bedford.
Motorcyclists riding to benefit the Adam Taylor Memorial Fund, which sponsors scholarships, student financial aid services, awards, and Toys for Tots for children in the local community, will take to the roads on August 30. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Ponderosa Sportsman Club, The Rivers End. Rider check-in is 10:00 am ET; kickstands up at 11:30 am. The start of the run will be at The Ponderosa, 242 Robinson Rd, Acushnet and will conclude at The Madeira Feast Grounds, 50 Madeira Ave, New Bedford. The ride is organized to continue to share the love Adam poured into his family, friends, and community. He was always willing to help anyone, and his friends and family want to continue his tradition of selflessness to others.
All non-riders are invited to meet at the Madeira Feast Grounds at 1:30 pm where there will be food, raffles, a cash bar, and live music. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the life of a 23-year old man who loved his community before he tragically lost his life.
About the Adam Taylor Memorial Fund: The Adam Taylor Memorial Fund was founded by close family and friends who wanted to keep Adam Taylor's selfless love alive after his untimely death. Adam lost his life at the age of 23 after a car accident, which involved a drunk driver. The Memorial Fund supports the education of local area youths through scholarships and providing student financial aid services. The Foundation has also supported The Veteran's Memorial, Lions Club, Veterans Transition Club, Veterans Transition House, The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament and Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. In keeping with Adam's love of small children, the Fund also supports Toys for Tots for local children in need.
For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Adam Bomb Motorcycle Run, please contact Linda: 508-789-8777 or Kelly: 508-728-4127

From Alaska to the Bayview Hotel
Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and Seth Mendell on Sunday, September 6 at 5:30 pm at Shipyard Park as he talks about the life of Whaling Master Charles Bryant, who was instrumental in the purchase of Alaska and in later life the proprietor of Mattapoisett's Bayview Hotel. In case of rain, meet at the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum at 5 Church Street. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or visit

Memoir Writing Workshop at the ETL
What's black and white and read all over? If you write it well, your memoir! Record your precious memories before they fade. The Elizabeth Taber Library and the Sippican Historical Society have teamed up again this year to offer a free, four-session memoir writing course, led by Marion's Judy Rosbe, an accomplished author and historian, with five local history books to her credit.
To be held at the Elizabeth Taber Library from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on four consecutive Tuesdays - September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 - the memoir writing course will accommodate up to 12 participants. SHS has donated copies of Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History for all course participants to check out and use.
Registration is required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 to reserve your spot today!

Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. The public and new members are welcome.

YMCA Afterschool Program
When the school day ends, children need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, one in four U.S. children is left unsupervised after 3:00 pm, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. To help youth reach their full potential, YMCA Southcoast is offering afterschool programming that supports social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.
The Y's afterschool program offers activities in a caring and safe environment where all youth can achieve, feel like they belong, and build friendships. Youth in Y afterschool programs demonstrate improvement in the skills needed for successful living and in academic proficiency. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes in supporting the holistic processes that all youth experience - from birth to career - to support success in school and life.
"When the final school bell rings, continued learning opportunities can have a positive influence on how well youth perform in school," said Kathleen Treglia, Executive Director of Education for YMCA Southcoast. "Afterschool programs also fill gaps in schools and communities where some recreational opportunities like art, music and physical activity offerings are limited."
Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.
YMCA Southcoast afterschool programs offer homework help, a healthy snack, a balanced educational curriculum and an opportunity for recreational activities in the Y pool, gym, sports fields and climbing walls. The YMCA is adopting a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in our afterschool programs that will build a healthier future for our nation's children by providing healthy environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
The YMCA hosts eight licensed before and after school programs in the following Southcoast communities: Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, and Wareham.
Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. For more information about a program in your community, visit our website at or call 508-996-9622 ext. 118.
About YMCA Southcoast: The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With five branch sites serving more than 37,000 people, YMCA Southcoast has been working to meet the needs of our community for over 150 years. The Y engages people of all ages - regardless of income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Everyone is welcome at the Y and financial assistance is available. For more information about YMCA Southcoast, visit one of the branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Wareham or online at

Free Introductory Flag Football Clinic
Join MATTREC and Old Rochester Varsity Football players for a free introductory Flag Football Clinic. The flag football season kicks off on September 13 at Mariner Youth Soccer Fields. Come see what it's all about at our introductory clinics on Sunday, August 30 from 9:00 - 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 2 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
To kick off the program, we are getting fit and ready for a great season. Old Rochester varsity football players will be there to do a warm up and help run the practice! We will have drill stations to test speed, accuracy, strength and endurance. At each station you will be timed or measured to see how you complete the drills.
Players who register for the season will be given a NFL Patriots shirt and Flag Belt. Practice and games are on Sundays from 9:00 - 10:30 am at Mariner Youth Soccer Fields. Drill sessions are followed by 5v5 games. Program runs September 13 - November 1; cost is $80. We look forward to an exciting football season. Register for Fall Flag Football at or at the instructional clinics. The program is open to Tri-Town residents and surrounding communities.

A Collaborative Effort between Tabor and NOAA
This summer, Tabor Academy collaborated with NOAA's Tim Anderson in studying ocean currents in our area. Utilizing the SSV Tabor Boy, Tim Anderson oversaw the deployment of two NOAA drifters and a drifter built by Tabor students last fall.
Oceanographic drifters are simple free-floating instruments that transmit their own positions via satellite. The drifters are used to observe ocean circulation patterns and currents. Here on Buzzards Bay, they are performing the valuable task of working to validate ocean current circulation models in our home waters, providing NOAA and Tabor students with useful data.
This collaborative project between Tabor Academy and NOAA/NEFSC began a year ago when Tabor's Marine Science faculty members Jenny Albright and Kimberly Ulmer met up with Jim Manning at the Woods Hole NOAA office during their summer study research visits. Albright and Ulmer brought back the idea of Tabor students building and deploying oceanographic drifters and then studying and contributing the data.
Tabor's drifter was designed and constructed by SSV Tabor Boy Captain James Geil's Theoretical Ship and Boat Design class last fall. From the student designs, a prototype was built and tested, and then implemented during the Tabor Boy new student orientation program this summer starting with voyage one in June. Jim Manning took an interest in the data being collected and suggested to Tabor that they deploy all three drifters to make a comparative study throughout the summer.
Along with Tabor, and the team at NOAA, you can track the progress of the three drifters (updated by satellite every few hours) on the following Google map link

St. Philip's Annual Hymn Sing
The Rev. Jeffrey Cave, Retired, Diocese of Atlanta GA and author of "The Church by the Town Beach" will conduct services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Sunday, August 30 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Mattapoisett. All are invited to attend.
Then, at 4:30 pm, The Rev. Cave will lead a Hymn Sing with anecdotal comments on many favorites. Requests from the congregation are encouraged. Following the informal Hymn Sing, a reception will follow in the side yard. All are welcome!

South Coast Panthers Youth Hockey
South Coast Panthers Youth Hockey Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Programs are now open for registration! Interested in introducing your child to ice skating and building the fundamental ABC's of skating: Agility, Balance & Coordination? Join South Coast Panthers Learn to Skate program! How about an introductory program to learn the game of ice hockey? Join South Coast Panthers Learn to Play program for a fun, high-energy station based approach to hockey skating and skill development.
Eight-week sessions; COST for Learn to Skate is $95 per session or $270 for all three sessions, COST for Learn to Play is $155 per session or $450 for all three sessions; TIME: Sessions are held on Sunday mornings: Learn to Play from 7:00 - 8:20 am and Learn to Skate from 8:30 - 9:20 am; WHEN: Session I: September 20 - November 8, Session II: November 15 - January 10, Session III: January 17 - March 6.
Visit and click on "Register Online" as well as for information on required equipment for both programs.

Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance
This support group meets every first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Meetings are held at Southeast Complex, 100 Rosewood Way, Wareham. Call 508-295-3286 for more information.

2nd Annual Summer Bike Challenge
On Saturday, September 19, cyclists from 14 area communities will ride to the YMCA Dartmouth to celebrate the completion of the 2nd Annual Summer Bike Challenge. Over 110 cyclists have ridden over 56,000 miles since May 1 and hope to reach 60,000 miles by Labor Day for the South Coast Bikeway Alliance Team which is part of the National Bike Challenge. Riders will gather at the YMCA Dartmouth's Fall Festival and be recognized for their accomplishments. Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded. Prize categories include: Top Male and Female Overall, Second and Third Place Overall and Top Male and Female in each community. Additionally, the community that logs the most miles (per capita) will receive a trophy. Come see what the South Coast Bikeway Alliance is doing towards their goal of achieving a 50-mile continuous system of bike paths and bike lanes that will connect Rhode Island and Cape Cod.
What: South Coast Bikeway Alliance Bike Challenge Awards Ceremony; Date: Saturday, September 19; Where: YMCA Dartmouth, 276 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748; Time: 11:00 am. Cyclists are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the event!
We can continue to log miles for the National Bike Challenge, which concludes on September 30 ( The SCBA Team is ranked 27th in the National Bike Challenge at the time of this writing. Congratulations are due to the entire SCBA team whose efforts have placed SouthCoast at the head of all Massachusetts teams participating in the National Bike Challenge. For more information about joining the ride to the event as it goes through your community, please contact, call 774-263-1046 or post a note onto our Challenge page at

Centennial Savings for New NBSO Subscribers
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 100th season by offering savings of up to $100 to 100 new season ticket subscribers.
This special 100th birthday offer means further savings beyond the NBSO's usual subscription discounts of 20% savings on seven-concert series and 10% on six-concert series. Additional discounts of $100 per couple will be applied to Sections A and B pricing, while Sections C and D concert series tickets will be discounted an additional $50. The first 100 new subscribers are eligible to receive the additional discount by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276.
Opening night is only one month away! On September 19, the festivities begin with the party of the century at 5:30 pm at the Star Store (special event tickets required; call the NBSO for details, 508-999-6276), then at 6:45 pm free birthday cake will be served in front of the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to all concertgoers, followed by the 7:30 pm blockbuster performance at The Z of Berlioz, Sibelius & Dvořak with guest soloist Martin Chalifour performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Purchase individual concert tickets - $25‒$60, or $10 student tickets (not available online) - through the Z box office, 508-994-2900, or online at
The New Bedford Symphony celebrates its 100th anniversary this 2015-16 season! In 1915, New Bedford schoolteacher Clarence Arey founded a symphony orchestra to bring classical music to our region. Today, the NBSO is a superb professional orchestra that performs with internationally renowned guest artists, annually presenting a seven-concert series of classical and pops music and a four-concert chamber music series, as well as providing nationally recognized educational programs for the children of South Coast. You deserve a symphony in your life - the New Bedford Symphony! Visit us at

Mattapoisett Recreation Fall Programs
MATTREC is now accepting registrations for fall programs:
Fitness, Fun & Games: Ages 3-5 yrs. Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:00 pm, September 22 to November 10 at the Center School Gymnasium.
Do you have a young child who loves to be active and needs a new program to expend some energy and make new friends? Instructor Lynda Jacobvitz will help them explore fitness, creative movement and yoga through music, games and storytelling. Props such as hoops, parachutes, tunnels and puppets will be used to stimulate imagination and encourage movement. Cost is $80 for the eight-week session.
Yoga: Ages 6-10 yrs. Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, September 22 to November 10 at the Center School Gymnasium.
Certified Yoga instructor Lynda Jacobvitz will teach your child age appropriate yoga poses, basic stretching exercises and creative movement to promote strength, flexibility and coordination. Breathing and visualization techniques will teach kids how to focus, relax, develop self control and improve concentration. Cost is $80 for the eight-week session.
Bay State Gymnastics Academy: Ages 5 & up. Fridays, 3:15 - 4:15 pm, 4:15 - 5:15 pm, 5:15 - 6:15 pm. Gymnastics and tumbling offered each session. September 11 to November 6 (no class October 23) at the Old Hammondtown Gym.
Join Bay State Gymnastics Academy for gymnastics and/or tumbling classes at Old Hammondtown School. Classes are perfect for beginner gymnasts as well as students with previous gymnastics experience. Qualified instructors will work individually with each gymnast on all four gymnastic events: Floor Tumbling, Balance Beam, Bars and Vaulting. Tumbling classes are designed for any gymnast or cheerleader interested in working solely on their floor tumbling skills. Cost is $140 for the eight-week session.
Tennis Lessons: Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm for ages 5-8 and from 5:30 - 6:30 pm for ages 9 & up at the Hammond Street tennis courts. Session runs from September 2 - October 7. Summer session filled quickly; sign up online to avoid being waitlisted.
In Center Stage Kids - our new Fall Drama program - children will learn about various aspects of the performing arts and have an opportunity to participate in a theatrical performance at the conclusion of the eight-week session.
Other fall programs we are now accepting registrations for include: Creating Concoctions Part 2 and Introduction to Portuguese. Coming soon: Golf and Fit Kids training program.

Tobey Hospital Guild
The Tobey Hospital Guild, a member of Southcoast Health, will hold its annual fundraising event on the evening of Saturday, September 19 at the Marriott Town Place Suites' Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham. The event will feature "Lights Out," a Las Vegas group that will have you dancing in your seats to the tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Proceeds from this event will be used to help pay-down the $250,000 pledge the Guild made to help renovate and expand the Emergency Department at Tobey Hospital. For more information, please call 508-973-5752.

Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society begins the 2015 - 2016 season with its first rehearsal on Monday, September 14 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church in Reynard Hall, located at 27 Church Street. New members are welcome to join the chorus simply by coming to the one of the first three rehearsals, September 14, 21, and 28.
Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 pm every Monday evening, but singers are asked to arrive by 7:15 pm for their first rehearsal in order to register and receive music. Membership is $35 per semester. All voices are welcome (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), and no auditions are required. As always, everyone who has sung with the chorus in past years will be welcomed back. This year, the chorus is especially inviting back anyone who has sung with it at any time over the last 50 years.
Under the direction of its new Music Director, Dr. Tianxu Zhou, the chorus will be rehearsing for its 50th annual Christmas Concerts, which it will present on Friday evening, December 4, at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford, and at Tabor Academy's Wickenden Chapel in Marion on Sunday afternoon, December 6.
These concerts will feature the chorus's most popular Christmas music over the past half century, beginning with Vivaldi's "Gloria," with orchestra accompaniment. Other music will include "O Holy Night" arranged by John Rutter, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, "Still, Still, Still" arranged by Norman Luboff, the hauntingly beautiful "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rosetti, and "Prayer of the Children" arranged by Andrea S. Klouse.
The chorus once again will be joined by the Southcoast Children's Chorus under the direction of Leslie Piper, which will perform several pieces. Both choruses will then perform three pieces together: the popular "Hope for Resolution" by Caldwell and Ivory, "Carol Him Sweetly" by Ruth Elaine Schram, and "Do you Hear What I Hear" by Harry Simeone.
The concert will conclude with John Rutter's wonderful benediction, "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," which concluded many of the chorus's Christmas concerts under the direction of Peter West in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s.
Now beginning its 51st season, the 90-member Sippican Choral Society is under the direction of Dr. Tianxu Zhou, with Michelle Gordon as accompanist. The group performs at least two concerts every year, singing the works of the world's great composers, as well as popular music. No auditions are necessary to sing in the chorus.
For further information about singing with the Sippican Choral Society this year, please call Peter McDonald (508-748-0286). If you plan to sing this season, but cannot make the first rehearsal, please let Peter know.

Mattapoisett Historical Commission
A house is more than a home, it holds stories. Mattapoisett Historical Commission invites you to tell us the story of your home. Maybe you live in a home with a long history, or a home with unique qualities, or a home that is haunted. Maybe your summer residence has been in your family for decades. Share your home's story with the MHC and we'll post it on the town's website Just send your home's story via email to and include a picture of the house. Please also include your contact information.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Golf Outing
Southcoast golfers have a unique opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of golf at a championship golf course while also helping to clean up pollution in New Bedford Harbor.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is hosting its annual Golf Outing at noon on Tuesday, October 13 at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett. All proceeds from the event will go into a dedicated fund to support projects that stop nitrogen pollution - Buzzards Bay's largest pollutant - from reaching New Bedford Harbor.
For golfers, it's a rare opportunity to enjoy the private Bay Club's parkland-style 7,100 yard course, designed by PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon in conjunction with golf course architect Brad Booth.
"We're looking forward to a great day on the course at the Bay Club," said Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice-President of Development Marc Bellanger. "The Golf Outing is a fun way to support a great cause, and we love seeing so many golfers out there participating. We are happy to once again be partnering with the Bay Club on this event. They've earned Silver Certification recognition from Audubon International demonstrating that environmental sensitivity and sustainable practices - including fertilizer reduction - are a top priority."
Golfers can register online, individually or as a foursome, at
Not a golfer? You can still enjoy the festivities and show your support for clean water by signing up for a cooking masterclass at 3:00 pm with renowned chef and PBS personality Annie B. Copps. You can also attend the cocktail party reception, which will begin at 5:00 pm after the conclusion of play. The reception will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music, awards and a live and silent auction, all taking place on the Golf House Restaurant patio overlooking the course. The auction will include one-of-a-kind experiences from around Buzzards Bay - and around the world. Information on tickets for the cooking class, reception and auction are all available at

MPOA Charity Golf Tournament
Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association will hold a Charity Golf Tournament at the Allendale Country Club, 1047 Allen St. Dartmouth, September 25 at 8:30 am, Shotgun Start (Rain Date: September 28).
Entry price is $125 per person, $500 foursome. Entry deadline is September 18. Registration fee includes 18 holes of traditional scramble golf format, golf cart fee, awards lunch, gift bag, and T-shirt.
Prizes awarded for winning team, longest drive, closest to the pin. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a chance to win 2015 GMC automobile for Hole-In-One Contest.
All proceeds benefit local charities and community-sponsored events.
For registration forms and online registration, visit
For sponsorship opportunities and donations, contact Turner Ryan at or 508-525-2531.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Gateway Youth Hockey will hold re-evaluation/tryouts for any returning players as well as new players during the week of August 31 at Hetland Arena, New Bedford. This is an opportunity to join our program as well as get an idea of where we will put our teams during the upcoming season. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, August 31 at 6:30 pm: Mites (Birth Years 07 & younger) & Squirts (Birth Years 05 & 06);
Monday, August 31 at 7:30 pm: Middle School (Grades 6-8);
Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00 pm: PeeWees (Birth Years 03 & 04);
Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm: Bantams (Birth Years 01 & 02);
Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm: Midgets (Birth Years 97-00).
Gateway Youth Hockey Learn to Skate/Play: Nine-week session; Cost: $99; Location: Tabor Academy; Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm; Dates: September 11 & 18, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 & 13. Equipment needed for Learn to Skate: Helmet with face cage, gloves or mittens, snow pants, skates (figure or hockey, no double blades), elbow and knee pads (can be bicycle pads). Equipment needed for Learn to Play: Helmet with face cage, hockey gloves, hockey elbow pads, hockey chest protector, hockey pants, hockey shin guards, hockey skates, hockey stick. We do have some equipment to borrow, but this is limited.
Please see for additional information.

ORR Class of 1965
The Reunion Committee of the Old Rochester Regional High School Class of 1965 invites all classmates to their 50 year reunion on Saturday, September 19 at Brew Fish Bar & Eatery in Marion. Cost is $22/person for cash bar and light fare and prepayment is required. For further details, email It has been over 30 years since our last reunion and we are looking forward to seeing everyone and renewing old friendships.

Religious Education Registration Rally
St. Rose of Lima Church, located at 282 Vaughan Hill Road in Rochester, will hold a religious education registration rally on Sunday, August 30 at 4:30 pm with Mass at 5:30 pm.
Come learn about our Generations of Faith program for parents and children in grades 1-6, the 7 & 8 grade program, Confirmation two-year program, and the Eucharist two-year program. Questions, please call the office at 508-763-2244.

Knights of Columbus Clambake
On Sunday, August 30 at 1:30 pm there will be a clambake at Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling Jim at 508-863-3496.

Call for Artists
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) and the Marion Art Center are partnering to sponsor an exhibition of art created by local artists to highlight the many scenic sites that comprise the Lands Trust's forests and marshes. The Lands Trust invites everyone to walk the trails, get some exercise and be inspired by the beautiful views on the many trails maintained 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. All submitted works must depict scenes of or views from SLT properties. 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.
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 Walking tours of SLT properties will be conducted for interested artists in June, July and August (dates to be determined). For more information, call the SLT at 508-748-3080. Complete Registration Packets are also available at the Marion Art Center at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.
Registration by September 1 is required. 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 and must be originals and have been executed within the last three years and must not have been exhibited at the 2012 SLT Exhibition. All submitted works must depict scenes of or from SLT properties and the location must be identified. 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.
For more information about this Exhibition and for a printable registration form, please visit the MAC website at: or call 508-748-1266 or visit the Marion Art Center located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.

Jazz Music Concert
Fairhaven native and resident Matt Richard will present a jazz music concert on August 27 at 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, 34 Center Street. Tickets are $10 and will only be available at the door with general seating. School-age children accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge. Mr. Richard (piano) will be joined by drummer Greg Conroy and bassist Jerry Wilfong. Featured guests will include vocalist Marcelle Gauvin and tenor saxophonist Travis Bliss. A live recording will take place and anyone attending will receive a free download at a later date. Selections will include jazz standards and original compositions from Mr. Richard's 2014 CD, The Jazz Club. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the musicians involved. The concert will be held in the main sanctuary which is handicapped accessible from the William Street side entrance.

Online Voter Registration Now Available
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.
Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin's website at and clicking the "Massachusetts Register to Vote Online" button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address, or change their party enrollment.
Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.
With the Presidential Primary only eight months away on March 1, 2016, now is the time to visit Secretary Galvin's website to check your voter registration status and make any updates as necessary.

Brad Barrows Memorial Athletic Fund Ride
The Sixth Annual Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday, September 19 at The Stowaway Tavern (formerly Ricks Tavern), 35 County Rd, Route 6 Mattapoisett. Rain date is September 20. Registration is at 10:00 am, kickstands up at 12:00 pm. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger. No bike? Join us after the ride for $10. Proceeds to benefit youth sports and activities in the Tri-Town Area For more information, contact Dick Barrett at 774- 263- 4596. Hope to see you there.

Bike for Clean Water
Fall is the perfect time to hop on your bike and enjoy the outdoors here in southeastern Massachusetts. If you love to ride and want to make a difference for your local environment, then sign up for the ninth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 4 by visiting
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to protect clean water.
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. Choose from a 75-mile route starting in Westport or a 35-mile route starting in Rochester. Both routes end with a seaside finish line party on Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole that includes dinner, drinks, and live music.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride attracts expert and casual bike riders alike. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. Many riders also form teams with their friends and families. Together, they put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay. With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, all riders can feel safe and supported.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to programs and projects that protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay.
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit

The 2015-16 Blue Books Have Arrived!
The latest edition of the Blue Book - the popular Tri-Town telephone directory - has recently been mailed to 8400 postal addresses in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Check your post box for your book. If you haven't yet received one, 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 phone book 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. The new information will be added to the online version of the book which can be found at
Extra copies of the 2015-16 directory are available while they last at The Bookstall in Marion, Mail Boxes 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 of the project.

ORR Freshman and New Student Orientation
Old Rochester Regional High School will be holding its Annual Freshman and New Student Orientation on August 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the high school, see their Home Room, access their locker and receive their first-term schedule. Members of the High School administration will be on hand to answer question as well as the school Nurse, Athletic Director and Upperclassmen. Any questions regarding this event can be sent to Aimee Fox 508-758-3745 ext. 1612 or

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
The Old Rochester Farmers' Market runs every Tuesday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm outside the ORRJHS. This year's market will have two produce farms, Cervelli's and Skinny a Dip (organic); Sweet and Salty Farm which has veal and yogurt; Wyandotte Farm with chicken and a variety of other meats; and Robbins Trout Farm with fresh-harvested trout. The market also has cheese, bread, honey, oils & vinegars, fresh ground coffee, sweets (also gluten free and vegan options), homemade pies, sweet and savory cinnamon rolls, freshly popped kettle corn, organic baby food, barbecue sauces, soups, toffee, jams and herbs. Additionally, artisan vendors with soaps, candles, skin products, jewelry, roped nautical items, and organic and gluten-free pet treats. Lastly, the market will include healthy option food vendors and Running Brooke Vineyards winery. We also welcome weekly guest vendors. Come check us out - an event the whole family can enjoy with musical entertainment and free face painting!

Marion Art Center Celebrates 58 Years
The Marion Art Center celebrates 58 years of serving the area as a unique community center for the arts.
This year, classes and lessons in music, art, dance and theater were offered throughout the year. ArtStart, a summer program for children is running its 29th year. The theater has recently produced Dixie Swim Club, Anton Chekov's Seagull, Drinking Habits and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Rehearsals are underway for its summer comedy production A Bad Year For Tomatoes by John Patrick. MAC hosted the Halloween Parade and the Fourth of July float won fourth place in the Civic Group division! Special events included the ninth annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park with over 40 artisans exhibiting beautiful handmade jewelry, paintings and ceramics. One of eight gallery shows during the year, the gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of mono-prints and oils by Copley Society master Leslie Baker and sculpture by St. George Tucker Aufranc.
Membership is open to all and the annual membership drive is underway. For information, please call 508-748-1266, visit the website, and click on the Membership tab, or stop by during gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA 02738. Admission to the galleries is free and open to the public.

Nativity Preparatory School Tournament
On Monday, September 21 the Bay Club in Mattapoisett will host its Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament to benefit Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford. The event will include lunch, a reception, a buffet and both a live and silent auction. Nativity is a nonprofit, independent middle school for boys. Contributions support Nativity's mission of providing tuition-free, quality education to families in the greater New Bedford area. For further registration details, please call 508-994-3800 ext. 16. For more information about Nativity, please visit:

Youth Orchestras Announce Auditions
The New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras will hold auditions for the 2015-16 season on September 3, September 9, and September 10 at the UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts. Now entering its eighth season, the Youth Orchestras rehearse weekly at UMass Dartmouth and perform several concerts throughout the year, including at the NBSO Holiday Pops Concert where Symphony student players sit side-by-side with New Bedford Symphony professional musicians.
The NBSYO now boasts five ensembles in which students can participate. The Symphony, Repertory, and Debut orchestras welcome auditions of strings, winds, brass, and percussion players. The brand new Preparatory String Ensemble welcomes strings players to audition. Poco Strings requires no experience or audition, just registration for students to learn to play violin.
For complete audition requirements and to schedule an audition, please e-mail Visit the Youth Orchestra website at to learn more, including tuition and financial aid information.

Become a Volunteer Baywatcher with the BBC
Do you love the water and want to help protect it? Volunteer as a Baywatcher with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in your community this summer! The Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the Buzzards Bay region.
The Coalition is looking for Baywatchers to monitor the water in the following locations:
- Falmouth: Mashapaquit Creek, Quissett Harbor, Rands Harbor, West Falmouth Harbor and Wild Harbor River
- Bourne: Back River, Briarwood Center, Eel Pond, Phinneys Harbor and Red Brook Harbor
- Wareham: Agawam River, Broadmarsh River, Onset Bay, Shell Point Bay and Weweantic River
- Rochester: Sippican River
- Marion: Blankinship Cove, Hammett Cove, Sippican Harbor and Wings Cove
- Mattapoisett: Brandt Island Cove, Eel Pond and Mattapoisett River
- Fairhaven: Little Bay and Nasketucket River
- New Bedford: Acushnet River, Clarks Cove and New Bedford Harbor
- Dartmouth: Apponagansett Bay and Salters Pond
The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the Coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors - an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay.
Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.
If you're interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at 508-999-6363 ext. 203 or For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit

Millicent Library Storytime
Fall Storytimes begin the week of September 13.
You do not need to register for Storytimes. Programs are held downstairs. Stories and songs last for 30 minutes and are followed by 15 minutes of play time. Please try to arrive on time. If no one arrives by 15 minutes after start time, the program will not be held.
Toddlers (ages 1-3) meet from 9:30 - 10:15 am OR 10:30 - 11:15 am on Tuesdays. Babies (0-18 months) meet Fridays from 9:30 - 10:15 am!! Big Kids (ages 3-5) meet Fridays from 10:30 - 11:15 am. Siblings are always welcome! Toddlers and babies enjoy play time after stories, while Big Kids make a coloring project OR enjoy play time.
NO STORYTIMES during the weeks of October 18, November 22, December 20 and 27.
Programs are held in the downstairs auditorium.
The Millicent Library is handicapped accessible.
For further information, contact Jane Murphy at 508-992-5342 or at

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, MA.
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

Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The Mattapoisett Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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.
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum

Marion COA Information
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.
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.
Medical Appointments:
- 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.
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.

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
Wed, Aug 12, 2015
Marion Music Hall Advisory Committee - 3:30pm - Music Hall, 164 Front St
Marion Music Hall Committee: Elizabeth Taber Gala - 4:30pm - Music Hall, 164 Front St
Marion Conservation Commission - 7:00pm - Conference Room, Town House

Thu, Aug 13, 2015
Marion Zoning Board of Appeals - 7:30pm - Marion Town House
Rochester Board of Appeals - 7pm - Town Hall

Friday, August 14

Mon, Aug 17, 2015
Marion Planning Board - 7:00pm - Conference Room, Town House
Marion Marine Resources Commission - 7:00pm - 13 Atlantis Dr Facility Confere
Mattapoisett Planning Board - 7pm - Conference Rm. Town Hall

Tuesday, August 18
Mattapoisett Water Sewer Commissioners - 6pm - 19 County Rd. Mattapoisett
Rochester Conservation Commission - 7pm - Town House

Wed, Aug 19, 2015
Rochester Soil Board - 7pm - Town Hall

Thursday, August 20
Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals - 6pm - Conference Rm. Town Hall

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