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To the Editor:
Thoughts on Fame and Time.
Do you know who Bob Dee is? Not likely. What about Harry Oliver or Charlie Hoefer? Don't think so? I'm not surprised. Dee, Oliver and Hoefer were star athletes on the original Boston Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. You might call them foundation blocks in the building of their respective teams - teams that would go on to become successful examples of hard work, perseverance and excellence for which their organizations are known. Unfortunately, their names and individual accomplishments have been lost to time.
Not long ago Buddy Thomas, writing in New Bedford's The Standard-Times, proclaimed the top athletes on the SouthCoast in basketball and football in the last 50 years. Michael Conceicao wrote a fine article in The Standard-Times presenting his personal top 100 SouthCoast basketball players of all time. "All time" started in 1972. Thomas chose his time frame because those are the years he had been covering sports in the area. Conceicao's "all-time" list reached back to his high school years.
It is human nature to view things in the perspective of one's own experience. Outstanding athletes, politicians, or movie stars fade in memory and become mere footnotes in history. When their names do come up, we may not view their contributions in the context of the era and instead judge them by today's standards.
Recently, the Old Rochester Sports Hall of Fame ... an organization dedicated to honoring outstanding athletes' accomplishments ... named their latest class of seven inductees. All of the Hall's 34 individual members are deserving of their honored place in the school's sports history. Alas, only two played before 1966 and only one in the school's first three years of existence. It is true that records are lost and statistics often pale in comparison to today's bigger, stronger, faster and dare I say, smarter student athletes. While it is also true that the school had only three major sports in those early years (1961-64) and that all deserving athletes cannot be inducted at once, there are many who should not be forgotten. It is my hope that in the future, those that choose the honorees give thoughtful consideration to other factors in addition to statistics and records, newspaper clippings and familiarity.
Those outstanding athletes who were there at the beginning, many of whom are now in their 70s, must be considered foundation blocks in the building of Old Rochester's long sports tradition of hard work, perseverance and excellence for which it has become known.
Richard Morgado, Mattapoisett
To the Editor:
I am writing to commend the Marion Board of Health for recently updating their Enhanced Youth Access Tobacco Regulations. By raising the age of sale of all tobacco products to 21, prohibiting the sale of blunt wraps, and prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes wherever the Smokefree Workplace Law is in effect, the Board of Health is doing their part to protect Marion's youth.
Experts at the Institute of Medicine conducted a rigorous review and concluded that increasing the minimum legal access age from 18 to 21 will have a positive impact on reducing youth initiation of tobacco use, particularly in adolescents aged 15 to 17. The report brief states, "Raising the MLA to 21 will mean that those who can legally obtain tobacco are less likely to be in the same social networks as high school students." According to the report, if the minimum legal age was raised to 21 now, by the time today's teenagers are adults, we would see a 12% decrease in smoking rates.
Raising the minimum sales age to 21 helps reduce youth access and, together with several other key strategies, it is sure to reduce youth smoking as a result. Without local regulation, the tobacco companies target young people with products that are cheap, sweet, and easy to get.
The good news is that Marion has updated their Enhanced Youth Access Regulations to fight back against these tobacco industry tactics. These enhanced regulations, which will be implemented on March 1, require a person purchasing tobacco in town to be 21 years of age or older. The board has also taken an additional step and banned the sale of blunt wraps, a tobacco product that is often used as a drug delivery device. Smoking e-cigarettes in the workplace has been banned in order to protect workers, as well. For this and their dedication to protecting the health of Marion's youth, I congratulate them.
Kathleen Wilbur, Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, Seven Hills Behavioral Health
Marion Independence Day Fireworks
It may be winter weather outside, but it is time to think ahead to summer! Think Fireworks!
Thanks to our generous neighbors, we were able to bring the fireworks back to Silvershell Beach for Independence Day 2015. We are hopeful that we will be able to do the same for 2016!
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. All amounts are welcome and 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 email@example.com.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Marion Independence Day Fireworks in 2016!
Community Preservation Act Funding
Applications for Community Preservation Act funding are now available in the Marion Town House located at 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738. The Community Preservation Act is a Massachusetts Law that allows participating cities and towns to adopt a real estate tax surcharge, supplemented by State matching funds in order to fund community preservation. Eligible projects must be directed towards: open space/recreation; historic preservation; or community housing. Applications must be received no later than February 26 to be considered for presentation at the May 2016 Annual Town Meeting.
Some recent examples of projects supported by Community Preservation funds include:
- Financing the design, construction and equipping of the Marion Town House.
- Designing an accessible boardwalk and viewing platform at Osprey Marsh.
- Securing nine affordable housing units having affordable housing deed restrictions for ninety-nine (99) years.
- Replacing fencing at the Point Road Playground and Washburn Park.
- Preserving the Marion Music Hall.
- Installing playground equipment at Washburn Park and the Point Road playground.
- Rebuilding the viewing platform in Pierson Woods.
- Replacement of windows at the Sippican Woman's Club.
- Restoration of the steeple at the Marion Art Center.
Emma Nizzari, an English major from Mattapoisett, has been named to the Fall 2015 Dean's List at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA for achieving a GPA of 3.33 or higher.
Jessica Lowe of Marion has earned Highest Honors for the fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of New Hampshire.
Students named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Highest Honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.
Old Rochester Regional Class of 2014 graduate and Rochester resident Arissa Underhill has made the Dean's List for the Fall Semester 2015 at Bridgewater State University. Miss Underhill is majoring in Bio-Chem Studies.
You are invited for supper on Friday, February 12 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. It is Abe Lincoln's birthday, and we're sure he would want you to celebrate it with us. As always, something delicious and nutritious is on the menu. There is no charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the meal will be served at 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Applications for Affordable Homeownership Opportunity
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity announces that applications are now available for a three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home for purchase on 18 Minot Avenue, Wareham. The application deadline is April 1, 2016.
Applicant households must be income eligible (families must fall into the following guidelines, 30% to 60% of the area median income as adjusted by household size. Two-person household: $21,000 to $42,000; three-person household: $23,650 to $47,280; four-person household: $26,250 to $52,500; five-person household: $28,350 to $56,700; and six-person household: $30,450 to $60,900), live or work in our service area (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester and Wareham), have a critical need for a decent affordable home, be "willing to partner" with Habitat in the construction of their home (i.e., work side-by-side for 100 sweat equity hours with the construction volunteers or serve the affiliate in other ways), and have the ability to make a monthly mortgage payment estimated to be between $650 to $800, which includes escrow for taxes and homeowner's insurance.
General information about applying for a Habitat home is available on the website: www.BuzzardsBayHabitat.org. Applicants are invited to attend one of two informational workshops for prospective buyers:
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm at the Habitat office, 8 County Road, Mattapoisett; or
Saturday, February 6, 9:30 am at Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham.
Applications may be obtained at the informational sessions as listed above or at the Habitat for Humanity office, 8 County Road, Suite 2, Mattapoisett or please call the Habitat office at 508-758-4517 to have an application mailed to you.
From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Mattapoisett Census/Dog Licensing: The Town of Mattapoisett has mailed out their 2016 census forms. Please check that all your household members are listed and that their information is current and correct. Be sure to double-check your voter registration status as there will be many important elections this year. Return the census forms to the Town Clerk's Office as soon as possible. On the back of the census is a form for dog licensing. If you enclose a payment, a current rabies certificate and a self-addressed stamped envelope, we will be glad to mail your dog license to you. Dogs must be licensed on or before March 31. If you did not receive a census form in the mail, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2.
Mattapoisett Presidential Primary Information: The Town of Mattapoisett Town Clerk's Office would like to issue a friendly reminder to all residents regarding the upcoming Presidential Primary on March 1. The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation is February 10. The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 pm for voter registration on that day. The polls will be open at Old Hammondtown School, 20 Shaw Street from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm on March 1 for voters to cast their ballots. If you are going to be away on the day of the election, you may stop by and cast your ballot in person at the Town Hall during regular business hours. Please contact the Town Clerk's Office if you have any questions at 508-758-4100 ext. 2.
Mattapoisett Tax Relief Fund Information: Enclosed with the property tax bills which were mailed out in December was an informational brochure about the Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Fund. The fund was established under MGL Chapter 60 Section 3D in order to help elderly and disabled residents to remain in their homes. It provides financial assistance to those who qualify. Applicant's gross income cannot exceed $20,000 if single and $40,000 if married. Your total estate excluding your domicile cannot be more than $35,000 if single and $45,000 if married. Applications are available on the Town of Mattapoisett's website www.mattapoisett.net and at the Council on Aging which is located in Center School. On the back of the brochure, there was also a form and instructions for making a donation to this fund. Completed applications and/or donations should be mailed to the Treasurer's Office, P.O. Box 433, Mattapoisett. Applications for help must be received by April 1 to be considered.
Marion Art Center Dance Academy
The Marion Art Center Dance Academy is now accepting registrations for its Spring/Winter 2016 Session. Classes are held on Wednesdays starting on February 24 and run for 10 weeks. Fall session is grounded in classical dance. Spring session focuses heavily on choreography and recital performance with instructor Joclyne Nunes.
Preschool (age 3-4): 3:30 to 4:05 pm
Beginner (age 5-7): 4:15 to 5:00 pm
New! Tap Class (boys & girls ages 4-9): 5:15 to 6:00 pm
The 10-week Winter/Spring 2016 Session Class Schedule is as follows: February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, No Dance on April 20 (School April Vacation), April 27, and May 4, (Thursday, May 5 is an extra built-in class if needed for snow day). The recital is set for Friday, May 6. The dress rehearsal will be at 4:30 pm with the recital following at 6:00 pm.
Preschool Dance: Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. Class is 35 minutes and involves ballet warm-up, jazz stretches, basic mat tumbling and basic tap steps. The fee for the 10-week session is $145 for Marion Art Center members and $160 for non-members. (Child must be 3 years of age at the start of the session.)
Beginner (ages 5-7): Kinderstep and beginner instruction are for children between the ages of 4-5 and 6-7. Class is 45 minutes and involves ballet warm-up and barre, jazz stretches, beginner mat tumbling. The fee for the 10-week session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Tap Class (boys & girls ages 4-9): Tap class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. The fee for the 10-week session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Southeast Medical Building located at 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham. For more information, call John at 508-971-0018.
Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee
Is 2016 the Year You Decide to be More Involved in Your Community?
Mattapoisett has many opportunities for residents to participate in local government. Have you ever thought about volunteering to serve on one of the numerous committees where members are appointed rather than elected? Are you interested in Culture and the Arts, Services for the Disabled, Recreation Programs, or services for seniors? These are just a few of the many town committees that provide services to residents and depend on volunteers. Or have you ever considered running for office? The Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring an informational meeting designed to encourage Mattapoisett residents to serve our town in a number of different ways.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm in the downstairs conference room at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett.
Our panel of speakers will include Town Administrator Michael Gagne, Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger, and Selectman Paul Silva. Panel members will share information about the town committees where members are appointed, not elected. You will learn about the many town committees that exist and how you might seek an appointment to a committee. Information will also be shared about how to file papers with the town and state for those who are interested in the possibility of running for public office. We hope you will come to our meeting to hear how your particular interest or skill might benefit our town.
A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. Members of various committees will be present to answer specific questions about their committees.
This presentation is free and open to all regardless of political affiliation. For more information, contact the Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball Tournament at Tabor
Tabor Academy will welcome more than a dozen Special Olympic basketball teams to their campus to participate in their 1st Valentine's Day Hoops Tournament on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 10:00 am. The event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Fish Center for Health and Athletics at 256 Front Street, Marion, MA.
The participating teams will come from all over the Massachusetts' South Coast as well as Cape Cod, from as close as Wareham and as far as Hyannis and Plymouth. Teams will be a mix of unified teams - a combination of intellectual impaired athletes and partners without intellectual disabilities - and traditional Special Olympics teams. There will be teams in two divisions: ages 13-21 and ages 22+.
Tabor Academy students, who have been hosting a Young Athletes program in conjunction with Special Olympics each Sunday this fall and winter, will lead the entire event. Student volunteers will be doing everything from refereeing and managing the scoreboard to running team check-ins and being supportive fans.
The Valentine's Day Hoops Tournament will run in conjunction with the kick-off of Tabor's R-word Campaign. This national campaign was created to spreads awareness about the stigmas around intellectually impaired people and the damage that the r-word can cause. The R-word Campaign is a pledge that people across the country and the world have taken to eliminate the word "retard(ed)" from their vocabulary.
Director of Communications Kerry Saltonstall said, "Our students are so enthusiastic about this new relationship forged with Special Olympics, and with the athletes and their families. It has become a top service interest on campus. We hope the community will join us and tap into the positive energy and spirit of these games on February 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm."
Gateway Youth Hockey
Squirts: Gateway Gladiator Squirts took to the ice on Sunday morning with the mindset to get a win, and they did. Facing Walpole Express, the Gladiators were able to give Walpole their first loss in the Yankee Conference by the score of 6-3. In the first period, Ty David Ribeiro scored, assisted by Matthew Paling putting the Gladiators on the board early. Paling later came in with an unassisted goal. In the second, Walpole scored a goal of its own, but Paling countered with his second goal of the game, assisted by Jacob Hebbel, and Ribeiro soon answered, making the score 3-1. Walpole heated things up later in the period, getting two back-to-back goals on goalie Thomas Leger. In the third period, Ribeiro added an unassisted goal and Paling scored his third goal of the game, giving him and Ribeiro hat tricks for the game.
Pee Wees: The Gateway Pee Wee Gladiators played Walpole Express on Sunday. The team played well and after falling behind, Gateway got on the board in the second period off of an unassisted goal by RJ Vickery. Toward the end of the third period, Gateway was down by three when Stephen Old scored a goal with 31 seconds remaining, but the last effort was not enough to overcome the deficit and Gateway lost by a score of 4-2.
Bantams: The Bantam Gladiators dug deep and found a way to beat their season nemesis, Walpole Express, by the score of 6-2 on a tremendous team effort and a five-goal performance by Quirino doCanto. The Gladiators jumped ahead early in the first period when doCanto blocked a pass, went the other way on a break away, and beat the goalie with a quick wrist shot. For his second score of the day, doCanto deflected home a shot taken by Bryan Gallagher. Walpole would get back in the game quickly, cutting the deficit in half, just sneaking one by goalie Zachary Pateakos. They would tie it up late in the second period, but the Gladiators didn't let it stay that way for long, as less than a minute later, James L'Heureux tipped home a shot from Jackson St. Don. doCanto would score his third goal later in the second on assists from brothers Tyler and Zack Lovendale. With the score 4-2 after two periods, the Gladiators kept up the intensity, which led to doCanto scoring his fourth goal of the game, with T. Lovendale and Bethany Davis getting assists. doCanto's final goal was scored off a rebound from a shot taken by Gallagher. It was an overall team effort, completed by a great day in net for Pateakos.
Middle School: The MS Jr. Vikings took a tough 6-3 loss to Franklin. Franklin jumped ahead early scoring just four minutes into the game. They scored again, late in the first period, leaving the score at the end of the first period, 2-0. The Jr. Vikings would strike first in the second period, when Robert Ramsay went in by himself and beat the sprawling goalie to bring the Jr. Vikings within a goal. Franklin wouldn't allow the tenacious Jr. Vikings get back in the game, though, scoring two more goals late in the second period as well as two early in the third period. Ramsay would add another goal in the third on an assist from RJ Vickery. Ben DeMoranville also chipped in with a goal off some nifty passing from Quirino doCanto and Tyler Lovendale, making it 6-3. Jacob DeMoranville and Alex DeMarco both played well in net, but just couldn't stop all the shots.
Mattapoisett Lions Club Award
The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International consisting of 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members worldwide making this the world's largest service club organization, is pleased to announce two $2,500 scholarships to be awarded this year to graduating high school or home-schooled students residing in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester.
The funds for this Award are raised through fundraisers held by the Mattapoisett Lions Club throughout the year, including Harbor Days, an annual Arts and Craft Festival held in Shipyard Park every third week-end of July and attended by up to 10,000 people.
The Lion's Club motto is "We Serve," and one of the largest charitable causes of Lion's International includes raising funds for eye research in an effort to end preventable blindness throughout the world and providing services for those in need in our community.
To qualify, a graduating student or home-schooled student shall be enrolled in their first year of a recognized school of higher education, must be a resident of the Tri-Town area, and have demonstrated service to the community.
To obtain an application, learn more about this Award, or to learn how to become a member of the Lions Club, visit our website www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org. Award applications are available through the guidance department at your high school.
Applications must be received by March 26, 2016.
ORCTV Off the Air for Maintenance
ORCTV will be off the air for 5-10 days beginning February 8 for upgrades and maintenance to its cablecast system. The local cable access station will be moving its server, which is the broadcast system for the station, from their old home at the Captain Hadley House in Marion, to ORCTV's new studio located at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett. Comcast and Verizon will also be moving their broadcast equipment during this period of time. ORCTV hopes to be back on the air as quickly as possible and apologizes for any inconvenience. Government meetings and locally-produced programs may still be seen on our Vimeo channel that can be viewed by logging on to www.vimeo.com/user19280086.
Rochester Land Trust
The Rochester Land Trust (RLT) is pleased to announce the purchase of an 11-acre property from new Rochester residents Mike and Charlotte Spieldenner. This acquisition was made with the help of a Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program grant and will allow RLT to open nearly 44 acres to the public. In 2006, the Fordyce Properties Trust donated 26.5 acres to the RLT, but due to inaccessibility caused by wetlands, it wasn't opened to the public. An abutting, 5.8-acre parcel owned by the Rochester Conservation Commission, which had previously been landlocked, can now also be enjoyed.
There are several trails, made by wildlife, neighborhood kids, and hunters, running through these formerly separate properties. RLT will work to clear these trails as weather permits. This property can be accessed through the town-owned drainage parcel at the bottom of Haskell Ridge Road off of Walnut Plain Road. An official opening walk will be announced in the spring.
Friends of the Mattapoisett Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's monthly Book Sale is Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the library, 7 Barstow Street. This month, the Friends offer nearly all new fiction in nearly-new condition. Popular authors like Jodi Picoult and Stephen King are well represented. There is also a good selection of children's books, and you could find just the right book for your sweetie in time for Valentine's Day.
Rochester Democratic Caucus
The Rochester Democratic Committee will hold their caucus on Saturday, February 6 for the purpose of electing delegates to attend the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention in June. Any Democrat registered in the town of Rochester is eligible to be a delegate and must have registered in the town by January 31, 2016. The meeting will be held at the town hall and called to order at 10:00 am; sign in will start at 9:00 am. The Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. For more information, call Chairman Carol St. Don at 508-763-2795.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Please join us at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for Take Your Child to the Library Day, a national grassroots celebration inviting families to the library to discover all the services available! Special events have been scheduled:
11:00 am - noon: Mr. Vinny of Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform a special program created just for Plumb Library.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Professor Trelawney of Hogwarts School will tell your fortune.
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Meet Alice in Wonderland!
Also during the day, enter a drawing to win a family pass to the Buttonwood Park Zoo; try our snowshoes or other MOBY items (weather permitting); and kids up to age 10 who check out two or more books will receive a Free Admission to LEGOLAND Discovery Center (while supplies last).
Lost your card? Get a free replacement only on February 6. Someone will be on hand to demonstrate our new website and our online services.
All programs are free of charge, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. The Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library is at 17 Constitution Way in Rochester. For more information, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email email@example.com.
Sunday Stroll Along Shaw Farm Trail
Enjoy the beauty of nature in winter on a free guided walk with the Buzzards Bay Coalition at Shaw Farm Trail in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett on Sunday, February 7 at 1:00 pm.
The Coalition's recently opened Shaw Farm Trail links the Phoenix/Mattapoisett Bike Trail and Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. On this walk, you'll learn about Nasketucket Bay's history and ecology, plus get some exercise and fresh air.
The walk is free and will run about an hour. Participants should meet at the intersection of the bike trail and Shaw Road (approximately 94 Shaw Road, Fairhaven). Parking is allowed along the east side of Shaw Road. Please dress for the weather, including appropriate shoes and winter clothing.
"Sunday Strolls" take place on the first Sunday of each month this winter at a different Buzzards Bay Coalition conservation area in the region. The next Sunday Stroll will take place at LaPalme Farm in Acushnet on March 6.
These walks are part of the Coalition's Bay Adventures series that are programs designed for explorers of all ages to get outside and discover Buzzards Bay. To learn more about all our upcoming Bay Adventures, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/bayadventures.
Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP online, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/bayadventures or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.
Travis Roy Cup
The 20th Annual Travis Roy Cup Hockey game will be played between the Tabor Academy Seawolves and the St. Sebastian's Arrows on Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 pm in the Travis Roy '95 Rink at Tabor Academy, 256 Front Street, Marion.
While admission is free, donations are heartily appreciated as this annual benefit event raises money for the Travis Roy Foundation. Travis Roy is a Boston legend and graduate of Tabor Academy. After his life changing accident during the first 11 seconds of his first collegiate hockey game, Travis set up the Travis Roy Foundation to help support others with spinal cord injuries. The foundation helps patients and their families by providing adaptive equipment to increase self-reliance and independence. They also fund efforts to find a cure through research; over $6 million has been raised to date.
The Tabor Academy Seawolves won the inaugural game in 1997, though currently the Arrows hold an edge in the series. The fun part is that both teams know the real winner of this contest is always The Travis Roy Foundation. The game has raised over $120,000 for this great cause over the years.
The teams invite you to come and join in the fun and support.
Occasion Singers at the MAC
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And it's Leap Year, too! So invite a friend or two and come to the Cabaret at The Marion Art Center on Friday, February 12 and/or Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. They're hosting two "Unforgettable" Special Evenings of classic love songs performed by the Occasion Singers. "Let's Duet" is the title of the show and will feature the intricate harmonies and spectacular voices of the singers under the direction of Sandy Morgan. "It had to be You" - whether you're a duet, a quartet or more, reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Tables are available for parties of four. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 general admission. Please call 508-748-1266 or reserve online at www.marionartcenter.org.
Comedy Dinner-Show Fundraiser
The Showstoppers community-service singing troupe will host its annual Adult Comedy Night Fundraiser at Salerno's Seaside Function Hall located at 196 Onset Avenue in Onset Village on Friday, February 5. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for cocktails and crudites.
Tickets are $30 and include an Italian dinner buffet and comedy show featuring two comedians. Also available will be a Chinese auction, raffle, and cash bar. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Showstoppers Performing Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information or for tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-758-4525.
Rochester Women's Club
The next meeting of the Rochester Women's Club is Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm. Our club is located at 37 Marion Road in Rochester. The Women's Club is open to all women of any age, from any town. We will be making plans for our spring calendar of events.
In celebration of Valentine's Day 2016 we are having a fuzzy sock exchange. Bring two new pairs of fuzzy socks, wrap them individually and join in the Yankee Swap. We will also be dressing in red to keep in the Valentine theme. This month, we will be giving a gift to the reddest most originally dressed member or guest.
Wine and cheese will be available, as well as coffee, tea and goodies.
Any questions, email us at email@example.com.
Seaside Scavenger Hunt
Join us for the first Annual Seaside Scavenger Hunt with maps, clues, and prizes for free! On Thursday, February 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, teams will search for clues and treasures on the property of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, the Mattapoisett Land Trust Munro property, Shipyard Park and the Library. Learn about Mattapoisett history and nature on this fun adventure. This event starts and ends at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett, MA. Be cool, be creative, and celebrate the seaside. Refreshments will be available.
The deadline for sign up is February 16; please call 508-758-2844 or email Mattapoisett.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parental supervision is required for children under the age of 8. Participants will cross streets.
Upcoming MNHM Programs
The following programs have been scheduled by the Marion Natural History Museum for the Winter and Spring 2016 After School Programs:
February 10: Gearing up for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The GBBC is an important citizen science exercise that we can participate in to help our birds. The GBBC is the weekend of February 12-15 and is an annual event anyone can participate in. Let's explore the resources put out by the various organizations that collect our data and investigate other ways we can help our birds during the winter months. Please note: This is a half day for local schools. This program will start at 1:00 pm and end/pick up at 2:00 pm. If you'd like to have the director retrieve your child from Sippican School for this event, please send in a note to the director and the school.
March 9: "An Introduction to New England Archaeology" with professional archaeologist Craig Chartier. This program is limited, so please register as soon as possible to hold your spot. In order to cover program costs, registration for this program is $12/child for nonmembers and $10/child for members. Advance registration is required.
March 23: Introduction to Ocean Engineering with Lockheed Martin engineer Mark Whelan. With the use of experimentation, Mark will introduce us to some of the mechanics of propulsion, steering, and other engineering principles.
April 13: The power of pollinators with naturalist and environmental scientist Merilee Kelly. Merilee has been working on gardens specifically designed to draw in our native pollinators. She will be sharing some of her plants and expertise with us so we may learn how to help our winged friends.
May 4: Trip to Bird Island with the Marion Harbormaster's office. Bird Island has been undergoing some changes during the winter to improve nesting habitat for our endangered shorebirds such as the Roseate Tern. Let's go out and take a look at what's been done.
May 25: Soda Bottle Rockets. Let's save our 2-liter bottles and launch our rockets with Dr. William (Toby) Dills. This will be an exciting program on the mechanics of rocketry for our last day of after school programs till next fall.
Parents can visit the museum's website to register, www.marionmuseum.org.
A Royal Princess Tea Party
The Marion Art Center Dance Academy is pleased to announce that a Royal Princess Tea Party will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at the Marion Art Center located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. Girls and boys ages 3 through 9 and their parents are cordially invited to attend! Come dressed as a princess or prince or in a ballet tutu for "tea" and cookies. Three princesses - Elsa, Anna and Belle - will visit the party in the Marion Art Center Theatre to entertain and spend the afternoon with everyone! There will be dancing, crafts, face painting and more. This is a free event, open to the public, but reservations are required. Limited seating, so please call The Marion Art Center at 748-1266 and reserve a seat today!
The Royal Princess Tea Party is sponsored by The Marion Art Center Dance Academy. MAC Dance Academy is a classically taught dance studio that fosters individuality and fun for all dancers. We are a low-key academy providing extraordinary dance instruction in the areas of ballet, tap, and jazz, in a fun and safe learning environment. Boys are welcome and the 2016 Spring Session is offering a special tap class designed especially for boys!
Dance instruction is by Miss Joclyne Nunes. MAC Dance Academy's goal is to keep the cost of instruction to a minimum, keep costumes affordable and produce a fun, short, and exciting recital at the end of the spring session. Winter/Spring Session 2016 starts Wednesday, February 24. MAC Dance Academy is now accepting registrations. For more information about registration, please visitwww.marionartcenter.org/classes or call 508-748-1266.
The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization that has been promoting the visual and performing arts in the community since 1957.
Tri-County Symphonic Band
New Bedford Symphony concertmaster, violinist Jesse Holstein returns to the Tri-County Symphonic Band stage on Valentine's Day to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a program of symphonic band music that is filled with rhapsodic rapture and romance.
The concert, "Love Is In The Winds," will be Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm at Dartmouth High School, 555 Bakerville Road, South Dartmouth.
The program will include March from "The Love of Three Oranges" (Serge Prokofiev), Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from "Lohengrin" (Richard Wagner), The Montagues and the Capulets from "Romeo and Juliet" (Serge Prokofiev), The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and Violin Concerto in D Major (P. I. Tchaikovsky), Jesse Holstein, violin.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth and The Bookstall in Marion. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please visit http://tricountysymphonicband.org/ for more information.
OR Little League Baseball Registration
Old Rochester Little League registration for the 2016 season is now open. Register early for local winter clinics. Five divisions starting at Tee Ball for 4 and 5 year olds (and first-year 6 year olds) through Majors for kids up to 12 years old. Clinics will be held in the summer by the Wareham Gateman for the younger divisions. For more information and to register, visit www.orll.net.
Early Childhood Office
There is still room in our Friday preschool playgroup! Come join us from 9:00 - 10:15 am at Old Hammondtown School for our 3-4 year old preschool playgroup. Call the office to sign up! 508-748-1863.
Mattapoisett Recreation Winter Programs
MATTREC has openings in the following winter programs:
Gymnastics & Tumbling, Session 3: Ages 5 & up; Fridays 3:15 - 4:15 pm, 4:15 - 5:15 pm, 5:15 - 6:15 pm; February 5 - April 8 at Old Hammondtown Gymnasium; 8-week session; cost $140; registration is open through January 29.
Bay State Gymnastics Academy for Gymnastics and/or Tumbling 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.
Yoga: Ages 6-10 years; Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm; March 1 - April 26 in the Center School Gymnasium; 8-week session; cost $80; registration deadline is February 25.
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.
Candy Making Workshop: Grades 2-6. Four sessions on Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm; February 3, March 16, April 13 and May 4 in the Center School Cafeteria; cost $50; sign up online at www.mattrec.net; registration deadline is January 27.
Join Maria Lynch for a candy making workshop. Each session will have a different theme: Gifts for your Valentine, Spring Sweets, and Mother's Day delights. Each participant will be able to make candy items to bring home. All supplies will be provided.
Crafting: Creation Imagination: Grades K-3; Thursdays 2:45 - 4:00 pm; January 14 - March 17 (no class February18 and March 10) in the Center School Cafeteria.
Each week a specific theme will be introduced and supplies provided. Children will use their imaginations to bring their very own creations to life. So many fun projects in store! Join instructor Maria Lynch for eight sessions of afternoon fun.
To sign up online, visit our website at www.mattrec.net or download registration form from website and drop it off at Mattapoisett Town Hall.
Marion Council on Aging
Have you made a new year's resolution to start an exercise program? Then join the Marion Council on Aging on Mondays and Fridays for dance aerobics. Classes are held from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Mondays at 13 Atlantis Drive and on Fridays at the Music Hall for only $4 per class. Come join the fun!
Are you concerned about your balance? Try Tai Chi at the Marion Music Hall on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Tai Chi is also held on Thursdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. All classes are $10 per class.
Don't forget the new mini senior center on Mondays at the Music Hall from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Nursing consultations are held from 9:30 - 11:30 am, chair yoga from 10:00 - 11:00 am, a social hour from 11:00 - 11:45 am followed by lunch from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (free-will donation), and then a learning & lecture series.
Free monthly movies, sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, are shown at the Music Hall at 7:00 pm with a talkback after the movie. The following is a list of the upcoming movies: February 12 Some Like it Hot, March 11 Cool Hand Luke and April 8 Man for All Seasons.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Everyone is welcome to participate in activities and services at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street. Most activities are "drop in." For any questions and/or to register for trips and special events, call 508-758-4110.
Mondays: 8:45 am Tai Chi (free); 10:00 am Qi Gong meditative healing (free); 10:00 am Knitting; 12:00 pm Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm Scrabble.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Legal Consulting (2nd Tuesday of month, free 15 min, by appt); 11:00 am Walking Group; 12:00 pm Movie & Pizza (last Tuesday of month); 12:30 pm Art History (once every other month, $3); 1:00 pm Water Color Painting (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am Cardio Fit (free); 10:00 am Men's Group (2nd Wednesday of month at Public Library); 10:45 am Meditation; 11:00 am Book Club (3rd Wednesday of month); 12:00 pm Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm Bingo; 1:15 pm Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 11:00 am Computer Tutor (free, by appt); 1:00 pm Country Line Dancing.
Fridays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm Line Dancing (donation); Foot Care (once a month by appt).
Upcoming Specials (registration required): Trips: Feb. 11 RI Antique Mall followed by Fountain Grille Restaurant; Feb. 16 Lunch & Speaker, "Dining the Healthy Way" with Nutritionist, Stephanie Boulay (learn better options when eating out); Feb. 25 RISD Art Museum with lunch at Kartabar Restaurant.
Classes for Kids Offered by MAC
The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Winter/Spring 2016 classes. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street (main entrance is on Main Street) in Marion, MA 02738. For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or to register for any of the Winter/Spring 2016 classes on-line, visit the Marion Art Center website at www.marionartcenter.org and click on the "Classes" tab to follow the links to the registration forms.
Children's Theater Classes Winter/Spring 2016: MAC's goal is that young people develop their own unique creative voice, their imagination, and their understanding of drama and its role in society. We look forward to soaring with your young star as he/she experiences new adventures and challenges through our performing arts offerings and takes the next step as an actor and a person!
Little People's Theatre (ages 6-9): Tuesdays 4:30 - 5:30 pm; Instructor: Kim Teves; Tuition: Each six-week session is $80 for MAC members and $95 for non-members. Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.
- Winter 2016 Session 2 LPT: February 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Spring 2016 Session LPT: April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10, 17
Young People's Theater (Grades 4-8): Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm; Instructor: Kim Teves; Tuition: Each eight-week session is $160 for MAC members and $175 for non-members. Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.
- Spring 2016 Session YPT: March 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12, 19
To register and pay on-line, go to www.marionartcenter.org and click on "Classes."
Saturday Morning Piano Lessons: Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Donald Richard.
To reserve a lesson time, please call Donald Richard at 781-582-6273 or email him at email@example.com.
About the Instructor: Donald Richard earned his Bachelor of Music from University of Lowell and has been teaching private lessons on piano and trumpet since 1980. He has substituted in the Old Rochester Regional School District since 1999 and since 2003 has assisted with the Sippican Elementary School Annual Band Blast and other events.
ORR Class of 1979 Alum
A reunion of the ORR class of 1979 is being planned for Saturday, July 16 during Harbor Days weekend.
We are compiling a contact list. Please share your contact information or anyone you are in contact with from the class of '79 to Orrclassof1979@gmail.com or mail to DBW, P.O. 771, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Please include your current name, name in 1979, email and mail address. For current updates, follow us on Facebook by joining the "Orr class of 1979" group.
Rochester Council on Aging Events
Fitness Room Is Up & Running: The Fitness Room is open and available for members to use. Become a member by paying $20 a month membership fee and use the equipment as many times as it is open in that month. The Fitness Room schedule is Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:00 - 11:00 am, and Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 pm. As membership grows, we will increase the number of times it will be available. A packet, with required registration forms to participate, is available for pick-up at the Senior Center Office at any time. Anyone is welcome to become a member. Call Tammy, group leader, at 508-763-8723 with any questions.
Weekly Classes/Programs at the Rochester Senior Center:
- Soup & Sandwich Lunches: Mondays, 12:00 pm; $4 suggested donation; pre-registration recommended.
- Chair Yoga: Mondays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm; $3 suggested donation
- Busy Bees Craft Group: Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:30 am; Free
- Painters Group: Mondays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm; Free
- Line Dancing: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Fridays, 9:30 - 11:00 am; $2 suggested donation per class
- BINGO: Wednesdays, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
- Stepping & Stretching Exercise Program: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm; $2 suggested donation per class
- Ballroom Dancing: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am; $4 per person per class
- Cardio Dance-Fit Exercise Program: Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 am; $4 per class
- Scrabble: Tuesdays, 9:00 am; Free
- Blood Pressure Checks: Mondays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Congregate Lunches (from Coastline): Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 11:30 am; $2 suggested donation per person per day; 24-hour pre-registration required. Call 508-763-8723.
- Ye Olde Breakfast Shoppe: Open for Business Mondays-Fridays, 7:00 - 9:00 am. Order & pay from Breakfast Menu. Anyone of any age & any town is welcome.
From the Marion Town Clerk
Marion Annual Street Listing 2016 (Census) forms were mailed out in December. Please complete the forms as soon as possible and drop them off at the Town House, 2 Spring Street, or mail them back in the enclosed envelope.
These census forms are very important for the town as State aid is based on the numbers returned. The Annual Street List is compiled from this information. No children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list; however, it is very important that children be noted on the census form for school and state purposes. Again, no children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list.
Dog licenses for 2016 are now available.
Please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-748-3502 with any questions you may have.
Adult Learners Thrive at the Mattapoisett Library
Adults who need to improve their reading and writing or learn more technical skills can now take advantage of free tutoring at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. As part of an adult literacy program called A.L.L. (Adults Learn at the Library), tutors have been trained to provide free educational support for English language learning, basic reading and writing, and preparation for the high school equivalency exam now called the HiSet.
The program has been funded with a generous grant from the Phyllis W. McGillicuddy Charitable Trust, and Deena Kinsky serves as its coordinator. Deena brings a great deal of experience to the position. She meets with and trains tutors and works with adult learners to understand their learning goals. Out-of-school youth over the age of 16 are also encouraged to get assistance at the library with taking the high school equivalency exam. The program isn't intended to tutor students currently in school.
Tutors offer their expertise in a variety of areas, in addition to reading and writing. Support is available for studying for nursing and nursing assistance exams, learning Excel and Power Point, basic computer skills and finances, interviewing skills and resume writing, and much more. Tutors are also available to help with learning French and other languages, which is handy for those wishing to travel.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about working with a tutor, please call the library at 508-758-4171 or email Deena at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are confidential and the services are free to anyone. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit www.MattapoisettLibrary.org for more information about the library.
Friends of the Mattapoisett COA
Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The FMCoA serves as the fundraising arm of the Council on Aging. You can become a "Friend" and help out through your annual membership. Pick up the FMCoA membership application at the Senior Center or go online www.mattapoisett.net/friends-mattapoisett-coa-formerly-foe. Download the PDF-form (top-left menu item). Your membership will be valid through the end of 2016! For more information, contact Bob Kelley at 508-758-6311 or email email@example.com.
Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market
Come check out our second annual Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market. This year, the market will run every second and fourth Saturday of the month and will conclude on April 23. It will be held from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School inside the gymnasium. The winter market will have a variety of vendors including fresh local produce; grass-fed all-natural meats; fine dry-aged, grass-fed and pasture-raised angus beef; fresh local chicken; yogurts; breads; cheeses; honey; jams; soups; sauces; oils & vinegars; sweets and pastries; granola; pies; sweet and savory cinnamon rolls; alpaca wools; fresh coffee; natural foods and hummus; artisan crafts; and much, much more!!!
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 http://southcoast.toastmastersclubs.org/.
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.
- 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.
23rd Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
Set a resolution to make a splash in 2016 by signing up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 25.
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. The point-to-point course begins in the South End of New Bedford and ends at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.
Now in its 23rd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Many 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.
This year, swimmers will enjoy a new state-of-the-art chip timing system, which will provide instant, accurate results as each swimmer crosses the finish line. There will also be new youth categories to allow more swimmers to participate and compete for fun awards and prizes. Additionally, registered swimmers can work with a professional swim coach at their local YMCA Southcoast branch and join other swimmers for an organized open-water practice in spring.
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.
So if you love to swim and you want to make a difference for our local environment, then sign up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 25 at 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.
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