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To the Voters of the Town of Mattapoisett:
When you go to the polls on May 17, you will in all likelihood see my name listed as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen. Regrettably, I informed Town Clerk Kathy Heuberger that, due to possible significant health concerns, I felt there was a strong probability I may not be able to effectively serve out a term if fortunate enough to be elected. Therefore, to be fair to the town and to possibly save it from the unnecessary expense of needing to hold another election in the near future, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the position.
Given State guidelines, Clerk Heuberger said it was too late to remove my name from the actual ballot, so I write to you today in hopes that no confusion be made concerning my candidacy. I would take great pride in serving the Town someday, as I did back on the Personnel Board in the late 90s. Unfortunately for me, now is not the time to seek office in any capacity. I commend Jordan Collier for his many years of service on the Board and have all confidence he will continue to work towards what is best for Mattapoisett.
Again, my sincere apologies to the voters of Mattapoisett for any confusion I may have caused.
Timothy O'Connor, Mattapoisett
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Mattapoisett senior citizens, I would like to thank the Mattapoisett Lions Club for the delicious turkey dinner they provided the Mattapoisett seniors with on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church.
The food was very good. Rick LeBlanc played great background music while we ate.
My husband, Richard R. Langhoff, provided free transportation for anyone that needed it. He drove the Council on Aging van with the wheelchair lift.
It was a great opportunity for the senior citizens to get out, socialize, and enjoy a great meal.
This is why Mattapoisett is so Special!
Ilona G. Langhoff, Mattapoisett
The April 14, 2016 article entitled Bay Club's Preserve May Be Censured may lead readers to believe that The Preserve is affiliated with the Bay Club at Mattapoisett, and we wish to clarify the record on this matter. The Preserve is a real estate development owned and operated by a private company based in Waltham that purchased undeveloped lots within the Bay Club community and is currently constructing and selling houses on those lots. Except for normal, arms-length contractual arrangements relating to the development, there is no connection between this company and the Bay Club or any of its affiliates.
UCCRTS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
Delaney Gosse of Marion and Christopher Rogers, also of Marion, both received High Honors for the third quarter honor roll at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School.
Mattapoisett Congregational Church Rummage Sale
On Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 am to noon, the Parish Hall at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street, will be open with gently used men's, women's and children's clothing for sale at bargain prices. Also available will be shoes, hand bags, belts, hats, scarves and ties. In addition, there will be books and domestic linens: sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bedspreads, towels and tablecloths. Donations will be accepted, mornings only, until Thursday, May 5. Come early for a good selection.
RMS Presents Twelfth Night This Friday
The Rochester Memorial School students will perform William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on April 29 at 7:00 pm in the Rochester Memorial School Cafetorium.
Scripted and directed by Danni Kleiman, the students have been working hard on this year's annual Shakespeare performance.
Tickets are $9 at the door or to reserve tickets in advance, please call the RMS office at 508-763-2049.
Sippican School Receives Funding for Greenhouse
The Sippican School Garden Club has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation to fund installation of a greenhouse on the school campus. This grant was supplemented by a $2,000 matching contribution from the Marion Garden Group, $1,000 from a donated discretionary fund, and $500 from another anonymous donor to fully fund the project. The Whole Kids Foundation also supplied seeds, equipment and educational support materials. Electrical installation for lighting is being donated by local contractor Randy Parker and irrigation by Heads Up Irrigation LTD. Installation is scheduled for early summer.
The cedar greenhouse is self-tending and requires no additional power supply to maintain temperature and watering systems. A solar-charged 12V battery powers the roof opening mechanism and the automatic watering benches. The greenhouse will have supplemental electrical wiring for germination warming mats and lighting.
Headed by retired teacher Diane Cook, and through sustained support of volunteers and donors over the past 10 years, the Sippican School Community Garden Group has installed irrigated raised beds, fencing, tables and a shed housing tools and supplies. Master Gardener Valerie Knott has volunteered expertise throughout the development of the physical garden and program and provides instruction in the gardening classes along with Sippican School teacher, Hannah Moore. The Whole Kids Foundation grant proposal was initiated and prepared by Sippican School parent, Jennifer Jones.
The goal of the addition of the greenhouse is to increase food systems literacy and promote healthy eating among students and their families. The grant enables the Garden Club to extend its growing season from six to nine months, potentially doubling the number of annual student hours spent in the program from 1,062 to 2,210. The garden program serves both an after school and summer garden club, as well as programs for all Sippican students during the school year that integrate math, science, art and other curricula. Diane Cook "hopes that the school will enjoy many hands-on experiences in the new addition to the school garden during the school day hours - many possibilities with a terrific curriculum provided by Whole Foods' Whole Kids Foundation." The greenhouse takes the children into a sensory-rich, self-contained ecosystem where they learn about plants as whole systems understanding the impact of physical factors and climate.
Produce from the garden helps local families in need, is used in the school cafeteria through tasting demonstrations, and is available to children who participate in the Garden Club and the adjacent YMCA program to take home to their families. It also involves the greater community by bringing in student volunteers from Tabor Academy, the Marion Garden Club, Council on Aging, and guest speakers on topics such as beekeeping, organic farming and floristry.
Sippican School has seen an increase over the past several years in students eligible for free or reduced price lunches. The garden presents the topic of nutrition in a positive, objective, and fun context that is supported through its integration with science, math and other curricula. The garden empowers students to take pride in their health and share their knowledge. "Thanks to Diane Cook and so many others, the garden is currently a highly sought after offering to our students. It is a place where hands-on learning is the expectation and community sharing is nurtured. It is exciting to see it further blossom into a program that will be able to extend its reach into the academic school day through a lengthened growing season. The greenhouse will provide so many more chances for children to share their learning across their own homes and the community," commented Lyn Rivet, Principal of Sippican Elementary School.
Run the Trails with the Buzzards Bay Coalition
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a series of three guided trail runs on Saturday mornings in May. Enjoy the spectacular outdoors with a group of runners who love to discover new trails across the Buzzards Bay region. These runs are free and open to runners of all abilities.
The trail running series will take place at the following locations and dates:
- Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 am: Minot Forest, 63 Minot Avenue, Wareham (3-mile run)
- Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 am: Myles Standish State Forest, Upper College Pond Road, Plymouth (3.7-mile run)
- Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 am: East Over Reservation: Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts, 283 County Road, Marion (3-mile run)
These runs are part of the Coalition's Bay Adventures series: 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/events.
Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP online, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.
Old Rochester Youth Lacrosse
Lax Fest 2016 will be held on Friday, May 6 from 3:30 to 7:00 pm and on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Old Rochester High School, Marion Road, Mattapoisett.
Old Rochester Regional High School's Bulldogs will take on Fairhaven High School's Blue Devils on Friday, May 6 at ORR (girls' varsity at 3:30 pm, girls' JV at 5:00 pm). Boys select games held on Saturday morning, May 7 at ORR. There will be concessions, a moon bounce, stick stringing, a shot clock competition and merchandise sales. This is a great event for the whole family. More information can be found at www.orylax.com.
May Day Pancake Breakfast at Knights
Join the Damien Council 4190 Ladies Auxiliary at May Day Pancake Breakfast at Knights located at 57 Fairhaven Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett on Sunday, May 1 from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes, bacon & sausage, coffee and orange juice. The cost for the breakfast is $6 per person at the door or $20 for a family of four or more. Proceeds will benefit Community Outreach programs of the Ladies Auxiliary. Hope to see you there!
Mattapoisett Woman's Club Documentary Showing
The public is invited to attend the showing of a 25-minute documentary video about the history and accomplishments of the Mattapoisett Woman's Club. The video is the first in a series of events celebrating the club's 75th anniversary and diamond jubilee. The showing will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 15 in the meeting room at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett.
Mattapoisett Land Trust Annual Meeting
The Mattapoisett Land Trust invites everyone to join in celebrating their 42nd Annual Meeting and Family Activities Event on Saturday, May 14.
At 10:00 am, the celebration will begin with the opening of the new trailhead and parking area on Prospect Road at Rock Street and a short hike on the new trail to the Blueberry Patch.
At 11:00 am, the celebration will move to the Congregational Church, Reynard Hall, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett. The ORR high school students will report on their water sampling project of Eel Pond, followed by a potluck lunch at noon (bring a dish or salad to share) with complimentary beverages and desserts. After lunch there will be a brief annual meeting to elect this year's officers and directors and hear updates on upcoming activities.
At 1:15 pm, Meet the Live Raptors! Marla Isaac, owner of New England Reptile and Raptors, will introduce us to her live hawks, owls and other raptors that she has sheltered and nursed to recover from serious injuries and explain their place in a healthy habitat. For more information, please go to our website at www.mattlandtrust.org.
Blessing of the Animals
People of all faiths are invited to a special Blessing of the Animals Saturday Service at 5:00 pm on May 7. The service will be held at The First Congregational Church of Marion Community Center, 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot).
Friendly and well-behaved animals are welcome to attend the service officiated by Rev. Liz Brimm of Mattapoisett. Animals must be under control on leashes or in carriers. If you are not able to bring your animal to the service, you are invited to bring a photo to represent your pet. Children can bring a favorite stuffed animal.
The Missions and Outreach Committee is asking those who attend the service to bring dog or cat food to be donated to Damien's Pantry in Wareham. Pets are an important part of people's lives, and financial situations sometimes make it hard to provide for their pet's needs.
The mood of these Saturday Services is upbeat and engaging. Casual dress is encouraged. Song lyrics are projected on a screen so that the congregation can enjoy the contemporary music.
Please join us each Saturday at 5:00 pm at The First Congregational Church of Marion Community Center, 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot). In addition, each Sunday at 10:00 am there is a service in the Sanctuary located at 28 Main Street.
Whether you are looking for a new church home or you just want to pay us a friendly visit, we welcome you at each of these services. Fellowship and refreshments follow each service. At the Blessing of the Animals Service, there will also be dog biscuits and cat treats for pets.
Seahorse Explorer Summer Camp Experience
Join us for a fun-filled summer! Each week, Explorers will enjoy fun-filled days of games, crafting, sports, tennis lessons, swimming lessons, visits to the library and free swim time. Each week has a different theme for games, crafts and activities. Sign up for a full week, three full days or three half days. Program runs Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. We also have early drop off and late pick up options. Summer 2016 themes are as follows:
Week 1: June 27-July 1, Mad Science. Explorers will have a chance to participate in fun and exciting experiments every day, including growing crystals, making melting dough, creating eruptions and more! Children will be mad scientists for the week!
Week 2: July 5-8, Seahorse Superheroes. Explorers will take part in an exciting week fighting crime and saving the day. Children will participate in superhero training, have the chance to dress like superheroes and take part in superhero challenges! They will also do fun crafts like creating their own disguises, making a superhero power bracelet and more!
Week 3: July 11-15, Mad about Movies. New this summer! This week will be all about your favorite movies and movie characters. Come dressed as your favorite character one day. Be a Seahorse Star in a mini movie. We are also planning a surprise field trip to go along with this week's theme!
Week 4: July 18-22, Seahorse Gives Back. Back by popular demand ... this week is dedicated to our Explorers learning about and helping in the community! Children will learn about firefighters, police officers, soldiers & more! They will also create cards and care packages for soldiers, make get well cards for children in hospitals, run a food drive and create treats for an animal shelter.
Week 5: July 25-29, Pirates and Princesses. We will spend this week doing fun activities including the Explorer favorite Seahorse beauty salon, a treasure hunt, tie dying, walking the plank and a themed photo booth. Earn pirate booty playing fun games and by winning challenges. Explorers will also create crowns, masks and more! A fun field trip is also planned for this week.
Week 6: August 1-5, Seahorse Olympics. Get ready for the Summer Olympics during a fun-filled week of the Seahorse Olympics! Games and competitions will be played all week and campers can earn "medals" for being outstanding participants. The week will end with an awards ceremony and celebration.
Week 7: August 8-12, Waterworks. This week is all about water. Learn about where our water comes from and what we can do to conserve it. Paint with water colors, slip n' slide with fellow campers, participate in water balloon battles, and end the summer with a pizza party where Explorers can dunk their favorite counselors in the Seahorse Dunk Tank!
Please contact Mattapoisett Recreation for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 508-758-4548. To sign up online or download a registration form, go to www.mattrec.net.
Share the Harvest
Join area Lions Clubs and YMCA Southcoast for a "Share the Harvest" event on May 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Help fill local food pantries by planting seeds, transplanting seedlings and harvesting vegetables. All ages are welcome. Free registration on site the day of the event. T-shirts, hamburgers, hot dogs, soda while they last. Located at 276 Gulf Road, South Dartmouth.
4th Annual "Art of Fairhaven" Exhibition
Art On Center proudly presents its 4th annual "Art of Fairhaven" art exhibition. Local artists have created art in watercolor, oils, acrylic and other media, portraying and celebrating favorite places in, and things about, Fairhaven.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. An informative talk by the Whitfield/Manjiro Friendship Society is at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs through May 28.
Art On Center is located at 15 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA. There is ample free parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, email us at email@example.com or call 774-206-1709. Art On Center is a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.
Spirited Speakers Toastmasters
Spirited Speakers invites residents to its open house on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:45 to 8:30 pm at Massassoit Community College, 49 Union Street, Middleboro, to meet members and watch member speakers. "Spirited Speakers Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills," says Tim Slattery, Club President for Spirited Speakers Toastmasters.
At the Open House, members and guests will enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics(TM) (impromptu speeches) and evaluations, as well as informative networking and light refreshments. For more information, email Suzanne Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirited Speakers Toastmasters meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 6:45 pm at the Massassoit Community College, 49 Union Street in Middleboro (behind Town Hall). For more information about this event and the club, please visit http://spiritedspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org.
Greater New Bedford Garden Club
The next regular meeting of the Greater New Bedford Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 pm at the Acushnet Council on Aging, 59½ So. Main Street, Acushnet. Area Presidents of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. will be invited as guests of the "President's Tea." Board Members will serve as hostesses. Members are asked to provide centerpieces using flowers to represent their favorite dessert and to bring planters filled with real plants which will be for sale.
Maureen Christmas, award-winning designer and owner of Floral Notes, will present a program entitled "Designs for Entertaining" on how to create fabulous designs for parties and special dinners.
Preparations are being made for the Annual Plant Sale to benefit the Rose Murphy Scholarship to be held at 59½ So. Main Street in Acushnet on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am until noon, rain or shine. Geraniums in four different colors will be for sale along with perennials, herbs, annuals, vegetables and shrubs and also Hypertuffa containers poured at the April 28 10:00 am workshop at 1530 Old Plainville Road. If inclement weather, the plant sale will be held inside the Senior Center.
Membership dues for the coming year are due May 4 and reservations for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon to be held at Rachel's Lakesider on June 1 at 12:00 noon are due by May 25.
Festival of the Arts
On Thursday, May 5, Albert F. Ford Middle School will hold its annual "Festival of the Arts" from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This event will feature art and music created and performed by students in grades 5 through 8. The Ford Middle School Chorus will perform the event finale spring concert at 7:15 pm in the cafeteria under the direction of music teacher Brian Shanbrun.
Art exhibits include hundreds of projects on display throughout the building created by the students of art teacher Kristine Daniels. In addition to art created in classes, both Grade 5 & 6 Art Club and Grade 7 & 8 Art Club will have special projects on display. Art Club projects have been supported with funds from the Acushnet Cultural Council. Art award ribbons will be presented on works chosen to be included in a special "Future Artists" exhibit at the 2016 Annual Acushnet Art Week Show on June 4 and 5 at the Acushnet Council on Aging.
Ford Middle School students and their families are invited to this event as well as the general public. It is recommended that students or groups of students be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Visitors should use the north (gym) entrance of Ford Middle School on 708 Middle Road in Acushnet. For more information, call Kristine Daniels at 508-998-0265 ext. 1205.
Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Clean-up
On April 30, the Commonwealth is sponsoring the Department of Conservation and Recreation's 10th annual "Park Serve Day." Nasketucket Bay State Reservation is not one of the 40 properties targeted, but the Friends of Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and the Mattapoisett Land Trust believe that our own "park" could benefit from a spring cleaning again this year. The public is invited to spend a couple of hours enjoying the early spring beauty of the park while collecting litter and debris from the paths and beaches.
Everyone interested in helping to beautify our local "park" should meet at the Nasketucket Bay Sate Reservation parking lot at 1:00 pm on April 30. The clean-up will end by 3:30 pm. Please bring your own gloves; rubber boots are highly recommended. Bags will be provided for trash and recyclables. For more information, call 774-377-9191 or email email@example.com. Share a couple of hours in service to celebrate a belated Earth Day.
Helen A. Arthur Scholarship
The Sippican Lands Trust is seeking applicants for its "Helen A. Arthur Scholarship." A monetary award of up to $1000 is available to a Marion resident who is a graduating senior from any secondary school by June 2016 and is preferably pursing an education in environmental studies or a related field. Please postmark a completed application by May 15, 2016 and mail to Sippican Lands Trust, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 354 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738.
The scholarship is made available through the Sippican Lands Trust Scholarship Fund. This fund was created and named after Helen Adams Arthur (1940-2008). Helen was a beloved resident of Marion who had a deep interest in the preservation of the beautiful open spaces in town, reflecting the mission of the lands trust.
Those interested in applying should visit the Sippican Lands Trust website www.sippicanlandstrust.org to download the application. Applications will also be available at the SLT office located at 354 Front Street, Marion next to Uncle Jon's Coffee. Call 508-748-3080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society will present its annual spring concert, Music By The Sea, on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy in Marion.
Concertgoers will enjoy a delightful program with a French theme. Some of the music the chorus will perform includes: Haydn's "Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in B-flat," "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faure, and "Notre Pere" by Maurice Durufle. Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide and a Les Miserables medley will also be on the program.
In addition, a small chamber choir will continue the French theme with three selections. In its continuing effort to encourage choral singing among young people, the chorus has invited the Sippican School Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Patricia Richard, to sing with the chorus, as well as presenting several songs themselves.
The Sippican Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Tianxu Zhou and accompanied by Michelle Gordon, has been performing at least two concerts every year since its founding in 1965.
Tickets for the April 30 concert are $15 for adults and $7 for children under the age of 18 and are now available at The Bookstall in Marion, No Kidding at Mattapoisett's Ropewalk, The Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, and Euro in Fairhaven. Chorus members also have tickets for sale, and there will be tickets available at the door on the day of the concert.
For further information, please call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763-2327.
Roarin' 20s Speakeasy Cabaret Performance
On Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm, the Marion Art Center will feature the Dixie Diehards Jazz Band. Located at the corner of Main Street and 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, the MAC Theatre will be transformed into a speakeasy of the 20s. As a special addition of fun, the audience is invited to come dressed in period attire, including the infamous flapper dress. Remember, the 1920s was at the height of prohibition; therefore, when you make your reservation, you will obtain a password for entry into the club!
The always popular Dixie Diehards will be performing the music that defined the Age of Jazz - certainly a landmark period in U.S. history. This period exhibited a unique cultural edge, especially when motion pictures, recording devices and new forms of entertainment emerged. Jazz music blossomed along with the emergence of "dance clubs" across the nation. Dance music came to dominate all forms of the popular music of the day. And, of course the "flapper" redefined modern womanhood.
The Marion Art Center Theatre will be transformed into a typical dance club of the 20s, featuring cabaret seating and BYO refreshments. The Dixie Diehards will perform as many of the hit tunes of this era as time will allow. In addition to the iconic dance tunes (i.e., "Charleston," "Varsity Drag," "Ballin' The Jack," and "Black Bottom"), audiences will enjoy a program that includes sing-a-longs, hot jazz numbers like "Tiger Rag," "That's A Plenty," etc. and an assortment of well-known dance numbers.
Reservations are highly recommended as this show is a sure sell out. The theatre has limited seating especially with cabaret tables which may be reserved for a minimum party of four.
Call 508-748-1266 for reservations or send an email to email@example.com.
Sippican Woman's Club Annual Meeting
The Sippican Woman's Club will hold its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Friday, April 29 at The Kittansett Club. A cash bar will be available at 11:00 am, followed by the Annual Meeting at 11:45 am. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm. During and following dessert, Donna and Ron Lasko will present their entertaining and educational 1920s Downton Abbey Tea program.
Attendees will enjoy A Courtship Tea, an exhibit of 1920s collectibles, hats, robes and dresses. Raffle tickets for your chance to win a Keepsake Tea Box will be available for purchase.
If you get in the spirit and dress in 1920s style, you will be greatly admired. Guests are welcome. Advance reservations and entree choice ($25 pp) must be made by April 22. For information and reservations, contact Debbie Bush at 508-748-1262.
The Sippican Woman's Club traditionally meets on the second Friday of the month (September through March) at 12:30 pm, with a finger-food luncheon, followed by a business meeting at 1:00 pm and program at 1:30 pm. Most meetings are held at The Sippican Woman's Club, Handy's Tavern, 152 Front Street, Marion. Parking is available at the Landing Wharf parking lot.
For membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website www.sippicanwomansclub.org.
Remember Then? Storm Recollections Wanted
Were you in Mattapoisett in August 1991 during Hurricane Bob? Do you have pictures or stories to share from that storm or another big storm?
The Town of Mattapoisett, working with the Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, is evaluating impacts of extreme weather events like hurricanes in Mattapoisett. We are asking those who can remember the water height in their neighborhood to share their memories and stories with us. We will use your information from Hurricane Bob to help us estimate future storms to better protect Mattapoisett residents and property from future flooding.
If you remember Hurricane Bob and its flood waters, you can help us by sending:
- A picture of the exact location where you remember flooding in Mattapoisett. The library staff can scan your photos for you.
- The closest street address and an estimate in feet and inches of the highest level of flood water for that location - the best you can recollect.
- A story or recollection about how you weathered that storm or another one. Did you evacuate? Was there damage to your home and/or property or your neighbor's?
- Your name and the best way to contact you [this is optional] if we can ask you for more details at a later date.
If you have pictures from other extreme weather events (floods, snow storms, hurricanes, etc.) or stories you would like to share, we'd be interested in seeing and hearing about those as well.
You can send all the information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Attn: Susan Pizzolato, P.O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Or, you can contact Melodye Pacheco in the Selectmen's Office, Memorial Town Hall. You can also tweet messages and images to #mattapoisettstorms.
The Machacam Club will hold its monthly meeting on May 4 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
This meeting will feature an old-fashioned BBQ with rib-eye steaks, baked potato, tossed salad with pie for dessert. Our speaker for the meeting will be Colby Rottler, a retired Navy Commander, who was in command of a Patrol Plane Squadron of P3 four-engine prop aircraft from 1965-1991. The primary mission of the squadron was Submarine Hunting during the height of the "Cold War." This mission made for many interesting stories that he will share with us.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on Monday, May 2 by email to GPFNR@aol.com or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact Mike by phone 508-758-9311 no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 3.
Oceanic Eddies and the Monsoon
Tabor Academy will host a Science at Work Lecture Series Event entitled "Oceanic Eddies and the Monsoon" on April 28 at 6:30 pm at the Tabor Academy Stroud Academic Center, 232 Front Street, Marion.
Dr. Amit Tandon is the next Science at Work Lecturer at Tabor Academy.
Dr. Tandon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth, is also a physical oceanographer. Tandon studies mixing of the upper ocean at multiple ranges from millimeters to hundreds of kilometers in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
The study of ocean mixing and its interaction with the lower atmosphere is critical for the prediction of tropical weather systems like the monsoons. Monsoons and tropical cyclones impact the safety of ships at sea in the Indian Ocean, as well as the economy and life of billions in Asia. Monsoons also have a direct impact on the global weather, and therefore also affect us. However, predicting monsoons remains an unsolved challenge.
Tandon is one of the chief scientists of the U.S.-India collaboration called ASIRI-OMM (Air Sea Interactions in the Northern Indian Ocean-Regional Initiative - Ocean Mixing and Monsoons) with ten oceanographic institutions in the U.S. and eight institutions in India. He is leading over 50 scientists who are collectively trying to unlock the oceanic mysteries in the northern Indian Ocean and its connection to the monsoon in this international effort.
The evening lecture on "Oceanic Eddies and the Monsoon" will include a tank demonstration of ocean circulation driven by density contrast in the ocean, combined with some results from Tandon's recent research in the Northern Indian Ocean.
Tandon is a Fulbright specialist scholar awardee and enjoys tabletop "weather in a tank" experiments. His research is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the U.S. National Science Foundation. For more information, see http://www.umassd.edu/engineering/mne/people/facultyandstaff/amittandon/.
He has been published in Journal of Physical Oceanography, Ocean Modeling, Science (Online), Deep Sea Research, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physica-D.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Rose L. Murphy Scholarship
The Greater New Bedford Garden Club is accepting applications for the $1,500 Rose L. Murphy Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in a full-time college program in 2016-2017. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation, environmental sciences, or related fields. Student must have been a legal Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to June 1 of his/her high school graduation.
Applications and required paperwork must be received before May 1, 2016.
For more information, call 508-995-9386.
Marion Town-Wide Litter Pick Up
This year, after voters have cast their ballots at the VFW Hall on May 13, they will be greeted by an Arbor Day Team as they exit the polls. In past years, Town-Wide Litter Pick Up has been headquartered at the Music Hall in mid-May. This May 13, the Litter Hosts will be ready to hand out trash bags and disposable gloves with instructions on where volunteers can go to clean up Marion. It can be done any time and filled trash bags can go to the dump or in residents' own barrels. It is hoped that every citizen will participate and enlist the help from families, scout troops, classes and neighborhoods to pick up roadside trash all over Marion.
Tour de Creme
Enthusiasm is building for the Tour de Creme. Riders from six states and 35 Massachusetts towns will join Mattapoisett residents on Sunday, May 22 to ride bikes, sample ice cream and fundraise for Friends of the Bike Path and Mattapoisett Land Trust. While the two shorter rides have already sold out, slots are still available on the 48 mile ride and there is plenty of opportunity to join the fun by volunteering or fundraising. Go to www.Tourdecreme.org to help one of your friends earn a fundraising prize. Or better yet, start a fundraising effort and win the prize yourself! Friends of the Bike Path and Mattapoisett Land Trust are truly grateful for the enthusiastic response and we look forward to the day: Rain or Shine!
League of Women Voters
Are you an educated and engaged voter?
The League of Women Voters is a citizens' organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. It is operating at national, state and local levels in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. Some of its key projects are to register high school students to vote, to reform the use of money in politics, to stop unfair and biased voter restrictions, to defend the environment, and to expand voter information in cities and towns.
Originally formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League's efforts today remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. It believes that every citizen should be an informed and active voter.
Our area is served by the Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester League of Women Voters. Some of its recent projects include conservation of natural resources, recycling, educational grant programs for K-12 students, and sponsoring town Candidates' Nights.
It is in this spirit that the MMR League is sponsoring Marion's Candidates' Night in the Music Hall on April 28 at 7:00 pm. Every voter in Marion is strongly encouraged to attend to become more informed and to meet the candidates who are running for our elected offices in town. Candidates will make brief presentations and there is time reserved for questions from the floor. Come and try one of the tastiest home-made cookies in Marion!
Please do attend and become a more informed voter, too.
Marion COA Announces New Office Hours
The Marion Council on Aging is pleased to announce that effective immediately their office hours will be extended. The COA office will now be open and staffed Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please call the COA at 508-748-3570 with any questions or for more information.
ORR Senior Event Schedule 2016
The following schedule is provided to help you plan for the end of year activities for seniors at ORR High School.
Thursday, May 12: Senior Breakfast; first block; location TBA. All seniors will be in Block 2 classes. Teachers: If a senior is absent from Block 2, please send their name to the main office.
Monday, May 16: Locker clean-out/inspection day for seniors during homeroom. Homeroom will be extended for five minutes. Seniors must return all library books and out-of-season athletic equipment, and all outstanding obligations regarding fees and parking tags must be settled at this time.
Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19: Last two days of classes for seniors. Teachers should complete "Student Holds" for any outstanding equipment (books, calculators, etc.). Holds should be submitted to the main office by May 25 at 11:00 am. Any holds after that time should be placed in Mike Devoll's mailbox. We will not use "Sign-Out" sheets this year.
Thursday, May 19: Senior Picnic. Seniors will be dismissed at the end of Block 2. Yearbooks will be distributed during picnic.
Friday, May 20 through Thursday, May 26: Senior final exams will be held in their classrooms. Please report on time for all exams. Students who miss exams will be expected to make that exam up during Thursday's makeup period. The order of blocks will be different for all students on May 24 and 25. Students late to a final exam will not be admitted. Students need permission in advance from the principal to take an exam during the makeup sessions.
Tuesday, May 31: Promenade (line up at 4:15 pm) & Senior Prom. Doors open at 6:30 pm; dancing until 11:00 pm.
Thursday, June 2: Graduation rehearsal at 9:00 am. Senior Awards Night: Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. Students arrive by 6:00 pm (gown only; do not bring caps). Students are to park at the Junior High School and report to the auditorium. This program will be held in the gymnasium. Attendance is mandatory unless excused by the Principal. We encourage all students to invite their parents to this special senior event. Please press gown and wear for Senior Awards Night.
Dress code for senior events: Dress code for Senior Awards Night, Senior Assembly, and Graduation: No jeans, shorts, or sneakers. Gentlemen should wear dark pants, a collared shirt with tie, and shoes. Ladies should wear appropriate dress and shoes. In addition, no sunglasses or purses will be allowed.
Friday, June 3: Senior Last Assembly from 9:15 - 10:38 am in the gymnasium. Block 1: 7:38 - 8:20 am, 42 minutes; Block 2: 8:26 - 9:09 am, 43 minutes.
Seniors are to arrive and report to the auditorium no later than 8:30 am. Gowns, no caps, are mandatory. Proper footwear and dress is to be worn. Underclassmen will leave belongings in Block 2 classroom or locker.
Saturday, June 4: Graduation at 12:00 pm. Students arrive at school at 11:00 am. Students are to park at the Junior High School. Report to gym to pick up flowers. Attendance is mandatory unless excused by the Principal. If an indoor graduation is required due to inclement weather, seniors are to report to the library.
Graduation Ticket Information: There will be six graduation tickets issued to each graduate. Students not needing six tickets are asked to let Mrs. Durocher know so that these additional tickets may be used by other families who have additional seating needs. Families needing more than six tickets should contact Mrs. Durocher on May 19 to make their request known. Additional tickets will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. With an outdoor graduation, unlimited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Mattapoisett Friends Meeting
Mattapoisett Friends Meeting has now raised more than $187,000 towards its $245,000 goal for the restoration of its historic 1827 meetinghouse on Route 6. Work is expected to begin soon.
The total amount raised includes the town of Mattapoisett's contribution of $82,000 from the Community Preservation Fund for which the Friends are grateful.
The next fundraising event is a Spring Sale planned from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 30. Donations from the public would be helpful, but electronics can not be accepted. For those who wish to take part in the sale for their own benefit, reservations for an indoor table ($20) or outdoor space ($10) can be made by calling Alan Harris at 508-748-0098.
The church's Quaker Missions Stamp Project will be involved in another fundraiser in August. The Fall River Stamp Club has asked the project to assemble a 200-lot auction of stamps, covers and ephemera to be held on August 20 in conjunction with its summer show. Ninety percent of sales will go to the church, 10 percent to the club.
Please call Brad Hathaway at 508-758-3579 if you have donations for either event or if you have any questions.
Sippican Lands Trust Annual Meeting
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 pm at the Marion Music Hall. All people are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn about our intended Boardwalk Project that will allow access to nature to everyone, including persons with disabilities, physical limitations and families with children of all ages.
In keeping with the SLT's mission to offer access to Marion's preserved open spaces, "The Osprey Project - Building Trails to Community Wellness," is an exciting new project to bring our whole community closer to nature. Designer Peter Jensen from Creating Trail Experiences - Peter S. Jensen & Associates, LLC and Engineer Scott Hobson from Caputo & Wick, LTD will present designs for our proposed 1,800 foot boardwalk and viewing platform at our beautiful Osprey Marsh property. A brief business meeting will be conducted prior to the presentation.
The Sippican Lands Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 with the mission to acquire, manage and protect natural areas in Marion for the benefit of the public. Currently, the SLT protects 1,350 acres of open space. All SLT properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of recreational pursuits. The SLT continues to acquire new properties; however, its current focus is to open more public trails on our properties and expand our community outreach programs and events to nature lovers of all ages.
The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street. Parking is available. Refreshments will be served! We hope to see you there!
Please do not hesitate to contact SLT Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or online at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Mattapoisett Harbor Payments
All harbor bills have been sent out. If you provided an email address last year, your bill was sent by email. All other bills were sent out by regular mail. If you have not received your bill, please stop by the Town Clerk's Office or give us a call at 508-758-4100 ext. 2. Harbor bills are due on May 25. An FYI to small boat owners: The Harbormaster has decided to sell assigned spaces for kayaks, canoes and small boats at Town Landing and the Town Dock. The cost for the sticker, which entitles you to a reserved space for your small boat at one of these locations, is $50. Come in soon as there are is a very limited supply of spaces available.
Dog Licensing Reminder
In accordance with state law, all dogs in Mattapoisett are required to be licensed annually before April 1. If you have not done so, please stop by the Town Clerk's Office between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday to purchase your dog license(s). You may also pay online on the Town of Mattapoisett's website, www.mattapoisett.net. Click on "Online Payments" then "Town Clerk's Online Payments" icon. You can also mail us a check or put it in the drop box around the back of the Town Hall. As long as an updated rabies certificate is on file, we will mail the license out as soon as we receive a payment. A late fee of $10 will start on June 1. Call 508-758-4100 ext. 2 to check on the status of your dog's license or rabies certificate.
Free Equipment Fun Day for Kids
Marion Recreation will once again offer Kids Equipment Fun Day on Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Washburn Park in Marion. Attendees will be able to take pictures, climb on, and sit in various trucks, tractors, and equipment. Fire trucks, ambulances, police cruisers, bulldozers and more will all be on hand to get an up-close look. Free cookout for all attendees and free hard hats distributed to all attendees 13 and under.
Bill Sylvia 5K Road Race
The first annual Bill Sylvia 5K Road Race to Benefit Catholic Media will be held on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 10:00 am from St. Anthony's Chapel, 35 Gault Road in West Wareham, MA.
The 3.4-mile course will loop around the surrounding area of West Wareham and return back to St. Anthony's Chapel.
A lunch and awards ceremony will immediately follow the race in the parish hall of St. Patrick's Parish, 82 High Street in Wareham. Awards will be given to the top runners, male and female, in each age category.
All proceeds from the event will benefit The Anchor, the official newspaper of the Fall River Diocese, and Life With Christ Radio, a proposed Catholic radio station on Cape Cod.
Race namesake Bill Sylvia has been a well-known fixture at countless road races in the Greater New Bedford area over the years. Now this faithful Catholic and member of St. Patrick's Parish in Wareham is hoping his "running mates" will step up and help him with a cause that is near and dear to his heart.
For more than 50 years, Sylvia said he's "run in just about every major race and marathon in the area."
"I'm well-known among runners in this area," he said. "A lot of times I show up at races and they joke, 'Just give Bill the trophy now.'"
But a serious health scare two years ago sidetracked what had been an unbroken record of race wins for the longtime marathoner.
For the past two years, instead of beating the pavement, Sylvia has been busy beating the cancer inside him.
Not surprisingly, he once again found himself inside the winner's circle.
"I'm completely cancer-free now," Sylvia said. "I have to go for a CAT scan every year, just to make sure. I'm due again in June, but so far - knock on wood - I've been feeling good."
The first annual Bill Sylvia 5K is a way to thank him for his many years of dedication to the sport - and help two vital Church outlets continue their important missions.
Advance registration is just $20 per person and the first 50 registrants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt.
For more information, contact Kevin Ward, president of Life With Christ Radio, at 508-291-0949.
To register online, visit www.runreg.com/sylvia5k.
The Marion Fireworks Committee needs your help. The deadline for donations for the 2016 Independence Day Fireworks is fast approaching. Our goal again this year is $50,000.
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 also greatly appreciated. If you and your family have come to Silvershell Beach for the fireworks in the past, please consider donating so we can continue this tradition.
Donations may be mailed to the Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts 02738. Any questions, feel free to contact us at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for donations is May 1.
Thank you for your support and, we look forward to seeing you at the Marion Independence Day Fireworks in 2016!
Marion Candidates' Night
Marion candidates' night promises to be an informative evening. The deadline has now passed for candidates to file their papers to run for Marion's elected offices and town committees. While the Town Election is still over a month away on May 13, there is considerable activity this year. The Tri-Town League of Women Voters' annual Candidates' Night, scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in the Music Hall, will be your best opportunity to meet all the candidates for contested offices. This annual gathering will offer townspeople a chance to hear presentations that will include their views on major issues and allow for a question and answer period with the contestants.
There are going to be four contested races this year: Selectman; Planning Board; Board of Health; and Open Space Acquisition Commission. With the retirement of long-time Selectman Jon Henry, Dale Jones will face two newcomers to the ticket as Planning Board members Steve Gonsalves and Norm Hills are also trying for Henry's seat. For one opening on the Board of Heath, incumbent Albin Johnson is trying for another reelection, while Jason Reynolds is entering the field as his challenger. Two positions are up for grabs this spring on the Planning Board with a field of five contenders. Jerry "Rico" Ferrari will attempt to retain his seat while Steve Kokkins, who lost his seat last year, is hoping to come back onto the Board. Jon Henry is eager to serve on the Planning Board for a change, along with newcomers Will Saltonstall and William DoCarmo. The final contested race is for two seats on the Open Space Acquisition Commission. Incumbents John Rockwell and Randy Parker will run for reelection, and Jerry "Rico" Ferrari is challenging them for a seat on the commission.
Four positions are unopposed: Assessor; Moderator; and both the Marion and Old Rochester Regional School Committees. Incumbent Brad Eames will seek a new three-year term as an Assessor. Jeffrey Dickerson has stepped up to make an unopposed run for Town Moderator. Christine Marcolini and Heather Burke will retain their positions on the Marion and ORR School Committees.
All contestants who are seeking positions in this year's election are to be congratulated for their willingness to serve in town government. Marion voters are strongly encouraged to attend Candidates' Night in the Music Hall to become informed about the views of the candidates.
Key dates to remember:
Candidates Night: April 28, 7:00 pm in the Music Hall
Town Meeting: May 9, 6:45 pm in the Sippican School
Town Election: May 13, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the VFW Hall
Mattapoisett Road Race
The Fourth of July will be here before we know it, which means it's time to start training for the Mattapoisett Road Race! Now in its 46th year, this 5-mile race through scenic Mattapoisett is an Independence Day tradition. Proceeds from the race are used to fund awards for college-bound senior athletes from Old Rochester Regional High School. Over the years, more than $125,000 has been given to deserving students. More details and the application form are available at mattapoisettroadrace.com and from the ORRHS guidance office. Applications are due by April 25.
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. Box 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.
Nemasket Group 5K Walk/Run
The Nemasket Group 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, April 30. The race begins and ends at our 56 Bridge Street, Fairhaven, MA location. Dust off your sneakers and join us for a morning of fun as we wind through Fairhaven Village for a great cause. Coming together as a community and making new friends while raising awareness for individuals with disabilities is a sure win for all. The first 150 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 7:45 am and the race starts at 9:00 am. Registration fee is $25 until April 28 and $30 on April 29 and day of the race. For more information and to register for this event, please go to www.NemasketGroup.org or call 508-999-4436. We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Pageant Planned for Girls with Special Needs
On Friday, May 6, reigning Miss Southcoast Jillian Zucco will host the Miss Inspirational pageant for girls with special needs and disabilities at the Old Rochester Regional High School auditorium at 6:30 pm.
Ms. Zucco, a graduating nursing student in the honors program at UMASS Dartmouth, is now accepting registrations from girls and young women for participation in this event on a first-come, first-serve basis. The goal of the pageant is to highlight and celebrate the achievements of those around us who are breaking barriers and overcoming challenges every single day.
Employed as a personal care attendant by the Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts organization, Ms. Zucco has worked with several girls with varying levels of disability. "This event is going to focus on ability and empowerment. My goal is to raise public awareness by giving these young women and girls a platform to show the community how inspirational they truly are."
The pageant will have four phases: Introduction, using any form of communication with or without assistance; Talent, sharing a unique ability, talent, or something the individual is proud of; Formal Wear, demonstrating grace and confidence in a party dress or gown of one's own or one provided courtesy of the Cinderella Project through Gifts to Give; and Personal Statement submitted in writing before the event detailing obstacles overcome, barriers broken, and/or goals and aspirations, pieces of which will be read to the audience during the Formal Wear portion of the live show.
Ms. Zucco plans to accommodate individuals with all types of disabilities, including mental, physical, developmental and medical. An ASL interpreter will be available for those who need this service. The stage, dressing room and auditorium meet ADA accessibility guidelines, and a volunteer will be assigned to assist each participant on and off stage the night of the show to ensure they are prepared and ready for each phase.
The program will also recognize any males with special needs who would like to be involved as well.
There is no fee to participate. Tickets to the event will be available at the door for $10. All proceeds will benefit Boston Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network.
To register or for more information, email JillianZucco@gmail.com. Miss Southcoast is a local preliminary to the Miss Massachusetts and Miss America organizations.
Marion Art Center Fundraising
The Marion Art Center announces two fundraising events this year.
In addition to its always popular summer fundraising event, The Marion Art Center is 'going back to the 80s' with a spring fundraiser event to be held on May 7 at the Marion Music Hall at the corner of Front Street and Cottage Street to benefit the historic building! At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Marion Art Center, it was noted that the last major renovation of the inside of the building was done in 1985. The galleries were updated with lighting and fresh coats of paint, and the theater received a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. That was well back in the 80s! Since that time, the improvements to the galleries and the theater have become obsolete and are in need of replacement and updating. A decision was made that night to celebrate those crazy 80s with a fundraiser party with proceeds going to benefit the launch of a major comprehensive improvements campaign. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Marion Music Hall on Saturday, May 7. So if you ever "partied like it was 1995," you've got the "eye of the tiger" or if you are a "material girl" or just want to have fun, this party is for you! Tickets will be $50; there will be a cash bar and a DJ playing all those 80s hits!
More details will be announced soon, but in the meantime, start searching for those leg warmers, head bands and other 80s gear. Whether you were a heavy metal rocker, an aerobics freak, or a Carrington wanna-be, on May 7 at 7:00 pm, the Marion Music Hall will be the place to dance the night away, all the way back to 80s and all are welcome!
The Art Center will also hold its Annual Summer fundraiser cocktail party on July 8. The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization that has been promoting the visual and performing arts in the community since 1957. It is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738. If you would like tickets for this event, please visit the Art Center's website at www.marionartcenter.org or call 508-748-1266 or stop by the Center during its hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Upcoming MNHM Programs
The following programs have been scheduled by the Marion Natural History Museum for the Spring 2016 After School Programs:
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.
Rochester Historic Commission Seeks New Members
Are you a closet history geek? Were you riveted to the miniseries Patriot? Do ancestry shows like 'Who Do You Think You Are' and the PBS series fascinate you? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might be a prime candidate to join the Rochester Historic Commission.
This Town Committee meets once a month, currently on the first Monday, at the Police Station Meeting Room on Dexter Lane. A meeting date change is planned for the future to return us to the Town Hall where our archives are stored. Due to recent resignations, we currently have openings for two members. Our agenda can be as varied as viewing building plans for developments (to ensure no historic structures are at risk), to updating the MCRIS list of historic properties and areas in Rochester or presenting programs at Rochester Memorial School. And all our meetings include a sharing of any interesting things our members have discovered in the last month.
Rochester has an incredible history for a small town, and it is fascinating to maintain its legacy and find new information to add. If you are interested in joining us, please drop a letter of intent to the Selectmen.
Mattapoisett Town Scholarship
The Town of Mattapoisett will be offering a scholarship to a resident high school senior who is planning to attend an accredited college in the fall.
The following information will be required:
1. Clinical transcript including class rank
2. Professional letter of reference (teacher or counselor)
3. Extra curricular activities
4. Financial need
5. Community service
Applications are available in the guidance offices of all local high schools and must be returned to the Town Hall by May 6.
Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon
Registration for the Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon to be held at 8:00 am on July 10 is now OPEN, and for the first time in 30 years, it will be USAT sanctioned! Proceeds benefit local families and charities. Register today! http://www.lightboxreg.com/mattapoisett-lions-triathlon.
Upper Cape Tech Golf Tournament
The Bette-Lee Marsland/Upper Cape Tech Golf Tournament will be held at the Falmouth Country Club on Sunday, June 12 with a 7:00 am registration and an 8:00 am shotgun start. This is our 19th annual golf tournament, and we need your help in the way of teams and sponsors. If registered by May 20, the cost is $120 per player; after May 20, the cost is $130 per player. Registration fee includes golf, carts, high-quality golf apparel, great prizes and raffles, and a BBQ lunch catered by the chefs of the Upper Cape Tech Culinary Arts Department.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the students in the way of scholarships and financial assistance.
Please support the students who will support the communities of Cape Cod in the future!!
Please contact Roland Poliseno at 508 759-7711 ext. 233 with any questions.
For further information and registration, please visit www.uppercapetech.com.
Greater New Bedford Garden Club Scholarship
The Greater New Bedford Garden Club is accepting applications for the $1,500 Rose L. Murphy Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in a full-time college program in 2016-2017. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation, environmental sciences, or related fields. Student must have been a legal Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to June 1 of his/her high school graduation.
Applications and required paperwork must be received before May 1, 2016.
For more information, call 508-995-9386.
Mattapoisett Land Trust Scholarship
The Mattapoisett Land Trust again offers the $1,000 Blanche B. Perry, Scholarship, an award offered to a resident senior graduating by June 2016 from secondary school pursuing an education in the study of environmental sciences or a related field, which covers a wide perspective without specializing. The candidate will be able to meet the scholarship requirements by studying sciences such as Biology, Mathematics, Technology, or Engineering and yet not limited to those specific fields.
The scholarship is consistent with the MLT mission of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations. The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to The Mattapoisett Land Trust to provide support for children in the community.
Along with the application the following information is required:
1. A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2. A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3. Professional letter of reference (teacher or guidance counselor)
4. A Character letter of reference (such as employer, Scout leader, community leader and or neighbor).
5. Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
Application forms are available in guidance offices at the local public and private schools and on the MLT website www.mattlandtrust.org.
The deadline for submitting the forms is April 29, 2016.
Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, financial need and overall performance. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the MLT or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.
The recipient will be selected by May 20 and will be notified by mail. He or she will be recognized during their school awards' ceremony event. The award will be disbursed after the student submits a college transcript documenting successful completion of his or her first semester in college to the President of the MLT at P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
John R. Pandolfi Scholarships and Summer Study
The Tri-County Music Association is now accepting applications for college scholarships and summer study grants for musicians who live in the tri-county area: Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth counties of Massachusetts. Applications can be found at http://tricountysymphonicband.org/scholarships.html.
We offer conditional scholarships to students attending a four-year college or university as a music major. Current college students and college-bound high school seniors are eligible to apply. Previous winners are invited to reapply.
We are also proud to offer summer music study grants to deserving high school students (grades 9-12). This program helps to defray the cost for recipients' musical study in summer camps, summer programs and private lessons.
The Tri-County Music Association, Inc. is committed to supporting music in our community and is proud of the many scholarships we have given over the last 50 years. We are focused on helping student musicians pursue their goals and share the gift of music for years to come. Ticket sales raised by the Tri-County Symphonic Band performances and generous donations are distributed annually to a competitive selection of young people whose talent and ambition serves as an inspiration for the Tri-County Symphonic Band. Each year, $12,000 is distributed among highly deserving and dedicated students, some receiving college scholarships of $1,000-$1,500. For high school students, summer study grants are awarded to assist with the cost of excellent music camps and lessons, such as the Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music and many more. Last year, $12,000 was distributed among 11 scholarship recipients and four summer grant recipients attending University of North Texas, New England Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, UMass, the University of Hartford, Westminster Choir College, Tanglewood Institute, Rhode Island College, Berklee College of Music and the Steve Massey Foxboro Jazz Camp.
We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and visit us at www.tricountysymphonicband.org to find our concert schedule, make a donation and find our scholarship and summer study grant applications.
Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is pleased to offer four $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors graduating in June 2016. Those who are re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2016 and are in pursuit of a post-secondary degree program will also be considered for one of these awards.
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization that plans and executes fundraising events to help generate the revenue for these scholarships and other charitable donations. In offering these scholarships, the club supports educational leadership and helps to gives back to the community which has partnered with the club in its fundraising efforts.
To apply and obtain the scholarship applications, contact the Guidance offices at the local high schools or preparatory schools. Both applications will be available. You must be a Mattapoisett resident. Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30, 2016.
The following schools will be participating:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
3. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester, MA 02770
4. Tabor Academy, Front Street, Marion, MA 02738
5. Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center Street, Dighton, MA 02715
The scholarship winners will be announced at the schools' awards night prior to graduation.
Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30, 2016. No one will be considered after this date.
The money is sent directly to the student's college and the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Seventh Annual Brad Barrows Bike Run
The seventh annual Brad Barrows bike run will be held on September 17. The event will start at 12:30 pm at The Stowaway Pub, 35 County Road, Mattapoisett. The rain date will be September 18. The ride raises money for Tri-Town youth sports, a cause that was near and dear to Brad's heart. Anyone interested in participating in the run should contact any of the people listed below.
Last September, the ride generated funds for the Old Rochester Regional Swim Team ($400), the Carl Collyer scholarship fund for the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association ($400) and the Mattapoisett Y ($300). In addition, this year, we have $1400 available for coaches or parents to request financial help for individual athletes with league or school fees.
Requests can be directed to President Pete Collins, 30 Highland Street, Fairhaven MA 02719; Dick Barrett, 774-263-4596; Barry Barrows, 508-758- 2635; or Rory McFee, 508-954-0864. Checks will be made out to the league or the school. The funds will be distributed based on need, on a first come, first serve basis.
A Welcome Home
The congregation of Mattapoisett Congregational Church overwhelmingly approved proceeding with "A Welcome Home" capital campaign to raise $600,000 in pledges over the next few months to make major upgrades and improvements to this historic meeting house.
Objectives include improving accessibility throughout the meeting house and its facilities, including two new lifts, and to assure compliance with the latest ADA codes. These improvements will provide a welcome and inclusive environment for everyone regardless of age or physical ability.
Additionally, much needed capital improvements and repairs will provide the required upkeep necessary to keep everyone warm, dry and safe now and in the future. Certain areas require new roofing, new gutters, better insulation, and new windows, as well as new fire alarm and communication systems. Enhancing kitchen safety and improving the heating system will also be addressed.
Further, in keeping with the historic character of the Sanctuary, upgrades will provide much needed space to better accommodate the Senior Choir, Bell Choir, Junior Choir, the Praise Band, children's time, acolytes, flowers, special events and more. The new openness will clearly enhance the connection between Pastor and Congregation.
Finally, a Building Maintenance Fund will be set up to meet the needs of unanticipated repairs and address any further improvements that might be needed in the future and thus reducing the need to draw down the church endowment.
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 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).
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/.
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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