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It's that time of year again. Thanks to the generosity of business owners like you, we have been able to continue presenting The Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade for over 50 years! This year, the parade will be held at Center School on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm.
Your continued support enables us to provide a multitude of unique prizes for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to high school. Through your support, our Officers also provide over 350 generous bags of candy for children to take home. We talk to the children about Halloween safety tips at their all-school meetings, and provide them with glow sticks the night of the parade. With your partnership, we make Halloween a positive unique experience that only a community like Mattapoisett can provide.
If you would like to help us continue to provide this one-of-a-kind event, please feel free to mail your donation to the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, PO Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA. 02739.
Residents of all ages, feel free to come and join us on October 31. Thank you for your continued support of the Mattapoisett Police Department.
Mary R. Lyons, Chief of Police
Dear Board of Selectmen:
As a result of viewing of the September 29th Planning Board Public Hearing video and participating in October 20th Special Town Meeting, I have spent significant time this past week trying to understand relationships among items discussed at Town Meeting: namely, the content and reporting of the public hearing, the bylaw sponsorship process, and also the role of planning board in serving or guiding the town.
As you consider bylaw sponsorship and related issues, please work to set something in motion that ensures that the facts are openly, calmly and fairly investigated and reasoned points of view are aired. Openness is important because matters of real estate development penetrate into almost every department, committee and board, and residents value fairness. Open dialogue may create opportunity to see better ways to conduct business between departments, boards, or committees as well as with businesses and residents.
Please note that during my search for information, Town Clerk, Town Administrator, and Planning Board Chair could quickly put their hands on the Municipal Zoning Bylaws, but no one that I asked had at hand Municipal bylaws that govern the formation, activities, and responsibilities of our Planning Board. To inform myself, I referenced MGL Chapter 41 Section 81, especially 81C and 81 D. There appear to be at least two strongly held points of view about the role of the Planning Board in town government. Voters and our elected officials need to define the expectations and limits of Planning Board service, given the challenges of our difficult-to-develop geography and limited resources. Lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities has contributed to a damaging moment in our Town's history. Responsible action at the Selectmen's Meeting and moving forward will contribute to a better Mattapoisett.
Bonne DeSousa, Mattapoisett
Harvest Family Dance
Come dance the evening away at the Harvest Family Dance hosted by the SouthCoast Children's Chorus. We will have a professional caller to teach you the steps, so no dance experience is necessary! This is a family event and is open to everyone ages 1 to 109! Enjoy lemonade, cider and fall snacks, learn traditional contra dancing, and have a fabulous time with the whole family. We'll also be raffling off some spectacular gift baskets! Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. The dance will be held on November 15 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Touring Chorus trip to Austria in June of 2015. See you there!
Wicked Scary Haunted Forest Walk
This Halloween, The Trustees of Reservations will host our own Wicked Scary Haunted Forest Walk. Join us at The Lyman Reserve - located at 1009 Head of the Bay Rd. in Buzzards Bay - on October 31 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Dare to see what lives in the woods once the sun goes down! You never know what might be lurking in the woods at Lyman. The cold, dark woods are not for the faint of heart, so this walk is recommended for ages 10 and above. Free to the public. Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear; you might need to run!
Friends Jewelry and Accessory Sale
Gather up your bangles, baubles and bows, and donate them to the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library for the Holiday Jewelry and Accessory Sale. Donations of jewelry (even broken items), beads, single earrings, scarves and purses can be left at the library's circulation desk during business hours. Then, come try on some bright and shiny things at the sale, which opens with a Friends' Members-Only preview on Friday, November 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. (It's a great time to sign up for a Friends membership.) The sale continues Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.
WPI Athlete of the Week
Mary-Lee Barboza of Rochester from the field hockey team has been selected as the WPI Women's Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 26.
Barboza made her senior day a memorable one on Saturday as she netted a pair of second-half goals to help WPI defeat Wheaton 4-1 and take a big step to securing a spot in the NEWMAC postseason tournament. The two goals give Barboza three this season and nine in her standout career.
Visual History of Marion
The Sippican Historical Society and Elizabeth Taber Library invite the public to enjoy an evening of historical images culled from SHS archives, personal collections, and the Society's popular book, A Picture Postcard History of Marion, Massachusetts. To be held on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, the presentation will lead the audience on a visual stroll through this picturesque community over the two centuries, with the book's editor, Pete Smith, as tour guide. Postcard and Marion collectible enthusiasts, residents and visitors alike, are sure to enjoy both the nostalgic images and the informative and insightful narrative.
Mr. Smith's presentation is offered free of charge and is open to the public. A Picture Postcard History of Marion, Massachusetts will be available for purchase and autograph at the event. The book is available in both hardcover ($50 plus tax) and paperback ($25 plus tax). The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For additional information, please call the Sippican Historical Society at 508-748-1116.
Classic Film Presentation: Philadelphia Story
On Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for the month's Classic Film Friday Presentation: Philadelphia Story. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public, free of charge. The 1940 film, which starred Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, is an irreverent, classic romantic comedy featuring stellar performances by its three legendary leads. The storyline follows a headstrong socialite (Hepburn), whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her charming ex-husband (Grant) and a handsome tabloid magazine journalist (Stewart). Directed by George Cukor, Philadelphia Story was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two: Jimmy Stewart for Best Actor and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was remade in 1956 as the musical High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
Running time for Philadelphia Story is 112 minutes, and the film will be followed by a brief talk-back session by David Pierce. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Chowder/Kale Soup Tasting Cook-Off
The fourth annual Chowder and Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 pm for hors d'oeuvres and 6:30 pm for the Cook-Off at the First Congregational Church of Marion's Community Center on Front Street, next to the General Store. Tickets are $10. Admission is free for those who prepare their special chowder or kale soup. Prizes will be awarded for both categories: chowder and kale. Hors d'oeuvres, oyster crackers, wine, dessert and coffee provided. For tickets or to tell us you will attend or cook, call 508-748-2776 or 508-748-2428. Come taste and vote for your favorite!
Special Thanksgiving Service
There will be a special Thanksgiving Community Service at the old Christian Church (Mattapoisett Historical Society building) at 3:00 pm, November 16. We'll lift our gratitude to God as we hear the combined choirs of Mattapoisett Congregational and St. Anthony's Catholic churches. Rev. Amy Lignitz Harken will deliver a Thanksgiving message. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join in giving thanks in this historic structure. A special collection will be taken to support the work of the historical society.
Upper Cape Tech Craft Fair
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will hold their 20th annual American Made Professional Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. The Craft Fair is sponsored by Upper Cape Tech's Parent Teacher Organization, which funds student activities, scholarships, and other school events. For additional information, please call 508 759-7711 ext. 117.
Hockey Unlimited Prepares for 50th Season
Hockey Unlimited is entering its 50th year teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of ice hockey. The program also offers certain parents and grandparents the opportunity to coach and play alongside offspring.
For most of those 50 years, the organization has had one person at the helm. This year marks the 44th season Tim Dyer has been coaching for Hockey Unlimited. He began this "labor of love" when he was just out of college. After the organization's head coach moved to Florida two years later, Mr. Dyer was offered the reins. He accepted and says he has never regretted it. He has served as Managing Director and Head Coach for nearly 42 years now. Along the way, he has been fortunate to have coached several relatives, including his two children, six nephews, one niece and a grandnephew. "In fact, almost every year, I've had at least one relative on the ice with me ... either playing or coaching." His son, TJ, still serves as an Assistant Coach when home from Northeastern University.
Hockey Unlimited holds all its sessions at Tabor Academy - and is believed to be the rink's longest, continuous paying customer. Mr. Dyer credits Tabor for its outstanding cooperation and support over the years. For all 50 years, Tabor has allotted favorable ice time for this community non-profit organization. "Without Tabor and its rink, there would be no Hockey Unlimited. The School treats us like family. I can't say enough about how much I appreciate Tabor's help ... for 5 decades. As a Tabor alum, I truly agree with and experience first-hand the School's community outreach." Dyer also noted that, for years, Tabor has donated ice time for family-oriented public skating sessions on Sundays and other vacation days. Coach Dyer recalls when Hockey Unlimited would hold its sessions at Tabor's outside ice rink (with no roof) in windy, sub-freezing temperatures: "We had some frigid playing conditions in the early years - not to mention snow and freezing rain on other occasions; for some time now, we have been very grateful for the new indoor rink."
When asked about the future of Hockey Unlimited, Mr. Dyer is realistic. "As long as my body holds up, I'm out there. When the time comes that I can't continue, I'm confident one of the other younger coaches will step up to keep the tradition alive. We have a deep bench of assistant coaches, led by Jim Hutchinson."
Mr. Dyer resides in Marion. He and his two children all graduated from Tabor Academy. Dyer owns and operates the Marion investment firm Dyer Capital Management.
Hockey Unlimited is planning a small ceremony Saturday, November 8 at 8:30 am to formally commemorate the start of its 50th season. Tabor's Head of School, John Quirk, is expected to attend.
Gateway Youth Hockey
Mites: The Gateway Mites C lost to Martha's Vineyard by a score of 19-15. The score in no means tells the tale of the game. Gateway played their best game so far. MV opened the scoring in the first two minutes taking a 2-0 lead. After that, the game turned into a barn burner. It was the first game they played as one tight unit. The two teams traded goals back and forth in the first period with it ending 9-7 MV. The Mites came out flying in the second and were able to get within one goal halfway through the second. In the end, they were unable to overtake the lead but gave it everything they had to the final buzzer. They really came together as a team, constantly battling on both ends of the ice. Charlie Carroll kept Gateway in the game, making an amazing 72 saves. Jarred Frates led the team with six goals, Ben Hebbel ended the night with four goals. Brayden Cannon and Pat Tripp had two goals apiece, with Tommy Clavell ending the night with one goal. Bree Killion and Collin Downey each had an assist. The team as a whole is progressing every game and constantly battling.
Squirts: The Gateway Squirts played against the Braintree Black on Saturday. The game started off well matched in defense with the first period ending in no score on the boards and Goalie Ryker King having 14 saves. In the second period, Matthew Quinlin was able to score a goal with the assistance of Tyler Rebeiro. King added 10 more saves to end the period in a tie score 1-1. In the third period, Quinlin scored again with an assist by Braden MacDonald making the score 2-2 and King added seven more saves for a total of 31 saves to end the game in a tie. There was some outstanding defensive support by Matthew Paling, Nathan Ribeiro, Thomas Leger, Braden MacDonald, Lucas DeMoranville, Brady Kidney, Jacob Hebbel, and Joseph Urnek. The Squirts play YD Dolphins White at Pembroke, Hobomock on November 2.
Pee Wees: The Gateway Pee Wee team took home another win with their 5-2 victory over the Cape Cod Waves. The Waves played a good game, but Gateway kept constant pressure in the attacking zone, which resulted in goals by Jack Martins, Danny Flynn and RJ Vickery while Chris Cogan earned an assist along with Vickery and Emily Roberge, who both earned their first assists of the season. The entire team played well with a good passing game and outstanding goal tending by Ryker King.
Bantams: The Gateway Youth Hockey Bantam team notched their third win in as many tries against the Bantam team from Weymouth. After playing solid, team-hockey that held the Weymouth team scoreless through the first two periods, Gateway underestimated their opponent in the third. Weymouth's hard work kept the game close, eventually leading to a nail-biting finish. Leading 3-2 with only seconds remaining, Gateway iced the puck, resulting in a must-win faceoff inside their zone. Center Robert Ramsay was able to control the puck-drop, securing the Gateway win. Gateway goal scorers included Zachary Lovendale, Jake DeMoranville, and Josh Smolinsky. Ramsay and DeMoranville each had an assist in the game, along with Coleby Paling and Noah DeMoranville. Zachary Pateakos and Steven Strachan shared the victory in net.
Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 team had a good weekend, taking away two wins. On Friday, they took on a tough KP team, looking for revenge after an earlier loss to them. KP jumped out early in the first period, scoring four minutes into the game. The Jr. Vikings got on the board in the second, when defenseman Coleby Paling took a shot from the blue line, which skipped by the netminder. They got their second goal of the period, when Wylde Latulippe found the back of the net, with just three seconds remaining. The Jr. Vikings added one more goal in the third when James L'Heureux found a streaking Tyler Lovendale, who waited just long enough for the goalie to make the first move, then quickly went around him to score. They let up a late goal, leaving the final score 3-2, with the victory. In the second game of the weekend, the Jr. Vikings faced a tough Foxboro team, skating away with a 4-1 victory. The Jr. Vikings got right to it, six minutes in, when Zack Lovendale, found the back of the net, assisted by Latulippe and Peter Pimental. Their next goal came in the second when Quirino doCanto redirected a shot, midair, from defenseman Matthew Maloney. Robert Maloney was next in line for goals, quickly depositing a rebound into the back of the net, off a shot from Seth Tomasik. Robert then finished the scoring in the third, with another rebound putback on the shot from Robert Ramsay. Overall, it was a good weekend of hockey for the Middle School 1 team, who will be back in action next weekend.
Middle School 2: Middle School 2 Vikings came out strong against the North Devils with Zack Barris scoring only minutes in to the first period followed by two goals from Bryan Gallager in the first period. The North Devils scored once to end the first with a score of 3-1. Goalie Jake DeMoranville and defensive lines of Noah DeMoranville, Bethany Davis and Jackson St. Don did a great job holding off the Devils. The Vikings continued to play hard with forwards Jack Martins, Jordan Szwedko and Emma Knox doing a great job. With only seven seconds left in the game, the North Devils managed to score and end the game in a 3-3 tie.
BBAHFH 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity's (BBAHFH) 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala and Silent Auction will be December 4 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Save the date!
Join Habitat for a night that will feature local choirs singing Christmas carols, as well as a selection of wine and artisanal beer, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and coffee. As you listen to the holiday music, you can provide further support to Habitat by bidding on the silent auction items. All proceeds to support families in need of housing in our community.
Tickets are a donation of $50 per person and are limited, so please reserve your tickets by December 1. Children under 18 years of age may come to the event for a $5 donation. Reserve tickets by email at BuzzardsBayAreaHabitat@yahoo.com, on our website at http://www.buzzardsbayhabitat.org/, or by calling 508-758-4517. Sponsors and auction items are still needed. Your support will help to make the event a success!
The event will also feature a Gingerbread House Contest. All houses will be auctioned off, with proceeds helping local families in need. Entry forms are available online or by calling 508-758-4517. Deadline for entry forms to be submitted is December 1. Prizes will be awarded by category.
For more information on the event or our next build, please feel free to visit our website at www.BuzzardsBayHabitat.org. Thank you for your continued support!
Tip-Off Basketball Clinic
Old Rochester Regional will host a girls' Tip-Off Basketball Skills Clinic for grades 8-12. The three-day clinic - under the direction of ORR Coach Bob Hohne, Wareham Coach Dave Brogioli and Old Colony Coach Craig Lincoln - will focus on agility training and offensive skills. Guest clinicians will also take part in the instruction. The clinic will be held on November 14 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, November 15 and 16 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The number of participants will be limited. The cost of the clinic is $25. For more information, contact Bob Hohne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-742-5231.
K of C Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary will host a Spaghetti Dinner plus a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction on November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Rd. (Rt.6), Mattapoisett. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door that night or by calling 508-994-4929. Proceeds will benefit charitable events.
Career Awareness Days & Open House
Come and take a look at all that Old Colony has to offer for students and their families. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be presenting Career Awareness Days for Eighth Grade students residing in Acushnet, Carver, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett and Rochester during the school day on Tuesday, November 4, Wednesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 6. Students will receive a tour of the school, including all vocational/technical classrooms, refreshments, and meet with currently enrolled Old Colony students. Interested students should contact their guidance counselors for more information on attending Old Colony's Career Awareness Days.
Parents and families are invited to tour the school on Sunday morning, November 9, from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Vocational, academic and extra-curricular activities will be represented with displays and presentations throughout the building. Please come and see for yourself the many opportunities Old Colony has to offer. Students and families who plan to attend Sunday's presentation are asked to notify Old Colony's guidance office at 508-763-8011 x126 to reserve a spot.
American Flag Collection
Boy Scout Troup 53 Mattapoisett will be collecting old flags that are in a state of disrepair (i.e., frayed, torn etc.) They will be destroyed in accordance with Federal standards. Flags may be left at Briggs Insurance Company at 19 County Road or at the Mattapoisett Clipper Barber Shop at 19 Church Street. Flags will be collected until Veteran's Day.
Calling Local Artists and Crafters
The Mattapoisett Historical Society is looking for local Artists and Crafters to join our Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested in helping us bring unique handmade gift-buying opportunities to Mattapoisett, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at email@example.com for more details and entry forms. We look forward to hearing from our truly talented community!
Home Alone and Babysitting Classes
Marion Recreation is once again hosting Home Alone and Babysitting Classes at the Atlantis Drive Facility. Students do not need to be Marion residents in order to take these classes.
Home Alone Class for boys and girls 9 to 11 years old will be held on Friday, November 7 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Pizza will be provided. The fee is $45 per student.
Babysitting Class for boys and girls 11 to 14 years old will be held Friday, November 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Fee is $40 per student.
Deadline for registration is Friday, October 31. Registration forms are available at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive and the Marion Town House. Forms may be downloaded and printed from www.marionrecreation.com.
For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com, contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practical Nurse Program
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School's Practical Nurse Program at 220 Sandwich Road in Bourne Massachusetts will be hosting information sessions on the following dates:
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Please join us in the "new" Nursing and Allied Health Education Center (The "LPN" Building) to learn about the UCT Practical Nurse Program:
- Receive detailed program information
- Have your questions about the program answered
- Complete an Application for Admission
- Register for the Entrance Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS)
- Enjoy light refreshments
It is not necessary to register. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Taddia at 508-759-7711 ext. 277 or visit our website at www.uppercapetech.com.
5K Turkey Trot
The Fourth Annual Guard Oil 5K Turkey Trot hosted by Marion Recreation will be held on Sunday, November 23 at 10:15 am.
The start and finish line will be on Front Street at Tabor Academy.
100% of the proceeds benefit Marion Recreation programs.
Sponsors are needed. Several levels of sponsorship are available.
The first 300 runners that register before November 1 will receive a free T-shirt.
Registration forms are available at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive and at the Marion Town House. Forms also may be downloaded and printed from www.marionrecreation.com. Click "Turkey Trot" from the menu.
For more information, visit http://www.marionrecreation.com/turkey-trot.html, call 774-217-8355 or email email@example.com.
O' Christmas Tree Christmas Fair
The First Congregational Church Women's Guild will be having a Christmas Fair, O' Christmas Tree, on Friday, November 14 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The church is located at 11 Constitution Way, Rochester.
There will be many handmade items, a silent auction, baked goods, candy table and old to new items. Steamed hot dogs will be served on Friday night and chicken soup and delicious sandwiches on Saturday. Also, pictures can be taken with Santa on Friday night.
MAC to Present Farce "Drinking Habits"
Under the direction of Dr. Rex T. McGraw, the Marion Art Center Players will present "Drinking Habits" a laugh out loud farce in two acts by Tom Smith on November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm and a matinee at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 9.
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional farce. Two nuns, Sister Augusta and Sister Philamena (played by Kim Teves and Linda Landry) at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, unbeknownst to Mother Superior (played by Suzie Kokkins). But Paul and Sally (played by Suzy and Gary Taylor), reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, Sister Mary Catherine (played by Michele Letourneau), spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Coupled with an august priest, Father Chenille (played by Prescott Crocker) and the trusty grounds keeper of the convent (played by Mark Letourneau), wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Hilarity ensues!
Laughter and wine! What better excuse to get a group of four together and reserve a cabaret table!
Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general admission. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. Cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four or more.
Don't miss this show! Reservations are highly recommended: 508-748-1266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just call 508-748-1266 and leave a message with your name, phone number, the number of tickets needed and the date you are coming or email at email@example.com.
In the subject line of the email please type "Drinking Habits." In the body of the email, please include your full name, your telephone number for confirmation, the date you will be attending and how many tickets you need. We will send a confirmation email.
Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738.
The Machacam Club will hold its November meeting on November 5 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm.
Our special guest will be Rick Charon, owner of Charon Associates, Inc. founded in 1979. His company specialized in typical engineering for the residential market. With the advent of Hurricane Bob, Rick - like other engineers - saw the need for a coastal flood plain and high wind expertise. For the past 20+ years, he also promoted the use of "green" septic systems to mitigate the effects of coastal development. Two years ago, he joined forces with Blue Wave Capital to assist with the myriad of obstacles (hearings and permitting, etc.) they faced in their desire to establish solar arrays, a natural extension of Rick's efforts with environmentally-friendly work in which he was already involved. Their latest project is the array on Tinkham Hill Road here in Mattapoisett. Rick will present a PowerPoint presentation on his projects.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy, especially in view of the food cost increases. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on October 27 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9:00 am November 1.
This time every year, Operation Shoebox collects, assembles, and packages all kinds of travel-size items for distribution to our military members both here and abroad.
To show appreciation to our service men and women for their continued efforts on our behalf, the Mattapoisett Lions Club is supporting this project with collection boxes placed at the following Mattapoisett locations:
- Mattapoisett Chiropractic Center at 109 Fairhaven Road
- First Citizens Federal Credit Union at 2 Fairhaven Road
- Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Barstow St.
- Panino's (outside) at the Ropewalk on Route 6 in Mattapoisett
Items needed are numerous and include, but are not limited to, all sorts of travel sundries like tooth paste, tooth brushes, Q-Tips, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, sanitizing lotion, chap sticks, etc. Other travel size items like AA batteries, paperbacks, chewing gum, duct tape, DVDs, playing cards, pencils, single-serve munchies, sunscreen, etc. will be well received and much appreciated.
If you know of someone in the service, a family member, friend or neighbor, please email their address to PDG Joe Rizzo at email@example.com for placement on our list to receive a care package.
Please consider donating items for Operation Shoebox. Collection boxes will be in place until October 31.
SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, a public speaking, communications and leadership organization meets the first and third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Marion Recreation Center at 13 Atlantis Avenue in Marion. The building is located near the Sippican Healthcare campus and Marconi Village.
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 www.Marion.ToastmastersClubs.org.
Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program
Applications for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available. This program allows Mattapoisett seniors, older than 60, to perform services for the Town in exchange for a maximum $750 reduction on the taxes for Mattapoisett property that they own and occupy.
Applications are available online at the city's website, mattapoisett-ma.gov, under the "COA" on the left section under "News." Hard copy applications may also be picked up in person at the Council on Aging. The application will contain a summary of the eligibility requirements for program participation and will be accompanied by an information package. All applications must be turned in to the Council on Aging office by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 24 (please note the extended date). Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging Director, at 508-758-4110.
Christmas Care Packages For The Troops
The Mattapoisett Veterans Service Office, in conjunction with Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, will be organizing "Christmas Care Packages" for the soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donating an item is an excellent way to let our men and women in uniform know that we care about them and that we haven't forgotten about the sacrifices they are making on our nation's behalf. If you would like to donate, please drop off your items in the boxes located at Mattapoisett, Rochester and Marion Town Halls by Wednesday, November 12. Any questions, contact the Veterans Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 212
It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is very proud to present "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" This production, written by Joe Landry and based on Frank Capra's classic film, stars Holly Frink (Jr), Ian MacLellan (Sr), Kyle Costa (Jr), Will Lynch (Jr), Patrick McGraw (Sr), Evan Roznoy (Jr), Sara Achorn (So), Michael Amato (Sr), Rikard Bodin (Jr), Brittan Brezeznski (Sr), Emily Faulkner (Jr), Evan Gillis (Sr), Levi Hartley (Sr), along with a supporting cast of eighty-one.
This beloved, family holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. The 94-member ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage to reveal the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
This production, with costumes by Helen Blake and directed by Paul Sardinha, will be sure to entertain!
Presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series, "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play," will be performed Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults, and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion, and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be available at the door. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett.
For information and ticket reservations, please call 508-951-5302; they may also be purchased at the door.
2014 Hunting Seasons Are Here!
Hunting seasons in Mattapoisett opened on or around October 18 and continue through the end of the year. Detailed information on specific seasons can be found at http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/hunting-season-dates/. Mattapoisett is in Zone 11.
Mattapoisett Land Trust properties are open to lawful hunting, in accordance with state regulations. Please be aware of and respect hunters who are legally using the land, as no one form of outdoor recreation is exclusive of others. Dress for safety, using hats and/or vests of "Blaze Orange" to improve your visibility. And remember, hunters are generally less active during the middle part of the day, and no hunting is allowed on Sundays.
This year, MLT will post Seasonal Notices at the entrances to our maintained trails at the Walega-Livingstone Preserve on Mattapoisett Neck, and at the Old Aucoot District Preserves in eastern Mattapoisett. We welcome hunters to use these and other Land Trust properties, but remind them that all hunting stands must be removed at the end of the season. We hope hunters and non-hunters alike will enjoy the autumn woods, fields and marshes of your MLT properties!
Blue Book Telephone Directory
Did you know ... The white pages of the popular Blue Book telephone directory are available online? The updated listings for residences and businesses in the three towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester can be found at lwvmmr.org/phonebook. All additions and changes received since the 2013-14 edition was printed have been entered into these listings and this database will become the basis of the next print edition to be published in the spring of 2015.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to check their listings in this online resource and send any additions, deletions, or corrections by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738.
The Blue Book is a community service of the League of Women Voters of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, and is mailed free of charge to all postal patrons every other year.
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.
Marion Town Events Calendar
The Town of Marion, in conjunction with the Friends of the Marion Council on Aging, is pleased to make available an online Town Events calendar through the Town of Marion website, www.marionma.gov. Our goals for the Events calendar are to:
- Increase citizen awareness of and participation in community-wide events;
- Provide non-profit, Marion organizations the vehicle to list/post their events on the Town website; and
- Decrease scheduling conflicts among Marion organizations.
The Events calendar is a free service provided for and maintained by the Town of Marion. It is now available to Marion non-profit organizations and can be used to promote educational, social, cultural, athletic, or recreational events open to the general public. All calendar listings must follow the Town of Marion guidelines and be submitted using the online Event Notice form that can be obtained from the calendar editor, Michele Bissonnette, Assistant Town Clerk, email@example.com.
Best Seat in the House? Every Seat!
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two very significant donations - an audio system donated by an anonymous donor, as well as 150 comfortable, new chairs from a dual donation by an anonymous donor and the Sippican Historical Society. The Committee is deeply grateful for these wonderful contributions that will greatly enhance the comfort and enjoyment of audiences for the many civic and cultural activities held at the Music Hall.
For information on various programs held at the Music Hall by organizations such as the Sippican Historical Society, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging, as well as other local venues, you can now consult the Town of Marion's Events calendar at http://www.marionma.gov/Pages/MarionMA_Eventscal/.
Increased use of the Music Hall has led to more awareness of the maintenance issues it faces, and the Committee is very pleased to be working actively with the town's new Facilities Manager, Shaun Cormier, to ensure the long-term 'health' of this historic building. We look forward to honoring the vision of Elizabeth Taber when she built the Music Hall in 1891, as well as the generosity of another benefactress whose large donation in 1995 provided funds for a major renovation to the building as well as an endowment.
The focus now is on stabilizing the Hall's foundation, increasing handicap access, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the furnace, redoing the interior painting and floors, as well as furnishing the Reading Room. Excellent assistance from many local volunteers has proved invaluable, and the Committee welcomes any and all suggestions as the project moves forward.
Anyone who wishes to be involved in the Music Hall's improvement initiative is encouraged to contact Phyllis Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free
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