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To the Editor:
The staff of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library would like to thank the many sponsors and volunteers who made the 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Fizz Boom Read!" such a huge success. Over 200 children and families participated in the wide range of programs, reading activities, and story times that were part of our weekly schedule. In addition, many patrons and guests visited the library to enjoy an afternoon out of the sun, reading and playing on the new educational computer stations.
Our volunteers, both youth and adult, are too numerous to mention by name here, but they have been heartily thanked by the staff. In particular, though, we would like to thank Jen and Nathan Zieske who provided the prizes awarded to the children who complete the reading aspect of our summer program. Each year the Zieskes go above and beyond in a way that inspires the children to participate.
Others who made Mattapoisett's Summer Reading Program very special this year include: Diane Newell of the Yankee Candle Store in Dartmouth; The Eastern States Exposition; Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield; Friendly's Ice Cream; Mattapoisett's own No Kidding Toy Store and its wonderful staff; the Mattapoisett Cultural Council; and for programs: Kay Hanley Alden and Matt Richards; The Wareham Gatemen and Cindy Dawicki; Rob Magee and Chief Magee; Deidre Smith; Elizabeth Hutchison; and terrific helpers Jeanne Smith, Emily Newell, Greg Schneider, Sienna Wurl, Alex Wurl, and Griffin Dunn.
The Junior Friends of the Library and their advisor, Kathleen Kvilhaug, offered their enthusiasm and assistance with lawn games and fun for the community's children. They give generously of their time and talents all year long.
The Mattapoisett Library's regular volunteers continued to shelve the hundreds of children's books each week so that good reading was always available to our young patrons.
The library's Summer Reading Program is one of the highlights of the year for staff and families alike. We appreciate the support of the community that makes our program unique and something children eagerly say yes to when they have so many choices of things to do. Reading still thrives! Please visit our Facebook page to view some photographs of this summer's events.
The Mattapoisett Free Public Library Children's Department Staff
To the Editor:
The Elizabeth Taber Library wrapped up this summer's program for children, "Fizz Boom Read!" with an End-of-the-Summer-Program Ice Cream Sundae Social.
Over the course of six weeks, many children 2-12 years old enjoyed story times, reading games, a bubble show, various crafts such as: beading-a-solar system, bike decorating for the parade, fairy house building, tie-dying T-shirts with sharpies, constructing mini-robot bugs and faux lava lamps along with drop-in activities. Attendance for the summer programs totaled 3227. It was especially exciting, with the help of donations from Eastern Bank and the Sippican Woman's Club, to "Read for a Good Cause". Each hour participants spent reading raised $1 to support the work of Heifer International. Our readers were able to purchase two goats, a llama, a trio of rabbits, a flock of chicks, honey bees and a hive for families living in third world countries.
I would like to thank all of the participants (and parents, grandparents, baby-sitters, and nannies!) involved in our program, along with our 21 junior volunteers: Taylor Read, Sydney DaSilva, Hannah Borges, Grace Russell, Alyssa Foraro, Gwen Miedema, Morgan Miedema, Daphne Poirier, Tasha Sudofsky, Emma Mastovsky, Owen Patnaude, Alexa McLeod, Natalya Rivera, Rachel Pina, Emma Williamson, Max Richins, Megan Clavell, Bridget Clavell, Prosser Friedman, Sam Harris, and Lauren Craig.
Special thanks go to Dot Brown and Jelmer Miedema for their expert assistance with the science activities, and to the Harris family for their cheerful, hardworking help with the Fairy Houses and the Ice Cream Sundae Social.
Many thanks go to Jessica Barrett, Sippican School's Media Specialist. Jess and I worked together to create the school's summer reading lists. Sippican Elementary School students visited our library in June to learn about the public library's resources, the summer program and the books on the summer reading list.
Thanks to everyone on the staff: Molly Driscoll, Rachel Breen, Anthea Andrade and Colleen Packard, as they cheerfully helped out with the large groups of children and a seemingly endless flow of books.
Many thanks go to our enthusiastic Library Director, Libby O'Neill, who gave the program unfailing support and encouragement.
Several agencies and businesses in town lent their kind support to the library's summer reading program. They include Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Sippican Woman's Club, Sea Dips Ice Cream, and Uncle Jon's Coffee.
Working with the children and their families in the community as well as my colleagues here at the library was a powerful reminder of the joy and excitement of sharing the love of reading. I hope everyone enjoyed the library's summer program and the delights of summer reading as much as I did!
Children's Librarian, Elizabeth Taber Library
To the Editor:
I attended last Monday's Selectmen's meeting on Sprague's Cove. I came out baffled.
I have a big question for the ConCom - Why do you discount and ignore the vote at the last Town Meeting that denied you the funds to keep on poisoning phragmites?
You killed absolutely EVERYTHING down there when you say you needed to kill the phragmites.
You ripped out the cedars, willows, beach plums, tupelos, oaks, maples, wildflowers, and on and on ... over 35 varieties of plants.
You sought advice from the designers, ignored their advice, and stubbornly kept insisting that phragmites are ruining the basin's function.
You didn't read the plans (perhaps you can't read plans) of the basin and you didn't clean out the exit pipes as your own management plans told you to.
You cut all the willows that kept the geese away, when your own management plan said not to.
You didn't realize that the water level was too high, making the basin almost 50% smaller. If you could read plans, you would have seen this from a quick look at them.
Your track record is horrible. Why don't you throw in the towel?
Annie Rockwell, Marion
Mattapoisett Friends Fundraising
Donations of high end antiques, Oriental rugs, fine art, important paper collectibles, sterling and gold are being sought by Mattapoisett Friends Meeting as part of its fundraising efforts to restore its historic meeting house.
Frank McNamee of the Marion Antique Shop has agreed to handle the sale of vetted items at its annual November auction. A mid-September deadline has been set for this particular sale. Vetting will be done by Mr. McNamee.
A receipt for income tax purposes, for the full value of any item sold, will be given the donor by the church.
Mr. McNamee is also helping the cause by reducing the seller's commission by half for which the meeting is grateful.
Two donations have already been accepted. One is an 1871 scrapbook with articles pasted over a partial logbook of the New Bedford whaling ship Courier, covering the last part of a voyage begun in 1829. Two articles in the scrapbook deal with President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
Another is a type of metate, called a grinding stone or grinding slab, carved by pre-Columbian Mayans from one piece of stone. It is accompanied by two mano stones, hand-held carved stones for grinding corn and other grains.
To date, the Friends Meeting has raised more than $82,000 toward the estimated $245,000 restoration project. Phase 1 of the work is expected to begin next month.
For more information, call Brad Hathaway at 508-758-3579.
Marion Democratic Town Committee
The Marion Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 am at the Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion.
State Representative Bill Straus, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation, and State Senator Marc Pacheco will be guest speakers. Transportation and its significance in keeping Massachusetts competitive in the national and global economy, and why the state needs funding to fix our roads and bridges will be the main topic. Also, a representative from the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges will address the importance of Question 1 on the statewide ballot.
For more information, call 508-748-1282. Guests are always welcome.
Marion Council on Aging
Take the AARP Driver Safety Classroom Course! Learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel. This course is offered on Wednesday September 24 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Marion Police Station. Bring a bag lunch and please arrive before 9:45 am to fill out class certificate. There is a $15 charge for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Please call the COA office to register at 508 748-3570.
Check out the monthly movies at the Music Hall at 7:00 pm. Free admission and popcorn. On September 12, Double Indemnity will be shown. Preregistration is not needed.
Lunch and Learn will begin again in October. This event is offered on the first Wednesday of the month at noon at the Marion Police Station. Free and preregistration is not needed. Bring your lunch. In October, come learn about the pros and cons of obtaining a reverse mortgage.
Low impact aerobics are offered every Monday and Friday at the Atlantis Drive facility from 9:30 - 10:30 am for $4 per class.
"Books 'n' More" Sale
The Friends of Plumb Library will be holding their annual "Books 'n' More" Sale on Saturday, September 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall at 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. The Friends Preview sale will take place on Friday, September 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Church Hall. We are seeking donations of used books, DVDs, CDs, games, or puzzles. Donations can be left at the library until 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 4. Volunteers are needed on Friday, September 5 to pack and move the books to the church hall, unpack and set up, and to work on the day of the sale. Volunteers are rewarded with a 50% discount on their purchases. For more information or to sign up to work at the sale, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Salute to John Williams and the Boston Pops
On Friday, August 29, the Marion Concert Band will close its 2014 season with a concert featuring the music of film composer John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra. The program, which includes several pieces frequently performed by the Pops, is as follows:
"Bombasto" by O. R. Farrar
"Poet & Peasant Overture" by F. von Suppe
"Strike Up the Band" by G. Gershwin
"John Williams: Evening at Pops" arranged by John Higgins
"Bugler's Holiday" by L. Anderson
"Belle of the Ball" by L. Anderson
"Star Wars Medley" by J. Williams
"Clarinet Escapade" by R. Ward
"The Waltzing Cat" by L. Anderson
"Mancini!" by H. Mancini
"Theme from E.T." by J. Williams
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by J. P. Sousa
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. The concert is free and open to the public.
Housing Authority Board Vacancy
The Mattapoisett Housing Authority Board is eager to fill a mid-term vacancy. Any town resident with an interest in the welfare and safety of our local state housing facility is encouraged to write a letter of intent to Louise Sousa at 1 Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Taber Library Memoir Workshop
What's black and white and read all over? If you write it well, your memoir! Record your precious memories before they fade. The Sippican Historical Society and Elizabeth Taber Library will help! The two organizations have teamed up to offer a free, four-session memoir writing course, led by Marion's Judy Rosbe, an accomplished author and historian with five local history books to her credit.
To be held at the Elizabeth Taber Library at 3:00 pm on four consecutive Wednesdays - September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 - the memoir writing course will accommodate 15 participants. SHS has donated copies of Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History for use by all course participants. Registration is required as space is limited, so stop by the Library now to reserve your spot and pick up your assignments!
Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. The public and new members are welcome.
Call For Artists
New Bedford Open Studio (NBOS) has a great deal to celebrate after ten years of providing exciting city-wide open studio events. What started out as a holiday studio sale at 21 Cove Street has grown into multiple open studio dates each year. Throughout the year, NBOS members are involved with many creative endeavors throughout New Bedford. To have even more of a presence throughout the year, NBOS has just signed on as an AHA! programming partner. Mediumstudio in New Bedford has given NBOS a new look for our next decade by redesigning the NBOS website, which can be seen at http://www.newbedfordopenstudios.org/. This new site not only has information on how to navigate the fall Open Studios Events, but it also provides an important cultural link to artists and art events throughout the year.
This year there are two open studio weekends planned. The first will be the weekend of October 4 - 5 at NBOS South Celebration and Sale at the Orchard and Kilburn Street Studio Buildings. NBOS North Celebration and Sale and Open Studios will take place on November 21 - 23 at Hatch Street Studios and Ropeworks Studios.
All artists who live, work or have exhibited their work in New Bedford are invited to participate in NBOS events and shows by becoming members. Some of the additional benefits to membership include an individual website page with space for multiple images as well as your artist information and resume and invitations to social and educational events. Membership applications are available on the NBOS website under the "join NBOS" tab. The fee for a yearly membership is $50 if paid by September 1 and $60 after September 1. Payments and applications can be submitted on the NBOS website or can be mailed to: New Bedford Open Studios/SFSEMA, 695 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 8276, New Bedford, MA 02742. For more information, call Karen Snyder at 508-287-8477.
Tri-Towners to Participate in Jimmy Fund Walk
On Sunday, September 21, Debbie Cohen, Hailey Cohen, and Lauren Cohen of Marion, and Michelle Drew, Loretta Sherman, and Maryann Sullivan of Rochester will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon(R) route in the Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai.
They will join an expected 8,500 walkers with the goal of raising more than $7.5 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing the event's 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million. It raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation. Since 1989, The Boston Athletic Association has proudly supported the Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk, and since 2002 Hyundai has been the proud presenting sponsor.
"The Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk unites thousands of people young and old - from adults, children, parents, neighbors, colleagues, cancer patients, to cancer survivors - who share a unified goal to cure cancer," says Zack Blackburn, director of the Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk. "Their dedication and commitment to fundraising enables Dana-Farber to focus on cancer care and research."
Walkers can choose from four routes along the historic course:
- Hopkinton 26.2-mile, rolling start: 5:30 to 7:30 am
- Wellesley 13.1-mile, rolling start: 8:30 to 10:30 am
- Boston College 5-mile, rolling start: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 3-mile: 1:30 pm, which will include many patients and their families.
Those unable to participate on event day can become "Virtual Walkers" and fundraise for the event online. The Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk finishes at Copley Square in Boston, where walkers can celebrate and enjoy complimentary food, beverages, a speaking program, and entertainment.
All walkers must raise a minimum of $300, and walkers 12-years old and younger have a fundraising minimum of $100. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more.
On the evening of September 21, the Prudential Center and The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge will glow in red and yellow to mark the 26th annual Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk.
To register for the Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on September 21, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can enter the discount code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.
Marion Art Center Fall Classes
Watercolor Painting for Adult Beginners
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 17 - November 5 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Patricia White
Tuition: $175 members / $190 non-members (materials not included)
Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run
This course is designed for people who would like to try watercolor painting, but do not know where to start. Students will explore different techniques, while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment.
About the Instructor: Patricia White is a painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is past President of the Marion Art Center and the current President of the Bourne-Wareham Art Association. She studied Realist Painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Marion Art Center, The Jonathan Bourne Library, The Wareham Library, Don's Art Shop of Warren, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtWorks! of New Bedford, the Annual BWAA Show and Sale, and the Gift Shop of The Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 18 - November 6 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Jay Ryan
Tuition: $175 members / $190 non-members (materials not included)
Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run
This course is a perfect "next step" for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. Using the brilliant nature of light (and dark), we'll "push" the medium, adding other water media, brushes, and paper surfaces, and experiment with palette color mixing to capture magic and luminosity. In each class, we will start a new painting together using landscape, still life, the figure, abstract or imaginative thought, or narrative ideas as subjects. Each class will also provide a brief and supportive group "critique". Students will leave with expanded knowledge of technique and traditional and contemporary use of watercolor.
About the Instructor: Jay Ryan is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, Jay has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities. His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford, and the Marion Art Center.
Mac Dance Academy
Mondays, September 8 through November 11 (10 weeks)
Instructor: Paige Hiller
Preschool (ages 3-4): 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Beginner (ages 4-5): 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Intermediate (ages 5-6): 4:15 - 5:00 pm
Fall 2014 Session begins Monday, September 8.
The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Fall Dance Academy. Classes are held on Mondays and run for 10 weeks. Fall session is grounded in classical dance, whereas the Spring session focuses heavily on choreography and recital performance.
Preschool Dance: Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. Class is 30 minutes and involves ballet warm-up, jazz stretches, basic mat tumbling and basic tap steps. The fee for the 10-week session is $145 for Marion Art Center members and $160 for non-members. (Child must be 3 years of age at the start of the Session.)
Beginner Dance: Beginner instruction is for children between the ages of 4-5. Class is 45 minutes and involves ballet warm-up and barre, jazz stretches, beginner mat tumbling. The fee for the 10-week session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Intermediate Dance: Intermediate instruction is for children aged 5-6. Class is 45 minutes and involves advanced ballet warm-up, barre and adagio, tumbling, jazz stretches and combinations and tap combinations. The fee for the 10-week session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Little People's Theatre (ages 6-9)
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Kim Teves
Tuition: Each six-week session is $80 for MAC members and $95 for non-members
Deadline for registration for Fall Session 1 is September 9.
Fall Session 1 LPT: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14.
Fall Session 2 LPT: October 28; November 4, 18, 25; December 2, 9.
Winter Session 1 LPT: January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10.
Winter Session 2 LPT: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Spring Session LPT: April 30; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2.
Each week the children will learn basic theater craft through drama games, readers' theater and experience the fun of the stage while rehearsing for a small production to be performed the last week of each session.
Young People's Theatre (ages 10-14)
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Kimberly Teves
Tuition: $170 for MAC members and $185 for non-members.
Deadline for registration for Fall Session YPT is September 11.
Fall Session YPT: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13.
Winter/Spring Session YPT: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19.
New! Spring 1/2 Session YPT: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28.
The class will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Classes are for boys and girls in grades 4 - 8. The 10-week Fall Session program starts September 11 and runs through November 13. Performance will be on Thursday, November 13. Students will learn basic theater craft through improvisation exercises, theater games, and the process of putting on a production through selection, rehearsal and production of a small show presented at the end of the session.
Call 508-748-1266 for more information.
Preschool Piano (age 3-5 yrs)
Fall 2014 Session: September 12 - November 14 (10 weeks)
Friday mornings at the Marion Art Center
Recital: November 14
25-minute private lessons for children ages 3-5 yrs.
$20 per lesson (includes cost of music/materials/recital)
Little Mozart's Preschool Piano is an early music enrichment program for children ages 3 to 5. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the piano and teach basic foundation skills that will inspire an early appreciation for music. Individual lessons place an emphasis on rhythm, finger position, music vocabulary, music notation, note reading, and encourage overall fine motor development. It is offered three times per year at the Marion Art Center for 10-week sessions during the fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April), and summer (July-August). Each session concludes with a short recital. Children may repeat sessions through age 5 to enhance their knowledge and performance skills.
To reserve a lesson time, contact Jamie Wiksten at email@example.com or 508-295-0379.
Saturday Morning Piano Lessons
Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Donald Richard.
Fall 2014 Session begins September 27 and runs until December 13. Winter Session begins January 10, 2015 and runs until the end of the school year. To reserve a lesson time, please call Donald Richard at 781-582-6273 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Instructor: Donald Richard earned his Bachelor of Music from University of Lowell and has been teaching private lessons on piano and trumpet since 1980. He has substituted in the Old Rochester Regional School District since 1999 and since 2003 has assisted with the Sippican Elementary School Annual Band Blast and other events.
Registration and payment for all classes except piano can be made on line at www.marionartcenter.org.
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street (main entrance is on Main Street) in Marion, MA 02738. For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or visit www.marionartcenter.org.
MPOA Charity Golf Tournament
The Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Allendale Country Club, 1047 Allen St. Dartmouth, on October 6 at 8:30 am.
Entry Price is $125 per person, $500 Foursome and the entry deadline is September 29.
Registration fee includes: 18 holes of traditional scramble golf format, golf cart fee, awards lunch, gift bag, and T-shirt. Prizes awarded for winning team, longest drive, and closest to the pin, in addition to raffle prizes and a chance to win a 2014 GMC automobile for Hole-In-One Contest. All proceeds benefit local charities and community-sponsored events.
For further sponsorship opportunities and donations, contact Turner Ryan at email@example.com or 508-525-2531. For registration forms and online registration, visit: www.mpoagolf.com.
Mattapoisett Tavern and Shipyard Owner
Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and Seth Mendell on Sunday, August 31 at 5:00 pm at the Gazebo in Shipyard Park as he details the life and achievements of one of Mattapoisett's most prominent and fascinating individuals: Joseph Meigs.
Born in 1776, Joseph Meigs became a master carpenter in the shipyards at the turn of the 19th century and invested in land on the waterfront. He established a tavern - now the Inn at Shipyard Park - and his own shipyard. Interested in law and politics, Meigs earned a law degree and became a circuit judge for the Great and General Court of Plymouth. Later he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and then the State Senate.
3rd Annual Katie Brienzo Memorial Walk
Join us on Saturday, September 13 at the Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, located at 7 Jesse Street, Fairhaven for the 3rd Annual Katie Brienzo Memorial Walk! The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Registration is $15 ($20 on Walk Day) and the first 100 to register receive a free Katie Brienzo Memorial Walk T-shirt. All proceeds from this event benefit the consumers of M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc., Katie's favorite charity. Katie was also a consumer at M.O.L.I.F.E. and it was her home away from home. The staff there helped her not just overcome her disability, but to thrive as an independent young woman.
You can pre-register at the M.O.L.I.F.E. website or download and print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it in with a check/money order made payable to "M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc." for the $15 registration fee. The link to Pre-Register by credit/debit card via PayPal is http://molifeinc.com/events/. You MUST include your PayPal confirmation number on the registration form when mailing it in to show proof of payment.
If you are unable to attend and would still like to donate to the Katie Brienzo Memorial Walk, you can check the line on the registration form to "Sponsor A Walker" for the $15 fee. This donation will go to those who want to participate, but who may not have the money to do so.
For anyone who owns a business or who would just like to donate generously to the Walk, we are accepting sponsor donations. A donation of at least $100 will get your name or business on the back of this year's T-shirt. Deadline for sponsors is August 31.
We would like to ask that everyone who attends please bring a non-perishable food donation to help the M.O. Food=L.I.F.E. food pantry in New Bedford.
Registration begins at 11:00 am and the walk begins at 12:00 noon, sharp! There will be music by DJ JT Stevens, raffles, games, and face painting following the Walk. Food and drinks will be available to purchase as well. Again, ALL proceeds go to M.O.L.I.F.E., Inc.
The Tri-Town Celebrates the Beatles
Local Beatles historian and collector Jim Cushman, along with Old Rochester Community Television, would like to invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance in New England by joining us for a memorabilia show that will benefit a local food pantry. Come see rare Beatles collectibles including Beatle-worn clothing, band autographs and other rare memorabilia. There will also be showings of rare Beatles film footage and photo opportunities; cameras are welcomed and encouraged. This event will be held on Saturday, September 13 from noon until 5:00 pm at the ORCTV studios at 345 Front St. in Marion, nearly 50 years to the date of the Beatles legendary performance at the old Boston Garden on September 12, 1964. Admission for this event is one nonperishable food item per person to be donated to a local food pantry for the upcoming holiday season. For more information, please call ORCTV at 508-748-1600. We look forward to seeing you!
Lakeville Arts Scarecrow Contest
Calling all scarecrow artists! New this year to the Lakeville Arts & Music Festival will be a Scarecrow Decorating contest open to residents and businesses of Lakeville, Middleborough, Freetown, Berkley, Rochester, Taunton and Raynham.
There will be three decorating categories: traditional, other, and business. Traditional scarecrows will be the traditional farm and garden scarecrows, made with cast-off clothing, corn stalks, straw, etc. Suggestions for the other category could be most unusual, scary, funny, whimsical, celebrity and most artistic. Businesses are encouraged to enter with either a scarecrow representative of their business or something in the other categories.
Finalists will be asked to bring their scarecrow for display at the Lakeville Arts & Music Festival on October 4 for Festival attendees to vote on to pick the best scarecrow in each category. Entries are due by September 17 (see rules for specifics).
Entry forms and rules are available on line at www.lakevillema.org on the Home Page. You may also pick up an entry form at the Lakeville Library or the Selectmen's Office at Town Hall or email LakevilleFestival@hotmail.com to have an entry form emailed to you.
Break out your imagination and show us your best scarecrow!!!
Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society begins the 2014 - 2015 season with its first regular rehearsal on Monday, September 8 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church in Reynard Hall. New members are welcome to join the chorus simply by coming to the one of the first three rehearsals, September 8, 15, and 22.
Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 pm every Monday evening, but singers are asked to arrive by 7:15 pm for their first rehearsal in order to register and receive music. All voices are welcome (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), and no auditions are required. As always, everyone who has sung with the chorus in past years will be welcomed back.
The chorus will be rehearsing for its 49th annual Christmas Concerts, which will be on Friday, December 5 at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford, and at Tabor Academy's Wickenden Chapel in Marion on Sunday, December 7.
The theme for this year's Christmas concerts is "Tidings of Comfort and Joy," and the repertoire includes motets by Andreas Hammerschmidt and Johann Michael Haydn, as well as arrangements of traditional and newly-composed seasonal music.
Now beginning its 49th season, the 90-member Sippican Choral Society is under the direction of Brian Roderick, with Michelle Gordon as accompanist. The group performs at least two concerts every year, singing the works of the world's great composers, as well as popular music.
For further information about singing with the Sippican Choral Society this year, please call Peter McDonald 508-748-0286. If you plan to sing this season, but cannot make the first rehearsal, please let Peter know that when you call.
Marion Recreation Fall Dance Classes
Marion Recreation Fall Dance classes are open for registration. Once again, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre are being offered. This session's Musical Theatre Class will be Mary Poppins. Classes begin on Wednesday, October 8 and run until Wednesday, December 3 (no classes on November 26). Musical Theatre is 3:15 - 4:15 pm and Hip Hop is 4:15 - 5:15 pm. For boys and girls, 5 to 13 years old. All levels of experience are welcome! Both classes are held at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Fee is $120 per student per class. Registration deadline is Monday, September 29. Forms are available for pick up at the Marion Town House and the Marion Recreation Department, 13 Atlantis Drive. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from our newly updated website, www.marionrecreation.com. For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser
A Spaghetti Supper to support Matt Robbie, a '95 FHS graduate who is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, will be held at the Knights of Columbus on September 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will also be high-value raffles and entertainment. Visit www.robbiestrong.com/events.html to purchase tickets or make a donation. All proceeds go to the Robbie Strong Fund.
Fifth Annual Brad Barrows Motorcycle Ride
The Fifth Annual Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund Motorcycle Ride will take place Saturday, September 27 at Rick's Tavern in Mattapoisett.
The Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund is a non-profit organization which, through an annual motorcycle run, raises money to offset the cost for families of children who otherwise would not be able to afford local sports programs and activities in the Tri-Town area. In addition, the fund also donates to local charities and fundraisers.
Last year, the 2013 motorcycle run raised $2,000 with proceeds going to the following local organizations:
- Old Rochester Tri-Town Little League - $400
- ORR Youth Football - $400
- Y.M.C.A. sponsorship program - $500
- Carl Collier sail program - $400
- ORR Swim Team - $300
Here's hoping for a great turnout on our 2014 run.
Southcoast Children's Chorus Auditions
The SCC encourages children who love to sing to join us for our exciting fifth season. Young people entering grades 3 - 12 may audition for the Concert Chorus (grades 3 - 6) or the Touring Chorus (grades 6 - 12). Children in grades K-2 may register for the Prep Chorus without an audition. September 7 is the kick-off for the new season - activities for the singers, a meeting for the parents, a drawing for a year's free tuition, and ice cream for everyone! The mission of the Chorus is to provide a joyful, educational choral experience for young singers, helping them to develop confidence, responsibility, musicianship, and a passion for excellence in all they do. Believing that children are capable of achieving musical artistry at the highest possible level, we are creating a tradition of excellent children's choral music in the South Coast region by offering outstanding training in musicianship and choral ensemble skills. Please contact Artistic Director Leslie Piper at LesliePiper@msn.com for information or to schedule an audition.
From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
The State Primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at Old Hammondtown School, which is located at 20 Shaw Street. The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Absentee ballots have been mailed out to those who requested them. Absentee ballots and applications for absentee ballots are available in the office between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you have a child going off to college or you are going to be away for the upcoming election(s) in September and/or November, please stop by today so that you will not miss out on the opportunity to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming elections. If you have any questions regarding this, please call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext 2.
Junior Achievement Seeks Volunteers
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is seeking volunteers to teach classes in Bristol County and Southern Plymouth County during their fall session.
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, ultimately empowering young people to own their economic success. Last year, JA of Southern Massachusetts impacted 4,425 students throughout their service area.
Volunteers will educate students about free enterprise, financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.
"JA programs fill a very important gap that often exists between what students are learning in school and how it applies to the real world," said Caroline Paradis, Junior Achievement President. "Volunteers don't need to have any previous experience in the classroom; in fact, most people don't when they first start volunteering with JA. They just need to be willing to share their experiences and help open a student's eyes to a world of new possibilities."
JA provides new volunteers with training and all program materials needed to teach the course. Opportunities are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Volunteers will give 45-60 minutes per week for 5-7 sessions, depending on the program. For more information, call Corrie Martin at 508-997-6536 ext. 12 or via email at Corrie.Martin@ja.org.
For more information about Junior Achievement or to sign up as a volunteer, visit http://jasouthernma.org.
Rochester's Newest Walking Trail Announced
The Town of Rochester, Wildlands Trust and Rochester Land Trust are proud to announce the opening of the Doggetts Brook Trail, which culminates a successful multi-year effort to link existing Town and conservation lands. The trail originates at the Dexter Lane ball fields and meanders by a reservoir, abandoned cranberry bogs, vernal pool, and through open field and woodlands bordering on Doggetts Brook. In late 2011, the Town purchased a 29-acre parcel of land from Deb Arney of Rochester with funding from the Rochester Land Trust and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program The Arney property had long been a conservation priority for the Town, Wildlands Trust and Rochester Land Trust because it was a key link to an assemblage of conservation properties. The groups worked together over the past two years to improve a loop trail that links over 100 acres of open space for public enjoyment. Thanks to a grant from the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund, the trailhead is marked by a map display case, and a kiosk and signage are installed at strategic points along the trail.
Please join us to celebrate the newest walking trail in Rochester at the grand opening on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 pm at the Dexter Lane Recreational Area by the trailhead display case on the restroom building. After a short dedication, all are invited to walk the trail led by local naturalists. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk, which normally takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Please bring bug spray, water bottles, hats and walking sticks if needed. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Bike for Clean Water
October is a great time to explore the beauty of Southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape - and what better way to experience the region's spectacular autumn scenery than on your bicycle? Register today for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's eighth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 5, and you can celebrate the beauty of the Bay and our region while helping to protect it for future generations.
Each year, the Watershed Ride draws avid cyclists, casual riders, families, teams and clubs. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome. All funds raised from the Watershed Ride will support the Coalition's work to protect and restore clean water in and around Buzzards Bay.
Participants can choose between two picturesque routes: a 75-mile option that begins at Horseneck Beach in Westport or a 35-mile route that begins in Rochester. Both finish at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole. Along the way, riders will enjoy scenic views of Southeastern Massachusetts' beaches, harbors, rivers, farms, and forests awash in the colors of fall. Riders will cycle through cities and towns all around the Buzzards Bay region, including Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Rochester, Wareham, Bourne and Falmouth.
With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, riders can feel confident that the course is safe and fully supported. At the finish line, the 150-plus riders will be greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters and a celebration with food, drinks and live music.
So pump up your tires, strap on your helmet, and get ready for the ride of your life! The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is just two months away. To learn more about the Watershed Ride, register as a rider or sign up to volunteer, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/watershedride.
Property Tax Relief Available for Marion
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2014-2015 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29. Applications are available at the Town House in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, or by calling 508-996-8253. They can also be downloaded at www.cfsema.org.
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.
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.
Marion Council on Aging
The Council on Aging will be running the following trips:
September 22: Isaac's in Plymouth
October 20: Battleship Cove in Fall River
November 17: Lee's and Partner's Country Store in Westport
Pick up will be at 11:00 am. Please call to reserve your spot on the van. Admission and lunch are up to the individual riders.
SLT Peirson Woods Storywalk
The Sippican Lands Trust is currently offering a posted storywalk at our Peirson Woods property. Pages from Forest Bright, Forest Night, written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Jamicheal Henterly, are laminated and posted along a well-marked nature trail. Storywalks are fun and encourage literature in nature for all ages. We hope you enjoy it!
Peirson Woods is located on Point Road in Marion. Take a right off of Route 6 west onto Creek Road. Then take a right onto Point Rd. Peirson Woods is located approximately ½ a mile down on the right. It is marked with a kiosk sign and has parking available.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire and protect natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat, provide public access to the beautiful, protected lands of our town and offer events for nature lovers of all ages!
Please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080. Visit us on Facebook and www.sippicanlandstrust.org.
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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