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To the Editor:
I attended the Mattapoisett Town Meeting as I have done for 32 years. I was particularly interested in the discussion regarding the purchase of the Holy Ghost land on Park Street. I asked if this land would be for recreation and open space only or could the town consider building more housing for the elderly. A selectman answered there will be no elderly housing on this land. He did not acknowledge that there was a need for more affordable housing for the elderly.
This past summer, I was confronted with the lack of affordable housing in Mattapoisett. I had to find an apartment in three months, and I wanted to remain in Mattapoisett where I had lived with my family for 32 years. Though I am an elder, I was not ready to live in elderly housing. I was unable to find an apartment that I could afford in town and I resigned myself to looking elsewhere. Two days prior to signing a lease in Dartmouth, I received a call from a Mattapoisett landlord that an affordable, beautiful apartment had become available. I know how fortunate I am to still be living in Mattapoisett where my son and his family live.
Those of us who have lived in Mattapoisett for years and contributed to the life of this community should be able to continue to live here in our later years. It is in our interest to make the community at large and the selectman aware of the need for more affordable housing in Mattapoisett.
Cecile L. Sanders, Mattapoisett

Academic Achievements
Caroline Cunningham Johns, the daughter of David Johns II and Colleen Cunningham Johns of Mattapoisett, graduated from Macalester College during the college's commencement exercises on May 14. Johns received a liberal arts degree in Economics and Community and Global Health Concentration. Johns is a graduate of Falmouth Academy.
In addition, Johns received the following honors/awards: Honors Project: Determining Household Health Care Spending: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform; Economics: Samantha Cakir, Advisor.
Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Mattapoisett resident Andrew Macaulay, majoring in Electrical Engineering, was recently named to the University's dean's list for the spring semester, which ended in May 2016.
Karen Martin of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing during Salve Regina University's 66th commencement on Sunday, May 15.
Roslyn Flaherty, of Rochester, was one of 693 graduates to receive a degree during Assumption College's 99th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, MA. Flaherty was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tabor Academy to Host Blood Drive
Please participate in Tabor Academy's spring blood drive. You will find the blood mobile in the parking lot at 256 Front Street Marion on May 26 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Drop in or by appointment by calling 508-291-8375.
There are so many in our community who are impacted by cancer and other illness that require blood transfusions. Please help your neighbors in the Southcoast by donating during this drive.

Mattapoisett Historical Society Yard Sale
The Mattapoisett Historical Society will hold a yard sale on Baptist Street in Mattapoisett on Saturday, June 4 starting at 8:00 am and ending at 11:00 am. There will be a variety of items for sale: ceramics, rare seashells, furniture, Presto Press, etc. Come buy a treasure and support the Mattapoisett Historical Society.

Boat Race Supper and Special Raffle
The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race (RMDBR) Ham & Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, May 28 at Rochester Memorial School, 16 Pine Street in Rochester. The supper will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and tickets can be purchased at the door: adults are $10 and children under 12 are only $5. Beans baked by the best bean bakers in town, coleslaw and potato salad prepared by the Culinary Arts Department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical HS, rolls and brown bread. And to top it all off, there will be apple crisp for dessert prepared by Meredith of The Artisan Bake Shop.
Proceeds from the supper help offset the expenses of the race. Also, there will be a special raffle drawn at the supper. William Watling III, last year's winner of the Jim Hartley trophy, has custom made and donated two carbon fiber river racing paddles designed specifically for the RMDBR. Specs: foam core blade and shaft with carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate; fiberglass wrapped blade tip and edges for strength and durability; molded palm grip handle; approximately 26 ounces each. One has a bent shaft, angle 5 degrees, length 53.5 inches; the other is straight, with a length of 57.25 inches. Tickets are $5 each. There will be two separate drawings, one for each paddle. Choose which drawing you would like your ticket entered in. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds go to the Rochester Firefighters Association to support the race.
This is the 82nd anniversary of the race and it remains one of the few racing events with no entry fees as it was in 1934 when it was started. Enjoy a great meal at one of the important social events of the year in our area. The more the merrier. Parking at the rear of the school, enter at the rear door. For additional information, please contact Arthur Benner, Chairman, RMDBR, 508-763-2024.

Senior Projects at Tabor Academy
It's that time of year - Tabor Academy seniors are showing off all of the hard work they have put into their senior projects this spring. Senior project presentations are underway at the school this week, and all the projects are presented in abstract on Friday morning.
Senior Projects allow seniors in good academic standing to drop classes in the last seven weeks as necessary in order to pursue a project of their own creation. Projects typically include original art and music, all manner of building projects from boats to motorcycles, and internships in business, government and nonprofit organizations from architectural firms and catering kitchens to hospitals. The Senior Projects Committee approves the projects after a rigorous application process.
Some examples from this year include restoring a dory, performing an original stand-up comedy routine, writing and performing an original play, creating an album of original music, and creating native costumes from the Caribbean, as well as various internships and research projects.
On Friday, the entire Tabor community attends Senior Project presentations, a capstone event that allows the seniors to show all they have learned during the project period.

Gardens By The Sea
St. Gabriel's 14th annual Gardens By The Sea tour and luncheon is scheduled for Friday, June 17 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (rain or shine). Tour steps off at the Capt. Hadley House, corner of Route 6 and Front Street in Marion. Garden Tour only tickets are available at The Bookstall, Marion General Store, St. Gabriel's office at 124 Front Street and day of Tour for $20. Combination Tour and Luncheon tickets may be purchased by mail before June 14. Please make $45 check out to St. Gabriel's (include your phone number) and mail to Frederica See, 11 Bayberry Lane, Marion 02738. Tickets will be mailed to you. Luncheon will be served at the Kittansett Club. Call 508-748-1507 for more information.

ORR Tennis Clinics
For the 14th summer, the Old Rochester School District will again offer student tennis lessons at the Old Rochester Tennis Complex. The clinics will run Monday through Friday. There will be two classes: ages 7-11 and 12 to 18. Groupings within each class will be based on age and abilities. Each class will last for two hours and 15 minutes. Maximum number of students is 36 per class to ensure a 6:1 teaching ratio. The first clinic will run June 27 to July 1 and the second from August 1 to August 6.
For more information about the $96 clinic, contact Coach Bob Hohne at 508-742-5231 or

MWC 75th Diamond Jubilee Year
In celebration of their 75th Anniversary, the Mattapoisett Woman's Club announces their 2016 biennial garden tour on Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine.
Join us in viewing six fabulous gardens, along with five points of interest, on display in Bay Club, woodland and village locations. The gardens selected feature a variety of gardening styles - from formal to informal, woodsy to cottage, as well as annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and beautiful container plantings.
Club members have also created several fairy gardens in containers that will be raffled at Ying Dynasty Restaurant the day of the tour.
A delicious buffet luncheon will be served from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Inn on Shipyard Park, overlooking the gazebo and Mattapoisett harbor.
Advance tickets are available at Periwinkles and Gotta Have It in Fairhaven; The Bookstall in Marion; Isabelles, Pen & Pendulum, Town Wharf General Store, and Ying Dynasty Restaurant in Mattapoisett. Advance tickets are $15 for the tour only and $40 for the tour and luncheon. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $18. Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold the day of the tour.
All proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship Fund.

Marion Fireworks Cancelled
Despite our best efforts, we were unable to raise the funds needed for the 2016 Independence Day Fireworks at Silvershell Beach. Thank you to all of our generous supporters. All monies raised will be kept in the Fireworks Account for 2017. Even though this summer's show is cancelled, donations are still being accepted and all funds will go toward the goal for 2017.
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

Marion Art Center Gallery Opening
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of abstract paintings by Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz. A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, June 3 at the Marion Art Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery. In addition, members of the Marion Garden Group will present floral interpretations of the artists' paintings. The arrangements will be on display as long as the blooms last. The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. The gallery opening is free and open to the public.

MYC Begins Its Racing Season
The Mattapoisett Yacht Club begins its racing season with the first race of the June series for the Ensign class on Tuesday, June 7. The Ensign is a 23-foot one-design keel boat with a strong national class association. The MYC Ensign fleet #76 is the fastest growing fleet in the country. This year, MYC will have the honor of hosting the Ensign National Championship Regatta in August. The Ensign class will also be racing as a class in this year's Buzzards Bay Regatta.
On Wednesday, June 8, the PHRF Cruising boats will have a practice race. The first race of the July series will be the following Wednesday, June 15. All boats are invited to attend the practice race. The July series is by registration only. Boats of all sizes compete in three classes. Visit the MYC website for more information on participating or email
The club will hold a "Kick-Off" cookout at the Club at the Mattapoisett Boat Yard on Friday, June 10 at 6:00 pm. Hot dogs and hamburgers for all; BYO beverages. Local sailors are encouraged to come to the cookout to find out more about the Yacht Club and its activities. Let us know if you wish to attend 508-758-9168.
The following day - Saturday, June 11 - the MYC will host the Annual Spring "Round-the-Bay" Race. Any boat with a current PHRF rating is invited to participate. Boats from around Buzzards Bay compete in both Racing (spinnaker) and Cruising (no spinnaker) classes. Visit the MYC website for more information and registration.
The MYC was established in 1901 to promote local and regional sailboat racing and cruising. Its membership is open to all. It hosts several cocktail parties throughout the summer and other social events. Visit the MYC website for more information.

Tabor Celebrates its 138th Commencement Service
Tabor Academy will celebrate its 138th Commencement Service at 2:00 pm on May 30, Memorial Day, graduating 139 students from as close as Marion, the Cape and Southeastern, MA, to as far away as China, Thailand, and Nigeria. The class of 2016 had admirable success in the college process. According to Kerry Saltonstall, Director of Communications, ninety percent of the class applied to a most or highly competitive college according to Barron's Guide, while seventy-six percent of the class found success in that very competitive pool of schools. Eighty-seven percent were admitted to one of their top three choices.
Tabor begins Commencement Weekend with a Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 29, the night before diplomas are received. As is the school's custom, a parent of a senior is typically invited to address the class. This year, Mrs. Angela Dawicki (mother of Hannah Dawicki of Fairhaven) will be the speaker. Angela holds a B.S. and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. In 1995, Angela and her husband Eric purchased the Northeast Maritime Institute, which offers maritime education for professional mariners. In 2014, under their leadership, the Institute received degree-granting authority from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and began offering an Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science degree program in 2015. While Angela has held many roles at the Institute, she is currently the Chief Academic Officer.
The celebration continues the next day with a formal procession of the seniors, surrounded by underclassmen, parents, families, friends, and faculty. After a greeting from the Head of School, John Quirk, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Carmine Martignetti '71 (Marion), the Class of 2016 will hear from the student Co-Heads of School, classmates Mary Kate McIntire (Mattapoisett) and Oliver Sughrue (Marion). Following a musical interlude, Richard Roller, Senior Master and Director of College Counseling, will give the Commencement Address. Mr. Roller and his wife, Joan, are retiring from Tabor after 46 years of service. Rich Roller has served the school in many and varied administrative roles, most recently as Dean of Faculty, Director of College Counseling, Assistant Head and Senior Master. And, over the decades, he and Joan have worn many hats: as teachers, coaches, and house parents, working with four of Tabor's nine Heads of School.
After the Commencement Address, the business of recognizing the class begins in earnest. The first order of business is honoring and inducting new members of the Cum Laude Society, the school's top academic students. Following the induction ceremony, the faculty will award other achievement and service awards to the class, recognize retiring faculty, and finally, present the diplomas.
The service will take place under cover of a grand tent at 2:00 pm on the waterfront and will run approximately two hours with a reception for families following; no road closures are planned.
Tri-Town graduates include:
Marion: Sarah Kathleen Adams; Phoebe Washburn Bride; Brett Matthew Dineen; Tucker Adam Francis; Bradford William Gebhardt; Abigail Kennedy Heron; Zachary Hale Lowe; Christopher Gallagher Muther; Michael Joseph Ryan; Robert Alan Stickles, II; Oliver Lawrence Sughrue; Elizabeth Burr Tarrant; and Brooke Carolyn Wakeman
Mattapoisett: Jeremiah Brown Adams; Liam Patrick Barley; Cameron Anderson Coelho; Noah Curtis Greany; Colin Allen Kay; and Mary Katharine Evans McIntire
Rochester: Kyle Emmanuel Rood

Remembering the Ladies
The Sippican Historical Society will present a lecture, "Remembering the Ladies: Boston Women in Public Art," by Mary Howland Smoyer on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall. Mary Howland Smoyer, a lifelong Marion summer resident and a retired Boston Public School teacher, has been active in the Boston Women's Heritage Trail ( for over 25 years. The Trail was founded to recover, document and disseminate Boston women's history. Mary will present the six women honored with statues in Boston and highlight some of the public art made by women. Women included in her talk are Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer.
The lecture will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides followed by a question and answer session. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Open Auditions for Oliver
The Marion Art Center announces auditions for its upcoming production of Lionel Bart's musical Oliver.
Auditions for all roles will be held June 7 and June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm by appointment only on those dates. Please call The Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266 to schedule an audition time on either June 7 or June 9. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on June 14, beginning at 5:00 pm.
All auditions will be held at The Marion Art Center, located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. Those auditioning are asked to sing 16 bars of "Consider Yourself." There will also be a short dance combination taught to determine movement and dance abilities.
Those auditioning for Oliver and the Artful Dodger must be able to dance and move very well. For those auditioning for all other orphans and main adult characters, no dance training is necessary; however, those individuals should be able to move and pick up choreography quickly.
The show is being directed by Jamie Wiksten and musically directed by Cassandra Morgan. Rehearsals begin the end of August and the performances will be held November 3-6 at the Art Center. Additional audition information, including an audition form, is available on the Marion Art Center home website page at

Yes, There Was Life Before Video Games
Growing up in Rochester in the 1950s was quite different than it is today. Back in the day, there were no iPhones, iPads or iTunes.
The Rochester Historical Society is sponsoring a writing contest for Rochester's youth between the ages of 12-14 years old. The essay, minimum of one page, should compare the differences of playtime activities of 12-14 year old children in the 1950s in Rochester with what 12-14 years old kids do today for fun.
Ask your parents, your grandparents, your neighbors, or visit the Historical Society's museum to help you unlock the ideas for your essay. What would you do without your iPad? What would you be doing if you couldn't text or Tweet your friends or watch videos? You might be surprised at all the things Rochester kids of the 1950s did for fun.
The top three essays will be announced at the Historical Society Booth at the Rochester Country Fair in August. First prize will be $100; 2nd prize will be $75; 3rd prize will be $50. Submissions must be postmarked no later than August 1. Please mail your entry to Rochester Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770. Please include your name, address and age on your essay. Any questions, call Edyie at 508-961-7401.
So Rochester kids between the ages of 12- 14, put down your iPads and pick up your pencils. We look forward to reading your essays.

Family Fun Field Day
Join the Mattapoisett Lions Club for a Free Family Fun Field Day to promote diabetes awareness on June 11 from 9:00 - 11:00 am at Veteran's Park (Ned's Point Lighthouse). Games will include wheelbarrow races, egg toss, three-legged race, sack race and more! Nutritious snacks and water will be provided. No pre-registration necessary. No charge! Bring your family and enjoy a beautiful morning while learning about diabetes awareness. Sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club.

White Sharks in the North Atlantic
Marion Natural History Museum presents "White Sharks in the North Atlantic" with Dr. Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Scientist, MA Marine Fisheries. Despite its well-established presence in the North Atlantic, the white shark is not considered an abundant species and efforts to study its life history and ecology have been hampered by the inability of researchers to predictably encounter these sharks. However, with the protection of marine mammals over the last 40 years, the western North Atlantic gray seal population has rebounded and there is strong evidence that white sharks have expanded their foraging strategies to include active predation on these animals off Cape Cod, MA. For the first time, researchers have predictable access to white sharks in the North Atlantic. This presentation will highlight the results of this research. The program will be on June 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Marion Natural History Museum phone 508-748-2098,

Marion Recreation Summer Programs Guide
Marion Recreation began rolling out its summer program guide and it is filled with activities for participants of all ages. Silvershell Summer Camp, a new Silvershell Teen Camp, basketball, tennis, sailing, swimming and more are all included in this year's planned offerings. Registration has already begun and space is first come first served, so don't delay. A full program guide is available for pick up at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion or by visiting Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion. Also the full guide is available digitally on the recreation website at Contact Marion Recreation for more information.

Bake Sale
Homemade baked goods will be on sale at Lloyd's Market in Rochester on Saturday, May 28 starting at 10:00 am. Pies, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, Pup Cakes (for Dogs) and more - made by members of Sippican Pomona Grange that includes area granges from Rochester, Acushnet and S. Middleboro - will be available. The Grange is a family organization whose focus is in agriculture, community issues and services.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
This year's Old Rochester Farmers' Market will run from June 7 - October 18. The market is open every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, held outside the gymnasium of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. The market has live entertainment on a weekly basis and will also have additional activities, such as face painting for kids as well as free yoga from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on every third Tuesday. This year's market will have a variety of items to choose from including fresh local produce, breads, cut flowers, herbs, fruits, sweets and pastries, yogurts, cheeses, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, non-GMO local chicken, sweet and savory pies, honey, jams, fresh eggs, organic baby food, sauces, ethnic foods and artisan crafts. Don't miss out visiting our market. Accepting applications for new vendors; please email

2016 Annual Acushnet Art Show
Acushnet artists and craft-makers are once again invited to exhibit their work at this year's Annual Art Show on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 - 8:00 pm and again on Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Acushnet Senior Center, 59½ South Main Street.
Original work is encouraged. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded for multiple categories (watercolor, oil/acrylic, photography, mixed category and crafts). In addition to the viewing, which is free and open to the public, a public reception will be held on Sunday after the show. For more information, please contact Dianna Couto at 508-995-4238.

2016 Stone Horse Builder's Cup
The Builder's Cup is a series of one-design races limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove, Mattapoisett. The 2016 races will be sailed in Buzzards Bay off of the New Bedford Yacht Club on Saturday, August 13.
Overnight moorings are available through New Bedford Yacht Club
For information or to RSVP, contact Tom Kenney at 508-984-1820,

Tri-County Symphonic Band
The Tri-County Symphonic Band will present its14th Annual Benefit Pops Concert entitled "A Celebration of the Sea" on Sunday, June 12. The Social Hour & Raffle will begin at 2:00 pm and the Concert, Cupcakes and Coffee will begin at 3:00 pm in the Grand Tent at the Fireman Performing Arts Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street, Marion. All proceeds will benefit the John R. Pandolfi Scholarship Fund. Come join us in an elegant, spacious tent on the scenic shore of Sippican Harbor, as light fare and cupcakes from On The Go Catering adorn the tables and the raffle ensues. The Tri-County Symphonic Band's program will highlight music that was written about the sea and the brave folks who have spent their lives at sea. Please help us celebrate our 14th annual Pops Concert with this afternoon event. Concert tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert. Raffle tickets are $20 each ($1,000 Grand Prize) and can be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion and The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. You do not need to be present to win the raffle. All proceeds from the concert and raffle will benefit the Tri-County Music Association's John R. Pandolfi Scholarship Fund.
For more details, visit

Nasketucket Bird Club
Photographer Dan Logan features Birds of the South Coast at the May 26 meeting of the Nasketucket Bird Club. Fairhaven resident and professional photographer Dan Logan will show some his images from this past year. Most will be of birds that live in or pass through southeastern Massachusetts as well as some birds he saw during his trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The event will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 26 at the Mattapoisett Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at

Indoor Flea Market
The First Congregational Church of Marion will hold an indoor Flea Market on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at their Community Center, 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot). Vendors, individuals and groups are all welcome to sell their wares for $20 a table. First come, first serve, so reserve your space soon by calling Yvonne Jackson at 508-748-0378. Coffee, tea and delicious homemade baked goods will also be available for sale the day of the Flea Market.

Rochester Women's Club Yard Sale
The Rochester Women's Club is pleased to announce the return of our Annual Yard Sale. This is our third year and this event is shaping up to be our biggest fundraising event of the year. The Yard Sale will be held at our clubhouse at 37 Marion Road, Rochester on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. A new feature at the Yard Sale this year will be an appearance by the 'Mermaid Bus' from the Mermaids on Cape Cod. We are accepting donations now. Give Yvonne a call at 508-763-4979 if you have any items you would like to donate to our sale. Also call if you would like to rent a space for $25 at our sale to sell your own items.

Calling All Animal-loving Artists
Your creativity can help animals in need! Art On Center is teaming up with the Humane Society & Shelter, South Coast to present an art exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society. There are two ways to participate, and artists may choose either or both. Artists are invited to pick up a complimentary 8x8-inch canvas at Art On Center to create a work of art which will be displayed as a "mosaic wall of art," says Art On Center's director Stacey Frates. There is no entry fee for this option, and the proceeds from all sales of these little 8x8-inch jewels will be donated to the Humane Society.
Another way for artists to participate is to enter an artwork (of any size and medium) for an entry fee of $15 and subject to Art On Center's 30% commission on sales; the artists may then elect to donate a portion of their sales to the Humane Society. The deadline for entries, which must be delivered to Art On Center, 15 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA, is 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1.
The opening reception is on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the public is invited. There is ample free parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. The exhibition will run through the month of June, during which time pet food and supplies will also be collected for the Humane Society.
Both Art On Center and the Humane Society & Shelter, South Coast are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. For more information, please call 774-206-1709 or email

MATTREC Summer Clinics & Programs
Competitive Basketball Training Clinic will be held July 11-15 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at ORR High School Gymnasium. This clinic is geared towards competitive travel/AAU level basketball players in Grades 4-8. The clinic will be run by Brian Rudolph, a former Division 1 basketball player at Loyola University & former Cabo Verde International Team point guard and current New Bedford High School JV coach. The clinic will focus on ball handling, footwork, shooting, finishing moves, defensive techniques, conditioning and basketball IQ. Cost is $150. Sign up deadline is July 5. Space is limited to 26 players.
Shooting Stars Girls Instructional Basketball Clinic will be held July 18-22 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Old Hammondtown School gym. This clinic is geared towards instructional level players in Grades 3-5. The clinic will focus on ball handling, passing, shooting, man-to-man defensive techniques, footwork and gameplay. Director Julie Letourneau is a former Division 2 basketball player who played professionally in Luxembourg and currently coaches with the MATTREC basketball program. Cost is $150. Sign up deadline is July 12.
Summer Conditioning Clinic will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12 - August 4, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Old Hammondtown School. This clinic is geared towards children in Grades 4-6 who are interested in increasing their condition levels in a fun and safe environment. The clinics will focus on youth conditioning through speed, agility, strength and power drills along with fun game play. Chad Cabeceiras (Mr. C) will direct the clinics. Chad is a Physical Education teacher in Mattapoisett and a graduate of Bridgewater State University with degrees in Exercise Science & Kinesiology. He is also a certified boxing fitness instructor and IYCA Youth Nutrition Specialist. Cost is $130. Sign up deadline is July 5. Space is limited to 15 participants.
Nature Explorers Program will be held July 25-29 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (with possible additional week August 1-5). Join MATTREC and the Marion Natural History Museum to explore some of Mattapoisett's unique natural areas including Ned's Point Lighthouse, Aucoot Cove, the Mattapoisett River, along with various salt marshes, bogs, forests and Land Trust properties. Participants will visit with local aquaculture operators, the Harbormaster, Shellfish Officer, and other local authorities. Your child will enjoy exploring nature with Elizabeth Leidhold, Director/Lead Educator at the Marion Natural History Museum and Mattapoisett's Conservation Agent. Cost is $125. Sign up deadline is July 6.

Symphony Seaside Swing Goes to Paris
On Saturday, June 4, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will host its annual Seaside Swing fundraiser to benefit the NBSO's educational programs and concert series. This year's gala event is highlighted by a Parisian theme and will take place from 5:30 to 10:00 pm at the Kittansett Club in Marion.
The evening begins with cocktails - including the signature "Seaside Swizzle" cocktail - raw bar and hors d'oeuvres. Then dinner featuring an artful blend of French-inspired flavors will be served, followed by a colorful Can-Can show reminiscent of Parisian nightlife. At 8:00 pm, the NBSO "Orchestre de-Swing" will open up the dance floor. A magnificent silent auction will be on display the entire evening. To preview and bid on items, visit and click on Events.
Seating is limited; tickets are available through May 20 on the NBSO website,, or by calling 508-999-6276. A number of support levels are available, as well as individual tickets.
The New Bedford Symphony celebrates its 100th anniversary this 2015-16 season! In 1915, New Bedford schoolteacher Clarence Arey founded a symphony orchestra to bring classical music to our region. Today, the NBSO is a superb professional orchestra that performs with internationally renowned guest artists, annually presenting a classical and pops concert series and a chamber music series, as well as providing nationally recognized educational programs for the children of South Coast. You deserve a symphony in your life - the New Bedford Symphony! Visit us at

Summer Training in Reading Disorders
From August 15-20, The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy, 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, will offer training in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach, a program that teaches children and/or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of each child.
This 60-hour course prepares its participants for the Associate Level at the Orton-Gillingham Academy ( Dawn Nieman, a Fellow at the Academy, who has been approved and licensed by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to teach the Associates Level, will teach the course. She will provide this rigorous course during eight sessions this fall: August 15-20; and on October 15 and 16.
During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology; handwriting instruction; basic phonics; morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek; strategies for multi-sensory instruction; formal and informal testing and how to use that information for tutorials; Orton-Gillingham lesson planning; and writing and grammar skills.
Once participants have successfully completed this course, they may then begin working on a practicum by making arrangements with the instructor. This practicum will take place throughout the school year and prepare trainees to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham at the Associate level.
For further information and sign-up, please call Friends Academy at 508-999-1356 ext. 1143 or visit the Friends Academy website at

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 or mail it to Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Attn: Susan Pizzolato, P.O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Or, you can contact Melody Pacheco in the Selectmen's Office, Memorial Town Hall. You can also tweet messages and images to #mattapoisettstorms.

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 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 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.

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 or call us at 508-758-4548. To sign up online or download a registration form, go to

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 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!

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

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.

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).

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 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

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

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
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

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