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To the Editor:
The Mattapoisett Free Public Library would like to thank Michelle and Jon Pope of Uncle Jon's Coffee for their continued support. The Uncle Jon's family has been very generous with donations that help us provide our patrons with great educational and entertaining programming. Most recently, Uncle Jon's helped make our summer reading program a huge success with the young adults of our community. The library is always grateful for the support of local institutions like Uncle Jon's to aid us in our effort to make the library a vibrant community center all year long.
Thank you again from all of us at The Mattapoisett Free Public Library.
Two Arrested for B&E in Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett Police Department Press Release
On Friday August 15 at 2:17 pm Mattapoisett Police were dispatched to 5 Driscoll Lane for a house break in progress. An alert and observant neighbor reported a male subject had just entered his neighbor's home through a window.
Mattapoisett Officer Justin King and Fairhaven Officer Alexander Kisla found a male subject hiding in a closet in the home. The male suspect was identified as Joseph T. Bruttaniti III, from Taunton, MA. Bruttaniti had items belonging to the homeowner in his pockets. He was placed under arrest for breaking and entering of a building in the daytime to commit a felony and possession of a class C controlled substance. A female accomplice was located in a suspicious vehicle parked near the break. She was identified as Kayla Nightengale from Holbrook, MA. Nightengale was charged with breaking and entering of a building in the daytime to commit a felony and possession of both class A and E substances. Both parties were charged with Conspiracy to commit the crime of breaking and entering.
The Mattapoisett Police asks that its residence continue to be observant and call in any suspicious activity as soon as you see it. If it weren't for the quick actions of our reporting party, this would have been a much more difficult case to solve.
A Latin-American Festival
The Marion Concert Band will present a concert of Latin-American music on Friday, August 22. To add to the festive atmosphere of the evening, the audience is invited to wear tropical or Latin-American attire. The program, which includes a trombone soloist, is as follows:
"La Bonita" (Spanish March)
"Mexican Overture" by M. J. Isaac
"Montego Bay" (samba) by S. Nestico
"Caribbean Rondo" by P. La Plante
"Brasilia" by R. Dewhurst
Kevin Kane, trombone
"Brazilian Festival" by A. C. Jobim
"Danzon" by L. Bernstein
"Spanish Flea" by J. Wechter
"Malaguena" by E. Lecuona
"Mas Que Nada" by J. Ben
"Serenata" by L. Anderson
"Cantico" by A. Grayson
"Copacabana" by J. Feldman
"Commandante (Marche Espagnole)" by G. Guentzel
Kevin Kane, trombone soloist, is currently on the faculties of Rhode Island College, Providence College and Roger Williams University. In addition to being a free-lance trombone and euphonium player, he has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Concordia Brass Quintet, the Narragansett Brass Quintet and the American Band of Providence, RI. Mr. Kane has been principal trombone of the Marion Concert Band since 2006.
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. All concerts are free and open to the public.
St. Rose of Lima Church
St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughan Hill Rd. in Rochester, is holding Religious Education registration after the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass and Sunday 9:00 am Mass during the weekend of August 23 - 24.
"Generations of Faith" is a monthly family program for grades 1-6. Choose Mondays from 5:30 to 8:00 pm or Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The first festival is September 22 - 23. Grades 7 and 8 meet weekly beginning on October 15. The Confirmation two-year program will begin September 3. Please call 508-763-2244 for more information.
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.
EEE Detected in Marion & Rochester
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced on August 15 that EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion and Rochester, Massachusetts. More specifically, a bird-biting culiseta melanoma mosquito was found in samples taken from the northwest quadrant in Marion and the north quadrant in Rochester.
EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under15 years of age or over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.
By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Screens. Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
While Marion Rochester Regional Health District continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally Plymouth County Mosquito Control has been spraying in those areas where the mosquitoes were found, and they conducted a town-wide spraying on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.
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.
End of Season Movies In The Park
The Mattapoisett Lions Club is again sponsoring Movies in the Park at beautiful Shipyard Park on Mattapoisett Harbor. The movies are free to the public and begin at sunset. Snacks will be available for purchase with proceeds going to various Lions Charities.
On Friday, August 29, The Lego Movie will be shown thanks to a donation from The Seaport Ice Cream Slip. Then on Friday, September 26, the final movie of the summer, Beetlejuice, will be presented with the help of a donation from Hollywood Scoop. Thanks to both of these fine local businesses for their generous community support.
All are welcome, so bring the family, the relatives, your friends and neighbors and enjoy an evening of fun and frolic as we bring the summer of 2014 to a close.
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.
Marion Town Party
The Marion Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Marion Firefighters Association, once again is proud to announce the date for the Marion Town Party. The event will be held on Saturday, August 23 (rain date: Sunday, August 24). The party will take place at its traditional location on Spring Street in front of the Marion Town House.
A cherished Marion community tradition, this year's event will feature a climbing rock wall, bubble bounce, music and photo booth by Ensemble Events, face painting by Handi Mandi, bonfire and more. Seasonal menu items and beverages are planned. Admission will be free.
Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
Organizers are seeking donations from the community to help underwrite the event. Food, raffle prizes, services, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible.
Please plan to attend with your friends and family to help make this community event a success.
For further information or to make a donation, please contact: Steve Gonsalves at 508-264-5852; Chris Berg at 508-776-1615; Jody Dickerson at 774-217-8355; or you may send a check to Friends of Marion Recreation - Town Party, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. Tax Exempt ID: 27-0944172.
Team Sole Survivors Holds Fundraiser
The 2014 Relay for Life might be over, but "Team Sole Survivors" never stops raising money and donations throughout the year to find a cure and put an end to cancer.
On Saturday, August 23, members of Team Sole Survivor will be stationed at Al's Yankee Clipper at 482 Marion Road (Route 6) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, collecting used clothing and household items to raise funds for the Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Fill as many trash or kitchen bags as you can with gently used clothing, shoes and accessories, toys, bedding, linens, and bath items, and just drop it off and let Team Sole Survivors turn those old household items you no longer use into a future, hopefully, free of cancer.
Team Sole Survivors will then turn the collected items over to Savers, which will in turn pay Team Sole Survivors 20 cents per pound of items the members deliver.
Fighting cancer is as easy as cleaning out your closet, and all the funds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
For early drop-offs, you can leave bags of unwanted items at Al's Yankee Clipper or at M.A.D. Signs at 2510 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.
Please contact Marybeth Tripp for more information, or to schedule an early pick-up, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 508-991-9870.
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, 2014 for Festival attendees to vote on to pick the best scarecrow in each category. Entries are due by September 17, 2014 (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!!!
Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
Nebraska (PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.) is playing at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, Barstow St., on Tuesday, August 26 at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (formally known as the Friends of the Elderly), the movie is free.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, August 25. Also, reserve your seat - so we'll know how many chairs are needed.
Nebraska is a black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. Will Forte plays the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.
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 pm - 4:15 pm and Hip Hop is 4:15 pm - 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 email@example.com.
Allison LaCrosse of Mattapoisett has been named to the Dean's list at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI for the 2014 spring semester. She will graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Allison is the daughter of Karen Barrows of Mattapoisett and Matthew LaCrosse of Yarmouth and the granddaughter of Betty Barrows and the late Brad Barrows of Mattapoisett and Pam and Bob LaCrosse of Marion.
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.
Old Rochester Little League 2015 Registration
Come be a part of Little League Baseball! Registration is now open for the 2015 season. Parents are encouraged to register their children early. To register, visit the league website at orll.net and click on the pink box under the masthead. The league will hold winter hitting sessions at The Cage in Marion for all 9-12 year olds, which will start prior to December, and only players registered for the 2015 season will be able to participate in the Winter Hitting Sessions.
Old Rochester Little League will be holding Major League and Minor League tryouts/evaluations for the 2015 Season.
This evaluation is for players looking to move up to Minors from AAA or up to Majors from Minors. Players who played on an ORLL Majors team in 2014 do not need to attend the evaluation. Players who wish to stay in the Minors after playing in the ORLL minors in 2014 don't need to attend the Minors evaluation.
If your son or daughter was a call-up at some point during the season, he/she will need to attend these tryouts/evaluations. Any player who will be 12 year old for the 2015 season, but did not play in the Majors in 2014, will play in Majors (Mandatory 12s); however, he/she must be evaluated on August 23 to ensure proper team placement (Mandatory 12 yr. old players are those players who turn 12 by April 30, 2015 and who did not play in the Majors in 2014).
Eligible players for the Majors include children who are 9-12 years old as of April 30, 2015. If your son or daughter is interested in playing in ORLL at the Major League level, they must attend the following tryout/evaluation. If your son or daughter can't attend the August 23, he/she should go to the Minors evaluation on August 30 and contact ORLL President Derek Mello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Majors Eval: Saturday, August 23 at Dexter Lane in Rochester, MA on Field 3 at 6:00 pm.
Eligible players for the Minors include children who are 8-11 years old as of April 30, 2015. If your son or daughter is interested in playing in ORLL at the Minor League level, he/she must attend the following tryout/evaluation (if your son or daughter can't attend on Aug. 30, they should contact ORLL President Derek Mello at email@example.com).
Minors Eval: Saturday, August 30 at Dexter Lane in Rochester, MA on Field 3 at 6:00 pm.
All players should come ready to play with cleats, a baseball hat, and a baseball glove. They should also bring their batting helmet and bat if they have their own. Helmets and bats will be provided for those that need them.
Failure to attend one of these tryouts could impact where your son or daughter plays in the 2015 baseball season. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the ORLL League President at firstname.lastname@example.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.
SLT Summer Yoga Sessions
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) has one remaining session of their Brainard Marsh YOGA series during the month of August.
The final children's yoga session with instructor Lynda Jacobvitz will be held on Saturday August 23 at 10:00 am at our Brainard Marsh property located off of Delano Road in Marion. This event is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!
Grab your yoga mat and some water, bring bug spray and sunscreen, and get ready to get healthy surrounded by a spectacular view! Parking is available at the site. Please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or online at email@example.com.
An American on Paris
The public is invited to the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 26, as Dr. Kirtland Mead presents his lecture, An American ON Paris - An Individual Perspective on Collective French Behavior. Just as individuals exhibit characteristic styles, so a country's people may display common patterns of behavior throughout history. In his talk, Kirt Mead will present a humorous and affectionate view of French style and behavior as it can be read out of their very colorful history. Based on his many decades of living and working in France and with the French, Mead will share his personal perspective on collective French form.
Dr. Mead is a Marion resident and an international management consultant, researcher, and executive educator. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. Dr. Mead's presentation will be offered free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. No reservations are necessary. For more information, please call the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Gateway Youth Hockey
It's time for some Hockey! For anyone interesting in playing competitive hockey this year, here's your chance. Gateway Youth Hockey will be conducting an Evaluation/Re-evaluation of all players for the coming season. All new players are invited to attend and hopefully take part in another great year of Gateway Hockey. All evaluations will take place at the Tabor Academy Ice Rink: Mites and Squirts on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm; Pee Wee and Bantams on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm; Middle School on Thursday, August 21 and 28 at 6:00 pm; and Midgets on Thursday, August 21 and 28 at 7:00 pm. For more information on the evaluations or to join Gateway Youth Hockey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
ORR Regional Bus Schedules
Student transportation for the upcoming school year will be available on the ORR District website August 18. Please go to www.oldrochester.org.
If you are unable to find your child's route listed, please contact the school directly or the Superintendent's Office at the numbers listed here:
ORR Senior High School: 508-758-3745
ORR Jr. High School: 508-758-4928
Center School: 508-758-2521
Old Hammondtown School: 508-758-6241
Sippican School: 508-748-0100
Rochester Memorial School: 508-763-2049
Superintendent's Office: 508-758-2772 ext. 1945
If you do not have internet access, please contact the school's office and provide your street address so a hard copy of your child's route can be mailed to you.
Please check times, stops, and route numbers as not all will be the same as prior years.
Old Colony First Day of Classes
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester announces that classes will begin for all students on Tuesday, August 26. This will be a full day of school.
Inquiries concerning the opening of school should be directed to the Guidance Office at 508-763-8011 ext. 126.
Rooting in Mattapoisett
On August 12 - 30 at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, there will be a display of pictures and paintings of special trees from Mattapoisett along with stories of trees that are special to people. Share your stories with us for a future book. Stories can be submitted to the Town Hall, attention Tree Committee, 16 Main Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
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.
ORR Class of 1965
A committee of the Old Rochester Regional High Class of 1965 has started planning their fifty-year reunion in the summer of 2015. If you graduated from ORRHS in 1965, please email your current address to email@example.com as well as any current addresses of classmates and teachers with which you have kept in touch. It's been many years since the last reunion, and we need to update the contact list.
Visit our Facebook page, "Orrhs1965 Reunion". Like and Share to get the word out.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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