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To the Editor:
I want to take this opportunity as we start the New Year to thank all the generous folks of Mattapoisett who have donated incredible amounts of clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, gloves, mittens, and numerous other outerwear items for the Mobile Ministries/Loaves and Fishes Program run out of St. Paul's Church in New Bedford. I cannot tell you how much your generosity has helped to meet the needs of the homeless and less fortunate amongst the Community.
What I found most heartwarming was that donations were sent in by folks from all walks of life, ages and faiths in the Community of Mattapoisett. Such caring told me the people of Mattapoisett respond to the needs of their fellow man and woman.
A bit about the Mobile Ministries/Loaves and Fishes Program: It goes out six days a week to neighborhoods in the City, and it dispenses food, clothing, toiletries, and other life essentials to anyone who needs them. Each day of the week has a Team that handles that particular day/run and what is really special is that numerous Mattapoisett folks are out various days each week in service to this Program.
Thank you for your great generosity and may you have a safe and healthy New Year.
Michael J. Gagne, Mattapoisett

Academic Achievements
Madeline Meyer of Marion has been named to the 2016 fall semester Dean's List at Ohio Wesleyan University.
To earn Dean's List recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.
Madelyn Pellegrino of Mattapoisett was named to the Emmanuel College Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean's List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.
The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that 5,401 students have qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean's List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, other states and more than 16 countries.
To qualify for the Dean's List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.
The following students from the Tri-Town are named to the University of Rhode Island's Fall 2016 Dean's List with their area of study:
- Jessica Spindell of Mattapoisett, majoring in Kinesiology
- Christina Ann Sebastiao of Mattapoisett, majoring in Univ College - BA
- Jarett Johnston of Rochester, majoring in Business - BS
Curry College is proud to announce the following students achieved standing on the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester: Conor Brown of Marion; Matthew Burnett of Marion; Meghan Desrochers of Rochester; Lauren Reposa of Rochester; and Naomi Souza of Rochester.
To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a "C" for the semester. Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester.

Rochester Republican Town Committee
On January 7, the Rochester Republican Town Committee had elections and the new officers are as follows: Chairperson, Steve Shepley; Secretary, Arthur Smith; Treasurer, Judy Shepley. The next Rochester Republican Town Committee meeting will be held February 4 at 9:30 am at the Rochester Town Hall. New members are welcome.

Mindfulness Walk
Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature with the Buzzards Bay Coalition during this mindfulness walk at The Bogs (138 Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett) on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. Through guided mindfulness meditation, participants will experience the outdoors with their senses wide open.
All fitness levels are welcome on this free, one-hour walk. The walk will be conducted at a deliberately slow and mindful pace in social silence without digital devices. Please wear appropriate footwear and layers to ensure you are comfortable during the walk.
Pre-registration is required. To RSVP, visit or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219 or
This walk is part of a monthly Mindfulness Walk series. The next Mindfulness Walk will take place on Saturday, February 25 at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Wareham.
This event is part of Discover Buzzards Bay, an initiative to help people across the Buzzards Bay region find unique and exciting ways to explore the outdoors, get some exercise and connect with nature. Local residents can use Discover Buzzards Bay to get outside and discover woods, wetlands and waterways from Fall River to Falmouth. To learn more, visit Discover Buzzards Bay is sponsored by Southcoast Health.

ORRJHS Students of the Month
Kevin T. Brogioli, Principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for December 2016:
Green Team: Abigail Forcier & Andrew Eilertsen
Orange Team: Paige Sommers & Colin Kulak
Blue Team: Breigh Christopher & Noah Hanson
Red Team: Hannah Rottler & Zachary Proffit
Purple Team: Natalya Rivera& Noah Ripley
Special Areas: Kiya Doberck & Liam Downey

The Woods in Winter
Join the Rochester Land Trust for a walk on Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 pm at our Lionberger Woods land trust property located at approximately 75 Haskell Ridge Road. Led by Rochester native Mindy LaBranche, Adjunct Professor, Bridgewater State University and Massasoit College, the walk will take approximately one hour. This time of the year, the resident animals and plants are preparing for spring. The squirrels are frisky, the woodpeckers drumming, and the small birds starting to sing. We'll listen for and hopefully see the birds while we look for plants and other animals that are getting ready for spring. Please dress appropriately for the weather. To find out if there is a weather cancellation, go to our Facebook page, Rochester Land Trust, on the day of the walk. If you would like more information about the walk, contact the land trust at 706-675-5263. Hope to see you there.

Lego Challenge Event
The Elizabeth Taber Library presents our first Lego Challenge Event on Tuesday, January 24 at 3:00 pm for children ages 10 and up. The first 10 minutes of this program will be unstructured building play, followed by three timed challenges such as building a piece of furniture, building a mode of transportation and building the tallest tower. Registration is required. To register, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or email Mrs. Grey at We also welcome any donations of clean, gently used Lego pieces and Lego boards.

MNHM After-School Programs
The Marion Natural History Museum will be hosting the following after-school programs:
January 25: Winter food. Now that winter has removed many of our tree's leaves, what's left for animals to eat? We'll explore the diets of some of our animal neighbors and try our hand at creating a feeder for birds using items found in nature.
February 15: Looking for winter birds with the Nasketucket Bird Club. Justin Barrett will be taking us on a walking trip to the harbor to look for winter ducks and other seasonal arrivals. Please dress accordingly with warm boots, coats, and hats. Feel free to bring your binoculars.
March 8: Collections. Do you have a collection? Natural History collections started with individual home collections that were shared with others. Bring in your nature collections, such as shells, rocks, feathers, minerals etc. (no Pokemon collections, please) to share with others. We will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's collections and talk about labelling and creating a collection box to display your collection.
March 29: Very basic computer mapping. Looking for something else to do with your computer besides playing a game? Let's explore one of the free programs provided by the state to help explore and create a map of your town.
April 12: Herring of Southeast Massachusetts. River herring play an important role in the culture, ecology, and economies of coastal towns in Massachusetts. Because river herring are so important, many citizens dedicate a great deal of their time to protecting the rivers and ponds these fish spawn in. Rochester Herring Inspector David Watling will be coming in to share with us a little background on this important local fish species.
May 3: Our annual trip to Bird Island with the Marion Harbormaster. We will talk about some of the changes being made to the Island to give the birds more nesting area. Warning: This program fills fast, so please get your registrations in as soon as possible!
May 17: All about Worms! What's the difference between a nightcrawler and an earthworm? These important little animals are vital to the health of our soil, and they're fun to watch! Come join Jim and Madeleine Porter - worm enthusiasts - and explore the world of these creepy crawlies.
All programs are $6 for members or $8 for nonmembers. To register, go to the museum's website:

January programs at Plumb Library
For their January book, "Just the Facts" Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman. While driving out of the American embassy on February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope whose contents stunned U.S. intelligence: details of top secret Soviet research. Thus started the career of Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau and one of the most valuable spies to work for the U.S. in the four decades of dealings with the Soviet Union. Both Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded in eluding the KGB until the day came when a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. We will discuss this book on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 pm.
The Cafe Parlez' selection for January is Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, her sidekick, travel through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Driving in a stolen station wagon, they travel from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. This thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure is a great way to start our 2017 season: "Best Bets for Book Clubs." We will discuss this book on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
Plumb Library Knitters (and Crocheters) meets on Mondays at 6:30 pm. Bring your latest project, get advice on a problem or a new project, or just have fun hanging out with other knitters. Chocolate is always served.
Have you ever wondered what 3D Printing is all about? Drop by the library on Saturday, January 28 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm for a demonstration of a 3D printer presented by Elizabeth Sherry of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. 3D printers can be used to make everything from a toy to a prosthetic arm to a computer part. Come by and see what it's all about!
On Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Plumb Library is celebrating "Take Your Child to the Library Day" with a host of activities. Sign up at the Event Calendar for two Music and Movement sessions with SongShine Music. Meet members of the Board of Trustees, the Friends Board, the Junior Friends, or the staff. We will be demonstrating our online services such as Overdrive, Freegal, NoveList, and Enterprise, plus two online services for children: Tumblebooks and ABC Mouse. Enter for several prize drawings. If you bring a friend who gets a library card, you can put in an extra entry for a prize. Free books and refreshments will be available while supplies last.
For more information on these and any of our programs, call the library at 508-763-8600 or visit our website and Events Calendar at

Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Interested in pursuing a career in Nursing? The Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses is a Marion nonprofit organization that awards annual scholarships to local high school seniors who desire to work toward a degree in the field of nursing. Recipients must be residents of Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester, and are chosen on the basis of academic ability, community service, and financial need. The application and its accompanying materials are due by May 1, 2017, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship Application, please email your request to and an application will be sent to you.

Sippican Historical Society Speakers' Series
Historian Deborah Swiss will speak on January 19 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall about her book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women. The book focuses on three remarkable survivors who were transported to Van Diemen's Land - ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives as they triumphed over tragedy, relying on their resiliency and strength alongside friendships with one another. It also tells the tale of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who compassionately touched their lives. In the 19th century, 25,000 girls and women were transported to Australia from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The British government targeted them as "tamers and breeders" following their arrest for petty theft, for pilfering small items as the only means to survive, other than prostitution. After serving punishments that far exceeded the scope of their crimes, these pioneer heroines, through sheer force of will, became the heart and soul of a new nation.

Opiate Awareness Series
A four-part Opiate Awareness Series will be offered by St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church and Healthy Tri-Town Coalition. The epidemic of opiate abuse, addiction and overdose deaths rising across the country increasingly impacts our families and loved ones in the Tri-Town area. Find out more through this four-part community awareness series, co-sponsored by St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church and the Healthy Tri-Town Coalition.
January Presentation: Friday, January 27, 7:00 pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Marion.
Linda Botelho of "Learn to Cope" will share her own experience with a loved one who has struggled with addiction. She will share the resources available through "Learn to Cope," a local support network that offers education, meetings, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Tri-Town public nurses will also be available to provide information and answer questions regarding local resources.
February Book Discussion: Sunday, February 26, 7:00 pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Marion.
We will hold a book-study discussion of the highly-acclaimed best-seller Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. An investigative journalist, Quinones weaves together two riveting tales of how the opiate epidemic spread across the United States, in which aggressive marketing of pain killers by pharmaceutical companies combined with a changed approach from the poppy-growing region of northwest Mexico, and led to a catastrophic national crisis. This is a must-read in understanding the current opioid epidemic. Refreshments will be provided. Copies of Dreamland are available for purchase at St Gabriel's. Call 508-748-1507 for information.
March Movie and Discussion: Sunday, March 26, 6:00 pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Marion.
There will be a community showing of the powerful 2016 documentary Chasing the Dragon produced by the FBI. The film features interviews with people who either abused opiates or had family members who did so, describing how they began using them, how they became addicted, and how they went to extraordinary lengths to feed and pay for their addiction. Family members describe the impact on their lives. The 45-minute film also includes interviews with medical and law enforcement professionals, detailing the effects of addiction and the unique aspects of the opiate epidemic in the United States. Note: This film contains some profanity and disturbing material. Recommended for high school and above.
April Presentation: Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional High School, Mattapoisett.
Addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee teaches that, just like diabetes, addiction is a disease, plain and simple, and should be treated as such. "Addiction is caused by broken dopamine receptors or other parts of the brain's internal pleasure center; the days of thinking of this as a moral weakness or a failing or bad parenting or bad genetics - we've got to move past that." Dr. Potee, one of the state's foremost experts in the physiology of addiction, will speak at ORRHS to spark a community dialogue on addiction and to help residents understand who is at risk, how to prevent, and how to treat addiction. This free talk will be followed by refreshments and discussion with Dr. Potee and local public health professionals.
All events are free and open to the public. Visit or for more information. St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church is located at 124 Front Street, Marion (Tel: 508-748-1507). Parking is available.

Technology Help with Tabor Academy Students
Do you need technology assistance with an electronic device you recently bought or acquired? Then stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library on Sunday, January 29, sometime between 2:00 - 3:00 pm for one-on-one help with a Tabor Academy student. Other upcoming sessions are scheduled for February 26 and April 9 at 2:00 pm. Registration is not required.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications and Syringes
Many local police departments offer 24/7 prescription medication drop-boxes for the safe disposal of unused or expired medications. Medications that can be disposed of in the drop-boxes include prescription ointments, prescription medications, medication patches, and samples, as well as over the counter medications, vitamins and pet medications. Lotions, liquids, and non-prescription ointments are not permitted. For your privacy, please remember to remove all personal identification before placing items in the drop-box. In Mattapoisett, the medication drop-box is in the lobby of the Police Station, located at 64 County Road (Route 6).
For the safe disposal of needles and syringes, sharps containers are available free of charge from the Mattapoisett Police Station and the Public Health Nurse's office. Used sharps containers may be returned to the Public Health Nurse's office for safe and proper disposal of these items.
The safe and proper storage and disposal of all medications, needles, and syringes helps to prevent accidents or misuse. These items should always be stored in a secure location, out of sight and out of reach of children. To assist you with safe storage in the home, lock-boxes can be purchased at your local pharmacy or retail store such as CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.
For more information, please contact the Mattapoisett Police Department at 508-758-4141 (Non-Emergency), or the Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118.
Thank you for your help in protecting our community by safely storing and disposing of your medications, needles, and syringes.

Project GROW
Project GROW is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 preschool enrollment in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester schools. If you are interested, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 508-758-1863 or email

Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee Meeting
The Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee announces its next meeting on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 6 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, in the downstairs conference room. Light refreshments will be served. Republican and unenrolled voters are invited to attend to celebrate the historic Republican win and talk about the election, as President Donald Trump strives to "Make American Great Again."
There is also a regional Inauguration Blast! event on Friday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at the Mezza Luna Restaurant, 253 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. The Master of Ceremonies will be Don McKeag. Ticket price of $35 includes an Italian Buffet from antipasto to dessert. Tickets are limited and reservations are required.
For more information, contact Jane Awad, Chair, Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee, at 508-813-6304 or email

Public Skating at Tabor
Marion Recreation Department offers public skating at Tabor Academy's Travis Roy Rink, located off Spring Street, from noon until 2:00 pm on Sundays through March 5. The cost is $5 per person. Hats and gloves are required. Marion Cub Scout Pack 32 will be selling hot cocoa, coffee and have a small bake sale on January 22.

Mattapoisett Woman's Club January Meeting
Come join the Mattapoisett Woman's Club on Thursday, January 19 at Reynard Hall of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett. We gather at 11:30 am to socialize with members, followed by a luncheon at noon. Mr. Ross Moran, Trustees of the Reservation, is our guest speaker and will talk about the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford. The Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens, located in the heart of New Bedford, are six acres of landscaped gardens, historic buildings and greenhouses. Mr. Moran's slide show will give us a tour through the gardens and the property. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gardner at 774-377-5810.

Mattapoisett Lions Club Award
The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International consisting of 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members worldwide making this the world's largest service club organization, is pleased to announce two (2) $2,500 scholarships to be awarded this year to a graduating high school or homeschooled student residing in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester.
The funds for this Award are raised through fundraisers held by the Mattapoisett Lions Club throughout the year, including Harbor Days, an annual Arts and Craft Festival held in Shipyard Park every third weekend of July and attended by up to 10,000 people.
The Lions Club motto is "We Serve," and one of the largest charitable causes of Lions International includes raising funds for eye research in an effort to end preventable blindness throughout the world and providing services for those in need in our community.
To qualify, a graduating student or homeschooled student shall be enrolled in their first year of a recognized school of higher education, must be a resident of the Tri-Town area, and have demonstrated service to the community.
To obtain an application, learn more about this award, or to learn how to become a member of the Lions Club, visit our website: Award applications are available through the guidance department at your high school. Applications must be received by March 25.

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA
Everyone is invited to the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. Note: the corrected date is Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 am in the Conference Room at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. Our guest speaker is Jennifer McIntire, President of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, who will talk about the Museum & Carriage House.
This January, the Friends of the CoA (originally formed as the Friends of the Elderly) will be celebrating their 27th Anniversary. We are so grateful that our 'founding fathers' were diligent and intent on building an organization that has stood firmly with the Mattapoisett Council on Aging to support our Seniors in ways far exceeding their expectations.
We sent out our 2017 membership applications with the January 2017 issue of the FMCoA Seasonings. We trust you will complete and return yours. We also hope you will support the Friends with an hour or two of your time and expertise to help us carry out programs, ideas and functions in the coming year.
You may download a copy from > Council on Aging > 2017 Friends of the Mattapoisett COA Membership Application. The direct download path is Drop off your completed application at the Senior Center at Center School, 11 Barstow Street. Include your check made out to the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging or mail it to: Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., P.O. Box 1116, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Marion Art Center Events
Member Pre-sale Event for The Occasion Singers Love Songs Concert. Following a sold-out holiday concert in December, the Marion Art Center is pleased to once again host The Occasion Singers, who will help celebrate Valentine's Day with a concert of love songs on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm. From Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20, MAC members (for the current membership year, which runs from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017) have the opportunity to purchase concert tickets before they are made available to the public. Ticket cost is $15 for MAC members. Non-members will be able to purchase tickets beginning Saturday, January 21, at a cost of $18 per ticket. All pre-sale purchases must be made in person at the Marion Art Center during regular gallery hours. Unfortunately, MAC is unable to accommodate any requests for holds and/or reservations. Both general seating and cabaret seating (for parties of 4) will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Calling All Photographers
The Mattapoisett Historical Commission is creating a Visitors' Guide. The guide will be filled with information both historic and current, things to do, points of interest, and other details important to a day-tripper or long-term vacationer who wants to find what makes Mattapoisett "special."
But we need your help. The front and back covers of this nifty pamphlet require great pictures of Ned's Point Lighthouse and Shipyard Park/wharf/harbor. Some images for interior pages may also be needed. If you have pictures you'd like to share with a wider audience and are willing to donate the images to the Town of Mattapoisett/Historic Commission, please send your entries to Please include your full contact information and details about the photographs such as season, time of day, etc. Spring, fall or summer scenes preferred. Photographers will receive authorship credit. Monetary compensation or prizes are not being offered. All photography should be submitted no later than March 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by April 10.

Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits
The Laurel Tree players is giddy with delight and anticipation for its 27th season as they prepare to perform the fast-paced, full of life with lots of energy musical morsel, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits. Anyone who enjoys Broadway musicals will get a big kick out of this brilliantly wicked show. Under the direction of Maurice Ouellette, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits opens on Friday, March 24 at 8:00 pm with two other performances on Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 pm at Holy Family Holy Name School.
The hit show was conceived and written by Gerard Alessandrini and is a three-time winner of the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. The show, in its various editions, has been performed over 9,000 times in more than 200 U.S. cities as well as playing in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney. The New York Times calls this show "Continuously riotous!" and The New York Post calls it "Gut- bustingly funny." Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits is designed to be a satirical, cabaret-style review. Alessandrini has rewritten the show numerous times over the years parodying Broadway musicals. The show combines the funniest and most well-known moments from the show. Laugh out loud as the cast parodies selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Wicked, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Rent and many more moments from the Great White Way.
Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits is a shoo-in for both the intimate venue and the company. The Laurel Tree Players have been delighting and entertaining audiences for 27 years. Over these years, critics have heralded their productions as "exemplary illustrations of well-wrought theatre," and lauded as "stylish" and "sassy" with "the best comic acting in the area!" The show is designed and directed by Maurice Ouellette with musical direction by Teresa Ouellette and Pauline Brazil Debalsi, and features a talented cast including Ricardo Aguiar, Taylor Cormier, Katie Gregory, Robert Gracia, Audrey Maigret, Adriana Misteroni, and Sue Staniunas.
The theater of the Laurel Tree Players boasts relaxed cabaret seating around tables where audience members can order drinks and a variety of tasty snacks. Tickets for the March 24, 25, and 26 production are now on sale at Holy Family Holy Name School at 91 Summer Street in New Bedford, MA 02740. For reservations, call the school at 508-993-3547. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. Seating is limited.

NBSO Presents An American in Russia
On Saturday, January 21, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents its third music director finalist in concert when Yaniv Dinur conducts An American in Russia.
Dinur, currently Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, started his conducting career at age 19, performing with the Israel Camerata, the youngest conductor ever to conduct an orchestra in Israel. He has conducted orchestras throughout the world and has worked closely with such world-class musicians as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, Gerhard Markson, and Kurt Masur.
The NBSO concert program begins with Short Ride in a Fast Machine, a breathlessly brief, thrilling orchestral composition by American composer John Adams. Then internationally renowned pianist Yakov Kasman joins the NBSO to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4. The program closes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, the height of Russian Romantic music and a stormy journey of the tormented composer dealing with his own identity.
The concert will take place on Saturday, January 21, 7:30 pm, at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford. Please join us before the performance for Mr. Dinur's pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in the Penler Space (adjoining the Z), free and open to the public. Concert tickets are $25-$60, with $10 student tickets (not available online). Purchase tickets through the Z box office, 508-994-2900, or online at Free and convenient concert parking is available in the Z garage. There will also be an opportunity to meet Mr. Dinur at an after-concert reception in the Penler Space. Concert sponsor is Whaling City Sound; reception sponsor is Russell Morin Catering & Events.
You deserve a symphony in your life: the New Bedford Symphony! The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with prize-winning guest artists from around the world, as well as a chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO's innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 30,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit for more information.

Workshop on Early Speech and Language Development
Many parents wonder about their children's speech and language development and whether they are on target with other children their age. Sometimes questions and concerns arise about what's "normal" for their age. The Mattapoisett Library is offering parents, grandparents and child care providers an opportunity to learn more about this important topic on Wednesday, January 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm with professionals from Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy.
Lisa Yauch-Cadden (MS CCC-SLP) and Christine Botelho (BA SLP-A) will review typical developmental milestones for children ages 0-5 years and will provide tips and techniques to promote health speech and language development for children of any age. Everyone is welcome to this free program.
Early language development begins from day one of a child's infancy. The enjoyable aspects of these early moments of communication are integral to so many aspects of child development.
Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and concerns to the program. Free child care is available at the library. Please register to attend by January 24 and indicate if child care is needed.
The library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Mattapoisett Kindergarten Orientation Meeting
A Parent Orientation Meeting for the parents of all children eligible to enter Kindergarten has been scheduled on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria of Center School. All parents of children eligible to attend Kindergarten are asked to attend this special informational meeting. Any child born before September 1, 2012 is eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. At this meeting, our Kindergarten teachers will be present and we will highlight our Kindergarten program and curriculum, discuss our Kindergarten Orientation Program on the first day of school, provide you with an opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom and share other information regarding your child's transition to Center School. In addition, school Registration Packets will be available for you to take home to complete. Mattapoisett offers a free full-day Kindergarten program. Any questions you may have will be addressed at this meeting.
Kindergarten registration dates are Tuesday, January 31 from 3:00 - 5:30 pm or on Wednesday, February 1 from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the Cafeteria at Center School. In order to have the registration process proceed in a timely manner, we are asking parents to bring completed registration packets with them when they attend registration.
If you have a child who was born before August 31, 2012 and is eligible to enter Kindergarten, but will not be entering Kindergarten and/or will be attending a private Kindergarten, please call the office at Center School (508-758-2521) to notify us of your decision not to enter your child in Center School for the 2017-2018 school year. This will enable us to keep an accurate count of the number of students who will be entering Center School. If you know of a child who is eligible to enter Kindergarten and they did not receive this information about our orientation/registration in the mail, please have them contact Center School so that a registration packet can be forwarded to them.
We look forward to seeing you on January 24 and welcoming you to the Center School community!

CHESS for Beginners and Intermediate
Start the new year in the right mindset! Stay sharp, optimize memory improvement, spark your creativity, learn strategy and improve planning and foresight, and exercise both sides of your brain - all by learning and playing Chess, the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies. Your lifelong mental health can certainly benefit from it.
All adults are welcome to learn the game that has stood the test of time. Jim Kegle teaches with enthusiasm and you'll benefit whether you've ever played a little or never. It's always a good time to start new things.
CHESS for beginners and intermediates meets every Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett (enter near COA sign).
Please call 508-758-4110 for any questions.

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 or e-mail to:
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; Foot Care - once a month by appointment.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am - Dance Fit ($4); 10:00 am - Legal Consulting (2nd Tues. of month, free 15 min, by app't); 11:00 am - Walking Group; 12:00 pm - Movie & Pizza (last Tues. of month); 12:30 pm - Art History (once every other month, free); 1:00 pm - Water Color Painting (free); 4:00 pm - CHESS (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am - Dance Fit (free); 10:00 am - Men's Group (2nd Wed. of month at Public Library); 10:45 am - Meditation; 11:00 am - Book Club (3rd Wed. of month); 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm - Bingo; 1:15 pm - Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 1:00 pm - Country Line Dance.
Fridays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 9:00 am - Computer Tutor (free, by appointment); 10:00 am - Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am - Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm - Line Dancing (donation).
Upcoming Specials (registration required unless otherwise noted): Jan. 19 - East Bay Grille; Jan. 21 Friends of COA Annual Meeting at Public Library with Guest Speaker, Jennifer McIntyre of the Historical Society (drop in); Jan. 26 - Airport Grille; Jan. 31 Movie & Pizza, Sully.

Town House Building Committee
The Town House Building Committee will hold an informational hearing on Thursday night, January 26 at the Marion Music Hall. The Committee and T2 Architecture have been working hard on new options and will present updated plans and cost estimates. The updated options reflect reduction in the size and cost of the project.
Voters and interested parties, whether they favor a new Town Hall on the VFW site or want to save at least a portion of the historic Town House, should attend to hear the facts and offer their opinions.

Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics
The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics MA, organized and hosted by Tabor students, will be on Sunday, January 22 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Silvershell Beach in Marion. This is one of the major fundraisers for Special Olympics and one of nine plunges occurring around the state. Tabor students are seeking sponsorships from local businesses to stage a fun party for the plungers and are raising money so that they themselves can plunge into the icy waters! Their goal is $5,000 for Special Olympics.
The public is invited to plunge in, too. Donors can sign up to plunge, sponsor others, or just support the effort. There is a $50 minimum fundraising commitment to plunge, and they even offer a pinky plunge if you don't really want to get wet. The plunge is set for 11:15 am; costumes are encouraged!
To learn more about the event, sponsor someone or sign up to plunge, please visit
Tabor welcomes the public to join with them in a fun project for a worthy cause. Special Olympics of Massachusetts estimates that their programs serve nearly 12,000 athletes across the state, helping intellectually impaired individuals lead longer, happier, and healthier lives through sports. Tabor Academy is proud to be a partner in their efforts.
Please note: The school hosts a weekend Young Special Olympics Athletes Program on most Sundays for 3-year olds and up. Please check their website calendar at for dates.

Mattapoisett Library News
LEGOs Abound: Each Saturday at 1:00 pm, the LEGO table and thousands of LEGOs are available for play and design. Stop in and meet the weekly challenge! Photos will be taken of everyone's creation. For youth of all ages.
Enjoying a Quiet Holiday? Books for Everyone! Dozens of new fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks are available in the reading room. Stop by and browse the many well-reviewed titles that represent all genres. Ask the library staff for a reading suggestion or log onto the library's website,, and use Novelist to search for your next great read. The library staff is happy to demonstrate this great reader's advisory tool.
New Scrapbooking Group to Meet Monthly: Bring your photos, papers, tools, and ideas to a new group Scrapbook Crop! The group will meet the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am in the library meeting room. Ideas for designs will be shared over coffee and tea. All skill levels are welcome.
Tech Help: Get a new tablet, smart phone or e-reader as a gift? Work with librarian Elizabeth Sherry to learn how to use it efficiently. Download free books from the library to enjoy any time, any place. For an appointment, call 508-758-4171.

Marion Recreation Musical Theater Program
Come join in on the fun of learning how to take part in a musical theater performance! Marion Recreation is now accepting registrations for its Winter Musical Theater Program. Participants will learn the basics of putting together a real-life theater production. In this class, boys and girls will prepare for a role in the musical Jasmine's Medley Excerpts. This play has been rewritten along the theme of the original Aladdin. Children will sing, dance, and act their way into a world of excitement. Led by Instructor Aly Pereira, this class begins on Wednesday, January 25 and runs through March 22. Classes take place at the Marion Music Hall every Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15 pm excluding school vacation week. The cost is $135. To register for this program or to learn more, visit

Church Ride Program
Do you miss going to church on Sunday because you are unable to get there? Do you want to go to church but don't want to go alone? The First Congregational Church of Marion is initiating a church ride program for its Sunday service.
A group of volunteers would like to pick you up on Sunday for the church service and take you home afterwards. The worship service begins at 10:00 am and a fellowship time follows the service. The church has an elevator and is handicap accessible.
This is a new program, and all you need to do is call the church office at 508-748-1053 by noon on Friday to arrange for a ride on Sunday. Also, let the office know whether you have any mobility aids such as a walker or wheelchair so that the appropriate vehicle can transport you. We have a team of six drivers who would love to bring you to church. More drivers will be arranged if needed.
We will gladly arrange for this transportation for one week or for every week. Please do not hesitate to call the church office to ask for transportation. Our drivers are happy to transport you.
We are excited about this new program and look forward to seeing you in church.

Marion Cultural Council Members Needed
Are you interested in supporting local cultural events in Marion? Have you considered serving on a board and helping to determine how to disperse funds for cultural events? The Marion Cultural Council is looking for three volunteers interested in serving as voting members who can help share ideas and knowledge when making determinations of how funding for the cultural council is dispensed.
Please contact Kristen Saint Don, Chairperson of the Marion Cultural Council, with any questions about becoming a member. Applications are available at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market will run every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (excluding May 13) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The market will include new and old vendor favorites: fresh produce, grass fed non-hormone meats, fresh seafood, sweet and savory pies, breads, pastries, jellies, honey, alpaca garments, cheeses, sauces, coffees, soaps and surprises. There will also be live entertainment each market day with cooking demonstrations and fun for the whole family. Come and please support your local farmers.

REGAIN Addiction Support Group
The REGAIN addiction support group ministry originated from the experiences of individuals feeling led to serve in poor inner-city churches of Southeastern Massachusetts. Finding there was an incredible need for resources, prayer, love and compassion, this 501(c)(3) faith-based ministry was founded. REGAIN does not provide any addiction recovery services for the addict. Its purpose is to form a support network for families and individuals affected by the addiction of a loved one. This is accomplished by helping people REGAIN hope, healing, trust, and power over their lives from the support of others living with the same struggles and difficulties. The REGAIN addiction support group SM meetings are faith-based, observing a no-blame, no-shame policy with all conversations respectfully kept confidential. There is no cost for attending and regional resource materials are provided on recovery programs, family services, education, and faith-based options. Topic demonstrations and trainings are hosted frequently, and prayer is available and voluntary for those needing comfort and strength.
Current REGAIN addiction support group SM meeting location: Mattapoisett (For residents of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester), Council on Aging Room (Center School Building), 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
For more information: 774-328-6196, e-mail, Facebook: regain addiction support group.

Red Cross Volunteers Needed
There are many ways our Red Cross volunteers are involved and give back to the community. They help canteen for our brave first responders, keep you hydrated during a local road race or even a Cape Cod Baseball League game on a hot summer day. We have blood service volunteers that help us fill this critical life-saving need for blood. There are opportunities to volunteer to Service to our Armed Forces, Youth Services and Health and Safety Preparedness, Communication volunteers, Administrative Support - there are so many ways to serve. Our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members help those in crisis: when disaster strikes, the Red Cross is always there. These wonderful volunteers are not only here for our local communities but for those in other areas of the country and the globe that need assistance - everything from flooding, fires, natural disasters, and more. We are looking for all these types of volunteers, people just like you and I who want to help. Don't worry, we provide training and you will be ready and confident in your skills to serve in the best capacity. We can't wait until you join our Team.
And it's so easy. Simply go on-line to and click on VOLUNTEER to sign up today for our local Cape, Islands & Southeast Mass Chapter. We serve Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Plymouth and Bristol Counties in Southeast Mass.
Once you volunteer, you become part of an honorable tradition you can be proud of. Sign up today.

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.

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.

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 409 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.

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