Nasketucket Bird Club

Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 am is Fairhaven Favorites Bird Walk. As fall migration picks up, we’ll be exploring some of Fairhaven’s best places to see warblers and other migrating birds. Meet at Park & Ride, North Street, Mattapoisett, or check the website for contact information at massbird.org/Nasketucket/.

Name That Bird! will be held on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm at Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. What’s that little brown bird? We often pass over the “little brown birds” that we can’t identify at our feeders or on a walk. Jim Sweeney of the South Shore Bird Club, MassAudubon, and an all-around expert in the field will be speaking on sparrow identification.

Our club meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Public Library unless otherwise announced. Annual membership is $10. New members are always welcome. “We’re not just bird-friendly, we’re friendly birders.”

Mattapoisett Free Public Library Announcements

Sunday Hours at the Library: The Mattapoisett Library is now open Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm until Memorial Day. Stop in to read the Sunday newspapers, use the computers, or browse the collection. Students: Get some extra help with homework or finding the material you need for your upcoming school project.

Food Sensitivity and Intestinal Health: On Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm, registered nurse Pamela Ferro will discuss the effects of food sensitivities and intestinal health on the behavior, socialization and cognition of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Recent research documents ways that dietary changes can support positive outcomes. Parents and professionals are encouraged to attend. Ferro is the co-founder of Hopewell Associates. Inc. Register by calling 508-758-4171.

How Much Stress is Too Much for Our Children? Join school psychologist Joel Ristuccia on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm to learn more about how much stress IS too much, what is healthy stress, and how stress and anxiety affect our children’s school performance and general well being. He will explore new research on the affects of stress on children and what we can do to make needed changes. Parents, grandparents and school staff are encouraged to attend this free program which will be followed by time for questions. Childcare will be provided in the library. Call 508-758-4171 to register.

Library Resources for Parents and Professionals: Thanks to a generous grant from The Phyllis McGillicuddy Charitable Trust, the library has acquired many new materials for families whose children have special concerns. These new books and other materials may be just what parents are looking for to answer questions about health, school and particular families concerns. Join the library staff on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 3:45 pm or Tuesday, September 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm to get an orientation to these new books, websites, and apps. Register by calling 508-758-4171.

First Day Jitters? Take Our New StoryWalk! A new StoryWalk has been set up on the grounds of the library for all to enjoy whether the library is open or closed. First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell’s Class Adventures) by Julie Dannenberg wraps all around the library and will remain through the end of the month.

It’s GAME ON! Students are invited to the library on Friday, September 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to have fun with X-Box Kinect video games on the big screen! Also on hand will be plenty of board games, card games, and snacks. Bring your friends!

Caregivers Wanted: Jobs Available! Do you have the compassion and heart to become a caregiver? The staff from Home Instead Senior CareÒ will be at the library on September 11 at 11:00 am to tell you more about employment opportunities working for their agency. They are now hiring for non-medical care positions to serve seniors in the southcoast area. More details about the positions and benefits will be available, as well as instructions for applying. No medical experience is necessary and training is provided.

Fall Story Time Registration: Sign your child or grandchild up for the upcoming eight-week story time session by stopping by the children’s room or calling 508-758-4171 beginning Tuesday, September 16. Story times for toddlers will begin Tuesday, September 30 from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Preschool story times will be held beginning Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 am. For more information, please call the children’s library staff.

Thomas Patrick Finn

Thomas Patrick Finn, 47, of Plymouth, died unexpectedly Monday, September 8, 2014 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth. He was the beloved son of Dan and Diane Finn.

Born in Jacksonville FL, he was a lifelong resident of Plymouth. He graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Class of 1985.

Tom worked in sales and marketing and for over 20 years in the tourism industry. Most recently he was employed as a tour director for Colonial Lantern Tours of Plymouth and Boston.

Tom loved and cherished his family and friends, especially his boys. He enjoyed bike riding and kite surfing.

He is survived by his parents, Dan and Diane Finn of Mattapoisett, formerly of Plymouth; his two sons, Spencer of Plymouth and Deacon of Charlottesville, VA; his sister, Erin Zell and her husband, Todd of Marion; his brother Bill Finn of Boston; also survived by his nephew, Tyler Zell and niece Camerin Zell, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Tues., Sept. 23rd from 6 – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Wed., Sept. 24th at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Spring Street, Marion at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, please visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com

2014 Mattapoisett Road Race Award Winners

The Mattapoisett 4th of July Road Race Committee, chaired by Bill Tilden, ORRHS Athletic Director, is pleased to announce award winners for 2014. Throughout the history of the race, the Committee has given over $200,000 in awards to Tri-Town students who have been involved in running.

This year, a record $19,000 was dispersed to the following award recipients:

From Marion: Zachary Tilden, Gabrielle Gleiman, Samantha Barrett, Kaitlyn Sethares, Evan Augustine.

From Mattapoisett: Abigail Adams, Colin Knapton, Robert Magee, Hannah Vieira.

From Rochester: Morgan Dasilva, Michael Wyman, Paige Santos.

Meet John Adams

On Thursday, September 25, the public is invited to spend an evening with John Adams, the father of American Independence and 2nd President of the United States, as portrayed by historical re-enactor, George Baker. During his presentation, entitled “Meet John Adams – A Witty and Revolutionary Conversation with America’s Second President,” Mr. Baker will present Adams’ views of the nation, history and family life in a humorous and inspiring speech. He will be dressed in the clothes he would have worn as the Second President of the United States from 1797-1801.

George Baker is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He practices law in New Canaan, Connecticut. In 2008, Mr. Baker created his one-man show to represent the humor and patriotism of President John Adams. Receiving rave reviews, his performances have taken place at venues across the nation – to include three Presidential Libraries. The presentation, which will begin promptly at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, is open to the public, with no registration required. Though the presentation is offered free of charge, donations are always greatly appreciated. Ample parking is available across from the Music Hall (164 Front Street) at Island Wharf Park. For more information, call SHS at 508-748-1116.

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Upperclassmen Start Tabor Book Club

As students have arrived on campus and classes have started, the annual back-to-school transition has begun. Sports, extra-curricular activities, and clubs are gearing up again, but with one new addition: The Book Club.

Last spring, the Tabor Track Team had six distance runners who trained together. Among these runners were Jenna Weyant (’15) and Madeleine Gregory (’16). One day, Kelli McSweeny, a track coach and English teacher at Tabor, brought up some reading suggestions. This led to multiple conversations regarding great books and authors. Conversations like these became a trend and eventually Weyant and Gregory started to think of the team as somewhat of a book club. After some discussion, the girls were inspired to actually make one.

Weyant and Gregory began making plans for a club and informed the Tabor community. The girls were excited to find that a variety of Tabor students and faculty love reading for pleasure and soon 25 people had signed up. Gregory reported that, “The club’s members range from math teachers to book enthusiasts to readers looking for suggestions.” Tabor’s Head of School John Quirk has added his name to the list of members as well.

Over the summer, the club members read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks to discuss at the first meeting of the year. Gwen McCain (’15) read the book this summer and found it “relevant because the setting is similar to Tabor.” The club will meet on Sunday evenings when all boarders are on campus. The members plan to discuss books, movie adaptations, authors, and their general opinions about novels.

“It started as just a novel idea. Then the pages started turning and suddenly we had started a new chapter in our lives revolved around good people, good food, and most importantly good reads,” Weyant says of the success of the idea.

Weyant’s and Gregory’s initiative is a great example of leadership at Tabor. They hope to foster a love of reading within the community without using school-assigned books. Gregory shared, “We’re to remind ourselves, and everyone involved, how much fun reading can really be.”

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Lois Whiteman Hopkins

Lois Whiteman Hopkins, died at age 97, on Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Brewer Hopkins. She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and spent her later years in Lancaster, Pa., and Marion, Mass.

She is survived by her daughters: Nancy Southard (John) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Constance Pierce (David) of Marion, Mass., and Margaret Hopkins of Mount Gretna, Pa. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is the sister of Mary Elizabeth Maxson of Danbury, Conn., and the grandmother of the late Andrew P. Freeman.

Ceremonies: A gathering of friends and family will celebrate her life in the fall. Because of her love of reading, we ask that in lieu of flowers, gifts be directed to the Elizabeth Tabor Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738 and the Tabor Academy Library, 66 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738 in Honor of Suzy Titus.

Josephine E. (DiRenzo) Cafarella

Josephine E. (DiRenzo) Cafarella, 94, of Wareham died Friday, September 12th at Kindred Transitional Care at Forestview in Wareham. She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Cafarella, Sr.

Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Frank & Catherine (Cafarella) DiRenzo. A previous resident of Somerville, she moved to Wareham 47 years ago. A homemaker, Mrs. Cafarella also worked for 20 years as a cafeteria worker in the Wareham Public School system. She also volunteered for several years at Tobey Hospital. She loved knitting, cooking and flower gardening.

She is survived by her son, Frank Cafarella of Marion; 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, the late Joseph D. Cafarella, Jr. and her sisters, the late Rose Agneta and Nancy Roffi and her grandson; the late Matthew J. Cafarella.

Her funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Thurs., Sept. 18th at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Rita’s Church, P.O. Box 902, Marion, MA 02738.

Rochester Cub Scout Sign-up

The Rochester Cub Scouts are having an Ice Cream Social and sign-up night on Friday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Rochester First Congregational Church at Plumb Corner. Come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Cub Scouting is for boys in Grades 1-5. For further information, please call the Cub Master at 508-763-4596.

Marion Cultural Council LCC Grants

The Marion Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science projects for the FY15 LCC cycle. Application forms for the grants are available online at www.mass-culture.org. Form templates are also available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion. Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for details regarding the submission of funding proposals. The deadline to submit grant applications is October 15.

Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Marion including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Marion Cultural Council will also consider funding proposals from schools and youth groups to assist in subsidizing school-age children to attend cultural field trips.

The Marion Cultural Council is a part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving over 350 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LCC program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This year, the Marion Cultural Council will distribute nearly $4,300 in grants.

For more information, please email Madelaine Smith at masssmith@comcast.net.