Chowder/Kale Soup Tasting Cook-Off

The fourth annual Chowder and Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 pm for hors d’oeuvres and 6:30 pm for the Cook-Off at the First Congregational Church of Marion’s Community Center on Front Street, next to the General Store. Tickets are $10. Admission is free for those who prepare their special chowder or kale soup. Prizes will be awarded for both categories: chowder and kale. Hors d’oeuvres, oyster crackers, wine, dessert and coffee provided. For tickets or to tell us you will attend or cook, call 508-748-2776 or 508-748-2428. Come taste and vote for your favorite!

Elizabeth Taber Foundation

A few years ago, retired Headmaster Jay Stroud helped to create the Elizabeth Taber Foundation “to support, organize, and encourage the philanthropic endeavors of the Tabor Academy community.”

Mark Aimone and Sara Yeransian, both of whom work in the Advancement Office at Tabor Academy, lead a group of juniors and seniors in achieving this goal. This is primarily done through the distribution of matching grants to students and faculty who are working on philanthropic endeavors.

Anyone in the Tabor Community can apply to receive a grant from the Elizabeth Taber Foundation, which either helps the philanthropists begin their fundraiser or double (match) the profit that they make to help increase their donation to their chosen charity.

The Foundation has created a pool of funds that are set aside in order for them to achieve their mission. Before granting support, the students on the foundation board meet to discuss the charity for which the money is being raised to clarify that the donations will be going to a worthy cause.

Over the past few years, the ETF has helped students and faculty make a larger impact on the charities and the programs that they would like to support. For example, ETF helped the Boys’ Hockey Team donate more at their annual Travis Roy game, which helps raise money for the Travis Roy Foundation to fund spinal cord injury grants and research.

Due to the continuing success of the foundation, last year the group decided to expand its responsibilities. This group of students is now also in charge of Senior Giving, which encourages seniors to give back to the school throughout their adult lives. Although this used to be a separate program, it is now a sector of the Elizabeth Taber Foundation as it also encourages philanthropic spirit. The group also works to thank generous Tabor alumni for their gifts and contributions to the school.

The Elizabeth Taber Foundation is fairly new, but it has been quickly developing over the past few years. Now that the group’s impact and responsibilities are growing, it will ultimately have an even larger impact on the community and will continue to promote giving and philanthropy at Tabor.

By Julia O’Rourke


Team CVS Begins Journey With ConCom

The developers of a proposed CVS for Route 6 began its Marion Conservation Commission chapter in what is looking like a seemingly slow saga ahead for the project; Team CVS received its first ConCom continuation on October 22 for its initial Request for Determination of Applicability to confirm the boundaries of the wetlands.

ConCom Chairman Norman Hills, who is also a member of the Marion Planning Board, adhered stringently to the agenda for LEC Environmental Consultants on behalf of Robert Kroff, allowing them only the allotted appointment time of ten-minutes to give a description of the current conditions of the property on the corner of Wareham Road and Front Street – and not a minute more.

Engineer Marc Manganello said he would have preferred to address the RDA simply to confirm the wetlands line before getting into details of the future project, but Hills was sticking with the sequence of the items listed on the agenda. The CVS site was listed twice on the agenda, first for discussion of the RDA, followed by the RDA hearing.

“You got ten minutes,” said Hills, who has already attended two pre-submission conferences with the CVS developers with the Planning Board.

Manganello pointed out the green wetlands line on the site map, referenced three separate areas that have been flagged – one of which was already confirmed by the commission in the past – and then passed the floor to fellow engineer Josh Swerling.

“I’m sure no one has heard of [this project] before,” joked Swerling before addressing the velocity zone marked on the map. Swerling said the building has been intentionally kept out of the zone, and turned to the flood zone area that wound up being the commission’s top reason that evening for continuing the hearing.

Storm water, catch basins, and underground retention systems – Swerling described some plans for the development of the site.

“Time’s up,” said Hills, adding that the commission prefers to move along “instead of depleting discussions.” They moved on to the RDA.

Manganello returned to the podium, reminding the commission that no official project is associated with the RDA filing and that he was only seeking accuracy of the wetlands demarcation and a positive determination for the application. It did not take long before the wetlands lines blurred into the line of project plan details.

Commission member Cynthia Trinidad brought up the drive-thru location of the proposed site, asking if it would be situated within the velocity zone. Swerling replied that, yes, the area just before the drive-thru would be.

ConCom member Lawrence Dorman commented on the amount of impervious surface the project would generate, acknowledging that the matter was beyond the commission’s purview that evening.

Swerling described the underground retention system among other things designed to mitigate storm water flow.

Dorman expressed concern over the relocation of the Hadley House into the 100-foot wetlands buffer zone, prompting Hills to ask why the building could not be relocated closer to the street, away from the wetlands.

“Yeah,” said Swerling. “We can look at that … I’m sure there’s some opportunity there.”

Continuing outside the wetlands lines, Dorman asked how large the proposed 13,000 square-foot store is relative to other CVS stores.

“[It is in] the smaller range of what they typically construct for new stores,” said Swerling.

The conversation returned to the RDA when Hills asked why the AE flood zone line on the map appeared “weird and snaky” and unlike the line shown on a different map. Hills then stated his major concern was that an engineer did not stamp the plans presented.         Swerling feared he did not have one, until Manganello produced a few copies and handed them to Hills. Scrutinizing them, Hills commented that the previous plan reflected slightly different flood plain lines.

Swerling said the Massachusetts and Marion online GIS system was not available before, and later the engineers referred to the GIS for its accuracy.

Hills later pointed out that because the site is subject to coastal storm flowage, the developer would need to file a Notice of Intent with the commission, which Swerling confirmed is the developer’s intent.

“I’m not sure at this point in time that we can verify it (the wetlands line),” stated Hills.

You will also need to open up an escrow account, Hills said to Swerling, so an engineer hired by the Town – at the applicant’s expense – could review the wetlands lines as proposed.

“If the two engineers come up with the same lines, then that’s fine,” said Hills, who then identified his new major concern as the accuracy of the flood plain lines on the map.

Team CVS agreed to the escrow account for the engineering consultants, but Hills could not give them a ballpark figure as requested.

“We can’t get an engineer overnight,” Hills told them. He said the commission needs three proposals from three engineers, and that might take some time. He needs to look into the matter, Hills said, so the commission can act consistently with past projects. Hills later commented after the hearing that the last time he could remember a similar scenario was with the 40B housing project.

Some details could change before any future NOI filing, commented Dorman, so it is best they proceed with pinning down the lines before moving forward.

“Oh, I’m sure we’ll end up with an NOI,” stated Manganello.

Hills reiterated that the commission needs some time to obtain expert advisement “just to give us ‘the warm and fuzzy’ that what’s here is correct,” and then stated that there would not be another ConCom meeting until November 12, urging Team CVS to wait until the following meeting on December 12. The team chose the November meeting anyway.

Getting an engineer might take longer, stated Hills. “And we’ve been pretty slammed lately (with applications).”

The hearing was continued until November 12.

In other matters, the commission approved three Notices of Intent: Pamela Oliveira of 85 Dexter Road to elevate an existing house within the flood zone to a raised new flood zone foundation, plus the addition of a second floor and two decks with stair access; Thomas Stemberg of 114 Point Road to construct a single-family home, pool, pool house, tennis court, driveway, and walkways with some work inside the 100-foot buffer zone; Dennis and Karen Cleminshaw off Perry’s Lane to construct a single-family home within the buffer zone of a cranberry bog.

The commission granted negative determinations for four RDAs: John and Carole Whittemore of 51 East Avenue to excavate a dry well; Lars Olsen of 73 Cove Road to raze an existing structure and construct a new single-family home; Marvin and Carol Bannon of 22 Wilson Road to raze a house to build a new FEMA-compliant single-family house; Christopher Shachov and Meredith Clark Shachov of 16 South Street to install a gunite swimming pool, multiple patios, and walkways.

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is November 12 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry


Harvest Family Dance

Come dance the evening away at the Harvest Family Dance hosted by the SouthCoast Children’s Chorus. We will have a professional caller to teach you the steps, so no dance experience is necessary! This is a family event and is open to everyone ages 1 to 109! Enjoy lemonade, cider and fall snacks, learn traditional contra dancing, and have a fabulous time with the whole family. We’ll also be raffling off some spectacular gift baskets! Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. The dance will be held on November 15 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Touring Chorus trip to Austria in June of 2015. See you there!

Mattapoisett Halloween Parade

Dear Friends:

It’s that time of year again. Thanks to the generosity of business owners like you, we have been able to continue presenting The Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade for over 50 years! This year, the parade will be held at Center School on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Your continued support enables us to provide a multitude of unique prizes for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to high school. Through your support, our Officers also provide over 350 generous bags of candy for children to take home. We talk to the children about Halloween safety tips at their all-school meetings, and provide them with glow sticks the night of the parade. With your partnership, we make Halloween a positive unique experience that only a community like Mattapoisett can provide.

If you would like to help us continue to provide this one-of-a-kind event, please feel free to mail your donation to the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, PO Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA. 02739.

Residents of all ages, feel free to come and join us on October 31. Thank you for your continued support of the Mattapoisett Police Department.

Yours Truly,

Mary R. Lyons, Chief of Police

What’s for Dinner?

This man eats bugs. Entomaphagist David Gracer was at the Mattapoisett Library October 28 explaining how eating bugs could save the world, and fed a few mealworms to some brave (and hungry) Tri-Town children. Photos by Jean Perry


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Stanley Reed Parker, Jr.

Stanley Reed Parker, Jr., of Taunton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully October 15, 2014. Born January 23, 1927, in Taunton, Massachusetts, Stanley is best known as “everybody’s pediatrician.”

After graduating from Taunton High School, he headed off to the University of New Hampshire. The war forced him to take a break from his studies, and in 1945, he joined the US Navy, serving as a medical corpsman on the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt until 1946, when he returned to UNH, graduating in 1949. Stan attended Tufts Medical School, graduating in 1954. After completing his residency at Dartmouth College, he returned to his hometown to begin a practice in pediatrics that spanned 42 years.

Stanley’s love for his job and his patients was surpassed only by his love for his family. As a young medical intern, he met a beautiful nursing student, Phyllis McKendry, and they married in June of 1956. The next 58 years were spent in a loving marriage raising 3 children.

Stan relaxed by skiing, boating, puttering, and playing the piano. In retirement, he and Phyl enjoyed traveling. They visited family in Northern Ireland and Wales; toured Ireland, England, and France; took a cruise through the Panama Canal; and drove the Trans-Canada highway.

While he appreciated visiting other places, Stan’s heart belonged to Massachusetts. He loved spending summers at his cottage in Mattapoisett, and in the fall, returning to Raynham to rake leaves and await the first snowfall—he was a true New Englander.

Stanley is survived by his wife Phyllis, his sister Audrey Pollard, his brother Stuart Parker, his sons Thomas Parker and his wife Maria and Scott Parker and his wife Christine and his daughter Janice Whitaker and her husband Malcolm, and his grandchildren Andrew Parker, Elise and Camille Parker, and Erin and Sarah Whitaker.

Visiting hours will be held at Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home in Taunton on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 4 to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 111 High Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Interment of his cremains will be in Westville Cemetery, Taunton.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in his memory, be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, PO Box , Taunton, MA 02780.

Calling Local Artists and Crafters

The Mattapoisett Historical Society is looking for local Artists and Crafters to join our Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested in helping us bring unique handmade gift-buying opportunities to Mattapoisett, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at for more details and entry forms. We look forward to hearing from our truly talented community!

American Flag Collection

Boy Scout Troup 53 Mattapoisett will be collecting old flags that are in a state of disrepair (i.e., frayed, torn etc.) They will be destroyed in accordance with Federal standards. Flags may be left at Briggs Insurance Company at 19 County Road or at the Mattapoisett Clipper Barber Shop at 19 Church Street. Flags will be collected until Veteran’s Day.

K of C Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner

The Ladies Auxiliary will host a Spaghetti Dinner plus a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction on November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Rd. (Rt.6), Mattapoisett. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door that night or by calling 508-994-4929. Proceeds will benefit charitable events.