Mattapoisett Free Public Library Program

Learn about Community Archaeology in Southeastern Massachusetts at the Mattapoisett Library. All ages are welcome.

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Celebrate by coming to the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm to hear Craig Chartier, Director & Principal Archaeologist of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, speak about regional archaeology. This fascinating discipline studies people through the physical things they left behind – mostly trash! Hear about the excavation at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth, ongoing since 2011, which has been carried out by volunteers under the supervision of professional archaeologists. The remarkable finds include 10,000-year old projectiles to a 17th century housesite.

Learn how you can become involved with exploring Massachusetts’ past. Bring any artifacts you may have found in your yard or on a walk in the woods or on the beach, and Mr. Chartier will identify them. Learn their age and whether they may be more than just rocks, such as a mastodon tooth that was found in Mattapoisett.

Please register for this event by calling 508-758-4171 or emailing, providing the number of people attending and contact information. The Library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Selectmen Preview Special Town Meeting Articles

Special Town Meeting voters on October 17 will see eight articles featured on the warrant, which the Rochester Board of Selectmen approved on September 19.

Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar gave an informal rundown of all eight of them, starting with Article 1 that appropriates $10,000 from free cash to a bylaw codification project.

Article 2 covers $27,000 for the air conditioning system replacement at the police station, and Article 3 is for the supplemental appropriation for four different projects: The Town Clerk’s Office would receive $1,500 for the restoration of books; $4,800 to the Police Department for air conditioning system repairs; $3,100 for a fire protection system; and $17,725 for the insurance budget.

Article 4 would appropriate $20,000 from free cash for the town hall annex study, and Article 5 appropriates $32,000 for the funding and reserve for future contract settlements. Article 6 would transfer $67,000 in free cash to the town’s Stabilization Fund.

The sum of the appropriations totals $183,125.

Articles 7 and 8 pertain to the Personnel Bylaw: Article 7 amends language surrounding grievance filings, and Article 8 amends the bylaw’s employment probationary period.

A formal presentation of a final draft of the special town meeting warrant will be presented at the next selectmen’s meeting.

In other matters, Selectmen Chairman Naida Parker read a letter from the Water Commissioners regarding the town’s recent upgrade from a drought watch to the drought warning. The letter served to inform residents who use public water of a mandatory ban on outdoor water use. The letter also urged non-public water users with private wells to observe the same water restriction.

Water Commissioner Fred Underhill, present during the meeting, said, “We’re all on the same water aquifer and we’re in trouble.”

Underhill said that about 40 or 50 years ago, water wells went way down during dry spells and nearly dried up.

“And we don’t want that to happen again,” Underhill said, “and we would appreciate everybody willing to comply.”

Also during the meeting, selectmen approved the transfer of the current liquor license for Lloyd’s Market to the new owner.

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for September 26 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry


Fall Sports Week 2

Here’s a look at the second week of official scheduled games for Old Rochester Regional High School fall athletics.

Football: The Bulldogs had a great 34-14 victory over Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, on Friday night, bringing the Bulldog’s record to 2-0. Quarterback Cam Hamilton threw for 120 yards, connecting with various players including Harry Smith for two touchdowns, as well as Patrick Saltmarsh. In addition, Mike Mcallister, Kyle Brezinski, and Landon Goguen had notable plays.

            Girls’ Soccer: It was yet again another outstanding week for the girls’ soccer team. On Monday, September 12, the girls played Fairhaven and came out with a 6-0 win. Goals were scored by Maddie Cooney (2), Maddie Demanche (2), Ava Ciffilillo and Grace Greany. Caitlyn Kutash was in net with a nice shutout. The Lady Bulldogs claimed another 3-2 victory against Seekonk on Wednesday. Jillain Kutash led the scoring with two goals. Katelyn Bindas also had a goal assisted by Meg Hughes.

Volleyball: The girls’ volleyball team lost 3-0 against Fairhaven on Monday, September 12, but redeemed themselves on Wednesday, September 14, with a 3-1 win against Seekonk. Libby Mitchel had two aces, seven digs, and 21 assists. Emma Collings also contributed with eight aces, 12 digs and four blocks. Natalia Wierzbiki had six kills. The Lady Bulldogs also played Somerset Berkley on Thursday, September 15, with a solid 3-0 win. The score was 25-21, 25-23, 25-23. Mitchel had 19 assists, five digs, and one ace. Collings had seven kills, nine digs, and four aces. Wierzbiki had five kills and one block.

            Boys’ Cross Country: The boys played in a tri-meet on Tuesday, September 13, against Bourne and Dighton-Rehoboth. They beat Bourne 15-49 and DR 27-32. Adam Sylvia came in second with a time of 17:55, followed by Evan Tilley who came in fourth with a time of 18:14. Geoffrey Noonan placed sixth (18:18), James Goulart in seventh with a time of 18:24, and Eli Spevack came in eighth at 18:44.

Girls’ Cross Country: The girls’ Cross Country team did amazing, as usual. They claimed a 17-46 victory over Bourne and a 15-49 win over Dighton-Rehoboth. Avery Nugent came in first place with a time of 20:20. Next came Madisen Martin, placing second with a time of 21:15. Maddie Scheub came in third (21:21), Sam Ball placed fifth (21:45) and Riley Shaughnessy came in sixth with a time of 21:43.

            Golf: The golf team played in a close match on Tuesday against Dighton-Rehoboth at the Hillside golf course which is a par 35, losing 168-160. The top golfers for ORR were Jason Gamache who shot a 39 for 32 points, Collin Fitzpatrick who shot a 39 for 31 points, and Tyler Mourao who shot a 40 for 28 points. On Thursday, they claimed a 140-71 victory over Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech. They played at Whaling City golf course, which is a par 36. Notable golfers were Fitzpatrick who shot a 38 for 32 points, Gamache who shot a 44 for 23 points, and Russ Noonan who also shot a 44 for 23 points.

Boys’ Soccer: On Monday, the boys’ soccer team played in an action-packed game tying with Fairhaven 1-1. Both goals were scored on a penalty kick. Alex Souza put it in the net for ORR. On Wednesday, the boys lost to Seekonk 2-0, but notable players were Harrison Burke, Pat Cummings, and Thomas Browning. The Bulldogs then played Durfee on Saturday with another tough 3-0 loss.

            Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs had a great week with three straight wins. First, they faced New Bedford on Monday winning 2-0 with goals from Hannah Ribiero and Kaitlin Kelley. Next they won 2-1 against Seekonk on Wednesday with Ribiero and Kelley scoring again. And to top it off they played Wareham on Friday with a 7-0 victory.

Below are the overall team records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 9.

Football: (2-0-0); Field Hockey: (5-1-0); Girls’ Soccer: (4-0-0); Boys’ Soccer: (0-1-4); Golf: (4-0-1); Volleyball: (2-0-3); Boys’ Cross Country (1-0-0); Girls Cross Country (1-0-0).

National Solo Sailing Champions

A pair of New England sailors captured the first-ever national championships for single-handed racing in the Bullseye and H-12 classes in a five-race regatta Saturday, September 17, on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts.

Chris Verni, of Westwood, MA, and Laurie Knight, of Marion, MA, are the new national champion single-handed racers in Bullseye and H-12 classes, respectively. Both dominated their fleets by wide margins.

Chris Collings of Marion, MA, who had been injured two months prior, came off the bench to take second place in the Bullseye class, and Chris Streit, of Cos Cob, CT and Key Largo, FL, took third place. Second- and third-place honors in the H-12 competition went to Mark Adams of Wareham, MA, and Ron Wisner of Marion, MA, respectively.

These were the inaugural single-handed races of a new national championship in the two sailboat classes. Racing of Bullseyes and H-12s with crews of two or three have been a fixture of East Coast sailing for decades. This year’s regatta was hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion. The Bullseye Sailing Association has already agreed to host next year’s single-handed nationals in Maine, said Chris Collings.

Competitors this year registered from Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Florida.

The competitors had to contend with light, shifty breezes through much of the day.

Chris Collings and Ed Tiffany, both perennial top contenders in crewed racing, did much of the organizational work. However, neither claims to be “the guy in charge,” said Collings. Many others have stepped up to do vital work. “I tend to see myself as a member of a flash mob,” Collings said.

The Beverly Yacht Club has an unusually large and active Bullseye fleet and has fielded a formidable squad of boats year after year for the crewed Nationals. Many veterans of those campaigns were part of the new single-handed Nationals, either as competitors or as race officials, Collings said.

Bullseye and H-12 sailors are an especially dogged breed of one-design racers. All through the regular racing season, said Collings, single-handers compete even though class rules make it impossible for them to advance to Nationals.

The Bullseye Sailing Association polled some 220 members and learned that 70% wanted single-handers to have their own national competition. Collings said a smaller cadre of H-12 solo sailors then asked whether they could be included. “The message was clear that these races were meeting a previously unmet need,” he said.

Ed Tiffany reports that creating the new single-handed class prompted at least four new skippers to join the Bullseye Sailing Association in order to become eligible to compete in last week’s Nationals.

Marion & Rochester Flu Clinics

The Marion & Rochester Boards of Health will sponsor 2016 seasonal flu clinics for all residents. The flu vaccine will be available in the injectable form for all over the age of 6 months and the high dose vaccine for ages 65 years and over.

Those attending the flu clinics are reminded to wear a short sleeve shirt and to bring all insurance and Medicare cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Dates and locations of the clinics are:

– Wednesday, October 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Council on Aging

– Wednesday, October 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Sippican School

– Monday, October 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Rochester Council on Aging

– Thursday, October 20 from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Marion Town House

– Monday, October 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House

– Thursday, November 10 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Marion Town House

– Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House

Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 or the Rochester Council on Aging at 508-763-8723.

Homebound residents may schedule an appointment for a home visit by calling the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

For more information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

What Makes a Vocational School?

What makes a school a vocational school? The answer is simple – ‘shop’.

Shop is the blessed two weeks when a vocational student is allowed to practice and learn in their field of choice. This week, the freshmen got their first taste of the hands-on learning offered by Old Colony’s many shops.

Feelings of excitement and apprehension were in the air as students, unsure of what to expect, entered their first shops. They worked through the week doing everything from wiring in electrical, to designing posters in graphics, to building beautiful woodwork in carpentry. Freshmen get to see that they’re capable of a lot, and sometimes they even get to take home their good work.

Some were happy with their first week, others were less than enthusiastic about their first assignments, but they wouldn’t be there for long. Freshmen start off in Exploratory, a trial run when each student will experience eight shops, one per week, over the coming months. Their attitude and effort in each shop will determine if they get accepted into their top pick. Students work hard each week testing out and learning what each vocation is all about and by January, they’ll all be assigned and sorted into their permanent fields of study for the next three years.

Shops aren’t the only thing that makes a vocational school one of a kind. SkillsUSA plays a big part in making vocational education special.

SkillsUSA, or Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) as it was once known, is a nationwide student organization that partners with industry leaders to help vocational students become skilled professional leaders in the world of work. From state competitions and leadership conferences to in-school events, SkillsUSA has a big impact on the vocational experience. The Old Colony Chapter of SkillsUSA is working especially hard this year to kick it up a notch.

OC’s SkillsUSA has only just elected its officers and begun its first meetings for the year, and already there are big things ahead. Plans for a garden are underway, as are plans for pep rally fundraisers and the yearly trip to the Fall State Leadership Conference.

The conference will be three days of fun events that teach high school students employability skills, as well as leadership skills, for their future careers.

It’s a huge event with hundreds of kids from around Massachusetts coming together for days of games, competitions, and fun. Old Colony’s chapter of SkillsUSA urges new students who haven’t experienced Skills to contact and join them for future events.

For more information about Old Colony’s technical programs, visit and for more information on SkillsUSA, please visit

By Elizabeth Jerome


Denham Updates Planning Board

Mattapoisett Highway Superintendent Barry Denham attended the September 19 meeting of the Planning Board to bring the board members up to date on three construction projects that have been the subject of great interest and, at times, have created consternation in abutters.

Appaloosa Way off River Road has seen over a decade of on-and-off again subdivision activity, more than one developer, and massive water drainage issues. The current developer of the property, Michael Solimando, has been working with G.A.F. Engineering to develop drainage plans that would ensure abutters would not sustain flooding on their properties. It has been a difficult project, not only for G.A.F., but also for the Planning Board who have heard numerous complaints regarding the drainage issues at the incomplete sub-division for years.

Last year, G.A.F. began working with the town’s engineer, Field Engineering. That collaboration eventually produced a viable drainage plan, one that would benefit the town with drainage issues on River Road.

On this night, Denham said, “Piping has been installed from the westernmost drainage pond to the catch basin on River Road.” He said that an 18-inch drainage pipe connecting the subdivision system to the town’s system on River Road would improve the drainage at that location also. He said that the contractor had been “very good about calling me and keeping me informed on the schedule.”

Chairman Tom Tucker was pleased with the update and comically added, “Didn’t take too long – just 15 years.”

Another project that has garnered hours of Planning Board hearings, complaints from Phase 1 homeowners, and legal actions is Brandt Point Village. The subdivision is planned to have numerous single-family homes, a large multi-family private sewer system, and roadways. Changes in owners, developers, and contractors, long delays in roadway completion and an untested septic/sewer system have remained points of concern for Phase 1 residents and the town.

“They are still trying to get the septic to pass,” said Denham. He said that numerous deficiencies documented by Field Engineering for reports requested by the town have found problems with the piping and manholes.

Tucker asked if the present contractor, Armand Cotellesso, was keeping him informed.

“Not really,” Denham responded. “I don’t know what’s going on there unless I go there, but I’ve been in touch with Ken Motta, Field Engineering.” Denham went on to say that the septic/sewer system has not worked properly since the first homes were constructed years ago.

Moving onto another project, Tucker asked Denham if he knew what was transpiring at a single-home site located adjacent to Town Landing on Mattapoisett Neck Road. Denham said the Department of Environmental Protection had denied the owner’s request to dig trenches in the marsh for utility access. He said they were being allowed to bore under the marsh and pull through utility conduits for electrical, water, and sewer services.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board is scheduled for October 3 at 7:00 pm in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Selectmen Appoint New Board Members

For over an hour and a half on September 20, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with candidates vying to be of service to the town by appointment to either the one Conservation Commission seat or one of two seats on the Planning Board. Those boards had interviewed the candidates in open meetings held over the past couple of months.

Seeking the single open slot on the Conservation Commission were five candidates that Chairman Tyler Macallister said were “five very strong applicants.” Those applicants were Diane Tsitsos, Chapman Dickerson, Janice Robbins, Michael Sites, and Bernice Kaiser.

Chairman of the Conservation Commission Bob Rogers was asked to step forward. He said that the commissioners had drawn a secret ballot and provided the selectmen with their recommendation. He asked if the board would consider increasing the number of voting commissioners, expanding the board to seven members from five. They agreed to do that in the near future so that qualified candidates would not be lost.

The board of Selectmen unanimously selected Chapman Dickerson.

During the interview, Selectman Jordan Collyer asked him if he would have a conflict of interest, given his job. He replied, “No.”

Dickerson, whose background was not made clear in his letter submitted for consideration, wrote in his letter of introduction, “The knowledge gained in my highly regulated profession has given me the ability to read, understand and interpret regulatory language provided by state and federal authorities.”

Dickerson is currently a member of the Agricultural Commission.

There were four candidates for the two open seats on the Planning Board. Robbins, who also applied for the Conservation Commission seat, was considered along with Todd Philie, Paul Osenkowski, and Gail Carlson.

The selectmen chose Robbins and Carlson.

Gail Carlson, a resident of Brandt Point Village did not provide a resume but voiced her desire to be of service to the town. Carlson has been a regular attendee at Planning Board meetings since moving to the sub-division in 2014. She said she served on other boards in other towns.

Robbins, a lawyer originally from Raynham and Mattapoisett resident since 1979, offered her rich background in real estate transactions and familiarity with SRPEDD. She said that she had been involved with planning boards due to her representation of real estate clients and understood the importance of engaging engineers for technical input.

In other matters, Town Administrator Michael Gagne reported that the Coast Guard public hearing on the disestablishment of some navigational aids in Buzzards Bay is scheduled for September 28 at 6:00 pm at Mass Maritime Academy’s Glyns Hall. Harbormaster Jill Simmons will be in attendance as will Gagne.

The mandatory water restriction was discussed with all non-essential watering restricted to hand watering only between the hours of 6:00 – 8:00 am and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A full notice is available on the town’s website. Gagne said that the area is down 12 inches of water and that recent rainstorms have produced less than 3 inches.

In other business, Stephen Brodo was appointed as alternate building inspector; Paula Butterfield is stepping down as veterans clerk; John Cornish is stepping down from the Marine Advisory Board; Lebanese Kitchen received an entertainment license; and the Lions Club received permission to hold a Fall Family Festival on October 29 from noon to 8:00 pm.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is scheduled for October 11 at a new time of 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Thank You

To the Editor:

On behalf of many of the senior citizens in Mattapoisett and the Friends of the Elderly, I want to thank them and Oxford Creamery for the wonderful “indoor cookout” that was held at the Mattapoisett Knights of Columbus last Thursday.

It is so wonderful to have so many kind people looking out for us senior citizens.

I think it really is appreciated the most by the seniors that have no way of accessing a cookout.

Again, it was wonderful. I had a great time, and I thank you all for your hard work!

Ilona G. Langhoff, Mattapoisett


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Kick the Ticks

Ticks carry a host of diseases and are active in spring, summer and fall. Come learn effective and safe methods to protect yourself from tick-borne illness. Following last year’s well-received winter moth workshop, Deborah Smiley, Publications Managing Editor at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, will demonstrate practical tools to repel and eliminate ticks. This workshop is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Land Trust. For more information, see our website or email us at Join us and enjoy being outdoors again. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 1:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library.