Helena “Anneke” Verhave

Helena “Anneke” Verhave, 86, of Armonk, NY, and Falmouth, MA, the wife of the late Thom Verhave, passed away on October 1st, 2015 at Alden Court in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
A daughter of the late Robert and Helena Baan, she was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She was educated in the Netherlands and came to the United States to attend Barnard College, graduating with the class of 1951. She later received her Master’s degree in early childhood education from Manhattanville College.

Mrs. Verhave worked as an elementary school teacher at the Columbus Magnet School in Norwalk, CT. She enjoyed her pets, gardening, and folk and classical music, and she volunteered as a mentor in the Falmouth Public Schools after retiring.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished her time spent with family and friends. Her family includes a son, Menno Verhave, and his wife Judy of Wellesley, a son, Eric Verhave, and his wife Lucy of Poughquag, NY, and a daughter, Marya Verhave Gabriel, and her husband Stefan of Mattapoisett – six grandchildren, Alex, Daniel, Caitlin and Jessica Verhave, and Sofia and Emma Gabriel – and two great-grandchildren, Isabel and Madeline Verhave. She was the sister of Wilhelmina Fledderjohn, and Leonarda Van der Werf. A private ceremony of remembrance will be held by close friends andfamily.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com [1].

Tabor Reaches Out to ZBA, Apologizes

Discord between Tabor Academy and the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals was unintentional, says Head of School John Quirk, and the school’s seeming nonchalance when it came to public hearing continuance requests was in no way meant to send the ZBA any sort of “message.”

Head of School John Quirk told the ZBA on September 24 that the board caught his attention when he read the article in The Wanderer about the September 10 ZBA hearing when ZBA member Betsy Dunn called Tabor out on its infinite requests for a continuation. Dunn sought advice from town counsel on how to cease granting future continuances. Some board members said Tabor’s absence at meetings “spoke volumes.”

Quirk phoned the ZBA on Friday – the day after the September 10 meeting – and asked to appear at the next ZBA meeting.

“First and foremost, I just want to apologize that I find myself here tonight,” said Quirk. “It would not ever have been my intention to send any ‘message’ by not being present here.”

Quirk said he always tried to be proactive and communicative with the Town, but in the matter of the backstop and the ball field lighting, “I just fell short in this matter.”

“You didn’t fall short, John,” Dunn told him. “It was Mark [Bobrowski].” Bobrowski is the attorney acting on behalf of the school.

Quirk apologized for the “stress” and vowed that the school would work the matter out with the Town, recognizing the ball field as a contentious project.

“I respectfully ask for a continuance,” said Quirk. “I come with my apologies and I come with my request … for a continuance.”

The board granted Tabor a continuance until December 10.

Building Commissioner Scott Shippey acknowledged that when the contentious project began, Quirk was not yet affiliated with the school. Quirk “inherited” the project, Shippey said.

“I didn’t know Tabor failed to attend (the meetings),” said Quirk. “I was completely unaware.”

Also during the meeting, about 10 neighbors came out, mostly in support of Dale Allison’s Special Permit request to raze the existing one-story cottage at 358 Delano Road and build a new two-story house.

Several letters of support and a few abutters lauded the plans for the new home, saying it was an improvement and would have a positive affect on the neighborhood.

Abutter to the south, Lucius Evans, said the newer, larger home would come close to his smaller 19-foot high cottage and possibly affect things such as breezes and television reception.

“It’s a nice house, certainly,” said Evans. “But by size and … proximity to the side setback, we feel it may give a little bit of a crowded feel there.” Evans said he also has ongoing moisture problems in his basement and wondered if the raising of the property’s elevation to surpass the current flood zone elevation would have a negative impact on that.

Chairman Eric Pierce said he would like to visit the site before taking a vote, and the board closed the public hearing to take the matter under advisement.

The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for October 8 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry


Slate of Tabor Speakers Discuss Empathy

On the evening of September 23, Tabor Academy welcomed Dr. Michael Kimmel, Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University and author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, to speak with students and faculty. The faculty from Old Rochester Regional High School was also invited to join the event at Tabor.

With all schools, day/boarding, public/private, being so influenced by student culture, instilling empathy and habits of inclusive thought and behaviors are critical to creating a safe and healthy learning living community for all our students.

Dr. Kimmel spoke about how communities can establish and uphold cultural norms that encourage all members to be responsible for both themselves and for others, and which actively struggle against the tacit approval occasionally signaled by bystanders not confronting destructive behaviors. This kind of community, suggested Kimmel, upholds its values in its day-to-day interactions and creates a strong, supportive culture.

As Tabor seeks to explore the value of empathy with students this year, Dr. Kimmel’s lecture provided a strong starting point. To continue the dialogue, motivational speaker Alexis Jones will join students and faculty in October on the topic of community respect and gender empowerment. Next, the third annual Graboys Leadership Symposium will focus on empathy and social entrepreneurship with a host of outside and alumni speakers on this topic including Alan Harlam, the Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service; Jim Deters of Galvanize; Candy Brush, Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College; and Heather Neurwith, Associate Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College.

“Empathy is a key 21st century learning disposition, and our efforts to focus on understanding how best to see through the perspective lens of others carries such power and opportunity,” says Dean of Students Mel Bride, who is responsible for much of this programming.

To engage Tabor and Tri-Town parents in this dialogue, Tabor will welcome Dr. Frances Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain, on October 30 at 7:00 pm in Hoyt Hall (235 Front Street, Marion) for a discussion about teenage cognitive development and decision-making. This talk is open to the public and will be a centerpiece of the school’s Parents’ Weekend programming. It is Tabor’s hope that this opportunity will facilitate continued dialogue among students and parents around the important topic of personal responsibility and what it means to care for others as a committed citizen in our communities.

Gateway Youth Hockey

Squirts: Gateway Gladiator Squirts played a defensive game Saturday versus the Cyclones. In the first, Lucas DeMoranville started the scoring for Gateway, assisted by Thomas Clavell; Ty David Ribeiro added another goal assisted by DeMoranville. Benjamin Hebbel also scored two unassisted goals. As the game went into the second, the Cyclones scored early, giving Gateway a push to put the pressure on as Ribeiro, Hebbel, and Matthew Paling added points to the board with DeMoranville helping with two assists. The third period goal scorers were Ribeiro assisted by Hebbel and two back-to-back unassisted goals by Paling giving Gateway a win of 11-1.

Pee Wees: The Gateway Pee Wee Team had another great week with a win over Hingham. Gateway got on the board early with a goal by R.J. Vickery in the first minute and a half. Vickery scored two more goals in the first period, earning a hat trick with assists by Nathan Ribeiro, Luke Mello and Ben DeMoranville. Hingam fought hard to stay in the game, scoring a goal in the second and another in the third period, but Gateway scored three more goals by Demoranville, Tyler Rebeiro and Mello. The game ended 6-2 in favor of Gateway, but Hingham had many shots on net that they just couldn’t get by the superb goal tending of Ryker King.

Bantams: The Gateway Gladiator Bantam Youth Hockey team blanked Plymouth, 9-0. Jake Demoranville and Zachary Pateakos shared the shutout in net. Jack Martins scored a hat-trick and Zachary Barris had two goals. Quirino DoCanto, Robert Ramsay, Jameson Woodward, and Brian Gallagher each added goals. Ramsay also led the team in assists, tallying four helpers. Peter Pimental had two assists, while Woodward and Martins each had one.

Middle School: The Jr. Vikings came out tough in their 4-1 loss to Coyle. After the first period, the score was 0-0. It would not remain that way for long as Coyle jumped out to a one-goal lead, less than four minutes into the second period. The Jr. Vikings tied it up just a few minutes later with Robert Ramsay making a series of great moves, finishing it off with a goal that had the Coyle goaltender wondering what happened. That would be it for scoring, though, as the Jr. Vikings could not keep up with the fast pace. Both Jake DeMoranville and Alex DeMarco played well in net, making numerous saves.

Miss South Coast Scholarship Pageant

Miss South Coast organizers have announced the annual pageant will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. The Miss South Coast Organization is proud to welcome contestants, aged 13-17 for the teen program and 17- 24 for Miss, from around the area to the competition which will take place at the Music Hall at 164 Front Street in Marion, MA.

Contestants will compete in five phases of competition during the event, including talent, interview, evening gown, lifestyle & fitness, and onstage question. During the competition, each contestant will also discuss her chosen platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society at large.

As an affiliate of the Miss America Organization and the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation, this program provides scholarship monies and in-kind funds to young women throughout the Commonwealth. The winner of the Miss South Coast Competition and the teen pageant will be awarded scholarship monies to put toward college or a graduate school education as well as additional prizes. Miss South Coast will also be eligible to compete for the Miss Massachusetts title in Worcester in July, and the teen winner will be eligible to compete for Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen pageant in the Spring.

For more information about the Miss South Coast Competition, email misspageant@comcast.net or call 508-454-1713.

William Chismer, III

William Chismer, III, 72, of Marion died Sept. 30, 2015 in the Genesis Healthcare at Westfield Center, Westfield. He was the son of the late William Chismer, Jr and Annie (Campbell) Chismer.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Marion for many years.

He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Chismer worked at Bay Pointe Country Club in Onset and as a commercial fisherman for many years.

He was known in Ham and CB Radio as “Wild Bill”. He was proud to be the son of Annie Chismer.

Survivors include his 2 daughters, Crystal and Londa. He was the brother of the late Robert J. Chismer, Sr.

His graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd. & Rte. 6, Marion.

Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

Yard Boss Strikes Again

Yard Boss, a local landscaping company, was once again spotted allegedly drawing water from the Mattapoisett River off River Road near the intersection of Route 6. New commission member Trevor Francis recently observed a Yard Boss truck with a hose in the river.

“I drove up the road and turned around to get a picture, but they were already gone when I got back,” he told the other commission members on September 28.

With news of this latest seemingly illegal water taking, Chairman Bob Rogers said, “Yard Boss is not getting the message that this activity is not allowed…. We have to tell them to stop while making everyone aware it is still happening.” He said a letter would be sent to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Mattapoisett River Valley Water Supply Protection Advisory Committee.

“We are trying to get people to stop activities that are polluting the environment,” Rogers added.

But commission member Peter Newton was reticent to send a letter, asking, who has jurisdiction?

“I think we should speak to town counsel,” said Newton. “It’s not clear to me under what authority it is unpermitted.”

Rogers responded, “We should do our due diligence,” while adding, “Put the burden of proof on Yard Boss. If they feel they have a right, they need to show it.”

Rogers continued as if writing the letter aloud, “You don’t have a permit. File for one, or have your lawyer show us it is permitted activity.”

Newton said, “The letter needs to reference specific things that are jurisdictional.”

Commission member Mike King said, “I guarantee they don’t have a DOT valve on that truck … and what about the surrounding bank,” suggesting that chemical pollution might be discharged into the river and that the weight of the truck when fully loaded could damage the riverbank.

The commission members wondered aloud if the public would think to take pictures if they saw a Yard Boss truck taking water from a public source.

During the previous ConCom meeting, Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold brought up the same problem. After hearing from Fairhaven’s Department of Public Works Superintendent Vincent Furtado, she told the commission that Yard Boss had been seen taking water from the river. At that time, they decided to send a letter but apparently that had not been executed. This time, Rogers was clear that a letter would be sent.

“Let them come here if they feel they have a right,” Rogers concluded.

Earlier in the evening, the commission handled a long agenda of hearings.

Paul Silva, 19 Pleasant View Avenue, received a Negative 3 decision for the removal of grass and loam for the installation of a bluestone driveway.

Sharon Thompson, 9 Cove Street, and Eric Morrissette, 11 Cove Street, both represented by Bill Madden of G.A.F. Engineering, received orders of conditions for the removal of leach fields and associated septic equipment no longer needed as the properties will be tied into the new sewer lines that were recently installed in this barrier beach community.

Marc Kaner, 5 Pinewood Way, received a Negative 2 decision for the construction of a shed.

Adam Roderick, 175 Brandt Island Road received an order of conditions for the expansion of an existing deck.

Also on the agenda was a hearing with Michael Esposito and Cynthia Redel, 18 and 20 Ned’s Point Road. Their Request for Determination of Applicability included repairs to an existing pier and the construction of a teahouse and ornamental garden. Rogers wasn’t sure if they should have filed a Notice of Intent versus the RDA. He said that with a NOI, the commission had more latitude in how construction activities over the water could be managed to minimize impact.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for October 14 at 6:30 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


The Mortal Sea

W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, will speak about his book The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 pm. A reception and book signing will follow his presentation.

Before training as a historian, Jeff Bolster went to sea for 10 years as a licensed master and mate on oceanographic research vessels and sailing school-ships. He drew on that seafaring experience when writing his first book, the prize-winning Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail.

Bolster’s latest book, The Mortal Sea was published by Harvard University Press in 2012. An environmental history of overfishing, The Mortal Sea won numerous prizes, including the Bancroft Prize, generally considered to be among the most prestigious awards in the field of American history.

Bolster offers images of ship’s logs, etchings, photographs, and maps to illustrate his talk. The program is the second in the The Purrington Series being presented free to the public by the Mattapoisett Library Trust. Everyone is welcome. Please reserve a seat by calling 508-758-4171. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street, off Route 6.

Sunday Evening Worship

On Sunday, October 4, the Mattapoisett Congregational Church will offer an evening worship service and everyone is welcome! Worship begins at 5:00 pm in Reynard Hall at the corner of Church and Mechanic Streets in Mattapoisett. The service will include music, prayer, scripture and other traditional liturgical elements, but the style will be comfortable and casual. Music will provided by Jeff and David Dunn.

For more information, please call the church office at 508-758-2671.

Opens, Closes, Reopens Aquaculture Farm Hearing

The Marion Conservation Commission was poised to approve the Notice of Intent filed by Shea Doonan for an aquaculture farm off Ram Island, but in the end, Doonan was not present to answer some critical questions the commission had, so the matter was continued a second time until October 14.

Upon review after the closing of the public hearing, the commission realized the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife had some questions for Doonan, such as the specific species intended for the aquaculture, clarification on the use of nets, and how nets would be secured.

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program indicated that Doonan still needed to file with it as well. With Doonan not present that evening, the commission voted to reopen the closed public hearing and continue it until the October 14 meeting.

In other matters, the commission issued a negative determination – a Notice of Intent is not required – for Suzanne McManmon of 64 Delano Road to add a 20-foot wide addition to the existing garage. Because it is located in the velocity zone, the structure will have to be built on stilts.

The commission also advised Alexis Popik of 1 Shore Drive on a possible osprey nest platform she would like to erect in or near the one acre of saltmarsh on her property to replace the one that fell over years ago.

“[My husband and I] are bird watchers and we wanted to have an osprey platform out there so we could watch them,” said Popik. “We figured it would be useful to the town also. It’s a nice thing.”

Popik said she was just looking for some advice on how she would go about getting permission to build the platform.

ConCom Chairman Norman Hills said she would need to verify the wetlands line on the property, but she could possibly seek out that information from past filings with the town for that property. Hills said Popik might have to file a Notice of Intent if she plans to construct the platform in the saltmarsh instead of near it.

“Whether you’re putting this in the wetlands or outside the wetlands is going to make a difference,” said Hills.

Also during the meeting, the commission gave a negative determination for Daniel Rodenbush of 16 Bay Road to upgrade a failed sewage disposal system with a conforming Title 5 system. Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering said there would be no grading needed within 50 feet of the flagged wetlands, and the system would sit right at the 100-foot buffer zone.

The commission also granted a one-year extension for the Order of Conditions for the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity house being constructed at 185 Wareham Road.

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for October 14 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry