Academic Achievements

The Providence Country Day School has recognized Mattapoisett resident Gregory Schneider ‘18 for first trimester scholarship and achievement.

Music Program Highlighted at Holiday Concert

On Thursday, December 11, the holiday season kicked off in the Old Rochester Regional auditorium with the annual Holiday Concert. Featuring the ORR Jazz Band, ORR Concert Band, and ORR Chorus, the program was very well attended and well-received.

The 21-member Jazz Band ensemble performed five songs, including “Hot Chocolate” from the animated film The Polar Express. Junior Holly Frink accompanied the group on this piece as she performed the parts that actor Tom Hanks voiced in the film. Though all of their songs drew positive reactions, “La Llama Azul” was perhaps the best received. The audience really seemed to enjoy this track and its foreign flair. Sophomore Jacob Spevack and Senior Matthew Twaddle provided notable solos during the performance.

After the show, jazz band members Shane Fitzgerald and Zenobia Nelles, both juniors, expressed interest in continuing their music careers after high school. They thought the jazz band’s display that evening went well.

“I’d love to go to school and play the oboe, and maybe join some big band later on,” Nelles said.

Fitzgerald cited “La Llama Azul” and “Hot Chocolate” as what he considered the highlights of the show and “really good performances.”

“Hot Chocolate” was not the only song from the popular Christmas movie The Polar Express that was performed during the concert. Members of the concert band joined the jazz band to perform the song “Believe,” also from the film. This was perhaps the centerpiece of the performance and earned positive reactions from the audience.

The concert band and chorus then set up their entire ensemble for the show’s second half. They performed five more songs, titled “Wassail,” “Midnight Sleighride,” “Greensleeves,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas,” respectively. The last two songs of the set are definitely holiday classics, and the concert band and chorus did an excellent job in their renditions, earning standing ovations on both performances.

The balance of well-known songs and more obscure pieces was evident throughout the show, one of the many strong points of the evening.

It seemed, even as the holiday concert wrapped up, the audience was eager for more. Though there was no encore, the entire Music Department earned a robust standing ovation. Much of the credit deservedly went to Music Director Michael Barnicle, who definitely put on a successful show that appealed to people of all ages.

By Patrick Briand

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Selectmen Reject Conservation Restriction

They wanted more time to consider the conservation restriction proposed by Rid Bullerjahn, heir to 105 Allen’s Point Road, but ultimately members of the Marion Board of Selectmen did not change their minds about rejecting the request on December 16.

The board struggled with a decision back on December 8 and continued the matter until they could refer to the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission for a recommendation and gather tax revenue information about the property from the assessor’s office. Neither, however, was able to sway selectmen toward a positive vote.

“I believe open spaces should be open to the public,” said Selectman Jody Dickerson, a sentiment that carried over from the last meeting. “If we had public access, I’d be the first to sign on to it.”

Selectman Stephen Cushing could not get past his perceived unfairness of the deal.

“I think the benefit to the applicant is greater than that of the public,” stated Cushing. “I just can’t, in good conscience, approve this the way it is. The scales are just tipped too far in the direction of the applicant.”

Board of Selectmen Chairman Jonathan Henry wanted to explore other options that would balance the benefit to both the town and to Bullerjahn, as well as neighbor Doug Watson, who was cooperating with Bullerjahn to further the size of the land under the conservation restriction. Henry also hoped for a way to mitigate tax revenue loss from the pending conservation restriction.

Bullerjahn addressed the board, saying he had no problem with including public access in the agreement, and asked if including the language would influence their opinion.

“It would strengthen the case,” said Henry.

“It isn’t that we’re seeing more benefit from the town,” said Bullerjahn. “I was a little taken aback,” Bullerjahn said of the board’s perception of his benefit from the arrangement.

Henry said the board has endured harsh criticism in the past for conservation restrictions that promised public access but failed to honor the agreement.

“I don’t want to close the door to this,” said Henry, “but I’d love to see strengthening the public access.” He said he liked the idea, but it was not compelling enough for him to approve.

“I’m sorry you feel that way,” said Bullerjahn.

Accompanying Bullerjahn was Mark Robinson, who said Bullerjahn’s alternative of a deed restriction to preserve the land to honor his late parents’ wishes would expire in 30 years, leaving the property open again for development.

At that, the selectmen voted unanimously to deny the conservation restriction.

The next scheduled meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen is December 30 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry


Showstoppers Performances

The Showstoppers singing troupe will perform with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, December 20 in the Family Holiday Pops Concerts at the Zeiterion Theatre.

The two “Magical Moments” shows will be offered at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 508-994-2900.

The Showstoppers performance troupe is teaming up with the North Dartmouth Mall to help those in need in our community.

The singing troupe will perform at the mall on Sunday, December 21 on a stage in front of Old Navy from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, while volunteers collect donations for the Acushnet-based nonprofit, Gifts to Give.

Gifts to Give provides gift-packs of clothes, books and toys to ten thousand local children each year who are homeless or living in families in poverty. “The need is great,” said Denise Bertrand, a Rochester resident who volunteers at the center filling orders that come in from various distribution partners. “Often when we don’t have what is needed, one of us will take money out of our own pockets to purchase the item to fulfill the order.”

New packages of children’s socks and underwear of any size as well as cash donations are needed most at this time.

Visit for more information about their services or how to get involved.

George A. DeMello

George A. DeMello of Falmouth, passed away in the Falmouth Hospital surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was 77. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Ransom) DeMello of 58 years.

George was born in New Bedford, MA, the son of the late George and Marie (Arnold) DeMello. He served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. He was a graduate of Tabor Academy where he captained the football, wrestling, and Lacrosse teams.

George was the owner and operator of DeMello Electric, serving the Cape Cod community, with both residential and commercial projects. He was a life-long resident of Falmouth. He enjoyed family, friends, sports and animals. He was a known for his quick wit, engaging smile and great sense of humor.

Besides his beloved wife Shirley, George is survived by his children, George DeMello and his wife Molly of Cotuit MA, Tim DeMello and his wife, Lauri of Boston MA & Austin TX, and Lisa (DeMello) Stryke and her husband Phil of Easton MA; brother, Antonio DeMello and his wife Paz of TX; and daughter-in-law, Mary C. DeMello of Medfield MA; 7 grandchildren: Madison, George, Nicole, Zachary, Rachel, Hannah, and Hannah; and many loved nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all his doctors, nurses and the staff at Falmouth Hospital.

Visiting hours will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street FALMOUTH CENTER. Following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in the Saint Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy (Route 28) East Falmouth. Burial will be in the Saint Anthony’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation for Falmouth Hospital, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.

Harry M. Carlson, Jr.

Harry M. Carlson, Jr., 65, of Wareham, died Dec. 15, 2014 at home. He was the son of the late Harry M. Carlson, Sr. and Linnea M. (Lawson) Carlson.

He was born in Wareham and lived there all of his life.

Mr. Carlson graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Dean Junior College and Kent State University in Kent, OH.

Mr. Carlson taught Physical Education in the Town of Wareham for 35 years and later was the Athletic Director before retiring in 2009. For the last 6 years, Mr. Carlson coached for Lady Sting Softball in Easton.

He was a wonderful father and grandfather who loved his family.

Survivors include 2 sons, Aaron Carlson and Brian Carlson both of Wareham; a daughter, Janelle Carlson of Wareham; 3 grandchildren, Taylor and Briel Carlson and Jalayla Tillery.

His funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham.

Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to East Coast Pitching, P.O. Box 447, East Wareham, MA 02538.

Allen Thurston Parker

Allen Thurston Parker, 85, of Mattapoisett, died December 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Shirley J. (Corey) Parker and the son of the late Mabel (Tripp) and Robert E. Parker.

Born and lived at Pine Hill Farm in Acushnet until joining the Army during the Korean conflict, served as a sergeant in the 325th Tank Battalion and after his discharge and marriage, lived in Fairhaven, Rochester and Mattapoisett. He was a descendant of Whaling Capt. George J. Parker and of Whaling Capt. John J. Parker.

He retired from AT&T in 1986 after spending many years with New England Telephone Company. Later he was assigned to Lucent Technologies as a retiree. He was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in Rochester and a volunteer for the fire department until moving to Mattapoisett. He also served as “Bake Master” for the Rochester Fireman’s annual clambakes for many years and also the American Legion Post 280 clambakes in Mattapoiosett.

A 7th degree member of the National Grange, Acushnet and Pomona Granges, past President of the Long Plain Museum and past President of the Bristol Life Members Telephone Pioneers of America and was honored to participate in their 1984 Olympic Torch Run. He was also a member of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, Gateway Treasure Hunter’s

Club, Sippican Seniors of Marion, Royal Travelers, Brandt Beach Association and Descendant’s of Whaling Masters and a volunteer to repair talking books for the Perkin’s Institute for the Blind.

Survivors include his widow; his sons, Craig E. Parker of Rochester and Barry A. Parker of Fairhaven; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Parker and her husband, Shawn of Windham, New Hampshire and Michael R. Parker and wife, Rachel of Norfolk,Virginia; and great-grandaughter, Scarlett Avery Parker.

He was the brother of the late Raymond C. Parker and Earl F. Parker and the great-grandfather of the late Kara Avery Parker.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 19th from 3-7 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His family will receive guests on Saturday morning, December 20th from 9 – 10 AM in the funeral home followed by his Graveside Service in Acushnet Cemetery at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Long Plain Museum, P.O. Box 30339, Acushnet, MA 02743.

ConCom Accepts FY16 Budget

With the full Rochester Conservation Commission in attendance, the Fiscal Year 2016 budget for this department was briefly reviewed and approved. Set at $106,933 with $102,673 allocated for salaries, the commission will have a mere $4,260 with which to conduct business in the coming year.

“So little flexibility,” stated ConCom Chairman Rosemary Smith.

In other business, a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Covanta of SEMASS received a negative determination for the installation of 1,250 linear feet of two-inch polywater filter lines. This work has been necessitated by the discovery of high levels of manganese in potable water servicing the partnership building at the site.

Michael and Lois Mentzer of 6 Thistle Lane, represented by Jennifer Silva of Outback Engineering, received approval and an Order of Conditions for the construction of a 24-foot by 24-foot addition with a 12-foot by 14-foot deck within the 100-foot buffer zone.

The Town of Rochester, represented by Walter Hartley of Libby Consulting, and in partnership with landowners Ken and Susan McCarty of 570 New Bedford Road, has been completing wetland delineations on the 31-acre parcel.

McCarty will place the majority of the acreage into permanent conservation with a small portion set aside for a new residence, which they will build in the future as a retirement home. The Town has been using grant money to pay for engineering fees.

If the McCartys fail to follow-through on their plans to place the lands in a protected status, engineering costs will be reimbursed to the Town.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon told the commission that the partnership with Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School for the development of digital trail maps and printed guides titled “Explore Rochester” is nearing completion.

Smith said that she will be out of the region for the next three months and asked if others on the commission could step into the role of chairman while she is away. As they have done in previous years, John Teal will assume the role of chairman with Kevin Cassidy as backup when Teal is not available.

The next meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission is January 6 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall meeting room.

By Marilou Newell


A Ton of Donations



On Monday, December 8th Marion Cub Scout Pack 32, held a very successful drive for Gifts to Give Charity. The boys collected literally a “ton” of donations, approximately 2,000 pounds of toys, clothing and household goods! Gifts to Give provides a place for anyone, including children to give back to their local community, by donating gently used items and repurposing them for children in need.

For the past four years, Lisa Baltz, Leader of the WEBELOS Den, has organized the Cub Scouts to collect donations, and volunteer their time at Gifts to Give. Every year the event has grown larger and more successful. “We love working with ‘Jim’ Stevens, he is a wonderful guy doing some very important work. There are over 2,500 homeless children and 25,000 children living in poverty on the South Coast! Jim, the founder and CEO of Gifts to Give has created a way to recycle toys, books and clothing to help these children in need. The boys from Pack 32 are truly so ‘lucky’, it is such an important lesson for them to learn to give to others.”

Christmas in Shipyard Park

Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty — plus food, crafts for kids, and the annual tree lighting are some of the hallmarks of a Mattapoisett Christmas. The Mattapoisett Lion’s Club in partnership with local businesses hosted the annual tree lighting at Shipyard Park on Saturday, December 13. The Lions also collected toys and canned goods in support of local charities. Photos by Marilou Newell

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