How to Stay Secure On Line & In Line

On Friday, January 13, Robin Putnam, a Research and Special Projects Manager for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present a program on consumer safety to include such topics as how to avoid identity theft, online security, scams and fraud prevention, and how to spot and avoid credit card skimming devices. Bring your questions on how to stay secure on line and in line.

We will meet at 12:30 pm for finger food luncheon, tea/coffee and sweets. Following, we will have a business meeting at 1:00 pm and our program should start at 1:30 pm. Traditionally, our club meets on the second Friday of the month, September through March, with our annual meeting on the last Friday in April. Our meetings are open to anyone who is interested. Our on-site meetings are held at our clubhouse “Handy’s Tavern” at 152 Front Street, Marion. Please park at the Landing Wharf Parking Lot across from the Marion Music Hall. Non-members are charged a $5 guest fee. For Sippican Woman’s Club membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website:

A Striper for Papa

Being a 1950-60 striper addict with a beach buggy (and with 2016 ambulatory issues), the following essay is from a grandfather’s heart and from Bourne Oaks Retirement Community for older people with small dogs and a bingo habit.

The community is 30 minutes from my Marion family – Steve, Dyan, Emma and Ben. Our son and 11-year-old grandson caught and released a few schoolie bass keepers during Ben’s 2016 summer vacation.

            Would it be possible to release a striper for the elder’s dinner table?

On October 20, 2016, with October winding down, there was still no striper dinner complete with bacon, lemon slices, hash browns and pickled beets for the neighboring bingo family. While most Cape anglers have stored their tackle away by now, grandson Ben remains positive. “We gotta get Papa a bass.”

“The season is over, Ben. They are headed to warmer water,” says Steve.

Transporting kids to baseball games and music lessons and now fall soccer and gymnastics has left no time for a “Papa fish.”

Steve’s office is on the second floor of a boatyard, and a picture window overlooks Marion Harbor. On Sunday afternoon, October 23, he had paperwork and, with Ben, they drove two miles to his office.

“We need to get Papa a keeper,” Ben repeats, always optimistic, and he has packed his rigged rod. Steve heads for the building, and Ben yells, “Dad, come here!”

Standing on the dock, they behold a black patch of flitting pogies, a striper’s treat.

Ben’s tackle is a 7-foot rod spinning reel filled with 12-pound test line, a leader, and a weighted treble hook to snag a bait fish, which he accomplishes on the first cast.

“Dad, I just saw a submarine or a Great White shark pass under the dock,” says Ben and, alarmed, he lifts the pogie, hesitant to return it. With Steve urging him, the bait is put back in the water that explodes, showering the dock. Line zings from the reel nearly catapult Ben off the wharf.

“This is no schoolie, dad!” Ben exclaims. “Hang on,“ Dad yells, imagining a highlight adventure, dock slips lined with motorboats, a sailboat, Zodiaks, pilings, and everything hazardous to landing a large fish. He is aware of the impending challenge of landing a big mama striper in a congested space that could barely accommodate the capture of a small mama.

Being an accomplished fisherman, Steve’s life work is to publish and to film New England fishing and boating adventures; however, there is no filming crew on this day, with the only witness being a yachtsman motoring ashore in a Boston Whaler.

The striper charges the dock, and Ben reels frantically to gain line. “Steer her away from the slips,” Steve instructs, but this is impossible. Steve slides into a sailboat, and Ben hands him the rod pulsating with a half-moon bend and line stretching around the mast. Pushing away from the mast, he passes the rod back to Ben, and jumps into a Zodiak anticipating the fish to rub off on a piling and to escape under the dock. With the rod back in his hands, Steve is able to lead the striper around the Zodiak while bouncing and nearly losing his balance.

“She’s spooling me!” Steve shouted, reeling in the fish. The young fellow observing the scenario while unloading his sailing gear from the Boston Whaler said, “Hop aboard,” as the mama striper raced for a moored cabin cruiser.

A lengthy pursuit ensued. “A Marion Harbor Sleigh Ride,” Steve described it.

Skillfully, they maneuver the fish into shallow water where she rubs off on a rock. Watching the large striper swim free, the Whaler Captain states, “She’d never fit in this boat!” Steve smiles and says, “Thank God for ‘Hot Sauce,’” a signature title for Ben by his fifth-grade lady friends.

Ben has a striper for Papa and Steve has a real life and personal adventure for his fishing magazine.

Finally, with line stretching in one direction to the fish and with Ben holding the rod, he leads the fish to Steve, who is lying flat on the dock with his face inches from the water. Ben, with rod in hand and holding Steve’s belt to keep his dad anchored with the other, says, “Papa will be proud,” as fearless father gently clutches Big Mama by the gills.

Against insurmountable odds of landing this fish, a team effort results in high-fives, fist bumps, many photos, and a striper for Papa – which meant a gourmet feast for half of the bingo crowd.

By Rudd “Papa” Wyman

Boating Fee Payment Schedule Changing

Mattapoisett Selectman Jordan Collyer expressed his frustration on the glacial progress of changes to the Marine Rule and Regulations, specifically rules governing the issuance of mooring numbers, permits and payment schedules.

During the January 10 Board of Selectmen meeting, Collyer pointed out that it had been 18 months since the selectmen had asked the members of the Marine Advisory Board to edit the existing rules and regulations and draft a new document for review. That document to date has not been completed.

One area of concern is the process currently used for the issuance of mooring numbers and their associated stickers. Collyer said, “We have created unnecessary work – just give them a sticker that matches the mooring number!”

Town Clerk Kathy Heuberger was present and explained that it would take several internal changes before a more streamlined assignment process could be implemented.

Regarding the issuance of annual mooring invoices, Collyer again voiced concern and irritation. He said the grace period between when the bills were sent out and when the mooring holder needed to pay was too long. “It should be 30 days,” he said.

Presently, the clerk’s office sends out mooring renewal bills on February 1. The current regulations allow the mooring holder until the end of June to make payment or 120 days.

After discussion on how to go about adjusting the payment cycle to ensure that the harbormaster has sufficient time to reassign unwanted or unpaid moorings, Selectmen Paul Silva and Tyler Macallister voted to amend section 10.2 of the Marine Rules and Regulation to read:

“April 1 bills will be sent with final notice of revocation. Any bill not paid by May 1 under this provision will result in the forfeiture of space.”

            The selectmen plan to review the billing cycle in greater detail over the coming months with an eye towards having the bills sent out in November.

            Staying on the theme of all things harbor-side, the selectmen discussed the size of the Marine Advisory Board. They concurred that a nine-member committee was too large. They agreed that they would amend the rules governing the MAB at their next scheduled meeting to reflect a board of seven members with three alternates. They also voted to appoint Horace Field as an alternate to the MAB and to advance Edward VanKeuren from alternate to full member to fill a recently vacated seat.

Before moving to onshore business, the selectmen agreed to send a message to the MAB that the long-awaited updated rules and regulations must be submitted by April 1 for a July 1 implementation.

The appointment of Christine Tavares as a permanent full-time police officer was announced. Town Administrator Michael Gagne said she had already completed academy training and was fully certified. “She’ll hit the road right off the bat,” Gagne said.

Gagne also told the selectmen that at the next meeting, representatives from Clean Energy Collective will make a presentation on services they intend to offer the town and its residents to help reduce energy costs.

The Town of Marion has provided Mattapoisett with information on affordable housing opportunities at the Sippican Woods sub-division. Gagne said that three of the 10 homes that will be part of lottery program might go to people outside Marion. Gagne said full details will be made available at the town hall and on the website The application deadline is February 14 at 2:00 pm.

Gagne reminded the community that the Mattapoisett police station has a receptacle in the lobby for the safe disposal of prescription medications. He urged the public not to flush vitamins or medication into septic systems or public sewer systems. Gagne explained that these toxins are reaching ground water levels or being pushed into seawater. “They are having an impact on marine life,” he said.

Gagne also reported that a newly-released government statement indicates that drought conditions are unchanged. He said that people don’t generally think about drought in the winter, but that it is ongoing in spite of recent rain and snowfall.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is scheduled for January 24 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Project GROW

Project GROW is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 preschool enrollment in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester schools. If you are interested, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 508-758-1863 or email

Marion Town House Thoughts

The Town House Acquisition Committee members are professional experts in architecture and the construction of specialized and repurposed facilities. They hired an architectural firm with expertise in historical preservation. Together they identified 12 potential solutions and used a professional process over four years to refine concepts and costs estimates. Get the facts; do not rely on hearsay, unsubstantiated claims, and scare tactics.

We are developing a new Marion Master Plan. The key goal identified by Marion residents at the workshops is the Village Style concept that plays through every one of the eight parts of the Plan. The Town House location is a keystone for our existing Village; Route 6 is a Village bypass.

Marion reuses historic buildings; old is not useless. The conversion of the VFW building for the Council on Aging is an excellent example. Building Permit data confirms that in the last 10 years, only 1.6 percent of the permits were for new construction. New Bedford, Newport, and Portland, ME exemplify shortsighted decisions that cost the town heritage and character. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.

We choose to live in Marion because of the village atmosphere, the pleasures of swimming and boating, and the proximity to large cities. We make decisions based on many criteria; cost is only one. If cost were utmost, we would all be living in tiny houses, driving old cars, and the owners of 8-foot rowboats. Quality, design aesthetics, and pride of ownership, are historically important to Marion residents.

The Town House has served for over 130 years because it was well built. We owe the same consideration to our children and grandchildren. The least costly option often is not the most cost effective one. Let’s renovate the Town House for another 100 years.

Norman Hills


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MOSAC Considers Grant for Phragmite Control

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has contacted Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell, offering an opportunity to apply for grant money to assist in phragmite removal at the Grassi Bog property as part of the Grassi Bog Restoration Grant.

Rockwell said on January 5 that the NRCS would provide a grant to fully fund a phragmite control contract at the conservation property managed by MOSAC.

Rockwell brought the matter up to fellow MOSAC members, who encouraged Rockwell to pursue the grant funds.

“Hey, it’s free money,” said Rockwell. He estimated that there is roughly a 3,000 to 4,000 square-foot area of phragmites at Grassi Bog.

“It’s getting bigger every year,” said MOSAC member Alan Harris.

The NRCS will pay for the contract, which would entail the manual application of pesticides to each individual phragmite, once a year for three years. The best part about the nature of this particular grant, said Rockwell, is that once the commission selects a contractor, the NRCS can be billed directly.

“We (MOSAC) wouldn’t even have to pass through any money,” Rockwell said.

Rockwell said in a follow-up email on January 6 that the invasive problem at Grassi Bog “isn’t that bad, as of yet,” but the Town would not have to match any of the funding should it be officially granted to the town.

No specified amount has yet been stated.

The next meeting of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission is scheduled for January 19 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Recreation building at 13 Atlantis Drive.

By Jean Perry


Bernadette D. (Donoghue) Weber

Bernadette D. (Donoghue) Weber, 93, of Marion, formerly of Westwood, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Sippican Health Care Center in Marion. She was the beloved wife of Ernest W. Weber.

Born in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Stewart) Donoghue. Mrs. Weber worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Western Electric Co. Mrs. Weber also worked as bookkeeper for the New England Patriots during the time when Billy Sullivan owned the team.

Survivors include her husband Ernest; her son, William E. Weber and his wife Susanne of Marion and Long Boat Key, FL; her daughter, Jean Connelly and her husband Michael of Weymouth; her grandchildren, William Weber, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Walpole, Cheryl Ann Redmond and her husband Scott of Richmond, VA, Michael R. Weber and his wife Kristen of Medfield, Kathleen Connelly of Weymouth and Ryan Connelly and his wife Kelly of South Boston. Also surviving are 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours will be Sunday from 2 – 5 PM at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham.

Donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Scott L. Almeida

Scott L. Almeida, age 51 of Acushnet, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017, after a brief illness.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Leonard and Joyce (Barcroft) Almeida. Scott spent 22 years employed by D. W. White as a machine operator. He adored his family and dog Rusty. He got a rush out of anything with an engine and enjoyed fishing and having campfires. Scott was most proud of his 3 daughters and his many accomplishments in the construction field. Scott was an enthusiastic member of I.U.O.E. Local 4.

He is survived by his parents; three daughters, Shawna R. Almeida of Mattapoisett, Meghan E. Almeida and Chris Madeira of New Bedford and Kristin L. Almeida and Matthew Cobb of Acushnet; his beloved longtime companion Janice M. Richard of Acushnet, three step-children, 4 granddaughters, and was thrilled to be expecting his first grandson.

His Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Rock Funeral Home,1285 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford. Visitation prior 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Burial private. Relatives and friends invited. For tributes and directions:

Edward R. Nick

Edward R. Nick, 81, of Marion died January 9, 2017 at Tobey Hospital after a brief illness.

He was the husband of Barbara (Detmer) Nick, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Born in Bridgeport, CT, the son of the late Louis J. and Jeanne (Beaudin) Nick, he lived in Connecticut before retiring to Marion 13 years ago.

Mr. Nick enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, clamming and fishing. He was an avid hockey fan and loved the game of golf. He enjoyed cooking grand meals to share with family and friends. His biggest passion in life was enjoying time with family and friends and helping people in any way he could.

Mr. Nick served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Kevin Nick and his wife Kelly of Tolland, CT; a daughter, Kimberly Owens and her husband Patrick of Carlsbad, CA; 5 grandchildren, Cameron, Caleb, Hayden, Brennan and Ailish.

He was the father of the late Douglas Nick.

Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Marion Fire Fighters Spaghetti Dinner

The Marion Fire Fighters Association will hold their Annual Spaghetti Dinner on January 14 at the Marion Social Club from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This is a benefit fund for the Annual Scholarship Award. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or call Ronnie at 774-263-2589 or Arnold at 508-317-7726.