Elizabeth Taber Special Events Committee

To the Editor:

The Elizabeth Taber Library’s special events committee – Roxanne Dunlop, Kathleen Reed, Lynn Crocker, Asha Wallace, Libby O’Neill and Jacqueline Carroll – would like to extend our gratitude to all who contributed to August’s social bridge tournament. We could have never accomplished this event without the direction of Linda Elliott, who is especially talented at organizing and scoring bridge games.

From the smiling and skilled bridge players to generous donors and volunteers who helped to make this first bridge tournament fundraising event such a huge success, we thank you.

Many local businesses such as Spirits, Top of the Hill Liquors and Eden florist and garden shop made food, prizes, and decorative donations that contributed to our success. We could not have accommodated such a large group without the use of equipment loaned to us by the BYC, Sippican Women’s Club and the Sippican Tennis Club. It was such an endearing experience for the committee to have so much support from this exceptional community.

This event raised a total of $2,575 dollars which was twice as much as our goal. The money raised will afford the library three new museum passes. Patrons will soon be able to check out passes to the Roger Williams Zoo, Plimoth Plantation and the Providence Children’s Museum. By adding these passes to the collection, the Elizabeth Taber Library intends to further enrich its patrons by decreasing the cost of these educational experiences. In addition to this, the library plans to purchase two new shelving carts that will be used for collection maintenance projects, sorting and shelving existing books, and processing new books.

Due to a great deal of positive feedback and encouragement from participants, we plan to repeat the event next year. In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the new passes, to visit the library and join our emailing list to be informed about our programs and new services.

Elizabeth Taber Special Events Committee


The views expressed in the “Letters to the Editor” column are not necessarily those of The Wanderer, its staff or advertisers. The Wanderer will gladly accept any and all correspondence relating to timely and pertinent issues in the great Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester area, provided they include the author’s name, address and phone number for verification. We cannot publish anonymous, unsigned or unconfirmed submissions. The Wanderer reserves the right to edit, condense and otherwise alter submissions for purposes of clarity and/or spacing considerations. The Wanderer may choose to not run letters that thank businesses, and The Wanderer has the right to edit letters to omit business names. The Wanderer also reserves the right to deny publication of any submitted correspondence.

Healing Little Hearts 5K and Fun Run

On Monday, October 13 “Healing Little Hearts” will hold its second annual 5K and Fun Run to benefit pediatric heart research at Boston Children’s Hospital. The race begins and ends at Center School, 16 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett, with a 9:00 am start for the Kids’ Fun Run and a 9:30 am start for the 5K. The course will pass the shoreline with a turn-around at Ned’s Point Lighthouse. Pre-registration is $20 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under running the 5K; and $5 for the Fun Run only. Online registration closes on Friday, October 10. Registration will be $25 for all runners the morning of the race. T-shirts will be given to the first 175 5K registrants and the first 50 Fun Run registrants. One dollar from every registration will be donated to the Mattapoisett PTA. Registration is available online at healinglittlehearts.racewire.com.

Gateway Youth Hockey

Squirts: At the September 20 game at Gallo against Plymouth Orange, the Gateway Squirts dominated the game from start to finish. In the first period, Trendyn Medeiros got Gateway on the board with a goal assisted by Matthew Paling. That goal was followed by Nathan Ribiero, Paling made the third goal assisted by Medeiros and then Matthew Quinlan and Juni Suarez added to the score with the 4th and 5th goals, respectively. Goalie Ryker King had two saves in the first period. Starting the second period with a 5-0 lead, Jacob Hebbel started the Squirts off with a goal assisted by Braden MacDonald, followed by a goal by Medeiros assisted by King, and then followed up by Paling assisted by Medeiros. King continued to protect the net with three more saves. In the third period, the Squirts continued to keep control of the puck, allowing Medeiros to get two more goals with one assisted by Ribeiro, giving Gateway Squirts a 10-0 win and keeping the goalie Ryker King’s shut-out streak alive.

            Pee Wees: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee team lost to Hanover Sunday morning with a score of 3-1. Hanover broke the ice with a goal at the end of the first period, but Gateway tied the game in the second when Zachary Barris scored off of an assist by Ben DeMoranville. Hanover came on strong in the third period with two additional goals to take the game.

Bantams: During Game 1 on Saturday, the Gateway Youth Hockey Bantam team won their third game in a row, downing the WHK Hawks, 4-1. After a scoreless first period, Nick Snow found the back of the net, assisted by Josh Smolinsky. Smolinsky then opened the third period with a goal of his own, assisted by Zack Lovendale. Three minutes later, Lovendale scored a goal assisted by Snow. Jackson St. Don added an insurance goal with less than a minute remaining, after some hard work in the corner by Noah Demoranville produced the opportunity. Robert Ramsay contributed his usual back-checking effort, while the defense – Coleby Paling, Beth Davis, Matt Youlden, and Jared Westgate – played their most physical game of the young season. Steven Strachan produced a shutout performance in net for his half of the game, and Zachary Pateakos also played well in net.

In Game 2 on Sunday, a depleted roster was one of the many shortcomings the Gateway Youth Hockey Bantams suffered as the team endured their first loss of the season. The North Devils got a goal in each period, as they blanked Gateway by a score of 3-0. The Gateway squad will use the sour taste of defeat as a motivator in preparation for undefeated Canton next weekend.

Community Preservation Opens Application Cycle

The first meeting of the fall season of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee took place on September 18. After a quick bit of organizational business, which found John DeCosta continuing as the chairman, Margaret DeMello as secretary and Michelle Hughes as treasurer, the committee discussed the opening of the application cycle. The 2014 cycle begins September 30 and ends November 15. Applications will be available on the town’s website www.mattapoisett.net or at the town hall.

Mattapoisett allows the open space committee, recreation department, community housing, and historic commission to request funds through an application process. However, private groups whose project may be of historic significance to the town and its residents may also submit an application.

Last year, the CPC presented the voters at town meeting with a list of projects that all ultimately received funding. Those projects were: Barlow Cemetery – $3,627 for fencing repairs and general maintenance; Mattapoisett Historical Society/Museum – $16,000 for new cataloging system of historical documents; Buzzards Bay Coalition – $96,000 for land acquisition at Nasketucket Bay; town wharf – $49,000 for masonry repairs; Bike Path Committee – $39,000 engineering fees for Phase 1B; town beach bath house – $50,000 for repairs including handicap accessibility structural improvements; and Recreation Department – $55,000 for a tot lot adjacent to the tennis courts at Center School, tennis court repairs and installation of a shuffle board court.

Each funded project is required to install on the project site signage stating that it is being funded by the CPC. The applicant is also required to provide an annual financial report detailing how the money has been used until the full fund has been discharged. At the next meeting of the CPC, point people for each project will be asked to attend and give an update including how the funds have been used.

The Community Preservation Act of Massachusetts (M.G.L. Chapter 44B) passed in 2000. The act allows cities and towns to raise money that may be used for various projects – projects that might otherwise not be funded. The funds are dedicated for use only for open space, historic resources, affordable housing, and the acquisition and development of recreational facilities.

Those towns that have adopted the act may raise funds via a surcharge on property tax bills up to 3 percent. Presently Mattapoisett imposes 0.0066 percent to real estate taxes for this purpose. Adoption of CPA triggers annual distributions from the state’s Community Preservation Trust Fund, a statewide fund managed by Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The state trust is funded via deed recording fees by the state’s Registries of Deeds. The two fund sources, local and state, combine to form the Community Preservation Fund.

The next public meeting of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee is October 16 at 6:30 pm at Center School’s conference room.

By Marilou Newell


EEE Virus Confirmed in Mosquitos from Marion

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, MA. More specifically, one bird-biting mosquito, culiseta melanura, was found in samples.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 years of age and over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Marion residents are urged to take personal protective measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites. These personal protective measures include:

- Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn);

- Weather permitting, wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn);

- Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens outdoors;

- Repair window and door screens in your home;

- Dump standing water twice weekly;

- Arrange neighborhood cleanups to get rid of mosquito breeding sites.

Please contact the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 if you have any questions.

Volleyball Nabs First Win

Here is a look at the third week of results in scheduled games for all ORR athletic teams.

Football: Thanks to a strong performance by junior Darien Dumond, the Bulldogs continued their undefeated streak and gained their third win of the season with a 35-14 win over Bourne. Dumond contributed three touchdowns for the Bulldogs: two rushing and one receiving. Senior Ethan Lizotte and junior Sean Hopkins also added a score apiece. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back, and Bourne’s defense was not strong enough to contain the run-oriented Bulldogs. However, the Bulldog offense, headed by Quarterback Alex Aruri, threw more passes in the game than their other two games combined, proving that the ORR offense is versatile in both running and passing. The boys’ next game is on Friday, September 26, at GNB Voc-Tech at 7:00 pm.

Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs also remained undefeated this week, with two exciting wins over conference teams. The girls defeated Seekonk 1-0 in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire game. With just six seconds remaining, senior Alexa Francis, assisted by Ashley Pacheco, scored against the Seekonk goalkeeper to break the scoreless tie and maintain the Lady Bulldogs’ perfect record. Also to be praised was Goalie Mya Lunn, who did an excellent job turning away any offensive momentum Seekonk could muster. The girls followed the exciting win up with a 6-0 blowout over Wareham later in the week. Six different players scored for ORR: Pacheco, Darby Nolet, Hannah Ribeiro, Sarah Robertson, Devyn O’Connor, and Hannah Guard, showing the overall depth of the program.

            Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team started their week off with a tough 6-1 loss to out-of-conference Dartmouth. Evan Santos scored the first goal of the game and gave the Bulldogs an early lead, but Dartmouth quickly caught up thanks to a stellar performance by Andrew Martinez, who scored four goals on the game. Luckily, the game did not count to the Bulldogs’ SCC record. However, the boys bounced back with a nice 3-1 win over Dighton-Rehoboth, with Alex Sousa, Hunter Parker, and Tim Dix each scoring a goal for the 5-2 Bulldogs.

Girls’ Soccer: The girls had a slower week than usual, only participating in one game against Dighton-Rehoboth. The Lady Bulldogs, who were previously undefeated, suffered their first tie to the DR Falcons, in a tight 1-1 finish. Bailey Truesdale scored the lone ORR goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining, but the Falcons countered with an equalizer with less than six minutes remaining. Though this was the first non-win for the Lady Bulldogs, it still keeps them atop the SCC rankings.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country: The cross country teams participated in their first official meet of the season against Fairhaven. Both teams jumped out to a 1-0 record, as the boys’ team won 20-49, and the girls’ team won 15-45. The boys took places 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 to round out their top five, with all five runners dipping below the nineteen minute mark. The girls dominated, with all five of their scorers finishing before the first Fairhaven runners. Newcomers Maddie Meyer (20:28) and Nina Bourgeois (20:44) led the team, finishing 1-2 in their first ever dual meet.

Golf: The golf team also remained undefeated this week, easily winning all three of their games. Against GNB Voc Tech, the boys won 180-82, with Jacob Durocher leading the team with a one-under par 35. The boys then defeated Bourne in a closer 177-155 win. This time, Jackson Mitchell led the team with a personal-best 35. The boys wrapped up their successful week with a win over Seekonk, with Collin Fitzpatrick shooting a 38 to lead the 7-0 Bulldogs.

Volleyball: This week was a big one for the Lady Bulldogs. Despite losing twice this week to out-of-conference New Bedford, the Lady Bulldogs managed to earn their first victory of the season over Dighton-Rehoboth in an exciting 3-2 win. Michaelah Nunes was the MVP for ORR, recording 21 assists and 11 aces. Maddie Lee also played well, recording 12 digs and 8 kills. Hopefully, the Lady Bulldogs will be able to continue their SCC momentum to make a run for the state tournament.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 21.

Football: (3-0-0) (3-0-0); Field Hockey: (6-0-0) (6-0-0); Girls’ Soccer: ( 5-0-1) (5-0-1); Boys’ Soccer: (5-2-0) (5-1-0); Golf: (7-0-0) (7-0-0); Volleyball: (1-7-0) (1-5-0); Boys’ Cross Country: (1-0-0) (1-0-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (1-0-0) (1-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian


Mattapoisett Bike Path Public Hearing

A Public Hearing for the Mattapoisett Bike Path with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is scheduled for September 25 at 7:00 pm at Old Hammondtown School. This is an important and a long-awaited milestone for the project. The hearing is an opportunity for people to learn about the project and provide input or show support. A positive hearing will allow the project to move to the next stage of funding commitment and permitting. Plans will be available at Old Hammondtown School one half hour before the presentation.

The proposed project will extend the bike path from Mattapoisett Neck Road to Depot Street parking area and provide a handicapped accessible path along our beautiful coast. When this section is complete, there will be direct bike path access to the village and to a signalized Route 6 crossing. This is a hearing, not a vote. The general public – residents and visitors alike – are encouraged to come to the meeting or write letters to provide input. Letters can be brought to the hearing or mailed no later than October 5. Pre- addressed postcards and letters are available at Town Hall, Council on Aging and the Mattapoisett Free Library, as well as at businesses around town.

More information is available at www.mattapoisettrailtrail.org. Click on “Read our Blog.” The address for the letters is: Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT – Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116-3973, RE: 25% Design Public Hearing, Mattapoisett – Multi-Use Path Construction (Phase 1B), Mattapoisett, Project File No. 605677, Roadway Project Management.

The Friends of the Bike Path remind everyone that the Bike Path Hearing taking place September 25 at Old Hammondtown School 7:00 pm is being video recorded.  People can go to the Town website, www.mattapoisett.net, and view the video. It will also be rebroadcast on the Town’s Cable Network.  Public commentary is welcome until October 5. Pre-addressed forms for comment are available at the Town Hall, Library and Council of Aging, as well as Bike Friendly businesses around town.

George Heinz

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the death of George Heinz, 76, of Mattapoisett who passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 after a long illness.

George was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a long time employee of WBSM Radio, and a talented freelance photographer. He loved to fly and this hobby enabled him to create aerial and other beautiful photographs of the region.

George was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Herschel and Julia Heinz of New Bedford and his sister Joan Roberts of Chicopee. He is survived by his sister Barbara Kaplan and her husband Sidney, his daughter Lisa DeJesus, son-in-law Vito and their three children Vito, Milo, and Ella, his daughter Traci Secia, son-in-law Daniel and their son Ryan.

His Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 10 AM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-8 PM. Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Talking Trash (and Recyclables)

If you have been wondering when the new mechanical trash and recycling system will finally be implemented in Mattapoisett, you are not alone.

The Wanderer first reported in March 2014 that Mattapoisett would be adopting the new system, pending contract negotiations and Town Meeting appropriations of funding to kick-start the new program. Since that article was published, the article to fund the new program passed during the Annual Town Meeting, and back in May the Town signed a contract with ABC Disposal to adopt the new system, which other towns in the region – including Rochester and Fairhaven – have also done.

In March, The Wanderer reported that the new trash and recycling system would start in July of 2014, pending the appropriation of funds and a contractual agreement. Residents can now expect the system to begin sometime earlier in 2015.

“It’s the equipment,” said ABC Disposal Operations Manager Jerry Dugan during a September 22 phone interview. The trucks have been ordered – a half dozen that will service Mattapoisett and several area towns including Rochester and Fairhaven – but Dugan said he could not order the trucks until agreements were reached with the towns and contracts signed.

Board of Health Agent Dale Barrows said during a September 22 phone interview the Town has nothing to with the logistics of when the new system will start or how and when residents will be notified. He said the delay is with ABC Disposal, and the length of time between ordering the new trucks and receiving them is about six months, according to Barrows.

There was some delay in the process, said Dugan, but the trucks have been ordered and Dugan said he is still waiting on a delivery date from the manufacturer.

“These trucks are specially made,” said Dugan, adding that the trucks cost about $400,000 a piece. “You can’t just go to the dealership and pick them up.”

Dugan stated that residents will be informed about the new trash system once the company acquires the new trucks, weeks before the Town makes the switch to the new system.

Residents will receive the information in the mail about the new system and about distribution of the new trash and recyclables receptacles ABC Disposal will deliver to every household in town.

“They’ll (residents) be well informed beforehand,” said Dugan. “They won’t just be delivered trash bins without knowing what they’re for.”

The new ABC Disposal Inc. mechanical pick-up trucks are the latest in waste management technology in whicha specially-designed garbage truck uses a mechanical arm that picks up the trash bins and dumps the contents into the back of the truck.

Each residence will be given two new large plastic receptacles – one blue 65-gallon bin for trash and one black 95-gallon bin for recyclables – designed specifically to be lifted by the mechanical arm.

The wheeled bins are equipped with a hinged lid that is attached to the bin and lifts up for easy loading and unloading by the truck. Every bin will be provided with a barcode identifying that particular bin with its designated address in case of loss or theft.

Pickup schedule will remain the same, continuing with a biweekly recycle pickup.

In the meantime, until residents are officially informed in the coming months about the new trash and recycling system, Barrows asks residents to kindly direct all questions to ABC Disposal.

By Jean Perry


Family Fall Festival Fun with MHS

Celebrate the fall season with some old-fashioned fun on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 pm. Carve or decorate pumpkins, press apples into cider, try out some old-fashioned farming and kitchen tools, and create fall crafts to take home. The Festival is free; donations are always welcome. Contact us at Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, 508-758-2844, mattapoisett.museum@verizon.org, or visit us at mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.