Mattapoisett Cultural Council Grants

Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,300 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Young People’s Concerts by New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, theatrical programs for children at Mattapoisett Free Public Library and for adults at Mattapoisett Council for Aging, and a performance for all ages by SouthCoast Children’s Chorus, among others.

Guidelines, application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Questions may be addressed to Application forms are also available at Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

Grant applications must be postmarked no later than October 15 (10 copies).

Mattapoisett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Old Rochester Class of 1964

A reminder that the Old Rochester Class of 1964’s 50th class reunion will be held at the Century House in Acushnet on September 27 at 6:00 pm. The Reunion Committee looks forward to greeting old friends and classmates.

Fall Sports Off to a Promising Start

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

Football: The Old Rochester Regional football team has a lot of expectations to live up to this season. Last year, the Bulldogs took home their first conference championship since 2002 and made a strong playoff run in which they made it to the sectional finals. After a big hit due to graduation, there were many questions as to how well the team would perform this year. Some of those questions were answered this week, as the Bulldogs handily won their season-opener 47-14 against Lee/Lenox Memorial High School. Thanks to a strong performance by senior quarterback Alex Aruri (two rushing touchdowns, 2-3 passing for 73 yards), the Bulldogs made the nearly three-hour drive to Lee worth it by bringing home a victory. Three different ORR players scored a pair of touchdowns: Aruri; senior Ethan Lizotte; and junior Darien Dumond. Newcomer Lupe Martinez also had a strong varsity debut, catching a key 43-yard pass from Aruri to accelerate the Bulldog offense. The football team’s next game is at Case High School on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 pm.

Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs are also looking to have a strong season this year and try to win back the league title from SCC rival Apponequet. The girls got off to a good start with a 2-0 shutout over Bourne. Senior captains Darby Nolet and Devyn O’Connor scored a goal apiece to lead the Bulldog offense, with sophomore Hannah Guard recording an assist. Goalkeeper Mya Lunn had a strong game in goal, recording her first shutout of the season.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team kicked off their season in a great way, winning their opening two games by large margins. The Bulldogs easily defeated Case 5-0 in their season-opener, with four different Bulldogs scoring, showing the overall depth of the team. New student Tim Dix led the team with two goals, with Mason DaSilva, Evan Santos, and Alex Tavares each proving single scores. Goalies Melvin Vincent and James Dwyer split the game in net, helping to lead the ORR defense to their first shutout of the season. Later that week, the Bulldogs defeated Apponequet 7-3, with Dix and Alex Sousa scoring two goals apiece. Santos, Hunter Parker, and Antoine Geller also contributed goals for the undefeated Bulldogs.

Girls’ Soccer: Like the boys’ soccer team, the Lady Bulldogs also won their two opening games, allowing no goals from the opposition in either one. The girls began their quest for a conference championship with a 4-0 win over Case, with Amy Bichajian, Kaleigh Goulart, Bailey Truesdale, and Katelyn Bindas each scoring a goal. Against Apponequet, the girls won again 2-0, this time with Bichajian and Sarah Beaulieu providing the goals. The strongest asset for the Lady Bulldogs, however, may be their defense, led by the trio of Goalie Mikayla Demanche and center-backs Nicole Gifford and Arden Goguen. As shown in their opening games, the defense has been able to lock down the backfield and consistently stop any offensive pressure from opposing teams.

Golf: The ORR golf team had an early start to their season, winning their first game against Case in August. This week, the boys remained undefeated with a dominant win over Wareham, 131-15. Freshman Colin Fitzpatrick led the Bulldogs with a 40, with veterans Jackson Mitchell (41) and Zach Peterson (44) also playing well and rounding out the top three for ORR.

Volleyball: The Lady Bulldogs had a tough opening for their season, losing both of their opening games against SCC rivals. The girls were shut out 3-0 against Case, and likewise shutout against Apponequet 3-0. The girls do show some promise, however, as Zoe Smith, Hayley Marhsall, and Michaela Nunes played well in both games. Hopefully, the Lady Bulldogs will be able to figure out their early season troubles and correct them so they can have a shot at winning the SCC championship.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 7.

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

By Michael Kassabian


Party Aardvark

Feestaardvarken (Party Aardvark) is a 30-meter long (98 feet) concrete sculpture located in the center of Arnhem in the Netherlands. The sculpture was commissioned by Burgers’ Zoo to commemorate their 100th anniversary in 2013. It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who has many great works including a giant rubber duck that has been displayed around the world. His latest work, Hippopothames, will debut on September 14.

At The Wanderer, we have always had a great fondness for aardvarks and many of our readers know that we hide an aardvark in each edition. If you find the aardvark, this week on page 1, you can enter to earn great aardvark prizes. Find out more on our website and click on “I Found the Aardvark.”

Photo by Paul Lopes


Brandt Island Projects Bring out Residents

Two Brandt Island Road projects brought out neighbors and abutters whose concerns were heard by the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission at their September 8 meeting.

The first project heard was Brandt Point Village, which has been the subject of storm water management hearings and proposed unit reconfiguration to this cluster housing project that has brought out issues which have been worrisome to the neighbors.

The hearing before the board this night was for an amended order of conditions that would allow the developers to move the remediation location slightly and to increase it by 245 square feet. Al Loomis of McKenzie Engineering represented the applicant J. M. Furtado, Inc. Loomis detailed the modifications that the conservation commission was instrumental in orchestrating. The commission during an earlier hearing had suggested that the applicant construct the mandatory environmental reclamation area at the newer location, resulting in fewer trees being removed and easier access.

Abutters were invited to air their questions and concerns after Loomis’ presentation. All were concerned that the reclamation area would cause more water issues than presently being experienced and that placement of the wetland mitigation near a drainage culvert would overwhelm the system. However, both Chairman Peter Newton and member Bob Rogers explained the prudence of moving the wetland mitigation area as outlined and how it will ultimately benefit storm water management systems at the site.

Abutters were not convinced and countered that they were experiencing water problems now. Newton explained, “This is a natural storm water management system.” He continued, “I’m a hydro-geologist … this should help mitigate water. I’m not here to advocate on behalf of the applicant … but this should help.”

Rogers said, “This will provide slightly more storm water management and it’s a common sense idea … we think it’s a good idea.”

In spite of these explanations, the abutters pressed for more assurances that storm water run-off wouldn’t become worse. Newton said, “This project before us tonight was suggested by us. This application was not for a review of the total storm water management system.”

The application was approved with all the previous conditions in place along with notification to the commission agent when work commences.

The next Brandt Island Road project was a notice of intent by Ron Oliveira for the construction of a single-family dwelling that would require the filling in of low-lying depressions in the topography of the site to create a dry backyard space. Alan Ewing of Ewing Engineering represented the applicant. After review of a 2008 plan that had been approved by the conservation commission at that time and the airing of concerns by neighbors regarding the importation of soils to the site, the commission suggested that Ewing discuss with Oliveira the possibility of putting in a wetland reclamation area. The application was continued for two weeks.

A certificate of compliance was issued to Beverly Moore of 9 North Road.

The commission then had an informal discussion regarding the ongoing studies at the Appaloosa Lane development. Highway Superintendent Barry Denham said that he has been talking to Field Engineering, had not heard from G.A.F. Engineering, and that no conclusions have been reached regarding storm water management issues. He said he needs answers to the correct types of soils at the site and current water table levels, as well as an estimate of the amount of water the developers expect will be handled at the site and will be discharged into the town’s sewer system in order to size drainage pipes correctly on River Road. Newton thanked Denham and asked him to please keep the commission informed.

Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold gave her report that included a recent meeting with Blue Wave LLC, solar farm developers, regarding requests by the DEP that the storm water drainage system be modified at the Crystal Spring site. She also reported that Blue Wave has not sought clearance from Natural Heritage to date. Leidhold said that she anticipates the applicant will come forward with a request to amend their plans in the next couple of weeks. She added that NSTAR will most likely also be applying for permits to install three new telephone poles in the area of the project.

Leidhold said that the commission’s office has received a number of complaints regarding NSTAR because of the severe clear cutting of trees. She had photographs from Tinkham Road and Crystal Spring Road that were startling. NSTAR has rights to clear 200-foot roads for access to equipment and power lines. She noted that there is little the towns can do.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is September 22 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


8th Rochester Grammar School Reunion

Remember the Good Old Days with the students who attended Rochester’s Waterman, Pierceville and Center Schools on Saturday, September 20 at the Rochester COA, Dexter Lane from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. $20 per person includes lunch. Send payment to The Rochester Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770.

Power-line Clear Cutting

Dear Editor:

It seems NSTAR has hired a logger, not an arborist, to enforce its easement rights on residents abutting the power lines. I can only speak to Mattapoisett, but from sun up to sun down, loggers are stripping the land and loading truck after truck of wood that technically belongs to the property owners- all under the guise of clearing to protect the power lines. Several complaints to NSTAR have not been responded to after several days. A call to the Mattapoisett Conservation Office also states that a permit was granted for routine maintenance. I have lived here for more than seventeen years and have never seen clearing taken to this destructive level. The logging efforts have destroyed homeowners’ privacy, devalued our property and stripped the wetlands. We are told by the logging company: “Be careful not to make waves, we can actually take more.” Amazingly, it is mostly hardwood that seems to pose the most eminent danger to the power lines. This is complete devastation. In my backyard, I now have sweeping views of ugly powerlines that will appear even worse in winter when there is no foliage. My backyard was a sanctuary. It was never explained to us that the clearing would be this drastic. As people are complaining, the loggers keep cutting. I would like to see the surveying done to support NSTAR’s drastic devastation of this area and what environmental impact this has caused our area. I saw a buck this morning on someone’s front lawn; the loggers probably wiped out the homes of many wildlife. My only hope is to ask the media to investigate. These trees once cut are gone forever. We must do something! Your attention is sincerely appreciated.


Julie Lizotte, Mattapoisett


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Jeannine G. (Guilbault) Dickerson

Jeannine G. (Guilbault) Dickerson, 56, of Marion died September 7, 2014 at home after a long illness.

She was the wife of Jeffrey P. Dickerson.

Born in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of the late Robert and Maddeline (Frechette) Guilbault, she was raised in Fenton, Michigan and has lived in Marion for the last 20 years.

Jeannine was formerly employed by Mechanical Dynamics in Ann Arbor, MI and Software 2000 in Hyannis, MA for 15 years before becoming a stay a home mom.

She was a member of the SippicanTennis Club and the Kittansett Club. Jeannine also served on several boards for the Town of Marion including Marion Recreation Committee.

Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Haley Dickerson and Kinsley Dickerson, both of Marion; her step-mother, Joyce Guilbault of Fenton, MI; 3 brothers, David Guilbault of Humbuldt, Canada and Robert Guilbault and Stephen Guilbault, both of Fenton, MI; a sister, Diane Guilbault, of Ann Arbor, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Suzanne Smith.

Her Graveside Service will be held on Thursday at 11 AM in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pan-Mass Challange, in memory of Jeannine Dickerson, 77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. For on-line guestbook, please

Little Harbor Scores

“The Good and the Bad” Best Ball – September 3, 2014 – Field of 67

1st Place (34): Kathy Macedo, Louise Tuohy, Steffi Peck, Deb Wilson

2nd Place Tie (35): Joan Forrester, Claire Schell, Pat Grace, Jeannine Wales MaryEllen Ryder, Linda Mowles, Joan Harrington, Sally Billington, Dyan Kieltyka, Judy Williams, Margaret Linehan, Kay Conroy, Michelle Smith, Fran Milotte, Carlos DaSilva, Lee Guerin, Shirley Collins, Phyllis Russo, Janet Perkins

Closest to the Pins: #1 Kay Conroy, #2 Ann Roche, #6 Sally Billington, #11 Anita Poyant, #15 Michelle Smith

Academic Achievements

Aidan St. James of Rochester was recently recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

St. James, majoring in plastics engineering, was named to the dean’s list at UMass Lowell for the Spring 2014 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 grade point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.