Tiara 5K a Mother’s Day Tradition

This is the seventh year now that Mattapoisett has been host to a Mother’s Day tradition that entices many out from their Sunday morning beds and into Mattapoisett Village for a 5K run. Sure, this year might have had an added encumbrance with the rain and cool temperature, but the event, as usual, was well attended and, as always, was for a very worthy cause.

The Tiara 5K started when a group from the Women’s Fund, a nonprofit organization in New Bedford that supports women in their endeavor to become financially independent, approached Ken and Liz Ackerman, the owners of Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett, and asked if they would host a 5K event at their restaurant.

Local participants in a Mother’s Day 5K expressed a demand for a more local race to run on that day, since it was tough getting up early on that special day to travel to Marshfield for the closest race.

The Ackermans thought it would be a great way to give back to the community by hosting the Mother’s Day road race.

During the first year, over 300 participants registered for the race, which was a welcome surprise for the coordinators. They managed to raise $10,000 that first year, and the race only grew since then.

Last year, there were over 1,100 runners who raised over $56,000 and the amount of volunteers has increased steadily.

This year, the rain likely dampened the event some, with 441 registered runners this year. Women ruled the roost this year, with the first five runners to cross the finish line being women.

Rebecca Cotugno, 30, placed first overall at 21:07, followed by Julie Craig, 50, at 21:23; and Gina Shield, 49, coming in third at 21:24.

Shane McNamara, 14, was the first male to cross at 21:46, followed by Curtis Moreira, 49, at 21:51, and in third place for men, Jeffrey Gonsalves, 47, at 21:56.

By Jean Perry

Wellspring Farm Discusses Road Plans

Representatives for Wellspring Farm came before the Rochester Conservation Commission on May 16 to discuss private road plans that will serve clients who utilize handicap vans.

Attorney George Boerger and engineer Joseph Webby explained that the proprietors of the experiential health care facility, Jim and Holly Vogel, were currently in negotiations with the Rochester Planning Board to ensure compliance with local bylaws and to eventually secure permits for the rehabilitation of an existing private roadway that enters the property from Walnut Plain Road.

Webby said after his presentation outlining the preliminary construction plans that he hoped to receive guidance from the commission, especially considering that the road in question is within the 25-foot no touch zone.

Webby said part of the plan would include mitigation considerations and that the construction itself would be phased with detailed plans for the construction sequencing.

“We are trying to open dialog now,” Webby told the commission.

Chairman Michael Conway said, “Have you read our wetland bylaws?” Conceding that he had not yet done so, Webby said he would.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon pointed out that sometimes it was necessary to “work with what you have” – in this case, the old existing road. “They are making a bad situation better,” she said.

The commission discussed what they wanted to see on site plans, such as stormwater calculations and how removed materials would be handled. Farinon told Webby, “In my opinion, you’ve got a pretty good start.”

Boerger asked if the conceptual plans as submitted might meet with conservation approval. Although the commission members were non-committal, the sentiment was that things were moving in the right direction.

The Vogels now plan to proceed with a Notice of Intent filing.

Also coming before the commission was engineer Rick Charon representing Clifford Hedges in his continued Request for Determination of Applicability for construction of a new home on Neck Road with a private well and subsurface sewage disposal system. Charon said that Natural Heritage had responded that the area was not a primary wildlife habitat area and was not ordering a turtle sweep.

Charon also reported that old bog features dating as far back as 1893 were not wetland areas and that landscape disturbances on the property occurred prior to 2001.

Hedges received a Negative Determination.

Andrew Revell, 59 Bradford Lane, also received a Negative Determination for his RDA filing for the construction of a wheelchair accessible path within a 100-foot buffer zone.

“It will give me greater access to my property and to be with my children as they explore,” Revell said.

Steve Long of Borrego Solar Systems was back before the commissioners, but this time he received acceptance of his wetlands boundary documentation, an area that covers 2,295 linear feet. Borrego provided stamped engineering plans, field checks of wetland flagging, and DEP data sheets as previously requested by the commission. The solar project will be located 453 Rounseville Road.

Engineer Alan Ewing represented Marc and Nancy Ferreira for property located on Vaughan Hill Road with their Notice of Intent filing for the construction of a new home and septic system that will require a wetlands crossing.

Ewing didn’t see the need to continue the hearing when asked to include phased construction details to the plans saying, “Well, you can condition that.”

But the commissioners and Farinon wanted more.

“I’d suggest a semi-permanent barrier,” Farinon said, which would visually demonstrate where limits of work are established. She said the lot was tight and that sometimes when they impose this type of condition, it doesn’t get done. “I’d like to see it at the beginning,” she said.

Ewing eventually requested a continuation as it became clear his documents were not sufficient. The hearing was continued until June 6.

Also continued until June 6 was the RDA filing by Willow Creek Builders for a cluster subdivision located at 153 Forbes Road, formally called Forbes Swamp Road.

Representing the owners was Timothy Higgins, Edgewood Development Company, who said that mistakes had been made on the project. He said a well had been positioned within a 25-foot buffer zone.

Farinon said that during her site visit she had witnessed water bubbling up over the top of a well. She suggested to Higgins that he ask for a continuation to give the construction team time to remove silt that had advanced into the wetland system and to establish siltation controls.

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

Rochester Conservation Commission

By Marilou Newell


Guesthouse Will Remain, With Conditions

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on May 11 allowed Derek Maksy to keep a guesthouse located by Snipatuit Pond, while allowing him to construct a single-family house on the same lot.

Maksy applied for a variance to allow two dwellings on one lot at 257 Neck Road, but the board determined that the structure meant for personal use only should be considered a guesthouse, albeit one that is larger than permitted in the bylaw.

Although some in attendance that night were unaware of the fact, guesthouses are actually permitted in the Rochester Zoning Bylaws, granted that they abide by the setbacks and are 300 square feet or less. Although Maksy’s exceeds that by 284 square feet, the board determined that there would be no detriment if allowed to remain.

Conditions were placed on the variance approval, however, including that the guesthouse could only be inhabited by the owner of the property for personal enjoyment of the waterfront, and no rentals would be permitted, not even to extended family members or friends.

The cottage is equipped with septic service and has a well and indoor plumbing.

Maksy said he was not aware when he purchased the 2.88-acre lot in April that he would not automatically be able to keep the cottage while building a principal dwelling on the property.

The Planning Board issued a letter to the ZBA expressing opposition to allowing two “dwellings” on the property, but expressed its tentative support for allowing it as a guesthouse for personal use only.

Other conditions placed were that no kitchen would be allowed, and the footprint would not be permitted to expand.

The board was satisfied that the variance upheld the original intent of the bylaw, which is for the permitted use of a guesthouse, and without financial benefit to the property owner.

The vote was unanimous.

The next meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for May 25 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals

By Jean Perry


Tabor Hosts ISTA Championships

On Saturday, May 13, the Tabor Academy campus was overrun with athletes, parents, and fans as Tabor hosted the 34th annual Independent School Track Association (ISTA) Championship Track & Field Meet.

The championship brought athletes from 12 independent schools across New England to Tabor. With a number of individual victories and personal-record finishes on both sides, the boys’ team placed second and the girls’ team placed sixth.

On the boys’ side, two athletes placed first in their respective categories. The first was senior Archie Velasquez, who won in the 3,000-meter race.

“Archie had the biggest win of the day, setting a new PR and leading a 1-2 Tabor finish in the 3,000 along with [sophomore Yudai Yamakawa] in second,” said Head Boys’ Coach Chris Adams in a post on the Tabor website.

The other win was by senior Akim Sanni, who, as the favorite in the event, won the high jump with a top jump of 6’ 2”. Sanni also threw 51’ 1” in the shotput, breaking both a personal and school record.

On the girls’ side, junior and captain Abby Park won in the long jump. Abby won the event with a jump of 14’ 8.25”.

“I wasn’t really expecting anything from the meet, but it was a nice surprise to be able to help earn the team more points,” said Park.

The ISTA is a league comprised almost entirely of schools from the ISL, the Independent School League, which includes many of the top prep schools in the Greater-Boston area. The one exception is Tabor, which despite not being a member of the ISL has been a member of the ISTA for many years.

This outsider status in the ISTA will disappear next year when Tabor officially joins the ISL. Tabor will be taking the spot of St. Paul’s School, which is leaving the league with the plan of joining a new league comprised of another group of top New England prep schools. The decision to admit Tabor came in the fall, and the admittance will provide great benefits and opportunities for the school’s athletics.

Tabor is no stranger to hosting running championships. This past fall, Tabor hosted the New England Prep School Track Association Division II Cross Country Championships. In this event, Tabor’s boys’ team took first place in a dominating fashion, winning the event for the first time in Tabor’s history. In past years, Tabor has hosted the New England Track & Field Championships as well.

Next weekend on May 20, Tabor will travel to Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts for the New England Championship. Both teams look to build upon their results in the ISTA Championships, and use their strength to make a statement on the entire field of New England schools.

By Jack Gordon


Senator Marc Pacheco Visits Sippican’s Fifth Grade

On May 12, Senator Marc Pacheco visited Sippican Elementary School, bringing along with him copies of a booklet entitled The Ladybug Story.

As the fifth grade classes gathered around, Pacheco read the story aloud. “The Ladybug Story is a true story,” Pacheco told the kids. “It is a story about how laws are made.”

While the story brings to life the complexities of the legislative process, it does so in terms that young children can understand. And certainly Pacheco’s reading assisted, as he explained what a bill was, how it moves through the House of Representatives and the Senate, and how ultimately it may be passed into law.

In the story, children from an elementary school in Franklin, Massachusetts wanted to have the ladybug recognized as the state bug after learning in class that there is a state bird and even a state fish. The story details the various steps the students took over an extended period of time, eventually witnessing the bill’s passage into law.

Pacheco also told the students about the work done by representatives and senators.

He explained the two legislative branches of government. “Sometimes people complain about how long it takes a bill to get out of committee review,” he chuckled, while saying that the present legislative session included 6,000 bills. The students’ reaction: “Wow!”

The children asked Pacheco how long he had been a senator. “Twenty-three years,” he responded, explaining that every two years he has to run again to keep his seat. They were also curious if he had ever met the president.

“I haven’t met the current president,” Pacheco replied, “but I’ve met President Obama, President Bush, and President Clinton.” He added, “I’ve been on Air Force One with President Clinton.”

If you are interested in obtaining copies of The Ladybug Story, contact Senator Pacheco’s office at Marc.Pacheco@masenet.gov or call 508-822-3000.

By Marilou Newell


High School Parking Agreement Approved

In response to concerns last month over students speeding to and from school, the Old Rochester Regional School Committee approved on May 10 a new student parking permit application and agreement that makes students applying for a parking permit pledge to drive safely and cautions them that there will be consequences if they are reported to the school for unsafe driving.

The application/agreement makes students registering their vehicles to promise to obey traffic rules, lest their parking privileges be revoked.

Enforcement of the agreement focuses on the 30 minutes before and after school as students have been reportedly driving at excessive speeds to and from school.

The role of police will be to issue warnings to first-time offenders, and the school would be notified. A first-time offense merits a suspension of parking privileges for one day, a second offense for three days, a third for five days, and a subsequent violation of the agreement would result in permanent revocation.

The enforcement of the agreement is meant to be a “learning opportunity” for students as opposed to a severe punishment for poor choice making.

“It gives kids a chance to first understand that someone is watching,” said ORR School Committee Chairman Tina Rood. “They’re helping them learn by putting consequences on not being a responsible driver.”

High School Principal Michael Devoll said, “Any traffic citation reported will also result in suspension (of the parking permit).” Parents are also called to alert them.

In other matters, the committee approved four additional delayed start school days in order to accommodate the school’s need to perform a self-assessment as the school undergoes accreditation the next school year.

Devoll said he prefers the four two-hour delayed start school days as opposed to adding additional half days, mostly because students would benefit more from a delayed start over a half day because they are more alert at 9:30 than they are at 7:30, and also because a snow emergency two-hour delayed start schedule already exists, which would be followed.

Students who ride the bus would be picked up and brought to the school at the regular 7:30 start time and spend those two free hours studying, at the library, in the cafeteria, or using computers.

Devoll said adequate supervision for those students would be provided.

The four two-hour delayed start mornings are only temporary as the school undergoes accreditation next year, the committee pointed out.

The delayed start dates were identified as October 19, November 16, December 1, and January 11.

In other matters, the committee approved a number of changes to the student handbook, including a new dismissal policy that came about as a result of ongoing problems with the particular matter.

Students who drive themselves to school will no longer be dismissed if a parent simply calls to request it.

A note from the parent would be accepted for dismissal, but a telephone call would simply not do anymore. Devoll said on several occasions that calls came in for dismissals that were not really from parents, but from “friend A or friend B.”

In cases of extreme emergency, parents could call and the school would call the parent back on the phone numbers provided in the emergency contact form. If a parent cannot be reached again, the school would move down to the next emergency contact for verification.

The committee also approved a new contemporary a capella music course for the high school. Devoll said a number of students have expressed interest in the course and auditions would ensue.

Also, with the additions of camera in the school hallways and on the grounds, the handbook will now warn students that any footage recorded can be used against the students should any incidents be reported.

The next meeting of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee is scheduled for June 14 at 6:30 pm in the ORR Junior High School media room.

Old Rochester Regional School Committee

By Jean Perry


Anna J. (Reiniche) Wallace

Anna J. (Reiniche) Wallace, 95 of Mattapoisett died May 21, 2017 peacefully at St. Anne’s Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of the late Manuel Gomes, Jr. and William J. Wallace.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Emile L. and Alice (Lefaivre) Reiniche, she was raised in Dartmouth. She raised her family in New Bedford before retiring to Mattapoisett.

After raising her family, she was employed by Vander Electric for many years until her retirement.

Anna was a member of the Midtown Square Dancing Club and the Mattapoisett Women’s Club. She enjoyed gardening and created a Japanese garden in her backyard. Anna also enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and Canada.

She was proud of her French heritage and was fluent in French.

Anna was a kind, compassionate and generous person who enjoyed her family and her friends.

Her family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of St. Anne’s Hospital for the excellent care given to Anna.

Survivors include her daughter, Eileen Marum of Marion; 2 sons, Dennis Gomes and his wife Norma and Carl Gomes and his wife Lynette, all of Colorado; a step-son, Robert Wallace and his wife Marie of Florida; 4 grandchildren, Courtney Marum, Lindsey Gomes, Luke Gomes and Mary Margaret Enos; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Alice Enos and Rene Reiniche.

Her Funeral will be held on Friday at 8:30 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. St. Anthony’s Church at 9:30 AM. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-6 pm. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

James Batcheller

James Batcheller of Henderson, Nevada and Fairbanks, Alaska passed away on February 20, 2017 of natural causes.

Born on July 1, 1943 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Jim lived an active, productive, and fulfilling life.

A retired Army Field Surgeon, he continued his medical practice in civilian life so as to accommodate his life-long interests in hunting, fishing, world-wide travelling, and family.

Christian, conservative, and intellectually engaged, he would eagerly and aggressively hold forth on a wide range of subjects.

He is survived by two brothers and a host of cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A memorial service and burial will be conducted on July 1st in Mattapoisett where Jimmy spent many of his happiest days. The service will be held at 12:00 pm at 89 Mattapoisett Neck Road.

ORRJHS Students of the Month

Kevin T. Brogioli, Principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for April, 2017:

Green Team: Mia Costa & Maxwell Brulport

Orange Team: Carly Drew & Maeve Geraghty

Blue Team: Emma Wyman & Jack Vaughan

Red Team: Callie Tavares & Matthew Curry

Purple Team: Kayle Friedlaender & Lukas Michaelis

Special Areas: Kara Underhill & Jeremy Braz

Academic Achievements

Curry College is proud to announce that Naomi Souza of Rochester has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Naomi was one of 65 students inducted during a ceremony on the Curry College campus on Sunday, April 9.

The following students from the Tri-Town graduated from UMass Dartmouth on May 13.

From Marion: Oliver Asker, Rita Costa, Robin Fletcher-Depree, Ryan Gillis, Arien Keyghobad, Conner Medeiros-Sweet, Natasha Meere, Deborah Patrick, Michael Rezendes, Holly Stickles, and Johnathan Sylvia

From Mattapoisett: Mya Akins, Robert Caldas, Alex Calise, Drew Cunningham, Katherine Dickinson, Lindsey Doane, Owen Downey, Hayleigh Dumas, Keely Gingras, Kathleen Kvilhaug, Mark Lowney, Molly Magee, Marielle McCarthy, Myles McQuade, Heather Morgan, Angelica Nieves-Kastel, Sarah Rocha, Steven Scallon, and Matthew Vicino

From Rochester: Kyle Cassidy, Andrew Frey, Amanda Frey, Jordan Frey, Brandon Gaspar, Shannon Horn, Joel Johnston, Kevin Newell, Tyler Paquin, and Nicholas Pavao

Jillian Rush of Marion majoring in Health Technology and Nicole Steeves of Marion majoring in Cosmetology will graduate from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School on June 4.