Anne Fernandes

Anne Fernandes, 80, of Riverside, RI formerly of Marion, passed away on Thursday October 16, at Rhode Island Hospital. Mrs. Fernandes was born in Boston the daughter of the late Alfred and Margaret (Perry) Burgo. She was the wife of Joseph A. Fernandes Sr. and mother of Robyn L. Fernandes of CA, Stacey Fernandes of Wareham, Joseph A. Fernandes Jr. of North Dartmouth and Christian Fernandes of Wareham. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and her sisters Jean Nebes and Carol Owen both of RI. She was the sister of the late Alfred Burgo.

At her request funeral services will be private and visiting hours have been omitted.

Captains’ Leadership Program

A key point in the Tabor education is to learn the skills of being a good leader. The Women’s Leadership Program and the annual Leadership Symposium demonstrate this commitment. Another group, the Athletic Team Captains, spend one day a week working on becoming better leaders. Captains are recognized as leaders of their respective teams, but behind the scenes they are working together to share their experiences and improve their leadership skills.

Assistant Athletic Director Kelly Walker has been in charge of this program, and recently instituted weekly meetings. Before practice at the start of each week, the captains gather to discuss the highs and lows of their most recent week of practices and competition. Although different teams face different challenges, the captains can often relate to the difficulties that other teams face. This meeting period is one of preparation and of reflection in which the student-leaders try to plan ahead on how to improve their team’s performance and morale, but they also sort through the effective components of their leadership.

The fall captains have been working since preseason on personal and team goals that they have for the season with their coaches and co-captains. The meetings will continue with the group of captains for each of the remaining seasons.

The initiative shown by the student-leaders and faculty within the Tabor community to improve leadership is one that will certainly be essential to future success.

By Julia O’Rourke

Tabor

Quorum Issues Force Continuance

The October 9 meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals was the first time in collective memory that they failed to reach a quorum. Though calls were placed to board members, a lack of response and a ticking clock forced Secretary Anne Marie Tobia to review Robert’s Rules, since no one could remember the correct course of action to take when a quorum isn’t reached.

But given the smoldering neighborhood opposition to the only hearing on the agenda, residents were still ready to ask questions of those members who were in attendance – Eric Pierce, John Sylvia, and Tom Cooper.

The project that has inspired such distaste is a condominium planned for 16 Cottage Street by builder/developers Sippican Preservation LLC, whose partners are Christian Loranger and Albert Meninno Jr. They planned this return visit to the ZBA to share modifications to the parking scheme proposed for the site. A previous meeting with the ZBA had sent them back to the drawing board for this aspect of the project only.

Once it was announced by Chairman Pierce that the meeting would have to be rescheduled, the applicants began packing up their presentation materials. However, the residents who had come to voice their concerns were not ready to go home.

With no requirement to address the chairman by giving their name and address, one resident asked about the parking, saying that the street was already congested. Again, Pierce said there wasn’t a meeting so any comments or answers voiced on this night would be part of the public record. Another person asked what the next steps would be. Pierce explained the ZBA process, noting that the applicant had a right to come before the board under Bylaw 6.1.3, which in part states a structure may be changed or extended if not detrimental to the neighborhood. He said that once the ZBA renders its verdict, there is a 20-day appeal process that allows any aggrieved party to petition the Town with respect to the ZBA decision.

The structure at this location has for many decades served as an apartment building. An increased number of bedrooms that would equate to more people in the area and a dislike for having a condominium project located near their homes seem to be the sticking points between the developer and the local residents. Pierce said that the Board of Health had already signed off on the project because it would be connected to town sewer and water. He said, “…the Board of Health is not worried about it…”

As part of the public record packet that was made available at the meeting the following residents have submitted written objections to the project: Todd and Shelley Richins, 22 Cottage Street; Daniel Engwert, 7 School Street; Christy and Evan Dube, 9 School Street; Eric and Paula Strand, 3 School Street; Patricia Young, 28 Cottage Street; and Roy Strand, 32 Cottage Street. Their letters all direct the Town’s attention to increased traffic and associated safety issues more vehicles may bring to a family neighborhood, stress on utilities, and the ‘character’ of the town. The opposition letters also question the bylaw intentions in allowing a new structure on the site to be larger than the existing multi-family dwelling.

Meninno said, “We want to be good neighbors and do the right thing, we think the parking changes will help.”

The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is October 23 at 7:30 pm in the Town House conference room.

By Marilou Newell

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SouthCoast Toastmaster’s Club

The SouthCoast Toastmaster’s Club, a public speaking, communications and leadership organization meets the first and third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Marion Recreation Center at 13 Atlantis Avenue in Marion. The building is located near the Sippican Healthcare campus and Marconi Village.

Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two-minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and bring your brown bag lunch.

Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend.          For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at www.Marion.ToastmastersClubs.org.

Family Spaghetti Open House

Mattapoisett Congregational Church will hold a Family Spaghetti Open House on Sunday, October 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett. There will be live music, storytelling, crafts, and more. Free-will donations accepted. All are welcome. Contact Patricia Berry, Christian Education Director, at 508-758-2671 or Mattcongce@verizon.net for more information or to RSVP.

Halloween Drop-in Crafts and Activities

Elizabeth Taber Library invites you to celebrate Halloween with drop-in crafts and activities the week of October 24 through October 31. Create Halloween masks, Jack-o-lantern puppets, and spooky goblins and witches and more!

CVS Proposal

To the Editor:

Congratulations and thank you to our Planning Board for bringing us all together to hear the CVS proposal and to share our concerns in a civil and productive way. The meeting Monday night in the Music Hall with 150 concerned Marionites brought forward some positive ideas about the development of Route 6 and citizens’ wishes for the quality of life in our town.

Clearly, we were all dismayed by the size and scope of the CVS proposal. The negative impacts would outweigh the positive ones, so obviously that there seemed to be total unanimity about keeping huge box stores out of Marion. Thank you, CVS, if you decide NOW to look elsewhere for your next project.

We urge our Planning Board to focus on Marion’s Master Plan and our vision for Route 6 in particular. We suggest expanding your sub-committee to include a few citizens and look forward to hearings and public meetings for input and consensus. It seems that we could encourage smaller businesses and retail shops to come to our town. Rather then a unilateral “no formula/box stores in Marion” bylaw, why not agree, through the updated Master Plan, that size and scale matter most to us, as well as businesses run by folks who live and work in town and cater to our needs. The Aubuchon Hardware in Wareham might be a “box store” but one that we could like. How about a sporting goods store, a small Motel, Country Inn, or B & Bs, and some more restaurants? Why not a B & B or inn at the Captain Hadley House?

This CVS project truly mobilized many in town to express their ideas and to appreciate Marion’s small town character. Hopefully, it will also encourage people to run for Planning Board and other town offices and take an active role in local policy making.

Thank you, Steve Kokkins, and your entire board, for a job well done. This was a seminal moment, allowing for better definition of our vision for our little town on Sippican Harbor, and high hopes for moving onward in the right direction.

Tinker and Bill Saltonstall, Marion

 

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.

Rochester Historical Museum Open Sundays

The Rochester Historical Society Museum at 355 County Road will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm through October 26. The new display, titled Rochester Remembered, is an interesting visit into life in an earlier Rochester. The Gift Shop will be open featuring new town seal sweatshirts, handmade curio boxes, T-shirts, hats and various Rochester books. While the supply lasts, visitors will receive a free copy of “Rochester Remember, People, Places and Things.”

Pier Proposal

Dear Editor:

Mattapoisett residents with thoughts about the large pier being proposed by Laurie and Daniel Darosa at 3 Goodspeed Island have only a short time remaining to make their voices heard. The proposed pier requires a “Waterways License” issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP licensing process is independent from hearings underway in front of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. To participate in the DEP process, residents must mail written comments by October 22, 2014 in order to comply with the DEP deadline.

The September 25 issue of The Wanderer included the DEP legal notice describing “an application to construct and maintain a pile supported timber pier with a gangway, float and float piles at 3 Goodspeed Island … in and over flowed tidelands of Mattapoisett Harbor.” The DEP legal notice states that comments should reference DEP Application W14-4226, applicant Laurie and Daniel Darosa. Comments should be sent to: Carlos T. B. Fragata, Environmental Analyst, DEP Waterways Regulation Program, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville, MA, 02347. For more information, Mr. Fragata can be reached at 508-946-2873. Complete plans for the proposed pier can be viewed at the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission office or at Mr. Fragata’s office in Lakeville (previous appointment required).

Thank you.

William Cantor

 

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.

Operation Shoebox

This time every year, Operation Shoebox collects, assembles, and packages all kinds of travel-size items for distribution to our military members both here and abroad.

To show appreciation to our service men and women for their continued efforts on our behalf, the Mattapoisett Lions Club is supporting this project with collection boxes placed at the following Mattapoisett locations:

Mattapoisett Chiropractic Center at 109 Fairhaven Road

First Citizens Federal Credit Union at 2 Fairhaven Road

Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Barstow St.

Panino’s (outside) at the Ropewalk on Route 6 in Mattapoisett

Items needed are numerous and include, but are not limited to, all sorts of travel sundries like tooth paste, tooth brushes, Q-Tips, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, sanitizing lotion, chap sticks, etc. Other travel size items like AA batteries, paperbacks, chewing gum, duct tape, DVDs, playing cards, pencils, single-serve munchies, sunscreen, etc. will be well received and much appreciated.

If you know of someone in the service, a family member, friend or neighbor, please email their address to PDG Joe Rizzo at joseph.rizzo.jr@gmail.com for placement on our list to receive a care package.

Please consider donating items for Operation Shoebox. Collection boxes will be in place until October 31.