Colleen V. Strout

Colleen V. Strout, 86, of Marion formerly of Hanover and Milton, passed away on Monday January 25, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. Mrs. Strout was the wife of the late Walter T. Strout. She was born in Wareham the daughter of the late Frederick W. and Virginia E. (Eldridge) Moore.

She attended Milton Public Schools and Boston College. She worked for many years as an Investment Advisor for State Street Bank in Boston. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed traveling, boating and playing cards.

Mrs. Strout is survived by: her sister Patricia Locke of FL, a brother William McKinnon of FL and many loving relatives and friends. She was the sister of the late Robert McKinnon and Abbie May Gibbs.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, January 29, in North Marion Cemetery, Marion.

Marion Tightens Tobacco Sale Regulations

Effective March 1, the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products in Marion will be 21.

On January 26, the Marion Board of Health voted to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine delivery products, including electronic cigarettes and other devices that create a nicotine-containing vapor for inhalation. This process is also known as “vaping.”

The goal is to reduce underage smoking and vaping, which is seemingly marketed towards and appealing to kids because of its fruity flavors.

“Kids are coming out of middle school and trying to decide what they’re going to be, what makes them cool,” said Robert Collett, director of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Program. The board hopes that raising the minimum age, along with the high price of cigarettes that is now over $10 a pack, will lower youth access and prevent nicotine addiction.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.

The board also voted to abolish the sale of Blunt wraps, which are often flavored and used for rolling marijuana cigarettes. The sale of single cigars will no longer be allowed; however, the town will allow the sale of a minimum packaging of four cigars, priced at no less than $5.

The sale of roll-your-own cigarette rolling machines is also prohibited under the regulation.

Statistics show that 80% of adult smokers started before their 18th birthday. Roughly 15% of students nationwide who currently smoke cigarettes started before the age of 18, and 14% usually obtained them by buying them in a store.

The penalty for selling to an underage person starts at $100 for a first violation, and increases to $200 for a second and $300 for a third or subsequent violation within two years of the second violation.

The town itself will enforce the new minimum age since the legal age to purchase tobacco or nicotine products in Massachusetts remains at 18.

Six businesses in Marion will be affected by the sanitary code changes. Health Agent Karen Walega said these stores will be notified of the changes via registered mail.

The Board of Health also added e-cigarettes and vaping devices to the regulation prohibiting smoking in public places and workplaces. The penalties for violating the no smoking in public law are the same as selling to an underage buyer.

During the public hearing for the smoking and tobacco regulation changes, no residents were in attendance to either support or oppose the new measures.

According to Collett, Marion is joining 90 other Massachusetts municipalities – about 43% of the state – in changing the regulations. Wareham, he said, just passed their new smoking and tobacco regulations last week, effective April 1.

“I want to talk to Rochester about it,” said Walega, who is also the health agent for Rochester. “But I want to add the flavored tobacco ban to it. I think that is the key to the whole thing.”

During previous meetings, some Board of Health members in Marion opposed regulating the merchandise sale of flavored tobacco, preferring to stick only with the age minimum increase and public smoking prohibition.

The next meeting of the Marion Board of Health is scheduled for February 9 at 4:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry

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Academic Achievements

American International College in Springfield, MA congratulates the 474 students named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List. Dean’s List students are full-time students with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0. Students from the Tri-Town named to the Dean’s List include:

– Mikayla Demanche of Rochester

– Hunter Cooney of Rochester

Springfield College has named Ashley Pacheco of Rochester to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2015 term. Pacheco is studying Health Science/Pre-Physician Assistant.

Western New England University congratulates 749 students who were named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List. The following students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher:

– Casey F. Magee of Mattapoisett, MA majoring in Forensic Biology

– Jonathan L. Morton of Mattapoisett, MA majoring in Accounting

Morrisville State College recently announced that Danielle Cammarano of Marion was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

The following Tri-Town students were named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College for the fall 2015 semester:

– Katherine Martin, a first-year Political Science major who is the daughter of Beth and Louis Martin of Mattapoisett and a graduate of Bishop Stang High School.

– Gabrielle R. Kondracki, a Senior English major who is the daughter of MaryAnne and Michael Kondracki of Mattapoisett and a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School.

Hannah Sullivan from Rochester has been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the 2015 fall semester. To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Trevor Oldham of Mattapoisett was placed on the Dean’s List for Framingham State University for the fall 2015 semester. To be selected for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.25 or higher.

Douglas Gifford of Rochester has been named to Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester at Lyndon State College. To qualify for Dean’s List, a student must achieve a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 while enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester.

Roslyn Flaherty of Rochester, a member of the class of 2016, is one of 509 students named to Assumption College’s undergraduate Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester.

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that 4,986 undergraduates have qualified for the Fall 2015 Dean’s List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, other states and 18 countries.

The following students from the Tri-town were named to the Dean’s List:

– Katherine Jean Delaney of Marion

– Janelle M Mercer of Marion

– Marisa Diane Paknis of Marion

– Jessica Spindell of Mattapoisett

– Christina Ann Sebastiao of Mattapoisett

– Juliana Nicolosi of Mattapoisett

– Ryann Cierra Monteiro of Rochester

To be included on the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.

Mini-Marathon ZBA Hearing

The agenda for the January 21 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals contained only three hearings, but two of the three required plenty of time to air questions and concerns before action could be taken.

Nils Johnson, owner and innkeeper of the Inn on Shipyard Park, petitioned the board for a commercial special permit.

Flanked by his partner, Andrea Perry, and attorney Marc Deshaies, Johnson discussed the scope of renovations proposed for the porch of the historic inn.

He said the porch was difficult for patrons and waitstaff to navigate and looked shabby. Johnson said he planned to expand the porch space by 3 feet and rehabilitate the front façade.

Another part of the repairs and improvements, he explained, would be a new entranceway that would eliminate the now awkward and unsafe steps through the front door. He said the porch expansion would allow up to 10 more seats in this highly-coveted seasonal location for patrons.

Deshaies discussed bylaws that allowed the board to grant Johnson a special permit and said the overall occupancy would not change.

When ZBA Chairman Susan Akin opened up the hearing for the public comment phase, several abutters were prepared to challenge the application.

Neighbors Maureen Butler, 9 Water Street, and Randy Smith of 8½ Water Street, clearly weren’t pleased with a porch expansion.

Butler, represented by Attorney Thomas Crotty, launched into all the reasons why the board couldn’t approve a special permit, citing what he believed was a state statute superseding local bylaws. However, the underlying reason for Butler’s and Smith’s objection to the plans was their concern that more seats on the porch would equate to more noise from the inn.

“My client can’t cooperate with Johnson because he hasn’t cooperated with them,” said Crotty regarding noise complaints. “This is not a legal project within the set back requirements.”

Director of Inspectional Services Andrew Bobola explained that the special permit was, in fact, appropriate for the repairs and improvements Johnson was proposing. He read from zoning bylaw 3.2 which he said clearly allowed a special permit for alternations, expansions, and renovations.

“This is a lawfully nonconforming structure,” said Bobola, noting again that a special permit was in order. “We’ve never had a challenge in the 31 years I’ve been on this board,” he said referring to special permits previously granted.

Later in the evening during the board’s deliberations, there was little resistance to the application.

One ZBA member, Mary Ann Brogan, thought that town counsel should be consulted and the hearing continued until clarity could be shed on whether or not a special permit was appropriate. The other members were more than satisfied to accept Bobola’s opinion.

Board member Ken Pacheco went further saying, “Mattapoisett has three things: Salty, Shipyard Park, and the inn…. It is vital to the community!” He went on, “Parking – park down on the wharf and, as for noise complaints, I bet ninety percent of the noise complaints have come from the Butlers.”

Directing his comments to the audience, Pacheco said, “You live beside an inn. It’s a young couple. They have their whole life ahead of them. Let them build this up.”

The board unanimously approved the special permit for Johnson.

There is an appeal process for any ZBA decision. An aggrieved party has up to 20 days to appeal to either the court or to the town clerk.

Another application taking considerable time to evaluate was a variance by Fred and Caroline Schernecker for 1 Goodspeed Island. They are currently under a purchase and sale agreement with current owner, Anthony Campbell. The contract is contingent upon the applicant being able to return the parcel to its original two buildable lot status.

Campbell had the two parcels joined as one when he purchased the properties in 2010, with the intention of building a pool and pool house on one of the lots. That project never came to pass.

Now, Schernecker is ready to buy the property and said he wanted two separate lots, explaining, “So our friends can build on the other lots.” The issue for the board was that sectioning the land into two lots would result in the vacant parcel not meeting current zoning bylaws.

Marc Deshaies, also representing Schernecker and Campbell, said, “They are simply looking to go back in time…. You have to figure out how to undo this through a variance.” He continued, “We can recreate what was there in 1984, but can’t meet current bylaws.”

Akin questioned, “Where is the hardship?” Akin referred to the hardship necessary to approve a variance. Deshaies responded, “The hardship could be the unusual shape of the lot.”

The board debated the case, but in the end, they were unable to find a hardship worthy of creating a lot unable to meet current zoning bylaws.

Akin repeated, “I have a problem seeing a hardship,” and Brogan said, “He (Campbell) should have known he was taking a chance doing it,” in reference to joining the two parcels. In the end, the board unanimously denied the request.

Earlier in the evening, the board approved a special permit to David Jones, for property located at 38 Fairhaven Road for the construction of a single-family dwelling.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Appeals will be scheduled for February 18 at 6:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Town Hall if there are cases to be heard.

By Marilou Newell

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Elks Student of the Month

The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.

We congratulate Senior Jacob Plante of Rochester for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Jacob is well known for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during the morning announcements. Jacob also performs community service with the High School Maintenance Department and helps out in the cafeteria when needed. Jacob is an excellent student who maintains above average grades. He is dependable, considerate and kind.

ORR Student a Trailblazer in Engineering

Old Rochester Regional High School senior Nicole Mattson has grabbed herself an ‘A’ for her senior project in Tom Norris’ Intro to Engineering class – a robotic claw she printed from the school’s 3D printer, assembled, and programmed to open and close on its own.

A lot of time, sweat, and brainpower were involved for Mattson as she mastered the multitude of tedious steps to bring her robotic claw to life, so to speak. And as all the other students in the class completed a final exam at the end of the course, Mattson, “practically the only girl in the class,” she said, was showing off her alternative final she designed, built, and executed herself.

“I think a lot of people in class were jealous because I got to play with the 3D printer,” joked Mattson. “They probably doubted that I was making something interesting.”

Biology has always fascinated Mattson. “The science behind living things is so interesting for me,” she said. She sees a future in bioengineering and developing prosthetic limbs, which is reflected in her choice of building a robotic claw for her senior project.

The claw is assembled from over a dozen plastic pieces printed from the 3D printer and lots of glue. A few nuts and bolts hold together the joints that enable the claw’s pincers to open and close at a programmed interval of however many seconds Mattson desires.

There was a lot involved in the process, however, and after the design steps were completed, including the cardboard model, Mattson was permitted to take the 3D printer home over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend, and thus began a period of trials and errors galore.

“There was a lot of file converting,” said Mattson. She found a 2D image of a claw she liked online, and converted the image into a three-dimensional design.

She spent hours upon hours printing the plastic parts and solving a number of technical difficulties like clogged plastic cartridges and recalibrating the printer.

“It’s not like a regular printer with paper,” said Mattson. “It’s a little more complicated.”

From home, Mattson printed out piece after piece, some taking 30 minutes and others up to four hours.

“My parents must have hated it,” said Mattson. “It made so much noise in our house.”

Some pieces only printed out halfway and had to be redone, and every trial, every error, was a test of patience and perseverance. But she always figured it out, she said.

“There was always something,” said Mattson.

Assembly took a lot of glue. “Lots and lots of glue,” she recalled.

“Then I had to program it. This was a very long process.”

She programmed the claw’s “servo,” a small motor with integrated gears, by connecting it with an “arduino,” a simple microcontroller board, which Mattson said “tells something else what to do.”

“That took a lot of time and energy because I didn’t know the angles it needed to open and close,” Mattson said. That night before, she was still tinkering with it before it was ready to present to Mr. Norris. “I turned it on and the servo just started to spin.” Not exactly what Mattson had wanted it to do, “So, I had to adjust the angles.”

Norris said Mattson was the first student to use the 3D printer for a final project. He recalled when Mattson first learned the school actually had a 3D printer and how excited she was.

“She pretty much did everything on her own,” said Norris. Given the nature of the project relative to Mattson’s interest in developing prostheses in the future, he called the project and its use of the 3D printer “a real world application.”

According to Norris, the engineering program at ORR really hadn’t quite adopted a specific direction in regards to integrating use of the 3D printer into the curriculum. “And then Nicole came along,” Norris said.

Mattson has been accepted into Worcester Polytechnical Institute, but has not yet settled on a placement.

By Jean Perry

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Take Your Child to the Library Day

Please join us at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for Take Your Child to the Library Day, a national grassroots celebration inviting families to the library to discover all the services available! Special events have been scheduled:

11:00 am – noon: Mr. Vinny of Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform a special program created just for Plumb Library.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Professor Trelawney of Hogwarts School will tell your fortune.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Meet Alice in Wonderland!

Also during the day, enter a drawing to win a family pass to the Buttonwood Park Zoo; try our snowshoes or other MOBY items (weather permitting); and kids up to age 10 who check out two or more books will receive a Free Admission to LEGOLAND Discovery Center (while supplies last).

Lost your card? Get a free replacement only on February 6. Someone will be on hand to demonstrate our new website and our online services.

All programs are free of charge, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. The Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library is at 17 Constitution Way in Rochester. For more information, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email info@plumblibrary.com.

Comedy Dinner-Show Fundraiser

The Showstoppers community-service singing troupe will be hosting its annual Adult Comedy Night Fundraiser at Salerno’s Seaside Function Hall located at 196 Onset Avenue in Onset Village on Friday, February 5. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for cocktails and crudités.

Tickets are $30 and include an Italian dinner buffet and comedy show featuring two comedians. Also available will be a Chinese auction, raffle, and cash bar. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Showstoppers Performing Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information or for tickets, email info@showstoppers.us or call 508-758-4525.

Local Teen Looks To Form Jazz Group

For Mattapoisett teenager and Old Rochester Regional Junior High student Patrick Igoe, mornings are for practice, afternoons are for practice, and evenings are for practice – practicing the bass, that is. At just 13, he already has an impressive musical resume, but more than anything else, right now he’s hoping to find likeminded musicians in the area to form a group.

Born into a family of musicians – from the classically trained to those enjoying and playing pop tunes – Patrick’s life has always been filled with music. Since the age of 5 when he received his first instrument, a guitar, Patrick has passionately worked at perfecting his craft.

“He basically taught himself how to play the guitar,” says James Igoe proudly, Patrick’s dad. And early on, his parents recognized something more about Patrick. They saw a person who is gifted musically.

By the fourth grade, at Dad’s urging, Patrick moved to the upright acoustic and electric bass guitars. As Dad tells it, “There are so few really good bass players, and it’s important as the backbone of any band. I thought he’d have more opportunities with that instrument.” Four years later, Patrick has become one of the best young bassists in the region.

Igoe’s days are filled with all the normal activities of being a teenager – attending school and doing homework – but the rest of the time, he is 100 percent committed to improving his musical chops. To that end, his parents put miles on the family car.

Patrick is a member of the New Bedford Youth Sympathy Orchestra, Acushnet Classic Ensemble, and Cape Cod Conservatory C-Jazz band. He has played at First Night events in Chatham and has a regular gig every third Sunday of the month at the Riverway in South Yarmouth with Bart Weisman’s Jazz Jam. Now, with the support of his family, he wants to bring jazz music to the local area.

“He would like to form a youth jazz group locally … to share his love of jazz with his peers and the community,” Mom Joan Cremins said. “I work in behavioral health … music heals and helps our youth to express themselves.” Cremins continued, “Our community needs more positive outlets for teenagers to relate to one another.”

As for Patrick, jazz is part of the fabric of his life.

“You can improvise, it’s creative, there’s just something about jazz!” He said that the sheet music bass players receive for jazz compositions are sparse. “Just a few bars. You improvise the rest.” That ability to create from one’s own imagination and musical capabilities inspires Patrick to continuously explore jazz themes.

On February 6, the Igoe family will be at Berkley School of Music to watch a group of young musicians from Cape Cod participate in a music competition. The composition is geared to high school students. Patrick’s talent gained him a slot with the Cape Cod All Stars who will be participating in the event. And where does he intend to go to college? Berkley, of course.

For all his accomplishments, Patrick is a quiet kid off stage, but talk to him about jazz and he shines.

“I really wish I could find some kids or even adults to play with locally,” he shared. Patrick is hoping local musicians might be interested in forming a jazz band. He can be reached at pdjazz14@gmail.com.

By Marilou Newell

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Warren S. Savaria

Warren S. Savaria, 60, a lifelong resident of Rochester, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016, in the presence of his family, encircled in love. He was the son of the late Charles and Constance (Nute) Savaria.

Mr. Savaria was a painter by trade and learned his craft at an early age from his surrogate father, “Big John” Charbonneau and the extended Charbonneau family. In later years he joined the John Eagan Co as a union painter. In the past 40 years, there are few private homes or buildings in the South Coast area and beyond that have not been touched by Warren’s brush.

Warren enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, taking his Labrador, Sheba, on walks through the many local nature trails, watching Judge Judy, keeping up with Mary Worth, gardening and reading the history of local Native American Indians and stories of the old West. But what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. His legacy will be the many hilarious stories family and friends can remember in an instant that recall times spent with this dear soul. His humor, kindness and devotion to those he loved, will remain a comfort to all those that miss him.

He is survived by his son, Zachary Savaria and partner, Krystina Bartnick and their two children, Kaya and Scarlet Savaria of Rochester; his daughter, Hannah Savaria of Dartmouth, nieces, Joelle Anger and her husband Tom and their son Christian, Aubrey Savaria and her son, Justin, all from Swansea; Lauren Deree and her husband Michael and their sons, Owen and Aiden of Rochester; and a nephew, Nathaniel Corwin and his wife, Bethany from Carver. He also leaves a sister, Patricia Corwin and her husband Sean of Rochester and is predeceased by a brother, Curtis Savaria. Mr. Savaria was once married to Julie (Pineault) Savaria of New Bedford.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Dartmouth VFW, 144 Cross Rd, North Dartmouth on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. There will be a service conducted by Reverend Kathy Gayoski starting at 1:00 pm.

Warren loved his family’s, Snows Pond and his three Labradors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Hartley Family Trust, 215 Cushman Rd, Rochester, MA 02770 or Odie’s Place, odiesplace.org, a non- kill shelter in Fairhaven, MA.