Boys’ Tennis Perfect in Conference

Faced with the task of rising to the top of the SCC and beating Dighton-Rehoboth, Bulldog boys’ tennis succeeded with a 5-0 sweep, a result that has become incredibly common this season. In addition, girls’ tennis, boys’ lacrosse, both track teams, and softball produced winning records this week.

            Baseball: The Bulldogs got an exciting challenge on Tuesday with a game against non-conference Barnstable High. Despite leading 2-0 after four frames, ORR lost 3-2. Senior pitcher Bryant Salkind spun a good game, while juniors Kyle Brezinski (RBI single) and Sam Henrie (RBI triple) provided run support. The boys came back home to face D-R on Friday, losing 5-0 as their bats stayed cold. Junior Will Hopkins pitched well even as he took the loss. The team had another non-conference game – against Coyle-Cassidy – on Saturday morning. In a shootout, seesaw battle, the ‘Dogs dropped their third in a row, losing 16-15 in nine innings. Despite pitching problems, Brezinski & Co. improved their offensive game over the prior two contests. The junior rapped four hits, while both sophomore Jake Asiaf and senior Jacob Fluegel had three hits and three RBIs. This week, the Bulldogs play road games against Wareham (Monday night) and GNB Voc-Tech (Wednesday), with an away tilt against the Bourne Canalmen on Tuesday thrown in. The team will return home to play Apponequet on Friday afternoon.

            Softball: The Lady Bulldogs started things off last week against Bourne at home on Monday in a rescheduled game and enjoyed a 5-4 comeback win powered by timely hitting. They remained at home on Thursday to play non-conference Diman Voc and continued their good fortune with an 8-4 win. Junior Hannah Guard and sophomore Sophie Hubbard combined for six RBIs behind solid pitching from senior Deianeira Underhill, who got the win. They had a quick turnaround to play D-R on the road on Friday afternoon, a game they lost 14-1. Junior Olivia Labbe had a single and scored the sole run in the loss. This week, the Lady ‘Dogs play Wareham on the road on Monday night before continuing on to play the GNB Voc-Tech Lady Bears away on Wednesday. After another road game on Thursday at Hastings Middle School against Fairhaven, the girls will come back home to face Apponequet on Friday afternoon.

Boys’ Lacrosse: The Bulldogs began their week at home against conference rival GNB Voc-Tech on Monday. They won easily, 13-3, to continue their march towards a piece of the SCC title. On Wednesday, they traveled to Dighton-Rehoboth to play the Falcons, winning 19-3 over the fairly new program. Ten different players scored in the rout, topped by junior Landon Gougen’s four goals and three assists. Fellow junior Pat Saltmarsh also scored three, while sophomores Alex Lorenz and Kyle Gillis and freshman Owen Powers scored two each. The team has a pair of non-conference games this week: home against rare ORR opponent Archbishop Williams on Wednesday and away at Sandwich High on Friday.

            Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs’ lone game last week was on the road versus non-conference Sandwich High on Friday afternoon. They lost a 13-9 battle against a tough competitor, backed by five goals from sophomore Alexandra Hulsebosch. Sophomore Madison Cooney scored two while senior Sarah Ryan had a goal and an assist. This week, the girls face Sandwich again, this time at home on Monday.

            Boys’ Track: On Monday, the Bulldogs started off their week by facing the Apponequet Lakers. As usual, juniors Danny Renwick and Eli Spevack led the Bulldogs’ charge in a 95-41 win. Renwick won the 200m (23.2), 110m hurdles (16.1), and high jump (6-0). Spevack won the 400m hurdles (59.2) and the triple jump (39-5.5). Other winners were the 4×100 relay team, junior Matt Merlo (discus), senior James Estudante (shot put), and senior Shane Desousa (100m). Over the weekend, top athletes participated in the Loucks Games in White Plains, NY. One of the strongest performances was given by the 4x100m team of Desousa, sophomore Elijah McAllister, junior Jacob Cafarella, and senior Will Santos. Renwick and Spevack also performed well in the 110m hurdles. The anticipated SCC Championship meet will take place on Friday at Apponequet, after a tri-meet against GNB Voc-Tech and Seekonk on Tuesday.

            Girls’ Track: The Lady Bulldogs were up against Apponequet on Monday. Senior Zoe Smith had another huge day, solidifying a 111-25 win by taking an amazing four events: the 100m, 100m hurdles, high jump, and triple jump. Sophomore Caroline Murphy contributed in a big way by winning the 400m hurdles (69.9) and the long jump (14-6.75). Other winners included junior Avery Nugent (mile), senior Madeline Meyer (2 mile), sophomore Libby Mitchell (discus), and junior Kelsey Holick (shot put.) Some of the team’s top runners went to White Plains, NY over the weekend to participate in the Loucks Games. The 4×400 team consisting of sophomores Rachel Demmer and Caroline Murphy, and seniors Nicole Mattson and Nina Bourgeois excelled on Friday. In addition, Smith ran very well in the 100m hurdles. After a tri-meet versus Seekonk and GNB Voc-Tech on Tuesday, most of the team’s athletes will run at Apponequet in the SCC Championship on Friday.

            Boys’ Tennis: The guys were on the road to play Seekonk on Monday. It was yet another sweep, as sophomore Sam Pasquill and juniors Caleb Jagoda and Alex Bilodeau all won their matches. The doubles pairings (junior Josh Lerman and sophomore Jahn Pothier; juniors Colin O’Malley and Max Asker) also came out on top to clinch the 5-0 victory. Next, the ‘Dogs traveled to play rival Case at Veterans’ Memorial Park in a rescheduled game on Tuesday. Bilodeau, Pasquill, and Asker were the singles winners in a 5-0 sweep. They were aided by doubles wins from Lerman/Pothier and junior Maxxon Wolski, who played with freshman Geoffrey Noonan. They played Wareham on Wednesday. They went back to their usual singles triumvirate of Pasquill, Bilodeau, and Jagoda, who were all victorious as part of another 5-0 sweep. The doubles pairings in the win were composed of Wolski/Noonan and Lerman/Pothier. Their next match was away, against the Bourne Canalmen, on Thursday. Bilodeau, Noonan, and Pasquill handled the singles matches, as Lerman/Pothier and Asker/O’Malley were the winning doubles duos. Finally, the team had a home game against previously unbeaten D-R on Friday. Fielding the same lineup they used to beat Wareham, the Bulldogs swept the Falcons 5-0 to gain SCC supremacy, for the time being. This week, the ‘Dogs are away at Apponequet (Monday) before coming home to play non-conference Pope John Paul II (Wednesday) and Case (Thursday.) They finish their week at D-R when they play the Falcons on Friday.

            Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs were home to begin the week against the Lady Warriors of Seekonk. Seniors Morgan Middleton and Olivia Bellefeuille (who won 6-0, 6-0) took victories in the singles again, joined by freshman Delaney Pothier. Both doubles pairings (juniors Emma Collings and Sophie Church; juniors Katelyn Bindas and Alexis Parker) were winners to capture a 5-0 victory. They remained at home on Tuesday in a make-up game against Case. Once again, Middleton, Pothier, and Bellefeuille were singles winners. Collings/Church and Bindas/Parker also stayed on as the doubles teams, and that proved to be the proper recipe for another 5-0 win. They resumed quickly on Wednesday to play Wareham High. Pothier and Parker stepped up to join Bellefeuille at singles in a 5-0 win. Sophomore Grace Filloramo got her chance at doubles, winning with Delaney Soucy as part of another 5-0 win. On Thursday, the girls’ game against Bourne on the road was canceled and pushed back to May 17. The Lady Bulldogs have another very busy week; they are up against non-conference Bishop Stang on the road on Monday before coming home to play Apponequet and Bourne in a two-match day on Tuesday. The girls then play back-to-back road matches against non-conference Pope John Paul II on Wednesday and Case (at Veterans’ Memorial Park) on Thursday.

            Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of May 15.

Baseball: (7-4-0)(7-2-0); Softball: (6-9-0)(5-7-0); Boys’ Track: (5-1-0)(4-1-0); Girls’ Track: (6-0-0)(5-0-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (9-3-0)(9-1-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (10-4-0)(6-2-0); Boys’ Tennis: (9-1-0)(9-0-0); Girls’ Tennis: (9-1-0)(8-1-0).

By Patrick Briand


2016 Mattapoisett Town Scholarships

Congratulations to Alexis Sweeney and Jane Kassabian, recipients of the Mattapoisett Town Scholarships for 2016. Each of these young scholars will receive $1,000 to help defray expenses: Alexis at Salem State and Jane at Notre Dame. We congratulate them and wish them well in their future endeavors.

The committee would like to remind everyone that the funds for the scholarships are made available through the generous donations of townspeople. Anyone who would like to donate to this fund may do so by making a check payable to the Town of Mattapoisett Scholarship Fund and dropping it off at the town hall.

Marion Recreation Summer Programs Guide

Marion Recreation began rolling out its summer program guide and it is filled with activities for participants of all ages. Silvershell Summer Camp, a new Silvershell Teen Camp, basketball, tennis, sailing, swimming and more are all included in this year’s planned offerings. Registration has already begun and space is first come first served, so don’t delay. A full program guide is available for pick up at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion or by visiting Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion. Also the full guide is available digitally on the recreation website at Contact Marion Recreation for more information.

Bake Sale

Homemade baked goods will be on sale at Lloyd’s Market in Rochester on Saturday, May 28 starting at 10:00 am. Pies, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, Pup Cakes (for Dogs) and more – made by members of Sippican Pomona Grange that includes area granges from Rochester, Acushnet and S. Middleboro – will be available. The Grange is a family organization whose focus is in agriculture, community issues and services.

ORR Student Report: Eel Pond ‘Very Sick’

Lynn Connor’s ORRHS 11th grade Environmental Science class performed field research on Eel Pond between September and November with funds provided by the Mattapoisett Land Trust. The MLT grant covered transportation costs from the school to the sensitive ecosystem where the student collected data and performed tests.

On May 14, the students gave their report to the MLT members during the organization’s annual meeting. Tim Schroeder, Mattapoisett; Nicole Ochoa, Fairhaven; Matthew Kiernan, Mattapoisett; Emily Newell, Mattapoisett; Christian Sansoucy, Rochester; and Connor Farney, Mattapoisett, along with their teacher, gave the news that Eel Pond is very sick.

The data the students collected indicate that extremely high nutrient levels in the water at an area where tidal currents do not contribute sufficiently to flushing create the perfect environment for algae blooms. The students said the algae eat up all the oxygen in the water leading to lethal impact on saltwater species.

The students’ conclusion is that fertilizers and septic runoff are contributing factors to the nutrients evidenced in the water samples.

Connor, a certified instructor for GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment), has partnered with the MLT for over a decade bringing her students into the natural setting to conduct research. The students also collect information on the types of animals they observe, weather conditions, and if any alien species inhabit the area.

The data collected is then uploaded to the GLOBE platform where researchers and the general public can access it via the Internet.

When asked how the 2015 studies compared to 2014, the students said that although the pond water was still critically problematic, the data demonstrated that Eel Pond is about the same as in 2014 – no better, no worse.

The students also tried to come up with solutions to problems they identified. In this case, they determined that putting greater distance between developed sites and natural resources would help, along with public sewer systems and vegetated barriers.

Also presenting at the annual meeting was Marla Isaac of New England Reptiles and Raptors.

Isaac, a federally-licensed handler for these species, gave a talk on the animals while delighting a crowd of about 75 people – young and old alike – with owls, hawks, and snakes. Of the previously endangered bald eagle, she said there are 52 nesting sites presently in Massachusetts, a good sign that the bird is back from extinction in this area.

Isaac said that it took animals thousands of years to evolve, but that in a single decade mankind can wipe them out. Looking at the children seated on the floor she said, “We are the impact that can do them in.”

Isaac is working towards acquiring land in the region for a wildlife sanctuary. She said her mission is to teach people to respect wildlife, to dispel myths, and to leave a legacy behind when she is gone.

Earlier in the day, the MLT invited the public to visit their newly-opened trail and parking area at 30 Prospect Road where a new kiosk has been installed. The trail connects to the Brownell blueberry patch that is part of the Hiller trail off Route 6.

By Marilou Newell


Family Fun Field Day

Join the Mattapoisett Lions Club for a Free Family Fun Field Day to promote diabetes awareness on June 11 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Veteran’s Park (Ned’s Point Lighthouse). Games will include wheelbarrow races, egg toss, three-legged race, sack race and more! Nutritious snacks and water will be provided. No pre-registration necessary. No charge! Bring your family and enjoy a beautiful morning while learning about diabetes awareness. Sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club.

9th District Congressional Art Show Award

Megan Iverson of Marion, an award-winning student photographer at Falmouth Academy, took third place for her entry, “Projected Curiosity,” at the 9th District Congressional Art Show hosted in April by U.S. Representative William R. Keating.

Megan, a Falmouth Academy sophomore, is the daughter of Jane Tucker and Matthew Iverson.

The 9th District Congressional Art Show is part of an annual competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent in high schools across the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

Megan was among five Falmouth Academy students receiving awards at the 9th District Congressional Art Show.

Earlier this year, Megan won two Gold Keys for photography in the regional 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, sponsored nationally by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and in Massachusetts by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in conjunction with the Boston Globe. She also won a second place award for photography in the recent Cape Cod Times “Classroom Times” competition.

“Megan has a fascinating way of ‘seeing’ – a way of creating complicated images and an ability to take things a step further to produce extraordinary photographs,” said Susan Moffat, photography teacher at Falmouth Academy.

Nasketucket Bird Club

Photographer Dan Logan features Birds of the South Coast at the May 26 meeting of the Nasketucket Bird Club. Fairhaven resident and professional photographer Dan Logan will show some his images from this past year. Most will be of birds that live in or pass through southeastern Massachusetts as well as some birds he saw during his trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The event will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 26 at the Mattapoisett Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at

ZBA Approves Two-Family Conversion

A hesitant Marion Zoning Board of Appeals reluctantly approved an application for the conversion of a one-family to a two-family dwelling in a 4-1 vote on May 12 after initially denying the special permit back in December.

Owner of 444 Front Street, Chris Shachoy, appealed the board’s decision at Plymouth Superior Court, which remanded the matter back to the board “for further hearing and issuance of a subsequent decision containing findings addressing the various special permit criteria.”

“[The application] was originally denied under section 5.3 (of the bylaw), and essentially we misread it. Or, I misread it,” said ZBA Chairman Eric Pierce. “The lawyers spoke to each other, and we arranged to have this remanded back so we could discuss it.”

Shachoy’s attorney Richard Schaefer stated that the board should have applied section 7.2 of the zoning bylaw rather than section 5.3.

“I think town counsel feels that way, too,” Schaefer said. “I think that what we have here … is that 7.2 sets forth certain criteria that should be analyzed by the zoning bylaws and should be passed upon. This particular proposal does fit within the provisions of section 7.2.”

Schaefer also pointed out that the home “has always been a two-family home as long as we’ve known,” although neighbors argued that it had previously been a single-family with an in-law suite, a remarkable difference in their opinion.

As far as the parameters of the bylaw, Schaefer said traffic on the already busy street would be unaffected, and the addition of another residential unit at the property would not affect the neighborhood.

“The impact, if anything, will be minimal,” Schaefer said. “This is not a secluded portion of town … and there’s a lot of land that surrounds the house. It’s not going to impinge on the character of the neighborhood in any way.” It could even benefit the town, he said, through a raised assessment value and more tax revenue.

The Planning Board stated in their recommendation memorandum to the ZBA that it would favor an approval if the owner would consider providing affordable housing. Schaefer said the conversion would provide “more affordable” housing for those who cannot afford to buy.

Neighbor Susan Connor stated her case about the in-law suite versus a separate rental unit and said she thinks a two-family conversion will decrease property values on the street.

“If you consider doing this, then I think it should be open to the entire neighborhood,” said Connor. “We should all be able to convert our homes into affordable housing.”

Schaefer replied, “The opportunity is there for other houses either on Front Street or elsewhere in town if they follow what the bylaws have set up. I know there’s always a resistance … but as long as we are able to comply with the provisions…”

Connor said she would not oppose the project if the stipulation was placed that would require one unit be owner-occupied at all times.

“Our intention isn’t to create a slum,” said Shachoy. “All of a sudden everybody in town thinks, because it might be rented … that it’ll be a slum. I can guarantee you that it’s going to be the most beautiful house on the street.”

Shachoy said he had been waiting six months to renovate the house and a two-family is allowed in a residential/agricultural zone under section 7.2 of the zoning bylaw.

“We feel that this is our legal right, and we want it, and we’re going to pursue it as far as we need to go,” said Shachoy. “This is an entitlement,” he said sternly, thumping the table.

Although Shachoy said he does plan to live there, he does not want to be precluded from renting the unit in the future.

The board members had no questions when the chairman opened things up for comment.

After the hearing was closed and the matter taken under consideration, the board deliberated briefly before approving the request.

“It’s allowed in that part of town,” said ZBA member Marc LeBlanc.

Board member Michelle Ouellette voted against the special permit, arguing that the units would not be considered affordable housing as suggested. She expressed a general opposition to the proposal.

“You have to take the personal out of it,” said LeBlanc. “Unfortunately, it is what it is.”

“We’re all a little uncomfortable with it,” said ZBA member Kate Mahoney.

The chairman made the motion, seconded by LeBlanc, and the motion passed with no stipulation placed on owner occupation.

“I don’t see how we can put any parameters around it,” Pierce said. “We don’t have the authority.”

The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for June 9 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry


The Marriage of “Q” and “U”

Deborah Bacciocchi’s kindergarten class at RMS celebrated a wedding of “Q” and “U” on May 16. The bride (a wooden letter “Q”) wore a gown sewn with pieces from Bacchiocchi’s wedding gown and the groom wore mixed media/Sharpie formalwear. The gift registry yielded essentials like quarters, quilts, queens, and quartz, all elaborately wrapped by the kids. The reception followed with music, dancing, and cake. Photos by Erin Bednarczyk


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