Marion Welcomes Its New Fire Chief

During a swearing-in ceremony on June 30, Marion said farewell to Chief Thomas Joyce, its 12th fire chief, and welcomed Chief Brian Jackvony, its 13th fire chief.

Jackvony was officially sworn in before an audience in the Marion Music Hall, which was drenched in afternoon sunlight, with firefighters and Honor Guard members from the Police Department surrounding the perimeter of the room, and family, friends, and supporters seated beside and behind the new fire chief.

The ceremony began with firefighters and the Honor Guard, dressed in full uniform, marching in led by the traditional sounds of the bagpipes. Marion Selectman Jody Dickerson opened the ceremony and addressed Jackvony, his wife Linda, two sons, and some colleagues from Cumberland and other surrounding towns in Rhode Island.

“To our neighbors in Rhode Island, we welcome you to Marion,” Dickerson said.

Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing said it was not only a time for celebrating as the town welcomes its new fire chief, but also a time for honoring the man who has served in the fire chief position for the last six years.

Cushing said he admires Jackvony’s sense of family and community, saying Jackvony has a vision, not just for the Town of Marion Fire Department, but also for the fire service profession in general.

“We have no doubt he will emerge as a strong and effective leader of the Marion Fire Department,” said Cushing.

After the official swearing-in performed by Town Clerk Ray Pickles, Jackvony addressed those in attendance from the podium.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity at this point in time in my career with the Marion Fire Department,” said Jackvony. “This is a proud, vibrant, and well-organized Fire Department.”

Jackvony praised the Fire Department’s dedication to the Town of Marion and the dedication of many of the Fire Department’s members who have served as firefighters for many years.

“I am in awe when they tell me how long they’ve been with the department,” said Jackvony.

As for the future of Marion, Jackvony said his main goals are to “build community equity” and engage the community through neighborhood programs to help reduce the number of fires and household accidents.

Jackvony then turned to Joyce and said, “I have quickly come to realize that I have very large shoes to fill.” He continued, “The respect [the members of the Fire Department] have for their chief is obvious. It is now my job to earn the trust of these men and women…”

Jackvony quoted Sir Isaac Newton when he said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Now he sees, Jackvony said, that he is indeed standing on the shoulders of giants.

During his fond farewell to Joyce, Cushing said Joyce had exceeded all the town’s expectations during his tenure, noting his accomplishments, including the merger of the Emergency Medical Service and the Fire Department “at a time when everyone thought such a merger was impossible.”

“People can look around and say, ‘He made a difference,’” Cushing said. “Tom Joyce, you made a difference. And our grateful community says ‘Thank you.’”

By Jean Perry

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Marion Recreation Basketball Clinic

Marion Recreation is offering several Basketball Clinics at Silvershell Beach, for both boys and girls, this summer. Coach Kyle Erha (Varsity Coach Sturgis West High School Boys, coach of the Marion Recreation Boys Travel Team) will be running drills, competitions and games to get players ready for next season.

After an incredibly positive reception in the past, this summer we will offer two weeks of the clinic at each level. You may choose to attend one or both. While attendance at Week 1 is not required to attend Week 2, Week 2 will be a continuation of the skills and concepts learned in Week 1. All levels of play are both welcome and encouraged. If you would like a chance to improve your game and have a lot of fun playing basketball this summer, join us on the court at Silvershell Beach!

Boys entering Grades 4-6: Week 1, June 22-26 and Week 2, July 13-17. Both weeks meet from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Boys entering Grades 7-8: Week 1, July 6-10 and Week 2, July 20-24. Both weeks meet 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Girls entering Grades 4-8: Week 1, July22-26 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Week 2, July 27-31 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Fee is $89 per player for one week. The second week is $79 per player. Register early to secure your spot!

For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or info@marionrecreation.com or visit our website at www.marionrecreation.com.

Town Beach Opening Day

Thank you for a great Mattapoisett Town Beach Opening Day!

A wonderful time was had by all at the opening of the Mattapoisett Town Beach and renovated Beach House on Saturday, June 20.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers from the Mattapoisett Recreation Committee and the Junior Friends of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library who helped run all of the events and served the ice cream and popcorn.

A special thank you to The Seaport Slip for hosting an ice cream sundae party for all attendees. The beautiful day and fun event brought out approximately 200 people who participated in Beach Olympics and relay races, seashell crafting, face painting and swimming. The updated Town Beach House has a new look and is now handicap accessible thanks to renovations funded by the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Fund.

The beautiful window boxes and planters were done by Elaine Botelho, Sandra Hering and Deanne Girouard of the Women’s Club Volunteers of Mattapoisett. Thanks to all who helped make the day such a success.

We hope the community enjoys the updated facilities and new playground equipment at the beach. If you missed the opening party, stop by to see the changes and meet the summer beach staff. We will also be hosting crafts on the beach this summer along with swimming lessons. For more information, visit us at www.mattapoisett.net.

Sincerely,

Greta Fox & Jen Scully,

Mattapoisett Recreation

 

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9th Annual Arts in the Park

On Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its 9th annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park in Marion. Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Main Street and Spring Streets, where there is plenty of free parking. Admission is free.

A wide variety of fine art and artisanal crafts will be displayed in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, baskets, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood, garden sculpture & garden furniture. Over 40 artists and artisans will exhibit their work. There will be live entertainment by Yesterday’s Country Band, and the New Bedford Museum of Art’s ArtMobile will be on hand to provide art projects for kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Food and beverage will be offered by Harriett’s catering.

There will be a raffle of art work which has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be for sale and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the operation and maintenance of the Marion Art Center.

This year’s exhibitors will include: Ceramic artists Karen Zaharee, Elizabeth Fieldsteel, Chrissy Feiteira, Tessa Morgan, and Pat Warwick; Fiber creations offered by Liz Howland (hand-dyed silk scarves, bags and shawls), Heather Kidson, and Mary Monteiro; Nantucket Baskets by William Judd; Fine jewelry offered by Emily Condon, Lynn Hahn, Trish Kozub, Karen Silvia, Donna Andrews-Maness, Julie Kohaya, Marcia Livada, Annika McKenna, silversmith Ann Hanson, Donna Driscoll, and Harmony Winters; Paintings, prints, photographs and collage offered by Mary Ross, Sarah Brown, Donna Secour, Jane Egan, Melissa Sepulveda, Alice Shire, Carol Way Wood, Barry Cronin and Doug Hockman; Hand-crafted bags and home accessories offered by Chikako Mukai (bags) and Greta Fox (shell home accessories) and Liz Howland (bags); Painted objects and furniture that include Sarah Brown’s hand-painted chairs and tables, garden sculpture by Stephen Koleshis, and James Gallagher will offer his delightful folk-art fish; Turned wood and hand-crafted furniture by Gregory Strange and John Nadeau; Glass creations offered by Neal Drobnis and Liza Abelson, and Found Object Collage by Robin Pierson; and Hand-crafted soaps by Jennifer Marie Hofman will round out the show.

Marion Art Center’s galleries will be open during the event where the latest exhibition of paintings by Kim Weineck and Eli Cedrone will be for view and sale. Visitors are invited to come inside and see the current exhibition of art in both galleries as well as check out a “Remainder Sale” of art, books, and more!

For more information, please visit www.marionartcenter.org and click on the “Arts In The Park” tab or call 508-748-1266.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Summer Season

Visiting clergy will conduct services at the “Church by the Town Beach,” St. Philip’s Episcopal, Water Street in Mattapoisett, from July 5 to September 6. Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

On July 5, Rev. Philip C. Jacobs III, Rector from Trinity Church, Canton, MA will officiate. All are welcome!

Moth Problem

To the Editor:

As Tree Warden in the Town of Marion, I have had many calls about dead trees. In actuality, the trees are not dead; they are just infested with caterpillars, both the winter moth and the gypsy moth – a double whammy year! The devastation is alarming and difficult to watch. Trees were stripped in the early spring by the winter moth that eats the young leaves and then the gypsy moth that finishes off what is left. I visited Evergreen Cemetery and the oaks are bare and every other species has been hit as well: birch, kousa, ash, maple, you name it. Caterpillars are all over the ground as well – yuck!

So what to do? It is too late to spray as that needs to happen in early spring by a licensed arborist. Now it is a wait-and-watch game to see if trees re-leaf. They will need extra water (which thankfully we are getting) and maybe some fertilizer later in the summer. These infestations go in cycles, so I do not know what to expect for next year but on my own property I spray and have not had a problem. I wish I could do that for the town, but it would eat up all of my budget and I can’t do select areas. I will try to stay on top of this, but it is very difficult to watch happen. Towns in Rhode Island are totally bare, so I guess we count our blessings.

Stay tuned,

Margie Baldwin, Tree Warden

 

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MPD is Awarded “Accreditation” Status

On June 4, the Marion Police Department received state Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens of the commonwealth.

“Achieving Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is a very significant accomplishment and a recognition highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.”

Under the leadership of Chief Lincoln Miller, the Marion Police Department was assessed in March by a team of Commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the Department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for Accreditation.

“Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency,” said Mooers. To conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 284 standards by the Commission, Chief Miller appointed Lieutenant John Garcia to serve as the Department’s Accreditation Manager. In May of 2014, the Marion Police Department was awarded state Certification, the first step in the two programs offered by the MPAC. Within one years’ time, Lt. Garcia was able to bring the department to the next level of the process.

Marion is currently 1 of 58 of the 187 participating agencies in Massachusetts to be granted Accreditation status. They are 1 of only 4 departments located in Plymouth County. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. This prestigious status has been awarded for a period of three years ending in May 2018. The department fully intends on continuing to strive for excellence and will seek re-Accreditation at that time.

Selectmen Pass Gas Tanks

A long time has gone by since Rochester has had a gas station, commented Rochester Board of Selectmen member and Town Clerk Naida Parker on June 22. So long, in fact, that she could not accurately state how long it would take for Colbea Enterprises to receive the license from the Town to install two 15,000-gallon fuel tanks at the Seasons gas station/convenience store/coffee shop slated for the corner of Routes 28 and 58.

The two selectmen present that night swiftly approved the license to install the two tanks – one 15,000-gallon tank for gasoline and one 15,000-gallon split tank with the capacity to contain 9,000 gallons of diesel and 6,000 gallons of gasoline. The plans for the tanks, having already been approved by the Fire Department and viewed by selectmen prior to the meeting, call for double-walls and a vapor recovery system, among other standard state requirements.

Colbea Enterprises representative Carolyn Parker asked Selectman Parker when the Town would issue the license so that the company could garner approval from the state fire marshal. Unsure exactly, Selectman Parker told Parker, since it has been so long since she had issued a license for a gas station in town, she did not know.

“[It’s been] so long ago I don’t think any of us have any institutional memory on that one,” Parker said.

Only one abutter, Charles Clemishaw, attended the public hearing, and he was satisfied that the gas tanks would be subject to state standards with nothing out of the ordinary requiring approval that night.

Selectman Parker said the board is hoping to encourage further economic development in Rochester.

“This is hopefully the beginning of the development of that property on County Road,” said Parker. “And unless there was strong opposition, I don’t think we would want to turn it down arbitrarily.”

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for June 29 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry

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Principal Makes Good on Promise

He sacrificed one of the most precious of grown-up commodities, a good night’s sleep, in the name of stamping out hunger in the community – “canning hunger in the community,” to be precise.

Kevin Tavares, associate principal for the Mattapoisett Public Schools, made good on his promise to spend an entire night on the roof of Center School if the students could surpass the number of canned goods Tavares had purchased for a food drive at the school. The students needed 481 to top Tavares’ 480, but before the June 17 deadline, they had collected over 800 canned and nonperishable goods.

So on June 18, before the last bell rang for the day, Tavares climbed out a window onto the roof of the school. He pitched his tent, and positioned himself, ready to wave goodbye to the students as they boarded their busses to leave on the last school night of the school year.

“I probably should have practiced making this tent,” Tavares said, fumbling with the poles, the tent flapping in the breeze.

Sure, a few colleagues heckled him for having what they considered “luxuries,” which meant a tent, air mattress, lantern, and, a chair.

“I don’t have an air mattress,” said Tavares, (wink wink).

And then the kids filed out of the building to board the busses that had just pulled up alongside the building. Tavares watched from above.

“Mr. T! Mr. T! Mr. T!” the children chanted from below. You could hear kids laughing and saying things like, “We love Mr. T!” and “Mr. T you’re crazy!” as Tavares looked down at them from the ledge, waving and smiling, and wondering how he was going to keep his second end of the bargain – to match what the students raised before the 8:30 am deadline the next morning when he was scheduled to descend from the rooftop.

The community, Tavares’ family, the Fire and Police Departments, and even a local television news film crew showed up all throughout the evening, until almost midnight, Tavares said during an 8:00 am call from his cellphone. Tavares said the police and fire brought about 340 canned goods with them.

“The community really stepped up to support this. Even former students,” said Tavares. “It was nice to see them, too.”

Tavares met his goal, and the final total of canned goods surpassed 1,000.

“It really was a special night,” said Tavares. “I’m just really looking forward to a shower.”

When asked how he would manage to top this challenge next year, Tavares said he wasn’t quite sure, but he will definitely have to raise the bar again for next year.

By Jean Perry

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Academic Achievements

The following area residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the Spring 2015 semester:

– Haley Frade of Marion and a member of the class of 2015

– Meghan Kelly of Mattapoisett and a member of the class of 2015

– Madison Lees of Mattapoisett and a member of the class of 2015

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.

The following Tri-Town residents were named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at Stonehill College:

– Madison Costa of Rochester

– Zachary Mathews of Mattapoisett

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Katherine Medeiros of Mattapoisett, a member of the class of 2015, has been named to Assumption College’s Dean’s List, one of the school’s highest academic honors. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Assumption students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester.