8th Annual Buzz Off

Dear Tri-Town Residents:

Caroline Myss gives a TED Talk on YouTube entitled “Choices That Can Change Your Life.” If you want to be inspired, find it and listen to it! She talks about the power of choice and decisions that matter. At the end of her presentation, Caroline encourages us to “see the present with great gratitude and love.”

As a native to this region, I do see the present with great gratitude. But, this year I feel the need to put that gratitude into action. After some soul searching, I have decided to support the 8th Annual Buzz Off on June 4 at Gillette Stadium. This event is supported by Rob Gronkowski and benefits the charity, One Mission. One Mission gives children with cancer a reason to smile. According to Ashley Haseotes, Founder of One Mission, “One Mission does whatever it takes to get kids and families through cancer treatment. Our goal is to make life in the hospital less lonely and stressful, provide some joy during a time of fear and uncertainty, and give patients and their families the support they need to get through the emotional and unexpected financial challenges of treatment.”

Yes, I am going to get my head shaved! When people ask me “Why?”, the answer comes back to my gratitude. As a proud mother of a new college graduate, I know how fortunate I am. Children with cancer and the families who support them do not get to share in this good fortune. I want to sacrifice something that I love to show how much I care. And, yes, I love my hair!

So, if you happen to see me after June 4, you can consider yourself informed about “the woman who shaved her head.” You can also inform others in our tiny communities of the reason why. According to Caroline Myss, “Choice is powerful. It can change your life!”

Please consider supporting me with a donation to One Mission. I can be reached at 508-758-2164.

With Gratitude,

Lori Bardwell

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And the Winner Is…

The polls have closed at Old Hammondtown School, and the winners have been announced for the 2017 Mattapoisett Annual Election.

For Board of Health – the only contested race in the election – incumbent Carmelo Nicolosi beat fellow candidate George Randall with 366 votes versus Randall’s 77 votes.

As for the ballot question for a Proposition 2½ exemption for Phase VII of the Town’s Five Year Road Infrastructure Improvement Plan, the question passed with 236 ‘yes’ votes over 101 ‘no’ votes.

The rest of the uncontested election results are as follows: Town Clerk: Catherine Heuberger, 397 votes; Board of Selectmen: Tyler Macallister, 365 votes; Assessor: Raymond Andrews, 357 votes; Mattapoisett School Committee: Charles Rider, 291 votes, and Carol Clifford, 55 write-in votes; Old Rochester Regional School Committee (three years): Stefan Gabriel, 333 votes; ORR School Committee (two years): Deborah Dyson, 349 votes; Trustee of the Public Library (two seats): Ruth Oliver Jolliffe, 332 votes, and Jennifer Russell, 320 votes; Moderator: John Eklund, 372 votes; Water/Sewer Commissioner: Daniel Chase, 363 votes; Planning Board (five years): Janice Robbins, 351 votes; Planning Board (one year): Gail Carson, 345 votes; Housing Authority: Susanne Kennedy, 356 votes; Community Preservation Commission (two seats): Michelle Hughes, 360 votes, and Charles McCullough, 320 votes.

Voter turnout was relatively low with 463 voters, or roughly 9.2 percent of the 5,028 registered Mattapoisett voters.

By Jean Perry


Falmouth Academy Attends SISAL Art Competition

Falmouth Academy sent several works of exceptional student art representing various mediums to the annual Small Independent Schools Art League (SISAL) juried exhibit and earned fourteen awards – six middle school and eight upper school with six first places. The Carroll School in Lincoln, MA hosted the SISAL exhibit from May 1 – May 5 as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Artists were honored at a reception on May 7 at the Carroll School.

Founded in 1992 by two Falmouth Academy faculty members, SISAL started with five participating schools with the aim of providing a venue for student work from schools with fewer than 400 students to be critiqued, exhibited and appreciated by the greater art community. Twenty-five regional independent schools are members of SISAL, and this year’s exhibit showcased over 900 entries in painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry/metal and photography. Diane Francis, art teacher at the Carroll School and this year’s exhibit coordinator, commented that, “the judges were very impressed by the quality of the work this year. It was a difficult competition to judge.” Each year, outside jurors are selected from the local art community and this year’s jurors came from the Concord Art Association.

Falmouth Academy SISAL winners include:

First Place Photography, Upper School: Megan Iverson ’18, Marion

First Place Digital Photography, Middle School: Paige Feeney ’21, Marion

Guided Mindfulness Walk

Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature with Jessica Webb and the Buzzards Bay Coalition during a mindfulness walk along Shaw Farm Trail on Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm. Through guided mindfulness meditation, participants will experience the outdoors with their senses wide open.

All fitness levels are welcome on this free, one-hour walk. The walk will be conducted at a deliberately slow and mindful pace in social silence without digital devices. Please wear appropriate footwear and layers to ensure you are comfortable during the walk.

Shaw Farm Trail is located on the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven and runs for approximately one mile to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation in Mattapoisett. The best way to access Shaw Farm Trail is from the bike path crossings on Shaw Road in Fairhaven or Brandt Island Road in Mattapoisett.

Pre-registration is required. To RSVP or to get more information about this walk, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events/mindfulness-walk-shaw-farm-trail-may-21-2017/ or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219 or bayadventures@savebuzzardsbay.org.

Mattapoisett Road Race

The Mattapoisett Road Race will take place at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 4. A great way to celebrate Independence Day, the course winds through picturesque Mattapoisett village, around fabled Ned’s Point Lighthouse, and back to Shipyard Park at the town wharf. Race proceeds are awarded to college-bound ORRHS runners. Race starts and finishes at Shipyard Park. Course: Accurately measures 5 miles through Mattapoisett; splits at each mile; water throughout. Enter online at www.mattapoisettroadrace.com. All entry fees are non-refundable. Cost prior to June 28 – Online Registration is $20. Race Day Registration – each person is $30. Mailed Registration – each person is $30. Light-weight shirts to the first 750 entries. T-shirt pick-up times are 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Monday, July 3, or 7:30 – 8:30 am on Race Day. Sizes run small. Sizes guaranteed if registration is received by June 6.

Marion Fire Department Lock Box Program

Fire Chief Brian Jackvony is proud to announce that the Marion Fire Department is implementing a residential Lock Box Program to expedite access to senior and handicapped adults’ homes during emergencies.

In many emergency situations, individuals who call 911 may not be able to open their door when firefighters arrive, especially if a person falls, has a stroke, or is experiencing a heart attack. Currently, firefighters must break through a door or a window, causing damage and costing money and valuable time.

Through the Lock Box Program, participants install a small box outside their home, with a key code that they and the Fire Department have access to in the event that immediate access into their home is needed. In turn, the likelihood of property damage caused by the firefighters forcing entry into a residence is greatly reduced. There is no cost to participate in the Lock Box Program, other than the cost of a spare key to the door that will be accessed.

“In these instances, every second counts,” Chief Jackvony said. “Lock boxes are an extremely valuable tool for homeowners and the Fire Department to ensure those who are in an emergency situation, medical or otherwise, receives assistance as quickly as possible.”

The lock box will only be used during an emergency call when first responders can’t make entry without using force. At no time will the lock box be used or will entry be made without authorization.

Eligible participants should contact the Marion Council on Aging, 508-748-3570, to obtain information for installation of the lock box.

UCT Celebrates School Library Month

In celebration of the importance of school librarians and their school library programs, the American Association of School Librarians and Upper Cape Tech proclaimed April as School Library Month. In support of school libraries, Assistant Superintendent/Principal Mr. Forget had students read the proclamation during the daily morning announcements. Mrs. Adams, the school librarian, invited Ms. Scott, Forestdale Elementary School’s librarian and Ms. Morgan, Forestdale Elementary School’s first grade class to visit Upper Cape Tech. For their visit, Mrs. Gausman’s tenth-grade students from the Environmental Tech shop read Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and then discussed the message of environmentalism in the story. This was followed by the Environmental Tech students assisting the first graders in making Truffula Tree pencils and a tour of the Environmental shop. This collaboration was so enjoyable and meaningful to all that this will be an annual event.

Sponsored by Upper Cape Tech’s PTO, another school library event was a visit by “Rosie the Riveter.” Judith Black, a renowned, award-winning writer and storyteller, shared an engaging performance of “Rosie the Riveter” to students in U.S. History classes. Students gained an appreciation for the “Rosies” who were the heroines on the home front. They worked all shifts and all jobs and plowed their way through a male-dominant workplace woven with sexism, discrimination, and racism all in the effort to support the men on the front lines. Following the presentation, students discussed the relevancy of these social struggles today. Mrs. Adams was appreciative for the support of the school library program and the opportunity the PTO gave the students in experiencing history through storytelling.

Tabor Academy Choral and Dance Recitals

Do not miss the song and dance next week at Tabor! See the action-packed spring dance recital on May 18 at 6:30 pm featuring performances by Tabor’s award-winning Competitive Dance Team and students from local dance studios. The show is open to the public with open seating in the Fireman Center for the Performing Arts at 235 Front Street, Marion. No tickets required.

Next, the Tabor Madrigal Singers will perform their annual free concert on May 19 at 7:00 pm in Wickenden Chapel on Spring Street. Tabor’s most select choir, the concert is the culmination of their work for the year.

Come enjoy the arts at Tabor next week!

Academic Achievements

Brenna Maloney, of Marion, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in public health during commencement exercises held May 5 and 6, 2017, at Coastal Carolina University.

Board Passes the Joint to Town Meeting

If the Rochester Planning Board has its way, Town Meeting voters on May 22 will adopt a new zoning bylaw to place a temporary moratorium on marijuana retail sale in Rochester.

Massachusetts voters approved a referendum question to legalize the sale and use of marijuana recreationally back in November 2016.

During the public hearing for the bylaw on May 9, the Planning Board felt that Town Counsel Blair Bailey figuratively has the bylaw language rolled up tight and ready to light at the Annual Town Meeting.

The moratorium bylaw was borrowed from another town’s draft that was approved by the Attorney General’s Office.

The moratorium would allow the town to wait until the Commonwealth issues guidelines for towns and cities to craft their recreational marijuana regulations surrounding the dispensing, processing, cultivation, storage, and sale of marijuana.

The state is expected to provide these regulations in January 2018, said Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson.

“This is a moratorium which a lot of cities and towns are doing, placing a moratorium until January 2018 so that we can wait for the state to issue their guidelines and come up with guidelines of our own,” said Johnson. “The majority of the [Rochester] townspeople have expressed support for control on where it’s sold…”

Johnson will be taking the draft bylaw to the Board of Selectmen in the near future for discussion. Johnson said the selectmen appear poised to also recommend the moratorium at Town Meeting.

The Planning Board voted to recommend Town Meeting adoption of the moratorium, and Johnson said that once it is time for the Town to regulate marijuana next year, the Town would likely default to the current medicinal marijuana zoning bylaws.

In Rochester, medicinal marijuana facilities could only be allowed in the adult entertainment overlay section of the industrial zone located on Route 28.

Planning Board member Ben Bailey expressed concern over federal law versus state law pertaining to marijuana use and sales.

“I’m still curious how we’re doing this when it’s against federal law,” Bailey said. “Federal law trumps it, so it’s an interesting thing…. It’s still illegal to possess marijuana and use it federally.”

Bailey added that he personally is not comfortable approving any recreational marijuana regulations in Rochester until the federal government allows it.

Planning Board member John DeMaggio cited the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

“I think you ought to be able to do whatever you want,” said Bailey. “I think it’s horrible to regulate drugs…”

Bailey was delegated by the board to introduce the article on Town Meeting floor.

Also during the meeting, the continued public hearing for the Site Plan review for Wellspring Farms at 42 Hiller Road, applicants Holly and Jim Vogel, was continued until May 23 at the applicants’ request.

In other business, the board granted an Approval Not Required for Stephen and Sandra Hunt of 43 Featherbed Lane.

The next meeting of the Rochester Planning Board is scheduled for May 23 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

Rochester Planning Board

By Jean Perry