Mattapoisett Woman’s Club Scholarship

For over 60 years, the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club has been striving to help young people in their educational pursuits. This year, the Club is happy to award four scholarships to students from Old Rochester Regional High School.

The selected students are:

– Abigail Field, who will attend UMASS Dartmouth and major in History. She is the daughter of Robert and Kimberly Field.

– Serena Jaskolka, who will attend Worcester State to study communication science. She is the daughter of Cheryl McGuire and Christopher Jaskolka.

– Jane Kassabian, who will attend University of Notre Dame with an interest in Math. She is the daughter of Jay and Laurie Kassabian.

– Maggie Wiggin, who will attend College of the Holy Cross to study Political Science and Finance. She is the daughter of Amy and Kenneth Wiggin.

All four students possess excellent academic achievements, have done multiple community service tasks, and have participated in several extracurricular activities.

The Mattapoisett Woman’s Club especially thanks the community for its support of our Garden Tour which this year takes place on June 25 and “Taste of the Town” which takes place during Harbor Days. These fundraising activities make our scholarships possible.        Congratulations to Abby, Serena, Jane and Maggie.

Elizabeth Taber Library Programs

Annual Book Sale: Our annual book sale will take place at the Marion Music Hall on Friday, July 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please come and support your local library. All funds raised from the book sale are spent on enhancing our programs and services. Gently-used book/CD/DVD donations will be collected at the library during our open hours. For more information on the book sale, please call the library at 508-748-1252.

Book a Librarian: Do you have basic technology questions or need assistance with an electronic device you recently acquired? Then call the library to book a one-on-one appointment with one of our friendly staff members. We’re happy to help!

Mystery Book Club: Please join us for our monthly mystery book discussion on Wednesday, July 6 at 11:00 am. We will be discussing I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.

Afternoon Book Club: Please join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm. We will be discussing Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.

Museum Passes: Looking for something fun to do with friends and family this summer? Then come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to check out any of our museum passes with your SAILS library card! We currently have discounted passes to the Heritage Museums and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Mystic Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Providence Children’s Museum, Roger Williams Zoo and the Mass Parks Pass. To reserve a pass or for more information, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or visit our website at www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org.

Hartley Laments Lack of Communication with Chief

Hearing about school-related matters via the press before the School Committee has been informed is concerning, said Rochester School Committee member Sharon Hartley on June 9 regarding Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee’s recent proposal to selectmen to add a part-time school resource officer to Rochester Memorial School.

“It was actually kind of alarming that the chief of police would go to the selectmen before he would … to the school committee,” Hartley said.

Hartley was particularly concerned with the idea that the school would be providing funding for the position in light of recent cuts made to balance the FY17 school budget.

In Magee’s defense, RMS Principal Derek Medeiros said the topic was touched on during a prior school budget subcommittee meeting, saying, “He was under the impression that you guys at least had some awareness of it.”

Medeiros said Magee currently visits the school once a month to keep contact with the school administration and provide any insight that may benefit the school.

The proposal stems from a similar resource officer proposal at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, which seeks to add an officer to the school three days a week. Magee approached the town to see if there was interest in creating a full-time resource officer position by adding two days a week at RMS.

From a safety standpoint, said Medeiros, the proposal makes sense. From a budget standpoint, he said, “We felt that this was something that we could support.”

“Having a police officer over here for safety and also to build relationships with the kids … I say, hey, what a great opportunity.”

Old Colony is still in the process of approving the position, and Medeiros said Magee is still waiting for an update from Old Colony. In the meantime, he sought an opinion from the Rochester Board of Selectmen.

“The educational piece would be great for the kids, I think,” said School Committee member Meagan Bennett. “And to have some familiarity…”

Committee member Jennifer Kulak said, with lack of funding for a health teacher, she thought it was a great idea, especially with implementing a piece on drugs and drug abuse while building relationships with the students.

For Hartley, funding was an issue. She claimed that, traditionally, adding a resource officer would be funded by the police and through grants. Although she likes the idea of having an officer in the school, this year’s budget proved disappointing to School Committee members when it came to having to go without.

“We would have to have a serious discussion about what that means,” said Hartley. “Do you want to find extra money and put in a police officer in the school or are there other priorities?”

Medeiros said next year, with the retiring of a number of top-tier employees, some funds might be opened up that could absorb the school’s cost for the position. Business Administrator Patrick Spencer concurred.

Hartley said she does think the chief’s premature proposal to selectmen was unintentional, but the process remains problematic.

“We don’t want that to happen again,” said Hartley.

“It looks like something we are willing to explore,” said Chairman Tina Rood.

Superintendent Doug White said the chief will likely attend a future School Committee meeting to discuss the matter more in-depth and to provide information on the roles of the position as well as funding.

In a follow-up email, Magee said Hartley’s concern had not been brought to his attention and declined to comment.

The next meeting of the Rochester School Committee is scheduled for September 8 at 6:30 pm in the Rochester Memorial School band room.

By Jean Perry

 

Marion’s Energy Management Committee

Marion’s Energy Management Committee is pleased to announce that on June 7 the Board of Selectman approved an increase in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) to be requested through grant applications. The Board initially approved three EVs for municipal use; that number is now four. Funding for one EV was already received, and a Nissan Leaf was delivered in March 2016 for use by the Recreation Department. The first grant also covered costs for two high-speed charging stations, which are installed at the Town House and at the Atlantic Drive facility. Both are available for public use. Two of the three additional EVs, if grants are approved, will replace low-MPG, ex-police cruisers now used by the Board of Health and the Department of Public Works. The third will be used by the Council on Aging, reducing mileage on their large vans when only a few people require transportation. At least two additional charging stations would also be purchased using grant funds, which we hope will encourage more residents in our region to choose EVs. By replacing gas-guzzling vehicles with clean EVs, Marion is saving tax dollars, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (about 4 tons of carbon/car/year), and raising awareness of human-caused climate change. The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) is funded through fees on vehicle inspections that began in 2012 to support pollution-reduction initiatives. Additional information is available from EMC member Jennifer Francis at francis@imcs.rutgers.edu.

Karen E. (Grew) Prevett

Karen E. (Grew) Prevett, age 72, of Marion, formerly of Mansfield passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Boston Medical Center in Boston. She was the beloved wife of the late John C. Prevett.

Born in Norwood, MA on November 18, 1943, she was a loving daughter of the late Joseph and Kay (Horton) Grew.

Karen grew up in Norwood and was a graduate of Norwood High School. She had made her home in Marion for the past 10 and was a former resident of Mansfield.

Prior to retiring, Mrs. Prevett had worked for several years in the Admitting Dept. at Falmouth Hospital. She had previously worked at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for many years, and also as a title examiner in the City of Taunton.

Since living in Marion, Karen was a member of the Council on Aging, where she made many friends and enjoyed the council’s hospitality of shopping trips.

Karen loved spending time with her family and received so much pleasure doing jigsaw puzzles with her adoring grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and cooking, and when younger, the many summers spent in Popponesset.

She is survived by her devoted children Stephen Prevett of Georgia, Denise Prevett of Everett, Patricia Marraffa and her husband Tony of Mattapoisett and John Prevett and his wife Karen of Mansfield. She was the dear sister of Kenneth Grew of Grafton, Gail Taddeo of Florida and Steven Grew of North Carolina. She was the cherished grandmother of Jenna, Samantha, Alec, Jay, Emily, Anthony, Paige, Cole and Jake, the great grandmother of Rhys, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and her best friends Paul, Annie, Nancy and Priscilla.

Services and burial will be private.

Visiting hours have been omitted and those wishing may remember Karen with a donation in her memory made to the Marion Council on Aging, 2 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.

To send her family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com

Timothy J. O’Connor

Timothy J. O’Connor, 54, of Mattapoisett, died Tuesday June 14, 2016 due to ongoing health issues. A lifelong resident of Mattapoisett, he was a 1980 graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, a 1984 graduate of Bucknell University and received his MBA from Bentley College in 1991.

He was the son of Betty L. (Smith) O’Connor of Mattapoisett and the late Lawrence J. O’Connor, the younger brother of Sean O’Connor and his wife Paula of Martha’s Vineyard and Fairhaven, and the loving uncle of Brian O’Connor of Watertown, Kelly O’Connor of Sarasota, FL, and Shannon O’Connor of Martha’s Vineyard. He is also survived by an aunt, an uncle and several cousins.

During his career, Mr. O’Connor worked as a financial analyst, cost analyst and budgeting analyst with the COM/Energy-COM/Electric companies. He then moved on to New Bedford City Hall where he was the City Auditor under the Tierney and Kalisz Administrations. He ended his career as the Associate Superintendent for Finance and Planning for the Old Rochester Regional School District.

His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 18, 2016 at 2 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His family receive visitors from 12-2 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Mattapoisett Students Honor the American Flag

The vision of the American flag waving and swaying in the sky can swell the heart on a day like Tuesday, June 14, which has for 100 years now been observed as Flag Day. And with Americans still reeling from tragedy over the weekend, the flag at Center School in Mattapoisett still at half-mast, students from Old Hammondtown and Center School gathered outside on this Flag Day morning to admire the red, white, and blue, and to ponder those stars and stripes and what the flag symbolizes for us as a nation.

“The land of the free, the home of the brave,” Principal Rose Bowman reminded the students and a gathering of community members and parents joined together for the occasion.

“Please think about how fortunate you are to be a citizen of the United States,” Bowman said. “Put this picture in your mind and let it lead your way as you travel into adulthood.”

Bowman gave a warm and emotional thank you to those gathered, as well as three members of the American Legion Florence Eastman Post 280 who were present for the Flag Day celebration.

Legion Commander Michael Lamoureux led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Old Hammondtown band followed with its rendition of the National Anthem.

Students from each grade had something musical to contribute, singing a number of patriotic-themed songs that many sang along to.

“I wish I had a drone so I could see an aerial view of this,” said a proud Bowman, saying she was overwhelmed by the community support that morning and the coming together of the two schools.

After the celebration, Bowman spoke candidly about the event.

“It’s just so important for the children to remember to demonstrate their respect as a school community,” Bowman said, “and that that visualization lives on with them forever.”

As she told the students that day, “You are the future leaders of the world. You need to demonstrate that leadership.”

After the Flag Day celebration, third-graders moved inside the cafeteria to participate in the annual senior breakfast when the students dress up as famous Americans and share their knowledge with the seniors from the neighboring Council on Aging.

“We never forget that we wouldn’t have this wonderful building … without our seniors,” said Bowman. “And this is our way to continue to say thank you. We know how lucky we are.”

By Jean Perry

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Random Acts of Weeding

Do you enjoy the sunshine, salt air and harbor views at the Munro Preserve, just west of the Mattapoisett Town Wharves? Could you spare a few minutes occasionally to help maintain the perennial gardens there? If so, please join the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s Garden Groomers! We meet at Munro at 8:00 am on selected mornings each month to pull weeds and do light garden maintenance, while enjoying a cup of coffee. Groomers work as part of these gatherings or on their own when time allows. To learn more, please attend one of our informational meetings at Munro on either Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 am or Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 am. For more information or if you cannot attend one of these meetings, please email us at info@mattlandtrust.org.

Rochester Women’s Club Annual Yard Sale

The Rochester Women’s Club is pleased to announce the return of our Annual Yard Sale. This is our third year, and this event is shaping up to be our biggest fundraising event of the year. The Yard Sale will be held at our clubhouse at 37 Marion Road, Rochester on Saturday June 18 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

A new feature at the Yard Sale this year will be an appearance by the ‘Mermaid Bus’ from the Mermaids on Cape Cod.

We are accepting donations now. Give Yvonne a call at 508-763-4979 if you have any items you would like to donate to our sale. Also call if you would like to rent a space for $25 at our sale to sell your own items.

MNHM Summer Program

The Marion Natural History Museum’s Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the Southcoast area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session.

Coastal Explorations for Grades 3-5: This program will feature exploration of our rocky intertidal shorelines, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, swamps, ponds and bogs to take a close-up look at the birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates that make these areas so special. For students entering grades 3-5, Coastal Explorations will run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday, July 11-22. Cost for the program: $200 members, $250 non-members.

Wednesday Afternoons In August: For three Wednesdays during August, we will be meeting at the Museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to learn about different topics. $24/each members, $30/each non-members

August 3: Summer Star Lab: Explore summer constellations with the Museum’s Star Lab portable planetarium. We will have the opportunity to work with the Star Lab instructor to learn to identify some of the features of our nighttime summer skies.

August 10: Children’s Nature Journaling Workshop: Learn the art of observation with Artist and Naturalist Tricia Cassidy. This is a great way to introduce the students to the world of journaling. We will make a small sketchbook and then go outside to learn different ways to observe and draw from nature.

August 17: Making Artwork from Nature: During this program, we’ll collect interesting objects during our hike around town and then use them to create our own masterpieces.

Adult Nature Journaling Program. Observation is a key attribute of citizen scientists, and a necessary ability for all who enjoy the outdoors and the natural world. Nature journaling is the perfect way to observe, document and reflect on your nature experiences. By creating a journal you may end up learning more about nature and about yourself. Our educator for this workshop is Tricia Cassidy, an Artist and Naturalist who has held similar workshops for the Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleborough, MA. See our website for more examples of her work! Saturday, August 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm: $40 members, $45 non-members.

To register for any of these programs, please go to www.marionmuseum.org, fill out the registration and submit with payment. Please call the museum if you have any questions at 508-748-2098, and please visit the museum during our open hours this summer.