The Tri-Town Celebrates the Beatles

Local Beatles historian and collector Jim Cushman, along with Old Rochester Community Television, would like to invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance in New England by joining us for a memorabilia show that will benefit a local food pantry. Come see rare Beatles collectibles including Beatle-worn clothing, band autographs and other rare memorabilia. There will also be showings of rare Beatles film footage and photo opportunities; cameras are welcomed and encouraged. This event will be held on Saturday, September 13 from noon until 5:00 pm at the ORCTV studios at 345 Front St. in Marion, nearly 50 years to the date of the Beatles legendary performance at the old Boston Garden on September 12, 1964. Admission for this event is one nonperishable food item per person to be donated to a local food pantry for the upcoming holiday season. For more information, please call ORCTV at 508-748-1600. We look forward to seeing you!

Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month

Nebraska (PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.) is playing at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, Barstow St., on Tuesday, August 26 at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (formally known as the Friends of the Elderly), the movie is free.

You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, August 25. Also, reserve your seat – so we’ll know how many chairs are needed.

Nebraska is a black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. Will Forte plays the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.

MPOA Charity Golf Tournament

The Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Allendale Country Club, 1047 Allen St. Dartmouth, on October 6 at 8:30 am.

Entry Price is $125 per person, $500 Foursome and the entry deadline is September 29.

Registration fee includes: 18 holes of traditional scramble golf format, golf cart fee, awards lunch, gift bag, and T-shirt. Prizes awarded for winning team, longest drive, and closest to the pin, in addition to raffle prizes and a chance to win a 2014 GMC automobile for Hole-In-One Contest. All proceeds benefit local charities and community-sponsored events.

For further sponsorship opportunities and donations, contact Turner Ryan at or 508-525-2531. For registration forms and online registration, visit:

Local Woman Fighting for a Cause

Mattapoisett’s Shannon Leary is literally fighting for a cause. Leary has accepted a challenge to “knockout cancer” and is putting up her dukes during a months-long fundraising effort to raise funds for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

This year at the 2014 Belles of the Brawl, Leary will represent Mattapoisett in the ring as she throws punches on behalf of those battling cancer, hoping to raise a minimum of $4,000 to make the endeavor a success. So far, she has raised $3,100 and she is hoping her hometown of Mattapoisett will help her kick butt to surpass her fundraising goal.

The fundraiser is organized by Haymakers for Hope, which gives everyday people the chance to train and compete in an amateur charity boxing match on October 2 at Club Royale in Boston. The participants have no prior boxing experience and are assigned a local gym to train intensively for the event during the weeks leading up to the big day.

“I’ve always been an athlete,” said Leary. She regularly participates in local events such as the Mattapoisett Road Race and Triathlon. “I always like to try something new, athletically.”

Leary said she recently lost a dear friend to cancer, so this fundraiser is particularly close to her heart. “It’s really an experience for me,” said Leary about learning to box and raising awareness of the fight against cancer. “It’s like a roller-coaster and I’ve only just started last week.”

Boxing – this is quite out of her realm, said Leary, embarking on this four-month long life-changing journey.

“What I have learned the past few months boxing is that you have to really, really, really commit to boxing. You can’t just do it when the mood strikes you,” said Leary. “Boxing is not like skiing or tennis; it is not something you can do once a year, on vacation, or on a weekend off.” Boxing, Leary said, even at this amateur level, requires “dedication, discipline and guts.”

Leary used to be a math teacher “many lifetimes ago,” teaching students how to tell time and, now, even a 30-second period of time messes with her mind while she is training for when she steps into the ring.

“Try punching with all-out speed and power on a bag for 30 seconds and you’ll know what I am talking about,” said Leary. She will have to contend with that, along with someone trying to punch her in the face while punching back, or course.

Leary said she finds the fundraiser both worthwhile and intriguing to her.

“Additionally, I wanted to show my seven and eight year-old sons that their mom is their mom, and is also an athlete,” said Leary. “As with those battling cancer, I want my boys to understand part of life is striving to set and work toward achieving goals and in both cases the process requires hard work.”

Love, determination, persistence, and belief are the characteristics of a person who is battling cancer in their life, said Leary – and this is her way of honoring those who are “fighting the biggest fight of their lives.”

“I would like you to join me and become a part of something bigger than any of us and hopefully ‘knockout’ cancer!

If you would like to support Shannon Leary fight for those battling cancer, you can visit her fundraising website at

You can purchase tickets to the event and the proceeds of the tickets go directly into Leary’s fundraising account.

The Belles of the Brawl II is October 2 at 7:30 pm at Club Royale, located at 279 Tremont Street in Boston.

By Jean Perry


Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski

Josephine A. (Donovan) Wojtkonski, age 91, of Fairhaven died August 21, 2014. She was wife of the late Walter Wojtkonski.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Reagan) Donovan, she lived in Rochester for several years and Fairhaven for most of her life.

A homemaker, she played the organ and taught CCD at St. Rose of Lima in Rochester for several years. She loved knitting, bingo and traveling – especially to Ireland, Bahamas and Florida.

Surviving: four daughters: Patricia Comeau of Fairhaven, Joanne Whitehead and her husband James of Acushnet, Karen Poulin and her husband Jan Marc of New Bedford, Suzanne Bodick of Florida, two sisters: Theresa Clarkin and husband John of Falmouth and Patricia Clarkin and her husband Phillip of CT, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late Thomas and Andrew Donovan, Margaret Jorge and Eileen Provost.

Her Funeral will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:30am in Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Family to receive friends from 9:30am to 10:30am prior to her funeral. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rte. 6, New Bedford. Directions or tributes:

Sippican Choral Society

The Sippican Choral Society begins the 2014 – 2015 season with its first regular rehearsal on Monday, September 8 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church in Reynard Hall. New members are welcome to join the chorus simply by coming to the one of the first three rehearsals, September 8, 15, and 22.

Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 pm every Monday evening, but singers are asked to arrive by 7:15 pm for their first rehearsal in order to register and receive music. All voices are welcome (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), and no auditions are required. As always, everyone who has sung with the chorus in past years will be welcomed back.

The chorus will be rehearsing for its 49th annual Christmas Concerts, which will be on Friday, December 5 at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford, and at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel in Marion on Sunday, December 7.

The theme for this year’s Christmas concerts is “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” and the repertoire includes motets by Andreas Hammerschmidt and Johann Michael Haydn, as well as arrangements of traditional and newly-composed seasonal music.

Now beginning its 49th season, the 90-member Sippican Choral Society is under the direction of Brian Roderick, with Michelle Gordon as accompanist. The group performs at least two concerts every year, singing the works of the world’s great composers, as well as popular music.

For further information about singing with the Sippican Choral Society this year, please call Peter McDonald 508-748-0286. If you plan to sing this season, but cannot make the first rehearsal, please let Peter know that when you call.

Mattapoisett Tavern and Shipyard Owner

Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and Seth Mendell on Sunday, August 31 at 5:00 pm at the Gazebo in Shipyard Park as he details the life and achievements of one of Mattapoisett’s most prominent and fascinating individuals: Joseph Meigs.

Born in 1776, Joseph Meigs became a master carpenter in the shipyards at the turn of the 19th century and invested in land on the waterfront. He established a tavern – now the Inn at Shipyard Park – and his own shipyard. Interested in law and politics, Meigs earned a law degree and became a circuit judge for the Great and General Court of Plymouth. Later he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and then the State Senate.

Marion Recreation Fall Dance Classes

Marion Recreation Fall Dance classes are open for registration. Once again, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre are being offered. This session’s Musical Theatre Class will be Mary Poppins. Classes begin on Wednesday, October 8 and run until Wednesday, December 3 (no classes on November 26). Musical Theatre is 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm and Hip Hop is 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm. For boys and girls, 5 to 13 years old. All levels of experience are welcome! Both classes are held at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Fee is $120 per student per class. Registration deadline is Monday, September 29. Forms are available for pick up at the Marion Town House and the Marion Recreation Department, 13 Atlantis Drive. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from our newly updated website, For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Brief Agenda, Weighty Issues

Brad Saunders, representing the Bay Club, was once again before the Mattapoisett Planning Board to continue his efforts in making changes to the zoning bylaws. As previously presented to the board, Saunders has drafted changes that would allow some general business-zoned locations to be used for cluster sub-divisions and some light industrial areas to be re-zoned as open space. During the last meeting of the board that was held on July 21, Saunders made his presentation of the changes he and his partners would like to put before voters during fall town meeting. On this night, he wanted to know what steps to take next.

Chairman Tom Tucker gave Saunders a form to complete so that a public hearing could be scheduled and posted as required by law. Tucker said, “The Planning Board isn’t suggesting these changes; you are, so you’ll be presenting these at town meeting.”

The public meeting for these proposed bylaw changes will be scheduled for September 15 during the next regular Planning Board meeting (Labor Day holiday negates an earlier meeting). The public is encouraged to participate in the vetting of the suggested changes.

Also on the agenda was a continuation of the hearing with Michael Solimando for the sub-division on Appaloosa Lane. Their engineering representative was a no-show, which caused Tucker to comment, “This is a game. I’m getting tired of it.” GAF Engineering was expected to provide updated plans for storm water management and drainage along with other information that showed forward movement on what has become a very long, wet road that is still incomplete.

Abutters in attendance expressed frustration and wondered if the board could rescind the Form C approval issued for the sub-division now, rather than give the applicant more time to do nothing. Although board members said they could, they preferred to give the applicant additional time to come forward with positive progress. It was further noted that Highway Superintendent Barry Denham was now involved, trying to work with GAF and the town engineering team for a long-term solution that would benefit everyone. Tucker said, however, that if they failed to demonstrate progress by the next meeting, he would entertain a rescission motion.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board is September 15 in the town hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell