Tri-County Symphonic “South Coast Local”

The 53rd season of the Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, begins on October 26 with a salute to area composers and musicians entitled “South Coast Local.” Alto saxophonist and Marion native Trevor Kellum will be the soloist as the symphonic band performs music from its own backyard. Three pieces were commissioned by the Tri-County Music Association and written especially for the band. Rochester, MA resident John Wallace has contributed two (“Colors of the Winds” and “Heroic Journey”) and Marion, MA native Steve Wheeler has also written a piece (“The Wild Sketch”) for the Tri-County Symphonic Band, a band he played with several years ago. Cape Cod resident Michael W. Donovan’s “Experientiam, Sapiento, et Amicitia Pro Omnibus” was premiered last year by The Cape Cod Conservatory Concert Band and will be the opening piece for this concert. The incredibly gifted saxophonist Trevor Kellum will join the band in John William’s masterwork from the film “Catch Me If You Can.” Kellum, a Mattapoisett, MA native, will also play with a smaller ensemble, the Tri-County Symphonic “Little Big Band” if you will, on the jazz standard “Bernie’s Tune.” New Bedford, MA native David Maslanka’s short symphony “Give Us This Day” will conclude the program. The concert will be held at the Fireman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 26. Tickets are $15 (Students $5, Children 12 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion and at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Sharon E. (Wood) Earle

Sharon E. (Wood) Earle, 62, of Wareham passed away Tuesday October 21, with her daughter at her side at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston. Sharon was born in Middleborough the daughter of the late George and Marion (Long) Wood.

She attended school in the Old Rochester Regional School District and graduated from ORR with the Class of 1970. She loved spending time with family and friends. Always making time to stop and talk with everyone on her daily walks and errands.

Sharon is survived by her daughter; Myla Earle and her companion Chris Franklin of Wareham. She is the sister of Gail Charbonneau of New Bedford, Rebecca Wood-Gomes of Acushnet, Roger Wood of Rochester, Jeffrey Wood of Rochester and Peter Wood of Acushnet. She was the grandmother of Brandon Franklin and the sister of the late George Wood. Sharon was also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Visiting hours have been omitted and services will be private.

Gateway Youth Hockey

Mites: The Gateway Mites team played their best game of the season despite a 13-11 loss to Nantucket on Saturday. Nantucket took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening minutes, but the Mites battled back ending the first period with a 7-6 lead. The teams battled back and forth in an exciting second period, but Gateway could not hold on to the lead. Brayden Cannon led the team with four goals. Ben Hebbel, Thomas Clavell, and Patrick Tripp each had two goals and Bree Killion had two assists. Charlie Carroll played a very strong game, ending the night with a season high 49 saves. Gateway, as always, never gave up and played hard right down to the buzzer. The Mites are back in action next Saturday against Martha’s Vineyard.

Squirts: Gateway Squirts played a tough game Saturday versus Lower Cape White. Despite Lower Cape’s efforts, Gateway skated away with the 5-3 win. The team worked a great defensive game, keeping the puck moving zone to zone. They skated hard and showed great passing as well. Goalie Ryker King had some key saves, only allowing one point each period. New comer Tyler (Ty) Riberio showed he can really play a defensive game and fit well with all his teammates. Scorers included Matthew Quinlan with four, Nathan Riberio with one and an assist, and Joe Urnek with an assist. Next week it’s the Squirts versus Lower Cape Black.

Bantams: Shutout goaltending from Zachary Pateakos and Steven Strachan allowed the Gateway Bantams to turn a subpar performance into a 2-0 victory over the Hanover Bantams. Hanover came into the match up averaging nearly five goals against per game. However, Gateway’s careless puck possessions and lack of intensity provided Hanover with the opportunity for an upset. The game remained scoreless late into the second period when Josh Smolinsky found the back of the net with a puck off the sticks of Robert Ramsay and Jake DeMoranville. The third period saw plenty of end-to-end opportunities for both teams, highlighted by a two-man breakaway for Hanover that was snuffed out by Strachan with less than two minutes to play. Playing for the tie, Hanover pulled their goalie and added a sixth skater, only to find heartbreak in Zack Lovendale’s empty netter in the closing seconds.

Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 team took on a tough FR Shaughnessy team on Friday, coming away with a 3-2 victory. The action was back and forth in the early stages, as the teams seemed to be evenly matched. The opponents struck first on a failed attempt to clear the zone; they took advantage and found an opening on a one timer right in front of the net. The Jr. Vikings countered less than a minute later, with Quirino doCanto finding Tyler Lovendale in the slot, who quickly deposited the puck in the back of the net. The two combined just thirty seconds later with help from Matthew Maloney as doCanto again found Lovendale out front, who then lifted a pretty backhand shot over the goalie’s shoulder. The Jr. Vikings stepped it up on defense, not allowing their opponent to score again in the first, while adding another goal themselves. Vyper Latulippe scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Zack Lovendale and Kaleb Riggle. Both teams had a strong, defensive second period, with no goals scored. The Jr. Vikings continued to play tough defense in the third, allowing just one more goal and holding on late for the win. Alex DeMarco stepped it up in net after a couple tough outings, stopping all but two shots.

Middle School 2: It was a winning afternoon for Middle School 2 versus Mansfield. Middle School opened the game with a goal by Jack Martins followed by two more goals by Bryan Gallagher and Johnny Rodrigues to end the first period with a score of 3-0. With a great team effort and fantastic passing, the team continued to score with Makayla Lorance getting a goal and Gallagher earning a hat trick to end the second period 6-0. Jake Demoranville had an outstanding game in net with a near shut out, but with five seconds left in the game Mansfield managed to score, ending the game with a 6-1 win for the Jr. Vikings.

Continuing Service

Now that the school year is in full swing, annual service traditions are starting up again or for the first time.

Last week, there were no classes on Wednesday and the freshmen went to Sippican School to read to the students. This annual tradition at Tabor Academy has continued because of the ongoing positive feedback.

The 112 freshmen woke up early and gathered to walk down the street to Sippican. They then split off and went to meet and read to their buddies, who ranged from kindergartners to third graders, in different classrooms for the morning. Tabor’s close proximity to Sippican makes for a strong relationship between the two schools.

Many Tabor students tutor Sippican students throughout the year as an after-school activity and in the past, some have helped re-paint the map by the playground.

A key factor that propels that Tabor Academy Community Service Program is that many students are eager to take part in it. Seniors were given the day off on Wednesday to work on college applications. Five seniors chose to leave Tabor at 5:15 am in the morning to go with History Teacher Richard DaSilva (’89) to Mercy Meals in New Bedford.

Mercy Meals serves healthy meals to those in need in the New Bedford area. The goal of Mercy Meals is to feed all of those in need and to help them start their day off on a positive note.

Tabor students helped set up, make breakfast, serve meals, and clean up the kitchen. Now, some students are hoping to start making this a weekly or monthly activity because it has become popular and Tabor students really enjoy it.

This student initiative is not new to Tabor, however. Last year, Tabor musicians began their own group called “TOMATOES.” This group is one of all types of musicians who love to perform.

The students head over to Sippican Health Center every Sunday to play for the elderly. Kijun Song, who graduated last year, brought this group to life and now current Tabor students are continuing the program and more musicians are joining the group.

Another group of students dedicates their Sundays to the local community as well. A handful of students gather and walk to St. Gabriel’s Church on Sunday mornings to teach Sunday school. Ten students spend their Thursday nights as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the Greater New Bedford Area to spend time with kids. They play games, do crafts, and spend time getting to know each other.

Many Tabor students are excited to get off campus and work with others in the community because they have found that doing so can be quite fun. This passion for giving helps to create a warm atmosphere on and off the Tabor campus.

By Julia O’Rourke

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Goodspeed Pier Denied

After a nearly two hour-long hearing, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission denied Daniel DaRosa’s application to construct a pier at 3 Goodspeed Island, following DaRosa’s insistence that the commission take a vote that evening.

Early in this continued hearing, the board heard from Engineer David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. who spoke to the questions the commission had asked during the previous hearing. Those questions centered around whether or not the proposed pier would be erected over soils capable of supporting eelgrass beds, the type of storms the structure was designed to withstand, shellfish bed impact, and winter storage of gangway and floats associated with the pier. Another concern was Town access to the beach for maintenance purposes where the pier’s accessories would be placed during the winter months.

Citing reports from several engineers hired by DaRosa, Davignon said that eelgrass beds were not presently in the area selected for the pier, nor had they been there for some years. He said shellfish could be relocated, and noted a letter from Shellfish Warden Kathy Massey who affirmed the feasibility of relocating shellfish stocks from the construction area.

One important unanswered question pertained to the structural integrity of the pier in various types of storms. The plan as proposed did not give conclusive information, and Davignon wondered what type of storm surge the commission had in mind.

Commission members scrutinized the answers, with several members feeling that two of the engineers hired by DaRosa contradicted each other on the subject of eelgrass. They also questioned Davignon’s responses that indicated, even if a storm damaged the proposed pier, debris would not reach the endangered sewer pipeline running through the Eel Pond location.

Chairman Peter Newton said debris reaching Eel Pond would later be sucked back into the harbor, potentially hitting the sewer pipe that moves 300,000 gallons of raw sewage per day from Mattapoisett to Fairhaven. Davignon called this a “fantasy scenario.”

Commission member Marylou Kelliher asked if the pier could be removed during the winter months. Given the size and construction method proposed, that was not feasible according to Davignon.

ConCom member Bob Rogers asked about the height of the pilings and type of lighting that would be used to illuminate the pier. He received his answer much later in the proceedings – four feet high and low voltage LED on a timer.

In defense of the pier, ConCom member Mike King said the area of the project was not used heavily for recreation, and the pier posed little negative impact on the community He added that shellfishing in the area was already compromised by all the other boats in the harbor, and that by approving and conditioning the construction, local control could be maintained.

“…The applicant has submitted a project that can be permitted,” said King. “If it gets approval at the state level, we lose all control.”

Newton invited the public for comment, cautioning them to stay within the scope of the Wetlands Protection Act. Newton noted for the record a 16-page letter sent to the commission signed by 142 residents opposing the project.

“This is a very big pier,” said resident Michael Huguenin. He said the signatories of the opposition letter were concerned about shellfish, eelgrass, and the sewer pipeline.

Regarding the potential for damage during a storm surge, Huguenin pointed to the fact that the wave attenuator, a structure to deter waves, planned at the end of the pier weighed five tons. He implored the commission to request independent peer review, saying the applicant’s engineering reports insufficiently addressed the project’s impacts on the area.

Ray Andrews, a former selectman and presently an assessor, said the pier’s location was critical to recreation in the harbor, and that it would be the only new pier allowed over an active shellfish bed.

“This is not a good place for a dock of this size in Mattapoisett,” said Andrews, who also pointed out storm damage impacts. He then commented that the additional taxes the DaRosas would pay for the privilege of having a pier of this size was about $2,300 annually, calling it “not a fair trade-off.”

Newton stated, “No one can agree on an appropriate fix for the sewer problem.”

“They should have had full knowledge of the sewer problem,” said Huguenin, referring to when the DaRosas purchased their property.

Gerald Johnson came forward to say the commission “deserved peer review” due to a lack of information. He said that the project was “excessive in scope” and asked the commission to keep the public in mind by conditioning the project.

“This harbor is the jewel of the town,” said Johnson in closing.

Several other residents spoke in opposition or questioned various aspects of the project until all had their opportunity to speak.

Moving forward, Kelliher said that she was not ready to vote on the project, instead asking for an independent peer review and a continuation of the hearing. Newton said it was “a reasonable request.”

“It’s not a good spot for a pier and a disproportionate use by one resident,” stated Rogers. “We are protecting the resource area for all the people … I’d be a lot happier if it could be shorter.” He continued, “I’d like to see the commission step up and if we are going to make a mistake, make it in favor of the resource area.”

Newton said when he took the job of being on the commission he did so to implement the Wetlands Protection Act and has striven to keep personal opinions out of the process and to balance public and private needs. Newton asked DaRosa if he was willing to fund a 53G peer review, resulting in DaRosa asking for a recess to confer with his attorney, John Gushue.

When they returned, Gushue spoke on behalf of DaRosa rejecting the request to fund the peer review. He said the commission had all the information they needed to take a vote at this hearing, and then compared the pier project to the bike path project, saying it was “hypocrisy” on the part of the Town and its people. Newton asked him to confine his comments to the hearing issues.

“The applicant took it out of our hands to work with him on this project,” stated Newton. With that said, the motion was to deny the application with three members voting positive to deny and two members voting negative to deny.

Storm damage issues and habitat depletion were cited for the record. DaRosa now has ten days to appeal this decision to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Newton asked the commission members to think about electing a new chairman as he will be unavailable to attend meetings during the month of November and did not want the work of the commission hindered.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is November 4 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


ORR Wraps Up A Successful Spirit Week

By the time the last students piled out of Saturday’s annual Homecoming dance, a busy week had come to a close at Old Rochester Regional High School.

This week marked “Spirit Week” at the high school, and it was slightly shortened due to Monday’s Columbus Day holiday.

On Tuesday, October 14, it was just as common to see students in footie pajamas as blue jeans, as the perennially popular “Pajama Day” took place.

Wednesday marked Hawaiian Day, meaning plenty of students – and teachers – could be spotted in colorful flowered shirts and leis.

Twin Day was Thursday, which seemed to be one of the most popular days of the week. Students are encouraged to dress like each other, and the pairings always lead to some hilarious moments in the hallways and the lunchroom. On all three of these days, students were offered the chance to be photographed in their Spirit Day attire during lunchtime.

The spirit days came to a close on Friday, which was “Show Your School Spirit” day. Students either wore traditional ORR colors – red, white, and black – or their costumes for their class skit, if they were participating.

This was a great day for students to get involved, since almost everyone owns a piece of clothing donning the school’s colors.

Senior Kyle Sherman praised Spirit Week, saying, “It does what it’s supposed to, and raises a lot of spirit for the school. My favorite day is Friday, the official School Spirit day, because so many people participate, and everyone’s pumped up about the skits.”

Sherman also suggested a potential spirit day idea for next year in which all fall sports teams wear their uniforms to school.

“That would be a good idea,” said Sherman. “My best memories for each year are always Spirit Week. It really is a great week for the school.”

On Friday afternoon, the Fall Pep Rally took place in the gym. Definitely a large boost to school spirit, students sat grouped by grade and watched as the skits were performed.

The freshman paid homage to the Will Ferrell movie Elf, the sophomores drew inspiration from The Chronicles of Narnia; the juniors performed an Alice in Wonderland themed skit; and the seniors referenced a few different Disney movies, mainly focusing on Monsters, Inc. Although all the skits were entertaining, a winner had to be chosen.

Later that night, as students returned to school grounds to cheer on the football team in the anticipated Homecoming game against the Wareham Vikings, Fun 107 DJ Michael Rock announced the winner. For this year’s skits, the seniors came out on top, while the freshmen took the runner-up prize.

Maybe next year, the honors will go to the sophomores and juniors.

Concerning the game, Kyra Greco, a junior and member of the ORR Dance Team, said the football game is her favorite part of Homecoming week.

“The fans are crazy, and a lot of alumni come back,” she said. “It’s even better when we win.”

The dance capped off a big week of festivities on Saturday night. The event ran from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and the theme was “A Night in Paris.” The DJ for the dance was Michael Bowman. Judging by the large turnout and the positive reception, the event was definitely a success.

In other news, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for sophomores and juniors was held on Wednesday, October 15.

The test plays an important role in preparing students for their college careers, and often begins the process of colleges sending letters and emails to students who could be potentially interested.

The testing began first thing in the morning, and lasted until 10:50 am. This marked the first year in which the test was mandatory. In previous years, it was an optional exam for both sophomores and juniors. Due to this change, the test moved from a Saturday to a Wednesday this year to accommodate all the extra students taking the exam.

Sophomores Chris Horton and Jonathan Harris shared their opinions on the testing. Both agreed that mandatory testing is a good idea, as it helps students prepare for the SATs.

“Since it’s sent out to colleges, it definitely helps kids out in the long run,” said Horton.

Harris said he thought the PSATs falling on the same week as Homecoming added some complication to the week.

“It was a little bit stressful, especially with skit practice,” Harris said. Stress aside, both Harris and Horton had a positive thing to say about the test. For Harris, it was the lack of a lengthy essay portion.

“I like how there’s no writing element, and it’s all multiple choice,” said Harris.

Horton was relieved that the test was easier than an exam many students take in 8th grade, the SSATs. “It was difficult, but it was definitely easier than the SSAT test, which I liked.”

By Patrick Briand

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Ann S. (Farley) Rezendes

Ann S. (Farley) Rezendes, 74, of Mattapoisett died October 19, 2014 unexpectedly at home.

She was the wife of Francis A. “Manny” Rezendes.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph “Chappy” and Edna Farley, she lived in Franklin and Mattapoisett for most of her life.

Forever an avid sports fan, Ann attended and graduated from Alabama College with a degree in Physical Education. She later served as a physical education teacher at Taunton High School and retired in 2003 from Robert Allen Textile, where she worked as a customer service representative.

A devout Catholic, Ann was a communicant at St. Mary Church in Franklin and St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett. She is very much remembered for her time spent as a member of the Sweet Adeline’s Chorus and would break out in to song at a moments notice. Spending time with her family, watching old movies and cheering on all New England sports teams were her favorite pastimes.

In addition to her husband, Frank, Ann is survived by her son, Farley Rezendes and his wife Kristine and their children, Heath and Cindy of Lancaster, PA. Ann is also survived by her younger son, Guy Rezendes and his wife Kimberley and their daughters, Hannah and Madison of Franklin.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 15 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett, MA. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyercom.

Anna J. (Evora) Cabral

Anna J. (Evora) Cabral, 75, of Wareham, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston unexpectedly. She was the wife of the late Robert M. Cabral.

Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Antonio D. & Emelia J. (Almeida) Evora. A longtime resident of New Bedford, she moved to Wareham 41 years ago. She worked as a cafeteria cashier for the Old Rochester Regional School District.

Mrs. Cabral was a member of the OLOA Seniors Club and the Cape Verdean Women’s Social Club in New Bedford where she was awarded “Mother of the Year” for 2011. She also enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include her two daughters, Robin C. Marion and her husband Keith of Dorchester and Nicole M. Cabral of Wareham; her brother, Dennis Evora of New Bedford; three sisters, Marie Sparks of New Bedford, Evelyn Knight of Evendale, VA and Emily Carrington of Mattapan; two grandchildren, Darius Gamboa and Mason Marion and her great granddaughter, Nevaeh Gamboa.

Her funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Sat., Oct. 25th at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, High St., Wareham at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5 – 8 PM.

Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

ConCom Lets Illegal Hot Tub Stay

Even though the work was unpermitted, the property owners at 425 Neck Road will be allowed to keep their illegal hot tub and patio that encroaches the ‘25-foot no-touch zone’ along Snipatuit Pond Road, after the Rochester Conservation Committed voted to approve the after-the-fact application for an Amended Order of Conditions on October 21.

Andrea and Donald King went beyond the scope of their original Order of Conditions issued back in 2011 before the start of the renovation in a number of ways, including underground utility installation, driveway improvement and extension along the pond side, and the addition of a storm drain for the driveway runoff, in addition to the hot tub, patio, and stone apron.

The Kings, who reside in the U.S. Virgin Islands, purchased the property in early 2011 and restored the old existing dilapidated stone house as a second home over the past three years. (Andrea King gave a presentation to the Rochester Historical Society on September 17, documenting the restoration process of the historic home. See the September 25 issue of The Wanderer)

At Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon’s recommendation, the commission approved the amended Order of Conditions as presented by Engineer Rick Charon, allowing the hot tub and patio to remain; however, the driveway storm drain must be removed and rebuilt farther back from the resource area within 30 days.

Farinon stated during her report earlier in the meeting that the driveway work was completed even after her site visit to view the illegal hot tub.

“And that raised a red flag with me,” said Farinon. Farinon pointed out that the commission would not have allowed the work to be done if the Kings had followed the proper procedures for filing, saying the Kings had enough of a usable area to accommodate a hot tub, patio, and driveway improvements away from the pond.

Later, during her recommendation, she said the fact that the Kings promptly produced a revised plan within a short time frame “showed good faith.”

“A lot’s been said tonight,” said Farinon, commenting that residents may be “feeling frustration with the commission.” She continued, “For whatever reason, people (residents) have gotten ahead of themselves [lately],” referring to a number of after-the-fact filings in Rochester.

Farinon emphasized consistency and acknowledged those residents who follow the proper procedure.

Commission member Michael Conway, the only dissenting voice in the vote, spoke out against allowing the hot tub and patio to remain, citing poor project management and bad oversight.

“Nobody’s taking responsibility for messing up the job,” said Conway. “Nobody’s taking responsibility for not following the order of conditions.”

Charon excused the Kings by saying that a three-year project is “a long time” and some of the details get lost over time.

Conway asked if anyone could demonstrate that there was no practical alternative to the chosen location two feet into the 25-foot no-touch zone.

Charon again defended the Kings by questioning the threat the hot tub poses to the wetlands.

“It’s not a source of pollution,” said Charon, and the only way to rectify it would be to tear up the hot tub and disturb the area further, he stated.

Conway said the owners were fully aware of the work that could and could not be done.

“But they went ahead and did that anyway at their risk, and at their risk they may have to tear it up,” said Conway.

Chairman Rosemary Smith addressed Ms. King seated in the back of the room, saying that any work within the 100-foot buffer zone requires approval from ConCom. Smith said she did not think the owners “got it.”

King said being an absentee owner was difficult and she was unaware of the need to file, telling the commission, “It just never entered my mind, because it’s not what I do for a living … Obviously we learned our lesson.”

The vote was 4-1 in favor.

After the meeting, commission member Chris Post said she felt the matter was “pushing it.”

“And other people are going to look at it and say, ‘Why can’t I do that?’” said Post.

Smith commented that it was “only two feet into the 25-foot no-touch zone,” but added that residents still have to file with the commission before beginning any work within the 100-foot buffer zone.

Also during the meeting, the commission voted 4-1 to approve a Notice of Intent for Gloria Doviak of 356 Snows Pond Road to raze the existing house and build a new one within the 100-foot buffer zone. The matter was continued from October 7.

Immediate abutter Desmond White voiced concerns over the proximity of the proposed septic system to his existing well, asking if the septic could be moved farther away to protect the quality of his drinking water.

Farinon pointed out that the Board of Health would have to decide if the septic could be moved farther east, calling the matter conflicting interests between ConCom and the BoH.

White said he thought the sandy conditions of the soil would lead to the contamination of his well and then added that the proposed 1,120 square-foot house is over twice the size of the existing 350-square foot house.

“This is someone with a size ten foot that’s trying to put it in a size six shoe,” said White.

Commission member Laurene Gerrier voted against the motion to approve.

In other matters, the commission approved two Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation, one for Chris and Jennifer Gerrior of Perez Smith Lane, and one for Reg Schonborn of BWC Agawam River for a property off Braley Hill Road with a plan for a proposed solar energy facility. The commission did not dwell on any details pertaining to the proposed use of the land and focused solely on the acceptance of the wetlands delineation.

The next meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission could possibly be on November 4 at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall, but since it is Election Day, legally there can be no public hearings held or votes taken. The next scheduled meeting to include public hearings will be November 18 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry


Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month

Belle (PG, 104 minutes) is being shown at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow St., on Tuesday, October 28 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.

Belle is a period piece based on the true story of a mixed-race woman raised in 18th century London by an aristocratic family. She becomes a wealthy heiress and a social outcast, an outspoken advocate of British abolitionism because of racial tension at the time. The film works as both an intimate character piece and as a broader glimpse into socio-economic conflicts regarding tolerance and perception.

You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, October 27. Please call the Council on Aging at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat; then we’ll know how many chairs are needed.