Flood Maps and Insurance Update


Between 2012 and 2014 across the nation from Fargo to Tampa, from Lubec to Los Angeles, Chicago to Port Arthur, the issues of increased flood insurance rates and new FEMA flood mapping hit many homeowners like a tsunami. Property owners were facing crippling cost increases as the federal government’s defunct FEMA programs were tapped out. […] Read more »

Plunging into 2015


It’s becoming a New Year’s Day tradition in Mattapoisett, and the 2015 “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge, now in its third year, was more successful than ever – attracting more participants and onlookers than last year, and bringing in around $10,000 that will go towards assisting local families battling cancer. Organizers Michelle and her […] Read more »

Hard At Work Preserving History


Beavering away in a corner on the second floor of the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum’s church building are two industriously employed women – Elizabeth Hutchison, museum curator, and Lenora Robinson, preservationist. The sheer volume of work that they have undertaken cannot be overstated. It is massive in scope. Yet together, they are chipping away at […] Read more »

Snow Craft


Under the direction of Jeanne McCullough, children at the Mattapoisett Free Library on December 30 participated in a step-by-step build-your-own snowperson activity during the winter school break. Little fingers sticky with glue flattened out cotton balls and fastened them to prefabricated Styrofoam snowperson shapes, and then glued on the trimmings under the guidance of caregivers. […] Read more »

The Happiness Dance


Although its true origins have long since been lost, Raqs Sharqi – or belly dancing as it is called – is internationally popular. The number of belly dancing enthusiasts is growing as it is embraced for its health benefits. An Arabic phrase meaning “dance of the Orient,” some of the threads of Raqs Sharqi’s history […] Read more »

Rochester Police Offer R.A.D. for Women


The Rochester Police Department is offering Tri-Town women the chance to learn valuable self-defense techniques that will build confidence and help them feel empowered to protect themselves. The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) System of Self Defense was designed to promote education and awareness through lecture, discussion, and physical instruction of self-defense techniques. And, despite the […] Read more »

The Top Stories of 2014


This past year was a memorable one for the Tri-Town region, as individuals and as a community in general. As we look back at the past 12 months that collectively make up the year 2014, some events that occurred float immediately to the surface, such as the ones that hit us on the emotional level, […] Read more »

Giving Season


  Marion Police and employees of JRI picking up donated toys and items for their program. In the picture from left to right: Sgt Marshall Sadeck , Hillary Riding (JRI), Jennifer Grant(JRI), Susan Mazzarella (JRI), Officer Karen Ballinger. Also seen in photo helping to load cars is Lt John Garcia. Shown here are the presents […] Read more »

‘City Celebrates!’ a Great New Year’s Event


The New Year’s Eve 2013 ‘City Celebrates!’ in New Bedford last year was a fantastic event for kids, art appreciators, and music lovers alike, with dozens of music performances, art exhibitions, street performers, and family-oriented activities that lasted well into the night, topped off by a magnificent fireworks display over the harbor. This year, the […] Read more »

Holidays at the Mattapoisett Museum


  The Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum hosted a series of winter holiday activities on Saturdays during the month of December. One of the activities was reading favorite stories, both old and new. Photos by Marilou Newell   Read more »