Students, Staff Recognized for Excellence


For three years in a row, the Mattapoisett School District – Center School and Old Hammondtown School – has been recognized as a commendation school by the Massachusetts Department of Education, one of 42 schools receiving commendation status, and one of only five schools in the state to receive the status three years in a […] Read more »

Bobola Tapped to Revise Flood Zone Codes


Mattapoisett Director of Inspectional Services Andy Bobola was recently honored with an invitation to work on revisions to the Massachusetts State Building Code; specifically, those sections focused on structures in flood plains. Bobola was the only building inspector asked to participate on the code revision panel headed up by Michael Guigli, technical director for the […] Read more »

Sea Turtle Release


Coast Guard family members and civilian passengers about Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach North Carolina prepare to release a rehabilitated sea turtle off the North Carolina coast Dec. 15, 2014. The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the North Carolina Resources Commission, helped release a total of 19 rehabilitated sea turtles into […] Read more »

Marion Pack 32 Cub Scouts Skate Fundraiser


The Marion Pack 32 Cub Scouts, with the sponsorship of the Marion Recreation Department, held a Tabor Skate fundraiser on Sunday, January 11 in the Travis Roy Rink at Johnson Arena at Tabor Academy. Skaters sipped coffee and hot chocolate and enjoyed an afternoon of frozen fun while supporting the Scouts of Marion. Photos by […] Read more »

Body and Soul


There is a well-known connection, no longer just a conjecture, that the mind and body are, in fact connected. Our brains and bodies work together tirelessly for the good of our human form. And why, you ask? Well, René Descartes gave us a hint when he said, “I think, therefore I am.” A friend of […] Read more »

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 »