The Grinch That Almost Stole Christmas

When I asked my son, “So how was your Christmas this year?” he simply stated, “Awesome.” This year when people ask me how my Christmas was, I’ll say that it was nice and then change the subject. I think I do that every year, though, after each imperfect Christmas passes and we move onto the […] Read more »

The History of Christmas in New England

The traditional holiday of Christmas was not always looked upon as a favorable celebration by the Puritans in the colonial days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony body of government. Their strict religion regarded drinking and partying as a false celebration of the birth of Jesus, with stronger ties to paganism than their own concept of […] Read more »

Tinkhamtown Chapel Sing-Along Delights

December 23 proved to be a night when Rudolph’s red nose would have been helpful as people made their way through the foggy night going over the river, through the woods, and around the cranberry bog before finally arriving at the quaint ye olde Tinkhamtown Chapel to sing Christmas carols. But the weather didn’t stop […] Read more »

Rochester Council On Aging

The Rochester Council on Aging is celebrating the New Year with their Annual New Year’s Luncheon Party on December 29 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm. Please note that there will not be a Friday movie due to the New Year’s party. The Board of Directors has implemented the following rule beginning in January 2018: […] Read more »

Understanding Autistic Holiday Stress

The holidays can be tough on anyone. What they may not realize is that it can be particularly challenging for autistic people. As an active member of the autistic community, please allow me to present a variety of factors that make this otherwise joyous season difficult for autistics, and also offer advice on how you […] Read more »

Selectmen Scurry to Replace DPW Superintendent

Just one day before Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Zora will retire, the Board of Selectmen during a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, considered its options for finding an interim superintendent during this critical time – winter and budget season. The first significant snowfall of the season was accumulating on the roads outside […] Read more »

Custodial Services To Be Outsourced

Outsourcing is coming to Mattapoisett. Well, at least to the local schools. On December 11, the Mattapoisett School Committee voted to outsource custodial services as a cost cutting measure in FY19. But at least one school committee member had questions around cutting jobs that might put local people out of work and outsourcing that may […] Read more »


Dear Editor: Thanks to your news editor, Ms. Jean Perry, for the excellent, informative, substantive writing on the condo project in Marion. Your reporting will help Marion residents view this project in a very objective, balanced and informed way; however, there is one oversight I would like to correct. Mr. Sherman E. Briggs, Jr. is […] Read more »

NBSO Presents Kiss of the Earth

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra kicks off the New Year in style with a program of Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky in “Kiss of the Earth” on Friday, January 5 at 7:30 pm at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Guest artist Inon Barnatan, Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, has been hailed by the New York Times […] Read more »

Linda L. Townsend

Linda L. Townsend, 58, of Wareham, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. She was the wife of Glenn J. Townsend. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha (Camera) Antuna. A previous resident of New Jersey and New York, she lived in Rochester before […] Read more »