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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WINE NOTES

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Contributors

Consider a condo by Cara Connelly Pimental

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From the publisher Book Picks: Indulge in a novel

FLASH

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On my mind: Just vote

Bossa Nova at the Z

Farewell to Pete

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Theater festival clambake

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Our Navy’s birthday

How to give back

T-Day is for T-Downs by Bob Ekstrom

WHALE’s wine festival

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by Paul Kandarian

A toast to the wine trail by Alton Long

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Joe Piper pipes up by Stan Epstein

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Happenings: Thankful things to try

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Guide to giving and receiving by Joe Murphy

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Get on the bus, Gus by Lilia Cabral

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Missions for Humanity by Kathryn Crosson

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Colorful creations by Brian J. Lowney

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Finding peace on earth by Chirsta Johnson, M.D.

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Investing in tough times by Michael Griffin

CORRECTION Answer #1 in our October Quiz was incorrect; Dighton Rock was never in Rehoboth. It has been variously recorded as a denizen of Assonet, Berkley, Taunton, and Dighton. Our preferred answer is Berkley. 2

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ON THE COVER Home for holidays may be a stylish new condo for many of our South Coast residents. Learn more about Oakridge in Westport and other communities in this issue on page 20 or by visiting www.oakridgewestport.com


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I read with interest Steve Smith’s article on “Seven Steps to a Stronger South Coast” in the recent issue of The Insider. The strategies suggested were right on target. I would like to comment on the strategy, rightly listed first: Improve Education. As Mr. Smith states, “Our poor educational attainment levels today are a major reason we are not more economically successful.” Turning our educational outcomes around will take a lifetime commitment to learning as Smith states. However he is wrong when he indicates that that begins at “…kindergarten on up.” Parents and caregivers need to talk with their babies and toddlers; they need to sing and play and read books every day. Investing in the Zero to Three population and their parents and caregivers is the critical investment if we really want to improve educational outcomes. That includes parenting education and support, and adult literacy education, GED and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for the parents of young children. The Family Center at the Hayden-McFadden School in New Bedford and the Reach Out and Read Program at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center are strong examples of such investments. The New Bedford Early Literacy Consortium provides a “Welcome Bag” for each baby born at St. Luke’s Hospital. If investments in education only begin at kindergarten or even at pre-school, we will not be successful in turning educational outcomes around. Increased investment in the Zero to Three population and their parents and caregivers is critical to achieve that objective. Increased support and replication for Early and Family Literacy programs will be key to a stronger South Coast. — Joan Louden-Black, Mattapoisett EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks for reminding us not only about the importance of early childhood education, but also the need for parental (or caregiver) involvement. While an investment from the government would be helpful, it has to be matched or exceeded by the folks who had or who are caring for the children. (And we’re talking time not money.) Too often we blame the schools and the government for failing scores and “bad kids”—you suggest some ways to remind parents and caregivers that they play the most important role of all. Once everybody understands this, schools and society will be more successful. 4

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I recently read Paul Kandarian’s article “ur the bst, TYVM,” and I have to say that I was thoroughly upset after finishing the article. I was extremely peeved, first and foremost, at your implication that an honor bumper sticker is akin to a pity trophy. I am a junior in high school and a NHS member, and while I find “honors” bumper stickers arrogant and hideous, I disagree that they are simply “participation medals.” Children who perform well in school are special, and I’m not saying that because I am considered part of the upper crust, but because it’s the truth. Not every student can become an honors student, and I know that because I am aware of many classmates who are intelligent but simply cannot push forward to achieve high honors. Yes, we’re supposed to do good in school, but not everyone can. And, regarding your ideas on IM/texting abbreviations—way off. First, I can tell by the abbreviations you selected that you used an online source and picked out the most ludicrous. I chat with friends almost daily online and I’ve never seen nines or 99s. For the most part, kids who over-abbreviate are less likely to be IM’ed/texted by someone else. Teens are just as picky with language as you are. And, second, kids are not using “lol’s” and “brb’s” in school reports. It’s a form of shorthand, and as long as it’s not being used formally, then I see no problem with it. And yes, people do know the difference between the shorthand and formal, otherwise the shorthand could not be understood since there would be no external signifier. Third—what makes “formal language” more correct than abbreviated language? I’m not sure if you know anything about linguistics but for the past century or so one of the main theories has been that there the sound and word for a “thing” are arbitrary. So, yes, “laughter” is the common way to signify chuckling and giggling today, but if the English language had developed differently, we might be writing and speaking another word entirely. IM/text speak is just a new language from an old one. And, last time I checked, English is also borrowed, from many sources. It’s not an “easy out,” it’s another form of language, and if you can’t understand that then this letter has been a waste of time. And, also, it’s nice to know that you’ll be “LMAO from the grave” once my generation is “slower and dumber.” We’ll end up slow and dumb but at least we won’t be elitists. — Alexander Castro

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks for your response. It was well-written and gives us hope for the future! While we agree that many students know when and how to use proper English, you have to admit that text messaging is changing the way we communicate. And, yes, what’s considered standard English today is very different from what was used by those generations ago. Things change and that’s okay. One thing we hope won’t change is the ability to laugh at ourselves. Paul’s essay was first and foremost satire—you might not have found it funny, but others did. That’s the power of language—and the beauty of freedom of speech. We celebrate both.

An Experience at the Z It was 50 degrees outside with a light breeze, the perfect Fall night. Pacing along with the crowd, making our way inside, I became aware of the line at the bar. People were ordering a variety of beverages that included water, soda, beer and wine. I bought a glass of Chardonnay and accompanied it with me inside theater. “This is going to be wonderful” a lady said to me as we strolled in together. Bowfire, created and artistically directed by Lenny Solomon and stage directed by Stafford Arima began to tour the United States in 2002 and 2003. As I sat on my seat for the first time at the Zeiterion Performance Arts Center located on Purchase Street in New Bedford, I was unaware of what to expect. I looked around the theater before the show began and I couldn’t help to think that with just one main level, every seat was an excellent seat to view the show. The curtain was drawn and the performance began. The audience appeared to be fascinated by the musical performers as they played a mix of music that consisted of Jazz, Classical, Rock, Celtic and additional varieties. The mixing and blending of music from one state to another was incredible. Throughout the night, expert violinists, guitars, cello, piano, bas, drums, and fiddlers came together with occasional singing, dancing and stage light show to demonstrate their performance. It was high quality music that could only be appreciated within the moment in time. — Ana Amaral, Fall River


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GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME by Elizabeth Morse Read

IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, the Salvation Army bell-ringers will be stationed outside South Coast malls and grocery stores. And, during these very uncertain financial times, we’ll feel guilty that we can’t do more than donate a few dollars. The spirit of giving and volunteerism runs deep in the American psyche—and not just during holiday season. More than any other country and culture, the moral imperative of helping others is an ingrained instinct for us all. And that bedrock impulse is what fuels our always wanting to help in any way we can. Here are ways we, as individuals, can give of our time, talents and goodwill, no matter where or when they’re needed.

Become a mentor Brother, you may not be able to spare a dime, but if you can spare an hour a week for a year, you can provide the friendship, encouragement and personal support to an area student who needs it. Like Big Brother/Big Sister programs, the South Coast’s SMILES program has matched trained adult mentors to more than 500 students in the New Bedford and Fall River schools—and the results have dramatically impacted drop-out rates, substance abuse and behavior/academic achievement. To learn more about SMILES (Southcoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Service), go to www.smilesmentoring. ORGORCALL  4OCHECKOUT 8

mentoring programs nationwide, check out www.citizenschool.org or www.experiencecorps.org.

Befriend a veteran and their family One in three homeless men is a veteran. Our men and women in uniform—and their families—deserve our respect and support when they come home. But we don’t need to wait for Washington to do something, because each and every one of us can help out in little ways.

And here’s a good example: When Dawn Devlin, a Fairhaven-based realtor, tried to help a three-tours-in-Iraq veteran buy a house recently, she became very frustrated that he and his wife were repeatedly denied a mortgage. So she researched on-line and found them a new and little-known “Home for the Brave� veteran mortgage financing program funded through MassHousing and participating banks/credit unions. Within weeks, her clients closed on their Freetown dream-

“There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.� – Thomas Jefferson

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“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.� – Chinese proverb “Ask not what your country can do for you— ask what you can do for your country.� – John F. Kennedy “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.� – Mahatma Gandhi


house, the first qualifying recipients in Massachusetts. We each have it within our power, even at the workplace, to support our military families—go to www.americasupportsyou. mil or www.hireahero.org.

Be a friend to all our children Whether you’re a twenty-something or an empty-nest boomer, you know that the children of the world are our most precious resource. Give them all as much help as you can, especially during these tough economic times. Today, more than 13 million American children live in poverty – many more have either no medical insurance or not enough to bring them to healthy adulthood. Find out how you can help, whether locally, nationally or globally, by visiting www.childrensdefense.org. Or check out Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), our nation’s largest hunger-relief program, which provides meals and grocery supplies to 25 MILLIONCITIZENS INCLUDINGMILLIONCHILDREN and 3 million elderly citizens, our most vulnerable populations. Go to www.feedingamerica.org to find local affiliates and programs here on the South Coast.

Be a good neighbor to the elderly Nearly 4 million elderly Americans live in poverty, oftentimes having to choose between paying for food or medicine or

rent. Many live alone or in nursing homes, with no family or friends nearby. Like our veterans, they have given their lives, contributing to our community and economy, while raising families—they deserve equal respect and support. We’re all familiar with “Meals-on-Wheels”, church-based and Council on Aging programs available for senior citizens, but there are many informal neighbor-to-neighbor initiatives we can each take on. Can you spare a few hours to volunteer at the local nursing home? Can you offer to run errands, drive someone to doctor’s appointments or fix that leaky toilet for your older neighbors? Can your children mow your elderly neighbor’s lawn, shovel the walkway or take out the trash? For suggestions on what you might do, see www.bristolelder.org Like mentors, our elderly neighbors have much they can teach us all, too.

Be mindful of the animals While many Americans are very aware of the environmental threats facing global wildlife, remember, too, that many domesticated animals have been hit hard by their human families’ personal fortunes. Animal shelters are filled with loyal and house-broken pets whose owners just can’t afford to feed them anymore or who lost them in the chaos of a natural disaster. Consider adopting or fostering a homeless pet – to view

Where do you start? Don’t forget the long-standing charitable organizations— the Red Cross, United Way, the Salvation Army or church-based initiatives. You can give blood, clothing, or a few hours of your time! Here’s just one, and it has dozens of ideas for you: www.volunteersolutions.org/uwgnb/volunteer

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Worried that your donated dollars might be misspent? Go to www.charitynavigator. org for ratings of local, national and international charitable organizations, to make sure your financial contributions do the most good. They also offer a wealth of links to local and regional organizations seeking volunteers and contributions.

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For an up-to-the-minute alert on crises, disaster-relief efforts and the spectrum of global issues needing active participation and support, go to www.CNN.com/ImpactYourWorld

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Get your children involved in volunteering early—school/community/issue-oriented volunteer opportunities abound. Check out Youth Service America to match kids’ age, skills, schedules and interests.

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on-line potential pets awaiting adoption on the South Coast, check out Fall River-based www.foreverpaws.com. You can also go to www.petfinder.com, www.petconnectrescue.org, or call the local MSPCA, animal shelter or veterinarian. Global initiatives to protect wild animals and their natural habitats abound—think Greenpeace, PETA, or the Cape Cod-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Whether at home or abroad, we can still be good stewards of God’s creatures.

Become a voluntourist! You don’t have to join the Peace Corps to make a difference. Millions of Americans young and old have signed up for weeklong volunteer vacations both here and overseas. College students have passed up Spring Break partying to work on disaster relief programs after Hurricane Katrina. Retired couples have traveled overseas to do similar work while getting to experience another culture. Habitat for Humanity International (www.habitat.org) relies totally on volunteers from all over the country to rebuild homes and neighborhoods here and around the world. They work closely with both AmeriCorps and VISTA longterm volunteer programs (up to eleven months), which provide living expenses and insurance for qualified and committed volunteers. To learn more about voluntourism organizations like Voluntourists Without Borders, Relief Riders International, Ambassadors for Children or Students Today Leaders Tomorrow, go to www.voluntourism.org. When I was my own children’s age, my mother was very sick and needed the then-new medical treatment of dialysis, which, at that time, was only available in Boston. My father managed a job transfer so that he could drive her up there and still be home in time to make dinner for the four of us kids. But it was our neighbors, who spontaneously volunteered to drive up to Boston three times a week to drive my Mom home to Mattapoisett and make her a cup of tea before we got home from school, who taught me the true meaning of “love thy neighbor as thyself.” My belated thanks to all of them (especially Lois) for showing me—and therefore my children—what it means to be a compassionate and socially-engaged American.

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Thanks for giving by Joe Murphy

“Last year we handed out three-hundred and sixty-five thanksgiving turkey baskets, but this year we’ll be lucky to give a hundred.” Chrystal Arpa sees the number of families who turn to Citizens for Citizens for assistance increasing dramatically, and “We’re not getting donations like we used to.” CFC is an anti-poverty agency that helps families during financial crisis; their programs include fuel assistance, a food pantry, and rental assistance. The food pantry that Arpa and Barbara Travis manage is simply not able to meet the expanding need. They sometimes have to close their doors because they have exhausted the donations. “Last Friday we were open for three hours, and 138 families who had previously registered with us came. And 28 new families appeared at the door, to sign-up for help,” says Arpa. The Pantry needs “both money and food,” she continues, and “we need volunteers too, to help distribute the food.” In hard economic times such as these, many of us may be short on funds due increasing prices at the gas pump, the grocery store, and home heating costs; we may find it more difficult make donations to 10

the agencies we know need our help. Yet, in tough times, there are more among us who have trouble feeding their families, or buying other basic needs such as clothing and household supplies. If you need help, where do you turn? And, if you are fortunate enough to have some time, energy, money and an interest in sharing with others who are facing difficult times, where do you go to donate your resources? Fortunately there are many local organizations available to help those in need. The United Way of Greater Fall River provides food assistance through soup kitchens, emergency food vouchers, and the Greater Fall River Community Food Bank. An updated list of area food banks is available at the United Way office at 80 North Main Street. There are about 13 food banks in Fall River, and all of them are witnessing a growing gap between what is needed and what they can provide. Solight Sou, at the United Way, hopes that the coming holiday season brings an

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increase in donations. “People can drop off food donations at our office or at events we host, and we will give their food to the Food Bank,” she says. To find out about events, visit www.unitedwaygfr.org and call 508-678-8361. Locally, those who live in Rhode Island can receive assistance from The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a non-profit charitable organization and member of the Feeding America network. RICFB solicits, stores and distributes surplus food and grocery products to approximately 300 agencies/food programs throughout the state. It is estimated that one out of every three people served by the Food Bank is a child under eighteen years old. But children are not the only ones who are eligible for assistance. According to Jill Gonsalves, Marketing and Communications Manager, there is no specific income level requirement. She explained what happens when people call The Food Bank. “We give them options, phone numbers of agencies they can call directly. When individuals check in, they may need to show proof that they live within that area.” To send a donation or get some assistance call The Rhode Island Community &OOD"ANKAT  ORVISITTHE web site at www.rifoodbank.org


LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES When the economy slows, so do the charitable donations that are more sorely needed in difficult times. Your contributions will be deeply appreciated. SOUTH COAST OPTIONS

Catholic Social Services of Fall River runs the Solanus Casey Food Bank, located in New Bedford. It serves residents of Bristol County, and is supported by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Child Nutrition Partnership, the Salvation Army, Citizens for Citizens, and other local community groups. It’s the largest provider of food outside of the Boston area. Contact the Solanus Casey Food Bank at   TOASKWHATYOUCANDO To donate money to Catholic Charities, to support food distribution, call 508-675-1311. To donate your time, you’ll want to call Catholic Social Services, at 508-674-4681. In the greater Fall River area, St. Vincent de Paul Societies exist at most Catholic churches. The Salvation Army and First Baptist Church on North Main Street also provide for the needy. They have food pantries and many either host Thanksgiving dinners or share the ingredients with the needy. The Fall River Salvation Army also ISAT"EDFORD3TREET   ANDIN.EW"EDFORDTHELOCATIONIS 0URCHASE3TREET   

Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline, 1-800-645-8333, has information on all the Massachusetts food pantries and free meal programs. American Red Cross’&OOD0ANTRY AT Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford; serves Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford and many other towns. Open -ONDAYTHROUGH4HURSDAYFROMAMUNTIL PM#ALL   In addition there is a Food Stamp program which helps low-income families buy nutritious food. Participants must meet basic income requirements, have high housing costs or medical bills, etc. For more information about eligibility, or to make a donation, call the South Coast Red #ROSSAT  $ONATIONSCAN be made online at www.redcross.org The Brown Bag program, sponsored by Massachusetts food banks and local agencies, gives low-income senior citizens a free bag of food each month. In certain communities families and the disabled may also be eligible. Call 617-427-5200 or contact programs@gbfb.org to find out more. Serve New England encourages people to do volunteer work at churches, community centers and schools. Those who volunteer at least two hours a month can order lowcost food through Serve New England’s food co-op, which includes meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals and grains at a savings of 40 per cent or more off the regular supermarket price. There are no eligibility requirements. To find a site near you, or to make a donation, call the tollfree number at 1-888-742-7363.

A FEW RI OPTIONS Tap-In, at 281 County Road in Barrington, serves East Providence, Barrington, and Warren. It also provides clothing and household items. Call 401-247-1444. Bristol Good Neighbors Pantry/Soup Kitchen, at 378 Hope Street in Bristol. Call 401-254-0726. In Pawtucket, at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church .EWPORT!VENUE call 401-723-5632. Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, pledges “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.� The nation’s leading charitable hungerrelief organization serving all 50 states, Feeding America distributes almost two billion pounds of food and grocery products to more than 200 regional food banks and food-rescue organizations around the country. Every year the network has been able to give food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people including MILLIONCHILDRENANDMILLIONSENIOR citizens. You can assist with money, time, and food. You might even help to make their “Shop to End Hunger� program for retailers and shoppers a reality on the South Coast. This promotion brings retailers and consumers together to share in supporting local food banks. For information, go to www.feedingamerica.org

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by Kathyrn Crosson

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“It is a matter of life and death for my people... Please come as often as you can.”

hese were the words of Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as he spoke to the 18 volunteer missionaries from Missions for Humanity, members of one of two mission teams sent out by the organization this summer to work in two of the world’s poorest communities. The second team of volunteers traveled to the Fall River, MA diocesan mission in Guaimaca, Honduras. Although officially incorporated in January 2008, Missions for Humanity’s beginnings date back to June 2004 when it was known as the Bishop Stang Mission Team. “It started as an idea,” says Kathy Crosson of Fall River, President of Missions for Humanity. “So many of the students I had taught at Bishop Stang High School had become doctors, dentists, nurses and the like, I thought, why not contact them and ask them to join me in “giving back”… in sharing the gifts and talents God has given us, with His people in need.” She wrote to all the alumni from Bishop Stang High School who had pursued medical and dental related careers. She wanted to make the appeal attractive, and even asked, “Where else can you go on an all inclusive tropical vacation for only $15 a day?”

on a journey that would forever change not only their lives, but the lives of many others. Since that first trip Missions for Humanity has grown tremendously. The size of the overall mission team has increased from 7 to approximately 30 to 40 each year and includes doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, teachers, translators and those various other skills. In 2007 Missions for Humanity started offering mission trips to both Honduras and Tanzania and this past summer completed its seventh and eighth mission trips.

The problems and needs in Honduras and Tanzania are remarkably similar. The majority of the people in both countries live in extreme poverty. The villagers live in huts with dirt floors and no windows. They have no clean water or electricity, and food is often scarce. They cannot afford what minimal medical care might be available to them, and dental care is impossible. The day to day tasks of the villagers are those of survival. As Bishop Stang High School graduate Peter Baron of Fairhaven Continued on page 14

A promising start Seven brave souls responded ”yes,” and that inaugural mission team of volunteers (2 dentists, 1 contractor & 3 educators) traveled to Guaimaca, Honduras. They set out 12

Dentists Dr. Deborah Almeida and Dr. Phil Robitaille with Tanznian dental assistant Anna and their patient at Ukonga hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Continued from page 12 recalls, “Upon visiting the home of a patient on the outskirts of Guaimaca, we met a 15 year old boy with cerebral palsy named Dahmer. Dahmer weighed only 37 pounds and was unable to sit. I was told that in the U.S. one with Dahmer’s condition would have received treatment that would have made his illness manageable, so he could function normally. However, due to the lack of proper nutrition, clean water, and adequate medical care, he will probably never be able to use his limbs.� Peter continued, “After this past trip I decided that as long as I had the money and the time to keep returning to Honduras I would, since I now knew that this mission trip is bigger and more important than anything that concerned me.� In Honduras the mission teams live and work at the Fall River Diocesan Mission at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Guaimaca. Through the aid and organization of the diocesan mission staff (Father Craig Pregana, Sister Maria Ceballos OP, and Sister Marta Ines Toro OP) our team ministers to those in need of medical and dental care, we help with construction projects, we work with the school girls at the Marie Poussepin Center, and work on the mission farm. During our ten day visit, the medical staff cares for an average of 500 people and the dental staff pulls an average of 400 teeth.

Changing a part of the world When asked about his experience in Guaimaca, Louis Teves of Acushnet, who traveled with his son Philip, a senior at Bishop Stang High School, replied, “Today, as I reflect on those days spent in the clinic in Guaimaca, I think about the many people I met. I remember the sadness in the eyes of the mothers who could not feed their children and I wonder how they are doing. I miss the warmth of the people, their smiles and their hugs. Most of all I feel indebted to a people whom I wanted to help but they gave me so much more than I gave them.� Deborah Fraine, a nurse from Mattapoisett, who traveled with her daughter Lindsay Days, also a senior at Bishop Stang High School, said, “As a Catholic I have renewed hope in what we are doing for the world and the power of faith as those who have so little seem to have so much joy in their faith. Without church their lives would be so dismal�. 14

The Tanzanian mission trips are successful because of the magnificent staff of Caritas-DSM, through which Missions for Humanity works. Christian Shembilu, Director of Caritas DSM, and his staff organize our itinerary of hospital and village trips, months before the team’s arrival. It is not an easy task to set-up and run medical and dental clinics in villages that are three hours into the “bush� when you need to transport the 20 person team, translators, chairs for dental patients, water and all the medications and supplies that are needed. “We would arrive at a village�, recalls Crosson, “and there would be one hundred people waiting for us, so excited and appreciative that we were coming, most of who had never seen a doctor, never mind a dentist.�

I feel indebted to a people whom I wanted to help but they gave me so much more than I gave them. The main focus of the Missions for Humanity trips until this past year had been medical and dental care. This year a very important educational piece was added to the Tanzanian trip. With the help of the Caritas staff, meetings with teachers and heads of schools, both in the city and in the outlying villages, were arranged to assess their needs and begin the formulation of an action plan. Teachers traveling with the mission group, including Crosson, William Butler of Dartmouth, teacher at Bishop Stang High School, Donna Boyle of Somerset, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Fall River, Kathy Rockett of Fall River, teacher in Fall River public schools, and Susan Mills-Shaw of Little Compton, Academic Dean at Paul Cuffee School in Providence, RI, were given the opportunity to teach science and English classes in two of the village schools‌ schools where CLASSSIZEAVERAGESBETWEENANDSTUdents, and there is no electricity, no water,

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no books, and very few supplies. What a challenge!

Changing a part of yourself When asked about her experience visiting the schools Boyle said, “I was deeply impressed by the dedication of the teachers and administrators in all of the schools that we visited.â€? Education of the children is key to the quality of life for future generations.â€? The experience of a mission trip is unlike any other‌it changes you forever. As Sara Dickson, a neonatal nurse from Marion put it. “I think I have become so much more patient since returning from Tanzania. Waiting for things, for people, in lines, it just doesn’t matter that much because we have everything. This trip has meant more than anyone can imagine.â€? Sara, who traveled with her daughter Kendra Medina, a junior at Bishop Stang High School, continued, “We are different as people, mother and daughter, but also friends who shared one incredible two weeks together. In a heartbeat I want to go back and give my other two children the same opportunity.â€? Westport dentist Deborah Almeida, who traveled with her daughter, Victoria MacDonald, a sophomore at Bishop Stang, summed up her mission experiences: “I think the common denominator is the good of regular people trying to help and make an impact on others half-way across the world for no other reason than to be real and help, [It] just lets the joy and childlike aspect of why we are here on earth for this short time really hit your heart in a very strong and basic way.â€? “It is my hope that Missions for Humanity will one day be able to run mission trips throughout the year to many places, where people are in great need, including within the United States,â€? says Crosson. “I strongly believe that there are hundreds of highly skilled people who would gladly “give-backâ€? if they had an avenue through which to do that. Hopefully those people will read this article, listen to that little voice inside of them, take the next step, and contact us at -ISSIONSFOR(UMANITYv4HEMISSION trips to Honduras and Tanzanian are currently being planned.If you are interested in learning more about Missions for Humanity visit the website at missionsforhumanity.org or contact Kathy Crosson at kcrosson1@ comcast.net


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Captains call the coin toss before last year’s Thanksgiving game between Apponequet (left) and Old Rochester. This year, Apponequet hosts one of 17 South Coast rivalries. Photo courtesy: www.apponequetfootball.com

Putting the pigskin first this Thanksgiving by Bob Ekstrom

After an itinerant existence bouncing from in-laws to siblings to eventually hosting our own dinners—and our only tradition a noontime sing-along with Alice’s Restaurant that we manage to find on some local college radio station—my wife and I will foray into a new realm this Thanksgiving. It’s high school football. TWO OF OUR SONS play for the Tiverton

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Tigers and they’ll be traveling up to Central Falls. It will be our senior’s first Thanksgiving Day action and our freshman’s first time suiting up for a holiday game. It’s a first for us too. The first time we’ll hop in a car on Thanksgiving morning not expecting a cooked turkey on the other end of the ride. The first time football will take top billing over the day’s culinary icon. In a region steeped in tradition, we find ourselves nomads.

Thanksgiving’s heritage is rooted in the lands along the South Coast, and so too are many of its customs. Among them is high school football. Frankly, as an avid football fan, I’m surprised it took me this long to come to terms with that. This Thanksgiving Day, communities from East Providence to Newport to Plymouth will host a total of 17 games. Some of our country’s longest-running rivalries are among them, all supported by fans who regard football as an integral part of the day’s festivities. I may be headed for uncharted terrain but

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won’t have to look far for a guiding hand. “If the whole family goes, it makes it easy,” advises Debra Bellamy of East Providence, who knows a thing or two about football and family. She’s been going to Thanksgiving games as players’ sister or coach’s wife since grade school, and spent five years as a rooting parent when sons Steve and Jamie Silva played for the Townies. Steve later starred at Holy Cross, while younger brother Jamie went on to an AllAmerican career at Boston College and a safety on the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Bellamy’s nephew Ryan plays for the Townies as they take on Providence’s La Salle Academy for the 80th consecutive Thanksgiving. Rooting interest or not, she rendezvous every year with family members at Pierce Memorial Stadium, where each team alternates as host, before attending to the day’s feast. “We’ve always had Thanksgiving at my house since my kids were little,” Bellamy says. “We get all the veggies done the night before, everything ready to go. So when we


get home from the football game, it’s maybe an hour of preparation and getting everything out on the table. We kind of figured out how to make everything work.� As have many others. There’s still hope for a turkey on our table after all. “It was never really a big transition for us,� says Gayle Arrighi, a physical education teacher in Bridgewater, when recalling son Marc Colombo’s first Thanksgiving game. “When I went to high school, we always went to the games. Dinner really never started until three o’clock. That’s just been a part of our lives.� Even more so now. Arrighi still spends each Thanksgiving morning watching her son’s former team, the BridgewaterRaynham Trojans, and then it’s home for football on TV. Marc has a steady Thanksgiving job as the starting right tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. She still manages to eat in between. This year, however, Arrighi may break with her own tradition. Marc’s wife Jessica gave birth to the couple’s first child this past January, and the first-time grandmother can hardly contain her enthusiasm. “I’m hoping to go down to Dallas to spend Thanksgiving,� she exclaims, although she doesn’t figure to see much of her son. “It’s a very busy time for Marc. He’s a working man on Thanksgiving.� Marc’s dad, Ed, an owner of NE Light in Bridgewater, beams over his son’s accomplishments, but remembers those high school years as something special. “I enjoyed when he was playing. You’ve just got to take it in. It makes the day much better. Go to the game—it’s usually a nice crisp fall day—and get pumped up. Then afterwards, you come home and talk about the game as everybody’s eating.�

his own festivities. “You’ve got people coming over. You’ve got to worry about cooking. But most importantly, you really have to worry about making the game. There’s nothing like it. It’s something I’ll never forget.� The South Coast is full of unforgettable memories centered on the big high school game, perhaps none more cherished than those of Melvin Rutter. Rutter, a two-way starter on B.M.C. Durfee’s first state championship team OF REMEMBERSTHECLINCHINGGAME in front of 14,000 fans at New Bedford’s Sargent Field that Thanksgiving as if it were yesterday. He was on the offensive line when the legendary Joe Andrews tossed a touchdown pass in the final minute for the game’s only score. “That was a real tough rivalry,� Rutter says of the annual Hilltoppers vs. Whalers tilt. This year’s game is in New Bedford and will mark their 117th meeting. It’s the Rose Bowl of the South Coast and among the oldest rivalries in the country. As with anything DATINGBACKTO some of the facts have blurred over the years, but ESPN as independent arbiter gives the decision to New Bedford by a   COUNT “You have to remember, the cities of Fall River and New Bedford were just about the same population, and we were fairly close,� Rutter explains of the factors that fueled those post-war combatants with a passion still present today. “We competed in the textile industry, so there was a big rivalry between the two cities. It was also in football. “You could lose all your games, but you had to win the New Bedford game.� But not every rivalry in these parts requires inter-municipal competition or a century-long evolution.

‘You could lose all your games, but you had to win the New Bedford game.’

Memories old and new There was always a lively discussion at the Colombo holiday table. Ed’s cousin, Armond, won 323 games over 35 years as Brockton High’s football coach. For the last five seasons, that job has belonged to Armond’s son, Peter, who has won back-toback state titles. “You’re running around,� says Colombo of

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Thanksgiving Day game schedule South Coast communities will host 17 high school football games this Thanksgiving morning, with another two teams playing out-of-region. Here’s all the action. Games are on the home school’s campus except as otherwise noted.

Massachusetts Bishop Stang at Bishop Connollly (10:15am) Bourne at Wareham (10:00am, Spillane Field). This will be the 78th meeting between the two, WITH7AREHAMINUNDISPUTEDCOMMAND    Case at Somerset (10:00am) Coyle & Cassidy at Taunton (10:00am) Durfee at New Bedford (10:15am). Our longestRUNNINGRIVALRY DATINGBACKTO4HISISTHEIR 117th meeting with New Bedford getting the better,    East Bridgewater at Rockland (10:00am). The inaugural game of this new rivalry. Fairhaven at Dartmouth (10:00am, Dartmouth Memorial Stadium) Greater New Bedford at Diman (10:00am) Holbrook at West Bridgewater (10:00am) Middleboro at Carver (10:00am) Old Rochester at Apponequet (10:00am) Plymouth South at Plymouth North (10:00am). Bring canned goods and an appetite. Both booster clubs are sponsoring a food drive for local homeless shelters, and North Booster’s chef will be turning out hot breakfast sandwiches. Randolph at Bridgewater-Raynham (10:00am). It’s like a Desperate Housewives episode up here. Three years ago, B-R’s partner, Silver Lake, hooked up with Pembroke, who was seeing East Bridgewater at the time. The jolted teams then started their own two-year relationship, but that ended when East Bridgewater snuck off with Rockland this year. B-R is now seeing Rockland’s ex, Randolph. Clear enough? Seekonk at Dighton-Rehoboth (10:00am)

Rhode Island Barrington at Mt. Hope (10:00am) East Providence at LaSalle (10:00am, Pierce Memorial Stadium). Unique in that the home team will be hosting on the visitors’ turf. Then again, the Rams are Rhode Island’s top-ranked team heading into their 80th matchup. Portsmouth at Middletown (10:00am, Gaudet Middle School) St. Raphael at Rogers (10:00am, Toppa Field). Bob Dylan shook the music world when he went electric on this very site. Bring seat padding and blankets, as you’re looking at cement bleachers that HAVENTCHANGEDMUCHSINCE Tiverton at Central Falls (10:15am, Higginson Avenue Complex). The Tigers’ new field will have to wait until next year for its first Turkey Day showdown.

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schools emerged— Carver, Plymouth North, and Plymouth South. It took another six years, but North and South struck up a natural rivalry whose intensity belies its fledgling 15-year existence. In fact, competition heats up in the final Saturdays of summer, well before their Thanksgiving Day showdown. “Right from the beginning, [the school district] had this thing called the Superintendent’s Cup, which is the NorthSouth war,” explains South Plymouth Athletic Director and head football coach Scott Fry of the season-long competition. “Whoever has the most wins at the end of the year gets the Superintendent’s Cup.” As Thanksgiving draws near, both teams literally light things up in their final practice of the season in a tradition dating back to the collegiate days of South’s Fry and North’s AD and football coach Bill Burkhead, who played together at Springfield College. “We do a thing called ‘Burning of the Shoe’ where seniors have an opportunity to talk about their four years, their careers as football players, talk about their memories —anything they like to—around a burning shoe.” Then, in a community where kids from north and south once grew up on the same fields, lifelong friends and extended families will be pitted against each other on the gridiron. “A lot of these kids go onto the field as rivals, but they’ve been playing together since they were five,” says Missy Prifti, president of North’s booster club, which is hosting this year’s game at Mario Ramano Field. “We’re rivals on the field, but off, we’re family.” That’s what Thanksgiving is all about: people who stand on different sides of the line throughout the year now breaking bread together on this one day. It’s a spirit difficult to extend beyond the holidays, beyond the carefree days of adolescence. “Enjoy what your child is doing,” offers Gayle Arrighi. “This is a time they’ll look back on and realize how much fun they had. For me, football and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand.” Good words to guide me in a new tradition that waits this year in Central Falls. But I’ll tune in to Alice’s Restaurant for good measure just the same.


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What’s a condo? A piece of real estate, individually owned, an apartment, a town house, or a single family home, free standing or connected, on land that is owned in common by the owners of the units. CONDO LIVING, as it is often referred, offers an alternative lifestyle for individuals and families; it appeals to single people, young professionals, families and retirees. Some gated communities are specifically for 55 years and older, and other communities are more diverse. One of the many attractions of this type of living is the host of amenities: guarded parking spaces, 24 hour security, swimming pools, clubhouse, work out facilities, golf courses and walking trails are just a few. Another attractive aspect of condo life is that the care of the common areas is entrusted to a maintenance crew. Most repairs and general upkeep of grounds and buildings no longer take up the time and effort of a traditional home owner. Condo owners are often required to belong to an association, which assesses each condo unit an annual or monthly fee that enables the owners provide and enjoy the services. Bay Ridge

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Hunters Hill

Dighton, MA Hunters Hill Settlement is an active adult gated community with 140 homes built on over 300 picturesque acres. The LANDABUTSA HOLEREGULATIONGOLFCOURSE and driving range designed by the famed Howard Maurer. This gated community has a guard house and lot sizes range from 12,000 square feet to over 37,000 square feet. Hunters Hill features single family homes with association benefits. Association amenities include an 8,500 square feet clubhouse featuring a banquet room, lounge, reading room, billiard room, locker rooms and sauna. The premises also boasts a pro shop, tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness room, boat and motor home storage on site as well as walking and jogging trails. There are several plans to choose from, or the builder can work with you and your own design ideas. Prices start AT  Dighton is located in the center of Bristol County and is a mixture of suburban and rural characteristics. The ocean is nearby and it’s convenient to Boston and Providence. The town of Dighton is host to Dighton Rock State Park which offers boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and walking trails. Open house for Hunters Hill Tuesday-Thursday noon-4pm, Saturday noon-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm and by appointment. For more information about Hunters (ILL3ETTLEMENTCALL  ANDVISIT www.huntershilldighton.com

Oakridge

Westport, MA Oakridge is a 55 and over private community in this lovely seaside community in close proximity to Rhode Island, Routes 88, 24, 177, approximately 5 miles from Fall River and less than 10 miles from abundant, convenient shopping in Dartmouth. The Oakridge community consists of 44 homes on beautiful, wooded sites with walking trails. The units are all single level, 2 bedroom, 2 bath homes all with rear decks, full basements and 2 stall garage. Each home uses 2x6 construction, AnderSONDOORSANDWINDOWS FOOTCEILINGS skim coated plaster walls, trex composte decking, clamshell walking paths and central air. There is a community center for homeowners to gather an d enjoy. The home sites and common areas are beautifully landscaped and walking trails

can be found throughout the 45 acres. There are benches and two gazebos for resting or relaxing with a good book. According to Louise Hill, co-owner of Equity Real Estate, Inc. with business partNER*IM3ABRA PRICESBEGINAT  “Oakridge was introduced to the public in -AYANDUNITSWERESOLDTHATSAME year. We’ve sold 11 units so far this year and will close on 2 more in the next week or so,� says Hill. The association fee of $225 per month covers community services designed to eliminate chores of maintaining your property and provide the amenities for unit owners to enjoy. Association fee services include maintenance of common areas including roads, open space and entrance, weekly curbside trash pickup, landscaping and maintenance, snow plowing of roads, sidewalks and driveways, common area insurance policy and common area lighting. Louise Hill also notes that Equity Real Estate, Inc. will offer to market your existing home at a reduced commission rate to help make the transition from selling your current home and moving to Oakridge a smooth transition. For more informaTIONCALL  ANDVISITWWW oakridgewestport.com

Bay Ridge

Middletown, RI Bay Ridge is just minutes from historic Newport and beautiful beaches, restaurants and quaint shops. It is a gated, active, 55+ adult community. According to marketing consultant Paul Fleming, Bay Ridge will consist of 60 quality built custom town homes on 27 acres overlooking beautiful Narragansett Bay. They are attached homes (as opposed to free standing) and built in groups of three. “Attached homes are more energy efficient,� he explains. All the units are Energy star rated to ensure maximum energy value. The first homes were available for occupancy in the spring of 2008. Units start at  ANDAMODELHOMEISOPEN&OR a limited time, pre-construction pricing and other incentives are available. There are three floor plans available ranging in size from nearly 1,700 square feet to over 2,300 square feet. All the homes are traditional shingle style and the master suite is always on the first floor. Custom

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Middleborough, MA )N /AK0OINTWASINTRODUCEDTO the public. Since then, 850 free standing homes have been built with the potential for 300 more. It is the largest active 55 and over community in the region. Oak Point gives the homeowner the privacy of a single family home and the luxury amenities of a country club lifestyle. The focal point of the Oak Point community is the multimillion dollar clubhouse. There are two social directors on site to keep residents as busy as they’d like. The grand ballroom hosts dance classes as well as spectacular performances. There is an elegant library, arts and crafts class, movie night, comedy night, aerobic classes, billiards, 3 heated pools (one indoor), tennis, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoe and state of the art fitness center. Home prices begin at $200,000 and Oak Point “is proud to provide the biggest lifestyle at the lowest price point,� according to Don Smith, developing partner. Lawn maintenance, snow removal, taxes and use of the 7 million dollar activity center are all included in the monthly association fee of $550. Smith notes that prior to 2008, Oak Point was selling “approximately 100 homes a year. Now we have a very long list of people ready to buy but have the burden of selling their own home first. It shows us the interest is with Oak Point but, the economy is a different story.� Middleborough is the second largest town by land area in Massachusetts and is located less than one hour from Boston, Providence and Cape Cod. It’s close 22

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Trailside Estates North Rochester, MA Trailside Estates is a 4,000 acre preserve surrounded by many horse farms. It is a premier 55 and over development consisting of 60 custom crafted homes. According to Jeff Gosciminski, co-owner of Trailside Estates, “our approach is unique in that we build custom models for our clients.� Customers can choose from an attached, duplex style home or a detached single style home. Interior living space ranges from 2,200 square feet to just over 3,100 square feet. All homes have full basements and are energy star rated that will be maintenance free. There is a wide range in home prices depending on the custom features an ownERMAYCHOOSE0RICESSTARTAT  and may reach the half million price point. Gosciminski is seeing a lot of interest in Trailside. “The problem is similar all over. People need to sell their own homes before they can build a new one.� The market conditions will determine when all 60 homes are built, but Trailside is hopeful this will be a 5 year project. The 5,000 square foot clubhouse will be COMPLETEDBYSPRINGANDWILLINCLUDE a social area, bocce, exercise room, library, kitchen, and Gosciminski emphasizes the beauty of the surroundings: “The topography is so varied in the area combined with the special location of the homes gives the homeowner a wide open feel.� Rochester is approximately 50 miles south of Boston and 50 miles east of Providence. Trailside Estates has an on site office and models open daily from 11am-4pm. Off hour appointments are available. They are located at 1 Crestwood Circle, Rochester. Gosciminski notes that because they are such a new location, web address sites don’t recognize that address and suggests using 745 Snipituit Road and FOLLOWTHESIGNS#ALL  AND visit www.mytrailsideestates.com

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE PIPER by Stan Epstein

If someone were to tell you that a store in downtown New Bedford specialized in the sale of a particular musical instrument, what would you guess? Guitar? Drums? Piano? How about the bagpipes? NO KIDDING. Walking down William Street one day, I noticed a store called “Joe Piper” on the south side of the street between Purchase and Pleasant Street. The Celtic paraphernalia in the window drove it home. I was amazed, but intrigued. I never thought of New Bedford as a hotbed of Celtic culture. If there were a store specializing in ethnic music here, my guess is that it would be Portuguese. I wondered. How does this store survive? What’s the catch? Is there more to it than meets the eye? Forever searching for fresh material, I decided to find out. When I walked in, a 26

middle-aged man approached me. He introduced himself as Joe Mone, owner of the store. We spoke briefly, and set up an interview. Here’s what I learned.

A piper at heart Celtic to the core, Joe traces his roots to Armagh County in Ireland. Born in Dover, New Hampshire, he has dual Irish and American citizenship. Immersed in Celtic music and culture, he learned to play the bagpipes at an early age. While he made a living as a chef, taxi driver, and English and Spanish teacher at Nantucket and

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Fairhaven high schools, in his heart he’s always been a piper. After working out of his home for a couple of years, Joe decided to turn his passion into a livelihood. Needing a larger space, he rented a storefront at 106 William Street. Besides practicing his craft, he’s “excited to be part of the rebirth of downtown New Bedford. It’s been a mill town and a fishing town—now it’s getting a facelift.” He notes the relatively new specialty stores in his neighborhood, and the downtown extension of UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College. Not surprisingly, he’s particularly pleased by the opening of an Irish pub, ‘Hibernia,’ across the street, and looks forward to a strong working relationship. All of the above, he says, has “given the area a new life.”

Making ends meet So how does he make ends meet at this unique enterprise? “Most of my revenue comes from performing, teaching and instrument repair. Retail and online sales are


still in an introductory stage,” Joe says. His performance schedule is so full that he’s only in the store part-time. He plays the pipes all over New England, “from the “beaches of Nantucket to the hills of New Hampshire. I do two to four weddings a month, and about three funerals a week. I’ve also played at a lot of Christmas parties, as well as birthday, bachelor and retirement parties.” He also plays regularly with the Brian Boru Pipe Band of Falmouth, MA and AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) Pipes and Drums of Newport, RI, and serves as an instructor for the Rhode Island Group of Correction Officers. “I constantly go to different workshops to improve my own piping and teaching methodologies.” In addition to his busy performance schedule, he teaches 25 students a week at his studio in back of the store—22 on Great Highland bagpipes and three on accordion. The students range in age from eleven to seventy-one, and occupation from police officers to doctors. Although most of his students are male, his roster also includes career women and housewives. “My students have a love for the instruments— retirees says it’s something they always wanted to do,” Joe says. “I don’t think people choose bagpipes—bagpipes choose people.” He calls his curriculum “Bagpipes Anonymous.” Borrowing further from AA, he favors a “12 step program,” starting with a practice chanter, moving to a silent chanter, and graduating to the bagpipes. The twelfth step is “Pass it on! This is more than a shop—we’re promoting Celtic culture.” It’s also a way of preserving family tradition. He mentions one student who came in with her father’s bagpipes. Joe refurbished the pipes, and now she’s taking lessons on a practice chanter. He also invites other musicians, including pipers, to present workshops. Aoife (Ee-fa) Clancy, daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers and an internationally known musician herself, uses the studio

to give singing and Bodhran (Bow-rawn; an ancient Irish percussion instrument) lessons.

His home base Besides using the store as a base for his gigs and venue for his teaching, Joe is developing a burgeoning retail business, both online and inhouse. He offers Gibson (“I like to buy American-made when I can”), Dunbar and McCallum Great Highland bagpipes and accessories. He also sells clothing, including kilts and socks, and has an extensive selection of related CDs, books, DVDs and computer software. He works with manufacturers and artisans around the world, custom-ordering such exotic instruments as African hand drums and percussion (djembes and ashikos), and Native American and Japanese flutes. He also sells instruments on consignment, and acts as an agent for other pipers, either on a commission or trade basis. So what does this oneman band and budding entrepreneur do with whatever free time he has? Not surprisingly, he says, “I like to listen mainly to Celtic music, but also folk, classical and world music. I like NPR (National Public Radio)—the news, ‘Click and Clac’ (a car talk show), and ‘Prairie Home Companion.” Practicing what he preaches about being part of New Bedford’s renaissance, he also performs on AHA! Night (second Thursday of each month), usually with a group of musicians. Plans include teaching a course in bagpipes at the Learning Connection and playing with a Celtic punk rock band. Because of his busy performing schedule, Joe is out of the store a lot, and doesn’t keep regular hours. He suggests that people call before coming in. (ECANBEREACHEDAT  OR   CELL ORBYEMAILATWHALingcitypiper@yahoo.com. For additional information, visit his web site, www.joepiper.com.

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of year. Even though it is hectic and adds to the already overwhelming schedule that most Americans have, we wouldn’t give it up for anything. But along with the joy of getting together with families and friends come the added tasks of shopping, planning, dealing with crowds and lines at the mall, the added financial burden and the need to attend obligatory functions that can result in more stress than joy. We all know, of course, the original meaning of the holidays and feel some guilt or sadness when that meaning gets somewhat lost. The good news is we can still spend some time embracing the holidays’ original intent without shocking our families and friends by completely dismissing the traditions that they have come to expect. As the name implies, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. Originally a celebration started by Pilgrims to thank the Native Americans who helped them settle in a new land, its broader meaning is to take one day each year to give thanks for everything that we have.

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tion as gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving but every day. Taking a little time each day to look at all you have to be grateful for can’t help but make you see your life in an entirely different light. Studies have shown that in addition to creating a more positive outlook, there are significant health benefits associated with this short daily contemplation. In one study, one third of the participants were asked to write down, each day, five events that affected them, one third to write about five stressful situations, and the final third were asked to write about five things for which they were grateful. After 10 weeks, the gratitude group was more energetic, optimistic and alert, spent more time exercising and taking care of their well-being, had fewer physical complaints and was more altruistic than in either of the other groups. Another study found that people who have the tendency to be grateful are much more likely to volunteer their time, donate to charities and place less importance on the acquisition of material goods. In fact, it seems that grateful individuals may actually live longer. (Michael McCullough, Southern Methodist University)


Gratitude can be a conscious choice, not just a reaction that takes place spontaneously only when something wonderful happens. When you make this choice and spend a minute or two each day mentally listing a few things for which you can be grateful, you will feel happier and your health and stress level will respond accordingly. As we all know, the original intent of Christmas is to celebrate the life of Jesus. Whether one believes that He is the son of God or not, everyone can appreciate that his life was all about love, compassion and caring for others. It doesn’t matter what religious tradition you come from, these traits provide the basis for every religion, therefore are worthy of celebration by everyone. Christmas, as we have come to know it, still has these philosophies as its base. We buy gifts for those we love; we have multiple gatherings of friends and families. The problem is that in the midst of the hustle and bustle, we sometimes loose track of why we are doing all of this.

A moment for meditation We do not need to stop our shopping or our celebrations. But what would help is, again, to take just a few moments each day to close our eyes, breathe and think about how much we love and care for the people for whom we are shopping; to picture in our minds’ eye those with whom we will be sharing our time and to be grateful for having them in our lives. These daily mini-meditations will make you feel more peaceful and will energize you to the extent that all you have to do will be so much easier, more fulfilling and a lot less stressful. To fully realize the true “spirit of Christmas” think also of those who are less fortunate than you. Mentally send along your wish that they too can experience peace and an end to their suffering. This short exercise of compassion benefits everyone you touch, especially yourself. So, enjoy the holidays, buy gifts, plan parties, and continue with all your traditions. But do so with a daily, silent recognition of why you are doing all of this. The peace that comes from the real meaning of these holidays will be yours, and that makes all the difference.

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ILLUMINATION OF FAITH by Brian J. Lowney

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onahue, the president of New England Stained Glass in North Attleboro, has created or restored priceless stained glass windows in dozens of South Coast and Cape Cod churches, including St. George Church in Westport, St. Mary Cathedral in Fall River, St. Peter Church in Provincetown, and most recently, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Swansea.

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Painting with glass “You paint with the glass,” he said, comparing a sheet of stained glass to an artist’s palette. Since many sheets have vibrant swirls or several tones of one color, the material can be manipulated to depict shading or folds in clothing. The busy artisan often works with translucent cathedral glass and multicolored opaque glass which resembles creamy vanilla ice cream with streams of vibrant color running across its surface. Donahue works with hundreds of sheets of glass of various textures and in a virtual kaleidoscope of colors. “It makes the piece come alive,” the artisan revealed, noting that he has been working with stained glass for the past 35 years. While most projects involve churches, Donahue also designs and creates kitchen cabinets, bathroom windows and other works of art for private homes. “Every project is different,” he explained. “Every project has its own challenges.” The respected craftsman works with several local artists, including Brian Fox of Somerset, who recently created a life-sized drawing of Jesus Christ that will serve as the inspiration for a new church window.

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What’s the cost Donahue explained that it costs $500 to $5,000 to refurbish a stained glass window, depending on its size and the amount of work that needs to be done. While it is difficult to match the color exactly—especially if the glass is a few decades old—most windows can restored to to their original condition in two or three weeks. At St. Francis Church in Swansea, the company’s work crew removed the existing windows and replaced them with the historic and more detailed windows from the former St. Michael Church in Ocean Grove. The project took six months and involved resizing, releading and repairing the colorful artistic treasures. Parishioners applauded loudly when they saw the refurbished windows a few weeks ago. “We are taking windows out of closed churches and reinstalling them in other churches,” Donahue observed. “It brings a little bit of the old into the new.” Continued on next page

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Thank Uncle Albert The creative business owner credits his late uncle, Albert Lapierre, a well-known liturgical artist whose work appears at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, for teaching him everything about stained glass and religious art. “My uncle taught me about the business—color, composition, design…” Donahue recalled, adding that he is carrying on the family tradition by passing his extensive knowledge to his children, son Kevin and daughter Tracy, “I wouldn’t do anything else,” Donahue emphasized. “I’m having the same fun as I did the first day. It gets better every day because I’m working with my kids.” Kevin Donahue explained when a damaged window is brought into the large studio, all reinforcements are removed and a print is made, using carbon paper and newsprint. Tracy Donahue then makes a computer rendering, which gives the exact measurements and outline of the window. The damaged window is then submerged in a heated water table, which prevents dust from the dried putty and decomposing lead to become airborne, and also softens the lead. While submerged, the damaged window is taken apart just like a puzzle is dismantled.


The experienced artisans then match the color and texture by looking through hundreds of glass sheets on the premises and pouring through catalogs from several manufacturers. “We come pretty close,� said James Donahue. “The chances of finding an exact match are tough.� Once a match or close approximation is made, the glass is cut and placed, medallions and fine details are then painted and the entire window is resoldered. The lead came is cut to fit each section and soldered, and then putty is placed in the lead channels to ensure that the glass is secure and weatherproof, and the window will last for decades. Then the window is cleaned and polished. Metal reinforcements are installed before the window is carefully transported back to its point of origin, and installed. The craftsmen just laugh when asked if they’ve ever dropped a restored window during the complex installation process— obviously recalling a few close calls. The artisans agree that the colorful windows enrich a worshipper’s spiritual journey and help lead a person to prayer. “The windows give them pride in their church,� said Kevin Wallace, a company employee. “It enhances people’s faith.�

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WINE NOTES

The South Coast Wine Trail Celebrating the wine harvest by Alton Long

By now, most all of the wine grapes have been harvested except for those few that are being left to hang in hopes of making a delicious late harvest wine or an ice wine. With all the effort of picking, crushing and pressing the grapes one would think the winemakers would be busy with the wine making process or at least too tired to party. But it seems that it is traditional to make the post harvest time a time to celebrate. These celebrations carry right over into the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. You do not have to go to California to take advantage of this special phenomenon because our South Coast wineries will have plenty of activity for you to enjoy. We have more than a half dozen fine wineries on our South Coast Wine Trail, which runs from the western tip of Rhode Island to Cape Cod.

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Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery These wineries have filled November and December with special events. A great example of this is Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery’s incredible schedule for Thanksgiving weekend. This is the occasion for their Annual Open House, which takes PLACEON.OVEMBER THE3ATURDAYRIGHT after Thanksgiving. It is a family day which runs from 11am to 5pm, and best of all, it is free. This includes hayrides, farm tours, local artisans and food vendors. There will be music, wine tasting, plus Buzzards Bay Beer. And caroling, ornament making and a tree lighting will get you in the holiday spirit. When they say “wine tasting”, take them up on it. This can be a real treat. Westport specializes in outstanding sparkling wines and Chardonnay. In addition, by that time they will have released their 2007 Pinot Gris and Rkatsiteli and may be serving them at this time. If they haven’t sold out of these, you just might get a chance to taste them.

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The Pinot Gris, which is the same grape from which the Italian Pinot Grigio is made, is a delicious alternative to Chardonnay. The Rkatsiteli is quite unique as in the U.S there are only a handful of wineries producing it. It is a Georgian or eastern Russian grape which produces a complex wine with a flavor that is similar to the Gewüztraminer, only lighter and with a citrus aroma. It has a pleasant acid balance and great crisp aftertaste. You may also meet owners Bob and Carol Russell and their wine making family, all the while sampling some of their wines in a festive atmosphere. Can you imagine a better party?

Newport Vineyards If you can’t wait until Thanksgiving, then consider the opportunities at Newport Vineyards. They will kick off the season celebrating the Harvest on November 1. The event will include a sampling of gourmet goodies all available for purchase as well as tasting all the available Newport Vineyards wines. They will be offering barrel samples from future releases. The event runs from 11am to 5pm. To attend this event you need to RSVP at info@newportvineyards. com, or call 401 848-5161. The tickets are $10, but complimentary to Newport Vineyards Case Club members. Then on Saturday, November 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Newport Vineyards hosts the Aquidneck Growers Market, from 10am to 2pm. You can stock up on your Thanksgiving foods. The winery is open until 5 for regular tasting and purchase of your Thanksgiving wines. Newport offers over 30 different wines covering the most extensive range of wine styles and grape varieties of any winery in New England, maybe on the whole east coast. They sort their white table wines into “Dry, no oak”, “Dry, oak aged”, and “Semi-dry”, and their reds into “Light bodied, fruity”, “Dry, medium bodied”, to “Full bodied.” In addition they produce an Ice wine and also offer White Cap Port, Ruby NewPort and Newport Jazz, a Sauterne-style dessert wine made from late harvest Sauvignon Blanc. If you have missed any of these events, Newport Vineyards has their Holiday Harvest Celebration on december 6th, 11am to 5pm. It’s similar to the November 1 event

—same RSVP, price and time, but with the additional enticement of tasting the latest release of their Rhody Coyote Hard Cider. You may prefer to visit the wineries when things are less busy. This is also a good time to visit wineries for some quiet and serious wine tasting and even a tour. When they are not in the midst of a “Celebration” you can have a pleasant visit and probably be able to discourse with a knowledgeable host who will be pleased to serve you as well and give you a little more time than they can during the summer and early autumn season. It is also fun to buddy up with friends, as there is nothing like a quiet visit to a winery to provide an attractive setting for good socializing. Some of the local wineries begain to shorten their workday and may actually be closed on a Monday or Tuesday as we approach the winter; it is best to call ahead. A list of the seven wineries along with addresses, phone numbers and web sites is provided here which will help you. You can get a map of the Coastal Wine Trail at any one of these wineries.

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A passport to prizes Finally, it is not too late to take advantage of the Coastal Wine Trail Passport Drawing. Besides having the fun of touring the charming coastal regions when you visit these wineries, you have the opportunity to get a passport at your first stop and have it stamped there and at each of the other wineries you visit. When you have completed your visit to all seven wineries, you can turn in your passport (on or before December 31, 2008) and be eligible to win one of three great prizes. The three prizes are all two night stays for two at some of the most fabulous guest inns in this area. They are The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, the Rockwell House in Bristol, and the Langworthy Farm Bed & Breakfast in Westerly. The awards all include sumptuous breakfasts, but the first prize at the Chanler includes a Four Course Dinner for two at the Spiced Pear plus a Newport VIP card with admission to many Newport County attractions. Now is the time to plan you own harvest time winery tour. It is fun, it is relaxing and you could just end up with a great two-day vacation.

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BAKER BOOK PICKS Compiled by Magoo Gelerhter Courtesy of Baker Books – www.bakerbooks.net

This month’s selections are the latest in fiction and you will find a wide range in styles and stories to satisfy any imaginative apetite. Take a mental vacation while indulging in any or all of these fine novels.

My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates Harper Collins HARDCOVER

American Savior by Roland Merullo Workman Publishing HARDCOVER What if Jesus suddenly appeared and announced that he planned to run for President of the United States? Yes, that Jesus. And what if a well-meaning but utterly inexperienced band of disciples not only helped him mount a seat-of-the-pants campaign but also ran it well, getting millions of people to support him and in the process throwing the other two major party candidates-as well as the world’s news media-into a frenzy as they scramble to discredit him? Roland Merullo’s bitingly clever satirical novel about the state of American politics follows one man’s campaign to bring back goodness and kindness (real goodness and kindness this time) in a country that has fallen into a divisive state of fear and hatred. Merullo takes us into the heart of “a nation in grave spiritual danger� as the Son of man sets out to make everyone realize that “politics as usual� is no longer an acceptable alternative. American Savior is a remarkably innovative novel that challenges our perceptions and beliefs while it wags a finger at the folly of our self-righteousness. It is sure to cause controversy among those for whom politics itself has become a kind of religion.

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The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent Hachette HARDCOVER This is a brilliant debut novel. Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived. Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

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New York Times bestselling author of The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, wry, satirical tale-inspired by an unsolved American true-crime mystery. “Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto ‘survivors.’â€? So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an “infamousâ€? American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler’s six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder, part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler’s own lost childhood, and part corrosively funny exposĂŠ of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell. Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates’s most controversial novel to date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life of “celebrity.â€? In My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike, the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary culture.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his oldworld mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot D’az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time. His debut story collection, Drown, was a publishing sensation of unprecedented acclaim, became a national bestseller, won numerous awards, and is now a landmark of contemporary literature. He was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and now lives in New York City and Boston, where he teaches at MIT.

Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She’s transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O’Neill, but she’s too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl’s ID says her name is Lexie Madison-the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detectiveand she looks exactly like Cassie. With no leads, no suspects, and no clue to Lexie’s real identity, Cassie’s old undercover boss, Frank Mackey, spots the opportunity of a lifetime. They can say that the stab wound wasn’t fatal and send Cassie undercover in her place to find out information that the police never would and to tempt the killer out of hiding. At first Cassie thinks the idea is crazy, but she is seduced by the prospect of working on a murder investigation again and by the idea of assuming the victim’s identity as a graduate student with a cozy group of friends. As she is drawn into Lexie’s world, Cassie realizes that the girl’s secrets run deeper than anyone imagined. Her friends are becoming suspicious, Sam has discovered a generations-old feud involving the old house the students live in, and Frank is starting to suspect that Cassie’s growing emotional involvement could put the whole investigation at risk. Another gripping psychological thriller featuring the headstrong protagonist we’ve come to love, from an author who has proven that she can deliver.

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BUSINESS

SRTA

The best kept secret on the South Coast by Lilia Cabral

With the unsettled state of the economy and fluctuating gas and energy prices, it seems that everyone is looking for ways to cut spending and save some money. Here’s an idea. Instead of driving, try taking the bus. The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) has 60 buses covering routes on the streets of New Bedford, Fall River, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Swansea, Somerset and Westport. Projected ridership numbers to the end of this year estimate that nearly 2 million passengers will ride a SRTA bus in 2008. Regularly scheduled routes are called fixed routes and a one-way ride costs just $1.25 per zone. Rides for seniors, children aged 6-11, the registered disabled and Medicare recipients are just 60 cents per zone. There are a variety of money-saving passes available to ride these routes. An unlimited monthly pass is available for a mere $55. This means you can ride

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every route, every day, as often as you like, for a full month. In the New Bedford system, there are 11 routes throughout New Bedford, Fairhaven and Dartmouth and one which will take you through Westport and into Fall River. In the Fall River system, there

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are 11 additional routes including Fall River, Swansea and Somerset, and one which will take you through Westport back into New Bedford. SRTA has nine brand new buses in its fleet; seven of the buses use clean burning bio-diesel and two are hybrids that utilize both diesel and electric power. All the new buses are air conditioned and are “low-floor� buses. This means that instead of two high steps to board the bus, these just have one low step. Since the step is just slightly higher than a curb, a ramp can be extended to accommodate the wheelchair dependent. All of SRTA’s fixed route buses are wheelchair accessible. All of the new buses and many of SRTA’s other buses are equipped with bike racks. This is a new feature to the SRTA system this summer. The bike racks would enable you to ride the bus to enjoy the bike path in Fairhaven or any of the other wonderful attractions on the South Coast or enable you to ride your bike to a bus stop and then continue onto your destination. Besides the fixed routes, SRTA also offers demand response service. This is curb to curb bus service for those individuals who are unable to use the regular buses that operate on a fixed route and time schedule. This service is reserved for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) qualified clients. For an application to utilize this SERVICECONTACTTHESTAFFAT324!AT VOICE OR  449 ORE MAIL324!JTK AOLCOM4HEREAREVARIOUS passes for these routes as well. Schedules and routes can be found online at SRTA’s website www.srtabus.com, at the New Bedford and Fall River terminals and

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at SRTA’s administrative offices located at 700 Pleasant Street in New Bedford. If the cost savings are not enough of an incentive to try the bus system, then just think about the environment. Leaving your car at home and simply taking the bus helps the environment. If you’re lucky enough to ride one of the new bio-diesel or hybrid buses, their reduced emissions help the environment even more.

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Investing in tough times Drawing on lessons of the past to make investments for the future ecently, as the economy has teetered on the edge of disaster, I have been thinking of past dramatic markets and the lessons of history. )NTHEEARLYS )WORKEDFORONEOF the most respected Wall Street firms of the time, E.F. Hutton and Company. At that time their commercials usually involved a young professional remarking that his broker was E.F. Hutton, which caused everyone to hush and turn to the speaker. The ads ended with “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.� I always liked that commercial because part of my job at Hutton was to help investors choose the right investments, recommending stocks, bonds, mutual funds, insurance products, and real estate. Our emphasis was on asset allocation—an investment strategy which balances risk and reward by apportioning investment assets according to an individual’s goals, risk tolerance and investment horizon. The ironic part about my experience with E.F. Hutton was that despite Hutton’s emphasis on some very good strategies for investors, the company itself came upon TOUGHTIMESINTHELATESANDEVENTUally was merged into another financial services giant. Hutton’s troubles were, like today’s, caused by a mix of unethical actions and poor management. For example, in early  ANINTERNALPROBEREVEALEDTHATBROkers in the Providence, Rhode Island office, where I had once worked, had laundered large sums of money for organized crime. On a larger scale, Hutton’s significant LOSSESINTHESWEREMOSTLYARESULT of poor management decisions. Hutton’s management tried to move away from its troubles by merging with another firm; the new company became known as Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Lehman Brothers, an entity part of the Hutton merger, went spectacularly bankrupt this fall. The perspective of time 40

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Financial giants fall on tough times. The market has its cycles—some more severe than others. The recent events of fall 2008 are one extreme. The federal government bailouts are mind boggling, with billions of dollars coming from the federal treasury. Several large banks and insurance companies may not be able to survive as they are currently structured. At the time this article went to press, many alternatives to help shore up the problems in the markets were being discussed. I eventually moved out of the financial services field and entered the field of business education, joining the faculty at Johnson and Wales. My training at E.F. Hutton as a personal financial planner SERVEDMEWELLIN/CTOBEROFAS) tried to explain to freshman business students that despite all the panic of Black -ONDAYˆ/CTOBER  WHENSTOCK markets around the world crashed—the market would someday rebound. I told them that as bleak as things seemed, equities would still be the best thing to invest in for the long run. Recently, I thought about that October as I entered the classroom at the Charlton College of Business at the University of

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Massachusetts. I am again talking to students about a fragile and volatile stock market; an environment that makes investment decisions difficult. This time around, as we talk about investing in tough times, I have the perspective of another 20 years of experience. It is interesting to note that since the CRASHOF THESTOCKMARKETSTILLHAS an average annual return of 11.5%. That’s nothing to sneeze at; $10,000 invested at THESTARTOFWOULDHAVEGROWNTOOVER  BYTHEENDOF!NDIFYOU take an even longer perspective, the marKETHASAVERAGEDPERYEARSINCE ANDSINCE"YCOMPARISON the average annual inflation rate in the U.S. SINCETHECRASHOFISABOUT But don’t get me wrong. I believe that the tumultuous financial markets of the past couple of months are making many investors lose sleep—and rightfully so. Stock and bond investments in pensions, mutual funds, 401k and 403b plans, 403b, and IRAs have taken a serious hit. No question, you should be asking your adviser about what to sell and what to keep, how to reposition or re balance your invested assets during tough times.


Asking the right questions is one thing, but panic should be avoided. Selling off equities, for example, at the bottom of the market makes no sense. There are lessons to be learned from down markets and lessons to be applied when things rebound.

Examine the prospectus We are learning that mutual funds that were heavily invested in mortgage securities, have been hit hard. The old saying— too many eggs in one basket—still applies. Now more than ever, investors must understand what their mutual funds and money market funds are investing in, and how those concentrations can grow to a point that adds unnecessary risk. The prospectus is something you must study and question. You must understand the concentrations of investments “hidden” within the portfolios of your funds. Along those lines, too much stock invested in the company you work for can be a killer if the company experiences rough times. If you hear about the Wall-Mart employee who has amassed a fortune in WallMart stock, just recall how the Lehman Brothers employees felt when their company stock fell by 45% in one day this past September. I often think about what I saw as a fedERALBANKEXAMINERINTHEMIDS WHEN federal take-over of banks (S&Ls) rendered the shares of the bank stock worthless, sending employees reeling as they measured the incredible dwindling value of their 401(K)s, profit sharing, thrift plans and other supplemental retirements plans. And this point is critical: the way your invested assets are allocated can influence the value of the investment funds as much as the selection of individual securities. In both good times and tough economic times, the experts say you must hold true to a reasonable asset allocation strategy. The golden rule for investors is to be patient and to avoid reacting emotionally.

And when the going gets tough When the headlines are full of negative things about the economy, and the market is down, hold the course. That’s the best time to add to the retirement funds. If you are still working, continue your 401(k) contributions. You need to stick to your long term plan. If you continue to contribute to your 401(k) and other funds, the shares you are buying on the days that the market

is down 300 points are bargains. The way to “win” at the game is develop a well thought out asset allocation plan and stick with the plan in good times and bad. There is no one perfect asset allocation strategy. But there are some simple rules that have played out over the long run: n Even if you are on the verge of retirement, you need to invest for the long-term. You could live another 20 or 30 years. For example, if you are 60 years old and in fairly good health, according to IRS Life Expectancy Tables, you are expected to live another 25.2 years. You will need investments that will stay ahead of inflation to help you maintain your standard of living. n Once you set your allocation, be patient. Discipline yourself to maintain your allocation through down markets as well as up. There will continue to be harsh business cycles—that’s a characteristic of free enterprise. Banks will fail, giants (like Hutton, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, etc.) will come and go. But you must follow your plan. Peter Lynch, one of the most successful money managers of all time was recently quoted in the Boston Globe: “We have had eleven recessions in the US since World War II. Strong companies will still earn their edge and pay off as long-term investments.” n No matter how old you are, invest some portion of your equities in growth. Equity mutual funds (stocks) need to be an important part of your allocation, even in retirement. It is tough to take this into account given market fluctuations, but try not to worry about short-term ups and downs. Over time, stocks have usually outperformed all other types of investments while staying ahead of inflation. n Review annually. Take the time once a year to review your life circumstances and long-term goals. Based upon the results of your review, adjust your allocation. Even if nothing has changed, you may need to re balance your portfolio to bring it back into line with your allocation objectives. n Look to no-load and very low-load mutual funds as the vehicles for investment. Loads are sales charges and many mutual fund companies have very low or no sales charges which means more of your money goes to work—giving you a better chance for positive returns.

A model of asset allocation based on the investor’s age Review the following rules of thumb for asset allocation based on age and if you don’t feel capable of tweaking these rules to meet your needs, consult a well respected financial planner, preferably a fee-only planner. Age and risk tolerance are important factors in settling on an asset allocation that makes sense. There are also other guidelines and formulas that you can review to come up with an asset allocation strategy. Age: Less Than 40 100% in equities. Of this, 40% invested in large cap. growth funds, 25% small cap. growth funds, 25% in large cap. value funds, and 10% international. Age: 40 to 50 80% in equities and 20% in fixed income. Of the equity portion, 40% invested in large cap. growth funds, 25% small cap. growth funds, 25% in large cap. value funds, and 10% international. Age: 51 to 55 70% in equities and 30% in fixed income. Of the equity portion, 40% invested in large cap. growth funds, 25% small cap. growth funds, 25% in large cap. value funds, and 10% international. Age: 56 to 60 50% in equities and 50% in fixed income. Of the equity portion, 40% invested in large cap. growth funds, 10% small cap. growth funds, 40% in large cap. value funds, and 10% international. Age: 61 to 65 Reduce equities by 5% per year and increase fixed income by 5% per year so that at retirement you have 25% in equities and 75% in fixed income. Of the equity portion, 40% invested in large cap. growth funds, 10% small cap. growth funds, 40% in large cap. value funds, and 10% international. These guidelines are provided as general guidance on the subject of asset allocation. This is not provided as investment advice. Individual situations vary and it is wise to consult experts such as your tax, legal or financial adviser for more detailed information and advice. You may also want to search the Internet for article that reveal other asset allocation models that make sense.

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A Naval birthday party Battleship Cove hosted a special event to celebrate the 233rd Birthday of the United States Navy and to benefit Operations and Education Programs. The event was held at the Heritage State Park Building and included a salute from the USS Massachusetts’ 5-inch guns, a deluxe buffet, and music by the Mike Moran Trio. Captain Jeffrey Scott Jones, USN, Commanding Officer, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, RI was special guest of the event. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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HAPPENINGS THROUGH NOVEMBER – Providence Ghost Tour, Providence. 7pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. $12 in advance, or $15 in person. For more information visit www.providenceghosttour.com THROUGH NOVEMBER – November brings Turkey Tales and Nature Trails! The Audubon Environmental Education Center of Bristol and Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, present Fall programs and activities. Contact !UDUBONAT  ORVISTIWWWASRIORG NOVEMBER 1 – Second Annual Wine Tasting to benefit St. Joseph – St. Therese School in New Bedford. Food from several local vendors, a silent AUCTIONANDRAFmETABLES PMPERPERSON New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake (ILL#ALL   NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31 – Exhibition and Sale. ArtWorks! Main Gallery & Sarah Louise Cousins Gallery. Holiday a retail exhibition that showcases some of the region’s most productive artists. For MOREINFORMATIONCALL   NOVEMBER 1 – UMass Dartmouth College Of Visual & Performing Arts: “Theatrum Rdo–The Late Work Of Richard Wintherâ€? New Bedford Star Store #AMPUS 0URCHASE3TAM PM&REE#ALL   ORVISITWWWUMASSDEDUCVPA NOVEMBER 1-THROUGH DECEMBER – New Bedford Art Museum: “Home Grown – 10 From The South Coastâ€? 608 Pleasant St. 12-5pm. AHA! Night (secOND4HURSDAYOFEACHMONTH  PM!DULT Seniors/Students. Children under 17 years are free. #ALL  ORVISITWWWNEWBEDFORDARTMUseum.org NOVEMBER 1 – ARTWORKS! “Off The Wall Masquerade Ballâ€? Dress in your own Halloween disguise or purchase one of our unique masks at our Masquerade Ball fundraiser. 384 Acushnet Ave. PM!DMISSION#ALL  ORVISIT www.artworksforyou.org NOVEMBER 2 – Women’s Alliance Sunday, at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, 10:30-11:30am. Catherine Onyemelukwe from the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office speaks at the Sunday service about global issues facing women. Service is FOLLOWEDBYCOFFEEHOUR#ALL  ORVISIT www.uufairhaven.org NOVEMBER 2 – New Bedford Whaling Museum: “Needlework & The Sea,â€? a lecture With Isabel Rodrigues. 18 Johnny Cake Hill. 2pm lecture; 3pm TEA#ALL  ORVISITWWWWHALINGMUseum.org NOVEMBER 3 – Classic Movie Night: “Johnny Got His Gunâ€? at the Millicent Library, 45 Center Street, Fairhaven (Walnut St. entrance), 7pm. A young soldier wounded in WWI suffers a fate worse than death lying paralyzed in a hosptal bed. Free. For MOREINFORMATION CALL   NOVEMBER 3 – Providence Art Club Grand ReOpening. 11 Thomas Street. The club will celebrate the grand re-opening of its facilities with an exhibition featuring iconic artists Maxwell Mays and Thomas Sgouros. Call 401-331-1114 or visit www. providenceartclub.org

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NOVEMBER 3-JANUARY 5 – Art Among Friends, the annual art exhibit sponsored by the Tiverton Arts Council. The exhibit will launch a new local arts organization, Sakonnet Arts Network (SAN). Reception Nov. 7, 5-7pm. Tiverton Town Hall, 343 Highland Rd, Tiverton. Hours are Mon.Fri. 8:30-4pm. For more information visit www. SakonnetArts.org

NOVEMBER 8 – Open Mic Night at Oxford Book Haven & CafÊ, Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Main St., Fairhaven, 4 to 8pm. Regular performers – and perhaps you – play easy-listening, country, flamenco, folk, jazz and more. Refreshments. No cover charge, but the donation of a canned good the Shepherd’s Pantry is appreciated. For more info visit www.goodshepherdfairhaven.com

NOVEMBER 5 – History of the Barrington Yacht Club. 7:30pm at Barrington Public Library, 281 County 2OAD&REEANDOPENTOALL#ALL  OR visit the www.barringtonlibrary.org

NOVEMBER 8 – Holy Family Holy Name’s “Holiday &AIRv3UMMER3TAM PM&REE#ALL   ORVISITWWWHFHNORG

NOVEMBER 5, 6 – New Bedford Whaling Museum: “North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium� rarest large whale in the world. 18 Johnny Cake Hill. !DMISSION#ALL  ORVISIT www.whalingmuseum.org NOVEMBER 7 – A Collaboration of businesses sponsoring Open House with wine and appetizers to network with your business. Alexandria Mauck is providing Gallery of Photography. 6-8pm. Sedona Fitness for Women, 878 West Main Rd., Middletown, RI. NOVEMBER 7-9 – Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living is hosting its Annual Resident Bazaar. Crafts and baked goods will be available to the public for purchase. Fri. and Sat. 8am-8pm, Sun. 8am-3pm. For more information call Jeannine Pacheco at    NOVEMBER 7-23 – The Community Players present the musical Gypsy. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Jenks Auditorium, Division St., Pawtucket, RI (across from McCoy Stadium). Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students (through high school). Reservations: 401-726-6860. Visit www.thecommunityplayers.org NOVEMBER 7, 9 – Providence Singers opens their season with Jonah and the Whale. Friday 8PM, 3UNDAY0-"LESSED3ACRAMENT#HURCH  Academy Ave, Providence. Tickets $26, $22, $16, $5 children and students. For ticket information visit ArtTixRI.com or call 401-621-6123 or visit www.providencesingers.org NOVEMBER 7, 8 – “In the Village� Christmas Bazaar, AT2EHOBOTH#ONGREGATIONAL#HURCH&RI PM 3ATAM PM4URKEY3UPPER&RIDAYNIGHTPM and 6:30pm seatings, $10 adult, $6 kids under 12. Reservations through church office only: 508-252-4545. NOVEMBER 7, 8 – Taste of the Hill. 6pm-10pm. Roger Williams Botanical Gardens, Elmwood Avenue. Entertainment, silent and live auctions, and food and wine sampling from Federal Hill area restaurants. $40. Call 401-421-4722, or visit www.federalhillhouse.org NOVEMBER 8 – Fall River Artists’ Open Studios, 11am to 4pm. On display in their studios are oil painting, drawing, woodworking, metalsmithing, jewelry making, ceramics, sculpture, basketwork and textile art. Also, both Spindle City Ballet and the Little Theatre of Fall River will host open studios offering behind-the-scenes looks at dance and theater productions. For a list of the studios, artists, artists’ websites, and directions, visit www.ArtsExpressFallRiver.com

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NOVEMBER 8 – Hepcats Swing Dance at the First Congregational Church, 34 Center St., Fairhaven, 7:30 to 11pm. Dance to the great swing tunes with Hepcats DJs Joe, Sandy and Ashley. All ages welcome. No partners required. Beginners lesson from 7:30 to 8, dance from 8 to 11. $8 admission. NOVEMBER 8 – Newport Baroque Presents Music of the 17th-century with violinists Laura Gulley and Julie McKenzie. 8pm. $25 for general admission and $10 for children ages 6-18. A 10% discount off full-price tickets is available for seniors, students, military and WGBH/EMA members. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport. For tickets visit www.newportbaroque.org or call ArtTix (401-621-6123). For more information, contact .EWPORT"AROQUEAT   NOVEMBER 8, 9n(OLIDAY&AIR3ATAM  3UNAM PM3T-ARYS0ARISH )LLINOIS3T New Bedford. NOVEMBER 9 – Annual Harvest Fair, 1pm to 4pm at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Call 401-847-3777 or visit www.greenvale.com NOVEMBER 9 – St. Anthony Of Padua Church: “Music At St. Anthony’s, featuring Ross Wood.â€? !CUSHNET!VEPM!DMISSION#ALL   ORVISIT www.saintanthonynewbedford.com NOVEMBER 9 – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center: Phantom Toll Booth. Magical setting, great songs and special effects! 684 Purchase St. 3pm. $15, #ALL  ORVISITWWWZEITERIONORG NOVEMBER 9-15 – 25th Annual Taste of Newport begins at 5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island. Tickets $100. Call 401-848-4150. NOVEMBER 11 – Veteran’s Day Parade, from Livesey Park, south on Main Street to Fairhaven High School at 10am, followed by a brief ceremony and cannon-firing at Fairhaven High School. Veterans AREWELCOMETOLINEUPAT,IVESEY0ARKATAM Parade steps off at 10. NOVEMBER 11 – Greater New Bedford Veterans Council’s Annual Veterans Day Parade; Kick-off Buttonwood Park at Rockdale Ave. and Union St. Parade Route: East on Union St., North on Purchase St. to reviewing stand at Wings Court. AM#ALL   NOVEMBER 12-22 – Your Theatre presents Round and Round the Garden. Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedy, 136 Rivet St. Wed.-Sat. 8pm, Sun. PM#ALL  ORVISIT www.yourtheatre.org


NOVEMBER 13 – “The Artful Plate� An AHA! Night that honors the culinary arts, the culture of food and the art of the bowl. Downtown & National Park.  PM&REE#ALL  ORVISITWWWAHanewbedford.org

NOVEMBER 15 – The Parsons Dance Company is at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. One of the hottest tickets in dance. 684 Purchase St. 8pm.  #ALL  ORVISIT www.zeiterion.org

NOVEMBER 14 – Local historian Cora Peirce presents a talk on The Earliest Settlers in the Nasketucket area of East Fairhaven. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Historical Society. Donations requested. At Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, 7pm.

NOVEMBER 15 – New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Independent Lens Film Series Presenting New Year Baby� 18 Johnny Cake Hill. 3pm. Free with -USEUMFEE#ALL  ORVISITWWW whalingmuseum.org

NOVEMBER 14 – 2nd Story Theatre presents William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. 28 market Street, Warren. For tickets and dining reservations call 401-247-4200 and visit www.2ndstorytheatre.com

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NOVEMBER 14 – Fine Art & Fine Craft: Small Works Christmas Exhibit. Members and invited guest artists will be displaying and selling an array of unique and distinctive fine art and fine craft. Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun. noon-5pm. Thurs, Fri & Sat noon-6pm. Monday by appointment only call 401-683-0146. Hope Gallery, 435 Hope Street, Bristol. For more in FORMATIONCALL  ORVISITWWWHOPEGALleryfineartfinecraft.com

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NOVEMBER 15 – Project Independence’s Craft &AIR %LM3TAM PM&REE#ALL$EBORAH 3APPINGTON   NOVEMBER 15 – The Parsons Dance Company is at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. One of the hottest tickets in dance. 684 Purchase St. 8pm.  #ALL  ORVISITWWWZEITerion.org NOVEMBER 15 – New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Independent Lens Film Series Presenting New Year Baby� 18 Johnny Cake Hill. 3pm. Free with -USEUMFEE#ALL  ORVISITWWW whalingmuseum.org NOVEMBER 15 – Annual Harvest Dinner/Theatre will be held on Saturday at the First Baptist Old Stone Church, 7 Old Stone Church Road, Tiverton. 2 Seatings, 5 and 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Turkey dinner with all the fixings. A Two Act Christmas Play, Doc’s Holiday, will take place in the Church Sanctuary at 6pm. Seating is limited to 100. A free will offering will be accepted at the dinner. For more information/reservations, call 401-624-4155 or 401-624-4615 by November 10th. NOVEMBER 15 – 1st Annual Belly Dancing Charity Gala featuring Egyptian, Turkish and Fusion styles of belly dance. Saturday, 7-11 PM. Doors open at 6:30. Roseland Ballroom at Hong Kong City Restaurant, 174 Broadway (Rte 138), Taunton, MA. Tickets are $35, limited and sold in advance. Call   TORESERVEYOURTICKET NOVEMBER 15 – VASE (Volunteers at Sippican Elementary) will hold a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. 7-10pm. 11 Point Rd, Kittansett Club, Marion. $15. For more information call 508-472-8807. NOVEMBER 15 – Project Independence’s Craft &AIR %LM3TAM PM&REE#ALL$EBORAH 3APPINGTON  

NOVEMBER 16 – Seamen’s Bethel Presents “Harvest Of The Sea.â€? 15 Johnny Cake Hill. 3pm. &REE#ALL   NOVEMBER 16 – St. Joseph - St. Therese Church: 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair, at the Church Hall, $UNCAN3TAM PM&REE#ONTACT-ARIA, "ERNARDO   NOVEMBER 16 – Seamen’s Bethel Presents “Harvest Of The Sea.â€? 15 Johnny Cake Hill. 3pm. &REE#ALL   NOVEMBER 16 – The Velveteen Rabbit at the Lunch Theatre at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, 12:30pm. The Children’s Theatre presents this popular story and a luncheon. Tickets available at the church office or at the door. For MOREINFORMATION CALL  ORVISITWWW uufairhaven.org NOVEMBER 16 – Community Concert Series presents North Shore Acappella, five voices without instrumental accompaniment entertain with songs FROMTHESTOTODAY!T&IRST#ONGREGATIONAL Church, 34 Center Street, Fairhaven, 2pm. $10 for adults, school age children free with a paid adult. Tickets available at the door. For more information ORRESERVATIONS CALL  OREMAILFCCS comcast.net NOVEMBER 19 – Meditation in Fairhaven, at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, 7 to 8pm. Rev. Ann Fox leads asession of insight meditation. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a firm cushion. There is no charge, but a goodwill offering for the church will be accepted. All AREWELCOMETOATTEND#ALL  ORVISIT www.uufairhaven.org NOVEMBER 20 – 10th Annual Child & Family Services’ Holiday Gala “365 Days of Hope Galaâ€? NOVEMBER 20 – Book Discussion: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, at Millicent Library, 45 Center St., Fairhaven (Walnut St. entrance), 10am. Public invitED&REE&ORMOREINFORMATION CALL   NOVEMBER 21 – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center: “The Spencers – Theatre Of Illusion.â€? 684 0URCHASE3TPM#ALL  OR visit www.zeiterion.org

NOVEMBER 22 – Culture Park announces a call for entries for its Seventh Annual Short Plays Marathon in downtown New Bedford. For more information CALL  ORVISITWWWCULTUREPARKORG NOVEMBER 22 – Arlo Guthrie and his Band are at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. 684 Purchase 3TPM #ALL  ORVISIT www.zeiterion.org NOVEMBER 22 – Alternative Gift Fair at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, 10am. to 2pm. Discover alternatives to traditional holiday gifts, such as a donation to a not-for-profit social or earth justice organization in the name of your gift recipient, or a craft items from third-world crafters. Sponsored by the Women’s Alliance of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven. For INFORMATION CALL  ORVISITWWWUUfairhaven.org NOVEMBER 22, 23 – South Coast Chamber Music Society. Sat. 5pm. at St. Gabriel’s Church, Marion. Sun. 3pm at Grace Episcopal Church, New Bedford. $18. Children aged 16 and under are free. &ORMOREINFORMATIONCALL  ORVISIT www.southcoastchambermusic.org NOVEMBER 23 – The Velveteen Rabbit at the Lunch Theatre at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, 12:30pm. The Children’s Theatre presents this popular story and a luncheon. Ticket prices to be announced. Tickets available at the church office or at the door. For more information, CALL  ORVISITWWWUUFAIRHAVENORG NOVEMBER 23 – Holiday Evening at the Breakers. 6pm-8pm. 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Breakers. Call 401-847-1000 or visit www.newportmansions.org NOVEMBER 26 – Thanksgiving Bake Sale & Used Book Sale at Our Lady’s Haven, 71 Center Street, &AIRHAVEN AMTOPM(OLIDAYPIES BREADSAND desserts, used hard cover and paperback books. Proceeds benefit Our Lady’s Haven. For more inforMATION    NOVEMBER 26 – Gallery X: Annual Xmas Show. 7ILLIAM3T7EDn&RIAM PM3AT3UN AM PM&REE#ALL  ORVISITWWW galleryx.org NOVEMBER 29 – Polar Swan Express. Departures 3, 4, 5pm. Merchant’s Way Depot Station, Wareham. $10 by Wareham Village Association. Tickets: %ASTERN"ANKON-AIN3TREETORCALL        ORVISITWWWWAREhamvillageassociation.com NOVEMBER 29, 30 – Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School’s “21st Annual Holiday Scholarship Craft Fair.� 1121 Ashley Blvd. 10am-4pm. $1/ $ONATION#ALL!NNE2ICHARD  EXT 228 or visit www.gnbvt.edu

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ON MY MIND

JUST VOTE by Paul E. Kandarian

A few observations on politic crap (redundant, I know), particularly the upcoming election, in which we’ll put a new face in the White House, a face that no one particularly cares for, and which, no matter which candidate wins, should be billed as “The Lesser of Two Evils 2008!”

It’s the economy, stupid Remember that expression? James Carville coined it when Bill Clinton ran against George Bush the First. It still holds up: It’s what George Bush the Second’s wife tells him when explaining math.

The greening of Alaska For some reason, I caught all of the vice presidential debate between Joe “Loose Lips” Biden and Sarah “No, Seriously, I Am not Tina Fey!” Palin and came away feeling sorry for her, as I have every time she’s opened her mouth since. I mean in the convention, she came on like gangbusters, but then it was like opening a new toy, it gets old once the batteries die. OK, Palin can see Russia from Alaska, making her an expert in international relations. Hey, Tina, I mean Sarah, I can see the moon from my window, gosh darn it, so I guess that makes me an astronaut, huh? I want to like Palin, but can’t get past that grating, middle-American accent of hers (am I the only one that thinks of Frances McDormand’s character, Marge Gunderson, in “Fargo” when Palin opens her yap?) nor her extraordinary density. During the debate, it seemed like every question she was asked got the response “Well, I’d like to talk about my environmental record…” Environmental record? It’s Alaska, for God’s sake, there are like 200 people living there and most of them eat blubber they catch themselves, so how can that few people hurt the environment? It was fine before she got there, it’ll be fine when she gets back. 46

Which unless I miss my guess should be November 5.

Mucknaming Is it just me or do candidates in every election since time began say they’re tired of the name-calling and muck-raking yet engage in the same level of name-calling and muck-raking that’s been happening since time began? It’s the same old insanely boring smokeand-mirrors misdirection that for some reason, they seem to think we want to see, but in reality could care less about. My solution: Have a Three Stooges duel. Have McCain and Obama square off and have at one another with eye pokes, hair pulls, head bonks and face slaps. Last man standing wins. Really, it’s just as ludicrous as what they’re doing now and I’ll guarantee you, a whole lot more fun to watch.

It’s all about the money I want a government buyout. I’m serious. The government has spent roughly a gagabazillion dollars on buying out things like Freddie Mae and Fanny Mac, or the

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other way around, who knows, who cares, so I am now calling myself Paulie MacMae, anxious for the government to fork over big, big bucks to keep me afloat. I don’t want $700 billion or $1 billion or even $1 million. I think a couple hundred large oughta do the trick. I’m not greedy, unlike big companies. And hell, unlike the big companies shamelessly sucking off the federal nip, I’ll even make an effort to pay it back. People like me really need the money, not gigunda corporations where fat-cat CEOs resign with obscene golden parachutes larger than what Third World nations spend on food and health care. People like me. People like, dare I say it, soccer moms and Joe Six Packs. Gosh darn it. N Ever think you’d see gas prices of three bucks a gallon and be smiling about it? As of this writing, it’s about that, way off this past sky-high summer when gas prices were off the charts and oil companies were making record profits. They’re down so much it almost makes me feel sorry for them. Like I feel sorry for retiring CEOs. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Congress has never insisted that automakers come up with truly energy efficient cars. Oh, right, they’re in bed with the oil companies. Silly me, I forgot. N These are some of the people in our American political neighborhood: Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, Brian Moore, Gloria LaRiva, Chuck Baldwin and Jeffrey Wamboldt. What do they all have in common? They’re on the same “Snowball’s Chance in Hell” ticket for the 2008 presidential election along with another guy you may have heard of, everyone’s favorite cerebral Joe Six Pack, Ralph Nader. All of whom would likely do a better job than what we’ll get November 4. Lots of luck, boys and girls. We’re gonna need it.


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