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Lizzie Borden Lantern and Ghost Tour – This free event begins with participants making their own lantern before learning about the ghostly and ghastly historical happenings of Fall River.

Meet Julia Child – Lynne Moulton plays the legendary chef as the audience learns about her privileged upbringing and ascent to gastronomic stardom. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast, as well as light French refreshments. $20 per person. There’s more, including: • Art of wellness/spiritual center • Atlantic Charter school • Fall River Mayfest @ congregational church • Amateur radio day at the Battleship • Acrylic painting at the library • Handbell ringers concert

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The Tango – Creative Arts Network, Inc. (C.A.N.) is kicking off ArtWeek with an exhibition and reception of works by Marina Katayeva. “The Tango” features visual art, jewelry, and a short performance of Tango dance. Opening night is Friday, April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherry & Webb Gallery at 139 South Main Street in Fall River.

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks – This dramatization of the Borden murders and the subsequent trial will be performed at the beautiful Abbey Grill by Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli. The second half of the performance features a mock trial in which the members of the audience are encouraged to interact and eventually determine Lizzie’s guilt or innocence.

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AS OF THIS WRITING, yet another snowstorm is bearing down on us. Mother Nature, in her crotchety stubbornness, apparently hasn’t gotten the memo that spring has sprung. Well, that doesn’t matter to us South Coasters, does it? We’ve got our hearts set on warmer weather, and we’re going to enjoy it, even if the weather refuses to cooperate. Anglers of every stripe are readying their rods, prepared to land the next big one. Whether you’ve been baiting your hooks through the winter or are looking to just dip your toes in the water, as it were, you won’t want to miss Joyce Rowley’s article on page 8. If that sounds like too much work, then maybe you can satisfy your adventurous side by exploring a relatively quiet and untrodden corner of the South Coast. Long Road in Fairhaven has seen a resurgence in the past few years, and it’s waiting for you to visit. Dan Logan has the full story on page 10. Then again, you may prefer your springtime strolls to be more curated. In that case, there’s hardly a more perfect destination than the Blithewold Estate in Bristol, where the “daffies” sprouting from the ground are the surest sign of the season. Learn about everything they have to offer with Greg Jones on page 12. And if you just can’t decide what could be the best way to enjoy the region’s natural beauty, you’ll want to turn to Steve Smith’s article on page 16, where he lists his top 4 local idyllic drives. If it’s one of those sunny-but-too-cold-out kind of days, then you’ll be happy to already know what to do. Mother Nature may be stubborn, but she’s got nothing on us. Go forth and make the most of spring – and think how much better it will be when it actually arrives!

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local legacies Life on the South Coast revolves around the ocean. From New Bedford’s early whaling days to its present status as the number-one fishing port in America, locals are proud of their seafaring history. This is where the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center comes in. Dedicated to the people and culture of commercial fishing, it is a small treasure chest of information. Located at 38 Bethel Street in downtown New Bedford and founded in 2016, it’s one of the newer additions to the educational hub of the historic district. The idea for the center stemmed from an event in April 2011. UMass Boston visited New Bedford as part of a project called the Mass. Memories Road Show, an ongoing mobile history project that works to create digital archives by scanning and recording the photos, artwork, materials, and testimonies from members of communities throughout Massachusetts. In New Bedford, the project was a success and stirred up a great deal of interest. Once the road show left, New Bedford hosted their own scanning events, and eventually built the center as a way to keep this


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community-built archive closer to home, and focused specifically on its ties to the fishing industry and the people who make their living at sea. Scanning days are still held at the center once per month, a time where locals can scan their family photos, pictures of their parents or grandparents in fishing gear, or of the boat they worked on as a teenager. Some bring in items to photograph and catalog, and sometimes, the items return home. Others end up in the gallery, or incorporated into exhibits. It is an educational center built entirely from the minds, hearts, and materials of the fishing community, a backbone of the South Coast.

A community of storytellers

It’s a good thing that Laura Orleans’ office has high ceilings. The walls of the Executive Director’s office in the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center are covered with towering

shelves, piled high with boxes on boxes of papers, photos, and a myriad of other items donated for cataloging. Orleans, a folklorist, is here because she is “interested in the story.” Lucky for her, she is surrounded by boxes of stories waiting to be told. This might appear to be the archives of the center, but this is just the back stock. The entire building is in a way one giant archive, compiled by none other than local fishermen (and their descendants in some cases), desiring to perhaps contribute to the overarching story of the New Bedford fishing community or simply to create a record for their own families in the future. When materials are donated, Orleans, along with other staff and many volunteers, scan the items into a digital database. The items make their way into curated exhibits, themes that tie the materials together. As exhibit after exhibit comes and goes the materials keep on coming in, and the

He and Tove Bendiksen, President of the Board, have just finished scanning some union and other papers Andersen brought in. He waves as he walks out, and it is clear everyone knows him. All the volunteers call out their goodbyes, and as Orleans hears them from her office, she does as well. Kearley says that this is a part of what the center is all about. “We need this,” she says. “A fisherman can sit down in a chair, and someone will come up to chat… [it’s] storytelling.”


volunteers are eager to catalog them all. On a rainy scanning day in February, one volunteer is Judy Kearley. She started volunteering here after she happened upon a film screening hosted by the center downtown. She stopped into the center the day after the screening to buy a copy of the film, and happened upon a busy scanning day. In a pinch, sat down to help scan in a few items, and she’s been coming back ever since. Today she sits at a folding table in the back hall, the gallery of the building. The current exhibit is “Frozen Asset: Ice Making & the New Bedford Fishing Industry” (which will be on show until April 29). The walls around Kearley have images of frigid, snowy scenes, and ice-covered boats. Harpoon-like tools hang on hooks. Beside her sits Joshua Murphy III. He has brought in a cardboard box filled with a myriad of devices, from golden compasslike items to cords and charts. Kearley points out the cards she uses to write down information about each item, and the camera she uses to take photos, before settling back down to continue talking with Murphy. Their running into each other is a coincidence – the two knew each other in high school. This sort of run-in is not uncommon at the center. “The fishermen know each other,” says Murphy. It’s one part of the job that Kearley loves. “You never know who is going to come in that door, and what they’re going to have.” Across the room is a regular donor, a fisherman from Denmark, Ole Andersen.

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Hooked on trout fishing By Joyce Rowley

April 1 was always the real start of spring for me as a kid. It meant the start of freshwater fishing – a reason to get outside just as the creeks and rivers came to life. It was derbystyle fishing and a little crowded sometimes, but that was also how I learned to fish.


eal anglers often offered tips on how to cast the line and set the hook lightly, and how to read the water to find deep holes where trout might hide. Mostly I went for trout, but as often as not caught pickerel and perch. My skills were pretty meager, my gear a simple (translation: cheap) rod and reel with a triple hook at the end, a bobber, and a small weight. Bait was nightcrawlers or earthworms. It’s been years since I went freshwater fishing and a lot has changed, starting with using a weight. Lead weights, sinkers, and jigs weighing less than an ounce are no longer allowed due to the danger of lead leaching into the environment from lost gear. And some fish populations are now so low, you can’t even put them in a net or take a photo with them. Of course, you needed a permit then as you do now. The $3 price tag has increased substantially to $27.50 for adults over 17, with a discount to $16.25 for seniors 65-69. A permit is still required for those over 70 years old and under 17 years old, but it’s free. No permits are necessary for kids under 15. But one thing hasn’t changed: that feeling of peace and tranquility as you sail your line out onto the water, lightly hitting the surface, and watch it drift with the flow of the brook.

Anglers large and small are eager to catch their trout (large and small).

Although trout fishing is now allowed year-round, the creel limit for brooks and streams increases to eight trout after April 1,


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Nature’s bounty

and the weather is a bit better if you wait. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts MassWildlife division starts stocking in March throughout the state with almost 500,000 rainbow, brook, brown, and tiger trout. Tiger trout are a cross between female brown trout and male brook trout. Stocking half a million trout takes five hatcheries, including one at 164 Route 6A in Sandwich. For a free and fun way to learn about trout, visit the hatchery between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. You can even feed them! The place is huge, so bring lots of quarters for the feed vending machines. About 81,000 trout are stocked in the lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in MassWildlife’s Southeast District, according to district manager Steve Hurley. Stocking is a result of the depleted population status of native brook trout. “We’re trying to protect the few remaining native brook trout,” Hurley says. “Stocking supplies anglers with fish to catch.” Partnering with the Trustees of Reservations and Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national fishing conservation organization, MassWildlife has acquired all of the property along Red Brook, one of South Coast’s last sea-run brook trout streams, from White Island Pond in Plymouth through Wareham to Buttermilk Bay in Bourne. Fishing is still allowed, but only on a catch-and-release basis, Hurley said. Since 2007, Hurley has been conducting a native brook trout passive integrated transponder (PIT) tagging study on Red Brook, and on the Quashnet and the Child’s rivers in Falmouth. About 3,000 native trout have been tagged in the past ten years. Antennas along these streams capture the tagged trout’s unique identifier as it passes by. Data on location of the trout over time yields valuable information about trout movement and behavior. The goal is to rebuild native trout populations wherever possible. “Anything we can do to protect their habitat will help them come back,” Hurley says. MassWildlife is working with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Trustees of Reservations, and local land trusts to protect watersheds on the South Coast that still have populations of native trout.

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If you’re new to the pastime or rusty like me, MassWildlife offers two “Learn to Fish” sessions for adults only at its headquarters in Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, on April 4 and April 25. Designed for beginners, the course goes over gear type, lines, bait, and casting. The second half of the session runs on May 9 at the Marlborough Fish and Game Club, where you can practice your casting technique from shore. “The program is run with over 100 volunteers,” says Jim Lagacy, MassWildlife coordinator for angler education. Lagacy, a wildlife biologist and avid fisherman, also teaches some of the classes. “The classes are free and all gear is provided,” Lagacy said. “There are also family fishing festivals.” There’s a family fishing festival Saturday, April 28 from 8 to noon at Forest Park, Springfield. This is also a free event, and is held in cooperation with the Springfield Elks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Springfield Parks Department. “In addition to the one in April in Springfield, we’re holding one at Dighton Rock State Park this summer,” Lagacy said. Pre-registration is needed for both the adult sessions and the family festival. Please call Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or email him at If you want to take your game to the next level, free fly fishing classes are offered by the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of Trout Unlimited every Wednesday in April. “Each class is on a different topic,” said Jim Clinton, one of the instructors and a longtime angler. “There’s demonstrations on how to use waders, vests, and nets; on different types of lines; on insects and bait fish; and on casting and how to read a stream.” But most importantly, there’s lessons on how to tie knots. “It’s so satisfying to catch a fish on a fly you tied yourself,” Clinton says. All of the required equipment will be provided or you may bring your own. Classes are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bridgewater COA, located at 355 Plymouth Street, East Bridgewater. Pre-registration is required. Visit SEMA TU’s calendar at to register.

Catch and release If you’re not going to keep the fish you catch, follow these tips from MassWildlife to help the fish survive: Use circle hooks to reduce the likelihood of gut-hooking the fish.


Set the hook immediately to prevent the fish from swallowing the hook. With circle hooks, you won’t have to set the hook.


Don’t fight it. If it takes to long to land it, the drag may be set too loosely or the gear may be too light for the fish.


Wet your hands before handling the fish to protect the mucous membrane on it.


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Please don’t use the eyes or gills to hold the fish. Use the mouth, and support the belly of larger fish. Even bass can be handled by holding the lower jaw with the thumb in the mouth and the forefinger under the chin.


When releasing a fatigued fish, hold it in a swimming position in the water and gently move it back and forth until it can swim off.


For more information on angling, including how to win awards for best catch, download the 2018 Massachusetts Guide for Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Trapping Laws from And get daily stocking updates for your favorite fishing hole at (yes, it has its own webpage).


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Embrace the pastoral calmness in Fairhaven with a visit to Long Road.

Take the long road airhaven, with only 14 square miles of land area, has plenty of coastline – more than 29 miles of it – to explore, where visitors can hike or relax and enjoy the Buzzards Bay scenery. In fact, it’s hard to get more than a mile away from the ocean in Fairhaven, but if you’re looking to spend an hour strolling, walking the dog, or doing some birding, you’re going to want to go inland and visit Long Road and Dana Pond. They might not have thought about it for years, but many long-time Fairhaven residents will fondly recall Dana Pond and Long Road. Midway between Route 6 and North Fairhaven, Long Road used to be a half-mile dirt straightaway providing a convenient shortcut between Alden Road and Adams Street. In the late 1950s and early 60s, Route 6 was the main route between New York and the Cape, and the big draws in Fairhaven were the drive-in movie theater at Bridge Street and Route 6 and the new bowling alley at the top of Sconticut Neck Road. Walmart, Stop & Shop, and all the strip malls were still far in the future, but Long Road skirted some of the Route 6 congestion. On the north side of Long Road was Dana


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Pond, a scruffy stretch of marshy woodland created by the funneled runoff from some of the highest parts of Fairhaven (over 70 feet above sea level!). A teeny spillway near the road poured the runoff into a brook that ran toward the Hastings Middle School and eventually to the harbor. While the pond often dried up in summer, it flooded in most winters, creating an isolated skating spot infinitely more interesting for the average teenager than your standard skating rink. On a cold winter day kids came from all over Fairhaven’s 14 square miles to skate. Skaters could wind their way deeper into the woods for whatever they cared to get up to besides skating. The spillway was the spot for hanging out between rounds on the ice, and invariably someone would start on bonfire on colder days. The pond wasn’t too deep, fortunately, because braver souls often found themselves up to their waists in cold water when they tried to skate a little too deep into a warm spell. For most skaters, all they needed to know about the provenance of Dana’s Pond was that the cops wouldn’t come by and run them off, but according to Chris Richard of the Fairhaven Office of Tourism, Edward Dana raised trout on his farm there in the

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1800s, and Richard speculates the pond may have been created for that purpose. Later, when the Dana sisters died in the 1950s, the property was left to the Fall River Diocese of the Catholic Church. By the early 1980s it was acquired by the town and slated for development into the Dana Pond Retention Basin, which would prevent flooding in the Adam Street and Elm Avenue area.

Deep waters

The bulk of the work was done in 1985 at a cost of more than $500,000. The 1986 Town Report noted the retention basin had been effective in preventing flooding in the area in the previous year. Long Road got paved for the first time. Dana Pond, now configured as a retention basin, took on a new look, a new character, and also sort of disappeared from view, at least as a mecca for the town’s ice skaters. These days, Dana Pond doesn’t exist. No one refers to it as a park, but no one refers to it as the Dana Pond Retention Basin, either. It’s Long Road. It’s a park without the designation – a sort-of-isolated, sort-of-genteel 40-acre pocket park featuring wide, grassy, manicured nature trails on berms through the woods and along the marshes. Neatly

maintained and largely unheralded. Bordered to the north by busy Route 195, which wasn’t around in the skating days of the 50s and 60s, Dana Pond isn’t the quiet patch of forest it once was, but the impression of escape from the surrounding suburbia is still palpable. It’s just isolated enough that you might prefer to travel in company, but none of my various birding buddies have ever reported any confrontations. Today, a visitor who knew the area 60 years ago is hard-pressed to identify where the spillway was, and where the berms came from. Two tiny paved parking areas on Long Road are rarely fully occupied. The west end parking is adjacent to a small pond and culvert populated by mallards that enjoy handouts. Walking, dog walking, and birding appear to be the popular entertainments in the place formerly known as Dana Pond. A casual stroll through the park might take a half hour to an hour. Beyond keeping the grass on the nature trails cut, the town lets the park fend for itself. Vinnie Furtado, Fairhaven’s public works superintendent, noted that some work was done to create a dog park within the park a few years ago, but it never came to fruition. But many dogs do get walked there. Keep an eye out for randomly dispersed dog poop. Furtado notes his department stored brush in one clearing after Hurricane Irene, but it needed to get a permit from the Fairhaven Conservation Commission to do so. Birders looking for new territory to roam might find it at the former Dana Pond. Carolyn Longworth, Director of the Millicent Library and an avid birder, has recorded more than 110 species in the woods there since 2005. Great horned owls and saw-whet owls, cuckoos, wrens, kinglets, vireos, warblers, hawks, creepers, and chats have been among the avian wildlife spotted there. There’s a football field-sized rectangular pond in the back, along the western edge of the venue. It seems to do a good job of retaining water. It would seem irresistible to skaters in winter, though regulations forbid skating in wetland areas. If you’re exploring Fairhaven, take this walk in the woods. If you’re a birder, bring your bins and camera.

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to spring By Greg Jones

On the shores of Narragansett Bay in Bristol sits the Blithewold Estate. This large mansion was built in the late 18th and early 19th century as the focal point for a planned garden and woodland that would be worthy of its name. 12

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“Blithewold” is Old English for “happy woodland,” and the building and its grounds are largely just as they were in the estate’s heyday, from 1894 to 1930. The house and its surrounding grounds celebrate all seasons, but it’s springtime that sets the tone for the year. Generations and decades of care and planning have resulted in a lush population of flowering plants that gratify and amaze. Springtime means flowers, and what may be the trademark flower for spring is the daffodil. Blithewold’s 33 acres are punctuated by daffodils in the early spring months, with more than 50,000 of them gracing the estate.

There are 13 divisions (or classes) of daffodils, with over 25,000 named and registered varieties. Simply saying there are yellow daffies and white daffies is to be unduly curt. There are daffodils distinguished by the size of their flowers, from very large to very small. The number of petals varies, the size of the cup varies, but they are all daffodils and they are all (or at least most) to be seen and appreciated at Blithewold, which has daffodils from each of the 13 varieties. Daffodils are perennials – once you plant a daffodil bulb, it will bloom again and again every year. The owners of Blithewold began planting daffodils at the turn of the 20th century. Daffodils are noted for their longevity so it is possible, if not probable, that some of the clumps of daffodils are more than a hundred years old. But the gardeners at Blithewold don’t rest on their laurels. Or their daffodils. “We continue to plant new bulbs every year,” said Tree Callanan. She’s Blithewold’s director

wide range of blooms and blossoms happening on the estate. This year, there is one additional variable having nothing to do with flowers. There are several renovation projects underway, chief of which is repurposing the carriage house into a visitor and education center. “So right now we are certain we will be open April 7,” she said, urging flower fanciers to keep an eye on their website ( for the best and most upto-date information. Once they open, hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. for the house and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the gardens. No reservations are needed for the house or the gardens and members get in free, a good reason to join. A self-guided tour will take you through the grounds, where you can try your hand at counting the daffodils, if you’re so inclined. “We’re looking for a group that wants to do that,” said Callanan. As though 50,000 daffodils weren’t

“The daffodils will bloom when Mother Nature decides they’ll bloom. She doesn’t seem to give us a lot of advance notice.” of communications and visitor experience, and all those daffodils blooming more or less at once can make for a busy springtime. Especially when she starts getting calls and emails asking when the daffodils are going to bloom. “The tough thing in focusing on one plant is that nature makes the decisions. It’s all weather-dependent,” said Callanan. “The daffodils will bloom when Mother Nature decides they’ll bloom. She doesn’t seem to give us a lot of advance notice.” She noted one good source of information: Blithewold’s gardeners. “They tell us that we’ve always got daffodils for school vacation week.” That doesn’t mean that she or Blithewold are in the daffodil forecasting business. “We used to try to predict when the daffodils would bloom,” she said. Their scheduled opening of April 7 is now called “Blithewold’s Gateway to Spring” and lasts throughout April and May, embracing the

enough, Blithewold also offers a wide range of extra programming. There is Afternoon Tea, for example, held in the dining room at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Reservations are needed for this. During the months of July and August, each Wednesday evening people gather on the Great Lawn to listen to live music and enjoy the wares from a food truck as they watch the sailboats on Narragansett Bay. Programs are a growth industry at Blithewold. “Programs grew by 27 percent last year,” said Callanan. “We have watercolor classes, kids’ camp… We try to emulate what the family did,” she said. “They built the place for friends and family to enjoy. We want people to have the same thing.” Blithewold is at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol (Route 114). Visit online at Call 401-2532707 for the latest information or email info@




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Three decades of Luso Radio By Brian J. Lowney

For 30 years the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking communities have eloquently been served by Frank P. Baptista, producer, founder, and director of the program Radio Voz Do Emigrante.


he program, founded on March 17, 1988, is broadcast on WHTB 1400 AM and is also available at “We always had the goal of having news, talk, sports, and music,” begins Baptista, who was born in Cape Verde and settled in the area in 1969. The accomplished broadcaster began his career in 1986 conducting talk shows in English on WSAR before transitioning to the station’s sister station WHTB, where he offered programming both in Portuguese and in English. WHTB eventually changed to an all-Portuguese language format but continues to offer some programming in English and Spanish for members of the Hispanic community. According to Baptista, the station has a dozen part-time employees who produce a variety of segments, including contributors from the Azores, mainland Portugal, and Cape Verde. “I concentrate on talk, interviews, and roundtable discussions,” he shares. Baptista says that in the past 30 years, listeners have become more engaged and interested in their communities and vote.


“Members of the Portuguese community are more and more active in the political process and vote in large numbers,” he continues, adding that many second- and third-generation LusoAmericans hold elected office either at the state or local level. Three Portuguese-born state representatives currently serve on Beacon Hill.

“We are proud of the contribution that the Growing community radio station has made Baptista notes that while the tide of immigration from the Azores and Cape over the years in politics, Verde has decreased, there is still a deal of movement on both sides education, social and great of the Atlantic. Azores Airlines offers flights to the Azores, while TAP cultural endeavors, daily Air has service from Boston to Lisbon. and in other areas.” During the summer, there is service

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from Providence to the Azores, and Delta now has seasonal service between New York and the Azores. In addition to large Portuguese-speaking communities throughout Southern New England, Baptista notes there are large Portuguese-speaking communities in Greater New York, New Jersey, and other smaller concentrations scattered throughout the United States.

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“California has also been a state that has attracted Azorean immigrants,” he continues, noting that in the early 1900s, many families from Madeira migrated to Hawaii and settled on the islands. Baptista emphasizes that there is a growing Brazilian community in Southern New England as well as a burgeoning Hispanic population, which is served by WHTB. “We are proud of the contribution that the radio station has made over the years in politics, education, social and cultural endeavors, and in other areas,” shares Baptista. “It is important that these concerns are addressed, and that the Portuguese community is respected and that its existence and contributions are recognized.” During a gala held March 17 at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, 30 prominent individuals were honored for their contributions to the Portuguese-American community, each representing one of the 30 years of Radio Voz Do Emigrante. Ten organizations were recognized for their important contributions to the community, and a special organization award was presented to Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Washington, D.C., for its leadership nationally on behalf of the Portuguese-American community. “It’s a long time for an ethnic radio program to exist. We exist to serve the Portuguese and Cape Verdean communities,” says Baptista. “We are proud to celebrate with our listeners.”

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drives By Steve Smith

Here on the South Coast, we live in one of the most subtly scenic areas of the country. It may not be spectacular like California’s Big Sur or Utah’s Route 12, but there are several drives here well worth your time. Ideally, a sunny spring morning will maximize your experience, but any day in any season will be rewarding. Here are a few favorites.

Sakonnet Point Coastal Vistas and cool shopping en route Start:

Exit 5 off Route 24 to Route 77


Sakonnet Point

Distance: 14.3 miles one way (28.6 round-trip) Description: This great ride runs parallel to the Sakonnet River and ends at the Atlantic Ocean. Starting out heading south along Main Road (Route 77),


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you immediately descend a long hill into Tiverton’s Stonebridge village. The neighborhood is named for the bridge that connected Tiverton to Aquidneck Island until Hurricane Carol severely damaged it in 1954. Stop for a cup of coffee and a scone at Coastal Roasters. Grab a table out back and check out the many boats moored in the Tiverton boat basin (in the warm seasons). Continue south along Route 77 and take in the sweeping views of the river as the road’s elevation rises high above sea level. As you enter the unique shopping area at the Historic Four Corners District, don’t forget to browse the artsy courtyards or many of

the other one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. Regardless of season, grab an ice cream cone at Gray’s. Try the black raspberry and you’ll never order any other flavor. The rest of the ride takes you past Sakonnet Vineyards, farms, fields, and historic homes, not to mention the famous Peckham’s Greenhouse. A worthwhile halfmile detour down Meetinghouse Lane takes you to the historic Little Compton village center and the venerable Commons Lunch. The payoff at road’s end is Sakonnet Point. Walk out onto the breakwater and take in the salt air and spray at this truly special spot.

Acoaxet Loop

Lakeville’s Town Hall was originally part of the Taunton water supply complex.

Wildlife and ocean views Start:

Adamsville, RI at the end of Route 81 (10 miles from Exit 1 off Route 24)


same as start

Description: This short loop into Acoaxet Village is highlighted by tranquil coastal marshes and a great stretch along the Atlantic Ocean. Start in Adamsville at the iconic Rhode Island Red Monument, a granite and bronze commemoration of the state bird – a chicken! Follow River Road alongside the West Branch of the Westport River while keeping an eye out for herons, egrets, and osprey – all of which are plentiful. When you reach Acoaxet Village, which consists of a couple dozen impressive summer homes, turn right on Atlantic Avenue. On a nice day Cuttyhunk will appear close enough to swim to (don’t try it). In season, you might catch glimpses of a seal or two. When the road goes no further, turn off to the left for a walk on the beach, or turn right on Howland Road and head back to Adamsville. Reward yourself with breakfast at the ever-popular Barn or a snack at Simmons Café and Market.

Head of Westport to Westport Point Farms, orchards, and river Start:

Head of Westport; one mile east from Route 88 along Old County Road


Westport Point

Distance: 8 miles (one way) Description: This scenic drive follows the Westport River’s East Branch to historic Westport Point. Start at Head of Westport village at the beginning of Drift Road. In

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season, check out the Westport Historical Society in the Bell School or sign up for a kayak tour at Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. Follow scenic Drift Road along the river, passing farms and orchards. When you reach the stop sign at Hix Bridge Road, you can check out the Historical Society’s Handy House or take a one-mile detour across Hix Bridge to the Westport Rivers Vineyard. Keep on Drift Road until it ends at Main Road. Take a left and follow Main Road as it bisects the historic Westport Point village (less than a mile). Remove the automobiles on the road and it could be 150 years ago. When you reach the end, reward yourself with a lobster roll at Revolution Lobster (or if you’re really hungry, venture across the harbor to the Back Eddy). To head home, hop on Route 88 for a straight shot back to I-195. For a more scenic return, follow Main Road all the way back to Old County Road where you started.

Route 105

Casual country ride with mid-route surprise Start:

Marion Center


I-495, Middleborough

Distance: 20 miles

Description: This curvy inland drive traverses parts of Marion, Rochester, Acushnet, and Lakeville. Start in Marion and travel north on Front Street, passing by the campus of Tabor Academy. When you cross Route 6, Front Street becomes Route 105. Follow the route as it leads you to Rochester Center, past the picturesque church, library, and town hall. Continue as the road meanders through Rochester, past farms and fields. About halfway through the ride, you will find yourself on a narrow causeway separating Great and Little Quittacas Ponds, part of the Lakeville Ponds complex and New Bedford’s water supply. The granite structures at the treatment works are impressive. Further along you will be on the edge of Assawompset Pond, the largest natural lake in Massachusetts and Taunton’s reservoir. Lakeville’s Town Hall was originally part of the Taunton water supply complex. If you’re lucky, you’ll see bald eagles nesting on the pond’s edge. Not only is this area overflowing with natural beauty, but it played a leading role in early interactions between the native Wampanoags and the new arrivals from Europe. Finally, you will find yourself at I-495. If you still have the time and energy, continue another mile into Middleborough past the beautiful Victorian homes that line South Main Street.

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beautifuL By Elizabeth Morse Read

It’s time for spring cleaning! What better way to usher in the season than by cleaning up our communities?


pril is National “Keep America Beautiful” month, coinciding with Earth Day (April 22) and the “Great American Cleanup,” when we all pitch in and volunteer to clear litter and trash from our beaches and parks, to plant flowers in public areas, and to encourage more environmentallyfriendly practices like recycling and reducing wasteful use of our natural resources.

Don’t be a litterbug!

In 1965, Lady Bird Johnson, the nation’s First Lady, led the charge to clean up the sorry mess our interstate highways had become – garbage tossed out of car windows by thoughtless drivers; illegal dumping sites for trash, tires, and washing machines choked waterways; endless rows of billboards and exposed junkyards blocked


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out the view of forests and rivers. She tried to raise the country’s consciousness about keeping America’s highways and byways beautiful for all to enjoy, spurring a massive public education effort (remember the iconic “Crying Indian” public service announcement of the 1970s?) and “Adopta-Highway” civic projects to rescue and reclaim the green spaces along our highways. This none-too-gentle public scolding about our casual littering meshed with the growing environmental awareness movement. “Littering” became just another example of “pollution,” the indiscriminate fouling of our air and atmosphere, waterways and oceans, fragile ecosystems and public health.

The greening of America

The first U.S. celebration of Earth Day was on April 22, 1970. That same year, the US

Congress and President Nixon responded to the public outcry about the accelerating impact of industrial pollution by creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passing laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. The movement spread around the world. In 2009, the United Nations declared April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day, recognizing the global community’s responsibility for protecting the world’s vital ecosystems. More than a billion people in more than 200 countries across the globe now celebrate an event that started here almost 50 years ago. Even Pope Francis has linked Earth Day with the moral imperative to protect God’s creation and the health of the planet we live on.

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Fossil fuels and petroleum products like plastic bags and bottles have wreaked havoc on our environment, our neighborhoods, and our collective health. Take the Earth Day Network’s Carbon Footprint Quiz at to find ways you can contribute to a cleaner, greener world every day! Save energy! For starters, replace your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Carpool, ride your bicycle, or take public transportation – or replace your car with an electric or hybrid car. Recycle all paper, glass, and plastic packaging. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and stop using single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and picnic plates. Lower the temperature on your thermostat and water heater. Buy only “Energy Star” efficient home appliances. Turn off the lights when you leave the room and shut down all electronics when you’re not using them. Consider installing solar panels on your roof. CONSERVE WATER! Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers and install a water-saving showerhead. Don’t turn on your dishwasher until it’s full, and use cold water in your washing machine. Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. Buy a rain barrel and water your lawn and gardens early in the day or late in the afternoon. SAVE A TREE! Go “paperless” whenever possible and only buy 100% post-consumer recycled paper products. Switch to online billing, and use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper. Save FRESH! Start your own backyard vegetable garden, and turn your food scraps into compost for fertilizer. Buy your staples at local farmers markets or join a food co-op. Reduce the use of harmful pesticides by choosing organically-grown foods. Reduce your meat consumption – industrialized farming consumes enormous amounts of energy and water, and farm animals produce a lot of methane gas.


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The plague of plastic waste

Each Earth Day celebration focuses on a particular environmental issue or theme – and 2018s theme is “End Plastic Pollution” (go to Globally, plastic production has mushroomed from 2 million metric tons in the 1950s to 380 million metric tons in 2015. From disposable diapers to product packaging to take-out containers to plastic bottles and bags, non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics are clogging our oceans, killing marine life, causing hormone disruption in humans, swelling our landfills, and perpetuating the throw-away mentality that Lady Bird Johnson decried. Right now 61 cities and towns in Massachusetts have banned single-use plastic shopping bags, second only to

plastic packaging each year, have responded to public pressure and have now committed to using only reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025. Dunkin’ Donuts will phase out its iconic foam cups starting this year, and McDonald’s is eliminating both foam cups and “clamshell” food containers. DD’s transition to biodegradable paper cups will remove nearly a billion un-recyclable foam cups from the waste stream annually. Adidas is developing a line of clothing made from recycled plastic bottles, promoting this revolutionary product line by emphasizing the human health threat posed by ingesting plastic particles now found in the fish we eat. A report by the environmental watchdog group As You Sow (asyousow. org) estimates that as much as eight million tons of consumer plastics are dumped in our oceans every year. If this trend is not

When people see their streets blighted by graffiti, trash, broken windows, weedy lots, and petty crime, they begin to feel there’s nothing they can do to change things… California, as have several South Coast towns in Rhode Island, but statewide bans, greater public awareness, and business compliance is needed to rid us of the plague of plastics (go to

Corporate responsibility

Once consumers and shareholders demand that businesses reduce their use of plastics and switch to more environmentally-friendly materials, they eventually get the message, whether they’re brick-and-mortar restaurants or e-commerce giants. Already, companies like Ikea and Dell have phased out “peanut” foam packaging, and Amazon, Target, and Walmart will soon follow suit. Nine countries and more than 100 U.S. cities and counties have banned foam packaging. Multinational beverage companies, like Evian, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola, which produce more than six million metric tons of

stopped, they project that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.

Annual spring cleaning

“Keep America Beautiful” ( is the largest non-profit community-improvement organization in the country, with over 600 state and regional affiliates working with more than 1,000 community organizations. KAB’s goals are simple – litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, and community greening and beautification. In 1999, KAB introduced the “Great American Cleanup” campaign (March 1 through May 31), where local volunteers remove graffiti, plant flowers and trees, clean beaches and waterways of washed-up trash, clear debris from public walking trails and parks, organize recycling collections, and conduct litter-free public education events. Schools, churches, Scouts, neighborhood

improvement associations, non-profit organizations, and many businesses get involved every year in individual efforts.

Nipping it in the bud

But there’s more than just a “feel-good” rationale behind such clean-up and beautification efforts. When people see their streets blighted by graffiti, trash, broken windows, weedy lots, and petty crime, they begin to feel there’s nothing they can do to change things – they become apathetic and feel disconnected from their neighbors. But if every individual on that street picked up a little trash, got together with their neighbors to paint over the graffiti, clean up the empty lot, and plant a community garden, they’d feel far more invested and responsible for what goes on in the neighborhood. Back in the day, curtain-twitching grandmothers kept an eye out on who was “acting up” and “giving the neighborhood a bad name.” Fathers would “have a word” with unruly neighborhood teens, warning them to clean up their act or else they’d have to call in the authorities. Mothers would warn their children to avoid the “wrong crowd.” If someone’s shoddy landscaping or poor home maintenance threatened to lower property values, neighborhood families would pressure the property owner to either make improvements or else be shunned. In other words, families in the ‘hood collectively did their own social policing, crime prevention, and values enforcement. They didn’t let bad situations escalate to the point where the police, social services, housing authorities, or municipal services had to be called in to clean up the mess. They didn’t sell their homes and abandon the neighborhood in search of a cleaner, safer one. They proudly worked together to keep their little corner of America clean, safe, and beautiful. (To learn more about the “broken windows theory,” read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point.) KAB research shows that environmentally happy communities are economically happy communities. Clean, safe communities attract new businesses which in turn attracts new customers, residents, and visitors. So roll up your sleeves and pitch in – find a local Keep America Beautiful project in your area!

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Listen to your body By Michael J. Vieira

For more than 30 years, Paul Silvia has been doing body work—but don’t bring your car to him for repairs.


s a licensed muscle therapist, licensed occupational therapist, certified fitness trainer, and third degree master Reiki practitioner, his specialty is listening to the body. “Most people take care of their cars better than their bodies,” he said, explaining that we change the oil and do regular maintenance to our vehicles yet often neglect our own bodies. Simple things like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eating good food, exercising, stretching, and maybe an occasional massage would do a body good, as the old commercial said. Ironically, a car accident provided his introduction to body work, he said, and led to an associate’s degree from Bristol Community


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College in Occupational Therapy (as well as one in Liberal Studies) and national certification for advanced practice as a massage therapist.

More than a back rub After recuperating from the accident, he became interested in therapy and massage. Paul admits that when he first became a massage therapist, some folks looked at him funny. There weren’t many schools that were certified to train massage therapists, so that provided an additional challenge. But all that has changed. “This generation is more health conscious,” he said, adding that more doctors are open to encouraging patients to try alternative methods like massage and meditation. “It’s been legitimized,” he added. Still, there is misunderstanding.

According to his brochure, “Muscle Therapy is a multi-faceted ‘hands-on’ approach” which uses various techniques to relieve pain and promote healing. “These techniques are effective and non-invasive, involving a personalized approach,” he noted. Treatment may involve soft muscle tissue work, therapeutic range of motion technique, myofascial release and unwinding, craniosacral therapy (CST), and the Bradley Technique, which is a “unique, whole-system approach” involving some of the therapies already mentioned and more. He also may employ Eastern approaches like acupressure and Shiatsu to stimulate what the Chinese call chi, defined as “that which gives life.” As a third degree Reiki master, Paul also can engage this ancient Japanese technique to “balance energy

flow in the body.” “My conceptualization of the muscle therapy experience is a complement to the wellness continuum of both traditional and alternative approaches,” he stressed.

A team approach

After three decades in the field, Paul has developed a network of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and mental health professionals with whom he works. “That’s one of the perks of being involved in it so long,” he admitted. From his beginning as a fitness trainer and massage therapist at a gym, he now collaborates with various health care professionals in a variety of settings. “Massage is a big component, but it isn’t the only component,” he In part, it depends on where he is working. He has a practice in Plainville at the office of Tai and Karla Stallworth (508-298-4378), at Specht Physical Therapy in Swansea (508675-3200), and at Lakeville Chiropractic in Lakeville (508-946-4777). Mostly, what techniques he employs depends on the client’s needs. For some, it may be massage or to work on range of motion techniques. For mental health or cancer patients, Reiki or meditation might be more effective. For most, it’s a combination of methods – a holistic approach. “The body as a whole,” he emphasized.

Patient as partner

Some doctors are quick to prescribe and patients expect quick results, but for Paul, it’s more complicated – and more intertwined. You hurt your body, which stresses you out and makes you depressed, which makes you feel worse, which may result in more pain. “It all comes full circle,” Paul’s wife Gina suggested. As an oncology nurse who met Paul while she was recovering from an injury, Gina has seen the benefit of meditation and yoga in healing in herself and in others. Paul, who in addition to the car accident has dealt with two hip replacements, knows what pain feels like and how to cope. He pointed out that when a patient comes in dealing with chronic pain, he can tell them what to expect and help to ease their anxiety. A person with a shoulder injury

may be depressed because they can’t work or exercise. He’s helped cancer patients and others who are literally dealing with life and death situations. Sometimes, that’s when a massage may be most effective. Muscle therapy, his brochure notes, “stimulates circulation and lymph flow, helps release toxins, relieves muscular soreness, increases flexibility, improves the body’s healing process, relieves pain, and strengthens the immune system.” In addition to regular massages, Paul has conducted numerous seated muscle therapy sessions at various area businesses. Focused on the back, neck, and arms, this method promotes stress release and overall wellness. “Never underestimate the power of touch,” he stressed. Gina added that sometimes,

occupational therapist, Paul is comfortable giving his clients stretching exercises that they can do, but is quick to add, “I never diagnose.” He did explain that sometimes a person can get a “clean bill of health” from doctors and insurance companies and still hurt. That’s often when some people turn to him and other options. Individual needs may vary, but often health insurers and doctors are locked into formulas and guidelines. Paul doesn’t take insurance, which allows him to do what needs to be done as determined by the client and him. “I try to get the best and most-lasting results,” he said. That might be simple stretches or exercises that Paul will do with you but are easy enough to do yourself. Or it might be Reiki, or meditation, or both.

“My conceptualization of the muscle therapy experience is a complement to the wellness continuum of both traditional and alternative approaches.” “The healing comes from within you.” She’s seen patients improve when they are involved in their care plan. “If a person isn’t part of the treatment, medicine alone may not be enough,” she said. “It’s a partnership,” Paul said, and part of his goal is to provide knowledge and information – and options.

Listen to your body

Whether injured or healthy, Paul stresses that all you have to do is “listen to your body and treat it nicely.” Most people sit too long and exercise or stretch too little. Your body will let you know when it’s not happy. “You’re in your car, at your desk, then back in your car, then on your couch,” Gina suggested. Is it any wonder your back hurts? Paul pointed out that we often don’t use our muscles. As a personal trainer and

“It’s always good to do something for your muscles,” he said, suggesting that even when the body is “healed” – sometimes the mind and spirit still need attention. A massage and regular stretching and exercise will help, but so will going to bed. “Sleep is important,” he stressed, explaining that the body knows what it needs. If you’re tired, a good night’s sleep will help you both physically and mentally. Paul emphasized that his job is to help his clients learn what works for them. “I try to educate them. It makes them part of the healing,” he said, adding, “What I like to do is empower the individual.” And, as they say, knowledge is power. If you listen to your body and take care of it and your spirit then you – like your car – will be good for at least another thousand miles. For more information or to schedule your appointment call 774-888-0009 or visit

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News, views and trends…

from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay

by Elizabeth Morse Read

“And then my heart with pleasure fills,/ And dances with the daffodils.” After a long hard winter, nothing is more beautiful that the start of flower time on the South Coast. Get outside again and enjoy the sunshine and the many events and activities that warm weather brings! And don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

Acushnet Talk a walk through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit

Attleboro The Attleboro Community Theatre will perform “Co-Creator” this spring. For dates and more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to Check out the Capron Park Zoo – sign the kids up for Zoo Classes! Call 774-203-1840 or go to Or stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center – sign the kids up for summer camp! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Bristol Take a walk through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens – see all the daffodils during “Gateway to Spring,” starting in mid-April! Sign the kids up now for summer Camp Sequoia! For info, call 401-2532707 or go to Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. Listen to Brazilian jazz with the Debra Mann Trio on April 15. Sign the kids up now for Summer Arts Camp! For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit lindenplace. org. Eat Fresh, Eat Local! Head for the Mount Hope Bristol Winter Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm on Saturdays from 9 to 1. Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288.


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Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! Plan ahead for the Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair on May 19! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062.

Dartmouth Wander through the daffodils at Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit dnrt. org. Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Register for the Outer Cape Birding and Whale Watching Hike April 7, the Earth Day Night Hike April 20! Sign the kids up for April Vacation Week Adventures April 17-20, or take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday each month! For details, call 508-9900505 or visit Check out the musical events at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Performing and Visual Arts! On April 11, there’s a Performance Jam Session with the Jim Robitaille Trio; April 23, Guitar & Latin Jazz Ensemble; April 24, UMD Jazz Orchestra Concert; April 25, Javanese Gamelan Concert; May 1, UMD Wind Ensemble Concert. For details, call 508-9998568 or go to Go on a free “Shorebird Walk” on April 21, hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Paskamansett Bird Club. For info and directions, go to Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Jon MacAuliffe will perform on April 14. Rosewood will perform on May 5. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit Don’t miss the South Coast Chamber Music Series – “April Smolders” will be performed on April 15 at St. Peter’s Church in South Dartmouth. For more info, call 508-999-6276 or go to

Reserve your tickets now to see a performance of “The Music Man” at Bishop Stang High School on April 26-28! For more info, call 508-996-5602.

Easton Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for either the Marketplace at Simpson Springs (508-238-4472) or the winter farmers market at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall (508-230-0631) on Saturdays. For more info, go to Find out what’s happening at the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit

Fairhaven Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church on the third Saturday each month, 7 to 10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or go to If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details. Find out what’s happening in Fairhaven! Join in the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service on April 1 at Fort Phoenix, and sign up for the annual West Island 5K Run/Walk April 29! Plan ahead for the Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival in late April/early May! For info on tours, events, and historical sites, go to or call 508-979-4085. Mark your calendars! The new Huttleston Marketplace will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven HS every Saturday 10 to 4 from Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers will be selling their wares. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

Learn about the Special Houses of Fairhaven, with historian Beth Luey, on May 2 at the Rotch-JonesDuff House in New Bedford! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to

Fall River Check out the “Fall River Portraits” exhibit of UMass Dartmouth and Diman Regional High School student photography on display at the Staircase Galleries at Fall River’s Government Center through May. Get in shape with low-impact Plio-Barre classes at the Fall River Library on Thursday evenings – bring your yoga mat! For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page, call 508-324-2100 or visit The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s Chris Smithers April 6, Cowboy Junkies April 7, Robin Hitchcock April 12, Journeyman: Eric Clapton Tribute April 14, JD McPherson April 18, Trinity & Colby James April 21, Ana Popovic April 26, Memphis Revue with Amy Black April 29, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band May 5, Donna the Buffalo May 12 – and much, much more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum! Sign the kids up for the Retro Comic Book Overnight Adventure on April 20 (508-678-1000 ext. 101 or or explore the murky depths at the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum, starting April 1 (508-674-3533 or maritime-museum). Stroll through the special exhibits at the Greater Fall River Art Association! ”Maritime” will be on display through April 30. For more information, go to or call 508-673-7212. Bundle up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from Borden Light Marina (75 minutes) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to events/seals.

Marion Don’t miss the South Coast Chamber Music Series – “April Smolders” will be performed April 14 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion. For more info, call 508999-6276 or go to Find out what’s going on at the Marion Arts Center! For info, call 508-748-1266 or go to marionartcenter. org. Plan ahead for the Sippican Choral Society’s spring concert “Songfest of Showtunes!” on April 28 at St. Gabriel’s Church. For details, call 508-763-2327 or go to

Mattapoisett Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the winter farmers market at Old Rochester Regional on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month. For hours and more info, go to Take a free “Mindfulness Walk,” sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Anchor Yoga, on April 14 at the Tinkhamtown Woodlands in Mattapoisett. Or go on a free guided “Sunday Stroll” on April 8 at the Old Aucoot District, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health. For info and directions, go to Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to

Middleboro Nemasket River Productions will present “All My Sons” at The Alley Theatre on April 13-15, 20-22, 2728! For more info, go to nemasketriverproductions. com or call 1-866-244-0448. Take the kids to the Soule Homestead! For details, call 508-947-6744 or go to

Enjoy the weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405.


The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit

Eat Fresh, Eat Local! Head for the Middletown/ Aquidneck Growers Winter Market at Newport Vineyards & Winery on Saturdays from 9 to 12:30. Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC, and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to farmfresh. org.

Check out what’s playing at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Plan ahead for “Ragtime” May 1013! For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852. Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

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New Bedford Check out the Judith Klein Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, “Drawing on Expression,” on display until April 15! Visit Head for the restaurants, bars and breweries in downtown New Bedford to celebrate Mass Beer Week, April 20-29! For more info, go to Don’t miss ArtWeek April 27 to May 6! For details, go to or artweekma. org.

Ready to go daffy? Plan ahead for all the events of the 5th Annual Newport Daffodils Days Festival April 14-22! No metered parking! For details, go to or

Enjoy fresh local foods year-round! Visit New Bedford’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market at the Times Square Atrium every other Thursday from 3 to 6:30 through June! Credit, debit and SNAP accepted; free parking at the Elm Street Garage with validation. For dates and more info, call 508817-4166 or go to

Take a stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to

Plan ahead for the free downtown festival “Viva Portugal!” on May 5! For more info, call 508994-2900 or go to

Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit

Enjoy the weather at Buttonwood Park! Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! Sign the kids up for vacation week ZooCrew Camp April 1720! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit

Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! Learn about Growing Heirloom Tomatoes on April 12, Rose Planting April 14, and the Special Houses of Fairhaven on May 2! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to

Gamers, team-builders, and mystery-solvers! Head for the “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4-8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The April 12 theme is “Sustainable South Coast.” The May 10 theme is “We Art NB!” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Mark your calendars for Your Theatre’s production of ”How He Lied to Her Husband” April 5-8, and plan ahead for “Gods Of Carnage” May 10-13,17-20. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t miss Million Dollar Quartet April 4, Boston Comedy Jam April 5, Black Violin April 6, Ana Moura April 7, One Night of Queen April 8, Jake Shimabukuro April 12, “The Things They Carried” April 12 (at the Whaling Museum), Cirque Ziva April 13, Doo Wop April 14, International Portuguese Music Awards April 21, Greg Abate Quartet April 26, free movie “Casablanca” April 28, “Pinkalicious” April 29 – and special weekly school-time performances! Plan ahead for the free festa “Viva Portugal!” May 5 and Gloria Steinem May 19. For info and tickets, call 508994-2900 or go to Stroll through the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, go to


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Visit the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel! Plan ahead for the 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend May 4-6 and the Nautical Antiques Show May 4! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club. For tickets or info, go to events or contact Plan ahead for a performance of “Pardon My French” on May 26 by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Zeiterion! For info and tickets, visit Get your tickets early for “West Side Story,” performed by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 20-29! For tickets and info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Start making your summer festival plans now! The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will return on July 21 at Fort Taber! For info and tickets, go to

Newport Get ready for the Newport Craft Beer Festival on April 27 at the Newport Storm Brewery! For more info, go to

Bundle up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from Bowen’s Wharf (60 minutes) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to events/seals. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Exit Laughing” will be performed through May 12. For more information, call 401-8487529 or go to Stroll through Ballard Park! Join in the Earth Day Clean Up & Tour on April 21! For more info, call 401619-3377 or go to

Plymouth Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s Jon Butcher Axis April 7, Boston Band Invasion April 13, Suzy Bogguss April 19, Red Molly April 20, Delta Generators April 21, Karla Bonoff April 27, the Duke Robillard Band May 4 – with jazz and blues jam sessions on Wednesdays! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the winter farmers market at Plimouth Plantation on the second Thursday each month. For hours and more info, go to The Pilgrim Festival Chorus will present its spring concert “Fern and Forest” on April 7 and 8 at St. Bonaventure’s Parish in Plymouth. For tickets and info, visit

Portsmouth Get back to your musical roots at Common Fence Music! Don’t miss Trio Da Kali on April 7, Woody Pines, April 14, Dean Fields April 20, Mary Gauthier April 28, Jerry Foucault & Kris Delmhorst May 5, The Sea The Sea May 18. For a schedule and more info, call 401-683-5085 or go to

Help raise funds for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank – show up hungry for “Truck Stop: A Festival of Street Eats” on April 27! For more details, go to Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-848-2277 or visit

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Plan ahead for the Eat Drink RI Festival April 25-28! For details, visit Don’t miss the opening of “Fairy Garden Days” on April 13 at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center! For more info, go to Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the Farmers & Artisans Market every Sunday at the Arcade in downtown Providence (free parking). For more info, go to FirstWorks will present “Manual Cinema: Lula Del Ray” on April 7 at the Moses Brown School. For info and tickets, go to Listen to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performance at the VETS of Romeo & Juliet April 7, Mahler and Mendelssohn May 5! For info and tickets, call 401-248-7000 or go to Discover The Barker Playhouse on Benefit Street, the oldest continuously-running little theatre in America! Plan ahead for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” May 11-13, 18-20. For more info, go to or call 401-273-0590. Mark your calendar for the Festival Ballet Providence’s performances of “The Little Mermaid” April 27-29! For more info, call 401-353-1129 or go to Sports fans! Watch the Providence Bruins in action at the Dunkin Donuts Center! Watch the 2018 Stars on Ice Tour April 14, WWE Smackdown April 17, Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes April 26-29! For more info, call 401-331-6700 or visit Head for Trinity Rep to see “Native Gardens” April 5 to May 6. For tickets and info, call 401-351-4242 or visit

Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts invites you to participate in their Annual Health Expo scheduled for Thursday, June 21st 2018 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event will be held outdoors on our grounds (tables will be set up under tents). In previous years, we featured over 100 vendors from across southcoast’s areas of service.

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Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots!” For details, visit risdmuseum. org or call 401-454-6500. Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. To find out what’s happening in the greater Providence area, visit,,,,, visitrhodeisland. com or

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Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS! Don’t miss Theresa Caputo April 6, Celtic Woman April 8, Tony Bennett April 11, Steve Martin & Martin Short April 14, Disney Jr. Dance Party! April 19, Joe Bonamassa April 26, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone in concert April 29, Jackson Browne May 9, Menopause: The Musical May 10 – and more! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and Enjoy the theatre season of The Wilbury Group in Providence. Plan ahead for “The Pirates of Penzance” May 17 to June 3. For more info, call 401400-7100 or visit

Rehoboth Reserve your tickets now for the Arts in the Village performance at Goff Memorial Hall by the Haven String Quartet on April 28. For more info, go to

Swansea Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the year-round farmers market at Stony Creek Farm on Sundays. For hours and more info, call 401-465-4832 or go to

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Tiverton Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Listen to Danika & the Jeb April 21. Heal with a Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance on the second Saturday each month, or join in the Contra Dancing on the third Wednesday of each month. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For more info, go to or call 401-241-7349. There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Take the kids (free!) to see a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” on April 8. Listen to acoustic guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto April 22! For more info, go to or Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit


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Don’t miss the Fall River Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “The Heavens” on May 20 at the Jackson Arts Center at Bristol Community College! For info and tickets, call 508-678-2241 or go to



Stay fit with yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to

Make your reservations for Concerts at the Point! The Jasper String Quartet will perform on April 22. For more info, call 508-636-0698 or visit

Mark your calendars! The Wareham Oyster Festival 2018 has been scheduled for May 27. For more info, go to or onsetbay. org.

Warren Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “Talley’s Folly” will be performed through April 8. “Baby with the Bathwater” will be performed April 27 to May 27. Call 401-247-4200 or go to

Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the winter farmers market at the Town Hall Annex on Saturdays. For hours and more info, go to Take a leisurely ramble around rural Westport! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Explore 18th and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit or call 508-636-6011.


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What’s in a name? A lot depends on who says it. ikey, my grandson, like many wee folk, took his time to finally getting around to talk. Before he did, he’d grunt, point, and laugh, laughing being his go-to mode 99.9 percent of the time. The happy innocence of children is the most beautiful thing in the universe. Cruelly, it is also the most fleeting. But then he started talking, using real words, as if he’d been storing them for the right occasion. And unfortunately that sometimes includes cuss words, which my daughter constantly reminds me to not use around him, and where she got such a silly notion I have no idea (sound of eyes rolling here). But now Mikey is three and talks a blue streak – has been for a while – in the absolutely cutest little-boy voice ever, and I say that because he’s my grandson, and grandchildren, as grandparents know, are the cutest creatures on Earth. For example, we have a video of Mikey holding a half-peeled onion, taking little nibbles as if it were an apple, and going “YUMMMMM!” and “Tastes GOOD!” and then laughing and doing a little fist pump across his torso to punctuate his point. Or when I see him and say “Hey, buddy!” he mimics right back, with “Hey, buddy!” in that little voice accompanied by his usual huge smile. Things like that. So I was wondering what he was going


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to call me. My kids used to call my father Granddad. I used to call my Italian grandfather, Nonno, and my dad’s father, Grandpa. For awhile, Mikey would say “Grandma!” when talking to me and I’d laugh and correct him with “Grandpa,

Mikey, I’m Grandpa!” and he’d laugh and call me “Grandma!” again. I figured he’d get it sorted out and he’d call me whatever felt right, whatever his heart told him to call me. There’s an indoor playground that I love

taking him to near where he lives, and at which he runs me ragged. Other grandparents there sit and let the kids run amok. Mikey insists I run amok with him. Suits me fine. I just pre-pop three Advils to keep up to him as best I can, climbing in and around equipment trying not to get stuck as I chase after him, following the gales of laughter he leaves in his wake. So this one day we were there, he was wiped out and slept on the way back to his home. When he woke upon our return he was a bit cranky and whined and cried a little. I took him out of his car seat, and was going to walk inside with him, carrying our gear and holding his hand. But he thrust his arms up and cried out “Grandpa!” to be carried in a clinging, loving hug. There have been three male figures in my life that have made me cry easily, which isn’t hard; I’m Italian, and we cry at just about anything, up to and including a well-made meatball. Speaking of Italians, Andrea Bocelli is one of those male figures – his voice is from and of the gods, pure, liquid, golden, and if I hear “L’Ultimo Re” (The Last King) or “Con te partirò” (Time to Say Goodbye), even in Italian, I melt. Second on that list was my dad. It tore my heart out to see him cry. I didn’t see it that often growing up, usually at the passing of a loved one, or when he’d wallow in self-disappointment at his misperceived fatherly failures despite our insistence he had absolutely nothing to be disappointed about. He did this much more as old age devoured the fire and passion that fueled that youthful spirit I’d known him to have most of our lives together. Not surprisingly, my grandson is the third. I think of him, I see him, I hold him, I kiss him, I cry, easily, unashamedly, joyously. Now especially when he holds his little arms up and squeals “Grandpa!” When my kids were small and started calling me “Daddy,” I’d cry and think it was the most beautiful word I’d ever heard. I feel the same now when I hear “Grandpa.” I’ve tried very hard to live up to the responsibility both those words carry. Because I know that no words ever spoken to me could possibly ever honor me more.

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