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2017 Calendar

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16 Trusting in the land

10 Back to school basics



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Special Specialities

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38 Not-so dog days

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August is the final full month of summer, and while we can get our fair share of balmy weather even past Thanksgiving, there is more to the spirit of the season than high temperatures. Summer is a season of freedom – to explore, to learn, and to seize every moment. It’s the time to try new things or to fully enjoy doing the things you’ve been doing forever. The clock’s ticking! Everyone has a favorite beach, and most of us even have our favorite place to sit on that beach. But sticking with that same spot on the same beach can keep you from taking advantage of the opportunities that come with living on the South Coast! Turn to Jay Pateakos’s article on page 6 to learn about some more places where you can get your toes wet. There are those of us who much prefer the shade to the sun, or the wind through the trees to the wind whipping sand in your eye. Fear not – there are still lots of outdoor opportunities just a little bit inland. Check out Dan Logan’s article on page 16 to learn about the people working to preserve the placid natural beauty of Mattapoisett. And if you’re looking for some hiking or walking destinations, make sure you flip to Dateline: South Coast by Liz Read on page 32! Nature’s beauty doesn’t stop at the shoreline, by the way. Far out beyond the horizon, deep on the ocean floor, the South Coast is home to its own underwater species! You may be a good swimmer, but you’ve never been out this far! Hold your breath and learn more with Joyce Rowley on page 28. No matter what activities you choose, don’t forget to take the time to pause and look back at everything you’ve done. Raise a glass, grill a burger, or watch the sun set over the water. Make the end of the summer count!

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It’s just human nature to take the beauty around you for granted, especially if you grew up around it.


any of us lose sight of the beauty of the South Coast until someone visits the area for the first time and makes us fall in love all over again. That beauty is never more apparent than when visiting the beaches. Much of the South Coast is dotted with stunning beaches,


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many of them public and accessible, some with bathrooms and showers while others are completely natural. Some are rocky, others with sand that seems to stretch on for miles. Many provide lifeguards and others sit adjacent to a number of recreational lures like parks, playgrounds, or walking paths. Some towns like to attract outside attention to its beaches in the hopes of improving economic development while other towns just wish out-of-towners would stay away. Either way, there are ample beach choices for everyone. Here’s a snapshot of some of the

area’s beaches and what they offer. There are dozens more where this came from, so do your own research and find the best beach fit for you.

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Bristol has two public beaches: the mammoth Bristol Town Beach, making up 65 acres of recreational activities and beaches, and the much smaller Walley Street Beach. Walter Burke, Director of Parks, Recreation, and the Environment for Bristol, said the Bristol Town Beach is a premiere location for families that also sits adjacent to the 495 acres of premium land at the state’s

most visited park, Colt State Park. “It’s right next door to our beach. People think they’re one in the same but they’re not,” he said. Burke reported that an Environment Improvement Plan for the beach area conducted five years ago, using wet gravel vegetation systems and other remedies, has cut down on the amount of bacteria that typically hampers beaches after rainfall and has limited the amount of subsequent beach closings from an average of 15-20 closings per year to just one in the last three years. “It’s a very clean beach,” said Burke. Bristol Town Beach offers just about every activity needed or wanted any time of year, especially the in the summer. That includes five soccer and baseball fields, two basketball courts, a hockey rink, two beach volleyball courts, bocce courts, and more, all within walking distance of the beach. “We feature two playgrounds, five miles of fitness trails and the scenic overviews from the south side of the beach are

simply breathtaking at night – it illuminates Narragansett Bay,” said Burke. “Every kid in Bristol comes here every day and they get free breakfast and lunch and everything else you can imagine.” But all this isn’t without effort, as the town has secured $4 million dollars in grants over the last five years to help keep this recreational ball rolling. “The town is committed to families and to veterans,” said Burke, noting the 200,000 people who recently came to town for its historic Fourth of July parade. “It’s a beautiful town, supported by its people and very fond of its patriotism and family life.”

Cozy shores

One of the smaller beaches is appropriately found in one of the South Coast’s smaller towns. Silvershell Beach in Marion is separated by a small rock jetty that splits the two beach sections. Adjacent to Silvershell, you’ll find a popular playground, beach volleyball area, concession stand, and ample fields to take in football, Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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frisbee, or any of the popular sports kids are trying these days. Sitting within Marion Harbor and down the street from beautiful Tabor Academy, Silvershell Beach is a hub of activity, from sailboating and motorboating, to kayaking and paddle-boarding. “It’s a great, family-oriented beach, well maintained, clean, and attracts a lot of people,” said Jody Dickerson, Director of Marion Recreation and a Selectman in town. “We may not have big waves like some other beaches but we have bathrooms, basket-

to the town and its beautiful beachfront.

Au naturale

Speaking of little, there’s Little Compton, which features two beaches in town: the Goosewing and the South Shore Beaches. While some beachgoers like the amenities like showers and concession stands, there are others looking for a simple beach with no frills attached. Those folks go to Little Compton, a yesteryear beach of sorts, harkening to a simpler time when people just went to the beach to go to the beach. They lay out on their towels all day,

“We are one of only four beaches certified by the United States Lifeguarding Association, as our guards go through intense training before becoming lifeguards for our beaches.” ball courts, and well-trained lifeguards. It’s just an attractive place to go for families.” The Silvershell Beach concession stand, run by Glenn Lukowicz, is a throwback to the days when you gave a clerk a twenty dollar bill and got more than two things for it. Lukowicz spends most of his day at the stand, making hot dogs and rolling slush, tending to long lines of kids wanting ice cream or bags of chips, all for very affordable prices, noted Dickerson. This July, the beach was host to a fireworks extravaganza that brought in thousands of people


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let nature take its course when it comes to sand supply. The beach can get rocky, but it always stays beautiful. “Our sands are gorgeous,” Farrell noted. Where other beaches tend to support more in-town beach traffic, Farrell said 80 percent of the people who come to the Little Compton beaches are from outside its town limits. “People like the naturalness of the beaches and the close proximity of the parking to the beaches,” said Farrell. “We are one of only four beaches (counting South Shore and Goosewing together)

Goosewing Beach

swim, and then go home. Pretty simple. “We are an all-natural beach, with Goosewing voted one of the top ten best natural beaches in New England,” said Jim Farrell, Little Compton’s Beach Manager. “There’s no power, no bathrooms or showers, limited parking for about 150 cars. Nothing crazy like Horseneck, but the beaches are very close to the parking lots. The parking lot for South Shore is literally right on the beach.” With its natural focus, Farrell said there is no grading done like there is in other beaches, as they

certified by the United States Lifeguarding Association, as our guards go through intense training before becoming lifeguards for our beaches.”

Perfect fit

John Singleton is Area Supervisor for two beautiful beaches. The first is Fairhaven’s Fort Phoenix beach (within the Fort Phoenix State Reservation) and the other is Dartmouth’s Demarest Lloyd beach (within the Demarest Lloyd State Park). Both beaches and parks have a lot to offer families. Fort Phoenix, lifeguarded from

Wednesday through Sunday, features a number of amenities, including showers, restrooms, picnic areas, and more. “There’s a lot of grassy areas around the beach – perfect for a family picnic – and we have charcoal grills too,” said Singleton. “There are two tennis courts, volleyball courts, and some people come for those reasons alone. Some come for the beach activities and have the playground right there.” Fort Phoenix also features a small pavilion, rented out on a first-come-first-serve basis,

rockier than Fort Phoenix, but it’s one of those out-of-the-way beaches people really like.” Demarest is an 1,800-foot saltwater beach nearly surrounded by hills of beach grass and shaded, grassy picnic sites, according to its website. A broad, scenic marsh lines the Slocum River on the park’s eastern edge. Ideal for families with children, the website proclaims “The Buzzards Bay surf is calm and shallow, giving rise to warm water temperatures through most of the summer. It is also a great spot to see egrets, herons, ospreys,

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terns, and hawks.” Whether it’s in Dartmouth or Fairhaven, Bristol or Little Compton, families have ample beaches to choose from, either for their amenities or their natural beauty. We’re so lucky in that regard. Just picture most of the rest of the United States, people not even knowing the feeling of running sand through their toes or having a picnic near the water. The next time you are at or near a beach, think, for a moment, how very lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.

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The new school year is right around the corner. Are you ready? hether you’re a firsttime parent suffering separation anxiety as your kindergartner gets on a schoolbus, the harried parent of five kids ranging from elementary to high school, or the middle-aged parent seeing the youngest head off to college, back-toschool season is a milestone family event. The sooner you all get ready for it, the better. Most people think only about backto-school sales for clothing and school supplies, but to ensure a stress-free transition from the lazy days of summer to the rigid realities of school-year scheduling, you need to plan ahead and get really organized.


Mornings after the nights before

There is nothing more maddening than chaos on a school morning. Where’s my gym bag? Where’s my favorite shirt? Kids oversleep, try to skip breakfast, misplace


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their homework. The chaos grows exponentially if there’s more than one kid and you’re a working parent trying to get yourself ready for work and the kids to the bus stop. The remedy is quite simple, but it requires everyone’s cooperation – get everything done and ready the night before. Take your showers and lay out clothing before you go to bed. Make the school lunches, organize everyone’s homework papers and permission slips before you turn the lights out. Review the next day’s after-school schedules, childcare and transportation details – and then it’s lights out for everyone in order to get enough sleep before the alarm clock goes off in the morning. Early morning is strictly for eating breakfast, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and walking out the door. Early morning is not the time for rummaging through the laundry basket in search of clean underwear, or claiming a stomach-ache because they’re not ready for the math test.

A room of their own

As more and more children have private bedrooms, parents have gratefully let them do their school homework there, unsupervised and tempted by all the distractions ever invented. Children, from first-graders to high-schoolers, need a quiet family space (and scheduled time) dedicated solely to reading and homework. A kitchen table before or after dinner would be perfect – no music, no screens, no phones, no chattering friends. Older siblings could help younger ones with their assignments, parents can discreetly supervise and make sure everything’s been completed. If anyone claims they’ve got no homework or that they did it already in study period, hand them a newspaper to read until “homework time” is over, and tell them you’ll be checking with their teacher about your pre-report card progress. Insist that they bring home tests and quizzes for you to see, too. You can head off academic

problems by arranging for extra help at school or hiring a tutor, if need be.

Information, please

In order to prevent total paper-chase chaos, it’s important that you establish a family communications check-point, whether it’s set up on the back of a door, on the side of your refrigerator, or mounted on the wall of the designated homework area. No matter what grade they’re in, kids bring home piles of paper in addition to their homework – school lunch menus, bus schedule, after-school activity notices, sports practice and game schedules, permission slips, notes from the teacher or school nurse, and report cards. Have them give you all such paperwork as soon as everyone’s home, before those pieces of paper end up buried at the bottom of their school locker. Set up a corkboard and week-by-week calendar near their homework area, and update them every day, adding your own school-related teacher/guidance counselor appointments, PTA meetings, and coaching/volunteer duties.

Incorporate each child’s school-related schedule (use a different colored Sharpie for each person) – test dates, try-outs, parties/proms, term-paper deadlines, rehearsals, game schedule, half-days, field trips, vacation days, after-school job hours. Not only will these customized calendars help keep kids organized, but it will also help you plan transportation and childcare arrangements ahead of time. Post contact information with the names and phone numbers of teachers and school officials (nurse, guidance counselor, principal, coaches), each child’s best-friends, carpool parents, nearest family members, babysitters, emergency medical contacts (pediatrician, dentist), and all information about each parent’s workplace and phone numbers.

Early to bed, early to rise

Children and teenagers need at least eight to ten hours of undisturbed sleep every night in order to function properly during school days, both physically and mentally. Set firm school-night curfews and bedtime schedules for each of them,

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The Golden Rules Whether public, private, boarding, or parochial, all schools have clearly-stated rules of conduct, dress codes, and academic philosophy. It’s crucial that parents cooperate with the school rules, and explain these expectations to each of their children, whether they personally agree with them or not. (If you don’t, you can always quit your job and home-school your kids.) The start of a new school year means that your children will be interacting with new classmates, new teachers, new buildings, and bells, never mind new academic subjects. Individual teachers, coaches, and administrators may be more relaxed about rule enforcement, but others may be very strict and swift to punish.

Parents need to explain to their children why and how to interact with different management styles (i.e., a new teacher, new boss, new stepparent, new landlord), while still following the rules. Find out before the school year starts what your child’s school policies are about: cell-phone use, tardiness, absences, skipping class, behavior on the bus, in the schoolyard, or at school-sponsored events, cheating and bullying, homework submission and test make-up, and how rule infractions could trigger detention, suspension, or expulsion. Make sure each child understands that it is their responsibility, not yours, to abide by the school rules and to deal with the consequences if they don’t.

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Start with a clean slate “Back-To-School!” sales start right after the Fourth of July, and August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Kids will want the latest fashions, celebrity sneakers, digital gadgets, and glow-in-the-dark pens. But you need to take inventory before you go shopping. Over the summer, clean out the notebooks, desk clutter, and paper piles related to the previous school year. Go through closets and drawers, and cull the clothing, footwear, and outerwear that no longer fits your kids. Give it to Goodwill or swap it with other parents before you head for the shopping malls. Do the same with sports equipment and uniforms. Find out ahead of time exactly what non-clothing school staples your child will need throughout the new school year (3ring binders, protractors, non-toxic crayons, etc.). You need to think long-term when you go “back-to-school” shopping, not just about what will look cool on their first day of school. They’ll need clothing and supplies that will last through the winter snow and spring rains. Don’t be afraid to browse the thrift shops over the summer for items like raincoats and sweatshirts. If your child’s school has a uniform dress code, make sure you’ve ordered enough to get them through the next growth spurt. But don’t forget the generic essentials like: Insulated lunch bags n Functional backpack, bookbag, or computer bag n Gym bag, towel, uniforms, and sports equipment

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no matter what’s on TV or Facebook, and either remove or unplug all their electronic devices an hour before that – computers, cell phones, video games – so that their brains can wind down. Read them a story or let them read on their own until the lights are turned off. But it’s important to start early on enforcing this sleep-time schedule – at least two weeks before school starts, get them to bed earlier and wake them up earlier until they’ve slowly adjusted to the school-day schedule – no more sleeping until noon or staying up half the night on the computer.

Foods for thought

A healthy body means a healthy mind. Proper nutrition, adequate sleep and regular physical activity will not only improve school performance, but will help prevent

of tuna-on-rye, hard-boiled eggs, and a banana. Keep the kitchen fruit bowl filled, and stock your refrigerator with healthy snacks like yogurt, berries, and low-fat cheese. Ban cookies, chips, soda, bakery goods, and candy – if they want an after-school snack, offer celery with peanut butter, orange wedges, apple slices with honey, hummus and carrot sticks, or even fresh popcorn.

Safety first

Will your children be walking, taking a bus, riding their bike, or being driven to and from school? Make sure that young children are escorted to the bus stop or have a walking-to-school buddy every day. Walk the route with them to point out places to avoid (like empty lots), places where they can find a helpful adult (like a fire station, senior center) and which street

Make sure all children know the drill about contacting you if there’s a delay, an emergency, or a sudden change in plans between the time school gets out and you get home. infections and illnesses, moodiness, and childhood obesity. Children who eat a healthy breakfast are more alert, better-behaved, and more focused on schoolwork than children who don’t. Serve protein, fiber, and calcium-rich foods, like whole-grain cereals or toast, low-fat milk, yogurt, fruit, or eggs – not sugary Pop-Tarts or Cap’n Crunch. Throughout the day, try to limit their access to sugar-loaded drinks like soda or “juice drinks,” or anything containing caffeine (like Red Bull) – they’ll be bouncing off the walls. (Each 12-ounce can of soda contains about ten teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories, increasing your child’s risk of obesity by 60 percent!) Review the weekly school lunch menus and decide whether you want your child eating pizza, french fries, and brownies, or a healthier home-made bag lunch

corners to cross safely. “Heads up, phone down!” Make sure they’re not texting while walking, unaware of their surroundings and oncoming traffic, and that they understand to not talk to or accept rides from strangers. Kids who ride their bikes to school need helmets and reflective patches, and need to obey the rules of the road. Those who take the bus need to understand the rules, too – crossing the street safely, where to get off and on, and what to do if they miss the bus. Parents should work with the school to make sure that only authorized adults pick up children after school or sports practice. Make sure all children, no matter their age, know the drill about contacting you if there’s a delay, an emergency, or a sudden change in plans between the time school Bill Perkins gets out and you get home.

Home alone?

All parents struggle to make sure their children are safe and supervised between the end of the school day and when the grown-ups get home from work. It’s important to make after-school arrangements before the school year starts. During the summer months, find out what after-school programs will be available at the school, at the library, YMCA, community recreation center, or churches. If a licensed daycare center or live-in au pair is not an option, find out which at-home neighbors would be willing to watch them until you can pick them up, or else find a reliable teenager who would be available to walk them home and babysit until you got home. Emergency child care planning is equally important. What if school suddenly lets out early or is closed for days because of a weather event? What if your child is home sick with the measles and you cannot stay home from work – who do you call? Talk to relatives, friends, neighbors, and carpool parents and ask if they’d be willing to babysit in your home in cases like that.

Check-ups and more

No parent would deliberately send a sick child off to school, or one who’s been squinting to see the TV, or who wants to play sports but has a trick knee, or who

keeps complaining about a toothache. No matter a child’s age, it’s imperative that they get a complete physical, dental, and vision exam before the new school year starts. Not only are regular exams the best way to keep track of immunizations and physical development, but it’s the only way to prevent problems that would affect their academic achievement and attendance, like poor eyesight or dental problems. Student athletes will need a more extensive physical exam (or an additional exam). All children should get their teeth cleaned and examined, and have their vision checked, especially around puberty. Likewise, if your child has any ongoing physical ailments, like food allergies or diabetes, or takes medications, it’s essential that you coordinate with the school nurse before school starts. Unfortunately, many parents wait until the last minute to schedule these appointments – don’t forget that many doctors go on vacation themselves in August! Smart parents call to schedule these visits at the end of the previous school year, not the week before the new one starts. A successful school year depends upon meticulous year-round planning – start early! For more suggestions, check out, and safekids. org.

Learning year-round After months of wandering and whimsy, transitioning back into the routine of school schedules and studying is like getting hit in the face with a bucket of slush, especially for teenagers. Much of what they learned the year before has faded, but you can help keep their minds in good shape by encouraging active learning all summer long. Keep children reading, conversing, and writing. Organize trips to the library, historical sites, and magazine stores. Enroll them in summer programs that keep them mentally engaged. Set limits on using cell phones, the computer, watching TV, or playing video games for hours on end, especially at night. Keep them socially engaged – summer sports, volunteer work, play-dates, family get-togethers. And, above all else, keep them busy and task-oriented every day – family chores, part-time jobs, hobbies, or backyard projects. Don’t let them turn into glassy-eyed couch potatoes over the summer months.

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It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious when facing a challenge or beginning a new adventure. The nervousness we all feel at times like these is simply the awakening of our creative energy. It’s fuel for life. If we resist it we feel fear, and if we welcome it we feel excitement! You can learn to channel your life force in ways that not only help you to overcome fear and anxiety but to meet and master any challenge. The secret is to practice conscious

breathing combined with deliberate relaxation, and positive imagery. Elite warriors do it, Olympic athletes do it, yogi masters do it, great artists, and peak performers in every field do it. So can you! Breathe slowly into your lower chest and belly. While you do, imagine beautiful scenes and wonderful feelings, like joy and success. Consciously open and expand and deliberately relax and let go with every breath.

Triangle breathing Breathe in for a count of four. Breathe out for a count of four. Then pause for a count of four. Count to 4 on the inhale, count to 4 on the exhale, and then count to 4 before breathing in again.

Inhale 1… 2… 3… 4… Exhale 1… 2… 3… 4… Pause 1… 2… 3… 4... Practice this while waiting for a bus or when standing in line. Use it before an exam. Do it when negative thinking begins to cloud your mind or make your body tense. In this way, you’ll gather all that nervous energy and channel it in a very healthy and productive way. Remember the ancient Chinese proverb: “Where consciousness goes, energy flows.” Imagine breathing into your brain to calm and clear your mind and to fuel your thinking before a test. Breathe into your legs to give them energy before you run, jump, or play. Breathe into your hands before art class. Breathe in rhythm to your footsteps when climbing stairs, or when walking to and from class. Take a long slow breath in through your nose when you want to commit something to memory: a geographical map, an historical date, a chemical or mathematical formula, or a musical phrase. This simple practice has been proven to improve recall. Give yourself energizing and relaxing breaths from time to time throughout the day, because as Mark Divine, my friend and Navy Seal Commander, says, “It’s easier to keep up than it is to catch up!” One last tip: place your hands on your chest for a few minutes every day and breathe positive loving energy into your heart. Do this to honor yourself for being the best you can be, and as a way to generate gratitude for every beautiful challenge life brings you! Dan Brulé is the author of Just Breathe: Master Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business, and Beyond. For more information, visit and


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in the land by Dan Logan

Americans love visiting their dramatic national and state parks. They’re also making more use of hometown trails, where they can squeeze in an evening stroll or a weekend hike with the kids. But creating a local wilderness experience turns out to be no easy feat. n this particular morning in late May, Mike Huguenin, president of the Mattapoisett Land Trust (MLT), is standing in a wet field on a land trust site called Grace Pond in the trust’s Old Aucoot District, at the end of Bowman Road. Grace Pond is the Trust’s major cleanup project for 2017, Huguenin says. The Trust is creating a hiking path around the pond. Two weeks earlier, former MLT president Paul “Ozzy” Osenkowski said, “We’re restoring a dump” as he led the way across the 10-acre property. That is literally true. Tons of rusted metal, worn tires, the


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skeleton of an ancient school bus, and tangles of nasty buckthorn still litter the site even after the cleanup work that has been going on since April.

Grounding the grounds

Back to late May, and Huguenin is overseeing the placement of a dumpster, but there has been lots of rain lately. The ground feels firm underfoot and the consensus is that the box can be placed in a convenient spot midfield, but the truck unloading the box bogs down. Another truck brought in to pull out the first truck also gets stuck. A ramp truck finally gets everyone underway after more than a hour of Jeanne Fuller-Jones methodical tugging.

Such is the lot of the volunteers supporting land trusts on the South Coast and throughout Massachusetts. There’s always more work to do, and it’s usually more time-consuming than one expects. The Mattapoisett Land Trust, established in 1974, is one of the oldest of the area’s land trusts, Mike Huguenin says, and it now has more than 200 members. The organization has roughly ten miles of its own trails, many of which link to other paths in Mattapoisett and neighboring towns. “We’re trying to get more people out to use the properties,” Huguenin says. Hikers, birders, trail bikes (not the motorized kind), and horseback riders are welcome. “We just love horses,” he says, noting the vegetation sprouting trailside, with occasional patches of poison ivy. The horses help clear the trail by either stepping on or eating the fast-growing greenery. “It’s worth the occasional pile of horse manure.” In Mattapoisett and neighboring towns there’s a lot of varied terrain to enjoy, but the properties often have colorful histories

that make them all the more appealing. For example, the Old Aucoot District once had several hundred pigs in residence. And back in the Prohibition era in the 1920’s, Manuel “Leloca” Grace is reputed to have flown a spotter plane offshore to keep an eye on law enforcement boats and manage the arrivals of shipments of bootleg booze. On the nature front, land trust sites have a lot to offer observant visitors. In the earlier visit to Grace Pond, Ozzy Osenkowski noted the pond, which is actually a registered vernal pool six feet deep in the middle, is a vibrant spot for finding salamanders and other amphibians in early spring. Beyond the pond the trail connects with other paths, eventually reaching Prospect Road. Land trusts have become a popular mechanism for protecting and grooming landing for public use without the government owning it. Cities and towns have limited budgets for developing public property into hiking trails. The land trusts smooth the way to establishing publicly accessible property through donations and grants from many sources. Every announcement of a new acquisition represents the visible tip of a strenuous planning effort. There’s the technical stuff, such as identifying desirable properties, working with the owners on conservation restrictions that benefit both parties, and finding funding for each purchase. Once the property’s in hand, there’s the muscle work of clean up, trailblazing, adding kiosks and signage, and seemingly endless construction of bog boards across the marshy stretches, followed by maintenance of the trails year after year. All this is pointless if people don’t use the trails, so other volunteers keep busy developing websites and putting out press releases to inform potential users. In fact, the number of active volunteers tends to be the limiting factor in the progress the Mattapoisett Land Trust makes. “Money is actually less of a constraint,” Huguenin says. As the years pass the acquisition process becomes more sophisticated. The area’s

land trusts work with each other. The Buzzards Bay Coalition and its professional staff has also become a valuable resource for digging into legal and technical issues. For example, where the land trust’s volunteers tended to wait for landowners to offer them a property, the coalition is aggressive in approaching landowners to find out who might be interested in selling their land to a trust, Huguenin explains. The coalition is also good at knowing where to find grant money and how to apply for it. The organization has a revolving loan fund from which land trusts can borrow to buy a property, says Huguenin, who is on the board of the coalition.

Part of having a really nice town is having property like this that people can get out and enjoy.

New quarry

While Ozzy Osenkowski and his chainsaw are going mano-a-mano with the buckthorn at the Grace Pond dump, other MLT officers are guiding their next acquisition into the fold. The newest property to enter the MLT’s acquisition pipeline is called the Old Hammond Quarry Conservation Project, a modestly hilly 53-acre patch of forest that hides a field of pink granite bordering Route 6 and Mattapoisett Neck Road. Quarried since the 1700’s, the granite was used in the construction of the town wharves, and it was also shipped to Nantucket for buildings there. The quarry’s East Pit is a big dry bowl in the woods. The smaller West Pit still has water in it. Add some groomed trails and a few strategically-placed benches, and the

property will become a pleasant stretch for a walk. The land trust planners envision connecting to the nearby bike path and the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. While the quarry property is still privately owned, the MLT has been leading tours to raise public awareness and encourage donations. The group has until September 30 to raise the $600,000 property price. The land trust planners are confident they will qualify for grants for the bulk of the money, but they must raise $50,000 in private contributions to earn a matching contribution to seal the deal. The MLT has an education arm that organizes a steady flow of interactive programs for first graders through high school students, says Ellen Flynn, chair of the Education Committee. A group of first grade Girl Scouts recently combined a nature walk and book reading near the Salty Seahorse, the old gift shop that is now the MLT’s Dunseith Gardens, a picnic area and playground. The second-annual trip to Cuttyhunk for sixth graders took place in June; participants meet up with naturalists and scientists to learn about nature on the island. In May, high school students visited the MLT’s blueberry patch to do some cleanup and hear the resident beekeeper explain the little-recognized value of bees to our society and show off the 10,000 bees in her hives. Other high school students pulled on waders to study strawberry crabs in the vernal pools at the Munn Property on Mattapoisett Neck Road. Not everyone applauds the ongoing acquisition of property. Some old-timers see it as taking taxable property off the tax rolls, Mike Huguenin says. But “part of having a really nice town is having property like this that people can get out and enjoy.” The extent of the Mattapoisett Land Trust properties surprises even locals. Printable maps and overviews are available on the website at, including one showing nine walking trails in town. For more information or to make a donation visit or call 774-377-9191. The South Coast Insider | August 2017



Partners Village Store and Kitchen packs a lot of surprises.

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Unlocking Westport

The town of Westport, nestled between the two branches of the Westport River, has been home to fishermen and farmers for generations. Now it is also home to restaurants, cafes, galleries, bookstores, gift shops and all the other amenities that make it the prototypical New England village.


here are rows of grape vines on hillsides, producing critically-acclaimed wines, and microbreweries that produce craft beers to challenge, surprise, and please the most jaded palates. Small, family-run farms provide fresh produce, meats, and dairy products for homemakers and restaurants alike, and fresh seafood is a staple item at Westport’s stores and restaurants. With the basic needs of food and drink taken care of, visitors to Westport have the arts to enjoy. Poetry readings, music, and children’s story-time programs are


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complemented by galleries devoted to fine art. Gift shops offer items of such beauty that one would not be too far from the mark to call the best of these items functional art.

Finer things

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery, located at One Partners Lane, is a remarkable gallery that reflects the eclectic and finely-honed artistic sense of its owner, Dedee Shattuck. Her gallery is in it seventh year, and if it looks familiar and perfectly suited for the South Coast, it is because Dedee designed it with the Westport Quaker Meeting

House in mind. “One of the things that people love about this gallery is the interior space,” she said. “It’s a calm place to be.” Dedee attracts artists from the South Coast and worldwide. If you only go to one exhibit at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, then you must see the Adrian Landon exhibit, The Mechanical Horse. And while you will be captivated by this dynamic work of art, the rest of the gallery holds such a wealth of creativity and beauty that you may find yourself meandering through the entire thing. And there’s much more than art to be

found at Dedee Shattuck’s gallery. “We have book readings, dance performances, poetry slams,” said Dedee, “ and people rent the space for weddings and parties.” There’s also a well-stocked gallery store. The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is a member of the Museum Store Association. At some point during your visit around the gallery, you will find yourself in the Front Room. As a member of the association, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery features curated ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, woodcrafts, and textiles from around the world. You will find art and gifts from as near as New England and as far as Thailand. Upcoming shows include paintings and photographs from Norway and Iceland (opening September), paintings of Cuttyhunk Island (October), and drawings from internationally recognized artist Alex Kanevsky (November). All the exhibits are listed on the gallery’s website. Be good to yourself with a visit to the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. Bring your spouse, bring a friend. It is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit the gallery’s website at for a taste of what’s available, or call 508-636-4177 for the latest information.

Shop and lunch

Next door to the Dedee Shattuck Gallery is Partners Village Store and Kitchen at 856 Main Road. Opened in 1979, Partners Village Store and Kitchen is owned and guided by Lydia Gollner. Formerly of New York, “I relocated and moved to the South Coast,” she said. The South Coast is all the better for her decision. Partners is several businesses, all working together in concert to produce an establishment that is “a unique country experience,” said Lydia, “where you can not only have a fabulous meal, inside or outside, but you can also shop, buy a book, a toy, clothing, or home goods.” Her enumeration of what is offered at Partners was far too modest. A quick look around revealed candy, cards, gifts, and specialty food items to liven up any meal, picnic, or snack. Partners is indeed a unique establishment. Drop by on Thursday mornings about 10:30 for children’s reading and story time. For a more grown-up take on reading time, attend one of the book readings, generally held after the store’s usual 5 p.m. closing. Meet and talk with the author and bring home a signed first edition. The book readings are always free, and the authors can be anyone from a new writer

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presenting their first book to a well-known author with half a book shelf’s worth of published work. The store is a village and local event center. Stop by any Saturday morning before the end of August between 8:30 and 9:30 for Blue Sky Yoga on the lawn Note the use of “kitchen” in the name of Lydia’s store. It’s well deserved, with a menu she describes as “healthy, American cuisine.” With the motto of “come to shop and stay for lunch,” Partners Village Store and Kitchen covers all the bases. Fancy a lobster roll? You only need to ask. For a breakfast treat, try the huevos rancheros wrap. It just might be the best thing this side of Santa Fe. Soup to sandwiches to wraps to paninis, “everything is made fresh daily, on the premises, and sourced as local as we can,” said Lydia. “We do six or seven kinds of soup every day,” said Lydia, “all homemade and fresh.” From veggie to “The Best BLT,” (as it is described on the menu,) “we try to address all dietary needs,” said Lydia. And, she added, “we have fresh muffins baked every morning.” You won’t have any trouble finding them open. Partners Village Store and Kitchen is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer. Call ahead at 508-636-2572 and your meal will be waiting for you.


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Westport chic

Deni’s Closet, at 937 Main Road, is open seven days a week, and with the wide variety of fashion items in this trendy boutique, that may be just enough time to full appreciate what owner Denise Squillante has on offer. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the trendiest of New York Metro styling to the distinctive West Coast look, you’ll find it at Deni’s Closet. Heading off for a mid-winter cruise? All the other boutiques have put away their summer line, but Deni’s Closet has cruise wear, swimsuits, and anything else you might need to fill out your wardrobe before boarding your ship. Similarly, Deni’s Closet stocks fashions and accessories for special occasions. Denise knows it can sometimes be difficult to find women’s wear in plus or small sizes, but that is not a problem at Deni’s Closet. It may still be warm and sunny, but the fashion-savvy woman knows that it’s not too early to start thinking about the fall fashion lines. Visit to get a head-start on your next shopping visit.

Local and delicious

Lees Market is an institution in Westport. Since 1949, the Lees family has had a retail

establishment in the Central Village neighborhood of Westport. From its beginning as a hardware store to its current status as one of the best grocery and general market stores in the South Coast, Lees Market has been a landmark business, located at 796 Main Road. Three years ago the Lees family sold the market part of the business to the Clements family, owners of Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth. The two families have a history: Don Clements, the founder of Clements Marketplace, worked for Lees Market as the general manager back in the 1970s. The Lees family kept the liquor store portion of the business, Lees Wine and Spirits. Lees Market is still Lees Market, and it is still a model of what a well-run, customercentric grocery should be like. Lees Market takes justifiable pride in sourcing their foodstuffs. “We deal with a lot of local companies and producers,” said Matt Cummings. He is the store manager, and takes obvious pride in taking care of both his customers and his suppliers. “We support the local farmers,” he said, noting that, “our customers are our suppliers.” Local egg farms deliver eggs daily, and it takes a lot of egg farms to supply Lees Market, “ten or fifteen of them every day,” said Cummings. “There’s nothing like a truly fresh egg.” And when was the last time you went to Debbie Shields, Lees Market’s Specialty Foods Manager for over 30 years

a grocery store with a full-service butcher shop? “We are old-school when it comes to meat,” said Cummings. “We have a custom butcher shop, we grind our own hamburger. We operate like an old-fashioned butcher shop.” Arruda Dairy, founded in 1917 and located in Tiverton, supplies milk to Lees Market. They are less than fifteen miles away – it doesn’t get much more local than that. The discerning customers who patronize Lees Market become more than just customers. “We get to know our customers, definitely,” said Cummings. The store is responsive to requests for unusual, unique, or scarce items. While there are some in business who say the most important thing is profits for the shareholder and investors, that philosophy ignores the only people who are most important—the customers. Part of this customer care is Groceries 2 Go. Go to, scroll down and click on “Groceries 2 Go.” From there you can go shopping, with a $50 minimum order. You can select to come by the store later and pick up groceries at the curb or get them delivered. Curbside pickup is available seven days a week, and home delivery days vary according to the destination. If you get a bit hungry looking at and selecting the family groceries, the Blue Lobster Wifi Café is right inside the front door. Featuring Boar’s Head meat and cheeses, the Blue Lobster puts together wraps, paninis, subs and sandwiches that will make your day. The Blue Lobster is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lees Market is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and cafe hours are currently 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is easy, the staff are friendly, and pretty soon you will be a regular. The deli guy will know that you get two pounds of Swiss, sliced just so, and the butcher will cut your pork chops to the exact thickness you prefer. Westport is the right size between town and village, big enough to support a firstclass grocery store, a wine and spirits store, a wide variety of shops, and more than a few good restaurants. The arts are well spoken for, with several galleries to pique your interest. So whether you do it by car, bike, or hike, go explore Westport!

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If there’s one thing the South Coast has going for it, it’s the diversity of its restaurants. Most of us, growing up around this eclectic mix – Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Thai, Mexican and so, so much more – maybe take these restaurants for granted. Sometimes it helps to pause and appreciate some of our local offerings. Big on BBQ

If you had told Ed Johnson that he’d be running a barbecue restaurant a little more than five years ago, he wouldn’t have believed you. But here he is, owner of Ed’s Famous BBQ, located on Brayton Avenue in Fall River, working the smoker at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. And his restaurant has been going strong for about a half a decade now. “I’ve lived in a lot of different places, like Chicago and Texas, where barbeque places were everywhere. When I moved to Massachusetts, I realized there weren’t any places that did a true barbecue,” said Johnson. “I never would have opened a restaurant in any of the other places I lived, but I felt I had to do it here. I had to get this right.” So he did it the old-fashioned way – the only way he saw fit to do it – by making everything himself, right down to the sauces. He has seven different homemade sauces, including three different barbecue sauces ranging from mild to sweet and spicy to a Carolina-style vinegar sauce, a sweet


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honey mustard, a hot mustard, and of course, a hot sauce. “Everything is made in-house, even the coleslaw,” said Johnson. “What sets us apart is that we slow-cook our food with smoke, a very particular style for barbecue. This is not a simulated

barbecue and it’s not meat that you have to slather with barbecue sauce.” Johnson said that when slow-cooking under smoke (the beef brisket take 15 hours to cook), you get a meat that can stand alone on its own right, without any sauce. He calls it “authentic, southern-style smoked

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barbecue” and specializes in everything from the brisket to pulled pork to half-barbecue chicken to ribs. “Not many people are willing to invest fourteen to fifteen hours to slow-cook pulled pork,” said Johnson. “The process takes a lot of time and attention but nets a great end result.” Ed’s Famous BBQ also provides meals in bulk to entertain your house or birthday party with such sides as the homemade cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad (all made in-house), French fries, and sweet potato fries. “Everything is done right here,” Johnson assured. Although he never figured to be in this line of work before opening Ed’s Famous BBQ, he admits he loves it and “keeps on plugging away” more than five years later. “We have a lot of loyal customers who have come from across the world who miss the BBQ meals they have had, but who don’t know what to expect in here after the meals they’ve had in other places,” added Johnson. “They come in thinking it’s not going to be that great, but we’ve made some inroads over the years and now they leave here raving about it.”

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It’s been ten years since the Ramirez family opened the first Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Somerset, and they haven’t looked back. Their second location in East Bridgewater opened five years ago, the Norton location four years ago and their newest location, in North Dartmouth, just three years ago. It is truly a family affair. Efrain Ramirez Sr. started it all in Somerset but now the whole family co-owns the restaurants, including Efrain Jr., Adrian, and Zoel. “It’s a family business and you learn a lot being around it, and we are still learning. But the family is here, together, and always helping each other out,” said Zoel. “We are all in it together and through the years it’s getting easier.” Efrain Sr. started the Somerset branch while two of his sons were in high school. They would come to the restaurant after school to help, and now everyone is fully involved, working seven days a week and loving it.

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“Learning that way has helped to provide the proper customer service and experience we needed for our guests,” said Zoel. As for their quality Mexican food, Zoel said they’ve always worked hard to make it as consistent as possible throughout their restaurants. Some specialized meals they make include carne asada, a skirt steak cut very thin and seasoned with rice and beans, as well as chicken fajitas, Fiesta quesadillas, seafood chimichangas, Cancun enchiladas, and much, much more. “We try to keep everything consistent and authentic in every location. It helps with all of us being there every day,” said Zoel. “We come up with recipes that are consistent. Everything is cooked fresh in-house. Nothing is pre-made.” With a full liquor license, Zoel stressed their famous watermelon and pineapple margaritas or what he calls “honest margaritas.” Their website promotes their restaurants as “the home of the $2.99 Margaritas.” “We work hard every day, always looking to expand when the time is right, but we don’t want to rush into it,” said Zoel. He is proud of the fact that most of their em-

When you like seeing where you food comes from, it’s hard to beat eating seafood by the water at Quito’s.

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On beautiful Thames Street in Bristol, overlooking the water, Quito’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar, which started as a local fish market back in 1954, continues to improve on an already stellar location and product. Owner Al Quito said growing up in a family that likes to cook and having easy access to fresh local seafood has blazed the path to their success. That small local fish market turned into a small dining room with a few tables, experimenting

“I care so much about food, and that’s why I am here every day making sure the fish is fresh— I’m right on top of it. I’m a foodie.” ployees have stayed with the business for as long as each location had been open. “Everyone we started with is still with us. We are all a family and we treat our employees like family as well.” To see more about Fiesta Mexican Restaurants and their four locations, go to


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with family recipes, which eventually blossomed into a go-to location, opened March to November, with an outdoor patio and inside dining area with a roaring fireplace. “My mother liked to cook and we were Italians so we were always around good food being made.” said Al. His father was a lobsterman, and Al’s lifelong love of seafood is apparent through his menu,

which includes pan-seared pesto salmon, lemon buttered baked fish, spaghetti with littlenecks, whole-belly clam rolls, baked stuffed shrimp, and more. “We remodeled over the years, adding a big awning, a bar outside, and more seating, making it a better space and a better feeling with being on the water.” Al said that besides the beautiful waterfront dining, they are also lucky to be located near the very busy East Bay Bike Path, where bikers often stop, hook up their bikes, and have a bite to eat. Lobster roll anyone? It was a Wednesday afternoon and Al was working hard to stuff his calamari, something he said most restaurants wouldn’t take the time to do. It takes a lot of extra time and effort that way, but it’s worth it in the end and it helps to set Quito’s apart. Working every day and all day, Al said he takes his food seriously and oversees everything that comes in to ensure that only the freshest seafood and ingredients are being used in the preparation for his many meals. “I care so much about food, and that’s why I am here every day making sure the fish is fresh – I’m right on top of it. I’m a foodie,” said Al. Continued ON PAGE 26

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Craig Paiva, owner of New Bedford’s No Problemo, opened back in 2002, has seen a New Bedford downtown that has gone through quite a few changes. What used to be filled with many empty storefronts has now burgeoned into a go-to location with a hotel, new bars and restaurants, and more offerings than ever for people who live in the city and others outside of it looking for a good time. The Mexican restaurant has helped to lead a resurgence that is seeing the Whaling City become more of a destination than ever. Paiva said like any restaurant, it’s always been a learning experience as they’ve worked hard to master their cooking techniques in order to create as much food as possible without sacrificing quality – finding out the things that sell and weeding out the things that don’t. He patiently watched storefronts and restaurants come and go as he plugged though, working on his own consistency

and making his restaurant the destination it’s become. Specialized meals include the California burrito with rice, black beans, cheese cucumbers, fresh avocados, salsa, and sour cream, the Miss America quesadilla with spinach, black beans, and feta cheese, and the chicken torta with refried beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on a Portuguese roll. “There’s more going on down here and it’s become much more fulfilling. As a resident, all that used to be down here were fishermen bars. Now when you go on a pub crawl here, you have your choice of many places to go, like Providence,” said Paiva. “It’s just become a better place to live.” Speaking of better places, Paiva, who couldn’t reveal his plans yet for his building, said there are “plans” in the works to make it an ever better experience for customers. For downtown New Bedford and certainly for No Problemo, things are certainly looking brighter each day. Paiva hopes to someday see a skate park nearby. “I hope New Bedford continues on this path – a popular city without getting blown out expensive,” said Paiva. “It’s a nice, cool New England town and we want to keep it that way. Cool but not too cool, you know?” For more information on No Problemo visit







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Open arms at Open Studios See some of the most creative minds in the region at work August 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists from Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton are opening up their studio spaces to the public, giving visitors and inside look behind their creative processes. Mediums include painting, wax encaustic, pastel, watercolor, photography, woodworking, ceramics, textiles, basketry, 3D sculpting, and more. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support and learn more about local arts! Visit for more information. 1. Kathrine Lovell 2. Kelly Milukas 3. William Kendall

4. Barbara Healey 5. Don Cadoret’s studio 6. Lindsey Epstein

7. Jennifer Jones Rashleigh 8. Barbara Humphrey 9. Ashley Ainsworth

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Secret s By Joyce Rowley

“When people think of corals, they think of the coral reefs in the Caribbean,” says Dr. Martha Nizinski, deep-sea corals researcher at NOAA’s Fisheries National Systematics Laboratory. But there’s coral living much closer than those balmy waters. “In shallow water, hard corals have symbiotic algae living in them that uses sunlight to grow. The algae provides food for the coral.” But deep-sea corals have to locate where currents will bring food to them, says Nizinski, since sunlight doesn’t reach where they grow, thousands of feet below the surface. In fact, travel 120 miles due south from, say, New Bedford, and you would drop off into Block Canyon, one of hundreds of canyons that rim the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) along the East Coast. But don’t let the black abyss make you think there’s nothing there. They are not empty rock-walled canyons but rather “biodiversity hotspots” providing habitats for other species, says Nizinski. At the heart of those hotspots are deep-sea corals, unique creatures that feed off the zooplankton in the currents dropping down through the near-vertical walls of the canyons from the continental shelf.

A different kind of coral

Deep-sea corals are slow-growing and


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long-living. Radioisotopes indicate the oldest on record is 6,000 years old. As they build structure and mass, they create a place for fish and crustaceans to eat, mate, and escape predators. But it’s their slow growth rate that makes them vulnerable to seafloor disturbances, and it’s why scientists are working hard to protect them. Nizinski was just back from a 14-day cruise on the R/V Henry B. Bigelow, NOAA’s 209-foot-long research vessel. The Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities cruise explored canyons along the OCS, from the Munson and Nygren canyons southeast of the Cape to the Corsair and Georges canyons in Canada. The trip was a joint venture with Canadian researchers to discover and map deep-sea corals, take samples for aging and genetics, and record the habitat on video and in still photography. The researchers also explored the Northern Gulf of Maine’s western Jordan Basin, a designated research area.

“Even though we think we know about the North Atlantic,” Nizinski said, “it’s largely unexplored. One of our primary reasons for this trip was that we didn’t have a good idea of how corals are distributed, or about their abundance and their diversity.”

Creatures of the deep

Nizinski has been doing work off the coast of New England since 2012, including a two-week voyage on the Okeanos Explorer research vessel in 2013 that mapped much of the major canyons. This year there was a 17-member multi-disciplinary science crew on board the Bigelow, each with its own field of specialization: species diversity, genetics, connectivity between canyons, reproduction, aging, fish association, geology of the canyons, and hydrology. The crew also included the Canadian team that collected samples using their remotely-operated platform for ocean science, or ROPOS. Remotely-operated

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pecies vehicles (ROVs) are safer and less expensive than human submersibles, but even so, they cost up to $18,000 per day to operate. The ROPOS can dive up to 5,000 meters (roughly 15,000 feet), take biological samples with robotic arms, and take both still photographs and video. Trips are carefully planned beginning three years in advance with surveys of multi-beam sonar maps, bathymetric maps of seafloor slopes and a habitat suitability computer model that predicts where to find coral. And the exploration runs 24/7.

species of shrimp, a crustacean, and discovered five other new crustaceans that have yet to be named. The 2013 voyage found a new species of black coral that is now found to be fairly abundant. Black corals are named for their black skeleton, rather than white. Nizinski is often asked what the best thing she’s ever seen in her seafloor travels. Her standard reply is that it changes every time. This time it was assemblages of corals on minor unnamed canyons between Nygren and Heezen canyons, about 218

We found amazing coral assemblages in unexpected areas… As the ROPOS is pulled up, the marine geologists begin their work with the side-scan sonar. “We were excited to find coral gardens in the Northern Gulf of Maine in abundance that will add to our knowledge of that area’s corals,” Nizinski said. Coral gardens are large areas of dense populations of multiple species of corals. When they got back, the samples were turned over to the taxonomic specialists for identification, which can sometimes mean giving newly-discovered species a name. In the past, Nizinski has named a

miles due east of New Bedford. “We found amazing coral assemblages in unexpected areas,” Nizinski said. “Every piece of coral is useful. The coral gardens add to our knowledge base of the Northern Gulf of Maine corals.” But “there’s still a lot for us to do out there,” Nizinski says. And you can tell she’s already planning the next trip. To see what the 2013 expedition off the South Coast found, visit the Okeanos research vessel page, with daily blogs, videos, and stills of the coral habitat, at

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Family books


By Laura LaTour

ummer is almost over. Have your kids looked at their summer reading lists yet? If their assignment is to just “read a book,” I have some great suggestions for you. Read them together and discuss them over an end-of-summer campfire. Most are appropriate for ages nine and up.

Finding Perfect

Chester and Gus

by Elly Swartz

by Cammie McGovern

Elly Swartz’ debut novel for middle-grade readers tackles obsessive compulsive disorder in a way that will make readers of all ages understand the fear, shame, and helplessness of coping with a mental illness. Finding Perfect takes us inside the mind of twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, a slam poet, collector of glass figurines, and compassionate big sister. When Molly’s mother takes a job far from home, Molly’s world starts spinning out of control. The things that once made Molly feel safe – organizing, cleaning, and counting – are no longer enough. Both funny and heartbreaking, Molly’s story will resonate with everyone who just wants to feel in control of their lives.

Chester and Gus is told from the point-of-view of a service dog in training. When Chester fails his certification test because he can’t handle loud noises, he is adopted by a family to be a companion to their autistic son, Gus. Chester just wants to be of help to his human, but he can’t seem to figure him out. Gus doesn’t look at Chester, doesn’t touch him, and sometimes doesn’t even want him in the same room. More than a cute, dog’s-eye tale, Chester and Gus delves into the frustration and helplessness parents and siblings feel when living with an autistic child. This poignant and uplifting story will spark some important discussion in your family and help foster compassion towards those who struggle with autism.


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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Newbery Honor-winner Lauren Wolk spins a suspenseful tale of an orphan determined to find her roots. Set in the 1920s on the Elizabeth Islands, Beyond the Bright Sea explores themes of family, identity, and belonging. Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated island. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who adopted her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor. Beyond the Bright Sea delivers an important message about how the family you make isn’t any less real than family you’re born into. Cliffhanger chapter endings and scary villains make this a great read-aloud for your family.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe A List of Cages is a gripping tale about the power of friendship, as both a safe haven and a lifeline. When Adam Blake lands the position of aide to the school psychologist his senior year, he thinks he’s got it made. Then the doctor asks him to track down a troubled freshman, who Adam discovers is Julian, the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets. Adam is determined to help, but doesn’t know how. This is a powerfully emotional story that will really get readers thinking about the warning signs of abuse and our responsibilities to those who suffer from its effects.

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News, views and trends…

from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay

by Elizabeth Morse Read

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! August is the month of Portuguese feasts, music on the beaches and waterfronts, boat races, and ferry rides. There’s also free outdoor concerts, movies, lectures, craft exhibits, nature tours, and country fairs! September is just around the corner, so put on your flip-flops and get your good times rolling this month!

Across the Region Don’t miss the Onset Blues Festival on August 5! For tickets visit It’s festa time! The 103rd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will be held August 3-6 in New Bedford! For details, go to or The Great Feast of the Holy Ghost in Fall River will be held on August 23-27. For more info, visit or Then there’s Feast of Our lady of the Angels in Fairhaven on September 2-4! For details, go to fairhaventours. com. Don’t miss the lineup at the Newport Jazz Festival August 2-6 ( at Fort Adams. And just before, there’s the Newport BridgeFest July 31-August 3 ( at Fort Adams! Mark your calendars now for The Beach Boys August 9, the Reggae Festival August 12, Moe & Railroad Earth August 24, and the “Blues & BBQ Festival” on August 26 at Bold Point Park in East Providence! For more info, go to And there’s the free WBRU Summer Concerts at Waterplace Park in Providence on August 4 & 11! For details, go to Take a leisurely drive along the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tour on August 19-20, highlighting the craftsmen and artists of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton and Little Compton! For details, go to Find out what’s going on at your local YMCA – sign up for summer camps! For schedules, go to My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for families in need. Free pickup. Call 774305-4577 or visit


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Avoid all the traffic and bridges! Take a high-speed passenger ferry from State Pier in New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket! For info and schedule, visit Or take a ferry to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River through September 4. For details, go to


Fill your baskets with local produce and plants. To find a farm, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit,,, or To find food events in southeastern Massachusetts, go to

Wander through Linden Place, the elegant mansion used as the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. For info, call 401-253-0390 or visit

Pet Food Aid, a non-profit organization, collects pet food donations and distributes them to food banks throughout Bristol County. Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. For more info, visit or call 774-204-5227.

Relax and listen to “Music at Sunset” through August 23 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Sign the kids up for Camp Sequoia! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Watch the 38th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta August 26-27 in Bristol and Newport! For more info, call 401-848-5777 or visit If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. For info, call 401-253-5000 or go to

AHA! Fall River will be changing its name to the Creative Arts Network.

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.


Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062.

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

Attleboro Enjoy piano and chorale performances by the Cranberry Coast Concerts series on August 3 and 17 at the Unitarian Church! For more information, call 508-491-8888 or visit Find out what’s happening at the Capron Park Zoo! Sign the kids up for Summer Zoocademy! Call 774203-1840 or go to Stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Carver Explore Thomas the Tank Engine Land and Dino Land at Edaville Railroad! For more info, visit or call 508-866-8190.

Dartmouth Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Chuck Williams & Davey O. will perform on August 12. Claude Bourbon will perform September 9. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit

Tuition and fees at UMass Dartmouth will go up two to three percent for the 2017-1018 academic year. Friends Academy offers a full range of weekly summer enrichment and outdoor programs for children Pre-K through Grade 9 through August 4. For details, visit Take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment – sign the kids up for summer programs! Check out the women’s canoe trips on August 7 and September 6, or the sunset kayak tours August 17 and September 11! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit

Easton Sign up to use the town pool or register for full-day summer programs offered by the Easton Recreation Department! For details, call 508-238-3084. Check out the Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit childrensmuseumineaston. org.

Fairhaven Free “Fitness in Cushman Park” is back! Yoga on Tuesdays through August 22 (bring a mat) and Summer Bootcamp on Thursdays through August 24 – bring a mat plus a set of light weights. Get in shape! For more info, call 508-287-2482. Bring a chair for “Lectures on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse on the first and third Saturdays in August. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Mark your calendars for the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Angels on September 2-4! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Take a walking tour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings through September to explore the architectural legacy of Henry Huttleston Rogers. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Take the kids to Monday Morning Fun Days at the Fairhaven Visitors Center – Hogwarts Herbology and bounce house on August 7, Buttonwood Park Zoomobile and bounce house August 14, Japanese crafts, bounce house, and water slide August 21! For details, call 508-979-4085 or go to Watch the kiteboard events launching out of West Island during the 45th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta August 4-6! For more info, visit 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.

Browse through the Oxford Book Café on Saturdays 9-1 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Coffee and homemade snacks, used books on sale, wi-fi. To learn more, call 508-992-2281 or visit

Fall River The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s Rickie Lee Jones August 4, Janiva Magness August 11, The Fixx August 11, Ronnie Earl August 19, The Khourys August 23, The Bumper Jacksons August 25 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from the State Pier in Fall River through September 4. For details, go to 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 Get outside and enjoy the weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405. Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508678-1100 or and the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove (508-674-3533 or All new tours, interactives, and exhibits – visit two museums for the price of one! Check out the Children’s Aquarium and Exploration Center of Greater Fall River! Learn more at or call 508-801-4743. Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

Marion Don’t miss the performances of “The Dinner Party” August 11-12, 17-19 at the Marion Art Center! For info, call 508-748-1266 or go to Marion resident Barrett Levenson finished fourth overall in the Marion-to-Bermuda race June 9-14. Check out the children’s summer programs at the Marion Natural History Museum! Call 508-7589089 or visit

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Monday Morning Fun

Mondays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 9:00 - 11:30 am Visitors Center, 141 Main St. Outdoor kids’ games, bounce house, ice cream, face painting, and special programs for ages 5-12.

H. H. Rogers Walking Tour

Tues. & Thurs., 10:00 a.m. Begins at Town Hall, 40 Center St. See a millionaire’s majestic architectural gifts to his hometown. Free.

Pirates & Privateers Programs

Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Begins at Fort Phoenix flagpole. Learn about Fort Phoenix, pirates, and see a swivel cannon firing demonstration. Free.

Old Stone Schoolhouse

Saturdays 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 40 North Street Visit an 1828 one-room schoolhouse. Free lectures Aug. 5 and Aug, 19 at 2:00 Free admission.

Riverside Cemetery Tours

Wednesday August 23 6:00 p.m. 274 Main Street Tour this historical cemetery built in 1850 by the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Free.

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Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Enjoy music by the ocean and watch a classic car cruise at Shipyard Park on August 4 & 18! Explore the trails, wildlife, and scenery of the

Middleboro Check out the summer concert schedule at the Soule Homestead! For details, call 508-947-6744 or go to Explore the exhibits at the Middleboro Historical Museum, Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. For more info, call 508-947-1969 or visit

Middletown Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to

New Bedford The 103rd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will be held August 3-6! Free non-stop entertainment on four stages! For details, go to The free “Summer Concert Series” in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is back! Head downtown every Thursday evening through August 31. For more info, call 508-996-4095 or go to Watch the 45th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta August 4-6 at the New Bedford Yacht Club! New this year will be kiteboard events launching out of West Island in Fairhaven! For more info, visit Head for Fort Taber to watch the Buzzards Bay 420 Championship August 4-6! For details, visit Enjoy free “Lunchtime Jazz” on Fridays at Custom House Square! For more info, call 508-979-1745 or go to Don’t miss the free and family-friendly “Reggae on West Beach” Summer Series on August 27! For details, go to Head for downtown New Bedford on August 19 for the 3rd Eye Open Hip-Hop Festival! For details, go to Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The August 10 theme is “Jammin’ in the Streets!” The September 14 theme is “NB Cultures.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Take a high-speed Seastreak Ferry from State Pier to the Provincetown Carnival on August 12 or 19! Avoid all the traffic! For details, call 800-262-8743, or go the or seastreak. com.


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It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t miss Amos Lee August 1, The Magpie Salute August 8 – and plan ahead for Brian Wilson on September 29! For info, call 508-994-2900 or go to

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

Head for Pier 3 for the free Summer Sound Series concerts! On August 4, World Premier Band; on August 18, Changes in Latitude. For more info, call 508-979-1745 or go to

Mark your calendars for the start of Your Theatre’s new season! “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be performed September 7-17. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to yourtheatre. org.

Check out the photo exhibit “Al Kaplan’s Provincetown” at the New Bedford Free Public Library through September 17. For more info, call 508-979-1787. Don’t miss the Saturday “Summer Crafts Series” at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park – demonstrations of historical crafts like scrimshaw, caning, blacksmithing – through August 26. For details, call 508-996-4095 or visit Stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to And BYOB to “The Picnic at Haskell Gardens,” sponsored by AHA! and The Trustees of Reservations, on August 17! Live music, lawn games, tours. For tickets and more info, call 508-996-8253 ext. 205 or go to Check out the daily Family Fun activities in August at the Whaling Museum! For more info, call 508997-0046 or visit Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Don’t miss “Feast in the Wild!” on August 10 at the Buttonwood Park Zoo! Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new animal exhibits, too! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Explore the world through the prize-winning photojournalism of Peter Pereira at the Whaling Museum and the Standard-Times building through Labor Day weekend. For more info, call 508-9970046 or go to Register kids ages 6-18 for summer art classes at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! through August 18. For info, call 508-961-3072 or go to Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard Whaling City Expeditions! For info, call 508-207-6994 or go to Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! Check out the special exhibit on the history of the “Little Black Dress” through October 15. For more info, call 508-9971401 or go to Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, go to And while you’re there, visit the Whaling Museum, and the newly reopened Seamen’s Bethel across the street! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046.

To plan your schedule in the New Bedford area, check out destinationnewbedford. org,,, Don’t miss the free “Mayor’s Summer Movie Series” at the Zeiterion! “Dirty Dancing” will be shown on August 8, using the theatre’s new state-of-the-art digital projector. Free popcorn, too! For more info, call 508-994-2900 or visit Check out the unique exhibition,”Thou Shalt Knot,” based on Clifford W. Ashley’s The Ashley Book of Knots, and his private collection. For details, call 508-997-0046 or go to collections. Bring your chairs to watch Summer Movie Night at Custom House Square on August 25 – free! For info, go to

Newport Don’t miss the lineup at the Newport Jazz festival August 2-6 ( at Fort Adams. And just before the Jazz Festival, there’s the Newport BridgeFest July 31-August 3 (, also at Fort Adams! Free Wednesday “Movies on the Rocks” at Ballard Park in August! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions and Newport Harbor through October 28! Free dockside parking. For more info, visit or call 401-295-4040. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Baggage” will be performed through September 2. For more information, call 401-8487529 or go to Show up hungry for the RI Local Food Fest on August 15 at Castle Hill Inn! Live music, sunset views. For tickets and info, call 401-312-4250 or go to Watch the 38th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta August 26-27 in Bristol and Newport! For more info, call 401-848-5777 or visit

Plymouth Enjoy free summer concerts performed by the Plymouth Philharmonic at the South Shore YMCA in Hanover on August 3 and 10! For info, call 508746-8008 or go to

Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s Albert Castiglia August 4, Carolyn Wonderland August 5, Andy McKee August 11, Bruce Springsteen Tribute August 12, Suede August 26 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit

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Portsmouth Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens! For more info, call 401-683-1267 or go to Enjoy live music on Saturdays through November at the Greenvale Vineyards! For complete info, call 401-847-3777 or go to

Providence Don’t miss the free WBRU Summer Concerts at Waterplace Park on August 4 & 11! For details, go to


Head for Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence on Thursday nights for the Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden through September 14! For details, call 401-521-8800 or go to kennedyplaza. org. Mark your calendars now for The Beach Boys August 9, the Reggae Festival August 12, Moe & Railroad Earth August 24, and the “Blues & BBQ Festival” on August 26 at Bold Point Park in East Providence! For more info, go to

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Head for Crescent Park in East Providence on August 12 for “The Looff,” a whimsical celebration of the arts and life – free! For more info, visit Be amazed by WaterFire in downtown Providence on August 5 and September 3! For complete details, go to H.P. Lovecraft fans, rejoice! Celebrate Necromicon Providence August 17-20 at various venues throughout the city. For details, go to Bring a lawn chair to watch free movies at sunset every Thursday through August at Grant’s Block in DownCity Providence! For info and a schedule, go to Don’t miss “Food Truck Fridays” near the carousel at the Roger Williams Park Zoo through September 22! Visit the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens, then check out the new “Explore and Soar” area, with camel rides and a zipline! For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510. Go on a romantic Venetian gondola ride through the heart of Providence! Celebrate a special event or get up close to WaterFire! For reservations, call 401-421-8877 or visit

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Tiverton There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! For more info, go to Bring a chair and a picnic to listen to international musician Hiroya Tsukimoto on August 6 at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center! For more info, call 401-624-2600 or go to Find out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts! For a complete schedule, go to or call 401-241-7349.


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Find out who’s playing at “Concerts Under the Elms” on Thursday evenings through August 3 at the John Brown House Museum, sponsored by the Rhode Island Historical Society! For details, go to

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Check out the schedule at the Dunkin Donuts Center! There’s the Retro Futura Tour August 10 and WWE Smackdown Live! August 15. For more info, call 401-331-6700 or visit


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Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Plan ahead for Les Miserables September 21-30! For details, call 401421-2787 or go to

Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437.

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Enjoy the Cranberry Coast Concert Series piano performances and chorale on August 4, 11, and 18 at the Eastern Bank in Wareham, and August 5 and 13 at Music of the Bay in East Wareham! For more information, call 508-491-8888 or visit Sandcastle Day on Onset Beach, 10-4, free to participate! Rodney the Sandman will be there with his Sand sculptures! Make a splash at Water Wizz! For more info, call 508-295-3255 or go to The Vietnam Memorial “Moving Wall” will be on display on Anderson Truck in the Wareham Town Hall, August 17-21. For more info, call 508-295-7072 or email to Chalk Full-O-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival, Sunday, August 27 (rain date 9/3) at the Bandshell 10-6. Juried craft fair, live music. $5 registration to participate. Free to attend. Onset Beach Kite Festival, Saturday, September 2, 10-4 on Onset Beach. Kite flying demonstrations and kites for sale. Free build-a-kite station kids! The old bathhouse at Onset beach will be renovated by the Buzzards Bay Coalition to create an on-the-water exploration and educational center, with completion expected in 2019.

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Westport Head for the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers Winery through September 9! Pack a picnic and a corkscrew – $10/carload when tickets are purchased in advance. For more info, call 508-6363423 or visit Children 6-11 will love Summer Art Camp in Westport, sponsored by the Westport Art Group, August 14-18. For more info and registration, go to Mark your calendar and bring your kayak to the Westport Town Landing on August 16! For more info, call 508-999-6363 or visit Bring a chair and a picnic basket to the Westport Town Farm Summer Concert with Cheryl Wheeler on August 5! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Take a leisurely walk around rural Westport – go to Explore 18th and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit or call 508-636-6011.

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On MY Mind

No-so dog days BY Paul E. Kandarian

A little this-and-that rumination because it’s the dog days of summer when it’s just too hot to think and you can sit back and look/make up stuff like: The dog days of summer has nothing to do with dogs or summer, according to National Geographic. The dog refers to the dog star Sirius and its position in the sky, and to ancient Greeks and Romans, they referred to the hottest time of the year. Leave it to the ancient Greeks and Romans to take the fun out of a phrase. In the Glutton for Punishment Category: sometimes when I’m driving, I ask for directions from Siri and Google Maps just so I can have two women at the same time telling me where to go. In the Battle of the Sexes Category (Also known as, If You’re a Man, Why Bother Fighting, You’re Just Gonna Lose? Category): we were going to a wedding recently. It started at three, about an hour’s drive. So the conversation went like this; Man: We’ll leave at 2. Woman: No, we should leave at 12:30. Man: 12:30? And what, sit in the parking lot for an hour and a half?


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Woman: We have to get there early to get a good seat. Man: A good seat? It’s a wedding, not a hockey game. Woman: You have to be able to see. Man: See what, a wedding that’s just like any of the other 1,290 weddings we’ve seen? Woman: You have to be close to the aisle to see the bride and take photos. Man: Like the photos of the last 1,289 weddings we’ve been to that you haven’t looked at since? Woman: You can’t just walk in at the last minute. Man: Why not? The closer you sit to the front, the more interested you have to look. If you’re late and sit way in the back, you can nap through the whole damn thing. Woman: (saying nothing, just giving The Look) Suffice to say, we got great seats. Technology makes it easier to be crazy. When you’re driving and talking to yourself

(don’t pretend, you do it too) other motorists just think you’re having a hands-free conversation. Which you are. Just with yourself. Speaking of driving, I recently was on Route 140 in New Bedford and saw a driver education car, with a student behind the wheel, going about 65 in the passing lane. That is the speed limit of course, but a number that’s more of a challenge than a mandate, so naturally everyone else had to pass this idiot on the right. You would think the driving instructor in the passenger seat would have told the kid to move over. Unless the lesson of the day was how to be that guy who pisses everyone else off. We don’t need lessons for that in Massachusetts. We’re Massholes. We wrote the book on this stuff. I love it when that sinking feeling you get driving your car with nearly 300,000 miles on it and you hear this tremendous pounding sound and feel its vibrations throughout your car’s rickety old body, is replaced by joy when you realize you’re driving by a

construction site and the sound/vibrations is just massive equipment digging a hole. Major whew. I was lucky enough to get a photographic gig recently taking photos in Rhode Island for the state’s tourism website. As well as I thought I knew my birth state, I was wrong. I found so many places down there I didn’t know about that completely delighted me, up to and including: n The Blackstone Valley State Park in Lincoln, eerie, almost hobbit-like in the literal shadow the giant, gothic-seeming underbelly of the Route 146 bridge, near the Blackstone Valley canals once used for transportation, complete with a wonderful walking path. n Watchaug Pond in Charlestown near the Kimball Wildlife Refuge, a free place to cool off in summer and far off the beaten path but so worth it.

Adventureland in Narragansett, a family-run amusement park small in size, huge n

in fun, clean and bright and just the opposite of most cheesy roadside parks you may see like this elsewhere. This place is the real deal and has been for generations, plus it has possibly the best miniature golf course in the state. Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville, a beautiful pristine pond and grounds with the best part being a throwback arcade with games that will bring you back to your childhood, including wondrously clanky relics made of wood and glass. n

n The Kinney Azalea Gardens in South Kingstown, where for a too-short window in May, the six-plus acres are free to walk about and embrace the sights and smells of countless colorful azaleas.

The joy of discovery in Little Rhody is that much sweeter because so much is packed into such a small place. And that’s what I was thinking about while dripping sweat and trying to force a smile as I sat in the front pew of my 1,291st wedding.

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