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The trees don’t care who the president is. I had this thought this morning as I was walking along the wooded path in the forest across from my house. I was bothered by a video I watched last night of people climbing up the Capitol building, intimidating the police, posing in disrespect at a public servant’s desk. We have since learned it was a siege: insurrection. I walk to process it all. All cannot be right with the world. What kind of place is this going to be for my children? Thoughts like these pierce the edges. The wooded path is Trustees property, and little did I know when I moved back to my hometown two years ago that this path would become like a sibling to me—available to hear me out, to steer me back on course, to offer me some solid ground. I have spent countless hours along this path. Most of the time, I am alone with my dog, Sailor. My family is busy in Zoom meetings and I take this time nearly every day. Having a dog is really a gift to yourself in this way—you are encouraged to walk every day, no matter the weather. At the end of 2020, I came upon a reminder that the path

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does not just belong to me. One day, I was approaching the path when I saw something hanging on the trees at the entrance. It was a note, secured in a Ziploc bag and nailed to the trunk, written by a nine-year old named Lily. She wrote, “This is a Covid-19 trail. You will see that there are painted shells and rocks along the path. Feel free to take them or just read them. Someone cares about you.” I smiled. Oh Lily, why didn’t I think of that? Here I am always coming to the woods for the solace it brings me, and Lily is here, wondering what she can do for others. Within a few weeks, all the rocks and shells were gone. They were delightful to read, little pops of color in the drabby forest landscape. But this morning, about a month later, a whole new crop appeared. A large stone

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The author with her chocolate lab, Sailor. perched on a stump said: “Be safe” with a smiley face painted on it. Another said: “Stay hopeful.” And I am. The legacy for me of 2020 will be this reconnection with nature. It’s what I want to take into 2021—this meandering in the woods, far away from the internet, the news from Washington, the demands of housekeeping and bill paying and teaching. As much as I appreciate all that I have, I have never wanted to be trapped by my choices, and the woods make me feel free. As I walk, I recognize I am privileged to have the freedom to have both the space to walk and the time to do it in. Friends of mine who are physicians have had anything but a reprieve since March 2020. Some students of mine have never stopped working at nursing homes.

They are my heroes and I am in awe of them. When I am not working or taking care of my family, all signs are pointing toward nature. My family and I spent the holidays in Stowe, Vermont, where again I found myself walking alone, though this time up a mountain and in snow shoes. I keep seeking out the placid, looking for ways to connect, or disconnect. Each vista I discover reminds me of the smallness of my life, the transitory nature of politics, and the lasting, rooted aspect of trees. While in Stowe, my family and I took a sugar maple tour. We learned to identify the Burdock plant and were told its roots make a lovely tea. We were given rudimentary instructions on tapping our own trees, if we were lucky enough to find maples on our property. We are ordering


a field guide and consulting some friends to help. We may as well, I figure. 2020 made us focus in and Mark, my husband, spent a lot of time building refuges for our cast of outdoor creatures: five chickens, a smattering of regular birds at the feeder, and a beehive. Why not maple syrup too? The fruits of nature, a gift to us just for being here and taking a little bit of care. As I write this, I realize I am lucky. Having lived ten years in New Bedford, riding out Covid would have looked very different from my secondfloor apartment. I can imagine leaning out windows to say hello to neighbors, and making do with the raised beds that we created alongside the house, and the clawfoot tubs we repurposed into homes for the blueberry bushes. But we would have missed the joy of chickens, bees, and syrup. All this is to say that I am happier when I spend more time in nature than on Twitter. The birds don’t care who the president is, either. They, like us, seek nourishment. I am curious and concerned about what is going on with the world, in politics, in the spreading of conspiracy theories—but I have to believe that a lot of ills of the world would be remedied if people spent more time looking up at the sky and feeling connected to the universe, by breath and by virtue of their being alive at this moment on earth. Last night, after reading the news too late in the day, I had to temper the feelings

that were stirred in my heart (anxiety, worry, fear, dread) with some poetry. I opened to a poem by Luci Tapahonso, a Diné (Navajo) woman with whom I once took a poetry workshop. It contains the refrain, repeated four times: “Beauty extends from the woman.” One of the things Luci taught me was to consider the “four directions” in my writing, the way native peoples give thanks in the morning by praying to the east, the south, the west, and the north. I can’t help thinking that here she means that beauty extends from the woman in all four directions… and that the woman is also mother earth. My reawakened walking habit, then, has served me well. Looking at the trees more than Twitter has helped me to feel rooted in place, given me a sense of belonging and connection, and also of being cared for. The woods are my guardian, the place where I feel connected to my spirit, the place where I feel that God is listening. The trees will be around a lot longer than our presidents, both past and present, and were around before our country had lines drawn around states and towns, separating us from one another—man’s work and not nature’s intention. I have collected some drab, grey rocks and they are sitting on my table waiting to be painted. Lily, the nine-year-old optimist, has taught me something too.

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Getting the perfect gift By Michael J. DeCicco

Unlike Cupid, most of us don’t carry Valentine gifts wherever we go, in a backpack quiver full of love-tipped arrows. The search for the best way to touch our loved one’s heartstrings is a little harder for the rest of us. Luckily, we have places like downtown and the west end of New Bedford for finding truly unique Valentine jewelry and other gifts.

“Nothing is weird in the jewelry business” For that most serious of Valentine Day gifts, an engagement ring, go to Art in Gold, at 411 Bolton Street. This West End jewelry shop offers on-premises custom jewelry design services as well as sales, repairs, and appraisals. Susan Antunes, co-owner with husband Antonio Antunes said customers interested in a custom-designed ring, even an engagement or wedding band, can simply come in with a picture or a rough sketch of what they have in mind,

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and the finished piece can be ready in, at the most, a few weeks. Orders for these unique pieces increase around both Valentines Day and Christmas time, she said, but also around Mothers Day and the wedding and graduation seasons. She said she and her husband, who does the actual jewelry work, will suggest necessary changes to improve upon the customer’s initial idea and will take into account whether the customer will wear the jewelry daily or only occasionally.

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“We build upon the design ideas they bring in,” she said, “and sometimes they’ll say we made the piece look even better.” The shop also repairs and refurbishes jewelry and sells both Portuguese and American gold. Asked if any design she’s been asked to create stands out in her mind as the most difficult or the most peculiar, she said, “Nothing is weird in the jewelry business. We can do anything. Anything they ask we will do. It’s fun work. It doesn’t get boring. If the customer leaves happy, then we’re happy”


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They start out naked and dirty, but are soon transformed by imagination and paint into mini works of art meant to inspire a simple smile.

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nyone can become a member of Kindred Rocks (or KROCKS), a local group that embellishes rocks with kind words, inspirational messages, and images – all hand-painted with love and left for others to find as they go about their day. This global rock painting movement with home-grown chapters like KROCKS has become a mission of spreading kindness. A passion for its artists. And a respite from trying times. “I feel like a kindness warrior when I leave a rock behind for someone to find,” said KROCKS member Beth Donovan. “I hope to inspire anyone who is struggling. We have all been through so much this past year.” The premise of KROCKS is simple: rocks are painted and then “hidden,” often in plain sight. Kindness rocks turn up in parks, walking trails, nursing homes, hospitals, beaches, outside convenience stores and restaurants, and basically anywhere in the community. On the back of each rock,

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members sign or label their work so finders can locate the artist and movement on Facebook. Donovan said members “get excited” when the finder posts their rock on Facebook. The finder can keep the rock or hide it for someone else to find.

after painting in another group. She said she loves “everything about it.” “The group started with sharing our creations with one another and quickly became us sharing our lives with one another,” Robitaille said. “We all encourage and support one another. It’s more than a

“ It’s more than a Facebook group, it’s a family where we are all trying to spread kindness one rock at a time” “My favorite part of hiding them is just waiting for the right moment or place that feels right with the affirmation on the rock,” said member Elizabeth Goulart Pacheco. While rocks are placed in the community, members mainly paint solely and then meet on the KROCKS Facebook page to share their creations, where they have found friendship and support. KROCKS founder Hope Robitaille started the Fall River-based group in August

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Facebook group, it’s a family where we are all trying to spread kindness one rock at a time.”

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Many of the members have no artsy background, and often start by trying their hand with simple drawings and designs. “We are our own worst critics,” Robitaille said. “I often hear people say that they are not an artist or they feel intimidated by some

of the rocks they’ve seen online. I always encourage those individuals to let their creativity run wild and to post a pic and see for themselves the positive feedback they’ll receive.” Robitaille enjoys painting movie and cartoon characters on her rocks. Pacheco gravitates toward nature and beach themed images. “My happy places,” she said. Donovan’s favorite theme is mandalas, and she’s painted hundreds of intricate designs since the pandemic began nearly a year ago. Each design can take 30 to 90 minutes to complete. More intricate patterns may take her a day or two. “I paint every night after my three-year-old goes to bed,” Donovan said. She said she is “not an artist,” but simply practiced in her chosen theme. “If I can do it anyone can.” She said her New Year’s resolution is to improve her drawing skills by watching online tutorials. “I love the symbolism: everything is connected,”


Donovan said. “It’s a spiritual journey for me. I spend my time and energy creating mandalas and then they disappear into the world to connect with others. I need to use breathing exercises while I’m making them to steady my hand, so it’s therapeutic on many levels.” Pacheco creates five to ten rocks per day and enjoys painting “every moment I have some free time.” She travels through her day with a “rocks survival kit” that includes a few naked rocks and some paint pens so she can create and inspire kindness anytime the mood strikes. “I hope to inspire more random acts of kindness to unsuspecting residents and promote respect and consideration for others while being the light in what can sometimes be a dim world,” Pacheco said. It’s not surprising that one of the themes most members enjoy creating are memorial rocks for loved ones who have passed on, and special rocks for grieving friends and family. Many of the members enjoy creating rock art with their children as a family kindness project. “While we all have our own styles, each and every creation is a magnificent work of art,” Robitaille said. “The kindness rocks movement is for all ages and is a great, safe family activity.” A major benefit to rock painting is the high personal reward and the low monetary cost. Donovan said supplies are “super inexpensive.” She said most of her paints cost roughly 99 cents each. “You can start making mandalas with Q-tips and pencil erasers. I did splurge on pens. They were about $40.” Donovan said KROCKS has become a community where

Thinking about becoming a kindness warrior? Here’s how to get started:

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Mallowes has owned Greasy Luck since 2017 and Rose Alley since 2009. “I knew I could run this one too,” he said. Last year he noticed that Carmine’s was still closed late into the COVID-19 shutdown, and Mallowes approached the owner about selling the business to him so he could revitalize it. Instead, the owner offered to sell him the entire building. He and his business partner Alfred Peters agreed, and they decided to reopen Carmine’s as soon as the transfer of ownership was complete. Mallowes said he’s been able to bring back about 90 percent of the restaurant staff and keep mostly the same menu. The latter accomplishment is made pos-

sible through the retention of Carmine’s chef, Joe Melo. “That’s been all up to him,” Mallowes said. What’s different on the menu now, he said, are family recipe dishes with the family’s original marinara sauce, like with the “Chicken Exquisito” sauteed in Marsala wine with butter, thick slices of salami, fresh mozzarella cheese, and linguine pasta. Under appetizers, there are the baked cherrystones, cooked on the half shell with stuffing, seasoned butter, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, as well as the sauteed stuffed mushrooms, with seasoned butter, chopped garlic and Ritz cracker crumb stuffing.

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Among members of the hardworking seafaring Fairhaven community are well-known, deeply-rooted Norwegian traditions, including good food and a great passion for outdoor activities. Anne Helena Jorgensen, who proudly shares that she is “100 percent Norwegian,” is a Dartmouth Middle School teacher and Fairhaven resident. “Norwegians love the outdoors,” she begins. “We go outdoors regardless of the weather. There is no bad weather, just bad clothing decisions.” Jorgensen emphasizes that after the holidays have subsided, many NorwegianAmerican families continue baking and creating hearty, wholesome recipes that they enjoy throughout the long winter months. “When you come indoors, it’s all about ‘cozy,’” she tells. “In Norwegian, we have a term, hygge, meaning to create a feeling of coziness. It’s about creating a home, not just a house.” According to Jorgensen, Norwegians like to serve their guests hot coffee and something baked to enjoy. “I tend to be the go-to person for cakes,” she quips, adding that her aunt in Norway worked in a bakery for many years and taught her every time she visited Norway how to prepare various scrumptious traditional cakes. In Fairhaven, Jorgensen says she receives calls from people who want to purchase traditional Norwegian

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cakes and desserts, sometimes filled with marzipan, for special events. “Over the years, I’ve also learned how to make many kinds of traditional Norwegian breads,” Jorgensen adds. In addition to baking, the busy wife enjoys cooking for husband John and their son Karl, and also serves a repertoire of traditional Norwegian entrees, including traditional fish cakes and another ethnic speciality, called lapskaus, a hearty beef stew made with beef, potatoes, and root vegetables. “This flavorful stew incorporates staple ingredients including carrots, turnips, and potatoes,” Jorgensen says. “These were the ingredients that I always remembered. You must have the turnips and you always had to have carrots, no matter what type of meal was served.” Following are a few Norwegian recipes to enjoy throughout the long winter and months ahead, courtesy of Mrs. Jorgensen:

in amount according to taste in true stew tradition. My son despises onion chunks but likes the flavor so I usually add grated onion into the cooking gravy. If you need it quickly a pressure cooker is a great shortcut. Otherwise I let it cook on low heat for a few hours in a good pot. The smell alone is worth the time. Serve with a really good bread and butter to sop up the gravy.

Lapskaus (Norwegian Beef Stew)

Add about a tablespoon of oil and the same amount in butter to a frying pan. Brown the beef cubes and transfer to a large pot. Add the vegetables. In the pan used for browning add the flour and create a rue. Add more oil or butter if

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D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy that changed the course of WWII, was a massive mobilization. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is worthy of comparison – “V-Day” – a global race to fight an existential enemy that threatens everyone everywhere. But as with any bold new endeavor, people have a lot of questions and concerns. How frequent are side effects after getting a shot? The vast majority of

post-vaccination side effects happen in people 18-55 years old and last only a day or so – soreness at the injection site, slight fever, headache, fatigue. They are more common after the second shot, so you may want to take it easy the next day. While potential side effects aren’t enjoyable, they signal that your immune system is in overdrive generating antibodies – and the side effects are trivial when compared to the complications of contracting COVID-19.

I’m nervous about these allergic reactions I’ve heard about. Should I be? The fact is that of the one million

doses that had been administered by Christmas Day, fewer than ten people had experienced a true allergic reaction after getting a shot. Anyone who carries an epi-pen because they’re allergic to certain foods, medications, or insect bites is at a higher risk of experiencing an allergic reaction to any vaccination, so they should hold off on getting a shot until they’ve discussed it with their doctor. But that’s why, when you go for your shot, you’ll be asked to sit and wait for 15-30 minutes before you leave – such allergic reactions happen almost immediately. The person

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vaccinating you will be equipped with epi-pens and trained to recognize signs of an allergic reaction. I’ve read a lot of scary stories on the internet about the vaccines – do they cause sterility? Don’t use social media as your source of information about the COVID-19 virus or vaccines. Listen to public health officials in your state and community and contact your health care provider if you have questions or concerns. Vaccines do not cause sterility or change your DNA, nor do they contain microchips so that the government can track you. If it sounds crazy, it probably is.

How dangerous are virus mutations? Viruses (like bacteria) mutate

constantly – it’s how they survive. That’s why each year’s flu shot is slightly different from the previous year’s shot – they’re formulated to attack whatever variant strains and mutations that occurred in the previous year. The COVID-19 vaccines – especially the two mRNA vaccines – were designed to be “tweaked” whenever necessary to address viral variations that could lessen the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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soon enough whether it will need to be an annual event, like the flu shot, or whether a person’s immunity lasts longer than that, needing only an occasional booster, like tetanus shots. The immunity you develop after getting vaccinated is more powerful and long-lasting, though, than the brief immunity after recovering from the virus.

If someone misses the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, do they get any protection at all? A week or

so after the first does, your body does produce antibodies, but only about half of what you’d achieve by getting the second booster dose. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to schedule the second dose as soon as possible if you miss it.

Will we have to continue wearing masks and socially distancing after getting the vaccine? Yes. It’s not

entirely understood whether vaccination (a) prevents you from developing serious illness or (b) prevents you from becoming infected entirely. If there’s a possibility that you could become infected after being vaccinated (but be asymptomatic), you’d still be able to spread the virus. Until more research is done, assume that you are still a potential “silent spreader” after being vaccinated.


When will we reach herd immunity? Public health experts estimate that at least 75-80% of the world’s population will need to be vaccinated in order for us to achieve herd immunity. While some people may be hesitant at first, they will be more willing to get vaccinated once they become convinced of their safety and effectiveness, especially when they see the daily infection numbers trending down and restrictions gradually being lifted. But a quarter of the world’s population may not be inoculated until 2022, unless rich countries and global health organizations share the vaccines with poor countries. Otherwise, the virus will just bounce around the globe for years.

Can employers mandate vaccination? Yes, employers can require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine and bar them from the workplace if they refuse, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A landmark Massachusetts case in 1905, which went all the way to the Supreme Court, determined that public health was more important than personal choice when it came to vaccinations. However, people with legitimate medical or religious objections will be accommodated. Likewise, in the future, businesses and venues – stadiums, airlines, museums, concerts – may require patrons to provide a “vaccine passport” to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

How were all these vaccines produced so quickly? Many people

have expressed hesitancy about the new COVID-19 vaccines because of how incredibly fast they were developed. In less-critical times, vaccines would undergo Phase 1 testing to evaluate the safety of a vaccine and to measure the immune response it generates. Then, Phase 2 would determine the most effective dosage and monitor side effects. Normally, each phase would take several months each, but the Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 trials combined Phases 1 and 2 to create a simultaneous testing Phase 1/2a. This reduced the time needed to achieve a year’s worth of research to just a few months. Phase 3 trials of a vaccine’s efficacy are done on a large sampling of the population – covering all adult age groups, races, health conditions – where half receive the

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challenge is that you want the person to love the song you’ve written.” In addition to releasing three full-length albums of original music, Morrison has written 20 commissioned songs for others in the last five years. Her first tribute song was written for the passing of her father, and consequently friends began asking her to write songs for them. “When my father passed I wrote a tribute song, and shortly thereafter when a friend’s father passed away she asked me to write a song for the funeral,” Morrison recalls. Morrison had entered a new world of songwriting. Since writing those first tribute songs, Morrison has written as many as 20 more commissioned songs, particularly for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holidays, as well as special occasions. One of those special situations was

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when she wrote a song for Kerry Keyes, the region’s coastal charms. Their new property was a former tomato farm, perMorrison’s personal trainer. During their fect for supporting the couple’s new hobworkout sessions, Morrison sympathized by: raising with Keyes’chickens. personal situation: being a Fortunatelydivorcee. for them, they had a knack middle-aged for it. Before Bishops “Grace took too howlong, I wasthe feeling and had put more than theysays. knew“It what do it into eggs words,” Keyes wasto a song with. began the surplus, and for allThey the girls outselling there who were feeling learning about how to expand the farm that there are other opportunities out in a healthy and feeling sustainable way. feelings there, people the same To give sense of how successful this I was too.aShe made me feel like there expansion has there been, are thepeople farm’s chicken was hope, that feeling population has ballooned from the origithe same feelings you are having – the nal 20 to over 3000. wonderful feelings of starting over and While her husband has keptwith his IT job, starting fresh. It will resonate others. Ester has been able to commit herself It’s a wonderful reminder of new begin-to the farm full-time. She prides herself on nings.” providing her animals with joyful, stressfree lives. “People should know where their food comes from – you can really taste the difference,” said Bishop.

Grace took how I was feeling and put Green acres Bishop’s commitment to “beyond orit into words

ganic” farming extends beyond cuddles and words of affirmation to her livestock. Andensures Morrison delivers are special She allalso the animals provided memories. Last Christmas Eve, with healthy, organic meals, andMatthew that their Monteiro of Rochester Morrison do waste is repurposed ashad manure. a “You “mash up”see version of twothe songs that can how green grass is he had the serenaded wife Portia during where turkeyshis have been,” Bishop one her med classesthey 20 years earlier says.of“That’s because fertilize the – “Heart Oftheir My Heart” and “Let Me Call You soil with manure. Manure is the Sweetheart.” basis of organic fertilizers. There are no Upon Matthew’s Morrison chemicals added,request, or needed, when the created of the two animals an dointerpretation their job.” classic songs, meldingdoing them into unique Speaking of animals theirajobs, Bishop hasversion. conscripted her goats and combined Morrison’s creative pigs intoofclearing swaths of underversion the twoaway songs was delivered brush onthis thepast property – the “gnarly vines” virtually Christmas Eve as the that give the farm itsaname. couple relaxed aside holiday fire. Portia Gnarly Vines coordinates with neighwas caught entirely by surprise. boring farms to provide its customers “These two songs are incredibly with a variety sustainable and organic meaningful toof me, and Grace’s version is products. Angus beef, Portia for instance, will also very meaningful,” says. “She sell out almost as soon as it comes into blended them together to create a unique stock.capturing the essence of both song, But the is notthe bound by terrestrial songs andfarm blending experiences. limitations: the Bishops have partnered “Twenty years ago Matthew had me with Captain’s Finest and Sakonnet serenaded with these songs while we Lobster to bring fresh seafood tospecial market. were dating and Grace created a Bishoptoisrecreate particularly of a new version thatproud experience andinitiativeitat the farm: food security commukeep special.” nity supported agriculture (CSA) plans. “I enjoy telling somebody’s story,” CSAs, popular among farms nationMorrison says. “It’s important to create wide, allow special customers to pre-purchase something for someone.” “shares” of the farm’s produce, To learn more about Morrison’swhich musicare

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his past month, Mayor Jon Mitchell launched the first of these initiatives, NB Resilient, stating, “In the midst of the pandemic, we in New Bedford know that the world goes on. There are other challenges we face, there are other opportunities we must seize – and top among all of them are the threats and opportunities presented by climate change.” NB Resilient is an action plan aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation. Separately, the New Bedford Economic Development Council launched New Bedford Sourcelink in December. It is a supportive platform that connects maritime, arts and culture, and main street entrepreneurs to a network of local, regional, and national resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity.

SETTING GOALS

According to press information from the city, NB Resilient sets ambitious but achievable goals to help New Bedford achieve its vision of establishing itself as “a thriving, self-sustaining city that is culturally and historically secure, and ready to implement innovative approaches to prepare for tomorrow’s possibilities.” That entails being preparing to meet any challenges presented by climate change – especially crucial in a port city. Led by the Department of Resilience and Environmental Stewardship, arranged under Mayor Mitchell’s guidance, New Bedford created a climate action steering committee to support and develop the plan around six focus areas – climate and energy; economy and jobs; infrastructure, utilities and waste; natural resources; public health and safety; and transportation and land use – designed to cover all aspects of the city. “We know that our climate adaptation and mitigation efforts have to keep up with the times,” Mitchell said in a press release. “That’s why we went about the work of developing a strategic

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plan: to reset our efforts, employ the data we track, and stay ahead of the challenges that climate change poses.” NB Resilient is a roadmap and data dashboard (found at nbresilient.com) for everyone in the city to take action, according to the plan. It includes short- and long-term goals for a safe, thriving city – from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to ensuring the waterfront and port are protected from the climate change the world is experiencing. “New Bedford will continue to be a leader when it comes to renewable energy, we will continue to be a leader in energy conservation, and when it comes to climate adaptations and protections, we’ll continue to lead there, too,” Mayor Mitchell states. “Years from now, people will say that this was a moment when we had to step up. Let them say that we made the right choices so that they could lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

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Meanwhile, another new tool for the city, New Bedford SourceLink, was launched by the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC), with assistance from the mayor’s office. NBEDC notes that, “Beginning in the late spring of last year, the NBEDC committed to developing a ‘game plan’ to better understand the ecosystem of entrepreneurs in the city and the assets available to help them. “Through a successful application to the National League of Cities to help fund this work through their Cities Innovation Ecosystem program, the New Bedford Port Authority, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford Creative Consortium, Co-Creative Center, E for All, and Groundwork joined as founding partners to help fund the initiative and better support the individual communities of entrepreneurs they serve.” The founding “resource partners” of New Bedford SourceLink


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Ordinarily, this being February and all, the month with 28 days that feel like 2,800 because hey, it’s New England winter, we would ordinarily be floundering in the seasonal doldrums, feeling morose and dark and depressed because hey, it’s New England winter. But hey, it’s a new day, a new dawn, with a new administration not hellbent on destroying a democracy it’s taken us 244 years to build, the ugly invasion of the U.S. Capitol in January by thugs pretending to be patriots notwithstanding. So I thought it would be fun to take a look back at choice February dates in US history (thank you Historynet.com) and adding a humorous twist because what else ya gonna do in New England winter? Feb. 1, 1861: A furious Gov. Sam Houston storms out of a legislative session after hearing Texas voted 167-7 to secede from the Union. Needless to say, that didn’t work out and Texas now is the biggest producer of oil, cattle, sheep, and loud, obnoxious football fans. Feb. 1, 1907: Secretary of State John Hay protests

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Russian privileges in China as a violation of the “open door policy,” predating the most current impeached president’s offering Russia an open-door policy into the U.S. government. Feb. 2, 1870: Press agencies Havas, Reuter, and Wolff sign an agreement whereby between them they can cover the whole world. More than a century later, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and multidirectional informational confusion in general does the same thing. Feb. 5, 1788: Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution. Centuries later, the state becomes New England’s most wicked cool place and home to packies, rotaries, Dunks, bubblahs, Ben and Matt, and bangin’ Ueys, you gawta a f’n prawblem widdat? Do ya?

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Feb. 13, 1936: The first Social Security checks are put into the mail, thus giving rise to the American tradition of shuffling old people clogging up bank lines not knowing what direct deposit is or trusting it if they do. Feb. 22, 1819: Spain signs a treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida. The US sincerely regrets that decision and wishes to cede it back. Feb. 20, 1864: At the battle of Olustee, Florida, Confeder-

ate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the Union. The Union continues to regret any decisions that has led to the “Florida Man” phenomena. Feb. 22, 1902: A fistfight breaks out in the U.S. Senate as Sen. Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Sen. John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue. In 2021, thuggish insurrectionists at the Capitol


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Feb. 22, 1909: The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Virginia, from an around-theworld show of naval power. Today, the Great White Fleet refers to the richest 1-percent and their around-the-world show of financial power.

Feb. 29, 1952: The first pedestrian “Walk/Don’t Walk” signs are installed at 44th Street and Broadway at Times Square in New York City. Jaywalking immediately becomes an Olympic sport in that city.

Feb. 22, 1935: Plane flights over the White House are barred because they’re disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep. Eighty-plus years later, the same rule applied

Feb. 14, 1957: The Georgia state senate outlaws interracial athletics. But in 2018, Stacey Abrams narrowly loses the governor’s race in Georgia – the first Black woman in the

Feb. 26, 1973: A publisher and ten reporters are subpoenaed to testify on Watergate, a comparatively more quaint and gentler era of presidential corruption and criminality to Mar-a-Lago and other presidential retreats where you-know-who spent most of his time. Feb. 24, 1821: Mexico gains independence from Spain. Which still refuses to take Florida back. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Feb. 26, 1973: A publisher and ten reporters are subpoenaed to testify on Watergate, a comparatively more quaint and gentler era of presidential corruption and criminality. Feb. 28, 1924: U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict. In 2020, Honduras offers to send troops to the U.S. during its election conflict. The U.S. says fine, but

country to be a major party’s gubernatorial nominee – and in 2021, Rev. Raphael Warnock beats Sen. Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first African American Democrat elected to the Senate from the South. Ya see, Florida, there is hope. Feb. 29, 1940: Hattie McDaniel is the first African American to win an Academy Award, best supporting actress, for “Gone With the Wind.” There have been just 19 African Americans earning Oscars in acting categories since the awards began in 1929, out of more than 350 acting trophies handed out in that time. And there is absolutely nothing funny about that.

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