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HAVE YOU EVER GONE OUT ANd TAKEN A WAlK on New Year’s Day? Not because of a nascent resolution to exercise more, but rather because it feels like the right thing to do at that time? You’ll find that the air is crisper. Everything is nearly silent, but you can swear that there’s a far-off rumbling sound in the distance. Your skin tingles, not with cold, but with an eager anticipation for… something. In that moment, you can feel connected to the potential energy of the world. This might be a sense more closely associated with the spring (after all, things are only going to get colder over the next few months), but this time is like the backpedal before a running start that leads to an explosion of activity. In the meantime, let’s open ourselves up to those positive things on the horizon that we will look back upon fondly twelve short months from now. For some of us, those positive things may also be looking at us fondly – and then ask for a scratch behind the ear or a tummy rub. that’s right: some of us will be making some very important furry friends this year. On page 12, Jay Pateakos highlights the efforts of Faxon Animal Care and Adoption, and we dare you to read his article and not want to run down and rescue every last furball there. of course, his year may not be of much consequence to you at all. blink, and you could miss it. Don’t let that happen! Seize your opportunities, and start doing some things differently. On page 18, Liz Read gives some definitive tips on making the dietary changes you’ve been craving. Forget the fads – this time, use some common sense and watch what happens to your waistline. the year can also scheme to send misfortune our way. our own writer, brian Lowney, suddenly suffered a major stroke in October of 2016. His recovery has been long and arduous, but he returns to us this month with an accounting of his story, along with a message of hope: that with a little luck, and a lot of help from kind and dedicated people, you can persevere. You can read it on page 24. Whatever the New Year brings you, we wish you health and happiness. Cheers to 2018!

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Let Freedom Ring in the New Year By Michael J. Vieira

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow; The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

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raditionally, bells have been used to mark special events, but are especially connected to life and death – to beginnings and ends. And so, we “ring in the new year.” When the Gregorian calendar set December 31 as the end of the year and January 1 as the beginning, the tradition of ringing bells became popular. It wasn’t much of a stretch – the “passing bell” was already a common practice. When a person died, a bell was rung. It was believed that the sound of the bell would keep the devils away from the soul and signal the gates of heaven to open. So, we still clink the glasses or ring the bells to welcome in a New Year, but we also associate those bells with liberty and freedom. It is therefore fitting that this month, soon after ringing in the New Year, we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his famous speech in which the words, “Let freedom ring” echoed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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My Country ‘Tis of Thee

The speech recalled the patriot hymn that Samuel Francis Smith wrote in 1831 to the melody of “God Save the Queen.” He was a student at Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts and the song was first performed in public on July 1 at Boston’s Park Street Church. “America,” also known as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” served as a national anthem of sorts before “The Star Spangled Banner” was officially adopted in 1931. It even gives a shout out to “pilgrims’ pride” and boasts of “freedom’s holy light.” But it wasn’t the “sweet land of liberty” to everybody. The Indian Removal Act, which forced the relocation of five tribes of native people, was signed in 1830. More than 4,000 people died along the infamous “Trail of Tears.” A. G. Duncan wrote his own abolitionist verses in 1843 and sang, “My native country, thee, where all men are born free, if white’s their skin…”

Slavery wasn’t abolished until 1865 and about 100 years later, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to make his famous “I have a dream” speech in 1963. He encouraged the country to let freedom ring and dreamed of a nation where his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

South Coast slavery

Although the North boasts of being the winner in the Civil War and of helping end slavery, the truth is that sources suggest that as early as 1624 – yes, four years after stepping on that famous rock – Samuel Maverick arrived in what is now Boston with two slaves. It didn’t get better. In 1638 slaves from Barbados arrived, and in 1641, slavery was legalized in Massachusetts’ General Court. Faneuil Hall, Harvard, Brown and other landmarks in Bristol, Newport, and elsewhere can trace their origins to the slave trade.


When Governor William Shirley ordered a census of slaves in Massachusetts in 1754, there were ten slaves in Attleboro, 33 in Barnstable, nine in Berkley, 34 in Dartmouth, 18 in Dighton, 21 in Freetown (which included Fall River), and 27 in Taunton. In nearby Rhode Island, slaves arrived by 1652 and by 1750, the Newport and Bristol slave markets overtook Boston and became the major players in the colonies. One Rhode Island historian wrote that more than 204 different citizens in the state “owned a share or more in a slave voyage at one time or another.”

Abolitionists abound

Despite the area’s early dominance of the slave trade, it was also a leader in the anti-slavery movement. Both Fall River

The historian’s paper notes that several houses in the city acted as “stations” and his father was a “conductor.” Adams recalled that Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and others spent time in his family home. The house was one of several in the city where Fall River residents helped slaves escape to Canada. Others included Squire William B. Canedy’s house at 2634 North Main Street, others on Pine Street, and the Nathaniel B. Borden house on Second Street. The Andrew Robeson, Jr. House was another stop. It was moved from its original location on Columbia Street and now serves as the home to the Fall River Historical Society. According to the Society paper, slaves travelled from New Bedford to Fall River, then to Central Falls in Rhode Island and

were African American entrepreneurs, but also a stop on the underground railroad and the first free home of Douglass. Although long-gone plazas and plaques mark other historic locations. The local recruiting station for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first Civil War regiment of color, is now a park at the corner of William Street and Acushnet Avenue. Nearby on Purchase and William Street was the site of Liberty Hall. Inside the hall was a bell that would ring out to warn runaway slaves that U.S. Marshals were approaching. Other sites on William Street contain the Douglass Monument and the site of the church where he and his family worshipped while living in New Bedford. The New Bedford Historical Society and the National Park Service provide walking maps and other information. Visit

New Bedford was considered one of the major “stations” and Frederick Douglass, perhaps the most famous fugitive, lived in the Whaling City with his wife Anna from 1838 to 1841. and New Bedford were stops along the “Underground Railroad” and legends like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglas had strong connections to Fall River and New Bedford. Just last year, the Fall River Historical Society discovered a lecture given in 1938 by a man whose family hid slaves in the Spindle City. Historical Society Curator Michael Martins pointed out in The Herald News: “It’s an aspect of Fall River history that is so little-known. It’s important history and a fascinating account.” Edward Stowe Adams, an original incorporator of the society as well as its president and a director, lived in Fall River from 1856 to 1948. His parents, Robert and Lydia Ann (Stowe) Adams, were abolitionists. The family owned Adams Bookstore and donated funds for the Adams House, which still sits on Highland Avenue.

up to Vermont. If they were lucky, they would make it to Canada and freedom.

Black history trail

While the Fall River underground railroad is less-known, New Bedford has done a great job of promoting the city’s role in Black History. New Bedford was considered one of the major “stations” and Frederick Douglass, perhaps the most famous fugitive, lived in the Whaling City with his wife Anna from 1838 to 1841. Two of their children were born in the city. Lewis Temple, the inventor of the togglehead harpoon, opened a blacksmithing shop in the city. He was born in slavery in Richmond, Virginia and was a noted abolitionist and inventor. Among the highlights of the New Bedford tour are the Nathan and Polly Johnson House at 21 Seventh Street. It was not only the home to the Johnsons, who

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Dream still rings

For some, January 15 will be another work day or just a day off. That’s too bad. At a time when the United States remains divided, it would serve the nation well to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream. More than 50 years later, the speech is still a call to action: to let freedom ring. “And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last!’”

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THINGS TO DO

for nimrods by Dan Logan

Hunting is a contentious topic. For every argument for or against hunting, the other side has a host of counter arguments that pretty much fall on deaf ears. ike it or not, hunting is a popular pastime. The statistics portal Statistica offers data on the number of people who had gone hunting in the United States in the previous year from spring 2008 to spring 2017; the number peaked at 19.25 million in spring 2010, then dropped off by 1.5 to 2 million per season. The site concluded that in spring 2017, 16.9 million people had gone hunting in the United States. Other sources come up with different numbers, but roughly five percent of the population of the United States are hunters. In an effort to balance the various interests of a state’s residents, the state government agencies that manage wildlife

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populations are also charged with overseeing hunting programs. Wildlife population can fluctuate wildly from year to year. Roughly speaking, animal populations will remain constant if there’s just enough food to feed each population. If the food supply increases significantly, the population increases. If the food supply decreases, the weaker members of the population tend to die off. Government agencies attempt to finetune the size of particular populations by adjusting the length and dates for the next hunting season. For example, agencies scheduling the turkey hunting season in a year when the turkey population is down often push the season to a later date, so the turkeys have already bred and the females are nesting.

This means fewer females are wandering around in plain sight, and so fewer are likely to be killed before they raise a batch of young turkeys. Integrating wildlife management with hunting is not a precise science, but the agencies try to maintain wildlife populations at what they determine is an ideal level while enabling hunters to hunt with minimal risk to themselves and other residents. Hunting provides a noticeable economic benefit. Hunters spend a lot of money on gear, travel, hotels, hunting licenses, and food. Hunting tourism sustains many rural communities. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s preliminary report of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated


Recreation reported, “On average, each hunter or fisherman spent $2,034 in 2016.” It noted “revenues from the sale of licenses and tags, as well as excise taxes paid by hunters, anglers, and shooters support wildlife and habitat conservation efforts in every state.” For non-hunters who also don’t spend much time in or along the edge of forests, hunting is something done elsewhere. Outof-sight, out-of-mind. An unexpected shotgun blast might seem shockingly close. Even frequent hikers might not realize they share turf with hunters – or need to be reminded year to year that it’s hunting season. For example, birders who are used to traipsing along a quiet path in the woods throughout much of the year might be surprised to find themselves strung out along a path with hunters during the fall or winter, not realizing that their route is open to hunting at certain times of the year. Most hunters know the ins and outs of the regulations for the wildlife the hunt. It helps for non-hunters to know a little about them, too.

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When is hunting season

“Hunting season” is actually an elaborate schedule of seasons. Consider hunting season to run from late September to late March to minimize risk. Throughout the year, but mostly in fall, winter, and early spring, the state agencies establish hunting seasons broken down not only by species, but also by age and sex of the animal, specific location, type of weapon (shotguns, archery, etc.), or type of hunter (certain dates set aside for youth and disabled hunters). In Massachusetts, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (aka MassWildlife, mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/) “is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals,” according to the DFW web site. For a breakdown of Massachusetts hunting seasons, read or download the 2017 Massachusetts Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Trapping Laws at Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/ seasons-summary.pdf. hard copies can be found at sporting license vendor locations throughout the state. the guide includes winter and spring 2018. In Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) offers the 40-page Rhode Island Hunting & Trapping 2017-18 Regulation Guide (dem. ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/ huntabs.pdf), which outlines the rules for hunting and trapping throughout the state. there are hunting seasons for lots of species. In Rhode Island they include whitetailed deer, raccoon, mink, muskrat, opossum, skunk, weasel, beaver, fish, and otter. Cottontail rabbits, gray and red squirrels, foxes, bobwhite quails, ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasants, and snowshoe hares have their seasons, as do woodchucks and snapping turtles. there are hunting seasons for birds that include the mourning dove, king rail, Sora, snipe, woodcock, crow, Canada Goose, snow goose, blue goose, brant, sea ducks (among them scoters, eiders, and longtailed ducks), ducks (including pintail, canvasbacks, scaup, mallards, wood ducks, redheads, and black ducks), coots and mergansers, house sparrows, and European starlings.

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Wildlife near home

the thought of strolling in the woods during hunting season might not appeal to you, but you might not have to leave home to get your wildlife fix. We’re seeing burgeoning populations of some species of wildlife, often the result of human behavior and attitudes. Deer, wild turkey, coyote, and fox are now common sights in many neighborhoods. It’s cool to see turkeys, foxes, and coyotes up close. Many of us have a liveand-let-live attitude toward wild animals living closeby and scavenging our trash cans and bird feeders (I took photos of a black bear in a taunton backyard in 2011, writhing happily in the bird seed from a trashed feeder). understandably, some of these animals are habituated to the point they’re affronted if humans occasionally try to drive then away from their now-established foraging grounds. From their point of view, you’re intruding on their territory. turkey in particular have a power hierarchy, and the average human deferring to them sparks only contempt in a turkey trying to work its way up in the pecking order. While being nice to animals is fine, you probably don’t want wild animals ruling your neighborhood. “Don’t let turkeys intimidate you. Residents can threaten a bold or aggressive turkey by making loud noises, swatting it with a broom, or spraying water from a hose,” says outdoor writer Marc Folco.

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Those millions of you who have dogs or cats know that the value of their companionship goes far beyond what simple words can provide. had a bad day? Your dog somehow knows just what to do. Need a nudge back to reality? Your cat shows up on your lap. these animals know when they are needed, and they’re better at knowing it than even we are. At Faxon Animal Care & Adoption, located on Durfee Street in Fall River, Executive Director john Panarese is quick to point out that there are two entities comprising the 104-year-old establishment. There’s the nokill Faxon Animal Care & Adoption, and the

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Sylvan Animal Clinic, opened in 1997 as a perfect accompaniment to the original. “It’s important to note the no-kill shelter part, where they are never put down and if they are not adoptable, we find foster homes for all the animals,” said Panarese, in his ninth year there. “We bring animals in, take care of them, clean them up, and prepare them for their forever homes.” Panarese said that the proceeds from the work done at Sylvan – basic animal care like spaying and neutering and other health

care – is what keeps Faxon going. “Without the clinic, there would be no Faxon,” Panarese admits.the shelter is in the middle of Appeal 2017, calling out for donations from the community to help continue to house and care for cats and dogs, some left behind and others abused, all fixed up in the hopes of getting adopted. there could be as many as ten dogs at a time, with cats sometimes totaling up to 40. “We’re limited,” said Panarese, “I wish we could accommodate more.” Cat litters are sometimes just dropped at the door at Faxon, a mostly common, and sad, occurrence. “We take care of them, spay or neuter them, and we help bring them back and get them ready for adoption,” said Panarese.


He told the story of a boxer mix that came into the center, big enough to fit in the palm of his hand, all of six ounces, deformed and five days old, that didn’t look like it was going to survive. The team named it “Dakota”, and after amputating a leg they watched it spring to life, running around the clinic on just three legs, happy as can be. Anywhere else, it would have been gone long ago. Another story sees a litter of cats get dumped, all suffering from internal parasites. Once cleaned up, the clinic has seen three of the seven adopted so far. “You see them getting adopted and the way people are around them and you wonder, who is rescuing who?” said Panarese. “I think all animals are therapy animals – dogs and cats. They just have this canny ability to soothe the people around them and studies have shown that they lower blood pressure, that you have less chance of a heart attack, reduce depression, ease loneliness.” These animals all go through a thorough adoption process to ensure that the animals and the humans are a good match. These animals are not simply handed to anyone who comes in, Panarese stressed. “For people in apartments, we need to make sure the landlord allows animals and that these people have the ability to pay for the animals’ care and their food,” said Panarese. “We want an enhanced quality of life for these animals.”

No bones about it

A recent 2017 gala helped to raise more than $62,000 that will go toward purchasing new medical equipment for the animals as well as diagnostic tools that have already paid huge dividends in the animal’s care. Their theme for their 2017 campaign: “Some angels choose fur instead of wings.” “We’ve had over 100 animals that have now been diagnosed with cancer since purchasing the diagnostic machine and we’ve been able to now care for these animals, something we couldn’t have afforded before,” said Panarese. “We’re always looking to improve our care and this helps take it to the next level.” Rene Dumont, Faxon’s 16 year shelter Manager, sees the therapeutic impact animals have on people each and every day. “It’s all about companionship – about

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fter you rescue your new furry friend, you’ll want to make sure it’s getting the best diet possible. Justin Pereira, manager of Bristol’s Pet Foods Plus, said that they have a number of all-natural, USA-made dog foods that help canines live better, longer lives. “We carry a great product called Zignature. No chicken or potato product in it, all low-carb for the dogs,” said Pereira. “It’s great for a dog with allergies or one on a regular diet. It’s not too expensive and everything in it is a US product. If you need a dog to perform, this is a great dog food for it.” Pereira said there are a number of other great dog foods that help with performance, including Orijen and Acana. “Orijen is low-carb, blood sugar won’t spike or drop, and dogs stay nice and steady and won’t get lethargic or tired,” said Pereira. “Acana is an all-meat product, made in the US, nothing outsourced. Again, low in carbs.” Pereira said the specialty dog foods keep dogs happy and alert. “In general, they are healthier dogs. They feel better and eat less,” said Pereira, “and have to take fewer trips to the vet.” Pet Foods Plus carries a wide variety of foods for all kinds of pets. To learn more, visit petfoods-plus.com.

unconditional love,” said Dumont. “If you think about it, animals do a lot for people. If you’re stressed out, they will sit on your lap and snuggle with you. They relieve so much stress in your life.” The clinic works on the animals that get abandoned. Many come in shy and withdrawn and a contingent of wonderful volunteers spend time with the clinic animals, playing with them and getting them out of their shells. “Now many of those animals are so outgoing,” said Dumont. “There are just so many rewards to what we do.” Dumont said people generally look for younger dogs or cats to adopt but it’s the old ones that come with less maintenance. “They are trained, housebroken, and just

appreciate hanging out, being a couch potato with you and keeping you company,” said Dumont. “Sure, older dogs may have health issues, but they are so much more appreciative in having a place to stay. Unlike puppies, older dogs can just fit right into your life. They are just in a different stage of life.” Dumont said that it’s important for people to understand the work that is involved in adopting a pet. It’s not all hugging and happiness. “You have to be ready and you have to be there for them because they can’t speak for themselves,” added Dumont. “You have to stand by them and they will stand by you, always.”

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THINGS TO DO

ByJay Pateakos

With a tumultuous 2017 now, thankfully, behind us, there needs to be a new focus in the new year: you.

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nstead of worrying about everyone else, it’s time to work on your body and how you feel instead. But how? Well, as they say, to each their own, but we’ve put together a number of ideas to help guide you in looking after number one. Lynne J. Reilly, Spa Owner and Certified Laser Specialist for Lynne’s Place – Laser & Esthetics, (lynnesplacespa .com) located at 863 County Street in Somerset, said that everyone there consider themselves beauty gurus. “We know how to help people look and feel fabulous, and we can help set and assist with some beauty goals that will make them happy and more confident with laser hair removal treatments, HydraFacials, and other beauty services such as hair and makeup,” Reilly said. “There is no reason for

anyone to make excuses in the new year for still having dull or unhealthy looking skin, or to continue complaining about razor burn and embarrassing hair issues, or to be tired of her (or his) same go-to look anymore. We believe that everyone who comes in to see us is already beautiful… we just want to help them feel more beautiful by using our many talents and skills to boost their confidence and self-image.” Reilly said just deciding to finally do some laser treatments or HydraFacials can make a person realize that they are worth the investment, and the self-appreciation for treating oneself will put a big smile on any face. “We have chosen to be and stay unique with the combination of laser, skin, and salon services that we offer. We do not consider ourselves to be a stereotypical spa. Hair removal


is undoubtedly our specialty, including laser and electrolysis,” Reilly said. “We also are fanatics about skin and love our HydraFacial treatment which many of our clients are obsessed with due to its immediate results. Hair and makeup are also other services that we offer.” Reilly said the focus of Lynne’s Place is beauty. “Beauty builds confidence, and we are all about helping to spread that vibe among our clients. Laser. HydraFacials. Skincare. Hair. Makeup. These are the services that we know will enhance our client’s images and make them look and feel their best. We are beauty experts with different specialties and know how to help you put yourself first, how to embrace your natural beauty, and how to make you feel amazing each time you visit Lynne’s Place,” said Reilly. “Trust us and let us prove to you how lasering unwanted hair can be life-changing, or how having healthy, glowing skin can be achieved, or how using professional makeup and skincare products make an amazing difference, or how a new hairstyle or color could make your look so current and fresh for a new you! Let us help you focus on beauty” Make Lynne’s Place your place!”

Stretching possibilities

Divine Massage, (divinemassagema.com) located at 34 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett, offers a wide range of massages, including relaxation, therapeutic, deep tissue, and hot stone. Any of that sound good to you so far? They are also certified to offer prenatal massage for mommies-to-be and lymphatic drainage for post-surgery clients. “One thing that sets Divine apart is that we customize each massage to the needs of the client. In other words, we work on and focus on the areas the clients need the most,” said owner Debbie Bolton. She stresses that massage therapy is not a luxury, but a maintenance issue for most of her clients. Her prices the most affordable around, and and she offers a further five dollars off for first-time clients. “The focus Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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at Divine Massage is the client. Each client is unique, and when they walk through the door it is to satisfy a very specific need – whether it is lower back pain, shoulder tension, or a sciatic issue.” Bolton emphasized that Divine Massage is host to a staff of eight therapists, making it easier for clients to be seen the same day they call. “Many people call us because they are hurting,” she said, “and they want to be seen that day – not four or five days later.” “Divine Massage is all about individualized massage therapy. The one-on-one communication between the therapist and client goes a long way toward creating a healthy plan going forward,” Bolton noted, who opened a second location on Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford last year, making them more accessible to clients in New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Fall River. “Massage therapy has grown into a field where it is not just a luxury anymore, but a maintenance system for a stress-free, healthy state of wellbeing. In a world where there is much tension and stress, it’s nice to know that for an hour you can relax at Divine Massage.”

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At Back Into Balance Therapeutic Massage (backintobalance.org), open for more than two decades and located at 1211 GAR Highway in Swansea, massage is the ultimate tool in taking care of your own needs for once. Dana Giglio would know, with hundreds of happy clients and so many years under their businesses belt. It’s very much the time to focus on what makes you feel better. “Massage therapy is an excellent self-care tool. Many people have high stress and physical jobs. They have families including children and aging parents to care for,” said Giglio. “Making time to care for yourself is essential so you don’t burn yourself out.” And let’s face it, 2017 was a burn-yourselfout year in many respects, so let’s take a chance in 2018. “We are a massage therapy only facility. We are not a corporate chain. We do not require memberships. We do our best to stay

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“in a world where there is much tension and stress, it’s nice to know that for an hour you can relax at Divine Massage.” available with competitive prices,” Giglio said new clients pay only $50 for their first one-hour massage, along with monthly specials and same-day appointments. “Our focus is on our client’s needs. Whether they need deep tissue or comforting relaxation massage. We cater the treatment to meet their needs. After 20-plus years in business, my hope is that we continue to meet our clients’ needs and expectations, and I hope more people reap the benefits of taking time for themselves.”

MORE THAN A GYM

YMCA Southcoast (ymcasouthcoast.org) means many things to its members and

the community it serves, from swimming to Zumba to rock-climbing, yoga and so much more. YMCA Southcoast has six locations from Wareham to Swansea and according to Membership and Marketing Director of YMCA Southcoast Kate Levin. A membership to the Y not only allows for access to all six facilities locally but you are automatically enrolled in Y Nationwide, which allows members to utilize thousands or participating YMCAs across the country. The Y Membership includes hundreds of group exercise classes every month across all six branches at no additional fee. Everything from aqua aerobics and BodyPump to yoga and zumba are

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included in your membership, Levin noted. “unlike many other facilities, the YMCA offers aquatic facilities and programs, child watch, and a highly-trained professional staff which is always available to assist you,” said Levin. “our diverse membership ensures that everyone has a comfortable and supportive environment to work toward achieving their wellness goals! Many of our facilities also offer massage, sauna, and steam rooms, allowing you the opportunity to you treat yourself for getting that workout in.” Levin stressed the diversity of options available to members. “From our Enhance Fitness program for seniors, to LiveStRoNG, Y Diabetes Prevention Program, individual and small group personal training, intense bootcamp workout groups and fitness challenges, to yoga and swim lessons, the Y offers something for everyone,” Levin said. “In addition to our wellness centers, the YMCA offers a variety of services and events for families and individuals. From movie nights, trail hikes, and craft fairs to ‘stroller clubs’ and team building on our ropes courses, the Y offers healthy activities to everyone in our community.” “YMCA Southcoast is committed to serving our community in our three areas of focus: healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development,” added Levin. She also boasted that there is now a brand new wellness facility in Swansea and that the center in Fall River has been completely renovated. “Membership in the Y means so much more than belonging to a gym. the Y is a community of people dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to succeed.” this New Year, making a commitment to a better you can mean making a better community. Membership dues also help support various charitable causes, including youth education programs, cancer support groups, and initiatives for aiding the hungry. So yes, here was just a glimpse of some of the things you can do to better yourself in the new year. the rest is up to you.

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A New Year’s

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Losing weight is the number-one New Year’s resolution, right? But why do some people make that same resolution year a�ter year? because their New Year’s diets fail miserably. Maybe we should think about why those good intentions keep failing before we try, try, try again in 2018. People too often try “lose weight fast!” schemes like the grapefruit juice diet or expensive mail-order diets. You’ll lose a few pounds, but you’ll also lose your sanity and risk malnutrition. And those pounds will bounce right back, because all you lost was fluid, not body fat. the secret to shedding weight permanently is to embrace a diet and more active lifestyle that gradually changes your metabolism and eating habits. It’s not all about giving up everything you like to eat forever. It’s a slow process of substituting healthier foods for the “food products” that make you

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fat, sluggish, and systemically ill – and of paying closer attention to what your own body is telling you. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will be a healthier, slimmer you.

Why we all crave carbs

Long story short, carbohydrates fuel our bodies. Carbs break down into sugar (glucose), which give us energy. but there are good carbs and bad carbs, especially if you’re trying to lose and keep weight off. “Good” complex carbohydrates (think oatmeal) are nutrient-dense, high-fiber unprocessed plants – fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. they make you feel “full” faster and longer, they don’t flood your bloodstream with sudden sugar, and their soluble/insoluble fiber keeps your bowels moving regularly.

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“bad” carbs (think Pop tarts) are plant foods that have been so processed that they’re stripped of all fiber and nutrients, and goosed-up with sugars, fats, salt and additives. they’ll give you that quick burst

of energy, but that makes your insulin spike, leaving you hungry and craving another doughnut. And bad carbs turn into sludge once they reach your intestines and arteries.

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barley, brans, oatmeal, cornmeal, quinoa, buckwheat (kasha and soba) Sweet potatoes and root vegetables (carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, onions, leeks)

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100% unrefined whole-grain products (rice, breads, pastas, flours) Air-popped popcorn (toss with some olive oil, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt)


Weird science: “umami”

umami is the japanese word describing the mysterious “fifth taste” sensation on our tongues (along with sweet, salty, bitter, and sour) of mouth-watering, savory, yeasty, broth-y richness created by natural glutamates in certain foods. In the chemical interplay between our brains and our taste buds, umami signals “protein’s on the way!”, so we feel satisfied and well-fed. But while fatty meats and dairy products trigger that sensation, there are healthier foods that will do the trick too. Fermented foods (like soy sauce/tamari, miso, and sauerkraut), cooked ripe tomatoes, roasted squashes, black olives, roasted root vegetables, cold-water fish, nuts, mushrooms, beans, corn, asparagus, and sea vegetables.

Carb-o-rama

You don’t have to be Irish to be addicted to potatoes, pasta, or bread. Potatoes are high in fiber and vitamins, but they’re also high in carbohydrates. Plus we’re too used to eating them in very unhealthy forms – instant mashed, frozen tater tots, “loaded skins,” French fries and hash browns. In other words, perfectly healthy “good” carbs turned into very unhealthy “bad” carbs. but you don’t have to swear off potatoes – just eat them less often and in smaller portions, and try healthier versions, like mashed “caulipots,” oven-roasted sweet potatoes, or baked topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions. try healthier rib-stickin’ carbs like brown-and-wild rice, barley pilaf, polenta, quinoa, or whole wheat and corn tortillas. If your love of white (refined) pasta is your diet downfall, then follow the same guidelines. Gradually switch over to whole grain/rice pastas, or soba noodles. Experiment with spaghetti squash or zucchini

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noodles. And always top your “pasta” with vegetable sauces, whether marinara, primavera veggies, or oil and pesto – no alfredo sauces! And if you’re eating packaged white breads that look (and taste) like extruded plastic, try the darker, unrefined whole-grain alternatives– wheat, rye, cornmeal, and oats.

A process of elimination

okay, so nobody wants to talk about this, but what you eat is supposed to pass through you after all the nutrients have been absorbed into your bloodstream. but if you’re eating a lot of low-fiber, refined/processed food products, your large intestine will get clogged up with the food-waste equivalent of charcoal briquettes. In other words, if you eat the typical American diet, you will be chronically constipated, bloated, and all-around miserable to live with. While all that residue festers inside your intestines, it’s causing inflammation, weakening your immune system, overtaxing all your ConTInued on neXT PAGe

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bodily functions – and making you fat. So you can dose yourself with laxatives or you can make some very simple changes to your eating habits. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of plain water or seltzer. Eat more “roughage,” high-fiber foods (which absorb excess cholesterol) like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and stop eating low-fiber processed foods that turn into sediment once it leaves your stomach.

Pass on the salt

Our bodies need salt (sodium)

to maintain the electrolyte balance in our blood, but consuming too much can kill us. Too much salt inhibits fluid elimination, which leaves you bloated (edema), increases blood pressure, strains your kidneys, and contributes to cardiovascular disease. Many foods naturally contain sodium – meats, milk, egg yolks, shellfish – but you can counteract the imbalance by eating foods that contain potassium or act as natural diuretics – like bananas, leafy greens, asparagus, fish, stone fruits, tea, cucumbers, celery,

Ground rules for keeping trim n Never try to lose weight and quit smoking (or anything else) at the same time. Focus on one life-changing goal at a time. This is why so many well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions fail. n Never go food shopping when you’re hungry or in a hurry. n Clean out your pantry and refrigerator/freezer of unhealthy food products and replace them with healthier foods. n Drink more water or seltzer throughout the day, and less soda, fruit drinks, “energy” drinks and alcohol. Eat more homemade soups. Fill up with fluids. n Avoid restaurants, cafeterias, and drive-through windows. Make your own bag lunches. n Learn how to cook. Once you get into the habit of cooking fresh, wholesome foods, they don’t really take more time.

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n Ignore the myth that fresh foods are more expensive than instant/frozen meals. Unprocessed foods fill you up faster, so you’ll automatically eat less – and they haven’t been stripped of all their nutritional value. n Spoil your appetite between meals – snack on high-fiber nuts, veggies or fruits, and drink a glass of water while you’re cooking (instead of nibbling on chips-and-dips and wine) – it’ll quell your hunger pangs and prevent you from overeating. n Wait at least an hour after eating before lying down – move around and burn off some calories. Lying horizontal on a full stomach slows down your digestion (which normally takes two to three hours) and causes heartburn and acid reflux. n Buy smaller plates. For dessert, eat a square of dark chocolate.

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citrus fruits, and pineapples. We need no more than 2,300 mg of sodium each day, but the average American diet contains closer to 3,400 mg a day. Seventy-five percent of the salt we ingest has been hidden in restaurant/cafeteria food or in processed foods, and we’ve become addicted to saltiness. If the food you eat came wrapped in clear plastic, or is pre-packaged in a bag, box, can, bottle, tub, microwaveable tray, take-out container, or jar, it’s all overloaded with excess sodium. Read the nutrition label on every product you buy for its sodium content, and always shop for low-sodium or “no salt added” products. Don’t add insult to injury by salting your meal before you’ve even tasted it. You can tickle your salt taste buds with lemon juice, vinegar, dry mustard, ginger, herbs, onions, or garlic. If you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t need to bloat yourself with excess fluids.

The skinny on fats

Don’t fall for diets promoting “fat-free” living – your body actually needs fats to absorb “fat-soluble” vitamins (A, D, E, K), and to make you feel satisfied. The “good” fats are the unsaturated fats and fatty acids found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, walnuts, and the staples of the “Mediterranean diet” – olive/canola oils, nuts, avocados, sesame, and pumpkin seeds. But the average American diet contains mostly the “bad” saturated fats found in processed foods and animal products that make our food taste creamy and juicy – bakery goods and snack foods, deep-fried foods, microwave

popcorn, fatty/marbled meats, dairy products, and eggs. They may taste yummy-licious, but they’ll jack up your weight and your cholesterol levels, and set you up for obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Cholesterol worries?

Many people don’t know that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain no cholesterol – only animal products do. Your body produces enough cholesterol to get the metabolic job done, so adding more by eating too much meat, dairy, and eggs will send your blood cholesterol skyrocketing. Not only that, but those meat, dairy, and egg products contain absolutely no dietary fiber. However, as with everything else, it’s a question of mindful moderation – you can still have your occasional steak and eat it, too. But avoid eating processed meats (bacon, sausage, sandwich meats, pizza-pepperoni) more than once in awhile – they’re loaded with nasty chemicals, sugar, salt, and “bad” fats – as well as cholesterol. Always trim the visible fat on meats, and strip off the poultry skins. Instead of eating meat every day, eat more cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, trout, cod, mackerel, sardines, swordfish), which are low-fat, low-cholesterol, and high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Eat more cholesterol-free nut, seed, or bean-based foods like hummus, peanut butter, tahini, chili, “pasta fazool,” or beanswith-rice – they’re packed with protein, vitamins, and dietary fiber..

“Got (too much) milk?”

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also to blame for the high levels of fats and cholesterol in our diets – we pour milk over cereal, slather butter on potatoes, put cheese and mayo on sandwiches, snack on ice cream and sour-cream dips, and smother pasta with creamy/cheesy sauces. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that we need the calcium in cow’s milk to build strong bones, but it just isn’t true. Cow’s milk is chemically structured for baby cows, not adult humans. once a human baby is weaned of its mother’s milk, it gets plenty of calcium from plant foods like beans (especially soybeans), whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. but don’t despair – there are many plant-based dairy-free alternatives – milks and yogurts made from soy, almonds, or rice; no-egg mayonnaises; “I Can’t believe It’s Not butter!” vegan butter; and soy- or nutbased cheeses, cream cheese, ice cream, and sour cream. because they’re all made from plants, there’s no fats or cholesterol, they retain their dietary

fiber, and they won’t “bind you up,” as my grandmother used to say about eating too much cheese. Don’t worry about having to eat “tofu scramble” for breakfast. just cut back on how many and how often you eat whole eggs. For cooking and baking, there are egg-free alternatives that will hold together your meatloaf or muffins.

Hidden sugars and empty calories

Refined sugar is described as “sweet poison,” because it’s as addictive as cocaine, and very hard to resist. Complex carbohydrates get turned into glucose, and fruits and vegetables contain fructose, so a healthy diet provides all the sugar we need. Sugars we ingest beyond that become empty calories with no nutritional value that turn into extra pounds. We know that candy, sodas, pastries, juice drinks, and cereals contain loads of added sugar, and we can resist desserts when we commit to losing weight. but the frustrating fact is that sugar (like salt) is hidden in just about every processed/

The incredible, edible… �laxseed?

these tiny brown seeds have the highest fiber content and are the richest source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids of all plant foods. When ground up into flax meal, they are a perfectly innocuous way to boost your daily fiber intake. Sprinkle them on your cereals, salads, or smoothies. they are an easy substitute for eggs when you’re baking a tray of muffins or mixing a meatloaf. To replace one egg, whisk one teaspoon of flax meal with three teaspoons water and let it sit for a few minutes until it becomes gooey (like raw egg whites). No cholesterol!

“Got osteoporosis?”

the dairy industry spends a lot of money trying to convince us that we need to guzzle cow’s milk every day. Yet countries with the highest consumption of dairy products (u.S., u.k., Sweden) paradoxically have the highest incidence of osteoporosis! Meanwhile, in non -dairy cultures (like those Asia or Africa), the incidence of osteoporosis is very low – they get their nutritional calcium, vitamins, and protein from high-fiber plant foods like soybeans and leafy green vegetables. packaged food, and we may not realize how we’re tipping the scales on our sugar consumption. there’s added sugar in bbQ sauce, tomato soup, salad dressings, deli meats, pasta sauce, ketchup, store breads, restaurant foods, peanut butter, crackers – even in granola bars! You must read the nutrition facts and ingredients label on everything you buy. Added sugars are cleverly disguised as high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, malt syrup, caramel, maltodextrin, and anything ending in -ose. And remember that not only are alcoholic beverages high in sugar-calories, but they also interfere with fats digestion, which makes it even harder for you to lose weight!

Mindful eating: “Hara Hachi Bu”

We need to re-learn when to stop eating. babies spit out food when they’re full, yet we urge them to “clean their plates,” take them to “all-youcan-eat” buffets, and “supersize” their restaurant orders. We eat by the clock, instead of when we’re hungry. We rush through our meals like it’s a contest, barely tasting

anything, and we only stop eating when our time is up, not when our stomach tells us it’s full. We eat when we’re not even hungry, using food as a reward or as an emotional comfort, which sends the wrong message to our easily-influenced brains. We eat when we’re bored, upset, or lonely – sounds a lot like substance abuse, doesn’t it? And then we wonder why we can’t lose weight! It takes 15-20 minutes for our brains to catch up with the “fullness” signals coming from our stomachs. but if we’ve just stuffed our face in three minutes while barely even chewing, we will grossly overeat and distend our stomach muscles. Eat slowly. Savor the flavors and textures. Finish chewing before re-loading your fork. Chat with your table-mates or read another page, and sip water between bites. Let your brain catch up to what’s going on in your stomach. And when you feel 80% full (according to the okinawan tradition of hara hachi bu), stop eating, even if there’s food left on your plate. happy New Year! Make this the year when your resolution to lose weight finally works.

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patients no longer needed blood sugar-lowering medications, and saw far more diabetes remission than patients who simply altered their lifestyle. Patients seeking help with diabetes or to prevent diabetes may find a combination of bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes the best path to a more healthy life. And that can help save our healthcare system precious dollars. Spending on diabetes care rose from $174 million in 2007, to $245 million in 2012, according to the latest figures available from the American Diabetes Association. And that’s just the monetary cost – greater still is the toll on individuals and family members. The Weight Loss Surgery

Program at Southcoast Health has become one of the state’s largest and most successful, working with patients to address the primary environmental factor that causes diabetes: weight gain resulting in obesity. The program serves more than 700 patients a year through certified centers at Tobey Hospital in Wareham and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. For Dan O’Brien of Scituate, surgery at Tobey’s center changed his life. “I was wearing a 46 inch waist and I’m thinking, ‘now this is too tight and I have to go up to a size 48.’ I just thought, ‘enough is enough,’” O’Brien said. That Christmas, the scale told him he weighed 325 pounds.


“At 5’10, that’s just too much takes about four months in our weight,” he said. “A doctor told program, involving discussions me I had to do something or I’d be with dietitians, behavioral health lucky to see 40. It’s just too much professionals, and educators on weight for your heart.” exercise and lifestyle,” Kruger A friend of his had lost 200 said. “Surgery gives you the best pounds through the Weight Loss chance to defeat or avoid diabeSurgery Program at Southcoast’s tes – but it must be paired with Tobey Hospital in Wareham. changes in the way you eat, exer“He took me to a seminar there, cise, and live.” I listened, and when I left I knew Kruger said a successful proI was going to do this,” O’Brien gram follows up with patients said. “I had tried everything – after surgery to be certain vitamin exercise, diets – but my metablevels, weight, exercise, and nutriolism was just too slow, and I tion issues are under control. was making bad decisions about “That’s why having a local what to eat and I just kept gaining program is so helpful. People are weight.” more likely to follow In March of 2016, up if they don’t have after careful health to drive somewhere screenings to be an hour or two away,” sure he was safely said Kruger. “About eligible for the sur95 percent of patients gery and a series of undergoing our procemeetings with Dr. dures lose significant Rayford Kruger, the weight, and a majority Medical Director of them keep it off of the Weight Loss long-term, and it helps Surgery Program, that we are here loDr. Rayford Kruger O’Brien had the cally as a partner.” gastric sleeve surgery dramatO’Brien said that for the first ically reducing the size of his time in years he has energy to stomach that he now says has spare, and years of weight-rechanged his life. lated pain – in his back, neck, and “I am now at about 156 pounds legs – are over. O’Brien says sucand size 30 pants,” O’Brien said. cess does require discipline – he Dr. Rayford Kruger stresses that worked with staff at the Weight surgery is only part of the solution Loss Surgery Program for months for patients like O’Brien. after the operation to be certain “Bariatric surgery is a significant he was adhering to a healthy diet, part of our practice, but it takes taking vitamins, and that he walks more than surgery to achieve every day, usually three or four long-term success,” he said. miles. Kruger said the Southcoast “There is motivation in just program treats patients who are watching the weight come off,” morbidly obese or significantly he said. overweight (defined as being The other day, O’Brien dug up a 100 or more pounds overweight) pair of his old pants and realized with surgical procedures that something: “I could put those on allow people to lose the weight and then put another person in safely and improve their health by there with me,” he said with a resolving obesity-related health laugh following bariatric surgery conditions. at Tobey Hospital. “Getting ready for surgery

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On October 17, 2016, I suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke that impacted the course of my life.

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fter a month of medical care at a local hospital and two weeks of intense therapy in boston, I returned home to begin a long journey that continues today. I’ve learned that each day is gift, and to appreciate the little things in life. this adventure has taught me to sit back and regroup, and to pause and witness the beauty of a sunset, the splendor of a swan living in a local pond or just catching up with a long-lost friend over a cup of coffee to enjoy a snapshot of life that often alludes us as we fly through our busy lives. According to Lisa DeMello, MSN, RN, ACSN-bC, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and Stroke Coordinator at Saint. Anne’s hospital in Fall River, someone has a stroke in the United States every 40 seconds. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in this country.

Know the signs

“A stroke occurs when there is an interruption to the brain,” DeMello begins. “this interruption results in the death of brain cells and brain tissue.” She explains that there are two types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes account for approximately 87 percent of all strokes and are the result of a blockage in a blood vessel. hemorrhagic

strokes account for 13 percent of strokes and are the result of bleeding into the brain from the rupture of a blood vessel. “Regardless of the type, brain cells are dying and once the symptoms are recognized, emergency medical care must be initiated,” DeMello emphasizes. the stroke coordinator emphasizes that as people age, the prevalence of stroke increases for both men and women. She adds that more females tend to suffer from strokes, as women generally live longer than men. DeMello emphasizes that stroke affects individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, and social classes. “Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the united States,” she continues. “the residual symptom of stroke can range from mild to severe, dependent upon the size of the stroke and the area of the brain involved.” According to DeMello, the symptoms of stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face,

Lee Schwaam MD, FAHA, consultant to the MA DPH Stroke Systems of Care, and Anita Christie, director, O�fice of Preventative Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (right), present Lisa DeMello, Saint Anne's Hospital stroke coordinator, with awards for Saint Anne's stroke care.

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arm or leg – especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion and trouble speaking or understanding; difficulty seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance; or sudden severe headache with no known cause. DeMello emphasizes that stroke symptoms are also recognized by remembering to be FASt: F (Face: Ask the person to smile – does one side droop?); A (Arms, ask the person to raise both arms, does one drift downward?); S (Speech, as the person to repeat a simple phrase, is there language slurred or strange?); T (Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately). “If any stroke symptom is recognized, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to determine what type of stroke may be occurring and to initiate the appropriate treatment,” she adds. “Stroke is a time-sensitive condition,” DeMello continues. “It is important to recognize the symptoms and


call 911. Never wait to see if you feel better.” She explains that when 911 is activated, the response team will pre-notify the hospital of your condition and they will be prepared to evaluate you on arrival to determine if a stroke is occurring and what type. the appropriate treatment will be initiated to stop additional brain cells and tissue from dying.

Defend yourself

DeMello emphasizes that it is important to know your risk factors to prevent an initial stroke or a recurrent one. “once you have had a stroke, you are at a higher risk to have a second one compared to someone who has never had a stroke,” she tells, adding that risk factors that cannot be changed include age, race, prior stroke, gender, or family history. “Risk factors that can be changed include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular heart rhythm, stoking, physical activity and nutrition,” DeMello continues. She adds that individuals who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol,

deteriorated and I was transferred to Rhode Island hospital, a Level one trauma center. Fortunately, I didn’t need neurosurgery and after three and a half weeks, I was transferred to braintree Rehabilitation hospital in Massachusetts for two weeks to continue physical therapy. Moving forward, I’ve learned to appreciate the small things in life and to value the many gifts that we all receive every day. Not every day is going to be perfect, but as many others much wiser than myself have often told me, God never gives you more than you can handle. Life can be challenging, and sometimes you just have to step aside for a few minutes and take a breather, but you’ll eventually get back in the game and will succeed. Writing, for me, has become difficult, simply because the words I intend to craft are not those that appear on the written page. I still have to stop, slow down, and reread and rewrite what I intended to write. It’s a laborious process that I continue to work on as each day unfolds.

I am very grateful to have been given a second chance and enjoy every opportunity that life presents. or diabetes need to know their numbers and work with their health care provider to maintain them in an acceptable range. “If you have an irregular heart rhythm, you need to work with your provider to regulate the rhythm or prevent blood clots from forming,” DeMello notes. “If you smoke, establish a plan to quit as there are many good resources available.” DeMello emphasizes that people who are not as active as they’d like to or should be should establish a plan to increase activity. “A healthy diet is important,” DeMello concludes. “Eating foods low in salt, sugar, and fat is a good start.”

Moving forward

On October 17, 2016, I suffered a major cerebral stroke. I was planning to travel to the Caribbean later that week and hurrying to make last minute preparations, when all of a sudden I felt ill and had to rest. Several hours later, I woke up and felt dizzy. I was brought by ambulance to St. Anne’s hospital in Fall River in the middle of the night, where my condition rapidly

Perhaps one of the most significant challenges for me as a stroke patient is my ability to become easily confused in parking lots and unfamiliar places. I try to find the same spot at the local supermarket in a “handicapped spot” but that’s not always the case. It recently took me several long and grueling minutes to find my way traipsing through a supermarket parking lot last week, and I quickly became agitated and panic stricken when I thought that my vehicle had disappeared. Fortunately, I retraced my steps and discovered that my car was located in the next aisle in an adjacent regular spot. I am very grateful to have been given a second chance and enjoy every opportunity that life presents. I think it’s time to accept some new challenges, write a second book, take up painting again, and make the most of life. Life, indeed, is a very valuable gift. Enjoy every minute and be sure to bring someone along for the ride. As we enter a New Year, here’s to good health! May your wildest dreams come true!

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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

News, views and trends…

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by Elizabeth Morse Read

Happy New Year! There’s no excuse for hibernating this month – there’s plenty to see and do on the South Coast, both indoors and out! Dress everyone warmly and head for the winter farmers markets, special exhibits, plays, concerts, outdoor activities – and may the frost be with you!

Across the Region The Salvation Army is always willing to accept your bagged/boxed donations – clothing, books, furniture, and housewares. To schedule a pickup, go to satruck.org/pickup.

Stay in shape and engaged with your community this winter – find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For schedules at all locations, go to ymcasouthcoast.org.

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Pet Food Aid collects pet food and pet supplies and distributes them to food banks and senior centers throughout Bristol County. Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. For more info, visit petfoodaid.org or call 774-204-5227.

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

My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for South Coast families in need. Free pickup. Call 774-305-4577 or visit mybrotherskeeper.org.

Plan ahead! The Attleboro Community Theatre will perform “American Strippers” February 16-18, 23-25, March 2-4. For more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to attleborocommunitytheatre.com.

Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have joined together to create “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, bird-watch, cross-country ski, can be found at savebuzzardsbay.org/discover – and check out thetrustees.org and massaudubon. org. To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to riparks.com or stateparks.com/rhode_island. If you’re 50 or older, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program. There’s “The Bodyguard” at the Providence Performing Arts Center on January 13, Twin Rivers Casino January 16, “On Your Feet!” at the PPAC on February 4, Foxwoods Casino February 12. For info and reservations, call 508-9916171, Tuesday to Thursday from 9 to 3. Fill your baskets with local produce, pies and winter greenery! To find a farm, vineyard, or winter farmers market near you, visit semaponline.org, pickyourown.org, farmfresh.org, or localharvest. org. To find food and wine events, go to coastalwinetrail.com or ediblesouthshore.com.

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Check out the Capron Park Zoo – sign the kids up for Zoo Classes! Call 774-203-1840 or go to capronparkzoo.com. Or stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit massaudubon.org.

Bristol Take a winter walk through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to blithewold.org. Or visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit lindenplace.org. Eat fresh, Eat local! Head for the Mount Hope Bristol Winter Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm on Saturdays from 9 to 1. Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to farmfreshri.org. 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 coggeshallfarm.org or call 401-253-9062.

Dartmouth Start the New Year with the January 1 annual walk on Gooseberry Island at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Take the little ones (ages 2-6) to the indoor Nature Discovery on January 20. For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit lloydcenter.org. Or take a winter stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit dnrt. org. Once again, the Dartmouth High School’s Marching Band won top honors at the USBands Open Class National Competition held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey! Don’t miss the South Coast Chamber Music Series’ performances of “Ritmos Calientes” on January 14 at St. Peter’s Church in Dartmouth. For more info, call 508-999-6276 or go to nbsymphony.org. Plan ahead for the Tri-County Symphonic Band’s performance of “All Italia!” on February 11 at the Dartmouth High School Auditorium! For info and tickets, go to tricountysymphonicband.org. Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Butch McCarthy will perform on January 13, and Fourteen Strings will perform on February 10. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit paskamansettconcertseries.weebly.com.

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


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Brrrr! Get ready for the Fort Phoenix Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day! For more info, go to fairhaventours.com or call 508-979-4085.

Don’t miss the South Coast Chamber Music Series’ performances of “Ritmos Calientes” on january 13 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion. For more info, call 508-999-6276 or go to nbsymphony.org.

Put on your dancing shoes! head for the First Congregational Church on the third Saturday each month (January 20, February 17), 7 to 10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or go to dtdballroom@gmail.com. If you’re interested in the history of japanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship house, where it all began. Go to wmfriendshiphouse.org or call 508-995-1219 for details.

Fall River Spend “An Evening with Lizzie Borden,” hosted by paranormal researchers and illusionists, at the Lizzie borden bed & breakfast Museum and the Abbey Grille on January 13-14. For details, call 508294-5344 or visit ahafallriver.com. Enjoy the new season of the Little theatre of Fall River! “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be performed January 10-21, 25-28. For more info, go to littletheatre.net or call 508-675-1852. Check out the “Fall River Portraits” exhibit of uMass Dartmouth and Diman Regional high School student photography on display at the Staircase Galleries at Fall River’s Government Center through May. The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s Funky White honkies january 5, Cheryl Wheeler january 6, the 5th Annual Narrows Winter blues Festival january 12-13, Amy Helms January 19, Girls, Guns & Glory January 20, Tinsley Ellis January 25, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish February 2 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit narrowscenter.com or call 508-324-1926. Sharpen your skates (or rent them) and head for the indoor Driscoll Skating Arena! For more info, go to fmcicesports.com or call 508-679-3274. Bundle up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from Borden Light Marina (75 minutes) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to savebay.org/ events/seals. Enjoy the wintery weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at walkfallriver.org or call 508-324-2405. The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit fallriverlibrary.org. Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to cmgfr.org or call 508-672-0033. To find out what's happening in greater Fall River, visit welovefallriver.com, ahafallriver.com or call 508-294-5344.

Find out what’s going on at the Marion Arts Center! For info, call 508-748-1266 or go to marionartcenter.org.

Mattapoisett Eat fresh! Eat ;ocal! head for the winter farmers market at old Rochester Regional on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month. For hours and more info, go to semaponline.org. Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to savebuzzardsbay.org.

Middleboro Take the kids to the Soule Homestead! For details, call 508-947-6744 or go to soulehomestead.org.

Middletown Eat fresh, Eat local! head for the Middletown/ Aquidneck Growers Winter Market at Newport Vineyards & Winery on Saturdays from 9 to 12:30. Cash, credit card, SNAP/Ebt, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to farmfresh. org. Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Check out the after-school programs. For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to normanbirdsanctuary.org.

New Bedford Don’t miss “City Celebrates New Year’s Eve” in downtown New bedford on December 31! Fireworks, ice sculptures, street performers, outdoor dancing! For more info, go to destinationnewbedford.org or ahanewbedford. org.

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Join in the Moby Dick Marathon reading at the Whaling Museum on January 5-7! For more info, visit whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046. Enjoy fresh local foods year-round! Visit New bedford’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market at the times Square Atrium every other thursday from 3 to 6:30 through June! Credit, debit, and SNAP accepted. Free parking at the Elm Street Garage with validation. For dates and more info, call 508817-4166 or go to destinationnewbedford.org. Check out the exhibit “Scapes: Placemaking in the 21st Century” at the New bedford Art Museum/ Artworks! through March 11. For more info, call 508-961-3072 or go to newbedfordart.org.

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ConTInued FRoM PReVIouS PAGe Don’t miss “Kiss of the Earth” performed by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra on january 5 at the zeiterion! For info and tickets, visit nbsymphony.org. Gamers, team-builders, and mystery-solvers, head for the “Mass Escape” in downtown New bedford! Groups of 4 to 8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to MassEscapeRoom. com. Enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on AhA! Nights. the February 8 theme is “Please be Seated.” For details, go to ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253. Sharpen your skates (or rent them) and head for the indoor hetland Skating Arena! For more info, go to fmcicesports.com or call 508-999-9051. Mark your calendars for Your theatre’s new season! Don’t miss “Anastasia” january 11-14, 18-21. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to yourtheatre.org. Enjoy the winter weather at buttonwood Park! take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit bpzoo.org. Explore the whaling-era mansion at the RotchJones-Duff House! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to rjdmuseum.org.

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It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t the NbSo Themiss businesses at the performance “kiss ofMyles the Earth” january 5, Get Park Standish Industrial the Led out january 11, Susan Werner january 18, employ over 8,000 people. Yamato Drummers january 21, Patti Smith january 26, Soap Myth Smith with Ed Asner January 27, Moth Radio hour February 1, Globalfest Latin Music February 8, jessica Lang Dance February 10, Masters of Illusion February 15 – and special schooltime performances! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to zeiterion.org. Take a wintery stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to thetrustees.org. Learn about American military history at Fort taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit forttaber.org. Visit the New Bedford Whaling National historical Park! For more info, go to nps.gov/nebe. And while you’re there, visit the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s bethel! For more info, visit whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club. For tickets or info, go to brownpapertickets. com/events or contact korolenko8523@charter. net. Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon at the First unitarian Church on February 11! For more info, call 508-979-8828 or go to destinationnewbedford.org.

By mid-January, you may feel up to braving the cold for an owl prowl. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island hosts an annual “Owl prowl” at its Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk. The Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is a 200-acre mixed pinewoods and hardwood habitat. The 3.5 miles of trails are over easy-to-moderate terrain. While they don’t guarantee that you will see or hear owls, you will learn a lot from the experienced birder guide on how to find them. It’s a night hike, of course, as owls are nocturnal predators for the most part, so you’ll want to dress warmly in layers, wear comfortable heavy socks and shoes or hiking boots, and bring a �lashlight. This is an age-restricted hike for adults and children eight years old or older. The walk will be held (weather permitting) on January 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. preregister at asri.org. meet up at 301 Brown Avenue in Seekonk. fees for non-members are $14 per person.


Tickets are on sale to hear Gloria Steinem speak on May 19, 2018, presented by the New Bedford Lyceum, at the zeiterion! For tickets and info, call 508-994-2900 or go to zeiterion.org. To plan your schedule in the New bedford area, check out destinationnewbedford. org, ahanewbedford.org, downtownnb.org, newbedfordguide.com.

Newport Start the New Year with a splash at the Newport Polar Day Plunge! Go to visitrhodeisland.com. Bundle up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from bowen’s Wharf (60 minutes) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to savebay.org/ events/seals. Get your ice skates sharpened and head to the outdoor Newport Skating Center! For schedule and info, call 401-846-3018 or go to skatenewport. com. Mark your calendars for the 2018 Newport Winter Festival February 16-15! ten days of music, food, festivities, and fun throughout Newport County. For more info, go to newportwinterfestival.com or call 401-847-7666. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Remember Me?” will be performed February 15-March 25. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to newportplayhouse.com. Check out what’s going on around Newport at newportmansions.org, newportrestoration.org, newporthistory.org, discovernewport.com, or newportwaterfrontevents.com.

Plymouth Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! there’s brian Sances & Monica Rizzo january 6, Vapors of Morphine January 27, Kris Delmhorst February 10, Soul City February 17 – and jazz and blues jam sessions on Wednesdays! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit spirecenter.org. Get some fresh air and exercise on a free, guided ”Sunday Stroll” January 7 at Lyman Reserve, sponsored by Southcoast health and the buzzards bay Coalition. For details, go to savebuzzardsbay. org/discover.

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ON MY MIND

No butts about it By Paul Kandarian

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January 21, 2017: a day that shall live in history.

o, not the inauguration of he-who-shallnot-be-named (that shall be the day that lives in infamy). That was January 20, the day I had roughly the same reaction as I did the day after the 2016 presidential election when I woke up, heard the news, and let out a primal scream that is still echoing throughout the vastness of the universe, along with those of roughly 65 million others. No, I mean my own historic day. The day after the inauguration, January 21. The day I quit smoking. Which was a yuuuuuge test of my willpower, coming on the day after hewho-shall-not-be-named got in, despite a mandate of the people. But I digress. Quitting smoking does that to you. It also makes you freer. There are the health benefits of course, but to me, the main one is freedom. Freedom from being controlled by that little stinky tube of death. Freedom from plotting the day based on where I can and cannot smoke.

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Freedom from paying about fifteen bucks to puff a pack and a half a day. Freedom from labored breathing. Freedom from the disdainful look of nonsmokers and/or ex-smokers (that bothered me the least, to be honest, but it does bug a lot of people). Freedom from walking into a room after smoking a cigarette and smelling like you just walked through the burning of the entire annual tobacco yield of North Carolina. Freedom ain’t just another word for nothing left to lose. Freedom is healthy. And clean. And necessary. And apparently quantifiable. When I quit, I got an app, called “Smoke Free.” It’s a pretty cool way to keep track of your progress, and the rebound in your health. It’s also scary in that it reports how much you’ve saved, and had spent in the past, and how many cigarettes you haven’t smoked – and had smoked in the past, and a lot more. It’s got some pretty intense detail. As of now, I’ve quit for ten months, 21 days, two

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hours, two minutes and eight… nine… ten seconds. You get the idea. I’m writing this in early December, and I’m assuming I’ll still not be smoking on my anniversary date. Dammit, I’ve come this far. I have no plans to go back. Some WTF–was-I-thinking stats: as of now, I have not smoked almost 10,000 cigarettes. That’s about a half mile of butts laid end to end. And considering I did most of my smoking in my car and just tossed them out when done (which pretty much everyone does), I owe the environment and Mother Earth a huge apology. Another WTF stat: as of now, smoking a pack and a half (conservatively) a day, I’ve not spent $4,876. At the one-year mark that will be $5,475. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking what every nonsmoker thinks: well, if you put that aside, you’d be five grand to the good right? Right! But did I? No! Does anyone who quits smoking? Rarely. For me that would have meant putting aside 15 bucks a day.

Sounds doable, until you’re about a week in and realize that $105 would sure come in handy for food, rent, and other essentials. When smokes were a quarter a pack you could piggy-bank your way to savings a couple coins at a time. At ten bucks or more now, it’s not so easy to part with folding money to stuff into a slot. Other weird, fun stat: time not spent smoking in days – 33. At 24 hours each, that means wow, that’s a lot of time and health lost to smoking. All the nicotine is long gone. Taste and smell, 100 percent back. Breathing, normal. Energy levels, 100 percent better. Bad breath, 100 percent gone (not counting that onion sandwich I just had). Circulation, normal, coughs, gone, gums and what’s left of my teeth, similar condition to that of a nonsmoker. Much lower are the numbers corresponding to my risk of a heart attack and lung cancer. Those risks are obviously greatly reduced when you quit, but you’re still, as an ex-smoker, at a much higher risk than someone who’s never smoked.


So my advice: don’t ever start. There are a zillion good reasons not to smoke and not a single good one to smoke. Think about that. Not. A. Single. One. So it’s been nearly a year, and cravings are way down – but still exist. I’ve talked to people who’ve quit for years and still get them. Thing is, as an addict (and make no mistake, smoking is an addiction), you just can’t go back. I’ve fooled myself in the past after having quit for a year, two, five, that okay, I can smoke the occasional butt, you know, like once a week. Which leads to two or three a week. Which leads to 10 a week. Which leads to plunging back down that smoke-filled abyss with guilt and shame sharing equal space.

How did I quit? The Mad Russian in Boston. Look him up. Google just that (real name is Yefim Shubenstov). One session, hour and a half, boom, done, quit. No idea how, mind control, mind erasure, hypnosis, what it is, I do not care. All I know is it was the best 75 bucks I ever spent because it worked. I won’t lie, there is a downside that impacts most quitters: gaining weight. I’m lucky though – I have a naturally fast metabolism and am only ten pounds heavier than I was before I quit. I’ll take the poundage over clogging my lungs with poison any day. January 21 is my own day that lives in history. And every day, I breathe a little easier because of it.

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Rehoboth Reserve your tickets now for the Arts in the Village performance at Goff Memorial Hall by The Boston Trio on February 24. For more info, go to rehobothantiquarian.org.

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

Find out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Enjoy a groovy 1960s New Year’s Eve concert on December 31! Kick up your heels with the Magnolia Cajun Band January 6 and February 3. Heal with a Gong Sound Bath December 23, or with music and movement on JourneyDance on the second Saturday each month (January 14, February 11), or join in the Contra Dancing on the third Wednesday of each month (January 17, February 21). Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates, meditation or figure drawing. Plan ahead for Celtic-band favorite Fellswater on February 17! For more info, go to sandywoodsmusic.com or call 401-241-7349.

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Join in the Polar Bear Dive off Onset Pier on New Year’s Day! To register, call 508-930-1685.

Find out what’s happening in Taunton! For info, go to downtowntaunton.org.

Tiverton Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit blissfourcornerschurch.org. There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! For more info, go to tivertonfourcorners.com or fourcornerarts.org.

Stay fit this winter with Yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to onsetbay. org. To plan your activities in the Wareham area, go to warehamvillage.org. or onsetbay.org.

Warren Head for the 8th Annual community fundraiser, “Taste of the East Bay,” on January 20 at Hope & Main in Warren! For more info, visit bit.ly/2A6t7J8.

Get back to your musical roots on selected Fridays at Hope & Main, sponsored by Common Fence Music! For a schedule and info, call 401-683-5085 or go to commonfencemusic.org. Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “The Tribute Artist” will be performed January 19-February 18. Call 401-247-4200 or go to 2ndstorytheatre.com.

Westport Make your reservations for Concerts at the Point! Plan ahead for a performance on February 25 by the Neave Piano Trio. For more info, call 508-6360698 or visit concertsatthepoint.org. Eat fresh! Eat local! Head for the winter farmers market at the Town Hall Annex on Saturdays. For hours and more info, go to semaponline.org. Take a leisurely ramble around rural Westport! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit westportlandtrust.org. Explore 18th and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit wpthistory.org or call 508-636-6011. Enjoy a spot of traditional English tea with delicious sweets and savories on January 25, February 15, and March 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. served in Partners Village Store’s “Tea Room” cafe. $18 per person. Visit or call at 508-636-2572 to make a reservation.

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