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From the publisher

34 Dateline: South Coast

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20 Taking art to heart


24 Creating a creative economy



30 Merrow makes it all



Community effort

by Jay Pateakos


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10 Decorating pumpkins



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Set back off Hathaway Street area across from Fifth Avenue in the Weweantic area of Wareham, Rene Moniz and her 6-year-old son Brayden would often walk by the old Philip E. Lukey Playground, wondering what could have been. The playground, built in 1982 and dedicated to decorated World War II Veteran and community volunteer Major Philip E. Lukey who passed away the year before, had evolved into a rundown playground avoided by most in the area except for those up to little good. Drug paraphernalia left behind now was more commonplace than seeing children playing there. A pavilion inside the park had dozens of pieces of plywood missing from the roof. The playground equipment was falling apart and old tires were scattered across the play area. It was blight to the area – to the whole town really – neighbors said. But it continued to stay that way until one


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woman had seen enough. Moniz, an attorney at the New Bedford law firm of Partridge, Snowe & Hahn decided that staring at the old playground each day hoping for something to happen with it was just not enough. Something needed to be done and it was up to her to get the ball rolling. “It started around March of 2016. My son and I would always walk through the park, it was four acres but it was in such bad shape. No one used it, so that month, I started to talk with neighbors and to get everyone involved in doing something,” said Moniz. That’s when she met a kindred spirit in

Amanda Smith, a neighbor she had barely known, who would become instrumental in moving the park renovations along. In securing input and approval from neighbors now on board with changes and improvements to be made to the park, Moniz quickly realized how daunting of a task this would be. It would involve town committees and boards and getting bids from fence companies, roofers, sign vendors, and more. The pair started to go to Open Space Committee meetings, surveying the committee on what they wanted to see from the park and its potential future. After a lengthy approval process that included countless meetings in front of multiple town boards and committees like the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Open Space, Community Preservation Committee, and the Board of Selectmen, their efforts paid off in April 2017 with an allocation of $175,000 in Community Preservation funds in a unanimous vote by town residents at the Annual Town Meeting. The revitalization of the park includes relocation of the playground area to enhance

safety and installation of new equipment (the current playground is 35 years old) that meets current codes and standards, renovation and maintenance of the existing pavilion to enhance accessibility and use by various groups, and the creation of a fullsized basketball court and walking trails around the park. Moniz said the focus of the renovations was not only to provide a place for five-totwelve-year-olds but also to have a place for the two-to-five age range that can often be left out in these plans. “There’s really not much as far as playgrounds in the area, and the one at the Decas School is for older kids. We do have some older kids in the neighborhood too which is why we did a full-size basketball court, but we wanted a place for the younger kids,” said Moniz. Of course, the park is meant for people of every age. “The pavilion had half the plywood gone from its roof and we wanted to rehabilitate that to make it more of a picnic area and gathering spot,” said Moniz. The new two-tenth of a mile walking trail will provide an area for seniors to walk safely, and the parking area with proposed spots for up to nine cars will help with the delivery and pickup of children. Despite the CPC funding, Moniz and Smith have worked hard to secure as much free parent and contractor labor as possible, making it a true community project. Moniz said that they plan to have the playground equipment in and the basketball court paved by early November. “It’s a tight timeframe right now,” said Moniz, who credited her law firm for its support of the project and her efforts for the past eighteen months. “It’s unbelievable how much time this project has taken, but it’s helped me get around the neighborhood and meet so many people I didn’t know – people with young children. Both of us were determined to see this through. Not only for the younger kids but for the older ones too. The area just has so much potential.”

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hidden in the trees any by the amount of beer bottles they would find on the site. Once Moniz came to her door, there was no way she couldn’t help to improve an area most simply avoided. “No parent wanted to go back there,” said Smith. But when the new playground at nearby Decas School was put in, school rules held that families were not allowed to use it when school was in session. “There was no playground for us to go to,” added Smith. Smith said that when she and Moniz started carving out the plans for the renovations, they wanted to get away from calling it just a playground, wanting to focus on it more as serving the entire community including the elderly population, or as Smith put it, “something more functional for the community.” “There are a lot of full-time residents who are retired and we wanted to cater to more of their needs,” said Smith, noting that with another ¾-acre of developable land remaining after this initial phase, things could be added including soccer fields. A potential temporary ice rink could also be part of the plans. “There’s a lot more to be done to that space,” said Smith. Both Moniz and Smith said the entire process was an eye-opening one. Smith noted that residents have pushed for the town to take more initiative with projects like this but the town can only do so much with what it has. “The community has to jump in to do these kinds of projects – the community effort is needed,” said Smith, though she noted the project never would have happened without the collaboration of the Town Administration, Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee, and other groups. “The town got behind us to make this work.” With all ADA age-appropriate playground equipment going in with sensors that can record the amount of activity the playground gets each hour, day, or week, Moniz said the efforts behind all this was to give families, children, and adults a safe, fun place to go. “We’re trying to get these kids off the couches and away from their iPads,” said


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Honoring a hero

“My vision is to create a multi-use community park that children and families can use and enjoy” Moniz. She hopes to add fitness equipment to the park in the future. “My vision is to create a multi-use community park that children and families can use and enjoy – an area where the community can come together and put faces with names, have community block parties and make it something great.” Open Space Committee Chairman Sandra Slavin noted that “Wareham’s playgrounds have been ignored for years.” She said the Open Space Committee received community preservation funds for a “playground and open space assessment and recreation plan.” “The committee then looks for neighbors who were interested in upgrading their playgrounds. Lukey Park shows what can be done when citizens get involved with their time and hearts,” said Slavin. She added that a total of three existing playgrounds in Wareham that are being rebuilt: Oakdale, Lukey, and Lopes. “If change is to happen, it must start with the people impacted,” Slavin said. “They know the people, their needs, and wishes. The Open Space Committee can help guide

While Philip Lukey’s widow Ada passed away in 2010 at the age of 94, the family has maintained the connection to the park that bears their father’s name. Lukey’s daughter Joan now lives in Boston, summering in Marion since 1986, noting that the park continues to hold very special meaning in her life. Joan said her parents were among the founding members of the Weweantic Improvement Association way back when (the neighborhood where the park is located) and her father was its first president. “I know that my parents put a lot of effort into the neighborhood, which they really loved. Dad was also a decorated WWII veteran – in my view, a true war hero,” said Joan. “I consider it touching and appropriate that his name be memorialized in this way.” Joan said she especially loves seeing the park updated to acknowledge the reality of today’s world while continuing the legacy of her father’s impact in the neighborhood and the town. “Dad was very much a family man. He really appreciated the times that he, my mother, my brother Ed, and I could all be together,” Joan added. “He would have loved summer evenings together at the park and on the new walking trails. I’m not sure that we can ever properly memorialize our war heroes like Dad, but I know that he would have been deeply touched by this continuing honor. I know that I am.” “My first grandchild was born two and a half weeks ago, and I cannot wait to bring him, when he’s a little older, to the park that bears his great-grandfather’s name.” After passing its final hurdle at the September 6 Conservation Commission meeting, the playground equipment has now been ordered according to Smith, with a rededication being planned for November, likely and appropriately to fall around Veterans Day. For more information on the Philip E. Lukey Community Park or to donate in any way – donations of money, or benches, picnic tables, or other amenities, email

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Opening your mind to pumpkin decoration by Dan Logan

No matter your age, the harvest season is a thing to celebrate.

The pumpkin is a chameleon. It has a built-in goofiness that masks its potential for eerie personality changes. Apply a little creative effort and that jolly orange ball becomes downright creepy. But crafters at any skill level can take pumpkins way beyond Jekyll and Hyde facial features. With pumpkins you can run with just about any theme you imagine: rustic to regal, rough and ragged to formal and precise, from a lone pumpkin to an entire tableau. Pumpkins are a quintessential fixture of the Halloween experience, but they don’t have to be limited to Halloween motifs. Think textures, animals, automobiles and boating, colors, sports, favorite quilt patterns, words, and birds. You get it – there are endless possibilities.

Location Choose a location for your pumpkin display – maybe you have a big, rough-andready design for your yard that will tolerate


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the weather as it grabs the attention of passersby. Or you want a welcoming arrangement on a protected front porch. Or a smaller, more delicate masterpiece on a counter or table in the house.

Carving Many of us think of carving a pumpkin as the ultimate expression of pumpkin craftsmanship. A carved pumpkin is so three-dimensional, with its ribbed and bumpy bright surfaces, deep shadows, and with some illumination, mysterious interior. Carving a pumpkin is a subversive activity. It encourages an anarchy perfectly aligned with the Halloween season. Dig into a pumpkin interior and everything is all gooey and juicy. Sink your hand into that pit of pumpkin guts and the desire to

slime someone close to you quickly surfaces. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning a serious pumpkin decorating session. All that goo reminds you you’re dealing with organic material that deteriorates fairly quickly in warm air. Don’t carve that pumpkin too soon before Halloween or it could look pretty sad by the big day. There are ways to keep the carved pumpkin colorful and fresh for longer periods. A BuzzFeed article about pumpkin hacks for preserving your carved pumpkin suggests covering the carved surfaces with petroleum jelly, Borax, peppermint castile soap, or a clear coat of spray paint. Other sites suggest WD-40, bleach baths, or cooking oils. If preservation is important to you, research this one in advance because it will

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umpkin festivals and carving events are held throughout the South Coast in October, though details are still scarce as this is being written. Check our Events Calendar at for more events and details. One regular event takes place at Frerichs Farm (frerichsfarm. com) at 43 Kinnicutt Avenue in Warren where David and Barbara Frerichs put on a Pumpkin Palooza every weekend in October. The Western Town and the Pumpkin Coach and new Dragon Coach hayrides ($1) are aimed at the kids. “For $3 visitors can pick out a sugar pumpkin and paint it, or choose a bigger pumpkin or smaller gourd at an adjusted price,” David Frerichs explains. The Frerichs will also host the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-off on October 7 (rain dates on the 8th or 9th). The monster pumpkins start arriving around 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. a donated sacrificial pumpkin weighing somewhere between 400 and 1,200 pounds will be lifted with a crane, then dropped. The official weigh-ins starting at noon. There will be music by the Big Red Barn Blue Grass Band from 9 a.m. till noon. In 2015 Ron Wallace of Cumberland showed up with a 2,230 lb. pumpkin, reportedly the second largest pumpkin ever recorded.

add prep time, and the effectiveness of some of the techniques are open to debate. Along with their popularity, pumpkin prices rise steadily, so planning the design will keep costs down. A freehand assault on a fresh pumpkin is likely to lean toward the lopsided, unidentifiable, or totally butchered, unless one is a skilled carver. Plan to create a pattern or stencil that can be traced onto the pumpkin – for example, you could create stencils of eyes, nose, and mouth. You can keep cutting out patterns until you get the effect you want – it’s a lot cheaper to butcher a pattern than the pumpkin. With the pattern in place, use a pin to trace it on the pumpkin’s surface. This makes it easy to neatly cut the pumpkin, explains Carolyn Longworth, Director of the Millicent Library in Fairhaven, who experiments with new designs around Halloween for use in the library. Carving a pumpkin can be done with a knife and a big spoon, but what fun is that? Plastic surgery on the lovable orange

gourd demands more drama. Pumpkin carving toolkits are available. Martha Stewart’s website ( recommends creative use of such exotica as keyhole saws, melon ballers, linoleum cutters (for detail work on the surface), wood gouges, power drills (for accents), cookie cutters, and a fleshing tool for removing the inner pulp. Nice. If you want to light the pumpkin, you can find, small, cheap, battery-operated lights at dollar stores, and some flicker like candles. Candles provide a mesmerizing flickering light, but they’re a bit more risky. Be sure to leave the top of the pumpkin open or punch a ventilation hole. Or mount the battery-operated lights on some kind of glass jar that will fit inside the pumpkin and reflect light in unusual ways.

Painting and adornments Cracking the door open to chaos by carving a pumpkin may not be your idea of a good time, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with an undecorated pumpkin.

So-called “no-carve” pumpkins avoid most of the carving mess, and are likely to last longer. A random list of materials you can find around the house can spark ideas for pumpkin decorating: you won’t have to stretch to find miscellaneous fabric, twigs, photos, odd bits of fur, yarn, contact paper, wire, glitter, coins, duct tape, printed paper like maps, newspapers, and greeting cards, not to mention dried fruit and flowers. To attach the materials, glue and hot glue, tape, map tacks, needles and pins, and frameworks that simply rest on the gourd are proven pumpkin decorating standbys. For specific themes you can buy vinyl decals that stick nicely to a pumpkin’s surface.

Painting the pumpkin Acrylic paints can be used for both realistic and abstract results, and spray paint for quick work. You can use painter’s tape to mark areas for painting. Maybe you want a pumpkin featuring odd bits of text, which you can create with a Sharpie, or by forming the letters with acorns, buttons, or wingnuts, for example.

Pumpkin arrangements Ambitious designers might create an entire scene using a collection of pumpkins along with other props. A country scene with decorated pumpkins topping logs or old farm equipment is a popular theme. Plenty of websites will give you ideas for pumpkin decorating, but you can use them as idea generators to develop your own unique designs. The Better Homes and Gardens website ( pumpkins) features plenty of designs and also offers stencils to get started. Another source is the Country Living website ( For variety include white pumpkins or even a mix of squashes. Faux pumpkins may suit your particular needs. For example, Funkins (funkins. com) offers polyurethane pumpkins that you can carve, paint and reuse from year to year. The South Coast Insider | October 2017



Jeff Guertler gets decked out for Oktoberfest every year at Redlefsen’s Rotisserie and Grill.

It’s Oktoberfest!


rom Germany to the South Coast, it’s time to raise a stein and celebrate the season of beer and brauts. Whether you fly to Munich or toast at home, Oktoberfest is a good transition between summer and fall. In the states, for some weird marketing reason, Oktoberfest beers begin appearing in August. Kudos to Foolproof brewing in Pawtucket for calling their tasty treat Augtoberfest – at least that’s honest. Where did this whole oom-pa-pa begin?

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By Michael J. Vieira

began as a wedding celebration for King Ludwig I and Princess Therese has become an international event. Each year, more than six million people attend the 16-18 day festival, which runs from mid to late September to early October. Guests will consume about eight million litres – that’s about seventeen million pints of beer – or twenty-three million twelve-ounce bottles of beer on the wall. It all happens in more than thirty “tents” which feature music, food, and beer. But there are also attractions like rides and games, and tons of rubbish, which the city picks up daily. Oktoberfest is considered to be the largest Volksfest or “beer festival and travelling

funfair,” according to Wikipedia, which also provided most of the data above. All I know is that it’s on my list of things to do.

Bavarians in Bristol & beyond

When Walter Guertler opened Redlefsen’s Rotisserie and Grill in Bristol in 1993, he wanted to create a relaxing restaurant with a European feel. That spirit continues under the ownership of his son Jeff and is probably most alive when Oktoberfest comes to town. Included in the cost of your meal, expect Alpendblumen Bavarian dancers, authentic German food and brews, and accordion music. The louder you sing, clap and toast, the better the experience will be.

I know. I’ve been there. Oktoberfest at Redlefsen’s is celebrated every Wednesday and Thursday during the season. For more information, visit Make reservations and plan on having your table for two hours. It might be worth taking a trip to Boston where you can experience tradition and new brews in German-inspired spots. To get a sense of history, visit Jacob Wirth’s German Restaurant. Whether sitting at the ancient mahogany bar or at a table in the historic dining room, it’s a great place to visit – and conveniently located in the theatre district. At Jacob Wirth, they’ve been serving German food and pouring brews since 1868 when the founder arrived in town. According to, he not only was one of the first distributors of Anheuser-Busch products, but was also one of the founders of Narragansett Beer, so there’s a local connection. His son, Jacob Jr., dropped out of Harvard and continued the family business. The Wirths owned the place until 1975, when the Fitzgerald family bought it and restored the exterior to its 19th century façade. Fast forward to the present, and Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall in the Seaport District does a pretty good job of creating a contemporary atmosphere that feels festive. Sit at communal tables in the spacious, well-lighted beer hall and sample beers freshly made in the adjacent brewery. provides more details about tours and what’s on tap. Grab a pretzel, sip a pint, and raise a toast. Closer to home and both new to me, are a couple of places that seem to have split personalities. Biergarten in Providence suggests, “Every day is Oktoberfest at Biergarten.” They’ve attempted to create a beer garden atmosphere on Federal Hill, so the menu offers pretzels and brats along with Parmigianas and burgers. See biergartenri. com for more information. Chez Pascal, which offers “Frenchinfluenced, New England grown” food

on Hope Street in Providence, also has a “Wurst Kitchen.” It features house-made sausages, hot dogs and other cured meats. The website ( warns that the Kitchen is small and reservations can only be made for the first seating at 5:30/6:00. For lunch, the “Wurst Window” and outside seating provides a unique experience. Although there is no beer hall, kudos to Narragansett Beer for brewing its first batch of “It’s About Time IPA” in their new Rhode Island location. Since Mark Hellendrung purchased the right to Narragansett Beer in 2005, the company has grown into the country’s 37th largest craft brewery. They’ve come a long way from the “Nastygansett” beer of the Seventies and have worked hard to reclaim the coolness and flavor of their glory days. Many of us are old enough to remember when, “Hi Neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett” echoed out of radios and black and white TVs throughout the South Coast. It’s good to bring that local pride back.

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In New Bedford and Fall River, several businesses are taking a gamble on the growing popularity of local brews. They seem to be winning, just in time for Oktoberfest. Over the past few years, Rose Alley Pub and the Pour Farm in New Bedford, along with Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River have been consistent in offering a rotating selection of good beers. Add in Fall River’s Taphouse Grille and Barrett’s Alehouse, Jillian’s in Somerset, Gridiron in Swansea and others, and it’s clear: there’s lots of new tastes to tap along with more traditional German-inspired beers. But for South Coast brewed beers, New Bedford is taking the lead. Two brewpubs opened within the last year and both have their own personalities. Moby Dick Brewing features a great corner location with lots of glass that allows the light to glisten off the new wood bar Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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Harvest Fun Day

Saturday, October 14, 10 am-4 pm Visitors Center, 141 Main St. More than 45 booths of art & crafts, kids activities, food, yummy treats bounce house, and more. Music by KJ-Tunes. Free. Sponsored by the Office of Tourism.

The Haunted Academy

October 27, 28, 39, 6-9 pm Visitors Center, 141 Main St. Spooky displays and costumed actors in and around the Fairhaven Visitors Center. Free frights and treats for all who dare to visit. Free. Sponsored by Office of Tourism.

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brews from those vats (currently ales and stout) on tap, but they also have other selections available and, hopefully, more in-house brews to come. What sets Greasy Luck apart is their Vault Room. It’s a good-sized venue that includes a, yes, vault, behind the bar. It’s also a great place to hear amazing music. When we stopped in during the New Bedford Folk Festival, it was a warm, welcoming room with good sound and attentive patrons. A look at their website for upcoming performers seems encouraging – kind of like a Whaling City version of the Narrows in Fall River.

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Speaking of the Spindle City, for the past year or so, Fall River’s best hope for a brewery has rested in Keith Carvalho. He’s hoping to move from homebrewer to microbrewer, and has done a good job of promoting his brand, Troy City Brewing. As for the name, it dates back to the early 19th century when Fallriver (one word), which was incorporated as a town in 1803, decided to rebrand and become Troy in 1804. The name was used for 30 years until it was changed to Fall River in 1834. In the interest of full disclosure, I supported his Kickstarter campaign and received a cool t-shirt. It’s now a collector’s item because his logo evolved from one with “Born in the Riv” across an image of the old Durfee High building to one featuring the Troy City name in script across a Braga Bridge. Nice upgrade – and I guess I need a new t-shirt. Carvalho began the venture with a Homebrew group in 2006. He is currently leasing a small production space in the city’s South End, and is hoping to self-distribute kegs to Fall River restaurants in the near future. Like the Troy City Brewing Facebook page to stay up to date. Whether you open a bottle of Sam Adams Octoberfest and throw some brats on the grill, head to one of the “big cities” or tap a neighborhood bar, in the end, it’s all about the celebrating. No matter where your people came from, if you yell, Slainte! in March, it’s now time to shout Prost!

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Stop Cyber Bullies! By Elizabeth Morse Read

Back in the day, mean girls wrote nasty rumors on bathroom walls, bullies tripped nerdy kids in the school hallways, and muscle-bound thugs kicked sand in the eyes of the 98-pound weakling at the beach. In the pre-digital age, kids learned to ignore or avoid their tormentors on sight.


ut now in the 21st century, bullies and mean girls are using the invisible cyber-world of the internet, text messaging, and social media to anonymously torture the little guy – the kid who’s “different” or defenseless. It’s time to stand up to the cyber bullies who are terrorizing our children, sometimes pushing them to the brink of suicide. October is National Bullying Prevention Month – learn how to protect your family and how to fight back when cyber bullies swarm and attack.

What is Bullying?

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high school years. More than 30,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of being bullied. The CDC reports that bullied students are twice as likely to suffer from depression, sleep difficulties, anxiety, headaches and stomach-aches, trouble adjusting at school, low self-esteem, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts. It can be physical bullying (tripping, shoving, hazing, stealing/damaging property), or it can be more subtle psychological bullying like verbal bullying (name-calling, mocking), social bullying (spreading rumors, breaking up relationships, deliberate exclusion), or cyber bullying, which uses digital technology to cause fear, humiliation, or mental distress. Bullying always involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim, whether it’s physical strength, social status, or just the ego-boosting ability

to manipulate or control a less-powerful person. Bullying is deliberately hurtful. It is not the one-time fistfight or an accidental insult – it is repeated over and over. Fifty percent of school-aged girls report that they have been targeted by psychological bullying, whereas boys have more often been targets of physical bullying. Boys are more likely to use physical violence when they bully someone, whereas girls resort to more indirect methods of psychological violence like cyber bullying, social bullying, and verbal bullying. Girls can be just as ruthless and malicious as bully boys can be. Sometimes even moreso, as they can hide their true identities and attack someone anonymously via the internet and cell phones. All bullies, whether male or female, will often have a loyal following of onlookers or “lieutenants” who cheer them on or even participate in the bullying (“mobbing”). Oftentimes, these followers are afraid to

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Cyberbullying is the stuff of primal nightmares – a dark and threatening world filled with faceless tormentors coming from all directions 24/7. Imagine being an insecure kid or teenager trying to find their place in life, only to be relentlessly humiliated, shamed and threatened by remote, anonymous predators on their computers and cellphones day and night. The most common examples of cyberbullying would be “sexting” or “revenge porn” (spreading sexually suggestive rumors or photos), or taunts and threats on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, via text messages, instant messaging, or anonymous emails. At least 70% of teens in the U.S. have their own computer and cell phone and use social media. These digital devices have become social lifelines for kids and teens, a place to get away from parental supervision. But the illusion of freedom from the prying eyes of adults has opened a Pandora’s box of invisible cyber bullies and online predators. The average teen sends 60 text messages a day (double the rate of adults), and girls ages 14-16 may send as many as 100 per day. More than 7.5 million Facebook users are under 13 years old. Cyberbullies gang up on a vulnerable kid, sending increasingly vicious messages which can escalate into telling someone that “the world would be a better place if you were gone, so do everyone a favor and kill yourself.”

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Cell phones are a wonderful way for parents to keep in touch with their children, but adults don’t always understand that they may be unwittingly exposing their kids to stalkers, cyberbullies, and sexual predators. Any handheld device with Wi-Fi connectivity (iPads, tablets, smart-phones) is as powerful as a home computer. According to C+R Research, 84% of teens ages 15-18, 60% of kids ages 10-14, and 22% of children ages 6-9 now have their own cell phones – and they’re not using them just to call Mommy and Daddy for a ride. They’re using them to take “selfies,” update their Facebook pages, play online games, send text messages, visit dating websites, follow a celebrity’s Twitter feed, surf the internet, even make online purchases – all without parental supervision. Oftentimes, children won’t tell their parents when they’ve encountered someone or something online that makes them uncomfortable or frightened, because they’re afraid their cell phone will be taken away from them. Kids would tell their parents if some creepy stranger followed them home after school, but they’d be reluctant to tell them when someone weird is sending them scary messages or sexually-explicit photos on their cell phone or computer. Kids don’t understand that there is no such thing as privacy in the cyber-world. Anything they post online can be accessed by strangers and passed along ad infinitum. They don’t realize that if they casually reveal personal information, like address, age, and when they’ll be home alone, someone is lurking in cyberspace. They don’t understand that every app and cell phone has a location service that tracks where they are at any given moment. Kids also need to know that using their laptops or smartphones in unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots (cafes, malls, libraries) leaves them exposed to nearby hackers and identity thieves, who can eavesdrop on every keystroke, including credit card numbers. Parents need to actively supervise when they give their children cell phones and computers. As one parent of a deceased cyber-bullied child said, cell phones can become lethal weapons. Learn how to protect your children at


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to report an actual physical assault or an accident. Yet only one in five incidences of cyberbullying is ever voluntarily reported to parents or school authorities. Don’t punish a child who’s been cyberbullied by taking away their cell phone or computer “for their own good” – it’s not their fault they’ve been bullied, after all. Instead, work with them to protect themselves online. Teach them how to become more cyber-savvy, that not everyone they encounter online is a “friend.” Explain to them that they must never publicize personal information, share passwords, or post compromising photos. Once it’s up on the internet, it’s out there in cyberspace forever, getting passed along at the speed of light, and can never be erased or taken back. If a child comes to you and says they’re getting nasty texts and messages on their Facebook page, don’t tell them to toughen up and fight back, don’t tell them they’re being a sissy or a weakling, a whiner or a tattletale. Cyberbullies are insidious, anonymous predators from around the world, not just the traditional loud-mouthed kid from down the street.

If you think you know who the cyberbully is, don’t immediately call the bully’s parents (the way your parents would have responded if you came home with a bloody nose). Cyberbullying is a crime – contact the school authorities and police with documentation before involving other parents. All parents, especially those of younger children, need to have supervisory access to all their child’s online accounts, apps, cell phones, and passwords. Document incidents of cyberbullying or inappropriate contact – save or print the messages. Start by blocking or “unfriending” cyberbullies. If necessary, change your child’s email address or cell phone number (although this may only stop the bullying temporarily). If the bullying continues or escalates, go to the school authorities and police (and even consult with a lawyer), especially if the messages are sexual, threatening, extorting, a possible hate crime, or persistent stalking/harassment. You can also contact the bully’s cell phone provider or the host of their email account or website to report the cyberbullying. Even anonymous bullies can be traced through their internet service or cell phone provider

Not Just Fun and Games

Many add-on “apps” for mobile devices and computers are free to download, but there could be a heavy price to pay down the road if parents do not actively monitor their children’s use of them. Many cases of cyber bullying, sexual predation, and teen suicides have been linked to unsupervised use of certain apps. Some invite kids to chat with complete strangers, divulge their darkest personal secrets, share “selfies” or videos of themselves, or “hook up” with a blind date. Other apps can pinpoint a child’s location or capture “metadata” from their messages and sell it to third parties. Right now, even venerable Disney Corp.’s children’s games are being slammed with a class action lawsuit for collecting personal metadata and selling it to marketers and advertisers, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1999. Make sure you read the fine print before your child or teen downloads any app, and monitor their use of any of the following red-flagged apps:, Down, Fess, Kik Messenger, Instagram, MeerKat, MeetMe, Omegle, Oovoo, Periscope, Secret, Snapchat, Tango, unMentioned, Vine, Voxer, WhatsApp,, YikYak, and YouNow.

– and, at the very least, they can lose their accounts for cyberbullying.

“Never Put It in Writing”

In a recent survey, more than 80% of teens, both male and female, admitted that bullying is much easier to get away with online than in person. They think that it’s just a victimless prank, a harmless goof, and that the chances of their getting caught cyberbullying are almost nil. But state, local, and federal laws against cyberbullying are finally catching up – with increasingly severe consequences for the bullies and their parents, especially when a cyber-bullied victim commits suicide. One family in New Jersey, whose twelveyear-old daughter recently killed herself after being cyberbullied by classmates, is suing the school district for negligence for not taking their repeated complaints seriously and they are also planning to sue the parents of their daughter’s tormentors. Another family in Ohio has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district after their eight-year-old son committed suicide after relentless bullying at school. Here on the South Coast, the precedentsetting involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michelle Carter, who urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy to kill himself via multiple text messages, has galvanized parents and authorities into finally realizing how powerful and pernicious the influence of cell phones and social media can be on vulnerable children and teenagers. Carter’s sentence of two and a half years is on hold pending appeal, but Roy’s parents have already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her, seeking $4.2 million in lost future wages. There are laws against cyberbullying, just like there are laws against assault and battery, intimidation, identity theft, invasion of privacy, and defamation of character. Know your rights as a private citizen in the cyber-world and fight back within the law when you or your child have been cyber bullied. For more information, go to nobullying. com,,, and

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The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts features a variety of styles and mediums.

Taking art to heart by Greg Jones

Artists have often found that repurposed buildings can make good studio and gallery space. If you’re a South Coast artist, old mill buildings might come to mind, but what about a bank? Barbara Leger, together with her business partner Sandra-Souher Nasrawis, is the creative force behind The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts, a repurposed bank building located at 169 Rockdale Avenue in South Dartmouth. The building dates back to 1960, when it was the New Bedford Institution for Savings, ending its banking days as a branch of the Bank of America. After that, “It was vacant for years,” said Leger. During that period, she and Nasrawis knew each other and had been working as artists. The Nasrawis’s own the building. At first visit,Barbara saw the light, the natural light in the building that lends itself to provide great studio space for the two women


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and an art gallery that would be “a real premier gallery” according to Leger. She succeeded. “We are compared to galleries that are in Providence, the Cape, or New York City,” she said. The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts carries the work of Nasrawis and Leger, of course, but, as the guy on TV says, “there’s more.” The Vault Gallery offers fourteen spaces for the work of many artists, called vaults, in a wide variety of media. The artists on display only offer original work. “All two dimensional art is original, as are the sculptures,” said Leger. The layout of The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts maintains the floor plan of the original bank. “We have an area we call ‘teller row,’

where we show, among other things, pottery from regional Potters, paintings, blown glass, and jewelry,” said Leger, who believes that special work deserves a special place. Most of the vaults are small, “under-thecounter vaults,” she said, with two large vaults in a secure room used during openings for beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The old drive-through has been re-imagined to serve as a courtyard and gathering area for gallery openings. “We get twenty to thirty people there and they are amazed it used to be a drive-through,” said Leger. Leger is both artist and artist’s agent. “I know all the artists. I have a personal relationship with each artist I carry,” she said. “I devote myself to acquainting the world with their work.” And, in addition to the stable of artists whose work is on display, there is the work of the two women. “We are the resident artists,” said Leger, who is known for marine-inspired oil paintings, and Nasrawis, “is very diverse in her work.” They both have studios in The Vault, where they work when not

tending the gallery, finding, promoting and selling the work of their artists. “Someone once told me that many galleries have one lead artist, but in our case every artist is in the lead, they are all at the top of their game,” said Leger. “The one golden thread of all the work in the gallery is excellence.” The excellence of the work on display at The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts is available at a range of prices that range from very affordable “impulse buys” to what might be accurately described as “investment grade” art that could well be passed on to the next generation or the one after that. The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts is open Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday is also the regular occasion for Friday Night Light from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Every now and then, as a random treat,” said Leger, “we have live music.” Visit The Vault’s website, for more information. Barbara noted that The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts is also open by appointment for private showings. Call the gallery at 508-9911761 to arrange your visit.

Beyond walls

Artists in the New Bedford area have discovered they are in a “sweet spot” in the evolutionary cycle of large urban buildings. In the recent past, New Bedford’s textile mills employed thousands of people working in enormous buildings. One by one, the mills closed down, and for a time, the mills were mostly empty. As the economy cycled through boom and bust, artists discovered these empty spaces

and, with the assistance of investors and local government, they began to re-populate the mills. One of those artists was Judith Klein, whose affinity for and devotion to fine art began with her youth. “I was born on the border of Hungary and Transylvania, and my parents lived in a highly cultural city,” she said. Her mother was a translator for the theater and Klein had access to rehearsals, concerts, plays, concerts; the complete cultural palette was hers to watch and learn from. From there she studied and worked in Israel, where she graduated from Art Teachers College and exhibited her work at leading Israeli galleries. She moved to Milan, Italy, to continue her art education and career at the Brera Academy. She worked as part of an art co-op in New Bedford, and then worked on her own after the co-op disbanded. Later she worked in a several different places, but her clientele was faithful. “They followed me to the new gallery; they looked me up and found me,” she said. After five years having gallery in downtown New Bedford, four years ago The Judith Klein Art Gallery and Studio is now at 127 West Rodney French Boulevard, Door 31. Klein’s background as an artist and a teacher continues to serve her and her clientele. She offers classes, art instruction with a personal touch, and the gallery provides exposure to her work, which she describes as “figurative abstract. I do printmaking, also some textile art, acrylic painting drawing, and mixed media, as I represent also Sheila Oliveira photography ” she said.

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The Judith Klein Art Gallery and Studio also represents a number of other artists. “I do a show every couple of months for different artists, mostly regional and area artists,” she said. These shows are sometimes group shows, offering exposure to artists at various stages of their careers. A visit to Klein’s gallery will also give you an opportunity to see and appreciate the artists who are regular exhibitors. “Nitza Attali is a jewelry artist who has been with me since I opened my gallery,” said Klein, “and Edgar McGarvey is a potter, a ceramics artist, who makes bowls, plates, cups… very nice, functional work.” On what is often a somewhat larger scale than teacups is the work of sculptor Valorie Sheehan. Her sculptures in clay and bronze intrigue and fascinate the viewer. The Judith Klein Art Gallery and Studio is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a personal look, call the gallery for an appointment at 508-965-7396. Her website is a good place to start to get an idea of the scope of her gallery. Go to judithkleinart. com for that.

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the most recent show at the S&G Project Gallery, having opened in late August. Doherty’s work on “Biorhythms” began four years ago, when the artist decided to try and become pregnant. “She decided to register what was going on in her life,” said Santoro. “Each year, with slightly different constraints. We now have four years of this on the walls, 208 images.” The prints are large, roughly 12" x 18". “It was an enormous project putting it up,” said

“We are showing art that is really about something.” Put the “art” in “partner”

The S&G Project Gallery, located at 88 Hatch Street, Room 306a in New Bedford, is a gallery that devotes itself to the idea of “projects” rather than individual works of art. Denn Santoro is a fine art photographer who founded the S&G Project Gallery to provide the space needed to properly display works of art that consist of more than one individual work. “I work in large series, said Santoro. “Helen Granger (the “G” in “S&G”), my partner in life and work, works in smaller series. It is difficult to get the point across with a few pictures – you must see more of the series to appreciate it.” “Biorhythms,” by Brooke Mullins Doherty, is just the kind of work that lends itself to the extensive space of the gallery. It is


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Santoro. “We are showing art that is really about something. Our gallery is quite large because it is an old mill building, so we can do shows most galleries could not.” That ample space allows the gallery to exhibit pieces like a large wire and cloth sculpture by Doherty, made to accompany her “Biorhythms” series. Hanging from the ceiling, the work is fifteen to twenty feet wide and six to eight feet tall (depending on just where you measure), with an underlying grid pattern that ties in with the display of the “Biorhythms” prints. Santoro’s chosen medium is photography. He has been a photographer “pretty much all my life,” he said. He didn’t make the switch to digital until the turn of the century, he said, “not until I found a way to print on regular photo paper using light and

chemicals rather than digital printing. I shoot to JPEG, not RAW… I don’t manipulate my images, I shoot them the way I want them to look.” You won’t see series numbering on Santoro’s work, either. “All prints are oneoff, one print per image at any given time and size,” he said. There is plenty of room for Santoro’s and Granger’s work as well as guest artists. “In our gallery, one wall has images of mine and another section displays Helen’s work,” said Santoro. Granger works in two-dimensional work, ink, paintings, drawings, and sketches. To fully appreciate the work at the gallery, it must be seen, on-site. A visit to the website,, or their Instagram or Facebook pages, will provide an enticing preview, but it’s best to go there. “We are open by appointment, and during openings, closings, and events” said Santoro. “We are officially open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at openings, and sometimes some of the studios in the building are open during our events.” A phone call to 774-279-2606 will reach the artists directly, and Santoro promises that, “We make time to meet with clients, and hopefully they fall in love with an item and take it home.” How to take it home? “We make arrangements to deliver the art after the purchase as needed,” said Santoro. The mill building of New Bedford have successfully made the change from textiles to art, sparked by the creativity of artists who now have working spaces of their own.


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Creating a creative economy By Joyce Rowley

There is an old saying that fits the new Co-Creative Center opening later this month at 139-141 Union Street in New Bedford: Failure is an orphan; Success has many parents.


hen asked whose idea it was to form the center, Teri Bernert, Executive Director of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) quickly responded that it was a group effort. “It came about from a lot of different entities through a charrette process with the AHA! Committee, UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Bristol Community College, and other stakeholders,” Bernert says. In 2015, the New Bedford workgroup looked to AS220 in Providence as a model for the project, albeit on a smaller scale than that complex’s 100,000-square-feet of studios, workspaces, galleries, and restaurants. AS220, founded in 1985 by Umberto Crenca, a prolific artist, civic leader, and cultural agitator, gives space to any artist who needs a place to create. It serves 5,000 artists each year, and includes an at-risk Youth Program.


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Before and after the 139 Union Street restoration project.

“AS220 is highly successful,” Bernert said. “And although there’s places downtown to go [in New Bedford], there’s no center where artists can collaborate and work like that. There’s no place for them to create after they graduate.” said Bernert. “The idea was born out of creative economics.” Citing the Zeiterion Theater, Rotch Jones Duff House, the National Park Service, and the Seaman’s Bethel restoration, Bernert said that WHALE stepped up as the lead in purchasing and developing the Union Street property. “Using real estate and restoring historic buildings to promote a creative economy is a big part of what we do at WHALE,” Bernert said. At a cost of $3 million, funding came from a host of sources. State tax credits, grants, and loans from the Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, City of New

Bedford HOME funds, and New Bedford Economic Development Council loans came in on the public funding side. Three banks and six foundations provided funding on the private side. MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s lead financing and development agency, provided funding and technical assistance as part of their statewide transformative development initiatives (TDI) program. Beginning with a $17,000 cultural facilities fund grant, MassDevelopment granted WHALE a $100,000 pre-development loan, and a $50,000 “placemaking” matching grant through the MassDevelopment’s crowdfunding partner Patronicity. To acquire 139 Union, WHALE received a $1 million flex loan from MassDevelopment. In 2016, MassDevelopment granted the project a $70,000 TDI Co-Work grant and a $100,000 cultural facilities fund grant. “From our perspective, having someone

like WHALE as a developer ensures it will be done really well as an historic development,” said Jim McKeag, the TDI Fellow assigned to New Bedford. McKeag’s work covers the entire Purchase Street/Union Street TDI District. “We are assured it will be long-lasting and the craftsmanship will be high-quality.” And it was transformative. Taking a vacant historic storefront that had been abandoned and turning it into a modern center was no easy task. There literally was an ice waterfall in the middle of 141 Union Street building when they took it over in December 2015, Bernert recalls. After putting on a new roof, they were able to retain the wood floors in all but the new kitchen space. The beautiful stone wall at 139 Union as well as the historic tin ceiling were retained. However, everything else has become modernized, energy efficient, and state-of-the-art.

Makers’ spaces

The Co-Creative Center project integrates multiple uses to provide as many resources for artists as possible in 10,000 square feet. Four apartments, two in each building, provide new affordable live/work studios for artists on the third floors. At 139 Union, the second floor houses non-profit offices and a co-work space. On the first floor and basement, a community gallery, the Atkinson Learning Center, and an artists’ makers’ space give artists a place to create and sell their work. At the makers’ space, artists are able to access a digital fabrication laboratory, maker-based equipment, and a green wall for videography and photography. It also has vinyl cutters, a router and an engraver, and a 3-D printer. At the corner of 141 Union, People’s Pressed Juice Bar provides a cozy gathering space. Owner Amanda Desrosiers has been juicing for several years and last year founded her own juice business. “I’m so excited to be moving into the Center,” Desrosiers said. She said she hopes her space will become a cornerstone of wellness for the center and New Bedford as juice barristas serve her all vegan, non-GMO juices, smoothies, and assorted snacks. Filling out the first floor is Duende, a unique flat glass gallery and showroom by Tracy Silva Barbosa. Silva Barbosa has

developed a multiple-layered plate glass technique where each glass layer uses a different art form: etching, painting, sandblasting, photography, or printing, and is laminated together for a three-dimensional final product. She has also developed her artform into a prospering business over the past 14 years. With a live/work space at the Ropeworks, she said the offer to have a gallery and showroom at the Co-Creative Center was meant to be. “I’ve looked at the space for years, where the Slices pizza sign was, and thought, ‘this is such a cool spot. I’d love to be there,’” Silva Barbosa said. “The Center is a great opportunity to have a walk-in retail space as a gallery and showroom and to do the office work there,” she said. Interns from CVPA will manage the showroom during the day. “Having this centralized mission towards creativity with events that support each other, plus public space, is ideal.” Portrait artist and art professor Daniel Kornrumf will have an auxiliary studio above her on the second floor. It wasn’t space that he was looking for, but rather the ability to connect with other artists. “I just loved the location at the heart of downtown,” Kornrumpf said. Currently, his main studio is on an 18-acre farm on the outskirts of Berkeley, which he says can be isolated. “I wanted more space to be around other artists and to interact more.” But it’s not just the space but also the other opportunities that drew him to the Center. The gallery, for one, as well as the ability to hold informal classes at the learning center. An adjunct professor at Mt. Ida and Emmanuel Colleges in Boston, Kornrumpf teaches basic design, color theory, graphic design, and furniture design. He said the center also allows him to expand his teaching. “It’s hard to find a place to do figure drawing outside of academia,” he said. “I’d like to offer a figure drawing class at the learning center, for example.” “There’s something about the size of New Bedford that’s attractive. It’s small but it’s nice to be able to carve out your own niche,” Kornrumpf said. Watch for events and happenings at the new Co-Creative Center at

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The author’s photo of Sachuset Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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I love surprises—being caught off guard and delighted by something I never knew was there that was right in front of me all along. I just didn’t know to look.


hode Island does that to me. It surprises me no matter where I go. I’ve been very lucky this year to have been hired by the state to take photos as it upgrades its tourism website. I have been spending weeks scouring various parts of the state I’d been to in the past but never really seen. As such, I’m finding places I’ve not seen that provide complete and lovely surprises around nearly every corner. I mean who knew Rhode Island had so many vineyards? I found a beauty in Diamond Hill Winery in Cumberland,


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where people love lounging around on warm days outside noshing on cheese and charcuterie and sipping fabulous vino. Or that there’s the Blackstone River State Park in Lincoln, with a canal towpath built in 1828 and a major place to hike that looks absolutely Shire-like on rainy days as you walk under the looming concrete arches of the Route 146 overpass, a transportation necessity that looks like a giant work of art. Or that a house at the end of the breachway near West Beach in Quononchontaug, a quiet little beach enclave in Charlestown, looks completely ablaze at a sunny day’s end because of the fiery sunset reflected

in its windows. Tourism is a major component of the state’s lifeblood; at nearly $6 billion a year that it brings in, tourism is second only to healthcare as its leading industry. It employs around 50,000 people. One of ten Rhode Islanders owe their jobs to tourism. It’s a big deal. And as a native Rhode Islander (I was born in Providence, and though I grew up in nearby Seekonk, I’m claiming native status), I will cheerlead my state in any way I can. In recent times, I’ve taken up hiking, and in doing this photo job, have found a million places worth a walk, including Powder

Mill Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield, also the headquarters of the state Audubon Society, a 120-acre walk into the woodland where abounds some amazing rock formations; Napatree Point in Watch Hill, part of Westerly, where a brisk walk up and over dunes affords you some of the most spectacular coastline scenery in this or any other state; and the Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge in Warren, 66 acres of hardwood, flowers, fields, and sprawling marsh overlooks. But my biggest surprise find was the Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, a town I’d driven through countless times on the way to Newport (and its most famous hike, the Cliff Walk) without knowing this beauty existed. It is 242 acres smack dab on the coast with some of the most fantastic views I’ve ever seen, and easy walking paths from which to see them. The visitor center is worth a quick stop to orient yourself and to be immersed in some pretty cool interactive exhibits. A delightful old gentleman working the desk here said to be mindful of deer, who aren’t afraid of people and often bound down the hiking trails right by you. Mink can also be seen here, he said. They call it a “wildlife” refuge for a reason. It’s also the place to see harlequin ducks, named after the colorful clowns they resemble, the refuge being home to the second largest wintering population of them on the Atlantic coast. They can be seen along the rocky shore from November to

March, and here you can also see loons, elders and gannets, making Sachuest a bird-watcher’s dream. More than 200 bird species visit here seasonally; other migratory critters are peregrine falcons, northern harriers, and owls of the snowy and short-ear variety. The history of this place is fascinating, too. It was first used by the military as a rifle range and later a communications center. Local lore says it was also used to keep a lookout for Nazi subs in World War II. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island donated marshland to the site when it wasn’t in military use anymore, and in the early 1980’s, Middletown took it over and the refuge was established. There are two national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. The other is Ninigret down in Charlestown. But it’s the walk here that is the most fascinating, relaxing, sublime, and superbly photogenic. There are about three miles of trails, and conceivably can be done in an hour or so, but if you’ve got a cell phone or camera, or easel and paints, and want to capture the moments, you’ll be there a lot longer. You can spend an hour alone on any rocky outcrop waiting for the next gorgeous spray of waves to fill your lens. Or if you’re an angler, perch on those rocks and fish for supper. If you know Sachuest, its beauty is no surprise to you. If you don’t know it, prepare for one of the most delightful natural surprises Rhode Island has to offer. For more information, visit

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or those people who think manufacturing in the South Coast is dead, it’s time to wake up. There are niche manufacturers all around, especially in Fall River, once famously known as “the Spindle City.” Today, companies like Merrow are hoping to take the city, state, and world, to new, never-before-reached heights. Charlie and Owen Merrow are the greatgrandnephews of company founder Joseph Merrow. Together, along with 150 employees, they run the 178-year-old company. It began in Hartford, Connecticut in 1838 as a gunpowder manufacturer before moving on to knitting, the first of its kind in the country. By 1868, sewing machines began to


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Owen and Charlie Merrow brought their business to Fall River in 2004.

be constructed in the mills to help finish the tops of men’s socks. The first Merrow Crochet Machine was spawned at this time, which brought Merrow into contact with other textile manufacturers. By the late 1940s, Merrow continued to supply crochet sewing machines while pushing the design, manufacture, and distribution of industrial sewing machines. In 2004, Merrow changed its name to the Merrow Sewing Machine Company and moved its headquarters to Fall River. Merrow continues to push the invention, manufacture, and sale of industrial sewing machines, becoming an industry leader in developing cutting-edge online support and training systems to “advance our network of distributors throughout 87 countries in 2017,” according to Charlie.

They are now the oldest continuallyrunning manufacturer of sewing machines in the US, but they are not even close to being done yet. They are constantly implementing new design features while incorporating today’s products and technology, and Charlie said that’s only the beginning of what they have planned. Sewing Machine manufacturing isn’t the only thing that Merrow does, however. In 2008, Owen and Charlie began building into other industries, including their own apparel brand, technology development group, and soft goods manufacturing. Merrow, at its 502 Bedford Street mill, takes up a whopping 255,000-squarefeet of mill space over six floors, including a retail and embroidery facility on the first floor, sewing and training on the

third, office and lab space on the fourth, 30,000-square-feet of automated soft goods cutting on the fifth floor, along with a small parcel “pick & pack” on the sixth floor. Product development runs the gamut, and recent production work includes insulated sport parkas, lingerie, airplane and automotive seat covers, medical braces, ultra-light running apparel, combat fatigues, sport pads and guards, helmet linings, fishing vests, rugby jerseys, fire resistant workwear, and emblems and patches. Charlie said that over the next several years investment in the development of technical soft goods and the associated technologies should allow the Center to create a significant number of new jobs. In the past month they’ve established a publically funded new training center for stitchers, and are preparing to announce the opening of the technology and textile development center this fall.

to take on a central role in the future development and production of the technical sewn products and wearables industry. “We’re trying to do good business – good community work and utilizing existing infrastructure to get to something new,” said Charlie. “Fall River has remarkable physical infrastructure from the mill buildings to the knowledge base about the production of soft goods. This region is like no other place in the US and to top it all off, we also have the most talented stitchers in the country.” Charlie said that a substantial public investment in next-generation fiber will allow Merrow to develop cutting-edge machines that will help the development of the new products along. He hopes that Merrow will become a nexus for the hundreds of brilliant students interested in product development and entrepreneurship coming out of all the great colleges and universities across the region like UMass Dartmouth’s Charlton School of Business,

“With a little bit of luck, and a whole lot of hard work, there is a fantastic future for manufacturing in Fall River and the South Coast!” There are plans to create a production center for technical soft goods in 2018, adding 50-200 new jobs. In 2020, they plan to add a production of proprietary technical textiles and “data-driven application layer services” that will add another 50+ jobs. In 2028, they plan to bring about a scaled automated production of technical textiles and textile technology products that hope to add 300+ new jobs.

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Charlie said that their commitment to employees is a central tenet at Merrow with competitive salaries, full benefits packages, pop-up markets in the factory, and quarterly employee MBO bonuses (for recruitment, excellent performance, and leadership). Merrow Manufacturing’s success is built with the well being and development of Merrow employees at its core. Charlie said this region has the historic and present assets, as well as the expertise,

MIT, RISD, Brown University, and others to complement and move along this emerging industry. He said that while Fall River may have talented workers and existing infrastructure, it’s not enough to attract companies on their own. Continuing technology and advancement will get people here, Charlie said, noting a designer from Brooklyn arriving for the week to perform their own product development and dozens of other companies from all over the country and world that do the same. “We make Fall River a pretty cool place to do business and now we have fifty to sixty jobs opening now for production,” said Charlie “With a little bit of luck, and a whole lot of hard work, there is a fantastic future for manufacturing in Fall River and the South Coast!” For more information visit merrowmfg. com




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Silva gets golden treatment at Vibra By Emmanuel Berthil, RTT Chief Clinical Officer

At 67, Jose Silva was full of life – an energetic gentleman who was independent and otherwise healthy.


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Unfortunately, one night he suffered a severe fall at his house that nearly took his life. He suffered some spinal fractures which required him to wear a neck collar. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he received emergency care and was placed on a breathing machine. There, in the Intensive care unit, he went into cardiac arrest that required resuscitation measures. After a successful resuscitation, Jose continued to be unable to breathe on his own. He required a tracheostomy tube (plastic tube in his neck) for breathing as well as a parenteral gastrostomy tube (feeding tube in the stomach) for nutrition. The medical team treating Jose felt that he would need a longer recovery

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period and recommended Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts in New Bedford for continued care.

New beginning

Jose arrived at Vibra, bed bound, unable to walk, unable to talk, still requiring a breathing machine, but with his dedicated wife at his side. At the first meeting with the clinical team and his doctor, his wife expressed her desire to see him return home and echoed that she heard that Vibra hospital had a reputation for “getting

who prayed day and night, he made a full recovery. “I didn’t want to lose my best friend,” Maria said. “With the help of God, this hospital gave him back to me.” Ultimately, Jose walked out of the hospital under his own power and went home. Jose and his wife frequently visit the hospital and have attested that they continue to pray for the clinical team in their quest for miracles for other patients.

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Jose recalls that the clinical team and the

Going to Vibra Hospital turned out to be the best decision of my life. people back to better.” During his hospitalization at Vibra, which lasted several weeks, Jose worked incessantly with the clinical team and was able to be successfully weaned off of the breathing machine. He then gained the ability to talk and then to eat by mouth. With the help of the caring team of professionals at Vibra, his determination to get better, and his dedicated wife, Maria,

doctors who cared for him at Vibra went above and beyond to make him comfortable during his entire hospitalization. “Dr. Martin was excellent. He was very humane, considerate, and compassionate,” Jose says. “I do everything now that I used to do before being in the hospital. May God bless them all for the good work they do.” “Going to Vibra Hospital turned out to be the best decision of my life.”

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It’s time for Oktoberfests, Seafood and Harvest Festivals, and all things Halloween! Enjoy the foliage and the cooler weather – it’s the lull before the holiday season gets into full swing.

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Calling all cyclists! Register now for the 11th Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride from Westport to Woods Hole on October 11! Learn more at

Sign up for the Gardeners Roundtable: Catalog Your Garden on October 27-29 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Find out what’s happening at the Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit

Don’t miss the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration October 7-8 in Wareham! Food, music, helicopter rides! For details, go to

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

Sign up now for the 12th Annual Kickoff Dinner to benefit the Salvation Army of New Bedford and Fall River on October 14 at White’s of Westport! Make the holidays brighter for local families in need. For info and tickets, contact Manuela Cimbrom of Tetreault Insurance at 508-995-8365 or at

Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288.

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Acushnet Take the kids to the Harvest Festival at The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet on October 21! Hay rides, a corn maze, and more! For info and tickets, call 774-202-1027 or go to Talk a stroll through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit

Attleboro Find out what’s happening at the Capron Park Zoo! Call 774-203-1840 or go to capronparkzoo. com. The Attleboro Community Theatre will present “Play On!” on October 6-8, 13-15, 2022. For more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to Stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit


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

Carver Hear ye! Hear ye! Visit King Richard’s Faire on weekends through October 22! For info, go to or call 508-866-8600. Explore Thomas the Tank Engine Land and Dino Land at Edaville Railroad! For more info, visit or call 508-866-8190.

Dartmouth Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Cold Chocolate will perform on October 14. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Check out the “Creepy Critters Night Hike” on October 27! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit dnrt. org.

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

Fairhaven Don’t miss the 16th Manjiro Festival on October 7, and the Harvest Fun Day on October 14! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Take the kids to the Haunted Academy October 27-29, and the Halloween Parade October 29! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details. Browse through the Oxford Book Café on Saturdays from 9 to 1 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Coffee and homemade snacks, used books on sale, WiFi. To learn more, call 508-9922281 or visit

Fall River The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit Get ready for the new season at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Annie will be performed October 12-15. For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852.

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The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s the Carl Palmer Band October 4, David Bromberg Quintet October 7, Melvin Seals & JGB October 15, The Yardbirds October 28 – and more! Plan ahead for Tom Rush November 4, Shawn Colvin November 8, Quinn Sullivan November 9, Los Lonely Boys November 11. For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Enjoy the beautiful weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405.

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Stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508636-4693 or go to Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Enjoy the good weather at the Buttonwood Park Zoo! Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new animal exhibits, too! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Don’t miss the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s free concert October 17 with Roberto Plano at the Zeiterion! Plan ahead for The Sibelius Connection performance at the Z on November 26. For info and tickets, visit

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

New Bedford Don’t miss the 14th Annual Oktoberfest fundraiser at State Pier on October 14! Enjoy the sounds of the Bon Jovi Tribute Band while tasting the many brews! For tickets and info, go to Head for the Chowder Festival on October 8 under the tents on Pier 3! Family-friendly, music and local brews. For ticket or info, call 508-9995231 or contact Stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508636-4693 or go to Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Gamers, team-builders, and mystery-solvers should head for the new “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4-8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to


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Don’t miss the unique exhibit, “Thou Shalt Knot,” based on Clifford W. Ashley’s classic, The Ashley Book of Knots, and his personal collection, at the Whaling Museum. For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The October 12 theme is “Moveable Feast.” The November 9 theme is “Made in NB.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Mark your calendars for the start of Your Theatre’s new season! For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t miss Tapeface October 10, NBSO presents Roberto Plano in Concert (free!) October 17, An Evening with David Sedaris October 19, Bernadette Peters October 21,“ A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” October 27, Halloween Movie Spook-a-Thon October 29, Rocky Horror Picture Show October 31 and Tuesdays with Morrie November 4! For info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! Check out the “Little Black Dress” exhibit through October 31. For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club – Scotland’s Archie Fisher will perform on October 21. For tickets or info, go to or contact

Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, go to And while you’re there, visit the Whaling Museum, and the newly reopened Seamen’s Bethel across the street! For more info, visit whalingmuseum. org or call 508-997-0046.

Newport Don’t miss the 27th Annual Seafood Festival under the tents on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport on October 14-15! Live music, family fun. For details, go to Take the kids to the free Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest at Ballard Park on October 14! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions and Newport Harbor through October 21! Free dockside parking. For more info, visit or call 401-295-4040. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Self-Help” will be performed through October 8. “The Crazy Time” will be performed October 12-November 19. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to

Plymouth Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s Magic Dick & Shun Ng October 6, Jethro Tull’s Marrtin Barre Band October 8, New England October 13, “Outermost Radio” film October 15, The Sea The Sea October 19, Grace Morrison & Macalla November 10 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Plan a day-trip to Plimouth Plantation! Go to or call 508-746-1622.

Portsmouth Get lost in the corn maze at Escobar Farm! For details, call 401-683-1444 or visit escobarfarm. com. Continued ON PAGE 38

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Continued FROM PAGE 36 Get back to your musical roots at Common Fence Music! There’s Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards October 20, The Honey Dewdrops October 21, and the Full Moon Fest with various artists November 4. For a complete schedule and info, call 401-6835085 or go to Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens! For more info, call 401-683-1267 or go to Enjoy live jazz on Saturdays through December at the Greenvale Vineyards! For complete info, call 401-847-3777 or go to

Providence Prosit! The Oktoberfest at Bold Point Park in East Providence is scheduled for October 7! For more info, go to Don’t miss the famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular October 5-November 5 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo! For info and tickets, visit Enjoy the new season of Festival Ballet Providence! “Pippi” will be performed October 1, 7 to 8 at the FBP Black Box Theatre; “The Witch’s Broom” will be performed October 27-29 at The VETS. For info or tickets, call 401-353-1129 or go to Go ghost hunting at night through the historic East Side! Every night through October, weekends in November. For tickets and more info, call 401484-8687 or visit Don’t miss the Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band at The VETS on October 15! For info and tickets, go to Listen to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performance of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony at The VETS on October 13. For info and tickets, call 401-248-7000 or go to Be amazed by WaterFire in downtown Providence! Plan ahead for the November 4 “Salute to Veterans!” lighting. Go to Head for Trinity Rep to see Death of a Salesman and Skeleton Crew through November 26. For tickets and info, call 401-351-4242 or visit Start the new theatre season with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker,” performed by The Wilbury Group in Providence through October 7. For more info, call 401-400-7100 or visit Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Don’t miss The Temptations and The Four Tops October 13, Ray Lamontagne October 21, Straight No Chaser October 28! Plan ahead for “Fun Home” November 7-12, Brit Floyd: Immersion Tour November 8 at The VETS. Call 401-421-2787 or go to Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437.


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The Arts in the Village Concert Series will return on October 7 with a performance by the Prometheus Duo at Goff Memorial Hall. For more info, call 508-252-3031 or go to carpentermuseum. org.

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Seekonk Head for Fear Town at the Seekonk Speedway on various dates through October 30 for the fright of your life! For info and tickets, call 508-296-0661 or go to or info@fear-town. com.

Taunton Check out the hauntings at Ghoulie Manor! For info, go to Pet Food Aid, a non-profit organization based in Taunton, collects pet food donations and distributes them to food banks and senior centers throughout Bristol County MA. Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. For more info, visit or call 774-204-5227.

Get ready for the Octoberfest Train Ride October 29, the Scarecrow Contest and Trick-or-Treat throughout Wareham this month! For details, go to Relax with Yoga with Laura at Shell Point Beach! For complete info, call 508-295-7072 or visit

Warren Take the kids to the Pumpkin Palooza at Frerichs Farm on weekends through October 29, and plan ahead for the Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 7! For more info, call 401-245-8245 or visit Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “The Boys Next Door” will be performed through October 29. Call 401-247-4200 or go to



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Q. How come many patients with the above cancers are not offered immunotherapy?

Q. What is immunotherapy?

Dr. Yang: Immunotherapy is given almost exclusively in what we call the palliative setting, where a patient’s cancer is inoperable and the goal of treatment is to increase a patient’s life expectancy and control symptoms for as long as possible. In earlier stages of disease, where surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy are being given in hopes of permanently curing the cancer, the role of immunotherapy remains uncertain.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Yang completed his medical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. He is chief of medical oncology for Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center’s sites in Fall River and Dartmouth.

Dr. John Yang: For years, physicians and patients have dreamed of allowing the body’s immune system to fight a patient’s cancer, in hopes that this approach would prove more effective and have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. Immunotherapy, which has become available within the past several years, is infusions of special drugs (not chemotherapy) that help a person’s immune system find and attack cancer cells.

Q. What kinds of cancers can be treated with immunotherapy? Dr. Yang: Lung cancer, kidney cancer, melanoma (skin cancer), and bladder cancer are the most common types of cancer we are currently treating with immunotherapy. Specialized testing can be done for other types of cancer, such as stomach cancer and esophageal cancer, to see whether these individual patients may benefit from immunotherapy.

Q. Are there different types of immunotherapy? Dr. Yang: The currently available immunotherapy drugs are all given by an IV (directly into a vein), typically in a short session every 2 or 3 weeks, with the IV session lasting for 30 or fewer minutes. There are several different immunotherapy drugs commercially available, and they all work using a similar method.

Q. Do you need to be hospitalized for immunotherapy? Dr. Yang: No, the immunotherapy treatments that we administer are all given as convenient outpatient infusions.

Q. What are the side effects of immunotherapy? Dr. Yang: Most of our patients receiving immunotherapy report experiencing no side effects, or only very minor side effects. The most common side effect is feeling tired. Immunotherapy less commonly can cause more serious side effects such as diarrhea, lung inflammation, kidney inflammation, liver inflammation, and rash. We monitor patients closely for these side effects and adjust their treatment accordingly if side effects develop.

Q. How effective is immunotherapy?

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center Founded in 1976, Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center provides expertise in a community setting to patients in the Greater Fall River-Greater New Bedford, MA, area. With locations at the Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, and Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Dartmouth, the center provides comprehensive cancer care, including: •

Medical oncology and hematology care, including biotherapy, immunotherapy, and infusion services

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Community health screenings and prevention education Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center is nationally accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program. It is accredited in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology and has been recognized as one of America’s “Best Hospitals for Cancer Care” by the Women’s Choice Award in 2016 and 2017.

Dr. Yang: The effectiveness of immunotherapy varies depending upon the type of cancer being treated and on how an individual patient’s disease behaves. In some patients, immunotherapy, unfortunately, has limited benefit. In other patients, immunotherapy has added years to their expected lifespan with few to no side effects.

Q. Is immunotherapy available at Saint Anne’s Hospital? Dr. Yang: Yes, we are currently treating large numbers of patients with commercially available immunotherapy, enabling many patients the comfort and convenience of not having to travel to Boston for treatment.

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