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FROM THE PUBLISHER September 2017 | Vol. 21 | No. 9

Fall has arrived, but you already knew that. You’ve smelled that tint of crispness at night, you’ve seen the sun get redder as it sets, as if even it is tired after a long summer of hard work. Things are quieter now. Slower. But we’ve been

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abound. But of note this year is tiny Fairhaven, which, despite its size, is throwing itself into the season. Get caught up on what’s going down with Dan Logan on page 8. Autumn is a time for rituals – for raking the yard every weekend to the annual tradition of de-mothballing the sweaters. But perhaps most important are our tasty traditions. Take a trip off the beaten path and you’re sure to find a farm stand on the side of the road, hocking your favorite seasonal flavors. On page 10, Joyce Rowley highlights a few local food procurers worth a visit. You don’t have to be here for very long to see that no one does fall better than us. Sure, we’re not the only ones with apple or pumpkin picking, but you’d be hardpressed to find a heartier cranberry crop. On page 20, Linda Burke explores the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, where families are free to get crazy for cran. As with any season, the South Coast is abound with opportunities. Enjoy!

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even hundred and fifty thousand soldiers were killed in the Civil War and the casualties continue to mount. The war was fought because eleven southern states, determined to preserve the institution of human slavery, seceded from the Union. The South lost. Slavery was outlawed and Constitutional Amendments were adopted to preserve the civil rights of African-Americans and to finally bring truth to to the assertion by a slave-holding Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, that “all men are created equal.” One hundred years after the Civil War, the battle continued with the passage of the Civil Rights Act and a new insurrection in the South, this time by AfricanAmericans led by Martin Luther King and other leaders. When the smoke cleared, most of us hoped that the issue of race, the 350 year old cancer in the American body politic, had finally been conquered. On August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia, it became clear that the cancer lingers. We saw self-declared “militia”, grown white men, mostly middle-aged, dressed in Rambo-like ersatz combat gear, “open carrying” semiautomatic assault rifles in the streets. We saw local police, clad in black helmets, carrying plastic shields and looking like the infantry in a Star Wars battle


scene, try to maintain order. We heard David Duke proudly confirming the commitment of the Klan and white supremacists to the “Trump agenda.” Finally, we saw one American drive his car at 40 miles an hour into a group of his fellow citizens whose beliefs differed from his. A year ago, I, like many Americans, thought that David Duke was long gone, a little, sad, hateful footnote in our history.

Charlottesville shows that we have lost our way, that we are neither as free nor as good as we believed ourselves to be. I didn’t know what the “Alt Right” was. I thought that the only terrorism threat we faced was from abroad, not from fellow Americans. I was wrong. The Battle of Charlottesville was fought because a local, elected public body voted to remove a statue of a general who fought valiantly and well on behalf of the Confederacy – eleven states determined to preserve the institution of slavery. Robert E. Lee was the enemy of the United States. He lost the battle of Gettysburg and the

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Confederacy lost the war. The Union was preserved and slavery eradicated. Robert E. Lee’s statue has as much legitimate claim to a place in the public square in America in 2017 as that of German General Erwin Rommel, the famed “Desert Fox,” who led the Afrika Corps during WWII. Rommel, too, was an enemy general who was respected by all for his bravery and military genius. He fought for Nazi Germany, a state committed to both slavery and genocide. Like the Confederacy, Nazi Germany lost. This August, some Americans exercised their First Amendment and Second Amendment rights by surging through the streets carrying placards adorned with swastikas that quoted Adolf Hitler and anti-semitic screeds. Nazi salutes were, without shame or any sense of irony, offered by men who consider themselves to be patriots. Perhaps their intent is to erect a statue of General Rommel alongside that of General Lee, two brave, talented generals, men, in fact, of conscience, but men who fought for causes that were and are repugnant to the America constructed by our Constitution and to our national conscience. Lee and Rommel together in our public square? That would be an idyllic and well-balanced shrine to racism. Charlottesville shows that we have lost our way, that we are neither as free nor as good as we believed ourselves to be.

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The Manjiro Festival alternates between Fairhaven and its far-away sister city, Tosashimizu, in Japan.

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As small as it is, Fairhaven has its quota of early American history to share with the world.


his fall the roster of the town’s public events will be highlighted by the 16th Manjiro Festival, a celebration of Manjiro Nakahama, the first person from Japan to travel to the United States. Fourteen-year-old Manjiro was one of five Japanese fishermen stranded on a deserted island for six months in 1841 before being rescued by Captain William Whitfield of Fairhaven. Manjiro, known as John Manjiro, lived in Fairhaven for four years, making the most of the opportunity by learning English and developing seafaring skills unknown to his Japanese contemporaries. It took Manjiro seven years and two tries to get back to Japan, including a profitable side trip to the California goldfields during the Gold Rush on his second attempt. He reached the Ryuku Islands in late 1851, a daring undertaking because Japanese who left the country, even if by accident, weren’t allowed back in and risked being killed for their efforts. But his timing was excellent


– Japan was realizing it needed to break out of its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world. Manjiro’s English and technical skills helped him to re-establish himself in Japanese society, where he became a samurai and an honored university professor and contributed to Japan’s emergence in international affairs. Manjiro’s story has been inspirational for many people in both southeastern Massachusetts and Japan. Crown Prince (now Japanese Emperor) Akihito visited Fairhaven in 1987, and soon after a delegation from the New Bedford area visited Manjiro’s home town of Tosashimizu, about 500 miles southwest of Tokyo, and established Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Tosashimizu as sister cities. The sister city relationship is an active one. Fairhaven is a popular stop for travelers from Japan, says Carolyn Longworth, Director of the Millicent Library, which has a collection of Manjiro artifacts that Japanese visitors stop in to see. The Manjiro Festival, which alternates

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yearly between Japan and the United States, helps bolster interest in the connection to Manjiro. This year’s event is particularly noteworthy, as the sister cities relationship reaches its thirtieth year. The mayor of Tosashimizu and more than 50 other Japanese visitors are expected to attend, says Gerry Rooney, president of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society. The organization maintains the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House Museum at 11 Cherry Street in Fairhaven. The museum occupies the home that once belonged to Captain Whitfield. In 2008, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, a well-known Japanese longevity expert (who died earlier this year at the age of 105) led a fundraising effort that enabled the purchase and renovation of the Whitfield house. The museum is a stop on the Manjiro Trail, those sites in Fairhaven where Manjiro lived and was educated. Festival organizers are planning to have a trolley that will loop past the various sites on the trail. Since Dr. Hinohara gave the home to the town of Fairhaven it has been undergoing renovation. “We’re working feverishly to develop the old carriage house into a cultural center,” Rooney says about the

big barn tucked away at the rear of the property. The 16th Manjiro Festival will be held Saturday, October 7 at the Fairhaven Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the official opening ceremonies starting at noon. The day’s events are free and will include a tea ceremony, Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) demonstrations, taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations by various schools in the area, classical flute performances, and a roving “shrine musician” playing traditional Japanese music. More than 30 vendors of various stripes will also be on hand. On the Sunday evening following the festival a friendship dinner is typically held at the Unitarian Church, but this year the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host the event in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit about Manjiro. For more information call Gerry Rooney at 508-979-4085 or visit the website at A map of the Manjiro Trail can be found on the website.

Poverty Point Walking Tour

The neighborhood in which John Manjiro lived also has a broader significance in Fairhaven history. The lower portion of Oxford and Lafayette streets lies on a modest outcrop into the Acushnet River now known as Poverty Point, once part of Oxford Village. Oxford Village traces its history back to the last survivor of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower, John Cooke. Cooke moved to the area around 1662, and a community began developing. A lively shipbuilding industry emerged on the Oxford Village waterfront in the 1700s and continued through the American Revolution, only to be throttled by the construction of the first bridge between New Bedford and Fairhaven in the 1790s. The shipbuilding and money quickly shifted south of the bridge to what is now the center of Fairhaven. After that the Oxford Village waterfront became more of a residential area referred to as Poverty Point. Today the neighborhood still has more than a dozen houses going back to the 1700s and early 1800s.

Joseph Bates, co-founder of what eventually became the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, grew up here. Artists Lemuel D. Eldred and Charles Gifford lived here, and it’s where Joshua Slocum readied his sloop Spray before sailing it around the world The Poverty Point tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. The free 90-minute walk starts at the Old Stone Schoolhouse at 40 North Street and covers about a mile. Rain cancels. Christopher Richard of the Fairhaven Office of Tourism leads the walk. For more information visit the website at, call 508-979-4085 or email

Henry Huttleston Rogers Walking Tour

A key figure in Fairhaven history was Henry Huttleston Rogers, a colleague of John D. Rockefeller noted for his ruthless business tactics but who also gave the town many of its finest public buildings. Among his many contributions were the Fairhaven High School, the town hall, the Millicent Library, and the Unitarian Church. The free, 90-minute walking tours take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout September, starting at 10 a.m., weather permitting. The tours start at the town hall at 40 Center Street. Participants walk past many of the attractive buildings Rogers commissioned, as well as inside the town hall and Millicent Library. For more information visit the website at, call 508-979-4085 or email

5th Annual Harvest Fun Day

In October Fairhaven will be hosting its family-oriented 5th Annual Harvest Fun Day. This year the fair is expected to feature upwards of 40 booths of nonprofit groups and local businesses selling food and arts and crafts. Activities for youngsters include arts and crafts projects, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and games. Harvest Fun Day will be held Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairhaven Visitors Center at the Academy Building at 141 Main Street. Admission is free.

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Take the apple cider pressed fresh each week on-site at Dartmouth Orchards’ cider mill on Westport Road. Sold only at their farmstand on Westport Road about a mile past the UMass Dartmouth campus, the cider is slightly different each week. “Every week is a unique taste. We might use two bins of this and one of that. Late in the season, the cider is quite a bit sweeter because of the apples’ maturity,” says Brian Medeiros, thirdgeneration orchard owner. Working an orchard that his father and grandfather owned, Medeiros said he is fussy about how his cider tastes.

“We’ve won three state awards for our cider,” said Medeiros. “I’m pretty proud of it.” Because the cider is not pasteurized and does not contain preservatives, it is only sold fresh at the farmstand at the orchard. It can be frozen, however, which is what his customers do so they can enjoy it throughout the winter, Medeiros said. There are different ciders to choose from. Cranapple cider is made when the South Coast cranberries are harvested in early October. Pear cider is pressed closer to Thanksgiving. “We grow our own pears and only have a limited amount of cider,” Medeiros said. Creating pear cider was completely happenstance. One year the farm had extra pears – about 100 bushels – at the end of the season. Making pear cider is a little more labor intensive, Medeiros said. The pear’s shape jams up the conveyor and its density is different than that of apples. But it made a beautiful cider that sells out quickly. Medeiros even planted more trees to meet the demand. Dartmouth Orchards’ farmstand is open seven days a week from July through January with apples, peaches, pears, and much, much more. The orchards are open for pick-your-own visits on weekends from September through mid-October. The cider pressing begins the third week of September.

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Popping off

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experimenting with growing other varieties of popcorn, although it’s not a typical crop in New England. Part of the reason is that it takes so long to dry the kernels so they’ll pop. At Orr’s Farm, traditional white popcorn is grown along with Ruby Red and Shaman Blue varieties. “The biggest part is in the drying process,” Orr said. “Last year the lack of rain helped. The popcorn dried on the stalks. After harvesting, it was put into bushel bags and left in a drying room with fans on it.” Orr plants popping corn in May and harvests the first week of October. The more rainy the season, the longer it takes to dry. Orr tests the corn’s popping every few weeks to see if it is ready. When it’s lost enough water so that about 99% pops, it’s ready to go. It’s sold by the ear as a novelty and by bags of kernels. An ear of popping corn can be put into a paper bag and microwaved. Orr’s favorite is to pop kernels in a hot air popper. Orr grows Indian corn, too. Although you can find the same version in grocery stores, this colorful variety corn is still edible, but only when used as popcorn. Find it only at Orr’s Farm farmstand, along with too many vegetables to list and a pick-your-own herb garden next to the stand. The farmstand is open daily from 10 Bill Perkins to 6 through to October 20.


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Leaders develop early, and to take advantage of that fact there is now a network dedicated to catering to them at those early stages.


tarting just about six years ago through the former New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, now known as the SouthCoast Chamber, the SouthCoast Young Professionals Network (SCYPN) was created to provide a place for young professionals to gather and learn from each other, usually in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. A recent event, called “Off the Clock” and dubbed to “not be your


typical networking event”, was held at New Bedford’s Moby Dick Brewing Company on Union Street on August 22. Unlike similar groups, SCYPN focus on limiting the age of those attending to from ages 21-39, with the criteria that they live, work, or play in the South Coast. Mobilizing millennials “We wanted to have a place for young professionals who are moving through the ranks of our local companies to have

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a place to convene with other young professionals,” said SouthCoast Chamber President and CEO Rick Kidder. “We wanted to have companies be able to demonstrate these young professionals’ importance to their company so that we can be able to keep these talented individuals in our area. It’s been a great partnership and we’ve been able to gather a number of volunteer efforts through this as well.” Where typical networking events like a

Business After Hours attracts business executives, employees, and owners of all age groups, SouthCoast Young Professionals Network caters to a basic 18 year age range, hoping to connect young executives with other like people that they can learn from. An origin of a leader has to start somewhere and this is a great place as any. Andrea Amaral Rodrigues, Vice President, Marketing Manager for BankFive was one of the initial members of the SCYPN dating from August 2011 to December 2015, where she became part of the new group’s leadership team/council. “There were few organized groups for young professionals in the area, so the need was there. Having a formalized Young Professional network creates a welcoming atmosphere for individuals to want to stay and start their careers in the South Coast,” said Rodrigues. “Professional and business development were the obvious initial values that we wanted the group to have, but we also wanted to present opportunities of civic involvement and engage young professionals to participate in the community,” he added. “SCYPN creates awareness of local resources to young professionals and the leadership training and mentoring from established business owners. The ‘Meet the CEO’ series has been a great benefit to members.” Rodrigues said that above all else, SCYPN works as an advocate for young professionals, something that is very much needed in the community. Since its creation, the SouthCoast Young Professionals Network has been going strong, attracting a legion of professionals, some with a few years under their belts like EforAll Director Shelly Cardoos, or the newly-minted Sylvia Group Account Executive, Andrew Armstrong. “It’s great to connect to other young professionals. Our nonprofit, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), is always looking for people who would potentially like to mentor and speak with entrepreneurs in our program, and we’ve met a few at these events,” said Cardoos. Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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“We get to connect and network but it’s also inspiring to hear what other young professionals are doing.” The new guard Andrew Armstrong, two months into his role as an Account Executive for the Dartmouth-based Sylvia Group, said the opportunity to grow long-term professional and personal relationships with other people his age through this group is a great benefit.

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South Coast to thrive, it needs to retain the young talent it develops as a community. “Growing a group like the SouthCoast Young Professionals Network showcases a welcoming and motivated peer group for that young talent to become a part of,” Armstrong said. “Those peers and the programs the group endorses help further develop that young talent into leaders who give back to the community.” Armstrong said that while it’s still early in his tenure, he hopes to continue to grow the group into a strong and influential

We get to connect and network but it’s also inspiring to hear what other young professionals are doing. “The different industries that are represented allow for unique perspectives on problem-solving and issues that we face as we continue to develop our professional careers,” said Armstrong. “Events put on by the SouthCoast Young Professionals Network are fun as well as rewarding. You can expect everything from volunteering at a community farm to a gathering at a local brewpub to enjoy a South Coast beer. Jeanne Fuller-Jones Like Kidder, Armstrong noted that for the


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voice for our demographic within the community. “The more I can help to increase the visibility and notoriety of the SCYPN, the easier that task becomes,” Armstrong added. “Down the road I hope to eventually become a mentor to those who join and to help to provide the same opportunities it has afforded to me. “ Julie Duggan, Premise Account Coordinator for North Dartmouth’s Spherion Staffing Services, believes that

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the SCYPN is a networking group of likeminded young professionals looking to grow their networks in all aspects of business. “I have been able to expand professional relationships with a variety of contacts thanks to this program and their fun networking events,” said Duggan. “My generation needs to be engaged. The staff at the Chamber that is involved with planning these events are always coming up with awesome ideas and fun things to get the younger generations involved in business. It is great to know that there is a group of young professionals taking their careers seriously and looking to make a difference in our community through their professional roles.” Duggan said she hopes to get even more involved in the group in the years to come. She sees them as opportunities to not only expand her professional network, but also to learn new skills like sailing, brewing beer, or farming. “I hope to help the group expand their membership and involvement in the community to break the negative stereotypes of young professionals in the working world.” For more information on SouthCoast Chamber’s events visit southcoastchamber. com.

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Local chambers of commerce exist to stand up for businesses who are too busy to stand up for themselves.

In southeastern Massachusetts, that advocacy just got a whole lot stronger as three major chambers have pooled their resources and memberships together to take these issues head-on. They are the Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance. Formed just a few months ago with the former New Bedford Area Chamber, now known as the SouthCoast Chamber, and the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, the group aims to be a collaborative approach to legislative issues that impact businesses across the state. The two Chambers recently added the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber, which covers the eastern tip of the South Coast in Wareham, holding their first legislative meeting in July with dozens in attendance, including many State Representatives, Senators, and Congressmen, among other local dignitaries.


“It’s about speaking with one voice on Beacon Hill,” said SouthCoast Chamber President and CEO Rick Kidder. “The heads of our own Rick Kidder Government Affairs groups got together to create this group. To come up with some common ground and to speak with one voice. The Alliance will speak for all three Chambers and their memberships.” Kidder said that if a topic comes up that the three Chambers don’t agree on, then they will instead advocate as individual chambers. Kidder said he had created a similar Alliance in Arizona, in which nine chambers were involved – enough to hire a lobbyist to help them.

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“It became the biggest lobbying group in the state and we are not at that point yet but we are growing,” said Kidder. “This area can sometimes be considered a forgotten corner of the state and we want businesses to know we are fighting for them and that they are not forgotten. It’s not only important for us to support legislation or not, but also to keep scorecards on a regular basis so local legislators know that we are keeping track of them and their votes.” Bristol County Chamber President and CEO Robert Mellion said the idea of a Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance was Robert Mellion something he

was somewhat skeptical of early on, but that changed in a hurry once the Alliance began building its focus. Its well-attended July 21 meeting held in Fall River set the stage for a bright future. “Delegates from the entire region were here, from Congressman [William] Keating to Fall River Mayor [Jasiel] Correia. Our focus will be on issues from the federal and state level, from the state budget to federal issues impacting businesses. A very broad scope for now,” said Mellion, who rebranded his Chamber from the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce to the Bristol County Chamber to better represent his community. “Our next meeting will be about infrastructure. We will be setting goals to address such as the health care assessment on businesses, where we want reforms to be attached. Anything but assessments without reforms is a tax on businesses. And those reforms must be aimed at sustaining MassHealth.” Mellion said that forty percent of the $40 billion state budget goes towards sustaining MassHealth. Thirty percent of the state population participates in MassHealth. Those numbers are all expected to increase in the next few years. “It’s becoming something it was never intended to be,” added Mellion.

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He said other issues for the Alliance to take on in the months ahead include the mandatory employer-paid medical leave, something no other state has. They are looking to find a solution that won’t pose as much of a threat to small businesses. They are also looking into the proposed $15 minimum wage increase proposal, which would give Massachusetts workers the highest minimum wage in the country. “The Alliance is also looking for a phased approach to South Coast Rail to create a South Coast rail by 2022,” said Mellion. “We are also concerned about traffic along 24 and Route 140 and we will need to address the choke points on both roads, which are hazardous to traffic and need to be

We advocate for what’s important to our combined membership and its working. addressed before more loss of life.” Mellion noted the importance of an Alliance like this since the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, known as MACE, which meets monthly, doesn’t take on legislative issues like this. “It’s regional advocacy that is very important to all our members,” added Mellion. Like MACE, the Local Cape Chambers Collaborative (LC3) also does not take a stand on legislation. Marie Oliva, President of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, represents the third Chamber to join the Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance. Oliva is no stranger to advocacy as a Chamber executive for decades and current MACE president. “This is legislation that impacts many businesses all over the state, and our members appreciate that we are on top of this legislation, Marie Olivia sending them emails with updates on what’s going on or

posting on Facebook,” said Oliva. “We let them know what the issues are, how legislation is proceeding, and when they should be sending letters to local elected officials. It’s helpful to them to get these messages out and keep them updated on issues at the state level because many of them don’t have time to look into it. The Alliance is a great partnership.” With the SouthCoast Chamber and Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber sharing the town of Wareham, the two chambers recently combined forces for a rare membership drive to get businesses involved in both chambers for one low price, basically half the cost it would normally take to be part of both chambers. “It’s all about working together for our members to give them an opportunity to be part of two chambers,” said Oliva. “We wanted businesses in Wareham to feel more connected,” added Kidder. As for the Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Alliance, Mellion hopes more Chambers like the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber will join the group to make it that much stronger, especially with a big 2018 election coming, promising to have many legislative issues to contend with in the 18 months ahead. “The Alliance is doing some real stuff and we’ve already testified on Beacon Hill against the employer-paid medical leave mandate and on medical assessments without reform,” said Mellion. “This is not a paper Alliance. We are doing things and we are helping the overall region. We invite other chambers to join this advocacy force on Beacon Hill and to help the overall region. We advocate for what’s important to our combined membership and its working.” To get involved, contact the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce at 508676-8226 or; the SouthCoast Chamber at 508-999-5231 or; or the Cape Cod Canal Chamber at 508-759-6000 or

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Admit it: Ever since you saw Justin and Henry standing in the cranberry bog on the Ocean Spray TV commercial, you’ve wanted to hop into a bog with berries floating around you. Now you can. This year’s Cranberry Harvest Celebration, October 7-8 in Wareham, will once again allow visitors to borrow a pair of waders (and a selfie stick) and stroll through the flooded bog. Now in its 14th year, the Cranberry Harvest Celebration is hosted by the A.D. Makepeace Company, the world’s largest cranberry grower. The event attracts some 30,000 guests over the course of Columbus Day weekend. Spread over two sites totaling close to 100 acres, the event never seems crowded. “It’s a fun way for visitors to learn more about the cranberry industry,” said Kim


Houdlette, director of events and agritourism for the A.D. Makepeace Company. “People come from all over the country and throughout the world, and they marvel at how interesting the harvest process is.” The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is co-sponsored by Ocean Spray Cranberries and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association and truly celebrates the cranberry industry. View historical displays, watch the harvest from an elevated platform, view the scene from a helicopter, take a wagon ride around the bog, sample some new Ocean Spray products, or watch cooking

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demonstrations of recipes that make this native berry shine. But while cranberries are the highlight of the event, the Cranberry Harvest Celebration offers plenty more to see and do. Dozens of juried crafters offer their wares under a tent, a food court offers regional specialties as well as traditional festival fare, and there are live musical performances throughout the day. As a new attraction this year, visitors will have the opportunity to dry-pick their own cranberries! Children love the pony rides and other special activities, which are all available for

free or with a small donation to nonprofit partners. Duck and swan paddleboats are available for a spin around scenic Tihonet Pond. Children also love the birds of prey demonstrations, and can make their own bog in a cup or paint a pumpkin during their visit. Parking is free, and most activities are free. There is an additional fee for helicopter rides, paddleboats, and the walk in a bog. The entry fee is $10, $5 for seniors and military, and children under 7 are admitted free. The A.D. Makepeace Company kicks off its cranberry harvest season with Redbrook HarvestFest on September 16. Held at Redbrook in South Plymouth, this free event features wagon

rides, bog tours, and more. The famous Ocean Spray Food Truck will be making a stop at the event this year. Throughout the harvest season, which typically concludes by the second week in November, the A.D. Makepeace Company also hosts bus tours to its bogs. For a small fee, visitors are transported by bus to a bog being harvested. An experienced grower explains the process along the way, and attendees are encouraged to step off the bus to take photos. Tickets for these tours are available online and advance registration is highly recommended, as tours typically sell out well in advance. Details about the Cranberry Harvest Celebration and other events are available at

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Becoming a better you BY Elizabeth Morse Read

September is National Self-Improvement Month. It’s been eight months now since you made those New Year’s resolutions, and vowed that you’d turn over a new leaf. So how’s that been working out? “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

— Socrates

Self-improvement is an ongoing process, not a finished product. Unlike making a New Year’s resolution, with an artificial cutoff date for bad habits and starting date for good ones, self-improvement is a quiet commitment to making small, gradual changes every day which will lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive you. First, you have to know what really needs improving, right? Don’t just look in the mirror and decide to make cosmetic changes to your body or wardrobe. Don’t throw up your hands and complain endlessly about your job, your relationships, your declining health, or the politicians in Washington. Nothing will change for the better unless and until you decide to make the gradual changes that could add up to a big difference.

Look inward instead – what makes you feel dissatisfied with your life, keeps you awake at night or prevents you from enjoying your blessings? If you’re lonely, learn how to be a better friend and coworker. Smile more. If you’re living on a tight income, stop paying for pedicures and do them yourself. If you’re worried about climate change, start recycling and driving less, and support a new political candidate – or run for local office yourself. If your weight and cholesterol levels are too high, eat more healthful foods and get off the couch every day.


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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” — Aldous Huxley Instead of waiting for some outside event (winning the lottery), person (Mr. Right) or fad diet to transform you into the new, improved version of yourself, take inventory of your lifelong habits and unconscious attitudes. They may be the real source of your discontent and frustrations. If you’re sick and tired of always feeling sick and tired, then maybe you need to get a check-up, change your diet or take more naps. If you’re always feeling rushed, stressed out, and unable to enjoy the little things in life, then maybe you need to shift your priorities and redirect your attention. You wouldn’t try to carry on a meaningful conversation with ten people at once, right? Do you really think you can multitask and accomplish ten things all at once? Concentrate on one issue at a time, then move on to the next. Give your brain a rest and find time to daydream, reflect, meditate, or just smell the roses. Instead of micromanaging all of your “free time,” leave some downtime to explore your inner thoughts and instincts. Stroll through a park. Chat on the phone. Work on a hobby. Read a novel. Visit a museum or wander through a flea market. Eat at a new restaurant or sample a new fruit. Step off the endless loop of habitual obligations and must-do-now busywork that constantly distracts you from your goal of self-improvement.

“There is no[thing] better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss… contains its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

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If you’re serious about making improvements in your life, you need to be serious about examining your ingrained behaviors and attitudes. Don’t procrastinate or find excuses for not making the little daily changes that are crucial to your long-term goals. If you fall off the self-improvement wagon and give in to old temptations, get back on the wagon – don’t use it as “proof” that you’ve set your goals too high to keep trying. If you are always too busy or too tired or too overwhelmed to do what needs doing, then you need to reflect on and address whatever’s making you too busy, tired, and distracted. The root solution might be something as simple as going to bed earlier at night, asking someone for help and advice, or being less OCD about your social image. Sometimes, your road to self-improvement might necessitate something as scary and life-changing as getting a divorce, changing your job, learning how to speak up for yourself, or seeking professional help. If you’ve allowed yourself to be a passive victim of circumstances or hostage to other people’s demands, it’s time to take control of your life and move in a more positive direction.

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

If you really want to improve yourself, then you need to stop tilting at windmills, chasing “feel good” solutions, and banging your head on the wall. There are things out there that you have absolutely no hope of changing or controlling (e.g., gravity, nuclear proliferation treaties, your mother-in-law’s cooking skills, the national debt). So don’t waste all your time, money, and energy that would be better focused on improving yourself first. Once you’re confident and committed to your own self-improvement, then you can branch out and make a more meaningful contribution to the big issues.

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.” — Bill Clinton

Before you can commit to self-improvement, you need to relinquish the past and focus on the future. Let go of old resentments, regrets, and rivalries – and move on. They’re cluttering up your mind and distracting you from concentrating on the really important stuff. They’re ultimately just excuses for not trying to improve yourself every day. Face it – you can’t “change” other people. You


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can’t rewrite the past. You can’t keep blaming Fate or your boss/ teacher/mother/doctor for your imperfections. But you can choose to be more compassionate, introspective, and self-aware, and gradually improve yourself from within.

“The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to stop.” — David Lee Roth It’s important to remember that striving to improve yourself does not mean seeking “perfection.” Accept from the start that you are probably never going to become an Olympic athlete, concert pianist, movie star, millionaire, or five-star chef. This is magical thinking. Focus instead on the necessary and doable. Everybody needs to feel that they excel at something, whether it’s computers or singing or basketball or just making people laugh. And it’s good to work hard on your unique interests and talents, but don’t let them interfere with improving your inner self. Perfecting your performance, expertise, or skill at something is not the same thing as improving your basic personality, behavior, and attitudes. That’s what “self-improvement” is all about, and it’s a lifelong process, not a New Year’s resolution or a competition with others.

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw By the same token, don’t confuse “self-help” schemes with “selfimprovement.” You can’t rely on somebody else’s magic pill, getrich-quick seminar, political movement, or online dating service to make you a better person. Self-improvement is a very private journey that involves a lot of courage, patience, self-reliance, and critical thinking. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula, no cult-guru or belief system that can change what’s deep inside you. Real self-improvement is strictly a DIY job.

“Make the most of yourself… for that is all there is of you.” — Ralph W. Emerson Your life is not a dress rehearsal. Play the starring role in your life story, compose your own script and plot line, instead of just making cameo appearances in someone else’s drama. It’s never too late to start make changes. Don’t wait until next January 1. As Ernest Hemingway said, “True nobility is being superior to your former self.”

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to breathing. Your breathing habits have a direct effect on your health, wellbeing, athletic and creative abilities, performance at work, and in everyday life.


hat you don’t know could be hurting you or holding you back on many levels, both in the short-term and in the long run. Dysfunctional breathing habits not only compromise physical wellbeing, but they can have direct, immediate, and profound effects on your emotional and psychological health as well. Here are some things that you can do on your own to improve your breathing and you health along with it: Learn Diaphragmatic breathing (also called “belly breathing”). Practice until it becomes an unconscious habit – until you literally do it in your sleep! The natural breathing pattern is inhale, exhale, pause. Inhale, exhale, pause. Make that pause after your exhale a comfort zone. Let your exhale be complete and don’t rush into the next inhale. Take your time and consciously enjoy that pause after your exhale.


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Apply the “two-to-one” pattern: make your exhales twice as long as your inhales. For example: exhale four and inhale two. Or exhale six and inhale three. Exhale eight and inhale four. Mix it up and vary your rhythms. (You can count using seconds, heartbeats, or your footsteps.) n

Get out and get some good old-fashioned aerobic exercises. Get someone to kick your butt to get you moving and breathing! Make sure to choose activities to match your abilities and your level of health.


Practice breathing at a rate of six breaths per minute for five minutes, three times per day. This practice helps to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as high blood pressure and asthma.


Take a hike! While you do, breathe to the rhythm of your footsteps. Start with a 2-2 pattern: breathe in for two steps and breathe out for two steps. Then gradually


Millions suffering “Statistics suggest that many millions of people worldwide suffer with the profound and misunderstood symptoms and deficits of learned dysfunctional breathing habits. Unfortunately, these habits are rarely identified by practitioners, their effects mistakenly attributed to other causes, and their resolutions prescriptive in nature focus is on symptoms rather than causes.” – Dr. Peter Litchfield, President of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences

increase your pace and the count to 3-3 and 4-4. Then experiment to find own favorite rhythm and pattern. Do Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Kung, or any other practice that involves slow, graceful movements coordinated with breathing. Pilates is an excellent way to improve breathing by developing more flexibility and core strength.


Learn “Bellows Breathing” to energize yourself. This ancient yogic technique stimulates the natural production of epinephrine. It involves breathing quickly and actively: two to three breaths per second (120 to 180 breaths per minute). You should sound like a busy bicycle pump! Do it for a minute or two, then rest for an equal amount of time. Several cycles of this will give you a healthy burst of energy. n

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Makers answer the call On October 1, the Second Annual Southcoast Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Fall River YMCA. The event is billed as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Last year, 68 Makers convened for the inaugural event to exhibit their creations, and even more are expected this year. They range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The Maker Faire seeks to entertain, inform, connect, and grow this community. The Southcoast Mini Maker Faire is part of a family of such events, which take place around the world. To learn more about the event or to answer the “Call to Makers,” visit

BayCoast boosts Battleship

BayCoast Bank has donated $50,000 as part of a $250,000 pledge to the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Inc. for capital projects at the Battleship Cove Maritime Museum. The donation has contributed to collateral improvements to the museum’s campus, including the installation of a new interpretation program within the museum. The interpretation project reveals the personal stories of the brave sailors who served aboard the “Big Mamie.” The core mission of the Battleship Cove Maritime Museum is to provide experiences where visitors can make personal connections by immersing themselves in the history of the battleship and her crew. To learn more, visit or


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Ten years of the Hospitalist Program

In 2007, Southcoast Health embarked on a new way to provide inpatient care, implementing the Hospitalist Program, which has dramatically changed the way patients and family experience a hospital stay. Instead of the doctor arriving early in the morning and then retreating to his or her office, the hospitalist doctor is there all day and is always available. Today, there are more than 60 hospitalists staffing St. Luke’s, Charlton, and Tobey Hospitals. This reflects the national growth. When the program was implemented by Southcoast, there were only 1,000 hospitalists nationwide. Today, that number is approaching 44,000. To learn more about the round-the-clock care provided by Southcoast Health, visit

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Fall at the farm

On September 5, Frerichs Farm re-opens for the fall season. Along with their popular fall events, this year they are introducing a new Holiday House, which will remain open until the end of the season in December. For a schedule of events and list of attractions, visit

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Making connections BY Jay Pateakos

Many of us can be considered role models for others —our children, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues —but do we truly act the part? Do we set examples for the future? Do we help guide the next generation through their most difficult times? More often than not, there’s more we could do.

onnecting the Dots, a Fairhaven-based nonprofit, aims to provide young adults with the opportunity to meet their role models. Each year during their annual Meet & Greet (this year scheduled for Thursday, September 28) and at other events at local high schools and universities, Connecting the Dots acknowledges and thanks members of the community for setting commendable examples. “Our goal is to encourage young adults in the community to take seriously the examples they set and to view themselves as role models for future generations,” said Connecting the Dots President and Founder Beverly Rousseau, who created the organization 15 years ago. “We are all-encompassing. We inspire children with the power of positive actions and attributes.” Rousseau said that when she started, she wanted to tell the story of women who triumphed over unbelievable odds. She hoped that these stories would help point people to the places and services that could change their lives. “We realized there was so much to be done in the community and there were so many programs and agencies that offered services that people didn’t know about,” said Rousseau.


“We help connect people with these agencies. We also felt compelled to connect children who were discouraged by a lack of role models in their lives with individuals who have done amazing things in their lives. We take negatives and make them into positives.” Rousseau said that young people are often struggling with how to make the best decisions, not knowing that some of the decisions they make could impact them for the rest of their lives.

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New Bedford Chief of Police Joseph Cordeiro and the New Bedford Public Schools have joined Connecting the Dots this year to introduce Donna Palomba, Founder of Jane Doe No More (, to the students of New Bedford. Jane Doe No

More seeks to be an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. “Donna’s story of surviving a terrible home invasion will reveal the courage, perseverance, and integrity of three admirable role models: Donna, her husband John, and Chief of Police Neil O’Leary. We will be doing this at assemblies during the school year as well as at our annual Meet & Greet,” said Rousseau. “She could have turned the injustice they faced into a negative, but they realized it’s not only about being a victim and surviving, but also what you do with it afterward. This is about what we can do to prevent these things from happening in the first place and prevent victimizers from making these choices.” “Young people in our community want to have an impact and care about the community, but they get frustrated sometimes by how things work out. We want them to be part of the solution. They don’t realize the difference they can make in the community and world around them,” said Rosseau. “I meet so many young people who have encountered so much adversity, but who have still decided not to be victimizers and instead go out and make a difference in the world. Those are the stories that need to be told and those are the role models we need. We need more positives.” To further their mission, Connecting the Dots began stitching together “The Dream Garment.” Women of all ages from various ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds design and handcraft fulllength lounging robes. The princess line cut of this robe is sure to be flattering on any woman regardless of size, body shape, or age, Rousseau said. The proceeds from the sales of the Garment are used to support Connecting the Dot’s charitable work. Connecting the Dots extends an invitation to all to join the next Meet & Greet to be held on Thursday, September 28 at the Seaport Inn and Marina, 110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, from 6 to 9 p.m. They are asking for a $50 donation to help cover the expense of the event and if possible an item or a gift basket for the Chinese Auction table. Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Rousseau at or calling 508-994-8254 and leaving a message. For more information on Connecting the Dots visit

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“See you in September!” After the hustle-and-bustle of summer on the South Coast, the kids are back in school and the tourists have gone home. It’s time to exhale and celebrate the local harvest – a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables, seafood, beer and wine. And there’s still lots of music and partying outdoors on the waterfronts, beaches, and downtown streets!

Across the Region Head for the Rhode Island Seafood Festival at India Point Park in Providence on September 9-10! For info and tickets, go to Then, check out the Ocean State Oyster Festival under the tents at Riverwalk Park on September 23! For info, go to

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Don’t miss the Apple-Peach Festival in September! For dates and info, call 508-998-0200 or go to

If you missed the big Portuguese feasts this summer, then don’t miss the Feast of Our lady of the Angels in Fairhaven on September 2-4! For details, go to

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

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


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Visit King Richard’s Faire on weekends September 2 to October 22! For info, go to or call 508-866-8600.

Find out what’s happening at the Capron Park Zoo! Call 774-203-1840 or go to capronparkzoo. com.

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

Mark your calendar! The Attleboro Community Theatre will present “Play On!” on October 6-8, 1315, 20-22. For more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to


The Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation to ban all handheld devices while driving. If passed by the House, drivers who violate the “hands-free” law will face fines and possible insurance surcharges. Avoid all the traffic and bridges! Take a highspeed passenger ferry from State Pier in New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket! For info and schedule, visit Or take a ferry to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River through September 4. For details, go to If you’re 50 or older, check out the trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program. There’s the Lake Sunapee Cruise September 6, Motown impressionists at the Aqua Turf Club September 12 – and more! For details, call 508-991-6171. Fill your baskets with local produce and plants. To find a farm, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit,,, or To find food and wine events in go to or


Stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Bristol Find out more about Seed Saving and Seed Exchange at the Gardeners Roundtable on September 22-24 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! For info, call 401-253-2707 or 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 If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. For info, call 401-253-5000 or go to

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Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Claude Bourbon will perform September 9, Cold Chocolate on October 14. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit Take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. Visit Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Check out the women’s canoe trip on September 6, or the sunset kayak tour September 11! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit

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Don’t miss the annual Feast of Our lady of the Angels on September 2-4! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085.

Check out the Children’s Aquarium and Exploration Center of Greater Fall River! Learn more at or call 508-801-4743.

Sign up for the Annual 5K Road Race at Fort Phoenix on September 10! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085.

Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

Plan ahead for 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.

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

Take a walking tour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings through September to explore the architectural legacy of Henry Huttleston Rogers. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085.

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

If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Visit or call 508-995-1219.

Get ready for the new season at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Annie will be performed October 12-15. Visit or call 508-675-1852.

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Explore the world through the prize-winning photojournalism of Peter Pereira at the Whaling Museum and the Standard-Times building through Labor Day weekend. For more info, call 508-9970046 or go to Check out the retro photo exhibit “Al Kaplan’s Provincetown” at the New Bedford Free Public Library through September 17. For more info, call 508-979-1787. Don’t miss the FREE and family-friendly “Reggae on West Beach” Summer Series on September 24! For details, go to Enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The September 14 theme is “NB Cultures.” The October 12 theme is “Moveable Feast.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Mark your calendars for the start of Your Theatre’s new season! “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be performed September 7-17. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to yourtheatre. org.

Head for one of the largest wine festivals in Massachusetts – WHALE’s 27th Annual Wine International Festival and Auction on September 15 at the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford! For more info, visit Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s The Schemers September 8, the free Festival of the Arts September 10, Rik Emmett & David Dunlop September 16, Seth Walker September 28, the Carl Palmer Band October 4, David Bromberg Quintet October 7 – and more! Plan ahead for the Yardbirds October 28! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926.

Lakeville Check out the free Lakeville Arts & Music Festival on September 30! For details, go to lakevillearts. com.

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

Mattapoisett Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, fish, bird-watch, picnic. For more info, go to

Middleboro Take the family to the Harvest Fair and Folk Festival on September 17-18 at the Soule


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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 The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s The Schemers September 8, the free Festival of the Arts September 10, Rik Emmett & David Dunlop September 16, Seth Walker September 28, the Carl Palmer Band October 4, David Bromberg Quintet October 7 – and more! Plan ahead for the Yardbirds October 28! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508636-4693 or go to 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.

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It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t miss Brian Wilson on September 29, Tapeface October 10, An Evening with David Sedaris October 19! For info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Head downtown on September 16 for the free William Street Neighborhood Festival! Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Enjoy a live performance of Romeo and Juliet at Buttonwood Park on September 16, a Shakespeare in the Park event sponsored by Glass Horse Project, the New Bedford Public Library, and the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches. For more info, email glasshorseproject@ 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 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. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club. Joe Crookston will perform on September 22. For tickets or info, go to events or contact

Newport 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.

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Don’t miss the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s season opening “Bernstein’s Inspiration” on September 23 at the Zeiterion!

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By Paul E. Kandarian This country has seen a lot of bad. Some estimates put the number of our fighting forces killed during the Revolutionary War at around 25,000, killed outright or from disease – lives lost for the noblest of causes: creating a new country, one of freedom and tolerance. It was a brutal war. What war isn’t? But America survived. The Civil War, as savage and incomprehensible as it gets in that we were fighting and killing ourselves, laid waste to around 700,000 Americans in a four-year bloodbath. And this was during a time in our country when we only had about 31 million people living here. If anything was going to tear this country apart (which was not even 100 years old yet) this was it. But America survived. World War I, dubbed the War to End All Wars, saw around 100,000 Americans lost, and overall, 18 million, which along with 23 million wounded made it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. But America survived. World War II got underway after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, an act of terrorism that left the country stunned, many feeling all hope was lost. The war raged on and upwards of a half million of


us died to save our way of life. The Korean War took around 55,000, the Vietnam War even more. But America survived. I remember America at some of her worst moments, being old enough to see reports of the bloody riots brought about by the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War (which I avoided through

Pull one of my generation’s greatest fears is also one that now rears its ugly head again: nuclear annihilation. sheer luck of the draft lottery). I remember the campus protests across the nation that left four dead in Ohio. I remember the visceral public outrage and outcries that were part of it all. Then came more great social upheaval

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in the form of the gay rights and women’s rights movements, the AIDS epidemic, the struggle to mandate clean air and water, and other things that allowed us as the great nation we are to protest freely, without fear of retribution. Many, many times in those days of often agonizing social transformation, the darkness and gloom and fear was palpable. At any time, any one of those things, many thought, would be the one that finally brought this country and her people crashing to their knees, sinking us into the abyss, our way of life, our democracy destroyed. But America survived. Because America’s strength, as always, has been her people. As I write this, one of my generation’s greatest fears is also one that now rears its ugly head again: nuclear annihilation. Why? Because of a symbolic bar fight between two of the world’s biggest asses, our fake president and the boy-king of North Korea. Now usually in a bar fight between two moronic men like this, who thump and bump their chests in an alpha male show of useless bravado, one moron gets fed up and punches the other one on the nose. And that’s that. It’s personal between one moron and the other.

But in this battle of dimwits played out on the world stage, possibly because they have a stage on which to perform, our guy verbally punched the other guy. And if the other guy punches back, he’s not just hitting the other dimwit. He has the potential to punch the other 330 million of us who would rather not get drawn into a battle by the idiot supposedly in charge of us whom he has sworn to protect, not wipe out in billowing orange mushroom clouds that resemble that thing on top of his head. Someone said our fake president is like a small, unruly, spoiled child running amok, and that the Republicans are the parents who have to rein him in. Let’s hope so. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail. But the cool head won’t be his – it’s too far up his own blubbery butt at this point.

But I have faith. Because if you think that lying member of the Lucky Sperm Club who fluked his way into the White House, a man who could not put together a coherent thought if you threatened him with waking up as a poor disabled female illegal immigrant of color, if you thought that single ass would be the one thing that finally brought this country and all of us down after all America has been through – a country, for the record, whose greatness has only grown as it became more tolerant, loving, and open, and as it rejected bigotry and hatred – I have some great oceanfront property to sell you in Montana. We’ve always been better than the worst laid at our feet. And dammit, America will survive that fat orange thing there now.

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The “Inn” at Clifton offers a Careful Balance of Elegance and Affordability....... Imagine, living in a beautiful New England country inn that overlooks scenic Mount Hope Bay. Discover a carefree senior lifestyle that provides a wonderful new feeling of comfort and security. Contrary to living alone in a large oversized house, especially when assistance is needed, the “Inn” at Clifton can be significantly less worrisome and less expensive. At the “Inn” we have no typical apartments—each one is different and prices do vary according to apartment size, location and specific features. When compared to other assisted living communities, the “Inn” offers so much more. Clifton’s almost all-inclusive rates consist of amenities that many other facilities charge extra for, including.......  Three delicious Meals Daily  Personal Care Services  Green House  Medication Management  Scheduled Transportation  Walking Paths  Step-In Showers  24-hour CNA Staffing  Emergency Monitoring Systems  Library with Fireplace

 Daily Activities  Registered Nurses to monitor your health and well-being  Garden & Water Views  Walk-In Closets  Housekeeping and Laundry Services  Fitness Area  Non-Denominational Chapel  Whirl Pool Spa  And Much, Much More…

You have choices in retirement, make the “Inn” at Clifton one of them. We encourage you to call Diane, make an appointment and learn more about the advantages of our unique Clifton Healthcare Campus.......and compare.

444 WILBUR AVENUE, SOMERSET, MA 02725  508-324-0200 

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