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Contents

AUGUST 2011

In Every Issue

FOOD & Wine NOTES

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Embrace tomatoes

By Melissa Tavares

On my mind: RIP 2002 Saturn

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Mom’s éclair pie

by Paul E. Kandarian

By Andrea M. Gilbert

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Find fruit wines

by Alton Long

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From the publisher

Words: Just say no, it didn’t work by Richard Clark

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Dateline South Coast

by Elizabeth Morse Read

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Book Picks by Baker

by Magoo Gelehrter

GREEN SOUTH COAST

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Tarot-Scopes

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MassSave saves

by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell

by Elizabeth Morse Read

Henry H. Rogers Tours

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COVER STORY

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Secrets of a happy marriage

By Stephanie Alfonso Blanchard

SURF’S UP

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Try Third Beach

By Charles Pinning

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Preserve Goosewing

by Joyce Rowley

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Dream vacations

by Joyce Rowley

ALL ABOUT YOU

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To supplements or not?

By Lynn Tondat Ruggeri

Fort Phoenix Tours

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. Fort Phoenix, Fort Street Learn about this Revolutionary War era fort and 18th century life. Free.

by Ashley Marttelli

Unitarian Church Tours

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CLASSICAL SOUTH COAST

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By David M. Prentiss

11 Cherry Street Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 p.m. In 1843 this was the home of the first Japanese person to live in America.

BUSINESS BUZZ

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There’s money to lend

by Jay Pateakos

Farmers Market

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THINGS TO DO

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Spotlight on StyleWeek

By Stephanie Afonso Blanchard

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Thrift store style

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South Coast stuff

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Free Outdoor Concerts Thursdays August 4th & August 11th Town Hall, 40 Center Street 7:00 p.m. Rod & Custom Car Cruise Night Friday, August 12 Sullivan Tire, Rte. 6 (K-Mart Plaza) 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Music by DJ Johnny Angel. Sponsored by NFIA, Downshifters & Prowlers.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER August 2011 / Vol. 15 / No. 8 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

Summer’s sailing by, so enjoy its bright crystal skies, the refreshing coastal breezes, the slow soft warmth of quiet

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ljiljana Vasiljevic

days and evenings. No caveats are needed…while the rest of the country fries and bakes we know that the hot-

Editors Joe Murphy Michael J. Vieira, Ph.D.

test days here are quickly followed by lively showers and cooler hours.

Contributors Stephanie Afonso Blanchard, Richard Clark, The Celtic Cricket, Andrea M. Gilbert, Paul E. Kandarian, Duir Kell, Alton Long, Ashley Martelli, Jay Pateakos, Charles Pinning, David M. Prentiss, Elizabeth Morse Read, Joyce Rowley, Lynn Tondat Ruggeri, Melissa Tavares

If you’re not sure how to spend these glorious days, we can help. Hit the beach! Our readers share their dream vacations and Charles Pinning encourages a visit to Third Beach. Have fun, but not at the expense of nature. Joyce Rowley shares the efforts being taken to preserve Goosewing Beach.

The South Coast Insider is published monthly for visitors and residents of the South Coast area. The Insider is distributed free of charge from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay.

Fire up the grill and sample a fruit wine. Alton Long gives you some suggestions. Enjoy a native tomato—try some of Melissa Tavares’ recipes. And cap it all off with an easy to make éclair pie, courtesy of Andrea Gilbert’s mom.

All contents copyright ©2011 Coastal Communications Corp.

Deadline 20 days prior to publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, by any means, without written permission from the Publisher. All information contained herein is believed to be reliable. Coastal Communications Corp. does not assume any financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements, but will reprint that portion of an advertisement in which the typographical error occurs.

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Plus there’s great money saving tips from Elizabeth Morse Read who tells how MassSave can help. Jay Pateakos offers ideas of how to get loans, and Stephanie Alfonso Blanchard provides some stylish things to do. Don’t forget to visit our advertisers and for up-to-date listings and advice go to www.coastalmags.com. They’ll help you stay cool—and have a hot time!

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ON MY MIND

Born in the U.S.A. by Paul E. Kandarian It is with great sadness I announce the passing of a dear friend of the last six years: My 2002 black Saturn, L-200 series, a wonderful four-wheeled companion until the last day of its life in early July when it succumbed to the rigors of accruing some 236,000 hard-worn miles on its rugged, ultimately failing frame and engine. There will be no calling hours, nor funeral. In lieu of flowers, or Armorall automotive products, friends and family are asked to immediately give me ideas on where to find a replacement at lowest possible cost. The remains of the Saturn could easily be cremated, what with the buildup of long-lost French fries between the seats giving it a flash point of grease-soaked kindling, but the car will likely be donated to a charity of my choice that takes in old vehicles like this and makes annoying “1-877KARS, Cars for Kids!” commercials that have burned permanently into my brain. Then again, they may take one look at it and say, “Are you nuts? We’re not that charitable.” I could see it coming. First, a few years ago, there was the snapped shock in the back that at first made noise like it wanted to be fixed but then sorta went away, at least when I turned up the radio. In more recent times, there was that funny noise the engine made that I got used to, and then a plastic-like burning smell that I hoped was something other than my car, but wasn’t. Then there was 8

I’m ten years burning down the road Nowhere to run, ain’t got nowhere to go —Bruce Springsteen

the back tire that sorta slanted out top to bottom, which people mentioned as being potentially dangerous if not lethal, but heck, I couldn’t see it when I was driving, so I figured it was OK. She wouldn’t let me down, she’d never hurt me. And overall, she ran like a top. I changed the oil almost faithfully, sometimes adhering to the 3,000-mile recommendation, sometime doubling or tripling it, but man, she never failed me, always starting on the coldest of days, purring like a kitten. The AC would come and go, but I’d have it recharged every year, and it kept me frostily chilled. And no matter how I beat her into the ground, she always performed, almost always getting 30 miles to the gallon every time I could afford to fill it up, which hasn’t been often in recent times. But she was there, always ready, always eager to chug down the road wherever I would point her. Until that day in early July when I went to start her, and she made the most pathetic whirring, winding

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sound I’d ever heard her make. Instantly, my sympathetic reaction was: “C’mon, you stupid SOB, start, damn you, start!” She must have heard me and like a tired old mare, said “The hell with you,” and died. Just like that. I sense she knew I had one payment left on her and was just rubbing it in. I called AAA, and the knowledgeable tow driver listened to the dying sound and said, “Sounds like a timing chain.” Yes, precisely, my thought, exactly! So I responded, “A…wha’?” He explained it, technically, all of it going in one ear and out my glazedover eyes. But the nearest I could tell, a bad timing chain is a very bad thing for a very bad car, and wouldn’t be worth fixing. He said the valves might likely be bent, whatever they are, and a bunch of other stuff that to me loosely translated to “I’m screwed.” As I write this, I’m in a rental car that I hate and pales in comparison to my Saturn. This one has no power windows or power door locks, is all shiny and unscratched, and hasn’t a single fry lodged between the seats. Yet. I’m not feeling the love of it, but that’s ok, it’s temporary. So now I begin one of the most feared processes to ever beset modern man: Car Shopping. Now, not to paint all car salesman with such a broad, sarcastic brush, but they’re basically wolves with the scent of a fresh kill in their muzzles the second you drive


stand that, but why do I get the feeling that as they’re smiling and being my best friend and shaking my hand, with the other they’re reaching into the deepest recesses of my financial soul and squeezing the last drop of blood out of the very last nickel they find? I loathe this process, this cat-andmouse game, this ruse of fiscal smoke and mirrors and numbers they use on you to convince you you’re practically getting the car for free when in fact, you’re likely finding yourself in a deeper hole than you originally imagined. Buying a car is the second largest purchase people usually make, behind a house. Me, I rent anapartment.

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WORDS

War is a failure by Richard Clark

We are being told that the “War on Drugs” has proven to be a failure. At least that’s the essence of the United Nations’ Global Commission on Drug Policy report: “Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.” It would seem that part of the problem is in the concept and/or language: War! Isn’t that a rather primitive concept for dealing with what amounts— bottom line—to a social problem? I remember when the Democratic National Convention opened in Boston in 2004, The Boston Globe reported that the Republicans had also come to town and had set up what they proudly proclaimed as their “War Room.” It seemed like an odd choice of words or surely an unhealthy mindset. When did political discourse or differences or policy making become “war?” It’s interesting and encouraging to note that the “obvious” was declared most clearly by the United Nations. I remember, as a teenager, being excited about the final ratification of the United Nations, making it what I, with adolescent fervor, believed would be a major step towards peace and cooperation among nations. Unfortunately, the United Nations was never fully embraced by the major powers, including the U.S. In more recent times, the Bush Administration deliberately ignored the United Nations in its rush to declare “War” and invade Iraq as part of the “War On Terrorism.” That war has proved disastrous for many, especially those killed and maimed, but it also proved quite 10

profitable for several U.S. corporations who had strong connections to the administration and the war makers.

The drug “war” was bound to fail Militarizing social and political problems is not the intelligent or mature approach, for it only succeeds in preventing the most workable solutions from being discovered, evolved and used by those who could do so with lasting effect. Wise words were offered several years ago by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil; Cesar Gaviria, former President of Colombia, and Ernest Zedillo, former President of Mexico: “A growing number of political, civic and cultural leaders, mindful of the failure of our current drug policy, have publicly called for a major policy shift. Creating alternative policies is the task of many: educators, health professionals, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Each country’s search for new policies must be consistent with its history and culture. But to be effective, the new paradigm must focus on health and education—not repression.” My guess is it would take a tremendous amount of courage, sacrifice and commitment to really and intelligently address the drug problem in

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this country in any legislative sense in view of the actual “values” and practices that have quietly shaped this nation for decades. History is repeating itself quite openly with new open “attacks” or “war” on unions, job security, voting rights, public schools, etc. by a “quiet coalition” of corporate characters who mask themselves behind various, high-sounding, “patriotic” organizations.

Where to find the real solution? There’s no denying Congress is truly “owned and operated” by corporate giants who exert tremendous control over proposed legislation. The Supreme Court has added to the problem by granting the right of corporations to more deliberately and effectively influence elections and further control the legislative process. So forget Congress! Creating or developing innovative and effective policies for dealing with the addictive drug problems facing our communities will have to begin at the local level and with the very coalitions described by the three former presidents: “educators, health professionals, spiritual leaders and policy makers” as well as law enforcement personnel and attorneys. The drug problem is certainly not limited to the so-called hard drugs but also includes prescription drugs that are increasingly being illegally marketed and used. Part of an effective solution to our drug problem involves taking a serious look at the means by which technology is changing the way we live, think, behave and relate. We human beings do not develop instantly.


It takes nine months just to reach the point of birth. Children learn, over time, by experience through touch, taste, vision and tactile experiences. Their brains put it all together in due time. The developmental process cannot be bypassed or rushed. What is true for a toddler is true for the teen, the twenty somethings, etc. There are issues of identity, personality, self, meaning, purpose, confidence, spirit, soul, etc. It’s when all of these issues are ignored, bypassed, bungled or denied that people experience anxiety, panic, depression, and other emotional manifestations. A meaningful life for anyone has to be grounded in reality and evolved through connective, face-to-face relationships and shared passages through life’s challenges. Texting, twittering, etc. are no substitute for real time, real space, real people encounters. That grounding, shared experience requires some real “ground,” a meaningful connection to the earth with dirt, grass, birds, bees, trees, etc. all the same star dust with which we were all created. Without that earth connection there is a free-floating anxiety that manifest in many ways and begs for medication, legal or otherwise. An innovative educational process must embrace creative ways to expose children and teens to the humanities, the collective wisdom of the ages, and to challenge them to stretch their minds and imaginations beyond their apps, pods, tablets, etc. Without a broad, integrative approach in education, social awareness and spiritual insight, not only in the schools, but in the homes, more and more individuals will be seeking relief from anxiety, depression, anger, disillusionment, etc. with whatever street drugs they can get their hands on. It’s happening now, and will only get worse unless the problem is addressed at both the community and family levels. Let’s forget war! Let’s get real! Let’s get moving!

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12-6pm – on the bluffs at Onset Beach, Onset, MA Over 90 vendors • A great variety of Cape Verdean food and music!

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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

News, views and trends... from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay by Elizabeth Morse Read

Across the region n Uh, oh… Rhode Island is considering setting up toll-booths at the state borders of Rt. 95 (probably wouldn’t happen for two years, but keep it in mind!). Keep up with environmental news in Rhode Island at www.ecori. news... n Find some entertainment at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence this summer—call 401351-4242 or go to www.trinityrep.com for a schedule and more info... n Farmer’s markets are available everywhere throughout the summer—buy fresh, buy local! Go to www.farmfresh. org or www.semaponline.org for more info about what’s available near you...

Follow the summer events and activities scheduled at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo at 508-991-6178 or visit www.bpzoo.org...

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n Check out the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours at www.southcoastartists.org; free, open-to-thepublic, no reservation required events in Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth on August 20 and 21...

RI’s proposed composting/recycling program is moving forward—if you don’t have your own compost bin, save up those veggie scraps, coffeegrinds and eggshells that can go into the proposed food digester in Johnston... n

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Bristol n There’s something for everyone going on at Blithewold! Pack a picnic and the kids for the sunset concerts: American Folk Music on the 10th and Steel Drum Calypso the 31st of August... or catch King Lear with Mixed Magical Theatre on the 16th and 17th. For more info, call 401-2532707 or visit www.blithewold.org...

Buzzards Bay Looking for a local film festival? Check out Cape Cod’s oldest at the 20th annual Woods Hole Film Festival through August 6. Visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org… All those seals have attracted the great white sharks, and all those sharks have attracted the attention of the Cousteaus, marine scientists and Nature channel shows. Stay tuned… n

Dartmouth n The new 2-megawatt solar farm operated by Con Edison at the NB Business Park (Dartmouth side) is generating enough electricity to power 2000 homes—and it’s already the largest solar energy facility of its kind in New England... n Check out what’s going on at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in August by visiting www.lloydcenter. org or calling 508-558-2918...

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n Bristol County Agricultural High School (aka “Bristol Aggie”) students took home a bountiful crop of tadpoles over summer vacation to care for until they mature. (Science project gone bad??)

Fairhaven n Visit Fort Phoenix State Beach, the historic sites and shops/restaurants, special events, tours and exhibits. Call the Office of Tourism and Visitors Center at 508-979-4085 or visit Fairhaventours@aol.com or http:// FairhavenEvents.blogspot.com... n Sign up your family for a free “Empower Hour,” with certified selfdefense educators at the Family Fun Center. Call 508-822-1836...

Fall River n The Narrows Center for the Arts has a full schedule of summer events— music, art shows, performances—for complete info and schedule, visit www.ncfta.org or call 508-324-1926...

Woohoo! No more LNG Terminal plans for Mt Hope Bay! Hess LNG withdrew its bid, citing “unfavorable economics,” for the eight-year old proposal. Speculation for future possible uses at Weaver’s Cove is already underway... n


Mayor Flanagan announced that the city has reached an agreement with energy service provider Ameresco Inc. to install solar power systems at three city schools and the wastewater treatment plant. (Let the sun shine in!) n

And keep up with what’s going on at Battleship Cove! Visit www.battleshipcove.org or call 508-678-1100—fun for the whole family!

n 20-year old Devon Barley may have been voted off NBC’s The Voice, but we haven’t heard the last of him, I suspect...

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Lakeville Town meeting voters want their town to become the first South Coast community to earn the state’s Green Community designation. If achieved, the town stands to make whopping savings on energy costs and also be eligible for grant money to address energy-efficiency issues on municipal buildings. Fifty-seven other communities in the commonwealth have already earned this designation, but, so far, none on the South Coast. (hellooo???)

n See Blink 182, Rascal Flatts, Journey and Foreigner, Kings of Leon and others in August at the Comcast Center. Call 1-877-686-5366 or go to www. comcast.centermansfield.com for events, schedules and prices...

New Bedford The big enchilada of South Coast summer events is the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament (August 4-7) at Madeira Field in the city’s north end, the world’s largest Portuguese feast, with free admission and continuous live entertainment—and fabulous food! For details, go to http://portuguesefeast.com... n

A new association of New Bedford/ Fairhaven harbor businesses have joined hands to promote the Acushnet River’s strengths, attractions and tourism/recreational offerings. (Imagine all the people…) n

n There’s momentum growing in town to help establish regional commuter bus routes to the Lakeville train station. This town’s proposal would also benefit Fairhaven, Acushnet and Freetown. (get those cars off the road!)

Mayor Lang got his Christmas wishlist early—$6.6 million in funding from the NB Harbor Trustee Council, which n

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New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival returns Do you serve up the best clam or seafood chowder around? What about your kale soup or stuffies? New Bedford, Inc. is sponsoring the Sixth Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival on August 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in Custom House Square and is accepting applicants for the 25 available booths. Vote for your favorites and partake in soft drinks, Massachusetts’ beers, wines from Travessia Urban Winery and ice cream from Café Arpeggio. Plus enjoy music and lobster races. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of, $5 for children 6-12, and free for 5 and younger. For a booth, while they’re available, to be a sponsor or for tickets, contact the DNB office 508-990-2777 or visit www.downtownnb.org.

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Wednesdays Summer of Love Music Series “Two free weekly favorites at the Band shell”. A new band every week, 6:309:30pm Thursdays Onset Bay Movie Company Family friendly movie showing, 8pm July 30 – Fender Bender Hot Rod, Bike & Micro Wrestling Show Souped-up cars, bikes, and boat loads of stuff to buy. Plus a professional wrestling match. 11am-4pm. Free. August 6 – Onset Blues Festival Now in it’s 19th year–full day of live bands, great food and shopping. 10am-8pm. $20 August 13 – Onset Village Cape Verdean Festival Biggest Cape Verde event in New England. August 20 – Family Music Festival Musical circus for kids followed by concert by New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’ brass ensemble. 5pm-8pm. Free

www.onsetvillage.org 508.295.7072 — Sponsors — Onset Bay Association Mayflower Bank Eastern Bank

Wareham Community Events Committee Onset Blues Festival

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Continued from previous page will fund numerous projects such as a riverside walkway on the Acushnet River into Fairhaven, the ecological restoration and visitor-accessibility of Palmer’s Island (home to a lighthouse built in 1849), restoration of the Acushnet Sawmill property and Lapalme Farm purchase, restoration of the Round Hill Marsh in Dartmouth, restoration of breeding grounds for endangered-species terns on three of the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay, and restoration of quohaug beds in Clarks’ Cove... Listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter on the 19th, Buddy Guy on the 24th, or the “Get the Led Out” extravaganza on the 12th at the Z. Call the Zeiterion at 508-994-2900 or go to www.zeiterion. org for dates and prices...or check out the NBFT’s schedule for performances of “A Chorus Line,” in August (4-7) at the same site (visit www.nbfestivaltheatre.com or call 508-994-2900)… Woohoo!

Both UMass/Dartmouth and Bristol Community College were awarded the Paul S. Tsongas Award by the Preservation Massachusetts group for their restoration and repurposing of the old Star Store building in downtown NB... n

n It’s all always happening at the Zoo —enroll your kids in the Zoo Crew at Buttonwood Park Zoo for the first and/ or second week of August (discounts available for siblings). Go to www. bpzoo.org or call 508-991-4556 x18 for details...

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Every second Thursday of the month, AHA! (Arts, History, Architecture) events are open and free to the public. Go to www.ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253 for a schedule of events, and don’t forget about AHA! After Nine food and entertainment! n

n The hurricane barrier/dike stretching across the Acushnet River harbor to Fairhaven is being touted as a wonder-of-the-world and the largest man-made stone structure on the East Coast (it can be detected by satellite)— and will soon become a tourism attraction!

Help clean up your neighborhood— volunteer for the New Bedford Clean Sweep. For details, go to www.operationcleansweep.net

n Don’t miss the Winefest! (Aug. 1921), the Waterfront Reggae Festival (Aug. 13), The Machine Presents Pink Floyd (Aug. 12) and many more Sunset Music events—call 401-846-1600 or go to www.newportwaterfrontevents. com...

Spend a weekend (the 27th and 28th) at the Arts Festival at the Yachting Center—crafts, music and family fun, too! Learn more at www.newportartsfestival.com... n

And who could miss the Newport Jazz Festival (August 5-7)? Call 401848-5055 or go to www.newportjazzfest.net or www.ticketmaster. com... n

Portsmouth n Tour, taste and enjoy live jazz at Greenvale Vineyards. Go to www. greenvale.com or call 401-847-3777 for details...

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n “Little Miss Sunbeam” rises again! The old north-end NB bakery will be rehabilitated and baking again in the future...

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Taunton The big news up there is the young black bears that have been wandering through town (probably the same ones sighted in Attleboro and Rehoboth)— shoo them with loud noises and take your trash, pet food dishes and birdfeeders in at night… n

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Tiverton n Check out the Four Corners Open Markets on August 6 and 20, 11 AM to 4 PM behind the Provender. Antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and lots more! Get more info at www.tivertonfourcorners.com...

Wareham n Don’t miss the Blues Festival in Onset on August 6, the Cape Verdean Festival on August 13, or the Family Music Festival on the 20th. Catch the Thursday evenings Movie at the Bandshell in Onset Village or the Wednesday evening “Summer of Love” open-air concerts. Call 508-2957072 or visit www.onsetvillage.org... n What else is happening in Wareham? Call 508-291-3677 or go to www.warehamvillageassociation.com.

Westport n Catch up with the Coastal Wine Festival, featuring nine South Coast wineries, at the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery’s August 9 “Fizz Fest.” Visit www.westportrivers.com or www.coastalwinetrail.com n Adopt a Duck for the Aug. 20 Duck Derby (to benefit the Allens’ Pond Audubon Sanctuary) and you might win a dinner for two anywhere in the world! Contact www.massaudubon. org/duckderby for details. (I’m already dreaming of Italy…) n And Mass. Audubon is also looking to hire qualified people, so check it out at www.massaudubon.org... n Enjoy the Family Concert with Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley on August 20 at the Westport Town Farm, sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations and the Westport Land Conservation Trust. Call 508-6364693 x 13 or visit www.trustees.org.


COVER STORY

A prescription for marriage bliss by Stephanie Afonso Blanchard Summer and fall are wedding seasons in the South Coast, and while we celebrate with those we know who are tying the knot, while we wish them many happy years together, we have at the back of our minds those couples who separated shortly after the wedding, and others who still hold hands in public after 50 years of marriage. A family member once asked me if marriage gets better or worse with time. I immediately said, “Better.” Then I thought about my answer. According to National Center for Health Statistics 2010 report, about 35 percent of all marriages end in divorce before the10-year mark. And we see how magazine and television “news” constantly features stories about famous people divorcing. One could believe that marriage only gets worse as time passes, but I disagree. In her May 2010 New York Times blog post, “The Science of a Happy Marriage,” Tara Parker-Pope explored commitment and fidelity in longterm relationships. She questioned why some partners in relationships cheat and others resist all temptations. Parker-Pope researched how to prevent infidelity. She wrote, “…It may not be feelings of love or loyalty that keep couples together. Instead, scientists speculate that your level of commitment may depend on how much a partner enhances your life and broadens your horizons…”

A simple “secret” In other words, if you want to feel connected to your partner, try new things together. A strong connection

will ultimately keep the spark alive. This simple concept made total sense to me. Although not previously realizing it, my husband and I have been “broadening our horizons” together for half of our six-year marriage. Sharing new experiences is our mantra and has strengthened our relationship. My husband and I aren’t a typical couple. We married younger than most people do nowadays. He was 23 and I was 22. The average first-time marriage age for women in the US is 26 and 28 for men. People married between the ages of 20 and 25 are 16 percent more likely to get divorced than people who married later in life. Although my marriage has had challenges, I’m not worried about its long-term success. Trying new things together is our prescription for marriage bliss. For the most part, my husband and I have different interests. He loves golf, while I prefer biking or shopping. Like many couples we work fulltime; and one of us has been taking graduate classes during the entire length of our marriage. In short, we didn’t always make spending time together a priority. About three years ago, my husband and I made a decision that would change our relationship for the better. We set a goal to get into shape and live a healthier lifestyle.

Time together Thankfully, our new goal led us to take up hiking, an activity that is mostly free and doesn’t require much natural athletic ability. We each get something different out of hiking.

While my husband enjoys being in nature, I like the end-result of completing the hike. We’ve hiked hills, mountains, and beaches all around New England. Each hike is a new experience. Once we trekked along the Great Island Trail, an eight-mile beach hike in Cape Cod. We climbed Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire a few weeks ago. Hiking forces us to spend several hours together without the distraction of cell phones, internet or television. Because we have to pay close attention to our surroundings, as some places and paths can be dangerous, we are forced to live in the moment. Since we really talk and listen to each other while hiking, we’ve grown closer. The physical challenge is also rewarding to us both. Hiking’s not the only activity we’ve tried together. We’ve gone kayaking and white water rafting. Travel is something we also love, though it is much more expensive. Sometimes the new things we do together are simple, like trying a new restaurant or exploring a town that we’ve never been to. Our goal is to spend one full day together on the weekends since we’re so busy during the week. On the other weekend day, he plays golf and I do something I like. A little separation is good for our marriage, too. When we have children, we’ll have much less time for trying new activities and being so adventurous. But one thing’s for sure: we’ll always do our best to have new experiences together.

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BankFive offers a wide array of products and services to help businesses succeed. (L-R) Raymond Dionne, Joan Medeiros (sitting), Stephanie Melo Terra, and Paul Medeiros.

BUSINESS BUZZ

Commercial loans by Jay Pateakos

Despite the harsh economy and the sight of many businesses folding their doors in our area, businesses are continuing to get financing and banks continue to have money to lend. But like many things in this precautionary economy, things are no longer the same as they once were. Businesses and sole-proprietors need better business plans, solid financial statements and collateral to offer to banks in order to get loans. The days of cloudy numbers and less than adequate collateral are a thing of the past.

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are eager to lend to small businesses, contrary to what is heard on the street. But because the banking industry is a regulated one, banks can only make investments that they believe will work out in the end, meaning those that they will gain interest and profit from. It’s the nature of the business, and honestly, the only way it should be. “There’s a lot of money out there and banks really want to lend, but companies that may have qualified for these loans before are not qualifying now because their balance sheets are not as strong or their margins are not as strong,” said Ailes. “The banks haven’t changed, but what they are looking at has changed.” She added, “The banks are not the bad guys, nor are the companies. Businesses that have made it through the recession should all consider themselves winners.”

Cash flow Ailes said banks are looking for a few quarters worth of good financial returns before considering lending money.


She said just one quarter could be considered a fluke while a few quarters of positive numbers would be considered “a trend.” Mechanics Cooperative Bank President and CEO Joseph Baptista, Jr. said his bank’s underwriting practices are the same today as they were ten years ago and that they, as always, are actively seeking loans to give to businesses. “We do not limit the types of businesses that we lend to. We look at each application independently and make credit decisions based on the “facts,” such as business model, past financials, future projections, credit history of each request; those are traditional underwriting guidelines that have proven to be successful over time,” said Baptista. “I will say that given the past few years, most financials are not as strong as years past so we try to look for positive trends within the numbers.” As an example, Baptista said if revenues have declined from their highs in 2006-2007 for many businesses, has the borrower made changes on the expense side to limit their losses and position themselves to grow more profitably when the economy has begun its recovery? That’s one of many things Mechanics has looked at in considering loans. Like Baptista, BankFive President and CEO William Eccles said his bank has not altered its lending procedures at all and that there was never a time, even in the heart of the recession, that they were not lending money to those businesses who qualify. Eccles he didn’t know one of them that has not been lending. “See, things are getting better and people are venturing out and businesses are looking to increase their holdings and they are looking for loans,” said Eccles.

Collateral In addition to strong collateral, Eccles said a lot of their focus is on a business’ cash flow. “Collateral (for these businesses) has always been a key component with us, and another major part is cash flow. These business have to show that they can generate enough cash to meet their obligations,” said Eccles. “But for the South Coast banks I know, loans like these are the bread and butter of the institution and something we are all competing for. It’s a good thing for this area.” Ailes said start-up companies, which can face a number of hurdles existing businesses may not, are still being funded through banks and economic development agencies but guidelines to get those loans have been tightened. “In order to get it, you have to have a strong business plan and more often than not, very strong collateral, one big shift between then and now,” said Ailes. “Lending institutions may have made loans with less than strong collateral using SBA guarantees in the past, but not today. Very few are made without strong collateral now. It’s still happening, but it’s very few.”

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Design by Andrea Valentini

StyleWeek

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by Stephanie Afonso Blanchard

the Providence fashion show South Coast style lovers can get a dose of high fashion this month by crossing state lines. StyleWeek Providence will be held from August 28 to September 3 at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). Modeled after New York Fashion Week, StyleWeek is a professional production that focuses on the business of fashion. According to StyleWeek founder, Rosanna Ortiz Sinel, the event helps designers from around the country launch their careers. “StyleWeek is the catalyst for emerging designers in New England,” she said. Sinel added that StyleWeek also gives participating designers the tools they 18

need to show their work on runways in major fashion cities. This year’s runway will feature 23 fashion designers, and jewelry, accessories and fashions by other designers will be on display throughout PPAC. StyleWeek was previously open only to those in the business, like buyers and press. During past events, Sinel turned away fashion enthusiasts who weren’t part of the industry, something she didn’t like doing. This year, StyleWeek will be open to the public. “I wanted to give people who have a love and respect for the fashion industry as a business a chance to enjoy [the festivities],” said Sinel.

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Each night will be packed with fashion fun. Runway shows will be preceded by a cocktail hour and followed by an after party. Tickets range from $25 to $50, depending on the night and seating selection. Scavenging for style The community can also attend StyleNight Out which kicks off StyleWeek on Saturday, August 27. “Providence will be transformed into a celebration of fashion, design and commerce,” Sinel said. StyleNight Out will begin at Providence Place Mall. Participants will go on a shopping scavenger hunt throughout the city, to earn one stamp on their bal-


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Design by Avni Trivedi lot from a venue in every district during a set time period. Stamps are given for making a discounted purchase or picking up a gratis item. Completed ballots will be entered into a drawing and winners will receive complimentary tickets to StyleWeek. Sinel wants people to know that StyleWeek is more than meets the heel. She believes that each production not only catapults the careers of the fashion designers involved, but also helps Providence prosper. The event fills hotels and has a “trickle-down-effect all the way to construction workers,� she said. And StyleNight Out will bring business to participating venues. Sinel has big plans for StyleWeek and hopes to make it an international event someday. For more information about StyleWeek and StyleNight Out visit www.styleweekprovidence.com. Photos courtesy of StyleWeek Providence.

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Third Beach in Middletown, RI Photo by Kelsey Ponte

A safe harbor and serene shoreline By Charles Pinning

If you desire quiet beauty by a peaceful shore, or are a boater, happy to eschew the mad crush and high prices of Newport Harbor, or a swimmer not looking for rough surf or unpredictable piles of red seaweed, then you might want to try Third Beach in Middletown. Situated down the hill from the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and just beyond popular Second Beach, Third Beach is a three-quarter mile crescent of soft sand along the banks of the Sakonnet River, just before it opens into the Atlantic. It is an ideal beach to keep an eye on smaller children while the water laps at their feet as they explore the shore, and a fine place to sit under the umbrella and read. Looking up, you gaze across the wide river to Little Compton. The water is also calm enough to

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engage in distance swimming, parallel to the shoreline. The expansive swimming area is off-limits to boaters and marked by buoys. Being near the mouth of the Sakonnet the water is tidal and brackish. There are interesting little shells and stones but nothing that’s going to tear up your feet. Mostly, it’s just fine soft sand in every direction, bordered by dune grass toward the road, and beyond the road, salt marsh. From the salt marsh, a warm creek flows across the beach into the river—

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a favorite bathtub in which to splash! There are three lifeguards stands positioned to patrol the entire beach, and lifeguards are on duty all day. Across the road from the mid-point of the beach is a dirt parking lot with room for about fifty cars. Middletown residents park for free. Others must pay ten dollars during the week, twenty on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day. After 4 PM, parking is free. At the southern end of the beach, near the boat ramp, an asphalt parking lot can accommodate 75-100 vehicles. Parking fees for both lots are the same. According to Third Beach Harbor Master, Steve Ponte, the harbor is a hidden gem; a real sailing hideaway and a perfect overnight stopover for boats on the way to and from Cape Cod and the Islands. The harbor opens on Memorial Day and closes


two weeks after Memorial Day. The harbor has 65 moorings, 58 of which are private, and 7 of which belong to the town of Middletown. These seven rent out for $20 per 24 hours, or $100 per week, with an unofficial one week limit to avoid having them monopolized. At the southernmost end of the harbor, sailors are welcome to drop anchor for free. No launch service is provided to moorings or anchorage. Unlike many beaches in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area, nobody comes around to chase you off at sunset—often the most beautiful time to be at the beach. For instance,

welcome to use the entire length of Third Beach. There is one possibly important caveat: No alcohol whatsoever is allowed on beaches in Middletown. This regulation is strictly enforced. According to sources, Second Beach (the surf beach) is actually patrolled by plainclothes (plain partially-clothed?) officers. Not so Third, so far as is known. However, if an officer spots you on Third with alcohol—you will be arrested and fined. Harbor Master Ponte saw this happen on a Sunday last summer to a man reading the paper and drinking a beer from a glass, while his children played in the water.

The harbor is a hidden gem; a real sailing hideaway and a perfect overnight stopover for boats on the way to and from Cape Cod and the Islands.

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nearby Second Beach prohibits parking after 8pm. Toward the north end of the beach, (the boat ramp is at the southern end) there is a basic snack bar serving burgers and hot dogs, sodas and candy. Carmella’s Pizzeria in Middletown is happy to deliver to the boat ramp area. Also near the boat ramp there are six grills available for cooking. The northern end of the beach, beyond where the warm water creek flows into the river, is owned by the Aquidneck Land Trust. This area, and the white wooden classrooms just across the road, are leased to the Norman Bird Sanctuary for use as a coastal education center and can be rented for this purpose. All bathers are

Heavy-handed? I think so, but you will have to judge for yourself. Third Beach—a lovely place, a throwback to a simpler time, with a touch of 1920’s Prohibition. Unless you’re in your boat. Then, according to Ponte, you are on private property— as well as out of reach. Any questions, call Timothy Shaw, Middletown Recreation Director, at 401-847-1993 or Steve Ponte, Third Beach Harbor Master, at 401-418-1096.

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Preserving Goosewing Beach by Joyce Rowley

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he Benjamin Family Environmental Center at Goosewing Beach Preserve opened its 2011 season on Memorial Day weekend. The Preserve is a 75-acre property owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a global environmental non-profit organization, and located next to South Shore Town Beach in Little Compton, RI. The Benjamin Family Environmental Center was built on the Preserve in 2010 through the generous donation of a TNC supporter. In July and August, the Center is open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Preserve is open dawn to dusk. The Center offers free family activities including nature walks every Saturday to explore the ecology of Goosewing Beach, seine net demonstrations twice a month, and an explorer program for children ages seven and older. “It’s good ‘hands on’ action for kids,”

said Kate Pisano, program manager for TNC. She runs the educational programs from the Center with TNC staff Brenden DePrest and Jeanne Parente.

Endangered species protected Nesting piping plovers on the milelong stretch of Goosewing Beach first drew TNC to acquire the property in 1989 with the help of local conservation organizations. The bird is an internationally endangered species. This year six nests were fenced off to protect them from being disturbed. Three nests hatched and now there are 12 piping plover chicks on the beach. “The birds started hatching over Memorial Day weekend,” said Cheryl Wiitala, preserves manager and volunteer coordinator for TNC. Monitoring the Preserve beach is particularly important because the small bird, measuring about 5½” as an adult, is easily disturbed. Its instinct

Visit Goosewing Beach Goosewing Beach Preserve admission and educations programs are free. However, the Town Beach on Shore Road charges for parking between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To volunteer, contact Cheryl Wiitala at The Nature Conservancy, 401-3317110 ext. 25, or email cwiitala@tnc.org. For more information on the free summer programs, contact Kate Pisano at kpisano@tnc.org. Goosewing Beach Preserve is located off Shore Road in Little Compton. For directions, visit www.tnc.org.

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is to fly away when threatened, and it may abandon its nestlings. Plover chicks are likely to react to danger by hunkering down, making them more vulnerable. Distressed birds will also exhibit “broken wing” behavior when visitors come to near.

Volunteering opportunities Volunteers are needed to help with the children’s programs, staff the Center, and monitor the plover nesting areas. Seven volunteer monitors braved the breachway at high tide to attend a volunteer training session on May 21, 2011. Geoffrey and Loretta Marion, members of TNC, said they’re volunteering because they have a lot of time and a love of nature. Volunteer Susan Collins’ father was a dairy farmer who rented the farm near the beach when she was growing up. “I grew up at Goosewing Beach. I’m happy they’re keeping it open,” Collins said of The Nature Conservancy.


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Jamaica... Montego, baby why don’t we go…We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow… way down to Kokomo… —The Beach Boys What’s your dream vacation? Is it getting away from it all or meeting new people? Exploring a new exciting city or going to your favorite island? I asked our South Coast neighbors what their dream vacation would be if they could go anywhere in the world. Not surprisingly, no one said Alaska. Now that it’s finally warm out, some of them want it even warmer. Whether they had a long-held dream or just realized they had an inner calling to a special place, their answers are delightful. Here’s what they said: “Going to Hawai’i and being left alone…lay on the beach and get a nice suntan, eating pineapples and coconuts and drinking piňa coladas. I’d be in heaven. That’s been my biggest dream for a long time. When a friend was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Waikiki, he sent pictures. It’s beautiful.” –Brenda Almeida, Fall River, manager at Delkens.

“Key West Florida for a month. Why? Because it’s the conch republic. I love the beach, I could be a beach bum. All those Jimmy Buffet bars: Sloppy Joe’s, Rick’s, Boars Head Bar, The Raw Bar, partying till four in the morning. Sunsets on Mallory Square. The pace is as slow as a snail—nothing moves fast. Baseball on the mainland. And great Cuban food.” –Charlie Simas, Wareham, proprietor, Charlie’s Barber Shop.

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“Bum around Italy, then take a train from Venice to Paris. Eat, eat, eat. Eat everything! But you’re not going to get me on a boat.” –Elizabeth Circharo, New Bedford, former UMD professor “Sail around the world from port to port on a schooner. Start out from San Francisco, then head to the Philippines. I’ve always wanted to see India and Turkey. Go back to the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea. Be a vagabond.” –Colin Bradley, Mattapoisett, chef at How on Earth.

“Costa Rica. Best surf in the world. Clean living on the beach. Fresh fruit and fish, and surf. No cell phones. Live in a hut on the beach.” –Mark Carvalho, New Bedford, surfer, teacher, lifeguard and artist.


“Brazil. It looks cool in the movies.” (In the movies?) “Snoop Dog video “Beautiful” shows how beautiful Brazil is. The beaches, the women. And I would like to see the statue Cristo [Redentor].”

“Las Vegas. Gambling my life savings away. And maybe meet the mob.” –Ben Littlefield, Lakeville

–Robert “Bobby” Christian, Fairhaven, junior at UMD next fall.

While the young folks’ wanderlust is tempting, Carol Frates, a retired pediatric nurse in New Bedford has a more laid-back idea of vacation. Here’s her favorite spot: “Sanibel Island, Florida. It’s a safe place for a woman [traveling alone]. And it’s quiet. I went there in 2005 and rented a beach cottage with bikes and a little bistro near the cottage. I took bike rides all over. When I came back with so many shells I almost had to pay extra [on the plane]. Sunshine, sea shells and solitude.” And how about the Horseneck Beach lifeguards? After all, they’re already on the beach every day. Where would they go to get away from all that sun and sand?

“Go to Europe, everywhere in Europe.” –Tim Gregoire, New Bedford, University of Hartford student.

“I’d love to see the Pacific. I’ve only seen this coast so far. I enjoy staying on the water. I grew up in Westport. My parents had a boat so I grew up going to Cuttyhunk, quahogging and blue crabbing. I usually spend four to six hours on the water at a time.” –Joseph Thibault, Westport, New England Tech student in business management. Joe was at the Causeway in Westport stowing away his Hobie Kayak after an afternoon on the water. It seems like some people are already living their dreams.

–Mara Honohan, New Bedford, NB High School.

“I’d go to Hawai’i for two weeks. California first, then Hawai’i. I know people who live there. There’s so many islands you can visit, I’d just island hop.”

“Sydney, Australia. Down Under. It’s so pretty.”

–Gina West, Wareham, owner of Tropical Tan

“Costa Rica. It’s just beautiful. I think that’d be a real good time.”

–Jillian Boyle, Westport, Stang High School. “Italy. My mom went there. It’s beautiful. And for the hot Italian guys.” –Victoria Wood, Acushnet, sophmore at UMD

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One argument for taking vitamins and minerals is that the plantbased foods lowest on the food chain may no longer provide enough nutrients due to man-made deficiencies in the soil, due to over use of chemical fertilizers, over farming etc. Another point that health experts cite is that in order to “co-exist” with modern technology and pollutants we need supplements and especially strong antioxidants to counteract the constant bombardment to our systems by environmental toxins. Others point to modern era life-style changes causing what amounts to nutritional bankruptcy—in other words a “junk in, junk out” philosophy. Eating habits PLUS supplements The fix is to change eating habits to consume more organic, vegetable-based, non-processed, non-

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microwaved foods as well as to use supplements to assure overall proper nutrition. Nutrient deficiencies requiring supplements can also occur if our ability to absorb those nutrients is impaired. For example, as we age we tend to absorb less nutrients (especially minerals) from foods due to lowered HCL (hydrochloric acid) in our stomach. The absorption is lowered even more when individuals take antacids. Regardless of the reasons for deficiencies, it’s clear that when we are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals our health will likely suffer. For those willing to consider supplements, the quandary then becomes which supplements to take. To be sure, responses can be overly dependant on the “latest” research, fad, or the “cure-all” testimonials on TV and radio, and likely less on what


legitimate research had shown. Wading through the ads, online reports and published information can be a daunting task. Reading the product labels carefully can give some clues as to the intended use of the product. Online searches can provide product review and evaluations of specific products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate supplements as they do medicine and thus on supplement labels you will see a statement posted that the FDA has not evaluated any statements or claims and that the product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The label will list the RDA (required daily amounts) often as a percent daily value for each nutrient ingredient, and that is helpful. It is important to read all of the ingredients carefully to be sure there is none that could be an issue for someone who might have an allergy to the supplement source (e. g. seafood, gluten, dairy).

on blood test levels may be recommended; also calcium citrate may be recommended over calcium carbonate for better absorption. Still everyone is a little different in their needs and reactions to supplements, so working with your doctor to fine-tune this is important. In my own case although it was recommended that I take a multivitamin, I have never been able to, as every brand I have ever tried has upset my stomach. I suspect that I react to the B vitamins in the multi, but I just don’t know. So I take individual ones or some combinations. Currently I have settled on daily supplementation with vitamin D3, CoQ-10, zinc, selenium, B12 (sub-lingual), calcium/magnesium/boron formula, vitamin C and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids). Most recently I am trying krill oil (omega fatty acids from krill crustacean) and a very interesting supplement called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is derived from algae and according to reports is an antioxidant super power. While some research has pointed to health benefits such as to help joints and decrease inflammation these and other claims have not been accepted by the established medical community. However, since I have added these my joint pain has vanished. Do your own research using online search and other resources; check for any reported adverse effect, potential drug interactions or unintended side effects, and most certainly check with your medical doctor before making any changes to your regimen.

Most medical doctors will now recommend taking a multivitamin and may even recommend some specific supplements depending on your medical condition and lifestyle.

Individual choices My own supplement list has changed over the years, mostly depending on my medical condition and the recommendations of a wonderful array of medical health professionals all of whom have additional training in nutrition. I also rely on reputable web sites and nutritional publications for updates. Most medical doctors will now recommend taking a multivitamin and may even recommend some specific supplements depending on your medical condition and lifestyle. For example, for seniors higher amounts of vitamin D and B12 depending

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Fabulous fashion doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Style experts recently shared tips for creating a signature style on the cheap. Clothing designer, fashionista and former Dartmouth resident, Crystal Walen has been creating her own designer looks with thrift-store finds for years. In an interview Walen said, “Consignment stores have a lot of really good pieces, you just need a little patience to sort through the racks.” Walen continued, “Sometimes you can buy clothing with the tags still on.” 28

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Plan before shopping Before stepping foot in any store, Walen suggested that you do research and set goals for yourself. “Flip through fashion magazines and tear out looks that you like.” Walen also said that you can use your existing wardrobe as inspiration. “If you have a top that fits you really well, look for tops with a similar shape at thrift stores.”


Selecting quality pieces Susan Mullins, an independent fashion scholar and continuing education instructor at Rhode Island School of Design shared tips for selecting quality pieces. When determining the quality of a garment, she suggested that you check its lining. Look for rips and underarm stains. “A good way to judge quality is [to assess] how something has held up with wear,” said Mullins. She added that you should look closely at the fabric. Don’t buy clothing with pills. Mullins also said to make sure that the seams line up and the buttons are in place. Quality garments have tight seams.

How to shop at a thrift store When you’re in the store, Walen recommended that you seek out interesting prints, colors and materials. Fit is also important. “Look for pieces that need minor adjustments or ones that are slightly too big. It’s easier to take in clothing than to take it out,” she said. Inexpensive thrift-store finds can be tailored to fit you perfectly. Walen recommended that you visit thrift stores often because items get marked down regularly.

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FOOD NOTES

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Easy Roasted Tomato Marinara 3 lbs. fresh local tomatoes 2 small onions, coarsely chopped 4 cloves garlic, whole, peeled 1 handful fresh basil, chopped 2 tsp coarse kosher salt freshly ground black pepper ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Preheat oven 450 degrees. Core each tomato and cut in half. Scoop out any excess seeds. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes (skin side up), onion, and garlic in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly. Using your fingers, pull the tomato skins off of each tomato. Discard the skins. Scoop the tomatoes, onions, and garlic into a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher. Stir in the fresh basil, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

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Text and photography by Melissa Tavares Close your eyes and conjure up your favorite memories of Augusts past. If you’re a South Coast resident you’re probably reminiscing about basking in the warm rays of the sun at Horseneck Beach, picnicking on the rocks of Beavertail in Jamestown, or bike rides on the Cape Cod Canal. For me, it’s the anticipation of tomato season that makes me look forward to August every year. It’s painful to buy the mealy, flavorless, overpriced tomatoes available year round at the supermarket once you’ve tasted a beautifully ripened local tomato still warm from the August sun. In my garden, ten varieties of heirloom tomatoes are plump and ready for me to devour, while local farm stands and farmers markets are offering freshly picked tomatoes by the bushel load. There’s no better time of year to take advantage of the splendor of such a versatile and delicious fruit! If incredible taste isn’t reason enough to embrace and indulge in the tomato harvest, then the health benefits of eating tomatoes should be. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene (pronounced “like-o-peen”), a powerful antioxidant credited with preventing cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and much more. One study published in the

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New England Journal of Medicine found that high levels of lycopene from a diet rich in tomatoes are “… associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.” Interestingly, cooking or canning tomatoes actually increases lycopene content in tomatoes, due to a breakdown of the cell walls that occurs during the cooking process. Pound for pound, cooked or canned tomatoes can contain over 3 times as much lycopene as raw tomatoes. No matter how you slice it, by serving locally grown tomatoes to yourself and your family, you’re making a healthy choice for your body and taste buds. Looking for locally grown tomatoes right here in the South Coast? Visit www.semaponline.org for a listing of farm stands and farmers’ markets near you.

Melissa Tavares is a lifelong South Coast resident, blogger, and food enthusiast. Melissa pens the food blog Ava Catau: You Are What You Eat, at www.avacatau.com. Email: ava.catau@gmail.com


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y dad was an outdoor grille cook long before television made it popular. He was one of those originals who actually cooked entire meals on a charcoal grill. Yes we had our share of hamburgers and hot dogs, but my dad also would cook chicken, pork roast and steak on that same grill. Mind you, this was before the gas grilles that we all use now. Mom and Dad bought a small summer cottage on Swifts Beach in Wareham when I was nine years old. They would spend their summers at the house and Dad would commute to his job in Brockton. On the weekends it was Dad’s turn to be the cook and it gave my mom a break. I can still smell supper cooking as I drove down their street on a Friday night in August after I got out of work. Why is it that things we cooked on a charcoal grill just tasted better? We always had a tossed salad, baked potato along with zucchini or summer squash or another summer vegetable. Mom would always make a wonderful dessert for later to go with coffee. Even with the heat in August, she would still do her baking. Over the years we had many cook outs (barbecue is what you eat, not how you cook) in that small house, with changes of course as to what we were grilling. They bought a gas grill when the old charcoal grille finally “rusted” out. They would have huge

cook outs and invite the neighbors and friends from the city and everyone would bring their specialty. My dad was a musician so of course along with these cook outs came live music as he and his friends would have a “jam session” for entertainment. They would end up with a crowd out in front of the house listening, some would be dancing and always we would hear “play more!” One of the best things was the S’mores after dinner was done. Even as adults we all loved those gooey, delicious confections. Funny thing is that S’mores really have not changed over the years: the basics are still graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate candy bars. I remember trying to burn your marshmallow because it would make them taste better. Funny, but I like my hot dogs burned as well. Must have something to do with having that old charcoal grill around for so long. With the summer still with us but slowly disappearing, this installment of Week End Baker has a great recipe that you do not need to bake (or bake too much) during these hot, lazy August days. This is my mom’s recipe that we had so often over the years; it is both delicious and easy. And you can make this ahead of time. Enjoy the rest of summer and Happy Baking!

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WINE NOTES

Fruit wines for summer by Alton Long

Good wine can be made from fruits other than grapes. There is an incredible range available: apples, pears, peaches and plums, and about any fruit that ripens with enough sugar to permit fermentation. Some fruits, like berry fruits, may need a little boost of sugar, but the results can be delicious. One great early summer wine joy is the fresh wine made directly from very ripe strawberries. Another great wine that can be made mid-summer includes the terrific varieties of pears. But one of the best fruit wines comes from those delicious ripe apples that we harvest in the fall. In any case, if you make your own apple or pear wine, make sure you use several varieties. It seems to be more interesting. Though very good wines can be made from many fruits and berries, non-grape wines are not found on many wine shops’ shelves. Fortunately around Thanksgiving, and especially here in the South Coast, you may find cranberry or apple wines in the local shops. Occasionally, you will find shops that will be offering a blueberry wine. There are usually several fruit flavored “brandies;” peach seems to be 34

the most popular. There are not many wineries that make a non-grape fruit wine, but there seems to be a number in the New England area, probably because of the difficulties in growing the classical wine grape varieties.

Connecticut and Rhode Island There is one winery in Connecticut that excels in its offering of fruit wines. Bishop’s Orchards Winery, which is barely a mile south of Rt I-95, just a dozen mile west of New Haven, Connecticut, has an extensive business dedicated to produce of all sorts. The establishment includes a nursery, a grocery, a bakery, and most important to some of us, an extensive wine shop, offering well over a dozen wines made from a variety of fruits. The list includes several wines made from apples, and pears plus some

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from peach, pears, raspberries and strawberries. They make a low alcohol Hard Cider and a new product called, “Sachem’s Twilight,” which is a sparkling wine made form very ripe peaches. Bishop’s not only sell the large variety of the wines they produce but also literally has a “wall” (of shelves) for wines made by other wineries in Connecticut. This selection also includes fruit wines. So Bishop’s might be the Mecca of New England fruit wine. Their wines run from $12.95 to $16.95 with the hard cider (semi-dry or semi-sweet going for $9.95. In Rhode Island, there are several wineries that make one or more fruit wines. Diamond Hill in the northern part of the state produces several fruit wines. A favorite is their Peach wine, which is made from peaches grown right on the estate. It is sweet but well balanced, not a syrupy cloying sweetness. When chilled it is like biting into a ripe peach. Their rich, sweet fruit wines are a great choice for a summer dessert wine with a light cake or even chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Diamond Hill also produces a cranberry apple blend which is a best seller, a spiced apple and an intense luscious blueberry wine which is an incredible Holiday wine going well


with turkey and ham. It is released in November and usually sells out quickly. They also produce a non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider.

Massachusetts Massachusetts has many wineries making fruit wines; Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton is known for its fruit wine, including several rather unique ones. They offer three versions of blueberry wines; a regular, a dry and a blend of blueberry with mead. They also have apple, cherry, cranberry apple, peach, pear, plum, black current and a strawberry rubarb. So they are right in there as a major producer of fruit wines. One interesting note is they have a Black Current wine. This is a very popular and highly prized as a special wine in parts of Europe.

Further north There are many wineries in the northern New England regions which only make fruit wines. A good example is Grand View in East Calias Vermont. While you should go there for the wines, the view from this hilltop winery is truly “Grand” providing an incredible panoramic view of the grandeur of Vermont. Grand View entered six wines in a recent Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and they won six medals. Their Cranberry Wine won a Double Gold Medal; Strawberry Rhubarb Wine won Gold; Pear Wine won a Silver Medal; Raspberry Apple Wine, Montmorency Cherry Wine and the Mac Jack Hard Cider won Bronze. Six for six! Not Bad! Grand View imports many grapes to make wines, and they access to many excellent fruit trees and berry bushes including apple, pear, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, elderberry, and black currant, even strawberry rhubarb. Many are from homegrown or neighborhood sources. Flag Hill, located in southeastern New Hampshire, offers handcrafted traditional Vermont Hard Cyders, distilled fruit spirits, a “Pomme de Vie”

and Stair’s Pears. They refer to these as Vermont brandies. One specialty is similar to Calvados Poire William. They have “attempted to capture” the spirited essence of fruit. They are the perfect complement for regional and seasonal cooking, foods, & menus, and a stylish after dinner or après-ski drink! Putney Mountain Winery was recently judged as the producer of “Best Fruit Wine” in the Northeast at the 2010 Northeastern States Big E Wine Competition. They produce quite a number of fruit wines. The flagship seems to be their Apple Maple made from Heirloom apple wine with a bit of pure Vermont maple syrup. It is a fruity, semi-sweet wine, with an “apple” beginning, and a “maple” finish. They add that this wine is a nice balance to spicy food and is delicious with poultry or pork. It also makes an outstanding mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves and maple syrup. Putney has been producing awardwinning, fruit wine since 1998. They claim that their winery thrives on the age-old wisdom that the finest wines come from the finest fruits and that their wines exemplify the richness and variety of fruits that have been raised for generations in the Connecticut River Valley. Putney Mountain Winery offers an array of sparkling, still and dessert wines made from fresh, local fruit including heirloom apples, pears, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Putney hand-crushes, presses and craft their wines as soon as the fruit is harvested. This, they claim, accounts for their wines having won many regional and international awards. Fruit wines are good anytime of the year, but somehow many wine lovers find themselves seeking out that favorite strawberry or pear wine in the late summer and early fall. These fruit wines, especially if well chilled, are great with ham and pork dishes as well as with a variety of cheeses. Try one this summer and expand your horizon of the wonderful world of wine.

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MARK TWAIN’S OTHER WOMAN by Laura Skandera Trombley Simon & Schuster $17 paperback Isabel Van Kleek Lyon was Mark Twain’s confidant, personal assistant and social secretary during the last years of his life. She is a relative unknown in Twain scholarship because of a falling out that she had with Mark Twain and his two daughters, Clara and Jean. Because of her access to the family— she lived in the same home with Twain during her six years with him—she knew the family’s secrets and they eventually resorted to blackmailing her to guarantee that she would never attempt to claim a place in his life. Subsequent biographers either knew that the family was very opposed to any mention of Isabel or they ignored her due to her working class status and gender. Also, Twain wrote a scandalous fictionalized document about her that some biographers have mistakenly taken as truth. Isabel decided who was allowed to see Twain, what he would eat, what he would wear, etc. Twain was utterly dependent upon her—physically, intellectually and emotionally—and he suffered enormously after he was forced by his daughters to fire her.


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A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 carried more beer than water. By the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing. Okrent explains why we did it, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever. Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces: the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement, which allied itself with the anti-liquor campaign; the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities; the anti-German sentiment stoked by World War I; and a variety of other unlikely factor. Through it all, Americans kept drinking, going to remarkably creative lengths to smuggle, sell, conceal, and convivially (and sometimes fatally) imbibe their favorite intoxicants. Last Call is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly told. It stands as the most complete history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a major American writer.

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GREEN SOUTH COAST

Cold cash and hot deals! by Elizabeth Morse Read

During the dog days of summer, does your old air-conditioner strain and drip while your electricty bills ratchet upwards? Or does your ‘fridge/ freezer sweat and your veggies go mushy and it takes forever to make ice cubes? If, like me, you are coping with appliances that “came with the house,” chances are they’ve outlived their usefulness and efficiency and are costing you a bundle in monthly energy bills. You may think this is a bad time financially to upgrade to more energyefficient replacements, but read on! Starting July 28, a new Massachusetts rebate/recycle program for aging refrigerators and air-conditioners 38

begins—and it may be an offer you can’t afford to refuse. This summer rebate program, in the long run, can save up to 1.8 million kilowatt hours of energy use each year! (and similar programs are available to Rhode Island residents) As the Commonwealth’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., said in a recent press release about this program’s launch, “[T]he clean energy revolution

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is going to occur one household at a time and this program is a great example of how it will happen.” If your current ‘fridge/freezer is more than 20 years old, you can slash your annual energy bills by $200 by replacing it with a new Energy Starrated model. Top-freezer models use 25% less energy than bottom- or sidefreezer models (and forget about all the bells-and-whistles features like ice-makers and dispensers—they’ll cost you more on the floor, even if they are Energy Star models, and they use up to 20% more electricity annually than a simple top-freezer no-frills model.) And new ‘fridge/freezers use at least 20% less energy than similar older models, which also decreases


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greenhouse gas emissions (think: climate change—here’s a simple way you can reduce your impact on the environment!). And you can get a $150 rebate for that fridge/freezer transition! Savings/rebates are also available for old air conditioners ($50)—or, if you install an Energy Star central AC system/mini-split system or air source heat pump, you can earn a $500 rebate—go to www.MassSave.com/ cooling or call 1-800-473-1105. Similar programs are available to customers of Unitel, Cape Light Compact, National Grid Electric, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company—go to their websites for further information. Look for info and links about the Massachusetts Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. (And you can bet that local appliance merchants will be holding fire-sale prices when the programs begin!) MassSave is a program sponsored by gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers who work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. It offers a wide range of no/ low-cost services, incentives, training and information promoting energy efficiency for home-owners, apartmentdwellers, businesses and industry professionals. Go to www.masssave. com to schedule a free energy audit of your home, get advice on how you can best lower your energy-consumption, and find out about rebates, discounts and tax credits for energyimprovements you make. There are also programs available for insulation needs and income-based pricing. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s the clincher—NSTAR will haul off your old ‘fridge to be recycled for free—and give you an additional $50 rebate through MassSave! To schedule a pick-up, call 1-877-545-4113 or visit

www.MassSave.com/recycle. www.myenergystar.com is another resource for both MA and RI consumers. Learn about additional rebate/ discount programs for numerous appliances (like dishwashers, home electronics, swimming pool pumps) and light bulbs and lighting fixtures. In MA, call 1-877-378-2748 for details; in RI, call 1-877-886-2539. And it’s first-come, first-serve for these limited MA state and federal rebates and discounts (totaling $2 million in MA this summer), so do your homework now (these offers won’t last long!)—and take home some cool cash and newer appliances that will cost you way less in the long-run. Rules and rebate forms are available online—save all your receipts and paperwork to get the best price and the highest rebates! And watch for sales at your area appliance stores—they’ll be wooing you for your hard-earned dollars now and will be fluent in all the rebate and energyefficiency information. (And you’ll be helping to stimulate the local economy!) And, consider switching to natural gas heat and getting rid of that oil-tank and higher heating/ electrical costs! You can save up to 50% of your current heating costs by switching to gas—and you can be eligible for up to a $1,600 rebate for doing so (for details, go to www.gasnetworks.com ). A $150 federal tax credit is also available (go to www.energystar.gov for details). A discounted oil tank removal charge of $350 (including permit costs) is available—and, if you need installation of a gas line, free installations are available until the end of September! Call toll-free 1-866-6782744 or 1-800-592-2000 or visit www. nstar.com. And you may be eligible for a 0% interest 7-year loan for a new heating system!

Watch for sales at your area appliance stores—they’ll be wooing you for your hard-earned dollars now and will be fluent in all the rebate and energy-efficiency information

Summer savings on energy bills n Lower your water heater to 120˚F (especially if there are children in the house) and install a low-flow showerhead! n Wash your clothes in cold water at night after peak electricity-demand hours (same with your dishwasher). n Take advantage of the weather and dry your clothes outdoors instead of running the dryer? (your sheets will smell great and your jeans won’t shrink!) n Close shades and curtains during the hottest hours. If it’s a chilly/ cloudy day, leave them open on the south side of your house to encourage solar warming, but close them at night. n If you have a ceiling fan, use it instead of turning on the AC (and always put a window AC in the northern-most window.). Also use window fans blowing out, overstove/bathroom fans to vent out heat and moisture. n Instead of cooking dinner in your oven (which generates indoor heat and uses a lot of electricity), cook using the microwave or countertop appliances like crock-pots or toaster ovens—or fire up the BBQ outdoors! n Turn the lights off whenever you leave a room! And plug all your electrical devices into a power-bar so that you can turn them all off at night—even in pause or sleep mode, they’re sucking up electricity. n Replace all your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which generate a lot less heat and are much longer-lasting. If you replace only five frequently-used incandescent light bulbs with energyefficient light bulbs, you can save up to $60/year in electricity. n And know what you want or are looking for before you open the ‘fridge/freezer door! Staring inside to “browse” is costing you a lot of money! n Have your heating system serviced annually—and replace furnace filters regularly.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

College fair to hit UMass Dartmouth by Ashley Martelli

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rivate university, or state college, or community college—there are many directions to go when completing high school. The decision about further education can be quite difficult. On Sunday, September 11th, UMass Dartmouth will host the NEACAC college fair in the Tripp Athletic Center from 2pm-4pm. Representatives from 200 schools will help guide students, most of whom will be high school seniors entering their year of decision, in a direction that suits their best interests. The New England Association for College Admission Counseling comprises 3,500 members from six different states along the East Coast. It is also one of the top resources in New England for college admissions professionals. “Every year, more than 400,000 students attend National College Fairs seeking information about colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions,” states The National Association for College Admission Counseling website. “Free and open to the public, National College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of institutions to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general, and other information pertinent to the college selection process.” The hands on experience of attending a college fair is far better than just clicking through a website. Fairs get

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you up close and personal with those who know their information. “I would have been interested to see how a fair would have affected my college making decision,” said Meghan Dunn, a senior at Endicott College who has never attended a fair. “I wish I could have compared what they offered for education at the fair, to how I’m being educated now.” Before attending a college fair, students should start thinking over the type of college that would suit them best. Would you want to attend a two or four year college? How far away from home would you want to travel? How much money is in your budget? What major are you thinking about taking? Do you prefer urban or rural areas? Thinking of these questions beforehand gives students more of an organized plan as to what colleges to look into and what colleges to avoid. Jeannette Riley, Chairperson for the department of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, explained, “Going to college fairs introduces you to people from the institution, which can give a prospective student a sense of the community. Visiting college websites and the new influx of social media sites like FaceBook can also help a prospective student develop a fuller sense of a college and what the experience might be like.” For more information, contact the UMass Admissions Office at 508-9998613 or visit the admissions website at http://www.umassd.edu/admissions/

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Prepare for the fair Some questions to consider asking the college representatives would be: What are the application deadlines?

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To make things easier, type out these questions before attending, bring a notebook, pen, and a bag to hold all the materials you will receive from the fair—trust me, you’ll need it. After each booth you visit, jot down some additional information to remind yourself what you liked best. Within a week, you should go through the information, notes, and pamphlets and start narrowing your choices, for example, based on out of state schools, or majors they offer. And who knows, perhaps your dream college will be waiting for you on September 11th at UMass Dartmouth.


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MUSICAL SOUTH COAST

Lots of music coming from the NBSO by David M. Prentiss

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rom “Bold Openings” to “The Music of America,” the New Bedford Symphony’s 2011-12 Concert Season offers the South Coast an exciting range of music. And with a 50% discount for new subscribers, the NBSO wants everyone to join them for what promises to be a heartfelt and heart-stopping season. NBSO Music Director David MacKenzie is looking forward to getting the season started. “This year we are performing three widely different but all outstanding concertos: Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Violin

Concerto, Poulenc’s delightful Concert Champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra, and Edward MacDowell’s richly romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. We also will continue our exploration of great symphonic works with symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, as well as Paul Hindemith’s magnificent Mathis der Maler and Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, his iconic “American” symphony. And we are starting the season with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, which is a stunning orchestral tourde-force.”

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The NBSO subscription season is made up of six classical concerts and two performances of a Holiday Pops show in December. Season subscribers can design their own season by choosing to attend anywhere from 3 to 7 of the concerts. First-time subscribers receive a special, one-time discount of 50%. NBSO Marketing Coordinator Conee Sousa has been pleased with the response to the special discount offer. “We have nearly doubled the number of season ticket holders. People like the discount, of course, but they also like the flexibility of choosing their own concerts while becoming ‘regular concert-goers.’ It’s a night out; it’s something that they can look forward to.” Steve March-Tormé

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Local guests Each year the NBSO brings in guest artists from around the world to perform with the orchestra, but for two of the concerts this year they are taking a different approach. David MacKenzie explains. “I was thinking about the different guest artists we might invite to play with us and I said, ‘why not bring in someone who performs around the world but happens to live in the South Coast?’ That’s when I thought of pianist Janice Weber, a magnificent pianist who teaches at the Boston Conservatory and performs regularly in Europe and throughout the United States. And she lives in Mattapoisett.” The other guest artist with a South Coast connection is harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. Paul lives in Fall River and is a much sough-after performer. He has performed with violin virtuoso Rachel Barton-Pine and has released a number of highly-acclaimed CDs. David MacKenzie is looking forward to this collaboration. “Paul is one of the finest harpsichordists I have ever worked with. The Poulenc concerto is going to be a lot of fun.” While the NBSO’s “home” is the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, it performs two choral concerts each year at St. Anthony’s Church in the north end of New Bedford. The acoustics of the church make it the perfect setting for Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ A German Requiem, and Bach’s Cantata 61: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. In addition to classic masterworks such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, the NBSO is presenting music by a new generation of North American composers—Pulitzer Prize winning Jennifer Higdon’s evocative blue cathedral, Michael Daugherty’s hip and witty Sunset Strip, Michael Torke’s vivacious Bright Blue Music, and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s show stopping Danzon No. 2. The “Hear the Cheer” Holiday Pops concert in December is ideal (and affordable) for the whole family. This year the NBSO will welcome special

guest artist Steve March-Tormé, the son of the iconic Mel Tormé. Steve will share some of the great songs of the Holiday season, including his Dad’s classic, “The Christmas Song.”

Students and a book In addition to being so active in the concert hall, the NBSO is just as active in the community, bringing classical music into the lives of over 28,000 children each year. In New Bedford, Fall River and other communities throughout the South Coast, 18,000 children in grades 1–5 begin every day of the school year listening to classical music through the NBSO’s Music in the Morning program. More than 7,000 children participate in the SchoolsMusic! program, where a trio of NBSO musicians perform an interactive concert at schools that integrates music with subjects such as reading and math.

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The NBSO Young People’s Concerts bring over 2,000 children to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to hear a live performance of the orchestra, and Be Our Musical Guest (visits to local schools by NBSO guest artists) introduces South Coast children to some of the most accomplished and talented musicians in the world today. In addition, the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra recently performed a worldpremiere of a symphony written by a Portuguese composer. The Master Class program provides local students the opportunity to study with NBSO visiting guest artists. The NBSO’s Catholic School String Program just finished its first year which included teaching string instruments to over 50 students. And the NBSO’s newest educational program is Symphony Tales, a program for beginner readers that uses music to reinforce fundamental literacy skills. Look for Symphony Tales soon at a bookstore, library or school near you. Visit www.nbsymphony.org to learn more about the NBSO’s concerts and educational programs.

We’re looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated person.

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Island Creations Come in, hang out and play!

10% off All finished jewelry through Labor Day

Want a class? Visit our website, call or email us with dates and times that work for you. Call 508-997-9800

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Our success depends upon our members’ loyalty and trust — HOURS — Mon. & Tue. 8:30-4:30pm Wed. & Sat. 8:30-12 Noon Thu. 8:30-5pm • Fri 8:30-6pm

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Visit CoastalMags.com for extended listings and to sign-up for our free weekly events email AHA! Night: Downtown New Bedford comes alive with Art, History and Architecture. Every second Thursday of the month. 508-996-8253. www. ahanewbedford.org Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford. 508991-6178. www.bpzoo.org Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 401-683-5085. www.commonfencemusic.org Four Corners Arts Center, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners. 401624-2600. www.tivertonfourcorners. com/artscenter Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. 508-748-1266. www. marionartcenter.org Memorial Hall, 124 Bay Street, Rehoboth. 8-11pm. 508-252-6375. www.contradancelinks.com Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 508-3241926. For schedule of events visit www.ncfta.org New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford. 508-961-3072. www. newbedfordartmuseum.org New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. 508997-0046. www.whalingmuseum.org Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 401-421-2787. www.ppacri.org Stone Church Coffee House, 280 High Street, Bristol. 401-253-4813. www.churchstreetcoffeehouse.com

Enjoy the little things in life.

Our lobster roll is served on a toasted brioche roll served on romaine with a choice of melted butter or mayo On Rt. 6, across from Bishop Stang H.S.

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Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street, Providence. 401351-41242. For schedule of events visit www.trinityrep.com Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 401421-2787. www.vmari.com Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 508-994-2900. For schedule of events visit www.zeiterion.org


Celebrating the ‘Great Outdoors’ Camping downtown? Not a bad idea. To celebrate Great Outdoors Day in July there were tent set-up demonstrations, a climbing wall, campfire storytelling, camping basics, and an outdoor movie showing of the film, “The Great Outdoors” sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The park collaborated with the City of New Bedford, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches, Third Eye Unlimited, and the Marion Institute to put on the event in the field to the north of the warming house at Buttonwood Park, near the pond. The idea for Great Outdoors Day came from participants in the park’s Youth Ambassador Program, an afterschool and summer program for New Bedford teens who communicate local and national history through music, video, live performances, events, and social media outreach.

Westport resident remembers ‘Carol’ More than 160 people gathered recently at the Acoaxet Club in Westport, MA to attend the launching of The Last Fling, a new book about Hurricane Carol by John B. “Red” Cummings, Jr. It includes first-hand stories and more than 40 illustrations from more than 60 individuals and families and what they Alice Turner and Jody Blish interact experienced as their homes and town with the author. were torn apart during Hurricane Carol in 1954. Cummings, is a lifelong area resident and was a witness to the events of the day on August 31, 1954. This paperback is available at local bookstores or directly from the author at www.thelastfling.net

Kindergarteners harvest their garden Kindergarten students from Macomber Primary School in Westport hold up radishes that they picked from the organic garden that they grew with the Westport River Watershed Alliance. The South Coast Insider / August 2011

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Looking for a special place for that special day?

Hawthorne Country Club is a beautiful banquet facility surrounded by one of the areas most picturesque golf courses. Overlooking the Paskamansett Valley, with its spectacular view, Hawthorne Country Club is the perfect choice for your special event.

Our beautiful Victorian Gardens provide the perfect setting for your wedding day needs. Call for rates and reservations

For dates and information call Kathi or Anne at

Fall River Historical Society

508-997-3377

451 Rock Street • Fall River, MA

(508) 679 -1071

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