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Happy Holidays

Regional celebrations Need gifts? Do it yourself An Art Association renaissance

Wine Notes Merry blueberry wines Tech Notes Gear up for the holidays Happenings Make your holidays jolly and bright


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Unitarian Church Tours

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Story Time With Mrs. Claus Millicent Library, 45 Center St., 10:30-11 a.m.

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Contents In Every Issue

TECH NOTES

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From the publisher

On my mind: Sorry, wrong number

Gear up for the holidays by Dan Logan and Robin LaCroix

by Paul E. Kandarian

by Magoo Gelehrter

THINGS TO DO

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Tarot-Scopes

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by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell

COVER STORY

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Homemade for the holidays by Shilah Marshman

(Mattapoisett YMCA)

by Alton Long

Breakfast with Santa

Chorus’ Christmas Concert

by Steven Sprague

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Recycle, reuse and rejoice

by Elizabeth Morse Read

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Happy holiday happenings

by Mali Lim

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Holiday house tours

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by Sean Wilcoxson

Fall River’s art renaissance by Lori Bradley

December 13-18 (Fall River YMCA)

For tickets or more information call your local YMCA

Cadets build character

Mentors make a difference

YMCA Open House Week

(Dartmouth YMCA)

by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

by Michael Vieira

(Gleason Family & Mattapoisett YMCAs)

December 17 – 6-8:30pm

LOCAL GIFTS

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December 11 – 9-11am

Extreme Velcro Fun Night

Region rings in holidays

December 8 – 6:30pm

Blueberries still thrill

Book Picks: Happy new books!

Christmas Tree Lighting

WINE NOTES

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Special Events

ON THE COVER

This month’s cover photo was taken at the Carousel at Battleship Cove. The 70 yearold ride has come to define the Fall River waterfront and create countless childhood memories. We hope that you will find the South Coast during the Holidays even more memorable. Photo by Sheila Oliveira

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FROM THE PUBLISHER December 2010 / Vol. 14 / No. 12 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

It’s the holiday season—the time of feasts, family and fire,

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ljiljana Vasiljevic

year and its promises. This darkest time of the year is bright

the end of a year full of experiences, the herald of a new with expectations, as the solstice renews our spirits.

Editors Joe Murphy Michael J. Vieira, Ph.D. Contributors Lori Bradley, The Celtic Cricket, Magoo Gelehrter, Stacie Charbonneau Hess, Paul Kandarian, Duir Kell, Robin LaCroix, Mali Lim, Dan Logan, Alton Long, Tom Lopes, Shilah Marshman, Elizabeth Morse Read, Steven Sprague, Michael J. Vieira, Sean Wilcoxson 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. All contents copyright ©2010 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.

In keeping with the joys of the Season we offer in this issue many suggestions for celebrating. Shilah Marshman provides recipes and ideas for gifts you can make yourself to share with those you love. Mali Lim provides some hometown holiday happenings, and Stacie Charbonneau Hess opens the doors to some local house tours. And for something different to raise in your glass as you toast the good times with friends, neighbors and family, Al Long suggests a blueberry wine! As we enjoy those closest to us, let’s remember that this is the time to reach out to those around us. Sean Wilcoxson takes us inside the Marine Cadets and Mike Vieira shares some SMILES. Both provide role models and caring adults for kids in need. So, ‘tis the season to celebrate! Look to our advertisers and happenings sections for ways to get into the festive spirit—they’ll help you feel right at home for the holidays. And don’t forget to visit www.coastalmags.com for more information, and explore www.SouthCoastGo.com, our free online classifieds. And light a candle—not a battery-operated, flickering filament—but a wax taper topped with a true flame. It’s part of most holiday traditions, connecting ageold observances of the solstice, dispelling the darkness of the night of the year, and a reminder that the present is melting into the future.

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Have yourself a DIY holiday by Shilah Marshman

Even though the economy is slowly improving, many people are choosing to stay at home and have Do-It-Yourself holidays, cooking for themselves, and making their own gifts. Not only does it save money, but the love and time you put into personal touches will delight your friends and family. Here is a sampling of ideas for the holidays. Side dishes and desserts

Green Bean Casserole

Not a fan of meat, nuts or fruit in your stuffing, yet you’re sick of plain old stuffing? A great, yet simple way to spruce up your stuffing is to simply substitute apple juice for the water that your recipe calls for. Another side that is a delicious addition to the holiday dinner table is Green Bean Casserole. This recipe is an adaptation of French’s Green Bean Casserole that is popular in my family.

Ingredients: n 3 cans of French cut green beans n 1 (10.75 oz.) can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup n 3/4 cup of milk n 2 cups of French’s Original French Fried Onions n black pepper

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Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350.° Drain green beans and mix with soup, milk, and 1 cup of French fried onions (save the

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other cup for later) in a 9 x 13” baking dish. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle an even layer (to taste) of black pepper over the top of the mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of French fried onions on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. The onions should be crisp and golden, but not burned and the casserole will bubble when finished. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.

Christmas rice pudding Ingredients: n 1 ½ cups long grain rice uncooked n 4 quarts of milk n 2 large eggs n 1/3-1/2 cup sugar n 8 cardamom seeds ground up n 1 tbsp. butter n 2-3 tbsp. cinnamon and sugar mix n 4 cinnamon sticks n salt Directions: Scald 1 ½ quarts of milk. Add rice all at once; keep stirring with wooden


spoon on low heat, while adding 2-3 cups of milk in at a time until all of the milk has been stirred in. When milk disappears, beat eggs and add to the mixture. Cook slowly for 2 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt to taste, add 1/3-½ cup of sugar ground cardamom seeds, and butter. Place in large clear glass bowl or a low flat bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mix on top and then place cinnamon sticks (push them into the bottom) all while pudding is hot

Pecan butter balls

Shilah A Marshman

Ingredients: n 2 cups sifted flour n 3/4 cup granulated sugar n ½ tsp. salt n 1 cup soft butter n 2 tsp. vanilla n 2 cups minced pecan Directions: Sift flour sugar (1/4 cup) salt together. Add butter and vanilla. Work with clean hands until well blended. Add 1 cup pecans and mix well. Shape into 1 inch ball. Roll in 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Place on non-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes. While still warm roll in ½ cup sugar

More recipes Some great websites to find recipes include: recipejunky.com, ichef.com, newtastyrecipes.com, and allrecipes. com. Feel free to peruse these great sites and create new holiday traditions for your family.

Create a cookbook You can also use the recipes found here to create a custom cookbook for that culinary artist in your family. Be sure to give credit to the chefs that created them. Even better, list the website where you found the recipe so your loved one can check out their other recipes.

Gift ideas Not only can you create unique gifts that your loved ones will cherish, but you can save money and turn it into a social event as well. Crafting parties are a great way to get some much needed social time with friends while preparing gifts for the holidays. Here are some great ideas that can be created at these parties:

Lions, tigers, and bear plush toys, oh my! Draw your own special design for toy creatures on felt, cut out, and sew the edges together, leaving one side open. Turn your creation inside out, stuff with batting, and finish sewing edge shut.

Embroidery kit Recycle an attractive saved box. Place tissue paper in the box, and fill with small scissors, a small embroidery hoop, 3 types of variegated floss, a good needle, patterns, fabric, ribbon, beads, etc. Put the cover on the box and tie a pretty ribbon around it.

A craft book For someone who loves to craft, all you need is a binder and these websites: craftbits.com/craft-project-categories ss42.com/toys.html papercraft-world.blogspot.com scissorcraft.com

Winter survival kit Include what you think is needed to survive our long cold New England winter, things like: a good sized mug, a couple of packets of cocoa mix, peppermint candy canes, a fleece throw blanket, and a book you loved, to be read and enjoyed again.

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At the recent Chamber of Commerce Valcourt Citizen of the Year ceremony, a sharp military honor guard escorted the flag to the stage. They were the few, the proud, the Marine Cadets. The Marine Cadets, a non-profit organization which is not affiliated with the Marine Corps or any government agency, has been around in Fall River for more than 30 years. The 12-17 year-olds meet at Battleship Cove on the U.S.S. Massachusetts every Sunday at 4 p.m. The program is run by Frank Andrade, commanding officer and president of the club. He is also a campus police officer at Bristol Community College, which helped make the recent Chamber event honoring President John J. Sbrega even more meaningful.

The mission “Being a Marine Cadet means being an all around good kid,” said Nicholas Lapointe, a 15 year old young man from Dartmouth, Mass. who is looking forward to a career in law enforcement. The Marine Cadets’ main goal is to give young people structure and discipline as a foundation to build upon with core values such as honesty, integrity, and pride. The goal is a realistic one, as they provide an open door into whatever career the kids wants to pursue in life. Giving these young men the opportunity to grow is paramount. The Marine Cadets program accomplishes another goal that parallels the mission, which is keeping the kids off the streets and away from lifestyles that are not positive. The Marine Cadets are involved in fun activities like trips 10

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to Six Flags, and they do community service to show them how to give to others and also receive the benefits of hard work. Last August, they were asked to honor America at the Red Sox game as Color Guards. One of the events the Marine Cadets take part in is cleaning up the parks in Fall River. Recently they went out into Pulaski Park and cleaned up all the trash to make it look nice for the community. There are also fundraisers like “can day” where they hit the streets and ask for your support. The money raised goes to purchasing much needed gear, uniforms, and boots for the Cadets, as well as to fund the field trips and events. Marine Cadets participate in the Color Guard and Flag Folding, and march in the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th. They also get a chance to spend a night on the U.S.S. Massachusetts where they learn how to inspect and guard the ship. This is a real life experience that will last a lifetime.

The few, the proud, the Marine Cadets (l-r) Joseph Hilchey, Nicholas Lapointe, Ryan Novo, Steven Ayotte, and Derrick Silva

Helping kids grow “There are really good kids in the Marine Cadets, and the best thing is watching them turn into the men and women they are supposed to be,” said Senior Airman Matt Carroll, Chief of Staff for the Marine Cadets of Massachusetts. He volunteers his time at the organization acting as a positive role model for the youth. Carroll is 24 years old, from North Attleboro, MA. “I love the Marine Cadets. It is such a good program to guide these kids in the right direction. Instead of playing video games, they are working on a team and learning what makes them an individual who is strong and independent,” said Carroll. The staff and volunteers are there to serve as examples, to show the youth job skills, to give them good references, and even to pave the way towards a career as an instructor for Marine Cadets when they turn 18 years old. A rising star at Marine Cadets is Nicholas Lapointe, who is working his way through the program with the help of staff, who can give kids like Lapointe their experience as military men and women. “When I am older I want to be a U.S. Marine, and after that pursue a career in law enforcement,” said Lapointe, who is a corporal and a platoon sergeant for the Marine Cadets. “It has helped me by showing me to never, ever quit and by keeping me on a straight line to success and out of trouble,” he added.

Real world ready The Marine Cadets staff do not push the kids into military service. Their main objective is instilling in them the knowledge they need to grow into adults. One major lesson they teach is CPR. The kids get certified in CPR training, which is a vital part of the integrity which helps the kids build character. Whether they are 12 years or 17 years old, having a skill like CPR makes them stand apart from all the rest of their class. These Cadets also learn how to talk about what is going on in their lives. Staff members are there for them not just for guidance, but for counseling. This is important if the youth are to grow, as well as understand, that by growing they need to learn how to talk about their thoughts and feelings. At Marine Cadets it is family first, school second, and Marine Cadets third. “The best thing about volunteering at the Marine Cadets is the fact that you are helping kids and by doing so helping the community,” said Carroll, who wants to make a difference in society with today’s young people. For young people who are growing up in this difficult world, organizations like the Marine Cadets of Massachusetts provide role models for them to look to and lessons to live by, which will help them become honorable members of society. The Marine Cadets of Massachusetts is also looking for a few good supporters. If you would like to volunteer or work as a staff member, visit www.marinecadets.net, or check them out on Facebook.

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SMILES brings Mentors and kids together.

‘Tis the season to give back— or even better, forward By Michael J. Vieira

About ten years ago, there was a movie called, Pay It Forward. In it a 12 year old comes up with an idea to change the world not by paying back a favor, but by doing three good deeds, thus “paying it forward.”

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ith Thanksgiving just here and so many other holidays soon to follow, this is a good time to thank those who have helped you, and to help those who need you. This is the season to remember the needs of our young people. Whether you believe, like recent reports, that all kids want to learn and our public schools are letting them down—or that many kids come to school unprepared and parents don’t care much about what’s going on, either way, there are kids in need. For many, that help, support, and encouragement may come from a family member, but it may also come from a teacher, community partner, church member, Scout leader, or a men12

tor. Since 2003, SMILES (SouthCoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning Education and Service) has worked to respond to the South Coast’s dropout rate and poor workforce education demographics.

Hundreds of SMILES According to the SMILES website, the first mentoring programs were launched in two New Bedford middle schools, and facilitated by staff at the New Bedford Prevention Partnership. SMILES initial partners included the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Bedford Interchurch Council, New Bedford Public Schools, and the New Bedford Prevention Partnership.

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In 2006, SMILES incorporated as a nonprofit organization and expanded from the two schools in the Whaling City to 12 in Fall River and New Bedford. A strategic decision was made by SMILES partners to incorporate in 2006 as a nonprofit to position the program for significant growth. The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts who had served as fiscal agent for SMILES was relieved of that when 501c3 charitable status was received from the Internal Revenue Service in 2007. Expansion in both New Bedford and Fall River has continued. Currently there are more than fifteen programs in Fall River and eighteen in New Bedford serving over 500 matches. Independent mentoring is also offered at the middle and high school levels in both New Bedford and Fall River. Programs are also available in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Norton and Wareham and Westport. At their Annual Meeting in June 2010, SMILES Mentoring became part of People Incorporated.


“This partnership will strengthen both organizations, and most importantly will continue the work of building futures for the children of the South Coast area,” People Incorporated President and CEO, Robert Canuel stated in a local news report. Jim Mathes, Executive Director of the SMILES Mentoring Program, in the same article, agreed. “SMILES just finished its fourth year as a non-profit corporation. In that time, we’ve aggressively grown our programs to now having more than five hundred volunteer mentors working with students in nearly thirty local schools. Our affiliation with People Incorporated will position us for more growth, as we continue toward our goal of three thousand volunteers matched with students who will benefit from having a SMILES mentor in their life,” he said.

A Mentor’s tale In the interest of full-disclosure, I’ve been involved with SMILES for more than four years. Not only did I make a new, young friend back when Zach was in sixth grade, but I also have been able to watch him grow over the years. And I look forward to his new adventures this year as he enters his sophomore year at Durfee. Sometimes, there wasn’t much to say, so we didn’t talk much. Last year, I learned a lot about skateboarding and the other things that matter to a high school student. But no matter what, we both showed up most of the times, and each time we shook hands when we parted ways. We always talked about how he was doing in school and what he was doing outside of school. It was important to me that Zach knew that I was concerned about his work in the classroom—and his behavior outside the classroom. I’m not sure if it made a difference, but I think knowing that I’d ask helped him make the right decisions. Over the past four years, I’ve also observed the interactions of other teams. Everybody brings and gives

different perspectives and approaches to mentoring, but everybody seems to share one thing in common: care and concern for each other. That’s a good thing.

Get involved Again, according to their website and my experience, SMILES recruits adult volunteers from the community to serve as one-to-one mentors with youth in the New Bedford and Fall River areas. SMILES Mentors must be able to complete our screening process, which includes a CORI (criminal background records check), a personal interview, three reference checks, a training session and pre-match orientation. Mentors must agree to the time requirements of the program (one hour a week for a minimum of one program year) and have access to transportation to mentoring activities. School administrators and counselors recommend mentees. Like the South Coast and the SMILES mentors, they come from diverse backgrounds and have diverse needs. The program follows guidelines found in the National Mentoring Partnership’s Elements of Effective Practice. A key component is that there is no contact outside of the SMILES sessions. The matches meet at the same time, once per week for a minimum of one hour at school sites. Does that one hour make a difference? According to research done by the Harvard Mentoring Project, it apparently does. What they call “prominent studies of mentoring programs” found that mentored youth were 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, were 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use, were 33% less likely to engage in violence, and skipped school 53% less. I like those odds, so mentoring is a gamble I’m happy to take. To get involved or for more information, visit the SMILES website at www.smilesmentoring.org, contact the office at 508-999-9300, or email nalmeida@ smilesmentoring.org

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New Bedford is decked out for the holidays. For information about their New Year celebration, call 508-996-8253 ext.205 or visit www.ahanewbedford.org

Home for the holidays by Mali Lim

Quick—visualize a traditional American holiday! What was the first image that came to mind? Americans young and old, saluting a flag carried past throngs of parade revelers? Families gathered around a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, heads bowed in prayer? Red-cheeked carolers bundled up against the frost, singing with gusto? Chances are, at least one of the images that comes to everyone’s mind is a Norman Rockwell painting. No other artist is more closely associated with the holidays than Rockwell, who for nearly fifty years captured the daily lives and special celebrations of families, friends and communities in paintings that are now iconic. It seems fitting, therefore, that the New Bedford Free Public Library is opening a special Norman Rockwell art exhibit titled “Home for the 14

Holidays” beginning December 11th. The art exhibit, which features 40 original magazine covers commissioned by the Saturday Evening Post during its 47-year affiliation with Rockwell, spans a full spectrum of annual American holidays, ranging from New Year’s Day to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The traveling exhibit, which is organized by the Norman Rockwell

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Museum in Stockbridge, MA, is free to the public. The exhibit will be displayed at the Main Library at 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford during regular library hours, from December 11th through January 3rd. For more information on the exhibit and library hours, call 508-991-6275.

Family Outings... in the Park On Saturday, December 4th, Onset Village will be hosting its annual Christmas in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. After Santa arrives on a fire truck at noon for the traditional drive through the village, he will remain on hand at the Onset Fire Station to greet children with hot chocolate and donut munchkins. Families can visit with Santa and then stroll around the village, perhaps getting their gift shopping done on the way to the Onset Bay Association offices on 4 Union Avenue,


where volunteers will be doing face painting for children. Don’t miss the Talking Christmas Tree!

And on Main Street On Saturday, December 11th the Wareham Village Association will be presenting Christmas on Main Street & Christmas Parade from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Festivities begin at 11:30 am, as the Toe Jam Puppet Band performs at Piper Beau’s, 207 Main Street. At 12:30, Main Street businesses will participate in a scavenger hunt starting at Eastern Bank at 226 Main Street. All along the way there will be fun, free Christmas activities for the children. At 3:30 p.m. the Parade starts on Main Street and goes to Town Hall on Marion Road where there will be hot chocolate and cookies for parade participants, trophies for the scavenger hunt winners, and a tree lighting.

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And more Fairhaven will celebrate an entire Old-Time Holiday Weekend from December 10th to 12th, with a whole array of family-friendly activities starting with the Lighting of Benoit Square (at the intersection of Main Street and Howland Road) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10th, followed by a free Christmas Concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 357 Main Street at 7 p.m. Start the day on Saturday, December 10th with an Old-Time Holiday Pancake Breakfast at the Rogers School on 100 Pleasant Street, where you can enjoy a $4 pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, before setting off to explore all the happenings in town. Mrs. Santa will delight children from ages 4 to 10 with her reading of the book “Santa’s Toy Shop in the North Pole” at the Millicent Library, 45 Center Street, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Holiday marketplaces at the First Congregational Church, the Unitarian Memorial Church and Fairhaven Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer visitors splendid choices of baked

goods, fine crafts, and one-of-a-kind gifts—a terrific chance to get all your holiday shopping done in one day! You can even take your purchases to Atria Senior Living at 391 Alden Road afterwards, where you can get your holiday gifts wrapped (donations will be accepted to benefit Big Brother/Big Sister Organization). To keep you going through the day, make sure you stop by the First Congregational Church at 34 Center Street for the Lobster Roll Luncheon starting at 11 a.m., or The Harrop Center at the Unitarian Memorial Church, where hot soup, chowder and sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, December 12th, Fairhaven wraps up its Old Time Holiday Weekend with an Old-Time Christmas Carol Sing at 1 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Temple Place, followed by a Service of Lessons and Carols at the Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street at 4 pm. For more details on the Old-Time Holiday Weekend and a complete list of December events in Fairhaven, visit http://fairhavenevents.blogspot.com.

Holiday musicales and concerts Let the Sippican Choral Society get you in the holiday spirit with its 46th annual Christmas Concert at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel on Spring Street in Marion, at 4pm on December 5th. The choral society will be performing an international selection of songs and the newly formed Southcoast Children’s Chorus will also be making its debut. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students. For ticket information call 508-264-2916 or go to www.sippicanchoral.org Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy inspiring music in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings at the free Christmas Concert at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, on December 12th, at 3 p.m. For information, call 508-9931691.

For a slightly different change of pace, renowned Celtic musicians Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy will be celebrating the winter solstice with “A Celtic Christmas” at 7 p.m. on December 21st, in the intimate setting of the Seamen’s Bethel at 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. For ticket information, call 508-992-3295 or visit www.portsociety.org The Zeiterion Theater will be hosting not one but two holiday extravaganzas this month, starting with the United States Air Force Band of Liberty Show at 7 p.m. on December 9th. A huge holiday spectacle of carols, festivities and music, this free concert features the music and singing of the 61-member United States Air Force Band of Liberty. Then, on December 18th at the Zeiterion, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will offer two performances of “Hear the Cheer!”—a Family Holiday Pops Concert featuring special guest star, Jodi Benson, who was the voice of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Concert times are 3:30 and 7 p.m., admission ranging from $15 - $38 for adults, $10 for children. For information on these performances or other Zeiterion Theater shows, call 508-9942900 or go to www.zeiterion.org

Ring in the New Year Finally, bundle up and bring the entire family to the spectacular year-end celebration presented by AHA! New Bedford as the “City Celebrates New Year’s Eve.” On December 31st, downtown New Bedford and the National Park area comes alive from 4-9 p.m. with special music performances, art and cultural exhibits, delicious food and family-friendly activities. Afterwards, adults can celebrate the arrival of the New Year at a range of participating pubs and restaurants and other eateries. For more information call 508-996-8253 ext.205 or visit www.ahanewbedford.org

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Tiago Finato (left) and Sheila Oliveira (right) are Fall River Art Association members. Finato is president and Oliveira is curator and gallery director.

Arts Association

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all River is a city with a strong identity and history. Key to that identity is the Greater Fall River Arts Association (GRFAA) located in a handsome old home in the center of the historic Highlands neighborhood. The Association, founded in 1956, is currently experiencing a renaissance and is becoming, more than ever, a vital component of the Fall River arts community. It is emerging again as a dynamic artistrun organization, intent on helping preserve the cultural identity of Fall River. Many cities recognize that arts and culture build community identity, help residents develop regional bonds, and

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forge emotional connections to their neighborhoods. A vital sense of connection can keep young people from leaving an area and, ultimately, improve the economy of older cities plagued by crumbling industrial foundations. Art and the community In the article “Arts Build Community,” PNC Bank Community Reinvestment Manager, Donald C. Kelly, makes a powerful case for the importance of arts in communities: “Arts and cultural activities can inspire civic pride, connect generations, bridge diverse groups, and serve as a catalyzing symbol of the people as a community. More than anything, the significance

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of community building and art is its power to connect people to each other through a symbol of their shared identity and to the place in which that identity was forged.” GRFAA is experiencing its new wave of civic energy since 28-year old, Brazilian-born artist Tiago Finato took over the presidency of the organization a year ago. The year prior, he established himself as a studio artist in the GRFAA building and developed a great respect for the historic building and neighborhood, the member-artists and the greater Fall River community. Now, Finato is bursting with ideas for expanding the cultural reach of the Association.


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He relates his ideas with enthusiasm and focus, “I’ve been talking with artists and finding out what they want and need. Last year was really about establishing a plan and building a foundation of ideas. This year is about putting the ideas into action. For example, we’re working on a Community Arts Calendar, and increasing artist/ community connections. We’ve been fixing the interior of the building and we just received a grant to improve the exterior of the building and really make it shine.” Finato views the arts as an engine that can revitalize the city, and he plans on forging connections with Government Center. In fact, as a classically trained figurative painter, he recently completed a portrait of Mayor Will Flanagan now on display at Fall River Government Center. Finato is excited that the Mayor views GRFAA as the center of the local arts community. He says, “Creating this portrait opened doors to the city government so I can get to know the folks down there. When I first came to GRFAA, working in my studio things were very quiet all day. I decided it was important to be very active, do many shows, get out to know many artists and promote my work. Now, as president, I want to do the same for the organization.” Indeed, Finato’s belief in the importance of community connections is paying off for GRFAA, and for Fall River. More new projects are in the works in 2011, including Association memberartist participation at the city Farmer’s Market and Dining Stroll, connecting with local graffiti artists to paint a mural designed to reduce the amount of random graffiti on the streets, and continuing to build a strong relationship with the Fall River Herald News. This connection already resulted in the fun, decorated honor boxes seen around the city, and the plastic newspaper covers printed with member-artists’ work. Ultimately, all these projects have the power to make Fall River a more desirable place to live. Mr. Kelly writes, “A utility of the arts and culture industry for community

development has been its capacity to serve as an effective engine of economic development. In the context of the global economy, with metropolitan regions competing for business investment, and neighborhoods within those regions competing, the quality of life factor has taken on increased significance. A region’s cultural amenities play a strategic role in this competition.” The GRFAA Gallery Director Sheila Oliveira shares Finato’s enthusiasm and has her own set of key projects, including developing member exhibitions in new venues and galleries outside of the Association’s Belmont Street home, such as at Heritage State Park and Battleship Cove, and improving the art-

‘People can come here and see a show, take a class, or participate in a group and leave their worries behind for a while. And, it’s inexpensive‘ ists’ studios and interior of the house. The project Oliveira is most passionate about is revitalizing and exhibiting a collection of superb Works Progress Administration (WPA) paintings from the 1930’s. A national treasure The federal government owns the paintings and GRFAA is the caretaker of this national treasure. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the WPA to provide government-subsidized jobs to the unemployed during the Depression. Roosevelt was a school friend of well-known Social Realist painter, George Biddle. Biddle convinced the president of the importance of art in establishing and projecting the

identity of the nation to its citizens and to the rest of the world. The result was government funding of art and artists during the era, many in Biddle’s Social Realist style. The GRFAA collection of WPA-era paintings is a vital social history of Boston and New England. They are on view on a rotating basis in the second floor gallery of the GRFAA house. Oliveira is active in initiating school-tours of the exhibition. She says, “These paintings came from an anonymous local donor and we are so lucky to have them, especially now. Obviously, there is correlation between the economy of the Depression and what we are going through today. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the government still directly supported some of our struggling artists? Really, artists lay the foundation for so much economic development. Biddle and Roosevelt realized that.” Oliveira continues, “I can’t speak to the specifics of the art and economic connection, but I know that people need hope to keep on working and trying. People can create support for one another through the arts and, in that way, build community. That’s what we want to do here at GRFAA. People can come here and see a show, take a class, or participate in a group and leave their worries behind for a while. And, it’s inexpensive.” Artists’ projects Oliveira is currently working several other projects including increasing exhibition opportunities for members, hosting gallery talks and events, positioning the WPA painting collection as an educational resource for schools, and developing new community workshops and classes, including a workshop in arts and healing. Oliveira is a photographer, graphic designer and educator whose studio is on the second floor of the Belmont Street house, along with Finato, painter Vania Noverga-Vivieros, painter Kate Gallant, and painter Joseph Guebera, whose designs recently graced a

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Herald News honor box. Oliveira collaborates with the other studio artists to develop new exhibition opportunities and ways to interact with the greater Fall River community. Long-time member Noverga-Vivieros summarizes the new direction of the GRFAA: “This organization was never so involved with the community before. Of course, it always supported artists, but now we are actively reaching out to the city. We haven’t had so much energy and passion for what we are doing here since the early days of the organization in the 1950s. The members are getting out and volunteering, offering artist demonstrations, art tours for students through the Fall River Citizens for Citizens program, and we’ve even set up a scholarship fund for Durfee art students.” Clearly, Association members are motivated and bursting with plans to develop a strong creative identity

and sense of place for Fall River, and to share it with surrounding communities. In the long run, this effort to improve quality of life in the city through art can help attract new residents, retain current residents and serve as a catalyst for future business development in the city. Oliveira states, “Artists revitalize an area, for sure. Look at New York City. Areas that were once decrepit are now desirable, due, in great part, to artists working in those areas in the early 20th century. The same will happen here. Just look at this neighborhood already. We have the Lizzie Borden House and the Fall River Historic Society and the GRFAA all on these few blocks renovating and preserving these magnificent houses, which otherwise might be torn down. We all work to preserve the unique identity of this place, so it stays someplace real, a special place to which people visit and want to stay.”

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Holiday house tours by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

When you need a little inspiration for decorating this holiday season, don’t go to the mall. Attend a local house tour, a guided peek through some of the majestic, historic homes in our region.

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ouse tours provide the curious with rare glimpses into stranger’s homes, to gawk at Victorian architecture or that perfect shade of chintz. House tours also promote a sense of regional pride, as if to underscore the fact that the work of our predecessors deserves to be honored. Those undaunted few, who through temerity preserve and restore an antique home, play a part in the continuity of a shared past—it’s visible history. What follows is a listing of Holiday House tours and we hope you will attend one, or all of them. Sometimes, in a society like ours that seems to value speed and efficiency over beauty, it is nice to meander, ponder and delight in the details that define architecture of the past. These homes were meant to last, and be shared for generations. And indeed, the preservation society in your area is working with homeowners to make sure that happens, for the benefit of all of us on the South Coast.

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Bristol Let’s begin in Bristol. That lovely, seaside Rhode Island town has both a cosmopolitan and hometown feel to it. Bristol is the perfect destination for a relaxing summer outing, but also for a Holiday House tour. The Friends of Linden Place have put together an exciting tour this year, the 17th annual Homes for the Holiday tour. Begin at Linden Place, where your ticket allows you to view the beautiful mansion in all its holiday finery, and also invites you to sit for tea and fireside refreshments in the elegant Ballroom. In addition to an up close view of gorgeous Linden Place Mansion, The Friends will lead you through the interior of several of Bristol’s gorgeous, historic homes. Details: Saturday, December 11th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased by calling (401) 253-0390 or at Linden Place the weekend of the tour for $25. More information at www.lindenplace.org. Highlight: Tea and fireside refreshments in the Linden Place Ballroom.

Fall River Follow your passion for history to Fall River. The city on the hill is worldrenowned because of its illustrious Lizzie Borden-spotted past, and offers up some of the best views and homes on the South Coast, best seen up close on a historic house tour. The Preservation Society of Fall River is an old pro when it comes to house tours, and so everything goes off without a hitch. This year, ticket holders will meet at the Quequechan Club on 306 North Main Street in Fall River, the headquarters for the day. As a bonus, the Quequechan is inviting tour attendees

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to the private club for dinner after the tour. City trolleys will be available, though all the homes on the tour are all within walking distance of one another. The Fall River tour is particularly interesting because of its mix of historic homes used for civic organizations and those that are private residences. Preservation Society Director Jim Soule offers this advice, “Tour the old stand-bys such as the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, the Greater Fall River Art Association, and the Lafayette-Durfee House, then visit the five private homes. This year, several of the private residences are new to the tour and have never been seen by the public before.” “The Tour is fantastic,” Soule continues. “I think Fall River’s historic district is completely under-appreciated.” An event like this gives Fall River residents a chance to share their heritage and to really shine. Details: Saturday, December 4th 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $17 at New Boston Bakery or by calling the Preservation Society (508) 673-4841. Meet at the Quequechan Club at 306 North Main, Tour Headquarters. To learn more visit www.fallriverpreservationsociety.org. Highlight: Special invitation to dinner at the Quequechan (private) Club for ticket holders, after the tour.

New Bedford Glimpses of New Bedford’s rich Whaling-era history are evident in the glorious 19th century homes that line such prestigious addresses as Hawthorn, County and Pearl Streets. There is no better time to see the homes up close than in the shiny glow of holiday lights that illuminate the Victorian or


Pretty in pink: A Gothic Revival home in New Bedford.

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even Federal architecture. For a real holiday treat, after sundown, drive past the very decorated Clasky Common Park (County and Pearl Streets) on your way home from the Wamsutta Club, meeting place of this year’s Holiday House tour by the New Bedford Preservation Society. The New Bedford Preservation Society 19th Annual Holiday House Tour is a well-publicized event, attracting visitors from far and near. Tour goers can choose to attend the “Candlelight Tour” on Saturday, December 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or the Sunday afternoon tour on the 5th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Start at the Wamsutta Club at 427 County Street. For those hoping to ward off the winter chill with some savory options while chatting with fellow history buffs, brunch will be served on Sunday morning between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is an additional charge of $17 for brunch and reservations are recommended, so call (508) 997-7431 to reserve your spot. The New Bedford Preservation Society is perhaps the best on the list by way of public relations, having announced the tour well in advance both locally and on national websites, which translates to a well-attended tour. Tickets ($19, $17 Society Members) are available at many locations throughout the South Coast: Elaine’s at the Black Whale, New York Shoe Repair, The Surrey Shoppe, Periwinkles, Baker Books, Davoll’s General Store, The Ultimate Touch, The Woodhouse Shop, Roseland Nursery and the Marion General Store. Tour weekend tickets are $23. Details: Saturday, December 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday December 5th.from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance and available at many locations throughout the New Bedford area (see above) and $23 on tour weekend. For more information please contact (508) 997-7431, or www. nbpreservationsociety.org. Highlights: Two tour options—a Candlelight Tour on Saturday evening and an afternoon tour on Sunday. A pre-tour Brunch will be served on Sunday at the Wamsutta Club. A Holiday Raffle will be held during tour hours.

Newport The grand dame of South Coast cities, Newport leaves nothing out when it comes to gilt and glamour during the holidays. The mansions shine in the winter under careful stewardship of the Preservation Society of Newport. Thousands of poinsettia plants, evergreens, trees, wreaths and fresh flowers titillate the senses, while antique-style Christmas ornaments and decorations transport visitors to a Christmas wonderland of old. Though not currently used as private residences, these magnificent structures recall the way families of means once lived, delighting the imagination and educating about history at the same time. The three mansions decked out this year are: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. They are open

daily for tours from November 20th through January 2nd. Details: The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., The Elms and Marble House at 10 a.m. The last tour for all of the mansions is 4 p.m., grounds close at 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve, the last tour is at 3 p.m. Visit all three mansions with a Winter Passport ticket (daytime admission to all three mansions) for $28, or $9 for children 6-17. To discover even more holiday events (The Nutcracker, Santa Claus) visit www.newportmansions.org. Highlights: Skip the daytime bustle of Newport and enjoy the lit-up city in all its Yuletide glory. Holiday evenings at the Breakers features a self-guided tour with holiday music, sample holiday sweets, eggnog and cider. Saturdays, December 4th and 11th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Oh, holy night! by Steven Sprague, SMFC Artistic Director

They say there’s nothing like a good-old-fashioned Christmas concert to get you in the holiday spirit! The sound of the orchestra tuning as you enter the auditorium, the buoyant mood of the crowd who, like you, have paused from their harried schedule of holiday shopping to attend, the feeling of anticipation as the lights dim and the conductor raises his baton, and the music itself, the string, wind and percussion blending with voice to create a musical experience both soothing and exciting. From beginning to end, the entire experience can leave even the grinchiest of us feeling renewed and refreshed, cheerfully anticipating the coming holidays. Luckily for us, the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present its annual holiday concert in Bridgewater and Taunton on December 11 and 12 Entitled O Holy Night, the concert will be a musical celebration of Christmas featuring a mix of traditional carols and contemporary Christmas music in a program designed to tell the Christmas story. 22

With nearly one hundred voices and a twenty-four piece live orchestra, the event is sure to be an unforgettable holiday concert experience.

A fresh and changing approach The Chorus has been presenting its holiday pops concerts for seventeen years now. The group began in 1993 as the Bristol Plymouth Community Chorus with a modest forty singers, accompanied only by piano. Founding music director Eric Brown started the group at the encouragement of some local singers who were looking for a

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new opportunity to share their talents. The chief philosophy of the new ensemble was to offer a bold, fresh approach to choral performance in a fun, creative atmosphere. And though the last seventeen years has seen much growth and change for the group, this founding philosophy—and its director, incidentally—have remained the same. Over the years, the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus has become known for its colorful and varied theme-oriented productions. In its spring performances, the group experiments liberally, presenting a wide variety of musical genres, from last spring’s ocean-inspired Lost at Sea concert, to the myriad of themes explored over their seventeen years— Broadway, movies, folk, Celtic, patriotic, international, and even its playful venture into the macabre with its presentation of Something Wicked. The same holds true for their holiday concerts, though December audiences come expecting a holiday concert, so a holiday concert you must give them! The group has presented such varied


holiday themes as last year’s snowy Winter Wonderland, to concerts that featured holiday music from movies and television, to several that have highlighted holiday music from other cultures.

Renewing tradition This season the Chorus decided it would again do something a little different. “We wanted to tell the Christmas story in this concert,” says artistic director Steven Sprague, who has been with the chorus since its third season. “Each year we try to offer holiday programs that recognize the diversity in our community. This season, we felt it was time for a concert that celebrates Christmas.” Indeed, in this age of heightened sensitivities in regard to cultural diversity, community organizations must walk a tender line when selecting the programs they will present, especially during the holiday season, when so many distinct traditions are being observed, and when there are so many opportunities to offend through slight or omission. Despite this precarious path, the Chorus will present a program of traditional and contemporary Christmas music that may feel as much like your favorite Christmas Eve service as it does a holiday concert. But make no mistake, a holiday concert it will be! With one hundred twenty vocalists and musicians on stage performing a ninety minute program of old and new Christmas favorites, this will be a memorable holiday event to be enjoyed by all. Such beloved classics as “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”, “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” as well as the title piece will be interwoven with

new Christmas favorites such as Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven”, Mariah Carey’s “Jesus Born on This Day” and Michael W. Smith’s “Gloria.” “The first half of the program will celebrate the annunciation, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth and the baby Jesus,” says Sprague, reminding us of the story-telling nature of the program. “The second half will feature songs that focus on the Star, the Kings, and what happens after the birth.” The concert will end with a rousing rendition of the New Young Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus—twice offered before in SMFC concerts, and fast becoming a favorite among audience and singers alike.

‘Each year we try to offer holiday programs that recognize the diversity in our community. This season, we felt it was time for a concert that celebrates Christmas’

Special venues

The concert will be held in two unique locations to give audiences the opportunity to enjoy this Christmas event in two very different ways. On Saturday, December 11 at 7:00pm, the concert will be presented in the recently-completed, state-of-the-art auditorium of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. On Sunday, December 12 at 3:00pm, the concert will take place at the St. Andrew the Apostle Church of Taunton (formerly St. Joseph’s Church), where the audience may enjoy this moving musical experience amidst the beauty and grandeur of the newly renovated St Andrew’s sanctuary. Tickets to each performance are moderately priced at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children under age 12. They may be purchased by calling 508-821-9571 or through the organization’s website. Visit www.smfconline.org and navigate to the Upcoming Events page.

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Apple iPad The tablet computer has always been conceived as a thin, flat—uh, tablet— that you work with a finger or stylus. Less clumsy than a laptop. Trouble was, early tablets were too cumbersome, slow and lacking in features. After more than 20 years of attempts by a host of manufacturers to popularize the tablet computer, Apple and the iPad got the public’s attention in a huge way. Apple reportedly will have sold more than 10 million iPads in its first year, and many analysts are seeing iPadtype computers as an entirely new category of consumer electronic device. The iPad is roughly 8x10 inches, a half-inch thick, and weighs about a pound and a half. It has a 9.7-inch color screen. iPad models start at $499 and run on up to $829. The less expensive models connect to the Internet using a WiFi connection. The more expensive models also have 3G cellular phone connectivity, so you can connect anywhere there’s AT&T phone service. You pay extra for the AT&T 3G connectivity, to the tune of $15-25 per month. While this first generation iPad lacks such features as a built-in camera, multitasking capability and HD video, there has been an explosion of free 24

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the most promising is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Tab uses a different form factor than the iPad, being smaller and lighter. The Tab has a seven-inch color screen. It uses Google’s rapidly improving Android software, for which hundreds of freewheeling apps are already available. It can play Flash video for greater Web capability, which gives it a leg up on the iPad. It also has two cameras, so you can shoot pictures or videoconference. And it multitasks. To boost its potential customer base, the Tab’s 3G cellular service is available from AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless (the iPad is currently available only from AT&T). Pricing isn’t available for the Tab as this article goes to press, but it is expected to cost $400 with a contract, and $600 without.


Amazon Kindle Like tablet computers, several generations of electronic book readers (e-readers) crashed soon after launch. Potential users thumbed their noses not only at the available devices, but at the concept of reading entire books on a screen. But like tablet computers, the e-reader’s time has come, as millions of book readers have decided it really is convenient to have dozens, hundreds or thousands of books available in one small device. E-book sales are starting to soar. Amazon’s Kindle is the most popular e-reader, and Amazon is now selling its third generation of the Kindle. While the iPad can perform many tasks including serving as an e-reader, the Kindle is largely a one-trick pony, designed to enable the user to read electronic books comfortably. The Kindle weighs 8.5 ounces or roughly a third what the iPad weighs. It has a sixinch reading area, more like a paperback than a computer monitor. The screen is high-contrast, black on white, bright enough to read in sunlight. Books are downloaded via the unit’s built-in WiFi, and the unit will operate for as long as a month on a single charge. The latest model holds up to 3500 e-books, periodicals, and documents. Hundreds of thousands of free and for-fee books and other publications can be read on the Kindle. Continued on page 27

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pend those wintry nights and weekends emptying closets, cabinets and drawers, storage spaces, garage and cellar. When you set aside what you really need and want to keep, you’ll be left with an enormous pile of “stuff” that can be sold/redeemed, reused/donated or recycled. Reduce (consumption), Reuse (or donate), Recycle is the mantra of serious recyclers—add a fourth: Research. And here are examples of how you can do all of the above, one day at a time. Start in the kitchen—do you really need that old bundt pan? Those unopened boxes/cans in your pantry? That pile of plastic shopping bags stuffed under the sink? Start a “donate pile”—those cans and boxes can go to food pantries, churches and collection bins around your town. The bundt pan can go to charity (many charities will pick up a sizeable contribution at your home—try Catholic Social Services, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters—and if you provide an itemized list, you can use it on your taxes as a donation credit). The plastic bags —if you can’t find nifty ways to reuse them yourself (and there are many— see sidebar)—throw them in your new plastic/metal/glass recycling bin, along


reuse, recycle, research with your new paper/cardboard bin. And if you use your cloth carry-bags when you go shopping, you won’t bring so many home! Attack the bathroom next—do you really need all those towels and toiletries? Many shelters will gladly accept them. Bag up expired prescription drugs and OTC medications—call your town police, board of health or local pharmacy to ask about “take-back” programs for proper disposal. Whatever you do, don’t flush them down the toilet or sink or throw them in the family trash! Go through the study, the family room and every bedroom. Unneeded clothes can go to Goodwill, old toys and books can go to many places, defunct electronics (TVs, cell phones, computer components, fax machines, video games, printers, etc.) can be recycled elsewhere. Be ruthless in your garage, cellar, shed and storage spaces—everything from old lamps to tires to pesticides to paints can be reused/donated or recycled.

Establish recycling routine Once you’ve cleaned out, designate an empty closet or corner in the garage as your household recycling center. Stack bins that can be taken curbside every week, add a large bucket for redeemable items like beverage cans and plastic bottles, a box for plain newsprint that can be shredded into an outdoor compost bin. Get everyone invested in either reusing or recycling every week.

What can be recycled Here’s where researching comes in. Take inventory of the “stuff” you want to get rid of. Call your town’s Board/

Department of Public Works (or your trash hauler). What and where can you take this stuff to be recycled? Are there fees involved? Drive over to your town’s recycling center—in addition to accepting many items for recycling (sometimes with a fee), my town’s has a receptacle for used books, a Goodwill bin and they offer free compost! But you may be able to get someone to take them off your hands—put up a “for free” ad on craigslist.com or go to freecycle.org. You’d be amazed at what people will drive over and haul away at no cost to you. Getting rid of electronics can be tricky, because some of them contain toxic substances like mercury—call your town’s Board of Health or the store where you bought the product. Staples has a fabulous free program for taking back electronic equipment/ batteries etc. (plus they’ll pay you for returned printer ink/toner cartridges— go to www.staples.com/ecoeasy for details). For just about all recyclable items, go

to earth911.com type in your zip code, click on the items and you get a listing of all locations that will take your items for free—tires, paint cans, motor oil, fertilizer, construction materials, whatever. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP to reach your state’s Department of Environmental Quality/Protection for guidance.

Buy recycled products Close the recycling loop by making a conscious effort to buy recycled products—from paper/cleaning products to construction materials. They’re not necessarily more expensive than conventional “bargain” products (a 4-pack of Seventh Generation toilet paper costs the same as a 4-pack of Scott tissue at Walmart). And more and more big chain and grocery stores are carrying an array of these non-polluting/ non-toxic/recycled products, so shop around. You’ll not only be supporting recycling efforts, cleaning up your home, but you’ll also be contributing to a more eco-friendly, sustainable world.

Reusing plastic bags Keep a handful in the trunk of your car. They’re great for packing up picnic/camping trash or bagging up wet towels and bathing suits.

When you travel, pack each pair of shoes in a plastic bag, secure with a rubber band. Bring along some extra bags, each with a scented drier sheet, for dirty laundry. This way, your suitcase won’t smell like soggy sweat-socks when you get home.

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WINE NOTES

Blueberry wines of New England by Alton Long

It is easy for serious wine drinkers to dismiss blueberry wine as just a simple fruit wine and hardly worthy of being considered a serious wine. That is, until they have tasted several samples including some of the more sophisticated versions, and discover what they are really missing. Then they may experience the special delights of this special wine and see that blueberry wine is especially great for the holidays... it is usually low tannin, which makes it a terrific match with turkey and ham. Some of the best blueberry wine is found in northern New England. This is especially true for the delicious blueberry wines made in “Down East Maine” from wild blueberries. There is a cluster of some of the best producers of Blueberry wine in the regions just north and west of the Mount Desert Island as well as on the Island.

Blueberry. Other varieties are their Dry American and Oak Dry. The differences in some of these are subtle, as the delicious blueberry flavor tends to dominate the tasting experience. Bartlett Winery is a “must” visit site for visitors of the Down East Maine area. They are just off U.S. route 1 in Gouldsboro. Robert Bartlett and his partner wife Kathe founded the winery in 1983 and it has continued to grow and thrive. In addition to blueberry they produce several other fruit and berry wines as well as honey-based meads. Soon they will be releasing products of a new venture under the “Spirits of Maine” labels with fruit brandies.

Now west and south Start at Bartlett Winery A leader in this specialty wine is Bartlett Maine Estate Winery where they make several versions. Their tasting sheet lists five variations of blueberry wine plus Blueberry Apple blend and a 50/50 Blueberry Zinfandel (Yum yum!) blend. The basic character of the 100% Blueberry wines is all quite similar with the variations made in the degrees of sweetness, alcohol and use of Oak. The up front leader is their Winemaker’s Reserve Dry. They also produce a Semi-Dry and a Sweet 30

Just 25 or so miles to the west of Bartlett Winery is a rather unique Maine winery called Shalom Orchard Organic Winery. They are situated on a 200 year old farm and the winery building itself must be at least 100 years old. This winery became public in 2002 and became the first certified organic winery on the east coast. They produce a variety of fruit wines including blueberry as well as pear, apple and honey. The owners and operators, Charlotte Young and Jim Baranski recently introduced wines made from

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blackberry, raspberry and kiwi, and they are working on novelty wines made with wintergreen and maple. Further south, there is another small winery called Sow’s Ear Winery. They offers some very interesting fruit wines including a nice blueberry wine. Of special note is their unusual Rhubarb wine. Then several more miles to the west is Winterport Winery, named for the town in which it is located. They have achieved a bit of notoriety by winning awards for their two versions of blueberry wine. Their dry Blueberry wine was awarded a Double Gold medal in the 2005 Eastern Wine Competition. They describe it as being very fruit forward with a smooth palate structure and a pleasant dry finish and even Merlot like. They say it goes well with roast beef and steaks. Their lighter version is cherry red color with aromas of soft ripe fruit, with berry acidity and smoky oak. It is dry but smooth and goes with lighter food such as chicken, ham, mild cheeses, and pastas.

South some more Much further south, in mid-coast Maine and just beyond Camden, is Cellardoor Winery. Their basic blueberry wine specialty is named Clary Hill Blue. It is made from wild Maine


Blueberries harvested from a farm of the same name near the town of Union. It is made in the classic red wine dry style but also aged in oak. They brought in 8 tons of Maine wild blueberries for this purpose. Cellardoor makes a rather special blueberry wine that is blended with a bit of pure Maine maple syrup. How “Down east Maine” can you get! It is a dessert by itself and goes very well with rich dark chocolate.

Closer to home While the “home” of Blueberry wine is in Maine, it is produced in many more northeastern wineries. In Rhode Island, Diamond Hill Winery ferments their blueberry wine with special yeast to create an alcohol content of up to 14%, which results in a sweet but well balanced port style wine. Diamond Hill uses Maine Wild Blueberries, which they feel are ideal to make a richly fruity wine. Besides being great for just sipping, it is especially good with complex cheeses. Their production is limited, released in November, and they often sell out early in the holiday season as this wine goes especially well with turkey and ham. There are wineries throughout New England that produce this popular fruit wine. But there are even wineries further south that are taking advantage of its popularity. New Jersey’s Alba Vineyards claims that their Blueberry Wine is produced from only the highest quality fresh berries and fermented in a way that maximizes color and flavor concentration. No grape juice, flavoring, or distilled spirits are used. It is delicious as a dessert wine or it can be served as an aperitif or a fruit wine cordial. New Jersey has a long history of Blueberry production. The high bush blueberry plant was developed there and now the state is one of the largest producers of blueberries in the U.S. Blueberry wine has a great following, so there must be more to it than a “pretty” flavor. Check with your local winery, and if they do not offer it they may be able to tell you where you can gets some for the holidays.

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December 2-12 – Twenty-Eighth Foundry Artists Gala Holiday Sale. Opening Day December 2nd. Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 508-612-8983. http://www.foundryshow. com

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December 3– Carols Around the World. Sippican Choral Society, Annual Christmas Concert. Grace Episcopal Church, 133 School Street, New Bedford. 8pm. www.sippicanchoral.org

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Call Sherri Mahoney today 508-636-9829 sherilyn@taxingmatters.com

he best way to avoid feeling like a victim at tax time is to be armed with knowledge.

Tax planning allows you to make beneficial decisions that could end up saving you thousands of dollars on your tax return. When you learn how you are being taxed you will learn how the business purchases that you make before the end of the year can drastically reduce your tax bill. The more I have educated and empowered clients the more I have developed long lasting and trusting relationships. Tax preparation is more than just the filing completed during tax season it’s the planning we do during the year that culminates in a successful filing during tax season. When a taxpayer is informed and prepared their stress is reduced, they make informed decisions, and they are no longer victims of their tax situations.

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December 2-5 – A Christmas Carol. Performed by the Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club. Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium, Old Rochester Regional High School, 135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett. 508758-3745.

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December 3,4,5 – Open Studio Holiday Sale. Lorraine Mills at 560: A community of artists and entrepreneurs. 558-560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket. 401-255-2850. justin71592@aim.com December 4 – Historic Holiday House Tour by FRPS. 11-4:30 from 306 N. Main St., Fall River. www.fallriverpreservation.org December 4-5 – 19th Annual Holiday House Tour presented by the New Bedford Preservation Society. Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford. 508-997-6425. www.nbpreservationsociety.org December 4-5 – Many Moods of Christmas presented by the Bristol County Chorus and the Roger Williams University Chorus. St. Mary’s Church, 300 Wood Street, Bristol. Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm. 401-253-9664. aoferrick@ aol.com December 4-5 – Downtown New Bedford Holiday Stroll. Celebrate the season downtown with musicians at indoor and outdoor locations. Downtown New Bedford Inc., 105 William Street (2nd Floor), New Bedford. 508-990-2777. www.downtownnb.org December 5 – Carols Around the World. Sippican Choral Society, Annual Christmas


Concert. Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, 66 Spring Street, Marion. 4pm. www.sippicanchoral.org

Morton Hospital and Medical Center Welcomes

December 5 – Grand Illumination. Hope Street, Bristol. 4:30pm.

Laurie A. Curry, MD, FACOG, FACS Obstetrics/Gynecology

December 9 – Children’s Reading Circle. Stories, arts and crafts and snacks. Partner’s Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Street, Westport. 10:30-11:30AM. 508-636-2572. www.partnersvillagestore.com

Dr. Curry’s clinical interests include: general obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic surgery and high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Curry is accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Curry at “Women’s Wellness of Taunton,” call (508) 824-2111.

December 10-11 – A Silver City Holiday. Taunton Little Theatre Group Annual Holiday Show. The Lafayette, 185 Lakeview Avenue, Taunton. 508-822-2515. arbap1@ verizon.net December 10-12 – Jingle Belles and a Few Balls. An alternative, burlesque, holiday fundraiser. Show, party, drinks and gifts. Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence. 401-331-2695 www.perishable. org December 11 – O Holy Night. Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus annual holiday concert. Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, 415 Center Street, Bridgewater. 7pm. 508-821-9571. www.smfcOnline.org December 11 – Church Street Coffee House presents Elliot Ricci and Mark Greenbaum. United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Warren. 8pm. 401-252-9687. www.churchstreetcoffeehouse.com

91 Washington St., Suite 201 • Taunton, MA 02780

Mohamed I. Khedr, MD Internal Medicine Dr. Khedr’s clinical interests include: metabolic disorders including diabetes and its complications, weight management and all levels of preventive health care. Dr. Khedr is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please call (508) 828-5053. 91 Washington St., Suite 302 • Taunton, MA 02780

December 11 – Providence Singers presents Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. 7pm. VMA Arts and Culture Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 401-751-5700. www.providencesingers.org

HEATING OIL & DIESEL FUEL — Home • Farm • Industry —

Serving Westport, Dartmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton

Competitive Prices • Dependable Service • Automatic Deliveries C.F.C. and Pace Fuel Assistance Available 24-hour Burner Service for our Customers

December 11 – The Russian Duo. Arts in the Village Concert Series. Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth. 7:30pm. 508-252-5718. www.carpentermuseum.org/ Arts.htm December 12 – Fall River Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas Pops Concert. Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River. 3pm. www.fallriversymphonyorchestra.org December 12 – O Holy Night. Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus annual holiday concert. St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue, Taunton. 3pm. 508-8219571. www.smfcOnline.org December 18 – Hepcats Swing Dance. First Congregational Church, 34 Center Street, Fairhaven. 7:30pm-11pm. 508-993-3368. December 18-19 – Spindle City Ballet performs The Nutcracker. Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River. 508536-6073. www.spindlecityballet.org

Visit CoastalMags.com for extended listings and to sign-up for our free weekly events email

KEEPING IT LOCAL MEANS BETTER SERVICE! THINK LOCAL BUY LOCAL

A.G. BETTENCOURT INC.

821 Main Road Westport, MA 508-636-4009

Fall in love at Faxon We are sure to have the purrfect cat or the cutest K-9 to steal your heart so if you are looking for love, check with us first!! Faxon Animal Rescue League 474 Durfee St., Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-1061

www.faxonarl.org

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ONGOING 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. 508-991-6178. www.bpzoo.org

Unique Home & Garden Decor Bird Feeders & Bird Accessories Jewelry, Books, Candles and more…

Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 401-683-5085. www.commonfencemusic.org

SEASON’S GREETINGS

Four Corners Arts Center, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners. 401-6242600. www.tivertonfourcorners.com/ artscenter

201 Horseneck Rd • So. Dartmouth, MA

(508) 636-7700

Euro Ship Store/Phoenix 24 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA

508-992-1714 www.euroshipstore.com

SALE

New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant Street, NewBedford. 508-961-3072. www. newbedfordartmuseum.org

NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. 508997-0046. www.whalingmuseum.org

The Olde China Trader will close our shop in Bristol on December 31, 2010.

Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 401-421-2787. www.ppacri.org

30-50% off ALL items

Stone Church Coffee House, 280 High Street, Bristol. 401-253-4813. www.churchstreetcoffeehouse.com

After December 31st we will continue to sell online and by appointment from our Bristol warehouse at 244 Metacom Ave. (Rt 136)

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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

RELOCATION

Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. 508-748-1266. www. marionartcenter.org

— For appointment call — Mike 401-243-4511 Mary 401-378-8483 Marie 401-499-7021

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Trinity Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street, Providence. 401-351-41242. For schedule of events visit www.trinityrep.com

‘ Tis t h e S e a s on

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


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TAROT-SCOPES

We make custom sizes for your Antique Pieces.

by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell

We use the tarot to predict your horoscope. If you’d like more in depth & personal information, stop by our shop—The Silver Willow in Rehoboth, MA for a private tarot reading.

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We carry all types of innerspring, Visco Elastic Latex and specialty bedding

Free delivery Free setup Free removal of old bedding

Aries – Work on your own finances this month. Do not ask for financial help from others. As you will fall into debt. Taurus – It is a good time to share your feelings and goals with spouse or business partners as they will be eager to help.

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ST. LUKE’S

Cancer – Do not rely on teamwork. Your attitude this month is, if not part of the solution, then part of the problem “no thanks I will do it myself”. Leo – Try to keep a level head this month. Be happy with what you have. Boasting and bragging will impress no one. Virgo – Relationships and work will bring in great results if you can learn to take constructive criticism. As it is meant to help, not hurt you.

With decades of experience at some of the top heart centers in the country, Southcoast’s open heart surgery and angioplasty teams are among the best anywhere. Learn about their outstanding quality at www.southcoast.org/heart.

SOUTHCOAST HOSPITALS

Gemini – Take chances with your direction with your business goals. This is time o look into a new career. Let go of stagnation.

TOBEY

Libra – Do not overbook yourself this month. Remember your plate is full and offering to help others will bring you a sense of imbalance. Scorpio – Look before you leap at what appears to be good news. It is not a time for quick reactions or it will create many sleepless nights. Sagittarius – Stress and headaches fall to the side this month. Your positive attitude attracts balance and growth in all you do. Capricorn – Keep your moody side to yourself this month. Being a team player will bring you much growth and contentment.

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Aquarius – Do not rush to give judgment or your opinion when not asked for it. By listening with your eyes and your ears you will be well informed. Pisces – This month what goes around comes around, people treat you the way you treat them. Maintenance not growth in the workplace is what this month holds for you.


Happy Holidays

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North Dartmouth, MA

Open 6 days a week Mon -Sat 9-5

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Purchase 3 massages, facials or pedicures get one free. Free facial moisturizer for a first time facial client. Not to be combined with other promotions.

Specializing in deep tissue massage We mail out holiday gift certificates 1211 G.A.R. Highway Swansea, MA 508-672-2227

One Stop Holiday Shopping — Get all your favorite brands — Carhartt • Chippewa • Champion Levi’s • Nike • Timberland NEW BEDFORD - 55 William Street 508-993-8221 FALL RIVER - 288 Plymouth Avenue 508-678-5333

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Enjoy a cozy atmosphere in the heart of farm country

Open 7 days a week Unique ornaments Beautiful seasonal decor Thoughtful gifts

Mon-Sat: 7a-9p Sun: 7a-8p

American • Italian • Seafood • Holiday Gift Certificates Available • Meatloaf • Chicken, biscuits and gravy Franks & beans • Full liquor license

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7 nights all-inclusive with air from Boston $999.99 p.p. taxes additional Book now to take advantage of early booking discounts! CANCUN • CANCUN’S RIVIERA MAYA • PUNTA CANA

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Marissa A. Gaboriau, LICSW Cou nseling Serv ices

Depression a Anxiety a Self Esteem Please call for individual or couples therapy appointment

1295 Stafford Rd. • Tiverton, RI 401-640-4052 www.magcounseling.com

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ONE TEAM ONE MISSION FIGHTING CANCER

RIGHT HERE

World-class expertise has gathered in one exceptional team to fight cancer where it counts. Here in your own neighborhood, where friends and family can support you. At Saint Anne’s Hospital, our medical oncologists, led by Dr. James Chingos, a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute physician, and our radiation oncologists, led by Dr. Raymond Dugal, a Brigham and Women’s physician, both on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, are delivering the very best cancer care available, from initial consultation to post-treatment. Using sophisticated treatment protocols, state-of-the-art technology and the latest clinical trials. To learn more, visit SaintAnnesHospital.org

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Dr. Kozupa provides specialty treatment for patients with conditions such as diabetes (management of the pump and Omni-pod insulin system), severe insulin resistance, gestational diabetes, adrenal disorders, and women’s health issues.

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Montag “Home Blessings” Candle Available in 3oz., 8oz., 14oz. as well as a 2oz. travel candle “Help someone else be home for the holidays” as a portion of every Home Blessing Candle is donated to Habitat for Humanity Spiced apple scent

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Saturday, December 4 • 2:00PM • Free

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays, December 4, 11 & 18 • 9:00AM Zoo Members: $13/person • Non-members: $16/person

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for the program by visiting www.bpzoo.org or by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14.

Milk and Cookies with Santa

December 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 • 1:00PM & 3:00PM Mondays, December 6, 13 & 20 • 12:30PM Zoo Members: $6/person • Non-members: $9/person Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for the program by visiting www.bpzoo.org or by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14.

Pizza Party with Santa

Saturdays, December 11 & 18 • 5:30PM Zoo Members: $13/person • Non-members: $16/person

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for the program by visiting www.bpzoo.org or by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14.

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Now Top 5 in U.S. for heart care again. %

That’s not us talking, it’s HealthGrades® — the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization. Our heart services are consistently ranked in the top 10% in the nation. And this year we’ve achieved the top 5%. So if you have heart problems, it’s good to know that the best quality care — anywhere — is here at Southcoast Hospitals.

Our 2011 HealthGrades report card SPECIALTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

• HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

• HealthGrades Angioplasty/Stent Excellence Award™ — 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

CLINICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

• Ranked among the top 10% in U.S. for Overall Cardiac Services — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 • Ranked in the top 5% in 2011 • Ranked among the top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Overall Cardiac Services — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

• Ranked among the top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Angioplasty/Stent Procedures — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 • 1 of only 2 hospitals in Massachusetts ranked among the top 10% in the nation for overall heart services 5 years in a row — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

• Ranked among the top 5% in U.S. for Angioplasty/Stent Procedures — 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

For more information about heart care at Southcoast, including our quality and 5-star ratings, visit

www.southcoast.org.


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