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FROM THE PUBLISHER July 2012 / Vol. 16 / No. 7 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

July…the month of vacations, entertainment, beach days,

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his may not come as a shock to some, but I’m just figuring it out: It’s not your doctor’s job to keep you healthy. A few months ago, I got a raging case of canker sores (not cold sores, those are outside the mouth, these were inside), something that happens every 15 or so years. To make a long story shorter, I have celiac disease and as I found out, this can be a byproduct of that. Celiacs can’t absorb gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye, it flattens out the villi in our small intestines which is there to pluck out nutrients from passing food. Without villi, the food just whooshes through, to put it politely. I got diagnosed six years ago. I stuck to a gluten-free diet awhile, felt much better. Then I’d cheat, go off diet, and feel lousy. Off again, on again, so it went for years, me paying the intestinal price for eating wrong, figuring what the hell, so food whooshes through me. Big deal. Turns out, it’s a huge deal, it compromises the autoimmune system and the entire body, not just the part that goes whoosh. Like a few months ago, when my mouth exploded. Oops. When this happens, it lays me low, puts me in intense pain, I can’t eat, can barely drink, I shed weight like crazy and can’t even talk, which some might see as a blessing.

I went to my primary-care doc; he ferried me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed recurrent aphthous stomatitis, fancy talk for raging canker sores. He put me on prednisone, a powerful steroid anti-inflammatory that knocked the cankers down quickly—and gave unfortunate itchy rise to another inflammatory outbreak elsewhere in an autoimmune system already compromised by celiac. I was getting ticked. I mean treating something by putting chemicals into your body that have no business being there seems stupid. So I asked my primary doc: How do I prevent this sort of thing from happening again? Is there anything I can do, any natural approach, any sort of homeopathic remedy or preventive medicine? For example, should I eat a lot of yogurt, which has acidophilus in it, which I’d been told is good for preventing cankers? Anything like that? His answer: No, not really. You’re just prone to it. Now I love my primary-care doc, he’s a great guy, young, aggressive, always there when I need him. But the thought about benignly accepting my fate with a shrug and sense of resignation and just waiting for it to happen again because there’s nothing I can ever do about it, really, really ticked me off. Prone to it? Oh, OK, so just wait for it to reoccur so I can pump more


chemicals into my body that will have nasty side effects as they “help” me? I don’t think so. I started researching and the more I found out about putting more natural things into my body, including better, fresher and more organic produce and other food, the more absolute sense it made. By luck one day, I heard a radio ad for Good Health Natural Foods, with stores in Quincy and Hanover, and checked one out. Corey, a very knowledgeable dude in the Hanover store, really listened and then explained in great detail what I probably should do, telling me what the body does and what it needs, how this helps that. In a completely natural, non-pharmaceutical way. I got probiotics, chlorophyll and digestive enzymes. I kicked the coffee habit. I stuck to my diet. And inside of two weeks, I felt 100 percent better. Not a little better, 100 percent better. Prone to it? Maybe, but I ain’t going down without a helluva fight. Now I’m not discounting doctors all together, I’ve had great ones, the surgeon who reattached my Achilles tendon for one. But they’re trained in a straightforward way, conventionally, mainstream, orthodox, Western, with

medical blinders on, whatever you want to call it. They simply don’t know enough about alternative medicine to suggest it. Plus, they’re scared to litigious death of advocating anything that doesn’t have FDA approval. Plus, the medical community is in bed with the pharmaceutical one, and we all know the folly in tinkering with a multi-billion dollar industry. So that leaves us to be our own best doctor. The stuff I’m taking, and the better food I’m eating, has helped in a way the medical community never, ever has. I read that Hippocrates said “Food is medicine, and medicine is food.” In short, we truly are what we eat. Everything we put into our bodies —especially conventional pharmacological crap—has an undeniable impact on our lives. The dichotomy is that it’s pretty expensive to eat really high-end, topquality, organic food. But to eat crap, get fat, die young? You can do that on the cheap. A small loaf of healthy gluten-free bread is around five bucks. A giant loaf of nutritionally negligent bleached and refined flour white bread? A buck or less. It should be the other way around. Makes no sense otherwise. But then again, neither does the fact that doctors only fix our broken parts and don’t keep us from getting broken in the first place. They treat symptoms, not causes. Pass the Band-Aids and here’s a prescription. Next! Sorry to sound so proselytizing about this stuff, like someone blathering on about God. But at least this stuff is real. And scientifically proven. And the upshot is if we were all very, very healthy, there’d be less need for doctors. Sort of like if we all obeyed the law, there’s be less need for lawyers. Less doctors and lawyers? Talk about a healthy world…

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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

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

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e’re full into hurricane season, and as the temperature rises, so, too, will the swarms of mosquitoes and ticks. Rid your yard and gardens of any standing water, and cover up at dawn and dusk when they’re most active.

Gloucester—have launched “The Ports of Massachusetts Compact,” a cooperative plan to boost economic development, focusing on fishing regulations, coastal shipping trends and seaport coordination. Area radio stations WBSM-AM 1420 and WFHN-FM “Fun” 107.1 have been sold to Townsquare Media LLC by parent company Cumulus Media Inc., which bought the radio stations from Citadel Broadcasting just last fall.

Meanwhile the Mashpee Wampanoag are making an aggressive push for their casino in Taunton. Residents of all communities involved are actively involved in the discussion —see www.StopTauntonCasino.com and www.TogetherforTaunton.com.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for UMass Dartmouth’s new Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing, the first facility of its kind in the country. It will be an anchor providing start-up companies with space and equipment to develop new products and, hopefully, become permanent residents at the SouthCoast Life Sciences and Technology Park in Fall River.

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As the decision deadline looms, the status of Indian gaming casinos in the region just gets more confusing and contentious. The Wampanoag of Gay Head (Aquinnah) tribe pitched a casino in Freetown/Lakeville, but there are questions about the legality of their status to do so.

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If you’re over 50, learn more about the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program. On July 11 there’s the Foster’s Down East Lobsterbake and on July 18 there’s a Boston Harbor Lunch Cruise. Call 508-991-6171 for more info.

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The five major port cities in Massachusetts—Boston, Fall River, New Bedford, Salem and

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Enjoy the bounty of fresh local foods —farmers markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms are open —find out what’s available near you by visiting www.semaponline.org or www.localharvest.org.

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Freetown residents voted at the end of May 3 to 1 against hosting a casino.

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Rep. Jim McGovern (D-3rd), a vocal advocate on food, health, hunger issues, is featured on a Food Channel documentary “Hunger Hits Home.” To view it, go to www.foodnetwork.com/ share-our-strength/pacakage/index. html

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The South Coast, particularly Bristol County, received a failing grade for ozone air pollution in a report by the American Lung Association.

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Generous donations by homeowners along the South Coast garnered more than 40,000 lbs of non-perishable food in the May collection by the USPS mail-carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” drive. The food items will be distributed to local food pantries and area organizations.

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Acushnet Enjoy a free outdoor family movie night on the first Saturday of every month at Silverbrook Farm. For details, call 774-202-1027 or go to www.thesilverbrookfarm.com.

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Carver Decas Botanical Synergies Inc., a subsidiary of Decas Cranberries, has won approval for “medical device status” in Germany for its cranberrybased treatment of urinary-tract infections.

Take the family to a hidden gem! Spend an afternoon at the WWI Memorial Park & Zoo in North Attleboro for free! Petting zoo, playgrounds, picnic areas. Call 508-285-6457. Visit a tropical forest and spend some time with exotic animals at the Capron Park Zoo. And there’s a summer Zooacademy for kids! Call 508-222-3047 or go to www.capronparkzoo.com.

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Bristol If your town’s July 4th celebrations aren’t up to snuff, check out the weekend-long celebration at America’s oldest Independence Day festivities in Bristol RI! Learn more at www.july4thbristolri.com.

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Why not send the kids (K-4) to summer camp at Blithewold! For details, go to www.blithewold.org/summercamp or call 401-253-2707.

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Ten cherry trees will be planted around town, thanks to Japanese benefactor Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.

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The Rev. Patrick Killilea of St. Mary’s parish will be leaving to serve as pastor at a former leper colony in Hawaii, where St. Damien ministered in the 19th century.

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The Attleboros When Deb Kirby realized that she’d accidentally thrown out five valuable rings, the garbage truck was on its way to the incinerator. After her panicked call to Waste Management, the truck was diverted and eight employees unloaded 15 tons of trash from that route. And they found her rings after only 30 minutes. (it was even reported on CNN!)

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has applied for a food license to open at the site of the former Outback Steakhouse. The popular chain is also considering a site in Raynham.

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Don’t miss the “Farm to Table” dinner at the Dartmouth YMCA on July 28. For details, go to www.ymcasouthcoast.org.

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Dartmouth High School’s student musicians have scored again! Fortyseven members of the DHS Orchestra came home with two coveted awards from the Heritage World Strides Performance Festival in New York City in April.

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The UMass Dartmouth School of Law has been granted provisional certification by the American Bar Association.

Freelance illustrator Jay Richard was honored at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards ceremony in Los Angeles for his artwork.

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Twenty-month-old Violet LaFountain spent four days in New York City playing the role of a toddler running amok in the season finale of The Good Wife, which aired on April 29.

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The two wind turbines have been operational since early May. The town has received a few dozen complaints from residents (including a case of warts), but so far, so good.

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The roller coaster at Lincoln Park is finally coming down. Pieces of the dismantled ride will be sold to raise money for charities.

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The Lloyd Center for the Environment is a great natural resource for everyone on the South Coast. Call 508-558-2918 or visit www. lloydcenter.org for complete details.

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Easton Smoking has been banned on all town land in Easton. Check out what’s happening at the children’s museum. Go to www.

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The city will be taking ownership of The Abbey Grill and the old police station downtown. The plan is to sell them in order to recoup back taxes.

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A trio of students from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School captured a gold medal at the Masschusetts SkillsUSA competition. Kelsey Almeida, Samantha Costa and Erica Cournoyer’s marketing project presentation earned them a place at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City.

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Fall River’s barbershop chorus “G-20” won two awards at the Barbershop Harmony Society competition. G-20 is the only male youth chorus in New England.

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Continued from previous page The Narrows Center for the Arts has a full schedule of exhibits and performances this month – there’s Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express on July 12, the Royal Southern Brotherhood July 13, and The Persuasions July 26. Go to www.ncfta.org or call 508-324-1926.

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Students at the William S. Greene elementary school’s 21st Century Learning program planted a vegetable garden on school grounds, with support from the Rotary Club of Fall River.

The Newport Antiques Show will be held at St. George’s School July 27, 28 & 29. For info, call 401-846-2669 or visit www.newportantiquesshow.com.

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The Apponequet High School’s girls’ lacrosse team finished the school year with a perfect record. They were the only girls lacrosse team in the state to do so.

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Mattapoisett Treat the kids to a summer camp co-sponsored by the Coalition for Buzzards Bay and the YMCA Southcoast. The River Exploration Camp, based at Camp Massasoit, is scheduled July 9-13 for ages 9-11, and August 13-17 for ages 12-14. For complete details, go to www.ymcasouthcoast.com or www.savebuzzardsbay. org.

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New Bedford The Greater New Bedford Summerfest starts with a Folk Music Festival on July 6, then continues over the weekend (7&8). For complete details go to www.newbedfordsummerfest.com or call 508-991-3122 x112.

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Mayor Jon Mitchell is hoping to hire a new director of marketing and tourism, a position which has been vacant for three years. He also wants to create a separate parks and recreation department, rather than letting those services remain under the Department of Public Facilities.

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The Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park will be held July 1315. Learn more at www.whalingcityfestival.com or call 508-996-3348.

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TrueBounce Inc. has received a patent for its unique basketball backboard.

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The annual Town Party will return on August 25. To get involved, call 508-265-5852, 508-776-1625 or 774-217-8355.

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Middleborough If you use profanity in public in Middleborough, you can be slapped with a $20 fine.

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In the past year, attendance has doubled at the Ocean Explorium, not even counting school groups. For hours and activities, go to www.oceanexplorium.org or call 508-994-5400. n

Keep up with what’s going on at Buttonwood Park at www.bpzoo.org or 508-991-6178, or at the Whaling Museum at www.whalingmuseum. org or 508-997-0046.

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City on a Hill, a Boston charter school known for preparing struggling high school students for college, is looking to open a similar school in New Bedford. If approved, the school would accept freshmen in August 2014.

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Join the Tuesday Vinyasa Outdoor Yoga Practices at Fort Taber! Learn more at www.southcoastyoga.net.

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Custom House Square will be getting a facelift to become a greener, more people-oriented park and site for festivals.

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Seventeen-year-old Elba Fernandez was crowned this year’s winner of the popular New Bedford Idol contest. Part of her winnings includes a three-day scholarship this month at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Find out what’s happening at the Zeiterion this month. Call 508-9942900 or go to www.zeiterion.org. Dweezil Zappa will entertain on July 1, and the New Bedford Festival Theatre will perform “Hairspray” July 20-22, and 26-29.

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Lakeville

AHA! Night on the second Thursday of every month. July 12’s theme is “Kids Rule!” Go to www.ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253 for a full schedule of events—and don’t forget that there’s plenty to do, enjoy and eat at AHA! After Nine.

Vectrix, an electric scooter company, was recently honored at an industry event in Belgium. The VH-1 Li and Li+ won European “e-scooter of the year” for the second consecutive year at the Clean Week 2020 event.

Walk into the past and through beautiful gardens at the Rotch-Duff-Jones House and Garden Museum. For more info, call 508-997-1401 or visit www. rjdmuseum.org.

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Don’t miss the Black Ships Festival July 12-15. Call 401-847-7666 or go to www.newportevents.com.

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There’s also the Newport Kite Festival July 14 & 15! For info, go to www.newportkitefestival.com.

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Plymouth n If you want to buy and eat local organic foods—and learn how to cook them! Check out the Plymouth Eats Cooperative. Get involved in a fun locavore organization by visiting www. plymoutheats.org.

Providence Head for the Providence Sound Session July 13 & 14. Call 401-272-7422 or visit www.soundsession.org.

Swansea Rebuilding the Wood Street Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of August, about 900 days since the March 30th floods of 2010 damaged it. Town residents are grateful to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for providing 75% of the $498,000 cost, and to State Chapter 90 roadway funds for reimbursing the remaining 25%.

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The new “Imagination Playground” at the Providence Children’s Museum is a big hit. Call 401-273-KIDS or go to www.ChildrenMuseum.org for details.

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Enjoy Providence Restaurant Weeks July 8-21. For menus and reservations, call 401-456-0200 or go to www.providencerestaurantweeks.com.

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Volunteers are needed for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program managed by Bristol Elder Services. For more info., visit www.ombudsman@ bristolelder.org or call 774-627-1326.

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Fairhaven’s Bicentennial

Celebration Extraordinaire! by Joyce Rowley

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airhaven has really pulled out the stops this year for its Bicentennial Week and the Fourth of July. All events are free and open to the public. Saturday, June 30th is Homecoming Day Fair at Town Center—with booths, amusements, and lots of great food. On July 1 the Fire Apparatus Parade is at 11 a.m., and the Firefighter’s Competition at 1 p.m. in Livesey Park. On Wednesday, July 4th, there’s the now-traditional classic car cruise to Fort Phoenix at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by the 14th Annual Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony complete with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and singing of the National Anthem. This is a must see, especially when the Fairhaven Village Militia fire the five 24-pound Seacoast Defense cannons. Duck, New Bedford! The day ends with fireworks over the harbor. Here are some more highlights you won’t want to miss…

History Day Tours Thursday, July 5 Chris Richards, Fairhaven Director 14

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of the Office of Tourism, and the Bicentennial Committee have arranged for several historic buildings to be open to the public for free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, the Old Stone Schoolhouse, and the boyhood home of Joseph Bates, founder of the 7th Day Adventists. Town Hall and the Unitarian Church, designed by architect Charles Brigham, will also be open to the public. Maps of the open houses are available at the Office of Tourism and Visitors Center, 43 Center Street, Fairhaven. For a guided tour, stop by the Office of Tourism and join Richards on a walking tour of the Town center beginning at 10 a.m. This tour highlights the Town’s benefactor, Henry Huttleston Rogers, a Standard Oil magnate (1840-1909), and the numerous architecturally significant buildings that he donated: Fairhaven’s Town Hall, the Millicent Library, and the Unitarian Church are on the tour; several other Fairhaven icons will be open.

Chris Richard, Director of Fairhaven Tourism, gives historic tours.

At Fort Phoenix on Fort Street the Minuteman tour starts at 2 p.m. with the history of Fort Phoenix from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, and demonstrations of flintlock muskets and Colonial-era voluntary militia equipment by a Minuteman in period costume.

Vietnam Moving Wall Friday, July 6 For many Vietnam veterans, the Vietnam Memorial Wall represents the homecoming they were denied by the politics of the time. Gerry Payette, Fairhaven resident and Vietnam veteran (1970-1971), headed up the effort to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Fairhaven. “I couldn’t turn down a chance to bring it here,” said Payette. “It’s important.” So important that he first contacted the Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. in 2008 to secure the Wall for the Fourth of July weekend in 2012. Although they didn’t schedule that far in advance, he continued to call each January to ensure Fairhaven would be included. The Moving Wall is a half-size


replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., built by veterans John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver and other Vietnam veterans. Payette formed a committee of veterans—some from the Vietnam conflict, some from the Korean War—to help raise the nearly $10,000 in costs to bring the Wall to Fairhaven. “I can’t thank them enough,” said Payette. “It takes a lot of planning, a lot of work.” Fairhaven Vietnam veteran George Brownell (1969-1973) raised $6,000 for the Wall by hosting a Valentine’s Day dance at the VFW Hall this year. Over 260 people attended, and the entire $4,500 in ticket sales went to funding the Moving Wall. And Brownell raised another $1,500 in sales of a Vietnam poster. Eight Fairhaven residents have their name on the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington. A total of 58,267 names consecrate that Memorial; 1,300 are prisoners of war or missing in action, Payette said. Ten more names have been added in 2011, as additional remains were found. The opening dedication will be held at noon with a static landing of a Black Hawk helicopter from Otis Airforce Base. The Wall can be viewed 24 hours a day until the closing ceremony at 5 p.m., July 8.

Maritime Day Saturday, July 7 The Seaport Inn and the Bicentennial Committee have put together a full schedule celebrating Fairhaven’s waterfront. At 11:30 a.m. there’s the boat parade in the Outer Harbor. Best seats are at Fort Phoenix where you can also watch the “Blessing of the Boats” by local pastors. And the New Bedford Ocean Emplorium’s WOW display is also at Fort Phoenix, from noon to 2 p.m. Swim Buzzards Bay, the annual fundraiser for Save the Buzzards Bay, is a 1.2-mile open water swim from Billy Wood’s Wharf in New Bedford to Fort Phoenix State Beach in Fairhaven. Registrants must raise a minimum of $150 in order to participate.

Grand Bicentennial Parade July 8 A patriotic-themed Grand Parade steps off at 1:00 p.m. from Benoit Square at the corner of Adam Street and Main Street, marching up Main Street to Center Street and then past Town Hall. From Town Hall, up Green Street to Washington Street, and over to the K-Mart parking lot. The parade ends with the Philadelphia Mummers String Band. Eleven bands assembled from Southern New England will play period pieces from the War of 1812, said Larry Roy, who organized the parade for the Bicentennial Committee. Fairhaven’s own Fairhaven High School marching band, veterans, color guards, and National Guard troops will march. Period-attired enactors representing each of the wars from the King Phillips War to the present will be marching, including a civil war cannon pulled by three horses. Floats and exhibits include the Hallamore Clydesdales; the USS John F. Kennedy 25-foot long model aircraft carrier from the Quonset Aviation Museum, North Kingston, Rhode Island. “We’re really lucky to get everyone in this parade,” said Roy. “They’ll come here right from playing on the (Wednesday) the Fourth.” “My roots are in Fairhaven,” said Roy, an FHS alumni. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to set up the parade.” Roy’s experience in parade organization goes back to the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial. And Fairhaven is fortunate to have so many dedicated citizens who committed so much time to pay tribute to the country’s independence. The Bicentennial Committee, its Chairman Wayne Oliveira, and subcommittee chairmen have raised the bar for Town party planning. Cheers, Fairhaven, and have a Happy Fourth! For more information contact the Fairhaven Office of Tourism, 43 Center Street, Fairhaven, 508-979-4085 or visit http://fairhaventours.blogspot. com.

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PHOTOS: ED Camara

Absolutely the best New Bedford’s Portuguese Feast by Edward Camara Jr.

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nce a year, every year, for the past 98 years, the annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on less than one city block in a residential area of New Bedford’s north end. Hardly the place you would expect to find thousands flocking to enjoy food, music, entertainment and family reunions…but they do. The Feast is a heartfelt celebration of Madeiran Portuguese culture, cuisine, and tradition. Over the four days, people of all ages and all nationalities gather at what has become known as “Madeira Field.”

There is always something going on!

Tradition and heritage An integral part of Madeiran culture is performed every night when the award-winning folkloric dancers perform traditional dances on the main stage.

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Three vibrant stages The Feast’s entertainment started with the “Battle of the Bands” in the 1950s and 1960s, and now has grown to include today’s top names, featured on a giant stage in the middle of all the action. When Stage One is quiet, two other stages come alive with area bands playing top hit music. 16

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a quiet garden atmosphere away from the excitement of the main Feast, less than half a block away. For those with a healthy appetite, full dinners featuring a broad menu of roast chicken, beef, pork, codfish, tuna, rabbit and goat are available in the main dining pavilion. All meals are prepared using traditional Madeiran recipes.

The Courtyard Café at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage (free admission) also features traditional Portuguese music, from Fado singers to mandolin players. The Café has become hugely successful for those who want to enjoy

One of the most popular meals is the do-it-yourself carne d’espeto barbeque. For those with advanced barbecue skills, or the novice chef, this tradition is worth a try. The barbecue pit is more than forty feet long and is crowded with men and women carefully turning their skewers, each convinced that their method is better than the person next to them. Giant stainless steel skewers are rented out and top quality cubed beef steak is sold by the pound. Some veterans even bring pre-cut peppers and onions from home, skewered in the middle of a long spit. Large boxes of

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seasoned salt are placed near the prep area, and there are as many techniques for applying the salt as there are cooks! Special tables designed to help remove the steak from the skewers are located next to the pit. Small handmade Portuguese breads, “pops,” are sold to make sandwiches. Of course, ice cold drinks are available at the entrance to the nearby grape arbor and the new dining tent.

Local specialties For anyone not wanting to go through the effort of making their own sandwich, food stands (baraccas), offer cacoila (marinated pork), fish, linguica, and traditional hot dogs and hamburgers.

The entire staff of servers are all volunteers; no one is paid to work at the Feast. A large portion of the profits are donated to more than a dozen area charities and non-profit organizations. A colorful carnival with games of chance and rides for younger feastgoers is adjacent to the Feast, and street vendors sell everything from flags of different nations to candy coated apples. The Feast has become New Bedford’s signature summer event, attracting enough people to make it the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic event in New England. This year’s dates are August 2-5. There is no admission charge. For more information visit www. portuguesefeast.com.

New food at the Feast The 2012 Feast will introduce a new food item, milho frito. This is a simple mixture of cornmeal, garlic, bits of finely chopped kale and water that is thoroughly mixed and refrigerated before being cut into small bite-sized cubes and fried. It is a traditional Madeiran accompaniment to almost any meal, but especially with carned’espeto, which is one of the Feast’s most popular items. The milho frito will be sold in a new baracca (food stand) near the barbecue pit and will be reasonably priced.

This new food item will be offered at the annual Clamboil on June 24 and samples will be offered at the Feast starting on August 2. For those with special “no red meat” tastes a new rotisserie chicken will be offered in the same area as the barbecue pit. After a slow marinating process, the chicken will be cooked in a special grille located in an open area where the public can see the special process. Half chickens will be sold for a very reasonable price.

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Live theater excitement by Paul E. Kandarian

There’s nothing like the energy and electricity of live theater. Thankfully, there are tons of opportunities to catch shows all over Southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island. What follows are just a few. New Bedford Festival Theatre Here are huge Broadway productions, right at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Hairspray runs for seven shows, July 20-22 and 2629. Since Hairspray is set in the early 1960s and deals with a young girl’s struggle to be a part of an American Bandstand type of teenage dance show an integrate her black friends into the proceedings, it is appropriate that the organizers will dedicate it to the late Dick Clark, a pioneer in advancing racial diversity on his daily teen dance show.

The Z This place is always alive with theater, no matter the season. Coming up July 1 is “Zappa Plays Zappa,” led by Dweezil, eldest son of the late composer, musician and iconoclast Frank Zappa. Z folks say that Dweezil channels his dad’s “oddball yet intricate musical 18

prowess,” and leads a top band. ABBA: The Concert takes the Z stage Aug. 8. The group features two of the original members of the ABBA rhythm section, has played all around the world, and cranks out iconic hits such as “Mamma Mia,” “Money, Money, Money,” and the signature “Dancing Queen.” Late summer entertainment at the Z sizzles with Al Green (Aug. 26), known for classics such as “Let’s Stay Together,” “You Ought to Be With Me,” and “Love and Happiness.” Then it’s Rock of Ages: The Hit Musical on Sept. 6, a five-time Tony Awardnominated musical.

Your Theatre This vibrant local theater group, now in its 66th year, starts its 2012-2013 season in September with the Neil Simon classic, Brighton Beach Memoirs. In October, a world premier by Henry Meyerson,

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The Activist, will play at Your Theatre, a piece focusing on a man once at the forefront of the civil rights and voter registration movement in the 1960s, who 20 years later, is being asked to became a leader for gay rights, forcing him to decide if he wants to take public what he’s hidden his whole life. A Woman in Mind plays at Your Theatre in January, the Alan Ayckbourn play about housewife Susan getting knocked out by stepping on the wrong end of a rake and the hallucinations that ensue.

Little Theatre of Fall River Little Theatre of Fall River has three shows at its Firebarn this summer: Songs for a New World in June; The Great American Trailer Park Musical in July; and Last of the Red Hot Lovers in August. In September, they’ll offer The Age of Aquarius, at a venue to be announced. Winter at the Firebarn brings Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) in December, and Dinner With Friends in January. Series at Bristol Community College

Local theater For a great list of just about every theater in Massachusetts, check out masshome.com/theater.html and for Rhode Island, visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-see/performing-arts/ New Bedford Festival Theatre box office is 508-997-5664, x23 The Z www.zeiterion.org 508-994-2900 Your Theatre www.yourtheatre.org 508-993-0772

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includes The Wizard of Oz in October, Steel Magnolias in March and Titanic—The Musical in May.

Youth Musical Theatre Corp. of Fall River They’ll bring Annie July 20-22 to Kuss Middle School. The full season of the theater was not available on its website yet, but does include The Wizard of Oz.

Trinity Repertory Company Providence’s granddaddy of all theater promises an impressive 2012-2013 lineup, kicking off in midSeptember with King Lear, a Shakespeare classic with resident acting company veteran Brian McEleney starring as Lear. The How and Why by Sarah Treem runs November into December, a play about two brilliant women, each with her own controversial theory regarding evolution, a new play from Treem (of HBO’s In Treatment). Trinity offers over the holidays its very popular A Christmas Carol, and in January the regular season continues with Dostoyevsky’s classic Crime and Punishment, adapted by Trinity’s artistic director, Curt Columbus. Social Creatures, a world premier by Jackie Sibblies, runs March to April; it’s a play about the end of the world, written specifically for the Trinity acting company. Two interconnected plays performed simultaneously, House & Garden, runs from mid-May through the end of June, a play by Ayckbourn. One cast does both shows

in two different theaters at the same time, racing from “House” in the downstairs theater to “Garden” in the upstairs venue. The audience stays put, seeing each production, one at a time, a most unique production to say the least.

The Gamm Theatre Another great Rhode Island theatrical institution is the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, which starts its 2012-2013 season in September with After the Revolution by Amy Herzog, a play about ideals in the age of apathy, New York City, 1999. In November, Tony Award winner Red runs, in which abstract-impressionist painter Mark Rothko takes on his biggest challenge, creating a definitive work for a restaurant in the new Seagram building in New York. Set in the late 1950s, Trinity resident actor Fred Sullivan Jr. will take this stage for the first time, though he’s directed here many times. In January, the U.S. premier of Anne Boleyn comes to the Gamm, a spin on the life of the second wife of Henry VIII in what is billed as a funny drama. In March, The Real Thing plays, by Tom Stoppard. The Beauty runs at the Gamm starting in May, set in a backwater village in the west of Ireland which, the billing says, surprises audiences through to its horrifying conclusion, in a play about the selfish and conniving Mag and her embittered, virginal daughter, Maureen.

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Restoring the ORPHEUM by Stacie C. Hess AND MARK HESS

On April 15th, 1912, the same night the Titanic plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, a birth of sorts was taking place in New Bedford’s south end. The Orpheum Theatre, one of the many in the famous Orpheum “circuit” of theatres across the U.S., hosted its grand opening at 1005 South Water Street. It was designed by Louis Destremps, famed for the Notre Dame Church in Fall River. One hundred years later, on that very same evening, a small grassroots organization held the first public “friend-raiser” to raise awareness, funds and local interest in preserving one of the city’s most remarkable historic landmarks. The Orpheum Rising Project Helpers (ORPH) have launched a mission: to preserve, restore, protect and adapt the Beaux-Arts style building as a community based performance theatre, movie house and multi-cultural center. 20

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Neglected but sound, all this little gem needs is $15, maybe $20 million to marry modern sound, light and safety technologies with a historically sensitive restoration that brings this relic back to its former glory.

A dream? Maybe not Sounds like a dream, right? Maybe not. That is exactly what was done in 2006 when the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts… an early

1900s vaudevillian theater that went out of service in the 1950’s, underwent a $22 million renovation and repositioning. The Colonial Theater was a major investment in one of Massachusetts’ struggling Gateway cities that, like New Bedford, has slogged through decades of decline in manufacturing. How do you put together $22 million for a theater restoration in Massachusetts? In Pittsfield, it took a small group of focused activists with an idea and limited experience to (over time and probably after suffering stretches of ridicule and doubt) to create a vision compelling enough to attract attention. From attention comes expertise. From expertise comes money. “Before and after” pictures of the Colonial show that the Orpheum of New Bedford lacks nothing when it comes to potential. ORPH wants the people of New Bedford to see the possibilities.

French Sharpshooters Club The Orpheum Theatre, also known as the “French Sharpshooters Club,” comprised the theater, a shooting range, a ballroom, shops, a gym, and office space. It stands now still structurally sound, and an architectural masterpiece, yet it suffers from neglect that, without a second look, makes it easy to right-off as a doomed derelict. Pictures of the interior of the theatre reveal an intact theatre complete with romantic-looking balcony seats and a gorgeous ceiling mural. Tours of the theatre are a tricky endeavor due to insurance and ownership issues, so few people have actually had the privilege of witnessing what Frank Grace, local photographer and President of ORPH, Inc. describes when he says, “There is something about this place, when you walk in and see it, you just can feel it’s something special; you don’t want to see it go away. As a nonprofit group working to restore the


theatre, we would like it to be a community-based theatre or community center, perhaps working with UMass Dartmouth.” For almost fifty years the Orpheum hosted vaudeville acts and live performances, and as times and entertainment changed, it became a motion picture theater. ORPH, Inc. states that “The Orpheum took the transition in stride and began offering the public a steady diet of newsreels, cartoons, weekly serials, along with top Hollywood features until it closed its doors for the last time in 1959.”

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More than fifty years later, a resurgence is gaining momentum as citizens unite to once again make the Orpheum a place of music and light. Frank Grace and fellow board member Stephen Silva, the group’s Treasurer, have worked tirelessly to spread the word to preserve one of the most majestic of buildings in all of New Bedford. Mayor Mitchell spoke at the April 15th event at Café Vila Franca, whose proximity to the theatre would makes this restaurant a perfect before or after-show destination. Future plans for the Orpheum theatre include a public tour and further fund and friend-raising events. Grace feels that with the Route 18 project’s “second phase” extending to the south end, the restoration of the theatre is an inevitability and will be a welcome addition to the thriving arts community in the city. After waiting for over five decades, residents of New Bedford are ready to see it flourish and restore and honor the beauty of the past for citizens of today and tomorrow. To find out more, visit the ORPH, Inc. website at www.orphinc.org or like them on Facebook (New Bedford Orpheum Rising Project). Pictures of the former Colonial Theatre can be seen at http://bit.ly/ NMQ3CR

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YOUR HEALTH

More than just yoga by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

Tim Donahue is the picture of health, a cleancut, muscular man of apparent middle-age, fit, strong, and smiling. He greets me with a big grin, having just completed teaching a Yoga class to children at Parker Elementary School. The class is his own creation—he is the founder of Yoga Kids Inc. of New Bedford, and his goals are much more expansive than the name of his organization might indicate. Donahue was invited by the National Park Service to “entertain” children while their parents participated in South Coast Hospital’s Healthy Meals Program, an initiative sponsored by an NPS grant. Parents watched as a chef prepared a healthy, inexpensive meal, and were given tips and recipes to create their own healthy 22

He empowers the kids to begin taking responsibility for their own health, their own moods, and their own feelings, even at a very young age. dinners at home for their families. This presentation tied together two important issues: household economic challenges and childhood obesity.

More than entertainment The children are much more than “entertained” by Donahue. His approach is more than “just” yoga. Each child, as she is led from pose to pose, hears Donahue’s wisdom about life, a little of his experiences of his own inner city childhood, and the importance of keeping a healthy body and choosing foods wisely.

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Mostly, amazingly, he empowers the kids to begin taking responsibility for their own health, their own moods, and their own feelings, even at a very young age. Donahue has countless success stories. One elementary school student, prone to panic attacks, was able to center herself and engage her “yoga breathing” when she felt a panic attack coming on, after only five sessions of yoga. And although the classes Donahue teaches are generally small, he is making a big impact in the region; the organization currently serves

over 300 New Bedford Elementary school children each week. Yoga Kids Inc. is now a Serendipity Project of the Marion Institute in Marion, where Donahue now resides. Benefactors who recognize the importance of Donahue’s mission and respect his passion for serving youth have generously donated to keep the organization afloat. But times are tough. Donahue doesn’t have a smart phone—he drives long distances and receives little pay. But he is motivated by something powerful— the connection he feels with the kids and the satisfaction of seeing the changes in them after only a few classes.

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Hailing from a deeply troubled family, Donahue and his four siblings were basically caring for themselves by the time they reached high school. His West End New Bedford beginnings hold few happy memories. He describes what he remembers about that part of his life: “My father left, and my mother was an alcoholic, a pill popper, so that’s our caregiver—basically no one. I lost my brother to drug addiction. I went nuts myself; I quit high school. Before that, I was a basketball star. After my sophomore year, I was appointed captain of the varsity team and I started to receive letters from colleges because they thought I was a senior. That summer though, I went wild. I crashed. I started drinking. I was horribly

Turning it around Then at 28 he managed get his GED and take his first college-level class: General Psychology at Bristol Community College. “Listen to this,” he tells me with his characteristic intensity. “I got an ‘A.’ I never got an ‘A’ in my entire life. I really thought I was dumb. I realized, ‘Oh my God’ and I thought for the first time, I can do this.” Donahue began what educators now call a “winning streak”—a first taste of success that instills confidence and the desire to experience that feeling of success more and more. He eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Phys Ed and a minor in Child Psychology from Bridgewater State College. “It all worked as if I knew what I was going to do,” he laughs, thinking how life steered him in his current direction.

Tough love “I always knew that I wanted to work with kids,” but not just any kids; Donahue seeks out the toughest ones, the ones who seem the most complacent, defensive, and angry. “The kids who are the most hopeless, the kids who seem like they would shoot somebody and not even care—I know why. As horrible as it sounds, I know why. And if you interview guys in jail


you’ll hear the same thing. They never made a connection that anyone loved them. They are so shut off and cold inside that they don’t care about themselves and they honestly don’t care about anyone else.” Donahue’s intuition and psychology background help him hone in on the kids who need him the most, giving them much-needed attention, and a little centeredness and peace. Donahue describes a particularly tough group of students from Trinity Academy in New Bedford, not far from where Donahue grew up; Trinity Academy is a “last chance” school for city kids who for behavior and academic reasons can’t make it at the public school. Donahue recalls that he arrived to teach a class and started to describe what he was going to do, when a mouthy teenager interrupted him to announce to a classmate, “I’m not going to this f**ing s**t.” Donahue, no stranger to confrontation, got within inches of this young man’s face and told him, calmly and with quiet intensity, “Don’t you ever talk to me like that again,” and then turned, slowly, to the front of the class to continue his lesson. By the end of the class, he had every teenager sitting in a cross-legged position, with his eyes closed, meditating.

Testimonials After only one class at New Bedford High School, a teacher remarked, “I was so so pleased with the yoga class. What truly amazed

me was how into the class the kids got, especially those that I expected to not like it. Many kids who seem to have difficulty relaxing letting down their guard were really able to focus their energy and breathe. This should be part of a curriculum for all teenagers. It can be so valuable for their adult life.” Another said, ““Reflecting on the classes by Yoga Kids at NBHS. What an incredible blessing for which I am truly grateful. You have made such a difference in the life of our community.” A teacher from Citizen Schools, an after school program for inner-city middle-schoolers, wrote in a reflection on the experience, “I’ve never seen our kids so calm and at peace. They really enjoyed it!” Perhaps the best testimony of all, however, comes from the students themselves. Arthur Alves, a teenager from New Bedford, explains in a letter, “Mr. Donohue, I think that yoga is very interesting and a good relaxing technique to unwind. It also helped me calm down and loosen up. It kind of gives you a state of mind. I wish they actually had a yoga class at school.” To learn more about Yoga Kids, Inc. of New Bedford visit their Facebook page or website at www.yogakidsinc.org and to donate through the Marion Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization, go to www. yogakidsinc.org/donate/. To inquire about having Donahue teach at your school or youth group, contact tidon3@comcast.net or call (508) 748-2025.

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“And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fireproof…” “Under the Boardwalk”—The Drifters The South Coast is a great place to be in the summertime especially when the mercury starts to rise and there’s so much to do outdoors. But when the dog days of summer hit, it’s best to have a plan to beat the heat. Here are some of the best ways to keep your cool when the temperatures climb into the 90s:

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Hit the beach It’s usually ten degrees cooler at the beach. Don’t go in the middle of the day, but stop by about 2 or 3 p.m. when a good stiff breeze kicks up.

Bring an umbrella, a good book, and a thermos of your favorite cool drink and you have it made in the shade.

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Cool drinks & sweat Drink cool (not cold) fluids—but skip the caffeine and alcohol. Both are diuretics and can cause dehydration if taken in too great a quantity. Staying hydrated by drinking cool to cold water helps your body’s natural cooling process. Don’t be afraid to sweat— it’s good for you! Sweat cools the body’s skin temperature by evaporation. Water uses heat to evaporate, and so leaves cooler air behind. In fact, a sign of heat stress is the inability to sweat.


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Keep it cool Air conditioning is great, if you have it. If not, open as many windows as you can at night to cool off your home. Use cross-ventilation to get the air to circulate by opening windows on both sides of the home. When the temperature start to rise in the morning, close the windows, and pull the shades. This simple act can reduce indoor temperatures by up to ten degrees. Keep the shades drawn during the day until the temperature starts to drop.

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mid-morning before the heat has built up. If you’re exercising outside, go at least an hour after dawn to miss the mosquitoes. If you must exercise in the heat, pay attention to your body and don’t overdo it.

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Nuke it! If you want a hot meal, it’s better to use a microwave oven than to slave over a hot stove or to turn on an oven. Microwaves use two-thirds less energy than a conventional oven. Outdoor grilling works, too. Another alternative is to cook at night when it’s cooler and then refrigerate the food for the next day.

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ith each passing year, fewer children know where real food comes from—they’ve never met a live chicken, gone blueberry picking or learned how to test an ear of corn for worms (you dangle and shake it by the silk—if the silk detaches, there are worms.). In the space of just a few generations, Americans have become completely disconnected from the natural cycles that feed us. Granted, urban living doesn’t allow for acres of tilled fields, and busy schedules don’t foster learning how to can your own pickles and jams. But no matter how humble the effort, we all need to re-acquaint ourselves (especially our children) with the agrarian traditions, if only by proxy at the farmers markets and roadside stands.

Nature-Deficit Disorder This somewhat tongue-in-cheek label was coined by the “No Child Left Inside” grass-roots movement of recent years. In 2005, Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized parents, educators, legislators and the environmental/sustainability community. (Think: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring) The movement advocates greater integration of “out-of-classroom” activities and learning opportunities in the K-12 curriculum, that teaches kids about their place in the natural world. Entire communities have come together to grow vegetables, offer

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workshops, plan school lunch menus, chaperone field trips to farms, salt marshes, and parks. The opportunities on the South Coast are multiple—we boast the Lloyd Center for the Environment, YMCA Dartmouth, the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, SeaLab and the Ocean Explorium, summer camps, and countless parks, zoos, conservation lands, and children’s museums. The South Coast has also been on the legislative forefront of this movement. In 2009, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Senate version of the “No Child Left Inside” bill (which had already passed in the House of Representatives). The act provides funding for K-12 teacher education, funding for environmental literacy programs,

and expanded outdoor/nutrition programs in our schools. I grew up in New Bedford in the post-WWII years and was fascinated to watch our neighbor spread eggshells and coffee grounds on her tiny backyard garden every morning. When her husband mowed the lawn, she’d spread the clippings around the kale, rhubarb and tomatoes. Somehow, in the shadow of crowded two-family houses, her garden flourished. Another neighbor had a two-storey cherry tree that was invaded by Baltimore Orioles every summer. Fastforward through living in dormitories, apartment buildings and, finally, a house with a sunny backyard—I’ve been trying to recreate Mrs. Barboza’s paradise ever since. And so can you.

The Three Sisters The Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims survive practiced a very wise and efficient form of vegetable gardening called companion planting. They buried fish refuse (great fertilizer) in mounds, then planted nutritionally-complementary foods such as corn, beans and squashes (the Three Sisters). The vertical corn stalks provided support for the beans, and the groundcover habits of the squash provided shade to conserve moisture and deter weeds and insects. Be it ever so humble, I’ve also experimented and learned that if you grow basil, garlic, rosemary or chives/onions next to a tomato plant, it will some how flavor the tomatoes. Not bad for a city kid.


Dr. Spock for plants Just like children, plants need a healthy home (soil), good nutrition (water and fertilizer), sunshine (real or artificial), protection from destructive influences (disease, pests, weeds and severe weather) and lots of support as they grow (trellises, cages). You can spend a fortune buying all of the above, but it’s much more practical (and fun) to create your own homegrown solutions from your kitchen’s resources and repurposed “stuff” from your home or community. About “soil”—dirt is the crumbly gray dust you find in the cracks of sidewalks. Nothing but weeds will grow in dirt. Loam (pronounced “loom” where I live) is the moist, chunky brown soil, full of decomposing organic matter, that provides nutrition for flowers and vegetables. The organic material is basically the “compost” you create in your kitchen crock—vegetable peelings, eggshell, coffee grounds—that you then mix up with carbonaceous waste (shredded newspapers, cardboard egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, even dryer lint) in a compost bin outside to produce your own soil nutrition. There are many great books and websites that can teach you the finer points. But be sure to ask your neighbors, your elders and the folks at the farmers markets for advice.

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very elderly gardener once told me to drive long iron (therefore, rust-able) nails throughout the garden after planting. He said it would repel certain insects and totally confuse moles. I don’t know if it really works, but I still do it every year, and I’ve never encountered a mole.

Start with chives Growing chives is the perfect starting point for the newbie vegetable gardener of any age or living circumstances. You can buy a packet of certified-organic seeds (they even sell them at Walmart now), put nutrientrich planting soil in a cardboard egg carton to grow them, and then put it in a sunny window, along a walkway, in a window box or threaded through your tomato plants in the back garden [see sidebar]. Chives is a prolific perennial. It gives off a pleasant, clean scent, sprouts edible purple (onion chives) or white (garlic chives) pom-pom flowers in the spring, and it’s an instant breathfreshener if you chew on a few raw blades after a night out. Plus, after being washed and chopped, they freeze well for the future.

I grew that myself! The best part is that you can harvest, eat and store the chives that you grew yourself. If you have children and grandchildren, this is a great way for them to learn first-hand the natural cycle of the food they eat. Currently, I have a 60 sq. ft. raised garden in my yard, and I’ve carved out flower-bed space for perennial herbs and medicinal flowers. I’m still learning, but I really enjoy making a meal for my guests that includes something I grew myself. I don’t live in the most hospitable climate zone for gardening, but incorporating the details into my daily flow, from compost crock to weeding, is a pleasure. I’ve relearned how to make pickles, oven-dried tomatoes, and buckets of pesto. Thank you, Mrs. Barboza (and the Muldoons of the cherry tree).


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I’ve been in the food business most of my life, but it dawned on me recently that I don’t know squat about farming or farm life. That’s where the food comes from—the farm. How difficult can it be? You get some land and put seeds in the dirt and out comes the food: or, you get a few cows and walk them to the milking machine—no problem. Not quite. There are jobs, there are careers and there is farming. Some jobs require deep thought, some require hard labor and some require long hours. Some jobs pay big bucks and some pay peanuts. Without passion any job will be arduous. Farmers, though, get thoughtful hard work with long hours. They seldom get the big bucks.

U.S. Each is held together by strong and determined families. Recent years have been tough on local farmers. Many had sold their dairy herds— small dairies were losing propositions. Swansea, once a prosperous farming community, had only one working dairy farm remaining —which was the Ferry Farm. During those tough days, often it would have been much easier to just “cash in” and sell the properties to developers. There are now two dairy farms in Swansea. This is about a couple of Swansea farmers who refused to throw in the towel—these people are farmers.

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261 Locust St., Swansea Ken Baker is the 6th generation owner at the Baker Farm which now covers over 200 acres in Swansea. His son Ken and daughter Mercedes intend to become the 7th. Ken Jr. and Mercedes are both inextricably connected to the farm; they seem to possess an ingrained passion for all things farm. They are both active in 4H, numerous ribbons attest to their commitment. They’ve also both developed a special interest in the Brown Swiss breed of cattle. Paul Letendre

Federal prisoners have more free time and flexibility than farmers do. There are no sick days, holidays, paid vacations; no guaranteed salaries or hourly wages…sometimes they even have to pay to work. Twelve months of hard work yield three months of iffy income: crops aren’t guaranteed to grow, cows don’t guarantee milk and chickens don’t guarantee eggs. This story started because I’d heard about a farmer on the back roads of

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They “had it all” Ken owns the farm that has borne his family name for over 130 years. Ken’s daughter Mercedes probably best described his passion for the farm in an essay where she wrote of her father’s youth on the farm with his dad, “Their day would start early, waking up to a sleeping world around them, getting dressed quickly, grab some breakfast, and then their favorite part, walk to the barn. That barn was the father’s second home, the son’s second home, lifting hay bales one after another while feeding the animals. It was what every farmer loved, what every person wished for, and those two had it all.” Ken wanted nothing more than to stay on the farm. Mercedes’s essay explains that as a youth, he spent long hours learning the trade from his dad. He was thirteen when his dad passed suddenly; it was a traumatic way to become a young farmer. His mother supported his desire to carry on the family farm, although he often had to take outside work to support it. The farm had long been a dairy and a slaughterhouse, and in the 70s, dairy cattle were dropped and the farm concentrated on the slaughterhouse. Soon small slaughterhouses became losing propositions. Now, thirty-nine years after giving up the dairy herd, the Bakers are once again running a dairy operation. They have started with a herd of predominantly Brown Swiss heifers. Their goals are to return to “back to basics” farming, to produce farm fresh ice cream and to raise and market a top pedigree of Brown Swiss. These are being readied for milk production. A new building is up and being equipped with pasteurizing and homogenizing equipment. In addition to processing, this building will be used as a retail space to sell the ice cream. For their new endeavor, Ken and his wife Shelley have teamed up with Tom and Jocelyn Seiter and will be producing ice cream made from the Baker Farm milk.

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The Seiters, newlyweds, are both recent college grads. Tom graduated from Denison (Ohio) and Jocelyn is a graduate of U of Hawaii. In high school, both worked in ice cream shops. Having acquired a passion for ice cream a few years ago, the couple decided to focus on ice cream and attended the world-famous Penn State Ice Cream Short Course, which draws fanatical students of ice cream production from all over the world. Thirty countries were represented the year they attended. The Seiters are committed to producing a world class product utilizing local products from area farms. They are planning to open sometime in July. On my first visit to Baker Farm, Ken Baker mentioned to me that his wife is a pretty good photographer. Luck would have it that I’d forgotten my camera, which is just as well because my photos are always rejects. Shelley Baker’s photos are stunning. A selection may be seen on our website at www.coastalmags.com/articles/images-from-baker’s-farm. Shelley and her work will warrant a separate story in an upcoming edition.

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Simcock Farm brought ice cream to their farm stand thirty years ago. Tuesdays are now “Two Wheel Tuesdays” as motorcycles crowd the back parking field. On Wednesday nights, the place is well known for its “Cool Car Wednesday” crowds. They also host many school tours, hayrides and, of course, a haunted corn maze. Beverlyann also just happens to be a professional violinist. She has played with the Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Fall River symphonies, as has done backup for such stars as Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett. Why don’t they just sell to developers, take the money and run? Even in the best of times, managing a farm can be difficult. When conditions are ideal, when weather cooperates and the vegetables are beautiful and plentiful, when the animals are healthy and productive—it’s rare, but when it does happen—prices generally drop because there is more product on the market than demand for it. We consumers are better off, but farmers aren’t. There is a basic wisdom that comes from working so closely with nature. A farmer deals with a different reality than the ones that most of us know; it is not dominated by flat screens and emails. Local farmers live more deliberately; confronting nature’s most essential facts, daily. They develop a keener understanding of nature’s basic elements than any of us could learn in schools. Those who do it, and God bless their passion and dedication, possess an inherent love of the land, a DNA that lends a respect for labor and almost inconceivable tenaciousness. The satisfaction and reward of their work isn’t predicated by the profit/loss statement. Obviously, farming is not about the bottom line. Beverlyann, who has had some major health issues in recent years, probably summed it up best; “Everybody dies, not everybody lives.” Some even get to live on a farm… maybe they do have it all.

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To name a wine by Alton Long

It seems that the name of a wine would be a simple matter, yet often we read or hear about a wine and when we learn its name, we just do not understand what it means. Understanding what the name of a wine means and learning to “read” the wine label, are very much akin, so this article will help you with both. What, who, where, and when There are several parts to the “name” of the wine. You can tell this by simply looking at the label on almost any wine bottle. First, we need to know what it kind of wine it is. The U.S., and many other countries, uses the name of the grape as the key identifier; like Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay. The second bit of information we will want is, who made it? We want to know the “producer.” For a typical California wine we can easily see the two most important parts of the name. Some good examples are “Charles Krug Chenin Blanc,” or “Mondovi Merlot.” The next part of the “naming” of the wine should include the location where the wine was made. Almost any wine 36

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aficionado will want to know the name of the geographical place where the grapes used to make this wine were grown. This would include the state, like California, or Oregon, and the region such as Napa Valley, or Santa Barbara. Of course you would also be interested in knowing when the grapes were harvested. This is called the vintage year of the wine, such as 2011. That year would be a typical vintage you would find today for a “young” wine you might purchase in a wine shop. However, if you are looking of an older and more mature wine, you might be able to find one as old as 1992 or even 1985. So now you should have most all you really need to know to about a wine as well as the “name” of the wine; like “John

Extra label tags, %, sugar There are lots of other label tags and names that can be added. Some can be very important. Apparently only some of these are controlled by law. Examples of these are “Late Harvest”, “Hand picked”, “Organic”, and “Reserve”. There is apparently no law that says how “late” the harvest must be for the label to say “Late harvest.” Many wine labels will usually include the percentage of alcohol (12.5 %, or what ever.) Some times, it isimply shows a range, like “12 to 13 per cent.” Some wine labels even list the amount of sugar, if it is a sweet wine; like “6% RS (“residual sugar”.) Specialty tags Lots of wineries create or select unique names for some of their special wines and some of them can be copyrighted, so that no one else can use it. A good example is Beaulieu Vineyard “Tapestry,” a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, four of the classic wines used in Bordeaux red wines. Most European wines do not have to have the alcohol level on the label. A very expensive French Bordeaux will simply have the name of the chateau and usually the region. But to be exported to the U.S., they often have to add an extra label, about 2 or 3 inches long by three quarters of an inch to comply with the U.S. requirements. U.S. label requirements include brand name, class and type designation, alcohol content, place of origin, bottler’s name and address, net contents, sulfite declaration and a health warning statement. National preferences Different countries have different ways for naming wines. Germany has a neat way of putting the name of the town or village that is closest to the vineyard first, followed by the name of the specific vineyards or a vineyard group. A couple of examples are Bernkasteler Doctor, or, Johannisberger Klaus. One of the longest wine names known


is a fine German wine with the labeled name Eitilbacher Karthåuserhof. The actual label on that wine bottle is about only a quarter size of a regular label, perhaps to emphasis the name. It was created back in the nineteenth century. The wine is a classic German 100 percent Riesling and available in several style; from almost dry, for example, Kabinet, to some of the slightly sweeter versions, like Spåtlese and Auslese. Creative and clever Diamond Hill Vineyards in northeastern RI makes Blackstone Blush, a rose made by blending Chardonnay and Merlot. Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery produces Cuvée L’Esplier, a sparkling wine made from 100 percent Chardonnay. Greenvale Vineyards makes a delightful white wine called “Skipping Stone White” by blending Vidal Blanc with Cayuga. Sakonnet Vineyards has one which is called Eye of the Storm because when that crop was first harvested, it was done during a lull of a passing hurricane. With over 20 different wines in its repertoire, Newport Vineyards had to be quite creative to provide appropriates names for some of their special wines. One of their top wines is called Tranquility. It is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The 2009 won a GOLD MEDAL for Best Vinifera Blend at the Atlantic Wine Competition. It is priced at $20. Newport Vineyards also produces a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Seyval Blanc, calling it “Rising Tide.” The 2011 Vintage is described as being crisp and semi-dry cuvee and they suggest it be “paired with your favorite beachside cuisine.” It is priced at$14. If you know your Rhode Island history you’ll know why they selected “Rochambeau” for the name of their 2010 blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Landot Noir. They describe it as having “Bright berry flavors similar to Bordeaux style wine. Lots of fruit.” It is priced at $17. So “What’s in a Name for a Wine”? Hopefully, it will give the buyer a hint of what the wine is made with, or where it is from. If not, read the small print on the label; and if that doesn’t help, ask a shop attendant.

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Hope and construction in downtown New Bedford by Jay Pateakos

The tourism season is set to hit full swing in the coming weeks and New Bedford is ready to welcome both outof-towners and local residents to the waterfront and downtown area through its festivals and many attractions.

Improvements in the works Mass DOT’s official report notes the project “facilitates downtown/waterfront pedestrian access through intersection upgrades especially at Union Street and State Pier,” going from just south of Pine Street to just north of Elm Street, including a new Route 6 on-ramp which involves the construction of a new bridge. While increasing safety, MassDOT’s plans call for the improvement of the aesthetic quality of the Route 18 roadway through 38

the New Bedford Historic District and the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. Safe, convenient pedestrian access between the historic district and the waterfront area is being improved by providing three access points at Walnut, Union and Elm Streets. Granted, the project will indeed help promote commerce in downtown New Bedford by making it much safer for pedestrians to cross JFK Boulevard to get to the state pier, the Fairfield Inn and Suites, or to other spots near the water as well as to what upper downtown has to offer. But that’s likely not for another year or more.

delays at times but everyone has been pleased with the progress of the project and see the significant positive impact it will have when completed,” said Nascimento. “The rebuilding of Route 18 will help our community to connect downtown to the working waterfront and allow pedestrians to safely cross, something we have not had in the past.” “The old Route 18 was not pedestrian friendly and cut

What about now? Will people avoid the onelane traffic and circumvent the downtown area completely this year? I guess that remains to be seen. With Summerfest, the Working Waterfront Festival and many other festivities going on in downtown New

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Problem is, there’s something call a Route 18 reconstruction in the way, work that will improve tourism for many years to come. Now about a third of the way done on its timeline of a April, 2014, completion, Route 18 remains a traffic clog, but local businesses and officials hope the work won’t scare too many people from roaming the Whaling City even this year.

Bedford this summer, time will certainly tell. New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Roy Nascimento said he hasn’t heard any major complaints from his member businesses in the downtown area, with most of them realizing the work being done on Route 18 will help all businesses there in the long run. “With projects as big as this, you have to expect


off the waterfront from the downtown area, hindering tourists who went to the Zeiterion or Whaling Museum from visiting the waterfront,” added Nascimento. With cruise ships coming in and a number of major festivals and attractions in the downtown area, Nascimento said the restructuring of Route 18 will work wonders for many years to come by not only making it safer but beautifying and providing access to encourage more visitors.

So far, so good Arthur Motta, Director of Marketing & Communications for the New Bedford Whaling

“We’re all looking forward to its completion because downtown will be reconnected to the waterfront. And we’re seeing more visitors arrive on foot from the new Fairfield Inn & Suites located next door,” said Motta. “The redesign will allow more pedestrian friendly connections between the downtown and waterfront, which we see as a stimulus to long-term increased tourism to the city.”

Exciting summer plans Despite the construction, Motta said the Whaling Museum is gearing up for a busy summer with five new exhibits opening on June 23, so there are new things

The redesign will allow more pedestrian friendly connections between the downtown and waterfront, which we see as a stimulus to long-term increased tourism to the city. Museum and former Tourism Director for the City of New Bedford, said the construction doesn’t seem to be having an impact on the Whaling Museum. “Our numbers are up over last year and we’ve received no complaints from visitors about the construction,” said Motta. As for the ongoing construction, Motta noted that Downtown New Bedford, Inc. provides useful weekly updates on the progress and any traffic changes, and the city has been very good publishing the work schedule to keep all businesses abreast of impending issues or impacts.

to see and do throughout the museum. Everyone is invited to a free Fourth of July concert at the museum plaza before the city’s fireworks display, and on July 28 the Museum will welcome hundreds of kids for Herman Melville’s Birthday Party, which is also free. One thing’s for sure, as Fall River looks forward to the removal of the highway spaghetti ramps along the Taunton River which will open up its own waterfront: Fall River eyes will be watching New Bedford closely to gauge the initial negatives and eventual positives that come with this kind of monumental, long-awaited project.

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ost people contemplating starting their own business know that the failure rate for start-ups is incredibly high. More than fifty percent of start-up businesses will fail within the first five years. Typically, most people who start a business have developed a product or skill-set they feel they can market. For example, Sue makes cakes for events and parties which are unsurpassed in their beauty and taste. Sue is told repeatedly by well-meaning friends and family that she needs to start a business selling her cakes. Buoyed by the enthusiasm and encouragement of her friends and family, Sue takes out a loan, leases a storefront, purchases equipment, and quits her full-time job. Three years later Sue’s business is closed. She has a pile of bills, a mountain of debt, no job and the smell of cakes makes her feel ill.

are self-employed work in a bubble; they have no human resources department, no marketing department and no accounts receivables department. A small business owner needs to know how to sell the product, make the product and get paid for the product. A successful business owner may know he doesn’t possess all of those skills, but he needs to identify the skill-sets he does have and then have the ability to assemble and manage a team to fill in the areas where he has weaknesses. As his business grows he will need to know how to manage this team.

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Why do some businesses succeed while others fail? And what are some of the trademarks of a successful business? A successful entrepreneur needs to possess multiple attributes. Product and a skill-set are not enough.

develop systems which run their businesses. A system that works means a business will not have to reinvent the wheel every time something is needed. Companies like McDonald’s and Wendy’s don’t sell fantastic food, but their systems can be easily learned by low-paid employees and used to deliver a reliable product quickly. A customer who uses a service or buys a product comes back expecting more of the same. Systems ensure consistency.

people make better employees than they do bosses. In teaching business development classes we found many people wanted to start their businesses so they could set their own hours and come and go as they pleased without the scrutiny of a boss. But self-employment requires a monumental amount of self-discipline. Left to their own devices many people will July 2012 / The South Coast Insider

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never make it to work or make deadlines. A business owner needs to have the ability to meet deadlines and work without someone monitoring their hours or production.

Business plan – Frankly, I am tired of business owners who tell me they don’t need to have a business plan and say “it’s all up here” while pointing to their heads. A business plan is a map


of your business’s future, and a business without a map has no sense of direction. Most business owners without a business plan are afraid to see their plan in ink because they are afraid to fail. If you want your business to succeed, give it a map. Writing a business plan is a commitment to succeed. Our subconscious mind works on goals continually, often without our conscious thought. Write it, type it, print it; accountability exists when we put things in ink.

Revise your business plan – A key to a business’s success is its owner’s ability to adapt. Revisit your business plan from time to time and review which elements are working and which are not. The product you initially thought would represent eighty percent of your sales might be a flop while another product takes off. Do not let your business plan confine your business so it cannot adapt. Separation – Most small business owners see their business as an extension of themselves. They identify with their business, and it becomes their baby. They spend all of their time nurturing it, growing it, and funding it. Some business owners fail to hold their businesses accountable. Most people would never go to work for an employer without getting a paycheck, but I have seen many business owners work for years with little financial reward. Identify your business as a separate entity. If you put your time into your business, it needs to compensate you for your time so you can continue investing. A business which cannot support its owner is not a viable one.

Foundation – In order for any business to succeed it needs a strong foundation to build upon. A business needs capital, technology, and the right location. A successful business needs a marketing strategy, and it needs an owner with the right personality to lead it to success. The foundation you build under your business will

play a large factor in its success.

The right personality Over twenty years ago I was contacted by a man who had recently become unemployed. He was looking into starting a dry-cleaning business on Cape Cod, and he had located a company that sold dry-cleaning franchises. It required a sizeable investment. I asked him what he knew about drycleaning, “Nothing”, he said, “I have never even washed a pair of socks”. My initial assessment was not optimistic, but he moved forward pursuing his dream of self-employment. We worked together for over fifteen years while he grew his business. We spoke regularly over the years about his bookkeeping and tax preparation, and we always spent the last five minutes or so of our conversation discussing movies we had recently seen and liked. The turn-key franchise he purchased provided equipment, training, and systems; everything he needed to run his dry-cleaning business right down to the hangers and the wallpaper on the walls. The monthly payments he made to the owner of the franchise company were made possible due to the success of his business. As a result, the franchise company worked with him to help ensure his success. My client could have secured the equipment, the hangers, and the wallpaper on his own, but it was the systems that constituted the value of the franchise purchase. Occasionally I would stop by with some dry-cleaning, and I would wait my turn in line as he chatted up his customers always taking an extra minute to ask people if they had watched any good movies lately. Five years ago he sold the successful business he had developed and moved to a warmer climate. I still miss our movie conversations. Entrepreneurship may be the wave of the future, but not all people can be successful business owners. Some necessary components can be purchased; others learned, but there are also personality traits which define successful entrepreneurs.

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Casino season by Stephen C. Smith

The casino roulette wheel is spinning madly, and once again, southeastern Massachusetts is the epicenter for much of the gambling (or gaming, if you prefer) action in the state. There’s lots of action at the wheel, but at this point no one knows whether the ball will drop in a red or black slot. Native American proposals, commercial proposals, and race track conversions are all being actively pursued. An unlike in the past, we now have a judge to pick winners and losers— maybe. That would be the newly created Gaming Commission which has absolute authority—unless a qualified tribe decides to take the federal route.

Let’s handicap the players The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe would appear to have the inside track with a referendum victory on June 9 in Taunton. They propose a massive complex at the interchange of Route 24 and Route 140 near the Silver City Galleria. They have cleared the initial hurdles —an agreement with the city and a referendum endorsement, but they’re still far from the finish. They do not have the land in trust (officially recognized by the federal government as tribal land). Rival Wampanoags (Pokanokets) are disputing their claim to the Taunton land. Plus Town of Middleborough is throwing up more hurdles by suing the Mashpee tribe for breach of contract after their flirtations with that town 5 years ago.

Slower going Their island neighbors, the Aquinnah Wampanoag, have had some setbacks in their quest which would seem to seriously damage their chances. They were dealt overwhelming referenda defeats in Freetown and Lakeville. Although they were non-binding votes, they certainly sent a strong message to the tribe. And if that’s not enough, the Governor will not negotiate with the Aquinnah because they signed a land settlement agreement years ago that precludes casinos. The tribe disputes that interpretation, so the courts will have to sort it out. The only federally qualified tribal land that they hold is on Martha’s Vineyard, and they’ve dropped hints about building a modest sized casino there. Meanwhile, the commercial proposal at the old Cannon Street power station in New Bedford must bide its time while the exclusive negotiating period granted to the Native American proposals in the state legislation plays out. KG Urban Enterprises has challenged this provision in court, but so far—no dice.

But wait—there’s more The state law provides for one type


2 license for a slot parlor to be developed at a former race track. Both the former Raynham Dog Track and the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville have declared their intention to pursue a license. The slot parlor development would be comparable to Twin River in Lincoln, RI. The odds for one of them succeeding recently improved with the announcement that Suffolk Downs in Boston would be competing for a resort casino (type 1) license, rather than for a slot parlor license. Both Fall River and New Bedford have entertained casino proposals in the past, always with the promise of thousands of jobs and a better life for all of us. But they have always stumbled on the lack of a clear path to reach the finish line. There was no state law, so the Wampanoag tribes tried to get federal permission, only to be stymied by the fact that they don’t have reservation land here, and the U.S. Supreme Court says that if they didn’t have it before 1934, it doesn’t count (Carcieri vs. Salazar). But now the new Massachusetts Gaming Commission has the power to grant up to 3 resort licenses, plus one slot parlor, a daunting challenge. They are charged with setting the rules for applications, evaluating proposals and working out compensation to offset the impacts. They will help define the area of impact of any proposed facility and direct mitigation accordingly. This alone is a huge improvement over the past, when casino developers and host communities would negotiate agreements and leave everyone else out in the cold. The Gaming Commission also has timetables, and July 31 is the first crucial date. That is the witching hour for the Native American proposals. If any one of them has their ducks in a row and can meet the Commission’s thresholds, they will be granted exclusive negotiating rights in Southeastern Massachusetts and all other bidders will have to cool their heels.

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Four days of free music by David Prentiss

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ome of the best musicians in the United States will make their way to the South Coast this summer to perform four free concerts at the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion on July 11-12 and 14-15. Whether you are new to classical music or a long-time listener, the Buzzards Bay Musicfest is an ideal way to treat yourself to some great music. Presented at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Center, the series features two orchestral concerts and two chamber music concerts. Under the direction of Maestro Russell Patterson

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since its inception, the festival has presented over 150 works in a variety of styles and ensembles, ranging from chamber music duos and trios to full orchestra. Each year they bring new works from a variety of composers and in the Musicfest’s sixteen years, no piece has ever been repeated.

For families The highlight of the festival is the Children’s Open Rehearsal, a unique opportunity for children to enjoy classical music in an informal and friendly setting. This is an event that provides, for many children,

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their first classical music experience, and includes an opportunity to meet and chat with the Musicfest’s musicians and conductor after the performance. The Children’s Open Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at 2pm. This year’s orchestral programs includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The chamber music concerts will include Brahms’ Trio No. 1 and Beethoven’s Trio Opus 9, No. 3. Brian Lewis, who

returns as guest artist for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, among many others. He has recorded six CDs, most recently for Delos as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra playing music by Leonard Bernstein and Hollywood composer Michael McLean. Lewis has numerous recital appearances including the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Great Performer’s Series at Lincoln Center in New York, and has


been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.

Community welcomes A visit to the South Coast is always a treat for Mr. Lewis. “Not only do we get a chance to make music with friends, we have the opportunity to connect with the community and our host families. Ken and Barbara Gee, who have been my host family for many years, are indeed like family to me. Barbara is my “Marion Mama”, and I look forward to

the artists know they always have special people in the audience to play for.” Mr. Wehr has been soloist with the London Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, as well as the Spanish National Orchestra, Dominican National Symphony, Puerto Rico National Symphony, and Venezuela Symphony. He has performed in over 1,000 concerts including 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts. All concerts are free because it is the mission of the Musicfest, as established by its founding members, to

Not only do we get a chance to make music with friends, we have the opportunity to connect with the community the time I get to spend with her and Ken.” David Allen Wehr, who, along with Cynthia Raim, will be performing Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos, has made the sojourn to the South Coast for many summers. “Among the many special aspects of Buzzards Bay Musicfest is that most of the players return on an annual basis, building up a cohesion and rapport that makes rehearsing and performing a pleasure,” says Wehr. “We stay with host families and have built up long-time relationships with these families over the years. Families cheer on “their” artists at the concerts, and

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