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summer A Fourth of July feast Celebrating Onset Bay Booking the summer Plus: Datelines and more


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Contents In Every Issue

YOUR HEALTH

FLASH

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Cures in your kitchen

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By Elizabeth Morse Read

From the publisher

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Dateline South Coast

By Elizabeth Morse Read

COVER STORY

PROFILES

14 Living and loving

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Feasting on the Fourth

By Brian J. Lowney

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Celebrating Onset Bay

By Michael J. DeCicco

Are you booked for the summer? By Joyce Rowley

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All aboard for New Bedford

By Greg Jones

ON MY MIND

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Staying abreast of things

By Paul E. Kandarian

your work By Michael J. Vieira

BUSINESS BUZZ

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SRPEDD elects new officers

Puppies, romance and a growing business By Jay Pateakos

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What price for home rule?

By Steve Smith

THINGS TO DO

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The perfect summer school

By Joyce Rowley

TAROT-SCOPES ON THE COVER

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This month’s tarot for you

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FROM THE PUBLISHER July 2013 / Vol. 17 / No. 7 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

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For most folks, the Fourth of July is a relaxing day filled with family, friends, food, and, of course, fireworks as we celebrate the great gift of our freedom.

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any South Coast residents celebrate that holiday by attending the Annual Bristol Fourth of July Parade in quaint Bristol, Rhode.Island, or by relaxing for a few hours at one of the area’s pristine beaches. After the morning activities, there’s no better way to satisfy a hungry appetite than with a fun-filled cookout. Whether the bill of fare includes traditional hot dogs, hamburgers, assorted salads and watermelon for dessert, or other grilled favorites such as chicken, seafood and fresh vegetables, cookouts are always fun!

The artist as chef According to Gina Croce, owner of Hummingbird Studios in Swansea, cookouts are “great” because there is little to clean after the event and “you get great flavors.” Croce, an award-winning watercolorist, likes to grill fish and fresh vegetables, such as summer squash and fresh mushrooms, in foil packets. “You have individual meals,” she says. “It’s a wonderful way to grill.” Seasonings, Croce adds, 6

can be adjusted according to the cook’s preference. When grilling fish, she likes to season the fillets with a little lemon pepper, but adds that many prepared seasonings also can be used to flavor seafood. Croce urges cooks to create their own seasoning blends or to check out what’s available in the supermarket spice section. One of Croce’s many grilling tips is to marinate chicken or steak tips overnight in a mixture of two tablespoons of cider vinegar, a quarter of a cup of quality extra virgin olive oil, some onion powder and other desired seasonings. Allow the meat to marinate until ready to grill. “Use any seasonings you find in your cabinet that you appreciate,” she adds. “This is simple and easy.” When outdoor chefs have limited time, Croce recommends tossing meats and veggies into a zip-close bag with some Italian salad dressing, that also can be used as a zesty marinade.

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One of the artist’s favorite Fourth of July cookout menus features Black and Blue Burgers, a simple strawberryspinach salad, and grilled corn-on-the-cob. To make the burgers, Croce takes two beef burgers pounded thin, and tops one with about two tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese, leaving enough room to seal the outer edge. Place the second burger on top and press the edges together. Brush each side with Buffalo sauce while grilling and cook until done. “I made them for a party and people went crazy for them,” she reveals. For the corn, Croce makes a foil pan with a lip high enough to hold the drippings. She bastes the

shucked ears of corn with a mixture of melted butter, crumbled Feta cheese and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Rotate the ears for even cooking and basting. Croce’s salad is a great addition to any Fourth of July menu or to any meal when native strawberries are abundant along the South Coast. Simply wash and dry a bag of fresh baby spinach, top with a pint of sliced local strawberries, some crumbled Feta cheese and shelled sunflower seeds, and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Toss in a few plump blueberries to create a red, white and blue holiday-themed salad that guests of all ages will enjoy. Following are two recipes to add to your Fourth of July cookout collection:


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YOUR HEALTH

Kitchen cures for summer ailments by Elizabeth Morse Read

Once you emerge from winter hibernation into the great outdoors, you learn quickly that you’re not alone. There are insects, jellyfish, poison ivy, fungi and the brutal summer sun out there. You can either itch your way into the fall, spend a fortune on OTC lotions and sprays—or you could raid the refrigerator for old-time home cures that have proved their effectiveness over the centuries. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—take precautions so you don’t fall prey to the ailments of summer. But if you do succumb, make sure that your kitchen is stocked with the natural antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-fungals, moisturizers and pain relievers that can soothe your athlete’s feet, chlorine-fried hair, sunburn, bug bites, and more.

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There’s a fungus among us “Athlete’s foot” is the politically-correct term describing a highly contagious fungus that can be contracted by walking barefoot in a public locker room, sharing a towel, or touching contaminated exercise equipment in a gym. It can spread to your scalp, armpits, under breasts or folds of fat (yecch) or the groin (aka jock itch)–in other words, wherever there’s skinto-skin contact and it’s dark, moist and warm. Not only must you keep yourself scrupulously dry, from head to toes, but you must take off wet or sweaty clothing ASAP, and wear only cotton underwear, T-shirts and socks. Change your socks and/or shoes throughout the day and never wear the same pair of shoes/sandals two days in a row. Sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda into your socks and

shoes to absorb the moisture that the fungus loves. Place sliced or minced pieces of garlic or ginger between infected toes. It will tingle at first, but it will kill the fungus. For other body parts, simmer fresh ginger for 20 minutes, then dab the cooled liquid on the affected area. Wipe the insides of shoes and sandals with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and salty water and allow them to dry for 24 hours.

Having a bad hair day? Does your “do” turn into a frizzbomb on muggy days? Have your blond streaks turned green after too much chlorine exposure? Do your locks hang limp and fly-away by summer’s end? There’s a kitchen cure for each of these disasters. Blow-drying, chlorine, hair products, pollution and over-exposure to the sun will ruin your hair very quickly, but regular maintenance with foods in the ‘fridge can come to the rescue. Frizzy hair can be tamed by rinsing your


shampooed hair with carbonated water, beer, or a 50:50 mix of water and apple cider vinegar–leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse out. Dull limp hair can be rejuvenated by massaging a half-cup of plain yoghurt into damp hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes, rinse out, then shampoo. All-natural conditioners for every type of hair can be made from a veritable shopping list of foods. Make a paste of one cup mayonnaise and half an avocado, or a banana and an avocado, or some olive oil and honey, or a mix of one egg white and three tablespoons of water. Massage your mixture into damp hair and cover it with plastic wrap, then wrap again with a hot, moist towel. Leave it on for 20 minutes (you may need to replace the towel a few times to keep it warm), rinse thoroughly, and then shampoo. Don’t worry about getting any on your face—it’ll moisturize your skin, too!

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their skins) or dab with moistened tea bags. Spoon on plain yoghurt or slightly-beaten egg whites, rinse off with cold water after thirty minutes and re-apply until the pain subsides. Keep a spray bottle of vinegar or tea in the ‘fridge for fast relief while you whip up another treatment for your sunburn.

More than skin deep Sunburn is hardly the only skin affliction you’re likely to suffer in the summer. There’s the heat rash called prickly heat, “ocean itch,” and the dreaded poison ivy. Prickly heat (aka diaper rash) is caused when the sweat glands are clogged beneath tight clothing, especially if there’s skin-to-skin friction involved. Take off the tight running shorts, diapers or swimsuit, jump into a cooling shower and find an airconditioned room where you can dust yourself with baking soda or cornstarch. Switch to wearing cotton-only loose clothing. For those of you who aren’t used to swimming in ocean water, you might find yourself scratching a red rash along the lines of your swimsuit a few days later after you frolicked in the surf. This is where tiny, larval jellyfish have feasted on you: welcome to “ocean itch.” Rinse the rash with a 50:50 mix of water and vinegar, and always shower immediately (naked) after swimming at the beach; don’t let the suit dry on you, because this

will “excite” the little critters and make them bite. Poison ivy (and oak and sumac) is everywhere, and if you’re one of the unfortunate 70 percent of people who react badly when you come in contact with it, take precautions before and after the event. It’s important to wash with soapy water to remove the plant’s oily residue even if you’ve only walked through an area where you saw poison ivy. You might not find out for a few days whether or not you came into direct contact with the leaves. If you think you’ve contracted it, don’t scratch yourself and then touch someone before you’ve completely cleansed and treated the area: you can spread the misery to others, even by sharing a towel. If you’re in the lucky 30 percent, don’t cut it down and then burn it in your backyard fire pit. The smoke carries the poison to your neighbor’s yard. If you do break out in that insanely itchy rash, take a cooling bath with baking soda. Or, you can make a paste of baking soda mixed with cooked oatmeal and spread it on the affected area. Try rubbing the inside of plaintain or banana skins onto the area every hour. Soak facecloths in warmed apple cider vinegar and drape them until they cool. Make a puree of cucumbers and spread it on the rash. And, if you’ve ever wondered if there was a use for all those drippy watermelon rinds, there is: chill and


rub them gently to relieve the burning sensation.

Don’t be a ‘blood donor’ When insects stalk you like tiny vampires and try to eat you alive, your summer vacation can be torture. Not only do mosquitoes leave you scratching madly, but they can carry nasty diseases like West Nile virus or EEE. Deer ticks (hard to see, they’re so small) can carry Lyme disease. There are also biting sand fleas, green-bottle flies, fire ants, wasps, hornets, and bees—oh, my! Just about all of the remedies for poison ivy noted above can help relieve itchy, swollen insect bites, especially taking a soothing baking soda bath. But here are a few more folk-cures: try placing fresh slices of onion on the bitten area for a few minutes, then rinse. Or try a slice of eggplant, which is said to draw out toxins, or a dab of honey or fresh lemon or lime juice. And rubbing raw garlic slices may burn a little at first, but it will relieve the bites, and the smell will repel further curious insects (and vampires!). And my friend Jude swears that directly applying a paste of Adolph’s meat tenderizer and water, then covering it with an adhesive bandage, will stop the pain quickly. So, bring it on, Mother Nature!

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THINGS TO DO

Last year’s Onset Cape Verdean Festival at Onset Bay attracted a diverse crowd. This year’s festival, scheduled for August 10, will be bigger and better than ever.

Onset Bay gets it on by Michael J. DeCicco

By all accounts, the Onset Bay Association, established approximately 22 years ago to help boost the foot traffic in and around the small businesses clustered around scenic Onset Bay, is a success story. Thanks to the efforts of the Onset Bay Association, nearly every week of the summer from June to late August features special events that draw thousands of visitors to the bay every year. The list of popular annual events include the Onset-Wareham fireworks on July 6, the “Illumination and Lantern Tour” on July 27, Wednesday nights’ “Summer of Love” concerts, the “Onset Blues Festival” on August 3 and the “Onset Cape Verdean Festival” 12

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on August 10. Add to this list the bay’s relatively new features, such as the “Fender Bender-Hot-Rod-Motorcycle” show on July 27, Buzzards Bay Production’s “Shakespeare in the Park” running July 21 to 30 and August 4, 5, 6 and 11, and a brand new kayak rental service.

Evidence of success The evidence that all the above are a hit with local tourists and residents includes the observable fact that the

pier parking lot and local restaurants fill early every summer weekend. The association’s president for the past three years, Eleanor Martin, said sometimes not even she can find a parking spot on some summer days. “There’s definitely been a steady increase in the crowds over the years,” Martin said. She explained the association started as a way to help the small businesses in the area get established and keep going strong with the help of special events that draw more visitors to the bay. To this day, the association is run totally by volunteers. Starting five years ago, Martin worked as a volunteer, then a secretary then a member of the


Board of Trustees before becoming president. The volunteerism that keeps the association going is stronger than ever this year, she said. “This year there is more energy, a newer energy coming in,” she said. “More people wanting to get involved.” She likes this development because, she admits, the association-organized events were even bigger in the beginning than they are now. A lot of people who wanted to be involved have dropped out for a variety of reasons. As an example, the movie nights at Onset park band shell have been discontinued for this year because organizers could not get volunteers. This may be one reason not every event on the Onset Bay summer calendar is directly organized by the association. Examples are the fire-

Virginia revived the Cape Verdean Festival in 2003 after previous organizers had been unable, for financial reasons, to keep it going. Lopes said the Onset Bay Association was a great help with that revival and continues to be an important supporter. “We started with no budget, no funding in the kitty,” Lopes said. “We reached out for support from a number of organizations and individuals. The Onset Bay Association let us use their name. We became partners, held joint fundraisers. In two and one-half months we raised the $30,000 we needed.” Since the 2003 festival, he said, attendance has risen from 1,200-1,500 people to between 20,000 and 30,000. He said having the OBA name linked with theirs has made it so much

“The OBA has been right there with us all the way, encouraging us, supporting us… It’s been a very successful partnership.” works, which are run by the town, the “Fender Bender-Hot-Rod” show and the Cape Verdean Festival. “These aren’t exactly Onset Bay Association events,” Martin said. “We put some of these events, like the Fender Bender, under our umbrella so they can have non-profit status.”

Free admission! Every Onset summer event features free admission, except for the Blues Festival. “It’s our one and only fundraiser to get the money for what we don’t charge for,” she said. She notes it costs the association $8,00 and $9,000 per year to pay the quality music acts that perform at this festival. This year’s blues festival will be Onset Bay’s twentieth and is one of the summer’s biggest draws to the area. The other big crowd pleaser is the Onset Cape Verdean Festival, which is celebrating its eleventh anniversary. Anthony “Tiny” Lopes and his wife

easier to get newspaper and other kinds of publicity and the two groups continue to have joint fundraisers. The festival has been able to attract visitors and Cape Verdean entertainers from around the country and fund the eight, $1,000 scholarships it awards every year to local high school students. He said the partnership also helps the festival reach one of its goals, which is to connect with other segments of the community other than Cape Verdeans. The OBA name expands knowledge of the Cape Verdean culture beyond the Cape Verdean community. “The OBA has been right there with us all the way, encouraging us, supporting us,” Lopes said, “It’s been a very successful partnership.” More information on the many activities organized by the Onset Bay Association is available at www.onsetvillage.org, where you can sign up for an e-newsletter keeping you up to date on events and schedules.

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When I walked in and say the Sargent painting of “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” I knew I wanted to be a painter,” he said.

And so he painted Even during his service in the Coast

Guard during the “War on Drugs,” when a day’s work might mean heading into a drug deal or an awesome storm that meant steering the boat from the cabin walls because the deck was perpendicular to the sea, Chuck would paint gifts for officers moving

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In the adjacent mill space that now is an amazing venue for musicians and artists, the sound of a band blasting a sound check is somehow muted by the colorful paintings and the artist’s heartfelt stories of a life transformed by art. It all started in the mid-1970s, when a Community Service Officer (CSO) named Jane encouraged a project kid named Chuck to go to a grantfunded creative arts program called “Wayfinders.” “She pushed me the hardest,” Chuck said, “that was a big deal.” He was about 12 or 13 years old and at that junction in life where the path can be set by good and bad choices. Sometimes, all it takes it is a shove one way or the other. What the young teenager found, with a little encouragement, was not only free classes at the Wayfinder Center, but also other young people with a passion to create. And there were instructors who encouraged the young talents. “That showed me a different road,” he said, adding that Wayfinders told him that it was okay to draw; that unlike in school, he didn’t have to be embarrassed about his drawing. Chuck also recalls another turning point. It occurred when some instructors, he still remembers some names, took the kids to the Museum of Fine Arts.”

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on to new assignments. He recalls officers telling him that he was in the wrong place, that he should be an artist, and others who were moved to tears by the gifts. “I thought, ‘I can make this hardhearted guy cry?’ that must be a gift.” After the service, he was one of those angry veterans who went back to school. He took an art class at Bristol Community College in Fall River. “I met Marion Wilner, and she changed my life,” he said, “She told me that I was an artist, and I became one.” The legendary BCC professor who is credited with creating the community college’s art program also steered Boucher to his next mentor: David Loeffler Smith, another icon who headed the painting department at Swain School of Design from 1962 to 1988. “He taught me how to think like an artist,” Boucher said, adding, “These people kept showing up in my life at the right time.”

didn’t allow him to really advance an art career. He didn’t have the time to network or to cultivate gallery shows, but Boucher stresses that he loved the job, especially helping others, and he learned a lot, which has helped him develop his unique style as an artist. When a combination of economic and other factors resulted in Boucher leaving the art store, he tried working in corporate America, but he just didn’t fit in with the retail culture where the bottom line drives the decisions. And his art was suffering. When the studio space opened up at the Narrows, it was Boucher’s wife– and his good friend, artist Brian Fox, who pushed him into being a fulltime artist. “My wife is outrageously supportive,” he said, recalling her words: “You need to do this. It’s time you did something for you.”

Painting is the one place where science and emotion come together.

Down by the Riverside Boucher wanted to be an art professor, but the unexpected costs of eye surgery put a stop to his plans to pursue a Master’s Degree. He ended up taking a job at Riverside Art in Somerset. “It ended up being the perfect job for me for 25 years,” he said. Because the store has always been a haven for artists from the South Coast and beyond, Boucher was able to keep in touch with his professors and to network with local artists. He learned technical skills and was also able to help novice artists, which he loved. In spite of working eight to 12 hour days at the store, he would go home and head right to his studio. “I painted because I loved it,” he said. But the time-consuming work

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“It’s a problem with no real answer,” he continued. “If there was, then you would go to a museum and see one painting.” In terms of style, Boucher was leaning toward “abstract expressionism” until one day, in New York City’s Times Square, the weather conditions made the area look like a cubist painting. It was an epiphany. “I could fuse together the abstract expressionism and still tell a narrative story,” he explained. And for Boucher, it was the colors that helped tell that story. In order to make the images stand out from the visual “noise” around it, he used color to illustrate the “law of relative comparison.” In other words, nothing exists on its own, but it only has meaning compared to the colors, sizes and other elements which help define it.

A style of his own That has also helped create his unique style which, at first, looks casual and familiar, but then allows the viewers to bring to it their own meaning.

“My paintings are not spontaneous, but they are emotional,” he said. At first, he was frustrated that viewers might not get his intentions–that was until somebody pointed out that if a person spent time looking at the work and then finding meaning in it, then that was a good thing. “Once I let go of my intended message, I got so much more out of it,” Boucher suggested, adding, “I love the comments and interactions.” Some make connections with other noted artists. At least one person asked if Boucher’s work was in a museum, and when told it’s not, he said, “It should be.” For now, his work is available at the Parson House Gallery in Assonet, at Riverside Art in Somerset, and by appointment at his studio or during most Narrows’ events. By the fall, he expects to have expanded hours, to provide art lessons, and to continue to create his unique art. For more information, visit CRBoucher.com or email crboucher@ comcast.net. In the interest of full disclosure, the author was a CSO officer who worked at the Wayfinder Center in 1974-75 and who first met the artist as a young man.

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There’s a reason why most people never open their own business. Whether it’s fear of the unknown or even fear of the known—the lack of pay, the long hours or the dealing with employee issues, to name just a few of about a hundred reasons— people just don’t want to deal with the stress of creating and managing their own business. Others, like me, do it and fail, either misjudging their market, capital needs or sales numbers.

Gaining experience For college students Kim Alves and John Mattar, both age 25, the path to entrepreneurship has been a slow, steady and downright successful journey. Their story begins in 2008 when Alves’ father, Steve, owner of Fairhaven’s Steven’s Home Improvement, ran across someone in Newport looking to sell their business that focused on dog-related items. At the time, Kim was studying for a degree in Operations Management and Mattar in Management Information Systems. The pair opted in to the venture, if only to gain valuable business experience. “It was basically a business focusing on décor and gifts for dogs, all different breeds,” said Mattar. “Indoor signs, ornaments, snow globes, you name it.” “Whatever you can put on a dog,” said Alves. “We started selling on eBay first because we didn’t know what direction we wanted to take these products.” Utilizing a 600 square-foot section 18

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of building at her father’s business, the two, first off, ended up avoiding a major problem most new businesses face–the cost of rent. Like most businesses, Alves and Mattar trudged along in those early years trying to find exactly where their business should be and figuring out how to get there.

The new website Graduating in 2010, Mattar took the

next step in establishing the businesses website, www.dogloverstore. com. Their website, like many new ones, got stuck in what’s called the Google sandbox, where Google hides these websites to assure they are going to be around for a while. “We thought we would create this site and within six months it would be booming,” said Mattar. “It took more like eight months though. It was frustrating. We knew John Mattar and Kim Alves


eventually it would pay off.” In the interim, the pair continued working on the business while doing side jobs; Alves as a caretaker for a local elderly woman and Mattar doing Internet work for an automotive store. “The side jobs kept us going while we waited it out,” said Alves. But nothing prepared the two for the business’ eventual takeoff in late 2011 and early 2012 when sales began to double. But like veteran entrepreneurs, they decided against taking a salary from the business, instead investing it back in the business and continuing their side jobs. Alves said the money always went toward increasing the businesses inventory. “We never took the money and went on vacation with it,” said Alves. “We reinvest.” Mattar began adding to the website, including significant content to each product description and articles

including Pinterest instagrams that have been a huge success so far. “People really respond to the visuals,” said Alves. The hours the pair works continue to vary, averaging four to five hours each day. The two-person team does it all. Print orders, update website, pack and ship orders. “I find myself coming back at 10 o’clock at night, checking the site or doing other things,” said Mattar. “It’s pretty much full time.” But neither of them is looking to give up their side job any time soon. They enjoy it too much. “I’ve always been a believer in doing many things and not putting all your time in one thing,” said Alves.

“You have to have enough faith and drive to go for it,” said Alves. “I always wanted a boutique and he wanted to work with computers. We really got what we wanted. We had a goal and we went after it.” Mattar said the key was in not taking the easy way out. He said they could have stayed selling the products on eBay like many other business they know. Sure it’s more work to create your own website and update it daily, but in the end, think of all the eBay fees his business saves by doing it on their own. “The profit is greater when you get there, but it takes a lot of work,” said Mattar. “Don’t limit yourself,” Alves added.

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“You have to have enough faith and drive to go for it… I always wanted a boutique and he wanted to work with computers. We really got what we wanted. We had a goal and we went after it.” about products. He cites that one move as a defining moment in the businesses history.

A hit on Google “Google is all about content, quality articles and we had people starting to call and ask about certain breeds we had,” said Mattar. “I write blogs and promote on Twitter and Facebook with each new product as well as going to gift shows.” Revenue continued to increase, as did phone calls from all over the world. They added more product lines and continued to reinvest money into the business that now has more than 50 different product lines and thousands of different products in stock. The pair continues to write articles and do email marketing for their growing band of followers as well as dabble in new forms of marketing

end, they say that, like their business, will come along just fine. Bursting at the seams of its current 600-square foot warehouse, Alves said they have plans to build a home and business on an open lot in Rochester, saving again on the major cost of renting a business spot or the major overhead that follows. “We’ll do that within the next two years,” said Alves who hinted that they may plan to get engaged during that time. “We’ll build a garage next to the home and have everything right there. We plan to just keep growing this.” The most popular dog breeds on their site? The pug, Alves said, which sees a sale each and every day. Asked about the mistakes they’ve made along the way or advice the two may give to other would-be entrepreneurs, Alves said it’s important to always do what you want to do in life.

that—people have a soft spot in their heart you know—they rarely ever deal with an irate customer. Oftentimes, customers will even send them a picture of their dog with the products they purchased. And yes, Mattar and Alves are dog owners, owning a 13-pound Pomeranian called Teddy. “We didn’t realize how much people love their dogs until this,” said Mattar. Sure enough, Alves and Mattar certainly walked into a small business and continue to work hard to improve it while making small yet vital decisions that help keep their business afloat. Like their business, they are taking their courtship just as slow and deliberate. No doubt, if their business endeavor together is any sign of their future as a couple, that golden wedding anniversary will be well within their grasp. The South Coast Insider / July 2013

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A lot of kids want to turn off their brain when school gets out in June. But it only makes September more painful, for them and for their teachers. Besides, they’ll miss out on all the cool ways to explore the South Coast. Sign them up for a session or two that lets them have fun while learning. Just don’t tell them it’s “educational.” Dig into reading “Reading is the most important subject a child learns in school. But unless they practice in the summer, it can atrophy,” said New Bedford Public Library Director Stephen Fulchino. “The library’s Summer Reading Program helps ensure that this doesn’t happen.” This summer the theme at your local South Coast library is “Dig into Reading” for kids ranging from preschool to just entering fifth grade in the fall. Reading and activities relate to land, plants and animals. Expect to see the kids learning about fossils and burrowing animals through story times, crafts and activities. Readers get prizes for every hour they read up to five hours. Teens and preteens have their own theme: “Beneath the Surface” which digs a little deeper into the meaning of the books on their reading list. Teens have their own space at the Lawler and Howland-Greens libraries 20

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with free Wii and Wi-fi, a café setting, and weekly programs. They can earn prizes for every two hours of reading up to 10 hours. Children can sign up for the New Bedford Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program through July 13 at any one of the city’s five libraries, and the weekly programs run from July 1 through August 10. Not in New Bedford? Check your local library for the particulars—every SAILS public library is offering the “Dig into Reading” program, and each one has different activities and hours.

Under the sea Once they’re done digging through the library, bring them to the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth for “Beneath the Sea” sessions on Mondays from July to midAugust. As part of a varied weeklong program for kindergarten-second graders, the Lloyd Center’s Young Naturalists will learn about the ways

animals live under water. Tuesday through Thursday the theme changes from birds to forests to ponds and streams. For the older kids, there’s the Coastal Studies program. Like the young naturalists, students entering grades 3-8 will explore fresh-water wetlands, earth, wind and power, weather and marine biology. There’s even a weeklong course on canoeing for the ocean explorer.

It’s for the birds! MassAudubon has activities to keep the kids busy and learning about the world around them that they can do on walks with you or on adventure days. Start by visiting the MassAudubon EcoKids webpage to find nature areas near you, “print and go” activities, quests, and “ready, set, go outside” year-round activities. Allen’s Pond Sanctuary in Dartmouth offers scads of programs Continued on page 25


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Join Audubon Society of Rhode Island naturalists and butterfly enthusiasts for the 10th annual North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count, held on June 29 and July 13. Beginners are welcome on these walks that teach butterfly identification and promote the understanding of butterfly ecology.

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If you miss the July adventure, they’re holding another on Saturday, August 10. There’s a fee, and registration is required. Don’t forget to check out the programs at the coalition’s Wheeler Learning Center on Route 18 in New Bedford. There’s a 3-D map of Buzzard Bay; water quality tanks to show how the bay should look and how parts still need work; and interactive screens to explore the bay from the center. For information and registration for these programs: New Bedford Public Library main library: 508-979-1647 MassAudubon Allens Pond 508-636-2437 Rhode Island Audubon Bristol Center 401-949-5454 ext. 3019 Lloyd Center for the Environment 508-990-0505, ext. 14 Buzzards Bay Coalition: Penikese Island adventure 508-999-6363 x226.

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Scorpio – You need to start thinking about job changes and improvements, maybe take that class you always wanted or needed to take. It is all about business this month. Sagittarius – Love and money are very good to you this month. You will share a lot of good times with friends and family and will have a little cash to take a romantic getaway.

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Taurus – You need to keep moving on and don’t settle for anything else. It is maybe a good time to spend time alone and focus on what you really want and what you want to do in your life.

Libra – Please be a little more patient! Change will happen, but it takes time as haste makes waste.

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Aries – Your renewal of love and emotional balance will find you this month. A good team of hard workers is the key to happiness; stay focused.

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Aquarius – You need to stop being so trusting. Your focus and motto for this month is, “seeing is believing.” There are too many con artists around you. Take care of you. Pisces – Please look at things from a different point of view and you will see things are getting better and the storm has passed You need to let your hair down and laugh and smile a lot. Visit The Silver Willow in Rehoboth, MA for a private tarot reading.


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Digital Natives Borrowing a phrase from Marc Prensky’s article “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants,” Waxler refers to his students as “digital natives” or people who were born into the system of screen technology. (They refer to him as a “dinosaur,” he says without rancor.) He requires his students to put their cell phones and mobile devices away for at least a half hour during his lectures so that they can focus on reading and discussion. But within 20 minutes, he says, the urge to get their phone to check their email and texts is almost palpable. “It’s as if the device is always in their mind,” Waxler said. “It has retrained the brain to work in a new rhythm.” And it’s no longer who can think deeper, but who can grab information faster. While reading “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, Waxler will ask

his class to research Joe DiMaggio in the context of the book. In years past, that would have meant visiting a library, going through a card catalogue, and reading several sources—a process that would likely take a couple of days. Now it’s a matter of thumb time. Within five or 10 seconds, students will have pulled out their devices and have the statistics on DiMaggio. It’s fastest equals smartest, in a way that doesn’t reward retention or human knowledge. “We’ve outsourced our memory,” Waxler says. The way digital natives process


Starting a Book Counter-Culture Rather than get rid of electronic devices, Waxler proposes a counter-culture that promotes what he calls “deep reading” to appreciate the depth of literature. He wants people to physically get together and have

a discussion about those books as part of the reading experience. Twenty years ago, Waxler started the Changing Lives Through Literature program with Bristol County Judge Robert Kane. Now an international program, it gives criminal offenders an alternate means to rethink their actions and a chance to develop a sense of where they fit in the larger community through reading. “They map their own story onto the story they’re reading...it’s an extraordinary experience that teaches what it means to be a human being,” Waxler says. “I do not believe that digital devices can ever do that.” Not enough time to read? Turn off the TV. And the cell phone. And the computer. And the tablet. Take a good book to the beach; you don’t have to worry about glare on the screen or getting sand on it or whether the batteries are charged. Just open the book, breathe in the smell of real paper, and recharge your inner battery.

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SRPEDD for the 2013-2014 term. Two Special Recognition Awards were presented, noting the work by Keven Desmarais and Keven Desmarais. Other awards went to Rita Garbitt, Commissioner of the Year and Outgoing Chair Randall Kunz of Mattapoisett received the Distinguished Service Award.

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We New Englanders take great pride in our town meeting form of government. We brag that it is the truest form of democracy.

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show surprising insight and practical folk wisdom. Sometimes they can show frustrating parochialism and narrow thinking. Allegiance to place is a strong motivator, and allegiance to one’s hometown probably outweighs all others. “I will fight for my community, right or wrong,” is a common sentiment. But sometimes it’s foolish and expensive. Most of Massachusetts’ 351 municipalities have their own police force, fire department, school system, building inspectors, veteran’s agents and

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here is no finer, more secure harbor along the East Coast than that of New Bedford. The hurricane barrier, completed in 1966, closes off the harbor from storm surge. Among the benefits of owning a boat in New Bedford is the fine assortment of marinas where you can dock your boat and the many professional boatyards that provide services to the boat owner at affordable rates. Most boatowners prefer to keep their boat in a slip at a local marina. You can walk onto the boat directly from your car, and there are hook-ups for electricity and water. Wifi, laundry, showers, ice and parking are all part of the package in today’s marinas. Boaters who use the marina become a small community. You’ll be invited to barbecues, afternoon socials and gettogethers, making new friends who share your love of the water. Pope’s Island Marina is managed by the New Bedford Harbor Devel34

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by Greg Jones opment Commission and is located on the south side of Pope’s Island, midway between New Bedford and Fairhaven. One of the larger marinas in New Bedford, this city-owned facility has all the amenities, including Wifi, laundry, ice, water and electrical hook-ups for boats, pump-out services…this is a full-service marina, with 198 slips and a mooring field. Their season is April 15-October 31. Port Director Jeffrey Steib welcomes all boaters, saying the Pope’s Island Marina, “has a laser focus on customer service in the most interesting, dynamic harbor in the whole state.”

Full-service marinas Near the Pope’s Island Marina, tucked in at the Fairhaven end of the New Bedford-Fairhaven bridge, is the Seaport Inn and Marina. Unique among New Bedford’s marinas, they have a hotel and a restaurant as part of the marina (but you don’t have to arrive by boat to get a room or enjoy a meal). They’re open from April 15 to

October 31; tie up at the Seaport Inn and marina because, “we’ve got a safe harbor and are pretty much centrally located to everything,” said Stephanie Pacheco, sales manager for the marina.

Indoor boat storage Since this is New Bedford, there has to be a Moby Dick Marina, right? The Moby Dick Marina is located on the south side of the I-495 bridge, at the north end of the Acushnet River. At the Moby Dick Marina, you can store your boat in a “rack” system in a large building that looks like it could ingest the Goodyear blimp. Your boat is lifted up and slid into its own spot, like putting a book on shelf. It’s quick; call the marina 30 minutes before you arrive and it will be in the water waiting for you. If your boat is bigger than 28-feet long or weighs more than 10,000 pounds then you won’t be able to use what the marina calls their “Indoor Valet Rack Storage.” For those boats,


there are 50 slips for rent. The Fairhaven Shipyard has a marina as part of its operation, located along the shore of Fairhaven and well inside the hurricane barrier. It’s a big operation. They can accommodate the kind of boats that lottery winners buy, as well as the kind of boats that ordinary people own. There’s everything that a boater would expect from a top-tier marina, from Wifi to laundry to showers, ice and a ship’s store stocked with boat gear. There are 146 slips, so there is almost always space for another boat. To ask about a slip, call the dockmaster at 774-263-3357. They’re open from May 1 to November 1, but have no winter storage facilities.

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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

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

Banish boredom! Sample the wealth of activities, foods and events on the South Coast this month! Cross a town–or state– line and check out all the farmers’ markets, yard sales, boat races, street fairs, and outdoor concerts. Call your own town’s recreation department, library or park to find out what’s on the schedule every week. Much of what’s going on will cost you nothing but time, so bring the whole family!

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Wear your hat and sunscreen, and don’t forget that hurricane season has begun. And be nice to all the summer folks and tourists, okay?

Tourism officials in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have joined together to create “So New,” a marketing program to attract more tourism to southern New England.

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Technical in Fall River; Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech; and Upper Cape Tech in Bourne.

The UMass system has created the James J. Karam Scholarship Fund for South Coast students planning to attend any of the UMass system’s campuses.

n The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase $5 million worth of cranberry products for federal nutrition assistance programs across the country, including food banks.

n Eel poaching has become big (illegal) business in Rhode Island lately, with demand for tiny American eels (“elvers”) fetching $2,000 a pound in Asia.

Starting this month, drivers may have to pay a toll to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge in East Bay RI. The issue is in the courts and will be decided soon. If the tolls go into effect, commuters can use their Newport Pell Bridge E-ZPass transponders or pay $.75 one way. Separate rates will be in place for out-of-state vehicles and trucks.

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The new pilot of President Obama’s official helicopter, Marine One, is Ryan Lynch, a 2001 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. n

n Four vocational high schools in South Coast together received almost $200,000 in state educational equipment grants: Bristol County Agricultural in Dighton; Diman Vocational-

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n Good news! Bus service between New Bedford and Fall River now runs into the evening, along with many other SRTA routes. For new schedules, go to www.SRTAbus.com or call 508999-5211.

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n Support the Buzzards Bay Swim July 13. Go to www.splashseries.org, www. savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.

Southcoast Health Systems and Silverbrook Farm of Dartmouth have joined together to form a CSA (community supported agriculture) program to provide weekly deliveries of fresh local produce in Wareham, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Fall River. To sign up, call 508-961-5079 or visit www.southcoast.org/farmersmarket/csa. n

n If you’re a senior citizen, check out the trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program: the Kennebunkport Clambake July 17; the Charles River Boat ride and Cheesecake Factory July 31; and the Provincetown Carnival Parade August 15. Call 508-991-6171.


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Check out the Mount Hope Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Mount Hope Farm on July 12-14. Go to www.mounthopefarm.com or call 401-683-0146. n

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Dartmouth n UMass Dartmouth students plan a 55-mile relay to Boston to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The “Torch Relay” is tentatively scheduled for the weekend after the Fourth of July. For more info, go to www.umassd.edu/ torchrelay. n Experience a “Farm to Table Dinner” at the Dartmouth YMCA on July 27–BYOP (Bring Your Own Plate). The food will be from the on-site Sharing the Harvest Community Garden, a non-profit volunteer-driven farm which donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food banks throughout the South Coast every year. Call 508-993-3361 or go to www. ymcasouthcoast.org. n Check out the Summer Adventures program for K-8 kids at the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Call 508990-0505 x 15 or visit www.lloydcenter.org.

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Continued from page 32 Hawthorne Medical Associates is building a three-story addition, almost doubling its size, and it should be completed by July 2014. n

Learn more about Adventure Camp and daily activities at Friends Academy. Call 508-999-1356. n

The Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth received a $35,000 grant from the Braitmayer Foundation. The funds will support the center’s Climate Science Learning Projects throughout schools in the South Coast. n

Head for the Annual Greek Food Festival at St. George’s Orthodox Church July 26-28. n

Two first-ever exchange students at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing completed their clinical work at the oncology unit of St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. The two young Brazilian women had received “Science Without Borders” scholarships to study in America. n

Fairhaven Students at the Rogers Elementary School, which has closed its doors, donated almost 2,000 of their school’s library books to the students of Hathaway Elementary School in New Bedford. n

n The Sunday afternoon Farmers’ Market on Fairhaven High School’s lawn has returned through October.

The empty Pizzeria Uno on Rt. 6 will soon be a new Mexican restaurant, Frontera Grill. n

Uh oh… Fairhaven’s two wind turbines were found to be in violation of state noise regulations, according to a preliminary study conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection. This controversy isn’t even close to being over.

n Plan ahead for the annual Feast of Our Lady of Angels in north Fairhaven August 30 through September 2. Call 508-990-0502.

Fall River n The Little Theatre will perform “Surviving Grace” starting July 18, and “How the Other Half Loves” starting August 15. For details, call 508-6751852 or visit www.littletheatre.net. n Fall River native Ernest Moniz has been confirmed as President Obama’s new Secretary of Energy. n The state’s recent Department of Fisheries and Wildlife survey identified 30 active bald eagle nesting sites in Massachusetts, and one of them is at North Watuppa Pond. n Plan ahead for the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost August 22-25. For info, call 508-675-1368 or go to www. grandesfestas.org. n The Narrows Center for the Arts has a great line-up: there’s Block-a-Palooza with Roomful of Blues (FREE!) July 18; Buckwheat Zydeco August 9, and more! For complete details, visit www. narrowscenter.com, www.ncfta.org or call 508-324-1926.

Explore the South Coast’s industrial past at “The Mill Children” exhibit at the UMass Dartmouth’s Cherry & Webb Gallery through Labor Day. Call 845-661-3593 or email info@brillgallery109.com. n

When you visit Fall River’s Battleship Cove (www.battleshipcove.org or 508-678-1100), don’t miss the Marine Museum (508-674-3533) and the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum (508-674-9340).

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Mattapoisett “Men Who Cook–Summer Sizzler” will be held July 14 in Shipyard Park. Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Center. Go to www.thewomenscenter. com or call 508-996-3343x25. n It’s the annual Harbor Days Festival July 20-21 at Shipyard Park, rain or shine. For info, visit www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org. n Colleen Sinnott, who recently graduated from Boston College, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to work on a public health study in Ecuador. n Sample “Taste of the Town” under the tent July 16 at Shipyard Park. Proceeds will benefit the Mattapoisett Women’s Club scholarship fund. Call 508-758-2188 or 508-748-1282.

Middletown n Stroll through the Newport Antiques Show July 26-28 at St. George’s School. Go to www.newportantiquesshow.com or call 401-846-2669.

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Marion Camp Silvershell returns for eight, one-week sessions. Free swimming

Don’t miss the New Bedford Folk Festival July 6 and 7. Go to www. newbedfordfolkfestival.com. n

n Students in the Robotics Club at New Bedford High School won second place at the National SeaPerch Challenge in Indianapolis.

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Continued from previous page n Spinner Publications will be releasing their latest book, “A Picture History of New Bedford: Volume 1.” Covering the period 1602-1925) and edited by Joseph D. Thomas, Alfred H. Saulniers, Natalie A. White, Marsha L. McCabe and Jay Avila, the book details the beginnings of New Bedford starting with Gosnold’s Landing in 1602 to the height of the textile era in 1925. n Bristol County Savings Bank was instrumental in the publication of “A Picture History of New Bedford,” and all the bank branch offices have been offering the limited-edition hard copy since June 19. After July 1, books will be available at local shops or can be ordered on Spinner’s website, www. spinnerpub.com. Books can be reserved and ordered direct by calling 508-994-4564. n The greater New Bedford area will receive almost $300 million in state transportation funding, 50 percent more than last year, for local road and infrastructure projects.

It’s Free Family Day on July 19 at Buttonwood Park Zoo! Visit www. bpzoo.org or call 508-991-6178. n

Don’t miss the 99th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament at Madeira Field August 1-4. Free admission. Learn more at www.PortugueseFeast.com or 508-992-6911. n

A $3 million expansion of the New Bedford Industrial Park will hopefully attract new marine commerce and offshore wind companies. n

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment at AHA! Night. The July 11 theme is “Kids Rule!” and the August 8 theme is “Dancing in the Streets.” Go to www.ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253 x 205. n

The Trustees of Reservations acquired the Haskell Nurseries to create a unique six-acre urban parkland. n

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Mark your calendar: Madeira Field August 16-18 for the Senhor da Pedra Feast. n

n The Center for Alternative Life Medicine (CALM) may soon become the first licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the New Bedford area, operating from an old mill building in the city’s South End.

Thanks to Senator Mark Montigny, the Zeiterion (“the Z”) was earmarked for $200,000 in funding in the state’s proposed budget. n

n The Ocean Explorium has kicked off a major fund-raising campaign, “Save Your Ocean Explorium.” To learn more or donate, go to www.oceanexplorium.org. n The New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus will perform at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton on July 12. Go to www.sandywoodsmusic. com or call 401-241-7349. n A double header! The “Arctic Visions” exhibit of William Bradford’s classic paintings is on display at the Whaling Museum. Up the street is a complementary exhibit of Bradford’s work at the New Bedford Art Museum, “The Frigid Zone.” Admission to both is free on AHA! Nights. For more info, visit www.whalingmuseum.org or www. newbedfordartmuseum.org. n A man who stole almost $800 left behind on a store counter had second thoughts when he found out that it was a woman’s SSI money, her sole source of income. He returned it to police the next day. n Starting July 11 through August 29, enjoy free “Thursday Evenings in the Park Concerts” at the Whaling National Historical Park garden. Call 508-996-4095 or visit www.nps.gov/ nebe. n The Zeiterion presents Cindi Lauper July 9. Go to www.zeiterion.org or call 508-997-5664.

The newly-renovated ferry terminal for the SeaStreak Martha’s Vineyard ferry will include a concession stand operated by The Celtic Coffeehouse and more convenient parking next door. Tourists on Martha’s Vineyard will be offered a special $50 adventure day pass to visit New Bedford via the SeaStreak. n

n New Bedford homeowners who abut abandoned vacant lots can now purchase them for as low as $250 through the city’s new “Side Yard Program.” Contact the treasurer’s office or visit www.newbedford-ma.gov/ treasurers/treasurers.html. n Let your kids “Express Yourself!” at the ArtWorks’ children’s workshops July 8 through August 23. Call 508984-1588 or go to www.artworksforyou.org/programs/kids. n Ashley Bendiksen, Miss New Bedford 2009, was this year’s valedictorian at Salve Regina University. n Plan some summer family fun with a performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 26 through August 4 at the Zeiterion. Go to www.zeiterion.org or call 508-997-5664. n New Bedford native Anne Marie Bettencourt, who teaches English at Springfield High School, received the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year award. n Cruise the city’s historic harbor with Whaling City Expeditions through Labor Day. Call 508-984-4979 or visit www.whalingcityexpeditions.com.

Newport n Head for the Newport Playhouse’s performance of “Beau Jest” through July 7, and “The Hallelujah Girls” July 11 through August 18. Go to www. newportplayhouse.com or call 401848-7529.


“Listen to the music” at the Sunset Music Series, part of Newport Waterfront Events, at the Newport Yachting Center. There’s Chris Isaak July 10; B.B. King July 12; the Doobie Brothers July 17; One Republic July 30, and a lot more! Call 800-745-3000 or go to www.newportwaterfrontevents.com. n

n Stroll through the Newport Antiques Show July 26-28 at St. George’s School in Middletown. Go to www. newportantiquesshow.com or call 401-846-2669. n Plan ahead for the Newport Jazz Festival August 2 through 4. Go to www.newportjazzfest.net or call 401324-4072.

Rochester n Town officials received almost no advance notice that the Boston-toHyannis CapeFLYER train would be flying through town at almost 60 mph. At the last minute, they petitioned the state for flashing lights at a dangerous crossing on County Road.

Taunton n The Taunton Farmers’ Market returns on the grounds of the First Parish Church on Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., starting July 7. Fresh seafood and meat will be available this year. n Eight-year-old Morgan Coughlan wanted to help young victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, so, with her mother, she raised almost $800 to buy American Girl dolls and books to give them.

Red Cross volunteer Paula Ferrales was recognized as the Massachusetts Unsung Heroine 2013 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. n

Tiverton n The Sandywoods Center for the Arts will present the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus July 12, Village Harmony July 20, “Forever Young” July 31, Otis Read August 3, and more! Go to www.sandywoodsmusic.com or call 401-241-7349.

Don’t miss “Celebrate Tiverton!” July 26-29, a three-day festival of concerts, cookouts, parades and road races. Go to www.celebratetiverton.org. n

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Wareham n The free “Summer of Love” concerts have returned to Onset Bay every Wednesday. Call 508-295-7072 or go to www.onsetvillage.org.

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank will open a branch in Rosebrook Place next spring. n

n Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Onset Blues Festival in Wareham on August 3. Call 508-295-7072 or go to www.onsetvillage.org.

Warren Enjoy a performance of “The Mousetrap” July 5 through August 30, and “The Murder Room” July 12 through August at the 2nd Story Theatre in Warren. For details, call 401-247-4200 or go to www.2ndstorytheatre.com.

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Westport n Head for the Agricultural Fair July 17-21 at 200 Pine Hill Rd. 4H animals, country bands, tractor pull and more!

Get in touch with nature at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn more at www.massaudubon.org or call 508-636-2437. n

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ON MY MIND

Staying abreast of things Paul E. Kandarian

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reasts are funny things. For one thing, they’re part of nature’s redundancy in giving us pairs of essential parts like ears, eyes, nostrils, arms, legs, lungs, just about everything, in case we lose one, say, by leaving it at a TSA checkpoint as we hurry to catch a flight. For another, they’re fairly unobtrusive and not figuring much in our daily lives. Unless you’ve got a boundless Freudian addiction. Or you’re a celebrity with giant, expensive, medically enhanced ones, the kind forever staring you in the face like meaty eyeballs from the cover of supermarket tabloids that you try not to stare at but can’t help, much like not being able to look away from the scene of an awful crash. They’re just so, well, there. We’ve all had breasts since the early us climbed out of the primordial ooze. I could have that exact date wrong, but for the sake of brevity, and a complete lack of actual scientific knowledge, I’ll go with that. Men have breasts, why I don’t know. Evolution: what a fickle mistress. Women have them, for obvious reasons beyond tabloid exploitation. Which reminds

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me of a funny picture on Facebook, where all things funny can be dispensed to millions of bored socialmedia addicts with one click. It had a cute baby with a real or PhotoShopped sneer of suspicion on its face. With it, the words “I looked into my parents’ room last night. I think Dad is stealing my milk.” We all have breasts: little kids; mammals; statues we stare at for great meaning (most of us not finding much beyond, “Wow, they’re perfect!”). Lots of things have breasts. But by and large, pun more or less intended, we don’t really notice them in the day-to-day drudgery of life. Occasionally you can’t help but notice, like when you’re in an impoverished nation and see emaciated dogs with sad eyes and nipples hanging down like long, brown boneless fingers dragging the dirt.

On the beach Occasionally, though, you notice, perhaps without really meaning to. I was at a resort on Bonaire recently with a fellow writer, a happily married young guy, having breakfast at the resort’s upscale al fresco restau-

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rant crafted to look like a land-locked boat, complete with bowsprit jutting into azure water covered with seagull poop. The beach was right there, populated on this beautiful day with people of all ages, old, young, families. I was just about to lance my $16 plate of fried eggs when my friend, casually scan-

ning the beach, softly said “Wow.” Naturally, being a man, I knew he meant business. Sure enough, I glanced over and there was this young woman–20-something, blonde, beautiful–walking topless toward the water as casually as she would walk down the street. “Wow,” I said back, and


that’s all men really need to say to each other at times like this, that primordial recognition of a special moment in our species’ development, that being the urge of some women to let it all hang out. We watched, intently yet covertly, as she slowly walked to the water, going deeper and deeper until she was covered up and we returned to our overpriced breakfast. Nearby on a lounge chair sat her husband, reading. “Must be one helluva book,” I said, munching on crisp bacon as tiny seabirds darted about my feet seeking handouts.

Attitude adjustment I have to say I’m not a breast man, a compartmentalizing expression men have to show anatomical allegiance. I’m a leg man, but seeing bare legs on the beach is like seeing seashells. Seeing bare breasts is another thing altogether, causing me to momentarily adjust my body-hemisphere preferences. We saw her again over the next three days, lying in the sun, exposing her youthful torso to public view and skin cancer, seemingly unbothered by either. It became so common, my friend and I would just notify each other to another sighting by a grunt or at best, a random, “Hey,” with accompanying sidelong nod. I later scoured the hotel website and literature for any clothing-optional option. I didn’t find any. I figured this rather secure young lady just chose to

test the boundaries perhaps without even knowing she was. No one at the hotel said anything, which was fine, giving tacit approval to partial nudity. We soon made no more mention of it, my young friend and I, inured to the sight of them, I guess, perhaps not as much as seeing seashells on the beach, but close. We just figured she was a confident young woman comfortable with herself and her surroundings, unknowing or uncaring of the effect on those around her. The only other thought we gave to it was agreeing that the times we have seen beach nudity, it was displayed by pasty-white, lumpy, old, mostly European people who should never be naked and in fact, should count sweatpants and turtlenecks as their chosen beachwear. Particularly visually offensive, we agreed, was the sight of men with too much body and too little Speedos. That thought alone was almost enough to make me throw my breakfast potatoes to the seabirds pecking at my feet. Perhaps we’ve come a long way. Perhaps we are on the cusp of realizing the human body, naked as the day we were born, is acceptable, something a long time coming in a society that denounces the publically bare human form but completely accepts gratuitous gore in movies for the sake of entertainment. If that’s the case, at least for a few days in the Caribbean, evolution, we thank you. Really.

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