The South Coast Insider - June 2012

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the south coast June 2012 / Vol. 16 / No. 6

Double Flash

Summer’s coming

Derby Gala wins for kids

Find a local farm

Charlton gets Broadway salute

Sell your house


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“Ed Moniz helped double our business growth.” Charles Saliby of Guimond Farms speaking about Ed Moniz, Business Development Specialist at St. Anne’s Credit Union “When I met Ed Moniz for the first time, I knew from the start his goal was the same as mine: to help our business grow,” says Charles Saliby, owner of Guimond Farms in Fall River. “He demonstrated his ability to perform within a short time.” In fact, with Ed’s help and support, Charles says he was able to double the growth of his business in just five years. “We were so impressed, we recommended Ed to our family and friends who own businesses.”

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“I’m confident that Ed’s knowledge and professionalism will help any business achieve their growth goals,” says Charles’ cousin Rabih Salibi, owner of Westport Market in Westport. Own a local business? Charles and Rabih have this advice: “Give Ed a chance and he’ll prove himself to be the best in the business.”

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Contents In Every Issue

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From the publisher On my mind: Humor thy father

by Elizabeth Morse Read

By The Celtic Cricket

Amazing women By Magoo Gelehrter

By Lori Reed

By Phil Burgess

By Elizabeth Morse Read



Visit an open studio

By Lori Bradley


Head out to Summerfest


40 Derby Gala a winner 30 Small business struggles

by Jay Pateakos


Parks good investments

By Stephen C. Smith


Young becoming entrepreneurs By Sherri Mahoney-Battles

WINE NOTES Summer vacation’s coming

26 Sell your home

Visit for things to do.


22 Two farms growing


Dateline: South Coast



raises funds


By Paul E. Kandarian

46 Book Picks:

24 Auxiliary’s “Salute”

44 Tarot-Scopes


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Sniff a Gewurztraminer by Alton Long


38 Coney Dogs rule

By Paul Letendre



Disney unites the ages By David M. Prentiss

ON THE COVER Among the new breed of local farmers are Katie and Derek Christianson, pictured in their field with their daughter Mariah. To learn more about two local farms, read Phil Burgess’ article on page 22.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER June 2012 / Vol. 16 / No. 6 Published by Coastal Communications Corp. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ljiljana Vasiljevic

Summer seems to be coming early this year, and that’s

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

fine with us. In fact, this issue gives you a head start on the hot times in store.

Contributors Lori Bradley, Phil Burgess, The Celtic Cricket, Paul E. Kandarian, Paul Letendre, Alton Long, Tom Lopes, Sherri Mahoney-Battles, Jay Pateakos, David Prentiss, Elizabeth Morse Read, Lori Reed and Stephen Smith The South Coast Insider is published monthly for visitors and residents of the South Coast area. The Insider is distributed free of charge from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay. All contents copyright ©2012 Coastal Communications Corp.

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

Lori Reed offers some great ways to enjoy the summer without having to spend a fortune. Want to eat fresh? Discover our local farms. Phil Burgess tells a tale of two local growers. Looking for a fresh start? Elizabeth Morse Read shares some tips on getting your house ready for sale. How about a French wine that sounds German? Uncork a Gewurztraminer. Speaking of new beginnings, it’s graduation time. Sherri Mahoney-Battles tells why many are looking to start their own business, and Jay Pateakos talks about the struggles small businesses in small towns face. So kick back, enjoy the season and if you’re looking for something to do, visit an art gallery, head out to the Summerfest Folk Festival, eat a Coney Island hot dog or go to for up-to-date listings and more things to do. Enjoy,

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Humor your father by Paul E. Kandarian

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I could go sentimental, as I’ve done in the past, about being a father and a son. But if there’s one thing in life I do way more than wax deeply philosophic, it is to laugh, laugh often, laugh hard, laugh at everything and everybody, including myself. Doing so has helped me retain my smashing good looks and youthful appearance, not to mention the ability to delude myself into thinking I have retained them. Life is meant to be fun, and being a father—and a son—has been a blast. What follows are some recollections of fun times I hope remind you of your own, fellow fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and to laugh it up whenever possible. Your smashing good looks and youthful appearance are counting on it. In late 1985, I had just gotten a Jeep Renegade, one of my best-ever manly-man kinda vehicles, a fourwheel drive, big, square looking thing that I could drive through anything. Or so I thought. This one time, my dad and I were up in Maine, on a backcountry road that led to a hunting camp that’s been in our family for a long time. It had just snowed, snowed pretty good, and we were driving out of camp for supplies. Up ahead, a big snow bank, courtesy of a plow that had cut through the area looked soft, fluffy, most definitely drive-throughable. My dad and I looked at each other. “Whaddya think?” I asked, gunning the engine. “I think we can do it,” he said. “Give it hell.” So we gave it hell, slamming into the snow bank, obliterating it and making it through—halfway. There we

sat, perfectly balanced on the chassis, rather comically teetering back and forth. We looked at each other. “The first time your whole life you listen to me,” my father sighed before we climbed down to dig ourselves out, “had to be now.” When I was younger, still living at home in Seekonk with my parents, I’d come home late at night, or more likely, early in the morning after a night out, and devour whatever I’d find in the refrigerator, much to the chagrin of the others living there who may have liked to eat whatever it was. One night I stumbled in and found a plate of meat, no idea what kind, but it was round and thick and moist and covered in a vinegary solution with herbs and spices and it smelled good, and most importantly, it was right there. I sat down and tore into it, finding it a bit hard to cut and definitely hard to chew, but what the hell, it was like two in the morning, I was starving, this was fulfilling a need. Face it, two in the morning, drunk and hungry, a man is all id, no ego. The next morning, my father came into my room, shaking me awake. “Did you eat that meat in the refrigerator?” he asked “Yeah,” I mumbled. “How do you feel?” “Fine…why?” “That was raw bear meat, you dope,” he laughed. “It was marinating.” Postscript: From then on my parents labeled food in the ‘fridge they didn’t want me to eat. It worked. With the raw stuff anyway. Well, for the most part. It is impossible to pinpoint the most fun times I’ve had with my own kids because really, it’s all been fun. Sure, there have been down times, hard

times, struggles, but the good times outweigh all bad. The way it should be. One time in the late 1990s, my kids, around 10 and 12, were in the living room watching the Nickelodeon channel. “Whatcha watching?” I said strolling in, my daughter, Jessica, kneeling on the floor, Paul on the couch. “Figure It Out,” Jessica said, eyes on the TV. I smacked her in the back of the head, and said, “Hey, don’t talk to me like that.” “But Dad!” she wailed, in tears. “We are watching Figure It Out!’” Which just happened to be the name of one of their favorite shows. To this day, my son laughs every time we talk about it. To this day, my daughter gives me the look when we do. To this day, I feel awful about it. To this day, it’s one of my favorite memories. My daughter and I have a ritual in recent years, going to dinner once a week whenever possible. We laugh a lot then, too, always. Part of the reason is part of the ritual: As I like pointing out to her, she’s yet to pick up a tab. I only pretend that it bothers

me. And she doesn’t bother to pretend that it doesn’t bother her. Payback for that one time I smacked her in the head? Who cares, I love that girl. Most recently, Jessie and I went up to Fort Drum in New York, where Paul is stationed in the Army, having finished up a tour in Afghanistan earlier. Those few days were the most recent fun times, maybe the best because they were the newest, reminding me of all the others so long, long ago. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I smiled that much. Paul slept in the hotel room with my daughter and me. We shared the small space, we shared meals (guess who picked up the tabs?), we shared making fun of each other the way we always do, we shared each other’s time and love and memories. We laughed hard and we laughed often. And we can’t wait for the next time we can laugh together again. If you’re a dad, a son, a mom, a daughter, there’s no better reason to laugh it up, and no better time than now. OK, so your smashing good looks and youthful appearance may not be counting on it, but the memories you make are. And that’s far, far more important.

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Fort Phoenix Minuteman tours

Every thursday, 2:00 p.m. Begins at Fort Phoenix flagpole. Learn about this Revolutionary War era fort and see a musket firing demonstration. Free.

Farmers Market

Sundays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Starting June 17 Fairhaven High School, Rte. 6 Buy locally produced fruit, veggies, herbs, honey, cheese, baked goods, plants and more in season. Sponsored by Fairhaven Sustainability Committee. Free.

Father’s Day road race

Sunday, June 17, 9:00 a.m. Starts at Hastings Middle School 10K and 5K races with cash prizes feature top New England runners. Call 508-997-9460 for info. Registration at

Homecoming Day Fair

Saturday, June 30 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 40 Center Street 175 booths of arts & crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association.

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

After the winter that wasn’t and a spring that couldn’t make up its mind, we’re all eagerly awaiting the good ol’ summertime. Keep in mind that, with almost no precipitation during winter, the threat of brushfires (see Dighton listing) and summer water shortages are very real, so be vigilant. Hurricane season starts this month and, as temperatures start to rise, so will the mosquitoes. Clear your yard and patio of all standing water and cover up at dawn and dusk, when they’re most active.

If you’re 50 or over, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program: Twin River Casino June 12; Lobster Roll Cruise June 20; Foxwoods June 25; Hartford’s Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens June 26. Call 508-991-6171 for more info.

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n The much-beleaguered fishing industry has now been hit with a proposed 80% cut in its yellowtail flounder catch, right on the heels of a 22% cut in its cod catch. This does not bode well for the nation’s top-grossing fishing port.

n The kids will be out of school soon and the summer people will be out in force, so drive carefully.

The price of gasoline and the jobless rate have dropped, home sales are picking up and home values are poised to rebound next year, so things are looking up, even if it is an election year.


Farmers markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms are opening—find out what’s available near you by visiting www.semaponline. org or Plan day trips and visit the many scenic and cultural attractions, unique shops and restaurants, and non-stop special events throughout the South Coast! n


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n Calling all fishermen! Cast your lines for a million-dollar prize June 15 & 16 at the “Fishing for a Cause” tournament sponsored by the Schwartz Center for Children. For details, go to or call 508996-3391 x 392. n The race for an Indian casino is getting very confusing. The Mashpee Wampanoag (see Taunton listing) are competing with the Wampanoag of Gay Head (Aquinnah) who have agreed to pay $15M for land in Freetown and Lakeville along Rt. 140. Lots of meetings going on locally, and in Boston and even the Feds and the courts may get involved. Stay tuned!

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Acushnet n Don’t miss the “Farm to Table Dinner” on June 29 at the Silverbrook Farm. For details, visit or call 508-295-2212 x 50.




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Continued from page 8 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

Bristol n Why not send the kids (K-4) to summer camp at Blithewold! For details, go to or call 401-253-2707.

Dartmouth n The National Marine Fisheries Services has pulled back 80% of funding for UMass Dartmouth’s highlypraised summer scallop survey in favor of a new technology developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. n Town Meeting members approved a bylaw that would prohibit large-scale solar farms in residential zones.

Help plan Dartmouth’s 350th birthday in 2014. Contact Shawn McDonald at www.smcdonald@town.

sustainability academics, community projects and campus improvements. n The Lloyd Center for the Environment is a great natural resource for everyone on the South Coast. Plus there’s the Women’s Full Moon Canoe Trip on June 4, Intro. to Stand-Up Paddling June 10, and a Slocum River Kayak Tour June 23. Call 508-558-2918 or visit for complete details.

The popular food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has applied for a food license to operate at the site of the former Outback Steakhouse on Rt. 6. They’re also looking to open in Raynham in the future. n

Dighton n A brush fire that destroyed more than 50 acres of woods was finally extinguished by firefighters from area towns, state agencies and Black Hawk helicopters from Otis Air National Guard base.



n Divina Grossman, formerly of Florida International University, has been selected to replace Jean McCormack as chancellor of UMass Dartmouth. n UMass Dartmouth’s unique Marine Renewable Energy Center has received a $535,000 grant from the Mass. Clean Energy Center to operate its 27-acre offshore research and testing zone for wind, tide and wave energy projects.

A 243-foot wind turbine is under construction on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. When operational, it could save the university $125,000/ year in electricity costs. UMD has been listed in the Princeton Review of Green Colleges, in recognition of its n


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Join the 18th Annual Father’s Day Road Race and Fun Walk on June 17; call 508-230-3789 or visit www. Check out what’s happening at the children’s museum ( or 508-230-3789). n

Coast last year, made its debut at the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City in March.

Fall River n The Narrows Center for the Arts has a full schedule of exhibits and performances this month: there’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band June 1, a special screening of Music from the Big House June 6, The Flatlanders June 21, Jefferson Starship June 27 and more! Go to or call 508-324-1926. n Check out what’s scheduled at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River at n The Mass. Cultural Council has awarded $36,000 to numerous organizations in the city, such as Restaurant Week, an August swing band performance aboard the USS Massachusetts, and numerous arts and theatre events.

Freetown n New Bedford watershed property located in Freetown is being considered for a major solar farm project that could generate 4.5 megawatts of electricity and save the city as much as $6 million over 20 years. A first step will be clearing out all the dead red pines, which present a significant fire hazard.

Fairhaven n Fifteen-year-old Mackenzie Martin won the bronze medal at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado.

As of press time, the two wind turbines have not gone operational (still awaiting parts). The town’s Board of Health has set up a turbine-related complaint process. n

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Little Compton n On June 2, there’s the Little Compton Golf Outing 2012 at the Sakonnet Golf Club to benefit the LC Community Center. For details, call 401-635-2400 or go to www.lccenter. com.

Mattapoisett n There’s a new Rowing Club in town, an offshoot of the New Bedford Community Rowing Club.

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Walk into the past and through beautiful gardens at the Rotch-DuffJones House and Garden Museum. For more info, call 508-997-1401 or visit n

n Enjoy an evening of free family fun and entertainment at New Bedford’s AHA! Night on the second Thursday of every month. June 14’s theme is “Walking Tours.” Go to or call 508-9968253 for a full schedule of events —and don’t forget that there’s plenty to do, enjoy and eat at AHA! After Nine. n The city is seeking private developers to build a dorm downtown for UMass Dartmouth graduate students.

Bryce Organics, which produces organic skin care products in downtown New Bedford, is looking to expand its operations and open retail outlets nationwide later this year. n

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Continued from previous page Renovation of the Nathan and Polly Johnson house on Seventh St. should be completed this summer. The Johnsons, who were free blacks in New Bedford during the tumultuous early 19th century, opened their home to escaped slaves, including Frederick Douglass.



The Veterans Transition House was given a much-needed van, thanks to the generosity of Bank Five and many South Coast residents. One of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners for journalism, Matt Apuzzo, started his journalistic career in 2000 at The Standard-Times. n The transformation of Acushnet Avenue into a destination “international marketplace” has begun, so plan for detours and delays. When completed after five years, “The Ave” from Coggeshall Street to Nash Road will boast wider sidewalks (with all new infrastructure below), better lighting and surveillance cameras. n Check out what’s happening at the Zeiterion this month. Call 508-9942900 or go to Dweezil Zappa and “Hairspray” will be performing in July. n At New Bedford’s Your Theatre, the “main event” this month is The Activist. Go to or call 508-993-0772 for details.

Find out what’s happening at Buttonwood Park at www.bpzoo. org or 508-991-6178, or at the Ocean Explorium at www.oceanexplorium. org or at 508-994-5400, or at the Whaling Museum at or 508-997-0046. n

The Mashpee Wampanoag have unveiled their proposal for a $500M casino complex at the intersection of Rts. 140 and 24, which would include hotels, restaurants, shops and a water park.


Taunton State Hospital may be closing, but the statehouse has now mandated that at least 30 beds remain, privately run, on the South Coast.

Take the family to a hidden gem! Spend an afternoon at the WWI Memorial Park & Zoo for free! Petting zoo, playgrounds, picnic areas. Call 508-285-6457. n


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n The new “Imagination Playground” at the Providence Children’s Museum is a big hit. It will be open on weekdays starting this month. Call 401-273-KIDS or go to www. for details.

Don’t miss Waterfire in downtown Providence on June 23. For details, go to or call 401-273-1155. n

n Motherhood: The Musical is onstage at Trinity Rep through July 1. On June 7-9. it’s the Second City LOL: Laugh Out Loud tour. Call 401-3514242 or go to Discounts for seniors, students, educators and heroes (military, police, and firefighters). And get discount tickets there for performances of the RI Philharmonic, too! For a schedule, call 401-248-7000 or visit

Get in the act at the Providence Performing Arts Center! For more information, call 402-421-2787 or go to or www. n

Rochester More solar farm concerns are popping up, this time in Rochester, regarding the 20-25 acre farm proposed on the New Bedford Water Works land on the town line. Stay tuned. n

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n The Taunton Public Library is offering free or discounted tickets/passes to many area attractions such as Buttonwood Park Zoo, the Children’s Museum and Science Museum in Boston.

Warren n The town is considering a ban on plastic shopping bags, the first such local initiative in Rhode Island.

Wareham Chocoholics, rejoice! Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates (of Fairhaven fame) has set up operations in the Wareham Industrial Park and hopes to open a retail store soon. n

n The Best Buy may have closed, but there’s a glimmer of hope coming from Washington DC that the postal processing plant may get a reprieve.

Westport n Town Meeting is considering a proposal to change zoning laws in an effort to attract more life sciences and technology industries in a new “overlay” district between Rts. 6 & 88.



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It’s almost that time again! by Lori Reed

Attention all parents and caregivers: It’s almost that time again! That’s right. Before you know it summer vacation will be upon us. Parents everywhere will ask that same question they do every year….what can I do with my children? With four children of my own, it was always difficult to find affordable, fun activities to do over summer vacation. I want to share with you some new ideas, along with some of the tried and true.

Fort Phoenix Beach, just one of many scenic locations in Fairhaven, the “Small Town with a Big History.”

Most beaches do have fees but I choose the nicer, less expensive ones. My first choice is Easton’s Beach in Newport RI, not far from Salve Regina. Families can go to the beach and then enjoy a free walk on the nearby Cliff Walk (no fee). There’s a snack bar for those who do not bring lunches or snacks. Passes will be available at the Easton’s Beach Office at 175 Memorial Blvd. on weekends ONLY starting Memorial Day weekend. Beginning the third week of June, stickers can be purchased daily at the beach office. A season pass is $40 for residents, $80 for others. Weekday parking rates are $10 per vehicle, and $20 weekends and holidays. For more information 14

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call (401)-845-5810 or visit www. enterprise-fund/beach/home.cfm The second beach I recommend is South Shore Beach in Little Compton RI. No matter where you park here, there is never that dreaded 3 mile hike to get to the sand! They also have Port O Potties, which are well kept. There

are also a couple of food and drink vendors selling snacks, drinks, and hot dogs. South Shore Beach does have lifeguards on duty, which is always comforting to parents. For more information, call 401-635-9974 or visit The last two beaches are located

A free beach The other beach is Fort Phoenix State Reservation and Beach, located on Green Street in Fairhaven. Unlike the other beaches that I have mentioned, this one is FREE! Not only can you swim here but you can learn about the history of the fort, take a nice stroll on the dike, or bring the children to play at the playground. There are picnic areas and lots of grassy areas for playing ball or frisbee. Fort Phoenix also has restrooms and showers. For more information visit

Local farms Visiting local farms is also a great way to entertain the kids. It can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. We visited Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown RI last year and it was an enjoyable day for all of us. You can pick your own fruits according to what is in season. They grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries, apples, pumpkins—and Christmas trees.

Prices are based on the cost of the items per pound. Sweet Berry Farm’s prices are very reasonable and you can learn how they grow their crops. The farm is open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit their website at Another fun, affordable farm is the Coggeshall Farm at 1 Colt Drive in Bristol RI. They are open year-round and have things for all ages. You can learn the history of the farm, visit a very interesting museum, and have hands-on experiences with agriculture and nature. There are also picnic tables for those who want to sit and have lunch. I recommend that families wear bug spray and leisurely clothing along with comfortable footwear, like sneakers. Prices are very reasonable. Adults are $5, children 6 to 12 and seniors are $3, and children under 5 are free. For more information call 401-253-9062 or visit www.

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in Fairhaven. West Island Town Beach opens in late June and passes are available at the BPW office at 5 Arsene Street or at the entrance to the beach. Passes for the beach for residents with a vehicle are $6 for the day or $3 for Walk-ins (non-residents $15 and Walkins $7). Swimming lessons are also offered by lifeguards for a fee of $10 per person. Applications are available at the BPW office. There is a life guard on only one side of the beach; keep this in mind if you bring children. For more information visit the website at www.

Parks Right next door to Coggeshall Farm, you will find Colt State Park, one of my family’s favorite places. I have been taking them there since they were small. Located on Rt. 114 in Bristol RI, it is open year-round. This park offers 4 miles of bicycle trails, 10 large play fields, a historical museum, 6 picnic groves with picnic tables, and the open air Chapel-By-The Sea. This is all free! There are fireplace sites available with a fee and reservations are a must. You can also rent the gazebo and the ceremonial area. It is beautiful. Whether you want to walk along the water or among the trees, have a picnic, or ride your bikes, Colt State

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Continued from page 16 Park offers a lot to keep your family busy. There is also a beach on the other side, which does have a fee. For more information visit the website at Located in Newport, Brenton Point State Park is also a nice place to visit and bring the family. This is the place where many people fly their kites right along the water. It is located on Ocean Drive and is free. It is also open year-round. It offers areas for picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Barbeque grates are also available here for grilling. For more information call 401849-4562 or visit the website at www.

Nature walks Fort Barton, on Lawton Avenue and Highland Road in Tiverton RI, provides fun for those who love nature. The Fort has historical significance because of the Battle of RI. It is also free. It has an observation tower from which you can see for miles. There is also 3 miles of nature trails. You can pick up trail guides at the Town Hall located right across the street. I rec-

ommend always wearing bug spray when walking the trails. Families can spend a whole day of fun here. For more information call 401-625-6700 or visit what-to-do/nature-trails/coastalnature-trail/ Norman Bird Sanctuary, located at 583 3rd Beach Road in Middletown RI, is also a family-friendly place. It is a 300+ acre wildlife refuge with over 7 miles of hiking trails and offers educational programs. Families can stroll or hike through the woods to the top of Hanging Rock for spectacular views of the ocean. Other things to check out here are the Barn Museum, the Nature To Go Bags, and the guided bird walks. The sanctuary is open every day, except for major holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices are very reasonable for families. The trail fees are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12 and Under 3 are free. For more information call 401-846-2577 or visit their website at I have added this next recommendation to my things to do this sum-

mer with my children: the Green Animals Topiary Garden operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County promises to be a fun and interesting trip. It is located at 380 Corys Lane in Portsmouth RI. It is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. I could not find any pricing information for a visit but more information can be found by calling 401-683-1267 or visit the website at

Biking trails My article would not be complete without mentioning two popular local bicycle paths. These, of course, are free. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the weather, the family, and get exercise. The first path I is the Mattapoisett Rail Trail, which runs one mile west from Mattapoisett Neck Road to Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Path. It is an enjoyable place to ride bikes or just walk. It can be picked up from many different areas. For more information visit the website at The second bike path is the East Bay Bike Path. This runs through Providence, East Providence, Warren, Bristol, and Barrington. It is an enjoyable ride (or walk) that brings you by the water and through the woods. Access is easily gained from several points including Colt State Park and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Again, I would recommend bug spray if using the bike paths. There are several spots where you could stop and have a picnic. You can make a whole day of it with the family. For more information visit the website at www.riparks. com, select a park, and click on East Bay Bike Path.

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but it is also larger. It is located on 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence RI. It is one of the oldest zoos in the country and is open yearround. Parking is free and the park offers many places to bring your own lunch and have a picnic. General Admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3 to 12, under 3 is free. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also have special events for each month which you can find on the website at Buttonwood Park Zoo is at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford, MA. Parking here is also free and there are places for picnics and a playground. They do have food located at the café but if you want to save money, pack a lunch. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices are extremely affordable for the entire family. Adults are $6, teens and seniors are $4.50, Children ages 3 to 12 are $3, and under 3 are free. Special events are also planned monthly at Buttonwood Park Zoo. For more information visit the website at

When it rains So now I’ve mentioned several places to go when the weather is nice, but what do you do when it’s raining out you ask? I have several ideas for you that are affordable and family friendly. On a rainy day I always consider the movie theater but prices at many local theaters are so expensive that it is difficult to afford. So I am recommending Patriot Cinemas at 60 Newport Avenue in Rumford RI, just past Seekonk, MA. I have been many times with my children because it is so affordable. The movies are usually pretty up to date and you cannot beat the prices.

According to the website, prices are currently $2.50 for adults and kids. For more information call 401-438-110 or visit the website at www.moviefone. com. (Put in your zip code and then find Patriot Cinemas) For those who like to roller skate, Carousel Family Fun Center at 4 David Brown Blvd. in Fairhaven is a great place. Prices are very reasonable and they do offer specials and summer events. Information is available by calling 508-996-4828. You can check out their calendar at www. Another interesting place to go is the National Marine Life Center located at 120 Main Street in Buzzards Bay, MA. This is an independent, non-profit rehabilitation and release hospital for the treatment of stranded sea turtles and seals. It is a great opportunity for children to see first-hand how the center takes care of marine life. It is free except for special events. The Discovery Center and the gift shop are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 508-743-9888 or visit the website at Along that same idea, I am recommending a visit to the Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport. You will come face to face with sea life and experience the interactive marine science center. What better way to spend the day? General admission is affordable at $6 with children under 3 free. For hours and more information call 401-324-6020 and check out their calendar at Enjoy your summer and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Artful spontaneity Artist’s open studios by Lori Bradley

Increasingly, art buyers want to feel a personal connection with an artist before purchasing artwork. Both shared aesthetic values and sense of friendship are often decisive factors in buying art. Open studio events add vitality to a creative career. Open studio aficionados appreciate developing a connection with an artist, in getting glimpse at workspaces and art making processes. In larger cities, gallerists and curators regularly visit artist’s studios and cull work for clients. Customers stop in for a visit, a talk, and sometimes a purchase. In areas where distances are greater, and the studio is not as close, open studio events are increasing. They provide a unique educational experience—the chance to opportunity to see how creative people work and think—on the artist’s home turf.

Cool and casual People who feel intimidated visiting a gallery may find open studio events a less formal and more comfortable way to enjoy art. Open studio events feel spontaneous, like a neighborhood block party. Some artists even offer visitors a demonstration of artmaking techniques or allow visitors to have a hands-on art making experience. The unrehearsed feeling can be a joy, but organizers of open studios


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know these events are anything but spontaneous. Ironically, open studio events feel the most spontaneous and fun when they are most carefully choreographed. Months and years of planning, and frequent meetings to hash and rehash details, go into producing artfully streamlined events.

We maintain a high level of enthusiasm for these events by actively engaging artists and residents throughout the East Bay communities and beyond. Careful planning Open studios leadership is often made up of groups of industrious and resourceful artists working in conjunction with local business and education leaders. Steering committee positions are generally voluntary —free time is generously offered up in trade for long hours of preparation. Currently, local art promoters are

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expanding the open studio concept. A common model is to offer a weekend or two when which the public hustles to visit as many studios as possible in a particular geographic area. Now, that model is expanding to offer services and support to artists and creative businesses year round.

The SCA For example, for a small fee, the South Coast Artists (SCA) provides a sleek, accessible website giving year-round visibility and publicity to individual artists and arts education events. In addition, the popular SCA Open Studios Tours take place each summer, this year on the weekends of July 21 and 22 and August 18 and 19. While the Open Studio Tours are the focal point of the organization’s activities, the greater mission of the SCA is to “provide opportunities to view art made within the community, to interact with local artists, to have access to artists’ creative working environments, and to encourage an appreciation and participation in the arts throughout this beautiful region. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience avail-

able in the South Coast.” Uniting over 70 artists with a geographic range of several towns and two states is a feat of coordination. According to Carol Way Wood, the Annual Fund Chair for the SCA, the most challenging aspect of coordinating such an extensive event is putting together a stable leadership team with complementary talents and work experience. Wood comments, “Our core group of seven puts in a consistent, year-round effort—sometimes to a point where we have to put aside our other activities to focus on SCA. We have a good mix of talents —an accountant, a President with a strong arts management background, and people with marketing, publicity, graphic design, web design and fundraising expertise—plus we’re all artists ourselves. “At the end of the year, after the Open Studio Tours are over, we all get together and have a nice, relaxing day retreat. There we discuss what went well, what could be better, and what changes we can make for the following year.”

NBOS The New Bedford Open Studios (NBOS) offered its first glimpse into

urban artist’s workspaces 12 years ago, when it was held in one mill studio complex on Cove Street. The event has been held annually since, and has expanded to accommodate a growing New Bedford arts scene. NBOS now unites eight studio buildings and over 90 artists throughout the city for a weekend of art and festivity. The mission of NBOS is to “enrich the arts and culture of the region through the promotion of local artists and by encouraging the public’s participation in the artistic life of the community.” To encourage more public participation, NBOS is also considering an expansion beyond the traditional weekend open studio event. Plans include offering an expanded website to publicize artist’s events year round, hosting smaller open studios in individual buildings, gallery events, and more performance and music activities. NBOS management changes yearly. This model allows a fresh perspective to impact each annual open studios event, but it can be a challenge to maintain consistency. The large-scale annual event is difficult to organize,

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and expanding to offer smaller open studio events and a variety of art activities increases the complexity. According to Dan Kamman, former NBOS Director, the most challenging aspect of managing a large group of artists with individual needs and opinions is maintaining consistent, frequent contact with participants. Kamann, comments, “Good communication is key. In coordinating the open studios weekend, you get lots and lots of emails from artists and all sorts of people, and it’s important to read each letter very carefully, and to listen to everyone who calls on the phone. With email particularly, it’s important to get an accurate take on what a person is communicating and what that person really needs—before responding. “Also, it’s important that all participants are in the loop, all getting the same information at all times, so nobody misses out on important dates or becomes frustrated.”

Bristol & Warren In 2012, a new open studios event is enlivening the East Bay, Rhode Island area. ART Night: Bristol and Warren Gallery and Open Studio Tours offers a night of art and celebration once a month, March through November. ART Night unites two unique communities in a partnership between Bristol Independent Galleries and The Warren Arts Initiative. Instead of taking place over a weekend or two and featuring many open studios and artists, ART Night takes place the last Thursday of each month, each time focusing on two featured artists who open their studio doors to the public. In addition, galleries, shops and museums are also open, and are easily accessible to the public via trollies that run between the towns from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. dropping visitors off at various venues and making sure they get back to desired destinations. Response to the first year of ART

Night is very enthusiastic. Organization leaders studied the art scene in Bristol and Warren and had an approximate idea of the number of artists residing in the area when they sent out an initial mailing to recruit participants. A greater percentage of artists than expected replied, and planning to expand the event for 2013 is already taking place. ART Night publicist, Jill Culora, says, “Our first year is going overwhelmingly well! Businesses have been so supportive. In fact, we surpassed our sponsorship goals in just five weeks. And, we are happy to be a recipient of one of Rhode Island’s 2012 Regional Tourism Awards.” Culora thinks people respond most positively to the personal interaction with the artists in their studios. Visitors and art buyers establish a personal connection with an artist before deciding to buy a work, and, after ART Night, may come back to visit an artist’s studio throughout the year. Culora agrees with Dan Kamman of NBOS that one of the most challenging aspects of managing a growing open studios event is maintaining effective communications. She uses social media and email to connect with participants and potential visitors, and stresses the importance of the consistent, regular emails she sends out twice monthly to keep everybody in the loop. Culora comments, “Both Bristol and Warren are densely packed with artists. We need to use every type of media we have to communicate so everyone who wants to participate gets the word—because we want to grow. New ideas we’re working on for 2013 are possibly having historic venues open their spaces to artists to display work on ART Night. We’d also like to offer creative workshops so kids and adults can make something, and maybe add music and theater to the mix. We maintain a high level of enthusiasm for these events by actively engaging artists and residents throughout the East Bay communities and beyond.”

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A tale of two farms by Phil Burgess

One in Westport and the other in South Dartmouth; these two farms have found success in the fastgrowing farm shares/CSA universe. They are owned and operated by two extraordinary couples—Allison Nightingale and Earl Matthews, owners of Hilltop Farm on East Horseneck Road in Westport, and Katie and Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm on Tucker Road in Dartmouth. We discussed their farm operations, philosophies and plans for the future. What I found were two different farms and four people with a whole lot in common. Dedicated to a sustainable model of agriculture that both restores and maintains the productivity of soils, whether farmed for years, or just more recently, the focus of each farm is on the enrichment of its resources and the production of what Katie Christianson calls “nutrient dense foods.” It pretty much goes without saying that both 22

farms employ nothing but organic and biodynamic farming practices—no synthetic fertilizers of any kind at either. With acreage small enough to employ the time-honored and timeconsuming practices of composting just about everything from food scraps to garden waste and grass clippings, one look down any of the jet-black harrowed seedbeds that Derek Christianson has created is testament enough to the success of those efforts. His soil just plain looks alive. Allison and Earl collect the stable litter from three different area horse farms, providing a service to those farms that would otherwise incur a cost for its removal, while at the same time providing themselves with virtually free material with which to enhance their soils.

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Sustainability and community Hilltop Farm in Westport has existed in one form or another since the mid-18th century. After years of decline, and purchased only four years ago by its current stewards, Allison and Earl’s efforts have so far focused primarily on repairing the farm’s long-neglected physical infrastructure while growing vegetables, raising hens and establishing a market for their products. So far, so good. In each of the past three three years they have seen a doubling of their “farm shares” business each and every year. That’s the exact same experience they’re having over at Brix Bounty farm too. CSA is on the rise. Whether due to a maturation of the community supported agriculture (CSA)

movement into mainstream American consumerism, or just from word-of-mouth between families looking for better food, both Hilltop and Brix Bounty Farm are the beneficiaries of this growing lifestyle. Nightingale’s singular focus is on “great tasting vegetables” and her commitment to the propagation of all things heirloom— from tomatoes to lettuces, eggplants and peppers, along with several other vegetables and herbs—is testament to that goal.

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“After all, anyone interested in purchasing one of our farm shares is probably concerned with providing their family with a well-rounded selection of fresh produce” noted Katie Christianson. That philosophy has evidently won over many a new customer. Both farms have already sold the majority of their farm shares for 2012 and again this year, they have sold more shares earlier than the year before. Few businesses of any kind can attest to that kind of progress over the past four or five years. Soil enrichment, equipment repair, planting, irrigation and the other seemingly endless tasks and talents required to bring good-tasting, nutrient-dense fresh vegetables

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Continued from page 23 He teaches several workshops a year on behalf of NOFA and conducts his own workshops at the farm as well. In season, he can often be found at area farmer’s markets and events such as the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival—always teaching, always explaining and always ready to answer questions. Great advertising for sure, but this is a man who also somehow finds the time to maintain what I consider to be one of the most informative and detailed farm websites and blogs that I have ever come across- www. BrixBounty. com. Does he ever sleep? Ironically, or perhaps not, both Allison Nightingale and Katie Christianson have come to farming from backgrounds as professional biologists. Allison had a long career in the Environmental Health and Human Toxicology field and Katie was involved with UMass Dartmouth for many years in its Office of Campus and Community Sustainability. Earl Matthews made the transition from contractor to farmer, and in the case of Hilltop Farm with its needed infrastructure restoration, those skills have served him well. Hilltop Farm offers a roughly 20-week Farm

Shares Program—from mid-May ‘til the snow flies. Brix Bounty Farm, the longer-established of the two, now offers summertime, wintertime and springtime CSA options. Hilltop Farm plans on expanding its offering in that direction over the coming years as the farm evolves. As Nightingale pointed out, “...people need to be aware how much good produce is still available throughout the fall. It’s not just root vegetables after school starts again.” Pickup times at each farm are similar—either Monday or Friday to accommodate families that do most of their cooking on either weeknights, or weekends, or both. Hilltop Farm also offers a once-aweek drop-off in Providence. Brix Bounty maintains an in-season farm stand right in front of the farm on Tucker Road in Dartmouth. A tale of two farms—two biologists, a converted contractor and a seasoned farming veteran. While they’ve each brought different skill sets to the fields they farm, they’ve all brought the same goals, the passion, dedication and vision for producing the most nutritious and best tasting vegetables possible while improving their soils, farms and communities. It is noble work indeed.

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First impressions last Selling your home by Elizabeth Morse Read

Right up there on the stress scale, along with divorce, childbirth, getting laid off or losing a spouse— is selling your home. Sure, finding a great realtor will help you maximize your profits, but you’re facing a major life transition (i.e., emotional) that demands that you suddenly learn to think differently (i.e., logical) to your best benefit. Three years ago, I had to part with the home my children grew up in (12 rooms, garage with apartment, 20x40 in-ground pool) and down-size to a “retirement” cottage under 600 sq. ft. I learned a lot in the process and, hopefully, those lessons will help you, too. Economists are predicting that the housing-price market will bottom out this year, and that home values will start creeping upward in 2013. So, if you’ve been hoping to sell your home, start now to plan ahead, 26

and sell next spring or summer. Before even choosing a realtor, do a brutally honest assessment of your property both inside and out— what pops out that would make your listing more attractive? What needs to get fixed ASAP? Remember that prospective home buyers will form an impression within a few seconds, based more on emotional reactions (this is a big step for them, too!) than on what’s spelled out on the MLS listing sheet.

Clean out the clutter Clutter is a distraction and turn-off to prospective buyers, so start now to gather up anything that can be trashed, sold, donated or stored. If your relatives have used your property as a free stor-

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age unit, give them a firm deadline to remove it all or else give you permission to get rid of it as you see fit. Don’t be tempted to keep unneeded “stuff” by hiding it in closets, the garage or the basement. Homebuyers will open doors and cabinets and you don’t want them buried beneath an avalanche of comic books and tennis rackets. Invest in plastic storage bins (and label them!) for stuff you want to take with you and stack them neatly somewhere—potential homebuyers don’t open storage bins. Which begs the question—just how much can you take with you when your house is sold? If you’re down-sizing or plan on driving cross-country in an RV, you don’t need the Hummel figurines or your

grandmother’s wedding dress. If you can afford a climate-controlled storage unit, fine (they’re not cheap), but why not just distribute items to family and friends or sell them to help pay for your move? The same applies to furnishings —the highchair, pool table or spare refrigerator in the basement, the bunk-bed in the spare bedroom, the card table and folding chairs in the back of the walk-in closet— get rid of them sooner than later. And just how much lawn furniture do you really need? Be ruthless with every item in your home before you even call a realtor or make any decisions about renovations.

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Create curb appeal Stand in the street outside your home. When that “for sale” sign goes up, will drivers be tempted to slow down—or speed up? Are the shrubs overgrown? Are there dead patches on the lawn? Have weeds taken over the flower beds? Does the walkway and front porch have all the appeal of a highway motel? You can do much of the work yourself or else hire a local contractor/landscaper. For easy-maintenance gardens, plant perennial bulbs and hosta and spread mulch everywhere for a tidy, tended-to look. Replace or paint the front door, patch any chipping mortar on the pathway or porch. Could the exterior use a power-washing or a new paint job?

Now look up Are there shingles torn or missing on the roof? Is the gutter glutted with leaves? Are downspouts missing or toppled? Is the paint on the wood trim faded or flaking? When people see a run-down exterior, they won’t be thinking happy thoughts about what’s inside. Don’t give them the impression that your property is a “handy-man special” that you’ll be glad to get rid of at any price. Continue your walk around the property—are there piles of junk, tires and debris hidden behind the shed? Is the old fence ready to keel over? Rent a dumpster for the duration or call 1-800-GOTJUNK (10% discount if you have a AAA membership).


Pay particular attention to all the windows—are the screens ripped? Are any panes cracked? Replacing old windows may be a worthwhile investment— just as prospective car buyers might kick the tires, prospective homebuyers will open windows to make sure they slide cleanly, lock securely and won’t let drafts in. If the windows are encrusted with paint layers on the inside and the buyer can’t open them, you’ve probably lost the sale.

Inside your home Do this room by room and try to think like a potential buyer. What’s the impression, the ‘vibe,’ if you will, when you stand on each threshold? What do you see, smell and ‘notice’ immediately? That threadbare recliner your dog sleeps on is a turn-off. The weird posters on your son’s bedroom walls, the lava lamps, shag rugs and disco ball in the basement, the overflowing desk in the kitchen all need to be remedied. The curio cabinet full of souvenir shot glasses or the non-stop framed family photos and golf trophies are a distraction. Prospective home buyers are interested in your house, not your life. Strip away all those (irrelevant) personal touches and mementos—people checking out a house are vaguely embarrassed to feel they’re being a voyeur.

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a lot of “traffic.” But if your home looks grungy, grimy, poorly-maintained or unhealthy, it won’t sell. Hire the pros to do a proper deep-cleaning and do your best to keep up while your home is on the market. Scrub off the jellyfingerprints on the switchplates, wipe down the pipes under the sink, wash off the greasy kitchen fumes from the kitchen walls and cabinets. If need be, repaint the ceilings and walls in any room that looks a bit shabby. Scrub down the tile grout in the bathroom, vacuum the window sills and thresholds and radiators, clean all the doorknobs, kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures.

Something smells I once visited a home on sale where the smell of “musty basement” assaulted me at the front door. Visions of mold, mildew, rot and insects ran through my mind. You may be used to the “homey” aroma of your house, but nobody else is interested in the fish-fry you had last night. Many prospective home buyers will turn around and leave if they smell tobacco smoke, litter boxes, dirty laundry or even fresh paint or strong cleaning/deodorizing products (“what are they hiding?”). Get rid of the velvet draperies and over-stuffed furniture (they soak up smells), steam-clean the furniture and carpets, smoke outside and remove all traces of pets for the duration. Put out a bowl of white vinegar in the kitchen to neutralize cooking odors and put on a pot of coffee before homebuyers arrive.

Redefine each room If you’ve lived in your house for more than a few years, it’s natural that each room’s original function has changed or been modified to suit your needs. A rarely-used formal dining room might have become an entertainment center/ family room. Two of the three original bedrooms may have become a home office, sewing/hobby room, exercise room, etc. But potential buyers will be carrying a mental list of what they need (e.g., a nursery, a convalescent room for grandma, a storage room for a home business) and if they can’t see beyond all of your paraphernalia to project their mental image onto a room, you could lose the sale. As much as possible, minimize the current “function” you’ve imposed on a room so that buyers can visualize exactly what they’re looking for.

Let the sun shine in! A well-illuminated space appears more spacious and inviting, so do what needs doing. Clean all the light fixtures and put in higher wattage bulbs. Replace wooden interior doors with French doors. Put up a mirror that visitors will see themselves in as they visualize living there. Replace blinds and draperies with sheer curtains and open the windows. Cut back any shrubbery or trees that block the sunlight. Clean every glass surface in your house religiously so that every photon of light makes your interior look bright, spacious and inviting.

Should you remodel? Would your house sell faster and fetch a higher price if you added a bathroom, deck or garage with all the bells-and-whistles? Better you should invest in affordable upgrades like replacing the hardware on the kitchen cabinets, spreading mulch or repairing minor defects like nail holes in the walls. You need to invest wisely when you’re trying to sell your property. The national average for costs recouped by specific remodeling projects is available at www.remodeling. national/aspx —it varies by region, but you won’t make back more than 70% for a deck, or 51% for a second bathroom, according to Remodeling magazine. Get rid of the shag rug, the flocked wallpaper and the water-stained acoustic ceiling tiles. Replace the toilet seat and shower curtain. Update the light fixtures, inside and out. Buy new “welcome mats” and potted plants for the entryways. You can make your property more attractive without going into debt.

Behind closed doors Potential homebuyers will often make snap decisions (not always rational) based on what they see when they open a closet or cabinet door. Overstuffed or smelly closets send the wrong message. Clothes closets should have no more than half the hanging space in use, and nothing piled up on the floors. Linen closets should boast neatly folded and stacked towels and

sheets. “Broom” closets, laundry areas and pantry cupboards should be neatly arranged and free of negatives like roach traps, dust bunnies, mouse traps, sticky crumbs. Cabinets under the kitchen sink or bathroom vanity should smell clean and dry. Don’t leave anything in your medicine cabinet you wouldn’t want strangers to see.

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A lot of attention is spent on major metropolitan areas and the struggles of businesses to survive there, and we forget that many of the small towns and their small businesses have also struggled for many years. Some towns are fighting antiquated bylaws, others an anti-business or anti-change mentality that resists bringing in new businesses that would attract more people to the town. The tri-town area of Marion, Rochester and Mattapoisett is an example of three struggling business climates.

Marion Known more for Tabor Academy than for any single business, Marion was well-known for its dramatic decade-long Dunkin Donuts fight, but now that the coffee shop franchise has been built, it serves the town well and didn’t exactly make the town selfdestruct. A new Cumberland Farms, the first two story one ever, is set to open in Marion by Memorial Day. The twostory idea came around because town officials did not want a giant store to infiltrate the sleepy town. And say what you want about the process, the Planning Board, which helped create a country-style Dunkin Donuts, helped to bring in the convenience store and not jeopardize the town’s image. Planning Board Chairman Jay Ryder said Dunkin Donuts was a standoff for many reasons, the drive-thru being the biggest hurdle. Cumberland Farms, on the other hand, is a good example how the current Planning 30

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Board is working toward expediting good projects for the Town. Ryder said Cumberland Farms applied for and was denied three special permits for safety, use and other reasons. In two subsequent meetings, the Planning Board negotiated a deal that was acceptable to both parties. But like many small towns, Marion is dotted with businesses that have closed and remained vacant. The former Sippican Hardware store, on the corner of Spring and Route 6, once

People talk about buying local and supporting local businesses but you can’t practice what you preach if there’s no businesses in town. planned as a mixed use development that was scrapped in 2008 when the recession hit, is now condemned. The few-years-old retail plaza on Route 6 and Point Road that once harbored Marion Computer, an Indian restaurant, a bike shop and a pet store and more is mostly vacant, as are the apartments above it. Plans to bring a New York Sub shop there have so far failed. Chairman Ryder commented, “You

have to look at the economy with regard to development. The old hardware store on the corner of Spring and Route 6 is a good example: a plan was presented that included mixed use of the site..retail shops, affordable housing, etc., but the recession put an end to the developer’s plans. The fact that it is an eyesore is being worked out as we speak.”

Resistance to change “The Planning Board spent years developing a “Neighborhood Overlay District” in that area of town,” he added, “giving the Board more control over development. The changes we had proposed in the by-laws would have given the Board the power to expedite proper development in an area that is ripe for commercial use. The residents voted down our efforts, which was very frustrating to say the least.” Marion Planning Board Vice Chairman Thomas Magauran said, put simply, most people in Marion value the “off the beaten path” aspects of the community and all efforts to embrace change are met with “great resistance.” And with the town on the top tier of taxes in the state, Magauran said there’s no reason to believe that will change anytime soon. In Marion, space is another issue. “The reality of the problems with retail are no different in Marion than in other small towns, said Magauran. First, we all drive. By driving a few miles we can find greater selections and lower costs in large big-box re-

tailers in nearby towns. “Wareham and Fairhaven have embraced these revenue generators, and they have the land to do so. Marion is not located ideally, nor does it have the land and resources to site any of these,” said Magauran. “From industrial parks to shopping malls, Marion does not have what is needed, while others around us do. “The economics of these facilities in terms of tax revenues is very attractive to municipal leaders, seeking to alleviate residential tax burden. As a matter of fact, they can even split their tax rate—raising rates for business, while keeping residential rates low. If we did this in Marion, we would make it harder for retailers to succeed than it already is.”

Customers wanted As to the question of why it is so difficult for retail to make it here, Magauran said it is simple. Not enough business. It is not taxes, but customers that end the dreams of would-be retailers (Mom and Pop’s). Franchises, such as gas stations/ convenience and coffee/doughnuts, working on local demand and greater supply chain efficiencies, are willing to go through hoops and investment to come here, because the customer traffic is adequate for them, but it is not enough for chain restaurants or stores. “Under these circumstances, the best a planning board can do is closely manage that which comes to us,” Magauran said. Joe Monger, five year owner of the Sippican Café in Marion said the problems he had with his business didn’t come from town officials, but from neighbors and property owners in town who seemed “anti-business.” “They fought me and they will do the same with any business. They did it with Dunkin Donuts and they did it with the proposed Subway shop down the street,” said Monger. “For anyone to open a small business here, we can’t just survive on the people that live in the town. We

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Monger said the Neighborhood Overlay plan would have helped, as would have plans to bring a hardware store or new bank to town that fell through, anything to make people come. “More business in Marion will attract more people to town,” said Monger. “People talk about buying local and supporting local businesses but you can’t practice what you preach if there’s no businesses in town.”

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Mattapoisett Mattapoisett has seen its fair share of empty storefronts, but for the most part has helped to turn that corner, filling the old Dunkin Donuts store and the former Seaport Village Coffee shop over the last few months. The biggest business story of the year in town wasn’t what business opened up shop in town; it was one that wanted to locate in Mattapoisett, but balked after being shown resistance. CVS had been interested in building a site at the corner of North Street and Route 6 in Mattapoisett, but the pharmaceutical giant decided against the measure when preliminary meetings were met with less that a positive response, especially when it came to building a drive-thru. Mark Koran, owner of the Mattapoisett Chowder House, like Monger, said the town needs to do more to get traffic into town and that CVS would have been a start. “We have a new Nail Spa and a scarf store (at old Seaport Village) but that’s where they should have put the CVS. There are many older people in town that would have needed that. We need to put something like a Walgreens or CVS in there,” said Koran, whose business is up 27 percent in the last three months due to new chefs and entrees and favorable weather. “We need to get more proactive

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Continued from previous page when it comes to businesses. The town would have required that the CVS look beautiful and be something that would have fit into the village. It would have helped drive more traffic to the town.”

Limited incentives Mattapoisett Selectman Jordan Collyer said unlike big cities, small towns are limited in how they can attract businesses, with the towns mainly just able to talk up the opportunities that exist. “We have very limited opportunities to provide incentives as small towns and we aren’t operating on a split tax rate. There really is not a big push to fill these spaces as we can’t [easily] find ways to make this a more attractive offer to aspiring businesses,” said Collyer. “For a lot of small towns, the concept of tax incentives would have such a limited impact overall, that the benefit of moving through the process to make it happen almost outweighs the benefits. Also, with the lack of interest to change a lot of the Route 6 corridor, we are tied to smaller businesses that have a difficult time surviving with the seasonal population.” Collyer said perhaps the biggest challenge his town has in attracting businesses is in one simple word: change. He said the town can’t attract anyone who really wants to do business unless they all agree on what ‘change’ is realistic and what is deemed too much. He noted a Village Zoning District Bylaw that is supposed to aid in that, but there still appears to be limited confidence that it will do its job. Collyer said he would love to see a nice commercial/retail project move forward following the bylaw, but we have to have faith in the process for that to happen or even be considered. Speaking on the CVS proposal, Collyer said while the majority of the town was adverse to CVS moving in, it was a double edged sword. “I agreed with the concept and willingness to building what would have 32

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been a real great example of what the business district was created for; however, the need for a drive-through would have undermined the intent and that was the nail in the coffin, so to speak,” said Collyer. “I have lived here my entire life and devoted eight years in my present position; it is inevitable that change will come, whether I or anyone else wants it. We need to be reasonable and still afford business the chance to thrive and aid in making this a better community. Hopefully, just not while sacrificing too much what everyone is accustomed to.”

Rochester Rochester, known mostly for its farming and agriculture, does not have the same issues as Marion or

Not all change is good though, but for business’ sake, change must happen and soon. Mattapoisett. The businesses they do have, for the most part, stay, and when businesses close—Bev Loves Books was one of the last ones to close—it was taken over almost right away by neighboring restaurant Matt’s Blackboard. But when Rochester mainstay Rochester Bakery and Café was burned to the ground last year, a big business issue reared its ugly head in town. Zoning. Rochester Bakery and Café was built in a residential zone so in order to get another business on the site, any company, even the one which had burned down, would have to seek a waiver. Naida Parker, Rochester’s Town Clerk and Selectman, said there are a number of parcels like that in town, with efforts long in the works to get

the Plumb Corner area and land adjacent to the cemetery on New Bedford Road, as well as other locations, rezoned for limited commercial use. “The Planning Board has been working to rezone the center of town and other areas to make it easier for businesses to come in without having to get a waiver,” said Parker. “We hope to get this voted on a future town meeting to help encourage businesses to come into the center of town.” Like many cities and towns, there were plans in Rochester about two years ago to build a major plaza on the outskirts of town near Wareham that would have included a number of big box stores, but the weak economy has frozen the idea for right now, placing the focus on zoning changes.

Managing change “I have to give the Planning Board credit, they are looking to help streamline the process and make the area more user-friendly for businesses and business activities,” said Parker. “The nature of the town has always been agriculture; we have a lot of small farms and cranberry bogs and people with horses. The rezoning will allow more businesses to come into town, especially in the town’s center.” Small towns, as you can see, have unique hurdles to overcome in securing new businesses or even keeping existing businesses in town. All three towns have much to offer: wonderful citizens, great school systems and a secure and peaceful way of life. Unfortunately, that is not enough to keep businesses open. Businesses will come and go and people will still fight for and against change. Town meetings in all three towns, sooner or later, will have to decide what they want for the future of businesses in town. But yes, change is coming. You can already see it along parts of Route 6 or in similar towns from the Cape to Western Massachusetts. The next generation is not as opposed to change as the current one is. Not all change is good though, but for business’ sake, change must happen and soon.

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Our industrial parks: a stimulus success story by Stephen Smith

Amid all of the somber news about the state of our regional economy, it is often easy to overlook the bright spots. Among these would be the region’s public industrial parks. Back in the day when the federal government had more money to spend and there was a broader consensus that it should support local and regional economies, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) made some key investments in Southeastern Massachusetts that have been paying big dividends ever since.

Federal grants Starting in the 1970s, the federal agency made a series of crucial grants that provided the seed money for the Fall River Industrial Park and Commerce Park, the New Bedford Business Park, and the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton. Today, these three parks collectively employ more than 15,000 workers in manufacturing, distribution and service jobs, and it’s hard to imagine the state of the region’s economy today had EDA not made these investments in our economic future.

Consider Taunton’s story Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the city was struggling. Unemployment was consistently in double digits and at least 50% higher than the state average. 1982 saw jobless rates surpass 14%. The present site of the Myles Standish Industrial Park was an abandoned military facility that had been a disembarkation point and POW camp during World War II.

There were brownfield issues and the hope of highway access was still on the drawing boards. But there were hopeful signs. The City and EDA had already seen the site’s potential for bigger things. Starting with a modest $15,000 Technical Assistance grant in 1973 and funding for a sewer line extension a few years later, EDA became a partner in Taunton’s bootstrap effort. Then in 1979, EDA funded Phase 1 of what was to become the Myles Standish Industrial Park. An investment of $1.68 million paid for roadways and utilities in the park. At about the same time, construction was beginning on the missing link of I-495 —the 13 mile section between I-95 and Route 24 that traversed Taunton. Land sales and construction in the park were slow at first, with many Boston based businesses and entrepreneurs regarding Southeastern Massachusetts as a remote and inaccessible backwater. The new highways and industrial park subdivision with “ready to build” lots quickly erased that perception. This pattern was repeated in both Fall River and New Bedford.

Additional federal investments As the Taunton park’s reputation and success grew, EDA followed with investments in 1995 and 2001 totaling $2.4 million. These grants enabled the park to expand to 809 acres and em-

ploy 7,000 people in 100 companies. Equally impressive was the diversity of employers at the park, with an almost equal distribution of manufacturing, distribution and service businesses in 5.9 million square feet of buildings. Today, the Taunton Development Corporation, which has guided the park’s growth from the start, has acquired an additional 220 acres that was formerly the Paul A. Dever State School. Once again, EDA stepped to the plate and awarded $1.575 million for the park this year. At full build out, the new 220 acres will create another 1,200 new jobs in 1.9 million square feet of new buildings under Phases 4 and 5 now called the MSIP Expansion project.

And in Fall River & New Bedford The stories and the role played by EDA are equally impressive in Fall River and New Bedford. In the former city, EDA grants help the development of the initial phase and the expansion when the municipal airport was closed. Likewise in New Bedford, EDA was there from the beginning and supported the park’s expansion into abutting land in Dartmouth. The federal government’s role in facilitating the development of these important job sites is indisputable. For a total EDA investment in the three parks of $11.8 million over the past 40 years, federal support has enabled the location of over 200 companies, the payment of millions of dollars in local property taxes, and the creation of over 15,000 jobs. Not a bad return on investment. The South Coast Insider / June 2012


BUSINESS BUZZ Erin Bartolome

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Difficult times and the young entrepreneur by Sherri Mahoney-BAttles

As the economic climate has begun to change, a younger segment of entrepreneurs is appearing. Times have changed Young people are finding it harder to find employment. Many have parents who have been displaced after careers with large corporations. They are reluctant to trust their futures to similar corporations, knowing that a lifetime of commitment could lead to the unemployment line. Some of these young people prefer the option of self-reliance so they can feel more in control of their own futures. The mantra that every good worker 34

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should go to college and find a job has changed. Thousands of college graduates are finding themselves burdened with huge amounts of student loan debt and unable to find jobs, or they find employment that is low paying, without benefits, and in no way a match for their qualifications.

Discouraging statistics An recent article on Yahoo Finance states that about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders

under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In January, the University of Rhode Island disclosed that approximately 300 of its senior class had dropped out and would not be completing their senior year. This number is at least double the number that typically drop out.

A dream delayed Erin Bartolome held several office administrative positions before a photography job inspired her enough to pursue an education in digital arts and design. Since she had waited until age twenty-four to start college

she felt pretty confident in her ability to choose a career. The financial aid office where she attended school assured her that positions would be available with a salary range of $60,000-$80,000 once she obtained her degree. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2009 with over $80,000 in student loan debt, and spent the next two years trying to find employment in her field to no avail. Currently, her government loans are in an income based repayment program, so she is not required to make payments on them, but the interest continues to grow and she owes more now than when she graduated from school. Her credit rating has been destroyed due to her student loans, and she compares the financial aid officers that encouraged her to amass this debt to used car salesmen. She says, “They encouraged me to continue taking out loans with no emphasis on the amount of debt I would have upon graduation, and they continued to mislead me about the type of employment opportunities that existed in my field.” After two years of unsuccessful job searches she finally accepted parttime employment in an office administrative position performing the same type of duties that she did prior to obtaining her bachelor’s degree in digital arts and design. She continues to pursue her photography and design, however, and each weekend travels to arts and crafts shows where she sells her photographs and handcrafted jewelry. As an entrepreneur she has managed to create an outlet for her products that she could not find through employment.

The new buzz word Headlines everywhere feature articles about entrepreneurs. The April 15th issue of The Providence Journal featured an article about John Carter, a wealthy retired CEO, who has promised to give over $1,000,000 to entrepreneurs through a series of fellowships managed by The Rhode Island Foundation. He believes that

the key to improving Rhode Island’s economy is through its entrepreneurs. Colleges like Brown University and Bristol Community College offer entrepreneurship programs, and this year the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition received over 103 applications, considerably more than any other year. At only eighteen, Kendra Orr, already has a plan for starting a floral retail business. She graduated from the Floriculture Program at Bristol County Agricultural High School, and originally looked at colleges offering programs in areas like plant science and floral design. She had some concerns, though, about her ability to make a living in a floral career, and knew that a degree that focused just in that area would leave her pigeonholed without many options.

Creating options She elected instead to attend Bristol Community College and is working towards a degree in business administration. Although she has a passion for floriculture, Kendra knows that an education in business administration will afford her the ability to manage any kind of business. She has had a few jobs working in large retail stores, and knows that through this on-the-job training she is learning valuable customer service skills that she will utilize when she does make the decision to open her own establishment. In today’s economy many young people are looking at their employment options and making the decision to build their own businesses, as entrepreneurs they plan to create opportunities where none exist. We need these young people brave enough to open businesses and factories again, to provide themselves with a future, and to create jobs. We need shops, farmers, bakeries, and craftsmen who can create quality products made with pride. And we all, each and every one of us, need to be contributing to our economic climate. America needs entrepreneurs.




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Gewurztraminer the wine of great aromas by Alton Long

Gewurztraminer is a wine whose name is hard to pronounce, but it has a flavor you will never forget. While this grape is often considered a “German” grape, there is as much grown in Austria as there is in Germany, but neither grows as much as is grown in Alsace region of France. The proximity to Germany is one reason that its name sounds more German than French. The classic Gewürztraminer has a lot of synonyms; one common one is the simple name Traminer, which is what is called in Australia. But other names run from Fromenteau, Ranfolzia, and Kleinwiner to Heida, Rotclevner and Mala Dinka. The wine is considered a “folk wine” in many countries. But in the U.S. and most of France, its only know as Gewürztraminer and Traminer. In fact, it is also grown in Germany as well as Austria, northern Italy and on the West coast of California, Oregon and Washington. It is doing very well in a number of the cooler regions in California but it is not limited to any one special place in that state. Some of the best vineyards are found in Anderson Valley and Carneros, as well as in the Monterey area. A local success In addition, it seems to be doing very well in Southeastern New England. Several local wineries grow it and produce fine Gewurztraminer wines. Proof of that was when Sakonnet entered their Gewurztraminer in the Monterrey International Wine Competition several years ago. Their 2002 Estate bottled Gewurztraminer won “Best of Show” and a Gold medal 36

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at the Monterey International Wine Competition, beating out all other white wines, including the Trimbach Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France. Gewürztraminer is also grown in Eastern Europe, where the wines are diluted and appear to be very light, but there it is known by several different names which are not used in France and the U.S. Much of the Gewürztraminer wines grown in these regions are used to make dessert wines and to add flavor to sparkling wines. Gewurztraminer is known for its intense floral and spicy aroma and flavor. Some wine writers say it has a distinctly floral bouquet, reminiscent of wisteria, violets and just a bit of citrus. Others like to describe it as “spicy” and “perfumy”. My favorite description is that it has a delicate aroma, reminiscent of passion fruit and honey, lychee and limes, orange blossoms and white peaches, lavender and roses. And that makes for a very complex aroma and flavor.

grape “Gewürztraminer.” This wine runs $17. The Helfrich family has been making wines in Alsace for six generations, and has the reputation for produce world class Alsation wines of great flavor and complexity. The Helfrich family is leading the recent Alsatian “Renaissance” with grapes from centuries old vineyards. They employ modern wine making methods with a minimalist touch to allow the terroir to accentuate these fine wines. Their Gewürztraminer is loaded with many complex aromas of flowers, fruits and spices. It is very full bodied for a white wine and has a long lasting and very pleasant aftertaste. The makers recommend it with spicy Asian cuisine, smoked oysters, roasted fowl like chicken, turkey or they say it works well as an aperitif. “Gewurtz,” as it is sometime called, is a delight when it comes to unusual pairings with food. It is delicious with Asian food and especially so with Thai dishes.

Recommendations The classics A classic Alsatian Gewürztraminer is simply labeled “Vin D’Alace” meaning it really comes from the classic region of the fine grape, and the name of the

A good example is Alexander Valley Vineyards in Mendocino region in California where they label their version of Gewürztraminer simply as “Gewürz”. It sells at $11. Please note

that in many U.S. wine articles the double dot over the “u” is not used. This double dot is called an “umlaut”, but it certainly doesn’t impact the pleasure of the wine. Another good example of a wine made from this grape is Foursight 2009 Gewürztraminer, from Anderson Valley, California. It is loaded with the aroma of honeysuckle blossoms and fresh herbs. Then, they say, “When you sip it, your pallet is bathed in lychee (nut) fruit that ‘dances across the palate’.” (See www. They also recommend that the wine be paired with Moo Shu Pork and spicy plum sauce. The Foursight 2009 Gewürztraminer runs around $20. Snoqualmie winery located in the Columbia River Valley in northeastern Oregon also produces a fine Gewürztraminer called “Naked” Gewürztraminer. They say that their wine is a pure expression of Gewurztraminer grape characters expressing spicy and fruity aromas. This delicious wine runs only $12. Lastly, and at a nice budget price level, Chateau Ste. Michelle produces an excellent Gewurztraminer. It was recently awarded “Best Value” at 88 points by Wine Spectator’s Advance. Its price range was at the $10 to $11 in November 2011. They describe it as being “fresh and vibrant…zingy with pear and tangerine flavors. Persisting nicely with a lively finish. There’s a light sweetness for balance.” There is a Gewürztraminer hybrid that does very well in southeastern New England. This relatively new French-American hybrid is called Traminette. Most wine enthusiasts say that this is one the most interesting hybrids in that it is so very close to being just like a true Gewürztraminer. But that depends a lot on who is growing and producing the wine. There are some versions that are nowhere nearly like a true Gewürztraminer, and then there are many, that are hard to identify as hybrids. But that’s another story.

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rowing up in Fall River during the late 50s and early 60s, I promised myself that there were certain pleasures that I would never give up, even when I got big (became an adult). All of these pleasures had to do with eating. It seemed that adults had forgotten the pleasures of certain edibles; I didn’t want to succumb to that forgetfulness. I was seven or eight years old when I compiled these 7 promises: 1. I will eat a Mallo cup every day of my life. 2. I will always get my chocolate ice cream at Bottomley’s on Stafford Road.


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3. I will always get vanilla Cokes from the fountain at Park Drug on South Main Street. 4. I will always get chocolate milkshakes (not frappes) from the fountain at Lambert’s Drug Store, also on South Main Street. 5. I will always drink coffee milk. 6. I will always put vinegar on my French fries. 7. I will always, whenever I have an extra 15 cents, save that 15 cents for a Nick’s Coney Island hot dog. I was certain that if I kept these 7 promises to myself, that I’d always be happy. That was fifty-five years ago and the kid promises went south with Bottomley’s, Park Drug and Lambert’s Drug Stores.

I tried a Mallo Cup recently and I am not sure why I liked them so much. Coffee milk gives me stomach aches. I shouldn’t eat French fries, but when I do bend to the temptation, I’ll still have them with vinegar.

That leaves Nick’s When I think of Fall River cuisine, I think of Coney Dogs. Fall River is known for its fine Portuguese restaurants—arguably the best on this side of the Atlantic. Emeril Lagasse has brought some fame to the wax paper wrapped Fall River style chow mein sandwich, but Fall River’s most venerable restaurant, hands down, is Nick’s Original Coney Island Hot Dogs. This tiny storefront hot dog joint at 534 South Main Street has graced the city since 1920. Think about it, how many food places have come and gone in the last 92 years? Most restaurants are like dogs, five to fifteen years and they are gone. Ninety plus years for a restaurant is virtually unheard of. I did grow-up, kind of, and I have spent most of my life in the food service distribution business. I might have been handicapped in this business because somewhere down deep in my psyche is the belief that old Nick’s, with their one menu item, with or without onions, one item that tasted good and was cheap, somewhere down deep I believe this is the ideal restaurant. This is the prototype. What more could you ask for from a restaurant? It tasted good and was cheap? And

these Coneys were like drugs—they were addictive. I recently decided to re-try Nicks; it had been thirty or forty years since my last visit. I’ve become somewhat of a food cop since I’d last been, so I decided to also try a couple of Johnny-come-lately Coney places in Fall River, give it the real test. It was probably a mistake trying three Coney joints, back to back to back—it wouldn’t be an easy job, but somebody had to do it.

Coney Island Hot Dogs Coney Island Hot Dogs did not originate in Coney Island; they originated in Flint, Michigan in 1913. The Coney dog business didn’t mushroom like the mac-burger phenomena, but inexplicably thrived in two distinct areas: southeastern Michigan and southeastern Massachusetts. The sauce that distinguishes Coney dogs is a cousin to chili, but has evolved its own flavor distinction. There are more Coney sauce recipes than there are places to buy Coney dogs. Ingredients include, but are not limited to: ground beef, ground pork, ground beef hearts, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, yellow mustard, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cloves, ginger, chili powder, allspice, brown sugar, onion powder, celery salt, garlic powder, red pepper, cumin, soy, ketchup. You name it, it might be in there. No two sauces are the same. Some are chunky consistency, like ground beef, some are creamier, like a pureed chili. A Coney dog is not a chili dog and is not a New York system dog. All recipes, however, are very secret; the likelihood that an actual recipe will be given to you is the same as the likelihood of someone giving you the winning lottery numbers.

Nick’s Original Coney Island Hotdogs My pilgrimage took me back to 534 So. Main Street (508-677-3890). Nick’s is Fall River’s temple to the hot

dog. Woodrow Wilson was President when this place opened. I hadn’t been there in almost 40 years; it looks the same as I remember it. There are four or five school-desk type single seats, and a couple of small tables. From a half a block away you can smell the sauce. The menu has grown; there are eight or ten selections other than Coney dogs. The sauce was delicious, not subtle, not spicy hot, a perfect complement to the dog. The dog was not as snappy as I remember, the bun was not as steamed, but the ambiance was still the same, uniquely Nick’s. Dog and large coffee milk served in a chilled mug costs $3.07.

The aroma stimulates the very same olfactory senses that it did fifty-five years earlier…a lot of stuff ran through my head. Faneek’s I moved on to 269 Rhode Island Ave. (508-678-8261). Faneek’s opened in 1966— at fortysix years old it is a youngster in Fall River’s Coney line-up. I had been to Faneek’s in the past, but not in the last thirty-five or forty years. The first thing that I noticed when I entered was how clean the restaurant is. The décor is 1970s bland, but it is clean. Their dog had the most snap. The roll was only lightly steamed. The sauce, a mild to medium meaty—textured, was my favorite. Their menu has a dozen or so other items on it but the dogs are the stars here. Service was quick and friendly. Hotdog and a can of diet Coke cost $2.94. If I go out for dogs again, this is where I’ll go.

Roger’s Coney Island My last stop was at 1518 North Main Street (508-678-9889). To be fair, Roger’s was my last stop of my dog-day afternoon. I had never been in Roger’s, so I had no preconceptions. It is the biggest restaurant of the three, probably seats forty or so. It also had the most help and the slowest service. They have a counter so I sat there. One waitress ignored me and another gave me a “how dare you” look. They might have been having a tough day …I checked the online reviews which aren’t bad regarding service. They have a full breakfast menu in addition to an extensive full menu. They open at 4:30 a.m. I might have gotten there at the end of the shift. Roger’s dog was the least memorable. The sauce was the creamier than the others, not as chunky; but the bun was the best-warmed and perfectly steamed. The dog and a small (tiny) fountain soda cost a very reasonable $2.36. This place opened in the mid 1970s as a hot dog place, but has survived as a breakfast and full service restaurant. I don’t think that the dog is the star of their show. I probably wouldn’t go again, more because of the service, not the food.

Scent triggers memory If you’ve grown up in Fall River, and you go to Nick’s, you’ll probably get more than just a Coney dog and a drink. Going back into Nick’s, into the once-familiar surroundings, where the aroma stimulates the very same olfactory senses that it did fifty-five years earlier…a lot of stuff ran through my head. Diverse memories: going to Nick’s before altar boy duties at St. Anne’s Midnight Mass, after a high school prom, as a twenty–something year old with a buzz on after tending bar until midnight, and of course I remembered the promises that a kid had made to himself so many years ago. That’s a lot of stuff for $3.07.

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Racing for child advocacy And they were off…to the Kentucky Derby Day Gala at the Cultural Center in Fall River. Locals dressed in Southern finery and sipped mint juleps all to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County. In addition to a live telecast of the “Run for the Roses,” the event featured Bluegrass music by the Four Bridges Band, a Southern-style buffet, dessert and candy bar, plus music dancing to Millennium Entertainment, raffles, prizes and more. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County serves as a child friendly place for community partners with collective expertise to participate in the investigation of reported allegations of sexual abuse, witness to violence, and abuse to disabled adults. In the end, the horse wasn’t the only winner, kids in the South Coast also benefited from the festive celebration. For more information or to make a donation, visit www. 1. Vangy Auclair, Barbara Medeiros, Michelle Loranger 2. Jackie Silva, Cindy Bodio 3. Atty. Karen Logozzo, Maria DeCoste, Barbara Medeiros, Eva Oliveira 4. Kissy Russell, Gary Baker, Martha Sears


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The music of Disney has entertained American families for generations, from Snow White to Song of the South, from marching brooms to singing princesses. The Tri-County Symphonic Band will celebrate that music at its annual Pops Concert on Sunday, June 17. Proceeds will fund the Tri-County Music Association’s scholarships and summer study grants to local student musicians. Along with three generations of Disney music, there will be cupcakes, other light fare, lemonade, coffee, children’s activities and a silent auction.

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The Tri-County Symphonic Band is celebrating its 50th year of making music in the South Coast community. During that time, hundreds of musicians, young and old, have

played in the band and thousands of South Coast residents have had the pleasure of hearing the great music they play. In addition, the group has provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants for music education students. This year’s Pops Concert is designed to be fun for the whole family. Children, parents and grandparents will all hear something familiar—the Disney music they grew up with. Music Director Phil Sanborn has put together a program that features music over three generations. The concert will include the “Mickey Mouse March” (1955) and music from Fantasia (1940), “Song of the

South” (1945), Mary Poppins (1964) The Jungle Book (1967), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003). “There will be a lot of wonderful memories at this concert,” Phil Sanborn predicts. “We all remember hearing this music at the movies, at the theater, and on videos, CDs, and TV. It has been all around us our whole lives. Most of us have probably sung a lot of this music too, and shared it with our families.”

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50th anniversary The idea for the concert developed as a special way to celebrate the Symphonic Band’s 50th anniversary. “We wanted to do something that would really bring families together,” states Hannah Moore, the organization’s president. “That’s what this group has been doing for 50 years.” The fifty-plus musicians in the band play brass, woodwind and percussion instruments; they perform three concerts every year, along with a family holiday concert in December and the annual pops concert in June. Their repertoire ranges from classical music, compositions written specifically for symphonic band, and marches and songs from musicals. The variety of the music is impressive and ensures that audiences always go away pleased. The concert takes place under the Grand Tent overlooking Sippican Harbor, adjacent to the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street, Marion. The social hour and silent auction begins at 2pm and the concert begins at 3. The family-friendly pricing is $25 for adults, $10 for children over 5 years old, and children 5 and under can attend for free. Centerpieces are being provided of Eden’s Florist and Garden Shop of Marion. The cupcakes and light fare are being supplied by On The Go Catering. Ticket information is available at

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We use the tarot to predict your horoscope. If you’d like more in depth and personal information, stop by our shop—The Silver Willow in Rehoboth, MA for a private tarot reading. Aries – You are going to kick some serious butt this month! The bad situation that has been casting a shadow on your path is about to dissolve. Karma is on your side and the negative influences in your life are one kick away from being ejected from your life. Take charge and be your own battering ram. Taurus –It’s time to get rid of some of the secrets in your life. If others are keeping them from you or you hide them from yourself, they have to end. You have too much stress from the drama around you. Step off the stage for a moment and catch your breath. The answer to your problems will become clear to you. Gemini – You’ve made wise financial choices recently and the weight will begin to life. Go after a more creative goal. Dust off your talent and use it to help you create balance in your life. Take a risk and run after your own personal goals. Cancer – You are already on the right path; it’s time to become a leader. The happiness that you are seeking is right around the corner. Dig in your heels and make your voice heard. Leo – Things have been an emotional battle for you lately. The test is not quite over, but the way to win is right inside of you. Find your inner Diva and let the Lion have its day. Courage and wit will be your best weapons. Virgo – Look for messages from the other world this month; someone is trying to pass a message on to you. There is a lot of deception surrounding you. Now is the time to not draw attention to yourself. Seek guidance from someone you look up to and get to the root of the problem.


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Libra – A lot of emotional healing needs to happen in your life, especially revolving around your love life. You must find a way to blend positive energy into every negative situation. Don’t be afraid to be happy and to enjoy life. Step outside and enjoy the world around you. Scorpio – Your relationship is going very well right now. This is not a time to make any rash or life changing decisions. Do not put any unnecessary strain on your connection right now. Just smell the flowers and enjoy the crazy little thing called love. Sagittarius – You’ve been feeling left out and out of place lately. Don’t worry, there is hope in your future. This month is perfect for you to get out there and make some new connections. Try networking or social events because you never know who you’ll meet. Capricorn – You need to express yourself more, take control of your life and stop dwelling over past mistakes. Look towards the future and grab the reins. Aquarius – There has been a lot of talk about things finally coming your way. You have needed to have a personal injustice corrected. Don’t worry, doors are opening. You have done well and this month your hard work will pay off. Pisces – You’ve been trying on the leadership role lately, but you feel like you’re charging across the field alone. It’s time to show appreciation to your friends and have an adventure together. Get out into the fresh air and go in search of fun, it will do you good.

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A handful of truly amazing women tell us the story of their lives in this month’s Book Picks. These original and compelling women have made their mark on the world and changed it for the better. All of them have something of import to share and a fine way of telling their truth. You will be enriched by choosing to spend a few hours with any of these excellent writers.

PRAGUE WINTER by Madeleine Albright Harper Collins $29.99 hardcover Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright’s experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history. Drawing on her memory, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly available 46

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS by Marilynne Robinson Farrar Staruss & Giroux $24 hardcover Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist (her second novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor. She tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challenging. She searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith.

THEN AGAIN by Diane Keaton Random House $26 hardcover “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir, Then Again. To write about herself, write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. Diane has painted an unflinching portrait of her mother—a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy, struggling to find an outlet for her talents—as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years of a very American family with very American dreams.

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