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May 2010 / Vol. 14 / No. 5

Health & Leisure

Eat well, lose weight • Take volunteer vacations • Enjoy Zeiterion’s magic

Go Play outside Shade Gardens bloom Cape Cod League a hit Help others Access Women’s Fund Join St. Anne’s Walk Give Durfee Credit for Life

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17 Shady gardening tips



22 The magical Zeiterion

From the publisher

36 Book Picks:

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40 Purely Portsmouth

44 Tarot-Scopes

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10 Help others while traveling by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

21 Women Fund provides access WELLNESS

26 Eat well, lose weight

by Elizabeth Morse Read

33 Take a walk, help a lot


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43 Happenings:

34 Hot Chilean wines

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38 Cape Cod League a hit

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by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell


Celebrate Scrimshaw

Go out and play

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12 WHALE resurfaces

by Stan Epstein

24 The first Fall River Credit

for Life Fair by Mike Vieira

30 Finding transportation

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Nature takes on new life at Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth, RI. Learn more about this place and other town treasures on page 40.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER May 2010 / Vol. 14 / No. 5 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

April teases us with glimpses of flowers and tastes of sunny days, but by May, it’s definitely time to go out and play. Our

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Editors Joe Murphy Michael J. Vieira, Ph.D. Contributors Stan Epstein, Magoo Gelehrter, Louise Hardiman, Stacie Charbonneau Hess, Paul Kandarian, Duir Kell, Alton Long, Elizabeth Morse Read and Sean Wilcoxson

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Looking for something to do? Sean Wilcoxson shines a light on the Cape Cod League and our own Wareham Gatemen. You can have it made in the shade with a garden. Elizabeth Morse Read tells you how. Want to see the world and help others? Stacie Charbonneau Hess offers ideas about volunteer vacations that let you do both. Need some exercise? Take a walk and help St. Anne’s cancer care reach their million dollar goal. Want to just help? Donate to the Women’s Fund or to Durfee’s Credit for Life Fair—both help make a difference in our area. Don’t forget to take in a show at the Zeiterion and plan a trip to Portsmouth— Paul Kandarian provides information about both. In addition, sign up for our weekly updates of what’s happening in the area. Visit for more information and explore, our free online classifieds. But most of all, appreciate the beauty of the South Coast this month. Enjoy,

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What was once a way for whalers to express their creative sides on long boat rides has become an art form. And the experts, collectors and fans will gather in New Bedford to celebrate, study and share their passion at the 21st Annual Scrimshaw weekend. 57 Water St. • Warren, RI • 401-855-1751


From May 14-16 the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host the 3-day international event that has something for everyone, from the curious-minded to the serious collector. Founded in 1989, this event attracts enthusiasts from four continents, all gathering to share the enjoyment of collecting and researching this beautiful artwork. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is considered by many to be the scrimshaw capital of the world—and the annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only forum dedicated to the indigenous shipboard art of whalemen.

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New this year is a Scrimshaw & Marine Antiques Show, which will include a Swap Meet & Sale with multiple dealers’ booths showing scrimshaw, marine antiques, books and more on Friday, May 14, from noon until 5 pm. The Friday evening lecture, “Scrimshaw... Through the Collectors’ Eyes,” will be presented at 8:00 pm by Nina Hellman, marine antiques dealer and author of A Mariner’s Fancy, The Whaleman’s Art of Scrimshaw. On Saturday, May 15, a full schedule of events and activities will include two informative three-hour sessions. The morn-

ing session includes talks on “Distinguishing Characteristics of Scrimshaw by the Ceres Artisans,” “The Life and Adventures of the Ceres Scrimshander,” “The Four Ceres Artists Identified,” and “More about the Ceres Artists.” Respectively, speakers include Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D. (New Bedford Whaling Museum), Kenneth R. Martin, Ph.D. (former Director, Kendall Whaling Museum), Donald E. Ridley, P.E. (Volunteer Assistant Curator Emeritus, Kendall Whaling Museum and New Bedford Whaling Museum), and Judith N. Lund (Advisory Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum) The afternoon session will include a talk by the dean of scrimshaw collectors, Judge Paul E. Vardeman, titled “Recollections of an old time collector and the recent discovery of new artists.” Other presentations include “The Sam McDowell Scrimshaw Collection,” “Recent Adventures and Discoveries at the Forensics Lab,” and a Collectors Market Report. Speakers include Dr. Frank, Richard Donnelly, and Andrew Jacobson. Mr. Donnelly is a long-time volunteer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and a collaborator on a forthcoming catalogue of the museum’s scrimshaw collection. A gala banquet on Saturday evening will conclude with two entertaining and informative programs, “Mystery Man of the Fake Susan’s Teeth” (about art fraud) and “Rugs and Floor Coverings on Scrimshaw,” and an ad hoc “Collectors’ Show-and-Tell.” On Sunday, May 15, an optional fieldtrip will visit important private scrimshaw collections in Newbury and Lincoln, MA. The bus will leave from Fairhaven at 8:00

am, and from New Bedford at 8:15 am, returning by 6:00 pm. The price is $125 and lunch is included. The fee for Scrimshaw Weekend, including admission to the museum and the Scrimshaw & Marine Antiques Show, scheduled meals, and all plenary sessions is $315 (Museum members $275) prior to May 1st. After May 1st the fee is $370 (Museum members $330). Saturday banquet and evening program is $65. For the full schedule of events and program updates, please visit the museum website at For logistical information or to register, please contact visitor services at (508) 997-0046, ext 100 or email: Scrimshaw Weekend is supported in part by Northeast Auctions of Portsmouth, NH, and the Maine Antique Digest, which have generously helped to make this event possible. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world’s most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and whaling. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown and is open daily. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at Join the Museum’s online community at flickr. com, whalingmuseum, Twitter www.twitter. com/whalingmuseum, and blog at www. Now accepting applications

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Voluntourism A way to see the world and help others by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

In the wake of disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, it seems almost impossible to stand by and do nothing. Some of us sent in $25 checks, others of us with more time and money possibly boarded a plane to actually hammer a nail or care for an orphan ourselves. Regardless of how little or big our actions were in the response to the earthquake in Haiti, or the hurricane in New Orleans, or the hundreds of disasters we hear broadcast over the radio in any given year, Americans feel propelled to do something. But why wait for a disaster? There are struggling families and children, communities and countries, everywhere, at all times.


In addition to the more famous organizations that have been sending volunteers abroad for decades, such as The Red Cross, The Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity, in the past twenty or so years, a cry of global (or American) conscience has caused a new kind of trip - a “volunteer vacation.” The desire to do something to help others can go hand in hand with our desire to travel and see the world. Service learning tours, eco-tourism, and “voluntourism” satisfy both needs in one trip, and give a boon to a local community very far from one’s own. Volunteer vacations might be a way for 10

the more thrifty traveler to venture to a destination he/she could not otherwise afford. Australia might be cost prohibitive to most of us potential tourists, but as a volunteer, the dream to visit the land down under might be more within reach.

First, do the research

Volunteer vacations are not free; in almost all cases, the volunteer pays for his/her own transportation—and this includes airfare. In addition, there is a charge, usually by the week, for volunteers to learn and discover a new skill, a new language, or help with a construction project or in an orphanage. It’s very important to do a lot of research before choosing a volunteer vacation, to make sure the organization you sign up to work with is reputable, established, and can get you in touch with recent volunteers who can vouch for a wonderful, organized experience. Depending on your time constraints, volunteers can travel abroad for anywhere from one week to over two years. This is good news! If you can afford to take two weeks’ vacation, you could choose to go to a place you’ve always longed to visit:

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Greece, Thailand, Cambodia, Africa or the Seychelles. You might be teaching English to school children in Thailand, collecting data on sea turtles at their habitat in the Seychelles, or helping build infrastructure in Africa.

Arrange a good fit

More good news is, many volunteers have a lot of say in where they will go and what they will do, depending upon skills, availability, age and physical constraints. There are even service learning trips that are geared specifically toward seniors (over 55) and students (16 and up). The desire to travel can go hand in hand with being good to the earth, despite the carbon released through air, car and boat travel. Seeing a country as someone other than a tourist has amazing benefits: instead of viewing the famous sites and eating in four star restaurants, you might enjoy authentic home-cooked meals, sleep in a camp with other volunteers, or be the guest in a local person’s home. There are as many different ways to travel as there are volunteers to do the good work, work that is often discovered to be mutually beneficial. “Taking a volunteer vacation is like attending a family reunion. You go because it’s your ‘duty,’ but you end up having the time of your life,” says Bud Phil-brook, president of Global Volunteers.

If you have one weekend

The Land Conservancy (TLC) of British Columbia After seeing the views of Vancouver


and its environs during the 2010 Winter Olympics, who wouldn’t want to visit? The Land Conservancy of British Columbia offers several weekend-long excursions each year, all are “conservation holidays” focusing on sustainable agriculture, farming, and preserving the coastline and animal habitats. The group is sure to add “fun” in every trip; the guides mention nearby wineries to visit after a long day, or will throw in some outdoor fun such as a kayak trip. Very reasonable fees: under $200 a week, not including airfare to and from Vancouver.

Just one week

The Insight Program, from Cross Cultural Solutions It’s flagship program is the Volunteer Abroad, with a standard duration of two to twelve weeks, but the Insight program attempts to achieve the same immersion into culture and “local” experience in just one week. Although it was conceived fairly recently in 1997, CCS has established itself as one of the premiere organizations offering volunteer vacations in one of twelve countries, such as Ghana, China, Russia, Costa Rica and Peru. Price $1,853 to $1,993 depending on season.


A few weeks

Global Service Corps San Francisco based Global Services Corps, has chosen to focus its efforts on three specific countries, Thailand, Tanzania and Cambodia. Volunteer vacations can vary from two weeks to several months. Depending upon how much time you can commit, you may be teaching English to Thai school children, running HIV/AIDS prevention workshops in Tanzania or taking care of orphans in Cambodia. All training is provided. Prices vary depending upon program, but most two week programs are in the vicinity of $2,000.

countless children in the Dominican Republic through volunteering in orphanages. Volunteers can choose a vacation that has a religious emphasis (for example, teaching vacation bible school to orphans) or not; it’s your choice. Church groups, families, and individuals can choose one week in the summer. Some programs go year round. The tax deductible cost for one week are: $800 for adults, $200 for children under age 18 traveling with a parent. As always, you have to fly yourself to the Dominican Republic.

If you are eco-minded

Earthwatch Institute Since 1971, this Massachusetts-based international nonprofit organization has placed more than 81,000 volunteers in sustainable-minded adventures around the world. This year, you could snorkel on San Salvador island in the Bahamas to collect data to combat Climate Change, or view caterpillars in Costa Rica to see how this species protects itself from the effects of Climate Change. Track leatherback sea turtles in Trinidad and help save the world’s biggest turtle from extinction. Many other volunteer vacations exist for virtually every interest. The trips mentioned range in duration from 7-10 days and cost around $2,500.



If you are a senior

Amizade, Ltd. Founded in 1994, Pennsylvania based Amizade strives to create Global Citizenship through its array of reasonably priced volunteer opportunities. About half of all volunteers with Amizade are older adults. Opportunities exist in the Navajo Nation, Bolivia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana and Tanzania, each trip with its own focus. Costs for the first two weeks range from $1,470 to $1,930 to cover training, but additional weeks are much less: between $200 and $500.


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Orphanage Outreach Since 1994, this Christian-based nonprofit has transformed the lives of

The Peace Corps The Peace Corps was created by President Kennedy in 1961, and “Within five years,

more than 15,000 Americans were serving as Peace Corps volunteers in fifty countries.” Today, the Peace Corps has a presence in 74 countries worldwide, offering a vast array of volunteer opportunities that focus on individual skills and community needs. The Peace Corps is well known for taking very good care of its volunteers, in the form of providing a stipend (instead of volunteers paying out of pocket), top-notch health care and a completion bonus. The difference is in duration of commitment: unlike the other “vacations,” choosing to enter the Peace Corps is a way of life that lasts 27 months. A few other things to consider: volunteers don’t get to choose where they will be placed, and it’s not family friendly. No dependents allowed.

Family friendly

n Globe Aware As an example of being one of the most scrupulous groups out there, Globe Aware suspended online volunteer registration to recently because of fraudulent activity. Prospective volunteers actually had to pick up the phone and talk to a volunteer coordinator at 877-LUV-GLOBE. Most of Globe Aware’s volunteer vacations (or “voluntourism”) last a week and are geared toward involving a wide age range of participants—from grandmothers to children too small to read. Check out their website for extensive journals of past volunteers. Trips include: Machu Pichu, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and Jamaica.

Other resources

How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, by Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, Zahara Heckscher Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide of Global Volunteer Opportunities by Paul Backhurst Volunteer Vacations: Short Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, by Doug Cutchins and Anne Geissinger

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WHALE back in action By Stan Epstein

They’re at it again. The folks who restored New Bedford’s waterfront historic district over 30 years ago are now revitalizing another landmark neighborhood in the city.


he Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) is currently focused on rehabilitating the Washington Square neighborhood in the city’s South Central area. Washington Square is a nine-block area with 166 properties. It covers Bedford Street to South Street north to south, and Acushnet Avenue to County Street east to west. The neighborhood features a diverse array of architectural styles. 95% of the homes were built in the late 19th century or first half of the 20th century. Of paramount interest to WHALE is that 21% of the houses have “historical integrity.” In other words, they look substantially the same as when they were built. Of great benefit is that 70% of the homes are owner-occupied and the owners have been adamant about preserving and protecting the neighborhood. For a while the non-profit organization veered somewhat from its original purpose, concentrating on “one-offs”—single properties sometimes outside of New Bedford. That’s changed. “We are getting back to basics, what WHALE was created to do,” said Lisa Bergson, Executive Director. ”We will be doing what WHALE does best—historic preservation in a neighborhood.” “Today, WHALE is following the same successful model for the Washington Square neighborhood that was used to revitalize the waterfront historic district,” said Bergson.


Mini-grants help The agency has instituted a mini-grant program, offering $10,000 to neighborhood residents to spruce up their properties. One project is completed; three others are in progress. Rehab work at the completed property, at 350 Purchase Street, included repairing the rotted front porch, siding, and painting with a period

appropriate color scheme. Still in progress are houses at 116 Acushnet Avenue, 143 Pleasant Street and 9 Washington Street. Rehab work will range from reconstructing a front porch that mirr;ors the original photograph, replacing leaky bay windows with an historically accurate window configuration, and replaving clapboards and corner boards. The crown jewel of the Washington Square neighborhood was 1 Washington Square, at the junction of County and South Sixth Street. Where once stood a magnificent Queen Anne house now sits a vacant lot. The property was burned down by arsonists in January 2008, just days

WHALE’s latest preservation project, the John Howland Jr. House located at 38 South Sixth Street, New Bedford.

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before WHALE was planning to give the building a much needed face lift. Neighbors encouraged WHALE to rebuild the property. Plans are underway for an identical reconstruction, funded by preservation grants, fundraising and donations. “The house really means something to the neighborhood,” said Bergson. “It’s an iconic building. Reconstruction is not the first tool in our arsenal that we want to use, but it’s the only way to bring this home back” Besides revitalizing Washington Square, saving the John Howland, Jr. House from demolition, stabilizing its structure and replacing the roof is at the top of WHALE’S priority list. The brick mansion at 38 South Sixth Street (just north of the Square) was built in 1834 and is an exceptional example of transitional Federal/ Greel Revoval architecture from the height of the whaling era. It was ravaged by fire in 2005; its exposure to the elements since has caused severe deterioration. WHALE has purchased the house for $237,000 to prevent its demolition and ensure its reuse. As has happened many times before, the agency’s intervention was the only alternative to the wrecking ball.

Back to its roots Established in 1962 when urban renewal threatened New Bedford’s neighborhoods, WHALE has a proud legacy of saving the city’s historical and architectural treasures from “death by neglect” and the “tyranny of the bulldozer.” Sarah Delano, one of the agency’s founders and past presidents said, “If you bulldoze your heritage, you become just anywhere.” WHALE has an enviable record of ensuring that New Bedford hasn’t become “just anywhere.” Originally formed to address the neglect and decay in the city’s waterfront historic district, the non-pr;ofit saved and facilitated the restoration of 20 buildings—or 25% of the properties in that neighborhood alone. Called “crazy” by some critics, WHALE’s visionaries paved the way for the estab-

lishment of the New Bedford Whaling Historic National Park in 1996. “The district would look very different today if WHALE hadn’t been courageous and made impossible projects possible,” said Bergson. Whether slated for demolition, neglected for years or damaged by fire, WHALE revived these buildings, which are meaningfully reused to this day. “Many of the projects found us,” said Bergson. “We stepped in when no one else would. Our litmus test must comply with the following criteria: ‘Is there immediate need? Are we the only hope?” She emphasizes that the non-profit’s success is also due to the continued generosity of local businesses and residents who have donated expertise, products, services and financial support.

Back to the present WHALE has saved numerous historical and architectural gems in the decades since the waterfront historic district’s rebirth, including several that are regularly enjoyed by the public today. The State Theatre in downtown New Bedford was threatened with demolition and conversion to a parking lot when it was rescued by WHALE and reopened as a peforming arts center in 1982, and renamed the Zeiterion. The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum on County Street is the last whaling captain’s home with the gardens intact, and the only whaling era home open to the public. WHALE saved the striking Greek Revival Building from a developer’s plans to convert the mansion to a boarding hosuse and the gardens to a parking lot. The Corson Building, restored and connected to the National Park’s Visitor Center in 2008, almost burned down in 1997. With financial assistance from the federal Save America’s Treasures program, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the City of New Bedford, WHALE stabilized the structure, and restored the roof and exterior. In 2007, WHALE gifted the building to Continued on page 15 The South Coast Insider / May 2010


Continued from page 13 the National Park Service, which funded a $6.7 million rehabilitation project. The Park now uses the building as an education center, featuring a spacious auditorium, meeting rooms, and extensive exhibition space. WHALE is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors, with Peter Hawes serving as President. Considering all its activity, it has a surprisingly spare two-member staff to conduct its daily operations—Bergson and Diane Brodeur, Membershjp and Events Coordinator. A loyal core of volunteers helps to keep things humming. Upcoming events this month include the Annual Business Meeting and Preservation Awards on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm (location to be announced). The meeting is designed to update members and the general public about the organization’s activities during the past year, as well as election of board members and officers. Awards will be presented to corporations, groups and individuals for outstanding preservation projects. Light hors d’oeuvrees and cash bar will be available after the meeting. On a lighter note, WHALE presents a free Architectural Preservation Trolley Tour on AHA! Night, Thursday, May 13 at 6pm, beginning at the National Park Visitors Center. Families and individuals can learn more about New Bedford’s impressive scope of architectural styles and preservation projects. Participants will get a free copy of WHALE’s architectural coloring book, “Towers, Turrets and Tenements.” The tour was a big hit last year, so reservations are suggested by calling 509-997-1776. Although WHALE is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the city’s past, it’s not frozen in time. “We have to allow the historic process to evolve and find new uses for our properties,” said Bergson. “We want to adapt to the current needs of the community.” For more information, call 509-9971776 or visit 14

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Made in the shade by Elizabeth Morse Read

It’s time to start prepping your gardens—the time to turn those gloomy “nothing grows!” corners into oases of cool shade, color and lush vegetation. As few edible plants can survive shade conditions, shade gardens should be designed as strictly ornamental. Think lush foliage and cool-color blossoms, interspersed with potted bulb plants (tulip, daffodil) in spring. With some research and careful care, you can fill in those barren spots along structures or under mature trees into eye-catching points of interest throughout your property. The South Coast is smack-dab in the middle of growing Zone 3 (the USDA determines growing zones by calculating temperature, precipitation and general weather conditions), but given our “northern exposure” reputation, creating successful shade gardens can be a challenge. Planning and maintenance are paramount. So, survey your property carefully before you start.

Step 1: Analyze the shade

Study each shade corner to determine exactly what kind of “shade” it lives with during the growing season. This will determine its needs for soil emendation, watering, pest control and plant selection.

a Deep/Full Shade – those bald, crusty northern-exposure nooks that never get direct sunlight during the day, either because they’re blocked by trees, porches or buildings. Many times, these corners are also very dry, so special attention needs to be paid with these spots. a Partial/Dappled Shade – those northern-exposure areas that get some direct sunlight during the day, but are mostly in shade from structures and trees. a Light Shade – areas receiving partial sunlight at intervals during the day. a Moist Shade – Shady areas along streams, ponds or well-watered flower beds. Excellent choice for ferns, trilliium, bluebells and forget-me-nots. Monitor moisture carefully to prevent rot or infestation.

Step 2: Prepare the garden

For shade gardens, you need to clear away all debris such as bark or tampeddown leaf piles (especially as many trees’ leaves are toxic to plants). As much as possible, prune trees, bushes or vines so

as much indirect sunlight as possible can reach your plantings. Dealing with the soil presents issues. Eliminate as many invasive root plants (such as pachysandra) so that your plants’ roots have room to grow, especially at the base of trees, and till and amend the soil with organic matter and recommended additives or slow-release fertilizers. Mulch with grass clippings to hold in moisture where needed. Be on the alert for adverse conditions that can afflict shade plants—slugs, snails, aphids and Japanese beetles, as well as over-moisturecaused rot and fungal diseases.

Step 3: Select your plantings

To create interest and contrast, think about selecting a small tree or shrub that can thrive in a shade garden. Flowering dogwoods, Canadian Hemlock and certain variations of azaleas are very happy in shade gardens. Climbers such as climbing hydrangea or ivies can cover unsightly vertical areas when trellised or trained. Shade loving groundcovers like vinca/periwinkle and ivies can thrive in the darkest, gloomiest corners of your property, and won’t compete with other plants for root space. Some annuals, such as pansies (viola), impatiens and begonias, can thrive in certain shade gardens. But the royalty of the shade Continued on page 19

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Continued from page 17 garden are hardy perennials that will reward you year after year for your labors. Do your own research online and get to know your local nursery personnel to make the best selection for your shade garden plantings. Be aware that many hardy perennials and/or their leaves can be toxic, so child/pet proof these areas.

My perennial shade favorites

This symbol a indicates a best bet for a South Coast shade garden. a Astilbe (astilbe) – These multi-colored plumed flower fronds need to be staked and regularly fertilized, and may rebloom if pruned. Leaves turn bronze in autumn. Fertilize frequently. Bellflower (campanula) – Bell-shaped blossoms that like some sunlight.

a Fern (numerous names and classifications, adaptable to all zones except for sunny and arid ) – An ancient plant older than dinosaurs, with multiple propagation systems. A luxuriant addition to shade gardens, especially in moist conditions. Many varieties, even for dry/rocky spots. Will spread and send up shooters that can be transplanted. Deer-resistant. Don’t like direct sun, need constant moisture. The curly shoots (“fiddleheads”) are harvested and eaten as a vegetable—a wonderfully crunchy, asparagus flavor (check your local produce aisle in May). Foamy Bells (heucherella) – Deer-proof shade ground cover. Many months of vibrant foliage with many varieties for numerous conditions. Goatsbeard (aruncus dioicus) – Tall white plumes (up to 7' ) from shrub-like foliage that don’t need staking.

Marsh marigold (caltha palustris) – A spring bloomer, takes three years to blossom after seeding. a Plaintain Lily (hosta) – Also called funkia, Corfu lily, Giboshi Almost indestructible self-spreading mounds of foliage, many colors and varieties. A classic shade-loving perennial ground cover. They do send out pendants of lightcolored blossoms, but they are best-loved for the lush, multi-colored foliage. Protect from deer, slugs and snails. Excellent for borders, or along foundations and under trees. Split/divide when shoots pop up and spread them around. a Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurrea) – Light shade produces more vibrant color in these tall late-blooming daisy-like flowers. Protect from Japanese beetles.

Bethlehem Sage (pulmonaria saccharata) – Low maintenance and can tolerate dry soil.

Siberian bugloss (brimnera macrophylla) – Low clusters of flowers and leaves. Prefers light shade.

a Bleeding Heart (dicentra) – A shade garden “must-have.” Many varieties and colors. Sprays of pendant, heart-shaped blossoms above fern-like leaves. Will selfsow if happy.

Solomon’s seal (polygonatun) – An excellent choice for invasive root systems under trees. Protect from slugs and snails. Trinity Flower (trillium) – Tri-leaf flowers, leaves and berries. A beautiful, moisture-loving classic. Plant in autumn and protect from snails and slugs.

Bugbane (cimicifuga) – Bottle-brush spires of flowers up to 8" tall. Prefers moist soil. Cardinal Flower (lobelia cardinalis) – Tall late-season spikes of flowers. Needs careful watering/mulching. Will self-sow if happy. a Columbine (aquiligia) – A favorite for hummingbirds. Delicate, multi-colored spurred flowers up to 3' tall. Like light shade, will self-propagate. Coral flower (heuchera) – Tall flowered stalks from mounds of leaves. Needs careful replanting. Christmas Rose (hellebore) – A rocky-soil hardy perennial. Creeping Phlox (phlox adsurgens) – Semievergreen creeping perennial with a carpeting effect. Daylily (hemerocalis) – Many varieties (try Stella D’Oro) to add interest and color to your shade garden. Long-blooming if dead-headed. Elephants Ear (bergenia) – Glossy 12" leaves are attractive through winter. Protect from snails and slugs.

Virginia bluebells (merttensia pulmonariodes) – Also called M. virginica. 18" high pendant sprays, will self-sow if happy. Golden Groundsel (ligularia dentate) – Tall (up to 5' ) blooms from mid-summer to autumn. Protect from snails and slugs. Hellebore (helleborus) – Long-lasting pendant blooms with leathery, toothed leaves. Ideal for woodland or rock gardens. See Christmas Rose. Knotweed (persicaria) – Available as both an annual and as a perennial. Can be invasive, so keep on eye out. Leopard’s Bane (doronicum cordatum) – Prolific, daisy-like clusters, needs dividing in autumn. a Lily-of-the-Valley (convallaria majalis) – A classic shade plant, these aromatic bell-shaped flower pendants will spread if happy with proper care and division. Great for fillers and ground cover, especially under trees.

Windflower (anemon) – Clusters of flowers from maple leaf-shaped leaves. Will spread if left undisturbed.

A palette of color and texture

Shade gardening presents many opportunities for gardeners to be creative. Those dark nooks can be transformed into an oasis of serene color and cool. Consider painting white those walls and fences to capture reflected sunlight—or even add mirrors. All perennials will thrive in ornamental pots strategically placed. Add wind-chimes, bird-feeders, even a sitting area for reading. If your budget allows, build a fish pond, fountain or add ornamental statuary. It may take a few years to see results from your labors, but well-tended shade gardens can give you as much pleasure as a successful vegetable garden.

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Women’s Fund promotes equity and access Women’s Fund has raised nearly $1 million for women and girls, and has provided nearly $500,000 to 35 community organizations. Kate Fentress is the Executive Director of The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. Located in downtown New Bedford, the Fund brings together volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission of supporting programs that promote educational and aconomic advancement for women and girls. ”Grantees are our partners,” Fentress states, “we have much to learn from each other, in addition to being able to offer them financial support.” She added that she is proud of these collaborative relationships. One example is a partnership with Bristol Community College (BCC) and the State Office of Community Colleges. This “welfare to work” program that also offers the participants college credits, mentoring, internships and job placement assistance. The women who go through this program understand that they are on a path—a path of hard work and education that will lead them out of poverty if they are persistent. The Women’s Fund has chosen educational attainment and economic independence as our mission, because we believe that this issue, to which many organizations are paying attention, is pivotal to the well being of our whole region. “If we can partner with other organizations the tipping point, when high school graduation is the norm, and post secondary education standard for all students, will come much sooner,” she suggested. Fentress said that while the Fund is proud of its work ”there is so much more that we need to do in order to fully realize our vision of transforming the lives of

Kate Fentress woman and girls by advancing equity.” She stressed that a Women’s Fund is only as strong as the women (and men) in the region who choose to support it, through volunteering their time and expertise as well as their financial support to advance change. The Women’s Fund staff and board welcomes the opportunity to engage new supporters. For those who wish to learn more about the fund, check the website at or call 508-717-0283

The Tiara walk/run Sunday, May 9th at 9 a.m. for the Kid’s Fun Run and 9:30 for the 5K Classic. The event starts at Oxford Creamery, 98 County Road, Mattapoisett. Day of registration opens at 7 a.m. This year’s walk/run course has been reversed, making it safer and more fun!

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Parking and a shuttle van will be provided at the “sand pit” at 7am, and runner drop off will be at Oxford Creamery. Tiaras, capes and costumes are welcomed as attire, as a symbol of mothers and motherhood. Registration is online at www.cfsema. org/womensfund, or the day of the event. Pre-registration online received by May 1st, 2010 will be $20, after May 1st $30. The sign up cost for the kid’s run is $5. (All non-refundable). All Kids Fun Run finishers will receive a medal; top male and female road race finishers will receive awards and recognition. Refreshments and rewards will be given out at Oxford Creamery after the race. Registration fees may be dedicated to a special woman or mother in the runner’s life. The money raised will benefit the educational and economic advancement for girls in the south coast region. In 2009, 500 runners joined in this event bring in $20,000 in revenue, This year the Committee has chosen to double their goal. Several generous sponsors including Hawthorn Medical Associates, Dr. Robert Baarsvik, Dr. Ilana Fienerman, Oxford Creamery, Pimental Contractor and many others should make that possible. For more information call 508-612-8775 or 508-996-6914.

Hats off to moms New Bedford Harbor House Family has partnered with the Women’s Fund in the second year of the “Hats Off to Moms” fund raiser. The event will be held at the Allendale Country Club, where Kate Fentress will be the guest speaker, on Saturday, May 8th, 2010, from 7-11 p.m. Join in on the hors d’oeuvres, line dancing and a hat show! Any hats left over will be available at the “Tiara Classic” run, for more information and tickets, please contact Amy Ruggiero at 508-992-6027.

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Zeiterion makes magic by Paul E. Kandarian

There’s something magical about the ethereal pairing of music and image, sight and sound coming together in a spellbinding way. And that’s exactly the sense one had watching First Person: Stories From the Edge, at the Zeiterion last month, a wonderful collaboration between National Public Radio’s Neal Conan (host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation), Ensemble Galilei and National Geographic. The event used actual photographs, toweringly high and wide on the Z stage, and discoveries from National Geographic archives, paired with the nearly mystical music of decided Celtic and Scot sound from Ensemble Galilei. Narrating were Conan and actress Lily Knight, their voices lending life to the words of 22

fabled explorers such as George Mallory, Jacques Cousteau, Charles Darwin and Matthew Henson. These extraordinary photos were compelling enough, such as Robert Peary’s frozen band of explorers trekking dangerously and occasionally fatally to the North Pole in the early 20th century, but matching them to the words of those who lived the experience along with the ensemble’s captivating music, was a sensory experience the likes of which Zeiterion fans have become accustomed.

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cost,” said Z Executive Director Katherine Knowles. Charles Darwin, we learned, the renowned explorer who traveled the world for five years aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, was not fond of ocean travel and suffered from seasickness, an odd thing considering this man’s discoveries changed how we looked at the world. “I abhor the sea,” Darwin said, with Conan invoking his words, “and all the ships that sail upon it.” One of the most compelling segments was “It Possesses Me,” by British Mount Everest mountaineer George Mallory, widely attributed to have said, when asked why he wanted to climb the world’s highest mountain, “Because it’s there.”

Conan read from Mallory’s letter to his wife, with appropriate excitement upon words such as “My darling, this is a thrilling business altogether. I can’t tell you how it possesses me, and what a prospect it is. And the beauty of it all!” Mallory died on that trip in 1924, and it was never known if he and his partner, Andrew Irvine, ever made it to the summit. The work of fabled oceanographer Robert Ballard (who found the Titanic) was depicted in “A New Realm of Life,” showing incredible photographs of life thriving at the bottom of the Galapagos Rift, an area thought devoid of life. Conan said the photos are some of his favorite in the show, photos of clams and worms and other animals more than 7,000 feet beneath the surface, far from the life-giving sun, getting their nutrients instead from hot water in volcanic vents. “The researchers could not have been more excited,” Ballard wrote in words Conan read, “than if they were sailing with Columbus.”

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Durfee students get real by Mike Vieira

The young man in a t-shirt was standing on the side

of the room saying to nobody in particular, “Man, I’ve got nothing left—and there’s not even a food stamps booth. How am I gonna eat?” A perky young lady was comfortably paying her bills with the salary from her nursing career, while another guy nearby had just lost his job as an architect and was working at Macy’s while taking courses at a community college to learn about sustainable energy. For these kids, it was a taste of the real world in the safety of their high school gym.

The first Fall River Credit for Life Fair was held on April 8 in the gymnasium of B.M.C. Durfee High School. The fair involved all 500 members of the Durfee junior class by giving them the opportunity to practice financial literacy and budgeting skills during a highly interactive three-hour event. Monica Spach Curhan, Vice President and Marketing Director of

Citizens~Union Savings Bank, was instrumental in bringing this event to Fall River. “The Credit for Life Fair was originally created by Consumer Credit Counseling Services,” said Curhan. “I’ve seen students at other high schools respond enthusiastically to the event. They come away from the experience observing how difficult it is to make ends meet, and what better place to learn that fact than in a simulation.” Each student was placed in the position of a 25-year old adult and must visit booths to make purchase decisions affecting their finances. They were given choices like what kind of car to buy or if they had to get a bus pass, what cable

The Credit for Life Fair would not have been possible without the efforts of school and community leaders. Just a few of the many are pictured above. Top left: (l-r) Angelina Conolly with Durfee’s Aimee Bronhard; Bottom left: (l-r)Monica Curhan, Citizens-Union Bank and Frank Amorin; Middle: Front row: (l-r) Cheryl Gouveia, Kerri Rivest, Debbie Almeida, Paula Carvalho, Back row: (l-r) Tracy Paiva, Luisa Rochester, Ashlee Philabaum, Michelle Marcos; Top right: John Cooke; Bottom right: Joan Medeiros, BankFive 24

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package they could afford, and whether to eat healthy or buy cheese and pasta. The booths were staffed by members of the business and education community and provided options for Housing, Clothing, Health and Nutrition, Furniture, Transportation, Education, Credit, Insurance, Savings and Retirement, Luxury, Career Counseling, and Credit Counseling. Throughout the process, students were challenged to balance their budgets, and the budgets are challenged with unexpected surprises such as car repairs or cuts in income. They were also able to sign up for student loans and take courses to improve their education. (In the interest of full disclosure, Insider editor was part of the Bristol Community College team that staffed the education booth.) Aimee Bronhard, Department Head of Guidance at Durfee, brought the idea to fruition. “The importance of continuing education becomes crystal clear in this exercise,” commented Bronhard. “It won’t be long before Durfee High School students become independent adult consumers. They will need a good career and fundamental education in the basics of personal finance just to survive.” Corporate sponsors of the Fall River Credit for Life Fair included Citizens~Union Savings Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Bank Five, St. Anne’s Credit Union, Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Greater Fall River ReCreation Inc, and Professional Business Solutions. The Credit for Life Fair has won two national awards and has provided high school students in Brockton, Franklin, Pawtucket, RI and Manchester, NH with a very interactive exercise in the basics of budgeting and managing credit. The organizers are already starting to plan next year’s fair at Durfee. Interested sponsors or volunteers can contact Bronhard at Durfee High School. Community leaders are also suggesting that this might be a good exercise to expand to other schools in the area. But maybe it shouldn’t be just for kids. “I know some adults who could use this exercise,” one volunteer commented.

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of the nutritious, satisfying foods of my childhood. I can still smell the malt vinegar on Friday’s fish ’n’ chips, taste the nutty crunchiness of barley in soups and stews, onion pies, cabbage and root vegetables along with the roast chicken or lamb. I’ve incorporated foods and cooking styles I picked up in my many travels— Japanese, Armenian/Greek, Italian. And I’ve fallen in love with fish, spinach, and oatmeal, even though I hated them as a kid.

Oh, that 70s diet!

I also think it’s culinary karma that my 1970’s grad school menus (remember Moosewood Cookbook?) have come full circle and that the current social climate encourages the “back to the earth” lifestyle (green markets, agricultural co-ops, environmental/sustainability issues). And once I investigated the different dietary guidelines, popular diet/diet programs, I saw that that grad school diet had gained the respect of scientists and the medical profession in the 21st century as a path to better health.

What really “counts”

All of the diets, healthy eating programs and cookbooks would have you obsessively counting something—points, carbs, calories, fats. The only thing I “counted” above all else was sodium content, seeing as the common denominator in all of my physical symptoms pointed to that

as the initial culprit. Fats, too, but there are enough low-fat/fat-free versions of many foods (especially dairy) out there, if you can commit to eating only chicken and fish—the trick is finding those new choices that are also low-sodium. I read nutrition labels carefully to find the lowest-sodium crushed tomatoes, salad dressings/canned vegetables, etc. I’ve been liberal with herbs/spices, garlic, lemon juice and vinegars to pique my taste buds.

I love pasta…substitutes!

My pasta taste-buds were honed in childhood by Chef Boy-ar-dee and Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup. My years living in Rhode Island and New York honed my pasta taste buds, but I now love the slightly gummy chewiness of brownrice pasta (whole-wheat pasta just feels funny in my mouth), Japanese Udon/yakisoba noodles and homemade spaetzle or gnocchi. And, although spaghetti squash is a pain to prepare, it makes a fascinating pasta alternative when served with a vegetable medley, as does cooked barley or brown rice. (See barley soup recipe on page 28) And while I was never addicted to sweets, snacks, soda or candies, I was to white carbohydrates—bread, bagels, potatoes, pasta, popcorn, crackers. As well as to all the unhealthy sauces, dips, spreads and condiments that went with them all. I found substitutes and expanded my horizons—whole-grains breads, flat “sandwich thins,” rice cakes, oatmeal/barley, granola trail mixes/dried fruits & nuts. And I’ve rediscovered a love of vegetables, rarely eat red meat, and I’m never hungry. I love to cook, so I’m having a great time—and all the numbers that count to me are dropping by the month. Salut!

Rediscovering the art of cooking

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Creamy Chicken Barley Soup

1 cup shredded lemon chicken* 1 box fat-free low-sodium chicken broth small onion, chopped 1 lg. unpeeled carrot sliced 1 unpeeled parsnip, sliced 1 sm. purple-top turnip, chopped 2 stalks celery, sliced handful rinsed raw spinach ground black pepper squirts of lemon juice 1 cup cooked barley 1 egg, beaten

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In a large covered pot, bring broth to a boil, add pepper, veggies and simmer until semisoft. Add a few squirts of lemon juice. Add chicken and pre-cooked barley, simmer until thoroughly heated. Stir briskly, add beaten egg to thicken broth. Remove from heat, covered.

Steamin’ Veggies

It’s not just for broccoli anymore. I have a tall, enamelware asparagus steamer that works for everything, including corn-on-the-cob. Here are some of my new favorite steamin’veggie mixes:


olive oil (no cholesterol), minced garlic Mrs. Dash mixes/marinades, fresh herbs lemon juice/vinegars craisins, nuts and dried fruits gagged clean spinach (throw out your iceberg lettuce) barley, oatmeal and brown rice grape tomatoes (great garnish and snack) skim milk, lo-fat cheeses/yogurts, Boar’s Head low-sodium deli meats & cheeses


Gnocchi Primavera

trimmed green beans, thin-sliced carrots broccoli/carrot/cabbage slaw mix (prepackaged) sliced zucchini, yellow squash, scallions sliced carrots, parsnips, turnips for mashing leafy greens (chard, escarole, bok choy), sliced onion/leeks chopped cabbage, carrots, onions, celery

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Sauteed Veggies

Cook a batch and freeze some for soups, stirfry, pasta sauces or garnishes

sliced mushrooms minced/crushed garlic sliced peppers sliced onions, leeks or scallions shredded red or green cabbage sliced celery, fennel, escarole/kale

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Lemon Chicken

Marinate skinless, boneless chicken (breast and/or thighs) in Ken’s fat-free, low-sodium lemon-Pepper marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Can be grilled, sautéed or broiled. Cool, then slice, shred or chop for everything from salads and soups to stir-fry or fajitas.

Rainbow Slaw

small red cabbage, thinly sliced/chopped 2 scallions (whites & greens) thinly sliced 2 handfuls baby spinach, chopped packaged broccoli/carrot slaw (optional) ½ cup Craisins/raisins 1 cup unsweetened applesauce lemon juice ½ cup crushed unsalted nuts/seeds

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Blackened Fish Florentine

2 Tbs. olive oil Lemon juice/wedges Mrs. Dash seasoning shredded fresh dillweed 1 filet fish/person* 1 handful rinsed/raw spinach/person sliced almonds

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Toss vegetables and craisins/raisins, nuts/ seeds. Squirt liberally with lemon juice, toss again. Mix in applesauce; cover and refrigerate. Garnish with more nuts/seeds, cherry tomatoes.

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In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil, a few squirts lemon juice and Mrs. Dash. Saute fish filets*, flipping once until almost cooked through. Throw in dillweed, spinach, another squirt of lemon juice and ½ c. water, cover and reduce heat until spinach is steamed and wilted. Distribute spinach onto serving plates, top with a filet of fish and a lemon wedge. Sprinkle with almond slices. Serve with a yellow/orange vegetable and a baked potato topped with non-fat plain yoghurt and chopped chives/red onion/scallions.

Marinated Veggies

Thin stalks of raw asparagus, trimmed and rinsed. n grape/cherry tomatoes, pierced n thinly sliced, peeled cucumbers n chopped red onion n fat-free Italian dressing Toss all ingredients to cover with Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate, shaking frequently. A great finger food, addition to salads, side dish.

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If you’re jonesing for potatoes/pasta, try gnocchi (knee-awkee), the Italian potato pasta on the frozen aisle near the ravioli. Cook according to directions, then drain and rinse thoroughly—they look like dumplings—great for soups, stews, sides and cold salads—or served primavera with tomato sauce.

1 bag frozen gnocchi, cooked optional: n 1 tsp. minced garlic n rinsed sliced black olives n 2 Tbs. olive oil n sliced onions/scallions/leeks n 1 cup sliced portabello mushrooms n sliced red cabbage n 2 handfuls rinsed raw spinach n sliced red/green peppers, celery n low-sodium Italian herb mix n sliced grape/cherry tomatoes n

Drain/rinse cooked gnocchi. In a covered skillet, heat up olive oil, garlic, herbs, saute mushrooms and any optional veggies (not spinach) until tender. Add gnocchi, stir and simmer for a few minutes. Top with spinach, a little water, cover and steam on simmer until everything’s cooked through. Garnish with tomatoes. Tip: use leftovers to make Italian Wedding Soup with low fat/sodium chicken broth, turkey meatballs/chicken sausage (see below), black pepper, lemon juice. Thicken broth with one beaten egg.

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Thinking about transportation A new regional alliance connects the dots by Louise Hardiman, SRPEDD

Maybe transportation is a no-brainer for you; you just get in your car and go. But maybe you’ve watched your parents or grandparents be forced to stop driving and then struggle with isolation and the inability to buy milk. Or, maybe you have a neighbor or relative who is unable to stay employed because they have no reliable way to get to a job every day. Although often taken for granted, transportation is the lifeblood of our economy and way of life. It impacts everything we do. Yes, there is public transportation, but it doesn’t exist in all places or go everywhere. And it’s not available in the evenings or on many holidays. It is an option for some people and some trips; but clearly, there is not enough of it to offer the level of mobility that exists with the car. 30

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At least while gas remains under $3 per gallon, driving is a source of freedom, as any teenager with their first car—and as any senior who’s given up their keys—can tell you.

A barrier for many For about one third of our population (those too young to drive, physically unable to drive or unable to financially keep a car on the road), transportation is a barrier to everything. That’s something to keep in mind before the cost of driving goes up again. Our federal government tries to help through 62 different programs with transportation funding. There is funding for veterans to get to VA hospitals, for elders to get to meal sites, and for people on Medicaid. There’s federal and state funding for public transit agencies. The States, local communities and private foundations also give money to support various transportation needs. Navigating through the maze of programs and funding to solve an individual need is tough. All of this fragmented funding also results in scenarios where two vehicles travel to the same part of town to pick up

passengers going to the same medical center because the funding source for one trip does not allow other types of passengers on a trip they’ve financed.

A “roadmap” needed There is no one place to call that handles all things transportation—not yet. Transportation coordination is a response to a fragmented transportation network. It tries to use resources efficiently and make a better system, each part working with the others. Last fall, ten members of the community attended the first ever Massachusetts Transportation Coordination Institute, led by the Community Transportation Association of America and sponsored by a grant initiative called Work Without Limits with funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The team from our region named itself the Southeastern Massachusetts Transportation Alliance and put together a work plan to identify transportation needs in the region; and to identify all transportation resources available in the region that will ultimately go into a one-stop information center.

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‘Get Moving’ for cancer care For 11 years, helping raise money for

cancer care, honoring victims memories, and celebrating surviving the disease has made thousands of walkers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers feel like a million bucks. This year, Saint Anne’s Hospital’s 12th annual “Get Moving” walk has the potential to break the million-dollar mark. The Get Moving Walk is a grassroots, community fundraising effort founded in 1999 by community members, hospital employees and patients to help advance world-class cancer care in the region. Since its first year, the event has consistently exceeded its annual goals. To date, the Get Moving walk has raised more than $940,000, net of expenses, including $157,000 net last year. This year’s “Get Moving Million-Dollar Walk” will be held on May 15 at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River. “Saint Anne’s Regional Cancer Care, including the Hudner Oncology Center and the Dartmouth radiation therapy center, touch the lives of thousands in our community,” said Anthony Cordeiro, whose insurance agency’s $10,000 investment as title sponsor represents the largest in support of this year’s walk.

is a full-service, independent insurance agency that offers a complete line of personal and business insurance products. Funds raised through this year’s walk will support the hospital’s $5 million investments in technology and facility enhancements at the Hudner Oncology Center in Fall River and its $21 million investment in the state-of-the-art radiation center that opened last September on Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.

Continuing its commitment

These investments enable Saint Anne’s Hospital to continue its commitment to providing the region with the same level of care found at major academic cancer centers in Boston and provided locally by a team of radiation and medical oncology physicians who are members of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer In-

stitute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. This year’s Get Moving committee is enthusiastically preparing for the “Million Dollar Walk,” setting the goal of $1,000,000 raised by Get Moving walkers back in 1999 and committed to continue growing the walk to benefit the hospital’s expanded cancer care program in Dartmouth. Co-chaired by Karyl Benoit, of Swansea, and Kyra Cordeiro, of Fall River, the committee includes hospital employees, employees of the Cordeiro Insurance Agency, members of the business community, and other interested members of the community. For more information about this year’s Get Moving walk to benefit Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care, visit or call the hospital’s Office of Development at 508-235-5057.

Broadening the reach

“It’s our sincere hope that, in partnering with Saint Anne’s, we can broaden the reach of the Get Moving walk and ultimately benefit patients who rely on the care and services of the area’s most established and respected cancer care program,” he added. Much of the event’s success lies with the support of corporate sponsors and the growth of individuals and team walkers. For the second consecutive year, this year’s title sponsor is the Anthony F. Cordeiro Insurance Agency, of Fall River. Founded in 1987 in Fall River, the agency

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Chile wines are getting hot! by Alton Long

In just a decade or less, the interest

in quality wines from Chile by American wine consumers has more than doubled. While the number of Chilean wineries grew from 12 in 1995 to nearly a 100 in 2009, the quality of Chilean wines has also significantly improved over these same years. This was especially noted when last year (in 2009) Wine Spectator selected Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley 2005 as “Wine of the Year.” But don’t bother trying to find it, as there were only about 6,000 cases and the original price was $75 a bottle. It’s now over $100. This wine and many other blended reds form Chile are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenére. Some add a touch of the Petit Verdot to enhance the aroma and flavor. Carmenére is one of the most distinctive wines of Chile. It is rare and unusual to find it in other wine producing countries. It is an old classic red wine grape originally from France. For some time in Chile, it was confused with Merlot and in fact to this day some Chilean Merlots are actually Carmenére.

Consider the geography

Chile has a unique geography in that it is over 2,600 miles from its northern tip bordering on Bolivia and Peru, to the end of the South American continent. It lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range that it shares with Argentina, and its southern tail sweeps around the southern tip of Argentina providing the closest reach of mainland to the Antarctic continent. Chile, at its widest, is only 265 miles, with the typical width being only a 100 or so miles from the coast to the mountain border. There are deserts in the north and it gets quite frigid in southern Chile. So the vineyards of Chile only occupy an 800-mile strip about in the center of the long skinny nation. They are located inland but still close enough to get the cooling effect of the 34

Pacific, and mostly planted in the valley plains near the Andes foothills, easily irrigated from the rivers and streams made from the melting snow in the Andes. There are “main regions,” each with its sub regions. The jury is still out on which are producing the best wines, but there is no question the red wines do better in the warmer north and the whites in the cooler south. (Remember, not only are the season opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, but so are the geographically warm and cool regions.) It will be interesting when there is enough experience to know where Chile’s Napa Valley and Russian River Valley are. While most of the less expensive wines of Chile do not need to be aged, remember that the vintage in Chile is six months ahead of the European and North American wines. They have completed their 2010 harvest already. In some places you should be able to purchase a 2010 Chilean white wine by December. In addition to giving Chile the wine of the year award, Wine Spectator also listed two more Chilean wines in the top 100 in the

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wine world. Admittedly these are all relatively expensive premium wines, but when a wine area can produce top-notch expensive wines it usually means that they can produces excellent average priced consumer wines. And this they have done.

Genuine bargains

Just to show you how much of a bargain in the wines of Chile one can find, Frontera has a line of 1.5 liter bottle wines running $9 or even less when on special. They produce a dozen or more varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and more. Some of these are also available in the regular 750 ml bottles. The Merlot was served at a recent large fund raising event as the opening wine and it was a real hit. It is a nice fruity soft red wine that is perfect for spring and summer sipping. Frontera also produces some good value specialty wines but they don’t seem to be around. Another good value group are the Xploradera line put out by the Concho y

Toro wineries. They run $7 to $8 for a regular sized bottle. Their Carmenére was also a hit at this fund raising event because many had never tasted this wine. At another recent wine tasting, a Chilean Pinot Noir produced by Cono Sur was well received by the attendees. It was priced at $10 and is often on special. Cono Sur has a number of good wines all at or near this price. They also produce most of the major varieties but have several premium varietals such as some awesome Pinot Noirs, but these can run up to $20 and even $50 a bottle.

Personal favorites One of my favorite modest priced Chilean wines is a Cabernet Sauvignon produced under the Santa Rita label. It is just one of the varieties produced in a collection that are all called “120.” It seems that during the the Chilean revolution in the early 1800s, Doña Paula Jaraquemada, then proprietor of the Santa Rita manor house near the Chilean capital of Santiago, gave refuge in her cellars to 120 Chilean patriots who were trying to hide from the Spanish. The Santa Rita “120” label includes a decent Cab that run about $9 or two for $16, and the Merlot is only $7 or 2 for $12 at some popular shops in this area. There is also a “120” Chardonnay that also runs $7 to $8. Chili produces more than red wines and Chardonnay. At a recent tasting of wines form Chili, one of the most popular wine was a Sauvignon Blanc produced by “Root: 1”. This excellent wine is in some shops at $11! It had a bright citrus aroma with hints of lime, which followed through to the flavor. It was crisp with a nice acidic balance and clean aftertaste.

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It’s a bit unusual for wine and politics to become entwined like it was when the U.S. consumers boycotted the South African wines in the days of the apatite. But now there is an opportunity to use the purchase of wine as a good way of helping a country in need. In fact many wineries lost wine due to breaks in their storage vats when the big earthquake hit. Instead of just buying a single bottle of a wine from Chile to try out, pick out several. If enough wine lovers do this, the increase in revenue will help Chile get back on its feet after their disastrous earthquake.

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As spring ends and summer begins, many hard working students finally achieve their goals and are ready to graduate to the world beyond academia. The metamorphosis can be bittersweet. That is why this month’s Book Picks feature inspiration—for the youngest graduates of kindergarten and grade school—to the college grad and those receiving post-graduate degrees. Kudos to the Class of 2010! Last Lecture

Just Who Will You Be?

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture” in which they consider their demise and ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

“I’ve learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we’re starting out in the world. That’s because in a way, we’re starting out fresh in the world every single day.” Just Who Will You Be? is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech she gave, Maria Shriver’s message is that what you do in your life isn’t what matters. It’s who you are. It’s an important lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of meaning. In her own life, Shriver always walked straight down her own distinctive path, achieving her childhood goal of becoming “award-winning network newswoman Maria Shriver”. But when her husband was elected California’s Governor and she suddenly had to leave her job at NBC News, Maria was thrown for a loop. Right about then, her nephew asked her to speak at his high school graduation. She resisted, wondering how she could possibly give advice to kids, when she was feeling so lost herself. But in the end she relented and decided to dig down and dig

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deep, and the result is this little jewel. Just Who Will You Be? reminds us that the answer to many of life’s questions lie within—and that we’re all works in progress. That means it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.

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It’s that time of year again. The time when America’s favorite pastime is reborn in another season of fun and excitement in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Unlike the big leagues which often bring big ticket prices, it’s possible to bring the whole family to a game. It’s free! What is also great about the Cape Cod Baseball League is that it is local, but the players are top-tier star athletes from colleges around the country. The Wareham

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Gatemen are one of nine other teams located on Cape Cod who provide an opportunity for these athletes to shine. The League runs on contributions from merchandise and concession sales at the games. The Wareham Gatemen, formerly known as the “Town Team,” play their

home games at Clem Spillane Field on Marion Road. In keeping with professional tradition, they use wooden bats.

All volunteers The league operates on a strictly volunteer basis. A lot of the volunteers actually brought their kids to the games, and got hooked. Now they work for the organization providing what they can, from public relations to secretary to internships, everything is there to make the season as enjoyable as possible. Perhaps the best part of family fun in the Cape Cod Baseball League, are the clinics. The Wareham Gatemen are a huge part of the community, because they embrace the spirit of the game, and want to give it back to the fans. The clinic is run by coaches and players to teach kids from ages 4 to 12 the fun of baseball. The clinic begins shortly after the start of the regular season, June 21. It is an awesome opportunity for kids to learn from future MLB stars, and to enjoy the fun of summer. There is also Camp Night, where the kids from the clinic come out onto the field and play a pick up game.

these players are more than that. They come from all over the country from colleges to play ball, and to serve in the community, isn’t that what it is all about? Ever since 1965 when the Major League began to assist in many changes, the Cape Cod Baseball League became something more than just baseball. Players had to be from a two-four year university, have good grades, and be eligible to be employed so they can pay room and board. Host families take these players into their homes, providing a place for them to stay during the season. Somerset’s Jim Pereira has served as assistant coach for the Gatemen, said the Cape Cod Baseball League is outstanding. A teacher at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, he runs Proway Baseball, is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds and is the Curry College pitching coach. He is also a big fan of the Wareham Gatemen. “They are all about the players and fans. It has an atmosphere of the minor leagues, and it is the closest thing to pro ball,” said Jim. Jim explained that the players come to play and practice in a nine to ten hour day, but still make time to spend at the library reading the local kids. The true spirit of baseball is here, in the hometowns and the local fields, where people from all ages and communities come to relish in the freshly cut grass and sweet smelling aromas while watching the game. The first game of the season is June 13 at the Gatemen home field. Information about the schedule and roster, as well as how to sign up for the clinic, can be found at the Wareham Gatemen website: The Cape Cod League website contains the full schedule, information about all teams, and archives. Visit

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Rich tradition Cape Cod League Baseball dates back to 1885, making it one the nation’s first forms of organized baseball. The Wareham Gatemen joined the League officially in 1946. To learn more about the league’s history, including those players who went on to become big baseball stars, check out the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame. It’s located in the “Dugout” at the JFK Museum in Hyannis. A pillar in the seasonal community, the Gatemen are not just a squad of players who just want to get to the Majors. No,


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Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m. Begins at Leonard Pierce Park, Fort & South streets. Learn the history of the beautiful center of Fairhaven and its people, including the Delano family and H.H. Rogers Tour lasts 90 minutes. Free.

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Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m. River-Side Cemetery, 274 Main St. Tour this lovely rural-style cemetery created in 1850 by Warren Delano II, grandfather of F.D.R. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Free.

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Historic Portsmouth by Paul E. Kandarian

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my, and all big and green and not really mean. That would be the “beasts” at the Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth, a most unique attraction in this most unique town that many pass through on the way from and to Newport. Pity, there’s so much to see in the town’s tiny confines of some 23 square miles on Aquidneck Island, a sprawling chunk of land it shares with Middletown and Newport.


he topiary gardens, owned and run by Newport Mansions, of The Preservation Society of Newport County, are on a small country estate owned many years ago by Thomas E. Brayton, a familiar area name. Gardener Joseph Carreiro, superintendent of the property from 1905 to 1945 and his son-in-law, George Mendonca, superintendent until 1985, created the topiaries, 80 pieces of which dot the garden. There are 21 animals and birds in addition to geometric figures and ornamental designs sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. Another unique part of Portsmouth isn’t Portsmouth proper. There are four islands that are in town ownership, Prudence, Patience, Hope and Hog, not nearly as lyrical as lions and tigers and bears, but oh my, what lovely islands they be. Hog is one of my favorites, a 200-acre hunk of land which is populated only in summer and if you like isolation, this is it, there’s no electricity, phone service or heck, roads, people who summer there Continued on page 42 40

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Continued from page 40 get around by golf cart, if they need to get around at all. The tiny island has a grand view of nearby Mt. Hope Bridge on one side and a not-so-grand, albeit distant view of the Johnston landfill on the other. Prudence is another gorgeous little island of simple homes where there are two basic kinds of people, those who live here, those who don’t (a once popular t-shirt was “Welcome to Prudence Island! Now go home!” There’s a ferry here, and if you like toddling around on a bike, this is a wonderful place to do it. I went one summer day and biked to Coggeshall Cove for a little swimming in total and blessed isolation across from Patience Island where on this day, a couple hundred yards away on its rocky beach, was an overturned dory, its weather-beaten pale blue hull to the sky against a backdrop of stone and scrub, a scene waiting to be photographed or painted. Another most unique thing about Portsmouth: Polo. At Glen Farm, a whopping park property owned by the town, is a polo field, home to the Newport International Polo Series, with competitors coming from the world over to compete in this most regal of sports. Portsmouth is also home to US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing in America. Portsmouth is a wonderfully historic place, and a huge piece of that is evident in a small, respectful memorial at Patriots Park, a memorial to the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, known as the Black Regiment, located at the juncture of Routes 114 and 24. A flagpole commemorates the site where the Black Regiment courageously fought off a Hessian attack, saving the American line, on August 29, 1778 during the Battle of Rhode Island. Her eyes had seen the glory of the coming of the lord and here in Portsmouth died Julia Ward Howe, a prominent

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abolitionist, social activist but most notably, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1862. She was born in New York, the Rhode Island connection being her great grandfather, William Greene, was a governor. She is buried in Cambridge. Perhaps the most notable woman of Portsmouth history was Anne Hutchinson, leader of the early settlement in 1638. It is said that Portsmouth became the first community founded in the New World by a woman, though the folks in Taunton may take exception to that claim given that Elizabeth Poole, who settled Taunton, was said to hold that distinction. Whoever it is doesn’t matter; what does is that these were two most extraordinary women who both deserve shared honors. You figure an island would have beaches, you’d be right, there’s Teddy’s Beach, Sandy Point Beach and Island Park Beach to name the popular ones (locals have their own spots, I’m sure), and for nautical eats, you can’t beat Flo’s Clam Shack, a circa 1936 kinda place with all the ambience of a chicken coop— which it began life as back when and still resembles, but serves arguably the state’s best, clamchunkiest clamcakes, and with a great view smack dab on the water. Not to be outdone, nor should it be, is Evelyn’s Drive-In Restaurant on Nanaquaket Pond, serving quite possibly the best chowder on the planet, and running second is everything else on the menu. It is a place so superb, the Food Network once featured it on Diners, DriveIns and Dives, noting its thin-crust, bigbellied fried clams, fabulous Rhode Island chowder and unfathomably scrumptious lobster chow mein. Yes, lobster chow mein. All in all, Portsmouth has it all.

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TAROT-SCOPES by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell We use the tarot to predict your horoscope. If you’d like more in depth & personal information, stop by our shop—The Silver Willow in Rehoboth, MA for a private tarot reading. Aries – Letting go of the past hurts but only confronting your feelings can set you free and bring emotional healing. This month your goal is to get over it, so you can grow. Taurus – Opportunity for partnership is on the plate this month, new relationships or improvements of existing will have you on cloud nine before the month is over. For the Taurus that works in the medical field, your work will be noticed. Gemini – Your Wisdom will go a long way for those that ask for it, but don’t give your opinion unless it is wanted. Deal with facts this month and avoid gossip at all cost. Silence is a gift of Wisdom. Cancer – This is the month to kick-start your initiatives. Don’t be hesitant to try new things and take a risk. Enjoy the finer things in life, relaxing activities, and good times with people you like. Get outside and enjoy nature, this will help you to feel grounded. Leo – Your energy will be high and strong this month. Be confident and finish what you start. Remember when you take risks, you need to be decisive, or change won’t happen. A Taurus around you will create tension and stress, take time slow down and relax. Virgo – This month is going to be an interesting one. You should be use to the chaos but you need to find new ways to deal with it. Follow your desire to do good work and be diligent and trustworthy. Remember to not let things get you down. Libra – Limitations influence your outlook this month. You may be less confident, but this will pass. Be more proactive and assertive and don’t hold back, or fear change. Around the New Moon you’ll be able to face what is making you reluctant to grow. Scorpio – You’ll feel more grounded and relaxed. Force yourself to slow down, appreciate what you have, and enjoy good times. Be careful of confrontations and try not to be moody and emotional. Feelings of jealousy or obsession could become problematic. Sagittarius – This month, take the lead and take risks. Your energy will be strong and your confidence elevated. Be active and keep busy all month. Although you’ll get an added boost when you need it, don’t forget to relax periodically. Capricorn – Money and Love improve for you this month but remember to give something back to a local charity or nursing home. Decisions you make this month will be very practical. Aquarius – This month is all about balance take the good with the bad. It’s not the time to make big changes in your life. Pisces – No more waiting and putting things off. This month your teamwork skills will open many doors both at work and at home. The door is always walking you just need to step through. 44

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HAPPENINGS Through May 15 – The Tiverton Four Corners Merchant’s Association is accepting applications from artists and artisans for their 23rd Annual Tiverton Four Corners Arts & Artisan Festival in July. 401-662-6269. www.TivertonFourCorners. com Through May 31 – Buttonwood Park Zoo is bursting with special May events. Spring on the Farm, May 1. Mothers Day at the Zoo, May 9th. Senior Safari Day, May 18th. Endangered Species Day, May 21. Bear Awareness Day, May 22. Military Service Appreciation Weekend, May 29-30. 508-991-6178. Through May 31 – The Search for Spring Migrants is on. Pull out your binoculars and field guide and head out with Audubon for the best birding of the year! Explore ponds, wetlands, fields and trails for spring migrants. For May programs and activities contact the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, 401-949-5454. May 1 – Sippican Choral Society Spring Concert. St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion. 8pm. 508-748-1866. May 1 – Aerial Photo Shoot, a Star Spangled Experience in honor of Bristol’s 225th 4th of July parade. Be a part of history. 1:30pm sharp. Independence Park, Bristol. 401-573-9453. www. May 1 – YMCA 1st Annual Collection Day for Electronics and Small Appliances. YMCA, 199 North Main Street, Fall River. 9am-1pm. 508675-7841. May 1 – Cartoonagrams, by Steve Brosnihan. For kids 17 and under. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners. 10:30am. 401-624-2600. May 1 – 3rd Annual Spring Scrabble Scrimmage. Fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of East Bay. Barrington Congregational Church, County Road (Rt 114), Barrington. 5-8pm. 401-247-2177. May 1 – Keyboards for Kids, benefit concert presented by the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus. Westport High School, 19 Main Road, Westport. 7pm. 401-253-7987. www.gtcchorus. org May 1 – Annual Sheep Day/Earth Day Celebration. Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule Street, Middleboro. 10am-3pm. 508-9476744. May 1 – “It’s a Blast”: Email Marketing 101 with marketing consultant Bob Salvas. Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth. 10am-2pm.

May 1 – Amy Speace. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508324-1926. www.ncfta.or May 1 – Spring International Beer Festival. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence. Two great shows, 1-4:30pm, 6:30-10pm. Live music, food and unlimited sampling. 401-458-6000. May 1 – Mothers Day Fashion Show and Brunch to benefit the Big Sister Organization. Colony Place, 174 Colony Place, Plymouth. 10:30am12pm. 508-746-7663. May 2 – Spring Parish Buffet Breakfast. St. Mary’s Church, 440 Main Street, Fairhaven. 8:30to 11:30am. 508-992-7300. May 2 – African Children’s Choir. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 7pm. 508-994-2900. May 2 – Mick Taylor Band. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508324-1926.

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May 4-5 – Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence. 401-4586000. May 5 – Marion Art Center Dance Recital. 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. 5pm. 508-748-1266. May 6 – First Annual “Evening of Paws”,Gala Benefit for the Faxon Animal Shelter. McGovern’s Restaurant, 310 Shove Street, Fall River. 6:30-10:30pm. 508- 676-1061. May 7-8 – Nickelodeon presents Storytime Live. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street. Providence. For tickets call PPAC box office at 401-421-ARTS (2787) or visit May 7 – A Night at the Opera and Theatre will Michael DiMucci and Friends. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street, Bristol. 7:30pm. 401-253-0390. May 7 – Little Feat. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508-3241926.

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May 8 – Poverty Point Walking Tour. Old Stone Schoolhouse, 40 North Street, Fairhaven. 2pm. 508-979-4085. http://fairhavenevents.blogspot. com May 8 – Keyboards for Kids, benefit concert presented by the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus. Tiverton High School, 100 North Brayton Road, Westport. 7pm. 401-253-7987. www. May 8 – Green Animals Plant Sale. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth. 10am-5pm. 401-847-1000. www. May 8 – Open Mic Night, Oxford Book Haven & Cafe. Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Main Street, Fairhaven. 4-8pm. 508-992-2281. www. May 8 – Westport Fisherman’s Association “Run for the Water” annual 8k road race and family fun walk/run. Horseneck Beach, Westport. www. May 8 – Cheryl Wheeler in concert. Guitarist John Fuzek opening performer. Common Fence Point, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 7pm. 401-683-5085. May 8 – Hepcats Swing Dance. First Congregational Church, 34 Center Street, Fairhaven. 7:3011:00pm. 401-921-1898. www.havetodance. com/ss/ May 8 – Annual May Breakfast Buffet. 7-10am. $9 Adults. $5 children. Everything made with love, all are welcome! First Christian Congregational Church (Olde White Church), 508673-7179. 1113 GAR Highway Swansea. www. May 9 – 4th Annual Tiara Classic 5K Mother’s Day Road Race. Start and finish at Oxford Creamery, 98 County Road, Mattapoisett. Registration at 7am. 508-717-0283. womensfund/ May 9 – The first annual bike run to raise money for the David M. Moraes Music Foundation, starting at the Somerset Progressive Club, located at 139 Seaver Ave., to the Holy Ghost Club in Westport. Registration from 9:30am to 10:45am. $20 per person. Non riders welcome. Proceeds to benefit Somerset High School music department. For more information call 508-789-7394. May 10 – Clamboil Fundraiser for the Faxon Animal Rescue League. Eat in or take out. LePage’s Seafood and Grille, 439 Martine Street, Fall River. 508-676-1061. May 10 – Storefront Hitchcock. Classic movie night at the Millicent Library. 45 Center Street, Fairhaven (Walnut Street entrance). 7pm. 508979-4085. May 12-June 6 – Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street. Providence.


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For tickets call PPAC box office at 401-421-ARTS (2787) or visit May 13 – Community Places and Sacred Places. AHA! Walking Tour. Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford. 6:30pm. 508-997-1401. May 13 – Purgatory to Podunk, the story of Pete and Debbie Lincoln’s travels to each of the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts. Dighton Town Hall, 979 Somerset Avenue, Dighton. 508669-6421. May 14 – The Hobbit. A giant theatrical puppet production with Theatre San Fils. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 7pm. 508-994-2900. May 14 – The Holmes Brothers. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508-324-1926. May 15 – Fairhaven Center Walking Tour. Leonard E. Pierce Memorial Park, corner of South and Fort streets, Fairhaven. 2pm. 508-979-4085. May 15 – 4th Annual Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival. Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol. 9am-4pm. 401-253-9062. May 15 – 2nd Annual Celebrate Dartmouth Day. Southworth Public Libary, 732 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth. 10am-4pm. 508-996-4864. May 15 – John Gorka in concert. Common Fence Point, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 7pm. 401-683-5085. www.commonfencemusic. org May 15 – Westport Garden Fair. Westport River Gardeners. Macomber Friends Meeting House, 930 Main Road, Westport. 508-673-5170. May 15 – Janiva Magness. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508324-1926. May 15 – Celebrate Dartmouth Day at Dartmouth Grange. Patron’s Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth. 5:30 - 6:30pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under, available at Alderbrook Farm or by calling 508-636-1900. May 16 – Harry the Dirty Dog. ArtsPower’s new musical, based on the classic book by Gene Zion. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 3pm. 508-994-2900. May 18 – Annual Jazzfest in the Garden. Featuring Dartmouth, New Bedford and Old Rochester High School Jazz Ensembles and the New Bedford Jazz Choir. Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford. 7pm. 508-997-1401. www.rjdmuseum. org

May 20 – Potluck Fun Night. Share recipes and food. May’s theme is BBQ & Grilling. Dighton Public Library, 395 Main Street, Dighton. 6:307:30pm 508-669-6421. May 21 – Paula Cole. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508324-1926. May 22 – Fort Adams Opening Day. 90 Fort Adams Drive, Fort Adams State Park, Newport. 10am-4pm. 401-841-0707. May 22 – Chris Smither. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 8pm. 508324-1926. May 23 – Riverside Cemetery Tour. Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main Street, Fairhaven. 2pm. 508-979-4085. http://fairhavenevents.blogspot. com May 24 – Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce 24th Annual Golf Tournament. LeBaron Hills Country Club, 183 Rhode Island Road, Lakeville. 11am. 508-824-4068. May 25 – Lobster Roll Dine-Out. Our Lady’s Haven, 71 Center Street, Fairhaven. 4:30-6pm. 508-999-4561. May 25 – Sunrise Senior Living: Dept. of Motor Vehicle presentation on shifting gears for senior issues. Refreshments included! For direction visit or call 508-9990404 May 28 – Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Teacher Recognition and Scholarship Awards Breakfast. Benjamin’s Restaurant, 698 Bay Street, Taunton. 508-824-4068. www.

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Stop the presses! By Mike Viera

After a hiatus of about ten years,

I’m happy to report that I’m back in the “news biz”—sort of. (That’s why I can write one sentence paragraphs and end a sentence with a preposition.) Thanks to a little reorganization at Bristol Community College, I’m now working with student activities including the college newspaper, The Observer. As many of you know, I spent most of my life working with the Durfee Hilltop and other student publications at B.M.C. Durfee High School of Fall River—and for most of the same 20 years as a “stringer” for local newspapers. So it feels good to get my hands a little dirty from the ink of the printed page, and to work with adviser Jack Conway to help some other students experience the pleasure, passion and pain that come from putting your name on the top of an article.

Permanent press

Unlike the many people who post blogs, talk on the radio, and report on television, when you write for a newspaper it’s pretty permanent. You can print a retraction, but it will never get the same play or attention as the original story. Years later, if somebody stumbles on an old copy of a newspaper, there is an assumption that what is in print is the truth. It’s why you hear the term “paper of record”—it is history soon after the story hits the press. People still clip articles and send them to their family. They still file them in folders for future reference. Even online, there are archives of newspapers that enable historical research, family genealogy searches, and a glimpse at society through its ads and information. Somebody once commented that if a person came up to you and asked you to invest in a business that planned on getting all the news that happens in 24 hours, print it and deliver it to people’s homes every day, you’d think he or she was crazy. But think 48

about it. That’s what newspapers do. Sure, radio, television, and the web can provide updates and information—and are good sources of information, but its message often is heard today and gone tomorrow. Newspapers live on.

Good skills

For students, it’s also a great way to master lifelong learning skills. As I’ve often told classes, “the more you write, the better you write.” I believe that—and although you could make a case that this generation writes more than any other—thanks to their texting, tweeting, and posting—the ability to write accurately, clearly, concisely and fast, may be best learned at a newspaper. Over the past couple of decades, newspapers have become more visual. There’s more color and creative layouts. (Although I often think about a old journalist who looked at one of the early newspapers that began printing in color. “Looks like a damn box of crayons,” he said.) Gone are the days of composing rooms where old guys molded metal into words. The desktop publishing revolution (Thanks, Mac!) put an end to that. The good news is that students are able to use desktop and laptop computers to layout pages. This marketable skill also serves them well.

An important role

But a newspaper’s value is more than academic, it’s really part of our country’s system of checks and balances. As Thomas Jefferson said, “were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Of course, he said that before he became President. But I agree with the sentiment. Unlike some governments that own and control the media, the United States still has a relatively free press. Yes, big business plays

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a role, some media may be liberal, and the bias of some networks is apparent. Still, for the most part, you can find the truth in a newspaper. (Granted, you might have to occasionally look to the foreign press to find it.) Although I love the immediacy of a television news report, their need to show the same clip for hours because they have nothing new to report is annoying. My biggest complaint is that they often don’t get or give the who, what, when, where, how and why of a story. They may get a great video clip of a fire— but, in the report, can you tell me on what street it happened ? Usually, I can play “guess the landmark” but sometimes one three-decker looks just like another. And give me a break with the teases: “Major fire in Fall River—story at 11.” In terms of getting all the information, providing thoughtful analysis, and offering opportunities for debate and commentary, newspapers have simply done a better job. Sorry, sound bite folks.

Technology’s good

Although I love my leisurely weekend coffee and newspaper reading ritual, don’t get me wrong. I also love technology. And as technology improves, the online newspapers may provide the best of all worlds: immediacy, analysis and accuracy. Right now, most newspapers have websites—and some actually have pages that look like the printed versions. As devices like the Kindle, iPad, and other e-book or e-publication tools improve, we may get to the point where the traditional newspaper morphs into an e-format that satisfies everybody. At BCC, our goal will be to have students ready to write and publish for that audience in whatever vehicle is developed. But until they get the feel, including maybe a little virtual ink for my hands, I’m not sure whether I’ll completely give up the printed word.

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SAVE an EXTRA $100 (Total SAVINGS $300)

Keeping cool and comfortable this summer just got even more affordable! Right now you can get a $200 discount, good toward any SunSetter Retractable Lateral Arm Awning — America’s #1 best-selling awning — the smart choice for your deck or patio. A SunSetter makes your life outdoors more enjoyable by keeping your deck up to 20 degrees cooler. It opens and closes easily in under 60 seconds, providing instant protection against hot sun, light showers, and 99% of harmful UV rays. Keeps your home cooler by blocking the sun from windows and sliders. With a SunSetter, you’ll never have to worry about the weather ruining your outdoor plans again. Turn your deck or patio into your own vacation spot — help cut your air conditioning bills — and save $200, too. Call today and take advantage of this special awning sale now. Free in-home consultation.

Call now — sale ends 5/22/10 3/31/10: (000)-000-0000 1-800-696-9495 FREE

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119 Alden Road • Fairhaven, MA • — Professional Installation Available MA HIC #101251 • RI CS #13863—

Visit your BBQ Headquarters

Convertible Bracelets Captivating and Collectible!


Swansea Crossing Plaza 508.673.0561

703 State Rd. • No. Dartmouth, MA


Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

1038 Aquidneck Ave. • Middletown, RI


Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm










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Mother’s Day Event – May 1-20 Buy any 3 beads and get a plain sterling silver one for free or buy any 4 beads and get a lobster claw bracelet for free.

The Fall River Country Club

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167 Borden Street • Fall River, MA • 508.676.7169 Hours: Tue. & Sat. 10-3, Wed. thru Fri. 10-6









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����� Top 10 in U.S. for heart care again. %

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

Our 2010 HealthGrades report card SPECIALTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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

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


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

• Ranked among the top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Angioplasty/Stent Procedures — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

• Ranked among the top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Overall Cardiac Services — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

• 1 of only 2 hospitals in Massachusetts ranked among the top 10% in the nation for overall heart services 4 years in a row — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

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

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



Because you deserve it!

Our porch is so inviting a pleasant place to stay We visit there with friends on a warm sunny day

At times we all debate which views are the best The boats on the water some sailing, some at rest

But my favorite includes the flowers with countless colors to see It’s so relaxing in my rocker with a cool glass of iced tea

I’m convinced ours is “The Best Porch” absolutely perfect for your health It’s at the “Inn” at Clifton please come see for yourself



When compared to other assisted living communities, the “Inn” offers so much more…our almost all-inclusive rates start at just $89 per day and consist of amenities that many other facilities charge extra for—including.......three meals daily…personal care services…housekeeping and laundry services… medication management…emergency monitoring systems…daily activities…registered nurses to monitor your health and well-being…24-hour CNA staffing…planned transportation…and much, much more....... Contrary to living alone in a large oversized house, especially when assistance is needed, the “Inn” at Clifton can be significantly less expensive. At the “Inn” we have no typical apartments—each one is different and prices do vary according to apartment size, location and specific amenities. We encourage you to call Diane, make an appointment and learn more about the advantages of our unique Clifton Healthcare Campus.......and compare.



444 Wilbur Avenue, Somerset, MA, 02725


Clifton is a fourth generation local family organization that, since 1954, has been providing the highest quality of healthcare services to your community, which is also our community.


Proud to be celebrating over 50 years of dedication to excellence.

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