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From the publisher

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On my mind: Letter or artifact

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Dateline: South Coast

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By The Celtic Cricket

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By Magoo Gelehrter

COVER STORY

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Taking healthy paths

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Assonet a good model By Stephen C. Smith

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Knitting circles

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Support entrepreneurs By Sherri Mahoney-Battles

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Baker Books not closing

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Visit CoastalMags.com for things to do

By Lori Bradley

By Cara Connelly

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HAPPENINGS

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THINGS TO DO

Book Picks: Vacation planners

Weber’s keys to success

Visiting Fall River by Jay Pateakos

by Elizabeth Morse Read

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Sweet veggies By Elizabeth Morse Read

I like Green Eggs By Paul Letendre

ON THE COVER Sagres satisfies By Alton Long

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FROM THE PUBLISHER May 2012 / Vol. 16 / No. 5 Published by Coastal Communications Corp. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ljiljana Vasiljevic

Want to get on the right path for a healthy future? This is-

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other day. No, not a T-Rex or my favorite, a George the stegosaurus (from the best-ever classic kid’s book, The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek). I mean a letter. A real letter. A letter written by a human being, sent by a human being, through the U.S. Postal Service, which, unless I’m mistaken, is run by human beings. Anyway, it was a letter, polite, typed, mailed in an envelope, hand-written address and all, with a little square of art, I believe it’s called a stamp, in the upper right corner, return address in the upper left, and the address right smack dab in the middle. At first I wasn’t sure what it was. I mean I know mail. I get literally hundreds of letters a week that in the course of my work that I have to open, read, sort, discard, use, ignore, respond to, whatever. Hundreds. Not one of them has a stamp. Not one has a hand-written address. Not one is delivered by a human being. They all come into my computer, by some magic of modern technology, appearing out of nowhere, all in one place, easy to read, never giving me a paper cut, never giving me reason to leave the privacy of my home to fetch outside, or worse, at the post office. So this…this…dinosaur, this letter, an actual throwback, an anachronism, this out-of-place/out-of-time square of paper and stamp and ink…well, it threw me.

It didn’t come to my house, it actually came, care of me, to my editor’s address, and she told me about it, so I went to get it. And there it was, this 5-by-4 inch thing, this little white papery thing. Inside was a cute little card, with a dog holding a flower in its mouth, and written inside, a wonderfully polite thank-you note for a column I wrote in January about quitting smoking using Alan Carr’s “Easyway to Quit Smoking.” And in the card, a folded, typed letter from the same writer, going into even greater detail, and more polite thanks, for helping her quit smoking. I want to mention the woman’s name, who is from Fairhaven, but won’t out of respect for her privacy. I don’t want her hounded by paparazzi hankering for a shot of perhaps the last known letter writer on the face of the planet. Suffice to say, if you’re reading this my dear, thank you for your thank you and the manner in which I received it. I was thinking of having it analyzed, perhaps bringing it to an archaeologist for help, or at the very least stopping people on the street and asking what they thought it was, until I realized what it was. I’m just guessing here but I figure anyone over 30 might be able to identify it, but anyone far south of that, not a chance. It’s really a lot more serious than I thought. I started checking into things, not by real mail of course,

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that would take too long, but on the Internet, where virtually all of today’s mail is found. The U.S. Postal Service (which I malign but really, if you can get a letter from Boston to Honolulu for less than 44 cents, be my guest) is closing offices, laying off workers, facing cuts of unprecedented proportions because of the lack of people like my letterwriting Fairhaven friend.

Reviving the art I saw a segment of a recent CBS This Morning about Stephen Elliot, a writer and movie maker, who came up with an idea to revive the art of letter writing. He started “Letters in the Mail,” a quaint, cute little notion that he could reignite the long-lost fire of sitting down with pen and paper and envelope and stamp and putting thoughts and feelings down in a manner that requires actual thought and planning. Not that writing emails don’t, but there’s a lot less soul in the electronic version of expression, it seems, than the soul you get taking time to craft expression not just blast it out. He said he longed for the nostalgia and novelty of letter writing, and this isn’t some old bushy-eyebrowed curmudgeon, he’s in his 40s or so, and said he missed the art of it, the excitement of getting a hand-written letter in the mail, of sending one. So he started the campaign through his website, www.therumpus.net. You sign up for five bucks a month


and almost every week you get a letter—hand-written letters, in the mail—from writers who aren’t any old schmucks, but actual writers, like Nick Flynn, Margaret Cho, Emily Gould, Jonathan Ames. Most will include the writer’s return address, at their discretion, if you want to write them back. I have no idea what the letters will say, but these are people who use words for their livelihood, so I’m guessing it won’t be mindless pap. They write for a living, whipping out a letter is easy for them. Hell, I’m thinking of applying for a part-time gig, though my handwriting is woeful to

the point of making a reader’s eyes ache. In a fitting bit of irony, just as I was writing this, I got another thank-you in the mail—an email, but still, a thank you. It was lovely and heartfelt and meant something to the writer who sent it and to me for getting it. I guess anytime you sit down to write to someone—on a typewriter or on pad and paper or at a computer—it means you care enough to take the time to do it. And that’s just special. Only thing better would be if George the stegosaurus delivered it.

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Thursday May 10 through Sunday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. Fairhaven Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven The Footlights Repertory Co. presents the Robert Harling play Steel Magnolias, directed by Trudi Miller. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. For information or reservations, call 774-6444-4539. http://www.footlightsrep.net

Riverside Cemetery Tour

Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. Riverside 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.

Fort Phoenix Historical Encampment

Sat. & Sun., May 26 - 27 10 a.m. Sat. - 3:00 p.m. Sun.

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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

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

Across the region n If you haven’t already, get your vegetables planted soon! It’s going to be a bad season for allergies, ticks and winter moths, if you haven’t already noticed. We may have been spared a harsh winter, but that could mean water shortages this summer, so mulch your gardens. The farmers markets should be opening soon – find out what’s available near you by visiting www.semaponline.org.

n Calling all fishermen! Cast your lines for a million-dollar prize June 15 & 16 at the “Fishing for a Cause” tournament sponsored by the Schwartz Center for Children. For details, go to ffac@schwartzcenter.org or call 508996-3391 x 392.

What’s summertime without baseball?? Be a host family for a Bay Sox player this summer! For info, contact Bob Quirk at 508-961-7224 or at rbq52@comcast.net. n

A dolphin beached on Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven; contrary to urban myth, the dolphins were not stranding on the Cape because of Cape Wind. (Duh—it hasn’t even been built yet!)

Find out what’s good for you at your local YMCA. Check out the YMCA Program Guide for all locations at www.ymcasouthcoast.com. Now’s a good time to register the kids for summer camp, if you haven’t already!

The New Bedford/Fairhaven bridge reopened six hours ahead of schedule! (Now, if they could just finish all the construction on Rts. 6 and 18…), but things will get congested near the Coggeshall Street bridge when renovations on Acushnet Avenue begin. (and just wait until a casino is being built off Rts. 24 and 140!! – and weren’t we supposed to have a commuter train by now?)

n Help support families of children with cancer by signing up for the 5K road race on May 6, sponsored by the Devin Laubi Foundation. For info, go to www.mydevin.org. or call 508-636-7369.

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n The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has agreed to pay $5.3M for the proposed casino site in Taunton, just as the Wampanoag of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are making inquiries throughout the South Coast, too—the Aquinnah have their eye on a 500-acre site on the Freetown/Lakeville line and also a possible site in Fall River. (Isn’t

Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut is in serious financial trouble?) n The inconsistencies and conflicting permitting processes from town to town throughout the South Coast hinders economic development and burdens small businesses and independent contractors. But a pilot online permitting process in New Bedford may signal a change. A recent report released by the Chamber of Commerce and the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative urges all municipalities to standardize permit requirements and move to online processing. n Portugal’s ambassador to the U.S., Nuno Brito, made his first visit to the South Coast to participate in the official launch of a new study-abroad program between UMass and the Lisbon University Institute. n U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) got arrested, alongside actor/activist George Clooney, while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. back in March.

Southcoast Hospital Group was awarded more than $3M in federal incentive funds to facilitate making the transition from paper documents to electronic records. n

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Continued from page 8 n If you’re 50 or over, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program— Vicki Lawrence at Foxwoods (May 2), Lancaster PA (May 7-10) , Cap’t. Jack’s and Mohegan Sun (May 30). Call 508-991-6171.

Acushnet n Plan ahead for the “Farm to Table Dinner” on June 29 at the Silverbrook Farm. For details, visit. www.semaponline.org or call 508-295-2212 x 50.

The newly-reopened Hawthorne Country Club will be offering season passes instead of memberships—and the restaurant will be open to the public. n

Easton n Find out what’s happening at the children’s museum (www.childrensmuseumineaston.org or 508-2303789). Town residents won’t have to stand in line to conduct routine town business, thanks to a new touchscreen kiosk in the Town Hall lobby.

Fairhaven Bristol n Daffodil Days continue at Blithewold to May 6. For info, go to www.blithewold.org or call 401-351-4242.

n Antil’s Specialty Meats and Deli in north Fairhaven, will not reopen. Destroyed by a fire six months ago, Antil’s was a hub of the community for almost 25 years.

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n A 35-acre solar farm, proposed for a remote/non-residential area off Fisher Road, would be one of the largest solar farms in Massachusetts. An additional 19-acre solar farm on High Hill Road has also been proposed.

Two points for Mayor Flanagan for making a pitch to tech giant Google to move their Cambridge operations to the biotech park. No response yet from Google, but there’s no harm in trying!

UMass Dartmouth was ranked sixth of 4500 educational institutions in the country for its support of civic engagement, service learning and volunteer work. It was the only educational institution in the state to win this recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the US Department of Education. In addition, UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing’s graduate program has been named as one of the nation’s Top 100 colleges of nursing by U.S. News & World Report. NSTAR has awarded UMass Dartmouth $1.5M to conduct an energy-saving overhaul and conservation project that will result in an annual savings of $1M and 4.6 million kilowatt hours.

Lizzie Borden’s in the news again. The personal journals of her trial attorney, Andrew Jennings, were recently given to the Fall River Historical Society. In addition, two of the Society’s curators, Michael Martins and Dennis Binette, have published “Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie Borden and Her Fall River,” which was awarded honorable mention for non-fiction by the New England Book Festival. For more information, go to www.lizziebordenparallellives.com or call 508-679-1071.

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A dinner train operated by Cape Rail Inc. was recently unveiled as a new way to attract tourism and business to the waterfront. The two-hour ride, catered by Leo’s Ristorante of Tiverton, starts near the Fall River Line Pier and heads north. For details, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 508-676-8227. n

n “Coppelia—A Storybook Ballet” is open to the public May 12 and 13 at Bristol Community College. To learn more, call 508-673-4880 or go to www.onstagetheatricalproductions. com. n There’s a lot happening at the Narrows Center for the Arts! Commander Cody (May 5), Ottmar Liebert (May 6), Dala (May 18) and more. Go to www.ncfta.org or call 508-324-1926. And Check out what’s scheduled at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River at www.cmgfr. org.

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n Fall River resident Erika Van Pelt made it to American Idol’s Top 10 and will participate in the show’s “Idols Live” tour.

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

Little Compton n Catch a production of Totally Red on May 4-6, performed by the Little Compton Community Center Children’s Theatre. Call 401-635-2400 or visit www.littlecomptoncenter. com.


Lakeville n Congrats to The Town of Lakeville, which was named one of “The Best Places to Live” by Boston magazine in its March issue.

Mattapoisett n Don’t miss the Buzzards Bay Coalition Golf Tournament on May 22 at the Bay Club! For complete details, call 508-999-6363 x 202, or visit www. savebuzzardsbay.org. n Hats off to Sherry and Wayne Gibson, owners of the South Coast Local diner, for hosting a “pajama fundraiser” in March to collect school supplies and donations to help out the tornado victims in Indiana. Marion resident (and pilot) Jan Aarscheim flew the donations out west on a private plane.

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National Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Week May 6-12, 2012 Southcoast VNA salutes our dedicated home health and hospice care staff for their commitment to helping those in need with compassionate and personalized care in the comfort of their own home. Please join us in recognizing the contributions of some of the most skilled and competent health care professionals in the area who provide affordable, high quality health care to your community. Take a moment to salute a nurse, home health aide, therapist, social

Middletown Support the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 30th Annual “Birds & Breakfast” on My 20. Go to www. normanbirdsanctuary.org or call 401846-2577. Family MediCenter has Joined the Southcoast Physicians Group, part of the Southcoast Health System. It has changed its name to Southcoast Family MediCenter.

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Continued from previous page The 8th annual seafood buyers’ tour in March attracted dozens of foreign buyers, more than half of whom were from China, where demand for our scallops has risen dramatically. n

n Ann Partridge has been named director of the Adult Survivorship Program and the Lance Armstrong Foundation Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Partridge is married to New Bedford’s mayor, Jon Mitchell. n A daring rescue-at-sea last summer by a local fishing vessel was highlighted on the Travel Channel’s “When Vacations Attack” series in March. n On the waterfront, electrical pedestals are being installed on the piers, making shore power available to fishing vessels, a move which will lower costs and diesel emissions. Improved lighting is also planned.

Enjoy an evening of free fun at New Bedford’s AHA! Night on the second Thursday of every month. May 10’s theme is “City View.” Go to www. ahanewbedford.org or call 508-9968253 for a full schedule of events – and don’t forget that there’s plenty to do, enjoy and eat at AHA! After Nine. n

n The Baby Project provides diapers and baby supplies at two locations: St. Andrew’s Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church. For more info, go to www. thebabyprojectinnewbedford. blogspot.com. n There’s lots going on at the Zeiterion this month. There’s the Disney Channel’s “Imagination Movers” on May 4, the Young @ Heart Chorus May 5, Boyz II Men May 18, Bowfire on the 19th, and “The Velveteen Rabbit” May 20. Call 508-994-2900 or go to www.zeiterion.org.

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At New Bedford’s Your Theatre, Moon Over Buffalo starts May 10. Along with the Bridgewater Credit Union, Your Theatre will be sponsoring New Bedford’s Jazzfest at Custom House Square on May 18. Go to www. yourtheatre.org or call 508-993-0772 for details. n

n Find out what’s happening at Buttonwood Park at www.bpzoo. org or 508-991-6178, or at the Ocean Explorium at www.oceanexplorium. org or at 508-994-5400, or at the Whaling Museum at www.whalingmuseum.org or 508-997-0046. n A 15-foot pilot whale managed to get into the city’s inner harbor in midApril but managed to find its way out to sea the next day.

Portsmouth Catch Tom Rush May 17 at Common Fence Music. For information, call 401-683-5085 or go to www.commonfencemusic.org.

402-421-2787 or go to www.festivalballet.com or www.ppacri.org. Or find out what’s scheduled at the children’s museum in Providence. Go to www. childrenmuseum.org or call 401-273-5437.)

Rochester n This year’s Country Fair (August 1619) will be at a new site on Pine Street. The fairgrounds is being built by volunteers and students from Old Colony Regional Vocational-Technical High School. n Some town residents have had no place to go for breakfasts after the bakery burned down last summer —but the new café at Plumb Corner Plaza is now open for business! (And there’s always the senior center…)

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Providence n Don’t overlook what’s going on in Rhode Island! There’s lots at Trinity Rep—Sparrow Grass runs through May 13, Love Alone through May 27, The Mourners’ Bench through May 24, and the comedy Boeing- Boeing through May 13 – and Motherhood: The Musical starts May 25. (If it’s half as funny as Menopause: The Musical, you’d better go see this.) Call 401351-4242 or go to www.trinityrep. com. Discounts for seniors, students, educators and heroes (military, police, firefighters). Get discount tickets there for performances of the RI Philharmonic, too! For a schedule, call 401-248-7000 or visit www.riphilharmonic.org. Get in the act at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Don’t miss Swan Lake May 11-13. For more information, call

Somerset Swimming icon Shirley May (France) Setters, has died at 79. She was a worldwide sweetheart after WWII for her three determined attempts to become the youngest female to swim the English Channel. (Oddly enough, she was also Erika Van Pelt’s [see Fall River listings] great-aunt!)

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COVER STORY

For many, a stroll along the Taunton River is a good way to get exercise.

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Want to help keep hearts healthy? Take a walk. Southcoast Health System will soon become the official sponsor of the Heritage State Park walking path. The distinction will designate the existing path as part of a national network of American Heart Association healthy heart walking paths.

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The dedication is made possible through Southcoast Health System’s community benefits program in association with the American Heart Association and in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. To celebrate, on May 5, Southcoast Cardiac Services invites the community to “Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart.” Residents can join Southcoast cardiologists and staff at the

Fall River Heritage State Park’s Visitor’s Center for a walk around the path and enjoy other free activities focused around heart health. The event will take place from noon - 2 p.m., rain or shine. All activities, with the exception of the walk, will take place inside the visitor’s center on Duval Street. Parking is available at the Fall River Carousel parking lot. The day’s happenings will include heart healthy tips and education provided by the


Southcoast specialists from a range of programs including, cardiac services, diabetes management, cardiac prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. The Southcoast health van will also be onsite providing health screenings. Heart healthy recipes and refreshments will be available as well as entertainment, raffles and giveaways. “Heart disease is the number one health problem in the South Coast region. The mortality rate from heart disease in our area is considerably higher than the state average,” explained Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Health System. Our region also has a higher rate of diabetes and obesity as well as a higher number of smokers and sedentary individuals. All of which contributes directly to heart disease. “We would like to see a focus on not only treating but, preventing heart disease,” she said.

First in a series Mello adds that the dedication at Heritage State Park is a springboard to getting the message out about living a healthy heart lifestyle as the designation of the Heritage State walking path is the first in a series of Southcoast sponsored events dedicated to providing education on heart health. They will sponsor/co-sponsor programs, beginning every other month, focusing on cardiac prevention, exercise programs, walking clubs, kids programs, cooking/recipe demonstrations and nutrition programs are some of the programs included in the new campaign. There are over 70 healthy heart designated

walking paths throughout the Commonwealth. According to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), trails are a major component of the parks and the DCR is making a concerted effort to make them a part of a healthy heart lifestyle. The statewide healthy heart trails will be identified by a green heart symbol in the hopes that Massachusetts residents will make them part of their regular exercise routine. They measure 1.5 miles or less in length, have an activity level from easy to moderate and are marked if they are ADA accessible. As part of DCR’s healthy heart initiative, they have created a tracking chart to download to record your walking experiences. For more information about the healthy heart walking paths, visit www.mass.gov/ dcr.

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Baker Books Morphing to serve the community by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

An elderly gentleman wearing a navy blue blazer, juxtaposed by his ponytail and a baseball hat, stands before the counter of the special order section where Deborah Baker patiently listens. “I can’t remember if I actually placed the order...” he begins, “… but it’s called: Every Family Needs a CEO.” I giggle, maybe inappropriately, but I think I am the CEO of my family and so this title strikes me as both funny and absurd. I wonder about the man’s reasons for ordering this book. Baker searches through the computer system and asks pointed questions to arrive at the conclusion that in fact, there was no special order request, but would he like to place one now? She can have it by Wednesday afternoon, she says. After that matter is settled, talk turns to the new store. “Will there be the usedbook section in the new location?” the man asks, meaning, of course, Remains to Be Seen, the branch of Baker Books that specializes in out-of-print, used and hard-to-find books. “I like that section best,” he says with a deep sincerity. “Yes,” Baker answers cheerfully. “That’s going to be the largest part of the store.” 22

The man with the baseball hat walks away, satisfied, his literary needs placated and his desired order placed. Baker, in the independent bookstore business in some capacity since 1989, says that her and her husband’s approach to customer service has really defined their business all these years. “We really go out of our way for people. That’s what Ben and I are all about. Our customer service is what sets us apart.” Customer service, including phone-in and online special orders, a Baker’s Dozen book club, and invitations to store events, keeps Baker Books enjoying a loyal following of book lovers who enjoy the personal attention that the big box bookstores and anonymous online sources such as Amazon just can’t deliver. Being a small, independent bookstore has its advantages on the wholesale

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side as well. “Small publishers like to work with us. They come to us,” says Deborah. The ubiquitous “READ” Euro bumper sticker, seen on many an intellectual’s bumper throughout the South Coast and way, way beyond, is evidence of the store’s reach in the community. “And we never charged for them,” adds Deborah, “…unless the money was for a charitable organization such as the Greater New Bedford Boys and Girls Club.”

Baker Books’ history Years ago, Ben Baker worked for the City of New Bedford, first as a

City Planner and later as Mayor Bullard’s administrative aide, while his wife Deborah was employed as a Registered Nurse. Ben had long wanted to open a bookstore, and as community-service oriented bibliophiles, the idea of an independent bookstore appealed to them as they thought ahead to raising a family. So in 1989, they opened a small bookstore in downtown New Bedford, and stayed for six years until they got the itch to expand. The Bakers sought out a more spacious location, with plenty of parking, and decided upon their current site on Route 6 in North


Dartmouth. Ben’s vision was to create an English Tudor-inspired design to instantly set the store apart, complete with trompe l’oeil “windows” on the outside, commissioned by local artist Steve Remick. “Almost immediately after moving,” says Deborah, “our business quadrupled.” A change from the long days of political work in City Hall, Ben and Deborah happily travelled with their two toddler sons to book shows all over the country, returning refreshed and inspired to the store to bring new and current ideas to the South Coast.

A community leader Baker Books has never been just about selling books. A popular spot for reading groups, book signings and community events, at any given time over the last decade a customer might overhear a poetry recitation, sit in on a discussion group about a book by a local author, or stock up on a refreshment of a brownie and French Roast coffee from Jim’s Organic. If Baker Books is still enjoying success as a community business, why move at all? Deborah admits that business has steadily decreased over the last three years or so, and she says matter of factly, “You have to adapt, because if you don’t...” she trails off, and I smile. She continues. “This decision is very bittersweet. Ben and I have just reached a point in our lives when we want to spend more time together, and work shorter hours. We will continue to

be involved with the business, and we will continue to manage our properties downtown, so we do feel as if we are doing our part for the city.” Deborah is humble. Clearly, she and her husband have served in significant ways as community leaders over the last few decades. Ben has been an active, generous board member of the Global Learning Charter Public School, a Junior Warden in his church, and has contributed to countless charities’ successes over the years. Deborah continues to keep her RN status, as well as manage the store of late. She also serves on the board of the Greater New Bedford Boys and Girls Club and the Zeiterion Theater.

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For many of the area’s residents, the city of Fall River may not seem like a tourist destination when you think of other places like Florida or Washington, D.C. or even Mexico. That, in and of itself is unfortunate. This area has much to offer people with hundreds of them coming each week to check out places like Battleship Cove, the Marine Museum, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, or just the stunning water views many of us have long taken for granted—especially those driving through the city on their way to the Cape.

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W

hile Fall River doesn’t necessarily have to market itself to the people who live in its midst, we clearly have to do a better job of making people realize the beauty of this area and the need to visit here to provide muchneeded tourism dollars into our local economy. After years of one step up and two steps back in downtown New Bedford, things have made a positive turn with the building of the new Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel and the restructuring of Route 18 that will allow tourists a safer way to explore the cobblestone streets of New Bedford, the Whaling Museum, area restaurants and bars and much more the area has to offer. In Fall River, while the plan is to eventually pull down the Route 79 spaghetti ramps to clear the waterfront for tourism, that is still many years away. Things need to happen now. Renovations to the boardwalk and state pier in Fall River will help, but more is needed. The first Fall River Dinner Train blew through the city in April. A great idea to spark tourism, but a temporary one. The city and its waterfront businesses need a staying tourism force, something to make people want to come here consistently.

King cites gems “Fall River has a lot of gems on the waterfront and off from Battleship Cove and the Marine Museum through to Lizzie Borden and the Lafayette Durfee House. In this economic

climate tourism is a main driver for income to a city, but each dollar is hard to get as families make choices about their leisure time spending,” said Brad King, Executive Director of Battleship Cove. “There needs to be more co-ordination of tourism support for Fall River and we are missing out certainly on support funding to promote the area from the State because the mechanism is not there through regional offices to get it to the South Coast. We are working on this.” he added. King said while the area businesses and attractions are doing the best they can as individual entities, they

here and for the most part, many don’t.

Signs needed “Signage and more aggressive marketing of the city is needed. The changes to Route 79 will be a major help, but we need action now,” said King. “Fall River is a diamond in the rough. It will shine. It’s a ‘can do’ city—it has to be.” The Battleship is putting a lot of energy into its unique outdoor Pearl Harbor Experience. They will have a swing dance on the fantail of the battleship in August to celebrate the Spirit of ’45 and in between, King said they will have many great things for kids including

Fall River is a diamond in the rough. It will shine. It’s a ‘can do’ city—it has to be. are working on getting together in partnerships so they can all help each other and therefore benefit the communities they are in. “Fall River needs a tourism office and a tourism leader to champion the city. We are doing our bit and I know the Mayor and councilor Dave Dennis are looking at this problem,” said King. “For the South Coast, Battleship Cove is a major attraction and Bristol County is book-ended with us at one end and with the fabulous New Bedford Whaling Museum at the other. In between are the most amazing maritime history and dramatic coastline. There’s something for everyone” he continued. But again, people have to know that these gems are

the “Hunt the Rats” that took place during school vacation week. Echoing King’s words, Paul Simister, Chairman of the Fall River Marine Museum and President of the Friends of Heritage State Park said the fate of tourism in the city lies with the city itself. “Until the city decides to create a line item in the budget for tourism, tourism will continue to struggle,” said Simister, “We all have funds in our budget for day to day expenses, but none of us has the money needed to advertise the way we need to; to promote the city or the area like we must.”

A director would help Fall River, at one time, had its own tourism director,

something it no longer has, with the Fall River Office of Economic Development holding that hat, among others. Simister recalled the success under former tourism director John Gibbons, who is now sales director for the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. Simister saw on the news of a visit made to the Providence area by the Baltimore Ravens football team that was heavily publicized in the newspapers and television. That, he said, was the impact of a tourism person focused on making the area better, something Gibbons always did well in Fall River. Simister, whose Friends of Heritage State Park put on family-friendly concerts and festivals each year though some are in jeopardy due to a lack of grant funding this year, said plans are in the works to make the Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center into more of a tourist information stop like they used to have on Swansea 195 before the state shut it down a few years ago. “We’ll set up the visitors’ center like we used to have, with racks of information of everything going on in the South Coast,” said Simister. “Maybe we can get someone to help us there or to put some signs on 195 to get people to stop here. Make Heritage State Park a true visitor’s center.” With plans to pull down the Route 79 spaghetti ramps that will pave the way for an opening up of the waterfront and potentially more development to attract tourists, Simister said Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page talking about the improvements the ramp removals may do for the waterfront or its tourist attractions would be very premature. “If that happens, that may be three years of traffic issues of people trying to get to the waterfront, a very scary thought for everyone down there,” said Simister.

“Everyone is struggling already and I hope that when the ramps are down and everything is said and done, that everyone will still be around.”

Make it a priority Fall River City Councilor Dave Dennis, Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Economic Development & Tourism said Fall River will need to make a long

CHRONICLE’S CALLS By Dana Rowe Conductor, Cape Cod Central Railroad

Train struggles down neglected rails for its meeting with history citizens all come out to see the past, shoot pictures and shout hails. Five decades since the last one came: Train struggles down neglected rails but oldtime glory will reclaim with fervor all become inflamed Progress slow and the grade is strewn ancrestral memories commune Train struggles down neglected rails all pass a happy afternoon Past the site of Quequechan’s falls Winding past old factory walls “Fall River!” the conductor calls Train struggles down neglected rails

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term commitment to establishing an effective infrastructure to support a concentrated and focused effort on tourism development. “We need to inventory our tourism assets and prioritize them to take maximum advantage of the city’s full tourism potential,” said Dennis. “We will need to decide who and what we want

good place to work but also a great destination to visit and return to,” said Dennis. “We need someone whose focus is to work full time in establishing, monitoring and coordinating a comprehensive tourism program that will complement the city’s rich history, natural geographic advantages and resources. We need someone who combines the passion, expertise and local

to be as a destination and how to effectively brand the city and build a statewide, national and international campaign to attract tourists into our city.” Like Simister, Dennis said the city needs to allocate adequate financial and human resource to create, implement and sustain an effective tourism program. There will truly be no tourism without that. “We have not made a serious effort to becoming a tourist’s destination since 2002 when we had a tourism director employed by the city. It will take the combined leadership of both elected officials and the private sector working together to promote and market Fall River as not only a

knowledge to reach outside of our city and sell our city’s advantages and integrate us into the larger tourism networks.”

Energizing local interest With the recent dinner train, and additional daily train rides for children during school vacation dubbed the “Hobo express” as well as a potential for a high speed ferry service out of the state pier, Dennis said these plans and ideas will energize local interest and enthusiasm by highlighting some of the potential the city has and its connection with the past and how the past can and should be part of the future. “Both the trains and the waterway have played a


significant part in the history and development of Fall River,” said Dennis. “Hopefully, people will reconnect with that history and a renewed interest and sense of pride will be sparked by seeing the train and the boats running again in Fall River.” Dennis said Fall River will need to keep working on its Master Plan until it is fully implemented and engaging

“Fall River is poised to take great advantage of the new urban migration that is taking hold throughout the country. As certain segments of the population move back into our cities to live and work, Fall River can capitalize on this important trend by incorporating the kinds of amenities they will require including housing, shopping, restaurants and art and cultural venues.

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state and federal officials to ensure adequate funding is available as development continues on the waterfront and downtown. He said the city should also consider a plan that identifies a strategically significant part of the city for a comprehensive revitalization such as Quincy is doing.

Improve public spaces “In the interim we must work on improving our public places to make them friendlier, easier to access and more conducive to urban development. We must continue to add more walking and biking paths and improving our public spaces with special emphasis on the city’s Olmsted parks,” said Dennis.

We need leadership with the right vision and foresight to recognize the opportunities that are available and to capitalize on them,” Dennis continued. It can be argued that there is more being done now than ever to improve the tourism balance in the city. But like so many false starts here or in other parts of the state where tourism needs to improve, there has to be a concrete plan that must be carried out. These businesses have been promised so much over the years and are, at times, apprehensive to believe better days are ahead. They want to live those better days now, not 10 to 20 years from now. No one will care then because it will be too late.

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of an entrepreneurial nation by Sherri Mahoney-Battles

Do you dream? Americans have always been dreamers. Immigrants who made their way through the gates at Ellis Island dreamed of a land of opportunities for those willing to work hard, a place where one could work hard, earn a fair day’s wage and build a life for a family. These people came to America with dreams in their pockets and passion in their hearts, and America opened her arms to these dreamers. Indeed, she proclaimed, “Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Immigrants who found their way to her shores found a difficult life, but their tenacity and perseverance made America great. These poor broken dreamers brought their ideas, their dreams and their backs and America, a nation of industry, was born. America’s factories 32

and corporations flourished, and their employees were rewarded with secure futures. My own father was a telephone company worker, my mother a postal worker. The mantra that they preached to us, their children, was to find good company or public sector jobs where our futures would be secure. They came from a generation when jobs had provided retirement, health insurance and security.

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numbers of factories have left our shores for countries where labor is cheaper and regulations less stringent. The large corporations that were once the wage-providers of our culture have pulled the rug out from underneath many lifetime employees leaving them stranded without jobs, futures, or health insurance. Our unemployment lines are filled with people both young and middle-aged, and we cannot afford to wait for “big business” to bail us out. Out of darkness comes light, and out of the direst situations comes great room for opportunity. Is this not a time of opportunity? As the tax filing season begins to wind down I reflect back on the returns I have prepared. Nothing stands out more than the huge number of returns prepared for people who were receiving unemployment benefits. Years ago these 1099-G forms were few and far between.

In the last two years I have prepared so many returns with unemployment benefits that I can enter the federal identification number from memory. Over the last few weeks, I met with three clients all newly unemployed. One of them told me that he knew of people who were unemployed and some who had lost homes due to foreclosure, but that he never saw any of these things in his own future. These people are between the ages of 40 to 55. They are worried about finding jobs in this economy and competing against people who are younger and willing to work for a fraction of what they were used to earning in their former jobs. They are looking at their employment experiences and wondering if they should invest their efforts into finding another job or use this opportunity to explore their dreams of starting a business.


Real risk, real dreams Tony Puleo and his brother Bill were employed by a precision sheet metal manufacturer in Canton, MA for over thirty years. They and seventeen other employees were laid off in 2008 when the company they worked for changed their method of manufacturing. Tony remembers the devastating feeling of waking up one morning without a job. He recalls the sensation of not having a place to go in the morning after going to the same place every day for thirty years. He struggled with the fear of starting over and building a business in his late forties,

had it easier if the economy were stronger. However, it’s also likely that they might never have left secure jobs and taken the risk of starting their business if they hadn’t been laid off. Tony and his brother have turned a bad economy into an opportunity, and they have become entrepreneurs.

Act locally The key to our economic future lies in the hands of entrepreneurs like Tony and his brother. We need the strong backs of these entrepreneurs brave enough to step forward and put forth their ideas,

The key to our economic future lies in the hands of entrepreneurs but there didn’t seem to be many other options at the time. According to Tony, he and his brother had the knowledge, but their type of business required a significant investment in order to purchase expensive machinery. They risked everything, borrowed the necessary capital and held their breath. They went for over a year without being able to take a paycheck. Customers knew them, but due to the economy work was slow. They hired all seventeen of the laid off employees. After three years, their business is just starting to become profitable, and he adds that they might have

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and these entrepreneurs need the support of their American neighbors. We need people courageous enough to open businesses and factories again for these are the places that will provide our unemployed with jobs. We need shopowners, bakers, repairmen, and craftsmen who can provide quality products and services with pride, and they need us to cast our financial vote for locally made and grown American products. As consumers we can make the decision to support these entrepreneurs. We can elect to circulate our resources back into our own economy rather than send them abroad. The South Coast Insider / May 2012

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Sweet vegetables! by Elizabeth Morse Read

I discovered an amazing way to overcome cravings for sugars and empty carbs by experimenting with new ways to cook and prepare vegetables. Imagine your picky family salivating over Brussels sprouts, spinach or parsnips! Here’s a guide to serving super-healthy local produce that will fill their plates (and bellies) and stifle their cravings for junk foods and prepackaged meals. There is a Chinese proverb, “a chicken poorly cooked is a chicken that died in vain”—and the same can be said about vegetables. Most Americans lose their taste for vegetables after eating slimy, reheated frozen spinach in the school cafeteria or boiled-to-death canned carrots in a homemade stew or else wilted, oversauced veggies at a salad bar. But if you’ve ever fed a hungry baby early in the morning, s/he is as enthusiastic about spooned pureed beets as about applesauce. Why?

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Because babies respond to and enjoy natural sweetness—they don’t care whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable. We just need to relearn that instinct for enjoying the sublime sweetness of vegetables.

Almost “candied”—caramelization You already know what caramel is— melted sugar. I’ve been cooking for a long time and have sampled cuisines from all corners of the earth, yet caramelization (spelled caramelisation in England) is the one simple cooking technique that gets little mention or attention. Because many vegetables have a high sugar content, this method is the perfect way to bring out that sweet taste we crave. It all has to do with chemistry and heat, so I’ll spare

you the details (I flunked chemistry in high school—twice). But once you experiment with this technique, your dinners will never be the same.

An easy process High-water vegetables like celery and lettuce don’t caramelize well, but dense high-sugar root vegetables and onions do. They must be cut uniformly (all diced or all thin-sliced, for example) and spread evenly on the bottom of a skillet (some swear by cast-iron) with olive oil and a dab of butter melted over medium heat. Shake/stir constantly (uncovered) to maximize even heating on all cut surfaces and to prevent scorching. Experiment first with onions—when they’re glassy-looking and starting to turn a uniform nutty brown, they’re caramelized! Warning—this process cannot be speeded up by turning up the heat—it can take onions up to half an hour to reach perfection. But the time-investment is well worth it. These beauties can be served atop meats, added to


dips, gravies, stuffing or stews—and they freeze well , so always make a big batch. Try caramelizing carrots or parsnips the same way. Slice very thin (¼”) on the diagonal and proceed as above. When they cool, they make great finger-food or side dish. If you want to caramelize several vegetables at one go, cook the denser root veggies first, push to the side, then cook the onions last. As long as you keep stirring over medium heat, you’ll end up with a sweet medley of soft-but-crispy, nutty vegetables. Even the most die-hard vegetable-haters and I-don’t-havetime cooks will be converted. You can find a multitude of recipes or instructional videos online about caramelizing vegetables. There are even crock-pot versions of the recipes.

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A vegetable sampler Brussels Sprouts: A cabbage vegetable, this is best steamed or roasted and tossed with ground caraway and a little olive oil. Carrots: Next to beets, carrots are highest in natural sugar content. But, if all you’ve ever eaten was boiled canned carrots, it’s no wonder you’re not interested. Yet once you’ve eaten them steamed with star anise (they’ll taste like licorice!), or caramelized with parsnips and onions, or shredded raw in salads/stir-fry, you’ll give them a second look (and taste). I buy a 2 lb. bag of peeled baby carrots every week. Cauliflower: the milder alternative to broccoli, it’s great raw, roasted, mashed with potatoes (“caulipots”) or steamed and sprinkled with paprika.

Cook up a batch of many vegetables every week—and serve them as sidedishes, in soups and in casseroles or freeze for future meals. Leafy greens, root vegetables, squashes, beans, red/ orange vegetables, cabbages, onion/ garlic vegetables—cook one of each and incorporate them in your weekly menu (yes, leftovers are good for you.). Get out your steamer (one of my favorite ways to cook veggies) and a skillet, look over your spice/herb rack, and save your steaming water as broth for soup.

Corn: think “butter-and-sugar” sweet corn in the summer. But you can steam-and-freeze whole ears for winter meals. Or slice the cooked kernels off the cob and add them to soups, chili, casseroles or cold on salads.

Variety is the spice/herb of life

Green (string) beans: Steam and toss with some dillweed and caramelized onions [see above].

Look at the “sweet” spices you’d use when baking—anise, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, fennel or Chinese five-spice powder—those flavors can bring out the natural sweetness of many vegetables, too. You don’t need to add brown sugar or maple syrup or molasses. And don’t forget the gentle “sweet” herbs—caraway, mint, paprika, tarragon, or dill weed—that can bring out the sweetness in vegetables, so experiment.

Dark, leafy greens: Many people complain of a bitter after-taste when they eat spinach, kale, escarole, collards or chard. Here’s the trick—sprinkle ground nutmeg over them before you steam them. For whatever reason, they don’t taste like nutmeg when they’re done—but they’re not bitter any more, either. Kale actually tastes sweeter when harvested after the first frost.

Onions: Yes, onions can be incredibly sweet—leeks have a milder, less pungent taste than round onions (red, yellow, white) and are sweetest when barely cooked. Vidalia (sweet) onions are great in salads or raw on burgers. But all of them are at their sweetest when caramelized.

Parsnips: They’re not just for old ladies anymore! These very sweet root vegetables almost taste like bananas—they’re great raw, steamed and mashed with carrots, roasted or caramelized. Peas: Fresh or frozen, these can be gussied up with mint or dillweed. Peppers: Those long light-green Italian peppers (also called cubanelle or banana peppers) are much milder when cooked than green bell peppers. They stir-fry quickly and make great additions to spaghetti sauces, or served with sausages or meatloaf, or atop pizzas (and they won’t make you burp). Pimentos (roasted red peppers): a little jar of these will add a subtle flavor (and some color) to bland foods like rice or noodles. Potatoes: the backbone of many meals, kick ‘em up a notch by mashing them with parsnips or cauliflower, or add fresh herbs like dill weed or tarragon. Red Bell Peppers: If you’re looking for a crunchy sweet snack that doesn’t taste like a vegetable, start with this. Even when stir-fried or roasted, they retain that taste and make a good contrast for sharper flavors. Sweet Potatoes: their natural sweetness can be heightened with a little ginger or cinnamon. Turnips: Yes, even the lowly purpletop turnip and radishes can be julienned and stir-fried or caramelized. For a real treat, try the Japanese radish called “daikon.” And for whatever reason, when turnips are mashed with carrots, it all tastes wicked sweet to me. Winter Squashes (acorn, butternut, etc.): Spare yourself some heartburn and buy them halved and/or peeled (your produce manager will be happy to oblige). Sliced raw, they taste like melons. They can be microwaved or oven-baked, then scooped out and mashed with sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc. The South Coast Insider / May 2012

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I like Green Eggs by Paul Letendre

I’d heard a lot about “Green Eggs,” a lot. A number of people had said, “Try it.” So I did. Green Eggs is a breakfast place in Bristol. I went on Wednesday, but they are closed on Wednesdays. I went on Thursday; I was famished. I was late for breakfast, but they are open until one so I had breakfast for lunch. Green Eggs is located in the Bell Tower Plaza in Bristol, at the intersection where Gooding Avenue becomes Narrows Road and Metacom Avenue (Rt.136). This place can easily be overlooked. If you were driving by looking for a place to eat, it’s doubtful that you’d spot it in a corner of the plaza where it does not stand out. Super deluxe omelet I ordered the special for the day, a super deluxe omelet with a coffee. The omelet was a combo of veggies and sausage. I know that it tasted good because I wolfed it down. The coffee was excellent; I’d guess a medium to dark roast with more coffee flavor than the Dunkin-style but not the over-roasted blend favored by Starbuck fans. The food was good and plentiful, the place seemed to be a plain, strip-mall non-descript restaurant. I wasn’t wowed; it seemed a little pricey. A week or so later, I returned. I paid more attention to detail this time. I tried their “Fit & Trim,” a fresh veggie egg white omelet served with wheat toast and fresh fruit.

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Don’t overlook quality I realized that the first time I was in Green Eggs I overlooked the quality of the product that was being served. Shame on me—this little restaurant doesn’t scream “earthy-crunchy” like Whole Foods does, it doesn’t wow you with ambiance or sizzle. This little place has more in common with a freshly caught cod, or a genuine extra virgin olive oil in an unpretentious container. This little restaurant offers an unadulterated, unadorned real thing. The reality is greater than the perception…how refreshing. Green Eggs will delight and nurture at a price that is reasonable. Green Eggs, 401-253-3443, takes only green cash, no credit cards.

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Sagres: Tudo Bem! by Alton Long

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ant to discover some great Portuguese food? Explore the menu at Sagres Restaurant in Fall River, Massachusetts. Named for the town of Sagres, located at the very southeastern tip of Portugal and known for the great ships and the explorers who departed from there. The menu at this Fall River institution is decidedly Portuguese, but there are many classic dishes, ranging from seafood and chicken to great soups and fine steaks. But most folks go there for their wonderful Portuguese fare.

First things first Some of their most popular dishes are their shrimp dishes. Often a table of four and even larger groups a will order two or more of these for an appetizer. Camaroa Alhinjo (“camaroa” is Portuguese for shrimp (at about $10) is sautéed in garlic, white wine sauce and picante sauce, and the other, shrimp Mocambique (also at about $10) is cooked in butter, olive oil and onions, and flavored with mouth watering spices including red pepper, parsley and Tabasco (according to some folks who have deconstructed this luscious flavor.) Another popular appetizer is little necks sautéed in a tomato bouillabaisse sauce, or, if you prefer, in olive oil, fresh parsley, and broth (both at about $10). Some will chose the nice block of goat cheese with a bit of red pepper garish for an appetizer ($7). At this point the choice of wines must be mentioned. A glass per person or a full bottle of a classic 38

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Portuguese Vino Verde (literally “green wine”) should be ordered with the appetizers. This is a light fruity wine and will go extremely well with the shrimp or the cheese as well as with any of the chicken, shrimp or fish dishes you might order for your dinner.

The main course The main courses, and there are almost two dozen, include seafood, pork, beef and chicken dishes. Some of the most popular entrées are the Carne No Espeto, which is marinated sirloin steak presented on a skewer with green peppers and onions accompanied by French fries, rice and salad. Another popular entrée, also served on a skewer, is Carmaro No Espeto, jumbo shrimp coated with flour and seasonings and grilled. They are finished with Chef Antonio’s special

“Picante Sauce” along with French fries, rice and salad. This masterpiece is only $14. The menu opens to a page of over forty different wines. They range from $17 for a Portuguese white wine Gazela and an $18 red, Dao Grao Vasco to Mouras Reserva Blanco at $30. The red wines are $18 Mouras Private Selection to B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) at $40. Their house wines, available by the glass or bottle, are Foxbrook Cabinet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and white Zinfandel at $4 a glass or $17 a bottle. In addition, Sagres has an excellent selection of Classic Ports.

Royal desserts To complete your meal, you’ll be tempted by traditional Portuguese Custard and Bean Pudding Cake, or perhaps Tiramisu, Vanilla


Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse and Passion Fruit Pudding. And then there’s the classic Portuguese dessert, a Pudin Bolacha de Maria made from cookies and cream. Though the current recipe originates with an English baker in 1847, it became very popular in Portugal during the Spanish Civil war. It was also the basis for the cake used to celebrate the marriage of the Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia with the Duke of Edinburgh. So when you eat this dessert you are feasting like royalty!

Old world charm Sagres is located on the slopes of Columbia Street on the east side of the Taunton River. It is not too steep, but when you get into Sagres you will see that the restaurant has three levels. One enters on the lower level, which has a bar and a few tables. You are then usually seated in one of two well-appointed adjacent rooms. There are only a few stairway steps between each of the rooms. A niche off the side of the steps going from the second dining area to the third room is used on weekends when musicians often play traditional Portuguese instruments. Often there is a vocalist, singing in the traditional Portuguese Fado style. By the way, the wait staff, mostly all men in dark trousers and white shirts, really hustle. If you need something you can flag any of them who are passing by and they will quickly and politely accommodate your request. So here you have not only first class food but also first class service. Sagres is a bit like being transported back to Lisbon where the food is terrific and delicious, the entertainment authentic and wonderful, and the traditional Portuguese atmosphere friendly and warm. Sagres is located at 177 Columbia Street in Fall River. Call 508-675-7018 as reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Visit www.sagresrestaurant.com

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South Main Street, Assonet You get what you ask for by Stephen C. Smith

How can we approve more subdivisions and still preserve open space and farms? How can we permit new revenue-generating development without causing too much traffic congestion in our neighborhoods? How do we respect private property rights while preserving community values? How do we weigh the adverse impacts on some residents versus the larger benefit to many residents? As South Coast communities try to plan for their future, they are confronted with those questions and dilemmas again and again. Will the turbines be erected in Fairhaven? Will the solar farm be developed in Dartmouth? Where will we have the next Wal-Mart fight? And the perennial question—will there be a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts…and where will it be? Occasionally, there are places where the concerns for the future are all 40

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being played out in one location. One such place is a two mile stretch of South Main Street in the Assonet section of Freetown—from Exit 9 on Route 24 south to the Fall River City line. This area is a microcosm for many of the issues that face our region.

Harbinger for South Coast? Decisions that are being made now will profoundly affect the town and the region in the future. And none

of these decisions is easy or uncontested. The area in question is characterized by unique beauty and outstanding development potential—a deadly combination. It is defined by a two mile stretch of South Main Street as its spine, and is framed on the west by the recently designated “wild and scenic” Taunton River and on the east by Route 24 and the Freetown State Forest. In between are a new highway interchange, a massive Stop & Shop distribution center, an abandoned Algonquin Gas Co. site, and acres and acres of undeveloped land that were once farm and pasture land. Consider the following events and factors that overshadow the discussion of the area’s future: This area was the site of the pitched battle over Payne’s Crossing, a big box retail development proposed along Assonet Bay at Exit 9 off Route 24.


Those plans are currently dormant. More recently, the Meditech proposal for an 800 employee medical software development facility went up in flames over requirements imposed by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for archeological exploration at the Peace Haven site. A new interchange (Exit 8B) was recently opened serving the 1.3 million square foot Stop & Shop distribution facility, several hundred acres of vacant industrial land, and the proposed South Coast Biopark that straddles the Freetown/Fall River line. A train station is planned off South Main Street in conjunction with South Coast Rail. Planners envision mixed use transit oriented development around the station. The area has more than a mile of deep water frontage along the Taunton River that has been designated as “Wild and Scenic” by the U.S. National Park Service. The present layout of South Main Street is inadequate to serve all of this proposed development.

South Coast Rail technical assistance program and from SRPEDD have been essential in moving this process along). Regardless of outcome, there are lessons here for other South Coast communities.

Who has the answers? Stakeholder engagement is essential. The Freetown process includes landowners, developers, environmentalists, neighbors, planners, selectmen, activists and probably the merely curious. There is open communication at committee and subcommittee meetings. Points of view are on the table early and participants face other stakeholders every month as equals. The long term benefits of this process should pay dividends going forward. While there are undoubtedly differences among the participants about what the future of the South Main Street are should look like, there is agreement that the status quo future based on the existing zoning is equally undesirable to all parties. Current zoning will produce the worst of all outcomes that will be detrimental to the town both economically and environmentally. Communities should remember this adage when they adopt zoning—you get what you ask for. Smart growth solutions, such as those that are emerging from the committee, will help preserve open space while allowing development that should be an asset to the town and region. Public/private partnerships are essential. No one has a monopoly on the best solutions. As we emerge from a long winter of a recession, our cities and towns will increasingly face more issues of this type. They could do worse than to copy Freetown’s example.

Communities should remember this adage when they adopt zoning—you get what you ask for.

What’s a town to do? Development in line with current zoning of industrial and general use districts will result in a future that nobody wants. Fortunately, a committee of dedicated local officials, residents and property owners has been wrestling with these issues for several years. They started with a vision and have been working on zoning regulations to try to achieve that vision. The process has been bumpy and occasionally contentious. Their work is far from complete, but the Committee is proposing that town meeting adopt a Planned use Mixed District (PMUD) and a revised South Main Street Corridor Overlay District. The next step will be up to the voters at Freetown town meeting. (It should also be noted that support from the

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Knitting is a skill, a craft, an art, an industry, a political statement, a tradition, an obsession. Most of all, knitting is a quiet rewarding pastime, sometimes solitary, often social. Knitted textiles have emotional resonance as they protect us, comfort us, and sit closely to our bodies. Giving a hand-knitted garment as a gift is a genuine sign of affection. There’s a long history to yarn, from Roman toe socks (3rd century AD) to the legend of St. Christopher discovering as he fled persecution that wool placed in his sandals to cushion his feet became compressed into felt, a supreme liner fabric. Living in this area with its history 42

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of mills, we are well aware how the Industrial Age mechanized knitting and provided the first uniform and consistent fabrics. Skilled knitters used machines to mass-produce the fabrics once constructed by hand. In the 20th century, traditional knitting and felting had periodic resurgence in popularity as practical homespun crafts—sometimes due to reaction against industrialization, a statement favoring simpler times. And felt and yarn are frequent in-

gredients in the exciting fabric art so popular today.

In the home and the studio Knitting doesn’t require large or expensive pieces of equipment, just a set of needles, yarn and patience. It’s a beloved craft shared by people of all ages. Materials can be carried in a lightweight tote to any location. Knitting has an ability to unite people in a community of shared passion for the craft; knitting groups exist in abundance worldwide. Enthusiasts gather in small groups in living rooms in front of fireplaces or at a the beach—anywhere conducive to knitting and conversation. Many lasting friendships are forged in knitting circles.


Most knitters are women, yet men are also serious practioners. Franklin Habit writes “The Panopticon,” a popular knitting blog. He practices both knitting and photography, and recently launched the “1000 Knitters Project,” a photographic portrait record of the people who practice this beloved craft. Habit writes,” The goal is to celebrate through portraiture a creative community whose members have historically been either overlooked or sentimentalized, and whose work is often undervalued. In the series, knitters are photographed singly while at work on the same wool scarf.” A look at knitting website Ravelry. com reveals a list of 272 knitting groups in Massachusetts alone, with a combined 29,824 members.

A life’s pursuit While hobby knitters are abundant in the South Coast, some have pushed their craft further to develop lifelong textile careers. Yahoko Paradise, of Swansea, Massachusetts, owned and managed the Knitting Circle store in nearby Somerset for 46 years until her retirement this past December. At her shop, she offered personal instruction for knitters of all ages and experience levels. Now she offers her classes in her home. Approximately six knitters attend regularly. She is also actively creating new knitting new projects such as children’s outfits. Paradise learned to knit from her father as a child in Japan. Her father was a highly creative man who loved to knit, sing, dance and cook. Paradise’s love for knitting grew out of her connection to her father through their shared craft. Later, she moved to the US and opened her popular Knitting Circle store. In the years following, she created innovative knitting patterns for Vogue Knitting, Reynolds Yard and other popular knitting publications. Her patterns are still used by yarn lovers today.

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Paradise most values craftsmanship and individuality in her approach to knitting. She shares her passion freely with her students, helping to establish a new generation of knitters. Paradise comments, “Anyone can learn to knit and follow a pattern. It’s the individual approach that’s important. Creating custom work is very satisfying. Also, I show my students how to ‘finish’ their work. A piece of knitting can be beautiful, but if it’s not finished properly, I notice. A well finished piece of knitting is something you just can’t find in department stores these days.”

Nicole St. Pierre has created her knitted and felted hats and scarves out her large and sunny studio in the New Bedford’s north end for many years. Today she focuses on felting as her primary art form. Her interest in felting grew out of a workshop she took in Northampton, Massachusetts with instructor Beth Beede. A year later, she began experimenting with hand-knitting and felting in earnest. St. Pierre comments, ”I loved the results and the fact that I could combine my love of knitting with the look of felt. Now all my hats are one-of-akind. I design my own patterns and play with colors, shapes and adornments.”

”I loved the results and the fact that I could combine my love of knitting with the look of felt. Now all my hats are one-of-akind. I design my own patterns and play with colors, shapes and adornments.” — Nicole St. Pierre


St. Pierre begins a project by knitting a hat or scarf out of 100% wool yarn with a circular knitting needle. Felting shrinks the yarn so objects are knitted much larger than the desired final size. After the pieces are fully knitted the felting process begins. St. Pierre says, “I usually felt seven or eight hats at a time, in an upright washing machine with very hot water and mild soap. After reaching the right size, I rinse the hats, shape them and let them air dry. Some hats have hand knitted and felted additions, like leaves and flowers. Others are embellished with needle-felted details.” St. Pierre sells her colorful hats and scarves out her studio at 88 Hatch Street in New Bedford, and at Gallery 65 on William, a cooperative gallery she helped found last year. Part of her role as gallery co-owner is a promoting the traditional arts such as knitting and felting. St. Pierre says, “Today, more and more people embrace technology. It’s important for artists to continue to work traditionally, to produce objects where they can put their heart and soul. It’s also important for galleries to promote the traditional arts and crafts and to educate the public about them.” And increasingly, today’s shoppers long for truly high-quality, distinctive clothing and accessories—comforting luxury only skilled artisans can offer.

References Yahoko Paradise The Knitting Circle, Somerset 508-673-5731 Nicole St. Pierre Studio: 88 Hatch Street, New Bedford Store: Gallery 65 on William St., New Bedford – gallery65onwilliam.com The Panopticon the-panopticon.blogspot.com A free website community for knitters and crocheters – Ravelry.com The fabric art of Susan Mohl Powers, Westport – sailshadestudios.com

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Pianist Janice Weber loves her time in Mattapoisett, but finds herself in a lot of other places besides. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the Boston Conservatory, Weber has a busy performance schedule that keeps her on the move to New Bedford to Sarajevo to China. Weber performs regularly with the South Coast Chamber Music Society and in May will perform with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. As someone making so much music on the South Coast (not to mention everywhere else), I thought Weber is someone we should get to know better. Weber started playing the piano when she was five years old. Her grandmother 46

gave the family a piano and, as she describes it, “the logic of the keyboard immediately fascinated my little brain. When I managed to pick out ‘Happy Birthday,’ my fate was sealed.”

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Hall, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. She has also appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony, as well as at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals. Weber has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society. One of Weber’s most impressive accomplishments is her world premiere recording of Franz Liszt’s 1838 Transcendental Etudes. When the recording was released, Time magazine noted:

“Liszt later simplified these pieces into the still ferociously difficult Transcendental Etudes (1852 version) for fear that no one else could play them. There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music they contain as masterfully as Janice Weber does here.” Her most recent CD is Cascade of Roses: A Piano Bouquet.

Many stories to tell The life of a concert pianist is never dull. “Once I was locked on the stage in Vilnius, Lithuania. There was nothing to do but play a few encores until


the backstage babushka returned to her post and opened the stage door. A performance with the Boston Pops came to a grinding halt because a tuner’s wedge had slipped behind the lid and the keys wouldn’t come back up. Nearly killed the poor conductor with that one! “I played a concert by candlelight (two candles, to be exact) in what was then Titograd when the lights went out in a violent thunderstorm. Very atmospheric. “Wardrobe malfunctions—dresses slowly gravitating off the shoulder, zippers giving up the ghost, that little rrrrrip in the middle of a toccata—are always a thrill.”

A local performance Weber will perform Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra on May 12. While not very well known today, MacDowell is considered America’s greatest romantic composer. A contemporary of Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, he played for Franz Liszt and was one of the first inductees of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Weber is looking forward to performing his greatest work. “I think his music is very turn-of-the-century ‘American’—open, melodious, and sincere. The second concerto, written in 1890, is full of wonderful tunes and ravishing orchestral color. The brooding first movement is followed by a wicked fast ‘Elf Dance’ scherzo. A

bit of melancholy ensues, then the concerto closes in triumph. Again, very American! It’s dedicated to the great virtuosa Teresa Carreno, with whom MacDowell studied piano. This masterful piece, once a mainstay of concert programs, is unjustly neglected nowadays. I was thrilled to be playing it with the New Bedford Symphony.” What does Weber do when she’s not teaching and performing? She has been on the jury at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and will be doing a lot of adjudicating later in the spring. Weber also spends as much time as she can gardening at her home in Mattapoisett. And as if all this wasn’t enough, she has published seven novels and hopes to find the time this summer to finish her eighth.

Married to a saint Weber’s busy life is a good match with her husband’s, John Newton. John founded Soundmirror, a recording and post-production company located in Boston. Soundmirror’s orchestral, solo, and chamber recordings have received over forty-five Grammy nominations and awards as well as special commendations from Gramophone and Stereophile magazines. John was just in Los Angeles picking up his fifth Grammy Award, this one for Best Engineered Classical Album. “My husband is a saint,” Weber says, “it’s not easy being married to a pianist, believe me.”

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The South Coast Insider - May 2012  

Want to get on the right path for a healthy future? This issue shares some ways to walk for a healthy heart, and tells how South Coast profe...

The South Coast Insider - May 2012  

Want to get on the right path for a healthy future? This issue shares some ways to walk for a healthy heart, and tells how South Coast profe...