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Fall at the farms Harvest time Cool cranberry crops Enjoy Napa East

Things to do Discover Betty’s Neck and Mozart’s magic Kitchen caution and dieting tips

Business Buzz Give the towers a makeover Plus ongoing events & more at Coastalmags.com

Recognized again for making your safety our top priority.

Rated in the top 5% in the U.S. for patient safety by the country’s trusted source for information and quality ratings on hospitals and physicians. Patient safety is always the top priority at Southcoast Hospitals. It’s the job of all 7,000 people who work here — to make sure that preventable harms are actually prevented. And our outcomes show that we’re doing our job really well. For the third year in a row, we have received an elite national award for patient safety from HealthGrades® — one of the most reputable providers of quality ratings in the country.

Only 12 hospitals in Massachusetts rank in the top 5% in the U.S. for patient safety. You can be proud that your community hospital — Southcoast Hospitals Group — is the only hospital in the South Coast of Massachusetts and East Bay Rhode Island to have earned a place amongst this select group of health care providers. It’s one more reason you can feel confident in the care we provide every day. To learn more, visit www.southcoast.org/quality




Ninth Annual

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“He’s the perfect match for our business.” Richard Oliveira of Princess Limousine speaking about Ed Moniz, Business Development Specialist at St. Anne’s Credit Union.

“After many years of looking for the best financial partner for our business, we finally met our perfect match,” says Richard Oliveira, President of Princess Limousine in Fall River. He’s talking about Ed Moniz, Business Development Specialist for Anne’s Credit Union. “Ed’s banking experience has been a critical part of our business success,” Richard says. “Over the years, he has gotten us into programs that have saved us literally thousands of dollars a month.”

L to R: Princess Limousine Office Manager Paul Cabral and President Richard Oliveira; St. Anne’s Credit Union Business Development Specialist Ed Moniz; and Princess Limousine General Manager Brian Thomas.

Richard says Ed Moniz has truly earned his trust by looking out for Princess Limousine. “Ed is a no-nonsense guy who will go to bat for you and your company. Not too many business people today can measure up to him.”

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Better health starts with a strong relationship with your primary care provider. Choose a family physician for you and your family’s primary care needs today. MASSACHUSETTS Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice 300 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth 508-995-6381 – David Clark, DO – Brett Hurteau, DO New Bedford Medical Associates Family Practice 368 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth 508-985-5040 – Irena Gesheva, MD New Bedford Medical Associates Family Practice 370 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth 508-999-5666 – Debby Almeida, MD

Caring for your entire family. In sickness and in health. Southcoast’s doctors treat the whole you — and your whole family. Many of our physician practices include family practice providers who can care for a range of ages — from children, teens, adults or seniors. Experience family-centered, personal care with Southcoast Physicians Network providers.

Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice 1030 President Avenue Fall River 508-730-3100 – Carlos Correia, MD – Felicia Freilich, MD – Jessica Inwood, MD Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 1565 North Main Street Fall River 508-675-0369 – Miguel Brillantes, MD – Jason Diogo, MD – Diane Patrick, MD – Kenneth Piva, DO – Angela Simpson, MD – Shobhita Sundar, MD – Karl Zuzarte, MD Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 109 Fairhaven Road Mattapoisett 508-758-3781 – David Chesney, MD – Joseph Costa, DO – Michael Kelly, MD – Drew Nahigyan, MD New Bedford Medical Associates Family Practice 4543 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford 508-998-0003 – Anne Marie Treadup, MD


Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice 479 Swansea Mall Drive Swansea 508-672-5300 – James Lippincott, MD – Mark Ringiewicz, MD – Priscilla Shube, MD – Jeffrey Syme, MD – Hugh Woolverton, MD Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice/ Internal Medicine 100 Rosebrook Way Wareham 508-273-4950 – Randy Caplan, DO – Piyali Datta, MD – Brian Fitzpatrick, MD – Thomas Gleason, MD – Mazhar Jakhro, MD – Robert McGowen, MD – R. Preston Reynolds, MD New Bedford Medical Associates Family Practice 53 Marion Road Wareham 508-291-2409 – Thomas McCormack, DO Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice 829 Main Road Westport 508-636-5101 – Scott Lauermann, MD – Jane Li, MD RHODE ISLAND Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice/Pediatrics 672 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown 401-847-0519 – Michelle Boyle, MD – John Hand, MD – Richard Morgera, MD – Wendy Regan, MD Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice/ Internal Medicine 2444 East Main Road Portsmouth 401-683-4817 – Andrea Bond, MD – Julie DeLeo, MD – Jennifer Levy, MD Southcoast Physicians Group Family Practice 1334 Main Road Tiverton 401-625-5552 – W. Scott Keigwin, DO


Contents In Every Issue


From the publisher


On my mind: iDunno

By Paul E. Kandarian



Kitchen caution

By Elizabeth Morse Read


Diet tips

By Laura C. Monteiro


Dateline: South Coast

By Elizabeth Morse Read


Book Picks: New fiction


It’s harvest time

By Magoo Gelehrter

by Alton Long

46 Tarot-Scopes

On the cover of the August South Coast Insider, we featured a photo of Bud’s by the Beach. We’re sorry to report that Bud’s is not open this year. We’re happy that so many of you wanted to try it out, but the goal was to get you to visit some of the stands that continue to serve the South Coast. If you have a favorite, visit our www. coastalmags.com and post a comment letting us know where it is and why it’s great.


By The Celtic Cricket



Harvest time

By Joyce Rowley


Find fine farms

By Brian J. Lowney


We have it all

By Phil Burgess



Towers need help

By Paul Letendre


Go, team, go!

By Sherri Mahoney-Battles






Balancing rights

By Steve Smith



Discover Betty’s Neck

By Kenneth Sutcliffe


Mozart’s magic

By David M. Prentiss

HAPPENINGS Visit www.CoastalMags.com for things to do.

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ON THE COVER Nothing says “fall” like a visit to a farm—and the South Coast has many a new and old barn to check out. See this issue for our writers guide to fine farms, cool cranberries, and Napa-like vineyards. Then take a ride and enjoy the region.



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The Preservation Society of Fall River Proudly Presents:

A Summer Evening’s Soiree hosted by Jim Souza

Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:30 - 7:30 pm An evening of music, wine & light fare with a live auction to benefit the Preservation Society in the garden at the New Boston Bakery, 279 New Boston Rd, Fall River, MA 02720. Tickets $25 available at the New Boston Bakery or call the Preservation Society 508.673.4841

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FROM THE PUBLISHER Septmber 2012 / Vol. 16 / No. 9 Published by Coastal Communications Corp. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ljiljana Vasiljevic

It’s Harvest Time on the South Coast, and we

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

have much to discover, enjoy, and savor. Joyce Rowley takes a behind-the-scenes look at how


cranberries are picked, Brian Lowney helps us find some

Phil Burgess, The Celtic Cricket, Paul Kandarian, Paul Letendre, Alton Long, Tom Lopes, Brian Lowney, Sherri Mahoney-Battles, Laura Monteiro, David Prentiss, Elizabeth Morse Read, Joyce Rowley, Steve Smith, and Kenneth Sutcliffe The South Coast Insider is published monthly for visitors and residents of the South Coast area. The Insider is distributed free of charge from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay. All contents copyright ©2012 Coastal Communications Corp.

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

fine farms, and Phil Burgess visits vineyards and orchards. Al Long tells us why this season is special to wine producers, while Kenneth Sutcliffe encourages us to discover Betty’s Neck, perhaps a bit out of the way, just past some familiar byways. It’s a season of possibilities: Discover Mozart’s musical magic, thanks to David Prentiss; consider Paul Letendre’s ideas on reinventing our area’s image, and imagine a magical transformation of our new neighbors, those Brayton Point concrete giants. And there are more tips and treats, as well as our regular features and advertisers. For up-to-date listings and things to do, go to www.coastalmags. com. Enjoy,

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There is no ‘i’ in “WTF.” But just about anything with the former in the name induces the latter in me. iPhones. iPads. iTunes. iPods. iBooks. iMacs. Aye aye aye, my head hurts. Thing is, I may have iEnvy. Or it could be iPhobia. It’s a fine line. My girlfriend just got an iPhone, and I was iNitially envious. She’s far less technological than I am, though she seems pretty friendly with Siri, and that’s saying something because in many techno ways, I’m pure Luddite. Show me something high-tech, particularly something with a touch screen I have to maneuver with my large sausage-like fingers, I break a sweat and devolve into a panic as I stab at it with trembling blunt digits. But she needed an iPhone. She’s in real estate, is extremely good at it, and must be in touch with people buying and selling houses all the time. Me, I just have to be in contact with editors, usually perturbed, wondering where such-and-such story is or mandating I fix such-and-such mistake. Such time-sensitive, accuracyobsessed quibblers editors be. Anyway, she got an iPhone and loves it, just loves it. She’s totally connected now, and I gotta say, total connectivity is not always a good thing. Case in point: I was on a trip to Belize once, on a boat skimming beautiful Caribbean waters en route to snorkel-

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ing and a fellow writer was buried in her iPhone, tapping madly, smiling, never looking up. “What the hell is so important you’re ignoring all this?” I shouted into the wind, spreading my arms to encompass the amazing view. “I’m Tweeting about it!” she shouted back excitedly, never looking up, making me honestly wonder how she knew it was there. So I’m torn. I mean I’d like an iPhone, but in accordance with cell phone company rules which, near as I can figure, reflect those drawn up during the indentured servant era, I’m not eligible for an upgrade until next spring. I’ve been a Verizon customer for several years, always paid my bills, but since my son, who is on my plan, upgraded his phone last year, I’m screwed until May. Apparently, upgrades are like a cat’s nine lives; you only get so many and then have to wait, like a pro athlete, for your eligibility to kick in. I wish someone would explain that to me. The iPhone I want retails for around $650. But if I were eligible, I’d get the phone for zip, plus free pony rides and lollipops for life. OK, that’s not true, though free pony rides and lollipops would be a good draw. The point I’m butchering is that if you wanted to just outright buy the phone, it would cost you $650. But if

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you’re “eligible for upgrade,” you’d pay around 100 bucks. Something just stinks about that. You’re telling me a phone, allegedly worth $650, the phone company is gonna let go for 100 bucks? The same phone? And they’ll still make a profit? Scramble the letters “Verizon” and you get “Gouging.” Or just about any phone company actually. So anyway, looks like an iPhone isn’t in my immediate future. But an iPad may be, since it’s cheaper and doesn’t come with sacrificing your first born

potential for greatness. I feel like that about technology. But unlike the teacher who can draw it out of a child, I just stare at technology, make a face, and stab at it with sausage fingers. Like many of my generation (The Flat Earthers), I’m flummoxed by modern technology. It’s not for a lack of want. I do want to know how to work these things, but I get intimidated. I look at a completely inanimate tiny box of chips and buttons and colorful things and realize it’s way smarter

I have to learn to text more than one letter every five seconds. I have to figure out what all those sliding icons are and how to make technology work for me. as a prerequisite to buy. My girlfriend has one of those, too. We both look at it from time to time, slide things around, she with skinny fingers, me with my sausages, poke at icons, do what we can and sigh when we realize there’s a million other things on there we just don’t know how to work. Siri, can you help us? But maybe that’s the lure, all that untapped potential, like a small cute child in a classroom that the teacher looks at and knows, just knows with all her heart, this kid is gonna make her life a living hell. But under all that, is the

than me, and just shrink back to my cave. I guess I just have to buckle under and get with the program. I have to learn to text more than one letter every five seconds. I have to figure out what all those sliding icons are and how to make technology work for me. I have to make friends with Siri on the iPhone so she can make my life easier. Or not. I can just kick back and wait for people to contact me if they want. It’s not hard. They know where to find i.

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Fort Phoenix Minuteman Tour Thursday Afternoons, 2 p.m. Begins at Fort Phoenix flagpole History of the fort from the 1770s through the Civil War, includes musket firing demonstration. Free.

Farmers Market at Fairhaven High School Sundays 1-4 Fresh produce and locally produced products are available at the region’s newest Farmers Market. Free.

SPECIAL EVENTS Feast of Our Lady of Angels Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse Street Portuguese and American foods, live entertainment, auctions, procession Monday at 1:00.

Fort Phoenix Days Historical Encampment Sept. 15 & 16 10 a.m. Sat. - 3:00 p.m. Sun. Fairhaven Village Militia and the Office of Tourism present a two-day program on life during the 1770s, including camp cooking, musket demonstrations, tomahawk throwing, children’s games and more. Cannon Firing at Dusk Saturday at 6:30 p.m. the fort’s five large Seacoast cannon will be fired over the harbor.

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

If you’ve survived the non-stop heat wave this summer, brace yourself for the coming spike in food prices and gasoline due to the nationwide drought.


Cooler temperatures means harvest festivals and pick-your-own fruits.


n The kiddies will be back in school this month, so drive carefully.

Rhode Island native Elizabeth Beisel won the silver medal in the women’s 400 individual medley and bronze in the 200-meter backstroke at the London Olympics.


n Mosquitoes infected with EEE (eastern equine encephalitis) and West Nile virus began appearing early this year on the South Coast.

Fares for the MBTA door-to-door para-transit for the disabled and elderly doubled from $2 to $4.

Acushnet n Don’t miss the Apple-Peach Festival on September 11 & 12. Enjoy a free outdoor family movie night on the first Saturday of every month at Silverbrook Farm. For details, call 774-202-1027 or go to www.thesilverbrookfarm.com.


Local poultry farmers and pet owners are alarmed by the increasing population of the giant weasels known as “fishers” or “fisher cats.” n

Lincoln Park’s iconic roller coaster came tumbling down…


A WWII German U-550 submarine, which sank off Nantucket in 1944, was found by a team of salvagers in July.


$17.3 million in state funding has been earmarked for road and bridge repairs throughout the South Coast.


An unlucky swimmer off Truro was bitten by a great white shark, but is expected to recover fully. n

n Supervalu, the parent company of Shaw’s and Star Markets, is considering selling off the struggling grocery store chains.


The Attleboros Spend an afternoon at the WWI Memorial Park & Zoo in North Attleboro for free! Petting zoo, playgrounds, picnic areas. Call 508-285-6457.


If you’re 50 or older, learn more about the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program. There’s the Rhode Island Wine & Garden Tour Sept. 5, Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” at the North Shore Music Theatre Sept. 26, the Fall Foliage Mystery Tour October 10—and more! And sign up now for the Oct. 28-30 trip to Atlantic City. Call 508-991-6171 for more info.


n The casino situation is still very confusing. Gov. Patrick signed a compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag regarding the planned casino in Taunton, but federal approvals are still pending. Meanwhile, KG Urban, who invested heavily in plans to build a casino on New Bedford’s waterfront, is back in the picture.

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Visit a tropical forest and spend some time with exotic animals at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro. Call 508-222-3047 or go to www.capronparkzoo.com.


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


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Hawthorne Country Club has reopened all of its public facilities, including the restaurant.


Ashlee Junier recently received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, the highest award a girl scout can receive.

of southeastern Massachusetts. Faculty and students from UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology are closely involved.

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Construction has begun on the new Berkley-Dighton bridge over the Taunton River. It is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2015.


n Three Dighton residents: Josh Pires, Jon Borrello and Steve Elderki brought home top five finishes in the Maine State Motocross Championship, one of New England’s largest motocross events.

Not only did Emily Cioffi get to showcase her baking skills on NBC’s Today show’s “Quest for the Best” birthday cake competition, but she was crowned winner by none other than Martha Stewart!


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Federal highway funds will be used to rehabilitate the Meridian Street bridge.




First it was the Quequechan Club, and now it’s Al Mac’s diner that has closed its doors…


OPEN: Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm • Sun: 11am-4pm

Construction has finally begun on the new downtown bus terminal. It will include an underground parking garage and is expected to be completed by May 2013.


Bristol Community College has opened its new Workforce Center at Commonwealth Landing, offering job training, work readiness and adult education services.


n The Narrows Center for the Arts has a full schedule of fun things to do. For complete details, visit www.ncfta.org or call 508-324-1926.

Freetown David Silvia, a professional massage therapist, provided relief for American athletes at the Summer Olympics in London.



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Construction has begun on the new Wood Elementary School, which will house students from both the old Wood School and the Rogers School when it is completed in September 2014.


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Government officials, marine scientists and researchers from the private and public sectors gathered to launch a barge carrying the latest ocean-related energy technology to test the potential for wave and tidal energy generation off the coast n

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Lakevile Goodfellows Brewing Company opened on Frugal Endeavors Farm in August. To learn more, go to www. goodfellowsbrewing.com.


Taylor Kinzler was crowned 2012 Miss Massachusetts, and will compete for the Miss America title in January in Las Vegas.


Stop by the 8th Annual Arts and Music Festival on Sept. 29. For more info, visit www.lakevillearts.com.


Lakeville is the first South Coast community to be designated a “Green Community” for its efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to increase energy efficiency. It is now eligible for state grant money to pursue further energy projects.


Marion When the ceiling collapsed in the Marion Natural History Museum, many irreplaceable artifacts and exhibits were buried in the rubble.


Stop by the “Raise the Roof” Annual Gala and Silent Auction at the Sippican Tennis Club on Sept. 28. For details, call 508-758-4517 or go to www.buzzardsbayhabitat.org.


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Mattapoisett n The century-old water tower on North Street will be torn down and scrapped.

Last-minute host families for foreign exchange students hoping to attend Old Rochester Regional High School this year are needed. Any tri-town family can participate. Call Principal Mike Devoll or school nurse Kim Corazzinni at 508-758-3745.


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Middletown n Don’t miss the annual Harvest Festival at the Norman Bird Sanctuary Sept. 29 & 30. For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

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been proposed for the city—the New Bedford Cheironium, which would open in 2013, and City on a Hill, which would open in 2014.

Performing Arts Center! For more information, call 402-421-2787 or go to www.festivalballet.com or www. ppacri.org.

New Bedford has signed a “sister port agreement” with the Mexican city of Tuxpan that will make the Whaling City the fresh produce hub of New England and eastern Canada. The new trade agreement will bring weekly shipments of fruits and vegetables by sea, which is far less expensive than by truck.

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

n n There’s a triple-header of festivals in downtown New Bedford this month! There’s the “Seaport Chowder Festival” on Sept. 16 (go to www. downtownnb.org or call 508-9902777); “Oktoberfest” on Sept. 22 (www. scballiance.org.); and the “Working Waterfront Festival” on Sept. 29 & 30 (go to www.workingwaterfrontfestival. org. or call 508-993-8894).

n Jim Mathes of New Bedford has been named director of development for YMCA Southcoast. He was president of the Greater New Bedford Chamber of Commerce for 23 years and was founder of the SMILES Mentoring Program.

The Whaling National Historical Park has received a $8750 grant from the National Park Foundation to conduct an oral history project of AfricanAmericans in the region.


Enjoy an evening of free family fun and entertainment at AHA! Night on the second Thursday of every month. The theme for September 13 is “New Bedford Cultures,” the theme for October 11 is “Naughty & Notorious.” Go to www.ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253 x 205 for a full schedule of events – and don’t forget that there’s plenty to do, enjoy and eat at AHA! After Nine.

The Whaling Museum will be building a new 17,000 square foot $4.5 million building next to the museum to add exhibit space, classrooms and a research library. n Residents Alan “Jeff” and Cheri Armes were selected to spend 20 minutes chatting with President Obama during his bus tour through Ohio in July.


Two new charter schools have


If all goes according to plan, the Somerset Station power plant is slated to become the Mount Hope Bay Oceanic Institute, a privately-funded, for-profit ocean research and innovation center with laboratories for researchers and entrepreneurs.


Find out what’s happening at the Zeiterion. There’s Rock of Ages: The Hit Musical on Sept. 6. Call 508-9942900 or go to www.zeiterion.org.


Check out what’s going on at the Ocean Explorium. For hours and activities, go to www.oceanexplorium.org or call 508-994-5400. Keep up with activities at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park at www.bpzoo.org or 508-991-6178, or at the Whaling Museum at www.whalingmuseum. org or 508-997-0046.






n Check out the Newport International Boat Show Sept. 13 TO 16. For complete details, go to www.newportwaterfrontevents.com or call 401-846-1600.

Providence King Lear will be performed at Trinity Rep in Providence Sept. 13 through October 21. Call 401-351-4242 or go to www.trinityrep.com; discounts for seniors, students, educators and heroes (military, police, and firefighters).


Construction has begun on the new Somerset-Berkley Regional High School, which is slated to open in September 2014.


Swansea Linda Lambert Pestana, author of Voices of the Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Love, was featured in a documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network on “Our America with Lisa Ling.” For more info, go to Linda’s website at www. lindapestana.com.


An incorrectly made concrete casting has delayed the replacement of the Wood Street Bridge. A year ago this month the announced completion was for spring 2012. Postponed to August, the opening of the new bridge, damaged in the March 30, 2010 flood, is now hoped for in September.


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The Silver City Teen Center has reopened at St. Thomas Church and hopes to find a permanent home in the next few months.


n The State Legislature has overridden the governor’s plans to shut down the Taunton State Hospital’s partial operation next year.

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

Tiverton September 15 will be Country Day at Pardon Gray Preserve! (rain date Sept. 16) Admission is free, but there’s a $5 parking fee. For more info, visit www. tivertonlandtrust.org.


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Harvest time! by Joyce Rowley

It’s cranberry harvest time again on the South Coast, and soon those tangy dark red berries will be heading to market by the truckload. Here’s a behind-thescenes look at the work that goes into growing cranberries and the growers who make it happen. Evolving technologies Growers didn’t always have the sophisticated technology they use today, according to Johnny Santarpia who has been harvesting cranberries for 60 years. For example, now bogs are flooded and workers using rubber booms round up the cranberries. A machine on the bank (see photos) then winches the booms back in. When Santarpia started out, harvesters used six-foot long wooden boards tied together with rope at the ends to pull in berries off a flooded bog, he said. Then the boards were pulled in by hand to round up the berries, carried back to the bank, stacked on a 16

truck, and hauled to the next bog. “You knew you did something at the end of the day after doing that,” he said. Santarpia still works the same 4.5 acres of cranberry bogs he worked as a ten-year-old with his father, James Santarpia. “My father worked all that, 25 acres,” he said, pointing to the cranberry bogs that run along Cranberry Road in front of his house. “Then that piece became available and he bought it for $500. That was a lot of money back then,” said Santarpia. Like many harvesters, he plans on leaving the bogs to his son, who works the 100-yearold bogs with him now.

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Origins in “Bog Ore” Mining for “bog iron” during the American Revolution first created many of the original cranberry bogs, including those owned by John “Gary” Garretson III, president of Slocum-Gibbs Cranberries. His bogs on Wareham Road in Carver were originally mined for iron ore that was requisitioned in the 1800s to make cannonballs for the USS Constitution. By 1912, those bogs were mined out and Ruel Gibbs, Garretson’s maternal grandfather, purchased the property for growing cranberries. Three generations later, Garretson manages 1,800 acres of bogs in Carver, Wareham, Rochester and Middleborough. When cranberry harvesting first started, it took up to 200 people to grow and maintain that many bogs. Now that his bogs are fully mechanized, Garretson says it takes fewer than ten people to bring the cranberries to harvest. But Garretson is just as likely to be out on the bogs himself, especially

when a freak late frost threatens the crops. “At 12 a.m., it got down to 14° on the bogs,” said Garretson about the late March heavy frost. As for staying out on the bogs checking the sprinklers all night that night: “You work to a different schedule—Mother Nature’s.” He said that where the sprinklers’ spray didn’t reach, the vines wouldn’t produce buds. But his efforts paid off and by mid-August, his fields were lush green with buds.

Cranberries and temperatures Sprinkling is one way of protecting the bogs from both cold nights and from the heat of summer, says Ann Kallio-Love, owner of 72 acres of cranberry bogs on Tremont Street, also in Carver. She has been a harvester for fortythree years, having grown up near the Bog Hollow bogs in Kingston. Her daughter Susan followed in her footsteps, growing cranberries on bogs once owned by her grandfather. Kallio-Love said that sensors in the bogs are connected to alarms in her house to alert her to temperature changes that could damage the plants. If the temps drop below 32° F at night, the sensors let her know the sprinklers have gone on automatically. If she needs to, she can start her sprinklers from her computer or even her phone. “They have an “app” for it,” she joked. But that doesn’t mean a grower can roll over and go back to sleep. Anything mechanical can break down, and so she’s often up all night making sure everything runs smoothly till the

danger passes. “Mother Nature can do cruel things to you,” said Kallio-Love, who said she had never seen heavy frost in March before. But overall this past spring came two weeks early with some 80° F days in March following a very mild winter. Adapting to a changing environment

The cranberry plant needs cold nights to turn the berries red. If cold nights don’t come till November, that will change the way we do things. “It’s hard to say how this past spring will affect the crops,” said Linda Burke, A.D. Makepeace’s Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “For a while, (the weather) was two weeks early.” The A.D. Makepeace Company has 2,000 acres in production of a much larger landholding. Unlike the other growers, they have subdivided their property and sold some of it into development. About ten years ago they began looking at sustainable land use practices both on and off the bogs. One of

the most important ways they conserve is by recycling as much water as practical on the bogs, said Burke. And flooding the bogs can be used to eliminate pests such as grubs, instead of using pesticides. Asked whether Makepeace has organic cranberries, Burke said there’s definitely an interest by consumers, so they are looking into it. Meanwhile, they look to their partners to help ensure that there will be cranberry plants well into the future.

Anticipating climate change “We’ve partnered with the Manomet Center,” Burke said of the need to study the effect of climate change on cranberries. She said that Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, a nonprofit research organization located in Plymouth, MA, recently won a grant to look into the effects of climate change on land use decisions. Cranberry vines are susceptible to high temperatures, as well as low temps. “The cranberry plant needs cold nights to turn the berries red,” said Burke. “If cold nights don’t come till November, that will change the way we do things.” These growers belong to the Ocean Spray, Inc. cranberry growers cooperative. Ocean Spray, a consortium of over 800 growers in four states, is run by a board of directors that hires management for processing and marketing their berries.

Save the date! A.D. Makepeace is holding its 9th annual Cranberry Harvest on October 6th and 7th at Tihonet Village in Wareham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, children under 7 get in for free. Dozens of artisans and crafters, beaucoup food vendors, live music and entertainment, and loads of activities for children make for nice family weekend getaway. Free pony rides and train rides for the kids! Visit www.cranberryharvest.org for details.

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Fall at our farms by Brian J. Lowney

Great big pumpkins, crisp apples and refreshing cider are just some of the wonderful treasures that you’ll find this fall at the South Coast’s many beautiful farms. Cooks and canners will find a bounty of end-ofthe-harvest fruits and vegetables, just in time to prepare colorful preserves and spicy relishes, while families can enjoy exciting adventures such as walking through corn mazes, entertaining hayrides and picking pumpkins that just might end up in a delicious Thanksgiving pie.

Araujo Farms At Araujo Farms and Greenhouses in Dighton, guests can participate in a variety of fun-filled family activities and entertaining workshops throughout the fall. According to Lee Anne Araujo, the facility’s manager, the well-known garden and gift center comes alive during autumn, and is painted with “harvest colors” found in decorative foliage, several varieties of pumpkins, decorative gourds and squashes. “It’s magical, inspiring and 18

full of family fun,” offers Araujo, a fourth generation farmer. Visitors to the farm will delight in a horse drawn hayride weekends in October, Noon to 4 p.m. During the half-hour trek around trek around the colorful property, guests will have an opportunity to snap great photos and pick pumpkins, which are sold by the pound. “Every season is different,” adds Araujo, describing the pumpkin harvest. “It’s always changing and evolving.” Another much-anticipated annual event held at Araujo Farms is the delightful Jack O’Lantern Stroll, set for Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m. During this free celebration, folks of all ages can stroll through one of the farm’s spacious greenhouses to view unique and traditional pumpkin designs illuminated for the evening, while enjoying complimentary apple cider and homemade treats.

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“It’s a fantastic night, and everything is grown on the farm,” the farm manager says. In addition to family events, Araujo Farms and Greenhouses also offers several workshops including pumpkin etching (Oct. 16, 6-7 p.m.); and Haunted Gingerbread House (Oct. 14, 20, 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Pre-registration is required for the workshops. To register or for more information about any of the events, call (508) 669-6988; or visit the Web site: www. Araujofarms.com.

Frerichs Farm in Warren This will be a festival fall, filled with good oldfashioned fun for folks of all ages. “This is fall central here at the farm,” reveals David Frerichs, farm owner, adding that this year’s pumpkin crop “looks phenomenal.” Farm guests can enjoy “Pumpkin Palooza,” held weekends from Sept. 8-Oct. 31, where they can stroll through a replica of a Western town, build a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and participate in a myriad of other entertaining activities.

Kids both young and not so young will delight in the farm’s annual “Fantasy Faire,” set for Sept. 8-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. “It’s a miniature Renaissance fair,” adds Barbara Frerichs, co-owner of the expansive property and gift shop. “The whole farm is turned into a fantasy land.” During the popular event, colorful pirates, dragons and fairies will entertain families while shoppers can stroll through Vendor’s Village, featuring an assortment of finely crafted gifts and other specialties. “It’s a fun day for kids to come and use their imagination,” notes Barbara Frerichs, adding that many children come dressed in fantasy costumes and eagerly await the annual celebration that coincides with the beginning of the pumpkin harvest. Every year, Frerichs Farm grows more than 50,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Giant pumpkins Speaking of pumpkins, the farm will host the annual Pumpkin Weigh Off on Oct. 6 (rain date Oct. 7). Members of the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Association will travel from all over the region to display their mighty gourd-like squashes, which are weighed by a certified technician using a certified scale. Since this year has been a good year for pumpkins, many growers hope to beat the local record of 1,680 pounds. For more information

about the fall events at Frerichs Farm, call (401) 245-8245; or visit the Web site: www.FrerichsFarm. com.

Four Town Farms If Seekonk is an autumn destination, why not check out Four Town Farms where you’ll find pumpkins, gourds, a small corn maze and wonderful opportunities to pick plump, juicy raspberries until the first frost arrives. “We’ll have thousands of beautiful pumpkins,” reports Lynne Clegg, the farm’s greenhouse manager. Families who visit the beautiful acreage on weekends in October can enjoy hayrides through the pumpkin patch, where a bounty of different varieties can be picked to use as decorations or in fall recipes. “So far, so good,” Clegg continues, adding that this year’s pumpkin crop looks very promising. During fall, Four Town Farm hosts lots of school children who enjoy a trailer ride and short walking tour of the fields, where they learn all about vegetables and good nutrition. The students visit the carrot house, where they learn to pick delicious, farm fresh carrots, and then receive a sugar pumpkin that serves as a special reminder of all the fun they had at the farm. School tours are conducted by reservation only. For more information about the fall activities at Four Town Farm, call (508) 336-5587; or visit the Web site: www.4TownFarm. com.

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by Phil Burgess

It’s just there, and I have to go while I have the opportunity. Maybe it’s the feeling that the holy grail of health and sustainability can be found just up the road; that America’s version of the ideal Mediterranean lifestyle and diet looms just beyond Sausalito; or perhaps I have just read too many cookbooks by the likes of Thomas Keller and Michael Chiarello. Whatever it is, each and every time I get near the Golden Gate Bridge, I have to cross it and head north for a fix. After a day or two of extra-virginthis and first-pressed-that, I leave with an acute case of Chez Panisse-envy.

One person began a movement Although not located in either Napa or Sonoma, Alice Waters, owner of the nearby Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse, began the “movement” which eventually became the muchcopied and coveted Napa lifestyle of cooking, eating and drinking all 20

things local, fresh and good. With a bent towards simplicity and purity of ingredients, Waters showed the world that there is nothing better than eating a tomato at its peak of August perfection with just a drizzle of fresh EVOO, or savoring a fresh mackerel fire-roasted over real wood coals and lying upon nothing more than a piece of grilled ciabatta. She single-handedly created a restaurant using nothing more than the bounty which surrounded her and she turned the simple idea of using fresh local ingredients into a way of life.

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She invented California cuisine Her vision spread slowly at first, but you no longer need to live in Provence, Tuscany or Napa to care about the food we eat, the way it’s made and how it gets there. Happily, it seems that these matters have become an important concern for us all. After recently returning from visiting friends in San Francisco, I was suffering from an acute case of now all-toofamiliar post-Napa visit depression when, in what can only be described as a moment of clarity, something occurred to me, something that has been sitting right under my nose, something so obvious that it was invisible, something that has cured me from Chez Panisse-envy forever. It finally occurred to me that we all actually live in what is really the Napa of the east. We live in the South Coast. Sure, we’ll probably never savor a locally grown and produced deep, dark and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon

the likes that Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars makes or Pride Mountain Vineyards produces, but no one in Napa can enjoy the briny goodness of a truly fresh oyster while still sitting in their boat on the Westport River.

Reinventing ourselves They may have Cowgirl Creamery, but we have Shy Brothers Farms in Westport and Great Hill Blue in Marion —two cheese makers whose products are amongst the very best produced anywhere on the planet (I just love those Hannabells). Robert Mondavi may have moved to Napa (from Minnesota believe it or not, not Italy), but Bill Russell came here from Rhode Island and now his Westport Rivers Winery makes some of the most recognized and awarded sparkling white wines in the country.

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laced about these animals. They are nourished on a diet of nothing more than that which nature meant for them to eat—grass. You just cannot get a better product anywhere.

We have it all When it comes to fruit, again, it’s hard to beat our South Coast resources. Noquochoke Orchards in Westport alone grows over 70 varieties of apples (along with pears, peaches, plums, nectarines and others). In just Dartmouth we have Dartmouth Orchards, Pocasset Orchards and Matte Orchards, and you can’t drive a mile in any direction this time of year without running into a roadside farm stands selling blueberries the size of marbles. Jams, jellies, tarts and sauces—the raw materials are all here and commercial growers are already making these products. The Napa-Sonoma region has done a spectacular job of branding itself and its native products the world over under such well known umbrella names and organizations as Napa-Style, Olivier Napa Products and Made In Napa Valley. In the same vein as the wildly successful Made In Vermont campaign, I firmly believe that the South Coast region offers a similar (if not greater) wealth of low hanging fruit that a motivated entrepreneur can aggregate and brand. Abundant seafood, shellfish, wine, cheese, and farm products such as honey, cider, orchard fruits, jams and eggs offer a real opportunity for someone to bring it all to market under a unified identity. So, the next time you’re thinking about taking a trip out to the Napa Valley, think again. Order some topshelf cabernet sauvignon and have it shipped east instead, and climb into your car or onto your bike and take a ride around here. Napa Valley has its charms for sure, but we here in the South Coast have it all.

Napa Valley has its charms for sure, but we here in the South Coast have it all.

Our corn is sweeter; our (Macomber) turnips are better and no one anywhere has access to seafood with the varieties freshness and quantities that we have here. I’ll take a ride on a lobster boat over the Napa Wine Train any day. There are major differences between the two regions for sure, but within these differences lie many of our similarities. From my home, I overlook both Rhode Island sound and Buzzards Bay interrupted by nothing more than the pastoral beauty of some heritage farmlands that lie in-between. Farmed for generations, these fields are now leased seasonally to Wasontuxet Brand —a farm located just up the street in Westport that specializes in raising allnatural, grass-fed Black Angus cattle. I often stare at these magnificent animals and think how fortunate we are here to have access to meat from a local source. There is nothing hormone-infused, grain-fed or antibiotic-

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Directions to the real world by Kenneth Sutcliffe

There are places in this world that can help us remember why living is worthwhile. I try to spend as much time in these spots as I can. Those special places are not at all rare, but our presence in them certainly is becoming so. We live firmly separated from the natural world, in a strange Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde existence, professing our love of the natural world on one hand while living in quite another world entirely. It has been my belief for a considerable number of years now that the reconnection with the natural world is the only thing that can save us from an existence dominated by technology. 22

Living outside the box In some ways, for the naturalists among us, this has been a boon. We can explore the natural environment almost entirely alone, wandering in a world that seems as far away as Katmandu. If you wish to be out and and about, looking for your own personal Shangri-La, you may want to check out a little place in Lakeville called Betty’s Neck. You won’t regret it. Betty’s Neck is a small part a naturalist’s dream, the four thousand acres of the Assawompset Pond Complex,

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located in Lakeville, Middleborough, Rochester and Freetown. Many sections have been closed to the public for a greater portion of the past one-hundred years to ensure drinking water purity, yet small sections, like the 350 acres of Betty’s Neck, have been opened to the public for walking, hiking, and other nonmotorized recreational activities. Swimming and wading are prohibited to preserve the sanctity of the water, an understandable concern.

Getting there Getting to Betty’s Neck may involve a bit of finagling, and I’ve got to admit that I passed the entrance without noticing it and had to double back. I had come down Route 105 from

Freetown and taken the suggested Long Point Road. The instructions on the Town of Lakeville website say to “follow Long Point Road, then to turn left at the foot of the hill to Island Terrace, following signs across the cranberry bog.” These directions seemed so quaint and old fashioned when I first read them that they immediately caught my interest. It was as if someone had told me to “take the fork in the road at the old cider mill and go past the old oak in farmer Pete’s field.” I tossed the GPS years ago, preferring the mishaps of a missed turn to the certainty (and boredom) of modernity, so vagueness in directions just intrigues me.

Betty’s Neck When I finally did double back, I made my way through the dusty sunlight and across the access road between picturesque cranberry bogs before abruptly reaching the heavy stone that is engraved “Betty’s Neck”. A small parking area has ample parking for approximately fifteen cars, though the road approaching the parking area is a bit uneven, so if you have an exceptionally low car, I suggest exercising caution in the ascent. Directly off the parking area a trail leads into the first of two fields and to the “Peach Barn,” an antiquated building that appears to have been built, like many of the old New England barns, in multiple stages as the need for more space dictated. The fields are gorgeous, and past the barn following the right side of the field into the far corner you find the trail proper, which makes a loop around the entire property, skirting Assawompsett and Pocksha ponds at various intervals. Betty’s Neck is, in my opinion, one of our most peaceful and beautiful places. More information about Betty’s Neck and the APC can be obtained at the Town of Lakeville website: lakevillema. org, and topographical maps are available at the Town Hall for a $2 fee.

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Our new twins by Paul Letendre

We all like to look at stuff … but we have our preferences. Most of us prefer beauty to homeliness. Some might say a dump is beautiful, but more would say they’d rather look at a nice ocean beach.

Ours & theirs: The towers in Somerset versus the Orlando Towers in Soweto, which got a makeover and are even used for bungee jumping. The South Africans converted dreary eyesores into a tourist attraction.

The Brayton Point Power Station Towers in Somerset are difficult to ignore. You could say these babies stick out …497 feet out. In addition to being tall, they’re wide; each is over 400 feet across. A small football stadium could fit in each. They are taller than any of Rhode Island’s buildings; in Massachusetts, only Boston has taller structures. The Power Station Towers are a few feet taller than the tallest of the 4,000 yearold Pyramids. They would look like volcanic aftermath if they looked at all natural. They don’t.

Mixed feelings I know the towers were constructed to fix a problem: too much hot water was running from the power plant into Narragansett Bay and screwing up the bay’s ecosystem, so the towers were erected to cool the water before it hits the bay. Something inside of me says, “You should appreciate these things.” Wind turbines are big, difficult to ignore and they too stick out …yet I get a different feeling looking at them than I do looking at the towers. Wind turbines are dynamic, modern engineering marvels, and symbols of our future independence from mineralsourced electricity. 24

The towers are a Band-Aid on an old technology which we probably held on to for too long. But sometimes Band-Aids are the best fix, and besides, we should only need the towers for a hundred years or so. However we feel about them, living where we do, these towers are ours. We can move away from the area to a place where the towers don’t dominate the landscape, we can complain about

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how ugly they are, we can ignore them, or, we can learn to enjoy looking at them: these are our choices.

Our welcome sign Twenty-eight million cars a year cross over the Braga Bridge. Think about the first impression our area makes when someone is travelling in from the West (Providence). First the towers ominously appear,

basis. like a celebrity. From what I’ve read, they were surprised when the EPA requested (demanded) they build the towers. You see, they had just bought the company in 2005, so it wasn’t their fault if some things weren’t copacetic.

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then the bridge gets one thinking about the structural strength of rust, and—God forbid—then un-forewarned turns off the bridge onto twisting decayed ramps seem like something from a post-apocalyptic disaster film.


Not a good first impression. “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” and though I really want to feel good about looking at these towers, something about them gives me a queasy feeling. Part of the difficulty is the image draws ominous memories of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. And, we refer to them as “the twin towers,”— what else would we call them? …The name isn’t going to conjure comforting feelings. And the color. I have never heard anyone say “concrete gray” is a pretty color. It might be a fine color for sidewalks or driveways, but not for huge structures by a lovely bay. In fact, it might be the only color drabber than “drab green.” As they are, these towers are not going to win any beauty contests. If we are going to warm up to these things, then they need a new identity. They need to be un-twinned. They need separate identities, so they each can have their own name. Maybe we can each have our favorite.

They need a makeover The Boston gas tank’s “Rainbow Splash” was created by Sister Corita Kent in 1971. An artistic landmark was established where there had been an eyesore. When the gas tanks were being decommissioned in 1992, the original painted tank had to be destroyed. Key Span owned them, had the good sense to renew and save the work. National Grid now owns it and is committed to preserving the landmark. The Brayton Point Power Station is owned by a company called Dominion. Not Dominion Power and Electrical or anything like that, just Dominion. Being a $15+ billion-dollar company, I guess they’re entitled to be identifiable on a first-name only

Buyer beware I’m sure Dominion did their due diligence before buying, yet someone overlooked the inconvenience of having to add a $570,000,000 update to their new possession. It’s kind of like buying a house and finding out you need a new roof; you really can’t blame them for skimping a little on paint. Or maybe it’s because structures like these are usually in inconspicuous places and the designers weren’t thinking about aesthetics when they made the plans. Or maybe the Dominion accountants just never thought anyone would care. You know how those bean-counter types can get …always trying to minimize the bottom line.

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If you’ve got kids going off to college or moving into their first apartment,they’ll need some guidance on how to stay safe when they start cooking for themselves. Creating a kitchen environment that is as hazard-free as possible requires constant vigilance. Burns, falls, cuts, and fires can all be prevented by taking common-sense steps and knowing how to act when something goes wrong. Kitchens, like workshops, are filled with dangerous things—sharp tools, flammable substances, electricity —sometimes in confined, cluttered spaces. Try to make that space as efficient, distraction-free and logically organized as possible before you try to master Mongolian buffet or serving your first Thanksgiving dinner for visiting parents. Know your appliances

transmission, you may know how to drive safely, but you’d be clumsy if you suddenly had to drive a car with a standard stick transmission, or drive on the “wrong” side of the road in a foreign country. It’s the same thing knowing how to operate in a kitchen—gas vs. electric stoves or figuring out how to use (or just find) the broiler in someone else’s oven. Know your appliances, even if it means reading the user’s manuals frequently (keep them in a handy drawer or crate along with warranties/ receipts). Things like a microwave oven may look similar to a toaster oven to a child (or a foreign roommate), so make sure you know how to explain the differences before they’re left alone in the house. Minimize the number of hand-held or counter-top small appliances you really need for a dedicated cooking session, if only for space’s sake.

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Living electrically If they’re all plugged in at the same time, not only are you wasting electricity, but you risk blowing a fuse in the basement, even if they’re not all in use. (And know where the master switch in the electrical box is, in case you need to shut off the power completely.) Kitchen electrical outlets should all be grounded, counter-height, easilyreached and as far away from water or flames as possible. Inspect the cords and plugs of any appliance before you use it—if either look loose or frayed, don’t use it. “Pinch and pull” a plug from an outlet—don’t yank the cord—and make sure you’re not standing in a puddle or in contact with anything wet before you do. Don’t let cords tangle on the counter or dangle over the edge to get snagged by puppy paws, belt buckles or cabinet knobs. And just as you wouldn’t stick a fork into an electrical outlet, don’t stick

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Continued from previous page And if your kitchen has a window over the sink or stove, don’t put up frilly curtains. They absorb smoke and grease and can turn into a wall of flame in an instant.

Check the alarms By law, your living space should be equipped with smoke alarms and a carbon dioxide alarm—put in fresh batteries at least once a year. Use your over-the-range ventilator fan whenever you cook anything (even toast!) to minimize setting off the smoke alarms. Have a kitchen-rated fire extinguisher within reach (and read the directions before you ever need to use it), as well as an opened box of baking soda

Never leave the house if there’s anything cooking in your oven. And if you’ve got anything boiling or frying on the stove top or broiling in the oven, don’t go more than a few steps away or get distracted by your telephone or doorbell, period. To avoid scalding yourself with hot water, use extreme caution when lifting foods out of an over-the-stove microwave oven or when pouring boiled pasta into a colander in the sink. Turn the aquastat on your water heater down to 120 degrees—the hot water will still be hot enough for your shower or dishwasher (and you’ll save energy!), but it won’t burn you when you leave the faucet running. And don’t forget that if you wear glasses, they’ll steam or fog up while you’re cooking.

Avoid the cutting edge Cutting injuries are also hazards in the kitchen, and not just from sharp knives. High-speed blades on blenders, food-processors or electric knives can do damage, as well as hand-held graters—they’re hell on your knuckles —and broken glass or crockery on the floor. Learn how to use your cutlery safely and according to their intended use. In other words, don’t play kung-fu with a meat cleaver to chop chives or dice a vegetable without your lefthand fingers tucked in properly. Make sure your hands are dry and not oily before you pick up a knife. If your cutting board is wobbly, put a damp face cloth or dish towel underneath it to stabilize it before you start cutting. Your fingertips will thank you. If you’re baking anything in a glass/ Pyrex pan (never higher than

whether you’re a novice to new one, educate yourself the kitchen or ad , take pre justing t oa cautions and don’t rush or flour to douse a grease fire. Never try to extinguish a grease/oil fire with water—it’ll just send flaming gobbets of oil everywhere. Keep an aloe plant nearby to soothe minor burns. If you or anything else catches fire, stop, drop, and roll, and yell for someone to call 911. Dinner can wait. Needless to say, BBQ grills, charcoal hibachis, or turkey fryers don’t belong in a kitchen— but they also don’t belong in a garage or an enclosed porch, either. You can use them on the patio yearround (if you don’t mind the weather), far away from anything that could catch fire, like your house or a discarded Christmas tree. Keep an extinguisher and a bucket of sand handy.

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On safe footing

Falls and subsequent injuries are very common in kitchens—food or liquids on the floor, dangling cords, flimsy throw rugs—and because of the tight quarters, the risk of head injury is increased. Clean up all spills immediately and thoroughly, especially oily liquids. Keep an old bath towel under the sink next to a dustpan and brush. And never cook barefoot! Whether your kitchen area is very large or very small, make sure that your floor space is clean and clear of obstacles before you start to cook— bookbags, litterboxes (yuk—get that out of the kitchen!), trash cans , shopping bags, mops, cats). You need a clear path from sink to stove to refrigerator to prep area from start to finish. And if you wouldn’t drink too much and drive, then don’t drink too much and cook. You need to be as alert and vigilant in the kitchen as you would be in a workshop.

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I am by no means thin. Actually, I am overweight. So I understand the mindset of the overweight person. Dieting is too hard and it doesn’t work, exercising hurts, etc. All of the diet gurus and exercise junkies will tell you to run to your refrigerators and throw away a full week’s worth of groceries and start afresh. In this economy, no one can afford to do that. Plus, it takes years for someone to become overweight. Changing our outlook on food and exercise is not going to happen overnight. There has to be a very subtle way to jumpstart a healthier eating plan without officially being on a diet. I found that by simply eliminating certain things, choosing a different portion size and keeping busy during the day, I have been able to maintain a 20 pound weight loss for quite some time. Granted, I’m not the weight that I’m supposed to be, but at least the numbers haven’t gone up. Making these lifestyle changes will help you to drop some weight and perhaps motivate you enough to choose a diet and exercise plan that will work for you. Let’s start off small: 30

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Water, water everywhere! I used to be addicted to soda. I would think nothing of drinking an entire two liter bottle of cola by myself. It wasn’t until 2006 that I realized I had a problem. In the beginning I switched to diet soda, which is just as damaging as the original. Still, it was a beginning.

Small is the new large I have officially removed the word “large” from my vocabulary. I used to order a large everything. If it was big, I was probably going to order it and eat the whole thing. Not anymore. Have you seen the size of the portions lately? Everything is humongous and no one needs to eat that much food in a sitting. I now order a small (or even child size) ice cream cone and it’s just enough to satisfy my craving without adding an extra 600 calories to my daily intake. Satisfy your craving, and you’ll be satisfied that you didn’t overeat.

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The team by Sherri Mahoney-Battles

In teaching small business development classes we were often faced with entrepreneurs in the startup phase who looked forward to a day when they could work whenever they wanted, and without having to “punch a clock.” Some of them felt limited as employees capped off by a glass ceiling that controlled their future earnings and creativity. A common mantra among all of these would-be entrepreneurs was that they could do it better than it was currently being done. There was no doubt that many of these people had skills that qualified them in their fields, and most of them had the dream and the vision that an entrepreneur needs to possess. However, the majority of these potential business owners lacked the management and business skills necessary to operate a business. If they worked alone, in a bubble of self-containment, they would lack the advantage of large corporations that have multiple divisions to call upon for various tasks. A large corporation has multiple departments: personnel, marketing, advertising, accounts receivable, accounts payable, sales, production etc. A small business owner is often left to handle all of these tasks on their own. As a small business owner it’s not enough to have the best product in town, you also need to know how to sell the product, get paid for the product and pay for the product. A new business owner often finds the amount of work involved with operat32

ing a business overwhelming. Over the years, I have met with many new business owners who were completely frustrated with the myriad of tasks they are faced with on a day-today basis. For example, many of my clients are excellent tradespeople. They are some of the best carpenters, plumbers, masons, framers or electricians in their field. Most of them, though, don’t want to be bothered with paperwork. They hate bookkeeping, and the headaches that go along with it. They find themselves besieged by marketing people all claiming to be the best: advertise with us; put your business name on our shopping carts, restaurant menus, this billboard, our bulletin; hear your name on our radio station.

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ent spouts a litany of personal tragedies not previously mentioned that render them unable to pay your bill. Additionally, hiring employees opens an entirely different set of circumstances. Are you capable of filing sensitive payroll reports with strict deadlines and steep penalties? Where does the entrepreneur find the time to make the product, sell the product, do all of the paperwork and still bask in the glow of owning their own business? Unfortunately, what starts out as a dream often turns into a self-employment nightmare. There are piles of bills to pay, marketing decisions to make, product to be made and sold, and seemingly no time to replenish with a vacation. There is no such thing as a “paid vacation” when you work for yourself.

Establish your team Successful business owners identify their skill sets and surround themselves with people or services to fill in the pieces that they lack. A small business owner who spends hours reconciling and posting one month’s bank statement should put his time to better use in the field where he’s proficient and hire a bookkeeper that can do the bookkeeping in a fraction of the time. If organization, scheduling, filing and returning phone calls are not where your aptitude lies and keep you from doing the work you need to be doing, hire a part-time clerical person. My opinion has always been that a professional payroll service makes sense for small businesses. The multiple payroll report filing deadlines and penalties levied for failing to make timely filings and payments more than justify the reasonable costs that most payroll companies charge. I’ve been in business for over twentyfive years, and I still have a business development coach whom I pull in when important decisions need to be made. Large corporations have multiple departments and a board of directors to guide them, and a small business owner needs to assemble their own team of professionals if they want to win the self-employment game. Many years ago I had the pleasure of working with an older gentleman who owned a shop that manufactured lanterns on Cape Cod. His business was not financially successful, but he enjoyed local politics and was something of an icon in the small town where we both had businesses. When he retired, the young couple who purchased his business retained my services, and I witnessed how they grew their new venture.

A successful team The new owners, Michael and Barbara Joly, had never made a lantern before, but Michael had many years of management experience working for large department stores. He worked carefully developing relationships with the lantern firm’s existing employees

and the previous owner, and these craftsmen patiently taught him the craft of creating beautiful hand-made traditional Cape Cod lanterns. Wisely, he took advantage of having my accounting and bookkeeping practice in the same building, and he and I worked closely together developing a bookkeeping system that he maintained, and we consulted regularly planning tax strategies and preparing tax returns. For many years, he worked long hours and seven days per week mastering the craft of manufacturing lanterns. Seven years ago Michael and Barbara purchased the building that houses his lantern business, and the lantern business began paying rent to him and his wife, creating both an additional income stream and increasing the value of the business for future sale purposes. Michael Joly was not a craftsman when he purchased the lantern business, he was a businessman, and he knew that he could learn the craft. He recognized the importance of building relationships with the men that knew how to craft the lanterns who were the cornerstone of his business, and then he put together a team of professionals to support him in other areas. Michael Joly might not have been the man that started the Nauset Lantern Shop, but he made it a success! Success stories like this—and those of other clients whom I have worked with over the years—provide insight into why some businesses succeed while others fail. The high failure rate of start-up businesses clearly illustrates that the dream of small business ownership alone is not enough to ensure success. Successful businesses share common denominators. They have owners who are willing to work long hard hours, and who recognize the importance of assembling a team of professionals to help their business grow. Ultimately, the path to successful entrepreneurship is not an easy one, but once mastered, it can be both financially and emotionally gratifying.

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he end of summer seems to be a special time for wine lovers. We all know that the harvesting of the grapes will be starting soon and that we may be able to enjoy watching the pressing of the grapes and flow of the wine juice, frothy and aromatic. It excites the palate, knowing that in six months or so we will be able to taste some of these wines. But it may be years before these juices will achieve the ultimate climax of their greatness.

But there are some grape varieties that winemakers can ferment and bottle in a matter of days after the harvest. This is often done using “late harvest grapes” which are deliciously ripe and loaded with sugar so the wine can be full bodied and rich in flavor. Occasionally they are called “Nouveau” (after the French Beaujolais Nouveau); these fresh and fruity wines tend to be excellent with the traditional foods of fall, especially turkey and ham.


On the wine trail

We know that these bunches of harvested grapes have been allowed to mature and now will be carefully harvested and tenderly cared for. The grapes will be pressed and the grape juices will flow and be allowed to settle. Some will go almost immediately to large vats and settling tanks; sometimes the grape skins and seeds are allowed to stay with the juice as they ferment and the alcohol will extract the rich red color and tannin from the skins. The crushed green grapes are most often pressed right away so the resulting “white” wine (actually ranging for a pale light yellow to deep a deep gold) will have little to none of the tannin that helps preserves the red wines. Some, especially the red wines, will be aged in oak barrels. Even after being bottled in six to eight months, they will be stored in cool dark wine cellars so that they will smooth out and become the luscious beverages that we wine lovers all look forward to enjoying. 34

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to follow “The Wine Trail of Southeastern New England” It stretches from the very tip of Southeastern Rhode Island all the way to Cape Cod. The most westerly winery of this region is Langworthy Vineyards in the southwest corner of Rhode Island. At last report, Langworthy was able to “import” some incredibly great wine grapes from Long Island that resulted in delicious wines. Check out their Merlots as well as their delicious white wines including Chardonnay. There are several more wineries in Rhode Island and you can contact them to find out when they will be harvesting, and if you can volunteer to help, or at least watch the process.

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These include Langworthy, and three vineyards along the Sakonnet River: Newport Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards, and Sakonnet Vineyards. In the northern part of the state you can visit Diamond Hill Vineyards. All of them produce good Chardonnay wines, but each has one or more specialties. A day’s tour of all of these wineries would provide a great oneday vacation, especially during the Indian Summer.

Southeastern Mass There is a cluster of wineries in the southeastern part of Massachusetts, only a few miles from Fall River. They are Westport Winery, Running Brook and relatively new Coastal Vineyards. Westport Winery has been public since 1990 and is one of the largest growers and producer of fine wine in southeastern New England. They are especially noted for their sparkling wines. One of the newest is Coastal Vineyards, in South Dartmouth. They have eight acres of ten varieties of grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Blanc and Marquette. Every year is a new vintage and every year is different. Some years, it’s only a subtle difference; but in others there may be significant variations. Perhaps this is why we never get tired of wine, as it is never quite the same. Oh, the basic flavors tend to be fairly consistent, but there may be just a little more tannin this year than last, or the fruit of this year’s harvest was absolutely overwhelming in the wine’s aroma compared to that of last year. Then the winemaker might choose to let the fermentation go a little longer or leave the wine in the oak barrels for less time than last year. There is no real way to have all things the same each year, because there will always be a difference in the age of the wine no matter how much one vintage is produced to be like the previous year. But that difference is what makes wine so very interesting. Viva la difference!

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After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their overworked mother in the depressed Massachusetts mill town of Haverhill saturated with drugs and everyday violence. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of “townies” and the ambitions of students debating books and ideas, couldn’t have been more stark. In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus shows us how he escaped the cycle of violence and found empathy in channeling the stories of others—bridging, in the process, the rift between his father and himself.

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Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman Simon & Schuster $25 hardcover After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and find their choice another person. At first we rejoice in Isabel’s decision, then we are swept away by compelling characters in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss. Heading Out to Wonderful Robert Goolrick Workman $24.95 hardcover In the summer of 1948 Charlie Beale return from WWII to his sleepy village of a few hundred people, nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. Finding work at the local butcher shop, Charlie befriends the owner and his family, including the owner’s son, Sam, who he is soon treating as though he were his own flesh and

blood. And it is through the shop that Charlie gradually meets all the townsfolk, including Boaty Glass, Brownsburg’s wealthiest citizen, and most significantly, Boaty’s beautiful teenage bride, Sylvan. Charlie’s lust and need to possess her becomes an all-consuming passion that threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path. Told through the eyes of Sam, now an old man looking back on the events that changed his world forever, Heading Out to Wonderful is a suspenseful masterpiece, a haunting, novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong. Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjalian Doubleday $25.95 hardcover Sandcastle Girls is a sweeping historical love story steeped in Chris Bohjalian’s Armenian heritage. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria she has a nursing diploma, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The year is 1915 and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter, and who comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American woman who is so different from his late wife. Fast forward to the present day, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York, who has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend claims to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

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Individual rights and local government by Steve Smith

The presidential race is awash with debate over individual vs. group rights and the appropriate size and role of the federal government. It is a fascinating and necessary discussion, for it goes to the heart of what America stands for. Right and left, oversimplifying From the political right there are calls for greater individual freedom and less regulation. Translated into policy, these demands play out in several ways. Many want taxes cut and regulations rolled back so that the market works more freely and citizens can take care of themselves. Many also want every individual to be on their own for health care—survival of the fittest in the most literal sense. These views ignore the right’s willingness to intervene and spend huge sums on conservative issues including the armed forces, prisons, and subsidies to major corporations. They also ignore vital public investments initiated by past presidents acknowledged to be from the right side of the political spectrum: Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System, Teddy Roosevelt’s contributions to the National Park System, and Richard Nixon’s creation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act. Those who favor this more traditional role for government believe in pooling our resources (more com38

monly called taxes) to build roads and infrastructure, to protect public safety and the environment, to care for the less fortunate and to defend the homeland. They believe that society, as represented by its government, has an obligation to address basic needs that are best carried out collectively and to protect its citizens from market excesses and environmental polluters. Some individual rights advocates make these responsibilities sound positively un-American, when even a brief examination of our history provides a very different perspective.

Local collective wisdom As this debate unfolds on the national stage fueled by contrasting visions of the two presidential candidates,

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we should all realize that in South Coast meetings of city councils, select boards and planning boards, as well as town meetings, the issue of individual vs. group rights is being played out every day—it just is not clearly labeled as such. And for the most part, we have found common ground. Zoning is a good example because every South Coast city and town has it. Zoning consists of a set of ordinances or bylaws that are enacted and amended by a two-thirds majority of a community’s city council or town meeting. At its core, zoning is the imposition of group will over individual rights. Or stated the other way, zoning sets limits on how far individual property rights extend before they impose on the rights of others. In that sense, zoning trumps the ultimate libertarian argument that “no one can tell me what to do on my land” with the argument that you are free to do what you want on your property as long as it does not

adversely impact your neighbors. For example, you are not allowed to poison the groundwater that flows across your property lines, erect structures of a size, use or location that harms your neighbor, and so on.

Our system works well There will always be those on both ends of the spectrum who feel aggrieved by zoning decisions, but on balance the system works because it is the expression of a community’s residents of their collective vision for their city or town. For the most part, we have settled into a pattern of détente that allows individuals to act as they wish as long as their actions don’t create excessive noise, pollution, traffic, shadows, etc. We also debate other questions and make decisions at city and town halls that bridge the gap between individual and group rights. Do we have community trash pickup or rely on everyone to get their trash to a disposal area? Do we acquire a parcel of open land to preserve as open space for the community or sell the parcel for development and pocket the proceeds in the form of lower property taxes? Do we inspect restaurants for sanitary conditions or let the buyer beware (state law doesn’t give us a choice on that one).

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Saint Anne’s Hospital expanding


aint Anne’s Hospital’s recently broke ground on a $30 million dollar expansion which will create a new three-story, 60,000-square-foot addition. This will add a new main entrance and 40 new patient care rooms on two floors, allowing the hospital to convert virtually all inpatient rooms throughout the hospital into private rooms while maintaining the current number of beds at the hospital. “One of the hallmarks of a high-quality patient experience is privacy,” said Craig Jesiolowski, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital. “The expansion is the perfect complement to our other state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Emergency Room and operating rooms, and one that we know will provide an enhanced experience for our patients and their families.” One floor of the new addition will house a new telemetry unit for patients who require cardiac monitoring, such as those recovering from heart attack or other illnesses or conditions that put them at risk for developing serious

complications. The second floor will be designed as a medical-surgical unit for patients hospitalized for a variety of conditions and illnesses. The ground floor will be reserved for future patient care services. Each of the two nursing floors also will offer a variety of design and technological features to enhance comfort and quality of care, including private rooms, two elevators, new nurse and work stations, “care zones” with computers in each room, isolation rooms, plus visitor lounges and family consultation rooms. “This new addition is the latest example of our commitment to providing world-class health care in the communities where our patients live and work,” said Josh Putter, Chief Operating Officer of Steward Health Care. The new wing and entrance are expected to be complete in June 2013. For more information, visit the St. Anne’s Hospital website at www. SaintAnnesHospital.org or the Stewart Health Care site at www.steward.org.


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ew Bedford Medical Associates (NBMA) announces the opening of its new Walk-In Center at 368 Faunce Corner Rd. in Dartmouth. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled on September 19th at 12 noon and a Grand Opening Celebration on September 22nd from 11am-4pm and is open to the public. The Walk-In Center is open to everyone and most insurances are accepted. The hours of operation are MondayFriday 8am-7pm and Saturdays 8am-2pm. Service offered are: x-ray, suturing, immunizations, treatment for allergies, minor sprains and strains, colds and flu, sore throats and other basic medical care. Patients are also able to have blood work drawn at the draw station from 7am to 7pm Monday-Friday, and 8am-2pm on Saturdays. For more information contact New Bedford Medical Associates at 508-985-5014. For information on obtaining a doctor at NBMA, contact 508-984-1000 or visit our website at www.newbedfordmedical.com.

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coming to the South Coast Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is arguably the most popular composer of all time. A movie about him, Amadeus, was a big hit back in the 1980s (winning eight Academy Awards) and led to record-breaking CD sales of his music. Disney’s Baby Mozart CD was all the rage a few years ago and is still a big seller on Amazon. What explains Mozart’s enduring popularity? M agic That’s right. Mozart music seems to have a magical effect 42

on us because it has the ability, in an instant, to grab us, soothe us, transport us—in short, it makes us feel good. The magical properties of Mozart’s music explains the decision of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Music Director David MacKenzie to start the NBSO’s new season with an all-Mozart concert: “It will be exciting to start our season with Mozart. By offering a full concert devoted to his music, we will be able to show all that his music has to offer people today. With Mo-

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zart you experience an incredible range of emotions, but in the end the excitement and the joy of his music always comes through. He has a magical touch like no other composer. He knows how to grab you.” A new Season The NBSO’s season opener takes place on Saturday, September 22 at 8pm at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford. The program begins with the Overture to Don Giovanni, Mozart’s great opera, about a

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womanizer who ends up burning in hell, a masterfull blend of comedy and tragedy. Internationally acclaimed pianist Katherine Chi will then join with the NBSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. The New York Times recently wrote that Ms. Chi displays “a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique.” Providence-based soprano Diana McVey will make an appearance at the concert to sing a fiery concert aria with the NBSO. Mozart wrote the aria for his first love, who rejected

him (so he ended up marrying her sister instead). The concert concludes with Mozart’s great “Jupiter” Symphony (No. 41). Written near the end of his short life (Mozart died at the age of 35), the Jupiter Symphony is loved for its beautiful melodies and unrelenting energy. M acK enzie’s excitement “I’m excited about the new season for a lot of reasons,” Director MacKenzie exclaims. “First is just seeing where the orchestra is now compared to 2006, when I came here. It has been an incredibly satisfying journey of growth. The orchestra has matured so much, and is playing now with such a refined sound and level of ensemble precision. The strings

be performed by an outstanding young violinist, Michael Ludwig. The twist will be that John Corigliano will be in attendance for the concert.” MacKenzie is enthusiastic about the season to cone: “We have teamed up with UMass Dartmouth for this mini-festival. Mr. Corigliano will give a major lecture at the University during his time in the city, and UMD will present him with an honorary doctoral degree at intermission of the Saturday night concert. “Finally, I am really excited by the guest artists who will perform with us this year, world-class talent right here in our back yard. In October an exciting young cellist from the Boston area will join us, Jonah Ellsworth, and in April we’ll

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I am really excited by the guest artists who will perform with us this year, world-class talent right here in our back yard. are playing with a gorgeous sound that has a real sheen to it. This season will be a chance to show off just how good this orchestra has become.” MacKenzie adds, “We are trying a number of things this year. In addition to our all-Mozart concert, we end the season with an all-Beethoven concert featuring his Piano Concerto No. 4 and his Third Symphony, Eroica. “We have tried in the last few years to champion the music of living American composers, such as John Adams, John Corigliano, Jennifer, Higdon, Michael Torke, and Michael Daugherty. This season we are doing another work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano, the “Red Violin” Concerto, which will

have Michael Ludwig who is an electrifying violinist. “We close the season with another pianist, German Alexander Schimpf, the most recent winner of the prestigious Cleveland International piano competition. We also have a wonderful lineup of outstanding vocal artists for our concert in November, the traditional Messiah concert in St. Anthony’s, and for Creation in February. “It’s going to be a fantastic season.” Tickets begin at $20 and half-price tickets are available for first-time subscribers (three or more concerts). Information is available at www.nbsymphony.org or by calling 508-999-6276.

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End-of-Summer Blast to Benefit Community Foundation


he Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts invites area residents to leave their black ties and high heels at home and join them for the eighth annual Summer’s Last Blast, an end-of-summer evening of fine food and dancing to benefit their efforts to improve the quality of life in our region. This successful charitable fundraiser is expected to draw nearly 400 SouthCoast residents. Over the past seven years, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $10 million from 156 funds to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the region. The gala event will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, in a new location—The Kittansett Club of Marion. The fundraiser will celebrate the Foundation’s 17 years of service to the community and the end of summer. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $150 each. For information or to buy tickets, call the Community Foundation at (508) 996-8253, ext. 203, or contact nharding@cfsema.org. Tickets can also be purchase online at www.cfsema.org/donors/donate-to-afund/donate; select “A Summer’s Last Blast ticket” from the Donation Fund drop-down menu.

Lakeville’s Eighth Annual Arts & Music Festival


ome to the Eighth Annual Lakeville Arts & Music Festival, a day of community, culture, crafts, a variety of delicious foods, musical entertainment, artistic talents and timeless memories for all who attend. Featuring live performances by Jumpin’ Juba and The Harper and The Minstrel. Also, be sure to visit the many children’s activities and adult workshops, and to stop by the stalls of local vendors. There’s even more to do, so come on down to discover all the fun! FREE. Saturday, September 29, 2012, rain or shine, between 10am and 4pm at the Junctions of Routes 105 & 18 and Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA. For additional information please visit www.lakevillearts.com.

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Fishtales–the Waterfront Fest


et a first-hand look at the culture of fishing and commercial fishing at New Bedford’s waterfront. The annual Working Waterfront Festival is September 29 and 30 on the historic working piers. This year, “Fishtales: Fact, Fiction and Narrative Tradition” will present all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational and fun. Visitors are encouraged to listen and watch, but also to taste, touch and converse. Highlights include a “man overboard” and wire splicing demonstrations, a healthy eating chef’s challenge and “fishtales story stations” where folks can share real life tales. In addition, the free, family-friendly Festival brings together a unique array of music, fishermen’s contests, and poetry, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, music, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. Free parking is available at the Elm Street Garage with a free shuttle to the Festival. For details, navigate to www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org

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PHYSICAL • OCCUPATIONAL • SPEECH THERAPY FOR NEARLY ALL AGES AND ALL OF YOUR NEEDS… Sports Injuries....…Post-Surgical Rehabilitation.......Sprains and Strains.......Tendonitis & Bursitis.......Knee, Hip & Joint Replacements.......Work & Motor Vehicle Injuries.......Back, Neck &Joint Pain.......Hand & Wrist Injuries....…Stroke Rehab.......and much more. Our expanded 4,000 square foot outpatient clinic features beautiful open gym space, lots of natural lighting, outdoor practice fields, private treatment rooms, and a custom designed heated aquatic therapy pool. The pool contains a built-in underwater treadmill, variable water depths, deep tissue massage jets and resistance current for swimming and exercise. • A doctors order is required • Immediate appointments available • Medicare and most major insurances accepted 508-675-0329 THE CLIFTON HEALTHCARE CAMPUS ALSO OFFERS....... Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center.......508-675-7589 Clifton Assisted Living Community.......508-324-0200 Clifton Hospice Services.......508-675-7583

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The South Coast Insider - September 2012  

It’s Harvest Ti me on the South Coast, and wehave much to discover, enjoy, and savor.Joyce Rowley takes a behind-the-scenes look at howcranb...

The South Coast Insider - September 2012  

It’s Harvest Ti me on the South Coast, and wehave much to discover, enjoy, and savor.Joyce Rowley takes a behind-the-scenes look at howcranb...