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CONTENTS In every issue

4 From the publisher 6 South Coast newsmakers by Elizabeth Morse Read

26 In brief

by Elizabeth Morse Read

Prime living

8 Forgiveness: giving and receiving by Greg Jones

16 Secret senior spots by Michael J. Vieira

24 Efforts in vein by Jay Pateakos

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Prime season Winter soups by Elizabeth Morse Read

20 Last-minute local shopping by Ashley Lessa

Good times

10 A WHALE mantra by Joyce Rowley

22 Write your memoirs by Henry M. Quinlan

32 Secret ingredients by Paul Kandarian

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FROM THE PUBLISHER January/February 2018 n Vol. 14 n No. 1 Published by

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It’s that time of year again: time for a New Year! We transition from the hustle of the holidays to the quiet reflection of the onset of Winter. Try to not get whiplash as we settle in to make the most of the chilly weather.


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First things first: have you completed all your gift shopping? You’ve just been waiting for that perfect gift to appear, haven’t you? Well, you’re not going to find it online – go to your local stores! Ashley Lessa highlights the crucial stops on your shopping list starting on page 20. After the holidays end, you can breathe easy. Or can you? Do you feel a sniffle coming on? A tickle in the back of your throat? Such are the realities of winter, but we’ve got the perfect remedies on page 12. There, Elizabeth Morse Read raises a bowl to the best-tasting medicines you’ll ever have. But hey, when the leftovers have been exhausted and you can’t stand to do the dishes again, treat yourself to a meal prepared by a professional. On page 16, Mike Vieira lists some of the best restaurants in the area for boomers looking to keep their bellies (and more often than not, their wallets) full. So swaddle yourself in your ugliest sweater, cozy up next to a window, and be comfortable and content as you greet the New Year!

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giving and receiving Greg Jones

As the old year winds down and we prepare to step into a new year, it might be an apt moment to clear one’s karmic slate, so to speak. Perhaps there are transgressions, mistakes, or actions, that we have done that were harmful to others or to ourselves.

Bundle them all together under a broad definition of sins, if you like. They have been accumulating over the year. Even if you’ve apologized or asked forgiveness, you could feel that there is a residual stain. What’s needed is an accounting of life over the previous year. Forgiveness is only part of that – forgiveness has two halves, two parts that are needed for a “full” forgiveness. There is the person you have sinned against, but there is also you. When you make a “moral mistake,” you harm yourself just as surely as you harm others. We ask the forgiveness of others, but we also need to pardon ourselves, for it is each of us that bears the weight of a moral transgression. Forgiveness is completed not just by pardon, but also through a determination to not repeat the mistake. Call it a sin if you like, but at its core a sin is a mistake.

Familiar paths The major religions all address moral mistakes, sins, and they also address how to deal with being the person sinned against. How should one act when asked for forgiveness? This is not the time (if ever there were one) to put on airs of

approach to forgiveness, one that has the promise to not only produce an amiable acceptance of a true apology, but also to smooth relations for the future. “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness,” he counsels, a refinement of the Golden Rule that can settle not only sins but disagreements. And how should one ask for forgiveness? This is more than a mere confession, which only requires an admission of having done wrong. The transgressor should make it a full acceptance of personal responsibility. Any confession that has a qualifier, or any use of the word “but,” doesn’t count as a full acceptance of guilt, much less a request for forgiveness. “I’m sorry I dented your fender, but if you hadn’t parked so far from the curb it wouldn’t have happened.” You don’t need to be a lawyer or a theology student to realize this falls short of a genuine apology, even if you pay for the dented fender. The question of sin, guilt, forgiveness, penance, and restitution has occupied humanity for as long as we have been human. That makes it even more important that we periodically make things right with the people around us.

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superiority. Admitting to a transgression is hard enough, so make it as easy as possible. Gracious and sincere acceptance is the order of the day here. Benjamin Franklin gave us a succinct

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Making right The idea that one should do this annu-

ally has ancient origins. In the Old Testament, the book of Leviticus reports on a conversation between God and Moses more than 3,000 years ago in which God instructs Moses to set aside one day a year as a Day of Atonement. The Israelites, and today’s observant Jews, annually do a total fast for 25 hours, concentrating the mind on cataloging one’s transgressions and asking forgiveness for those sins. Part of the 12 steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program addresses forgiveness, advising members to make lists of those whom the member has distressed or harmed. List in hand, the member finds the people involved and asks forgiveness. It should be noted that in cases where it is best to not contact the person or persons involved, if making direct amends has the potential to cause more harm, then the transgressor has only himself to heal and console. Noting the above, rest assured that one does not need to be Jewish or a recovering alcoholic to make use of the suggestions. As we enter the New Year, think of correcting your future by considering your past. There’s no need to make lists of resolutions. Those lists often suffer from excessive specificity – go to the gym three times a week, floss your teeth, that sort of thing. What we need is a full exploration of things that went wrong due to our own negligence or selfishness. Note them, consider them, seek forgiveness. Complete the cycle by following the advice of Jesus as reported by the apostle John, “Go and sin no more.” Just as one does not need to be Jewish to set aside a day for atonement or an alcoholic to seek forgiveness, one does not have to be a Christian to follow advice that good. When those who owe us an apology show up, accept it graciously. You don’t need to have an enemy to espouse Franklin’s advice. It’s a New Year. Enjoy the possibilities and opportunities of living with the benefit of experience and a clear conscience. Anyone can do it, proceeding one person, one step, one transgression at a time. As you learn to accept apologies, you also learn to offer them. It’s that simple and that complicated.

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Restore, Repurpose, Revitalize: a WHALE mantra B y J oyce Rowley


Baptist congregation paired with a local theater group seems an odd combination, but it's just the type of creative adaptive reuse that the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) thrives on. Membership in the First Baptist Church on William Street in downtown New Bedford had declined to less than 60. Costly repairs were needed to the historic church, far beyond the congregation's capacity to fundraise. The steeple and bell tower were structurally unsound. With all four support posts rotting, it was at risk of toppling. The exterior was not much better. But the steeple, which appears on the City of New Bedford's seal, has been a landfall for captains returning from sea for 188 years. It had to be preserved. WHALE executive director Teri Bernert said that the possibility of the re-use of the church as a performing arts theater came from a meeting with Mayor Jon Mitchell and his staff several years ago. "We were working on the program, Partners in Sacred


Places, that stresses reuse options for congregations that are struggling to maintain their historic properties," Bernert said. "Thus the idea for a shared cultural and religious space. The National Trust for Historic Preservation had great interest in our reuse study of the church as a community theater with chapel space for the congregation, and gave WHALE seed funding and technical assistance." Bernert said that a nonprofit needed to own the building in order to obtain grants and funding that a religious congregation could not get.

The show goes on Meanwhile, Your Theatre, Inc., the local community theater in its 71st season, has outgrown its home at St. Martin's Church on County and Rivet Street. Your Theatre strives to bring the storytelling art to the

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community in an affordable, intimate setting. The theater group performs six shows per year, develops children's theater and holds workshops for theater professionals. The First Baptist Church location offered an opportunity to be closer to the downtown, restaurants and art galleries, said Gilbert Cardona-Erazo, who sits on Your Theatre’s Facilities’ Steering Committee. "We want to be in the thick of things. This location has all of that." WHALE's expertise at preserving and restoring Downtown New Bedford's architectural gems made it possible to save the church building, keep the congregation in its home, and create a new venue for performing arts. In its 55 years, WHALE has preserved and protected over 60 important historic New Bedford buildings and properties through acquiring, restoring, and repurposing historic downtown landmarks. Among those are the Zeiterion Theater, the Rotch-Jones Duff House and Memorial Gardens, and the Old Bank, now the

National Park Service Whaling National Monument. More recently, WHALE completed renovations to 139/141 Union Street as a mixed-use artist live-work-teach space. Now, two years after piecing together a purchase and sale agreement among the three parties, WHALE and Your Theatre, Inc. are closing on acquisition of the historic First Baptist Church.

Birthplace of Robert's Rules The church is perhaps best known for its history as the birthplace of Robert's Rules of Order. Listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1975 as part of the County Street Historic District, the First Baptist Church was designed by Brown & Poole, a renowned architectural firm, and built by the congregation in 1829. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' records, while stationed in New Bedford in 1862, Army Engineer Major Henry M. Robert was asked to chair a meeting at the First Baptist Church. The meeting became contentious,

Capital campaign Before anyone can move in to the renovated space, the building has to be retrofitted for accessibility. WHALE has raised over half of the $1.5 million needed to repair the steeple, bell tower, and the exterior and renovate the interior. The City's Community Development Block Grant program will contribute $100,000 towards the exterior. Another $250,000 is available in historic tax credits, a program that allows taxpayers to buy credits that are put towards a qualified historic renovation project. Your Theater has committed $150,000 of its funds to the project. Over $60,000 has been raised in private donations. For more information on how you can donate to the project, contact Amanda DeGrace, WHALE development director at 508-997-1776 or email Gilbert Cardona-Erazo at Donations may be made online at portfolio-item/first-baptist-church/ or a check may be mailed to WHALE at 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. Please note on the check that the donation is towards YTI 149 William Street Project. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

and he lost control of the meeting. Robert walked away thinking that there must be a better way to run a meeting, later writing: "One can scarcely have had much experience in deliberative meetings of Christians without realizing that the best of men, having wills of their own, are liable to attempt to carry out their own views without paying sufficient respect to the rights of their opponents." Finding the British Parliamentary Rules of Procedure to have little application in the newly founded democracy, Robert developed "A Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies," later referred to simply as Robert's Rules of Order, in 1875.

Creative collaboration In 2015, the First Baptist Church received designation as a National Treasure from the Trust for its exemplification of the Trust's model of shared-use partnerships to save historic churches. "Here in the Northeast, a lot of sacred spaces with smaller congregations are

under-utilized. This is a sacred space that needs to continue." said Cardona-Erazo. "We are blessed to be partnered with First Baptist. They could have sold it to CVS or for use as a parking lot. But they understood that the building belongs to the community and wanted to take it into the 21st century." Cardona-Erazo said the project is the intersection of three trends: it promotes the creative economy, supports the downtown, and promotes historic preservation. As the managing resident theater, Your Theatre will host other local performing arts troupes to create a hub for a variety of theater experiences. "We're putting out invitations for use of the hall for rehearsals, concerts, and lectures," Cardona-Erazo said. At 250 seats, it is better suited to local performing artists than the Z, providing a more intimate experience, he said..

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The healing power of winter soups

Eliz abeth Morse Read

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is credited with recognizing the relationship between good nutrition and good health. (He also advocated that “walking is man’s best medicine.”)

In the wintertime, when you’re cooped up in the house, classroom, or office with all the sneezers and snifflers and you can’t go for a walk outside because it’s too cold and wet, and you’re bored and nibbling and feeling sluggish, what you need is a blast of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that are packed in a bowl of low-fat, no-cholesterol homemade soup! They’re filling, nutritious, and they’ll help you shed those excess holiday pounds, too.

But instead of investing in a fancy light system to simulate sunshine, why not invest in the healthful foods to make soups that will boost your immunity and supplement the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your body’s craving? Who needs all the calories, fats, and sugar in a cup of cocoa with marshmallows or whipped cream, when you can get just as much warmth and satisfaction from a bowl or cup of homemade soup?

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Fresh citrus fruit and juices are the go-to Vitamin C powerhouses, but they can be pretty expensive during the winter, plus they will have lost much of their flavor and nutritional punch in their long journey from tropical climes. So look to the lowly peppers, leafy greens, cabbages, root vegetables, and squashes for a Vitamins C, D, and calcium infusion during the dark winter months. Even if you don’t like spicy foods, find

Seasonal affective disorder is very real. When your body doesn’t get enough sunshine in the wintertime, you can easily become moody, carb-craving and depressed, and have trouble sleeping or even just getting through the day. When your spirits and energy are low, so too is your body’s immune system – you become easy prey for all the bacteria and viruses circulating in overheated enclosed spaces.


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ways to incorporate peppers (whether fresh, dried, roasted, or pickled) into your winter diet, especially the red-orangeyellow peppers. They’re rich in fiber, Vitamins A and C, potassium, and capsaicin, which will help unclog your sinuses and stuffy nose. Dark leafy greens are packed with Vitamins C and D, iron, and calcium, as well as the fiber you need to keep your innards working regularly. Buy them fresh (always wash them, even if the packaging says “pre-washed”) and add them to all your soups. Think spinach, chard, escarole, parsley, and cilantro. The high-fiber cruciferous vegetables include all head cabbages, bok choy, kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, arugula, watercress [see sidebar], rapini (rabe) and kohlrabi. They’re densely packed with antioxidants, Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, K, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. You may not like them (probably because they’ve been overcooked), but when they’re still semi-crunchy in a stir-fry or pureed in a soup, you’d never taste the difference – plus they add a lot more fiber to your winter diet, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes and sluggish bowels. Root veggies are winter food staples,

and for good reason. They’re packed with meats. beta-carotene, Vitamins A, B-complex, “The Stinking Rose” and other miracle C, D, antioxidants, and fiber. And even foods though they grow Bulb plants, underground, including The easiest green they’re brightly garlic (aka “the colored and stinking rose”), Watercress is an almost unknown sweet – carrots, onions, leeks, “superfood” – it’s a small dark leafy beets, turnips/ruchives, scallions, green resembling clover leaves, and tabagas, parsnips, and shallots you can find it packaged on the salad/ and sweet potahave been produce aisle. Watercress has a piquant, toes. (Potatoes hailed throughpeppery flavor (but milder than arugula are root veggies out history as or spinach) that’s perfect in salads, too, but they’re healing foods. sandwiches, smoothies, and soups. very starchy Modern sciBut those tiny leaves are bursting with and should be ence has proved antioxidants, Vitamins A, B1/B6, C, D, E, eaten sparingly in that homemade K, and essential minerals like calcium, winter.) broths made iron, manganese, potassium, and zinc. So, Winter squashes with these ingreif the thought of eating kale, broccoli, or like butternut, dients actually spinach is unappealing – try watercress! acorn, spado have medicighetti squash, or nal properties pumpkin have – they contain hard inedible skins and are filled with powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammaseeds. The sweet inner flesh needs to be tory, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antifunpre-cooked before adding them to a soup, gal, and antibiotic chemicals related to so either steam or bake them in the skins penicillin, especially when eaten raw, but beforehand – or are just as good buy them already for you when A word about cut up to save cooked. winter tomatoes prep time. Winter And don’t forget squashes are full those humble Tomatoes, like all yellow/orange/red of Vitamins A, mushrooms, vegetables, are packed with Vitamins B6, C, potasbursting with A, C, E, and K, potassium, and fiber – sium, iron, and Vitamins C, just what the doctor ordered! But while fiber – and the D, B-complex, imported winter tomatoes may look rosy discarded seeds antioxidants, on the supermarket shelves, they usually can be cleaned trace minerals, taste like wet cardboard by the time they and roasted for and fiber. They’re reach the South Coast. Stock up on the a high-protein filling and even best boxed or canned brands of unpeeled snack or garnish! contain protein, tomatoes, whether whole, crushed, or so use them as a diced. The cans should be lined inside The musical meat alternative with a protective white coating, because fruit in winter. tomatoes are acidic and will interact Beans, peas, So, whenever chemically with uncoated metals (like and lentils are you’re making an aluminum cooking pot) and create a protein-packed a soup or stew, nasty aftertaste. veggies full of start with a antioxidants, healthful and B-complex vitasavory base of mins, minerals chopped onions, and fiber. They garlic, cabbage, red peppers, carrots, and come in myriad shapes, colors, and sizes, mushrooms. There’s enough “medicine” and are a food staple around the world. in those simple ingredients to cure just To avoid gassiness, always rinse them about whatever ails you. Chop them all before cooking, whether dried or canned, up and sauté them in a little olive oil and do not overcook them. When propuntil softened, then add your broth and erly cooked in a soup, they are satisfying other vegetables, beans, and cooked substitutes for starchy potatoes or fatty grains. Bon appetit!

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Tomato/red pepper soup

If you feel a cold or flu coming on and you’re stuck in the house on a cold winter’s day, this is the perfect antidote. Grab a good book (or a pile of bills to pay) and set up camp near the stove to make this savory medicine. The ingredients and methods are very simple, but you’ll need to stir the pot frequently for about an hour while the onions slowly caramelize and turn golden-brown. This cooks down to much less than what you start with, so make big batches!

This sublime blend of Mediterranean flavors is packed with vitamins, calcium, iron, and fiber. If you want to make it even heartier, add a cup of pre-cooked orzo or ditalini pasta towards the end. To save time, prepare the fresh veggies ahead of time and store them covered in the fridge.

Need a fast booster shot of vitamins and antioxidants? This velvety puree is perfect for lunches and for warming up after braving the cold outside. You can go the long way and roast your own red peppers in the oven, but it’s easier to buy the jars of roasted peppers at the grocery store. If you want to make an even heartier soup, add a cup of precooked brown rice after it’s been pureed.

Ingredients • Olive oil • 3-4 Vidalia onions, chopped • 3 leeks (whites only), sliced and rinsed • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional) • 2 stalks celery, chopped • ½ cup dry white cooking wine • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth, plus 2 cups (1 can) broth In a non-stick cooking pot, heat up several swirls of olive oil over medium heat. Add the prepared onions, leeks, garlic, and celery, stir off-and-on for 45-60 minutes, until the onions are golden-brown. Add the wine, raise heat to medium-high, scraping the bottom of the pot gently with a wooden spoon to remove burnt bits, for 3-5 minutes until the wine is reduced by half. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until flavors have married. Salt and pepper to taste, then top with a thin slice of toasted baguette and a sprinkle of grated cheese.


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Ingredients • Olive oil • 1 large onion chopped or two leeks (whites only), sliced and rinsed • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 2 carrots, evenly sliced • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth (add a bit of water, if needed, to cover) • 1 small head escarole (or kale, stems and stalks removed), rinsed and chopped • 1 15.5 oz. can white kidney beans (cannellini) or chick peas, drained • ½ teaspoon crushed rosemary • freshly-ground black pepper • ¼ c. lemon juice Swirl a few tablespoons of olive oil into a covered cooking pot. Over medium heat, sauté the onion (leeks), carrots, celery, and garlic, stirring often until the onions are soft. Sprinkle with rosemary and pepper. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the escarole and beans, reduce to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until carrots are soft. Add lemon juice and stir, cover, and remove from heat. Let it sit so the flavors can marry while you set the table.

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Ingredients • Olive oil • 1 lg. onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth • 1 28 oz. can crushed Italian plum tomatoes • 1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped • 2 bay leaves • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • ½ teaspoon paprika In a non-stick covered cooking pot, sauté onions, celery, and garlic in a few swirls of olive oil over medium heat until softened. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves and let it cool a bit before pureeing with an immersion blender.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Soups The tools needed to make good soups are pretty basic: a non-aluminum covered pot (preferably nonstick), a covered saucepan (for precooking grains), a small skillet (for sautéing, if needed), non-metal cooking utensils, a colander, a cutting board, various prep bowls, a vegetable peeler, a few sharp knives – and (most important) a handheld immersion blender. Why spend your time cleaning up a Cuisinart or food processor if you can puree a soup

Carrot and winter squash soup This may sound like an odd combo for a winter soup, but this bowl of bright orangey goodness is full of Vitamins A, C, antioxidants, and fiber. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the veggie leftovers after holiday meals! Ingredients • Olive oil • 1 lb. carrots, scrubbed (not peeled), evenly sliced • 1 med. onion, diced • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth • 1 cup pre-cooked winter squash (butternut, acorn) • ½ cup orange juice • ½ teaspoon ground ginger, sprinkle of cinnamon In a non-stick cooking pot, heat up a few swirls of olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions, celery, and stir until onions are soft. Add the broth, turn up heat to bring to a boil, then add the cooked squash and stir thoroughly to blend. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until carrots are soft. Add juice and spices, stir, and remove from heat. When cooled a bit, puree until smooth using an immersion blender.

right in the pot? And you don’t have to go all “pioneerwoman” when it comes to making a soup broth – stock up on those 32 oz. cartons of low-sodium vegetable stock (or 15.5 oz. cans) when they’re on sale. Use them instead of plain water when you make soups – or whenever you’re cooking rice, barley, soup, pasta or other grains – for an extra dose of veggie vitamins!

Vichyssoise and watercress soup If you’re looking for an elegant winter soup that will “stick to your ribs,” look no further. This subtly-flavored and deeplysatisfying puree is bursting with antioxidants and vitamins – and it’s very simple to make. Even kids will ask for seconds, so make plenty. Ingredients • Olive oil • 2 Vidalia onions, chopped • 3 leeks (whites only), sliced and carefully rinsed • 2 med. russet potatoes, peeled, cubed and rinsed • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth • 2 handfuls watercress, rinsed and chopped • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper In a covered non-stick cooking pot, sauté the onions and leeks in a few swirls of olive oil over medium heat until soft, about three minutes. Add broth and potatoes, bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes are very soft. Add watercress, stir, and simmer for five more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then puree using an immersion blender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mushroom-barley soup This savory “peasant” soup will fill you up – not out – and it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s important to cook the barley (as with all grains) separately, so that it doesn’t suck up all the vegetable broth. (This is a great soup for using up leftover cooked veggies in your fridge, like green beans, cabbage, zucchini, and the like.) Prep the Barley • ½ cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained • 2 cups (1 can) vegetable broth • 1 bay leaf In a small covered saucepan, bring the broth to a boil, stir in barley, bay leaf and a pinch of salt (or a shot of Worcestershire sauce). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 40 minutes. While that’s cooking, prepare the other soup ingredients: Prep the Mushrooms • 1 heaping tablespoon butter (try “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” vegan “butter”) • 12 oz. thinly sliced mushrooms (white or Portobello) • 1 lg. clove garlic, minced (optional) In a skillet, melt “butter” over medium heat, add mushrooms and garlic, stirring often for 6-8 minutes until browned, then remove from heat. Move on to the soup pot. Ingredients • Olive oil • 1 lg. onion, finely chopped • 2 carrots, thinly sliced • 2 stalks celery (including leaves), thinly sliced • 1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth • Leftover cooked veggies, chopped • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarra gon, plus sprigs to garnish In a non-stick soup pot, heat a few swirls of oil on medium, add onions, carrots, and celery and stir until onions are soft. Add the carton of broth and bring to a boil. Add the barley and mushrooms (including liquids), cover and reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes or until carrots are soft. Stir in the chopped tarragon, salt and pepper to taste.

Elizabeth Morse Read is an award-winning writer, editor and artist who grew up on the South Coast. After 20 years of working in New York City and traveling the world, she came back home with her children and lives in Fairhaven.

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Secret senior spots

Michael J. Vieira

Many years ago, my wife Audrey and I spent a week at her aunt’s condo in St. Pete’s Beach. We were in our twenties – most of the folks were about four times older. But they shared a secret that I’ll never forget.

“If you know where to go during Happy Hour, you can eat for free and get two drinks for one,” Aunt Betty said. (Actually, I think she was my wife’s aunt’s husband’s aunt, and she worked for Ma Bell – probably when Ma was still running the company.) The nice folks at the condo gave us a list of the freebies: fried shrimp at this one, little hot dogs in blankets at that one, meatballs at another, and on and on. That night, we dined “Senior Style” at about four-ish and, as promised, we ate and drank for less than the cost of a couple of cocktails at a beach-side bar. It was fun and financially rewarding.


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Now that we’re easing into our “prime time,” we’re also enjoying similar perks. Although Massachusetts in its Puritan wisdom has banned “Happy Hours,” sometimes the early bird can still grab the specials.

Breakfast, whenever One of the best things about being retired is going out for breakfast and lunch. If you’re lucky, the places will serve breakfast all day, so you can keep the alarm off – like it belongs. Alice’s L ast Stop in Dighton has great breakfast and lunch options and is a nice ride along Route 138 through Somerset (or over the new bridge near Bristol Aggie). It’s busy on weekends but relaxing

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Somerset Grille

most days during the week. Try the homemade hash and freshbaked bread with eggs. Home fries are fine, but potato shreds with onions are better. They also have some pretty good “loaded” beans and a delightful variation of eggs benedict with sausage gravy and biscuits. Looking for a little ethnic flavor? Our grandson is especially fond of the batatas at Lina’s Place in Somerset on County Street, and we regularly join my 90-yearold mother at Gina’s Restaurant on Wilson Road in Fall River where you can get a breakfast variation of Portuguese steak and eggs. (Also try their “dirty eggs” featuring ground chouriço, onions, and peppers.) Another place where some folks can enjoy breakfast while others eat lunch is Somerset Grille in Indian Springs Plaza also on County Street. There are lots of options for either meal, but the scramblers with hollandaise sauce is pretty unique and awfully tasty. They’re also creative. I get a meat lover’s scrambler even though it’s not really on the menu. Check the board out for lunch and dinner specials. From comfort food like shepherd’s pie to prime rib, fried seafood at amazing prices to desserts, you can’t beat the value and quality. Depending on how old you are, you’ll remember this place as located in the shopping center as the home to Grand Central Market, the Condesa, or the Car Palace. (That space is now a church and storage facility.) One of the best bargains in the South Coast has to be Roger’s Hot Dogs in Fall River. Yes, the Coney Islands with the works are inexpensive and very good (although I’m still a Nick’s guy), but the breakfasts are noteworthy. Although the bacon is thin-cut, it’s plentiful. The side order can be amazing, as others have recorded, but I’ve grown to love “The Picture.” Yep, you can order what’s in the photo on the menu and it comes with an impressive stack of bacon, some sausages, eggs, and more. Just to be confusing, Roger’s Family Restaurant in Somerset is also worth the trip. Their breakfasts are fine, but where else can you get Fall River chow mein with fish and chips, chicken wings

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and more for lunch or dinner? The Durfee kid in me is partial to Al Mac’s Diner at the bottom of President Avenue in Fall River, but you’ve got to love Angelo’s Orchid Diner in New Bedford. It hasn’t changed its look and feel in decades – and that’s a good thing. In the cold of winter, it’s especially warming to sip a cup of coffee – or several – and leisurely enjoy what is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.

E arly bird specials Working 9 to 5 – or much later? Not anymore. So why not celebrate your freedom by eating dinner like my grandmother did: at the crack of four. Magoni’s in Somerset is a classic senior spot. They’re legendary for their complimentary cinnamon rolls. They’re kind of like malasada dough made into little pillows of love and sparkling with sugar/ cinnamon magic. Their luncheon specials, early bird specials, and dinners for two with a bottle of wine are worth heading to the area where the Brightman Street Bridge used to be. When it’s freezing out, you’ll appreciate the soups and chowders and comfort food served in the warmth of a traditional, dark wood paneled dining room. Another old favorite is Sagres on Columbia Street. Although it’s in a spectacular new building, you’ll still be greeted by familiar faces and offered authentic Portuguese dishes. Lunch and dinner can


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be crowded so opt for a mid-afternoon treat – or call for a reservation. Lots of chains also offer early bird specials. Most Olive G ardens feature an $8.99 special from 3 to 5 p.m. (Monday through Thursday). Bertucci’s in Taunton also has lunch specials. Both have soup and salad specials and pretty amazing bread.

“There are a few major perks to aging, like retiring, traveling, or finally having the time to follow your dream there also are some little perks, like agebased discounts” Another place for a special lunch or “Happy Hour” specials – half price appetizers (Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.) is Not Your Average Joe’s in Dartmouth and Seekonk.

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Although it is technically a chain, it doesn’t feel that way (and there are variations in the menus by location). They can also be counted for on for interesting beers and wines and specials like “buck a shuck” oysters. Don’t be afraid to support the classic spots like McGovern’s (nobody does boneless fried chicken better), White’s, or Venus de Milo. Conveniently located off Route 24 in the north end of Fall River are BK’s Tavern or Barrett’s. They also both run specials that are hard to beat. Have a favorite spot? Give them a call or check their websites. Especially in the winter, dining during the week and earlier in the day could get a great meal at an excellent price.

Wine not? It might be a South Coast thing, but it seems that more and more places are offering dinners for two with multiple courses and a bottle of wine. New regulations now allow you to take home the liquid leftovers as well, so that’s an added bonus with your doggie bag. At many Portuguese restaurants like Caldeiras, the Fall River Grill, and others in the area you can always enjoy a great meal and sip a decent wine. But if you go during the week, there are two-forone specials with wine for $30 or less. Nothing wrong with that on a cold winter night. Neither is watching the sunset from a waterfront spot while most people

Fall River Grille

are still working. Although the deck is quiet this time of year, The Cove Restaurant on Davol Street near the Battleship in Fall River is still a nice spot to eat and enjoy the great Fall River sunsets. Hit the bar and enjoy half-off appetizers from 2 to 6 p.m. – better yet, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays) you can get a dinner for two with a bottle of wine. Near a different body of water is Lepage’s Seafood and Grille. When it’s nice, you can sit on the deck near the Watuppa, but at any time, you can enjoy lunch specials as well as dinner for two with a bottle of wine. Again, check with the restaurants. Sometimes, there’s a day or time restriction – but those shouldn’t matter to most of us.

Just ask Most chains offer some type of senior discounts, but sometimes it’s not obvious. Don’t be afraid to ask. “There are a few major perks to aging, like retiring, traveling, or finally having the time to follow your dream. There also are some little perks, like age-based discounts,” AARP promises, adding that the age varies from 55 to 60 or 65. That said, sometimes it’s not worth the effort. A free small coffee or drink at places like McDonald’s, KFC, and Sonic doesn’t make me want to rush over there. Neither does the free donut offered at

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Dunkin’ – thanks for trying to speed up my demise. But there’s nothing wrong with places like restaurants, stores, hotels, and airlines offering ten to fifteen percent off. In some cases, your AARP card will provide additional benefits – but usually an ID verifying your age will get you similar discounts. Remember that old commercial about membership having its privileges? Well, so does living long enough to grab a discount, to get a free drink, and to eat when the prices won’t take a bite out of your wallet (or purse). But it also has a responsibility. Stay informed. For example, this summer the lifetime National Parks Senior Pass increased from $10 to $80. Thanks to some advice from frugal and alert classmates, I bought mine before the increase, but it still makes me ask, “Why?” It’s no secret that strange things are happening these days. Be sure not only to appreciate and to enjoy the benefits you have, but also to stay vigilant and to ask for what you deserve.

MICHAEL VIEIRA , Ph.D. retired from full-time administration at BCC. He has written for several newspapers and magazines including ‘The South Coast Insider’ and ‘South Coast Prime Times.’

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Davoll's, photo by A shley Lessa

Last-minute local shopping

B y A shley L essa


he South Coast is a magical place to be this time of year. From the snow-covered beaches in Westport to the decked out streets of historic downtown New Bedford, everywhere is postcard-perfect. The South Coast is also the ideal place to finish up that last-minute holiday shopping. With many local retailers it’s easy to support the businesses of the community while purchasing something found nowhere else. Whether you’re shopping for the holidays or if you’re already thinking about the celebrations to come in the new year, these noteworthy stores have products from the practical to the whimsical.

Traditional craftsmanship New Englanders have been making and selling quality products for centuries, and the historic Davoll’s General Store at 1228 Russells Mills Road in South Dartmouth


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( keeps that tradition alive. Originally founded in 1793, it has remained in operation since, most recently under Joseph Glennon. Now, couple Kim Arruda and Jim Chouinard have taken over as the owners and operators, spending 16 months renovating the historic store. While Davoll’s certainly has a fresh look, it retains the charm of a bygone era, right down to the exposed beams handcrafted by Chouinard. It has what Arruda artfully described as a “coastal farmhouse feel,” emphasized by the large wooden boat

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in the center of the store that holds the wide selection of penny candy. For locals, Davoll’s represents a childhood staple, a place to pick up a treat after school or a jug of milk, and under its new owners, these items remain a mainstay. While it’s worth popping by to reminisce or to grab a few groceries, Davoll’s has plenty of items for last-minute gift shopping. Arruda’s recommendations include their selection of hand-crafted jewelry or a hat that shows off Dartmouth pride. With an attached flower shop, Fresh Foraged Designs by Joshua Duclos-Rickard, as well as the Wild Honey Cafe run by Jillian Martin, the gifting options are numerous.

Perfect presents Some people seem to already have everything they need. Hippo ( is the perfect place to look for the person who is difficult to shop for. Located at 741 Purchase Street

in downtown New Bedford, their motto is “shop unique.” It’s a small, bright store filled with charming knick knacks, books, and homeware, from little ornamental birds and silver dinosaurs to trays of enamel pins. With primarily locallysourced consignment and wholesale crafts, the inventory is a modern twist on the New England craftsmanship of the past. No two visits are alike. “People come in and find something they didn’t even know they were looking for,” said owner Shelley Cardoos. “It ends up being the perfect gift!” It helps that Cardoos is a holiday shopping expert. She ran a holiday pop-up shop called Craft-O-Rama for six years before founding this year-round location just a year ago. While the origins of the shop are holiday-based, Cardoos noted that they have cards and gifts for all occasions. A few of the many giftable items include patterned snack bags by Joyette Studio, and homemade bath bombs by BeYOUtiful, a company founded by local artisan Hannah Grace when she was just ten years old. There is no guesswork about where each product is from or who made it, so buyers are able to shop confidently and take with them the origin story with their items.

H and-painted treasures Don Cadoret ( has been telling stories through his art for 45 years. He describes his work as “story painting,” and indeed each brightly-colored item he creates seems like it has been pulled from a fairy tale. His creations are singular and whimsical, and have made their way from his home studio at 23 Reed Street in Tiverton to museums and private collections all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. While his art has migrated all over, the South Coast has made its mark on his work. “The beauty of this area cannot be overstated,” said Cadoret. “Where else can you find stunning, coastal living surrounded by a vibrant agricultural landscape? Being creative in such a rare and beautiful location is easy. I'm also fortunate to have many artist friends living nearby who also inspire me to take full advantage of the South Coast.” While Cadoret doesn’t have a traditional brick and mortar store, locals are able to purchase his work by making an appointment to visit his studio or commission a painting. If you are looking for a festive and rare but inexpensive gift, Cadoret

For those who like to avoid the ordinary, make sure to stop by The Thirsty Crow in North Dartmouth at 367 Old Westport Road, right by UMass. Owner Lisa Santos stocks countless varieties of handbeaded jewelry and some unusual costume pieces. Anyone looking to add a splash of color to their outfit will want to pick up some of the store’s new brooches, which will liven up any scarf, coat, or turtleneck. To learn more about The Thirsty Crow, find them on Facebook or call 508-994-9434.

has painted 200 3-inch tall wooden Christmas trees, available for purchase for only $20. He can be reached via email at or by calling 401862-6115. As for what he’s most looking forward to this holiday season? “Spending time with my family and painting new works of art nearly every day of the year.”

Nautical novelties The Landing and Chandlery at 98 Front Street in New Bedford (thelanding98. com) is a store deeply connected to its whaling city roots. Located downtown, the store has been nestled into the web of historical, cobblestoned streets for four years and overlooks the waterfront. The inside of the little seaside shop is charming, with fishnets and sea glass hanging from the ceiling. The walls are lined with handmade products, including paintings and decorative buoys. The products kept in stock by owner Laurie Botelho are certainly fitting for the atmosphere. The store is a nautical haven, selling a

mixture of practical commercial fishing supplies and decorative items for those who just like a good seaside view. There are items for tourists and locals alike, from clothing by local company Atlantica Apparel to a large portrait of a fisherman by an artist called Boston Maki. They also do custom screen printing on site. Regardless of your purchase, as their business card notes, “95% of all items are handcrafted locally.” Whether you have a few more things on your family’s wish list or you’re already thinking about the new year and Valentine’s Day, consider supporting your local South Coast small businesses, now and through the new year. By shopping locally, you’re sure to find a truly oneof-a-kind gift, right from of the artists, farmers, crafters, and bakers of the community.

A shley L essa is a freelance writer from Dartmouth. She spends her spare time reading and traveling.

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Write your memoirs Henry M. Quinlan

I have learned through my 40+ years in publishing that everyone has a story, and it is a story that should be told. Some want to do it as an autobiography, birth to today, while others want to write a memoir which covers just a portion of their life.

Today, writing your autobiography or memoir and publishing it is simple and doable because of technology. I have helped many people write and publish their autobiography or memoirs. Some have published just ten copies for their family only, and others have published hundreds or thousands of copies for a much wider audience.

Plot thickens So why do people biographies or memoirs? It can be as simple as wanting to tell their story, or it can be that they want to leave a legacy for their heirs or pass on their lessons learned for future generations. These are the primary reasons why seniors write about their lives. There is no surprise among seniors when I tell them that their children do not know that much about their life and the grandchildren know even less. The author of an autobiography or a memoir gets to talk directly to his or her children and grandchildren. I have witnessed and experienced that there is nothing that inspires senior citizens like writing and publishing their memoirs or autobiography. I recently assisted a man who at the age of 88 decided to write his autobiography by hand. Over the course of the year, he wrote his autobiography in more 63,000 words. This exercise energized him and gave a new purpose for his life. Upon completion, that energy carried him through the decision to self-publish his book. Today at 90 he is traveling around Massachusetts


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to promote his book at senior centers and on TV and radio shows, and is very much enjoying the whole process.

Rising action I have published autobiographies of some very famous people who you would think would be blasé about publishing their life stories – they had received so many accolades that you would expect that merely publishing a book would seem trivial. Yet people like Wally Schirra, one of our original astronauts, and KC

No matter what seniors write and publish they gain energy and a great sense of personal satisfaction in addition to a renewed sense of purpose in their life Jones, a former Boston Celtics player and coach, both told me that writing and publishing their autobiographies was a totally unique experience. They agreed that holding their books gave them a different sense of accomplishment than anything they had ever experienced. Keep in mind that Wally Schirra had received just about every accolade our country can give! I heard the same from KC Jones who had played on a gold medal team in the Olympics, 12 NBA championships as a player, and one as a coach. I know another senior

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who wrote about his life at the age of 82 and found it to be an exhilarating experience. He then self-published his book which gave him an unexpected sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction, even though he had gained international recognition as the head of a major financial institution.

H appy endings You do not have to be famous to reap the rewards of writing and self-publishing your story. I helped a woman publish a book of poetry just for her family and friends. I helped one man publish his memoir about an episode in his business life, and he was so happy with the process that he published 5,000 copies and gave them away and threw himself a publishing party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Everyone experiences publishing their story differently. No matter what seniors write and publish they gain energy and a great sense of personal satisfaction in addition to a renewed sense of purpose in their life. The engagement, the enthusiasm, and the sense of accomplishment are there, and it is wonderful to see. In the past year, I have spoken at over twenty-five senior centers in Massachusetts about this topic. I found vivacious and attentive audience everywhere I spoke. To my surprise, many of them were working on their stories and many more who talked to me after my presentations stated an intention to start. Good luck – some great experiences await you!

H enry M. Q uinl an, 76, semi-retired presenter – “Don’t Forget to Bounce the Last Check: A Non- Financial Guide to Finding Meaning, Identity and Purpose in Retirement” available at He can be reached by phone at 508-273-6205.


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Efforts in vein While many assume vascular diseases exclusively hit the senior population, the truth is they can strike anyone at any time. I was 36 years old when I ended up having a problem with a varicose vein on my left leg. Jay It was not only beginning to protrude out of the back Pateakos of my leg, but it would make that leg go numb periodically. I chose surgery over symptoms that would only get worse with age. Since then I have had no more varicose vein issues, but the experience taught me many things about the veins in my body and the issues that can come with them. There was still a lot for me to learn. Go with the flow Founded in 2002 by Dr. Ibrahim G. Eid, the Center for Vascular Diseases at the PrimaCARE building in Fall River works on all kinds of vein symptoms, like aching, leg fatigue/heaviness, itching, bleeding, bulging, discoloration, and pain, all of which can seriously affect day-to-day living. Dr. Eid created the Center to help patients recover from vein damage and reclaim their lives. His partner, Dr. Rajendra B. Patel, brought a similar vision of helping patients to make a full recovery to the center a decade later. Eid noted that his doctors are all boardcertified surgeons skilled with high-tech equipment and techniques along with two midlevel practitioners on hand to lower patient wait times and ensure that they can help more people each day. Many


of the procedures take less than 30 minutes to complete, and patients are back on their feet the same day, whether the surgery was done for medical or cosmetic reasons. “We were the first in the area to perform minimally-invasive procedures on the veins, and the first to do them at the office as opposed to the hospital,” said Dr. Eid. “We wanted to provide residents of the South Coast with the best care for conditions affecting their veins and other vascular conditions with the best personal experience and the best value in terms of cost, whether outof-pocket or insurance-driven. We are not directly attached to a hospital and this can mean that we are less costly than hospital sites.” Dr. Eid said many patients and some physicians think that varicose veins are a cos-

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metic issue only, and that for this reason they do not seek out a vascular specialist. “While minor skin-level veins are a cosmetic concern, larger veins can cause swelling, pain, and heaviness of the leg, and sometimes skin breakdown, and thus affect the quality of life of the patient and their ability to perform their daily activities,” said Dr. Eid. “If this is the case, the treatment is often covered by health insurances. It is always a good idea to mention vein problems to your doctor.”

Bonfire of the veinities Dr. Eid offered advice for keeping an eye out for vascular problems. “Itching can precede [darkening] in the skin. High pressure in the veins causes a skin irritation (dermatitis) that can be followed by skin breakdown and formation of

skin ulcers that take a long time to heal,” Dr. Eid said. “These ulcers leave irreversible skin scarring and again, the best action is early detection and treatment of the underlying problem with the veins.” Surgery is generally a last option at the Center for Vascular Diseases, said Dr. Eid, with a number of options available to each person including, at an early stage, exercise and weight loss. According to Dr. Eid, frequent walking or swimming can play a huge part in vascular health. “If there is any swelling, the use of compression or support stockings helps slow down the deterioration in the legs. Whenever there are spider veins, they can be treated with sclerotherapy, where a medication is injected in the small skin veins to close them and this therapy is easy and safe,” he said. “Laser can also be used to treat small spider veins and, like sclerotherapy, is a simple office procedure.” Other vein issues Dr. Eid sees in patients include women with a condition called "pelvic congestion syndrome," where the veins in the pelvic area and abdomen are unable to prevent the blood from pooling in the pelvic area and which can cause significant heaviness and pain in the pelvic area, pain during intercourse, and

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more pain during menses. “We treat this condition by closing the culprit veins using coils and special glues, and again, we are the only center in the area that performs these procedures in the office rather the hospital setting,” Dr. Eid added. “We also treat deep vein thrombosis, when the veins of the legs clot as a result of surgery, trauma, or malignancy. While these patients are usually treated with blood thinning medications, we sometimes remove the clots using minimally-invasive therapies that improve the swelling, pain, and the patient's level of function.” As for what preventative measures people take to avoid future vein issues, Dr. Eid had a few simple words of advice: “Eat healthy, exercise, and if standing for long periods of time, consider support compression stockings,” he said.

Spider (vein) man Dr. Eid’s partner in the Center for Vascular Diseases, Dr. Rajendra Patel, said that while varicose veins are rarely a life-threatening problem, they can severely affect a person’s quality of life. “Our primary focus is optimizing our patient’s quality of life with respect to veins,” Dr. Patel stressed. “The treatment of veins has made a major paradigm shift in the last

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15 to 20 years. With recent advances in technology and a drive towards minimallyinvasive treatment, most if not all of our treatments are now office-based. Our treatments are usually needlestick-based or with two-to-three-millimeter incisions. This allows our patients a faster recovery and less pain.”

formation and advantages and disadvantages of treatment and helping our patients make the best decision for them.” Dr. Patel said he wouldn’t even call any of the treatment they do at his office “surgery” anymore. “It's more like a procedure, similar to going to the dentist. The most important factor I

professional yet comfortable setting,” Szal said. Szal emphasized how quickly the procedures can be completed. “On average the procedure takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed in the outpatient setting,” Szal said. “Previously, surgical interventions had weeks of downtime, required general anesthesia, and had to be performed in an operating room.” Things have certainly changed for the better in vein care over the years – I spent a night in the hospital for my procedure more than ten years ago, and that same procedure would be an in-and-out appointment now. Don’t let the pain consume your life or the fear of surgery keep you from alleviating a problem that could have a simple solution. Go see a vein specialist and fix the issue, likely quickly and painlessly. Life is indeed too short to put up with any pain. Learn more by visiting the office at 901 South Main Street in Fall River or by going to

"The most important factor I want to emphasize is not all patients require procedures to treat vein issues" Dr. Patel said that the good news is that vein issues involving spider veins or varicose veins are not life-threatening and as such, treatment is never required unless the patient wants it done due to pain or other lifestyle-related issues. “The bad news however is that once a patient has varicose or spider veins, they usually will not go away on their own and usually worsen with time,” said Dr. Patel. “I would say that obtaining treatment is an individual decision based on how the symptoms affect quality of life. We can certainly help in providing in-

want to emphasize is not all patients require procedures to treat vein issues,” Dr. Patel said. “Any treatment is customized based on the individual patient, their symptoms, exam findings, and test results.” Center for Vascular Diseases nurse practitioner Kate Szal noted that the Center is all about providing complete, full-service care under one roof. “Consultations, vascular testing, and procedures are all performed in the same facility. We strive to offer our patients the most up-to-date care in a S ou th C oast P r ime T imes

J ay Pateakos has been a freelance writer for more than 10 years including daily and weekly newspapers and monthly magazines. A native of New Bedford, he currently lives in Marion and has three children.

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E xtra! E xtra!

In brief… Brrr! It may be cold and wet outside, but it’s still the season for gathering with family and friends to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day – and all those school vacations! Concerts, plays, special exhibits, and farmers markets have all moved indoors where it’s warm, but it’s also a good time for bundling up and venturing out – caroling, sledding, skating and walking through the snowy woods – especially while everyone’s home for the holidays! During this season of sharing and giving, remember our veterans, the house-bound, the homeless, and all those less fortunate than you and yours. Happy holidays! Eliz abeth Morse Read

Starry, starry nights

Don’t miss the Annual Festival of Lights at the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro through January 1 – more than 300,000 lights illuminating 10 acres! For details, go to or call 508-222-5410. Stroll through the holiday splendor of “Christmas at the Newport Mansions” through January 1. For details, call 401847-1999 or go to Discover colonial holiday traditions in Newport on an evening Holiday Lantern


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Tour through December 30. For more info, call 401-841-8770 or visit

for the movie The Great Gatsby, will also be decked for the holidays! For info, call 401-253-0390 or visit

The holidays will “sparkle” with “A Toast to the Twenties” at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! Go for “Starlit Strolls” on December 14, 21, or 28! Or enjoy “Music in the Living Room” December 16-17, 23-24, 30-31! Or join in the pomander-making workshop December 18! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Experience the splendor of Victorian holidays at the Fall River Historical Society’s Museum! For more info, call 508-679-1071 or go to

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Visit the colonial-era Lafayette-Durfee House in Fall River to enjoy a Holiday Open House on December 17! For more info, call 508-813-8230 or visit

Explore the whaling-era mansion at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Find out why Taunton is called the “Christmas City”! Head for the Taunton Green’s “Christmas in Candyland” displays! For more info, go to lightingofthegreen.

Deck the halls

Buy your holiday greenery and trees at Escobar Farm in Portsmouth! For details, visit or call 401-6831444. Find that special gift at “Artists for the Bay Show and Sale” through January 27 at the Save The Bay Center in Providence! For details, call 401-272-3540 or visit Get your holiday greenery at Frerichs Farm in Warren! For more info, call 401245-8245 or visit Buy your holiday gifts, goodies, and greenery at The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet! For info, call 774-202-1027 or go to

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Don’t miss “Kiss of the Earth” performed on January 5! For info and tickets, visit Enjoy the new season of Festival Ballet Providence! “Director’s Choice” will be performed at the VETS on February 9-11! For info or tickets, call 401-353-1129 or go to Don’t miss the South Coast Chamber Music Series’ performances of “Ritmos Calientes” on January 13 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion, and on January 14 at St. Peter’s Church in Dartmouth. For more info, call 508-999-6276 or go to Plan ahead for the Tri-County Symphonic Band’s performance of “All Italia!” on February 11 at the Dartmouth High School Auditorium! For info and tickets, go to Listen to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth on January 20 at the VETS! Plan ahead for the performance of Romantic Rachmaninoff February 17. For info and tickets, go to or call 401-2487000.

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Continued from previous page Reserve your tickets now for Rehoboth’s “Arts in the Village” performance at Goff Memorial Hall by The Boston Trio on February 24. For more info, go to Make your reservations for Concerts at the Point in Westport! Plan ahead for a performance on February 25 by the Neave Piano Trio. For more info, call 508636-0698 or visit Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series in Providence presents talented musicians, actors, dancers, and artists for all to enjoy! Plan ahead for globalFEST Latin Music February 7, Muir String Quartet February 12. For a complete schedule of events, go to or call 401-456-8144.

Bring on the new year!

Start the New Year with the annual January 1 walk on Gooseberry Island at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! For details, call 508-9900505 or visit Join in the Polar Bear Dive off Onset Pier in Wareham on New Year’s Day! To register, call 508-930-1685. Enjoy a groovy 1960’s New Year’s Eve concert on December 31 at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! For info, go to or call 401-241-7349. Get ready for “City Celebrates New Year’s Eve” in downtown New Bedford on December 31! Fireworks, ice sculp-

tures, street performers, outdoor dancing! For more info, go to or

info, go to or call 401-847-7666.

Plan ahead for the Whaling Museum’s New Year’s Eve Bash! For more info, visit or call 508-9970046.

Find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For after-school and school vacation activities at all locations, go to

Begin the New Year with a splash at the Newport Polar Day Plunge! For info, go to

Food, feasts and festivals!

Enjoy fresh local foods year-round! Visit New Bedford’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market at the Times Square Atrium every other Thursday 3-6:30 p.m. (starting December 14) through June! Credit, debit and SNAP accepted; free parking at the Elm Street Garage with validation. For dates and more info, call 508-817-4166 or go to Head for the 8th Annual community fundraiser “Taste of the East Bay” on January 20 at Hope and Main in Warren! For more info, visit Fill your baskets with local produce, pies, and holiday greenery! To find a farm, vineyard, or winter farmers market near you, visit,,, or For events, go to or Mark your calendars for the 2018 Newport Winter Festival February 16-25! Ten days of music, food festivities and fun throughout Newport County. For more

Fun for the whole family

Take the little ones to watch “Madeline Meets the Nutcracker,” performed by the Rhode Island Ballet Theatre, on December 17 at the Stanford White Casino Theatre in Newport! For more info, call 401-847-5301 or visit Sports fans! Watch the Providence Bruins or the PC Basketball team in action at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence! For more info, call 401-331-6700 or visit Take the little ones to see “Paw Patrol Live!” at the Providence Performing Arts Center January 27-28! For info and tickets, call 401-421-2787 or go to Bundle everyone up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from Borden Light Marina in Fall River (75 min.) or Bowen’s Wharf in Newport (60 min.) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in downtown New Bedford! Don’t miss “City Celebrates New Year’s Eve” on December 31! The February 8 theme is “Please Be Seated.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Take the kids to the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol for 18th-century “Home and Hearth” workshops! For the little ones, there’s Farmhouse Storytime every Wednesday. For details, call 401253-9062 or visit Plan a day trip to Roger Williams Park in Providence! Visit the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens, the Pre-School Adventures (through February 9) or the Rock-a-Baby concert January 20! For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510.

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Take the kids to watch “Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen” at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence December 27-31! For more info, call 401-331-6700 or visit

All the world’s a stage

Enjoy the new theatre season with “Church” through December 23 performed by The Wilbury Group in Providence. “The Skin of Our Teeth” will be performed January 18 to February 4. For more info, call 401-400-7100 or visit Enjoy the season of the Little Theatre of Fall River! “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be performed January 10-21, 25-28. For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852. Mark your calendars for Your Theatre’s new season in New Bedford! Don’t miss “Anastasia” January 11-14, 18-21. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to Don’t miss “Love Never Dies” December 26-31, “The Bodyguard” January 9-11 or “On Your Feet!” January 30-February 4 at the Providence Performing Arts Center! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and

The Attleboro Community Theatre will present “American Strippers” February 16-18, 23-25, March 2-4! For more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Dashing Through the Snow” will be performed through December 31! “Remember Me?” will be performed February 15 to March 25. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to

Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren! “The Tribute Artist” will be performed January 19 to February 18. Go to or call 401-247-4200.

Fall River Little Theatre

The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit Take the little ones (ages 2-6) to the indoor Nature Discovery on January 20 at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! For details, call 508-9900505 or visit Check out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. For info, go to or call 508-6720033. Find out what’s happening at the Children’s Museum in Easton! For info, visit

Your Theatre

Head for Trinity Rep in Providence to see “A Christmas Carol” through December 31. Plan ahead for “into the Breeches” January 25-February 25. For tickets and info, visit or call 401-3514242.

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2nd Story Theatre or call 508-230-3789. Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. Take the family to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new “Rainforests, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit

One-of-a-kind events and exhibits

If you’re 50 or older, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program –there’s “The Bodyguard” at the Providence Performing Arts Center on January 13, Twin Rivers Casino

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January 16, “On Your Feet!” at the PPAC on February 4, Foxwoods Casino February 12. For info and reservations, call 508991-6171, Tuesday to Thursday, 9-3. Mark your calendars for the Annual Moby Dick Marathon at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford on January 5-7! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Gamers, team-builders, and mysterysolvers should head for the new “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4 to 8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to

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South Coast sounds

Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Butch McCarthy will perform on January 13, and Fourteen Strings will perform on February 10. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous lineup – there’s Quinn Sullivan December 28, Funky White Honkies January 5, Cheryl Wheeler January 6, 5th Annual Narrows Winter Blues Festival January 12-13, Amy Helms January 19, Girls, Guns & Glory January 20, Tinsley Ellis January 25 – and more! For a complete schedule, call 508-3241926 or visit It’s all happening at the Z in New Bedford! Don’t miss A Celtic Christmas Sojourn December 19, Tower of Power December 30, the NBSO performance

“Kiss of the Earth” January 5, Get The Led Out January 11, Susan Werner January 18, Yamato Drummers January 21, Patti Smith January 26, Soap Myth Smith with Ed Asner January 27, Moth Radio Hour February 1, globalFEST Latin Music February 8, Jessica Lang Dance February 10, Masters of Illusion February 15 – as well as special schooltime performances! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to Check out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and the VETS! Don’t miss A Christmas Celtic Sojourn December 20, “Love Never Dies” December 26-31, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert December 30, “The Bodyguard” January 9-11, The Illusionists January 19-21, Travis Well’s Shaping Sound January 25, “Paw Patrol Live!” January 27-28, Postmodern Jukebox

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Spend “An Evening with Lizzie Borden,” hosted by paranormal researchers and illusionists, at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum and the Abbey Grille in Fall River on January 13-14. For details, visit or call 508294-5344. Don’t miss the unique exhibit, “Thou Shalt Knot,” based on Clifford W. Ashley’s classic The Ashley Book of Knots, and his personal collection, through June at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Go ghost-hunting at night through the historic East Side of Providence, weekends through December 23. For tickets and more info, call 401-484-8687 or visit


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January 28, “On Your Feet!” January 30-February 4, Music of ABBA February 1, Shen Yun February 10-11 – and more! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford! For info, go to or contact Plan ahead for Celtic band favorite Fellswater on February 17 at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! For info, go to or call 401-241-7349. Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church in Tiverton! For info, visit or call 401-624-4113.

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Check out the “Fall River Portraits” exhibit of UMass Dartmouth and Diman Regional High School student photography along the Staircase Galleries at Fall River’s Government Center through May. Don’t miss the 18th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford on February 11! For more info, go to or call 508-979-8828. Check out the exhibit “Scapes: Placemaking in the 21st Century” at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! through March 11. For more info, go to or call 508-961-3072. Don’t miss the special exhibit “Lines of Thought: Drawings from the British

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Museum,” including works from Michelangelo to the present, at the RISD Museum in Providence through January 7. And check out the courses, workshops, and “Tours for Tots”! For details, visit or call 401-454-6500. Tickets are already on sale to hear Gloria Steinem, presented by the New Bedford Lyceum, at the Zeiterion on May 19! For tickets and info, call 508-9942900 or go to

Time travel

If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House in Fairhaven, where it all began. Call 508-995-1219 or visit for details.

Relive local American military history at the Fort Taber/Fort Rodman Museum in New Bedford! For info, call 508-9943938 or visit

Stay active this winter!

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Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have joined together to create “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, bird-watch, cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and Stay in shape and engaged with your community this winter – find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For schedules at all locations, go to Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to Discover the many state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island by visiting and rhode_island.

Patti Smith

Spend a day in the cobble-stoned historic district of New Bedford! Visit the world-class Whaling Museum and Seamen’s Bethel (508-997-0046 or go to, then explore the surrounding New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. For more info, go to Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum ( and the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove ( All new tours, interactives and exhibits – visit two museums for the price of one! Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House in Westport. For more info, visit or call 508-6366011.

Take a wintery stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford! Join in the Holiday Tree Lighting December 15! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to Get your ice skates sharpened and head to the outdoor Newport Skating Center! For schedule and info, call 401846-3018 or go to Head for the Fleet Skating Center at Kennedy Plaza in Providence! For more info, go to or call 401331-5544. If you prefer indoor ice-skating, head for the Driscoll Skating Arena in Fall River (508-679-3274), the Hetland Skating Arena in New Bedford (508-9999051), the Armstrong Skating Arena in Plymouth (508-746-8825) or the Aleixo Skating Arena in Taunton (508-82449987)! For more info and schedules for all of them, go to

Take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit Explore nature trails or historic landmarks in Fall River – join a walking group! Learn more at or call 508-324-2405. Check out the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! EcoTours for all ages, too. For info, visit or call 401-846-2577. Wander through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Attleboro! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit Take a leisurely ramble through rural Westport – go to Stroll along the Harbor Walk, a pedestrian/bike path atop the hurricane dike in New Bedford’s south end. Then, explore the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir in the north end! Canoe/ kayak launch, fishing, trails. For more info, visit If you’re near Newport, take a walk through Ballard Park! For more info, go to

Moving experiences

Nurture your body, mind, and soul at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Kick up your heels with the Magnolia Cajun Band January 6 and February 3. Experience a Gong Sound Bath December 23, or healing music and movement with JourneyDance on the 2nd Saturday each month or join in the Contra Dancing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sign up for classes in Zumba, Pilates, meditation, or figure drawing. For more info, call 401-241-7349 or go to Get limber this winter with “Yoga with Laura” at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven on the 3rd Saturday each month (January 20, February 17), 7-10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or visit

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Secret ingredients It’s not often that pots and pans bring tears to my eyes. I mean I love to cook, but this… well, this was for a different reason. I was standing in front Paul K andarian of my stove the other day, frying eggs in this green, beat-up, allegedly non-stick pan I’d had for several years. It had been a gift from my dad. He was always buying stuff from magazines (never online, the man could barely use a cell phone, so forget computers, he never had one), and saw a two-for-one deal on this nasty colored green non-stick pan. He loved a deal. He bought the one, got another for free, and gave it to me. Told me it’s guaranteed to not stick. If it ever does, he said, send it back. He was adamant about that. I smiled and took it, knowing I’d never send it back. Who does that anyway? It’s a marketing ploy by these pan people and anyone touting money-back guarantees. They know we just toss stuff that doesn’t work anymore. My dad wasn’t a tosser. He was a returner. If something didn’t work or wasn’t up to his satisfaction, he’d send it back, or call or write to complain. He did this a lot in his waning years. He complained constantly. But his wife was in a nursing home, addled by Alzheimer’s, leaving him living alone for years. His health was failing. He walked bent over in a questionmark shape and I’d joke he looked like he was always looking for something he dropped. So yeah, he complained. Often. I guess he earned that right. The pan worked well for about six months, then it did not. My dad and mom died four years ago. The pan lives on. And there I was the other day, standing in front of the stove, frying eggs and having them stick to this horrendously colored, badly beat-up pan despite applying oil or butter first, and just like every single time I have used that pan, I thought of my dad. I wanted to throw it out. I realized I

could not. So I just watched the eggs bubble and stick with tears in my eyes. Yeah, actual tears, mostly because I was remembering my dad, but partly because I felt guilty about even thinking about tossing that damn pan out. The eggs burned while I wept over a crappy old pan that’s connected to my soul in ways that only people who’ve lost loved ones can understand. Especially if they cook. So I guess that’s about everyone. I toyed with the idea of just using one of the other pans I have that are in much better shape. But then I’d be cheating on my dad’s pan with them, and no, that’s not right. I tell ya, sticking nonstick pans and nostalgia make you think the weirdest things.

I am fairly certain whatever’s left of the nonstick stuff is leaching into the food. But I don’t care. It’s my dad’s pan. I cleaned the pan, scraping off the burned bits and part of the remaining enamel or whatever it is, and put it away until the next time. The eggs sucked, by the way. I am fairly certain whatever’s left of the nonstick stuff is leaching into the food. But I don’t care. It’s my dad’s pan. I will risk nonstick cancer if need be. Then more recently, I was making turkey stock in a gigantic, gloriously fantastic pot that belonged to my mom, and her mom before that, my Nonni. Club Hammercraft I believe it is, at least that’s what’s left on the stamps on the bottom that has been exposed to high heat since, I’m guessing, the 1930s. I love that thing. It’s massive, thick,

heavy, well-worn, and honest to God more nonstick than modern nonstick pans. I cooked the hell out of the stock, left the pan overnight without water in it with all manner of turkey stuff and veggies stuck and dried and crusted and burned into the metal and with a few swipes of spongy soapiness, boom, clean as a whistle. Talk about lasting value. Also lasting are the memories. That pan is what my mom would use to make gravy, as we Italians call sauce. She’d braise the meatballs in it, sizzling oil sounds crackling throughout the house, then pour in the tomatoes, chunky and thick, red splashing everywhere that she’d clean up quickly. She’d let it simmer on the stove for hours (seemingly for days in my young eyes), all day Saturday, shutting it off and then firing it up again in time for Sunday dinner. Sunday dinner is a ritual in an Italian household and one I miss terribly. The smell of that sauce, the sound and sight of the bubbles rippling on the surface, the meatballs tender under the simmering blanket of succulence, the dipping of torn bits of Italian bread into it for a quick taste only to be admonished by my mother… all of it, every single second of those sweet memories, all return whenever I use those pans. As do the tears. I watched the turkey bones cooking, remembering, crying. Because in everything my mom and my Nonni made in that pan and every pan they had and in every dish they ever turned out of their kitchens, every morsel was made with a love I feel as strongly now as I did then. Maybe more so, because I miss the people who doled it out freely and unconditionally so very, very, very much. So yeah, those pans, they’re not going anywhere. There’s a lot more cooking and crying left in them. Paul K andarian is a lifelong area resident and has been a professional writer since 1982, as columnist, contributor in national magazines, websites and other publications.

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