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During the coldest days of the year, it’s important to look for things that make us feel warm; a crackling fire, a meal with friends, a much-deserved night on the town. Don’t mind the wind chill and move at a brisk pace, because the South Coast doesn’t have time to hibernate! First things first: let’s talk about how much stuff there is to do this time of year. It’s not just indoor activities, either – those willing to layer up will find a plethora of opportunities to appreciate the outdoors. Want to hike, birdwatch, or crosscountry ski? Elizabeth Morse Read has suggestions for you on page 6. For those who would prefer that their fingers and toes stay attached, thankyouverymuch, there is still plenty to do to stave off cabin fever. On page 8, take a trip to your local library with Steven Froias, where you’ll see that it’s home to a lot more than just books. Modern libraries are community centers – places for like-minded, curious people to come together to celebrate their hobbies and interests (okay, there are also books and those are great, too). See what yours has in store! If you’re still hunting down that warm-and-fuzzy feeling, then look no further than Ann Katzenbach’s article on page 12, where she introduces us to some local charitable organizations keeping the spirit of the holidays alive throughout the year. You’ll not only learn about the great impact volunteers are having on the community, but also what you can do to help out. And that’s a feeling sure to keep you warm throughout the winter. However you choose to spend the cold months, we wish you vitality, happiness, and all our warmest sentiments. Have a very happy 2020!

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Enjoy winter on the South Coast! Compiled by Elizabeth Morse Read

Staying fit

Get healthy! On Sunday mornings, head for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford for free yoga, cardio exercise, meditation, massage, qi gong, and nutrition education! Every three weeks there’s smoking-cessation hypnosis, and every month a visit from the South Coast Wellness van! On Saturdays, you can “Walk With a Doc” at the Dartmouth Mall, all part of the New

Bedford Wellness Initiative! For more info, visit Stay in shape and engaged with your community – find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For info on all locations, go to Talk a walk through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit

Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Heal with a Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance, or join in the Contra Dancing. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For a complete schedule and more info, call 401-2417349 or go to


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Stay fit with Yoga with Laura at the Boys & Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to Wander through Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust .For more info, visit Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve –

E xplore the outdoors

Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have created “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, kayak/ canoe, fish or cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode

Island, go to or stateparks. com/rhode_island.

leashed dogs welcome. Hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to

market near you, visit,,, or To find food and wine events, go to, or ediblesouthshore. com.

Take a stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford! To learn more, go to or call 508-6364693. Jog 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 Explore the outdoors at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, operated by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island! For info, call 401-949-5454 or visit

Winter farmers markets

Fill your baskets with local produce, baked goods and holiday decorations! To find a farm, vineyard or winter farmers

When you’re near Attleboro, stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit Go scouting for snowy owls at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Westport on January 5 and January 19 or take a seaside seal stroll on Gooseberry Island on January 12! For details, visit savebuzzardsbay. com/discover/events.

Head up Main Street from Providence into Pawtucket to the Hope Artiste Village’s winter farmers market on Saturdays through April! Cash, credit, fresh bucks, WIC, SNAP/EBT accepted! For more info, go to Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the year-round farmers market at Stoney Creek Farm in Swansea! For hours and more info, go to Enjoy fresh local foods year-round! Visit New Bedford’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market at the Kilburn Mill at Clark’s Cove Thursdays through May! Credit, debit, and SNAP accepted; free parking at the Elm St. Garage with validation. For more info, call 508-817-4166 or go to

Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday of each month. For details and pre-registration, call 508-990-0505 x 31 or visit Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! Take a free guided Sunday Bird Walk! For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to

Head for the Mount Hope Bristol Winter Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm! Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC, and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm in Dartmouth! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup, and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-9385127 or visit Head for the Original Easton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church! For info, go to On Saturdays, visit the Aquidneck Growers Farmers Market at the Newport Vineyards in Middletown year-‘round! Cash, credit card, SNAP/ EBT, WIC, and senior coupons accepted. For more info, call 401-848-5161 or go to or

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Ancestry afternoons Steven Froias

As winter begins its siege on the South Coast, it’s useful to find means of escape and activities to combat the dreaded affliction known as cabin fever.

Have no fear! Because a free and fun afternoon out of the house is as close as your local library. To turn a trip to the library into a full-blown adventure, consider traveling into the past. At the New Bedford Free Public Library, part of the Southcoast Sails Library Network, Special Collections Library Assistant, MaryEllen Cecil is encouraging patrons to take advantage of the fact that they can access the Library Edition of the popular genealogy program. It is free to use for cardholders, and allows users to conduct a comprehensive search into their family’s history, with only a few limitations from the personal version available for individual purchase. By using a library computer or by logging onto the SAILS network on your laptop, you can access all of the available databases puts at your disposal. You can save any documents


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that further your search into family history right onto your hard drive, thumb drive, or even print them out. You just won’t be able to save any information you collect into an account, however, or incorporate it into a personal family tree. No doubt there will be plenty to save or print once you decide to take a deep dive into the past. The Ancestry database contains a Vital Records section (births, deaths, and marriages, for example); a Census section; and an Immigration Records Collection. Cecil recently held a series of workshops to introduce patrons to the Ancestry Library Edition, but even if missed those, you can contact her for more information at the Special Collections Department of the New Bedford Free Public LIbrary via email ( or phone (508-991-6276). During the workshop in November on how to get the most out of Ancestry’s Census database, Cecil shared an eye-opening amount of pertinent information.

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Researching the past is a passion for Cecil, and her enthusiasm shined a spotlight onto the last few couple of centuries in this country.

E very person counts The United State Census Bureau takes a census every ten years by law. Its primary purpose is to allocate seats in the House of Representatives and to help guide lawmakers in the distribution of federal funds. So important is the census that cities like New Bedford have actually brought on help to ensure that an accurate count of its population happens during the upcoming 2020 census. Cecil urges all residents to make sure they take part in the census for another reason, too: to make sure everyone leaves this legacy of information to future generations who may want to research their own family history. “Please fill out your census!” she urges. For the historian, census records are a vital tool. The first census in the United States happened in 1790. Responses to the census are confidential for 72 years, so the last census available to the professional or amateur historian is the one from 1940. And what a census that was! Today’s online commerce is driven by data collection from Facebook and Google and your

Are you caring for a loved one? The A ncestry Library Edition genealogy program is available for cardholders free of charge at the main New Bedford Free Public L ibrary and its branches.

smartphone, to name a few examples. In emphasized in a tip sheet she provides 1940, anxious to discover how American at the Special Collections Department were recovering from the Great Depreswhich begins, “Tracing your family sion and seeking to understand how New history can seem daunting. To start a Deal programs had helped or hindered family tree, you need to identify certain that recovery, the Census Bureau basic facts that are unique to individuals significantly in your expanded the family. it s possible to trace the range and type “Start growth of the country of questions with it asked what you through census results Americans to know – in answer. this case from forward and The result is a yourself – treasure trove and work the social dynamics at work back in for history detectives, time to and a unique window into any family’s your parents, grandparents, and beyond, past lives (as is the entire database, even which will help identify gaps of missing before 1940). In fact, it’s possible to trace information.” the growth of the country through census In addition to the Ancestry Library results from 1790 forward, and the social Edition, the New Bedford Free Public dynamics at work. LIbrary also has a database subscription Included in that mix are members of to, from the New your very own family. It’s easiest to find England Historic Genealogical Society. them if you know their place of birth. But It can only be used on-site at the main don’t quit if a great-grandmother or uncle branch, but that just means a rewarding appears to be missing. afternoon – or several afternoons – down Cecil explains that when that happens, memory lane. Plus stepping into the past just widen your search beyond the city may just help you beat the winter blues! or town you thought they may have been born in to neighboring communities. You S teven F roias is a freelance writer will usually find the answer there – as she based in New Bedford and is a regular contributor for The South Coast Insider and did when looking for a relative. South Coast Prime Times. He can be reached She cautions that it is best to start your at search with a research question. That is


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Finding balance Sean McCarthy

You want to feel healthy and you know that exercise could play a role. But the gym may seem daunting and many other options are too rigorous. It’s tough to go walking if it’s too hot or too cold or if it’s raining. The solution to your exercise needs could be an approach that has been producing benefits for more than 700 years: a slow and gentle form of activity known as Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is practiced around the world with proven positive results. Described as “meditation in motion,” it is an ancient Chinese martial art that can bring energy to the body and serenity to the mind. The benefits are both physical and mental. Tai Chi is a slow and fluid movement of postures that are combined with breathing routines that apply to a range of students, both new and experienced. “Tai Chi is good for people of all ages but it’s ideal for seniors,” says Joe Rebelo of New Bedford who has been teaching Tai Chi since 1985. He says that there are multiple benefits that come from this practice. “It’s wonderful for improving your balance, improving your breathing patterns, and lowering your heart rate and blood pressure,” Rebelo says. “You’ll become more calm, more tranquil, more serene. You’ll have a greater appreciation and understanding of your natural body systems including your cardiovascular system, your muscular system, your


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circulation, and your nervous system. You’ll be more aware of the way they move in relationship to your environment and surroundings. You’ll be more aware of what’s around you, on you and in you.”

Mind, body, spirit “The beauty of the art,” Rebelo says, “is that anyone can learn it.” Rebelo is the owner of Rebelo’s Kenpo Karate in New Bedford. He uses the location to teach Tai Chi on an individual one-on-one basis. Rebelo says that the slow motion movements of Tai Chi can give you more focused concentration. “Tai Chi will give a greater understanding of your vitality and longevity – longevity adds life to your years and vitality adds years to your life.” Many regional Senior Centers and Councils on Aging offer a Tai Chi class once a week. Mattapoisett’s Senior Center has classes every Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Dartmouth’s Senior Center has a class every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.,

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Fairhaven has a class every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., the Marion Senior Center has a class every Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m., the New Bedford Warming House at Buttonwood Park has a class for seniors every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., and the Westport Senior Center has a class every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30. Classes may require a fee, so call ahead of your session. Each class lasts one hour and students are allowed to wear regular clothing; there is no uniform required. Rebelo has been teaching at the Dartmouth location for 32 years while he just introduced classes at the Buttonwood Park location two months ago. Rebelo says that “each person takes their own journey with Tai Chi.” Different students may see different results depending on the individual. Each person will develop their skills on their own timetable. New students are welcome to any class. They will receive the attention of the instructor that will introduce them to the primary postures and movements which

give the more advanced students an opportunity to practice these steps with the goal of improving their technique. It is encouraged that students practice at home between classes. Some may work from memory while some may incorporate a DVD or manual to assist them. Nick Ukleja of New Bedford began studying Tai Chi with Rebelo in 1992. He is currently an instructor at the Fairhaven and Westport Councils on Aging, as well as teaching classes each Wednesday at the Fall River YMCA from 9 to 10 a.m. and every Friday at Healthtrax in North Dartmouth from 4 to 5 p.m.. “Tai Chi is pretty well known as an exercise that is very accessible and sustainable,” Ukleja says. “It’s something you can pursue that doesn’t require a whole lot of physical rigor that a lot of other exercises do. Most types of exercise that offer a lot of benefits have some sort of associated injury. If you’re a runner you might get shin splints. If you’re a tennis player you might get tennis elbow. The things you’re doing are kind of fast that you’re repeating with a kind of stress. Everything in Tai Chi is done softly, gently, and slowly. It’s something that can be practiced very regularly that gives benefits without a risk of injury. It’s something that can be practiced throughout a lifetime.” Ukleja cites Tai Chi’s complexity as something that has kept his interest. “With exercise there can be a drudgery aspect to getting a workout - people can get bored rather quickly,” he says. “You may want more variety or to change what you’re doing to sustain your interest.” The wide array of poses in Tai Chi provides that variety. “Tai Chi is an encyclopedia of motion,” Ukleja says. “It’s a series of techniques that are individually teaching a whole bunch of things. They work together so they can be practiced as a routine.” Ukleja points out the value of studying with an instructor. “It’s important to start out with an instructor as opposed to a DVD or book because they don’t offer feedback,” he says. “A video can’t tell you what you’re doing wrong and make adjustments because they can’t see you.”

Going through the motions “I saw benefits from Tai Chi right from the start,” says Anne Mazzone, who practices at the Fairhaven Senior Center’s Recreation Center. “The thing that I like the most is that it’s great exercise without it being stressful. For me it’s a wonderful mental exercise – an opportunity to learn something where you have to memorize

how each step is done and their progressions. “If you want to do it you have to use full concentration. For the hour that you’re there, whatever was preying on your mind that you were worrying about is totally forgotten.”

It gives me a mental break from the rest of the stuff that’s going on in my world “It’s good not to think about anything else for an hour,” says Cathy Tveit, who also practices at the Fairhaven location. “It’s both relaxing and challenging. It gives me a mental break from the rest of the stuff that’s going on in my world. It will give you improved balance and improved confidence. “It’s something I wish I’d started sooner.”

It’s something I wish I’d started sooner Sharon Dolan also practices in Fairhaven. She attends weekly classes with her husband Arthur. “It’s a relaxed, easy going environment,” she says. “Everybody is very helpful. You get to know the people that you’re doing it with. You’ll meet people who know some of the same people that you do. It can be a small world.”

It’s calming and therapeutic Jacqueline Coucci is the Director of the Mattapoisett Council On Aging, which has been offering Tai Chi classes for five years. She mentions the social aspect of the classes. “People will gather before and after the classes and speak with each other about what they’ve learned and how they feel about things. It will turn into general conversation and making new friends. “Most people who start taking these

classes become very dedicated and continue each week. They say that they feel more connected and that it balances them. It’s calming and therapeutic.” For almost a year Harry Norwell of Marion has been using Tai Chi as a tool to help him recover from a serious debilitation. “I became seriously ill in December and I needed something to help me get back mentally as well as physically,” he says. “I needed something to get over the shock of quickly going from healthy to very ill that fast. “I’ve been able to use my Tai Chi experiences on a daily basis. It’s a technique I’ve used on a number of occasions when I just needed to calm down a little. I’ve used it while having dental surgery, just envisioning the moves and doing the breathing that comes with it helped me feel rested when some guy was going into my mouth with sharp tools.” Norwell says, “One of the true attractions of Tai Chi for me is that I can do it any place at any time. I don’t need any special clothing. I don’t need anything but to stop what I’m doing, find a little open space, and go at it.” Susan Smith and her husband Barry have been studying Tai Chi in Marion for five years. “You’re invited to participate, whatever your level of ability is, without it being intimidating,” Barry says. “The instructor will adjust the class to welcome new students. It’s not embarrassing at all.” “You don’t have to get on the floor,” Susan says. “You can do the exercises as quickly or as slowly as you want at your own level of ability.” Mary Beth Soares teaches Tai Chi at the Mattapoisett Council On Aging. “It’s wonderful to have people come up to me at the end of a class and express something they’ve discovered or something that they’ve found out about themselves and how important the class is to them,” she says. “It’s not just about the hour of class it’s about what you can take away with you. When you’re in a stressful grocery line you can start breathing and relaxing, smiling and making the most of the time instead of going into overdrive about it. Our lives are spent on the run and we have to learn how to balance ourselves when we’re on the run.”

Sean McCarthy has been a freelance journalist for 27 years. He lives in New Bedford.

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Joy to the world! In August, some families are already thinking and worrying about Christmas. These are people who live close to the A nn line financially – folks who K atzenbach know that Christmas without gifts is a bleak hole in the calendar, a time of stress that should be joyful. Those familiar with My Brothers Keeper, a charitable Christian organization with locations in Easton and Dartmouth, know that phoning My Brothers Keeper will alleviate a lot of holiday stress. Callers give the names and the ages of each family member as well as a list of what each wants for Christmas. This includes the grown-ups in the family. “Lots of times the parents don’t ask for anything for themselves,” explains Joanne Maxwell-Babarito, a longtime volunteer. “You have


to encourage them. They’re not thinking of themselves.” The Dartmouth facility provides a helping hand for local people in need year round. A trained cadre of strong volunteers pick up donated furniture and other household items. These are stored and spruced up in a warehouse that was just completed in 2017. From there, the donations are delivered to families and individuals throughout the South Coast. Josh Smith, who directs the

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Dartmouth facility, explains that the organization is privately funded. About half its annual ability to help the community comes from in-kind donations. Then there are fundraisers and contributions from businesses and individuals.

there are more donations and volunteers. Students from over 100 area schools and colleges are involved year-round and are especially helpful with furniture deliveries. Many speak of the gratitude expressed by people who often have few possessions.

In 2018, My Brother’s Keeper delivered personally-selected gifts to more than 13,000 children and parents from the North Shore down to Fall River and Cape Cod. My Brothers Keeper has its roots in Easton and has been serving communities since 1988. The Dartmouth branch began with an old warehouse and in 2017 moved into its current 23,000-foot building. As more people learn about it,

Christmas for all Each December, a transformation takes place in the warehouse. Countless tables and clothing racks and other display fittings fill the space, and then volunteers organize all the future gifts: brand new

For those who participate as December volunteers, the joy of Christmas is about helping others

toys, clothing, bedding, appliances, games, jewelry, bicycles, sports equipment – everything that was asked for is there as well as much more, because requests keep coming in. In 2018, The Easton and Dartmouth facilities of My Brother’s Keeper delivered personally-selected gifts to over 3,200 families – more than 13,000 children and parents – living in communities from the North Shore down to Fall River and Cape Cod. Four thousand volunteers and many community organizations and businesses made this possible. For example, in addition to their presents, each family also receives a supermarket gift card to help provide a special Christmas meal. In the well-stocked warehouse, volunteers select things that a family has requested. Each of these gifts are wrapped and labeled with the recipient’s name by another group of volunteers. These gifts are placed in black bags (so that Christmas will be a surprise), addressed, and organized for delivery. Volunteers bring their own children to help with gift selection and wrapping. Others help in the kitchen to help feed everyone. Students from local schools are involved

in this organized version of Santa’s workshop as well. Maxwell-Barbarito shakes her head with a smile, “We look at it all and ask ‘how can we get it done?’ and we do.” One mother’s thank-you note indicates how important this work is: “Words cannot express how thankful and blessed my family felt. The children loved their gifts – every one. I felt like a kid waiting on Santa when your staff came to my house. It was like magic. Thank you for all you do and God Bless.” For those who participate as December volunteers, the joy of Christmas is about helping others. The atmosphere of shared work towards a common goal infused with Christian spirit, gives everyone a boost. “I loved helping and being there,” says Susan Harding, who volunteered last year. “It’s a feeling that stays with you.” Find out more online at To volunteer, call 774-3054577. To request Christmas gifts, call 508-238-2562.

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L if e after joint replacement Cara Connelly

The most common total joint replacement procedures done in the United States are knee (about 700,000 a year) and hip (about 400,000 a year) replacement. With over 60 hospitals in the SouthCoast, Rhode Island and Boston area that perform these surgeries, there is no shortage of physicians or patients. The average age of replacement surgery for knees and hips is 65 years old and doctors say that both obesity and an active lifestyle are factors for the necessity of the surgery.

What happens after surgery? Some patients remain in the hospital for up to three days and then are discharged home or, more frequently, to a rehabilitation facility to relearn skills like walking comfortably, climbing stairs, safely getting in and out of a shower or car. According to a recent study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, most patients that live alone can be safely discharged home from the hospital to recover after knee or hip replacement surgery. Either way, once home, there are several things that should be in place to ensure the safety and continued healing of the patient. The time to make home adjustments is before the patient returns so, if you haven’t done so already, do it NOW! If necessary, contact your local council on aging or the patient’s physician to schedule an in home assessment of the home and make and implement recommendations made by a physical or occupational therapist. Gaining independence is imperative for patients. If a walker is


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necessary, attach a sturdy bag or small basket for items such as a phone, notepad, pen or other necessary items. Set up railings, bathroom safety, sleep safety, keep tripping hazards out of the home and continue to encourage the patient to regain independence to get back to the activities enjoyed most.

R ailings • Railings are a simple way to ensure the patient is able to steady themselves going up and down stairs. • Begin with the entrance that will be used to get in and out of the home. Railings should be on both sides of the stairs. Both sides of the stairs should have a sturdy railing for the patient to hold with both right and left hand simultane- ously. Once inside the house, there’s plenty more to do, including ensuring railings are on all staircases.

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• Have a bathroom on the same floor you will spend most of our time. Install railings or other handicapped accessible equipment to ensure toilet safety. • Install safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be installed vertically and horizontally to the wall and not secured diagonally. Never use towel racks as grab bars as they can’t support your weight. You will need two grab bars. One helps you get in and out of the tub/shower while the other will help you stand. • Put non-slip mats or rubber silicone decals at the bottom of the tub/shower as well as a non-skid bath mat outside the bathing area for firm footing. • Use a shower chair that has rubber tips on the bottom, use a shower sponge with a long handle and place soap and shampoo where you do not need to reach, stand up or twist. • Have a bed low enough so your feet can touch the floor when sit on the edge of the bed. • Sit on the edge of your bed while extending the leg which received the hip replacement. • Support yourself using arms and scoot your bottom back. • To get out of bed, bend the leg that didn’t receive the hip replacement and use your elbows to support yourself. Slide your bottom until you are near the edge of the bed and using your elbows push yourself up from a semi-lying position. Slide your hips and legs over the edge of the bed and swing body to upright position. • Use pillows between the knees but, avoid using under knees for sleeping. • Do not cross legs or ankles.

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Avoid falls

Make things easy for the patient to regain and maintain independence. Ensure everything that will be needed daily is easy to get to and on the same floor where the patient will spend most of the time. Limiting stair use at the beginning of your recovery is essential. Continue to follow physician’s instruction and the advice of occupational therapy and physical therapy to increase activity. Getting to a ‘new normal’ will be paramount for the patient. Being able to rejoin activities enjoyed pre-op will be great not just for physical well- being but, also mental and emotional well- being too.

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• To avoid tripping, get rid of loose throw rugs. • Remove loose wires or cords from areas you walk through to get from one room to another. • Fix any uneven flooring in doorways and use good lighting. • Have night lights placed in hallways and rooms that can be dark. • Pets that are small or move around quickly may cause you to trip. For the first few weeks you are home you may consider having your pet stay with a friend or in a kennel. • Do not carry anything when you are walking around as you may need your hands to balance or brace an unexpected fall.

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New releases (by locals)

We have such a wealth of literary talent here on the L aura South Coast L aTour that it seems almost indulgent to read anything outside of our own borders. Romance, memoir, natural history, humor, you can find something that appeals to every kind of reader produced right here in our own backyards. Start the year off right by supporting local talent!


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Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the 80s by Steven Manchester, $14.95 paperback This hysterical coming-of-age tale is jam-packed with enough nostalgia to satisfy anyone who grew up in the 80s, and in particular, anyone who grew up on the South Coast in that era. Steven Manchester, who spent his childhood in Westport, Massachusetts, peppers his story with local landmarks and businesses that will send readers on a fond trip down memory lane. It’s the winter of 1984. Twelve-yearold Herbie and his two brothers, Wally and Cockroach, are enjoying their winter break when a late Nor’easter traps their quirky family in the house. The power goes out forcing them to use their twisted imaginations in beating back the boredom. At a time when the brothers must overcome one fear after the next, they learn that courage is the one character trait that guarantees all others.

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The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli $15.99 paperback Swansea, Massachusetts author Heidi Chiavaroli celebrates the release of her fourth “time-slip” romance novel, The Tea Chest, on February 4th. A “timeslip” novel features two characters in two separate timelines who somehow influence or impact each other. The Tea Chest follows the stories of both Emma Malcolm, a woman in love with a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot in 1773 Boston, and present-day Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth, who is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs but must first return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. Two women, separated by centuries, both must find the strength to fight for love and freedom... and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

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Dogs Are Better Than People: Encountering Good and Evil in the Animal Rescue World by Lori Bradley-Millstein $14.00 paperback Lori Bradley-Millstein is a multitalented artist who works out of Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She also teaches art and design Bridgewater State University. But her passion is rescuing misfit dogs from local animal shelters. Now you can read all about how Lori fell in love with animal rescue work, Pit bull advocacy, and New Bedford in her this recentlyreissued memoir, Dogs Are Better Than People. During one difficult year, Lori Bradley-Millstein’s parents become terminally ill, as she finds herself in yet another new town without any family nearby. When her favorite dog passes away, Lori becomes deeply and profoundly depressed. In searching for a way out of paralyzing sadness and isolation, she turns to her first love: companion animals. Dogs Are Better Than People tells the story of one woman’s transformation from armchair sympathizer to animal activist. Powerful and humorous, it is part memoir, part exposé, and a love letter to companion animals everywhere.

Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

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Richard J. King is an acclaimed natural history writer and a visiting professor at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His latest book, Ahab’s Rolling Sea, offers new insight not only into a cherished masterwork and its author but also into our evolving relationship with the briny deep. Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a chronological journey through the natural history of Melville’s novel. From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatrosses, and sharks, King examines what Melville knew from his own experiences and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s, exploring how and why Melville might have twisted what was known to serve his fiction. King then climbs to the crow’s nest, setting Melville in the context of the American perception of the ocean in 1851 – at the very start of the Industrial Revolution and just before the publication of On the Origin of Species. King compares Ahab’s and Ishmael’s worldviews to how we see the ocean today: an expanse still immortal and sublime, but also in crisis.

On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

L aur a S tout L aTour is a freelance writer, part-time library volunteer and voracious reader. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts with her husband and two young children.

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Winter wellness Don’t let the cold temperatures, snowy weather, and dark days of winter affect your health! Don’t Be S.A.D. After all the Eliz abeth hoopla of the winter Morse Read holidays, people oftentimes suffer a bout of the “winter blues.” But the lack of sunshine (and the resulting drop in Vitamin D, serotonin, and melatonin in our bodies) can trigger an actual physical ailment called S.A.D. – seasonal affective disorder. Moodiness, depression, sleep problems, low energy, and a sudden craving for foods high in carbohydrates can be caused by the disruption of our circadian rhythm, better known as our “body clock.” If you find your mood darkening every year as the days get shorter, consult your health care professional. You may respond


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well to light therapy lamps, mild antidepressants, or Vitamin D/omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Most of all, try to get outside as often as possible at noontime to expose yourself to sunlight. Make sure to eat well, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseed, and cold water fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring [see sidebar].

Come in out of the cold Hypothermia (low body temperature) can lead to serious health conditions in older adults, so be mindful of staying warm both indoors and out. Bundle up in layered clothing when going outside, and make sure to cover your head and hands to prevent heat loss. Wrap a scarf

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over your mouth and nose to protect your lungs, but be careful not to obstruct your vision – wear sunglasses to reduce snow-blindness on a sunny day. Remove wet clothing as soon as you get inside. If it’s not just very cold but also very windy outside, minimize your outdoor exposure to prevent frostbite – better yet, stay indoors until weather conditions improve. Set your home’s thermostat to 68 degrees and close off unused rooms to reduce fuel consumption. Seal up leaky windows and doorways and board up unused fireplaces to reduce heat loss. Don’t try to save money by turning down your thermostat – hypothermia can be deadly! Dress in layers inside your house, too – woolen socks, sweaters, flannel shirts, hat, and corduroy pants, along with a good lap blanket, can keep you cozy and warm. Move around as much as possible to maintain body heat.

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Be safe on the roads Improve your seasonal safety by making sure your car is ready for the rigors of winter. Keep your gas tank topped off and add a gas line antifreeze every four or five fill-ups. Make sure your tires have sufficient tread to grip an icy road and that your windshield wipers and battery are in good shape. Keep all fluids topped off, too – oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid. Keep a supply of winter tools at the ready – spray-on window de-icer, longhandled window scraper, a bag of sand or kitty litter, and a small shovel. Speak with your mechanic about installing a remote starter system, so that you can warm up your car’s interior and engine and defrost your windshield while you wait inside your house. Whenever you plan a driving trip, make

sure to let someone know where you’re going, what route you’re taking, and when you expect to arrive. Avoid driving after dark whenever possible, especially if it’s snowing or the roads are icy. Keep an emergency kit in your car’s trunk in case you break down – flares, first-aid kit, blankets, booster cables, flashlight, dried food/power bars, and hand-warmers. And always carry your cell phone!

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Don’t take the fall Whether it’s caused by slipping on icy steps or on wet spots indoors from tracked-in snow, falls are a major danger for older people. Make sure your shoes and boots have non-skid soles and replace worn cane tips for added stability. Put doormats at each entrance, as well as boot trays, and wipe up floor puddles immediately.

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Be prepared for storms When the winds are howling and heavy snow is falling,

power outages are all too common in winter. Have an emergency plan in place before that happens. Make sure you have access to a battery-operated radio, that your cell phone is always charged, and that you have new batteries in your flashlights. Stock up on non-perishable foods and bottled water, and have plenty of blankets and sweaters on hand.

Avoid Winter Colds, Flu – and Weight Gain Wintry weather oftentimes leaves you stuck indoors, bored, frustrated, and unable to get any exercise in the sunshine. In addition, being cooped up in the house leaves you vulnerable to viruses that thrive indoors, especially if you aren’t eating a healthy winter diet. Lack of sunshine not only lowers your body’s supply of Vitamin D, but it also weakens your immune system and the ability to fight off infections. In addition, a drop in your body’s serotonin levels can trigger unhealthy food cravings! So instead of munching on high-calorie, high-carb sugary snacks and sodas to stave off boredom, make sure you’ve stocked up on healthful winter fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen), whole grain breads, pasta/rice and cereals (especially unsweetened oatmeal), low-sodium broths, Greek yogurt, nuts, and dark chocolate for cocoa. To boost your immune system, eat foods that are high in Vitamin C (citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, cranberries, winter squashes, kale, and cabbages), iron (leafy green vegetables, red meat, lentils) and Vitamin B12 (cold-water fish, milk, cheese, nutritional yeast, eggs). To fight off infections, eat foods high in zinc (spinach, oysters, peas, and beans) and natural antibiotics like onions and garlic. Satisfy your sweet tooth with oven-roasted root vegetables. Fill up on hearty homemade vegetable soups (canned soups are full of salt), and boost your body’s serotonin levels by eating more whole grains and winter squashes. Start your day with a slow-carb bowl of real oatmeal topped with cinnamon, apples, dried cranberries, and a swirl of local honey or maple syrup. Eat a meal-size salad of fresh veggies and fruits or lunch on a tuna on whole wheat bread with a side of Greek yogurt. Enjoy a warming bowl of chili or winter vegetable soup or a dinner of grilled salmon with stir-fry veggies with brown rice or roasted root veggies and mashed sweet potatoes. Add powerfully-healing herbs and spices to your homemade dishes, like cinnamon, oregano, mustard, ginger, rosemary. Be mindful of portion size and eat slowly, savoring every bite or spoonful. Stay active indoors and get a good night’s sleep. Warmer weather always returns!


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If the power outage will be lengthy, have family or friends take you to their home or to the nearest emergency shelter where there’s power and heat.

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It may be snowy and cold outside, but there’s no time of year like the holiday season to keep you warm and busy! Bundle up and enjoy the many indoor concerts and holiday services. Brave the elements with a New Year’s Day polar plunge, or just take an after-dinner walk on a snowy road!

Across the Region

The Annual Festival of Lights at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro runs through January 5 – more than 300,000 lights illuminating ten acres! For details, go to or call 508-222-5410. The Christmas Festival of Lights runs through January 1 at Edaville Railroad in Carver! Take the kids on heated train


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rides illuminated by 17 million lights throughout the park! For more info, call 508-866-8190 or go to It’s time to sharpen the ice skates (or rent them)! For schedules and info about indoor skating in Fall River’s Driscoll Arena (508-679-3274), New Bedford’s Hetland Arena (508-999-9051), Taunton’s Aleixo Arena (508-824-4987), or

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Plymouth’s Armstrong Arena (508-7468825), go to If you’re 60 or older, get the most out of life by visiting your local Senior Center/Council on Aging! Fitness classes, day trips, health insurance counselors, computer workshops, Memory Cafes, support groups – and more! Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have created “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, kayak/ canoe, fish, snowshoe or cross-country ski, can be found at savebuzzardsbay. org/discover – and check out thetrustees. org and To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to, or

All that glitters

Buy holiday gifts, goodies, and greenery at The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet! For info, go to or call 774-202-1027. The holidays will “Sparkle” through January 1 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For more info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Deck the Halls! Make a trip to the Fall River Historical Society for a Victorian-era Christmas through December 30! Tour the expertly-decorated mansion and trees, attend at High Tea at the Easton Tea Room, or shop for unique holiday gifts at the Museum Shop! For a complete schedule and more info, call 508-6791071 or visit Head for Lakeville to see the Crazy Tech Christmas Animated Light Show, with synchronized music, through December 31! For details, go to crazytechchristmas. com/showinfo. Stroll through the holiday splendor of “Christmas at the Newport Mansions” through January 1! For tickets and details, go to or call 401-847-1999. Stroll on the 48th Annual Christmas in Newport candlelight tour of historic private homes on December 28! For details, go to Discover colonial Newport by going on a Holiday Lantern Tour! For info and tickets, call 401-841-8770 or go to Cut down your own Christmas tree at Escobar Farm in Portsmouth! For info, go to or call 401-683-1444. Find that special gift at the “Artists for the Bay” show at the Save the Bay Center through January 25, showcasing

the works of local artists, artisans and jewelers! For more info, go to savebay. org/art or call 401-272-3540 x 140. Kick off the holiday season! Buy your holiday trees, greenery and gifts at Frerichs Farm in Warren! For info, call 401-245-8245 or go to

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Sharing the bounty

Drop off your donations of animal food and needed supplies during the “Holiday for Animals” drive through January 28 at the Natural Resources Trust of Easton’s office! All donations will be distributed to local shelters and the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA. For more info, call 508-238-6049 or go to The Salvation Army is always willing to accept bagged/boxed donations – clothing, books, furniture and housewares. To schedule a free pickup, go to pickup. Pet Food Aid collects pet food and pet supplies and distributes them to food banks and senior centers throughout Bristol County MA. Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. For more info, visit or call 774-204-5227. My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for South Coast families in need. Free pick up. Visit or Call 774-305-4577.

Bringing in the New Year!

Start your new year with the Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on January 1! For more info, call 508-9794085 or go to Get back to your musical roots with Common Fence Music! Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Folkstravaganza on December 31 at Hope & Main in Warren! For tickets and info, call 401-683-5085 or go to Start your New Year with a free walk through the White Eagle parcel in Marion on January 1! For more info, visit

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Fiddler on the roof at PPAC

The strange undoing of prudencia hart at The Wilbury Group

All the world’s a stage

The Attleboro Community Theatre will perform “Over the River” February 21-23, 21- March 1, March 6-8! Go to for more info and tickets.

Head for The VETS in Providence to see Paul Poundstone January 18, the Simon & Garfunkel Story January 19, John Cleese Live February 16! For tickets and info, go to

Enjoy the new season of Your Theatre in New Bedford! “The Gingerbread Lady” will be performed January 9-12, 16-19! For more info, visit

Mark your calendars! Don’t miss “Game Changers” at the VETS February 7-9! For info or tickets, call 401-353-1129 or go to

Mark your calendar for the start of the new season at Trinity Rep in Providence! “A Christmas Carol” will be performed through December 29. “Fade” will be performed through January 5. “Radio Golf” will be performed January 30 to March 1. For tickets and info, call 401-351-4242 or go to

Check out the new season of The Wilbury Group in Providence! Don’t miss “The Strange Undoing of Prudence Hart” January 16 to February 2! For more info, visit

Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Don’t miss the 60’s New Year’s Eve December 31! For more info, go to or call 401-2417349.

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Food & festivals!

Check out the free monthly “Film and Potluck” events on the first Friday of the month through March at the Dartmouth Grange Hall! For more info, go to

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America! Don’t miss “The Country House” January 31, February 1-2, 7-9! For details, call 401-273-0590 or go to Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “A Christmas Comedy” will be performed through December 31. For info, call 401-848-7529 or go to Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Don’t miss Shen Yun January 8-9, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the RI Philharmonic February 8, “Fiddler on the Roof” February 11-16! For info, call 401-2787 or go to

Take a bite out of winter! Check out what’s on the menu during Providence Restaurant Week January 12-25! For more info, go to Celebrate American craft beers on January 25 at the Eighth Annual Rhode Island Brewfest at the Waterfire Arts Center! For details, visit or

Plan ahead! Beat the mid-winter blues at the 32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival February 14-23! Ten days of non-stop music, food and Fun! For more info, visit or call 401-847-7666. Don’t miss “Wellness + Wine: Yoga with The Oil Collaborative” on January 22 at the Newport Vineyards in Middletown! For more info, call 401-848-5161 or go to

Family fun

Check out the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro! Call 774-203-1840 or go to Brave the outdoors and go ice skating (and bumper cars!) at The Providence Rink at the Alex & Ani City Center – twice the size of the Rockefeller Center rink in New York! For more info, call 401-3315544 or go to

go to or call 401-846-2577. Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum in New Bedford – check out the Discovery Center! For more information, go to or call 508-997-0046. Go on a guided Seal Watch boat tour from November through April with Save the Bay, departing from Bowen’s Ferry Landing! For a schedule and info, call 401-203-SEAL (7325) or visit seals.

Check out what’s happening at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol! For details, call 401-949-5454 or go to Go on a guided hike, attend a demonstration/lecture or take a mansion tour at Borderland State Park in Easton! For more info, call 508-238-6566 or go to

Find out what’s happening at Roger Williams Park in Providence! Visit the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, or the Zoo! For details, go to

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford! Plan ahead for “History, Herstory, Our Stories” on February 13. For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Don’t miss the indoor planetarium shows on Saturdays and Sundays yearround, and daily during school vacations, at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park! For more details, go to Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-6720033. Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! Take a free guided Sunday Bird Walk! For details,

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Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Don’t miss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the RI Philharmonic February 8! For info, call 401-2787 or go to Take the kids to “Disney on Ice” December 26-29, Monster Jam Triple Threat January 31-February 2 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence! Check out the hockey and basketball games! For tickets and more info, go to

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Plan ahead for annual Moby Dick Marathon reading on January 4-6 at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford! For details, go to Check out the “Friday Night Live!” Comedy Series at the Seaport Inn & Marina in Fairhaven! Enjoy Paul D’Angelo and Tony V. on January 17! For more info, call 508-997-1281 or go to Check out the exhibits, musical performances and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! Check out the new exhibits and educational programs “F/V Innovations,” exploring the evolution of vessels and gear, through March. For more info, call 508-993-8894 or visit Listen to lectures presented by the Sippican Woman’s Club in Marion! Plan ahead for “Tripping with Road Scholar” on January 20 and “Be Savvy Online,

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mance by the Naeve Trio on February 29! For info, go to

Check out the Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, visit or call 401-848-2277.

Enjoy the new season of Concerts at the Point in Westport with a performance by the Walden Chamber Players on February 23! For more info, go to or call 508-6360698.

Start dreaming of summer at the Rhode Island Boat Show January 3-5 at the RI Convention Center! For info, call 401-739-4040 or visit Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit Quench your thirst for learning – and beer! – at the free monthly New Bedford Science Café lectures and discussions held at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub in downtown New Bedford! For info, call 508-984-1955 or go to Gamers, team-builders and mysterysolvers! Head for the “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4-8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For info, go to

Classical acts

Mark your calendars – the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will perform All Mozart on January 25! For more info, call 401-248-7000 or visit Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with “Beethoven CCL” performed by the South Coast Chamber Music Series on January 25 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion and on January 26 at Saint Peter’s Church in South Dartmouth! For info and tickets, call 508-999-6276 or visit Enjoy the 95th season of the Fall River Symphony Orchestra! Plan ahead for the Winter Concert: Blue on Match 8! Go to for details. Listen to the performances of the TriCounty Symphonic Band! Plan ahead for “Rossini, Reed and Raum” on February 9 at Dartmouth High School! For tickets, visit Enjoy classical music with the Arts in the Village Series at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth! Plan ahead for a perfor-


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South Coast sounds

Head for Running Brook Vineyards in Dartmouth for free live music every weekend year-round! For info call 508985-1998 or go to runningbrookwine. com/entertainment. The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous line-up this fall – don’t miss Quinn Sullivan December 27 & 28, Funky White Honkies January 3, Trinity January 10, Cheryl Wheeler January 11, Bob Mould January 17, the Englishtown Project January 18, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters January 25, Tom Rush February 1, Neal & the Vipers February 14, Eric Lindell February 15 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall! For schedule and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit Head for the Zeiterion in New Bedford for movie “Waiting to Exhale” January 6, NBSO All John Williams January 11, Second City: She the People January 16, We Shall Overcome January 20, Get the Led Out January 23, movie “Groundhog Day” February 3, Arc Attack February 9, Eric Wyatt Quintet February 13 – and more! For info and tickets, call 508-9942900 or go to Head for the Fete Music Hall in Providence for some great music! For a line-up and more info, call 401-383-1112 or go to Find out what’s on tap and on the menu – and who’s playing on stage – at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub in downtown New Bedford! For more info, call 774-4254600 or go to or Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! Don’t miss Michael Sweet’s Fourth Annual Christmas Show

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December 21, Enter the Haggis December 28, Comedy Night January 4, Van Halen Tribute January 11, Jeff Howell January 17, Scott Sharrad January 18, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones January 25, Twisted Pine January 31, Jack Broadbent February 1, Front Country February 7, Kotoko Brass February 8, Tameca Jones February 15– and more! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Listen to the Lois Vaughn Jazz Trio on January 11, part of the Newport Public Library’s concert series! For details on all events at the library, call 401-847-8720 x 204 or go to Head for The VETS in Providence to hear, Hip Hop Nutcracker December 28, Paul Poundstone January 18, the Simon & Garfunkel Story January 19, John Cleese Live February 16! For tickets and info, go to Head for The Strand (formerly Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel) in Providence to hear great music! For a line-up and info, call 401-331-5876 or go to Find out who’s performing at the Columbus Theatre in Providence! For a line-up and more info, call 401-621-9660 or visit Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts in Taunton! Don’t miss Janis Joplin Tribute December 28, Spirit Says… January 12, Moondance January 24, The Journey Show February 8 – and more! For info and tickets, call 508-3869413 or visit Head up to The Met at Hope Artiste Village in Providence to hear some great music! For a line-up and details, call 401-729-1005 or visit Get back to your musical roots with Common Fence Music! Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Folkstravaganza on December 31 at Hope & Main in Warren! For tickets and info, call 401-683-5085 or go to Head for Pilgrim Memorial Hall in Plymouth for great entertainment! Don’t miss the Fab Four on February 14 – and more! For tickets and info, call 800-5143849 or go to If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford! For

Cheryl Wheeler at the N arrows

Get the Led Out at the Zeiterion

Sugar R ay & the Bluetones at the Spire

Paula Poundstone at the VETS

Moondance at District Center

Lois Vaughn Trio at Newport Library

tickets or info, go to brownpapertickets. com/events or contact korolenko8523@ or call 508-673-8523.

Living history

Remember our veterans! Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Fall River’s Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum ( or 508-678-1000 ) or explore the Maritime Museum ( maritime-museum or 508-674-3533). Explore the past at the Lafayette-Durfee House in Fall River! For complete details, go to

Visit the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House in Fairhaven, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details.

Explore the region’s military history at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum in New Bedford! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit

Please note all times and locations listed are subject to change. Use the contact information provided to confirm details with event managers before planning your activities.

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Same old song You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish. Buh-dum-tish! Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I’m here all week, try the veal! Okay, truly stupid jokes Paul K andarian aside, I passed a car on the highway recently that had one of those magnetic stick-on signs on the door. It read “Piano Tuning and Repair.” There was an old person, driving very slowly, because, I figured, how much of a rush could piano tuners be in these days? Well, turns out I was wrong because piano tuners are in demand – by orchestras, symphonies, colleges, etc. – with one website saying the market, with about 8,300 piano tuners nationwide now, will slowly keep growing. The pay isn’t as grand as a piano – averaging $39,000 a year – but hey, it’s a unique job to say the least and if you love music and helping others love it as well, that’s all that matters. But anyway, it made me think of the days we had a piano in my house growing up in Seekonk. My mom played as a kid, and continued to as an adult, so the piano had to be tuned up. It was usually the same guy (research shows virtually all piano tuners are male, no idea why), friendly enough, and I remember watching him plink keys and twist things inside the body of the piano until it sounded, well, tuned, I guess. Mostly I just got a kick out of looking inside the thing with its weird-looking strings and pegs and stuff. When no one was home one time, I distinctly recall opening the top of the piano and putting the cat inside, seeing if it made a sound. It did: the sound of a truly pissed-off cat. But my mom, as much as I loved her, made me take piano lessons. I don’t remember asking to. It was just a thing in those days, you were a kid, there was a piano in the house, and you took lessons, no questions asked. I had a lovely teacher – Mrs. Dutton I think her name was. She’d come to our


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house or I’d go up to hers, and she was a kind, sweet, wicked-old lady of probably 45 which at the time constituted wicked old in my mind. She really was patient with me, my childish chubby fingers trying to do the scale and the chords and other stuff, and she actually did get me to read music in a rudimentary way, absolutely none of which

Have you ever been to a party where there’s a piano and some guy just casually sits down and bangs out flawless party songs and you hate that guy but secretly wish you were him? I can recall today. I remember plinking my way through “Greensleeves” and “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Camptown Races” (at least the very easy parts) and thinking, “Yeah, this is cool, I got this,” and then hitting parts in the music which looked like gothic thickets of confusion, these clumps of little black berries hanging from or sticking out of poles, with weird markings all around and numbers and half notes and sixteenth rests and beats per bar… and…. I honestly just looked up sheet music researching this and felt my stomach churn and my head swim. So now you know why I quit music lessons after about three years of stomach-churning, head-swimming confusion. But I’m sorry I did. I play the guitar now, just strumming chords really, but regret not

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knowing how to read music. Or play the piano. Have you ever been to a party where there’s a piano and some guy just casually sits down and bangs out flawless party songs that people sing along to and you hate that guy but secretly wish you were him? Yeah. Me, too. But that’s part of growing up, I guess. Parents made you do stuff that you hated and maybe hated even more because they said, “It’s for your own good!” as if trying to digest a forest of incomprehensible musical scribbling would ever do me good. I felt that way about Scouting, too, which my Dad said I’d love. Wrong. I mean, I liked horsing around with other kids and being the class clown outside of school for a change. But being disciplined? And doing Scout things? Like camping? Are you serious? It’s cold out there. There are no bathrooms, no lights, no heat, no fun. I remember camping one weekend with my dad’s cousin Albert (he was a big shot in the Scouting world) and he was apparently leading this mission to the North Pole disguised as Rehoboth, and the other Scouts brought me to his tent one night because I was shivering so badly they thought I was dead. Honestly, it was like a soldier from the trenches walking into Patton’s tent during the war. It was warm, well lit, and he had a big fat steak. I stared at it longingly, my belly growling between shivers. He gave me a piece. One. Single. Piece. And laughed that “You’ll be OK,” as he sent me back to the gulag. Where I wasn’t okay. And where I was so cold I soiled myself rather than risk freezing to death in the outdoor toilet. And I quit Scouting the following day. I still can’t read music. I still can’t play the piano. I still can’t stand camping. But I can write about all the fun I had trying. And tell really stupid jokes.

Paul K andarian is a lifelong area resident and, since 1982, has been a profession writer, columnist, and contributor in national magazines, websites, and other publications.

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During the coldest days of the year, it’s important to look for things that make us feel warm; a crackling fire, a meal with friends, a much...