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The Tango – Creative Arts Network, Inc. (C.A.N.) is kicking off ArtWeek with an exhibition and reception of works by Marina Katayeva. “The Tango” features visual art, jewelry, and a short performance of Tango dance. Opening night is Friday, April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherry & Webb Gallery at 139 South Main Street in Fall River. Lizzie Borden Lantern and Ghost Tour – This free event begins with participants making their own lantern before learning about the ghostly and ghastly historical happenings of Fall River. Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks – This dramatization of the Borden murders and the subsequent trial will be performed at the beautiful Abbey Grill by Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli. The second half of the performance features a mock trial in which the members of the audience are encouraged to interact and eventually determine Lizzie’s guilt or innocence. Meet Julia Child – Lynne Moulton plays the legendary chef as the audience learns about her privileged upbringing and ascent to gastronomic stardom. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast, as well as light French refreshments. $20 per person. There’s more, including: • Art of wellness/spiritual center • Atlantic Charter school • Fall River Mayfest @ congregational church • Amateur radio day at the Battleship • Acrylic painting at the library • Handbell ringers concert

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Discover The Barker Playhouse on Benefit Street in Providence, the oldest continuously-running little theatre in America! Don’t miss “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” May 11-13, 18-20. For more info, go to or call 401-273-0590. Reserve your tickets now to see a performance of “The Music Man” at Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth on April 26-28! For more info, call 508-996-5602. 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 A Celebration of Arts & Culture

Check out what’s playing at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Don’t miss “Ragtime” May 10-13! For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852.

Nemasket River Productions will present “All My Sons” at The Alley Theatre in Middleboro on April 13-15, 20-22, 27-28! Plan ahead for “Romeo & Juliet” in July. For more info, call 1-866-244-0448 or go to

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Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! The Edwards Twins will perform May 7-8, “Exit Laughing” will be performed through May 12, and “Remember Me?” will be performed May 17-July 1. For more information, go to or call 401-8487529. Head for Trinity Rep in Providence to see “Native Gardens” through May 6, “Ragtime” through May 27. Don’t miss the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Shows “Eurydice” May 4-19 and “Prowess” May 5-20. For tickets and info, call 401-3514242 or visit Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS! Don’t miss “Menopause: The Musical” May 10, “Something Rotten” May 15-20 – and more! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren! “Baby with the Bathwater” will be performed through May 27. Call 401-247-4200 or go to Buy your tickets now for “West Side Story,” performed by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 20-29 at the Zeiterion! For tickets and info, call 508-9942900 or go to Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS! Don’t miss Michael McDonald May 6, Jackson Browne May 9, “Menopause: The Musical” May 10, William Shatner May 12, “Something Rotten” May 15-20 – and more! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and

Mark your calendars for Your Theatre’s production of “Gods Of Carnage” May 10-13, 17-20 in New Bedford. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to

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G oing daff y

for daffodils Greg Jones

The humble daffodil, the faithful harbinger of spring, is enjoyed worldwide. Here on the South Coast, plan a visit to Parsons Reserve, located a short walk south of Russells Mills Village, at 50 Horseneck Road in Dartmouth, where you can revel in fields of daffodils.

Parsons Reserve is part of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, known by its many friends as the DNRT. The 32-acre reserve was donated by William Parsons in three stages, beginning in 1991 with the largest portion, followed in 1999 and 2005 by two smaller gifts. Thanks for the daffodils don’t go directly to Parsons, however. The previous owner, Raymond Pettey, planted the daffodils in anticipation of what he saw as a looming market gap, which he filled with daffodil bulbs. Or at least that’s what we think happened. It had to do with World War II. “We are not 100 percent positive,” said Kendra Murray. She is the development


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and outreach specialist for DNRT. “We think Pettey planted daffodils to sell during the war because we weren’t able to get bulbs from Holland,” she said. Parsons bought the land from Pettey in the 1960s, and the daffodil project, so to

Peak daffodil season is April and May, with the exact dates a function of the springtime weather

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speak, was completed by 2005 with the final donation of a small tract of land. With warm weather of late, the daffodils are slowly waking up, small green shoots that will become fully-grown daffodils. Peak daffodil season is April and May, with the exact dates a function of the springtime weather. Speaking in early March, Murray said, “they are popping up right now, they are showing signs. They will definitely be here next month.” When that happens, stand back for the crowds.

Flower power “We will see 12,000 visitors in the month they bloom, she said. “It’s a really crazy time of year.” It’s really more than the DNRT’s small staff can handle. “We have a great group of volunteers to keep things tidy,” said Kendra. “The daffodils take care of themselves.” They are a fairly low-maintenance flower. The bulbs flower every year, and

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since neither deer nor rabbits like the taste, the daffies, do, indeed, take care of themselves.

the best plan is to try to visit on a weekday

and “not during

school vacation week”

With all the visitors, parking can be a problem. “This year we have expanded our parking so maybe that will help a little,” said Murray. Parking will be set up on Old Horseneck Road, where “we will have parallel parking right on the old roadbed.” The DNRT will also have the help of paid “daffodil rangers” to assist with the parking and to help keep an eye on things on the daffodil trails. But the best plan is to try to visit on a weekday and “not during school vacation week,” said Murray.

When you go, keep in mind the few simple rules of the preserve. No flower picking. Don’t walk on the flowers. If you bring a dog, it must be on a leash. Also, dog owners might want to note that daffodils are poisonous to pets, which is even more reason to leash your dog. And, of course, clean up after your pet. The trails are narrow, with a steep trail leading to the flowers, so it’s best to leave strollers and kids’ wagons in the car. Take all the photos you want, but the DNRT asks the professional photographers to leave lights, tripods and other gear at home. It’s an all-day adventure. “We’re open dawn to dusk,” said Murray. “Whenever there’s light outside, you can visit.” DNRT members only need to show their card, but “we ask for a $2 donation for non-members,” said Murray. “As you walk up the hill, there will be someone there to accept donations.”

G reg J ones is a local writer and lives in Dartmouth. S ou th C oast P r ime T imes

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pring has finally arrived and summer isn’t so far away. It’s the perfect time to get out and explore, and luckily you don’t need to be an athlete to get some exercise, enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather, and even learn something new. If you’d rather walk through a museum than bike down a trail, head over to New Bedford where there are plenty of upcoming outdoor events for art lovers and history buffs alike. This spring, New Bedford is celebrating the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth, local art, life in a seafaring community, and more! Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you are sure to find something to do that satisfies your interests. As Dagny Ashley, Director of Tourism and Marketing for the City of New Bedford


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points out, “Cultural tourism plays a vital role to significantly increase the city's visibility and success as an arts and culture destination.” Who said you can’t be a tourist close to home?

AHA! Nights If you’re not a morning person but want to get out of the house this spring,

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check out AHA! Night in downtown New Bedford. AHA! is a free cultural event that happens every second Thursday, and while the fun continues year-round, it’s the ideal event to take an evening stroll when the weather warms up. AHA! stands for Arts-History-Architecture and with a new theme each month, no event is the same. More than 60 businesses, nonprofits, and other groups partner together to make monthly AHA! nights happen. The event features art, music, seasonal activities, and more. On May 10 the theme is “We Art NB” and June 14 it’s “Launch.” To find out more about what’s happening each AHA! night, visit their website at

Seaport A rt Walk If you like your contemporary art with

an ocean view, visit the Seaport Art Walk, a public art installation that pops up every summer along the docks of New Bedford. The walk bridges together the working waterfront and the cultural hub of downtown. Each year, ten to twenty sculptures are installed along MacArthur Boulevard, City Pier, State Pier, and downtown, inspired by a different theme. In 2018, the theme is “Freedom and Equality.” The installation will be complete June 1 and the sculptures will remain standing until mid-October, so you can view them again and again.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Come learn something new about where you live! Weekends starting June 16, and every day starting July 2, free tours will be available winding through historic downtown New Bedford beginning at the National Historical Park Visitor Center on 33 William Street. In honor of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birth, in 2018 there will be tours available exploring his life and words in relation to his time spent in the city he once called home.

Juneteenth Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Join the celebration

this June 16 at Abolition Row Park, 20 7th Street in New Bedford, for an event featuring music, dancing, storytellers, and re-enactors that will provide an educational experience highlighting the stories of New Bedford residents who worked to end slavery.

Farmer’s Markets The many farmers markets in the New Bedford area and across the South Coast provide the perfect excuse to put off going to the grocery store just a bit longer and get some fresh air. Many outdoor markets in the area begin in June. SEMAP (the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership) has a great tool you can find at for sorting through the options by the time of year, the day of the week, or location. Farmers markets are great ways to support local farmers while working on eating a bit healthier, and these days, many feature much more than produce, with vendors selling pastries, soaps, seasonings, and more! With a wide range of events and exhibits all over New Bedford and beyond, it’s definitely time to come out of hibernation. Happy wandering!

A shley L essa is a freelance writer from Dartmouth. She spends her spare time reading and traveling. S ou th C oast P r ime T imes

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cheers for



Greg Jones


The twin harbors of Fairhaven and New Bedford have provided employment for the crews of the fishing boats there for longer than any of us can remember. But the economic impact of the fishing industry goes well beyond the wages paid to the crews. There is also the economy of supporting businesses.

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Take Gail Isaksen, who, with fishermen for a father and a grandfather, has been part of the commercial fishing economy her entire life. “My father was a fisherman, but on the side he ran a fishing supplies store with cord, nets... all the gear a fisherman needed,” said Isaksen. They opened a little shop, the Euro Ship Store, at 2 Ferry Street, down by the docks in Fairhaven. The Euro Ship Store did

well and Isaksen began to branch out. degrees, and then put in a whole new first “I started out remodeling a few houses floor.” down near the docks that needed to be The second floor (the former first floor) fixed up,” she said. is now used for storage, which is a bit of a The Euro Ship Store was rapidly shame because it has “high, hand-painted outgrowing its limited retail space. ceilings,” said Isaksen. Isaksen, with her Finally in 2000, interest in real the work on the As the renovation estate, had noticed old pharmacy “this building proceeded and the siding building was done sitting in the center and the Euro Ship was peeled off, layer of Fairhaven.” Store Phoenix It was the old was opened for by layer, there were Phoenix Pharmacy, business. The located at the original Euro several surprises northeast corner Ship Store is still of Center and in business. “It’s Main, and it had been closed and empty popular for people to get sale items, that for three years. It was more commonly sort of thing,” said Isaksen. known as the Browne Pharmacy, opened Clearly, economic impact of the fishing in 1909 when Frederick Browne bought vessels extends far beyond the docks. Levi Snow’s drugstore. The building In addition to running the Euro Ship and business remained in the Browne Store, she is a partner in Fairhaven Shipfamily until 1971, when Robert Browne yard, owns the Isaksen Fish Company, sold the building and business and it and is active on long list of civic commitbecame Phoenix Pharmacy. By the late tees, boards, and societies. She’s also a 1970s the building very competitive was empty, the runner, a keen ‘We need more people pharmacy gone out tennis player, of business. and is a rowing to come to the heart The building was enthusiast. in rough shape, Isaksen’s enthusiof Fairhaven, the old but, situated as it asm for Fairhaven center of town’ was in the center punctuates nearly of downtown everything she Fairhaven, it had the most important does. “We need more people to come to characteristic of a good real estate the heart of Fairhaven, the old center of purchase: location. Isaksen bought it and town,” she said. “All those stores out on went to work. Route 6, that isn’t the center of town.” “We spent a lot of time renovating the The interstate highway around Fairhaven original structure,” said Isaksen. She went hasn’t done them any favors, either. “Now at it with a sensible touch, appreciating people bypass Fairhaven,” she said. “They the architectural charm and value of the stop for gas, that’s it.” original building. With so much to see in Fairhaven, Some of that charm was hidden by the Isaksen wants people to visit the town work of previous owners. “There were center and get out of their cars. “Take a three layers of siding,” she said. walking tour, see some of our history, the As the renovation proceeded and the buildings,” she said. siding was peeled off, layer by layer, there This town, with the motto, “A small were several surprises. town with a big history,” truly is a South “Windows!” said Isaksen. “There were Coast gem. The Fairhaven Office of windows, all covered by siding.” Tourism at 141 Main Street has tours, The building itself had a long history. brochures, and a calendar of events. “Part of the original building was built in Download a brochure at 1792, something like that,” said Isaksen. or call (508)-979-4085. It was a church for a while, and then, when another church was built next G reg J ones is a local writer and lives in door, it was time for drastic action. “They Dartmouth. raised the original building, turned it 90

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lzheimer’s disease and dementia challenge an individual’s dream of aging in place, in their own home and community. By mobilizing community organizations and businesses, the goal of the Coalition is to increase public awareness and remove the stigma of living with the disease and caring for someone with the disease. This will enable those with Dementia to remain part of their community and continue their familiar routines. A session on dementia friendliness educates attendees in recognizing the signs of dementia and provides tips on how to successfully interact with customers and their caregivers that they encounter both in person and on the telephone. The Coalition, comprised of representatives from 35 public and private organizations, meets bi-monthly and is proud to report that trained Coalition volunteers have conducted 40 dementia-friendly sessions for 995 employees of Fall River businesses and agencies, ranging from public service agencies to banks and credit unions, insurance agencies, law offices, pharmacies, and hair salons. The first session open to the general


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that its employees know how to identify and interact with a person with dementia. Employees receive a packet of information for further review. They also receive a “forget-me-not” pin to wear, as Coalition members do. The decal and pin help to start a conversation about the campaign and to encourage other businesses to participate. The Coalition also has affixed DFFR logo stickers to the FIle of Life distributed by Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson. This enables first responders to readily identify residents who have dementia and thus, may require additional assistance. As the success of the Dementia Friendly Fall River Coalition continues to grow, it will enable those with dementia to find their way around and be safe, maintain their social networks and stay engaged, and continue to frequent local businesses, where they will be treated with empathy, dignity, and respect. Although the Dementia Friendly Fall River Coalition has made great strides, we recognize the enormous amount of work still ahead. At each session, participants share the impact of the disease on themselves and their families. Some note that had this program existed during their caregiving period, their loved one would have been able to remain in the community and active longer. Their stories validate the continuing need for the project and provide leads for additional businesses to train. A new initiative of the Coalition is to focus increased outreach efforts to train area restaurants and encourage them to offer a “Purple Table Reservation.” The Purple Table Reservation flag and restaurant training program are designed not only for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but also Autism, PTSD, TBI, hearing or vision impairment, or other physical or cognitive conditions.


Annual Health Expo Thursday, June 21st 2018 from 11am-3pm Hosted by As the success of the Dementia Friendly Fall River Coalition continues to grow, it will enable those with dementia to continue to frequent local businesses, where they will be treated with empathy, dignity, and respect.

Sadly, many families choose not to go out to eat because it can be such a challenging experience. Families will know that participating Purple Table restaurants will go above and beyond to make the dining out experience enjoyable and successful. They will provide accommodations that work best, along with extra patience and attention from staff who have been trained to understand different needs and how best to serve them. Purple Table Reservations is changing this and the Dementia Friendly Fall River Coalition will help create this change in Fall River. To become a Dementia Friendly business, contact Bristol Elder Services at 508-675-2101. For more information about Purple Table Reservations, go to For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, go to or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24 hour helpline at 800-272-3900.

J ane E. S ullivan, E sq. is a member of the Dementia Friendly Fall River Coalition.

Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts invites you to participate in their Annual Health Expo scheduled for Thursday, June 21st 2018 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event will be held outdoors on our grounds (tables will be set up under tents). In previous years, we featured over 100 vendors from across southcoast’s areas of service.

This event is FREE to register and open to the public.

Southcoast Health Mobile Health Van will be on site providing free health screens. Vendor registration is required by emailing:

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f painful knees are keeping you from enjoying long walks, shopping, playing with grandchildren, or planning a dream vacation, there’s exciting news. Saint Anne’s Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to offer total knee replacement using the Mako robotic arm system. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed – and how quickly you can recover and regain your life.

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. It all starts with a CT scan of your hip or knee joint that is used to generate a 3D model of your unique joint. This is then uploaded to the Mako System software and used by your surgeon to create a personalized surgical plan. Your surgeon will choose implant size, orientation and alignment based on your anatomy. The Mako System’s precision also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan during surgery. Mako technology for total knee replacement is the latest in advanced joint replacement care at Saint Anne’s Hospital. The hospital was the first in Massachusetts to offer Mako for partial knee replacement in 2011, followed by total hip replacement in 2012. To date, Saint Anne’s orthopedic surgeons have performed more than 700 Mako procedures. Mako has changed the way joint replacement surgeries are Somerset Grille performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical plan based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

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“The precision of Mako technology has changed the patient experience for those requiring joint replacement,” says Dr. Jerald Katz, chief of orthopedics at Saint Anne’s. Dr. Katz notes that advanced technology is part of the overall approach of the hospital’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence to give patients the best possible surgical experience so that they can resume their lives. “From patient education classes, a custom surgical plan based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and anatomy, stateof-the-art anesthesia, smaller incisions, and physical therapy that often begins just hours after surgery, to in-home rehabilitation for more than 85% of our patients, we’re helping patients enjoy shorter hospital stays, recover more quickly, and get back to moving more comfortably than ever before,” he says.

"We’re helping patients enjoy shorter hospital stays, recover more quickly, and get back to moving more comfortably than ever before.” Dr. Jerald Katz Chief of Orthopedics, Saint Anne’s Hospital

ABOUT SAINT ANNE’S HOSPITAL’S CENTER FOR ORTHOPEDIC EXCELLENCE In addition to knee and hip replacement, Saint Anne’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence includes arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, surgical and non-surgical sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, arm and shoulder surgery, concussion management, and general orthopedics. More than 30 orthopedic surgeons perform more than 5,000 orthopedic procedures annually at the hospital’s surgical facilities in Fall River, Dartmouth and Attleboro. In recognition of its excellence in joint replacement, Saint Anne’s Hospital has been awarded advanced certification for hip and knee replacement by The Joint Commission; designated as a Blue Distinction Center + for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield; and recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by Women’s Choice Award® in 2017 and 2018. Saint Anne’s Hospital is recognized as a “Straight A’s Hospital” for receiving all A’s since the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade was implemented. The hospital also is one of 44 U.S. general hospitals to be named a 2017 Top Hospital for patient safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group.


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Henry M. Quinlan

Once you have decided to write about your life, the first decision you want to make is whether you want to write an autobiography or a memoir. An autobiography is the story of your life from birth to today, while a memoir is about a part of your life, such as your professional life or your life as a parent.

If you want to write your autobiography, you will want to decide whether to write it chronologically or by theme. For example of themes, you may want to have a chapter on your education, another on your hobby, another on your military service. Your book will then be organized by chapters that are the different themes that you choose. One of the most critical aspects of writing your autobiography or memoir is to be as accurate as possible as to dates, times, places, names, and relationships. To help with these issues, it is best to review what resources are available to you as you progress in writing. Certainly, family and friends can provide help is assisting you in making facts and dates as accurate as possible. Using Google and other online resources can greatly assist. It is also a good time to review what you have by way of photos, mementos, and scrapbooks. Try to complete any research you may need before you begin to write your story. Breaking up your writing to go back to research often will disconnect you from your story. Before you begin writing you should select one person (and I mean just one person) who will be your go-to resource during the endeavor. The most important


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qualification for that person is that he or she will be very honest with you. She is the person who can be your confidant during the writing to help you get over some difficult passages, but who will also be there once the manuscript is finished. The reader’s responsibility at that point is to give you an honest assessment of the book. Does it make sense? Is it readable?

One of the most critical aspects of writing your autobiography or memoir is to be as accurate as possible as to dates, times, places, names, and relationships Are there any major flaws? Once that person gives you their approval, you can move onto editing. There are two additional considerations to address. The first is whether to adhere to the rule “Do not write anything negative about someone.” I believe if you cannot write something neutral or positive about someone, then you should not write it. I believe it reflects poorly on the author. I know of one politician who wrote his autobiography and used it to settle political scores. The result was the

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opening line in a major review of his book being, “Of you we expected more.” The rest of the review was negative. The other consideration is how to treat family members and close friends over an issue that can be difficult. Best practice is to go to that person and lay out what you are going to write about and how. The best outcome is to negotiate a description that is acceptable to both. If you cannot reach an agreement you have to use your best judgment on how to portray the incident. Deciding on the best time to write is purely an individual choice. Some of us are morning people, some evening, and some are night owls. One famous writer, Anthony Trollop, wrote every morning for 40 years between 4 and 6 a.m. During that period, he wrote 47 novels and several books on travel. Once you find your time, stick to it. Another consideration is where to write. Again, it is a personal preference. But remember where you write – in the kitchen, in the study, in bed – is not as important as what you write. Martin Cruz Smith, the American novelist, wrote his bestselling book, Gorky Park in a threeroom apartment in Manhattan with two kids. After the success of his book, he moved to Marin County California and built a beautiful home with a study just for writing. The first book he wrote in that study did not sell well at all. Just be comfortable where you write. Now you are ready to start writing.

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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Searching for a cure: Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month – learn how you can help find a cure! The adult human brain, which weighs about three pounds, Eliz abeth is a compact and intriMorse Read cate web of almost 100 billion neurons (nerve cells), each connected to about 15,000 other neurons, which communicate with each other via electrical impulses or chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemical messengers initiate a specific action or function triggered by a conscious thought or reaction to stimuli, like deliberate movement, recall, decision-making, fear, facial recognition, pain, pleasure, or smell. In a healthy individual, all these brain neurons work in harmony day after day, allowing us to live normal, active, fruitful lives. But when disease, injury, or a genetic flaw causes neurons to degenerate or an imbalance in the chemical messengers, all hell breaks loose, triggering any


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one of the more than 600 neurological disorders from epilepsy to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. Think about it: if our pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, we become diabetic; if our thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine, we develop symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

decreases. This “dopamine deficit” causes the neurons to misfire, resulting in erratic or uncontrollable body movements.

What is Parkinson’s Disease? Like most human afflictions, Parkinson’s disease is not new. There are historical records going back to 5000 BC describing the all-too-common symptoms. But it wasn’t until 1817, when a London doctor named Dr. James Parkinson wrote

Parkinson’s disease is not new — there are historical records going back to 5000 BC describing the all-too-common symptoms So when a catastrophic event happens within our brains, we develop symptoms specific to the specialized neurons and neurotransmitters that have been damaged. In the case of Parkinson’s disease, a type of neuron governing motor skills and movement degenerates, and the level of the neurotransmitter dopamine suddenly

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“An Essay on the Shaking Palsy,” that scientists began studying the causes and treatment of what is now called “Parkinson’s disease.” Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a relatively rare but chronic, degenerative neurological disorder (second only to Alzheimer’s disease), afflicting about 2% of people

R acing to Find a Cure Like Michael J. Fox, boxer Muhammed Ali was first diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease when he was only 42, although he lived to be 74. Their combined celebrity brought increasing public awareness of the need for more research and improved treatments for the disease. Ali’s legacy lives on at the Muhammed Ali Parkinson’s Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, one of the three top research hospitals in the country racing to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is another). Before starting a standard PD medication regimen when first diagnosed, patients should seriously consider over 65. Currently, there are about one million Americans diagnosed with PD, and there is no known cure. But about 10% of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s are younger than 50 – for example, the actor Michael J. Fox was first diagnosed with early-onset PD when he was only 29 years old, and he has become a major force in the quest to find a cure. (Go to The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease, too, is not yet known, so initial misdiagnoses are common (up to 25%) as PD sufferers exhibit symptoms that can be mistaken for other neurological/movement disorders or caused by negative reactions to certain medications. Once a doctor documents a patient’s report of symptoms like hand tremors, slowed mobility, muscle stiffness, or changes in speech, they would refer the person to a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. Research shows that there is a much higher incidence of PD in the industrialized midwest and northeastern states of the US, whether due to population density or environmental factors, and that Caucasians are twice as likely to develop PD as people of color. So genetics may play a role. Ten to fifteen percent of people diagnosed with PD have other family members afflicted. Repeated head injuries can also be a factor. Over-exposure to neurotoxins like pesticides and chemical fertilizers are statistically implicated – Nebraska, a

participating in the many ongoing clinical trials seeking treatments that could slow down or stop the disease’s progression. Even people who have not been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are needed as “controls” in these studies. Unfortunately, many promising clinical trials haven’t been able to get off the ground due to a lack of newlydiagnosed and “control” volunteers. To learn more about participating in such crucial research, go to the Fox Trial Finder at major agricultural state, has the highest incidence of PD of all 50 states. Medical research has not yet been able to develop a test (like a CT scan or blood test) which could proactively screen at-risk patients for Parkinson’s disease, but a new imaging technique called DaTscan can at least confirm a clinical diagnosis. The single biggest risk factor seems to be advancing age, with men being at a slightly higher risk than women. Oddly enough, tobacco smokers and people who drink a lot of coffee seem to be at a lower risk of developing PD compared to people who’ve never smoked or consumed caffeine beverages.

What are the symptoms?

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Parkinson’s disease is sometimes classified as a “boutique” disease – some PD patients experience all known symptoms, while others experience only a few. Some patients react well to medications, while others suffer serious side-effects. It’s a frustratingly capricious disease, and every diagnosis demands careful and constant monitoring. The usual first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are shaking/tremors while at rest (especially the hands), slowed movement (bradykinesia), muscle rigidity and balance problems (postural instability). Other noticeable symptoms might include an increasingly awkward gait or loss of facial expression. These symptoms initially appear on one side of the body, but they gradually spread to the other side.




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Many of the symptoms of PD can be treated with medications to increase dopamine levels, but they can trigger unpleasant side effects But there are also non-motor symptoms that can come as the disease progresses: cognitive impairment, sleep problems, loss of smell, depression and anxiety, speech and swallowing problems, constipation, drooling, and low blood pressure when standing. These symptoms need to be addressed as aggressively as the motor dysfunction. Advanced motor symptoms include freezing-in-place (a sudden inability to move), festination (fast shuffling steps), muscle cramping (dystonia), and stooped posture.

Current treatments Many of the symptoms of PD can be treated with medications like levodopa (aka L-dopa) with carbidopa to increase dopamine levels, but their effectiveness over time decreases and they can trigger unpleasant side effects like dyskinesia (involuntary flailing, jerking, and writhing), auditory and visual hallucinations, hair loss, and disorientation/confusion. Antidepressants are also commonly prescribed. There are also medications that “mimic” L-dopa, but they, too, can produce side effects such as pathological addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling), narcolepsy, or euphoria. These side effects possibly occur because, in addition to motor control, dopamine also plays an important role in our brain’s executive functions and pleasure/reward system. It’s a very delicate

plant protein and fiber (including fava/ broad beans, which contain high levels of natural L-dopa) and low in animal protein – in other words, a Mediterranean diet. Regular exercise helps stimulate

Staying physically active, mentally and socially engaged, and joining a Parkinson’s support group can mitigate some of the stress of a PD diagnosis. natural production of the body’s “happy hormones,” like dopamine and serotonin, and thereby reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, all of which exacerbate the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Staying physically active, mentally and socially engaged, and joining a Parkinson’s support group can mitigate some of the stress of a PD diagnosis. (For more information, go to

A lternative remedies While there are FDA-approved drugs available for treating Parkinson’s disease, there are also many herbal and traditional medicines that scientists are exploring. For instance, researchers are looking more closely at the possible benefits that medical marijuana could have on treating some of the motor symptoms (and drug side effects) that come with PD. When taken along with medicines, medical marijuana offers a combination of

Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island recognize Parkinson’s disease as a qualifying medical condition for the use of medical marijuana balance. If those same neurons are suddenly flooded with too much dopamine, a person would develop symptoms of schizophrenia (or of cocaine addiction). Needless to say, treating dopamine deficit with available drug therapies must be carefully calibrated and constantly monitored. Diet and lifestyle can help lessen the severity of PD symptoms and side effects, although research is still ongoing. Many researchers recommend a diet high in


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According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (, certain herbal and OTC vitamin supplements are also being studied, but these should only be taken in consultation with a doctor. Antioxidant vitamins C & E, CoQ10, nondairy calcium and vitamin D, B-complex vitamins, ginger, green tea, milk thistle, and St. John’s Wort have all been used in non-western medical treatments for PD. Again, more research needs to be done.

anti-anxiety, antioxidant, and pain relief, with no negative side effects. The active ingredients in marijuana include cannabinoids, which mimic dopamine when it reaches the brain. European studies have shown that cannabinoids decrease the frequency of tremors, dyskinesia, and muscle rigidity – and reduce anxiety and stress. Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island recognize Parkinson’s disease as a qualifying medical condition for the use of medical marijuana.

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Surgical treatments There are also surgical interventions, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), where electrodes are implanted deep into regions of the brain which regulate movement, particularly tremors and dyskinesia. A control device is implanted near the shoulder to send electrical impulses to the implanted electrodes (analogous to how a pacemaker works). Originally, DBS was used only after medications failed to control advanced symptoms, but it has recently been approved for treating early symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another surgical intervention involves placing a tube through the stomach to the intestines to deliver a gel form of levodopa/carbidopa directly to the digestive system to improve absorption and effectiveness. One promising new surgical intervention being studied at Harvard University is the implantation of fetal dopamine cells into the brains of PD patients. Initial results showed a 50% improvement in symptoms years after the surgery, and autopsies have shown that the implanted cells were still healthy at death, not degraded by the defective dopamine-receptor neurons, as had initially been predicted. But as any kind of research conducted with fetal tissue is highly controversial, scientists are looking into stem cell alternatives.

Elizabeth Morse Read is an awardwinning 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.


Why you need a Massachusetts healthcare proxy


ll of us are at risk of something happening which leaves us alive but unable to make our own medical decisions, like an accident or illness. When this happens, someone else needs to be legally empowered to make your medical decisions. A healthcare proxy is the document in which you name someone else to make your medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. Signing the document does not take away your ability to make your own decision while you are able to do so. Instead, the document only gives power to the person named (your health care agent) after a doctor declares in writing that you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself. Your healthcare proxy should also name an alternative agent to make decisions if the first person named is unavailable or unwilling to act. If you do not have a healthcare proxy and something happens which leaves you alive but unable to make your own medical decisions, then your family will most likely have to go into the probate court and obtain guardianship of you in order to be legally able to make medical decisions for you. Applying to the probate court for guardianship is time-consuming (often taking several months to complete), public (a notice of your incompetency is filed in the local newspaper), and expensive (it often costs several thousand dollars to get done). Additionally, the court may pick someone to be your guardian who you don’t know or could pick someone you would never want. To minimize those risks it is important to avoid the need for a guardianship. The best way to avoid guardianship is to have a properly executed Massachusetts healthcare proxy. ©Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. 35 Arnold St, New Bedford, MA. This article does not constitute legal advice. There is no attorney/ client relationship created with Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. by this article. Every family is unique and legal advice can only be given after an individual consultation with an elder law attorney. Any decisions made without proper legal advice may cause significant legal and financial problems.



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Sally’s story B y E mmanuel B erthil & A lice R ebelo

L-R: R achael A mos, student physical therapist, Simmons College; Sarah Kinch, physical therapist; Sally Aguiar; A manda Crowley, physical therapist


ally Aguiar knows how to handle severe medical situations. For more than twenty years, the Southcoast Hospital nurse cared for patients with critical illnesses at Charlton Memorial hospital in Fall River. So when she became sick with a pneumonia that soon left her with a constellation of troubling medical comorbidities, it's no surprise that she confronted it head-on. Her unfortunate journey took her from St. Anne’s hospital to Tufts New England Medical Center, where she was seen by


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some of the most renowned specialists in Massachusetts. Her long stay in the ICU left her with critical illness polyneu-

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After a prolonged stay in the ICU, Aguiar was referred to Vibra Hospital and immediately began a journey of extensive medical treatments and aggressive therapy

ADVERTISEMENT ropathy (a neurological disorder), and her ability to breathe on her own was so compromised that she was placed on mechanical ventilation. Her chances of coming off the ventilator got worse when she developed ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). This unique, complex condition is caused by fluid that fills up the air sacs in your lungs. Too much fluid in your lungs lowers the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. ARDS can prevent your organs from getting the oxygen they need to function, and it eventually prevented Aguiar from being liberated from the ventilator.

Transfer to Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts After a prolonged stay in the ICU, Aguiar was referred to Vibra Hospital. She immediately began a journey of extensive medical treatments and aggressive therapy. She was promptly evaluated by the respiratory therapy department for weaning readiness. Respiratory therapy subsequently liberated her from the ventilator. Thereafter, she continued her acute rehabilitation, got off the feeding tube, and progressed to a regular diet with speech therapy. She worked tirelessly with nursing and the wound care team to heal her wounds. With the support of her mother, sister, and her network of friends, Aguiar grew stronger, more confident, and more interactive while working with physical and occupational therapy. Aguiar describes herself as a devoted aunt, sister, and daughter, who enjoys shopping at the Wrentham Outlets. A witty sense of humor had her physical therapists, Amanda Crowley and Sarah Kinch, laughing along as she went about her therapy. “Sally Aguiar is a happy lady, who will do anything for her loved ones,” says Crowley. “Despite challenges and setbacks to her respiratory system, painful wounds, and persistent infections, Sally woke up each day motivated to get better. Her will to get back to her daily life and eagerness to participate in therapy is a reason why I wake up for work each day and strive to be the best that I can be. “Her excitement with the small gains each day, while battling pain and the frustrations of critical illness myopathy, allowed her to regain her smile and spirit in the process. Sally has never been without a ‘quick story’ or a lesson, which captivated the dedicated interdisciplinary staff that saw her through this seven-

month journey. It has been a pleasure to grow as a therapist as I saw Sally gain her independence back, one hard-fought, day at a time.”

“Sally formed a strong connection with all the staff, including secretaries, housekeeping, maintenance, therapists, nursing – everyone she came into contact with.” Kinch agrees. “Sally will be one of the patients that I will always remember for her medical complexity and her strong drive to increase her independence with slow but steady gains – such as bending her knee in bed, or putting her own foot on her wheelchair footrest, which was such a big deal to her and to us. She taught us as much as we taught her. She always had the most outrageous stories, and often used these stories as humor to keep our sessions going and keep her spirits high. She let me push her to her extreme, willing to try just about anything we had come up with. I know Sally will be someone I will keep in touch with. We laughed and cried together.

“We have been overwhelmed by the love and support that she received from the caregivers” “I worried about her deeply,” Kinch admits. “Sally formed a strong connection with all the staff, including secretaries, housekeeping, maintenance, therapists, nursing – everyone she came into contact with. We bonded over her seven-month stay with us at Vibra. We spoke of our families and shared memories. I cannot wait until she comes to visit walking through the hospital.”

Going above and beyond “The team that cared for me at Vibra,” Aguiar recalls, “went above and beyond to make me comfortable. [CNA Lydia Perreira] was so good to me. She allowed me to have my dignity. She was gentle and

friendly, often reminding me that better days were coming. In the beginning, there were days I wanted to die. But then Amanda and Sarah would come in and would help me see the light at the end of the tunnel. They would make everything feel better. They helped me set goals. They would remind me that I had a loving family waiting for me. I don’t know where I would be without them. Vibra had the expertise to help me breathe on my own again, and I will be forever grateful.” “We have been overwhelmed by the love and support that she received from the caregivers,” says Aguiar’s sister, Lilia Hanrahan. “Sally is now walking with the assistance of a walker and she feels great. As a close family unit, we are so grateful to have been her support as she overcame all the challenges.” "The physician group of Dr. Nick Mucciardi was excellent,” Aguiar says. “They were very humane, considerate, and compassionate. They showed great concern about me. The nursing staff and wound care team were absolutely superb. My goal is to go back to what I love to do most; to shop, to watch my nephew play football, to be with my loving family, and to tell everyone that Vibra Hospital gave me my life back. “I will very happily refer everybody to Vibra Hospital”, said Aguiar.

E mmanuel B erthil is the Chief Clinical Officer at Vibra Hospital.

A lice R ebelo is the Director of Community Awareness at Vibra Hospital

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In brief… Finally! Springtime has arrived and we’re all emerging from a long winter’s hibernation – head for the outdoor food festivals, the fields of daffodils, boating events, road races and the street parties! And start working on your summer vacation and kids’ camps plans early! Eliz abeth Morse Read

Food, feasts and festivals!

Don’t miss the Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival on May 19-20! For more info, go to Plan ahead for the Wareham Oyster Festival 2018 on May 27. For more info, go to or Show up hungry for the Eat Drink RI Festival April 25-28! For details, visit Get ready for the 12th Annual Taste of SouthCoast on Pier 3 in New Bedford on May 20! Great food, music, kid events. For info, go to or Don’t miss “Red, White and Brew at the Zoo” on May 18 at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford! For info, call 508-9916178 or visit


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Plan to show up hungry at the “Great Chowder Cook-Off” at Fort Adams State Park in Newport on June 2! For more info, go to

when live music, dance, art, and food take over the public spaces and streets of Providence! For info and tickets, go to

Don’t miss the free downtown New Bedford festa “Viva Portugal!” on May 5! For more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to

The new Huttleston Marketplace will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven High School every Saturday 10 to 4 from Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers will be selling their wares. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

Foodies! Plan ahead for the 7th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival on June 16-17 at the Westport Fair Grounds! For tickets and info, go to Mark your calendars! The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will return on July 21 at Fort Taber in New Bedford! Go to for info and tickets. Plan ahead for PVDFest June 7-10,

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Check out the Farmers & Artisans Market every Sunday at the Arcade in downtown Providence (free parking!). For info, go to Plan ahead for great dining and shopping during the 19th Annual Federal Hill Stroll on June 5 in Providence! For complete info, visit

Don’t miss the RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair on May 19 at the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062. Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the year-round farmers market at Stony Creek Farm in Swansea on Sundays. For hours and more info, call 401-465-4832 or go to Fill your baskets with local produce! To find a farm, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit,,, or To find more food and wine events along the South Coast, go to, or


If you’re 50 or older, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program – Aqua Turf ’s Bette Midler Tribute April 17, Harvard’s Glass Flowers and Natural History Museums April 25, Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel Tribute at Lantana’s May 23, Newport’s Amazing Grace Harbor Cruise on May 30, York ME Lobster Bake and tour June 13, Danversport Eaglemania Show June 20 – and numerous casino trips! Plan ahead for the four-day trip to Old Quebec and Montreal September 23-27. For info and reservations, call 508-991-6171, Tues-Thurs. 9 to 3.

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Ready to go daffy? Plan ahead for all the events of the 5th Annual Newport Daffodils Days Festival April 14-22! No metered parking! For complete details, go to or Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival in late April/ early May at Cooke Memorial Park in Fairhaven! For info and dates, go to or call 508-979-4085. Head for the Garden & Herb Festival on May 23 at Tiverton Four Corners! For details, go to Don’t miss “Fairy Garden Days” at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence! For dates and more info, go to Wander through the daffodil fields at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth starting

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every Wednesday. For details, visit or call 401-253-9062.

Take a stroll through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol – don’t miss “Gateway to Spring” starting in mid-April! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Sign the kids up now for Summer Arts Camp at Linden Place Mansion in Bristol! For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit

Keep the kids busy! Find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! Check out the after-school activities and summer camp schedules! For info on all locations, go to The Buzzards Bay Coalition will be offering new, expanded water programs for kids this summer at the Onset Boathouse – sailing, swimming, kayaking and lessons on coastal ecology. Six weeks of all-day programs will be available through the Gleason YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and the Wareham Public Schools. Check out the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro – sign the kids up for Zoo Classes! Call 774-203-1840 or go to Stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center – sign the kids up for summer camp! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit Sign the kids up now for summer Camp Sequoia at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Find out what’s happening at the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit 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 fallriverlibrary. org. And check out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. 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


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Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! Sign up children grades 3-8 now for summer coastal ecology and marine biology summer programs! Take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday each month. For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Take the kids on a free evening walk “Frogs in the Bogs” in Mattapoisett on May 25, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For info and directions, go to

Family-friendly fun

Mark your calendars for the annual family-fun River Day in Westport on June 9! For complete details, go to Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford. The May 10 theme is “We Art NB!” The June 14 theme is “Launch.” For details, go to or call 508-9968253. Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. Bundle everyone up and go on an expert-guided seal watch and nature cruise from Borden Light Marina in Fall River (75 minutes) or from Bowen’s Wharf in Newport (60 minutes) through April! For information and registration, call 401-203-7325 or go to events/seals. It’s all happening at the Z in New Bedford! Don’t miss the free festa “Viva Portugal!” May 5, “Curious George” May 20 – and special weekly school-time performances! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. Take the kids to the Roger Williams Park and Zoo! Visit the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, then check out the “Explore and Soar” area!

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Register for the Bronx Zoo day trip on May 12. For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510. Take a heated train ride through Cran Central, Dino Land, and Thomas the Tank Land at Edaville Railroad in Carver! For more info, go to Enjoy the weather at Buttonwood Park and Zoo in New Bedford! Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit

Yacht-a, yacht-a, yacht-a

Get ready for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport events May 8-20! For complete details, call 401-846-1983 or go to Start making your summer vacation plans! The Block Island Ferry to Newport and Block Island from the State Pier in Fall River will run from June 23 through September 3. For details, call 1-888-7837996 or go to Avoid all the Cape Cod traffic and bridges! Take a high-speed passenger ferry from State Pier in New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket! For info and schedule, visit Plan ahead to watch the Clagett Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport June 20-24! For details, call 401-846-4470 or visit Celebrate a special event or get up close to WaterFire! Take a leisurely boat ride through the waterways of Providence! For details, go to or call 401-580-2628. Or go on a romantic Venetian gondola ride through the heart of Providence! For reservations, call 401-421-8877 or visit Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard Whaling City Expeditions! For info, call 508-207-6994 or go to If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! For info, call 401-253-5000 or go to

Time travel

Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff

Off to the races!

Sign up now for Fairhaven’s annual West Island 5K Run/Walk on April 29! For more info, go to Celebrate clean water and register now for the 25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 30! Go to for more info. Register now for Fairhaven’s annual Father’s Day 10K & 5K Road Races on June 17! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Get ready for the 2018 Harvest Triathlon in Wareham on June 9! For info, go to

House in New Bedford! Learn about the Special Houses of Fairhaven on May 2! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Stroll through the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! Plan ahead for the special tour “Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad” June 16 to September 30! For more info, go to Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum in Fall River (508-678-1000 or or explore the murky depths at the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or maritime-museum). Visit the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford! Check out the 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend May 4-6 and the Nautical Antiques Show May 4! For more info, call 508-997-0046 or visit If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House in Fairhaven, where it all began. For details, go to or call 508-9951219. Wander through the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford – learn more at or call 508-6364693. Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House in Westport. For more info, visit or call 508-636-6011. Take a stroll through Blithewold Man-

sion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit Relive local American military history at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Museum in New Bedford! For info, call 508-9943938 or visit

Classical acts

Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series presents talented musicians, actors, dancers, and artists for all to enjoy! Don’t miss the RIC Opera Workshop on May 6! For a complete schedule of events, go to or call 401-456-8144. Listen to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performance at the VETS of Mahler and Mendelssohn May 5! For info and tickets, call 401-248-7000 or go to

Reserve your tickets now for the Arts in the Village performances at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth by the Haven String Quartet April 28. For more info, go to

Plan ahead for the Sippican Choral Society’s spring concert “Songfest of Showtunes!” on April 28 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion. For info, call 508-7632327 or go to

Make your reservations for Concerts at the Point in Westport! Don’t miss the performance by the Jasper String Quartet on April 22. For more info, call 508-6360698 or visit

The Greater New Bedford Choral Society will perform a selection of American music on May 19 at a TBD venue. For more info, call 401-869-9009 or go to

Check out the musical events at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Performing and Visual Arts! On May 1, listen to the UMD Wind Ensemble Concert. For details, call 508-999-8568 or go to

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Listen to the Sine Nomine choral ensemble’s performance of “Shapenote to Lauridsen” on May 11 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in New Bedford and on May 12 at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. For tickets and info, call 508748-2178 or go to Plan ahead for a performance of “Pardon My French” on May 26 by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Zeiterion! For info and tickets, visit

Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church in Fairhaven on the third Saturday each month, 7-10 PM, for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or email It’s all happening at the Z in New Bedford! Don’t miss the New Bedford Ballet’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty” on June 9! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to Find out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Heal with music and movement on JourneyDance on the 2nd Saturday each month, or join in the Contra Dancing on

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Continued from previous page on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth! For details, call 401-847-3777 or go to The Sunset Music Series concerts at Westport Rivers Vineyard will begin soon! For dates, go to 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.

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, cycle, fish, paddle, and cross-country ski can be found at Go for a free “Sunday Stroll” on May 6 through the New Boston Trail in Fairhaven, sponsored by Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to Go for a free “Sunday Stroll” on June 3 through the White Eagle Parcel in Marion, sponsored by Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to

the 3rd Wednesday of each month. For info, go to or call 401-241-7349.

South coast sounds The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous lineup – there’s the Eric Clapton Tribute April 14, Trinity & Colby James April 21, Alan Doyle April 25, Memphis Revue with Amy Black April 29, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band May 5, Donna the Buffalo May 12, Slaid Cleaves May 6, Eric Lindell May 19, Jesse Colin Young May 26, Betty LaVette June 6, Reckless Kelly June 13 – and much, much more! Plan ahead for Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band at the Westport Rivers Vineyard on July 17! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Jon MacAuliffe will perform on April 14, Rosewood will perform on May 5, Forever Young on June 9. For info, call 401-241-3793, or visit


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Plan ahead for the Tri-County Symphonic Band’s 16th Annual Pops Concert “The British Invasion” on June 10 under the tent at Tabor Academy in Marion. For info and tickets, go to Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s the Duke Robillard Band May 4, The Stompers May 5, Full Moon Fever May 11, Ray Wylie Hubbard May 12 – with jazz and blues jam sessions on Wednesdays! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Enjoy the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert “Broadway, Our Way” on May 19 at Memorial Hall! For tickets and info, call 508-746-8008 or visit Get back to your musical roots at Common Fence Music in Portsmouth! Don’t miss Jerry Foucault & Kris Delmhorst May 5, The Sea The Sea May 18. For a schedule and more info, call 401-6835085 or go to Enjoy wine tastings and live music

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Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford. Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards will perform on April 13, Pat Donahue on May 4, John Gorka on June 1. For tickets or info, go to events or contact korolenko8523@

Stay fit – indoors!

Stay in shape and engaged with your community – find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For schedules at all locations, go to Get in shape with low-impact PlioBarre classes at the Fall River Library on Thursday evenings – bring your yoga mat! For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page, call 508-324-2100 or visit Find 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 on the 2nd Saturday each month, or join in the Contra Dancing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates, or figure drawing! For more info, go to or call 401-241-7349. Stay fit with Yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-2957072 or go to

Stay active – outdoors!

Explore nature trails or historic land-

marks in Fall River and join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405. Wander through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Attleboro! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! Check out their after-school programs and EcoTours for all ages, too. For info, visit or call 401-846-2577. Take a leisurely spring ramble through rural Westport. Go to Enjoy the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, fish, picnic, birdwatch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to 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 If you’re near Newport, stroll through Ballard Park! For more info, call 401619-3377 or go to Wander through the urban greenspace of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford – learn more at or call 508-636-4693. Or take a walk through the city’s Buttonwood Park and Zoo! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Save the date! The Allendale Women’s Golf Association will sponsor the Elaine Seguer Ladies Invitational on July 28-29 (rain dates August 4-5), a fundraiser for the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Sponsor a Hole, enter the Duck Derby and enjoy two days of great golfing! Fees include golf cart, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and prizes. For more information and registration forms, call 508-992-8682 or go to

Being good neighbors

Camp Angel Wings, a two-day bereavement camp for children ages 6-12 sponsored by the Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association, will be held on July 14-15 at Camp Welch in Assonet. Early

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

Celebrate ArtWeek at the Marion Art Center! New Orleans Jazz on April 27, Dixie Diehard Jazz on April 28, Soundscapes May 6, theatre workshops April 29 to May 3, Acrylic Painting May 2, Dyeing-to-Wear-It May 3, Smartphone Photography and Flower Arranging on May 5, children’s activities – and more! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or go to Scan the night-sky (weather permitting) from the UMass Dartmouth Observatory on April 21 or May 5, starting at 8:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. For more info, call 508-9998715 or query Check out the “Fall River Portraits” exhibit of UMass Dartmouth and Diman Regional HS student photography on display at the Staircase Galleries registration is encouraged. For more info, call 508-973-3426 or visit campangelwings. The goal of the environmental advocacy group Hands Across the River Coalition (HARC) is to rid the Acushnet River and greater Buzzards Bay environment of deadly industrial contaminants like PCBs, dioxin and heavy metals, which pose serious risk to public health and the South Coast’s ecology. HARC meets on the last Wednesday of every month, and the public is invited to attend. For monthly meeting locations and more info about HARC, call 508-9511184 or email The Salvation Army is always willing

at Fall River’s Government Center through May. Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum in Providence! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots”! For details, visit or call 401-454-6500. Stroll through the special exhibits at the Great Fall River Art Association! ”Maritime” will be exhibited through April 30. For more information, go to or call 508-673-7212. Check out the exhibits the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! For more info, call 508-961-3072 or go to Gamers, team-builders and mysterysolvers should head for the new “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 more info, go to to accept your bagged/boxed donations – clothing, books, furniture and housewares. To schedule a free pick-up, go to My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for families in need. Free pick up. Visit or call 774-3054577. Pet Food Aid, a non-profit organization, collects pet food donations and distributes them to food banks throughout Bristol County. Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. For more info, visit or call 774-204-5227.

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Highest caliber “Children should be seen and not heard” is an antiquated notion that flies right out the window, especially these days, when children are Paul being slaughtered in K andarian their classrooms. Seen. Not Heard. Just mowed down. Boggles the mind. I got to thinking about this recently, and about our future and the promise of a greater nation we’re leaving in the increasingly capable hands of our young. I was watching coverage of the March for Our Lives, in which hundreds of thousands nationwide, mostly young folks, took to the streets in protest, giving voice to the frustration echoed by so many over mass shootings and the murder of kids in what used to be one of the safest places they could be: schools. Think about that. It should make your skin crawl when you do. Kids who come from violent homes don’t feel safe there. School is their safe space. Or rather it was. The protests reminded me of those around Vietnam a half century ago, and how my parents and people who are my age now bitched about those crazy kids on campuses and in the streets speaking up, speaking out, speaking from their hearts. Which is the same way it happened with Civil Rights. And gay rights. And the women's movement. And now with #MeToo. The success of any good that happens to a society is almost always helped in no small way by a resounding collective voice that would not be silenced. A few people speak, they may not listen. Millions speak, they have no choice: The noise is too loud. There are those who say these kids are crazy, they have no right to do this, or even walk out of school for 17 minutes in protest as happened after the shooting in Florida, one minute for each of the dead at


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that Parkland, Florida school. These kids, they say, need to follow the rules, take political action, vote and trust their elected representatives to handle things. Yeah, and how well has that last part has worked out? The power of the people has no age limit. Keep at it kids. You are being heard. Soon, they will have no choice but to listen. Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, is one beautiful soul and a major force in the March for Our Lives movement. And again, think about this: how f’d up is saying she’s a survivor of a shooting. At her own school.

A few people speak, they may not listen. Millions speak, they have no choice: The noise is too loud. In Washington in March, not far from the Coward-in-Chief’s sometimes work location on Pennsylvania Avenue, Emma stood on stage for a little over six minutes before thousands of people and said in that time, 17 of her friends died and her community was forever altered. Everyone there, she said, “understands. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful, chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing. No one understood the extent of what happened.” That beautiful child stood in silence for four minutes and 25 seconds, tears streaming down her face. When she spoke again, she explained the entire time she was out there was 6 minutes and 20 seconds. At her school the day of the slaughter, that’s when the shooter stopped killing, blended in

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with students as they escaped and walked free before his arrest. It’s funny, in a telling, pathetic way, that these kids, these beautiful, young, freethinking, free-spirited and laser-focused kids who are behind it all are sometimes criticized by people who would prefer to keep them down, silent, quiet. Emma was derided by idiots who complained about her appearance, her short hair, her sexual orientation. Kids, after all, should be seen. Kids, after all, should not be heard. Kids, after all, dare not speak out about being slaughtered. You tell me these kids are just seeking the limelight and 15 minutes of fame? We tell you they've had an unwanted fame forced upon them by the most horrendous reasons not of their own doing. You tell me these kids are hypocrites for protesting guns while cops with guns protect them? We tell you that you fail to realize cops don't slaughter them in their schools with assault weapons these kids want banned from public purchase. You tell me these kids are "crisis actors" with no right to speak? We tell you the biggest actors of all causing crises include the incompetent in the White House many of you voted for and the domestic terrorist organization known as the NRA, both of whom speak nothing but lies that is the dying currency of their long-entrenched, as Ms. Gonzalez puts it, “BS.” You tell me these kids need to know there is a time and a place for protest? We tell you that time is now. We tell you that time is here. We tell you that time is theirs. We tell you that any other time is up. And so is yours.

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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