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here seems to be no avoiding the pain that sometimes comes in life. It seems to be part of the human experience. I can personally attest to this after having recently experienced the greatest emotional pain of my life: the death of my son. It seems that nothing can really prepare us for times like this. And there is really nothing anyone can say or do to help. And yet, it all seems to help – the love and words of support. One thing is certain: there are things we can learn and do to prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the suffering that often comes with the pain.

suppress them or turn them back onto themselves, they naturally express and release outwardly. And yet, it is not just a matter of either expressing or suppressing emotions. It’s not about putting on a good face to avoid them or to sugarcoat the pain. It’s not about burying negative feelings under positive ones. It’s about opening fully to

Emotions are far more painful when we resist them than when we open and allow them There is beauty and joy in the flow of all emotions. It’s the beauty and joy and the flow of life – of aliveness itself. And the fact is that emotions are far more painful when we resist them than when we open and allow them. Heartache comes from holding onto our emotions and holding back our feelings. Emotions arise from within as energy, and unless we


our feelings and allowing our emotions to flow through us. When we deny feelings, when we suppress emotions, when we contract against them, tense up around them, or try to rationalize them away, we create suffering. And when we harden ourselves, emotions can push us into doing or saying hurtful things, or things that don’t serve us. It’s really about learning to

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breathe into emotions; it's about learning to channel emotional energy into the breathing. It’s about relaxing the body and quieting the mind. It’s about learning to release physical tensions and to guard against negative thinking.

You may notice that deep sobbing includes extreme exhales. It is as if your body is trying to squeeze out every last drop of pain that is overwhelming the system like squeezing a sponge. We can help in this process. Notice too that a big inhale

When we cooperate with our nature we are able to more easily navigate and weather our emotional storms When you free the breath from the grip of powerful emotions, you free your body and mind of stress and strain, and you free yourself of pain and suffering. Take a breath right now to see what I mean. Notice what happens to the breath when powerful emotions take over. It can be very difficult to breathe. The breath can become completely locked up or it can become frenzied and chaotic. When we free up our breathing and meet our feelings with the breath, when we learn to channel emotional energy with breathing, we relieve the body and mind, and ourselves, of a lot of unnecessary suffering.

wants to follow that extreme squeezing out of the exhale, in order to refill the system with fresh new energy. When we surrender, or cooperate with our nature, during this process we are able to more easily navigate and weather our emotional storms. Using the breath to open fully and surrender to the force of painful emotions on the front end reduces or accelerates recovery time on the back end. Fighting with this energy weakens us, robs us of life force, and creates additional suffering. It’s easy to see that when we think about things. When we allow the thoughts to pass, the feelings also pass. And so,

another important thing is to get a handle on our thinking, especially the “should have, could have, would have” kind of thinking. In general, thinking tends to pull us out of our body and up into our head. Thinking can also give an unnatural and extended life to emotions. So, it’s best to allow thoughts to come and go. And it's best to simply feel, and to focus on consciously breathing and relaxing when painful feelings arise. I found that practicing breath awareness and conscious breathing, and being able to breathe fully and freely when anxious, upset, or stressed by everyday emotional difficulties, helped me tremendously when overwhelmingly powerful emotions took over my system. Mastering the ability to open and expand (to breathe in), and to relax and let go (to breathe out), and especially mastering "connected" or "continuous" breathing (the Rebirthing Breath) is the key. It’s also extremely important to remember that pain is not only personal: it is also universal. We cannot become so wrapped up and lost in our own suffering that we forget that every day, mothDan Brulé is the author of Just Breathe: Master Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business and Beyond. He is a pioneer in the field of Breathwork, and the world-renowned leader of the Spiritual Breathing movement. Dan is native of New Bedford and lives in Mattapoisett. He is a former US Navy Deep Sea Diver, he is one of the originators of Breath Therapy, a Master of Prana Yoga (The Hindu Science of Breath), and an expert in Chi Kung (Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises).

ers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, are lost because of catastrophic illnesses, natural disasters, or insane wars. Healing happens quickly if we remain connected to others in love, and deliberately engage in life. During the grieving period, it is very important to continue to chop wood and carry water. Dogs still need to be fed, plants still need to be watered, dishes still need to be washed, and the trash still needs to be taken out. Taking care of these things is extremely grounding and therapeutic; and allowing others to see to these things for a time as a way of supporting us is also therapeutic. It’s good to remember that there really is a silver lining to every cloud, and to consciously look for it, or create it! Powerful emotions, whether positive or negative, can crack us open to more love, more compassion, more peace, more joy, and more wisdom. When we learn to breathe and relax during difficult times, our hearts open, our consciousness expands, and a beautiful space for grace is created, a space for sweetness, humor, gratitude, and for an unshakable peace that passes understanding.

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ugust starts the harvest season, and the South Coast is ripe for the pickin'. Time to take a ride on a late summer’s day and do a little "PYO," or pick-yourown. Locally-harvested food is fresher and stays fresher, keeping greenhouse gases emissions down, too, as your food uses less fuel to get to you. But be aware that the flaky weather we've been having may make the harvest availability a little different than last year's drought-stricken crops. "It's a late year," says Mark Winterbottom, of Winterbottom Farm in Mattapoisett. "The plants don't like these swings in temperatures from 90 degrees one day to 60 or even 50 degrees at night. We've had up to a 40-degree difference. They do better at a steady 70 to 75 degrees."


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It slowed down the tomatoes some, he said. Corn will be in on time, though, beginning in mid-August. So even if you just go to the farm stands, you may have to wait for some crops, and others may not be as plentiful. One pick-your-own raspberry farmer asked to remain anonymous as their crops are in but not yielding as much as in previous years. Blame Mother Nature. Here are a few places to pick from (liter-

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ally) when the fruits and veggies may be ready, Mother Nature willing. Find out what's in season on the "Harvest Calendar" at the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Program at, where you'll also find many, many more farms and farm stands, farmers' markets, and fun farming events.

A pples & peaches Nothing says fall is here like the Acushnet Apple-Peach Festival. But if you want to avoid the crowds and get a great bargain on a bag of apples or peaches, why not pick your own? The Perry Hill Orchard off Main Street in Acushnet has both. And this year the weather has been so good for apples and peaches, the orchards had to be thinned. "The big thing this year with apples is

that it's a heavy crop," said John Howcroft, orchard owner. "I didn't see much of a June drop, where the excess apples drop off. So the trees are over-set, there's too many apples." It also means that the apples would be smaller if they weren't thinned and there's a potential for the trees to lose limbs under the weight of so many apples. "We don't use chemicals to thin because of the impact on bees," Howcroft said. "We're doing hand thinning so the trees won't collapse under the weight." Apples that produce every other year like Honeycrisp and Macouns are very heavy, Howcraft said. The White and Georgia peaches are heavy set this year, as well. Picking begins in September and runs through November. The orchard is open 10-5, daily except Tuesday. It's always best to call first at (508) 956-6799.

heritage. Here you'll find all of the foods needed to keep a farm family healthy year-round from grains and feeds for their poultry and dairy cows to the milk and eggs they produced; honey from their own hives, and vegetables, herbs, maple syrup from the land. To help get the full farming experience, the farm museum offers pick-yourown gooseberries and salad greens. Gooseberries were a common 18thcentury cottage garden bush. Considered "hairy," they are a really good fiber fruit, eaten directly off the bush or in pies, jams, and jellies. For the freshest summer salad, pick some garden greens free from synthetic chemicals! Choose from curly lettuce, endives, swiss chard, and arugula, among others Picking is allowed on weekends only, but call ahead to be sure the fields are open at (401) 253-9062. There is a nominal admission fee to the museum.

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Blueberries & sunflowers The Young Family Farm celebrates its 11th year in production this year. The Little Compton farm started as a 100-acre wholesale potato farm, with a strawberry patch and small farm stand on the side. Now it has grown into a healthy business that supplies schools and restaurants with fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies. The best pick-your-own bets this year are blueberries and sunflowers. If you missed out on blueberries, this is the place to get them. "We're farther down on the Sakonnet River, so our blueberries come in a bit later," said Karla Young, co-owner with her husband Tyler. The blueberries should be strong throughout August to early September. Likewise sunflowers, which are edible as well as decorative. Located at 260 West Main Road, the farm stand is open daily, with pick-yourown harvesting on the weekends. Call first to check on availability at (401) 635-0110.

Gooseberries and salad greens People talk about sustainable farming, but the Coggeshall Farm Museum reminds us of a time when farming was the only way to sustain a family. The 48-acre museum farm in Bristol gives a glimpse of Rhode Island's 18th-century agrarian

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exercising regularly will help people feel younger and maintain their health. It’s also important to recognize some of the possibly overlooked aspects of health, such as dental and vision care, since these can begin to wear down in the later decades of life.” “While people are able-bodied and of sound mind, it’s always a good time to look toward the future with an attorney to make sure their estate and end-of-life wishes are secured and that their loved ones are aware of their wishes. Too often we consider these things when it is too late.” Dr. Salter said he would also recommend that people visit their doctors at least annually and to review all medications prescribed by any specialists and to also

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discuss any herbal remedies they may be taking. While people are free to take a variety of supplements in the hopes of finding the fountain of youth, they can interact with their prescription medications or cause other side effects, Dr. Salter warned. Dr. Salter said there’s no reason the calendar needs to dictate how people feel.

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Remaining active, both mentally and physically, can go a long way to securing one's overall health. “Sometimes in this decade people retire and find themselves more socially isolated. Also, some of their contemporaries start to get diagnosed with life-altering diseases, which can take a toll on the psyche,” said Dr. Salter.

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Continued from previous page We can always find disease, but it’s a gift to find health. A person who is constantly feeling sick, either because of disease or the medications to treat it, may live longer but not necessarily better,” said Dr. Salter. “Again, these are the times to really press your doctors to see if there’s something that can be done to help you feel better. Perhaps a medication that’s interacting with something else. Perhaps changing your diet to eliminate dairy or other potentially problem-causing substances.” Dr. Salter concluded, “Stay active. Spend time with your family. Do something good for yourself – you’ve earned it. Set goals and work toward them. More than anything, enjoy life.”

New beginnings Dr. Martin Fogle, Chief Medical Officer of Prima CARE PC, finds it easy to sympathize with his patients. He is 64. “Turning 60 is an important milestone for anyone, for reasons that are both practical and emotional. That age threshold, if nothing else, reminds us that we are no longer in our 50’s,” said Dr. Fogle. “Further milestones are just around the corner: Medicare at age 65, the prospects of retirement at some point, a discount at most movie theaters.” Dr. Fogle said a related “wake-up call” at age 60 is related to our health. “Both men and women reach the point where cancer screenings become important preventive health measures,” said Dr. Fogle. Lest we succumb to the statistics of developing new diseases, Dr. Fogle noted it is just as important to emphasize the aspects of health that will affect the length and quality of our lives in our 60’s. “In fact, it may be the perfect time in one’s life to ‘get selfish’ by honestly deciding what activities you find relaxing, pleasurable, fulfilling, or simply interesting. After all, the first 60 years may have been exclusively devoted to work and the other people in your life, but 60 may be the perfect time to move yourself up on the list of priorities,” Dr. Fogle stressed. “This can include reading, crafts, handyman tasks, art, meditation, yoga, sports, fishing, singing or playing music, traveling, using a computer, walks along the bike paths or waterways, social or church groups, or volunteering. Just because you never have doesn’t mean you can’t. Body


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health and mental health go hand-inhand.”

"Preparing at 60 will make your 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s more enjoyable and productive”

Dr. Fogle argued that the assumption that we must begin slowing down as our children and grandchildren “steal the spotlight in our lives” is a myth. Being older than them does not require feeling old. Age is a number, but your activities, attitudes, and mental outlook are yours to create. Start something, find a new look, try some different foods. And if you really don’t want to slow down, then exercise! If exercise if new for you, start slowly and gradually, adding a few minutes or a few feet every few days. Anything counts, and you don’t need to call it “exercise” if that sounds like an unpleasant obligation. Walking from here to there is just as valid. It doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Even stretching a few times a day is helpful, or gently lifting a plastic milk carton filled with water can be useful. Above all, listen to your body when you’ve had enough. Gentle, gradual, and repeated activities are more likely to become part of your routine. Doing it at the same time every day reminds you to put it on your schedule. “People are living longer lives, and medical treatments are effective for conditions that used to be untreatable. This is even more of a reason to prepare yourself physically and mentally for at least 20 more years of happy and productive existence. Preparing at 60 will make your 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s more enjoyable and productive,” Dr. Fogle said. “This is the ‘sweet spot’ of health and enthusiasm where weight loss, lung and heart health, and social activities are not only possible, but are most likely to pay you dividends for the rest of your life. 60

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is too soon to begin cutting out activities, but is rather the time to position yourself to prevent later heart and circulatory problems, breathing problems, arthritis, and depression.” Dr. Fogle noted that although people do live longer, focusing on the quality of your life is much more important than simply counting the years. “If we are going to be here for another 20-plus years, 60 is the perfect time to plan what those years will look like. Those years will be what you make of them, and actively creating your future is a much better strategy than standing by to see how it all turns out,” he said. “60 can be the wake-up call for the next exciting phase of your life, and shouldn’t be a time to narrow your world just because you’ve crossed into the next decade.” So take that sixth decade of life and make the most of it. You only get to do it once, so enjoy it and don’t get bogged down in what could be and focus on what can be and then make it happen. It’s time to focus on yourself after a lifetime of focusing on someone else. Now it’s your turn.

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Here’s a very simple question: if coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) together are the leading causes of death in the US and the westernized world, and elevated blood cholesterol and the buildup Eliz abeth Morse Read of plaque in our arteries is the trigger for both, then why haven’t scientists yet invented a medication that can prevent or dissolve the arterial plaque?

progression of CHD and CVD, but if they could invent medicines like Viagra and procedures like liposuction, then they should be able to create therapies, drugs, and interventions that could dissolve and flush out arterial plaque, not just treat the damage it does.

Can it be reversed?

A growing number of scientists are studying why some people are more susceptible to developing CHD and CVD, asking whether there’s a deeper medical They’ve invented statin drugs (Lipitor, scientific community focused on nonproblem that’s being overlooked. More Crestor) that can lower the low-density invasive therapies and medications that and more, their conclusions are pointing lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in our could prevent or reverse the buildup of to chronically inflamed or damaged arterblood, and the progression of the disease arterial plaque? Certainly, family history, ies that can’t fend off the implantation of can be monitored with ultrasounds and diet, and lifestyle play a major role in the plaque on the arterial walls. Furthermore, angiograms, but the only remedies they suspect that medical intervenfor arterial plaque buildup right tions to “scoop out” plaque do further f broken bones can mend now are procedures like angioplasty, damage to already-compromised and implantation of stents, or invasive scarred arterial tissue, without addressthemselves and cuts can surgery, once the arterial damage ing the underlying problem. has reached a critical point. In other heal then why shouldn t Truthfully, some of this new research words, we’re still treating the sympis junk science, promoting exotic diets toms, but not the underlying causes, the circulatory system be and pills, but there’s a kernel of truth of cardiovascular disease. about basic nutrition that needs more able to heal itself Wouldn’t it be better if pharmaattention. If broken bones can mend ceutical companies and the western themselves and cuts can heal, then





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why shouldn’t the circulatory system be able to heal itself and fight off parasitic plaque?

A diet to die for It’s no mystery that the processed foods, meat-and-dairy diet of westernized cultures is a recipe for cardiovascular disease. Unhealthy fats, cholesterol, preservatives, excess salt and refined sugars, food-chain toxins, animal-based calcium – all of these unnatural food substances

The New Superfoods If you’re looking to keep your blood vessels healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease, you need to learn about the benefits of eating avocados, dark chocolate, and pomegranates. Not only are ripe avocados deliciously creamy, they’re high in soluble fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats containing the anti-inflammatory oleic acid, more potassium than a banana, and many essential vitamins. Interestingly, eating avocados boosts the body’s absorption of nutrients and antioxidants from other plant foods, thereby lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol in the blood. Unprocessed dark chocolate and cocoa contains the phytochemical flavanol, which improves endothelial dilation (increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure), and resists LDL cholesterol oxidation, thereby minimizing the buildup of arterial plaque. Pomegranate juice contains a megadose of powerful antioxidants (three times more than red wine or green tea!) that might actually reverse LDL oxidation inside blood vessels (the waxy plaque), decreases endothelial inflammation, and boosts the body’s production of nitric oxide, which keeps arteries supple and flexible.

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Continued from previous page create havoc in the human body over time, especially inside our arteries. And lifestyle choices, like smoking, sitting all day, and neglecting regular health care further compound the effects of an unhealthy western diet. Next time you chomp down on a juicy double bacon cheeseburger, remember that “atherosclerosis” means “hardened paste” in medical Greek. Forget about all those carbs and calories going directly to your hips – all those animal fats, cholesterol, and processed-food chemicals are going straight into your circulatory system, creating a rancid slime that gets snagged along the way throughout your body. Your arteries respond to this chemical onslaught by sending white blood cells to attack the bad (LDL) cholesterol, creating a chronic inflammatory reaction. But if the onslaught continues non-stop, the artery tissues (endothelium) don’t have time to heal or fight off further deposits of plaque. So, in addition to minimizing the LDL cholesterol in our blood, we need to maximize the health of our arteries.

Where’s all this cholesterol coming from?

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For instance, trans-fats (aka hydrogenated vegetable oils and shortenings) are industrially-produced vegetable fats found in margarines, deep-fry oils, processed baked goods, and snack foods [see sidebar]. They were originally marketed as healthier alternatives to the saturated fats found in animal meats and dairy products, but trans-fats also keep

Your healthier menu • Avocados, dark chocolate and pomegranates • Whole Grains – oats, barley, unrefined rice and pasta, buckwheat (soba), bran, cornmeal • Beans and Legumes – lentils, pintos, fava, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, chickpeas • Peppers – bell, banana, jalapeno, chili • High-Fiber Produce – citrus fruits, eggplant, apples, cabbages, grapes, berries, prunes/raisins • High-Lycopene Produce – tomatoes, watermelon, beets, asparagus, apricots, pink grapefruit • Vegetable Oils – olive, canola, sunflower, safflower, walnut, sesame, avocado • Garlic, onion, herbs and spices

Cholesterol is a naturally-occurring saturated fat (lipid) that our body produces for proper metabolism. Long story short – there are high-density lipids (HDL) in our blood (the “good” cholesterol), low-density lipids (LDL – the “bad” cholesterol), and triglycerides, all perfectly beneficial when kept in balance. When you hear about “high cholesterol,” it usually means that there’s too much LDL cholesterol and too little HDL cholesterol in the blood. But our body automatically produces as much cholesterol as necessary – so we don’t need to foolishly boost those levels by eating the wrong foods. If there’s too much LDL cholesterol in our blood and we can’t excrete it fast enough, it ends up being deposited as a waxy sludge (plaque) on the inner walls of our blood vessels. (Just think about what happens to your kitchen plumbing if you pour grease down the drain week after week!) Over time, these deposits thicken and create dam-like blockages, preventing blood from flowing freely to our heart or brain – which can trigger a catastrophic heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, like high blood pressure,


the insidious buildup of plaque is symptomless – until it’s too late. That’s why lifelong monitoring for cholesterol levels (a simple blood test) is critical, especially if there’s a family history of arteriosclerosis or heart attacks. At a minimum, everyone over 20 years old needs to be tested for cholesterol levels every five years, but more frequently

• Nuts and Seeds – walnuts, flax, almonds, peanuts, sesame, sunflower • Wines, Vinegars and Fermented Vegetables – rice wine, olives, kimchee, sauerkraut, miso • Tea – both black and green • Soy Products – edamame, tofu, soymilk, vegan “meat and dairy” substitutes • Fatty Fish – salmon, mackerel, sardines, halibut, tuna (Shellfish, especially shrimp, are naturally high in cholesterol, so limit them to special occasions)

as we get older, and/or if other risk factors come into play – obesity, diabetes, smoking, or high blood pressure. And, as high cholesterol levels can be inherited (hypercholesterolemia), children should be proactively tested if their parents have cardiovascular, metabolic, or cholesterolrelated ailments. Forewarned is forearmed.

“Patient, heal thyself!” However, there are proactive dietary choices we can make, from early on, to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and minimize the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases later in life. It’s a pretty simple formula – you are what you eat. If you eat junk food, you’ll end up with junk health.

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processed foods moister and “fresher” for longer periods on the supermarket shelves. Frozen pizzas, microwave popcorn, nondairy coffee creamer, cans of frosting, boxes of mac-and-cheese, and gas-station hot dogs – they are basically junk fast foods with a long shelf-life. The medical establishment has long sounded the alarm that consumption of trans-fats vastly increases the risk of developing CHD and CVD, raises serum blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol (while depressing levels of “good” HDL cholesterol), contributes to the national epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and probably contributes to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, female infertility, and depression.

The Spices of Life Fresh herbs and spices, in addition to adding flavor to our meals, have proven medicinal properties – some are natural antibiotics or pain-relievers, and all are natural antioxidants which protect against the cellular damage created by chronic inflammation. All of them are plant-based and contain no cholesterol, trans-fats or processed-food chemicals. Add them to your recipes for a dose of good health! Cloves, ginger, rosemary, turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, sage, thyme, capsaicin (pepper), garlic, parsley/cilantro, and onions.

In 2003, Denmark banned the use of trans-fats in processed foods; by 2009, there was a whopping 70% decrease in cardiovascular disease compared to 1985 rates, and 50% fewer heart attacks. In 2006, then-mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City succeeded in enforcing a ban on the use of trans-fats in all NYC restaurants. Not wanting to lose market share, major fast-food chains like McDonalds and KFC quickly found substitutes for trans-fats – and then began using them in their restaurants nationwide. Even Girl Scout cookies switched to nontrans-fat ingredients! In 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally ruled that trans-fats were not safe for human consumption, and gave food manufacturers and restaurants nationwide three years to phase them out. The FDA estimates that this ban will result in 20,000 fewer heart attacks and 7,000 fewer deaths per year. Informed consumers are demanding fresher, healthier food choices, whether they’re cooking at home or eating out. Bill (“Big Mac Bubba”) Clinton switched to a vegan diet after his quadruple-bypass surgery. At the 2013 Munich Oktoberfest (not exactly the low-cholesterol capital of the world), vegan entrees were offered on the Brauhaus menus for the first time.

Have you ever seen a fat vegetarian or Seventh-Day Adventist? If you’ve ever traveled overseas, how many obese people have you seen? Meanwhile, if you walk down Main Street America (including here on the South Coast), just about everyone is either overweight or obese. We’re all scarfing down drive-thru quarter-pounders with double-fries and a shake, or meat-eater pizzas and fullyloaded potato skins – while “over there,” they’re all “subsisting” on beans-and-rice or soups-and-salads or fish-and-noodles. They walk or ride bicycles everywhere. They cook and eat fresh local foods. And they suffer far, far lower rates of cardiovascular, metabolic, or cholesterol-related diseases than we do here in the “developed” world. The average American woman today weighs 166 lbs. – the exact weight of the average American male in the 1960s, when the average woman weighed 140 lbs. Since the 1960s, we’ve been eating larger portions at each meal, and especially more processed, junk and restaurant food. More than half of our food dollars are being spent on fast or processed foods, instead of on fresh, real food cooked at home. But we didn’t ramp up our physical activity to burn off all those extra calories – and, as a result, at least 30% of the US population is now clinically obese.

A n avocado a day keeps the

cardiologist and vascular surgeon away If the inner walls of our arteries, veins, and capillaries aren’t healthy (aka “endothelial dysfunction”), neither are we, especially as we get older. Blood vessels weakened by high blood pressure, smoking, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and the aging process itself are unable to fight off deposits of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Scientists are now studying how best to preserve and promote endothelial health, and are focusing on naturally-occurring phytochemicals and antioxidants found in certain plant foods, and the beneficial fiber, vitamins, and minerals found in all fruits and vegetables. Plant-based foods are natural cholesterol-busters that keep your circulatory system healthy – and you need to incorporate more of them into your daily diet. Unprocessed/unrefined plant foods are

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Holy Guacamole! Everybody needs party-nibbles or comfort food sometimes. But commerciallyproduced nibbles and comfort foods are not good for your waistline or overall health, and especially not your arteries. If you need a game-day or lonely-me snack food, don’t go reaching for the Ben & Jerry’s or Krispy Kremes, or call Papa Gino’s for delivery, or bring home a bucket of KFC. More than anything these days, it’s the chemical sludge in junk/processed foods that’s clogging up our arteries. So be proactive and create your own super-healthy munchies! Forget the bags of Cheetos, Doritos, or designer potato chips. Slice up corn tortillas or whole-wheat pitas (like a little pizza). Spritz them with olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic powder or paprika to jazz them up, then bake them in a low oven until they’re cracker-crispy. And instead of dipping them into tubs of the sour-cream-and-onion dip you bought at 7-Eleven, learn how to make homemade guacamole, hummus, baba ganoush, piccalilli, bruschetta, tzatziki, pesto or salsa. Simple recipes for all of them abound online and in cookbooks. Or ask your great aunt. And put out bowls of homemade trail mix, instead of mindless non-foods like beer-nuts, M&Ms and Chex-Mix. Toss together some raisins or Craisins, unsalted nuts, dark-chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, banana chips, dried cherries, or blueberries. Wouldn’t you rather munch on a handful of trail mix than a handful of pills to stay healthy?

high in soluble fiber (meat and dairy levels and get more exercise – but that’s foods contain no fiber), which absorbs putting the cart before the horse. Healthy, excess LDL cholesterol and pushes it non-inflamed cell linings in our body’s through your body before it can leach arteries (endothelium) are better able to into your fend off bloodstream the implant based foods also have plantation and clog up your arteries. of LDL natural anti inflammatory Others conplaque tain healthy antioxidant properties that triggered polyunsatuby bad rated fats, contribute to the long term diet, lazy which lower lifestyle, health of your arteries LDL cholesgenetics, terol levels, and chronand others ic diseases. contain phytochemicals like sterols, Simple lifestyle and dietary changes could which prevent the body from absorbing delay or even reverse the course of cardioexcess LDL cholesterol. vascular disease, the number-one killer in In addition, plant-based foods also have the western world. natural anti-inflammatory/antioxidant Elizabeth Morse Read is an awardproperties that contribute to the longwinning writer, editor and artist who grew up term health of your arteries. And, when on the South Coast. After 20 years of working eaten in combination, they provide all in New York City and traveling the world, she the protein, calcium, essential vitamins came back home with her children and lives and minerals needed for optimal health – in Fairhaven. with no artery-clogging cholesterol! Yes, we all need to watch our cholesterol






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oe started off his career in the medical field, which he has been working in for practically all his life. He was a Director of Admissions in a 207-bed l-tach hospital. Joe then joined a chain of long-term care facilities as a Marketing Liason. Joe found his passion in longterm care and decided to further his education and became an administrator. “Now that I sit in this chair I look at everything through both sides of the lens – the quality of care and the marketing of that care. I look at each patient and treat them as I would want my family to be treated. My goal is to make sure each family member, patient, and employee is comfortable living, staying, visiting, and working at Brandon Woods of New Bedford. I have been in the healthcare field all of my life and it is like a second nature to me. I love to interact with people and feel like I can relate to their feelings and help them overcome any obstacles. My goal is to make sure everyone's needs are met in a dignified, respectable manner. I insist on customer service and quality patient care. I enjoy making others happy."



atrick was going to be an electrician out of high school, but after completing his apprenticeship he realized it wasn’t the right path. Patrick's sister recommended that he try nursing. He felt like it was a good choice, and started working towards becoming a licensed practical nurse. Patrick was interested in learning the business side of nursing and received his Nursing Masters in Health Care Administration. He enjoyed working with patients and their families, and it quickly became a passion. Patrick has now worked in a long-term care facility for over eighteen years, and has been either an assistant director or director of nursing for ten years total. "You have to be a good listener and a firm educator. Educating the staff is a very important part of my role. As director of nursing, it is important for me to welcome any ideas from my staff colleagues and to work together with them to put systems in place that benefit each patients' needs. We work to help one another achieve our goals and provide the utmost quality of care to our residents."



hen walking into Brandon Woods of New Bedford, you are greeted by a friendly smile and welcoming personality. Heidi has been a receptionist at Brandon Woods of New Bedford for thirteen years. Heidi also works for our hospice team (New England Hospice). Heidi volunteered her free time at a hospice in the community for over seven years. Heidi started her healthcare career working as a certified nursing assistant for thirty-two years. During those years, she was awarded CNA of the month twelve times. She is most proud of having received CNA of the year, the only winner from 242 facilities. Heidi welcomes each patient, family member, and employee with a smile as they enter the doors of Brandon Woods of New Bedford. The residents enjoy coming to the lobby to spend time with Heidi. They consider her part of their family. We are fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate, and kind person as a part of the Brandon Woods family.

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L-R 1st row: Jillian Valentin, A shley A lgarvio, Michelle Beneski, Silvia Sales; 2nd row: Bob Surprenant, Diane Surprenant, Brandon Walecka, Penny Berryman, Dan Surprenant, Erin Shea, Joelle Mendes, K aren Leary, Fiorella Vance, Melinda Santos, Christa Silvieus, Sara Cunha

Super team Strategic solutions for your peace of mind How secure are you if you or a loved one gets sick or hurt? Chances are, like most of us, you’re not as prepared as you would like to be and that could be devastating for your family. Jay Pateakos

At the New Bedfordbased law offices of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., family-run since 1965, you’ll feel at home immediately as they guide you through preparing for life’s challenges. When Attorney and patriarch Robert L. Surprenant found himself taking care of his ailing mother Germaine, who was suffering from dementia, it put a lot of things into perspective as the daunting personal and legal implications became overwhelming. He initially started his legal career as a general practitioner practicing mostly civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, and family law. However, after the experience of caring for his mother, seeing the challenges people face near the end of their lives, he determined a change


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was necessary. Surprenant refocused his firm on elder law – helping clients with long-term care planning, living trusts, estate planning, special needs legal assistance, and more.

"It’s very rewarding to be able to help families, making sure what they want to happen later in life happens" His daughter, Attorney Michelle D. Beneski, had practiced tax law in Boston and New York before joining the firm in 2003.

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Michelle Beneski said, “It was a good fit for me and my background. I was excited to work in an area helping people make plans to protect their loved ones and their assets while avoiding potential problems.” Michelle admits that the move from corporate to private law was an adjustment, but the more she saw the benefits of directly helping families, the more she felt right at home. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help families, preparing themselves to be in a position to take care of each other, making sure what they want to happen later in life happens,” said Michelle. “We want them to be exactly where they want to be and to get there as smoothly as possible.” Michelle said their firm has seen it all, from people not prepared when something happened to a loved one, to those who were prepared but overwhelmed by all that needed to be done. There’s no such thing as too early to start your estate planning, especially when children are involved or when a loved one gets sick, Michelle noted. “Pre-planning


is the key.” Surprenant & Beneski works with families young and old to help do exactly that. That means helping parents think about the needs of their children as they grow up, a business owner to consider a succession plan, a senior to navigate MassHealth or Medicaid, or simply assisting the forward-looking client to pass assets to loved ones without wasting time, effort and tax payments in the process.

Elder care Attorney Daniel M. Surprenant joined his father and sister at the firm in 2006 after being a prosecutor and then a litigator for 10 years. “I was young back then and hadn’t started my family yet but I always tried to look at my job with an eye toward service,” said Dan. “I saw what my Dad and Michelle did in the community and I thought it was a great service to the people and the families that come here.” Dan spoke of his work on special needs planning and trusts, where a parent or grandparent wants to leave their child with special needs money, but worries it could negatively impact them and any benefits they receive. “The special needs trust allows for money management but also makes sure that special needs children are not bumped off their benefits after receiving the gift,” said Dan, who lends his time and efforts to such organizations as the Schwartz Center, Alzheimer’s Association, as well as legal work on behalf of the South Coastal County Legal Services. Like his sister, Dan has his share of stories of how they’ve worked to help people get what they need and deserve. With his background in litigation, Dan has successfully sued MassHealth on behalf of his clients in order for them to get necessary benefits and services. It’s a great advantage for those fighting for everything they deserve to have a few people in their corner.

In practice Michelle told the story of an 80-year-old man caring for his wife who was suffering from dementia. He was performing all the housecleaning, day-to-day activities, as well as caring and cleaning her each day. “He was falling apart,” said Michelle, noting the family owned a single-family home as well as a rental home. “He didn’t know he could get any help, and he was afraid that if he did he would lose his

house or his rental property.” Instead of losing his home, the firm was able to get his wife qualified to get care at her home through MassHealth and to keep his home and rental and even more importantly, his health and wellbeing.

"The special needs trust allows for money management but also makes sure that special needs children are not bumped off their benefits after receiving the gift" “He was so grateful. He was literally working himself to death,” said Michelle. “This way, he could get some help and she could stay in her home a little longer.” Another example saw a relatively younger married couple in which the husband, a very detail-oriented person who managed their finances, was suffering from the early stages of dementia and had also recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He didn’t feel his wife would be able to handle the finances after he was gone, but he hadn’t done any planning for later stages of life.

"We have a super team of caring professionals that are truly dedicated to providing strategic planning that gives our clients peace of mind" “He came in with his wife and two adult sons to discuss what was needed. We helped them create a trust, to be managed by the two sons for the benefit of his wife,” said Michelle. “That way, he had peace of mind that the finances would be properly managed and she would qualify for MassHealth, if needed, without the family losing all of their savings. It gave

him comfort and he appreciated the fact that he was continually consulted on the planning and not cut out of the loop just because he had early stage dementia. Additionally, we set things up so that the planning prevented problems from occurring later on.”

Peak performance In addition to being certified elder law attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation (which requires their attorneys to go through periodic continuing education programs), both Dan and Michelle have also been listed on Boston Magazine’s list of Super Lawyers – those rare attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and who make up roughly five percent of all attorneys in the state. In addition to that, both of Surprenant & Beneski’s associate attorneys, Brandon C. Walecka and Erin L. Shea, were named to the 2017 Massachusetts list of “Rising Stars” in the field by Super Lawyers. Putting aside the accolades, Dan Surprenant said the firm's focus remains on taking care of the families that walk through their door each day. He said the firm works hard at keeping up with everchanging legislation as well as providing the best, most personalized, familyfocused services possible. Dan said, “We have a super team of caring professionals that are truly dedicated to providing strategic planning that gives our clients peace of mind. Collectively, they work to protect the client’s family and their assets.” “We are a personal firm and we make our building as homey and approachable as possible,” said Dan. “We feel that we are very informal and want people to come in here and be very comfortable, like you are when you’re with your own family.” And that’s exactly what you get at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C, a family of lawyers that will gracefully guide you through life’s many difficult but important decisions and ensure that you are prepared for life’s unknowns. Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. provides strategic planning for your peace of mind. With offices in New Bedford, Hyannis and Easton, they specialize in estate, tax, medicaid and special needs planning. For more information visit or call 508-994-5200.

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Ron Weisberger at the right and his admin assistant for the BCC Holocaust Center, L inell Dean

Remembering the Holocaust at BCC Michael J. Vieira

This year, as it has for 5,777 years before it, the shofar will sound, signaling the start of the Jewish New Year. It’s the first of the “High Holidays” or “Days of Awe.” Ten days later, on September 30, Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” considered the holiest day of the year, begins.

For most of those in the predominantly Christian South Coast, these are “Jewish holidays” and pass with little notice. But for many, the days are reminders not only of ancient times, but also of the 1940’s, when about six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust or, in Hebrew, the Shoah. Add in the disabled, the homosexuals, the prisoners of war, Slavs, Poles, and others, and the number exceeds 11 million. Those numbers alone should inspire awe and suggest a need to atone. As the warriors of the “Greatest Generation” pass, the stories of World War II, the liberation of death camps, and other horrors fade. Putting a little mustache on


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President Obama or comparing President Trump to Hitler becomes easier because the first-person accounts and the pain fade into fairy tale-like stories. Some even

We must never forget “One of the important roles of the community college is to provide educational opportunities for our local communities that offer historical relevance and reflection,” said BCC President Laura L. Douglas, citing the Center’s mission: “The BCC Holocaust Center originated from a need to remember the atrocities committed against the people of Jewish descent and others during World War II by the Hitler/Nazi regime.” Although the Holocaust Center began under President John Sbrega, the new

"At a time when nationalism and intolerance seem to be on the rise, the Center stands ready to remind us all of the importance of treating all with respect and dignity – and of the terrible costs of not doing so" deny the Holocaust happened at all. The Holocaust Center at BCC is working to keep the memories alive – and to remind people that ignorance and intolerance can result in evil.

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president is committed to its mission. “Through deeper academic investigation and understanding of these areas of study, we strive to prevent the ramifications of prejudice and oppression in preparing our

students, our community members, and our leaders of tomorrow,” she added. For 15 years, Doctors Howard Tinberg and Ron Weisberger have quietly, but effectively, provided those opportunities at the college to reflect on the Holocaust by teaching the course, “Remembering the Holocaust in Literature and History: An Interdisciplinary Honor’s Seminar.” “Just as we thought that the course filled a void in the college community (BCC students likely would not have had anything but a very basic and somewhat partial understanding of the Holocaust) so we also thought that that larger community could benefit from having an array of speakers coming to campus to talk about the Holocaust, sponsored by a Holocaust Center,” Dr. Tinberg said. He added that a Holocaust Center would also provide valuable resources, print and digital, for those who wished to learn more. “The Center serves to educate the community and thus ‘memorialize’ the Holocaust for current and future generations,” Tinberg noted. “At a time when nationalism and intolerance seem to be on the rise, the Center stands ready to remind us all of the importance of treating all with respect and dignity – and of the terrible costs of not doing so.” The college provides space and a small stipend to Dr. Weisberger, who serves as the director of the Center. Linell Dean is the part-time administrative assistant, and founding member Tinberg is on the advisory board. Weisberger also gives credit to the Holocaust Education Committee of the New Bedford Jewish Federation. “They help to fund our program along with the Fall River Jewish Appeal,” he explained. “However, much of our money comes from individual contributions,” Weisberger noted in his webpage message. All contributions are tax deductible because they are processed through the BCC Foundation, which is a 501-c3 organization.

attended,” he recalled. The Center has also brought world-class scholars of the Holocaust to campus, including Lawrence Langer, Professor Emeritus from Simmons College, James Young, Emeritus Professor from UMass Amherst, and Omer Bartov, Distinguished Professor of European History and German Studies at Brown University. Weisberger has planned presentations by noted scholars Ilana Offenberger, Manya Bark, and Kathleen Pearle in the fall, and Brown University historian Omar Bartov and University of Michigan dramatist Hank Greenberg in the spring. A possible conference on the “T4 Program” which carried out the murder of people with disabilities, is being considered for the spring.

Survivors, scholars, and more

Bak art exhibit

Over the years, Tinberg and Weisberger have brought many survivors of the Shoah to campus, often in collaboration with the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. “Those have been remarkable events, leaving a deep and lasting impression on all those (and there were many) who

Looking forward “I realize that many worthy groups are asking for support,” Weisberger said. “However, if people are able, we would appreciate any contributions they would like to make towards our work. All funds go through the BCC Foundation and can be made on a one-time basis or even on an ongoing basis through the Foundation’s Employee Giving Program.” No money? How about donating some buttons? The BCC Holocaust Center is collecting buttons of all sizes and shapes. Their goal is to display 1.5 million buttons as a way to illustrate how many children died during the Holocaust. “The button campaign has now reached over 100,000,” Weisberger said, “We are reaching out to regional schools and other interested organizations.” There is also a large jar in the foyer of the BCC library on Elsbree Street in Fall River where people can deposit buttons. “We are also seeking volunteers to assist with the counting,” the button drive flyer notes. For more information about the button drive, upcoming events, making donations, or to access resources about the Holocaust, visit the BCC Holocaust Center page at

“Perhaps one of the biggest programs we have offered to date is planned for the fall which is an exhibit of the works of Samuel Bak, a Holocaust survivor and world-class artist, which we are doing in collaboration with Kathleen Hancock and the BCC Art Gallery,” Tinberg said. Bak is a Polish-Jewish painter and writer

who survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Israel in 1948. Since 1993, he has lived in the United States. He doesn’t paint death scenes, but uses symbols like toys and books. He ironically draws from childhood memories, Michelangelo, chess, and Adam and Eve. Some works are kind of cubist, some realistic, but all enthralling. The exhibit runs from October 24 to December 4 at the BCC Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery on the Fall River campus, and will include a fundraiser for the BCC Holocaust Center on November 1. “Certainly, a long-term goal is to promote knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust, but in doing so the Center hopes to contribute to promoting dialogue and tolerance, especially when differences occur among members of a community,” Tinberg said.

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

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If you like electronic gear – computers, cell phones, video games, GPS units, you name it – I'm willing to bet you've got boxes of old equipment stashed away. But why? Dan Logan

You've moved on, but your gear hasn't. If you've been retired or semi-retired for awhile, the long summer of the endless upgrade is coming to a close. Your income is now merely adequate. Like me, you find yourself looking for ways to. . . refine your approach to spending. Been there, doing that. One recognized category of high-tech hardware these days, though the manufacturers won't say it on the packaging, is "good enough." The good-enough device will do the job you need done. Maybe it will be a little slower (like my 3G Tracfone), maybe I'll have to practice harder to be able to use it smoothly (like my point-and-shoot camera that fits neatly in my pocket but has tiny freaking buttons), or it has fewer frills (like my 10-year-old Magellan GPS). But, the good-enough device is a whole lot cheaper than the topend gear, and even a substantial saving over the middle-of-the-road gear. Cheaper or not, a new good-enough device is still money heading in the wrong direction. What if you still have devices that, when looked at with an older, wiser, budget-minded eye, fall into the "good enough" category? You might be trading some convenience and functionality, but everything in those abandoned boxes is paid for.


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Digging for treasure My late-80's Sony Walkman CD player is a good example of a good-enough device. Rooting through the boxes, there was the Walkman. With fresh batteries it worked just fine.

I find it just as easy

to take advantage of the SAILS library network, which will loan me any of zillions of audiobooks on CD at no charge It has probably been fifteen years since I abandoned the Walkman in favor of iPods and MP3 players. I still listen to music, but these days I prefer to inhale audio books. I can download books but I find it just as easy to take advantage of the SAILS library network, which will loan me any of zillions of audiobooks on CD at no charge. I mainly listen to audiobooks in my car, but most of my car trips are now two-tofive minutes long. Enter (or rather, re-enter) the Walkman. I loop this fat pancake

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of an electronic device onto my belt, then go for long walks and blast through those Jack Reacher books as I get my exercise. About the worst inconvenience of this setup, if you're using CDs, is having to change the disc every hour or so. When the Walkman goes belly-up I'll move to Plan B. Plan B includes the aforementioned iPods and MP3 players, plus old iPads and Android tablets, any of which you're also likely to find in your toy box. All of these can still be used to deliver music or audio. The iPads and tablets enable you to watch video and read eBooks, all of which can be downloaded from SAILS or the Ocean State Libraries system. Old iPads and iPods can be put to work offline. "I loaded my bird identification apps on my old iPad Mini and old iPod. They're slow, but you don't have to be online," says my friend Carolyn Longworth, Director of the Millicent Library in Fairhaven. I know there's more in your toy box than Walkmen and iDevices Facing a day of painting some mooring winter sticks for my nephew, I mined the eternal storage and came up with a big old boom box that, with new batteries, allowed me to skip the earbuds and listen to various sports radio programs dissecting every Patriot move made this past offseason. My Magellan GPS with its nine-year-old map database served me flawlessly and at no cost on a 3500 mile round-trip to Minnesota. Confronted with any route changes that had been instituted in those nine years I could have used the Internet

on my Tracfone, but that would swallow prepaid minutes in the process. So the modern gear was my backup.

the book, you'll find some electronic gear (TVs, monitors, computers) can't simply be thrown away. It must be recycled, and that now costs ten or fifteen bucks a pop. Paying for repairs Some cities and towns have yearly Spending the money to repair a useful recycling days where they will accept electronic device might or might not be even TVs, monitors, and computers from worth the investment. residents at no cost. Many newer portable devices such as Don't deny it, you have at least one VCR, digital cameras, cell phones, and laptop one old TV and a box of old movies on computers have tiny internal batteries videocassette that may or may not still that keep the device's operating system work. Make one more pass through the alive for years, even if the main battery old movies for old times' sake, then get wears down. But once that internal batrid of them. Donate them to your library, tery goes, you've got a paperweight. for example. The operating manual will tell you There are lots of people out there doing about this battery. what I'm advocating By the way, your here, and a lot of gear triage should Handyman by your side CDs, DVDs, video include gathering If you have a beloved piece of gear games, videocasup all your manuals heading for the great storage box settes, and ancient into a large Ziplock in the sky, visit to help computer software bag, so later you'll you decide on whether to make the still get gobbled have to look in only investment. Today even expensive up in short order one place for the devices might be throwaways if when the friends of one you need. If you something goes wrong. a library are selling can't find a certain reviews show that many of the most them at bargain manual, chances modern phones, computers, and basement prices. are you can find it tablets are held together with exotic There's plenty online. glues rather than removable screws, of gear I haven't I have a couple making them very difficult to repair. touched on, waiting of old laptops that for resurrection. have been sitting Video game units. Kitchen appliances. around for as long as 15 years, still runCamera accessories. All good possibilities. ning on their teeny internal clock batterThe key to revival might be the right ies. Plug one of these old laptops into a power cord. When you buy a device with socket and it works fine, but who wants to a detachable power brick, label the brick pay for new batteries for such old-timers, first thing. I use a silver Sharpie permaeven if they are still available? nent marker. I would be willing to put money into my You may be snuffling around in your light and fast five-year-old Mac Air laptop. toy box for money-saving entertainment Its battery, which once lasted eight or ten alternatives, but there are also psychic hours, now gives me about two hours of rewards to be derived from the effort. use. I'm starting to plan for the next stage. Your hardware triage might be a pleasant Paying to have the battery replaced trip down memory lane, a wallow in the would cost about $150. Doing it myself past. It's also a memory test, to see if you would cost about $100. I'm also repaid enough attention to recall that this searching whether a $50 booster battery power brick goes with this device – or to connecting via USB would be a "good recall why you consigned the device to enough" solution for this Mac. eternal storage in the first place. Revival Cynic that I am, I know I've provided It has always been my opinion that stuff you with one more way to justify your owns you as much as you own it. This has junk retention tendencies. But prove me had minimal impact on my packrat tenwrong. Junk that's being used isn't junk. dencies, but maybe you'll have better luck Now you're not a packrat – you're eccenconvincing yourself than I have. Make tric. Live proud. another stab at getting rid of the real junk in your collection. Dan L ogan is a freelance writer and phoIn today's world it's verboten to dump tographer from Fairhaven, MA. E-mail him at sophisticated electronic gear into the trash. If you prefer to do most things by

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In brief… Eliz abeth Morse Read

Mid-August through mid-October is the most beautiful time of year on the South Coast! We’ll be sliding from hot summer days into the cool nights of autumn, and all the tourist traffic will melt away. There’s music and grilled foods everywhere, as well as a bumper crop of street fairs, seaside events, road races, and harvest festivals featuring farm produce, seafood, and local vintage. So get out and celebrate the South Coast’s bounty and beauty!

Food, feasts and festivals!

Get ready for The Great Feast of the Holy Ghost at Kennedy Park in Fall River on August 23-27! For more info, visit or Don’t miss New Bedford’s famous Working Waterfront Festival on September 23 at Steamship Pier and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! For details, go to

BYOB to “The Picnic at Haskell Gardens,” sponsored by AHA! New Bedford and The Trustees of Reservations, on August 17! Live music, lawn games, tours. For tickets and more info, call 508-9968253 ext. 205 or go to Head for the Rhode Island Seafood Festival at India Point Park in Providence on September 9-10! For info and tickets, go to

Plan ahead for “Brew at the Zoo” on August 26 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence – for more info, visit

Check out the Ocean State Oyster Festival under the tents at Riverwalk Park in Providence on September 23! For info, go to

Head for downtown New Bedford on August 19 for the 3rd Eye Open HipHop Festival! For more info, visit

It’s cranberry harvest time! Head for the free and family-friendly Redbrook HarvestFest in Plymouth on September 16. And plan ahead for the annual Cran-


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berry Harvest Celebration in Wareham on October 7-8! Food, music, helicopter rides! For details, go to If you missed the big Portuguese feasts, then don’t miss the Feast of Our lady of the Angels in Fairhaven on September 2-4! For details, go to Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Seafood Festival under the tents on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport on October 14-15! Live music, family fun. For details, go to Check out the free Lakeville Arts & Music Festival on September 30! For details, go to Head for one of the largest wine festivals in Massachusetts – WHALE’s 27th

Annual Wine International Festival and Auction on September 15 at the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford! For more info, visit

Whaling City Expeditions! For info, go to or call 508207-6994. 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

Don’t miss the famous Apple-Peach Festival in Acushnet in September! For dates and more info, call 508-998-0200 or go to Head to Fairhaven for the 16th Manjiro Japanese Festival on October 7, and the Harvest Fun Day on October 14! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Don’t miss the elegant Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival September 14-17! For info and tickets, go to Celebrate Little Rhody’s cultural diversity on September 9 at the free RI Heritage Day Festival on the State House lawn! For details, call 401-222-4133. Mark your calendars! The Oktoberfest at Bold Point Park in East Providence is scheduled for October 7! For more info, 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 go to


Travel to Newport and Block Island from the State Pier in Fall River through September 4. For details, go to Take a high-speed ferry from State Pier in New Bedford to the Provincetown Carnival on August 19! For details, call 800-262-8743, or go to or Take a leisurely drive along the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tour on August 19-20, highlighting the craftsmen and artists of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton! For details, go to Spend a day in the cobble-stoned historic district of New Bedford! Visit the world-class Whaling Museum and Seamen’s Bethel (508-997-0046 or go to, then explore

Check out the free Narrows Center Festival of the Arts in Fall River on September 10! Food, music, art! For details, visit or call 508-324-1926. the surrounding New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. For more info, go to If you’re 50 or older, check out the trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program. There’s a day trip to the Provincetown Carnival Parade August 17, Mystic Seaport August 23, Lake Sunapee Cruise September 6, Motown impressionists at Aqua Surf Club September 12, a five-day trip to Lancaster PA – and more! For details, call 508-991-6171.

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 401421-8877 or visit

Keeping the kids busy

Find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For summer and afterschool activities at all locations, go to Check out the daily Family Fun activities in August at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford! For more info, call 508997-0046 or visit

Yacht-a, yacht-a, yacht-a

Watch the 38th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta August 26-27 in Bristol and Newport! For more info, call 401-8485777 or visit Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions, and Newport Harbor through October 28! Free dockside parking. For more info, visit or call 401-295-4040. Need a bigger boat? Head for the Newport International Boat Show September 14-17! For info and tickets, go to

Don’t miss “Food Truck Fridays” near the carousel at the Roger Williams Park Zoo through September 22! Visit the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens, then check out the new “Explore and Soar” area, with camel rides and a zipline! For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510.

Don’t miss the unique exhibit, “Thou Shalt Knot,” based on Clifford W. Ashley’s classic, The Ashley Book of Knots, and his personal collection, at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. For info, visit or call 508-997-0046.

Explore the exhibits at the Middleboro Historical Museum, Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. For info, visit or call 508-947-1969.

Don’t miss the Newport Wooden Boat Show September 14-17 at Bowen’s Wharf! For more info, go to Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard

Check out the children’s programs at the Marion Natural History Museum! Visit or call 508-7589089. Find out what’s going on at the

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Continued from previous page Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

Go “Star Gazing” with astronomers at Newport’s Ballard Park on September 23! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to

Sign up to use the Easton town pool or for full-day summer programs offered by the Easton Recreation Department! For details, call 508-238-3084. Then check out the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit

Be amazed by WaterFire in downtown Providence on September 3, 23, and 30! For complete details, go to

Find out what’s happening at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro! Call 774-2031840 or go to Check out the children’s programs at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Enroll the kids in coastal ecology programs at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Sign the kids up for summer activities at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center! For details, call 401-624-2600 or visit Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new animal exhibits at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. Take the family to the Roger Williams Park and Zoo! Visit the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens, and check out the new “Explore and Soar” area, with camel rides and a zipline! For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510.

and exhibits

The Vietnam Memorial “Moving Wall” will be on display at the Wareham Town Hall August 17-21. For more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to A blast from the past – check out the exhibit “Al Kaplan’s Provincetown” (1960’s B&W photography) at the New Bedford Free Public Library through September 17. For more info, call 508979-1787.

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Bring a chair for “Lectures on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse in Fairhaven on August 19. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Explore the world through the prizewinning photojournalism of Peter Pereira at the Whaling Museum and the Standard-Times building in New Bedford through Labor Day weekend. For more info, go to or call 508-997-0046.

Stroll through the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Stroll through the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth! For more info, call 401-683-1267 or go to

Family-friendly festivities

Take the family to the Rochester Country Fair August 18-20! Learn more at Head for the Harvest Fair and Folk Festival on September 17-18 at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro! For details, go to or call 508-9476744. Get lost in the Corn Maze at Escobar Farm in Portsmouth starting Labor Day weekend! For details, call 401-683-1444 or visit

H.P. Lovecraft fans, rejoice! Celebrate Necromicon Providence August 17-20 at various venues throughout the city. For details, go to

Visit King Richard’s Faire in Carver on weekends September 2- October 22! For info, go to or call 508-866-8600.

Don’t miss the Saturday “Summer Crafts Series” at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park – featuring demonstrations of historical crafts like scrimshaw, caning, blacksmithing – through August 26. For details, call 508996-4095 or visit

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford. The September 14 theme is “NB Cultures.” The October 12 theme is “Moveable Feast.” For details, call 508-996-8253 or go to

Take a walking tour in Fairhaven on Tuesday and Thursday mornings through September to explore the architectural legacy of Henry H. Rogers. For details, go to or call 508-9794085.

Flowers and foliage

One-of-a-kind events


Check out the special exhibit on the history of “The Little Black Dress” through October 15 at the Rotch-JonesDuff House in New Bedford! For more info, go to or call 508997-1401.

Bedford – learn more at or call 508-636-4693.

Find out more about Seed Saving and Seed Exchange at the Gardeners Roundtable on September 22-24 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Head for downtown New Bedford on September 16 for the free and familyfriendly William Street Neighborhood Festival! Check out the schedule at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence! There’s “Disney on Ice” September 1-3! For more info, visit or call 401-331-6700. Don’t miss the Fall Fest Block Party in Taunton on September 16! For more info, go to

The Natural Resources Trust of Easton will host a backyard beekeeping class on September 10 at 307 Main Street. For registration and info, call 508-238-6049 or visit

Head for Sandcastle Day and the Street Painting Festival on August 19 in Onset! And make a note about the Onset Beach Kite Festival on September 2! For complete info, call 508-295-7072 or visit

Wander through the urban oasis of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New

Take the kids to the Pumpkin Palooza at Frerich’s Farm in Warren on weekends

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All the world's a stage Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Plan ahead for “Les Miserables” September 21-30! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to

Save the dates! The Attleboro Community Theatre will present “Play On!” on October 6-8, 13-15, 20-22. For more info, go to or call 508-226-8100.

Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren! “Bell, Book and Candle” will be performed through September 3. Call 401-247-4200 or go to

Don’t miss the performances of “The Dinner Party” August 17-19 at the Marion Art Center! For info, call 508-748-1266 or go to

Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Baggage” will be performed through September 2. “Self-Help” will be performed September 7-October 8. For more information, go to or call 401-8487529.

September 9-October 29, and plan ahead for the Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 7! For more info, call 401-245-8245 or visit

Japan-America ties, visit the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details.

Explore Thomas the Tank Engine Land and Dino Land at Edaville Railroad in Carver! For more info, visit or call 508-866-8190.

Wander through Linden Place in Bristol, the elegant mansion used as the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. For info, call 401-253-0390 or visit

Take the kids to Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center, also in Attleboro! For more info, visit or call 508-2233060. Take the kids to the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol for 18th-century “Home and Hearth” workshops! For the little ones, there’s Farmhouse Storytime every Wednesday. For details, call 401253-9062 or visit

Time travel

Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House in Westport. For more info, visit or call 508-6366011. Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum ( or 508678-1100) and the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove (508-674-3533 or All new tours, interactives, and exhibits – visit two museums for the price of one! If you’re interested in the history of

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

Coming to a theatre near you

Check out the free Wednesday “Movies on the Rocks” at Newport’s Ballard Park in August! For more info, call 401619-3377 or go to Bring a lawn chair to watch free movies at sunset every Thursday through August at Grant’s Block in DownCity Providence! For info and a schedule, go to Don’t miss the free Onset Film Festival through August 17! For details, call 508-295-7072 or go to Enjoy a live performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford on September 16, a Shakespeare in the Park event sponsored by Glass Horse Project, the New Bedford Public Library, and the city’s Department of Parks,

Recreation and Beaches. For more info, email 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 Bring your chairs to watch Summer Movie Night at Custom House Square in New Bedford on August 25 – free! For info, go to Start the new theatre season with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker,” performed by The Wilbury Group in Providence in September and October. For more info, visit or call 401400-7100. Mark your calendars for the start of Your Theatre of New Bedford’s new season! “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be performed September 7-17. For a complete schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to Head for Trinity Rep in Providence to see “Death of a Salesman” and “Skeleton Crew” September 28 – November 26. For tickets and info, call 401-351-4242 or visit Get ready for the new season at the Little Theatre of Fall River! “Annie” will be performed October 12-15. For more info, go to or call 508675-1852.

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Continued from previous page go to or call 401-5218800. Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! Plan ahead for The Temptations and The Four Tops October 13! For details, call 401421-2787 or go to Relax and listen to “Music at Sunset” through August 23 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Head for the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers Winery through September 9! Pack a picnic and a corkscrew! $10/carload when tickets are purchased in advance. For more info, call 508-6363423 or visit 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 and paddle, can be found at

South Coast sounds

Enjoy the Cranberry Coast Concert Series piano performances and chorale on August 18 at the Eastern Bank in Wareham or on August 17 at the Unitarian Church in Attleboro! For more information, call 508-491-8888 or visit Groovy! Chill out at the free “Summer of Love” Concert Series, Wednesday nights at the Onset Band Shell through August 30! For details, go to Head for Pier 3 in New Bedford for the free Summer Sound concert on August 18, featuring Changes in Latitude. For more info, call 508-979-1745 or go to Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Claude Bourbon will perform September 9, Cold Chocolate on October 14. For more info, visit or call 401-241-3793. The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous lineup – there’s Ronnie Earl August 19, The Khourys August 23, The Bumper Jacksons August 25, The Schemers September 8, the free Festival of the Arts September 10, Rik Emmett & David Dunlop September 16, Seth


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Walker September 28, the Carl Palmer Band October 4, David Bromberg Quintet October 7 – and more! Plan ahead for the Yardbirds October 28! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Enjoy music by the ocean and watch a classic car cruise at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett on August 18! It’s all happening at the Z in New Bedford! Don’t miss Brian Wilson on September 29, Tapeface October 10, An Evening with David Sedaris October 19! For info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s Suede August 26, Popa Chubby September 9, Peter Parcek & Friends September 16, Melissa Ferrick September 23, Magic Dick & Shun Ng October 6, Kim Richey October 7 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-7464488 or visit Enjoy live jazz on Saturdays through December at the Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth! For complete info, call 401847-3777 or go to Head for Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence on Thursday nights through September 14 for the Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden! For details,

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Mark your calendars now for Moe & Railroad Earth August 24, and the “Blues & BBQ Festival” on August 26 at Bold Point Park in East Providence! For more info, go to What could be better than free music at the beach? Don’t miss the “Reggae on West Beach” Summer Sounds in New Bedford on August 27 and September 24! For info, go to Check out the summer concert schedule at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro! For details, call 508-947-6744 or go to The free “Summer Concert Series” in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is back! Head downtown every Thursday evening through August 31. For more info, call 508-996-4095 or go to Don’t miss the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s season opening “Bernstein’s Inspiration” on September 23 at the Zeiterion! For info and tickets, visit The Arts in the Village Concert Series will return to Rehoboth on October 7 with a performance by the Prometheus Duo at Goff Memorial Hall. For more info, go to or call 508-252-3031. Make your reservations now for Concerts at the Point in Westport on October 15 with a performance by the Dover String Quartet. For more info, call 508636-0698 or visit

If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford. Contact or go to for tickets or info.

Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! Check out the women’s canoe trip on September 6, or the sunset kayak tours August 17 and September 11! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit

Find out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! For a complete schedule, call 401-2417349 or go to

Explore nature trails or historic landmarks in Fall River, join a walking group! Learn more at or call 508-324-2405.

Enjoy the outdoors!

Free “Fitness in Cushman Park” in Fairhaven is back! Yoga on Tuesdays through August 22 (bring a mat) and Summer Bootcamp on Thursdays through August 24 – bring a mat plus a set of light weights. For more info, call 508-287-2482.

Calling all cyclists! Register now for the 11th Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride from Westport to Woods Hole on October 11! Learn more at Bring your kayak to the Westport Town Landing on August 16! For more info, go to or call 508-9996363 . Sign up for the Annual 5K Road Race at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on September 10! For details, go to fairhaventours. com or call 508-979-4085. Take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, a nature reserve operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit

Check out the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! EcoTours for all ages, too. For info, visit or call 401-846-2577. Stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Attleboro! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit Take a leisurely ramble through rural Westport – go to Enjoy the trails, wildlife and scenery

of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, fish, picnic, bird-watch! For more info, go to 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, go to

Being good neighbors

My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for families in need. Free pick up. Call 774-3054577 or visit Pet Food Aid, a non-profit organization, collects pet food donations and distributes them to food banks throughout Bristol County. For more info, visit or call 774-204-5227. Browse through the Oxford Book Café on Saturdays 9-1 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in north Fairhaven. Coffee, used books on sale, WiFi. To learn more, call 508-995-1219 or visit

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South Coast place names

How often do we consider where our place names come from? Here in the South Coast, we are surrounded by place names that are brimming with history. Most come from either Wampanoag words or were brought across the Atlantic from England. Test your historical knowledge with this quiz of familiar place names.

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Match the South Coast place name with its derivation/meaning: 1. Massachusetts

A. Wampanoag for “a place of resting”

2. Tiverton

B. Named for the Revolutionary War hero also known as the “Swamp Fox”

3. Buzzards Bay

C. English town in Devon meaning "the town on two fords" at the confluence of the rivers Exe and Lowman.

4. Fall River

D. “At the range of hills” in Algonquin

5. Dartmouth

E. Named after the town at the mouth of the Dart River in Devon, UK

6. Mt. Hope 7.

F. Wampanoag word meaning “falling water”


G. Anglicized derivation of the Wampanoag word “Montaup”

8. Mattapoisett

H. Town named for the now-second-largest city in Wales, UK

9. Marion

I. Native word meaning "place of boats"

10. S wansea

J. Named by early explorers after the plentiful (and misidentified) ospreys

11. Freetown

K. Named for the “Freeman’s Purchase” of early settlers

12. Quequechan

L. Named after a unique property of the Quequechan river

Answers: 1-D, 2-C, 3-J, 4-L, 5-E, 6-G, 7-I, 8-A, 9-B, 10-H, 11-K, 12-F


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