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rom Connecticut to Maine, the coastline will soon experience the influx of summer folks, all returning to open up their vacation homes and ready them for a season of family and friends. They will be uncovering their boats, cleaning up grills, and washing down the lawn furniture, all in preparation for the transition from inside to the great outdoors. May also marks the time of year people venture out to some of the most popular events and celebrations of the year: the Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, and the party of the year—Cinco de Mayo. It is also the time to fill the calendar with weekend plans and to book reservations deep into the summer season. With this movement of the population to the shoreline, the businesses we’ve spoken to are anticipating a fiscal lift to their local economies. Many who have been hit very hard, and are still stinging from the economic slowdown over the last couple of years, eagerly await the traffic. We’ve noticed some change in consumer confidence recently, even with higher fuel costs this travel season. While gas is going to take a few more dollars out of consumers’ wallets, we are predicting that regional travel will show marked improvement over the last few years. The optimism being floated among those in the know is that we are moving forward and this upcoming season is going to lift all ships simply due to pent-up demand for some enjoyment, and perhaps some splurging due to the fiscal discipline that has been forced upon us during the last few years. As for the mountains, all bets are on for a robust tourist season. 10 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

With so many offerings and events (many of them are free), a short drive from wherever you are will quickly get you to the wilderness and back to nature. Whether hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, or shopping, there are going to be deals over the border, and because of a soft winter season, discounts and incentives will be available like never before. With the turn in the weather, we should begin to witness a surge in home sales and remodeling. Prices are at some of the lowest levels we’ve seen in a decade, with interest rates at historically low levels— both invitations to consider a second or third home. As for us, we will step up our coverage and our circulation once again. While we have thousands of readers around the country, we understand the value of providing hard copies of SOCO in your city, town, or village, so that tourists, as well as locals, can add us to their must-read lists, in addition to using us as a reference and guide for travel, food, and events. With the multitude of flyers, pamphlets, newspapers, and postcards being thrown at the public this summer, you can be sure that SOCO will rise to the top and navigate the clutter as the most valuable resource for those who have the most discretionary income to spend. As always, we will be at your fingertips for the best in news, opinion, gossip, entertainment, and lifestyle for wherever you call home during the warm weather. And we will direct you to the best businesses in the categories they represent. Have a great month, and be sure to carry us along with all essential tools for a great summer. H


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summer events at ICA The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents performing arts programming at its Boston Harbor location for summer 2012. Programming includes perennial summer favorites Talking Taste, Harborwalk Sounds, and DJs on the Harbor, plus dance performances and the return of Experiment, bringing 50 writers, dancers, actors, and performers to the museum for an immersive theatrical experience. All events take place at the ICA, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston. Ticketed programs go on sale May 1. Tickets can be purchased at icaboston.org or by calling the ICA box office at 617-478-3103.

for a good cause A fund-raiser for the Robby Thatcher Memorial Fund will be held May 12 from 7 p.m. to midnight in Fairhaven, Mass. Entertainment will be provided by Craig DeMelo and R&B Entertainment. Tickets are $10 per person or $100 per table. To purchase tickets e-mail robbythatchermemorialfund@comcast.net or call 508-2876534 or 508-992-1336. The Robby Thatcher Memorial Fund provides support to families dealing with lifethreatening illnesses. Funds have been donated to SouthCoast families, Jimmy Fund families, and patients at the Southcoast Center for Cancer Care. Gift cards are usually given to meet the needs of each individual family. For more information visit robbythatchermemorial.org/.

totes 2 tots drive In conjunction with New Bedford Child and Family Services, Isabelle’s and The Village Toy Shop will launch their first Totes 2 Tots Bag Drive, which delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children on the SouthCoast. The program will serve children from infants to teenagers, many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in trash bags. The drive will run May 18-20. To participate, drop off a new or almost new bag, gently used suitcase, sports bag, or backpack at either Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk Shops, 33 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett, Mass.; or The Village Toy Shop at Lifestyles Plaza, 270 Huttleston, Ave., Route 6, Fairhaven, Mass. Each location will offer everyone who makes a donation a chance to win a special discount at the store. 14 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

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The annual Nantucket Film Festival will take place on Nantucket Island June 20-24 and will feature an expanded lineup of films and programs. Celebrating its 17th year, the festival is one of the premier destination film festivals in the world offering preview screenings and signature discussions. Ben Stiller returns to present the All-Star Comedy Roundtable. The conversation series, “In Their Shoes,” will be hosted by journalist Chris Matthews; and Glee’s Mike O’Malley will lead “Late Night Story Telling.” Jerry Seinfeld and Seth Meyers are but two of the household names who have taken part in the event in previous years. The five-day festival also features family film tickets starting at $10 per person. To purchase tickets visit nantucketfilmfestival.org.

Join The Sea Witch for a special book signing to benefit The Women’s Center May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Meet author and poet Barbara Despres, who will be reading her poetry and signing books. The event will be held at Blue Lotus Moon Holistic, 53 Main Street in Fairhaven, Mass. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Donations for the Women’s Center are greatly appreciated. For more information, call 508996-3126 or 508-287-0864.

baycoast bank promotes fernandes BayCoast Bank, formerly Citizens~Union Savings Bank, announced the promotion of Kevin E. Fernandes of Somerset to the position of commercial loan operations officer. In this role, Fernandes will oversee the daily operations of the Commercial Loan Servicing Department. Fernandes joined the bank in 2000 as a loan servicer, advancing to the positions of Commercial Loan assistant, Commercial Loan supervisor, and assistant manager, Commercial Loan Servicing.

general aviation fun day All are invited to celebrate the Sixth Annual General Aviation Fun Day at the New Bedford Regional Airport, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Highlights will include flight demonstrations, the Buttonwood Park Zoo Choo, New Bedford Police Department K-9 demonstrations, antique fire truck rides, antique and classic cars, flight simulators, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, and more. Plane and helicopter rides will also be available for a nominal charge. For more information visit atlanticaviators. org/funday/.

murray promoted to president/ceo at bristol county savings bank

Bristol County Savings Bank announces that Patrick J. Murray, Jr. has been promoted to the position of president and CEO of the bank. Murray succeeds E. Dennis Kelly, Jr., who was with the bank for 35 years, the last 18 as president and CEO. Murray most recently served as executive vice president, treasurer, and COO, a position he had held since 2004. He joined the bank in 1986 as comptroller and was promoted first to treasurer and then to vice president and treasurer in 1993. He was named senior vice president and treasurer in 1994 and executive vice president and treasurer in 1996. In making the announcement, Dennis M. Cody, chairman of the board of Bristol County Savings Bank, stated, “The board has worked closely with Patrick Murray for many years, and we have the utmost confidence that the future of the bank is in very capable hands.” Cody added that Murray will continue in his capacity as president of the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation.


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“Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose...”

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wonder if in the early 70s, when Janis Joplin recorded Kris Kristofferson’s and Fred Foster’s “Me and Bobby McGee,” she had any idea that her words would echo one of the great and most disturbing truths of this century. Was she sentient that the end was near for personal privacy or that government spying on the American people—as illuminated by the disturbing actions of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover—would continue to whittle down the freedoms promised us by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights? A majority decision recently handed down by the Supreme Court allows for strip-searches of anyone arrested, even for a noncriminal offense—which could include unpaid traffic tickets. This invasive and grossly incorrect decision, which the high court has deemed necessary, allows for a complete body check, which includes an under-the-scrotum view and having the person bend over for a full digital rectal exam. Worst of all, if a sadistic corrections officer wants to get his jollies, he can repeat the search whenever he feels that the suspect might be harboring contraband or be a danger to the institution where he is being held. For example, say someone steals your ID and does something stupid, unbeknownst to you, and it gets registered on your personal database—easily accessible from any police vehicle. If you were to be stopped by the local authorities for a light out, and your name begins to flash “outstanding warrant” across the screen, there is a good possibility you’re going to have a date with some rubber gloves that evening. Or maybe you had a couple of beers, and 16 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

you get stopped. If the cop is in a bad mood or wants to ruin your day, all he has to do is write you up for a DUI and cart your butt to jail, where you are going to hope you had put on some clean underwear—which is actually the least of your problems. What is sickening about our last right of dignity being given up, at the end of a gun, is that this is the pinnacle of an even larger problem each of us faces on a daily basis. Think about how much privacy and freedom you actually have left. If you drive a commercial vehicle and are monitored by the Department of Transportation, you can be stopped without any reason or probable cause; there are television cameras on street corners and at many intersections; the Department of Revenue can, and does, view your credit card information; banks must report any transaction over $10,000 for government review; the police have computers in their vehicles that can read your license plate and, at random, they can do a check on you within seconds; for no reason, the federal government has access to your e-mails and any web searches you do; your psychosocial-economic personality data are shared and used without your permission, and with medical info going digital, there is no guarantee your file isn’t being hacked—sometimes for profit; and if you want to take the family to Disney, you had better be comfortable with watching your daughter, mother, and wife get felt up, and even ridiculed, all in the name of safety. And while the rules surrounding the Patriot Act might make you feel secure, all it has done is stripped you of your right to movement and privacy. It seems that each and every day, another

civil right is taken away, as we move closer as a nation to a fascist state. That is, if you are a citizen. I can’t help but think how the millions of illegal aliens get by and even prosper in this country. I can’t even get cable without a social security number, but they are reaping all the benefits—including voting in some cases—and they are buying property, collecting welfare, and living large. How? I must ask. We live in a time when even the most minor exhibit of lawlessness by the average citizen is met with fanatic application of rules employing rigid protocol and resulting in long-term ramifications, while habitual criminals are released after serving only partial sentences, because the jails are overcrowded. Did anyone ever think that there is a reason our jails are over capacity and that we may need to build more of them to keep society safe? I, for one, am very discouraged at the lack of rights and freedoms we actually have, and the fact that it won’t be long before certain groups within our nation rebel and rise up against those who would control them. We have witnessed riots in the streets of Greece and other countries where people believe that they are not being represented. They cannot all be anarchists, but they do seem unhappy with their governments. Whether it will happen here remains a question. We constantly hear about those who choose to go “off the grid,” meaning they withhold all personal data and refuse to participate in any type of government program, instruction, registry, or request for information. They do not pay taxes, and in some


I, for one, am very discouraged at the lack of rights and freedoms we actually have, and the fact that it won’t be long before certain groups within our nation rebel and rise up against those who would control them.

cases have multiple identities. They roam, perhaps with more confidence because they don’t show up anywhere. Without a doubt these are the most marginal, maybe overly suspicious, of us all. But, as time passes, and Big Brother becomes more involved with every facet of our existence, we must decide to either resist or give up everything that makes us individuals to a powerhungry state and federal government. I leave you with excerpts from a document that is being trampled on each and every day by a force that feels that it must be in absolute control of your every action. And, unless you fight back, by making good choices in your political candidates, you might as well just hand over your money, your goals, your chance for real freedom. From the Bill of Rights Article I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Try to videotape the police making an arrest and watch the hell that follows.) Article II A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. (Recently in New Hampshire a police captain refused to give a resident a permit to carry a concealed weapon—a right she has in that state. She sued and won, but had to fight for a right that was to be afforded to here without incident.) Article IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (The operational phrase here is probable cause, and its abuse is widespread.) H socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 17


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“This is no longer my country—it’s being hijacked by an enemy within. ”

It seems that the agenda of Massachusetts elected officials is out of step with the people of that state. If you question this wisdom, ask your neighbors if they enjoy part of their paychecks going to the government-issued ETBs (Electronic Benefit Transfer cards), which are commonly used to purchase liquor, lottery tickets, and guns, to rent televisions, join gyms, frequent strip clubs, or purchase highly nutritional foods at 24-hour convenience stores, rather than a full-fledged grocery store with lower prices. By any measure, this is wrong and the program needs to be gutted of corruption, yet appointees of the oversight committee won’t take the necessary action to stop the abuse.

Oh, one important thing: He must attend a drunk-drivers’ education program. Sick.

News about the record-breaking lottery last month appears to indicate that more people bought lottery tickets than voted in a national election. Perhaps a ticket for each voter the next time around?

Speaking of playing the numbers, perhaps we should have a national lottery. With the money people waste on tickets, we might be able to fund a health-care program and pay for the insurance people refuse to buy themselves. Just a thought.

Our beloved president not only assured that his aunt received asylum and a kiss in the mail each month—by means of a taxpayer handout—but now another kin is eating at the trough. Onyango Obama, President Obama’s uncle—who is in this country illegally and has been fighting deportation since 1992, but has a Massachusetts driver’s license—was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He got his day in court, which shouldn’t have happened—rather, he should have been taken to ICE headquarters and been prepped for a ride out of the country. Yet, not only is he going to remain in the US, but he was awarded a hardship license so that he can go to a job that should be reserved for an American citizen. A Massachusetts judge continued the case for a year without finding, and if “uncle” doesn’t commit any more crimes, the charges will be dismissed. 18 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

The “New Black Panthers” issued a bounty on the head of a man accused of shooting another, but who was not arrested because of circumstances surrounding the event. Al Sharpton, along with the regular cast of characters, including Jesse Jackson, once again is race-baiting the public. Spike Lee posted personal information about the person he believed was involved in the shooting, ostensibly for acts of retribution—only to find it was the wrong family, who had to go into hiding. The media, instead of reporting the story about a shooting involving a Hispanic and a black man, chooses to call the Hispanic man white. Have these people all forgotten about due process, or do they believe “hang’em high” is a means of meeting justice?

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You have to balance your household budget, but your government goes into debt to such dangerous levels that the interest paid will exceed our defense budget by 2019.

Ask not whether you should purchase health insurance, but rather, should you buy it for your neighbor?

Have you had enough of the social engineering influenced by actions that are tied to a socialist-based ideology? Whatever happened to enjoying the fruits of one’s labor and not giving half to those who don’t work or contribute?

Government will never be cut until the voters cut out those who pretend to listen to them while voting on matters that will enrich themselves and those who support their candidacies.

Elizabeth Warren, who is running against Scott Brown for the “people’s seat” in the US Senate, has claimed responsibility for creating the intellectual foundation for the antics and lawlessness of the Occupy movement. Former Vice President Al Gore supposedly claims to have invented the Internet. And President Obama is attempting to intimidate the Supreme Court in ruling for him in his effort to pass an unconstitutional national health-care plan. There is something very wrong when the compass spins in circles. H


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Dependency and Entitlement: Will It Never End?

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ention the words “dependency” and “entitlement” and several thoughts come to mind. Dependency implies weakness. A baby is dependent. Someone whose house burns to the ground is suddenly temporarily dependent. Entitlement is sometimes linked with dependency, and can mean the assumption that I should have something—a raise every year or a forever marriage—based not on whether I have worked for that reward but because I think the system, or someone, owes me. The Sacramento Bee reported that at Natomas Unified School District in California, because management has permitted teachers and staff to abuse the school’s sick-time policy, a “culture of entitlement” has developed. In Detroit, City Council member Sheila Cockrel claims business owners feel entitled to special treatment because politicians have fostered a “pay for play” culture. Go to the scene of a disaster relief services program and you will probably find a few wretched opportunists trying to game the system because they feel entitled to receive benefits. But exceedingly more alarming are the entitlement cultures that have sprung up in corporate America because top executives feel entitled to, and are rewarded with, many millions of dollars in salary, stock options, benefits, and exit packages that disregard job performance. And when the industries for which they work—the financial industry, for example —threaten to collapse, they get bailed out because, as Erik Sherman at CBS MoneyWatch says of the banks, “…bankers don’t want to look bad, no matter how incompetent they’ve been… and the investors don’t want to lose money.” This particular strain of entitlement 20 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

culture extends into many sectors, large and small, such as the auto industry, the medical and health-care services industries, academia, and down the ladder into the public sector. Those who are reaping the most rewards are at the top rung of society. They are the entitled one percent of Americans whom Republican presidential candidate hopeful Mitt Romney expects will vote him into the White House in November. Romney disparages America’s entitled society, but not the group of which he’s a member. When he criticizes entitlement, his sharp eyes focus on his poor brethren. “In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk,” he said in a speech in December to the Republican Jewish Coalition. The risk Romney talks about is financial. Following the advice of throngs of consultants, he “risked” huge amounts of money in investment schemes that appear to have worked in his favor. He didn’t risk even one of his three residential properties, or his job, or his kids’ education. Writes Stephen Robinson in his blog at Open Salon (open. salon.com/blog/ser1897), “…when Romney presents himself as the president who will prevent the creation of an entitlement society, he’s engaging in a pathetic and craven sleight-of-hand to distract you from the one that already exists… and the one that he is desperate to protect.” Entitlement may be better understood when comparing it to merit-based reward. Says Romney about merit: “A merit-based opportunity society is one that gathers and creates a citizenry of pioneers—a people who invent, who build, who create. And as these people exert the effort, and take the risks inherent in inventing and creating things, they employ and lift the rest of us,

creating prosperity for all of us.” This would be fine, except for one thing. When Romney talks about “these people,” he’s not talking about the factory workers who exert the effort, like those in Apple’s Foxconn in China, where a recent audit “documents dozens of major labor-rights violations,” according to the New York Times. Romney is not worried about the factory workers who risk life and limbs polishing iPads. In his mind, the risk-takers are the investors. “The rewards [the investors] earn,” he says, “don’t make the rest of us poorer — they make us all better off.” Apparently he has not looked at the latest US census data that show a shrinking middle class and growing poverty. And he’s conveniently ignoring, or trying to justify, the one percent’s expanding wealth. The case of Apple and Foxconn raises the issue of workers’ rights. Do workers in China or California or Canton, Mass., have rights? Are there rights to which we are entitled? Our Founding Fathers thought so. They believed we have “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These are the rights upon which our Founding Fathers declared independence, and upon which American politics and society were built and then buttressed with the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And so we are back to entitlement. At its most basic, entitlement means we have certain unalienable rights, always. Among these are equal access to opportunities because, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, we believe “all men are created equal” and deserve equal access to freedom, like walking down the street without getting shot at, or murdered, the way young Trayvon Martin was because he was black. H


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never know what to expect from liberals when debating an issue. All too often they change the focus or subject, or rant about how the rich people are the ones at fault, only to finish with the thought “All people should be equal,” even if that means taking money away from those who have more. You can be assured I will stay on task. In thinking about the question of dependency and entitlement, I believe the best way to begin is to share with you who I believe are entitled and need to be dependent upon us—those who make up the middle class. This includes the elderly, who often must make unimaginable choices about food over medicine; families that unfortunately have children who require 24-hour medical attention from birth through their entire lives; veterans who have lost limbs or cognitive abilities and cannot find work to support their families; and finally, children who have, through no fault of their own, been brought into this world by selfish, greedy, and lazy individuals who don’t have any sense of personal responsibility. These people clearly need our help. Many of our fellow citizens truly need our assistance, and most of us are willing to share our resources and pay taxes so that help is provided to those in need. But who do we see each and every day with their hands out for someone else’s hardearned money? Welfare cheats, pseudo “disabled” workers collecting a disability payment while working under the table for cash, or those who simply believe that because someone has more of something they wish for, they should have it—whether they scam for it or steal it. President Obama’s own words “Everyone should go to college” and “Everyone should get their fair share” are perfect of

Yes, there is a perception that government can cure all America’s ills, and that it should do so because all those greedy rich people made their money on the backs of the poor.

examples of how many people have become excited about the potential of obtaining something they didn’t earn or make sacrifices to obtain. During the last presidential election I watched a woman state on camera and in front of the entire country that she was happy that her candidate, Obama, was elected; the reason for her ecstasy was that she claimed he was going to pay her bills, and this included her gasoline. Yes, there is a perception that government can cure all America’s ills, and that it should do so because all those greedy rich people made their money on the backs of the poor. Another problem we face in the entitlement and dependency era of our country is the abuse of taxpayers by teachers unions. Each of us is being held hostage because of the clout (or rather the stronghold) these organizations have on the political system. The cost of doing business is much higher than it needs to be because of guarantees made to union members by their fat-cat administrators. For example, the pay and benefits to teachers steadily climb over the years, while our educational system falls apart. An increasing dropout rate and a lack of books and materials are the direct result of monies that are supposed to be directed into the classroom being circumvented to fund inflated teacher salaries and benefits, allowing some teachers to earn up to $80,000 for a six-month job. Sounds like dependency and entitlement to me—how about you ? Many new graduates come out of school with the complaint that they went to school,

played by the rules, and now can’t find work. Rather than take any job available, they choose to sit on their asses waiting for the corner office with all the benefits to be delivered to them. All I can say to this group is, tough luck. Mommy and Daddy, who made you feel like the center of the universe, were wrong. You are not special, you have no secret talent, nor do you deserve any special treatment. It is time for you to compete. Oh my God, did I use a dirty word, compete? The next time you hear a friend talk about his kid living at home after college because there are no jobs or opportunities, just remember that you could have done the same thing, but instead you went out and created a job or took any position that would provide a paycheck, because in the long run you knew it would build character and set you up for success in the future. The question of dependency and entitlement divides people from all income levels, educational backgrounds, and social classes. Either you’re waiting for someone else to come to your rescue or you forge your own path and fight hard to achieve your goals. We have moved from generations of selfsufficient people to a government-dependent society. The coddling and freebies have turned us into an overweight, stupid, and dependent country, with welfare rolls dating back generations. It is time to put the burden of personal responsibility back on individuals and give people the tools to help themselves, rather than expecting government to do all the heavy lifting. H socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 21


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ur outlook for the remainder of 2012 is one of cautious optimism. The US economy is likely to experience 2-3 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) for the year, and we believe it is already priced in the market. Should we experience either higher or lower growth than this range, the equity and fixed-income markets are likely to respond either positively or negatively. Higher-than-expected growth would likely lead to stocks performing well but bond prices decreasing. On the flip side, if growth turns out to be in the anemic 0-2 percent range for 2012, bonds could rally further and stocks would likely give up a good deal of the gains earned early in the year. Forecasting the direction of the overall economy is an extremely difficult task; it is challenging due to all of the moving pieces. Investors should be wary of making big, tactical bets based on anyone’s prognostication. Regardless, most investment firms will do their best to look at a number of factors and come up with an educated guess as to which way the economy is headed. We consider the bond, stock, and commodity markets, both on a current and futures basis, to determine what the markets themselves are saying about the future. Presently, the stock market is signaling a very low probability of a double-dip recession. Bond yields have also been trending up slightly year-to-date, supporting the belief that a continued, slow recovery is likely. Key additional factors that we look at include stock market volatility (that is, is it increasing or decreasing?), credit spreads between BBB and AAA credits (are they widening or narrowing?), and changes in oil prices relative to metal prices. These, plus 22 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

some other factors, can be used to predict how things may play out in the near future. We believe that most of the negativity surrounding Europe and its debt crisis is already factored into the market. However, Europe still has a competitiveness problem (for example, high unit labor costs) that will make any improvement a long, drawn-out endeavor with a good deal of volatility. The US consumer continues to reduce debt levels. Although household debt has been decreasing over the past three years, we are at least one or two years away from achieving levels consistent with historical averages. Home prices are approaching “fair value” based on rents that have been rising and increased interest on the part of buyers due to more attractive prices. Our best guess is that residential real estate prices are close to a bottom, but any robust recovery still could be three to five years out. Unemployment in the United States has been improving since peaking above 10 percent in 2009. The bad news is that full employment may now mean an unemployment rate as high as 6.5 percent, versus 5 percent historically. That means that even if unemployment comes down from the current 8-plus percent, many individuals are likely to remain unemployed even at the so-called “full employment” level. We anticipate that core inflation will likely range from 2 to 3 percent in the next year or so, but it will be nothing like what we experienced in the 1970s (double-digit inflation). Some worry that the government stimulus could cause us to overheat or that the Fed will use inflation to pay back US debt more easily. We are not overly concerned about these possibilities because of a number of factors that will likely keep a lid on higher

prices (inflation) and interest rates. These factors include slow or negligible disposable income growth, modest overall growth in the economy, slow economic growth relative to the money supply, and low bank credit growth (banks still are loath to open up the purse strings and lend to companies). Although we believe interest rates will rise, we feel they will do so only modestly. So where do stock prices go from here? Many forecasters look at factors like market price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios, economic growth, and the earnings yield (the inverse of the P/E) versus the 10-year Treasury yield. We believe these factors have very little predictive value for the near future. Instead, we prefer to take a chapter out of Jack Bogle’s (former head of Vanguard) playbook and that of Yale economist Robert Shiller. They consider 10-year historical data and project for the coming 10 years rather than focus on year-to-year predictions. Bogle looks at starting P/E and dividend yield for the decade and the projected earnings growth over the next 10 years. The lower the starting P/E and the higher the dividend and projected earnings rate, the better projected stock returns look for the coming decade. Shiller prefers to value stocks by comparing their price to their average inflation-adjusted earnings over the past 10 years. Currently, the Shiller P/E is in the low 20s versus a long-term average of 16 times earnings. Based on our analysis using some of Bogle and Shiller’s metrics, we would argue that we are in for another decade of below-longterm-average stock returns, most likely in the 5-7 percent per year range versus 9-plus percent over the long haul. However, in this low interest rate environment, a return of 5-7 percent is relatively robust. H


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ith a population just over 3,600, Brimfield, Mass., doesn’t seem like a tourist hot spot. Yet three times a year, this quiet farm town is rocked by over 250,000 antiques enthusiasts. More than 5,000 dealers come from around the world to sell the fruits of yesteryear, ac-

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companied by an equally diverse crowd of visitors and buyers—from millionaire celebrities to local residents. The Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Shows didn’t start out as the self-proclaimed largest outdoor antiques show in the world. The show began in 1959 with Gordon Reid Sr., who by the 1970s grew the show so large the dealers themselves began looking for more room. “They started knocking on doors of neighbors and a few said yes,” says David Lamberto of Hertan’s Antique Show. Over the next decade, the event grew from two or three shows to 21, and now the Brimfield Antique Show dealers span out over a socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 29


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It’s free-market capitalism at its best, and nothing seems to slow it down. With each show, dealers report greater profits. mile. When Reid passed away, his son Gordon Reid Jr. took up his father’s mantle. And when Reid Jr. passed away, his sisters took over the family business, and renamed their show J & J Promotions. It remains the first and oldest show at the Brimfield event. To talk of the Brimfield Antique Show as

a single event, however, is somewhat of a misnomer. The show actually consists of 21 fields, which promoters lease out to dealers from around the globe. These fields extend outwards on both sides of Route 20, the town’s central artery. Dealers line the fields with tent after tent of tantalizing goods. Bargain hunters move from tent to tent in search of that special something to complete their collection. Most fields are free to enter, but a few carry a fee of around $8, which is often waived later in the day. Some fields are open each day of the event, while others are only open on

specific days. The mood of the show lies somewhere between a carnival and a bazaar, but is altogether family-friendly. The smells of fried dough, barbecue, lobster rolls, and Italian sausages waft down from the food tents,

while a steady roar of haggling rumbles through this normally sleepy New England town. “During the week, it’s mostly the serious collectors that come to the shows,” says Lamberto. “But on the weekends, it definitely becomes more of a family event.” Lamberto says that the antiques show has, at times, been mischaracterized as the Brimfield Fair. But without livestock or rides, the show really sticks to its official name. And although some of the dealers get together after hours for camaraderie and to exchange stories about their favorite collectibles, rarely do things get rowdy like they once did. “Years ago, there were fires and crazy, drunken parties,” Lamberto laughs, “but not anymore. I guess everybody grew up.” A great deal of wheeling and dealing goes on at the show—even among the dealers themselves. Opening times for the different fields are often purposely staggered in order to allow serious collectors the opportunity to get in touch with their favorite dealers first. In fact, some collectors even break the city ordinances to get that one special item. “The town doesn’t allow dealers to sell anything before the given time and day that

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Job Lot to be sold,” says Lamberto. “No bulk packages of batteries or anything like that.” Lamberto admits that some promoters do allow dealers to sell new products, but these are always labeled as such and remain in the vein of antiques. Items like these include statues and other fine arts that imitate the style of times past. The influx of people into Brimfield is not without its troubles. Although residents reap the benefits of tourism, navigating the town—or even trying to get out—becomes difficult. Back in the 1980s, the show grew so large, and lasted so long, that residents had to put their collective feet down. “The shows were just going to keep getting bigger and bigger,” says Lamberto. “They were lasting 14 days at a time. So the town started making ordinances to control the timing and whatnot, and it’s worked out well.” Nowadays, residents and tourists alike tolerate the traffic as a minor annoyance in light of how much fun the shows are. Another hot-button issue for show-goers is parking. The Brimfield police are ruthless when it comes to illegal parking. But prices are cheap, ranging from three dollars a day

on the outskirts of town to an eight-dollar fee to park at the heart of the show. Most of the local hotels and bed-andbreakfasts are booked years in advance. Hoping for a cancellation is one option, but another is to stay in Boston or Springfield and catch a Peter Pan bus to the event. One would suspect that inclement weather might hinder this triannual outdoor event, but rain has little impact on the Brimfield Antique Show. Donning ponchos and umbrellas, collectors and tourists trudge from booth to booth, tent to tent, field to field, without hesitation. And even for those who hate damp weather, the show runs Tuesday through Sunday, allowing plenty of time for things to clear up. “The show is many things to many people,” says Lamberto. “To some it’s a social event. To others, it’s strictly business. There’s no one way to describe what it is.” But no matter how you view it, the Brimfield Antique Show is a spectacle like no other, and certainly worth a visit this summer. Show dates this year are May 8-13, July 10-15, and September 4-9. For more information, visit brimfield.com. H

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Big Experience.” The decision to make such a monumental change was made with thoughtful consideration. “There have been more than 200 destination marketing organizations nationwide that have moved beyond the cumbersome ‘convention and visitor bureau’ moniker to embrace a more accurate, user-friendly name that better reflects the destination and the visitor experience there,” says Discover Newport President &

CEO Evan Smith. The process began last summer when Discover Newport appointed Robert J. Leaver, principal of New Commons, a consultancy think tank based in Pawtucket, R.I., to undertake a study to consider a new name and tagline. Leaver facilitated a process that included views of representatives from all facets of Newport and Bristol County’s travel and hospitality community. In addition, he moderated the conversation among Discover Newport’s 18-member board to best extract the key goals of the organization. After much review, “Discover Newport: Nine Coastal Towns, One Big Experience” was ratified at the August 2011 board meeting. “The process worked. We evaluated input, logically debated the research, and discussed

many options,” says Smith. “I am really excited about the name and about what it does to reflect our identity. It brought us together both as an organization and industry, and the name we felt worked with all of our stakeholders. “The new name and new look open a new chapter for Discover Newport,” he continues, “but our mission remains the same. We’re committed to promoting Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, Barrington, and Warren because all nine towns have something extraordinary to offer travelers.” For more information visit Discover Newport’s website at gonewport.com. H

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The Preservation Society of Newport County will host a variety of special events and fund-raisers at the Newport Mansions during the coming months.  Listed below are some of the highlights. For full details, please visit NewportMansions.org.   through November 16 Blithewold’s spectacular waterfront location has been the setting for many happy summers on Narragansett Bay, both past and present. Visit this season as we celebrate warm-weather fun through our exhibit Summertime by the Bay. The exhibit includes several of the family’s small boats, clothing, sporting equipment and games used in summer activities at Blithewold dating back to 1894! Don’t miss our full schedule of present-day summer fun, visit our website www.blithewold.org/events.

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Exhibit: The Victorian Wardrobe Revealed, 1840-1900 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, R.I. The annual fashion exhibit at Rosecliff will showcase highlights from the Preservation Society’s historic costume collection, including several never-before-displayed pieces.  The garments range from a walking suit designed by the great Parisian couturier Charles Frederick Worth, to a dress with buttons depicting the ruins of Machu Picchu.  Clothing and accessories from each decade will illustrate the stylistic evolution of the Victorian era.  Exhibit included with tour admission.   May 26 – October 8

Exhibit:  Aesthetic Movement Furniture and Ceramics Isaac Bell House, 70 Perry Street, Newport, R.I. This summer the Isaac Bell House will feature a display of Aesthetic Movement furniture, ceramics, and glass, selected from the Preservation Society’s extensive holdings of late 19th-century decorative arts.  These objects, collected by Newport families such as the Kings and Wetmores, share Japanese, European, and American ornamental features with the Bell House, and represent the height of decorative fashion in the 1880s.  Exhibit included with tour admission.   April 24

Tree Walk 11 a.m., Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, R.I. In conjunction with Newport Arboretum Week, Preservation Society Gardens & Grounds Director Jeff Curtis will lead a walking tour of the picturesque Victorian park at Chateau-sur-Mer.  Admission is free.   April 30-May 2

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status of iconic works of art and design through the ages. The distinguished panel of lecturers includes Bertrand du Vignaud, president of the World Monuments Fund, Europe; Morrison Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman curator of the American Wing at the Met; Brock Jobe, professor of American Decorative Arts at Winterthur; and many more. Advance registration required.  Admission $500 for Preservation Society members, $550 for nonmembers.  Call 401847-1000 ext. 154 or email ppeterson@newportmansions.org.    May 6

Screening:  Our Town 2 p.m., Newport Public Library, Newport, R.I. This kickoff event to The Big Read, a national effort to encourage community-wide reading projects, presents the 2003 film of Thornton Wilder’s novel Our Town, presented by the Westport Country Playhouse and starring Paul Newman.  Newman plays the stage manager, who narrates the immortal tale of Grover’s Corners, USA, and its citizens.  Organizers of The Big Read grant project will be on hand to introduce the project, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Admission is free.   May 12

Plant Sale at Green Animals Topiary Garden 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth, R.I. The annual plant sale kicks off the summer season at Green Animals Topiary Garden.  Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up special Mother’s Day gifts, topiaries, bedding plants, hanging baskets, perennials, and vintage garden items.   May 15

The Big Read Keynote Lecture & Discussion From Lima, Peru, to Newport, R.I.: Images of Thornton Wilder and His Literary Journey, 6 p.m., Casino Theater, Freebody Street, Newport, R.I. More than 30 years after Thornton Wilder’s death, his works continue to be read, performed, and enjoyed by audiences of all ages.  Dr. Sarah Littlefield, professor of English at Salve Regina University, will explore Wilder’s legacy, why he has endured and become a man of “our town.” This lecture is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of The Big Read, a national effort to encourage community-wide reading projects. Admission is free, but registration is required, please call 401-847-1000 ext. 154, or register at www.newportmansions.org/events/events-calendar.  

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Craig Clemmer, director of sales and marketing for the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., says having a mountain wedding is all about the scenery and fun outdoor activities you can add to a wedding. “What we have is a lot of very unique outdoor space. It’s really the setting, that’s what people are looking for: pictures on the grand staircase, carriage rides with the Presidential Range in the background,” says Clemmer. Aside from horse-drawn carriage rides, other North Country wedding spots such as the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, N.H., encourage wedding parties to make the wedding a weekend event so guests have time to enjoy golfing, crosscountry skiing, ice skating, or even campfires at night. “Most people are from much busier places and like the idea of getting away to a much quieter place to relax and enjoy the mountain views. They like the experience of being outdoors,” says Mountain View Catering Manager Susannah Powell. Nigel Manley, director of The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, N.H., agrees that a mountain wedding should not be just about the big day, but spending a weekend relaxing and having fun with friends and family. Manley adds that most of the estate’s wedding parties are people from big cities who have ties to New England and want to come back home to get married. “Most wedding couples are from New England at some stage in their life,” Manley says. “They’ve grown up here and came back for the wedding. We have also had people from California and other West Coast states. There’s less people around. It’s not like getting married at a big site or attraction.” Mountain weddings are popular not only for the year-round scenery and fun activities, but also for the unique characteristics of some of the North Country’s wedding venues. The Mountain View Grand, for example, has the oldest elevator in the state that is still operated by a bellman; it also has a farm onsite. The Rocks Estate is owned by the oldest land trust in New Hampshire, and the money it takes in goes to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Omni Mount Washington Resort was designated as a National Historic Landmark and has hosted US presidents, Babe Ruth, and Thomas Edison. Powell adds that many venues are also open year-round and have seen an increasing number of winter and fall foliage weddings. Clemmer, Powell, and Manley also have some advice for wedding parties to ensure they enjoy the ceremony, reception, and mountain scenery and get the most out of other amenities offered by each venue. Clemmer says for brides and grooms to first pick the season in which they’d like to get married and have a clear vision of exactly what they want for their wedding day. “Have a dream, plan a dream, and be willing to adapt your


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dream to fit your budget. If you can be creative, we can accommodate you,” he says. Visit properties and be up front about your budget, Clemmer adds. “Don’t be discouraged if you think you can’t afford what you want because most likely wedding planners will work with you to create your dream and be within your budget.” Like Clemmer, Powell says having a clear vision of your wedding day is key. She also stresses not putting off things you think are small details because they could become a big problem. “Most brides and grooms don’t think about the little things that they think won’t take much time. Keep track of all the details ahead of time,” she cautions. As a former wedding planner, Manley says overall organization is the most important to ensuring your special day goes off without a hitch. “From what I’ve seen over the last 12 to 15 years, start early and be very organized. People that aren’t very organized can be very fraught. It’s an event that’s very big, so you’ve got to be organized,” he says. H

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“Alexandra was born with severe er eyes glance cerebral palsy,” said her mother, at the computKelly DiPersio-Hegg of Kingston, er screen with Mass. “Half of the first year of her a mischievous life she spent in Children’s Hospiglint. With a tal in Boston.” DiPersio-Hegg was blink, 12-yearreferred to the Early Intervention old Alexandra Hegg switches the program at the Kennedy-Donovan screen’s programming to a Justin Center for Alexandra’s care. Bieber video. Her girlfriends smile “While we were trying to keep and bop their heads to their favorite her alive, the therapists from Kentune. This is no ordinary computer nedy-Donovan were working with her development, showing her coland no ordinary young lady. AlexGala table. ors, working with her social interandra communicates through the Photo courtesy of Kennedy-Donovan Center action,” she said. Tobii Gaze Evaluator, a software The therapists came to their application designed for individuals home and provided physical therapy and occupational therapy and with disabilities. The Tobii uses an eye control unit that is met Alexandra’s developmental needs. Today, Alexandra cannot stimulated by the gaze performance of the individual and sends the walk, talk, or eat without help, said her mother. “She is completely messages to a computer screen to communicate.

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immobile except for her voice and her smile. But she can assimilate words, say ‘Hi mom,’ and be socially engaged. She loves horses and animals. She is very much a young teenager,” she said, laughing. The Kennedy-Donovan Center is a community-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides human services to over 5,000 individuals and families with developmental delays and disabilities throughout Eastern and South Central Massachusetts. It offers services for infants through adults. “Eighty-five percent of the people we serve are under the age of 21,” said Ann Buono, vice president of development and public relations at the center in Foxboro, Mass. Services for children and families include an Early Intervention program for infants to age 3 who are at risk for developmental delays. “These services are team-based in their homes,” said Buono. “Our therapists catch these children up to their developmental milestones.” After EI, 10 percent no longer need additional services, which is a significant savings to the state, Buono added. Other child and family services include Chapter 766 Approved Day School for ages 3-21, providing care for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities; some students need one-on-one nursing care and some have behavioral issues. Foster Care serves disabled and non-disabled children, as well as transitioning foster care to independence. Healthy Families is a statewide, home-visiting program available for firsttime parents aged 20 and under. “We offer home visiting for young mothers.  We help them with goal setting and to stay in high school,” said Buono.   “Our focus for the family is to keep their child at home,” said Buono.  “Our staff has 10-20 years’ experience with multiple disabilities and is very committed.” Adult services include Day Habilitation, Residential, and Transitional Job Support.  By offering individuals with special needs 24/7 care in one of the 10 group homes in the Commonwealth or individuals on their own in supported-living arrangements, “we’ve moved beyond institutions,” said Buono. Social and recreational activities include making dinner with friends and going dancing. “We value individuals gaining selfsufficiency, enjoying the same things others enjoy. It’s part of living a full life.” The seed for the Kennedy-Donovan Center grew from the relationship between Luella Hennessey Donovan and the Kennedy

“At 18 months old, our son James was diagnosed on the high end of the autism spectrum. James was completely nonverbal, no personality. He just stared at spinning objects. The KDC team of occupational, developmental, and speech therapists came to our home, got in tune with him, his needs, and function deficit, and gave him and us the skills needed.”

family. Luella Hennessey became a privateduty nurse for Joseph and Rose Kennedy in 1936. When Joseph Kennedy was appointed ambassador to Great Britain in 1937, she traveled with them. Hennessey cared for the needs of the Kennedy children, including their eldest daughter, Rosemary, who had developmental disabilities and was institutionalized in 1941. Rose Kennedy confided to Hennessey that she wished Rosemary was not in an institution but could have taken part in parties, family activities, and dinners. The impact of Rose Kennedy’s wish and her work with Rosemary Kennedy inspired Hennessey, and she began a new career at the age of 59. In 1969, after earning her nursing degree from Boston College, she opened one Continued on page 43

Clockwise from top: James Dwyer. Photo by Jillian Dwyer Luella Hennessey Donovan. Photo courtesy of KennedyDonovan Center Alexandra Hegg with her sisters Ella and Nina and their thoroughbred Toby. Photo by Kelly DiPersio-Hegg

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of the first community-based educational and therapeutic programs for young children, using a three-year grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. She named the agency the Kennedy Center for Handicapped Children and served as a nurse and physical therapist. In 1972 she married George Donovan but was widowed 10 years later. In 1987, to recognize Hennessey Donovan’s contributions, the agency was renamed the Kennedy-Donovan Center. “At 18 months old, our son James was diagnosed on the high end of the autism spectrum,” said Jillian Dwyer of Plymouth. “James was completely nonverbal, no personality. He just stared at spinning objects,” said Dwyer. “The KDC team of occupational, developmental, and speech therapists came to our home, got in tune with him, his needs, and function deficit, and gave him and us the skills needed.” Now 5 years old, James still has social challenges, according to Dwyer, but is highly functioning and in the local public school. James wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up, said Dwyer. “He has a thirst for knowledge and loves nature and science,” she said, adding that James will correct her if she mispronounces a dinosaur’s name. Through her experience with KDC, Dwyer has gained invaluable knowledge and volunteers her time with the center. “I want to give back because I feel so blessed. I want to empower parents with autistic children.” In 2001, Hennessey Donovan died at 95 years of age, after building the center from the ground up. What began with four children in a church basement in Walpole has grown to become an integrated community of supportive living. “It’s all about individuals reaching their maximum potential,” reiterated Buono. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Donovan’s retirement, the Kennedy-Donovan Center is holding a semiformal gala, The Black and White Celebration benefit and silent auction, on May 5 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The event promises to be glittering with glamour and lively entertainment. It is open to the public for $125 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jill Bopf at 508-543-2542 ext. 112. A live jazz trio featuring Mickey Julian will perform; hors d’oeuvres and dinner will be provided by Russell Morin Catering. The evening will feature raffles and silent and live auctions. Auction items include four tickets to the Red Sox vs. Yankees game on July 8, compliments of Milford National Bank and Trust; a Tuscan villa stay near the village of Manciano, Italy, compliments of Leone Hinzman; an Epson high-resolution scanner donated by W.B. Mason; one-of-a-kind, original artwork by a Kennedy-Donovan Center client donated by Kennedy-Donovan Center Day Habilitation Program; white, stainless steel bangle bracelet twisted with round diamonds by Herez & Sons Jewelers; and many more. “We’d like to celebrate our founder Luella and let the public learn more about what we do,” said Buono. What the Kennedy-Donovan Center does is allow children such as Alexandra and James and many other individuals to live their lives to the fullest and spend them with their families and not in an institution. “They helped us to learn we were not alone and our daughter did not need to be isolated, as difficult as her medical needs were,” said DiPersio-Hegg. “And they helped her to find a voice.” For more information visit kdc.org. H

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Bluegrass music’s boy band

J by Trevor Medeiros

onas Brothers, eat your hearts out. There’s another impressive trio of musical brothers emerging out of New Jersey poised to take the music world by storm. And no, they’re not pumping out mediocre, sugar-coated pop music laced with some underwhelming guitar riffs

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like those commercialized Jonas boys. This threesome of brothers is hard at work turning the bluegrass genre on its head. And the scary part is that the oldest brother still isn’t old enough to drive a car, while the youngest wasn’t even a thought in his parents’ mind during the Y2K frenzy. The Mizzone brothers, 14-year-old guitarist Tommy, 13-year-old fiddler Robbie, and 9-year-old banjo picker Jonny, are collectively known as the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, and they’re breathing new life into

both bluegrass and the “boy band” industry. “It’s fun to play for people,” says Jonny. “We like working on songs together, playing together.” The story of how this young bluegrass trio came to be begins innocently enough. Much like many parents interested in fueling their children’s passion in music, patriarch Tom Mizzone and his wife were encouraged to start their boys on the piano, in an effort to build a solid foundation. However, Tom soon realized that the bet-


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“We posted videos on YouTube to share our music with family and friends.” ter way of sparking his children’s interests was by letting them choose their own instruments. Roughly five years ago, first-born Tommy gravitated toward the rock n’ roll style of guitar (the first axe he wielded was an electric Fender Stratocaster). Robbie soon followed suit, drifting toward the violin. Then one day the middle Mizzone brother came across a YouTube video of the late legendary bluegrass artist Earl Scruggs in all his glory. And, as they say, the rest is history. He ditched his violin for a fiddle. “I love the fiddle because it’s limitless in what you can play,” says Robbie. “You can never stop learning.” Soon after, Tommy became enamored with the acoustic, “flat-picking” guitar style that’s a signature of the bluegrass genre. The duo still needed a banjo player to serve as the centerpiece, and luckily for the Mizzone family, youngest brother Jonny was there to fill the role. Jonny first picked up the instrument around the tender age of 6. “I purchased a very inexpensive starter banjo for Jonny, not thinking it would last too long,” admits Tom. “But he got real good real fast.” So fast, in fact, that it caught Tom a bit off guard. Tom bet Jonny that he would buy him a $4,000 banjo if he could master the complicated Flatt and Scruggs tune “Cripple Creek.” “I figured I would have a good nine months to a year to get the funds saved up for it.” Well, after a mere two weeks, Jonny had the song down note for note. “I had to suck it up and buy the banjo,” jokes Tom. Jonny actually looks adorable front and center, skillfully plucking away on banjo strings flanked by his two older brothers. After all, the full-sized banjo Jonny plays is about the same size as him. In the early days, this often led to a tired Jonny practicing the instrument while lying down, eyes half closed, much like a sleepy man—hence the band’s quirky name. “It’s difficult for me to play standing up for a long time,” says Jonny. “Getting a steady and smooth right hand and getting used to finger picks [to play the razor-thin

strings] was hard. There are also many complicated pull-offs and licks to learn.” While it’s certainly complicated and difficult to master a complex bluegrass instrument like the banjo at such an early age, Jonny has definitely made it appear to be quite the opposite. His nimble little fingers dance rapidly along the banjo’s bridge as he and his brothers electrify crowds with that trademark bluegrass style. It’s a style complete with roller coaster-like shifts in tempo, and impressive solos from all three Mizzone brothers on each of their instruments. Any fan of the genre can tell you that the high-quality music these Jersey boys are playing rivals that of any bluegrass act from the South. “It’s really funny—everyone sees our videos and thinks we must be from the South,” says Robbie. “We have a log cabin-style bedroom, which throws people off even more.” Before wowing audiences across the country, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys first gained exposure through those aforementioned videos, which they originally posted on YouTube. “We posted videos on YouTube really to share our music with family and friends,” notes Tommy, whose favorite guitarist is Tony Rice. The Mizzone brothers’ videos of their log cabin bedroom practice sessions quickly went viral, acquiring over 7 million hits in a short time, and catching the attention of the talk show circuit. Representatives from Ellen DeGeneres, Mike Huckabee, and several other shows soon came calling for this bluegrass boy band hailing from the Garden State. The band appeared on Huckabee’s Fox News show and eventually graced a stage that every musical act in existence dreams of one day playing—the Ed Sullivan Theatre. The band appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” last summer, and the late-night kingpin was certainly surprised to see such a young group of sibling musicians receive a hearty applause from the appreciative “Late Show” crowd. “You kids are supposed to be in Sri Lanka making T-shirts,” joked Letterman with the Mizzone boys.

“We didn’t get that nervous, believe it or not,” recalls Jonny about the Letterman performance. “Maybe because we were so young and didn’t quite realize the size of the venue,” added Robbie. After the Letterman performance, the band released its debut album, an LP titled “America’s Music.” Recorded in Nashville, “America’s Music” debuted at eighth on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart in February. “It was really fun. We enjoyed it a lot,” says Jonny about recording the album. “We wanted to be in Nashville because we knew we would be in good hands,” says Tommy. With appearances on prime-time shows, millions of hits on YouTube, and a successful debut album under their belts, the Mizzone boys have created quite the buzz in the bluegrass community. Fans in the Northeast will get to witness this buzz firsthand when the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys appear at the iconic Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July. They’ll take the stage on July 28, day one of the two-day festival. “We’re really excited about that show,” says Tommy. “It will be fun to play at a show with so many different styles of music and so much history.” And don’t be surprised if the Mizzone brothers leave Rhode Island etched into annals of Newport Folk Festival lore, right up there with the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and their biggest influence, Earl Scruggs. Until then, the band is hard at work putting the finishing touches on their second album, a self-recorded work due for release this summer. In between practice and gigs, Jonny, Tommy, and Robbie spend their time in home schooling and doing what normal teenage boys love to do. Friends and family can usually catch the boys outdoors, mountain biking and playing football, or building Lego models. “We get along, but we also have those nice brotherly fights once in a while,” jokes Jonny. Either way, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have become the first (or next, depending on who you talk to) great bluegrass boy band. And it looks like they’re just getting started. H socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 57


book review

Outliers: The Story of Success Author: Malcolm Gladwell | Reviewed by Terry Thoelke

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e probably all know someone who’s an “outlier,” someone who succeeded far beyond our expectations. Think about that high school student who got all C’s and was too small to be a jock. How shocked are we at a high school reunion to learn that the scrawny kid became a professional mountain climber, conquering major peaks all over the world? Or that this same guy now holds a PhD and is the leading authority in the field of kinesiology? How did that happen? Malcolm Gladwell explains this sort of mind-jarring phenomenon in Outliers: The Story of Success. Those we hold up as pinnacles of “success”—such as Albert Einstein, J.P. Morgan, award-winning musicians, and super athletes—are typically thought to possess something no one else has. High IQs, athletic prowess, and innate talent are what we tell ourselves are necessary to achieve such successes, but Outliers itemizes the real reasons behind remarkable achievements, and challenges our preconceived notions of what it takes to succeed. If you hold Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, or some other famous achiever as your shining example of success, get ready to readjust your reality—there is nothing supernaturally exceptional about any of them. Gladwell notes with shocking simplicity, “They are products of history and community, of opportunity.…Their successes are grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances.…It is impossible for any of them to say, ‘I did this all by myself.’” It’s a comfortable American notion that if an athlete has true abilities and is willing to develop that ability, talent scouts will find that athlete because “success…is based on individual merit.” Yet Gladwell has discovered the best predictor of an athlete’s success just might be his or her birth month, not talent. He profiles successful hockey, baseball, and soccer players from Canada, the United States, and Europe and notes that nearly all were born close to cutoff dates for enrollment. Think about the logic of this revela58 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

tion: Those athletes born right after the cutoff dates are the biggest in next year’s class and already have more experience than their teammates, who could be months younger. That makes for a heck of an advantage for growing youths, and it is an advantage that compounds year after year until it evens out in adulthood. But by then, the “best” players are already established. It is not that Gladwell wants to discount the role of intelligence in the contributions of luminaries such as Bill Gates or Ben Franklin. What he wants is far more subtle: He wants us to be aware of how a series of chances can create greatness—or plunge potential greatness into obscurity—irrespective of intelligence. “People don’t rise from nothing,” he writes. The great achievers are “beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities due to circumstances of where and when they grew up.” Some of us are born into “patterns of achievement and underachievement” with cultural legacies that accumulate advantages or disadvantages, thereby molding outcomes beyond our control. Can anybody become a master? Outliers compiles several professional research findings to detail what it takes to master something, and offers a surprising “yes” to that question. In research and interviews, Gladwell and others have found that outside of rare child prodigies, there really is a way to predict who will be a master. It’s the “10,000 hours” rule. Musicians must practice their instrument to become proficient enough to move up to the next level of accomplishment. Children may start practicing at age 5 for three hours a week, move to an hour a day at age 8, and so on. However, what researchers have found is that all successful musicians practice so much that, by age 21 or so, they have accumulated about 10,000 hours of practice. Gladwell found the 10,000 hours of practice characterizes successful people in other fields, such as Bill Gates and Bill Joy, the Edisons of the modern computer. By chance

Joy walked past the new computer lab on his campus, and the Bill Joy who was on his way to becoming a biologist stepped into the lab out of curiosity and basically never left. Joy’s own calculations equaled about 10,000 hours of computer programming by the time he went to Silicon Valley, an advantage that gave him master status before the computer movement even took off. And would Bill Gates have created Microsoft if he had not attended a middle school that created one of the first computer labs for students, thereby capturing his imagination, time (10,000 hours), and dedication to master the programs? There are similar findings with athletes, dancers, and mathematicians. It is not so much that those who master their crafts or arts are smarter than those who spend their free time in other ways—they are simply singularly focused and harder workers. If more 12-year-old musicians dedicated all their free time to pursue their art, there would be more virtuosos. Expertise doesn’t just happen—outliers know that one develops a talent through hard work and practice. While skeptics might scoff, Gladwell points to the famous Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools of New York City where average students become exceptional students through perseverance. Inner-city kids from destitute, single-parent homes, who are often thought of as the least likely to succeed, are matching or exceeding their wealthy, private-school peers. KIPP students are in school 50 to 60 percent longer than their non-KIPP peers. They learn more than twice as much as the average American student each year. Ninety percent of them earn scholarships to private high schools, and 80 percent go to college. Outliers advances the fantastic idea that we are surrounded by chances that shape success or failure despite intelligence, and only sometimes because of it. Outliers are not superhumans after all. More often than not, they are ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and make the most of their good fortune. H


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art Clockwise: Girl with Parasol, Charles W. Hawthorne, oil on canvas, 26 x 22 in. (ca. 1920); Self Portrait #6 by Jack Pierson, pigment print, 54 x 44 in. (2003); Nude Study, Lee Krasner, charcoal on paper, 25 x 19 in. (1939)

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at the Cape Cod museum of art by Nicholas Carrigg

rovincetown is known for its gorgeous beaches and colorful personalities, but the fingertip of Massachusetts also has a rich artistic history that will be on display this summer at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMA) in Dennis. Spanning from 1899 to the present day, the Tides of Provincetown exhibition features 124 pieces from artists directly influenced by P-town. Organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art, the exhibition is described as the “most comprehensive survey of America’s oldest art colony ever presented.” Of particular interest, the exhibit will feature some pieces by artists who stayed at or were influenced by the famous Dune Shacks of Provincetown. The exhibit itself has been making its way to venues around the coun-

try, including Westmoreland Museum near Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Wichita, Kansas, Art Museum. “The exhibit is now on the fourth stop of its tour,” says Elizabeth Ives Hunter, executive director of CCMA. “And it’s definitely a ‘coming home’ event for it.” To celebrate the Tides of Provincetown exhibit, CCMA has organized two symposia and an interpretive flower show. The flower display, taking place from June 1 to 3, invites well-known designers to identify key elements of the paintings and sculptures in the exhibit and then interpret them with flowers. “This is a wonderful challenge as an art director,” says Ives Hunter. “People come for the flowers or the paintings, but once


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they get there, they really have to look at the paintings in order to understand the flowers. They leave an exhibit like that completely changed.” The first symposium, which will take place June 14, will feature speakers Deborah Forman and Mark Lasser. Foreman, author of Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony, will discuss the art of P-town from 1900 to 1930. Lasser will discuss the influence the art of Provincetown had on music during the same period. Following these two talks, there will be wine, cheese, and a book signing, with catalogs available for the exhibition. The second symposium will be a fullday event on August 6. There will be several speakers, along with a panel of artists. Speakers include Christine McCarthy, executive director of the Provincetown Art Association, and Shannon Bakker, who will speak about the Provincetown Art Colony before the founding of the association. The panel will be composed of artists between 40 and 55 years old who received training tied directly to Provincetown, even if they themselves never lived there. Dana Levin is one such artist; she received her training in Florence, Italy, from people who had learned their skills from artists in P-town. This worldwide influence that Provincetown has had on art is exactly what CCMA hopes to highlight with this exhibit. The Cape Cod Museum of Art was founded to give people on Cape Cod access to the art produced in the region from the 19th century to the present. The artists who founded the museum in 1981 sought to display the work of artists from P-town to what today would be considered the SouthCoast of Massachusetts.

“The history and bleak landscape of the peninsula has drawn artists,” says Ives Hunter. “Relatively inexpensive accommodations, steady light, and a tolerance for artists [have] made it a place where people come to express their ideas and emotions through various media.” CCMA has a few other attributes that set it apart from other museums in the region. Along with seven galleries and over 2,000 objects in its collection, the museum boasts a library of artistic resources, a screening room for independent films, and year-round art classes for both children and adults. The library contains extensive files on Cape Cod artists, while the Weny Education Center— part of the museum—contains both a clay slab roller and kiln that gets hot enough for porcelain. These resources provide a place for creative souls from all walks of life to learn about the Cape’s artistic history and add to it in their own way. The history of art on the Cape is a rich one. According to Ives Hunter, before advances in transportation made travel across the Atlantic feasible, American artists tended not to cross the pond. Many of them congregated in New York, but sticky, pre-AC summers forced American artists to seek refuge in the mountains or by lakes or on the seashore. Cape Cod became a popular summer residence for American artists, giving rise to a unique culture that eventually influenced the artistic community throughout the world. By 1860, artists were able to spend the winter on the peninsula, causing two distinct groups to form: seasonal and full-time craftsmen. Many of the full-time artists settled in the Hyannis area, and their community branched out from there, while seasonal

Umbrella Shade, William M. Paxton, color drypoint on softground etching, 5 x 7 ½ in (ca. 1910), Provincetown, Helen Frankenthaler, monotype, 5 ½ x 7 ½ in (1948)

artists vacationed throughout the Cape. Both full-time and seasonal Cape Cod artists, however, have always influenced one another, thanks to the fellowship of the area. These individuals would swap ideas, argue about aesthetics, and enjoy each other’s company on the sandy peninsula they’d all come to love. “There has always been a marvelous crosspollination between year-round artists and seasonal ones,” Ives Hunter says. “And they come from all realms of art, including poets and playwrights.” Because of this rich history, CCMA decided to balance this summer’s Provincetown exhibit with another that displays the work of artists from other areas of the region. Ives Hunter and her staff have selected pieces from the museum’s own collection to highlight art influenced by places outside Provincetown but still on Cape Cod. This exhibit, called The Art of Cape Cod—200 Years, begins in 1835 with works by John Audubon, who was famous for both his studies and paintings of birds, and continues up to the present. Whether you take a few classes at the Weny Education Center, view the Tides of Provincetown with its two symposia and interpretive flower display, or just stroll through The Art of Cape Cod, CCMA offers a chance to enjoy and reflect upon the way this beautiful peninsula has inspired artists throughout the years and around the world. H socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 61


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AD 20/21 Art & Design of the 20th & 20st Centuries & Boston Print Fair

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n mid-March Fusco and Four celebrated their fifth annual AD20/21 Show. This is the only show dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design in New England. Each year the event expands the range of the art and design offered. Guests sipped libations, nibbled some fabulous finger foods, and saw many exhibits from the US and Europe at the Cyclorama in Boston. The Gala Preview Party benefited the Boston Architectural College. H

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etween 2005 and 2008, the people found to be allergic or sensitive to at least one of 11 substances increased nearly 6 percent. People sensitive to ragweed increased by 15 percent, and the number who were sensitive to mold increased by 12 percent, according to allergist Jacqueline S. Eghrari-Sabet, of Maryland-based Family Asthma & Allergy Care. Other researchers have noted a rise in food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with food allergies rose 18 percent from 1997 to 2007. The dictionary defines allergies as “abnormal reactions of the immune system that occur in response to otherwise harmless substances.” Research into what is causing this rise in environmental and food allergies and what, if anything, is connecting the two gleaned some interesting theories, along with some novel ideas on what to do about them. People with delayed food sensitivities often experience a worsening of their environmental allergies. Naturopathic doctor Chris Meletis, ND, says, “Food allergies have been identified as a leading contributor to allergy symptoms.” The link between food and environmental allergies, called cross-reactivity, means that the proteins in certain foods are structurally similar to those in pollens. The magnified exposure from both food and environmental allergies takes many of us over our tolerance threshold, resulting in respiratory and other symptoms. Budding birch trees, for example, may be associated with proteins in apples, carrots, cherries, plums, walnuts, potatoes, and coriander. The list of cross-reactive foods is comprehensive, so testing for food allergies may be the best way to ensure that allergy sufferers are not ingesting irritants that further inflame their overburdened immune systems. The next question becomes why our immune systems are reacting more sensitively in the first place. Two major contributors are an increase in stress and exposure to toxins. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle can create an imbalance in cortisol levels, which in turn, affects our sleep, focus, and blood sugar—all 66 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

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uring their friendly locker room banter, the older of two men jokingly described himself as a leg man. His occasional golf partner chuckled and replied, “I’m more of a breast man myself.” The two laughed at their mutual admiration of and erotic attraction to feminine beauty. Male eroticism is a distinct facet of masculinity, which many women may have difficulty appreciating. Generally, male eroticism is distrusted. It conjures up negative associations of being lusty, animalistic, amoral, and unquenchable. Women who have been hurt by men are especially apt to describe it pejoratively as being piggish or dog-like. This raw energy, intense for men and commonly uncomfortable for their female partners, is a struggle for many couples. Often, romantic partners do not cope well with it and fail to integrate it into their mutual love. While feminine influence is on the rise, male eroticism is under attack. In their strong sexual desire and sometimes boundary-busting fantasies, men are relating to Eros, the god of love. Each man internally lives out this primitive energy as an urgent drive to connect with life and merge physically. It is so compelling that many men struggle to contain it while staying within social and moral boundaries. Erotic energy is not limited by moral or ethical considerations. A combination of love energy and each man’s unique emotional makeup, eroticism manifests itself in the form of specific sexual turn-ons. Men’s eroticism tends toward fetish-like interests, a narrow focus on body parts, or detailed sexual scenarios—unlike female eroticism, which tends to be based on relationships. Pornography, the debate about morality or immorality aside, is living evidence of the force and variability of male eroticism. To learn more about it, take a look online. Pornography is a medium

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lifestyle issue, with the goal of setting itself apart through product quality and a convenient all-encompassing nature. TWO GUYS, ONE IDEA In 2002, the author of this monthly column started a very small company out of a passion and desire for helping others reach their health and fitness goals. At the time, I hadn’t any idea that one thing would lead to another, since the original incorporation of Designs on Fitness (DOF) was meant for an altogether different purpose. To make a long story short, by 2009, after learning from and having endured the immediate aftermath of a previous business failure, then being laid off from two other start-up organizations leading up to and during the Great Recession, I had decided to allow the flames of entrepreneurship to rekindle within me to pursue another idea. Like many at that time, I felt that branching out was necessary and potentially better for those around me. In my years assisting others with weight management, I had frequently observed that one of the common denominators for failure is in the area of snacking. I began to envision how convenient it would be for my clients to derive much of their daily nutrition (vitamins, probiotics, antioxidants, etc.) from a great-tasting, low-calorie powdered beverage mix. They concurred that this would be a welcome addition to their lives. It was during this time that at my place of

employment (I had been juggling multiple jobs) I befriended my business partner, Eric Goodman, a New Jersey native and Bentley University business graduate with a background in the nutritional supplement business and a knack for networking. Eric and I would commiserate over past wounds and contemplate the future. We soon began to realize that together we might be able to leverage this idea to more people in need, although we knew full well that launching any new nutrition product would be no easy task. Nevertheless, our research indicated that roughly two-thirds of Americans are searching for healthier snack options. Try as he did, Eric couldn’t extinguish the fire that was now burning in him. After all, who can’t relate to satisfying that midmorning or afternoon hunger with empty calories from the office vending machine, 7-Eleven, or your kids’ junk food stash? In the fall of that year, armed with only a good idea, can-do attitudes, and very limited funds, we set about pursuing what would later become trademarked as Lean Snack – The Ideal Lite Meal. JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY Surviving our first major hurdle proved to us that birthing and branding our label would be a difficult journey and another valuable learning experience. Our next challenges would be packaging and marketing, which go hand-in-hand. Our initial thought was that a bold red/ socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 71


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the meal. For hours, seafood—like lobsters, mussels, and littleneck clams— mingles with fresh corn on the cob, smoky sausages, potatoes, and salty rockweed. Linguiça, a Portuguese sausage popular in southern New England, is often used, and offers a hearty, satisfying kick. The softened potatoes are great at absorbing the flavors, and the corn offers a refreshing sweetness. The rockweed has tiny bubbles that burst with flavor as the plant is heated by the fire.

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History tells us that Native Americans introduced the early New England settlers to the cooking method, which involves scouring the shore for shellfish and rockweed (which grows on saltwater rocks), digging a pit and building a fire, then layering the food with a wet cloth held in place by rocks. Dale Carson, a member of the Abenaki Nation and author of Native New England Cooking, discusses the clambake’s Native American roots. “It was so sensible. A lot of native cooking practices are just good logic,” Carson said. Although European settlers learned the cooking method from New England’s Native Americans centuries ago, the traditional clambake is engraved in the cultural history of the indigenous tribes. “There were no stoves, and it was just something that a lot of people could do while being together on the beach. When they dug into the sand and put the rocks in there, it was like a giant oven. The rocks went in once you got a good fire going, with a lot of seaweed over the rocks and the food to get it steaming,” she said. Carson, who grew up enjoying clambakes by the water on the Gaspee Plateau in War-

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wick, R.I., said there are some big differences between traditional feasts and those New Englanders know and love today. Two of the most popular ingredients were not added until long after European settlers started practicing clambakes, she said. “Lobsters were not adored the way they are today; they were like big bugs and were not really appreciated then.” Potatoes were also not in the mix; instead early settlers used Jerusalem artichokes, a sweeter and nuttier plant with a similar texture. Cod was also favored by Native Americans. The recipe still varies across the region, she said, with some cooks adding chicken and others throwing in tripe. Clambakes are deeply rooted in Richard Jeffrey’s family history (though he says he has no interest in tripe). A native of Westport, Mass., Jeffrey has held onto his grandfather’s clambake recipe and intends to pass it down to younger generations. He has fond memories of helping his dad, Robert, who learned it from his father. Together, the three men would put the feast together for an affluent family in South Dartmouth, Continued on page 80


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Mass., where Richard worked as a caretaker. When the workweek was over, the trio headed home to do it all over again, only this time for their own families. Like any good bake master, Jeffrey knows preparation is key. It takes a day or two to put the clambake together, so Jeffrey recommends that bake masters muster all the helping hands they can get. The first order of business is to assemble the equipment; gather rocks, firewood, and rockweed; and dig the pit. The second day is for prepping the food by scrubbing the shellfish and shucking the corn. After all that appetite building, it’s finally time to bake. “Back then you didn’t look at it as work. It’s all about family and friends,” Jeffrey said. Tools include two large, clean metal barrels or drums, several wire baskets, large granite stones or bricks, heavy gloves, a pitchfork, a shovel, some cloth blankets, and some clothesline. “All the bake masters do it the same, more or less. Some of them have their different techniques, but it’s a basic recipe,” Jeffrey said. “If you don’t want to put the seafood in barrels, you can just pile it in the ground, or dig a hole. You can do it on the beach, if you have a permit, or in your backyard.” Bake masters should keep a close eye on the bake itself, which takes between two and three hours. For those inclined to theme parties, an authentic New England clambake is a natural choice. The occasion conjures up images of smiling people in nautical shirts and boat shoes, sipping Cape Codders. But for Jeffrey, the most compelling reason to throw a clambake is obvious: the seafood. “It’s the flavor. It tastes better than boiling the food. The heat from the stones and the rockweed add something special to it. They give you that smokiness,” he said. Melissa McGrath, event coordinator for McGrath Clambakes & Catering of Newport, R.I., has been in the clambake business for 43 years. She says the allure of the traditional feast is enduring. “Being a New England tradition, it is just something that people are drawn to,” she said. “I think [it’s] because it is such a unique cooking method, and it is indigenous to this area. A clambake gives you the ability to go to a nice location and get outside by the water or under a tent and have an authentic meal.” H


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Clockwise from opposite page: Boneless breast of chicken topped with peppers, artichoke hearts, capers, garlic, and lime butter sauce; grilled marinated steak tips; Busters New England baked scrod; 17-ounce draft beer tasting.

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he only item missing from the new Busters Sports Bar & Grill is a picture of the beautiful pooch these new digs are named after on the menu. Yes, you will see a couple of photos of him as you walk into the foyer, and there happens to be a small shot of his mug in the restaurant’s ad in this magazine, but it doesn’t do justice to the mascot of this new prize eatery across from the New Bedford Country Club—but actually located in Dartmouth, Mass. While the pup seems to have his paw in this new venture, in a manner of speaking, it is the hard work of a couple of brothers, Mark and John Stone, who saw through the cloudy, dirty windows of this practically abandoned property, which was an eyesore for what seemed like a dozen years. Some 20 years ago I found myself at the same bar, which looks like it runs about 100plus feet down the center of the room, but those stories and antics aren’t for sharing.

However, the reason I bring it up is that with some cleaning and updating, the rooms feel similar to what I recall so many years ago. The place is huge and offers many seating arrangements. Remaining is a glass enclosure with seating, on the north-facing entrance, a divided entry that at first is a bit odd, because you end up in the same place, finding yourself being greeted by one of the many friendly staff eager to find you a seat or a place at the bar. Once you’re in the door, to the left you’ll find some booths; the center line—as mentioned, the longest bar within 50-plus miles; and over to the right, a step down to more seating. And if you proceed to the back of the building and take a hard left, you’ll find what is known as the penalty box, a great room for a quiet dinner or private party. What is noticeably different from the old place is the energy, action, and fabulous food that people are talking about, in addition to socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 83


Busters dessert sampler; spicy stuffed quahog; kale soup.

Delicious and relaxing? Absolutely on center, and you’re going to feel at home. the dozens of large flat-screen televisions strategically positioned so you don’t miss a strike, fumble, or hat trick. I had heard rumors when Busters first opened that it was a pizza and hamburger shop with liquor. (Those guys at Knuckleheads had better stop spreading stories.) Folks, let me dispel that rumor immediately. This bar and grill is building a wonderful reputation on its food, service, and value—which is essential for longevity in the restaurant business. Gourmet? No, you got the wrong place. Delicious and relaxing? Absolutely on center, and you’re going to feel at home. Don’t get me wrong. You should be in the mood to hang out with friends, or make new ones, and be ready to party because that is what makes this place shine—it isn’t a morgue or a library in any shape or form. I found that the crowd is diverse—college students, professors, business guys and gals, families, and grandparents. This place is able to keep a smile on everyone’s face, and even though it’s a sports bar, it’s woman friendly. Allow me to give you a sampling of what caught my attention and taste during my recent visit. I started out with some weekend specials, a spicy stuffed quahog and a cup of kale soup. It was wow from the first bite. The shellfish app was an immediate hit with the perfect amount of heat so that I didn’t feel like I had to guzzle down a mug of brew with it. As for the soup, man, the chef has taken an old SouthCoast favorite and turned it into an upscale treat. What I like about it was how the meat and vegetable were all chopped into 84 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

small pieces so that you don’t have a leaf of kale dripping down your chin or on your lap. Also, the flavor is a bit more refined than I had expected. The soup boasted some subtle favors I couldn’t pinpoint, but they made it memorable. In keeping with my effort to share with you at least three choices from the menu, I decided to try Busters New England baked scrod, grilled marinated steak tips, and a boneless breast of chicken topped with peppers, artichoke hearts, capers, garlic, and lime butter sauce. Does this sound like burgers and fries to you? I was impressed with each of these meals, and considering how busy the kitchen staff was, it is amazing that everything came out without a single glitch. The large portion of haddock was oceanfresh. The light breadcrumbs and only a thimble of butter, to help brown the top, allowed the fresh flavor of the fish to come through and also made for a heart-healthy choice. The dozen or more steak tips in just one serving had nice grill markings, and the flavorful marinade kept them moist. The meat could have been sliced in oversized chunks, but instead I found them to be bite-sized or requiring at most a single cut—very civilized. It’s clear that a great deal of effort goes into every dish served here. If you want to become more adventurous but stay with white meat, then you’ll be pleased by the chicken breast. Sure, it’s something you can try at home, but will you? Probably not, so let Busters do the

work and you sit back and enjoy this fabulous dish. Another highlight of the evening was the 17-ounce draft beer sampler. The flight of four brews is great for pairing with these dishes—as I did. Speaking of flights, you have to order the Buster dessert sampler. Comprised of key lime pie, New York cheesecake, double chocolate mudslide cake, and chocolate mousse, this is a bit of heaven worth making room for. Be aware you will need some help finishing these decadent sweets. I’ve given you only an inkling of the sizable menu that awaits. Of course there are salads, gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, steaks, and pasta dishes; on Friday and Saturday nights prime rib is served in three sizes. Those who want homestyle cooking that’s also budget friendly will be impressed with the prices at Busters—they are a super deal regardless of what you order. I know that the dog and his crew are going to do very well at this spot, and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other mouthwatering items that piqued my interest. By the way, the comment about Knuckleheads—it was just a joke; the Knuckleheads folks are behind this place and have only good things to say about it. Busters rules. H Busters Sports Bar & Grill is at 227 State Road (Route 6), Dartmouth, Mass. Hours: 11:30 a.m. -1 a.m., 7 days a week (the kitchen closes at midnight). For more information call 774-206-6834.


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Fall River Grille

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363 Second Street Fall River, Mass. 508.673.9151

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2 W. Main Street Littleton, N.H. 603.444.2661

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ummer 2012 is already cooking up to be one of the hottest political summers in American history with the presidential election just months away. Bipartisan rhetoric is heating up in living rooms and around dining tables, and before summer arrives, it makes sense to address that other fiery debate contested in our backyards: charcoal, propane, gas, or wood pellets? The extraordinary interest in backyard cooking taps into the romantic idea of living adventurously by “roughing” it—a scant 20 feet from our back doors. No longer do we have to go adventure camping and bring portable grills to feed our pack of hungry friends or family to re-create that woodsy feeling of pioneerism. Interestingly, fossils of fire use show that this style of cooking has been going on more than 470 million years. In America, those who settled the Carolinas have the unique claim of mastering this style of cooking outdoors in the mid-1700s. First on their menus were the easy-to-manage European pigs in their livestock. With no refrigerators or concerns about bugs, slow cooking and smoking meats meant preserved victuals could last all year. Southerners rock at grilling. Hundreds of years ago their kitchens were situated outside because the climate was typically too hot to endure the heat of a conventional oven in the house. The outdoor feast included any and everybody—the term “hushpuppy” came about because it was Southerners’ habit to throw bits of fried cornmeal at their dogs who incessantly whimpered around the roasting meats: “Hush, puppy!” For most of us, taste and cost are the de92 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

ciding factors of how we intend to cook and what grilling platform we will buy for our backyard adventures. If you are not a grill master, vet these options to see which grilling style best suits your needs and budget.

No longer do we have to go adventure camping and bring portable grills to feed our pack of hungry friends or family to re-create that woodsy feeling of pioneerism.

Charcoal For many of us, the charbroiled flavor brings back pleasant memories of our childhood. Studies that show char-burned foods are full of carcinogens, haven’t put a dent in those diehard charcoal grillers who ignore such studies and claim: “My Grandpappy ate this all his life and lived to 105.” Benefits: It’s portable and produces flavorful meats, it can smoke meats using a wood plank, and the initial cost of a charcoal grill is cheap (although the cost of briquettes may erase the initial cost-benefit over time). Drawbacks: It’s messy and laborious to clean and uses hazardous materials such as lighter fluid that may leave a residue on meats if not burned off properly prior to cooking. It requires additional space to store briquettes, presents a fire hazard in every phase of grilling (even while waiting for the coals to cool after cooking), and has uneven heat consistency. Charcoal grills: Small ones, such as the Old Smokey, range from $45 to $63 at Lowe’s and Home Depot, respectively. And larger ones, such as the traditional 1950s-style Weber, start at $113 (Walmart). You might want to try the “magnet test” on your grill purchase; you can read about the “magnet test” on Consumer Reports’ website (consumerreports.org). Additional equipment: A long Butane lighter ($3-$4.75 Walmart/amazon.com), wood planks (set of 4, $9-$16 at amazon. com/Walmart), wood chips to throw on the

coals (2 pounds, $4-$8.50, Home Depot/ Walmart), briquettes (16 pounds, $9-$12 Ace/Walmart), lighter fluid (12 ounces, $3$7, amazon.com/ShopWiki.com; Frontier Eco-Start non-petroleum lighter fluid, $12), and Brinkman grilling utensils ($10-$21, Home Depot). Suggestions: You should expect to burn about 30 briquettes per pound of meat. To prevent that hideous chemical taste transfer to your food, some recommend using old vegetable oil as a lighter accelerant instead of lighter fluid and using briquettes that are not petroleum based (available in 20-pound bags online from many vendors). Use Charcoal Companion’s ventilated Chimney Starter to get your coals going safely and consistently throughout the summer (Walmart, $22). Propane This method uses a grill with a propane tank hooked up to it and liquid propane (LP), a fuel made from natural gas and petroleum, as its heating source. It is often confused with “gas grills” that use natural gas as the heat source. Both styles use lava rocks, not charcoal, already located inside the heating chambers to cook food. Benefits: Has a clean burn, leaving no chemical taste on food, and is cost effective at $15-$20 for each 20-pound propane tank


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refill, and every tank offers about 24 hours of cooking time. There are plenty of filling stations, such as Ace Hardware and Walmart that offer refills. And it offers the smokin’ hot attribute of being easy to clean, making it a top choice for “weekend warriors.” Drawbacks: It gives no charbroiled flavor, you can run out of fuel in the middle of a BBQ, and the final taste is no different than if you had cooked it all on your kitchen stove. Propane grills: A cheaper propane grill can last a long time if you keep the gas holes clean. Home Depot has a Dickson 2 Burner for $149, and a few well-rated grills like Char-Broil and Brinkman run up to $269. Additional equipment: Propane tanks cost $12-$25 at any filling station. The griller may as well buy two and keep a full one handy to prevent BBQ disasters. Gas This grill uses natural gas that comes from the main gas line in your house, the same source for the gas stove in your kitchen. The chief ingredient in this fuel is methane. Benefits: Natural gas is more plentiful than propane, much cheaper, and burns cleanly with no transfer of a chemical taste to foods. Gas grills are wonderfully easy to clean, and you will never have to worry about running out of fuel. It is less of a fire hazard than heavy propane because you can smell a gas leak earlier for a swift shut off, and it dissipates faster. Drawbacks: The gas company has to install a gas line into your yard with a Quick Connect, an expense that can singe your wallet for $375-$475. And since it must be hooked into your home’s gas line, it is not portable, so choose your grilling spot smartly. Gas grills: Not a “cheap” option—Home Depot and Lowe’s offer no grills of this type for less than $400, with the cost averaging Continued on page 95

Major Pro: Rich, charbroiled flavor Major Con: Carcinogens, difficult to clean

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II, a former New York City carriage horse, was rescued from slaughter; Bridgette, a Shetland pony, was rescued from an animal park; and Abby, a Belgian Draft horse, was saved from a Canadian slaughter auction. From as far west as California and as far south as Florida, horse welfare advocates came to the 2012 American Equine Summit at the Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary at the end of March to discuss vital issues facing America’s equines, including the threat of horse slaughter returning to the United States and the transport of horses to other countries for the purpose of slaughter. “The summit far exceeded our expectations,” said Susan Wagner, president and founder of Equine Advocates and host of the

summit. “It was riveting and compelling to have this many equally dedicated speakers in one place to discuss these issues.” The diverse list of speakers included keynote speaker Ron Delsener, a concert promoter and horse lover; Cathleen Doyle, former head of the California Equine Council; John Holland, president of the Equine Welfare Alliance; Dr. Kraig J. Kulikowski, DVM; Katia Louise, director of the documentary film Saving America’s Horses—A Nation Betrayed; Victoria McCullough, who helped pass Florida’s Equine Protection Act of 2010; Jo Anne Normile of Saving Baby Equine Charity and founder of CANTER, a nonprofit that tries to place ex-thoroughbreds; and Paula Bacon, former mayor of


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“Horses are subjected to intense suffering and abuse through transport and slaughter over the border. Undercover footage shows live horses being dragged, whipped, and crammed into trucks whose interiors were 110 degrees. Horses are often shipped for more than 24 hours at a time in crowded double-deck cattle trucks without food, water, or rest. Pregnant mares, foals, injured horses, and even blind horses must endure the journey.” Kaufman, Texas, who led the fight to close Dallas Crown, a horse slaughterhouse operating in Kaufman. Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the United States in 2007. But “unwanted” horses are still being transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter and their meat exported to Europe and Asia, where it is considered a delicacy. In November 2011, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and President Obama signed H.R. 2112, allowing commercial horse slaughter for human consumption to be legal again in the United States. Currently, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee are trying to reopen horse slaughter plants. Each day at the summit, a hundred attendees, including lawmakers and members of the press, heard speakers address the problems and solutions facing the US horse population and America’s responsibility for

their stewardship. Kicking off the summit, Delsener called the return of horse slaughter in the United States “a black eye on our country.” According to the Humane Society’s Facts About Horse Slaughter, “Horses are subjected to intense suffering and abuse though transport and slaughter over the border. Undercover footage shows live horses being dragged, whipped, and crammed into trucks whose interiors were 110 degrees. Horses are often shipped for more than 24 hours at a time in crowded double-deck cattle trucks without food, water, or rest. Pregnant mares, foals, injured horses, and even blind horses must endure the journey.” The Humane Society’s fact sheet describes the horses’ inhumane treatment in Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants. “Horses are stabbed multiple times in the neck with a ‘puntilla knife’ to sever their spinal cords. This is not a stunning method—it paralyzes, leaving the horse twitching on the ground, unable to move or breathe. They are hoisted, bled out, and dismembered, often while still conscious.” Normile is the principal of Normile Racehorse Protection Consulting, an organization that assists legislators, legal firms, filmmakers, the media, and rescue and humane organizations on all aspects of racing pertaining to the welfare of the thoroughbred racehorse. She discussed the results of a study she coauthored on the slaughter of thoroughbreds. “Our study indicates that for every 10 thoroughbred foals born and registered with the Jockey Club, seven other thoroughbreds will die on a slaughterhouse floor. Once a thoroughbred enters the starting gate, odds are that the finish line will be a slaughterhouse,” said Normile. Thoroughbred horses are the second-largest breed after quarter horses that are sent to slaughter, she added. McCullough spoke about the passage in Florida of the Equine Protection Act of 2010, which makes it a felony to abuse or slaughter a horse. Louise, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, screened and discussed her film Saving America’s Horses—A Nation Betrayed, an emotional depiction of the plight of American horses and slaughter. Kulikowski, a licensed equine practitioner and member of the American Equine Practitioners Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association—organizations that are pro-slaughter—discussed euthanasia as an alternative to violent slaughter.

Dr. Caroline Betts, PhD, an associate professor of economics at the University of Southern California, and former US Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY), the primary sponsor of H.R. 503, the House version of the 2006 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, discussed flaws and discrepancies in the 2011 GAO (Government Accountability Office) report on the closings of horse slaughterhouses in the US. This report was the basis for the recent passage of H.R. 2112. After reviewing the GAO report, Betts “ripped it to threads,” stating there was no basis for the GAO claims. Sweeney identified the opponents of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act as the agricultural and cattle industry and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA.) He described how these groups managed to block its passage in the Senate, what tactics they used, and what to expect from these opponents today in the antislaughter campaign. Doyle joined the summit via video. She conceived and spearheaded the passage of California’s historic Save the Horses “Proposition 6,” the 1998 initiative that banned the slaughter of California horses for human Continued on page 104

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consumption and the possession or sale of horsemeat. Doyle shared her grass-roots campaign efforts of gathering 740,000 signatures and winning the largest percentage of votes (60 percent) of any California animal protection initiative to date. When people are able to sell a horse for money, horse theft rises, Doyle noted. “Horse slaughter subsidizes overbreeding, horse theft, and the unlawful extermination of our wild mustangs,” she said. California law enforcement agencies supported Proposition 6 because of the difficulty in prosecuting horse thieves because of a lack of disclosure on the part of the slaughter agents, she added. Bacon spoke about the economics and environmental impact a horse slaughterhouse has on a town. As mayor of Kaufman, Texas, from 2003 to 2007, Bacon helped shut down Dallas Crown, a horse slaughterhouse owned by the Belgian meat packer Chevideco. Bacon told the summit that horse blood contaminated the local water supply; horses have almost twice as much blood as cattle and their blood contains a variety of drugs legally banned for animals in the food chain. Among the drugs causing significant health concerns are several antibiotics that horses routinely get in worming paste, she said. The slaughterhouse was in constant violation of environmental laws, choked the expensive wastewater treatment facility, and threatened expensive infrastructure, said Bacon.  “At that time, there was literally blood coming up in people’s bathtubs and toilets.  As recently as 2005, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated complaints about water safety and found that backflowprevention requirements, that prevent things like blood coming into the sinks, tubs, and toilets of homes and business, were not in place.” The economics of horse slaughter don’t add up, she said, describing “poor pay and dangerous work for 42 workers. All three plants operating in the US in 2006 employed no more than 178 workers total in jobs most Americans do not want,” she added. “Environmental violations were the same in other communities: They did not comply with the laws.” Slaughter advocates refer to the problem of “unwanted horses” abandoned by their owners in a bad economy. Wagner, the summit host, refers to them as “inconvenient horses,” horses that are abandoned by irresponsible owners or horses that no longer serve their purpose and must be discarded. “Overbreeding and the easy access to selling horses for their meat has contributed to the problem,” she added. “The AQHA is well served by horse slaughter,” said Bacon. “Their primary income stream is registration, so the more the merrier, and overbreeding works for them. Horse slaughter is essential to such a business model, getting rid of a horse like it’s a Chevrolet. AQHA spends lots of money and effort lobbying for horse slaughter, but they are a business group, not a humane organization,” she added. Holland of Equine Welfare Alliance reiterated that the solution for “unwanted horses” is euthanasia. “Over 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, according to recent polls,” said Wagner. “Our goal is to empower these ‘80-percenters’ to make their voices heard in Congress, urging their representatives to pass legislation to stop this horrendous practice.”   By bringing together these experts, their knowledge, and their singleness of purpose, the summit generated positive forward momentum, said Wagner. “We now have a campaign,” she said. “And we have the tools to take this campaign to stop horse slaughter and transport to the next level.” H


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The Mysterious Death of Patric McCarthy differences in opinion or fact? Accident or murder? This question has plagued a Bourne, Mass., family for nearly nine years, and despite constant roadblocks on the path to the truth, Patric McCarthy’s mother and grandfather are as determined as ever to find it. by Natalie Miller | photography by Lucki Schotz

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Patric was found lying face down, with his legs outstretched, feet pointed down, and his hands folded under his chest. He was miles from where he was last seen, on an unmarked trail.

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ast month, SOCO magazine revisited Patric’s tragic death and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance from his family’s condominium in Lincoln, N.H., in the fall of 2003. Patric’s mother, Deanne Murray, and her father, Jim Murray, remain convinced that the state’s conclusion that Patric got lost in the woods while playing with his stepbrothers and died accidentally from hypothermia is incorrect.

In the April issue, SOCO highlighted many inconsistencies in police records and other official reports that not only illustrate a botched investigation but also raise the possibility that this was no accident. The investigation into Patric’s death— from his disappearance on October 13, 2003, to the discovery of his body four days later, to the 2008 FBI investigation— is fraught with discrepancies that have led Jim Murray to believe the state of New


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He cannot help but ask, Was Patric hit over the head or suffocated and rendered unconscious? Hampshire is “practicing deception.” But state officials and members of law enforcement aren’t the only ones the Murrays feel are thwarting the investigation. Patric disappeared while his father and stepmother, Stephen and Margaret McCarthy, were preparing to leave their threebedroom condo at Clearbrook in the Village of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H., after a weekend away to celebrate Patric’s 10th birthday. Four days later, Patric’s body was found 2.1 miles from where he disappeared, in a thickly wooded area at an elevation of 2,500 feet. According to an investigation report from the New Hampshire State Police, written on October 28, 2003, by investigating trooper Russell Hubbard, Stephen McCarthy stated that Patric went missing around 1:30 p.m. that Monday afternoon. Stephen told Hubbard the family was preparing to leave the condo to return to Massachusetts when, around noon, Patric and his two stepbrothers, then 12-year-old Gabe, and Noah, 7, asked if they could go play. Stephen said they could; however, he asked them to check in every 15 minutes. “All three boys, Stephen estimates, return to the condo around 12:20 to 12:30. The boys were allowed to continue to play,” the report continues, and around 12:45-1 p.m., Gabe and Noah returned without Patric. Stephen asked the boys where Patric was, and they said that the boy was not with them. Stephen told Gabe and Noah to go look for him, and when no one returned 10 to 15 minutes later, between 1 and 1:15 p.m., Stephen went out to look, said the report. Hubbard continued: Stephen found the two boys on the bridge of a footpath a short distance from the condo and then asked Gabe to take him to the last place he saw Patric. Gabe showed Stephen two different locations on the west side of the condo, one just north of the footpath and the second a couple hundred feet north of that. However, in March 2004, during an interview with his hired private investigator, Stephen McCarthy has a different

recollection of that afternoon. He said the family awoke between 8:30 and 9 a.m., had breakfast by 10 a.m. or earlier, and the kids went out to play, returning around 11, when Stephen told them they could head back out but had to return in 15 minutes. Then it was around 11:30 a.m. when Patric was first noticed missing and Gabe and Noah were sent out to look for him. Stephen said when the boys didn’t return by noon, he went out himself to call Patric. Other statements Stephen made to police in 2003 raise further questions about his credibility. Hubbard’s report states that Stephen told police he had full custody of Patric, which was not true, said Jim Murray—Stephen and Deanne shared custody. Furthermore, although Stephen knew that Patric had told his mother that Gabe had made a verbal, sexual proposition to the younger boy, and Deanne was alarmed enough to beg Stephen to keep a close eye on them, Stephen told police the boys had a good relationship. According to Hubbard’s report, Stephen McCarthy described the relationship between Gabe, Noah, and Patric as “good with nothing more than the normal fights that exist between young children in a family setting.” He did acknowledge that there were occasions when Gabe and Noah “ganged up and picked on” Patric, but he also said the boys had a good enough relationship that he allowed Patric, up until a week prior, to sleep in the same bedroom as Gabe. Stephen also said that on the day that Patric disappeared, the “boys were getting along fine and there was no discernible dissension amongst the group.” Gabe corroborated this story, telling police in 2003 that the three boys were racing back to the condo when Patric got lost in the woods. Gabe said there was no altercation between him and Patric; however, when he was interviewed by the FBI in 2008, Gabe admitted he had pushed Patric to the ground, turned him face down, and sat on his back for about a minute the day he disappeared. He said Patric’s breathing was la-

bored, that he was red-faced and flustered and then ran off into the woods. The Murrays insist that 15 minutes to a half-hour wouldn’t have been enough time for Patric, who they described as a timid kid, to get out of earshot, especially if he had just been sat on and his “breathing was labored.” If he had been able to answer, he would have, said Jim, stating that if Patric was in the woods and conscious, he would have been screaming. According to Jim, this testimony suggests foul play could have been involved. He cannot help but ask, Was Patric hit over the head or suffocated and rendered unconscious? Reports raise more questions Patric was found lying face down, with his legs outstretched, feet pointed down, and his hands folded under his chest. He was miles from where he was last seen, on an unmarked trail. He was wearing sneakers but no socks, and the jacket and hat he was wearing when he disappeared were not nearby and were never found. Dr. Thomas Andrew, chief medical examiner for the state of New Hampshire, performed an autopsy on October 19, two days after Patric was found. His report states that Patric died on October 13, the day he disappeared. Andrew noted that the body was examined prior to washing and removal of clothing. However, Rosemary Swain, the assistant deputy medical examiner for the state, said during an interview with the FBI in 2008 that after her examination of Patric’s body the day he was found, his face was washed and his eyes were closed in preparation for family identification. Andrew’s autopsy report goes on to say that the clothes on Patric’s body were “quite wet,” but that the clothing “reveals no evidence of forensic significance.” He stated that the eyes were closed and the corneas dry and slightly cloudy with no “petechiae.” He noted a small contusion to the gums around his upper right central socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012 | 107


The Murrays finally obtained a copy of Swain’s “confidential external examination” that was performed the day Patric’s body was found. This document was kept a secret for eight years.

tooth. He reported that the boy’s fingernails were short and clean, yet Patric is said to have been lost in the woods for half a day, climbing and hiking for over 2 miles. “There is abundant adherent dirt and vegetative material over the ankles and the upper back,” he wrote in the report. No internal injuries were found, but Andrew did note that there were numerous scrapes on Patric’s face, as well as fine, linear scratches on the left knee and one scrape on the left thigh. Andrew also noted a presence of “leopard spotting” in Patric’s stomach, which means, according to his report, that there were “multiple, punctuate, round mucosal hemorrhages of various sizes” in his gastrointestinal system. The autopsy concludes that Patric died of hypothermia due to environmental exposure based on two factors: “A. Lost in White Mountain National Forest [and] B. “Leopard spotting” of the stomach.” Jim Murray feels that leopard spotting alone shouldn’t have been enough to conclude without a doubt that his grandson died of hypothermia. He cites a journal report from the late Dr. John Coe, former chief of pathology for the Hennepin 108 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

County Medical Center in Minneapolis: “Establishing hypothermia as the cause of death requires a proper history of exposure and the absence of any other clear-cut lethal factor. Certain biochemical tests may provide supporting evidence. Among these is an elevated vitreous glucose in a nondiabetic individual.” Andrew didn’t do any additional testing, said Jim. This autopsy, along with a cause of death report and an amended cause of death report, are the only reports listed in the official investigative report of Patric’s death. It wasn’t until April 2011—after years of writing letters to the state petitioning for documents through the Freedom of Information Act—that the Murrays finally obtained a copy of Swain’s “confidential external examination” that was performed the day Patric’s body was found. This document was kept a secret for eight years, said Jim Murray. It was never mentioned in any FBI document or any document the Murrays received from the state of New Hampshire. Even in her 2008 FBI interview, Swain mentions only that she “examined the body by doing a minimal external examination” and that she “saw nothing on Patric’s body

or on his clothing that indicated anything other than a death due to exposure.” However, in her handwritten report of her examination, which is not dated but was said to have been conducted at the Fournier Funeral Home at 7:05 p.m. and completed at 7:30 p.m., she describes the scene: “According to Officer Jordon, Patric was found 2.1 miles from the playground where he was last seen. He had traveled along Clearbrook and was found near the headwall of the brook between Whaleback Mountain and Big Coolidge Mountain. Officer Jordon said Patric looked as though he had just dropped where he was found—as opposed to tripping. His face was flat into the ground, his arms tight to his chest, his feet about a foot apart, toes pointed down. His clothing was wet, except for one area on his back that may have been in sunshine today. There was no leaves/debris covering the body. Supposedly he had been wearing a jacket and cap when he ran into the woods — but those have not been found. There was no obvious rocks/trees/other object that Patric could have struck as he fell.” Her report describes Patric’s body as Continued on page 110


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cold and pink and his eyes as open, dry, slightly cloudy, and with signs of petechiae and tache noire. According to the US National Library of Medicine, petechial hemorrhages are small pinpoint hemorrhages found in the lining of the eyes, and they generally are signs of death by asphyxia. When a person is smothered, strangled, or otherwise compressed on the neck and is breathing against that resistance, the increased intravascular pressure causes the small end vessels of the capillaries to rupture. Tache noire is postmortem drying of the eyes, which leaves darkness across the eyes and develops when eyelids are not closed after death. Andrew reports that neither petechiae nor tache noir were present. Swain’s report, completed two days earlier, confirms the opposite. Swain also described Patric’s face as having “leaves and dirt in the eyes, nose and mouth” and reported scrapes on his right cheek and both forearms. She also noted there were no signs of decomposition, despite the fact that it was determined that Patric died less than 12 hours after he disappeared, meaning he had been deceased for several days when he was found. During their persistent probe to find the truth, the Murrays received a letter from Jeffery Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general and chief of the homicide unit, in September 2004, in which he said he had recently met with New Hampshire State Police Sergeant Charles West and Dr. Thomas Andrew to review the photos of Patric’s body taken at the scene and during the autopsy, the assistant deputy medical examiner’s report, investigative findings, and the autopsy results. In the letter, Strelzin said, “Based on that review, the conclusion remains that Patric’s death was due to exposure and hypothermia.” The Murrays don’t understand how this could be true, given the nature of the photographs and detail in Swain’s report. “Who’s covering for who?” asks Jim Murray. In an e-mail to SOCO, Jim wrote, “Patric’s mother would like to know, for the record, when the following New Hampshire officials read ADME Rosemary Swain’s confidential external examination,” naming former Attorney General Kelly A. 110 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2012

The report goes on to state that after the expert reviewed the photographs of the recovery site and the autopsy, he stated that the site appeared to be a secondary site, the child did not hit the ground conscious, and there were “clearly visible injuries to the face.”

Ayotte (now a US senator), current Attorney General Michael Delaney (who was appointed in 2009), Acting Attorney General Orville “Bud” Fitch, Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, Assistant Attorney General Kirsten Wilson, and Strelzin. In 2008, the FBI interviewed a former director of the Cold Research Division of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass., who said the recovery scene of Patric’s body “looks like a secondary site.” The hypothermia and cold injuries expert said the descent into hypothermia is a series of delineated stages and it generally takes many hours, sometimes days, to succumb. A hypothermic person will curl up in the fetal position in an attempt to get warm; he further stated to the FBI that he had “never seen a hypothermic death in which the individual did not die in the fetal position.” The report goes on to state that after the expert reviewed the photographs of the recovery site and the autopsy, he stated that the site appeared to be a secondary site, the child did not hit the ground conscious, and there were “clearly visible injuries to the face.” He also couldn’t see how Andrew determined that Patric was dead by midnight on Monday and said that there was “no test that, at this stage, could definitively rule in or rule out hypothermia.” The Murrays also question why there was no insect activity on Patric’s body. Swain, during her interview with the FBI in 2008, said lack of insect activity was due to the cold temperatures. The temperatures from October 13-15 were above 60 degrees during the day; they dropped into the 50s the last two days of the search. On the day Patric was found, there was some rain in the morning but it was sunny by time the his body was discovered in the late afternoon. In March of this year, Richard Merritt, a

professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, looked at the case at the request of the Murrays. He said even though temperatures may drop below 50 degrees at night, if it is warmer during the days, flies would be active and lay eggs on the body. He further asserted that evidence shows there is very little, if any, activity during the night by blowflies. “I cannot imagine why there would not be insect activity in that environment that your son was found and at those temperatures, regardless of whether his face was face down or not. Flies find their way into sleeping bags and people wrapped up in plastic,” wrote Merritt. “I do not see any reason why there would not be any insect activity.” Deanne Murray has been writing letters to New Hampshire and police officials for nearly a decade to try to prove Patric’s death was no accident. Every time a document is withheld, the Murrays continue to press for information. “Little by little, people are speaking out,” said Jim Murray. Michael Altman, a lawyer from Cambridge, Mass., once hired by the Murrays to look at the evidence, said lots of bits and pieces suggest Patric’s death was a homicide, adding that it’s unclear why the US Attorney “refuses to take action on a criminal case.” “The family is very frustrated,” said Altman, who has been practicing law in Massachusetts for 45 years. “There are very compelling facts that indicate that it was not an accidental death.” H


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31 days SOCIAL CALENDAR may 5

KENNEDY-DONOVAN CENTER 25TH ANNUAL FOUNDER’S GALA 6:30-10:30 p.m., $125. Jacobs Family Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-543-2542x112; kdc. org. The center’s mission is helping individuals and families with developmental disabilities through advocacy and individualized services. TH 5 BIENNIAL WATER FOR PEOPLE GALA $125. New England Aquarium. 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 508893-7979; waterforpeople.org. Music, dancing, speakers and fun. Water For People is a recognized leader of water and sanitation development, operating in 11 countries. may 11 ART~WINE~JAZZ HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER PLYMOUTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION 7-11 p.m., $50. Pinehills Golf Club, 54 Clubhouse Drive, Plymouth, Mass. 508-866-4188; hfhplymouth.org. Live and silent auctions, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, live entertainment, and cash bar. Auction items include art pieces designed by local artist using items chosen from the Habitat ReStore in Carver. may 11-13 PINK & GREEN WEEKEND P&G Ball, Sat. 7-11 p.m., $75. Edgartown, Mass. 508-939-0199; edgartownboardoftrade. com. Best dressed pink and green couple contest. Benefit for the Edgartown Board of Trade. may 12 30TH ANNUAL HEARTS AND HEROES GALA 6 p.m., $400+ Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave. Boston. 781-431-0700; jdrf.org/ heartsandheroesgala. Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, live and silent auctions, seated dinner, and dancing. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications by supporting research. may 16-20 NANTUCKET WINE FESTIVAL White Elephant Hotel, 50 Easton St., Nantucket, Mass. 508-228-1128; nantucketwinefestival.com. Grand Tasting at the Nantucket Yacht Club. may 22 BUZZARDS BAY COALITION GOLF TOURNAMENT Foursome $1,000; individual golfers $250; reception-only tickets $30. Bay Club, Mattapoisett, Mass. 508-999-6363x202; savebuzzardsbay.org. Greens fees, cart, lunch, tournament favor, hors d’oeuvres reception, auction, raffle and awards. All proceeds benefit the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to clean up New Bedford Harbor. june 2 HOLLY HOUSE FUND-RAISER 6-8 p.m., $100 p.p. tickets available at the door. Private home, 11 Berkeley Ave. Newport, R.I. 401-619-3377; ballardpark.org. Jazz music, hors d’oeuvres by McGrath Clambakes, Inc., and silent auction. Proceeds help fund programs for local schoolchildren to the park and free events set in Ballard Park. august 4 OVER THE TOP 2012 SUMMER CELEBRATION New Bedford Whaling Museum, Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046x15; whalingmuseum.

org. Formal affair, elegant and artistic cuisine, fabulous entertainment, live and silent auctions. Museum benefit. Save the date.

SPECIAL EVENTS/NONPROFITS may 5 BLOOMS AT THE ZOO 5:30-8 p.m., $35. Public exhibit May 6 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; zoo admission fee applies. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-991-6178; bpzoo.org. Blooms exhibit, music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the zoo’s family and educational programs.

may 6 DEVIN LAUBI FOUNDATION 5K RUN/WALK 9 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. start; $25, $20 advance. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, Mass. 508-636-7369; mydevin.org. Benefiting families of children stricken with cancer. Prizes, refreshments, and raffle. All skill levels welcome. May 20 rain date. may 12 “VISIONS OF AMERICA PHOTOSYMPHONY~A GEORGE GERSHWIN SPECTACULAR” FAMILY CONCERT $60. Bus leaves Shaw’s, 465 Wm S. Canning Blvd., Fall River, Mass., at 1 p.m. Departs Boston at 7:30 p.m. 508-678-0804; foreverpaws.com. Shopping at Quincy Market following the concert. Sponsored by the Forever Paws Animal Shelter. may 19-20 AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER Opening ceremony 6:30 a.m., closing ceremony 3 p.m. UMass Boston Circle Lawn, 100 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Boston. avonwalk.org/boston. Be a sponsor, walk, or crew. Register today.

THEATER may 10-13, 17-20

MOON OVER BUFFALO Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., $15. Discounts for seniors, students, and military.Your Theatre, Inc. Playhouse, St. Martin’s Church Hall, 136 Rivet St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-993-0772; yourtheatre.org. through may 13 BOEING-BOEING Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. A Tony award-winning comedy by Marc Camoletti. Playboy Bernard deftly juggles affairs with three gorgeous stewardesses. SPARROW GRASS Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. through may 24 THE MOURNERS’ BENCH Trinity Repertory-Chase Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence.401-351-4242; trinityrep. com. may 25-july 1 MOTHERHOOD Trinity Repertory-Chase Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. Musical

CONCERTS may 5

NEW BEDFORD CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT 7:30 p.m. $15 at the door. Grace Episcopal Church, County St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-644-2419; gnbcs.org. may 6 CONCERT & TEA 3 p.m., free-will

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donation, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, Mass. 508-993-1691; saintanthonynewbedford. com. Free trolley provided by St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whale’s Tooth Ferry Lot in downtown New Bedford. may 22 JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 7 p.m., free. The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-1401; rjdmuseum.org. Featuring the area’s premier high school jazz ensembles.

MUSEUMS may 6-june 26

IN BLOOM: MOUNTAIN LAUREL AND THE LYME ART COLONY Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Conn. 860-434-5542; flogris. org/exhibitions. Admission discount coupon available online. may 19-aug. 26 THE TIDES OF PROVINCETOWN: PIVOTAL YEARS IN AMERICA’S OLDEST CONTINUOUS ART COLONY 1899-2011 May 31, 5:307:30 p.m. Cape Art Blooms After Dark, $50. Cape Cod Museum of Art, Rte. 6A, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, Mass. Reservations: 508-385-4477x7; ccmoa.org. Cocktail party to preview floral displays by area’s premier floral designers, each interpreting a piece of work in the collection. ongoing DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM First Wednesday each month free admission 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, Mass. 781-2598355; decordova.org. OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE May 13, Mother’s Day (free admission for moms); May 19, Great Tomato Plant Giveaway (one plant per family); May 26, Wool Days (observe the process). Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., adults $24, seniors $22, ages 3-17 $8. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, Mass. 800-733-1830; osv.org.

LOOKING FORWARD june & july

JAZZ AT SUNSET Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $18, includes museum admission. Outdoors on the museum’s Sundial Plaza, or in the tent pavilion. Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, Mass. 508-9292701; ecotarium.org. Bring a lawn chair. Beer, wine, and light foods are available to purchase. june 2 LITTLE COMPTON GOLF OUTING 2012 11:30 a.m. Registration; $200 p.p. Sakonnet Golf Club, Little Compton, R.I. 401-635-2400; lccenter.com. Benefits the many programs and services of the Little Compton Community Center. june 5 THE PROVINCETOWN-BOSTON SCHOOL OF ART CONNECTION SEMINAR 6 p.m., tickets available from FFS (contact@friendsoffenwaystudios. org). Lenox Hotel, Boston. 617-6959720; friendsoffenwaystudios.org. Cape Cod Museum of Art Executive Director Elizabeth Ives Hunter will present a lecture on the Provincetown/Boston Painters Connection to benefit the Friends of the Fenway Studios. Reception follows with a Tides of Provincetown catalogue signing at Vose Galleries, 238 Newbury St., Boston.

beginning june 5 VINYASA OUTDOOR YOGA PRACTICE Tuesdays 6:15, $5. Fort Taber Fort Rodman, Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, Mass. southcoastyoga.net. No parking fee. Wednesday rain date. No class July 4. june 10 NSTAR’S ANNUAL WALK FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Hatch Shell, along the Esplanade, Boston. 866303-WALK; childrenshospital.org/walk. Seven- and two-mile fund-raising walks. Funds raised will support patient care, pediatric research, and community health programs. june 15-16 “FISHING FOR A CAUSE” ~ RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT Group/Corporate Challenge, $2,500 (up to 6 anglers), boat, captain, gear, food, and drinks provided. Boat owners $750 per boat (up to 3 anglers, additional p.p. fee $250). Kayak anglers $250. Includes dinner and BBQ. Non-anglers Seaside dinner/live jazz, June 15, $90; Non-anglers BBQ and award ceremony, June 16, $25. Dinner and BBQ $100 (value packet). Pope’s Island Marina, New Bedford, Mass. 508-9963391x392; schwartzcenter.org. Benefits the Schwartz Center for Children. Trophies and prizes awarded to registered anglers bringing in the highest weight total in the bluefish, striped bass, and fluke categories. Anglers register by June 1.Visit website for details on winning the $1 million cash prize. june 17 18TH ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY ROAD RACE & FUN WALK 8 a.m. registration, runners $25 or $20 advance; walkers $5. Children’s Museum in Easton, Old Fire Station, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton, Mass. 508-230-3789; fathersdayroadrace.com. Cash prizes. june 23-july 1 AMERICA’S CUP NEWPORT Newport, R.I. americascup2012@newportchamber.com. june 30 ROARIN’ 20s GATSBY GALA 6:30 10:30 p.m., $250 p.p. Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, Mass. 508-888-3300x114; heritagemuseumsandgardens.org. Annual fund-raising event of the season. Food, drink, and entertainment. AU COURANT FASHION EVENT 6-11 p.m., $TBA. Ochre Court Mansion, 16 Ochre Point Rd., Newport, R.I. 401848-4150; childandfamilyri.com. Cocktail party and designer sale to support Child & Family’s Community Programs. Featuring some of New England’s top fashion designers. july 7 19TH ANNUAL SWIM BUZZARDS BAY savebuzzardsbay.org/swim. Register now. Open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. Swimmers, supporters, and volunteers help make this event a success. july 14-15 NEWPORT KITE FESTIVAL 10 a.m.5 p.m. Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive, Newport, R.I. newportkitefestival. net.

DANCE/MUSIC may 5 & 12

COMMON FENCE MUSIC May 5, Cheryl Wheeler, singer/songwriter/come-


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dian. 8 p.m., $35. May 12, Ariana Gillis, folk/ pop singer/songwriter. 8 p.m., $23, $20 advance. 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. 401-683-5085; commonfencemusic.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. may 5 & 12 SPRING CABARET SERIES May 5, Susan Lainey and the Third Shift Band. 7:30 p.m., $12.50. May 12, A Night of Americana, with Jake Hill & Deep Creek and Special Guest: Lonesome Jukebox. 8 p.m., $15. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant St., Marion, Mass. 508-748-1266; marionartcenter.org. may 5 CAJUN MUSIC AND DANCE WITH MAGNOLIA Lesson 7:30 p.m., Dancing 8 p.m., $15. German Club, 78 Carter Ave., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-383-1333 or 508-6363867; magnoliacajunband.com. Cash bar, singles welcome. may 7 RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE CONCERT JAZZ BAND 8 p.m., $10. Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. 401-4568000; ric.edu/pfa/schedule. Joined by legendary jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. may 11-13 SWAN LAKE Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., $35-$65. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-353-1129; festivalballet.com. may 12 ISLAND MOVING COMPANY: “A HANDFUL OF PEARLS” 7:30 p.m., $25 show only, $50 includes pre-show cocktails 6 p.m., $75 includes show, drinks then dinner after the show. Casino Theatre, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 9 Freebody St., Newport, R.I. islandmovingco.org. The Canfield House at 5 Memorial Boulevard, Newport. may 17 TOM RUSH 8 p.m., $35, doors open at 7:30 p.m. Common Fence Music at Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., Newport, R.I. 401-683-5085; commonfencemusic.org.

ART/GALLERIES may 5 - september 3

NORMAN ROCKWELL: BEYOND THE EASEL Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., adult $15, ages 3-12 $7. Heritage Museum & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, Mass. 508-888-3300; heritagemuseumsandgardens.org. A major exhibition. may 18 WORKING WATERFRONT: A PORTRAIT OF NEW BEDFORD’S WORKING WATERFRONT TODAY Opening reception: 5:30-7 p.m. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-9970046; whalingmuseum.org. Westport based artist Dora Atwater Millikin, solo exhibition. through may 20 ON THEIR OWN: STEPHAN HALEY CONTEMPORARY MINIATURES PROJECT Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. memorial day - september PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., $7. 460

Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508487-1750; paam.org. Through Time and Place: Exhibition (runs through May 13), features work by artist Heather Blume and her late mother, Rachel Ellis Kaufman. Includes a variety of media, explores the influences of a mother/daughter relationship seen through the generations of their art. may 31-november ART NIGHT 5-8 p.m., Thursdays, free trolley between galleries and studios. Bristol and Warren, R.I. 401-289-2545; artnightbristolwarren.org.

GARDEN/ANTIQUES may 1-31

KINNEY AZALEA GARDEN May 23 Tea, Free and open to all. 2391 Kingstown Rd., Kingston, R.I. 401-783-2396; kinneyazaleagardens.com. Six acres with over 500 varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons. through may 6 DAFFODIL DAYS Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Adults $10, seniors/students $8, ages 6-17 $2, under age 2 free. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Rt. 114, Bristol, R.I. 401-253-2707; blithewold.org. may 10-15 BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE AND FLEA MARKET SHOW Rt. 20, Brimfield, Mass. The largest outdoor antiques show in the country. may 11 3RD ANNUAL SCRIMSHAW ANTIQUES SHOW AND SWAP MEET 12-5 p.m. Museum Theater and Jacobs Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org. Scrimshaw and marine antiques show. may 11-13 THE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Rd., Fairfield, Conn. 203-259-5596x1401. Dogwood Dash, music programs, art show, crafts, and more. Activities for all ages. Proceeds benefit charities near and far. may 12 through columbus day GREEN ANIMALS TOPIARY GARDEN Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., selfguided tour. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, R.I. newportmansions.org. Sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. may 13 LILACS AT THE ARNOLD ARBORETUM 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 125 Arborway, Boston, Mass. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu. Limited parking. Refreshments and family activities. may 19-27 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL 10 a.m-5 p.m., adult $15, ages 3-12 $7. Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, Mass. 508-888-3300; heritagemuseumsandgardens.org. More than 100 varieties. Propagation program, family activities, plant sale, and more. may 26 ANNUAL GARDEN AND HERB FESTIVAL 10 am.-4 p.m. Soule-Seabury House Lawn, 3852 Main Rd., Tiverton, R.I. tivertonfourcorners.com. Rain date May 27.

may 28 through columbus day NAUMKEAG COUNTRY ESTATE 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Adult $15, ages 6-12 $3. 5 Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-3239; thetrustees.org. Berkshire country estate and gardens. Catch the tree peonies in bloom.

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FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY through june 1

CAROLYN CONRAD~EXHIBITION The Garner Center, New England School of Photography, 537 Commowealth Ave., Boston. 617-437-1868; nesop.com. Born and grew up in Massachusetts. may 2 FILM: DAVID AMRAM, THE FIRST EIGHTY YEARS 7:30 p.m., free. Meeting House, 3850 Main Rd., Tiverton, R.I. 401-624-6200; tivertonfourcorners. com. Continues to break ground in jazz, classical, and world music. through may 31 JANN TENENBAUM: DOG PHOTOGRAPHY Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Clemens Gallery, Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham, Mass. 781-741-1405; hinghamlibrary.org. may 11-12 NEWPORT FILM MINI-FEST Tickets available online. Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., Newport, R.I. 401-649-2784; newportfilm.com. Film titles TBA. may 14 URBANIZED 5-9 p.m., $TBA. Casino Theater, Newport International Hall of Fame, Freebody St., Newport, R.I. Conversation follows this documentary. newportfilm.com. opening may 26 A PROMISING VENTURE~SHAKER PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WPA Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 800-8171137; hancockshakervillage.org.

LECTURES/READINGS may 3 &10

OLD DARTMOUTH LYCEUM SPEAKER SERIES May 3, Keith Kauppila: “Visual Culture of the Civil War Era.” May 10, Chris Gustin: “Finding Form.” 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. lecture, $20. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-9970046x100; whalingmuseum.org. may 10 AN ENTIRELY SYNTHETIC FISH: HOW RAINBOW TROUT BEGUILED AMERICA AND OVERRAN THE WORLD 7 p.m., Free/registration is required. Harborside Learning Lab, New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-6596; neaq.org. Book signing to follow with Anders Halverson, PhD, author. may 24 BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE ART & ANTIQUE TRADE 6-8 p.m., Free. Acushnet Council on Aging, 59

South Main St., Acushnet, Mass. 508-9980270; sailsinc.org/acushnet. With author and antiques dealer Paul Royka. Seen on ABC News, Fox News, and the Antiques Roadshow. He will revisit the library in September for an appraisal session. Sponsored by the Friends of the Acushnet Library. may 24 THE SECRET LIVES OF LEATHERBACKS: SATELLITE TRACKING THE WORLD’S LARGEST SEA TURTLES 7 p.m., Free/registration is required. Harborside Learning Lab, New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-6596; neaq.org. Cape Cod plays host to the world’s largest sea turtle weighing up to 1,000 pounds. Kara Dodge shares her experiences and her most recent work on these amazing creatures.

WORKSHOPS through november

CAPE COD MOSAIC WORKSHOPS May 5 & 6 - Kim Wozniak - “Introduction to Mexican Smalti.” June 10 & 11 - Jim Bowen - “Create a Mosiac Mirror.” July 30 - Aug. 1 - Yulia Hanansen - “Flower Power: Creating Flowers with Mosaics.” Aug. 23 & 24 - Deb Aldo - “Design and Drawing for Mosaics.” Aug. 27& 28 - Julie Richey “Creating a Mosaic Orb for the Garden.” Sept. 23 & 24 - Deb Aldo - “Using a Dimensional Substrate for Mosaics.” Nov. 3 & 4 - Resident Artist - “Make a Mosaic Mirror with Glass.” 9:30 - 4 p.m. Class and materials fee varies. Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Mass. 774-5218408; capecodmosaicworkshops.com. Call to register and for workshop fee.

KIDS/FAMILY may 4-6

TOTALLY RED The Little Compton Community Center Children’s Theatre Production. 34 Commons, Little Compton, R.I. 401-635-2400; lccenter.com. A musical directed by Amy Lynn Budd. may 11-13 COPPELIA-A STORYBOOK BALLET May 11 at 9 & 11 a.m., $6 students and teachers. Public performance dates May 12, 7:30 p.m. and May 13, 2 p.m.; $18.50 adults, $10 age 10 and under. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, Mass. 508-673-4880; lindaonstage@aol.com, may 19 10TH ANNUAL GLEASON FAMILY YMCA 5K ROAD RACE 9 a.m., adult $22, age 12 and under $17, Onset Village, Wareham, Mass. ymcasouthcoast.org. Food, refreshments, awards. Register online. may 19 - 20 SAFETY ON SEA AND SHORE 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Free admission to first responders with proper ID, discount to accompanying family. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, Conn. mystic. org. Bucket brigade, breeches buoy rescue demonstration. Antique fire engines and horse-drawn ambulance. Newfoundland Club and K9 working dogs. Children’s book, fireboat, and real life stories to be heard.

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Just doing their jobs: A woman six months pregnant took herself to a hospital in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., complaining of labor pains. Because this particular hospital was not equipped to handle premature births, paramedics were called to transport the woman to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, and en route she gave birth to a baby boy who was not breathing and had to be resuscitated. Though the paramedics saved the premature baby's life, he developed cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen. The woman sued the EVAC ambulance service for negligence and was awarded $10 million. 1&2 Return to sender, address unknown: Eyebrows were undoubtedly raised when Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers decided to sue God in 2008. In an attempt to publicize access to the court system, Chambers sought a permanent injunction against God for his hurtful actions. The case was thrown out because the court said that God could not be notified of the lawsuit, not having an address. Chambers in return argued that "The court itself acknowledges the existence of God. A consequence of that acknowledgment is a recognition of God's omniscience.... Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit." 3 DNA saves the day: Jimmy Ray Bromgard became the 111th person to be acquitted of rape after a conviction based on DNA results. On October 1, 2002, after spending 14 years in a Montana prison, he was proved not guilty of raping an 8-yearold girl. 8 A weighty issue: In 2010, an ex-manager of McDonald's sued the corporation for his 65-pound weight gain over the 12-year span in which he worked for the fast-food giant. The disgruntled man claimed that he was forced to sample a wide array of the fat-filled products for quality control as part of his job description. The courts ruled in his favor, awarding him $17,500. 5 Huh? It's against the law to jump off a building in New York, and if you do, the penalty is death. Seriously. 15 Who's really the pirate here? In 2010, a federal jury ruled that Jammie Thomas-Rasset must pay $62,500 per illegally downloaded song, which amounted to a total of $1.5 million for the 24 songs Thomas-Rasset pirated from a file-sharing program. What's most disturbing is that this was the third jury to review the case and consider what would be an adequate financial settlement—each decided she must pay, but came up with different amounts. 9

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American patriotism: An Acton, Mass., atheist couple recently sued the local school district for discrimination against their children because of the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The family's lawyer stated that reciting "under God" marginalized the children by suggesting that those who do not believe in God are less patriotic. The school district refuted the suit, claiming that the pledge is voluntary and constitutional. 4 Life offender: There are more than 674,000 Americans listed on sex-offender registries, but it is said that two-thirds of them pose little to no risk to society. One such "sex offender" is Janet Allison, who was found guilty of being "party to the crime of child molestation" because her 15-year-old daughter was having sex with a boyfriend. Though the daughter later married the boyfriend, her mother will spend the rest of her life labeled as a sex offender. 6 Wrongly accused, according to DNA: Frank Lee Smith died of cancer on January 30, 2000, while on Florida's death row after spending 14 years in prison. On December 15, 2000, 11 months after his death and 14 years after he was convicted, DNA test results cleared Smith of the crime and identified the actual offender as Eddie Lee Mosley, who had been previously convicted of rape and murder and was living in a mental hospital in Gainesville, Fla. 7 Trick or treat? Pennsylvania judge Mark Martin was recently in the spotlight for his decision to dismiss a case against a Muslim man who was accused of attacking an atheist who was dressed as a “Zombie Muhammad” in a Halloween parade. The judge justified his decision based on lack of evidence, though the incident was captured by an onlooker in a grainy video, and Sergeant Brian Curtis told ABC 27 that the Muslim man admitted to grabbing the victim's sign and pulling his fake beard. Martin was also recorded reprimanding the atheist for his offensive costume, though it is within First Amendment rights. 11 What hop-ocracy! There's a law in Scituate, R.I., that forbids drivers from having beer in their car, even if the beer is in sealed bottles. 13 A whole latte crazy: Good Samaritan Roger Kreutz chased down Aaron Poisson on March 3, 2008, after Poisson stole the tip jar sitting out in front of the register at a Starbucks. After a struggle in the parking lot, Poisson broke free, got into his Ford truck, and backed over Kreutz, who eventually died from head injuries resulting from the accident. Kreutz's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit not against Poisson, but against Starbucks for allegedly “inviting criminal behavior” by leaving the tip jar “within reach of customers.” Wondering what the grand total was in the tip jar Poisson made off with? According to Starbucks, it was less than $5. 10

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Fined for being kind: Normally picking up trash and tidying up a public park are seen as environmentally friendly gestures, but in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, if you get caught picking up litter, hauling away trash, raking the beaches, or doing any sort of park maintenance, you could be fined $150 for “maintaining the national forest without a permit.” 12

1. http://www.ems1.com/pediatric-care/articles/804294-Fla-mom-awarded-10M-in-ambulance-birth-lawsuit/ 2. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-05-22/news/os-ed-quick-hits-052210-20100521_1_paramedics-jury-cerebral-palsy 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawsuits_against_God 4. http://www. myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/acton-family-remove-under-god-from-pledge-of-allegiance-20120213 5. http://www.healthkicker.com/735364699/man-sued-mcdonalds-for-making-him-fat-and-won/ 6. http://www.economist.com/node/14165460 7. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Frank_Lee_Smith. php 8. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Jimmy_Ray_Bromgard.php 9. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40030700/#.T2o4mo5qP5c 10. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/09/starbucks-faces-lawsuit-o_n_833748.html 11. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/pennsylvania-judge-musimzombie-muhammad_n_1304764.html 12. http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/new-hampshire 13. http://www.dumblaws.com/law/1184 14. http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/massachusetts 15. http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/new-york

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