Marion Fire Dept. implementing Lock Box Program
MARION – Fire Chief Brian Jackvony has announced that the Marion Fire Dept. is implementing a residential Lock Box Program to expedite access to senior and handicapped adults’ homes during emergencies. In many emergency situations, individuals who call 911 may not be able to open their door when firefighters arrive, especially if a person falls, has a stroke or is experiencing a heart attack, according to a press release. Currently, firefighters must break through a door or a window, causing damage and costing money and valuable time. Through the Lock Box Program, participants install a small box outside their home, with a key code that they and the Fire Department have access to in the event that immediate access into their home is needed. In turn, the likelihood of property damage caused by the firefighters forcing entry into a residence is greatly reduced. There is no cost to participate in the Lock Box Program, other than the cost of a spare key to the door that will be accessed. “In these instances, every second counts,” Jackvony said. “Lock boxes are an extremely valuable tool for homeowners and the Fire Department to ensure those who are in an emergency situation, medical or otherwise, receive assistance as quickly as possible.” The lock box will only be used during an emergency call when first responders can’t make entry without using force. At no time will the lock box be used or will entry be made without authorization. Eligible participants should contact the Marion Council on Aging, 508-748-3570, to obtain information for installation of the lock box.
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
NEW BEDFORD - The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit organization. Tickets are available for purchase at zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900 or in person at the box office, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Zeiterion Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; and two hours before each performance.
Become a Baywatcher with the Buzzards Bay Coalition
NEW BEDFORD - The Buzzards Bay Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the Buzzards Bay region from Dartmouth to Falmouth as a volunteer Baywatcher this summer. The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the Coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors – an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay. Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background. Trainings will take place throughout May in Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Wareham and Falmouth. If you’re interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at 508-999-6363, ext. 203 or email@example.com. For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/baywatchers.
Bay Pointe Club participating in PGA Jr. League
BOSTON - PGA and LPGA professionals in the Boston area are offering PGA Jr. League, a game-changing way for kids to learn and play golf, according to a press release. The program brings friends and family together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching and instruction from PGA and LPGA professionals. Boys and girls of all background and skill levels learn and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble format that encourages mentorship, builds confidence, and promotes sportsmanship. PGA Jr. League is primarily for boys and girls ages 13 and under, though some facilities offer 16-and-under programs. Onset’s Bay Pointe Club is among the facilities hosting open registration, meaning that families don’t have to have an existing relationship with the golf course in order for their kids to participate. The Bay Pointe Club is also among the facilities offering 16-and-under programs. Parents can visit PGAJrLeague.com to search with their kids for a team by ZIP code or facility, and register online and learn about fees and other program details. Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers with 42,000 boys and girls playing on 3,400 teams nationwide— a 16-percent year-over-year increase. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels.
Cape Cod Canal Chamber presents ‘Eastern Bank Concerts by the Canal’
BUZZARDS BAY - The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce has scheduled another exciting year for the popular “Eastern Bank Concerts by the Canal” series.
The concerts are held each Thursday evening during July and August from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The location is at the newly renovated Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street, Buzzards Bay, in the Gazebo.
Make sure to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, a picnic dinner and the entire family to enjoy this favorite summer happening, organizers say. These local bands are sure to get the whole family up and dancing:
Aug. 16 - Grace Morrison - Country Folk/Americana
Aug. 23 - TBD
Aug. 30 - Rain Date if Needed
The concerts are funded in part by a generous grant from Eastern Bank, the Bourne Cultural Council and these local businesses: Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay, Marty’s Chevrolet, A.D. Makepeace, Bourne TV, Hy-Line Cruises, Kinlin Grover, Nauset Disposal, Mezza Luna, Wicked Local, Bourne Recreation Authority, Nauset Marine, Cape Cod Express, Crayon College at Bourne, H & R Block, Krua Thai, Eleventh Hour Design, First Citizens Credit Union, Friends of Bourne COA, Johnson Electric Supply, Liquor Barn, and TownePlace Suites Wareham Buzzards Bay.
Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Community Building.
Edward Albee’s 'Seascape' opens at the Marion Art Center Aug. 9
MARION - Edward Albee’s “Seascape,” winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, will open at the Marion Art Center on Thursday, Aug. 9, with subsequent performances on Friday, Aug. 10, Saturday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 16, Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18. All performances will start at 7:30 p.m.
This drama (dramedy) in two acts is about a retired couple enjoying a day at the beach when they meet a “sea creature” couple. Director Kate Fishman has cast Camerin Bennett as Sarah, Scott Fishman as Charlie, Tristan McCann as Leslie and Susan Sullivan as Nancy. “This is a strong cast,” says director Fishman, “and I predict a lively and engaging production.”
Tickets cost $18 for MAC members, and $20 for nonmembers. General seating and cabaret tables for four are available. Purchase tickets in person at MAC or by calling during gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant St., phone: 508-748-1266.
Exciting new additions to 19th Annual Rochester Country Fair
ROCHESTER – The 19th Annual Rochester Country Fair will take place Thursday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 19, at 65 Pine St. Organizers say they are excited to welcome back 4-H demonstrations and livestock. There will be various musicians for those attending to relax to while enjoying a bite to eat from the many food vendors. Patrons can then browse through the amazing craft vendor area for some specialty items, according to a press release. The most exciting addition is a beer-and-wine garden, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 – 9 p.m., being hosted by the Acushnet Lions Club. Organizers have also decided to bring Thursday night back with a 50s sock-hop with DJ Howie and are welcoming the New England Truck Pulling Association. Organizers also say they are thrilled that the Woodsman Show will be coming back on Friday evening in the main arena, as well as Antique Transfer Tractor pulls down in the back. Saturday will give patrons many options for entertainment with plenty of fun activities for all ages and the return of the Wrestling and Antique Tractor Pulls. Joining the fun this year is Connecticut State Tractor Pulleres. Organizers will also be adding some exciting new activities in the children’s arena. Just a sneak peak ... come and see the Princesses of New Bedford. On Sunday, the Country Fair will be hosting the popular Slab and Garden Tractors pulls and Mass Mini Tractor Pulleres in the tractor area, as well as a few surprises up top. The Live Action will take place under the Main Tent. Patrons can grab their cowboy boots and hats and join in for Line Dancing lessons and open dancing. The Fair is also featuring miniature golf to entertain the youngsters on Saturday and Sunday. The children’s play area has been expanded up top and a volleyball and corn hole area for the teenagers is down below. Organizers will be posting new events on the Fair website as plans are finalized. There are still a few food and craft vendor spots available. Those interested, can make contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run for clean water with Team Buzzards Bay
FALMOUTH – Runners near and far have a unique opportunity to “run for clean water” with Team Buzzards Bay at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, Aug. 19. For the fourth year in a row, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will field Team Buzzards Bay as part of the Numbers for Nonprofits charity bibs program, according to a press release. Funds raised by the team will support the Coalition’s work to protect and restore Buzzards Bay through science, advocacy, education and watershed land conservation. In the past three years, more than 30 Team Buzzards Bay runners raised over $50,000 for clean water. The Falmouth Road Race is a bucket list item for many runners. Each August, 11,000 participants flow through the winding streets of Woods Hole to complete a seven-mile scenic seaside course during the peak of the summer season. However, official bibs for the race can be hard to come by due to the random selection entry process. Runners who want to join Team Buzzards Bay receive a guaranteed race entry and bib when they agree to raise $1,000 or more for clean water. Local Falmouth residents with their own bibs can also join the team by raising $500 or more. "Participating in an organized athletic event is always an exciting and personally satisfying thing to do, but if there’s also an opportunity to make it count for someone or something else, it’s doubly rewarding!” said Falmouth resident Maureen Thomas, who will be returning to Team Buzzards Bay for the second year. Team perks include a “Running for Buzzards Bay” team T-shirt, group training runs with expert coaches, fundraising support, a post-race party and the satisfaction of running for a good cause with others who share your desire to give back. Out of 20 entries, there are currently 12 spots left on Team Buzzards Bay. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested runners can apply online at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/falmouthroadrace or at the Buzzards Bay Coalition office at 114 Front St., New Bedford. With questions, contact the Coalition at 508-999-6363 or email@example.com. Team sponsorship opportunities are available for companies that want to show their support for the runners and for our local environment. For more information, contact Deborah Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-999-6363.
The Annual Marion Town Party is Aug. 25
MARION - The Annual Marion Town Party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, (rain date is Sunday, Aug. 26) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring St. Festivities begin at 4 p.m.
New this year: Marion Firefighters Association will partner with the Marion Harbormaster Department. All proceeds are for local community needs as well as the Bird Island Lighthouse Fund, according to a press release. Next year will mark the Bird Island Lighthouse Bicentennial so organizers are looking forward to kicking off the celebration a little early at the Annual Town Party.
Free inflatable fun for the kids will be featured, as well as a free rock climbing wall, music and dancing - plus, the huge bonfire. It’s a great night of fun for the entire family. There will be food and beverages for sale.
Once again organizers are seeking corporate sponsors. There are different levels of sponsorship offered. Also, organizers will be selling advertising space in the Town Party booklet. Organizers note this is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible. Please “Like” the Facebook page – Marion Town Party.
For further information, or to make a donation, contact: Chris Berg, 508-776-1615; Steve Gonsalves, 508-264-5852; or Donna Hemphill, 508-748-3515, email to email@example.com or you may send a check (made out to Town of Marion) to the Marion Town House, c/o Marion Town Party, 2 Spring St., Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.
Organizers thank residents for their support.
StoryWalk® returns to Sippican Lands Trust’s Peirson Woods
MARION - StoryWalk® returns to Sippican Lands Trust’s Peirson Woods this August. This year’s StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods features “Forest Bright, Forest Night” written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Jamichael Henterly.
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time, according to a press release. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As participants stroll down the trail, they are directed to the next page in the story.
Peirson Woods is a 30-acre parcel of land with woodlands and wetlands including a vibrant salt marsh. The property is home to numerous species of birds including herons, winter buffleheads and osprey. Located at the head of Blankenship Cove, this property features a trail leading from Point Road to a viewing platform overlooking the head of the Cove. On a clear day, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and the northern Elizabeth Islands can be seen.
The parking area for Peirson Woods is located just off of Point Road, approximately 1.4 miles south of the intersection of Route 6 (Wareham Road) and Point Road in Marion. Parking is very limited so please be careful when parking your vehicle along Point Road.
StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods will be open from sunrise to sunset starting Wednesday, Aug.1, and ending Saturday, Sept. 1. Adults and kids of all ages are welcome and for further information about the StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods visit www.sippicanlandstrust.org or call Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080.
State Primary Election is Sept. 4
MATTAPOISETT - The Massachusetts State Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4. In Mattapoisett, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Old Hammondtown School, 20 Shaw St. The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the primary is Wednesday, Aug. 15. The Mattapoisett Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8 p.m. that day. Absentee ballots are now available during normal business hours to those who qualify to receive one. Call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-758-4100, extension 2, if you have any questions regarding your voting status.
Third Annual Fair Way Golf Tournament
WAREHAM – The Third Annual Fair Way Golf Tournament will be held at Little Harbor Country Club, 9 Little Harbor Road, on Sept. 8, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. It is sponsored by the Church of The Good Shepherd which is celebrating its 150th year of serving the Wareham and surrounding community. The golf tournament funds the support of its outreach ministries. Entry fee is $75 per golfer or $280 for a foursome, which includes hot lunch, golf carts are extra. Early bird registration is $65 per golfer/$260 per team if registered before July 15. There are many sponsor opportunities available for those who like to help. For more information or to R.S.V.P. call Natecia at 774-260-1924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra announces exciting 2018-2019 season
NEW BEDFORD - The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra has just released its upcoming season concert schedule, with four classical and two pops concerts at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in 2018-2019.
Following his critically acclaimed inaugural season, Maestro Yaniv Dinur said: “I am proud and excited to present to you my second season as music director of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The first decision I made when I began planning this season was that we would perform a piece by a woman composer on each of our concerts. Everything else evolved around that.” In addition to major works by women composers at each classical concert, the NBSO will also perform masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Barber, Bartok, and Mahler, as well as compelling and beautiful works by some of the most talented composers working today, according to a press release.
The season opens with “Let There Be Light!” on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m., featuring harpist Bridget Kibbey. The annual Family Holiday Pops concerts are next on Dec. 15 with shows at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The NBSO starts off the new year with “Fima Plays Beethoven” on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, featuring pianist Yefim “Fima” Bronfman, internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists. “Roses and Thorns” on Feb. 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m., will feature cellist Christine Lee. On March 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m., “Movie Night: The Sequel” will explore the beautiful and unforgettable music of film, with more of Maestro Dinur’s hilarious antics. The season closes with “Epic Journeys” on May 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m., with pianist Joyce Yang.
Discounted season subscriptions to three or more concerts are available online at www.nbsymphony.org or by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276. More information on the concert programs, guest artists, and subscription pricing can be found at www.nbsymphony.org. Individual concert tickets will go on sale Aug. 31.
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with internationally acclaimed guest artists, as well as an outstanding chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO 's innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 25,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit nbsymphony.org.
Registration open for Buzzards Bay Coalition Golf Tournament in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT – The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s annual Golf Tournament will be held at noon, Oct. 19, at the Bay Club at 63 County Road.
All proceeds from the tournament go into a dedicated fund to support the cleanup of nitrogen pollution – Buzzards Bay’s largest pollutant – in New Bedford Harbor.
For golfers, this event is an opportunity to enjoy the private Bay Club’s parkland-style 7,000-yard course, designed by PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon in conjunction with golf course architect Brad Booth. With 88 percent of its 625 forested acres preserved, the Bay Club is the only Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary in Massachusetts.
Scott Zeien, owner of Kingman Yacht Center in Bourne, is returning to the Golf Tournament for the sixth time this year.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to play a beautiful, private course of the highest caliber,” said Zeien. “When you add that all the players are united in purpose to help preserve our Bay, it adds a level of camaraderie and community to the event.”
The tournament is a scramble format with practice at 10 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Registration is $250 for individuals or $1,000 for a foursome. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees, cart rental, tournament gift, boxed lunches, beer and snacks on the course and an after-party reception at the Golf House Restaurant with cocktails, light fare and awards and prizes, including an opportunity to putt for the chance to win $5,000.
Non-golfers can still enjoy the festivities and support clean water by purchasing a $35 ticket to the cocktail party reception, which begins at 5 p.m.
To register: savebuzzardsbay.org/golf; 508-999-6363; email@example.com.
Rochester Police set entrance exam for Oct. 27
ROCHESTER - The Rochester Police Dept., in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions, has scheduled an entrance exam for the Rochester Police Dept. on Oct. 27.
The Rochester Police Dept. employs 11 full-time officers, five part-time officers and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,500 residents, according to a press release. The department will be holding an entrance exam to fill part-time openings now and full-time positions in the future.
Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work, according to the release.
Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate on a number of the department’s specialized units, such as bike patrol and ATV patrol, and are also able to join specialized units, such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search-and-rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
According to the release, this is a great opportunity for someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement to participate in the entry-level testing process and possibly earn that career.
For further information on this upcoming exam, visit www.policeexamsolutions.com. All registrations must be done online.