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Steven Alves of Stevens Home Improvement

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In 1983, Steven Alves opened Stevens Home Improvement in Fairhaven, a family-run business that has thrived by employing old-fashioned service combined with innovative products and high-quality workmanship.  When I had new windows installed at my house a few years back, I was impressed by the staff and the quality of …

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Jam for Jim

A few months ago Jim Tavares, guitarist extraordinaire and much-beloved guitar teacher, suffered a stroke.  A group of friends and fellow-musicians, led by Glen Nunes and Rick “Rubin” Pacheco, have organized a fund-raising concert which will be held from 2-10 P.M. on Sunday, April 10th, at The Seaport Inn and …

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Fridgecouch

“It’s kind of like losing a child”, he said. Adrian Johnson had just shipped his “baby” off to Vancouver, British Columbia. His baby was the Fridgecouch 325e Frost-Clear, a veritable work of art designed by A.J. and fashioned from items gleaned from a junkyard in Freetown: A cherry-red leather back …

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Ella’s Woodburning Oven Restaurant Review

Ella’s Wood Burning Oven is the kind of restaurant about which one may be reluctant to rave. Too much praise may make the place so popular that the wait time for a table may go up…but I’ll take my chances. Last Friday night my wife, Ann, and I had a …

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Musician Spotlight: Natalia Zukerman

As part of the On Stage Folk Cafe series at the Zeiterion Theater, Natalia Zuckerman will be performing in New Bedford on Thursday, March 24th at 7:30PM.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Natalia.  I started out telling her about the way ‘The Z’ sets up the stage, with …

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Musician Spotlight: Mike Mahoney of Pearly Baker

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As one of the founding members of the Pearly Baker band, Mike Mahoney is considered one the godfathers of New Bedford music. Recently I interviewed Mike, and here’s what we talked about: Butch: Tell me about the line-up for Pearly Baker Band. Mike: Ken Richards, Tim Richmond, Terry Sullivan, Jim …

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