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6 Amazing Women: Eva Sommaripa

Eva Sommaripa (Photo by Elin Bodin)

March is women’s history month and we’ve had a fun month, introducing you to the six amazing women we chose to feature in our inaugural issue.  If you’ve been keeping track, you know we’ve introduced five women so far this month.

Who is the sixth? Well, we actually introduced you to her on our blog back in January (because we wanted to be thinking about spring and farming back in those cold, dark days).  Eva Sommaripa is a food pioneer, who is known all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts for her remarkable herbs, microgreens and foraged edibles. For those of you who missed it, please feel free to check out the print version of our 2016 article on Eva right here: Eva Sommaripa

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6 Amazing Women: Michelle Hantman

March is women’s history month. At South Coast Almanac, we’re digging into our (short) history to bring you the profiles of 6 amazing women from the inaugural 2016 issue.

Today, we introduce Michelle Hantman from the United Way of Greater New Bedford. Michelle flirted with the idea of becoming a news anchor and even interned at CNN and Extra in Los Angeles before realizing that she wanted to make a difference back home on the South Coast. Check out her story here: Michelle Hantman

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6 Amazing Women: Dr. Ann Partridge

March is women’s history month. At South Coast Almanac, we’re digging into our (short) history to bring you the profiles of 6 amazing women from the inaugural 2016 issue.

Today we present Dr. Ann Partridge, an internationally renowned Dana Farber oncologist, who lives right here in New Bedford. Find out why she chose a 60 mile commute.  Check it out here: Ann Partridge

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6 Amazing Women: Gail Fortes

March is women’s history month. At South Coast Almanac, we’re digging into our (short) history to bring you the profiles of 6 amazing women from the inaugural 2016 issue.

This week, meet Gail Fortes who detoured from a career in dance to a career empowering girls and women. Find out why she’s got rolling suitcases packed at the office at all times. Check out her story here: Gail Fortes. 

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6 Amazing Women: Ashley Bendiksen

March is women’s history month. At South Coast Almanac, we’re digging into our (short) history to bring you the profiles of 6 amazing women from the inaugural 2016 issue.

Our hero today is Ashley Bendiksen, a young woman who passionately works to make sure other young women know they can survive domestic abuse. Check out her story here: Ashley Bendiksen.

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6 Amazing Women: Louise Bastarache

March is women’s history month. At South Coast Almanac, we decided to dig into our own history (alright, alright…with just one issue out so far, we don’t really have to “dig” very far) to bring you the profiles of 6 amazing women from the inaugural 2016 issue.

First up, the baby whisperer: Tobey Hospital’s Louise Bastarache. People drive from as far away as Boston and Provincetown to have Louise as their midwife. Check out our story about her here: Louise Bastarache.

 

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5 More South Coast Couples We Love

5 More South Coast Couples We Love

Last year, we shared our favorite South Coast couples and it was the most popular post of the year (check it out here if you missed it). We guess everyone is drawn to a good love match, just like we are. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we continue the tradition this year right here, with 5 More South Coast Couples We Love. A special shout out and thanks to A.J. Marks Jewelers for sponsoring this post! If you’re looking for something for your sweetheart, check out A.J. Marks — they’ll take good care of you.

Justin & Megan at the 2016 South Coast Almanac launch party

Justin Tonnessen & Megan Bruce

Together since: 2011

Why We Love Them: We love the patience of this Fairhaven couple. Their courtship was the longest we’ve ever heard of. When mutual friends tried to set them up, they went out for a lunch date in 2009. Then they went on another date in 2010. In 2011, they ran into each other at Cork in downtown New Bedford. Something clicked that night and they’ve been together non-stop ever since.

 

 

Our favorite Valentine's couples

Tim & Howe at the annual Picnic on the Lawn

 

Howe Allen & Tim Evans

Together since: 2003

Why We Love Them: They bring a sense of adventure to everything they do. On a whim and having never visited Fairhaven before, they decided to drive to West Island because they were looking for a second home and they liked how it looked on a map. Within a month, they were West Island homeowners. Three years later in 2010, they had moved permanently from Boston to Fairhaven. They settled in and together have created new treasured traditions in the community like the annual Picnic on the Lawn (which we adore!) and the Fairhaven Short Film Festival (which we’re going to check out this May). We’re so happy they moved to the South Coast.

 

 

 

Mark Medeiros

Mark & Gayle on Martha’s Vineyard

Mark & Gayle Medeiros

Together since: 1972

Why We Love Them: They’ve been together for over 40 years since they first met at Bristol Community College but you’d never know it. They still look like two kids in love. Perhaps it’s because they make sure to go out on a date every weekend. That’s pretty impressive (and is perhaps the reason for their longevity). They still enjoy each other’s company enough to work side by side at Slocum Design Studio in Dartmouth (where they help us keep this website up-to-snuff!)

 

 

Dave Richardson & Jan Schmidt

Dave & Jan

Dave Richardson & Jan Schmidt

Together since: 2014

Why We Love Them: They met when Jan was a guest performer at one of Dave’s weekly blues gigs. They were both “reluctant relationship people” but they liked each other and started following each other’s musical careers. Dave remembers being an audience member at one of Jan’s shows, mesmerized by her and just thinking “wow, look at that!” After that show, they hopped on his motorcycle, went out for sushi and decided to go to see Boyhood at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. Settling into the leather couches that night, they both realized they had something special.

A detour from the South Coast: Dave says, “When we met, I was planning to move back to Maine. I told her, ‘If I’m moving to Maine, I’m not leaving you behind.'” Sadly, they did move to Maine. Happily, they moved back to New Bedford last summer.  Check them out performing together at Fathoms Bar & Grill on February 24 and March 10 or at Tavolo on March 4.

 

Ashley & Riley

Ashley & Riley at a farmer’s market

Ashley Payne & Riley Mello

Together since: 2015

Why We Love Them: They’re always thinking of the next big idea. And then making it happen. In November 2015, they made a batch of dog treats made from spent grain left over from Riley’s home beer brewing. Turns out, the treats were pretty darn good. They applied for permits and went into business last spring as French BrewDog Bakery, attending events and farmers markets all over the South Coast. We ran into them at the Fairhaven Farmers Market and fell in love with them and their adorable booth. We won’t be surprised if they open a cafe for humans someday soon. Their Dartmouth home is the experimental base for creating all sorts of funky edibles like kombucha, wine, beer and things you’ve never even considered (like fermented granola, fermented salsa and fermented ginger beer). Keep an eye out for expanded offerings…

 

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Special shout out to AJ Marks Jewelers in Wareham and Hyannis for sponsoring our Valentine blog posts. Thanks, guys!

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