Teams that Thrive: EforAll

EforAll exemplifies teamwork– not only amongst themselves, but in the way they involve the community in all aspects of their programs: from mentoring, to reading applications, to interviews. It is always fun to watch the members of each accelerator cohort grow to know and support each other on their journey.

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South Coast Almanac at Gifts to Give

Teams that Thrive: South Coast Almanac

“Don’t let things fester. Talk it through. A team can be like a family so there is a tendency to let slights/resentments build up. Don’t let that happen. Just calmly put it out there when you’re not happy about something. It may not change things, but it will avoid the accumulation of quiet negativity which kills things.”

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Get your Monday groove on with Mindy Wallis

Sliding out of Sunday into a Monday groove can be a tough task after the weekend. During the month of January, we’re asking some Groundwork! members how they handle the transition from civilian to coworking life and get their Monday groove on.

This week, member Mindy Wallis, pictured above at the Community Boating Center during a Business Buzz with fellow member Steve Markowski, shares her morning routine with us….

What time do you get up?

Depends on the time of year – about 7:00 in the winter, 6:30 in the summer.

Alarm clock or with the sun?

Actually, I use an app called Sleep Cycle which tracks my sleep and wakes me at the best time within a 10 minute window.

How many cups of coffee does it take to get your motor humming?

Not coffee, tea. A cup or two with milk every morning.

Breakfast is…

Greek yogurt with an apple, almonds, and dried coconut.

Do you exercise in the morning?

In the summer, yes, in the winter, no.

Choose one: (and elaborate if you wish…)

In the morning…

  1.  I read a newspaper.
  2.  I read the news online.
  3.  I watch…
  4.  I listen to…
  5.  other or none of the above.

I read The New York Times on the app. I get the daily email from the Standard-Times and I usually skim the headlines.

The first thing I do work-wise every Monday is…

Check email to see if there is anything new I need to attend to.

You know you’re firing on cylinders at work on Monday when…

I’m actually working and not getting distracted by something else.

Get your Monday groove on with Adam Davenport

Sliding out of Sunday into a Monday groove can be a tough task after the weekend. During the month of January, we’re asking some Groundwork! members how they handle the transition from civilian to coworking life and get their Monday groove on.

This week, member Terra Cura, Inc. co-founder Adam Davenport, pictured above preparing a GROW Education community garden at Carlos Pacheco School in New Bedford last May, shares his morning routine with us….

How do you slide into a Monday groove after the weekend?

At this time of year the sunrise is framed perfectly out my bedroom window.  Usually a red-orange glow bouncing off the walls wakes me up and entices me to get a better view from the front door.

What time do you get up?

It’s hard to sleep past 6:30, I would love to get up a little before the sun rise, but usually it’s right before the peak.

How many cups of coffee does it take to get your motor humming?

Eh, coffee makes me sluggish, I’ll go for a strong cup of yerba mate and tulsi — after a glass of water of course.

Breakfast is… sometimes over easy eggs, hummus and spinach, open-faced on a slice of sourdough.  If i’m feeling carby – I’ll go for some hearty oatmeal.

Do you exercise in the morning?

Definitely need a good stretch and some warrior poses to get the blood flowing. Especially on Mondays. A good 10-20 minutes of yoga will do

In the morning…(choose all that apply)

a) I read a newspaper.

b) I read the news online. Democracy now headlines to get the important world news updates.. Usually following up with NPR

c) I watch…

d) I listen to… some easy music in the morning, maybe some Trevor Hall, some Yoga-like meditation vibes, or native american flute.

The first thing I do work-wise every Monday is… Get my bearings – I have to reorient myself to the week, the work, the projects since I have several things going at once.  Some solid planning is always a good start.

You know you’re firing on cylinders on Monday when…

When the questions of the previous week start to get answered – usually in the form of scribbled notes at an ‘inconvenient’ time during Yoga or such.  Then they get quickly translated when I finally sit down to work.

Get your Monday groove on with Nicole Pupillo

Sliding out of Sunday into a Monday groove can be a tough task after the weekend. During the month of January, we’re asking some Groundwork! members how they handle the transition from civilian to coworking life and get their Monday groove on.

This week, member Nicole Pupillo, pictured above getting ready to march in the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament parade in New Bedford, shares her morning routine with us….

What time do you get up?


Alarm clock or with the sun?

Usually the alarm clock unless I wake up before it rings.

How many cups of coffee does it take to get your motor humming?

Zero coffee. I know, weird – I actually don’t drink caffeine.

Breakfast is…

Granola with almond milk & fresh fruit

Do you exercise in the morning?

No, I prefer to exercise in the early evening.

Choose one: (and elaborate if you wish…)

In the morning…

a) I read a newspaper.

b) I read the news online.

c) I watch…

d) I listen to…

e) other or none of the above.

D: I like to listen to podcasts before getting out of bed.

The first thing I do work-wise every Monday is…

Organize my list of tasks on my Mac’s Stickies app

You know you’re firing on cylinders at work on Monday when…

I can just seamlessly pick up where I left off on Friday.

Coworking – and Playing – in 2017

Some common themes emerge as we look back at 2017 via the Groundwork! Facebook page, Instagram and blog.

First – coworkers like to eat! From pie contests to potlucks to impromptu birthday celebrations, food and drink is in ample supply whether we’re home at 1213 Purchase Street or away.

Another is a love of the outdoors – especially the beautiful South Coast region.

Finally, a palpable love of community and New Bedford leaps off the laptop screen in post after post.

You’d think that with all the eating, drinking, boating, hiking, cycling, dancing, celebrating or hitting the road, Groundworkers wouldn’t have much time to do any actual work!

But, we’re an ambitious lot and individually our members are leaders or up-and-comers in their respective fields. The hard work just doesn’t make it into our Facebook feed that often!

Maybe because a photo of someone staring intently at their laptop isn’t all that compelling. When we’re at play, however, the camera phones get quite a workout.

So join us below for a slideshow as we relive some favorite off-hours memories from 2017 in and out of Groundwork! Memories that collectively define us as a coworking family – a funky bunch in an equally funky little city.  

  • Beginning 2017 with some inspiration...


Trey Piepmeier

Member Spotlight: Trey Piepmeier

“[I’m inspired by] good art; illustration, photography, music, movies. Film photography has been especially inspirational for me the last few years. Both the process and end result of creating photos on film is very enjoyable to me.”

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MIndy Wallis

Member Spotlight: Mindy Wallis

“As a newcomer to New Bedford, Groundwork has been invaluable. I’ve gotten referrals to doctors, dentists, and auto repair shops, found people to take moving boxes off my hands, and gotten advice on who to support in the local elections. I’ve met other members of the community, become a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and made some business connections. And most importantly, I’ve met a lot of warm, friendly people who’ve made me and my family feel very welcome.”

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Maps and Legends at Haskell Gardens: A Conversation with Steven Froias

Haskell Gardens

Haskell Gardens is a haven of exotic trees and plants.

Haskell Gardens, a New Bedford hidden gem, will serve as the backdrop for work from local artists starting this Friday. The show is called “Maps & Legends Two: If by sea…” and is curated by our very own  Steven Froias. If you haven’t been to Haskell Gardens yet, it’s a peaceful six-acre oasis located off of Shawmut Ave. Founded over thirty years ago by horticultural legend and New Bedford resident Allen C. Haskell, the garden holds a unique space in New Bedford’s history, making it the perfect spot for a show called “Maps and Legends.”

We know Steven Froias best as our “Groundworker at Large.” True to his moniker, Steven is a man about town and he’s behind many great initiatives in our city. He created the New Bedford Bookfest, a bi-annual festival featuring local authors and publishers, and he did the logo design for Love the Ave, a movement to promote Acushnet Ave as an international marketplace. Steven is also an artist himself, and his vintage stenciled signs recall a sense of the past with a contemporary, playful twist.

Froias has a keen eye for all the little and unexpected things that make neighborhoods and cities great: from New Bedford’s hardware stores to its corner shops, from rising stars Tim Cole and Jeremiah Hernandez, to noticeable improvements in New Bedford’s architecture and street scene. Froias has elevated the Groundwork! blog to become a chronicle of New Bedford’s past, present, and future, celebrating the quirks, accomplishments, and successes of our city in real time, as the story unfolds.

So it makes sense that Froias’s own description of “Maps and Legends Two: If by sea” reads:

Maps & Legends refers both to the history of New Bedford and its sense of itself in the larger world. Viewers are invited to embark on a voyage of discovery that includes the artwork, the stories and this very special place, Haskell Public Gardens, a Trustees of Reservations property.

I asked Steven to answer a few questions about the upcoming show, his practice as an artist/writer/curator, and what makes him so curious about New Bedford. But before you dive into the questions, take note: Maps and Legends Two: If by sea opens on Friday, July 14th from 5-8PM. At 6PM, New Bedford residents will share their own legends as part of a storytelling hour emceed by Groundwork! member Shelley Cardoos.


Curator Steven Froias on the loose at Haskell.

What inspired you to curate shows at Haskell Gardens?

Well, first of all, it’s a beautiful space. Every cliche you can think of – enchanted garden, hidden gem, urban oasis – applies to Haskell Public Gardens. And, it’s in my neighborhood! Which leads me to another reason to get involved there…it was at a neighborhood Ward 3 meeting that I met the garden’s on-site horticulturist, Kristin McCullin. She came to a freezing winter meeting to introduce the park to people living around it and let them know it would be opening later that year in the fall.

Like you, Sarah, and your partner in co-working crime, Dena Haden, and so many of our friends and co-workers, it seemed here was another person offering New Bedford focus, energy and talent. As we’ve all experienced at Groundwork!, that sense of purpose and commitment from the people around you inspires you! Kristin encouraged area residents to get involved in the park, and I was thrilled to let the gears start turning in my mind as to what I could bring to this very special place.

In your words, the theme “Maps and Legends” refers to New Bedford’s own history and its sense of itself in the larger world. This theme resonates in the topics you write for the Groundwork blog, and also with your own artwork. What drives this curiosity for you as a writer, curator, and artist?

Hmm, I think it all comes back to Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been a fan of the great detective since I was a kid and like to think I bring that same sense of searching for answers to everything I do – whether it’s art or writing or organizing events. I like to dig deep to solve the case and bring to light what’s underneath. With the art, it’s providing a connection to the back-story. With the writing – especially with the posts I’m fortunate enough to get to write for the Groundwork! blog – it’s all about the here and now – and the future. Any city – but New Bedford in particular – is a puzzle of many pieces that constantly needs to be sorted through to solve. It’s an adventure!

Can you talk about the artists who will feature in this year’s show, and why you chose them to show work?

They’re amazing! Kelly Zélen and Zachary M. White are the stars of this show. I believe in seizing serendipity when it rears its head. After first discovering Kelly’s work for myself at Kilburn Mills Studios, and then asking her to appear in last year’s Maps & Legends, I kept hearing people say how impressed they were with her sculpture. Jeremiah Hernandez – who as we know is curating a huge show this week at Groundwork! – spoke about his respect for her work. I have great respect respect for his opinion, so was confident I was on the right track asking her to be one of the two featured artists for this year’s Maps & Legends.

As for Zachary M. White – here’s some more serendipity. As so often happens, though I had met Zach before, I only recently discovered that he’s a maps aficionado and artist. Naturally, I found this out at Groundwork!, which is why I call the place the Center of Gravity in New Bedford.

Zach had brought some of his prints to show TDI fellow Jim McKeag and Dena, and luckily I was there. When you mount a show called Maps & Legends, what more could you ask for than a prolific, talented young artists producing stylized…maps!

This year you are adding an element of live storytelling to the opening exhibition. What kinds of stories can we expect?

Well, as you noted above, I get to tell lots of stories on the Groundwork! blog. I do this by looking and listening everywhere throughout the city – the game’s always afoot and I’m always on the case! I thought it would be nice to let people hear it from the source – directly from some of the people who have caught my eyes and ears and provided me with material.

It’s also inspired by the Community Conversations Jacob Miller organized for AHA! New Bedford this past winter – and I’m happy to say Jacob has helped recruit some people to come to the opening and share their stories – their New Bedford Legends – with us all under the skies. Again, Jacob is one of those people who are passionate about doing new things in the city, and I’m always down with collaborating with someone like that.

What do you love most about living in New Bedford?

The fact that the story never ends. Too many people try to pigeonhole the city – and sometimes in very negative ways – but it constantly fights back. It’s a scrappy place and hold its own. It’s still evolving and actually writes its own story. You can try to place it into a context or wrap a narrative around it, but really, it’s a perpetual mystery that challenges you to always reevaluate the evidence and….start again. Catnip for a writer!

Jeff Golenski

Member Spotlight: Jeff Golenski

“At Groundwork, there’s a community here that I can be a part of and reach out to for ideas if need be. It’s like being in an office, but everyone just works at different companies. It’s something we’re only going to see more of as our workforce moves more towards the digital space.”

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