CANDIDATES FOR REHOBOTH SPRING ELECTION - NO COMPETITION

(February 20, 2015) Tuesday was the deadline for spring election candidates to submit their nomination papers either independently or through a party caucus, and all candidates for the April 6 election run unopposed this year.

   There are two candidates for the two available selectmen’s seat, both nominated by the Republication caucus.  Susan Pimental will retain her seat on the BOS, and Gerald Schwall will assume the seat of Dr. Joe Tito who decided not to run for a third term.

    The Republic caucus also nominated incumbents David A. Katseff and Katherine F. (Dennen) Cooper for Dighotn-Rehoboth School Committee. Incumbent Town Clerk Laura Schwall was nominated for a three-year term. Incumbent Susan Taylor was nominated to retain her position on the board of assessors.  Charles Procopio, who currently serves as a member of the board of assessors, was nominated for another five-year term on the park commission. Robert E. Johnson, II was selected by the caucus for another tree-year term as tree warden. Incumbent David Perry, Jr. for chosen for another three-year term as stormwater officer.  Thirty-year veteran of the planning board Edward Berozzi, Jr. was nominated for another five year term. Lynore McKim, who serves on both the park commission and Rehoboth Cultural Council, was nominated for a five-year term on the housing authority.

   The Democratic caucus nominated long-time Town Moderator William Cute for another one-year term. The also nominated incumbent Thomas Nicholson to another three-year term on the water commission. 

   Only a few town offices are paid positions including the town clerk and town assessor.  The town moderator position usually involves payent of a stipend for conducting the two traditional town meetings held each year along with extra meetings as needed, but Cute has declined compensation.

     Last year, the voter turnout for spring town election was dismal due to mostly uncontested races. Only 1,362 of the town’s 8,078 registered voters bothered to go to the polls.


UPDATE ON SNOW REMOVAL; UPDATED SNOW SURVEY RESULTS

(February 19, 2015) The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen spent some time at their Monday night meeting discussing snow removal. A modified snow and ice removal policy was approved last autumn when the town budget was cut by 20 percent affecting all town departments except the district school budget. 

    The most significant change is waiting until three inches of snow has fallen before plows take to the roadways, along with fewer town employees in the highway department.  The town currently operates eleven vehicles with three employees along with hired sub-contractors to operate town equipment.  According to BOS Chairman Mike Costello, the town additionally hires 23 independent snow plow drivers.

    Town Administrator Jeff Ritter said the town has spent $215,000 on snow removal so far this year. Traditionally the snow removal budget goes over the anticipated amount.  The estimate for FY15 was $200,000. 

    While there have been some complaints about both secondary and tertiary roadways, town officials praised the work of the highway department.  Costello emphasized one problem relates to the use of a sand/salt mix on the roads instead of straight salting. The policy to use a sand/salt mix was approval at town meeting several years ago in response to concerns about salt damage to water sources and wells.

    Ritter took a moment to thank observant town employees who noticed the town office buildings, which were closed at the time, had no heat.  A prompt investigation revealed the heating oil tanks were empty and had not been automatically refilled by the service provider.  The problem was corrected before any damage occurred.

    Results from the RehobothNow Snow Survey have been updated today reflecting an additional 26 respondents. The survey will remain active through the end of the month. Share your opinions!


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDER: KEEP YOUR VENTS CLEAR

(February 16, 2015) With the accumulation of multiple recent snow storms, the Rehoboth Fire Department reminds residents to keep all vents for fuel burning appliances clear. 

   According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the department has received numerous calls for carbon monoxide alarms.  In some cases, firefighters discovered CO at dangerous levels.  Massachusetts law requires dwellings to have working CO detectors on every level. 

    “If you need assistance with getting a CO detector or need a site visit to ensure proper placement, just call us,” said Barresi.  Those interested should call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

    On Saturday morning, RFD assisted with mutual aid to a two-alarm fire in Berkley by sending a tanker and personnel.  With a temperature of minus-eleven degrees on arrival, firefighters dealt with freezing water, hoses and trucks.  “It took a strong effort to extinguish the fire,” said Baressi.  The Rehoboth apparatus returned to the station later Saturday morning.


OWNER DESPERATE TO FIND LOST ELDERLY ‘THERAPEUTIC’ DOG

(February 13, 2015) An Attleboro women is desperate to locate her elderly companion dog that may the same yellow canine seen by two witnesses in the vicinity of Route 44.

     “Pete” is a fourteen-year-old, yellow lab mix dog that acts as a “therapeutic companion” to Roxanne Houghton of Attleboro who believes the dog may be somewhere in Rehoboth or Norton. Pete went missing on January 22 from their home and may be limping due to a soft tissue injury in a rear leg. 

    She is not wearing a collar and is friendly to people, but not fond of other dogs. Houghton has been in contact with Rehoboth Animal Control.

    According to Houghton who has asthma, Pete serves as her ‘therapy’ dog, but is not a formally trained service animal.  “She has been my instinctual therapy dog,” explained Houghton who depends on Pete to calm her when she has a severe asthma attack.

    If you see this animal, please contact either Jane Foster, Rehoboth Animal Control Officer at 508-252-5421, ext. 3126, or call Roxanne Houghton directly at  774-254-0359.


REHOBOTH RESIDENTS SHARING THEIR OPINIONS ON SNOW REMOVAL

(February 12, 2015) As of publishing time this morning, 46 people responded to the snow survey opened on February 9.  You can view the current results today on the Survey page including unedited written comments by anonymous respondents.

    The survey will remain active through the end of the month at RehobothNow opinion survey and the results will be updated on February 20 and 27.


TOWN OFFICE CLOSED TODAY; NO MUNICIPAL MEETINGS

(February 9, 2015) The Rehoboth Town Office is closed today due to the poor weather conditions.  There are no municipal meeting scheduled for today. 


HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH WINTER 2015? 

(February 9, 2015)  Take a quick RehobothNow opinion survey about snow and ice removal on town roadways, and the town services you may have used during over the winter so far. You can also share you stories, both positive and negative.  This survey will remain active through the month of February.  Results will be published on the Survey page beginning February 12 and updated daily.


RPD ARREST TWO FALL RIVER MEN AT GUNPOINT

(February 5, 2015) The Rehoboth Police Department report the arrests at gunpoint of two Fall River men yesterday night around 9 PM after a manhunt of several hours in the area of Almeida Road and Barney Avenue near Seekonk.

   Five hours earlier, an alert was issued by East Providence police searching for a gold-colored Mercedes Benz traveling at speeds of over 100 mph on I-195 towards the Massachusetts state line.  When the
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Mercedes reached a traffic jam caused by two accidents in the highway, the driver attempted backing up according to witnesses and got stuck in snow on the median. The two men then fled on foot near the area of Almeida Road.
   Massachusetts State Police, along with Rehoboth and Seekonk police began an extensive search of the area that lasted several hours. Sgt. James Medeiros of the RPD spotted the two suspects walking toward Barney Road and after a brief pursuit held them at gunpoint until additional officers arrived to assist including Officers Jacob Miranda and Thomas Ranley.
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It was discovered later the two were hiding on the roof of a business.

    Robert Dias, age 29 of Fall River and Richard Ferreira, age 36 of Fall River, were taken into custody charged with breaking and entering the Old Castle Precast building in Almeida Road, trespassing and resisting arrest.  Dias was additionally charged with heroin possession and had two outstanding arrest warrants for armed robbery in New Bedford.  Bail for Dias was set at $4,540 and Ferreira’s bail was set at $2,540.  Both were transported to the Bristol County House of Corrections and due in Taunton District Court today for arraignment.


TOWN OFFICIALS MAKE UP MEETINGS TONIGHT

(February 5, 2015) The Rehoboth Board of Selection will make up Monday’s canceled meeting tonight at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center beginning at  6:15 PM with an executive session followed by regular session at 7 PM.

    The BOS agenda for executive session includes issues related to collective bargaining with non-union personnel, and litigation involving REPAC vs TOR, REPAC vs Ritter, and collective bargaining with the clerical union.  Their regular session includes a variety of business.  They will meet with members of the finance committee on funding alternatives for “proposed revisions to the Regional School District Agreement.”  Selectmen will also meet with members of the animal advisory committee to review their recommendations for the town animal shelter and other animal-related issues. 

    The Rehoboth Finance Committee will also meet tonight at the senior center to approve a reserve fund transfer from the fire department and also meet with selectmen during their regular session.

    The Rehoboth Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has a rescheduled executive session tonight with the town’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Preservation Council at the town office.  No information was released on the topic of this meeting.

    The CPC will make up a canceled meeting at 7:30 tonight in the lunch room of the town office while the Rehoboth Agricultural Commission makes up their meeting in the main meeting room of the town office tonight at 7:30 PM.

 

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED TODAY; BOS AND FIN COM MEETINGS CANCELED

(February 2, 2015) The Rehoboth Town Office is closed today due to weather conditions.  The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen Meeting scheduled for tonight at the senior center is canceled, along with the scheduled meeting of the Rehoboth Finance Committee.


REHOBOTH AMBULANCE SEEKS BOARD MEMBER

(February 2, 2015) The Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, Inc. is looking for a member of the community to serve on the Board of Directors. RAC is a registered non-profit organization providing emergency medical services to the residents and visitors to the Town of Rehoboth. The committee is led Chairperson/Chief Scott Meagher with assistance from a vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer, and the board of directors.

   The board of directors consists of four members of the RAC and three members of the community who are not members of the RAC. These outside members of the board may be residents of Rehoboth, former residents of Rehoboth who lived in Rehoboth for at least three years, or medical professionals. The board of directors meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month in the evening.

   If you have been looking for a way to help Rehoboth Ambulance, please contact Don Tebeau at 508-216-4956 with questions or email him at dtebeau@rehobothambulance.org.


SUPPORT THE RFD CALL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

(February 2, 2015) The Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association has announced the 44th Annual Firemen’s Ball will be held in Saturday, March 21 at Hillside Country Club.  This full-filled night with members of the RFD is also a major fundraiser for the department.

   The Rehoboth Fire Department is a call department that is staffed by local residents, your neighbors. These residents selflessly give up many hours of their free time to serve our community. These hours are spent performing drills, duty time, fighting fires, assisting Rehoboth Ambulance and performing multiple other duties beneficial to the community.

   As a group, the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association (RCFA) helps to raise money for these brave firefighters.  The money raised is used to help firefighters in need, assist in purchasing safety equipment for  firefighters, offering a scholarship for future firefighters, purchasing a ball ticket for each member of the Department, and many other things helpful to not only the Department, but also to the community as a whole.  RCFA is a not-for-profit organization and all proceeds go directly to the Association to support the firefighters of Rehoboth.

    You can help with a donation in the form of an advertisement or message in the Firemen's Ball booklet.  A full-page is $100, half page is $75, quarter page is $50 and a booster (name and address) is $25.  Any donation is appreciated. There is a February 20 deadline for ad submissions in order to allow time for printing.  Please make checks payable to RCFA and send your information along with payment to: RCFA, P. O. Box 313, Rehoboth, MA 02769.  For best quality, please send an electronic copy of your ad to Ken.marco@comcast.net or you may contact Ken direct at 401-439-0333 in regards to placing an advertisement. If you are interested in attending the Firemen’s Ball in March 21,  please contact Dan Noons at 508-509-8357 for tickets and information.


REHOBOTH POLICE CHARGE TWO DRIVERS FOR OUI IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

(January 31, 2015) Rehoboth police placed two drivers under arrest for operating under the influence in two separate incidents this week.

   On January 28, officers responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on County Street and found a black SUV in the front yard of a residence.  Sean Overton, age 21 of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody by patrolmen Paul McGovern and Craig Forget and charged with OUI, negligent operation and a marked lanes violation.  Overton was scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court yesterday and was released on $40 bail.

   Shortly after 10 PM last night, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Winthrop Street (Route 44) and Wilmarth Bridge Road for a reported vehicle accident with injuries. Officer Craig Forget arrived in the scene to find two vehicles, both with heavy front end damage.

   Fifty-five-year old Laurie Ovalles from Bristol, RI, was driving south on Wilmarth Bridge Road, failed to stop at the intersection and hit a vehicle occupied by two female Dighton residents who were both transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Ovalies was arrested at the scene and charged with OUI, negligent operation, and failure to stop.  She was later released on bail and is set to appear in Taunton District Court on Monday for arraignment on the charges.  RPD Sgt. James Medeiros and Officer Thomas Ranley assisted with the crash along with Rehoboth Fire Department and Rehoboth Ambulance personnel.


REHOBOTH SELECTMEN PLAN TO CATCH UP TONIGHT

(January 27, 2015) A lack of quorum cancelled the January 20 meeting of the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen. Then the rescheduled meeting fell victim to Blizzard Juno. Hopefully tonight all will proceed smoothly and the five selectmen will gather at the senior center, first in executive session at 6 PM, followed by regular session at 7 PM. 

    The executive agenda for tonight includes collective bargaining with the police patrolman union along with lawsuits involving the town.  Regular session will include a meeting with representatives of SRPEDD to discuss a community transportation plan. Selectmen will also meet with members of the animal advisory committee to review their recommendations for policies related to the animal shelter and other issues.

     Other business includes a budget amendments, a reserve fund transfer, committee appointments, traffic signage, and the FY16 budget preparation process. As always, open public forum will be held to allow residents to contribute their opinions, ask questions and make community announcements. 


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT’S NEW
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(January 29, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department placed a new brush truck in service last week. Designated Brush #2, the truck will be based at Marshall Station Two in North Rehoboth.

   The 2015 Ford F-350 cab and chassis was approved under last year's capital plan at town meeting. According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the bed, pump and tank from the station’s old 28-year-old military surplus Chevrolet was swapped onto the new  chassis.

   “Rehoboth has vast areas of woods, fields and forests and the new truck will add to the department's capability to extinguish fires in those locations,” said Barresi. “The Department would like to thank Consolidated Truck & Equipment and the members of Station # 2 for donating the time and material to transition the vehicle.


REFRESHER: TOWN OF REHOBOTH SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL POLICIES

(January 27, 2015) Back on September 30, 2014, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen approved a revised policy for snow and ice removal following a discussion with the Mike Tyler, highway department supervisor.

    Facing a reduced town operating budget and a 44% increase in the cost of road salt, Tyler said Rehoboth should “start doing what other towns are already doing” by establishing a system of primary, secondary and tertiary roadways.

    Selectmen agreed with Tyler’s revised plan to divide the town’s roadways into three categories.  Primary roadways will be treated and plowed first, followed by secondary connector roadways, and finally roadways in residential areas or developments. 

    The highway department will wait to sand/salt until snow fall reaches one inch on roads. Plows will go out when snow fall has reached a depth of three inches.  Both primary and secondary roadways will be treated and plowed both in the daytime and overnight, however tertiary roads will only be treated between 7 AM and 3 PM.


WATER DRAW DOWN AT ANAWAN RESERVOIR

(January 27, 2015) In a press release issued by the Anawan Club in Rehoboth, a water draw down is presently occurring at Anawan Reservoir, aka Bad Luck Pond and will continue despite the snow conditions.  The water levels in the pond will be adjusted up or down through the winter season.

  “Due to the adjusted water levels, any ice that has developed or continues to develop on the reservoir will be unsafe,” according to the release from the Anawan Club, an organization that has operated a clubhouse on the pond since 1896. Signs have been posted with ice warnings. 

    According to Anawan Club President Jack Hutson, the organization has an ongoing large construction project through the winter. “We are rebuilding the entire berm, replacing discharge apparatus and other safety considerations recommended by the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety,” said Hutson.  The project should be completed by spring of this year.


OPEN BURNING 101: PLEASE KNOW THE RULES

(January 22, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department reports some confusion from residents on open burning rules and regulations and how to obtain and pay for a permit.  It is important to know this information if you plan to do any burning on your property lest you be fined for open burning offenses.

   Burning season runs through May 1, 2015 and open burning permit can be obtained seven days a week from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Fire Station One in the Public Safety Building located at 334 Anawan Street (back door). Each permit is $5 which lasts for the burning season. Payment by check or money order only. There is a fine of up to $50 for a first burning violation offense. If you have any questions or concerns about how to burn legally and safely, please call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

   Here is a review of the rules.  A permit holder must call 508-252-3725 every day you wish to burn between 9 AM and 12 PM to obtain permission. No calls are answered before 9 AM. Have your permit number, address and phone number readily available. In other words, please don’t tie up one of the department’s two phone lines by telling them to hold on while you run and try to find your permit.

   You may only burn cut and piled brush that has not been accumulated from a commercial operation. Burning of any other debris other than brush will result in the revocation of your permit. The burning of leaves is not allowed.

    All fires must be extinguished by 4 PM. This will be strictly enforced. Be sure to only ignite piles that can completed by 4 PM.

    Construct piles a minimum of 75 to 100 feet from the nearest structure and in an area where smoke will not be a nuisance to neighbors or roadways.

    Please keep in mind there are State guidelines that determine whether or not burning will be allowed.  Call takers do not make that decision and cannot reverse it.

    If at any time you feel you fire may be getting out of control, do not hesitate to call 911 and ask the fire department to respond. A fire can double in size every minute and delaying the response can result in damage to property and structures.


LAST NIGHT’S BOS MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM

(January 21, 2015) Viewers of Rehoboth Government Channel 9 who expected to watch last night’s regularly scheduled board of selectmen’s meeting watched the screen go black at 7 PM. According to those who were at the senior center for the meeting, only two of the three selectmen were in attendance and the meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum.

   According to the meeting agenda, an executive session was scheduled to begin at 6 PM to discuss both police union collective bargaining, as well as lawsuits against the town including RePAC vs. BOS, and Cichocki vs TOR, and other litigation not specified on the agenda.

    During regular session, selectmen were to open and close the warrant for Special Town Meeting on May 11, along with meeting with the Animal Control Advisory Committee to review recommendations for the animal shelter.

    It is assumed the meeting was cancelled at six o’clock when the quorum requirement was not met.


BREAKING NEWS: TWO THURSDAY MORNING ROLLOVERS

(January 15, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were kept busy as roads iced over Thursday morning with two rolled over motor vehicles.  The first crash occurred on Plain Street and another a short time later on Baker Road.  One of the drivers was transported to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS with non-life threatening injuries. Both accidents are currently under investigation.


RPD OFFICER NOTICES CHIMNEY FIRE ON PLEASANT STREET

(January 15, 2015) An alert officer of the Rehoboth Police Department is credited with noticing a smoking chimney fire at a Pleasant Street residence Wednesday morning.

   The officer quickly called in the smoke report and address to the dispatcher.  Rehoboth firefighters rapidly arrived on the scene to find a small blockage burning in the chimney that was cleared and extinguished.  The scene was clearly in approximately one hour.

    "The officer could quite possibly have averted what could have become a serious fire,” said Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “This was the second time firefighters responded to a residential chimney fire in less than a week.” Residents are cautioned to follow the usual fire safety advise including having chimneys cleaned and properly maintained on a regular basis. 


ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE INVITE PUBLIC TO MEETING

(January 13, 2015) The Rehoboth Animal Advisory Committee invites all interested residents to attend their meeting tonight at the town office at 7:30 PM to observe and offer comments during open session following the posted agenda items.

   The meeting agenda includes actions on a drafts for a euthanasia policy and transfer policy related to the town’s animal shelter. 

    The committee will also consider other topics related to the town’s shelter including how Rehoboth evaluates animals and decides on their outcomes; how Rehoboth and other shelters use veterinarians; specific characteristics of an animal adoption policy and the shelter’s volunteer program. 

   They committee will also discuss how the shelter handles dogs that “are not under control.” 


SELECTMEN TITO SAYS HE WON’T SEEK THIRD TERM

(January 13, 2015) At last night’s board of selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Joe Tito, MD announced he would not seek re-election for a third term. “Officially, I am not running again,” said Tito.  “It’s been a privilege to serve.”

   Two positions on the board of selectmen are up for election on April 6 including Selectmen Sue Pimental’s seat.  She made no public statement last night about her intent to run for another term or not.

    Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election who intends to run independently rather than through a party caucus. Papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 38 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 PM on Tuesday, February 17.

   Other positions to be elected on the ballot for 2015 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Town Clerk (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (two for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Housing Authority (one for 5 years), Storm Water Officer (one for 5 years), Tree Warden (one for 3 years), and Water Commissioner (one for 3 years).


BOS APPROVE DEPARTMENT LIAISONS, MAKE APPOINTMENTS

(January 13, 2015) The five Rehoboth selectmen, all appearing glum, opened the regular session of the meeting late after conducting an executive session where the posted topic of discussion was collective bargaining with police unions. 

   They approved their BOS departmental liaison assignments and quickly tabled the next two agenda items related to the Pleasant Street Culvert Project.  Selectmen approved one-day liquor licenses submitted by organizations for events to be held at the South Seekonk Rode & Gun Club. They made two committee appointments including Lawrence Shelton to the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency, and Thomas Nerney to the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee which will meet this winter.  The review committee’s proposed new town zoning bylaw package was rejected at the last town meeting.

  Town Administrator Jeff Ritter reported last night he had just finished the first draft of the warrant for the May 11 annual town meeting. He said all town departments have been charged with submitting their FY16 budgets by February 9.

    He also mentioned receiving complaints from concerned citizens about the poor audio quality of municipal meetings last week broadcast on public access Channel 9 by RehobothTV which is operated by the town.  While Ritter acknowledged technical problems, he told selectmen that signage will be placed near microphones reminding people to speak clearly into the mics.

   During open public forum, Richard Panofsky asked selectmen to consider putting some visual cue on the driveway from the town office onto Peck Street because the roadway is impossible to see at night with no lighting.  The BOS voted to have a reflective strip or something similar put on the roadway to help drivers see where the driveway ends and the road begins.


REHOBOTH HOSTS MASS FIRE ACADEMY CLASS ON HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY

(January 12, 2015) On Sunday, January 11, the Rehoboth Fire Department hosted a Massachusetts Fire Academy class at Station Three with over 40 firefighters from Rehoboth and other communities in attendance. 

   The newly introduced class focused on high voltage awareness as firefighters constantly deal with power lines, transmission facilities and the equipment related to it.

    “The class was a great refresher on the do's and don'ts with high voltage,” said Fire Chief Frank Baressi.  “A lot of focus was on firefighter safety itself and situational awareness.”

   According to Baressi, the Academy received over 60 requests for the new class, but the class could only accommodate one-third of those interested in attending.  Rehoboth was chosen to host the new class in part because the RFD is known for being progressive with training and has hosted Academy training in the past. National Grid provided the pictured training prop for the program.


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(January 10, 2015)  The Office of Fire Chief Frank Barresi, Town of Rehoboth Fire Department, is pleased to announce the following promotions within the on-call fire department. Only the fire chief is a full-time paid employee of the town.  All other firefighters and department officers are on-call as needed and have other occupations. On-call personnel pursue training and continuing education year-round.

    Robert “Bobby” Noons, 35 year veteran of the RFD, was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. He previously served as Assistant Fire Chief and Battalion Chief under retired Chief Bob Pray, and was formally Captain of Station 3.  Chief Noons resides on Davis Street in Rehoboht with his wife and two daughters. He is employed as an equipment operator for J&J Materials in Rehoboth.

    With 32 years of service in the RFD, Jeff Rassol was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Chief Rassol was previously Captain of Station 2 for fifteen years.  He is assigned the duty of Chief of Fleet Maintenance.  Chief Rassol resides on Tremont Street in Rehoboth with his wife and daughter, and is employed as a HVAC service technician for Aero Plumbing and Heating.

    A 27-year veteran of the RFD, Al “Alfie” Noons was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 3 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Training.  He resides on Davis Street in Rehoboth with his wife and 3 children, and is employed as a union elevator technician for Otis Elevator.

   With 25 years of service with the RFD, Mark Haskell was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 1 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Administration.  Chief Haskell resides on Pond Street in Rehoboth with his wife and two sons.  He is employed as the President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs for Stat/SouthCoast EMS based in North Dartmouth Mass and Coastline EMS based in East Providence RI.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE CHIMNEY FIRE AND FRIGID TEMPERATURE

(January 9, 2015)  On the coldest day of the winter so far, Rehoboth firefighters battled a residential chimney fire together with the frigid temperature yesterday after being were dispatched to a home on Hillside Avenue in
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    According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the fire proved to be stubborn and it took close to an hour to get it under control.  He noted that firefighters “had to contend with a thick blockage in the chimney while preventing it from spreading into the walls or attic.”

    After the fire was declared under control, it took a while to remove and extinguish the smoldering material. The scene was cleared after approximately two hours. Rehoboth EMS provided rehab while the Rehoboth Police Department provided traffic control on the narrow street. Norton firefighters covered the central fire station. There were no injuries and a dollar estimate has not yet been placed on the damage to the property.


REHOBOTH CULTURAL COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS

(January 8, 2015) The Rehoboth Cultural Council is pleased to announce the recipients of 2015 grants to fund thirteen events or programs that adhere to state-wide Massachusetts Cultural Council’s criteria.

   Each approved grant supports a program or event that benefits residents of Rehoboth, both the public in general or selected groups. Some grants completely fund a project or event while others reflect only partial funding. This year’s recipients include: Rehoboth Breed Expo for the non-profit’s annual summer event; Rehoboth Minutemen to support a Colonial Encampment this summer; Blanding Library to purchase a patron pass for the New England Aquarium; Blanding Library to support a performance by Kandie Carle ‘Edwardian Lady’ for their ‘Mother’s Day Strip Tea’ on May 9; funding for Beckwith Middle School to support a field trip to ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Trinity Rep in Providence; Carpenter Museum for their annual Strawberry Festival in June; Carpenter Museum to support their bus tour of historic homes on April 19; Rehoboth Antiquarian Society’s Arts in the Village Classical Music Series; the SMARTS Collaborative’s Traveling Art Exhibit; Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary’s ‘Paper Making’ program; Deb Banna’s ‘Teen Grafitt Art Class’ at the Blanding Library; Deb Banna’s ‘Children’s Chalk Art & Painting Class’ at the Blanding Library; and ‘Summer Reading and Story Telling Celebration’ by Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell scheduled in June at the Blanding Library. Visit the RCC page for grant amounts.


FLAT TIRE PRECIPITATES TWO ARRESTS BY REHOBOTH POLICE

(January 6, 2015) What began as a flat tire yesterday evening on Davis Street ended up in a manhunt and arrest of two individuals on a variety of charges.

    Around 5:15 last night, Rehoboth patrolman Paul McGovern while on patrol noticed vehicle with a flat tire on the side of Davis Street west of Kingsley Way.  The driver, quickly identified as twenty-five-year-old Lindsey Gemaly of New Bedford, was driving on a revoked registration and had an active arrest warrant for disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer. She was taken into custody by Officer McGovern with the assistance of Lt. Bruce Dube who arrived on the scene to assist. Gemaly was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and released on $140 bail.

    A passenger in the disabled vehicle, identified as twenty-two-year-old Anthony Marcotte of Cranston, RI, took off and began running through neighborhood yards.  RPD called for assistance from Swansea and Seekonk police departments, as well as the MA State Police K-9 Unit, in searching for Marcotte who was discovered on Davis Street by Seekonk patrolman Fred Paquin. There was an active warrant for Marcotte’s arrest on charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note. He was charged by Rehoboth police with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and giving a false name before being transported to the Bristol County Jail, held on $5000 bail.   


NOMINATION PAPERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SPRING TOWN ELECTION

(January 6, 2015) Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot and who chooses not to seek a nomination through their registered party’s caucus process. 

   Nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 38 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 PM. on Tuesday, February 17.

   Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2015 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (two for 3 years), Town Clerk (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (two for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Housing Authority (one for 5 years), Storm Water Officer (one for 5 years), Tree Warden (one for 3 years), and Water Commissioner (one for 3 years).

    The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 with the polls open from 10 AM to 8 PM. All three precincts will be open. Precinct I is the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street, Precinct II is the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road, and Precinct III is the South Fire Station at 102 Pleasant Street.

    The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 from 8 AM to 8 AM at the Town Clerk’s Office.

    Prospective voters may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form.  Forms are also available online.


REHOBOTH-SEEKONK JOINT RABIES CLINIC ANNOUNCED

(January 6, 2015) For the second year, a cooperative rabies clinic for the towns of Rehoboth and Seekonk will be held 9 AM to 12 noon on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Seekonk Public Works Department garage on Route 44 and Lake Street.

   The clinic is open to non-residents and Rehoboth/Seekonk animal owners. Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes. Massachusetts animal owners must bring either a certificate for a rabies vaccination dated between March 9 and June 9 of last year or a previous Massachusetts three-year rabies certificate from a veterinarian.

   Rhode Island animal owners must bring a two-year certificate of previous rabies vaccinations. The clinic is open to dogs, cats, and ferrets. Dr. William Truesdale of Central Avenue Veterinary Hospital will administer the vaccinations.  Rabies Vaccine Cost: $12 per animal, with payment only in cash. Proceeds will benefit the Seekonk Animal Control Department.

   The Rehoboth and Seekonk Town Clerks will also be at the rabies clinic to register your dogs for the 2015 Dog Licensing season.  Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Rehoboth dog license fees may be paid by check, cash, or debit/credit cards.  The 2015 dog license is due April 1, and is late after May 31. The fees are: spayed female/neutered male, $10; and un-spayed female/un-neutered male $20. 


SELECTMEN HAVE SHORT AGENDA FOR FIRST BOS MEETING OF 2015

(January 5, 2015) The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at 7 PM in regular session at the senior center with a relatively brief posted agenda.

   Following the town administrator’s report, selectmen will convene a public hearing at 7:15 to discuss the transfer of an all alcohol package store liquor license from Azevedo’s Mini Market to Winthrop Street Liquors. Other agenda items include an update by Good Energy, the vendor selected by Rehoboth and other southeastern communities to solicit price quotes for collective purchasing of electricity for residents and local businesses.

    Selectmen will vote to authorize Mike Taylor of the highway department to proceed with Chapter 90 paperwork required for the Pleasant Street culvert project.

    The board is expected to set the date for the annual spring town meeting for Monday, May 11, along with dates to open and close the town meeting warrant. As always, open public forum will be held before the individual selectmen’s reports. Residents are invited to attend and participate.


NEW YEAR’S EVE CRASH ON TREMONT STREET SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

(January 1, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve to a single motor vehicle crash on the west end of Tremont Street. A white Maserati was found in the woods with the two occupants standing nearby. Firefighters and EMS treated and transported the two unidentified occupants, with unknown injuries, to the hospital using two ambulances. Firefighters remained on scene until the vehicle was removed.  National Grid was requested to the scene for a snapped support pole. The accident remains under investigation by the RPD.



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