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PLAINVILLE MAN ARRESTED BY REHOBOTH POLICE IN ATTLEBORO

(April 20, 2014)  On Friday night shortly after 6:30 PM, Rehoboth police arrested a Plainville man driving a motorcycle on seven vehicular charges after chasing him westbound on Tremont Street and into Attleboro.

     While on patrol, Sgt. Richard Shailor observed the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. Richard Farrand, age 49, failed to stop and increased speed for a brief pursuit on Tremont past the town line.  Shailor was able to stop Farrand in the Oak HIll mobile home complex off Oak Hill Avenue. 

    Farrand was charged with seven counts best described as failing to stop for police after negligent operation of an unregistered vehicle, with an open container of alcohol on a suspended license after improper passing and speeding.


REHOBOTH WOMAN REPORTED MISSED FOUND DECEASED IN CAR

(April 19, 2014)   A Rehoboth woman, reported missing by her husband on Wednesday and reported on television media last night, was found dead in her vehicle in the parking lot of Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

    The body of Joyce Eddy, age 57 of Rocky Hill Road, was discovered by Attleboro police at approximately 10:30 pm on Friday night. It is unknown at this time how long the vehicle had been parked there. 

     According to Eddy’s husband, on Tuesday night the couple had been traveling in two vehicles from the Burger King in East Providence when she failed to follow him home. He reported her missing the next day and endangered persons alerts were posted on several websites including Facebook. The story then was picked up by Providence and Boston television news stations.

     Both Attleboro and Rehoboth police, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, are investigation, but no foul play is suspected at this time. In a press release, RPD thanks those who had come forward to offer assistance when the case involved a missing person.


REHOBOTH POLICE ASSIST WITH SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD CASE

(April 18, 2014) Federal officials and Rehoboth police have made a joint announcement about a case of Social Security fraud involving a man who worked for a Rehoboth resident a personal care provider.

    Carl Lynch, age 43 of Ware, MA, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. to theft of public money.

    After receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits since 2003, Lynch began working under another man’s identity as a personal care attendant in 2007 for an elderly person in Rehoboth.  While earning an average of $80,000 per year from that job, he falsely told officials in February 2013 he had not worked since 1998.  Ten months later, he admitted to investigators he worked under a false name to conceal his income that made him ineligible for SSA disability benefits.  During the time of his employment in Rehoboth, Lynch received $50,264 in disability benefits.

   Detective Jasson Ferreira of the Rehoboth Police Department assisted investigators from the office of United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration;  and Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations Boston Field Division assigned to the SSA with this investigation.

    The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Landry of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unite.  Lynch was charged last month and is scheduled for sentencing on July 22.


DRRHS ROOF REPAIR PROJECT DEPENDS ON RECOUNT

(April 17, 2014) Neighboring Dighton residents voted to approve temporary tax increases to fund roof repairs on three schools, but the regional high school’s roof remains in question until an election recount takes place next week.

     Last week Rehoboth voters took to the polls and defeated the question for a debt exclusion override - or temporary tax increase - to repair the DRRHS roof.  Only two votes (total 655 to 653) prevent the project, already approved for 52% reimbursement by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). 

    The D-R Regional School District school committee, with members from both towns, have requested a recount.  Without the approval of both towns, the DRRHS roof repair project loses MSBA support while the other schools can still take advantage of the reimbursement offer.

    Dighton voters approved temporary tax increases for their elementary school 523 to 229, the middle school 529 to 221, and the high school 504 to 251. Rehoboth voters approved funding roof repairs on D.L. Beckwith School.


REHOBOTH MAN INJURED IN CAPE COD CRASH

(April 13, 2014) A Rehoboth man was injured in a single-car accident morning in West Barnstable on Cape Cod early Sunday morning, according to MA State Police.

    Twenty-eight-year old Derek Dube was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries said Dustin Fitch, a state police spokesperson. Dube was driving a 2004 BMW 325xi when the accident occurred on Route 6 shortly before 3 AM. The crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.


STABBING SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO TAUNTON DISTRICT COURT

(April 10, 2014) Dennis Arruda, the suspect in a Rehoboth stabbing incident on Sunday, turned himself in at Taunton District Court accompanied by his attorney.  Twenty-year-old Arruda was then arraigned on a Rehoboth police charge of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon. The Rehoboth Police department wishes to thank everyone who assisted with the investigation.


ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER PUT UNDER POLICE DEPARTMENT

(April 10, 2014) Selectmen at their meeting last Monday night announced their intent to place the position of Animal Control Officer under the authority and direct supervision of the Rehoboth Police Department. 

   According to Selectman Skip Vadnais, “this is the beginning of a long process” to update the town’s animal welfare services. Beginning with an information gathering process, Vadnais said officials will study operation of the animal shelter, the facility, staffing, compensation and other issues. The state, following multiple on-site inspections, has found the animal shelter and control function to be deficient in several areas.

    “This is not a reflection on your performance,” said newly elected Selectman Dave Perry to Jane Foster, the town’s animal control officer.  “This is about compliance with state bureaucracy.”

    Vadnais, a local farmer, added the info gathering process will include looking at board of health obligations, law enforcement obligations and the “aggressive identification of offenders who don’t vaccinate their animals.” 

     Foster told selectmen she has no problem with the plan to put her job under the supervision of the police department. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on a new animal welfare bylaw, initiated by Lorraine Botts during her tenure as selectman, at the upcoming May town meeting.

    

POLICE SEEK STABBING SUSPECT STILL AT-LARGE

(April 8, 2014) On Sunday evening, Rehoboth police responded to an Agricultural Avenue residence after a 911 call from a twenty-year-old man who said he had been stabbed.

    Sgt. Richard Shailor, along with officers Louis DiBacco and Thomas Ranley, arrived to find the caller had been stabbed once in the abdomen. The unnamed man told police his assailant had fled the scene before being transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Rehoboth Ambulance.

    The alleged attacker, later identified as eighteen-year-old Dennis Arruda of Warren, RI, is still at large.  A warrant for his arrest on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon has been issued.  Anyone having information about Arruda’s whereabouts is asked to contact the RPD at 508-252-3722.

(Note: photo of wanted suspect removed April 10)


APATHY REIGNS: ONLY 17% OF VOTERS TURN OUT FOR ELECTION

School Com to Ask for Recount of Narrowly Defeated Measure

(April 8, 2014)  With several uncontested races, there was a dismal voter turnout for yesterday’s town election with only 1,362 of the town’s 8,078 registered casting ballots.

     Michael Costello was elected for his second term on the five-member board of selectmen with 744 votes.  Dave Perry was elected to his first term as a selectman with 888 votes.  Candidate David Laurino, also running for selectman lost with 644 votes.

    The only other contested race was that of a three-year seat on the board of assessors, a part-time town employee position.  Chuck Procopio won with a total of  853 votes beating his opponent Joseph Ferrini, Jr. who received 397 votes.

   Two members were elected to the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee including incumbent Tiffany Bartholomew and newcomer Heather Cross.

    After the polls closed at 8 PM, the ballots were tabulated before winning candidates were sworn in at 11 PM at the town office, including Costello, Perry, Procopio, Bartholomew, Cute and Schwall. 

    Ballot Question 1, to approve a temporary tax increase to fund around 48% of the total cost of roof repairs on the regional high school, was defeated by only two votes, 653 to 655.  Question 2, related to roof repairs for D. L. Beckwith Middle School was passed 735 votes to 568. 

    The Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program had approved 52.06% grant funding for district roof repairs on both Dighton schools, Beckwith and DRRHS.  Even if Dighton voters approve high school roof repairs at their own town election on April 12, the MSBA grant will be lost for the high school while remaining in place for the other three schools.

   “I am most disappointed in the small turnout for this election,” said School Committee chair Ray Medeiros, who noted the school committee will request a recount.  “We are looking into what is necessary to get that process started.”

    Medeiros added the low voter turnout indicates a lack of information about the two bond issues, or a case of genearl apathy when there are few contested races for public office.

     A full review of yesterday’s election results can be found on the 2014 Town Election page.


REHOBOTH POLICE ARREST LOCAL MAN IN NORTON

(April 8, 2014)  Rehoboth police were called yesterday to a Smith Street home on a report of domestic disturbance after the suspected person had already left the residence.  After taking a report from the alleged victim and witness, police issued an alert to area police departments on fifty-year-old Lewis G. Reed, Jr. of Rehoboth.

   Believing the suspect may have fled to a business in Norton, officers contacted local police there to assist with the apprehension of Reed who was taken into custody and charged with domestic assault.  Reed is scheduled for arraignment today in Taunton District Court.


CEC ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF REHOBOTH SOLAR ENERGY FARM

(April 3, 2014)  Clean Energy Collective (CEC) of Boulder, Colorado, the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, yesterday announced the purchase of two medium scale solar projects from Massachusetts-based BlueWave Capital including the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array, 997 kW facility located on Tremont Street in Rehoboth.

    This acquisition, along with another in Hadley, MA, will make solar energy available to a wide range of residential and commercial customers in the National Grid territories and Western Massachusetts Electric (WMECo). 

   “With so many historic and shaded properties throughout the sate, the community solar model is ideally suited for the Massachusetts market,” said CEC President Paul Spencer.  “It opens the solar option to a much wider range of customers.”

    Construction on both projects is underway and are expected to be operational by late June. Fully refundable reservations are being accepted now for both arrays. Individual or commercial systems can be scaled to meet any budget or power requirements.

   “We are thrilled to help CEC, the nation’s leading community solar company, get off to a flying start here in the Commonwealth and we look forward to working with them to advance the cause on these and other projects in the BlueWave portfolio,” said BlueWave Managing Principal John DeVillars. “If you live in Massachusetts and want to do something to combat climate change, CEC offers a simple, cost-effective way to make a difference and save money on your electric bill at the same time.”

   CEC’s community-owned solar model allows any customer in a participating utility territory, including renters, those with shaded roofs, and people with modest incomes, the opportunity to ‘go green’ and save money by adopting solar energy without having to install a rooftop system on their home or business. Community solar customers are afforded the same rebates and incentives as rooftop system owners, including Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) rebates, and receive credit for the power produced directly on their monthly bills. Since community solar projects are sited and maintained for maximum production and lifespan, they produce more electricity for longer than most other renewable energy options. More information can be found at masscommunitysolar.com or info@masscommunitysolar.com.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION

(April 1, 2014)  Members of the Rehoboth Fire Department were presented with service recognition awards at last night’s meeting of the Rehoboth selectmen.  Fire Chief Robert Pray and Deputy Chief Frank Barresi presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at five year intervals.

    Those presented with 30 year awards were: Assistant Chief Robert Noons, Lt. Dan Noons and Captain Jeff Rassol.  Twenty-five-year awards were presented to: Deputy Chief Barresi, Lt. Chris Botelho, Lt. Ken Marcotrigano, and Lt. Randy Larrivee, and Firefighter Tom Rose.  Those receiving twenty year awards included:

Lt. Paul Magan, Firefighter Mike McKearney and Firefighter Nat Dyer. Chief Robert Pray, who plans to retire next year, was presented with an award for 35 years of service.


BRIDGEWATER WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING

(March 31, 2014)  Late Saturday night, a young Bridgewater woman was arrested on several vehicular charges by Rehoboth police.

    Officer Craig Forget, traveling eastward on Route 44 behind twenty-year-old Emily R. Burke, watched as her vehicle almost hit a guardrail.  She was pulled over and taken into custody on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation and a marked lane violation.  Burke was released on $240 cash bail with arraignment set for today in Taunton District Court.


RESCUERS OF REHOBOTH CAT COLONY SEEK HELP

(March 27, 2014)  Paws of Plainville, a volunteer, non-profit organization that rescued a large colony of thirty cats in Rehoboth last May, seeks donors to help pay for surgery on two Rehoboth cats remaining in their care.

   The rescued “junkyard” cat colony, mostly kittens, was removed from bleak conditions and suffered from a variety of afflictions including malnourishment, FIV, FIP, ringworm and both external and internal parasites.  Many cats were hospitalized for treatment and later adopted out to loving homes.

     Two remaining cats, brothers Noodle and Breeze, both have luxating patella, an orthopedic condition that prevents their rear leg kneecaps from aligning properly.  The condition is so severe, surgery is required to improve the quality of their lives and increase their adoptability.

     “They have some so far from the lethargic, ringworm-ridden kittens that arrived at our shelter,” said Heather Molloy of Paws of Plainville.  “Now they really need your support.” 

    A fundraising page at GoFundMe.com has been established to help Noodle and Breeze. All donations are tax deductible and can also be mailed to PO Box 2236, Plainville, MA 02762.  Donors are asked to indicate their donation “Noodle and Breeze.”

    Hopefully both cats will be adopted when they are well.  Molloy invites anyone who wishes to meet Noodle or Breeze to call her at 508-695-4707.

   Last year when the group rescued the large Rehoboth cat colony, they reached out for donations of cat food, adoptive homes and funds to support medical care.  Local Animal Control Officer Jane Foster was instrumental in coordinating the effort with Paws and welcomed their assistance as they had the means to perform the rescue and obtain vet care for the sick cats.

    Even before that large rescue, Selectman Lorraine Botts had begun working on an animal welfare bylaw to address similar situations of neglect or abuse. Opposed by other selectmen, Botts was unable to get a proposed bylaw put on the town meeting warrant last May or in November. Her persistance paid off and after several revisions, residents will be allowed to vote on an animal welfare bylaw at the upcoming town meeting on May 12.


BOS SEEK TO APPOINT LT. TROMBETTA PERMANENT POLICE CHIEF

(March 25, 2014)  While reviewing next fiscal year’s police budget, Rehoboth selectmen last night voiced their intent to appoint Lt. James Trombetta to the position of permanent police chief.

    Posted on the meeting agenda as a police budget discussion, the topic of making Trombetta the permanent chief was first introduced by Selectman Skip Vadnais.  “It’s been three years that we have put off appointment of a chief,” said Vadnais, adding the position should be filled and begin by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

   “He’s certainly proved himself,” said BOS chair Sue Pimental of Trombetta.  “It makes sense to take the wages of Lt. Trombetta and put them up into the chief (budget line item),” said Pimental.  She also suggested eliminating the lieutenant position from the police budget if a permanent chief is appointed.

    Vadnais said, “If we are all on the same page, and I think we are, I have absolutely no opposition to making our acting chief our full-time chief.”  Addressing his fellow selectman, Vadnais added,  “If we are in agreement on that, I would ask that our chair to negotiate with the lieutenant (Trombetta) for a compensation number” to put on the FY15 budget.  “Does that work for everyone?”

     As of last night, the proposed police budget for next fiscal year includes a 5.8 percent increase in salaries, without an adjustment for a full-time chief salary.  The increase was explained to selectmen as a result of shifting uniform allowances into the salary line.  “We are going to have to explain this at town meeting,” said Pimental.      

     According to Finance Committee Vice-chairman Gerry Schwall, the shifting of line items can be was a process of making the police budget more understandable and manageable, and at the end of the day provides greater accountability.” 

    “We are going to have to explain this at town meeting,” said Pimental.

    “Quite frankly, in the last year, and I’m not sure how it happened, we blew it,” said Schwall.  “We under-budgeted overtime.”  Because of that, a $95,000 reserve fund transfer had to be approved at a special town meeting last November.  Based on departmental data collected and analyzed by Lt.  Michael Brady while doing the department budget, Schwall believes that streamlining the budget will increase accountability. 

     “If the intent is to go into contract negotiations for you as police chief,” Pimental asked Trombetta, “what do you need for staff, more patrolmen?”  He answered that based on prior discussion with Pimental and Schwall, he would like to hire at five more full-time patrolmen. “We’ve been running short,” said Trombetta.  “Two are must fill positions, the other three we need to be patrolmen,” he noted, adding that the department now has four reserve officers available. He also mentioned the need for more new cruisers.

   Because new hires are not included in the proposed budget for next year, Schwall suggested proceeding with the budget, as is, along with a line for police chief for May town meeting.  He encouraged more discussion with selectmen after chief contract negotiations and later “clean up lines at special town meeting” next autumn.


SELECTMEN ACCEPT DONATION OF MOULTON STREET LAND

(March 25, 2014) Rehoboth selectmen last night accepted a donation of land at 215 Moulton Street from Ana Pavao, wife of late Rehoboth business owner Manny Pavao.  Mrs. Pavao expressed her desire to give something back to the town as she sells property, the family homestead and business in a process of downsizing. 

    Selectman Mike Costello questioned if the property on Moulton would make a good conservation area.  He suggested selectmen discuss the land with the Community Preservation Committee and Rehoboth Land Trust.  Selectmen recommended naming a future conservation area in the memory of Manny Pavao.


NEW STOP SIGN INSTALLED ON FAIRVIEW AT HOMESTEAD

(March 20, 2014) A new stop sign was installed by the Rehoboth Highway Department yesterday on Fairview Avenue northbound at the intersection of Homestead Avenue.  An additional flashing “stop ahead” sign was also installed to warn drivers about the new stop.

    Previously drivers attempting to make a left turn onto Fairview from the existing stop sign on Homestead were forced to creep ahead after stopping to see if cars were approaching either way on Fairview.  Complaints to the board of selectmen resulted in the installation of the new stop intended to improve traffic safety. To further ensure a safe transition for drivers not used to a new stop on Fairview at Homestead, selectmen approved the flashing marquee for a period of several weeks.

     Another two-way stop is located on Fairview Avenue at Ash Street.  Installed in the early 1990s to slow drivers coming around the curve, the stop has proven successful in preventing southbound accidents.  Northbound accidents still occur because there is not a stop sign to slow drivers heading northbound into the curve.

    According to homeowners at the intersection, the stop sign at Fairview and Ash is effective, but also routinely ignored by some drivers, a situation well-known to Rehoboth police.


TOWN HOSTS FREE CPR AND AED COURSE FOR RESIDENTS

(March 20, 2014) The Town of Rehoboth will host a free community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) course on Thursday, May 1 at the Rehoboth Senior Center at 6:30 PM.    

    Rehoboth is designated as a HeartSafe community and takes active steps to enhance the chain of survival and increase the number of townspeople who can perform CPR, and use AED when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest. To sign up for this free course, please email Town Nurse Jaime Conlon, RN by email at: jconlon@town.rehoboth.ma.us 


HOMELESS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO BREAK WINDOWS

(March 16, 2014) Rehoboth police responded on Friday to the report of a disturbance, a man threatening to break windows, at J&J Materials located on Route 6. 

   Acting Police Chief Lt. James Trombetta, along with Sgt. Richard Shailor and Officer James Casey, plus officers from Seekonk, Swansea and Barrington arrived to arrest a homeless man on charges of disorderly conduct and alleged threats of vandalism.

    Thirty-year-old Gleb Barokha, of no known address, had already left the area of the business and was found a short distance away.  According to police, Barokha had threatened to “throw boulders” through windows of the business.

    With no apparent connection with the business, Barohka will be arraigned in Taunton District Court on the two charges. In Massachusetts, a disorderly conduct arrest is usually a discretionary decision by a police officer. If convicted, the charge is punishable to up to six months in jail.

       

YOUNG TAUNTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

(March 16, 2014) Rehoboth police early this morning arrested a Taunton woman on an impressive array of six vehicular charges.

    Twenty-year-old Elsie Mendez was taken into custody after almost smashing into a Rehoboth police cruiser driven by Sgt. Richard Shailor while he patroled Route 44 near the Seekonk town line.  The vehicle driven by Mendez was traveling east bound in the west bound lane at a high rate of speed when she almost hit the cruiser.  Shailor reports she “later passed another vehicle in a no passing zone” before she finally stopped.

    Mendez faces charges of drunk driving, speeding, negligent operation, and a passing violation along with being a minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. She is due to be arraigned in Taunton District Court tomorrow.


PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO ZONING BYLAWS

(March 12, 2014) The Rehoboth Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed new zoning bylaws on Wednesday, March 26 starting at 7:30 PM at the town office.

   According to a press release issued by the town, the public hearing offers the opportunity for residents to attend and for officials to “receive public comments and input regarding the proposed revisions to the town’s zoning bylaws.”

   The Zoning Bylaw Review Committee consists of present Inspector of Buildings and Chief Zoning Officer Bill McDonough; former building inspector Michael O’Hern; John Scanlon of the zoning board of appeals; Jim Muri of the planning board; and selectmen Michael Costello and Joe Tito. 

   The bylaw review process, approved by residents last year at town meeting, began last June.  The committee has worked with town counsel Attorney Mark Bobrowski to make revisions and adjustments to the current zoning bylaws, several of which were not in compliance with municipal standards under state law.

  In February, residents were given the chance to review the proposed changes at a information session held by the review committee.  The final version of the zoning bylaws will be voted on by resident voters at the upcoming annual town meeting held on May 12.


SELECTMEN COLLABORATE ON PROPOSED ANIMAL WELFARE BYLAW

(March 11, 2014) Rehoboth selectmen last night discussed putting a proposed animal welfare bylaw on the town meeting warrant for May.

    Selectman Lorraine Botts, who first proposed an animal welfare bylaw almost a year ago, fought stern opposition from Selectman Skip Vadnais as late as last week.  During the past year, he was vehemently against an anti-abuse bylaw that could be misinterpreted and impossible to enforce. 

    Since last week the two selectmen collaborated on language for the proposed bylaw to “guard against cruelty and inhuman treatment” of companion animals (dogs, cats, etc) and shared it last night with fellow selectmen.  According to the suggested bylaw, pet owners found in violation would be subject to fines.

    The town faces its own problems with regard to animal welfare. A follow-up visit recently to the Rehoboth Animal Shelter by Dr. Lorraine O’Connor from the MA Dept. of Animal Welfare identified continued “major concerns” with the shelter and its operation. Several months ago, the shelter was deemed to have serious structural and environmental problems including poor air quality and bad roof.

   The recent visit identified additional problems including long-term residency of animals waiting adoption and record keeping at the shelter.  Vadnais suggested the board of selectmen appoint a new animal control study committee to look into the various issues including how to improve the shelter to meet state standards. Both Vadnais and Botts volunteered to be members of the study committee if one was appointed.

 

DOOR-TO-DOOR D-R SCHOLARSHIP COLLECTION DATES CHANGED

(March 11, 2014) Organizers for the D-R Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) announced a change of schedule for the door-to-door solicitation campaign, postponing the event by a week.  The collection, conducted by DRRHS seniors, will now be held from Friday, March 21 thru Sunday March 23 in Rehoboth with the exception of residences on Route 44 and Route 6.


ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER SENDS WARNING TO RESIDENTS

(March 4, 2014) Rehoboth’s Animal Control Officer Jane Foster, at last night’s selectmen’s meeting, warned residents to “stay away from strange furry things that don’t belong to you” as a preventive measure against injury including possible infection by rabid animals.

   Foster strongly urges residents to resist trying to assist wounded animals including cats and dogs. “It is very dangerous for anyone to try and rescue an animal they don’t know,” she said, expressing her concern about a woman who anonymously brought an injured cat to a local animal hospital.

    “She didn’t give her name and I’m worried about her as the injured cat (now quarantined) may have rabies,” emphasized Foster.  Recently a cat brought to the shelter tested positive for rabies and was put down.

     If you see an injured animal, domestic or otherwise, please contact Animal Control at 508-252-5421, ext. 126.

    

D-R SENIORS ANNUAL DOOR-TO-DOOR SCHOLARSHIP COLLECTION

(March 4, 2014) The Dighton Rehoboth High School Class of 2014 will be participating in the annual Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) Door-to-Door Campaign on Friday, March 14 thru Sunday March 16 in Rehoboth with the exception of residences on Route 44 and Route 6.

    The money raised is used for general scholarship money to any graduating senior who plans to continue their education beyond high school. The more money the students raise with the door-to-door campaign, the more money they receive in scholarship funds. Last year, when residents were digging out from a snowstorm, the Class of 2013 raised over $19,000.  So far, the collection record for a single year was over $22,000.

    Contributions to CSF are tax deductible. If you are not home during when students call at your home, you can still donate. Mail your donation to CSF, P.O. Box 696, Rehoboth, MA 02769. A return receipt will be mailed to donors.  You can also donate this year by credit card online: dighton.rehoboth.dollarsforscholars.org


FUNDING SCHOOL ROOF REPAIRS PROJECT PUT ON APRIL 7 BALLOT

(March 1, 2014) A majority of voters at yesterday afternoon’s special town meeting approved putting two questions on the April 7 town election ballot related to funding almost $10 million in school roof repairs.

   Residents will now have a chance to decide if they want a temporary tax increase to pay for replacement of roofs on both D. L. Beckwith Middle School in Rehoboth and D-R Regional High School located in neighboring Dighton. A debt exclusion to override the state’s Proposition 2 1/2 tax limitation law will be required for the town for bonds to be paid back by 2034.

     The state, through a grant program of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), has already approved paying 52% of the total costs for replacing roofs on four district schools. Dighton voters will decide tomorrow night whether or not to put the issue on their town election ballot. 

    Acting School Superintendent Michael Malone said that if both towns say no, the district will lose the 52% grant from MSBA.  “If this doesn’t go now, the district gets back in line.”

     There was ample debate yesterday including two unsuccessful motions to amend language used in the two article questions. Tiffany Bartholomew of the school committee’s roof repair task force said the articles were carefully worded by the MSBA and any changes may undermine the grant.

     The town’s finance committee was clear they disapproved even putting the debt exclusion questions to voters on April 7 because of other issues relating to the school district.

    Chairman Michael Deignan said there is a contentious relationship between Rehoboth and Dighton and likened going into debt to pay for a new roof on the high school to a divorcing couple deciding to buy a house together. Deignan said the town is looking at de-regionalizing the school district and will look at various options including establishing a new relationship with either Seekonk or Swansea.

    School Committee Chairman Ray Medeiros objected to comments made by Deignan and said residents were there to vote on putting the issue on the April 7 ballot.  Ultimately a hand count was taken resulting in a vote of 80 to 40 of the 140 registered voters in attendance.



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MOTORCYCLE DRIVER SUSTAINS
SERIOUS INJURIES

(April 20, 2014)  Rehoboth Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to a car vs. motorcycle accident at the intersection of Agricultural Avenue and Tremont Street on Saturday afternoon. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was transported to RI Hospital by Rehoboth EMS. Rehoboth Police and firefighters remained on scene while an investigation was conducted. Names of drivers were not released.