(March 30, 2015) The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at the senior center in regular session beginning at 7 PM with an agenda including a review of both the Special Town Meeting (STM) and Annual Town Meeting (ATM) warrants, along with a discussion with Town Moderator William Cute on town meeting articles.

   Other business on this evening’s agenda includes a public hearing on an application for a Class II Auto license for Car Crazy Auto, LLC located at 51 Winthrop Street. Selectmen will also vote to approve snow and ice removal invoices of nearly $19K for a total deficit of over $158K for this winter season.

    Selectmen will also vote to sign a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) contract for winter recovery assistance for $92K. They will also hold a discussion on the town’s municipal representative for regional school committee collective bargaining.


(March 28, 2015) Rehoboth’s historical one-room schoolhouse, the Hornbine School, may be forced to reduce programs in 2016 if volunteers don’t step forward to train this spring to serve as ‘teachers’ for visiting classrooms of elementary students.

    Last year over 600 students had the unique opportunity to spend a school day ‘back in time’ at the Hornbine School. Along with 150 third-graders from Palmer River School, over four hundred students from Swansea, North Dartmouth, Rumford, Barrington, and Providence visited the school and learned what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in the 1860s.

   Bev Pettine, who has served as the director of the visitation program and performed the duties of ‘school marm‘ for the last seventeen years announced her retirement.  Without volunteers to assume Pettine’s many responsibilities in 2016, the future of the unique visitation program is in question.

    “We have a wonderful old building and great program that has been carefully developed over seventeen years,” said Cathy Potter of the Rehoboth Historical Commission. “It would be sad to lose it.”  Potter is concerned that without volunteers stepping up soon, the school will only be able to host Palmer River students this year.

    The Hornbine Association is hosting an meeting at the school on Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 AM for potential volunteers including those who wish to train as ‘teachers.”  Members of the non-profit association that operates the school will be on hand to answer questions about volunteer opportunities.  Those who cannot make this meeting can contact Cathy Potter at 508-252-3682. 


(March 28, 2015) Rehoboth police earlier this morning arrested a Rhode Island man following a traffic stop on charges including operating under the influence.

    Officer James Casey while on patrol stopped a vehicle on Brook Street after observing “several instances of erratic and unsafe operation.”  Kenneth Beck, age 47 of Burrillville, RI was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and  operating after suspension. He was released on $240 bail and is due in Taunton District Court on Monday for arraignment.


(March 27, 2015) Residents of Rehoboth are encouraged to notify the appropriate offices to report potholes. For potholes on state maintained roadways (Route 44 and Route 6), please notify  the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Transportation as to the exact pothole location if possible.  Or call the MassDOT’s pothole hotline at 857-368-4636.

    Any potholes located on town roads should be reported to the Rehoboth Highway Department at 508-252-3912. Please note that Route 118 (Tremont/Anawan/Plain/Moulton Streets/Bay State Road) is a town road.


(March 25, 2015) The Rehoboth Agricultural Commission will host a free informational workshop on cost share programs offered by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural to farmers and landowners in the Palmer River Watershed. 

     Residents are invited to come learn more on Thursday, April 30 at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center beginning at 7 PM.  Information will be provided on both federal and state cost share programs designed to help landowners address water quality concerns and improve the condition of their operations. Farmers, woodlot owners and equine operations are encouraged to attend. 

     The workshop is part of an ongoing series of educational sessions offered by the Agricultural Commission to help address water quality concerns in the Palmer River Watershed.  Future workshop will include farm tours and open barn events. 


(March 24, 2015) The Hornbine School and Rehoboth Historical Commission are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help at the historic one-room schoolhouse located on Hornbine Road.

    Since the schoolhouse was first restored in the 1960s, it has taken the tireless effort and enthusiasm of small groups of Rehoboth residents to maintain this gem of a historic site.

    Bev Pettine, who has managed most of the responsibilities at the Hornbine School for the last seventeen years, is retiring in June following the annual spring season of visits from area elementary classrooms.     

    As the designated “school marm” she’s hosted thousands of elementary students who visit the school to “step back in time” to when Rehoboth children of all ages attended a one-room school in their neighborhood.  It is a tradition for third graders from Palmer River Elementary School to spend a day at Hornbine, dress in period attire,  and learn lessons sitting at antique desks using slates and chalk.  The children also have a chance to play outdoors trying old-fashioned games, bring their lunch in a basket or tin, and use the “sanitary” or outhouse behind the school.

    “We hope to find individuals who will enjoy taking on one or more responsibilities at the school, said local historian and retired Palmer River teacher Dave Downs.  “Although the teaching position is one of the most important, there are many other ways individuals can get involved.”

    Volunteers are needed to work as docents for regularly scheduled Sunday open houses that are held twice a month June through September from 2 to 4 PM.  Eight open houses are held during the summer season. Other volunteers are needed to assist with opening and/or closing of building each season.

    “There are many other possibilities available for individuals who treasure history,” added Downs who helps coordinate Hornbine operation and functions along with Cathy Potter of the Rehoboth Historical Commission.

    Those interested in ‘teaching’ duties are encouraged to start this spring to take advantage of the help and guidance of Pettine before she retires.  Please contact either Dave Downs at 508-222-7326 or Cathy Potter at 508-252-3682 for more information.


(March 24, 2015)  The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen last night during their regular meeting introduced an additional agenda item to appoint a temporary building inspector. 

    After accepting the sudden resignation of Tom Nerney as the town’s building inspector, selectmen appoint Michael O’Hern to the postion, effective immediately.  According to BOS chair Mike Costello, O’Hern agreed to come out of retirement when asked earlier that day to assume the temporary position.  With vast experience and knowledge of municipal policies and building inspection, O’Hern will be able to step in and manage the office of building inspection starting today.  Costello did not elaborate on the reasons for the sudden departure of Nerney.


(March 23, 2015)  Following an executive session and meeting the town legal counsel, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at the senior center in regular session at 7 PM for continued discussions with department heads and councils on their proposed FY16 budgets.

     Selectmen will hear from forestry, veterans services, council on aging, cemetery commission, board of assessors, the town accountant and members of the finance committee. Previously in the last month, the BOS held budget discussions with the school district, police, fire, and highway department.

     Tonight selectmen will also review warrants for annual town meeting and special town meeting to be held on Monday, May 11 this year.  They will also vote to forward a preliminary FY16 budget to the finance committee.

     Some other business is on the regular agenda tonight including approval of several budge amendements, approval of snow and ice removal invoices.  To date, the town is running a total deficit of $139,654 for snow and ice removal costs.  Following the regular session of agenda items, open public forum will be held before individual selectmen’s reports.


(March 22, 2015)  After stopping a driver on Tremont Street yesterday morning for a loud muffler and missing front license plate, Rehoboth police arrested the driver for drug possession.

    Patrolman James Casey arrested Matthew J. Decambra, age 26 of County Street in Somerset after discovering he was in possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.  He was also charged with a registration place violation and equipment violation.  Decambra was booked and released on $540. cash bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday in Taunton District Court.


(March 16, 2015)  The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen will have a joint discussion tonight on the proposed FY16 school district budget at their regular Monday night meeting at the senior center at 7 PM.

   Joining the selectmen will be the town’s finance committee along with district superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar and members of the regional school committee.

    The school district in late February had proposed a FY16 budget that includes an increase of over $1 million in additional funding from Rehoboth to a budget already increased by over $1.6 million at the 2014 spring town meeting. There is a proposed 6.24% increase in the total assessment for the entire regional school budget shared by Rehoboth and Dighton. Rehoboth’s contribution this year is $14,712,299 with Dighton contributing $8,423,946.   For FY16, Rehoboth is being asked for an additional $1,029,147 and Dighton for an additional $712,115.

    Transportation costs for Rehoboth students in the proposed budget is $1,221,135, and a proposed $999,754 for Dighton transportation.

   Other business at tonight’s BOS meeting include a budget discussion with newly promoted Acting Police Chief Lt. James Trombetta who is slated to become permanent chief on July 1.  Tonight Trombetta will present his FY16 budget including his salary, benefit and bonus package.

   Also on the agenda is old business on the topic of directional signs displayed on utility poles.


(March 13, 2015)  After being closed on Monday due to a water problem, the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center has reopened for regular activities today.  According to an announcement on the Town of Rehoboth website, the following people were thanked for helping to fix the water problem that forced closure of the town owned building that is operated by the Council on Aging.  Those thanked include Health Agent Bob Ashton, Plumbing Inspector Jim Sine, Selectmen Dave Perry, and the highway department.


(March 12, 2015)  The Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center remains closed for today and tomorrow due to a water problem that caused officials to close the building on Monday. Regularly scheduled activities have been curtailed including AARP tax preparation appointments.  Residents with questions may call 508-252-3372.


(March 10, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department credits an alert passer-by for calling in a report of smoke coming from a shed behind a home on County Street in Rehoboth this morning.

     Firefighters were dispatched around 8 AM and quickly knocked down the fire, saving most of the contents of the wooden shed.  According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, three engines and a tanker responded to the fire. 

   All units cleared the scene by around 9:30 AM.  Seekonk Fire Department provided an engine for coverage.  The cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but is under investigation.


(March 4, 2015) The Anawan Club released an update on the water drawdown that began in January at the Anawan Reservoir, also known as Bad Luck Pond. 

   “Due to weather delays, the drawdown of the Anawan Reservoir will resume March 9, 2015. This notice is to remind the public that any ice that has developed or continues to develop on the Reservoir remains UNSAFE and is not to be trespassed on. Signs to this affect have been installed at common access points.”

   Operating a private clubhouse on the pond since 1896, the Anawan Club 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 earlier this year. The project has been held up by winter weather conditions, but hoped to be completed before summer.


(March 3, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel responded yesterday morning to the report of a barn collapse on Martin Street.  A riding ring attached to the barn had caved in pulling the roof in front of the stalls down with it. Because horse stalls were not accessible from the front, the rear doors were pried open and three horses removed safely. There were no injuries to the residents or the animals. The town animal control officer and building inspector were also on the scene. Rehoboth Fire Department companies cleared the scene within two hours.  


(March 3, 2015)   A suspect who escaped on foot into the woods off County Street after a minor car crash last December, leaving behind a suitcase full of drugs, was arraigned yesterday in Taunton District Court on a variety of charges following his apprehension by Rehoboth police.

    On February 26, Gilberto Oliveira-Mendes was driving a U-Haul moving truck through Rehoboth on Route 44 when he was stopped by Officer Craig Forget for a minor vehicle infraction. The twenty-one-year-old Taunton man then took off at a high rate of speed toward Seekonk.  Officer Forget pursued the truck westward on Route 44 into East Providence and onto Route 195 before exiting at South Main Street where Oliveira-Mendes abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot.  After a lengthy chase, Officer Forget took custody of Oliveira-Mendes in the area of Peck St in Providence with the assistance of RI State Police, Providence Police and East Providence Police.

     Acting Police Chief Lt. James Trombetta identified Oliveira-Mendes as the suspect wanted on drug trafficking charges stemming from the December incident on County Street. Oliveira-Mendes fled that scene on foot, dropping a suitcase containing a large quantity of narcotics including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone pills. 

    An arrest warrant was issued for Oliveira-Mendes and he has eluded police for over two months. Yesterday he was arraigned on charges from both the December 17 and February 26 incidents including: trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin, possession to distribute Class D substance, speeding, reckless operation, failure to stop for police, marked land violations, failure to stop for a red light, and operating with a suspended license.


(March 3, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotions of three lieutenants to the rank of Captain.

    Scott Wentworth was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 1 (Center Station). A member of the Rehoboth Fire Department for fifteen years, Captain Wentworth has served seven years as a lieutenant. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Fire Academy with certifications in Firefighter I/II and Fire Officer I.  He also is a member of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association.

   Ken Marcotrigiano was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 2 (North Station).  Captain Marcotrigiano has served the RFD for twenty-seven years with twelve years as lieutenant. He is the fire department’s EMS Coordinator and is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association. 

   Dan Noons was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 3 (South Station). A thirty year veteran of the RFD, he served seven years as lieutenant.  Captain Noons is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association, and serves the Department with his two brothers, Deputy Bob Noons and Assistant Chief Al Noons.


(February 28, 2015)   The Rehoboth Police Department reports the arrest yesterday of a suspect in a 2012 break-in of a Pleasant Street home based on DNA evidence analyzed by the Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group.

   Vincent Derrico, age 37 of North Providence RI was taken into custody by Rehoboth police after being apprehended in Rhode Island and held as a fugitive from justice based on an outstanding Rehoboth arrest warrant.       

    Derrico was linked to the home break-in through blood collected as DNA evidence from the crime scene.  Hewas arraigned yesterday in Taunton District Court on charges of breaking and entering during the daytime, and larceny over $250.  

     According to police, Derrico is the third break-in suspect arrested in the past year based on DNA evidence collected at the scene by Rehoboth detectives.  A twenty-four-year old Fall River man, Paul LaFrance was linked to a December 2011 vehicle break-in on Chestnut Street.  Stephen Babbin, age 44 of Carver, MA and Warwick, RI was linked to a December 2010 breaking and entering of a home on Plain Street. It is unknown if either men has been convicted of the alleged crimes.


(February 27, 2015) Rehoboth selectmen at their regular meeting Monday night expressed their concern and great displeasure the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District closed schools on Monday following winter vacation week.

    The district sent out an automated messages to parents early Monday morning that schools would not be opened. While poor weather was not a factor on Monday in the closure of all schools, safety of roofs with snow accumulations was the issue provided by the school district.

   “All schools were closed today and nobody told our building inspector about unsafe roofs,” said Michael Costello, BOS chairman, who added he began receiving calls from parents early that morning.  When local officials went to the high school to investigate they found “three high school students on the roof shoveling snow.”  When asked, they said they were working for a local contractor and were immediately told to stop and get off the roof. Costello said the Superintendent of Schools office was closed.

    “This is unacceptable,” noted Costello who questioned why the district new facilities manager did not address snow removal on the roofs during the vacation week.  “I hope the Rehoboth members of the school committee ask him some serious questions.”  With increased school funding this fiscal year, the district was able to create a new position of facilities manager to oversee the five schools in Rehoboth and Dighton for a salary of over $80K plus benefits.

   Selectmen Joe Tito said he received the automated notice as he was getting his daughter ready for school that morning.  “As a parent, I was not happy,” he emphasized as families were left scrambling at the last minute to find child care or miss work.  “The evaluation (of the roofs) should have been done last week.”  

    Selectmen Sue Pimental agreed that district administration “dropped the ball” and wondered why the Rehoboth building inspector was not called and informed last week of any problems.

    “We are always left in the dark with regard to the schools,” concluded Costello.  “I think they need to communicate with us and our public safety people.”


(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.


(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 approved 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!


(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.


(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.


(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.


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


(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.


(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
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.
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.


(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.



(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.


(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


(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 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.


(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.


(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. 


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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. 


(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.” 


(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).


(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.


(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.


(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 Rehoboth 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.


(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

    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.


(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.


(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.   


(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.


(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. 


(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.


(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.