REHOBOTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION TO HOST ANNUAL CANDIDATES NIGHT

(February 27, 2017) Each year, the Rehoboth Business Association hosts an annual Candidates Night event, open to the public, to meet candidates for spring election who participate in a question and answer panel.

     The event this year will be held on Thursday, March 23 at Hillside Country Club beginning with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 PM followed by the Q & A.  All can
didates are invited to participate.  The Q & A segment is videotapes and posted on YouTube for citizens to watch prior to the election scheduled for Monday, April 3.

     Cost to attend the event is $20 per person that includes a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.  Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by March 16 by calling Cindy at 508-641-7146 or by email to salcyn506@aol.com

     

 
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ANNUAL ‘MOM PROM’ FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT

REHOBOTH HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY

(January 11, 2017)   No stranger to raising money for good causes, Rehoboth resident Cathy Edington came up with the idea of a Mom Prom as “an excuse for those of us past our prom years to get dressed up, go out and have some fun.”

     This year’s Mom Prom Fundraiser will be held on February 11 at Hillside Country Club, to benefit Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry.  Previous Mom Proms organized by Edington have benefited individuals fighting dire health conditions, and also non-profit organizations.

    Enjoy a fun night out during the winter doldrums. Grab a date and gather some friends for a great evening beginning at 6 PM. Along with an excellent meal, there will be live music, dancing, and raffles. Formalwear is encouraged!

    Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance. Please contact Cathy Edington at 508-245-3499 or email cathy.edington@cox.com.  Anyone who has a raffle item to donate should also contact Cathy as soon as possible.

BECKWITH STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT LEGO TOURNAMENT

(December 12, 2016) Two teams from D.L. Beckwith Middle School in Rehoboth recently won awards at the FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament to advance 40 out of 80 teams to the state championship on January 13 in the field house at Roger Williams University.

    Team FUR-ocious won the event’s top honor, the Champion’s Award, over 16 other teams for developing a mat that can be used in animal shelters to help calm nervous dogs. The mat has sensors that either vibrate, play soft music or a soothing human voice. The team sewed and stuffed a prototype for the judges to evaluate.

    Coached by Mrs. Tomellini and Mr. Kenny, the team included Deven A., Pilar B., Ethan C., Jacob G., Josh G., and Alex T., the excelled in robot design while demonstrating FIRST LEGO League core values: working together as a team, honoring the spirit of friendly competition, and understanding that what they discover is more important than what they win. 

  The Magical Partridges, coached by Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Kenny, received the Project Award for designing and creating a phone app that will let farmers alert beekeepers when they are spraying their crops and so the hives can remain closed until the dangers from the pesticide has passed. The team included Devin A., Ryan C., Sam D., Noah F., Ali K., and Cormac M.  

  The teams would like to thank Mrs. Flatley for sharing her beekeeping expertise, and Officer Muggle from The East Providence Animal Shelter their valuable input while researching their award-winning projects.

The winner of the State Championship will compete in the FIRST World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26-29, 2017. For more information on the FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island, visit www.risf.net

Champion’s Award winners, Team FUR-ocious

Project Award winners, The Magical Partridges

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AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS LAUNCH RE-GIFTING PROJECT

(December 13, 2016) For the second year, American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Seekonk, is conducting the Rehoboth and Seekonk Re-Gifting project. The gift you may not need or want can benefit someone else.

   The girls encourage residents to donate any new, unopened items through January 31 at conveniently located bins in both towns. The AHG troop members will then collect the donated gifts and deliver to both Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry and the Seekonk Food Pantry for distribution to those in need.

    Place your unwanted, new items in a bag, paper or plastic, and drop in one of the donations bins at Anawan Cleaners in Rehoboth on Route 44 next to Dunkin’ Donuts,  Anawan Pharmacy, and Vino’s Family Cafe.  Collection bins are also at multiple locations in Seekonk including the Parish Center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Route 44, Seekonk Public Library, Aitken Elementary School, Hurley Middle School, and  S & B Cleaners in Seekonk.

 
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REHOBOTH HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT HELPS WITH

CANNON REHAB PROJECT

(December 19, 2016) Before the first snow fell last week, the Rehoboth Highway Department did their part to in the ongoing rehabilitation of the iconic cannon that sits in the gore of the intersection on Bay State Road outside American Legion Post 302. 

    Under the direction of new superintendent Mike Costello, highway personnel prepared the triangular island and poured a concrete base for the cannon that is currently being repainted as an Eagle Scout project from Rehoboth Boy Scout Troop 13.  While the concrete foundation was poured, Rehoboth police maintained traffic control in the dangerous intersection.

   According to Jake Kramer, Veterans Services Officer, “Danny (from Troop 13) strategically coordinated the removal of the cannon with help from Rehoboth police and highway department personnel, along with Rehoboth-based J & J Materials.

 

   The project was approved by the Boy Scout District Council and supported by the Town of Rehoboth before the cannon was removed, using a flatbed tractor trailer from J & J Materials, and transported to a climate controlled environment for rehabilitation. 

     The project is expected to be completed by Christmas and the cannon returned to permanent its home outside the American Legion.  (Photos by Jake Kramer)

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Daisy Troop 628, with help from the Rehoboth Garden Club, make lovely decorations for Meals on Wheels seniors.

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Beckwith Middle School’s boys soccer team coach, Tina Freeman, is presented with a photo collage of her champs in action.

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JR. FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED FOR EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FOR REHOBOTH FIRE DEPT.

(January 11, 2017) The Rehoboth Fire Department recognized Eagle Scout Ryan Johnson at the January 9 meeting of the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen (photo left).

    A local resident and 2016 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Johnson’s Eagle project was an effort to test and replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors across town.  The project focuses on elders in the community.  Johnson, who also serves as a junior firefighter in the RFD, went to over 50 homes and replaced 266 batteries.  He also installed 10 smoke detectors and 10 carbon monoxide detectors in home that had none.

     “Eagle Scout projects are a great thing,” said Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi, “but in this case, the results of the project could quite possibly save someone’s life.” 

    Barresi added, “From all of the members of the department, we say well done” to Johnson, son of RFD Lt. Chris Johnson and his wife Nicole.  Johnson is currently attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester and hopes to continue his firefighting career after college.  (Photos submitted by RFD)

 

Eagle Scout Ryan Johnson (center) with Fire Chief Barresi (left) and Lt. Chris Johnson.

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS PARTICIPATE IN

NEW ENGLAND COOKIE RALLY

(January 19, 2017) Recently, Rehoboth Girl Scout Brownie Troop 494 and Daisy Troop 628 took part in Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England's Cookie Rally to start off Girl Scout Cookie sales.  

  They had a fun afternoon with their families participating in Girl Scout Cookie themed events followed by watching a Providence Bruins hockey game.

   When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, you help fund new adventures and life-changing opportunities for local troops. To celebrate 100 years of selling cookies, a new Girl Scout S’mores cookie joins the ranks of legendary classics like Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, and Caramel deLites/Samoas. 

    You can now locate Girl Scout Cookie sale locations online, as well as links to other cookie information such as online purchase, pricing, and nutritional details.

VETERANS AND SCOUTS CONDUCT DIGNIFIED FLAG DISPOSAL

(January 20, 2017) A semi-annual disposal (burning) of unserviceable American flags was held on January 17 at American Legion Post 302.   Along with legion members and local veterans, Rehoboth Boy Scout Troop 13 and Rehoboth Cub Scout Pack 1 participated in the occasion.  The older scouts conducted the ceremony with honors, and invited the younger scouts to learn how to properly dispose old flags.  The burning took place outdoors at the legion post located off Bay State Road. 

    Residents are always welcome to drop off used flags at the town office anytime for a future dignified disposal.  (Photos by Jake Kramer, Rehoboth VSO)

 
CARPENTER MUSEUM RECEIVES BCSCF GRANT

(January 20, 2017) Rehoboth’s Carpenter Museum recently received a grant from Bristol County Savings Bank, through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation.

    One of four Attleboro area non-profits to receive a portion of $22,000, the Carpenter Museum is owned and operated by the non-profit Rehoboth Antiquarian Society. The other three organizations were Attleboro Area Council of Churches, Old Colony Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army. 

    “We are thrilled to have received a grant for $5000,” said Carpenter Museum Director Elyssa Tardiff.  The money will be used to support the museum’s “Farm Fresh History Educational Initiative.  Tardiff is pictured in the photo, far left front row, next to RSA trustee Sue Withers.

(Photo submitted by BCSBF)

 

LOCAL EIGHTH GRADERS NAMED PROJECT 351 AMBASSADORS AT BOSTON EVENT ON MLK DAY

(January 24, 2017) More than 250 young leaders from across the Commonwealth joined in a statewide, youth-led service initiative on Martin Luther King Day including Rehoboth eighth grader Mackenzie Morgenweck and Dighton eighth grader Nicholas Santos.

    Project 351 honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full day of team-based service across Boston. Ambassadors are selected by local educators to represent Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns. The statewide, youth-driven service organization offers a transformative year of development, enrichment, and impact through unique service opportunities. 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS COURT OF AWARDS CEREMONY

(January 24, 2017) A mid-year Court of Awards ceremony was held on January 5 for American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 at the parish center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Seekonk.  Members of the faith-based scouting group were awarded with badges, event patches and service starts. 

   On January 19, members of the troop assembled bags of birthday supplies and goodies to donate to Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry, along with personalized, homemade cards. The girls will also deliver boxes of cake and frosting mixes to the food panty for families celebrating birthdays.


Pictured above (left to right): Troop Leader Liz Day, Ella B., Avy C., Kriszel D., Sarah E., Ziza E., Lori Conti, Abby M., Ella M., Lily M., Ashlyn M.,  and Grace H.

 

Pictured above making homemade cards for Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry are: Sara M., Abi E., Emily D., Madison B., Elsie O., Lisa O., and Lilya F.

REHOBOTH BREED EXPO TO HOST TACK SALE IN MARCH

(January 26, 2017) The Rehoboth-based non-profit Rehoboth Breed Expo is hosting a Tack Sale at Bristol County Agricultural High School on Sunday, March 12 from 9 AM to 2 PM, 135 Center Street in Dighton, MA.

   Vendors are welcome to register now to participate. Fee is $25 for table/booth space. Set up time after 7 AM on the day of the sale. Or vendors may register by regular mail to RBE, 269 Tremont Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.

    Vendor application should include name, address, email, phone number and number of table spaces needed ($25 per table) along with payment included. For more info, call 508-468-7627.

    For the last several years, Rehoboth Breed Expo has hosted an annual summer exposition featuring dozens of horse breeds, demonstrations, vendors and concessions.  For the third year, the expo will be held at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro.  Plans for the 2017 expo include the addition of another day of equine-related events.

 
CLUB SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO LOCAL STUDENT

(January 26, 2017)  The Rehoboth Garden Club recently presented resident Elizabeth Oakley, a junior at Colby College in Maine, a $1000 scholarship check. Oakley is majoring in biology and religious studies.  She is the daughter of Rebecca Smith and Dr. Bernard Oakley, MD.

    The check was presented  by Pat Knowles, chair of the scholarship program and Mary Louise Pacheco, the club’s co-president.

    Students from Rehoboth and surrounding communities who are majoring in the natural sciences and related fields are eligible to apply for the annual award.  The garden club’s annual May plant sale is the major fundraiser that supports the scholarship program.  This years’s plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Goff Memorial Hall.

 
REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS TO HOST 46TH ANNUAL FIREMEN’S BALL

(February 2, 2017) For the 46th year, the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association will host the Firemen’s Ball on Saturday, April 1 at Hillside County Club.  All are welcome to purchase tickets and attend this fun-filled night with local firefighters and fellow residents.

    The RFD, as a “call” department, is staffed by local residents - your neighbors who selflessly give up countless hours of their free time to serve our community.  These hours are spent fighting fires and duty time, but also training, performing drills and performing other duties beneficial to the community.  Firefighters assist and support other public safety personnel including police, ambulance and emergency management.

    As a non-profit organization, the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association helps raise money for these brave firefighters -- purchasing safety equipment, helping firefighters in need, offering a scholarship for future firefighters and purchasing a ball tickets for each member of the department.

    You can support the association by purchasing advertising space in the program book. A full-page ad is $100, half page is $75, quarter page is $50 and booster (name and address) is $25.  Reserve your ad space by February 28. For more info, email the ball committee at RehobothFBC@gmail.com.  

    Tickets are now available for the ball. Reserve your tickets by calling Dan Noons at 508-509-8357.

 

Rehoboth American Legion Post 302 thanks Scialo’s Bakery in Seekonk for their ongoing generosity and support. Post 302, located on Bay State Road, raises money for veterans programs with regular fundraisers including meat auctions, breakfasts and many other events.  

NEW HOUSING TO BE NAMED ANAWAN SCHOOL APARTMENTS

(February 8, 2017) Rehoboth selectmen recently signed an agreement and 99-year lease with the Providence-based Women’s Development Corp. to develop 36 affordable housing units at the old Anawan School on Bay State Road.  The complex will be named Anawan School Apartments.

    There will be 31 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments for eligible senior citizens, veterans, and adults with disabilities.  The developers will spend an estimated $5 million for renovations to the building, located next to the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS SUCCESSFUL REGIFTING

(February 21, 2017) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, for the past couple years, have organized a post-holiday regifting program to collect new, unused items for area residents and donate the items to those in need.  Many local businesses in both Rehoboth and Seekonk assisted in the project by hosting convenient drop-off locations.

    The collection period extended to Valentine’s Day when the girls gathered all the donations and brought them to Steve Martin of Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry.

    “Mr. Martin said these items will really help to brighten peoples’ lives,” said project organizers.  The troop will be bringing the remaining items to Doorways Food Pantry in Seekonk on March 2. Both food pantries will gladly accept any new items you may not need throughout the year as there is always someone who can use them.

     The girls extend their appreciation to the following for their help: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, S & B Cleaners, Seekonk Library, Aitken and Hurley schools, Anawan Cleaners, Anawan Pharmacy and Vino's Cafe.

 
HELP THE REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFY OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

(February 21, 2017) The Rehoboth Fire Department recently uncovered many pictures of the department dating back to the early 1950's. The department is looking to piece together a history of the department from its inception to the present.  We are attempting to identify the firefighters in them and will publish a few every month.  The department is looking to piece together a history of the department from its inception to the present. 

    If anyone has any pictures or memorabilia and would like to share it, in order for us piece together the history of your fire department, please feel free to contact the department.  508-252-3725 or email info@rehobothfire.com

 
LOCAL GENEALOGY GROUP HELPS SEEKERS

(February 21, 2017) The Genealogy Group at the Carpenter Museum meets every month to search for family history and get help from others.  In February, a  group of fifteen participants divided up into segments of particular interest such as Irish roots and DNA-related searches. Participants bring their own laptops or tablets. WiFi is available.

    Anyone interested in genealogy and researching family trees are invited to attend.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the downstairs Tilton Room of the Carpenter Museum.

   All are welcome and you don’t have to be from an old Rehoboth family.  Learn more about doing genealogy research and get helpful hits from others. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more details or email: LendeMcMullen@gmail.com.

 
TWO BECKWITH STUDENTS PLACE FIRST AND SECOND IN BRISTOL COUNTY

(February 21, 2017) Two D. L. Beckwith Middle School students have their artwork published in the 2017 fire safety calendar sponsored by the Insurance Underwriting Association.

    The state-wide poster contest engages middle school students to create art with fire safety messages.  The Rehoboth Fire Department’s SAFE officer, Lt. Randy Larrivee has organized this project locally for the past five years working with Beckwith art teacher Ms. Faletra.  

     “With over 1000 contest entries, it is quite an honor for two Rehoboth students to place first and second in the Bristol County competition,” said Larrivee, “who announced the award winners at a recent meeting of the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen. The county winners will now compete for a state-wide prize.    

     Congratulations to Adrienne Iafrate (posted above) who won first place in the county competition and Kristin Corvi (poster to the right) who placed second. 

 
B-P STUDENTS HELP REHOBOTH ANIMAL ADVOCATES

(February 21, 2017) The local non-profit Rehoboth Animal Advocates reached out to James Aldoupolis, Technical Coordinator at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton with a project request - to build four feral cat houses at a reasonable cost. Without delay, B-P students went to work and built sturdy shelters for the group’s feral cat Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program. 

    To date the animal advocates have trapped 82 feral cats and kittens in Rehoboth. Once neutered, the felines are released back into the wild.  The colonies will eventually die off because they are unable to reproduce.  However, the feral colonies still need shelter from the elements.

    The group was thrilled with the new shelters (photo submitted) and recently expressed appreciation to the carpentry department at B-P.

 
GET A LICENSE YOUR DOG ON SATURDAY MARCH 11

AND GET RABIES VACCINE FOR BOTH DOGS AND CATS

(March 1, 2017) For the fourth consecutive year, the towns of Rehoboth and Seekonk join together to offer a convenient rabies vaccine clinic where you can also obtain dog licenses.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Seekonk Public Works Garage located at Route 44 and Lake Street.  The clinic is open to pet owners from both towns and also non-residents with vaccines administered by Dr. William Trusdale of Central Avenue Veterinary Hospital.  Cost per vaccine, for cats and dogs, is $12 per animal, cash-only payment. Cats must be in carriers and 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.

    Rehoboth and Seekonk Town Clerks will also be on hand to register your dogs for the 2017 Dog Licensing season. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. License fees may be paid by check. The 2017 dog license is due April 1, and is considers late after May 31, when fines will be assessed.

      Dog license fees are: spayed female/neutered male, $10; and un-spayed female/un-neutered male $20.

 

SENIOR SAFETY DAY at the

SENIOR

CENTER

Monday March 27

11 am to 1 PM

Free Giveaways

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT READS TO SMALLEST “FALCONS” AT DRRHS

(March 3, 2017) Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading to the "Little Falcon Preschoolers" who attend the CTE Early Education and Care program at DRRHS in Mrs. Cheryl Tella's classroom.

    American writer, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and died at the age of 87 in 1991. March 2 is official National Read Across American Day, a reading initiative of the National Education Association.

    The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is scheduled to open in Springfield, MA this June. (submitted photo)

DRRHS CLASS OF 1967 50th REUNION

(March 3, 2017) The Class of 1967 of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will host their 50th Class Reunion on June 24 at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton.

    The reunion committee has sent out an announcement and responses are coming in.  They are still looking for classmates Constance Carlsen, Deborah Derocher, James Navaree, Caroline Shield, and Lynn Talbot. 

    If you are a member of the Class of 1967 and have not yet received an invitation, please contact Gloria Perry Malo at 508-496-5133 or email her at gmalo1949@gmail.com.

 

DRRHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM FINISH SEASON 16 OUT OF 140

(March 9, 2017) After winning the regional championship, the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School Mock Trial Team finished the season as team 16 out of 140 teams from across the state.

    The state playoffs were held at Clark University in Worcester, MA earlier this month when the D-R team defeated Malden High School in the morning session to rank 16th in state.  They went on to compete for Elite 8 status. Despite a well-prepared and talented team, they were defeated in the afternoon round against Malden Catholic High School.

    The D-R defense team included Jillian Henrique, Brielle Michener, Brandon Weddell, Emily Greenberg, Jarrett Cordiero, Emma Thompson and Aidan Magazonwalla.

    The team posed at Clark University with a campus sculpture of Sigmund Freud.

Photo: Diane Fox from Doorways Food Pantry volunteer with American Heritage Girls. Front Row L to R: Ashlyn McCormick, Ziz Elseman, Avy Conti, Sarah Edgar, Jayna Zimberlin, Ella Briggs.  Middle Row L to R:  Siera Larkin, Ireland Larkin, Lily McCormick, Grace Howarth, Lilya Fournier, Madison Burbank, Emma Pfeffer.  Back Row L to R: Sarah Baldini, Amanda Abbott, Abi Eckerson, Elsie Omondi, Lisa Omondi, Sara McMahon, Emily Day

REHOBOTH DAISY TROOP CELEBRATE GIRL SCOUT BIRTHDAY

(March 13, 2017) March 12 was Girl Scout's 105th birthday.  To celebrate the Girl Scout’s 105th birthday, Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 made Birthday-in-a-Boxes or  boxes full of birthday party supplies to donate to Birthday Wishes, a non-profit providing birthday parties to children living in homeless shelters in MA and RI.  

    If you have a girl in your life who would enjoy Girl Scouts you can learn about becoming a girl scout at gssne.org.  You can learn more about Birthday Wishes at birthdaywishes.org.  

 

Town Election


Monday

April 3


7 am to 8 pm

All 3 precincts

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS HELP SEEKONK FOOD PANTRY

(March 13, 2017) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently delivered the remainder of the items collected from their annual post-holiday re-gifting drive to the Doorways Food Pantry in Seekonk. They previously had donated to Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry. 

    With troop members from both Rehoboth and Seekonk, the girls toured the pantry and had questions answered by Diane Fox, the organization’s food acquisition and stocking volunteer. The Seekonk food pantry is located in the North School and serves 65 families a week with over 100 volunteers providing a social experience for both clients and volunteers.

    American Heritage Girls are a faith-based scouting organization for girls and teens.  The troop is based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk.

 
REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN OFFER PATRIOT’S DAY EVENT

(March 16, 2017) “The British are coming. The British are coming.”  Were those words actually uttered when the alarm was raised on April 19, 1775?  You can find out that historic fact and more at a free event hosted by the Rehoboth Minute Company on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 4 PM on the Redway Plain.

    Commonly known as the Rehoboth Minutemen, the local company of Revolutionary War re-enactors consist of men, women and children in roles of citizen soldiers and camp followers.  This free afternoon event is supported by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council.  Step back in time to watch demonstrations and learn more about the origins of Patriot’s Day celebrated in Massachusetts.  Parking is on Bay State Road and Pond Street.  Parking is not allowed on Redway Plain during the spring months.  There is a rain date of April 30.  For more information, please call 508-252-3682.

    The Minutemen have a busy spring schedule including appearances in Lexington and Concord in April, a battle re-enactment in Ridgefield, CT, a raid re-enactment in Coventry, RI, and an “escape from Boston” on May 20-21. They are also scheduled to appear at schools and parades this spring and summer.  For more details, go the Minute Company page of Rehoboth Now.

 
REHOBOTH TRIAD TO HOST

SENIOR SAFETY DAY

(March 16, 2017) Rehoboth TRIAD, a group effort of local public safety personnel and the Bristol Country Sheriff’s Office, are hosting a Senior Safety Day and Luncheon at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on Monday, March 27 from 11 AM to 1 PM. 

    There will be exhibits and free health and safety information from Rehoboth police, fire, ambulance, rescue and the town nurse. A luncheon will be served at 11:30 AM and free giveaways will be offered.   

 
PUBLIC INVITED ON DAY TRIP TO VISIT USS CONSTITUTION

(March 20, 2017) American Legion Post 302 invites the public and local veterans on a day trip to visit the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Saturday, April 22 aboard a deluxe motor coach departing Rehoboth at 8 AM from the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center and returning back to Rehoboth at 3:30 PM.  

    Participants will first visit the ship and museum from 10 to 11 AM and then enjoy free time for lunch and browsing at the Prudential Center from 11:30 to 1:30 PM.

     The USS Constitution Museum offers a special exhibits and activities that week during school spring break. Visitors are allowed to pose for a photo at the helm or by the ship’s bell. All visitors over 18 years of age must pass through a security inspection and show federal or state photo ID before embarking on the USS Constitution.

    Cost for the day trip is $36 per person based on a minimum of 30 people. To register, please drop by the Legion on Bay State Road “at the cannon” or contact Jake Kramer, Veterans Services Officer at 508-252-4467.

 
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

RECOGNIZE VIETNAM VET SPEAKER

(March 20, 2017) A Betsy Ross Colonial flag and Certificate of Appreciation was recently presented to Capt. Walter Wisniewski, USMC, author of “Vietnam Medevac - Death and Deliverance” by Rehoboth resident Michael P. Deignan, President of the Robert Treat Paine Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

    The presentation was made following the chapter’s meeting on March 18 in Taunton where Wisniewski was the featured guest speaker.

     Sons of the American Revolution is a non-profit, patriotic organization and hereditary society founded in 1889.   Members are descendants of people who served in the Revolutionary War or who contributed to the country’s independence from Britain. To date, 17 presidents of the United States have been members of the SAR. (submitted photo)

   

 

REHOBOTH DAISY SCOUTS BRAVE THE COLD FOR A WINTER VISIT TO OAK KNOLL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

(March 16, 2017) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 bundled up for a visit to Mass Audubon's Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro where they learned about the importance of wildlife sanctuaries.

   The girls were given information about the wild creatures that live at nearby Oak Knoll and enjoyed finding animal tracks in the snow along the sanctuary’s many groomed walking trails. 

   If you have a girl in your life who would enjoy Girl Scouts, you can learn about becoming a girl scout at gssne.org.  

HELP IDENTIFY VINTAGE REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTOS

(March 24, 2017) The Rehoboth Fire Department is looking for assistance in identifying some vintage photos from the Carpenter Museum archives.  The RFD and Carpenter Museum are working together to piece together the history of the town’s fire department.  If you can know the people in these photos, please share your information with Assistant Fire Chief Mark Haskell at achaskell@rehobothfire.com.    

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS WORK ON BADGES

(March 27, 2017) American Heritage Girls Troop MA372 were busy in March working on badges with their units.  The Tenderhearts (grades 1-3) worked on scrapbooking for the Memory Maker Badge. The Explorers (grades 4-6) worked on the Young Meterologist  Badge. The Pioneers and Patriots (grades 7-12) worked on the Kitchen Scientist Badge. The faith-based American Heritage Girls are based at nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk.

Pictured above: members of the Pioneer and Patriot unit including Emma Pfeffer, Macy Oliveira, Siera Larkin, Abi Eckerson, Lilya Fournier. Back row Sara McMahon, Lisa Omondi and Emily Day.

 

Leader Lori Conti and Assistant Leader Jen Cavaco with the Tenderhearts.

REHOBOTH TRIAD OFFERS HEALTH INFO ON SENIOR SAFETY DAY

(March 29, 2017) Rehoboth Triad, a group effort of local public safety personnel and the Bristol Country Sheriff’s Office, hosted Senior Safety Day with a luncheon at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on Monday, March 27.

Left to right: Lt. Randy Larrivee (Rehoboth Fire Department), Mandy Larrivee , and Tina Le Page (Bristol County Sheriffs Department).

Back: Erik Johnson (Anawan Pharmacy), Steve Smith (Rehoboth Ambulance. Front: Jaime Conlon (Rehoboth Public Health Nurse), and Steve Przeszlo (Rehoboth Ambulance).

LOCAL SAR CHAPTER RECOGNIZES STUDENT ESSAYIST

(April 5, 2017) Rehoboth resident Michael Deignan, who serves as President of the Robert Treat Paine Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), recently recognized Sabrina Fay for her award-winning essay.

    The SAR chapter’s “Knight Essay” contest was open to students in grades 9 through 12.  Fay is a student at the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford. She wrote about how the Boston Massacre led to a triumph for justice. Fay’s essay was selected as the state level winner and she goes on to compete at the national level at the SAR’s national Congress this summer.

    Deignan presented Fay with a certificate mounted in a frame with a 13-star “Betsy Ross” flag, along with a pewter medal supplied by the National SAR headquarters in Kentucky. She also received a copy of “A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts” by Joseph M. Bagley. Deignan also presented Fay’s teacher Erin Kochanek with a copy of “A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America”, by Ivor Noel Hume.

   SAR is the largest male lineage organization in the United States.  For more information about the local chapter, contact Deignan at mikedn@cox.net.

DRRHS LEO LIONS RAISING MONEY TO ATTEND LEADERSHIP FORUM IN NYC

(April 12, 2017) This upcoming August, five DRRHS Leo Lions Club members hope to attend the first USA/Canada Leo Leadership Forum in NCY.

    While the Leo Lions Club raises money throughout the year, those funds support charitable work.  The club members who wish to participate in the the NYC Leadership Forum must pay their own way. Each Leo must raise $700 per student to pay for the trip and a GoFundMe page has been created to help with this effort.

    The D-R Leo Club was formed in 2011 as a community service organization sponsored by the Dighton Lions, the Rehoboth Lions, and the Rehoboth Anawan Lions. Since their inception, they have won District 33S Leo Club of the year twice.

    Club members have been extremely active in both the Rehoboth and Dighton communities.  One project benefited local elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia by donating iPods filled with music to a Dighton nursing home. They have hosted soup kitchens for the homeless, and have worked to restore the walking trail behind the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.  They have assisted with events at the senior center, Blanding Library and Carpenter Museum.

     “If you have attended a Rehoboth Lions clam boil, you will see them serving and working hard,” said Ray Medeiros of the Rehoboth Lions.  “They are always there to help the parent organizations in their fund raisers.”

    Any donation will help the club send members to the leadship event where they will participate in the opening ceremony, social events, tours, workshops, seminars, interact with special guests and other activities.  For more information, you can contact Mrs. O’Gara at DRRHS.

 
REHOBOTH LIONS AND VETERANS SERVICES DELIVERED EASTER BASKETS TO THOSE IN NEED.

(April 25, 2017) Members of the Rehoboth Lions with Leo Club members, their advisor and members from the American Legion Post 302 helped put together 50 sets of Easter Baskets (100 bags of canned food, potatoes, carrots, bread along with canned ham) to be given to the needy veterans of Rehoboth.

     This effort was made possible by Raymond Medeiros who took the lead in collecting donated can goods from Wal-Mart & Stop & Shops in the local area. The bags were assembled at Francis Farm on July 12. 

     Medeiros strategically coordinated to operation “Easter Basket” with the Rehoboth Veteran Services Officer Jake Kramer to be distributed among veteran clients, housebound veterans and the veterans in need of assistance.   

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS ENJOY SPRING ACTIVITIES

(April 25, 2017) The American Heritage Girls have been busy helping out at their charter organization, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in Seekonk. In addition to assisting at the monthly Senior Luncheon, some of the older girls lemon-oiled the pews prior to Palm Sunday, while some of the younger girls planted flowers in front of the Parish Center. The AHG troop has grown to 27 this year and they are wrapping up this school year.  They will welcome new members in September.

    Pictured right are the AHG gardeners.  Front row l to r: Jayna Zimberlain, Ashlyn McCormick, Kriszel Dabi, Avy Conti.  Back row l to r: Lily McCormick, Emily Day, Ireland Larkin, Siera Larkin.

REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATES ON OPENING DAY

(April 25, 2017) Rehoboth Fire Department was honored to participate in Rehoboth Youth Baseball and Softball (RYBSA) opening day. Unfortunately, due to continued mechanical failures, Ladder 1 was unable to attend and raise the flag this year. Engine 1 had to stand in its place.

American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 had fun bowling at The Bowling Academy in East Providence! Pictured are: Avy Conti, Ella Briggs, Jayna Zimberlain, Grace Howarth, Sarah Edgar, Kriszel Dabi, Ziza Elseman, Ashlyn McCormick, and Lily McCormick.

REHOBOTH GIRL SCOUTS BUSY LEARNING AND HAVING FUN

(April 29, 2017) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 (pictured right) had a wonderful time at Bath Junkie in North Attleboro.  The scouts created their own body splash, played a game identifying different scents, and exfoliated their hands - all while talking about and practicing being considerate and caring.  

     Rehoboth Girl Scout Brownie Troop 494 (pictured left) learned about healthy eating habits and ways to have fun while eating fruits and vegetables. They followed a recipe for a healthy and delicious fruit dip and ate it with whole grain pretzels.  

    If you have a girl in your life who would enjoy Girl Scouts, you can learn about becoming a girl scout at gssne.org.  

LOCAL WOMEN APPOINTED BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DIRECTOR

OF PHILANTHROPY

(May 5, 2017) The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, the oldest continually-operating Boys & Girls Club in the country, recently announced the appointment of Rehoboth resident Mary Anne Stchur as Director of Philanthropy. Mary Anne joins BGC Providence with nearly two decades of fundraising and campaign management experience.

   Stchur will provide strategic and administrative oversight of BGC Providence’s variety of fundraising programs. She also partners with the CEO to advance the organization’s mission of changing the lives of local youth through education and job-training to break the cycle of poverty many members experience. Mary Anne and her husband, Peter, and their two children, Peter IV and Madeline, reside in Rehoboth.

 

BROWNIES LEARN ABOUT FIRST AID

(May 5, 2017) During the month of April, Rehoboth Girl Scout Brownie Troop 494 earned their First Aid badge.  They were taught the importance of calling 911, made their own first aid kits, and had a question and answer session with Rehoboth nurse, Lisa Marie Dyer.  The troop is looking forward to being prepared for emergencies during upcoming outings.

REHOBOTH LADIES ENJOY MOTHER’S DAY TEA AT SENIOR CENTER

(May 13, 2017) Every year, the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center hosts a Mother’s Day Tea.  They bring out the good linen and china for this special event where festive attire and hats are encouraged.

(Photos courtesy of the senior center)

HISTORIC HORNBINE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHEDULE

(May 26, 2017)  If you are fascinated with history, you will enjoy visiting Rehoboth’s one-room schoolhouse, restored in 1968 for the town’s 325th anniversary.  The school will be open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of June, July, August and September from 2 to 4 PM.  

   Rehoboth resident Frances Jones Megan, who attended the school when it was open as a public school, is almost always there to speak with visitors. She is a wealth of information about the school and the Hornbine neighborhood.                                 

    During the month of June, third graders from Palmer River Elementary School visit the school for a day, stepping back in time.  The school “marms” aka volunteers Brenda Saben and Jann McMurry have conducted 16 classes from other towns so far this year. They use a teacher’s desk first used at Palmer River School on Mason Street over one hundred and fifty years ago. Trivia: there have been three Palmer River Schools.

   Under the guidance of the Rehoboth Historical Commission for the past 49 years, many volunteers have contributed to the maintenance and operation of the building. For two decades until her retirement in 2015, Beverly Pettine kept the school running smoothly. Cathy Potter very capably took over in 2015 and the building continues to be open for field trips and public visits.  

    The Hornbine School is located in the south east corner of Rehoboth on Hornbine Road at the intersection of Baker Road.

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS FINISH UP YEAR

(May 26, 2017) Members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 wrap up the school year with badge work and celebrations earlier this month.

    Abi Eckerson presented techniques of Krav Maga self defense with the assistance of Sara McMahon (photo top left).  Siera and Ireland Larkin presented some of their artistic endeavors for the Pen and Paper Arts badge (photo middle). A farewell celebration was held for Patriot Scout Macy Oliveira who is graduating. (photo right) with fellow troop members Amanda Abbott, Sara McMahon, Macy Oliveira, Abi Eckerson, Sarah Baldini, Lisa Omondi, and Elsie Omondi (bottom left).

   American Heritage Girls is a faith-based scouting program for girls ages 5-18 based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk.  For more information, visit the troop website or the national American Heritage Girls website.

LOCAL TEEN TO PARTICIPATE IN GAMM SUMMER THEATRE PROGRAM

(May 30, 2017) Isabelle Giuttari, daughter of local musician and harpsichord restoration master Glenn Giuttari and Lelia Couzyn of Barringon, RI, will participate in an intensive summer program at the Sandra Feinstein GAMM Theatre in Providence, RI.

    A graduating senior of Barrington High School, Giuttari will help prepare two Shakespearian plays for late July presentation at the GAMM Theatre. Over the past 4 years she has been an intern and administrative assistant for the Barrington Community Theater.

    A member of the National Honor Society at Barrington HS, Giuttari is also an avid equestrian (pictured with her dressage horse Cassie). In September, she will join the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass/Amherst as a theater major.

 

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS BUSY WITH PARADE AND PROJECTS

(May 31, 2017) Despite the rain, Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 (pictured above left) enjoyed being a part of the Rehoboth-Dighton Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies on Monday, May 29.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop 494 (pictured above right) recently had a wonderful time earning their dance badge at Shooting Stars School of Dance in Seekonk.  The scouts stretched, tumbled, danced, learned, and laughed during their event.

AMERICAN LEGION HAS NEW WALL MURAL

(June 14, 2017) A beautiful new wall mural was completed at Post 302 by legion member Veronica Hass of Rehoboth who spend over 220 working on the art work, part of a remodeling project.  The patriotic mural represents the five branches of the United States military including a USAF F22 Raptor, Army Abrams M1A2 tank, the Navy’s USS Massachusetts, the Marine flag raising at Iwo Jima, and a Coast Guard lighthouse.  

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS HELP GARDEN CLUB

(June 14, 2017) Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628, under the direction of the Rehoboth Garden Club, had a wonderful time learning and helping to plant flowers on the grounds of the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

ANNUAL PROPER DISPOSAL OF USED AMERICAN FLAGS

(June 16, 2017) On Flag Day, June 14, Rehoboth American Legion Post 302 conducted their Annual Proper Destruction of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony with Boy Scout Troop 13 leading the ceremony.  The majority of the unserviceable flags burned each year come from the Veterans Services Office that replaces over 1,100 cemetery flags every Memorial Day with help from Girl Scout Troops 622, 1322, 494, Boy Scout Troop 13, members of the Cemetery Committee, the Minutemen and other volunteers.  Any resident with a used American flag can turn it in to the VSO at the town office for proper disposal.

Left: Steven, Luke and Adler from Troop 13 separate grave flags from wooden stakes before burning.


Right: Scott Reynolds, former Marine and American Legion member, monitors the fire for Troop 13 as they place the flags into the dedicated burn barrel. Only wood and the flags can be burned in the burn barrel.

8TH ANNUAL REHOBOTH BREED EXPO IN AUGUST ADDS A SECOND DAY

(June 21, 2017) After seven consecutive successful years, the Rehoboth Breed Expo will be a two-day event this year on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM in the fields behind LaSalette Shrine on Park Street in Attleboro.

    The family event features the wonderful world of horses and equine enthusiasts with two days of demonstrations, displays and horse-related activities.  Over twenty breeds of both common and rare horses will participate. Organizers expect over 30 vendors, info booths and food concessions. There will be many children’s activities including face-painting, stick pony building and parade, a petting zoo, pony rides, bean bag toss, piñatas and more.

    Saturday’s line up will include two competitions - a “Scurry” featuring miniature horse drawn carriages in a timed race on a predetermined cone course, and a “Versatility” course where riders will guide their horses through a course of obstacles.

     Gates will open on Sunday morning at 9 AM.  A formal presentation will begin at 9:45 with a color guard by the mounted unit of the Massachusetts Park Rangers and the singing of the National Anthem by Porsha Funches (daughter of The Platter’s lead singer Tony Funches).  Demonstrations will begin at 10 AM with a “Blessing of the Horses” at 11 AM by Father Pat of LaSalette Shrine.  The Patriots Cheerleaders are scheduled to make an appearance between 11 AM and 1 PM. 

    Throughout the day, DJ Nate Adams will play selections picked by the performers.  He will be joined by announcer Nona Maiorano.  Other anticipated guests include Charlie Pike’s Big Red Barn Blue Grass Band.  Remembrance Hill Carriages will offer carriage rides.

    A non-profit organization, Rehoboth Breed Expo donates all proceeds after expenses to charities such as Rehoboth Helping Hands, Winslow Animal Sanctuary, the Town of Rehoboth, RISPCA, and LaSalette Shrine.  Roughly 60 workers and volunteers from Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency (REMA) donate their time and labor to offer this annual event.  An additional 60 riders and their horses will participate in the two-day event. The expo is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, the local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

     General admission is a donation of $8 per adult and children 12 years and older.  Kids under 12 are admitted free of charge.  Vendors applications are available on the Breed Expo’s website.  Those wishing more info, should contact Ray Viau at 508-468-7627 or email him at viau@comcast.net.

    

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS MOVE UP

(June 26, 2017) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently held their annual End of the Year Ceremony with over 100 people in attendance. Leaders presented badges, patches, service stars and awards to scouts ages 6-18. The faith-based scouting group’s next registration will be held in September.

Left:  Troop Shepherd and Asst. Leader Tammy Eckerson with graduating Patriot Macy Oliveira, Siera Larkin, and Leader Trish Larkin.

Right: Tenderheart Lily McCormick (front) crosses over to Explorer Level. Lily completed all the requirements for her Sacagawea Level Award.

DRRHS GRAD RECIPIENT OF DD SCHOLARSHIP

(June 26, 2017) Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees held a luncheon on June 22 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence to honor 100 students awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Michaela Johnson, co-host of The Rhode Show on WPRI, was the special guest speaker.

     Recent Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School graduate Joel Papp was the local recipient of the $1000 scholarship.

    Since launching the program in 1996, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have provided more than $2 million in tuition assistance grants to students demonstrating the franchisees’ long-standing commitment to supporting youth and education programs in their communities.

 

NEWS FROM THE REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB -  COMMUNITY EFFORT TO BEAUTIFY THE SENIOR CENTER

(July 13, 2017) What began as a casual conversation in April about the sad condition of the grounds of the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center blossomed into a multi-generational event last month.

    With only a few trees and shrubs and plenty of weeds filling open spaces in the center’s garden, it was time for a renovation. Rehoboth Garden Club Co-Presidents Linda McHugh and Mary Louise Pacheco organized workers and created planting designs, while Center Center Director Linna Sherman sought donations of plants.

    Planting day was chilly and rainy, but the weather couldn't dampen the spirits of many volunteers. Eleven members of the garden club were joined by fourteen Daisy Scouts from Troop 628 and their leader Kara Svendsen, as well as four members of Girl Scout Troop 750 with their leader Jami Araujo. The girls were enthusiastic workers and eager to learn about the plants. They were rewarded for their efforts with plants to take home. Other volunteer included Sherman, her mother, and her daughter.

    Dozens of plants were donated by area businesses.  According to McHugh, “the generosity of Tranquil Lake Nursery, Sousa's Family Farm, Araujo's Farm and Home Depot was overwhelming.”  There were enough plants to fill four window boxes and the entire garden area. Most of the plants are perennials and will come back year after year.

    “The project was a great success,” added McHugh, “and the center's exterior is now as welcoming as its interior.”  She added, “from master gardeners to novice planters, everyone contributed their hard work and talents. It was not just the planting of a garden. It was the embodiment of community service here in Rehoboth.”   Pictured Right: Rehoboth Garden Club Co-President Mary Louise Pacheco giving Daisy Scouts plants to take home.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL REHOBOTH LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT

(July 13, 2017) The Rehoboth Lions Club will host their 29th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser for Lions Eye Research on Saturday, August 19 at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton off Route 44 at 85 Gulliver Street.

    The annual tournament is held in honor of the late Raymond Dyer, an avid golfer and Lion Club member. All proceeds benefit the international organization’s mission to support eye and vision research and treatment.  The Rehoboth Lions chapter has contributed over $75,000 to eye research from golf tournaments. 

    “Many citizens of Rehoboth have benefited from the research done at Mass Eye and Ear, as well as other eye research facilities around the country,” said tournament organizer Ray Medeiros.

     Registration is now open for the “Bramble” format tournament that will begin with a shotgun start at 1 PM. Players then take the best drive and play their own ball the rest of the whole, and each team takes the best two scores. The tournament fee of $125 per person includes “golf, cart, a great dinner, and some fantastic prizes.”  Cost for a foursome is $500 (or $400 if paid before July 22).  Businesses and individuals are invited to support the cause by purchasing a tee sign for a donation of $75.  For more information, please contact Bill Cute at 508-252-9435. 

   

Helping the Rehoboth Garden Club beautify the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center are Hannah and Angelina Araujo, Desi and Danielle Amaral Girl Scouts from Rehoboth Troop 750.

REHOBOTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH CAMP KIDS BRING CHEER

(July 14, 2017) On a recent visit to the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, church campers from Rehoboth Congregational enjoyed interacting with local elders and staff.  They brought handmade cards and home baked treats to share, and took a tour of the center including the chilly walk-in refrigerator in the kitchen.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR KINDNESS ROCKS IN REHOBOTH

(July 20, 2017) A Rehoboth mom and her three daughters have been busy this summer with The Kindness Rocks Project Rehoboth, an effort to raise community spirit by decorating, hiding and re-hiding colorful rocks with inspirational messages throughout the town.

     Last week, Jennie Green and daughters, Abbie, Molly and Sophie, installed a collection of Kindness Rocks in the butterfly garden at the Blanding Library/Goff Hall. The family is very familiar with the library as their husband and father Steve Green built the beautiful, historically accurate new addition on the Blanding last year.

    Library director Laura Bennett, on hearing of the project, gave her approval for the three girls to install a collection of stones somewhere outside. She then contacted Honour Foley for permission to put the Kindness Rocks in the butterfly garden which is dedicated to the memory of her late husband Jerry Foley. 

    The library was just a start point.  Abbie, Molly and Sophie have placed the colorfully painted rocks, at the playground behind the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, the post office and other locations.

     Their goal is to promote “random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients by painting and dropping inspirational rocks to bring kindness to the world.”  

    Anyone who sees a rock is invited to keep it, re-hide it, or leave it in place. They also encourage residents to paint their own rocks and hide them, take photos and share on Facebook at The Kindness Rocks Project.


Pictured above are Kindness Rocks painted by Abbie, Molly and Sophie Green (right top) and installed in the butterfly garden of the Blanding Library (right).  Photos courtesy of Jennie Green.

 
D-R MARCHING BAND BOOSTERS OFFER MATTRESS FUNDRAISER

(July 13, 2017) Are you in the market for a new mattress?  The DR Marching Band Boosters are holding the First Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, August 26 from 10 AM to 5 PM in the high school gymnasium.

     Brand mattresses of all sizes in all price ranges, from $249 to $2,500 will be offered including single coil, pocketed coil, memory foam, gel, and latex.  Also on sale will be mattress protectors, pillows and adjustable bases that are the latest trend in the sleep world. Each mattress comes with a box spring as a set.

    All mattress products are sold at up to 50% off retail prices along with full factory warranties. Brands include Simmons, BeautyRest, Restonic, Therapedic and Malouf.  An additional savings of $50 off any set over $299 is offered if you have a personal referral from a band member.  A handy form is available on the group’s website (drmbboosters.org).

    Each purchased mattress is made to order by the manufacturer with a deliver date of approximately two weeks. The Providence-based Custom Fundraising Solutions will arrange customer pickup, delivery, and even disposal of old beds.

   The Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band serves students from sixth grade (both D.L. Beckwith and Dighton Middle School) through grade 12. The band supports the entire community by performing in parades, sporting events and town functions.  They represent both Rehoboth and Dighton across Massachusetts and beyond state borders.  The band has performed at Disney World several times and in Washington, DC for the national Independence Day parade.

    Profits from this mattress fundraiser will help the band in many ways, from purchasing needed equipment to transportation and yearly band camp held locally during the summer.

   For more information about the mattress sale, please email sale coordinator Jason Glander at CFSProvidence@customfundraisingsolutions.com. Please contact Lori Rossi at president@drmbboosters.org for more information.

   

 
BLANDING LIBRARY AND CARPENTER MUSEUM BID FOND FAREWELL

(July 25, 2017) A reception was held last week at Goff Memorial Hall to say goodbye to Blanding Library Director Laura Bennett who is retiring and Carpenter Museum Curator Laura Napolitano who is moving out-of-state with her family.

    Hosted by the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society and the Friends of the Blanding Library, the event was well attended by friends, family, co-workers, and RAS trustees, as well as library and museum patrons.

    The two women were each presented with gifts and cards from Rebecca Smith, president of the RAS that owns and operates both the public library and local historical museum. Representative Steven Howitt presented both with a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives recognizing their many years of service to the community.

     Deborah Conrad, administrator of the Sails Library Network, explained how Bennett during her tenure brought the library into the 21st century with modern practices and technology, as well as a new addition to the building.  Leslie Patterson, from the Friends of the Blanding Library, presented a gift to Bennett and thanked her. 

    Museum Director Elyssa Tardiff and Museum Genealogist Lende McMullen both took a few minutes to share stories about working with Napolitano who made many improvements at the museum during her years as curator.  Along with preparing exhibitions on Rehoboth’s rich history, she initiated best practices to ensure the preservation of thousands of artifacts and unique collections.

 

Laura Bennett with Rep. Steven Howitt

Laura Napolitano with RAS President Rebecca Smith

REHOBOTH GIRL WINS OPEN WATER SWIMMING RACE

(August 14, 2017) Eleven-year-old Amanda Abbott of Rehoboth trounced the competition in the Eighth Annual Race for the Conch Eco-Sea Swim on beautiful Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

    The annual race is open to all ages and promotes the sport of swimming, along with developing awareness of the islands’ eco-system and reefs.

    A sixth grader at St. Mary Academy Bay View, Abbott returned this year to compete for the third time in the half mile event, facing tough competition to take first place overall in both the men’s and women’s civisions, with a time of 7:52.3, a full 22.7 seconds ahead of the next finishing competitor. She earned a beautiful conch shell trophy made by local island artists. 

   “It was fun,” Abbott said when interviewed by the local television news station.  “I could have gone a little bit faster I think, but I did good.”

 

Rehoboth resident Amanda Abbott winning her first place trophy with race co-directors Ben Studenberg and Chloe Zimmerman.

HANDICAP RAMP INSTALLED FOR LOCAL VETERAN’S WIDOW

(August 18, 2017) Last year, Rehoboth resident Joan Neary made an appointment to talk with Veterans Services Officer Jake Kramer to ask if he could help her, as a veteran’s widow, get a wheelchair ramp for her home. He promised to start searching for a ramp with various veterans associations.

    Finally in June, Kramer came across a notice from a fallen comrade’s family in Weymouth who wanted to donate a ramp to a needy veteran. He traveled to the south shore with his trailer to “lock n’ load’ the ramp and bring it back to Rehoboth. It took two day to disassemble the ramp and two trips to bring it back to Rehoboth for installation at Neary’s home on New Street.

    Kramer says he enjoys his job as the town’s VSO especially when he is able to help local veterans and their spouses meet their needs.

    “The hundreds of VSOs throughout the state, and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Association, share a lot of information,”  explained Kramer.  “Many fallen comrades leave behind medical equipment, beds, scooters, ramps, and much more.  It was a pleasure to help Mrs. Neary.”

 

CADETTE GIRL SCOUT TROOP 247, WORKING ON THEIR SILVER AWARD, ARE SEEKING NEW OR LIGHTLY USED OUTDOOR GAMES FOR BECKWITH MIDDLE SCHOOL . . .  

(balls of all types, hula hoops, jump ropes, frisbees, golf and putting greens, checkers, chess, Twister, Jenga, corn hole sets)

Collection Box Outside School Office

ARTS IN THE VILLAGE CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES BEGINS NEW SEASON WITH PROMETHEUS DUO

(September 19, 2017) The Arts in the Village Concert Series opens its 17th season on Saturday, October 7 at Goff Memorial Hall with a performance by the Prometheus Duo, making its first appearance in the series.

    Pianist Marko Stuparevic and saxophonist Joseph Abad will present an international program with pieces originating from Spanish, Turkish, Romanian, and Connecticut roots. Their selections from Manuel de Falla, Erberk Eryilmaz, Bela Bartok, and American Stephen Gryc will showcase the finesse and lasting power of this unique medium. Stuparevic has appeared in numerous concerts and festivals in the US, Israel, France, Serbia, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Slovakia as a solo performer and chamber musician. 

   Joseph Abad is a contemporary, classical saxophonist and educator based in Connecticut. He has performed with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the University of California (Davis) Symphony Orchestra, and the University of California (Davis) Wind Ensemble.  As a chamber musician, Abad has performed in 16 states and in recitals in Japan, Italy, and Iceland. From 2012 to 2016, he was the soprano saxophonist of the Hartford-based Asylum Quartet.

    The October 7 concert at Goff Hall in Rehoboth will start at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM for a wine bar. Tickets are available at the door. First-come, first-seated. Cash and checks only. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. Season subscriptions are still available.  Call 508-463-5384 with any questions.   

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS LEAPT INTO A NEW YEAR OF SCOUTING AND SERVICE

(September 25, 2017) The faith-based American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 had a very successful opening of the year meeting and welcomed many new members at an open registration in September.  The troop is based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk.

   The girls made fleece blankets to deliver to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Attleboro next month for Respect Life October. They also wrote thank you notes to veterans for an upcoming service project for Veterans Day. 

 


Pictured above: Explorer Leader Sharon Abbott helps Madison Burbank, Amanda Abbott (standing), Kriszel Dabi and Zoe Kuczewski completes a blanket. 

 
NEW SUPPORT GROUP AND HELP FOR THOSE FIGHTING

ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS

(September 25, 2017)  Arbour-Fuller Hospital and three area police departments (Attleboro, Norton and Mansfield) have teamed up to develop the Greater Attleboro Recovery Network (GARN) for those affected by substance abuse or mental illness.

     The "You Are Not Alone" drop-in center will be now open in the Fellowship Hall at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church in Attleboro, 505 North Main Street, on the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 8 PM. 

   The center features representatives from local resources including clinicians from Arbor Fuller Hospital and other organizations. Free Narcan Training will be offered. Learn how to save the life of someone who is overdosing. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to drop by including those dealing with addiction or mental illness, family members and friends.     

GARN is having an open house and candlelight vigil next Wednesday September 27 at 6 PM in the sanctuary of the Murray Unitarian Universalist Church to remember those lost to opiate addiction and/or suicide.

 

Pictured above: Left rear to front: Abi Eckerson, Mariana Lavigne, and Ahnya O'Connor. Right rear to front: Therese Lavigne, Julia Lavigne, Avy Conti and Zoe Kuczewski.

FUNDRAISER DINNER CONCERT TO HELP REHOBOTH WOMAN

PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES

(October 6, 2017) A benefit dinner concert featuring the rhythm and blues band Steve Smith and the Nakeds will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 6 PM in North Providence to raise money for Rehoboth resident Kelly Chariter, a teacher, mom and wife suffering from a debilitating and life-threatening condition.

      A band teacher at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Chartier was born and raised in Rehoboth and graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School in 1994.  She lives with her husband Matthew and four children, 11-year-old Travis who attends Beckwith School, 9-year-old Emma and 6-year-olds Ben and Brianna who are students at Palmer River Elementary.

    Chartier has been fighting gastroparesis and has relied on intravenous nutrients to survive since 2013.  Last summer she was treated by a Philadelphia-based gastroparesis expert and had surgery that was uncovered by her health insurance carrier. It is unknown if the $50K surgery was successful as Chartier still suffers greatly from symptoms of the condition.  A group, Friends of Kelly Chartier, was formed by parents of her students to raise money to help the family tackle their medical bills and expenses.  You can find more information online: GoFundMe and Friends of Kelly Chartier.

     Tickets for the benefit, including a pasta dinner, are $45 per person and can be purchased at Bravo Music on Route 44 in Rehoboth or online on the Rehoboth Youth Soccer website. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1675 Douglas Avenue in North Providence. 

 
ARTS IN THE VILLAGE PRESENTS MISUZU TANAKA ON NOVEMBER 11

(October 17, 2017) Arts in the Village Classical Concert Series will welcome pianist Misuzu Tanaka on Saturday, November 11 for her first performance at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth.

   Tanaka is among the country’s brightest emerging stars and enjoys an active solo career in the U.S. She has established herself as an artist of remarkable individuality with a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity. For this concert, she will perform works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Janáček.

    She has appeared in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart’s Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. She is also a respected regular performer for Music from the Frederick Collection, a leading North American venue for performance on historical instruments.

   Born in London, where she began her piano lessons at the age of five, Tanaka continued her studies in Japan and in the US at the Juilliard School. Her Master's and Doctoral degrees are from the University of Michigan where she was a full scholarship recipient.

    Her recent debut album “Misuzu Tanaka in Concert,” was recorded live on the Concertant Classics label and featured works by Janáček and J. S. Bach, two composers who have been a constant source of her musical inspiration. Two new releases include a second piano recital of Janáček, as well as music by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.  She performed on the debut album  “Epilogues” with clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov featuring four clarinet sonatas that are the last works of three leading composers: Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc.

    Recent and upcoming performances include the RIT Performing Artist Series (NY), Placitas Artist Series (NM), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago (IL), Chamber Music Society of Maryland, and Ross Ragland Classical Series (OR), to name a few.

    The Arts in the Village concert will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 PM at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road.  Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. The doors open at 7 PM for a wine bar, and tickets are available at the door. First-come, first-seated. Cash and checks only. Handicapped-accessible bathroom facilities are now available.

 
ROASTING UP A DELICIOUS AMERICAN LEGION FUNDRAISER

(October 23, 2017) While most Rehoboth residents were asleep in their beds in the early morning hours, two local veterans were at American Legion Post 302  at 2 AM prepping a 295 lb. pig for roasting.

    The pig, a generous donation from Skip and Trish Vadnais of Homestead Farms, was the star of a recent Legion’s pork roast dinner.  Grill masters Marcus Norris and Jake Kramer, the town’s veterans services officer, tackled the beast on two cookers.  Archie Norris prepared his famous seasoning that gave savor and “just the right touch.”   It took ten hours of cooking at 275 degrees for one side followed by another 12 hours at 250 degrees to turn out a mouth-watering, juicy pork.

    “The American Legion received nothing but overwhelming compliments on the pork roast dinner,” said Kramer.

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROOP MA3712

ENJOY NATURE AND WILDLIFE

(October 23, 2017) Local American Heritage Scouts based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk enjoyed a recent outdoor adventure at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro.

    While working on their Nature and Wildlife badge, the girls learned about reptiles, amphibians and the ecosystem from Chris, an educational docent at the Audubon Society’s Oak Knoll facility.

   American Heritage Girls is a faith-based scouting program for girls ages 5-18 and welcomes girls from both Rehoboth and Seekonk. For more information, visit the troop website or the national American Heritage Girls website.

 

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro features a 1.5 mile woodland trail on 51 acres of wildlife habitat.  Open sunrise to sunset.

COMMUNITY LEADERS RECOGNIZED AT CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING

(October 26, 2017) Rehoboth resident Russell Latham, a board member for CO-OP, a Taunton-area agency assisting adults with developmental and other disabilities, was in attendance at the non-profit agency’s annual meeting on October 18 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea.

    CO-OP Community Awards were presented community members who assist CO-OP participants.  Mary Lou Ventura from The Arbors Assisted Living in Taunton was recognized for her kindness when working with CO-OP volunteers. Matthew Freitas from Charlton Memorial Hospital was honored for the compassion and commitment  he shows to CO-OP consumers as they navigate a complicated health care system. Homes for Our Troops who has exemplified for values of integration and inclusion by opening its doors to CO-OP participants for work and volunteer opportunities.

    The CO-OP Employee of the Year was awarded to Megan Pacheco for her selfless service, professionalism, and outstanding attitude.

Rehoboth resident Russell Latham (far right) is pictured with fellow CO-OP board members Paul Hodge and Darlene Boroviak at the non-profit agency’s annual meeting

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS BRING GOODIES

WITH FIREFIGHTERS

(October 26, 2017) Nearby Seekonk firefighters enjoyed a visit from American Heritage Girls from Rehoboth and Seekonk who delivered goodie bags.

     The girls of the Tenderheart Unit of AHG Troop MA3712 consist of first, second and third graders.  Along with enjoying a visit to the fire station, they expressed their gratitude to local firefighters for their service to the community.

    American Heritage Girls is a faith-based scouting program for girls ages 5-18 and welcomes girls from both Rehoboth and Seekonk. The troop is based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk on Route 44. For more information, visit the troop website or the national American Heritage Girls website.

   

FUNDRAISER BENEFITS REHOBOTH VETERANS SERVICES QUEST FOR A NEW RAMP VAN

(October 30, 2017) A recent dinner concert fundraiser, held last month at the Portuguese American Hall in Attleboro, benefited Rehoboth Veterans Services with a donation of $2030 to help fund replacing the town’s single handicapped accessible veterans van.

    The fundraiser was organized by Rehoboth resident Shawn Martin, owner of Briggs Corner Store, and Ultimate Quality Seafood. John Skurchak of Uncle Ed’s of Rehoboth provided and served a delicious five-course meal over a-2 hour period accompanied by a wine tasting event by Ruby Wines during the dinner. 

    Live music was provided by Family Tree, a 9-piece band featuring Shawn Martin, DRRHS Dean of Athletics and Activities Doug Kelly, and Army Warrant Officer Steven Martins of the Army Marching Band based out of Hanscom Air Force Base.

     When Martin first approached Rehoboth Veterans Services Officer Jake Kramer to organize a fundraiser, he learned about the dire condition of the town’s veterans handicapped accessible.  The van, donated used to the town several years ago by the family of a veteran, now has major mechanical issues with the electric hydraulic handicap ramp and side door.      

     Kramer, who drives local veterans to medical appointments, reports a recent scare when the door opened while in transit on the highway. “The side door needs to be duct-taped into place to prevent the ramp and door from opening,” said Kramer.  Another incident occurred earlier this month when the door opened and wouldn’t close.  “Thank God, they were on the grounds of the Rhode Island Veterans Hospital,” related Kramer.  “The driver tried over and over again to get the door closed, and finally had to tape the door handle shut.”

    According to Kramer, both town mechanics and specialty repair mechanics say the electric hydraulic ramp assembly can’t be fixed as the track rails are rusting away.  “Every time the van hits bumps, the rust falls into the tracks so the plastic wheels can’t glide smoothly,” explained Kramer.

     Town residents will be asked at Rehoboth Special Fall Town Meeting to approve purchasing a new mini-van with a mechanical lift for Veterans Services. If not approved, Kramer is uncertain how long he can provide safe transportation to local handicapped and elderly veterans.  Residents are encouraged to attend Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 6 at 7 PM in the DRRHS auditorium.

 

Briggs Corner Store owner Shawn Martin presents check of $2030 to VSO Jake Kramer.

375 BALL DINNER DANCE TO KICK OFF ANNIVERSARY YEAR

(November 3, 2017) The Rehoboth 375 Committee will officially kick off the town’s 375 anniversary year with a festive dinner dance to be held at Hillside Country Club on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

    Reservations and tickets are now available by by contacting Kelly Hathaway by calling her during regular business hours Monday through Friday or by email at BallTickets@rehoboth375.com.

   Costumes are encouraged for this event.  Dress for your favorite time period.  Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Rehoboth 375 Parade to be held next October.

EXPECTANT MOTHERS BENEFIT FROM AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS PROJECT

(November 3, 2017) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 delivered fleece blankets and books to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Attleboro during October for Respect Life Month.

   Pictured back row left to right: Amanda Abbott, Abigail O’Connor, Ireland Larkin, Siera Larkin, Abi Eckerson; front row left to right: Ahnya O’Connor, Madison Burbank, Nicole Giannakas.

HILLSIDE COUNTRY CLUB’S NEWLY REMODELED LA COLLINA RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

(November 9, 2017) Hillside Country Club officially reopened their La Collina Restaurant and Lounge at an open house held yesterday evening where guests warmed up in front of the new floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. 

    With overstuffed club chairs, a high top table area and cozy booths, the full service restaurant and bar offers an updated winter menu that includes a variety of popular appetizers, pasta dishes, entrees, pizza, and Hillside’s famous burger. New desserts are now available -- bread pudding, fried cheesecake and gelatos.

     La Collina, the Italian word for hillside, also features outdoor patio seating with fire pits and heaters to keep guests warm on chilly nights when open from 4:30 to 10 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The country club has also become a premier event and wedding venue bringing visitors to Rehoboth.

     Live music, karaoke, comedy and special events fill the La Collina calendar for November and December including a Beer and Wine Tasting on November 30, Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 10, a Game Dinner on Thursday, December 21, Craft Beer and BBQ on Thursday, December 28 and a New Year’s Eve Dinner.  Coming in January, the restaurant will feature Sunday hours and brunch.

     Hillside Country Club, La Collina, and Cristallo’s Spa and Salon are open to the public year-round.  During the warm weather months, Hillside’s popular golf course, Tiki Bar, salt water swimming pool and volleyball courts are popular recreational destinations. Visit HillsideCountryClub.com for full menu and event information.

 

Hillside Country Club manager Sue Pimental welcomes guests in the newly remodeled La Collina Restaurant and Lounge.

Guests enjoy the cozy La Collina bar open during the winter on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 10 PM.

RBA PARTNERS WITH REHOBOTH TEEN ENVIRONMENTALIST ON TOWN-WIDE LITTER PREVENTION INITIATIVE

(November 14, 2017) With a long history of hosting annual roadside clean up efforts, the Rehoboth Business Association was quick to support local teen environmentalist Abby Abrahamson with a litter prevention initiative to address the town’s roadway trash problem.

     Realizing the impact of escalating roadside litter, Abby first approached Rehoboth selectmen last year with an idea for a sustainable litter prevention program. After presenting a detailed plan, she was granted permission by town officials to initiate the Rehoboth Litter Prevention Initiative (RLPI) to provide preventative, sustainable solutions and educate residents.

    The first step was purchasing three litter collection barrels to install along the designated 3.5-mile walking route in South Rehoboth. The RBA offered to help her with funding to purchase sturdy, 55-gallon covered trash barrels. She also received funding from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program for the litter initiative in a rural area where wildlife is threatened by littering.

        Abby then approached local artist Melissa Treichler to paint an illustration that could be used to identify the barrels. “Rehoboth Vibe” is the title of the

painting used to create colorful12 x 18 labels for the dark-green barrels recently placed in the following locations: intersection of Brook, Peckham, and Water Street; at the triangle near the intersection of Providence Street and Mason Street; and at the Miller Bird Sanctuary.

Rehoboth teen environmentalist Abby Abrahamson with RBA board members. Left to right: Treasurer Diane Rochefort, President Tim Johnson, Vice- president John Jordan, Rehoboth Litter Prevention Coordinator Abby Abrahamson, and RBA board member Luke Travis.

     The Rehoboth Highway Department will provide care and maintenance of the litter collection barrels. “I would like to acknowledge Rehoboth Highway Superintendent Mike Costello for his invaluable guidance and support. He played a key role in helping to get this initiative up off the ground and start successfully,” said Abby.

    “This project would not be possible without funding from the Rehoboth Business Association, RehobothNow.com, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program. I am extremely grateful for the support provided by these organizations,” expressed Abby, who was recently appointed Litter Prevention Coordinator for the Town of Rehoboth.

     She is also leading the Keep Rehoboth Beautiful campaign scheduled for next spring as part of the town’s 375 Anniversary Celebration. Once again she will work with the Rehoboth Business Association on town-wide roadside clean up events in April to help rid roadways of litter.

     For updates on the Rehoboth Litter Prevention Initiation, visit the RLPI Facebook page. News on the Keep Rehoboth Beautiful will be available on the Rehoboth375.com website.

Brownie Troop 628 recently helped decorate and distribute collection boxes for the Blizzard of Giving holiday program.  Please pick up a “snowflake” gift request at one of the several displays, purchase the gift item, wrap it, affix the “snowflake” and return to

one of the donation boxes:


Alicia’s Dance Studio, Anawan Cleaners, Blanding Library, Chartley Store, D. L. Beckwith Middle School, Harvest Market, J&J Materials, Palmer River Elementary School, Rehoboth Congregational Church, Rehoboth House of Pizza,Rosie’s Rehoboth Mini Mart, Twin Oaks Learning Center, Vino’s Family Cafe


For more information about Blizzard of Giving, please contact Maureen Brawley at 508-252-4867.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS LEARNING WHILE HELPING THE COMMUNITY

(November 14, 2017)  Girls from American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 has been busy.  Tenderhearts (grades 1-3) worked on their Kitchen Scientist badge in November. The Explorers (grades 3-5) worked on the Nature and Wildlife badge while the Pioneers and Patriots (grades 7-12) prepared a skit about The Star Spangled Banner for the Our Flag badge.   They will present the skit at our annual Christmas Party in December before the girls go Christmas Caroling at Country Gardens Nursing Home in Swansea.

    The troop also joined with the Pro-Life Ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Seekonk for a Diaper Drive collecting 4,000 diapers and 5,000 wipes for Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Attleboro. 

     The troop is based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Seekonk on Route 44. For more information, visit the troop website or the national American Heritage Girls website.  Photo: Jeanne McCormick, Tenderheart Leader, is show teaching the Tenderhearts how to be kitchen scientists.