REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB BEGINS 2015-16 SEASON WITH GREAT FALL EVENTS

(August 28, 2015)   As the summer season comes to a close, the Rehoboth Garden Club begins their 2015-2016 programs including hands on demonstrations of flower arranging, field trips to magnificent gardens, plant sharing, civic projects and so much more. This is the best time to join us as a new member.

    Vice President Beverly Panas will host an alfresco potluck luncheon for members on September 14, 2015. Those who have not yet visited her whimsical garden are in for a real treat.

   October's program includes a field trip to the 132-acred Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA on October 16, 2015. Club members will take a guided tour of the greenhouses that house one of New England’s finest collections of native and exotic plants.  Club members will also have the opportunity to attend an exhibition presented by Ikebana International, Boston Chapter.

    The club’s November 9 meeting will feature the talents of De Feldman, past Rhode Island Garden Club President, floral designer and judge. She will create beautiful holiday arrangements to be raffled off at the end of the presentation.

   Fall is a great time for new members to join the Rehoboth Garden Club. Dianne Burns will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact her by calling 508-252-1449 or at dburns54@comcast.net.

 

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REHOBOTH MAN NAMED VP OF PWCVB

(December 24, 2014) The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) based in Providence, RI is pleased to announce that Thomas Riel of Rehoboth has been named Vice President of Sales and Services. 

   Riel previously worked for the Bureau as National Sales Manager from 2003-2006.  As VP, he will be responsible for leading the PWCVB sales team in an effort to promote and sell the destination to meetings, conventions, trade shows and leisure travel.

    “We are delighted to welcome Tom back as Vice President,” said PWCVB President & CEO Martha Sheridan. “He has excellent experience in the destination and valued perspective of the industry at large.  He will undoubtedly help the organization achieve even greater successes.”  

    Riel began his hospitality career in 1991 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and held various hospitality sales and marketing leadership positions, including Director of National Accounts at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Senior Sales Manager at the Providence Marriott Downtown Hotel, and Director of National Accounts within Marriott’s Colorado Market Sales organization.

    Riel is a past recipient of the Marriott International Chairman’s Circle Award (2011), the Marriott International President’s Circle Award (2012), and the Marriott International President’s Award for the top sales team in North America (2013).

 
VALOR ACT AND DRRHS LEO LIONS VOLUNTEERS MAINTAIN

HISTORIC REHOBOTH CEMETERY

(December 31, 2014) Chilly temperatures on December 29 did not deter Valor Act and Leo Lion’s Club volunteers from raking leaves and maintaining one of the town’s oldest historic cemeteries on Lake Street. Wayne Taylor and John Hardro, both Rehoboth residents and military veterans who participate in the town’s Valor Act program to perform public service, adopted the historic Palmer’s River Cemetery located at the site of the town’s 17th century colonial meeting house. RHC # 15 is located at the front of the property.

    Taylor approached Derek DeMello, a social studies teacher at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, for assistance.  DeMello is the faculty advisor for the school’s chapter of Leo Lions, an affiliate of the Rehoboth Lions Club. DeMello and two members of the Leo Lions helped rake the 2-acre cemetery earlier this week along with Bev Baker of the Rehoboth Cemetery Commission.


    “We got a good start and plan to involve a greater number of Leo Club students when we resume the project in the next couple of weeks,” said Taylor. (Pictured above: Clarice Lemay, Bev Baker, Andrew Carden, and Derek DeMello.) 

     The town’s fiscal crisis last summer and subsequent budget cuts affected historic cemetery maintenance.  The commission appealed to volunteers to perform basic groundskeeping.  Several locations have been beautifully maintained by volunteers including the Corvis family of Rehoboth. 

    Commission members Bev Baker and her husband Gerry, and Melissa Enos and her family have assumed groundskeeping duties at burial grounds visible from roadways.  There are 53 official historic burial sites in Rehoboth including those on private property.  The four contemporary cemeteries in town are operated by private associations.

    The commission is responsible for the preservation of these burial sites with most containing graves of veterans of every war in U.S. history, from King Phillip’s War to present day.

 
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

(January 6, 2015) RYBSA welcomes all to register for the 2015 season.  Fees are unchanged from last year.  Please register this month to avoid late fees and enable the league to get correct number of jerseys ordered etc. The league is a volunteer organization and we are also looking for team sponsors, advertisers, and coaches.  You can find contact info for the board right on our site.  You can register online and learn more by clicking the RYBSA logo above.

 
SOUP’S ON! DROP BY!

(January 6, 2015) Soup’s On is held every Tuesday at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center from 11:30 to 1 PM.  Come enjoy a quart container of soup along with the bread of the day.  A $3 donation is requested. Selectman Dave Perry recently raved about the convenience of picking up a delicious soup for lunch on Tuesdays and supporting the Council on Aging.  Seniors are invited to “come in and enjoy a nutritious meal and socialization,” said Linda Sherman, center director.

 
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DRRHS SENIOR REBEKAH PHILIP RECEIVES COMCAST FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

(January 8, 2015) Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School senior Rebehah Philip has received the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship from the Comcast Foundation. She will be able to use the $1000 scholarship award next year as she begins her college studies.  Rebekah is also a semi-finalist for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, one of over 102,000 applicants.

    Chosen in November for the regional high school’s High Five Club, Rebekah served in student government for the past three years and is currently the senior class president. She is enrolled in several AP and Honors courses and was named a “commended student” in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  She serves on various school groups including the Student Advisory Committee, National Honor Society, D-R Marching Band, Peer Leaders, and the Leo Lions Club. 

     Rebekah is also active in the D-R Theatre Company serving as vocal captain, choreographer, and performer in various productions.  She completed an internship at Charlton Memorial Hospital, participated with SEMMEA and SEMBA, and volunteers at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center in Rehoboth.  With an eventual goal of pursuing a career in the medical field, she plans to study science as an undergrad at a four-year university.

 
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HOLIDAY MADE BETTER BY GENEROUS DRRHS STUDENTS by Matt Couture, D-R Falcon Flyer

(January 15, 2015) The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Peer Leaders report another successful Holiday Giving Program conducted last December with toys and other gifts collected for children and families in need.

    Peer leaders Sara Enos and Sarah Hirst worked as project co-chairs with assistance from Lindsay Neville and Lexy Froment. As added incentive, students who donated items were awarded ‘bonus coupons’ to be cashed in with participating teachers.

   According to D-R Principal Kevin Braga, last December’s collection total was 351 items, over 100 more than the previous holiday season. “We are thankful to live in a community that takes care of each other,” said Braga.

   Students throughout the school were pleased they were able to do something good for those in the community. Senior peer leader Dan Medeiros said the “giving part” is the most rewarding part of the yearly project.

   The project followed November’s Spirit Week Can Drive, the most successful in school history. More than 8,400 items were collected and donated to food pantries in both Dighton and Rehoboth before Thanksgiving. 

 
LEO LIONS CLUB ATTEND

CONFERENCE

(January 21, 2015) Fourteen members of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Leo Lions Club participated in the annual Lions Mid-Winter Conference on January 10 in Hyannis where they met with other teen and adult club members from southeastern Massachusetts.

   The D-R students had the opportunity to meet with District Governor Bev Dillon and International Director Carla Harris. Lions International is the largest charity organization in the world with a long history of helping the visually impaired.     

    Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Director Randy Pinch recounted the story of  American icon, Helen Keller’s challenge to the Lions Club to become "Knights of the Blind."  According to organization statistics, over $31 million dollars in donations from Massachusetts Lions chapters have benefited research hospitals.

   The high school’s Leo chapter was established only a couple years ago and is facilitated by the both the Rehoboth and Dighton Lions clubs. Members of the school chapter participate in area Lions Club event and conduct their own events and projects to help the communities of Rehoboth and Dighton.

 
DRRHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE

(January 21, 2015) Several students were recognized by the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee recently for helping with two events on their own time. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar recognized their efforts in assisting with the high school’s first Open House Night for prospective incoming students, as well as a recent visit by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. “These students provided over six hours of their personal time,” said Azar.  “We are fortunate to have a student body who takes pride in showcasing their high school.” Pictured above: Zach Doane, Matt Hebert, Alex Rebelo, Dan Medeiros, Andrea Duncan, and Maddie Fontaine with teacher Deven Antani and Principal Kevin Braga.

 
YOU’RE INVITED TO THE BUBBLEOLOGY SHOW

(Note: Performance cancelled, will reschedule for a later date.)

(January 24, 2015) The Pinecroft School cordially invites Rehoboth residents to an evening of “Bubbleology” with performance artist Keith Michael Johnson on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 PM.

   Bubbleology explores the secret world of bubbles with state of the art soap bubble sculptures, some bigger than bathtubs, other are fog-filled spinning geometric shapes!  Discover how bubbles work (science), what bubbles can do (art), and ho
w to continue the experiments at home (fun).  A personable, knowledgable, and humorous presenter, Johnson brings his bubble production around the world and has appeared on stage, at trade shows, physics festivals and schools.  He’s even shown off his unique skills for a music video.

     Admission is FREE, but seating is limited.  Please call 408-252-5502 to reserve seats or for more information. Pinecroft School is an independent, non-profit elementary school serving students grades kindergarten through five. The school is located at 133 Tremont Street in Rehoboth.

 

LOCAL JUNIOR GIR: SCOUT TROOP FOCUS ON FITNESS

(February 2, 2015) Rehoboth Junior Girl Scout Troop 750 recently had a special visitor, local fitness instructor Julie “Fitness Mom” Sweet who taught them about fitness and wellbeing.

   The girls learned yoga positions, simple floor exercises & the power of meditation. The troop was introduced to some basic karate moves.    

    They also got into the New England Patriots spirit and practiced a couple of cheers to recite on Super Bowl Day!  “Special ‘shout out’ to Sweet, a longtime supporter to our local Girl Scouts, who ‘cheerfully’ teaches our girls how to be courageous & strong!”


Pictured:  Girls of Troop 750 and Julie Sweet (center)

DRRHS STUDENTS WORK TO HOST ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

(February 6, 2015) The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School community hosted their anti-bullying intervention week with a series of activities that began with a 28-question survey completed by students to gauge the school environment and culture. 

   The D-R Theatre Company performed bullying monologues and skits at a 45-minute assembly on Wednesday.  Principal Kevin Braga started the presentation with an introduction and history of bullying in Massachusetts followed by a performance by six students of true stories from high school students across the country. The results of the survey taken the day before by the student body were discussed and members of the guidance staff conducted a panel discussion and answered questions from the audience.

   On Friday, February 6, DRRHS students are offered the opportunity to participate in “Black Out Bullying Day”  by wearing black and signing the anti-bullying banner as their pledge to end bullying.

    “The goal is to create a sustainable Anti-Bullying Program that is led by students,” said Braga,  “and the culture is one that supports student differences and creativity, which leads to student achievement.”

 
CAN HUMANS AND COYOTES CO-EXIST?  LEARN MORE ON MARCH 2

(February 12, 2015) The Rehoboth Land Trust will hold their annual meeting on Monday, March 2 at the Carpenter Museum beginning at 7 PM with a brief business meeting and election of trustees followed by a presentation on Eastern Coyotes.  The public is invited to attend and learn if humans and coyotes can co-exist and share their own coyote stories following the presentation.

   Long-time Rehoboth resident and naturalist Otter Brown spent a half year in 2007 doing
field research on GPS-collared coyotes from Aquidneck Island and Jamestown to North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  He will share his research findings and talk about coyotes in Rehoboth. Brown served formerly as a Massachusetts Audubon Society naturalist, land manager and currently holds the position of science teacher emeritus at the Wheeler School.

    The Rehoboth Land Trust is non-profit organization that “seeks to assist in and promote the preservation of the rural/agricultural character of the Town of Rehoboth. For more info, contact RLT President Adam Latham at adam.latham@comcast.net.   (Photo supplied by RLT: coyote cub in a stump hole)

 
GIRL SCOUTS VOLUNTEER AT SENIOR CENTER

(February 21, 2015) Rehoboth Cadette/Junior Girl Scout Troop recently volunteered at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center helping to serve at the regular Wednesday Council on Aging Breakfast.  Linda Sherman, center director, expressed her appreciation for the girls’ help and added that everyone had a lot of fun.  The “COA Breakfast Club” is open to the public and served from 8:30 AM on Wednesday mornings. What a bargain! Only $2 for an egg (made with local eggs) and ham muffin served with coffee or tea.  Or two pieces of french toast or pancakes with ham, sausage or bacon. Home fries are an extra 25 cents! Begin your day with a good breakfast.

 

CELEBRATE 38 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE TOWN OF REHOBOTH

(February 21, 2015) Friday, February 27 is the last day to reserve your tickets for Fire Chief Bob Pray’s retirement party to be held on Friday, March 6 at the Atlantic Beach Club at 55 Purgatory Road in Middletown, RI beginning at 7 PM.  All are invited to enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate the 38-year firefighting career of Chief Pray.  For tickets, please call 508-252-3725 or call Lynn Pray at 508-951-5764. Rooms are reserved at the Atlantic Beach Hotel across the street at a special group rate. Contact hotel directly at 401-847-5330. 

REP. HOWITT ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

(February 26, 2015) Representative Steven S. Howitt (R –Seekonk) has been appointed to several key legislative committees for the 2015-2016 session.  Rep. Howitt is now ranking member of the Joint Committee on Transportation, ranking member of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and a member of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.

    House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) made the announcement on Howitt’s committee appointments.  “As a former selectman, planning board member and business owner, Representative Howitt is well-versed in understanding the needs of our cities and towns and the state’s employers,” said Representative Jones.  “His commitment to accountability will serve him well as the Ranking Minority Member of the Transportation Committee, given the many challenges facing our public transportation infrastructure.”

    Rep. Howitt represents the Fourth Bristol District, comprised of Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea.  He is currently serving his third term in the Massachusetts Legislature.

    “I am very pleased and honored that the leader has appointed me to three very important committees, two of which I will be serving on as ranking member,” said Howitt.

   “Transportation is a very important assignment, given the urgency of addressing the current status of our infrastructure going forward after the tough winter we are experiencing, along with consumer protection, which focuses on a variety of licensing issues, and also has a direct impact on every resident of the Commonwealth.  I always look forward to working with my colleagues to promote increased tourism throughout Massachusetts, as this industry grosses nearly $1 billion a year and represents the third largest source of revenue in the state.”

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS VISIT LOCAL

POLICE DEPARTMENTS

(February 26, 2015) This month American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 visited and toured both the Rehoboth and Seekonk Police Departments to deliver Pops for Cops.

   The girls decorated superhero Tootsie pops for each officer with messages of thanks for their service. Special thanks to Sgt. Shailor of the Rehoboth Police Department and Officer Gardner of the Seekonk Police Department for their time showing the troop around.


Pictured:  Sgt. Shailor of the RPD with American Heritage Girls:  Front row left to right are Madison Burbank, Lily McCormick, Amanda Abbott, Emily Day.  Back row left to right are Macy Oliveira, Siera Larkin, Ireland Larkin.  Missing troop members from the photo include: Avy Conti, Therese Williams, Becca Fortner, Sarah Baldini, Caitlin Brawley, Abi Eckerson.

 
REHOBOTH GIRL SCOUTS KEEPING BUSY

(February 26, 2015)   Rehoboth Junior/Cadette Troop 750 (shown above) was visited recently by Jane Deming of The Ocean State Animal Coalition. They learned about extinct animals & how to conserve & help the planet's animals survive.

   Troop 338 (shown left) held a special ceremony  welcoming members into the 'Brownie Woods'. The girls made 'sisterhood' friendship paper chains for the special celebration. The Daisy Scouts earned petals and the Brownies earned their first Tryits.

 

REHOBOTH DAISIES AND BROWNIES 

(February 27, 2015) The Daisy/Brownie scouts of Troop 338 recently had fun experimenting with new forms of art and trying new foods too. The girls painted with toothpicks, cotton tip applicators and paint brushes with watercolors & acrylic paints to make some special 'sushi' rolls  and sampled some new healthy foods!

DRRHS STUDENTS PLAN MULTI-CULTURAL NIGHT IN MARCH

(February 27, 2015) Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will host a Multicultural Night on Thursday, March 12 to “celebrate, promote, and embrace diversity.” There will be cultural dances including Russian Ballet, Irish Step, Tribal Dance etc. performed by D-R students, as well as students from Piroutte Dance Academy in Fall River. Both Chipotle and Qdoba restaurants will cater the event.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at $5 per person and are also available at the door. Contact  Mrs. Lomba (mlomba@drregional.org) for more information.

DRRHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM DIVISION CHAMPIONS

(March 3, 2015) The D-R Mock Trial Team secured their second division championship recently after defeating Oliver Ames High School in their third competition of the season.  Perfect scores were earned by Patrick Newman and Greg Fine, along with high scores earned by Olivia Gregoire and Brendan Henrique. 

   The team goes on to the ‘sweet sixteen’ championship round beginning March 9 with the sixteen remaining teams from across the state.  Pictured in the photo are team members Emily Greenberg, Kasey McKeon, Cassidy Vincent, Antonia Scott, Andrea Lawlor, Tori Scott, Patrick Crowley, Mrs. Tremblett, coach, back row: Brittany Sousa, Brendan Henrique, Greg Fine, Kristopher Munroe, Patrick Newman, Brandon Weddell, and Olivia Gregoire.  The team is assisted by three attorney coaches, Mr. Weddell, Mrs. Souza, and Ms. Lawlor.

 
REHOBOTH LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS WIN AWARD FOR EXHIBIT AT

2015 BOSTON FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

(March 12, 2015) Rehoboth-based Magma Design Group was one of three chosen to receive awards for exhibits at the 2015 Boston Flower and Garden Show, held at the Seaport World Trade Center through Sunday, March 15. 

    The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts presented Magma owners Neil and Samantha Best with the Landscape Design Award II for effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design. Their exhibit “Feathers and Wedges” was constructed to “celebrate working with stone in unique and artful ways.”  Designed to demonstrate wall building, stone shaping, and granite splitting, the exhibit also included finished stone pieces, including a stunning arch that dripped water from the top, creating a curtain of droplets in front of a vertical backdrop of ferns.

     Feathers and wedges refers to the method used to shape stone using a metal wedge with two shims (feathers). The method, used by ancient civilizations, became very popular among New England quarrymen during colonial times to speed production and bring down costs during a building boom.

    Magma Design Group designs and constructs landscapes that offer fresh perspectives, solve problems, and meet budgetary needs. Each project begins with an understanding of the environmental, cultural, and historical conditions of a site, and the needs of the client to create sustainable landscapes that blend seamlessly into the environment. 

   The Bests established their Rehoboth-based business ten years ago.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Neil learned the craft of masonry while working in the construction industry.  Samantha has a degree in Fine Arts, Photography from RISD and a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Rhode Island.  They are both licensed contractors and Samantha is a certified horticulturalist. Since operating Magma Design Group, they have won numerous first place and best of show awards at the Boston, Rhode Island and Newport flower shows. (Photo credit: Magma Design Group. Pictured Neil and Samantha Best with their Best of Show exhibit at the 2010 Rhode Island Flower Show.)

 
DRRHS SUCCESSFUL FIRST ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL NIGHT

(March 18, 2015) Students, parents and community members enjoyed the first annual Multicultural Night at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School on March 12 organized by teacher Ms. Lomba and the school’s Foreign Language Department.

    Everyone enjoyed sampling of multicultural cuisine and performances by students and visiting members of the Pirouette Dance Academy and the Dighton Intertribal Council. Event business  sponsor Qdoba Mexican Grille provided a wide variety of Mexican food trays and gift certificates that were raffled.

    D-R student leaders who helped organize or participate in the event include Carly Bell as chairperson, Rachel Sousa, Tara Dwyer, Victor DaCosta, Brandon Tran, Celina Medeiros, Christien Quevedo, Gavin Turner, Kim Ribeiro, Nate Kowalski, Cody Boehner, Abby Bushell, Alyssa Medeiros, and Syvanna Caponigro. (Photos: DRRHS)

 
DRRHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM’S INCREDIBLE SEASON

(March 21, 2015) After winning a division championship in the Massachusetts Bar Associations 30th Annual Mock Trial Program, the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Mock Trial Team concluded an amazing season this year finishing in the Elite 8 of 130 competing high school teams from around the state.

    The D-R team, led by captains Brendan Henrique and Tori Scott, won the division championship after defeating Case High School, Bridgewater-Raynham High School, Oliver Ames High School, and Sturgis East High School. 

    The Elite 8 round was held at Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on Fan Pier in Boston.  There the D-R team had one of the best trials all season according to school officials, but lost to Newton North High School, a seven-time state champion.

   The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and provides high school students with a “positive first experience with the law, as well as a valuable and dynamic educational experience.”  The state champion, to be decided at the March 27 finals, will participate for a national title in Raleigh, North Carolina in May.  (Photo: DRRHS)

 
BRING YOUR QUESTIONS TO APRIL TRIAD MEETING

(March 25, 2015) Rehoboth residents are cordially invited to attend the April meeting of TRIAD to take advantage of an opportunity to ask questions from local police, fire, ambulance, town nurse, veterans services, council on aging, GATRA, and programs offered through the Bristol Country Sheriff’s Department.

    The meeting will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 8 at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center. 

    Learn more about programs such as Project Lifesaver, Iris Scanning, The File of Life, Are You OK?, Is Your Number Up?, 911 Flashing Light, and Cell Phone Program.  Rehoboth residents can apply for any of the above programs, plus programs offered by the Rehoboth Fire Department including free fire and CO detectors and free house numbers.  

    TRIAD is a three-way partnership between the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department, the Rehoboth Police, and seniors in the community.  For more info, kindly contact Lt. Randy Larrivee of the RFD at 508-223-3033 or email him at randy@horsemensltd.com.

 
DAR DINNER TO FEATURE REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN

(March 25, 2015) The Attleboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting its Annual Patriots’ Day Dinner on Sunday, April 12 featuring a special presentation “Women of the Revolution” with members of the Rehoboth Minute Company. 

     Featuring the theme “Honoring Our Heritage” the scholarship fundraiser dinner will be held from 5 to 8 PM at the Tavern From Tower Square in Plainville with a family style buffet along with raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 dollar per person.

   For over 110 years, the Attleboro Chapter DAR has promoted the importance of history, education and patriotism. The local chapter supports veterans at the Brockton VA Hospital and awards scholarships to area students. The Attleboro DAR Chapter is located at North Main and Elizabeth Street in Attleboro. The DAR is a 501c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

    Deadline to make reservations for the presentation and dinner is March 31. Please contact: kcfturner@verizon.net or 508-399-5366. DAR Website

 

REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

(March 25, 2015) The Rehoboth Garden Club is once again offering a second semester $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or graduate student from Rehoboth and surrounding communities.

    Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college or graduate school and must major in some phase of natural science, such as landscape architecture/design, agricultural sciences, forestry, environmental sciences, natural resource management, land use management, horticulture, botany, plant science, agronomy, soil and crop science or marine biology. 

    Students may obtain applications by writing to the Rehoboth Garden Club, 117 Carpenter Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 or by calling 508-252-6337.  Deadline for applications is June 30, 2015.  Completed applications should be mailed to the 117 Carpenter Street address.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS STUDY CHINESE

CULTURE

(March 25, 2015) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently spent some time learning about Chinese culture to fulfill a requirement for their World Heritage Badge. They enjoyed to eat with chopsticks during a Chinese food feast, and learned about Chinese music and crafts. Pictured left to right: Becca Fortner, Madison Burbank, Amanda Abbott, Macy Oliveira, Lily McCormick, Avy Conti, Emily Day, Abi Eckerson, Therese Williams, Sarah Baldini, Siera Larkin.  Missing: Ireland Larkin & Caitlin Brawley.

 
LOVIN’ ART

(March 27, 2015) Rehoboth Girl  Scout Troop 338 has been busy exploring the world of art. Artist Crystal Cavaco recently visited the troop, displaying and discussing her artwork. The girls learned about still life, landscape and portraiture painting. Cavaco shared her love of art with the troop and they earned how art can make you laugh! The girls have been busy painting with watercolors and acrylics using brushes, toothpicks and cotton swabs. 

 
BUSY GIRL SCOUTS

(March 27, 2015) Daisy Troop 595 of Seekonk is having lots of fun with a troop of 19 girls who are keeping very busy. They had a very successful cookie booth sale at Stop & Shop and according to their leaders did a “wonderful job” selling the cookies. They also planted flowers this past week to earn their 'responsible for what I say and do' petal. The troop has more fun planned to celebrate Spring!

 
NEWS FROM FRAS

(March 27, 2015) Members of the Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter (FRAS) held a successful psychic fair and bake sale last week and are busy planning upcoming events and fundraisers to support the town-run shelter behind the town office on Peck Street.

   Organizers thank all the psychics who offered their services, members who baked goods and volunteered their time, along with everyone who came out to the event to suppor the shelter. 

    For the second year, FRAS will host a Yard Sale/Tack/Pet Equipment Sale on Saturday, June 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.  Vendors are invited to rent a table space to sell their items. More details will be forthcoming.

    FRAS meets monthly at the senior center.  The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 11 at 10 AM.  Anyone interested are invited to attend. The yearly membership fee is $10.  Members receive a card, newsletter and regular updates. 

    They also accept donations throughout the year that will benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the town’s animal shelter.  FRAS is an independent, non-profit organization with a voluntary board of directors that supports the town-run animal shelter.

    For more information about FRAS or to make a monetary donation, please contact P.O. Box 42, Rehoboth, MA 02769.  Or email FRASPaws@aol.com.

   

 
BECKWITH SCHOOL’S ‘PROJECT 351’ AMBASSADOR

HELPS LEAD SPRING YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT

(April 1, 2015) Michael Koussa, an eighth grade student at D.L. Beckwith Middle School, is leading peers and community members for the Massachusetts Project 351’s spring service.  

    Michael, who serves as Rehoboth’s Project 351 Ambassador, will lead a children’s clothing and shoe drive to benefit ‘Cradles to Crayons.‘  He joins more than 225 Project 351 ambassadors and alumni leading local service projects in 205 Massachusetts’ cities and towns, the largest youth-led service project in the state. Spring Service is the largest unified community mobilization in history for the 12-year-old organization.  

   Project 351 places a special premium on quiet leaders and unsung heroes.  For a year’s term, ambassadors engage in leadership development, unique service opportunities, and unity with peers representing every community in the Commonwealth.  Michael was selected by local educators for his exemplary ethic of service, potential for leadership, and embodiment of the values of kindness, compassion, and humility. He Spring Service is one of four cornerstone initiatives designed to build skills, develop empathy and responsibility, and create transformative impact in community.

    Created as an event of Governor Deval Patrick’s second inaugural, Project 351 is now a statewide non-profit organization that partners with an extraordinary community of educators, service and non-profit organizations, private sector and civic leaders, families, and volunteers to achieve its mission. 

    Project 351’s Spring Service will mobilize thousands of youth to make a positive difference in the lives of children served by Cradles to Crayons. Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at school, at home, and at play. Last year, Cradles to Crayons distributed more than 65,000 packages filled with essential items to children across the Commonwealth. 

 

Rehoboth Daisy Troop #494 working hard to earn their Rosie Petal while learning about how they can help make the world a better place.  After some discussion, they decided to help by picking up litter at their school and on the playground. 

REHOBOTH MINUTE MEN TO APPEAR IN CONCORD

(April 13, 2015) The Rehoboth Minute Company, 13th Continental Regiment, will be joining other British and Colonial reenactors on Monday, April 20 at 8:45 AM at the annual Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight in Concord, MA in honor of Patriot’s Day. The “Shot heard around the world” will be dramatically re-staged before the annual Concord Parade crosses the bridge around 9:30 AM with ceremonies featuring minute man companies, British reenactors and music groups.  Please be aware all the roads in Concord are closed to vehicles at 8:30 AM. The Lexington Battle Reenactment is scheduled earlier that morning at 5:30 AM on the Lexington Green.  Get all the details on the Minute Man National Historical Park website.

BLANDING LIBRARY AND POETRY IN THE VILLAGE ‘POETRY READING’ WINNERS

(April 20, 2015) To celebrate Poetry Month and the 100th anniversary of Goff Memorial Hall, the Blanding Library and Poetry in the Village hosted a Poetry Reading Contest on April 15.  Six contestants read before an audience of nearly 40 and three judges Patricia Gomes, Philip Hasouris and Nicole Neal. 

    Rich Berg from South Easton acted as Poet-Master MC bringing his usual enthusiasm and sense of humor to his expertise.  The three semifinalists faced-off to determine the top three winners. Cash prizes were presented by Leslie Patterson of Friends of the Rehoboth Library, the event sponsor. First prize of $40 went to Robert Barboza of Rochester, MA. Somerset resident Kathryn Kulpa was awarded second prize of $25.  Third prize of $15 was awarded to Mary Gregory of Norton, MA.  

   Poetry in the Village takes place the third week of every month at the Blanding library.  The next poetry event is May 20 featuring poet Kathryn Kulpa and open mic segment when anyone can read their own or favorite work.  The June 17 gathering will feature Philip Hasouris.   Doors open 5:30 PM to sign up for open mic that begins at 6 followed by the featured guest. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. For more info on Poetry in the Village, please contact Nancy Morgan-Boucher at  nlmboucher@comcast.net

 

SELL YOUR STUFF AT THE FRAS YARD SALE IN JUNE

(April 24, 2015) The Friends of The Rehoboth Animal Shelter (“FRAS”) will host their second annual Yard Sale/Tack Sale/Pet Goods Sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 13 outside the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center from 9 AM to 2 PM with a rain date of Sunday, June 14.

    This is a great opportunity for people to rent a space in a visible, convenient location to sell their yard sale items, tack and/or pet goods. Space rental donation is $20 if vendors provide their own table or $30 if you need a table provided.  Vendors keep the profit of their own sales with any unsold items taken home. If you are interested in renting a space, please contact Karen at (774) 992-1942 as soon as possible.  

  FRAS welcomes all new members. For an annual donation of $10, member will receive a membership card, newsletters, and regular updates.  This organization that support the Rehoboth Animal Shelter also accept donations of any size. If you would like to make a donation or request membership, please mail the same to: Friends of The Rehoboth Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 42, Rehoboth, MA  02769. If you have any questions regarding the FRAS, please contact Cheryl Dussourd at (508) 728-5069 or cbodac@aol.com.

NEATTA HOSTS SPING TRACTOR SHOW, SWAP MEET & TRACTOR PULLS

(April 24, 2015) The New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association, based in Rehoboth, is hosting a spring show, swap meet, and tractor pulls on Sunday, May 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Francis Farm in Rehoboth.

   Along with watching the tractor pulls and browsing the swap meet, this family event will feature lots of free fun stuff for kids.  Admission is a donation, either cash or nonperishable food, paper goods, or toiletries) for Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry.  There is ample parking. Antique tractor and truck enthusiasts will find some good deals on tractors, trucks, engines, machinery, tools, antiques and collectibles.  Francis Farm is located at 27 Francis Farm Road in Rehoboth.

    Swap Meet space (10 x 30) is available for $25 (no food vendors). There is no fee for non-profit organizations.  Call to reserve a space: Bev at 508-222-7109 or Frank at 508-295-4758.

GREENLOCK THERAPEUTIC RIDING HOSTS CAMP MATTY

(April 24, 2015) Rehoboth’s Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center this week welcomed Camp Matty, a therapeutic horseback riding camp for children with epilepsy supported by the We Promise Foundation and other donors.    

   “Camp Matty gives children with epilepsy the opportunity to socialize in an accepting environment, free of the stigma that is sometimes associated with the diagnosis. It is a wonderful program where children realize that they are not alone in their journey,” said Marisol Garcia, executive director of The Matty Fund.  

    Horseback riding, a uniquely beneficial form of therapy, offers physical benefits of muscle strengthening and improved coordination together with the social and psychological benefits of the program. The children were amused by special guest, Pepper the Entertainer, who performed magic shows, face painting and balloon games. The activities are designed to foster a sense of teamwork and friendship among the children.

    Camp Matty also has tremendous impact on the parents and
caregivers who accompany their children each day of the camp. They appreciate their children having fun in a safe and accessible environment while being able to connect to other parents who share similar life experiences living with epilepsy.

    This is the fourth year Chartway FCU’s We Promise Foundation has sponsored camp for children supported by The Matty Fund. In total, the foundation has donated $40,000 to send Rhode Island youth to camp.

    We Promise Foundation Chairman John Blum said the credit union’s charitable arm is proud to support Camp Matty. “Our employees and supporters are extremely passionate about making a difference for children battling life-threatening illnesses or tremendous hardship. We’ve seen firsthand the ways this summer program gives young children with a chance to experience a sense of freedom and fun. That’s why,” said Blum, “We Promise is honored to partner with Camp Matty once again. Together, we are delivering joy and hope to children diagnosed with epilepsy.”

    The Matty Fund provides family resources, raises epilepsy awareness, promotes patient safety and improves the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy and seizures.  These free programs include parent workshops, support groups, epilepsy lectures and research, Camp Matty, college scholarships, Matty Hatty (a school awareness program) and family events throughout the year.  For more information, log onto www.Mattyfund.org or follow us on Facebook.

 
DRRHS SWIM TEAM CELEBRATES THEIR SEASON

(April 27, 2015) The D-R swim team celebrated a successful fourth season with a banquet on March 18. Head coach Bob Hassan and assistant coach Dave Wyrostek presented the Most Valuable Swimmer awards to Bryan Tran and Megan Alves, the Most Improved Swimmer awards to Bryan Abbott and Meaghan O'Connell, and the Coach's Awards to Jon Eddy and Sara Enos. Top Fundraising awards went to Alex Klinkhamer, Bryan Tran, Owen Conti, and Victoria Proulx. Sara Enos and Ryan Johnson were selected to serve as the captains for next year's teams. 

    This was the first year the team competed in the South Coast Conference swim league. The boys team placed second while the girls team placed fourth. Bryan Tran, Jeffrey Tran, and Megan Alves were recognized as SCC All Stars. Honorable mentions went to Jon Eddy, Cailen Hitz, Sara Enos, and Meaghan O'Connell, and Owen Conti and Meaghan O'Connell were received sportsmanship awards. The D-R boys team received the SCC Team Sportsmanship award for the conference.

   D-R was also well represented at both MIAA Sectional and State championship tournaments. Bryan Tran, Jeffrey Tran, and Megan Alves all qualified in individual events. At Sectionals, Bryan competed in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, Jeff competed in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, and Megan competed in the 200 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle. At States, Bryan swam the 100 Freestyle, Jeff swam the 100 Butterfly, and Megan swam the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle. In addition, the boys had two relay teams compete at Sectionals: The 200 Medley Relay team (Bryan Tran, Dustin Kindberg, Jeff Tran, and Jon Eddy) and the 200 Freestyle Relay team (Bryan Tran, Cailen Hitz, Jon Eddy, and Jeff Tran). The girls swam at both Sectionals and States with their 200 Freestyle Relay team (Sara Enos, Meaghan O'Connell, Kaitlyn O'Connor, and Megan Alves) and their 400 Freestyle Relay team (Sara Enos, Sam Brown, Kaitlyn O'Connor, and Megan Alves). 

   A special thank you was extended to the East Providence Boys and Girls Club and to the Newman YMCA for playing a supporting role as community partners with the D-R Swim Team. The swim team is funded independently from the school and receives its support strictly through participation fees, donations, fundraising, and community partnerships. More information is available on the team's website

 
SHED RAISING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB AT SENIOR CENTER

(April 28, 2015) Late last year, the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club began raising money to construct a shed at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center to hold their supplies for easy access (instead of carrying things up and down stairs inside the center). With help from a ‘village’ of supporters, the shed was erected in three days by volunteers on April 17, 18 and 19.

   “We are truly thankful for all who were involved in getting the much needed shed completed,” said Lorraine Botts.  “And we thank three of our own seniors Ron Whittemore, Russ Richmond, and Manny Costa who jumped right in to get the job done.”

    Manny Cunard of Old Colony Habitat for Humanity of Attleboro was instrumental in assisting the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club and the senior center.  “He listened to what was needed, designed it, and ran with it,” added Botts.  Dennis Michaud of Homebuilt manufactured the shed, delivered it, and assisted in construction.

    Along with monetary and material donations from individual donors, local organizations and businesses helped including:  Rehoboth Lions Club, Seekonk Knights of Columbus, Waste Tech, and J & J Materials of Rehoboth. (Photo by Norm supplied by Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club)

 
HORNBINE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY, MAY 31

(May 1, 2015) Rehoboth’s Hornbine School, a one-room schoolhouse museum, will hold its first open house of 2015 on Sunday, May 31 between 1 and 5 PM.  This will coincide with the Carpenter Museum’s Strawberry Country Festival so interested families and individuals may visit both sites. The Hornbine School is located at the corner of Hornbine and Baker Roads in the South East corner of Rehoboth.

   There will be outdoor games available for children, along with several scrap books and other historical items for adults to enjoy. The Hornbine School Museum will also be open during the months of June, July, August, and September on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 2 to 4 PM.

   Beverly Pettine, who has run the school program for the last 17 years, will be retiring after this season. The Hornbine School Museum is looking for volunteers to help run the school’s programs. Those interested in volunteering at the Hornbine School Museum, please call Rehoboth Historical Commission member Cathy Potter at 508-252-3682 for more information.

 

BECKWITH STUDENTS PREPARING FOR SPRING SHOWS

(May 1, 2015) The annual Beckwith Middle School Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 PM in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School auditorium.  Admission is free and the community is invited to attend.

    The chorus portion of the concert will feature a wide variety of repertoire including traditional African freedom songs, ballads, musical selections from movies, and twenty-first century music hits.  Popular selections to be performed that evening include I'll Stand By You, If I Only Had  Brain, You've Got a Friend in Me, The Lion King, and Pharell William's Happy.

   The theme of the band portion of the evening is ‘Folk Songs from Around the World’ featuring a variety of music including a beautiful Irish air, an energetic American folk music performed on the banjo, as well as a Dixieland band.  The eighth grade band will also perform the world premiere of an original composition by one of Beckwith’s eighth graders.  Projects, with more information about some of the pieces performed, will be on display outside of the auditorium. 

   Beckwith Middle School’s Drama Club will perform Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the Beckwith café on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, 16 at 7 PM.  Follow that inimitable rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies.  Watch Alice as she journeys into a realm of talking animals, comic royalty, and races where the contestants run in circles.  You don’t want to miss the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the White Rabbit’s eleventh-hour arrivals, or those talking flowers!  See Alice's encounters with a sneezing duchess and a baby that turns into a pig!  Alice's adventures become topsy-turvy as she watches a trial and suddenly finds herself the accused!  This production puts a modern spin on an old classic, where nonsense makes quite good sense.  It's a night you don't want to miss.

DRRHS CLASS OF 2015 TOP FIVE STUDENTS

(May 5, 2015) he top five seniors in the DRRHS Class of 2015 were recently recognized for their academic excellence at the annual South Coast Conference's All-Star Academic Luncheon at Independence Harbor in Assonet, MA.  All nine schools in the SCC recognized their top five seniors together with their National Honor Society advisors, principals and school superintendents.  Congratulations to DRRHS seniors Brendan Henrique, Nathan Kowalski, Rebekah Philip, Alex Rebello and Brandon Tran.  

 
DRRHS MUSICIANS PLAY

IN ALL-STATE BAND

(May 5, 2015) The Lions Clubs from both Rehoboth and Dighton sponsored two DRRHS student musicians to perform with the Massachusetts Lions All-State Band that featured both a concert band and a jazz band. The All-State Band performed at the 2015 Lions State Convention held in Mansfield, MA on May 1 and 2.  The D-R students who were able to participate were Toni Scott on clarinet and Pat Newman on tuba. The local Lions clubs paid the $395 fee for the students’ lodging, meals and transportation. Pictured above is Russ Latham of the Rehoboth Lions with Scott and Newman.

 
PINECROFT SCHOOL HOSTS ART SHOW

(May 5, 2015) The Pinecroft School in Rehoboth hosts their 7th Annual Student Art Show on Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 PM at 133 Tremont Street in Rehoboth.  The community is invited to drop by, see the school and student art, and enjoy light refreshments.

   Pinecroft School is an independent, non-profit elementary school for students K through grade 5 featuring small class size and personalized lesson plans for each student.

   Established in 1982 by founders Rick Schwertner, M.Ed., and his wife, sociology professor Kersti Yllo, Ph.D., the school was located in Norton, MA. In October 2011, Pinecroft purchased the old North Rehoboth School from the town and opened in January 2012 after months of renovations.

   The school, operates entirely on tuition without state or federal funding and without church affiliation, has a close working relationship with Wheaton College.

 
JOSEPH DAY NAMED PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CO-VALEDICTORIAN

(May 16, 2015) Today, Joseph Day of Rehoboth will be honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony at Providence College along with Mason Sciotti of North Attleboro, co-valedictorians of the PC Class of 2015. Both young men had perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

    Day entered PC as a liberal arts honors student and majored in history with minors in both classics and theology.  Active in campus ministry, Day served as a Father Philip A. Smith O.P. Student Fellow in South Africa during the summer of 2014. He also participated in the PC in Rome program where students attended a weekly papal audience in St. Peter’s Square. During one of those occasions, Day captured in a photo with Pope Francis in the tradition of trading a ‘zucchetto’ cap with the pontiff. “It’s hard to describe in words, what it was like to have a personal encounter with the pope,” Day said. “After I sat down, I was out of it for the rest of the audience.”

   Day’s experience at PC also included three stints working for Habitat for Humanity’s Alternative Spring Break, and volunteering at Mustard Seed Jamaica’s Sophie House for Children with special needs, and For His Children Orphanage in Quito, Ecuador.  He was a four-year student employee in the Office of Institutional Advancement, and a member of Theta Alpha Kappa (theology) and Phi Alpha Theta (history) honor societies.  He is the recipient of the Robert Deasy Scholarship Award for Excellence in History. 

   This summer, Day plans to join the the Dominican Order and enter the novitiate in Cincinnati where he will receive his habit and religious name in August before spending a year as a novice. “My faith has really matured intellectually and spiritually,” he said.  “I learned that the experience of living your life for others brought more joy than I had ever experienced before.”

 
DRRHS STUDENTS HELP PREPARE VETERANS GRAVES IN HISTORIC REHOBOTH CEMETERIES

(May 18, 2015) Seven students from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School assisted the Rehoboth Cemetery Commission in preparing veterans graves for Memorial Day. Every May, the American flags on every veteran grave is replaced with a new flag with the older one removed for dignified disposal, a ceremony that usually takes place at the American Legion Post 322 on Flag Day in June.

    Assisting cemetery commission members Bev Baker and Melissa Enos were D-R students (pictured left) Sara Enos, Jon Eddy, Tyler Jacob, Liza Sousa, Raquel Sousa, Toni Scott, and Jami Freedman. Veteran graves flags were replaced at the Peck Burial Ground (RHC #13), the Peleg Pierce Yard (RHC #36), Issac Pierce Tomb (RHC #37), and the Jonathan Horton Yard, aka Comfort Horton Lot (RHC #39). 

    Many volunteers including local scout troops assisted with replacing flags on veteran graves in  the town’s historic cemeteries. 

  

 
REHOBOTH LADIES ENJOY MOTHER’S DAY TEA AT THE SENIOR CENTER

(May 22, 2015) It was time to bring out the lace table clothes and fine tea cups for the annual Mother’s Day Tea at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.  With the help of many volunteers, the ladies enjoyed a lovely afternoon. Cheryl Tait and Cindy Dewey (pictured right) made gorgeous flower cupcakes.

  

 

DRRHS MARCHING BAND PERFORM AT HARVARD STADIUM AS TOM BRADY’S ‘BEST BUDDIES’ BAND

(June 1, 2015) Last Friday, the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Marching Band performed on the field at Harvard Stadium in Boston for New England Patriot Tom Brady’s annual ‘Best Buddies’ charity game.

    The game kicked off the 16th annual ‘Best Buddies Weekend Challenge’ with a touch football game quarterbacked by Brady and featuring other NFL athletes, special athletes and celebrities.  Chef Guy Fieri hosted a tailgate party that featured Boston restaurants.  The weekend continued in Hyannis with 100-50-and 20 mile bike races, and 5K run/walk followed by a private Hyannisport lobster clambake fundraiser and private concert fundraiser.

   DRRHS has a very active chapter of ‘Best Buddies’ a national program that encourages support and inclusion of high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). 

   Photos above (left and right) feature members of the marching band.  Senior Jon Eddy (shown center) performs for the last time with the D-R band.  Eddy will be attending Harvard in September.  (Photo credit: DRRHS)

GOLF TOURNAMENT TO ‘PRESERVE THE PAST’

Fundraiser to Preserve the Historic Stained Glass Windows at Rehoboth Congregational Church

(June 2, 2015) Rehoboth Congregational Church UCC is sponsoring a  “Golf Tournament to Preserve Rehoboth History” at Swansea Country Club on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with a shotgun start at 1 PM.

   The tournament is part of a larger capital campaign to raise $15K to clean and protect the distinctive stained glass windows in the church sanctuary.

   Golfers can elect to play the 18-hole championship course at the beautiful Swansea Country Club for $500 per foursome or play the 9-hole executive par 3 course for $400 per foursome, also playing 18 holes. 

   Fee includes golf, carts, driving range warm up, and several prize holes followed by a chicken & pork barbecue dinner in the clubhouse, plus a contribution to the stained window project. There will also be raffle and silent auction prizes -- some will test your golf skills to enter. Golfers can purchase three ‘Mulligans’ each (or 12 per team) and choose between a long or short scrambles tournament format.

   Organizers expect both fields to fill quickly so completed registrations will be taken on a first come basis with preference given to full foursomes.

   A tournament informational flyer and printable registration form are available on the church’s website along with instructions for mailing the form and registration fee. Or call the church office 508-252-4545. Also available on the website is information about sponsorship opportunities and other ways to contribute to the success of the tournament or to the capital campaign directly.

 
REHOBOTH GIRL TAKES FIRST

PLACE IN SWIM REGIONALS

(June 5, 2015) Nine-year-old Amanda Abbott of Rehoboth won four medals in swimming including a first place in freestyle. A third-grader at St. Mary Bay View Academy, Amanda is a member of the Envious Swimming Swim Team qualified and competed in four individual 10 years and under events at the 2015 New England Swimming Regionals at Seekonk High School.

   Amanda’s four medals include first place in the nine-year-old 200 yard freestyle; third place in both the nine-year old 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke, and fourth place in the nine-year-old 50 yard breaststroke.

 

The elegant Biltmore in Providence, RI was the venue for the 2015 DRRHS Senior Prom on June 4 for 246 prom goers.

TEENS CONFIRMED AT REHOBOTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

(June 23, 2015) Nine teenagers, all ninth-graders, were recently confirmed in a special service at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. Following seven months of meeting together and participating in group discussions and activities, the group found some answers to questions regarding faith -- what is it and what is its purpose?

    Led by Rev. Sarah Weaver, the confirmands met once or twice a month to discuss a different subject. The group began by each selecting an adult mentor, other than a parent, they could connect with spiritually. Regular meetings with their chosen mentor encouraged each teen on their individual journey to become an active member of the congregation.

    The confirmation class included Jack Chrystie, Justin Crooks, Emily Greenberg, Cameron Pardy, Ryan Paulhus, Hannah Phillip, Timothy Pray, Thomas Savary and Ryan Sousa.

   The confirmands studied church history, the history of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, and world religions. They talked about bible stories they learned as children.  They planned and led the church’s annual Easter Sunrise Service.  They visited other churches and shared a meal that each helped prepare.

   Prior to the service, each confirmand was required to write a statement of faith. They took responsibility for the baptismal vows made by their parents to raise them in the Christian faith and nurture them on their journey.  The confirmands’ written statements confirmed they come to the church of their own free will. Confirmation Sunday usually coincides with Pentecost Sunday with the coming of the Holy Spirit as well as the birthday of the church.

REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB PLACES SECOND IN

ANNUAL NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW

(June 25, 2015)  Competing against nine other area gardening clubs, the Rehoboth Garden Club were awarded second place for their ‘quilt’ square of planted live flowers assembled on the lawn of Rosecliff mansion during the annual Newport Flower Show.

   Charged with designing the intricate pattern of live plants, each garden club began with an empty three-foot square wooden box. The exhibition resulted in a beautiful crazy quilt of flowers.

   Rehoboth Garden Club members Marj DeAngelis, Dianne Burns, Elaine DiChiara, Helen Davis, Dawn Leland and Linda McHugh all contributed their talents to this winning project. 

  The club is now planning programs and activities for October 2015 through September 2016. It's shaping up to be an exciting year of hands-on projects, field trips, guest presenters and lots of fun.  If you’ve ever considered joining the club, this is the time!  Please contact Dianne Burns at 508-336-9933 for more information. 

L to R: Leo Hayden Chase with the “Best Leo Club Award" with Leo President Andrew Carden "Leo of the Year” and club advisor Derek DeMello.

REHOBOTH SENIORS ENJOY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

(June 29, 2015) Members of the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club held their annual Strawberry Festival at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on June 18.  They feasted on salads, sandwiches and, of course, delicious strawberry shortcake.  

   After the luncheon members held a short meeting during with Gert Messier playing a couple songs on the piano -  ‘When the Saints come Marching In’ and ‘Roll Out the Barrel.’  During the second song, a student from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School surprised the delighted audience with his dance moves.  

   The Senior Citizens Club is a social and charitable group helping seniors in Rehoboth have a better life.  Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 12 PM at the senior center. Officers of the club include Lorraine Botts (president); Steve Silva (first vice-president); Elaine Amaral (second vice-president); Pat Laurino (treasurer); Cindy Dewey (secretary); and Ann DeAmaral (chaplain).

OLYMPIC ATHLETE VISITS REHOBOTH DIABETES CAMP

(July 20, 2015) Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman visited The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes in Rehoboth on Friday, July 17 at Camp Buxton on Pond Street to share his experiences as a person with type 1 diabetes.

   Freeman traveled across the United States this summer to bring his inspiring message as part of the Lilly Camp Care Package (LCCP) program sponsored by the Lilly Diabetes. This marked Freeman’s 11th camp tour and thirteen years as a representative of Lilly Diabetes.  He has spoken before approximately 12,000 campers across the country. Freeman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19 and thought he would never compete at the Olympic level.  In February 2014, he competed in his fourth Winter Olympics.

   Diabetes camp offers unique experiences to children in a traditional camp setting. For many, meeting other children who live with diabetes is the first step toward understanding they are not alone.  Campers gain confidence and learn critical diabetes self-management skills and find camaraderie with their fellow campers.

   For the past fifteen years, Lilly Diabetes has supported summer camps for children living with diabetes. Since 2001, Lilly Diabetes has donated nearly $26 million in insulin, supplies, scholarships, and camper/caregiver materials.

   The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes is the only camp in the area that offers summer programs for children ages 5 to 14 years, their siblings and friends who also benefit from learning about diabetes management. The accredited camp program is managed through People Incorporated, based in Fall River.

 
SE MASSACHUSETTS ULTIMATE FRISBEE LEAGUE

(August 3, 2015) The Southern Mass Ultimate adult frisbee league is now registering adults of all skill levels for the 2015 fall season. The league pulls players, both men and women, from Massachusetts, Providence and northern Rhode Island, and eastern Connecticut.

   The fall season runs from August 17 through October 21 with ten games (one per week) played from 7 to 8:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in Wrentham, MA. Custom league shirts are included in the fee of $80 per person that also includes an end-of-season tournament.  Those signing up will be assigned a team. Players are invited to have fun and post-game beverages at the bar.

    The league is fall through spring with four sessions including the 10-week outdoor fall league; a 7-week indoor holiday league October thru December; a 12-week winter indoor league from January thru March; and a 8-week spring outdoor league from March thru May. Those interested should sign up very soon.  See watch a video and get more information about registration, please visit the organization’s website, southernmassultimate.org.

 
REHOBOTH TEEN LAUNCHES MONARCH BUTTERFLY PROGRAM

(August 5, 2015) Rehoboth teen Abby Abrahamson has launched a project called ‘Monarchs and Milkweeds’ to bring awareness about monarch butterfly endangerment and what we can do to help. Journey North, a free online science education project, reports the population rate is 80% below average.

    With support from famous anthropologist Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots organization, Abby has raised awareness to the plight of the monarch due to climate change, deforestation, use of pesticides and other threats. 

    The monarch will only lay eggs on leaves of the milkweed (asclepias) plant, and the butterfly population is in danger as milkweed is destroyed by pesticides. Climate change also jeopardizes the monarch’s ability to survive the annual migration south to Mexico.

    Abby brought her love and knowledge about the butterfly to a local Head Start program in Pawtucket in late July. There she taught preschool students about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle. In addition, Abby’s family garden has been registered as a monarch butterfly way station through Monarch Watch.

    Along with educating others about the plight of the monarch, Abby has raised milkweed plants and sold them, raising over $100 for the Monarch Butterfly Fund.  Learn more about Abby’s Root and Shoots project online.  For more information about Monarch Watch and how to make a tax deductible donation to support monarch survival, visit monarchwatch.org/donate.

 

AWARDS PRESENTED TO D-R LEO LIONS CLUB

(June 27, 2015)  The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School's Leo Lions Club was recently awarded the Best Leo Club Award at the Lion’s 4th Annual District Cabinet Meeting and Recognition Night held on June 15  in Wareham, MA.

   The ‘best in district’ award came as a surprise to members of the D-R Leo Club who attended the event and were honored for their “great commitment and effort for the community.”  In addition, the club president, Andrew Carden was awarded the “Leo of the Year” award.

   The D-R Leo Club is a community service organization sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Dighton and Rehoboth. Throughout the school year, the student members are extremely active within the school and outside in the communities of Rehoboth and Dighton.  Teacher Derek DeMello acts as club advisor.

   At DRRHS, the club organized Halloween costume drive and exchanges, poetry slams, video game nights, and annual Open Mic Night in late May. In addition, they provide donations to members of the community, such as funding to a local Eagle Scout to help him finish renovating the Dighton Veterans Memorial.  The club helped fund the high school's purchase of a piano for the music department.

REHOBOTH GIRL SCOUTS END OF YEAR PARTY

(June 19, 2015) Rehoboth's Cadette Troop 56 and Troop 1080 had their end of year party recently at the Carpenter Museum with pinning of the stars and awards for their earned badge work. The girls discussed their successful scouting year and planned some summer fun. The girls organized and led numerous activities for younger local Girl Scouts.  

   Girl Scouting is a wonderful, low cost activity for girls from kindergarten through twelfth grade as a means to make new friends, learn new skills, and make the world a better place. Troops for all age levels serve both Rehoboth and Seekonk and rely on volunteer leaders. Leaders are often parents of the girls, but this is not a requirement. Training is provided and background checks are required. For more information, please contact Rehoboth Membership coordinator Rebecca Smith at 508-252-5767 or email acelinebarrett@aol.com.

REHOBOTH HELPING HANDS GEARING UP FOR FALL PROGRAMS

(August 13, 2015) Rehoboth Helping Hands, the non-profit organization assisting local individuals and families in need through the food pantry and other social service programs is preparing for the fall and winter.

   Helping Hands will begin collecting names for the annual December holiday gift drive beginning September 27 through November 15.  Parents or guardians of newborns through age 18 may apply by submitting the child’s name, age, sex, clothing size and gift needs to Rehoboth Food Pantry, Inc. at Cowboy Country, 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 or by calling Steve Martin at 508-252-3263.

   Families or individuals who anticipate needing holiday food baskets through the food pantry are also invited to contact Steve as soon as possible to get on the Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket list.

   Helping Hands is also collecting donations for the Emergency Fuel Assistance Program that begins on October 3. The fuel assistance program provides oil, gas, electric or wood to Rehoboth residents who find themselves in need of help to keep warm this winter.

    As always, the food pantry needs continuing donations to provide basic necessities 52 weeks a year to those in need. Non-perishable food items, canned and dry goods are gratefully accepted (please check expiration dates) along with paper goods, cleaning products, pet food and personal care items such as toothpaste, shampoo, etc.  Cash donations are always welcome. Those wishing to donate produce or food needing refrigeration should contact Steve.

   Donations can be dropped off at 127 Martin Street in Rehoboth or at various locations in town including the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.  A convenient donation drop off is conducted monthly by the Rehoboth Business Association on the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Edward Jones office located at Mills Plaza II on Route 44.

   The food pantry, located on Route 44, distributes groceries and other items weekly.  Those needing assistance should call Steve Martin at 508-252-3263.

 
REHOBOTH BOY SCOUTS HELP BLANDING LIBRARY

(August 17, 2015) Rehoboth Boy Scouts were busy at the Blanding Library on a hot Saturday afternoon repainting picnic tables in preparation for the library’s upcoming ice cream social to be held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Goff Memorial Hall.

   Troop members, led by Scoutmasters Mr. Cordiero and Russ Savary, cleaned, sanded and painted benches and helped mulch the grounds of the library.  Pictured are Thomas Savary, Charlie Pike, Chris Pike and Max Reuter (not pictured David Simpson).

    Rehoboth residents are invited to drop by the library on Saturday, August 29 from 2 to 3:30 PM to enjoy free ice cream and live entertainment.  Music will be provided by the Sunday Nigh Jammers, a group of musicians who play for community dances on Sunday nights at Goff Hall.  Other entertainment scheduled includes a bubble show provided by Vinny Lovegrove from ToeJam Puppet Band. The Blanding Public Library is operated by the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, a non-profit organization that owns Goff Memorial Hall and the Carpenter Museum.

 

REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT &

REENACTMENT OF THE

BATTLE OF SEGREGANSETT

(August 15, 2015)  Watch history come alive! The Rehoboth Minutemen/13th Continental Regiment sponsor a weekend encampment portraying life during the American Revolution with camps of American and British armies on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at Sweet Knoll State Park off Route 138 in Dighton, MA. 

   The Battle of Segregansett will be held at 2 PM on both days.This event is free and open to the public.  For mor info: got to the Regiment website. Or call Cathy Potter at 508-252-3682

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS EXCITED FOR NEW YEAR: REGISTER AND LEARN MORE

(August 24, 2015)  Girl Scouts welcome all girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouting provides girls with the opportunity to discover their world, connect with others and take action to make a difference in their communities. Age-appropriate programs, delivered with energy and expertise by deeply committed volunteers and staff, allow girls to explore their interests and unlock their potential.

   As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building, community service projects, cultural experiences, and lots of fun!

   Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with understanding and respect; develop values to guide their actions and for sound decision making; contribute to our community; and develop leadership skills.

  Rehoboth and Seekonk scouts are busy September thru June with lots of activities including community service projects like supporting local food panties and collecting toys for local children and participating in Project Undercover to collect donations of diapers, socks and underwear for kids in need.

    Local girls and adult volunteers can learn more and register at info sessions to be held in September.  Come to one on Tuesday, September 22 from 6 to 8 PM at Goff Memorial Hall or on Thursday, September 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Seekonk Library. 

GIRL SCOUT MISSION

to build girls of courage, confidence, & character, who make the world a better place.


GIRL SCOUT MOTTO

Be Prepared.


GIRL SCOUT SLOGAN

Do a good turn daily.


Contacts:

Colleen McBride

Service Unit Manager


Rebecca Smith

Rehoboth Membership

REHOBOTH HISTORICAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZE BEVERLY PETTINE

(August 24, 2015) Earlier this summer  at a ceremony held at Palmer River Elementary School, the Rehoboth Historical Commission recognized Beverly Pettine for seventeen years of service volunteering at the Historic Hornbine School. 

   Pettine, a resident of East Providence, retired in June from her many school responsibilities at the Hornbine School including acting as the school ‘marm’ for hundreds of area third-graders who came to visit the one-room schoolhouse each spring.

   The third-graders at Palmer River Elementary School saved their pennies this spring to buy books that were dedicated to Ms. Pettine and donated to school library. All the books were related to one-room schoolhouses and will be available for students and teachers. Rebecca Smith and Cathy Potter from the Rehoboth Historical Commission were on hand to present Beverly Pettine with a proclamation from the town selectmen commending her volunteer work.

    After retiring from her teaching career seventeen years ago, Pettine began volunteering at the Hornbine school and revived the grade school visitation program. Over 800 students visit each spring. Over the years, she recruited and trained volunteer teachers and wrote a variety of realistic, but non-threatening lessons for homeschoolers, third graders and other grades that participate in the Day at Hornbine program.

   Beverly also revived the open house program that runs from June through September on two Sundays per month. She always kept the Hornbine School decorated with bird’s nests, flowers grown in her own garden, and colored chalk drawings on a couple of the chalk boards, drawn by her niece. Pumpkins, hay bales and dried corn were prominent outside the school in the autumn.

   Beverly arranged for building maintenance including landscaping, carpentry, emergency repairs and the chimney sweep. In recent years, the Rehoboth Historical Commission and Rehoboth Community Preservation Committee funded several major repairs. Beverly spent many hours organizing historical Hornbine School photos, news articles and other information into archive binders insuring the historic information will never be lost. (Photo: (L) Cathy Potter, (R) Beverly Pettine)

 
ELIZABETH OAKLEY RECOGNIZED WITH GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD

(August 25, 2015)   Elizabeth Oakley of Girl Scout Troop 507 in Rehoboth received the Girl Scout’s highest achievement award, the Gold Award, on August 6, 2015 in a ceremony at the Carpenter Museum.

    The Gold Award is earned by only a small percentage of scouts. A Girl Scout since kindergarten, Elizabeth counts the girls in her troop among her closest friends.  As part of the ceremony, they read her the Gold Award Challenge.    

    Fulfilling the requirements for this award began by completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys. With each journey, a girl explores a subject in depth, challenging herself to develop the skills needed to plan and implement a project that will have an impact on her community   

   The Gold Award project requires the Girl Scout to spend a minimum of 80 hours identifying an issue important to her.  Elizabeth first identified her issue, investigated it thoroughly, and created a plan for approval. She then gathered her team and took action.  Her project has helped educate and inspire others. Gold Ward projects must have a measurable and sust
ainable impact and provide a benefit to the community.

    As a Carpenter Museum volunteer, Elizabeth was aware of swifts nesting in the chimney of the museum. After learning the chimney was to be capped, she became concerned about the future welfare of the birds.  As an animal lover, she wanted to make sure the swifts had somewhere else to go. Chimney swifts are native birds that eat insects and nest in hollow trees and chimneys.

    After researching the possibilities and assembling a support team, she designed and built an imitation chimney for the swifts. Her project, the first chimney swift tower built in Rehoboth, was designed to provide a new home for the museum’s chimney swifts.   

   The swifts need to be able to fly straight down into the tower, so the tower has a square hole in the top and eleven feet of vertical space. The inside of the tower is made of rough plywood with horizontal grooves, so that the swifts can grip it with their claws and attach their nests to it.

   Elizabeth is the daughter of Rebecca H. Smith and Dr. Bernard Oakley of Rehoboth. A lifelong Rehoboth resident, she graduated from D-R in 2014 and completed her project that summer. Currently a student at Colby College in Maine, Elizabeth plans to major in Environmental Science.  

 
REHOBOTH PTSA: TEACHERS AND VOLUNTEERS CREATE RECESS

FUN FOR PALMER RIVER ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

(September 10, 2015)  Hopscotch, Four Square, a basketball court -- many recall these blacktop games from childhood recess. In a cooperative effort funded by the Rehoboth PTSA and donations, teachers and community volunteers came together before the start of the school year to paint the blacktop with games for students to play during recess periods.

   The project, led by PRES Computer Teacher James Pearse, is intended to provide structured activities during recess time. These activities are meant to improve teamwork, sportsmanship and hand/eye coordination. More than anything else however, its all about the fun!

   “Students need a fun, safe and engaging recess time to burn off their boundless energy,” explains Palmer River Principal Arlene Miguel. “Our blacktop has been transformed into an exciting and colorful place where kids can be kids, learn new games, and make new friends!”

   The numbers tell the story: Twenty community and school volunteers painted 11 gallons of special non-slip outdoor paint over two days to create five handball courts, one basketball key, and two
hopscotch games! In addition, our volunteer painters used stencils to create a map of the United States of America.

   “This is an excellent example of how one great community joins one remarkable elementary school to benefit many extraordinary children,” remarked Mrs. Miguel.


PTSA Volunteers and their families: Kathy Cooper, Melissa Goulart, Karen DeRoche, Susan Bogosian, Lorraine Foley, Jared Kepnes and his father Steve, Tracey Torcato and fiancee Nick, Assistant Principal Elise DuBois, Sandi Klinkhamer, Louise Lydon, James Pearse, and Charlene Watson

 

NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL AND ANNAWON COUNCIL

BOY SCOUTS APPROVE MERGER

(September 14, 2015)  The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America announced recently a merger with the Annawon Council, Boy Scouts of America. 

    The decision to combine the two Boy Scout groups will expand the Narragansett Council’s territory from the southernmost portions of Rhode Island up into Massachusetts, including many suburbs south of Boston. This added region includes the communities of Attleboro, North Attleboro, Mansfield, Norton, Lakeville, Carver, Middleboro, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Berkley and Taunton and others.

   The merger will provide resources for all Scouts in the area never before offered by the previous individual Councils.  In addition, the consolidation will allow for even stronger volunteer and professional guidance, providing the Scouts and volunteer unit leaders with unparalleled facilities, training, and camping programs.

REHOBOTH PTSA SEEKING RUNNERS FOR OCTOBER 4 FAMILY FUN DAY AND 5K - 1 K FUN RUN RACES

(September 15, 2015) The Rehoboth PTSA is holding their third annual Rehoboth 5km and 1 Mile Fun Run and Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 4 at Five Bridge Inn on Pine Street.

   This fundraiser directly benefits students at Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith Middle by providing field trips and additional funding for both school enrichment programs and technology in the classrooms. 

    The races are now USATF certified and sanctioned with awards for the top three 5km male and female finishers of each age
division; and top three finishers in the 1 Mile Fun Run.  Registered runners get a tee-shirt and ribbons will be awarded to all participants. 

   The 5km, road-based course winds through the beautiful and picturesque Rehoboth countryside. It contains some medium- grade hills. The 1 mile course is designed for the youngest runners. This run is very safe, only on local streets surrounding the start area. Volunteers will be located at each turn and along the 1 mile course, they will direct your child and ensure positive motivation and a fun race. This course is a great way to encourage fitness and share a healthy and happy experience for all. 

   Registered runners get tee-shirts and lunch.  The fee is $30 for 5K and $15 for I mile.  Additional lunches are available for purchase at $5 each. Amenities include a DJ, pony rides, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, a snow cone bus and more.

   Registration info and forms can be found on the Rehoboth PTSA website.  Businesses and individuals interested in becoming sponsors are encouraged to contact James Pearse at JPearse@drregional.org or Sue DePalo at depo13@comcast.net.

 

ANNUAL HARVEST BLOCK PARTY KICKS OFF AUTUMN

(September 21, 2015)  For the sixteenth year, the autumn season unofficially kicked off in Rehoboth with the Larry Procopio Harvest Block Party on the Redway Plain. The annual free admission event is organized by members of the Rehoboth Town Events Committee and featured local organizations, businesses, farmers, vendors and public safety personnel.

(Photos by Dave Downs)

CTE STUDENTS AT DRRHS HAVE NEW TECHNOLOGY

(September 21, 2015)  Christmas came early for students in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School with the arrival of new state-of-the-art technology made possible through Perkins Equipment Grants.

    Students studying drafting design and engineering now have a new $25K 3D printer (pictured above) to make their architectural and mechanical designs come alive. 

   Machine technology students now have a new $20K Computer
Numerical Control (CNC) machine using computer-aided design and manufacturing programs. The machine was unwrapped and assembled by juniors and seniors enrolled in machine tech classes.

   Other disciplines within the CTE program now benefit from dozens of new Dell Chromebooks to be used by students studying automotive tech, carpentry, culinary arts, early education, and criminal justice.   

   

 

PINECROFT STUDENTS COLLECT PJs

(December 24, 2014) Students and families at The Pinecroft School in Rehoboth recently participated in the 6th Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive through Scholastic Reading Club.  For every pair of brand-new pajamas that are donated, Scholastic Reading donates a book for a child in need throughout the country. 

DRRHS CLASS OF 1965 REUNION

(September 24, 2015)  It was spring 1965.  Lyndon Johnson was president.  The first combat troops were sent to Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. led civil rights marches in Alabama, and NASA launched Gemini 3 into Earth orbit. The Disney film Mary Poppins took home five Oscars, the Sound of Music was a hit in theaters, and Charlie Brown and his friends appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Motown and the British invasion ruled the airwaves along with the new west coast sound courtesy of the surfing Beach Boys and a quartet who sang about California Dreamin’.

  Known as the “Class of Champions” for their three league championships in basketball, baseball and the undefeated track team, the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Class of 1965 held their 50th class reunion on September 18 at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. “A great time was enjoyed by all.”

OLD COLONY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUYS PROPERTY

(September 24, 2015)  Old Colony Habitat for Humanity is now in the early stages of building its tenth new home in the their service area that includes Rehoboth.  The non-profit recently acquired a parcel from Matt Zuschlag at the corner of Forest and Holman Streets in Attleboro.

   “We have already begun the process of identifying a family to occupy the house,” said Manny Cunard, Executive Director of Old Colony Habitat. “We expect to have selected the family by the first of next year.”

   Weather permitting, excavation and foundation work on the new home could begin before year end, with the hope of having the selected family move in by the late fall of 2016.  Interested families may apply by contacting Family Service Member Donna at 781-844-9242, or emailing family@oldcolonyhabitat.org.

   Pictured right are (L to R): Habitat Assistant Treasurer Jeremy Howland, seller Matt Zuschlag, closing attorney Roxanne Richard, and Habitat President Bill McKenna.  The Richard Law Offices, PC, of Mansfield provided its services on a pro-bono basis.

 

FRONT ROW (L to R): Kris (Peckham) Brown, Jane (Andrews) Botelho, Lee Ann (Bishop) Damiano, Jean (Andrews) Delahunt, Kathy (Phillips) Mello, Paulette (Boucher) Smith, Charlotte (McGinn) Toddings, Liz (Hopkins) Field, Rita Araujo, Steve Braga, John Soares  


SECOND ROW (L to R): Kathy (Santos) Teitze, Dianne (Sherman) Asher, Jane (Russell) Saunders, Bea (Gonsalves) Lima, Susan (Santos) McBride, Carole Willette, Susan (James) Tufts, Susan (Dacier) Sanders, Austin Donahue, Dawne (Stonstrom) Steele, Kathy (Wanamaker) Silvia, Joe Souza, Brian Courcy


THIRD ROW (L to R): Pauline (Trahan) Souza, Gail (Doucette) Cassidy, Jackie (Raposa) Chapman, Catherine (Hayden) Berthelette, Deb (Johnson) Barbosa, Joyce (Perry) Joreid, Wayne Dumenigo, Joe DeMello, Donna (Corr) Rogers, Ron Chappelle, Tony Roderick, Jane (Swallow) Dunbar, Ken Marcroft, William Swallow, Rob Tobey


FOURTH ROW (L to R): Jay Leger, Robert Dow, David Ferreira, Bruce Warget, Gary Grace, Karl Koerner, Glen Field, Jack Egan, William Andrews, Jim Pavao, Francis Roderick, Dick Hegeman

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS RECEIVE RELIGIOUS MEDALS

(September 28, 2015)  Two members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA 3712 were presented with Family Of God Religious medals by Fr. Mark Hession on September 27 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Seekonk. 

    Amanda Abbott (left) and Madison Burbank (right) were awarded the medals produced by the National Federation For Catholic Youth Ministry.

     A faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls offer a Christian scouting program.  The troop, formed in 2013, meets at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Seekonk. AHG put faith first in their lives and endorse an official pro-life stand.

    American Heritage Girls were founded twenty years ago by Patti Garibay, a mother who met with resistance when she called for reforms in the Girl Scout organization. She and another mother then created the first AHG troop in Ohio.

    In 2010, AHG became the first all-girl program to partner with the Boy Scouts of America until that group changed their membership standards. As a religious alternative to Boy Scouts, Trail Life USA for formed for boys.  For more information about the local AHG program, please contact the parish office at 508-336-8608.

NEW REHOBOTH PHYSICAL THERAPY BUSINESS HOSTS BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

(October 1, 2015)  The Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) held a Business After Hours networking social on Wednesday, September 30 at Personal Best Physical Therapy hosted by business owner Chris Titcomb and staff.

    The RBA conducts Business After Hours on a regular basis throughout the year hosted by local businesses. Every event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

     Next month’s Business After Hours will be held at M & D Restaurant on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7 PM.  A buffet will be served showcasing the restaurant’s menu selections.  Cost is $7 for both RBA members and non-members. 

     Local attorney Luke Travis recently accepted the position of RBA president for the current fiscal year. The RBA welcomes new members and is conducting a membership drive during October.

    For more information on the RBA and their role in the community, please visit their website at rehobothbusiness.com.

    

DRRHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY STUDENTS VOLUNTEER

AT ANNUAL RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER

(October 2, 2015)  Honor students from DRRHS, along with students from Taunton High and Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, volunteered recently for the annual Rodman Ride for Kids, the number one single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk children in the Greater Boston area.

   The event, sponsored by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, was held September 26 featuring 100-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile rides through routes in Southeastern Massachusetts. Assisting at the water stop were D-R students Toni Scott, Tori Scott, Matt Andrade, Anna Brodeur and Tyler Doane. They helped the development team from Housing Families, Inc. to run a water stop for 50-mile fun bike tour riders.

    This was the 25th year for the Rodman Ride for Kids.  Over 500 volunteers are needed each year for the event that has raised over $82 million since 1991.

DRRHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY STUDENTS VOLUNTEER

AT ANNUAL RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER

(October 8, 2015)  For the third consecutive academic year, Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) is sponsoring Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s “High Five” Club when each week two students (one male/one female) are selected by the high school’s administration and faculty for outstanding achievements in school and in the Dighton-Rehoboth community.

    A $800 grant from the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) is included in the bank’s sponsorship of the club for the purchase of t-shirts that feature a an illustration of a hand on the shirt front and the DRRHS logo on the back along with the statement, “No Entitlements…Just Hard Work and Effort.”

   “The Bank has been proud to help Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School recognize its students over the past couple of years for their efforts in the classroom, on the stage or athletic fields and in the community,” said Patrick Murray, President and CEO of BCSB.

   Students named to the “High Five” Club have their names and achievements read on the loudspeaker Friday mornings, are given the t-shirt to wear on the Friday of the announcement and have their picture taken with a summary of their achievements.  This picture and student bio is posted on the high school’s blog.  The students are also recognized by the bank’s Rehoboth branch on its digital screen.  RehobothNow recognizes High Five Club students on the Five High page.

    “Since the Club was founded several years ago we have seen students become more focused in school and more aware of their community and how they can make it a better place in which to live,” said DRRHS Principal Kevin Braga.  “Each week we look forward to recognizing the students who have been selected to the Club by presenting them with their High-Five t-shirts.  It has really become a badge of honor at our school.”

    Celebrating the first students named to this school year's Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School "High Five" Club are pictured above (left to right): "High Five" students Kasey Charette and Jonathan Ursillo; Diana Rochefort, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of the Rehoboth Office, BCSB; Emma Masse, "High Five" student; and DRRHS Principal Kevin Braga.

 
SEEKING PUMPKIN CARVERS FOR PTSA ANNUAL JACK FEST

(October 8, 2015)  The Rehoboth PTSA is looking for pumpkin carvers to participate in the parent-teacher-student organization’s annual Jack O’Lantern Festival for students of both Palmer River Elementary and D.L. Beckwith Middle School on Saturday, October 24 from 5 to 8 PM at both schools.

   Carved jack o’ lanterns are needed for the pumpkin walk the night of the festival. Please drop off your carved pumpkin creations (no limit to number) along with a flameless source of illumination (LED tea light or glow stick) between 5 and 8 PM on Friday, October 23 or between 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, October 24.  Pumpkins can be claimed (if desired) after the events until noon on Sunday, October 25.

   The Rehoboth PTSA hosts this annual event that also features hay rides, Haunted Hallways, games, and face painting, plus new this year -  artisan pizza from the Gilded Tomato.

    Admission is $5 per family for this annual fundraiser,  plus a non-perishable food item for Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry. 

 

D-R LEO LIONS DONATE iPODS TO DIGHTON NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

(October 9, 2015) Student members of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Leo Club visited the Dighton Nursing Home on October 7 to present a donation of 10 iPods filled with music, along with 15 pairs of headphones, for residents.

    This gift was the culmination of a club-wide effort spearheaded by members Alyssa Damiano and Kelsey Dickison to provide residents with music to benefit their health and happiness.

   The idea was initially inspired by a YouTube video titled "Music & Memory: The iPod Project", that documents the therapeutic benefits of music. The club raised money to purchase iPods and then worked over the summer to load each iPod with music to appeal to elderly residents including one iPod with Portuguese music.

    “It was a great moment to see the gratitude of the residents of the Dighton Nursing Home, and how impressed they were at the young ladies and gentlemen of our community,” said Derek DeMello, faculty advisor for the Leo Club.

   D-R Leo Club member Kelsey Dickison (photo right) explains how to operate the iPods to Peggy Mendonca, Director of the Dighton Nursing Home.

REHOBOTH PTSA EVENT RAISES OVER $14K FOR REHOBOTH SCHOOLS

(October 15, 2015) On a cool Sunday morning in October, over 600 runners hit the road in the Rehoboth PTSA 5km/1m Fun Run. This third annual event, through sponsorships and registrations, raised more than $14,000 to benefit students at both Palmer River Elementary and D.L. Beckwith Middle schools.

    The 5km road-based course ran through the beautiful and picturesque Rehoboth countryside, while the 1 mile course, designed for the youngest runners, was manned by volunteers along the way.

    After the race, children and adults were treated to face painting, snow cones, music, and inflatable obstacle course. The newest, and most highly demanded event, was the dunk tank. Much to the children’s delight, over 264 balls were thrown sinking a dozen teachers and principals.

   This event was sponsored by many local businesses and members from our community, most notably Five Bridge Inn located on Pine Street in Rehoboth where the race began. This Rehoboth business graciously donated their beautiful property, facilities and equipment to help make this event a success.

   “We couldn’t have done it without our Rehoboth community supporters and volunteers,” remarked PTSA member Sue DePalo. “They made this event fun, safe and enjoyable for our many athletes, and a great success for our schools.”

   The PTSA and race coordinators are already planning next year’s event, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016.  Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the fun!

 
DRRHS LEO LIONS CLUB HELP BLANDING LIBRARY

(October 19, 2015) Last week, fifteen members of the DRRHS Leo Lions Club traveled to Blanding Library to help staff set up for their used book sale held from October 16 through 18.

   The Leos carried boxes and boxes up from the basement and sorted thousands of books on rows of tables that filled Goff Memorial Hall. All proceeds from the used book sale benefit the library services and programs held throughout the year.

 
HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS ENJOY ENCAMPMENT WITH REHOBOTH

MINUTE CO. AND CAMP FOLLOWERS

(October 19, 2015) The 13th Continental Regiment, also known as the Rehoboth Minutemen, recently participated in a weekend encampment and battle re-enactment held at Sweet Knoll State Park in Dighton, MA.

  The encampment offered modern day guests a look into the daily life of both soldiers and camp followers.  The Revolutionary War Battle of Segregansett was re-enacted twice.

 

Sadly, a beloved member of the Minute company (above) Kirsten Dady passed away unexpected the day after the encampment.  (photo by Dave Downs)

NEWS FROM AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS

(October 27, 2015) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently made chocolate pops to hand out at their Grandparent and Godparent Luncheon on Sunday, October 18 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Route 44 in Seekonk.

   The luncheon was the project of Patriot Macy Oliveira who spent 15 hours planning and organizing the luncheon in order to receive her Dolly Madison Level Award.

   A faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls offer a Christian scouting program.  The troop, formed in 2013, meets at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Seekonk. AHG put faith first in their lives and endorse an official pro-life stand.

   Pictured left are: Ireland Larkin, Abi Eckerson, Lilya Fournier, Asst. Explorer Leader Paula Burbank, Avy Conti and Siera Larkin.

   Pictured right are: Sarah Baldini and Madison Burbank working on their chocolate pop creations.

COA PILLOWCASE PROJECTS AT SENIOR CENTER

(October 30, 2015) The Rehoboth Council on Aging recently launched a “pillowcase project” at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center with volunteers sewing cheerful pillowcases for Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

   The pillowcases will be used by the hospital for pediatric patients instead of the standard “Personal Belongings” bags.  When children come to the hospital and are admitted for emergency care, surgery or diagnostic testing, they will be given a fun, soft, colorful bag to take home.

    Volunteers at the senior center have been busy creating these pillowcases, as well as making infant hats and chemo hats for patients.

   Donations of yarn and colorful, soft fabric are always appreciated, especially prints that will appeal to children, Just drop your donation off at the center.

Photo Left: Maureen Dady having fun ironing for the COA’s pillowcase project. Photo Right: Sue Laverdiere, Rehoboth Council on Aging Vice Chair, with Ginny Saunders sewing pillowcases/

GOFF MEMORIAL HALL FILLED FOR HALLOWEEN CONTRA DANCE

(October 31, 2015) Goff Hall was decorated inside and out last night for the Halloween Rehoboth Contra Dance with caller Lisa Greenleaf and rousing live music by Maivish featuring Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell and Jaige Trudel. 

   Costumed dancers of all ages filled almost every inch of the historic hall which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  Credit for decorating the hall goes to Charlie Seelig. Rehoboth Contra Dance offers two or three dances per month throughout the year. Beginners are always welcome and no partners are necessary.  Come for the exercise, fun and great live music. Learn more at RehobothContraDance.

VETERANS DAY LUNCH

American Legion Post 302 is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 11 at 12:30 PM following remembrance ceremonies at the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial.        

    Veterans Day observances are traditionally scheduled for 11:11 AM in recognition of the signing of the Armistice with Germany “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918 ending World War I.

    All Rehoboth military veterans are cordially invited to attend the free lunch at Post 302, 84 Bay State Road.  Bette Dyer, administrative assistant for the Rehoboth Veterans Services Office, will be the chef.  The menu includes roast beef, butternut squash, potatoes and pies for dessert.

 

REHOBOTH TEENS HONORED FOR SERVICE AT STURDY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

(November 5, 2015) Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro recently honored 166 junior volunteers, ages 13 to 17, for their contributions to the hospital during fiscal year 2015. The junior volunteers gave a total of 6,583 hours of service over the year in various patient and non-patient areas, as well as off-site facilities.

    Receiving awards for fifty hours of service were Rehoboth residents Nicole Evans, Sabrina Liston, and Megan Moran. Those receiving recognition for twenty hours of service were Jason Charbonneau, Ainsley Cronin, Rachel Dziedzic, and Lydia Sirois (pictured above second from right).  Emma Masse received a 50 Hour pin with a 100 hour numeral.

ROCKIN’ FUNDRAISER FOR NEEDED

DRRHS AUDITORIUM RENOVATION

(November 5, 2015) The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School auditorium will be rockin’ on Saturday, November 28 at 7:30 PM when renowned blues rock guitarist Johnny A performs a concert fundraiser.  All proceeds will benefit much needed renovations to the auditorium used by the district schools as well as both Rehoboth and Dighton municipal government.

   Seekonk-based “Blues for Schools” is the sponsoring organization for the concert.  A music scholarship and sport/academic fundraising program for American high schools, Blues for Schools manages concerts at designated, registered high schools.

    According to the organization’s website, Blues for Schools supports blues artists and musicians from across the globe while helping to fund scholarships and academic/sports programs. Profits come from public ticketed concerts, concessions and merchandise sold at participating high schools.

   A native of Maulden, MA, Johnny A (John Antonopoulos) spent seven years as guitarist and musical director for Peter Wolf, front man of The J. Geils Band and was a member of the British rock band, The Yardbirds, the band that launched the careers of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton in the 1960s. Johnny A was named Boston Blues Artist of the Year at the 2010 Boston Music Awards.  Read more about him on his website.

    General admission tickets for the November 28 concert are $26.50 for adults and $15 for students.  Johnny A will be autographing all purchases made at the DRRHS DECA School Store during his ‘meet and greet’ after the show. Tickets are available online on the Blues for Schools website. Doors open at 6:30 PM for the 7:30 performance.

 

ARTS IN THE VILLAGE PRESENTS MANHATTAN STRING QUARTET

AT GOFF MEMORIAL HALL ON NOVEMBER 14

(November 9, 2015) Arts in the Village Concert Series welcomes the Manhattan String Quartet to Rehoboth on Saturday, November 13.  Based in New York City, the group is returning for its second AIV appearance and will present a program featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, and Ives.

    Critically acclaimed as one of America’s leading ensembles, the MSQ includes Curtis Macomber and Calvin Wiersma on violin, John Dexter on viola, and Chris Finckel on cello. The Boston Globe hailed MSQ as “a national treasure” and the quartet has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico, South America. They became the first American classical ensemble to give a full tour of the Soviet Union in 1985.

     Hailed as one of America’s leading chamber ensembles, the Manhattan String Quartet is currently marking its forty-second consecutive season with concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Since 1988, MSQ has been Quartet-in-Residence at Colgate University, along with holding similar posts at the Manhattan School of Music, Cornell University, Grinnell College, Western Connecticut State University, the Chamber Music Institute in Racine, Wisconsin, Connecticut’s Music Mountain Festival and Michigan's Interlochen National Music Camp (for 22 summers).

  Adding to its reputation as an advocate of new music, the Manhattan String Quartet has recently commissioned and performed scores from Laura Kaminsky (American Nocturne), Eric Moe (The Salt of Broken Tears) and Craig Walsh (String Quartet).

    In 2011, in collaboration with the Sarajevo Academy of Music, the Manhattan String Quartet established the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival. Centered on teaching, master classes and concerts, The Festival program endeavors to bring chamber music to the Bosnian people, to celebrate the Sarajevo Academy of Music’s accomplished faculty and to give local music students the sense of Bosnia as a place where positive international attention, collaboration and recognition is possible.

DRRHS THEATRE COMPANY OFFERS TWO PERFORMANCES ON NOVEMBER 19 AND 20

(November 17, 2015) The DRRHS Theatre Company, under the direction of Ellen O’Reilly-LaSalle, will present two performances of the play Seven Keys to Baldpate, a “mysterious melodramatic farce” by George M. Cohan, on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20 at 6 PM in the high school auditorium.

     The student players include (in order of appearance) Clodagh Bartholomew, Raquel Sousa, Jarrett Cardeiro, Victoria Scott, Surrey Houlker, Rachel Chrystie, Jackson Costa, Madison Burtan, Antonia Scott, Liza Sousa, Jillian Henrique, Koral Parente, Dasia Ambers, Brielle Michener and Sierra Candeias.

    Student managers include Surrey Houlker as acting captain; Rachel Chrystie as company manager, and Eliza McCann as stage manager.

    Crew Chief Christian LaSalle directed the efforts of student crew members Evan Hubbley, Brenton LaBanca, Nate Bell, Dasia Ambers, Hannah Philip, Brielle Michener, and Eliza McCann.  Costumes were designed and produced by Mrs. Philip and Mrs. Bartholomew; props by Lisa Sousa and Antonia Scott; sound by Mr. Botelho; and stairs by Mr. Levesque, Christopher Garceau, Juston Melanson, Roberto Salvador, Travis Snow, and Thomas Wood. 

    Adult tickets are $10 per person, or $5 for students and children. Advance tickets are available now by calling 508-252-5025, ext. 753, or by emailing elasalle@drregional.org.  You may also purchase tix at the door.

    The D-R Theatre Company will present their annual spring musical, Big Fish, in April 7, 8, and 9.


 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS

HELP CEMETERY COMMISSION

(November 18, 2015) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 helped the Rehoboth Cemetery Commission recently with a project to locate graves of Civil War veterans at the Village Cemetery.

    The girls helped CemCom chairman Bev Baker locate veteran graves and place flags and yellow ribbons for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

    Pictured left to right are American Heritage Girls Lily and Ashlyn McCormick, and Sarah Baldini.

DRRHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM

GOES TO HARVARD

(November 18, 2015) The Mock Trial Team at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School recently spent a two-day weekend seminar at Harvard with the Crimson Mock Trial Team National Champions. The D-R students were joined by high school teams from across the country that participated in the seminar and tours of campus.  Last year, the D-R team came in 8th place on the state level. (Photo from DRRHS)

SAIL STUDENTS RECOGNIZE

MILITARY VETERANS

(November 18, 2015) Students in the SAIL (Success in Academics, Independence and Life) special education program at DRRHS recognized military veterans for Veterans Day by making cards for local vets and high school faculty members who served including DRRHS Principal Kevin Braga.  (Photo from DRRHS)

LOCAL STUDENTS COMPETE TO APPEAR ON WGBH HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ SHOW

(November 23, 2015) Four students from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, all members of the National Honor Society, traveled to the broadcast studios of Boston’s educational channel WGBH to compete with 140 high school teams for a chance to participate in Season 7 of High School Quiz Show. 

   Only sixteen teams will be picked to compete to be the Massachusetts team to compete in the Governor’s Cup Challenge against the winning team from New Hampshire.

    The D-R team consists of Matt Andrade, Jordan Flanagan, Matt McEathron, and Jonathan Ursillo.  Each team member completed the first step in the competition process of taking an identical 100 question oral quiz. 

 
SAILS STUDENTS COME TO THE RESCUE

(November 23, 2015) Students in the DRRHS SAILS special education program, along with other students, recently took on a community service project to help a resident in need.

    This project was a surprise to the resident who needed help raking fall leaves on their property.  While the resident was out of town, the group of D-R students came to the rescue and took care of raking duties.

    According to high school administration, every student at D-R helps to bring the “D-R Difference” into the community. (Photo from DRRHS)

   

 
REHOBOTH DAISY SCOUTS LEARN ABOUT BIRDS

(November 24, 2015) The girls of Rehoboth Daisy Girl Scout Troop #494 have been learning about many different animals and their habitats.

   The girls have learned about birds, -- what they eat, where they live, and how to protect their environment. Pictured left are the Daisies and the beautiful bird nests they made. 

   Daisy Girl Scouts are the youngest division of scouting with troop members in kindergarten and grade one.  Instead of the badges earned by older girls, Daisies earn petals to adorn their blue vests.

 

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS BUSY WITH BLIZZARD OF GIVING

(November 24, 2015) Rehoboth Girl Scouts participate annually in the town’s Blizzard of Giving holiday program to provide gifts to individuals and families in need. 

   Blizzard of Giving “Snowflake” boards are filled with specific gift donations. You can find the boards at the post office, library, Palmer River and Beckwith schools and Chartley Country Store. Grab your “snowflake” of choice, purchase the item, affix the snowflake label and drop off at one of the many convenient collection boxes.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION GRATITUDE

(November 27, 2015) Local girls from American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently participated in Operation Gratitude, a project that sends over 150,000 care packages a year to new recruits, deployed troops, veterans, and wounded warriors.

    Pioneer Scout Siera Larkin adopted Operation Gratitude for her service level award project this year. Her goal is to make and collect 100 paracords and 100 letters.  Siera enlisted the help of the third and fourth graders in Faith Formation classes at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with the letter writing campaign. 

  Older scouts twisted parachute cord to make 7.5 ft long paracord survival bracelets to be donated to current servicemen and women.  The cords are worn as bracelets and can hold up to 550 pounds. When unraveled in an emergency they can be used as a sling, splint, sewing thread for wounds, tripwire, nets, traps and more.

 

Pictured above (left to right): Avy Conti, Ella Briggs, Ashlyn McCormick, Kriszel Dabi, and Lily McCorminck. Pictured right (left to right):  Leader Trish Larkin, Sarah Baldini, Ireland Larkin, Siera Larkin, and Macy Oliveira.

BRISTOL COUNTY SAVINGS BANK CHARITABLE FOUNDATION PRESENTS $75K GRANT TO BRISTOL-PLYMOUTH REGIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL

(December 2, 2015) Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF), recently presented a $75,000 grant to Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School located in Taunton Massachusetts to help support the construction of its Early Childhood Development Center. The grant will be awarded in three yearly installments of $25,000.

   With a tentative opening date of September 2017, the 7,200 square-foot Center will feature two classrooms, separate infant, toddler, pre-school and pre-K areas, an activity room, a kitchen, lobby & reception area, teacher work stations and a teacher observation room.

     “We want to thank Bristol County Savings Bank and its Foundation for the generous grant to help us build this new Center and expand our Early Childhood Program offerings to include infant care,” said Alexandre Magalhaes, Superintendent-Director.     

    “Adding infant care as part of the curriculum will not only benefit the Taunton community by helping working families with daycare for an even wider age range, but also provide our students with broader work experience.”  Magalhaes added that the project is currently providing opportunities for its students learning about the construction trades by giving them the experience of erecting a commercial building.  Students from the following technical programs are involved in the project: Carpentry; Plumbing; Electrical; Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC); and Graphic Arts.

Pictured above (left to right) are: Louis Borges, Jr., School Committee Vice Chairperson, BPRTS; Carol Mills, School Committee Chairperson, BPRTS; Michele Roberts, Executive Vice President & Community Relations Officer, BCSB and Clerk, BCSCF; Alexandre Magalhaes, Superintendent-Director, BPRTS; Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF; Timothy Holick, School Committee Member, BPRTS; and Joseph Pacheco, School Council Member, BPRTS.

 

DAISIES DELIVER GET WELL CARDS TO PRINCIPAL

(December 7, 2015) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 earned their Zinni Petal during November by being considerate and caring as encouraged by the Girl Scout Law.

   They discussed ways to be considerate by using their manners, brainstormed ways to be caring to family and friends, as well as people they don't know. They also made get well cards for Palmer River Elementary School's Principal Arlene Miguel on her first day back to school after breaking her foot.

DRRHS PREPARES FOR ANNUAL MR. D-R PAGEANT

(December 7, 2015) One of the highlights of late autumn is the annual Mr. D-R Pageant held in the auditorium of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. First held many years ago, the contest was re-introduced in 2012 after several years absence and has become extremely popular.

   This year’s competition will be held on Friday, December 11 at 6:30 PM. Admission for adults is $5 and $3 for students.

   Tuxedos for the show are supplied by Tux Towne in Taunton, and the winner receives a free tuxedo rental and two free prom tickets. Pictured above left to right: Nine of the eleven contestants for Mr. D-R: Cody Roy, Ben Loell, Evan Hubley, Peter Marcille, Jake Salera, Trenton Saleeba, Ryan Andrade, Derek Samureth and Tyler Doanne. 

(Photo from DRRHS)

BLANDING LIBRARY CLOSES OUT 100TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR CELEBRATION

(December 14, 2015) A full year of special events and programs to honor the 100th Anniversary of Goff Memorial Hall, home of the Blanding Public Library, was celebrated on Saturday, December 12 with a reception attending by library staff, patrons, members of both the Friends of the Blanding Library and Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, that owns and operates the building and library.

   Throughout the year, many events where held, all publicized with illustrated posters courtesy of Debra Maher of Debra Maher Creative, a company that specializes in stationery and giftware design. Displays with photos from the many events held throughout 2015 events were set up in Goff Hall during the
reception.

   The special programs, for all ages, were supported by the non-profit Friends of the Blanding Library and well attended by local residents and library patrons.  Each event was organized by members of the small staff of library employees who gave much of their own free time to host the special events.

    Library events hosted during 2015 included: Game Day, Blind Date with a Book, Poetry Day, Silent Auction Fundraiser, Heirloom Seeds, The Day When Lightening Stuck (and burned down the original Goff Hall), Used Book Sale, Nighttime Skies, Touch-A-Truck, Ice Cream Social, Planting 100 Daffodils, Ghost Stories in the Cemetery, Fairy Houses, 100 Gingerbread Houses, Time Capsule Project, and Year End Reception.

 

STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT LIONS SENIOR HOLIDAY DINNER

(December 14, 2015) Students from DRRHS recently volunteered their time to help the Rehoboth and Anawan Lions with their annual Holiday Dinner for local senior citizens held at Hillside Country Club on December 6. 

 
Along with the high school’s Leo Lions Club members who helped serve, the school’s Pro Musica chorus and Saxophone Choir performed.

    Leo Club members who helped with the function include: Andrew Carden, Alyssa Damiano, Kelsey Dickison, Andrea Duncan, Kyle Humphries, Tyler Jacob, Victoria Proulx, and Holly Wentworth.

   Pro Musica members who performed include: Madison Burtan, Jarrett Cordeiro, Jaime Fastino, Chris George, Surrey Houlker, Tyler Jacob, Celie Little, Pat Newman, Kristina Perez, Jessica Rose, Eveline Rossi, Gina Rufo, Derek Samreth, Toni Scott, Tori Scott, Liza Sousa, and Molly Torres.

   The high school’s Saxophone Choir included members: Garrett Paquette, Ben Herman, Shea Herman, Matt Hebert, Chris Hoskins,  Tyler Jacob, and Max Kimber.


(Photos courtesy: DRRHS Blog)

 
LOCAL MAN WITH AUTISM VALUED EMPLOYEE

AT REHOBOTH HOUSE OF PIZZA

(December 18, 2015) Rehoboth resident Jon Procopio is coming up on his first anniversary as an employee of Rehoboth House of Pizza, working at the restaurant every Friday in food preparation.

    Jon, a young man with autism, was first welcomed to RHOP by owner Mike Benjamin when he “job sampled” at the restaurant while a student in the Transition Program at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. 

    When Jon reached the age of 22 and transitioned to adult services, he expressed a desire to keep working at RHOP and was hired to work every Friday. While he participates in programming at Dighton Co-op the other days of the week, his favorite day is Friday when he works for a paycheck at RHOP. 

    “Everyone is really good with Jon,” said his mom Donna, “ and he loves it there.”  With assistance from restaurant staff, Jon has does all types of prep work and is now also doing some cooking.  Throughout 2015 and his first year at RHOP, Jon thrived under the supervision of RHOP staff. “Charity, LIttany and Brooke were all so good with him,” noted his mom, who expressed her gratitude.  Adults with autism typically face enormous obstacles finding employment, even part-time for minimum wage. 

    It is not surprising that Jon likes the restaurant business.  His grandparents, the late Larry and Bev Procopio, operated a popular Italian restaurant in Rhode Island and a local catering business.  (Photos courtesy of Dighton Co-op)

 
PINECROFT SCHOOL KIDS
READ AND DONATE JAMMIES

(December 21, 2015) For the third year in a row, students and families at The Pinecroft School in Rehoboth were excited to take part in the Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive through Scholastic Reading Club. 

   For every pair of brand-new pajamas that are donated, Scholastic Reading donates a book for a child in need throughout the country.  Since the program began in 2009, Scholastic Reading Club classrooms have collected and donated nearly 350,000 pairs of pajamas.

 

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FRESHLY PAINTED FLAGPOLE AT GOFF HALL

(December 21, 2015) It was an unseasonably warm mid-December day when the flagpole at Goff Memorial Hall-Blanding Library received a coat of fresh paint courtesy of the Town of Rehoboth, a project that required the use of the town’s bucket truck. Selectmen approved the project to support of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society that owns and operates the library and Goff Memorial Hall.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS REGIFTING PROJECT

(December 23, 2015)  American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 will again be hosting a post-holiday “Regifting Program” to benefit both the Rehoboth and Seekonk food pantries. Starting after Christmas and running through Valentine’s Day, the public is encouraged to donate new unused items they don’t want or need. The items will be donated to those in need and distributed through the food panties.  In Rehoboth, that’s Helping Hands.

   Convenient drop off bills are located at both Rehoboth and Seekonk libraries, Aitken School in Seekonk and Anawan Cleaners in Rehoboth, also at the Parish Center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

    Any unused item in new condition is gratefully appreciated. Please place items in a plastic bag inside the boxes. The Heritage girls will check the boxes, collect the items and deliver to the food pantries for distribution to clients.

 
BECKWITH STUDENTS STUDY ROBOTICS

(December 23, 2015) Beckwith School fifth and sixth graders now participate in robotics instruction as part of the school’s overall STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. The following description of the program is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the school’s Beckwith Chronicle.


   Robotics instruction allows students to have fun while delving into science and technology. They learn design skills, sound engineering principles and how to work with a team towards a common goal.  Robotics is helpful to students of all abilities and it demystifies complex technology.

    Staring in the fifth grade, students participate in the “Hour of Code” to introduce them to programming and how to “think like a computer.”  As sixth graders, they build a basic LEGO robot and learn how to make it move using attached sensors. With this knowledge, students will try to complete various challenges to see if they can get the robot to do what they want.  They learn that “A robot does not do what you want it to; it does what you tell it to do.”

    in the 2014-15 school year, the schools ACE Robotics Club was formed. Due to overwhelming demand, it was run two additional sessions that year. But students wanted even more.  So this fall, we started a Robotics Team, actually two teams. 

    The ReHobos with Noah Ferreira, Jocob Supernard, Max Reuter, Thomas Zibrida, Ryan Callaghan, Josh Gaurino, Ethan Cutler, Jacob Greenberg, and Cormac Masterson. 

    The Trash Slinging Slashers team includes Jordan Soufy, Izzy Brown, Mackenzie Morgenweck, Charleigh and Gianna Blackwell, Kelsie Couto, Mason Mello, Nathan LaBrie and Cory Delaplain.

    Beckwith joined the First Lego League and our teams are working hard to design, build, program and test their robot as it tries to complete 13 missions in 2.5 minutes.  We will be competing against twenty other teams at an event in East Providence on January 9. This event is free to the public.  Come out and see the amazing things these students can do. 

 

REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN SEND PACKAGES TO TROOPS

(December 23, 2015) Members of the Rehoboth Minute Company met in early December at the home of Cathy and Ralph Potter to package up 65 pounds of treats to send to a Joint Task Force Team of twelve members now deployed in Afghanistan. 

    “Send anything we can eat,” was the request made by the team, friends of Potter's daughter Sarah’s husband Major Matt Pezzullo of Seekonk.

    Included in the box of goodies were Christmas cards made by Dighton kindergarten students.  Cassey Gunther (pictured far right) is a student in Ms. Pittsley’s kindergarten class.  She poses with (L to R)) Ann Lopes, Kim and Kat Gunther.

TAVARES FAMILY ENTER SHED OF YEAR CONTEST

VOTE NOW THRU THURSDAY, DEC. 31 BY 9 AM

(December 30, 2015) The Tavares family of Rehoboth entered their gorgeous shed in the Reeds Ferry “Shed of the Year Contest” and hope residents will vote to help them win through Thursday, December 31 at 9 AM. 

    The Tavares shed is up against four other sheds across New England.  You can vote once per day using Facebook by clicking here.

REHOBOTH SIBLINGS LAUNCH COVER TO COVER PROJECT

(December 30, 2015) Abby and Adler Abrahamson, a brother and sister team from Rehoboth, have come up with a great idea to hold a book drive to help promote children’s literacy.  Partnering with Jane Goodall’s “roots & shoots” program, the Abrahamson’s community project, Cover to Cover, will launch in January and continue through Valentine’s Day.

    Last March during the Read Across America marathon, Abby and Adler read to children at Children’s Friend, a non-profit organization based in Providence, RI. They quickly realized that books are a luxury for children in low-income families.

   “The children were very excited to hear us read to them. We realized then that doing small things like reading to the kids at Children’s Friend makes a great impact.” said Abby.

    Cover to Cover will provide donated books to children from low-income families attending Head Start.   “We are looking for new and gently used books for children ages 1-8. The children will greatly benefit from these donations!” said Abby.

Abby and Adler also plan to continue reading to children as part of their community service project. Donation boxes in Rehoboth are located at GiGi’s Consignment, Shear Artistry Hair Salon, Bravo Musical Instruments, and the Blanding Public Library.  In Seekonk, donation boxes will be at Toti’s Restaurant, Infinity Kitchens and Baths, Painted Ladies, and BayCoast Bank. 

   You can learn more by visiting the Cover to Cover at Jane Goodall’s roots & shoots, and the Children’s Friend website.  You can also “like” the Cover to Cover Facebook page.

 
REHOBOTH SENIORS BUSY WITH CENTER PROGRAMS

(December 30, 2015) Ladies at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center made 100 pillowcase for Sturdy Hospital to give to pediatric patients and 103 for the Rehoboth Food Pantry.

   This is an ongoing project and the Senior Center needs donated fabric, either cotton or flannel, in cheerful colors and patterns.

    Pictured left working on the pillowcase project are: (top L-R) Maureen Dady and Sandy Carter; and (Bottom L-R) Ann Lagarto, Sue Laverdiere, and Kathy Melo.

 

Sheila from Rehoboth-based Designs by Sheila taught a floral class on December 16 at the Senior Center. The ladies went home with a beautiful floral piece.

NEWS FROM BUSY REHOBOTH GIRL SCOUT TROOPS

(December 30, 2015) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 (pictured right) earned their Gloria Petal during the month of December and learned about respecting themselves and others. The scouts did two projects related to respecting themselves including a collage of healthy foods and decorated mirrors with ribbons, gems, and phrases about what makes them special.  They learned that respecting themselves means keeping their bodies healthy and being proud of what makes each person special.
    Rehoboth and Seekonk Cadette and Senior Girl Scout troops (above) attended a holiday gathering to plan various activities and community service ideas for the new year.  These young leaders have lead various local events for our younger Girl Scouts as well as volunteering many hours supporting our community.

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