November 19, 2012

Local Dancer Performing in Providence Nutcracker

This December, a Rehoboth girl will have more than simply visions of sugarplums and soldiers dancing in her head. This talented young dancer, Elise Therriault, will perform with Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) in the annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, December 14-16 at Providence Performing Arts Center. 

    After attending an open audition in September, Elise won a role as one of the whirling Russian Trepak dancers in The Nutcracker.  The experience will take her to the grand stage of Providence Performing Arts Center and allow her to rub elbows with the professional company backstage along with working with children from many studios throughout southeastern MA and RI, and rehearsing with FBP’s artistic director, Misha Djuric

     The Nutcracker will be performed on December 14, 15 & 16 at PPAC, on Weybosset Street, Providence. Visit the PPAC website.

News from Rehoboth Head Start

(March 7, 2012)    Rehoboth Head Start spent a month-long study theme on pizza.  A member of the program’s  Fall River-based management team, “Miss Carol” read to the children who later went to work making play dough for their very own pretend pizza shop. The entire classroom participated and learned with math, reading, gross motor, and science information.

     With bags of seed donated by Munroe Feed and Supply, the class constructed an 8-foot bird seed pizza outside the classroom window for the animals of winter to enjoy. Although not affiliated directly, the Head Start program is located in the basement of the community center at the Rehoboth Congregational Church.

     Parents and families were involved with a Family Pizza night with Head Start staff.  Using the ovens in the church’s kitchen, families enjoyed cooking pizzas while the children played pin the nose on the pizza, and sang songs for their families.

     The class will soon be conducting their annual Hop-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy, and hope to match the donation they made last year, a little of $600. Any one wishing to sponsor our class can send donations to the Rehoboth Head Start, 139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth , MA 02769.

      Applications are now being taken for the 2012-13 school year for children 3 or 4 years of age. Younger children can also receive services through Rehoboth Head Start’s home-based program. The program is free for qualifying families of Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk and Berkley.   Please call the main office in Fall River for more information at  508-675-2151.

New AMVETS Post Open in N. Dighton

(March 26, 2012)    The L/CPL John J. VanGyzen IV AMVETS Post 7504 has been chartered and organized (in the Old VFW hall) at 495 School Street in North Dighton. Members of all branches of military service are invited to join the post.  A copy of a DD214 discharge or an active military ID are necessary.  The dues are $30 per year.  Meeting are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.  Stop in and visit with other veterans to see what the new post is planning. Contact Ralph Potter at 508-252-3682 for more information.  The Post Kitchen is already open on Fridays from 3 to 9 PM serving Fish & Chips, Scallops, Chowder, Clam Cakes, Hamburgers, and many other delicious items. The hall is also available to rent for functions.

Mother-Daughter Team to Trek Nepal

Local Woman Joins 82-year-old Mom on Trip

(April 11, 2012)  When Julia Sweet’s 82-year old mother called her a few weeks ago to say she was planning a trek to Lower Everest, the Rehoboth resident was not totally surprised. “She asked me to join her,” said Julia, “and we leave for Nepal on May seventh”  for a trip scheduled to last three weeks.

    Julia’s mom Hanni is no stranger to physical challenges.  Born in Vienna, she climbed the Austrian Alps as a small child, has studied TaeKwonDo, modern dance and Flamenco.  She’s spent a lifetime engaged in disciplined physical fitness, habits she passed on to her four children including Julia, who was a gymnast, professional cheerleader, aerobics instructor and fitness author.

         “If you are raised in a culture of fitness, it gets so marinated into your persona you tend to follow suit and pass it along,” explained Julia, who grew up in family that played soccer or kickball together almost every evening after dinner.  “We were expected to play outside,” she added, “and were only allowed to watch television one hour a week.”

     Julia says that keeping up with her mom is a challenge.  “I’ve been next to her in yoga class where she twists into a pretzel,” she said,”and I’ve witnessed her shimmy vertically up Glen Boulder like a mountain goat.”

     After caring for her husband for seven years as he suffered with Alzheimer’s, Hanni is now on concentrating on her “bucket list”  and her daughter is happy to join in the adventure. They will be sharing their adventure with RehobothNow readers.  “I can’t image doing anything better, in her lifetime or mine,” said Julia.

    The trip, a means to honor Mother’s Day, will also provide the two women with a opportunity to hopefully visit the Nepal Youth Foundation that provides programs to transform the lives of impoverished children.  In Nepal, girls are often sold into slavery by their families for a goat or other animal needed by the family to eat and survive. The foundation, along with supplying education and medical care, provides livestock to families so they don't have to sell their daughters.  For more info:  Nepal Youth Foundation

Making Music with Ellen Hoffman

Mixing rhythm, reading, instruments and imagination with music and movement, Ellen Hoffman’s MAKING MUSIC program has educated and entertained young audiences in our area for the past twenty years.  This 45-minute program, for those ages 2 thru kindergarten, introduces children to play a variety of simple percussion instruments, as well as puppets, pom-poms and other props to engage their active imaginations!  The adults will leave with a host of ideas on how to add a musical component to their children’s lives, even if they can’t carry a tune or play an instrument. This event was supported by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, the local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.      

Lions Community Recycle Event

(June 1, 2012)  The Rehoboth Lions, in conjunction with Goodwill Industries of RI  will conduct a community recycle fundraiser on Saturday, June 9 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Beckwith Middle School. 

     Residents can dispose of all manner of household e-waste, old electronics, small appliances, paper waste, car/truck batteries, toner cartridges, and old television sets.  There will also be secure data wiping for hard drives and large-scale paper shredding. Please do not bring household batteries, tires, or large appliances. Businesses are invited to use the paper shredding opportunity. There will be a small fee for some items, from 45 cents per pound for paper shredding to $10 for television set disposal.  Full details here. As part of the Lions Club mission to provide eye care, used eyeglasses will be collected to recycle to those in need.

     The DRRHS Leo Club will also be helping out at this event, so there will be lots of strong teens to assist.  Plus there will be a Helping Hands Food Pantry collection that day, so bring some donations with you.

Hopping for Disability Awareness

(May 14, 2012) The children of the CFC Rehoboth Head Start in Rehoboth held their 4th annual Hop-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy last month and raised $629. exceeding their collection efforts last year.

    They held hopping activities throughout the month of April and learned about disabilities and Muscular Dystrophy.  Of course, they also learned a lot about bunnies.  Their learning activities included building towers of bunnies to increase their fine motor skills, matching bunnies and shapes, and doing math with rolling dice and hopping the right number plus adding two numbers together.

    The children heard lots of stories about disabilities and even took turns seeing what it was like to use a wheelchair. They played hop scotch, hopped on a ball and blew bunny bubbles.

Blanding Library to Host Annual Fundraising Event

(April 19, 2012)   The annual used book sale will be held this month at the Blanding Library, 124 Bay State Rd. This is the library's one big fund-raiser for the year. This year the sale will begin Friday, May 18 from 5 to 8 pm. This is a preview sale for Members of the Friends of the Library only, though you may join at that time if you aren't already a member. New this year: members of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society also qualify for admission to the Friends of the Library preview sale on Friday evening.

Saturday's program will includes a bake sale, a silent auction, and a yard sale/flea market (individual sellers only, see more information below) from 9 am to 3 pm. A clearance sale of books only will be held on Sunday from 9 am to noon (books for $2 a bag).

   The library is still accepting used books in good condition. Please leave them inside the library during business hours only. We are also looking for people to bake for the bake sale. If you have a good quality item (not flea market items) or a service to donate to the silent auction, please leave word at the Blanding desk or call 508-252-4236.

     Please note: The yard sale will be for individual sellers only. Tables may be rented for $15. Those renting tables bring their own merchandise to sell and take away items at the end of the day. The library cannot accept or dispose of flea market/yard sale items. Call the library for more information and to volunteer. We heartily thank those who have been working so hard already to make another successful sale, especially organizers Sharon Beskid and Avis Prior.

Scouts Visit Neighboring Seekonk Fire Dept.

(April 5, 2012)   In March, Rehoboth Daisy Troop 750 took a tour of the Seekonk Fire Station where they got to go inside the fire truck, see the ladder extended on the ladder truck, and tour the building. The Daisies were surprised to see that the firemen actually sleep and eat at the station.  The firemen went above and beyond duty.  The girls were very impressed and had lots of fun!

Junior Women Engineers

(March 26, 2012)  Junior Girl Scout Troop 460 attended  the GSRI program Society of Women Engineers at Roger Williams University – “Engineering Your Tomorrow.”

     The troop explored the campus grounds rotated through hands-on activity stations and learned about different types of engineering. 

     Activities included building rolling toys, designing an egg bungee jump, creating an electrical circuit booklet, designing a machine to crush cans and building a challenging paper tower. They earned the Society of Women Engineers Council's Own Badge.

Local Woman Candidate for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year

(March 28, 2012)  In memory of her sister, Rehoboth resident Cathy Edington agreed to become a candidate in the ten-week Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year fund-raising campaign. Every dollar donated in Cathy’s name equals a vote for her as the society’s Woman of the Year.

    With the support of her family and friends, Edington is hosting a series of fund-raising events thru May. The first event, a Zumba Party and Raffles was held Thursday, March 29 at Palmer River Elementary School.

         In 2005, Edington’s thirty-eight-year old sister Kim succumbed to Leukemia. “We thought this would be a great way to honor her and raise money for a wonderful organization,” said Edington.  “The society is devoted to finding cures for blood cancers such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkins, and others.”

    Edington has other fund-raising events scheduled including an Oldies Dance and Raffles at the American Legion in Rehoboth on April 21, followed by a Yard Sale in Rehoboth on April 28.  Out-of-town events include a Kick-Off at Quidnessett Country Club in Narragansett, RI on March 31; a Jackson Gathering at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, also on March 31; a Wine Tasting at Wines & More in Cranston, RI on April 19; an 80s Extravaganza on May 5 at the Hyland Orchard in Sturbridge, MA, and the Campaign Finale Gala on May 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, RI.

    Details about all the above listed events can be found on Edington’s webpage where you can also make donations by May 11, 2012 to count for the Woman of the Year campaign.  

Ribbon Cutting at Apna Punjab

(March 22, 2012) The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event on March 22 to celebrate at Apna Punjab, 3 Park St., Rehoboth. Apna Punjab is a new full-service restaurant that features a large selection of Indian cuisine and a lunch buffet. Front row (L to R): Ralph Arguin of Country Gardens, Raman Singh, Jatinder Vij, Jasmine Vij, Subhash Singh, Sheree Singh, Tiffany Mota and Jack Lank of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Rehoboth Master Baker Offers Bread Classes

Hands-On Baking Workshops Offered Held in April

(April 10, 2012)  During the month of April, local master baker Ciril Hitz kicked off his 2012 Breadhitz Baking Workshops from his wood-fired baking facility at his country farmhouse in Rehoboth. 

     A passionate baker and author, Chef Hitz teaches full-time at Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, RI. He is an educator with an international reputation and over 20 years of professional baking and pastry experience.   His baking philosophy embraces both the artistic and technical aspects of bread. His work has been featured on the NBC Today ShowThe Food Network, TLC, and Ciao Italia. 

     Breadhitz baking workshops are unique, combining country ambience along with expert instruction and equipment. Participants enjoy the sights and sounds of a charming rural farm as they mix, shape, and bake their way through the day.     

     Suitable for both the enthusiastic beginner as well as the seriously obsessed baker, the small hands-on workshops impart the knowledge necessary to reach personal or professional baking goals. The workshops are suitable for all levels and are limited to 8 people per class. For a complete workshop schedule and registration info, please visit or call 508-252-9733.

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Rehoboth Baker Offers June Classes

(June 1, 2012)  During the month of June, local master baker Ciril Hitz continues to offer Breadhitz Baking Workshops from his home and wood-fired baking facility in Rehoboth, MA.  His small hands-on baking workshops are suitable for both the enthusiastic beginner as well as the seriously obsessed baker.

    A full-time teacher at Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Ciril is a passionate baker, author, and educator with an international reputation and over 20 years of professional baking and pastry experience. His work has been featured on the NBC Today ShowThe Food Network, TLC, and Ciao Italia. 

    The June workshops include: Artisan Baking Fundamentals on June 2 from 9 AM to 5 PM; Sourdough: What’s to Know on June 3 from 9 AM to 5 PM; Bread Baking Basics on June 9 from 8 AM to 12 Noon; Pizza Demo/Dinner on June 9 form 6 to 8:30 PM; Baking with Whole Grains on June 10 from 8 AM to 12 Noon; and Pizza Extravaganza on June 10 from 2 to 5 PM.

     For registration and pricing info, please visit or you can call 508-252-9733 for more information.

Rehoboth Groups Sponsor Blood Drive

(June 1, 2012) The Rehoboth Business Association, Eastern Star Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Rehoboth Dunkin’ Donuts, and the Rehoboth Congregational Church are sponsoring a semi-annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, June 4 from 2 to 7 PM at the Congregational Church, 139 Bay State Road.  If you donate, you will receive a 100th Anniversary Fenway park tee-shirt!   You will also get a coupon for a free 24-pack of Nice! Spring Water from participating Walgreens.  To make an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to:

June 11, 2012

Welcome Summer Celebration at the Blanding Library

For the past few years, the Blanding Library has offered a wonderful summer solstice family event. This year on Thursday, June 21, there will be a performance by Vanessa Trien, a Boston-based singer/songwriter & children’s performer who will bring her magical energy of songs to welcome in the new season on the summer solstice.  This free family event will begin at 6:45 PM.  Kids can put on their PJs and their favorite stuffed animal.  Everyone is asked to bring blankets to sit on.  No registration required.

June 11, 2012

Library’s Summer Reading & Events

    The Blanding Library, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is pleased to sponsor “Dream, Big, READ!, a summer reading program being offered at libraries throughout the country.

    Designed to encourage young people to spend their summer days reading and dreaming, the Blanding has many activities planned with a kick-off event, the Welcome Summer Celebration, on Thursday, June 21 beginning at 6:45 PM.  Registration for all summer events can be done  then or by contacting the library directly.

     A new round of Story and Craft hours for preschoolers will begin July 10.  Four different programs will be Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11 AM through August 18.

    Special summer events will include: Flying Frisbees, Dream Big Self Portrait classes, Starlab, Jackson’s Wild Journey, A Fairy’s World, Nocturnal Nights and Fiona the Whale. 

    Event details, registration requirements and other information is available on this special Blanding LIbrary page

June 11, 2012

Former Palmer River Teacher’s Art in Six-Person Show

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society of Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket RI, is presenting a six-person Art Show, "Summer Solstice", from June 24 to July 19.  The show features the work of Alyce Crowell, a former teacher at Palmer River School in Rehoboth, and also the works of Nina Ackmann, Pat Cahalan, Cynthia DiDonato, Tracy Taylor and Elinor Thompson, of RI.  Their works have been displayed in galleries throughout New England and in private collections.  There is an Opening Reception on June 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.  For additional gallery times and directions:

June 19, 2012

Head Start Students Release Butterflies

The sixteen children of the Rehoboth Head Start program ended their school year by releasing their own butterfly after learning all about Metamorphousis and watching the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. They also watched tadpoles turn into frogs.

   The pre-schoolers enjoyed a picnic lunch before the release and then each received a certificate and summer survival bag filled with treasures to remind them of things they have learned throughout the past year. The bag also contained things to help keep them busy over the summer months and a yearbook DVD of their year at Head Start. Ten of the children will attend kindergarten in the fall, and six will return for another exciting year.

    Head Start is a free child development program which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and social services to pre-school children ages 2.9 – 5 years of age from income eligible families.

     Please call 508-675-2151 for more information in enrolling children. The Rehoboth center is located in the village of the town, in the Rehoboth Congregational Church, and is open for the Children of Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk, as well as Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Freetown, Berkley and Lakeville.

July  2012

NEATTA’S Busy Summer

The Rehoboth-based New England Antique Tractor and Truck Association (NEATTA) is having a busy summer. Members have already participated in both the Dighton/Rehoboth and Seekonk Memorial Day parades, Foxborough Founders Day, the Dighton Cow Chip Festival,  the Arnold Mills Parade on July 4, and the Fairhaven Bicentennial Parade on July 8. 

     Next, members of the group will appear in the 2nd Annual Joe Monteiro Antique Tractor Ride on July 14 in Rochester, MA to raise funds that will benefit students of agricultural studies.  Rochester resident Monteiro, who passed away while mowing hay in 2006, was passionate about restoring tractors.

    NEATTA members will also be busy with tractor and farm pulls in July and August as well as participating in the Westport Fair, Rochester Fair and Marshfield Fair.

     Local tractor pulls this summer, held at Francis Farm, are scheduled for July 15, July 29, August 19.

    Also in September the group will assist with the the Dighton Lions Garden Tractor Pull on September 16 at Francis Farm, and participate int eh Dighton Tricentennial Parade on September 22.  Their annual Fall Show/Swap Meet and Pulls is scheduled for September 30.  Want to Join NEATTA or participate in tractor pulls?   Check out their website.

August 28, 2012

Visit the Hornbine School in September

About ten years ago, Beverly Pettine, a retired Swansea third grade teacher who lives in East Providence, rejuvenated our Hornbine School program. Now, through her efforts, over seven hundred scholars from many Massachusetts and Rhode Island towns visit the school each year.

   Would you like to visit Rehoboth’s famous Hornbine School? They will be open on Sunday, September 9 and 23 from 2 to 4 PM    Located on Hornbine Road in the south east corner of Rehoboth, the one-room building was used as a public school from 1847 to 1937. It was sold, used as a storage building, and then as a summer cottage for many years. During the town’s 325th anniversary in1968, the school was purchased by a group of dedicated, hardworking Rehoboth residents including the Rehoboth Lions Club. They remodeled the school and gave it to the Town of Rehoboth. 

    Elementary school children from many surrounding towns visit the school and Rehoboth’s program inspired many area towns to rebuild their own one-room school houses.

     Were you or someone you know involved in the restoration of the Hornbine School? Would you like to record your memories or share photographs of Rehoboth one room schools for the future? Please call Dave Downs at 508-222-7326.  For additional information, please visit the Hornbine website.

Pictured: One of our younger visitors, eight-month old Riley Ruez, is pictured here with his parents, Elizabeth and Jordon along with two former Hornbine School students, Evelyn Boise and Frances Jones. Jordon Ruez  joined the Rehoboth Minutemen earlier this year.

September 6, 2012

Puppy Pal Reading Program Helps Beginning Readers

Beginning Wednesday, September 26, the Blanding Library will once again sponsor the Puppy Pals Reading Program for children who are learning to read.

    Each student pre-registers for an appointed 12-minute segment with the dog and owner, meeting four consecutive Wednesdays after school at the library.

   Parents report stories of how their son or daughter has become more confident and focused by reading out loud for a canine friend.  Dogs are great listeners and more importantly, they do not judge.

    Currently the library has four certified therapy dogs that alternate weekly.  These dogs (and their owners) are remarkably patient and wonderful with children.

For more information about this program  please contact the library at 508-252-4236.

September 1, 2012

The Beatlemania Years Coming to the Blanding

With support from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, a 75-minute program entitled The Beatlemania Years, 1962 - 1966” will be presented at the Blanding Library by Mark S. Cartier on Monday, October 1 at 6:30 PM.

     Designed for anyone interested in the music of the Beatles, this program will be of interest to both the rabid fan and those newly introduced to the group via the new Rock Band game.

     The presentation will cover the first half of the Fab Four's career from their first recording of Love Me Do in 1962 to the release of their seminal album Revolver in 1966. With the aid of several of their most important musical selections, the program will put the group in the context of the early 60's, touching upon the first wave of Beatlemania in England, the conquest of America, their first forays into film, their growth as singer-songwriters and their ultimate disillusionment with touring which lead them to become a full-time studio band.

     As a multi-generational interest program, The Beatlemania Years hopes to re-ignite interest in books, music cd's, videos and dvd's- all about the Beatles and that era of the early 60's. After the presentation and discussion, a question and answer period will be held. Participants will be asked if there is any interest for a follow-up presentation next year, entitled, The Studio Years, 1967-1970.

     Mark S. Cartier recalls watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show as a nine-year old and has been a lifelong fan from that moment on. He owns the entire Beatles catalogue in every available format - CD, cassette, and the original American albums and singles.

     He has a wealth of Beatles facts, figures and trivia culled from the hundreds of books, magazines, interviews and documentaries devoted to their work. Mark has been a professional actor for over 30 years and is a dynamic speaker.


September 1, 2012

Arts in the Village Concert 2012-13

The Arts in the Village Concert Series is pleased to announce its 12th season, which gets underway on October 13 when pianist Christopher Atzinger makes his debut in the series. Praised in Gramophone for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality,” Atzinger maintains an active performing career, having concertized in Austria, Germany, England, Italy, France, Spain, Malta, Canada, and throughout the United States.

     On November 10, 2012, the Chiara String Quartet will perform, bringing fresh excitement to the traditional string quartet repertoire as well as creating insightful interpretations of new music. Lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe), the Chiara serves as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

     On January 26, 2013, the popular Boston Trio, acclaimed for its superb sense of ensemble and balance, will return to the series, presenting a program of classical music for violin, piano, and cello. As an ensemble and as soloists, the Trio members, violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Denise Djokic, and pianist Heng-Jin Park, perform around the world.

     On February 9, 2013, the Tempus Continuum Ensemble will perform for the first time in the series. Based in New York City, this group of contemporary composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists was co-founded by soprano Corrine Byrne and pianist/composer Anne H. Goldberg, a Rehoboth native. The group will present opera scenes arranged specifically for the ensemble, including a premiere by Ms. Goldberg.

     On April 6, 2013, the Manhattan String Quartet will make its debut in the series. Hailed as “a national treasure” (The Boston Globe), the critically acclaimed quartet has appeared throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and South America. For this performance, the ensemble will present a varied and compelling program that includes Beethoven’s towering Quartet in E flat, Op. 127, one of the masterworks of the genre.

All concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769. Admission prices are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors, and $6 for children/students. Subscription rates are available. To receive a brochure or for information, call 508-252-5718.

September 1, 2012

Garden Club Presents

Autumn Joy Flower Show

A Fall Flower Show entitled “Autumn Joy”  sponsored by the Rehoboth Garden Club will be held at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth on September 22, 2012 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM.  Donations collected will be used for the Butterfly Garden at the Blanding Library.

Rehoboth Baker Offers Holiday Baking Workshops

There are two upcoming baking workshops by Ciril Hitz at his family home, wood-fired brick oven and teaching facility on County Street.  A full-time teacher at Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Ciril is a passionate baker, author, and educator with an international reputation and over 20 years of professional baking and pastry experience. His work has been featured on the NBC Today ShowThe Food Network, TLC, and Ciao Italia.

 Dec. 15: Holiday Cookie Bake-Off  

Here's your chance! Not only do you get to learn how to make some favorite European holiday classic cookies, but you can stock your freezer with them, too. You'll be as busy as an elf in the kitchen, turning out one tray of cookies after another. Many hands make light work, and you will leave with a good head start on your holiday baking.

 Dec. 16: Holiday Breads and Baking 

'Tis the season to be jolly....and baking, of course! Everyone has their own favorites to make around the holidays, but this class will introduce you to some others that you are sure to enjoy. You'll learn proper mixing techniques for enriched doughs and cookies, while experiencing the aromas and flavors of some European classics.

      For registration and pricing info, please visit or you can call 508-252-9733 for more information. The 2013 schedule will be posted on the website by the end of November....just in time for holiday gift certificates!

September 18, 2012

D-R Marching Band Hosts Successful

Blood Drive in Support of Jacob Roy

On Saturday, September 15, the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Marching Band held a community blood drive in support of  Jacob Roy, a local ten-year-old who is currently fighting leukemia. 

     “On behalf of the marching band, I would like to thank everyone in our community for their help in making the blood drive a success,” said Melissa Enos, one of the event organizers.

     She reports that 46 people signed in and 35 individuals were able to successfully donat whole blood.  Additionally, three special donors were able to do red cell procedures, each of which counts as two units for one donation. 

    “When you think that each of these units is potentially saving the lives of three patients, it is humbling and amazing,” added Enos.  “Not only did donors show incredible support for the Jacob’s families, the Roys and Trificantes, but they also helped an additional 112 patients and their families,” she emphasized.

     As a result of the blood drive, the marching band will receive an American Red Cross Deluxe Personal Safety Emergency Pack to place in their new instrument transport trailer, The White Knight.

     The community worked together to help the band with their  blood drive.  Norellen Palmer, director of the Gladys Hurrell Senior Center,  offered the use of the building on a Saturday and Scialo’s Country Bakery donated delicious baked goods for the canteen recovery area.

Pictured in the photo above left to right:  Matt Kelley;  Keara Enos, marching band drum major; Doug Kelley, marching band director; Sara Enos; Buddy Blood Drop; Cody Roy; Jade Buongiovanni; Holly Roy and Dan Roy.

September 6, 2012

Hip Hop Poet Marlon O. Carey Launches New Season of Poetry in the Village

The new season of Poetry in the Village will begin on Wednesday, September 19 at the Blanding Library with featured guest Marlon O. Carey at 7:30 PM. 

    An open mic segment will be begin at 6:30 and lovers of the spoken word are invited to read or recite original work or the work of others.

   Marlon Carey (aka Inphynit) is a dynamic performer whose genre-defying antics always generate excitement and positive energy. Blending his rhythmic and often surrealistic poetry with his considerable musical talents, Inphynit concocts a magical brew that incorporates reggae, hip hop, spoken word and slam poetry for a fantastic and fun performance.

     Named “Best Hip Hop Poet” by the Cambridge Poetry Awards two years in a row, Marlon O. Carey has also been the Boston Cantab Lounge's "Grand Slam Champion.”

    Carey has been gracing the stage since the age of 15 performing in a local youth acting troupe called the Dimock Street Voices. For the next few years, he would go on to co-write and co-direct plays with the excellent director James Vesce. In college, he performed in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and Othello

October 10, 2012

Pack2 Enjoys High Seas Adventure

This message came via a hand-written piece of parchment contained in a bottle that washed ashore the beachfront office of RehobothNow.

The landlubber boys an' the'r scallywag parents o' Pack2 Rehoboth spent th' last weekend o' Septembree as Swashbucklers at th' High Seas themed campin' area o' Cub World.

      They be gi'en sea dog names an' tattoos, played sea dog games, hunted fer buried booty, earned belt loops an' cub bucks, built then raced sea dog ships an' explored th' campground.

     They be also treated wi' a hearty bowl o' “Friendship Soup,” a mixture o' various cans o' soup shared by each family – jus' like th' sea dogs used t' do!  Their night ended by th' fire, sharin' ghostly stories an' tasty s`mores. 

      They then enjoyed bunkin' in th' belly o' two large Swashbuckler ship shaped cabins, complete wi' cannon portals an' poop decks. All boys be promoted t' 1st Mate fer a job well done!  Sounds excitin'? Visit t' find ou' more!

October 19, 2012

Fall Festival Fundraiser Helps Local Family Farm

On Sunday, October 14, residents and neighbors gathered at Francis Farm for a Fall Festival fundraiser to help the Lawton family of Rehoboth as they struggle to keep the family farm in operation after the sudden death of Ed Lawton, husband and father of young children.  With the help of local businesses and volunteers, over 100 people enjoyed an afternoon of hayrides, pony rides, kids’ activities, live music and

refreshments.  You can still help the family with donations:

Supporters Gather for Jacob Roy and Family

Mother Nature cooperated beautifully with a perfect fall day for a fundraiser held by the Friends of Jacob Roy on Sunday, October 21 at Francis Farm in Rehoboth.

     The extremely successful event included a huge raffle, silent auction, bake sale, tractor pulls, and a touch-a-truck event.  There were kid’s games and activities plus a hayride.

     Debbie Shepherd of Kingston and Beckie Anderson of Fall River orchestrated the event to raise money for the family of ten-year old Jacob who is being treated for leukemia.  His treatment is expected to continue for two more years.

     Organizers invited members of the Rehoboth-based New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association (NEATTA) to participate in the event by conducting farm and garden tractor pulls while the rest of the community pulled together to raise over $6,500 to help the family. 

    Jacob’s parents, Holly and Dan, say the overwhelming community support has helped them better copy with the ups and downs of having a sick child.  Every family member, including Jacob’s older brother Cody, is feeling the effects of this terrible disease.

    “He’s my hero,” said Jacob’s mom Holly, describing her young son as being a trouper throughout all of his treatments. “We are honored and blessed to be surrounded by such a great community, friends, both old and new, and family! Please know how much our family appreciates the support.”

   Event organizers and the Roy family appreciate the support of Ken Foley and his family for donating the use of their beautiful facility, Francis Farm, for the event.

     Donations to the Friends of Jacob Roy Fund are still being accepted and can be mailed to S. Bank, 105 Washington St., Weymouth, MA 02188.  A list of the raffle contributors will be posted on the NEATTA Facebook page for all to share.

November 9, 2012

Ribbon Cutting at Anjulan’s

On November 7, the United Regional Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon cutting event at Anjulans’ Florist & Gardens, 221 Winthrop Street (Route 44) in Rehoboth.

    The ribbon cutting celebrated the grand opening of Anjulans’, a family-owned, full service floral design and garden center.

    Also on hand at the celebration was Rehoboth Town Administrator Jeff Ritter, Selectman Lorraine Botts, and members of the Rehoboth Business Association, Tim Johnson of Propane Plus, Dale McCaughey of Viveiros Insurance and Diana Rochefort of Bristol County Saving Bank.

     The Rehoboth Business Association enjoys a cooperative relationship with the United Chamber of Commerce that serves the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham. 

Front row (L to R): Diana Rochefort of Bristol County Savings Bank, Maureen Medeiros of Anjulans’, Paula Chaves of Anjulans’, Angelina Chaves of Anjulans’, Paul Chaves of Anjulans’, Pat Burgess of Anjulans’, Lisa Nelson of U.S. Representative James McGovern’s Office, Deb Hanson of Design Elements for Business, and Jack Lank of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce.

November 9, 2012

Bipartisan Spider Causes

Election Day Disturbance

The story of the Rehoboth spider causing a six-hour disturbance on election day has captured the attention of new sources beyond town border including Massachusetts and Rhode Island newspapers, even a West Virginia paper and the American Bar Association Journal.

     Despite recent yearly maintenance on all the town’s vote counting machines, an unidentified arthopod took up residence in one used at Precinct 1, the town office.

     “All units received their yearly maintenance and the technician recorded no problems,” said Kathy Conti, town clerk.  “During the pre-election testing that I do, everything was fine.”

    But two and a half hours into the long election day, the machine in question stopped working properly.

    “I called a technician to come in to try to solve our problem,” explained Conti. “Unfortunately he had his hands full with other communities and voting unit problems and wasn’t able to arrive until about 3:30.”

     After doing a diagnostic test and checking out the machine, the tech found a spider web was blocking the sensor.

      “Nothing we could do but try to keep our good humor up and carry on,” said Conti, who noted the 867 ballots that had been cast during the down time had to be hand counted per election laws.

     “I have never seen such a loyal and conscientious group,” added Conti who worked along with her assistant Lynn Shaker until 4 AM the next morning.   They continued to hand count ballots on Wednesday until 3 PM.       

      “During all the hours that we put in I didn’t hear one complaint by election workers,” shared Conti.  “They are amazing and I want the town to know how lucky they are to have such a fantastic group of election workers.

     Conti has been working to replace the town’s 14-year-old voting machines for several years.  There is an article on the November 26 special town meeting warrant for residents to vote to purchase new, state-of-the-art vote counting machine for $13,500.

     “I’d especially like to express my appreciation to our town’s registered voters for their understanding and patience,” said Conti.  “We had a minimal amount of complaint and the vast majority of our town residents were supportive and understanding of our plight and our efforts ensuring that all votes were counted.”

      The web weaver who caused the voting disturbance has yet to be identified and is still at large somewhere in the town office.

November 15, 2012

Rehoboth/Seekonk Girl Scouts Locked In

Rehoboth/Seekonk Girl Scout had their Second Annual Lock In at the Newman YMCA in November!  Over 60 Juniors, Cadette & Ambassador Girl Scouts had a blast 'occupying' the YMCA during an overnight of fun.

    The girls had a splashing good time in the pool, jumped all night in the gym, danced Zumba, enjoyed crafts, had a Midnight Pizza Party, watched a movie marathon, and lots more exciting activities.

Rehoboth and Seekonk Girls Scouts enjoy their annual overnight Lock In with Zumba class and swimming along with movies, pizza and lots of fun. 

Elise Therriault of Rehoboth

November 21, 2012

Rehoboth/Seekonk Girl Scouts to Support Gabrielle’s Heart Camp

Girl Scouts from Rehoboth and Seekonk recently held their third annual Leader/Daughter Potluck at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth and welcomed special guests Louise and Jeff Dinsmore who founded Gabrielle Dinsmore's Heart & Hope Fund in their daughter’s memory.

   Local scouts selected Gabrielle’s Heart Camp as their community service project for 2013 to be supported by their annual Girl Scout Cookie sales which begin on December 21.

Friends of Marching Band’s Flock Stolen

(December 4, 2012) - The Friends of the D-R Marching Band were running a “Flocking Fundraiser” recently in both Rehoboth and Dighton until a thief put a sudden halt to the fun-filled activity.

      Flocking involves placing twenty pink plastic flamingos on a designated person’s front yard with a note they had been “flocked” and for a donation the pink birds would be removed and then planted on someone else’s lawn. 

     The flocking fundraiser came to an abrupt end when someone decided to steal the whole flock, plus the donation that had been left for the band.

     “I really hope the person or persons responsible enjoys the them (the birds) and realize they stole from the group that support the band,” said Steve Grota, president of the Friends organization.

    Flamingo Flocking has become a popular fundraiser by groups and churches nationwide.  The original “Don Featherstone” pink lawn flamingos originated in Leominster, MA in 1957 and continue to be produced today.  

     “The Friends are the sole support of the band,” added Grota, “and we need to fundraise to continue to have the band exist.”  The organization supplies the band with uniforms, equipment, instrument repairs, logistics and parental support.

       There are over 130 students involved in the DRRHS band, making it the largest group activity at the school.  The school district only supports the group by funding bus transportation to away football games and town events.  All other expenses are supplied by the Friends.

      Recently the group held a “Shako Drive” on Black Friday to collect donations.  Band members and friends of the band stood at intersections in both Rehoboth and Dighton to collect donations in hats.

   “We would like to thank of both towns,” said Grota, “for their support on Black Friday.”

2012 Rehoboth Stories