HISTORICAL COMMISSION OFFERS GUIDE BOOK TO EARLY REHOBOTH HISTORIC SITES

The Rehoboth Historic Commission has released an updated guidebook to 26 early Rehoboth historic sites throughout town identified by description roadside signs.  The first guide was published in 1995 under the direction of the late Frank DeMattos.  The new edition includes a memoriam to commission member and local historian E. Otis Dyer, Jr. who was working on the revision when he passed away last year.  The historic commission hopes that “documenting these sites will increase public awareness and appreciation of Rehoboth’s historic past.” The guides are available at the town office, Blanding Library and Carpenter Museum.


WHERE TO PURCHASE OFFICIAL REHOBOTH 375 TEE-SHIRTS

The Rehoboth 375 Anniversary Committee is selling commemorative tee-shirts to raise money for the 375 Parade next year on October 7, 2018. The Gilden 100% ultra weight cotton shirts feature the 375 logo on the front and a beautiful illustration by Rehoboth artist Melissa Treichler on the back.  Adult sizes up to XL are $20 each or $22 for the XXL (and soon hopefully XXXL). Youth sizes M and L are $15 each.  Pop-up sales will be held at Bristol County Savings Bank on Saturday, October 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM and Saturday, November 18 from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Shirts are also available at the Rehoboth Town Office, Veterans Services when open.  Contact Jake Kramer at veterans.town.rehoboth.ma.us for more information.


BCSB NAMED TO 2017 TOP CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTORS LIST

Bristol County Savings Bank recently made Boston Business Journal’s list of top charitable contributors in the state.  BCSB ranked #42 on a list of 94 companies that granted at least $100K to Massachusetts non-profits during the 2016 calendar Year. The bank’s foundation awarded more than $1.5 million to various non-profit organizations last year.  “This recognition of our efforts and those of our Foundation is pretty special as we are a community mutual bank and believe that the neighborhoods we serve are our stakeholders,” said Patrick Murray, President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and President of Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation.  “This allows us to place a premium on being actively involved in the community.  In fact, our mission is to support our communities by making them a better place to live and work.”  Murray added that the Foundation has committed a total of more than $18 million to hundreds of different non-profit organizations since its inception a little more than 20 years ago.


NEWS FROM THE REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB

The Rehoboth Garden Club hosted an informative talk open to the public on “The Invasive Alien Plant Crisis in Massachusetts” with world-renowned naturalist and ecotourism guide Peter Alden on Monday, October 2.  An author and educator, Alden taught about identifying invasive trees, shrubs, vines and wild flowers in southeastern MA, discuss control options, and the possible need for legislation to eliminate them.  On Monday, November 6, the club will host blue ribbon-winning floral designer Barbara Blossom at 6 PM at the Carpenter Museum.  Learn how to create several holiday arrangements -- from a double cornucopia for Thanksgiving to a New Year’s dazzler.  Barbara’s “out of the box” styles are sure to delight, and her engaging personality sparkles in her designs.  The public is invited to learn, laugh and enjoy refreshments.  There is a $5 fee for guests. You may be lucky enough to win one of the drawings fro Barbara’s creations!  As always, the club welcomes new members.  For info, contact Dianne Burns at 508-336-9933, or email dburns54@comcast.net.


TOWN OF REHOBOTH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE

You can talk endlessly about how things are done and how your tax dollars are utilized by the Town of Rehoboth . . . or you can volunteer to spend some of your time making things happen. Those interested should complete a Talent Bank form and submit it to the Selectmen's office for consideration. The Rehoboth Finance Committee recently announced a vacancy.  Accounting, finance, and/or budgeting experience preferred but not required.  The town’s Personnel Board also has a vacant seat. Human resources experience would be helpful. The town is also seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to assist in updating the town’s 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan. The new committee will be comprised of five officials from existing town committees including the conservation commission, planning board, agricultural commission, parks commission, and the agricultural and Natural Resources Preservation Council.  Interested individuals must be registered voters and possess a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities. The Rehoboth Cultural Council, local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, seeks new members to serve three-year terms.  Each year, the RCC distributes funds from the state to grant applicants.  The council meets approximately six times per year. 


LOCAL COUPLE OFFER LAND FOR CONSERVATION

Thomas and Elizabeth Charnecki have donated a 30-acre piece of undeveloped property along the Palmer River near Perryville Pond to Rehoboth Land Trust (RLT). Selectmen unanimously voted to approve a conservation restriction on the property. The non-profit RLT will act as trustees over the property so it will always remain conserved land. BOS Chairman Skip Vadnais thanked the couple for their general donation.


LOCAL BOY SCOUTS SEEKS HELP IDENTIFYING GRAVES

Rehoboth resident Michael Koussa, a Boy Scout in North Dighton-based Troop 3, is seeking the public’s help identifying local firefighters’ graves as his Eagle Scout Service Project for the Rehoboth Fire Department.  Working with Rehoboth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Haskell and the Rehoboth Cemetery Commission, Koussa’s project consists of locating the graves, placing special firefighter recognition markers and firefighter memorial flags at grave sites.  He is currently going through a roster of 121 past firefighters to locate their final resting places.  Please visit Eagle Scout Project page for full information about Michael’s worthwhile project and a roster of firefighter names.


NEWS FROM REHOBOTH ANIMAL ADVOCATES

An impressive number of feral cats and kittens in Rehoboth, 75 to be exact, were trapped, neutered and released (TNR) since April.  Nineteen of the felines went to the Rehoboth Animal Shelter to be adopted. If you would like to donate items, the group always has a great need for disinfecting wipes, Febreze brand tall kitchen trash bags, and Yesterdays News brand kitty litter.  Monetary donations can be mailed to Rehoboth Animal Advocates, P.O. Box 42, Rehoboth, MA 02769. New members are always welcome at monthly meetings, held the second Saturday at 10 AM at the senior center.  RehobothAnimalAdvocates.org

 

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REHOBOTH SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB ANNUAL FALL BAZAAR

Drop by the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on Saturday, October 21 for the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club’s annual bazaar.  Along with homemade goods (gift items, crafts, knitted items, jewelry, baked goods, raffles and more), the kitchen will be open for hungry shoppers. Two psychic mediums, Tom and Nancy, will offer readings.  Anyone who spends at least $10 will get a chance at the “slot machine” for a prize. There will also be “Craft, Trash and Treasure” tables outside.  Reserve your space now for $15 with a $5 deposit. Vendors supply their own tables/chairs and bring home whatever is left unsold. Call Diana at 508-336-4195 to make a table reservation.


FUNDRAISER DINNER CONCERT FOR REHOBOTH WOMAN

A benefit concert featuring rhythm and blues band Steve Smith and the Nakeds will raise money for Rehoboth resident Kelly Chartier to support her medical expenses and surgery to treat gastroparesis, a life-threatening condition. Tickets for the Saturday, October 21 event are $45 per person including a pasta dinner and the concert.  Tix must be purchased in advance and are available locally at Bravo Music on Route 44 in Rehoboth or online on the Rehoboth Youth Soccer website. The event will be held beginning at 6 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1675 Douglas Avenue in North Providence.


HONORING REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS ON OCTOBER 22

On Sunday, October 22 at 11 AM, the public is invited to the Rehoboth Fire Department’s annual Firefighter’s Memorial ceremony and reception to honor local firefighters. Fire Station 3 is located at 104 Pleasant Street.


TALK SAVES LIVES: SUICIDE PREVENTION TALK

Join Daryl Velez from Massachusetts American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for a discussion on the issue of suicide at Goff Memorial Hall on Tuesday, October 24 from 7 to 8 PM.  Learn how “talk saves lives” followed by a question and answer session.  For more info, please contact Whitney Pape at 508-252-4236 or email wpape@sailsinc.org.


HALLOWEEN REHOBOTH CONTRA DANCE

Rehoboth Contra Dance is hosting a Halloween Dance on Friday, October 27 at Goff Memorial Hall starting at 8 PM.  Dave Eisenstadter will lead the dance with live music by Julie Metcalf and Max Newman. Halloween costumes are enjoyed and appreciated, but not required. Beginners of all ages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to attend the dances held at Goff Memorial Hall from 8 to 11 PM. Partners not necessary. Dances will be taught by caller. General admission: $9; $8 for students; $5 for under 16s; $20 for families with children under 16; $5 for latecomers.  Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated. For more info, call 508-252-6375. Contra Dance Website


REHOBOTH LAND TRUST SEASONAL HIKES OFF POND ST.

On Saturday, October 28, Rehoboth Land Trust members will lead the first free, public hike at the Ephraim Hunt Ministerial property on Pond Street starting at 10 AM.  There will be naturalists with every hiking group and each group will visit a vernal pond, an esker and the Providence to Taunton electric trolley trail.  Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes.  Other guided hikes are planned for the winter, spring and summer. There is rain date of Sunday, October 29.  For more info, call Otter Brown at 508-252-6288.


REHOBOTH PTSA JACK O’ LANTERN FESTIVAL

The Rehoboth PTSA will host the annual Jack O’ Lantern Festival for children on Saturday, October 28 form 5 to 9 PM at both Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith MIddle schools.  The event features a pumpkin walk, hayrides beginning at 6 PM, haunted hallways, face painting, games, food and drinks. $10 per family with a donation of an non-perishable food item for Rehoboth Food Pantry.


GREENLOCK AUTUMN FESTIVAL & HORSE SHOW

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center hosts an Autumn Festival on Sunday, October 29 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM at the center located at 59 Summer Street in Rehoboth.  The event will feature the non-profit therapeutic riding center’s annual horse show, yard sale, clothing drive fundraiser, kids crafts, food from Fun on a Bun, and a Big Bucks Lottery Drawing. The center relies on donations and fundraisers to keep program costs low for individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional differences.  For more info, visit the center website.


FIRE STATION 3 DRIVE THRU CHICKEN BBQ DINNER

Enjoy a delicious BBQ Chicken Dinner on Sunday, October 29 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  Just order and drive thru at Station 3 located on Pleasant Street in South Rehoboth. Tickets are $12 per dinner.  For tix, please call 508-379-0156.


ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY

and BRING YOUR PUMPKIN CONTEST

Rehoboth firefighters host this annual Halloween Bash for kids of all ages on Tuesday, October 31 from 6:30 to 9 PM at Fire Station 3, 104 Pleasant Street in. South Rehoboth. Free. Drop by for games, treats and lots of fun. Costumes encouraged, but optional. Bring your best pumpkin (decorated, pie, cake, dish, muffin, anything pumpkin) for the Bring Your Pumpkin Contest with prizes awarded.  For more info, kindly contact randy@horsemensltd.com.


SENIOR CENTER FLU VACCINE CLINIC

OFFERED BY ANAWAN PHARMACY

Get your flu shot! The Rehoboth Council on Aging and Anawan Pharmacy will conduct a Flu Vaccine Clinic for anyone age nine years and up on Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30 to 11 AM.  If you can’t make either clinic, Anawan Pharmacy offers flu vaccinations during regular business hours at 224 Winthrop Street. For more info, please contact Anawan Pharmacy at 774-901-2445.

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