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(September 19, 2017)  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health has released a report on the indoor air quality of the Rehoboth Town Office on Peck Street.

   The air quality report on the sixty-year-old, concrete block building was performed by the state during two visits to Rehboth in July after concerned occupants requested an assessment.  The building was originally constructed in 1956 as a military facility at the Peck Street Nike Missile Site during the Cold War.

    The report found carbon dioxide levels about the MDPH guideline of 800 parts per million in six of eighteen areas surveyed.  It was noted that “several areas were unoccupied, which can reduce carbon dioxide levels.”  The relative humidity level was above the MDPH recommended range of 40 to 60% in a number of areas.  The temperature levels in the building in July were within or close to the MDPH recommended range of 70 to 78 degrees in areas tested.

     Twenty-five specific recommendations were made by the MDPH/BEH inspectors if the building continues to be used long-term as a town office. The two most critical areas of concern are ventilation and microbial/moisture.

   “The building lacks a mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to provide fresh air to occupied areas.”  Instead town employees open windows or doors, or use “fan only” on window AC units that occupy a single window in a room.  Both methods become impractical during cold weather months. 

    Inspectors noted holes or gaps in walls, ceilings, and floors.  In the kitchen area (now an office after the July inspection) fiberglass insulation was exposed.  The building is also filled with old asbestos-containing floor tiles that are damaged in several areas.  In other areas the tiles are covered by old carpeting that was observed to be worn, dirty and past the recommended service life of eleven years.

     The state inspectors recommend removing the carpets in a manner consistent with federal EPA regulations when the building is unoccupied because of the asbestos-containing floors tiles.

   The building’s condensation issues and lack of vapor barrier, together with the reported asbestos-containing floor tiles, present signifiant problems related to water damage and mold-growth in the building 

    Last year, the town had to deal with a mold emergency in the permanent records vault that houses some of the country’s oldest town records. Because of mold infestation in the vault, the entire contents had to be professionally treated and restored by a mold remediation company and record preservation experts at a cost of $10 thousand.

   The MDPH inspectors concluded the priceless historical records stored in the vault will continue to be both a source of mold and particulates, but that ventilation alone “cannot serve to reduce or eliminate mold growth on these materials.”

   While voters at town meeting last year approved spending $70K for a proper vault installation, the project was put on hold waiting to see if residents approved a temporary tax increase to fund building a new municipal complex.  The ballot vote to approve the tax increase was defeated by a small margin of little over 100 voters.

     As a result, the town records vault now has a tarp taped on the interior ceiling in an attempt to keep out water from the building’s leaking roof. While a dehumidifier is used in the vault, officials believe it is only a matter of time until mold develops one again. 

    The MDPH report recommends disposing all contaminated materials not worthy of preservation, restoration or transfer to digital media. Valuable historic artifacts must be evaluated professionally at great expense and “should only be considered for conservation of irreplaceable items.”  Disposal of some of early America’s first town records may be the most economically feasible solution.

    The long and expensive list of 25 specific recommendations from MDPH include installation of a comprehensive HVAC system, removal and replacement of carpeting, repair of the chronic water leaks, improve roof drainage, replace ceiling tiles, improve ground-level drainage around the building, remove back trees and shrubs within five feet of the building exterior, contract with a pest exterminator, replace termite-damaged wood, and “refrain from storing paper and cardboard in areas prone to chronic moisture.”

    Along with the state’s assessment, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen voted in August to approve up to a $40K expenditure for a thorough building “envelope” evaluation of the town office on Peck Street and the Public Safety Building that houses police, fire and EMS services.


(September 19, 2017) A passenger in a deadly car accident last week on Reynolds Street in Rehoboth  that claimed the driver’s life has perished from her injuries.

    According to family members, thirty-four-year-old Elizabeth Resendes of Taunton died on Sunday in Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where she was transported following the accident on September 13.  Resendes was the mother of five children.

     The driver, thirty-four-year-old Joshua Troufield of Attleboro was pronounced deceased at the scene.   Both accident victims were found unconscious and Troufield had to be extricated from the vehicle by Rehoboth firefighters.

   Police say speed was a factor in the single-car crash that occurred during daylight in good weather on a straight section of Reynolds Avenue.  The small SUV apparently went off the roadway and struck a tree causing significant damage to the vehicle.  The case remains under investigation.


(September 14, 2017) Early yesterday evening around 5:30 PM, Rehoboth police were dispatched to a single vehicle accident that resulted in the death of the driver and critical injuries to the passenger.

    Following several 911 calls, officers arriving at the scene near 36 Reynolds Avenue found a heavily damaged vehicle with two occupants, both unconscious.  Emergency personnel were able to remove a female passenger who was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, assessed in critical condition.  The male driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by Rehoboth firefighters.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    The accident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police CARS Unit and the Rehoboth Police Department.  The names of the victims were not released.


(September 13, 2017) The polls will be open at all three precincts in Rehoboth on Tuesday, September 19 from 7 AM to 8 PM for the Special State Senate Primary election to fill the seat for the Bristol and Norfolk district that includes Rehoboth.

   The state senate seat was vacated earlier this year by Senator James Timility who resigned to become Norfolk County treasurer.

    The Democratic party candidates for the primary are Paul R. Feeney of Foxborough and Edward R. Philips of Sharon.  Feeney is a former Foxboro selectmen and Philips served on Sharon’s finance committee.

   Republican candidates include Michael C. Berry of Walpole, Harry C. Brousaides of Walpole, Tim Hempton of Walpole, and Jacob Ventura of Attleboro.  Berry is a former selectman in Walpole, Brousaides is a town meeting member, Hempton is a a representative town meeting member, and Ventura is a former finance committee member and legislative aid for Representative Steven Howitt.

     Precinct 1 is located at the town office on Peck Street, Precinct 2 is the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on Bay State Road, and Precinct 3 is at the South Rehoboth Fire Station 3 on Pleasant Street.


(September 12, 2017) Rehoboth-based Ferreira Companies, working with the Salvation Army, is now collecting donations to fill a 53-foot freight truck to be driven to Texas to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    The community is asked to be generous and donate the following types of items: cleaning supplies (mops/buckets/gloves/masks), baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, pacifiers), canned pet food and pet supplies, personal care products, non-perishable canned goods and bottled water.

     Donations will be accepted during business hours at the following Ferreira businesses: J & J Materials . Ferreira Construction . Nantucket Pavers located at 71 Fall River Avenue in Rehoboth; Hillside Country Club and Cristallo Spa at 82 Hillside Avenue in Rehoboth; Dublin Rose Irish Sports Pub at 940 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk, The Whiskey Republic at 15 Bridge Street in Providence; Stout Irish Sports Bar at 50 Exchange Terrace in Providence; J & J Materials at 990 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, RI; J & J Materials at #43 Route 28A in Pocasset, MA.

    Based on public response, the J & J Materials may send additional freight trucks to Texas. For more information, please contact Bradley Doyle at 508-536-0125 or


(September 11, 2017) Members of both the Rehoboth and Seekonk fire departments held a joint training on Sunday, September 10 on the issue of Rural Water Supply and Tanker Shuttle Operations.

    Rehoboth has no municipal water supply and Seekonk has areas without hydrants, so tankers are required to extinguish fires on some occasions. The training also covered where to find static water supplies in each locale in the event of a fire.

Over thirty officers and firefighters participated in the training. The two fire departments often respond to fires and other emergencies in the other town.


(September 11, 2017) A Pawtucket man is set to appear in Taunton District Court today for arraignment on charges following a Saturday arrest by Rehoboth police.

  Jason D. Klegraefe, age 31, was taken into custody after crossing over the center line while driving on Pond Street and almost hitting a Rehoboth police cruiser head on.

    Klegraefe was charged with a third operating under the influence change along with negligent operation and a marked lane violation.  He was booked and released on $540 cash bail.  The arresting patrolman was Gil Lima assisted by Patrolman Nick Barros.


(September 7, 2017) Students returning to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School (DRRHS) will walk through the front entrance into a nursery of native plants growing to supply a future grant-funded outdoor “living” classroom.

    The new courtyard designed by Terra Cura Inc. will incorporate a multitude of social and teaching spaces providing hands-on learning.

The area will complement an indoor laboratory space to form the school’s Green Innovation Center for sustainability, sciences and arts programs.

    A land-based design and consulting firm, Terra Cura held six education and design charrettes with students and the administration over the past year.  The next step was a collaboration with Next Phase Studios, a Boston-based architecture and planning firm leading the design of the complementary indoor laboratory space.

    The outdoor living classroom will showcase regenerative agriculture and sustainable landscape design and management.

   “Our goal was to create an innovative yet practical design of an outdoor education center for the students at DRRHS,” said Adam Davenport, co-founder of Terra Cura. The design program revolves around ecological, social, and education space.  “With teachers, students and staff, we envisioned a landscape that can be an active, living space where students can learn about the world around them, how we interact with it, the potential for a sustainable future, and take part towards creating that future,” noted Davenport.

    The project began last year with the vision of Tabitha Yeager, the school’s Environmental Technology & Sustainability teacher. She secured funding through a Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant and connected with Terra Cura. Yeager is pictured above with DRRHS Facilities Manager David Nappi going over the Terra Cura plans for the outdoor classroom.

    The design connects directly with her curriculum and will allow students to get hands-on experience while managing the landscape, and then take part in their own design process focused on expanding sustainability.

   The indoor lab space will contain a variety of “energy” centers that allow students to manipulate interior and exterior climate and environments. The outdoor space will accent different social and environmental spaces through native plants, insects, and ecology.     

    Through the use of IoT sensors and monitoring systems, students will learn about clean energy monitoring and soil health to further support needs for efficient, sustainable spaces. This specialized equipment will enhance the school’s environmental curriculum to meet anticipated rising demand for green and sustainability professions.

    Based in New Bedford and Somerville, Terra Cura uses an integrative approach to harmonize complex living systems. Their mission is to transform social, economic and ecological factors towards a sustainable future.  Projects like the one at D-R combine professional design services with community engagement and advocacy.

   Additional funding is currently being sought for the construction of both indoor and outdoor spaces of the Green Innovation Center.


(September 3, 2017) The Rehoboth Town Nurse and Board of Health have issued a warning to residents that the risk factor for West Nile Risk in Rehoboth was upgraded to moderate.

    Mosquito samples collected in Rehoboth, as well as some surrounding towns, have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Residents are advised to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitos including staying inside during peak mosquito activity hours (dusk and dawn), wearing long sleeves and pants while outside, wearing insect repellant, removing standing water sources around the home, and repairing any damaged window screens.        

   More information on mosquito-borne viruses, the risk factors in Massachusetts, and what you can do can be found on the Rehoboth Now’s special page with Important Mosquito Information page. For any additional questions, please call Rehoboth Town Nurse Jaime Conlon at 508-252-5947, ext. 3127.


(August 30, 2017)  The Town of Rehoboth is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to assist in updating the town’s 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan.

    With a technical assistance grant from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), the town can now begin the process of updating this plan.  Once completed, the plan will allow the town to qualify for many state grant programs focused on the acquisition and protection of open space and for new recreational facilities.

    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. 

    The final two members will be at-large citizens members appointed by selectmen. Interested individuals must be registered voters and possess a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities.

    Those interested in applying for appointment are invited to complete and submit an online talent bank form and forward to the Conservation/Planning Office, Town Hall, 148 Peck Street. Application forms are also available at the Rehoboth Town Office in the Selectmen’s Office.

  If you have any questions about the new committee, please email Leeann Bradley, Conservation Agent/Town Planner,


(August 29, 2017)  The Rehoboth Cultural Council, local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, announces the opening of the 2018 grant cycle with funding available for programs and projects that promote the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the local community.

   The council strongly encourages local artists, musicians, historians, craft persons, etc., who have something to share with their community, to apply.  Members of the RCC will be at the Blanding Library to assist those interested with the application process on two dates: Wednesday, September 13 from 6 to 7:30 PM and Wednesday, September 20 from 1 to 3 PM.

   Grant applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 16, 2017. Programs must be completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.  Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Applicants should include a letter of support from their host agency or venue with their application.    

     Teachers are encouraged to apply for grants which will help to defray the cost of field trips to cultural events. Applications must be submitted electronically by October 16, 2017. Please visit the MCC website for additional contact Information and grant application forms.

   The RCC is actively seeking new members with an interest in promoting the arts in the local community. As a town committee, members are appointed by the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. Anyone interested should complete a Talent Bank form available on the town website. The next scheduled RCC meeting will be held on Monday, November 20 at 7 PM at the Blanding Library.


(August 27, 2017)  Walking the red carpet at tonight’s televised 2017 Video Music Awards (8 PM EST) will be a Rehoboth-native and her husband as special guests invited by MTV last week to appear on the show.

     Aimee (Moriarty-Barrows) Crutcher, DRRHS Class of 2007, will escort her husband USAF Airman First Class Sterling James Crutcher as he joins other transgender military service members to share their stories with millions of viewers. The invitation from MTV was prompted by President Trump’s directive to the Pentagon to move forward on banishing transgender people from serving in the military to take effect next year.

    The advocacy organization GLAAD and SPARTA, a LGBTQ service members and veterans gro
up, released the news yesterday that GLADD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis will walk with Crutcher, Logan Ireland, Jennifer Peace and Akira Wyatt, and trans veterans Laila Ireland and Brynn Tannhill.  They will be joined by August Getty, fashion designer and LGBTQ philanthropist.

   "MTV continues to be a pioneer and fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community by giving one of the most visible platforms to voices that need to be heard,” said Ellis. “Throughout all the tweets, memos, and speculation, brave transgender Americans are still serving their country and defending the freedoms of this nation while meeting the same rigorous standards of their peers. We are proud to stand with them.”

    GLAAD became aware of Airman Crutcher when he posted his personal story on social media following President Trump’s order to ban transgender service members.  After first getting approval from his commanding officers to share his story with the public, his heart-felt post about serving his country went viral.

    The Crutchers are currently stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.  Earlier this year Airman Crutcher was deployed to Qatar Air Base as a munitions technician. He is also a recent college graduate with a degree in psychology, and an advocate for the transgender community.

    A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in early childhood education, Mrs. Crutcher is the granddaughter of Rehoboth resident Mary Beth Moriarty and the late John Moriarty. Her parents are Buddy Barrows and Bonnie Moriarty.

    As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she has appeared in feature films including last year’s Ghostbusters that was filmed in Boston. She owns Bella Princess Company, employing a cast of performers for children’s parties and charitable events.  Her musical and theatrical career began at D-R where she sang with the chorus, performed in shows and was a member of the marching band color guard.

   The invitation from MTV for the couple to be flown to LA for tonight’s award show and after party was a recent surprise and a secret until yesterday. The MTV VMA Pre-Show will air live outside the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California today at 7 PM EST and will be streamed live on and on Twitter beginning at 6 PM.


(August 23, 2017) State Representative Steven S. Howitt (R-Seekonk) and District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn met with Rehoboth seniors on August 21 at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center to discuss proper methods of discarding old or unused prescription drugs, and the prevention of identity theft.

    The audience of local seniors were able to express their concerns and ask question regarding the safekeeping of their medications. Both Howitt and Quinn had the opportunity to instruct the senior community on the crucial steps of prescription drug disposal. They also discussed potential dangers that seniors may face on a daily basis, particularly online and telephone scams. They provided seniors with information on ways to prevent theft of private information. (submitted photo).


(August 23, 2017) The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen, at their regular meeting earlier this week, voted to conduct a Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017 to start at 7 PM in the auditorium of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.  

    The warrant for this fall meeting was opened on August 21 and will close at noon on Thursday, September 14.  Any party wishing to submit an article on the warrant for consideration at this special town meeting should do so in writing by the September 14 deadline.


(August 20, 2017) The Rehoboth Police Department has announced the launch of a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative to get impaired drivers off local roadways.

   With a special grant from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), RPD will increase the number of impaired driving patrols throughout town.

   Joining more than 200 local police departments across the state and the state police in the national law enforcement mobilization, the campaign will now include the drivers under the influence of marijuana. According to police, there risks increase exponentially when alcohol and marijuana are combined.

     “Drivers who have had too much to drink or are under the influence of marijuana or other drugs are a serious danger to everyone on the road with them,” said Sergeant Richard Shailor. “This grant funding will allow us to add patrols specifically to remove impaired drivers and as a result reduce the needless deaths and injuries they cause.”

     “There is clear evidence that drivers who have used marijuana, especially in combination with alcohol, are significantly impaired,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division. “We are urging motorists to plan ahead for a sober ride home by using public transportation, a ride-sharing service or a designated driver. Do not put yourself and each person in the car and on the road with you at risk.”



(August 16, 2017) A fifteen-year-old Taunton male faces multiple charges including theft of a motorcycle following a chase by Rehoboth police that ended in a crash.

     Shortly before 7 PM last night, police received a call reporting a stolen motorcycle that was traveling on Route 44.

     Officers quickly found a motorcycle fitting the description and attempted to stop the operator who failed to pull over. A pursuit following on Route 44 through Rehoboth and Dighton into Taunton until the teen crashed the motorcycle on Cohannet Street.

     The teen was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence to be checked for minor injury and later released.  He was taken into custody by Rehoboth police and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, negligent operation, speeding and other motor vehicle offenses.

     He is set to appear in Taunton Juvenile Court this morning.  The case remains under investigation by Rehoboth Patrolman Gil Lima.


UPDATE: The Town of Rehoboth issued a notice at 10:30 AM August 16, 2017. “Please be advised that the agenda item on the ZBA meeting agenda regarding the Anawan School Housing Project is cancelled for discussion and postponed to the 9/21/17 ZBA meeting. Therefore, please note that no discussion will take place at the 8/17/17 meeting on application from Women's Development Corp.”

(August 16, 2017) Local residents who have recently become vocal on social media expressing their opposition to a proposed plan for affordable senior housing in Rehoboth, are urging others to attend the Rehoboth Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 PM at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center. 

    The regular meeting of the ZBA includes an agenda item that continues a previous discussion on permit issues to transform the town-owned Anawan School located on Bay State Road into 36 affordable apartment units. 

    Bringing affordable senior housing to Rehoboth was formally initiated by selectmen in 2012. A housing needs study was performed by SRPEDD (Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (view here).  A development feasibility study was performed by the Boston-based Mass Housing Partnership.  Each finished study was presented at selectmen’s meetings and offered to the public for input.

   The next step was obtaining proposals from companies that specialize in leasing public properties and turning them into affordable housing units. Two organizations were invited to make presentations at  board of selectmen’s meetings.  Once again, public input was welcomed.

     A leasing agreement signed last year with Providence-based Women's Development Corporation for the purpose of transforming the old school into low-income apartments for eligible senior citzens, disabled military veterans and disabled adults.

    Following last week's release of site plans for the proposed apartment building, many residents expressed their opinions, complaints, as well as speculation and inaccurate information on the Rehoboth Talk Facebook page.

   While the ZBA meeting tomorrow is not a formal public hearing on senior housing.  The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend municipal meeting, but those who wish to ask questions or address the board must first identify themselves and request permission to speak.  It is up to the chairman of the committee to grant permission and set a time limit for public input.

    Members of the ZBA include Charles DeBlois, Jr., Frank Moitozo, Michael T. O’Hern, Richard Barrett, and Ryan Duvally.  Establishing local polices on public housing will be under the Rehoboth Housing Authority composed of the following members: Lynore McKim, Robert McKim, George Cardono, Barbara Parent, Neal Harrington, and Andrew Carden.


(Updated: August 11, 2017) The Town of Rehoboth website now offers a “conceptual design” for transforming the old Anawan elementary school on Bay State Road into affordable senior housing.

   The town entered an agreement last year leasing the property to Providence-based Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) to build a complex featuring 31 single bedroom apartments and 5 two-bedroom units along with a community room and administrative office. Unit floor plans are included in the project design along with illustrations, including changes to the property such as moving the community garden and creating a new parking adjacent to the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.  The small public playground at the rear of the property will remain.

     Once completed, the complex will offer affordable housing to low-income senior citizens, disabled veterans and adults with special needs. Despite rumors, low-income families will not be eligible to rent the units. 

    Since 2012, the town has gone through the process of assessing the old school building for various uses.   Based on comprehensive evaluations that eliminated several uses including town offices or police station, the town examined turning the building into senior housing. 

    A housing needs study was performed by SRPEDD (Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (view here). Next, a development feasibility study was performed by the Boston-based Mass Housing Partnership.  Each finished study was presented at selectmen’s meetings and offered to the public for input.

    The next step was obtaining proposals from companies that specialize in leasing public properties and turning them into affordable housing units. Two organizations were invited to make presentations at  board of selectmen’s meetings.  Once again, public input was welcomed.

    An agreement was finally made with one, working in conjunction with WDC that has developed and managed low and moderate income housing for families, elders and people with special needs since 1979.

    Once the Anawan School and property was leased for that purchase, WDC hired Commonwealth Engineers and Consultants, Inc. of Providence to design the new facility. 

    While WDC will manage the facility once occupied, the town’s housing authority will be involved in establishing local policies. Typically most area communities that offer affordable senior housing, including Dighton, have a waiting list of eligible renters who can wait years for a vacancy.

    Those interested in looking at the plan should visit the town website.


(August 9, 2017)  The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen on Monday night voted to approve up to a $40K expenditure for a thorough building “envelope” evaluation of the town office on Peck Street and the Public Safety Building that houses police, fire and EMS services.

    A committee to formally assess the physical conditions of the buildings was formed in the spring following the April defeat by voters at town election to pass a debt exclusion to fund a proposed $9.3 million new municipal complex. The committee met in executive session and released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to hire an outside civil engineering company to do the assessments. The RFQ was written to “not exceed $40,000. 

    Selectmen approved hiring Boston-area Russo Barr Associates, Inc. to assess both buildings and submit a comprehensive report that can be used as evidence to pursue future planning.

    The firm will begin the process next week to inspection the building and collect hazardous material samples. A draft report will be issued by the end of the month according to Andy Barr.

    While both buildings will be inspected for code violations, the evaluation does not include structural analysis or inspection of the grounds surrounding the building.

    Russo Barr Associates is an engineering consulting firm that specializes in Building Envelope Technology.  According to the company’s website, the “design firm not a contractor or materials manufacturer.”  With staff including registered civil engineers, registered structural engineers and registered roof consultants, the firm provides “unbiased and objective diagnosis of your building envelope problems.”

    Following Rehoboth voters unwillingness to pass a debt exclusion to build a municipal complex, selectmen anticipated “draconian” measures must be taken to deal with the problems of two outdated public buildings deemed unsafe for employees and visitors.

    They warned the town may be forced to consider a Proposition 2 1/2 tax override that will increase taxes permanently if the buildings were deemed unsafe. The first step in that process would be having a comprehensive evaluation performed by outside professionals.


(August 9, 2017) The Rehoboth Parks Commission is pleased to announce four upcoming free concerts to be held this month and next at the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial Gazebo on the Redway Plain.

    The first concert, featuring the Providence-based band Rhythm 44,  will be held on Sunday, August 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Tony Funches, former lead singer of The Platters, will headline the Sunday, August 27 concert from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The Villannaires will perform from 5:30 to 9 PM on Saturday, September 9.  Rhythm 44 will return for another show on Sunday, September 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 

    Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, insect repellant and whatever else you need to enjoy a warm summer evening outdoors listening to live music.

    The free concerts are supported in part by the Rehoboth Cultural Council, local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


(August 9, 2017) Bristol and Norfolk state senate candidate Jacob Ventura recently visited a Rehoboth business Bay State Trading Post to campaign and discuss sales tax.

    Ventura specifically discussed the state legislature’s inaction to vote on Governor Charles Baker’s legislation (H 3871) to declare August 19 and 20 as a Massachusetts sales tax holiday, which would eliminate sales tax on purchases under $2,500.

    “The sales tax holiday is a very important boost for small businesses throughout Massachusetts.  Many small business owners and families count on this holiday for much needed relief from the sales tax,” Ventura said.

    The two-day break from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax has been enacted eleven times in the past thirteen years, and is supported by the business community because it increases their sales during a slow time of year.  The legislature did not pass a sales tax holiday last year.

    “The legislature should make it a priority to pass this bill to give relief to small businesses and consumers,” said Ventura.  “When elected to the state senate, I will file legislation that will make the annual sales tax holiday permanent and advocate lowering the sales tax to 5%.”

    An attorney, Ventura is running in the September 19 Republican primary to succeed former State Senator James E. Timilty (D-Walpole).  Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Science in finance from UMass Dartmouth in 2009 and holds a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2016.


(August 7, 2017) A brand new 2018 Toyota Camry LE will be the prize offered to the first person to get a hole-in-one at the 29th Annual Rehoboth Lions Golf Tournament on August 19 at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton.

    According to tournament organizer Ray Medeiros, the brand new Camry was offered to the Lions by Mike Hills, General Manager of Bristol Toyota.  There will be a specified hole on the course designated for the Camry prize.  In addition, every par 3 will have a hole-in-one prize.

     The tournament, supported by corporate sponsor Propane Plus, raises money for the local Lions chapter which in turn donates to local organizations such as youth athletics, scouting troops, and Helping Hands Food Pantry. 

    The local Lions also use proceeds from fundraising events, such as the golf tournament, to purchase medical equipment for individuals and families in need, and support Mass Lions Eye Research.

    This year’s tournament will be held on Saturday, August 19 starting at 1 PM.  Segregansett Country Club is located off Route 44 in Taunton. The club requires proper attire with collared shirts only, soft spikes, and no jeans.  Players must register by August 11. Fee for a single golfer is $125 and includes 18 holes, cart, dinner buffet and great prizes.

    Those interested in playing in the tournaments and getting a chance to win a brand new Camry should contact Ray Medeiros at 508-252-9470. Click here for full details.


(August 2, 2017) The official Town of Rehoboth 375 Anniversary Celebration Committee is now meeting to plan events and projects for the remainder of 2017 and throughout 2018.

    Fundraising has already begun to fund the Rehoboth 375 Parade, slated for October 2018.  Hosting a huge parade for significant anniversary years is a time-honored tradition in Rehoboth. 

   The committee is full of enthusiastic volunteers, appointed by selectmen, to organize the official 'town' events in recognition of the 375 anniversary. Their goal, according to committee chairman Michael Costello is to engage the entire Rehoboth community in “a year of fun and offer wonderful memories for everyone, young and old.”

   Local organizations, businesses and non-profits are encouraged to participate by hosting their own 375-themed projects or public events during 2018. All anniversary endeavors will be promoted on the website, a one-stop online resource and companion website of Rehoboth Now.

     Town-hosted anniversary events, including the parade, will depend on fundraisers and direct contributions as there is no money in the already frugal town budget for celebratory events.

       The committee hopes residents will support upcoming fundraisers that offer something in return -- a fun time, a good meal, a memorable event, or a 375th commemorative souvenir.  Plans are being considered for pasta suppers, breakfasts, a dinner/dance ball, a clam bake, road race, concerts, Taste of Rehoboth, and golf tournament. Other events being planned include a town-wide roadside clean up, digging up the 325th time capsule and burying a 375th time capsule, hosting a Rehoboth Has Talent Show, and showcasing a Grown in Rehoboth Contest.

     “If you call Rehoboth home, join us in celebrating this amazing anniversary as one of the country's oldest towns,” said Costello.  “Working  together, we can make 2018 a year to remember.”

     Donations are now being accepted online via Paypal on the website.  Checks can be made payable to: 375th Anniversary Committee, 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.

   Residents are also invited to visit the 375 Anniversary booth at the 18th Annual 'Larry Procopio' Harvest Block Party on Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM to 3 PM on the Redway Plain.

      This annual 'party for Rehoboth’ has a deep connection with the town’s 350th.  Founded by the late Larry and Bev Procopio, the block party was a means to carry on the town-side enthusiasm of the 350th by offering a free town event. Following Larry’s passing, the block party was named in his honor. For many years, Bev took charge and managed the annual event.  Following her death, a Town Events Committee was formed to orchestrate the celebration each September.


(July 29, 2017) Rehoboth police last night arrested a Connecticut woman on multiple charges related to impaired driving.

    Police dispatch received a call around ten o’clock reporting an erratic driver on Route 44 coming into Rehoboth from Dighton. Officers were able to locate the described vehicle and stopped the driver, Patricia Trahan of Jewett City, Connecticut.  She was arrested for impaired driving and taken into custody and booked.

     Trahan is scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court on Monday, July to be arraigned on charges including operating under the influence of alcohol, an open container of marijuana, and driving to endanger.  Patrolman David Aguiar is the officer in charge of case investigation.


(July 23, 2017) Four unnamed persons were found by Rehoboth public safety personnel after a three-hour search and rescue on Friday night in the swampy woodlands off Anawan Street.

    A 911 call was made to report an unknown number of people lost in the mosquito-infested swamp behind a residential property after sunset on Friday. Police arrived at the scene and were told some individuals had gone into the woods and could not find their way out once darkness fell.

    Rehoboth firefighters were called to assist using the fire department’s rescue ATV and the Rehoboth EMS gator vehicle.  Responders at first had a difficult time determining how many people were involved due to differing information provided. 

     According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, both firefighters and police were “knee deep in mud and uneven terrain” trying to locate the victims.  When they reached the end of a path, presumed to be taken by the victims, they were already about a half mile into the woods reported Barresi.

    Rescuers determined two of the four victims were still deeper into the swamp after a first communication was made with them. The location of the other two was unknown. At that point Chief Barresi activated the Bristol County Tech Rescue Team to bring in more equipment, manpower and an additional off-road vehicle. The Massachusetts State Police air wing put on standby for assistance upon request of Rehoboth Police Lt. James Medeiros. Numerous police, fire, EMS and tech rescue vehicles took up the northbound lane of Route 118.

     The first two victims were brought out by ATV to waiting ambulances and assessed by Rehoboth EMS.  The other two victims were located about an hour later even further into the swamp, brought out and assessed.  All four were released.  No injuries were reported by police, firefighters or members of the tech rescue team.

    “The warm, humid weather and abundance of insects added to the difficulty of the operation,” noted Barresi.  The names and ages of the the four people rescued were not released by officials, nor the reason the individuals decided to go off into the insect-infested swamp after dark during a July heat wave.


(July 21, 2017) The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society (RAS) was presented with a grant from Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, at a ceremony recently in Westport, Massachusetts.

    Grants totaling $71,800 were awarded to nine non-profits in the greater Taunton/Attleboro, Massachusetts area. RAS Vice President Suzanne Withers (pictured front row far left) and Carpenter Museum Director Elyssa Tardiff (back row, third from left) were on hand to receive the grant.

    Founded in 1884, the RAS preserves, promotes and enhances the significant historical, education, and cultural assets of Rehoboth.  The non-profit owns and operates the Carpenter Museum, E. Otis Dyer Barn, Blanding Public Library, and Goff Memorial Hall. The organization also hosts the very popular Arts in the Village Classical Concert Series featuring world-class performers.

    A new Research Center is currently being constructed on the upper level of the museum’s Farmhouse, an 18th century-style, gambrel-roofed structure built in 1978 that offers exhibitions and community meeting space with kitchen facilities. The spacious, new center will contain the museum’s library of research and genealogy materials and be open to the public during regular operating hours.

     “Our Foundation is proud to grant nine deserving non-profit organizations in the greater Taunton/Attleboro community,” said Patrick J. Murray, President & CEO of BCSB and President of BCSCF.   “As a mutual community bank, we believe that the communities we serve are our stockholders.  So, our mission is to support our local neighborhoods to meet the growing needs of the population.  One way to accomplish that goal is to assist the good work of these non-profits.”


(July 20, 2017) The Town of Rehoboth Building Department recently completed a move from a town-owned building on Anawan Street to the Rehoboth Town Office at 148 Peck Street.

    Officials say the reason for the move was to consolidate services for residents and offer more convenience. Instead of making stops at two locations, residents seeking building department services only need to visit the town office.

     The Anawan Street building was recently occupied by both the building department  and Rehoboth TV, the town-run cable access PEG (public, education, government) provider through Comcast.

    To accommodate the building department, town office employees were obliged to give up a small lunch room that also served as a mail room and storage area. The room also served as an additional meeting room for town departments and committees.

    A small closet, approximately 3 x 6 feet in size, located next to a restroom, will serve as a storage/meal preparation area with a microwave and refrigerator.  Personnel must eat at their desks or leave the building.  A picnic table is located outdoors.

    Over the last few years, town residents have voted three times against a temporary debt exclusion for a designated period of time to fund a new town office, and later a new municipal complex.  Following the failed last attempt on a ballot question at April town election, selectmen declared the town office a health hazard and vowed to remove personnel as quickly as possible.  One option, they said, would be renting temporary trailers to house town departments.

     Selectmen also announced at that time they would move the building department out of the Anawan Street building.  Officials have said the Anawan Street building, for many years the town’s senior center, will now be used solely for the RehobothTV operation which is managed by town employees.

     Meanwhile, a new committee was recently formed to analyze the condition of town buildings with the goal of hiring engineers to provide third-party evaluations and recommendations. The Physical Conditions Assessment Report Committee has so far only met in executive session.  No information has been released by town officials.



(July 13, 2017) Award-winning broadcast journalist Joe Shortsleeve, Independent candidate in the Bristol & Norfolk State Senate Special Election, has turned in well over the number of certified signatures needed to qualify to the Secretary of State’s office and will appear on the October 17 ballot.

    Shortsleeve, who kicked off his campaign last month, is currently campaigning throughout the district that includes Rehoboth. Members of the Massachusetts State Senate serve two-year terms, not subject to term limits.  The special election was called for October 17 with a primary election to be held on September 19.

    Senator James Timilty, a Democrat from Walpole resigned the seat earlier this year to take on the job of Norfolk County treasurer.  He had served since 2005.

    Shortsleeve has three decades of experience as an investigative reporter and television news anchor who had a distinguished career in Boston. According to his campaign website, Shortsleeve plans to fight for increased transparency, greater accountability and bold initiatives like universal healthcare.

   “People are excited they have a choice that won’t be beholden to one party or another on Beacon Hill. As a WBZ TV reporter for 25 years, people relied on me to get to the bottom of issues and expose the truth. People are getting behind the idea of having that kind of presence in the state senate,” said Shortsleeve.

    Also running for the state senate seat are Ted Phillips (D) of Sharon, Paul Feeney (D) of Foxboro and Jacob Ventura (R) of Attleboro.


(July 11, 2017) Rehoboth police last night arrested a local man on a charge of drunk driving with an additional marked lane violation.

     Officer Thomas Ranley, while on patrol shortly before 9 PM, observes erratic driving of a pickup truck on Anawan Street.  He stopped 25-year-old Jeffrey Holstein and took him into custody charged with operating under the influence. Following his arrest, Holstein was released on bail and scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court today for arraignment.


(July 11, 2017) Rehoboth selectmen at their regular meeting last night issued a warrant on delinquent dogs that have not been licensed.

    The warrant instructs the town’s animal control officer Rob Johnson to seek out over 200 currently unlicensed dogs in Rehoboth.  Owners have been given ample time and repeated warnings to license their animals. Johnson has the authority to seize unlicensed dogs from owners who refuse to comply including providing documentation the animal is currently vaccinated for rabies.

    If an unlicensed dog is collected by the ACO, it will be cared for at the animal shelter behind the town office. Owners then face a fine for the annual license, late fees, and shelter boarding fees.  Arrest warrants may be issued on dog owners if they keep ignoring officials and fail to comply. Seized dogs, according to Massachusetts State Law, can be euthanized by the town.

   Selectmen emphasized that unvaccinated dogs pose a serious public health hazard and obtaining a dog license requires proof of rabies vaccination. In a rural community with no leash law, dogs in Rehoboth have a greater chance encountering potentially rabid wild animals. 

    Along with extending several notices and reminders to dog owners to get their animals licensed, the town makes it as easy and cost-effective as possible.  Each spring, annual vaccine/licensing clinic is held conjunction with the Town of Seekonk.  Dog owners can have get their animals (dogs and cats) vaccinated at a low cost and license their dogs at the same time.


(July 9, 2017) Early yesterday afternoon, Rehoboth police were alerted by an observant resident to illegal dumping of materials off a bridge into a stream near 190 Perryville Road.

     Officers arrived to find a large amount of debris in the stream. Rehoboth Fire Department were called to examine the materials for possible hazard materials contamination and found nothing of environmental impact.

     With assistance from highway department personnel, the materials were removed from the stream and transported to the highway garage to be photographed by police.

     According to police, the debris included about a “dozen used passenger vehicle type tires, several large capped and empty plastic containers of heavy duty diesel motor oil, anti-freeze, and hydraulic fluid, and also several large heavy duty buckets.” Police believe the debris, dumped into the stream either late Friday night or early this morning, to be from an automotive repair business.

    The incident is under investigation by the RPD. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call 508-252-3722.



(July 6, 2017) While in pursuit of a speeder yesterday, a Rehoboth police officer struck another vehicle at a stop sign on Slater Street before arresting a Taunton man on a dazzling array of charges including operation of a unregistered and unlicensed vehicle.

    According to a police press release, 28-year-old Michael L. Montanez of Oak Street in Taunton was traveling on Tremont Street in Rehoboth at 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. Instead of stopping for police, Montanez increased speed before turning onto Slater Street.

   Officer Nicholas Barros, while following the vehicle, lost control of his cruiser and hit another vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign. No injuries were reported by the officer or other driver.

    Following the accident, a witness approached Barros and reported seeing the Mercedes pull into a driveway at 45 Slater Street and park behind a barn. Montanez was discovered by police “sitting on the back deck with several other males.”

    Montanez was arrested and taken into custody on eight charges including:  speeding, passing in a no passing zone, marked Lanes Violation,refusing to Stop for police, reckless operation, attaching plates, uninsured motor vehicle, and unregistered motor vehicle.  Assisting Barros in the arrest were Officer Gil Lima and Lt. James Medeiros, as well as the Seekonk Police K-9 unit.

    Cash bail was set at $240 with Montanez scheduled for arraignment in Taunton District Court today.


(July 5, 2017)  The Rehoboth Police Department, with assistance from Safe Kids Worldwide, will offer free car seat safety inspections and installations on Saturday, July 22 from 11 AM to 2 PM at  Dunkin’ Donuts Plaza on Route 44.

     The RPD is one of over 150 free child safety seat inspection sites in Massachusetts with certified technicians available to ensure children’s seats are installed correctly. Trained technicians will inspect car seats for proper installation, check for recalled seats, and help determine if a seat is the appropriate size.

     There are also free car seats available for those in financial need. Through a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant, the police department was able to purchase child safety seats for free distribution to local parents and caregivers in need.

    “With this grant, we can better serve families who find it difficult to afford child safety and booster seats to protect their children in the event of a crash,” said Sgt. Richard Shailor. “We can also assist parents and caregivers with the proper installation of their child’s seats through our check-up and fitting station program.”

   Nationwide, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 3-14.  Properly installed child safety seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury in crashes, yet AAA estimates that 75% of child passenger safety equipment is installed incorrectly.

     If you are unable to make it to the inspection station on July 22, local residents may call the Rehoboth Police Department at 508-252-3722 and schedule an appointment with Officer Craig Warish for another day.


(June 30, 2017) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched this morning to residential Cameron Way following the report of a single-vehicle accident.

Police and fire units arrived to find a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a stone wall. One of the vehicles occupants was transported to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters requested Rehoboth Highway Department to the scene to help with the removal of debris from the road. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Rehoboth Police.


(June 30, 2017) Rehoboth police responded late yesterday night around 11:30 PM to a rollover accident on Route 44 that resulted in the extrication of the driver by firefighters and transportation to the hospital for emergency care.

     When public safety personnel arrived on scene they discovered an older model GMC van resting on its passenger side, blocking the westbound travel lane of Route 44.  The driver, who has not been identified, was discovered trapped and injured in the vehicle.

    Members of the Rehoboth Fire Department were able to extricate the sole occupant by removing a portion of the van’s roof. Rehoboth Ambulance personnel attended the man at the scene and transported him to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

    The initial crash investigation revealed the operator was traveling eastbound before drifting across double yellow lines into the westbound lane. Police say the van then left the roadway and traveled for about 150 feet on the shoulder of the roadway before striking a large rock that caused the vehicle to flip.

   According to police, the crash is under investigation by Officer Thomas Ranley and the driver is likely to face criminal charges.


(June 30, 2017) The Rehoboth Fire Department wants to remind residents that it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts.  It is also illegal for you to purchase fireworks elsewhere and transport them into the state.

     Fireworks are defined by MA general law as “any article designed to produce a visible or audible effect.”  Those found in possession or using fireworks can face a fine of $10 to $100 along with mandatory confiscation by public safety officials.  If fireworks are seized, they will not be returned.

    The penalty for selling fireworks is greater. Offenders face both fines of $100 to $1000, mandatory confiscation, and possible arrest and imprisonment of up to one year. Confiscated fireworks are forfeited to the state Police Bomb Squad.


(June 28, 2017) The unofficial results of yesterday’s special town election on two binding ballot questions were released by the Rehoboth Town Clerk after the polls closed last night at 8 PM.

    Eleven percent (965) voters came to the polls to cast their votes and passed both the capital and debt exclusion to raise taxes for a designated period of time. Officials estimated the cost of increases taxes on the average homeowner to be less than $50 per year.

    Voters passed Question 1 (579 to 386) to allow the town to assess an additional $87K in taxes to fund installation of door security systems at Palmer River Elementary, D.L. Beckwith Middle, and Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. 

   Question 2 was passed by voters (556 to 409) to fund roof and window replacement at Palmer River School and window replacement at Beckwith Middle.  Funding the repair projects first required voters to allow an exemption from Proposition 2 1/2 so the town can pay principal and interest on a bond issued by the regional school district to fund the repair projects.



(June 26, 2017) A Special Town Election related to capital and debt exclusion to fund projects at Palmer River Elementary School, D. L. Beckwith Middle School, and Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School will be held on Tuesday, June 27 with polls open from 7 AM to 8 PM at all three precincts.

   The special election was approved in May by residents at town meeting. Voters will now have the opportunity to vote in favor or against funding the school buildings projects through a temporary capital and debt exclusion of the tax-limiting Proposition 2 1/2.

     The wording of Ballot Question 1-Capital Exclusion is: Shall the Town of Rehoboth be allowed to assess an additional $87,203.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the Town’s

assessment for the installation of door security systems at Palmer River Elementary, Beckwith Middle School and Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and for all costs related thereto for the fiscal year beginning July first

two thousand seventeen? 

    Ballot Question 2-Debt Exclusion reads:  Shall the Town of Rehoboth be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay its assessments by the District to pay the principal of and interest on the bond issued by the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District in order to pay the

costs of roof and window replacement at Palmer River School and window replacement at Beckwith School, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto? 

    Precinct 1 is located at the Rehoboth Town Office at 148 Peck Street. Precinct 2 is located at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, 55 Bay State Road, and Precinct 3 is at the South Fire Station at 104 Pleasant Street.  

   If you are not sure if you are registered to vote or what precinct you vote in, you may check your voter status on the Secretary of State’s website.  If your registration indicates your voter status as inactive, please contact the Clerk’s office prior to the June 27 election for assistance.


(June 23, 2017) The Rehoboth Fire Department announces the recent graduation of the department’s newest two firefighters from the Massachusetts Fire Academy.

    Peter Graves and Brent Rebelo graduated from the academy yesterday in a ceremony held in Fall River.  Since late February, each completed over 240 hours of training, testing and evaluation in all aspects of firefighting including hazardous materials. Rehoboth on-call firefighters make a commitment to complete the academy, attending classes two nights per week and almost every Saturday for four months.

  “The commitment it takes to complete this academy while maintaining a full-time job and family life is phenomenal,” said Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi.

    Graves and Rebelo received Pro Board certifications as Firefighter I & II. They will now complete their department training and soon be sworn as full members. Rebelo also serves as a combat medic in the United States Army Reserve and is a Nationally certified EMT.

    “On behalf of the members of the Rehoboth Fire Department and the citizens of Rehoboth,” said Barresi, “we say well done!”  (Pictured left to right: Chief Barresi, Firefighter Rebelo, Firefighter Graves, and Assistant Chief Rassol.)


(June 22, 2017) The new Wheeler Street Bridge is near final completion after its predecessor was destroyed seven years ago in a devastating nor’easter that resulted in the Great Flood of 2010.

   Neighbors who reside on Reed Street, which became a highly traveled “detour” road for seven years, put up signs to commemorate the momentous occasion.  Jean Kusiak, amended a 2013 meeting sign to include the proclamation “Bridge Open!” and the word “Finally” with the dates 2010-2017.

    According to town officials, there are some remaining touches on the new bridge, such as pavement markings, that will be complete in July.

    Extreme weather conditions beginning on March 12, 2010 brought record-breaking rainfall and severe flooding throughout Massachusetts.  The powerful storm resulted in 10 inches of rain and winds up to 70 mph before moving out to sea on March 16.

   In Reboboth, the rain along with melted snow from earlier storms caused flooding and widespread damage. Roads were closed with serious breaches on Danforth, Pleasant, Elm and Wheeler streets where bridges were damaged or destroyed. 

    Within weeks, preliminary damage assessments were conducted by state and federal officials that determined federal assistance was necessary in seven Massachusetts counties including Bristol. 

    President Obama, on March 29, declared a major disaster in the Commonwealth which activated the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and FEMA assistance.  FEMA staffers from around the country were deployed to Massachusetts to help homeowners that suffered flood damage.

   Five months later, a total of 37,456 individuals, households and businesses statewide applied for disaster damage to help get back on their feet with assistance surpassing $100 million in FEMA’s Individual and Households Program (IHP), low-interest disaster loans and tax relief.

    Then selectmen Michael Costello worked with the highway department to identify damages and coordinate road closures. The town began applying for state and federal funding for repairs. 

    While most road and bridge repairs were made within a couple years, the Wheeler Street Bridge situation took much longer.  In April 2013, selectmen reported the delay in bridge repair was caused by a backlog in various state agencies. 

    By then neighbors on Wheeler Street began expressing their concerns to selectmen about the new bridge plans.  Some, who now enjoyed living on dead end roads caused by the washed out bridge, spoke in favor of not building a new one.

     Other residents in the area that live on “detour” roads spoke in favor of rebuilding the bridge. Residents of Reed Street including Kusiak were greatly impacted by increased traffic.  In 2013, Kusiak posted a “Rebuild the Bridge” sign to alert neighbors to an upcoming BOS meeting when the bridge issue was on the agenda.

    While selectmen considered abandoning the bridge reconstruction project, they did move forward.  In August 2013, the BOS reported cost of the new bridge was estimated at over $1.5 million. Most of the project funding would come from federal and state sources, but the town’s portion would be around $50K.

      More filings, paperwork, coordination with state departments continued in 2013 and 2014. Abutters and neighbors met with DOT officials at a public hearing with selectmen to learn more about the engineering plan and to ask questions. 

    The process of bridge planning, construction and DOT funding continued for another three years.  The final cost, according to town officials, was $1.7 million.  The town’s contribution was around $54K.


(June 17, 2017) Rehoboth police today arrested a local man following a confrontation at a Winthrop Street home.

    Officers were dispatched following a report from a resident her son was acting out of control. After arriving at the residence, Lt. James Medeiros and officers Gilbert Lima and Paul McGovern were told by the homeowner that her son was agitated and destroying property.

    Brandon Pimental, age 20, was confronted by officers in the living room where he “would not follow verbal commands.”  Police say Pimental began shouting and “advanced on the officers with clenched hands in an aggressive manner.”  

    According to police, Pimental was taken into custody after a brief struggle and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer. He is currently being held on $540 cash bail at the New Bedford House of Correction before being arraigned in Taunton District Court on Monday.


(June 15, 2017) The Rehoboth Historical Commission, as part of its recent initiative to get local homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will offer a free lecture on Thursday, June 29 beginning at 7 PM in Goff Memorial Hall.

   In Southeastern Massachusetts, old houses are everywhere. Can you tell a Georgian from a Federal style home? Do you know the difference between Victorian and Greek Revival architecture?  Do you live in Depression-era bungalow, or mid-century Cape?  Homes that are at least 50-years-old may be eligible for historic status if they retain their original design.

    "Reading the Clues: Recognizing the Old House, at Home, and in the Landscape” will feature special guest speaker Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England's historic preservation team.

   Zimmerman has taught Preservation Studies at Boston University, is a co-author of "Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation," and the developer of “20th Century Colors of America” paint palette, a documented range of colors of the recent past produced by California Paints.

    She previously worked as a Preservation Planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission and before that served as Director of Preservation Planning for the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

    For more information about the upcoming lecture on June 29, please contact Anthony Arrigo at


(June 13, 2017) Rehoboth police have announced that no charges have been filed following the mysterious activation of a fire suppression system yesterday at the Cumberland Farms gas station on Route 44.

    Four individuals were transported to hospitals for emergency care of non-life threatening injuries by Rehoboth EMS after the incident occurred early Monday afternoon.

   Rehoboth public safety personnel including police, fire and ambulance arrived at the scene to find the area surrounding the store’s gas pumps covered with dry chemical powder from the overhead automatic fire extinguishers. 

     An investigation by both police and fire did not readily reveal the cause of the fire suppression system activation.  White powder coated the ground and vehicles and the store was closed until clean up could be done.


(June 13, 2017) The Town of Rehoboth will receive a $15K Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program Grant form the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Town Conservation Agent Leeann Bradley received notification in a letter from Governor Charles Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito on June 8 commending her for “your outstanding application in year one of our new grant program.” 

     The grant will allow the town to complete a community resiliency planning process including an examination of the community’s vulnerability and strengths related to climate change.

    The town has made a commitment to identify priority actions to build capacity in the community and work to “ensure residents have the resources they need to deal with the climate challenges ahead.”

    The grant is a effort of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Climate Change Program.


(June 13, 2017) Copies of the 2017 Rehoboth Annual Census Street Listing book are now available at the Rehoboth Town Office on Peck Street. Residents and interested others may purchase the book for $15 per copy.

    Printed copies of the 2016 Annual Town Report (Town Departments and School Committee) are also available in hard copy at the town office.  The annual report is offered in digital form and can be obtained free of charge on the Town of Rehoboth website.

     The town office located at 148 Peck Street is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM, and on Fridays from 8 AM to 12 Noon.


(June 12, 2017) A Special Town Election related to capital and debt exclusion to fund projects at Palmer River Elementary School, D. L. Beckwith Middle School and Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School will be held on Tuesday, June 27 with polls open from 7 AM to 8 PM at all three precincts.

   The special election was approved in May by residents at town meeting. Voters will now have the opportunity to vote in favor or against funding the school buildings projects through a temporary capital and debt exclusion of the tax-limiting Proposition 2 1/2.

     The wording of Ballot Question 1-Capital Exclusion is: Shall the Town of Rehoboth be allowed to assess an additional $87,203.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the Town’s

assessment for the installation of door security systems at Palmer River Elementary, Beckwith Middle School and Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and for all costs related thereto for the fiscal year beginning July first

two thousand seventeen? 

    Ballot Question 2-Debt Exclusion reads:  Shall the Town of Rehoboth be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay its assessments by the District to pay the principal of and interest on the bond issued by the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District in order to pay the costs of roof and window replacement at Palmer River School and window replacement at Beckwith School, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?     

   Rehoboth Town Clerk Laura Schwall requests all registered voters unavailable to vote at the polls on Tuesday, June 27 consider requesting an absentee ballot so their voice on this important town issue is heard.

    Applications for absentee ballots are now available through the Town Clerk’s Office. A written request is required to obtain a ballot. If you decide to obtain an absentee ballot at the town office, you may also vote and seal your ballot in an envelope to be opened and processed on election day.

    Absentee ballot applications are also available at the Blanding Library, Rehoboth Post Office, and Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center. Absentee ballot applications are available online.

    All completed absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office by 8 PM on June 27 in order to be processed in the Special Capital & Debt Exclusion Election. The town clerk’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Friday from 8 AM to 12 Noon.

   Residents who plan to vote on Tuesday, June 27 may do so at:  Precinct I at the Rehoboth Town Office at 148 Peck Street; Precinct 2 at the Gladys L. Hurrell Rehoboth Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road; and Precinct 3 at the South Fire Station at 104 Pleasant Street.

    If you are not sure if you are registered to vote or what precinct you vote in, you may check your voter status on the Secretary of State’s website.  If your registration indicates your voter status as inactive, please contact the Clerk’s office prior to the June 27 election for assistance.


(June 8, 2017) Following a citizen report of a suspicious vehicle, Rehoboth police yesterday afternoon arrested a New Bedford man suspected of breaking into two Rehoboth homes.

     Officers learned from a witness that an unknown man was seen exiting a home on Bay State Road and loading items into the trunk of his vehicle. Police began searching the area and conducted a traffic stop of a man and vehicle
fitting the description.

    Nathaniel Gibbs, age 29, was promptly arrested after numerous items were found in the vehicle connecting him with a break-in on Bay State Road and another home on Moulton Street.

    Police quickly discovered Gibbs was wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants in Massachusetts and wanted in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice.  He was charged by Rehoboth police with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny form a building, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and operation of a motor vehicle after a revoked license.

     Gibbs was held without bail yesterday and scheduled for arraignment in Taunton District Court today.  An ongoing investigation is being handled by Rehoboth Detective James Casey.


(June 7, 2017) The Rehoboth Cemetery Commission (RCC) has is planning for the town’s 375th anniversary in 2018 with the launch of a long-term project to clean all the intact gravestones in the town’s 53 historic cemeteries.

    The project is anticipated to take over a year to accomplish with the help of volunteers who will be trained in the cleaning process and given specific assignments. A biological growth inhibitor used to clean national monuments and gravestones at national cemeteries has been utilized by the commission for the past few years with great success.

    Caring for historic gravestones is performed by those trained in proper cleaning and preservation techniques.  The various types of stone (slate, marble, sandstone, limestone and soapstone) require different techniques for cleaning and removing biological growths such as lichens.

    Rehoboth’s historic cemeteries are maintained by the town’s Forestry Department under the supervision of Rob Johnson. RCC is charged with preservation of the town’s historic cemeteries and oversees any contemporary burials in a historic cemetery.  The commission has no authority over the four private cemetery associations that operate in town including the Village Cemetery on Bay State Road, Oak Knoll on Tremont Street, Steven’s Corner on Anawan Street and Greenwood (Oak Swamp) on Route 118 in South Rehoboth.

   The three-member commission investigates old records, property surveys and other documents that hold clues about the location and size of old cemeteries. Members often hike to sites of old homesteads to investigate areas that appear to have gravestones, or field stones used to mark graves from centuries ago.    

     Forgotten burial grounds, often on private property, have been discovered and documented in recent years. Knowledgable local historians have assisted the commission in finding “lost” cemeteries and relocated graves sites. Often long-time residents recall a small cemetery being in a certain location now occupied by a building, roadway or agricultural field.

   When evidence is found to document a burial site, the commission officially names and numbers the historic cemetery.  The commission is currently investigating the location of an 18th century small pox cemetery.  Another suspected burial site may be somewhere on the property of the 19th-century “Rehoboth Asylum” that housed the elderly, disabled, war veterans, orphans, or citizens who had no income and would be otherwise homeless.

    Volunteers who may enjoy helping maintain historic burial grounds are invited to contact the RCC by emailing CemCom Chairman Bev Baker at Training will be provided to all volunteers who are encouraged to wear insect repellant and keep hydrated while working in the town’s historic cemeteries. Children are welcome to help with parental supervision. 

   Rehoboth CemCom now offers a Facebook page for those interested in the town’s historic cemeteries.  Visit at Rehoboth’s Old Cemeteries for ongoing information on cemetery preservation. Members of the commission are available to address inquiries from people trying to locate family graves. They also give tours by appointment.



(June 6, 2017) Rehoboth residents are encouraged by MassWildlife to participate in the state-wide Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey, and also report sightings of bat colonies.

   MassWildlife conducts the Annual Brood Survey from June 1 through August 31 each year to estimate the number of turkeys. The brood survey helps biologists determine productivity and compare long-term reproductive success while providing an estimate of fall harvest potential.

    Turkey nesting success can vary annually in response to weather conditions, predator populations, and habitat characteristics. Citizen involvement in this survey is a cost-effective means of gathering useful data, and can be a fun way for people to connect with nature.

    The public is asked to record sightings of hens, poults (newly-hatched turkeys), and males (both juvenile and adult). For help identifying male and female turkeys and determining if a male is a juvenile (jake) or an adult (tom), please click here.

   Be sure to look carefully when counting turkey broods, the very small poults may be difficult to see in tall grass or brush. MassWildlife is interested in turkey brood observations from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas.

    Your observations can now be reported online. Simply fill in all the information and click submit and your turkey observations will be logged by MassWildlife. You can also download and print a Turkey Brood Survey form to complete over the course of the summer. Completed forms should to be mailed after August 31 to: Brood Survey, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. If you’ve submitted your observations online, please do not mail in duplicate observations.

    Rehoboth residents are also encouraged to report bat colonies to MassWildlife.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife study bat colonies in Massachusetts to see how many have survived after the onset of White-nose Syndrome, a deadly disease affecting hibernating bats.

    Monitoring leads to advances in conservation and management for endangered bat species, ensuring protection and security of the colonies. Ten or more bats make up a colony.

   There are two species of bats with summer colonies in Massachusetts - the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat.  These colonies may be found in trees, buildings, or houses.

    Please email Jennifer Longsdorf at to report a bat colony and include the address, location, type of structure where the colony was found (tree or building), and approximately how many bats are in the colony.     


(June 1, 2017) Rehoboth dog owners who are delinquent in renewing annual dog licenses past May 31 will now face late fees, and beginning July 15 may receive a non-criminal citation and $25 fine per dog by the Rehoboth Animal Control Officer.

    In early May, over 500 local dog owners were mailed late dog license reminders from the  Office of the Rehoboth Town Clerk.  Annual dog licenses, mandated by state law, are due for renewal in the Town of Rehoboth on April 1. 

  Any dog license not paid by May 31 will be assessed a $15 per dog late fee in addition to license fees of $20 for male or female dogs or $10 for female-spayed or male-neutered dogs.

    License applications must be accompanied by a current year rabies certificate with a vaccination date covering the current licensing year, and proof of spay or neuter if applying for the $10 licensing fee unless the documentation is already on file at the town office.

  Residents may purchase dog licenses at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Rehoboth Town Office on Peck Street, by mail or onlineChecks should be made payable to Town of Rehoboth. Dog owners should note the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the postage (71¢ for one dog tag, 93¢ for two dog tags and $1.15 for three dog tags).

    The hours for town hall are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Friday from 8 AM to 12 Noon.

  If you have questions or unsure about the status of your dog, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office. They will tell you if your documentation is up-to-date.  Call 508-252-6502, ext. 3100 or ext. 3109.



(May 30, 2017) Shortly after noon yesterday, Rehoboth public safety personnel responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident in the area of Fairview Avenue and Bliss.    

     According to officials, two occupants were out of the vehicle when police, fire and EMS arrived. Both were treated with non-life threatening injuries at the site of the incident.

    National Grid was alerted and de-energized the area before doing repairs in the afternoon hours. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by Rehoboth police.


(May 28, 2017) In a posting made in the DRRHS blog on Friday, School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar announced the hiring of a new principal for Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School.

    Dr. John Gould, currently the principal of Dartmouth High School, has signed a three-year contact to begin on July 1. A formal introduction to the community will be held on Tuesday, June 13 during a “meet and greet” in the media center at DRRHS beginning at 5:30 PM when light refreshments will be served. Gould will be introduced to the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School Committee at their regular meeting following the reception. 

    According to Azar’s announcement, the school new principal will “spend a few days walking the hallways” with acting principal Dr. Bonneau.  Gould will be meeting both staff and students.

    “We are very excited that Dr. Gould has accepted our offer to be principal of our high school,” said Azar. He noted his thanks to the search committee led by Assistant Superintendent Dr Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou.

   “After the interview process was completed,” said Azar, “it became abundantly clear that John will be an excellent fit for our high school, as well as for our district.”


(May 27, 2017) Rehoboth residents and business owners are invited, along with public officials and town committee members to attend a Zoning Workshop on Tuesday, June 20 at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center starting at 7 PM.

   The workshop will be conducted by town legal counsel, Jay Talerman,  who will address questions on Mass General Law Chapter 40A Zoning and Chapter 40B relating to Comprehensive Permits.

   According to Rehoboth town bylaw (Rehoboth General Bylaws, Chapter E Zoning Bylaw, Article 1.0 Authority and Purpose) the purpose of zoning is “to promote the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, to regulate properly the location, size and use of buildings, and the use of premises in the Town; to lessen the dangers from fire, congestion and confusion, and to improve and beautify the Town as provided by Chapter 40A of the General Laws, amendments and additions thereto.”

    Rehoboth selectmen issued an invitation urging all town boards, committees, town employees to attend this informative workshop. Residents, local business owners, and the general public are also urged to attend.


(May 26, 2017) Rehoboth police yesterday arrested a local man on vehicular charges following a single vehicle accident on New Street.

    Police responded to a report of an accident near the area of 30 New Street around 5 PM last night.  Officers found a Dodge Durango resting “on top of a stone wall.”  Officer Louis Dibacco was the arresting officer, assisted by Patrolman Thomas Ranley.

    Paul Ford, age 45 of Rehoboth, was arrested and taken into custody on charges including operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation, unlicensed operation, and marked lane violation.  Ford was released on $40 personal recognizance and is set to be arraigned in Taunton District Court today.


(May 25, 2017) The annual combined Rehoboth-Dighton Memorial Day Parade will be held in Rehoboth this year on Monday, May 29 starting from the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center on Bay State Road at approximately 10:15 AM.

    The parade will proceed on Bay State Road through Rehoboth Village to the Veterans Memorial on the Redway Plain where ceremonies will be held beginning at 11:45 AM. The parade will stop briefly at the Rehoboth Village Cemetery for a prayer offered by American Legion Post 302 to recognize veterans buried there before proceeding to the Redway Plain.

     The 2017 parade will be dedicated to Private First Class Clinton E. Springer, II who was killed at the age of 21 on Friday, September 24, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan serving in the 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade. The Springer family now resides in Rehoboth. James Westgate, Commander of American Legion Post 302 will speak on behalf of the Springer family at the ceremony.

    The public is encouraged to stay after the parade to attend the Memorial Day ceremonies at the veterans memorial gazebo. The ceremony will begin with the singing of the National Anthem by Rehoboth Police Sergeant Richard Shailor accompanied by the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Marching Band. An invocation will follow led by American Legion Post 302 Chaplain Veronica Hass.  Rehoboth Veterans Services Officer Jake Kramer will act as master of ceremonies.

    Honored guests and presenters will include Representative Steven Howitt; Skip Vadais, Chairman Rehoboth Board of Selectmen; Jack Taylor, Chairman Dighton Board of Selectmen; Post 302 Commander James Westgate; Patrick Menges, 1 SG United States Army Retired who will recite the Gettysburg Address; Col. Robert Perry, United States Air Force Retired; Nancy Goulart who will recite a poem; Ken Abrams, Sergeant at Arms, DRRHS Band, dual taps; and a Project 351 eighth grader who will give the Governors Memorial Day Proclamation.

    Local veterans who have died in the past year since last Memorial Day will be honored including 18 Rehoboth residents and 14 Dighton residents.  Rehoboth veterans who have passed in the last year include: John Moriarty, Thomas Druy, John Nowell, Paul Brescia, Edward Cooney, Jr., John Aparicio, Manuel Veader, Robert O’Neal, Alfred Rushing, Donald Cambra, Claire Tessier, Thomas Boisclair, Jr., David Garcia, Edward Furtado, George Terra, John Clow, Arthur Stebbings, and Leo Gaudreau.

   Rehoboth police will close off Route 118 to traffic at 9 AM. A small section of Danforth Street will be closed off at 9 AM with police stationed at the intersection of Route 44 and Danforth/Bay State Road. Locust Avenue will be closed off at 10:30 AM.  Route 44 will be open for traffic, but no parking will be allowed on the roadside.

    Public parking will be available at the Lincoln School Athletic Complex off Route 44 across from the Redway Plain. Members of Boy Scout Troop 13 will assist and direct parking.  Scouts will also assist with directing diagonal parking on the north side of County Street with one-way traffic allowed east to west.  There will be no public parking on Pond Street or on the Redway Plain.

    Emergency vehicles will be parked on Danforth Street.  Portable restrooms will be located on the island between Danforth and Bay State Road across from the Redway Plain. Rehoboth police will be stationed at the intersection of Route 44 and Route 118, Route 118 at County Street, on Bay State Road at Locust Avenue, and at the intersection of Route 44 and Danforth.




(September 21, 2017) A total of 535 Rehoboth voters, representing 6% of voters, turned out for the special state senate primary for Bristol and Norfolk District on Tuesday, September 19.  (Graphs Rehoboth Town Clerk’s Office)



(September 23, 2017) Rehoboth Fire Department personnel were dispatched early this morning to Miller Street following report of a house fire.

    The emergency call came in about 3 AM of a fire at 16 Miller Street in Rehoboth. First arriving crews discovered smoke coming from a large two-family home.

    Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading beyond the basement. The house had working smoke detectors and the family, along with a pet dog, were able to escape without injury. They will be staying with relatives who came to the scene.

    The last fire crews cleared the scene just after 6 AM. The cause of the fire appears to be electrical. Seekonk firefighters assisted at the scene while Norton and Swansea provided station coverage.