REHOBOTH GIRLS “BRIDGE” FROM DAISY SCOUTS TO BROWNIES

(June 17, 2016) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 held an awards ceremony during the month of June.  The scouts received badges and awards for their recent accomplishments including three of first grade Daisies who "bridged" to Brownies.  

   It is typical in Rehoboth for the youngest scouts to advance to higher levels of scouting throughout their school years, beginning in kindergarten as Daisies. They advance to Brownies in grades 2 and 3, then Juniors in grade 4 and 5, Cadettes in grades 6, 7, and 8, followed by Seniors through age 16 and then Ambassadors.    

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

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ANNUAL ‘MOM PROM’ FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LOCAL CAUSES THIS YEAR

(January 2, 2016) “We had so much fun at last year’s Mom Prom, we decided to do it again,” said event organizer and Rehoboth resident Cathy Edington.

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

    This year’s fundraiser will benefit both Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry and 23-year-old hometown girl Annik Spencer, daughter of residents Scott and Barbara Spencer, who is currently battling Stage 1 breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit We Fight with the Color Purple

    Enjoy a fun night out during the winter doldrums. Grab a date and gather some friends for a great evening on Saturday, February 6 at Hillside Country Club beginning at 6 PM. Along with an excellent meal, there will be live music, photo booth, raffles and lots of socializing. Formalwear is encouraged! Tickets are $40 per person.  Please contact Cathy Edington at 508-245-3499 or email cathy.edington@cox.com.  Anyone who has a raffle item to donate should also contact Cathy as soon as possible.

REHOBOTH SCOUTS VISIT CAMP HOFFMAN

(January 18, 2016) Kindergarten and first grade students from Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troops 494 & 628 (pictured) joined other Southeastern New England scouts for 'My Dolly and Me Tea Party' at Camp Hoffman in West Kingston, RI.  The scouts made tiaras, sang songs, decorated place mats, ate cucumber sandwiches, drank tea, and learned about being friendly and helpful as called to do in the Girl Scout Law.  To learn about becoming a girl scout visit gssne.org.

 
DRRHS LEO LIONS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE, YOUTH SPEECH COMPETITION AND LEO CLUB SUMMIT

On January 8, members of the DRRHS Leo Club participated in a Luau Dinner at the Lions District 33S Mid-Winter Conference in Plymouth. Dressed in Hawaiian attire, the local Leos paraded a club-created “roasted” pig around the dining room as the opening ceremony for the dinner.

     The next day the Leos returned to Plymouth to attend the Leo Club Summit and the Youth Speech Competition.  Included in the day’s events was a presentation by a military officer sharing his experience in the armed forces followed by lunch, and a discussion to possibly launch a Leo Club for students at the middle school level in both Rehoboth and Dighton.

   Jade Beausoleil, a junior at D-R, competed in the Youth Speech Competition and took third place. Her phenomenal speech on the effects of social media captivated the crowd and gained her much praise from the judges.

 
PATRIOTS FEVER RUNS HIGH AT PINECROFT SCHOOL IN REHOBOTH

Second and third graders at the Pinecroft School in Rehoboth were very excited to throw a Let's Go Pats party on January 15 in preparation for the Patriots game.

    Students created Wanted Posters (Julian Edelman: Wanted for being too great!), answered Pats trivia (researched beforehand), enjoyed Pats cupcakes and were treated to the Do Your Job video.

   Teacher Renee Dupre was looking forward to attending the Saturday home game at Patriot Stadium in Foxboro, and sharing the good news news with her students when school resumed after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

    The Pinecroft School is an independent, private elementary school located on Tremont Street in Rehoboth.  

 

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS VISIT BCSB

(January 18, 2016) Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 earned their Making Choices Financial Literacy Leaf during the month of January.  To earn the Making Choices Leaf, the scouts learned the difference between needs and wants. 

    They discussed making choices about their money left over after meeting their needs, including saving money for future needs and wants and donating to charity. To learn about saving money we visited the Bristol County Savings Bank in Rehoboth.

   The staff planned a wonderful age appropriate program for the scouts including a tour of the building and a lesson in making deposits and withdrawals. The bank also surprised us with a piggy bank for each scout!  

   The troop is pictured left with Bristol County Savings Bank Assistant Manager Jane Williams, Head Teller Lou Ann Calverley, and Branch ManagerDiana Rochefort. Troop 628 sends a special thank you to Bristol County Savings.

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SENIOR CENTER VOLUNTEER GETS BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

(January 20, 2016) Ray Decker, a volunteer at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center in Rehoboth got a big surprise yesterday when his daughter brought in cupcakes to celebrate his 90th birthday (actually on February 18 but the center was closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). 

   According to center director Linda Sherman, Ray is an “awesome” volunteer!  Pictured left are Ray and his lovely wife Penny.

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ATTENTION PARENTS: PRESCHOOL SCREENING

(January 20, 2016) The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District is scheduling preschool screenings during the week of March 7 through 11 at the preschool facility at DRRHS for children at least three years of age by August 31, 2016 and who have not been screened previously.  

    Each student will be eligible to enter the lottery for available 2016-2017 openings in the Integrated Preschool Program (an inclusion classroom for typically developing children and those with special providing a play centered, interactive, and curriculum-rich experience).  The screenings also serve to identify students who may need a variety of special education services such a speech-language therapy or occupational therapy, as well as other services.

   The screenings will take approximately 45 minutes.  Parents are required to bring proof of residency, child’s birth certificate, and driver’s license for copying purposes.   Please call Kathie Galego at 508-252-5069 between 12:30 and 2:45 PM every weekday.

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NEAL & THE VIPERS TO PERFORM AT DRRHS

BENEFIT FUNDRAISER FOR AUDITORIUM RENOVATION FUND

(January 23, 2016) Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will host a second concert fundraiser, featuring Neal & The Vipers, to benefit the auditorium renovation fund on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 PM in the high school auditorium.

    Blues for Schools, a nonprofit organization based in Seekonk, MA, provides fundraising program for high schools across the country.  This is the second Blues for Schools concert held at DRRHS to support the fund for must needed renovations.

    Neal Vitullo first formed Young Neal & The Vipers over thirty years ago. With a continuously busy schedule at bars and festivals throughout New England, the band performs blues, R & B, surf, rockabilly, and American Roots Rock and Roll. Neal has played with such greats as Robert Plant, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Ray Vaughan, and also offers private guitar instruction.

   General admission tickets to the February 27 concert are $26.50 for adults and $15 for students 17 years of age and under. Doors open at 7 PM for the 7:30 show.

 

For tickets to the Neal & The Vipers Benefit Show at DRRHS, please visit Blues for Schools.   

WERNER HORLBECK SURPRISED BY THANK YOU PARTY

(January 27, 2016) Rehoboth resident Werner Horlbeck and his wife Chris were the guests of honor at a surprise party on January 25 at the Rehoboth Congregational Church.

    After living in Rehoboth for the past 40 years, the Horlbecks plan to move to a retirement home on the South Shore to be closer to family. Werner has spent countless hours volunteering on town committees, at the church, Blanding Library and as a member and officer of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society.

   “Werner has volunteered with enthusiasm and diligence,” said Tom Charnecki, past president of the RAS. “He’s always reliable and most importantly, he has served with a high level of integrity, honesty, and moral values.”  Tom also thanked Chris for all she had done for the Blanding Library over the years, where she first organized a children’s library and then served as director for a number of years. The couple will be greatly missed by the Rehoboth community.

    Pictured above is Werner accepting, from LIbrary Director Laura Bennett, a framed Blanding Library logo created by artist Deb Maher signed by members of the library staff.  

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS VISIT RHODE SHOW

(January 27, 2016) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 toured WPRI Channel 12 in East Providence and visited the set of The Rhode Show as a requirement for working on their Cinematography badge. Pictured L to R:  Ireland Larkin, Lilyia Fournier, Abi Eckerson, Madison Burbank, Sarah Baldini, Emily Day, and Amanda Abbott.

BCSB OFFERS FREE HOME BUYERS SEMINAR

(February 23, 2016) Bristol County Savings Bank announces that it will hold a free, educational Home Buyers’ Seminar for those thinking about purchasing, rehabbing or refinancing a house in the future on Wednesday, March 9 at the Colonel Blackinton Inn’s Carriage House, 203 North Main Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts from 5:30 to 8 PM.

    Featured speaker Vicky Faunce (pictured left) is a mortgage consultant with the bank. She will provide attendees information on finance options and down payment requirements to purchase a home.

   In addition to Faunce, the evening will feature guest speakers Goretti Joaquim from the MassHousing Finance Agency, Bryan Parrish of Bryan Parrish Home Inspections and Matt Boyle of FBinsure.

    Those attending and approved for a mortgage with Bristol County Savings Bank will receive a $300 credit towards closing costs (some restrictions may apply).  Reservations are required and seating is limited.  Please call 508-828-5329 by Friday, March 4 to reserve a seat.

 
BUSY AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS

(February 23, 2016) The Rehoboth and Seekonk American Heritage Girls report another successful Regifting Drive collecting new items for those in need.  The girls will be sorting the items for The Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry and The Seekonk Doorways Food Pantry in the coming weeks.  

   Patriot AHG Scout Macy Oliveira recently shared Chinese culture with the younger girls to complete her World Heritage badge. The girls enjoyed longevity noodles and rice with chopsticks, some Chinese characters, and an beautiful swan Macy made by the Chinese paper folding technique.  

   The swan is made up of 500 folded triangles, each taking about a minute to fold - that equals 100 sheets of paper and a lot of patience!

 
IAN HOBSON TO PERFORM AT MARCH 5 ARTS IN THE VILLAGE CONCERT

(February 23, 2016) Arts in the Village welcomes pianist Ian Hobson on Saturday, March 5 at Goff Memorial Hall for his first appearance in this concert series. The evening’s program will feature works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

   A musician of tremendous versatility, Hobson has earned an international reputation as a pianist, conductor, and educator. Born in England, he studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, at Cambridge University in England, and at Yale University in the United States. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, having already garnered silver medals at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions.

   Hobson's programs consistently demonstrate a repertoire that spans the centuries and demands an extraordinary command of styles and scholarly vision, in addition to great keyboard prowess. Major orchestras of the world with which he has appeared include the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Scottish National, Royal Liverpool, Halle, ORD-Vienna, Das Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Israel Sinfonietta, New Zealand Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and Houston.

   His recordings and recital performances encompass a cross-section of works from mammoth to miniature. Over the course of his career, he has recorded dozens of albums that include works by Beethoven, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and Mozart.

   This concert, sponsored by BayCoast Bank, will take place on Saturday, March 5 at Goff Memorial Hall, located at 124 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, MA. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children; cash and checks only. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors open at 7 PM for wine. For information, please call 508-252-6375 or visit  the AIV's web page or the Friends of AIV Facebook page.

 
DAISY TROOP 494, COOKIES & HOCKEY!

(February 23, 2016) Audrey, Anna, Maddy, Lilly and Sophie from Rehoboth Daisy Troop 494 were able to attend the Great Cookie Kickoff held at the Dunkin Donuts Center. They enjoyed fun crafts and activities and topped it off with a Providence Bruins Hockey game. It was a great day for the girls. If you are interested in buying Girl Scout Cookies you can see where local booth sale is. That info can be found on www.gssne.org.

 
REHOBOTH DAISY TROOP 626 EARN CLOVER PETAL (February 24, 2016) The girls of Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 626 earned their Clover Petal during the month of February. 

    To earn the Clover Petal, scouts learned about using resources wisely as required by the Girl Scout Law.  Supporting this concept, the girls decorated switch plate covers to use in their homes as a reminder to shut off lights when they leave the room. 

    You can learn more about Girl Scouts by visiting Girl Scouts of Southern New England headquartered in Rhode Island at GSSNE.org.

 

FEBRUARY IS WINNING MONTH FOR GARDEN CLUB

(February 24, 2016) Several members of the Rehoboth Garden Club earned awards at the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs Flower Show in February at the Providence Convention Center.

   Winning first place blue ribbons in their respective design categories were Dawn Leland, Linda McHugh and Elaine DiChiara. Elaine's winning design also garnered five other prestigious award ribbons. Marj DeAngelis took home a second place ribbon. A group project received honorable mention. Several other ribbons were awarded in the horticulture and youth divisions.

    Club members will attend a lesson in terrarium making on Monday, March 14 at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI with Gail Reed, garden and arboretum garden manager. This creative opportunity is open to the public, with a guest fee of $30. Carpools will leave the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth at 8:45 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM. The fee for members will be $25.  Payment checks are due by March 1. For more information, please contact Linda McHugh at 508-252-9768. For general and membership information please contact Dianne Burns at dburns54@comcast.net or 508-336-9933. New members always welcome!

RBA BRINGS SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERT TO GOFF HALL

(February 27, 2016) The Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) together with Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) hosted a free seminar “Social Security and Your Questions” at Goff Memorial Hall on February 17. 

    Over forty people attended the seminar with speaker Kurt Czarnowski, former Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration in New England.  An author and frequent radio guest, Czarnowski is also President of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. Before the seminar, guests enjoyed a catered light dinner courtesy of the RBA and BCSB, a member of the business organization. 

    The RBA will sponsor their annual Candidates Night on March 22 at Hillside Country Club. The event will feature a meet and greet social hour with local candidates for town election, followed by a formal Question and Answer forum that will be videotaped for viewing online. 

    While most candidates are running unopposed for the upcoming April 4 election, the event offers the opportunity to any candidate to participate, meet the public, and answer questions related to town issues.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Cost is $20 per person, both RBA members and guests.  Please RSVP by March 18 at salcyn506@aol.com or call Cindy at 508-641-7146.

 
DRRHS FRESHMAN CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS DRESSED FOR ACTION

(March 1, 2016) The inaugural class of Culinary Arts majors in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School CTE Department began class recently in “full chef uniform.”   Some students practiced their knife cuts and measurements while preparing chicken and rice soup, and rice pilaf.  Other students “on the baking side of the house” made mini-cheesecakes.  (Photo DRRHS)

 

ANTI-BULLYING POSTER CONTEST

(March 1, 2016) DRRHS students Michelle Landry and Nicole Evans were recently named winners of the school’s Anti-Bullying Poster contest shown above with their award-winning work. (Photo DRRHS)

REHOBOTH DAISY SCOUTS VISIT EXPERIENCE CENTER IN WARWICK

(March 1, 2016) In February, Rehoboth Daisy Troop 628 joined others from Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England at the Girl Leadership Experience Center in Warwick.  

   The scouts made fairy houses, decorated fairy wings and wands, made and ate rainbow pudding, played games, made cereal necklaces, listened to stories, and sang songs while learning to make the world a better place as called to do in the Girl Scout Law.  To learn about becoming a girl scout visit www.gssne.org.

 
SENIOR CENTER BRINGS DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD PROJECT TO REHOBOTH

(March 1, 2016) The Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center is bringing a special project to Rehoboth and invites those interested to participate on Thursday, March 10 at 10 AM.

   What if every girl had just one dress?  Wendy from RYCO Fabric’s Charitable Sewing Group will teach participants how to make the dresses used in the program called “Dress A Girl Around the World.”  

    The project is a campaign under Hope 4 Women International, a non-profit organization. People from the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, U.K., Sweden, Philippines and Uganda gather for a day or an evening of sewing dresses made from pillowcases and fabric.

    By providing a new dress, you may be changing a young girl’s destiny.  “Wearing a new dress may presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators,” say village pastors.  A “Dress A Girl” label is sewn to the outside of each dress sending an additional message each girl is under the care of an organization.  

    If you are interested in attending the March 10 session, please contact the senior center at Learn more about the project at 508-252-3372.  There will be something for everyone to do.  Donations of cotton fabric are also welcome.  For more info about the program, go to dressagirlaroundtheworld.com.

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRL’S SUCCESSFUL RE-GIFTING CAMPAIGN

(March 5, 2016) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 extends a thank you to all those who contributed to their second annual Re-gifting Rehoboth and Seekonk Drive to benefit Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry and Seekonk Doorways Food Pantry.  

   The girls collected new items, from toys to household goods to clothing, to benefit those in need. The girls delivered items and listened to Helping Hands Director Steve Martin give a brief overview of the food pantry that serves from 50 to 60 families a week.

   The girls extend a challenge to residents.  Anyone who has items, in new condition, that could be useful to someone in need should contact Helping Hands at 508-252-3263.

   American Heritage Girls exemplify public service and caring for one’s community. They encourage others to think of ways to be helpful. Do you have a talent you could share? Does your business have a service they could donate? Could you bake or cook something for Helping Hands to be used for the weekly distribution to those in need?  Drop off some flowers!  Pick up some items you find on sale and donate them! “The possibilities are endless,” say the girls, “and you will be blessed in return!”

 
DRRHS UNIFIED BASKETBALL BRINGS EVERYONE TOGETHER

(March 8, 2016) The concept of a “unified” sports team or event sprang from the goal of including athletes of all abilities including those with physical and/or developmental challenges. The Best Buddies chapter at D-R includes a unified sports program

   On Saturday, February 27, the D-R Unified team hosted a basketball tournament with invited teams from Somerset-Berkley Regional High School and Dartmouth High Schools. A photo array is available on the D-R Blog.

    Ryan Lawn sang the National Anthem during the opening ceremony. According to Dean Doug Kelley, “This talented young man has perfect pitch.”  He added, “Being a vocal major myself it is very rare and exciting to hear someone with perfect pitch. I was extremely impressed with Ryan's performance.  He also did an amazing job at the Girls State Tournament basketball game on Thursday night. So many parents from Pembroke high school came to me with heartfelt comments on his rendition.”

    The Best Buddies chapter at D-R recently participated once again in the national campaign “Spread the Word to End the Word” referring to the continued casual use of the word retard which is considered insulting to individuals with developmental differences.

    Students and staff were encouraged to wear their favorite D-R gear to support the Best Buddies Unified Team.  Tables were set up during lunch periods for all students to “shred the word” and create positive label name tags to wear for the day. After school, the Unified Basketball Team took on the faculty in a well-played game. (photos courtesy of DRRHS Blog)

 
DRRHS TO HOST STATEWIDE BEST BUDDIES PROM IN APRIL

(March 12, 2016) Next month, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will host 700 participants from 27 school-based chapters of Best Buddies Massachusetts for the organization’s sixth annual prom for high school program participants with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

   Students throughout the Commonwealth will meet at DRRHS on Saturday, April 2 to mingle, celebrate, and dance the night away from 5 to 9 PM in the gym and cafeteria.  The theme for the night is, “Bright Lights in the Big City” featuring live music, food, and games. The prom is unique as an opportunity for participants to make life long memories and take part in an event not often afforded to many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

    “Year after year we are so lucky to receive outstanding support from our partner communities throughout the Commonwealth in planning this event” said Craig Welton, State Director of Best Buddies Massachusetts.  “With most of our participants taking part in this event to date, I am thrilled that we are able to organize such an amazing experience that will truly impact the lives of our participants with and without disabilities.  Prom is such a special event and we are so lucky to have a hand in creating lifelong memories for all of our participants!” 

    Best Buddies® is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental. Best Buddies Massachusetts serves more than 4,500 participants throughout the Commonwealth through our Friendship and Employment programs.

    The Best Buddies chapter at DR was established in 2010 with a small group of student and faculty advisors.  The group is active throughout the school year with lots of activities for club members.  The group also organizes annual events such as a Halloween party, Powderpuff Football Game, Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and anti-bullying awareness programs. 

 
RPD DETECTIVES VISIT CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLASSES AT DRRHS

(March 14, 2016) Rehoboth Police Department detectives, Nicole Eastwood and James Casey recently met with students enrolled in the Legal Theory/Investigations and Collection of Evidence courses at Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School.

   The detectives discussed their role within the local police department and conducted a presentation on crime scene investigations and evidence collection. 

    Approximately 12 students, both juniors and seniors, are enrolled in the classes instructed by Sgt. Shawn Cronin of the Dighton Police Department.

 
PROGRAM ON TWO CENTURIES OF REHOBOTH HISTORY

(March 14, 2016) Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Rehoboth two-hundred-years ago? You can find out on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 5 PM at the historic Hornbine School when the Rehoboth Minutemen will be encamped and conduct demonstrations.

   Supported by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, the minute company re-enactors will demonstrate skills and activities which were performed during 1776.  There will be drills for the children as well as Rehoboth artifact displays, history stories and a fashion show. 

   The Hornbine School, a historic one-room Schoolhouse Museum, will be open to the public from 1 to 5 PM that Sunday with teachers on hand to share the school’s daily lessons and activities.  All grade three students from Palmer River Elementary School, as well as many other classrooms from surrounding communities, visit the school for a day in the spring.

   Also on Sunday, June 5, the Carpenter Museum will hold their annual Strawberry Country Festival from 12 to 4 PM. Bring your family to these two family friendly events, learn about Rehoboth history, and enjoy the day.

   This FREE event will take place at the Hornbine School located at the corner of Hornbine Road and Baker Street in south east Rehoboth. The Hornbine School will also be open each 2nd and 4th Sunday for the remainder of the season from 2 to 4 PM. For additional information on the Rehoboth Minutemen, the Hornbine School, or the June 5 event, please contact Cathy Potter at 508-252-3682.

 
VOLUNTEERS AT SENIOR CENTER MAKE PILLOWCASE DRESSES

(March 16, 2016) Volunteers gathered at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center in Rehoboth to learn how to make pillowcase dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project. 

    Wendy Shaw from RYCO’s Charitable Quilting Group provided instruction, and the completed dresses will be delivered to girls in need around the world. In many cases, one dress can transform a little girl’s world, allow her to attend school, and have the appearance that someone cares, which in turn offers her protection in an often predatory environment.

   Learn more at on the website dressagirlaroundtheworld.

    Pictured in photos are: Maureen Dady, Cheryl Tait, Dottie Conlow, Rita McLaughlin, Wendy Shaw, Sue Laverdiere, and Sandy Carter.

 
REHOBOTH PRESCHOOLERS LOVE THEIR PIZZA

(March 17, 2016) Several preschoolers from Rehoboth who participate in the Ocean Grove Center Head Start Program in Swansea recently helped create a giant seed pizza to feed the birds outside their school.

    Head Start program teacher Pam Pierce of Rehoboth involved her students in many pizza related activities including a tour of Papa Gino’s in Somerset. The children also made dough balls, studied yeast rising, fractions, spelling, poetry and singing.  

   Over 200 pounds of bird feed was donated by Munroe Feed & Grain of Rehoboth and Bay State Pet Supply of Taunton.

   Pictured left is Head Start student Maximus of Rehoboth forming pizza dough with his mom and sister Jade.

 
ARTS IN THE VILLAGE: PROVIDENCE MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA FINAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON

(March 18, 2016) Arts in the Village welcomes back the Providence Mandolin Orchestra on Saturday, April 9, for the final concert of this season at Goff Memorial Hall. This performance is supported by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, the local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

    For over 35 years, the PMO has been a leading American mandolin ensemble, performing throughout the Eastern United States and Canada and at festivals in Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the Netherlands. The troupe has acquired a reputation for high-energy performances of its eclectic repertoire, which includes a wide range of musical styles. 

    For this concert, the group will present a program of contemporary pieces that reference and draw upon earlier Western classical music traditions. Under the direction of Mark Davis, who has led the PMO since 1989, the evening will include original works by American, Italian, Dutch, Australian, and Greek-American composers. Pieces that feature lute and guitar music will be performed as well as a neoclassical mandolin concerto, among other works. 

    Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children; cash and checks only. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors open at 7 PM for wine. For information, please call 508-252-6375. Visit the AIV's website or  the Friends of Rehoboth Arts in the Village on Facebook.

 

Representative Steve Howitt congratulates Gert Messier who celebrated her 94th birthday with the Best Is Yet to Come Club at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center in Rehoboth. Gert is famous for Gert’s Cafe held on Mondays at the senior center.

REHOBOTH’S BREADHITZ ADDS NEW WORKSHOPS FOR SPRING INCLUDING EARTH OVEN BUILDING

(March 23, 2016) Many locals know Rehoboth residents Ciril and Kylee Hitz for the brick oven baked bread and pizza they sell occasionally from their home on County Street. Their bread sales are typically announced to an email list of loyal customers.

    Chef Ciril, a native of Switzerland, teaches full-time at the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. His work has been featured on The Food Network, Ciao Italia! and the NBC Today Show.

   Several years ago, the couple began offering a variety of Breadhitz workshops that have become extremely popular, with students coming from everywhere to rural Rehoboth to learn baking skills, beginner level to advanced. 

   Small classes are hands-on with 6 to 12 students held in two cozy baking workshops including a three-season space with a room-size wood-fired oven. 

   In May, guest instructor Richard Miscovich will teach a two-day class on Earth Oven Building when students will learn how to construct their own oven at home. In June, Breadhitz will also offer A Tour of Breads Intensive class, and Artisan Brea Fundamentals. 
   You can learn more about Breadhitz or register for classes at their website.

 

DRRHS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT TEAM TAKES THIRD PLACE IN SE MA

(March 24, 2016) Sixty-one teams from thirteen high schools throughout SE MA competed in last week’s Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge at UMass Dartmouth with third place going to the DRRHS team (Falcons 5). 

    The Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge, with title sponsor Bristol County Savings Bank is a business strategy competition in which high school sophomores, juniors and seniors compete against other schools in teams using an online, interactive, real world business simulation game which provide students with essential business knowledge.

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went to BMC Durfee High School and Second Place to Apponequet Regional High School. Each member of the first, second and third place teams received scholarships to a post-secondary school they choose to attend in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively. UMass-Dartmouth will match the scholarship awards from any of the winning students who choose to attend the University.

    Pictured above (left to right) are: Caroline Paradis, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts;  students Caitlin McNaughton, Jackie Maral and Lucy Maslen; and Michael Patacao, Commercial Loan Officer for Titan Business Challenge Lead Sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank and Board Treasurer & Titan Business Challenge Committee member, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts.

 

SPRING NEWS FROM THE REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB

(March 24, 2016) he 82nd Annual Meeting of the Rehoboth Garden Club will take place at Crestwood Country Club on April 11, 2016. The club would like to recognize the efforts and talents of outgoing Co-Presidents Helen Davis and Elaine DiChiara. Members are reminded to send their reservation forms and payment to Susan Thayer by April 1, 2016.

   The club’s first civic project of the spring will be the clean up and preparation of the Carpenter Museum Herb Garden on May 2. They plan to dedicate the memorial garden stones honoring past RGC Presidents Kathryn Blake and Gertrude Grimley. Their family members have been invited to attend the ceremony and join us for a luncheon.

   Mark your calendars for club’s Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Goff Hall Barn Shed. A wide variety of annuals, including hanging plants, perennials, herbs, vegetables, bushes and houseplants will be available. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support our scholarship program, as well as civic and educational events. All plant donations will be graciously accepted.

A NOTE OF THANKS AND PHOTOS FROM ANNUAL MOM PROM FUNDRAISER

(March 24, 2016)  The following is a message from Mom Prom organizer Cathy Edington

    Dear Rehoboth Community Family and Friends! Thanks so much for your support of this year’s Mom Prom.  Whether you attended, donated, helped spread the word or were one of the numerous donors of raffle items or purchasers of raffle tickets, your assistance is truly appreciated!   

    Special thanks go to Hillside Country Club for providing a wonderful venue, awesome food, and help with every aspect of the event.  I’d also like to thank The Strangers whose music kept people dancing and having fun all night long.  

    The monies raised were given to the Rehoboth Food Pantry and to a local family whose daughter is fighting breast cancer.  As you can see from the attached photos,  a good time was had by all!  My family and I are blessed to live in such a wonderful and caring community!

REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN HAVE BUSY SEASONAL CALENDAR

(March 29, 2016) The 13th Continental Regiment, or Rehoboth Minute Company of Revolutionary War re-enactors, have announced their busy seasonal calendar of appearances and other history-related events for this spring, summer and fall.

    The company, consisting of both citizen soldiers and camp followers, will appear on Saturday, April 2 at the Woodcock Garrison House in North Attleboro, followed by an appearance at the Battle of Lexington on Saturday, April 16.  The next day, on Sunday, April 17, the company will participate in a lecture at the Lafayette-Durfee House in Fall River. On Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 18, the Rehoboth Minutemen will be at the Concord Bridge ceremony in Concord, MA.

    Over the weekend of May 14-15, the company will participate in the Nathaneal Greene Homestead Camp weekend in Coventry, RI.  On May 22, they will be at the Dighton Historical Society. Visit the Minutemen Page for full calendar and more information about monthly meeting and joining. 

DAISY GIRL SCOUTS EARN THEIR “VI PETALS”

(March 29, 2016)  Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 earned their Vi Petal during the month of March. To earn their Vi Petal the scouts learned about how to be a sister to every Girl Scout around the world as they are called to do in the Girl Scout Law.  

    The girls supported this concept by making paper dolls that looked like them and then connected the dolls’ hands to represent their sister relationship with fellow scouts.  To learn about becoming a girl scout visit gssne.org

 
NEATTA SCHEDULES BIG TENTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN JUNE AT FRANCIS FARM

(April 5, 2016) The Rehoboth-based New England Antique Tractor and Truck Association will host their 10th Anniversary Show on Sunday, June 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Francis Farm.

    This family-friendly event will feature both garden and farm tractor pulls, an antique truck and tractor show, and a swap meet.  There will also be raffles, hayride, a bounce house and peddle tractors for kids to ride. Trophies will be awarded for the tractors and trucks entered in the show, as well as for winners of the pulls. Anyone can bring a vehicle, take part in the pulls (NEATT rules apply), or rent space at the swap meet-flea market. A BBQ Chicken Dinner will be offered following the show for $15 per adult; $7.50 for age 12 and under; and five years and under free. Tickets must be purchased by June 1, no walk-ins.  Those interested in renting a 10 x 30 foot space for the swap meet-flea market for $25 should contact Bev at 508-222-7109 or Frank at 508-295-4758.

    Admission will be non-perishable food donations or cash donations to benefit Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry. 

    NEATTA is a non-profit organization for people with an interest in the history, restoration, and collection of “antique” tractors and trucks. embers share their passion for antique farm equipment with each other and the general public. Established in the summer of 2006, there are currently over 240 NEATTA members from all across New England who participate in monthly meetings, parades, shows and special events. Meetings and many events are held on the expansive grounds of Francis Farm in Rehoboth. Visit the neatta.org for more information.

 

REHOBOTH DAISY GIRL SCOUTS ENJOY AWARDS CEREMONY

(April 8, 2016) In March, member of Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 held an awards ceremony.  The scouts received badges, awards and were recognized for meeting their Girl Scout cookie sales goals.  

   Over the past few months the scouts collected donations at their cookie sales booths used to purchase 67 boxes of Girl Scout cookies which Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will distribute to local military organizations including the TF Green Airport Military Lounge, Fleet and Family Support Centers, and Veteran's Hospitals.  

   Troop leaders and parents are proud of the scouts’ accomplishments, including their community service through the Girl Scout Cookie Share program.

REP. HOWITT LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

(April 21, 2016) State Representative Steven Howitt (R- Seekonk), who represents Rehoboth, was joined by many supporters and friends from the 4th Bristol District on April 19 at the formal launch of his reelection campaign.

    Numerous local officials and State House colleagues attended to show their support. The Grand Rose Ballroom venue at the Clarion Inn in Seekonk was loud, festive and packed with good will and positive endorsements.

    Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson offered remarks and pledged support of his friend and colleague Representative Howitt, noting that “his hard work, commitment, and devotion to his constituents and the 4th Bristol District needs to stay in place.”

    During his tenure in office, Representative Howitt has achieved a 100% attendance record.  Most recently, he announced towns of the 4th Bristol District will receive $2,320,540 for local road and bridge repairs during the 2016 construction period. 

    The 4th Bristol District includes all of Seekonk and Rehoboth, precinct 2 in Norton, and Swansea, precincts 4 and 5. For more information on Howitt’s re-election campaign, please visit StevenHowitt.com.

 
SINGERS FROM REHOBOTH AND SE MA PARTICIPATE IN CHORAL GROUP

(April 21, 2016) With members from Rehoboth and other Southeastern Massachusetts communities, the Sine Nomine choral ensemble will present the Renaissance madrigal comed  L’Amfiparnaso (the Twin Peaks of Parnassus) by Orazio Vecchi at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven on Friday, May 13 at 8 PM and on Sunday, May 15 at Linden Place in Bristol, RI at 3 PM.

    Immerse yourself in a decadent spectacle of handmade masks and costumes as the well-known and unruly characters of commedia dell’arte are brought to life against a 16th-century backdrop.

    Daniel P. Ryan leads Sine Nomine choral ensemble in a rare theatrical collaboration, presenting Orazio Vecchi’s dramatically scripted cycle of harmonious madrigals.  This imaginative spectacle of harmony, hysterics, and havoc features actors Rory Boyd and Shawna Michelle James with actor, director, and mask builder, Ian Sullivan.

   Sine Nomine is an auditioned chamber choir dedicated to performing early music within diverse and innovative concert programs designed to share its passion for choral music with a wide audience. The group draws its members from southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Admission $20. Senior and student discounts available at the door with I.D. sinenominechoir.org

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS GARDEN PROJECT

(April 22, 2016)  Members of the American Heritage Girls, Troop MA3712, participated in a service project involving spring clean-up on April 17 of the Rosary Garden at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Seekonk.

   The girls edged, planted flowers, and painted the rosary stones in the garden to beautify the area for the spring.

    Pictured left to right:  Emma Pfeffer, Avyana Conti, Siera Larkin, Kriszel Dabi, Amanda Abbott, Lily McCormick, Ashlyn McCormick, and Ireland Larkin.

Inmate Maria Henriques serves coffee during the recent Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Rehoboth senior legend Gert Messier.

INMATES HELP WITH VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON AT SENIOR CENTER

(April 22, 2016)  Selected inmates from The Women’s Center at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth recently helped serve the meal at the April 14 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

Inmate Julie Krajewski holds a tray of cheesecake as fellow Maria Henriques gets ready to serve them to volunteers.

GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE

(April 26, 2016)  Old scouts, new scouts, and future scouts are invited to learn more about Girl Scouts on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 4:30 PM at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk.

    Come learn more about scouting on May 22. There will be a free ice cream sundae bar, free door prizes, and crafts. You can also register that day for the upcoming school year.

    For more information, please contact Colleen McBride at rdhcolleen@aol.com or Rebecca Smith at AcelineBarrett@aol.com

FERAL CAT TNR PROGRAM IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS AND ASSISTANCE

(April 26, 2016)  (April 26, 2016)  Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter (FRAS) is in dire need of assistance with their Trap, Neuter, and Release Program (TNR). There are many feral cat colonies in Rehoboth that can be safely addressed with TNR.

    Once neutered and recovered the cat is released back to the original colony.  Once all the cats have been trapped, neutered and released, the colony will die out in about three years. Volunteers are needed for trapping, transporting cats to vets and then to recovery.  

   FRAS also needs a shed, trailer or empty garage to put recovering cats for a day or two.  If anyone knows of an empty shelter that can be used for this purpose, please let FRAS know.

   If you wish to help in the trapping, or lending a shelter, please email FRAS.   Monetary donations can be mailed to Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, Inc., Post Office Box 42, Rehoboth, MA 02769. More information can be found at the organization’s website.

 

Rehoboth Daisy Girl Scout Troop 628 recently made craft lions as a symbol of being courageous and strong. The girls also worked on their Bird Bath Award during the month of April.

GIRL SCOUTS VISIT REHOBOTH POLICE HEADQUARTERS

(April 26, 2016) The girls of Rehoboth Daisy Troop 628 recently earned their Safety Award.

   The scouts learned a number of ways to stay safe including stop, drop, and roll during a fire. They also learned what to do if they are ever become lost and need help.

    The scouts enjoyed a visit to the Rehoboth Police Station and were very appreciated to the officers of the RPD for giving them a tour of the public safety building and police headquarters.

   To learn about becoming a girl scout visit www.gssne.orgFor more local information, please contact Colleen McBride at rdhcolleen@aol.com or Rebecca Smith at AcelineBarrett@aol.com

REHOBOTH AMBULANCE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR AUTOMATED CPR MACHINE

(May 4, 2016)  Image the life-saving benefits of an automated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) machine to provide chest compressions at the site of a medical emergency and en route to the hospital.  The Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, an independent non-profit organization, has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase this device for the organization’s new ambulance to arrive soon.

    The goal of the campaign is to raise enough funds to stock all three ambulances with the same equipment, ensuring all patients get the best possible care in the event CPR is required. These machines provide quality compressions to patients in cardiac arrest. Anyone who has been trained in CPR knows doing chest compressions and rescue breathing to a person on the ground is quickly exhausting.  The automated device never gets tired and can be plugged into the ambulance during transport.

   The Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, while providing vital services to the community, is not a town agency and receives no funding from municipal government.  Some of the services provided 24-7 include 911 emergency calls and EMS services, non-emergency transports, providing EMS services at special town events and DRRHS football games, CPR training, and special medical needs assistance during weather emergencies and power outages.

    Please consider giving a donation to benefit everyone in the community.  Every dollar is appreciated and is tax deductible. You can mail your charitable donation to: Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, P.O. Box 156, Rehoboth, MA 02769.  Thank you.

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS HOST TEA

(May 11, 2016)  Explorer Level American Heritage Girls hosted a Mother Daughter Tea recently for members of American Girl Troop MA3712 at the Parish Center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

    This special event was planned and executed by Abi Eckerson, Ireland Larkin, Sarah Baldini and Emily Day as part of their Lewis and Clark Level Award to advance to the Pioneer Level.

   About 40 mothers, grandmothers and girls enjoyed fresh brewed tea in fancy teacups along with delicious pastries. There were bouquets of pens with flowers at the tops of them for centerpieces, colorful napkins folded to look like butterflies, handprinted place cards and balloons, all with relaxing music in the background.  This special event also fulfilled some requirements for the girls working on the Social Etiquette badge.

 

REHOBOTH DAISY TROOP 494 SPRING INTO ACTION

(May 11, 2016)  The girls of Rehoboth Daisy Troop #494 worked together to clean up the courtyard at Palmer River Elementary School to help make the school a better place for everyone.

   The girls had just finished their Rosie Petal and were putting their knowledge to good use. The girls also learned about recycling and promised to leave places better than when they found it. 

METTA STUDENTS FOUNDATION NAMES D-R SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

(May 11, 2016)  DRRHS senior Ashley Szczoczarz will be awarded a $1000 scholarship later this month by Metta Students Foundation based in Providence.

   Established in 2012 by Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates, the foundation rewards teens who perform acts of kindness. “The common denominator with all of our Metta Students is their compassion, unselfishness and dedication to others. Each is unique, but they all want to make the world a better place,” explained Kelly.

   Szczoczarz  was nominated for the scholarship award by her science teacher, Diana Hopkins. “Ashley is undoubtedly, one of the most conscientious students I have ever had the opportunity to teach,” wrote Hopkins.  “Beyond the classroom, she is a vivacious leader.”

    A member of the National Honor Society, she ranks n the top ten percent of her class and serves as student body president.  She is also president of the school’s Best Buddies chapter. The nonprofit organization brings together students of all abilities for inclusion in a variety of activities and programs.

    “Spreading the mission of inclusion is a cause that is very dear to my heart,” emphasized Szczoczarz who also works as a teaching assistant at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Somerset.  For the past four years, she has volunteered as cheer coach for Dighton-Rehoboth Pop Warner. Her cheer team placed first regionally and will go on to compete on the national level at a competition in Orlando, Florida.

    “In my personal and social life, I work to spread the mission of love, kindness, and inclusion by coaching different levels of cheerleading, both 8th grade cheer and challenger cheerleading, and mix the two to teach important acceptance and responsibility roles in the lives of others,” she explained.

    Following graduation, Szczoczarz plans to attend Salve Regina University in Newport, RI to study special education.  “I hope to one day open my own nonprofit organization that provides resources and help for families of students with disabilities at the elementary level.”

 
REHOBOTH/SEEKONK GIRL SCOUT “VOLUNTEERS OF EXCELLENCE”

(May 14, 2016)  At the annual meeting of Girl Scouts of Southeast New England, local leaders were honored with the “Volunteer of Excellence Award”  making a difference in our girls and our community.  Their dedication and commitment has made girls of courage, confidence and character, who are making the world a better place! 

   The local women were recognized for contributing outstanding service while partnering directly with girls, implementing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through use of the national program portfolio, performing at a level that exceeds the expectations of their position & retaining Girl Scout membership.

   Lisa-Marie Dyer, Rehoboth/Seekonk Program Coordinator and Troop 56 leader, has led the troop for ten years. As program coordinator, she informs other leaders of activities and opportunities, and organizes trips for local troops such as the circus, Boston tours, P Bruin games, and events with other service units. Locally, she has organized our annual collections for Thanksgiving baskets and Project Undercover. Dyer enjoys her summers at Girl Scout Camp Promising Acres where she is camp nurse.

   Judy Rose, Rehoboth/Seekonk Fall Sales Coordinator (BAR) and leader for Troop 1080 (56), has been a compassionate and caring leader for 8 years.  As Fall Sales Coordinator, she successfully manages all aspects of sales with enthusiasm and kindness while organizing the sales of hundreds of items including nuts, chocolates, and magazines. Rose has been a leader who teaches the girls how to ‘give back’ to our community and make a difference.  Troop 1080 has collected winter coats, summer clothing, pet supplies, and other needed items.

   Heather Potter, Jenn Ullicci, and Lisa Dobbler, leaders of Seekonk Troop 707 for the past three years, are enthusiastic, dedicated and very welcoming. This year, they opened their arms and welcomed eight girls of Rehoboth Brownie Troop 338 when no leadership was found in Rehoboth.

    Rebecca Smith was honored for 15 years of service to local girl scouts. She has been Rehoboth's Membership Coordinator and leader of Troop 507 for 12 years, bringing them from early days as Daisy Girl Scouts to young women Ambassador Scouts. Smith was also leader of Troop 338 for 2 years.

    Colleen McBride was honored with 20 years of service to Girl Scouts including acting as Rehoboth/Seekonk Service Unit Manager and leader of Troops 484, 750 & 338.

    Congratulations to our outstanding leaders for their well-deserved recognition. Their dedication to Girl Scouts is priceless.


Pictured above: Local Girl Scout Volunteers honored at annual GSSNE meeting (L to R): Judy Rose, Tracy Lancellotta (delegate) , Colleen McBride, Lisa Marie Dyer, Rebecca Smith, and Heather Potter.

 
STUDENTS AT PINECROFT SCHOOL WITNESS RARE ASTRONOMICAL EVENT AT WHEATON’S MARS CENTER

(May 14, 2016)  The fourth and fifth grade students at the Pinecroft School in Rehoboth took a quick trip to Wheaton College on Monday, May 9 to witness the transit of Mercury through the large telescopes on top of the college's Mars Center for Science and Technology. 

    The students were pleasantly surprised to be able to see the planet passing across the face of the sun in broad daylight.  The last time this rare event took place was in 2006.

   The students got to meet Wheaton's new astronomer, Dr. Dipankar Maitra, who was on-hand to answer questions.

   The Pinecroft School is an independent private school for students K through grade 5. The school was previously headquartered in Norton near Wheaton College for over twenty years before moving to the old North Rehoboth School on Tremont Street.

   

 

DAISY TROOP 494 VISIT THE CAPRON PARK ZOO

(May 17, 2016)  In April, Rehoboth Daisy Troop 494 attended the Daisy Day at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA.

   The girls were able to enjoy some up close encounters with a few of the animals. They toured the zoo and saw the animals they had learned about while completing their Journey with 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals.

   Old scouts, new scouts, and future scouts are invited to learn more about Girl Scouts at an Open House on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 4:30 PM at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk.

   There will be a free ice cream sundae bar, free door prizes, and crafts. You can also register that day for the upcoming school year.

    For more information, please contact Colleen McBride at rdhcolleen@aol.com or Rebecca Smith at AcelineBarrett@aol.com

MOTHER’S DAY TEA AT THE

SENIOR CENTER

(May 17, 2016)  On May 12, the staff and volunteers at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center hosted their annual Mother’s Day Tea for local moms and grandmothers.

    It was time to bring out the good china and linen while partipants wore their finest spring hats.  Everyone had a wonderful time.

TOP FIVE DRRHS SENIORS HONORED

(May 24, 2016)  The top five seniors in the 2016 graduating class at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School were recently honored at two special events.

   One occasion was the annual South Coast Conference Top 5 luncheon and ceremony at Independence Harbor in Assonet.

    Pictured above are the top five students, Antonia Scott, Victoria Scott, Sara Enos, Emma Masse, and Jon Ursillo along with Superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar, DRRHS Principal Kevin Braga, and National Honor Society advisors Mr. DeLano and Mrs. Payne.

GRANT AWARDED TO CTE ALLOWS STUDENTS TO WORK TOGETHER

(May 24, 2016) The CTE department at DRRHS received a $1500 grant earlier this month from EcoRise Youth Innovations to fund campus sustainability projects.

   Drafting Design & Engineering designed and constructed raised garden beds. Environmental students will maintain garden beds and compost bins outside of Culinary Arts classroom to provide fresh herbs and leafy vegetables with a harvest ready for the start of the school year.  Other students cleared an area for a a bird and butterfly garden.

  

D-R STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN
REGIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS

(May 24, 2016)  Students from DRRHS and Best Buddies joined other area high schools recently for Special Olympics day at Attleboro High School.

HISTORIC HORNBINE SCHOOL’S

NEW ‘MARM’ WELCOMES VISITORS

(May 25, 2016)  The historic Hornbine School is open for the summer season with new “school marm” Brenda Saben. The one-room school house will be open to the public from June 26 thru September 25 on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2 to 4 PM.

    Visit as part of your “Staycation” or take friends who come to town and show off one of Rehoboth’s historic assets.

   Thanks to the hard work of Rehoboth resident Cathy Potter and her crew, the school has been open for day trips this spring, hosting several classes from Swansea, Dighton and Rehoboth.  (Photo by Dave Downs)

 
PINECROFT STUDENT ENJOY GRANT

(May 25, 2016) Rehoboth’s private Pinecroft School received a grant from the U.S. Roller Skating Foundation for a recent visit to Forrest’s Family Fun Center in Taunton.

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS

(May 27, 2016) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Seekonk, enjoyed a scavenger hunt and hike through Swansea Village on May 19 for their last meeting this year. The girls will be appearing in local Memorial Day parades.

STRAWBERRY COUNTRY FESTIVAL AT
THE CARPENTER MUSUEM ON JUNE 5

(May 27, 2016) Step back in time on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 5 PM at the Carpenter Museum’s Annual Strawberry Country Festival. 

   There will be lots of hands-on activities for all ages, including rope making, cooking on the open hearth fireplace, and hammering pegs for the post and beam barn.  Make butter and candles, practice archery, nad learn how to work with leather.

    Climb onto an antique tractor, an antique Munroe Dairy truck, and a 1920s fire engine (weather permitting)! Enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake and other strawberry-themed food and drinks including strawberry lemonade, strawberry jam, and chocolate covered strawberries! Free admission and parking.

    The Carpenter Museum is owned and operated by the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society.  The RAS, which also operates the Blanding Public Library and Goff Memorial Hall, has adopted a new mission statement to better describe the non-profit organization. “The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society exists to preserve, promote and enhance the significant historical, educational and cultural assets of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.”

 

DRRHS STUDENTS SHOW OFF THEIR ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS

(June 3, 2016) A school year’s worth of art produced by students at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School was on display last week during the annual art exhibit and spring concert.  

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS MARCH

(June 3, 2016) Rehoboth and Seekonk members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 march in the Seekonk Memorial Day Parade.  The troop is based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Seekonk.

PALMER RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO HOST BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN ON JUNE 9

(June 4, 2016) Palmer River Elementary in Rehoboth will host a Boosterthon Fun Run event on June 9 to build character through sports. A nine-day program, Boosterthon is a fund-raising program to benefit Palmer River and inspire students to live healthy, character-filled lives. Students will run for about 30 minutes to themed music at the big event.

    In addition to the character theme, Boosterthon’s cutting edge fundraising program helps schools raise 70 percent more than alternative fundraisers. Schools select their service level with custom options.

    Boosterthon’s character theme this year is Big World Recess. The fitness theme features stories of six kid-athletes and illustrates the power of living out character in sports and in life. Students are introduced to uplifting stories originating in New York City, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and Kenya.

      An exciting addition to the program this year is “Student Star” video which allows parents to cast their child as the star in a short film by uploading their picture at funrun.com. Parents can then share the video to ask for support from friends and family in a fun and light way.

    Integrated into the program is Boosterthon’s 2015-16 giveback program, The Great Shoe Takeoff, with a goal to send 60,000 gently used pairs of shoes from the U.S., overseas. As classes reach fundraising milestones, Boosterthon will pay to fly a pair of shoes to communities in need. Boosterthon.com.

 

COME ENJOY THE SHOW AND ICE CREAM SUNDAES AT DRRHS

(June 4, 2016) In what is hoped to be an annual event, Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School is hosting the first DR Difference Music Festival on Sunday, June 12 at 3:30 in the auditorium.

   The show will feature student musicians and singers from around the district including the Dighton Elementary School Chorus, the Beckwith Middle School Jazz Band, the DRRHS Jazz Band, and groups “The Divided” and “JFQ.”  Also performing will be the DR All-Stars Faculty Band featuring J. Botelho, D. Demers, D. Kelley, K. Loell, J. Gallant, M. Martone, B. Michaud, K. Voccio and K. Zhou.

  Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s student arts programs.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase and a Family Sundae Party will be held immediately following the show.

    Tickets for students and seniors are $5 per person; $8 for adult tix with kids five years and younger admitted free of charge.  Or you can purchase a family ticket package for $25. Tickets at the door, or reserve your seats online.

SIGN UP EARLY FOR 28TH ANNUAL REHOBOTH LIONS “RAY DYER” GOLF TOURNAMENT

(June 23, 2016) For the 28th year, Rehoboth Lions raise money for eye research and honor longtime club member Ray Dyer with a golf tournament fundraiser on Sunday, July 31 with a tee time at 1 PM.

    This year’s tournament, held on the beautiful course at Swansea Country Club, will feature a modified Scramble called a “Bramble” along with prizes for the top teams.  Each team will play the best drive with every team member playing in from that spot. Best two scores on each hold are counted. It is a great chance for each player to get in personal golf on this great layout. The event will also feature many raffle prizes.

    The club offers tee sponsorship for a donation.  There is also a discount for early sign-up. For more information, about sponsoring a tee or tournament registration, please contact Jim Whitehead at 508-989-0821. Or you can visit the Lions website for more info.

 
REPRESENTATIVE HOWITT HOSTS VISITING

VETERANS SECRETARY

(June 23, 2016) Representative Steven Howitt recently hosted Franciso Urena, the Massachusetts Veterans Secretary at his home.  Secretary Urena is pictured with Howitt reviewing a SeaBee yearbook belonging to Howitt’s father, Julius Howitt, a SeaBee who served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

    Howitt, who represents Rehoboth in the 4th Bristol District, was on hand to thank veterans for their service at the dedication of the Seekonk Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Seekonk Public Library. He presented citations of thanks and appreciation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to those who organized construction of the new memorial.  (Photos by Pam Tesler Howitt)

 

ANNUAL REHOBOTH BREED EXPO GEARS UP FOR AUGUST 7 EVENT

(June 23, 2016) The 2016 Annual Rehoboth Breed Expo, featuring 25 equestrian demonstrations and breeds plus over 30 booths and concessions, will be held on Sunday, August 7 in the fields at La Salette Shrine on Park Street in nearby Attleboro beginning at 8 AM with a Blessing of the Horses and raising of a full-size traditional Native American tipi by Chief Mark Brintnall.

  2016 marks the sixth year for this unique event celebrating the wonderful world of horses and equestrians. A non-profit organization, Rehoboth Breed Expo is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council. Along with dozens of horse breeds on display, there will be a special musical dressage performance by Robert St. Jacques of Terrybrook Farm in Rehoboth who will ride his Trakehner, Braveheart. St. Jacques leads the Equestrian Program at the University of Rhode Island. Local artist Melissa Treichler created this year’s Breed Expo poster, a painting of John Frost’s Standardbreds pulling his white wedding carriage which will be back again for rides at this year’s expo.

   More details about this wonderful event can be found on the Rehoboth Breed Expo page.

    

REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN CAMP AT THE HISTORIC

ONE-ROOM HORNBINE SCHOOL

(June 24, 2016) The Rehoboth Minutemen visited the historic, one-room Hornbine School Museum on June 5 and set up an encampment.  The members of the minute company offered activities including a fashion show, Revolutionary War stories and displays. This event was supported by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council.

    Also this month, Brenda Saben, the school’s new “teacher” hosted classrooms of local school third graders from Palmer River as well as students from Dighton and Swansea. Brenda skillfully stepped in and replaced Beverly Pettine who retired last year after 17 years of volunteer service to the Hornbine School.

    The school will be open to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of the month during July, August and September.  Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 PM. The Hornbine School is located at the corner of Hornbine Road and Baker Street in Rehoboth.

 

DUNKIN’ DONUTS AWARDS BRISTOL COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS

(June 24, 2016) A special luncheon was held on June 21 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence to congratulate 100 area high school seniors who were each awarded $1,000 college scholarships. 

    The scholarship recipients are college-bound students who achieved academic excellence while demonstrating a commitment to leadership and community involvement. One of those students was DRRHS Class of 2016 Valedictorian Sara Enos.

   This was the 21st consecutive year Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts supported the Scholarship Program. Since launching the initiative, local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants have contributed more than $2 million to local students. There were over 1,000 students this year to applied to receive one of the 100 Dunkin’ Donuts scholarships.

Sara Enos, DRRHS Valedictorian Class of 2016 is pictured  (front row holding certificate next to giant cup of Iced Coffee) with other recipients and Dunkin’ Donut store managers.

REHOBOTH CANDIDATE FOR STATE REP RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT

(June 24, 2016) Rehoboth resident Paul Jacques, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 4th Bristol District, has received the endorsement of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).  

   “As the Legislative Agent for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM), Paul has gained the understanding and knowhow of the legislative process in Massachusetts,” said Harold A. Schaitberger, General President, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). 

   “This first-hand experience will undoubtedly prove to be an asset to the 4th Bristol District as it has to firefighters across the Commonwealth past, present, and future.”

    Jacques, who lives with his son Brodie in Rehoboth, is an Attleboro firefighter and proud military veterans with 21 years of service in the National Guard.  He served two tours in Iraq, as well as numerous deployments around the world. A graduate of Anna Maria College, Jacques has a master’s degree in public administration.

     “I am proud to receive the endorsement and support of the International Association of Fire Fighters,” said Jacque.  “I have dedicated my career to not only serving the community as a firefighter for the past twenty plus years, but also to stand up for my brother and sister firefighters across the Commonwealth as their legislative representative on Beacon Hill,” he added.

    Jacques is running against Republican incumbent Steven Howitt of Seekonk for the 4th Bristol District seat in the MA State House of Representatives.

    “I look forward to representing the people of the 4th Bristol District with a focus on supporting working families, supporting our public safety personnel, and taking care of our veterans and retirees.”

    The IAFF represents more than 300,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics in more than 3,100 affiliates.

 

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT . . .

JOIN THE REHOBOTH MINUTEMEN FOR AN INCREDIBLE JULY 4TH EXPERIENCE

(July 1, 2016) On July 13, 1776, in the stillness of a candlelit church in Dighton, Massachusetts, patriots and citizens gathered to hear the Declaration of Independence read for the first time. Soon the document was read in towns and cities throughout the thirteen original colonies. By August the document was signed and the course of human events took a new direction.

    On Monday, July 4, the Declaration of Independence will be re-read in the same church by Dighton historian and orator Patrick Menges standing at the pulpit in the quiet, candlelit church. Each year, Cathy Potter, founding member of the Rehoboth Minutemen re-enactors, loans her 13-star “Betsy Ross” flag as a background for the reading.      

     Prior to the re-reading, the Rehoboth Minute Company, 13th Massachusetts Regiment, will lead a candlelit procession beginning at 8:30 PM in the cemetery adjacent to the Dighton Community Church on Elm Street. Muskets will be fired as the company stands as the honor guard for the historic re-enactment.

     The public is invited to attend. Out of respect for the historic occasion, no electronics (phones, cameras, etc.) are permitted in the church during the reading.  Young children should be able to remain quiet.

    Refreshments will be served in the Friendship Hall of the church next door following the re-reading.

   

REHOBOTH/SEEKONK
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

(July 19, 2016) Local American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 will host an informational and registration meeting in September for girls and their parents who want to learn more. American Heritage Girls, founded in 1995 in Ohio as an alternative to the Girl Scouts of America, is a faith-based organization with troops across the United States and over 20,000 members. All girls are eligible for membership, while adult leaders must subscribe to a Christian statement of faith.

      Parents and kids are invited to the special meeting on Thursday, September 15 at 3:45 PM at the Parish Center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 1060 Taunton Ave (Rt. 44) in Seekonk. In October, the troop will resume regular meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 3:45 to 5:15 PM.     

    The group plans to hold only two registration/joining sessions. Another info night will take place some time after the first of the year.

    The AHG program is divided into groups based on age with Pathfinders (5 to 6 years), Tenderheart (6-9), Explorer (9-12), Pioneer (12-14), and Patriot (14-18). Scouts work to earn badges, sports pins, service stars and activity patches.

    The local troop performs service work throughout the year while building women of integrity through service to God, country and community.  You can read about their activities in 2016 by scrolling down this page.  More articles are archived on Stories pages.  If you have any other questions, please call Troop Coordinator Liz Day at 774-991-0729.

 
LOCAL YOUNG ADULTS ATTEND SELF-ADVOCACY SUMMER PROGRAM AT BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY

(July 29, 2016) Some local adults supported by CO-OP, a Taunton-area program for those with developmental and other disabilities, are attending a Self-Advocacy Leadership Series at Bridgewater State University.

    Justin Irving, Christine Lennon, Lauren Manocchia, and Denise Vallee are all participating in the summer education program at BSU sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council.

    With encouragement from CO-OP staff, including program director Natalie Oliveira and staff member Tamara Figueroa, the young people filled out applications in early spring and were accepted to the program.  The goals set including developing and improving decision-making and leadership skills.

    According to Oliveira, “Our focus is always to empower people to have control over their own lives.”  She explained when CO-OP learned of the summer opportunity to take a meaningful class at BSU, “It was a like a dream come true for Justin.”

    Irving, who attended Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, all participated in an earlier program at BSU as part of D-R Transition Program for students with ID/DD up to age 22.  He and the others enjoy being on campus and having the chance to take a course that appeals to their individual interests.  All participate in the CO-OP day program located in Dighton, funded in part through MassHealth and the MA Department of Developmental Services. 

    “I’ll never forget the joy Justin expressed and fulfillment I experienced from seeing him achieve a personal goal,” shard Oliveira.

 
FUNDRAISER SET FOR REHOBOTH RESIDENT AND MISS MASSACHUSETTS

(August 2, 2016) A send-off reception and fundraiser in honor of Rehoboth resident and Miss Massachusetts Alissa Musto will be held at Hillside Country Club on Friday, August 19.

    Musto, who will be competing in September for the title of Miss America, is an accomplished pianist and recent graduate of Harvard University.  Last month she won the title of Miss Massachusetts.

    Born in Providence, Musto was a child pianist who appeared on “America’s Most Talented Kid” as a nine-year-old. She has won many competitions since 2002, and was the winner of the 2007 New England Performs competition.  She was chosen as one of five acts to perform for the House of Blues ‘Bringing Down the House’ Class of 2015. She was accompanied by her brother William on guitar as well as two friends, Johnny Dunn on bass, and Paulo Borges on drums.

    Musto currently plays at Point Street Dueling Pianos in Providence on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  On Friday, August 26, she will perform outdoors at the Tiki Bar at Hillside Country Club from 7 to 9 PM.  Rehoboth residents are invited to drop by, hear her play and wish her good luck.  

     Tickets for the August 19 fundraiser are $30 per person with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.  Tickets can be purchased online at MissMass.org or email dancygym@aol.com for more info.

    

 
MARY BEE RETURNS HOME TO REHOBOTH WITH FRIENDS FOR BENEFIT CONCERT

(August 26, 2016) Rehoboth native Mary Bee (Mary Brierly) is celebrating the release of her latest recording, Blueprints, with a very special concert on Friday, September 16 from 7:30 to 10 PM at Goff Memorial Hall.  Proceeds will help fund needed repairs to the hall and also benefit the Blanding Library.

    Mary, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, will be singing a special set of songs she wrote about her family and childhood, as well as classic covers.  The song “Blueprints” is about her childhood home in Rehoboth, built by her father.

    Performing with Mary for this special benefit is Chloe Agnew who spent 81 weeks as a #1 artist on the Billboard Charts as one of the original Celtic Woman group featured internationally and on PBS.  She has shared the stage with such top artists as Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Roger Daltry, and Aiden Quinn.  Chloe, dubbed “Ireland’s Celtic Songbird” will perform a mix of classics and original songs. 

    Joining Mary and Chloe is Kate Connagham, a rising singer-songwriter from California, who will be debuting original songs.  The three women will be accompanied by Dermot Kiernan (Celtic Woman), David Air, and Brian Callahan.

     There will be a Champagne and Nibbles reception with the artists for special tickets holders following the performance. Tickets are $15 to $100, available at the front desk at the Blanding Library or online at GoffHallTickets.com.  Use code GOFFGROUP for multiple ticket purchases of four or more. 


If you would like to read more about the artists coming to Goff Hall on September 16, visit their official websites:

marybeemusic.com, chloeagnewofficial.com, kateconnaghan.com.   

 
CHARLIE PIKE AND THE REHOBOTH BIG RED BARN BLUEGRASS BAND TO PLAY

AT THE LION’S THIRD ANNUAL PIG ROAST ON AUGUST 27

(August 4, 2016) Rehoboth native Charlie Pike got a taste for bluegrass music growing up listening to his late father, Charlie R. Pike, play mandolin. For nearly 15 years, the elder Pike and his friends had weekly jam sessions in the shed behind the family home. When Charlie Sr. passed away in 2010, his son inherited his mandolin and now carries on the tradition of Sunday afternoon bluegrass jams with musicians traveling to Rehoboth from all over New England. A few years ago, Pike and his friends formed the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance to carry on the tradition of this unique American music form.

    Saturday, August 27 from 1 to 5 PM is your chance to hear Charlie and his barn perform at the Rehoboth Lion’s Third Annual Pig Roast.  This year, many local businesses and individuals  will participate in the festive occasion held at the home of Lion John Ferreira at 95 Cameron Way. Tickets are $25 adult; $15 for age 6 to 12, and free for those age five and under.

    Last year the Rehoboth Lions donated more than $10,000 to local charities and individuals in need. Event chairman, Don Nokes, reports that proceeds from this year’s event will help many organizations and programs including Helping Hands Food Pantry, Citizens Scholarship Fund, Youth Speech Contest, Peace Poster Contest, Senior Holiday dinner, and D-R Marching Band, as well as provide individuals with medical equipment free of charge, and assisting local residents with eye and hearing exams. For tickets, please call 508-496-0171 or 401-709-5201.

 
SEPTEMBER DEDICATION ANNOUNCED FOR MEMORIAL

TO HONOR MASSACHUSETTS GOLD STAR FAMILIES

(August 10, 2016) A dedication ceremony of the Massachusetts Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Fall River will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 1 PM at Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park.

   One of the primary organizers to bring fund construction of the memorial is retired Captain Steven B. Sammis of Rehoboth who lost his son, U.S. Marine Captain Benjamin Sammis, fighting in Iraq in 2003.

     The new memorial, among the first of its type to be completed as a national tribute, honors Massachusetts families who have lost a endured the loss of a son or daughter in the military killed in action.  The monument has been designated the Commonwealth’s “Official Memorial” by Governor Baker with legislative support from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives.

    Fostered through the efforts of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Model of Honor Foundation, there is a national goal to erect at least one Gold Star Families monument in each state.

    Over $50,000 has been raised by the non-profit organization, Massachusetts Gold Star Families Memorial, in donations and in-kind services.  A reception will follow the dedication.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by September 8 with a number of guests  by calling 508-674-5245 or email MassGSFM@gmail.com.

 
REHOBOTH’S HISTORIC HORNBINE SCHOOL WELCOMES SUNDAY GUESTS

(August 25, 2016) The one-room Hornbine School opens during the warm weather months for visitors on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 2 to 4 PM through September 25.

    Rehoboth resident Frances Magan, a former student at Hornbine, attends the Sunday open visits at the schoolhouse and is happy to answer questions. 

    In July, Larry Violette (pictured left) visited the school and donated a dozen old school books which are now on display for visitors to see. The school, operated as a non-profit organization, has many other artifacts to see during summer visiting hours.

    Violette is seated at a cozy table with Cathy Potter, local historian and officer of the Hornbine Association along with Frances Magan.

   The one-room schoolhouse is a delight for all ages who enjoy a step back in time. The white schoolhouse is located at the corner of Hornbine Road and Baker Street in Rehoboth.

   

 
FRIENDS OF THE REHOBOTH ANIMAL SHELTER MAKE CHANGES

AND WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

(August 26, 2016) The non-profit group, Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter (FRAS) is in the process of branching out in new directions, and as such, some changes will be implemented. Everyone is invited to attend their next regular meeting on Saturday, September 20 at 10 AM at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

     Come hear about new changes and progress the group has made with their Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) project to cull the feral cat colonies in town. By spaying/neutering these cats, the number of kittens born in the colonies are kept under control, helping the colonies to become healthier.  This, in turn, creates a safer environment for the townspeople.

     According to FRAS president Cheryl Dussourd, the group hopes to foster a working relationship with the town’s new interim Animal Control Officer Rob Johnson.  “As you may know, the long-time ACO, Jane Foster, has retired,” said Dussourd.  “She has devoted 20 years of service to the town and we thank her for her service and wish her well, that she may enjoy her retirement.”

    FRAS is an independent, self-funded program that relies solely on donations and fundraising events.  If you are interested in learning about the program or wish to make a donation, please contact us by using the contact information below.  No donation amount is too small!

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the FRAS, the membership fee is $15 per person or $25 per family. As a member, you will receive a membership card, newsletters, and regular updates.  We also accept donations; no donation is too small!  If you would like to make a donation or request membership, please mail the same to: Friends of The Rehoboth Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 42, Rehoboth, MA  02769. If you have any questions regarding the Friends of The Rehoboth Animal Shelter, please contact us at FRASPaws@aol.com.  Or visit the FRAS website for more information.

 

REHOBOTH GIRL TAKES SECOND PLACE IN CONCH ECO-SEA SWIM 2016

(August 27, 2016) Ten-year-old Amanda Abbott, a Rehoboth resident and fifth grade student at St. Mary Academy Bay View, competed recently in the 1/2 Mile open water "Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim" on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, in the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. 

   The annual "Race for the Conch" is a competitive, open water swimming event designed to promote swimming and develop an appreciation for the ecosystem and beauty in the Turks & Caicos Islands. 

   Awards are given to the top three finishers in both the men's and women's division.  Amanda, who trains on the Seacoast Swimming Association team in Seekonk, earned the award for second place in the women’s division, and placed third overall among 38 male and female swimmers of all ages.

REHOBOTH BROWNIES LAUNCH NEW SCHOOL YEAR

(September 14, 2016) Rehoboth Brownie Troop #494 started the new school year at the East Providence Lanes for a fun bowling gathering.  The girls enjoyed sharing news of their summer vacations and welcomed new members into the troop.

    Registration for both Rehoboth and Seekonk Girl Scouts, K through grade 12, will take place at the Carpenter Museum on Friday, September 23 from 7 to 8 PM.

Parking available off Bay State Road (GPS 139 Bay State Road). Leaders, assistants, and volunteers are needed too!  Adults may register at the same time.

   Fall is fundraising time for local Girl Scouts.  They are selling nuts, candy and magazines.  Find a Girl Scout and check out their selections.  Don’t know one?

Visit GSSNE.org or visit the Rehoboth-Seekonk Girl Scout page on Facebook.

“BEING MORTAL” FILM OFFERED TO PUBLIC IN OCTOBER, SOCIAL WORKERS FOR CREDIT

(September 16, 2016) Attleboro-based Community VNA is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, October 6 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM,  and on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 8 PM at CVNA headquarters located at 10 Emory Street in Attleboro.

    “Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

    The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

   After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. At no extra cost, nurses and social workers earn one educational unit. A certificate of attendance is available for all others.

   “Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.  

    Preregistration is required.  Contact 774-203-1306 or register@communityvna.com. Application for social work continuing education credits is being submitted. Please contact Community VNA before the event for the status of social work CE accreditation.

   Community VNA is partnering with Sturdy Memorial Hospital to present this program in Attleboro. This screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

CTE STUDENTS AT DRRHS WELCOME PROJECTS FROM COMMUNITY

(September 21, 2016) The new school year is rolling  and students enrolled in the Career and Technology Education  are accepting outside work projects in Automotive, Machine Technology and Carpentry.

  If you are looking to schedule an appointment for automotive work, please call the CTE Office at 508-252-5030, Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 2 PM. Or email: djustus@drregional.org.

    “The carpentry shop will take several projects from outside interests based on time needed for completion and instructional alignment to our curriculum,”  said CTE Director Stacia Peters.

   Students in the machine technology department also welcome inquires for small projects from both Dighton and Rehoboth residents.  “Accepting an outside job is dependent upon the time frame required and alignment of the skills to vocational curriculum framework,” added Peters. 

 

All inquiries for possible project consideration can be made by emailing CTE Director Stacia Peters at: speters@drregional.org.


(Photos from DRRHS)

THE GREYBEARDS TO PERFORM AT GOFF MEMORIAL HALL

(September 25, 2016) Local early music trio "The Greybeards" will perform "Pastime with Good Company" on Sunday, October 23 at Goff Hall in Rehoboth Village.  The program will include four sonatas by Marais, LeClair, Telemann & Bach -- or the French and German repertoire of the 18th Century when this music and these instruments were the iPod of their day. 

    The trio consists of Mike Shand baroque flute; Will Ayton, viola da gamba; and Glenn Giuttari, harpsichord.  These instruments are loosely the predecessors of our modern flute, cello and piano. Donations will go to support the great work of United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston.

   Glenn Giuttari, of Rehoboth and founder of the Harpsichord Clearing House, did undergraduate and graduate work in musicology at Brown University and harpsichord studies with John Gibbons (Boston).  Over the last 40 years he has become well known in the early music field as a harpsichord builder and technician with sporadic skirmishes into the performance world.  He served as music department chair at Salve Regina University and organist and choirmaster at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Fall River.  A former Gilbert and Sullivan director (Cabot Street, Providence) he is co-founder of the Providence singers, one of the country's top community choruses.  He is also founding director (14 years thru 2006) of Sine Nomine Chamber Choir based in Fall River.

    Mike Shand has studied traverse with Linda Marianiello, Anne Briggs, Sandy Miller and Wendy Rolfe.  He has performed solo and in ensembles in New Jersey, Newport, New Bedford and Boston.  Several years ago he founded the Treaty Rock Consort and, more recently, the Greybeards.  Mike has performed on the Loring-Greenough House concert series in Boston and in Buzzards Bay with the Delight Consort.  After living in New Jersey for many years where he was a physicist and flutist, Mike and his wife Nancy returned home to Tiverton, RI.  

    Will Ayton, the son of missionary parents, was born in Kansu, China and educated in Taiwan and in the United States.  He is a retired professor of music at Roger Williams University in Bristol.  He has long had passions for early music and composition.  His compositions have been recorded by various groups including a CD of his music "A Reliquary for William Blake" by the viol group Parthenia.  Will has degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory and Boston University.  He currently lives with his wife, Nancy in Providence, RI.

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS BEGIN FIFTH YEAR

(September 25, 2016) American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, based at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Seekonk,  recently kicked off their fifth year with a celebration of the 21st birthday of American Heritage Girls.

   With over 42,000 members worldwide, troops are in every state of the U.S. and in nine foreign countries.  AHG offers opportunities for girl leadership and teamwork, spiritual and character development, as well as lifeskill development and social skills for girls ages 5-18.

   Troop MA3712's first service project of the year is fleece baby and toddler blankets which the girls tied together at our September meeting.

    The girls will travel to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Attleboro in October to celebrate Respect Life Month, get a tour, see their new ultrasound machine, and deliver the blankets!

 
ARTS IN THE VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF NEW SEASON WITH THE CASCABEL TRIO

(September 27, 2016) The Arts in the Village Concert Series opens its 16th season at Goff Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 1 with a performance by the Cascabel Trio. Named after a notoriously hot pepper, the trio is noted for performances that warm audiences with their uncommon passion and virtuosity in repertoire that spans three centuries. Their October 1 concert celebrates the advent of autumn with Mozart’s late, artfully Viennese Trio in C Major, K. 548. Also included on the program are two masterworks: Dvorak’s Trio in F minor, Op. 65, and Brahms’s Trio in B Major, Op. 8.

   Cellist Timothy Roberts is an active chamber musician, teacher, and orchestral player who tours nationally and internationally. He has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players in New York and Washington DC.  Roberts has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, and the Opera Company of Boston. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Art of Music Chamber Players, and is now the Music Director of Copley Chamber Players. He plays a Gabrielli cello from Florence, made in 1751.

   Piotr Buczek was born in Chorzow, Poland and began violin studies at the age of eight. A graduate from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, he was a founding member of the Penderecki String Quartet, with whom he has made eleven recordings. Buczek was assistant to Ralph Evans of the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee and has worked with Pinchas Zukerman, Yo Yo Ma, Ursula Oppens, and Shlomo Mintz.  Buczek has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas and regularly appeared with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the South Coast Chamber Players.

   Janice Weber, a summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras, and her solo performances have been at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. She has toured Yugoslavia, Turkey, and the Baltic States under the auspices of the US Information Service, and she has concertized and given master classes in China. Her eclectic recordings include, among others, the complete transcriptions of Rachmaninoff and the world premiere recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes in the 1838 version. A member of the Boston Conservatory and Tabor Academy piano faculties, Miss Weber is Artistic Director of the South Coast Chamber Music. She is also the author of eight novels.

   Admission for Arts in the Village concerts are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. Season subscriptions are still available.  Doors open at 7 PM for a wine bar with the performance to start at 7:30 PM . Tickets are available at the door. First-come, first-seated. Cash and checks only, made payable to Rehoboth Antiquarian Society. Call 508-463-5384 for more info or visit carpentermuseum.org.

 

AWARDS FOR AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS

(September 27, 2016) Five members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, chartered by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Seekonk, were recognized at Mass on Sunday, September 25.  Each girl was awarded religious medals and patches they earned through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

   Pictured, left to right, receiving the “I Live My Faith” medal and patch are; Ireland Larkin, Madison Burbank, Amanda Abbott and Emily Day. Receiving the “Family of God” religious medal and patch is Lily McCormick. Presenting the awards, Father Mark Hession, Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, presented the awards during Sunday morning service.  Chairman of the Fall River Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, Michael K. McCormack, was also in attendance.

DRRHS LEO LIONS PROJECTS

(September 27, 2016)  As the Leo Lions enter their fifth year at D-R, 24 members are busy with many activities and projects.

     The Leos have developed a plan to rehabilitate the dilapidated walking path on the grounds of the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center with materials donated by J & J Materials.  Another service project is being planned to develop a service trail at DRRHS for use by students enrolled in the CTE Environmental program.     Leo members have met with students at both D. L. Beckwith Middle and Dighton Middle in an effort to organize younger members.

   The club will also help at upcoming events including the Rehoboth Lions Clam Boil on October 5, the PTSA Jack Fest at Palmer River and Beckwith on October 16, and the Dighton Arts Festival in November. 

 

Jason Abdow of Rehoboth volunteered for the historic Presidential Debate held on September 26 at Hofstra University in New York.  He is a sophomore  majoring in TV Video Production.

REHOBOTH BAPTIST CHURCH TO INSTALL NEW PASTOR

(September 28, 2016)  Rev. Stephen Kitchen, affectionately called Pastor Steve, will be installed as Senior Pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church at a special service on Sunday, October 23 at 3 PM, 132 Moulton Street (Route 118) in Rehoboth.

   The Kitchen family recently moved from Eastham, MA and Pastor Steve began his preaching ministry at RBC on September 11. The installation service will include a formal welcome from representatives of the community and area pastors. A  reception will follow. All are invited to attend.  Please RSVP by October 17 by calling 508-252-6437 or by email to rbcsec@rehobothbaptistchurch.org.

    According to church history, elder Obadiah Holmes became the first Baptist preacher in Rehoboth in 1649.  Opposition from the established church forced the tiny congregation to disband. By 1663, more Baptists immigrated from Britain to the colonies and a congregation was established in Swansea.  There have been many Baptist congregations in Rehoboth since that time.  The present-day congregation began with four members in 1974 with services held in Johnson’s Barn.  The present facilities on Route 118 were built in 1983. rehobothbaptistchurch.org

REHOBOTH RESIDENT REUNITES WITH FORMER BANDMATES (INCLUDING LOCAL POLICE OFFICER) TO PRODUCE AND RECORD SONG FOR CHARITY

(September 30, 2016)  The five original members of the band Final Approach have reunited for the first time in twelve years to record a song to benefit the American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

    For thirteen years, from 2000 to 2013, Final Approach performed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Now the original members have joined forces to cover the song “Come Together” by The Beatles for a charity album to benefit the ASPCA.

   Reunited across thousands of miles via remote recording studios and the internet, portions of the song were recorded in three different states.  The final tracks were mixed and mastered in Rehoboth.

    Members of Final Approach involved in the project include Mark Parisi, guitar, Ken Belanger, bass, Bill Stinnett, guitar/vocals and Rehoboth resident John Poole, drums, and Rehoboth Police Sergeant Richard Shailor performing lead vocals.

   Before disbanding in 2013, the band had a loyal following of friends, family and local police and fire professionals.

   “There have been many fans and friends asking to see the band and hoping to hear Final Approach again,” said Shailor, “but with members living so far apart, it did not seem like it would be possible.”

    He added, “The ability to bring the band together to record for a cause like the ASPCA was just the catalyst to bring everyone together again, even if only in the studio”.

   The single, available now for purchase, is part of a Beatles Tribute album, “All You Need Is Love” produced by Poole to be released in early 2017. This is the third charity release in the past 19 months under the name Green Planet Project, from Poole and a collection of musicians from around the world.

    “Ready to Play” is a 70s jazz-rock cover album produced to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis.  “Whole Lot of Love” is a Led Zeppelin tribut album with proceeds going to Our Club House organization in Pittsburgh, PA.  All the charity albums are available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. 

    For more information on this release or other Green Planet Project charity recordings, please visit facebook.com/baystatedrummer.

 
BOWL-A-THON FUNDRAISER FOR REHOBOTH WOMAN TO SUPPORT A CURE FOR KLEEFSTRA SYNDROME

(October 5, 2016)  Lifelong Rehoboth resident Rebecca Audette suffers from a very rare genetic condition, Kleefstra syndrome, one of only 300 documented cases in the world to date. A Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 29 starting at 1 PM at East Providence Lanes in Rumford, RI  to celebrate Becky’s 30th birthday and raise money for Genespark.org.

    Researchers at Genespark, an international non-profit foundation, believe a drug treatment is within reach and Becky’s family hope she can benefit in the near future. While the organization’s primary focus is Kleefstra syndrome, drug treatments are being developed for reversible Intellectual Disability (ID) disorders, “specifically those arising from a gene deletion or mutation.”

   First diagnosed as a toddler with autism, Becky received a diagnosis of Kleefstra syndrome only three years ago after participating in a study through Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI.  Getting the diagnosis is finally the answer to all the illnesses, surgeries, hospitalizations, and regressions Rebecca has suffered during her lifetime.  It is hoped that drug treatment will stop the regressions and other medical issues she faces.

    Becky’s mother Pamela Pierce traveled with her daughter to Boston this summer for a conference attended by sixty families from seven countries. Dr. Tjitske Kleefstra, who discovered the genetic condition, came from the Netherlands along with several top researchers with news of a treatment within reach. Dr. Kleefstra, pictured with Becky in the photo above, is a clinical geneticist working at the Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.  

    Life has not been easy for Becky.  Along with autism and intellectual disability, she has endured years of surgeries and hospital stays.  She had brain surgery to help severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Deep Brain Stimulation), and a Harrington rod implanted the entire length of her back.  She has suffered seizures, and severe dental problems that required her teeth to be removed for full dentures. 

    Currently her feet have “collapsed” and severe bunions make it difficult for her to walk.  Along with very low muscle tone and developmental delays, the 30-year-old began having regression of skills in her teens, related to both her significant medical issues and Kleefstra syndrome. Becky lives at home with her mother and requires 2/47 care including oxygen at night.   She attends an adult day program in Dighton and participates in programs with The Arc of Bristol County, and RI Special Olympics when she can manage.

    Becky’s Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser is a non-competitive bowling event, for fun only.  A donation of $15 will include two hours of bowling and refreshments.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing and raffles.  Please RSVP by Sunday, October 16 by calling Pam at 774-392-3127 or email her at pbjwalnut@aol.com. Those who wish to donate an item for the raffle should also contact Pam. A fundraising site for Becky is available online with more information at crowdwise.com.  Learn more about Kleefstra syndrome at GeneSpark.org and KleefstraSyndrome.org

 

DRRHS LEO LIONS HELP FRIENDS OF THE BLANDING LIBRARY PREP FOR SALE

(October 6, 2016)  Members of the Dighton-Rehoboth Leo Club assisted Friends of the Blanding Library in setting up their annual book sale. The Leos carried boxes upstairs, organized them by category, unpacked and displayed the books. A huge selection, spanning all genres, can be purchased by the public. The sale begins on Friday, October 7 from 5 to 7 PM for members of Friends of the Library.  Not a Friend? Join on the spot and take advantage of the sale which continues on Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM with a clearance sale on Sunday from 9 AM to Noon. Fill a bag with books for only $3.

Before the Leos began setting up Goff Hall for the library’s annual Used Book Sale.

After the tables have been organized with a huge selection of used books.  On Saturday, there will also be a Bake Sale and Raffle with great items.

REHOBOTH MAN MEETS COUNTRY SINGER ERIC PASLAY IN BOSTON

(October 18, 2016)  Rehoboth resident Mike St. John had the chance recently to meet rising country singer Eric Paslay before his concert at the House of Blues in Boston.

    Twenty-two-year-old St. John was one of a number of patients from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston to meet Paslay, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of ten. 

    Paslay, whose hit songs include “Friday Night” and “She Don’t Love You” also wrote “Rewind for Rascal Flatts.  He was in Boston to perform for his Angels in This Town Tour and treated a group of pediatric patients, their parents, and some care providers from Joslin to a private gathering before the concert.

    They spoke about their shared experiences as teens living with diabetes and Paslay even compared blood glucose number with one patient who had the same Dexcom monitor, which allows the singer to monitor his blood sugars while performing. Athough Paslay, at one time, wanted to pursue medicine to become an endocrinologist, he chose a music career instead.

    “We are truly blown away by Eric’s kindness,” said Dr. Michelle Katz of Joslin.

     St. John appears in the photo above to the far right along with other Joslin patients, Dr. Katz (far left) and Paslay in the center.    

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS HELP AT HISTORIC REHOBOTH CEMETERY

(October 18, 2016)  Members of the American Heritage Girls, Troop MA3712, participated in a service project at Rehoboth Historic Cemetery #10, the Lovel Goff Yard on Elm Street.

    The girls helped with fall clean-up on October 13 by picking up sticks, raking, and cleaning historic gravestones under the direction of the Rehoboth Cemetery Commission.

    Pictured above, left to right are: Kriszel Dabi, Amanda Abbott, Abigail and Ella Mudrak.

 
BISHOP FEEHAN CLASS OF 1996

(October 20, 2016)  Members of the class of 1996 of Bishop Feehan High School gathered in early October at 3 Restaurant in Franklin to celebrate their 20th reunion.  They held a raffle to raise funds for non-profit organizations important to their two deceased classmates, Chris Turley and Kevin Jarvis.  The $400 raised was split between Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary and Helping Hands Rehoboth Food Pantry.  

 
REHOBOTH DAISIES MADE GREAT DECORATIONS

(October 20, 2016)  Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 made black cats for the Seekonk & Rehoboth Girl Scout Bring-A-Friend Halloween Costume Party to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 6 to 8 PM at Goff Memorial Hall.

    There will be games, crafts, music, and line dancing.  Admission fee is $1 per person.  Donations are needs for local food pantry and Thanksgiving baskets.  Please check expiration dates on non-perishable food items. Donations of paper goods always welcome.

    RSVP by email to akaredant@comcast.net or visit the Rehoboth Seekonk Girl Scout Facebook page.

 
SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST TO APPEAR AT GIRL SCOUT’S ANNUAL

“BRING-A-FRIEND” HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY

(October 22, 2016)   Local Girl Scouts have another reason to look forward to their annual “Bring-a-Friend” Halloween Costume Party at Goff Memorial Hall from 6 to 8 PM on Saturday, October 29.  Lifelong Rehoboth resident and reigning Miss Massachusetts Alissa Musto will appear at the festive event from 6 to 7 PM to meet the girls.

     A Harvard graduate and accomplished pianist, Musto recently appeared in the Miss America pageant and was among the top fifteen contestants.  She travels and makes appearances as Miss Massachusetts will operating a philanthropic program to bring pianos to public schools.

    All Rehoboth and Seekonk girls, from kindergarten through grade 12, are invited to attend the party and learn more about Girl Scouts. Adults interested in becoming Girl Scout volunteers are also welcome to attend. Cost is only $1 per person, plus non-perishable donations for both Rehoboth and Seekonk food pantries.

    Local businesses and residents are invited to help local Girl Scouts by either donating small prizes, Halloween decorations and pumpkins for the October 29 event.  Donations for the food pantries will be appreciated, including items for Thanksgiving baskets such as cranberry sauce, applesauce, canned vegetables, dry mixes (stuffing, potatoes, crackers, bread mixes). Paper goods are always a welcome donation, as well as gift cards. Please visit and like the Rehoboth & Seekonk Girl Scouts GSSNE Facebook page to follow a 7-Day countdown to the party.  For info or to make donations, please email Carol-Anne Blackwell at:  akaredant@comcast.net

 

GIRL SCOUTS VISIT LOCAL BUSINESS

(October 25, 2016)  Girl Scout Troop 750 recently visited Country Gardens in Rehoboth, a bed & breakfast and event facility owned by Ralph & Joan Arguin. The girls learned about entrepreneurship and about the drive and persistence required to run your own business.

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS FALL INTO AUTUMN AT FOUR TOWN FARMS

(October 25, 2016)  Members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently enjoyed a hayride at Four Town Farms. They also found their way through the corn maze, and wandered through the pumpkin patch before selecting their favorite pumpkins. Pictured left to right: Ashlyn McCormick, Madison Burbank, Amanda Abbott, and Lily McCormick.

ANNUAL FALL EVENTS

IN REHOBOTH


RFD HALLOWEEN PARTY

Monday, Oct. 31   6:30 PM

Fire Station 3 on Pleasant St.


CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 8 PM

Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM

Rehoboth Congregational & Goff Hall


FOLK ART & ARTISANS SHOW

Friday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 9 PM

Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM

Francis Farm


NATIVE AMERICAN CRAFT FAIR

Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Goff Memorial Hall

REPRESENTATIVE HOWITT TO BE HONORED AT YMCA ALLIANCE ANNUAL MEETING

(October 25, 2016)  Representative Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk) will be honored in November by the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs at their annual meeting. The organization represents the thirty YMCAs statewide.

    Executive Director Peter R. Doliber announced Howitt will address an anticipated crowd of 300 representatives and volunteers of the YMCAs when he receives the “Healthy Living Award” at the annual meeting.

    Following the announcement, Howitt shared his relationship with the YMCA.  “As a member of my own local YMCA and as someone who regularly visits the Y’s in my district, I have learned the value of the healthy experience that a YMCA can add to a child, to an adult, and to the community. I regularly witness the enthusiasm of all who actively participate in the Y’s offered programs or those who simply enjoy doing their own workouts in a pool, on equipment, or in a class. Members really enjoy these wonderful resources our YMCAs have to offer our communities. I know I do as well!  I am honored to receive this award and I am looking forward to the annual meeting.”

    Howitt, with a 100% voting record, is currently running to retain his seat in the state legislature representing the Fourth Bristol District that includes all Rehoboth and Seekonk, as well as areas of Norton and Swansea. StevenHowitt.com.

 

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS MAKE AND DONATE BLANKETS

(November 11, 2016)  Members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712, chartered by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Seekonk, delivered blankets they made for babies, along with flower pens for moms, to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Attleboro.

    Pictured left to right: Ashlyn McCormick, Emily Day, Ireland Larkin, Siera Larkin, Sara McMahon, Lisa Omondi, Grace Howarth, Elsie Omondi, and Lily McCormick.

REHOBOTH DAISY SCOUTS LEARN

ABOUT ANIMAL CARE

(November 11, 2016)  Rehoboth Girl Scout Daisy Troop 628 visited the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, RI during November.  

   The girls learned about animal care including a relay race to put animal care items with the appropriate animals. They also spent time with a bunny who currently lives at the shelter.

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

LIGHTING THE TREE OF LIFE AND REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

(November 11, 2016)  Attleboro-based Community VNA Hospice Care will host their annual tree lighting on Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM at the agency’s headquarters at 10 Emory Street in Attleboro.

   The memorial tree lighting is free and open to the community. The program features music, refreshments and the opportunity to recognize a loved one with a star on the tree.

    For more information or to add a star to the tree with your loved one’s name, visit their website at communityvna.com/donate or call 800-220-0110.

    All funds raised help support our Hospice and Palliative Care services which incudes Rehoboth in their service area.

DRRHS GOLFERS CELEBRATE THEIR MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON

(November 14, 2016)  The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Golf Team banquet was recently held at Hillside Country Club, home course of the undefeated Falcons with 18 wins, 0 losses, and a SCC Championship. 

   This also marked the 40th year of participation for retired D-R teacher Bill Cute, the golf team’s dedicated coach and mentor.

    "Mr. Cute is the absolute epitome of what and who a great coach should be,” said school superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar.  He described Cute as “someone who genuinely cares about the student-athlete and one that is totally committed to making each one of his students of the game, better.”

   Pictured left to right: D-R Golf Team Co-Captains Jack McQuirk and Mitch Brown holding their championship plaque with Coach Bill Cute and Superintendent Azar.

 
THIRTY-YEAR SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER DAVID KATSEFF RECIPIENT OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT JOINT STATE CONFERENCE

(November 14, 2016)  Rehoboth resident David Katseff was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (M.A.S.C) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S).   

    Katseff was recognized for 30 years of service as an elected member of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District. The award was presented at a joint conference of MASC and MASS at the elegant, upscale Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.

   Also in attendance at the conference were Katseff’s wife Sharon and D-R School Committee members Eliza Couture, Kathy Cooper, Glenn Jefferson, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony Azar. 

   Pictured left to right: Superintendent Azar and David Katseff

 
REHOBOTH MINUTE COMPANY MARCH IN PLYMOUTH

THANKSGIVING PARADE

(November 21, 2016)  Members of the Rehoboth Minutemen wait to march in the Thanksgiving Hometown Parade in Plymouth on November 19, the largest parade in New England to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

    “We always enjoy this parade as the crowds are large and very friendly,” said Rehoboth resident Cathy Potter who is one of the founding members of the Minute Company.

    The Minutemen have some upcoming events in December including a trip to Pennsylvania on December 10 and 11 to participate in the rehearsal of “The Crossing” with General Washington.

   Members will also appear in the Children's Christmas parade in Fall River on December 3 at 1 PM, and at the Daggett House in Slater Park in Pawtucket, RI on December 4 from 4-8 PM.

 
AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS GIVE TO LOCAL POLICE

(November 21, 2016)  American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 recently delivered goodie bags to both Rehoboth and Seekonk Police to show their support and appreciation for all they do to keep residents safe. 

    While at the Rehoboth Police Department, girls met with Officers Ferreira and Rossi.

    Pictured left to right:  Abby Eckerson, Ireland Larkin, Siera Larkin, Emily Day and Sara McMahon.

 
LOCAL VETERANS RECEIVE THANKSGIVING BASKETS

(November 22, 2016) 

In a cooperative effort by the Rehoboth Congregational Church, Rehoboth Helping Hands and Rehoboth Veterans Services, local residents were the happy recipients of Thanksgiving Baskets.

    Jake Kramer, Veterans Services Officer for the town, and his wife Sheila used a trailer to deliver over two dozen baskets to local veterans and their families.

   Dozens of baskets full of goodies along with $25 gift cards from Stop & Shop were donated by the church to Helping Hands, operated by Steve Martin who manages the local  food pantry and holiday programs including Thanksgiving baskets for residents who find themselves in need this year.

(Photos submitted by Jake Kramer)

 

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 750 LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT FROM REP. HOWITT

(December 1, 2016) Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 750 recently met with State Representative Steven Howitt to learn more about government. The girls learned about how Howitt represents the Fourth Bristol District at the State House in Boston.  They also learned more about local municipal government and some very interesting facts about Rehoboth history.

    Pictured left to right: Back row - Representative Howitt with Katie Vitale, Samantha Santos, Danielle Amaral, Desiree Amaral, Angie Rose. Front row -Hannah Araujo, Angelina Araujo, Caroline Vitale. 

BECKWITH STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT LEGO TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champion’s Award winners, Team FUR-ocious

Project Award winners, The Magical Partridges

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS LAUNCH RE-GIFTING PROJECT

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

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

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

 
REHOBOTH HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT HELPS WITH CANNON REHAB PROJECT

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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