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Seekonk Town Meeting Preview
By Laura Calverley Seekonk residents will be gathering for the annual fall town meeting on November 29. At press time, the board of selectmen was still reviewing submitted articles and had not yet approved the final town warrant. Following is a review of several articles that are likely to be on the agenda, although there may be changes and additions before town meeting. Town Clerk Jan Parker is expecting an average turnout for town meeting. “We’ll probably get about 10. There are some financial articles on the warrant that might bring in some groups,” Parker said. There are three articles from the Planning Office on the warrant. One is a general article amending the town bylaw to allow the town to designate certain streets, such as Prospect Street, a ‘Scenic Road’. The designation would put regulations into effect to preserve the scenic quality of the road. “It would require any person to go to the Planning Board for approval to remove any trees or stone walls from the right of way of Prospect Street,” said Town Planner John Hansen. The legal right-of-way is the area that lies between a private property line and the town street Hansen says the purpose of the article is to preserve the scenic quality of the town’s land and it would not infringe on anyone’s personal property. Two other articles from Planning involve the zoning bylaws. One would allow drivethrough facilities in certain areas. Many businesses in Seekonk currently have drive-thrus, but there is no regulation stating that drive-thrus are allowed, according to Hansen. The only rules are standards for how much room is required for cars waiting in the drive-thru line. continued on page...
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Town of Seekonk News Notes Bank of America Robbed
The Bank of America branch on Fall River Avenue was robbed last month by a man wearing a white hoodie and a bandana over his face. The robber demanded money from a teller, but no weapon was reportedly shown. He was given cash and placed it in a small collapsible cooler. He fled the bank in an older model green minivan. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Seekonk Police at 08-33-8123.
Town Considering Overhauling Fire Department
The town wants to form a committee consisting of Fire Chief Alan Jack, Town Administrator Michael Carroll and representatives of the firefighters’ union and call firefighters to look into overhauling the fire department. Selectmen Chairman Robert Richardson had proposed eliminating the call department and hiring more career firefighters to make a larger career department. Currently the town has 24 firefighters that work in four shifts, with six career firefighters on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Adding one additional firefighter per shift would cost approximately $34,000 a year. The call department has nine firefighters. The cost of the proposal remains an issue.
Newman YMCA Celebrates 30th
The Newman YMCA held a celebration and rededication for the Y’s 30th anniversary last month. Newman board members, employees, volunteers and public officials attended the event held in the Y’s gymnasium. East Providence Mayor Joe Larisa proclaimed October 21 Newman YMCA Day in his city. State Representative Steve D’Amico (D-Seekonk) read a proclamation from the Legislature. The YMCA honored its employees and volunteers for their hard work and effort. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.
Town Seeking Residents’ Feedback on Budget
Town officials are looking for input from residents to help them prepare next year’s budget. They want to know which services are most important to residents. Anyone interested in sending in comments or suggestions can go to the town’s web site, www.seekonk-ma.gov and click on “Send Us Comments” and then choose “Town Finances and Budget” from the drop-down menu.
Seekonk Cable Access Company Has New Name and Look
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Seekonk Town Meeting Preview By Laura Calverley
The purpose of the article, which would not affect drive-thrus already in operation, is actually to prevent future drive-thrus in certain areas. It would require future drive-thrus to be within areas where they already exist. “The benefit is that we wouldn’t see new drive-thrus popping up in areas we wouldn’t want them,” Hansen said. Another zoning article would allow neighborhood-style retail establishments. Hansen says the article is “aimed at trying to bring back the ‘mom and pop store’” that used to exist in town but hasn’t in many years. These stores are not currently allowed. The types of businesses being referred to are small-scale neighborhood stores, without parking lots. Hansen described it as: “the store you could find in a typical residential zone that you could walk to and find convenience type items.” Hansen said the article would not create new buildings. The store would have to be built within an existing dwelling. Also, the article would not allow for chain drug stores or the like to be built in residential areas.
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The School Department has submitted two articles for residents’ approval. One asks for funding to seal coat the parking lots at the schools. The parking lots are becoming in disrepair, according to Superintendent Madeline Meyer. If the situation worsens, the entire parking areas may need re-paving, says Meyer. If the funding is approved, work is expected to take place in the Spring. The School Department is also looking to purchase a wireless LED sign for the corner of Arcade Avenue and Ledge Road, to replace the current sign in front of the high school. Presently, in order for the sign to be changed, a custodian has to climb on a rock, which is hazardous, says Meyer. Also, the sign is old and often difficult to read because the letters fall off in bad weather. Meyer says the sign would benefit everyone because it could also be used for town-wide announcements, not just school notices. “The sign could be used for town events as well as school events, including baseball sign-ups and water bans. It’s also centrally located,” said Meyer. The Recreation Committee has reportedly discussed a similar effort to put up signs in several places in town. If funding for the sign is approved, the School Department will work with the Zoning Board on installation and other requirements. Residents are also being asked to approve $10,000 to celebrate the town’s bicentennial in 2012. The town is planning a yearlong celebration to mark Seekonk’s 200th, with events such as a dinner/dance in January, as well as a possible town-wide barbecue and summer concert series. There is a fund that allows towns to set up funds for anniversary celebrations. The fund would provide upfront money needed to pay for deposits and other costs associated with the events, says Jan Parker, who is coordinating the celebration. Most of the money is expected to be replaced, she says. Another proposed article would allow the annual Spring town meeting to take place in June if necessary. The current bylaw says that the meeting shall convene in March, April or May. This would add June as a possible meeting date, giving the town more time to prepare its annual operating budget. Selectmen Chairman Robert Richardson said he supports the article. “The last two or three years we’ve had to move the town meeting into June because of the financial atmosphere of the state. I think it’s a good move,” Richardson said. An article that may help local restaurants will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays one hour earlier, starting at 11:00 a.m. The state legislature recently gave local governments the option to allow early Sunday alcohol sales as an economic incentive. Richardson does not support this article. He believes that 12:00 noon “is sufficient” for selling alcohol on Sundays. Another proposed article would require owners of foreclosed property to maintain the property. Cities and towns across the country have put similar ordinances into effect, some applying to vacant as well as foreclosed properties, and most outlining fines for non-compliance. Some require owners to register with the town, creating a building registry to keep track of property ownership. The details on this article were not available at press time. An article requesting funding for an automated materials-handling system for Seekonk Public Library is expected to be postponed. The equipment is a self-check system that reads barcodes on books and handles media sorting. The town meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on November 29 at Seekonk High School.
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Article 20: By Petition-Vote to Amend General Bylaws-Five Selectmen
Please consider approving Article 20 at the Special Town Meeting on November 8. This Article by Petition was placed in the warrant to amend the current town by-law by increasing the number of Board of Selectman members from three to five. There are many reasons to change the structure of the board and I have researched them thoroughly. Here are the basics: Reduce Non-Votes because of Recusals -- In a small town such as ours, a selectman may have financial interests in our town or know someone who is involved in an issue that is being voted on. The selectman usually recuses himself/herself, which means he/she does not vote on that particular issue. This leaves only one or two members left to decide on an issue. Very often, if one Selectman votes one way and the other Selectman votes another way, there is a stalemate and nothing is accomplished. The increased number of members should alleviate this problem. Less Work per Selectman - In addition to the Board of Selectman Meetings, a Selectman is a liaison to the many departments and boards in town. With five Selectmen, each would be liaison to fewer of these entities. Perhaps less work will attract more people to run for Selectman. Increase the Knowledge Base –The increased knowledge of five selectmen will help create additional solutions to the many issues facing our town. Better-blended Board – Less likely to get Selectmen with an agenda such as trying to take control of boards by using appointments and assigning key personnel with board positions for which they are not qualified to take when you elect more members. To improve representation of the Town’s growing population -- We have had elected three Selectman for the entire duration of our town’s history (except one brief period in the 1800’s) while our population has skyrocketed. Seventy-five (75%) of the towns in Massachusetts with a population of 10,000 to 15,000 currently have Five Selectmen. It must be working for them. Dilute the influence of an “old-boy” network -- This has created opposition and division in many towns in Massachusetts including our own. Morale Boosting -- There is nothing more frustrating than volunteering to be a Selectman and then be placed in a situation where your ideas do not matter. When three Selectman is the norm, ganging up sometimes occurs - two vs. one. With a larger board, a Selectman is more likely to have others who may hold the same view on an issue. I have lived in Rehoboth for almost all my life and I realize how difficult it is to make changes. I still mourn when I think about when the Post Office moved from the village or when the Grange Little League field was no longer a ball field or when Beckwith Middle School was built and we had to abandon Anawan Jr. High. These changes were difficult but now we have better facilities. For those of you who don’t have the difficulty of attachment, will you consider the reasons listed above when making your decision? I would also like to dispel the rumor that this Article is being submitted to “get rid” of the current Selectman’s Board. It is simply untrue. Many residents have been considering this option for years and I felt that I would have the time to see it through the process. This process will take a bit more time than expected because of a charter change by the General Court and a ruling by the Attorney General. Any change to the structure of a local government is not to be undertaken lightly and our state government has made it a little more difficult to change this by-law. This is a only the first in a series of steps we must take. If Town Meeting Voters’ approve Article 20, I will be proud to follow it to its completion. Bonnie L. Kelley
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It is with great dismay that for the past six months we have witnessed our town sink into the depths of an Orwellian police state. Despite Selectman McBrides nominations, not one experienced board or commission member was allowed to keep his or her position. Chairman Foley refused to entertain any discussion of the qualifications of these people or to listen to the recommendations of the boards. When replacing those members it was an entirely different story. Chairman Foley would wax poetically why even though they lacked experience, they would do wonders for our town. I find it amazing that when the new zoning board of appeals heard the case of Mr. Foley’s property at Francis farm, they voted in his favor, even going against the advice of town counsel. Continuing our slide towards totalitarian rule, when a citizen was exercising her constitutional right to collect signatures on a petition, she was accosted by an irate person who disagreed with her, all the while being harassed by a REPAC cameraman. Why did the police chief find it necessary to call cruisers to the scene, followed by his own appearance? Why did this same cameraman find it necessary (to) quarrel with petitioners at the transfer station, the traditional gathering spot for town-wide discussions of issues? The police were again summoned, and now there is a constant police presence at the dump. These actions by REPAC and the chief are obtaining their desired effect. People are too intimidated to sign or publicly exhibit their views, for they fear retribution by those in power. When I thought it could not get any worse, Selectmen Foley and Leffort arrive at new ways to intimidate our citizens. At the upcoming town meeting, they have placed on the Warrant an article that will make the difficult process of recall even harder to obtain. This will only serve to allow those who are not acting in the town’s best interest to stay in power. Also they have inserted the most insidious invasion of our privacy possible. Another article will ask the voters to require background checks of all elected and appointed officials. Why do we need to do this when there has never been an example of a convicted criminal serving on our boards? The information obtained will allow those in power to further intimidate those who oppose them. Refusal to allow the discussion of all viewpoints, appointing people who are not committed to the town’s best interests, and using intimidation and scare tactics to silence critics are the tools of leaders who want consolidate power among themselves. I hope that as many voters as possible attend our special town meeting in November and let it be known that the actions of selectmen Foley and Leffort are not to be tolerated! Sincerely, Robert Materne
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A Letter to the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen
We, the undersigned, wish to make our feelings known. We are seniors, the elderly of this town of Rehoboth, and what we have seen and heard regarding our senior center over the years does not sit well with us. We may be old, but we are not blind or deaf. With age comes wisdom, and we know that we deserve better. The Board of Selectmen appoints the members of the Council on Aging. We believe that if there is no initiative to bring new ideas, programs and services to the senior center then those members whose terms are up should not be reappointed, but some members; even though they show no insight into making our senior center grow are reappointed again and again. The responsibility of the poor management of the Council on Aging lies with the Board of Selectmen for allowing the Council on Aging Board to recently: • Remove the services that we need; such as, outreach and the GATRA van. • Close the senior center on Fridays and afternoons Monday thru Thursday. • Be disrespectful to volunteers. • Not allow seniors to speak at Council on Aging Board meetings. For years we have witnessed disrespect to seniors, volunteers, a previous employee, and even certain board members; but we were reluctant until now to come forward and voice our heartfelt objections and disgust with this ongoing conduct; and our objections with the decisions that do not benefit us in the least are being made without our input. At the July 6th meeting when the new hours were questioned by a board member, the vice-chair stated that, “It is easier for the Board.” We believe that says it all. Since the Board of Selectmen is the appointing authority we are asking you for assistance. The Chairman and the Vice-Chair of the Council on Aging Board have ears that do not hear, hearts of stone, and fists of iron. We do not know where to turn for help, but we truly are in need. We need senior-friendly board members who will listen to us and make the right decisions for us. We need board members who will treat the seniors and volunteers kindly, and realize their importance. As of right now, we have neither. So please dear selectmen, hear us now. Sincerely, Virginia Fisher, President Rehoboth Senior Club Original letter was signed by 53 seniors, and sent to the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen.
Even in the best of times a third recall effort in as many years would be a bizarre and brazen exercise. Given the economic vortex we now face such a fool hearty endeavor is both cruel and fiscally dangerous - expending time, talent and resources to address a hissy fit sponsored by a few well-to-do men who can’t stomach the fact they lost an election… These are men who care not about what you’re struggling with or that our streets remained closed and bridges in a state if disrepair; no, these are men who see your signature only as a tool to correct some wrong invented in their heads. Please: don’t touch their leaky pens and stain your own hands. Don’t sign a petition and in so doing underwrite more strife and chaos. Hasn’t our town had its fill of this? Remember, there’s nothing wrong with Don Leffort - or any elected official - that a normal election won’t cure. Save your signature for nobler causes and better things. As for “The Recallers”, perhaps they would be wise to recall the words of Churchill when he said, “We live in an age of great events and little men.” Daniel F. Harrington Rehoboth, MA
Do Voters Run this Town, or…
I have a question for Mr. Foley and Mr. Morra. I hope they are listening. Since when is it “improper” for the citizens of Rehoboth to assemble at Town Meeting, take a vote and decide how to allocate OUR tax dollars from OUR stabilization fund? The Joint Message from the Chairs of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee in our Special Town Meeting Warrant is highly offensive and belittles the vote of those who voted to allocate funds at our last Town Meeting. It is not “improper” for citizens to cast a vote. It is our right as registered voters and tax payers of Rehoboth. Contrary to what Mr. Morra and Mr. Foley believe, they do not run this town, the voters do! I urge all of my fellow citizens to attend the Special Town Meeting on November 8, 2010 and cast their votes to demonstrate that the vote at Town Meeting is the proper way for the citizens of Rehoboth to govern themselves. Nancy Muri
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Let’s Stop The Political Nonsense
I am writing in response to the Joint Message from the Chairs of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee in the recent mailing of the Special Town Meeting Warrant for November 8, 2010. First, they are not presenting a Balanced Budget at the Special Town Meeting, nor are they miraculously coming up with $300,000 in free cash. Let’s stop the political nonsense and state facts. Fact is budgets are presented at Annual Town Meetings not at Specials. This past spring at the Annual Town Meeting the prior Finance Committee chaired by Mrs. Sue Pimental presented a Balance Budget for this year which was voted for approval. Fact is the $300,000 in free cash has not miraculously appeared. It is a direct result of a tireless and prudent effort by then Chairperson Sue Pimental and the prior Finance Committee. They structured a balanced budget which would also provide much needed free cash for out years in the budgeting process. When the Stimulus Funds disappear and State funding continues to crumble, we will be thankful the prior Finance Committee had the vision to prepare for the short falls. Fact is the prior Finance Committee through their due diligence in budget preparation; the Town can now address some capital needs such as roof replacement, computer updates, fuel storage tank repairs, etc. along with the updating vehicles for Police & Fire Departments. It didn’t just happen. It was being fiscally responsible with sound money management. Thank you Sue Pimental and the prior Finance Committee for getting the Town to the point where there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Gilbert Larrabee Rehoboth, MA
Zoning Board of Appeals Resignation
A recent letter to the editor in the Reporter commented that the resignations of Zoning Board members that occurred in the early summer of 2008 represented nothing more than a “collective hissy fit”, and further suggested members who resigned were pawns of one of the town’s embattled factions. I cannot speak for those members of the Board who resigned during that time frame, however I did resign and write to set the record straight so far as my own resignation is concerned. My reason for resigning from the ZBA had nothing to do with any allegiance on my part to any faction in town, but rather was a decision of conscience (please see attached resignation letter). It was apparent to me at the time I resigned that the independence of the Board was in jeopardy as a result of the appointment process and that I could not, in good conscience, remain an active member of a Board that was being so blatantly politicized. It is incumbent upon the members of the ZBA to carefully review the facts and findings in each case and in a timely manner to render a decision based solely on those facts and findings coupled with local and state ordinances. That is what the people of the Town of Rehoboth deserve, as the decisions made by the ZBA may have enormous impact on the lives and livelihoods of the towns residents and particularly of those who seek redress before the ZBA. That is the measure of service that I always held myself to as a member of the ZBA. That measure of service cannot be sustained when a board becomes politicized and members may lose their appointment for deciding the “wrong way”. It is very saddening to witness the strong divisions that have torn through our town over the past few years and to see those who would be leaders acting like schoolyard bullies. “They that govern most make the least noise”, John Selden Very Sincerely, Samuel C. Crooks
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In a recent (letter to the editor), many points fueled by misinformation and lacking fact were made. I would like to clarify and correct the misinformation that has been disseminated throughout our town and has targeted me in an attempt to solicit signatures for a recall against me. There has been some discussion regarding the building inspector’s position, responsibilities and workload of late that is simply not accurate. Our building inspector is currently handling the required permits as they arise, and it was the pleasure of the current BOS, by majority vote, not to increase his hours or pay. While there may have been an increase in administrative (associated) duties, clearly there are fewer building permits being pulled, and our building inspector has successfully maintained his responsibilities comparable to last year. Recently there have been numbers made public that are quite simply being manipulated in an effort to misinform. These numbers constitute ALL permits pulled (plumbing, electrical, and mechanical) and not just building permits as they should have been presented. I am watching out for the taxpayers of Rehoboth, and by nearly doubling the salary/hours of the current building inspector in an economic downturn where fewer new homes are being built would not be serving our residents well, period. Also made were incorrect statements about the inability of the building inspector to seek town counsel with regard to an issue before the Zoning Board (ZBA). Initially the building inspector was given access to town counsel by the former Chairman, Skip Vadnais, improperly, as it had never been approved by the former BOS by majority vote at a meeting, as is required. Recently a thorough examination of the minutes to BOS public meetings and private executive session meetings proved this. Furthermore, the ZBA’s role is to hear all matters regarding zoning, appeals, complaints, etc. as they are compiled. In fact a practicing attorney well familiar
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with zoning laws currently sits on the ZBA. It is Never, nor should it ever be, practice to confer with counsel prior to a ZBA ruling. If we were to bypass the ZBA or any other board or committee and seek counsel first, imagine the legal fees we would incur? Under the previous direction of our former BOS Chairman, Skip Vadnais, we experienced the highest and most outrageous legal expenses in years, totaling more than $110,000 in the last fiscal year alone! Once again, I am looking out for the taxpayers in Rehoboth. Stating that I said “a vote at town meeting does not count” is completely inaccurate. What I said is a vote doesn’t sign contracts. As was stated, “a non binding resolution,” or consensus, was made at town meeting, however, only the BOS are privy to all public and private information regarding the articles, and the only ones responsible as your elected governing board to ultimately make contract decisions. It is completely false to say that town meeting voted to increase the building inspector’s hours. Actually, town meeting voted only to fund the salary line with $48,000. As with all budget line votes, the town votes on the amount of money to fund each line. Depending on the budget line, it is then up to either the BOS, the department head or the particular governing board how best to use those funds specific to the purpose of that line. In the case of the building inspector’s salary line, it is the responsibility of the BOS to negotiate a contract and determine how best to use that money. If research or circumstances prove a dollar amount to be excessive, do the taxpayers really want to see the BOS frivolously spend the money anyway? Personally, I do believe that the town meeting is not a clear representation of all of our voting residents. Of course, I do, however, believe the vote of the people matters. Obviously, those who have initiated this recall don’t feel your vote matters since they initiated a recall website against me within twelve weeks of the election since their candidate did not win. This is a complete misuse of the recall bylaw and costly to our town. You the people, the voting residents of this town, placed your trust in my known character and integrity by electing me by majority vote months ago. When I ran, I promised to make the tough decisions that would be needed to maintain our low tax base, maintain public safety, and support our schools. A select few may not like these decisions, but by not making them, it would be business as usual. For the sake of our town, to restore its integrity, and finally heal the division, allow me to continue serving in my capacity and show them that the vote of the people really DOES matter. Don Leffort Selectman
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Another year for the Christmas program for the children of Rehoboth is about to begin, and we are asking for your help. If the demand for food is any indication of the need in our town, this may be the largest year of requests that we have ever had for the Christmas Wish list. We need everyone’s help this year. The opening date for requests will start on October 1, 2010 to the deadline on November 19, 2010. Parents or grandparents please mail the list to the R.H.H.P., 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, Mass 0279 A.S.A.P. We will try to start returning the gifts on December 10, 2010. Please included a name, address and telephone number on the list. If you have any questions please call Steve Martin at 08-22-323. A brief follow up on the food pantry and the emergency fuel assistance program. As of this time we have no funds for fuel assistance this year as they have already been used. The food pantry needs your help year round (2 weeks). As the holidays come upon us the requests increase. We try to do something special for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations for fuel assistance or the food pantry can be mailed to R.H.H.P. 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, Mass 0279.
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The way it was... The Citizens of Rehoboth vs. Interstate Route 895 Super Highway Planned through Rehoboth: 1967- 1982 by Otis Dyer, Sr.
Forty years ago while I was working in my survey office on shove the highway over on to them. He suggested that, instead, Fairview Avenue, three men came in unexpectedly and introduced we join forces and try to stop the road from being built all together. themselves as engineers from the Massachusetts DPW. They said This being agreeable to our committee, my wife, Jean, and I met they were laying out Interstate Route 895 through Rehoboth and with some of the west Dighton people in their church parish house asked if I would assist them in locating the owners of a few parcels on June 14 to help make the arrangements. of land behind my farm on Great Meadow Hill. The town had just The next day, on the 15th, the first public hearing on the road finished preparing the first assessor maps of Rehoboth, but a large was held in the Palmer River School. Four hundred angry residents number of parcels were still “owner unknowns.” As I looked at their from Rehoboth and Dighton came to express their disapproval and plans I tried not to show my astonishment, but my heart skipped a outrage. The Attleboro Sun Chronicle reported that “Selectmen beat when I saw that the edge of the highway was to run only 200 chairman John Waterman told the crowd he doubted the town had feet east of my house and 50 feet behind my office. the ‘political muscle’ to prevent construction of the highway, but the Route 895 and its counterpart, Route 295 on the west side of overwhelming sentiment of the people was to try just that.” Robert Route 95 in Rhode Island and part way through Attleboro, were Haig, living on Cedar Street in the path of the new highway, said, part of a plan to build a new beltway around Providence to alleviate “We aren’t willing to trade our swamps and wetlands and natural traffic congestion on Route 95 in that city. The beltway was to begin environment for a new highway. We can reject the whole highway at Route 95 in Warwick, Rhode Island, run northerly and west of on an absolute value basis. A 1969 federal law [the National EnProvidence to Route 95 in Attleboro, easterly through Attleboro to vironmental Policy Act] has established 19 environmental criteria Pleasant Street near the Norton town line, and southerly through that the state must meet before construction can begin. He recomRehoboth, Swansea, Newport, and then across the Jamestownmended a committee be established to investigate whether or not Verrazano Bridge (not yet built) back to Route 95 in Warwick. the state can meet the federal criteria.” For several years there had been rumors that Route 895 was I recall seeing Dr. William C. Wild, Jr., who lived on the west coming through Rehoboth, but no one knew just where until the edge of the proposed cloverleaf on Tremont Street, get up next, Providence Journal announced in a September 1967 article that waving his arms, and shouting, “I am Bill Wild and I am Wild.” The a new beltway around Providence would pass through Rehoboth Sun Chronicle reported his saying as he continued to wave his arms west of Fairview Avenue. That route was dropped sometime before in the air, “But this is a democracy. We ought to be able to control 1971 and shifted east nearer to the Dighton town line, probably after our own destiny;” and while the applause was still sounding in the state officials learned that the road and its cloverleaf interchange auditorium from that remark, he yelled, “Let’s find where the power on Winthrop Street would wipe out both the Rehoboth Village structure is behind this thing.” Selectman Waterman suggested Cemetery and the Palmer River School. Instead, two new routes beginning with Governor Sargent. “Then let’s pass the hat and get were laid out, the “west route” and the “east route.” off a telegram to Sargent tonight,” yelled Wild. “I hope you get an The “west route” was to run through my farm, through the acknowledgement,” said Waterman, referring to five major letters Francis farm, behind the South Rehoboth fire station, and into the Selectmen had sent to federal and state officials opposing the Swansea where the Swansea mall is now. Three large cloverleaf road without receiving a reply. interchanges were planned: one on Tremont Street west of Anawan continued on next page Street, one on Winthrop Street at Anawan Rock, and one at Providence and Pleasant Streets in south Rehoboth. The right of way was to be 300 feet wide with 400-feet wide green-belt buffers on each side in the rural areas. The road was to be designed for 70- mph traffic with three travel lanes each way and a wide media strip in between. Another highway was planned to connect the new cloverleaf on Winthrop Street with I-24 (the Boston to Fall River expressway). The road was to run easterly through Dighton and over a new Berkley bridge on the Taunton River to I-24 in Berkley. The “east route” was to run through Norton, Taunton, west Dighton (just to the east of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School), and Rehoboth (east of Plain Street where the town transfer station is now). Three cloverleaf interchanges were still planned: Tremont Street on the Rehoboth-Taunton line, Winthrop Street in Dighton, and Cedar Street on the Rehoboth- Dighton town line. Charles A. Maguire Associates, the state consulting engineers, strongly recommended the “east route,” but this was not generally known when the two hearings were held. The environmental impact statement, analyzing the routes, was not published until two years later in 1973. 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November 2010 The Reporter North Rehoboth School. It was emphasized that we should present only sound environmental and technical opposing arguments and not emotional ones, such as “I want to keep the town rural.” The newly enacted “National Environmental Policy Act” was a great help for us in attacking the project on an environmental basis. Although the engineers did their best to thread the road around and between the swamps so it would do the least damage to the wetlands, in one way or another both routes impacted five large swamps and a pond: Chartley pond, Hemlock swamp, Squannakonk cedar swamp, Bad Luck swamp, and Munwhague cedar swamp. Three subcommittees were formed: Norman Cleaveland and his committee studied the road’s impact on town services; Judith Garella of Carpenter Street and her committee studied the environmental impact; and Dr. William C. Wild, Jr., and his committee studied the road’s effect on our population and taxes. Judith B. Michalik of Summer Street was the presentation coordinator. Our committee was not alone in opposing the road. Swansea and Attleboro joined in, and so did Norton when they heard that the “east route’ would run through their town. The “Attleboro Concerned Citizens to Review I-895” committee was very vocal in its opposition because the city would be severely impacted by Route 295 and its continuation, Route 895. The Massachusetts Audubon Society said, “The road would endanger wildlife, demolish homes, jeopardize Attleboro’s water supply, and destroy wildlife habitats”; the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District “branded the whole idea as unnecessary”; and the Rehoboth Historical Committee complained that the cloverleaf on Winthrop Street would destroy historical Anawan Rock. The final hearing was held on September 15, 1971. in the Dighton- Rehoboth school auditorium. One thousand people from Rehoboth and surrounding towns attended, standing room only, the most people I have ever seen in that auditorium, before or since. Edward Ribbs, State Highway Commissioner, led the meeting, assisted by state engineers and Maguire Engineering. A few local road contractors were on the stage to observe, one of whom was John Walsh, president of Walsh Contracting Company in Attleboro. Forty years later Walsh reminisced in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle that he was one of the few to speak in favor of building the road through Rehoboth. “There were about 1000 people there and no one stood up to speak in favor until at least midnight; the opposition became total,” Walsh recalled. “Nobody wanted it their backyard.” I still remember the dramatic end of the meeting, which came well after midnight. John Parker, our popular state Senator from Taunton, the last speaker to get up, gave a stirring oration in opposition and ended it by shouting into the microphone, “This is one road that will never be built!” One thousand people stood up and roared their approval. I am sure if Senator Parker had then yelled, “Let’s run these bums out of town and send them back to Boston,” people were so fired up that they might have stormed the stage and done just that. Much to everyone’s relief, less than a year later the whole proposal was declared dead, at least temporarily. We were under no illusions that we had stopped it, although we may have helped, but local opposition to a road had never stopped one before. In April 1972 Massachusetts Governor Francis Sargent issued a moratorium on building 695, an inner-belt around Boston, and all similar roads. It also helped that Rhode Island residents in the Barrington and Newport areas and Rhode Island’s Governor were also opposed to the road. However, as long as there was money set aside to build it, Route 895 hung over our heads like a Sword of Damocles for another ten years. Finally, with a stroke of the pen in August 1981, Governor King closed out the 895 account in favor of improving local roads and mass transportation. It is difficult imagine what Rehoboth would be like today if the road had been built. Six lanes of cars and trucks would be roaring through at 70mph or more on the way to New York or Boston, spewing off traffic from the interchanges on to our narrow winding continued on next page
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Scarcely had I finished writing about houses (including the “cottages” of Newport) last month when I started to read the very enjoyable new book “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” by the popular non-fiction writer Bill Bryson. Very few writers combine the informative with the entertaining so well, whether Bryson is telling of his adventures on the Appalachian Trail in “A Walk in the Woods” or sharing his wry observation on some deadly creature that can be found in “Volume 19 of Things That Can Kill You In Australia” in “In A Sunburned Country”. He got the idea for this new book, he says, from the old vicarage that he and his family call home in a village in Norfolk, England. Bryson, an American, has lived in England for some years now. He takes us on a tour of this drafty pile, which dates from the mid 19th century when it was built for one Rev. Marsham, and each room prompts him to discuss various topics relating to the room (examining childhood in the nursery, cooking in the kitchen, and so forth). He could just have easily called this book “At Home: Be Glad You Live Now” because this is how you feel after reading about life without what the British call mod cons (modern conveniences.) Bryson is full of interesting facts on a huge variety of topics both large and small, so much so that you could compile a “Did You Know?” quiz from it. His last book was “A Short History of Nearly Everything” and this book continues that theme. To return to the subject of Newport and the astounding wealth of the super rich, Bryson notes that “no fewer than five hundred rich young American women” married cash-starved aristocrats in the late 19th century. I had no idea it was that many. And at one time, Cornelius (“Commodore”) Vanderbilt personally controlled some 10 percent of all the money in circulation in the United States. The chapter on the dressing room is filled with fun facts about fashion in the past. He says, “Throughout many periods of history… it can seem as if the whole impulse of fashion has been to look maximally ridiculous. If one could be maximally uncomfortable as well, the triumph was all the greater.” To prove his point, there is a satirical illustration from 1772 of “Miss Prattle Consulting Doctor Double Fee about her Pantheon Head Dress”. The ornamental wig in question is about three feet tall and would make Lady Gaga green with envy. How times change (or don’t). But it’s not all amusing anecdotes. The chapter on the bathroom dwells on plumbing and the history of sewage disposal, including the disgusting state of the Thames River in 19th century London and various cholera epidemics there. This is not for the easily nauseated. Likewise, the nursery leads the author to a discussion of childhood mortality in past times and the callous way children, particularly poor children, have been treated through the ages. The squeamish may also want to skip over Bryson’s descriptions of early surgery. Many people in Victorian homes got sick from their wallpaper (containing arsenic, particularly the color green) and the lead in their paint, and gaslights poisoned the air in a room. One recurring theme is how men who are now revered as great explorers or inventors often didn’t see the big picture, whether it was Columbus remaining convinced that he had discovered the Indies or Alexander Graham Bell not seeing the potential for the telephone he just invented in 187. Thomas Edison was gung-ho on a lot of inventions that proved to be worthless, while not grasping the import of his new recording technology. In the dining room chapter, Bryson observes, “It has been estimated that 0 percent of all the crops grown in the world today originated in the Americas.” He mentions a long list including potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, pumpkins and squash, chocolate and chili
peppers, to name just a few. “These foods weren’t just incorporated into foreign cuisines. They effectively became foreign cuisines.” But this worked both ways, with Old World imports changing the New World. “Wheat in Kansas, coffee in Brazil, beef in Argentina and a great deal more would not be possible.” It’s hard to stop quoting “At Home”. A great deal of research went into this book. The bibliography of books consulted by the author runs to over 20 pages. Yet somehow Bryson manages to pull all these widely differing topics together into a coherent whole and in a wholly interesting manner. He writes, “We are so used to having a lot of comfort in our lives – to being clean, warm, and well fed — that we forget how recent most of that is.” Even as our own times are troubled (and what times aren’t?), it is good to be reminded of what we have now and where it came from.
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It is federally mandated that the Town maintain its Emergency Management Agency. Please come to Town Meeting to vote Yes to restore EMA’s budget of $400 so that we can remain “in service for life,” and provide you with professional standards of emergency response and care. Please come and vote Yes!
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The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, and All Three Precincts Will Be Open. Precinct I is the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street, Precinct II is the Gladys L. Hurrell, Rehoboth Senior Center, at Bay State Road and Precinct III is the South Fire Station at 102 Pleasant Street. The polls will be open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. The Voter Registration session prior to the State Election was held on Wednesday, October 13th at the Town Clerk’s Office which was the final date to register to be eligible to vote in the State Election. Voters who will be out of town on Election Day or who will be unable to get to the polls may contact the Town Clerk’s Office to obtain an absentee ballot; a written request, with the voter’s original signature, to the Town Clerk is required to obtain a ballot. The cut-off for applying for absentee ballots is 12 noon on Monday, November 1st for the State Election. If voters have questions regarding their eligibility, they should call the Town Clerk’s Office at 08 22-02, X109 or X110.
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The Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School convening at 7:30 p.m. The Special Voter Registration prior to the Special Town Meeting will be on Friday, October 29th at the Town Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is the final date to register to be eligible to vote in the Special Town Meeting. Anyone who will be 18 years of age or over by October 29, 2010 may register.
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Our animal shelter is in need of dog food, cat food, dog/cat treats, cat litter. It would also be helpful if you could donate cleaning supplies and with the winter months approaching they are also in need of blankets. If you are able to help our four legged friends, your contributions/donations would be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at the gate to the animal shelter. The shelter is located behind the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street. There are dogs and cats at the shelter that are in need of a good home. Jane Foster, our Animal Control Officer, can be reached at 508-252-5421, X126, if you would like to set up an appointment for adoption. On behalf of the Town Clerk’s Office we would like to extend a most appreciative thank you to all of our veterans, past and present, who have served our town, our state and our nation so selflessly and wish all a happy and safe Veterans Day. My assistant Lynn and I would also like to extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to all of our town residents.
Boy Scouts Earn Praise of Rehoboth Land Trust
Three Eagle Scout candidates combined their efforts to clear and blaze the trails on the Hunt Ministerial Lands on Pond Street. Working together they were able to open the trails for greater accessibility now and helped lay the groundwork for planned boardwalks in the wetlands areas. Eagle Scout candidates Gunnar Manchester, John Peranzi and Zach Tavares, each tackled a section. Gunnar improved and cleaned up the start of the trail near the parking lot and installed a sign identifying the trails. John widened and lengthened the middle trail and installed a picnic table and bench near the meadow clearing, and Zach widened and improved the furthest portion of the trail, linking to the middle section. The Land Trust would like to thank each of them for their efforts in a job well done. The Rehoboth Land Trust invites the public to enjoy the new, improved trails. We are currently seeking grants for the boardwalk construction.
The Planning Board is accepting Talent Bank Forms in order to fill the seat of Associate Member. Talent Bank Forms are available on the Town of Rehoboth’s website (located at the bottom of the Home Page) or within the Selectmen’s Office. The Associate Member shall be appointed by the Planning Board for a term of one (1) year, beginning July 1 and ending on June 30. The Associate Member shall act in the case of absence, an inability to act, or a conflict of interest on the part of any member of the Planning Board, or in the event of a vacancy on the Board, prior to the commencement of a Special Permit (does not include Site Plan approval, Subdivision hearings or ANR meetings) public hearing only. The Chair shall designate the Associate Planning Board Member to sit in the event that, as stated above, any member is absent, unable to act or has a conflict of interest.
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The Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency (REMA) is asking for your support to reinstate our budget at the special town meeting. The article requests $4500.00. The monies are used to operate REMA and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad for the purpose of repairing and maintaining vehicles, equipment, training, and all other associated costs. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad under REMA provides emergency services to the town which includes: auto extrication, lighting for emergency situations, dive team rescues, search and rescue, animal rescues, storm spotting, RACES Ham radio operation, shelter management, and support to the town’s other emergency service entities. REMA is our contact to the state for all natural and/or man-made disasters and provides a comprehensive emergency management plan for the town. REMA and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad continues to serve the town completely with volunteers (receiving no compensation and dedicated to providing high quality services). Our members provide this as a community service and rely on the town for very limited funding. Although we have been successful in attaining grants and generous support of the Rehoboth Rescue Association through fundraising, the minimal contribution of the town at the request of $4500.00 is invaluable and essential to the progress of the operation and quality of the squad’s services. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad has continuously since its 1965 inception maintained the highest level of training and acquired the necessary equipment to provide superior service to the town. Much of this equipment has been accrued through grants or fundraising at no cost to the town. The board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee has approved this request and I am asking for your support at the special town meeting. Thank you, Yours in Dedicated Service, William Maiorano Emergency Management Director
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Rehoboth Town Warrant Debate... The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee are working together to provide you, the residents of Rehoboth, with a sensible warrant. We are proud to present you with a warrant which not only features a balanced budget, but for the first time in many years, funds critical capital projects. Even with the expenditures contained in this warrant, we still have over $300,000 in free cash for next fiscal year, plus an anticipated $200,000 in additional personal property tax revenue due to the hard work of our Town Assessors. For nearly a decade, the Town has not addressed important infrastructure projects. These needs have now become critical, and if we do not address them, the future cost and liability to the Town will be substantial. This warrant addresses several of these capital projects – replacement of the North Fire Station roof; rewiring of the Town Hall network and the replacement of aging computer equipment; painting of the Highway Department fuel tank; and replacement of the Anawan School roof. The Finance Committee has recommended approval on all these articles, as these infrastructure needs are, at the moment, the most critical before us. Normally, capital projects would carry a recommendation for funding out of our Stabilization account. However, as many of you recall this account was improperly reduced at the Annual Town Meeting to fund an operating expense. As such, rather than deplete Stabilization further, the Finance Committee has recommended funding of the aforementioned capital items out of our free cash. This warrant also continues to improve the quality of our public safety departments, by replacing two patrol cruisers and one supervisor’s vehicle in the Police Department. In addition, we are proposing to replace the Fire Department command/first-response vehicle. The proposal before you is to fund the first year’s leaseto-own payment for each of these vehicles. Three of the articles deal with solar photovoltaic systems. Originally researched by Finance Committee member Paula Bizier two years ago, thanks to the hard work of the Energy Committee over the past year, these bylaws have the potential to bring over $10,000 in new revenue to the Town on an annual basis. In principle, we support the concept of the solar articles although we have “No Recommendation” on two of the bylaw articles as the verbiage of these articles is better suited to be addressed by the Planning Board and Town Counsel. Two very important articles contained in this warrant are proposals submitted by the Board of Selectmen. The first is a proposal to require all elected officials to pass a criminal background check prior to taking office, which will provide the Town with the most honest, trustworthy public officials possible. The second is a series of modifications to the Town’s recall procedure, which has been repeatedly abused, costing the town thousands of dollars when we can least afford it, in addition to causing unnecessary turmoil and division between Town residents. Three of the articles contained in this warrant were submitted by petition. These articles are designed to change the fundamental fabric of how our Town government functions, by changing appointed positions to elected positions, increasing the number of positions on a Board, and bypassing the normal checks and balances of Town Meeting. It is not in the best interest of the Town to propose bylaw changes merely because some disagree with the April election results. We have presented you with a warrant that represents effective, efficient and responsible government. Ultimately the decisions on these warrant articles reside with those voters who turn out at Town Meeting. We encourage you to please attend our Town Meeting on November 8th at 7:30 p.m. and support our recommendations. Sincerely, Kenneth Foley, Chairman, Board of Selectmen Respectfully, Christopher P. Morra, Chairman, Finance Committee
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...Pros and Cons... Clarification of the Joint Letter in the Warrant By now you have all received the warrant for special town meeting. You will notice a joint letter from the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Board of Selectman. This letter represents the opinion of two people since neither board voted on this letter. While it is not unusual to have a letter from both boards, a joint letter is unusual. The Board of Selectman place articles on the warrant and then they present them to the finance committee for their recommendation. It’s the checks and balance in town government. The town gets a recommendation from an unbiased committee on each of the article with a financial impact. The letter is also very misleading. They did not present a balance budget, there is no budget presented in the warrant. There are articles in warrant to address adjustments to be made to this current year’s budget as well as payment of prior year bills. The budget was balanced at the annual town meeting by the voters of town meeting. It’s stated that “the stabilization account was improperly reduced” at Annual Town Meeting. They fail to mention that the budget that was presented was voted on by THE TOWN. There is nothing improper about it. The funding of the library outweighed the cost of using stabilization. The voters agreed since they overwhelming supported the recommendation of the Finance Committee. The two By law articles “submitted” by the BOS have to do with restricting and even violating your rights. The finance committee recommendation is “no recommendation”. The Recall By Law Change is the same exact By Law that Mr. Morra submitted two years ago that the town voted down. The other by law article, is a CORI By law, running a criminal background check on all appointed and elected officials. Town counsel’s opinion, read by David Marciello at a recent BOS meeting, cautioned the Board of Selectman that this article could violate a person’s civil rights and put the town in jeopardy of litigation. It’s stated that this will provide the town “most honest, trustworthy public officials possible”. How in the world does it accomplish that? Again, the recommendation of the Finance COMMITTEE is No Recommendation. There are three articles that are on the warrant by petition. The petitioner had to get 100 signatures in order to get the article on the warrant. None of these articles have anything to do with the April election as stated in this joint letter. It has to do with people exercising their constitutional right to have it presented at town meeting for vote of the people. Mr. Morra states we are taking care of some capital items. We do NOT have any capital plan in place. We are only offering band aide, reactive, recommendations instead of pro-active solutions/plan. How do you spend money on capital when you have no idea what your expected shortfall for next years Budget will be? The recall by law and Cori Bylaw is an attempt to restrict your rights and participation in town government. Doesn’t sound like a “sensible” warrant to me? Sue Pimental
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The next meeting of the 200th birthday celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1th at 7:00 P.M. in Town Hall. Everyone is welcome. We are hoping to have more groups and individuals participate. Please come and join the fun. Several groups have their plans well underway. Save a Pet is inviting Santa Claus to come to Seekonk in December to visit Seekonk children in their home. This has been a very popular event in the past and we expect that it will fill up quickly. The exact dates have not been set yet, but we will be asking the schools to allow us to send a notice home with the elementary children. Save a Pet is collecting items for the animal shelter. Cleaning supplies such as paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, chewy dog treats, peanut butter, kongs, washable cat beds, Arm and Hammer kitty litter, Pedigree canned dog food, and Purina Cat Chow are all needed at the shelter. The barrel is in the Town Hall lobby for those donations or you may bring them to the Town Clerk’s office and we will see that they get them. The shelter is always collecting used printer toner cartridges. They are recycled and the shelter receives the money for them. The barrel for the cartridges is also in the lobby of Town Hall. The Veteran’s Agent is also collecting items to send to our troops. If you wish to donate, the list of items is on our website at Seekonk.info. You may bring items to this office that you would like to donate and we will see that the agent gets them. It is a nice way to remind our men and women who are serving in the military that we are grateful for their service. With the holidays approaching, it would be nice to send some items from home to our men and women serving overseas. The new web site is Seekonk-ma.gov. Please visit that site as it has information and forms from the town departments. Town meeting is scheduled for November 29th at the High School at 7:00 P.M. Town Hall will be closing at 4:30 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will re-open on Monday, November 29th.
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The Seekonk Congregational Church United Church of Christ is celebrating its 12th anniversary. An ice cream social with Drum and Fife music, a musical program of Music through the Decades, pictures and stories of the history of the church and birthday cakes with 12 candles have been presented through the year. The celebration will culminate with a 12th anniversary dinner and dance will be held on November 20th at the Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk at P.M. There will be a celebration of the history of the church, entertainment, songs and music of the decades and for dancing. All present and past members and their families are invited to attend. The Seekonk Tickets are $30 each and may be reserved by calling the church at 08-33-93. Deadline is November 14th. Public Works Department
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Imagine if you will that the year is 188. In March, Chester Arthur turns over the presidency of the United States to Grover Cleveland. After a long journey across the Atlantic the Statue of Liberty arrives in New York harbor. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published and baseball sets all player salaries at between $1000 and $2000 for the 188 season. If you want to mail a letter, it will cost you two cents. In 188, the farming community of Seekonk had close to 1300 residents. In that year before streetcars, the only mode of transportation was a horse and carriage or your own two feet. If a Seekonk family wanted to attend worship services on a Sunday, they had to
November 2010 The Reporter travel to Newman Congregational Church in East Providence. A long journey in the nicest weather, but made much more difficult on dirt roads that were muddy in spring and icy in winter. Evidently this became such a chore that on a Sunday in November of that year, 3 people gathered in the School House at Luther’s Corners to organize a Sunday school. Over the next 12 years, this small group would grow to become the vibrant faith community that we have today at Seekonk Congregational Church. As we begin this year of celebration of the founding of our church, we will be taking you on a journey through time. The Anniversary Committee is planning celebrations that will recall days long ago, woven together with new traditions of today and each month The Caller will give you a little glimpse into the history of Seekonk Congregational Church. We hope you enjoy the ride.
is also blessed in many ways for it was in April that an Act of Congress declared that “In God We Trust” would be inscribed on all newly minted coins.
It was on a clear, cool Monday morning in May of 188 when The Rev. Leverett Supply Woodworth, who was known to inject humor into his preaching, declared at the dedication of the Goff Memorial Hall in nearby Rehoboth that all pastors were now going to want their own memorial hall and that he thought it would be a wonderful idea to have his own memorial hall added to the chapel he planned at Luther’s Corners in Seekonk.
Putting in a plug for Seekonk, he said to the crowd “While you have been rejoicing over this beautiful new building, I have been thinking of Seekonk. She has been robbed until only a narrow strip of land remains. If she has not fallen among thieves, she has among barn burners. Without a town hall, without a meeting house for her people, as our friend Thomas Potter says, ‘Her people must go to East Providence for her rum, religion and clams’. We think that it is time Seekonk has some religious privileges of her own. Some of us are trying to build a chapel at Luther’s Corners for the people. If someone will give continued on next page
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April - a month that can have, as Mark Twain once said, “one hundred and thirtysix different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” We can be fooled by a blizzard on the first day of the month yet the next day awake to the glorious rays of the sun and seventy degrees. April is a month that doesn’t seem to know if it wants to hold onto winter or open its arms to welcome summer. If one were to view a timeline of significant events in the history of the United States, April probably would stand out as the month with some of the most difficult days our country has ever seen. The American Revolution began in April and ended eight years later, in April. The Civil War also began and ended this month. The US entered World War I in April, and the Vietnam War ended in April. The Titanic sank in April, and both Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King were assassinated in April. The Columbine shootings and the Oklahoma City bombing both occurred in April. April is also significant in the history of our faith community, although thankfully our history is worth repeating. It was April 21, 188 when the Parish Society held a meeting to make plans to erect a chapel at Luther’s Corner. Almost one year later to the day, the Rev. Leverett Supply Woodworth preached the first regularly scheduled church service in the chapel. It was in April many years later, that the Earnest Workers could be found in the vestry of the church tying a quilt for soldiers fighting in World War II. In April 192, the Rev. Joel Carlson reported that “God blessed us richly in every respect” during Easter, noting that the church was filled to overflow three times, 18 new members were received and more than three hundred dollars were given in collections. And yes, God does still bless our church richly in every respect. And yes, our country
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us a thousand dollars to enable us to complete it, we will have his picture painted and hung up in the building. It will be an oil painting too, and not a crayon.” Many years later Rev. Woodworth’s wishes, made in jest, became true. A memorial hall was dedicated to him and an oil painting-not crayon - of him hangs in the hall. There is no record of the thousand dollars being donated, but a chapel does indeed stand at Luther’s Corner. We think he would be pleased to know that we don’t have to go to East Providence anymore for our religion, clams or rum.
June has traditionally been the month when we celebrate graduations and weddings. It is the beginning of summer, and the end of the school year. June means sweet smelling roses are in bloom and fresh strawberries are ripe for the picking. In our part of the world, mid-June marks the summer solstice. June is also the month when we celebrate our fathers. The idea for Father’s Day came about in 1910 when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington heard a sermon about Mother’s Day. She wondered why there wasn’t a special day to honor fathers. Her father was an extraordinary man, raising Sonora and her five siblings alone after his wife died in childbirth. Many people at first mocked the idea of father’s day, believing that it was just another idea promoted by retailers to boost their sales. It took 56 years before the third Sunday in June was officially proclaimed Father’s Day by President Lyndon Johnson. And it took another six years before it was declared a national holiday by President Richard Nixon. For many years, Father’s Day was celebrated at Seekonk Congregational Church with a chicken barbeque and strawberry shortcake festival. An article in June 20th edition of The Providence Journal in 1988 noted that some members only knew one way to celebrate Father’s Day - and that was here at the church working the grill, serving the chicken or simply enjoying the barbeque with their Dad. A permanent grill area behind the Gardiner Building had just been constructed with the money for the structure donated by Dorothy Greany and Doris Hawk as a tribute to their husbands. No longer would the grill masters have to endure the hot sun or a drenching rain. They would have the protection of a roof. Pat Jennings said in the article that about 300 people were expected to enjoy the chicken barbeque that year, noting that she had 425 pounds of chicken, 150 pounds of strawberries and 5 gallons of heavy cream ready for the crowd.
Seekonk Land Conservation Trust
Colors Abound at Land Trust Refuges Martin Wildlife Refuge displays glorious fall colors
[Seekonk]—The Martin Wildlife Refuge, located on Fall River Avenue across from the Grist Mill Restaurant, is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Edna Martin, who passed away in 1996, generously bequeathed her 35 acres to the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust. Miss Martin, an avid conservationist, was well ahead of her time for a woman born in 1896. A forward-looking woman, she had the foresight to purchase land adjoining her original holdings, thus preserving an oasis of green and solitude in an otherwise heavily-developed area. She was 100 years old at the time of her death and owned and maintained the land herself for many years, taking in the hay and keeping goats, horses and donkeys. Most of the walking trails, cleared by either her or her father, are wider than many forest paths because they needed ample room to accommodate pony carts and sleighs.
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The Seekonk Land Trust now maintains the trails. When former Land Trust president Robert Barker officially opened the refuge, he admitted he hadn’t the words to describe the property. “The land speaks for itself,” he said. “We encourage residents to walk the trails in order to see for themselves the beauty of this magnificent gift not only to the Land Trust, but also to the community.” Now, with the trees in their full fall glory, is a perfect time to walk the trails and enjoy the beauty and peace of the refuge.
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These photos were taken recently at the refuge. You can see the myriad of colors now on display if you walk along the paths and by the pond.
The Annual Seekonk Tree Lighting
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You are invited to join with others who have experienced loss. We invite family and friends of Community VNA Hospice Care and members of the public to join together in an interfaith celebration honoring their loved one’s life and memory. There will be music and readings followed by refreshments. We hope you can join us for this special ceremony. This memorable gathering will take place at United Methodist Church, 20 Hoppin Hill Avenue, North Attleboro on Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 P.M. This service is free and open to the public. Following the service, there will be refreshments and time to meet and share with Community VNA Hospice Care staff and volunteers. United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible. For more information, please contact Community VNA Hospice Care Bereavement Coordinator at 08-222-0118 extension 1373. Community VNA Hospice Care offers grief support to anyone in the community who has had a loss through death, not just for those who were cared for by hospice. Our grief professionals, who specialize in grief and loss, can offer some suggestions or sources of support. They are a resource for those dealing with grief, as well as for those seeking guidance on how to support others who are grieving. For more information contact the Bereavement Coordinator at Community VNA Hospice Care at 800-220-0110, x1373 or visit us online at www.communityvna.com.
Sixth Annual Dighton Arts Festival November 7
The Dighton Lions Club welcomes artists to exhibit at its Sixth Annual Dighton Arts Festival on Sunday, November 7, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses in Dighton. The family-oriented event features over 40 artists selling and displaying their work, entertainment by local musicians throughout the day, including the Strangers, Matt Borrello, and others, exhibits by local schoolchildren, and activities for children. More than 2,000 people filled the greenhouses at Araujo Farms in each of the three previous years. Exhibits have included watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, mosaics, and charcoal and graphite drawings among other media. More information about the Dighton Arts Festival can be found at the festival web site (www.dightonart.org). General questions about the festival can be directed to info@ dightonart.org.
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YPO Event at North Bowl November 9th • 7-9pm
United Regional Young Professionals Organization invites you to a night of fun and Cosmic Bowling at North Bowl, 71 E. Washington St., North Attleborough, on Nov. 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $20 per bowler includes two hours of bowling, shoes, pizza and soda. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. Reservations required. Contact Vicky Faunce at 508-223-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The YPO is a branch of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce and is comprised of 20- and 30-something business professionals who have an interest in social and business networking, community involvement, and professional development. YPO participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information, visit the YPO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unitedregionalypo.
Rehoboth Contra Dances
Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA; $8; All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. Contact: 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html
Friday, November 12, 8 p.m. Dave Langford Performs
All dances will be taught by caller Steve Zakon-Anderson. Music will be performed by Dave Langford and Peter Barnes.
Friday, November 26, 8 p.m Free Association performs Thanksgiving weekend
An introductory workshop precedes the dance at 7:30 p.m. All dances will be taught by caller Lisa Greenleaf. Music will be performed by Free Association, with Jim Guinness, Amy Larkin, and Debby Knight.
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Craft Fair • Saturday Nov. 13th Starting at 9am - ending at 2pm
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Cats Alive! Cocktail Party and Silent Auction November 13th
local group holds annual event to raise funds for feral cats
Cranston, Rhode Island - PawsWatch, Rhode Island’s Volunteer Network for Feral Cats, will hold its 10th annual cocktail party and silent auction at the Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 0290 on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from :00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Serving RI & Southeastern MA Tickets can be purchased online at pawswatch.org or you may send a check made payable RIMP #625 MAMP #12592 to PawsWatch, PO Box 3711, Newport, RI 02840. Please specify the number of tickets and your name will be added to our guest list. Proceeds will help pay for veterinary care and Call (401)434-6436 provide food & shelter for feral cats. For more information contact PawsWatch at cats@ pawswatch.org or 401.848.987. If you love animals and are looking for an opportunity to reduce the suffering of feral cats in your community, please support PawsWatch’s upcoming Cats Alive! Annual cocktail party and silent auction. PawsWatch is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping Rhode Islanders provide spay/neuter and vaccinations for neighborhood feral cats. The organization is funded by community donations which are applied directly to providing vet care and shelter for feral cats and kittens. PawsWatch has provided crucial veterinary care to thousands of feral cats since it was founded in 1997. By working with local veterinarians and concerned neighbors, we are able to spay and neuter, vaccinate and treat injuries and illnesses. In addition to the necessary vet services, our hardworking volunteers help Rhode Islanders learn and apply humane methods to improve the lives of the feral cats in their neighborhoods. This includes facilitating vet care and making sure that the cats have adequate shelter and an ongoing food supply. Additional information is available at www.alleycat.org, the national leader of Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor Over 20 years experience • Family owned and operated (TNRM.) To donate or to learn more about PawsWatch, visit www. pawswatch.org or email to email@example.com.
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Angelcat Haven 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair November 13th, 10am-3pm
Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue is holding their 4th Annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday November 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the North Attleboro Elk’s Lodge, 2 Bullfinch St, North Attleboro, MA. Get your holiday shopping done early! For a $1.00 donation (children under 12 free,) the fair showcases a wide variety of hand made crafts. You’ll find something for all ages and tastes including music to shop by provided by DJ U4EA, a kid’s craft table while you shop, delicious baked goods, food, refreshments, raffles and more! Vendors and crafter’s include jewelry makers, scrap bookers, Tastefully Simple, The Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Mia Bella Candles, Wild Tree Herbs and much more. All proceeds go directly towards care, feeding and medical expenses of the rescued cats and kittens at Angelcat Haven. For more information, please call (08) 203-4240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Angelcat Haven (ACH) is an all-volunteer, 01(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats in Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information or to volunteer, please call our message center at (08) 203-4240 or visit www. angelcathaven.com. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Angelcat Haven, 3 Bacon Square, Plainville, MA 0272.
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Community Dance November 14th, 7 -9pm
Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The November 14 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at p.m. For information, call Bob Elliott at 08-9- or Judith Schrier at 401-71-44, or you can email Paul Wilde at email@example.com. http://www. contradancelinks.com/jammers.html.
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Sunday, November 14 @ 2 P.M.
The Chopin Club, the oldest music club in America, will host its second musical of the 2010-2011 season on Sunday, Nov. 14th at 2 P.M. at the Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, on the East Side of Providence. The concert is open to Club members and to the public. While still celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Frédéric Chopin, the concert will contain works of various composers, including Bach, Bartok and Mozart. The Program: J. S. Bach - Concerto nach Italiänischen Gusto BGW971, Béla Bartók - Sonata no. 2, mvt. 1 Fritz Kreisler - Rondino on a theme of Beethoven W. A. Mozart - Fiordiligi’s aria Come scoglio from Cosi fan tutte Jules Massenet - Manon’s aria Obéissons quand leur voix appelle from Manon W. A. Mozart - Blonda’s aria Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln from Die Entführung aus dem Serail Léo Delibes - the Bell Song from Lakmé Performers include: Masako Fidler, solo piano, Marina Irgon, violin, and Masako Fidler, piano, Julianna Tauschinger-Dempsey, soprano, and Lynda Gulley, piano. For further information visit www.chopinclub.org.
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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Women’s Guild Meeting - Thursday, November 18th @ 7pm
A memorial mass will be celebrated for the deceased members of the Guild. Business meeting and refreshments will be in the lower church following the mass. All women are invited; new member are always welcome.
Annual Turkey Raffle at the Seekonk American Legion Friday, November 19th
The American Legion Post # 311 is having their annual turkey raffle on Friday, 11/19 at 7 P.M. at the Post Home at 31 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA. The Turkey Baskets include the fixings. Everyone is welcome. Contact the Post at 08-33-9822 for more information or directions.
Dighton-Rehoboth High School
Class of 1985 • 25 Year Reunion
Saturday, November 27th Francis Farm 5:30 – 12:00 - Ticket Information – Earl Dias 774-406-1430
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! Did you know…?
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Snack with Santa
Saturday December 4th from 11 am to 1pm For Tickets call: 508-252-5025 ext: 753 Prices: $8.00 Adults $5.00 Students/ Senior Citizens Dates: Nov 18 6:30 Nov 19 6:30 Nov 20 1:00 Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
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It’s Vendor Night
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It’s Vendor Night at Martin Elementary School and you are invited to participate. (Please pass this on to your fellow crafter/vendor friends). Hosted by Martin PTO
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Christmas Bazaar And Gift Festival
sat, december 4, 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Beautiful Live wreaths and centerpieces, baked goods and food, delicious luncheon, great crafts, fleece items, Christmas ‘treasures’, jewelry, plants, poinsettias, super drawing items, and More!
Hanging of the Greens
sun, december 5th: 9 & 10:30 A.M.
The Seekonk Congregational Church will celebrate their beautiful “Hanging of the Greens” Service with pageantry, special music, lighting of the tree, fifth graders presenting the symbols of advent faith. Candles of Hope and Peace will be lighted on the Advent Wreath. One of the year’s most beautiful worship services! All are invited to share the Advent and Christmas season each Sunday at either 9 or 10:30.
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Sugar plums will be dancing in the heads of over 10 children in Rhode Island this December. These young hopefuls auditioned for, and then subsequently earned a role in the ever popular holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet Providence puts together the annual production with local children in various roles from the youngest angels to the coveted part of Clara. Festival Ballet Providence (FBP), Rhode Island’s largest professional ballet company is presently housed on the East side of Providence, along with the foremost ballet school in the state. The 33rd season commenced in September and was marked by the opening of two new satellite studios, one in Rumford and the other, East Greenwich. The busy 2 member company, along with the ever growing number of registered students was the impetus for the addition of the new branches. Mihailo Djuric, the Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Providence, sees the supplementary space as a wonderful opportunity for the professional company to spread their wings while the large cast of Nutcracker children rehearse throughout the fall. This December there will be the usual hustle and bustle backstage at Providence Performing Arts Center that is required to mount such a huge production. Young girls in frilly Victorian dresses will stand still while an army of volunteers careful curl their hair into the typical 19th century banana ringlets. Soldiers will stand guard in the wings of the stage ready to battle the ever menacing Rat Queen and her army of mice. And of course, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince will dance through the snow flakes into the Christmas Eve night to meet with the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and all the candy dreams of childhood. Call (401) 33-1129 for more information.
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Rehoboth TRIAD “Breakfast with Santa” Saturday-December 11th 9 - 11 A.M.
@ the Gladys L. Hurrell Sr. Center Tickets are $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Children. Available at the Sr. Center or by calling Pat (508)252-4602 Menu consists of Pancakes, Bacon Juice, Coffee or Hot Chocolate. Don’t forget your camera to take a picture with Santa.
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Our 6th annual Holiday Cash Raffle
Please go to www.bigbrothersri.org or call (401) 432-9955 to purchase your tickets today. Grand prize is $10,000 cash! Plus, tickets will be drawn for a total of $25,000 in cash prizes, gift certificates and more (read on for details). Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Odds of winning are 1 in 100. $25 per ticket; To buy tickets online, go to www.bigbrothersri. org, click “Donate,” then select “Holiday Cash Raffle” from the donation category list.
Drawing Sunday, December 12, 2010 at the Little Brothers’ Christmas Party • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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At the October meeting of Bristol County Horsemen’s Association, a check in the amount of $2,7.03 was donated to the Rehoboth Park Commission. The money was raised by Breed Expo committee members, BCHA members, volunteers and friends at the Breed Expo held on August 1. The event graciously hosted by Doug and Rita Dent of Hobby Horse Farm on Bay State Road in Rehoboth. The monetary gift will be used towards the creation of a park at Nike Court on Peck Street for the public to enjoy.
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The New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association’s last outdoor event for this year will be at Araujo’s Farm in Dighton on Nov 7th for the Dighton Arts Festival. Many of the ladies in the club will be doing some Christmas shopping at that fun event. Our next fundraiser is the Turkey Raffle on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Francis Farm. The three top prizes include a certificate for a fresh turkey from Rainbow Turkey Farm in Rehoboth-just in time for Thanksgiving! The public is invited to attend. Free admission, free refreshments. At our meeting on October 20th, Steve Martin was presented with a donation for the Helping Hands Food Pantry. The donations were collected at the NEATTA fall show in September. NEATTA learned through Steve that there are many families still struggling in Rehoboth. With the help of Francis Farm, NEATTA members decided to hold a Spaghetti Supper fund raiser on December 4th, p.m. with all proceeds going to the Rehoboth Food Pantry. This event is also open to the public. Tickets for adults are $8.00, for children -12 tickets are $4.00, tickets for children and under are free. NEATTA will also be collecting toys and canned goods at the Spaghetti Supper, all to benefit Helping Hands. To purchase tickets or for more information visit our website www.neatta.org or call Bev Baker 08-2227109 or Don Leffort 08-22-4990. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club News
By Bernie DeRoche The Rehoboth Anawan Lions met on October 21, at the Hillside Country Club where plans were finalized for the District 33S Eye Mobile scheduled for screening of hearing, eyes, and blood pressure. All those doing the screenings have attended a schooling to be able to use the testing equipment. We are hoping that the community took advantage of the free screening which was held on October 23rd at the Bliss Soccer field in North Rehoboth and that they picked up literature about Lions. We held our sticker day collection, at Dunkin Donuts. This proved to be very successful for Mass Eye Research. Chairman Alice Oliver would like to take this time to thank all who gave a donation. All the money goes to Mass Eye Research to help prevent blindness. At our first meeting in November we will be picking out our Peace Poster winner to represent our club at the next stage of competition. Our Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on the second Saturday of December, 12/11, at 3:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will be held at the Bristol County Bank with continuation at Francis Farms. Watch for more info to come. Entertainment Books are available at $30. Ornaments that we have are also on sale for $.oo each. Not all years are available, but check with any member and she can help you with information. There are some on sale at the bank and at the Building Dept. office. We also have a limited supply of the note cards as well. We also took part in the carnation sales and we are still going to Marian Manor every month. We are participating in the Shoe Box program which is collecting items to send to servicemen overseas. We also are collecting canned goods and imperishable items for the food pantry and we are already putting into place baskets for the elderly for Thanksgiving. As you can see we are very busy and fulfilling our motto “We Serve and indeed we do. Once again “Thank you” for all your support at all our events and we look forward to your continued support. See you next month! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Pawtucket, RI: Slater Mill, located at 67 Roosevelt Avenue in the heart of Pawtucket, will host guest fiber artisan Rose Ann Hunter from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Sunday, November 14, 2010, for a workshop entitled “Wool on Wool” . Learn to transform your old wool garments into heirloom pieces by using simple sewn stitches. Ms. Hunter will demonstrate adapted rug making techniques from 1790 and center shirr a garland with wool beads and button shirred flowers. Students will also create a small assortment of ornaments with these techniques by manipulating fabric into holiday folk art treasures to enjoy for years to come. Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as crafts-person-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted over thirty techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art. The fee for this class is $40for members of Slater Mill Museum, $45 for non-members. The instructor will collect a $5 from each student for shirring supplies. Students are welcome to bring old wool clothes that have been washed and dried to “full” the wool. Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited. For more information please contact Bernadette Vaughan at 401-725-8638 ext. 108 email@example.com.
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Our “kick-off “event for our upcoming oral history project “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past” was a great success and lots of fun. Next on the agenda: choosing high school students and people from the farming community. The young people will do the interviews, then edit their videos during the winter months. Next spring, we’ll invite you to our final event when you can see the interviews and meet the students and their interviewees. More information will follow. Check our website and facebook for the most up-to-date info.
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When we published In Old Rehoboth Book II a few years ago, lots of people said, “Where’s Book I?” Sadly, we had to reply that Book I was out of print. But now the good news: we are reprinting Book I. Our printer promises us that it will be ready and sitting on our Book Sale table at the Folk Art, Antique & Artisans Show on November th and th. Price: $1. Stop by the Francis Building at the show, or call the museum. It’s a great Christmas gift!
If You’re Asked to Answer a Survey about the Carpenter Museum, Say “Yes!”
Carpenter Museum was chosen this fall by a group of MBA students at Johnson & Wales to study the museum’s approach to promoting our organization to the community. The four-person group of young people met with museum staff and President Tom Charnecki to discuss our present methods, and are following up the meeting with a face-to-face survey of townspeople. You may meet up with them at the Blanding Library or Bristol County Savings Bank. If so, please take a moment to answer their short questionnaire. It will help us know more about you and how we can better reach out to Rehoboth townspeople.
To Catch a Thief in Old Rehoboth
By Leslie Patterson When you think of a horse thief, the first image that comes to mind might be from a Western, but stolen horses were a problem everywhere in the pre-automobile days. Visitors to the Carpenter Museum can see a framed poster from the 19th century advertising a “Detecting Society.” This society had nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes, but was an organization “formed for the purpose of Detecting Horse Thieves, and procuring Horses when stolen from any member of the Society.” This poster is dated Dec. , 18 and notes a “correct list of officers and members of the Rehoboth, Seekonk and Pawtucket Detecting Society” and adds that the next year’s annual meeting “will be holden in Rehoboth” in November. Copies of this poster, suitable for framing, are for sale at the museum.
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Punishable by death
By the mid-19th century, this detecting society had already been at work for over half a century. In November of 179 local horse owners held a meeting at the home of Dr. James Bliss with the goal of recovering stolen horses. Looking though the first edition of “In Old Rehoboth” (edited by Sue Ellen Snape and published in 1979), readers can find an essay by the late Robert S. Trim on “Crime and Punishment in the 1700s.” He noted that “back in the 1790s, hardly a week went by but one or more horses were reported as stolen, in the Providence papers. To such a great extent did such thefts increase, that in 179 a Detecting Society was formed in Rehoboth, at the home of Dr. James Bliss. It was organized for the purpose of catching and bringing horse thieves to justice. Membership upon organizing was over 120 members from Rehoboth and surrounding towns. By 1800, membership had grown to over 200. They were an effective organization. Many horses were recorded returned.” Mr. Trim does not mention here how many horse thieves were apprehended or what happened to them, but punishments for even minor theft were severe two centuries ago. “The crime of burglary was also punishable by death. Often a first offender would feel that lash on his back, which would give him food for thought, before committing the offence a second time.” One repeat offender who went by the name of John Dixson, among other aliases, had escaped from jail twice in Norwich, Connecticut and was also wanted in Springfield and Worcester. He was accused of robbing the shop of James Daggett in Rehoboth on August 21, 1784 and was confined to a jail cell in Taunton. Dixson was tried a month later and sentenced to be hanged the next day. “Newspaper reports indicate that hangings were rare in Bristol County. So great was the crowed of spectators, the authorities called out some 200 troops in case of any trouble. Whole families came with picnic lunches to witness the execution.” continued on next page
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Even if the thief didn’t forfeit his life, punishment could be very harsh for what we would consider minor offenses today. In March, 1782 Benjamin Buffington of Rehoboth was brought before the Court of General Sessions at Taunton. After hearing the evidence of his stealing cheese and other items from Jacob Miller, also of Rehoboth, he was adjudged guilty, and sentenced to receive 1 stripes [lashes] on the naked back. As an additional punishment, he was to serve Miller for the period of two years, at any labor he so required, with no pay.”
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To return to the subject of stealing livestock, chickens have always been easy prey too, and not just for predators from the animal world. Among the artifacts at the museum is this reward poster: “A reward of a hundred dollars will be paid by the Town of Rehoboth both for the arrest and conviction of any person or persons stealing Poultry from any inhabitant of the town of Rehoboth.” It is signed by selectmen Henry T. Horton, John E. Horton, and Ebenezer A. Medberry on Oct. 1st, 1888. Further details on local chicken thieves can be found in the essay “When the Hen Was Queen: the rise and fall of poultry farming in Rehoboth” written by E. Otis Dyer in 200 and reprinted in the book “In Old Rehoboth: Book II”, published by the Rehoboth Historical Commission and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in 2008. He writes, “By 1888 poultry farming was so important to Rehoboth’s economy that the Town offered a $100 reward for the apprehension of a chicken thief, a large sum in those days, the equivalent of more than $2,000 today. Likewise, in August 1901, Attleboro sent out post cards to every family in town offering a $0 reward for the apprehension of a poultry thief. In April 1893 farmers in Rehoboth formed the Rehoboth Poultry Association to apprehend thieves and discuss the best methods of poultry husbandry. The Association met at the Anawan Grange once a week and disbanded in 190’s, donating the $00 or $00 left in their treasury to the Rehoboth ambulance fund.” He continues: “It is surprising how commonplace it was to steal poultry. Thieves motivated by the high price of poultry would sneak out of the woods late at night at the rear of a farm, break into a henhouse, and decimate the flock. A farmer with a small flock sometimes woke up in the morning to find an empty henhouse. Almost every week there was an article in the local newspapers about someone who had lost all or part of his flock to poultry thieves. The thieves were seldom caught; one that was caught stealing in Taunton was given a six-month jail sentence.” Those who would like to learn more about these and other episodes in Rehoboth history are encouraged to read “In Old Re-
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With a fun crowd, lots of nice items to bid on, and a great cause, the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction was a hit! Proceeds will go towards supporting our upcoming oral history project: “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past.” And it was all made possible by the hard work of our volunteers. They brought flowers, bought wine glasses, organized silent auction items, made mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, and served drinks and food...all with smiles! Thanks to: Lende McMullen, Marie Sweeney, Leslie Patterson, Pam Christman, Lissa Singer, Rebecca Smith, Jane Haynes, Sarah & Dan Santos, Laura Napolitano and Bonnie Kelley Also, special thanks to wine pourers Ben Singer, Scott Spencer & John Haynes. And more thanks to all who contributed items for the auction, including: Rachel Smith, Ginny Saunders, Becky Webster, Pam Christman, Pat Cleaveland, Bonnie Kelley, Beth Munroe, Tom & Betsy Charnecki, Dan & Sarah Santos, Walt & Sharon Munroe, Cathy Potter, Leslie Patterson, Ken Santos, Betty Collins, Dick Benjamin, Judith Bertozzi, Donna McCarthy, Edna Brunelle, Philip Spencer, Lende McMullen, Rebecca Smith, and Shawn Kendrick.
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Trinity Rep is proud to present the magic and wonder of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi’s Furniture Superstores. Performances begin on November 19th and run through December 31st in the Chace Theater. Trinity Rep is celebrating its 34th year of presenting this beloved New England holiday tradition under the direction of Michael Perlman. This year’s production once again features two companies of child actors, featuring Rehoboth student Liam Clancy, 10, of Palmer River Elementary as Turkey Boy/Young Scrooge. Resident acting company favorite Mauro Hantman plays the role of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge who is confronted on Christmas Eve by three spirits. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 401-351-4242, on line at www.trinityrep.com, or in person at the Theater’s Box office. Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol is presented by Cardi’s Furniture Superstores along with supporting sponsor Amica Insurance and media partner B101.5 FM. Trinity Rep’s 47th season is sponsored by NBC 10, with supporting sponsors Cox Media, Rhode Island Monthly, and RISCA.
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Rehoboth resident Paul A. Pabis has been named Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for CBS Television Stations WBZ-TV and TV38 (WSBK-TV) in Boston. Mr. Pabis has spent the last 17 years as the Operations Manager for CBS/Group W Television and prior to that was the Television Operations Manager for WJAR-TV in Providence. A three-time Emmy Award winner, Mr. Pabis is a graduate of Roger Williams University and is a former member of the Rehoboth Cable Advisory Board, the Rehoboth Youth Baseball and Softball Association and the Rehoboth Youth Soccer Club. Pabis is married to WJAR News Anchor Patrice Wood and is the father of Jonathan and Stephanie Pabis.
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The Newman YMCA announces the opening of a new YMCA Program Center in Rehoboth MA and has employed Ashlee Bourque to run the Shooting Stars School of Dance in the Program Center which is located on route 44 at 51 Winthrop St in Rehoboth. Miss Ashlee has studied dance for over 18 years at a variety of schools in Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Ashlee’s early years of training were spent studying Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and much more. She Ashlee Bourque has performed in multiple community events, and competed in regional and national dance competitions, where she received a variety of awards and scholarships. She trained extensively at Festival Ballet and performed in The Nutcracker at The Providence Performing Art Center. At Dighton Rehoboth High School she was a choreographer, performer and soloist in the Drama Clubs musical productions. Graduating as a Phi Theta Kapa member with High Honors in May 2010, Ashlee received her B.A. in Dance from Dean College, where she was on Dance Team, and in both the Ballet and Modern Company. Miss Ashlee has been instructing dance in Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for almost eight years.
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The Reporter November 2010
Your 2010 HOLIDAY GUIDE Give chopping the axe. This year, there’s no need to wipe away tears as you chop and mince onions and garlic for recipe after recipe. Instead, take help from dehydrated seasoning blends, like Onion Onion from Tastefully Simple, which can be substituted for fresh ingredients in your favorite recipes or mixed with sour cream for a delicious dip in seconds.