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Going to the Dogs at Westminster: Spaniel’s Award is “Community Event”
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by Leslie Patterson Banana Joe, the little affenpinscher that won the Best in Show award at Westminster Kennel Club’s big show in New York last month, is getting a lot of attention from the media. This cute little canine star is co-owned by Dr. William Truesdale of the Central Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Seekonk and his wife Tina. The Truesdales live in Attleboro. Joe’s other owner lives in Holland and the little dog will be retiring from show business there. But only one dog can win Best in Show at Westminster and there are many other great dogs that win a coveted award at this show, including the Best of Breed award. One such dog is Violet, an American water spaniel from Rehoboth, who won a BOS (best of opposite sex, the second place award) for her breed at Westminster in February. Four-year old Violet, a sweet spaniel with curly brown hair, belongs to Avis Prior of Rehoboth. Violet competed at Westminster with the help of three other Rehoboth residents. Norman Grenier of Greystone Kennels is her handler, Lynn Pray of Pineridge Kennels is her groomer, and Blanding Library staff member Sue Robert braved the snowy roads to drive Avis and Violet to Manhattan in a grueling one-day round trip on Feb. 12. “It was really a community event,” says Avis. Violet’s main competition at Westminster was her half-brother Hot Diggity Dog, from Wisconsin, who won the Best of Breed competition. “My dog is good but Digger is wonderful. He’s won seven Best in Show awards at various dog shows,” she said. “I have a rare breed. “Most people don’t know about American water spaniels. This is a real American breed that originated in New London, Wisconsin.” Avis, who has lived in Rehoboth for over 50 years, has been showing dogs since she was 14 and has participated in the American Kennel Club sponsored show at Madison Square Garden three times. Violet (whose AKC name is Champion Kylends Bon Vivant) is the daughter of another one of Avis’ champion dogs, 10-year-old Joyia. continued on page 6...
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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley
Town Will Hold Two Elections in April
Selectmen rejected a proposal to combine the town election scheduled for April 1 with the state primary election for U.S. Senate on April 30. Two separate elections will be held. Town officials felt that having two ballots on one date would be confusing for voters, although there would have been a cost savings if the elections were held on the same day.
Voters to Decide One Contested Race in April Election
There will be only one contested race in the April 1 town election. Four candidates are running for three seats as Constable, a three-year position. Three incumbents are running: Kenneth Abrams, who served for 12 years, Douglas Johnson, who served for 35 years, and Michael Deignan, who served as appointed constable for five years. Clifford Smith is challenging them for one of the seats.
Vadnais Seeking Sixth Term as Selectmen
Frederick “Skip” Vadnais is running unopposed for a sixth term on the board of selectmen. Vadnais has served on the board on and off for more than 20 years. Other candidates running unopposed are: William Cute, who served for six years, for moderator, Eugene Campbell, who has served for 39 years, for assessor, Richard Barrett, who is seeking his fourth term on the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional school committee, Tomas Ennis, who served for one year and Stephen Brooks for two seats on the planning board, Cheryl Gouveia, who served for 15 years, for treasurer, George Cardona for park commission and Edwin “Ted” Ballard and Joseph Nunes are running for two seats on the water commission. There is no registered candidate for housing authority.
Rehoboth Has Used Up Its Snow Budget
The recent storms have taken a toll on the town’s snow removal budget for the year. Highway Superintendent Michael Tyler reportedly told selectmen that the Feb. 8 blizzard cost the town $93,000. In comparison, Attleboro reportedly spent about $250,000. Rehoboth’s snow budget for the year was approx. $114,000. Towns often spend more than the budgeted amount for snow removal. Cities and towns are allowed to run snow removal budgets at a deficit. The deficit is usually made up at the next town meeting.
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Rehoboth Still Dealing With Legal Bills
The town is still contending with high legal fees and will reportedly be reviewing a recent bill for $15,000 from Kopelman and Paige, which is representing the town in several lawsuits, including one filed by RePAC. The total bill for legal fees from July 2011 to June 2012 was reportedly more than $188,000. Of that amount, $119,000 was charged by Kopelman and Paige. The town recently changed law firms and now pays a flat fee of $5,000 a month to the law firm of Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead.
Selectmen Interview Town Clerk Candidates
Selectmen recently interviewed two candidates for the interim town clerk position, Laura Schwall and Kilian Sullivan-Silva. Schwall worked as technology coordinator at Palmer River Elementary School for 13 years and was also a member of the town events committee, helping to organize the annual Harvest Block Party. Sullivan-Silva was church school director at Rehoboth Congregational Church for eight years and also worked as an engineer. Town Clerk Kathy Conti recently announced that she will be retiring on June 30. The interim town clerk appointed by selectmen will serve from July 1 until the town election in April 2014. Selectmen are expected to make a decision on the position in March.
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Contnued from the Cover... Going to the Dogs at Westminster: Spaniel’s Award is “Community Event”
by Leslie Patterson Avis is a regular volunteer at the Blanding Library and is one of the organizers of the annual used book sale there. Joyia also comes to the library to take part in the Puppy Pals reading program. This is a children’s program that gives beginning readers a chance to practice on patient canine listeners. Avis hopes that Violet will join Puppy Pals too. “Violet held up well. She’s so used to dog shows. There are so many new breeds now. Westminster is a good place to get to know dogs if you are looking for a dog but aren’t sure what you want,” Avis said. “Most dog owners and handlers are eager to talk to people.” Sue Robert agreed: “I saw a lot of breeds that I hadn’t seen and some I became very fond of. It was my first trip to a dog show and it was a learning experience. It was a long day but we were a good team.” Avis added that Sue deserved a “good sport” award herself. Avis has three other American water spaniels, Merry, Bunchy, and Bingo, in addition to Joyia and Violet. Every year Avis and her friend Ralph Baker drive the dogs as far as Minnesota and South Carolina for hunt tests and they also take part in many obedience, rally, and agility competitions all over New England. “Violet and her mother have ring presence,” Avis said. “It’s like they are saying, Here I am -- where’s my ribbon? It’s a fun breed. We’ve had good times and met so many wonderful and interesting people through our dogs.”
Rehoboth Animal Shelter
The number of cats at the Rehoboth Animal Shelter is fairly low right now, and Rehoboth residents are urged to keep it that way by neutering their pets and /or keeping them indoors. It is not good for cats and kittens to end up in cages because their people neglected their responsibilities. One abandoned cat who needs a home is Cookie, a young adult calico. For more information, call 508-252-5421, ext. 126 or visit http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA152.html.
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Thank You to EMTs and Paramedics
I am writing on behalf of myself and my family to express our gratitude to the dispatcher, EMTs and paramedics who responded to an emergency call for my grandfather, Lawrence Doucette, on Monday, November 26th. I would like to recognize Scott, Chris, Mike and Sabrina for the prompt response and skillful care that they provided. I would also like to recognize the dispatcher who stayed on the line with my grandmother until the medical team arrived, this was a great source of comfort for her. I am sure that there are countless others who played a role in my grandfather’s excellent care on that day, please know that we thank you. After a two day hospitalization and several medical procedures, my grandfather is now recuperating at home. Without the interventions and assistance that were provided by the emergency response team, it is very possible that he would not be here today to celebrate the holidays with his family. Again, on behalf of my grandfather, his wife of 59 years, his two daughters, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, thank you. We wish you all a very happy holiday season. With thanks, Rebecca Cameron
Volunteering at the REMA (Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency) Shelter at the Beckwith School
Reflecting upon my experience during the “Blizzard of 2013” I wanted to share with everyone the wonderful experience I had while volunteering at the REMA (Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency)shelter at the Beckwith School. Over 20 townspeople stopped by for warmth, sustenance and comradely. All of which was in great abundance! The shelter was opened mid-day on Saturday under the leadership of Bill Maiorano our EMA director. Shortly thereafter folks started to arrive. Our guests included families, couples, friends and individuals. Some arrived at the shelter in their own vehicles or were dropped off; others were transported by the Rehoboth Rescue Squad and Rehoboth Ambulance. Everyone worked together to make it a fun time. People who had brought provisions from home generously shared with one another. On Saturday, REMA provided hot beverages, hot soup, peanut butter sandwiches, snacks and plenty of bottled water. On Sunday REMA provided coffee, donuts and bagels for breakfast and pizza for lunch. A few folks came to warm up and have a hot cup of tea or coffee and then went back home. Most however, spent the night and left sometime on Sunday after power was restored to their homes. Director Maiorano had a direct line to National Grid which enabled him to keep everyone informed of progress being made to restore power. On Saturday night all of the guests were provided blankets and a cot to sleep on. The Beckwith School worked wonderfully. We had heat, light and refrigeration. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad provided EMTs and medical supplies, along with back-up oxygen for those who needed “special care”. The bathrooms were clean and well supplied and 2 wonderfully helpful members of Beckwith’s maintenance staff made sure that we had everything we needed. Since we utilized the Library there were books available for all ages to enjoy and pass the time. We all shared stories and made new friends. What could be better than that! All in all it was a most pleasant experience. When it came time to leave some of our guests didn’t really want to go. The shelter remained open until the last of our guests had their power back. Those who had arrived by Rescue or Ambulance were escorted home in the same fashion if needed. Others were picked up by family members. So remember; if you ever need emergency shelter assistance during a major storm or any other natural disaster please call Rehoboth Emergency Management at 774-371-0017. See you at the shelter! Eileen Ryan, EMT
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I’m voting for Mike Brady for Selectman
I’m voting for Mike Brady for Selectman, in the upcoming Seekonk Election, because I feel that Mr. Brady brings common sense and care for Seekonk’s future that is much needed. Seekonk is in need of a person with Mr. Brady’s background and sense of responsibility to the residents of Seekonk. He has served with dignity, in the past, as a selectman and currently on Seekonk’s Finance Committee. Mr. Brady has demonstrated that he will make decisions that are in the best interests of Seekonk based on facts and not on a personal agenda. He understands fully the role all departments play in deciding Seekonk’s future. He listens, considers the facts and is respectful to the residents. David Saad - Seekonk, MA
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care for young children but cannot afford the costs; to support the Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston Children’s Hospital and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence; to sponsor the Key Club at the Seekonk High School and the Builder’s Club at the Hurley Middle School to encourage students to be active in community service; and to offer scholarships to qualified students. We would like to thank the following restaurants who participated: Audrey’s, Bone Yards, Chardonnay’s, County Kitchen, Davenport’s, DiParma’s, Lemon & Oil Deli, Luxury Box, Ninety-Nine, Not Your Average Joe’s, Orchard House Café, Tai-Pan, Tito’s, Toti’s, Vino’s, Wharf Tavern, Young’s Caterer’s. Also attending was Stop & Shop, Rockland Bank and Jacob Hill Inn. All the participants brought certificates and goods to be raffled off. We wish to acknowledge the contributions and cooperation of the Johnson & Wales management and staff who made the event possible. Special thanks go to Chris Gasbarro of Seekonk Wine and Liquors who contacted the wine and beer distributors. The assistance of the Seekonk High School Key Club was greatly appreciated. Also, we’d like to thank local access Seekonk TV9 for filming the event to be replayed on the local channel. The Seekonk Reporter and the Attleboro Sun Chronicle helped with advance advertising and coverage of the event. Anyone interested in helping Kiwanis help children should contact Edith Krekorian at 508-336-8130 or Beverly Hart at 508336-9352. Edith Krekorian and Beverly Hart Co-Chairman
Time for Change In Seekonk
Seekonk’s leadership problems have received enough media attention. It’s time for the voters to hold politicians accountable for their behavior. Micromanagement, secret executive session meetings, alleged personal insults and public vendettas have cast a dark shadow over Town Hall. This has become the norm rather than exception. We are tired of this arrogance. We need fresh faces, new ideas, and less animosity. Selectmen should not appoint themselves to other Town Boards unless other qualified candidates are unavailable. Selectmen should have professional relationships with other department heads. Selectmen should set up long term and short term goals for departments and the get out of the way and let employees use their own intelligence to implement these policies. Selectmen should treat people with respect and dignity even if they disagree with their point of view. Selectmen should seek counsel on important decisions affecting the community. It’s no surprise incumbents have failed us once again. Please vote for any new face that will bring a new perspective to local government. Been there, done that ex selectmen are not going to provide the leadership Seekonk desperately needs. Paul Buckley deserves your vote. He is a stand up guy who can be trusted to do the right thing. He’s been an honest, noncontroversial, fair tax assessor for many years. He’s a hard working, loyal family man who shares your values. He is approachable and willing to listen to anyone. Let’s give him a chance to help us at the April 1st election. Otherwise it’s the same old story. Thanks to Seekonk Public Work’s Director Bob Lamoureux and his staff who did an excellent job on the snow removal. Our streets were plowed and storm drains cleared to prevent flooding. Mr. Lamoureux’s performance proves he deserves a contract extension. Doug Brown
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Monday, February 11, 2013 could also be called 2-11. This date seems apropos for sharing awareness of the Mass 2-1-1 program. I feel strongly that everyone in our local communities know and understand this important resource. Mass 2-1-1 services has been in effect locally since July 1, 2006. United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton has been a proud supporter and sponsor of this program since its inception, bringing it to everyone in the communities we serve. The Mass 2-1-1 program is a free, confidential, multilingual, information, resource, and referral program available 24 hours/day, 365 days/ year. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important non-emergency health and human services as well as volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 can be accessed by any landline and most cell phone providers, by simply dialing the numbers 2-1-1. There is also a toll-free number available: 1-877-211-MASS (6277). Mass 2-1-1 may also be accessed online by typing in your search bar, Mass211help.org and you will be able to search and navigate the extensive database yourself. While services that are offered through 2-1-1 vary from community to community, 2-1-1 professionally trained and certified call-takers provide callers with information and referrals to health and human services for everyday needs. For example, 2-1-1 can offer access and referrals to the following types of services: Basic Human Needs Resources: such as food banks, soup kitchens, housing and shelters, and rent and utility assistance programs. Physical and Mental Health Resources: such as state health insurance programs, medical information lines, local and state health outbreak information, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation programs.
Employment Support: financial assistance, job training programs, transportation and educational/vocational programs. Government benefits and services Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: such as adult day care programs, respite and home health care services, transportation and other support programs. Support for Children, Youth and Families: such as childcare referrals to licensed home and agency providers, after school programs, Head Start programs, family resource centers, summer camps and recreational programs, mentoring, tutoring, and protective services. Please understand that Mass 2-1-1 is NOT for emergencies; instead it serves as a valuable information and referral service to allow the existing 9-1-1 system to remain a community resource for life and death emergencies. Also, Mass 2-1-1 has partnered with MEMA- the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to be the official emergency call center for Massachusetts, in the event of statewide natural and other disasters, as well as, other large-scale public health and safety concerns. As your local United Way, we sincerely hope this helps to provide you and your family the support and access to services you seek in a time of need. For more information on the Mass 2-1-1 program, please go to our website as www.uwgat.org and click on the 2-1-1 picture which will directly link you to the 2-1-1 website and help search. You may also call us at United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton at 508-222-2337. Dianne L. Richardson, LICSW President & CPO United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton
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As candidates for and members of the Board of Selectmen, we both sought dialogue and consensus rather than ideology or drawing lines in the sand. We hoped for less division and conflict and greater respect and commitment to resolving problems. We believed in holding employees accountable, but also in supporting them, praising them and challenging them to greater excellence. We were committed to more honest and transparent government and to a kinder and gentler community. We both enthusiastically endorse Mike Brady in his bid to return to the Board of Selectmen. His experience and knowledge of the full range of issues that will come before the Board, his demonstrated honesty and integrity, his proven willingness to listen, his personal commitment as a law enforcement officer in Rehoboth never to tear down public employees in public – these make Mike the best possible candidate for Seekonk’s Board of Selectmen in the Town Election on April 1. We may disagree with him about the particulars of certain issues, but there is no other candidate that surpasses his overall competence and readiness to serve. We, therefore, support him without reservation and encourage you to vote for him and to ask your family and friends to do the same. Sincerely, William (Bill) Rice and Carol Bragg
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I was asked if I would write a few words regarding Michael Brady and his run for Selectman in the Town of Seekonk. I have had the honor and privilege to know Michael first hand since he came on board the Finance Committee. As the former chair having Michael’s experience, his dedication to moving Seekonk forward, to hold departments and individuals accountable is what Michael encouraged. It is not easy to point out flaws and take the back lash. Michael stands on principle. If you request $$ for a project, for department increases demonstrate to the town that this is what we requested, this is what we utilized in this time frame, these are the road blocks we encountered if experienced and what was asked went and was used for that sole purpose. Do not give town people information that is not planned out, that has not gone through the proper channels. Utilize the town money with respect, with follow through and understand it does not grow on trees. Follow through at any level is imperative. Michael follows every process of this town. He goes back into the history of requests and he asks the why’s, what happened, what were the breakdowns. He wants to improve the quality of life in our town. He wants the schools to deliver quality education but he also wants accountability. He has always supported the seniors but he wants to see action and follow through and not wishful thinking that takes years to put into place. He believes like all of us that the senior center should be standing erect and in use today. He believes that we move forward by utilizing the strengths of residents to serve on committees. Michael has demonstrated beyond measures that Seekonk is his home and where he wishes to raise his family. He puts in countless hours to serve and protect Rehoboth as a member of their police force. He then puts in additional honors to serve and protect Seekonk as chair for the Finance Committee with no thank you’s on most days. I believe that this character, his experience within the town is what we need to move forward. Michael brought integrity to the Board of Selectmen. He brought residents in to voice their opinions and to hear what was important to them. He brought civility which has been lost for the past year. I want to see Michael Brady back on the board and I know many departments wish to see his return as well. Michael brings back community and pride and as a resident I want to feel that again and to know that I am working with individuals who have no personal agenda-their only focus is the quality of living to the residents in the town of Seekonk. Karen Perkins
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Letters from the Seekonk Candidates Working for a Better Seekonk My name is Mike Brady and I ask for your vote for Seekonk’s Board of Selectmen on Monday, April 1. I served two terms on the Board of Selectmen, from 2005 to 2011, and was then appointed to the Finance Committee, where I was elected Chair. Why would I want to run again for a seat on the Board of Selectmen? It was not an easy decision for me because I have enjoyed spending more time with my family and continuing my service to the town on the Finance Committee. Ultimately, the terrible verbal abuse of our employees, especially of the Superintendent of Public Works, made me feel it was my duty to run. I will make establishing a code of conduct for Selectmen and restoring respect and civility to town government top priorities. I deplore the unsubstantiated and false accusations made by some Selectmen against department heads as well as the public humiliation that has become all too common. I know of employees as well as town residents who fear coming before the Board of Selectmen, a situation that cries out for corrective action. I reject micromanaging the day-to-day operations of town government as well as the abuse of power that occurs when Selectmen appoint each other to other town boards. In 2008, I supported establishing a Statement of Ethics for the Selectmen – a code of conduct – that was approved and is posted on the Selectmen’s webpage. This code of conduct must be strengthened and include provisions for public censure of Selectmen who willfully and repeatedly violate the code and removal from the positions of chair and vice chair. Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December, parents, grandparents, teachers,
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My name is Paul Buckley and I am a candidate for Selectman in the April 1, 2013 Seekonk town election. The voters of Seekonk have seen candidates in these last few elections run on transparency, respect and open government but find once they are in office the elected official quickly forgets what they campaigned for. I’d like to refer to a quote by columnist Bill Gouveia in the January 28, 2013 Sun Chronicle. “The Seekonk Board of Selectmen has been a disrespectful group. They have disrespected the people who serve under them, the employees who work for and with them, and, most importantly, the citizens and taxpayers who elected them to lead their government and their community.” Bill’s story was about transparency and questioned how the citizens of Seekonk actually got what they voted for. This has always been a question of mine these last few years. My campaign for Selectman has always been about ideas and looking for improvements in town government. The “town hall experience” I have been a part of these past years has opened my eyes to how government should work for the citizens instead against it. What I learned most of being on the Board of Assessors is the constant training that is provided by the Commonwealth and Massachusetts Assessors Organization that helps the office team to work together. It helps accomplish what they were hired to do and to serve the people conducting business in their office. I have seen throughout the years that the members of the Board of Selectmen in Seekonk has never experienced the leadership to bring five people together to work professionally without the boorish behavioral issues. Whether the public reads headlines from 2006 or 2013, the expectations of a functioning board are never fulfilled. That is why I proposed a selectmen’s training policy that works to foster job satisfaction, continuous improvement and safety practices. Basically, the policy works to improve the performance of the board and to keep up on new laws and processes. This can only be achieved if each member of the board of selectmen is on the “same page” with their duties and fulfillment of the role they swear to take. This can only be a desirable effect for you whether as resident or a business owner. The two candidates that are running alongside me in this election have both have had their chance to improve the image and the cooperation of the Board of Selectmen. During each of their terms as chair, not once have they suggested solutions to unite the board, but only acted to split and divide. As chairs or leaders, they were never part of the solution, but part of the problem. The Selectmen developed a statement of ethics in 2008. Not once has that document been reviewed and/or updated and signed off by each succeeding board since it was conceived. Both of my opponents have had that chance but failed. In June 2010, another headline from a column read “Secrecy compromises Seekonk Board” and in July 2007, there was the headline “What are they hiding in Seekonk?” It’s been almost six years and the headlines are still the same. My platform has been about being committed to open and transparent government. This town needs someone who can build productive relationships on a board that is in need of mutual trust. The Open Meeting laws should be number one on the minds of elected officials. I ask the good voters of Seekonk that if they wish real change on the Board of Selectmen, they need to start looking at new faces with ideas that seek improvements. Not continue the battles of years past with agendas and actions detrimental to the image of the town. Please consider voting for me on April 1, 2013.You can view the rest of my platform at http://www.buckleyforseekonk.com . Thank You. Paul Buckley
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we passed $100,000.00 to renovate our Animal shelter at Town Meeting, and we also passed $10,000.00 for a Veterans Memorial at Town Meeting. I encouraged the Planning Board to establish an overlay district, and I supported the donation of vacant land for a great Habitat for Humanity project. I initiated the Brown Bag Program for seniors. I hold office hours (Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) for Seekonk citizens to speak to me directly, and my entire Selectman’s stipend is donated to Seekonk’s needy. Many naysayers and finger pointers, especially those who have local cable shows, constantly campaign for the special interests in Town Hall. They say we will never accomplish getting more money from the state or getting a lot more liquor licenses that will bring in needed meals tax revenue when new restaurants come to Seekonk. I, along with others, worked very hard, going wherever and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. I will always try and try again to get the best for our town. If you decide to vote and reelect me, I will focus on following goals: First, I will advocate for Seekonk’s needs by trying to get state funds to properly maintain the Seekonk Commons Senior Housing. Our senior citizens deserve the best, and right now at the Commons, the conditions are unacceptable. When it comes to public works, I will build upon our
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Francis Cavaco I respectfully ask for your vote Monday, April 1st
Proven Leadership Serving Seekonk’s Interests “As your Selectman, my presence and continued vigilance has been a check and balance against the deep-rooted special interests that dominate Town Hall. They protect their friends and family members who work there, regardless of their job performance or lack of accountability. I believe town government exists to serve hard working Seekonk taxpayers, not those connected to power.”
If re-elected, I will focus on three areas:
Advocate for Seekonk’s Needs • Secure state funds to properly maintain Seekonk Commons senior housing. • Strengthen relationship with MASSDOT and state delegation to properly fund road projects. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! • Create plan to redevelop our industrial areas to create jobs in Seekonk. • Develop plan to persuade businesses to move to Seekonk. Public Safety • Lead design of South Fire Station project on 114A.
Getting the Job Done for Seekonk
Working together with local, state, and federal officials the last three years, we accomplished the following: • Returned $214,000.00 to Seekonk 114A Road Project for engineering costs. • Petitioned Mass Highway for $100,000.00 additional funding for Route 152 project. • Secured $50,000.00 transportation bond for Safety Complex light on Route 44. • Expedited $1.3 Million reimbursement of local aid owed Seekonk schools for 8 years. • Secured 12 new liquor licenses, guaranteeing new revenue and jobs for Seekonk. • Convert many seasonal liquor licenses to annnual site-specific licenses. • Promoted and passed $100,000.00 for Animal shelter at Town Meeting. • Promoted and passed $10,000.00 for Veterans Memorial at Town Meeting. • Implemented the Brown Bag Program for seniors.
With your support, we will continue to Get the Job Done for Seekonk the next 3 years.
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March 2013 The Reporter relationship with MASSDOT and our state delegation to properly fund road projects. Second, I will also work with everyone to improve and expand our public safety buildings in town. Right now I am working with town and state officials to plan and design a South End Fire Station project at the state owned salt shed on 114A. Third, I will work to bring new jobs to Seekonk. I am working with state officials and citizens to create a plan to redevelop our industrial areas that will help create jobs and more economic activity in Seekonk. I will also work with the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and town employees to develop a plan to persuade businesses to move to Seekonk. Redeveloping our industrial parks and persuading businesses to come to Seekonk will not only provide jobs for residents, but it will increase tax revenue for the town. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Selectman the last five years. With your vote on April 1st, I will continue to get the job done for Seekonk the next three years. Francis Cavaco
How Important Is Safe Drinking Water To You?
How important is safe drinking water to you? It is very important to me that is why I am seeking election to the Seekonk Water District board of commissioners. I have spent 37 years working for underground utilities both as a field technician and front line manager until my retirement in 2011. I served as a selectman in Seekonk for 6 years (1996 – 2002) and a water commissioner for 6 years (2004 – 2010) while working at a 24/7 on-call job with Providence Gas. Although I enjoyed being of service to my town it stretched my juggling ability. Now that I am retired I am in a better position to give back to my community. My public utility knowledge, engineering background and town government experience is a perfect fit for the water commissioner position. The Seekonk Water District is facing a number of issues that would benefit from the experience that I would bring to the table. The water district is in the early stages of implementing automated meter reading (AMR). While at Providence Gas, I was on the selection committee for the company’s AMR project and directly oversaw the installation of AMR equipment on over 500 large customer meter sets. The water district is dealing with high cost preventative maintenance at the treatment plant. The groups I supervised at Providence Gas were responsible for regulatory compliance, maintenance and repair of the instrumentation, pressure regulation and plant electrical systems for a 220,000 customer distribution system as well as for 4 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants. I am very familiar with operating in a highly regulated environment where problems are resolved regardless of the time of day, weather conditions or holidays. Let me use my abilities to support the staff of the water district to insure the continuation of the reliable treatment and distribution of high quality water to the members/ customers of the Seekonk Water District. I ask for your vote on April 1st . Thank you. Larry Havrylik
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NSSF Offer ends 9/30/08. NSSF animals at our shelter. The site is www.seekonksaveapet.org. S. Attleboro S.S. Attleboro Seekonk Attleboro Seekonk mouth uth N. Dartmouth Seekonk There will be two special State elections due to the resignation Bristol Place Bristol Place 20 Commerce Way 341 State Rd. Bristol 20 Commerce Way ate Rd. of Senator Kerry.Place There will be a special State primary on Tuesday, 20 Commerce Way Way 20 Commerce Rd. Shopping CenterShopping (Across from (Across (Across from from Kohl's, Center sm from Kohl's, April 30th and the State election for the State Senator position will Shopping Center (Across from Kohl's, (across Kohl's "near" Starbucks) (Near Home Depot) (Near Home Depot) Mall) from Nextto to Verizon) th Mall) Dartmouth Next Verizon) be on Tuesday, JuneDepot) 25th. Both elections will be held at the High (Near Home Mall) Next to Verizon) (508) 761-6000 (508) 997-6591 (508)336-7040 336-7040 (508) 761-6000 7-6591 (508) School from 7:00AM-8:00PM. The annual Town of Seekonk elec(508) 761-6000 6591 (508) 336-7040 tion is Monday, April 1st from 7:00AM-8:00PM at the High School on Arcade Avenue. Absentee ballots for the Town election will be available within the next week or so. If you need to vote absentee, just call 336-2920 and request an absentee ballot application. There are several contested races on the ballot along with the ballot question for Banna Station. As soon as the ballot has been printed we will put it on our town website, under Town Clerk, Elections. The Armed Services Memorial Park Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser on March 15th from 5:00PM-7:30PM at the American Legion , 351 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. An all you can eat pasta night, catered by Young’s Catering is being offered for $15.00 per person. Takeout orders will also be available. I have tickets in this office for that event. Please support this worthwhile project.
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Help support the Seekonk Animal Shelter by joining the Seekonk Save A Pet Society for the 26th annual SAVE-A-PET SOCIETY AUCTION! The auction will be held at Johnson and Wales Inn - 213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk on March 12th, 13th and 14th from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm. The auction will be televised live on TV9 SEEKONK so that you can even call in your bids from home at 508-336-0098. For a complete list of items please visit our website at http://www.seekonksaveapet.org/.
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Bama is a four month old male tabby who was found living behind Ann and Hope with a large number of other cats. As I am sure you can imagine how scared it was of people at first, seeing as though he had never been handled, but after being at the shelter for quite some time now and being held and played with by the volunteers daily, Bama is nothin’ but a cuddle bug and would never want to live outside again! As you can see from his picture he is a very handsome fellow, with a loving personality to match. If you are looking for a young kitty to brighten up your life and promise to love you forever, then Bama is your man! You can visit Bama at the Seekonk Animal Shelter, located at 100 Peck Street, Seekonk MA 02771 during our normal visiting hours – everyday 2 pm – 4 pm and Wednesday 3 pm – 6 pm. Visit our website www.saveapet.org to fill out an application.
Town Of Seekonk Rabies Clinic Date: Saturday, March 09, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Place: Public Works Department Garage on Rt. 44 and Lake Street Fee: $12.00 Per Animal – No Checks Accepted For Vaccinations The Rabies clinic is open to non-residents and Seekonk animal owners. Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes. For MA animal owners, in order to be issued a MA three-year Rabies certificate you must bring either a certificate for a Rabies vaccination dated between 3/21/12 and 6/21/12, or a previous MA three year Rabies certificate from your veterinarian. You can also bring last year’s Rabies certificate as documentation. For RI animal owners, in order to be issued a RI three-year certificate you must bring a two year certificate of prior Rabies vaccinations on your animal. Without this documentation the certificate issued at the Rabies clinic will carry a one-year expiration date. The clinic is open to dogs, cats and ferrets. Dr. Truesdale from Central Ave Veterinary Hospital will be administering the vaccinations. Proceeds will benefit the Seekonk Animal Control Department The 2013 dog licenses will be sold at the clinic. Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required. (License fees may be paid by check.) The 2013 dog license is due April 1, 2013, and is late after May 31, 2013. The fees are: spayed female/neutered male $10.00 and unspayed female/unneutered male $20.00.
It Wasn’t Only Cars That Got Stuck
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» 37 years experience working for underground utilities » Associates degree in Electronic Engineering » Seekonk Water commissioner for 6 years (2004-2010) » Seekonk Selectman for 6 years (1996-2002)
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Mike has 8 years of experience • Seekonk resident since 1990 working on Seekonk's finances • Selectman 2005-2011 and can hit the ground running • Finance Committee starting in the middle of the budget 2011, including as Chair process at the first Selectmen's • Youth football coach meeting in April. Mike will • Experience preparing and strengthen the Statement of overseeing multi-million Ethics he helped establish for dollar budgets and securing Selectmen that sets a code of federal and state grants conduct for behavior toward employees and residents. Mike and Laurie have a son at Hurley Middle School: Mike has a personal stake in quality education and school safety. A police lieutenant in Rehoboth, Mike's committed to excellence in public safety and emergency management. An attorney, Mike understands contracts and Mass General Law.
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The Seekonk Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 7 grants totaling $3,745 for arts and cultural programs in Seekonk. Grant recipients include a juggler at the Library, a potter at Aitken School, and a musical theater performance at the Martin School. Additionally, funding will go for nature appreciation programs on Seekonk Conservation Land and at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, a class on Georgia O’Keefe’s pastel flowers at the Library, an animaContact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-272-9391. tion program for Seniors at Seekonk Human Services/TV 9, and a Paid for by Mike Brady Campaign, Edith Krekorian, Treasurer. writing class called “Nudging the Imagination” to be delivered at the Martin School Library by retired author and sportswriter Steven Krasner. The Seekonk Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of communitybased projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA ® provides an annual appropriation to the Cultural Council, a state A Developmentally Appropriate Massachusetts A Developmentally Appropriate agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: Decisions about which activities to supand Seekonkport are made at the community level by a Dighton, Dighton, RehobothRehoboth and Seekonk board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Seekonk Arts Council are: Debbie Block, Bill Clark, Patti Dalton, Maria Holme, Martha Torrance, and Charles Waddington. The Council website is: https:// www.mass-culture.org/Seekonk. The Council received 25 requests for • Foster Children Automatically Qualify • Foster Children Automatically Qualify funding this year, 7 fewer than last year. Last year’s available funds totaled $8,950 – Breakfast & Lunch Served • Breakfast &•Lunch Served a larger amount because of rollover funds. The 2013 fund amount of $3,745 is more Part Based Day & Options Home Based Options Available • Part Day & •Home Available typical; in 2010, the funds available were $3,850. The Council welcomes individual or corporate donations to increase the funds available for grants. State Representative Steven Howitt (Seekonk) offered congratulations to the group again this year: “Enhancing arts in Ma. License # 8117990 Ma. License # 8117990 #212592 the community and supporting the efforts
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March 2013 The Reporter of local artists is a wonderful benefit offered to Seekonk through the Seekonk Arts Council. As the ranking member of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, I have the opportunity to learn directly about the “state of the arts” throughout the Commonwealth. I’m proud of our Town’s work in this regard. The partnership of the Seekonk Arts Council through the Massachusetts Cultural Council is a great benefit for the Town and I encourage individuals and groups to apply for these grants. I want to thank the representatives of the council who review the applications and make the decisions for their hard work.” Statewide, more than $2 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2013. Grants support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people. This includes the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips. The Seekonk Arts Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at (www.masscultural council.org). Applications are due Oct. 15, 2013.
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Brady: Special Town Meeting Warrant Errors Create Legal and Financial Problems
Mike Brady, a candidate for Seekonk’s Board of Selectman and a practicing attorney, says that errors on the warrant for today’s Special Town Meeting create potential legal and financial problems for the Town of Seekonk if the Special Town Meeting goes ahead as planned. Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 39, Section 10, warrants for municipal town meetings must state the time and place of the meeting as well as the subjects to be discussed. The warrant for the February 25 Special Town Meeting was posted on February 4, 21 days in advance of the meeting, as provided in Seekonk’s by-laws. This exceeds the “noticing” requirement for Annual and Special Town Meetings under state law. But the warrant itself is improperly written. According to Brady, “MGL reads SHALL include the time and place of the meeting. It doesn’t say MAY or SHOULD. SHALL means MUST and doesn’t leave room for interpretation.” Proceeding with tonight’s meeting, Brady asserts, opens the town to a variety of knotty problems. “When the warrant doesn’t meet the requirements spelled out in MGL,” Brady says, “the meeting itself cannot be regarded as legal. Any actions taken may be declared null and void. Bond counsel would properly reject a ‘yes’ vote on the Banna Fire Station. An appropriation for upgrading school security would not be a proper appropriation and, therefore, the money could not be spent. The proposed by-law revision should not be approved by the Attorney General’s office if it passes tonight. The town opens itself to potential lawsuits from contractors who bid on any projects authorized by votes at tonight’s meeting. ...continued on next page
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Board of Selectmen. “I served on the Board of Selectmen from 2005 to 2011,” he says, “and I never once saw or signed a final Town Meeting warrant that didn’t include the time and location of the meeting. We owe it to all of our town committees and to the voters who take the time and trouble to come to Town Meeting to comply with the provisions of state law and make sure that their efforts are not wasted and money not needlessly spent as a result of easily avoided errors. We all make mistakes. When we do, we owe it to voters and taxpayers and to the town we serve to acknowledge these mistakes and take appropriate action. It is not appropriate action to proceed with a Special Town Meeting tonight that may well come back to haunt us.”
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Heard at Country Kitchen... By Jim Chandley
It’s appropriate that Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Fox’s Family Guy, hosted the Academy Awards this year. It’s appropriate because MacFarlane created Peter Griffin, a character who performs a weekly segment called, “You know what really grinds my gears?” Well, the Oscars usually grind my gears, but this year was something special. The things that tick me off about this awards Jim Chandley show are endless. I think just about everyone, even the people who live for “Oscar Sunday” can agree on my first point. It is interminable. The actual awards show runs between three and a half and four hours, depending upon the length of acceptance speeches. Seriously? If it were a movie, theaters would have to build in an intermission. Why is anything on television four hours long? Add on to that the red carpet. Hours before the program for the evening begins, we’re supposed to watch everyone walk in? Is it really necessary that we see what everyone’s wearing before the show starts? Aren’t these people going to, you know, be at the show itself? Are they going to change their clothes before they go inside for the show? Now, does anyone know who Claudio Miranda is? I think it’s pretty stupid that we know who all these actors and actresses are, but at least they’re in the movies we like to watch and enjoy. They’re on screen; we have to look at them if we like movies (which almost everybody does). But Claudio Miranda wins an Oscar for Best Cinematography, thanks to his work on Life of Pi, which was admittedly fantastic. But I don’t know who he is, or who he’d like to thank, and frankly I don’t care. There were probably plenty of people who watched the awards show last month that didn’t see Life of Pi. If we insist on devoting 5-10 minutes to the award for best cinematography, why don’t we put a camera on Mr. Miranda, who waves as he accepts the award, and then show a clip of some of his very best work from the film? Twenty-four awards were handed out this year, and I sincerely doubt that I’m alone when I say I only cared who won a handful of them. How long would the awards show be if there were only acceptance speeches from six recipients: Best Director, Best Actor/ Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and Best Picture? Would we be down to two hours, maybe two and a half? Cool, now we’re in the range of a long movie, not a mini series. Now, why do we need musical performances? Isn’t that why we have the Grammys? I understand that there’s a conventional wisdom about how to put on one of these stage shows, and musical acts are a part of it. But you know, the radio isn’t the only way we hear music anymore. We’ve got iTunes, Pandora, in short, the Internet, which has diversified our taste in music, and to a degree, compartmentalized that taste. If you’re reading this, the odds are that we don’t listen to the same music. I probably don’t like what you like, and the inverse is also probably true. So why is this show, which is designed to gather as many viewers as possible, trying to find a musical act that we’re all going to sit and enjoy? I’ve got news for you, Academy, the TV has grown too. It has also compartmentalized our tastes. I can put on a re-run of a comedy, some sporting event, a movie, etc. You aren’t on one of the three channels on TV anymore, so you’re going to lose me, or my sister, or my uncle, or somebody when you air a musical act. We’re not all going to like it, and we’re not a captive audience anymore. So we scrap all the music, and have a quarter of the acceptance speeches we used to have, and now we’re down around an hour or ninety minutes. You know what? I like movies A LOT. If you pare down the biggest motion picture award show on the calendar to ninety minutes and you make it about movies, I would look forward to it. But what the academy has been doing isn’t that, it’s something
longer, less useful, and more annoying. Now Oscar fans, if they’re still reading this, are probably screaming at me. “Fine! If you don’t like it, don’t watch it! Leave it to us, the people that love the Oscars and mark it on our calendars and watch two hours of red carpet before…” Generally, that’s how I like to handle things that aren’t targeted at me. I like to live and let live. That’s why they make chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice creams, so everybody can choose a flavor. But the Oscars were targeted at me. I saw more commercials for the Academy Awards this year than I have ever seen before. The Superbowl, primetime nationally televised hockey games, and on FX during stereotypical “guy movies.” The Academy brought in Seth MacFarlane, the creator of a wildly popular animated series, to host. Lots of different people like Family Guy, but until I blow out the candles on my next birthday cake, I’m still in the primary demographic that show appeals to, 18-24 year old males. Oh, and I almost forgot, they spent a half hour or more doing a tribute to the James Bond franchise, which also appeals primarily to my demographic. The Academy spent a lot of time and money trying to appeal to me. Maybe they’ll read this to help them for next year, because I changed the channel a number of times during this one.
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The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 with the polls open from 10 am to 8 pm. The candidates that will be on the Annual Town Election as of this date are as follows: The Republican Town Committee held their Caucus on Wednesday, February 6th and the following candidates were nominated as Republican Caucus Nominees to be placed on the Annual Town Election Ballot: Selectman for three year term – Frederick E. Vadnais, Jr.; Trea-
surer for three year term – incumbent Cheryl A. Gouveia; Assessor for three year term – incumbent Eugene P. Campbell; DR Regional District School Committee for three year term – incumbent Richard S. Barrett; Park Commission for five year term – George Cardono; Constable (three positions available) for three year term – incumbent Kenneth E. Abrams, incumbent Douglas C. Johnson, Sr. and Michael P. Deignan; Water Commission (two positions available) for three year term – incumbent Edwin C. Ballard and incumbent Joseph A. Nunes. These candidates will be listed on the ballot as Republican Caucus Nominees. The Democratic Town Committee held their Caucus on Tuesday, February 12th and the following candidate was nominated as the Democratic Caucus Nominee to be placed on the Annual Town Election Ballot: Moderator for one year term – William J. Cute, Jr. The following candidates have drawn nomination papers to run as “Independent” or “Non-Designated” and have been successfully certified to be candidates on the Annual Town Election Ballot: Planning Board (two positions available) for five year term - incumbent Tómas E. Ennis and Stephen B. Brooks, Jr.; Constable for three year term – Clifford J. Smith. There is also one position for Housing Authority for a five year term with no candidate. Candidates also have until Wednesday, February 27th to file withdrawals. The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office. Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form. Applications for absentee ballots are now available and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. An absentee ballot may only be obtained by written request and with the voter’s original signature. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the Annual Town Election is Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:00 noon.
A Special State Primary has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th for the Senatorial Seat vacancy created by the appointment of Senator John Kerry as the Secretary of Defense. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The final voter registration for the State Primary will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Any questions regarding voter eligibility or requests for “mail-in” voter registration forms may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dog licenses for 2013 are now available and may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or
March 2013 The Reporter by mail. The licensing fees are as follows: Male or female dog $20.00, spayed or neutered $10.00. You may also purchase your dog license by returning the appropriate documentation and fee (checks should be made payable to Town of Rehoboth) with your census form Dog licenses are due annually by April 1st. Dog license applications must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate (with a vaccination date of May 1, 2012 or after to cover the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter unless we already have it on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you’re unsure, just give the office a call and we can tell you how up to date our information is. Dog owners should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can return the license and tag. Postage on the SASE should be 66 cents for one tag, 85 cents for two tags and $1.04 for three tags. If no return envelope is submitted your dog can still licensed but the tag and license will be left on file in the Clerk’s Office. Residents are requested to please send in their census forms as quickly as possible regardless of whether or not they license their dogs at this time. We still have 7 dog owners who have not licensed their dogs for 2012.
I would like to thank Lynore McKim for generously volunteering her time to help with the filing of census forms. Her assistance each year is very much appreciated.
It is requested that when you send correspondence to any office at the Town Hall you only include information specific to the department you want to communicate with. As an example, residents might send in their tax payment along with their census form or dog license. Tax payments would go to the Tax Collector whereas census forms or dog licenses would go to the Town Clerk’s Office. By including multiple offices in one envelop it may delay processing your requests or payments. Thank you for your consideration.
Business owners whose business certificate will expire during January through June of 2013 should have received a reminder for renewal. The renewal fee is $50.00 (certificate renewal is good for four years) and checks should be made payable to The Town of Rehoboth. Before a new business can be registered within the town, business owners must first be signed off by the Zoning Officer – William McDonough at 320 Anawan Street. If you have any questions on any of the above items please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502, X109 or X110. Lynn and I wish all residents a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
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Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2013 were mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the last week of December. If you haven’t received your census form, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office. You will notice that this year’s census form also contains information regarding political party. If there is nothing in this column next to your name it means you are not registered to vote. If you do have a designation next to your name I would remind prospective voters that the census form does NOT register you to vote or change your political designation. If you want to change your political party/designation or register to vote you must contact the Town Clerk’s office. Residents are asked to review the preprinted forms, make corrections and return them as soon as possible. Please understand that you cannot cross out and change your political party on the census form. This must be done through the Town Clerk’s Office with your original signature to process a change of designation or to register to vote. As of February 20th we have 397 households in Precinct 1, 401 households in Precinct 2 and 450 households in Precinct 3 that have not yet responded to the annual town census. I would request that if you haven’t returned your census form to please send it in right away. Failure to return the completed form will result in voters being placed on an inactive voting list which requires proof of continuance residence at the polls on an election day. After four years of inactivity you will be removed from the voting list.
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I’m back….I didn’t get fired…so here is my second column. I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the components of revenue in the town. As most of you know, our largest source of revenue is property taxes…about 87% . We have the same rate for residential as commercial property. There are ways to reduce your property tax rate if you farm, have land designated for recreational and open space. There are certain requirements and you should contact the assessors’ office if you think you may qualify. Most residents in town don’t qualify and are subject to the town property tax assessment each year. You probably heard about Prop 2 ½ and might not know what that means. So, I will try to explain what Prop 2 ½ means to you and how your taxes are calculated each year. Some 20 years ago, Massachusetts passed proposition 2 ½, which basically meant that cities and towns could not raise your property taxes more than 2 1/2% each year unless there was a town override to do so. And the only ones that can override the 2 ½% cap is YOU. The board of Selectman, the assessors, town administrator, tax collector or any other board in town, CAN NOT RAISE YOUR TAXES. I have seen, and I’m sure you have too, propaganda that went out that is used as a scare tactic so you vote a certain way or your taxes will go up some crazy amount. There is NO ACTION of any board that would raise your taxes…again, only you can raise them over the 2 ½ cap. The only way your taxes will increase above the 2 ½ % is through a ballot vote of the registered voter in town. A few years ago the voters did in fact vote to raise your property taxes. A 1% tax was imposed for the CPA, a program that was set up to basically preserve open space. The monies collected from the tax payers are put into a fund (along with “some” matching funds from the state) that are to be used to purchase open space. It can also be used for low income housing and historical preservation. Any and all distribution of funds are approved by the voters at town meeting. YOUR money can not be spent on anything unless you approve it at town meeting. There have also been debt exclusion overrides which are used as a onetime increase to pay a debt, typically for a capital type project. When the debt is paid, the tax is eliminated. It does not compound each year, the cost of the bonds are added to the overall tax amount to cover the bond payments. Once again propaganda was circulated as it related to a new town hall that claimed your taxes would continue to go up with no limit. That is IMPOSSIBLE… and once again was meant to scare you into voting against it. The Council on Aging building was funded through a debt exclusion. You voted for it and you pay additional tax to pay the bonds that were issued to fund the construction. When the debt is paid off, your taxes will go down. The vote to have a debt exclusion is at town meeting, but the actual vote to raise taxes is at the ballot box. Now I will attempt to explain the relationship between values and tax rates. I’m sure many of you saw your tax bill and saw that the rate went up more than 2 1/2 % and are asking yourself how can that be if taxes are capped at 2 ½%? This is a very broad explanation. Basically property taxes are capped at 2 ½% increase from last year. For example, if last year the property tax assessment was 15 million, this year, the town can only collect 2 ½% more in property taxes, or 15,375,000( 15,000,000 times 2 ½ %). . All of the property is valued at an assessed amount and if you divide that into the 15,375,000 property tax limit, you get the town’s tax rate. If the values go down, the tax rate goes up. If the values in town go up, the tax rate goes down. Make Sense? If your home value happens to go up in a given year, when the overall values in town go down, you will see more of a tax increase. Remember, if the overall assessments go down, the tax rate goes up. In this case, you would be taxed at a higher tax rate, the calculated tax rate even though your home value increased. Again, this is a very broad explanation. There are some other components that increase taxes, but overall this is how the tax rate is derived.
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In addition to the property taxes in town, the town also raises money through “local receipts”. Dog licenses, permits, late fees, interest, excise tax, etc... This is approximately 8 -9% of the town’s revenue. The third major component of revenue is state aid. The state distributes money to the cities and towns; the majority is from the lottery. The town receives approximately 1,000,000 from the state…or less than 5%. Inc. So, when I hear people get up and talk about development being bad, I cringe. It’s our largest revenue source. I’ve heard this 250 S. Main Street same mantra since coming to town, for every house built, it means e Attleboro, MA y MA RS#3814 2.5 kids will be attending the schools and that cost far outweighs Auto • Mirrors • Shower Enclosures the revenue of the property taxes assessed on the residential home. Meaning, as development grows so does our enrollment. So, if • Qualty Workmanship • Residential that’s the case, why is the enrollment about the same or slightly • Very Competitive Rates • Commercial down from 10 years ago? No one bothered to look at the chang• Direct Insurance Billing • Mobil Service ing demographics’ in town. Meaning, those that moved into these • Same Day Service (508) 223-2291 new homes, don’t have children or don’t have children in the school system…thus the status quo in the enrollment. I always want to laugh when people get up and talk about no more development....my guess they weren’t against it when they were trying to move into town. Last one in, always wants to be the last one in. Okay, I digress…. So that is our revenue stream. The challenge, like all other cities and towns, how do you live within the revenue streams when your revenue is somewhat “fixed” and your expenses are not. Not easy. The Board of Selectman will begin budget talks in March to do just that….submit a budget that lives within the current and future revenue stream. We will continue to look for additional revenue…cell phone tower rental fees, solar panel rental fees, etc… I would welcome any suggestions…..the last time we did that we came up with some additional revenue…. meal tax and rental of landfill for solar panels. Dr. Lisa Daft and Dr. Jared Stubbs Some have suggested raising the commercial rate…have a dual rate like many other Are pleased to announce Dr. Chris Vanderpool communities. It doesn’t make sense at has joined our family and cosmetic dental practice. this point, and again, it wouldn’t bring in any more revenue unless it was in conjunction Providing comprehensive dental care in with an override. Remember, the town can only raise 2 ½% above the previous year in Seekonk, MA for more than 35 years. total. What it would do, is move some of We welcome new patients! the burden to the commercial property vs. the residential property. However, since our commercial business is so low in town, it would not be a significant decrease to the residential property owner, it wouldn’t bring in any more tax dollars to the town and would put more burden on the small businesses owners in town….a lose, lose, lose….in my opinion. By the way, I had no clue how any of this worked until I was on the finance committee. Most people don’t know how it works but get upset when they see their tax rate increase more than 2 ½ percent and don’t know why. Now you know how it works. Many don’t know the difference between an override of prop 2 ½ and a debt exclusion override…. one is permanent and compounds each year and the other is not. Now you know the difference. The best voter is an informed one….and one that won’t be fooled by propaganda. I was going to talk about the various funding sources, but I sense most of your eyes starting glaze over, so I’ll save that for another day.
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I was very pleased that National Grid was able to restore our power in little over 24 hours after the February blizzard. I wasn’t very pleased when the town snowplows deposited in Kitchen & Bathrooms several massive snow boulders that blocked both ends of our nicely shoveled driveway • Remodeling two days later. I will be pleased when this winter is over. • Additions We had a generator on hand this time (bought the day before the snowstorm) and it Commerical • Siding came in mighty handy. I can endure summer power outages without electricity, but freezing • Silestone Snowplowing indoors while worrying about the pipes freezing is too much for me. The way things are going, I’m sure we’ll use the generator again. We’ve had four major power outages in the • Granite past 18 months. • Painting Meanwhile, National Grid’s monthly nagging email is telling us that we used more power than some of our more energy-efficient neighbors. This made me wonder about the sprawling waterfront mansion we saw in Fort Lauderdale this winter, the one with monthly electric bills of $4,000, according to our tour guide. What kind of letters do they get from (401) 435-4795 their power company, I wonder, not that people like that would care. Maybe they own the power company, for all I know. How many energy-efficient houses does it take to make up Cell (401) 639-7230 for one customer like this, I also wonder. Thinking of how some people are ridiculously extravagant while others are very conPeter Batty scientious reminded me of the phrase “How good do we have to be?” This is the title of RI Reg. # 33335 / MA Reg. # CS51340 a book by Harold Kushner, the rabbi who also wrote “When Bad Things Happen to Good Residential / Commercial People”. It is a good question to ponder. I’ve recently read “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children” by John Wood. This book was recommended to me by Hollis Burkhart, whose visit to Nepal I wrote about in last month’s Reporter, prior to her talk at the Blanding Library on March 14 (see Blanding Library news for more information). After a trip Nepal about 15 years ago, Microsoft executive John Wood gave up his hard-charging corporate lifestyle and founded Room to Read, a non-profit devoted to establishing schools and libraries in poor communities, first in Nepal and now in other Third World countries. There are many non-profits, some more productive than others, that set out to help the poor in developing nations. Reading this book makes you realize how someone with Wood’s drive, 55 Winthrop St. (Rt. 44) Rehoboth business background, and organizational skills can really make a project like this successful. 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Events & Activities Dighton Rehoboth Citizens Scholarship Foundation March 8th-10th
Students from the Dighton Rehoboth Senior class will be hitting the roads of both Dighton and Rehoboth: March 8, 9 and 10, 2013 for the 53rd Citizens Scholarship Foundation Annual Door-to-Door Campaign. The goal of the Foundation is to offer as much financial help as possible to as many students as possible! For over more than 50 years, the Foundation has awarded almost 1 million dollars to graduating seniors who plan to further their education in colleges and vocational schools. Last year the Foundation awarded over $55,000 to over 100 students. This money comes from the doorto-door solicitations from the students, as well as donations from local businesses and civic organizations. Teams of students will solicit door-to-door on March 8, 9 and 10, with each team in a specified neighborhood. The towns of Dighton and Rehoboth have a long tradition of excellence in education and in supporting the children in their communities. We appreciate the continued support of the community as our students pursue higher education. All contributions are fully tax deductible and may also be mailed to: Citizens Scholarship Foundation; P.O. Box 696’ Rehoboth, MA 02769
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Community Dance Sunday, March 19th
*FREE* On Sunday evening, March 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in 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 March 10 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 6 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Elliott at email@example.com or call 508-6695656. http://www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html.
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Saturday March 16th
Traditional Irish Dinner – serving between 5:00 and 7:00 PM. Reservations suggested, walk-ins are welcome and take out is available. Seekonk Congregational Church Woodworth Hall 600 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA Menu: Corned beef, cabbage, onions, potatoes, carrots, chourico, rolls & butter and beverages. Dessert will be ice cream and homemade cookies. Tickets: Adults $12.00 – Children 5-12 $4.00 – Children under 4 Free For tickets call the church office at 508-336-9355 or Donna Euell at 508-336-5283. Please join us for our Fourteenth Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner.
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Tired of cooking dinner night after night? Why not treat your family to delicious food from Papa Gino’s instead? Introducing... Pizza Night to Support the Friends of the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band. Papa Gino*s will donate 20% of the total pre-tax sales from all the guests that come in with this flyer during the fundraiser. Eat in or carry-out, it’s your choice! Second Wednesday of each Month from 4-9PM, March 15th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th Papa Gino’s; 294 Winthrop Street (Rt. 44), Taunton, MA, 508-823-8800 *Any guest bringing in a fundraising flyer may not redeem coupons with their order. * This is valid for all dine-in and carry-out orders. (Sorry, not valid on delivery orders).
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5th Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Rehoboth Fire Station #2, 333 Tremont Street Saturday March 16, 2013
Serving Time 5:00 PM $12.00 Donation Per Person See Any Station 2 Firefighter for Tickets Or Call (508) 226-2914 Walk-Ins Welcome
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 Dinner 4:00- 7:00pm Eat in or take out! Tickets: $12 for 12 and over $6 for 6-12 , Under 6 FREE! Can be purchased at the Hall or calling Richard Bleau 781-799-9806 or Ralph Potter 508-463-7624
Rehoboth Contras Dance Friday, March 22, 8 p.m.
There will be a Rehoboth holiday contra dance on Friday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Sue Rosen. Music will be performed by The Threes, with Pete Sutherland, Mark Roberts, and Bruce Rosen. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www. contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
42nd Annual Firemen’s Ball March 23, 2013
It’s that time of year when we as a town show our immense appreciation to the Rehoboth Call Firefighters for their dedication to us and to the safety of our families. The 42nd annual Firemen’s Ball will be held on March 23, 2013, and we would be pleased to place your name or business ad in our souvenir program. We would also be honored to have you attend the ball to show your support and have a fun-filled night with the Department and fellow residents. Remember that the Rehoboth Fire Department is a call department that is staffed by local residents. These residents selflessly give up many hours of their free time to serve our community. These hours are spent performing drills, duty time, fighting fires, assisting the Rehoboth Ambulance, and performing multiple other duties beneficial to the community. As a group, the Call Firefighters Association helps to raise money for these brave firefighters. Some of the money raised is used to help firefighters in need, purchasing items useful to the firefighters, offering a scholarship for future firefighters, purchasing a ball ticket for each member of the Department, and many other things helpful to not only the Department, but also to the community as a whole. The Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association is a not-for-profit organization, and all proceeds go directly to the Association. Be assured that all money donated is well appreciated and is put to good use for the firefighters of our town.
March 2013 The Reporter
Rehoboth Coed Softball Registration Starts Now!
Looking for some exercise this summer or a fun way to meet others in the community? Well, dust off your cleats and gloves and join the adult Rehoboth Coed Softball League! We are looking to fill our rosters this March. We are always looking for more women players. WHO: Players must be 18yrs of age or older. Player age range in this league goes from 18 to those in their 60’s and all skill levels are welcome. This league is not only for the young, but also the young at heart. Rehoboth residency is not required. WHEN: The season runs from the end of April through August. The majority of games will be on Tuesday and Wednesday nights @ 6PM. COST: $80 gets you many games, a Team T-shirt, and more Sign-up deadline for 2013 is Saturday, March 23rd. For QUESTIONS or a REGISTRATION FORM please contact us @: Email (best option): email@example.com or by Phone: 508-454-3172
Rehoboth Contra Dance
5th Annual Spring Psychic & Vendor Fair
First Spiritualist Church of Brockton Rehoboth Anawan Grange Intersection of Rt’s 44 and 118
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Friday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Rehoboth’s annual challenging contra dance will be held on Friday, March 29, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. This dance is geared toward more experienced dancers. All dances will be led by caller Sue Rosen. Music will be performed by the Notorious, with Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www. contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
Craft/Vendor Fair Saturday, April 6th
The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA will hold a Craft/Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. This event is open to the public. Local crafters and vendors will showcase their magnificent products. Learn about their products or purchase them for yourself. Baked goods and pizza being served. If you have any questions contact the church office at 508-336-9355.
Manhattan String Quartet Arts in the Village Concert Series Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769 $15 general, $13 seniors, $6 students and children; cash and checks only; first come, first seated Information: 508-252-5718; http://www.carpentermuseum.org/ Arts.htm Sponsor: Lydia Costa Interiors, Rehoboth, MA
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Rehoboth American Legion Auxiliary Unit 302; 84 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 7:00-11:00pm; Tickets: $8.00 per person Come Join us for a nostalgic night! Great music, door prize, raffles & Snacks For Tickets call: Cheryl (508) 212-1263 or Lynn (774) 488-9875
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The Reporter March 2013
D-R Sports Roundup Boys’ Basketball
The season ended for DR on February 27, when they fell to South Coast Conference foe Case, 52-49 at Case. It was a first round playoff game for the Falcons, who earned a #9 seed in the MIAA tournament. The #8 seed Cardinals just had too much size for the Flacons, blocking 10 shots in the contest and largely shutting down DR’s big gun Ryan Walsh. “Their shot blocking and their length was the difference in the game,” said Bill Cuthbertson of Case’s defensive effort. The coach also point out that all three of his team’s matchups with Case this season came down to the last possession. Case won the two meetings in Swansea, while the Falcons won when they hosted the Cardinals in North Dighton. Walsh, along with his backcourt cohort Josh Ferreira, made the All-SCC team this season. Walsh also notched his 1,000th career point in January, making him the eighth man to join that exclusive club. Ferreira and Walsh, along with Keith Mikkelson, formed a “big three” of sorts for the Falcons this season. They were emotional leaders, and also frequently the leading scorers for the team. All three will graduate this summer, so coach Cuthbertson will have some work to do replacing those players. Ben Roache was a solid scorer, primarily at small forward this year, and will return. Beyond Roache, the team will be looking for answers from a very young group. That group does have one very important thing going for it; size. They will return varsity players that stand at 6’2”, 6’2”, and 6’4”, which, for example, gives them three starters taller than rival Seekonk.
Dighton-Rehoboth track was robbed of a chance at the South Coast Conference title, as were all of their competitors. The SCC championship meet was originally scheduled for the weekend the area was hit by winter storm Nemo. It was rescheduled twice and then cancelled because of the severity of the storm. With no postseason conference meet, the only SCC title to be claimed is the regular season crown, which belongs to Old Rochester Regional, who beat the Falcons on the first day of the season.
The Lady Falcons finished at 3-16 on the season, not an ideal finish for Jon Pacheco’s team. One bright spot through the end of the rough season was Kylie D’Ambrosio. The freshman led her team in scoring, including dropping 26 on rival Seekonk, keeping the Warriors winless (at the time) in a battle of South Coast Conference cellar dwellers.
Dr-R/Seekonk Hockey Roundup Hockey
Seekonk’s cooperative hockey program (shared with DightonRehoboth) reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season this year. They were also ousted from the MIAA tournament in the first round for the second consecutive year. The Falcons traveled to Plymouth to take on an extremely talented Norwell Clippers team in the first round of the playoffs. It was a case of a group of players, parents, boosters, and coaches who live for hockey against a town that lives for hockey. “Are you kidding me? This is hockey town,” said one Falcon booster of Norwell after the Clippers handed the Falcons a 4-0 loss. The difference in the game was high-end offensive talent. Both teams skated hard, played a defensively responsible style, and
kept the play in front of them for most of the game. The Falcons have some players who can put the puck in the net, but none of them scored a goal this season that looked like Aidan Roach’s first period goal, the eventual game winner. Roach turned Luke Allison inside out as he came down the right wing on a two-on-two. Roach then roofed the puck on Jake Roy, who was in position and left him a hole no bigger than the palm of his hand over the left shoulder. It was the kind of goal that happens in much bigger arenas, and ends up on highlight reels. While others are graduating, three major departures will hurt the Falcons next season. Roy will be leaving, but the goaltending will be left in the capable hands of Jake Robitaille. Allison and his defensive partner Casey Escobar will move on, which means the Falcons need a lot of help on the defensive end for next year’s campaign. “There are good kids coming up,” said Roy after the playoff loss. “They’ll step up.
Seekonk Sports Roundup Indoor Track
Seekonk track was robbed of a chance at the South Coast Conference title, as were all of their competitors. The SCC championship meet was originally scheduled for the weekend the area was hit by winter storm Nemo. It was rescheduled twice and then cancelled because of the severity of the storm. There is one bit of track news not related to blizzards and cancellations. Nate Robitaille has committed to Western Kentucky for college, where he will throw shotput, discus, and possibly other throwing implements, such as the hammer. Robitaille said part of the reason he chose Western Kentucky is because of guidance he received from Jeff Chakouian. Now a coach at the University of Central Florida, Chakouian threw at the University of Kentucky in college, and before that as a Seekonk Warrior. Virtually every Seekonk throwing record that Robitaille does not own, Chakouian does. Be sure to check out our website, where we’ve posted a Q&A with Robitaille about his decision and the Winter and Spring track seasons.
Things are not well in the world of Seekonk boys’ basketball. The team finished 5-15 this season with what is widely thought to be a team with much more than 5-15 talent. Parents and boosters are not thrilled with coach Joe Reddington’s decisions, which have included a great deal of time on the bench for starters, allegedly aimed at discipline. Many have speculated that the head coach may not return next season. The team’s leading scorer, Daniel Silva, said he has not spoken to the coach since the season ended, “I don’t know if he’s coming back, I haven’t talked to him.” Silva said that there were flashes throughout the season of what the team might have been. “We played pretty good against DR, if we could have kept that going, we might have gone somewhere.” On the girls’ side, things are worse. The team finished the season at 1-21, not exactly the start that rookie coach Katie Chuilli was looking for. The Lady Warriors will graduate the best player they have had in a few years in Katie Andrade. It will be another summer of searching for a program that has been listless for some years. It is worth noting, however, that the Junior Varsity girls had a good season and showed a great deal of heart. While the roster was very lean (at times only consisting of five players), the team won more games than they lost, including games that they finished with less than five players on the floor.
March 2013 The Reporter
Tom Gorman Beanpot Open Fencing Competition
The annual Tom Gorman Beanpot Open fencing competition took place at Boston Fencing Club in Waltham, MA, from January 26th to 27th, 2013. “Open” tournaments are unrestricted—fencers of all age groups and ability levels participate, though highly-rated fencers, often disqualified from lower level events, are numerous. The “beanpot” theme—appropriate for the Boston based club— was prevalent in beanpot prizes for top-three medalists. Fencers from the Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club (RIFAC) in E. Providence, RI, earned a number of the coveted beanpot souvenirs. Gavin Turner from Rehoboth won a silver medal in Men’s Saber. Gavin was edged out for the gold by RIFAC teammate Tim Piacentini in a 1-point, 15-14 score in the direct elimination round. Gavin is an experienced fencer with numerous local and national medals to his credit. He holds a national ranking of “B,” the second highest awarded by the United States Fencing Association. Gavin trains under the guidance of RIFAC owner and head coach Alex Ripa and his team of coaches and instructors.
David Payne & Gavin Turner Compete at the Junior Olympics Fencing Competition
David Payne and Gavin Turner, both aged 15 from Rehoboth, competed at the Junior Olympics Fencing Competition held in Baltimore, MD, from February 15-18, 2013. The Junior Olympics (JOs) is a prestigious, annual competition between the nation’s most talented and most successful young fencers aged 20-years-old and under. Registration is limited to fencers who have pre-qualified with high-placed finishes at local tournaments. Athletes fenced in events by gender, by age group (junior—under 20, or cadet—under 17), and by weapon category (foil, epee, or saber). David and Gavin both qualified for and competed in Junior and Cadet Men’s Saber. David and Gavin hold national ratings granted by the United States Fencing Association (USFA). The USFA awards national rankings to fencers with high-placed, tournament finishes based on the numbers and levels of participating, rated fencers at individual competitions. Ratings vary from “A” at the highest to “E.” Prior to JOs, David had earned an “E” rating and Gavin a “B.” David and Gavin train at the Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club (RIFAC) in E. Providence with RIFAC owner and head coach Alex Ripa and the RIFAC coaching team.
If you have not registered your child for baseball or softball, you still can. Late registration: $165; Register Online at: RYBSAonline.com Avoid any additional fees register today!!! Tryout dates: Dighton Rehoboth HighSchool AAA 3/14 MAJORS 3/16 A/AA 3/19 Softball 3/21 Please look out for additional information on our website and on Facebook. If you haven’t already “Like” us on Facebook. RYBSA
FIELD CLEAN UP
Please join us for our annual Field Clean up on Saturday 3/30. Rain date will be on Saturday 4/6. Our league is run by volunteers. We need your help to make your child’s baseball season the best it can be. There are many opportunities to get involved. Show your support and help get the fields ready for a great baseball season. Receive $10 back from your registration when you come to help. Bring your rakes, leaf blowers and gloves. Meet some new people, and see old friends. This is what baseball is all about. Bringing a community together!!
Save the date! The annual RYBSA clam boil:
Friday Night, May 11, 2013, at the Seekonk Rod and Gun Club, 61 Reed St., Rehoboth, MA. Doors Open: 6:00 pm; Dinner Served: 7:00 pm Tickets: $25 per person; BYOB, soft drinks available For ticket purchase please go to: RYBSAonline.com
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Tryouts: Majors 3/16, AAA 3/14, A/AA 3/19, Softball 3/21 Field Clean Up 3/30 rain date 4/6 OPENING DAY 4/13 ANNUAL CLAM BOIL: 5/11 RYBSA Pawsox Day 5/26
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Dighton-Rehoboth Swim Team Completes Successful Season
The DR Swim Team recently completed its second and very successful season of competition against swim teams from within and outside of the South Coast Conference. Consisting of two divisions, 9 boys and 12 girls, the team practiced and competed together under the direction of Coach Bob Hassan. While all swimmers attained personal records, the performance of some of the team’s swimmers is noteworthy. Tayla Slater, a sophomore, set school records in all of her events, in which she was undefeated throughout the season. Additionally, Tayla qualified for the South Sectional meet in all eight of her events while qualifying for 7 out of 8 events for the State meet, at which she placed 5th and 8th in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, respectively. Bryan Tran, also a sophomore, was nearly undefeated in all of his events, and served as the anchor for the highly successful 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Bryan set school records for all of his events as well. Junior Nate LaChance, also a member of the relay teams, set school records in the 100 yard butterfly and breaststroke. Co-captain Craig O’Connell, another relay team member, holds the school record in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events. Jonathan Eddy, a sophomore, held the school record in the 100 yard backstroke. Jon was the lead swimmer in the 200 medley relay, swimming the backstroke and followed by Craig O’Connell with the breaststroke, Nate LaChance with the butterfly, and Bryan Tran doing the freestyle. Each of these young men also did one of the 100 yard legs of the 4 by 100 relay. Rounding out the individual boys’ events was first-year swimmer, senior Tate Mitchell. Tate filled in for Craig in the relays, and set personal records in all of his events. He also was the anchor for the school record setting 200 yard freestyle relay
team. Also on that relay team were sophomore and first year swimmers Corey Snook and freshman Ryan Johnson, both of whom set personal records and swam in the 200 medley relay. Senior Evan Papp rounded out the record setting 200 freestyle relay team, and freshman Caleb Dyer swam a number of events, including relays. Kira Hitz, a junior, was the second highest scorer on the girl’s team, swimming well in a number of events, both individually and as part of a relay team. Kira set a number of personal records, and was a mainstay on the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays. Also a member of those relay teams, as well as the 400 freestyle relay was sophomore Meaghan O’Connell, another versatile swimmer who specializes in the 100 butterfly, the 200 IM and freestyle, as well as the 500 yard freestyle. Meranda Benjamin, also a sophomore, set personal records in a number of events, and contributed to all of the relay teams. Meaghan Lang, a senior, specialized in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke, setting personal records in both. Meaghan was also a significant contributor to the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays as well as the 400 freestyle relay teams. Cassidy McGurn, a strong freestyle swimmer, also competed in the 400 yard freestyle relay, as did sophomore Tabbetha Silvia. Tabbetha set personal records in all of her events, and had excellent times for the team in the 100 yard freestyle. Co-captain Brooke Hobson set personal records in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, as well as competing on the relay teams. Emily Moran, a sophomore and second-year member of the team, set personal records for her events and also, along with junior Savanna Michener and freshman Victoria Proulx, competed on all of the relay teams. Katie Travis, a freshman, swam the freestyle, breaststroke, and 200 freestyle relay. The boys 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, consisting of Bryan Tran, Nate LaChance, Jonathan Eddy, and Craig O’Connell, are singled out for their outstanding year. These boys, along with Tate Mitchell, who filled in for Craig in one meet, were virtually undefeated throughout the season, and barely missed qualifying for the South Sectionals. Special congratulations and thanks are extended to the team’s outstanding coach Bob Hassan, as well as to parent liaison, Kylee Hitz, whose efforts are deeply appreciated. Congratulations to all swimmers as we look forward to an even more successful season next year.
The record setting relay team: Nate LaChance, Tate Mitchell, Bryan Tran, Jonathan Eddy.
Team Photo. Bottom row left to right: Kira Hitz, Emily Moran, Katie Travis, Victoria Proulx, Meranda Benjamin, Tabbetha Silvia, Meaghan O’Connell, Tayla Slater, Meaghan Lang. Top row, left to right: Caleb Dyer, Corey Snook, Tate Mitchell, Ryan Johnson, Craig O’Connell, Jonathan Eddy, Bryan Tran, Coach Bob Hassan.
The swim team had a very successful season, with all swimmers setting new Personal Records. Significantly, sophomore swimmer Tayla Slater finished her regular season UNDEFEATED in all of her events! Tayla qualified in all 8 of her events for the Sectional Meet this weekend at MIT, and she qualified in 7 out of 8 events for the State Swim Meet on February 16th.
Coach Bob Hassan and Tayla Slater.
March 2013 The Reporter
People In The News Rehoboth Loses Favorite Son, Mike Schobel, Jr.
Rehoboth citizens have lost a favorite son with the recent passing of Mike Schobel, Jr. at age 65 on February 24, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Mike was well known and well loved by everyone who knew him. He always participated in Rehoboth events where his horses were needed. In recent times, Mike donated his time and horses to pull the hayride wagon at the Rehoboth Harvest Block Party. Mike greeted everyone with a smile and a “Hi, Gov” and sported an unlit cigar while driving his teams of horses. Farmer bib-jeans and a plaid shirt was his standard attire while he was working. Mike will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. As a memorial to Mike, we are rerunning an interview with him that originally ran in our November, 2002 issue.
Mike Schobel waves hello. Reprinted from an interview in October, 2002:
A Conversation With Mike Schobel
By Marya Horsman Mike Schobel, who owns and runs Schobel’s Farm on Hornbine Road, has called Rehoboth home for his entire life. He has continued the horse business started by his father, Mike Sr. I recently talked with Mike about his father, the work they did together, and the business that was handed down to him.
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How did your father get started in the horse business?
“My father came here from Austria as a child and his family originally had a dairy farm, used to deliver milk to Providence by horse-drawn wagon. By the 40’s he was also using the draft horses to pull the starting gate at Pascoag Race Track and then Lincoln Downs and Narragansett Park. Back then they only ran races about 40 days a year, so he also used the horses to haul out pulp wood for the pulp mills, to plow fields for the local farmers, and to dig cellars in town. Eventually he got out of dairy farming and started working only with the horses. My father was a hard worker. He was always in the horse business—trading and selling. So as I was growing up, of course, I rode horses, and drove ‘em, hay rides, and that, since I could hold reins.” Mike has a photo of himself at six months of age, sitting on one of his father’s big work horses. He said he has always loved working with horses, taking care of them, taking them out on hayrides, parades, and to fairs, etc.
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Where were your father’s stables?
“He had Anawan Stables for quite a number of years. The stables were at the corner of Routes 118 and 44, where Dunkin’ Donuts is now. The Anawan Inn stood where the Mobil Station is. Pop’s Garage was on the corner now occupied by the Cumberland Farms. The old homestead was on 118, right after the police station.” Continued on next page...
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The Reporter March 2013 You and your dad worked at Edaville Railroad for a number of years. What was that like?
Driving the New Bedford antique steam fire engine was an annual New Bedford parade job that Mike enjoyed every year.
“We were down there for probably 30 years or better with the horses pulling the trolley. We worked every day, seven days a week, in the summertime. We did that from the early 60’s until they closed (in 1991). That was quite a steady job there for the horses. They had the rides, the chicken barbeque, the museum, the steam engines running. Christmas was very busy there. We went a few time at Christmas with the horses. It was tough to get through the crowds.” (He shows me an old postcard from Edaville Railroad with his father’s team of horses pulling the trolley.) A visitor to the edaville.org/guestlog section wrote that: “ Mike Schobel Sr., “Gov”, drove the Trolley Car, that was powered by his team of Big And Beautiful, Belgium Work Horses. He loved the children…He loved every day at Edaville. Doing it for many years, until handing the “reins” over to his son, Mike Jr., who pulled the Trolley Car up to the closing of Edaville. Sure would be nice to hear the Clippity Clop of the horses’ feet as they pull the Trolley Car down memory lane...”
What else did you and your dad do?
“Our horses used to pull the Narragensett Brewery Wagon in parades, as well (the brewery closed in the early 80’s). And, of course, we plowed sidewalks in Taunton with the V-plow. We did that right up until the blizzard of ’78. Then, of course, there was so much snow you couldn’t get through. It was just impossible. The horses were up to their necks in snow.”
What has changed about the business since you took it over?
“I built the barn on this property six or seven years ago – before that I rented at Louise and Neal Harrington’s place on Plain Street, on the hill. My father rented from them for quite awhile, too. It was nice, there, and they’re wonderful people.” Over the years, Mike escorted many newlywed couples with his formal horse carriage.
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March 2013 The Reporter Describe the work you did at the racetracks:
“I worked for a number of years in Delaware, Ohio and Pennsylvania, handling horses in the starting gates. I worked the race tracks at Suffolk, Rockingham, all the fairs – Marshfield, Weymouth when they were running, Brockton, then we went to Great Barrington, Northampton, then I worked out in Ohio. I finished up there in the early 70’s. 1973 or ’74 was my last year at Delaware Park.” (Working the starting gate involves handling the racehorses, loading them into the gate, keeping them calm so they don’t get a bad start.) “It was a lot of fun. I started when I was small helping my father use the draft horses to pull the starting gate onto the race track. After Lincoln Downs closed, I went to Suffolk Downs and helped out for a couple of days on the gate after a fellow had broken his leg. I ended up staying there for 15 years.”
Mike runs his business with the help of Bristol County Veterinary Clinic, a couple of close friends, including Bruce Camara, and local blacksmith Dave Trott Reprinted from an interview in October, 2002
What other kinds of work do you do with the horses?
“I do about a half dozen parades during the course of the year, pulling the old steam engine (built in 1884) from the New Bedford Fire Museum. We do parades in Bristol, Wareham, two parades in New Bedford.” Mike also does carriage rides for weddings, and sleigh rides when there is enough snow. “As far as sleigh rides, we used to do them at Francis Farm. But the last few winters there hasn’t been enough snow for those. I’ve even done a few funerals with the horse and wagon, including my father’s a few years ago.” I understand you and your father participated in a lot of horse pulling competitions, and that you’ve continued this tradition on your own. “Back in the ’40’s my father got some people together and teams of horses and sandbags, and started the horse pulls over at the Anawan Inn, in the days before the Rehoboth Fair. I still do some horse pulling. That consists of quite a lot of hours of exercise to keep the horses in good shape. You walk them a lot, and now and then you hook them onto a “lugging load” to let them practice pulling. We used to do the pulls at the Rehoboth Fair. There are also a lot of fairs in Connecticut, and I was just at the roundup in NH for the end of the year horse pulling, at the Hopkinton Fair Grounds. We’ve been up to the Rochester Fair, Spencer and Sterling (near Uxbridge) and the Big-E. I’ve pulled as much as 18,900 pounds at Barnstable County Fair. That’s a pretty good sized load. I’ve won a few contests here and there, but I do it more for the fun of it. Of course, the horse has to have a little heart and want to pull, too. You go to a few pulls, you can see which ones like to pull. A lot of the pulling horses, after they settle down a bit, are good for the parades and hayrides, because they’ve been around the fairs, so they’re used to people and crowds.
What kind of horses do you keep?
“Over the course of the years, there have been a lot of horses through the barn. I like the draft horses, because they can do the work.” Mike uses all Belgian horses. Most of the horses do everything, except Pat, who, at 20 years old, is retired from pulling and just does hayrides and easier work. Rocky and Steve are a pair of 2100 lb. Belgians that do most of the hayrides. Spanky is new to the stable, and has a lot of personality. “Little” Jimmy is part of the backup hayride team with Pat.
You are one of only two stables in the area that use horses to pull your hayrides (the other is E.T. Farms in N. Dighton). Can you talk a bit about this part of your business?
“The hayrides are pretty busy this time of year. We do them here and at Francis Farm. Sometimes people are having a big outing at another site, so we take the wagons to them. At one time I had four wagons running, and they’d all go two or three times a night. In December I do quite a few hayrides for Christmas caroling. We get quite a bit of repeat business from that. I go to Mattapoisett, Raynham, the Lighting of the Green in Taunton in early December, the Lighting of the Rockery. People mostly find me by word of mouth.”
Mike loved to participate in Draft Horse Pulling Contests.
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Rehoboth Resident Takes On New Challenge Newman YMCA Director takes helm of East Side/Mt Hope YMCA Seekonk, RI (February 19, 2013). The YMCA of Greater Providence is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanine Achin as the Executive Director of the East Side/Mt Hope YMCA in Providence, RI. The Rehoboth resident will also continue to serve as the Executive Director for the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, MA. In this dual role, Ms. Achin will be able to coordinate programs and services to better serve the needs of the community. Ms. Achin has a BS in Health Recreation and Physical Education from Springfield College. She is currently enrolled in Springfield College’s Executive Masters Program, working toward an MS in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She serves on the East Providence School District Wellness Committee, and is a member of the Whiteknact School Improvement Team. In addition she is the President of the East Providence/ Seekonk Rotary Club and is a member of numerous associations including the Bristol County Horseman’s Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Ms. Achin is also a certified American Council on Exercise instructor. For more information about the YMCA, visit www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org.
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The Seekonk Lions Club had discussed a fishing tournament for kids in the past. Some nearby Lions Clubs have such an event and they are very successful. The discussion always bogged down on selecting an appropriate site. The best fishing ponds had limited open shoreline. The Lions’ calendar starts in September and at our planning meetings it was decided to look into the Old Gristmill Pond. Fishing might be limited to pan fish and blue gills but it does have lots of open shoreline where kids can be properly supervised. When we approached the owner he was enthusiastic in his endorsed of the idea. He even thought that the pond could be used for public skating if we got a cold winter. He thought that it would be fine for the pond to be open to the general public for fishing. Armed with a letter of permission by the owner and a letter of endorsement from the Board of Selectmen we brought our project to the Massachusetts Division of Wildlife. They have accepted the Old Gristmill Pond and will begin stocking the pond with trout this spring. The Seekonk Lions Club will sponsor the first Doug Allen Memorial Fishing Tournament on Patriots Day, Monday, April 15 at the Old Gristmill Pond, 9:00 AM till noon. All children through High School are welcome. And Seekonk now has a trout fishery for all anglers. I’m sure that the Old Gristmill Pond will be very popular with fly fishermen who will enjoy the open casting room.
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Crestwood Country Club; 90 Wheeler St, Rehoboth, MA 02769 Appetizers will be served 6:00–6:30 PM Social Meet and Greet 6:30–8:30 PM Q & A Format with All Candidates for Town of Rehoboth upcoming Election. Questions from the public can be submitted thru the RBA website at www.rehobothbusiness.com thru 3/12 COST IS $20.00 FOR MEMBERS & $25.00 FOR NON-MEMBERS Limited Seats Available; RSVP BY March 15TH, 2013 EMAIL SALCYN506@AOL.COM OR CALL Dale at 508-2523312; Rehoboth Business Association P.O.. Box 643 Rehoboth, MA 02769
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Our first meeting in February was held at the home of Sue Nokes where a small group attended because of illness and our snowbirds had left for Florida (and missed the blizzard) Hooray For Them! … but we accomplished what we could. Our usual Marian Manor visit was held and it was a Valentine night and was certainly enjoyed By all who attended and it was a larger group than usual. It was a fun night that was enjoyed by all and by our comedian Donna, who is a member and kept the group laughing all night. She is truly a great member and knows when to make you laugh! Our Calendar Dance was a huge success and everyone who attended had a great time. It was held at the Hillside Country Club and it was another room of spectacular array of table decorations that are too many to describe. You had to be there to enjoy. Remember we have this every year and pertains to every month of the year. Try to attend next year and find out I am not exaggerating! Our next meeting is a twinning with the Rehoboth Lions Club was at the Hillside Country Club on Wednesday February 27th and they had two speakers. Our calendar for March is as follows: March 7th - meeting at Suw Nokes home 7p.m. Elm St. Rehoboth. March 30th - Bake Sale at Bristol County Bank (Rehoboth branch) Our next big event will be held on April 28th at the Hillside Country Club “Ladies Luncheon with Laughter” Cost $25.00 per person Time: 12 noon to ? Tickets can be had from any member or from the chairpersons....Trudy Smith @508252-6978 or Elaine Ferreira @508-336-5049. Hope to see you there… we always have a great time And we will be having our usual assortment of lovely basket arrangements. We are always appreciative of your support and THANK YOU and we look forward to your continued support. Remember our motto WE SERVE and indeed we do. see you next month.
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East Providence/Seekonk Rotary welcomed guest speaker Mark Curtis on February 11, 2013. He is a 30 year professional in Radio and TV, all over America. Mark covered the entire 2008 Presidential campaign, traveling the country with all the candidates as a blogger and freelance political analyst. His new book, “Age of Obama: A reporter’s Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President. Chartered in 1946, the East Providence, RI/Seekonk, MA Rotary Club (No. 6334, District 7950) is a local club of Rotary International, based in Chicago, IL. Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. East Providence/Seekonk Club meetings are held at the Chelo’s East Providence each Monday at 12:15 pm. For more information, visit the Club Web site at www.eastprovidence-seekonk-rotary.org or write: PO Box 14303, East Providence, RI 02914.
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Seekonk Lions next clam boils. at the Seekonk Rod and Gun Club, are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of the month, March 28th and May 25th. Contact any Lions member for tickets or call Bob Read at 508-336-6984. The cost for the clam boil is $25 which will go towards funding community projects and Massachusetts Eye Research. Our upcoming meetings will be on April 4th and 25th, and will be held at DiParma’s Restaurant in Seekonk starting at 7:00 PM. On April 15th, Seekonk Lions will be holding the first Doug Allen Memorial Fishing Tournament. More information to come in March. Also on April 15, members of Seekonk Lions, along with members from surrounding communities, will be making a visit to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute in Boston. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute receives grants from the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, a fund established by Massachusetts Lions. Multi State Licensed & Insured Through contributions to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Lions club members are making a difference in their comGenerator Hookups Industrial munities and worldwide to support vision care and addressing unmet health and education needs. Outside Lighting Commercial For more information on either of these events, please visit our Service Upgrades Residential web site at seekonklions.org or call George Poli @ 401-749-0261 for more details about our organization and membership. Machine Trouble Shooting Cell 401-578-1855
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Our Grange has lost a 25 year member. Johanna Pierce died on February 18th. She was a dedicated Granger and will be missed. The Charter was draped in her loving memory at our February 26, 2013 meeting. There was a penny sale to benefit the Heifer Project International. We played some games, enjoyed each others company, and had refreshments. Our next meeting will be March 12th at 7:00 PM. We will have a business meeting and a musical program. All are welcome. March 26th will be health and safety night. Just a little history from the Northeast Leadership Conference in Portland Maine. National Master Ed Luttrell spoke on the myths and facts of the Grange. While its original purpose was social and education, today it now encompasses community service, economic benefits and legislative action. We continue to support the farm bill. The Massachusetts State Grange will focus on agricultural education this year. We were privileged to host SEMAP, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership on February 20th for a potluck supper and hope to continue this relationship. Upcoming events include a regional meeting on March 10, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Norfolk Grange Attendance is encouraged. Hopefully the snow will not prevent any of our activities.
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Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) Lions get your tickets from Chuck or Mike S. 11 - Recognition Night Committee @ Russ L. 13 – REGULAR MEETING @ 7 PM @ COA 18 – Lions District 33S Cabinet Advisory Meeting Raynham Lions Hall, 6:30 PM 20 – BOARD MTG. @ RAY’S 22 – DeRoche Game Dinner See Russ L. 24 – District Bowling Tourney @ Taunton Ten Pin – Sign up with Russ L. 27 – TWINNING MEETING WITH ANAWAN LIONS – Planning to Host 2014 Mid-Winter Conference for District 33S APRIL 10 – OUR LIONS CLUB MEETS at the ANAWAN CLUB On Gorham St. at 7 PM. Our Peace Poster Contest winner will be our guest. 11 – D-R LEO Club has a late afternoon New Member and Officer Installation at D-R High School. 24 – Reg. Lions Meeting at Goff Hall MAY 8 – CITIZENS’ RECOGNITION NIGHT @ Hillside CC CITIZENS’ RECOGNITION NOMINATIONS MUST BE IN TO P.O. BOX 633 BY MONDAY, MARCH 18. Please nominate a good person for some good town-wide notice of their service to our community! DATES FOR REHOBOTH LIONS CLAM BOILS FOR 2013. THE 1ST WED. OF each of the following months: MARCH 6, APRIL 3, MAY 1, JUNE 5, SEPTEMBER 4, OCTOBER 2 AND NOVEMBER 6.
Office of Veterans’ Services Memorial Day Parade 5/27/2013
Planning for the Memorial Day Parade will begin on March 14, 2013 at the American Legion on Bay State Road at 7:00 PM. If you would like to participate in the planning, please come. If you are just interested in participating in the Parade, please RSVP either by phone or fax. Parade will kick off at 10:30 AM from Rehoboth Village (Congregational Church), proceed down Bay State Road to Winthrop Street (Rte 44), turn right and continue to Palmer River School and the Veterans Memorial. The Memorial Day Ceremony will commence at 11:30 AM. A special recognition of VietNam veterans will be included on the 50th Anniversary of that conflict starting. A rededication of a plaque for Korean War veterans will take place in front of the memorial. Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U.S. Army (Retired) Director of Veterans’ Services
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The Carpenter Museum... We are Open for Business!
Yes, we are open to the public again in March. And this year we are extending our hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-4pm, and Sunday 2-4pm(except for holiday weekends). Visit us! For more information, contact us: 508-252-3031, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carpentermuseum.org.
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Are you ready for some participatory fun? On Thursday, April 11, please join us for a people-pleasing premiere event called “A Pint, A Pizza-Pie & A Play.” Here’s the plan for this promising and highly palatable program: Allan McGillivray, a tour guide at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, will do a short one-man play about life working in local mills in the mid-1800s. Your $4 admission will include two pieces of pizza (courtesy of RHOP). Drinks are extra: $1 soda, $2 beer (16 oz.). (And if you’re VERY GOOD we’ll give you cookies for dessert!) Please contact the Carpenter Museum 508-252-3031, email@example.com, to let us know you’re coming. We want to make sure we have plenty of pizza!
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April 11: A Pint, A Pizza Pie & A Play at Carpenter Museum, Thursday, 6pm. May 1: Annual Meeting at Carpenter Museum, Wednesday, 6pm. June 2: “The Way We Worked in Rehoboth” Family Day at Carpenter Museum, Sunday.
A Fond Look Back at a Family Business: Growing Up at Santos Market in Rehoboth
Santos Market at the corner of Water and Reed Streets in South Rehoboth was a popular place for local people to shop back in the middle decades of the last century (1938-1975). Manuel and Louise Santos bought the property in 1938 from Martha Kandarian. Mr. and Mrs. Santos had five children (Gene, Anne, Manny, Kathy and Dennis) who all helped out at the family market. cont’d on page 49...
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March 2013 The Reporter Their daughter Anne Santos Canuel is sharing her memories of her family and the market as part of the new oral history project at the museum, “It’s Your Business, Rehoboth.” The goal of these oral histories about local businesses is to preserve a video record of times past, which will be available at the Carpenter Museum and eventually on the web. Here are just a few of Anne’s many recollections, in her own words: Largest Market: Anne says, “Santos Market was the largest grocery market in Rehoboth and it was also a package store with a full liquor license. However, its most notable asset was that it had the very best meat. Dad was the butcher and he trained each son, first Gene, then Manny and then Dennis. Dad was excellent in his skills. Other local stores were Toste’s store on Providence Street, and Uncle Manuel and Auntie Mae’s store on Winthrop Street (Rte. 44), DeMattos Market. (Mom and Auntie Mae were sisters, both marrying Rehoboth men who became grocers.) There were enough customers for everyone.” Major Store Addition in 1951: “Uncle Joe’s carpenters constructed a well built, 50-foot addition to the existing store. The store was now state-of-the-art for the time, and on September 19, 1951, an open house celebration occurred with ample attendance, door prizes and flowers; it was joyous! The flyer for the event (saved by our cherished neighbor Irene Westfield) mentioned Hopalong Cassidy’s ranch hand would be attending. I was eleven and almost believed it to be the real thing.” How To Pay For Groceries: “In the past, cash or checks were used. Many customers brought in their paychecks to pay for their groceries and thus, their paychecks were cashed! There were no credit or debit cards and no food stamps. However, we did have a system of charging for select customers, where you could charge and pay at the end of the week or next week. Also now and then some customers had tough times and other arrangements were made so they could feed their families.” Home Deliveries: “The usual weekly deliveries were Mrs. Irene Vendetti (Seekonk Speedway) and Mrs. Burnett in the Rehoboth Village. Before we left Mrs. Vendetti’s, she would always go to her dining room hutch and get some Speedway passes for us. She was always very pleasant and getting the passes was awesome.” Customers: “When you look back, you note that most of our customers were the salt of the earth. They were honest, hardworking, independent people, who loved their families and their country. They arrived via cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, horses or by walking. They arrived dressed-up or dressed-down… Many were friends. Sometimes strangers would come to our store by mistake, maybe being lost and ending up on Water Street. Many times, they would exclaim that they couldn’t believe a store like ours was out in the middle of nowhere. (We accepted the compliment.)” “Everything You Need is Right Here”: “Our Dad never liked to travel, not even to nearby places,” Anne recalls. “He would say, ‘Where do you want to go? But why? Everything you need is right here.’ (i.e. good food, good life at home! In his eyes, why leave home?) We never went on any family vacations. One Sunday, Dad took us to Cape Cod for the day and that was a big trip for us. However, that day Manny’s goat got loose and ate all the new shrubbery my Dad had just planted, so that was the end of the day trips.” Having Fun: “We played baseball in the backyard. We had very competitive canasta games with Mom at the kitchen table. Every summer, we went to the Rehoboth Fair and Francis Farm. Dad would take us quahogging in Ocean Grove. Gene raced in the soapbox derby on Providence Street. Later Seekonk Speedway was the favorite place to be on weekends. As teenagers, our house was always filled with music. The Shad (the Shad Factory reservoir) was such fun, and as little kids, we felt it belonged to us.” “The Shad”: “We rode our bikes there, fished for sunfish, cleaned them and fried them. Under the dam, we waded and then navigated from one rock to another. The boys learned how to swim in the swimming hole downstream. On some nights when they seined cont’d on next page...
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“A Pint, A Pizza-Pie, & A Play” in April To Feature Slater Mill Interpreter
Many New Englanders were employed in local mills in the 19th and early 20th century. Slater Mill in Pawtucket is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. Rehoboth too had a number of mills. Rev. George Tilton’s “History of Rehoboth” noted that in the 19th century, the major industries in the town included these mills -- Orleans, Rehoboth Village, and
March 2013 Perryville -- in addition to numerous small enterprises carried on for the most part by individuals. What was life like for mill workers in those long-ago days? Allan McGillivray, an interpreter from the Slater Mill Historic Site, will give us an idea of mill life on Thurs. April 11, as part of our “A Pint, A Pizza-Pie, and a Play” program. See pages 2 and 3 for details.
Announcing Rehoboth Antiquarian’s Third Annual Scholarship Award
A scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted to or enrolled in a post-secondary program related to history, museum or library sciences. Applicants from the greater Rehoboth area may apply. Application deadline is June 15, 2013. For more information and an application form go to our website: www.carpentermuseum.org or call 508-252-3031.
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This store, located at 64 Water Street, was at the corner of Water and Reed and was known as the Santos Market. The picture was taken in 1968 after a snowstorm. Manuel and Louise Santos opened the store in 1938 after purchasing the property from Martha Kandarian. After a major addition in 1951, Santos Market was the largest grocery store in Rehoboth. The store was especially known for their excellent meat. It also had a full liquor license. Santos Market served the area until 1975. During the 1800s, the store was owned by Johnston Black and included a post office that served South Rehoboth. During the early 1900s the post office was moved out of the store and was relocated to the post office on Bay State Road. Many thanks to Anne (Santos) Canuel for sharing her thoughts and memories of a wonderful Rehoboth landmark.
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This Route 44-service market opened its doors in Rehoboth in 1947.In addition; it added a free delivery service to its customers in 1952. Can you name this Rehoboth store? If you would like to guess the answer, email it to the Carpenter Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to PO Box 2, Rehoboth, MA 02769. A winner will be randomly drawn from all entries, and that person will receive a prize. Winners will be announced in the Rehoboth Reporter along with a photo of the correct location and more details.
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Troy Green is a World Champion Quarter Horse trainer who has recently moved his training business to Seekonk, at a stateof-the-art equestrian facility on Greenwood Ave, just off of route 44. Troy and his business partner Torey Roderick operate six days a week out of the Seekonk facility, training horses and riders and offering complete preparation for horse and rider from beginners to the next world champions. Whether riding for recreational value or striving to compete successfully at a national level, Troy and Torey have the tools and track record to help achieve any and all goals. Troy has had over 2 dozen champions at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World's Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. The show receives more than 17,000 horse show entries and houses more than 8,500 registered Quarter Horses during its three-week schedule. The Congress attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $110 million to the central Ohio economy. Along with his personal championships, Troy has coached clients to over 50 Championships at this very prestigious venue. He also has 5 World and National titles. Troy has worked and trained for a variety of clients. Some include an heir to the King Ranch, owner of a NFL team and winning Indy 500 car, an NBA star that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated several times, and a past AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) president. What past, current and future clients of Troy Green Quarter Horses all have in common is a love for the sport and a love for the animals. Winston Churchill put it best in saying, “There something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Horses can teach young people pride and responsibility as well as the meaning of hard-work. They can bring renewed confidence and an awakened sense of learning to adults that may be trying it for the first time and they teach all who work with them patience and trust. Along with these valuable skills, riding is fantastic exercise. “I’ve had football players, downhill skiers, dancers, ex-marines, track stars, you name it….give me one hour, that’s all I need…. the next day, no matter who you are, you’ll feel that good kind of muscle soreness in places you didn’t even know you had muscles!” says Torey who has an extensive background instructing youth and amateurs across varying disciplines.
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Bishop Feehan High School announced the recipients of the 2012 Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. All Massachusetts teachers teaching in one of the art mediums or writing categories may submit individual art or writing works by students in grades 7 – 12. Individual works and portfolios are judged on the state level with selected Gold Key winners continuing on to national judging. Feehan students received 13 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys, and 25 Honorable Mentions. Artwork will be displayed at the State Transportation Building Gallery in Boston from February 13-April 20. Students from our area: ART: Hansen Bargantine (Rehoboth)/Digital Art/Honorable Mention; Taylor Durand (Rehoboth)/Drawing/Silver Key; Hannah Kumlin (Seekonk)/Drawing, Mixed Media/ two Gold Keys, Silver Key, Honorable Mention; WRITING: Evan Grandfield (Rehoboth)/ Short Story/Gold Key
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This “ACE” session, a community service group meets weekly. The members of this group, Hope Siddall, Lindsay Carlson, Megan Reed, Mary Iddings, Lydia Sirois, Juliana Springs, Victoria St. Pierre, Natasha Bansal, Madelynne Dunlop, Emma O’Connell, Marina Figuerado, Logan Caruthers, Ricky Curtis, Catherine Mozzone, EmmaWheeler, and Alyson Rego have been working on community service projects. Their first project involved making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. The boys and girls made over 100 cards for the men and women who proudly served our country.
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Students from Mrs. Heim and Mrs. Coyne’s 5th grade homeroom created paper snowflake angels with some design help from Beckwith’s Art teacher Mr. Collard in December. The beautiful angels included messages of hope and season’s greetings from Beckwith, and were mailed to the PTO of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The PTO had asked for donations of unique snowflakes which were used to transform the Sandy Hook students’ new school into a Winter Wonderland for their return. Beckwith students across all grade levels also participated, and the day before our winter break four large boxes filled with paper snowflake angels were shipped to them.
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The 2013 SMARTS Middle School Touring Art Exhibit was held at the Attleboro Arts Museum on February 9. This touring art exhibit, established in 1992, brings public attention to our excellent middle school art teachers and students, the quality of artwork created by middle school aged students, and provides families from the region with an opportunity to visit an established museum to see their children’s artwork displayed. Twenty five works of art from Beckwith students have been chosen to be exhibited at the SMARTS Art Exhibit this year at the Attleboro Arts Museum. These students include eighth graders Sophia Burrows, Clodagh Bartholemew, Lexi Braz, Keith Brooks, Josh Favali and Peter Marcille. Seventh graders include Casey Bingham, Hannah Howard, Colette Watson, Erin Reilly, Noah Carello, Joshua Blanchard, Samantha Morton, Morgan LeBaron, Taylor Johnson, Noah Rapoza and Paige Smiley. Sixth Grade exhibitors include Alexa Goyette, Benedetto Palermo, Billy Camara, Ashley Calore, Andria Braga, Abby Behm, Jenna Barros and Olivia Blais.
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Rooms 39 and 42 have been traveling regularly across the hall between E.L.A. workshops in the two classrooms. Student authors are working with Mrs. Janson to complete the Empowering Writers Narrative Writing Diamond. They are taking their liveliest adventures and crafting them into powerful essays. (Recent weather events have given them lots to write about.) Mrs. Lydon’s group has analyzed narrative and expository writing. The students are developing expository pieces about the inventors and inventions. Students are learning how to use concise descriptive writing. The two classes will also hold “M.C.A.S. Camp” each week to polish up their reading and writing skills and to practice test taking strategies. Our goal is to have well prepared, confident, and relaxed test takers. The classes have used their extra computer lab time, (thanks Mr. Pearse), to research birds. They have then created a fact sheet in google-docs in preparation for writing and submitting their work to the Butcollision repair tonwoods Park Poetry Contest.
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Second graders in room 32 just finished their Animal Research projects. The students each selected an animal of their choice and were able to research information and write about the animal. Miss Cohen had helped find many books in the library. Miss Pappas came in and helped us make the animals out of model magic. Next the children painted the animals and designed a “tri-a-rama”. In computer, Mr. Peirce then helped the
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