Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rain Barrels Available

The town of  Middleborough, MA is  partnering with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA to offer recycled rain barrels to residents as part of a community wide conservation and sustainability program.  

 “We are bringing Rain Barrels to Middleborough to help homeowners bring down their water costs and help our community protect the aquifers,” says  Andrew Bagas, Middleborough DPW. “Rain barrels are an effective way to eliminate waste from our water supplies and help homeowners supplement their own usage.  We hope to see one at every downspout in Middleborough”

Water shortage and rising water and sewer costs continue to be a growing global concern. Once residents start moving outdoors during the warm weather months water usage can spike as much as 60% from watering plants, lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Rain barrels can offset that usage; saving homeowner’s money and energy and helping the community manage water supplies.  Rain barrels also reduce runoff and pollution of the fragile aquatic ecosystem.

Suzanne Gebelein, Owner of the Great American Rain Barrel Company comments, “We have been selling barrels nationwide for 20 years and we are seeing a very positive trend.  Communities like Middleborough are bringing large scale programs to their towns, encouraging more residents to conserve water and also helping their town mitigate pollution in the water supplies on a larger scale.”

Households see a benefit too.  Barrels are easily connected to the downspouts and can significantly offset watering needs.  An average roof of 2400 square feet could see more than 20,000 gallons of fresh rainwater splashing over its surface during the summer period.  That is a significant source of water that homeowners could be tapping into for free

Rain barrels are being offered in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of $69.  That is 40% off the retail price of $119. Orders can be placed on line or by phone and will be delivered to the:  Middleborough DPW at 48 Wareham Street, for distribution on Wednesday June 6th, 3:30-5;30pm.

To take advantage of this offer please  visit, click on “Community Programs” and look for “Middleborough” or contact via email or phone (800)251-2352. Orders must be placed before Tuesday, May 29th, 5;00pm.  Please visit the DPW, Town Hall, or the Library to see a display barrel.

Volunteers to Replace Veterans' Flags Needed

The date set to replace veterans cemetery flags is Saturday, May 5 with a rain date of Saturday, May 19. This is the first of several events to commemorate Memorial Day. The day starts at 7 a.m. upstairs at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2188 on Station Street with a free breakfast for all that attend. Following breakfast volunteers will be assigned a cemetery and move on from the VFW in groups. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the flag replacement, please contact J.R. Pucillo-Dunphy at or (508) 946-0449 or Dave Trzeciak at (508) 947-0525. Please RSVP as soon as possible since the organizers need a headcount of volunteers in order to plan the breakfast supplies. We will give them a final count on Monday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Please Don’t Forget About the Hungry!

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro is collecting food for the hungry. Donations can be dropped off at the church. Here is a message from the church:

Thanks to everyone for all the food that has been donated! It has been greatly appreciated by the community, but the basket has been filled less as the weeks go by. This is a friendly reminder that people are still hungry and all donations are deeply appreciated. Please bring all that you can with you to church and drop it off in the basket. Thanks again and keep up the relief efforts!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Job Fair at Town Hall

A job fair will be held at the Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Twenty-four companies will be present offering at least 30 job openings.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jay Mankita in Concert

On Thursday, April 19th at 2 PM, folk songwriter and children's entertainer Jay Mankita joins us for a family concert at the library! Jay writes and performs songs for kids about animals, ecology, and healthy food, in schools, libraries, fairs, and festivals. This free concert will be in the Library's Large Meeting room. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - stop by the library to pick up tickets for the whole family!

Superhero Smash Party!

Tuesday, April 17th at 10:30 AM at the Middleborough Public Library: Kids aged 5 and up are invited to show off their superpowers at the Library's Superhero Smash party. Kids will get to create superhero accessories, enjoy super-stories and crafts, and remember the event with a print from a comic-book photo booth by The Artistic Edge Photography studio. Partygoers are welcome to come in costumes if they have them, but capes and masks will be provided for the photo booth for those without. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this free event, but seats are still available.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Summer Water Management Program

Mandatory Water Restriction
****Effective Immediately****

          Effective immediately through September 30, 2012 the Middleborough Summer Water Management Program restricts all nonessential outdoor water use for all water users. The Summer Water Management Program allows for odd-numbered properties to water outside on odd days and even-numbered properties to water outside on even days.

    Water use subject to the above restriction include:

-          Irrigation of lawns and landscaping via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
-          Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety;
-          Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalk, except as necessary   to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

    Water use allowed include:

-          Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
-          Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm;
-          Watering of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose outside of the hours of 9 am to 5 pm

    Uses NOT subject to any restrictions:

-          Those for health or safety reasons;
-          By regulation;
-          For the production of food or fiber;
-          For the maintenance of livestock;
-          To meet the core function of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries to maintain stock)

Any person violating these water restrictions shall be liable to a fine of $50.00 for a first offense and $100.00 for each subsequent offense. 
This program is in accordance with the Middleborough Board of Selectmen Water Use Restriction By-Law.  Any changes to this may be found on the Town web site at

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tour of the Middleborough Police Department

The Middleborough Police Department has launched an interesting and informative web-video about the department. You can watch the video by clicking here.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Loretta LaRoche Tickets Available!

Although all preferred seating tickets have been purchased, there still are plenty of general seating tickets available to see Loretta LaRoche's show, "Life is Short. Wear Your Party Pants!" at Middleboro High School on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for members of the Friends of the Library. All proceeds will benefit the new Library parking lot

"Present Yourself Well" for Job Seekers

Looking for a job or considering a change from your current employment situation? Whether you're attending a job fair or are preparing for a number interviews, you will want to present yourself in the best possible light, both mentally and physically. Ann Goodrum, from Networking Support Plus, will be at the library on Thursday, April 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m at the Middleborough Public Library. to help. Her program, "Present Yourself Well at a Job Fair," is free and open to all.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Electronics & Appliance Recycling this Saturday

Recycle your old electronics and appliances,
computers, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines
this Saturday - April 7th - 10am until 2pm
at Middleboro Town Hall. 

Just about anything with a cord will be accepted -

for complete details and a list of prices.