Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Gathering of the Cranberry Cluster

Winter Gathering of the Cranberry Cluster
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough- 25 South Main Street, Middleborough

6:30 p.m.
Wine, Cheese & Conversation

7:00 p.m.
Dinner from Elsie’s Kitchen

8:00 p.m.
Charitable Giving

Jeff Stevens and his kitchen crew will serve a traditional Elsie dinner followed by a program entitled Charitable Giving, How To Be An Informed Donor, presented by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.

A part of the program will include explaining the difference between a non-profit organization and a charity. Come and stay informed!

Suggested Donation: $6.50 per person

Wine by the glass is available for a Suggested Donation of $2

Please contact Bud Soule at for reservations.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

DPW to Collect Christmas Trees

The DPW will pick up Christmas Trees for two weeks following the new year. Christmas trees will be picked up during the weeks of January 6 and January 13. 

Trees will be picked up on the same day as rubbish pick up.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Town of Middleborough Forms Tourism Committee

The Town of Middleborough Board of Selectmen has formed a Tourism Committee for the purpose of the promotion and enhancement of  tourism in the Town of Middleborough. Interested residents should send a letter of interest to the Town of Middleborough Board of Selectmen, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA 02346.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Life in the Major Leagues

Miami Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek will be speaking at the Library on Saturday, December 28 at 1:00 p.m. Cishek grew up in Falmouth, MA and graduated from Falmouth High School in 2005. He was involved in sports growing up and like so many young boys, dreamed of being a professional athlete. He attended Carson-Newman College, a small D2 school in Jefferson City, TN and played baseball there. He was drafted his junior year in the 5th round of the 2007 draft by the (then) Florida Marlins (they are now the Miami Marlins). He played in the minor leagues until September 2010 when he was called up to the majors. Since then he has set several club records and was named the Marlins Rookie of the Year in 2011. He is now the team's closer and currently holds the longest active consecutive saves streak in all of Major League Baseball. 
"This will be a great opportunity for students and baseball fans to come by and meet a Major League ballplayer and find out how a Massachusetts native made it to the big leagues!" said Friends of the Library President Roni Haywood.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SEMAP: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Agriculture is an important component of Southeastern Massachusetts. Our farms are a large part of what makes this area special. SEMAP is a fundamental way we can all support local farming.

SEMAP is currently looking for donors to support their Annual Appeal. Please click here to make your online donation today!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Seminar on Alzheimer’s disease to be presented Dec. 10

The Hannah B.G. Shaw Home is inviting the Middleboro and surrounding communities to a free seminar on Alzheimer’s disease, presented by one of Boston’s top neurologists. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at 299 Wareham St., Middleboro. Refreshments will be served and seating is limited. All are welcome. Reservations are required.

For more information and to make reservations, call 508-947-0332, ext. 214, or email All are welcome.

The seminar at The Hannah B.G. Shaw Home will be presented by Dr. Albert A. Ackil, associate neurologist at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Festival of Trees

Middleboro Assembly No. 58 of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls are hosting a Festival of Trees on Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th, from 9AM to 5PM at the Mayflower Masonic Lodge located at 46 Main Street in Middleboro.

Admission is $2 for adults and raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 for a book of 10. Come and view fully decorated trees from local businesses and sponsors.

If interested in donating a themed tree and for more information, contact Holly Randall at or at 781-910-6303.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Soule Homestead Holiday Fair

Soule Homestead Holiday Fair
Saturday, DEC 7
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Come One, Come All!
Delicious homemade baked goods and hand-crafted items will be on sale and children's craft activities are planned throughout the day. Bring your camera and visit Santa between 10 a.m. and noon. 

Mary Ann Cunningham will conduct two different workshops using a variety of fresh cut greens. Please pre-register for either workshop by calling the office prior to the fair.

WREATH MAKING: 10am - noon.
Fee: $25 member / $30 non-member.

Fee: $20 member / $25 non-member. 

SOUP & 'SOULEFUL' BOWL FUNDRAISER: 10am - 2pm. Choose from volunteer hand painted, bisqueware or hand thrown ceramic bowls generously donated by local potters to purchase and enjoy hot soup during the Soup & 'Souleful' Bowl Fundraiser. Bowl prices start at $10 and include a cup of soup, corn muffin and beverage (also available without purchase of a bowl). 

OPEN MIC / MUSIC JAM: 10am - 3pm.Everyone is invited to stop by the open mic soundstage to hear a variety of local singers and musicians performing live music. Advance 20 min. time slots are available for anyone wishing to sing or play music during the fair by calling 508-947-6744 for sign-up details. $5 donation requested.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Session on Improving Business Profits Set

Rockland Trust, in partnership with Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, will present an information session on improving corporate business profits from 7:30 AM to 9 AM on Tuesday, November 19th at Massasoit Community College's Middleboro campus.

Attendees will learn about cost-effective programs and techniques that a company can use to improve its financial position. 

To register, send an email to The registration deadline is Saturday.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Overnight Parking Ban


12:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M.
12:00 A.M. -6:00 A.M. WITHOUT A PERMIT


Volunteers Needed for Children's Programs

Miss Robin, The Middleborough Public Library Children's Librarian is looking for a few volunteers who could assist her with the Tuesday afternoon programs. Each week from 4:30 to 5:30, she holds either Lego Club, Game Day or a craft program. If you could spare an hour, even if its once a month, please consider giving her a call.

On Thursday, December 12 she will hold a special "Family Crafternoon" day during the Early Release time. It would be great to have a couple of people to help out at this as well. 

Any adult or teen who might like to help out is encouraged to contact Miss Robin by phone or via email to

Monday, November 11, 2013

Downtown Holiday Festival/Small Business Saturday

Festival/Small Business Saturday - November 30 following the Christmas Parade

Downtown Holiday Festival/Small Business Saturday Immediately following the Christmas Parade.  Any musical groups interested in performing downtown, or any civic, sports boosters or non profit groups interested in setting up a table, please contact Jane Kudcey at the OECD at 508-946-2402 or

Sunday, November 10, 2013

RFP for Lease Space at Middleborough Town Hall Annex



(Awarding Authority)



This is a high-visibility, high traffic location at Middleborough Four Corners, the commercial center of Middleborough. It has two entrances, one on South Main Street (Route 105) the other on Centre Street. It has been occupied by successful commercial banking operations for many years and houses an ATM inside the Centre Street entrance. It is located minutes from Routes 28, 44 and I-495 allowing easy access from destinations North, South, East and West.

There is 2,750 square feet of first floor space available for lease. There is an additional 1,460 square feet of basement for storage and utilities that comes with the space. There are several nearby off-street public parking lots available for both customer and employee parking as well as on-street customer parking. All public parking is free. It is in the heart of a pedestrian-friendly downtown. Area amenities include local shops and restaurants. The building is zoned B (business). Commercial uses should be complementary to a typical New England downtown.

I.  Instructions to Proposers

Sealed proposals shall be received by the Board of Selectmen, Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA 02346 until Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 P.M.  Seven copies of each proposal shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “One South Main Street Lease”.  Proposals received after this time will be deemed non-responsive and will not be accepted.  Electronically transmitted proposals (either by fax or email) will be deemed non-responsive and will not be accepted.  Applicants are cautioned to hand deliver their proposals or to allow sufficient time for their proposals to be received by the Town. 

The Town of Middleborough reserves the right to consider proposals for 30 days after receipt, and further reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any defects, informalities and minor irregularities, to accept exceptions to these specifications; and make such award or act otherwise as it alone may deem in its best interest.  In its selection of a proposal the Town of Middleborough reserves the right to interview any or all proposers.  It also reserves the right to request additional information from any or all proposers.

II. Questions and Tour of the Property
All inquiries regarding the property should be directed to Charles J. Cristello, Town Manager at (508) 947-0928 or at A tour of the property can be arranged by appointment. Questions regarding this RFP should be in writing no later than Friday, November 1, 2013 and directed to Caroline LaCroix, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Middleborough, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA 02346, fax at (508) 946-2320, email

III. Property Description 
Certain areas of the first floor and basement in the building, located at the junction of South Main Street and Center Street in Middleborough, Massachusetts. There is 2,750 square feet on the first floor and 1,460 square feet in the basement area. The building is zoned B (business). There are two shared entranced. See attached floor plans.

IV. Terms of Lease

1.      The property may be used in any way consistent with the applicable Massachusetts General laws, the Town of Middleborough By-Laws and Zoning By-Laws.
2.      The successful proposer will enter into up to a ten year lease mutually satisfactory to the Town and the proposer.
3.      Such other terms and conditions as the parties may incorporate into the lease or purchase and sales agreement shall constitute the entire agreement between the parties.

V.  Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal
Minimum Evaluation Criteria:  Those proposals that do not meet the Minimum Evaluation Criteria will be judged unacceptable. 

Each proposal must be accompanied by a refundable $250 bid bond or certified check payable to the Town of Middleborough.

Comparative Evaluation Criteria:  Price is important criteria but not the only criteria.  In leasing this property, the Town prefers proposals that meet a “double bottom line” in terms of both monthly lease payments and community benefit.  The Town reserves the right to select a proposal that is not the highest price offered if such a proposal ranks high on other criteria. All proposals will be rated on the following five criteria:

      1.   Price: The proposal that offers the highest price for the property will get the highest rating in this category.  Offers through brokers are encouraged but they will ultimately be judged on the basis of the net price to the Town.

      2.   Restrictions/Conditions: The proposals that are subject to the fewest contingencies will be rated highest.

      3.   Advancement of the objectives of the Town including but not limited to improvement of the socio-cultural environment in the Town.

4.      Effect on the existing commercial downtown area: Proposals will be rated according to impact of proposed uses on the neighborhood in terms of type of use, density, traffic, and aesthetic effect. 

  1. Economic impact: Proposals will be rated according to enhancement of the property tax base, demand for municipal services, and the creation of employment.  The proposal with the greatest enhancement of taxes and jobs and the least demand for services would be rated highest.
VI. Submission Requirements
Complete proposals must include the following:
1.          A description of the proposed use of the property and a description of the relationship, explaining both benefits of the use to the surrounding area and to the Town of Middleborough.

  2.       A narrative addressing comparative evaluation criteria requirements. 

3.       Certification of Tax Compliance form available from the Town of Middleborough (attachment 1)

4.       A signed Certificate of Beneficial Interest form available from the Town of Middleborough (attachment 2)