Thursday, January 31, 2013

We're Not Broke Documentary and Pot Luck Dinner

Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough

Pot Luck Supper and a Special Documentary Presentation of We're Not Broke.

Chris Priest is featured in the documentary as a political activist with footage from actions he was involved in, including his music. Visit
We're Not Broke is a documentary which tells the story of U.S. corporations dodging billions of dollars in income tax, and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the streets…and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Computer Classes

The Library has had many requests to reinstate the computer instruction that we were able to offer with the Grant for Assistance to Job-seekers that we received in 2011.
We are fortunate to have the services of Mrs. Colleen Lieb for the next few weeks. During the month of February, Mrs. Lieb will be instructing patrons in basic use of the Internet and Microsoft Word. In order to be able to give attendees as much individual time as possible, we must limit the number of people in each session.

Registration is required.
Please call the Library to sign up for a class. Limit one class per person.

Internet Class will be on Mondays from 10 - 11
February 4, 11 and 25
Microsoft Word will be on Tuesdays from 10 - 11
February 5, 12 and 26

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Run for Your Lunch a Huge Success!

All Are Welcome Community Kitchen and Bakery, Inc. would like to thank all the members of the community who helped make our second RUN FOR YOUR LUNCH a success.

Our annual fundraising run/walk was followed by a chowder and bread lunch. Almost 200 participants turned out for near perfect weather on a January day in New England, with fun, food and a special door prize drawing for all!

The top finishers were Adam Petti, Raynham, MA - 19:33 and Issy Nielson, Warwick, RI, - 22:33. Congratulations to all who crossed the finish line!

As our community “donate-as-able” meal program, located in Middleboro, MA, approaches our first anniversary, it is important to note that hunger concerns (“food insecurity”) is not just an urban issue. With many families in suburban and rural areas struggling to make ends meet, supporting a local mission like All Are Welcome builds stronger communities and allows those in need to receive a nutritious meal in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

The generosity of our friends and neighbors will allow us to continue to reach a growing population battling a widening economic gap.

Thank you again to all those who helped make our 2013 event a rewarding experience for the community and our organization.

More information about All Are Welcome and the “donate-as-able” model is available on our website at

Karen J. Cook, Executive Manager
all are welcome community kitchen and bakery, inc
...Building Community, one meal at a time

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday at the Library

Super Bowl Sunday (February 3, 2013) will be a super day at the Middleborough Public Library even without the Patriots in New Orleans. The big game won't start until well after the Library closes, so before the neighborhood party starts, stop by for some fun, food and music. Football fans are invited to test their knowledge of NFL history and rules during a pre-game trivia contest hosted by Trivia Buff. Pick your teams of up to 4 players and head over to the Library for some good fun, facts and of course, snacks!

The music starts at 2 PM, immediately following team trivia. The Library is proud to welcome back New England Winds of the Air Force Band of Liberty. Members of the quartet have displayed their talent to play a variety of classical and popular music in past concerts and promise to do the same on Super Bowl Sunday. The Patriots may not be playing football that day, but a this group of real patriots will be entertaining fans in Middleborough.

Everyone has a chance to come home with a prize on Sunday. The Friends of the Library will be holding a drawing for the newest version of Madden NFL13 for the X-Box 360. Tickets are available now and right up until the drawing which will take place at the conclusion of the concert.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Turn your rags into riches for Middleboro

Bring all your old clothes, shoes and household linens to the new Bay State Textile trailer next time you go to the Brook Street Landfill.  Bay State Textiles of Pembroke is partnering with the Town of Middleboro to reduce disposal costs, and will be paying the Town $100 for every ton of outgrown sweaters, old painter pants, unwanted stuffed animals, and other household “soft-wear”. 

Sheets, towels, coats, purses, belts, small toys, Bay State Textile wants it all: the good, the bad and the ugly.  They only ask that items be dry and reasonably clean.

 Put your castoffs in plastic bags, so they stay dry during their journey to a second life as refurbished clothing and household linens, wiping cloths, insulation, carpet padding, etc.  

About 800,000 pounds/year of textiles are disposed in Middleboro’s trash each year, at a cost of nearly $11,000/year.  That material could bring in $40,000 in revenue if it’s put in the Bay State Textile container.  With trash disposal costs about to double in 2015, your DPW Director, Andy Bagas, has found a great way to help Middleboro residents reduce their trash volume, save and earn the Town thousands.

Your old clothes, shoes and household linens are too good for the trash! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

All Are Welcome Kitchen

While Massachusetts residents continue to be severely impacted by the recession that began in 2008, we are being hit hardest with the rising cost of providing food for our families. 

All Are Welcome, a non-profit organization operating a community kitchen in Middleboro, strives to fill that need by offering a dignified and pleasant dining experience in an uplifting environment, without judgment, whether or not the diners can pay. By encouraging those able to support themselves to assist in the support of others, All Are Welcome seeks to reduce what Director Karen Cook calls “food insecurity.” 

“We have never failed to meet the ‘this week pays for next week’ goal,’’ Cook said. “There is no paid staff here, not even me. My goal is just to put a decent, healthy meal on the table.” 

Those coming to the AAW Community Kitchen enjoy a sit down dining experience, and can order a variety of daily offerings from a cook to order menu of the day. The guest check provided at the end of your dining experience gives three options: make a donation of cash, or volunteering, and or return again with friends for another meal. Your check and donation of cash or promise to volunteer is then placed by the diner in a donation box located near the exit. 

Not only does this organization provide meals, it includes a community building experience.

A 5.5K run/walk fund-raiser to help with the cost of buying food for the meals will be held on Jan. 20. The event, which includes a chowder and bread lunch, begins at 1 p.m. at North Congregational Church, 38 Plymouth St., Middleborough. The cost is $25 and includes lunch, or $10 for lunch only. For more information, or a printable registration form, go to and click on the lunch bag.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ocean Spray acquires cranberry operations in Chile

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., a grower-owned agricultural cooperative based in Lakeville-Middleboro, MA, has acquired the cranberry processing business of Agrícola Cran Chile Limitada, based in Lanco, Región de los Ríos, Chile.

The acquisition will expand Ocean Spray's multinational footprint and give it a sizable presence in an important cranberry-growing region. Cran Chile will retain its world-class cranberry-growing operation and its raspberry and blueberry juice concentrate business.

"Ocean Spray is proud to welcome Cran Chile employees into our family," Randy Papadellis, president and chief executive officer of Ocean Spray, said in a press release. "Cran Chile's reputation for quality and excellence in cranberry processing is a good strategic fit and will better help the cooperative accelerate the growing global demand for dried cranberries, the fastest-growing product in Ocean Spray's portfolio."
While this marks Ocean Spray's first international acquisition, the reach of the "Ocean Spray" brand goes far beyond the United States. The cooperative's cranberries are currently featured in more than 1,000 products in over 50 countries worldwide.

"This acquisition will enable us to better compete in the global dried fruit market and provide long-term benefits in returns for our grower owners," Mr. Papadellis added in the press release. "It also represents a new frontier for our cooperative that will diversify our fruit supply with a counter-seasonal supply of cranberries from Chile, enable us to distribute dried cranberries from a strategic South American location to new and existing international markets, and increase our capacity to produce dried cranberries by 12 million pounds annually."

As part of the agreement, Ocean Spray has purchased all land and assets related to receiving, storage, processing and distribution of dried cranberries. All of the approximately 100 Cran Chile plant employees will become Ocean Spray employees.

Cran Chile is also one of the world's largest cranberry growing operations and has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Ocean Spray cooperative. Cran Chile will continue to process raspberries and blueberries at the Lanco facility subject to a long-term processing agreement with Ocean Spray.

"The employees of the Cran Chile facility and Ocean Spray share a culture of excellence in quality and service as well as a vision for growing the demand for cranberries in new markets," Gordon Swanson, managing partner of Cran Chile, added in the press release. "The opportunity represents an exceptional strategic fit for two industry leaders. In addition to becoming a major supplier of cranberries to Ocean Spray, we look forward to becoming a major member of the cooperative."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast & Program

Central United Methodist Church, 16 School Street, Middleboro would like to invite everyone to a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast & program - Monday, January 21, 2013. Breakfast served at 8AM (free will donation) with program beginning at 9AM.

Few people have made waves that have changed the world for good as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

50 years ago this year he left the planned script and began with the words, "I have a dream..."
In some ways that dream has been fulfilled. In other places we have made progress. There is and always will be the dark places in peoples souls that will creep out to consume this living vision of light.

Join us as we remember the man and his dream. Professor Henry Santos will share some of his experience of "Martin". You see, he was his roommate at Boston University in the 50's. Mr. Santos served for many years as a music teacher and piano instructor at Perkins School for the Blind. Through his work there he became very aware of how the American Disabilities Act was directly modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The event is hosted by The United Methodist Youth Fellowship.

At 9 AM we will gather in the worship area for Service of Remembrance with our guest speaker, special music, and a call to keep the dream alive. We will have an offering to speak to his unfinished dream of ending poverty.

Please call 508-947-1299 or e-mail to let us know you are coming.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Support Local Resident Running the Boston Marathon!

As many of you know, our miracle daughter Cailin was born on 8/9/11 and weighed 2 lbs. 13 oz. as she was born prematurely at 33 weeks. Her birth followed 7 weeks of Beth Ann being hospitalized with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Last year, Beth Ann and I ran the Boston Marathon in record 91 degree temperatures to raise funds for the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation.

The Ace Bailey Children's Foundation was founded by Ace's family after he died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and all funds go to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston where Cailin was born and stayed in the NICU.

This year, Beth Ann is running the marathon again with our friend Jillian to raise funds again for the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. We would be honored if you would consider assisting our goal of raising $5,000 for the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation with a donation today. Additionally, if you are on Facebook and could help by "Liking" a couple of pages, the links are below:

Donate Online: (If you would like to donate by check, let me know and I can email you details)

Beth Ann's Running Boston Facebook:

Ace Bailey Children's Foundation:

Your donation, regardless of size, can ensure that families such as ours are as fortunate as we are to have received the amazing care of the Floating Hospital and to ensure that they too will have a healthy, happy one year old who without such care might be telling a different story.

Thanks for your consideration. If you have you questions, please email me at

Kevin Bligh, Founder and Owner
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Middleborough Public Library will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 7 PM at the Library. All members are invited to hear how we've done over the past year and what we have planned for 2013.

If your New Year's resolutions include "getting more involved", the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library can use your help. Their very successful "Ex-Libris" book store is open 3 days each week and more volunteers are needed to help staff the room.

You can volunteer for as little as on shift per month or as often as you'd like. Hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 PM.