Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Middleboro selectmen seek override for police station

The renovation and expansion of the police station took one leap forward Monday night when selectmen voted unanimously to hold a special election on June 14 asking residents to vote on a debt exclusion override to fund the project.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Un-Scary Halloween Fun at Soule Homestead!

Un-Scary Halloween Fun at Soule Homestead!
Saturday, October 26th
3 to 5 p.m.

Looking to take the kids out for some un-scary Halloween fun that will not break the bank? Soule Homestead Education Center offers a perfect mix of kid-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy. 

  • Live music
  • Face Painting
  • Interactive Halloween story
  • Search for small treasures in the fresh cut hay
  • Fall games with leaves and pumpkins
  • Crafts to take home
  • Organic popcorn and apple cider
  • Weather permitting - hay rides to the back field
It's affordable at $5 per member and $7 for a non-member; free for children under 2 years of age. Not a member? Consider joining at the event. There is also a group rate for members of $20 for a party of 5. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 

Please reserve your place by Wednesday, October 23rd - call 508-947-6744. 

Soule Homestead Education Center is a non-profit educating children and adults on environmental science and traditional crafts for over 20 years! Soule is conveniently located at 46 Soule St, Middleboro, MA 02346 

Don't forget to wear your costume!
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Pre-registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Some programs require pre-payment. To register for children or youth programs, contact the Education Director, Laurie Amberman, at 508-947-6744 or email: educator@soulehomestead.org. To register for all other events, contact the main office at 508-947-6744 or email: info@soulehomestead.org. Leave a message or send a note that includes your name, title of program, number of people attending, children's ages (if applicable), and a number where you can be reached in the event of a cancellation or postponement. If you cannot attend a program you have signed up for, please call the Homestead prior to the program, as there may be a waiting list. The Homestead reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment, weather conditions, etc. You may mail or drop off pre-payment (if required). Soule Homestead Education Center is located at 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346. For more information visit our website: www.soulehomestead.org

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Scare Away Hunger Month

With the dining room festooned in fall decor and an underlying Halloween theme for October, All Are Welcome guests have been treated to mini-craft projects, coloring pages, and a menu full of homemade soups, breads and specials. By adding an element of seasonal fun, this local donate-as-able cafe is eager to draw more members of the community together at one of the two weekly meals served at 60 Union Street, Middleboro, MA (inside the Church of Our Saviour parish hall). 

Karen Cook, Executive Director at All Are Welcome, explains, "We are hoping the month-long theme, special activities and 'Fall in New England' items on our menu will give folks who haven't tried our restaurant a reason to come in. Our mission is to ensure that everyone has access to delicious, healthy food; our goal is to provide an inviting restaurant atmosphere that brings both folks who can help and those who need it. " 

"Unfortunately, food insecurity is a hidden problem for many people. It can be embarrassing to have to admit you can't feed your family. At All Are Welcome, we're trying to make it easier. Our volunteer staff strive to make sure every guest experiences the best we have to offer - from food to friendship! By declaring October "Scare Away Hunger" month, we hope those who can afford to go out to eat will join us at least once this month and make their dining-out dollars count; we're encouraging those who are struggling to come relax over a hot cup of coffee and a fresh cooked meal."

Recent legislation will eliminate an increase in SNAP benefits beginning November 1, returning benefit levels to 2009 rates (a loss of about $11 per person/month) - when grocery costs are climbing (about 4% per month). On October 12th, the food stamp system (SNAP, EBT) had a technical failure, temporarily denying recipients in 17 states access to their food benefits for about 24 hours, causing concern and feelings of helplessness for those who rely on their benefits to feed their families. When a 1-day technology glitch can prevent people from accessing their monthly allotment of groceries creating fear and uncertainty - imagine the impact across the board benefit cuts will have on those who are already facing food insecurity.

Karen Cook states "We planned 'Scare Away Hunger' month to be sure that hunger issues in our area were kept in focus - it's not just a once in a while problem, or something to be dealt with when the holiday season rolls around. For folks who face food insecurity, it's all the time. With situations like the current legislation - it seems like it will get worse before it gets better - and that's scary." 

All Are Welcome serves lunch every Thursday, 11AM - 2PM and breakfast every Saturday, 7:30AM - 11AM. Located at 60 Union Street, Middleboro MA 02346 (in the Church of Our Saviour parish hall). This program is sponsored by the Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal. More information available on Facebook at facebook.com/AAW.42 or online at allarewelcome.us.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Worth or Worthless? Find Out Here!

That's the question we often ask ourselves about those special things that we have saved over the years:the vase that belonged to great grandma or the toy car that dad had when he was a boy. Bring them to the Middleborough Public Library, at noon, Sunday, October 20, and you can get your answers while helping to support the Library. John White and Kathryn Black of White's Auctions will be on hand to give verbal appraisals for items such as furniture, painting, porcelain and glassware, tools, toys and other items that you may think are valuable.

The Friends of the Library will be hosting this fundraising event. The donation is $5 per item, with a 2-item limit per trip. Those who have more treasures can get back in line and make multiple visits to the appraisal table. Modeled on PBS's popular Antiques Roadshow, " Worth or Worthless" will be held in the Library's meeting room on the lower level. There is an elevator for heavy items, and several flat hand-trucks will be available for transporting your items, but if you have your own wheels, please bring them along.

Patriot's fans, fear not. The Library will broadcast the Pat's vs Jets game on the Main Floor TV.

Halloween Fundraiser for The Bridge Center

The Bridge Center, a non-profit organization in Bridgewater, is hosting a Halloween party fundraiser on Friday, October 18th from 7PM to midnight at the Middleboro Elks Club located at 24 High Street in Middleboro.

A donation of $20/person is requested for this adult event. 

This fundraiser will help purchase a state of the art accessible playground for our children, teens, and young adults with special needs. There will be a DJ, prizes, appetizers & desserts & FUN! A limited amount of tickets will be available. 

For more information, please contact Pam Dutczak at 508-631-0841.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tax Talk

The Learn It @ Your Library series begins again with monthly sessions for the Fall and Winter months. The first class, scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m., will be "Tax Talk" by members of the local H & R Block tax team, Maureen Donahue and Renee Andrews. They'll speak on the tax implications of being self-employed or operating a small business. If you are in this type of work environment or would like to start your own home business, join Maureen and Renee and have all your questions answered.

Walk-ins will be welcome, but we ask that if you plan on attending, please call the Library at 508-946-2470 or email your name to midlib@sailsinc.org and put "Learn It" on the subject line.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Taste of Middleborough

Tickets are now available for the 10th annual Taste of Middleborough. The Taste of Middleborough will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 16, in the Oak Point Ball Room at the Oak Point Community in Middleborough. This is the only fundraiser annually for the care, maintenance and expansion of the Middleborough Veterans’ Memorial Park.

This year there will be over 20 restaurants or dessert shops, 14 beer and wine vendors, and several thousand dollars worth of items from local merchants as door prizes and items on the silent auction tables. All tickets are $15. A group of 10 can purchase an entire table for $150. The tickets are on sale and can be bought by writing out a check payable to MVMP. Tickets will be available at Maria’s Card Shop in Middleborough, Muckey’s Liquors in Lakeville and from the following members of the Middleborough Veterans Memorial Park Committee: Paul Provencher and Don Triner.

You can also get tickets by sending a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Kreitzberg at 6101 Oak Point, Middleborough, MA 02346. If you request tickets by mail and they are sold out you will be notified by phone so make sure you include your phone number.

Only 400 tickets will be sold this year. No tickets will be available at the door and refunds will not be available for tickets that are not used once purchased.

The Taste of Middleborough committee is looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you’re interested in helping out call Paul Provencher at 508-946-2407.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Come Experience Plymouth County 4-H at the 2013 Club Expo

The Plymouth County Extension 4-H is hosting a Club Expo featuring more than 35 Plymouth County 4-H clubs demonstrating what 4-H is all about.

For more information about the event, please click here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Donations for Ex-Libris

Ex-Libris is the Friends of the Library's used bookstore. New inventory is always welcome with a few rules...

We would love your new, pristine, recently published or released (no more than five years ago) items. We also can accept classic works or antique/rare books. 

We cannot accept videotapes, cassette tapes, moldy, mildewy or dirty items, or encyclopedias. A staff member will ask to see your items before you can leave them with us. (If you ask, we would be happy to go out to your car to look at them before you bring them into the building.) If we can't accept them, but they're in decent condition, we ask that you donate them to another charity. 

Unfortunately, we have lost our "Got Books" bin, formerly located in the municipal parking lot. This means we have to be more rigid than ever before about accepting your donations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this new procedure, and are grateful for your contributions to the Middleborough Public Library.