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)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Member & Volunteer Potluck Dinner

6 to 8 p.m.

Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St., Middleboro. Soule Homesteadmembers, volunteers, individuals, and business representatives from the community are invited to share an evening of good food and entertainment, attend a brief meeting to elect the next Board of Directors, and brainstorm ideas for the future of the Soule Homestead Education Center. Meet us at the farm (in the classroom), bring a dish to share and include a recipe if you like -- be green and bring your own personal place setting if you can. Please reserve your seat by phone 508-947-6744 or email

Friday, November 8, 2013

All Are Welcome Thanksgiving Dinner

ALL ARE WELCOME COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND BAKERY, INC. (AAW), a non-profit community restaurant located at 60 Union Street, Middleboro, is pleased to announce a “donate as able” Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 29 at 1PM.

"Last year's dinner was a lot of fun", says Karen Cook, Executive Director at All Are Welcome. "I am looking forward to planning and serving Thanksgiving Dinner again this year." There are so many people who are struggling to put a meal on the table, our weekly meals are helping that. We hope to reach many more people with our Thanksgiving dinner; veterans, seniors, those who don't find a lot of joy in the holiday, those who are alone, folks who don't or can't cook for themselves. With our community meal, everyone is made to feel welcome and becomes part of our All Are Welcome family. "

Dinner will start with a light appetizer, followed by a traditional turkey dinner, served family-style including (non-alcoholic) beverages and dessert. 

Reservations for this meal are strongly encouraged. Anyone interested in attending can call All Are Welcome at 508-443-0243 or email As with all of the meals served at AAW, those who are able are encouraged to donate what they can for their meal.
Volunteers for preparation and service are needed, as well as those in the community willing to make financial contributions to the cost of food and supplies for this meal. Donations can be sent to All Are Welcome, PO Box 1244, Middleboro, MA 02346.

Thanksgiving dinner will be served at our regular location – 60 Union Street, Middleboro, MA 02346 at 1PM. Those who have never shared a meal at AAW are encouraged to join us for our weekly meals, Thursday lunch served from 11AM – 2PM and Saturday breakfast from 7:30AM – 11AM.
It is the mission at ALL ARE WELCOME COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND BAKERY, INC. to provide access to nutritious meals to all members of the community regardless of means. By encouraging those able to support themselves to assist in the support of others, ALL ARE WELCOME seeks to reduce food insecurity and build community, one meal at a time.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Meet Hank Phillippi Ryan

You know her as the investigative and consumer reporter from Boston's Channel 7 news, but what you may not know is that she's also an award-winning mystery novelist. In her most recent release,The Wrong Girl, Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

On Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m., Ryan will speak about her writing and her work at Channel 7. She also will answer questions from the audience, and sell and sign copies of her books.

If you would like to get a jump on things, why not join our Page Turners Book Group for a discussion on The Wrong Girl? The group will meet on Monday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book may be borrowed from the Library.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library and is free, and open to the public. No registration is required.

Electronics & Appliance Recycling Fundraiser

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Soule Homestead Education Center will host our fall Electronics and Appliance Recycling fundraiser in the parking lot of the Middleboro Town Hall from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. For a minimal fee, people can drop off old electronics and appliances. Staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist with larger items. They will also accept clean redeemable bottles and cans during the event. A list of prices and acceptable items is available on our website: For more information contact Frank Albani at 508-947-6744.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Concert - November 10

The Library is pleased to welcome back Erik Lindgren and his Friends from the Brockton Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. 

The concert will feature original works and arrangements by Lindgren, a Middleborough resident and board member of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. He's excited to be working with musicians from this professional regional group including:

Flutist Lea Botta, a professional freelance flutist, member of the flute/guitar duo "Two of Us," and the assistant conductor of The South Shore Conservatory Flute Symphony.

Clarinetist Torben Hansen, the principal clarinetist with the Brockton Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestras.

Cellist Robin Kruse, a member of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and the Sharon Chamber Orchestra.

Keyboardist Amy Korim, a piano teacher in the Brockton area and board member of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. 

The Boston Globe has described Lindgren as "a model of musical schizophrenia ... the type who'll play Stravinsky and 'Louie Louie' back-to-back, with one foot in the conservatory and the other in the garage." Additional information about his musical career can be found at

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Library is handicapped-accessible.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lung Cancer Awareness Month Author Talk

On Saturday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., we're pleased to welcome authors Paul Lonardo, and Frank Terrazzano, to talk about their book, Life, with Cancer.
Terrazzano's daughter, Lauren, was a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who covered issues of social justice for New York Newsday. A non-smoker diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 36, Lauren battled the disease for three years. For several months, until her death in 2007, she wrote a weekly column in Newsday, titled, "Life, with Cancer."

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Take-home information will be provided for patrons by the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

Roast Beef Supper

The North Congregational Church will host an all-you-can-eat roast beef supper on November 9, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling Jane Bagdon at 508-821-4121.  The North Congregational Church is located at 38 Plymouth Street.