Thursday, May 28, 2015

Teen Ice Cream Social

Teen Ice Cream Social 
Thursday, June 4 
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Middleborough Public Library
Drop in for some delicious fun!

Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us this upcoming early-release day for ice cream, music, and games to celebrate the start of summer!

Come make your own sundae from a variety of toppings supplied by the library (one sundae per person). There will be a deejay and lots of music. For those feeling adventurous, you'll have the chance to sing karaoke and participate in some games for prizes.

No registration is required for this free program.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Middleborough Historical Museum opens on May 30

The Middleborough Historical Museum will be opening for the 2015 season on May 30th. President, Doug Vantran, says volunteers have been hard at work setting new displays and getting the Museum ready for the opening. The museum is located at 18 Jackson St. (right behind the Police Station) and is opened every Wednesday and Saturday 12-3. 

The Middleborough Historical Association (MHA) founded in 1922, is a private, non-profit organization that preserves the history of the Middleborough, MA area.

MHA saved two historic properties from demolition in the 1960s. The rescued 1820 mill houses and grounds became the Middleborough Historical Museum.

MHA has since grown into a valuable community resource with seven museum buildings, an impressive collection of Middleborough-related objects, an annual calendar of educational programs and a growing group of members and volunteers.

Anyone may join the Association. Our members come from all walks of life, but have one thing in common; they value local history. Members form the active volunteer workforce that guides, supports and operates the Museum.

The Middleborough Historical Museum is located in the Middleborough Center National Register Historic District. The seven building village includes two ca. 1820 mill houses. Three other structures were saved from demolition and relocated to the grounds; the West Side Whistle House, the Judge Wilkes Wood Law Office and the Sproat Tavern Outhouse. A blacksmith shop and a carriage house were later built to house museum exhibits.

The Museum contains a diverse collection rich in Middleborough connections including an operating Maxim fire truck, agricultural tools, household furnishings, military artifacts, photographs, manuscripts and a nationally known collection of "Tom Thumb" memorabilia. The museum is open for tours and special events from late spring through early fall.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist

Please mark your calendars now for a special talk and presentation by Stephen Kurkjian, author of a new book about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist.
A 40-year veteran of the Boston Globe, Kurkjian is the paper's former Washington bureau chief and a founding member of its investigative Spotlight Team. He has won more than 25 national and regional awards, including three Pulitzer Prizes.
He will speak at the Library on Wed., June 17, at 6:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

We'll be sending more detailed information about this event in a few weeks, and hope you can join us for this important discussion.

Democrats to hold caucus in Middleboro

Registered Democrats in Middleboro will be holding a caucus in the downstairs meeting room at the Middleborough Public Library on Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 am to elect nine delegates and four alternates to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

Anyone at least 18 years old and registered in Middleboro as a Democrat as of January 31, 2015 is eligible to run for a delegate position and vote for delegates. The caucus itself is open to the public.

This year’s Convention will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Springfield at the Mass. Mutual Center. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to meet fellow activists and hear from elected officials.

Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing. All candidates may make a one minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written, secret, and recorded by the caucus teller. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth (35 and under), minority, and disabled.

Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or economic status in the conduct of the caucus is strictly prohibited. Challenges to the delegate selection process can be filed with the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 77 Summer Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 no later than ten days after the caucus date.

For more information, please contact Chairman Tom McGuire at (508)947-7196 or the Democratic State Committee at 617-939-0800.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Save the Date: Titicut Green Festival

September 26, 2015 from 10-4.
Craft vendors, food, music and games.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Leadership Award Seeks Nominees From the Community

Do you know someone who leads by example? Someone who inspires others? Someone who holds himself and colleagues accountable? The First Annual Leadership Awards, sponsored by Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce and Lighthouse Strategic Partners, encourages the business community and general public to nominate leaders from the following categories – Valiant Leader of a Small Business (up to approximately $1-million in gross sales per year); Bold Leader of a Non-Profit (an official 501C 3 organization); Triumphant Leader of a Mid- to Large Business (more than $1-million in gross annual sales).

“From Bill Belichick to Bill Gates, strong leadership defines an organization and sets a tone for all involved – from how employees comport themselves, to how customers/clients are treated to ensuring positive outcomes for all involved,” noted Kevin P. Glynn, who manages Lighthouse Strategic Partners. He continued, “This Leadership Awards program recognizes great leaders on the South Shore and South Coast and underscores the need for great leaders to set the bar high and help us strive to achieve resounding success.” Valerie Glynn, President and CEO of the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, added, “In working with the Chamber I have met numerous business and community leaders who lead companies and organizations that excel and maintain high standards.

We’d like to put these leaders in the spotlight and provide insight as to how others can follow suit.” The nomination deadline is July 31, 2015. Winners will be announced August 31, 2015. Nominations can be made at .

For additional information about the award, please contact Kevin P. Glynn at (508) 946-2655, or

Friday, May 8, 2015

Passes Available at the Middleborough Public Library

Now that the good weather has finally arrived, families are looking for things to do and places to visit. The Library has a selection of discount passes to area attractions. These may be reserved online by going to our reservation page, choosing the date you want to go and entering your library card and pin.

Each attraction has its own rules for use. Some are dated coupons and others are actual passes that need to be returned to the Library by the day after your visit. When checking out returnable passes, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgement that you understand that the late fee is $5 per day with a maximum of $25. We ask that families take only 1 pass per day. You may reserve up to 3 passes ahead of your visit.

Below you will find details and a complete list of passes. Those marked with an * have to be returned to the Library.

Heritage Museum & Gardens - This is our newest addition, donated by the Family & Friends of Tina Mendousa. The pass admits 2 adults and 4 children (ages 3 - 11) for half price. Regular admission is $18 for adults and $8 for children. *

The Children's Museum of Boston - The coupon pass admits up to 4 people at half price. Regular admission is $14 for all.

Museum of Fine Arts - A coupon pass which admits 2 people for $10. Regular prices are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and college students with ID, $10 for children 7 - 17. Children 6 and under are free at all times.

Museum of Science - The coupon admits up to 4 people for $10 each. Regular prices are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $20 for children 3-11.

Plimoth Plantation - The pass admits a family of 4 for $12 each. Regular prices are $29.50 for adults, $26.50 for seniors and $19 for children 6 - 12. The pass covers admission to the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill. *

JFK Library and Museum - The pass admits 2 people at $3 each. Regular prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $10 for children 13 - 17 (12 and under are free).*

Buttonwood Park Zoo - The pass admits up to 4 people free. Regular prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12. *

Roger Williams Park Zoo - The pass admits up to 4 people at $3 off the regular prices of $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children 3 - 12. *

Zoo New England - This coupon pass admits up to 6 people to either the Franklin Park or Stone Zoos at $6 per adult and $4 per child. Regular prices vary depending on the zoo you visit. Please see their website.

New England Aquarium - This coupon pass admits up to 4 people for $10 each. Please note that the pass is NOT available for use from July 1 until after Labor Day as per the Aquarium's policy.

Mystic Aquarium - The pass admits up to 4 people at $5 off the regular prices of $29.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $23.99 for youth (13 - 17) and $19.99 for children (3-12)*

Mass Parks Pass - The pass allows free parking for 1 vehicle at over 50 day-use facilities in the State Park system.*

Edaville USA - Special rules apply to this pass because of their limited schedule and the popularity of this newly renovated park. The pass admits 1 person free. Regular admission is $29 for those ages 2 and over. This pass is for Middleborough residents only and can be used once per month per family. *

*Passes that must be returned to the Library by closing on the day following your visit.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Middleboro Tennis Association Seeks Players

The Middleboro Tennis Association is accepting players for the 2015 season, its 42nd consecutive year of outdoor play in the spring and summer.

Men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles leagues and tournaments are offered with A and B divisions set up according to the skill level of the players. There are also men's over 55 division this year in singles and doubles.

Tennis enthusiasts aged 16 and over are invited to join. Dues are $10 for students and $45 for adults. The fee includes any or all of the leagues plus the awards banquet in the fall.

Registration forms can be obtained at the Lakeville Athletic Club or by contacting Bill Petrillo at 774-766-7689.