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WINTER NEWS

The RBA is pleased to have a cooperative working relationship with the United Regional Chamber of Commerce serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.   Please visit their website (click logo above) to learn more.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR

REHOBOTH BUSINESS OWNERS

Local business owners should be aware of a new policy for filing a business certificate in Rehoboth.  If you file a “Doing Business As” form, you must first go to the building inspector-zoning office before submitting your paperwork to the town clerk’s office.

     They need to determine if your business is properly zoned and if any other filings are necessary before your business certification is authorized at the Town Office. 

     So, please go to the Building Inspector’s office at 320 Anawan Street first before seeing the town clerk.  Business certification is valid for a period of four years and will cost you $50.  If you have any questions, please contact Rehoboth Town Clerk Laura Schwall at 508-252-6502, ext. 3100 or Assistant Town Clerk Lynn Shaker at 508-252-6502, ext. 3109.

REHOBOTH SIGN BY-LAW COMMITTEE

Following defeat of a proposed sign by-law package by voters at spring town meeting, the Rehoboth Planning Board agreed to establish a sub-committee including RBA members. The committee, consists of three planning board members, the town building inspector and three RBA members, Tim Johnson, John Jordan and George Cardono.

  The sign by-law committee met in late July and it went surprisingly well for the Rehoboth business community. All agreed the proposed sign by-law package needed work. After hours of discussion, progress was made with changes that would benefit all. Discussion was held on how to balance the business needs while keeping the town’s historically rural character.

    One sore spot for everyone is the issue of abandoned signs in town. The proposed new by-law will address this problem along with other issues. Positive adjustments were made to the by-law package and we are waiting for the revisions in writing. The progress we have made addresses the desire of town officials to avoid unattractive signage while benefiting local business owners with less burdensome sign requirements and restrictions. 

     Once a revised package is prepared by the planning board, the RBA will share that information. The next step will be getting the proposed by-law change on the warrant for town meeting in November when residents will vote to accept it or not.


APRIL BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Our next Business After Hours will be hosted by new RBA member Peter Beerman who owns Ronin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 51 Winthrop Street (Route 44) in Rehoboth.  Stop by for some networking and socializing on Monday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 PM.  Refreshments will be served and there will be a demonstration of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  There is no charge, but please RSVP by April 20.  Just call Cindy at 508-641-7146 or email her at  salcyn506@aol.com.


RBA ANNUAL CANDIDATE’S NIGHT

Candidates for Rehoboth spring election were invited to this year’s annual meet and greet featuring a panel Question & Answer session. Everyone enjoyed the fine food and comfortable surroundings of Hillside Country Club.


View the YouTube videos of the candidates:


Rehoboth Business Association Meet the Candidates 2017 Session 1


Rehoboth Business Association Meet the Candidates 2017 Session 2


Rehoboth Business Association Meet the Candidates 2017 Session 3


Rehoboth Business Association Meet the Candidates 2017 Session 4



NOVEMBER BIZ AFTER HOURS

The RBA’s Business After Hours offers a great opportunity to meet fellow RBA members and local business people. The November Business After Hours will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7 PM at Anawan Pharmacy on Route 44.  Drop by Rehoboth’s new independent pharmacy and meet owners Erik Johnson, R.Ph and Richard Ploude, R.Ph. No charge, but please RSVP by November 10 by calling Cindy at 508-641-7146 or by email to salcyn506@aol.com.


WELCOME NEW RBA MEMBER

The RBA welcomes Rehoboth-based B & R Fournier Construction on Winthrop Street (Route 44).


WELCOME NEW RBA MEMBERS

The RBA welcomes two new members. Rob Davis of Seekonk-based Insite Engineering Services, LLC, and Laura Pires of Smith Insurance Group, Inc. in Rehoboth.


SEPTEMBER BIZ AFTER HOURS

Got Sun Go Solar in Seekonk hosted Business After Hours on Thursday, September 22.  Thanks to everyone who dropped by.


WELCOME JASON COLBY TO THE RBA

The RBA welcomes new member Jason Colby, resident of Rehoboth, who is a licensed insurance agent for health, life, Medicare, and long-term care with Health Markets. He business is located in Norwood, MA.


CANDIDATES NIGHT

We hosted our annual Candidates Night on March 22 at Hillside Country Club and welcomed candidates for spring town election.

    The event, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, featured a meet and greet social hour with local candidates followed by a formal question and answer forum conducted by RBA members Luke Travis, Linda Ferreira, and Mike Castro.

   While most candidates are running unopposed for the upcoming April 4 election, this event offered the opportunity for all candidates to participate, meet the public, and answer questions related to town issues. 

   Thanks to all the candidates for local town government who participated, as well as Representative Steve Howitt, a member of the RBA, who is running for re-election this year. Thanks also to the event venue, Hillside Country Club, where the food was delicious (the potato bar was a hit!)

   Finally, thanks to RBA Secretary Cindy Saleeba for coordinating the event and board member John Jordan who volunteered for audio/video duties.

 
RBA BRINGS SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERT TO GOFF HALL

The Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) together with Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) hosted a free seminar “Social Security and Your Questions” at Goff Memorial Hall on February 17. 

    Over forty people attended the seminar with speaker Kurt Czarnowski, former Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration in New England.  An author and frequent radio guest, Czarnowski is also President of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. Before the seminar, guests enjoyed a catered light dinner courtesy of the RBA and BCSB, a member of the business organization.

 

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS IN JANUARY

RBA members and guested enjoyed Business After Hours in January at Cristallo Spa at Hillside Country Club.  The event featured hors d’oeuvres, spa tour and demonstration of services.  There was no charge to attend.  Relaxing fun was had by all.


ANNUAL RBA CANDIDATES NIGHT DATE SET

Our annual Candidates Night will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at Hillside Country Club. All local candidates for town election, plus incumbent Rep. Steve Howitt and his opponent, will be invited to participate in a videotaped Question & Answer segment.  A social hour will be held and light dinner offered before getting down to the business of asking candidates questions.


2015 RBA CHRISTMAS PARTY

RBA member Ernie Boren of Century 21 David Smith Real Estate took some photos at the festively decorated Anawan Club in Rehoboth prior to members arriving for the annual RBA holiday party on Friday, December 11. Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious meal and fine company.

    The Anawan Club, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1898 as a private men's club with hunting and fishing lodge, plus a caretaker's house. Today only members can use the facilities, including hosting meals and functions. The chefs do an amazing job including the traditional course of hot johnny cakes with butter and maple syrup!

   Thanks to RBA member Tim Johnson of Propane Plus, member of the Anawan Club, for arranging for the RBA to hold our annual party there.


A SWEET NOVEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Chef Mark Soliday and his wife Marie hosted Business After Hours on November 2 at Confectionery Designs, a company specializing in wedding cakes and pastries and located on Winthrop Street (previously the Reluctant Gourmet location). Mark is also a Pastry Arts Instructor at Johnson and Wales University. Check out the Confectionery Design website for photos of their incredible wedding cake and specialty cake creations. The Solidays are now offering an array of pies, cakes, cookies and other treats for the upcoming holiday season. Pre-orders are a must and will close on November 22. They are also collecting canned food items for Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry.  They will donate $1 for every can or food item donated!


A DELICIOUS BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT

M & D’S RESTAURANT

Nicole Jarvis of M & D’s Restaurant hosted our last Business After Hours with a buffet featuring upcoming specials that will soon be appearing on the menu. Over 40 local business people gathered on October 21 to enjoy Nicole’s hospitality and wonderful buffet while networking. There is always informal discussion about business in Rehoboth -- growth, development, and what’s new and what has changed on the business scene. Nicole (pictured center) joins RBA President Luke Travis (right) and RBA Vice President Leslie Gouveia (left) in the cozy and friendly M & D’s Restaurant located on Winthrop Street (Route 44).



WE WELCOME ALL OUR NEW RBA MEMBERS

The RBA welcomes a few new members to the ranks including (in alphabetical order): Carreiro’s Lawn Service, Cristallo Spa at Hillside Country Club, Holstein Construction, J & J Materials, Loraine’s Stitch N Crafts, Pariseau Electric, Inc., Plaza Pizza, Tax Connection, LLC, Waste Tech Disposal, Winters Farm, and Wolf Plain Brook G.S.P.S. and Gun Dog Training.


2015-16 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Letters have gone out to all Rehoboth businesses encouraging membership and reminding existing RBA members that it is time to renew their yearly membership. Last year the RBA welcomed several new members.  It’s good to see local business growth. 

   “Every Rehoboth business owner presents a unique set of skills and knowledge that benefit the RBA as a whole,” said RBA President Luke Travis, Esq.  “I hope you will join our ‘keeping it local’  team approach to business networking. In the face of a challenging business environment, we hope to further enhance RBA members’ exposure to the Rehoboth community.”

   The RBA encourages members, both new and seasoned, to share their business services and products at one of our several networking events this year.  Additionally, we plan to continue offering educational and info sharing events on topics to help member businesses succeed in the ever-changing and challenging economy.


THANKS TO PERSONAL BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

A big thanks to Chris Titcomb and his staff at Personal Best Physical Therapy for hosting Business After Hours on September 30.



 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

The RBA welcomes new members Ron Bennett of Got Sun Go Solar based in Seekonk, and Manuel Salema of Auto Sales of Rehoboth, LLC. 

LETTER FROM THE RBA PRESIDENT

The Rehoboth Business Association is making some changes. We are trying to make members aware of what is planned and what is currently going on in our town. We all agree Rehoboth is a great place to live, but we also want to make sure it is a town where businesses can prosper and succeed.

   As most of you know, the Rehoboth Planning Board brought to town meeting a very bad sign by-law to be voted on. Our membership opposed this at town meeting and residents voted to table for further review. This forced the planning board to work with the RBA to come up with a better by-law. We have spent hours working on this effort. I am pleased to say that things are progressing nicely. The revised sign bylaw will go before residents at an upcoming town meeting.

    We have launched a digital newsletter using Constant Contact.  Watch for it in your email box. We hope to have a monthly “Business Spotlight” on one of our members. If you would like to be spotlighted in a future issue, feel free to craft a one-page spotlight on your business with some pictures and we will feature it in an upcoming issue.

    Any business news and information is welcome as well. Our hope is to create a good communication between businesses in Rehoboth and the RBA. Our mission is to promote the general welfare of business in Rehoboth and RBA members. We only can do that with your help and feedback.

   Please forward this to someone you think may need a push to become a member. Send me, or any of our board members, your ideas and concerns and we will try to help.

PAST NEWS

SEPTEMBER BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Waste Tech Disposal is a third generation family owned and operated refuse removal company with over 56 years in the waste and recycling industry.  Waste Tech believes in upfront transparent pricing coupled with unmatched service for businesses and residential customers.

Dale Sousa

567 Winthrop Street

Rehoboth, MA 02769

508-252-9800

REPRESENTATIVE STEVEN HOWITT SPEAKS AT RBA DINNER

The Rehoboth Business Association recently hosted a well-attended dinner meeting at M & D’s Restaurant on Route 44 in Rehoboth with guest speaker Representative Steven Howitt.

    Following a delicious dinner, the RBA membership discussed the town’s proposed new sign bylaw to be voted on by residents at the Rehoboth Special Town Meeting on November 6 in the DRRHS auditorium beginning at 7 PM.

     “The RBA played a big part in making it business friendly,” said RBA President Tim Johnson.  “If anyone has concerns or questions, please contact a board member so we can address it,” added Johnson.

     Representative Howitt gave an update from the state house and detailed current issues being addressed by state lawmakers.  One of the biggest issues facing the commonwealth is health care.  Howitt said that 40% of the state budget goes, in some way or form, to cover the Mass Health budget.

    Howitt also reminded the group the state Department of Transportation is scheduled to repave Route 44 from Seekonk to Taunton next year.


PROPOSED NEW SIGN BYLAW TO BE VOTED ON AT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING ON NOVEMBER 6

The Proposed Sign Bylaw which will be presented at the November 6, 2017, Special Town Meeting. The Planning Board, along with representatives from the Rehoboth Business Association, have been working diligently on providing the residents of Rehoboth with a sign bylaw that both preserves the rural, agricultural characteristics of the town while promoting a healthy business environment.


OCTOBER DINNER MEETING

Hope RBA members and guests will be able to join us on Thursday, October 12 for the first dinner meeting of the 2017/2018 membership year.  Representative Steven Howitt will be our special guest.  Along with giving us an update from the State House, he will take questions on issues that affect Rehoboth and local business.

    The cost for a delicious dinner at M & D’s Restaurant on Winthrop Street is $20 per person.  Please RSVP with RBA President Tim Johnson by October 9.  Email him at tim@propaneplus.com.

    Hope to see you there.

 

REHOBOTH FOOD PANTRY DONATION DROP OFF

Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Edward Jones, 492 Winthrop Street, Unit 1 (Route 44) . Rehoboth

PLEASE BE GENEROUS AND SUPPORT REHOBOTH FOOD PANTRY

RBA PARTNERS WITH REHOBOTH TEEN ENVIRONMENTALIST ON TOWN-WIDE LITTER PREVENTION INITIATIVE

With a long history of hosting annual roadside clean up efforts, the Rehoboth Business Association was quick to support local teen environmentalist Abby Abrahamson with a litter prevention initiative to address the town’s roadway trash problem.

     Realizing the impact of escalating roadside litter, Abby first approached Rehoboth selectmen last year with an idea for a sustainable litter prevention program. After presenting a detailed plan, she was granted permission by town officials to initiate the Rehoboth Litter Prevention Initiative (RLPI) to provide preventative, sustainable solutions and educate residents.

      The first step was purchasing three litter collection barrels to install along the designated 3.5-mile walking route in South Rehoboth. The RBA offered to help her with funding to purchase sturdy, 55-gallon covered trash barrels. She also received funding from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program for the litter initiative in a rural area where wildlife is threatened by littering.

        Abby then approached local artist Melissa Treichler to paint an illustration that could be used to identify the barrels. “Rehoboth Vibe” is the title of the

painting used to create colorful12 x 18 labels for the dark-green barrels recently placed in the following locations: intersection of Brook, Peckham, and Water Street; at the triangle near the intersection of Providence Street and Mason Street; and at the Miller Bird Sanctuary.   The Rehoboth Highway Department will provide care and maintenance of the litter collection barrels. “I would like to acknowledge Rehoboth Highway Superintendent Mike Costello for his invaluable guidance and support. He played a key role in helping to get this initiative up off the ground and start successfully,” said Abby.

    “This project would not be possible without funding from the Rehoboth Business Association, RehobothNow.com, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program. I am extremely grateful for the support provided by these organizations,” expressed Abby, who was recently appointed Litter Prevention Coordinator for the Town of Rehoboth.

     She is also leading the Keep Rehoboth Beautiful campaign scheduled for next spring as part of the town’s 375 Anniversary Celebration. Once again she will work with the Rehoboth Business Association on town-wide roadside clean up events in April to help rid roadways of litter.

Rehoboth teen environmentalist Abby Abrahamson with RBA board members. Left to right: Treasurer Diane Rochefort, President Tim Johnson, Vice- president John Jordan, Rehoboth Litter Prevention Coordinator Abby Abrahamson, and RBA board member Luke Travis.