Meat raffle to benefit Taunton Area Community Table
The January meat raffle to benefit Taunton Area Community Tab;e will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Lafayette Club, 18 Lakeview Ave.
Support a good cause by buying raffle tickets for meat from Trucchi’s. Ticket sales begin at 6 p.m., with the drawing at 7 p.m.
Come early and enjoy the Lafayette’s Prime Rib Special or one of their other Thursday-night dinner specials.
The Taunton Area Community Table Meal Center is located at 378 Bay St. TacT is a community-based meal center dedicated to providing free and delicious, healthy meals to individuals and families. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meals are distributed to go between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
For more information, call 508-386-3807, visit the TacT Facebook page or www.tactmealcenter.org.
Taunton Art Association photography show
The Taunton Art Association is having its first photography show on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.
An opening reception will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday at 3:30 pm.
The Taunton Art Association is located at 42 Williams St.
Admission to the show is free.
Anyone from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island can submit photos.
Registration will take place on Friday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Representational, Abstract, Drone, and Digital Collage/Construction.
Entry rules can be found at www.tauntonarts.org.
Winter coats distributed to veterans, military personnel
State Rep. Carol Doherty, D-Taunton, and Donald Cleary of the Taunton VFW, along with the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, will distribute brand new winter coats to veterans and military personnel. These coats will be provided at no cost through MMSF’s Coats4Vets program.
The Coats4Vets distribution event details are as follows:
- Date: Friday, Jan. 14
- Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Taunton VFW, 82 Ingell St.
To register for this distribution, visit https://tinyurl.com/tauntoncoats4vets.
Don Cox, President of Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, said in a press release, “It’s our pleasure to work with Representative Doherty and other members of the State Legislature to distribute new winter coats to local veterans and active-duty military and their families. We’re pleased with their commitment to supporting our local veterans, military members, and their families.”
To receive a coat at Rep. Doherty’s distribution, register using the link provided above or visit the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation website at www.mmsfi.org. Questions can be directed to Rep. Doherty’s by email at [email protected] or by phone at 508-802-4291.
Bristol Community College hosting COVID and flu vaccine clinic
Bristol Community College will be hosting a COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Bristol Fall River campus’ Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center (H building), at 777 Elsbree St.
The clinic is open to the general public, ages 12 and up, and will be distributing the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine boosters. The clinic will also be providing flu shots.
To see if you qualify for a vaccine booster, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.
Bristol’s clinic will be accepting walk-ins. No appointments or registration are necessary. COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine boosters from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as flu shots, will be administered by Stop & Shop Pharmacy free of charge. Bring a valid ID and insurance cards.
Individuals receiving the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will also be scheduled to receive their second dose of the vaccine.
For more information, contact Bristol Community College Health Services by email at [email protected] or visit http://www.bristolcc.edu/vaxup.
January events at the Old Colony History Museum
Join the Old Colony History Museum for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually, for the month of January. To see everything on offer and to register for Zoom events, visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/events.
January Events at the OCHM:
Hands on History Week
Tuesday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hands on History day is now Hands on History week! Each week is themed to inspire an appreciation of history, art, and culture in visitors of all ages with daily story times, crafts, and objects to learn from, hands on! January is Braille Literacy Month. Participants will read a book on the life of Louis Braille and try writing their names with the Braille alphabet.
A Taste of Old Colony History
Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
A Taste of Old Colony History is expanding. OCHM will make the recipe and record how it went. Then the video will premier in the usual Thursday night time slot live on Zoom and will be followed by a Conversation from the Kitchen, to discuss more about the history, cooking process, and nostalgia that the recipe inspires. To join in, register on Eventbrite. You’ll have access to the recipe card for that month, and you can make it ahead of the program to share your thoughts or come to watch the cooking show and hear the history lesson. After the program, cooking videos will be uploaded to YouTube, so viewers have the option to watch later and cook on their own time. For January, you’ll be cooking up: Brown Bread and Baked Beans! For the recipe and to register, visit http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com or call 506-822-1622.
- Saturday, Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
About the Old Colony History Museum
The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 and free for museum members.
Taunton Clergy Assoc. observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Greater Taunton Clergy Association presents the 33rd observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 17, starting at 7 p.m. at the Baptist Church of All Nations, 61 Winthrop St. This event is presented by the Greater Taunton Clergy Association in collaboration with the City of Taunton and local community leaders. Everyone is welcome to join. This year’s theme is “Overflowing Grace Brings Hope, Joy, and Peace.”
Taunton Civic Chorus postpones start of season
The Taunton Civic Chorus is postponing the opening of the spring season in order to protect its members, new and returning, from the predicted COVID holiday surge.
TCC spring rehearsals were scheduled to begin on Jan. 6. It is now anticipated that the season will begin on Jan. 20. Further assessment of the COVID situation will determine the exact date.
Rehearsals for “The British Invasion” were underway in March 2020 when everything came to a halt because of the broadening pandemic. Taunton Civic Chorus President Barbara Quill is optimistic that this time, the British concert will go forward.
“The climate is different this time,” said Quill in a press release. “While the number of cases of COVID are still high, vaccinations are in place and all our members are vaccinated. With precautions taken, we believe we can have a safe season as we did this past fall.”
The chorus follows state and local COVID guidelines, as well as guidelines for their rehearsal and performance spaces.
TCC’s spring concert, “The British Invasion: Take Two,” will feature British music such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” and the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” “Imagine,” and medleys featuring other iconic Beatles works.
The Taunton Civic Chorus practices every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkley Congregational Church, 13 S. Main St., Berkley. For more information, check out the TCC Facebook page, tauntoncivicchorus.com, or send an email to [email protected]
Dermody Cleaners holding Coats for Kids drive
Dermody Cleaners in Taunton is holding its 29th annual Coats for Kids drive.
Coats for Kids aims to provide underprivileged children in Greater Taunton with warm winter coats and jackets.
Dermody Cleaners will clean the donated coats free of charge and will deliver them to Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Center on Washington Street for distribution.
This year, the Taunton-area has been so eager for the collection to start, that Dermody is starting the campaign a month early, they announced in a press release. Traditionally a January event, the business will collect coats in both December and January.
Residents of the area are invited to donate children’s gently-worn winter coats to any Dermody Cleaners location: 34 Cohannet St.; 648 County St.; 330 Bedford St. in Lakeville; and the Press Club on Route 6 in Somerset.
“This year feels different in so many ways,” Terry Dermody said. “My grandson just turned 2 years old, and I cannot imagine him not having a winter coat. It makes me want to try harder to help our community even more. No child should be cold. He’s the fourth generation Dermody child to assist with this drive, and I want him to learn how important it is to help others. I cannot thank the Taunton community enough for their enthusiasm to donate coats this year, it was so emphatic that it was an easy decision for me to start the Coat Drive early.”
Dermody would also like to thank Crossed Sabers Ski & Sport of Raynham, Berkley Middle School, the Segregansett Country Club and Taunton Extended Day Care as well as the Saint Vincent DePaul Society for their continual cooperation.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Center is located at 141 Washington St. in Taunton and is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for the food pantry.
In the event of an emergency, anyone can call upon the Vincentians to respond at once. The telephone number for such an emergency is 1-508-823-6676.
The Coats for Kids campaign is the main community service campaign conducted by Dermody Cleaners. Other community projects include their holiday food drive and ongoing support of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro South. For more information, call Terry Dermody at 508-822-6161 or visit www.dermodycleaners.com.
Bristol-Plymouth offers dental assistant certification program
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is offering a dental assistant certification program.
This program is meant for adults, and there will be a free informational session on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 at 7 p.m., in the Dental Assisting building at B-P, 207 Hart St.
The session will review admission requirements, tuition, lab fees, and what will be expected of students. The next evening program begins in Sept. 2022.
In a press release, B-P noted that the Board of Registration in Dentistry now requires all dental assistants to be registered with the board to be employed in a dental office. The B-P program provides the tools necessary to obtain licensure.
Call 508-823-5151, Ext. 240 to register for the free information session.
Freetown Council on Aging
On Mondays, the pool table is available at 9 a.m., knitting and crocheting club is at 10 a.m., and card games (Pitch) are from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bingo is on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Scrabble is on Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Art class is on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
The COA has a veterans agent. Call the COA for further information.
“20-20-20” classes with Ellie are on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. behind the COA, rain or shine. Bring water bottle, hand weights and folding chair. Suggested donation is $5.
Call Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment with the senior van service.
For SHINE, call the COA for an appointment.
The Freetown Council on Aging is located at 227 Chace Road in East Freetown. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Fridays, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Help make watershed plan for Taunton’s drinking water
The Assawompset Ponds Complex and Nemasket River are unique among waterbodies in the diversity of uses that they support, which include recreation and scenic beauty, drinking water supply for 250,000 people in New Bedford, Taunton and beyond, and essential migratory habitat for river herring and endangered species.
The Assawompset Ponds Management Team is seeking the insight and local expertise of the broader APC-Nemasket watershed community to enrich and support an ongoing project to develop a Watershed Management and Climate Action Plan that reduces flood hazards, protects drinking water supplies, improves storm water management, and enhances habitat and recreational access.
Funded by an MVP Action Grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, a team of multi-disciplinary specialists has joined with the APC Management Team to serve as a project Steering Committee guiding the development of the Watershed Plan. The Steering Committee includes participants from: Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, New Bedford, Rochester, and Taunton.
All residents living in or relying on waters from the APC-Nemasket watersheds are a vital part of the stakeholder network whose actions can support watershed health and climate resilience. Your watershed stewardship efforts can begin or continue with participating in an inclusive community engagement process. Through a series of public workshops, community members are invited to share their personal experience of existing conditions throughout the watershed, and insight into potential management actions.
These public meetings will focus on a particular topic as it relates to the watershed. There are two options for participation — an in-person workshop or a virtual meeting via Zoom. In-person events will be held outdoors, with activities for children and light refreshments available. The in-person and Zoom meetings, while separate, will occur on the same date and time. In the case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held solely on Zoom. Use the registration form available at https://bit.ly/register-apc to receive additional in-person meeting details and Zoom link access.
Ecology and Unique Habitats
- March 23, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., location TBD in Middleboro
Recreation and Stewardship
- April 13, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., location TBD in Rochester
- April 27, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., location TBD in Freetown
Open House — Meet your Plan!
- June 1, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m., location TBD in Lakeville
Visit the project webpage at www.SRPEDD.org/apc-nemasket-plan to take a virtual tour of the watershed, learn more about the plan, sign up for project updates and meeting announcements, register for upcoming events, review past presentations and meeting summaries, and provide additional input via written comments. For those without access to a computer, call the project hotline at 508-938-6031. Leave your name and number, and organizers will follow up with instructions for accessing by phone.
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