December 1, 2023

Hi Folks, It’s me again


You know, Paula, the one who retired back in July 2021 and who was fortunate enough to have our Rehoboth Reporter print my meanderings. I have plans to write on that subject again and what it’s like on this side of retirement but in the meantime something else has come to the forefront of my brain.

I want to express my thoughts and comments on the changes taking place in our town.

First, this is NOT a complaint or criticism in anyway, merely an observation. I support our town in its endeavors to make this a best/better place to live and raise a family, and to make the changes our officials deem necessary in order to achieve those goals.

One thing I am having difficulty adjusting to right now however is change. You may have guessed by my past memos regarding retirement, I am no longer a “young-un” and do not adjust to changes as quickly as in the past.

Having said that, the subject foremost right now has to do with all the changes in our public buildings. No doubt they are necessary. My concern is not being aware of exactly all the changes being made other than by word of mouth. For instance, during the winter months I had to contact our ambulance committee in need of help. They were there, accompanied with members of the police. They were exceedingly quick, unfailing in their attention to the matter, and sympathetic while respectfully doing what needed to be done. I cannot stress enough how fortunate our town is to have people we can count on when an emergency arises.

Once the problem had been addressed and a little time had passed, I thought a mere verbal thank you wasn’t quite enough. I decided to deliver some goodies to both the ambulance/fire and police departments. I was more than surprised and scared out of my wits (what is left of them) when I walked into the new police department and a voice greeted me. Not a ‘person’, a voice. From where? I was the only person visible. Of course, it turned out to be a two-way mirror that I stood facing while talking to myself, not knowing or seeing who I was corresponding with.

While I know, in the world we live in now, this is best for the safety of everyone in town, including the police, but as a first-time visitor to the building, as opposed to the previous version, it shook me up quite a bit. I felt like I was on Blue Bloods or some other TV crime show.

At this point, after having heard a few comments from people in town regarding the new town hall also, I hope never to have to enter the building uneducated, even though I had been in the building many times before it was sold. I have lived in Rehoboth for 54 years, have raised a family here, started a small business here, worked in town and volunteered when and where I could. This is my town and I support it whole heartedly as it grows and works to keep the residents of our town safe.

I will say again, I don’t adapt well to change and never have but I do understand the necessity of it. My suggestion is for the town officials or administrators to set-up and schedule one or more open houses in order for the people of our town to see first hand the changes they have voted for and are paying their taxes to support, as well as maintaining the integrity of our town. I am well aware the said changes are still being worked on but I hope this suggestion will be looked into when it is appropriate; and soon.

There may or may not be residents of our town who think the same way and that’s fine, but I would like to see a public walk-through of our town offices to see the changes being made and the new policies and procedures being implemented to keep us safe as well as to meet and commend the people in charge of keeping us informed and safe.

This is my town, our town, and I have nothing but pride for the town and the people working to make it as good as can be.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Enjoy the Fall and all the beautiful colors that will be on display in our town soon.

Respectfully, Paula M Boudreau


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