Saturday, October 29, 2011
And the winner is...
A big patchy congratulations goes out to Doug Martin, who entered for a chance to win annual membership to Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro by signing up for Attleboro Patch's Newsletter! Doug, along with hundreds of others stopped by the Patch tent to help us celebrate our one-year anniversary at Capron's Zoo Boo Spooktacular. Congratulations, Doug!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Not having accreditation means less animals at Capron Zoo.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has tabled Capron Zoo's re-accreditation after September 2012 until the zoo hires another zoo keeper. Capron Zoo Director Jean Benchimol said the zoo, which of the 2,000 zoos in the nation is only one of 219 that are accredited, needs to hire a zoo keeper in order to keep that designation. The $45,000 annual cost of hiring one, however, is a problem. Benchimol said there is no room in the $900,000 budget (which grew from $90,000 in five years) to add another zoo keeper, and removing an item from the current budget is not immediately feasible. Tasked to the Max Currently the zoo staff, which includes eight animal keepers, two educators, an assistant director and Benchimol, is extended to the max. "There…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tickets for the Sept. 17 Capron Zoo event are still being sold by the Friends.
The Friends of Capron Zoo have donated close to $200,000 to Attleboro's zoo. It's gone toward supporting construction of boardwalks, the popular splashpad and the transportation costs to bring the white lion to Attleboro. Now, those friends need to replenish their coffers to support the zoo's future needs. Volunteers behind the non-profit group are hosting Passport to Africa, an evening fundraiser, on Saturday, Sept. 17. "We exist solely to support the zoo," said Capron Zoo volunteer, Joe Hall. "Whatever the zoo needs and can't get from the city because of the budget, the zoo comes to us." The non-profit also helps fund continuing education seminars for zoo staff, which is necessary for accreditation. "We really see ourselves like the …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Here are some ways to stay cool during the heat today.
Read a book or fill in a crossword puzzle at the Attleboro Public Library (it's air conditioned). Stop by Friendly's on Pleasant Street or Route 1, Del's Lemonade or Bliss Dairy for a cold treat. The public pools throughout the city do not open until June 29, but that does not mean you can't go swimming at the Attleboro YMCA on Pleasant or North Main Streets. Visit the Emerald Square Mall where you can walk laps around the air-conditioned mall. Have kids? Grab their suits and a towel and head over to Capron Park Zoo to play in the splashpad!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The fundraiser for Capron Zoo will go on!
The Friends of Capron Park Zoo, a non-profit that helps to purchase items to enhance Attleboro's zoo, were granted approval by the Attleboro City Council to serve beer and wine at a planned fundraiser in the fall. The Councilors voted in favor of the waiver 9-2 after Hall had gone before the members on two other occasions to explain the fundraiser, which is slated to be held Sept. 17 at the Zoo. A few sticking points raised by Councilors Walter Thibodeau, Cheri Felos and Brian Kirby were brought up during previous meetings. One point made was that approving such a waiver would set a bad precedent for future requests to serve alcohol on city-owned property. Another issue brought up by the councilors was the need for security and police …
Saturday, March 26, 2011
A day of sunshine brings us out to Capron Zoo.
I think I speak for us all when I say cabin fever has taken over. I mean really, enough now! I have little boys, they are meant to be outside playing in the mud. Instead the house has turned into a huge playground and I just can’t keep up. Every morning I wake up and all that runs through my mind is how do I keep them busy all day. When you are trapped in the house the days feel longer and longer. I want to be outside just as much as they do and I love to take them for walks. However, Mother Nature had other plans. I mean truthfully it has become so bad that I will try anything. The problem for most moms, especially stay-at-home moms, is the money. We don’t have that additional salary coming in like we use to so you have to really budget…
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friends of the Capron Park Zoo have provided the city with a new, more effecient Zoo Mobile.
It took a while to purchase it and it will be at least another month before it can be out on the road, but the new Capron Park Zoo Mobile will indeed soon make its debut. The new vehicle- a black 2009 Dodge four-door Caliber- replaces a 16-year-old old Zoo Mobile van that finally broke down last year, Zoo Education Instructor Corey Shumaker said. The $15,000 total replacement cost was defrayed by matching $7,500 grants from the Bristol County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation and Charisma Fund of Boston acquired by the Friends of the Capron Park Zoo as a gift to the city. After the new Zoo Mobile is painted with a new logo and background, Shumaker will be making the rounds again in a vehicle better suited to his needs and requirements. “…
Thursday, January 13, 2011
City officials have mixed reactions to a proposal to ban Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from the library building.
A bold move by the Attleboro Public Library Board of Trustees to request that Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders be prohibited from the library has the city's Committee on Ordinances, Elections and Legislative Matters taking a close look at balancing First Amendment rights with the safety of children. One by one, members of the library staff and board approached the committee Tuesday night to state their support for an ordinance that would affect the city's 65, Level 2 sex offenders and 15, Level 3 sex offenders. The State of Massachusetts categorizes sex offenders into three tiers – Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Levels 2 and 3 are considered the most severe. "To our knowledge we have not had molestation in our library," Library …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Capron Park Zoo officials are cleaning up after the winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on its exhibiits.
Capron Zoo will remain closed for another day as the zoo's staff cleans up after the post Christmas winter storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on its exhibits. Zoo Director Jean Benchimol said the park will remain closed on Tuesday so that zoo staff can continue with the cleanup and make the zoo a safe place for visitors and its animals. "We want to be sure there is no ice on the ground, safety is our concern," she said. "We will be open and in full gear tomorrow (Wednesday)." Once branches are cleared and the walkways are passable and safe, the zoo will open on Wednesday, according to Benchimol. The zoo was quiet on Monday other than one or two employees who were clearing one last path before heading home after the long …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Here are four ways to reconnect to the natural world in the winter.
In the deep freeze of winter, it's easy to set aside activities that bring us closer to nature. After all, it's often too cold to even play in our own backyards, let alone go for a hike in the woods or gaze at the stars. But staying engaged with the natural world, regardless of the season, is critical to our ability and willingness to protect and defend it. After all, out of sight, out of mind, right? If you're spending your entire winter going between your technology-filled office or school and your technology-filled house, it can be easy to forget about the world outside. You can miss the birds that may flutter through your neighborhood searching for food. You can miss the constantly shifting constellations. You can miss the tracks of …