February 2, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Police Chief Timothy Hanlon is pleased to share that scout Shane Schraut was recognized for receiving the Eagle Scout Award.
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Troop 22 of Whitman hosted their Eagle Court of Honor honoring Eagle Scout Shane Schraut. At the celebration,Chief Hanlon presented and read a letter to Shane for his accomplishments.
The Eagle Scout award recognizes the scout's numerous merit badges and leadership in the community.
In his letter, Chief Hanlon commended Schraut for his community service and dedication. The letter proceeded to draw upon comparisons between scouts and local law enforcement.
"It's a privilege to recognize Shane who is a dedicated young leader within our community," said Chief Hanlon. "Like police, scouts are held to a higher standard as they serve the community in which they live. This award recognizes all of Shane's accomplishments and his lifelong journey with the Boys Scouts of America." Story & Photo credit: www.whitman-ma.gov.
Historical Tidbit:

Ships and Shipbuilding in MA
Photo credit: New Bedford Whaling Museum

"Shipbuilding is one of the oldest industries in the United States with roots in the earliest colonial settlements. Shipbuilding quickly became a successful and profitable industry in Massachusetts, with its miles of coastline featuring protected harbors and bays and extensive supplies of raw materials. 

The early wooden vessels built for commercial fishing and foreign trade also gave rise to a variety of ancillary trades and industries in the area, including sail making, chandleries, rope walks and marine railways."
"The whaling merchants of New Bedford operated a complex business network of finance, shipbuilding, barrel making, insurance, ship supply, and rope and sail making. The sponsors and agents of the ships earned huge profits and for a time New Bedford was considered to be the "richest city in the world." Today, New Bedford includes a broad array of business, residential and institutional structures exemplifying the Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian styles of architecture; museums, historical exhibits, and records which convey the importance, diversity, and financial power of the whaling era."

Town Hall
54 South Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8a - 4p
Tues 8a - 7:30p
Fri Closed

Public Library
100 Webster Street
Mon-Thu 10a - 8p
Fri 1p - 5p
Sat (School Year) 10a - 4p

Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8a - 4p
Tues 8a - 7p
Fri 8a - 1p

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Steve Lyons
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You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
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Nomination Papers Available for the Annual Town Election
Nomination papers for the May 16, 2020 Annual Town Election are available as of Monday, January 27, 2020. 

Town offices that will appear on the ballot are: One Moderator for Three Years; One Town Treasurer/Collector for Three Years; Two Selectmen for Three Years; One Assessor for Three Years; Two PK-12 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Committee Members for Three Years; Two Department of Public Works Commissioners for Three Years; Two Public Library Trustees for Three Years; One Whitman Housing Authority Member for Five Years; One Planning Board Member for Five Years; One Board of Health Member for Three Years. Nomination papers must be returned with 50 valid signatures of voters by 5p on Thursday, March 27, 2020.

Please call Town Clerk Dawn Varley at 781-618-9710 with any questions.
Baby Birds, Their Nests
& Creating with Clay 
Wednesday February 5th
10:30 - 11:30a
Whitman Public Library - Community Room
Audubon Preschool program for ages 3-6. P articipants will observe many different types of real bird’s nests from out nest collection. This will allow them to feel and learn about the natural materials that birds use to make nests. After listening to a story about a mother robin caring for her nest and observing the real nests, each child-caregiver pair will then make their own nest out of natural material.

The nest will be self-contained in a paper bowl. Once the nest is made, each child will use air dried clay to sculpt several eggs and one parent bird to place in their nest. Each group will get to keep their nest and once the clay dries, they will be able to paint the eggs and birds. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Whitman Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Homeschool Social:
Day Party
Tuesday February 11th
10:30a - 12:00p
WPL - Community Room

Meet other homeschoolers and explore a new theme each month. 

This month join us for our annual Valentine's Day Party. Please consider bringing a game or treat and Valentines from home. 

All ages. Drop-in. 

Stephanie Young 7814477613  syoung@ocln.org
The Annual Indoor Yard Sale at All Saints Church
 Saturday February 15th
9a - 3p
44 Park Ave, Whitman
We're Your COMPLETE Garden, Farm &
Pet Store!

We have everything you need to keep yourself safe, and your pets, fish and feathered friends safe, too!

Stop in today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

The BSU Observatory  FREE Public Nights
Weather allowing, the BSU Observatory will be open on the following dates in Spring 2020:
  • February 19 and 26 from 6:00 - 7:30p
  • March 4 from 6:30 - 8:00p
  • March 18, 21, 25 and 28 from 8:00 - 9:30p
  • April 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25 and 29, and May 2 from 8:30 - 10:00p
You can also follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory or call our hotline at 508-531-DARK for the weather decision. (The night has to be clear.)
Parking for these evening events is available in the West Campus Lot.

Come See Our New Home
265 Bedford St, Bridgewater

(508) 378-9971

Voter Registration Deadline is
February 12 for the Presidential
Primary on March 3
Town Clerk Dawn Varley announced that the last day to register to vote or change political party is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by 8:00p. For the Presidential Primary Election to be held on March 3 rd,  2020.
A person must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the town and a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization. Voters that have moved within Whitman are urged to change their voting address in writing.
If you are registered as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Rainbow voter, that will be the only ballot you will be given. If you are an unenrolled (Independent) voter, you may choose any of the four ballots and will then automatically be returned to your unenrolled status.
Voter registration is also held daily in the Town Clerk’s office . Mail-in registration forms are also available. Mail in forms must be postmarked by February 12, 2020 to be included on the voting list for this election. You can Register online at RegisterToVoteMA.com
All voters will vote at the town hall, 54 South Avenue. The polls for election will be open from 7:00a until 8:00p.
Students enter your artwork now!
Local high school students are invited to participate in Rep. Josh Cutler’s  8th annual Sixth Plymouth District Student Art Competition . Selected works will be hung on display at the Massachusetts State House.
The competition is open to any high school age student living in Pembroke, Duxbury or Whitman-Hanson. Any original piece of artwork completed by the student within the last 18 months and not previously entered in the competition is eligible.
Each student may submit up to three pieces in a format suitable for hanging. Categories are photography, paintings, drawing and pastels and mixed media. There will be an award for Best in Show.
The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 14, 2020 . A panel of local artists will judge the works and select winners. Artwork will be on display in March at the Massachusetts State House, and an online gallery of all winning entries will be posted to Rep. Cutler’s website.
Entries should be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick; not weigh more than 15 pounds; and be original in concept, design and execution. Entries may be delivered to Rep. Cutler’s office, 620 County Road, Hanson, via their high school teacher, or at the Duxbury Art Association by the entry deadline.
Entry forms must be completed and attached to the work.  Download entry packet here (pdf).
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Above: Whitman Think Tank Television; Episode 8
Host Erin Johnson speaks with Whitman Town Clerk Dawn Varley about the upcoming Presidential Primary Election and the importance of completing a local and national census.

Below: Whitman Selectmen & Finance Committee, Joint Meeting
January 21, 2020 at Whitman Town Hall

Videos Courtesy of WHCA TV
Accepting new, clean socks until Feb 15th for our sock...

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Notice on REAL IDs
In case you haven't heard, after October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID or a passport to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings.
You can get a REAL ID when you renew your licence at the RMV or AAA center if you have AAA. The AAA center is less crowded, so I'd go there if you are a AAA member.
Learn more about getting a REAL ID here.
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I would like to wish a Happy 50th birthday to GEORGE M. FERRO JR.
George was hired a Whitman Middle School Principal in 2004. He began his career as a teacher and coach for the New Bedford Public Schools until he moved into Administration in the role of Assistant Principal for the Westport Community Schools in the 1999. George was named the MetLife, NASSP MA Middle School Principal of the Year in 2009 and also served as the President of the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA) in 2016-2017. Even though he’s an administrator, he’s a pretty good guy.
~ Superintendent Jeff Szymaniak
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Come learn with Mana Deb at our Fresh Pasta & Ravioli Class, Feb 3rd!
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A Thank you to the Staff of Duval Elementary
"My mom teaches at Duval Elementary and they had a spaghetti dinner night tonight for families. I brought my boys and it was such a fun treat! The staff were so welcoming and kind as always and I loved watching them interact with all the students.
I think the best part was that they opened the library for a free book grab. Kids got to go down to the library after dinner and choose up to FIVE free books to take home.
Great job Duval Staff 👍" ~ Alyssa Annette

Photo credit: Alyssa Annette


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Historical Tidbit Question:
What were the early wooden vessels built for?

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I was raised in this American Dream of opportunity. "American Ingenuity" "Freedom of choice." It's why I was empowered to learn and make my life better, and to launch the BuzzAround.

It's with the wisdom of years that I have come to understand the ways that not everyone is given access to that American Dream. Sometimes it is systematic or individual bigotry or sexism.

Many voices have cried out in desperation and anguish and have brought us here to where we can see it, name it and work on changing.

The good news is that we have the ability to change... to change our communities, to change our policies and our government, to give everyone fair access to that American Dream.
The Buzz Around has embarked on the process of documenting the ways which we benefit society. Businesses can operate to help achieve the American Dream and take care of our planet. It does not have to be either/or it can be and/ both! Onward and upward! ~ Jacquie
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