September 29, 2019 ~ Building Whitman Community One Positive Story at a Time
Timothy Hanlon Takes Over as New Whitman Police Chief
The Whitman Police Department is pleased to announce that Timothy P. Hanlon will begin his new role as the department's chief today following the retirement of Chief Scott D. Benton.. In addition, Sgt. Joseph Bombardier will replace Hanlon as the department's deputy chief.
"I am thrilled to take over as the new Whitman Police chief and am honored to be following in the footsteps of my dear friend Chief Benton," Chief Hanlon said. "I have worked for the Whitman Police Department for nearly 20 years and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence and high-quality service that this department is known for. In addition, I wish Chief Benton all the best in his retirement."
Chief Hanlon began his career in law enforcement as an emergency dispatcher for the Hanover Police Department. He was a special police officer for the Hanover Police from 1998-2000 before being hired as a patrolman for the Whitman Police Department. Since joining WPD, Chief Hanlon worked his way up the ranks and has held several positions in the department including: drug officer, detective, detective sergeant, court prosecutor and shift supervisor. He was named deputy chief in 2012.
Chief Hanlon is a Hanover native and graduated from Hanover High School in 1985. He attained his associate's degree from Massasoit Community College and a bachelor's degree in criminology from Bridgewater State College. During his senior year at Bridgewater State in 1991, he did an internship with the Whitman Police Department. He also holds a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College. In 2014, he attended the FBI National Academy.
Chief Hanlon has been married to his wife Lori for 25 years and they have a son, Connor, age 22, and daughter, Allison, age 18. The family has lived in Whitman for the past 25 years.
Deputy Chief Bombardier joined the Whitman Police Department in 1999 as an auxiliary police officer. He was appointed to be a reserve officer in 2001 and was hired as a full-time officer in 2004 after graduating from the Municipal Police Officers Class.
In 2007, Bombardier was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was the supervisor of the day shift. In 2010, he was promoted to detective sergeant, a position he held until becoming deputy chief.
"I am very grateful to have been appointed to be the next deputy chief for the Whitman Police Department," Deputy Chief Bombardier said. "Working for my hometown police department is a dream come true and I am humbled to be able to continue to serve the community I grew up in."
Deputy Chief Bombardier has been married to his wife Kim for 28 years and they have three children together, Aimee, Thomas and Sarah. He is a lifelong Whitman resident and graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in 1981. Prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement, he worked at Reebok for 19 years.
Both men take over their new roles following the retirement of Chief Benton after a 33- year career in law enforcement, including the last seven years as chief.
Historical Tidbit:
Evacuation Day, Boston
On March 17, 1776, British soldiers under General Howe were forced to evacuate Boston. In 1768, the first 4,000 troops had arrived in Boston.
By the time of the evacuation, that number had grown to 11,000.
Overnight on March 5th on Dorchester Heights, patriot soldiers under General George Washington constructed parapets and rifle pits along with cannon brought from Fort Ticonderoga by Colonel Knox. Gen. Howe awoke the following morning to extensive earthworks upon the strategically important hill.
Rather than risk another battle with heavy casualties such as Bunker Hill, Gen. Howe made the decision to withdraw his troops by ship never to return to Boston. The departing of troops was not only a military victory for the fledgling Continental Army, it was also a psychological victory for Boston and all the colonies. 
The sacrifices and commitment of Boston citizens, the Militia throughout the countryside and Washington's Army inspired the colonies to organize and fight for their freedom, eventually leading to the founding of the United States of America. 
Saint Patrick's Day parades have been held in Boston since 1876. Evacuation Day was not declared a holiday in the city of Boston until 1901.
The large Irish population of Boston played a role in the establishment of the county holiday. A 1941 law establishing Evacuation Day in Suffolk County was signed in both black and green ink.
Celebrated on March 17, only in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, (which includes Boston), Evacuation Day gives Boston area workers St. Patrick's Day off from work.

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Marker Making Workshop
Thurs, Oct 3rd
6 - 7p
Community Room Whitman Public Library
Create a custom color marker by mixing ink with the Crayola marker maker.  
This program is limited to 12 children ages 7-10.  Please register. 
Crafter's Gift Show
Sat, Oct 5th
9a - 3p
Knights of Columbus Hall
1193 Bedford St. (Rt 18)
To Benefit Old Colony Hospice
In memory of Fred & Violet Mather
The Whitman Area Special Olympics is Conducting a 2019 Holiday Calendar Fundraiser.
The calendars list the prize for each day. They cost $10 each. We accept checks or cash only. All monies collected go 100% to our program for uniforms and equipment for our sports program.
Let me know how many you want and I will deliver the calendars to you … wherever you are. I can be reached by cell, text or email. (781) 733-2738,
Whitman Selectmen Meeting, September 24, 2019
Watershed Canoe Kayak
Fall Foliage Canoe/Kayak Trip
Sat, Oct 12th
10a (check-in at 9:30a)
South Street East river crossing on the Raynham/East Taunton line
You're invited to join the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) for a canoe/kayak trip on the Taunton River to enjoy the peak fall foliage.
Please pack a lunch, we will stop mid-way and take a break. It will end approximately four hours later (2:00p) at Weir Riverfront Park on East Water Street in Taunton.
The registration cost is $15 per person. Pre-registration and payment is required and we've made it easy! Now you can register, pay and get the liability form online here . If you prefer to pay by check please make it payable to Taunton River Watershed Alliance and mail by October 7 to: TRWA, PO Box 1116, Taunton, MA 02780.  
Participants must supply their own canoe or kayak and an extra paddle and wear a flotation device. If you don't have your own, there are three 10-foot kayaks with paddle and PFD are available for rent. Please email the river guide to make arrangements.  
Youths under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Shuttle service will be provided as needed. No alcohol is allowed on the river.
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Activities at Council on Aging
Wii BOWLING - 8:00a
BINGO - 1:00p
ART GROUP - 9:00a
CHAIR YOGA - 9:30a, $4.00 to the instructor
BINGO at Harvard Court - 12:30p
MAH JONGG - 12:30p
Fall Family Fun
Sat, Oct 12th
11a - 1p
Community Room
Whitman Public Library

Come to the library for fall-inspired games & crafts! All ages welcome.
Drop-in. 781-447-7613
Wonder Days: Stories & Play
Oct 2 until Nov 20 every Wednesday
11a - 12p
Community Room

Join us for stories, a craft and open play time.
Suggested for ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Annual Pumpkin Patch
Oct 5th - 31st

Come by and pick out the perfect pumpkin for your holiday festivities.
These pumpkins will definitely make your home even more gourd-geous.
Amateur Radio Field Day with WARC
A national day when ham radio groups, in a loose simulation of an emergency situation, attempt to make connections with other ham radio operators around the country or the world. In a true emergency situation they would be making these connections to help get emergency assistance to areas in need. This program shows how the Whitman Amateur Radio Club (WARC) set up and performed in the field, that being the back lot of the East Bridgewater YMCA . Whitman Amateur Radio Club
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Box Tops for Education
It's National Box Tops Week and earning just got easier! Now that Box Tops has gone digital, get to know the new mobile app so you can keep earning at your school. It scans your store receipt, automatically finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to your school's earnings online. No clipping required!
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Whitman participates in the Global Climate Strike.
It's good news that we live in a democracy where people are encouraged to stand for what they believe in. While we saw the news reports of millions gathering across the globe, this Whitmanite helped to bring the Global Climate Strike local. Livvi Reed, pictured with Brockton organizer Denzel Gomes, livened up Main Street with chants and songs, rallying the city amid many honks and waves and yells of " thank you!" from the commuters. Livvi participated with her environmental club from Stonehill College.
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Story & picture credits: J. Rose

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How did General Howe evacuate
his troops from Boston?

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