December 1, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Goodies Delivered

GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Women's Club's president Edie Edlund and membership chairwoman Joyce Clark made a visit to Brockton Hospital with an assortment of hand knitted baby hats for the pediatric unit.

Historical Tidbit:
Town Life During WWII  

What was life like in town during the height of WWII? Probably the biggest impact was on the male population between the ages of 18 and 40. 50% of the town's major work force was serving in the military because of the draft. In some towns, that was roughly 1/4 of the population. Many other men who did not qualify for military service, either for health reasons or age, were working in defense industries in the ship yards in Hingham, Quincy and Boston. 

The local shoe factories were turning out military shoes, and there were chicken houses all over town because beef and pork were rationed. Gasoline was rationed to a couple of gallons per family, so there were no "Sunday rides," even if your tires still had enough tread to hold air. Sugar, butter and coffee were also rationed and scrap drives were constantly collecting scrap metal, rubber goods and paper. New cars did not exist for 3 years, and trucks only if you had a defense related job. You were even limited on the size of mail you could put in the mail box. These sacrifices folks made were the price of freedom. 
Respectfully submitted by
David Moore
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558 South Main St. 
Mon - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p,
Fri 8:30a - 12 Noon
 Tues eve 6 - 8p
Public Library
760 South Main St.
Mon - Wed 10a - 8p
Thurs 10a - 6p, Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 2p

Council on Aging
2215 King Philip St.
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Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00 am - 11:00 am
494 Church St, Raynham
Caroline Karson
 won a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman!

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
5-6ft Christmas Tree from Nessralla Farm Store, 318 Plymouth St, Halifax
Lights On Festival 2019 December 7th 3 - 8 PM

The City of Taunton's Lighting of the Green & Lights On Festival is an annual community celebration featuring live entertainment, kid's activities, fireworks, and a magical display of holiday lights...

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Mrs. Claus and Santa's Elves at the Lights On Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 7th
4:00 - 8:00p
52 Main Street
The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Women's Club will be spreading good will and cheer once again at the "Lights On Festival". Come and visit Mrs. Claus and Santa's elves to hear a reading of The Night Before Christmas and have your picture taken with Mrs. Claus. Santa's elves will also be handing out holiday sugar cookies, and letters for you to send to Santa in time for Christmas.
Trip to Holiday Boston Pops 2019
Sunday, Dec 8th
The bus will depart the Raynham Senior Center (2215 King Philip Street) at 6:00p and will return at approximately 10:45p.
Join Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra in historic Symphony Hall for an evening celebrating all the magic and charm of the season. 
Tickets to the holiday concert are available at the Raynham Park & Recreation office, located at 2254 King Philip Street. The price is $80 per person and includes forward first balcony seating and round-trip school bus transportation to and from Boston’s Symphony Hall. Raynham Residents & Non-residents are welcome!
A Very Special Christmas Party!
Sat, Dec 7th
1:00 - 4:00p  
Knight of Columbus
103 Center Street, Bridgewater

The Knights would like to invite special needs children to our annual Christmas Party. Our festivities provide a supportive environment so that children can enjoy things like visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus at their own pace, engaging in crafts with necessary assistance, and generally enjoying a supportive environment with the Knights and other special needs families. The party is free to special needs families and siblings are welcome, 
Activities include: holiday music, games, crafts, small gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and pictures with Santa for those who would enjoy time with them.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to: Karin Sullivan email - or call (508) 415-4070 by Wed, December 4 with:

  1. Full Name of all Children Attending
  2. Sex of Child
  3. Age
  4. Any gifts considerations such as developmental age of child. 
Networking Group USA
Silver City Chapter
8:15 - 9:15a
1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month
Stoneforge Tavern
90 Paramount Dr., Raynham

From their website: "After being part of many other “official” networking groups in the past I knew the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t. I saw first- and how strict, rigid, corporate, and EXPENSIVE being a part of these other groups can be. The only requirement I was adamant on was that OUR group will be fun, relaxed, efficient, and FREE!" ~ NGUSA Founder Brendon Elliot
Come check out the Raynham Meeting of Networking Group USA.
Click here for more information.
Our "24st Annual Community Toy Drive" to benefit "Operation Santa is Wednesday, December 11.
 All current and former patients, who bring in an  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY  for either a boy or girl will receive an adjustment at  NO CHARGE !! (Complimentary adjustments are performed on the day of the toy drive only)
NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME ALSO !! Stop in and see our office and meet Dr Perry. For your donation of a  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY, you will receive a gift certificate for a Complimentary Consultation and Exam!!
Please consider helping us to help the community.
Call and schedule your appointment today!!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
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13th Annual RAVE Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 7th at 8:30a – 2:30p LaLiberte Elementary School - 777 Pleasant Street, Raynham, MA

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We're Your COMPLETE Garden, Farm & Pet Store!

We're your one-stop shop for all the supplies you need for all your furry friends!

Stop in today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Above: B-R Connection with
Pat Riley & Derek Swenson
Below: Conservation Commission 10/16/19
Video credits: The Raynham Channel
Afternoon Tea with Charles Dickens w/ A Reading from "A Christmas Carol"
Sun, Dec 8th
Admission includes tea with refreshments.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12
Ticket sales are limited to 80 tickets.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the church at 508-822-6177 or email

image from wikicommons
Preschool Programs at the Library
Baby Bookworms
Mondays, 10:30a
Songs & stories followed by play and socializing.
Intended for newborns to 18 months.

Toddler Time
Wednesdays, 10:30a
Stories, songs, and activities to help kids get
ready to read, followed by play and socializing.
Ages 18 months to 3 years

Limited edition vibrant activewear for your lifestyle.

Handmade in Bridgewater!

(508) 807-5138
"Life is Sweeter with Mama Deb's
Sweet Italian Sauce"

We are located in Middleboro and offer Retail Sauce, Gift Sets, Mobile Food & Cooking Classes.

Click here for retail locations, mobile food 
events, and pasta making class schedules.
Check out our Facebook
Business of the Year and/or
Business Person of the Year 

Nominate for 2019 for the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce 41st Annual Meeting. 

For details and to submit your nomination click HERE.

Please submit nominations by December 13th.
Selectman Meeting
Held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
Video credit: The Raynham Channel
Residence Inn - Bridgewater
Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen and living room area. Includes complimentary Breakfast Buffet daily and evening social “The Mix” three nights per week. 
*Short and long term rates available.
2020 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA 
(508) 697- 1412
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Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Pops
Sun, Dece 15th - 3:00p
Oliver Ames High School,
100 Lothrup St., Easton

Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Dr. Emilian Badea has chosen your seasonal favorites, along with exciting soloists, sing-alongs, and fun surprises.

Order your tickets at the discount price  HERE.
Adult $25, Senior $20, Child/Student with ID FREE
Tickets at the door will be an additional $5. For questions: Symphony Line 508.588.3841
Enjoying Fall images ...
take time to relax!

Photo credits: Mary Wright Julius

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
5-6ft Christmas Tree from
Nessralla Farm Store,
318 Plymouth St, Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question: 
What percent of the workforce was serving in the military because of the draft?

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Buzz Around Raynham.

On December 4, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Amanda Lobsien, Jacquelyn Rose, Gregory Venezia & Beyonnie Whitaker
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