March 22, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Whitman Dollars for Scholars just a few short weeks ago.

Please think about our local restaurants ... buy gift certificates, buy take out!
Give back to our local establishments who contribute so much to the life of Whitman!
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Historical Tidbit:
Kings Castle Land

From 1968 to 1994, Whitman was home to King’s Castle Land, a seven acre amusement park with fire-breathing dragons, a towering 22-foot statue of Paul Bunyan and dozens of child-inspired amusements and rides. Kings Castle Land and Toy Store owned by the Whitney family and located near the intersection of Routes 18 and 14.

Video Courtesy of Clarence Whitney, former owner
Sales People Needed. Yes we are hiring.

Friendly and organized people are needed to meet with small businesses, explain Buzz Around products, and create marketing partnerships! *Work 25 - 40 hours per week *Make your own hours & create your own schedule ...

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Your Buzz Around is committed to sharing positive news, tips & ideas, to help us all through! Most local businesses remain open with adaptations to adjust for social distancing. Bee Kind & Shop Local.
Town Hall
54 South Ave.
781-618-9700
Mon, Wed, Thu 8a - 4p
Tues 8a - 7:30p
Fri Closed
Check the town website for needed updates


Public Library
100 Webster Street
781-447-7613
Mon-Thu 10a - 8p
Fri 1p - 5p
Sat (School Year) 10a - 4p


Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave.
781-447-7619
Mon, Wed, Thu 8a - 4p
Tues 8a - 7p
Fri 8a - 1p
COA

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Congratulations! 
Carole Smudin
won a
CSA share: your very own box of fresh fruit
& veggies each week this growing season! ($125 value)
We will draw one winner for all
Buzz Around communities.


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

You could win a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution facebook.com/cleanbeautycorner
News from Town of Whitman
As a precautionary measure all town offices and buildings have been closed to the public until further notice. Town offices will continue to be staffed and residents who need to conduct town business can call 781-447-7600, email and visit online site.

HOW TO RECEIVE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION FROM THE TOWN:
*The Town’s Website www.whitman-ma.gov is updated on a daily basis and all news and calendar events are automatically posted on the Town of Whitman Facebook page and Twitter feed.
*You can sign up to receive email alerts from various Town departments using the "Notify Me" link on the Town Website. www.whitman-ma.gov
*“Like” The Town of Whitman on Facebook for another informational resource.

Council on Aging - are in the building to answer calls and are continuing to deliver Meals on Wheels and to provide our usual transportation on Mondays to Whitman pharmacies, banks and Family Dollar store. We are also providing our regularly scheduled transportation for grocery shopping on Tuesdays. Please call office to schedule. If you are in need of assistance with picking up groceries, prescriptions, take-out food, would like a check-in phone call, or any other need, please call office 781-447-7619 x 2 and we will do the best we can to see that your needs are met. All in building activities are cancelled. Check our Facebook page for updates.

Library - Great virtual resources on our Facebook Page as well as on our website.

Schools - For updates on our schools visit www.whrsd.org/home.
Many of our Buzz communities are participating in this, .. so we figured we would share it all around. A great way to keep our community feeling going.

"Hey Neighbors!
Over the next few weeks, many of us will be increasing our time spent at home. It can be hard to find things to do all day (especially with children) and not lose your mind. So I was thinking about a way for our community to still get outside and do something fun, without being near others.
I thought it’d be fun to have a neighborhood wide rainbow 🌈 hunt!

All you have to do is put a rainbow in your window. That’s it! Color it, paint it, cut it out, print it from the printer, whatever.

Then we can get outside, walk around or drive around and see how many rainbows we can find!
It’s easy. No human contact. Get fresh air. Make a rainbow and then hunt for others.

What do you think? A fun art project that becomes a great outdoor activity!"

Ed note: The originator is not known, but it's catching on. Make it a rainbow anywhere... sidewalk chalk, flags, anywhere!

Photo sent in by reader Deborah Baumgarten. Thanks!
Disconnect with Cyberspace.
Reconnect with Open Space.
The mission of this initiative is to reconnect families and children with the great outdoors.

This ‘Take a Hike!’ Guide is for individuals, groups and families who are interested in exploring the State Parks and Forests of Southeast Massachusetts.
While the visitor centers are closed, all state parks and comfort stations across the Commonwealth remain open and available for the public to utilize. DCR reminds residents and visitors to avoid gathering in large groups, maintain social distancing, and practice healthy personal hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.​... BUT YES!!!! GET OUT AND HIKE!!!
Most trails are well marked. Trail maps & directions may be found at mass.gov/dcr,
You will also find directions to these
parks at the above website. You will
need a good pair of sneakers or boots
and a bottle of water!
Filing & Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020



Read more
www.irs.gov
See our amazing disappearing chicks.
BRIDGEWATER FARM SUPPLY
Get Ready! 
The chicks are coming
...the chicks are coming! 
Do you have your supplies?
This is a perfect project for the kids
 and a fun way to feed yourself. 

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


Various weekly programs in July 2020.
For an early registration discount of $50 off, register  HERE by  March 20th.
One-week science courses for Students entering Grades 6 - 12 in the fall of 2020.
This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.
Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected course. Students in the middle school courses will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All courses focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. 
WHCA-TV 's ByThe Numbers
Season 2 Promo
A new season of By The Numbers is about to get underway. The show looks to continue the success of Season 1, by sharing financial insight from people in the know.
Tune into WHCA -TV.
  PINCHES AND POUNDS
W e take phone orders & you can order online for your convenience!

Open everyday 11a - 6p
until further notice.

785 Bedford St Rt 18
Whitman, Ma
(781) 447-2639
Online orders ! www.mypinchesandpounds.com
TRIO CAFE
Family Owned & Operated
Treat yourself to a yummy lunch!

We're Open: Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm
Call in your order & it will be ready for take out!
12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
Shooting Hoop
By Deena Anzum, BuzzAround Intern

In my free time, I like to shoot basketball with my siblings. It is especially fun when my siblings and I play the game HORSE. We designate a spot for each letter of the word horse. Each of us takes turns shooting starting from H. On each spot, there 2 are chances to get the ball in the hoop. If the ball goes in, you can move on to the next letter and continue until you miss a shot. Miss on the first shot, it is the next person’s turn. When it is your turn again, you start in the position you left off on. Missing on the second shot means you must go back to H. Once a person gets through each of the positions, other players must try to complete the game without missing. If one or more of those players finish the game without missing a shot, they must go into a tie-breaker round. In the tie-breaker round, the players must take turns shooting from the same position. The person who misses the shot loses. This game can be played now with wiping or washing our hands before each players turn. 
Playing HORSE is very enjoyable. It is a great bonding activity with my family. We joke around when one of us misses the hoop. My parents also like to watch us play and encourage us to go outside and enjoy the weather. When I was younger, I used to play basketball with my neighbors. I would go over their house every day and continue playing until sunset. Sometimes, we would play HORSE, and sometimes we would have multiple basketballs and shoot hoops while chatting. Basketball is a great activity to enjoy with friends and family!
Census 2020
The time is now. Help shape your future, and your community's future, by responding to the 2020 Census. Where
 
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
 
School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.
 
The official Census Bureau mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online, but your census can be completed with or without your code... just get it done!!!
 
Count yourself in the population now!
Click here to visit the official website
From Comm of MA Website: "We want you to know that Massachusetts is prepared for this potential outbreak. Massachusetts public health departments and our world-class health care providers are well-versed in emergency preparedness and our healthcare workers, institutions and public health partners across the Commonwealth are constantly training for the possible emergence of diseases."
States structure includes: * Incident Command Structure to include briefings with state health leadership to facilitate information sharing, decision-making, and responses during a potential outbreak.
*Keeping public health partners including local boards of health, school health personnel, Emergency Medical Services, college and university health systems, and health emergency preparedness teams informed with the latest federal guidance.
*Continually monitoring impacts to the supply chain of personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks, and other equipment within the US and providing hospitals and health systems with strategies to optimize these supplies.
*Continuing efforts by the State Public Health Laboratory staff and epidemiologic staff to perform surveillance of potential cases and contacts and respond to questions from clinicians, health departments, and the public 24/7. As of 3/17 there were 218 confirmed cases in the Commonwealth.
For more information on our preparedness, and to track # check: www.mass.gov

WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution facebook.com/cleanbeautycorner

Historical Tidbit Question:
How tall was Paul Bunyan's statue?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer. Prize Box Rules .


By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.

On March 25, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Clouds & Kites.
 
"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."
~ Lauren Bacall
 
" Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it." ~ Winston Churchill
 
"When you're a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don't have a thought in your mind. It's purely meditation, and we lose that." ~ Dick Van Dyke
 
"Today is the day when bold kites fly,
When cumulus clouds roar across the sky.
When robins return, when children cheer,
When light rain beckons spring to appear.
 
Today is the day when daffodils bloom,
Which children pick to fill the room,
Today is the day when grasses green,
When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen." ~ Robert McCracken
The air outside is free and clear. Let your imagination soar like a kite, let your dreams flow with the clouds. Smile. You are loved, accepted, and important. Do not face your challenges alone, we are in this together.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Deena Anzum, Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Megan Pich, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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