April 26, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time...Everyday is Earth Day!
Clare has been thinking about those less fortunate than her over the past few weeks. She began thinking and talking about what she could do to help during these uncertain times. A few nights ago at dinner we spoke about how fortunate we were to be able to have a meal as a family and not worry about if we had enough food to eat.
We reached out to the Whitman Food Pantry and realized the great need for help. The Whitman Food Pantry is unable to safely take food donations at this time.
If you would like to show our community pride, while helping to keep our local families fed, here is our Whitman Strong Campaign that Clare is promoting:
This sign displayed in your yard shows solidarity and support of our Front-line Essential Workers and shows your community spirit and commitment to feeding our local families in need.
~ Michelle LaMattina (Clare's mom)
Mon April 20, 2020

How it works:
Clare & I will be selling these lawn signs for $15.00 each, (they come with a stake to place right on your lawn and are printed on one side and is 18x24 in size) all proceeds will go directly to the Whitman Food Pantry to purchase necessary items for Whitman residents.
We will reach out if you purchase and arrange pick up or delivery to the outside of your home. We have set up a venmo account – If you wish to purchase one, please leave your name in the comment section and quantity.
Payment can also be made at pickup (if you do not have venmo) – BUT, please email to reserve your sign.
After 4 days: Clare donates to the Whitman Food Pantry on behalf of the Whitman community and businesses $5700.00!! (With money still coming in.) Included in that was $1000.00 in gift cards to local Whitman eateries.
If you or anyone you know needs help with food or a gift card to get some take out, please call the Whitman food pantry at 781-447-8560. There are not government forms to fill out at this time because of Covid-19. You will just need to show your ID for proof of residency. Please call if you need help, Clare’s mission was to help local families get food they need!
Nice job WHITMAN!! #whitmanpride
On behalf of Clare - she wants to thank everyone for their amazing response 🐾🐾❤️❤️
If you wish to have your sign delivered please send an email after you make payment, with your name and address and we will arrange to drop off.

Venmo: @Whitman-Strong
We are all in this together, and let’s show our #WHITMANPRIDE!

Story & Photo credits:
Do you like to write? Do you have a good story to share?
Could you use $100?
Enter our short story contest.
Write an original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman. Due 5/8/20.

4 prizes of $100 each will be awarded on May 21, 2020 to the best non-fiction short stories in these categories:
Popular vote: Vote on stories from May 11 -17, 2020 The popular vote will include all short stories submitted that meet the above criteria.
Brockton:  3 Brockton librarians, Malice Veiga, Jennifer Belcher and Kevin Nascimento will judge stories submitted related to Brockton.
East Bridgewater, Halifax & Whitman: Michelle “Shel” Stephen (EB), Jean Gallant (Halifax) and Barbara Bryant (Whitman) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Whitman, East Bridgewater and Halifax.
Bridgewater, Raynham, and West Bridgewater: Ann Gerald (Bridgewater),
Ellen Snoeyenbos (WB) , Jessie McKinney (Raynham) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Bridgewater, Raynham and West Bridgewater.
What's Your Good News?

You could win $100 - Whitman judge is Barbara Bryant (pictured below). Let us know your good news, Whitman.

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Entries must be 1,000 words or less.

We are accepting one non-fiction story per person until May 8, 2020.

4 prizes of $100 each will be announced on May 21, 2020.
What we as a nation are facing right now might seem insurmountable but our ancestors faced a very similar situation just over 100 years ago. We will get through this together and come out stronger on the other side.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. Walter Reed Hospital flu ward. One of the very few images in Washington area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted Sue Basile
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.
All town buildings are closed to the public, please call or email for assistance.

Town Hall
Check the town website for
needed updates

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Karen Walsh
45 min Reiki Treatment from Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.

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

You could win a
$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. Go to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!
Whitman-Hanson Regional
School Committee Meeting
April 22, 2020
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private...

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Message from Fire Deptartment
Reminder to residents-open burning ends 5/1/20.
Please support our 2020 Sponsors during these tough times:
Barcellos & Kane Landscape, Bay State Physical Therapy, Boston SILA Heating and AC, Brick Road Mortgage, Cape Cargo, Custom Metals of Massachusetts, Cyber Swings, Desac Disposal, Dick's Sporting Goods, DJ Electric, Harding Print, JG AdVentures, Let's Talk Speech and Language, Lucien Sullivan Motors, The Lucky Store, McGuiggan's, Menard Jewelers, North Easton Savings, Pro Air Heating and AC, Red Sox Foundation, Robert Brown Electric, T&D Pool Service, T&K Asphalt Service, T-Mobile, Trufant Real Estate, and Venus Cafe.
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!
Please call with your order and drive up.

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

Recently we have been experiencing a substantial increase in blockages of sewer lines and sewer station pumps. This is due to the flushing of grease and other items down drains and toilets that do not readily break down and do not dissolve in the Sewer Collection System.

These items, such as adult diapers, baby diapers, handy wipes, baby wipes, cloth rags, undergarments, sanitary napkins, “Swiffer” type wiping cloths and “Flushable” wipes block sewer pipes and clog sewer station pumps. They cause backups of sewerage and property damage, lead to premature failure of pumping station equipment and increased costs to clear and maintain sewer main pipes resulting in higher sewer rates paid by property owners.

Participating in Our Local Democracy:
Board of Selectmen Meeting
Tue, April 28, 2020 (and every Tuesday)
Online Conference Mode hosted on Zoom.com

Frank Lynam, Town Administrator
Ph: 781-618-9701

Below: Meeting from April 21, 2020 held in a Zoom virtual meeting space.
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV.
The importance of your skin-care choice for your health.

We Are Hiring Account Representatives

Our local economies have been severely impacted. Our small local businesses need help recovering. You can help. Small companies create 1.5 million jobs annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs created in the United States.

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Whitman’s Annual Town Election Date has
been changed to
June 27, 2020.
Pursuant to section 1 of chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 and because of the state of emergency declared by the governor pursuant to executive order 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, the municipal town election scheduled for May 16, 2020 is hereby postponed.

The following is the vote taken at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

Voted to reschedule the Annual Town Election to June 27, 2020.

A specimen ballot has been included with this post for your reference.

If you have any questions relating to the Annual Town Election please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 781-618-9710.

Thank you.
Teaching with i-Tree - Project Learning Tree

Free lesson plan "This is something we can actually use with real-world application." - Patti Farris, science teacher, Ramsey Jr. High, Ft. Smith, AR "Very cool program." - Jane Houseal, Arkansas Master Naturalists Project Learning Tree

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We're Open!

Some FYIs to our loyal customers: we’ll be following social distancing guidelines and taking all possible safety precautions to protect you and our staff, so be patient shopping! See you soon!

318 Plymouth St. Halifax

(781) 294-1767
  We take phone & online orders
for your convenience!

Open everyday
12 - 5p

Order online and get a free gift certificate for a future purchase! Receive $10 gift certificate for a future purchase when you spend $50 or more online.

785 Bedford St, Rt 18
(781) 447-2639

Online orders!
The DPW announces Spring 2020 Saturday yard opening dates for the public compost pile.
They will be open for ten Saturdays 7a - 3p beginning April 25 and ending on June 27.
The compost pile is open to Whitman Residents only and is for the dumping of clean leaves and grass clippings only, we do not accept bushes, branches or other such items. Due to Covid 19 we will not be selling new stickers or accepting TV drop offs until further notice, if you have an expired sticker that is acceptable.
April is National Poetry Month!
Whitman Public Library invites you to share quotes from your favorite poems.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ~Robert Frost
Online Uke Jam - BSU Music Dept
Wednesday, April 29th
5:00 - 6:00p
The uke jams on Wednesdays have moved online! If you want to join us on Zoom email Paula Bishop at p1bishop@bridgew.edu.
Any instrument at any level is welcome!
Family Engagement Needs Assessment
Massachusetts is the recipient of a Statewide Family Engagement Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
As a recipient of that grant and in order to learn more about the relationships that schools and families have with one another, DESE must annually conduct an assessment of families’ and educators’ needs related to family engagement. I encourage you to participate in this survey by visiting this website.
Call today & ask about our Special, 10% off air duct cleaning!
An air duct cleaning service is an investment not only in your health, but in the health of your HVAC system!
(781) 910-5029
Get in Shape for Women in Bridgewater
  6 Weeks of Small Group Personal Training 
for  only $279 !

We'll reopen our doors on May 4th. Let's all get moving again then!!

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)

 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   

Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
Whitman Think Tank
Host Erin Johnson conducts an interview via Zoom with Denise Taylor, President of Whitman Mothers Club.
Video Courtesy of WHCA- TV
Our local businesses and restaurants supporting Dollars For Scholars! Remember them in your purchases.
The Whitman Hanson Dollars for Scholars held it's 13th Annual Taste of Whitman & Hanson on March 5, 2020.
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV


Have fun with us and bee entered to win
a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. Go to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!

Historical Tidbit Question:
From what archive is the photo from?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

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

On April 29, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Get Your Word Out!

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Megan Pich, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
A Warning from the Vermicious Knids
“But if they’re so fierce and dangerous,” Charlie said, “why didn’t they eat us up right away in the Space Hotel? Why did they waste time twisting their bodies into letters and writing SCRAM?”
“Because they’re show–offs,” Mr. Wonka replied. “They’re tremendously proud of being able to write like that.”
“But why say scram when they wanted to catch us and eat us?”
“It’s the only word they know,” Mr. Wonka said.
Since April is poetry month, here is my first and favorite poet, the very weird Roald Dahl, and the first poem I ever memorized: The Vermicious Knid. It is still recited at family gatherings, a poem to be conquered, really. From Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator : 'Hello, you great Knid! Tell us, how do you do? You're a rather strange colour today. Your bottom is purple and lavender blue. Should it really be looking that way? Are you not feeling well? Are you going to faint? Is it something we cannot discuss? It must be a very unpleasant complaint, For your backside's as big as a bus! Let me get you a doctor. I know just the man For a Knid with a nasty disease. He's a butcher by trade which is not a bad plan, And he charges quite reasonable fees. Ah, here he is now! "Doc, you really are kind To travel so far into space. There's your patient, the Knid with the purple behind! Do you think it's a desperate case?" "Great heavens above! It's no wonder he's pale!" Said the doc with a horrible grin. "There's a sort of balloon on the end of his tail! I must prick it at once with a pin!" So he got out a thing like an Indian spear, With feathers all over the top, And he lunged and he caught the Knid smack in the rear, But alas, the balloon didn't pop! Cried the Knid, "What on earth am I going to do With this painful preposterous lump? I can't remain standing the whole summer through! And I cannot sit down on my rump!"
"It's a bad case of rear-ache," the medico said, "And it's something I cannot repair. If you want to sit down, you must sit on your head, With your bottom high up in the air!"'
Have a Scrumdiddlyumptious week, folks. ~ Jacquie
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