January 19, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." 
~ Martin Luther King, Jr
Having a blast at the Noon Year's Eve Party!

Bringing in the new year at the Raynham Public Library.

Photos courtesy of
Historical Tidbit:

"Raynham, in the easterly part of Bristol County, and long associated with the cruder manufactures of iron, is 30 miles from Boston on the Taunton Branch of the Old Colony Railroad. The post-offices are Raynham (centre) and North Raynham; and the other villages, Prattville, East Raynham and South Raynham. Easton bounds it on the north; Bridgewater and Middleborough on the east; and Taunton on the south and west...
...The assessed area is 10,815 acres. Smooch Hill in the east and Steep Hill in the west are the chief elevations. Two-mile River, flowing through the midst of the town, and Taunton River, forming a part of the southern line, afford valuable mill sites. Gushee Pond, in the cast, is the largest of the several ponds. Fowling Pond in the western part has for the most part become a swamp, covered - in common with the 4, 512 acres of woodland in the town - with pine, oak and cedar. On the banks of this pond King Philip had his summer residence. Nearby, James and Henry Leonard in 1652 established an iron furnace and forge. These works continued in the hands of the Leonard family for more than one hundred years. With this family the warrior of Mount Hope maintained a friendly intercourse, obtaining from their works implements for both peace and war. When hostilities commenced in 1675, the chieftain gave orders to his followers that the family should not be molested...

...The largest manufactures of this town at the present is boots and shoes; for which there were, in 1885, 5 factories employing about 150 persons, and making goods to the value of $189,649. There were also made, shovels, nails, iron castings, wooden boxes, beverages and other food preparations. The aggregate value of the manufactures was $224,303. The 118 farms yielded to the amount of $116,533. The town is prolific in fruits and berries. The fisheries, consisting of alewives, herring and shad, yielded $4,609. The population was 1,535, including 419 legal voters. The valuation in 1888 was $829,168; and the tax-rate $11.80 on $1,000. The taxed dwelling-houses were 375 in number."
Information from Nason and Varney's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890
Town Hall
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.
Mon - Fri 9a - 3p

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00a - 11:00a
494 Church St, Raynham

Mary Blye
 won a
16 oz Bee Charmed candle, the scent of your choice! (value $15.99)
from Bee Charmed Gift Shop
494 N. Bedford St (Rt 18), East Bridgewater

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

You could win a
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:00p – 558 S. Main Street
Executive Session – 6:00 PM
  • (M.G.L.C. 30A, Section 21(a)(2)) to discuss a grievance settlement with the Raynham Police Union and how to proceed with that settlement.
            6:30 – Joint Meeting
  • Board of Selectmen/Capital Planning/Finance Committee – Discussion and action on Public Safety Building and Special Town Meeting Warrant
Pledge of Allegiance
Acceptance of the Minutes
Department Heads / Committees
  • Matt Tanis, Health Agent – Monthly Report
Citizen & Community Input
Public Hearing
New Business
  • Easement Agreement – Parcels 1-1PE and 1-2PE
  • Vote to request technical assistance from DLS in drafting financial policies
  • Town Clerk Request – Early Voting use of McKinnon Meeting room
  • Discussion of Town Administrator’s Performance
  • Discussion and vote of Special Town Meeting
Completion of Old Business
  • Street Light Request – N. Main Street (Review from Highway)
Town Administrator’s Report
Selectmen’s Report
  • Rozena’s Field – Horse Shows
Press Time
Emergency Business
Performance of Administrative duties
Meat Raffle to Benefit the Stone Church
Saturday, January 25th
524 Broadway, Raynham
There will be music, fun and, naturally, some great meat packages for raffle prizes!
Board of Selectman Meeting 1/7/20

Brought to you by the Raynham Youtube Channel
Drawing Classes at The Raynham Senior Center
Basic Drawing Class
Wednesdays, Now - Feb 12th
10:00a – 12:00p
Laurie Halls returns for a six week beginners drawing class. The cost is $36 for six weeks and you must sign up in advance at the Senior Center.

Intermediate Drawing Class
Tuesdays, Now - Feb 11th
9:30 – 11:30a
Laurie Halls will have an Intermediate Drawing Class as well. The cost is $36 for six weeks and you must sign up in advance at the Senior Center.

Come See Our
New Home

265 Bedford St, Bridgewater

(508) 378-9971

Bridgewater-Raynham PreK Parents’ Group Cookie Dough Fundraiser helps raise money for Preschool activities!
Purchase January 21st thru February 4th
$20 per frozen tub in a variety of your favorite flavors payable to Bridgewater-Raynham PreK Parents’ Group.
For each tub sold, our school receives 40%. That’s $8.00 per tub!
Orders will arrive by the end of March. **Please note that all tubs arrive frozen and must be picked up day of delivery. ** Not interested in Cookie Dough? Check out the SNACKS and PIZZA! Any questions and to order contact Amanda DeLuca at amandagiaramita@gmail.com.
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Be prepared should be your mantra when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks.

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We're Your COMPLETE Garden, Farm &
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We have everything you need to keep yourself safe, and your pets, fish and feathered friends safe, too!

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Good Morning Metro South with U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Friday, January 24 – Good Morning Metro South | 11:45a – 1:30p The Martin Institute @ Stonehill College | 320 Washington Street, North Easton.

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Triumph Learning Tree
Thursday January 23rd
10:30a - 12:00p
Stories, crafts & creative play in this Triumph literacy based program for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Space is limited. Please register by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208
Senior Center Calendar for this Month
Shoveling Tips for a Healthy Spine
• Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
• Do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
• Push the snow straight ahead. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
• Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
• Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
• Stop if you feel chest pain, get tired or have shortness of breath.
Call and schedule your appointment today!

63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021 Who is eligible for Kindergarten? Any child who is 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020 Resident of Bridgewater or Raynham, Massachusetts

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Coffee and Conversations with Superintendent Swenson & Asst. Superintendent Powers
Thursday, February 13th
Raynham Middle School

These meetings provide the opportunity to have a cup of coffee and engage in an in-depth discussion regarding the recent happenings of the BRRSD. Mr. Swenson & Mr. Powers host their monthly “Coffee & Conversations” series at each of the six schools. Please note that if you are unable to attend the scheduled meeting at your child’s school, please feel free to attend another "Coffee & Conversations" event planned at an alternative site. They look forward to meeting with you throughout the school year.

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Taunton River Watershed Alliance
The TRWA is an advocate for environmental protection, sustainable development, and responsible stewardship of our precious water resources. They are an Alliance of concerned residents, businesses, and organizations united to restore and properly manage water and related natural resources within the Taunton River Watershed. This watershed includes the 43 communities, including Raynham.  Here is the full list. Their mission is to protect and restore the watershed’s natural resources for current and future generations; to build and support responsible stewardship of fragile ecosystems, water quality, forests, farmland, and wetlands; provide opportunities for people to enjoy the river and the watershed’s open space; and to be voice for threatened land and water resources. For more information about the watershed:  savethetaunton.org. Below are the 2020 Board of Directors.
L to R: Steve Silva, Carol Traverse, Priscilla Chapman
Joe Callahan
Dick Shafer
Brian Bastarache
Nancy Durfee
Craig Heffernan
Alex Houtzager
Monica Bentley
Jen O'Keefe

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$20 gift certificate to the Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. View mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events.

Historical Tidbit Question:
How many boots and shoes factories where in Raynham in 1885?

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By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On January 22, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Buzzing Forward
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”~ Rob Siltanen

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein
At the Buzz Around we work toward a day when we can respect each other's differences, celebrate in our innovation and create healthy and nurturing community... for all of us. Won't you join us? ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien,
Jacquelyn Rose, & Gregory Venezia
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