February 16, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Huge Appreciation of our Whitman Police and
Fire Depts... Being there for Us!
Tue, Feb 11 Police Chief Timothy Hanlon reports his department, with assistance from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit, helped locate a missing elderly woman in the woods & got her the medical attention she needed quickly.
At approximately 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, Whitman Police received a call from a resident reporting that her 71-year-old mother was missing from her home. The woman was last seen at 8:30 a.m. Officers responded to the home on Temple Street and quickly determined that the woman had likely left on foot with her cell phone. The woman did not bring her jacket with her and temperatures were in the low 40s Tuesday with light to heavy rain throughout the day. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit was called to respond and the woman's cellular provider was contacted to ping her cell phone's location.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the woman's cell phone was pinged in the area of nearby Westwood Drive. Minutes later, a sheriff's deputy, with his K-9, reported that they had located the woman in a wooded area about 250 yards from her home. The woman was unresponsive and was face down in a briar patch with her legs tangled in roots. Her clothes were muddy and wet and her skin was cold to the touch. Medical assistance was immediately called for and officers draped their coats on the woman and put a knit hat on her head until medics from the Whitman Fire Department arrived. The woman was taken out of the woods and was transported to South Shore Hospital by a Whitman Fire Department ambulance. As of Thursday morning, her condition was stable.

"This was great work by our responding officers and the Plymouth County Sheriff's K9," Chief Hanlon said. "We don't know how long she had been outside for but it was cold and rainy all day. Thankfully we found her when we did and hopefully she is going to be okay."
"Thanks to the quick response and thorough search by the Whitman Police Department and Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, we were able to arrive on the scene and administer care to the woman," said Chief Grenno. "Our medics were able to rewarm the patient, whose body temperature had dropped drastically low, and provide further care while transporting her to the hospital where additional care would be administered." www.whitman-ma.gov
Image courtesy of Mary Wright Julius.
Historical Tidbit:

The Great Blizzard of '78
Monday- Wednesday
 February 6- 8, 1978
February 6th, 1978, was a time of primitive
satellite technology, and meteorologists did not have the tools they have today. There were quite a few times their educated guess was pretty far off the mark. On February 6, New Englanders were still sore about the January 21st forecaster prediction of only rain, which blanketed 21 inches of snow in Massachusetts and downed a record number of power lines in Rhode Island.

When forecasters began predicting another big storm, nobody thought too much of it. They went to work and school and about their lives. 

The Blizzard of '78 originally formed as a weak, extra- tropical cyclone off the coast of South Carolina.  But soon it ran into an arctic cold front moving across the Appalachians.  When it combined with unusually strong high pressure over central Canada and very cold air, the mix created the Blizzard of '78. 

Here it stayed for 36 hours. A few snowflakes
started at 10 am, by 1pm there was a white-out, in some places 2 inches per hour stacked up.

This caught many unaware and unprepared. 
The statistics were staggering: 27.1 inches of snow in Boston (40 inches in parts of Rhode Island), 99 deaths, 4,500 injuries, 350 federal troops, $520 million dollars in damages, and 3,000 cars and 500 trucks abandoned on just an 8-mile stretch of 128. 
Rt 128 was at a standstill, before cell phones, people chose to go out in 70-mile/hour winds, or stay in the car. Some did not realize their tailpipes were covered & died of asphyxiation. People were also stranded in the strangest places waiting it out; movie theaters, churches, the Boston Garden. The clean-up took the help of the National Guard, a declaration of a State of Emergency, and many exhaustive hours. Schools were closed for a full week. Coastal towns were hit the hardest, losing people and whole structures to the raging sea.

There were many stories of tragedies, but also many stories of heroes. As Mike Barnicle wrote in the Boston Globe: "Storms build a sense of community and sharing related directly to the number of inches on the ground. Two inches and people still snarl at each other, two feet and all men are brothers."
Story by J. Rose
Kent image courtesy of WBZ
Rt 128 Snowed in cars: Boston Globe Archives
Town Hall
54 South Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8a - 4p
Tues 8a - 7:30p
Fri Closed

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

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

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Joyce Flibotte
won a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant
Christine Harkins. The clean revolution facebook.com/cleanbeautycorner

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

You could win a
One Free Svaroopa® Yoga Class at
Bliss Through Yoga.
Now located at Physical Therapy U
75 Scotland Blvd, Bridgewater
Girl Scouts Information Session  
Wed, Feb 19th
10:15a - 12:45p
Whitman Public Library Community Room
Calling all Girls in K-3 in Whitman/Hanson!
Join us for a free, sample troop meeting to see what Girl Scouts is all about! We'll run through an abbreviated meeting, plus cover troop logistics, registration, parent involvement, and more!

Come experience the fun first-hand to see if Girl Scouts is what you've been missing! 

Can’t make it but want to know more? Contact Christine Candler at ccandler@gsema.org
Family Movie:
How to Train
Your Dragon 
Friday Feb 21st
1:00 - 3:00p
Whitman Public Library Community Room
Come to the library for a movie! 
Pajamas and peanut-free snacks are welcome. 
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father (Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people's future. 1 hour, 38 minutes Rated PG 
Hands-Free While Driving Law to Take Effect February 23!
The hands-free driving law takes effect in MA on Feb. 23, 2020 . Police departments will be out in force to ensure residents are sticking to the rules. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

You can only use electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode, you are not permitted to hold or support any electronic device/phone, you cannot touch device for texting, emailing, apps, video, or internet use, activation of GPS navigation is permitted when the device is installed or properly mounted. Any handheld use is only allowed if the vehicle is both stationary and not located in a public travel lane but is not allowed at red lights or stop signs.

A good rule of thumb is, if you can put your vehicle in park in a safe place, you can use your phone but otherwise, hands-off. If you are under 18 you cannot use ANY electronic device. All phone use while driving is illegal, including the use of hands-free mode, so talk to your teen about this one specifically. The fines and penalties will be high. Check Mass.Gov for details. Please be safe on the roads and just put the phones away as you drive your vehicle.
George Washington Toma
TV & Appliances
Stop in for your Free Cherry Pie
this Weekend at
George Washington Toma!
Brockton & Weymouth

(781) 335-6435 •  Gwtoma.com
The BSU Observatory 
 FREE Public Nights
Weather allowing, the BSU Observatory will be open on the following dates in Spring 2020:
  • February 19 and 26 from 6:00 - 7:30p
  • March 4 from 6:30 - 8:00p
  • March 18, 21, 25 and 28 from 8:00 - 9:30p
  • April 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25 and 29, and May 2 from 8:30 - 10:00p
You can also follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory or call our hotline at 508-531-DARK for the weather decision. (The night has to be clear.)
Parking for these evening events is available in the West Campus Lot.
Early Voting for the
Presidential Primary
Early voting will run from February 24 through February 28 and will take place at Whitman Town Hall.

During that time voters can cast ballots during normal Town Hall hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Anyone with information can call the Town Clerk’s office at 781-618-9710 or visit www.sec.state.ma.us
We're Your COMPLETE Garden, Farm & Pet Store!

We have everything you need to keep yourself, your pets, fish and feathered friends safe safe, and warm!
Stop in today!

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

Family Skate Party Fundraiser
with Bake Sale and Raffle
Sunday, Feb 23rd
5:00 - 7:00p
Carousel Skate Town
1055 Auburn St.
Admissions: $5
Tickets are available at the front desk
Tickets are also sold at the door.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Whitman Public Library.
For more information contact : whitmanpubliclibrary.org
Beauty and the Beast Massasoit Feb. 29th - Mar. 8th

Tickets: 508-427-1234 or massasoit.edu/boxoffice ~ $20 - General Patrons $18 - Seniors/Students/Children/Veterans Location:Massasoit Community College, Brockton Campus Fine Arts Building.

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Eat well, Laugh often, Love much

Turn your kitchen into an authentic Italian restaurant by adding  Johnny Macaroni’s homemade sauces  to your delicious dishes.

150B Industrial Dr., Halifax (781) 300-2600  
582 West St., EB (508) 378-9335
1300 Plymouth St., EB (508) 456-4460

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Whitman Think Tank Television: Episode 9
Host/Producer Erin Johnson speaks to Anna Peterson, who is the co-owner of Wicked Loft Cafe & Lounge in Whitman.

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Nomination Papers Available for the Annual Town Election
Nomination papers for the May 16, 2020 Annual Town Election are available as of Monday, January 27, 2020 Nomination papers must be returned with 50 valid signatures of voters by 5:00p on Thursday, March 27, 2020.
 Town offices that will appear on the ballot are: One Moderator for Three Years; One Town Treasurer/Collector for Three Years; Two Selectmen for Three Years; One Assessor for Three Years; Two PK-12 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Committee Members for Three Years; Two Department of Public Works Commissioners for Three Years; Two Public Library Trustees for Three Years; One Whitman Housing Authority Member for Five Years; One Planning Board Member for Five Years; One Board of Health Member for Three Years.
Please call Town Clerk Dawn Varley at 781-618-9710 with any questions.
Bethel Family Medicine * Bethel Women’s Wellness

Comprehensive healthcare for every member of your family.

 Accepting New Patients


111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200
Family Owned & Operated
Let us cater your next event!

We're Open: Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
32nd Annual Corned Beef and
Cabbage Supper
Saturday, March 7th
44 Park Avenue
(by the Whitman Park bandstand) 
Includes full meal, beverage, dessert, live Irish music by Warren Philips and also raffles. 
Tickets at the door $15 or $13 for Seniors.
 This event helps support our church programs and outreach."
The Whitman Selectmen Meeting
February 11, 2020 held at Whitman Town Hall
Video Courtesy of WHCA - TV
Whitman Public Library is Accepting Pajama Donations
Now - March 15, 2020
The Whitman Public Library is kicking off its annual Pajama Drive for homeless children. We will be accepting new pajamas for children of all sizes (especially larger sizes) through March 15, 2020. Our goal for this year"s drive is 200 pairs of pajamas, which will help keep children warm and cozy. The drive benefits the charity Cradles to Crayons, which works together with the Boston Bruins, long a supporter of libraries. The Bruins also offer prizes to participating libraries. Please help us meet our goal--the Whitman-Hanson High School Honor Society is joining with us to help make this year a success.

Respectfully Submitted by Barbara Bryant
Circulation Supervisor, Whitman Public Library


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Historical Tidbit Question:
How many inches of snow was there in Boston? 

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Deena Anzum, Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
We all are challenged....

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”
~Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
~ Helen Keller, The Open Door

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ~ T.S. Eliot
I LOVED that T.S. Elliot quote. I spend the majority of my time in over my head, with my tippy toes just barely touching the bottom.

Sometimes its hard to get a gulp of air... but if I can just float... it can be relaxing if there are no storms and no choppy waves or undercurrent.

Took that analogy just about as far as I could. ; )
Have a great week everyone, thanks for reading! ~ Jacquie
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