May 31, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time.
Showing Pride for Whitman
Teenza Ichiban shows her pride and love for Whitman through photography. She took pictures Monday, May 25th while walking through Whitman Park admiring the landscape and greenery. On her walk she captured the Whitman Park plaque and the All Saints Episcopal Parish Church on 44 Park Avenue.
Photo and story credits: Teenza Ichiban
Historical Tidbit:
Literacy Box
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 fulfills the 15th Amendment's permanent guarantee that no person shall be denied the right to vote based on race or color. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, it is considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted in our country.

(The image to the right is a literacy box.)
Until that time, Massachusetts required that all residents pass a literacy test when they registered to vote at town hall. The literacy box was spun and a random card was pulled from the box. 

Each literacy card contains an excerpt from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The prospective voter was asked to read the entire card. If he or she was unable, they could not register and were not allowed to vote.
Literacy Card

Voting regulations have come a long way since this literacy box was last used in the mid 1960s. Not only is voting conducted in a constitutional manner, it's also free. That's right, some state and local governments would charge you a fee to cast your vote!

Phot & Story Credits: Jill Silvia
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
Deb Caggiano
won a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.

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

You could win a
45 min Reiki Treatment from Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.
Council on Aging Looking For Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Call 781-447-7619 for more information.
Whitman Youth Football and Cheerleading Registration Open
Football and Cheerleading registration is open and we have a lot of kids signed up already. We always want more kids so come on down and play a great sport this fall . We are very excited for this upcoming season. Any questions please let Wayne Carroll know by sending him a message on Facebook. They will also be holding their rookie tackle non contract program again this year for 6 & 7 year old kids please look for this on the Whitman Youth Football and Cheerleading FB page. The cut off for 7 y/o kids is September 1st. If you attain 7 prior to September 1st it’s the mini mite program which starts contact Football.
Whitman Virtual Memorial Day for 2020
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, open celebrations of Memorial Day have been canceled, the town of Whitman is having a virtual celebration. This prerecorded program has visited all the locations in Whitman where wreaths are laid to honor those fallen in wartime. At each location a single representative of the American Legion or the VFW places the wreath and the Legion chaplain prerecorded a prayer and the rifle salute and taps was done virtually. Also in the program is a prerecorded reading of the Gettysburg Address and General Logan's "General Order #11".
Story and video credit: WHCA9TV
Whitman Public Library Contactless Book Drop Returns
Our book drop is now open and we have begun “contactless” curbside pick-up at the Community Room door (parking lot side.) Materials placed in the book drop will be quarantined for ten (10) days, disinfected, and then checked-in. So it may take a bit to remove items from patrons’ accounts. No fines will be incurred and the current due date on materials is June 30, 2020. Patrons may now place holds on materials held at the Whitman Public Library ONLY since the delivery system has yet to resume. Once you are notified that your holds have become available, please contact the library at (781) 447-7613 to reserve time between 10 AM and 2 PM Monday-Friday to pick up holds at curbside. A table will be set up outside the Community Room door and bags containing patrons’ holds will be labeled with the patron’s name, date of reservation and time. Please walk to the table (wearing a mask and social distancing), take your bag, and then kindly return to your car. Staff cannot accept returns at the curbside location. All returns must be placed in the book drop at the front door of the library. The library cannot accept donations at this time. As difficult as it may be, we ask that conversation between staff and the public be kept to a minimum.
We also ask for your continued patience as we navigate these new services while working with a skeleton crew. We will get through these challenging days together.
Your continued support means everything to us!
Story and photo credit: Whitman Public Library FB Page
Whitman Hanson WILL Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Whitman Hanson WILL is part of a regional collaborative with the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative. Whitman Hanson WILL is responsible for saving lives from substance abuse and the impact it has on families and the local community.

To do this, we educate young people with accurate information and tools to cope with life’s challenges, and to help them understand the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. We connect individuals and families with the resources they need to become better informed. And we work with leaders in the community to build a system of support in every neighborhood.

Two digital billboards went live on the morning of Monday, May 11th on Route 24 at Exit 17 in Brockton. The billboards, created by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, promote connection and resiliency with hopes to encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out and ask for help during this challenging time. The art will be displayed on each side of the billboard and will be visible to both north and southbound traffic on Rt. 24 through the first week in July.
To learn more about the work being done in your community around substance use prevention, please visit Whitman Hanson WILL's website at . Or find us on Facebook @WhitmanHansonWILL and on Twitter @ whwillpower
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

$1,000 Scholarships Announced
The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for graduating seniors within our Connecting Activities Partnership. From now until June 15, 2020, applications will be accepted from graduating seniors of the Class of 2020. $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded on or by June 30. Advancing college and career readiness, the Connecting Activities Partnership promotes the connection between education and employment through internships and career awareness. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020!!

Who is Eligible? Graduating seniors from: Brockton Public Schools, Avon High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical HS, Oliver Ames High School, Abington High School, Stoughton High School, Whitman-Hanson High School, South Shore Regional Vocational Technical HS, and Bridgewater Raynham High School.

Application Deadline is June 15, 2020.

Click here to view and share application.
If Staying Home Doesn't Sound Good to you...
Family and Community Resources, Inc. is here to help . If you, or someone you love, are worried about continuing to be quarantined in a home where you do not feel safe, call our 24 Hour Hotline 508-583-6498.  Multi-lingual advocates provide the following free, confidential services to survivors and their children including: a 24-Hour Crisis Line, Safety Planning and Crisis Intervention, Transitional Housing Support, Individual & Group Support, Mental Health Counseling and Support for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. To learn more, call us at 508-583-6498 or go online to  for more information about our programs and services.

You can also call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) , and SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (877) 785-2020 or (877) 521-2601 (TTY).
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Taking Care of our First Responders:
Great job, Whitman, making sure our teams are well fed & appreciated!
Thank you Ryan O’Rourke for today’s lunch and dessert provided by Regal Marketplace!
Thank you to the Casey family for providing meals to the station!!
Thank you to Steven Bagley for delivering these dinners to the fire station!
Thank you Veronica Williams for the Kindness Bracelets and gift cards. We appreciate you thinking of us and love the bracelets!
Since this began, regular meals, gifts & lots of pizza have shown up for our Whitman Firefighters, showing our appreciation of everything they do! They are very grateful. Thank you's are posted on the page. A few of the most recent are shown here.

Additionally, there is a shout-out to recent WHHS graduate Steven Bagley. " Steven (Bagel), started his internship at the fire department through Whitman Hanson Regional High School as a Senior just before this pandemic hit. He was able to ride along with two groups for a short period of time as an intern and unfortunately time was cut short with us. He wrote very nice thank you cards and indicated that he is furthering his education at the University of New Haven to major in Paramedicine. You’re a great kid and we wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavors. Go Chargers!"

Thank you, Fire Fighters, for all you do . Now go dig in!


Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 min Reiki Treatment from Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who signed into law that allowed all people no matter their race or color to vote?

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 June 3, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
"When you have confidence, you can do anything.” ~ Sloane Stevens

“Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” ~ Robert Staubach

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Confidence and Grit are going to bounce us back from this. Confidence that we can do it, and the grit ( hard work) to make it happen.
Hope our good news gives you confidence to launch your next project. There are loving and helpful people all around you.

And when you do... we're here to publish your stories of grit!

Have a great week, Jacquie : )
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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