Whitman Fire/Rescue Receives
Fire Safety Grant
Last week, the Whitman Fire/Rescue Department was awarded with the SAFE and Senior SAFE Grant for 2022. They posted the following on their Facebook page to inform the community on their intentions for the funds awarded through this grant:

"This grant allows Whitman Fire to educate our citizens of all ages on the importance of fire safety.  With this grant, we fund our Senior Smoke Detector/CO program.  It also allows for our Safe Officer Lt. Tom Ford to go into the classrooms and senior center to share information on fire safety.  In addition, this grant also funds our Open House in the Fall and provides us with the opportunity to distribute fire safety material throughout the community.  Whitman Fire will continue to promote life safety for the entire town through a strong fire and life safety education program for 2022."

Thank you to the Fire/Rescue Department for their continued support for fire safety protocols in Whitman! Their dedication to our seniors and our students is remarkable.
Historical Tidbit
 Whitman Park

Augustus Whitman donated a large plot of land in 1880 to establish a park in South Abington. The Olmsted Brothers renovated the land that Augustus donated.

An additional plot of land was added to the park in 1886. This land was purchased by the town for $1,000 from George Hersey.

At a later point a baseball field was constructed along with basketball courts, and a playground in the lower end of the park. Eventually, a pool was even added and there is a pond that can be used for skating in the winter. Miss Caroline Whitman donated $700 for the upkeep of these attraction. When she died she bequeathed another $2,000.
Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Book Credit: Historic Whitman, Massachusetts
Doc Credit: memory.loc.gov
Image Credit: Wikipida Commons

Town Hall
781-618-9700

Public Library
M-Th 10-8; Fri 1-5; Sat 10-4
781-447-7613

Council on Aging
781-447-7619

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Congratulations!
Laura Giovannello
you won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose


Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
a $15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Call the COA Bus for your Errand Adventures!

The Whitman Council on Aging offers bus rides around town and to different stores in the surrounding areas to seniors in the community who need assistance.

Home pick-up 9a
COA pick-up 9:30a

The bus has a four bag limit on all shopping trips. Call the Council on Aging at 781-447-7619 extension 1 to sign up for any of these trips!
Story Times at the
Whitman Public Library

Is your little one in need of creative stimulation and a safe, welcoming space to get the wiggles out? The Whitman Public Library is here to help!

Story times like Wonder Days, My First Storytime, Self Help Inc. Storytime, PJ Storytime, and more are offered each month with varying dates and times. Most programs are appropriate for ages 2+, but specific information on content and activities can be found on the Library's Calendar of Events.

For more information on programs and services offered through the Whitman Public Library, visit their website!
Dogs, Cats, Birds, Horses; we have everything you need to care for your pets!

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

Left Right Center Tournament
Saturday, March 5th
Whitman American Legion,
Post 22
33 Legion Pkwy
7p

Join the American Legion Post 22 for a Left Right Center Tournament to benefit Boston Children's Hospital! Check out all the other raffles that will be available during this event by purchasing tickets at the bar.
Contact John Cameron, SAL Commander at
781-844-6494 with any questions. Check out the American Legion Facebook page for more information on this event and more!
WHCA Public Channel Schedule
for March
Whitman's COA Hosts Daily/Weekly Events for our Seniors

Throughout each week, Whitman Council on Aging hosts movement and brain teasing activities to keep our Seniors active and involved!

Daily:
Cribbage - 10a

Mondays:
Wii Bowling - 8a

Tuesdays:
Hairdresser - 9a - By appointment only
Chair Yoga with Karen Lyons - 10:30a - Suggested donation $5
Art Group - 12:30p
Knitting - 1p

Fridays:
Mah-Jongg - 10:30a

Call the Whitman Council on Aging at 781-447-7619 with any questions on any of these programs. To view the monthly calendar, check out the Council on Aging February newsletter!
Whitman Hanson Football March Madness Fundraiser

During the month of March, the Whitman Hanson Panthers will be hosting a March Madness calendar raffle fundraiser. Each day in the month of March, 1-2 winners will be drawn for a chance to win the daily prize offered. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards the student athletes for things like new equipment and uniforms, so consider participating to show your support for our Panthers!

To purchase this $10 calendar, visit Zack Botelho's Facebook page and leave a comment, or send him a message.
Whitman Recreation Seeking
New Members!

The Whitman Recreation Commission is actively seeking new members to participate in recreation programming for the town. The Commission meets once a month to discuss potential programming for the town recreation areas, including the town park summer program, the Whitman pool, and field usages.

If you have an interest in bettering the recreation programming for Whitman, contact Kathleen Woodward at recreation@whitman-ma.gov or 781-618-9728.
American Legion Meat Raffle
Friday, March 11th
American Legion, Post 22
33 Legion Parkway
7p

A range of prizes will be offered at the beloved Meat Raffle hosted by the American Legion Post 22 including beef and stew dinners, a steak tray, mystery trays, and more!

For more information on this event, call 781-447-5253. Visit their Facebook page for future events!
books
Ample Opportunities for Bookish Communities in WPL

The Whitman Public Library offers a wide variety of book clubs that meet throughout the month, so whatever your interests are, there is likely something for you!
Books on Tap: 1st Tuesday, 6p
Book Buzz: 2nd Friday, 10a
Cookbook Club: 3rd Thursday, 6:30p
Literary Lions Book Group: 3rd Wed, 3p
Mary's Book Group: 3rd Friday, 10:30a
Mystery Book Group: 4th Wednesday, 6:30p
Strong Women in Literature Book Group:
1st Thursday

Although some of these groups do not require registration, it is a requirement for others. For the full list of book groups and relevant information including locations, times, and registration information, visit the Library's website!
St. Paddy's Dinner with the American Legion
Sunday, March 13th
Whitman American Legion, 33 Legion Parkway
2p

Whitman's American Legion Post 22 will be hosting their St. Patrick's Day Dinner on March 13. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased through the bartender! Be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay updated on future events.
Nomination papers for the
May 21, Annual Town Election
are available

Town offices that will appear on the ballot are:
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 Public Library Trustee for One Year to fill vacancy; One Planning Board Member for Five Years; One Board of Health Member for Three Years;

Nomination papers must be returned with 50 valid signatures of voters by 5p; Friday, April 1.

Please call Town Clerk Dawn Varley at 781-618-9710 to schedule a time to pick up your papers or if you have any questions.
Whitman Hanson WILL Shows Support for School District Staff
Whitman Hanson WILL is a substance use prevention coalition serving the communities of Whitman and Hanson. Just last week, they compiled 50 Self Care kits to recognize random staff members, acknowledging the challenges and obstacles they face. They posted the following in support of their staff on their Facebook page:

"We hope these self care kits are a reminder that you're doing a great job and we appreciate all you do everyday!"
Great work by the Whitman Hanson WILL coalition, and thank you teachers for your dedication to our students!
South Shore Bargaineer
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Check out our Children's Snowsuits!!!

South Shore Bargaineer is a charity thrift store that brings people together for good. “Thrift Shopping with Purpose”.

Check out our recent blog,
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Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch.

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 Whitman Board of Selectmen
Meeting
Feb 15
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, School Committee Meeting February 16
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
A Spotlight on Whitman's Dedicated School Resource Officers
February 15 is known as National School Resource Officer Day, and the Whitman-Hanson students are thankful they have Officers Kevin Harrington and Derek Harrington as their School Resource Officers.

Jeff Szymaniak, Superintendent of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District posted the following in recognition for the hard work these two SROs have dedicated to the school system:

"Kevin and Derek educate our students on safety, act as informal counselors, support administrators when necessary, and add another layer of protection and safety to our schools. Bonus - they are both super nice guys!!"

Thank you to Officers Kevin Harrington and Derek Harrington for your service and dedication to Whitman-Hanson students!
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!


Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did Augustus Whitman donate a large plot of land to be used to establish a park?


Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 
On March 2, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Cultivate Empathy.

"Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” ~ Rumi

"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair." 
~ Chinese Proverb

"More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

One love, one heart, one destiny.” ~ Bob Marley
Each day, we must cultivate empathy. Through our life experience, through our grief, learning to reach deeply and feel for others is a necessity for humanity. 
~ Jacquie
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador, & Greg Venezia
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