June 7, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Weekly Art Exhibits By Filipe Miguel
by Kayla Rose
Felipe Miguel has been unleashing his creative side during the COVID-19 self quarantine by making paintings and art displays and exhibiting them on his front yard. The art shows support for essential workers, nurses and doctors on the front lines. He used a shopping cart, Styrofoam, and acrylic paint to create his display (right). Another piece of art he has previously displayed in his art exhibits is his 2011 piece, "The Good Times are Killing Me" (left). He used a combination of acrylic, enamel and sharpie. He has weekly art exhibits for the public to see for free. His art display is located at 118 Warren St. in Raynham.

You can see more of his art on his Instagram page @filipemiguelart.
Photo credits: Felipe Miguel
Historical Tidbit:  

 Timothy Cornelius Donahue  

Player Nickname: Bridget
Position: Catcher
Bats: Left; Throws: Right
HR: 2; RBI: 163; BA: .236

Tim Donahue was born on June 8, 1870, in Raynham, Massachusetts. He was one of the youngest of 10 children of Irish immigrants and was raised amid the iron foundries of Taunton. 
By 1891, Donahue was playing for a baseball team in the Clyde section of Warwick, Rhode Island, where he attracted the notice of the Boston club. He made his major league debut with the Boston Reds on July 28, 1891. Although he was a 'hard-nosed' catcher, his batting wasn't ready for the majors. He played for the New England League in 1892 and 1893, and in 1894 for the Western League in Kansas City. Donahue played most of his big-league career for the Chicago Colts/Orphans from 1895-1900. He had been a player-manager in minor league ball in 1901 for Colorado Springs, where he ultimately contracted Addison's Disease. He came back to the majors and played a few games with the Washington Senators in 1902, but was in no condition to play baseball. 
After playing his last game on May 17, 1902, he left in great pain to go home. Tim Donahue died from kidney failure on June 12, 1902, at his family's home in Taunton. He was the first American League player to die. The Taunton Gazette noted, "The funeral cortege that followed the body to the grave was one of the longest ever seen in the city." He is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Taunton.

Photo from Wikipedia
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All buildings are closed to the public. Please phone or email for business assistance.

Town Hall
Monday – Thursday 8:30a - 4:30p
Friday – 8:30a - 12Noon

Public Library

Council on Aging
Building remains closed.
Director will be in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to process bills, stay in touch with state agencies and attend to phone messages

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

John Holmes
 won a
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
Since its inception, your BuzzAround has built bridges across divides: our focus on the goodness of all humanity. We bridge generational, religious and social divides. Diversity and inclusion within each community are the building blocks of our message as we share stories and events that show, time and again, that empathy and compassion are core to the human experience. In sharing these stories, we can truly see our neighbors, appreciate our similarities and understand where and why we differ.  
Thankfully, our U.S. Constitution allows for freedoms so that we can express ourselves and make the changes necessary to build a fair and just society. We believe our way of life is dependent on all people being served equal justice. It has been proven clear that our criminal justice system is not color blind. There is systemic racism built into the fabric of our institutions at every level, disadvantaging and discriminating against people of color in ways that go beyond individual intent to discriminate, and so we need to educate ourselves and change our systems.

What we are seeing is the public expression of pain and outrage. It is good that Black people know that they are worthy. It is good that we live in a society that allows for freedom of speech and assembly. It is good that people of all colors educate themselves, stand together and have empathy. 
The majority desire to protest peacefully to draw attention, educate, motivate change, stand together and act from a place of power and love. Also, saying Black lives matter is not in opposition to the importance of lives of our law enforcement personnel. BuzzAround promotes & supports goodness in all humanity. While the narrative of violence and destruction is dominating media coverage, in your BuzzAround, you will continue to see good news, including the efforts communities are making toward positive change and the stories of people of all colors, ages, interests and religions doing good. 

If you would like to provide access to education and basic needs to those hardest effected: please contribute to Brockton Library Foundation & United Way Brockton Together Fund. If you would like to support legal reforms NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Time to catch up on your
B R S D Turn Your Frown Upside Down Joke of The Day
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Facebook page has been running a challenge for their teachers and administrators to tell funny and corny jokes to spread smiles and positivity. They have taken on the challenge with their kids, and aim to bring smiles and connect the community during these times when we are social distancing.

You can watch videos of the challenge and the teachers, administrators, and kids involved on their Facebook page Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District.

You Can Still Watch Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School's
Virtual Graduation Ceremony!
In case you missed watching BR's virtual graduation ceremony live, there's still ways to watch or rewatch it! The ceremony was on Friday, May 29th at 6p.

You can access it on demand at btvaccess.viebit.com or at bridge-rayn.org and click on the Virtual Graduation Ceremony link.
Pre-Town Meeting and Special Selectmen's Meeting
06/09/2020 Agenda
7:00 PM – 558 S. Main Street    
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access Code: 220-595-605
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings as provided for in the Order. For real time access, residents can utilize the call-in information listed above, and the Town will post a record of this meeting on the town’s website and the Raynham Channel on YouTube as soon as we are able.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Town Meeting – Tele-meeting
*Call to order – Town Moderator
 *Review of Special Town Meeting and Annual Town Warrant Articles
 *Discussion on Special Town Meeting and Annual Town Meeting
7:15 p.m. Special Selectmen’s Meeting – Tele-meeting
*Call to order – Chairman
 *Approval of June 2, 2020 Meeting Minutes 
 *Selectmen’s Report
*Emergency Business
 *COVID-19 Related Items 
 *Citizen & Community Input
 *New Business
  1. Expedited Permitting of Outdoor Alcohol Service License
  2. Discussion on Animal Control
  3. Discussion on Animal Control job description and posting
  4. La Casa Mia, Great American Pub & Slap-Shotz - Outside Food & Alcohol License - Set a hearing date in the event expedited permitting doesn't pass
  5. Review of the Summer Meeting Schedule
 *Completion of Old Business
 *Performance of Administrative Duties
 *Approval of Town of Raynham Invoice and Payroll Warrants dated June 9, 2020
 *Approval of Raynham Police Invoice and Payroll Warrants dated June 9, 2020
Special Town Meeting June 15, 2020

Annual Town Meeting to follow
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  fcr-ma.org  for more information about our programs and services.

You can also call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)  thehotline.org , and SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (877) 785-2020 or (877) 521-2601 (TTY).
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Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
Early/Absentee Ballot Applications
for June 27, 2020 Town Election
are Available
Early/absentee ballot applications for the annual town election being held on June 27, 2020 are available from the town clerk's office. Voters are encouraged to vote early by mail due to the current public health emergency please note: an application must be submitted to the town clerk's office in order for a ballot to be mailed. Please contact the town clerk's office at 508-824-2700 with any questions.
Please note municipal election early ballot applications may also be obtained by  clicking here (then click on absentee ballots and recent early voting updates).
Need books or other library items during our closing? We’re now offering curbside pickup. 10:00a – 4:00p Monday through Friday. Tell us what you want by calling 508.823.1344 or emailing us at raynham@sailsinc.org . We’ll let you know when your items are ready for pickup in the front lobby. Limit of 10 items. Selections currently limited to Raynham collection. 

The lobby will be open, but the building remains closed to the public. We are not taking donations at this time.

Photo and story credit: Raynham Public Library
We have mulch, stone, loam, feed & grain and we're open for many other essential items for your home and garden!
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.
Raynham's Public Library Children's Room
Raynham's Public Library continues to offer activities for kids six days a week at 10a, by Miss Jessie, the Children's Librarian. This space was made to try and find creative ways to stay connected and have fun.
These activities get posted Monday-Saturday on their Facebook page. You can also catch up on activities through their YouTube page.
The schedule goes as follows 10:00a:
Monday: Read
Tuesday: Wordplay!
Wednesday: Storytime
Thursday: Arts and Crafts
Friday: Where's Pout Pout Fish?
Saturday: Digital Library Visit

Plan your fun accordingly!
Ice Cream Party
Heather Melo, Raynham resident, hired Weymouth's Ellie's Treats ice cream truck to come park in the neighborhood to surprise all the kids! It was a great way to all the neighbors to come together on Alexandra Drive and it was very appreciated.

To also rent Ellie's Treats, click here.

Story and photo credit: Heather Melo
Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
We're all in this together.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

Mama Deb's Italian Food Truck is now on the road!

Your Italian Favorite Meals plus Mama Deb's Frozen Pizza and retail sauce.
Check out our menu and locations at www.mamadebs.biz

Check out our Facebook  www.facebook.com/mamadebsauce
Still Need a Mask?
Raynham resident, Heatha Harris, has made over 1,000 masks since COVID 19 emerged. She felt the need to make quality masks because her daughter is a cancer survivor and essential worker. From there it boomed into a mask business! She learned how to sew to be able to donate supplies to front line workers. She got a sewing machine shipped overnight to help them until the governor mandated the public to wear them, so she switched over to being able to provide masks at a low cost from her own garage! Her masks are available in different sizes and patterns at 28 Sunflower Drive, Raynham. There's a self service table where customers uphold the honor system to pay for their supplies.
There are print outs available on the table for any frequently asked questions regarding anything concerning her products. People still reach out to her every day to find out what patterns she currently has!

Photo credits: Heatha Harris
Story by Kayla Rose
Sewing To Save organized by Heatha Harris

This group is for those who are sewing surgical masks for our first responders, caretakers and local hospitals. The masks are now being supplied to Morton Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton Hospital, Brigham...

Read more

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$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:
How many siblings did Timothy have?

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On June 10, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Empathy. The Greatest Gift We Can Give One Another.

“Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” ~ Brene Brown

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” ~ Bill Bullard

“Compassion, empathy, and love are the real pillars we need to build within ourselves to become human.” ~ Loknath

“Empathy requires knowing that you know nothing.” ~ Leslie Jamison
That last one is the hardest for me, since I am such a smarty pants. To truly empathize is to acknowledge that I have much to learn.

Empathy opened up a whole new beautiful world of genuine relationships.
As we walk through this wilderness together, let's learn from each other. Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose & Gregory Venezia
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