June 7, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time.
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Characters Walk Down Temple Street
Rare sighting of random characters seen walking the streets of Whitman on June 1st. Jessie Nelson said her husband heard honking outside and this made both of them laugh and smile. They wanted to thank whoever was brightening their day! More people were hoping they'd come walk down their street as well.

If anyone has any information of who these people were and if they were willing to cheer more Whitman people up, please post it on Whitman Connect Facebook. A lot of people were wondering!
Photo credit: Laura Smith Magnussen
Historical Tidbit:
Whitman's Volunteers in the
Civil War

pic: 5th Regiment charging up
a hill in Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln made the call to arms on April 12, 1861. Captain Allen was the first to have received word in Whitman. Immediately, runners where dispatched to inform the other members of the militia.

Once the members of the militia had received the call they headed to the armory. Some of the members of the militia did not receive the message right away, and continued their day as usual. George A. Edison was one of those people. Instead of making his way to the armory, he went directly to work at the Hobart Mill. He was later informed about President Lincoln's message when he was at lunch. He then immediately left for the armory.

From the armory, Captain Allen marched them to the State House in Boston via train, and signed them up for the war effort, securing their spot as the first regiment to enlist.

The 5th regiment was then ordered to camp out at Faneuil Hall. The 5th regiment then proceeded to Monroe, Virginia to defend Washington D.C. They took a train to Fall River then booked a steamer called "State of Maine" from there.

Information Credit: Historical Whitman, Massachusetts (book)
Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Image Credit: Wikicommons
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
Karen O'Connor 
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
Whitman Hanson Senior Parade Pictures
Whitman Hanson had their 2020 senior parade May 29th. Whitman Hanson Community Access' Facebook page has uploaded over 300 photos from the event for everyone to look back on. They're encouraging the people involved to go through the pictures and tag anyone you know in them. They have also posted the video of the parade.
To view and share the photographs and video: Facebook
Thanks for the Birthday Splash,
 Police & Fire!!!

Linda Perkins Leonard wants to give a shout out to the Whitman Police Department and the Whitman Fire Department for making her granddaughter, Autumn's, birthday so special by joining in her drive by party on May 31st. She was grateful for the display of caring for the residents of Whitman. The excitement on Autumn's face is something she will always cherish.
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Whitman's Phase II COVID-19 Resources and Information
On May 29, Whitman's Police Department's Facebook posted an update on Phase II regarding the re-opening plan, releasing guidance for restaurants and lodging in Whitman. The Baker-Polito Administration will decide the start of this Phase on June 6th.
To read the full report: click here
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
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.
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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The Corona Diaries - Submissions Open
The Whitman Public Library would like to ask you to take a few minutes out of your day here and there to write down your thoughts about this time, to take photographs of things you found interesting on your walk or in your home, or to write a poem. They are calling this proposed collection of memories The Corona Diaries, and they hope you will join them in assembling something they can share with you when they reopen. They look forward to seeing your submissions.

Please send all submissions, text or photos, to Barbarab@ocln.org.
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


Have fun with us and bee entered to 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.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Did the militia respond to President Lincoln's call to arms simultaneously?

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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, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose & Gregory Venezia
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