January 30, 2022
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively
anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School, as it stands, was opened in 1972. Multiple repairs are required, including, new HVAC systems, new roof, new windows, steel upgrades, ADA upgrades, and plumbing repairs. These repairs are likely to cost the district millions of dollars without any educational upgrades or additional square footage.
Considering the costly upgrades and insufficient equipment/space available at the current school, a new school has been proposed. For further information on different proposed plans and a breakdown of the current conditions of the school, visit the link below.
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School MSBA Project

To voice your opinions, comments, and concerns, attend the upcoming School Committee meetings or speak directly with a B-P School Committee member!

Read more
www.bptech.org
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Historical Tidbit:
Underground Railway (or Railroad) in Raynham

 The Underground Railway was a secret cooperative network of homes and churches that aided fugitive slaves in reaching sanctuary in the free states or in Canada before the abolition of slavery in the United States. Above is a segment of M. Patrice White's book, "The History of Raynham" (1988) on Raynham's involvement. 

A full copy of the book is available through Raynham Public Library's History Online.
TOWN HALL
Town Clerk
508-824-2700
Treasurer/Collector 
508-824-2702
Assessors    508-824-2704
Selectmen        508-824-2707
Building Dept.       508-824-2708
Board of Health      508-824-2766
Planning         508-824-2745
Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

Public Library
508-823-1344

Council on Aging
508-824-2740
COA

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
774-406-5612
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
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Raynham Students - PCC Summer Camp at Stonehill College is returning for Summer 2022!
This 4-week summer camp is an opportunity for students grades 7-10 to learn outside of middle school, enhancing their leadership, social, and academic skills.
The program runs from June 26th to July 23rd! Students stay on campus Monday - Friday and take classes, live in the dorms, make friends with students from all over and have a blast! Scholarships are available from the PCC Alumni Organization.
For more information about PCC you can visit their website at pccasp.org to learn more about this wonderful program.
Finance for Teens!
Monday, January 31
Raynham Public Library
5:30 - 6:30p

Rick Clark, Bristol County Savings Bank manager, is back to explain basic finance for teens.
Learn how to set goals, budget, when to use debit or credit, and the skills you need for financial success.
Get answers to your questions about money.

Visit the library's Facebook page for more information on future events!
Sign Up for Home Test Kits
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
Limit of one order per residential address.
One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.
Orders will ship free starting in late January.
Sign-up at: special.usps.com
Bridgewater- Raynham Spring Sports Registration Time
Registration Open on January 1st and will CLOSE at midnight Monday, March 14th.

SPORTS OCCURRING DURING SPRING:
Baseball, Softball
Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Tennis
Per MA State Guideline, student-athletes can only participate in 1 sport per season.

The schedule for all 48 BR High School teams can be found HERE.
Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 

Raynham Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Draft

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Visit their project site and fill out a comment form at the bottom of the page!

Read more
www.town.raynham.ma.us
Complete Streets Update

Currently, the Town of Raynham is in the process of developing a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, and this plan will focus on improving the safety and usability of roadways regardless of a user's age and ability or mode of transportation. This plan will present current and near-term Complete Streets needs and potential State Highway projects (although they are not eligible for funds from this program), and there will be opportunity for engagement from the public as well as prioritization for projects based on needs.

Some of the recently completed projects include updates to the N. Main Street sidewalks and bike lanes as well as updates to the Pleasant Street sidewalks. There have also been improvements made to the pedestrian crossing on N. Main Street and White Street.

Some of the upcoming projects in the plan include improvements to Route 138, the pedestrian crossing at White St. and Pleasant St., signage at Pleasant St. and Orchard St., and to the Mill Street Bridge.

This information and more related to the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan can be viewed on this informational Powerpoint, and to submit a comment on the Plan, scan the QR code above.

To stay up to date on the development of the CSPP, follow their Facebook!
Raynham Public Library Book Club meetings
First Wednesday Book Club
Wednesday, February 2
1 - 2p
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
They were known as the Firefly Lane girls--a single, inseparable unit. The best friends promise to be there for each other forever--and for 30 years, that promise holds strong. Then events and choices make that promise impossible.

Second Wednesday Book Club
Wednesday, February 9
1 - 2p
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naèive young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to 'the land beyond the seas, ' Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel--a skilled midwife and herbalist--is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday, February 15
6 - 7p
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman 
(Meeting virtually - email jmckinney@sailsinc.org to be sent an invitation)
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim--the Thursday Murder Club--are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper's Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor--an old pal of Elizabeth's (or perhaps more than just a pal?)--arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he's seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club

Visit their website for information on any of these selections!
Raynham Giants Youth Football Superbowl Square Fundraiser
The Raynham Concession Stand at the Pleasant Street sports complex is currently undergoing a long overdue renovation. All funds raised will go directly towards this important improvement project.

Cash and check entries can be turned in February 5, 10a - 1p at the Snack Shack. Venmo entries can be submitted to @rybsa-raynham.

To learn more about entry options and payment methods, visit their Facebook page! Contact ChadGregory91@yahoo.com with any questions.
Raynham Board of Selectmen Meeting
January 18, 2022
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
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Are you a Brockton High School Alum?
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Brockton High School Alumni Association will honor 3 outstanding BHS graduates this year! 3 different awards are available for nomination submissions, and they are as follows:

Alumni Achievement: Presented to BHS alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of professional or personal work, or for the betterment of humanity

Alumni Service: Presented to BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School and the Brockton community

Young Alumni: Presented to BHS alumni within 10 years of graduation who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably on Brockton High School

Nominations may be submitted by current and former students, teachers, staff and friends of Brockton High School. To complete the nomination form, click here!
Raynham Fire Department Awarded $25,000 Grant from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation

This past week, the Raynham Fire Department was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bristol County Savings Bank's Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation! Members of the Foundation presented the check to Chief LaCivita, Lt. Bradford Carr, and the Raynham Board of Selectmen Chair Joseph Pacheco. The Fire Department has said that they will be using the grant funds to purchase additional safety equipment and conduct safety programs.

The grant was one of many grants awarded from a total funding of $325,000 across 13 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island.

To read more on the Bristol County Savings Bank's Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation or on the grant awarded to the Fire Department, visit the Raynham Fire Department website.

Image and story credit: Taylor O'Neil
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
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a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who wrote the book that the segment shown above was taken from?

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 February 2, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Extreme Hospitality.

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”
~ C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
When we extend welcome, and really intend welcome, a wall slides away away between us. We become teammates, compadres, in this together.
Welcome, friend. We are so happy you are here; sit a spell, see what is going on in your neighborhood, participate in one or two things, and you are always welcome to share their good news with us.
~ Jacquie
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