October 18, 2020
~ 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. 

Stone Church is back to welcoming people into the sanctuary.

"Hopefully for the entire fall & winter. So nice to see familiar faces even with masks."

Photo & Story credits: facebook.com/stonechurchraynham
Historical Tidbit: 
First Meeting House
The first meeting house would have looked like this. The first meetinghouse, built two years prior to the town's incorporation in 1731, was a very simple building without blinds, a steeple or a bell. 
In 1773, the first meetinghouse was replaced by a simple structure, also without a steeple. The second meeting house was built by a local carpenter, Israel Washburn. 
Although a schoolmaster was first paid in Raynham in 1742, no schools are known to have been built at that time.

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Town Clerk   508-824-2700
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
limited capacity, call to schedule appt

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
Lynn McDonald
for winning a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray!

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a
 Selenite Pendant ( $25 value)
by Queen Dawn Spirit.
School Breakfast / Lunch:

Per the USDA until further notice, all breakfasts and lunches are FREE for students that are at school and attending remotely.
Remote Students’ Meal Pickup is available at Laliberte Elementary School. We're set and ready to serve free breakfasts and lunches there for Remote Students (both Full Remote / B-R At Home, AND Hybrid Students on their Remote Learning days) from 9:45a -12:30p, on school days, M-F.
The more breakfasts and lunches we serve, the greater the benefit to the B-R District's Food Service Program!!!
Raynham Board of Selectmen 10/13/20
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Open Lab Night

We are happy to announce that CASE will host Open Lab Night this year!!  It's so big we'll make it last the whole week! The goal is to engage the community in hands-on STEM learning. This virtual Open Lab Week will take place during Massachusetts STEM week, October 19-23. 

Descriptions of activities are posted on our website: BSU Open Lab Night and can be found using the dropdown menu.  Links to the activity pages (with instructions, pictures, etc.) will be posted by Friday, October 16. 

Registration is required:  Register here.  
Please register NOW to reserve your kit.  Only one kit will be provided per family.  Instructions for pickup of supplies will be provided after registration.

Any questions please call: 508-531-2575
Minds in Motion: Scribe and Rookie Coding Robot

Wednesdays 10/21 - 12/09
3:45p - 4:45p
Lions Club - 2234 King Philip St.

Join us for some hands-on fun. Take home your very own Scribe, an adorable robot that inspires creativity, curiosity, logic, and problem solving. Equipped with an optical sensor, this inductive robot has the ability to follow every amazing trail you draw with your marker.

In addition we'll construct a 70-piece puzzle/board game, and strategize how to keep Scribe on track while avoiding falling into traps or endless loops; and work with our Rookie Coding Robot, a 25-piece kit with a simple press-button programming function.

Learning STEAM principles have never been so fun!

Participants and parents must wear masks.
Social distancing will be implemented.
Hand Sanitizer will be provided.

Ages 6 - 10 $105.00

The autism awareness seatbelt covers are free of charge for any Raynham resident in need of one.

Chief James Donovan is pleased to announce that the Raynham Police Department is now offering autism awareness seatbelt covers for residents.
The autism awareness seatbelt covers are free of charge for any Raynham resident in need of one.
The seatbelt covers help first responders identify if a person in the vehicle is on the autism spectrum during an emergency. On the covers it states that the individual may be non-verbal and shares further information regarding how they may react in a dangerous situation.
Any resident interested in receiving an autism awareness seatbelt cover should contact the Raynham Police Department at 508-824-2716 and leave a message for Lt. Peter Beatrice requesting one. The Raynham Police Department has a limited supply of covers. The covers were provided to the Raynham Police Department by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department.
“We encourage any resident in need of an autism awareness seatbelt cover to reach out and request one as soon as possible,” Chief Donovan said. “These seatbelt covers relay important information to first responders when they arrive on the scene of an emergency.” www.raynhampd.com/news
(Photo courtesy Raynham Police Department)
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

town hall
Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Please join our live broadcast on the Raynham Channel (Comcast Channel 98 or Verizon Channel 34) or use the “GoToMeeting” online and/or call in using your phone for the Citizen & Community Input portion of the Agenda.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1-866-899-4679
United States: +1 (669) 224-3318
Access Code: 220-595-605

1)Call to Order - Chairman
2)Pledge of Allegiance
3)Acceptance of the Minutes
    a)October 13, 2020
4)Department Heads/Committees
a. Matt Tanis, Health Agent – Monthly Report
a. Constable – Dale Euga
b. Constable – Lawrence Cabeceiras
6)Public Hearings
7)Completion Old/Continuing Business
(Discussion and action)
a. Veterans’ Agent tablets
b. Draft Permitting Clerk Job Description
c. Fall Special Town Meeting date
d. Zoning Board of Appeals
8)New Business
a. Discuss and action: Town Accountant Position

Beyond Organizing Binders: How to Help Your Child...

Wednesday, October 21st; 7 - 8:30p on YouTube

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Beginning on October 17th and ending with a live stream virtual celebration on Oct 31st.


Get involved by sponsoring and / or walk with us. When you walk create a video and share it!
For more information call or email Linda Siegel at 508-584-2809 or linda.siegel@fcr-ma.org.
Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
State Election - Tuesday, November 3rd,
2020 Presidential Election
Pick one of the 3 ways to vote:

1) In Person: Tuesday November 3, 2020
• Polling Hours: 7:00a - 8:00p
• Location: Raynham Middle School
Return your completed application to:
558 South Main St., Raynham, 02767.
If you have already requested Vote By Mail - track your ballot here.

3) In Person Early Voting
Saturday, October 17th - Friday, October 30th
Location: Town Hall
  • Saturday/Sunday 9:00a - 1:00p
  • Monday/Thursday 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Friday 8:30a - 12:00p

Deadlines: The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the Presidential Election is Friday, October 28th at 5:00p.
Last day to register to vote or update registration for the State Election is Saturday, October 24th. Register to Vote at your Town Clerk's office or register to vote online.
The Board of Selectmen are accepting applications for 2 vacancies on the Town’s Board of Appeals.

Letters of interest should be delivered to the Selectmen’s Office, 558 South Main Street, Raynham, MA 02767 or emailed to gwaters@townofraynham.org or ddooney@town.raynham.ma.us.
To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and below: an invite to participate in a free Indigenous History Conference virtually at Bridgewater State University.
Free BSU Indigenous History Conference

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event: Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight , a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History: Nine Virtual Sessions Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020...

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Homeowners & Landscapers,
RENT, DON'T BUY, the best tools for your fall cleanups!

We have many sizes and styles of leaf blowers to help you clean up your property quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!
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(508) 279-0950

  • Covid-19 Guidelines
Met & Exceeded
  • In-Person and Live Streamed Classes Available
  • Ask About Private Study Options


The Raynham Health Department is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Clerk.
Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
• Maintaining filing system
• Answering telephones
• Prepare, receive, and process various applications
• Record payments received
• Process complaints
• Assist the general public, other town departments, State and local officials, and other organizations with general information regarding health issues and programs
• Any other duties as requested by the Health Agent and/or the Board of Health.
Zoom Luncheon

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce cordially invites members of the business community, candidates for public office, and state, federal and local elected officials to gather on Tuesday, October 20th for the Special Zoom Luncheon with Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta. The reception will be held virtually via Zoom Pro from 12:15 - 1:30p. The reception is sponsored by Stonehill College, Sharon Crescent United & UMass Boston.

The Raynham Cultural Council has set a November 16, 2020 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural arts, humanities and science activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Stacey Chisholm, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Raynham, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Raynham Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

During fiscal year 2020 the Raynham Cultural Council will distribute over $7000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Raynham Reads, Stone Church Concert Series, The Attleboro Art Museum, and Fun with STEM.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Raynham Cultural Council, contact Stacey Chisholm at raynhamculture@gmail.com. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.
Fall crops... looking yummy.
Happy harvest, all.
Image credits: Ken Reale

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Selenite Pendant ( $25 value)
by Queen Dawn Spirit.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who built the second meeting house?

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On October 21, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
"Forest Bathing" Now, I am a huge fan of trees and the woods, so it didn't surprise me that walking on a wooded path, surrounding yourself : "can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger; strengthen the immune system; improve cardiovascular and metabolic health; and boost overall well-being" according to Japanese medical doctor and researcher Qing Li. This is especially important since we spend so much time inside and on our digital devices.
In Time Magazine, Dr. Li describes connecting with the forest: "The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature."

And now that Autumn is here, we have the opportunity to enjoy the colors! Oh the colors! Walking a wooded path now in New England is to be immersed in the beauty and splendor of diversity. Each leaf, no longer separated in subtle greens, jump out in reds, yellows and oranges. Miraculous!
Enjoy your week, all. And for your self- care this week, try a forest bath. ~ Jacquie
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