August 30, 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. 
Colors of Early Autumn in Raynham

Dave Donahue captured an Autumnal landscape in Raynham behind the town gazebo near Borden Colony Park.
Grass and brush turning color ... heralding the trees.

Photo credit: Dave Donahue
Story credit: Sasha Rockwell
Historical Tidbit: 
The Center School
"The original Center School on South Main Street was destroyed by fire in the winter of 1918. 

At a town meeting in the spring of 1919, the voters decided with a 22-3 vote to erect a new school at a cost of $16,000. Students entered the building in the fall of 1920, and the impressive brick building became a source of pride to Raynham citizens. 
The Center School, built in 1920, was renamed the William J Sullivan School. It closed in 2004.

From:  The History of Raynham, Patrice White
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Writing Internships available at the BuzzAround

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
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
Debbie Candora
won 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
Shungite pendant worth $25 from Queen Dawn Spirit
State Primary Voting!

Tuesday, September 1st
7a - 8p
Raynham Middle School from

Board of Selectmen Meeting
August 25, 2020
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!
Mask Fundraiser for Raynham Schools

Whether our young children are starting school for the first time, in a new school or with a new teacher this year is going to be quite different. To ease the transition I would love to raise enough money to provide each teacher and faculty member with a smile mask so kids can see how excited teachers are to welcome students to their classrooms.

While I know many have experienced hardships during these difficult times, many have been fortunate to not have had those hardships. If you have the means, please consider donating so our Raynham teachers can share their excitement with our little ones.

If we raise enough to order 100 masks (enough for the Merrill and LaLiberte) the cost is 7.50 per mask. Please note these fundraising efforts have no ties to the schools themselves or the respective PTOs.
In the event we raise more than is needed to support teachers and faculty at both schools any leftover money will be utilized to purchase anti fog solution.

If you would like to donate for the Merrill School, please follow this link:
If you would like to donate for the LaLiberte School, please follow this link:

Here is a link to the website in which the masks will be ordered from:
Please feel free to share to increase our efforts!

Story credit: Nicole Wilson Gomes
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On September 1st, 2020, #WeMakeEvents,
a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions, and live events workers, will light up their venues, homes, and cities red in over 1,500 locations across North America to raise public and media awareness in support.
***Share your story about what live events mean to you:
***Light up your home, porch, apartment, etc. — be sure to take photos and share on social media!

To help your local businesses with another round of PPP and low interest loans, please show your support.
Raynham's Lions Club 9th Annual Robert McCabe Memorial Golf Tournament

Friday, September 18th
Registration 7-8a, Tee Time 8:00a sharp
Olde Scotland Links
695 Pine St., Bridgewater

*Proceeds for M.L.E.R.R (Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Foundation, Inc.).
*$400 PER TEAM / $100 PER PERSON (includes golf cart, dinner & prizes)
*DINNER & AWARDS to follow at Raynham Lions Hall 2234 King Philip St., Raynham.
For more information call 508-823-7911 or email: or visit our website: Raynham Lions Club
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Appreciation Post

Karen Lee wanted to say thank you to the Bridgewater - Raynham School District, school committee, teachers, staff, Superintendent Derek Swenson and the reopening committee! She's sure this wasn’t an easy task and she's sure not everyone is happy but ultimately you are trying your best in unprecedented times, allowing parents/guardians options that are better suited for them as we know nothing in COVID times is “best.” Thank you for your time & commitment and please know you are appreciated.
FREE COVID-19 Testing

You do not have to be a resident of Taunton. Free testing is available to everyone.
Metrocraft: Create & Learn
In A Virtual World

Mondays 9/28/2020 - 11/09/2020
4:30p - 6:00p
Virtual Learning

Program by Raynham Park and Recreation
Grades 3-6

In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business within a virtual city as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, supply and demand and consumer markets. As they serve on a city council they must problem-solve, study how laws are made and work together to create their own constitution; Additionally they will also need to respond to natural disasters and address other challenging city issues. 

Students will learn economics and civics as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft type world. While certainly a fun game, Minecraft is also a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. STEM learning has never been so fun!

  • This class will take place online and will use two programs, Zoom and Minetest.
  • Zoom is an online classroom that is very easy to use.
  • Right Brain Curriculum will be hosting and teaching the class and they will send a Zoom ID number with a code to join the meetings.
  • They will use a public domain version of Minecraft called Minetest.
  • Right Brain Curriculum will also send out detailed instructions and links to a tutorial on how to download and install the program.
  • A PC or Mac laptop is needed for Minetest, Chromebooks and tablets are generally not compatible.
Manifesting in the Present & Future in 2020

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Employee Shout Out

Raynham Athletic Club (RAC) wants to make a special shout out to some special RAC team members:
"Thank you for your dedicated time and service here at the RAC!!!!! We wish you guys much joy & happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life. All your hard work has paid off! Congratulations on your new jobs!!!! We will miss you Danielle and Kira!!"

The Raynham Athletic Club, a family-friendly workout facility, was excited to reopen on July 6th. Members have enjoyed accessing the 40 Group Exercise Classes, Weight Room, Cardio Room, Pool, Personal Training, and Childcare. In order to be safe and healthy for both employees and members of the Raynham Athletic Club a Reopening Plan was put in place. The plan contains critical information, policies, and procedures that minimize risk and maximize safety. This helps ensure that all staff and members can exercise and improve their mental health and well-being safely. Some precautions that the RAC put in place were: extensive cleaning of every room daily, online class enrollment sign-ups for classes and reduced class sizes, plastic barriers between cardio equipment to effectively block respiration from someone using the cardio equipment, and indoor and outdoor classes. The pool is open for individual lap swim, aqua classes, and family swim. All members must wear a mask throughout the facility and may only take off the mask while exercising.

The precautions have been welcomed because members and staff recognize that for Raynahm Athletic Club to remain open everyone must be safe. For more information: 508-823-5440 

Story and photo credit: Raynham Athletic Club

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a Shungite pendant worth $25 from
Queen Dawn Spirit.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year was the original Center School destroyed?

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 September 3, 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
Copyright 2020 Buzz Around Raynham.  You have our permission to share and copy this issue in its entirety as much as you like. If you take it in part, please give credit: ("Buzz Around Raynham 8/30/20")

Disclaimer: At the Buzz Around, we promote community and family. There will be links to town committees and other non-profit groups, as a way of sharing local information. Individual groups are responsible for how they represent themselves on their websites and in their promotional materials. The Buzz Around is not responsible for their website content. 
We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Woman's right to vote this week. The theme: "Forward Into Light."

Our daughters now learn that a woman's place is where ever her imagination takes her! Thank you, courageous women who went before us! To commemorate and remind us that it can take too much time to get right, here is the winner of BrPL's Suffrage Poetry Contest, Melody Rivas

What About Me?

The war was not won in 1920
Yet there were still white women aplenty
Dropping their signs, leaving the streets, raising their voices to whoop with glee
Drowning out the frantic colored cries of
“What about me?”
The war was not won in 1930
Many women were left still yearning
To vote right next to their fair skinned peers,
To get what they had been denied for years
Their voices were silenced their ballots were empty
But they did not stop in 1920
The war was not won in 1950
but there was no time to waste on pity
American women from all shades of life
Natives, Hispanics, and Blacks alike
Never stopped making and painting their signs
Never stopped fighting to gain voting rights
And when met with a pale opposing crowd
They raised their voices twice as loud
Nothing would stop them, not even their fear
They continued their fight, right up to the year
Of 1965
When a fateful rally was planned
To march the highway from Selma to
A piece of Montgomery land
Though their protest was peaceful
Bloody Sunday still did raze
And by state troopers meant to protect
they were beaten, gassed, and tazed
But despite the attacks the protesters
Would not be scared away
They continued their highway march
To span all of 3 days
Through this injustice they fought back
And they were paid off with
The Voting Rights Acts
The war was won in August of 1965
When colored woman across the nation
Were able to set down their signs
When they stepped off the streets and to
The polling place formed lines
When they stood together and said
“The right to vote is mine”
American society is learning to respect all human beings. As everyone is invited to collaborate equally, our lives will only get better. We have huge amounts of talent ready to shine!!!
Have a great week, everyone! ~ Jacquie