Whitman Pride for First Responders

On August 19, 2019 our 22-day-old son stopped breathing at our home. Over the last year, he has undergone 5 surgeries (including Open Heart Surgery) and an extended inpatient stay at Children’s Hospital. After a medical quarantine for most of the year and then a COVID quarantine, on August 21st we finally had the opportunity to thank the Whitman Police and Fire & Rescue Teams.

In our opinion, we have the finest first responders in the area. Thank You to Officer Nelson (pictured), Sergeant Slocum, Officer Stokinger and Team 3 of Whitman Fire & Rescue.
This is Whitman Pride.

Photo and story credit: Kristine Rodman
Historical Tidbit:
Jumpin Jacks of Whitman

(Top) Pictured is of the Jumpin Jacks bowling alley in Whitman that burned down. Before it was Jumpin' Jacks it was called the Carlyle Club.

Pictured on the right is a list of entertainers for Sunday June 24th for the 500th Galway Anniversary.

Carlyle Bowladrome opened it in the fall of 1960. It came down about 30 years later due to the burning down of Jumpin' Jacks by an irate customer.

Photo and story credit: Holly Smith
Town Hall is open by appointment only. Please call the department you need to visit in advance and you'll be taken in through the handicap entrance for a no touch temperature screen. Face-masks required. Call number below for any assistance.

Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Art Well
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.
A few pics of me saying WELCOME BACK & THANK YOU to arriving staff today!

I am #grateful for their return as they begin training for the "new normal" with smiles & a "can do" attitude! #WelcomeSignWednesday w/ music & #WHPantherPride on Thursday. New year, new days!
@whclassof2021 @wh_classof2022 @whathletics @whrhsguidance @ Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

See the rest of the pictures at Whitman Hanson Reg High Facebook Page

~ Dr. Christopher Jones, Principal WHRHS
State Primary Voting

Tuesday, Sept 1st
Whitman Town Hall
54 South Ave.
7a - 8p
Selectman Justin Evens outlines voting options : For the upcoming September Primary.

For the latest information from the town, visit whitmancovid19.com.

I've also set up a page of COVID-19 related resources. It can be found at justinevans.com/covid19.
Whitman Planning Board Meeting 8/25
Red Alert 60 Seconds Spot
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.
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!
New cookbooks are here!

Place a hold on these titles by visiting www.whitmanpubliclibrary.org. Once you’ve been notified that your holds are available at the library, please contact the staff at (781) 447-7613 to arrange curbside pickup, which is available Monday through Friday from 10-4. If your account is not set up with email notifications, staff will contact you to arrange curbside pickup. As always, thank you for your continued support and for making curbside pickup so successful.
Stay safe!
State Champions

Whitman-Hanson’s high school basketball team was honored August 10th at Dennis M. O’Brien field for their Division II state championship. The team was presented medals and a trophy by Peter Smith of the MIAA. They also received personalized jackets and some flashy rings. The ceremony included highlights and memories from the season congratulating the graduated seniors on a spectacular season.
This night was special not only because it was the program's first state championship but two longtime Whitman-Hanson employees retired. Coach Carroll retires after serving and mentoring kids for over 50 years! Bill Drew also retired; he has spent 36 years teaching and coaching, totaling 8 seasons with the team. Bob Rogers tweeted: "Coach deserves some time away but I predict he will be back. Until then... thanks for all you have done for the thousands of kids you have taught and coached" Both will be missed greatly and what a perfect retirement gift, DII Champs!!!

Dedication to World War II Veteran

There will be a Square dedication for World War II veteran Robert Lonergan, who was killed in action. Color guard with rifles requested on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00a on the corner of Broad and Central. Meet at the Whitman American Legion around 10:15a.

Read more about Lonergan here.
Please contact Bill Sheehan with any questions!

Story credit: American Legion Post 22
Remembering Elaine (Parsons) Marzilli

For all who knew and loved Elaine. Many will remember her from girl scouts and Camp Carlson.

Elaine (Parsons) Marzilli of Halifax, wife for 51 years of the late Thomas Marzilli. Born in Boston, the daughter of Joseph C. and Enid (Partington) Parsons.

She attended Dorchester High School for girls and Boston Teacher's College.

She lived in Whitman for 35 years before moving to Halifax in 1993 after retiring from Medical Specialists of West Brockton in 1992.

Story and photo credit: Joan Brier
Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
Turn your kitchen into an Italian restaurant by adding Johnny Macaroni’s homemade sauces to your delicious dishes.

Click on location below for full take out menus or dine with us at either of our East Bridgewater locations!

Take out only
Take out only
Open for Outdoor Dining
Like us on Facebook
An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST
Large selection of nostalgia candy!
All those goodies from your childhood! 

Mon - Sat: Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Whitman COVID Update from
Selectman Justin Evans

"Still in Phase 3 but it's been a while since my last update.
Massachusetts has new travel restrictions. If you travel out of state to areas not on the low risk list (right now only ME, VT, NH, NY, NJ, and CT) you need to fill out the travel form and either produce a negative COVID test or quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply may result in a fine up to $500 per day. www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-travel-form

Stop the Spread test sites near us include Brockton, Taunton, and Randolph. You can get tested at many other locations but these state sponsored sites are free and open to anyone.
For Brockton: Testing is available Monday and Thursday from 12-7p and Wednesday from 9a-1p. Call 844-483-7819 to schedule an appointment.
For Taunton: Testing is available Tuesday 9a-12p, more times may be coming. Call 774-406-5400 to schedule an appointment.
For Randolph: The schedule and booking are both available online at physicianoneurgentcare.com/randolph+testing .

The first day of school for Whitman-Hanson students has moved to September 15th. They will return in a hybrid model of 2 days in school and 3 remote learning. The district released this FAQ about reopening whrsd.org/News/fall_updated2020.pdf.

Plymouth County has begun spraying for mosquitoes as the risk for EEE rises in the area. Whitman is in the spray zone. Wear long sleeves, use bug spray, drain standing water, and repair screens to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

Please be careful. Social distance and wash your hands. Gathering outside is better than inside. Face-masks help protect you and those around you. Stay home if you feel sick. Testing is still widely available in MA, so if you visited a large group or want to see someone at risk get tested and know for sure.
We're in this together. If you have any questions or concerns my email is open [email protected]
Stay safe, Justin
Scouts Clean Up Whitman!

Whitman Cub Scout Pack 59 did their good turn the morning of August 8th, helping to keep Whitman clean! Several bags of trash safely cleaned up from around our beautiful town.

Story and photo credit: Matt Harden

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

 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Jumpin Jacks originally called?

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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, Sebastian Ladoulis, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Kayla Rose
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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 remember that it can take to much time to get it 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