Thoughtful Blessings....
"We ordered take out from Supreme Pizza in Whitman. We got a special gift. We do not know Michael. We wanted to say Thank you. We got a Christmas card and a $25.00 gift card to Supreme."
The card: " Best Wishes for the happiest of holidays! In loving memory of Michael. Amazing Dad and loving husband. 1979 -2020. Take Care and Keep Smiling!"
" It really hits home. My husband has a dangerous job and he is working long hours. I’m so thankful and will hug my kids and husband more tonight thinking of his family. He is the same age as my husband. So young gone to soon. Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the gift card. So If his family is on Whitman Pride FB Group or reads the BuzzAround, God bless and we will be thinking of him and his family this year." ~ Katie Jeanne
Historical Tidbit:
December Holidays
December is a month-long holiday:
So many traditions enjoy special food, music & family; bringing our own light to these darkened days. Here are a few, thanks to National Geographic Kids

Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, a holiday honoring the Maccabees victory over King Antiochus, who forbade Jews to practice their religion. For eight nights, Hanukkah is celebrated with prayer, the lighting of the menorah, and food. A Hanukkah menorah has nine candles, a candle for every night, plus a helper candle. Children play games, sing songs, and exchange gifts. Potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, are traditionally associated with Hanukkah and are served with applesauce and sour cream. The dates of Hanukkah change because this holiday follows the lunar cycle. In 2018, Hanukkah started the evening of December 2 and ended December 10.

The Winter Solstice occurs on either December 20, 21, 22, or 23 in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the shortest day of the year. People all over the world participate with festivals and celebrations. Long ago, people celebrated by lighting bonfires and candles to coax back the sun.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas in the United States brings together many customs from other countries and cultures. Around the world, family members help to decorate the tree and home with bright lights, wreaths, candles, holly, mistletoe, and ornaments. On Christmas Eve, many people go to church. Also on Christmas Eve, Santa comes from the North Pole in a sleigh to deliver gifts. In Hawaii, it is said he arrives by boat; in Australia, the jolly man arrives on water skis; and in Ghana, he comes out of the jungle.

Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1. It is a holiday to commemorate African heritage, during which participants gather with family and friends to exchange gifts and to light a series of black, red, and green candles. These candles symbolize the seven basic values of African American family life: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

New Year's Day is January 1, the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. Fireworks are often set off at midnight to celebrate the new year. Commonly served in the southern part of the United States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring luck and prosperity for the new year, greens (usually collards) to bring wealth, and pork to symbolize moving forward.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful month, sparkling with light and warmth.

~ Jacquie
Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
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$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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America The Beautiful... Shine Us into the
New Year
As we continue to show our love and support for each other... through the darkest days... lights are going up all over town.
Between now - January 14, 2021 we will be posting the pictures & videos you share.
Each week, one lucky submission will receive a $25 gift certificate to... where else... Johnny Macaroni's!

Lets light the way to 2021!!
Chair Yoga for Seniors ...and more - Episode 1
Brought to you by Whitman Wellness Center and the Whitman COA

“Chair Yoga” with Karen Lyons, is a low impact yoga exercise program for people with limited mobility and balance issues. It can help to promote mobility, control weight, increase flexibility, help reduce stresss, improve core strength and balance. Remember, you should always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Last weekend Whitman Hanson Dollars For Scholars hosted a holiday tree lighting in the Whitman Town Park. Trees were decorated by business, clubs, families, and organizations! The funds raised from this event went towards helping the Whitman Hanson High School 2021 seniors.
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Stop by to visit our Little Free Library on Winter Street!
Take a book and/or leave a book.
~ Nicole Dorr
Sharing an inspirational note from Jeff Szymaniak, Superintendent of WH Schools and our kids:
"To say 2020 has been challenging is an understatement. This morning I noticed these postings on the wall going up to my office. What I saw made my day and my year. Here are just of few of the “I’m grateful” messages posted. Our kids get it... Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Guardians, and Caretakers, you’re doing a good job!! Have a great night, Jeff"
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The Patio at McGuiggan's
Holiday Gift Card Deal!

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get a $5 Gift Card Free!

Pub: 781-447-7333

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The DEN is Whitman-Hanson Regional High School's store.
The Panther's Den stocks merchandise designed, marketed, and sold by students in the Visual Merchandising course.
Thinking about an internship at WHCA?
Julia Hannon was a WHCA intern from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. She was our first intern to transfer over from an in-person internship, to our new virtual internship program! Hear what she has to say about how the internship helped her sharpen her skills. Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Our Annual Tide Calendar is available for purchase!
Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Due to unprecedented entries we did TWO calendars this year - our annual tide calendar and a one-time only avian calendar.
Both are gorgeous - these would make great holiday gifts!! Call 508-828-1101 or go to
Our Kids Bedtime Book Club
Takes place every Mon and Wed from now - May 10th and will focus on racially and culturally diverse stories.
6:30-7:00p is for 2.5-5 year olds
7:00-7:30p is for 6-10 year olds
Please have your kids join us every Monday and Wednesday to listen to multicultural stories read by our team of diverse college students. It's not only important for kids to learn about other people and cultures, but it's also great for them to interact with diverse leadership!
The book club will start off with various holidays and how they're celebrated around the world! Each month will be centered on a different theme.

Registration with Eventbrite will add you to the book club email list. Admission is rolling, so you can join anytime before May. You will receive an email every week with the titles of the books that will be read the next week and the links to join the google meets. You can then chose which dates you'd like your little ones to attend. We hope you'll join us! DICE Massachusetts (originating in Bridgewater) FB
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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)
Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County,
For more info:
Lets keep local residents in the know.
WHCA will be virtually capturing public service announcements throughout the day on
Thursday, January 21st.

To participate send an email to: to book a time slot.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and more importantly to our very generous community.
Our annual holiday toy drive to benefit the Whitman Area Toy Drive was a big success! Your donations will help families in need this holiday season. If you were unable to make it to the toy drive today but are looking to donate, we will have a donation box in the police station lobby. Thank you!! We were able to stuff 9 cruisers today!

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” ~ Bob Marley

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ~ Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.” ~ Shel Silverstein

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” ~ Charles Lamb
Ahhh I love that, nonsense respected. True friendship. Cherish them. We really don't get many true friends. ~ Jacquie
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