May 24, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time.
Taking Care of our First Responders:
Great job, Whitman, making sure our teams are well fed & appreciated!
Thank you Ryan O’Rourke for today’s lunch and dessert provided by Regal Marketplace!
Thank you to the Casey family for providing meals to the station!!
Thank you to Steven Bagley for delivering these dinners to the fire station!
Thank you Veronica Williams for the Kindness Bracelets and gift cards. We appreciate you thinking of us and love the bracelets!
Since this began, regular meals, gifts & lots of pizza have shown up for our Whitman Firefighters, showing our appreciation of everything they do! They are very grateful. Thank you's are posted on the page. A few of the most recent are shown here.

Additionally, there is a shout-out to recent WHHS graduate Steven Bagley. " Steven (Bagel), started his internship at the fire department through Whitman Hanson Regional High School as a Senior just before this pandemic hit. He was able to ride along with two groups for a short period of time as an intern and unfortunately time was cut short with us. He wrote very nice thank you cards and indicated that he is furthering his education at the University of New Haven to major in Paramedicine. You’re a great kid and we wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavors. Go Chargers!"

Thank you, Fire Fighters, for all you do . Now go dig in!
Historical Tidbit:
Can You Imagine?

My Great Grandparents on my father's side bought a new kitchen stove June 28, 1901 for $13.00, the "oven section" was $3.00, a can for gasoline $1.00 and 5 gallons of gasoline $1.00 for a total of $18.00.
sue and her plant 2011
One wonders what they would think of today's prices.

Respectfully submitted,
Sue Basile
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All town buildings are closed to the public, please call or email for assistance.

Town Hall
Check the town website for
needed updates

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Tina Turner
won a
One Free Embodyment® Yoga at Bliss Through Yoga, when in person classes begin again. Located at Physical Therapy U
75 Scotland Blvd, Bridgewater.

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.
Seven Strategies That Work Together to help us return to Profitability
MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce Zoom
Thursday, May 28th
Join us for this very interactive discussion with other business owners to discuss best practices on the seven 7 essential building blocks for every business that work together to help control the results of the business and return us to profitability. Now more than ever we need to be planning for what will hopefully be a big bounce. Be sure your business doesn’t make a big thud!

Do you know by making modest improvements across critical areas of your business you can achieve major improvements in your profits?

Would you like to have a better understanding of marketing and sales fundamentals that will help you with your day-to-day business needs? In this program, PBC, Inc. presenter Bernhard Heine will show you how to measure and improve each of the 7 areas in your business and how by making small incremental improvements in your business, you will see an increase in profits, and help us get through this terrible crisis. Register Here

As an added bonus, all registered attendees will receive a FREE Everything DiSC Management assessment. ($120 value)!
A Thank You to Health Care Workers
All New World Gas Station locations including 359 Bedford St, Whitman
Monday, May 25th
New World Gas would like to thank all Healthcare Professionals by offering free fuel. We truly appreciate your tireless effort in supporting the community! Please accept this as a token of our appreciation for everything you do.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, supporting staff need to arrive with work ID showing place of employment.
Free Community Classes at South Shore Tae Kwon Do
Every Monday and Wednesday
South Shore Tae Kwon Do is offering free online classes to kids ages 4-12.

No prior martial arts experience necessary.

Contact Robert Whitman at 781-308-4635 or
Council on Aging Looking For Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Call 781-447-7619 for more information.
Town of Whitman Shares Guidelines for Re-Opening of Town Services and Businesses
The Town of Whitman and the Whitman Board of Health would like to provide residents with an update regarding the town’s plans to re-open select businesses and services relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The town has formed a Re-Opening Committee, which includes Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Timothy Grenno, Police Chief Timothy Hanlon, Board of Health Chair Eric Joubert, Board of Health Agent Alexis Andrews, Town Administrator Frank Lynam, Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak, Building Commissioner Robert Curran and Board of Selectmen Chair Carl Kowalski.
On Monday, May 18, Governor Charlie Baker will announce details of the statewide re-opening plan. Per Governor Baker’s orders, the Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a multi-phased approach, based on public health guidance.
Public health metrics will determine when the first phase of re-opening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into later phases.
In the meantime, the Whitman Re-Opening Committee is encouraging residents and business owners to review the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for steps that can be taken before re-opening begins.
Click here to download the CDC’s guidelines. It provides recommendations in several areas, including multiple phases for re-opening.
“We ask that residents and business owners are patient as we prepare to re-open the town, as it is sure to be a slow process,” Board of Health Chair Joubert said. “We thank everyone in Whitman who has followed the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and other public health guidance up to this point. We are working hard to make sure the town can re-open effectively while also making sure everyone remains as safe and healthy as possible.”
Whitman Hanson WILL Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Whitman Hanson WILL is part of a regional collaborative with the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative. Whitman Hanson WILL is responsible for saving lives from substance abuse and the impact it has on families and the local community.

To do this, we educate young people with accurate information and tools to cope with life’s challenges, and to help them understand the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. We connect individuals and families with the resources they need to become better informed. And we work with leaders in the community to build a system of support in every neighborhood.

Two digital billboards went live on the morning of Monday, May 11th on Route 24 at Exit 17 in Brockton. The billboards, created by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, promote connection and resiliency with hopes to encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out and ask for help during this challenging time. The art will be displayed on each side of the billboard and will be visible to both north and southbound traffic on Rt. 24 through the first week in July.
To learn more about the work being done in your community around substance use prevention, please visit Whitman Hanson WILL's website at . Or find us on Facebook @WhitmanHansonWILL and on Twitter @ whwillpower
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!
Please call with your order and drive up.

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357

Contribute to: The Corona Diaries
A crisis can release the potential for the most creative outbursts from the people most affected. Think of Italians singing nightly from their balconies, appreciative homebound households coming out at 7 each night to applaud health workers and story after story told by everyone from the local pizza purveyor to the medical staff member in a hospital. The Whitman Public Library would like to ask you to take a few minutes here and there to write down your thoughts about this time, to take photographs of things you have found interesting on your daily walk or in your own home, like pictures of the pets who have cheered you or signs you have seen along the road, or to write a poem. We are calling this proposed collection of memories The Corona Diaries , and we hope you will join us in assembling something we can share with you when we reopen. We look forward to seeing what you have!
Please send all submissions, whether text or photos, to

The Simple Recycling Vans are back
to pickup your unwanted clothing, shoes, towels etc.. just put the items out next to your recycle cart in the pink plastic bags provided and they will take it away and leave you a new bag. If you need some pink bags please call the DPW office at 781-447-7630 and we can leave some out for you at our office. For more info on this program please visit their website at
Eat well, Laugh often, Love much

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Would you Like A Free
Birdhouse Project?
Marc Tappa is building birdhouse kits and giving them away to Whitmanites with young kids who are looking for projects. He first extended the offer to children who attend John H. Duval Jr. Elementary School and now has opened it up to all kids in Whitman.

The free kits contain all the materials ready for children to assemble. It includes pre-cut wood, perches, and nails. All that is required is a hammer, some paint, and a bit of creativity. Marc is trying to keep up with the demand by sourcing wood anywhere he can so he can to give birdhouse kits to as many kids as possible.

To contact Marc about a birdhouse, or if you have wood to donate: reach Cheryl Tappa at (781) 706-4008 or email


Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much did the stove cost?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week' s Buzz Around Bridgewater.

On May 27, 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 & Gregory Venezia
Gaining Inspiration

Dedication and self sacrifice for the greater good is embedded in our military families. We have them to thank, not only their sacrifice, but also passing on those traditional values to the next and future generations.

These learned values, deep in our culture, has allowed our leaders to call out "greater good" and we know our individual actions matter, we know we have to take action.

As hard as this pandemic has been, I have gained inspiration from our military personnel; who have sacrificed, giving themselves for the idea that there is a civilization we can create collectively that is worth it.

The idea that we can create a civilization where people are respected. A place where we care about each other and listen to each other, and basic human rights are given. This democratic dream that we are together in.

There are many different ideas on how to get there, but the concept that it can exist is worth it to them to sacrifice their freedom for ours.
All I can say is "Thank You," and I try, each day, to honor your sacrifice by living a life that works toward that civilization. ~ Jacquie
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