November 24, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Enjoying Fall images ...
take time to relax!

Photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Enjoying Fall images ...
take time to relax!

Photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Historical Tidbit:
At Plymouth Plantation costumed interpreters reenact the first Thanksgiving, when 90 Indians dined with the 50 surviving Pilgrims. The Indians provided five deer for the feast: the Pilgrims cooked up codfish, sea bass, and wild fowl.
               When families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner each year, they owe at least a little thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale. Fervent in her belief that a day should be set aside to express gratitude for the year’s blessings, she almost single-handedly created the holiday in the mid-19 th  century.
               As the editor of  Godey’s Lady’s Book,  Hale controlled the country’s most widely distributed periodical, and from 1846 on she used it to battle for her cause. Every November she published “traditional” recipes for Thanksgiving dishes, accompanying them with editorials demanding official recognition. Each summer she also wrote letters to the governors of every state. Finally, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln gave in and issued the proclamation that made the holiday an annual event.
               Participants in the first Thanksgiving in 1621 would scarcely have recognized Hale’s notions of traditional fare. Swans were as likely to have graced their tables as wild turkeys. Pilgrims thought potatoes inedible, apples and sweet potatoes were unknown in New England; and since there was no sugar, cranberries were not made into a jellied sauce.
               But then, Americans have always tended to celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid imported oysters and Roquefort cheese to Utah for their Thanksgiving feast. In Norwich, Connecticut, young men used to celebrate by lighting bonfires on hilltops. Until World War II, New Yorkers were awakened by the horn blasts of “fantasticals,” companies of working-class masqueraders who paraded under names such as the “Gilhooley Musketeers.” Then they’d retire to the parks to picnic, and later to gala balls, where they danced until dawn.

(Article and photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest “Discovering America’s Past.”courtesy of Sue Basile)
Town Hall
558 South Main St. 
Mon - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p,
Fri 8:30a - 12 Noon
 Tues eve 6 - 8p
Public Library
760 South Main St.
Mon - Wed 10a - 8p
Thurs 10a - 6p, Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 2p

Council on Aging
2215 King Philip St.
Mon - Fri 9a - 3p

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00 am - 11:00 am
494 Church St, Raynham
James Yeo
 won a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose. Learn more  here .

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

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!
BuzzAround Internships
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SJ's Creative Crafts Memorial Craft Show
Saturday, November 30th
10a - 3p
Stone Church
785 South Main Street
Join us for a Parkinson's Foundation Fundraiser Craft Show in memory of Sarah-Jane Meyer.
Local Crafters
Any questions see our Facebook Page.
Cooking Club
Monday, December 2nd
6:30 - 7:30p
Raynham Public Library
Monthly meeting of the Cooking Club.
New members welcome!
Share recipes, cooking techniques and tasty food each month.
Any questions contact (508) 823-1344.
Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act and Mass Health/Commonhealth Presentation
Tuesday, December 3rd 6:30p
The Bridge Center
470 Pine St., Bridgewater

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2019-2020 school year on titled.

Laura Conrad and Lauren Almedia will present on pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. Cathy Hickey will explain eligibility for the Department of Developmental Services, DDS, as well as the Brockton Area ARC. 

The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. Please register online in advance for free childcare at:
A Very Special Christmas Party!
Sat, December 7th
1:00 - 4:00p  
Knight of Columbus
103 Center Street, Bridgewater
Knights of Columbus in service to one. In service to all. 
The Knights would like to invite special needs children to our annual Children, Christmas Party. Held at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Center in Bridgewater our festivities provide a supportive environment so that children can enjoy things like visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus at their own pace, engaging in crafts with necessary assistance, and generally enjoying a supportive environment with the Knights and other special needs families. The party is free to special needs families and siblings are welcome, 
Activities include: holiday music, games, crafts, small gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and pictures with Santa for those who would enjoy time with them.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to: Karin Sullivan email - or call (508) 415-4070 by Wed, December 4 with:

  1. Full Name of all Children Attending
  2. Sex of Child
  3. Age
  4. Any gifts considerations such as developmental age of child. 
Trip to Holiday Boston Pops 2019
Sunday, Dec 8th
The bus will depart the Raynham Senior Center (2215 King Philip Street) at 6:00p and will return at approximately 10:45p.

Join Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra in historic Symphony Hall for an evening celebrating all the magic and charm of the season. 
Tickets to the holiday concert are available at the Raynham Park & Recreation office, located at 2254 King Philip Street. The price is $80 per person and includes forward first balcony seating and round-trip school bus transportation to and from Boston’s Symphony Hall. Checks or money orders only will be accepted and payment in full must be made at the time of the ticket reservation. Non-residents are welcome!
Networking Group USA
Silver City Chapter
8:15 - 9:15a
1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month
Stoneforge Tavern
90 Paramount Dr., Raynham
From their website: "After being part of many other “official” networking groups in the past I knew the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t. I saw first- and how strict, rigid, corporate, and EXPENSIVE being a part of these other groups can be. The only requirement I was adamant on was that OUR group will be fun, relaxed, efficient, and FREE!" ~ NGUSA Founder Brendon Elliot
Come check out the Raynham Meeting of Networking Group USA.
Click here for more information.

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1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
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13th Annual RAVE Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM LaLiberte Elementary School - 777 Pleasant Street, Raynham, MA

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Our "24st Annual Community Toy Drive" to benefit "Operation Santa is Wednesday, December 11.
 All current and former patients, who bring in an  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY  for either a boy or girl will receive an adjustment at  NO CHARGE !! (Complimentary adjustments are performed on the day of the toy drive only)
NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME ALSO !! Stop in and see our office and meet Dr Perry. For your donation of a  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY, you will receive a gift certificate for a Complimentary Consultation and Exam!!
Please consider helping us to help the community.
Call and schedule your appointment today!!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
Preschool Programs at the Library
Baby Bookworms
Mondays, 10:30a
Songs & stories followed by play and socializing.
Intended for newborns to 18 months.
Toddler Time
Wednesdays, 10:30a
Stories, songs, and activities to help kids get
ready to read, followed by play and socializing.
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Afternoon Tea with Charles Dickens A Reading from "A Christmas Carol"
Sunday, December 8th
Admission includes tea with refreshments.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12
Ticket sales are limited to 80 tickets.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the church at 508-822-6177 or email

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Get In Shape 
For Women - Bridgewater
6 Weeks of Small Group Personal Training for $279!
(three sessions per week)
Be your BEST SELF for the
holiday season!
Our program is designed to help every woman - any age or fitness level!
Workout in a safe & supportive atmosphere, towards YOUR goals.

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   

Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
"Life is Sweeter with Mama Deb's
Sweet Italian Sauce"

We are located in Middleboro and offer Retail Sauce, Gift Sets, Mobile Food & Cooking Classes.

Click here for retail locations, mobile food 
events, and pasta making class schedules.
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Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory
The Comm of MA has put together this great resource for recycling. When you have an unwanted item that you want to find a new home for, check out this handy MA search engine: Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory for Massachusetts! Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don't belong in your household recycling bin? Don't throw them away. Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them in Massachusetts.
Selectman Meeting
Held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.
from Raynham Channel
COIN CHALLENGE~ A Great Way to Work those Math Skills and Help the School!
LaLiberte families raised over $1,400 with last weeks Coin Challenge!!! Congratulations LaLiberte Students, that is an amazing amount of money for a good cause. 
The class with the most coins is Mr. Santos' 3rd grade class. They had 2,612 coins and Mrs Carey's class raised a total of $181.56 cents. Congratulations to both classes!!!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!

Historical Tidbit Question: 
What president proclaimed thanksgiving an annual event?

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

On November 27, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” ~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

When we appreciate the people and things we have, we bring joy into our lives. Along with these modern day thinkers, Buddha, the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ all advocated giving thanks. It's real wisdom!
I am thankful for the opportunity to share these stories with you, dear reader. I appreciate that you have welcomed us into your home. Have a wonderful week. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Gregory Venezia & Beyonnie Whitaker
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