February 6, 2022
~ 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. 
Complete Streets Update

Currently, the Town of Raynham is in the process of developing a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, and this plan will focus on improving the safety and usability of roadways regardless of a user's age and ability or mode of transportation. This plan will present current and near-term Complete Streets needs and potential State Highway projects (although they are not eligible for funds from this program), and there will be opportunity for engagement from the public as well as prioritization for projects based on needs.

Recently completed projects include updates to the N. Main Street sidewalks and bike lanes as well as updates to the Pleasant Street sidewalks. There have also been improvements made to the pedestrian crossing on N. Main St and White St.

Upcoming projects include improvements to Route 138, the pedestrian crossing at White St. and Pleasant St., signage at Pleasant St. and Orchard St., and to the Mill Street Bridge.

This information and more related to the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan can be viewed on this informational Powerpoint, and to submit a comment on the Plan, scan the QR code above.

To stay up to date on the development of the CSPP, follow their Facebook!
Raynham Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Draft

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Visit their project site and fill out a comment form at the bottom of the page!

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Complete Streets Public Meeting 01/12/22
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
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Historical Tidbit:

1786 Mob

Never have we had an agreement on how America should be run. In 1786 a mob was not going to let the general court in Taunton meet. Raynham militia protected the courthouse, and our budding country continued.
From Patrice White's History of Raynham @ 1990
Town Clerk
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

Council on Aging

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
Candace Kiffen
you won a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray. 

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Bandit's Sports Club for Girls
Saturdays February 5 - March 26
11:30a - 12:30p

The Raynham Athletic Club is now offering a new program for girls from February 5 - March 26. This program aims to promote and use athletics as a vehicle to help girls stay active while fostering and developing strong leadership skills and teamwork.

This program is for girls ages 6-10 and costs $120 for the entire 8 weeks of the program. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 508-823-5440. For more information, visit their Facebook page!
Raynham E.C.P.O. Virtual Meeting
Thursday, February 10
Virtual Meeting

The Raynham Early Childhood Parents Organization for L.B. Merrill Elementary is hosting a virtual meeting. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and hear what is going on at the school, as well as meeting other families in the Merrill school!

For more information on the Raynham E.C.P.O. L.B. Merrill Elementary, including their mission statement and ways to get involved, visit their website!

Raynham Public Library Honors Black History Month

The Raynham Public Library partners with Kanopy, a free streaming service available with your library card. This month, Kanopy has curated a specific collection of films and documentaries that represent the importance of Black History Month including The New Black, Fresh Dressed, Woman in Motion, and many more!

To view the full selection offered in this collection, visit the Kanopy website and connect your library card. Access thousands of movies today!
Bridgewater- Raynham Spring Sports Registration Time
Registration is open NOW and will CLOSE at midnight Monday, March 14th.

Baseball, Softball
Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Tennis
Per MA State Guideline, student-athletes can only participate in 1 sport per season.

The schedule for all 48 BR High School teams can be found HERE.
Raynham Public Library Book Club Meetings

Wednesday Book Club
Wed, February 9
1 - 2p
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naèive young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to 'the land beyond the seas, ' Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel--a skilled midwife and herbalist--is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Tuesday Night Book Club
Tue, February 15
6 - 7p
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman 
(Meeting virtually - email jmckinney@sailsinc.org to be sent an invitation)
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim--the Thursday Murder Club--are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper's Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor--an old pal of Elizabeth's (or perhaps more than just a pal?)--arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he's seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club

Visit their website for information on any of these selections!
Free Mediation Services

Experiencing conflict? The Greater Brockton Center for Dispute Resolutions is here to assist with your disputes. They specialize in family, neighborhood, and consumer disputes among others, and they are happy to provide confidential, FREE face-to-face mediation to help.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of such services, contact the GBCDR today at mediators@gbcdr.org or 508-897-2868, or visit their website for more information!
Keeping Fit with the Raynham Senior Center!

The Raynham Senior Center offers a multitude of different programs and classes to keep your body moving and grooving these winter months! Join certified instructors for classes like Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, and more all throughout the week.
Each class costs $2 per person, and classes are limited to 10 individuals. To view the full, detailed schedule for the entire month of February, check out the Raynham Senior Center monthly newsletter! Visit their Facebook page to stay updated.
Raynham Board of Selectmen Meeting
 February 1
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Find YOUR Bliss with
In Person classes at The She Shed, every Saturday at
9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
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Are you a Brockton High School Alum?
Submission Deadline: March 1

The Brockton High School Alumni Association will honor 3 outstanding BHS graduates this year! 3 different awards are available for nomination submissions, and they are as follows:

Alumni Achievement: Presented to BHS alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of professional or personal work, or for the betterment of humanity

Alumni Service: Presented to BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School and the Brockton community

Young Alumni: Presented to BHS alumni within 10 years of graduation who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably on Brockton High School

Nominations may be submitted by current and former students, teachers, staff and friends of Brockton High School. To complete the nomination form, click here!
Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School, as it stands, was opened in 1972. Multiple repairs are required, including, new HVAC systems, new roof, new windows, steel upgrades, ADA upgrades, and plumbing repairs. These repairs are likely to cost the district millions of dollars without any educational upgrades or additional square footage.
Considering the costly upgrades and insufficient equipment/space available at the current school, a new school has been proposed. For further information on different proposed plans and a breakdown of the current conditions of the school, visit the link below.
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School MSBA Project

To voice your opinions, comments, and concerns, attend the upcoming School Committee meetings or speak directly with a B-P School Committee member!

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Have fun with us and bee entered to win
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
What group protected the Taunton courthouse during a 1786 incident?

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 February 9, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Here's to Winter

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ~ Yoko Ono

“Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.”
~ Sinclair Lewis

“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.” ~ Mark Twain
We've had the full winter experience now, a nor'easter and snow to our waist. Glistening snowflakes and cold, wet discomfort. Is it possible to love and hate something so much at the same time? This, too, shall pass. And then I will miss it.
~ Jacquie
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