November 15, 2020
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Raynham Veteran's Day
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Veterans Day at the Legion 2020
Click on link for more info about the American Legion Post 405.
291 Mill St., Raynham
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Inside Scoop - Veteran's Day Edition
with Pat Riley
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Veteran's Day Note from Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of BR Schools
Good Afternoon,
I come from a family with a very strong military background. My Grandfather, Mathias Murphy was a career naval serviceman serving in World War II. My father along with his brother both served in the U.S. Army, while my mother’s brothers proudly served in the Air Force and Marines all during the Vietnam area.
Growing up, I was often reminded that it is ordinary people, like the family members I just mentioned, who have served our nation in extraordinary ways. They do so as means of ensuring that all Americans can pursue the freedoms that our Founding Fathers envisioned. Through their service, Veterans have helped keep America strong, and have protected our way of life for almost two and a half centuries.
As Americans, we have set aside November 11th each year, as a day to reflect, remember, and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Each year, our humble words on Veterans Day can never do justice to the sacrifices made by our Veterans; by those who returned and those who did not; by those who live among us today and those who live within our memories
Tomorrow on Veterans Day, I respectfully request that we not only recognize our Veterans but more importantly, celebrate them. I have always believed that life is our greatest classroom. With that being said I ask that all of our BRRSD families, students & staff learn from the example set forth by our Veterans. Like our Veterans - Always be proud of our great country; Like our Veterans - always be kind to and care for your fellow man; and like our Veterans always do the right thing, even and especially when it is the most difficult thing to do.
Thank you once again to all our Veterans for all that you have done to ensure our safety and freedoms. Please know that your efforts will never go unrecognized nor unappreciated. God Bless America and God Bless all those who have, and continue to defend her.
Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of Schools
Historical Tidbit: 
Saturday Night Bath

    My son once asked my grandfather how he took a bath without hot running water. 
   He replied: " ...every Saturday night during the school year, fall, winter and spring, when we couldn't go swimming in the old swimming hole, we HAD to take a bath." 
   "A good size wooden tub would be placed in front of the cook stove; a wood stove in the kitchen. The door would be left open and large pans of water would be placed on the top to heat. When the water was hot enough, it would be poured into the tub and a fellow would climb in and sit with his knees up under his chin and scrub himself raw then get out and dry himself off. That's what we did every Saturday night." 
  If you had a large family, the smallest child would be lucky enough to go first. When they were done, the next in line would take his turn. As the water cooled, more hot water from the stove would be added. Then as needed, buckets of the cooled water would be taken out to make room for more hot water. More often than not, the cooled water would be saved to wash clothes in.
  I remember taking that "Saturday Night Bath" myself, although we did have a tub and hot running water. It was just something we did back in the 1950's, bathe once a week and wash your hair.  Now we are very grateful we can take a hot bath or shower anytime we want to, not just when we NEED to. 
~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
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Selectmen        508-824-2707
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Board of Health      508-824-2766
Planning         508-824-2745
Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

Public Library
limited capacity, call to schedule appt

Council on Aging
Building remains closed.
Director will be in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to process bills, stay in touch with state agencies and attend to phone messages.

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00a - 11:00a
494 Church St, Raynham
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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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Giving Thanks to Our Essential Workers ~ GWT Appliance & BA

Tell us about an Essential Worker near and dear to your heart, we will publish their story & send a gift!* PLUS starting Nov 5, every verified submission received before Nov 19, 2020 5p will be entered into a random drawing for a new dishwasher!

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Sam Baumgarten asked us to share this video to commemorate
World Kindness Day.
Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs. World Kindness Day is internationally observed each November 13th.
Kindness is Contagious!
The 2020 Book for Business
When Metro South is Home, Everything is
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* area dining * lodging *public golf courses * recreation * community demographics, regional and economic data, and a complete membership listing.

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Raynham Police and Fire Urge Residents to Remain Vigilant Against Spread of COVID-19
Following Red ‘High Risk’ Designation
Police Chief James Donovan and Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita report that the Town of Raynham has seen a rise in positive COVID-19 cases recently, resulting in an increased risk designation from the Commonwealth.
We couldn't be more excited!!!!
Check out this link for your online LaLiberte Spiritwear!!! If you place an order before November 30th you can win a LaLiberte mask or a pom beanie!
LaLiberte Elementary

LaLiberte Elementary. PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER ON OR BEFORE: Monday, November 30th Orders will be shipped to the School approx. 3 weeks after the store close date These are custom wearables and cannot be returned or exchang

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Board of Selectmen 11/03/20
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Stormwater Tips: Be a Leaf Hero
Clean water begins with you! Help keep fallen leaves out of the streets.
Do not blow or rake leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree branches into the street. These will leach nutrients into stormwater runoff and contribute to pollution in our waters.
Leaf litter can also plug storm drains and increase flooding issues. Instead, mulch or compost yard waste away from streams or other waterways, or dispose at your local landfill.
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Have you guessed already how many chocolates are in the jar? Just drop the number HERE. The correct number has not yet been guessed!

And while you're ad it, don't forgot to check out all the fun stuff at our Online Book Fair.
We're softly opening the Senior Center for morning movies only at this time.
Two days a week, we will be showing a movie in the morning, starting with Tom Hanks in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." Seating is very limited. Please call 508-824-2740 to reserve a seat. Reservations begin on November 9th.
On behalf of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice in partnership with the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bridgewater State University, I am pleased to invite you to a virtual conversation with award-winning author Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.
Thursday, November 19, from 4:30 to 6:00p.
Dr. Tatum will discuss her compelling, award-winning book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race, which takes a critical look at the dynamics of racial identity in America and the importance of holding productive conversations surrounding race across racial and ethnic divides.

Dr. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College.

I hope you will join us for this important and timely conversation; attached to this email you will find a description of the program. Please use this link HERE to register for this event. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Thibodeau at

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Mary K. Grant
Senior Administrative Fellows for Civics and Social Justice
The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, Bridgewater State University
Raynham Master Plan
Join the Raynham Master Plan Project Team
to discuss the present and future conditions of Raynham’s land use, housing and economic development activities. (Met on 11/12/20.) The project team will provide a brief presentation and facilitate a discussion to assist you in participating in the workshop and completing the exercises.


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Historical Tidbit Question:
If you had a large family, which child would bathe first?

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Honor: (verb)
1) regard with great respect.
2) fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement)

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including their life.” ~ Unknown

As many of our veterans need assistance, here are some ideas of things you can do to honor their service to us:
*Help vets get medical care and other resources. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit that drives veterans to medical appointments, assist them in filing benefit claims with the government and helps vets with medical, employment and other general needs. The DAV needs volunteers to drive veterans to appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals & volunteer at the VA hospitals. Learn more about volunteering with the DAV HERE.

*Assist any veterans you know with needs such as grocery shopping, running errands or helping with yard work.

*See how you can help local Veteran's organizations - contact Raynham Veteran's Service Officer Micaila Britto (508) 828-4527
or American Legion Post 405, (508) 880-9788
Thank you, Veterans. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
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