2020 Tri-Town Veterans Day Ceremony
Rockland, Massachusetts

For Whitman * Rockland * Abington

Thank you for your service!

Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
Photo Credits: Jimmy Murphy
Historical Tidbit:
The Bill of Rights
December 15, 1791 (227 years ago)
 First ten amendments of the US Constitution were ratified. These are called our Bill of Rights.

Amendment 1: Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press~ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 2 : The Right to Bear Arms
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3 : The Housing of Soldiers
No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 4 : Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures~ The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 5: Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property ~ No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Amendment 6: Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases~ In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment 7: Rights in Civil Cases
In suits at common law, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment 8: Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden ~Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment 9: Other Rights Kept by the People ~ The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10: Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People ~ The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Lorna Holbrook
won a $15 gift certificate to
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 them a gift!* PLUS starting Nov 5 every verified submission received before Nov 19, 2020 5pm will be entered into a random drawing for a new dishwasher!

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Beautiful Areal Footage of Whitman,
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!
Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars will be hosting a Tree decorating event in the Whitman Town Park this holiday season.

Decorate for Scholars will allow individuals, families, organizations and businesses to sponsor a tree for a $100. DFS will provide the trees, lights and sponsor signage. Sponsors will be decorating those trees at scheduled times.

The trees will be lighted on the first two weekends in December for residents to enjoy. All funds raised will benefit the Class of 2021 in the form of scholarships.

If you are interested in participating in this event by sponsoring a tree, please contact Michelle LaMattina at Mlamattina1974@gmail.com or 781-589-3151.
Whitman-Hanson RSD Announces Chromebooks!

Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak and Duval Elementary School Principal Dr. Darlene Foley are pleased to announce that Duval Elementary School was awarded a $5,000 North Easton Savings Bank Community Fund grant to purchase Chromebooks for students ...

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Composting Bins
Are you looking to recycle your lawn and garden waste and turn it into compost for your plants ? The Town has composting bins available free of charge, just give the DPW a call at 781-447-7630 to arrange for a pickup.
The 2020 Book for Business
When Metro South is Home, Everything is
Within Reach

 Our region at your fingertips!
* area dining * lodging *public golf courses * recreation * community demographics, regional and economic data, and a complete membership listing.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
We visited Duval Elementary to recognize and say thank you to…..
Nicole Sykes
Nicole has been a teacher for the WHRSD for 10 years and is currently teaching 4thgrade at Duval.

Jeff Szymaniak
Superintendent at Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
Story & Photo Credit: WH School District
The Whitman Board of Health is seeking a
MA licensed Registered Nurse to assist the public health nurse in monitoring communicable disease on a temporary basis at a rate of $30/hr to begin immediately.
For information please call the Board of Health at 781-618-9756.
Please share this post to spread the word in an effort to help us fill this temporary position.
Thank you.
Gift tags will be available on the “Giving Tree’ at the Senior Center, 16 Hayden Avenue and we will be accepting gifts from November 23, 2020 - December 11, 2020.

As the 2020 Holiday Season approaches we are reminded that this year will be a little different. What will be the same is that many of our Seniors may not have family nearby and could be alone during the holidays. Please help us brighten the Holidays for our Seniors and consider visiting our "Giving Tree" at the front entrance of the Senior Center.
Since gift cards are “one size fits all” and are always appreciated by seniors, we will provide a list of gift card suggestions. Please consider further supporting our community by purchasing the gift cards from a Whitman establishment. Our town provides a multitude of choices for our seniors—pharmacies, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, and more. For a senior that may not drive, we have our Around Town bus on Mondays that can get the recipient to any location in town to enjoy and redeem their gift cards.
Gift cards can also be purchased through the Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars program. The Scholars program receives a percentage of the sales to help in supporting student scholarships. Information & order forms will be available when you pick up your tag.
Gifts will be distributed to seniors between December 16 and 21. If you are interested in being a “Delivery Elf” please contact the Whitman Senior Center at (781) 447-7619.
Thank you in advance for coming together as a community and helping to brighten the lives of our elders during an extremely difficult and challenging year!🎄🎁
Mice, voles, and other pests will start looking for a warm place to spend the winter. We sell a variety of products to help keep your home rodent free.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
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.
Thurs, November 19th
4:30 - 6p
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. Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at 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 j1thibodeau@bridgew.edu.

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
Whitman Board of Selectmen - November 10th, 2020
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Job Openings:
The Whitman Department of Public Works is currently accepting applications to fill two Truck Driver / Laborer positions, qualified candidates must have a current Class B CDL license. Interested Candidates should fill out a Town Of Whitman job application which can be found on the Town website and send it along with your resume to bmartin@whitman-ma.gov or you can drop it in the mail slot at our office 100 Essex St.
Beautiful Fall View

Whitman Park in Autumn

Photo credit: J. Rose
An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST
New! Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Cups!

Mon - Sat:
Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm
Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Basement Mold or Attic Mold Removal
 Thinking of selling your home? Check your attic for mold!

(781) 910-5029
Christina’s Holiday Gift Drive
Hi! My name is Christina I struggled for years with mental health illness and I decided I wanted to help other kids who will be hospitalized during the holiday season. I personally spent 3 Christmas inpatient myself and knows all to well how difficult it is to be away from friends and family during this time. I noticed that kids like myself who are hospitalized for mental health issues are really overlooked compared children who are hospitalized in traditional hospitals. There are no celebrities visiting and they are far from showered with gifts. I have carefully selected items for the wishlist and have also added items from kids wishlists and I would be so grateful if you could purchase even one item! This will be my 5th year doing this amazing gift drive and I really hope you will follow my journey at Christina’s Holiday Gift Drive on Facebook!
I’ve included the link to my gift registry below!
This year we will be providing gifts for over 300 kids!! These gifts will be going to:
Franciscan Hospital
North Shore Hospital
Pembroke Hospital
Anna Jacques Hospital
Hampstead Hospital
St Ann's Home
MetroWest Medical Center
Cohannet Academy
Thank you so much for supporting this important cause.

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
How many amendments are in the Bill of Rights?

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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 like Veterans Garden Inc in West Bridgewater.
I am grateful for your service. Thank you. ~ Jacquie
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