Scouts Clean Up Whitman!

Whitman Cub Scout Pack 59 did their good turn the morning of August 8th, helping to keep Whitman clean! Several bags of trash safely cleaned up from around our beautiful town.

Story and photo credit: Matt Harden
Historical Tidbit:
King's Castle Land

From 1968 to 1994, Whitman was home to King’s Castle Land, a seven acre amusement park with fire-breathing dragons, a towering 22-foot statue of Paul Bunyan and dozens of child-inspired amusements and rides. Kings Castle Land and Toy Store owned by the Whitney family and located near the intersection of Routes 18 and 14.

Town Hall is open by appointment only. Please call the department you need to visit in advance and you'll be taken in through the handicap entrance for a no touch temperature screen. Face-masks required. If you don't know your department's number call 781-618-9700. 

Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Adeline Ziino
won a Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater, value $279.

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Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.
Early State Primary Voting

Whitman Town Hall, 54 South Ave.

Saturday, August 22 2:00p - 8:00p
Sunday, August 23 9:00a - 1:00p
Monday, August 24 8:00a - 4:30p
Tuesday August 25 8:00a - 7:30p
Wednesday, August 26 8:00a - 4:30p
Thursday, August 27 8:00a - 4:30p
Friday, August 28 9:00a - 1:00p

Selectman Justin Evens outlines voting options : For the upcoming September Primary (9/1) you can Early Vote in person or by mail. Early vote by mail will operate the same as Absentee Voting in MA but without the need to specify an excuse. The town hall will be open for early voting in person the week before the primary and open on election day from 7a-8p.
Outline of different ways to vote: primary voting.
For the latest information from the town, visit
I've also set up a page of COVID-19 related resources. It can be found at
State Champions

Whitman-Hanson’s high school basketball team was honored August 10th at Dennis M. O’Brien field for their Division II state championship. The team was presented medals and a trophy by Peter Smith of the MIAA. They also received personalized jackets and some flashy rings. The ceremony included highlights and memories from the season congratulating the graduated seniors on a spectacular season.
This night was special not only because it was the program's first state championship but two longtime Whitman-Hanson employees retired. Coach Carroll retires after serving and mentoring kids for over 50 years! Bill Drew also retired; he has spent 36 years teaching and coaching, totaling 8 seasons with the team. Bob Rogers tweeted: "Coach deserves some time away but I predict he will be back. Until then....thanks for all you have done for the thousands of kids you have taught and coached" Both will be missed greatly and what a perfect retirement gift, DII Champs!!!

Whitman COVID Update from
Selectman Justin Evans

"Still in Phase 3 but it's been a while since my last update.
Massachusetts has new travel restrictions. If you travel out of state to areas not on the low risk list (right now only ME, VT, NH, NY, NJ, and CT) you need to fill out the travel form and either produce a negative COVID test or quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply may result in a fine up to $500 per day.

Stop the Spread test sites near us include Brockton, Taunton, and Randolph. You can get tested at many other locations but these state sponsored sites are free and open to anyone.
For Brockton: Testing is available Monday and Thursday from 12-7p and Wednesday from 9a-1p. Call 844-483-7819 to schedule an appointment.
For Taunton: Testing is available Tuesday 9a-12p, more times may be coming. Call 774-406-5400 to schedule an appointment.
For Randolph: The schedule and booking are both available online at

The first day of school for Whitman-Hanson students has moved to September 15th. They will return in a hybrid model of 2 days in school and 3 remote learning. The district released this FAQ about reopening

Plymouth County has begun spraying for mosquitoes as the risk for EEE rises in the area. Whitman is in the spray zone. Wear long sleeves, use bug spray, drain standing water, and repair screens to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

Please be careful. Social distance and wash your hands. Gathering outside is better than inside. Face-masks help protect you and those around you. Stay home if you feel sick. Testing is still widely available in MA, so if you visited a large group or want to see someone at risk get tested and know for sure.
We're in this together. If you have any questions or concerns my email is open
Stay safe,
Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
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August 26, 1920 is the day Congress signed the Women’s Right to Vote, 19th Amendment into law. 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote, buildings and landmarks across the country, including the Library of Congress and National Archives and many, many more, will light up in purple and gold on August 26, 2020 as part of the Commission’s nationwide Forward Into Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.” 

In celebration, Brockton City Hall will be lit up that night in the suffrage colors of purple and gold. Enjoy the City Hall lighting at 8:00p along with tributes from many Brockton area community leaders on line at:
More information, contact Pat:
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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.
Enter the Annual Tide Calendar
Digital Photography Contest 
The deadline for inclusion in the 2021 Tide Calendar is Monday, August 31st at midnight.  

Open to all, amateur and professional, young and old. Photographs must be of wild life, scenery, or recreational activities TAKEN WITHIN the Taunton River Watershed related to water use and conservation. Photographs must be taken within the last five years and must be the sole property of the submitting party.  

Twelve winning images will be selected to illustrate our 2021 Annual Taunton River Tide Calendar, with one grand prize image being selected for the cover. All winners will receive a free copy of the Tide Calendar.  

All files must be electronic. At this time, our volunteers do not have the time to scan photographs sent on film. Also, please send files taken from your device's camera. Images that are shot through apps like Instagram or snap chat or downloaded from Facebook, tend to be too compressed or are digitally unsuitable for print.   

If you have any questions or If you are emailing files, email them one at a time to

If you are dropping a disk in the mail, please send us an email so we can keep an eye out for it. 
Please use the following mailing address: 
TRWA Calendar Contest , P.O. Box 1116 Taunton, MA 02780

Images with landscape orientation work the best. We are looking for seasonal images, so don't forget to submit that lovely snowscape you took in February or the fall foliage river-scape you shot last October. (We tend to get most of summer shots. So if you want to increase your odds of having an image selected, send shots of all four seasons!)
Image Credit: "Immature Cooper's Hawks," Raynham, MA by Bernard Creswick
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"How do I live my Best Life?

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.”
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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes I think giving myself time to journal pondering: "Why did I spend this glorious day in bed? " wastes way too much time.
But then I remember the days I wasted unhappy, without money or options, feeling unloved, and I know, this is much better, to let myself feel those emotions, journal them, understand them and be able to re-frame the narrative if necessary. Ignoring and burying emotions does not make my best life, it makes no-one happy, or productive, especially me.

I wish you all a fabulous week. Loving yourself, giving yourself the time you need, and living your best life. ~ Jacquie
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