November 1, 2020
~ 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. 
2020 has been a tough year for the global community. We at the Raynham Police and Fire Departments would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the local businesses, organizations and residents for all of their thoughtful donations, support and kindness they have shown us. We are honored to serve the wonderful Town of Raynham and look forward to continuing the close-knit community partnership we share with our residents. Image & Story credits:
Historical Tidbit: 
The Halloween tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
All Souls Day and Soul Cakes
The American Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.
The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling,” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry.
On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.

On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
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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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(*prize only available to non-current members)

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win an
8 oz soy candle (value $12)
pick up at
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School Breakfast / Lunch:
Per the USDA until further notice, all breakfasts and lunches are FREE for students that are at school and attending remotely.
Remote Students’ Meal Pickup is available at Laliberte Elementary School. We're set and ready to serve free breakfasts and lunches there for Remote Students (both Full Remote / B-R At Home, AND Hybrid Students on their Remote Learning days) from 9:45a -12:30p, on school days, M-F.
The more breakfasts and lunches we serve, the greater the benefit to the B-R District's Food Service Program!!! Go here for all details.
State Election - Tuesday, Nov 3rd,
2020 Presidential Election
Polling Hours:
7a - 8p
Polling Location:
Raynham Middle School
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

*$25 gift card Home Depot
*(2) $5 gift cards Target
*Table runner
*Paper plates
*Serving tray
*Oven mitt
*2 fall wine glasses
*Drink tumbler
*Candle holder w/ tea light candles
*Decorative sign
*Salt & Pepper shakers
*Fall decoration

$2.00 each/ 3 FOR $5.00/ 6 FOR $10.00

Payment due by November 3, 2020 at midnight. The winner will be pulled and announced via Facebook & email/phone on November 4, 2020.
(The winner must be able to pick up the basket at the Taunton Animal Care Facility at 821 West Water St, Taunton or the Friends can deliver (steps/porch drop off) up to 20 miles from the shelter.)
Strong children in a toxic world

As a pediatrician, I have more than a decade of experience caring for children and adolescents with mental health disorders, and the combined onslaught of COVID-19 and the wildfires and hurricanes that have battered communities across the country ...

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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.

Something New at Fuller Craft Museum
FCM is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Roberto Lugo’s “Melting Pot II,” currently on view in Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay.

This important addition to the museum’s permanent collection will greatly strengthen the museum’s growing collection of ceramic arts as well as its overall holdings in contemporary craft.  

Roberto Lugo is an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. A self-described “ghetto potter,” Lugo confronts the intertwined complexities of systemic racism, representation, and history in his work, while challenging the established power structures within the art, craft, and design fields.  

Lugo explains, “Melting Pot II is a part of a series of urns where I combine historic patterns and cultures as a format to interject and pay homage to figures that are important to my culture and heritage as a Puerto Rican American.”

The museum’s Artistic Director and Chief Curator Beth McLaughlin shares, "Melting Pot II is a deeply powerful and intimately autobiographical work that is both timeless and utterly reflective of the times in which we live.”
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.

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Board of Selectmen 10/27/20
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham Recreation:
Learn to Skate
Youth Ages 5 - 15: 10:45a - 11:10a
Teen/Adult Ages 16 - up: 10:30a - 11:10a

It's never to late to learn to skate!!! This program is designed to teach skating basics or enhance the skills you've already got in a fun and comfortable environment.

Classes are located at the Raynham Ice Plex, 1568 Broadway, Raynham. Class Participants need to wear warm and comfortable clothing.

A helmet, single blade skates, face mask, and COVID Certification Document are required.
Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are included in the class fee.
Youth - $148
Teen/Adult - $165

Stone Church Drive Through
Harvest Supper
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the Drive Through Harvest Supper a success! Special thanks to Barbara for organizing! Thank you to all the hungry drivers who came to pick up their meals! Maybe next year we will be back inside celebrating together again!
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Notice from the Town of Raynham Board of Health & Selectmen:
Attached is a list of COVID-19 test locations within a 10-mile radius of the center of Raynham as of 10/21/2020. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is highly recommended that you get tested.
Please call your primary care physician or the Raynham Board of Health at (508) 824 – 2766 if you have any questions.

Also available: Stop The Spread
Get tested at Brockton High School, they will be taking drive-thru appointments.
Mondays, 12:00p - 7:00p
Wednesdays, 9:00a - 4:00p
Thursdays, 12:00p - 7:00p

Call 1-844-4TEST19 to schedule appointment or text 508-726-7654 your name and number and we'll call you back. Everyone tested will also receive free KN-95 masks!
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Homeowners & Contractors,
RENT, DON'T BUY, the best tools for your job!

We have many sizes and styles of lifts to help you get your project done quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!
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(508) 279-0950

Raynham COA provides links to free exercise videos.
Enjoy the above video: Healthy Bones & Balance with Glafyra Ennis-Yentsch
B-R Field Hockey
Brockton High School vs Bridgewater-Raynham 10-22-20 at Brockton. Senior Night: Seniors on both teams are recognized.
The Raynham Cultural Council has set a November 16, 2020 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural arts, humanities and science activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Stacey Chisholm, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Raynham, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

During fiscal year 2020 the Raynham Cultural Council will distribute over $7000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Raynham Reads, Stone Church Concert Series, The Attleboro Art Museum, and Fun with STEM.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Raynham Cultural Council, contact Stacey Chisholm at Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

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entered to win an
8 oz soy candle (value $12)
pick up at
SunnyLine 7, 551 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB.

Historical Tidbit Question:

What pastries would families give out the the poor citizens?

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Please include your first & last name, phone number & town with your answer.

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

On November 4, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
I am a great admirer of mystery:
"Look at this life - all mystery and magic."
~ Harry Houdini

"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
~ Lewis Mumford

"The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We're here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it." ~ Yoko Ono

"I don't think that faith, whatever you're being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don't want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There's so much mystery. There's so much awe." ~ Jane Goodall
As the daylight grows shorter, we spend more time in the mystery of the darkness, the sparks of light glimmering from the campfire...
the blankets and mittens, hats and scarves covering us.
And I think... this is the perfect ending. All pandemics end, and this one will with us covered with thick layers. These shields from the cold and this un-seeable germ.
Though we have been taught about germs, we do not see, and therefore must trust. Trust Science, oh that great mystery. This to, shall pass... through mysterious trust. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
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