October 4, 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. 
Smile masks delivered to LaLiberte, Merrill and Raynham preschool! Thank you everyone for your support and generosity!

We raised enough money to purchase 120 smiles masks which is enough for all three schools. It will be great to see will all see the smiling faces of the faculty!!
Thank you, Nicole Wilson Gomes for your efforts.
Image credit: Nicole Wilson Gomes
Masks for Pre-School Staff, organized by Nicole Gomes

Whether our young children are starting school for the first time, in a new school or with a new teacher this year is going to be quite different.

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Historical Tidbit: 
School Recess
"Students today would find it difficult to understand one of the policies stated in the 1868 town report, '...fifteen minute recess each half day for each scholar. In no case shall boys and girls have their recess at the same time.' " 

From:  The History of Raynham, Patrice White

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Town Clerk     508-824-2700
Treasurer/Collector 508-824-2702
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
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
to Sara Kelly on winning $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store!

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Raynham Town Hall
Re-opening Guide

In an effort to better serve the public, Town Hall will be re-opening to the public on Monday October 5, 2020. In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the public and employees, this re-opening will be with certain restrictions and new protocols in place.

Town Hall will be open to the public the following days and times:
• Monday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
• Wednesday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: Town Hall will be closed to the public to allow for increased cleaning and sanitizing. Staff will be at Town Hall and available for calls, emails, and appointments, as has been throughout the pandemic.
Raynham Master Planning Committee Meeting 09/24/20
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

From Artist News to Creative Youth, Community Initiative, and Power of Culture, our email lists are a great way to keep up with the work of Mass Cultural Council and its partners across the Commonwealth. Recent events have fomented a growing...

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Library resources to help develop early literacy skills

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an awarding winning site for teaching pre-literacy skills.
It is designed for children in preschool through kindergarten based on the Common Core State Standards, and the research of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
Recommended for children ages 3 to 6.
Sign in with link below using your library password.
To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and to right: an invite to participate in a free Indigenous History Conference virtually at Bridgewater State University.
Free BSU Indigenous History Conference

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event: Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight , a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History: Nine Virtual Sessions Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020...

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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!

Cooking Challenge

Pick up the mystery ingredient of the month starting 10/14. Find a recipe or come up with your own.
Meet on Zoom on Oct 21st at 6:30p to compare recipies.
You must sign up on website under Events or call 508-823-1344.
Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some great ways we can all enjoy the holiday safely.

CDC lower risk activities recommendations:
*Carving pumpkins in your home or outside with friends at a safe distance
*Having a virtual costume contest
*Make the biggest, best house display, ever
*Instead of trick-or-treating, a home candy scavenger hunt.

CDC moderate risk activities:
*Modify Trick-or-Treating, make individually wrapped goodie bags, or leave the candy out on your walkway, separated for easy pick -up.
*Outdoor costume party with a small group
*If your looking for a good scare find an outdoor haunted forest
*Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards
*Outdoor Halloween movie night with friends and family

Have a great Halloween season.... make it last all October! CDC Halloween Celebration Suggestions

Sunday Oct 18th
9 - 10a & 10 - 11a
Raynham Athletic Center

$25 donation per hour
Sign Up required.
Call 508-823-5440

Here are some ideas from our friends at Action for Happiness to help you create a happier and kinder world! If you feel like you need a helping hand, the action calendars are here to assist you with daily goals. The provided link above has the monthly calendars posted, feel free to explore the helpful tasks and motivational actions.

Bridgewater State University is offering intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for those who are 50+ and wish to keep learning! The course registrations are open from now until mid-November and focus on creativity, self-discovery, and peer education.
Register for courses over Zoom for $55 at Senior College Registration
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
Met & Exceeded
  • In-Person and Live Streamed Classes Available
  • Ask About Private Study Options

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The town of Raynham is displaying online exercise videos from Massachusetts Council on aging to make sure you stay safe and healthy at home!

Pre-recorded videos to help older adults stay active and independent. As always, you should check with your physician to ensure you are able to participate in any physical activity before accessing video sessions.
By participating in these exercise classes, you assume all dangers, hazards and risks of such participation. SOME of the exercises demonstrated by the instructors in these video classes are physically demanding. If you are unable to safely perform these exercises, please modify them for your own safety or choose a different set of exercises.

Above is the Healthy Bones and Balance video.
Fuel Assistance Applications

Get the help you need paying your heating bills.
13,233 households were warmer last winter because of help received from Self Help, Inc. and the Fuel Assistance Program. We want residents throughout our service areas to know that Fuel Assistance can lower their heating bills through discounts and savings options of the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP) administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Link for New Clients:
Get in Shape for Women
in Bridgewater
FREE TRIAL SESSION in our beautiful boutique studio. Masked, sanitary and ready to work with you to hit those post-quarantine goals! 
As always, there are never more than 4 clients in a session. 

6 week training special for $279.

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900  
Email us: getinshapeforwomen
Homeowners and landscapers,
rent, don't buy, the best tools for your fall cleanups!

We have many sizes and styles of leaf blowers to help you clean up your property quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Raynham Fire Department Receives FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Sept 11, 2020 Press Release by Taylor O'Neil

Chief Bryan LaCivita is pleased to announce that the Raynham Fire Department has been awarded an approximately $277,100 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The funds will be used to purchase a new air compressor system and 33 firefighter breathing apparatus for the department. This new equipment will replace the department’s outdated units with the latest version of National Fire Protection Association compliant devices.

“This is the first time that Raynham Fire has received this equipment grant, making it a proud moment for our department,” said Chief LaCivita. “These funds will allow us to invest in newer equipment that is lighter, safer and designed to reduce stress on firefighters. Overall, it will help to protect our firefighters from the dangers of the job.” The new equipment is expected to arrive for use in the spring.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) are allocated to fire departments nationally to fund and aid the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.

These federal grants help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Photo & Story credit: raynhamfd.com
Voter Registration Deadline is 10/24/20 for the Presidential/State Election on 11/3/20.

October 24, 2020
2:00 - 4:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p
Will you be voting in the upcoming State Election on November 3, 2020? Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Even if you have been registered to vote for years, many Federal and State laws impact your registration status. If you have moved, changed your name, or did not respond to the Annual Town Census, you may encounter an issue at the polls. Avoid the long lines, check your registration now online www.registertovotema.com.
When you register to vote, either online, by mail or at the registry of motor vehicles, you should receive a confirmation notice from the local Town Clerk’s office. If not, your registration May not have reached the office. If you did not send back your census form and did not respond to the inactivation notice, then your name will not be on the active voting list.

Town Clerks want all eligible citizens to be able to cast their ballot. Please act now! Don’t wait! Check your voting status!! Remember – October 24th is the deadline!  Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-824-2700 with any questions!

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Historical Tidbit Question:
How long was recess when they first implemented it into schools?

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On October 7, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
Ourselves & others.

"I think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for." ~ Deepak Chopra

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." ~ Virgina Satir

"For me, living a balanced life means nurturing the academic, physical, and spiritual aspects of my life so I can maintain a sense of well-being and self-esteem." ~ Denise Morrison

Woman, man or TQ. Adult, child or anywhere in between; we all need to be nurtured. We nurture each other... we nurture ourselves.
This is how, like all living organisms, with the correct mix of conditions and nutrients, we grow and thrive.

Our whole self needs it: our mind, our physical & our spiritual / emotional selves. When each of these are not tended to, it effects the functioning of the whole.

This is the science of the whole self. And its not new, ancient cultures have been working at the cultivation of the mind / body / spirt for thousands of years. I would consider this, as an adult, our most important job.

When we are nurturing, and balanced, the gifts we bring to each relationship are richer, stronger, more effective. This isn’t selfishness. It is how to give the most to each other and society.
Nurture your whole self this week. Grow well. : ) ~ Jacquie
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