Whitman Hanson Regional School Committee Meeting 9/30/20

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Low-Risk Communities..

Effective Monday, Oct. 5, Whitman, a lower risk community, will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth's reopening plan.

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Historical Tidbit:
Whitman Settlement

Whitman was originally settled and was known as the Little Comfort section of Bridgewater. The area became part of the Town of Abington in 1712. Eventually, in 1875, the area was made a township by the state legislature and was originally known as South Abington. At a town meeting on May 3, 1886, a vote was taken and the name was changed to Whitman.

~Information and photos from: Whitman-ma.gov

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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. Call number below for any assistance.

Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
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Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars
Fall Electronic Recycling Day at the former Maquan School in Hanson on Saturday, October 10,
9AM to 1PM.
Residents and non-residents can dispose of their unwanted electrical items which they may not be able to do away with by conventional trash methods. A fee will be assessed which will support DFS’ scholarship awards program.

Televisions 24” and below can be discarded for $25. Televisions over 24” can be discarded for $30. Wood console and projection TVs can be discarded for $35. Computers, VCRs/DVDs, window air conditioners, printers/copiers, fax machines, humidifiers, flat screen computer monitors, and microwaves can be disposed of for $10. CRT Tube monitors can be disposed of for $20. Cellphones ($1) and keyboards ($2) cost a lesser amount. Most items not listed will be accepted. Please ask for pricing. Additionally, discounts will be available for multiple donations.

Due to Covid-19 and social distancing practices, please allow extra time for drop off.

Those unable to attend may call ahead for an alternate day/time. For more information, please contact Mike at 781-252-9683 or visit www.WhitmanAndHanson.DollarsforScholars.org.
This week at the WPL

Monday October 5th
10:00a - 4:00p
Grab & Go Craft: Pumpkin Patch
Create a pumpkin patch complete with a scarecrow! You will need crayons/markers and glue for this project. Crafts will be available at the curbside table all week long. Please take just one per child. CONTACT: Steph syoung@ocln.org

Friday October 9th
10:00a - 11:00a
Whitman Senior Center
Book Buzz at Senior Center
CONTACT: Barbara Bryant 781-447-7613 bbryant@ocln.org
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.
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To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and below: 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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Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting September 29, 2020
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
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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Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

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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
Welcome Back Panther Nation
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Remote meals will need to be ordered through the Food Service Department – please see contact information for your child’s school.

We will be serving remote meals via curbside pickup at each school on Wednesdays only unless there is no school due to a scheduled holiday or inclement weather. Additionally, if you need to order meals for your students with one pickup location, please contact the food service contact for the school that you want to pick up your remote meals from. However, if you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Please note: Remote meals should be available to order online in October. Unfortunately, the Curbside Pickup Menus and Preschool Menus of online ordering app are still being developed. More information will be released once they are completed. Food Service contact info by school.
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
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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 781-618-9710 with any questions!

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.
Ruth Ginsburg

Celebrate the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Place holds on the titles below at the Whitman Public Library. Call (781) 447-7613 for any help with accessing all this free content!

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
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A few signs left, funds raised support the Whitman Food Pantry

Show your support and purchase a sign! Let’s get the total to over $16,000.00!!
We have about 25 signs left at $15.00 each - these funds will go directly to the food pantry! Let’s show them our support during the month of September!
If you wish to purchase a sign you can Venmo
$15.00 @whitman-strong or email us whitstrong2020@gmail.com to coordinate a pick up/ drop off time for payment and to get your sign to display in support of #whitmanstrong and the Whitman Food Pantry.
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 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the town before it changed to Whitman in 1886?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
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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