October 11, 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. 
Fall crops... looking yummy.
Happy harvest, all.
Image credits: Ken Reale
Historical Tidbit: 
Neighborhood Businesses 1930's Ice Box
 As towns grew it became profitable to open shops in neighborhoods to fill local needs. They filled a need when people were spreading out from the center of town and before the time when every household had a car. These shops had ethnic flavor depending on what immigrants settled locally. The shop would have foods culturally common to those who lived near it. Many of these shops had refrigerated coolers and offered butcher shops and specialty cuts of meats. This is where a person would find Linguiça from Portugal, Potatiskorv from Sweden, and Bratwurst from Germany.  
Before World War II, not every home had a refrigerator, frozen foods were not as common as today and purchasing a weeks supply of fresh meat did not keep well in an "ice box". Some folks still had ice boxes up until the 1950s. I can remember the ice man delivering to the house across the street from my home on Main Street. 

Respectfully Submitted, David Moore
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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
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for winning a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter
products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins!
to see the clean revolution!

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Women's Journey Through History A Virtual Performance

Thursday, October 15th
We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History is an engaging play that tells of the struggles and triumphs women have undergone to get their basic rights in America told by the women who were there. In this live staged reading, high school student Melanie must write about the most influential woman in history - the play provides her with an entertaining and quick tour through that journey, starting with the struggle women had in the 17th century Puritan Revolution through to our 21st century empowered women politicians. It has been performed across California and Massachusetts for thousands of adults, college and high school students. Past performance highlights include participating in the California Women’s Suffrage Celebration in Sacramento, California and on Women's Equality Day 2018 at the famous Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The staged-reading will have live actors in costume on Zoom with slides to enhance the educational experience and videos of the songs for entertainment. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A with the playwright, producers, and actors.
“Playwright Thea Iberall offers a multi-century parade of feminine genius and courage, and does it with humor and fun. Your daughters must see this but, the men in your family will enjoy it too.” - Paul Williams, the Oscar-winning songwriter
“The educational message was powerful and poignant, increasing our awareness and overall knowledge of our history. If you have this troupe coming your way, put on your seat-belt for a rollercoaster ride you won’t soon forget.” - John E. Winkfield, Director Equal Employment Opportunity, US Army, Ft. Irwin National Training Center

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:
Raynham Master Planning Committee Meeting 09/24/20
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
State Election - Tuesday, November 3rd
2020 Presidential Election
Pick one of the 3 ways to vote:

1) In Person: Tuesday November 3, 2020
• Polling Hours: 7:00a - 8:00p
• Location: Raynham Middle School
Return your completed application to:
558 South Main St., Raynham, 02767
If you have already requested Vote By Mail - track your ballot here.

3) In Person Early Voting
Saturday, October 17th - Friday, October 30th
Location: Town Hall
  • Saturday/Sunday 9:00a - 1:00p
  • Monday/Thursday 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Friday 8:30a - 12:00p

Deadlines: The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the Presidential Election is Friday, October 28th at 5:00p.
Last day to register to vote or update registration for the State Election is Saturday, October 24th. Register to Vote at your Town Clerk's office or register to vote online.
The Board of Selectmen are accepting applications for 2 vacancies on the Town’s Board of Appeals.

Letters of interest should be delivered to the Selectmen’s Office, 558 South Main Street, Raynham, MA 02767 or emailed to [email protected] or [email protected].
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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Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

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Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
7:00p – with remote Public Access
558 S. Main Street
Please join our live broadcast on the Raynham Channel (Comcast Channel 98 or Verizon Channel 34) or use the “GoToMeeting” online and/or call in using your phone for the Citizen & Community Input portion of the Agenda.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1-866-899-4679
United States: +1 (669) 224-3318
Access Code: 220-595-605 
Regular Meeting
1)Call to Order - Chairman
2)Pledge of Allegiance
3)Acceptance of the Minutes
      a)October 6, 2020
4)Department Heads/Committees
  1. Public Safety Building Committee Update
  2. Bryan LaCivita, Fire Chief – Monthly Report
  3. Linda Brackett, Animal Control Officer – Monthly Report
     a)Constable – Louis Borges
6)Public Hearings
  1. Continuation: Kennel License - Northeast K-9, 1789 Broadway, Thomas Black, Owner
7)Completion Old/Continuing Business
  1. Discussion and action: Board of Selectmen Goals 2020-2021 
  2. November 17th - Fall Special Town Meeting – Opening the warrant
  3. Discussion and action: Review HR Consulting quotes
  4. Discussion and action: Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancies
  5. Discussion and Action: Old Bridgewater-Raynham High School Agreement
8)New Business
9)Town Administrator’s Report
10)Selectmen’s Report
12)Press Time
13)Emergency Business
14)Citizen & Community Input
15)Performance of Administrative duties
  • Approval of Town of Raynham Invoice and Payroll Warrants
  • Approval of Raynham Police Invoice and Payroll Warrants

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.

The Raynham Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

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 [email protected]. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.
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.
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!

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!

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.
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  • Ask About Private Study Options

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!

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(508) 279-0950

PT Can Prevent Unnecessary Surgery

Recent research is showing that surgery might not be needed as often as we think. A large review estimates that 10% to 20% of surgeries might be unnecessary and that in some specialties such as cardiology and orthopedics, that number might be higher. The reasons for so many unneeded surgeries being performed are varied, but the most common are that more conservative options aren't tried first, or lack of knowledge by the operating physician.

Physicians undergo long and rigorous training programs to become surgeons, but if they don't work hard to keep learning, their knowledge could stop growing when they leave residency. Recent research is showing that certain common surgeries aren't any better than a placebo. Two such examples are kyphoplasty - a procedure for spinal compression fractures, and partial meniscectomy - a procedure used to treat tears of the meniscus in the knee. If a surgeon hasn't continued to learn, they won't know that these surgeries often don't offer any more benefit than a non-surgical treatment and will continue to perform them.

Every surgery, even "minor" ones carry risks. These include complications from anesthesia, blood clots after surgery, delayed healing of the incision, infection, and unintended damage to nerves or other organs near the surgical site. Some of these risks cause discomfort for a period after surgery and go away, but others can result in permanent disability or even death. For some patients and conditions, surgery is a great treatment option, but with all the associated risks, when surgery can be avoided, it should be.

For musculoskeletal problems like back and joint pain, sprains, and strains, seeing your PT before a surgeon can help keep you out of the operating room and get you back to life without surgery. Studies have shown that physical therapy is just as good if not better than surgery for a multitude of conditions and carries less risk. Some examples would include rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, spinal stenosis, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.

Physical therapy can't fix every problem, and for some patients surgery is the best choice. However, research is showing that surgery isn't a cure-all, and is sometimes just a very expensive and risky placebo. In most cases, starting with physical therapy is the right choice, and for many patients, PT is the only treatment necessary.
Respectfully Submitted, Kelly Duggan, DPT Physical Therapy U
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 Question:
What is one kind of ethnic food some of these businesses provided?

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On October 14, 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

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
~ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Not my strong suit, patience. Why cannot IT work, now? Why can't it be the way I want, NOW? And every single time, impatience gets me into trouble. I have to take my cue from nature... the caterpillar takes days to create the butterfly; the flower, days to unfold; leaves take days to turn to their magnificent splendor of color... and those are just small miracles... if I want a really HUGE miracle, it's going to take months and years.
Every change, every improvement, takes hard work, faith and patience. Have a great week while we wait....
~ Jacquie
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