December 22, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Disabilities Education Screening Information
If you are concerned about your child’s growth and development and suspect that your child may have a disability or delayed area of development, please contact Tracy Taccini, Preschool Secretary of Special Education, 508-977-0504 x100. If you wish to have your child participate in a screening for the purpose of potentially enrolling within the district’s nationally accredited preschool program, BR's preschool program currently has 6 classrooms that are integrated where children with and without disabilities are educated together.
A spot for the 2020 - 2021 school year may be reserved for any child who passes the screening.
The goal is to locate and help all children with disabilities residing in the State, including those who are homeless, wards of the State, and or attending private schools.
Paul Tzovolos M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Director of Student Services
Historical Tidbit:
Genealogy Clues
When I first started getting interested in genealogy and tracking down ancestors, I had no idea how difficult it would turn out to be. I had plenty of records on both sides of the family, as my grandparents seem to have been interested in tracking down their heritage as well. I knew I had ties to the Mayflower and those families had been researched and recorded by experts. How hard could it be to get my family tree done?
Well, it has been years, no, decades, and I'm still at it. Your family history truly is " The Never Ending Story, " but it is easy to put the research down and pick it back up when you have the time, and it seems I have the time now.
I often wondered why I would run into dead ends when looking through the older records. Names just seem to disappear leaving no trace whatsoever and recently I found, buried in my paperwork, a clue as to why it was that some names were disappearing. I wish to share this knowledge with all you genealogists out there, those that are pros and those just starting. The information was printed in "The Genealogical Inquirer" in 2002.


"Many cases of people disappearing from public record can be traced to epidemics, or moving away from the affected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States were:
*  1657 - Boston - Measles
*  1687 - Boston - Measles
*  1690 - New York - Yellow Fever
*  1713 - Boston - Measles
*  1729 - Boston - Measles
*  1732/3 - Worldwide - Influenza
*  1738 - South Carolina - Smallpox
*  1739/40 - Boston - Measles
*  1747 - CT, NY, PA, SC. - Measles
*  1772 - North America - Measles
*  1775 - North America - (Especially hard in New England) epidemic - unknown
*  1784 - New Bern, NC - Yellow Fever
*  1788 - Philadelphia and New York - Measles
*  1793 - Virginia & Vermont- Influenza
*  1796/7/8- Philadelphia, PA - Yellow Fever
*  1798 - New Bern, NC - Yellow Fever
*  1803 - New York - Yellow Fever
*  1833 - Columbus, OH - Cholera
*  1834 - New York City - Cholera
*  1837 - Philadelphia - Typhus
*  1841 - Nationwide - Yellow Fever
*  1847 - New Orleans - Yellow Fever
*  1847/48 - Worldwide - Influenza
*  1848/49 - North America - Cholera
*  1849 - New York - Cholera
*  1850 - Nationwide - Yellow Fever
*  1850-51 - North America - Influenza
*  1851 - Coles County, Illinois; The Great Plains and Missouri - Cholera
*  1852 - Nationwide (New Orleans - 8,000 die in summer) Influenza
*  1855  - Nationwide - Yellow Fever
*  1860/61 - Pennsylvania - Smallpox
*  1865/73 - Baltimore, MD; Memphis, TN; Washington, D.C. - Cholera (a series of recurring epidemics of Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever and Yellow Fever)
*  1873/77 - North America and Europe - Influenza
*  1878 - New Orleans (Last great epidemic) - Yellow Fever
*  1885 - Plymouth, PA - Typhoid
*  1886 - Jacksonville, FL - Yellow Fever
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Town Hall
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Fri 8:30a - 12 Noon
 Tues eve 6 - 8p
Public Library
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Food Pantry
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Irving Berlin's “White Christmas” Tickets Available!
Show is on Dec 29th at 6:30p in Boston
Buy tickets now at Raynham Park & Recreation Office , 2254 King Philip Street

Tickets to the Dec. 29 live evening performance of the timeless musical classic “Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS” are available at the Raynham Park & Recreation office. The price is $78 per person and includes orchestra seating and round-trip school bus transportation to and from the Boch Center Wang Theater in Boston. 
Checks or money orders only will be accepted and payment in full must be made at the time of the ticket reservation. Non-residents are welcome!
The bus will depart the Raynham Senior Center (2215 King Philip Street) at 5:00p sharp and will return at approximately 10:15p.
The Shane Gives Thanks, Inc. -
Food Pantry
Sun, Dec 29th
10:00a - 12:00p
12 Station St, Middleboro
On the last Sunday of the month, The Shane Gives Thanks, Inc. - Food Pantry will be hosting at the VFW Middleboro Post; a veterans’ only pantry. 
If a veteran lives on the South Shore, please have them bring their military documentation and a Photo ID. Also, please bring your own bags/boxes for your food.

For more information please contact Shane Gives Thanks at 508-866-7673.

This pantry will return the LAST SUNDAY of EVERY month! There are no income guidelines! Just need to be a veteran!
Noon Year's Eve
Tuesday, Dec 31st
Raynham Public Library
We celebrate the New Year with a Noon Year's Eve party for children!
Games, crafts, a countdown and balloon drop at 12 Noon. Kids to age 5.
Any questions please call the library at
Preschool Programs at the Library
Baby Bookworms
Mondays, 10:30a
Songs & stories followed by play and socializing. Intended for newborns to 18 months.
Toddler Time
Wednesdays, 10:30a
Stories, songs, and activities to help kids get ready to read, followed by play and socializing.
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Happy Holidays from your Friends at

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Come check out our great gifts for the holidays! Farm themed toys, doggy shirts & sweaters, bird feeders, garden decorations and oh so much more!

Stop in today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Call and schedule your appointment today!!

From your friends at
Bridgewater Square Chiropractic!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
Taunton River Watershed Tide Calendar Released
The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Taunton River Tide calendar. For our tenth year running, the TRWA has published a yearly calendar with tidal data for the Taunton River along with the winning images of the TRWA’s Calendar Photography Contest.
This year the calendar features the work of 19 area photographers and nature enthusiasts. Pictures are of the wildlife and scenery within the Taunton River Watershed, 562 square miles in all of or part of 43 Southeastern Massachusetts cities and towns.
Makes a great gift!
During the winter months water can seep into small cracks in the cement then expand when frozen. This can case the cement to further crack and crumble forming potholes. A pothole can be annoying, plus its not good for the suspension of your vehicle.
You can report any potholes that you notice to MassDOT at 857-368-4636

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5 Ways To Reduce Waste & Recycle During The Holidays
‘Tis the season for a huge increase in solid waste and recycling across Massachusetts. As the holiday gift-giving and entertaining season kicks in here are 5 ways of effective recycling:
1. Offer recycling bins at your parties. *place a labeled recycling bin near the trash can. *avoid single-use plastic, aluminum, glass, and paper products.
2. Use eco-friendly gift wrapping paper made from recycled materials. Most cities and towns accept wrapping paper in their recycling collections, as long as it’s non-metallic and glitter-free. However, tissue paper is not recyclable.  
3. Recycle the cardboard. Break down the boxes and put them in your recycling bin or take them to a drop-off center. Remove any plastic film or Styrofoam packaging.
4.Throw all malfunctioning lights and tinsel into the trash.
5. Shop sustainably. When shopping for your holiday gifts this season, consider choosing brands that are made with ocean plastic, reused fibers, or recycled paper and that avoid unnecessary packaging.

Recycle the old when you bring in the new. For more information about what is and what is not recyclable in Massachusetts, visit
*The source for some of this material came from The Recycling Partnership .  
Merrill Kindergarten Concert Dec 2019
Mrs. Trott & Mrs. Olsen's Classes
Bridgewater Raynham Public Schools
Video courtesy of the Raynham Channel
Board of Selectmen 12/10/19
The Raynham Channel
Mrs. Claus and Elves!
The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Woman's Club joined the performers for Taunton's Lights On celebration. On Saturday club members brought Santa's Elves and Mrs.Claus to town at Hometown Furnishing on Main Street. Nancy Brown as Mrs. Claus read The Night Before Christmas to visiting children while the elves, Cheryl Carlos, Brenda Saben, Kathy Sampson, Nancy Martin and Cindy Leonard handed out candy canes ,cookies and letters for Santa. Jingle Bells was the favorite song sung throughout the night, and parents took advantage of a photo op with Mrs.Claus and the elves.
Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Brown

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Why was the main reason names kept disappearing in Sue’s genealogy search?

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“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” ~ Louise L. Hay

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
~ Jimi Hendrix

“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”  ~ Fred Rogers
I wish you, and our world, Peace. ~ Jacquie
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