home_keys_planning.jpg
Town of Whitman Strategic Plan 2022-2027

The Town of Whitman 5 year strategic plan has been finalized and we encourage community members to download and review the plan. We would like to thank all department heads, various board and committee members, as well as members of our community for their efforts in creating the plan.

"A disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, focusing on the future. Articulates where an organization is going, and the actions needed to make progress and how it will know if it is successful."

As a Governance & Management Tool
Sets priorities; focuses energy and resources; strengthens operations; ensures that elected and appointed officials, department heads, employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals; establishes agreement around intended outcomes/results over a defined period of time can be assessed and adjusted in response to a changing environment

Historical Tidbit
Massachusetts Wild Turkey 
At the time of colonial settlement, the wild turkey was widespread in Massachusetts. As settlement progressed, hardwood forests were cut and the range of the turkey began to shrink. The last known native bird was killed in 1851. After the Civil War, land use patterns began to change. Farms were abandoned and the forests regenerated.
MassWildlife managers learned that trapping and relocating wild birds was a successful restoration strategy. Biologists captured 37 birds in New York and released them in southern Berkshire County between 1972 and 1973. The new flock grew, and by the fall of 1978 the estimated population was 1,000 birds. Turkeys soon ranged throughout most parts of Massachusetts west of the Connecticut River.
In 1991, the wild turkey was named the state’s official game bird. The estimated population is now between 30,000 and 35,000 birds! Under careful management, the future looks bright for turkeys; sportsmen, naturalists, and other wildlife enthusiasts welcome their return.
Wild turkeys are an important natural resource in Massachusetts. They are classified as game birds, for which a management program and regulated hunting seasons have been established.

Image Credit: Sue Basile
Town Hall
781-618-9700

Public Library
M-Th 10-8; Fri 1-5; Sat 10-4
781-447-7613

Council on Aging
781-447-7619

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Congratulations!
Donna Burke
you won a free 1.5 hour class at

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
a $15 gift card to
734 Bedford St .Rt 18, Elmwood Post Office Building East Bridgewater
Michael Albert -
Modern Pop Art Experience
Saturday, March 19
Community Room, Whitman Public Library
1 - 3p

The Whitman Public Library is excited to host artist Michael Albert as he presents his "Modern Pop Art Experience". Participants in the program will listen to  Michael's discussion on his art and creative process, and then will be able to create and keep their own collages to bring home!

This program is intended for individuals ages 10+ and has been made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Whitman Public Library. To register for this event, click here. To read more about Michael Albert's background,

Story Times at the
Whitman Public Library

Is your little one in need of creative stimulation and a safe, welcoming space to get the wiggles out? The Whitman Public Library is here to help!

Story times like Wonder Days, My First Storytime, Self Help Inc. Storytime, PJ Storytime, and more are offered each month with varying dates and times. Most programs are appropriate for ages 2+, but specific information on content and activities can be found on the Library's Calendar of Events.
For more information on programs and services offered through the Whitman Public Library, visit their website!
Join us for IRISH NIGHT ☘️
Saturday, March 19th: 7 - 11p!
☘️ Tickets are now on sale. $10 / person
☘️ Open to the Public
☘️ LIVE MUSIC: Featuring Silver Spears
☘️ MAUREEN HEALEY’S IRISH STEP DANCERS
☘️ BUFFET: Serving your favorite Irish Fare
☘️50/50 Raffle
☘️Irish gift basket raffles
☘️ CASH BAR: including your favorite Irish beverages
☘️ PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: kofcwhitman.com/tickets/irish-night
☘️ Questions: Call Larry at (781) 447-9061 or CardKOC347@comcast.net
Dogs, Cats, Birds, Horses; we have everything you need to care for your pets!

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

WHtv Interviews Ms. Medeiros about a NEW course at WHRHS
Video courtesy of WHTV YouTube
Whitman Hanson RHS's No Place For Hate Club presents "Why The Mascot Matters - A Discussion About Native American Mascots"
with Faries Gray.
March 8th
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Whitman Recreation
Summer Employment

As the snow tries to melt and it's almost March let's think about the summer!
Plans are in the works for an amazing Summer Park Program and Whitman Pool Program! Stay tuned for more information coming out in the next month and online sign-ups!
Are you thinking about summer employment? We are actively seeking camp counselors and pool staff (gate attendants, lifeguards, water safety instructors) for the upcoming season! If you would like to join us and you are 15 years of age or older please fill out an employment application www.whitman-ma.gov scan it to recreation@whitman-ma.gov or drop it in the mailbox outside of the town hall!
Half Sour Pickles with the Council on Aging
Wednesday, March 23rd, 10a
Whitman Council on Aging

Join the Whitman Council on Aging in learning how to make Half-Sour Pickles! A variety of pickling techniques will be demonstrated, and participants will receive their own pickling spice packet, pickling recipes, and a mason jar.

To sign up for this event, call 781-447-7619 ext. 2. Check out the Whitman Council on Aging March Newsletter for more services offered by the COA this month.
PINCHES AND POUNDS
An old-fashioned candy store with a TWIST
No need to find the end of the rainbow for St. Patrick's Day gold coins! We have all the treats you want for your celebration!

Shop early before the leprechauns
get them all!

Mon - Sat:
Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm
Come check us out!


Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18
Healing Starts Here -

Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch.

Read more
healingstartshere.net
You're invited to join the Whitman Cultural Council as we celebrate

"Champagne, Cake & Art" Town Hall Auditorium Saturday, April 2nd
7 - 9p

Immerse yourself in the culture of Whitman! Twenty local artists will inspire you with photography, needlecraft and needle felting, painting, jewelry, portrait drawings, flower preservation and more. Let the sounds of Mark Davis on the piano move you as you savor more than 25 varieties of Champagne, Prosecco and sparkling wine courtesy of Regal Marketplace. Delight in sampling an assortment of sweet desserts courtesy of our local bakers: Sweet Standards, Whitman Cookie Mama & Montilio's. Indulge yourself and feel the energy as friends and neighbors come together to celebrate culture in Whitman!
Receive a complimentary champagne flute at the door with your online ticket purchase: www.whitman-ma.gov/Online-Payments
In the coming weeks, we will highlight the unique talents of all 20 artists who will be attending the show and presenting works of art. Please continue to follow this event and Facebook page, and share the event with your friends, family and neighbors.

We are thrilled to have the following talented artists participating with us:
Alexandra Nihan, Middleborough
Alicia W. Pawlowski, Whitman
Dan O'Brien, Whitman
David Whitemyer, Rockland
Debra Blaus Ripley, Pembroke
Ellen Best, Bridgewater
Erin Slayton, Hanson
Heather Deane, Halifax
Jennifer McCarthy, Weymouth
Jill Gallant-Shaw, Whitman
Joyce Annese, Whitman
Kathy Ferrara, Hanson
Kristy Zamagni-Twomey, Whitman
Lynn Snow, Whitman
Mark D Timmons Sr, Rockland
Matthew Hall, Whitman
Randy Hill, Whitman
Rebecca Abi-Saad, Whitman
Sarah McClymont, Whitman
Virginia Young, Hanson

If you can not attend but wish to make a donation to future programs of the Whitman Cultural Council, please use this link for an online donation:
Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward
Tuesday, March 29th
6p
Zoom
Join us as we learn about eradicating racism with the @dcbcenter.
Registration is online at https://bit.ly/BSUPathForward.
For questions about this event, please contact Kevin McGowan (tmcgowan@bridgew.edu) or Melissa Winchell (mwinchell@bridgew.edu).
Whitman Capital Committee - March 3rd
Video courtesy of WHCA- TV
Duval School's Band - 2022 overview
John Duval Elementary School
Video courtesy of WHCA- TV
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
a $15 gift card to
734 Bedford St, Rt 18 Elmwood Post Office Building, East Bridgewater


Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the wild turkey estimated population in the fall of 1978?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 
On March 16, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Promise for the Future

There are those, each generation, who have hope amidst war, show kindness though they are surrounded by hate, gratitude despite loss.

These are the people we need to be now, for we shape the future.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

“If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
~ Helen Keller
Each day, we choose how to move forward. Please join me in choosing hope, kindness and gratitude. Even if that is all we can do. ~ Jacquie
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador, & Greg Venezia
Copyright 2022 Buzz Around Whitman. You have our permission to share and copy this issue in its entirety as much as you like. If you take it in part, please give credit. ("Buzz Around Whitman 3/13/22")
 
Disclaimer: At the Buzz Around, we promote community and family. There are links to town committees and other non-profit groups, in the newsletters. Individual groups are responsible for how they represent themselves on their websites and in their promotional materials. BuzzAround is not responsible for the media content of other organizations.