A huge THANK YOU to North Easton Savings Bank
for providing funding for this fencing and to Sweezey Fence for its construction. The Whitman Public Library was recently award a federal Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Mind in the Making grant allows libraries to establish or enhance play spaces for children ages 0-6.
Because of Covid, this project is being adapted from the original plans but we are looking forward to bringing some fun outdoor programming in the coming months!
Historical Tidbit: New Year's Eve
In 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today. As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties.

New Year’s celebrations begin New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of January 1."In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight. In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere. In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune. " (History.Com)

The dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds.

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Chair Yoga for Seniors ...and more - Episode 1
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Cross Talk with Selectman Randy LaMattina, the state of the Town of Whitman, the Town Administrator Search.
America The Beautiful... Shine Us into the
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As we continue to show our love and support for each other... through the darkest days... lights are going up all over town.
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This year marks the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration sponsored by the Brockton Area Branch NAACP.
January 23, 2021 9am
This pandemic will not stop our remembrance of a great American leader, a man of the people, especially our people, Dr. King.
Together we fight for what's right in order to actualize his dream for justice for all, especially black people.
Together let's sit at this virtual breakfast table - bring your coffee, bring your eggs - bring your hearts. Enjoy one another and our keynote speaker the beloved Pastor Emeritus of Messiah Baptist Church, Reverend Michael Walker. He will grace us with his Word as he so eloquently has done in years past.
Please consider donating $10-$20, or whatever your heart dictates to receive a ticket. https://bit.ly/3r6KjbY All proceeds will benefit the Brockton Area Branch NAACP ACT-SO Program.
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

Jan 4-29, 2021

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We have been working hard on the process of developing an actionable plan for a Municipal Fiber network in the town of Whitman.
Now we need a little help from you. Filling out this survey will take you about 5 minutes, but it will help us better understand the kind of network we should be striving for and will help to shape the proposal we will eventually be putting forth to the BOS and eventually Town Meeting.
Please pass this along to friends, neighbors and anyone who works in Whitman, as we want to get the most representative group of responses possible.
Thank you for your help with this ~ Steven Santos
Thinking about an internship at WHCA?
Julia Hannon was a WHCA intern from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. She was our first intern to transfer over from an in-person internship, to our new virtual internship program! Hear what she has to say about how the internship helped her sharpen her skills. Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)

Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, [email protected].
For more info: www.uwgpc.org/funding
Shared with us by South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection:
Calm Classroom offers a variety of resources to help our young children center and cope with this stressful world: including 3 minute recorded meditations.
Calm Classroom

Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of one's inner life-one's emotions, thoughts, behaviors, values, goals, strengths, challenges, attitudes, mindsets- and how these elements impact our decisions.

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Lets keep local residents in the know.
WHCA will be virtually capturing public service announcements throughout the day on
Thursday, January 21st.
To participate send an email to: [email protected] to book a time slot.
Thoughtful Blessings....
Last week we printed a story from Katie Jeanne, appreciating the surprise gift she received while at Supreme Pizza:
"We ordered take out from Supreme Pizza in Whitman. We got a special gift. We do not know Michael. We wanted to say Thank you. We got a Christmas card and a $25.00 gift card to Supreme."
The card: " Best Wishes for the happiest of holidays! In loving memory of Michael. Amazing Dad and loving husband. 1979-2020. Take Care and Keep Smiling!"
"It really hits home. My husband has a dangerous job and he is working long hours. I’m so thankful and will hug my kids and husband more tonight thinking of his family. He is the same age as my husband. So young gone to soon. Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the gift card. So if his family is on Whitman Pride FB Group or reads the BuzzAround, God bless and we will be thinking of him and his family this year." ~ Katie Jeanne
And the rest of the story: Michael A. Roderick, 40, of Whitman, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2020. He left his loving wife of 10 years, Meredith Witman Roderick and four children. We shared Katie's story with Meredith, she said: "Thank you, I was so happy to hear that it was spreading a little bit of joy" She graciously added: "Supreme was Mike’s favorite place and the owners are such wonderful guys. We did 16 (of the gift certificates). Mike always thought it was important to do good for others, so we wanted to do something that would bring a smile to someone, especially during this hard time for everyone." "Mike was such a giving man. I wanted to make sure our kids continue to live that giving spirit."
It was a beautiful way to randomly spread joy, and we hope that by sharing Katie and Meredith's story, it will bring you a little peace this Christmas. Michael's gift continues.

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
(Backstory: 2020 wanted to give us one more kick in the pants, three pairs of eyes missed that we hadn't changed the year on the newsletters, but we aren't so easily defeated! Here is your REAL 2021 BuzzAround!)

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." ~ Alvin Toffler

"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others." ~ Sophie Swetchine

Hello our Fabulous Readers!
Welcome to 2021!
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