April 26, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Check Out the Turn Your Frown
Upside Down Challenge
as it gets passed around the staff of the Bridgewater Raynham School District. Each challenge has 24 hours to post a joke video. Videos are all posted on the BR Facebook Page.
Do you like to write? Do you have a good story to share?
Could you use $100?
Enter our short story contest.
Write an original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman. Due 5/8/20.

4 prizes of $100 each will be awarded on May 21, 2020 to the best non-fiction short stories in these categories:
Popular vote: Vote on stories from May 11 -17, 2020 The popular vote will include all short stories submitted that meet the above criteria.
Brockton:  3 Brockton librarians, Malice Veiga, Jennifer Belcher and Kevin Nascimento will judge stories submitted related to Brockton.
East Bridgewater, Halifax & Whitman: Michelle “Shel” Stephen (EB), Jean Gallant (Halifax) and Barbara Bryant (Whitman) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Whitman, East Bridgewater and Halifax.
Bridgewater, Raynham, and West Bridgewater: Ann Gerald (Bridgewater),
Ellen Snoeyenbos (WB) , Jessie McKinney (Raynham) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Bridgewater, Raynham and West Bridgewater.
What's Your Good News?

You could win $100 by entering with your story.. Our Raynham judge is librarian Jessie McKinney (pictured below).

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Entries must be 1,000 words or less.

We are accepting one story per person until May 8, 2020.

4 prizes of $100 each will be announced on May 21, 2020.
What we as a nation are facing right now might seem insurmountable but our ancestors faced a very similar situation just over 100 years ago. We will get through this together and come out stronger on the other side.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. Walter Reed Hospital flu ward. One of the very few images in Washington area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted by
Sue Basille
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All buildings are closed to the public. Please phone or email for business assistance.

Town Hall
Monday – Thursday 8:30a - 4:30p
Friday – 8:30a - 12Noon

Public Library

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
Karen Walsh
 won a
a 45 min Reiki Treatment from Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win
a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. Go to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!
Board of Selectmen 04/21/20
Audio recording of the meeting.
Courtesy of the Raynham Channel
B-R School Committee Meeting 4/14/20
Video of the Zoom meeting.
Courtesy of the Raynham Channel
Teaching with i-Tree - Project Learning Tree

Free Tree curriculum to celebrate Earth Day. "This is something we can actually use with real-world application." - Patti Farris, science teacher, Ramsey Jr. High, Ft. Smith, AR "Very cool program." - Jane Houseal, Arkansas Master Naturalists

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Important information Regarding Your Tax Bill
Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Raynham has adopted local options to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions and a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020. See below.

1. The due date of your real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020.

2. The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications on your previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.

3. The Town of Raynham has also voted to waive interest and other penalty for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or annual sewer use or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020. This applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30. This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30.
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private...

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Teen Extreme Summer Program
Who?: Students entering 7th, 8th & 9th grd this fall

When?: Monday-Thursday   8:45a - 4:00p       

 Session 1  July 6th - July 9th
 Session 2  July 13th - July 16th
 Session 3  July 20th - July 23rd 

Dropoff/Pickup: Merrill School

How?: Registration begins Monday, March 2nd at 9:00a online at raynhamrec.com .
Please call 508-824-2743 or email tmcrae@town.raynham.ma with any questions.
Notice of Aerial Larval Mosquito Control Application
The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will be conducting aerial applications in conjunction with Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project starting April 22, 2020 until early May between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, as conditions permit. Applications will be conducted over specific large wetlands in the town(s) of: Easton, Raynham, and Taunton in order to reduce the number of mosquito larvae. In Raynham, the specific area is the Hockomock Swamp.
The insecticide to be used will be VectoBac® 12AS (EPA Reg. #73049-38). Only mosquito breeding sites will be treated and no application will take place over residences. Application is conducted via low flying aircraft.
For further information, contact Bristol County Mosquito Control Project at 508-823-5253.
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!
Please call with your order and drive up.

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

Online Uke Jam - BSU Music Dept
Wednesday, April 29th
5:00 - 6:00p
The uke jams on Wednesdays have moved online! If you want to join us on Zoom email Paula Bishop at p1bishop@bridgew.edu.
Any instrument at any level is welcome!
NEW!! Veterans Food Distribution at Raynham Senior Center
Friday, May 1st
10a - 12p - distribution
Raynham Senior Center Parking Lot
2215 King Phillips St.

You must register in advance.
Please contact Raynham VSO Micaila Britto, listed below.
Micaila Britto, VSO, (508) 828-4527
Each box of food is a supply of non-perishables which should last for approximately 2 weeks. 
Additionally, they will bring bread, eggs, milk products, fruits and veggies ... and much more.
Highway Dept./Transfer Station
Update as of 4/10/20
Transfer Station will be open to Raynham Residents ONLY as follows:

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – 7:00a - 4:15p
Closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday

GLASS RECYCLING IS CLOSED, OTHER RECYCLING MAY BE RESTRICTED OR CLOSED at any time to reduce the time required for residents to unload trash and vacate the premise. Please be diligent in reducing the time of your visit to the greatest extent possible. Practice good hygiene and social distance by maintaining at least 6 feet from staff and other residents!

BRUSH PILE: Currently closed. Anticipated re-opening beginning May 2nd. Open - Saturday's ONLY 8:00a to 1:00p.

Please check the Town Website and Highway Department Voicemail (508-824-2718) for updates. The Highway Department Office is closed to the public. Email: landerson@town.raynham.ma.us


Thank You for your anticipated cooperation.

Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
We're all in this together.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

 Taunton River Watershed Association (TRWA) is looking for a volunteer to help with their Calendar Photo Contest

April 22, 2020
Needed: A volunteer to take over the coordination of entries for our yearly photography contest. This is a job that can be done remotely on your own schedule, but would require some dedication as the workload is variable. Most of the work occurs in the month before and the week after the entry deadline. All told, it amounts to about forty hours of work from the beginning of July to the first week of August.
Responsibilities would include:
• Checking email correspondence for entries and inquiries
• Download all entry photographs
• Send confirmation emails
• Correspond after the judging with the entrants and send appropriate win/lose notifications
Cool benefits include corresponding with an amazing group of nature photographers and getting to view over 400 amazing photographs of the Taunton River Watershed.
If interested please fill out the Volunteer Form . They look forward to hearing from you.
Family Engagement Needs Assessment
Massachusetts is the recipient of a Statewide Family Engagement Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
As a recipient of that grant and in order to learn more about the relationships that schools and families have with one another, DESE must annually conduct an assessment of families’ and educators’ needs related to family engagement. I encourage you to participate in this survey by visiting this website.
Your Buzz Around is committed to sharing positive news, tips & ideas, to help us all through!
Most local businesses remain open with adaptations to adjust for physical distancing.
Bee Kind & Shop Local!
Dance Theater of New England
We Are Hiring Account Representatives

Our local economies have been severely impacted. Our small local businesses need help recovering. You can help. Small companies create 1.5 million jobs annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs created in the United States. Over 90 percent...

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Birds Around the Senior Center, Borden Colony, Spring 2020
Robin in the grass & Osprey nesting high.
Raynham COA Website is a valuable resource for up to date useful information... and great pix of the local birds! Photo credits: Raynham Council On Aging

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. G
o to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What did most victims succumb to following influenza virus infection?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On April 29, 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, Megan Piche, Deena Anzum, Jacquelyn Rose, & Gregory Venezia
A Warning from the Vermicious Knids
“But if they’re so fierce and dangerous,” Charlie said, “why didn’t they eat us up right away in the Space Hotel? Why did they waste time twisting their bodies into letters and writing SCRAM?”
“Because they’re show–offs,” Mr. Wonka replied. “They’re tremendously proud of being able to write like that.”
“But why say scram when they wanted to catch us and eat us?”
“It’s the only word they know,” Mr. Wonka said.
Since April is poetry month, here is my first and favorite poet, the very weird Roald Dahl, and the first poem I ever memorized: The Vermicious Knid. It is still recited at family gatherings, a poem to be conquered, really. From Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator : 'Hello, you great Knid! Tell us, how do you do? You're a rather strange colour today. Your bottom is purple and lavender blue. Should it really be looking that way? Are you not feeling well? Are you going to faint? Is it something we cannot discuss? It must be a very unpleasant complaint, For your backside's as big as a bus! Let me get you a doctor. I know just the man For a Knid with a nasty disease. He's a butcher by trade which is not a bad plan, And he charges quite reasonable fees. Ah, here he is now! "Doc, you really are kind To travel so far into space. There's your patient, the Knid with the purple behind! Do you think it's a desperate case?" "Great heavens above! It's no wonder he's pale!" Said the doc with a horrible grin. "There's a sort of balloon on the end of his tail! I must prick it at once with a pin!" So he got out a thing like an Indian spear, With feathers all over the top, And he lunged and he caught the Knid smack in the rear, But alas, the balloon didn't pop! Cried the Knid, "What on earth am I going to do With this painful preposterous lump? I can't remain standing the whole summer through! And I cannot sit down on my rump!"
"It's a bad case of rear-ache," the medico said, "And it's something I cannot repair. If you want to sit down, you must sit on your head, With your bottom high up in the air!"'
Have a Scrumdiddlyumptious week, folks. ~ Jacquie
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