Recycling in Whitman
By Isabelle O'Connell
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 75% of the trash Americans throw away each week is recyclable. Yet only 25% is actually recycled. Recycling is an environmentally conscious alternative to conventional waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, recycling is free of charge and helps reduce trash frees, since more recycling means less trash!
Whitman currently pays $95 a ton so there are financial incentives to recycling. This is why Whitman established a mandatory recycling policy in 2011, in which trash collectors are not permitted to pick up trash unless there’s recyclable containers for pick up in addition to regular non-recyclable trash.

This policy is meant to keep out illegal items, increase the town’s recycle tonnage, reduce the town’s solid waste cost, and help the environment. For this policy to be effective, it’s important to remember what can and cannot be recycled.
YES: Glass jars and bottles, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, cereal boxes and other paperboard boxes, cardboard (place inside or next to cart), books (hard or paperback), junk mail, plastic bottles, magazines and catalogs, newspaper and inserts, office paper and file folders, and paper bags.
NO: Styrofoam, electronics, ceramics and dishes, food waste, plastic grocery bags, motor oil containers, household hazardous waste, light bulbs, mirrors, or window glass, trash and yard waste.

If you have any further questions, contact Whitman Department of Public Works (781) 447-7630.
Historical Tidbit:
Whitman Water System prior to hooking up to Brockton/Silver Lake.
Whitman water was being taken from Hobarts Pond. There was a standpipe on the crest of Temple St. and Beulah. - there had to be pumps to pump the water through the system to the standpipe. The standpipe allowed for pressure within the system itself.  
The town needed pumps for this water, and our business' came to the rescue.  
Original water pumping stations in South Abington/Whitman: the first being inside a brick factory (1883), the second on the east side of Hobart's Pond in 1888, the third B.S. Atwood Mill (1893), and the fourth or fifth from the New Haven R.R. that had built its own pumping station for its train engines (1897). In 1905, the Town of Whitman tied into the Brockton water system. 
This falls into the small group of systems that took advantage of the steam in a mill to run their pumping engine. Usually, they were systems that were privately operated and primarily for fire fighting and/or only used the pump to pressurize the system for fire fighting.
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Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
Kindergarten/Preschool Registration Information
Parents of students who will be attending Kindergarten or Preschool in the fall of 2021 can begin the registration process starting on February 5, 2021 for Preschool and on February 12, 2021 for Kindergarten. Information regarding this process will be posted to the District website as well as to each of the Elementary Schools and Preschool Academy starting on February 4. Here you will find “Everything You Need to Know” about registering your child for Kindergarten and/or Preschool. Visit our website at and look for the Registration icon to find registration information.
Contact: Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, District Registrar’s Office
Kristen Foley 781-618-7481
Want to Be Active in Steering the Direction of Whitman?
Town Clerk Dawn Varley announces that nomination papers for the May 15, 2021 Annual Town Election are available as of Monday, January 25, 2021. Town offices that will appear on the ballot are : 

One Town Clerk for Three Years; One Selectmen for Three Years; One Assessor for Three Years; Two PK-12 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Committee Members for Three Years; One Department of Public Works Commissioners for Three Years; Two Public Library Trustees for Three Year; One Public Library Trustees for One Years to fill vacancy; One Whitman Housing Authority Member for Five Years; Three Planning Board Member for Five Years; One Board of Health Member for Three Years; One Board of Health Member for One Year to fill vacancy.

Nomination papers must be returned with 50 valid signatures of voters by 5p on Friday, March 26, 2021.
Call Town Clerk Dawn Varley 781-618-9710 with questions or schedule nomination papers pick up.
The Town of Whitman has provided first doses of vaccine to our first responders and many in Phase 1 of the Vaccination program...
We are prepared to administer the vaccine to our residents 75 or older but have been advised that vaccine availability is limited for the next two to three weeks. Once we receive our allotment of the vaccine we will put out information regarding the location and process to obtain one. If anyone has the ability to obtain the vaccine elsewhere we strongly recommend that you take advantage of it as we do not know when or how much of the vaccine we will be receiving. We plan to do a phone call to all households, when we are able to schedule clinics for seniors.
We will also put an announcement on the board at Town Hall and online. We will also update the announcement at 781-618-9777. We feel that we will reach all residents through these methods. That being said, we are asking a few things from our Whitman community:
- Please look out for your senior family and neighbors and inform them of this process.
- Help the seniors register online when the time comes, as that will be the most efficient way to register.
-Have patience - we are desperately trying to procure vaccinations from the Commonwealth. We want everyone in our town vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, we are told vaccination supplies are low for the next few weeks at least.
Whitmanite Tanya Amaru Asks Us to Help Patty Fight Cancer

My Sister Patty was diagnosed in late August with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, she has undergone 12 rounds of chemotherapy. She has now begun the second phase of chemotherapy which they call the Red Devil. She has ...

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~Keep Busy This Winter With Events From The Library!~
*Ring in the Lunar New Year by creating your own Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns!
Register now!
Materials provided FREE to registrants.
Red paper lanterns are hung during Lunar New Year celebrations worldwide. They are symbols of prosperity and good luck. Paper lanterns are traditionally hung on the eve of the Spring Festival toward the end of December and kept up until the Lantern Festival (February 26, 2021).

Online Event; call library or register here.

*FOR KIDS...look out for a new StoryWalk coming in mid-February!
*Zoom Author Talk - (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock
February 27th; 5:00p
Dr. Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature,
film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.

Registration required, to sign up call 781-447-7613 or register here.

Video courtesy of WHCA-TV
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In DICE Massachusetts
(Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment) Facebook Group, that began right next door in Bridgewater, they are sharing 28 Days of Black History, since this month is Black History Month. A bunch of their posts are from this children's book. A really interesting (and easy) read. #BlackHistoryisAmericanHistory
If you are interested in helpful, educational resources on Diversity and Inclusion, check out this group:

And if you'd like to make a difference nearby, purchase the book from an independent bookstore: Frugal Books Paperback Junction.
Chair Yoga for Seniors (and more...) episode 3
Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Volunteer Close to Home
Want to get involved in your local community with United Way? Check out volunteer opportunities & If your non-profit needs volunteers, register your organization.
This volunteer opportunity database is a partnership between the United Ways of: Fall River, Greater New Bedford and Plymouth County

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ridge Kelly, Janice O'Brien, Isabel O'Connell & Jacquelyn Rose
 Valentine's Day Wisdom

“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.” ~ Brené Brown

"Intimacy, by its very nature, requires us to be vulnerable. Our partner, lover, or mate can know us to our very core, sometimes better than we know ourselves, and that can make any of us feel totally exposed. Intimacy can be intimidating. However, it is an amazingly freeing experience when you can be completely who you are with someone you totally trust."
~ Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~Brené Brown

"To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” ~ Criss Jami

Love will never be certain, but after collecting thousands of stories, I’m willing to call this a fact: A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.” ~ Brené Brown
I hope you spend this day, and every day loving yourself. No shame, be vulnerable.
You are worth it! ~ Jacquie
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