March 10, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Whitman Fire Department Encourages Residents to Test Smoke and CO Alarms During Daylight Saving

Chief Timothy J. Grenno and the Whitman Fire Department wish to remind residents to test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend as daylight saving time approaches.
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m.

"Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, and we rely on them to alert us to fire, smoke and carbon monoxide," Chief Grenno said. "It's crucial that they are working properly and we encourage residents and businesses to take daylight saving time as a regular reminder to test their devices replace any batteries that have run out." According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), having working smoke alarms reduces the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent and, on average, three out of every five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
The Whitman Fire Department asks that all business owners not only change the batteries in their clocks, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, but also replace the batteries on wall mounted emergency lights and exit signs. All businesses should have emergency backup lighting as a safety feature to provide temporary lighting in case of power failure.
In order to continue to keep your home safe and prevent fires, Chief Grenno recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by NFPA: *T est smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month using the test button. *Replace alarms immediately if they don’t respond properly when tested. * Replace batteries in smoke and CO alarms when you change your clocks. Read more

More information on smoke detector and CO alarm safety: Whitman Fire Department at 781-447-7626.
Historical Tidbit:
The Old Colony Railroad was the first railroad in Whitman, built in 1865.

Old Colony Railroad was taken over by Penn Central a New York railroad company.

A short railroad was established in 1865. It extended 200 yards and went from Dunbar Hobart & Whidden Tack to the Old Colony Line.

The Whitman Railroad company was established in October 30, 1892. It was an extension to the East Side Railway, which passed through Crescent Street, Brockton, and Temple and West Street, Whitman to Washington Street where it terminated.

In 1892 the Whitman Railroad company was established. It connected to the East Side Railway, from Crescent Street, Brockton, and Temple and West Streets, Whitman to Washington, where it ended.

In 1893, the Rockland-Abington line opens. It connects north through Union to North Avenue, east though North Avenue ti Haywards corner, south through Bedford and Washington St to Abington Center, from Abington to the Whitman Street Railway.

New line built from New Haven Railroad station to Elmwood that travels onto Whitman, Plymouth, and Central Street to Plymouth Central Street. Then it travels onto East Bridgewater Center.

The Brockton & Plymouth Street Railway was charted in 1899. It was meant to extend from Whitman to Hanson and Bryantville. It would connect the Pembroke Street railway to the Plymouth and Kingston Street railway.

Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Book Source: Historical Whitman, Massachusetts
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Town Hall
54 South Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7:30pm
Fri Closed

Public Library
100 Webster Street
Mon-Thu 10am - 8pm
Fri 1pm - 5pm
Sat (School Year) 10am - 4pm

Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7 pm
Fri 8am - 1pm

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
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Friends of the Whitman Public Library
Monthy Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday March 13, 2019

Discuss ways to support the library. All are welcome to attend.
CONTACT: Lorna Holbrook  781-447-5751
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
American Legion Post 22 Whitman, Mass will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday, March 16th from 1-4pm. 
Corned beef and cabbage/smoked shoulder dinner.
$12 per person. Tickets are available at the bar.
The Taunton River Watershed Alliance needs you!

Whether you can give an hour here and there or a few hours a month:  
 Water Quality Monitoring Tester 
 A team of volunteers that regularly test 20 sites in the watershed for water quality the second Tuesday morning of each month, April through October. Samples must be collected and then driven to the Taunton Wastewater Treatment Plant by 8:30 a.m. We train at the beginning of the new year (usually on the last Saturday morning in February). We currently need on-call/"as-needed" fill in for when a regular tester cannot test a site.
 Nutrient Pollution Photographic Survey
 Photograph key areas along the Taunton River for nutrient pollution. We are hoping for photographs of the same area three or four times throughout the summer.
  Event helpers
 Set up, man tables, clean up, launch boats, deliver lunch, strike camp, etc. at events
  Fundraising/Development & Event Coordinators
 River Clearing Crews
 Legal Support
We are looking for an attorney or local law firm that could volunteer legal support from time to time.
 For more information on visit, call our office at 508-828-1101 or contact us by e-mail: 
Bridgewater Farm Supply is Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store

Itching to get back in the garden? Can't wait to get your hands dirty? Why not start your own plants from seed this year? We have everything you need to start your little seedlings. Stop by today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper
All Saints Church, 44 Park Avenue, Whitman (by the Whitman Park Bandstand)
Saturday March 16 at 5 p.m. 

There will be a full meal with beverage and dessert, as well as live music by Mr. Warren Phillips. Tickets at the door are $15 and $13 for Seniors.  Reservations may be made by calling the church at 781-447-6106."
The Whitman Public Library is having its annual Pajama Drive for homeless Children, in conjunction with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins. We have already received many offerings from generous patrons, and the drive will continue through March 15, 2019. Please help us make this year the most successful ever as we strive to give children the opportunity for warmth and comfort this year.
Drop off at Whitman Public Library
100 Webster Street Whitman, MA
Old Colony Planning Council Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Announcement
I am reaching out to introduce the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Meetings.
March 21st at 12pm at
The Old Colony Planning Council
70 School Street, Brockton
March 21st at 6 PM
East Branch Library
54 Kingman Street Brockton, MA

The objective of the BPAC is to support ongoing local, regional, and state planning efforts to support multimodal urban and suburban mobility; enhance and expand current infrastructure; improve safety; and raise awareness of pedestrian and bicycle movement within the region. It is envisioned that the committee will meet quarterly at key stages to review, discuss, and provide insight on the analyses of existing conditions, assessment of needs, the development of recommendations and implementation strategies, and the refinement of any studies and plans.

Best wishes,

Jimmy Pereira
Community/Transportation Planner
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-583-1833 Ext: 215 
Fax: 508-559-8768
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March Shamrock Savings at Get In Shape For Women Bridgewater! 

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Mary's Book Group at the Whitman Public Library is twelve years old!

The members of the longest-running book group in Whitman Public Library history celebrated Friday on the twelfth anniversary of the long-running and popular group facilitated by librarian Mary Casey.

The group meets on the third Friday of the Month at 10:30 a.m.


Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
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When was the Whitman Railroad Company established?

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“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” 
~ Gautama Buddha

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. "
~ Confucius

"Or how can you say to your friend, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? ~ Jesus 

Reflection is an integral part of initiating positive change in our life. I am thankful that I practice a religious tradition that values and teaches reflection, and sets aside specific times each year to remind me to step up my spiritual practice. 

Whether you have a spiritual practice or not, I would encourage taking the time for reflection. Start with a meditation, slow down the pace of life, lesson your sensory input (turn off electronics except soothing music), maybe take a walk in nature, empty your mind. Then engage in some form of creative work: this can include but is not limited to journaling or any kind of art. There is no right or wrong way to do this part. 
You just need to be you! 
This is just for you… don’t need to share. Judgement free zone.
I have books and books of journal ramblings. The sheer volume made me realize it was interpersonal relationships and group dynamics I struggle with, and journaling helped me figure them out; but I also came to understand I love humanity so much the work is worth it to experience the wide variety of gifts and talents we bring to this world. 
Who knows what wonderful things you are going to find out about yourself?
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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