Photos of the Winter Wonderland in Whitman

Left photo from Kim Farrell of sunset at Hobart Pond from 2/17/21

Right photo from Shaunna Zavalia of Harding's Pond from 2/19/21
Historical Tidbit:

Whitman Town Park
Historic Whitman Park, established in 1880, is currently surrounded by Hayden, Maple, Park, and Whitman Avenues. Augustus Whitman, whose family gave the town its name, gifted the land. "The well-known Olmsted Brothers landscape firm was retained to design a public park on this land, which was implemented in 1900. This gave the park the basic layout of its paths, as well as its general appearance as a woodland park with open fields for passive recreation. Features that were part of the Olmsted design include a wading pool, concrete tennis court (now used as basketball court), bandstand, and a drinking fountain." In 1931 the Olmsteds were hired again to update the design, to include the Civil War monument from 1908 and to deal with water drainage issues. "The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004."

Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Debbie Candora
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Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant.

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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
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
A Discussion on Bias, Inclusion, Diversity and Cultural...

Massachusetts Association of School Committees on Tuesday, February 23 2021 6pm. Geared toward school committee members, but open to all interested parties

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Whitman Food Pantry Drive Thru
Drop Off Saturday, March 6th
9:00a - 3:00p
519 Washington St.
*Drive your car into the parking lot and drop off your donation.
*Safety first with no contact needed
*Special items needed are:
laundry detergent, tin foil, plastic wrap, dish soap, plastic bags, Lysol spray or wipes, bathroom cleaner.
Sponsored by: First Congregational Church of Whitman
Any questions contact
Learn Something New This Winter!
Saturday, March 27th
6 – 7:30p
Beginners Chess for all ages presented by Glenn Davison. Sponsored by Whitman Public Library.
This class teaches you the fundamentals of chess. In one hour you will learn the basics of playing chess from a member of the Massachusetts Chess Association and the US Chess Federation.
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Whitman Building, Facilities and Capital Expenditures Committee
February 18, 2021
Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Chair Yoga for Seniors (and more...) episode 3
Courtesy of WHCA-TV
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.
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.

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
Who gifted the land to be used for Whitman Town Park?

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On February 24, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Winter Wonderland
"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."~ Aristotle

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" ~ Lewis Carroll

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home."
~ Edith Sitwell

"The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination." ~ Terri Guillemets

"There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special."
~ Carol Rifka Brunt
Scientists have determined spending 2 hours each week in nature promotes health and well-being. Enjoying the trees and some snow will do you a world of good! Have a great week : )~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
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