September 22, 2019 ~ Building Whitman Community One Positive Story at a Time
Whitman participates in the Global Climate Strike.
It's good news that we live in a democracy where people are encouraged to stand for what they believe in. While we saw the news reports of millions gathering across the globe, this Whitmanite helped to bring the Global Climate Strike local. Livvi Reed, pictured with Brockton organizer Denzel Gomes, livened up Main Street with chants and songs, rallying the city amid many honks and waves and yells of " thank you!" from the commuters. Livvi participated with her environmental club from Stonehill College.To find locations to participate, or organize your own next Friday Sept 27, go to

Story & picture credits: J. Rose
Historical Tidbit: 
Our State Bird
In 1941, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) became the official state bird of Massachusetts.

The black-capped chickadee is a common backyard bird, found deep in forests as well as suburban areas. It is a small, energetic, cheerfully sociable bird and does not migrate. That's good news for us. It means we get to enjoy them all year long! 

The black-capped chickadee is a member of the titmouse family (also known as the titmouse, tomtit, and the dickybird). It's unique call is considered one of the most complex in the animal kingdom. It is omnivorous. Their diet consists of insects, seeds and berries. The chickadee is known for "caching" food. They hide seeds and berries and can remember where they have hidden their stored foods for up to a month.

When a black-capped chickadee pair bonds, they remain together for life. The female builds their nest and the male feeds the female during the nest building and while she is brooding her eggs. When the babies hatch, both parents share the job of feeding them.

On cold winter days, our state bird would love some seeds and berries. Suet cakes are perfect and are available at our local stores. Support our community and our feathered friends. Happy Winter!

FYI: The official state 'Game Bird' of Massachusetts is the wild turkey - obviously.

~Respectfully Submitted, Jill Silvia
Image Credit: Mary Wright Julius
Information from:
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
Melissa Bonomo
won a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!

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

You could win
2 tickets to the corn maze at Nessralla Farm Rt. 106, Halifax
Timothy Hanlon Takes Over as New Whitman Police Chief
The Whitman Police Department is pleased to announce that Timothy P. Hanlon will begin his new role as the department's chief today following the retirement of Chief Scott D. Benton.. In addition, Sgt. Joseph Bombardier will replace Hanlon as the department's deputy chief.
"I am thrilled to take over as the new Whitman Police chief and am honored to be following in the footsteps of my dear friend Chief Benton," Chief Hanlon said. "I have worked for the Whitman Police Department for nearly 20 years and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence and high-quality service that this department is known for. In addition, I wish Chief Benton all the best in his retirement."
Chief Hanlon began his career in law enforcement as an emergency dispatcher for the Hanover Police Department. He was a special police officer for the Hanover Police from 1998-2000 before being hired as a patrolman for the Whitman Police Department. Since joining WPD, Chief Hanlon worked his way up the ranks and has held several positions in the department including: drug officer, detective, detective sergeant, court prosecutor and shift supervisor. He was named deputy chief in 2012.
Chief Hanlon is a Hanover native and graduated from Hanover High School in 1985. He attained his associate's degree from Massasoit Community College and a bachelor's degree in criminology from Bridgewater State College. During his senior year at Bridgewater State in 1991, he did an internship with the Whitman Police Department. He also holds a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College. In 2014, he attended the FBI National Academy .

Chief Hanlon has been married to his wife Lori for 25 years and they have a son, Connor, age 22, and daughter, Allison, age 18. The family has lived in Whitman for the past 25 years.
Deputy Chief Bombardier joined the Whitman Police Department in 1999 as an auxiliary police officer. He was appointed to be a reserve officer in 2001 and was hired as a full-time officer in 2004 after graduating from the Municipal Police Officers Class.
In 2007, Bombardier was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was the supervisor of the day shift. In 2010, he was promoted to detective sergeant, a position he held until becoming deputy chief.
"I am very grateful to have been appointed to be the next deputy chief for the Whitman Police Department," Deputy Chief Bombardier said. "Working for my hometown police department is a dream come true and I am humbled to be able to continue to serve the community I grew up in."
Deputy Chief Bombardier has been married to his wife Kim for 28 years and they have three children together, Aimee, Thomas and Sarah. He is a lifelong Whitman resident and graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in 1981. Prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement, he worked at Reebok for 19 years.
Both men take over their new roles following the retirement of Chief Benton after a 33- year career in law enforcement, including the last seven years as chief.
Family Stories & Play
Sat, Sept 28th
11a - 12p
WPL Community Room
Contact: Steph  781-447-7613  

Join us for an all-age storytime followed by open play! Drop-in.
Activities at Council on Aging
Wii BOWLING - 8:00a
BINGO - 1:00p

ART GROUP - 9:00a

CHAIR YOGA - 9:30a, $4.00 to the instructor
BINGO at Harvard Court - 12:30p
MAH JONGG - 12:30p
Amateur Radio Field Day with WARC
A national day when ham radio groups, in a loose simulation of an emergency situation, attempt to make connections with other ham radio operators around the country or the world. In a true emergency situation they would be making these connections to help get emergency assistance to areas in need. This program shows how the Whitman Amateur Radio Club (WARC) set up and performed in the field, that being the back lot of the East Bridgewater YMCA . Whitman Amateur Radio Club
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store!
Does your lawn need a little boost after the dog days of summer? Come see us for your loam, seed and fertilizer needs!

Stop in today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Get Your Grants Ready Whitman Artists!
Mass Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, LCCs award more than $3 million in grants. Currently, there are 329 local and regional councils that represent all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, these councils are local volunteers, approving grants for local arts & culture projects.
Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. LCCs may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).
The LCC application process can be quite competitive. Because of the large number of requests and the limited funds available for regranting, many LCCs receive far more applications than they can fully, or even partially, fund. Average grants tend to be modest ($500-$750).

Weekly Children Library Events

My First Storytime

Mondays in September
10:30 - 11:15a
Community Room at library

Stories, rhymes, movement and play time for babies and toddlers! Drop-in. 

Wonder Days : Stories & Play

Wednesdays in September
11 - 11:45a
Community Room at library

Join us for stories, a craft and open play time. 

Suggested for ages 3-5 but all ages are welcome. 

These programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Whitman Public Library. 
• On-site Laboratory
• Cosmetic Services
• Weight Management
• Menopausal Medicine

Caring for infants, children, adolescents,
and adults

Accepting New Patients


111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200
for the
Rest of US!
Experience for yourself in a basics class, Sundays @ 6:30p

Now taking new
Embodyment® Yoga Therapy clients
Learn how you can live pain-free!

More movement, less pain!

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(508) 331-3564

Marker Making Workshop
Thurs, Oct 3rd
6 - 7p
Community Room Whitman Public Library
Create a custom color marker by mixing ink with the Crayola marker maker.  
This program is limited to 12 children ages 7-10.  Please register. 
Crafter's Gift Show
Sat, Oct 5th
9a - 3p
Knights of Columbus Hall
1193 Bedford St. (Rt 18)
To Benefit Old Colony Hospice
In memory of Fred & Violet Mather
The Whitman Area Special Olympics is Conducting a 2019 Holiday Calendar Fundraiser.
The calendars list the prize for each day. They cost $10 each. We accept checks or cash only. All monies collected go 100% to our program for uniforms and equipment for our sports program.
Let me know how many you want and I will deliver the calendars to you … wherever you are. I can be reached by cell, text or email. (781) 733-2738,

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
2 tickets to the corn maze at Nessralla Farm Rt. 106, Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did the black-capped chickadee became the official state bird of Massachusetts ?

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Buzz Around West Bridgewater.

On September 25, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers
You Are Worthy!

"You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging." ~ Brene Brown

“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”
~ Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

"Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness. "~Immanuel Kant
You are worthy of love & acceptance. Believe it! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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