Halifax Hometown Hero
Jen Walker is the leader of the "Helping Hands" group at Halifax Estates. She is instrumental at the annual community yard sale. She takes the time to assist those that need it getting to appointments. Walker has also helped out in a lot of community efforts, going the extra mile. Nominated by her neighbor Libby Cierri for Easy 99.1 Hometown Hero, we'd like to give Jen a BuzzAround round of applause! To hear more of Jen Walker’s Story listen: Easy 99.1.
Story By Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Framingham State University
Source & Photo credit: Halifax Helping Hands
Historical Tidbit:
Kerosene Lamps

Before we had electricity, lighting was done with kerosene lamps. They were usually a glass bottom lamp that would hold maybe a pint to a quart of kerosene and then there was the glass chimney on top.
These lamps would be set on brackets on the walls or set on the table in the middle of the room. They were never put on small stands or tables because they would have been easily knocked over.
Then there was a lamp in the middle of the room, usually the dining room, that would pull up and was on some sort of chain arrangement. It had a round wick about 2½ʺ across with a shade on top to reflect the light down on the table where people sat around and read their books and did their school work.
Instead of electronics, amusement would be found in games with others, books or individually invented.
sue and her plant 2011
Tidbit & image respectfully submitted by Sue Basile, Halifax Historian
Town Hall

Holmes Public Library

Council on Aging
506 Plymouth Street

Food Pantries
Halifax Congregational Church
503 Plymouth St. (Rt 106)
Tuesdays 2:30 - 4p
St Vincent De Paul
Our Lady of the Lake Church
580 Monponsett St, Halifax
(781) 293- 7971
2nd & 4th Saturday 9a
Jan Filder
You won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
 9" Mum (value $12)
Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106) Halifax MA
The Nonfiction Addiction Book Club
September 20th
Holmes Public Library
Get ready for this month's non-fiction book club. This month’s pick is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer.

The book follows a group of librarians and their mission to get important Islamic artifacts out of the county. Check out the Holmes Public Library events calendar
Mass Cultural Council Grants
The Mass Cultural Council Distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils. Halifax funds are granted to arts, humanities, interpretive science projects for Halifax residents. Applicants must complete their applications online and submit them directly to the Halifax Council. Applications are due October 17, 2024. Grant recipients are paid through reimbursement grants.

For more information visit the Mass Cultural Council Webpage
Golf Tournament
to benefit the Massasoit Community College’s United Student Fund
Mon. October 2, 11am- Shotgun Start
Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton
Free College at Massasoit
Students 25 and older without a degree qualify for
New Curbside Collection Program
Began Monday, Sept. 4th

For information on The Curbside Collection Program, our new town-wide trash and recycling program, check out the forum video or see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the Town of Halifax website.

For additional questions, please email RSWP@halifax-ma.org or call the Halifax Recycling Center at (781)-293-1732.
Driver’s Education
Tuesday September 26th – Tuesday November 21st
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Silver Lake Regional High School Room 1613
If you are 15 and 9 months before September 26th, congratulations!
This part of driver’s education is part of the 30-hour requirement to get a learner and eventually a license under 18. A parent-student class must be on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. In this course, you will learn the rules of the road and what JOL is.

 To learn more and sign up, visit the Silver Lake High School Driver’s Ed. form here.
Halifax Beautification Committee: Preventing Road Kill.
The Halifax Beautification Committee would like to remind you not to throw or leave trash on the side of the road. Especially food. This attracts animals from skunks to bears coming into the road, a danger both to humans and animals.
To learn more, visit this website provided by the Halifax Beautification Committee
Building a Better Business Bootcamp

Wed, Sept 20th
9a - 3p
Brockton Redevelopment Authority
50 School St.
1st Floor Conference Room

The Building a Better Business Program is designed to help individuals who are looking to start or grow a business. It is an all-day, in-person event that is taught in three parts: legal, sales/marketing, and financials.
The goal of this program is to have individuals create a working business plan that they can successfully execute. Crucial for finding financing for their business.

These Free, in-person events give small business owners a chance to come together and learn as a group. It offers education along with networking opportunities. When groups gather together, they collaborate, share their experiences, ask questions and help each other reach a solid understanding about business ownership.

To sign up for the event, visit Neighbors Works Housing Solutions website.
Everyone's Favorite: Chicken Autumn
Catch it while you can!

Halifax Zoning Board of Appeals -
September 11, 2023
Video Courtesy of Area 58
Halifax Board of Selectmen
September 12, 2023
Video Courtesy of Area 58
Nessralla Farm
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Massachusetts State Seal and Motto Survey
After a long hearing regarding a redesign for the state seal and motto, the commonwealth has decided to request the input of people of Massachusetts. The survey is designed to be streamlined to major key points of the seal, such as what would be the most important image on it.
The Online Survey can be found here: umassboston.co1.qualtrics.com
Scattergories at Holmes Public Library
Wednesday, September 27th
Holmes Public Library

If you like word games or trivia this is the event to attend. You can come with a friend or make some new friends there. It competitive but loads of fun.

For more information visit the Holmes Public Library Calendar for details.
Back to School in Halifax
It is back-to-school season, and everyone is ready to come back to school with their new backpacks including the school's resource officer McIntyre. She has got her Paw Patrol backpack waiting to greet the students as they get off the bus. We love that Officer Mclntyre is in school spirit. Her colleagues and students have a good laugh to start the day off strong. Let's keep the school spirit going throughout the year. To see more photos visit the Halifax Police Department on Facebook
Story By: Ella Reddin BuzzAround Writing Intern. Framingham State University
Story and photos from Halifax Police Department.
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
 9" Mum
(value $12)
Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106)
Halifax MA

Historical Tidbit Question:
Why were kerosene lamps not put on small surfaces?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. On September 20, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ella Reddin, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
#Shop Small!
Independent coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit & veggie markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores, and many many more exist within 10 miles of your home.

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community. When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay taxes to their local town or city. That tax money supports public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as public service workers, like firefighters. And according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact. More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. According to SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. Shopping at a local store creates potential job opportunities.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service.  They have is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity.  If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them!
5. Small businesses create a sense of community. You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner and other customers in your neighborhood.
6. You’re going to feel good Shopping Small!
Get vocal on social. *Post pictures and status updates, hashtag #ShopSmall * Write positive reviews for the small businesses you love and support.
Where you shop makes a difference, for you, your family, your community & the environment. ~ Jacquie
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