August 11, 2019 ~ Building Whitman Community One Positive Story at a Time
Whitman Selectman Meeting: August 6, 2019
Video Courtesy of the WHCA--TV Channel
Historical Tidbit: The Beginnings of a Whitman Unitarian Church

On September 19, 1884 a group of woman met in their house for a discussion. The discussion was the start of the Unitarian Aid Society, a group that became popular in Whitman, MA. As the group became bigger there was the need for another location. They moved to the G. A. R. in Whitman, MA.

The group became official in 1886 on September 18 with the name "First Unitarian Society of Whitman".

The next year, a plot of land on the corner of South Avenue and Marble Street was donated to the society by Baylies Wood, A. E. Stetson, and C. D. Reed.
The construction of the church was started the year after that. The society no longer exists today, but the building is still there. If you look at this map you can see the building pictured above.

Information Credit:
Historic Whitman, Massachusetts (available at the Whitman Public Library)

Image Credit: (image of market & deli)
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
Diane Ribeiro
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 a
   12" Big Flowering Hibiscus Pot
($21 value)
from Nessralla Farm Rt 106 Halifax
Hot Dog BBQ Supper at the
Senior Center
Tue, Aug 13th at 5:00p
Enjoy the taste of Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ. Join us for an evening of socialization and an easy summer meal of hot dogs, potato salad, chips, soda and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Stop by the Center to buy your ticket. Space is limited. More details here.
End of Summer Party
Wed, Aug 14, 5– 7p Whitman Public Library will be hosting an end of summer party. All ages are welcome to attend. Join for cake, lawn games & stomp rockets to celebrate the end of summer! There's also have a mini book sale with children's books priced at .25 each.
Contact: Stephanie Young 781-447-7613
Whitman Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 13th, 4p-8p Memorial Field (20 Essex St) Whitman Police Department will be holding the 3rd Annual Night Out Against Crime. FREE event for the whole family. H ot dogs & hamburgers, music, a visit by Mass State Police Air Wing, K-9 Demo by Plymouth County Sheriff and bounce houses provided by Busy Bee. Details here
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Whitman
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced on 7/30 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from  Whitman . On 7/23 one sample collected tested positive for WNV.  Follow this link for updates on the aerial spraying that was scheduled for 8/8.
Adult Craft Fun
Tues, Aug 20th, 6:30-7:30p , C ommunity Room in The Whitman Library Come enjoy a great evening of crafting! Registration is required, come in to sign up or call Tyler Vachon 781-447-7613
Toddler Discovery Hour
Wed, Aug 21, 10:30-11:30a, Whitman Public Library
Join Ms. Jen for songs, storytime, crafts, and fun activities. This FREE event provides a great opportunity for you and your children ages 15 to 36 months to meet other families. Register here.
Library Pilates
Thur, Aug 22nd, 10-11a Community Room
J oin Ryan Mandeville of Whitman's CrossClimb Personal Training & Nutrition for a FREE introduction to Pilates course. All experience levels welcome.
Registration is required and limited space is available.
Register here.
For more information, call Tyler Vachon at 781-447-7613, or email .
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store!

Great harvest this year?
Can your bounty and eat it all year long! We have a large selection of canning supplies.
Stop in and pick up yours today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Strawberry Shortcake Social
Mon, Aug 26th
1:00p Senior Center
Join us for some delicious strawberry shortcake.
Come with a friend or come and make new friends.
Coffee and Tea will be served to go with it.
Cost is $3.00. Stop by the Center to buy your ticket
Tickets are limited, so get yours early!
Water Bill Senior Discount
If you are a resident of Whitman that is 65 years or older you you may be eligible for a discount on your water bill.
Download and submit the Application for Senior Discount and drop off your application at the DPW Office located at 100 Essex St. as proper identification is required.Information retrieved from Whitman Public Works.

Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Breakfast or Lunch!

We're Open: Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064

The Kindness Rocks Project
The Kindness Rocks Project has reached the Whitman-Hanson area and has been in full swing during this summer break. Participants are encouraged to leave rocks with inspiring messages painted on them in areas were others can find and be uplifted by these positive sayings.The project combats negative messages often seen in media with the power of optimism, and has even made its way to the Whitman Library! You can join the Whitman-Hanson Rocks group on Facebook to see if your locally hidden rocks have been found.
Image credit: Jenn Marley. Video credit: Studio by the Sea. Authored by Taylor Fruzzetti.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
12" Big Flowering Hibiscus Pot
($21 value)
from Nessralla Farm Rt 106 Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the Unitarian group when it was official established?

Email us your answer at: .  
Please include your name, phone number with your answer.
By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's 
Buzz Around Whitman.  
On August 14, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
So here we are... 10 years into this fabulous thought experiment ...

"What would happen if we congratulated, supported, and promoted every little bit of volunteerism and good - doing that we could find?

What would happen if we let everyone know about the good goings-on in their neighborhood?

After 10 years of listening and sharing, we know what happens:
people show up at events, they participate in fundraisers. Grassroots organizations find the volunteers they need. We see what a wonderful place our village is.

Our community bands together, and makes things happen. Ideas become real.
Thanks for taking the time to read and to join in the fun. We love to create a buzz... because we all need good news! ~Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tarah Gervais, Christina Montana, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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