An After–St. Patrick’s Day Mingle
Supported by the Halifax Local Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council, the Halifax Council on Aging was able to host a fantastic event at Nonnies Italian Grille on March 24th! Longtime New England musician/author Matt York performed songs of Johnny Cash and told stories of Cash’s career from the 1950s to his passing in 2003. He discussed Cash’s emergence as a groundbreaking artist, his marriage to June Carter, and many of his other career highlights!

At this event was also the special opportunity to acknowledge Josephine (Jo) Schofield for her dedication to our community. Her lengthy years of service were spent on the Halifax COA Board, and over ten of those were as Chairperson. She ran many events, along with her “humor” to keep everyone on their toes! Jo was awarded a Massachusetts Citation for her service to the Halifax community.
Senator Michael Brady brought cheers as he sang, offered an Irish Blessing, and awarded Jo for her dedication to the community. State Representative Josh Cutler’s Liaison and Legislative Aid, State Senator Susan Moran, and State Representative Kathleen LaNatra’s office also offered kind words and a Citation from the Commonwealth. 

The Halifax Council on Aging wishes everyone to stay well and to keep the spirit of community within your hearts forever!

Find more about Matt York by clicking here.

Story and photos from Halifax COA FB Post.
Historical Tidbit:
Standish Manor School
(from a small handbook at the Museum of Halifax)

A Special School for Girls
Halifax - near Plymouth - Massachusetts

Miss Alice M. Myers, Principal
Hazel G. Cullingford, Assistant Principal

PART 1
The Special School for Girls

Standish Manor, the special school for girls who need and desire personal care and individual instruction, was opened in 1911. So rapidly did this school outgrow its environment that there was need for even larger accommodations and better advantages for its students, and within a few years it was moved to the Standish Manor, which name it now bears. The search of more than a year for a large cheery home surrounded by spacious lawns, yet easily accessible to the larger cities, ended with the discovery of Standish Manor.

Halifax, twelve miles from historic Plymouth, is but twenty-eight miles from Boston on the direct line of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

An Attractive, Homelike School

Standish Manor, a most attractive, rambling house with large, airy rooms, all of which are flooded with sunlight at some part of the day, is an ideal school home for girls. Wide green lawns encircle the School which stands on the top of a rolling knoll high above the adjacent land. Health-giving pines stand beside the tall shade trees.

An air of quiet, peaceful happiness pervades the Manor and the cozy, sunny study-rooms where girls find everything to make work interesting. The building is amply supplied with bathrooms and all other modern conveniences. Good times center about the gymnasium and play room. Here a large open fireplace, a piano and victrola in leisure hours inspire the girls to dancing, singing, games, story telling and reading. In the same building are the Domestic Science Department and the Studio for Manual Arts. The cheery rooms where the girls live have been described by one of the students as "happy rooms."

This is a photo of the J. L. Jones Estate
that was at one time known as
Standish Manor School.

Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
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503 Plymouth St. (Rt 106)
781-293-6393
Tuesdays 2:30 - 4p
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(781) 293- 7971
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Congratulations!
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You won 2 tickets to Friday night's performance of
Halley's Comet
Presented by the Massasoit Theatre Company
Friday April 7, 7p
Massasoit Community College

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

Enter for this week's prize of
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
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Litter Bust

Saturday, April 15th – Sunday, April 23rd

The Halifax Beautification Committee is initiating a litter bust! Halifax has 60 miles of roadways, as well as parks and fields. As a community, it is our responsibility to take care of our town. From April 15th – April 23rd, HBC is asking for your assistance to litter bust. If you can commit to cleaning up a road or park, write it in the comments on this Facebook Post. Let’s do what we can to keep our community green!

Halifax Farmer's Market Looking for Vendors for Upcoming Season!

The Halifax Farmer's Market is currently looking for some more vendors to contribute to this year's season. The first Farmer's Market will take place on Saturday, May 20th, 10a–3p. If you or someone you know has a small business they would like to promote for this season, reach out to Halifax Farmers market via email or phone, (781)-336-9704.

For any questions, or to apply to be a vendor, please email halifaxfarmersmarket@gmail.com
Seeds, Seeds and More Seeds! 
Ready to start your garden indoors? We have your seeds, pots and all the supplies you'll need to have your best harvest yet!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Hometown Hero Banner Campaign

The Town of Halifax is looking for Veterans to join their Hometown Hero banner campaign! They are hoping to have 50 Veterans in total, and there are current only twenty. This project will be of no cost to the Veteran or their family.
If you are interested, then submit the following information to the email listed below:

  • Requester’s Name, Phone Number, and Email
  • Veteran’s Rank, Name, Branch of Service, Years Served, and in what war or conflict if any (but not necessary)

The only requirements are to be or have been a resident of Halifax and to have had an Honorable Discharge or still be serving.

Email steve.littlefield@halifax-ma.org for more details.
Halley's Comet Presented by the Massasoit Theatre Company
April 7 & 8, 7p
Brockton Campus
Buckley Performing Arts Center
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Halifax Board of Selectmen
March 28, 2023 Meeting
Video Provided by Area58_Halifax
Halifax Planning Board
March 16, 2023 Meeting
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Clothing Swap/Giveaway

Saturday, April 22nd
10a –2p
Halifax Town Green

As part of the HBC Earth Day/Spring Fest, there will be a clothing swap/giveaway. In the vein of Buy Nothing Groups, attendees to the fair are welcome to look through the clothes to re-home them if they wish! Clothes should be clean but may be stained or holey. Whatever is left at the end of the fair will be donated. 

Email beautification@halifax-ma.org with any questions.
Grants Rental

Where people go to work smarter, not harder!
Grants Rental has the everything you need to get the job done!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Vendor Call: Halifax Pride Vendor/Information
Booth Signups!
Saturday, June 17th
11a – 4p
Halifax Town Hall Green
Halifax is looking for vendors for this year’s Pride Event! If you have any interest in having an informational booth or selling goods, then this is the opportunity for you. There is a $25 registration fee, but fees are waived for informational, charitable, or non-profit booths. All vendors are required to bring their own tables, chairs, and tents if desired. This will be a wonderful event, so please take part it in if you are able!

Fill out the required registration form by clicking here.

Email amylnoone@gmail.com with any questions.
Writing Sessions with Ruth Mills

Fridays
10a – 12p
Halifax COA

Halifax Council on Aging welcomes Ruth Mills Literary Services, LLC. Ruth Mills, an editor and ghostwriter with more than 25 years’ publishing experience will be volunteering her talents every Friday. She has worked for several prestigious publishers, and she has edited and published hundreds of successfully sold and reviewed books. Come by and let’s write about you!

For more information on Ruth Mills Literary Services, LLC., click here.

Call (781) 293-7313 with any questions.
Halifax Little League
OPENING DAY 2023!

Opening Day Parade & Ceremonies will be Sunday April 23rd! Parade begins from Town Hall green at Noon. 
Registration Information: www.halifaxyouthbaseball.com
Climate Can-Do:
South Shore Recycling Cooperative

To address the climate, Massachusetts recently elected Melissa Hoffer as its first Climate Chief in the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience. The office in charge of resources and authority available to the Governor and executive department to advance climate change innovation, and resilience policies.

At the local level, South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) is a resource. The SSRC is a voluntary association of South Shore municipalities established in 1998. It helps its member municipalities improve their recycling programs, and reduce the quantity, toxicity and cost of disposal in a number of ways. Some include maintenance of solid waste programs, educating residents about waste management, and advocating for funding and regulations that minimize waste while maximizing recovery of useful materials. Their bimonthly newsletter highlights local opportunities to make a difference. Subscribe on ssrcoop.com. Find out more about the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Hassan Sharif, Writing Intern, New York University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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Earth Day/Spring Fest

Saturday, April 22nd
10a – 2p
Halifax Town Green

The Halifax Beautification Committee is hosting a Spring Fest this upcoming Earth Day! There will be environmental displays, pony rides, games, and more. Halifax’s own musical duo, Allan Palmer and Dennis Carman, will be performing as well. Come on down to help keep Halifax clean! Halifax Beautification FB
Annual Town Election Coming Up!

Saturday, May 13
Halifax Elementary School

Just a reminder that the 2023 Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, May 13th at the Halifax Elementary School, 464 Plymouth Street. Nomination papers are also available at the Town Clerk's Office, and the deadline to submit nomination papers is Friday, March 24th.

For any additional information and resources on the election, visit the official Town of Halifax site.
Special Showing of “Little Women – Part 1” for Members of COA

This past St. Patrick’s Day, the members of the Halifax Council on Aging had a very busy day! They were given the opportunity to preview “Little Women – Part 1” prior to its showing at The Buckley Performing Arts Center. The coordinator, Mark Rocheteau, arranged for this to occur, and everyone had a fabulous time!
Then, the Halifax Group was visited by Senator Michael Brady to deliver a St. Patrick’s Day blessing. Those who were a part of it found the blessing to be especially touching. To finish an eventful afternoon, the Massasoit Police joined to say hello and wish everyone a day of good humor and kindness. What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Story and photos from Halifax COA FB Post.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win :
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did the Standish Manor School open?

Email us your answer at: 
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By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 On April 5, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sean Fitzgerald, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
You are the center of the universe AND you are a speck of dust.
This old Hebrew teaching about our ego speaks to me today. Rabbi Simcha Bunim, a great Polish Hasidic master at the turn of the 19th century, taught: “Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket, so that he or she can reach into one or the other, depending on the need.”

Every single day, we should feel worthy, loved, appreciated. If we don’t, we “should reach into one pocket, and, there, find the words: ‘Bishvili nivra ha-olam’ The world was created for me." (BT Sanhedrin 37B). I will say it now to you, dear reader; you are worthy, loved, appreciated. Take care of yourself, eat right, exercise. Today, your smiling face is more important than ever.

And also, when we feel full of ourselves, unjustly put out: “one should reach into the other pocket, and find the words: ‘V’anochi afar v’efer’ I am but dust and ashes." (Gen. 18:27). 
That way we carry both at once: As tiny as an ant and at the same time knowing how important we are. Today and always, each of us has an important role to play in keeping our community strong. Making eye contact and sharing joy are important. Call each other, write notes, create public art. The need continues.
Our impact is huge. Ants can carry up to 40 x their weight, we are a speck, but we are mighty.
~ Jacquie
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