Comfort Dog Roxy Birthday Meet and Greet at Halifax Police Department

The Halifax Police Department held a 1st birthday party meet and greet at the fire station for comfort dog Roxy (FB page) on April 20. Roxy ran around and played with her new toys and friends who came out to celebrate with her. The police department thanked the community for their support of the event.

A comfort dog, also known as a crisis response dog, is a dog that supports survivors of traumatic events by cuddling with them and guiding them to safety. Comfort dogs are not the same as therapy dogs or emotional support animals, although there are some similarities between their roles.

Story & Photo Source: Halifax Police Department FB
Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
Historical Tidbit:
North District Report, 1868

"For five Terms in succession, Harriet M. Washburne, of Bridgewater, has been the teacher in this district, closing her labors in the Summer Term of 1868. It would be folly for us to enumerate her virtues, as a teacher, now, for we have done so repeatedly in the past. It was with regret that we saw her retire from the field of her public usefulness. 

The pupils of this school have lost one who held them in the hollow of her hand, who ruled them with less than a rod. When they arrive at years of maturity, they will remember those terms as green spots in their youthful school days. What we would write for the examination of the last term, we have already written for the other terms previously.
For the Winter Term, the successor of Miss W., was Miss Sarah J. Keith, of Middleboro, who is a teacher of fine address, dignity of character, and rare independence of thought and action. It is with pleasure that we find a teacher of such modesty and personal accomplishments in our public schools.

In discipline, she is eminently just, but not of sufficient severity to ensure that perfect tranquility which we so much esteem. We are sometimes told that moral suasion is most effectual; but our humble opinion is, that it is best, first to exhaust it, and then apply the rod, not frequently, but in a manner that would be remembered, if needed, for a term. A scholar whose physical power is sufficient to resist successfully the teacher, and who manifests the disposition to do so, in case of punishment, must be expelled from school until he can be restored with sufficient guarantees, for his future conduct. This we hold to be sound doctrine.
The examination was orderly, and a good degree of progress, in the various branches shown. There was one feature that the Committee notes with sorrow, and that was the absence of the parents. In times past, on similar occasions, we have found the school room crowded. The inference is unmistakable."

~ Sue Basile
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
Holy Apostles (Our Lady of the Lake )
580 Monponsett St, Halifax
(781) 293- 7971
2nd & 4th Saturday 9a
Melissa Marquis
won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman

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Halifax Board of Selectmen
April 23, 2024
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April 9, 2024
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PJ & Hat Day!
Wed, May 1
Halifax Elementary School

As part of the Boosterthon Fundraising Challenge, the students of Halifax Elementary School earned a PJ and Hat day on the first Wednesday of every month for meeting an incentive goal! Students will be permitted to wear a hat and/or PJs for the whole day. Their next PJ & Hat Day is May 1st!

Nessralla Farm
*Daffodils *Hyacinths *Tulips *Easter Lilies
*Hydrangeas !!!!

And it's time to purchase your full, half and quarter shares of C.S.A
A variety of fresh local produce.
June 15-October 15. 18 weeks of goodness!

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416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

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Coffee and Conversation
Wed, May 1
Halifax COA

Join the COA for coffee and Conversation with Senator Michael Brady on Wednesday May 1st at 11am. For an hour, sip on coffee, get to know the Senator, socialize and ask questions.
Children's Storytime

Thursdays & Fridays
Holmes Public Library

Join the Holmes Public Library for weekly storytime sessions tailored for young children! On Thursdays at 11 am, we invite 2-3 year olds to enjoy story time.
On Fridays at 11 am, we welcome 3-4 year olds for their own special story time adventure.

Outdoor Beekeeping Workshop
Sat, May 4
10a - 1p
Soule Homestead Education Center Middleboro

This class is geared towards bee enthusiasts of all levels, but advanced topics such as setting up bee boxes will be covered. It’s a live bee demo. All skill levels are welcome to join.

Litter Busting at Stump Brook

A Halifax Beautification Committee member and a friend decided to litter bust along the downstream side of Stump Brook (Snake River) for about the 1st 500 feet of Elm St. Litter busting along this stretch of road was slow going because a lot of the litter was 10-20 feet from the side of the road with brush all around it. The two of them worked for almost two hours just doing this short section of road. 76 nips were found. At the same time these two were out litter busting a fellow was on the opposite side of the street doing a tremendous job litter busting. Thank you so much!

Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.

Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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Here with Equipment to get spring clean ups done!

Chippers, Detachers & Aerators; Concrete Scarifiers.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Dinner & Demonstration
A perfect event to share with your mom!
Sat May 11,
5 PM or 7 PM
Chef Marc Rando will demonstrate & prepare a delectable 
Chicken Marsala Dinner for you.
This fundraiser supports the general fund; taking care of our church and food pantry, AA & scout programs we house!
Hurry, limited tickets! $40 / plate

Halifax Farmer's Market: Vendors Wanted!
Halifax MA Town Hall Lawn

The Halifax Farmer's Market is now taking applications for vendors for their spring market, beginning on June 1st from 10am to 3pm!

Email to receive an application form. For more information, access their website at the following link:

Source: Halifax Farmers Market Website
Donate Used Eclipse Glasses

Done with your solar eclipse glasses? Instead of throwing them out, consider donating them to Eclipse Glasses USA.

Eclipse Glasses USA's donation program is more than just a charitable initiative. It's a movement that aims to bring people together, irrespective of geographical boundaries, under the vast canopy of the universe. It's about sharing, caring, and ensuring that the wonders of the cosmos are accessible to all, especially the curious minds of the future.
For instructions on how to donate, email
Fieldstone Show Park Spring Festival
May 8-12,
May 15-19
Fieldstone Show Park
21 Plymouth St

Join the Fieldstone Show Park in May for their Spring Festival and be the first to see the improvements their equestrian team has been hard at work on!

Spring CleanUp: The Halifax Beautification Committee

The Halifax Beautification Committee (HBC) is currently sponsoring a Spring CleanUp for Halifax. From April 13th to April 28th, townsfolk are encouraged to participate by cleaning up litter along our streets.

On April 16th, two dedicated members of the HBC, Shirley Graf and Tina Palmer, took action by 'litter busting' at opposite sides of town. Shirley focused on the area from the East Monponsett Beach parking lot south to Rt 36, managing to clean the west side of the street and half of the parking lot. Tina Palmer chose to tackle Pond Street and Elm St, from Furnace St to a little north of Pond St.

If you're unable to dedicate a large amount of time to cleaning up, consider starting a weekly habit of 'litter busting' in front of your home, the neighbors on each side, and the houses across the street. If just 1/6 of our households and businesses adopt this practice regularly, our town could become litter-free.

If you're willing to commit to cleaning a specific stretch of road, please inform the Halifax Beautification Committee via their Facebook page or by emailing them at Take the first step in helping to keep Halifax beautiful!

Source & Photo Credit: The Halifax Beautification FB Post
Written by Noshin Saiyaara, BuzzAround Intern, Wellesley College
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was Harriet M. Washburne?

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On May 1, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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 “There are always flowers for those who want to see them." ~ Henri Matisse

" ...if I could have one wish come true, I'd wish that I could live inside the heart of spring and fill the world with the flowers of love and peace.”
~ Bhuwan Thapaliya

"Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." ~ Jim Carrey

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
~ Lady Bird Johnson
Take a moment to notice.
Flowers a-bloom.
They are free and giving all the joy, hope and love they have.
~ Jacquie
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