December 4, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Bright Students Receive The M.A.S.S. Award for Academic Excellence!

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District announced the recipients of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Award for Academic Excellence. Two students, Jack and Tiffany, received this award for their distinguished pursuit of excellence during their high school careers on Friday, November 18th. Both students have contributed to their community and school in many ways, and are very deserving of this award. Congratulations!

Historical Tidbit: 
Town Life During WWII 

What was life like in town during the height of WWII? In Raynham, like many other towns, probably the biggest impact was on the male population between the ages of 18 and 40. 50% of the town's major work force was serving in the military because of the draft. In some towns, that was roughly 1/4 of the population. Many other men who did not qualify for military service, either for health reasons or age, were working in defense industries in the ship yards in Hingham, Quincy and Boston. 

The local shoe factories were turning out military shoes, and there were chicken houses all over town because beef and pork were rationed. Gasoline was rationed to a couple of gallons per family, so there were no "Sunday rides," even if your tires still had enough tread to hold air. Sugar, butter and coffee were also rationed and scrap drives were constantly collecting scrap metal, rubber goods and paper. New cars did not exist for 3 years, and trucks only if you had a defense related job. You were even limited on the size of mail you could put in the mail box. These sacrifices folks made were the price of freedom. 
Respectfully submitted by
David Moore
Town Clerk
Assessors    508-824-2704
Selectmen        508-824-2707
Building Dept.       508-824-2708
Board of Health      508-824-2766
Planning         508-824-2745
Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

Public Library

Council on Aging

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
Jennifer Newman
You won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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Raynham Board of Selectmen
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COA LaSalette Day Trip
Thursday, December 8
Wright Farm Restaurant
and La Salette Shrine

The Senior Center will take people on a day trip to the Wright Farm Restaurant and La Salette Shrine. The tickets cost $67. The banquet menu will serve cranberry sauce, fresh dinner rolls with butter, salad tossed in the restaurant's famous dressing, macaroni shells with homemade sauce, french fried potatoes, Wright's farms famous chicken, coffee, and ice cream. To sign up for the event, you can contact 508-824-2740.
For your Climate
Can- Do, Buy Local every day!


Small-scale, locally-owned businesses create more prosperous communities, are connected and are generally better off across various metrics. Moreover, when we buy from independent, locally owned businesses rather than national chains, a significantly greater portion of our money is then cycled back through our local economy — to make purchases from our friends' businesses, to aid our neighbors in need, and to support our local farms — ultimately strengthening the base of our whole community.

For our community, our environment, and ourselves. Buy Local.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make to help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. We aim to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
Green Politics: Poster Exhibit

The Raynham Public Library, in association with The Mass Cultural Council, are featuring new art for the month of December. It is an international poster exhibit that will be on display from December 2nd to the 30th. It will feature pieces from the collection of Stephen Lewis. For more information, please visit The Raynham Public Library website.
'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...
ummm smell that?
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A Message To Raynham's Vets
Raynham veterans, do you need assistance?
Scott Blake, Director/Agent of the Department of Veterans Services since Feb. '22, is here to help and has a message for you:

"To my fellow Veterans, their spouses or widows,
The Raynham Department of Veterans' Services is a multifaceted organization developed to assist Massachusetts Veterans in understanding and obtaining many benefits through Mass General Law, Chapter 115. If you qualify, we can provide you with financial assistance to help with rent, fuel to heat your home, and daily living expenses. You may be eligible for assistance with the cost of Medicare A/B, MEDEX, and prescription co-pays. We have resources that can assist with housing modifications, such as wheelchair ramps, sit-down showers, and emergency home repairs. These are just a fraction of the benefits we provide. You could be missing out on the assistance you have earned and deserve. Please contact me, at (508) 828-4527 or to find out if you qualify."
- Scott R. Blake, Director / Agent
Department of Veterans Services

Department of Veterans Services Hours: 
Monday - Thursday:
8:30a - 4:30p
Friday: 8:30a - 12p
Raynham Town Hall
558 South Main Street
Photo & Edit Credit: J.rose
BSU Winter Dance 2022
"Dance is for everybody"
December 9 & 10
December 21
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium,
19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater

Bridgewater State University is hosting a Winter Dance and Concert for the 2022 holiday season. The concert will feature choreography from advanced students with compelling solos, intricate small groups, and powerful ensembles moving across the stage. It will be a spectacular celebration of art, life, and the winter season. Tickets must be purchased to attend.

Tickets are available here at
Stock The Lounge!

It’s time to Stock the Lounge for the teachers of Merrill Elementary. Please consider helping by donating items or money to make this teacher’s week the best! To donate, please email or visit the event page here. Ends 12/9!

Live Reading of A Christmas Carol!
Saturday, December 10
6 - 7p
Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green

Get in the spirit at the Old Colony History Museum with a live reading of Charles Dickens's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, performed by OCHM staff, board members, and friends!
Enjoy coffee, cocoa, and holiday goodies while you listen to this live reading.

Want to join in on the fun? Then, sign up for a part! Contact us at 508-822-1622 for more information on how to participate.

To sign up and reserve a spot today, use this link! A Christmas Carol
Raynham Youth Baseball & Softball 
Spring 2023 Registration
Now Open!

Registration for the spring season with Raynham Youth Baseball and Softball Association opened Friday, November 25th.

For more information on teams, registration, and new payment plans available, visit or the official RYBSA Facebook page.
Good Day Metro South with Holiday Networking
Tuesday, December 13
11:45a - 1:30p
159 Torrey Street
Thorny Lea Golf Club is hosting a Holiday Themed Good Day Metro South luncheon sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank. Please join us and enjoy meeting new people, networking with contacts, and having a delicious meal. The guest speakers featured are Christine Santoro from The Children's Museum in Easton and Erin McGough Rowe from The Fuller Craft Museum. There will also be a special holiday networking segment with Rob DiFazio from Mayflower BSA and RPE. For more information, please contact Cathryn Schofield at (508) 586-0500 ext. 231 or You can purchase tickets through the Good Day Metro South with Holiday Networking Website.
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Tot Learn & Skate at
Raynham Recreation 

Ages 4-6
January 7 - February 25, 2023
Saturdays, 11a
Raynham FMC Ice Plex
Raynham Recreation offers ice skating lessons through FMC Ice Sports this winter for participants ages 4-6 with little or no formal skating instruction.
Group skating classes teach skating basics in a fun, comfortable environment for all participants who wish to play hockey, figure skate, or enjoy skating with family and friends. Skaters will be grouped by age and/or ability as possible. Participants will learn how to fall and get up in the first week. The participant must provide a helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet. Before arriving, participants should label helmets with their First Name and Last Initial on the front. Wear warm, comfortable layers that allow movement, long sleeves, pants, and gloves or mittens. Young skaters may wish to wear waterproof clothing and gloves. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are included in the class fee. Participants are welcome to bring their skates, although double-blade skates are not permitted. Full 8-week sessions will host a special event for class participants, which may occur on class dates. Children must be potty trained and able to follow directions.

Fees: $145.00 Res, $145.00 Non-Res

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What percent of the workforce was serving in the military because of the draft?

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On December 7, 2022, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
The word looks like a fancy food, or maybe a kind of fish? I looked it up. One meaning is to stand in wonder, but it's the other definition... from Greek: A-gap-e Love. The Greek have words for the different types of love: romantic, sisterly, and agape: goodwill, a willful benevolence, an unconditional love.

Agape describes the love we show when we give to a stranger, when we notice someone. Like the extra tip for the frazzled waitstaff who goofed up your order, or the door we hold open, or the sandwich we give to the person pushing a shopping cart of cans.

Or the most difficult of all: letting someone into the line of cars in front of us.

Agape is compassion for strangers. Random Acts of Kindness. The outcome of a mindfulness practice; being present and connecting. This is Agape. This is Love. This is Living.

Often joy and relief are reflected back, but the key is not expecting it. Never wish or look for gratitude. Agape is giving without the expectation of any, because with it, life will become richer in ways never imagined.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato

"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ~ Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
As Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~ Jacquie
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