Conley School's New Playground!
Our Conley Elementary School students get to try out their new playground.

Tons of gratitude to all involved in the creation of this beautiful new play space.

Video courtesy of WHCA TV
Historical Tidbit:
Old Colony Railroad
The Old Colony Railroad was the first railroad in Whitman, built in 1865.

Old Colony Railroad was taken over by Penn Central a New York railroad company.

A short railroad was established in 1865. It extended 200 yards and went from Dunbar Hobart & Whidden Tack to the Old Colony Line.

The Whitman Railroad company was established in October 30, 1892. It was an extension to the East Side Railway, which passed through Crescent Street, Brockton, and Temple and West Street, Whitman to Washington Street where it terminated.

In 1893, the Rockland-Abington line opened. It connected north through Union to North Avenue, east though North Avenue to Haywards Corner, south through Bedford and Washington St. to Abington Center, from Abington to the Whitman Street Railway.

A new line built from New Haven Railroad station to Elmwood that travels onto Whitman, Plymouth, and Central Street to Plymouth Central Street. It then continued onto East Bridgewater Center.

The Brockton & Plymouth Street Railway was charted in 1899. It was meant to extend from Whitman to Hanson and Bryantville. It would connect the Pembroke Street railway to the Plymouth and Kingston Street railway.

Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Book Source: Historical Whitman, Massachusetts
Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 10-8; Fri 1-5; Sat 10-4

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Laura Christensen
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Enter for this week's prize of a
Jumbo Pop- It toy
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WestGate Mall
This is Ralph.
And this is the year his Whitman and EB neighbors see him.

Ralph lives with his two brothers in the Robbins Pond area of East Bridgewater. Their house is in foreclosure. The round-trip trek from his home to the redemption center is twelve miles. At 71, Ralph walks that almost every day. On a good week, he will make $200 in returns.
Then his neighbors on his trek started to notice him. One person gave him a reflector vest, another one shoes and a hat. Some put aside bags of cans for him. Now through social media and Go-Fund Me, his neighbors are donating funds. Raising funds so that Ralph's life can be just a little bit easier. Ralph is experiencing Whitman and East Bridgewater hometown kindness. If you can give a little: Ralph's
No longer is he the nameless man pushing that weathered shopping cart.
We see you Ralph!
Jules Lua is helping Ralph get situated. Right now he needs a twin mattress, if you have a gently used one you can spare, please email her:
Image credits: Jules Lua
Story credit: J. Rose - thanks to Windy Winters-Harrington for her eloquent prose.
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December 13, 2022
10 am

Held at MassHire Brockton 34 School Street • Brockton, MA * Come prepared to interview
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High Point & Affiliated Organizations are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals
looking to make a change in peoples lives. We are currently hiring for our Inpatient, Outpatient and Community Based Services to open up a new Community Based Mental Health services program in Brockton January 3, 2023.
Fight Hunger with us!

Whitman Stop & Shop
December 2022

Throughout the month of December, the Whitman Council on Aging and Meals on Wheel are partnering with Whitman Stop & Shop to fight hunger. This means $1 from each purchase of flowers marked "Blooming 4 Good" will be donated to help fight hunger. For more information, please visit The Whitman COA Facebook Page.
Whitman Fire Covid-19 booster
December, 15
9a - 1p

The last Covid-19 booster vaccination clinic for 2022 is on Thursday, December 15th from 9a to 1p in the Town Hall Auditorium. Registration is strongly advised and can be done through the WF Covid-19 booster page here.
Walk-ins will be welcomed. For more info, visit the
Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art...

Food security is among the most basic of human needs, but contemporary issues prevent equitable access to food. Economic inequality and structural racism, corporate agricultural practices, food waste, climate change, and domestic and geopolitics...

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Whitman Community Forum
December 5, 2022
Video courtesy of WHCA-TV
Holy Ghost Parish
December 11, 2022
Video courtesy of WHCA-TV

'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...

ummmm smell that?
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Climate Can- Do:
Beauty of Frugality

Frugal living is about using & re-using: checking what you have and whats available before buying something new.
Often our beauty products are overlooked when we are thinking about living climate friendly.

Using what you have and being mindful about your purchases is good for your wallet and for the planet.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make, which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
Winter Collage Craft
Saturday, December 17
11a - 3p
100 Webster St.

All ages are welcome to join us at the Whitman Library to create a wintery collage with paper, sticks, and gems. All you need to bring is your creativity. We will supply the material.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (781)-447-7613
Duval's Pharmacy Inc
The candle of the month for December is Christmas Tree!
Its piney scent is perfect if you have an artificial tree or if you just want an extra dose of holiday cheer.
20% off all of December!

Stop by and get yours today!

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p
571 Washington St
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Buy 1 doll, get 2nd half off
while supplies last! 

Until Dec 12, give a child a doll
that looks like them!
Donate a doll to My Brothers Keeper. 

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Officer Edward "Eddie" DeAndrade
Retires From Auxiliary Police Department

After serving the town of Whitman for 28 years in almost every parade, function, and community event since joining the Whitman Police Department in 1994, officer Edward "Eddie" DeAndrade retired from the Auxiliary Police Department at the end of June. The Auxiliary Police Department is a volunteer unit that selflessly commits to supporting its full-time Police Department in every capacity. DeAndrade was recently presented with a plaque at the Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors at the Whitman Knights of Columbus by Chief Hanlon. It is with sadness that we acknowledge his retirement but with great gratitude, we thank him for his selfless acts, professionalism, dedication, easygoing demeanor, and friendship.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
Jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall

Historical Tidbit Question:
When was the Whitman Railroad company established?

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 December 14, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Jen Bellody, Hannah Firmin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, Maeve Stowe, Leanna Silva, & Greg Venezia.
Beauty of Frugality!

The beauty of frugality is we:
  • Save money - not spending on things we do not need, which increases our quality of life.
  • Protect the planet - breaking the chain of overwhelming consumption of our natural resources.

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”
~ John Stuart Mill

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”
~ Elise Boulding

“Being frugal doesn’t mean slashing your spending or depriving yourself of things that you enjoy. It means knowing the value of a dollar and making every effort to spend it wisely.”
~ Frank Sonnenberg
It is beautiful, being frugal. I see you glowing even now. : ) ~ Jacquie

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