🏆 CONGRATULATIONS 🏆
The 2023 Jellybean Contest prize goes to Abigail who guessed 1360 which was just 52 jellybeans away from our total of 1412.
Thank you to all who participated! We love seeing all of your guesses every year! 😁

Reposted from the Raynham Park & Recreation FB page, where fun stuff is happenin' all the time!
Historical Tidbit:
When driving on Broadway in Raynham, you may notice the iconic milk bottle-shaped diner. This Massachusetts roadside landmark was constructed in 1930 for the Frates Dairy at about the same time as similar milk bottles in Taunton and in New Bedford. Oral tradition states that it was built in the same manner as old wood sailing vessels, as Raynham was a hub for shipbuilding in the 19th century.

The Milk Bottle is fifty feet tall and has a diameter of twenty feet, the top rising well above the trees, and telephone poles. A similar structure that had been located in Taunton was purchased by Hood and moved to the Children’s Museum in Boston. The one in New Bedford, which has been an ice cream stand, recently closed, making Raynhams the last functioning bottle. Stop by sometime to see Raynham’s exclusive attraction and enjoy some ice cream in the warm weather!

Information from the MA Raynham Reconnaissance Report
Image credit: J. Rose

By Hassan Sharif, BuzzAround Writing Intern, New York University
TOWN HALL
Town Clerk
508-824-2700
Treasurer/Collector 
508-824-2702
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
508-823-1344

Council on Aging
508-824-2740
COA

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
774-406-5612
Congratulations!
Jenn Johansson
You won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman!

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

Enter for this week's prize of
free 1.5 hour class at
Poetry Workshop and Reception at Raynham Public Library
April 18 & April 29
760 S Main St

Starting on April 18th, stop by the Raynham Public Library and create some Spine & Blackout Poetry! Poems can be created for two weeks, and then on Saturday, April 29th at 2p, there will be a reception held to vote on your favorite poems! Popular picks will receive prizes.

For more information, visit the Library FB post.
Raynham Earth Day Project

April 22nd, 8a
Gushee Pond
Entrance is off Titicut Rd

Volunteers are needed for this year's Raynham Earth Day project. On Saturday, April 22nd we will be restoring Gushee Pond to its natural beauty. Feel free to bring extra rakes, shovels, and other landscaping equipment to aid the effort! The event starts at 8a, but feel free to drop by earlier!

For more information: www.town.raynham.ma.us
Raynham Updated By-Laws

The town of Raynham has updated the General By-Laws. See the updated By-Laws on the town website.
Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who are at least 18 years old can VOTE in the local elections!!

Raynham's is Sat April 22.
Raynham Middle School
Polls open 10a–8p
Kicking off National Library Week with a special open house to celebrate our Library and our wonderful community.

Invite your friends and neighbors to come and learn more about all of the services offered at Raynham Public Library
April 22, 12p
760 S Main St
12–2:30p Meet Our New Mascot
Come meet our new library mascot, feel free to take pictures!
12–2p Reception
Join us in the Meeting Room for light refreshments and to meet the Friends of the Library and some of our Library Trustees. This is an opportunity to learn more about how the library works and find out ways to get involved.

Happening all day 10a–4p Literary Basket Raffle - Stop by for a free chance to win a library themed gift basket (a $200 value).

Name Our New Mascot Contest - Enter our mascot naming contest, a prize will be awarded for the winning entry.

Both adults and kids are welcome to enter.
Planning for Memorial Day Parade

Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education (RAVE) is planning the Ninth Annual Raynham Memorial Day Parade.

If you’re looking to get involved, you can call the Raynham Town Hall at 508-824-2700 or email ravevolunteercoordinator@gmail.com
Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility Participating in Shaw’s 2GiveLocal Campaign!

Month of April
300 New State Highway

For all of the month of April, every purchase of the $3.00 Give Back Where It Counts Reusable bag at the Shaw’s located at 300 New State Highway; Shaws will send $1 to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility! 

For more information: shaws.2givelocal.com.
Taking care of our feathered friends is easy with our bird supplies.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
All American Assisted Living Hosting Spring Wreath Crafting Event
April 29, 2p
2215 King Philip St

All American Assisted Living in association with the Raynham Senior center will be holding a Spring Wreath Crafting event at the Raynham Senior Center on April 29th at 2p.

Please RSVP beforehand to emedeiros@Town.raynham.ma.us or 508-824-2704. 
Raynham Board of Selectmen
April 11, 2023 Meeting
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day Parade Coming Up!
Saturday, April 29th
Raynham Middle School

The Raynham Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day Parade will be coming up on Saturday, April 29th, The parade will start at Raynham Middle School and travel down Darrington Drive to Pleasant Street.
RYBSA is still looking for high school volunteers for the parade, if you are interested in community service hours reach out to Patty Wagner (Patricia (Lynn) Wagner) on FB or via email at patriciaannwagner@hotmail.com
19th Annual Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism and Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 29th
10a – 2p
American Legion Post 405,
291 Mill Street

Community Autism Resources (CAR) invites you to their 19th annual event! All the money raised through this event stays in the local communities and helps provide free services, supports, and resources to autistic children, teens, adults, and their families. All are welcome, so come join a fun-filled day for the entire family and community!

For more information, visit the FB event.
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Climate Can-Do: Speaking Up for Nature

There will always be a struggle to balance society and nature; but we, as the society, have a say in how our environment is treated. We can speak up. We know keeping our environment healthy keeps us and our children healthy. It’s as simple as letting our local government know we care.

Local senators and representatives keep count of how many people contact them per issue. Because so many people spoke up about the algae blooms in Monponsett Pond (Halifax), it took a mere few years to clean it up. When we work together, we take important steps in caring for our earth. The more we do affects our quality of life. One way to get involved is the campaign to prevent radioactive waste from the decommissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant from being dumped into Plymouth Bay. For more information, visit: www.saveourbayma.com.

Doing our part isn’t only about limiting our environmental footprint– it’s about community, and caring for every living thing within it. Advocating for our environment is one of the most crucial things that can be done. Contact local government officials and join in campaigns like Save Our Bay. Helping the planet is just a few steps away.

Senator Marc Pacheco: Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia: (508) 697-8683 & Angelo.D'Emilia@mahouse.gov

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Sam Isom, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
BRRSD Receives Grant from the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation

Recently, Mrs. Donna Faucher of the Bridgewater–Raynham Regional School District applied for a grant from the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation. ( BREFC) She noticed that the social-emotional space at the high school was lacking the necessities to make it the calming space it should be. After submitting her application, the school received notice that they had been awarded a grant of $2,836.31 to update the space!
Everyone, especially Mrs. Faucher, was thrilled to receive the grant. Mrs. Faucher said the following: “We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this grant. I felt there was a need in the building for the social–emotional students to have a space they felt safe in when they needed it. Currently, we have classrooms that are not calming spaces. I was able to make a list of items I felt would be beneficial to the space. Some items included soft lighting, zen gardens, inspirational wall decor, bean bag chairs, and some area rugs, to just name a few.”

The mission of BREFC is to promote, sponsor and enhance the quality of the educational experience for public school students and their school communities within the towns of Bridgewater and Raynham, Massachusetts at all grade levels irrespective of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), religion, national origin, or handicap. The purpose of BREFC is to raise monies supplemental to those received from public sources and to distribute those funds to the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Teachers and school officials are able to apply directly to the foundation for grants to benefit the students and community. (www.bridgewaterraynhameducationalfoundation.com) Thank you to the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundational Corporation for providing this grant, and thank you, Mrs. Faucher, for taking the initiative for the students!

Story and photos from BRRSD FB post.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
How tall is the Raynham Milkbottle?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

 On April 19, 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, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Our Earth

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”~ Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

“We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor. We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own.” ~ Moss Cass 

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~ Jane Goodall

Jane says it all, Folks. I pray for a Happy Earth Day, if the Earth is happy, we all can be, too. ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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