Dollars for Scholars Tree Lighting & Craft Fair

Many came out to celebrate this weekend at Whitman Town Park for the 3rd Annual Decorate for Scholars Holiday Tree Lighting and Craft Fair. We would like to show off some of the wonderful images from this weekend.

Photo Credits: Danielle Powers
Story Credit: Primrose Morrison
Historical Tidbit:
Whitman's Inclusion in the Purchase

Whitman was once part of Old Bridgewater under the name of Little Comfort, in the years after 1649 when Old Bridgewater was created. In 1649, settlers took note of the remnants of native campsites and implement workshops found along the border near Hobert Meadow.

There were two tribes in the surrounding area: Wampanoag and Massachusett.

The land that is now Whitman was included in the Sachem Rock agreement with the Wampanoag tribe under Massasoit in 1649.

Book Credit: Historic Whitman, Massachusetts.
Story Credit: Gregory Venezia

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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
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You won a Jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall

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

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New Year's Eve Celebration at Whitman Public Library
Saturday, December 31st
11:30a - 12p

Celebrate the new year with a countdown to noon! Listen to a story, play games, and make a party hat while you wait for the clock to strike 12p! This program is open to all ages but mostly geared toward ages 2-7. Drop in 11:30a -12p.

12 - 3p activities will be geared towards all ages to play games, make a party hat and take photos with their new year's props.

More information can be found on the Whitman Public Library Facebook page
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.
Five Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
Whether gearing up for your first family holiday at home or planning holiday travel, these five easy steps will keep you prepared and ready for any holiday stress that may come your way.
Take the Necessary Steps to Ensure Good Health
Eat right, get plenty of sleep and make sure you have your immunizations in order to stay healthy. In order to follow through with these goals, aim to plan your week ahead. This should include lunch and dinner menu, chores, etc. to help you have control of your schedule.
Take Time for Yourself
The holidays can be “all-consuming” so it’s important to take time to do the things you love. Read a book, watch a movie, exercise and get out in the fresh air. While you are gifting others, be mindful that 10 minutes alone can be a gift to yourself.
Learn to Say No
If you are feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to say no to things you really don’t want to do or don’t feel you have time to do. Sometimes others forget or do not realize the stress that another person is under. Find the best ways to communicate your needs and wants with those around you.
Don’t Spend More Than You Can Afford During the Holidays
Overspending causes stress during the holidays and afterward when the bills come in. As referenced before, make sure to plan ahead…this includes your budget. Keep in mind, the best gifts aren’t from the department store and are instead from the heart. Look for creative ways to gift-give whether through DIY projects or bargain shopping at your local antiques or thrift store.
Try Not to Overdo It
Don’t eat or drink too much because the extra pounds, though easy to put on, are difficult to take off after the holidays. Whenever you feel the urge to rid your self of stress through eating or drinking, take 10 breaths and think through why you are having this craving and how you can put this energy elsewhere.
The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family and friends; don’t let holiday stress get in the way.

'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...

ummmm smell that?
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
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. Read that again…twelve miles."' Wrote Steve Bersani on his FB post back in November .At 71, Ralph walks that almost every day. On a good week, he will make $200 in returns.
Even then, things were starting to happen for Ralph, and once he was written about, the hometown kindness flooded in. Jules Lua and Windy Winters-Harrington befriended Ralph and more and more of the 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 money so that Ralph's life can be just a little bit easier. A mattress appears, clothing, food. Ralph is experiencing East Bridgewater and Whitman 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 and will deliver much needed supplies this weekend.
Image credits: Jules Lua
Story credit: J. Rose
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.
WHtv Presents-
The WHRSD Winter Concert 2022

Video courtesy of WHCA TV
The South Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra Presents; A Holiday Concert 2022 at Whitman Town Hall
Video Courtesy of WHCA
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
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
Fire safety equipment grant awarded to the Whitman Fire-Rescue

The Whitman Fire Rescue was awarded a grant of $16,072.06 from The Firefighter’s Safety Equipment Grant Program by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Department of Fire Services stated Chief Timothy J Clancy Jr.

This grant will help the department buy new fire safety equipment to keep our firefighters as safe as possible.
Story & Photo Credit: Whitham Fire/Rescue Facebook page
Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, School Committee Meeting. December 7, 2022.
Video courtesy of WHCA TV
Whitman Board of Selectmen - December 13, 2022 meeting
Video courtesy of WHCA-TV

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
One hour of coaching (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress
and anxiety.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What town used to have the name
Little Comfort?

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 December 21, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

Here we are in the thick of the holidays. We get tense, so many places to be, and so many things to do. Time to get rid of unrealistic expectations, and time to relax. Take a chill note from the weather, and chillax.

“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” ~ Francis of Assisi

“I’m the most chill person I know… I’m happy with myself… I’m not perfect, but I’m cool with that.” ~ Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~ Etty Hillesum

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~ A.A. Milne
My goal this week is to stop, breath deeply, and stare at my string of lights, what's yours? ~ Jacquie
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Primrose Morrison, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Maeve Stowe & Greg Venezia.

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