Retirement of Superintendent
Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith's last day as the Water and Sewer Superintendent came on Friday, September 29th. After 28 years of hard work at the Whitman Department of Public Works, Dennis is ready to move on to the next chapter in his life, with his trusty superintendent street sign, of course. Congratulations to Dennis' retirement and we wish him the best going forward!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Native Settlements of Whitman, 1500-1620

Although there are no records of native settlements in Whitman during this period, it was likely that native sites existed in the area. There are extensive planting grounds in Whitman and it is very close to the Pembroke Ponds, which is an area of a major native settlement. There is also a major native route, the Satucket Path, presently Washington Street, goes through the center of Whitman. Locally, the natives in Whitman likely had ties with the Mattakeeset Tribe. While regionally, they were affiliated with the Massachusetts Tribe.

The Whitman area had opportunities for seasonal fishing, hunting, collecting, and horticulture. There are several streams in the area where native population would have fished from. However the freshwater resources in Whitman are limited and could only support a small native settlement.

Story by Queenie Chen
Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 9:30a-8p; Fri 9:30a- 4:30p;
Sat 9:30a-4 (during school year only)

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Ellen Hurteau
You won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
October Movie Screening: Clue
Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:30p
Whitman Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave

Register now for Whitman's COA October movie screening of Clue, starring Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren. Call 781- 447-7619 at ext. 2 to sign up!

Movie Synopsis:
Six blackmail victims are invited to an isolated mansion by a man who knows a dark secret from each of their pasts. On arrival, each is given a pseudonym drawn from Cluedo before being introduced to the blackmailer. Each is handed a weapon, at which point the lights are switched off and the blackmailer is killed. Can the guests uncover the murderer before they all become victims?
Technology Help at Whitman COA
Wednesday, Oct 18
Whitman Council on Aging
18 Hayden Ave

Are you in need of Technology help?
Join us on Wednesday October 18th from 2-3pm for Tech Help with National Honor Society Students from Whitman Hanson High School. Bring in your laptop, tablet, or phone... And your questions!
To sign up, call 781-447-7619 at Ext. 2
Climate Can Do:
The Buy Nothing Project

The BN project exists to trade goods freely without purchasing them. Less of our earth's resources are used if we share what we already have. Less items like furniture, clothes, housewares and sporting goods end up in landfills. Over 6 million people around the world are in the Buy Nothing movement! Download the free app and within minutes, you can Give, Ask, and share your Gratitude with your neighbors. It's instant and easy.

What goods can you give on Buy Nothing?: Anything someone else may want. Maybe you have a perfectly good chair to get rid of? You can list it on the BN app, and someone will take it. Do you see something you like, get in touch with the person who posted it, and it can be yours.
What is a Buy Nothing Community?: A BN community is the people around you. There are BN Communities in Bridgewater, Brockton, East / West Bridgewater combined one, as are Halifax & Hanson. Find the community that's right for you.

Donate to the Project: Loving the money you are saving? Contribute here. Helping removes trash from the environment. The longer an item can remain out of a landfill, the better. The BN Project is run by donations by the community and sponsors. Buy Nothing Project is fiscally sponsored by Angels for Angels, a 501(c)(3), Donations are tax-deductible.

Getting involved: If you want to join, you can download the app on your phone or computer from the app store. Anything else you'd like to know?

 This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Framingham State University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
The Action Team:
5th Annual Sock Drive
Collecting Until: Dec 1
Whitman Police Department
20 Essex St

Donate new socks! These socks will be distributed through the Joy of Sox Organization to homeless people nationwide, ensuring that they stay warm and healthy during the coming winter months. Socks of all kinds are accepted: men's, women's, children's fuzzy socks, etc.
A collection bin will be at the Whitman Police Dept. If you cannot go to the store, donations can be made and the organization will purchase the socks for you, sending a photo afterward.
This year's goal is to reach 6,000 pairs of socks!

Email for more questions
More info found on Whitman PD FB
Fall 2023 Spirit Games
Tue October 17, 2023
Men's Soccer - 3:30pm
Women's Volleyball - 6pm
Brockton Campus
Fans receive a pink Massasoit T-shirt while supplies last.
Dia de Los Muertos Craft Workshop
Saturday, Oct 21,
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at the Whitman library. Paint your own festive Metros-style mask or up cycled figurine to take with you! Workshop is open to all adults and older teens (14+). No registration needed.

Call the library with any question at
Saturday, Oct 22
Whitman-Hanson High School
600 Franklin St

The National Honors Society of Whitman-Hanson High welcomes Pre-K to 5th Graders to the high school for a haunted house themed Halloween experience. Come enjoy crafts, candy, costumes, and more! $5 entry per child. More info can be found on Whitman Hanson High School FB.
Shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness

Whitman Fire Fighters are now selling shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness month. All sizes from kids small to 5XL.

Short Sleeve: $20
Long Sleeve: $25
Hoodies: $30

Please make payments through Venmo to @whitmanfirelocal1769charity
Skull Cup Decoration Contest
Contest Deadline: Monday, Oct 30
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St

Grab a skull at the library front desk to decorate however you like! Bring your skull back to the library by Oct. 21st to be voted by patrons. Voting will end on Oct. 30th. Winner will be given their very own Halloween swag bag!

Contact the library with any questions at
Grow Associates Pie Fundraiser
Time to order fabulous Lyman Orchard Pies for Thanksgiving and Special Occasions
AND support Grow Associates providing opportunities for growth to adults with developmental disabilities.
Pies are sold until OCTOBER 16. 
Pie orders must be picked up at
Grow on NOVEMBER 16
68 Mazzeo Dr, Randolph.


Connecting people of all abilities to opportunities Grow Associates, Inc
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Whitman Finance Committee
October 10, 2023
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Whitman Zoning Board of Appeals
October 10, 2023
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Duval's Pharmacy
It's Spooky Season at Duval's Pharmacy!

Come on in to get all your Halloween decor.

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Nessralla Farm
Pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes.

Pick out your favorites!

Open 7 days a week 8am-6pm

Nessralla Farm
Local Growers, Doin' Good!
*Frequent Flyer Cards.
416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

Whitman Panthers Win the Gold at the Special Olympics of MA Softball Tournament

Congratulations Whitman Panthers! The Whitman Special Olympics program goes back to the late 1990s when parents of Special Needs students came together to find a way for their children to play sports and feel like valued contributors to their teams. Cindy Lavigne formed the program and enlisted families of Special Needs students. The program started off with soccer and track & field and throughout the years, track & field was dropped while floor hockey and softball were added. Basketball is the newest addition to the Whitman Special Olympics this year.

The Whitman Special Olympics is holding its annual fundraiser, the December Calendar Raffle. Funds from this event will go towards athletes with disabilities in over 14 sports. The calendars are $10 each and every calendar is eligible to win everyday.

Interested in purchasing a calendar? Contact: George Coffey at 782-733-2738 or

Photo Credit: George Coffey
Story Credit: Queenie Chen, BuzzAround Intern, Tufts University

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What regional native tribe was the native settlements in Whitman affiliated with?

Email us your answer at: 
Include your name, and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. On October 18, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Queenie Chen, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Connecting Cousins.

"Cousins are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."
~ Ed Cunningham

"No matter how you feel about your extended family or family gatherings you will be attending. This is because now the ultimate reason for attending family gatherings is for your children to have the time of their lives with their cousins. Little kids love their cousins. I’m not being cute or exaggerating here. Cousins are like celebrities for little kids. If little kids had a People magazine, cousins would be on the cover. Cousins are the barometers of how fun a family get-together will be. Are the cousins going to be there? Fun! "
~ Jim Gaffigan

"My cousins are shareholders of my soul. "
~ Saswat Padh
Dear Reader, some families are given; some you chose or they choose you. Whoever your family may be, I hope people in your life comfort and support you.

Being part of a large family network has brought me great comfort. When I was young they were all fun and amazing. Always with a smile and a hug and something cool to show me. And now they are a source of wisdom and connection. We have pushed so hard for personal independence in American society, sometimes we forget it's okay to lean on our roots.
Enjoy your week folks. ~ Jacquie

Dedicating this column to my cousin Barbara, whose life force blesses all around her.
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