June 5, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Meet the Authors' Tea

The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Woman's Club welcomed eight local book authors at this year's Meet the Authors' Tea on Sunday, May 15. Close to one hundred ticket bearers gathered at St. Nicholas of Myra Church Hall to enjoy an afternoon tea. Each person was provided with a food filled gift bag while club members served hot brewed tea at every table. The afternoon proceeded with the individual introduction of the authors who presented their published books to a captive audience. Nancy Carpino, Fall River; Nancy Saben Brown, Dighton; Rosemary Fletcher, No. Dighton, Micheline Grossi Lombardi, Scituate, RI; Brian Michaud, Somerset; Janelle Oliveira. Taunton; Ed Pacheco, Dartmouth; and Don Sampson, Dighton. Guests later purchased books which the authors signed. The club also offered their popular basket raffle. and all the proceeds from the event will help to provide scholarships for local high school students and other charities. The club was recently awarded the GFWC MA Jr. Woman's Club P&A Bowl for their work serving the community, along with several citations in the various departments within the club.
Women 18 and older are invited to join and can visit their website to find out more about the GFWC Taunton/
Raynham Jr. Woman's Club. 

Historical Tidbit: Hockomock Swamp

Total Approximate Acreage: 16,950 acres
Watershed(s): Taunton
Municipalities: Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater
Resource Summary
The Hockomock Swamp and associated wetlands and water bodies comprise the largest vegetated freshwater wetland system in Massachusetts. The boundaries of the Hockomock Swamp ACEC include approximately 16,950 acres in the southeastern part of the state. The wetlands act as a huge water reservoir and serve as the headwaters for the Town River, which flows into the Taunton River. The wetlands and floodplains are connected hydrologically with an extensive underlying system of medium- and high-yield aquifers. There are three public water supply wells located in the ACEC, and others are proposed.
The Hockomock Swamp is a vast natural and scenic area. Because of its size, it is a unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitat. It is also the location of at least 13 rare and endangered species. According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the archaeological sites in the vicinity of this wetland complex are known to span a period of 9000 years; the potential quality and significance of the archaeological resources are enormous. Productive agricultural lands are located on the uplands adjacent to the wetlands, brooks, and rivers.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) owns approximately 5000 acres of the Hockomock Swamp, within all six communities. The Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area provides public access to the swamp and to several recreational areas. Additional public and nonprofit lands are located within the ACEC. The area is popular for hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, and for the observation and study of flora and fauna.

Water Bodies included (partially or entirely) in the ACEC:
  • Rivers: Hockomock River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater); Snake River (Norton, Taunton); Town River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater)
  • Lakes, Ponds: Gushee Pond (Raynham); Hewitts Pond (Raynham); Lake Nippenicket (Bridgewater, Raynham); Nunkets Pond (Bridgewater, Raynham)
  • Wetlands: Hockomock Swamp (Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater); Dead Swamp (Raynham); Titicut Swamp (Bridgewater, Raynham); Little Cedar Swamp (Easton)
  • Brooks, Creeks: Black Brook (Easton); Coweeset Brook, West Meadow Brook, One Mile Brook (West Bridgewater)
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
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Sign Up Now for Summer Playground Programs
Session 1: June 28th - July 22nd 
Session 2: July 25th - August 19th
Half Day Program: 8a - 12p
Full Day Program: 8a - 5p 
LaLiberte Elementary School
Raynham Parks and Recreation provides children with opportunities to participate in exciting and fun-filled activities...which consist of arts & crafts, sports, outdoor games, field trips, and entertainers... based on weekly themes.
For themes, more details and to sign up go to: raynhamma.myrec.com.
Join the Drama Kids in Their Summer Theater Workshops!
Raynham Summer Theater Workshop:
Drama Rocks!
August 1st - 5th
9a - 2p Fee: $180
Rock on with our BEST OF theater games! Take part in a Pop Star Mystery! Get ready to take on your very own Music Video, have fun with improv, mini scripts, new characters, and more.

Drama Rocks Teen Academy
August 1st - 5th
12:30 - 3:30p Fee: $100
Join us for this one of a kind Theater Workshop where teen actors will learn theater onstage, backstage, and from the directors chair. Teens will learn valuable leadership and life skills as they host improv games, lead scene writing, learn prop mastery, backstage work, and more.

Raynham Summer Theater Workshop: Decades
August 8th - 12th
9a - 2p Fee: $180
Drama Kids Playhouse will develop your creative abilities as you learn to work together to write, produce, and act in your own performance. This week is all about theater through the decades. We'll explore scenes from the 20s, 50s, 80s, and more.

For more information: Visit the Raynham Parks and Rec FB
Pet of the Week is Remi!

Just look at this beauty with her coat of brindle and white! Young Remi is a high-spirited, friendly female who wants to be included in all your fun n' games! Are you the one for Remi? Visit her today!
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Thursday - 12 - 5p
Friday - 12 - 2p
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Vacancy - Library Board of Trustees

Our Library Board of Trustees currently has a vacancy.
If you are interested in serving on this Board, please send a letter of interest and resume to ddooney@town.raynham.ma.us
Boys Lacrosse Varsity: Bridgewater-Raynham vs Attleboro May 10
Video courtesy of DoubleACS
(Attleboro Cable Access)
cartoon girl running
Monday Night Summer 5K Fun Runs Return!

The Colonial Road Runners are happy to announce timed, 'fun runs' are back in Raynham!

This is a weekly event that will be held every Monday through the end of August, rain or shine! 7p is race time...sign up after 6p in the parking lot at the Raynham Park & Rec Office, 2258 King Phillip Street.

Sign up once...$2 each week (cash only...no checks or credit cards)...use the same 'bib\number' each time you come (and you can use it at the other CRR Summer Fun Runs on Tuesdays-Abington and Wednesdays-Brockton).

For any other details on course and event please visit Raynham Park & Rec Facebook Page.
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Troop 82256 Little Food Pantry!
Troop 82256 donated to the town of Raynham a “Little Food Pantry” at Johnson’s Pond. These spirited young ladies of troop 82256 wanted to get their bronze award once they were juniors. Right before covid started the girls started brainstorming ideas on how they can help the community. Once covid hit we continued planning our project of the “little food pantry” by zoom meetings. These girls are very determined and once their mind is set to a project they are highly motivated to keep it moving! As the girls can tell you, they did a lot of research and answered lots of questions to achieve this bronze award. This little food pantry not only is here for the community of Raynham, it’s for anyone in need! As the pandemic came we all know some of the necessities were limited. And the girls goal is that the Little Food Pantry will hopefully help those families that need a little extra of their necessities that they can’t afford.
Pictures and Story credits: Cathy McNeice

Have fun with us and bee entered to win  $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife owns approximately how many acres of the Hockomock Swamp?

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On June 8, 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, Olivia Machakos, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.
Connection is Why We are Here:

There are some people, who carry just so-o-o much wisdom. I search out Brené all the time because I struggle so in relationships. So I share her now, in case her words can help any of you, dear readers.

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~ Brené Brown

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brené Brown

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” ~ Brené Brown
Have a great week of connection. ~ Jacquie
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