July 17, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Historical Tidbit: 

Rev. Perez Fobes

Perez Fobes was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on September 21, 1742. He was one of twelve children and showed an early disposition to piety and study, but suffered from poor health.
He taught school and graduated from Harvard in 1762. He was considered well-read and a successful orator. He was licensed to preach, and on November 19, 1766, was ordained as pastor of the Congregational Church in Raynham. Rev. Fobes was the second minister of Raynham and its most famous. Soon after he became minister, he started a school at home. 

It is said that the schools in Raynham during Fobes' ministry were of a higher order than in adjacent towns. He served in Raynham for the rest of his life.
Fobes was vice-president of Brown University in 1786 and was appointed president from June 1 to September 1, 1786, when President Manning was elected representative to Congress. Later in the year he was named professor of natural philosophy, replacing Joseph Brown, who had died in 1785. On August 1, 1791, four days after the death of Manning, Fobes was requested by the Corporation to "attend the College from this time 'till Commencement to supervise the instruction of the Students & perform prayers." In 1792, he received his LL.D (honorary law doctorate) from Brown University. Fobes allowed the College the use of his personal scientific equipment, and when he resigned in 1798, he left behind the instruments, of which the College paid him fifty dollars a year for the use.
In addition to publishing sermons, Fobes also wrote a history of Raynham in 1793. In 1796, he was placed in charge of Bristol Academy in Massachusetts, where he encouraged students to come to Brown University. Dr. Perez Fobes died on February 23, 1812, in Raynham, Massachusetts.
Info from:
The History of Raynham by Patrice White (1990)
Town Clerk
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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
Erin Murphy
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from independent consultant Katie Ray.

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
The Stone Church Summer Concert Series

Concerts on Wednesday Evenings at 7p in July and the first week of August.
785 South Main St, Route 104
July 20: New Providence Big Band
Playing Jazz and Swing!

July 27: SOS Big Band
Big Band Sound from RI!

August 3: Brian Bigelow Trio
Jazz, Rock, Country Music and Selections from the Great American Standards

Concerts are Free to the Public, and a Freewill Offering will be received.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Raynham Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Summer Concert Series Schedule
Join us for our annual Summer Concert Series featuring artists from all over that will surely have you singing along!

Tuesday, July 19th, 6:30 - 8p: "Matt Young: The Highwaymen Music and Stories" performing Country music
Tuesday, July 26th, 6:30 - 8p: "Cactus Gang" performing country songs of yesterday to Nashville's hits of today
Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:30 - 8p: "Dale and the Duds" performing their blend of classic rock and country

QUESTIONS? CALL: 508-824-2743

If you adopted a pet from the Taunton Animal Care Facility, send us a photo of that pet to be featured in our 2023 Calendar. (Facebook comments will not be accepted so make sure you email the photo to the email address below) Email your pet's name and photo (must be high-quality jpeg in order to be accepted for printing) to friendstauntonanimalshelter@gmail.com with a subject line of "Calendar Photo". Deadline is 8/1/22
Upcoming Events with the Raynham COA and the Senior Center

July 19th, 12p
Cookout with the Raynham Fire Department Join us for a fun afternoon. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the sides. Call the Senior Center today to sign up!

August 3rd, 1p
The Beatles Multi MediaPresentation with live music. A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s Through the Music of The Beatles. This performance combines live music with a multi-media presentation to explore, not only the music of The Beatles, but the influence they exerted in every area of the cultural landscape. The presenter is Fran Hart, founding member of the Beatles Tribute Band 4EverFab. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Raynham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. SIGN UP TODAY!

August 10th, 10a
BINGO sponsored by Fallon Health, there will be light refreshments and BINGO prizes!

August 24th, 11a
LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT! Entertainment by local musician Mike Higgins with lunch to follow! Call today to reserve your spot! Cost is $5 per person.

Everything You Need for Gardening
Tools, Seeds, Soil & Fertilizers
Wide Selection & Helpful Service!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Greater Boston Area Commuters Needed 

The UMass Transportation Center is conducting an online interview about how travel information on highway billboards influences transit usage.
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Compensation: $30 for finishing the interview
Location: Online via Zoom
1) Regularly drive on highways in or through the Greater Boston Area.
2) Have the possibility to use or have used MBTA services, including subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry, for part or the whole of any trip.
3) Completion of an online screening questionnaire (~5 minutes) to capture additional criteria used by the researchers to ensure an adequate sample.
Song Gao, Ph.D.; Professor, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Contact: Email: oipprogram2022@gmail.com to sign up or ask questions.
Raynham Special Town Meeting
RMS Talent Show 2022

RaynWater STEAM
ENROLL NOW for the Fall!

After-school and homeschool STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) enrichment, Raynham. Nature- and community-focused curriculum, inclusive environment, creative and innovative tasks.

Open House August 2, 5 -7pm!

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Upcoming Events at the Library

Picnic in Judy's Garden
Friday, July 22
12 - 1p
Bring your own lunch and join us for a story, activity and treat.

Messy Art Mondays
Monday, July 25
10:30 - 11:30a
Explore a new messy art technique each week. Wear clothes that can get dirty. 

FAMILY NIGHT – Learn to Play Ukulele
Tuesday, July 26
7 - 7:45p
Use our ukuleles or bring your own. Learn simple cords and strum along to popular songs.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Raynham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Limited spots available.

Triumph Music and Movement
Thursday July 28, 2022
10:30 - 11:30a
Miss Kelly will engage you and your child (ages 3-5) with song, music, and dance. Create wonderful music as you learn about a variety of styles. Explore through movement and fun educational games.

This program is presented in partnership with Triumph Inc's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program.

Registration is required.  If you have questions or would like to register: Call Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208


During August 2022, we are teaming up with cultural institutions across Massachusetts to provide 1 FREE activity per day for 31 days!

For safety reasons, some of our partners are requiring advanced registration. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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The Raynham Summer Playground Program Looks Like Tons and Tons of Fun!

Photo Credits: Raynham Parks and Rec FB

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did Rev. Fobes graduate from Harvard?

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On July 20, 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.
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