Murder on the 518
"The Raynham Middle School Drama Club recently performed Murder on the 518. This murder mystery play took the audience on a wild ride! Great job to the cast on a great performance and for all the hard work that went into making this show possible!"

Historical Tidbit: Memorial Day
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. 

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. 

Image credit: Crystal Hudson
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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
Robin Beals
won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman
Raynham Lions Club Installs Memorial Day Flags
Friday May 17, Lions helped by planting hundreds of flags in front of the First Congregational Church, as well as long the intersection of South and North Main Street at Rt.104.
Thumbs up to Lions Judy Wainwright, Jackie Blake and Heidi Carreiro for following the Lions Motto: We Serve.
Reposted from Raynham Lions FB
Board of Selectmen
May 21, 2024
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Memorial Day Parade Inside Scoop
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
How To Create A Marketing Plan For Your Small Business 5/30

Are you overwhelmed by all the marketing choices for your business? Not sure how or where to spend your time and money? It sounds like you need a marketing plan!

Read more
Outdoor Classroom & Garden Club
@ Raynham Middle School
Thurs May 30 & June 6
Tue June 11
from 2:40 - 4 pm
Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

Questions? Email us
Grants Rental
We Have the Equipment You Need to Get the Job Done!

Tables, Chairs & Tents for your Parties!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater

(508) 279-0950

B-P Varsity Girls Lacrosse May 13, 2024
Fontbonne Academy at Bristol Plymouth

Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham Recap with Bob Iafrate, Building Inspector

Bob answers some frequently asked questions that he gets calls for regarding accessory buildings or sheds, private pools and storage containers.
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
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Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17, 2024
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

Mill Street Bridge Project:
Update from Highway Superintendent

The Mill St. Bridge remains closed as construction is moving forward to final stages and is still expected to reopen sometime in May 2024.
Phase 2 of Mill St roadway improvements is expected to begin in June 2024, this work will include new drainage, sidewalks, and new pavement from the new bridge area to King Philip St, the road is expected to remain open for most of this construction.

Gardiner St. Bridge at Kings Pond Dam update: Design and testing is in process as well permitting applications which is expected to be in review for 9-18 months. Once permits are approved the bid process will begin for construction.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Raynham Highway Department at 508-824-2718.
Source: Town Website
Sons of the American Legion BBQ
Sat June 22
1-5 pm
291 Mill St Raynham
Saturday June 22nd come down and join us for our annual BBQ, tickets are on sale at Post 405 (291 Mill) and must be purchased by June 15, 2024. Info: (508) 880-9788
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Why Volunteer?
Have you thought of the benefits of volunteering?

Did you know that volunteering is a renewable resource? When you say a kind word, hand someone a meal, or teach a child a skill, you are not only sharing a gift you have received, but you are receiving a gift. Gratitude for the help is one of the most powerful and healing gifts you can receive. The more you give gratitude away, the more it comes back to you.

I teach Living in the Gift at Stairway to Recovery, a place for those serious about wanting to recover from addiction or who need resources. Did you know that when folks who rely on generosity give from their heart, they feel better. Kind words, volunteering to help a neighbor, and other easy gifts, lift everyone's spirits. It energizes, and helps the giver feel valuable. Those who volunteer find it comes back to them in unexpected ways.

Try committing to a local charity and make it a habit of volunteering. You will make meaningful friendships, understand the gratitude of having: a home, money and / or resources to live. It will help you see problems from a different perspective; the benefits are enormous, and when you involve children, or your friends & family, it is a great bonding experience.

Who knows, you might just have a good time and experience the joys of volunteering.
Submitted by Marcy Venezia, CEO MBA, RN, PMP
GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club
Scholarship Winners
Monday, May 6th, GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club presented seven $500 scholarships to students from local communities.  The scholarship committee judges the applications received, 21 this year, on their resume of volunteer and extra-curricular activities, academic achievement, and their essay on future goals. This year’s winners were Sarah Mendonca, a graduate of Taunton High School, Avery LaValle, a freshman at Roger Williams College, Mattia McIntyre, a graduate of Norton High School, Kate Wagner, a graduate of Bishop Feehan High School, Ericka Gendron a graduate of Taunton High School, Thomas Hammond, a graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and Cole Megna, a graduate of Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. Congratulations Thomas and the rest of the winners. For more information:

Submitted by Nancy Clark,

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did Memorial Day become an official federal holiday?

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 May 29, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
“Everything must break open in order to live. The seed must break open in order for the tree to grow. The egg must break open in order for life to emerge. The Earth must be turned and the cloud must burst. You were never meant to stay in your shell.” ~ Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen

“Humans are ideas; and ideas are uniquely human.” ~ A.E. Samaan

"Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness."
~ Wayne Dyer

"I have come to understand that the self, my self, is inherently sacred. By virtue of its own improbability, its own miracle, its own emergence … And so I lift up my head, and I bear my own witness, with affection and tenderness and respect. And in so doing, I sanctify myself with my own grace." ~ Ursula Goodenough
Some excitedly, some timidly, we emerge this spring. Time to break out into our real selves.
~ Jacquie
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