Whitman Freedom Team

The Whitman Freedom Team works to preserve freedom through unity in the community. Its members meet monthly to explore ways of offering dialogue and support to the entire community with a goal of promoting love, inclusion and trust (LIT) and moving beyond tolerance to embracing, celebrating and sharing our community’s diversity.

They are a proactive force paving the way for meaningful transformation through the unique community 10-point Connection Model. This model unites core members of Whitman's community, including leaders, officials, parents, and passionate individuals just like you, bonded by a shared commitment to anti-racism, diversity, and trust-building.

Whether you're a local leader, business owner, engaged citizen, retiree, budding young leader, or a veteran who's served your country, Whitman Freedom Team needs your unique perspective, experiences, and drive. 

To get started, on Saturday June 8 from 10a - 4pm at Whitman Day, you can meet and talk with current Whitman Freedom Team members at Whitman Town Park.
The current Whitman Freedom Team members are Tom Evans - community advocate; Tim Hanlon - Whitman Police Department; Jeff Szymaniak - Superintendent of WHRSD; Dr. Mike Kryzanek - Community Advocate; Dr. Carl Kowalski - Chairman of Board of Selectmen; Stephen Bois - School Committee; Dr. Josh Twomey - Education Psychologist; Brianna Codio - Whitman student; Cody Roberts - Whitman student; Eric Brunelle - Social Media specialist; Sharon Hall - former school administrative assistant, community advocate; Juanita Brunelle - Community Advocate; Christopher Scriven - Whitman parent; Margaret Cerilli - Community Advocate; Justin Evans- Board of Selectmen; Kathleen Evans- Community Advocate; Lukas Moscoso-Graduate Student; Nancy Payton- Community Advocate; Timothy Travers- Former Fire Chief; Robert Trotta- Former School Committee; Carol Kryzanek- Community Advocate
Whitman Freedom Team
May 21, 2024
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
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. 

Source: History.com
Image credit: Crystal Hudson
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
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
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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman
Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting
May 21, 2024
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Whitman Hanson Regional School Committee
May 20, 2024
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Dr. Chris Jones, Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School:
The Career Toolkit & Brain Bump with Mark Herschberg

Mark is the creator of Brain Bump and author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for SuccessThat No One Taught You. Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia.

He helped to start the Undergraduate PracticeOpportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches. He also works with many non-profits, currently serving on the board of Plant a Million Corals.
Key Takeaways:

* Mark Herschberg discusses his experience with startups, Fortune 500s, academia, and his involvement in non-profits.
* Misalignment of current educational systems with the needs of modern careers, advocating for the inclusion of essential skills such as leadership, communication, networking, negotiations, and ethics in curriculums.
* Herschberg describes his work with MIT's Career Success Accelerator and offers insights into incorporating these skills into education effectively.
* Introduces his app Brain Bump, which is designed to help individuals retain valuable information from various sources.
* The app supports learning by providing just-in-time access and passive spaced repetition to reinforce key concepts.
* Herschberg also emphasizes the importance of broadening educational content beyond traditional subjects to better prepare students for future careers.
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

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Whitman Public Library Cookbook Club

The Cookbook Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm except for July and August. The Cookbook is to be announced for this month. 

Stop by the circulation desk each month and check out our cookbook. If you are interesting in attending, pick out a recipe from the cookbook, and staff will make a copy of it for you. Bring your cooked dish on the the night of the club and enjoy a variety of dishes cooked by other members. Leave the meeting with a full tummy and a recipe packet of all the recipes used at the meeting.  

CONTACT: Ellie Donaghey 781-447-7613 edonaghey@ocln.org
Source: Whitman Public Library
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Pinches & Pounds
Old Fashioned Candy Store with a Twist!
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Hard to find delectables & seasonal yummies. We make every occasion SWEEEEET!!!!

Nessralla Farm
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Everything you need for a stellar garden!

Full, half and quarter shares of our C.S.A are on sale now! Receive a variety of fresh local produce weekly. June 15-October 15. 18 weeks of goodness!

Nessralla Farm
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(781) 293-6792

Looking for Alumni and Community Members to perform with Concert Band at the High School Graduation

The Whitman-Hanson High School Concert Band is seeking alumni and community members to perform for the High School Graduation on May 31st. If you are interested or know someone who would like to participate, please fill out this Google form or email Brian Rowe at Brian.Rowe@whrsd.org.
Robotics Camp at Whitman Hanson HS
for Grades 6 - 8
Monday- Thursday 9 -2 pm
Join one week or them all! Each week is an independent week - long program.

$200 / student per week
7/8 - 8/8/24
For more information, contact : James Kozak
WHRHS Spring Art Exhibit 2024
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
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:

350Mass.org 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.
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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 walk-in 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.
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Whitman Day 

Saturday, June 8 
10a - 4pm 
Whitman Town Park 

The third annual Whitman Day kicks off on June 8, from 10a - 4pm. This year, there are many fantastic vendors lined up and fun for everyone, from adults to children. This free event sponsored by the Whitman Cultural Council and local sponsors, is sure to be a fantastic day filled with fun. 

With the addition of the Beer Garden and some returning favorites, like the Puppy Parade, this is sure to be the biggest and best Whitman Day yet! 

They are still actively looking for volunteers with duties including set up/breakdown, game oversight, stage assistance, and more. Volunteers will receive a free Whitman Day volunteer shirt. Sign up to Volunteer for Whitman Day on Sign Up Genius

For more information visit the Whitman Day website. 
THANK YOU from Whitman Food Pantry
A HUGE thank you to the Whitman residents, the girl scouts, our town letter carriers and our food pantry volunteers for a successful NALC food drive on Saturday, May 11th. A total of 8152 pounds of food was donated by our generous Whitman residents and collected by all of our volunteers!  A shout out is due to Dunkin' for their generosity in donating the coffee and donuts and muffins and to Papa Gino's for their pizza donations as well. Food insecurity is rampant these days and this food drive will help us get through the summer. Thank you Whitman!
Tina Ouellette
Whitman Food Pantry, Food Drive Coordinator
Submitted via email

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Memorial Day originally known as?

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On May 29, 2024 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, Greg Venezia & Vasilia Yordanova.
“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

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~ 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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