August 7, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
The Raynham Municipal Vulnerability Plan
is Almost Finished!

The Town of Raynham is just about finished with its Municipal Vulnerability Plan. Please review the Process, Matrices and Priority Projects in this presentation. We will be accepting comments to either Bill Napolitano or Sara Brown by August 12.

The Municipal Vulnerability Plan focuses on State and local partnerships that will build resilience to climate change. Be an active member of the community and send in your comments!

Story and photos courtesy of The Town of Raynham.
Historical Tidbit:
Ice box
As towns grew it became profitable to open shops in neighborhoods to fill local needs. They filled a need when people were spreading out from the center of town and before the time when every household had a car. These shops had ethnic flavor depending on what immigrants settled locally. The shop would have foods culturally common to those who lived near it. Many of these shops had refrigerated coolers and offered butcher shops and specialty cuts of meats. This is where a person would find linguiça from Portugal, potatiskorv from Sweden, and bratwurst from Germany.  
Before World War II, not every home had a refrigerator. Frozen foods were not as common as today and purchasing a supply of fresh meat for a week did not keep well in an "ice box". Some folks still had ice boxes up until the 1950s. I can remember the ice man delivering to the house across the street from my home on Main Street. 

Respectfully Submitted, David Moore
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
Nancy Ford White
you won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to
Rock Can Roll
Food Drive Party
Sat, Aug 13th
3 – 10p
American Legion, 291 Mill Street

The Perry Project is hosting their 6th annual Rock Can Roll Food Drive Party! Come to fight hunger and stay for food, drinks, a raffle, and musical performances by 4 different groups: SAY HELLO II HEAVEN, IRON TIGER, PLATINUM THRILL, and MOONSTRUCK.

Any non-perishable food donations will be donated to the local food pantry! Funds raised at the event will be donated to Rawkstars Inc., a nonprofit helping young adults access music. Tickets are $25 & can be bought online or at the door. Read more about the event on Facebook!
Upcoming Events with the Raynham COA and the Senior Center

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

Wednesday, 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. 508-824-2740
BR School Committee
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham Board of Selectman Meeting 07/26/22
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Everything You Need for Gardening
Tools, Seeds, Soil & Fertilizers
Wide Selection & Helpful Service!

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

Upcoming Events at the Raynham Public Library

Storytime – Wednesday August 10th, 10:30a
Join us in Judy's Garden, our amphitheater behind the library, for a storytime. Each week we will share stories, songs, and activities. In case of bad weather, storytime will move to the meeting room.

Messy Art Mondays – Monday, Aug 15th, 10:30a
Explore a new messy art technique each week. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

Summer Reading Ice Cream Party – Tuesday, August 16th, 7p
Our big summer bash features an ice cream truck, games, crafts, and fun! Complete the Summer Reading Challenge to get your invitation.

Read about these events and more on the Raynham Public Library calendar!
Massachusetts Cultural Sector Recovery Grants

The Mass Cultural Council is offering a historic level of funding through grants to both individuals and local Massachusetts organizations.

These unrestricted, one-time grants are open to creatives, gig workers, cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open on August 8th for businesses and August 15th for individuals.

For more information, check out the Mass Cultural Council webpage.
Family Fun Day at the Stone Church!
Thursday, August 25th
6 - 7:30p
785 S Main St.

Join the Stone Church in celebrating their Sunday School End of Summer Family Fun Day! Enjoy a summer night filled with games, crafts, music, ice cream, and fun for the whole family. The event will include a raffle, too!

Entry to Family Fun Day is FREE – we hope to see you there!
Stardust Gym
Raynham Community Day
is Back!
Sunday, September 18th
(Rain Date Sunday, September 25th)

The Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education, (R.A.V.E.), Inc. is planning this year's Raynham Community Day, scheduled to take place this coming September.

Show your community pride by helping to plan this fun event! If you are interested in more information or would like an application to participate as one of Raynham’s special non-profit organizations or local businesses or as one of our special sponsors for the event, please contact RAVE volunteer coordinator. We hope you can join us as we celebrate Raynham at RAYNHAM COMMUNITY DAY. Thank you!

Anyone interested in participating or learning more information can contact RAVE Coordinator Becky George, call 781-608-4467 or 508-863-3069, application will be sent to you.
Toilet Paper...Yes, Toilet Paper

  • In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  • We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day!
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one person uses within their lifetime.
  • The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  • Toilet paper was first patented in Albany, NY (

"Respiration is the process by which a tree takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. The amount of carbon dioxide a tree can hold is called carbon sequestration. They sequester this carbon dioxide by storing it in their trunks, branches, leaves and roots; the best trees for carbon dioxide absorption will have large trunks and dense wood."(

The more trees we have, the better our air quality.
Since the large trees do not grow as quickly as we use them, switching to toilet paper made of recycled paper or bamboo is a sustainable choice. (Since I know I won't be planting 384 trees to replace the ones I use.)

Bamboo grows very fast and is a great substitute. Plus you are supporting smaller companies with innovative practices.

Also, while you are checking out toilet paper, it's a good time to evaluate your paper towels, companies often sell both.
This Climate Can-Do is written by J. Rose
Free School Meals Will Continue Through the 2022-2023 School Year!
Universal Free School Meals has been extended in Massachusetts for the 2022-2023 school year!

There will be no cost to families for any student to receive school lunch at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. This includes all public schools and most charter schools in Massachusetts.

Many schools also offer breakfast and some even provide a snack. If your child’s school serves lunch, breakfast, and a snack, all are available at no cost.

Story Credit: Project Bread
The tadpoles met Violet the Clown, who put on a magic show for the kids! She also showed everyone how she puts on her clown makeup and gets ready for the day!
Relaxing in the sun during a trip to the pool!
The tadpoles even made some tasty Froot Loops bracelets for Food Frenzy week!
Tadpoles are Having an Awesome Summer with Raynham Parks and Rec!

This past week, tadpoles from the Raynham Parks and Rec summer playground program got up to all kinds of fun!

Be sure to check out Raynham Parks and Rec on Facebook for more fun pictures from this summer!
Eating some yummy pizza after a fun day of bowling and arcade games
at Pinz!
Enjoying the sunshine at the playground!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was one of the specialty cuts of meats the new butcher shops would carry to fulfill local needs?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On August 10, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ Viktor E. Frankl

"The biggest lie about getting older is that excitement and growth end with youth."
~ MO

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction." ~ Audre Lorde

"Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself." ~ Julia Cameron
Very gentile, indeed.
Days go by and I wonder: "What did I learn?" "What did I get right?"
Sometimes I never know, it all seems like mashed potatoes.
And sometimes I have fun, feel appreciated & loved and the checkbook looks ok. Those days, I reflect, I think I figured it out.
How did I do that? I wonder... maybe I can replicate it.

Enjoy your growth : )
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Olivia Machakos, Amanda Manoogian, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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