Halifax Beautification Committee First Day Hike

On Monday, January 1, the Halifax Beautification Committee (HBC) had their First Day Burrage Hike, starting off 2024 in nature. Tina Palmer led 40 people through the wooden trails out to Stump Brook, also known as Snaky River. The group got to enjoy beautiful scenery--the sky and a ceiling of trees reflected in the water's mirrorlike surface, marshland and scenic foliage. They even got to see evidence of beaver presence, marked by chewed up tree trunks! Afterwards, participants warmed up with hot chocolate.

The Halifax Beautification Committee (HBC) is an Environmental Conservation Organization that works to improve and conserve the landscape of Halifax. Supporting their mission makes an impact. HBC asks that residents make a resolution to be a steward of the Earth. Try becoming a litter buster in your neighborhood, or becoming involved with one of their many activities, planning on helping our environment in 2024!

Photo and Source Credits: HBC FB - First Day Hike announcement, First Day Hike post, & Resolution post
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit: Town Hall
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Town Hall is a pivotal part of our town, so it’s no surprise that the building has also played a significant role in Halifax’s history.

The Town Hall was designed by Halifax resident and architect Wilson Harlow and built during the Colonial Revival period. The design featured a wood-frame structure with two stories, a balustrade porch, and cylindrical columns associated with the Greek Revival architectural style.

In 1907, just nine months after the origional building was destroyed by a fire, the Town Hall was rebuilt, once again becoming a social center for the community.

Town Hall has served as a vital meeting place for many community groups, organizations, and events, including the Grange, Farmers Club, Sewing Circle, Boys & Girls Scouts, minstrel shows, and dances. The downstairs dining room was even used as a classroom for a time.

Additionally, Town Hall played a role during World War II. In 1942, an observation tower was added as part of the the First Interceptor Command Aircraft Warning Service. This was a service in which civilian volunteers aided the military by looking out for enemy planes.

Written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Town Hall

Holmes Public Library

Council on Aging
506 Plymouth Street

Food Pantries
Halifax Congregational Church
503 Plymouth St. (Rt 106)
Tuesdays 2:30 - 4p
St Vincent De Paul
Our Lady of the Lake Church
580 Monponsett St, Halifax
(781) 293- 7971
2nd & 4th Saturday 9a
Cynthia Meaney
won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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

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Halifax Planning Board
January 4, 2024
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January 2, 2024
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PCC Summer Program Informational Nights
Wed, Jan 10 7p or
Mon, Jan 29 7p
Stonehill College

Attention students in grades 7-10! The Project Contemporary Competitiveness Advanced Studies Program (PCC ASP) at Stonehill College invites you to learn about the "summer of a lifetime" at their upcoming Informational Nights. All interested students and their families are invited to join us – No need to RSVP; just drop by on either night to delve into the details of this camp experience.

Story and Image Source: pccasp.org
DIY Craft Day
Sat, Jan 20
Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth St

The library is hosting a DIY Day for ages 6 and up! Unleash your creativity and come by for fun crafts. All materials will be provided.

Hot chocolate will also be served. No registration required.

Source Credit: Holmes Newsletter
Nessralla Farm

Now Sourcing Fresh Veggies For the Winter!
Trucking in yummy kitchen staples to add to our local farm goodies~ stop by!

Keeping warm with firewood?
Delivery is FREE within Halifax!

Nessralla Farm
416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

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2024 Open Burning Season

The Halifax Fire Department informs us that Open Burning Season will begin on January 1, 2024. Permitting will officially be valid from January 15, 2024 to May 1, 2024.

Stay tuned on the Halifax Fire Department FB page and the Town of Halifax website, as the link for registration and payment will be posted there. Let's have a safe burning season!
Source Credit: Halifax Fire Department FB
Animals in Need of Loving Homes

Attention animal lovers! Friends of the Plymouth Pound, a non-profit, volunteer organization that invests in the welfare of rescued cats and dogs on the South Shore, has many sweet animals looking to find their forever home in the new year. If you're interesting in adopting a rescue, fill out an adoption application.

You can also help out by donating or becoming a volunteer! For more information, visit the Friends of the Plymouth Pound website.

Winter Assistance for Neighbors

Winter is here, and we can lean on each other to get through the next cold months! If you live near an elderly person or disabled person, you can volunteer to help clear their driveway or car, as they may not be able to afford hiring someone.

If you're interested in helping out this winter, please call the Halifax Council on Aging at 781-293-7313.
Source Credit: COA webpage of the Town of Halifax website
Climate Can Do: Climate Resolutions 

The new year is a time for fresh starts and new goals. Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.  

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit www.cmrkne.com

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example: 
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. 

Mass.gov also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started: 
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 

There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
Blood Pressure Clinics 2024 Schedule

The Halifax Board of Health has released the 2024 schedule for blood pressure checks. The Town of Halifax contracted nurse M. Laurie Montouri will provide two free walk-in adult wellness clinics on the first Thursday of each month.

The locations are:
  • The Halifax Town Hall clinic, 499 Plymouth St, 9a-10a
  • Council on Aging clinic, 506 Plymouth St, 10:30a-11:30a

To view the dates, visit the Halifax Council on Aging FB page and mark you calendar!
Silver Lake Unified Sports National Banner Recognition Ceremony

On Friday, December 22, students gathered in the gym to celebrate Silver Lake Regional High School (SLRHS) becoming a National Banner School. This accomplishment means that SLRHS met 10 national standards of excellence in areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect.

At the National Banner Ceremony, Principal Michaela Gill spoke to the students, informing them that only 21 other schools in the state of Massachusetts share this recognition. She also expressed her pride for their Unified Sports program and everyone who contributes to the school's welcoming environment. Additionally, Manager of Inclusive Schools Programs at Special Olympics of Massachusetts Denise Larrabee came to speak and present SLRHS' National Banner for being a Unified Champion School. She praised the students for what she called the "culture of belonging" at SLRHS.

After the ceremony, Silver Lake Unified Sports played an exciting basketball game. The bleachers were filled with classmates who enthusiastically cheered on them on! Great teamwork everyone and congratulations on this incredible honor. Silver Lake Regional High School provides an example to everyone of how important it is to value one another, to embrace our differences, and to lead with kindness. You can watch Silver Lake Regional High School's broadcast of the ceremony and the game. To learn more about Unified Champion Schools, visit the Special Olympics website.

Source Credit: SLRHS FB, HS Gym Recording
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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During which historical period was Town Hall built?

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