Congratulations to Justine Rota:
Food Network Finalist!

The Whitman Cultural Council congratulates local resident Justine Rota for her wonderful performance in Food Network's Season 10 Holiday Baking Championship! Justine made it all the way to the finals, impressing Food Network star judges with her delicious creations. She has represented Whitman well and made her town proud.

Reposted from the Whitman Cultural Council FB page: "Congratulations to Whitman’s own Justine Rota for an amazing job on Food Networks Holiday Baking Championship! Justine, with her company Sweet Standards, has been a wonderful and welcome feature at many past Whitman Cultural Council Events. Great work Justine!"

Justine's bakery, Sweet Standards, makes delicious, high-quality treats. The local business is an active part of the community, supporting other small businesses by sourcing ingredients locally and helping the environment with recyclable packaging.

For more information, visit the Sweet Standards website.

Photo & Source Credits: Whitman Cultural Council FB, Sweet Standards website.
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:
Whitman Central Fire Station
The history of the Whitman Central Fire Station goes back to 1876 when a committee purchased a horse-drawn fire engine, provided a water reservoir, and appointed engineers and fire wards, forming an early version of a fire department. The Town of Whitman expanded upon the department in 1884 when they built a wood-frame fire station on Temple Street, and two hose houses, one for East Whitman and one for Auburnville.

After the initial construction, the structure went through several renovations, the most prominent one occurring in 1898. At this time, the Town purchased the lot next to the run-down fire station for $12,000 to build a new brick station. The building was designed by Boston architect Charles A. Brigham and constructed by local builder Albert C. Whitmarsh. Throughout the years, the fire station was modified and modernized—from acquiring its first motorized fire apparatus in 1917 to the installation of vertical lift doors in 2000.

The Central Fire Station has been protecting our community for decades, and it continues this mission today!

Source & Photo Credits: Massachusetts Historical Commission
Written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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
Lori Young
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.

Enter for this week's prize of
a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
 Recently one of our Whitman neighbors lost their home and many of their belongings in a house fire. If you are in a position to be a blessing with any of the items below, it would be so greatly appreciated! 

The items can be dropped off between 8-10 am Monday-Friday at the Whitman Food Pantry.
44 Blake Street in Whitman.

Please mark bags or boxes with "Gardner Family" and we will make sure the items are given to them as soon as their temporary trailer on their property has electricity.  Thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity!
Kitchen – silverware, plates, glasses, coffee cups, pots and pans, coffee maker, toaster, cooking utensils, dish towels, pot holders, dish strainer, kitchen mat, colander,
Bathroom – rug, bath towels/hand towels/wash cloths, plunger, bowl brush, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, shower curtain, bath mat
Bedroom – queen size bed – sheets/blanket/bedspread or comforter/pillows; 2 twin size beds – sheets/blankets/bedspreads or comforter/pillows/pillow cases
Living room – lamp/s
Men’s clothes – shirts/tops – 2X, bottoms – XL, pants 36-38, shoes 12-extra wide
Women’s clothes – sweatpants/reg pants – 3X, Shirts Sz 22-24, Shoes 9 wide
~ Questions? Please contact Tina Ouellette
1st Annual Funko Pop Winner

Whitman-Hanson High School student Eoin F won the Funko Pop design contest, creating a unique character from a scientist born on April 1, 1578. Students researched and designed a Funko Pop of Scientific Revolution thinker and voted on their favorite. Eoin's Funko is William Harvey, an English physician credited with recognizing the entire blood circulation in the human body.
To learn more about the students' designs, visit Miss LaMarca's Twitter.
Source & Photo Credit: Miss LaMarca's Twitter
Dollars for Scholars
Skate Fundraiser
Sun, January 14
Carousel Family Skate Center
1055 Auburn Street

Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars announces a skating fundraiser open to individuals of all ages. The admission for the skate
fundraiser is $5 with a $5 fee for skate rental. All proceeds will benefit Dollars for Scholars.
There will be free giveaways throughout the event as well as raffle prizes.
For more info: contact Mike at 781-252-9683 or
Whitman COA Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquets

For each $10.99 Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet bought this January at the Whitman Stop & Shop on 475 Bedford St, $1 will be donated to the Whitman Council on Aging. You can get beautiful flowers all while helping out a local organization!

Source Credit: Whitman COA FB
Collection for the Whitman Food Pantry

The First Congregational Church of Whitman is continuing to collect food for the Whitman Food Pantry to be distributed to those in need.

Here is a list of the items that are currently needed the most: Hamburger Helper, pre-packaged Jello & puddings, mayonnaise, Knorr’s Rice & Noodle packets, cereal, canned peaches, pears, pineapple, tomato paste, diced & crushed tomatoes, facial tissues, toothbrushes, and shampoo & conditioner. Thank you for your help!

Source Credit: FCC Whitman website - Newsletter webpage
Left Right Center Tournament
Fri, Jan 12
Whitman American Legion Post 22
33 Legion Pkwy

Join the Whitman American Legion Post 22 for a fun-filled Left Right Center Tournament and the chance to win $250! There will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as many side raffles! Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the event. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and veteran programs.

Dr.Christopher Jones WH Principal
SEEing To Lead:
Support. Engage. Empower.

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Principal Dr. Christopher Jones has been an educator in Massachusetts for 22 years, and within the last year, he added published author to his list of career accolades. 

SEEing To Lead: Support. Engage. Empower is about creating an authentic educational experience where learning, growth, leadership, and community take center stage—although challenging, are attainable tasks Dr. Jones assures are achievable through a model that supports, engages, and empowers individuals to become leaders. Further exploring his “just cause” of improving the educational experience for everyone involved by being purposeful, acting with integrity, and guiding character shows people they can be more than their situation. 

Dr. Jones is active on Twitter and weekly vlogs about continuous improvement and hosts his podcast, SEEing to Lead. For more information, visit the Team Jones website
Source Credit: Dr.Christopher Jones Biography 

Post written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University.
New Show Alert! The Comforting Zone

A groundbreaking initiative called The Comfort Zone honors and promotes sensory-friendly events for individuals of all ages. In a future where the senses are welcomed rather than overstimulated, this new show takes viewers on an immersive journey that showcases the beauty and diversity of sensory experiences.

The show aims to establish a welcoming, safe environment where people with sensory sensitivity can flourish. Every episode has been carefully designed to examine a range of settings, pursuits, and inventions catered to diverse sensory requirements.

Besides spreading awareness, the show is a forum for exchanging helpful pointers, knowledgeable counsel, and creative approaches to making environments more welcoming. If you'd like to recommend a new episode, contact Amanda Robinson. 

Produced By: Amanda Robinson
Producer Email:
Photo & Source Credit: WHCA-TV
Duval's Pharmacy

We're Your Hometown Pharmacy ~ Here to Give You Personalized Customer Service!

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Need a Change?
We're Hiring Van Drivers!
North River Collaborative
Split AM/PM and Afternoon Shifts
*Sign on Bonus
Starting Salary: Drivers: $20 plus benefits.
                Monitors: $15.85 plus benefits.

 Benefits: health, dental, vision, life insurance & MA State Retirement.
Paid sick/ personal time.
7D license Training Provided
Contact: Deb Thompson
781-878-6056, ext. 162
Whitman Mothers Club Meeting
Mon, Jan 22
Holmestead Harvest
80 Temple St

Whitman Mothers Club is having their January meeting at Holmestead Harvest! Attendees will decorate three delicious cookies. Reservations and payment of $25 are due by Sat, January 13. RSVP to

Source Credit: WMC website
CrossTalk 7th Plymouth District
feat. State Rep Alyson Sullivan-Almeida
December 28, 2023
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
CrossTalk 6th Plymouth District
feat. State Rep. Josh Cutler
December 29, 2023
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
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

For 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. 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!
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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

Registration for Beginner Hockey Program
Saturdays, Jan 20 - Mar 9
Hobomock Ice Arena
132 Hobomock St, Pembroke

Registration is now open for session 2 of the WHK Hawks Beginner Hockey Program! This program is for ages 5-12 and consists of small arena games and drills that will teach players the skills needed to join a team next season. Full equipment and basic skills are required to participate. For more information and to register, visit the WHK Hawks website.

Source Credit: WHK Hockey FB group
SEEing to Lead Podcast & YouTube Channel: Dr. Christopher Jones

Dr. Christopher Jones, a seasoned educator and Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, uses his passion for education to connect with a broader audience through his YouTube Channel and podcast, SEEing To Lead: Support. Engage.

During his latest episode, Silence the Inner Critic, he explored divergent thinking, an unstructured way of creating different responses to resolve a particular or abstract problem.
Divergent thinking refers to thought processes that take different paths. While some of these are unique, others are more traditional. Divergent thinking offers unique thought and problem-solving opportunities because some of the emerging ideas are novel. While originality and creative thought are not the same, originality is the aspect of creativity most often acknowledged.

Joining Dr. Jones was Sam Tarell, founder of Divergent U, a leadership academy in central Florida that offers a one-year alternative to college (gap year) program that allows students to discover their purpose and achieve their dream lifestyle by applying entrepreneurial principles.

Their conversations yield a few takeaways from lesson structure, question deviation, and better ways to enhance learning when leading workshops.

To learn more, visit SEEing to Lead Podcast.

Story written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University.

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who designed the new fire station in 1898?

Email us your answer at: 
Include your name, and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On January 10, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Kendall Fletcher, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”~ Robert Fulghum

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson

"But make no mistake: The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn’t the work of any individual politician or political party. It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen. And to hold tight to the truth and values that have always led this country forward. It will be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful process. But if we enter into it with an honest and unwavering love of our country, then maybe we can finally start to heal.”
~ Michelle Obama 1/7/21
This is BuzzAround's 15th year ~ and we continue, growing ever stronger with hope in humanity, hope in democracy, hope that together we can build on the work that you all do, bringing us together and caring for each other.
Happy New Year, all.
Buzzing With Hope, Jacquie
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