January 16, 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. 
Former Raynham Veteran's Agent Spotlighted by Bridgewater State University.
Micaila Britto-Patten Continues Her Advocy Work.

Recently, Micaila Britto-Patten was featured in an article released through Bridgewater State University for her involvement in a project highlighting female veterans. Following her medical discharge from the Marine Corps in 1994, after over 7 years of service, Britto-Patten felt as though she "disappeared" back into society without the credit or support she deserved. Her emphasis on highlighting female veterans from the Vietnam era to current day "will help female veterans get the attention and respect they deserve".

Following her time as Raynham's Veterans Service Officer, Britto-Patten has been involved in Fall River as the city's first female veterans agent. She studies part time at Bridgewater State as a photography student, and her project detailed in the article was carried out as part of the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research.

Well done Micaila, on her continued support for our country's veterans. To read the article in its entirety about Micaila and her project, visit Those Who (Also) Served.

Story and image credit: John Winters, Bridgewater Magazine
Historical Tidbit:

Federal Government Civics
How a bill becomes a law.

The Bill Is Voted On in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a majority of the Representatives vote yes, the bill passes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is then certified by the Clerk of the House and delivered to the U.S. Senate.

When a bill reaches the U.S. Senate. The Senate Majority Leader calls for votes in the Senate. The bill is discussed in a Senate committee and then reported to the Senate floor to be voted on.
If a majority of the Senators say “yea,” the bill passes in the U.S. Senate and is ready to go to the President.

When a bill reaches the President, he has three choices. He can:

Sign and pass the bill—the bill becomes a law.

Refuse to sign, or veto, the bill—the bill is sent back to the U.S. House of Representatives, along with the President’s reasons for the veto. If the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate still believe the bill should become a law, they can hold another vote on the bill. If two-thirds of the Representatives and Senators support the bill, the President’s veto is overridden and the bill becomes a law.

Do nothing (pocket veto)—if Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after 10 days. If Congress is not in session, the bill does not become a law.

If a bill has passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been approved by the President, or if a presidential veto has been overridden, the bill becomes a law and is enforced by the government.

~ J. Rose

Info from: kids-clerk.house.gov
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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

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Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
 three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Raynham Board of Selectmen Meeting
January 4, 2022
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Internship Opportunity
*Graphic Design
Gain real-world knowledge as we design our internship specifically for you!
To participate, email resume: events@buzzaround.info
Best Books for Adults 2021
It's that time of year when everyone puts out their best of 2021 book list. It's a great chance to catch up on things you might have missed.
Bridgewater- Raynham Spring Sports Registration Time
Registration Open on January 1st and will CLOSE at midnight Monday, March 14th.

Baseball, Softball
Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Tennis
Per MA State Guideline, student-athletes can only participate in 1 sport per season.

The schedule for all 48 BR High School teams can be found HERE
cup of coffee
Monthly Breakfast is back at the Senior Center!
January 26th
Raynham Senior Center
2215 King Philip St.

Join the Senior Center for their traditional breakfast! Cost of attendance is $3 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 508-824-2740.

This event is subject to change as needed and for Raynham residents only.
Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 

BSU 2022 MLK Virtual Series

Join us for a series of events to inspire service and provide education on issues of social justice to build on the legacy of MLK. Jan 17 - 27, 2022

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Winter Reading Challenge 2022

The Challenge is for all ages and runs
Now - March 30.

It's time for our annual Winter Reading Challenge! Snuggle up with a good book, join us in playing scrabble, and win prizes to help you enjoy the season. Playing is easy: for every book you read you get a scrabble tile; collect tiles to create words and win prizes.
3-letter word - A sweet treat and a sweet library pin
4-letter word - A mug of your choice and a beverage packet.
5+ letter word - A mug, beverage packet, free book voucher, and a candle for teens and adults, or a game/puzzle for kids.

Contact for info: 508.823.1344 raynhampubliclibrary.org
Keep your feathered friends well fed this winter. We have a large selection of feeders and seeds!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
2022 Windshield Permits & Recycle Permits Are Now Available
No Cash, Checks & Credit excepted (debit & credit cards $2.50 processing fee)

Windshield Permits provides entry to the Facility for disposal of household trash (MSW). $70 full calendar year, $35 half year (Jan-June/July-Dec) $10 for each additional vehicle at the same address. Make your check payable to the Town of Raynham. Your vehicle registration is required for proof of residence (Raynham residents only).

Recycle Permit allows entry to dispose of recycling, leaf/grass compost and brush dump.
No Cost $0. Your vehicle registration is required for proof of residence. Permits should be displayed on the bottom of the windshield on the driver's side.

Renewal options for permits are in person, mail or drop boxes located at the Town Hall or the Highway Department. Include a copy of your registration with your payment and the permit will be mailed promptly.

Locations and Contact Information for Permits:
TOWN OF RAYNHAM HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT 1555 King Philip Street, Raynham, MA 02767

TOWN OF RAYNHAM TOWN HALL 558 South Main Street, Raynham, MA 02767
Raynham Public Library Resources
The Raynham Public Library has many resources to help your little ones learn and create in the world around them. Museum passes for reduced admission are available for many local sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium, among many more. The library also offers Book Bundles as a quick and easy way to get library books for your child each month. You can pick up Book Bundles catered to your child contact free from the library during regular hours after completing an online registration for your child.

To view the library's many museum passes, click here! To view the library's Book Bundle sign up options, click here! For more information on services available to you through the Raynham Public Library, visit their website.
Would you like to save $1,000 off your real-estate taxes? The Senior Citizen SAVE Program is open to senior citizens (60 years of age and older) who own property in and pay real estate taxes to the Town of Raynham.
Participants must complete a minimum of 71 hours of service in the program year, which runs from January 15th to December 15th.
A $1,000 property tax credit will be applied to the
participant’s real estate tax bill in the following fiscal year, not current year’s property tax bill.
For more information : Erin Medeiros at the Raynham Senior Center. 508-824-2740.
Raynham Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Draft

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Visit their project site and fill out a comment form at the bottom of the page!

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100 Cups of Coffee Initiative
As the new Director of the Senior Center, Erin Medeiros has challenged herself to having 100 cups of Coffee with anyone interested in sharing their positive thoughts, new ideas or concerns related to the programs and services provided by the Council on Aging. Erin would like to meet 100 different community members over coffee, the cornerstone of this initiative, 100 Cups of Coffee. The goal of this program, is twofold: first to educate the community on the various services offered by the COA, and secondly to understand how the Senior Center can better support older residents in the community as well as learn about programs outside the center that seniors may be able to get involved in.

This will be open to anyone in the community, business’, board members, community leaders, teachers, students, etc. If you are interested in having a cup of coffee with Erin, call, email or visit the Senior Center 508-824-2740, emedeiros@Town.raynham.ma.us.

To view the Senior Center January Newsletter, click here!
Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults Program
6 Consecutive Tuesdays starting January 25
10:30a - 1p
Participants will learn goal setting and brain storming strategies to improve bone and heart healthy food choices.
RSVP by Jan 7th. Call Olivia at 774-627-1448 or email olivia.minardi@bristolelder.org
Good Day Metro South
Friday, Jan 28th
11:45a - 1:30p
Martin Institute at Stonehill College
320 Washington St, North Easton
The guest speaker for this event is President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Kenneth Turner.

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance.
Where Music Grows
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”~ Kahlil Gibran
Music lessons in piano, voice, flute, clarinet, strings, brass, ukulele, and guitar.

105 Washington St. (Rt 138)
N. Easton
(508) 297-1026
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Pictured l to r: Joyce Clark, Diane Huling, President Robin Gendron, Gail Knowles

Photo courtesy of GFWC Taunton and Raynham
Welcome to the New Members of the The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Woman's Club!

Membership chairman Joyce Clark installed two new members to the GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Woman's Club. The members welcomed Gail Knowles and Diane Huling, who are both residents of East Freetown, into the club.

The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Juniors invites all women 18 years and older from the surrounding area which includes, Taunton, East Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Berkley, Assonet, Lakeville, East Freetown, Norton and Bridgewater.

For more information call Joyce at 508 823-4482 or www.gfwctauntonraynhamjuniors.org
Have fun with us and bee entered to win
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
What is it called when a bill reaches the President and he does nothing with it?

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Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

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On January 19, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

As NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes it's 19th flight, aiding the Perseverance rover in path planning and scientific discovery on Mars, let's take a moment to ponder the meaning of the word: " Ingenuity".

Ingenuity, noun, the quality of being clever, original, inventive.
In a sentence: "Arya used ingenuity in creating her solutions."

Let's hear some quotes:

“I see this as the central issue of our time: how to find a substitute for war in human ingenuity, imagination, courage, sacrifice, patience..." ~ Howard Zinn

“If you remove adversity, you remove ingenuity and creativity with it. There is no need to strive to make something beautiful or better if it already is.”
~ Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds

“You won't change anything significant in the world if you try to be like it. Change comes when you do something different.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

"Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles." ~ Bob Richards

And my favorite: "Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity." ~ Arnold Bennett
Ingenuity will help us piece together solutions using what we have. I am excited to hear your ideas. Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
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