GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club
Scholarship Winners
Monday, May 6th, GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club presented seven $500 scholarships to students from local communities.  The scholarship committee judges the applications received, 21 this year, on their resume of volunteer and extra-curricular activities, academic achievement, and their essay on future goals. This year’s winners were Sarah Mendonca, a graduate of Taunton High School, Avery LaValle, a freshman at Roger Williams College, Mattia McIntyre, a graduate of Norton High School, Kate Wagner, a graduate of Bishop Feehan High School, Ericka Gendron a graduate of Taunton High School, Thomas Hammond, a graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and Cole Megna, a graduate of Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. Congratulations Thomas and the rest of the winners. For more information:

Submitted by Nancy Clark,
Life in the 1920's in Raynham

In every home they had a barrel of flour that would weight almost 200 pounds and was about 3½ feet tall.

There was also a barrel of sugar brought in the house in the fall and that was the same size as the flour barrel. Down cellar there would always be a pork barrel. In that would be the pork that would come from the slaughtering of the pigs.

That would be done in the fall. Usually when a pig was slaughtered the four hams, two forward shoulders and the two hind quarters would be carried to a smoke house nearby. The meat would be cured by being smoked.

Also hanging down in the cellar would be two or three strings of herring that would be bought in the spring when the herring run was on. Those herring would be either smoked or salted. They kept very well hanging up in the cellar from a beam.

When blueberries were ripe and mothers and the children would go to different places in the town where there were blueberry patches and families would have a grand blueberry feast afterward. What wasn't eaten in homemade pies and cakes was "put up" in jams to be used in the winter months.

In the early spring there would also be dandelion greens. One would go out into the fields and pluck off the stem and the blossom and bring home the greens. These would then be stew up. Some old-timers spoke of them being a delicious dish with vinegar for the sauce.
Respectfully Submitted, Sue Basile, 2017
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Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham

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won a 1 hour Living in the Gift coaching from GleeWorks
Learn mind-body spirit practices with Marcy Venezia building a foundation for healing.
($80 value.)

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Annual Town Meeting
Mon May 20, 2024 7 PM
Raynham Recap with Bob Iafrate, Building Inspector

Bob answers some frequently asked questions that he gets calls for regarding accessory buildings or sheds, private pools and storage containers.
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Board of Selectmen
May 14, 2024
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Memorial Day Parade Inside Scoop
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Success Starts with Mindset Speaker Series - Cranberry...

Rockland Trust Speaker Series with Jordan Guadalupe / Souibre Wednesday, May 22 8:30 - 9:45 am via Zoom

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Memorial Day Parade
Sat, May 25
Merrill Elementary School (beginning)

Join the town of Raynham to honor veterans and active members of all military branches at the 10th Annual Raynham Memorial Day Parade. The parade will begin at Merrill Elementary and proceed down Pleasant St, through the four corners, and along South Main St. It will then turn onto King Philip St. and conclude at Gazebo Park. A commemorative ceremony will follow the parade at 11:15a at the Gazebo. Veterans and members of the military are invited to ride in the trolley or walk in the parade. To participate, call the Raynham Town Hall at 508-824-2700 or email

How To Create A Marketing Plan For Your Small Business 5/30

Are you overwhelmed by all the marketing choices for your business? Not sure how or where to spend your time and money? It sounds like you need a marketing plan!

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Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.
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.
You're Invited to A Get
Together for Good
Please join us on May 20th at Shoveltown Brewery in Easton and bring a friend.
It will be a casual night of good friends, good music by DJ Joe Lupica and good fun for The Charity Guild.

Tickets are $50.00 - small bites included.

Grants Rental
We Have the Equipment You Need to Get the Job Done!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater

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Annual Bridgewater-Raynham Special Olympics Yard Sale
Sat May 25
585 Locust St., Raynham

It's time for the Annual Special Olympics Yard Sale! Come by for a wide selection of treasures, including furniture, household items, toys, appliances, clothes, and more!
All of the proceeds raised will go to the Bridgewater-Raynham Special Olympics teams! Your support will help purchase uniforms, sports, equipment, etc.
Story Credit: Kate Dyer, Raynham Rec via email
Mill Street Bridge Project:
Update from Highway Superintendent

The Mill St. Bridge remains closed as construction is moving forward to final stages and is still expected to reopen sometime in May 2024.
Phase 2 of Mill St roadway improvements is expected to begin in June 2024, this work will include new drainage, sidewalks, and new pavement from the new bridge area to King Philip St, the road is expected to remain open for most of this construction.

Gardiner St. Bridge at Kings Pond Dam update: Design and testing is in process as well permitting applications which is expected to be in review for 9-18 months. Once permits are approved the bid process will begin for construction.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Raynham Highway Department at 508-824-2718.
Source: Town Website
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 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.
Submitted by Marcy Venezia, CEO MBA, RN, PMP
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Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17, 2024
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

Songkran Festival at Wat Nawamintararachutis in Raynham April 28

Raynham celebrated Songkran, or Thai New Year (Thailand's most significant annual festival) at Wat Nawamintararachutis in Raynham April 28.

Wat Nawamintararachutis (the NMR Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Nawamin for short) was established in 2002 in Raynham. Wat Nawamin serves as a place for people of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds to benefit from Buddhist practices and meditation. Wat Nawamin is also a Thai-American cultural center.

Traditionally the Songkran festival is celebrated for three days starting on the first full moon in April. The first day of the festival is traditionally marked with spring cleaning and a water pouring ceremony. During this, scented water is poured onto sacred Buddha images in temples. This symbolically represents purification, or the washing away of the previous year to welcome the New Year. On the second day, young people pay respect to their elders by pouring scented water over their hands and feet in return for blessings and floral garlands, and offerings are made to monks and temples.

Source: Euro News
Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
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