January 9, 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. 
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
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Historical Tidbit:

The First Raynham Meetinghouse
The first Raynham meetinghouse, begun two years prior to the town's incorporation in 1731, was a very simple building without blinds, a steeple or a bell. (It would have looked similar to the one pictured.)

In 1773, the first meetinghouse was replaced by a simple structure, also without a steeple. The second meeting house was built by a local carpenter, Israel Washburn. 
Although a schoolmaster was first paid in Raynham in 1742, no schools are known to have been built at that time.

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
Tina Anthony
you won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
free 1.5 hour class 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
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
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.
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
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

Read more
Winter Reading Challenge 2022
The Challenge is for all ages and runs
January 3 - 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
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
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! 

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 and to participate call
Erin Medeiros at the Raynham Senior Center
Book Bundles at the Library 
Rising Covid numbers might mean limiting your visits to the library, but it doesn't have to mean limiting your books. We are still offering Book Bundles! Sign up to have books selected for your child each month, then pick them up, contact free, in the library entry-way.
BRRHS Cheerleaders
2021 Fall State Silver Medalists!
Incredible Feats of Strength, Coordination, Endurance and Team Work!
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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Readers: Looking to make a positive career move? Check out our
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.
Learn about the Taunton River Watershed
Raynham is one of 43 cities and towns which are included in the Taunton River Watershed. This includes rivers that feed into it. Tributaries like the Forge River flows through various ponds in Raynham. This river system also includes many smaller streams and “headwaters” – the most upstream areas, often wetlands and springs where rivers originate. The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) has been a voice for the Taunton River and its watershed since 1988.

They are an Alliance of concerned residents, businesses and organizations united to restore and properly manage the water and natural resources within the Watershed. They advocate for environmental protection, sustainable development and responsible stewardship of our precious and irreplaceable water resources.

The TRWA mission is:
*To protect and restore the Watershed’s natural resources for current and future generations.
*To build and support responsible stewardship of our fragile ecosystems, water quality, forests, farmland and wetlands.
*To be an integral resource for environmental education that is so crucial to the continued health and enjoyment of the Watershed’s waterways, woodlands, meadows, marshes, wildlife and open spaces.
*To be a voice for threatened land and water resources.

If you would like to participate in achieving the mission you could support by becoming a corporate sponsor, an activity sponsor, a member or volunteer. Whether you can give time or money your help would be greatly appreciated.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who built the second Raynham meetinghouse?

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 January 12, 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.
New Horizons, New Opportunities:
Earth friendly lifestyle changes are here; bringing about new industries and ways of living that don't harm the planet.
For energy sourcing, offshore floating wind farms are further out in the ocean, less in the way and more productive: As reported by John Upton of Climate Central and Clarisa Diaz of Quartz: Wind farming is "bringing job training for a growing army of maintenance workers known as wind energy technicians. The skills are being taught by hundreds of community colleges and other training institutions nationwide." Offshore wind farming has been booming in Europe for decades and more recently across parts of Asia. "... oceans are reliably blustery places. Calculations by the nonprofit Environment America indicate that offshore wind farms could provide almost all of the power Americans need by 2050. That means keeping the lights, heaters, and air conditioners on and fueling a nation’s worth of electrified cars, trucks, and transit systems, all from coastal wind farms."

And speaking of farms... this week I learned about how Kelp farming helps the environment, takes minimal start up costs and is perfect for those of us who aren't made for the office lifestyle.
Looking forward folks: imagination, innovation & change. It's exciting.
~ Jacquie
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