Thank You to Everyone who Participated in
Fall Clean Up Week!

The Halifax Beautification Committee (HBC) 2023 Fall Clean Up Week was a success! The HBC is an environmental conservation organization that is committed to improving the landscape of the town’s properties. They contributed to this mission through their recent Fall Clean-Up Week.

From October 14th to October 22nd, the HBC held an initiative to pick up litter around Halifax. Many people from the community came out to help clean roadways and public spaces. By the second day of Clean Up Week, about 40 people had committed to the effort! One litter-buster was Nick Hadorn, who worked three hours to fill up a pick-up truck with collected litter. In fact, the beautification of Halifax involved various contributors. Boy Scout Troop 39 cleaned up the area between Town Hall and the school, while members of the HBC planted mums in the Margaret Fitzgerald Garden. Frederick Corrigan focused on collecting roadside litter, and the Rankin Family assisted by picking up litter on Elm Street's north sections.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help clean up our neighborhoods and community! Fall Clean Up Week would not have been a success without your help. It doesn’t have to be Clean Up Week for you to be a litter-buster! Let’s continue to keep Halifax clean by disposing of waste properly and picking up around town.

For more information, visit the Halifax Beautification Committee’s Facebook page.

Story and Photo Credits: HBC FB
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:

Meeting House Required for Township
"A prerequisite for permission to form a township, as laid down by the General Court, was that a Meeting House be built before the petition would be granted. In the case of Halifax, however, the building was not completed until shortly after the town was incorporated. There is no explanation anywhere in the town records for this unorthodox transaction. Perhaps promises were made by petitioners and their judgment and integrity put above suspicion. At any rate, we can claim one more 'first' in the distinguished history of Halifax." 
sue and her plant 2011
From: The History of Halifax Massachusetts, Guy S. Baker

Respectfully Submitted,
Sue Basile
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Halifax Congregational Church
503 Plymouth St. (Rt 106)
Tuesdays 2:30 - 4p
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Enter for this week's prize of
a 9" Mum
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Halifax Elementary School
Annual Food & Turkey Drive
October 10 to November 17

There is still time to donate non-perishable food items to the Helping Hands of Halifax Food Pantry. Families may also donate a holiday turkey by purchasing a gift card. Students can bring donations to their classrooms for collection. We aim to collect over 1,000 items to help people in need during the holiday season. All donations are greatly appreciated. Together, we can make a difference! For more information and future updates about these events, check out the Halifax Elementary School FB page.

Halifax Board of Health
November 1, 2023
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Halifax Board of Selectmen Meeting
October 24, 2023
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2023/2024 Winter Parking Information

No overnight on-street parking will be permitted on any street in the Town of Halifax effective November 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024.

Residents must remove all basketball hoops, hockey nets etc. from within the town layout (i.e.: the side of the road). This will prevent them from being damaged when plowing occurs.

Reposted from Town of Halifax FB
Veteran's Day Celebration
Sat, Nov 11
499 Plymouth St

A very special Veteran's Day celebration will be taking place where 47 Hometown Hero Banners will be hung throughout the town! Lend a helping hand while paying tribute to our veterans.

Depending on the weather, the VFW will be cooking up some hamburgers and hotdogs in order to raise funds for VFW Post 6258's Poppy Drive.

Interfaith Vigil For Peace
At Bridgewater State University
October 25, 2023
Video Courtesy of BTV Access Corp
Climate Can Do: Updating Massachusetts' Bottle Bill
for a Greener Future

In 1983, Massachusetts launched the Bottle Bill, encouraging recycling with a $0.05 deposit on soda and beer containers. It worked well, cutting litter and boosting aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. But times have changed, and this old bottle bill needs a modern makeover.

Two new bills, H.3676 and H.3690/SB2104, now before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, aim to refresh the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, addressing the challenges posed by today's beverage consumption habits and recycling issues.

The Proposed Expansion
Bill H.3676: An Act to Update the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Michelle L. Ciccolo of Lexington, this bill seeks to modernize the Bottle Bill to meet current needs. 

Bill H.3690/SB2104: An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Marjorie C. Decker of Cambridge, this bill aims to broaden the Bottle Bill's coverage to include any drinkable liquid intended for human consumption. 

Why the Expansion Matters
Expanding the Bottle Bill aligns with today's beverage choices. The original law covered soft drinks, mineral water, beer, and malt beverages. Today, our drinking options include bottled water, flavored waters, coffee-based drinks, juices, and sports drinks, which the outdated bill doesn't include. This gap has led to more litter and waste.

Updating the definition of "beverages" in the Bottle Bill will include water, flavored waters, iced teas, coffee-based drinks, and sports drinks. This expansion is expected to generate about $20 million in new revenue, with $5 million going to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA will use these funds initiatives, such as municipal recycling, recycling transfer stations, source reduction, and public education.

How To Support The Bottle Bill Expansion
To support the expansion of the Bottle Bill, contact your elected officials and let them know you want to see Massachusetts' Bottle Bill improved by House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3690/SB2104. The Conservation Law Foundation has made it easy to reach out with a prewritten letter available for the public’s use here. Your actions can help Massachusetts move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Southern New Hampshire University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
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Large $14
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Photo Credit: Halifax Firefighters Union Local 3159
Photos for Firefighters Fundraiser
Sat, Nov 11
9a-3p (Weather dependent)
The Blacksmith Shop
490 South St

Throughout October, the Halifax Firefighters Local 3159 invited the community to take part in their "Bring Your Own Camera" Fundraiser. A stand was set up with festive fall decorations and props. Residents were encouraged to bring a photographer or snap their own fall family portraits.

Proceeds went to a great cause -- the Halifax Firefighters Union! Fundraising allows the union to give back to the community. Recently, this included the Silver Lake Regional High School annual fundraiser and assisting local families in need during the holidays. Your donation will also help the union purchase needed equipment for the department. This is how the Halifax Fire Department received their Polaris Ranger off road utility vehicle!

For a $25 fee, you'll now have the opportunity to take Christmas photos. A truck with festive decorations will be set up at The Blacksmith Shop. Pets are welcome!

Thanks to everyone who came by in October to take part in the fun and support our amazing firefighters! We hope to see you in November. Be sure to check back on the Halifax Firefighters Facebook Page for weather updates.

Story Source and Photo Credit: Halifax Firefighters FB Page
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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Book Clubs
Do you love to read? The Holmes Public Library, 470 Plymouth St, has some amazing book clubs planned for November!
Afternoon Book Club
Tues, Nov 14 at 1p
Miss Eliza's English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs
Non-Fiction Book Club
Wed, Nov 15 at 6p
A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan
COA Book Club
Thurs, Nov 16 at 2p
Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves

For more information, check out the Holmes Newsletter and visit their FB page.
Source: Holmes Newsletter
Car Seat Installations

Car seat installations are now available through the Halifax Police Department!

To set up an installation, please contact Officer Feltrup at or via phone at 781-294-8713 x170.

Reposted from HPD FB
Silver Lake Fundraiser
for the PTO
Thurs, Nov 16
6 Town Wharf, Plymouth

Come by Tavern on the Wharf for Silver Lake's Epic Paint Night Fundraiser! You'll be supporting Silver Lake Regional High School because all of the proceeds are going to the school's Parent-Teacher Organization.

You'll also have fun painting your very own masterpiece through step-by-step instructions. Supplies will be provided and no experience is needed. Come early if you'd like to mark your seats and grab a drink! We hope to see you there!

For more information and to sign up, visit Epic Paint Event page. This is a 21+ event.
Source: SLRHS FB
After-School Academic Clinics with The National Honor Society

Attention Silver Lake Regional Middle School students! If you need some extra help with your schoolwork, don't worry! High schoolers from The National Honor Society are offering Academic Clinics after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help you with your work.

For more information, check with your homeroom teacher.

Source: SLRMS website
Halifax Fire Department Teaches
Students About Fire Safety

As part of their fire prevention initiative, the Halifax Fire Department visited students to teach them about fire safety topics from the Massachusetts Public Fire and Safety Education curriculum. As part of their lesson, classes learned about “Recognizing the Firefighter as a Community Helper.” Students also got to see full firefighter gear and a Halifax firetruck!
Not only was this a fun, interactive activity for students, but it also served as a valuable learning experience!
You too can take part in this initiative, as the Halifax Fire Department explains that “Fire is Everyone’s Fight.” To learn more about how you can play a role in fire safety, visit the Halifax Fire Department website.

Story Source and Photo Credit: Halifax Fire Department FB and website.
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 9" Mum
Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106)
Halifax MA

Historical Tidbit Question:
Why was there no meetinghouse required for township?

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If There is to be Peace in the World...

“If there is to be peace in the world,

There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,

There must be peace in the heart.”

~ Lao-tse
I wish you peace in your heart. Our effect on those around us matters. We all must do our part to bring about peace. ~ Jacquie
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