March 13, 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. 
Raynham Girl Scout Troop Hosts
Donation Drive

Girl Scout Troop 82720 hosted a donation drive where they collected bags full of clothes, shoes, blankets, and toiletries. Last week, they dropped off these items to the Wandering Heart Project, an organization whose mission is to provide essentials to foster and homeless children
in MA.

Thank you to everyone who donated, and thank you to the members of Girl Scout Troop 82720 for organizing and hosting a big supply run to support other community members in need.

Picture and story credits: The Wandering Heart FB page -
Historical Tidbit: 
Massachusetts Wild Turkey 

At the time of colonial settlement, the wild turkey was widespread in Massachusetts. As settlement progressed, hardwood forests were cut and the range of the turkey began to shrink. The last known native bird was killed in 1851. After the Civil War, land use patterns began to change. Farms were abandoned and the forests regenerated.

MassWildlife managers learned that trapping and relocating wild birds was a successful restoration strategy. Biologists captured 37 birds in New York and released them in southern Berkshire County between 1972 and 1973. The new flock grew, and by the fall of 1978, the estimated population was 1,000 birds. Turkeys soon ranged throughout most parts of Massachusetts west of the Connecticut River.

In 1991, the wild turkey was named the state’s official game bird. The estimated population is now between 30,000 and 35,000 birds! Under careful management, the future looks bright for turkeys; sportsmen, naturalists, and other wildlife enthusiasts welcome their return.

Wild turkeys are an important natural resource in Massachusetts. They are classified as game birds, for which a management program and regulated hunting seasons have been established.

Image Credit: Sue Basile
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
Patty Hogan
you won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
a $15 gift card to
734 Bedford St, Rt 18, Elmwood Post Office Building, East Bridgewater
George Mitchell Elementary School Building Committee Meeting
March 14

The Bridgewater School Building Committee will be hosting a virtual meeting about the updates on the George E. Mitchell Elementary School building project.

For more info on the time and Zoom link, please visit the committee's website:
Keep Physically Fit at the COA

Yoga with certified instructor Kelley Brophy on
Mondays at 11a.
Exercise with Marybeth on Tuesdays at 9:45a.
Zumba Gold with certified instructor Kelley
Brophy on Tuesdays at 1:30p. (NEW TIME)
Tai Chi with Elijah Swain on Tuesdays at 3p.
Line Dancing with Steve Cavanaugh on
Wednesdays at 1p. Exercise with Diane Nanfelt on Thursdays at 10a.
At this time, there is a limit of 20 people per class.
Each class is $3.00. Please have exact change.
Raynham residents only.
Singo at the Raynham Council on Aging
March 16, 11a
Raynham Senior Center

Singo is a game that combines the classic, Bingo, with music. Use the song titles on your cards rather than numbers while having fun singing along across a variety of genres.

Info from Raynham COA newsletter:
Donate to the Raynham Middle School Shoe Drive
Saturday, March 19
12 - 3p
Raynham Middle School

Tell your friends and family to bring gently worn, used, and new shoes for donation.
We SO appreciate the help and support as we try to hit our goal of 100 bags of 25 pairs!

You can keep the shoes in the trunk and someone will pick come around and take them out when you stop by!
Dogs, Cats, Birds, Horses; we have everything you need to care for your pets!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Access the Digital Raynham Library
with Libby

Access digital titles of books, keep track of your loans and holds, and see content based on your preferences.

The OverDrive app will no longer be used very soon, so make sure to switch to the Libby app.

Info from the Raynham Public Library FB page:
Soon To- Be Teen Drivers:
Monday, March 28th
5:30 - 6:30p
Raynham Public Library

Do you have a soon-to-be driver in your home? Join AAA for Dare to Prepare a workshop to answer your questions about teens becoming drivers, for soon-to-be drivers and their caregivers.

Hosted by the RPL Teen Advisory Group.
Raffle to Support the Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School Marching Band's D.C. Trip

The Bridgewater Raynham High School Boosters are raising money to fund the Marching Band's special trip to perform at the Lincoln Centennial Celebration where they will represent Massachusetts in Washington, DC!

Purchase tickets and enter to win "A Maine Escape," a getaway at Lincolnville Beach in a Penthouse for 3 days/2 nights.

To show your support, follow this Rallyup link which will be open for ticket purchases until March 31:
Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward
Tuesday, March 29th
Join us as we learn about eradicating racism with the @dcbcenter.
Registration is online.
For questions about this event, please contact Kevin McGowan ( or Melissa Winchell (
Raynham Board of Selectmen Meeting
 March 8
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham Parks and Recreation Meeting
March 1
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
New Grant Program to Support Small Businesses

On Feb. 23, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Brockton Mayor Sullivan, and other local officials, announced the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) grants program.

An exciting $75,000,000 is available for two kinds of grants to support local, small businesses: the New Applicant Grant and the Inclusive Grant.

Applications for this funding are open until April 4.

Info and photo from Metro South Chamber of Commerce FB page:
For the application and info about the two different grant programs, visit the MGCC website:
Treat your fingernails to Color Street temporary designs!

Tons of fun!

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Get Your Tickets for the Bridgewater-Raynham Educational Foundation's Inaugural Fundraiser
Sat, Mar 26th
Olde Scotland Links

The Bridgewater Raynham Educational Foundation is committed to raising money to supplement the public school education of students by supporting teachers and school officials with grants.

This year, the organization will be hosting its fundraising event entitled "The Simply Sinatra Evening" where Michael Dutra, a Frank Sinatra impersonator will perform.

To show your support and find out more info about tickets, pricing, tables, etc., please visit the Bridgewater Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation FB page:

Senior Center Book Club

The Raynham Senior Center would like to start a book club for its senior community! Put your name on the interest list
and share this idea with anyone else to get this club started.

If there is enough interest, the Senior Center will start this program and pick a book soon!

Please call 508-824-2740 to put your name down.
Support the Comedy Fundraiser
with Ride 22
Sat, March 26th
American Legion Post 405

Ride 22 is a nonprofit organization that works to raise community awareness of veteran and first responder suicide. With donations from the community, Ride 22 supports other local groups that support these individuals.

Have some laughs with top local comedians at this upcoming event.

Purchase your tickets, or donate and help sponsor the event by visiting
Check out the draft of Raynham's Master Plan & make comments.
Steer our beloved town in the direction you want it to go!
Raynham Master Plan - SRPEDD

The Virtual Open House is ongoing! Read through the Master Plan and share your feedback to ensure it reflects your goals and priorities.

Read more
Raynham Master Plan Report Comment Form

Thank you for reviewing the draft Master Plan report. Your comments will help us finalize the plan and document to shape Raynham's future. Feel free to submit this form as many times as you need.

Read more

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
a $15 gift card to
734 Bedford St, Rt 18, Elmwood Post Office Building, East Bridgewater

Historical Tidbit Question:
Why did the flock of the Massachusetts Wild Turkey die out?

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 March 16, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Promise for the Future

There are those, each generation, who have hope amidst war, show kindness though they are surrounded by hate, gratitude despite loss.

These are the people we need to be now, for we shape the future.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

“If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
~ Helen Keller
Each day, we choose how to move forward. Please join me in choosing hope, kindness, and gratitude. Even if that is all we can do.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador & Greg Venezia.
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