March 24, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Library space program Homeschool Social on Planets - so much fun!
Benjamin Hobart's Mansion

Benjamin Hobart, a Historian, was the owner of an old colonial style mansion that stood at the corner of Pleasant street and South Avenue in Whitman for 150 years. It was built about 1784. The picture above is an example of what Benjamin Hobarts house might have looked like. It is of the old colonial style. The mansion was taken down in 1934.

Benjamin Hobart became known as the historian of Abington. He graduated from Brown University in 1804.

Benjamin Hobart hated when people whistled because he was involved in a lawsuit which he lost. The plaintiff whistled, so from that day forward he got annoyed when someone whistled.

Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Information Credit: Article from unnamed newspaper from the Dyer Memorial Library
Image Credit: wikicommons

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Town Hall
54 South Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7:30pm
Fri Closed

Public Library
100 Webster Street
Mon-Thu 10am - 8pm
Fri 1pm - 5pm
Sat (School Year) 10am - 4pm

Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7 pm
Fri 8am - 1pm

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Tom Flaherty
a 1/4 CSA Share from
Nessralla Farm Rt 106 Halifax, MA

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy
785 Bedford St (Rt 18) Whitman
Author talk featuring Marjorie Harshaw Robie and her new book "Dueling Dragons: the struggle for Ireland 1849-1875".
Mon April 1, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Whitman Public Library

A sought-after speaker on things Irish, Robie was inspired by a collection of ancestral diaries that survived intact through famine, revolution, generations of owners, a transoceanic voyage, a bank renovation, and a mistaken mailing to the American heartland, telling the story of 25 tumultuous years in the history of Ireland through the words and actions of three men who lived on the front lines of revolution. "DUELING DRAGONS" is the second in Robie’s two-volume history of early and mid-19th century Ireland. Her first," DWELLING PLACE OF DRAGONS", was published in 2006. The new volume spans 1849 to 1875 when famine and emigration decimated the Irish population, religious conflicts divided Protestants and Catholics, and friendships and families were torn apart.
Beginner book club for K-2!~ Pete the Cat Goes Camping

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6 PM – 6:45 PM Whitman Public Library Everyone can follow along in their own copy as a book is read aloud. We will have plenty of copies available at the program. Then we will do a craft and play beginner reading games.

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Flea Market
All Saints Church, 44 Park Ave. Whitman (by the Whitman Park Bandstand)
Saturday, April 6 from 9am - 3pm.

Image Credit: All Saints Church Website
Bridgewater Farm Supply is Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store

Itching to get back in the garden? Can't wait to get your hands dirty? Why not start your own plants from seed this year? We have everything you need to start your little seedlings. Stop by today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Above: February Duval Elementary students Fun Run
Videos from WHCATV

Below: Whitman Board of Selectmen's meeting March 26, 2019.
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University 

For Students:

Greenlight for Girls is an international organization that inspires girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways. We welcome 150 girls (age 11-15) from local communities to join us for an exciting day filled with hands-on science & technology workshops guided by STEM role model professionals, BSU faculty and staff. The event will take place on April 6, 2019. Additional information.

Summer Science Academy for Students Entering Grades 4-12
The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science classes for students grades 4-12. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

 Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. Students in the middle school classes will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Please visit to register.

For Parents: Development of Multiplication and Division from Basic Facts to Multi-Digit (Grades 3-5)
From basic facts to long division, calculation skills do not happen overnight. Students must have a deep understanding of our number system to build upon each growing skill. Ultimately, we want students to be the most efficient thinkers possible. Learn about some of the skills students must master along the way to help them truly understand the traditional procedures many of us learned years ago. The workshop will be held at the Bridgewater Campus on April 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Please visit to register.

Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Lunch!

We're Open:
Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
Yoga for the rest of us!

New , 6-Week Beginners Series starts May 5! Space is limited. Call & register today!

More movement, less stress!

484 Bedford St, E. Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

Cut-A-Thon to Support Dollars for Scholars Sun April 7, 10AM – 12PM

John Russell Studio Salon & Day Spa
587 Washington Street in Whitman
will be hosting a Cut-A-Thon in support of Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars 2019 fundraising drive. 
 The Cut-A-Thon is for wet cuts only including: Womens Cuts, Mens Cuts and Childrens Cuts (under 10yrs). Manicures will also be available. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 781-447-1100. Walk-ins will also be welcome.  
John Russell Studio Salon & Day Spa has been in business since 1989. Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars is a local chapter of Scholarship America established in 1962. Community volunteers raise scholarship funds for graduating high school seniors from the two towns.
For more information, please visit
What will the Easter Bunny put in your basket this year?

Candy by color •
Old Fashioned candy • Sugar, Gluten & Peanut Free selections • Jelly Belly jelly beans • and Ty Beanies!

785 Bedford St. * Whitman
(781) 447-2639
(508) 378-3913
635 Plymouth St, East Bridgewater
Videos from WHCA-TV
Left: The Whitman Community Survey Presentation. March 20, 2019
Dr. Melinda Tarsi, from Bridgewater State University, presents data from a community survey taken by Whitman Residents.
Right: The Taste of Whitman Hanson 2019 was held at the VFW in Whitman. Many people attended the event that offers a variety of food and raises money for Dollars for Scholars.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win  
a $15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy
785 Bedford St (Rt 18) Whitman

Historical Tidbit Question:
What annoyed Benjamin Hobart?

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Buzz Around Whitman.  
On April 3, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
Raising Children:

 We all have different philosophies on what is important to pass on to the next generation. Usually solid ethics, a sense of community and family, the ability to support themselves and live a fulfilled life are on the top of the list.

It's hard work, parenting, and sometimes we are challenged to answer questions we never thought about.

Now that my youngest of 4 is in his second year of college; my most important reflection is I have no regrets in choosing to spend more time with them over earning more money.

We had spring days walking to the playground. We picnicked under an oak reading the newest Harry Potter. We delivered lunches to the elderly, picked up trash in the neighborhood, we made jelly and kites. I now see the impact setting these priorities had on them: they have grown to be independent creative thinkers who care about their world.

Whatever your parenting and life choices, I would encourage you to take time for yourself to decide what is important to you. What kind of life do you want your children to live? What kind of world would you like to see created? Because these are the questions we are answering when we raise children, whether we think about it or not.
Most of all, enjoy them, not a day goes by that I don't wish that I could go back under that oak tree with them.
~ Jacquie
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