September 4, 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. 
GFWC Taunton Junior Woman’s Club presented
Seven Scholarships to Area Students
This year GFWC Taunton Junior Woman’s Club donated $3500 in scholarships to seven area students. Applications were sent to twelve public high schools and colleges/universities in the Taunton region where our club has at least two members. They include Taunton, Bridgewater, Norton, Dighton, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Freetown, Assonet, Raynham, Brockton, Berkley and Somerset.

We received thirty-seven applications. Through a committee of six members the applications were scored and the top seven recipients were selected. The recipients along with their families were invited to our membership drive get together on Monday, August 8th at the Silver Platter Restaurant at Bristol Plymouth High School. The recipients include: Kaci Leonard, Corinne Hathaway, Kayla Pratt, Natalie Fredericksen, Samantha Crowley, Michelle Aminova and Cameron White. We wish them the best through their collegiate endeavors.

The “Meet and Greet” included a video presentation about our club, a presentation of the scholarships by President Robin Gendron and Education Chairman Nancy Martin, homemade treats, and the filling of backpacks for children from the JRI Foster Care and Adoption Agency.

Story & image credit: GFWC Taunton Junior Woman’s Club
Historical Tidbit:
Why do we get the first Monday of September off every year? 
Labor Day began during the industrial revolution, while we transitioned to more modern and innovative manufacturing processes. New jobs in factories and railroads dramatically grew America's economy. As this new factory work life developed, workers demanded rights that we know are necessary; non-hazardous conditions, humane work hours, and fair wages. Some big businesses fought hard to combat the unionization of workers by breaking up protests with police and sometimes military force. 
Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. Tens of thousands of labor union members - bricklayers, jewelers, typographers, dress and cloak makers attended a day of parade, picnic, and protest in Union Square in New York. This was the first Labor Day holiday on September 5, 1882.

New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. 

The fight for workers rights continued. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a federal holiday.

Despite the celebrations and protests, the rights that these workers fought for did not become law until during the Great Depression in 1938. At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed laws for 8-hour work days, 5-day work weeks, and an end to child labor. The long fight for labor rights helps Americans be protected in the workplace, so happy Labor Day. A working day we rest.

Story credit: Ariel Milian, MassHire Trainee. Senior, Foxborough Regional Charter School - MHS
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Public Library

Council on Aging

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
Jean Hatch
You won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater
& Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Upcoming Events at the Raynham Public Library

New Reader Book Club
Thursday, September 8th, 4 - 5p
Each week we explore a book or series through reading together, fun activities, and crafts. Keep kids excited and engaged as they become readers. No need to read the book before the meeting. Ages 5-8. This week we are exploring: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, September 12th, 7 - 8p
Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting, open to the public.

Raising Money for Raynham Elementary Schools
Laliberte Elementary School

You can start supporting our school now with all your Back to School purchases! Set up Amazon Smile on your Amazon account at no extra cost to you and start donating every time you purchase! Same with the Box top app - if you are just transferring to our school make sure you change your donation school to Laliberte!
Raynham E.C.P.O. L.B.
Merrill Elementary

Here's a simple way to start earning money for the school! Just download the "Box Tops" app, select "Lillie B Merrill" and take pictures of your receipts when you shop. SO EASY!! Please take a minute to do this – every Box Top really does add up! Check out Raynham E.C.P.O. L.B. Merrill Elementary on Facebook for more information!
Keeping Physically Fit
at the
Raynham Senior Center!

Raynham Senior Center, 2215 King Philip Street

Yoga with certified instructor Kelley Brophy on Mondays at 9:30a.

Light Weights and Stretching with certified instructor Beth Morrison on Mondays at 11a.

Exercise with Marybeth on Tuesdays at 9:45a.

Zumba Gold with certified instructor Kelley Brophy on Tuesdays at 1:15p. (NEW TIME)

Tai Chi with Elijah Swain on Tuesdays at 2:15p.

Line Dancing with Steve Cavanaugh on Wednesdays at 1p.

Exercise with Diane Nanfelt on Thursdays at 10a.

Each class is $3.00. Please have exact change. Story credit
Raynham Board of Selectmen
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Plastic Water Bottles
Single use disposable plastic water bottles are everywhere. Using them will be a very hard habit to break, but a really important one. Not only does individual bottled water cost more than any other water source, but the over-all health benefits are questionable & our planet suffers immensely from their use.

1) Plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a petroleum product. PET requires giant amounts of fossil fuels to produce and transport. 2) Scientists at Goethe University have found that water bottles made from PET plastic leach compounds that mimic the hormone estrogen into the bottled water. This raises questions about their safety. ( science) 3) Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S. ( 4) With such a small percentage being recycled, most of our single use plastic breaks down into tiny beads of plastic particles (nano and micro plastics) which infiltrate everything –our plants, our food, our fish, our air, our bodies.
For yourself & our planet, break the habit.
2nd Annual Raynham Giants Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Monday, September 19th, 8:30a
Easton Country Club

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2nd Annual Raynham Giants Golf Tournament Fundraiser.

This event is the #1 fundraiser for our organization and funds raised are used to help offset program operating expenses to keep our player registration fees affordable for the 150+ children that will play this fall season.

Spots will be limited so sign-up ASAP to reserve your foursome!
Stardust Gym
Raynham Community Day
is Back!
Sunday, Sept 18th
(Rain Date Sunday, September 25th)

The Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education, (R.A.V.E.), Inc. is planning this year's Raynham Community Day, scheduled to take place this coming September.

Show your community pride by helping to plan this fun event! If you are interested in more information or would like an application to participate as one of Raynham’s special non-profit organizations or local businesses or as one of our special sponsors for the event, please contact RAVE volunteer coordinator. We hope you can join us as we celebrate Raynham at RAYNHAM COMMUNITY DAY. Thank you!

Anyone interested in participating or learning more information can contact RAVE Coordinator Becky George, call 781-608-4467 or 508-863-3069, or email application will be sent to you.
Discover Raynham & Taunton Girl Scouts: Pet and Pet Inventions (K-5)
Wednesday, September 28th, 5:30 - 7p
Raynham Public Library

Raynham and Taunton families are invited to learn more about Girl Scouts by attending this sample/getting started meeting. Girl Scout staff and volunteers will host a meeting for future Girl Scouts and their caregivers to experience followed by a time to ask questions and, if interested, talk more about how to join and continue their Girl Scout Adventure.

Can't make it but still interested? Please contact Stacey Oliveira at
The Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans are Back!

Bridgewater-Raynham Athletics are back for the Fall 2022 season! Check out these photos from football practice and this video of a scrimmage from the girl's soccer team!

Stay up to date on information about all B-R High School Athletics this season. Go Trojans!

Images courtesy of B-R Athletics on Twitter
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
When was the first Labor Day holiday, held in New York?

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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 September 7, 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, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Amanda Manoogian, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
That Einstein Sunday Afternoon Feeling
This Labor Day, I wish you an Einstein Sunday Afternoon. The kind of day that's full of drowsy warmth and a book on the hammock. A day where you imagine all that is possible while birds chirp overhead.

And then... we know we will be rested, ready to begin our next great adventure with open eyes and a rejuvenated soul.

"To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall." ~ Ann Patchett

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.”
~ Sarah Helen Whitman

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen
Enjoy the warm days & cool nights. ~ Jacquie

Pictured: Einstein Sunday Afternoon. Artist: Jacquelyn Rose Oil on Canvas. Brockton Public Library permanent Collection.
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