COA Joins in the Memorial Day Parade:

The Raynham Senior Center Crew will be walking in the Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 27th.
They would love for others to join them.

If you are interested contact the Senior Center:
Historical Tidbit:
Industry in Raynham

During the 1800s and well into the 1900s, Raynham had several small cottage industries that included: a tack factory, a grist mill powered by a dam on Johnson's pond, sawmills, a bleachery, a straw hat factory, and several shoe "manufactories."
Prior to the advent of the mechanization of the shoe industry, shoes were frequently made in small shops that were sometimes located adjacent to the owners' homes. Raynham had several of these small shoe shops.
A box factory, owned by George Williams, was located very close to the saw mill on Richmond Street. That site is now occupied by industrial property. The boxes that were manufactured there were used to store fish. Each day, trucks delivered the boxes to fishing ports such as New Bedford, Provincetown, Plymouth, Boston and Sakonnet and Newport, RI. At some point in the mid 1900s, fish was no longer packaged in wooden boxes. Around this time the factory lost its profitability.
From A Brief History of Raynham, Massachusetts,
by Kathleen Roberts, Raynham Historical Commission
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Assessors    508-824-2704
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Building Dept.       508-824-2708
Board of Health      508-824-2766
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Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

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Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
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Any Tuesday 4-5:30p inside Westgate Mall
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May the 4th
was International Firefighters Day?!
Now HERE's a group of humans that REALLY have the Force!
Thanks Raynham Firefighters!
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Cub Scout Pack 49 Ice Cream Social & Information

Wednesday, May 10
480 Norton Rd, Taunton

Cub Scout Pack 49 Taunton & Raynham, will host an Ice Cream Social and Information Night at Joseph C Chamberlain. The event is open to anyone, and is specifically aimed at families of girls and boys entering grades K-5 in the fall of 2023. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Cub Scouts and their upcoming activities and adventures, while children can enjoy fun and games. It's a great chance to get involved in the community and make new friends!

For more information visit the Cub Scout Pack 49 Fb event post.

Lace up your sneakers and get ready for the Walk Massachusetts Challenge! Walking consistently has numerous physical and mental health benefits. Regardless of how far or fast you walk, whether you use a cane or a walker, remaining active is key to aging well and living independently. Walking is accessible for most people whether done outside at your local park or indoors and in place on rainy days. Walking and the Walk Massachusetts Challenge is a fun way to build community! Just register at, choose a challenge, and track your walking during the period between May 1 and Oct 31. With six challenges, there is a challenge for you no matter your ability. The only competition is yourself: to be better than you were yesterday. Meet milestones and be entered to win up to a $50 gift card. And, for each person who completes their challenge, our Council on Aging will be entered to win up to $1,000 for future programming. The more you walk, the more everyone win!

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CCR Tribute Performance by
Kelly & The Poor Boys

Friday, May 12
The Jockey Club, 115 New State Hwy

Don't miss out on the chance to see Kelly & the Poor Boys, an amazing tribute band that plays the classic hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty. The event is free to attend, but it's always a good idea to call ahead and reserve a table by dialing (508) 828-9128. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some great music and have a fun night out with friends or family, so don't hesitate to mark your calendars!
Pan Mass 2023 Bash

Saturday, May 13
248 Mohawk Road

Join us for a fun-filled outdoor event to support Cori Newcomb's 2023 Pan Mass Challenge Bike Ride. This event is perfect for families and children of all ages, and will feature live music, exciting raffle prizes, and a silent auction. Not only will you have a great time, but you'll also be helping to raise funds for a fantastic cause. Come show your support and enjoy a day of entertainment while making a positive impact on the community. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the Pan Mass 2023 Fb event page.
Raynham Upper Primary Spring Performance

Saturday, May 13
420 Titicut Road

Drama Kids from Raynham Recreation invites you to their upcoming show, "Big Mystery Under the Big Top," which will be held at Raynham Middle School. Get ready to be entertained by our talented students as they take the stage! Keep an eye out for more information, which will be posted on the event site. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to support our local young actors!

More information will be posted at Drama kids Fb event here!
Join Fuller Craft Museum for our FREE Opening Reception and Artist Gallery Talks!
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Planning for Memorial Day Parade!

The Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education (RAVE) is in the works of planning the Ninth Annual Raynham Memorial Day Parade. If you're interested in joining and lending a hand, you can contact the Raynham Town Hall at 508-824-2700 or send an email to This is an excellent opportunity to honor and remember the veterans who gave their lives serving our country, so make sure to get involved!
Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Today, Sunday, May 7th, is National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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BR Youth Road Race

Sunday, May 21st
Grades K–4: 2p; Grades 5–8: 2:20p
Check in at BRRHS cafeteria
One-mile road race for Bridgewater / Raynham children in grades K–8.

The race has been on hiatus for four years due to the pandemic, but The Town of Bridgewater Recreation Commission and Bridgewater State University, are excited to announce its return May 21st, under the direction of Northeast Race Management, and for the first time welcoming Raynham kiddos!

There will be two races, one for grades K–4 at 2p, and one for grades 5–8 at 2:20p. The races will be held on the roadway in front of BRRHS. All participants will receive a commemorative backpack, a finisher ribbon, and a certificate with their name and time. Pre-registration is highly recommended!

For more information and to register, visit BRYouthRoadRace.Com.
Magic with Raynham Rec!
The Raynham Recreation Department recently hosted a magical afternoon event on April 18th, featuring the talented magician Tommy James Magic. The event provided an exciting opportunity for children to witness close-up magic of all kinds, and some were even lucky enough to assist in Tommy James Magic's tricks. This entertaining event brought joy and excitement to the children, fostering a sense of community engagement and spirit. The Raynham Recreation Department is committed to providing fun and engaging events for all ages, and this magical afternoon was just one example of their dedication to serving the community. For more information on magic shows and other events, check out the Raynham Recreation Dept site here!

Story by: Jamie Puhi

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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Name a couple of the "cottage industries" that started up in the 1800's in Raynham.

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On May 10, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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