Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

Student Officers Nick Poulin and Zach DeAndrade have recently started working for the Raynham Police Department; their first day was Feb 22. They will receive extensive instruction and training over the next few months before starting Field Training. The PD sends thanks to Field Training Officers Dan Kelly and Jared Turkington for ensuring they were prepared for the week ahead!

Written by Erin Payne Buzz Around intern, SNHU
Source & Photo Credit: Raynham PD FB
Historical Tidbit:
The Area Known as Raynham
The area now known as Raynham was once a part of Taunton, which was settled beginning in 1637.  The Iron Forge, established by the Leonard family in 1652, provided employment in this region for over two centuries.

The people who lived in this area considered the journey to Church Green in Taunton for Sunday worship services too long and in 1727 they petitioned to have their own church closer to home. At that time, to have a new parish meant you were forming a new town. That petition was rejected.  

Persistence on their part paid off, and in 1731 they were granted permission to form a separate town and instructed to provide for a church and a school teacher.

The church was officially established on October 19, 1731 and Rev. John Wales was ordained as its first Pastor the next day.

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman
2024 Election Information

This year's primary presidential election will take place Tuesday, March 5th, from 7a-8p. All precincts are able to vote at Raynham Middle School, located at 420 Titicut Road.

Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry Sale: Friends of the Library Fundraiser
Fri & Sat, Mar 8 & 9
Raynham Public Library
760 S Main St

Come join the Raynham Library in its Trinkets and Treasures jewelry sale! All proceeds will go towards the library. Up until the day of the fundraiser, the Friends of the Library are accepting donations of jewelry for this fundraiser. Donations can be dropped off at the main desk during library hours.
Herb Garden Starter Kit
Sat. March 16
Raynham Senior Center
2215 King Philip Street

Explore the world of flowers and herbs at our workshop! Learn how to grow them indoors and outdoors, discover which ones are edible and ornamental, and plant your own. Each participant will receive a seed starter kit and a selection of seeds to take home. This workshop, presented by Therapy Gardens, is hosted by the Library. Advance registration is required.

Source & Registration Link: Raynham Council on Aging website
Girls Youth Lacrosse Expanding

The Bridgewater Raynham girls lacrosse program has seen such a big influx in K-2 interest since the winter clinic started that they have committed to having two teams this season. Registration is now open, so if you're planning on signing up, do so now! If you have any questions about practice or games please reach out to brgirlsyouthlax@gmail.com.

Climate Can Do: Addressing Climate Resilience through Fairtrade Chocolate

Do you love chocolate? If so, you're not alone. Americans eat 58 million pounds of chocolate during Valentine's week, lets look at some eco-friendly ways to enjoy it.

The supply of chocolate struggles with the increasing demand due to the impact of climate change on the cocoa industry.

Cocoa trees grow in humid climates and take up to a year to produce enough cocoa for half a pound of chocolate. Climate Change is a significant threat to countries around the equator, like Indonesia, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, where cocoa grows.
Sustainable cocoa farming promotes fair trade and climate-smart practices, helping farmers earn fair prices, prevent deforestation, and mitigate climate change. However, producing chocolate has a high carbon footprint due to transportation and requires over 1,180 gallons of water per pound.

You can reduce your chocolate's carbon footprint by taking simple steps:

  • Choose simple, recyclable packaging over fancy ones.
  • Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate for lower sugar content and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Buy fair trade chocolate that guarantees sustainable cocoa farming and fair payment to farmers.
  • Choose local "bean-to-bar" chocolate for quality and eco-friendliness.

Look for products with third-party certifications, like Fair Trade USA, or brands like Choceur Superberries, Chuao Chocolatier, and Bake Believe, to name a few. 

Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern and Southern New Hampshire University graduate student wrote this Climate Can-Do Article. 

Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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March 9, 2024
6:30 – 9 pm. $17 in advance, $20 at the door,
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Cedar St Community Center
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Live Music By Eloise & Company

Sponsors: Bluestone Bank, Bridgewater Cultural Council, Bridgewater Trophy
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A Salute to our Veterans Comedy Night
Sat, March 16
American Legion Post 405
291 Mill St

RAVE’s “Salute to our Veterans” Comedy Night is back by popular demand! A fun night out while raising funds for the Raynham Memorial Day Parade, purchasing and maintaining flags for decorating Raynham’s center for patriotic holidays, and sponsoring Veterans Day programs in our Raynham schools. Anyone who would like to purchase tickets ($25), be an event sponsor ($100), or donate a raffle item, please reach out to ravevolunteercoordinator@gmail.com. Thank you!
Reposted from RAVE Raynham FB
RAVE Raynham Annual Scholarships

RAVE is offering two $1,000 scholarships again this year for graduating high school seniors continuing their education. All high school seniors living in the town of Raynham, who have volunteered in various capacities, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2024.The application for the scholarship is available by emailing ravevolunteercoordinator@gmail.com.

Source Credit: RAVE Raynham FB
Lions Club of Raynham Foundation Scholarships

The Raynham Lions Club has opened up its submissions for scholarships this year, with a deadline to submit applications by April 15th. Two winners will be selected for a $1,500 scholarship. Lions Club Scholarship Application (pdf)
Mood Boost with Chartwells

Mr. Eric DeLisle, BRRSD Food Service Director at Chartwells met with LaLiberte Elementary students on February 15th to discuss eating healthy food and the positive ways it can impact your mood. The students discussed the different food groups, the foods within each group, and what positive moods can come from eating these healthy foods. The Bridgewater- Raynham Regional School District sends their thanks to both Mr. DeLisle and Chartwells.

Written by Erin Payne Buzz Around Intern, SNHU
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was ordained as the first Pastor at the Raynham's First Church, established in 1731?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Erin Payne, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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