Fall Fest at Merrill School

The Fall Fest at the L.B. Merrill Elementary School was blessed with beautiful weather and sunshine this past Saturday, October 14th. The Early Childhood Parents Organization, or ECPO, put together an amazing event for the families of Merrill Elementary. ECPO organized volunteers and planned a variety of recreational activities including a musical bubble barge, a magic show, and a balloon artist's performance. There were also fall themed games and crafts for everyone to enjoy. It is clear from the photos that this event was a huge success! Everyone had a blast!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Requirements for
Raynham's Secession from Taunton

Town leaders from the first families of Raynham petitioned the Massachusetts General Court three times before they were allowed to become independent from Taunton.
The Court set the following requirements for Raynham's secession from Taunton: "That the inhabitants of said town do, within the space of three years from the publication of this act, procure and settle a learned and orthodox minister of good conversation and make provisions for his comfortable and honorable support and likewise provide a schoolmaster to instruct their children to read and write."
From "A Brief History of Raynham, Massachusetts" by Kathleen Roberts, Raynham Historical Commission

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Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
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Home School Hangout: Halloween STEAM Stations
Wed, Oct 25
760 S Main St
Raynham Public Library

Bring your child to the library and let them explore a variety of Halloween themed STEAM activities at their own pace! For ages 5-12 only. No registration needed, just show up! For questions, contact the library at 508-823-1344.
Ben's Chili Bowl
Sat, Oct 28
18 Lakeview Ave, Taunton
Lafayette Club

Benjamin's Fund will be hosting its annual chili competition at the outdoors area, "The Pines", at the Lafayette Club in Taunton. Come hand out with family and friends while tasting some amazing chilis and vote for your favorite! All proceeds will go towards supporting families with terminally ill children.
Ticket Prices:
Adults $20
Kids 12 and under $10
Kids under 2 is free
There are 3 ways to buy tickets. You can contact bentjmills1219@gmail.com or pay through PayPal or Venmo. Your tickets will then be held for you to pick up at the event. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional $5 charge each.

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RAC Spin Fundraiser
Sun, Oct 29
1250 New State Hwy
Raynham Athletics Club

The Raynham Athletics Club will be hosting an 80's themed cycling fundraiser! Stacey and Lisa will be team teaching at the event and everyone is encouraged to come dressed like it's the 80's! Any $ donations are welcomed and will go towards Team Greene and the Jimmy Fund. Spots are limited so please sign up at the RAC front desk or call 508-823-5440.
You can also contact the RAC with any questions at the same number, 508-823-5440.
Raynham Recognition Award
Forms due before Oct 31
558 S Main St
Raynham Town Hall

The Raynham Recognition Award is an award created by the Board of Selectmen and awarded b the Board periodically to any town resident or residents, town group or organization, or town employee or town official deserving recognition. Only currently serving elected officials are not eligible.

The award celebrates an individual act of kindness or an individual's accomplishment, or an individual's dedication and service.

Anyone can nominate any town residents or town organizations or town employees by filing out a nomination form, available at the Selectmen's office. Nomination forms will be collected at the end of the month and reviewed by the Selectmen. The recipient(s) of the award will be invited to attend a subsequent meeting of the Board of Selectmen for the presentation.
Climate Can Do:
The Buy Nothing Project
Climate Can Do: Updating Massachusetts' Bottle Bill
for a Greener Future

In 1983, Massachusetts launched the Bottle Bill, encouraging recycling with a $0.05 deposit on soda and beer containers. It worked well, cutting litter and boosting aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. But times have changed, and this old bottle bill needs a modern makeover.

Two new bills, H.3676 and H.3690/SB2104, now before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, aim to refresh the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, addressing the challenges posed by today's beverage consumption habits and recycling issues.

The Proposed Expansion
Bill H.3676: An Act to Update the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Michelle L. Ciccolo of Lexington, this bill seeks to modernize the Bottle Bill to meet current needs. 

Bill H.3690/SB2104: An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Marjorie C. Decker of Cambridge, this bill aims to broaden the Bottle Bill's coverage to include any drinkable liquid intended for human consumption. 

Why the Expansion Matters
Expanding the Bottle Bill aligns with today's beverage choices. The original law covered soft drinks, mineral water, beer, and malt beverages—products of a bygone era. Today, our options include bottled water, flavored waters, coffee-based drinks, juices, and sports drinks, which the outdated bill doesn't include. This gap has led to more litter and waste.

Updating the definition of "beverages" in the Bottle Bill removes this confusion. It's simple: water, flavored waters, iced teas, coffee-based drinks, and sports drinks should now have a $0.05 deposit. This expansion is expected to generate about $20 million in new revenue, with $5 million going to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA will use these funds for various initiatives, such as municipal recycling incentives, recycling transfer stations, source reduction, and public education.

How To Support The Bottle Bill Expansion
To support the expansion of the Bottle Bill for the sake of our environment and the long-term sustainability of our state, contact your elected officials and let them know you want to see Massachusetts' Bottle Bill improved by House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3690/SB2104. The Conservation Law Foundation has made it even easier to reach out with a prewritten letter available for the public’s use here.
Your actions can help Massachusetts move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. Join the movement and be part of positive change!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Southern New Hampshire University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
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Monster Mash:
Pre-School Halloween Party
Fri, Oct 27
760 S Main St
Raynham Public Library

Bring your little ones, ages 2-4 only, to the Halloween dance party at the library! Wear your costume and get groovy! Dancing will be followed by trick-or-treating around the library.
Register now! Not many spots are left.

Halloween Luncheon
Tues, Oct 31
2215 King Philip St
Raynham Senior Center

Join the Halloween Luncheon at the Raynham Senior Center in your best costume! There will be a costume contest and a prize for the winner. Lunch will include pizza, dessert, and a beverage. Entrance fee is $5.

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Raynham Sewer Commission Meeting
October 12, 2023
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Raynham Board of Selectmen
October 17, 2023
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Line Dancing Class at the Stone Church

A lively line dancing class was held at the Stone Church in Raynham this past Saturday night! Instructor Lestyn Gilmore took the evening to teach everyone some new moves in line dancing. Everyone had a blast learning new steps and dancing together to music. In addition, all the money raised from this event was donated by Lestyn to Stone Church's Women's Fellowship group for their future activities.

Photo credit: Stone Church FB
Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern

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How many times did the Raynham town leaders have to petition the court to become independent?

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