These Whitman-Hanson Staff Members Rock!

WHRSD Superintendent Jeff Szymaniak presented "You Rock" awards to staff members to recognize their outstanding work! The first 6 staff to "rock it" and receive this recognition were as follows:

Lisa Godbout
Kelly Molito
Jen Calagero
Jamie Graffam
Courtney Selig
Carol McNamme

A special thank you to these members of staff for all you do for the students of Whitman-Hanson. Keep on Rockin!!

Story and image credit: WHRSD Facebook
Historical Tidbit:
Andy the Alligator, 1933 Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's was founded by Rowland Hussey Macy, who between 1843 and 1855 opened four retail dry goods stores, including the original Macy's store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, established in 1851 to serve the mill industry employees of the area. They all failed, but he learned from his mistakes.

Macy moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named "R. H. Macy & Co." on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets:1102. On the company's first day of business on October 28, 1858 sales totaled $11.08, equal to $312.83 today.

As the United States prospered during the Roaring Twenties, so did New York City’s iconic department store—Macy’s. After going public in 1922, R. H. Macy & Co. started to acquire competitors. Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square expanded in 1924 to cover an entire city block stretching from Broadway to Seventh Avenue along 34th Street.

To showcase the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space at the start of the busy holiday shopping season, Macy’s decided to throw New York a parade on Thanksgiving morning. In spite of its timing, the parade was not actually about Thanksgiving at all but Christmas.

Which was the beginning of rolling out Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Macy's small business dream became big.

Shop your hometown small businesses. You'll be supporting dreams!

Story credit: J. Rose
Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
John Nesti
won a $15 gift certificate to
Rt 18, Whitman!

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$10 / gift certificate to
South Shore Bargaineer
1000 Main St, Unit 107
Internship Opportunity

*Graphic Design

Gain real-world knowledge as we design our internship specifically for you!
To participate, email resume:
Can't Forget about Leaf Clean Up...
Whitman DPW announces fall leaf and grass clipping drop off at the DPW Saturdays through Nov 27th, 7a - 3p. Leaves and grass clippings only. NO BRUSH OR BRANCHES and all plastic bags must be emptied and disposed of.
...and the Snow will be Falling Next!
The Whitman DPW is looking to hire Snow Plow contractors for this winter. We need from pickup trucks to front end loaders.
If interested please call the DPW during regular business hours for details. 781-447-7630

Miles for Meals Walk!
Fundraising will be done virtually here on GOFUNDME through Sunday, November 14.

On this day, the 5K/One-Mile Walk will take place in-person at Whitman Hanson Regional High School at 9:30a.

Whitman-Hanson’s National Honor Society, Student Council, and Key Club will be teaming up to host event. Register here if you want to participate in the walk.

For over a decade, this event has raised thousands of dollars for the Whitman and Hanson food pantries, which help struggling families put food on the table.
Whitman Hanson WILL is your local substance use prevention coalition serving the towns of Whitman and Hanson. The coalition's mission is to save lives from substance use and prevention the damage it can do to individuals, families and the community at large. Join us. To learn more, visit
Everything for your small furry friends.
Keep them warm, dry & well fed!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Celebrate the Holidays with Dollars for Scholars!

Support the 2022 Whitman senior class with a fun, holiday fundraiser in partnership with Dollars for Scholars.

Sponsor a Christmas tree during their Decorate for Dollars fundraiser for $100 per tree (includes approx. 6 ft. tree, lights, and a sign displaying sponsor name), and the trees will be displayed in the Whitman Town Park December 10th - 12th. All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Dollars for Scholarship fundraiser, and all are welcome to sponsor a tree!

For more information on the event or to view the signup flyer, visit the Whitman Pride Facebook page.
Protecting North/South River Watershed from Invasive Species

Be part of a team that detects which marine invasive species have reached our docks and shorelines and how abundant they are as part of the multi-state Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC).

Read more
Whitman Middle School Feasibility Study Committee Meeting Oct. 18
Video courtesy of WHCA YouTube
For any other information on meeting dates, agendas & to view past meetings click on this link on the WH Regional School District website.
Knight of Columbus
Saturday, November 20th
Doors will open at 11a & dinner served at 1p
The Knights of Columbus will again this year be hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for the Seniors of Whitman. This special day is an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make some new ones while enjoying a delicious turkey dinner generously provided by the Knights of Columbus.
Tickets will be available at the Senior Center and at the office at Harvard Court beginning November 8th. Although this event is FREE of charge, tickets are necessary in order to keep count of the numbers attending. Transportation to this dinner will be available. Please call Ext. 2 to schedule your ride!
World of Art with Paul Crimi
Video courtesy of WHCA YouTube
Movie of the Month
At the Senior Center
Wednesday, November 17th
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Starring: Tom Hanks Time: 1 hr 48 min Rated: PG
Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger's empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel's jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past. Call 781-447-7619 x2 to sign up!
All Saints Church Harvest Fair
November 19th from 4 - 7p
November 20th from 9a - 3p
44 Park Ave. (by the bandstand)

Enjoy all the All Saints Church has to offer with their Harvest Fair featuring Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations, crafts, presents, antiques & collectibles, home baked goodies, jewelry, raffles, famous harvest soup, attic treasures, books, and more!

For more information on this event, email Richard Tingblad at or call 781-447-6106.
South Shore Bargaineer
Shop Local. Help People. 
South Shore Bargaineer is a charity thrift store that brings people together for good. “Thrift Shopping with Purpose”.

 As you shop, you are
  • helping the environment
  • buying local
  • helping the targets of our fundraising

Check out our recent blog,
(774) 225-2768
1000 Main St, Unit 107, Hanson
An old-fashioned candy store 
with a TWIST
From Holiday Novelties to Hostess Gifts!
Come shop our large selection of specialty candy. 
Shop in store or online!

Come check us out!
Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm 

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Whitman-Hanson Football vs Pembroke
Nov 5, 2021
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting November 9, 2021
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
Mold Guys Restoration
Mold Guys Restoration services both residential and commercial buildings. If you ever need mold remediation services, water damage repair, air duct cleaning etc., contact Mold Guys today!

(781) 910-5029
Find YOUR Bliss with
NEW In Person classes at
The She Shed, Saturdays,
9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
Whitman Fire Department's Outstanding Commitment!
After spending days cleaning up and helping stranded Whitmanites in a record - breaking nor’easter ~ our fire fighters don costumes and give out full sized candy bars on Halloween! Remarkable!

Story and image credit: Whitman Fire Facebook

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
$10 / gift certificate to
South Shore Bargaineer
1000 Main St, Unit 107

Historical Tidbit Question:
How many square feet of retail space did the "World's Largest Store" have?

Email us your answer at: 

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 November 17, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Shop Small

There are oh-so-many benefits to shopping the small local stores in your neighborhood (and even on-line):
  • Your opinion matters. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity. If they don't have what you want, ask for it.  "Can you tell me where this was made, who made it and how the materials were sourced?" 
  • Small Businesses give back to the local economy. According to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
  • Personalized attention (who doesn't like being pampered?)
  • Small Businesses give back to local organizations. They sponsor the kids sports teams, the school plays and everything in between. 
It feels good to shop locally! You're making dreams come true. 
~ Jacquie
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
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