Whitman Cultural Council Champagne, Cake, and Art Event - A Beautiful Welcome to Spring & Beyond

Thank you to all the artists who showed their work and got their names out in the community. Thank you to all of the organizers and the people of the Whitman Cultural Council for creating such a beautiful night for everyone to enjoy.

Photos from Whitman Cultural Council FB page: facebook.com/whitmanculturalcouncil
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Historical Tidbit:
How Whitman got its Name

For 11 years Whitman was South Abington. South Abington was established in March of 1875.

The people of Whitman did not like that they were considered a small subset of Abington. This particularly became apparent when a stone crusher was purchased for the town of South Abington with the inscription "Made for the Town of Abington".

A list of names was created and then each name was voted on. Many different names were mentioned, "Hetherly" was a suggested name, and "Healyville" was preferred for honoring Oliver G. Healy. Some others preferred the name "Avon".

As the time to choose a name grew close, "Grandon", Oliver G. Healy's middle name was the most popular. Most people thought it would be the winner.

In an official town vote on March 7th, 1886 the votes were tallied and the winner was found to be Whitman, named after the Whitman family as a whole. This came as a surprise. It happened that local politicians preferred the Whitman family name, and engineered a campaign to make Whitman the voted on the town name.

Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Information Credit: Dyer Memorial Library Archives
Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 10-8; Fri 1-5; Sat 10-4

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Gina Guasconi
you won a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray. 

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
What's Your Good News? - Enter to win!

Share a positive story about Whitman.

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Mini Golf at the Whitman Public Library
Saturday, Apr 16
10a - 4p
Whitman Public Library

"Bring your team for a round of mini-golf. Mobile-MiniGolf will set up a fun and challenging 9-hole mini gold course in our library! The colorful course has hills, jumps, bumps, wist, and loops, and is suitable for kids and adults of all ages.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Whitman Public Library."

For more info, check out the Whitman Public Library FB page: facebook.com/whitmanpubliclibrary
Summer Park and Pool Programs for Whitman and Hanson residents and Town of Whitman employees! 

The Summer Park Program will run from July 5 and continue for 6 weeks ending on August 12 for lots of fun in the sun and pool! We will offer weekly field trips and a day full of fun and excitement for 5 year olds who have completed kindergarten through the end of 5th grade!

The Whitman Pool will be open for swimming! We will be offering 3 sessions of swimming lessons, a 6 week swim team program and pool passes! Flyers will be posted soon! The pool will be opening in early June and will stay open through Labor Day weekend! We are looking forward to a great summer season! 

Sign up for Summer Recreation program at
Help the Whitman Police Department Support Autism Awareness

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Awareness month aims to promote acceptance, celebrate, and be more inclusive to the autistic individuals around us. As a show of support, the Whitman Police Department has a special Autism Awareness Patch that officers can wear during the month of April.

These patches are also available to purchase with 100% of the proceeds going to Autism Awareness.
To purchase a patch contact Officer Kevin Harrington at: kharrington@whitman-ma.gov

Info from Whitman PD FB page: facebook.com/WhitmanPolice
Are You Ready for Spring?
We are! Stop By to Get Your Ideas Blooming!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Whitman Library Presents
Author Kathleen Teahan

Video courtesy of WHCA-TV
Whitman Middle School Building
Committee Meeting
April 5
Video courtesy of WHCA-TV
A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s Through the Music of the Beatles
Sat, Apr 30
Whitman Public Library

"Join us for an interactive program that combines a multi-media presentation with live acoustic music and sing-alongs!

This program is supported in part by the Whitman Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

For more info, check out the Whitman Public Library FB page: facebook.com/whitmanpubliclibrary
Have you heard about Freecycle? 
(We found this and lots of other important info on the EB DPW website.)

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,310 groups with 9,258,111 members around the world, and next door to you.

It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.

Click the Freecycle button to find the nearest network. Have fun!
Private Business Owners: 
We are Looking for Board Nominations
Workforce Board of 24 oversees $3.4 million budget 
for regional training, consulting & programing

*learn about workforce development opportunities
*Be a voice in your industry 
Monthly & quarterly meetings

Contact Jason Hunter, Director of operations jhunter@masshiregbwb.org

MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton
Healing Starts Here - Reiki with Jacquelyn Rose

Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch.

Read more
Pre-Register for the Whitman Hanson Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Cookie Decorating Fundraiser
Sunday, May 1
Whitman Knights of Columbus

"Cost: $45 per person
(open to all ages 15 and up)

All supplies will be provided (including a take-home box & icing recipe) - you will learn how to decorate the cookies above in the photo!
All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 in the form of scholarships"

Info from Whitman Hanson Dollars for Scholars FB page: facebook.com/whitman.dfs
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
When was the official town vote to name the current town of Whitman?

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 April 13, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador, & Greg Venezia

Your Story

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” ~ Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

“Finding oneself and one's path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow.”
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru, Soul Trader: Putting the Heart Back into Your Business

“Whatever you do you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon, there will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's yours, this life. No-one else's. Do it! Write your own story!
~ Jacquie
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