September 20, 2020 ~
Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Area Volunteers Earn President’s Volunteer Service Award

Bridgewater area volunteers, Janet Dye, Frances Jeffries of Bridgewater and Steve Savrann of Sharon, MA have been recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts in 2019 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict.

These volunteers are members of the Rotary Clubs of The Bridgewaters and Sharon. With help from the efforts of Dye, Jeffries and Savrann, raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization provided shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11 countries, including Paraguay after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to support families affected by conflict, and many others. “The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of our inspiring volunteers like Janet Dye, Frances Jeffries and Steve Savrann, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets them apart as individuals committed to serving others and making the world a better place.”

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and hope following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox serves the most vulnerable families who have been displaced due to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering essential shelter aid and life-saving supplies. They provide humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets. These items enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future.
To volunteer, fundraise, or make a donation, visit or call (805) 608-2400.
Historical Tidbit:

Kerosene Lamps

Before we had electricity, lighting was done with kerosene lamps. They were usually a glass bottom lamp that would hold maybe a pint to a quart of kerosene and then there was the glass chimney on top.

These lamps would be set on brackets on the walls or set on the table in the middle of the room. They were never put on small stands or tables because they would have been easily knocked over.

Then there was a lamp in the middle of the room, usually the dining room, that would pull up and was on some sort of chain arrangement. It had a round wick about 2½ʺ across with a shade on top to reflect the light down on the table where people sat around and read their books and did their school work.

Instead of electronics, amusement would be found in games with others, books or individually invented.
sue and her plant 2011
Historical Tidbit & image respectfully submitted by Sue Basile, Historian
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p
To both Ellie Flaherty, and Joanne Kieth on winning 2 FREE hours of introduction to the sport of fencing with SaEF Fencing Club, Pembroke

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$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or
purchase some sauce to take home.
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food truck events.
Charter Review Committee
Needs You Now.
Take the Charter Survey Before Sept 30!

The Charter Review Committee is a 7 member committee that is created at least every six years and made up of citizens appointed by the Council President and approved by the Town Council.

The Committee is responsible for examining the Town’s Charter to determine its ongoing utility and accuracy and to make recommendations to its appointing body regarding the need for additions, deletions, clarifications, or other amendments that would improve the Charter.

The Town’s Charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the town government. The Charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of the Town.

Information is being gathered from a variety of sources to support recommendations including personal interviews, public forums, research, and this survey. In developing recommendations for changes to the Town Charter, citizen input is critical. We ask that you take the time to complete this brief survey.

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Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

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The Bridgewater 4th of JULY committee is announcing our first Halloween House Decorating Contest!!
It will be a fundraiser for 2021 4th of JULY Celebration!
No one can be sure of what this year will bring and even if Halloween is still on ... who doesn't want to see some cool houses decorated?!
$10.00 to enter - Decorations should be up and ready to be viewed by October 25! We will post more info soon....
You can mail registration to Bridgewater 4th of JULY Committee and put Halloween contest in the memo. Or you can pay via PayPal.
Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
You are kindly invited to attend this FREE Webinar:
Teaching Race in the Wake of the Alleged Murder of George Floyd 
by Dr. Pamela E. Barnett, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University

Wednesday, September 30th
1:00p - 2:30p
“Dean Barnett’s research in higher education have focused on advancing diverse student bodies, faculties, and curricula. She served most recently as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English at Trinity Washington University in Washington DC. One of the few remaining women’s colleges, Trinity enrolls a student body that is majority Pell grant eligible, first generation to college and underrepresented minority.” Currently, serves as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Organized and hosted by the Global Programs, Minnock Institute for Global Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and The African- American Studies at Bridgewater State University.

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Communication Studies Department
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Free Lessons with John - shared by Bridgewater Public Library

Learn to play the guitar and ukulele using a variety of tunes all for free. John teaches a new lesson every weekend. John Morgan is located locally and has over 35 years of experience.
Learn how to make
Ring Pour Art with Rose!
Be sure to share your creations by using #BWPLART or emailing pictures to
BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent Presentation 2020 with Asst. Superintendent Ryan Powers
Bridgewater Raynham Special Education Town Hall - Style Meeting: How SE services will be provided this fall.
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
21st Annual Citizen of the Year Program ~ looking for Nominations from Bridgewater!

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters will celebrate neighbors who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers to our communities. These achievements correspond to Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus — peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and, supporting the environment.

All residents of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater are eligible both to nominate and to be nominated for recognition at the 21st Annual Citizen of the Year program. The achievements may not be part of the individual’s job responsibilities.
Nomination forms may be found HERE or may be requested from or 508.241.6643. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 24, 2020. A committee from the Rotary Club expects to announce one recipient each from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater in November 2020. The date and location of the event will also be confirmed at that time.

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters is part of Rotary International, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world. Dedicated to “Service Above Self,” Rotarians worldwide span all races and religions to assist those in need. Locally, we meet on Wednesdays at 7:30a via Zoom. All are welcome.
One Book, One Community 2020
“A community that opens the same book
together closes it in greater harmony.”

Get the Book
Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
at your local library, or the Maxwell Library at BSU
and pass it to a friend.
Join your family, friends, co-workers, fellow students, faculty and staff in reading the same book.
Attend virtual events, podcasts and videos

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Bridgewater Public Library
East Bridgewater Public Library
West Bridgewater Public Library
Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
East Bridgewater Senior Center
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Bridgewater COA Programming

We have safe, new & returning programming to offer you while the building remains closed. As the weather gets cooler, please dress accordingly. We hope to see you soon! Over Zoom or outside under the tent. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing during all of our outdoor programs. In-person programs are for Bridgewater residents & their caregivers age 60+. Zoom programs are for everyone!

~Be Well~

Bridgewater Senior Center Walking Group with Jean Guarino.
Every Monday 8:00a Walking groups will meet at the Bridgewater Senior Cenrer (10 Wally Krueger Way) Every week the location will change. Flat and easy to walk areas. Call 508-697-0929 or email to register


Virtual Zumba classes with Lori are here! Join her Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am
Meeting ID: 227 902 2436     Password: lori

Virtual Chair Yoga classes with Carl

Virtual Arthritis Foundation classes with Wendy
Meeting ID: 931 4349 5863      Password: 300615
Old Colony History Museum Bridgewater Programming
To register call 508-697-0929 or email
All programs last about an hour with a Q & A period with staff from OCHM.
Join Mrs. Davis for songs, bouncing rhymes, finger plays and scarf fun at Book Babies.
Bring a cloth/scarf (small enough to scrunch in hands) and play peek-a-boo with Mrs. Davis!
Voter Registration Deadline is 10/24/20 for the Presidential/State Election on 11/3/20
October 24, 2020 2:00 - 4:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p – Voter Registration Deadline
Will you be voting in the upcoming State Election on November 3, 2020? Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Even if you have been registered to vote for years, many Federal and State laws impact your registration status. If you have moved, changed your name, or did not respond to the Annual Town Census, you may encounter an issue at the polls. Avoid the long lines, check your registration now online
When you register to vote, either online, by mail or at the registry of motor vehicles, you should receive a confirmation notice from the local Town Clerk’s office. If not, your registration May not have reached the office. If you did not send back your census form and did not respond to the inactivation notice, then your name will not be on the active voting list.

Town Clerks want all eligible citizens to be able to cast their ballot. Please act now! Don’t wait! Check your voting status!! Remember – October 24th is the deadline!  Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-697-0921 with any questions!
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The Crayon Project

Bridgewater's Kevin and Beth Bligh are raising funds from people across the United States to donate multicultural art supplies to schools and non-profit organizations in an effort to spread multicultural awareness and respect for diversity among young children. They have also shipped across the country and to Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico and Canada. Kevin and Beth work solely to pack up boxes with their funds they have raised to date. To date they have sent out more than 500 care packages to schools and non-profits across the country. Recently they have been recognized as a 501c3 non-profit organization. They are currently taking donations through PayPal.

Photo credits: Kevin and Beth Bligh, Story credit: Sasha Rockwell

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a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to for upcoming food truck events.

Historical Tidbit Question:

How much kerosene would the bottom
of the lamp hold?

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By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. 

On September 24, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, & Sebastian Ladoulis.

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Now that we are out and about: Remember to #Shop Small!
Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, laundromats, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores, and the rest.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports 28 million small businesses are operating in the U.S. alone. And since 1995, those small businesses have generated 66% of all new jobs in the United States. That's a big deal.

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community. When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay taxes to their local town or city. That tax money supports public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as public service workers, like firefighters. And 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.”
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact. More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. And according to the SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you help them provide.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service.  One of the biggest advantages they have is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity. Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores). If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them!
5. Small businesses create a sense of community. You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner and other customers in your neighborhood.
6. You’re going to feel good!

How do you get more involved in the small business movement? This is a great start:
*Shop small, of course! Say "hi" to the owner when you visit. They are working hard to serve you, and are happy to get to know you. (They don't want to sell you something you don't need, that's bad for business.)
*Get vocal on social – Post pictures, tweets, and status updates of either the small business you own, or of yourself shopping at one, and be sure to use the hashtag #ShopSmall. Also, write positive Yelp reviews for the small businesses you love and support.
*Sign up for local business’ loyalty programs – Does a local business have a customer loyalty and rewards program? Sign up for it – not only will you be supporting a local business, but you’ll get discounts and rewards for it, too.
Have a great week, everyone, Shopping Small! ~ Jacquie