Opening Day in WB

It was so awesome to see our students coming back into the school buildings this morning. Thank you to the building principals and all the staff who have worked so hard to be ready for today. Even with everyone wearing masks we know the smiles were there!! I hope all our students, staff and families have a wonderful school year!
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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
Town Hall

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WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
2:30 - 3:30p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
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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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 Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
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See what is new at WB COA!

Flu Clinic
Tuesday, Sept 22nd
1 - 3p
Held outdoors under a tent.
(call 508-894-1262)

Podiatrist, Dr. Sarah Derosier
Friday, Sept. 25th
West Bridgewater COA
Call 508-946-1444 to schedule an appointment.

“Grab ‘N Go” Lunch
Monday, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Service begins at 12 noon
Reservations required 24 hours in advance please call 508-894-1262

West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater COA’s have collaborated to
present programs to air on local Cable TV Stations (Channel 9) Mondays - Fridays.

For all details see the September Newsletter.
We have what you NEED this Fall!
We have canning supplies!
Don't let all your hard work go to waste. Shop us today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357
Need help with groceries?

"Because of the generosity of specific individuals (you know who you are) and the WB REACH program, families of WB students can still get a $25 weekly gift certificate distributed at the WB Library for groceries. The need continues. Recipients need to prove they have WB students at home. Feel free to buy Market Basket or Trucchis $25 gift cards and drop them off at the library. We are committed to continue to distribute them to WB families. No questions asked. Food insecurity is a real and local thing.”
Ellen Snoeyenbos, Director of the WB Public Library Link to post.
Reopening of Schools 2020-2021

Reopening of Schools 2020-2021 Please click the link below to view the Reopening of Schools 2020-2021 Document, submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education this past week.

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West Bridgewater Town Admin gives a preview of the article item that will be presented at the Special Town Meeting on
September 21st, 2020
9-02-20 WB Board of Selectmen Meeting land presentation on the request to change zoning from business (B) to industrial (I)
Video Courtesy WBTV

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!

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
Bridgewater State University
Run, Walk & Ride for Sight

Saturday, Oct, 3rd
Start anytime, plan to end between 12 - 3p
Start and end at WB Public LIbrary

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

From Artist News to Creative Youth, Community Initiative, and Power of Culture, our email lists are a great way to keep up with the work of Mass Cultural Council and its partners across the Commonwealth. Recent events have fomented a growing...

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rent our Blue Bird, Model 742, Gas Aerator.

Removable side weights allow for improved ground penetration and it's
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For $99 each month, put your ad in 1 Buzz Around town each week. Your Logo & Link ad can rotate monthly between Bridgewater, EB, Halifax, Raynham, WB & Whitman, you choose the towns!

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Introducing: The Anderson Gallery Gift Shop at BSU

Southcoast Artist Index
Listen in on the conversation as The Artist Index's host, Ron Fortier, speaks with Laurie Wolfe about her life with her late husband and painter Jack Wolfe.

Jack Wolfe
Civil Rights Paintings: Anderson Virtual June- December 2020

Jack Wolfe Native American Paintings Anderson Virtual September- December 2020

Florence Gendre: Botanicals Anderson Virtual September- December 2020
Car Show Fundraiser

Event in West Bridgewater, MA by Berwick Boy's Foundation on Sunday, October 4, 2020; 10:00a. This will be a "rolling event".

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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 508-894-1200 with any questions!
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21st Annual Citizen of the Year Program ~
Looking for nominations

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 7:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome.
West Bridgewater Police & Fire Dept 911 Memorial Dedication

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How large would the wick typically be on the center lamp?

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

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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