February 17, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Historical Tidbit:
West Bridgewater Public Library

From A Collection of Treasured Items from West Bridgewater History:

 "In 1879, Francis E. Howard, a citizen deeply interested in the welfare of the town, offered to give $500 toward founding a free Public Library, provided that an equal amount was raised by its citizens for that purpose within a definite time. Great interest in the project was aroused and a larger sum than was specified was secured by subscription. 
 A committee of eight, chosen by the town for establishing the Library, secured a room in the old post office building; purchased, after careful selection, 736 volumes; received by donation 135 books of value and
opened the Library to the public in October of that year, with Miss Mary L. Perkins as librarian. To provide better accommodations, the Library was removed in 1881 to the Howard Seminary building, in which a room had been offered by the trustees of the Howard Fund, until the school should have need of it."

Town Hall
65 N. Main Street
Mon, Tues & Thurs 8a - 4p
Wed, 8a - 7p, Fri 8a - 1p

WB Public Library
80 Howard Street
Mon, Thurs, Fri 10a - 5p
Tues - Wed 10a - 8p
Sat 10a - 2p
Council on Aging
97 West Center Street
Mon - Fri 8:30a - 4p

Food Pantry
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5pm
Spring Street School
2 Spring St WB

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon won
A $35 gift certificate to
Salon Esprit,
225 Bedford St E. Bridgewater

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
Free Consultation and kitchen gift bag ($250 value) from
Wood Palace Kitchens, Middleboro
Wednesday, Feb. 20 6 - 7:30PM
The West Bridgewater Library Lego Club is for boys and girls grade 3 +. Have fun making projects and participating in fun contests and challenges. West Bridgewater students only please.
Town Election is Saturday April 13th Nomination papers are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. 

The last day to submit nomination papers
 to the Board of Registrars is February 22, 2019 by 5 PM
Registration Open for Baseball, Softball & T Ball

WB Youth Athletic Association

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Bridgewater Farm Supply is Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store

Keep your floors clean, avoid slips and protect your porch floor this winter! Our stall mats can do it all!

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Now Hiring Van Drivers

North River Collaborative is hiring van drivers for the Rockland, Stoughton, and Abington areas.

Job Description:
Van Driver for Special Education Transportation
Job Type: Full Time and Part Time
Pay $15.54/hr

No 7D Licence? We will train you to get your 7D licence.

February Meeting Bridgewater Business Association

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM pin Morse Insurance Agency 180 Winter St Unit F, Bridgewater

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D'Agostino Insurance
Car or Home Insurance
Call us before you renew
Let us help you comparison shop for The right coverage for the right price! 
We do business your way, our offices, your home or business or online. 

111 Torrey St, Suite 1, Brockton 
Prophett Funeral Home

Preplanning is SMART Planning


Bridgewater * East Bridgewater
West Bridgewater - 2019 Spring Athletics Registration

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Join Us for our Spring Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:45 a.m. to 12 Noon
TRWA Office at Sweet's Knoll State Park 
1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton MA
Become a
"Guardian of the Taunton River Watershed"  
Join our Water Quality Monitoring Testing Team.
You're invited to join us for a Water Quality Sampling Training Session on February 23, 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon.  

This training is free of charge. Please register in advance by emailing the TRWA office at: director@savethetaunton.org .

2019 Spring Sports Registration
Tryouts begin Monday, March 18, 2019
Registration Deadline is Wed March 13, 2019

In order to participate in Spring Sports:
*You MUST sign up through the FamilyID registration portal
*You MUST have an updated physical on file in the nurse’s office. Pre-participation physicals are good for 13 months from the original date of physical. Please contact Nurse Idell with any questions. didell@wbridgewater.com
*You MUST have an updated impact test on file. Please contact, our trainer, Audra Robbins. arobbins@wbridgewater.com

Spring Head Coaches Contact Info:
Please email coaches directly with questions:
Softball- Courtney Widdop- cwiddop@wbridgewater.com
Baseball- Jack Outerbridge- wildcatbaseballcamp@msn.com
Girls Spring Track- Kyla Daley-
Boys Spring Track- Jon Pike - jpike@wbridgewater.com
Girls Tennis- Mary Graziano- mgraziano@wbridgewater.com
Boys Tennis- Mike Antonio - mantonio@wbridgewater.com

Thank you and we look forward to a fun spring sports season! Jenn Hammel- Athletic Director - jhammel@wbridgewater.com
West Bridgewater State of the Town of Address for the year 2018, presented by Town Administrator David Gagne
Including financial health, town successes and challenges.

WB Conservation Commission Meeting Feb 5, 2019

Videos Courtesy of WB TV

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
a Free Consultation and kitchen gift bag ($250 value) from
Wood Palace Kitchens, Middleboro

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was the librarian in the first public library?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name, phone number, with your answer.   Prize Box Rules
By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's 
Buzz Around West Bridgewater.
On February 20, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers. 
We Are Hiring Marketing & Sales People

Marketing & Sales People Needed: Friendly and organized people are needed to meet with small businesses, explain Buzz Around products, and create marketing partnerships! *Work 25 - 40 hours per week *Make your own hours & create your own schedule ...

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T he Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
Time to Bee Frugal.

Commemorating  BuzzAround.Info ’s 10th year, I am sharing with you, Dear Reader, our beginnings and lessons learned while working my way out of poverty. There can be an art to living frugally; here are thoughts and tips that made it easier for me. I am hoping if I share my story, it will help someone else.

About guilt and shame: pride has no place, because, let’s face it, poverty is hard. No-one wants to be there. If questions like: “Oh damn, the car needs fixing, what is the least amount I can pay for the power not to be shut off?” enter your life, maybe this will help you.

I started writing this newsletter on a laptop right inside the front door of my 5 room 100-year-old house on Spring St. in East Bridgewater. That was the only place I could get the internet signal from my neighbors across the street. On cold days that first winter, I would go to the public library to write. At home, our only heat was the wood stove in the kitchen and sometimes I couldn’t get the house above 53 degrees. The kids were at school all day, so they were fine, but if I didn’t get warm during the day, I worried about hypothermia.

Now I live in an apartment (heat included), my kids are in college, and with a bunch of help, the Buzz Team has developed a socially responsible business that builds community by publishing good news to 10,000 people each week.  BuzzAround.Info  is a great job that’s lots of fun.

It took me a couple of years, so the time to start is now! First tip: when you struggle, access community resources. Food. Seriously. Bite the bullet. Accept the help. It’s not going to cover all your food needs, but it will help. Each of our towns has a food pantry. Contact info is posted up top of this newsletter. Guilt, shame and pride: Believe me, I have plenty for all of you. Those questions of “how did I get here?” and “why am I here?” take years to answer. In the meantime, get food. Do it.

Go to the public library. Our libraries are self-serve locations for anything we could want and need. Internet Access. Computers & printers. Job search, education on any topic, music, movies and yes, books. I spent many hours writing the  BuzzAround.Info and finding solutions at our public library.
Changing patterns of behavior is hard, but if life is going for you the way it was for me 10 years ago, I beat my head against the wall enough it started to hurt. It doesn’t have to hurt. Life can be easier.
Thanks for reading! ~Jacquie
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