Rose L. MacDonald Elementary Student Council hosted a fundraiser last school year which resulted in over $1,200 being raised! The students' objective was to assist Peter Kelleher, The Soupman, in helping those in need.
Jen Enos, Student Council Coordinator, shared on Facebook, "I am so proud that this year’s StuCo members were able to complete the bigger task. Today, these kids passed along our school donation of over 100 blankets to “The Soupman” to distribute to veterans’ homes, shelters, and those in need. We were able to talk with Peter, see his infamous red bus, and learn about more ways to help. These kids’ smiles were big, and Peter’s tears of joy showed them all what it truly means to help. It feels good to do good...and may we keep striving to do even more good acts for others."
“It feels good to do good.”
Photo Credits: Jen Enos & Keitha Goulet

To see more of what RLM Student Council members do visit their Faceboook Page:

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
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
4 - 5p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School,
2 Spring St
Congratulations!
Kim Witkowski
won three private voice or piano lessons
for ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
WB Connection to Moody Air Force Base
Check out how Airmen from the 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron keep Team Moody's more than 400 vehicles rolling. Featured is Airman First Class Dante Ventresco, a 2019 WBHS graduate, stationed at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Nice work Dante!

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Celebrate West Bridgewater's 200th!
Weds, February 16
6:30p
First Church
29 Howard St.

Reception to Follow
WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
Recorded January 19

Video courtesy of WB Community Access Media
WB Public Library’s Feb Chapters Book Group
Tuesday, February 22nd
5p
Library’s History Room

We will be discussing The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

Book is available on display.
Drop-in, No Registration Required.
The late Henry Bishop was honored at the January 19th Board of Selectmen Meeting, for his heroism during World War 2.  Proclaiming January 19th as Henry Bishop Day
Video courtesy of WB Community Access Media
The WB Food Pantry has Found a
New Home!

Beginning March 2 the new location & hours. will be:

Red Barn Acres
457 Rear, South Main St, Rt. 28
Wednesdays 1:45 - 3p
Distribution will continue to be curbside and we are happy to help those experiencing food insecurity at our new location. Proof of residency is the only requirement (current utility bill).

If WB schools are closed due to inclement weather the pantry will be, as well.
Town Employment Opportunity
The Town is seeking a part-time temporary Executive Assistant, from April to August (duration may vary).

Must be able to attend the Board of Selectmen meetings, at least two Wednesday evenings a month for minute taking. The ideal candidate must have a minimum of three years experience in administrative/clerical work. Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel required. Hours will vary from 20-25 hours per week, schedule to be determined. Hourly rate of $20-$25 depending on qualifications.

Letters of interest can be emailed to Linda Torres, Assistant Town Administrator/HR Director at ltorres@wbridgewater.com.

Nomination papers are now available at the Town Clerk’s office.
The last day to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars is Friday, February 18, by 5p.
Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 9. The following offices will be included on the ballot:

One SELECTMAN for 3 years; one ASSESSOR for 3 years; two LIBRARY TRUSTEES for 3 years; two SCHOOL COMMITTEE members for 3 years; one WATER COMMISSIONER for 3 years; two CONSTABLES for 3 years; one BOARD OF HEALTH members for 3 years; one PLANNING BOARD member for 5 years.

Call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 894-1167 for further information.
Did you know, we have a great selection of birthday and event cards?
Don't forget to show love and appreciation for those around you!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
WEB Girls Hockey is proud to announce a return to the rink for the 3rd annual
Skate for Maddie fundraiser!

Sat, February 26th
12:30 - 2:30p
Bridgewater Ice Arena

If you bought a t-shirt make sure you wear it to the Skate for Maddie event for free admission.
$10 day of event admission
Proceeds to benefit the Maddie Bain Scholarship Fund. Questions please contact: MaddieBainScholarship@gmail.com

February Vacation Surround Care
We are happy to announce that we will be holding a February School Vacation Week Surround Care Program!! Many of our regular Surround Care staff will be there to oversee the fun! Arts and crafts, gym games, outdoor play and lots of fun winter activities will be offered.
The program will be held at the Rose L. MacDonald School Tuesday, February 22 - Friday, February 25th; 8a - 4p.

Snacks will be provided each day. Participants should bring a bagged lunch.
We are offering both daily or 4 day registrations. Space is limited, so register using the link below. Prepayment is required to confirm your spot in the program.
We hope to see your child in February!

Sign-Up for the Brockton Fuller Craft Museum's African American History Workshop
Sat, Feb 26th
11a
Zoom
The Born on the Water: Tracing the Journey of Our African Ancestors is open for families to register their kid.

A reading of the newly released book Born on the Water, as well as a presentation about divers who uncover trans-Atlantic slave shipwrecks in the oceans will be a part of this workshop. Kids will be able to learn about Black heritage and express themselves creatively through a craft project.

For more info and registration details, please visit their site: fullercraft.org/workshop
Find YOUR Bliss with 
BLISS THROUGH YOGA!
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.

 
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(508) 331-3564
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March session for Adult Paint Night
Tues, March 1st or
Wed, March 2nd
6 - 7:45p
West Bridgewater Public Library
Please note that the painting will be the same for each nights. Please select wither Tue or Wed evening. This month's theme is Lovely Lilacs.
Please register using this link:
Laura Williams 508-894-1255 lwilliams@westbpl.org
Super Engaging ~ WB in the news!

The children's animated television program PJ Masks likely isn't on the binge-watching lists of many Bridgewater State University graduate students. But Nikki Maloney, '16, G'22,

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Registrations are now open on WBYAA.com for town baseball, softball, & T-Ball!  

If you have any questions, the contact information for each sport is below.
Looking forward to a fun spring season!

T-Ball: Tim Grew - coachgrew@gmail.com
Softball: Kristin Bryant - kbryant@sager.com
Baseball: Jon Enos -vicepres.wbyaa@gmail.com

**New to Instructional Softball**
We are working on a collaborative program with Bridgewater Softball to introduce our instructional ages girls 4-6 to the fundamentals of softball. Please note that you can sign your daughter up for both T-Ball and this program, or just one of them.
The program will begin the 24th of April, the sessions will be held on Sundays, 10AM-12PM at the Bridgewater Softball facility.
Each session will consist of 1 hour for fundamental skills such as throwing, batting, field positions, base running, etc. The second hour will consist of scrimmages among the teams (4 or more teams).  There will be a snack/rest break and the end of the second hour. Families can bring snacks or purchase snacks at the Bridgewater Snack Shack as it will be open for business.
The premise of this program is to introduce the girls to the fundamentals of softball. As the season progress they will be introduced to skills predicated specifically to the game of softball.
The objective to create a fun, informative engaging environment to lay the foundation for our future softball players.
Many Thanks Cal & Fran!!

After fifteen dedicated years with the West Bridgewater Food Pantry, Calvin & Fran Gray, Co-Directors of the food pantry, will retire on March 2, 2022. During their time running the pantry they established relationships with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the religious community, civic groups, businesses, and residents of West Bridgewater.

Cal & Fran are leaving the pantry in capable hands and our volunteers will continue to service residents of our great town. It has been a privilege to have worked and volunteered with such dedicated members of our community.

We are forever grateful to Cal & Fran’s dedication to helping people in our community during their time of need. We wish them health & happiness in the coming years.

Sincerely,
West Bridgewater Food Pantry BOD & Volunteers
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Story and photo credits: Paula Papineau
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much did Francis E. Howard give toward founding a free public library?

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 February 16, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Adventure
One of my favorite topics. Adventures, big and small: give us confidence, give us tools to solve problems; help us look at life through a different lens, bring us closer to each other.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
~ Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

"Can't wait for the adventures ahead with this little man.' I posted it from the hospital bed as I held a seven-pound infant to my bare chest. I hadn't slept in over 36 hours, couldn't stand upright, but had been through the most profound experience of my life."
~ Beth Rodden, Climber & Mountaineer

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
~ Danny Kaye
Yes, I am a huge fan of adventure... if for nothing else, than for the cup of hot cocoa on the couch at the end of a well spent day. ~ Jacquie
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