December 1, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time

Sacco and Vanzetti Attempted Bridgewater Crime

My father, Frank W. Burrill was born in Bridgewater, February 1904. He would’ve been 16 years old around 1920. The following story was told to me by him.
Frank was driving the Plymouth County Sheriff (a Bridgewater resident) around, something like "driver training", when they picked up an unknown passenger. The two sat in the back seat and gave Frank a story he would tell his whole life:
In the 1920's the Town of Bridgewater was a little different than it is today. This story takes place on Broad Street at Hale Street, Dec 24, 1919

Now the Santander Bank is located at 20 Central Square, but at that time was the Trust Company. This was also a bank. Located at 233 Broad Street, on the other side of Spring Street,(now a BSU parking lot) was the L. Q. White Shoe Company factory.

Each week, the L. Q. White Company would send a truck to the Trust Company to get the cash payroll for its employees. The truck drove from the L. Q. White factory up Broad Street to the Trust Company and then back down Broad Street returning to the L. Q. White factory on Spring Street.

At the same time, it should be noted that an electric trolley cars system went from East Bridgewater Center to the Taunton Green. The trolley cars, starting in East Bridgewater and following Broad Street in Bridgewater to the Common and then continue following rt-104 to the Taunton Green, To this day you can see the remains of the trolley Power Station at the junction of Pleasant Street and Swift Avenue. That power station is the brick building.

Now the plan: Sacco and Vanzetti's touring car (A style of open car built in the United States which seats four or more people, popular from the early 1900s to 1920s.) headed into Hale Street from Broad Street. The idea was to back the touring car out into Broad Street and block and stop the L. Q. White truck. They would take the payroll and run.

But the day was cold and Broad Street was lightly coated with a thin layer of ice .

The L. Q. White truck was seen coming down Broad Street, Sacco and Vanzetti backed their touring car out into Broad Street to block the payroll truck. But a trolley car, at that moment, was coming up Broad Street, so they could only go out into Broad Street under half way . The driver of the L. Q. White truck, panicked and stomped on the brake . The truck spun out of control. And it slid backwards across the trolley tracks on Broad Street. It continued to slide backwards down the west side of Broad Street. Sacco and Vanzetti's plan didn't work, they were blocked by the trolley car moving up Broad Street, toward the Common. They drove off, escaping the scene.

Submitted by Bridgewater's own Ken Burrill

Ed. note: According to the American Bar Association Journal's accounts of Sacco & Vanzetti's trial by Michael Musmanno: on April 17, 1920, the car assumed to be the one used in both the attempted Bridgewater crime & the Braintree crimes was found abandoned in West Bridgewater. 
Historical Tidbit:
The Great Snow
          For all those out there waiting for that first sign of a snowstorm, I wanted to share this with you.
          One of my elderly neighbors Hilda (Morton) Thomas had written down stories her parents and grandparents had told her and she shared three of them with me. Here is the first: "The Great Snow."
          "In the year 1717 fell what was called the great snow. It commenced on February 20th and fell to a considerable depth.
          On the 24th, a second storm began more violent that the first and fell to an alarming depth. It was said to have been 8 feet deep in the woods. When it drifted around the houses, it entirely enveloped the lower stories so that the inhabitants were obliged to pass out of their houses through their chamber windows (the upstairs bedroom windows) to visit their barns or their neighbors.
          Fortunately for them, the storm ended with sleet and rain so that a crust was formed sufficiently hard to bear them. Many of their cattle and sheep unavoidably perished.
         The people were engaged in seeking and digging out their cattle and other stock (farm animals) for a long time. As often as not, the breath of their buried stock had melted a hole in the snow to the surface so the people could uncover them." 
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basile, a great story from Hilda (Morton) Thomas (1899-1991)
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Christmas on the Common!
Sat, Dec 7th, 12-4p
The Bridgewater Business Association is proud to present the 27th annual Christmas on the Common event! The entire town common will be closed to traffic so everyone can safely enjoy all that the event has to offer. There will also be a parade that will deliver Santa & Mrs. Claus!

The wonderful folks at the Central Square Congregational Church have allowed us the use of their church for additional indoor vendor spaces. We’ll also have vendors inside the Bridgewater Masonic Lodge and outside on the street all around the Common. That has given the BBA the ability to host over 90 vendors for your holiday shopping this year, both outside and inside!

Bring the family to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will also be pony rides, music, food court, hot coffee & cocoa, and vendors galore. They’ll be crafts, jewelry, candles, candy, & gifts for everyone on your list! One stop shopping for all your holiday needs!!
This event is free to attend.  Facebook Event
Bridgewater State University
Department of Dance Presents:
WinterDance 2019
Friday, December 6th - 7:30p
Saturday, December 7th - 7:30p
Sunday, December 8th - 2:00p
Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium
19 Park Ave.

Bridgewater State University Department of Dance proudly presents its annual dance concert,  WinterDance 2019. 
For tickets and more information, please visit . Tickets are available online and at the door while supplies last.
You may contact the BSU Box Office at 508-531-1321 or  for more information.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Sat, Dec 7th, 9:00 - 11:00a
Bridgewater Holy Ghost Society
352 Broad St.
Tickets $10/individual...Free under 1 years of age.
Hosted by Ted Williams Camp Alumni
Proceeds go directly to The Jimmy Fund/DFCI

Tickets include:
*Pancake breakfast with toppings, coffee and juice provided by Lou Lou’s Cafe.
*Meet, get a presenr & take a photo with Santa!
*Photos provided by Momma Mack Photography.
*Meet and greet with Anna and Elsa-sing-a-long and photo opportunities available provided by Regal Princess Parties.
*Cookie decorating
*Face painting by Striking Creations.
*Arts & Crafts corner
*Free balloon animals by Albert Shay.
Pre-registration required! For tickets click here.
Fridays - Dec 6, 13, 20
10:30 - 11:30a
Join Miss Nicole for some cool adventures in STEM! For caregivers and their children ages 3-5.
You and your child will be able to test theories and predictions through a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematical activities. Learn to become problem solvers, innovators and collaborators while having super cool creative fun. Hope to see you there!
Space is limited. Adult participation required.
Please register by calling Nancy 508-822-5388 Ext. 208

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Elections 2020: Let’s Talk
Monday, December 9th, 6:30p
Bridgewater Public Library
The forum will be moderated by Professor Michael Kryzanek, Professor Emeritus, Bridgewater State University. Professor Kryzanek will lead an interactive discussion on some of the key issues in the 2020 election.
This presentation is in a series titled “Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground” sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR) and the Bridgewater Public Library. 
BCCR is a group of local citizens in Bridgewater that have formed an organization whose goal is to ensure that Bridgewater is a safe, inclusive community, one of civility and respect for all.
We hope you can join us.
Our "24st Annual Community Toy Drive" to benefit "Operation Santa is Wednesday, December 11.
 All current and former patients, who bring in an  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY  for either a boy or girl will receive an adjustment at  NO CHARGE !! (Complimentary adjustments are performed on the day of the toy drive only)
NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME ALSO !! Stop in and see our office and meet Dr Perry. For your donation of a  UNWRAPPED NEW TOY, you will receive a gift certificate for a Complimentary Consultation and Exam!!
Please consider helping us to help the community.
Call and schedule your appointment today!!
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Calling all Youth Grades 8-12: Cookie Fundraising Event!
Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:00 - 10:30p
Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

Needed: Bakers and Decorators (Donations for supplies also accepted.) All youth grades 8-12 are invited to join Beth Basler for an evening of cookie baking and decorating! Cookies will be sold to the congregation the next morning to raise money for the youth mission trip. Pizza and salad will be provided for dinner. All participants are asked to bake 4 dozen cookies to bring for decorating (some of the recipes will only require you to prep the dough for rolling/baking). Beth will provide the list of cookies and recipes. If you can’t bake, please consider donating money for supplies (packaging materials and chocolate). If you have a festive cookie recipe that you would like to bake, send Beth the recipe so she knows what’s coming ( Please, no peanuts or pistachios of any kind. We have one participant with a nut allergy.
Cookies, candies, and chocolate bark will be sold Sunday, Dec. 15, so everyone participating (and any other willing volunteers) will need to meet in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30am to set up a table and finish packaging. It’s a breakfast Sunday, so bring your appetite! PLEASE LET BETH BASLER KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BAKING, DONATING, OR ATTENDING: 508-468-0328 (text/call). Watch the “CSCC Youth” Facebook page for additional information and updates. 
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Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Pops
Sunday, December 15th - 3:00p
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Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Dr. Emilian Badea has chosen your seasonal favorites, along with exciting soloists, sing-alongs, and fun surprises.
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Now that you know this, you can breathe easier, have more fun shopping and support your neighbors rather than driving around. It improves the quality of each day. Enjoy your week! ~ Jacquie
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