May 31, 2020 ~ Building East Bridgewater Community One Positive Story at a Time
There Is Us Anthology Of Hope From Writers Across the World
By Sasha Rockwell
Sierra Blasko has spent the past two months pulling together an anthology of poetry, art, photography, and short prose pieces from 35 different artists and writers across the US and around the world, (including East Bridgewater High School's very own graduates Amanda McCoy, Gabby Campos, Brian Rinkowski, Margaret Ferreira and herself).

On June 13th she will be hosting a virtual Facebook party from 3:30-10pm to celebrate the release.The anthology is centered around themes of hope in times of difficulty and darkness. The final book will be 226 pages long. Sierra is fundraising for the World Central Kitchen and Direct Relief for her ebook because they are providing important COVID-19 aid in this time.

The full-color ebook will be available for free to anyone who gives more than $3 to World Central Kitchen or Direct Relief and sends her a screenshot of their donation to prove that they donated through her Facebook page. It will release on June 13th right before the party and she will be taking pre-orders through the fundraisers on her Facebook profile, Sierra Blasko , and on the virtual Facebook release party event page. As of May 29th, she has already raised $85.

She says she feels really good and happy and excited about this project, that she gets to use her own talents and experience to start something that can make a bigger difference than she can on her own. She also says it’s been a huge blessing for her to be able to put together the book, meet so many new and lovely people, and see everyone’s reactions and excitement for the project. She hopes the stories and emotions captured inside the pages can be just as great a blessing to the hearts of those who read them.

To get more information or donate to get your copy of her ebook visit her fundraiser Facebook pages at World Central Kitchen Fundraiser, and Direct Relief Fundraiser. You can also contact her on Instagram @, or by emailing her at
Photo credit: Sierra Blasko
By Paula Coffey
I have long, thick, curly hair, so to save time, I book a weekly hair appointment with my local hairdresser. When I do my hair at home, after the shampoo, I have to put 2 books on my kitchen table, set the portable dryer on the books, stretch the big plastic hood over my giant, round, pink plastic rollers and sit there for at least an hour to dry my hair.

On this particular day, I went to the hair salon at Paul Wolfe Plaza. I had been under the dryer for about two minutes when the wind gusts from the winter storm caused us to lose power. It had been spitting snow and windy when I left my house, but the storm was definitely ramping up.

Everyone in the shop waited for about a half hour and when power wasn’t restored, we all headed for our respective homes. When I did arrive at my house, , I found that I also had no power or heat . So in my puffy “down coat”, a long woolen scarf wrapped around the big wet rollers, mittens and boots, I climbed under the covers in my bed – hoping to get warm. Read More
Photo Credit: Sarah Hagan
Historical Tidbit:

Boys' Basketball - 1929
"Members of the varsity team were Roach, Morey, Pittsley (Captain), Sukeforth, Bird, Feeney, Leland, and Rogers.

To our coach, J.J. Donahue, credit is due for any success we may have had this season. He spent long hours teaching his inexperienced squad the fundamentals of basketball."
~From: The Student's Pen,1929 East Bridgewater High School Year Book
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Town Hall
175 Central St
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Check the town website for important updates

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
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Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
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Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30p - 2:00p and last Saturday from 9:30a - 11:00a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Distribution 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month
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Melissa Arcadipane
 won a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from
Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.

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

You could win a
45 min Reiki Treatment from Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.
East Bridgewater High School Graduation and Recognition Ceremony
East Bridgewater High School's graduation and recognition ceremony will be held on June 7th at 11a. The ceremony will be held using safe social distancing guidelines. It will be held outside in the parking lot and front of the building, allowing each graduate to have one car only. Graduates may also decorate their cars for the parade that will conclude the ceremony.
Other guidelines must be followed including:
*One car per graduate.
*Only graduates and their car capacity of guests allowed in the car.
*No one is allowed out of their car.
*Only the graduate being recognized is allowed out of their car, one at a time. They must return to their car immediately after receiving their diploma.
*Each graduate will receive a parking pass and a parking spot number where they will wait to be recognized.
*On June 7th, please arrive by 10am to make sure the ceremony begins promptly at 11am.

EBBA Scavenger Hunt 2020 Is Looking For Businesses to Participate
East Bridgewater's Business Association is looking for 10 businesses to participate in their annual East Bridgewater Business Association Scavenger Hunt. They will be things differently this year because of the crazy situation we are in.

*Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th.  Participants have the whole weekend to complete. 
*The businesses do not have to be open.
*There will be no charge to EB businesses.  
*Each business will place a symbol (of their choosing) in the window/door of their business; anywhere that is visible from the parking lot. Each symbol will have a letter/letters underlined in its name. 
*Participants will write down the symbol and the letters and when they are done with the hunt, will unscramble the letters to reveal a word or phrase. 
*There will be no prizes this year, just a fun activity for the families that will also help introduce/reintroduce the E.B. Businesses to the community.

If you would like to participate, please email .
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!

Please call with your order and drive up.

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357

A group of E. Bridgewater neighbors took it upon themselves to raise funds while having safe-distance fun. Thanks for thinking of the E. Bridgewater Emergency Food Pantry. We are very grateful for your generosity.

New Flags Mark E. Bridgewater Veteran's Gravesites.
The Patriotic Activities Committee, Veteran Service Officer Chris Buckley, Veterans and many Patriotic volunteers spent the last week and finishing today (Sat 5/23) the replacement of all the worn flags with fresh new flags on all the graves and war memorials.

Thank you to all who helped in this task during these times. We couldn’t be successful without you all.

If we missed a Veterans grave please reach out to us at or the VSO Chris Buckley. We will get a flag on their grave.
Spuds Are Up!
East Bridgewater's Community Garden has spuds growing! The patch that's pictured is dedicated to growing potatoes for EB's food pantries.

They look forward to once again providing the community with fresh, organic food.

Community Garden updates & info: visit their Facebook page.
Photo credit to Ken Reale
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 (508) 279-0950

Barred Owl Spotted At Sachem Rock Farm
A Barred Owl was spotted resting in a tree at Sachem Rock Farm by plotholder Shauna Cannon.

She captured this picture of the bird in the morning on May 16th.

Dale Julius Returns Home to Recuperate
Selectwoman Carole Julius shares their family journey: " Dale and I went to Boston yesterday (May 19) (thanks to Jessica Julius for borrowing a van to drive us in) for an appointment with his surgeon at BMC. His leg is healing right on schedule and the doctors were very happy with how it looks. We were relieved and encouraged to get this news! Physical therapy starts officially tomorrow but I'm already seeing Dale make huge leaps in his ability to get around and establish his independence. Here's a blog post about his homecoming in case you missed it:"
The World Is Right Again

I can only start this post with three words: Dale is home.

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E. Bridgewater Hope Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
EB Hope is part of a regional coalition with the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative. EB Hope's mission is t o proactively provide a safe gateway to substance use information, resources, support and hope for individuals and their loved ones, as well as promoting awareness and education in partnership with the COMMUNITY-AT-LARGE!

“In today’s policing, we are confronted with many new challenges that have never fallen on departments before. It is encouraging to see and know that our local work helps departments nationwide. The East Bridgewater Police Department will continue to work with all those involved in EB HOPE to focus on the needs of our community and help residents in need recover from their addiction.”
-East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen

Two digital billboards went live on the morning of Monday, May 11th on Route 24 at Exit 17 in Brockton. The billboards, created by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, promote connection and resiliency with hopes to encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out and ask for help during this challenging time. The art will be displayed on each side of the billboard and will be visible to both north and southbound traffic on Rt. 24 through the first week in July.

To learn more about the work being done in your community around substance use prevention, please visit EB HOPE's website at . Or find us on Facebook @EBsHope and on Instagram @ebhope_.
Get in Shape for Women in Bridgewater
 We will be open on June 1st - Its time to get back into shape post-quarantine!

Until then, follow us on Facebook for daily home workouts!

30% off any three month or more membership for essential workers THANK YOU!!!

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
  Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   
Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
Dance Theater of New England
Congratulations to Short Story Contest Winner Rob Sturdevant.
Read his entry below. It's a treat! We are very grateful to all our writers and the 22 submissions will definitely be appearing in the BuzzAround's 8 weekly publications. Sharing good news is what we do... making and writing good news is what you do! We make a great team! : ) Jacquie
This morning I awoke to find a text from a friend containing a word puzzle. You remember the kind, the word, SAND inside a square: SANDBOX, and so on. There were 24 of them. I figured most of them out and replied. Then I forwarded it to my family. Later some of us announced things like, “I just got number 11! Off-level!”
I hadn’t seen this kind of puzzle in as long as I could remember. But they were pretty common back 40 years ago, or so, when I was growing up. You’d see them in places like the newest edition of Reader’s Digest brought home from a weekly trip to the grocery store or Parade Magazine in the Sunday paper, when parents would languidly wile away the morning carefully reading each section, page by page and kids would sprawl out on the living room floor to see what The Peanuts Gang was up to or what misfortune Dagwood was encountering. Read More: Contest Winner Robert Sturtevant
$1,000 Scholarships Announced
The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for graduating seniors within our Connecting Activities Partnership. From now until June 15, 2020, applications will be accepted from graduating seniors of the Class of 2020. $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded on or by June 30. Advancing college and career readiness, the Connecting Activities Partnership promotes the connection between education and employment through internships and career awareness. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020!!

Who is Eligible? Graduating seniors from: Brockton Public Schools, Avon High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical HS, Oliver Ames High School, Abington High School, Stoughton High School, Whitman-Hanson High School, South Shore Regional Vocational Technical HS, and Bridgewater Raynham High School.

Application Deadline is June 15, 2020.

Click here to view and share application.
East Bridgewater's Annual Town Election- June 6, 2020
The following offices appear on 2020 ballot:
One - Moderator (3yrs); One - Board of Selectmen (3yrs); One - Assessor (3yrs); Two - School Committee (3yrs); One Housing Authorty (5yrs); Two - Library Trustees (3yrs); One - Board of Health; Three - Planning Board (3yrs) - specimen ballot attached below.

The deadline has passed to register to vote at Town Election. Click here  to check your voter status.
Click here  for Absentee Ballot Application.  
Click here  for Early Ballot Application (by mail only).

Mail completed applications to: Town Clerk PO Box 387 East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Voting Location: Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium 143 Plymouth Street
East Bridgewater Fire Department Recognizes EMS

East Bridgewater Fire Department recognized Emergency Medical Staff during EMS week. EB Fire Department formally acknowledged and thanked EMS workers within the department for the incredible work they do in the town.
EB Fire Department was also grateful to local The Villa for providing nine delicious meals to them on May 25th. Great way to help each other out!

Photos Courtesy of The East Bridgewater Fire Department.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 min Reiki Treatment from
Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.

  Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was the 1929 boys basketball coach?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

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

On June 3, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
"When you have confidence, you can do anything.” ~ Sloane Stevens

“Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” ~ Robert Staubach

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

Confidence and Grit are going to bounce us back from this. Confidence that we can do it, and the grit ( hard work) to make it happen.
Hope our good news gives you confidence to launch your next project. There are loving and helpful people all around you.

And when you do... we're here to publish your stories of grit!

Have a great week, Jacquie : )
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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