May 31, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
West Bridgewater Seniors Celebrate!
Superintendent Dr. Oakley and Wildcat joined in on the festivities.
The seniors of WB Middle Senior High School had their annual car parade on May 29th. This parade is a tradition that goes back decades in WB. It is held on the last day of classes.
People lined the streets and gathered at the elementary schools to show support and wish them well with all their future endeavors.
WB Police and Fire Department were there as well showing their support.

Story and photos: Jen Bellody
Patricia Everett, long time secretary at the Rose L. MacDonald (now retired), was there to cheer the seniors on!  
Historical Tidbit:  
Making the Past Last
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library, is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. It's extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. 
  
As the nation's first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation's past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago, but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. Its collections are accessible to anyone with an interest in American history.

The MHS collections are particularly well-known for extensive holdings of personal papers from three presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The collections contain many famous documents including Paul Revere's own account of his famous ride and Abigail Adams's famous "Remember the Ladies" letter to John Adams, where she advocates for the rights of women to be included in the founding of the United States. In addition, the MHS holds several imprints of the Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Jefferson's architectural drawings, among many other treasures.

Beyond research, the MHS offers many ways for the public to enjoy its collections, including free exhibitions, public lectures, tours, brown-bag lunches, seminars, and teacher workshops.
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tel: 617-536-1608
Fax: 617-859-0074

Support and Membership
 
photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

Check town website for needed updates.

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

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations!
Karen O’Connor
won
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.
West Bridgewater Public Library Curbside Holds Pick Up
Starting June 1st you'll be able to use your library card to place holds on items and pick them up when ready. This contactless method is for the safety and wellbeing of visitors. You can place holds online or by phone 508-894-1255. Please limit your search to West Bridgewater items, and call between 10a-2p Monday through Saturday. The library will call you when your holds are ready. You will be able to pick up from the curb side.
Photo and story credit: West Bridgewater Public Library
2020 West Bridgewater Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions this years West Bridgewater Memorial Day Ceremony held at the War Memorial Park has been cancelled. To honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, the Town West Bridgewater and West Bridgewater Community Access Media Present the 2020 Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony. Featuring memorable moments from past WB Memorial Days and messages from WB & State Officials.
Video and story credit: West Bridgewater TV
West Bridgewater Public Schools Re-Opening Track at MSHS
In accordance with the Governor's 4 phase re-opening plan, the Town Emergency Management Committee re-opened the track at MSHS to runners and walkers, on Monday May 25th. Please note, that the turf field will remain closed to all activities.
It is mandatory that all residents comply with the following social distancing restrictions that will be in full effect: Face masks and face coverings are mandatory when in public when social distancing may not be
possible. All residents must remain a social distance of 6 feet apart. Gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited. Let's all do our part to comply with the regulations set forth in the Governor's plan so that the State can move forward with a smooth reopening and avoid another spike in COVID cases. Photo and story credits: West Bridgewater Public Schools
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Witness: Pandemic 2020
We are experiencing an historic event – a global pandemic of huge proportions. COVID19 is a most unwelcome visitor.
The OLD BRIDGEWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY invites you to bear witness to the chaos around us. We are soliciting essays, poems, photographs, drawings, etc. – for collection, organization and preservation. We may publish your submission online and/or on social media.
Your submission should relate to the pandemic and how it affects you. What are you doing to stay sane? What’s happening around you? How do you think the pandemic will change things, in our town or around the world?
This is not a contest. This is history.
Rules:
*You should be a member of OBHS or have a connection to one of the “Old” Bridgewater towns (East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Brockton).
*Children and teens are also invited to participate.
*Please: Keep your essay or poem to one typed page.
*No profanity (although mild profanity may be overlooked.)
*Avoid politics.
Please join us in this project!
Submissions should be sent electronically to:
WB Library 2019 -
The New Small Town Library
If Staying Home Doesn't Sound Good to you...
Family and Community Resources, Inc. is here to help . If you, or someone you love, are worried about continuing to be quarantined in a home where you do not feel safe, call our 24 Hour Hotline 508-583-6498.  Multi-lingual advocates provide the following free, confidential services to survivors and their children including: a 24-Hour Crisis Line, Safety Planning and Crisis Intervention, Transitional Housing Support, Individual & Group Support, Mental Health Counseling and Support for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. To learn more, call us at 508-583-6498 or go online to  fcr-ma.org  for more information about our programs and services.

You can also call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)  thehotline.org , and SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (877) 785-2020 or (877) 521-2601 (TTY).
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$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.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

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:
Personal papers of what three presidents are held in the Massachusetts Historical Society?

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 Bridgewater.
On June 3, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Confidence
"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, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
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