June 5, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time

Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings,
is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Join Us for the last Community Dance of our 11th Season!
This dance, we will enjoy a mix of international folk dance, New England squares and contras, mixers and line dances. All dances are for ages 10 and up, no prior experience required, all dances are taught.
June 17; 7 - 9:30p
Cole - Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way (off 18)
Historical Tidbit:  Electric Street Cars
The electric street cars were not only transportation to work, but also intended to transport folks to amusement parks and other recreation areas. The attraction in Bridgewater were the two large dance halls that were built on the side of Pleasant Street and extended out over the water at the Nip. In the summer these also included steam launch rides, swimming, sailing, row boats and picnicking. There were many other spots along the lines extending from simple picnic areas to full amusement parks, such as Nantasket Beach, Revere Beach, Whalom Park and Lincoln Park, to name a few. 

There was also an attempt to ship small freight items on the street cars with a freight depot on Perkins Ave. The electric cars were seen as a direct competition to the railroads though, and because of it, they were not allowed to cross the tracks at Broad Street. If you wanted to go to East Bridgewater from the town center, you would take a horse drawn trolley down to the crossing, get off, walk across the tracks and pick up an electric car on the other side of the railroad tracks.

The remains of the electric line today can be seen at the corner of Swift/Birch and Pleasant Streets. The red brick building was originally a power plant for the electric cars. The stone foundation in the field on Route 28 at the West Bridgewater Line was a barn for the storage of electric cars. The street car waiting room in the center was first located on the corner of Main and Broad Streets until it burned in 1923. The electric trolleys eventually went out of business because they could not compete with the growing popularity and numbers of automobiles on the roads. It is said that in 1915, the height of rural street car travel in America, you could ride across the country in them.
Respectfully submitted,
David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Ellen Hurteau
won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Boys Lacrosse Varsity: Bridgewater-Raynham vs Attleboro May 10
Video courtesy of DoubleACS 
(Attleboro Cable Access)
Bridgewater Raynham High School Drunk Driving Q&A Panel
May 22
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Ready, Set, Eat & Enjoy!
Restaurant Week June 5 - June 9, 2022

*Post a photo on social media, tag @metrosouthchambercommerce and use #restaurantweek2022
Metro South Chamber of Commerce will pick daily winners to receive local eatery gift cards.

Passport to History

June 1st - Sept 1st
62 Howard Street in West Bridgewater

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, is once again participating in Passport to History, a joint effort of local museums to share and explore the diverse history of southeastern Massachusetts. “Passports”, which serve as admission for one free visit, are available at any participating site. 

Participating museums include: the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury; Attleboro Area Industrial Museum in Attleboro; Berkley Historical Society in Berkley; The Carpenter Museum/Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in Rehoboth; Duxbury Rural & Historical Society in Duxbury; Fall River Historical Society in Fall River; Fisher-Richardson House/Mansfield Historical Society in Mansfield; Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit in Cotuit; The Oliver House and Middleborough Historical Museum in Middleborough; Old Colony History Museum in Taunton; Paragon Park Museum in Hull; The Robbins Museum/ Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Inc. in Middleborough; Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum in New Bedford; Captain John Kendrick Museum and Fearing Tavern in Wareham.

Passport to History is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau. This program is also supported in part by grants from the Attleboro, Berkley, Duxbury, Easton, Fall River, Freetown, Hull, Mansfield, Mid-Cape, Middleborough, New Bedford, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Rochester, and Wareham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information about the Passport program, visit: oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org 
Additional information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society can be found at www.oldbridgewater.org
Upcoming children’s programs at the Bridgewater Public Library! 

Monday, June 13: Registration opens for Summer Reading 2022. Join us for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, the theme of 2022 Summer Reading at the Bridgewater Public Library. All ages are welcome to join us.
Program runs from June 27 - August 15

Tuesday, June 14 @ 10:30a: Exploring Music with Kerry Campbell. Join us for a fun and educational exploration of music for ages 2-5 and their caregivers. We'll use instruments and props plus our singing voices. Registration required.

Thursday, June 16: Doodlebots available. Pick up your kit for Doodlebots starting today– virtual program offered by the Easton Children’s Museum. Doodlebots explores concept of prototypes and solutions to design challenges. Kit includes parts to create your own doodling machine. For kids age 6+. No registration.

Thursday, June 23: Grab and Go Craft. This month we are making Fourth of July beaded bracelets. Get ready to celebrate the 4th with beaded bracelets. While supplies last, one per person please.

Monday, June 27 @ 1p: Register for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. Our Summer Reader program for 2022, with Bridgewater Public Library! Log your reading minutes to earn badges & the chance to win prizes. This program is open to all ages- parents can read to their children, you can listen to audiobooks or read the newspaper. Just remember to log your time with Beanstack.

Tuesday, June 28 @ 1p: Reptiles Rock with Rainforest Reptiles Shows. Come meet some reptiles and learn about them from a herpetologist in this fun, educational, 1-hour program. See tropical and semi-tropical animals such as bugs, frogs, snakes and lizards and larger animals including alligators and tortoises. Volunteers may be able to assist during the presentation. Recommended for 3+, no registration.

For more information visit bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org
or call 508-697-3331 
Just next to the Common, you'll find Music Alley
5 and 8p on Thursdays, starting June 9, family centered entertainment, and food vendors each week for our community to gather and share in live music!

Upcoming Events

June 16th @10:30a - 1p: March Against Elder Abuse. 1- mile walk along Water Street

June 16th @ 10:30a: Alice's Cafe, Juneteenth Event with Ammaya Drums. Please RSVP

Friday June 24th @ 8:30a - 3p: Intergenerational Conference, LGBTQ Elders in a Changing World.

July 26th @ 9a - 7p: Isles of Shoals Curise and Foster's Clambake. $120 per person, reserve and pay by July 11th

To RSVP for any event, call 508-697-0929 or
Everything You Need for Gardening
Tools, Seeds, Soil & Fertilizers
Wide Selection & Helpful Service!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Juneteenth Day
Saturday, June 18
2p - 6p
50 School Street

BCCR and First Parish UU 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration. There will be food, speakers, vendors, and performers. Bring your chairs.

Visit BCCR FB Page for more information.
Military Cards

Thanks to a SHRAB Veterans' Heritage grant, the Bridgewater Public Library has been able to process over 1,900 Bridgewater military information cards. If someone in your family lived in Bridgewater and served in World War II, check the Bridgewater Library Website to see if we have an information card for them.

Email bwhistoricalservices@sailsinc.org, and we'll send you a photo of the card. 
For ages 14 – 24

Get Paid while Earning Certification! 

A wide variety of fields.

Meet with our career counselor & take assessment 

on Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30p and 
Fridays 11:30a - 12:30p

MassHire Greater Brockton 
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton

Treat your fingernails to Color Street temporary designs!
Tons of fun!

Independent Consultant Katie Ray
(774) 274-7492

*100% real nail polish strips
*Easy one step application
*No dry time/smudges/streaks
*Made in the USA

Memorial Day 2022

Video Courtesy of BTV
Town Council Meeting
May 24th
Video Courtesy of BTV
Find YOUR Bliss with
New Evening Class Begins Monday, June 6th @ 6:30 pm. Register Now!

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.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

Reiki Treatments with Jacquelyn Rose

Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and...

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New Service at the Library!

Do you have boxes of old photographs in storage? Home movies on VHS? Mixtapes on cassette? Want to convert them to an easily stored and sharable digital format? Preserve your memories with a variety of equipment available for self-directed use (don’t worry, we’ll help) at the Digitization Station. Sessions can be booked in 3-hour blocks.
You must book your appointment in advance. If you need training on the equipment, please let us know during booking. This is a self-serve workstation and only our Reference Librarian is trained to provide technical support. We will not digitize material for you. Digitizing videos and audio happens in real time. If your recording is one hour long, it will take one hour to digitize the content.
Come Prepared!
You must supply your own file storage media (e.g., CD/DVD, USB Drive, cloud drive account for upload via internet, etc.) to save your digitized files. The digitization station will be wiped of all data and user activity once your session is over. Saving files to external devices may take longer than you think, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to transfer all of your files before your session ends. Feel free to bring your own headphones or use a pair provided by the Library.

Click Here: www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org to make an appointment or for more information!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where were you not allowed to drive an electric car to East Bridgewater?

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 June 8, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Olivia Machakos, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.
Connection is Why We are Here:

There are some people, who carry just so-o-o much wisdom. I search out Brené all the time because I struggle so in relationships. So I share her now, in case her words can help any of you, dear readers.

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~ Brené Brown

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brené Brown

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” ~ Brené Brown
Have a great week of connection. ~ Jacquie
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