September 15, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Remembering the lives we lost in 9/11 through service
To Commemorate 9/11, Bridgewater State University organized a service project with The Outreach Program.

Students, alum and community members. packaged 18,000 meals for local pantries in under an hour!
Historical Tidbit: Central Square Congregational Church
Central Square Congregational Church
 The Bridgewater Central Square Congregational Church, in the southwest corner of our common, hasn't always looked the way it does today. The first Congregational Church had a typical Gothic design and was identical to the Rochester Congregational Church. Our church burned to the ground in 1860 and was replaced with the one we see today.
Rochester Congregational Church
Respectfully submitted by David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p, Fri 9a - noon 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p
Louise Dombrowski
won a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with Jacquelyn Rose

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

You could win a
  $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman, MA!
FREE Community Screening of "Intelligent Lives"
Mon, Sept 16th, 7 - 9p
BSU, Moakley Auditorium
100 Burrill Avenue, Bridgewater
The award-winning documentary "Intelligent Lives" follows the lives of three adults with intellectual disabilities as they navigate school, college, and the workplace.
Following the 70-minute documentary, a panel of local adults with intellectual disabilities will speak candidly to the audience about their own lives.
Join us for a night of learning and advocacy!
FREE! RSVP required HERE!
This event is brought to you by Inclusion Matters, Inc. , in partnership with the Brockton Area Arc and sponsored by a grant from the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at BSU .
Dress a Girl the Around World
Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress! What if that dress was made by you? Help us change a life by sewing a simple dress for a girl in need.

When: Wed, Sep. 18th & Sept. 25th, 3 - 5p

Where: Bridgewater United Methodist Church , (downstairs), 35 School St., 508-697- 9165

Who: Maybe YOU would like to learn to sew a dress for a girl who never had one.

What: We have workshops 2 times a month where we work together to make these dresses. We also teach others how to sew them.

Consider joining will lift your spirits!
Story Time and FUN!
Tuesdays at 10:30a, starting September 17th

Drop in for a half an hour of stories, games, crafts and fun.

Geared towards children 2+ and siblings are welcome to this interactive story time.

No need to register or commit.
Come to one or all of them.

Takes place at the Bridgewater Public Library
Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarship Winners
Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarship Winner from Bridgewater/Raynham High School was Elizabeth Buczek of Bridgewater. Thanks Liz for your awesome story about our crazy seal and good luck at Stonehill College!

This year's other winners of the Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarship were Madison Bradbury from East Bridgewater and Jonathan Drass from West Bridgewater.

Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarships have been awarded since 2017 equaling $9,000 in scholarship monies to seniors of three local high schools. Each participant has to write a sort story about the Prophett seal and it can’t be about death or dying.

There is one $1,000 scholarship to a winner at each of these high schools; EB, WB, and BR.

This year the participation was 2 applicants from EB, 7 applicants from WB, and 8 applicants from BR.  
Celebrate Wood Palace Kitchens’ 40th Anniversary
Thur, Sept 19th, 5 – 8p
Business After Hours Networking event in the Wood Palace Kitchens Showroom located at 7 Mill Street in Middleboro. Enjoy refreshments from Patricia’s Palate as well as beer and wine from the Bartending Service of NE. There will be door prizes, so don’t forget to bring your business cards!
Members of Metro South and Taunton Area Chambers will also be present!
Taste a Book Club!
Tues, Sept 24th, 5p at the Bridgewater Public Library.  
Do you love to cook and love looking at cookbooks?
We have selected the cookbook "The Apple Cookbook: 125 Freshly Picked Recipes” by Olwen Woodier.
Stop by the library and borrow a copy located at the front desk. Notify the library with the page number of the recipe you would like to reserve. Cook the recipe. Bring your dish to the meeting to share. After eating, discuss the book.
The Library will supply the paper products.
It is FREE and open to the public.
AAUW Knit-In for Scholarships
Sat, Sept 21st, 1 - 5p
Bridgewater Senior Ctr, 10 Wally Kreuger Way
Crafters who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting will spend a pleasant afternoon of camarderie creating one or more 7 x 9 inch blocks which will be assembled into colorful lap robes and donated to a local charity. Participants should bring size 7 needles or J/K crochet hooks and acrylic yarn (worsted). For beginners, supplies will be provided. This will be a good opportunity to clean out your yarn stash – yarn color is not important!  The donation to participate is $10 for the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.
This fundraiser for local college scholarships is sponsored by the Taunton Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a non-profit organization advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Additional information about the AAUW can be found on their website at
For more information about the Knit-In, contact Cris Ajemian at 508-697-6653.
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store!
Does your lawn need a little boost after the dog days of summer? Come see us for your loam, seed and fertilizer needs!

Stop in today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
(508) 697-0357
Get Your Grants Ready Bridgewater Artists!
Mass Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, LCCs award more than $3 million in grants. Currently, there are 329 local and regional councils that represent all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, these councils are local volunteers, approving grants for local arts & culture projects.
Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. LCCs may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).
The LCC application process can be quite competitive. Because of the large number of requests and the limited funds available for re-granting, many LCCs receive far more applications than they can fully, or even partially, fund. Average grants tend to be modest ($500-$750).

Bridgewater Cultural Council 66 Central Square :
FREE Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga!
Sun, Sept. 15,
1 pm

Come experience the difference!

Now taking new
Embodyment® Yoga Therapy clients
Learn how you can live pain-free!

More movement, less stress!

484 Bedford St, E. Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

111 Torrey St, Suite 1, Brockton 
Old Bridgewater Historical Society invites you to participate in
Dining for a Cause

The annual Dining for a Cause fundraiser at the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant at Campus Plaza (233 Broad St.) will be held on Tuesday, September 24th from 5 to 9p. 

When the 99 voucher is presented during those hours at the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant only, the company will donate 15% of your total guest check (excluding tax and gratuity) to the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, at no additional cost beyond your guest check.  
This donation program is valid for dine-in and take-out orders when the voucher is presented during the event.

Printed vouchers for the September 24th event are available on the OBHS website at

A supply will also be available at the Bridgewater Senior Center and at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Board members will be on hand for a “meet and greet” and the winner of the OBHS 125th Anniversary Raffle will be drawn at 10p. 
Old Bridgewater Historical Society Quasquicentennial Fundraiser
The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is celebrating its 125 th year in operation. Founded in 1894, OBHS is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area.

The Board of Directors of OBHS is excited to announce our Quasquicentennial celebration fundraiser. Our “125 th Anniversary Raffle” includes some wonderful items including 2 TICKETS TO THE PATRIOTS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS GAME on October 27th at Gillette Stadium, donated by 3Phase Elevator Corporation.

Also in the basket are gift cards for Atina Asian Bistro, Boston Tavern, Bridgewater Bagel, Crystal's Kitchen, Good Days Restaurant, Kenny O'Bryan's Pub, Lawadessa Restaurant,etc.

Tickets for this raffle are available (5 for $20) through the website's store or from OBHS board members. The drawing will be held at Bridgewater’s 99 Restaurant on Sept. 24 th at our “Dining for a Cause” event.
The winner does not need to be present to win. Additional information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society and all of its upcoming events can be found on the website

Nessralla Farm
Our 12th Annual
15 Acre
Corn Maze
is Open!

Sept 14 - Oct 27
Sat & Sun
10 am - 4 pm

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767
Dance Party Fundraiser
Sat, Sept. 28th, 7 - 11p
Bridgewater Vet's Club, 85 Cottage St.

Featuring the music of Big Baby & The Boomers (formally the Wood Bros Band)

Tickets $10 per person at door or at

Cash Bar - Basket Raffles - 50/50
Snacks provided - may bring/order outside food

Showcase performance by Island Grove Chorus

All proceeds benefit Island Grove Chorus a member of Sweet Adelines International organization, a 501(c)(3)
Now is the perfect time to renew your lawn and we have the tools to
make it easy!

Work smarter
not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

Register Today!

(508) 378-3913
635 Plymouth St, East Bridgewater

After a three year hiatus, the one mile, Bridgewater Kids Road Race, open to Bridgewater children only in grades K-8—with separate races for boys and girls, will be staged again this coming fall, on Sunday afternoon October 6th, at 2p, on the campus of Bridgewater State University. The race was a fixture in Town from 1980 through 2015, a 36 consecutive year run.
The 37th edition is presented by Bridgewater State University Athletics (track and cross country teams), with support from Northeast Race Management, Colonial Road Runners, and the Bridgewater Police Foundation. There is no registration fee. Race information will be sent home with each child during the first week of school, but, in the meantime, race registration is now available at the following website:
For more info, contact race director, Sam Baumgarten, at 774-208-2933, or
Get In Shape For Women - Bridgewater
Fall into your new routine!!!
$279 for 6-Weeks of Training -
Three Sessions per week! 
Over $5,000 in prizes across
the franchise! 
Registration begins September 3rd.

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   

Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
Mindfulness Coaching
For a different perspective!

What is the upside of depression and how can Mindfulness help? Join us Wednesday, September 18th.

Call for a FREE consultation

Mon, Oct 7th, 6:30p, Bridgewater Public Library
First forum of the new season, the topic is: Immigration: 
*Understanding the laws—what are the facts?
*Clearing up misconceptions
*Sharing views, seeking compromise
Guest Presenters: Sarang Sekhavat, Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocate Coalition; Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, Brockton City Councilor; Helena DaSilva Hughes, New Bedford Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc., and others TBA.
All are welcome. For more info click here.
Bridgewater Citizens Urge
Civility and Respect
Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect stands for civil discourse and peaceful communication. 

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect was founded in 2016, following two incidences of intolerant “hate-speech.” In both instances these verbal assaults were triggered solely by the victim’s appearance or clothing choice. They could no longer wonder if an atmosphere of intolerance could exist in our own backyard.

BCCR reaches out to the community through forums, Active Bystander Training and standouts. All are invited to join us in raising our civic consciousness and ensuring that the Town of Bridgewater remains a good and respectful place for all residents in this diverse community.

For more info on events follow on Facebook.

• General Auto Repair
• Domestic & Imported Cars
• ASE Certified 
• L1 ASE Certified 

Over 20 Years of Experience 
Local Family Owned Independent Shop

(508) 697-1122
85-2 Fireworks Circle (off Rt 18)
Residence Inn - Bridgewater
Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen and living room area. Includes complimentary Breakfast Buffet daily and evening social “The Mix” three nights per week. 
*Short and long term rates available.
2020 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA 
(508) 697- 1412
Census 2020 Info
Why Are there Census Takers in My Neighborhood?
You might see census takers in your neighborhood for a few different reasons:
  • They are verifying addresses in preparation for the census.
  • They are collecting responses to the census or another survey.
  • They are dropping off census materials.
  • They are conducting quality checks on the census.
Census takers who verify addresses are called address canvassers. They help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures, and residence types.
Part of this effort involves census takers on the ground noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing.

Census takers will begin visiting homes in 2020 to collect responses from those who did not respond online, by phone, or by mail. At the same time, there will be other surveys ongoing, such as the American Community Survey, so there will also be census field representatives visiting homes for other reasons as well.

How Can I Verify the Identity of a Census Worker?
If you are visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, here are some tips to assure the validity of the field representative:
  • Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • Note that census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.


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

Historical Tidbit Question :
What type of design did the first Congregational church have? 

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer. Prize Box Rules .
By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On September 18, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
It Takes Courage

It takes courage to believe in yourself, confidence that your ideas and views are of value. Take heart.... None of us has ALL the answers. Your voice is important!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston S. Churchill

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. - Atticus Finch”
~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~Coco Chanel
Write your own story, and be the hero. ~ 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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