September 15, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Park Day Re-Cap
Huge thanks to the Lions Club for another great Park Day. So-o-o-o very much fun! This is a very fun celebration video... Ben, you folks at WBTV rock! : )


Historical Tidbit: 
School District No. 3
 
"In winter, this school was taught by Miss Emilie B. Reed, of West Bridgewater, who is so well-known as an instructress, that nothing need be said of her, except that she maintained her former reputation. She infused some life into the school; still there appeared, in a less degree, the want of energy noticed in the summer." 

From: Annual Reports of West Bridgewater for the year ending March 1, 1860
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Town Hall
65 N. Main Street
  508-894-1200
Mon, Tues & Thurs 8a - 4p
Wed, 8a - 7p, Fri 8a - 1p

WB Public Library
80 Howard Street
508-894-1255
Mon, Thurs, Fri 10a - 5p
Tues - Wed 10a - 8p
Sat 10a - 2p
 
Council on Aging
97 West Center Street
508-894-1262
Mon - Fri 8:30a - 4p
COA

Food Pantry
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St WB
Congratulations!
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!
Get Your Grants Ready West 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 regranting, many LCCs receive far more applications than they can fully, or even partially, fund. Average grants tend to be modest ($500-$750).



West Bridgewater Cultural Council
Scott Fortier
Town Hall
West Bridgewater, MA 02379-1780
508-586-4561

9/11 Remembrance
WB Fire and Police Deptartment
Photo Credit: Larry Davidson
"To Bee or Not To Bee: The Current Status of Bees"
Sat, Sept 21st
10:30 - 11:30a
West Bridgewater Public Library
Join us for a talk by Plymouth County Entomologist Educator, Blake Dinius, on colony collapse and the population decline of the industrious honey bee, an insect that we largely depend on for much of our food crop yield.  
FREE & Open to All!
FREE Community Screening of "Intelligent Lives"
Mon, Sept 16, 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 .
Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarship Winners
This year's winners in the Prophett Funeral Home Community Scholarship were Madison Bradbury from East Bridgewater, Jonathan Drass from West Bridgewater, and Elizabeth Buczek from Bridgewater/Raynham High School.
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.  

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)
Bridgewater
(508) 697-0357
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 are available (5 for $20) through the website's store here 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 here.
Support a Kayak launch and dock - Eagle Scout project
by Evan Kaprelian
I am raising money to have a kayak/canoe launch and dock installed in West Bridgewater’s Town River. 

This is my Eagle Scout project and I picked this because I personally enjoy kayaking and have been out on the river many times but the town does not currently have a launch. This makes it difficult for some people to use the river. I hope my project helps others enjoy kayaking and our Town River more.

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West Bridgewater Farmer's Market
Tuesday, Sept 24th, 4-7p
On the Green
at the First Church,
29 Howard St
WB Conservation Commission Meeting- 9/3/19
Video by West Bridgewater TV
WB Health Screening Clinics
Wednesdays from 9a-1p
COA, 97 West Center St
For more information call the COA 508-894-1262
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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.

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

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National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, Sept 24th
10a – 8p
WB Public Library
Come in to register to vote or change your existing registration . We'll help you get set up so that you can make your voice heard.
Climate Conversation
Friday, Sept 27th, 3 - 5p
West Bridgewater Public Library
Citizens of all ages are invited to a small group dialogue on adjusting to the new norms that will affect us with the increase in extreme weather events. Prepared prompts, structured discussion. No political agenda. If possible RSVP here but walk-ins also welcome. Snacks will be provided.
What can Small Towns in Southeastern Massachusetts do to Prepare for Extreme Weather Emergencies?
Saturday, Sept 28th, 10:30a
West Bridgewater Public Library
Courtney Rocha is the SE Massachusetts Coordinator for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP). This program provides support to cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities. Courtney will be sharing what towns such as East and West Bridgewater can do to plan and prepare for extreme weather emergencies, specifically flooding. Non-competitive State Grant dollars are available for planning and mitigation.
Get This School Year Started
WBPS Music Video to kick off the 19-20 school year.
Camera work by high school students Emily Alger, Jessica Whittemore, & Lauren Miranda.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

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:
Who taught school district No. 3?

Email us your answer at: 
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By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's 
Buzz Around West Bridgewater.

On September 15, 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 & Greg Venezia
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