September 27, 2020 ~
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. 
Precinct 5 Town Councilor Vacancy

At the Town Council meeting held September 8, 2020 pursuant to Ordinance 2013-001, Council President George declared a vacancy on the Council and with a vote of the Town Council, invoked the procedure to appoint a new Councilor.
Citizens from Precinct 5 interested in volunteering to fill the vacancy should send letter of interest, no later than September 28, 2020, to the Town Council Clerk at: Council Clerk
Academy Building 66 Central Square, Bridgewater MA 02324
Historical Tidbit:
               The Hurricane of 1938  
The early fall in New England is well-known as possible hurricane weather, but few were prepared for the terrible storm that hit this area on September 21, 1938. The action was vividly described the next day by a local newspaper reporter: "A terrifying hurricane swept the area for two hours Wednesday afternoon doing considerable damage. The winds, which at times reached a velocity estimated at close to 100 miles an hour, created an emergency which was quickly and efficiently handled. It is estimated that over 100 giant elms and other trees that line the streets of town were uprooted as well as many trees on private property. Considerable property damage was done. It was not possible to obtain an accurate estimate last evening." 
Many homes all over the region were damaged. Power lines and telephone poles were down and roofs swept away from homes by the howling winds, leaving vacant gaps on houses and barns through the community. 
Source: East Bridgewater Sequicentennial Book
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p
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Charter Review Committee
Needs You Now.
Take the Charter Survey Before Sept 30!

The Charter Review Committee is a 7 member committee that is created at least every six years and made up of citizens appointed by the Council President and approved by the Town Council.

The Committee is responsible for examining the Town’s Charter to determine its ongoing utility and accuracy and to make recommendations to its appointing body regarding the need for additions, deletions, clarifications, or other amendments that would improve the Charter.

The Town’s Charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the town government. The Charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of the Town.

Information is being gathered from a variety of sources to support recommendations including personal interviews, public forums, research, and this survey. In developing recommendations for changes to the Town Charter, citizen input is critical. We ask that you take the time to complete this brief survey.

The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
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  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
The Bridgewater 4th of JULY committee is announcing our first Halloween House Decorating Contest!!

It will be a fundraiser for 2021 4th of July Celebration!
No one can be sure of what this year will bring and even if Halloween is still on ... who doesn't want to see some cool houses decorated?!
$10.00 to enter - Decorations should be up and ready to be viewed by October 25! We will post more info soon....
You can mail registration to Bridgewater 4th of July Committee and put Halloween contest in the memo. Or you can pay via PayPal.
Join Mrs. Davis for songs, bouncing rhymes, finger plays and scarf fun at Book Babies.
Bring a cloth/scarf (small enough to scrunch in hands) and play peek-a-boo with Mrs. Davis!
Fuel Assistance Applications

Get the help you need paying your heating bills.
13,233 households were warmer last winter because of help received from Self Help, Inc. and the Fuel Assistance Program. We want residents throughout our service areas to know that Fuel Assistance can lower their heating bills through discounts and savings options of the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP) administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Fall Open Air Book Sale
Saturday, October 17th 10a - 2p
Wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and puzzles!
Hardcovers $1
Paperbacks $.50 or 3 for $1
CDs $1
DVDs $2
Bring your own reusable bag and fill it with BOOKS $10
Outside in the Parking Lot of the Bridgewater Public Library.
Learn how to make
Ring Pour Art with Rose!
Be sure to share your creations by using #BWPLART or emailing pictures to
Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and below: an invite to participate in a free Indigenous History Conference virtually at Bridgewater State University
Free BSU Indigenous History Conference

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event: Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight , a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History: Nine Virtual Sessions Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020...

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21st Annual Citizen of the Year Program ~ looking for Nominations from Bridgewater!

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters will celebrate neighbors who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers to our communities. These achievements correspond to Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus — peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and, supporting the environment.

All residents of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater are eligible both to nominate and to be nominated for recognition at the 21st Annual Citizen of the Year program. The achievements may not be part of the individual’s job responsibilities.
Nomination forms may be found HERE or may be requested from or 508.241.6643. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 24, 2020. A committee from the Rotary Club expects to announce one recipient each from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater in November 2020. The date and location of the event will also be confirmed at that time.

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters is part of Rotary International, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world. Dedicated to “Service Above Self,” Rotarians worldwide span all races and religions to assist those in need. Locally, we meet on Wednesdays at 7:30a via Zoom. All are welcome.
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Old Colony History Museum Bridgewater Programming

To register call 508-697-0929 or email
All programs last about an hour with a Q & A period with staff from OCHM.
Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

From Artist News to Creative Youth, Community Initiative, and Power of Culture, our email lists are a great way to keep up with the work of Mass Cultural Council and its partners across the Commonwealth. Recent events have fomented a growing...

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Voter Registration Deadline is 10/24/20 for the Presidential/State Election on 11/3/20
October 24, 2020 2:00 - 4:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p – Voter Registration Deadline
Will you be voting in the upcoming State Election on November 3, 2020? Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Even if you have been registered to vote for years, many Federal and State laws impact your registration status. If you have moved, changed your name, or did not respond to the Annual Town Census, you may encounter an issue at the polls. Avoid the long lines, check your registration now online
When you register to vote, either online, by mail or at the registry of motor vehicles, you should receive a confirmation notice from the local Town Clerk’s office. If not, your registration May not have reached the office. If you did not send back your census form and did not respond to the inactivation notice, then your name will not be on the active voting list.

Town Clerks want all eligible citizens to be able to cast their ballot. Please act now! Don’t wait! Check your voting status!! Remember – October 24th is the deadline!  Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-697-0921 with any questions!
Old Bridgewater Historical Society - Mass Humanities Grant Received

The Trustees of the Old Bridgewater Historical Society are pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from Mass Humanities, provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Funding from this grant will supply the Society with lighting for the display cases at the OBHS Memorial Building located at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. It will also cover archival materials, utilities, and educational materials distribution.
For more information about Mass Humanities, visit their website at
The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at
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Area Volunteers Earn President’s Volunteer Service Award

Bridgewater area volunteers, Janet Dye, Frances Jeffries of Bridgewater and Steve Savrann of Sharon, MA have been recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts in 2019 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict.

These volunteers are members of the Rotary Clubs of The Bridgewaters and Sharon. With help from the efforts of Dye, Jeffries and Savrann, raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization provided shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11 countries, including Paraguay after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to support families affected by conflict, and many others. “The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of our inspiring volunteers like Janet Dye, Frances Jeffries and Steve Savrann, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets them apart as individuals committed to serving others and making the world a better place.”

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and hope following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox serves the most vulnerable families who have been displaced due to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering essential shelter aid and life-saving supplies. They provide humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets. These items enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future.
To volunteer, fundraise, or make a donation, visit or call (805) 608-2400.

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the estimated wind speed during this hurricane?

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On September 30, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Sebastian Ladoulis.
For all of Us Reluctant Leaders:

Every single one of us, in relationship with any one other person, influences that person. In our thoughts, our ideas and how we express them, we are leading those around us in one direction or another. Whether we are a parent, child, friend or colleague. Even more so if we are on a board or committee. Even not saying a word is leading, because when we don't voice an opinion, we are saying we agree.

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”
~ Warren Bennis

"I have three precious things, which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” ~ Lao-Tzu

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
When it's your turn to lead, please remember; we all benefit in a just civilization. It's my fervent prayer that all efforts reach toward that goal: a just civilization where humans are treated humanely!

Have a great week ~ Jacquie 
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