Congratulations to EB's Andrew Child
for his recognition as Member of the Week
from StageSource.

"Andrew Child (he/him/his) is a local director, designer, puppeteer, educator, and theatre reporter who is currently interested in how inherent human selfishness can be redirected through power structures and harnessed for the greater good.
He has worked with groups including the American Repertory Theater, Moonbox Productions, New England Conservatory, Fuller Craft Museum, and Sparkhaven Theatre, spoken at Emerson College, been quoted (unfavorably) by The New York Times, collaborated with translator/producer Nikta Sabouri, and been commissioned to create puppets for a theatre program in Florence (though he does not have a valid passport). His writing for BroadwayWorld Boston focuses on the ways theatre criticism and reporting can interact anthropologically with an arts ecosystem as a whole.
Currently, he is directing the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble's virtual Macbeth, creating an Instagram-based retelling of a classic fairytale which engages the act of thumb-swiping as participation within a narrative, and finding new ways for members of South Boston’s Boys and Girls Club to perform while 6 feet apart from each other. You can find more about Andrew at"
Stage Source's Mission : " ... to unite theatre artists, theatre companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential.
StageSource is the New England theater community's connector. "
Historical Tidbit:
School Building Issues at the Turn of the Century
In 1897, young people attended one of ten schools in East Bridgewater, each one in a separate district.  Primary school was grades 1 through 3. Intermediate school was grades 4 through 6, followed by grammar school, which was grades 7 through 9.  Those students who wished could attend high school which had an option of a three or four year course of study. 
A problem not unfamiliar today was pressing at the turn of the century; overcrowding in the town's schools and the need for building repairs. 
In 1900, the tax rate was $15 per thousand, the total town budget for East Bridgewater was $31,940 and the school's portion amounted to over half of that figure. Among major costs, $3,000 was allocated to repair the High School and install a heating system.  The real problem in 1900 was a severe lack of space for the intermediate grades at that school.  Through five special town meetings the funds for a new school were alternately voted and then rescinded. Finally, a study committee was set up and students were accommodated at the Town Hall until new facilities could be built.  

Funds were at last voted at the 1901 town meeting for a new school on Central Street. This school was dedicated in 1902 as the Allen School. 

~Information from The East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Book
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Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
Email & phone contact only
limited browsing times and areas
Curbside Pickup Wed-Fri 3-4
Mon and Tues evenings 5-7
Sat 9-12

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Email & phone contact only

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30p - 2:00p and last Saturday from 9:30a - 11:00a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Distribution 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month
Pre-packed bags for pick up only
to Carole Smudin on winning $10 gift certificate to MamaDebs Food Truck!

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!

Go to My Pinches and Pounds to see some tasty treats!
There are TWO incentives to join the Taunton River Watershed Association (TRWA) in September:

If you join or donate before the end of the year, you will qualify for a 2020 tax deduction if you don't itemize your deductions. This deduction is up to $300 for individuals, $600 for those filing jointly.

And … if you join before September 30, 2020 your name will be entered in a raffle to win a 4-pack of Bass Pro PFDs. Like everything else water-related they are currently sold out. This is your chance to score 4 brand new life vests!! So become a member, renew your membership, or donate to help us continue our important work.
We thank you for your extreme generosity!
Join us to read about DOGS!

Wednesday September 30th
Side Lawn by Book drop

We have very limited space as we will be social distancing. Please register HERE once for your family. Story time is geared for ages 2-5. Each family will be given a "pod" to sit in, please bring a blanket or chairs and everyone over 2 MUST wear a mask.

No raindate in the event of inclement weather. Look on our social media, and website, if the weather is iffy. Decision will be made by 9:30a.

Please contact Anne (508-378-1616) or Chris if you would like a bag of books checked out and ready for your family to take home at the conclusion of story time ( &
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.

Link for New Clients:
EB Lions Club Garage Sale
Saturday October 3 9AM
349 North Bedford St East Bridgewater
BFS logo
Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
St Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is open twice a month.
1st Monday, 3-5:30p and the 3rd Monday 3-4:30p. Hotline for food assistance 508-378-3760.

In the months from March 1 to June 30th, the Pantry has fed more than 400 families due to the enormous generosity of the parishioners of St. John. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.
The Pantry is working to make food available for all in need while at the same time keeping within the guidelines of the pandemic. Please contact the Pantry if you need help. The only requirement to access the Pantry is to be an East Bridgewater Resident. All religions are welcome.
The Food Pantry is currently accepting donation at the bottom of the ramp. Please make sure you call to let them know you have dropped off food and that it is properly protected from the elements. Cash donations are always welcomed and can be mailed to: The Society of Saint Vincent DePaul
Saint John’s Conference, PO Box 544 East Bridgewater MA 02333
Gift cards are also a great help. $5—$25 cards are easiest. The next Food Pantry will be Monday, Oct 5th.
Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

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Family Approach to Wellbeing
Tips from South Shore Health
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!
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  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

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!

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 7:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome.
An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST
Large selection of nostalgia candy!
All those goodies from your childhood! 

Mon - Sat: Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Get in Shape for Women
in Bridgewater
FREE TRIAL SESSION in our beautiful boutique studio. Masked, sanitary and ready to work with you to hit those post-quarantine goals! 
As always, there are never more than 4 clients in a session. 

6 week training special for $279.

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900  
Email us: getinshapeforwomen
The East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club
The Fisher House Boston

Request Your Help
Honoring Our Veterans

Please Donate $10 Per Flag

A Field of Flags will be placed on the Town Common October 31 - November 16
Follow this link to our Forms page on our website and click on "2020 Field of Flags Donation Form" to download the Field of Flags flier.

Plymouth County 4-H Babysitting Course

The 4-H Babysitters Virtual Training Course teaches youth ages 11 and older what they need to know to be caring, trustworthy, responsible and competent babysitters. The 6-12 session course includes units on:

Basic First Aid *no certificate
Child Development
Entertaining Children
Business of Babysitting
4-H is looking to collaborate with libraries, recreation programs, after school programs and other youth serving agencies to offer this course. 4-H will train your staff or volunteers and provide 4-H curriculum.

Go to link below for details and registration:
Homeowners and landscapers,
rent our Blue Bird, Model 742, Gas Aerator.
Removable side weights allow for improved ground penetration and it's
free-wheeling outer tine system provides unparalleled maneuverability.

Work Smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
Turn your kitchen into an Italian restaurant by adding Johnny Macaroni’s homemade sauces to your delicious dishes.

Click on location below for full take out menus or dine with us outdoors at either of our Plymouth St. location!

Take out only
Take out only
Open for Outdoor Dining & Take out
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Voter Registration Deadline is 10/24/20 for the Presidential/State Election on 11/3/20.

Voter Registration Deadline -
Saturday, October 24th
2:00 - 4:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p
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 508-378-1606 with any questions!
The Metro South Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 107th Annual Meeting on Wed. November 18, 2020 at the Multipurpose Auditorium at Teen Challenge in Brockton or Virtually via Zoom Pro.
The luncheon will feature our special guest speaker, Dave McGillivray, an athlete, author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist.
Dave first gained national prominence in 1978 when he ran across the United States to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. He ran 3,452 miles from Medford, OR, to Medford, MA in 80 consecutive days, averaging 45 miles per day, to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, a charity which supports research toward eliminating cancer in children. This run ended in Fenway Park to a standing ovation by 32,000 fans. Since then, McGillivray has accomplished numerous other inspirational and charitable feats, as well as earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier race directors. Since 1988, he has been the Technical and Race Director of the Boston Marathon. He manages and oversees all technical and operational aspects of the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world.

There will also be awards, and celebration as we conclude our 107th year of serving the business community. Tickets at the member rate are $100 per person in part benefit the Metro South Chamber Education Foundation.

To register, please contact Lexi Reinertson or 508-586-0500 ext 231
Mama Deb's Italian Food Truck is
on the road!

Your Italian Favorite Meals plus Mama Deb's Frozen Pizza and retail sauce.
Check out our menu and locations at

Contact us to come to your neighborhood, graduation, wedding, private or corporate event.

Check out our Facebook
with Kathleen DiNapoli
Video courtesy of EBCAM

EBJSHS Re-Opening

Monthly Science Fiction Talk Show
Produced by Russ Hannagan


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

Go to My Pinches and Pounds to see some tasty treats!

 Historical Tidbit Question:

What year was it officially dedicated as the Allen School?

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 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,Sasha Rockwell. 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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