Robin's Pond
Pictures thanks to Candy Boyle!

Historical Tidbit:
The Orr Family

St. John's Rectory, where Sam Orr used to live.

The Orr family is a well- known family of East Bridgewater.  Hugh Orr, born in Scotland in 1715, came to this area and became a well-known iron manufacturer, supplying hundreds of muskets for colonists in this area during the Revolutionary War. 
His son, Hector Orr, born here in March 1770, is one of the most famous doctors of the East Parish of Bridgewater (later becoming East Bridgewater). In 1796, he was commissioned by President John Adams to accompany an expedition to India.  
An active member of the Freemasons, Dr. Orr organized the Fellowship Lodge of Bridgewater, which had its first meeting in the East Parish meeting house, and there he met another Mason, Paul Revere.

Dr. Orr practiced here for almost sixty years until his death in 1855. His son Samuel lived in the house facing the Common, now the rectory of St. John's Parish. Samuel followed his father in the medical profession and he too served the East Parish of Bridgewater.
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Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

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
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for winning a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray!

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Outdoor Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 18 – Nov. 1 at your own pace.... enjoy this outdoor fall fun!!!
Outdoor, self-guided scavenger hunt along six town trails – Bennett Lane, Leland Farm, the trails at Sachem Rock Farm, Town Forest, the trails at the YMCA, and the trails at Poor Meadow Brook.
Starting Oct 18, find instructions on our Facebook page; locate laminated pumpkins at these sites and see if you can find the gold pumpkin at each trail!
Then send a photo with one of the golden “pumpkins” to the Friends of East Bridgewater Trails; we'll post these champs on our Facebook page!
Free and open to all. If you visit these trails in groups, PLEASE be sure to follow proper social distancing rules and stay safe. Visit the Friends of East Bridgewater Trails Facebook page for more information or email [email protected]. Don’t forget to share your photos!
Photo credit: EB Trails FB Page
State Election - Tuesday, November 3rd
2020 Presidential Election
Pick one of the 3 ways to vote:

1) In Person: Tuesday November 3, 2020
• Polling Hours: 7:00a - 8:00p
• Location: Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium
Return your completed application to:
PO Box 387   East Bridgewater, MA 02333.
If you have already requested Vote By Mail - track your ballot here.

3) In Person Early Voting
Saturday, October 17th - Friday, October 30th
Location: Town Hall
• Saturday & Sunday 9:00a - 1:00p
• Monday 8:30a - 8:00p
• Tuesday through Thursday 8:30a - 4:30p
• Friday 8:30a - 12:00p

Deadlines: The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the Presidential Election is Friday, October 28th at 5:00p.
Last day to register to vote or update registration for the State Election is Saturday, October 24th. Register to Vote at your Town Clerk's office or register to vote online.

Open Lab Night

We are happy to announce that CASE will host Open Lab Night this year!!  It's so big we'll make it last the whole week! The goal is to engage the community in hands-on STEM learning. This virtual Open Lab Week will take place during Massachusetts STEM week, October 19-23. 

Descriptions of activities are posted on their website: BSU Open Lab Night and can be found using the dropdown menu.  Links to the activity pages (with instructions, pictures, etc.) will be posted by Friday, October 16. 

Registration is required:  Register here.  
Please register NOW to reserve your kit.  Only one kit will be provided per family.  Instructions for pickup of supplies will be provided after registration.
Any questions please call: 508-531-2575
Zoom Luncheon

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce cordially invites members of the business community, candidates for public office, and state, federal and local elected officials to gather on Tuesday, October 20th for the Special Zoom Luncheon with Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta. The reception will be held virtually via Zoom Pro from 12:15-1:30 p.m. The reception is sponsored by Stonehill College, Sharon Crescent United & UMass Boston.

The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!
  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

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.


Beginning on October 17th and ending with a live stream virtual celebration on Oct 31st.


Get involved by sponsoring and / or walk with us. When you walk create a video and share it!
For more information call or email Linda Siegel at 508-584-2809 or [email protected].
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Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
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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Harvest Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser!
Support Union Congregational Church
To place your order go to UCC Website and click on the soup sale 2020 tab.
Harvest Soup
A-maize_ing Corn Chowder
Pumpkin Soup (dairy free)
16oz bowl = $10 donation

Pick up available November 7th, 2020
12:00p - 3:00p
Any questions contact:
508-378-2874 or email [email protected]
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
52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive ~ $99/ month

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Friday, October 30th
6:30 - 9:30p rain or shine
Hosted by the Viking Sports Parents.
Come on out and support our Viking athletes.
Click on the link to reserve a time slot.
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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Homeowners & Landscapers,
RENT, DON'T BUY, the best tools for your fall cleanups!

We have many sizes and styles of leaf blowers to help you clean up your property quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!
10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Basement Mold or Attic Mold Removal
 Thinking of selling your home? Check your attic for mold!

(781) 910-5029
Public Library Updates

For all updated hours click here.
Book bundles now for all ages!
Library fines still waived! Call to reserve a computer.
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 [email protected] 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.

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Fall Crops around EB's Community Gardens

Thanks to planning & hard work.

Photo Credits: Ken Reale

Have fun with us and bee
entered to win a
Selenite Pendant ( $25 value)
by Queen Dawn Spirit.

 Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was Hugh Orr born?

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On October 21, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose,
"Forest Bathing" Now, I am a huge fan of trees and the woods, so it didn't surprise me that walking on a wooded path, surrounding yourself : "can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger; strengthen the immune system; improve cardiovascular and metabolic health; and boost overall well-being" according to medical doctor Qing Li. This is especially important since we spend so much time inside and on our digital devices.
In Time Magazine, Dr. Li describes connecting with the forest: "The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature."

And now that Autumn is here, we have the opportunity to enjoy the colors! Oh the colors! Walking a wooded path now in New England is to be immersed in the beauty and splendor of diversity. Each leaf, no longer separated in subtle greens, jump out in reds, yellows and oranges. Miraculous!
Enjoy your week, all. And for your self- care this week, try a forest bath. ~ Jacquie

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