WB Friendship Park Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Three years of hard work! Great job everyone!

Video courtesy of West Bridgewater TV
Image Credit: Lauren Fer
Historical Tidbit
Howard Collegiate Institute

The Howard Collegiate Institute began its classes on October 2, 1883 for girls and young women. Funds to start the school were provided by Capt. Benjamin B. Howard born in West Bridgewater on March 2, 1788.

It became known as The Howard Seminary for Women. It was a separate enterprise as a private high school with buildings on the same campus as The Howard High School. Drury Hall and Packard Hall were buildings for this school. Howard Seminary was known as a wooden building 100 feet away from the Howard High School.

Pictured: Six equestriennes on horseback in front of Drury Hall

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Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3 - 4p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB

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

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 Selenite Pendant ( $25 value)
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West Bridgewater Lions Club

Applications are now available for the 6th Annual West Bridgewater Lions Club Scarecrow Contest. Now just $10 for a family to enter $20 for a business. LETS MAKE IT HUGE THIS YEAR! Family Prizes: 1st place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd $50....

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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 our 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
Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

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].
WB COA is Still Here to Help!

The office is still closed to the public. Staff is on hand to assist you.

Please call at 508-894-1262 or email [email protected].

Find the COA newsletter for October here.
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
Primary election November 1st
General election November 3rd
• Location: Town Hall 65 North Main Street

Return your completed application to:
65 North Main Street, West Bridgewater, 02379
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/Tuesday 8:00p - 4:00p
  • Wednesday 8:00p - 7:00p
  • Thursday 8:00a - 4:00p
  • Friday 8:00a - 1:00p

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.
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!

WB Board of Selectmen 10-07-2020
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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WB Public Library 2020 Fall
Book Talk for Kids
Video Courtesy of WBTV
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 - 1:30p. The reception is sponsored by Stonehill College, Sharon Crescent United & UMass Boston.
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
Met & Exceeded
  • In-Person and Live Streamed Classes Available
  • Ask About Private Study Options

Grants Rental
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

We are so excited!

OBHS has received 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. It will also cover archival materials, utilities, and educational materials distribution. For more info about Mass Humanities, visit their website at www.masshumanities.org.
For more info about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, visit www.oldbridgewater.org
“And here's to you Marilyn Mal Reynolds-Mather!

Many of you may not know this woman. Her name is Marilyn Mather. She is the director of the West Bridgewater, Council on Aging, aka Senior Center. She is a true, an unsung hero. While many people used the pandemic as a reason to stay home and not go to work, Marilyn seemed to never have miss a day. Even in the height of all the craziness and fear, she reported to work. Every day as I would head out for my morning coffee, I'd drive by and notice her car parked in the otherwise empty lot the senior center. I would always notice the bright white lights gleaming from her office windows, in an otherwise dark building. She truly cares for our seniors, and has created such a warm, loving atmosphere at the Senior Center. It has always been her priority be be there for our seniors when they would call on her.
~ Respectfully Submitted, Jerry Lawrence Pictured: Tim Mather & Marilyn Mather

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Historical Tidbit Question:
How many feet away from Howard High School was the private seminary for young women located?

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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, 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 Japanese medical doctor and researcher 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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