August 30, 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. 
This Bridgewater Resident's 100% American Made Soy Candle Company

Ashley Anne is a Bridgewater resident and Bridgewater State University alumni. This year she started a soy candle business called Campfire Candle Co. She specially makes hand poured soy candles from 100% American made products. Soy based candles are much better for our health, and do not contain some of the toxins and chemicals that other candles might have. This was an important aspect when thinking about the kind of candles she wanted to sell. She was also inspired by her love for sitting next to a sizzling campfire, and that influenced not only the name of her company, but the scents she sells as well, like Toasted Marshmallow and Maple Frosted.

Here is Ashley's story: "We bought our home in Bridgewater in 2019, and one thing I have learned from moving a lot as a child and as an adult is that lighting a candle is the quickest way to make a house feel like a home! For my full time job, I plan events for military members and their families. With the pandemic & all of my events on hold, I was getting a bit depressed at home. I felt like I needed to do something to snap me out of the funk I was in. My favorite Soy Maple Candle had run out and I thought maybe I could learn how to make it myself!
I chose soy because it's a healthier, cleaner burning material that produces much less soot than standard paraffin candles, and tends to last longer than your standard candle. My goal once I decided to start a small business was to utilize all American companies and products, and I love the idea that the soybeans used for the wax are being grown on a farm somewhere in America! 
I am still just getting started and learning how to navigate running a small business, but it's been great being able to create something that makes people happy in a tough time in the world! "

You can find her company Campfire Candle Co. on Facebook

Photo credit: Campfire Candle Co.
Story credit: Sasha Rockwell
Historical Tidbit:
The Last One Room School House 
In Bridgewater 
One room school houses were located in many spots in town. 
As neighborhoods grew, these buildings were often moved from neighborhood to neighborhood every few years. The "Dyer" school was located on the corner of Old Pleasant and Pleasant Streets. The last one room school in Bridgewater, used until 1945, is at the intersection of Auburn and Summer Streets and is currently the home of the Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association.
Respectfully submitted by David Moore
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

Read more

Writing Internships available at the BuzzAround

Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Check Town website for needed updates
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
Art Ward
won a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from
independent consultant Katie Ray.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a
Shungite pendant worth $25 from Queen Dawn Spirit.
State Primary Voting

Tuesday, September 1st
7:00a - 8:00p
Bridgewater Mitchell Middle School
166 Mount Prospect Street

Yogalates Anyone?

Tuesday, September 1st
Improve your balance and strength at Kristen Noonan's class. You can choose to take this class over zoom or in-person. It will begin with a 35 minute chair yogalates class and finish with a 15 minute guided meditation. This combination has been known to help relieve stress.

Registration is Required.
Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 955 9719 3935
On September 1st, 2020, #WeMakeEvents,
a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions, and live events workers, will light up their venues, homes, and cities red in over 1,500 locations across North America to raise public and media awareness in support.

***Share your story about what live events mean to you:
***Light up your home, porch, apartment, etc. — be sure to take photos and share on social media!

To help your local businesses with another round of PPP and low interest loans, please show your support.
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!
Angels In America Helped pay for the shipping of this $50,000+ wheel chair to a gentleman in Texas.

Angels In America is a Bridgewater 501(c)3 non-profit group. Our Mission Statement is: “Making America stronger, providing hope and encouragement… one good deed at a time. “
How it started… It all started with the idea of one woman… An idea that people could make a difference… An idea that even the smallest of gestures could truly change someone’s life… This idea then spread to a group of women who held the same belief. These women come from all walks of life… but all feel that same instinct to help and serve. This desire to help, to pay it forward, to commit random acts of kindness, have driven these women to create Angels in America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Thanks for all you do.
Bridgewater Police Say Hi to Local Kids

"Since we had no power and were bored. We decided to take a walk and in our travels.This wonderful police officer pulled over and took a few minutes out of his time. Despite being busy with the town being a complete mess. To stop and say hi to my kids and give them some stickers and flashlights. I truly love this town and our Police Department Thank you Bridgewater Police Department for all that you do. And for going above and beyond and making my kids night you rock."

Photo and story credit: Alanna Ventura
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Wellness Check Survey

Please fill out this survey by clicking the picture to help the Senior Center determine the health of their Bridgewater senior community. The names on the surveys will be entered to win a $50 Roche Brothers gift card! There will be two winners! The survey needs to be submitted by September 2nd to qualify for the prize.

Bridgewater Council on Aging
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Town of Bridgewater
We have what you NEED this summer!
Come see what we have to make your home or farm the best it can be! Shop us today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater (508) 697-0357
Lightning Strike Captured in Bridgewater

Matt Lake captured a picture of a lightning strike following a storm in Bridgewater on Vernon street. It lit up the sky in a display of red.

Photo credit: Matt Lake
Story credit: Sasha Rockwell
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
Bridgewater State University Return to Campus

Across the nation, college students who opened early have struggled to adhere to safety guidelines put in place to keep their communities coronavirus-free.
As we prepare to open, we must be better than them so that we don't end up like them: scaling back, altering housing plans and closing campus altogether.
We believe we can be better because our students have already begun to pledge to wearing masks, limiting gatherings and following other safety protocols. We're inviting you to take the Bear Paw Pact with us.
When you share this video, you're taking the pledge with us — and you're putting it on your friends' timelines so they can do the same.
Together, we've got this. Click here to watch the video.

Katie’s Kreative Manis
Snaz up your fingernails with Color Street temporary designs! 

Tons of fun! 

*100% real nail polish strips * Easy one step application * No dry time/smudges/streaks
* Made in the USA 
Independent Consultant Katie Ray 
(774) 274-7492 
BW Fire Department Escorts
Nathaniel Home!

What a special morning for Bridgewater Fire! They were honored to be included in escorting Nathaniel home from the hospital on August 15th! This resilient young boy was hit by a truck back in early May, and received a royal welcome home from the hospital by Bridgewater Police, Fire and the Boston MedFlight Extreme Limo & Shuttle Service We wish him the best as he continues to recover at home. Welcome home Nathaniel!

Story and photo credit: Bridgewater Fire Department
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a Shungite pendant worth $25 from
Queen Dawn Spirit.

Historical Tidbit Question:
When was the last one room school house used until?

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On September 3, 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.
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Disclaimer: At the Buzz Around, we promote community and family. Occasionally, there will be links to town committees and other non-profit groups, as a way of sharing local information. Individual groups are responsible for how they represent themselves on their websites and in their promotional materials. The Buzz Around does not claim to support any particular view.
We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Woman's right to vote this week. The theme: "Forward Into Light."

Our daughters now learn that a woman's place is where ever her imagination takes her! Thank you, courageous women who went before us! To commemorate & remind us it can take to long to get things right, here is the winner of BrPL's Suffrage Poetry Contest: Melody Rivas

What About Me?

The war was not won in 1920
Yet there were still white women aplenty
Dropping their signs, leaving the streets, raising their voices to whoop with glee
Drowning out the frantic colored cries of
“What about me?”
The war was not won in 1930
Many women were left still yearning
To vote right next to their fair skinned peers,
To get what they had been denied for years
Their voices were silenced their ballots were empty
But they did not stop in 1920
The war was not won in 1950
but there was no time to waste on pity
American women from all shades of life
Natives, Hispanics, and Blacks alike
Never stopped making and painting their signs
Never stopped fighting to gain voting rights
And when met with a pale opposing crowd
They raised their voices twice as loud
Nothing would stop them, not even their fear
They continued their fight, right up to the year
Of 1965
When a fateful rally was planned
To march the highway from Selma to
A piece of Montgomery land
Though their protest was peaceful
Bloody Sunday still did raze
And by state troopers meant to protect
they were beaten, gassed, and tazed
But despite the attacks the protesters
Would not be scared away
They continued their highway march
To span all of 3 days
Through this injustice they fought back
And they were paid off with
The Voting Rights Acts
The war was won in August of 1965
When colored woman across the nation
Were able to set down their signs
When they stepped off the streets and to
The polling place formed lines
When they stood together and said
“The right to vote is mine”
American society is learning to respect all human beings. As everyone is invited to collaborate equally, our lives will only get better. We have huge amounts of talent ready to shine!!!
Have a great week, everyone! ~ Jacquie