EBIA Makes Food Pantry
 Donations Happen!
Arbella Insurance Foundation created the “Let's Drive Out Hunger” campaign many years ago to support local hunger relief programs. Since its inception, Let's Drive Out Hunger has helped countless food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs in hundreds of New England communities. EB Insurance has been a proud participant of this program for our local food pantries and looks forward to continuing that service for many years to come.
~ Peter Spagone, Jr
(Pictured with Emily Oliver at the EB Food Pantry)

Historical Tidbit:
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

Edmund Sears (1810-1876), born and raised in Massachusetts, wrote a poem titled "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" (better known as "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear") in 1849. He penned the words shortly after the Mexican-American War had ended (1846-1848). Although it was written in a time of social unrest, the poem describes a universal message of peace. In that same year, thousands of Americans were rushing to California in search of gold. Sears included three different references to gold in his poem: "harps of gold," "golden hours" and "Age of Gold". Was he inspired by the "forty-niners" or was it a coincidence?

Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900), another Bostonian, composed a tune called "Study No. 23" in his Church Chorals and Choir Studies in 1850. Willis didn't know how his tune came to be used with "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear." A letter written by Willis simply states, "On my return from Europe [1876], I found that it [the tune] had been incorporated into various church collections apparently to Edmund Sears' text."

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" was one of the first Christmas carols to be written and composed by Americans - and it was done right here in Massachusetts!

~ Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia
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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 9:30am-11:00am.
The final food distribution for 2020 was on Saturday, December 19th. There will not be another distribution after Christmas.
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
Lynn MacDonald
won a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
Winner! Winner!
Rita Leonard of 333 Washington Street EB wins our random drawing of a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's.
Send us a photo or video (or link to) of your lights to be entered to win.
Congratulations Rita!!
America The Beautiful... Shine Us into the New Year
As we continue to show our love and support for each other... through the darkest days... lights are going up all over town.
Between now - January 14, 2021 we will be posting the pictures & videos that you share.
Each week, one lucky submission will receive a $25 gift certificate to... where else... Johnny Macaroni's!
Lets light the way to 2021!!
Grab & Go Meals - For the week of December 21-25, 2020
On Tuesday, December 22nd the School Lunch Program will distribute Grab & Go Meals for multiple days. Families will be able to pick up multiple meals to cover multiple days.

Pick up will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 8:15 to 10:15a. The multiple meals will cover December 22 and 23, 2020.

We will resume our regular schedule of Fee Grab & Go meals for the children of EB on Monday, January 4, 2021. www.ebps.net
Enjoy "Music Matters," Brockton Symphony’s Virtual Performance Series with live recorded concerts to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Bailey Street Brass ~ From Gabrieli to Game of Thrones: Enjoy music spanning 400 years! Selections include works by Mouret, Newman, Henson, Lennon/McCartney, Vess, Gabrieli, Pollack, and more.
Bailey Street Brass, is a quintet of Brockton Symphony brass players. Recorded live at the Fuller Craft Museum on September 26, 2020.
Wayne King, trumpet
Joseph Donohue, trumpet
Elizabeth Jones, horn
Daniel Hatchfield, trombone
David Vess, tuba and composer
Music Matters is produced in partnership with the Brockton Public Library with the support of Brockton Community Access and the Fuller Craft Museum.
Lighting of the East Bridgewater Common 2020

Virtual celebration of the Lighting of the East Bridgewater Town Common 2020. Thank you Kiwanis & Key Club.

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Volunteers needed to help decorate
St. John's Catholic Church
Wed, Dec 23rd
Anyone interested in helping, please contact Stephanie: directorofministriesTIC@gmail.com
Christmas Eve Services
Prerecorded at 5:00p
Live on Facebook at 9:00p
Union Congregational Church
Balsam Christmas Trees now available. Prices between $29 and $75, while supplies last.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
BSA Troop 29 Christmas Tree Pickup
& Disposal Fundraiser
Pick up dates: 1/2/21-1/9/21
Email your address and date of pick up to get on the schedule to T29Trees@gmail.com.
Only a $10 donation, for EB only.
New library hours & extended curbside pick-up hours as of December 12, 2020
Below is the link for the Town of East Bridgewater
Transcript of Articles in the Warrant for the: Special Town Meeting & Report of the Finance Committee
Monday, January 11, 2021
Junior/Senior High School, 143 Plymouth Street
McGuiggan's Pub &
The Patio at McGuiggan's
Holiday Gift Card Deal!

Buy a $50 Gift Card:
get a $5 Gift Card Free!

Pub: 781-447-7333

An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST

Holiday Treats and Gifts,
Grab & Go!

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

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Our Kids Bedtime Book Club
Takes place every Mon and Wed from now - May 10th and will focus on racially and culturally diverse stories.
6:30-7:00p is for 2.5-5 year olds
7:00-7:30p is for 6-10 year olds
Please have your kids join us every Monday and Wednesday to listen to multicultural stories read by our team of diverse college students. It's not only important for kids to learn about other people and cultures, but it's also great for them to interact with diverse leadership!
The book club will start off with various holidays and how they're celebrated around the world! Each month will be centered on a different theme.

Registration with Eventbrite will add you to the book club email list. Admission is rolling, so you can join anytime before May. You will receive an email every week with the titles of the books that will be read the next week and the links to join the google meets. You can then chose which dates you'd like your little ones to attend. We hope you'll join us!
United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)
Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, kallen@uwgpc.org.
For more info: www.uwgpc.org/funding
Shop Local Work Local
George Washington Toma Appliance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Healthcare & Dental plans
  • Paid vacation time & holidays
Brockton & Weymouth
Mama Deb’s Kitchen

Frozen Pizza & Sauce delivery 

Open Thursdays & Fridays
noon - 7pm for meals-to-go

120 East Grove St. Middleboro

Gift Certificates Available
Our Annual Tide Calendar is available for purchase!
Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Due to unprecedented entries we did TWO calendars this year - our annual tide calendar and a one-time only avian calendar. Both are gorgeous - these would make great holiday gifts!! Call 508-828-1101 or go to savethetaunton.org.
Marching Band Field Show 2020
December 2, 2020
The East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School Marching Band presents it's final show for the 2020 season! Also featuring recognition of this year's graduating seniors.
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Tri-M Induction Ceremonies 2020

Coverage of this year's Tri-M Induction Ceremonies at East Bridgewater High School. Music performed by EB's Brass Quintet, Combo, Drumline, and Saxophone Quintet. Distinguished guest speaker: Mr. Ponte

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
When did Richard Storrs Willis, compose a tune called "Study No. 23"?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
~ Bob Marley

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ~ Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.”
~ Shel Silverstein

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
~ Charles Lamb
Ahhh I love that, nonsense respected. True friendship. Cherish them. We really don't get many true friends. ~ Jacquie

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