Great materials to borrow curbside from the West Bridgewater Public Library!
"Holiday 🎅🏼🧑🏼‍🎄book bundles and a few new J Fiction books are available to get your children in the spirit! Only 7 more days until Christmas! Are you passing down some holiday traditions to your children? We have several copies of T’was the Night before Christmas 🎄. Hop on Zoom and read it to the relatives across the country!❤️💚 Stop by the library and we can provide you with some fun holiday books and movies for your children." ~Nanette Ryan Head of Youth Services at WBPL
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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You have to be on your toes this morning
to snag some of Moriah's cookies!
Pick up cookies from Moriah's front porch (358 Spring St WB) from 9:00a Sunday, Dec 20th until they are gone. Please leave a donation for the WB Food Pantry if you can.
Kudos to Moriah for raising money for the WB Food Pantry. Last Sunday she raised $1,334!!! That's an awesome bake sale!
Here's the story from Moriah's mom:
"Moriah's health issues make her high risk for Covid. She's been quarantined since March. We wanted her to experience community even in her isolation.
Moriah is doing her academics this year at home and mostly with me. I wanted her to have a real life project based learning experience to practice her occupational therapy, writing, reading and math. Baking is a love of hers, so this has been an incredible learning opportunity."
This is the second Sunday they are doing a bake sale. Melissa was amazed from the results last weekend: "We never could have imagined such an outpouring of support and kindness. Moriah reads your comments (more reading practice for her, too) She is so excited about what she is accomplishing. Thank you, thank you, WB." ~ Melissa Kerr Winchell
B&C Wood Crafts was honored to help the Old Bridgewater Historical Society
with a new sign for the home of Rev. James Keith (aka the "Keith house"). We would like to thank them for giving us the opportunity to work on this project. Especially one so close to home!
Board Of Selectmen Meeting
Dec 16, 2020
Video Courtesy of WBTV
Balsam Christmas Trees now available. Prices between $29 and $75,
while supplies last.

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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!!
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.
The Million Dollar
Christmas Tree
Raffle is BACK
$500 in scratch tickets
$10 / chance
Tickets will be available until Dec 24th at Hockomock Liquors and on line via Venmo Payments
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Anyone looking for some
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Volunteers needed to help decorate
St. Ann's Catholic Church
Wed, Dec 23rd
Anyone interested in helping, please contact Stephanie: directorofministriesTIC@gmail.com
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
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Friendship
“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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