Saying good-bye to Lynne

Lynne Ridder Oakley passed away in her home with family on July 14, at the age of eighty-four. She was the middle child and only daughter of the late George A. Ridder and Dorothy B. Ridder. Lynne grew up on her family’s farm, Ridder Farm, with her two brothers Richard Ridder and the late Jon Ridder.
She was a graduate of East Bridgewater High School, class of 1954 and went on to pursue her life long career as a Registered Nurse attending the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing.
In the fall of 1957, Lynne married her high school sweetheart, the late Donald A. Oakley, who was a history teacher in East Bridgewater after serving four years in the US Coast Guard. They settled in the town where they were both born, and raised their three children. Lynne is survived by her children, Peter T. Oakley, his wife Kathy, David A. Oakley, from East Bridgewater and Karen L. Oakley and life partner Mary Baggao who reside in Sedona, Arizona.
Lynne was the Florence Nightingale of East Bridgewater and best known for her service as the school nurse throughout her career-caring for people young and old all of her life.
She was an active lifetime member and believer at the Union Congregational Church where she was dearly loved and worshiped faithfully every Sunday.
Lynne will always be held closely in the hearts and in the lifetime of memories of everyone she loved. May that carry with her as she transitions, according to her faith.
Pictured: Lynne in the blue shirt with polka-dots, enjoying a show at Union Congregational Church. Credit: J. Rose
Lynne Oakley's Memorial Luncheon

On July 14 th , long-time East Bridgewater resident, Lynne Ridder Oakley, was laid to rest at the Northville Cemetery in E. B. As many of you know, Lynne was known as the Florence Nightingale of East Bridgewater. She was not only the school nurse for many years, she was also the nurse for the neighborhood kids for many years. Following the wonderful funeral service at the cemetery, the Wednesday Standish Grille over-80 group joined the family for a luncheon at Meadow Brook restaurant in Hanson. All but two of our group attended the luncheon: Shirley Stinchfield, Betty Stirling, Carol Owen, Barbara Dearing, Caroline Madden, Phyllis Jezard, and Lois Clark. Lynne will be sorely missed by our group, which gathers every Wednesday noontime at Standish.
Photo & Story Respectfully Submitted, Betty Stirling
Historical Tidbit:
First Auto in East Bridgewater

"It is generally agreed that the first automobile in E.B. was owned by Mr. Charles L. Nutter; it was a Stanley Steamer often found chugging along our dirt roads as early as 1906."

Information from the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Commemorative Booklet
Photo from Wikipedia
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.

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Town Hall
175 Central St
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Check the town website for important updates

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
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Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
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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
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State Primary & Presidential Election Info & Application for Absentee Ballot

Return your completed application by US mail to: PO Box 387
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

2020 State Primary
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Polling Hours:  7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Polling Location: Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium
  • IN PERSON Early Voting will be available Saturday Aug 22 through Friday Aug 28th

2020 Presidential Election
  • Tuesday November 3, 2020
  • Polling Hours: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium
  • IN PERSON Early Voting will be available
  • Application to Vote by Mail

Look for the application in your mailbox or here is a link to download the application. Applications may also be requested by  contacting the Elections Division .
You can find more information on voting by mail on our  Voting by Mail FAQs  page.

The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the State Primary is Friday August 28th at 12:00p.
Last day to register to vote for the State Primary is Saturday August 22nd. Board of Registrars will be in session for voter registration in the Town Clerk's office 2:00p - 4:00p and 6:00p - 7:00p 
The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the State Election is Friday, October 30 th  at 12:00p.
Last day to register to vote for the State Election is Wednesday, October 14 th . Board of Registrars will be in session for voter registration in the Town Clerk's office until 8:00p or  register online.

East Bridgewater Public Library Limited Capacity Hours

Library browsing for Seniors & Compromised Patrons Monday-Friday 9 - 11a

Library Browsing for All Patrons
11a - 3p

Curbside Pick Up Available
Monday, Wednesday-Friday
3 - 4p
Tuesday evenings 5 - 7p
Children's Room and Restrooms remain closed at this time.
Requests for children's room items may be made in person, over the phone or via the SAILS e-catalog for holds. Small browsing selection in the Teen Zone.
A Message of Thanks

"Well this is pretty rad!! Best coffee shop in the south shore!! Thanks @southshorehls I love my team, my supporters and my customers!! I love our little shop! Thanks Fam!!"
~ Matt Wood
Welcome East Bridgewater United Methodist Church's Newest Pastor

Rev. Alicia Velez Stewart is currently serving as Pastor of the Bridgewater Center and is excited to add East Bridgewater UMC to her appointment, effective July 1st 2020.

Pastor Alicia grew up in Lakeville, MA where her father still resides. Also from the area is her husband, Bryan, who is originally from Whitman. Bryan is part of the TMLP Online team as well as a programmer. They both enjoy exploring outdoors and traveling. Pastor Alicia is a kayaker and the Stewart family loves camping, bike riding, and caring for the small zoo they have at home (a pug, a giant cat, a turtle, and 4 chickens)!

A life- long United Methodist, Pastor Alicia earned a BA from Suffolk University in Government and has her M.Div. from Boston University where she graduated cum laude in 2018. Immediately prior to her appointment as pastor at Bridgewater Center, she was the Family Ministry Coordinator for Shepherd of the Valley UMC in Hope, RI. In addition to her appointment as pastor of BUMC, she is active at Camp Aldersgate in Glocester, Ri, as the Pastor-in-Residence & theological supervisor, as well as the chair of the Greater Bridgewater Interfaith Council.

Pastor Alicia, Bryan, and their four children-- Shawn (19), Gabriela (9), Diego (9), and Alexander (8) -- are really looking forward to being in ministry with East Bridgewater UMC.
Source: Toni Finlay
Black at East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School

Chiay'Ane Newkirk created an Instagram page, BlackatEB, with the intention of having a safe & positive space for black students in East Bridgewater, especially in school.

Chiay'Ane says that it's amazing the kind of power the media has to educate and inform. She wants to use it to her advantage with her Instagram page, and reach more people in the town.

Marriage Intentions by Appointment Only Until Further Notice.

Due to the increased volume we will be providing service for Marriage Intentions by appointment only. We respectfully request that you schedule your appointment no sooner than 2-3 weeks prior to your planned wedding date. Also, you must provide a confirmed date and officiant name.

Please contact Katie Cavanagh at 508-378-1600 ext. 1010 to make your appointment.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Visit the East Bridgewater Town website for more information on marriage licenses and fees.
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Bridgewater Farm Supply
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!

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Community Garden Plots For Grabs At Covenant Church
Covenant Church is located at
400 Pleasant Street
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Covenant Church in East Bridgewater has garden plots open for anyone interested in growing. They have 5 unclaimed plots (about 5' x 3' raised garden bed). $10 per plot. The money goes toward mowing and water usage.
Books For Brockton: Brockton Public Library organized by ...

Join me in making a real difference. Brockton Public Library provides access to educational & cultural programs and resources to the greater Brockton Area, free!!! Brockton Library Foundation ... taking this a step further ... is giving away...

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EB Youth Basketball Registration Open

Basketball clinic registration now open!
Boys & Girls Entering Grades 3-9 -- Aug 10th-Aug 13th** 9a - 2:30p
COED Jr Vikings Entering Grades K-2 -- Aug 3rd-Aug 5th** 9a - 11:30a

Sponsored by EBYBA and run by the EBHS Viking Varsity Basketball Program. Please see attached flyer AND registration form online for all the details!
*On-line registration must be done by the Thursday before your clinic date. Walk in registrations will be taken on the first day of clinic.
**These are targeted dates awaiting on state approval. We plan to follow all CDC & State COVID-19 guidelines. More information & waiver to follow.
***In the event camp needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, money will be returned in the form of a check for the cost of camp (processing fees will not be refunded).

Dance Theater of New England
Celebrating 16 Years of Excellence

Re-Opening August 1st!

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An old-fashioned candy store
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Large selection of nostalgia candy!
All those goodies from your childhood! 

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

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785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Metro South’s Live Virtual
Networking Groups
Up coming Virtual Events via ZOOM:
7/28 10:30 - 11:30a
7/29 2:00 - 3:00p

Connect with potential customers, existing chamber members and friends in the Metro South community from the comfort and safety of your homes/work spaces. Every member attending will be asked to give a 60-second pitch (who you are, and what you do) and and then we will have an open discussion with the group. Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

Questions? Contact Lexi , program director
(508) 586-0500 x 231

Friday, July 10th, Governor Baker rescinded his temporary order suspending all local shopping bag laws and banning the use of reusable bags.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent update on transmission indicates that the virus spreads primarily through the infected respiratory droplets emitted during close contact with another person, hence the continued need for face masks.
Banning re-use of bags was a precautionary measure, erring on the side of safety, and the MA Dept of Public Health recognizes the public health problem created by the damage done to our environment with plastic, and so is now encouraging their use again.
Paperback Junction
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Butterfly Garden with
marked stones.
Image credits: J. Rose
 East Bridgewater Garden Club Turns 90
1930 to 2020 ~ The Garden Club made plans last fall to celebrate the 90th anniversary in several ways. However, Covid 19 has impacted nearly all of those plans. Everything from the annual plant sale to monthly meetings have been cancelled as they should have been. That is one reason why getting together for the dedication felt so special. The redbud tree was dedicated and given to the town in honor and appreciation for all of the members over the past nine decades who decide to work together to fulfill the club's objective for: " betterment of home grounds, civic plantings and the protection of trees, plants, birds, bees and butterflies."  

DPW Director John Haynes and the DPW employees were very helpful advising the 90th Anniversary Committee on selecting the tree and planting it.  The redbud tree will remain small. In the spring, numerous pink flowers will appear everywhere there's a nub on the branch. It will bursts with color. Stop by to see it. It is located within the circle at Sachem Rock near the butterfly garden ( another EB Garden Club project) to the left of the Center at Sachem Rock building. 

EBGC president is Carol Lefeber and the chair of the 90th Anniversary Committee is Vince Adornato. About 10 members gathered for the short presentation.  The plaque was donated by VInce in memory of his wife, Pam.   
Respectfully Submitted, Lenore Christensen
Image credit : Vince Adornato

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  Historical Tidbit Question:

What was the first automobile in EB?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose
Looking back at our ancestry helps us understand today. There's comfort in knowing what they went through so you can live your life. And then there's the sheer act of telling and retelling stories, it helps us to understand our position in a long line of ancestors who have wrestled with similar issues to the ones we wrestle with every day. We all have stories.

"I like to cook, and I tend to make those one-pot meat dishes of my Hungarian ancestors. Also, I make a great Bolognese." ~ Goldie Hawn

"There were times, especially when I was traveling for 'Eat, Pray, Love,' when, I swear to God, I would feel this weight of my female ancestors, all those Swedish farmwives from beyond the grave who were like, 'Go! Go to Naples! Eat more pizza! Go to India, ride an elephant! Do it! Swim in the Indian Ocean. Read those books. Learn a language."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

"In China there is a holiday around the death of your ancestors where everyone goes to the cemetery. It's a celebratory thing. It's very colorful." ~ Lulu Wang

"Black Girl Magic means that I have the power to overcome anything. Especially when we're in a world where you're told that you can't do something or you're less than, I'm reminded that my ancestors have overcome so much. There's still so much work to be done, and I have the power to overcome it." ~ Michelle Carter

"Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors - the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people." ~ Chief Seattle
“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.” ~ John Lewis
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