November 24, 2019 ~ Building East Bridgewater Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Historical Tidbit: Thanksgiving
At Plymouth Plantation costumed interpreters reenact the first Thanksgiving, when 90 Indians dined with the 50 surviving Pilgrims. The Indians provided five deer for the feast: the Pilgrims cooked up codfish, sea bass, and wild fowl.

               When families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner each year, they owe at least a little thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale. Fervent in her belief that a day should be set aside to express gratitude for the year’s blessings, she almost single-handedly created the holiday in the mid-19 th  century.
               As the editor of  Godey’s Lady’s Book,  Hale controlled the country’s most widely distributed periodical, and from 1846 on she used it to battle for her cause. Every November she published “traditional” recipes for Thanksgiving dishes, accompanying them with editorials demanding official recognition. Each summer she also wrote letters to the governors of every state. Finally, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln gave in and issued the proclamation that made the holiday an annual event.
               Participants in the first Thanksgiving in 1621 would scarcely have recognized Hale’s notions of traditional fare. Swans were as likely to have graced their tables as wild turkeys. Pilgrims thought potatoes inedible, apples and sweet potatoes were unknown in New England; and since there was no sugar, cranberries were not made into a jellied sauce.
               But then, Americans have always tended to celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid imported oysters and Roquefort cheese to Utah for their Thanksgiving feast. In Norwich, Connecticut, young men used to celebrate by lighting bonfires on hilltops. Until World War II, New Yorkers were awakened by the horn blasts of “fantasticals,” companies of working-class masqueraders who paraded under names such as the “Gilhooley Musketeers.” Then they’d retire to the parks to picnic, and later to gala balls, where they danced until dawn.

(Article and photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest “Discovering America’s Past.” Thanks to Sue Basile for submitting.)
Town Hall
175 Central St 508-378-1601
Mon 8:30a - 8p
Tues - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p; Fri 8:30a - noon

EB Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
Mon & Tues 9 - 8 ; Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 - 5
Saturday 9 - 2 

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Mon 8a - 6p
Tues - Thurs 8a - 4p
Fri 8a - noon  

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and last Saturday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St EB
(508) 378-3760
Distribution 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month

Community Meal
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm open to all.
A donation is appreciated.
United Methodist Church 54 N. Central St EB
James Yeo
 won a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose. Learn more  here .

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!
Betty Stirling ads her memories to last weeks Historical Tidbit:
"Just wanted to add to the DIMOUT article…They left out that the top half of all car headlights had to be painted black!! I was only 5-6 at the time of this DIMOUT, but I remember it very clearly. My grandfather, Louis C. Stearns of Bridgewater fame (at the time) was a “warden,” and he had to go around his street with a billy club and knock on all doors IF their lights were showing above that recommended. Scary times!!"
Dec 7th is the BIG DAY!
Getting close!! Does anyone have any questions about the parade?
Staging: Industrial Park on Laurel Street. All participants should be entering from Laurel. Participants can report to staging and get their assigned space number from any of the volunteers or shuttle bus monitors. Vehicles in the parade can get their space number as they drive in/check in.
NO drop offs should occur on Spring Street - large vehicles and deliveries may occur on Spring - too dangerous to drop off children in that area.
NO unaccompanied small children will be allowed on the shuttle bus.
Floats must be decorated and in place by 9am- judging begins at 9:15.
Shuttle stops: Saint Johns AND the Jr/Sr. High School. Look for "Shuttle Stop" signs. Get on the shuttles EARLY - they fill up quick and traffic slows them down.
PLEASE take all coffee cups and other items with you when you leave the staging area - BRING IT IN TAKE IT OUT.
There will be 2 porta-potties at the staging area. No trash buckets.
EB Council on Aging Annual Christmas Party
Thurs, Dec 12th
Lakeside Villa, Halifax

$10 per person
This is a ticketed event for East Bridgewater residents only. Sign-ups begin on Monday, November 4th Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, November 29th-sorry, no exceptions.
Contact COA 508-378-1610.
The COA is happy to continue with this favorite yearly tradition. We will be returning to the beautiful Lakeside Villa (formerly Monponsett Inn) located at 550 Monponsett Street in Halifax. Entrée choices are Baked Fish or Chicken Supreme.
We have tried to keep the price per person as reasonable as possible so that all can enjoy an afternoon complete with a wonderful meal, entertainment and door prizes to kick off the holiday season.
Our party is, once again, being partially funded by a grant from The Trustees for the Home for Aged Men in the City of Brockton. Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us and we hope to see you at the party! Space is limited!
We will be collecting donations for the local food pantries. The EBCOA van is available for transportation to this event.
Tree Decorating Contest
Christmas on the Common is once again upon us! The annual tree decorating contest will be held on the night of the lighting of the town tree, December 5, 2019. The theme this year is "A Christmas Packed with Memories". "Packed" to honor Bob Parkard who past away this year, he was the head of the Christmas Parade for our town for years.  The ornaments should be safe for the birds and the environment. Feel free to reach out to me very soon if your group is interested in decorating a tree this year. We would love to have you decorate a tree this year and keep the tradition going. If you think you need 2 trees because of the size of your group I can work that in as well. Feel free to share my email with other groups and neighbors. All are welcome! The more the merrier and the merrier our little town will look!!!  
MarySue C. Moore
Kiwanis 2019, Past Secretary and Board of Directors
Kiwanis Club
Christmas on the Common
Saturday, December 7th
9:00a - 3:00p
East Bridgewater High School
Here is this years registration for the craft fair. Please complete and return it if your non-profit would like to participate. All of us at the East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club thank you.
~Albert Anderson

Name of non-profit organization:  
Contact person/advisor: 
Email address: 
Phone number: 
We will be selling: 
We are able to participate this year:
Please send form to Albert Anderson @
Help BSA Troop 29
Ripley Family Annual Teddy Bear Collection
Sat Dec. 7th
Donate at Troop 29's demonstration table at E.B. Jr/Sr H.S. during Christmas on the Common
Our goal is to fill the Scout Tent with Teddies! 
Troop 29 is gathering a collection of Teddy Bears and stuffed animals for children who are in the hospital for the holidays. For safety's sake all bears must be NEW with no loose parts or hard beans. All bears will be sealed in plastic and kept secure until delivery. Thank you from The Ripley Family and Troop 29 for your support and generosity. 

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East Bridgewater HUGS
HUGS Giving trees are up at the EB Public Library, Center at Sachem Rock.
Thanks to Anne and Russ at EBCTV, we now have a tree in their cable studio at the EB JR/SR High School too.
Virtual Tree
Thanks to Aimee, we now have the option of shopping for popular items on our Virtual tree online. If you have no time to shop or take a look at any of our tree locations, this could be your solution. Just click and purchase the item. It will be shipped directly to us. What could be easier??
Check out the East Bridgewater HUGS page for more updates on the virtual tree.
Veggie Tales Party
Friday, Dec 6th
6:30 - 8:30p
Community Covenant Church
400 Pleasant St.
All children welcome! Feel Free to wear your PJ's for a showing of "The Best Christmas Ever" and cookie decorating.
BVC Special Speakers - Teen Challenge
Sunday, December 8th
The Old Colony YMCA Gymnasium
635 Plymouth St.
If you or anyone you know struggles with addiction, please join us. All are welcome.
Family Owned & Operated
Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Breakfast or Lunch!

Let us cater your next event!

We're Open: Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
Pinches & Pounds
Homemade fudge makes a great hostess gift! Check out all our special holiday snacks to make your holiday parties extra special!

785 Bedford St. * Whitman
(781) 447-2639
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St. Lucia Christmas Tea
Sat, Dec 14th
Community Covenant Church
400 Pleasant St.
To sign up, or for more info, contact
Nessralla Farm
Time to ORDER YOUR PIES for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin, Apple, Squash & Blueberry for $15 each. Pick up on or before Wed, Nov 27 @ 5p. All orders must be paid in full when placed. Order in person or call today!

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767

for the

NEW! Svaroopa® Basics Class every Friday night at 6:30p !
Call Janice to join this weeks' class!

Now taking new
Embodyment® Yoga Therapy clients
Learn how you can live pain-free!

More movement, less pain!

484 Bedford St, E. Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564
Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory
The Comm of MA has put together this great resource for recycling. When you have an unwanted item that you want to find a new home for, check out this handy MA search engine: Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory for Massachusetts! Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don't belong in your household recycling bin? Don't throw them away. Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them in Massachusetts .
Check if you are registered
to vote here.
Holiday Share Party East Bridgewater Business Association (EBBA)
Friday, December 13th
6 – 10p
TJ Smith's Victorian House 13 Cross St, EB

Join Us For The Holiday Share Party! We'll throw the party, you grab your colleagues and come enjoy! All businesses welcome! This year we are throwing an 80's Party! Come decked out in your best 80's attire! 

Tickets are $30 and include:
Cocktail Hour & Appetizers * Italian Style Dinner Catered By Johnny Macaronis * 80's Music So You Can Bust A Move On The Dance Floor * 80's Trivia & Prizes * Yankee Swap Gift Exchange * Dessert * Cash Bar & More!

To attend please RSVP by December 1st
Rose Culp 508-378-7459
or Heather Wood
We hope to see you there! Please feel free to share the event invite with other businesses!
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EBMPA Giftcard Fundraiser
Don’t forget to order your gift cards soon! Take care of holiday gift lists early while supporting EB’s music program. Here’s how it works: using our order form (print it yourself at ), you buy various gift cards at face value. Our fundraising partner, United Scrip, then sells the cards to us at a discounted rate, and the percentage difference comes back to our group as profit. There are two remaining deadlines for ordering: 11/15 and 12/6. These are the same gift cards that you would purchase at individual stores, without the hassle of driving there! (You pick them up at the Middle School ten days after the order deadline.) Find gifts for anyone on your holiday list, or buy cards for birthday, anniversary, and thank you gifts, all year long. The EBMPA is a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the music program. All proceeds from this sale will support music students: we supply supplemental music and instruments for all three schools, help to repair instruments, provide busing and volunteers for concerts and festivals, and award scholarships to college-bound music seniors. Thank you for your support!

Third order due date: Friday, Dec. 6 (or on Dec. 7 at Christmas on the Common)
Order 3 pickup: Monday, Dec. 16 (last day of school is Fri. Dec. 20)

Please take a look, and, if you have Jr./Sr. high school students, remind them that selling gift cards contributes “volunteer credit” for our woolie jacket and scholarship applications.
If you have any questions please contact the East Bridgewater Music Parents at .

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!

  Historical Tidbit Question:
What did Hale publish every November?

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On November 27, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Gregory Venezia & Beyonnie Whitaker

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” ~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

When we appreciate the people and things we have, we bring joy into our lives. Along with these modern day thinkers,
Buddha, the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ all advocated giving thanks. It's real wisdom!
I am thankful for the opportunity to share these stories with you, dear reader. I appreciate that you have welcomed us into your home.
Have a wonderful week. ~ Jacquie
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