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June 21, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Frank Boyd Recieves High School Diploma After 71 Years
71 years ago, one of our town's #wbwildcats, Frank Boyd, left high school before he graduated to join the Army and defend our country. On June 16th, WBHS had the honor to present him with a well deserved diploma from @WBMSHS. Congrats Frank, you are truly one of the best!
Parade for Retiring Superintendent of West Bridgewater Middle-Senior
High School
Dr. Patricia W. Oakley, is retiring after working 30 years at West Bridgewater, 14 of those as superintendent. On June 15th, the school had a drive by car parade for her send off. Many of the students showed their support for Dr. Oakley with hand made signs, congratulating her on her retirement.

Historical Tidbit: 
 Hockomock Swamp
Total Approximate Acreage: 16,950 acres
Watershed(s): Taunton
Municipalities: Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater.

Resource Summary:
The Hockomock Swamp and associated wetlands and water bodies comprise the largest vegetated freshwater wetland system in Massachusetts. The boundaries of the Hockomock Swamp ACEC include approximately 16,950 acres in the southeastern part of the state. The wetlands act as a huge water reservoir and serve as the headwaters for the Town River, which flows into the Taunton River. The wetlands and floodplains are connected hydrologically with an extensive underlying system of medium - and high-yield aquifers. There are three public water supply wells located in the ACEC, and others are proposed.
The Hockomock Swamp is a vast natural and scenic area. Because of its size, it is a unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitat. It is also the location of at least 13 rare and endangered species. According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the archaeological sites in the vicinity of this wetland complex are known to span a period of 9000 years; the potential quality and significance of the archaeological resources are enormous. Productive agricultural lands are located on the uplands adjacent to the wetlands, brooks, and rivers.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) owns approximately 5000 acres of the Hockomock Swamp, within all six communities. The Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area provides public access to the swamp and to several recreational areas. Additional public and nonprofit lands are located within the ACEC. The area is popular for hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, and for the observation and study of flora and fauna.
Water Bodies included (partially or entirely) in the ACEC:
  • Rivers: Hockomock River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater); Snake River (Norton, Taunton); Town River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater)
  • Lakes, Ponds: Gushee Pond (Raynham); Hewitts Pond (Raynham); Lake Nippenicket (Bridgewater, Raynham); Nunkets Pond (Bridgewater, Raynham)
  • Wetlands: Hockomock Swamp (Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater); Dead Swamp (Raynham); Titicut Swamp (Bridgewater, Raynham); Little Cedar Swamp (Easton)
  • Brooks, Creeks: Black Brook (Easton); Coweesset Brook, West Meadow Brook, Onemile Brook (West Bridgewater)
Town Hall

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
2:30 - 3:30p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB

Melissa Arcadipane
who won a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution

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

You could win a
$20 gift certificate to
Color Street nail polish strips
from independent consultant Katie Ray   Katie’s Kreative Manis.
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West Bridgewater Lion's Club Celebrates
Pride Month
The Lion's Club of West Bridgewater put out their rainbow Adirondack chairs in celebration of Pride month.
Photo credit: J. Rose
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Fuller Craft Museum Fall 2020
Wood Turning: Intro to Bowls Workshop
2-day workshop, 10a - 4p
2 sessions:  Sept 12-13 Register Today
455 Oak Street, Brockton
Learn to make a simple wooden bowl on a lathe in this two-day workshop. Students will learn safe use of the lathe and tools and basic bowl turning technique, turn and finish a bowl to take home by the second day.
*Students are provided with the safety equipment, a dedicated lathe and use of tools during the workshop.
*No physical strength or previous woodworking experience required.
*Class size is limited to 4.
*All tools and materials are provided by the instructor, Steve Wiseman.
*Registration for Nonmembers opens June 29th.
*Due to the Covid-19 crisis, all workshop registrations will happen online only.
*Students 16+ years old are eligible to register for most adult workshops.
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357

West Bridgewater Public Library
Print from Parking Lot
Need to print? You can print from the WBPL for 20 cents a page in the parking lot. When you call us we'll look for your print job and bring it to your car.
The library is open from Monday-Saturday 10a-2p. 508-894-1255
Saturday, June 27th
9a - 7p
You can get an application to vote by mail by clicking on this link or contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 894-1167 or
To see a sample ballot click here.
Below is a video of WB Town Clerk, Anne Iannitelli, providing the information voters need to know if they choose to vote by mail.
Direct Mechanical
“Your Full Solutions Provider”

HVAC – Residential - Commercial 
Water and Air Purification –
Sales - Installation - Service 
Air and Surface Sanitation 
Eradicate viruses, bacteria, mold and mildew, eliminate harmful odors! 
(774) 297-4697 
~Womens Owned Business~ 
Grants Rental
Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
We're all in this together.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

Summer Lunches
Call in-- Eat in-- Pick Up and Go
This summer six organizations in West Bridgewater are partnering to provide lunch assistance during the months of July and August. Each site provides a different kind of support. Below you will find the ways in which you can register at each site for assistance.

First Church of West Bridgewater
Pick-Up and Go! Every Friday starting July 10th, bag lunches will be distributed from 11a-1p at the church. To place your order, call the church 508-587-3118 by the Thursday before pick up date. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and number of lunches you would like.

Middle/High School
Pick-Up and Go! First come, first serve! Each Wednesday during the months of July and August, 20 pound Farm to Family and Veggie boxes will be distributed at the Middle/High school from 2-3p. Limit is one box per student family.

Neighbor Brigade
Eat In. Need some lunches that are prepared by Neighbor Brigade volunteers and delivered to your home? Contact Melanie Shaw at

St. Ann's/St. Vincent dePaul Society
West Bridgewater families may sign up for grocery cards on Monday, July 6th from 3-6p. Please bring proof of residence when signing up. Cards will be mailed out to your home on 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, and 8/24.

West Bridgewater Food Pantry
Curbside Pick-Up distribution is from 2:30-3:30p at the Spring Street School on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Proof of residency is the only requirement. If you cannot pick-up during those times, you can designate someone to pick up for you if you are registered with the Food Pantry. To register, e-mail Calvin Grey at

West Bridgewater Public Library
Pick Up a $25 grocery gift card at the library's curbside service area Monday-Friday 10a-2p. You must register ahead of pick-up time. To register for Summer Student Lunch 2020, call 508-894-1255 for details.
West Bridgewater Public Library Curbside Holds Pick Up
Place your holds by phone at
508-894-1255, between 10a -2p, Mon - Sat.
-or Place your holds online through our online catalog here:  West Bridgewater Catalog Items Available for Holds.

We will call you to tell you when your holds are available to pickup.
When we call you, let us know the approximate time you plan to pick up your holds curbside.

Call us from your car when you arrive at the library and we will bring your items out to you!

Take your items home and enjoy!
 This contactless method is for the safety and well-being of visitors.
Photo and story credit: West Bridgewater Public Library
You choose a charity and Bridgewater Savings makes the donation!
Proudly supporting the community since 1872
We're proud to donate $2,000 more to local charities. Please 'like' a charity and make a selection daily through July 31st. All money will be donated pro rata based on the number of 'likes' each charity receives.

West Bridgewater Resident Kayden Celebrates 4th Birthday With Firefighters
Kayden, who recently turned 4, stopped by the Fire Department on June 6th to share his 4th birthday with them. One of the fellow Firefighters, with the help of Kayden, demonstrated how to handle a hose line.
He’s a future firefighter for sure. He handled the hose line like a pro. Happy Birthday pal.

West Bridgewater Police Department Awarded Accreditation
West Bridgewater Police Department has been awarded Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission!
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program is an extensive process for police agencies across the Commonwealth. The process consists of the department establishing an extensive body of specific professional standards and passing an assessment of these standards by the Commission.
We are proud to accept this award and proud to be recognized for this accomplishment!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$20 gift certificate to
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What do the wetlands provide for the
Town River?

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On June 24, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
A Tribute to Fathers:
“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” ~Ken Norton

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano

“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.”
~ Plato

“The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” ~ John Green

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ~ Umberto Eco 
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.”
~Pam Brown

To Dads everywhere... have a wonderful day! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose
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