May 9, 2021 ~
Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Home Town Hero
My second day of my official retirement and I spent it helping the Hometown Hero Committee (which I am part of) put up banners in town. Having always worked weekends I was never able to participate in a lot of these types of activities. I was with Mike Meoli all day who is a very interesting and entertaining character. For whatever reason, he nicknamed me Wonder Woman! I even conducted some business with him and got 2 (of several) problems solved on some properties my husband and I manage. Mary Paré Evelyn Delutis your family’s were in our batch and I took pictures of them going up.

They are on Center Street across from St. Thomas Church. If you or some you know are interested in honoring a veteran, contact David R. Moore at for an application.
Story and photos: Laurie Smith Hartrey
Historical Tidbit:
Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. 

The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Following her mother's 1905 death, Anna conceived Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children and their families. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker in May 1908, she organized the first official Mother's Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother's Day event at one of Wanamaker's retail stores in Philadelphia.

Mother's Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. The holiday continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers. Families might also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. At times Mother's Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968, Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother's Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970's, women's groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare. 

Image Credit: Stacy Rancourt
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p
Lisa Ghelfi
 won a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant
Christine Harkins. The clean revolution.

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Meet Our Masters of Knowledge: Here's Your Bridgewater Librarian Judge
For Our "What's Your Good News"
Short Story Contest

Ann Gerald

Ann Gerald, Assistant Director Bridgewater Public Library. Ann has worked at the Bridgewater Public Library full time since 1994.

Ann earned a BA in History from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s degree from University of Rhode Island.

Librarian was her first job and she’s never wanted to work in any other environment.
Enter your story by May 12 at 5pm!
8 talented writers will win $100!

Let us know your good news! Submit your original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman.
We are accepting submissions now through May 12 at 5 pm.
Librarians from each of our communities will judge the stories and decide the winners through a rating process.
One $100 American Express Card will be awarded in each community; and $100 to the popular vote on May 17 - 22, 2021. www.Buzzaround.Info
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Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR)
Bridgewater Council on Aging,& Bridgewater State University Presents
Asian Americans: History, Memories,& Social Justice
May 10 & 24th
Discussions of the past, present & future of the Asian American community in Massachusetts.

Part 1: Asian immigration over the past 200 year
Opening Remarks: Tackey Chan, State Representative, 2nd Suffolk District.
Wing-kai To, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for Global Engagement, Bridgewater State University
Jean Wu, Ph.D., Tufts University
Philip Chong, President & CEO Quincy Asian Resource.Inc.

Part 2: How has the world changed? Oral history told by older Asian Americans
Stephanie Fan, retired educator, community leader Michael Liu, PH.D author, Research Fellow, UMass Boston.
The Rotary of Bridgewaters Community Bloody Drive
Conant Community Health
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
12:00 pm to 6:00pm
Community Room
5 Wally Krueger Way
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Bridgewater Academy Lions Club
Yard Sale
Saturday, May 15
7:30 - 11a
No Early Birds!
Winter Place Parking Lot
(corner of the parking lot across from Dunkin')
755 Bedford street (Route 18), Bridgewater, MA 02324
Everything from clothing to plants priced to sell, including household goods, home decor, Star Wars and other collectables, and useful items from Lions families and friends.
100% of the proceeds from this yard sale to benefit Bridgewater Academy Lions charities including local scholarships and community programs.
Please wear your mask when you arrive.
Charter Review Committe
Public Forum
The Bridgewater Charter Review Committee is holding three public forums on their proposed changes to the town charter. Please join us via Zoom on any of the following dates and times.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10a
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7a
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10a
The link to each Zoom session will be posted on the town's website prior to each session

The Committee also holds meetings the first and third Wednesdays of each month which you are encouraged to attend.
Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
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• Itemized returns
• Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)
• Child tax credits
• Child and dependent care expenses
• Non-resident returns
• Amended tax returns .
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Music Matters Series from Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Andromeda Brass Quintet
Higdon: Fanfare Quintet (1:02​)
Bernofsky: Passacaglia (4:55​)
Ewazen: Colchester Fantasy (10:36​)
Kamen: Quintet (30:35​)
Cheetam: Scherzo (35:39​)
Calvert: Suite from the Monteregian Hills (39:18​)

This fifth chamber music concert in our Series features the Andromeda Brass Quintet. Named after the galaxy nearest our own, Andromeda Quintet is committed to excellence, while exploring the expressive and technical possibilities of the brass quintet. Comprised of five of Boston's most dynamic musicians and educators, the Quintet offers adventurous listening for all ages.

Music Matters is produced in partnership with the Brockton Public Library with the support of Brockton Community Access and the Fuller Craft Museum.
Trinity Church Yard Sale
Saturday, May 22
9a - 1p
91 Main St.
Bridgewater, MA
Outdoor Event
Social Distancing Guidelines
Clean Beauty is about NO cancer causing ingredients in your skincare
and make-up!

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--Dances from around the world--
(Due to Covid restrictions—social distancing—we cannot dance the traditional New England Squares and Contras with partners and groups…YET! BUT, we can dance to the music.)

Location: Parking lot of the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way, off route 18

Suggested donation/fee: $5*

Above Video taken before 2020 at the BW Senior Center. J. Rose
Community Dance Other Info:
Beginners and singles always welcome.  
Open to ages 10 and up. 
Gender neutral language used.
Bring your own water. 
Bathroom availability TBD.
Masks should be worn while chatting, but not necessarily while dancing.

Dates and Times**
Saturdays in May: May 15, & 29:  4 - 5p
Fridays in June: June 4 & 18; 7 - 8p
Fridays in July: July 2, 16 & 30;  7 - 8p
Fridays in August: August 6 & 20;  6:30 - 7:30p
Saturdays in Sept: Sept 4 & 18; 4 - 5p
Saturdays in October: Oct 2 & 16; 4 - 5p

Alternate weeks used for rain make-ups. Postponements announced via e-mail and Facebook post. 

**Schedule subject to change pending covid updates, the possibility of returning to indoor dancing, road work near the Center, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Contact Info: SAM BAUMGARTEN; Cell: 774-208-2933
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Story Time: Spring is here!
Join Mrs. Davis for stories, rhymes and songs about Spring!
Click on the video above to watch our latest Springtime video.
Learn how to fold a hummingbird with Jenny.
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 BSU offering vaccines

BSU is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a regional COVID-19 vaccination site and will start vaccinating on Monday, May 10.

The announcement follows Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to shift vaccine supply to regional sites while closing four of the state’s seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June, including Gillette Stadium, which has served the region since the beginning of the year.

The Kelly Gymnasium on 45 Park Ave. will be the location where nursing staff will have capacity to administer 750 vaccinations a day, five days a week to the public. The Bridgewater collaboration will offer up to an additional 25 percent of vaccine doses for distribution by BSU to members of our campus community and through partner boards of health.

BSU is providing storage and is capable of administering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Plans are to begin the program with the two-dose Pfizer vaccine next Monday.
In addition, BSU is coordinating registration, traffic control and logistical support on site as well as education on the COVID-19 vaccination to local partners.

This effort has been made possible by many offices across the campus, including the Office of the President, Wellness Center, BSUPD, Information Technology and Operations. Further, we have been supported in our effort to open a regional vaccination site by Governor Baker and his administration and our regional legislative delegation, including Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senator Michael Brady and Representative Angelo D’Emilia.

All residents of the commonwealth over age 17 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. This Friday you will be able to book your appointment at The Bridgewater State University vaccination site using this link. Starting Monday, Bridgewater State will be added to the list of vaccine locations that can be found at
Meet Some Local Feathered Friends
Photo credits: Paul Shaughnessy
Playful geese!
“Curtis “ the local Great Blue Heron in flight at Taunton River on Vernon Street.
Beautiful Blue Heron!
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Historical Tidbit Question:
When did Anna Jarvis' mother pass away?

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On May 12, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
What's Your Good News? ~ BuzzAround

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader & Jacquelyn Rose
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April 14, 2021 my mother Rose, (Mum, Avo) was with us on a family outing to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Outside the Seven Galleries of the Women Take the Floor, is a wall of quotes. Taking it in, 90 year old Rosie, sat on a nearby bench and instructed: "Take a picture of that wall." Thinking she wanted the quotes, I immediately complied. "Where would you like me to send them?" I asked. "They are for you.” she said, “They are for your column."

Here are quotes shared with you at the bequest of my dear brave feminist role model: 

“It’s important to emphasize that outside of these artificial boundaries we’re both inherently equal and profoundly, infinitely diverse.“ ~ Martine Gutierrez

“I want to be free to try new things that don’t make sense yet. “ ~ Sadie Benning

“Indeed so often just talking about sexism as well as racism is heard as damaging the institution. If talking about sexism and racism is heard as damaging institutions, we need to damage institutions.“
~ Sara Ahmed

“I am invested in the potency of imagination as a radical tool.” ~ Tuesday Smillie

“I’m always empowered in spaces where there’s many narratives in the room. There’s always room for learning and there’s also room for being quiet.“
~ Kimberly Drew 

“I create against orders” ~ Sheila Hicks

“The struggle against patriarchy and racism must be substantively robust and inextricably intertwined.“
~ Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Extreme times call for extreme heroines.”
~ Betye Saar

“Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.“ ~ Lucille Clifton

“I mean I’m here to eat up all the ocean you thought was yours.“ ~ Eve Ewing

“I just decided when someone says you can’t do something, do more of it.“
~ Faith Ringgold

“Historically, notions of intelligence not only have been gendered but have discounted the possibility that knowledge sources are multiple and include the body, emotions, desires, memories.“ ~ Susan L. Stoops

“ When you put a seed in the ground, it doesn’t stop growing after eight hours. It keeps going every minute that it’s in the earth. We, too, need to keep growing every moment of every day that we are on this earth.“ ~ Ruth Asawa
April 30, Mum passed on from this earth. She was a remarkable woman, spiritual, creative and brilliant. She taught me and guided me: was my biggest fan and my biggest critic: I will miss her deeply, her smile, her voice, and her dance. But she’s not done, not by a long shot; she continues to speak to all who she touched. 

There you go, Mum, I shared the quotes, what’s next? 
~ Jacquie