Many Thanks Cal & Fran!!

After fifteen dedicated years with the West Bridgewater Food Pantry, Calvin & Fran Gray, Co-Directors of the food pantry, will retire on March 2, 2022. During their time running the pantry they established relationships with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the religious community, civic groups, businesses, and residents of West Bridgewater.

Cal & Fran are leaving the pantry in capable hands and our volunteers will continue to service residents of our great town. It has been a privilege to have worked and volunteered with such dedicated members of our community.

We are forever grateful to Cal & Fran’s dedication to helping people in our community during their time of need. We wish them health & happiness in the coming years.

Sincerely,
West Bridgewater Food Pantry BOD & Volunteers
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Historical Tidbit:
Nunckatesett River
For many years the Nunckatesett River played an important part in the social life of West Bridgewater people. Holidays and weekends brought people from miles around to the Canoe Club for canoeing, dancing and cracker-barrel conversation. 

For a mere 25 cents, you could rent a canoe for the entire day and paddle the beautiful Nunckatesett. A six-mile trip up river to the "Nip" was the usual excursion and took most of the day. The paddle up the river was long and tiring, but the journey back was rather restful as the current would carry the canoes back down the river to the Canoe Club.

~ From A Collection of Treasured Items From West Bridgewater History: on file at the library.
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
4 - 5p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School,
2 Spring St
Congratulations!
Allision Gobbi
won a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant
Katie Ray.


Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.


Enter for this week's prize of
three private voice or piano lessons
for ages 5 to adults
($100 value) at
The Ousamequin Club's Next Meeting
Monday, February 7th
1p
Bridgewater Senior Center
The Ousamequin Club of the Bridgewaters is please to invite the public to our next meeting. After a short business meeting, our guest speaker, Anne Kerrigan will present "Cemetery Tripping".
Ms. Kerrigan is Executive Director at the East Bridgewater Community Access Media and also co-hosts a radio show entitled "Ghost Chronicles-Next Generation". Her interest lies in the beautiful Statuary and intricate carvings in our New England graveyards. Please join us and learn the symbolism behind these carvings and what they meant and why they were used. Members are asked to bring a can or bagged soup for our local food pantry and chewing gum for are care kit package program.
Mask are required throughout the program.
Contact: Rebecca Mugherini 508-697-4791
Mark your calendars for our
February event! 
Thursday, Feb 10th
7 - 8p
Sharing from her own experiences including her child with I/DD and ASD in her Team meetings, Chair of Inclusion Matters, Dr. Melissa Winchell, will make a brief presentation on why and how to include our kids in their IEP meetings--even before they turn 14 and are formally invited by the school district.
Then a panel of Massachusetts parents will share the creative ways they've engaged their children with disabilities in their own IEP meetings.
Come to learn how your child--no matter how young--can find their place on an IEP Team!
WEB Girls Hockey is proud to announce a return to the rink for the 3rd annual
Skate for Maddie fundraiser!


For each shirt purchased a donation will be made to the Maddie Bain Scholarship Foundation. Make sure you wear your shirt to the Skate for Maddie event on February 26th, (12:30 - 2:30 pm) at the Bridgewater Ice Arena for Free Admission.

Registration $35 includes donation and long sleeve T as your ticket to the event.

February Vacation Surround Care

We are happy to announce that we will be holding a February School Vacation Week Surround Care Program!! Many of our regular Surround Care staff will be there to oversee the fun! Arts and crafts, gym games, outdoor play and lots of fun winter activities will be offered.
The program will be held at the Rose L. MacDonald School Tuesday, February 22 - Friday, February 25th. The hours are from 8a - 4p.
Snacks will be provided each day. Participants should bring a bagged lunch.
We are offering both daily or 4 day registrations. Space is limited, so register using the link below. Prepayment is required to confirm your spot in the program.
We hope to see your child in February!

VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCH & SINGO!
Monday, February 14th
11:30a
Limited capacity call and make your reservation! 508-894-1262
WB Public Library’s Feb Book Groups

True Stories, Nonfiction Book Group
February 15, 5p
We will be discussing Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Chapters Book Group; February 22, 5p
We will be discussing The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

Both books are available on display. Groups will meet in the Library’s History Room.
Drop-in, No Registration Required.
The WB Food Pantry has Found a
New Home!

Beginning March 2 the new location & hours
will be:

Red Barn Acres
457 Rear, South Main Street, Rt. 28
Wednesdays 1:45 – 3p

Our distribution will continue to be curbside and we are happy to help those experiencing food insecurity at our new location. Proof of residency is the only requirement (current utility bill).

If WB schools are closed due to inclement weather the pantry will be, as well.

Save the Date to Celebrate
West Bridgewater's 200th!

February 16
6:30p
First Church
29 Howard St.

Reception to Follow

Looking for Brockton High Alumni!
Submission Deadline: March 1

The Brockton High School Alumni Association will honor 3 outstanding BHS graduates this year! 3 different awards are available for nomination submissions, and are as follows:

Alumni Achievement: Presented to BHS alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of professional or personal work, or for the betterment of humanity
Alumni Service: Presented to BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School and the Brockton community
Young Alumni: Presented to BHS alumni within 10 years of graduation who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably on Brockton High School

Nominations may be submitted by current and former students, teachers, staff, and friends of Brockton High School. To complete the nomination form, click here!
Did you know, we have a great selection of birthday and event cards?
Don't forget to show love and appreciation for those around you!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Employment Opportunity in WB
posted 1/21/22
Entry Level Water Technician Worker
Accepting applications for Full time Benefited Position, Possible Pay Rate, 51-60K Yearly.
Prefer Knowledge of Process instrumentation equipment, Electrical Systems, Knowledge of PLC’s, College of Engineering Degree, Vocational School with Trades Diploma, Jack of all trades type person.
If you are a recent graduate or about to graduate and fit one of the above criteria apply. On the job training will be given to the selected candidate.
This job requires a 30-minute response time to West Bridgewater, during rush hour.
This job requires Walking, Crawling, Climbing, Stooping, and Kneeling on various surfaces, working in extreme weather conditions.

Nomination papers are now available at the Town Clerk’s office.
The last day to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars is Friday, February 18, by 5p.
Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 9. The following offices will be included on the ballot:

One SELECTMAN for 3 years; one ASSESSOR for 3 years; two LIBRARY TRUSTEES for 3 years; two SCHOOL COMMITTEE members for 3 years; one WATER COMMISSIONER for 3 years; two CONSTABLES for 3 years; one BOARD OF HEALTH members for 3 years; one PLANNING BOARD member for 5 years.

Call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 894-1167 for further information.
FREE Mediation Services
Having a conflict? We would like to assist you with your disputes. Family, neighborhood, consumer and other disputes are our specialty. We provide face-to-face mediation to help people resolve conflict. Our services are confidential and free. We are located at 215 Main Street, Room 207, Brockton.
Contact us at: mediators@gbcdr.org or (508) 897-2868 www.gbcdr.org/
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WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
Recorded January 19
Video courtesy of WB Community Access Media
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Registrations for 3rd Session Dome are now open on WBYAA.com!
Super Engaging ~ WB in the news!

The children's animated television program PJ Masks likely isn't on the binge-watching lists of many Bridgewater State University graduate students. But Nikki Maloney, '16, G'22,

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WB School Committee Meeting
Recorded January 10
Video courtesy of WB Community Access Media
WBHS Football 2021 Fall Season
January 23
Video courtesy of Bonnie Campbell
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much was it to rent a canoe for the entire day?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On February 9, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Here's to Winter.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ~ Yoko Ono

“Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.”
~ Sinclair Lewis

“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.” ~ Mark Twain
We've had the full winter experience now, a nor'easter and snow to our waist. Glistening snowflakes and cold, wet discomfort. Is it possible to love and hate something so much at the same time? This, too, shall pass. And then I will miss it.
~ Jacquie
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