Kiwanis Field of Flags on our common ~ beautiful tribute to our Veterans
Captured by Crystal Hudson
Historical Tidbit:
From Joppa to Elmwood 

The Biblical heritage of the early settlers of the East Bridgewater area was reflected in the name of a section of what was called "Joppa". It received its name about 1700. Experience Mitchell, a former Duxbury resident, moved to this area with his son Edward and began operating a tannery. They employed a man named Simon in their tannery, and someone recalled that the Bible mentions a Simon who was a tanner in Joppa, thus naming that section of town. 

pic-West Street, c. 1800's
In May, 1872, the name of the Joppa section of town was officially changed to Elmwood because of its stately elm trees.

~ Information from the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Booklet
Giving Thanks to Our Essential Workers ~ GWT Appliance & BA

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Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Email & phone contact only

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
Pre-packed bags for pick up only
Debbie DiBlasio
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Rt 18, Whitman!

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East Bridgewater HUGS Community Christmas
This year we are going to have to do things a bit differently and with the challenges of COVID, we want to have enough time to assist as many families as possible.
Our website has lists of the most commonly requested items here:
We will have giving trees as well as online opportunities for people who wish to help. We will also have "adopt a child" and "adopt a family" opportunities, and lists will be provided for those who wish to participate in that way.
If you have any questions, or need more info, please contact us at
Thank you. ~ Theresa
Marriage Intentions
By Appointment ONLY.
At the Town Clerk's Office.
It's absolutely lovely that you are in love, but this is one place you can't be spontaneous.

Please contact Katie Cavanagh in the Town Clerk's Office to schedule your appointment
508-378-1600 ext 1010.
The Board of Health is proud to co-sponsor the Annual Central School Food Drive.
This year has been particularly difficult for many families and the local food pantries could really use our support.
Wed Nov 18 & Thurs Nov 19th
Virtual Silent Auction
Those who have attended our fair in the past know that we have fantastic baskets in our silent auction. Now you can bid for them online! 

Here's how:
Create an account using the 2 step secure process then...Start Bidding!!! 

Bidding will end on Sunday, November 29th at 3p. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you to all those who donated these fabulous baskets!!
Sam Baumgarten asked us to share this video to commemorate
World Kindness Day.
Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs. World Kindness Day is internationally observed each November 13th.
Kindness is Contagious!
The 2020 Book for Business
When Metro South is Home, Everything is
Within Reach

 Our region at your fingertips!
* area dining * lodging *public golf courses * recreation * community demographics, regional and economic data, and a complete membership listing.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
A Story from Kitty Ranch
"She came to me in January as she was homeless. Her human had to move out of her condo as repairs were needed due to a burst pipe and all that it entails.
The management company contacted the Animal Rescue League to come and collect this woman’s indoor outdoor cats.
They did and took them all away never to be seen again. Except one.
This girl was savvy enough to to hide and was discovered many days later living in the unit. The owner realized that one of her beloved pets was still in the home that was under repair.
This cats constant crying, due to fact that the home was unoccupied save for deliveries of food and water, upset the neighbor and was reported to mangemant.
Barbara, the owner contacted me in January of this year. She was going though a lot with the insurance company and management and was mostly alone as her only child was not helpful.
Can I bring her to you until I move back home when the repairs have been completed. Of course you can we responded here at the Ranch.
Days turned into weeks and then months and then Covid and it was basically hard for all of us involved.
However. Because of Covid we had room at the Ranch. What’s one more. An animal in need is a guest.
She was called Blackie. I renamed her Ebony. She needed a doctor and you and me provide that. She had hair loss on her haunches and back side. The Dr didn’t know what it might be but she was otherwise healthy.
We got her up to date on her shots and was released into the Ranch. This was January.
She shed as all cats do this summer. I focused on increased attention and brushed her often through it all. She fell in love with me and demanded my attention.
This fall as cats winter coats come in I noticed that Ebony’s coat was thick and shiny. Her hind side now was fully engulfed in a beautiful shiny and thick coat. I’m guessing it’s the food but it doesn’t matter. She’s back and she’s beautiful.
She went home yesterday. Her moms condo has been repaired and her mom was ready to take her back.
I had a nice visit with this woman that sought me out in my office back in January. I’ve gotten to know her and we’ve become fast friends.
Ebony was in the carrier as I sat down with Barbara and waited for the right time to let her out. Ebony listened while we visited and me talking about her schedule for the last year or so and what her routine was like and what she was eating and all.
I got down on my knees and peered into the carrier and realized it was time.
Off she went half way up the stairs as we watched. She stopped half way up and acknowledged me and waited for me to pet her. Almost as if she was asking for permission.
Permission granted."
~ Robert Philbrick, Kitty Ranch Facebook Page

Kitty Ranch is a home-based rescue supported by South Shore Humane Society and located in E. Bridgewater, MA. If you are considering adopting, please email your postal address to and we will send you an application.
Mice, voles, and other pests will start looking for a warm place to spend the winter. We sell a variety of products to help keep your home rodent free.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
The Ousamequin Club Christmas Tree Drawing
The Ousamequin Club is once again having a drawing for a beautifully hand crafted, fully decorated 5 foot tree, the proceeds of which will benefit the Sunshine Farm Sanctuary. The tree is something we do every year, and we donate the profits from the drawing to a worthy cause, this year it is the farm.

The S.F. Sanctuary is a wonderful farm in Bridgewater that caters to children from group foster homes.
There are animals galore, horses to ride, gardening programs and holiday meals served.

The cost for a chance is $5 for one, $10 for five chances and you can get 15 chances for $20.
If you are interested please email or send a check for your choice to 473 West Street, East Bridgewater, Ma. 02333. The drawing will be held on Monday, December 7th.
Looking for Books
I am an ESOL and ABE instructor for a non-profit educational organization in Brockton, Training Resources of America, Inc. Many of our students are immigrants and residents of Brockton who are working toward improving English and passing HiSET, learning about CIVICS/American History/Civil Rights Issues to get their voice heard.

I’m mostly interested in biographies of civil rights leaders, like MLK, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, etc. or black leaders to celebrate the black history month in February.

And we are always lacking some reading materials for our students to read in class. If you have any books to give away for free, please let me know how to obtain them. We usually look for 10-15 copies of a book in each class. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Nahoko Y. Vigneau, M.Ed.,
Evening ABE 1 & ESOL 2 Instructor
Training Resources of America, Inc.-
Brockton Office
231 Main Street, Suite 302
Brockton, MA 02301
508-587-6115, fax 508-580-2057
Be a Leaf Hero!
Clear storm drains of debris. Leaf litter and yard debris plug storm drains and increase flooding issues.
Katie’s Kreative Manis
Get ready for the Holidays & snaz up your fingernails with Color Street temporary designs! 

Tons of fun! 

*100% real nail polish strips * Easy one step application * No dry time/smudges/streaks
* Made in the USA 

Independent Consultant Katie Ray 
(774) 274-7492 

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The Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater annual Christmas tree sale begins Sunday, November 22nd.
(Stay tuned for actual times for opening day) at The Edson Insurance Company lot at 11 Maple Avenue, just in the center of town.
When you buy a Christmas Tree from the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater, you keep a family tradition alive (or start a new tradition) AND you help your community at a time they need it most. Fundraising by the Kiwanis Club supports many local organization like our local food pantries, Fisher House Boston, Penelope’s Place Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, and more.
Some Details:
—Be assured we will be compliant with all State and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Our lot attendants will be wearing masks and observing social distancing. We ask that you wear a mask as well.
—This year, our sales lot will be manned by representatives from the East Bridgewater Scouts BSA Troop 29.
—We have purchased only Premium Grade Christmas trees this year, ranging in sizes ranging from 4 - 12’ with pricing to fit any budget.
—New this year, we will also be selling Fully Decorated 24” Wreaths and Evergreen Door Swags
—Lot Hours:
Weekends: 9a - 8p
Mon-Fri: 5p - 8p
Stay tunes to this page for more news, details, and updates...and stay well.
Stonecroft Farm

*Holiday Gift Certificates*
Lessons * Boarding * Sales
* Indoor / Outdoor ring

Ride our safe,
school horses. 

Lessons for ages
4 & up 

36 years experience

$55 / 45-min lesson

108 Belmont St, West Bridgewater

Homeowners & Contractors,
RENT, DON'T BUY, the best tools for your job!

We have many sizes and styles of lifts to help you get your project done quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!
10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

~ The kids may be too young to understand the song reference but the adults get it! :)

The Union Congregational Christian Education program has new life at The Healing Path care farm. The Donovan's recently bought this farm and now we have an outdoor space to gather safely. Pastor Annie and the families in our CE program have gathered twice and plan to do so monthly as long as weather permits.

At our first meeting, we had some wonderful words from Annie about Genesis and all of God's creatures on earth. Kennedy gave a tour of the farm and we all worked together to feel comfortable around the animals.

At our second meeting, we jumped right back into our love of community service! The kids will be making holiday cards to go into Thanksgiving distribution at the Food Pantry.

It's pretty amazing to show the kids that "church" or connecting with God can happen in unusual ways. Annie talked to the kids about "wherever two or more are gathered in my name" so they remember they can be with God anywhere.

It was nice to see the kids feeling comfortable and more brave around the animals the second time around. We talked about how growth and confidence come in many forms!
All Are Welcome ~ Union Congregational Church

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did "Joppa" receive its name?

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Honor: (verb)
1) regard with great respect.
2) fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement)

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including their life.” ~ Unknown

As many of our veterans need assistance, here are some ideas of things you can do to honor their service to us:
*Help vets get medical care and other resources. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit that drives veterans to medical appointments, assist them in filing benefit claims with the government and helps vets with medical, employment and other general needs. The DAV needs volunteers to drive veterans to appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals & volunteer at the VA hospitals. Learn more about volunteering with the DAV HERE.

*Assist any veterans you know with needs such as grocery shopping, running errands or helping with yard work.

*See how you can help local Veteran's organizations like Veterans Garden Inc in West Bridgewater.
Thank you, Veterans! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose,

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