January 10, 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. 
Bridgewater Community Listening Initiative

In collaboration, three local organizations focused on creating a more equitable and inclusive community, are collecting stories of impact as part of a larger effort to promote awareness and support surrounding incidents of discrimination in the Bridgewater-Raynham community.

These stories will be shared with town leaders in an upcoming community listening session. We encourage respondents to share their own candid and personal stories or experiences they have witnessed directly of identity-based discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, mental health and sizism. The collective impact of these personal reflections is aimed to accomplish two goals: to empower those who have experienced and/or witnessed discrimination and to promote healthy lines of communication with those in positions of authority to make a difference.

Hosted by DICE (Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment), BCCR (Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights) and Stand Up for Justice
Historical Tidbit: A Peaceful Transition

A peaceful transition or transfer of power is crucial and fundamental in democratic governments. 

Each president has peacefully handed over power to the next since 1797 when George Washington stepped down. 

A majority of outgoing presidents have attended the inaugurations of their successors. Some of the Inaugural customs according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: "In 1837, Andrew Jackson and his successor, Martin Van Buren, began a new tradition by riding together to Van Buren’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. Until the early 20th century, the outgoing and incoming presidents additionally rode together back to the White House after the inaugural ceremonies." 

"Later presidents, such as Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, left the Capitol grounds by car. Since Gerald Ford’s departure from office in 1977, every outgoing president and first lady have departed the inaugural ceremonies via helicopter, leaving their successors to attend an inaugural luncheon inside the Capitol building. "

For the sake of preserving our democracy, the peaceful transition of power is considered to be of paramount importance. 

Respectfully submitted, J. Rose

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
Natalie Mackinaw
won a
4-week virtual Yoga beginner series

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a
45 minute horseback riding lesson
at Stonecroft Farm's indoor riding ring
(value $55).
COA - Presentation on Aging
Dear Community,
We are proud to offer an exclusive presentation on aging and memory to you next week. Join us on Zoom with Dr. Budson, Chief of Cognition & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, for a conversation on how older adults can better manage their memories.
Tue January 12th, 10:00a

This presentation is ideal for seniors and their family caregivers.

All attendees will be entered to win a copy of his book Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory
Please call or email the center to sign up.
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

Participate January 4-20, 2021

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District Wide Clothing Drive
Now - January 15, 2021
Drop-offs located at each school building.
Contact your local school with questions.
Ken Gloss, The Value of Old and Rare Books 
Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a virtual presentation
Tuesday, January 19, 7:00p, hosted by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session after the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date.
Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2021 is the 72nd year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father's death in 1985. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”
To participate in the Zoom session, it is necessary to reserve your free ticket in advance, as participation in this event is limited. An email will be sent to you after your sign up that contains the necessary log-in information to participate. 

Visit www.oldbridgewater.org to register.
New Virtual Programs!
Origami (above)
Join Jenny this week as she shows you the ox head fold in celebration of the New Year.

Virtual Book Club
January 19th at 7:00p
Zoom Meeting ID: 953 3467 3191
Passcode: 673940
"The Stationery Shop of Tehran"
by Marjan Kamali
Copies available during curbside pickup. Let us know you would like a copy.

Art with Rose, Split Cup Pour (below)

We have what you need!

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

Dear Neighbors and Friends!
Happy New Year! We hope this new year finds you well. We have certainly learned a lot and had our patience tested this past year because of the COVID virus. That being said, BSU has some exciting news to share.  Within the next month or so, you will see small Robots around campus and crossing town streets within campus to make food deliveries. Please click on the link below to get a look at these dynamic little Robots. We have worked in collaboration with the proper Town of Bridgewater inspectional entities on implementation to ensure safety. These robots are designed to sense objects to avoid collision; but for us humans, they may be a little surprising to see for the first time, so please keep an eye out. We are the first university in New England to utilize these neat little delivery Robots!

BSU tries to stay ahead of the curve and do whatever we can to always keep our students, staff and faculty healthy and safe. While the robots had been planned for the past two years for implementation, their arrival during the pandemic provides one more tool in our toolbox in developing ways to deal with the COVID virus and the restrictions it has rendered to our campus.

While we are not exploring “Space, the final frontier…” (am I dating myself?) we are certainly embarking on a new mission that includes Starship Robots and food delivery. Please check out this link. www.starship.xyz.

If you have any questions about the Robots please contact Staci DeSimone, Dining General Manager, Staci.DeSimone@sodexo.com

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Susan McCombe, BS ’01 MPA ‘06
Director, University and Community Partnerships
Gates House, 40 Cedar St. Room 201
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
A look back…

2020 HIGHS – watching a community of strong seniors overcome a pandemic & care for one another, community, staff who coordinated countless classes, appointments & programs to help the community, interns, outdoors exercise classes, Elder Affairs Commission feedback & encouragement to get through this as a TEAM, The Reunion Project, new partnerships with Bridgewater State University, virtual programs, vigil to remember those we lost, reinventing our programs & services to meet the needs of the community, listening to you & how you’re doing, volunteers who delivered over 6,000 Meals on Wheels & 3,520 bistro-to-go meals to seniors, an infinite number of cards & notes from the seniors to COA staff AND university & elementary school students to seniors – just to name a few!

2020 LOWS – closing the building to the public & not seeing the groups & participants who call the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center their home-away-from-home  this alone says it all.

This winter, we will be bringing you more connection to one another, the outdoors, & better health. We want each of you to try something new. It can be hard to try new things and change our behaviors, but this year give at least one new thing a try. We curated new outdoor social programs, virtual fitness classes, outdoor en plein air art classes, Alice’s Café – a new program for people with memory loss & their caregivers, programs held over the telephone (not to be missed!), bistro-to-go home cooked meal program (waitlist listed, $5/meal charge includes delivery), & new interns Rachel, Allison, Zachary, Tamara, & Aubrey to boot. Please welcome them.

Happy New Year everyone. As a community member once said to me, “Stay up until midnight, not to welcome the new year in, but to make sure the old year leaves.”

Be well.

Emily Williams, Director

Bridgewater Council on Aging Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater
Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
Town Council Regular Meeting 01/05/2021 on FB live via Zoom
Think kale chips are for the birds? 
Ever wanted to learn grocery store secrets for shopping healthy? (Hint: never shop on an empty stomach). 
Join us and OCES for a 6-week class on healthy eating starting next week. Together we can eat a little healthier, stay active mentally & physically all while socially engaging with one another on Zoom.
Tuesdays 1/12/21 - 2/23/21
9:30 - 11:30a
All residents from all towns welcome!
Stella Wagner is a lifelong resident of Bridgewater and will be celebrating her 100th Birthday this month. We are hoping to get as many people involved as possible.
The family of Stella A. Wagner would like to invite you to join us for a 100th Birthday drive by greeting on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:00p. We will meet on Jennifer Circle in Bridgewater and drive by to extend our wishes to her.

Stella is a lifelong resident of Bridgewater, raising three children here and working at the Independent Nail for many years and then retiring from the Graduate Dept. of BSU. After retirement, she volunteered many hours to different groups here in town.

We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone for Stella with all of you.
COA - Tri-Town TV Guide
Cable 98 - Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater COA's collaborated to present you with these quality programs. Enjoy!
A healthy body starts with education: learn about strains and sprains here.
When you get either, come see us at Physical Therapy U

75 Scotland Boulevard, Unit A
(508) 697-2000

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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)
Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, kallen@uwgpc.org.

For more info: www.uwgpc.org/funding.
Learn Yoga at home with
Mondays, 1/11 - 2/1, morning & evening slots available. Learn simple moves which decompress your spine, melting away long held tensions and pain. Deeply relaxing through gentle easy movements.

Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!
Yoga for the Rest of Us!

(508) 331-3564
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
3rd Annual Polar Plunge!!!

Committee Co-Chairs Margarida Baganha & Betty Rada welcome co-plungers  Nick McCummings, Janet Dye & Frances Jeffries.

Fundraising efforts assist in fighting hunger and homelessness at the local & international level.

Plunge happened on 1st but we still welcome any donations...
We are thankful for those that have helped us reach 70% of our Polar Plunge goal. Your donation will help fight hunger and homelessness at the local & international levels.

There’s still time to donate!


Have fun with us and bee
entered to win a
45 minute horseback riding lesson
at Stonecroft Farm's indoor riding ring (value $55).

 Historical Tidbit Question:
How did Harry Truman leave the capital grounds?

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 January 13, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
~ Robert Fulghum

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
~ Emily Dickinson

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

"But make no mistake: The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn’t the work of any individual politician or political party. It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen. And to hold tight to the truth and values that have always led this country forward. It will be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful process. But if we enter into it with an honest and unwavering love of our country, then maybe we can finally start to heal.”
~ Michelle Obama 1/7/21
I will always have hope because I love and believe in a world that can be.
 ~ Jacquie
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