Dress- A-Girl (DAG) BW/WB
Is looking for fabric donations.
Story credit: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim
Image credits:

(Left: team members collect completed dresses and hand out supplies. Left to right Gloria Moran, Evie DeLutis, Sue Ladd, Karen DeLutis and Gail McCarthy. Right: Clare shows off her completed dress in a pre-Covid meeting)
This beautiful group started 2 years ago when Evelyn DuLutis, a retired kindergarten teacher was introduced to Dress-A-Girl (DAG) by Gail McCarthy in West Bridgewater Public Library. Evelyn explained the reason for starting the program in Bridgewater: "seeing girls in so many countries wearing nothing but dirty rags was what convinced me to begin sewing dresses. I do love to sew and really have no children or grandchildren young enough to sew for anymore." Evelyn and her friends started by making their dresses using their own supplies and the program expanded using Facebook, the Bridgewater Senior Center and word of mouth, BSU also helped out.
Very quickly this grew from one workshop a week to twice in the United Methodist Church in Bridgewater and twice in the Bridgewater Senior Center. Now she has a team of 5 women who work on plans, teaching, inventory, purchasing needed items, making up sewing packets and setting up now "outdoor" drop-off and pick-ups due to Covid. DAG BW/WB goal for 2020 was 2,020 dresses, they surpassed it with 2,069 dresses. Their 2021 goal is 2,021 dresses. Evie says "We are well on our way." Thank you DAG Team!
Dress -A-Girl is a Christian Charity hosted by Hope 4 Women International with many groups around the world including Bridgewater MA thanks to Evelyn and her friends! They provide handmade dresses and other essentials to women and girls in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

DAG Bridgewater/ West Bridgewater is currently accepting different donations from the community including the fabrics. It needs to be mostly cotton, at least 42" wide, not sheer. 1 yard will make a size 10 dress. So if you have an extra supply of fabric and you would like to donate it please contact Evelyn for all the information needed to drop it safely.

To know more about DAG click here.

To donate from fabric, supplies and financial donation email Evelyn DeLutis at evie.delutis@gmail.com or you can message her on Facebook here.

Special thanks to Gloria Moran, Evie DeLutis, Sue Ladd, Karen DeLutis and Gail McCarthy.
Historical Tidbit:
A Piece of WB Public Library History
Library use grew slowly until the Depression, when circulation of books soared. During those years of economic hardship, there was a great demand for a larger library and for more books. The popularity of the library continued to grow through the late Thirties. During the Forties, the focus of the Trustees changed. The years during World War II were hectic ones, and the Trustees took on the added responsibility of collecting books for distribution to American servicemen stationed in Europe.

In 1956, a committee as appointed by Special Town Meeting to “survey library facilities,” because once again the use of the library was hampered by its physical limitations.

The Town Meeting of November, 1960 voted the sum of $50,000 for the purpose of constructing and equipping a new public library. Construction began in 1961 and the resulting library opened its doors in September, 1992. The old library building (the Center Primary School) was sold and moved to the corner of South Main Street and Ash to house a business.

In 1980, the library was considered one of the busiest in the state. Book circulation approached 50,000 and more than 3,000 local citizens held library cards.

(Historical information was edited from papers of Hazel Snow Fletcher and Wilbur Parrott, past librarians.)

Head Librarians:

Mary Perkins – 1879 – 1909
Hatty E. Cary – 1909 – 1922
Alice A. Goddin – 1922 – 1924
Charlotte Williams – 1924 – 1941
Jean M. Murdock – 1941 – 1958
Hazel Fletcher – 1958 – 1970
Christine Dowd – 1970 – 1973
Wilbur L. Parrott – 1973 – 1974
Jane Ouderkirk – 1974 – 1988
Beth Roll Smith – 1988 – 2015
Ellen Snoeyenbos – 2015-present

Information Courtesy of
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

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

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3 - 4p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations!
Michael Casey
won a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

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West Bridgewater Library Reopening
Mon-Sat 10a - 2p
Additional hours of 4p - 8p on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Great News!!
The library has reopened providing services, with of course safety precautions, to the public. Children's materials and kits to browse and borrow from our lobby area. At this time, the Children's Room will be available by appointment only. Curbside Services will be also available.
For more information please contact the library here or call (508) 894-1255.
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Getting Involved in the West Bridgewater Community & Local Government
West Bridgewater has a resident volunteer sign up sheet where you can share your skills, interests, and basic information with the town here. This is a great opportunity to become involved in the local governance of your town and give back to your community.

This page: www.westbridgewaterma.org/government has a more complete guide of the various roles and positions you might be interested in when filling out the volunteer form.
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357


The birds are hungry this time of year!
Why not give them a treat!
BrSO's Free Music Matters Concert
Brockton Symphony Orchestra presents Angel Valchinov on violin and Chen Lin on viola and piano, performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Bartok, and Handel-Halvorsen!
Intro to Embroidery

Fuller Craft Museum presents Intro to Embroidery - Sunday, March 21, 2021 - Find event and ticket information.

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Katie’s Kreative Manis
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Snaz up your fingernails with Color Street temporary designs! 

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The blind spot of good intentions

As the mother of a mixed-race child, the issue of equity and education is part of my life. Racial reckoning... antiracism... inclusion... belonging...equity... these are words that have become part of...

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Plymouth County Extension
Plymouth County Extension is a social service governmental organization that focuses on Entomology (the study of insects). They provide information about different insects and their different traits and how does it affects our environment and also environmental issues in Plymouth County.

They also, provide youth programs for different ages (5-18 years) by teaching them hands activities like camping, raising animals and many more. This program called 4-H. They also assist the youth community by providing experiences like animal science, healthy lifestyles, science, engineering and technology; community service, citizenship & leadership opportunities, and public speaking programs.

To learn about Plymouth County Extension you can connect on Facebook here and for the youth program website click here.
You can also call at (774) 773-3404.
Superintendent Shadow Day
Here is a ray of life. Superintendent Mark Bodwell shadows teachers shaping our future leaders at Spring Street School Pre K and Kindergarten.
Here the teachers shine and draw out their student's talents and enrich their young minds. Thank you, Superintendent Mark Bodwell, for sharing this story: "Thank you Mrs. Mattos, Mrs. Gauthier & Mrs. Jennings as well as all of the other educators who work in the rooms. Great job by all our educators and amazing students in PreK and K. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time with the students and staff. All of the educators did such a great job teaching the students and creating learning experiences in the classrooms that engaged and motivated them. It is clear that our students are getting a great education from caring and dedicated staff. Great job everyone and thanks again for your having me visit for the day. "
A BuzzAround thank you to all educators who work to support our youth as they prosper into the future leaders. Like Henry Adams said "A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops."

Story credit: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, writing intern, BSU

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WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
Who is currently the head of the West Bridgewater Public Library?


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Hope

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” 
~ John Lennon

“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, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.” 
~ Leonard Cohen

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Cecelia Ahern
Hope will lead us over the mountain, through the fog and land us safely on the other side. Hope leads the way. ~ Jacquie
BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose

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