Time for Some Thanks to Our Amazing Community!!
HUGs 2020 was an amazing year. In spite of the COVID crisis, our town reached out and supported our families in need in a BIG way!
 Our volunteers, with all Covid precautions in place, showed up and made magic happen for 109 families!
 Many, many thanks all of the local businesses and organizations that supported our program this year!
Allegiance Plumbing & Heating, Batti’s Auto Body, Bluestone Bank, Boston Cannons Dance Team, Busy Bee Preschools, BuzzAround, Collins Rigging & Crane, Dewhurst Lumber, E Watson Excavating, EB Donuts/Dunkin Donuts, EB Fire Department, EB Police Department, EB Toys for Tots, EB Veterinary Hospital, EB Youth Football & Cheer, EB Youth Soccer, EJM Auto, Forni Oil, Jessica Thurston Memorial Fund, Laughing Oak Bakery, Lincoln Club, M Clifton Edson & Sons Insurance, Meserve Electric, Mistletoe Acres, Mobile Animal Care, Ocean State Job Lot, Paula Coffey Dance, Paula LeBlanc/Poppee the Clown, Precision Wildlife, Rachelle Croteau, Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, Salon Esprit, Secret Garden Pet Resort, Shauna Stella Memorial Fund Skinners Sugar House, Steve Martell Discount Plumbing, Sydney Craven Memorial Fund, Tri Town Masons, Waves Salon, Whitmore’s Yard Care and Yankee Sprinkler
Please consider supporting them!
Thanks to all of our Giving Tree and drop off locations:
Busy Bee Preschools, Collins Rigging & Crane, Dewhurst Lumber, EBCTV Cable Studio, EB Public Library, EB Town Hall, Johnnie Macaroni’s, St. John’s Church, United Methodist Church, Union Congregational Church.
Shout out of thanks to the EB Public Library staff who not only host a giving tree, but go above & beyond every year to support us, manage a huge volume of gifts and make this program a success.
HUGS special BIG SHOUT OUT and many thanks to the donors who sponsored families this year! There were 20 families that adopted 25 families this year. We appreciate your generosity!
Thanks to all of the many individuals & families who made donations or contributions this year. Whether you took tags, dropped off gifts, sent paypal or venmo donations, bought raffle tickets, or wrote a check, we are appreciative of all of you. Every donation makes a huge difference!!
There are so many wonderful people in our community that come together to make our program a success & give families a wonderful Christmas. We couldn’t do it without all of you.
Much love and gratitude to my amazing volunteers. This program wouldn’t be possible without all of you. I am grateful to each and every one of you for your time and hard work. ~ Theresa McNulty
Historical Tidbit:
Old School House - Beaver
When erected in 1842, the Beaver School House was was one story high. The second story was added in 1855. The door at the right was the entrance. The stairs went up past the other door, with both the lower and upper entries across the end of the building. The first Beaver School House school stood where the well was, facing the cemetery, this is the second. It is now a house at 304 Summer Street.

~ Thank you to James Weidenfeller and the EB Public Library
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Town Hall
175 Central St
508-378-1601

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
& 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
Congratulations!
Joanne Benner
won a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter 
products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution. www.facebook.com/cleanbeautycorner


Play our
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 a 45 minute Reiki Treatment from 
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Cans for Cupid
February 1 - 14
Drop off locations: Dewhurst Lumber, YMCA & Union Congregational Church 105 Pleasant St EB, look for the Red Tubs, let's show our love... fill 'em up!!

Register Online to Pick up a Story Time to go Bag from the East Bridgewater Public Library
Register on our online calendar to get your Story Time to Go bag. Included is a story based on a theme, 4 other books to read and share, an activity to try at home, rhymes and songs. Plus a puzzle! Curbside pick up available from:
9-7 Monday & Tuesday, 9-4 Wednesday through Friday, 9-1 on Saturdays. www.eventkeeper.com.

Daniel Repeta’s Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser
Project: Replace fence at Union Congregational Church in East Bridgewater, the charter organization for Troop 29 In EB.
Current fundraising effort: collecting bottles and cans for redemption.
Update from the Ousamequin Women's Club of the Bridgewaters
The 124 year old Ousamequin Women's Club of the Bridgewaters forges ahead, despite this difficult past year with monthly Zoom meetings and ongoing charitable works.
 
Besides the monthly BOD meeting we meet each month via Zoom (held on the first Monday of the month) featuring a notable guest speaker. Our Zoom meetings are open to anyone who would like to hear the scheduled topic being discussed. Please feel free to join in.
 
We have had a successful year continuing with our donations to various projects in and around the Bridgewaters. This past Fall, we concentrated on collecting toys for Operation Santa, food for Penelope's Place, Totes for Teens, Got Books and the local food pantry. We had a very successful raffle for a unique Christmas Tree with proceeds donated to Sunshine Farm here in Bridgewater. Lyn Stadler was the lucky winner of the decorated tree this year.  
 
We welcome our newest member to our Club, Elaine Meuse. We look forward to getting to know Elaine over Zoom and one day in person. For more information regarding our club, please contact our President, Leslie Dorr.
Southern Scents
Pamper Me Love Basket Give Away
Contains: Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Champagne Flutes, Chocolates, Scented Candles, Essential Oils & Lots of Love Surprises for Your Sweetheart. Valued over $150!

To enter: Call Southern Scents @ 617-704-0689 and be one of the first 25 customers to order a stunning designers choice valentines arrangement ($100+)  and you will be entered to also receive this "love basket" with your valentines delivery. 
IT WILL CERTAINLY BE A VALENTINES DAY TO REMEMBER! Make sure to mention "LOVE BASKET" when you place your order!
(617) 704-0689
Volunteer in Your Community
Want to get involved in your local community with United Way? Check out volunteer opportunities & If your non-profit needs volunteers, register your organization.
This volunteer opportunity database is a partnership between the United Ways of: Fall River, Greater New Bedford and Plymouth County
FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card
COMMUNITY RESOURCE! Looking to save on your medical prescriptions? Our United Way has proudly partnered with FamilyWize prescription savings tool for over a decade in our local community. No registration needed to use this FREE card- simply download the FamilyWize app, visit www.familywize.org, or give us a call to have a card sent you and use it when picking up your prescriptions.
Since 2007, our neighbors in Greater Plymouth County have saved $3.8 MILLION on prescription costs thanks to this partnership!
We have what you need!

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

Would you like to be more active in EB? Submit nomination papers to run for any of these elected positions:

Annual Town Election
Saturday, April 10th 10:00am - 7:00pm

The following offices will appear on 2021 ballot:
One - Town Clerk (3yrs); One - Board of Selectmen (3yrs); One - Assessor (3yrs); Two - School Committee (3yrs); One - Housing Authority (5yrs); Two - Library Trustees (3yrs); One - Board of Health (3yrs); One - Board of Health (1yr to fill a vacancy); Two - Planning Board (3yrs), One - Planning Board (1yr to fill vacancy)
If interested, please contact the Town Clerk's office at 508-378-1606 to request nomination papers. 
  • Last day to submit nomination papers to registrars (Town Clerk's office) for voter certification is Friday, February 19th.
Last day to register to vote at Town Election is Friday, March 19th.
Click here to check your voter status.
Click here for Absentee Ballot Application. Mail completed application to : Town Clerk 175 Central Street East Bridgewater, MA 02333   
Voting Location: Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium 143 Plymouth Street

Image Credit: Crystal Hudson
In DICE Massachusetts
(Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment) Facebook Group, that began right next door in Bridgewater, they are sharing 28 Days of Black History, since this month is Black History Month. A bunch of their posts are from this children's book. A really interesting (and easy) read. #BlackHistoryisAmericanHistory
If you are interested in helpful, educational resources on Diversity and Inclusion, check out this group: facebook.com/dicemassachusetts

If you'd like to make a difference nearby, purchase the book from an independent bookstore:
JOHNNY MACARONI'S
Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
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Our Rosemary Swordfish is available for dine-in and takeout.
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PINCHES AND POUNDS
An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST
Valentine Gifts, Grab & Go!
Items are packaged in small quantities for your convenience and safety.
Shop in store or online!

Come check us out!
Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm

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(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Taunton Civic Chorus Scholarship
The Taunton Civic Chorus is accepting applications for its annual Bob Keith Memorial Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is open to graduating seniors from greater Taunton area high schools: Taunton High School, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, West Bridgewater High School, East Bridgewater High School, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Somerset-Berkley Regional High School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Apponequet Regional High School, Middleborough High School, Norton High School, and Oliver Ames High School. An additional scholarship may be awarded to a runner-up applicant.
The student must be a participant in an organized musical activity (chorus, band, orchestra, private voice or instrumental lessons, drama club, dance lessons), and be accepted into a 2 or 4-year college degree program, pursuing any major.
Applications are available through high school guidance/music departments or tauntoncivicchorus.com. They are due on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Because of changing Covid-19 guidelines, the winner of the scholarship may receive the award and participate in the Taunton Civic Chorus Holiday ’21 concert.
For more information, contact tauntoncivicchorus63@gmail.com.
Instilling Community by Giving Back During Covid
by Isabel O'Connell, Buzz Around Intern Writer, Bates College

The pandemic has been difficult on small businesses, a fact that has not gone unnoticed to three East Bridgewater good Samaritans. Edward Haggerty implemented an initiative he refers to as the “CarpetBomb TakeOut,” in which he encourages families to order from a particular restaurant each Friday. Last week, they chose Central Cafe, and this week’s selection is Johnnie Mac’s. Ed said the inspiration for this idea came from going out to dinner with his wife and seeing how empty restaurants were: “I thought: 'there has to be a lot of people like us that want to help and see these great places stay open'.” He knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he posted in the EB Hub Facebook Group and “that’s when [he] knew we live in a great town because the comments kept coming and people were excited about doing this.” Ed encourages people who want to get involved to join the EB Hub. He posts a couple times a week about each Friday selection. All targeted locations are nominations from the committee he referred to as the “Bomb Squad.”

Brian Fenstermaker and his wife Charlette Louise also “look to help local small businesses now and in the Covid future so they can survive this.” Because of their concern for small businesses, they have begun “Thankful Thursday'' each week, where they encourage everyone via Facebook to stop in any local store to say "hi" and leave a few dollars on the counter.
They pick a new store each week to highlight and Brian puts out Facebook live videos about Thankful Thursday on EB Hub and his personal page Brian suggests people participate in Thankful Thursday in EB and also in their own towns. Brian credits his wife Charlette with the idea, referring to himself as “the mouthpiece” of the operation and says they will continue to do this every Thursday for as long as necessary.
Thank you Edward, Charlette and Brian, and everyone who supports our small businesses! These friends and neighbors need our help.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

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When was the second story added to the Beaver School House?


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Hot Chocolate warms the heart... share some with a friend... or better yet, a stranger. 

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt."~ Charles M. Schulz

"You just need a little perspective. Warmed chocolate can give you that.”
~Giada De Laurentiis, Paris

"Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate." ~ Sandra Boynton

“Because the best gift in life, is just having someone to drink hot chocolate with.”
~Tessa Shaffer, Heaven Has No Regrets
Winter is finally here. Time to snuggle up with a good book and my chocolate. 

Enjoy!
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Ridge Kelly, Janice O'Brien, Isabel O'Connell & Jacquelyn Rose

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