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June 5, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Dr Oakley's Farewell Carpool Karaoke

Dr.Oakley bids a farewell to the West Bridgewater schools on June 30th, but not before taking one last ride with a friend. This was the last Superintendent's Spotlight.

Video from West Bridgewater TV.
For more subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Historical Tidbit: 
Life Before Refrigeration  
Did you ever wonder how folks were able to have eggs in the winter when chickens stopped laying and there were no supermarkets to run to? Surplus eggs were collected during the spring, summer and fall and stored in crockery containers containing water glass or sodium silicate and water. Water glass is a mixture of sodium silicate and potash. The eggs would be submerged in the liquid, keeping them cool and moist for months until needed.
A little known problem was the use of lead in crockery glazes. Lead was added to glazes for a while to make them shiny, but would leach out into the contents over a period of time.
Food canning was developed in the late 1700's, but it was also plagued by lead poisoning if the cans sat around for any length of time. This was most notably a problem and brought about changes in the industry after WWI.  More men suffered from the effects of lead poisoning during and after the war caused by eating old canned rations than there were combat casualties during the war.  
Respectfully Submitted, David Moore 
Town Hall

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
2:30 - 3:30p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Karen Jakowicz
who won
6 weeks of training (value $279) at  Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater.

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store in Whitman, MA!
Special Meeting with WB Police Officer
3 year old Makenna asked her dad, Bobby Owens, if it would be okay to stop and say hi when she saw Officer Monteiro on his motorcycle. It turns out that Makenna wants to be a police officer when she grows up! She had a blast checking out one of their motorcycles and spending some time with Ofc. Monteiro.
The West Bridgewater Police Department were honored and humbled to have such a beautiful young lady be an absolute ray of sunshine.
Thank you, Makenna! You are awesome!

Story and photo credit: WB Police Dept FB Page
2020 WBYAA Drive-In Movie Night
Sunday, July 26th
7:45 - 10:15p
Town Hall Parking Lot
Save the Date! Due to COVID-19, the WBYouth Athletic Association are switching things up a bit for Movie Night this year. Instead of setting it up on South Field, it will be held drive-in style in the Town Hall/St. Ann's parking lot! 
They rented a larger screen and an FM transmitter, so you'll be able to tune in from your car! 

This year's movie will be Onward, and the film will start at approximately 8:15p. Please note that the Snack Shack will NOT be open, so feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone there!
For more information, contact their Facebook page for the event.
Library Services
Now that summer is here, have you tried WBPL's Curbside?

They will call you ASAP when your holds are ready for contact-free curbside pickup
Monday-Friday 10a - 3:30p
Saturday 10a - 2p
They also offer w ireless printing, fax & scanning to email. Print your documents, including boarding passes, directly from your phone! Faxing is available from the circulation desk at a charge of $1 per page. Scanning documents and photos to email is available free of charge.

For more information and for more services, visit their website
WB Senior Project
A message from Mr. Nenopoulos, WBMSHS teacher and senior project advisor: "With all that is going on in our country I wish to convey a powerful message of hope, reflection, courage, and love from one of our seniors who completed for her senior project, an E-Book On Little Epiphanies. I wish to take this moment to thank Taliyah Houston for allowing us to share in her poetry contemplating all of life's trials and offerings through this stirring work by this young lady who will be pursing writing beyond High School. Thank you Taliyah, and your Wildcat family wishes you the very best.

To read Taliyah's poetry,
Summer Reading Prizes
Check out Braxton and his new "pet" dragon, Trooper! All he did was read 5 books, earned the badge on the Beanstack app that West Bridgewater Public Library is using for the online summer reading program and he picked it up curbside with mom!!! Thank you for registering on Beanstack Braxton!

Story and photo credit: WB Pubic Library
To join the summer reading fun:, visit their website
Thank You's for helping Happy Place help those in need!
Prior to COVID/shut down, Happy Place Nutrition was collecting donations to send over to a friend’s task force team out in Afghanistan. When COVID began to take its course, Becka & the contact in Connecticut decided to wait until it was a little safer to meet & send off the donations to Codey & the rest of the unit. Two weeks ago, Becka got word that donations being accepted by the troops have been restricted, but that they cannot take the supplies that we have collected.

With the help of this amazing community, they got an outpour of recommendations of local organizations that could take in and distribute the donations appropriately. 

Becka and Marie loaded up the supplies and brought them to a local drop off location for the “Support the Soupman” organization. Support the Soupman is an incredible organization that distributes donations to the homeless.

• First- thank you to the Task Force Dragon team out in Afghanistan serving our country. These men and women are selfless, brave, and honorable. We extend our greatest thank you’s for your service and cannot wait to be able to collect donations again for you when it’s accepted.
• Thank you to each one of YOU that made these donations possible in the first place. For the cash donations, the handmade cards, and all the physical supplies.
• Thank you to our community Facebook page for the outpour of recommendations on where to bring these supplies. We wish we could’ve donated to each and every one. 
• BIG thank you to It’s A Yardsale out of West Bridgewater for being a very helpful and accommodating drop location for the goods. They also paid forward $60 worth of shakes for tomorrow’s customers as a thank you. Your business is appreciated more than you know. 
Thank you to the Support the Soupman for what you do. For supporting the community and the homeless population. Thank you for organizing, packaging, and distributing donations when they come in. Thank you so much.

Lots of love and thanks, 
Happy Place Nutrition Team

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White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.

You can download this book via the West Bridgewater Public Library website.
This I Believe Essay Contest
For the summer of 2020 teen essay contest, West Bridgewater Public Library invites teens ages 12 – 19 to write a concise statement describing a belief or value that they hold dear and how they came to own this value.

For examples of this kind of essay, read some of the prize-winning essays on this web site:
Here are some helpful guideline on writing a winning essay in this category:

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.  
Essays are due on Friday, August 21st at 5p.
Send to:   Subject: “Essay contest entry”
Winners will be announced on Friday, August 28th.
For more information, contact Library Director, Ellen Snoeyenbos:
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

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

WBPL's Summer Reading 2020 is Here!
Beanstack is back and it's making WBPL's Virtual Summer Reading Program better than ever.

We have fun books and movies challenges for every age group,
children and adults alike.
Sign up for  Beanstack  today to get started!
How It Works:
  1. Sign up and select your reading program, based on your age.
  2. Log your books, movies, eResources and activities. 
  3. Earn badges and raffle tickets throughout this 8 week program.
The more you log, the better your chances of winning great prizes from the WBPL.
Please call 508-894-1255 if you need assistance setting up a Beanstack account.
On Friday, MassDevelopment  announced  $225,000 in funding for a new round of Commonwealth Places grants. This Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places funding is being made available specifically to help community partners prepare public space and commercial districts to best serve their population during communities’ economic recovery efforts.

Eligible projects may include outdoor seating spaces, sidewalk retail venues, partitions to support social distancing, and more. Non-profits and community groups are eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $25,000. Up to $10,000 per project may be awarded as an unmatched grant; awards greater than $10,000 must be matched with crowdfunding donations. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020.  Read more in the Request for Proposals here.
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Summer Lunches
Call in-- Eat in-- Pick Up and Go
This summer six organizations in West Bridgewater are partnering to provide lunch assistance during the months of July and August. Each site provides a different kind of support. Below you will find the ways in which you can register at each site for assistance.

First Church of West Bridgewater. Pick-Up and Go! Every Friday starting July 10, bag lunches will be distributed from 11a - 1p at the church. To place your order, call the church at 508-587-3118 by the Thursday before pick up date. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and number of lunches that you would like. 

Middle/High School.  Pick-Up and Go! First come, first serve! Each Wednesday during the months of July and August, 20 lb. Farm to Family and Veggie boxes will be distributed at the Middle/High School from 2 - 3p. Limit is one box per student family. 
Neighbor Brigade.  Eat In. Need some lunches that are prepared by Neighbor Brigade volunteers and delivered to your home? Contact Melanie Shaw at  for assistance or to become a volunteer meal provider.  
St. Ann’s/St. Vincent dePaul Society.  West Bridgewater families may sign up for grocery cards on Monday, July 6 th from 3 - 6p.  Please bring proof of residence when signing up. Cards will be mailed out to your home on 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, and 8/24. If you would like to donate, Trucchi or Market Basket grocery gift cards in any amount may be left in the St. Vincent DePaul boxes in the church.
West Bridgewater Food Pantry.  Curbside Pick-Up distribution is from 2:30 - 3:30p at the Spring Street School on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Proof of residency is the only requirement. If you cannot pick-up during those times, you can find and designate someone to pick up for you if you are registered with the Food Pantry. To register, e-mail Calvin Grey at

West Bridgewater Public Library.  Pick Up a $25 grocery gift card at the library’s curbside service area Monday-Friday,10am-2pm. You must register ahead of pick-up time. To register for Summer Student Lunch 2020, call 508-894-1255 for details. If you would like to donate a $25 grocery gift card you may drop it off at the Library parking lot between 10-2pm. Give the library a call from the parking lot when you arrive and a staff member will come out to pick it up.
Start the Conversation

South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection shared this "Tips for Parent / Teen Engagement" conversation starter.
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Food Pantry Thank You!!
The WB Food Pantry is very thankful for the generosity and support of the community. The picture above is just a portion of the groceries that were ready to go for the distribution a couple of weeks ago.
Girl Scout Troop 62542 decided to use their profits from cookie sales on something that would help the people of the town.
Thank you Girl Scouts!!

Above photo credit: J. Bellody
Food donated by Girl Scout Troop 62542 to the WB food pantry.
Photo credit: R. Dragonetti

Robyn Dragonetti, troop leader, unloads all the food with the help of food pantry volunteers.

Story & photo credits: Jen Bellody

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What would leach out of the glaze they used to make the crockery shiny?

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On July 8, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
" America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." ~ Harry S Truman

" In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance." ~ Phillis Wheatley

“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” ~ Wendell L. Wilkie

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” ~ James Bryce

“The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.”
~ Condoleezza Rice
Happy Independence Day, Week, Month, Year.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose
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