EB Music Director Ray Ponte Retires
After teaching for 34 years, music director of East Bridgewater High School Ray Ponte has retired. He started his career at the GW Mitchell school, and then moved to the high school. He obtained a degree from Berklee College of Music and was very passionate for music and for teaching kids.

Pictured above, snapshots from his May 30th car parade. As part of the June 7th, 2020 EBHS graduation ceremony he was recognized. Watch his send off and congratulations in the 2020 graduation ceremony video. Congratulations on your retirement Ray!
Source: EBCAM ,
Photo Credits: Kim Wilburn
Historical Tidbit:
Three Elmwood Girls’ Dream
I grew up in the village of Elmwood, a suburb of East Bridgewater. In the late 1940s, we welcomed Madge Wainwright Alger to our town. Madge and her sisters were musical performers in Vaudeville years earlier. Aside from giving the “Tune-Agers” our start in 1951, she was also well-known in the musical industry. When a group performing “Carmen” came to Brockton in the early ’50s, some of their troupe became ill. The director contacted Madge to supply three young ladies to fill in for them. I got a call from Madge, as did Sandra (Doten) Harlan and Sally (Flagg) Aldrich. (We were juniors at EBHS.) The three of us were thrilled at the prospect of performing in “Carmen” at the former Brockton Theater. We arrived backstage and changed into appropriate Spanish dresses and had make-up applied to our faces. We adopted the names Frasquita, Micaela, and Mercedes.
Imagine our thrill as we emerged onto the stage, mingling with other “real” performers, pretending to know what to do! We just made small talk among ourselves. We held cigarettes in our hands, but did not smoke them! We found out later that two Elmwood residents (Damon and Thelma Leavitt) were in the audience and were so surprised to see three Elmwood girls waltz onto the stage in the middle of the production. In one particular balcony scene, we were the only ones on stage!
We will never forget our one day of stardom. It was quite a thrill for 16-year-old girls from the little village of Elmwood!

Story Share by: Betty Stirling, EB, MA
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UCC of EB Roof Fundraiser
"Hello, my name is Ashley Lauzier and I am a member of the Union Congregational Church in East Bridgewater. My parents got married at this church and I have been going there ever since I was born. Last year I became a Pampered Chef Consultant and learned that I could hold fundraisers for different groups or people. I decided that I would like to hold a fundraiser and help the church raise money to fix the roof. This fundraiser will start July 1 and end on July 24.

It will be an online fundraiser so you don’t even have to leave your house! A group will be set up on Facebook and I will post recipes, games, cooking/kitchen tips, and I will be making videos as well for you to see different products in action. If you have any questions you can ask them in the group or you can message me through Facebook. You can order anytime throughout July, but the last order should be in by July 24. I look forward to holding this fundraiser and sharing cooking tips and tricks with you while we raise money for the new roof!

Here is the link to the fundraiser! You will be able to click on the link and then click the “Join Group” button. If you are on Facebook you can search “UCC of EB Pampered Chef Roof Fundraiser” in the search bar. After I see your request, I will accept and you are all set! If you have friends or family that would like to place an order as well feel free to invite them to the group!"
East Bridgewater Public Library Community Summer Reading Program
From July 6th-August 15th, children (up to 6th grade), teens (7th-12th grade), and adults (18+) can participate in a summer reading program and win prizes for reading books. 1 book=1 raffle ticket. Prizes include puzzles, activity books, book sets, and gift cards. Raffles for each age group will be pulled the week of August 17th. Winners will be contacted and posted (first name only) on our social media pages. When you finish a book, fill out a raffle ticket on the East Bridgewater Public Library website, and drop it off in the bookdrop at the library. You can also fill out a Google form.

GWMS Grade 6 Graduation Slideshow

Gordon W. Mitchell School Grade 6 Graduation Slideshow

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Annual Rabies Clinic - UPDATE
at Sachem Rock Farm
The Board of Health is pleased to announce the new date for the Annual Rabies Clinic is Thursday July 9th at Sachem Rock Farm:
  • Cats 5:00-6:00pm must be in carrier 
  • Dogs 6:00-7:00pm must be leashed 
  • CASH ONLY Fee of $10.00 
  • Proof of most recent vaccination required for 3 year booster
The Town Clerk will not be on site to issue dog licenses this year.

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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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Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
 "Layla Saad is one of the most important and valuable teachers we have right now on the subject of white supremacy and racial injustice."~New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society— and in ourselves." The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind." —The New York Times. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism— and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. This book is currently not available via the Whitman Public Library, but can be purchased here via the official website .

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.

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East Bridgewater Business Association Congratulates Delaney Lyons !
Delaney was the 2nd recipient of the EBBA $500 scholarship. This scholarship was established to assist one high school senior from East Bridgewater further their education.

Delaney started preparing herself as a leader at EBJSHS and was the first East Bridgewater student ever to make it to the DECA International Competition. For the past 75 years, DECA has prepared emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

EBBA supports our small businesses, new and mature, with marketing & workshops & connecting our community through events like the EXPO & Holiday Dinner. We are very proud to be giving this scholarship to Delaney, good luck at Harvard!!
Wildlife Around East Bridgewater
Mary McDonough has captured various wildlife around East Bridgewater including this stunning Great Blue Heron, which is common to the area.

Picture source: Mary McDonough

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