May 3, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
We Love The Class of 2020!!
WB signs
Kayla Leighton designed and ordered these signs for her senior project. When school shut down she had to figure out what her new plan would be for them. Little did she know the West Bridgewater Superintendent, HS Principal and HS Vice Principal had a surprise for Kayla and her fellow classmates.
On April 29th, Dr. Patty Oakley, Mr. Mark Bodwell & Mrs. Christine Page delivered the signs to every graduating student! They spent over 8 hours, including 109 stops in 9 towns putting the signs in lawns! #wbwildcatstrong West Bridgewater Public Schools Facebook Page
Do you like to write? Do you have a good story to share?
Could you use $100?
Enter our short story contest. Submit story by 5pm May 8, 2020.
Write an original non-fiction short story related to West Bridgewater.
4 prizes of $100 each will be awarded on May 21, 2020 to the best non-fiction short stories in these categories:
Popular vote: Vote on stories from May 11 - 17, 2020 The popular vote will include all short stories submitted that meet the above criteria.
Brockton:  3 Brockton librarians, Malice Veiga, Jennifer Belcher and Kevin Nascimento will judge stories submitted related to Brockton.
East Bridgewater, Halifax & Whitman: Michelle “Shel” Stephen (EB), Jean Gallant (Halifax) and Barbara Bryant (Whitman) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Whitman, East Bridgewater and Halifax.
Bridgewater, Raynham, and West Bridgewater: Ann Gerald (Bridgewater),
Ellen Snoeyenbos (WB) , Jessie McKinney (Raynham) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Bridgewater, Raynham and West Bridgewater.
What's Your Good News?

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The Power of Positivity!
"I asked my TV1 (Television Production 1) students to give me a video of something positive. I got a great mix of pets, kind words, drawings, flowers and so much more! We hope you enjoy our video of positivity!" Mr. Scott Cray
Link to Twitter post.Video courtesy of WBTVPRO.
Historical Tidbit: 
Early Fences

The first settlers were interested primarily in acquiring land. Thus land became the basis of a man's wealth. There was little ready money and the expression "land poor" was often literally true. Most of the proprietors and many of the first settlers of a town would be called land speculators today. As one looks through town records, it is amazing to see the constant buying and selling of land.

With the emphasis on land, it was necessary to have accurate boundaries and fences. Robert Frost understood this when he wrote "good fences make good neighbors." The first fences were probably made of pine stumps as this region was covered with huge pine trees. If the land was level and relatively free of large stones, it would have been easy to plow.

Our early farmers could have burned the huge stumps as they cleared the fields, but this was a long, slow process. The settlers needed cleared field immediately for the planting of grain to feed their families and livestock. These sensible, hard-working farmers had a new idea. The stumps could be pulled and hauled to the edges of their fields to serve as fences. This fence was not only cheap, but long-lasting and needing no repairs. The more rockier areas built stone walls with the large stones found in their fields.

Our early ingenious farmers had a use for everything!   
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basille
Town Hall

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Richard A. Duffus
a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to for upcoming food truck events!

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

You could win a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins.
The clean revolution
The City of Brockton will now have a COVID-19 drive up testing site in the parking lot of Brockton High School, located at 470 Forest Ave. Testing is available to anyone with symptoms and essential workers, with symptoms or not. The site will be available on weekdays from 9a to 4p. Patients must call in advance to a hotline at 1-844-483-7819 to book an appointment.

A collaborative effort between The city of Brockton, Signature Healthcare and the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Info credit: City of Brockton Twitter .

WB House Party
“Hey everyone! With a lot of hard work by Kristina our House Party West Bridgewater Style music video is done! I hope you enjoy it and it puts a smile on your face!”~ Lisa Holden Video edited by Kristina Herman.
West Bridgewater Library Weekly Facebook Live Trivia!

Games event by West Bridgewater Public Library on Thursday, May 7 2020, 6:30p

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Message from the Chief
Other Essential Workers:
The men and women in blue, fire/EMS, and our medical workers are inherently placed in harm’s way due to our professions. Yes, we are “essential” personnel during the current State of Emergency but we cannot forget about the many other essential unsung heroes. The workers in our grocery stores, drug store staff, pharmacists, postal workers, truck drivers are important as well.

These individuals didn’t sign up to go to work each day to face such issues. They haven’t received any specialized training. Despite that, they continue to answer the call and go to work every day to serve their community. In our profession, we often hear from our residents, “Thanks for your service.” On behalf of the West Bridgewater Police Department, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and Thank You for your service.
Now offering Disinfectant Fogging &
HEPA Vacuuming Services!

Remember, an air duct cleaning service is an investment not only in your health, but in the health
of your HVAC system!
West Bridgewater Police are
available to check your child car seats for proper installation.
Arrange a FaceTime appointment.
They want to provide as much service in this area as possible and will be seeking to do so through virtual safety checks. One of their certified child seat technicians can assist you virtually (i.e. FaceTime) with your child safety seat. Please EMAIL Sergeant Russell Regan to inquire about an appointment ( RREGAN@WBPD.COM).
How to Help out at the West Bridgewater Food Pantry.
The West Bridgewater Food Pantry has been contacted by several residents of our community to ask how they can help us during this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of so many. For those that would like to donate food we have collection bins available in both Trucchi’s and Market Basket (West Bridgewater locations only). At this time, our greatest food needs include:
Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Crackers, Cookies, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soups

Monetary donations can be sent to:
West Bridgewater Food Pantry, Inc.
2 Spring Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379

The Food Pantry is available for all residents of West Bridgewater. Proof of residency is the only requirement. We are currently offering curbside pick-up on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30pm. Our next distribution is Wednesday, May 6th.
Thank you and we are so fortunate to be part of this great community.
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!

Please call with your order and drive up.

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

 Taunton River Watershed Association (TRWA) is looking for a volunteer to help with their Calendar Photo Contest
Needed: A volunteer to take over the coordination of entries for our yearly photography contest. This is a job that can be done remotely on your own schedule, but would require some dedication as the workload is variable. Most of the work occurs in the month before and the week after the entry deadline. All told, it amounts to about forty hours of work from the beginning of July to the first week of August.
Responsibilities would include:
• Checking email correspondence for entries and inquiries
• Download all entry photographs
• Send confirmation emails
• Correspond after the judging with the entrants and send appropriate win/lose notifications
Cool benefits include corresponding with an amazing group of nature photographers and getting to view over 400 amazing photographs of the Taunton River Watershed.
If interested please fill out the Volunteer Form. They look forward to hearing from you.
Help Support West Bridgewater Schools
The West Bridgewater Schools have provided hundreds of grab-and-go meals to children during this Covid-19 period.
What is needed now is financial support and every dollar helps. If you are able to help out, please send a check made out to:
"West Bridgewater Public Schools" and mail it to:
Spring Street School
2 Spring Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
Chat with Textile Designer Suzanne Watzman * Fuller Craft Museum

Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
We're all in this together.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

Early Voting
By Mail is Available for the June 27, 2020 Town Election.

You can get an application on the town website here.

Contact the town clerk's office:
Phone: 508-894-1167
Weekly Online Laughter Yoga

West Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesdays May 5th & 12th; 11a

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West Meadow Wildlife Reservation
Photo Credits: Keith Beckford

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins.
The clean revolution

Historical Tidbit Question:
Why were stumps used as fences?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On May 6, 2020 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 & Greg Venezia
It's the Climb.

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." ~ Michael Jordan

“The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can’t always see it right away.” ~Victoria Arlen

"First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf." ~ Martin Luther
We together, we have stepped into a cavern, it's dark and we don't really know how to proceed. So we listen for direction, we listen for wisdom, and we wait.

Slowly a light will shine into the cavern, like dawn, the space illuminates as the sun rises.
And then we will look around with wonder and realize see our foothold, our hand-placement...
and we can slowly climb.

Cautiously, with thoughtful placement, we climb.
Those that dart up the rock wall, will likely fall back. We want to move forward... upward to solid ground in the sunlight. We want everyone to come out. We want everyone to be able to get out, together.
It's the climb. We can do it, together.
~ Jacquie
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