Congratulations to Veterans Garden Inc Founder Anne Marie!
The Veterans Garden Inc organization Facebook posted the following to acknowledge their founder, Anne Marie Mucci, on her recent award:

"Today our Founder Ann Marie was presented a community service award from the DAR Deborah Sampson Chapter. We were honored to attend their meeting today and are so filled with gratitude for all of the wonderful members we met and are looking forward to our next coffee date during the Garden season! Thank you all so much for graciously hosting us today as guests. We are so proud to call Anne Marie our Founder and are continually astounded at our little community she has helped grow here at the Garden."

Check out their Facebook page for more from the nonprofit!
Historical Tidbit:
First Department Store Santa

With the holidays fast approaching there is no escaping the coveted Christmas music singing loudly over speakers in department stores, the store's shelves stocked miles deep with all kinds of festivities to celebrate the season in whatever way you please. But there's one special holiday tradition that holds it's roots right in our own backyard.

In December of 1890, James Edgar of Brockton, Massachusetts became America's first ever department store Santa Claus. Commonly referred to as "Colonel Jim", Edgar ventured to Boston in the weeks leading up the Christmas that year and had a special Santa costume tailored. He then began making appearances and in turn, helping childhood dreams come true. 

Children began flooding in for the chance to meet Santa at Edgar's Department Store in Brockton from all over Boston, Providence, and even from New York. Many who had the chance to meet Edgar as Santa still look fondly back at these memories, describing the magic he created for them. 

In the years that followed, department store Santa's became a staple for the holiday season. While others may claim to have had a department store Santa before 1890, Santa historians still name our very own James Edgar as the first with a known identity, and the first to inspire more, making his appearances all the more special. 

Story compiled by Amanda Guindon from
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1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3:30 - 4:30p (As of Sept. 1 hours will change from 4- 5p)
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Fall Town & Travel Basketball Registrations are now open! 
For town basketball, the WBYAA is offering the following divisions:

Boys & Girls Minors - 2nd & 3rd graders
Boys & Girls Majors - 4th, 5th, & 6th graders
Boys Seniors - 7th, 8th, & 9th graders
Boys Super Seniors - 10th, 11th, & 12th graders. Note: this age group typically plays in Bridgewater, but that may not be possible this season due to COVID. They are currently exploring alternative options.

Travel teams are formed by grade, with games played at Starland in Hanover.

Late Fees for all begin on 12/03/21, with registrations closing on 12/10/21.

Sign up today at WBYAA.com!
Leaping Littles
November 29th
10:30 - 11:30a
WB Public Library

Leaping Littles is a program of music and movement for "Littles" ages 2.5-4 years of age. Space is limited to 12 participants and registration is required. Registration opens at 9a on the day of the event.

For more information on this event and more, visit the West Bridgewater Public Library website.
Are you and your friends or family looking to do some volunteer work to get into the holiday spirit?
Tuesday (Giving Tuesday!), November 30th
6p
The West Bridgewater Public Library is hosting a Dress A Girl Around the World workshop. Dress A Girl provides hand-sewn dresses to young girls in need in the US and around the world. At this workshop we will be measuring, sizing and bagging dresses to get them ready to be sent out to precious little girls. No sewing involved. This will be a fun, but meaningful activity for the entire family. Space is limited and registration is required. 508-894-1255
West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing 2021

Christmas Sharing is coming early this year! This year we are asking you to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to the families, Project Grad Teen Moms, and senior citizens. The families have asked for cards so they can get the clothing and gifts that will meet their children’s needs. The following stores are preferred: Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Amazon. We hope to distribute the cards by December 1st to allow parents the time to shop for gifts.

For families, we ask you to purchase a gift card in any amount up to $50. This will allow us to flexibly give them an amount appropriate to the number of children and their ages in the family. We will also need $25 grocery cards for families to purchase the makings of a Christmas dinner.

For the Project Grads program for teen Moms and babies in Brockton, we ask you to donate a Walmart gift card or CVS gift card in the amount of $25.

For Senior Citizens, we ask you to donate a Trucchi’s or Market Basket gift card or CVS gift card in the amount of $25. One of each will be given to each Senior on our list, along with a small goodie basket. Items for the goodie baskets, such as toiletries, slipper socks, boxed cookies, candy, or other items suitable for seniors, may be dropped off at Linda Santry’s home, 54 Tiffany Circle, WB, or call Linda at 508-586-6535 for pickup by December 6th so they can be sanitized before packing and delivering.

Gift cards should be put in an envelope marked “Christmas Sharing” and left at one of the churches.

Please contact one of the church coordinators with any questions.
St. Ann’s – Linda Santry 508-586-6535 or linda@santry.org
First Church – Leslie Anderson, landerson53@juno.com or the church 508-587-3118
Cochesett Methodist – Lynne Hopper, hoppergl@aol.com
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Rock Your Socks with Inclusions Matters!
December 3

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to wear fun socks to school to celebrate the International Day of Disabilities.

Students are also invited to bring a donation for Inclusion Matters to support families with disabilities and increase inclusion in WB.

Because being different rocks! For more information, visit their website.
Who wants to take a chance to win cash next month while supporting the athletes of WB?
WB Athletic Boosters fundraiser!
$10 per entry; 31 chances to win
Over $1,000 in total prizes!
Cash, check, or Venmo.
Any questions contact:
Jen Bellody 617-596-2975 or jbellody@yahoo.com
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NEW In Person classes at
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Taunton Civic Chorus
to Perform after
Two Year Hiatus
Sunday, December 5
5p
Berkley Congregational Church

TCC is excited to announce that on Sunday, December 5, it will be presenting Together at Christmas, a combination of traditional and comical pieces for all ages. Music Director Matthew Haynes said the concert is the story of hope.

“After the struggles of the past 21 months, the concert embraces the hope, joy, and laughter that was missing from last Christmas,” said Haynes. “It’s the story of hope that can heal the wounds that have been inflicted on our communities.”

Some of the pieces to be performed include “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Yes Virginia, There’s a Santa Claus,” “Cartoon Christmas,” “A Bit of Holiday Cheer,” and an audience favorite, “Silent Night.”

The concert will take place at Berkley Congregational Church, 13 So. Main St., Berkley. Admission to the holiday concert is $15 for Adults, and $12 for Seniors and Children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the performance, or in advance on Facebook via PayPal, or by check to Taunton Civic Chorus, P.O. Box 217, East Taunton, MA 02718 by November 29th. Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at the Will Call Desk.

For more information, contact TCC at tauntoncivicchorus63@gmail.com, or visit their website.
Brockton Symphony Orchestra Letter from the Chair
"Welcome, Friends and Members of the Community,

I am happy to announce that the Brockton Symphony is back! We are gearing up for a sensational season of live symphonic and chamber music concerts!

We are excited to begin our 2021-2022 season with two FREE chamber concerts in November and for the December holiday, along with our perennial Chamber Concert in January, and two full symphonic concerts in March and April.

As we begin anew after our long hiatus, we honor the memory of James M. Orent and his truly memorable 14 years with the Symphony. (Read more)

We are currently searching for a new Music Director for the BrSO. Finalists will conduct concerts this spring and during next season.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our BrSO family, our Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Aimee Toner. Read Aimee's welcome message to you!"

Visit the Brockton Symphony Orchestra website for more information on upcoming concerts!
The Power of Kindness
Passages from Kylee Eagles, DO

"To bring more kindness into your life, I advise you to slow down and start noticing the world around you. You will start to notice opportunities to perform acts of kindness. No act is too small. However, the more kindness you spread, the larger impact your will have on your health and others. A patient of mine told me a beautiful story of how she had given extra boots, hats and mittens to neighbors after noticing them playing in the snow without any winter gear. Over the years, she gave what she could. Fifteen years later, one of the kids knocked on her door to thank her. My patient was pleasantly surprised to realize how much her act of kindness mattered.

Increasing how many kind acts you perform daily is like developing a good habit. The more you practice being kind, the easier it will be to be kind. You can grow your kindness muscles. Be patient with yourself as you make this positive change."

To read the article in it's entirety, visit the Youth Health Connection newsletter!
WB Board of Selectmen - November 17, 2021

WB Board of Selectmen Mtg

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WB School Committee Meeting - November 8, 2021

WB School Committee Mtg:

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Congrats to the WBMSHS Soccer Teams on a Great Season
WB Boys Varsity Soccer

Playoff Game vs Rockland Nov 13, 2021

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WB Girls Varsity Soccer

Final 4 Playoff Game Nov 16, 2021

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WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
free class at
Bliss Through Yoga! ($18 value)

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where is one place people came from for the chance to meet Santa at Edgar's Department Store?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 
On December 1, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
Kindness
Yes, Kindness

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud --- the obstacles of life and its suffering. ... The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. ... Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”
~ Goldie Hawn

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
~ Lao-Tzu

Here we are, we just need to be kind to each other, it's a good place to start on any day. 

Enjoy your day. ~ Jacquie

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