July 7, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Bridgewater 4th was a huge success! Huge thanks to the town & all the participants!

Image Credits: J. Rose
Video credit: BTV
Historical Tidbit: District No. 1 School

 (Prepared for the Bicentennial Committee of the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library: 1976)

"District No. 1 School was named Centre School in 1888. Quoting from "A Wreath of memories," by Flora T. Little, "Our Centre School stood on what is now lawn space front of the College Administration Bldg., where graduation guests sit during exercises. It was a large square, 4-classroom building of 2 floors. Earlier the High School occupied one room; this was the public high school, rival of the private Academy. By my day it had replaced the Academy, and moved into its fine building, which the town continued to hire until the South St. building (now Middle School) was erected.

"So our first school building has now vanished. There were 3 grades in the primary room downstairs; upstairs, 2 grades in each room, making the 7 then required...The school committee 'hired and fired' and did what it could on our program...when a group of overgrown boys, still in grammar grades, 'ganged up' on a young male teacher and strapped him to a door and dismissed school, that was the end. Soon we had a joint superintendency with another town, and scholarship began to look up.

"Many names of former teachers in the Centre School still remain on the lists of Bridgewater voters in 1976...Copeland, Crane, Keith, Pratt, Swift.

"The school was disassembled in 1891 and moved to Central Square where it was rebuilt by a Mr. Elwell. It is now used for residences and shops."

From "Bridgewater's 15 original schools"

Daniel Robert Woodham, 1915-1984

Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p, Fri 9a - noon 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p
Mary Stowe
won a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, 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
Rt 18, Whitman, MA
Ping Pong & Corn Hole Events
The Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs located at 10 Wally Krueger Way will be hosting a Ping Pong and Corn Hole event on Monday, July 8th at 1p. Join us and your friends as we try out these games! Respectfully Submitted by Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs.
Music Alley: July 11th

The upcoming Music Alley artists will be Riley Welch (5p) and The UnHoly Mackerels (6p) on July 11th at the Bridgewater Music Alley in Central Square. Riley Welch is a local acoustic performer kicking off the night. The UnHoly Mackerels are a talented multi-piece band known for their unique take on covering songs across genres. They make use of not only traditional instruments like guitar, bass, and drums, but also the accordion, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, lapsteel, guitar, and vocals).

The Honey Tree Nursery School

645 Locust St • Raynham
(508) 823-5611

Now accepting applications for September 2019. Several spots still available.
Call to schedule a visit.
Dress a Girl Around the World

Make dresses for girls around the world. Fabric and material included.

Dates: July 12th, and July 19th, from 9:30 am to Noon.
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way

From the website: People from all States, Canada, Uganda, the UK, Philippines, Australia, Sweden, Costa Rica, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Okinawa, Japan, and Hong Kong are making dresses. Together we really are dressing the girls around the world for Hope 4 Women International. There are teams and partners distributing these dresses around the world. 
To date we've delivered over one million dresses to 81 countries.
For more information on our local team, contact: Evelyn at 508-697-2685 www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on wheels in Bridgewater. If interested,please contact the Bridgewater senior center 508-679-0929.
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store!
Mulch, Stone, Loam… We deliver right to YOUR home!
Order yours today - Call or online ordering available
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Hike & Hops at Great River Preserve
Well-known Wildlands Trust is bringing their Hike & Hops event to Bridgewater, July 13th from 12:00-3:00p. The event isn't free, but it is reasonably priced (tickets can be found HERE along with all other information.

It's a 3-mile hike through the Great River Preserve in Bridgewater, MA. Specific attire is recommended at the ticket link.

It'll begin at Great River Preserve at 863 Auburn St, Bridgewater, MA and end up at Black Hat Brewery for refreshments. The event states it is all suitable for ages 7 and up and could be a nice nature outing for families.

Tickets range from $5-$8.
Super Deluxe Basket Raffle
The super deluxe basket raffle of Central Square Congregational Church is now underway! Look at all these great items... Roche Bros. $50 gift card, Aldi $25 gift card, Olive Garden $25 gift card, Baldies/Lakeville $50 gift card, Lowe's $50 gift card, champagne, and prosecco.
Tickets are $5 each, or 3-for-$10. Drawing will be held July 15, 2019. Buy tickets online at  www.csccucc.org/events.
Good luck and thanks for helping to support the Bridgewater Food Pantry as well as the community outreach of the church! (Must be 21 to enter, and the winner must be able to pick up the basket in Bridgewater, MA.)
Douglas R. Grogan, Jr., MD,
Jennifer Hall DiFalco, MD
Janis A. Shakr, FNP, BC
Susan Andrea,

Accepting New Patients


111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200
Residence Inn - Bridgewater
Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen and living room area. Includes complimentary Breakfast Buffet daily and evening social “The Mix” three nights per week.
*Short and long term rates available.
2020 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA
(508) 697- 1412
"The Wizard of Oz" Production by FPAC
Beginning July 19th, the FPAC at BSU will have their first summer performance. This year they'll be taking a stroll down the yellow brick road and performing the classic "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets can be found at the following link: Buy Tickets! There are several dates and times for performances to choose from and it's always a great summer show.

Of particular importance and highlight this year is the inclusion of a Sensory-Friendly Performance scheduled for July 25th at 7:00p. A breakdown of what this performance will include and accommodate for can be found here Sensory-Friendly Performance. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming experience for families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Photo from FPAC and BSUtix
Indoor Petting Zoo
The Bridgewater Public Library keeps the fun coming with an indoor petting zoo on July 16th from 3:00p-5:00p. There is no registration or fee required.

This is an indoor, rain-or-shine event featuring chickens, pigs, goats, bunnies, and more.

Earrings Workshop
Tuesday, July 30th from 10:15-11:15a.
Come and get creative with Linda Felix of North River Home care and make you or a friend a one-of-a-kind set of earrings! This event is open to seniors of Bridgewater, space is limited and reservation is required. To save your seat, sign up or call the Bridgewater Office of Elder affairs at 508-697-0929 by July 23rd.
Wood Palace Kitchen Designs
Nessralla Farm
What will you find at the farm today?
Strawberry season is nearly over but have no fear, we froze a bunch for your smoothies, baking, and strawberry shortcakes!
Stop by today! 

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767
BSU and Town Officials Welcome 2019
Mandela Washington Fellowship

For the fourth straight year, BSU has been chosen as an institute partner for the flagship program of the U.S. government's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Mandela Fellows represent several sub-Saharan African nations and are in Bridgewater for a six-week leadership in public management institute program.  The fellowship helps participants grow as leaders through academic study, mentoring, networking, service and other activities. Information on this fellowship and how to get involved or partner can be found at https://yali.state.gov/mwf/ .

At the event on June 26th, Bridgewater Town Officials, featuring Town Manager Michael Dutton and his staff, were invited to speak to the Mandela Fellows on BSU's campus where they shared their experiences and the challenges of working in a municipal organization. Town Manager Michael Dutton, Assistant Town Manager Kimberly Williams, and Assistant Town Planner Elijah Romulus had a wonderful discussion with the Fellows and are looking forward to more partnership opportunities with the University. Partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellows provides and increases opportunities both in the United States and Africa.

The Mandela Fellows also made an appearance at Bridgewater Community Dance on June 7th. There, they experienced and participated in the opening dance, "The Sun Meditation," and also in several other dance and conversations throughout the night. Check out the Bridgewater Community Dance page for more info.

Photo Credit: Town of Bridgewater and Bridgewater Community Dance Facebook pages.

 Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA

Historical Tidbit Question :
Who was the school rebuilt by?

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Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On July 10, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Living Democracy.

"If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. " ~ Frederick Douglass

"It's a relief to hear the rain. It's the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood." ~ Alice Oswald
I am excited about the political re-birth we are experiencing this election year. Why? I am hearing concepts and ideas. People are imagining, brainstorming. People are dedicated to creating solutions, instead of bickering and backstabbing. I hope we can keep this up.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by Jen Bellody,Taylor Fruzzetti, Christina Montana,Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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