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August 23, 2020 ~
Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Thank You for Donating to Friendship Park!

Since the Friends of Friendship Park's first post about fundraising for the new playground’s add on items, we have received some amazing donations from local businesses and families. Their generosity is astonishing!! Thank you to everyone!
They are still looking for donations to help purchase a Water Refilling Station for the playground. Currently, there is not an outdoor water fountain at the park but we would like to add one for families to have access to clean drinking water during those hot summer months. The fountain would be a single bottle filler station to help encourage people to bring reusable bottles to the playground and help reduce plastic waste. If you are interested in helping us reach our goal to purchase a water foundation for the park, please reach out. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Every donation adds up and no amount is too small. Right now we are only accepting checks. If you would like to donate via check Private Message Christine Myaskovsky. Thank you !!
Work has started on the playground but as you can imagine with COVID, things are a bit more complicated but it has started!

For more information and to donate, message Friends of Friendship Park's Facebook page!

Image credits: Lauren Fer: Playground construction as of August 15, 2020
Historical Tidbit: 

Howard Seminary for Women
The Howard Collegiate Institute began its classes on October 2, 1883 for girls and young women. Funds to start the school were provided by Capt. Benjamin B. Howard born in West Bridgewater on March 2, 1788. It became known as The Howard Seminary for Women. It was a separate enterprise as a private high school with buildings on the same campus as The Howard High School. Drury Hall and Packard Hall were buildings for this school. Howard Seminary was known as a wooden building 100 feet away from the Howard High School.

Information ~ West Bridgewater Public Library Digital History Collection
Photos: Six equestriennes on horseback in front of Drury Hall; three female students in chemistry lab.      
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
Jane Hopkins
won a Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater, value $279.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.
Early Voting for the State Primary on September 1st

Voters can come to the COA, located at
97 W. Center Street and vote early.

Saturday, August 22 - 9:00a - 1:00p
Sunday, August 23 - 9:00a - 1:00p
Monday, August 24 - 8:00a - 4:00p
Tuesday, August 25 - 8:00a - 4:00p
Wednesday, August 26 - 8:00a - 7:00p
Thursday, August 27 - 8:00a - 4:00p
Friday, August 28 - 8:00a - 1:00p

Any questions please contact the Town Clerk's Office at or 508-894-1167 or visit Town of West Bridgewater.

Anne Iannitelli
Town Clerk
9/11 Memorial Park Completed!

Message from the Chief: Many thanks, 9/11 Memorial Park is complete.
I would like first to thank the residents of West Bridgewater for approving the initial funding from the Community Preservation Act. The Community Preservation Act enables communities to raise funds to create a local dedicated fund for open space. This initial approval was the first step in this process which allowed us to continue with the design and start the construction. As with any project we realized early in the process that we would have to continue fund raising to complete this project.

As you can see from the attached photo the lighting is now done which completed the project. I would like to thank our resident Paul Milligan, owner of “Do It All Electrical” and his entire team for donating the time and equipment to complete this challenging task.
We would also like to thank, Mansfield Bank, Bridgewater Savings Bank, our local Dunkin Donuts, Elm Court Hotel, Edward Waitt Funeral, Turner Steel, Hillards Chocolate System, and resident Gary Keith for their generous donations and support of this project.

I would like to give special thanks to both the West Bridgewater Police Association and the West Bridgewater Firefighters, Local 2610 for the funds they raised both personally and from the police departments proceeds from “No Shave November”. These donations provided the needed additional funds to complete the project and purchase the three centered flag poles. The American flag stands as a symbol of freedom and justice, our police and fire flags are flown to represent all of our brother and sisters who lost their lives on 9/11.

We will be having a small dedication on September 11th. Please check our Facebook page for more details in the next few weeks.
Thanks Again, West Bridgewater!!!!
Fall Sports Update

WBYAA are continuing to monitor state guidelines as it relates to fall youth sports, and hope to have some more clarity in the next 2 weeks. Registrations are now open for Fall Softball on The information below was provided by our Softball Commissioner, Brian Morrill:
We are talking to other towns and exploring our options but until we have a better idea on how many kids are interested in playing we don't yet know what the fall season will involve.
Most likely, there will be a seniors team that plays in the Old Silver Lake League (OSLL), which is comprised of teams from WB, EB, Halifax, Kingston, Whitman/Hanson, and other surrounding towns. Most games are on Sundays at 10am or 12pm. There are occasionally double headers. The seniors team is typically open to 8th through 12th graders (possibly 7th through 12th), which is based on the grade they will be in this September. High school varsity players, and players that swing between varsity and junior varsity are not eligible for this team.
For girls 7th grade and below we will likely have teams either playing in the OSLL, teams playing locally against EB and Bridgewater, or possibly an in-town league. Games will most likely be on Sundays also.
Costs will be somewhere between $60 and $80.
As mentioned above, we don't yet have specific details and at this point are just trying to gauge interest. Once we have a better idea of how many kids are interested in playing, and what some of the other towns/leagues are doing this fall, we'll be able to make some decisions regarding how we organize our teams.
We also will likely need coaches so if you are interested in coaching, even if you've never coached before, please indicate that when you register.
Please email Brian Morrill ( with any questions.
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August 26, 1920 is the day Congress signed the Women’s Right to Vote, 19th Amendment into law. 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote, buildings and landmarks across the country, including the Library of Congress and National Archives and many, many more, will light up in purple and gold on August 26, 2020 as part of the Commission’s nationwide Forward Into Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.” 

In celebration, Brockton City Hall will be lit up that night in the suffrage colors of purple and gold. Enjoy the City Hall lighting at 8:00p along with tributes from many Brockton area community leaders on line at:
More information, contact Pat:
Photo & Story Credits:,
WB COA Summer Newsletter


Inclusion Matters presents: How to Read & Write the IEP

Monday, August 31, 2020; 7- 8:30p

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Thanks From the
West Bridgewater Food Pantry

The West Bridgewater Food Pantry would like to thank our West Bridgewater community for the extremely generous food and monetary donations made to the food pantry. We have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity from our town. During this very difficult and unprecedented time we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you and we appreciate your support!
Beginning September 16th the food pantry distribution will take place on the first and third Wednesday each month from 3-4p.
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WB Lions Club Christmas in August Million Dollar Christmas Tree Raffle

Tickets are avaliable NOW at Hockomock Liquors in West Bridgewater. If anyone wishes to purchase raffle tickets, but can't make it to West Bridgewater to purchase them, they are 5 for $20 or $5 each. VENMO @JerryDLawrence. Be sure to memo Lions Raffle. He will post your tickets and # on your page after payment is received! GOOD LUCK!
School Reopening Plan Presentation

Please click the link below to view the reopening plan presentation from the August 6, 2020 Schoo...

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Summer Reading Contest is Over

The winner of the 2020 Summer Reading Contest won a year of free trash and recycling pickup courtesy of Noonan Waste Service Inc. Congratulations to Jaime Itani, pictured with her son Zeid!


Wally is joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH
to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA!
School on Wheels of Massachusetts Donations

Back to school is coming up fast and at Honey Dew Donuts that means making sure the children in our communities are getting the necessary supplies to be successful. Over the next couple of weeks, the Honey Dew Donuts of Easton, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater will be setting up donation boxes and raising money to support School on Wheels of Massachusetts. School on Wheels of MA is a local organization that is changing the lives of children impacted by homelessness everyday.

Stop by one of our stores to drop off new backpacks or supplies today or donate virtually by clicking this link.

See the steps BSU is taking to keep students safe this fall.
Learning continues!!!
WB Farmers Market
On the Green
The First Church
29 Howard St
4 - 7p
Upcoming dates:
August 25
Sept 8
Sept 22
Mama Deb's Italian Food Truck is
on the road!

Your Italian Favorite Meals plus Mama Deb's Frozen Pizza and retail sauce.
Check out our menu and locations at

Contact us to come to your neighborhood, graduation, wedding, private or corporate event.

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Enter the Annual Tide Calendar
Digital Photography Contest 
The deadline for inclusion in the 2021 Tide Calendar is Monday, August 31st at midnight.  

Open to all, amateur and professional, young and old. Photographs must be of wild life, scenery, or recreational activities TAKEN WITHIN the Taunton River Watershed related to water use and conservation. Photographs must be taken within the last five years and must be the sole property of the submitting party.  

Twelve winning images will be selected to illustrate our 2021 Annual Taunton River Tide Calendar, with one grand prize image being selected for the cover. All winners will receive a free copy of the Tide Calendar.  

All files must be electronic. At this time, our volunteers do not have the time to scan photographs sent on film. Also, please send files taken from your device's camera. Images that are shot through apps like Instagram or snap chat or downloaded from Facebook, tend to be too compressed or are digitally unsuitable for print.   

If you have any questions or If you are emailing files, email them one at a time to

If you are dropping a disk in the mail, please send us an email so we can keep an eye out for it. 
Please use the following mailing address: 
TRWA Calendar Contest , P.O. Box 1116 Taunton, MA 02780

Images with landscape orientation work the best. We are looking for seasonal images, so don't forget to submit that lovely snowscape you took in February or the fall foliage river-scape you shot last October. (We tend to get most of summer shots. So if you want to increase your odds of having an image selected, send shots of all four seasons!)
Image Credit: "Immature Cooper's Hawks," Raynham, MA by Bernard Creswick
Children's Library on the Lawn

Video Courtesy of WBTV
Library on the Lawn

A weekly pop-up library on the lawn of the WBPL offers book browsing and check-out and some simple activities.
Masks and social distancing rules must be adhered to, please!  
Tuesdays 11a – 1p with Thursdays as the rain dates.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who provided the funds to start the school?

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 August 26, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Kayla Rose
"How do I live my Best Life?

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.”
~ Greta Thunberg 

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Joe Lewis

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes I think giving myself time to journal pondering: "Why did I spend this glorious day in bed? " wastes way too much time.

But then I remember the days I wasted unhappy, without money or options, feeling unloved, and I know, this is much better, to let myself feel those emotions, journal them, understand them and be able to re-frame the narrative if necessary.

Ignoring and burying feelings does not make my best life, it makes no-one happy, or productive, especially me.

I wish you all a fabulous week. Loving yourself, giving yourself the time you need, and living your best life. ~ Jacquie
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